top
Eneighbors top bar
April 2017 Header  
In This Issue
                    
Calendar of City Events
Clic k here t o view a list of upcoming meetings of interest. 
                    

City Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes
Clic k here to view a list of upcoming meetings of interest.
                         
City Council Meeting Video
Clic k here to view the live streaming of City Council meetings.
                     

Receive information when you need it most with
Connect South Pasadena - the City's emergency notification system  
Click hereto register for Connect South Pasadena, the City's emergency alert system and ensure that you & your loved ones receive the information you need to stay safe!  

                    

Community Services Classes & Programs Guide
spring community service guide 2017
                     

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
Icon to Sign up for Library Youth Programs
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
March 2017 senior center newsletter  
Give the gift of membership at the South Pasadena Senior Center!(South Pasadena non-residents are welcome).  
More information is available here. 
                     
facebook sketch 
Like Us on Facebook
twitter
FOLLOW Us on Twitter

PD Nixle
Subscribe to Nixle to receive Public Safety Updates

California Friendly Landscape Training
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
drought tolerant landscape waterwise
A FREE class on landscape design is available in three different languages for residents of South Pasadena. This class gives a holistic approach to gardening by covering topics of healthy soil, elements important for design, choosing the right plant for the right place, using rainwater as a resource, and managing irrigation.

Presented in Spanish
Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm
Maxson Auditorium
12127 Elliot Avenue
El Monte, Ca 91731

Presented in English
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm
Upper District Board Room
602 E. Huntington Dr., Suite B.
Monrovia, Ca 91016

Presented in Mandarin
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm
Upper District Board Room
602 E. Huntington Dr., Suite B.
Monrovia, Ca 91016


 
Library Film Night with Director Morgan Neville
Friday, April 7, 2017
Morgan Neville
A very special Film Night with a screening of "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble" will be presented in the Library Community Room on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7 pm join us for an in-person Intro and Q & A with the film's Academy Award-winning Director Morgan Neville. The FREE event is presented by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, the South Pasadena Chinese American Club, and the South Pasadena Public Library. Carl Koslowski, Film Reviewer  for "The Pasadena Weekly" will introduce Mr. Neville.

"The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble", the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet from Stardom" and the critically-hailed "Best of Enemies", follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble's more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.

 The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The Library is only about a block away from the Gold Line Station and free parking is available at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage, 805 Meridian Avenue, next to the Metro Gold Line Station. Click here for more information.

Watershed Restoration Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, April 8, 2017
watershed restoration plant trees Do you have a passion for the environment and love being out in nature? Join us for a Watershed Restoration event in San Gabriel Canyon on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8 am to 12 pm. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate. This is a good opportunity for local youth to earn community service hours. Volunteer conservation crews will be planting native trees and cleaning up the watershed in the Angeles National Forest. Adult supervision of children is required. Click here for more information.

National Library Week
April 9 , 2017 to April 15, 2017
national library week books USA To celebrate National Library week from April 9 to 15, the South Pasadena Public Library will be offering free events for all ages.

Children 5 to 10 can make a new friend by reading to a Library dog at Barks and Books. Connect with your family during a tech-free game night, and create a masterpiece and memories with our all ages Lego Mania.

Registration is required for these FREE activities. Click here to sign up. 

  Back to Top
FREE "MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD" training
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
CERT community emergency response team
Is your street prepared
for a disaster? 
Do you have a plan?

The Golden Hour is the one hour you have after an earthquake to find any neighbors who may be injured and trapped. The "Map Your Neighborhood" training will take place on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm at the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro St. This training will help empower you and your neighbors to develop a plan where "neighbors help neighbors" until help can arrive.

Please bring 1-5 neighbors so that you can work as a team on your plan. Bring your Condo or Homeowner Association representatives too!

Click here to register online.
For more information, contact  cert@southpasadenaca.gov.
Fundraising Concert with Yukiko Matsuyama and Wildwood Highway
Friday, April 14, 2017
yukiko
A very special 'East-West' fundraising concert showcasing extraordinary international recording artist Yukiko Matsuyama and her band, and Wildwood Highway, a tightknit Classic Rock-styled unit, will be presented on the 'Carnegie Stage' of the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 8 pm.
 
Tickets are $25 each and are available at www.southpasadenaeclecticfriendslibraryconcert.eventbrite.com.
 
