Mayor's Message
Autumn is officially here and 2020 is now in its fourth quarter. I want to thank the entire City of Pasadena staff and all of our wonderful community partners for banding together and making the best of the challenges we have faced this year. From pandemic precautions to hurricane threats, Pasadena has remained united and strong.

After months of COVID closures, we finally got a chance to see some of our senior friends recently at the Madison Jobe Center. We have missed seeing so many of you and I look forward to the day when state and county ordinances will allow us to re-open. I am confident our staff and visitors will be responsible and follow all necessary guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.

Even though several of our offices are still working with modified schedules and procedures due to health and safety restrictions, our City has accomplished so much behind the scenes. We are continuously working hard for you, and I’m excited to share some of Pasadena’s latest updates and accomplishments in the News and Business sections of this newsletter.
City News
More Drainage Updates
We’ve been sharing the great news about the $150M FEMA grant that will help mitigate flooding in areas north of Spencer, but did you know there are also dozens of other drainage projects happening around Pasadena? The great thing about most of these projects, is that they are partially funded by grants, saving millions in tax dollars!

Here’s a snapshot of Pasadena drainage projects since Mayor Wagner took office in July 2017:
COMPLETE: 21 projects in various areas around town, totaling more than $2.4 million.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: 6 major projects, totaling more than $6 million.
DESIGN/EVALUATION PHASE: 9 separate projects stretching from historic Shaw Street all the way down to the Armand Bayou Nature Center, totaling more than $21 million!

FEMA GRANT UPDATE: The Federal Emergency Management Administration recently approved the City’s designs for Phase 1 and our Public Works Department is currently taking proposals from construction management companies. We hope to break ground early next year. To see a map of what streets will be affected in Phase 1, click here.
Smiling Seniors
Much appreciation to our Madison Jobe Senior Center staff for scheduling a safe drive-thru event for our senior citizens! Dozens of smiling faces came by to receive safety bags filled with items to help us get through this pandemic. The Pasadena Channel put together a heartwarming video to celebrate the occasion.
Have you responded to the United States Census yet? The deadline to respond is September 30. The process can be done by phone, mail or online. You can even respond from your mobile phone! For more information, go to:
Fill the Bus
Despite the pandemic, our community still helped us set a new monetary donation record for this year’s Fill the Bus School Supply Drive! In addition to $34,055 worth of donations, we also collected enough physical supplies to fill several yellow school busses. Thank you to everyone who answered the call for our teachers and students!
Pasadena’s Pets 
Our Pasadena Animal Shelter staff has been working hard to find great homes for local pets during this pandemic. We’d like to give a very special thank you to Pasadena’s own “Jimisu and Her Beauties” for sponsoring adoption fees over the summer. If you or your organization would like more information on how to become a Shelter partner, please email Carey O’Connor at:
National Night Out News 
Due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, the City of Pasadena will not be organizing officially-sanctioned National Night Out events this year. This recommendation is a joint decision by our City of Pasadena Public Health Official, Dr. Charles Cowles; the City of Pasadena Office of Emergency Management; the Pasadena Police Department and Mayor Jeff Wagner. It was a tough decision that did not come lightly. We treasure the opportunity to partner with our neighbors every year but your safety is, and always will be, our priority. We look forward to continuing this popular event in 2021.
#ProgressInMotion Business News
City Grants for Local Businesses
The Pasadena EDC Board of Directors recently approved the Pasadena Cares Financial Assistance Grant Program as a part of their Pasadena Loves Local program. The purpose of the Grant Program is to provide financial relief to the most vulnerable businesses who maintain operations in the City of Pasadena. A special task force has been formed for the overall planning and operations of both initiatives. Official dates and guidelines will be released over the coming weeks.
After The Gavel

FY2021 Budget
A roll call vote was taken to adopt the City of Pasadena budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Yay- Leamon, Bass, Cayten, Schoenbein, Wagner
Nay- Ybarra, Harrison, Casados, Wheeler

Proposed Property Tax Rate
In a roll call vote that was unanimous, council passed the proposed 2020 property tax rate of .533677/$100 valuation.

This is a .04 drop from the 2019 property tax rate and the lowest tax rate the city has seen in over 35 years.
Helpful Contacts
Mayor’s Action Line
(713) 475-5555

Volunteer Pasadena
(713) 475-7259

Neighborhood Network
(713) 920-7948
Madison Jobe Senior Center
(713) 477-0175

Pet Shelter
(281) 991-0602

City Hall
(713) 477-1511