Council Approves Archers

3 Feb

After a lengthy discussion that went past 2am, the Pasadena City Council on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, voted 5-3 to approve a staff recommendation to enter into an agreement with the Pasadena Roving Archers (PRA) for continued use in the Lower Arroyo.

Hundreds of correspondence was received on this issue including a petition with over 3,000 signatures supporting the Archers in the Arroyo. A motion to approve the staff recommendation, with the removal of item #4 (below) from the recommendation, was made by Councilman Masuda, seconded by Vice-Mayor Robinson. Mayor Bogaard and Councilmen Tornek and Madison voted no.


1). Find that the actions proposed in the agenda report are exempt from environmental review, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), State CEQA guidelines Section 15301, none of the exceptions to the exemptions set forth in State CEQA guidelines Section 15300.2 apply, and that there is no reasonable possibility that the proposed actions will have a significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances;

2). Amend the Pasadena Municipal Code (PMC) to authorize the City Manager to determine where archery is permitted and promulgate rules for archery activities on public lands consistent with those discussed in the agenda report;

3). Approve the development of a new license and operating agreement with the Pasadena Roving Archers (PRA) using the deal points contained in the agenda report;

4). Direct the City Manager to work with the Pasadena Roving Archers and residents to pursue the identification of a suitable alternate site for archery activity in order to allow the southern range in the Lower Arroyo to be used for passive recreational uses on weekdays and roving archery on weekends; and

5). Approve a correction of language in the Lower Arroyo Master Plan (LAMP) to remove references to the number of targets in the southern archery range.

After the vote above, the council voted 6-2 to direct the city manager to continue to work with the archers, neighbors and staff and to look for additional suitable sites. Councilmen Kennedy and Masuda voted no.

To view item #13:

San Rafael Neighborhoods Association supports the archers and supports the removal of item #4 above.




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