slings and arrows
Hearing on archery range brings even more questions
By André Coleman 09/26/2013
For instance, didn't the people who bought homes atop the hills that surround the range realize people were shooting arrows at the bottom of those hills?
Also, if arrows are being found in people's backyards, as critics of the range claim, why weren't those homeowners at the City Council meeting Monday, where those and other issues related to the range were hashed out publicly well past midnight?
Last but not least, several people have called to ask me exactly what the nearby residents were objecting to in the city's proposal. The proposed agreement between the city and the Pasadena Roving Archers (PRA), which manages the range, would have required archers to attend training classes, forced the PRA to carry a $1 million liability insurance policy, increased city revenue made from the range, forced the PRA to do away with the unsightly storage bin and have on-site monitors at all training classes and events.
That one I can answer, they are opposed to the amount of space that the city has designated solely for the archery range
The council sent the issue back to the Recreation and Parks Commission for more study, I expect the two sides to reach a compromise early next year. While we're at it, why aren't bikes allowed in certain parts of the lower arroyo?
More archery: Councilman Terry Tornek said he witnessed a woman walk through the archery range and then proclaim "It's my park and I am going to use it."
Pasadena Municipal Code 3.32.030.a states that archery is a permitted activity and all recreational activities are to take place within "defined activity areas." The area is designated for archery.
Also, PMC 3.32.030 says that all permitted activities are allowed to remain in the Arroyo, but none are allowed to expand. In context with the prior municipal code about activity areas, it's clear that expansion refers to physical space, not the number of participants.
Adding a hiking trail through the archery range appears to be an illegal expansion of the hiking area.
By the way, unidentified lady who walked through the range, it is not your park.
The issue should come back to council near the end of the year.
Something is wrong with this picture: According to the Pasadena Star-News, Pasadena City College porn professor Hugo Schwyzer admitted to having sex with a female student on campus, which is a violation of college policy. Yet, he was never fired or even placed on administrative leave. Ironically, after a 43-year-old student accused PCC journalism professor Warren Swil of showing him nude pictures of Swil - an allegation that Swil denies - the veteran journalism professor was placed on administrative leave, escorted off campus by police, and then the college released detailed documents about his hiring. Is it just me, or is there something seriously wrong with this scenario?
IT'S JUST A PHONE: I don't understand people standing in line overnight - or three days, in this case - to buy the latest iPhone or any other electronic gadget. The brawls and other nonsense that happened on Friday as people waited for the Apple Store to open on Colorado Boulevard could guarantee an increased police response at the Apple Store when the company rolls out its next version of the iPhone.
Think about it: Councilman Kennedy is pushing for a study examining the effectiveness of police oversight committees. I applaud him for seeking the study. However, if the point is that we cannot trust the city to hold the police accountable, how could we trust any oversight committee that comes out of a city-initiated process?
Asking the city to create such a board would be like asking the fox to choose another fox to protect the henhouse. That formula will only result in another city commission full of council appointed members.
Maybe the answer is for a group of concerned citizens to begin their own oversight group outside of the city's purview. That group could be truly independent and could foster more community involvement.
More money: Local politicians are spending a lot of money to win tight races. According to final expenditure forms, Kennedy raised $139,688 earlier this year during his campaign for the District 3 seat on the Pasadena City Council. In total, Kennedy spent $137,734. The record for local campaign spending, as far as I know, still belongs to Madison, who raised $181,699 in 2011 to beat challenger Carolyn Naber. When it was all said and done, according to campaign statements filed with City Clerk Mark Jomsky's office, Madison spent $211,219 after accrued bills and nonmonetary adjustments were totaled in.
The winner of the 2015 mayoral race - which, according to recent rumors, could include Madison, Tornek and local restaurant owner Robin Salzer - may have to spend $250,000 to win the election. n