While opportunities for the City to recoup its investment in the stadium and provide local economic benefits, major events like the one proposed also present unique public health and safety challenges to the surrounding neighborhoods, community and region. Over the past two years Day One, with half a dozen partners that compose the Rose Bowl Community Prevention Council (RBCPC), has worked hand-in-hand with stakeholders to collect data on existing large events (e.g., UCLA football games, concerts), review practices and procedures, and recommend manners to improve public health and safety at such events (the group's Progress Reports, Recommendations and more are available for the public to view/download here). Thanks to this effort, agency staff was well-poised to provide technical feedback and assistance to City staff and consultants charged with formally studying the potential impacts of a multi-day event, and manners to mitigate these impacts.
Specifically, Day One outlined the following areas of concern and consideration that could be studied by the Environmental Impact Report (EIR):
Increase in Binge and Underage Drinking
Increase in Alcohol and other Drug (AOD)-Related Harm
- Impaired driving
- Physical violence
- Sexual assault
- Accidents, injury
Increased traffic congestion
Decrease in Recreational Opportunities – Large events limit public access to open space and recreational opportunities in the Central Arroyo.
Over the next 3-6 months consultants will analyze the proposed event, public comment received in the EIR "Scoping" period, potential mitigations, and then return with a draft EIR. At this point, the public will have another opportunity to provide input and feedback before the report is voted upon by the Pasadena City Council. Until then, you can view a copy of Day One's full comment letter below.