Documents Detailing the Objections to a Museum in Brookside Park

4/12/2001 This is the Arroyo Seco Foundation's response to the City of Pasadena's brief of opposition in the Arroyo Seco Foundation vs. City of Pasadena case.  The document has been prepared for the court hearing on April 25, 2001 at 9:30 am in Department 85 of the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles. 
4/12/2001 This is the response of the Arroyo Seco Foundation to the brief of Kidspace Museum in preparation for the April 25, 2001 hearing.
3/19/2001 This letter from ASF attorney Douglas Carstens to the attorneys representing Pasadena and Kidspace is the r
1/23/2001 This is the brief of the Arroyo Seco Foundation filed in response to the demurrer of Kidspace Museum, which attempts to throw out the ASF case on technical issues.  The brief has been prepared for the first hearing on the matter on January 23, 2001.
11/30/2000 Star News columnist Charles Cherniss likes Kidspace, and he likes the Arroyo Seco Foundation, but he thinks ASF is too exuberant in defense of flora and fauna.  Cherniss believes the Arroyo Seco Foundation will win its lawsuit and advocates that the voters should be allowed to decide.
11/23/2000 More coverage on the Arroyo Seco Foundation lawsuit. Pasadena officials, including City Attorney Michelle Bagneris and Council Member Paul Little, defend Pasadena's lease of park space for the museum in Brookside Park.
11/22/2000 The Arroyo Seco Foundation sues the city of Pasadena challenging a 50-year lease with Kidspace Museum and the approval of a conditional use permit for the museum to occupy park land.  The foundation alleges the city's approval of the lease and permit violates the city charter and the Arroyo Seco Ordinance, which states: "No portion of the lands of the Arroyo Seco shall be used for any commercial or institutional uses other than those which existed at the effective date of the ordinance."


This is the filing of the Arroyo Seco Foundation challenging a 50-year lease between the City of Pasadena and Kidspace Museum and the approval of a conditional use permit for a museum occupying dedicated park land in Pasadena.


This is a supplemental letter sent by attorney Douglas Carstens to David Mercer, the zoning hearing officer, regarding the intent of the Pasadena City Charter to protect park space and to preserve the Arroyo in a natural state.


Here is the September 29, 2000 Letter to Pasadena City Attorney Michelle Bagneris from attorney Douglas Carstens outlining how Pasadena's lease for a museum would violate city policies and legal statutes.  


Opposition to the Kidspace Museum Condition Use Permit, September 19, 2000. This is letter from attorney Douglas Carstens of Chatten-Brown & Associates, representing the Arroyo Seco Foundation, summarizing how granting a CUP for a museum would violate the City Code, the City Charter, the General Plan and the Park Preservation Act.


This is the February 2, 2000 letter from attorney John Curtis of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton detailing the concerns of the Arroyo Seco Foundation and other Pasadena citizens regarding Pasadena's purported lease for the use of the Fannie Morrison Center in Brookside Park.


This story details the objections of the Arroyo Seco Foundation and local residents to Pasadena's fifty year lease for the museum in the Arroyo.  


The City Council hears an overflow crowd of both supporters and opponents of the 30,000 square foot project proposed for Brookside Park before considering a 9,353-square-foot addition.


On August 30, 1999 attorney John Curtis of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton representing the Arroyo Seco Foundation and a group of concerned citizens delivered this letter to the Pasadena City Attorney regarding the proposal to lease the Fannie Morrison Center in Brookside for a museum. Here's the Pasadena staff report: Staff Report


This article summarizes the concerns of Arroyo residents and preservationists about the museum in the Arroyo.

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