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e-Neighbors April 2016 Edition - e-Neighbors is the Monthly Newsletter of the City of South Pasadena - Photos from South Pasadena_s Eggstravaganza 2016  
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Calendar of City Events
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City Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes
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City Council Meeting Video
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Community Services Classes & Programs Guide
Recreation and Leisure Guide for Spring 2016
The Spring 2016 issue of the Community Services Classes & Programs Guide is available here .
                     

Job Opportunities
Link to City Employment Opportunities
  
A bulletin board with postings of all current City employment opportunities (pictured) is located on the 2nd floor of City Hall
                       

Sign Up for Library Youth Programs
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The City of South Pasadena Public Library Children's online program registration and notification signup features are available here. For more information, please contact the Library Children's Services at (626) 403-7258.
                     

Senior Center Events
Senior Center Newsletter - March and April 2016
Give the gift of membership at the South Pasadena Senior Center!(South Pasadena non-residents are welcome).  
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Kids Book Swap
April 10 to April 16, 2016
Kids_ Book Swap - April 10 to April 16_ 2016 - Celebrate National Library Week_
A Kids' Book Swap is being held in celebration of National Library Week. From April 10 through April 16, children ages 3 to 14 years-old are encouraged drop by the Children's Room and participate in the free book swap. Children may bring a gently-used book and trade for a different pre-owned book from the book swap cart. For more information, contact Maida Wong, Senior Librarian, at (626) 403-7358.

Emergency Preparedness Expo
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Emergency Preparedness Expo - Wednesday_ April 20_ 2016 - 10_30 am to 1_30 pm - San Gabriel_Pomona Regional Center_ 75 Rancho Camino Drive_ Pomona_ CA 91766 - Free Admission
Budget Study Session
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Picture of a hand putting together a puzzle with the image of dollar bill on it
Members of the public are invited to attend a Budget Study Session on Wednesday, April 27,  in the City Council Chambers, 1424 Mission Street. At the Study Session, the City Council and staff will review the proposed Capital Improvement Plan, staff funding requests, and accept public comment for the upcoming year's budget. The Study Session will take place during the Special City Council Meeting which begins at 7:00 pm.

The Budget Study Session comes on the heels of the March 12 Community Forum on Budget and Priorities, where over 40 community members participated in meaningful dialogue with City staff about the collective interests of the City and begin to set priorities for the budget. During the event, City staff asked participants to rank a list of twelve projects so the Council and staff could better understand what is viewed as "must have vs. nice to have" projects. Top projects/programs identified included:
  • A proposed update to the General Plan and Mission Street Specific Plan, the primary sources of policy for land use, economic development, protection of the natural environment, traffic, and parking;
  • Consistent and ongoing funding to replace the City's vehicle fleet and equipment, which staff uses to provides critical services including public safety services; and
  • Construction of an updated Emergency Operations Center where City staff can perform all functions needed during a catastrophic event.
The input received at the Budget Study Session will be used as the City Council and staff continue the annual budget process in May and June 2016. At the May 18 City Council meeting, staff will present a draft budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17. Finally, at the June 1 City Council meeting, the City will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed budget and, potentially, adopt it. Public comment is encouraged at each meeting.

Additional information on the results of the Community Forum are available at www.southpasadenaca.gov/budget. For additional information on the Budget process, please contact the Management Services Department at (626) 403-7210 or email cmoffice@southpasadenaca.gov.

Doggy Day with Cats Too!
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Doggy Day...with cats too_ - April 30_ 2016
Calling all dog and cat lovers, we will be having an event catered to your furry four legged friends! Doggy Day will be held on Saturday, April 30th at Garfield Park from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The event is the perfect opportunity to discover dog and cat resources in the area. Adoption and rescue agencies, pet groomers and trainers, and retailers will be on-site to provide information on the services and products they offer.                            

Join us in showing appreciation for the dogs and cats in your lives! For more information, please contact the Recreation Division at (626) 403-7380
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Summer Camp Med Registration is Now Open! 
Summer Camp Med 2016 - June 13 to August 12_ 2016 - Registration is now open. Applications are available at www.southpasadenaca.gov_recreation
It's time to start making plans for summer! Bring your children to Camp Med! Our program runs from June 13 to August 12 and will be open from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday . Each day will be filled with sports, activities, arts and crafts and most importantly, FUN! We will have weekly excursions, and also some surprise in-house events. Spaces are limited.   

For more camp, registration and payment information, please take a look at our Summer Camp Med Handbook and application, available on our website
www.southpasadenaca.gov/recreation. Pre-registration is required, so sign up today to guarantee your child's spot in the fun!
2016 Amgen Tour of California Coming to South Pasadena Monday, May 16, 2016
Amgen Tour of California Logo - A blue cyclist riding a gold bicycle on a white background.
The City of South Pasadena was selected as the Host City for the Start of Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California. Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California will take place on Monday, May 16, 2016. It is a free event for the public. Enjoy a chance to see the best in the world of cycling compete for a championship. The Amgen Tour of California is the largest cycling race in the United States and one of largest worldwide.

