PASADENA – From thorny rose to thorny floribunda. Rather than choose just one Pasadena curmudgeon to serve as this year’s “Thorny Rose,” a central figure in the annual Doo Dah Parade, the organizers have netted a cete of curmudgeons: the West Pasadena Residents Association. “That’s great, we deserve it,” said a clearly humbled Dorothy Lindsey, who was anointed WPRA president earlier this year partly to tone down the WPRA rhetoric. “I think that shows what we are doing is raising the level of attention of neighborhood organizations overall.” The Thorny Rose citation letter lists the NFL battle as the seminal political fight for the WPRA. As residents in the West Pasadena area grew increasingly concerned about the prospect of professional football gaining a foothold in the Arroyo Seco, the WPRA launched an all-out public relations war against the City Council, and Councilman Steve Madison in particular, to block an NFL deal. “The WPRA has learned to become a lean, mean lobbying machine,” said one member of the Thorny Rose Selection Committee, who always work in anonymity. “And it has the firepower to back that up.” And, she added, “They have learned in a very public way that their threats work.” Although Madison denies he changed his mind about an NFL deal because of the pressure put on him, his was the deciding vote to end negotiations with the league. Over the last few years, the WPRA has been an almost ubiquitous voice in calling for a slowdown in development in the city. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, EXT. 4458 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!