Pasadena officials to unveil embargoed Quality of Life report Monday
By André Coleman 08/23/2012
Who could have guessed Pasadena’s water supply is expected to lessen by 10 percent over the next three years and then decrease an additional 17 percent by 2035? Or that more than one-fifth of the city’s adult population is considered obese?.
The Pasadena Public Health Department will unveil these and other little-known facts contained in Pasadena’s 2012 Quality of Life Index at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Pasadena Public Library’s Central Branch, 285 E. Walnut St.
According to a statement released by Pasadena Public Information Officer William Boyer, the report examines the impact of income, employment, housing and education on local residents.
The release of the report happens to coincide with the 120th anniversary celebration of the city’s Public Health Department. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard will help open Monday’s ceremonies, and Public Health Department Director Dr. Eric Walsh plans to discuss the report with the public and the press.
Other findings in the report, the full version of which is embargoed until Monday, reveal a 79.3 percent reduction in unhealthy air quality days since 2002, that the number of high school graduates decreased by 6 percent from last year, that roughly one-quarter of the city’s adult population has no medical insurance and 22 percent of the adult population is obese.
When it comes to traffic safety, Pasadena’s total vehicle collision rate fell by 50 percent from 2000 to 2010, but collisions due to unsafe speed increased by 2.7 percent. About 137 out of every 1,000 collisions — or 13.7 percent —are alcohol related, according to portions of the report released Tuesday.
“The scientific literature around public health has increased our understanding as to the root causes of many chronic diseases and the environmental and behavioral factors that determine health,” Walsh said in a statement. “Our Quality of Life report outlines where Pasadena and Altadena stands on key indicators and helps to begin the discussion around how we can make improvements.”
Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Copies of the report will be available for distribution Monday.
To access previous reports, visit cityofpasadena.net/qualityoflifeindex or call (626) 744-6177.