To learn more about the Amgen Tour of California go to
www.amgentourofcalifornia.com .
 
  Click here to learn more about the Start of Stage 2 . If you have specific questions about Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California please contact, Samuel Zneimer, Management Analyst, at SZneimer@southpasadenaca.gov
or (626) 403-7215.
Volunteers Needed for Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California
May 16, 2016
Amgen Tour of California Logo - A blue Cyclist riding a gold bicycle on a white background
The City of South Pasadena and the Amgen Tour of California are seeking volunteers to help to assist with the coordination and safety of the field of play for all race venues; keep the course clear of pedestrians, spectators, cars, and keep spectators informed. Please volunteer for South Pasadena Stage 2 of the2016 Amgen Tour of California; help the City, be part of the race and be part of history.

To sign up to be a volunteer or more information about being a volunteer please go to www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/volunteer.

For more information on the Amgen Tour of California please go to www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Bookmark Design Contest
2016 Children_s Book Week Bookmark Contest
The Library will be hosting a bookmark design contest in celebration of National Children's Book Week. Children and teens are invited to design a bookmark based on the theme "Read for the Win." Winners will have their bookmark designs distributed during the summer of 2016. Click here to obtain a contest application. Submissions are due by Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

For more information, including full contest rules and details, please visit the Library's Children's Services or contact Maida Wong, Senior Librarian, at (626) 403-7358.
Help Protect Local Citrus From Serious Threat
A deadly plant disease called Huanglongbing (HLB) has just been found in the San Gabriel valley and all homeowners are being asked to help stop the spread of the disease, which has been called a death sentence for California citrus.
 
Once trees are infected with HLB, they will die, threatening the ability of homeowners to grow citrus in their backyards. Symptoms of HLB include splotchy, yellowing leaves; yellow shoots; lopsided, small and bitter fruit; and premature and excessive fruit drops. Researchers are looking for a cure but until one is found, every tree infected with HLB will die and needs to be removed to protect other trees on the property, neighbors' trees and the community's citrus.
 
To protect local citrus trees, follow these stepts:
  • Cooperate - Cooperate with agriculture crews inspecting local trees for the disease and taking plant samples.
  • Don't move citrus - Do not bring any citrus plant material into the county from other areas because they might be infected with HLB. Also, keep homegrown citrus fruit at home and do not transport citrus plant cuttings out of the area.
  • Inspect your trees - Look for signs of the disease each month or whenever watering, spraying, pruning or tending trees.
  • Learn what to look for - Visit CaliforniaCitrusThreat.org or use the Save Our Citrus app, which can be downloaded from the website.
If you think you've found the disease, contact the Los Angeles County Department of Agriculture at  (626) 575-5471  or call the California Department of Food and Agriculture hotline at ( 800) 491-1899.

Arbor Day Foundation names South Pasadena Tree City USA
Picture of the Arbor Day Foundation logo with the caption _We inspire people to plant_ nurture_ and celebrate trees. arborday.org_
South Pasadena, CA was named a 2015 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, increased property values, and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

For more information, go to www.southpasadenaca.gov/trees.

Leaf Blower Trade In Program
Leaf Blower Exchange Catalogue

Registration is now open for commercial gardeners/landscapers
to participate in the South Coast Air Quality Management District's annual Leaf Blower Exchange Program. The BGA100 model is still available. Pre-registration is required to participate. Call the SCAQMD toll free at (888) 425-6247 Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to register.
Upcoming Events
8TH Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk
Saturday, May 14, 2016
South Pasadena will be hoppin', rockin', swingin', and jazzin' to the sounds of the 8th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk scheduled for Saturday, May 14, from 3pm to 10 pm. The Eclectic features a diverse musical line-up - over 30 acts performing on multiple stages around town. 

There's an Art Walk featuring open galleries, studios and hosted events. Numerous intimate venues appear throughout the city, plus outdoor installations, food trucks and a beer and wine garden.

The festival is family friendly and free to attend. The Festival is sponsored by the City of South Pasadena, the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and participating local merchants. The Media Sponsor is KPCC 89.3.

A complete line up of music and art events is available at www.TheEclectic.Rocks .
Community Dodger Night
Friday, June 3, 2016
Community Baseball Night - Friday June 3_ 2016 at 7_10 p.m. - Tickets must be purchased by May 20_ 2016
The Community Services Department and the Parks & Recreation Commission are happy to announce the return of the Community Dodger Night on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7:10 p.m. The Dodgers will be playing against the Atlanta Braves.

Get a group together and join your community for a night of baseball. Tickets are $33 at the Preferred Loge Box and $37 for the All You Can Eat Pavilion. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 20th. Take the Gold Line to Union Station to get on the Dodger Stadium Express Shuttle.

Tickets may be purchased by registering online at www.southpasadenaca.gov/recreation or in person at the Recreation Office, 815 Mission Street, between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm or by calling (626) 403-7380.
626 Golden Street Festival
Saturday, June 26, 2016