Yukiko Matsuyama, a spirited koto master, will infuse Japanese melodies with contemporary Jazz, Pop, and New Age elements.  Wildwood Highway, a tightknit unit that mixes their delightful original songs with covers, will showcase their impressive instrumental abilities blended while delivering soaring three part harmonies.  
   
All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and The Eclectic Friends of the Arts of South Pasadena, both 501 (c) 3 nonprofits. The organizations will be two of the major co-sponsors of the 2017 Eclectic Music Festival on May 6.  
 
The beautiful, historic Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.  Doors will open at 7:30 pm and seating will be "festival style" first come, first seated.
 
Special thanks to Michael Kotzen, The South Pasadena Public Library, the South Pasad
ena Chamber of Commerce, DeepMix, the South Pasadena Arts Council, and 210eastsound!.
Spring Eggstravaganza
Saturday, April 15, 2017
spring eggstravangaza 2017
The Recreation Division will host their annual Spring Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The event will take place at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Ave, from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Bring the whole family for a fun day at the park! There will be carnival games, inflatables, and egg hunts for different age groups. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance, so bring your camera for a photo! There will be delicious food for purchase as well. The fee for this event is $5 per child; wristbands will be sold at the door for $8.
 
Pre-registration is required. Click here to register on our website. For more information, contact the Recreation Division (626) 403-7380.

Local Business Earth Day Expo
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 
Local Business Earth Day Expo 2017
Local businesses are invited to celebrate Earth Day at an event just for them! The event will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at the War Memorial Building, 435 Fair Oaks Ave. This event will showcase ways that local businesses can be more environmentally friendly Vendors will showcase alternatives to Expanded Polystyrene, and information on efficiency incentives from all utilities. Staff will be on hand providing updates on local and state mandates that affect nearly all business types.
 
For questions or to RSVP please contact Jenna Shimmin at jshimmin@southpasadenaca.gov or (626)403-7311. Click here for more information.
Plan South Pasadena Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Dr Richard Jackson speaker series To provide a deeper understanding of the underlying issues the General Plan update will address, the City is presenting a Speakers Series with three national experts. These experts offer perspectives, present alternatives, and stimulate community dialogue around key topics.

The final speaker in the series will be Dr. Richard Jackson of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Jackson will lead a discussion on planning healthy communities on April 18, 2017. This lecture  will take place in the City Council Chambers, 1424 Mission Street, and is open to all members of the community.

Earth Day
Friday, April 21, 2017
reduce reuse recycle Find out what you can do to help make a difference in our environment every day. Whether you're at home, on the go, or in the office, there are many opportunities to go green by Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling! This FREE event will take place on Friday, April 21, 2017 starting at 10:30 am at the Senior Center, 1102 Oxley Street.
 
Click here for more information. To RSVP please contact Jenna Shimmin at jshimmin@southpasadenaca.gov, or call the Senior Center's front office at (626)403-7360.
 
PlanSouthPasadena Community Summit
Week of April 24, 2017
Charrette
Join the City of South Pasadena as it embarks on a week-long community summit to develop guiding principles for development throughout the community and a feasible physical plan for the downtown area . From Monday, April 24 to Friday, April 28, 2017 the City will hold a series of lunch and evening meetings to make the best use of everyone's time by engaging people when their input will have the greatest impact.
 
Since January, the City has been gathering information for the critical update of the City's General Plan and Mission Street Specific Plan.  These documents, which are 15-20 years old, set forth the City's vision and policies to guide growth, development, and change over the next 20 years.
 
In order to move this collected information into a set of actionable principles, the City will use the charrette process, a series of short feedback loops or meetings. These meetings are open to all members of the public and will be held in the SPUSD District Board Room, 1020 El Centro Street. Lunch will be available at each noon presentation. Click here to view the full schedule and learn more about the Community Summit.
Doggy Day with Cats Too!
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Doggy Day with Cats too 2017
Calling all dog and cat lovers! We will have an event catered to your furry, four-legged friends! Doggy Day will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Ave. from 10 am to 1 pm.

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!

 Click here for more information or contact the Recreation Division at (626) 403-7380.

South Pasadena Garden Tour
Sunday, April 30, 2017
South Pasadena Beautiful Garden Tour
South Pasadena Beautiful is hosting their 47th annual Garden Tour on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 1 to 4 pm. The tour will feature sustainable gardens around the Monterey Hills area of South Pasadena. This garden tour is FREE to the public. There will be a plant swap hosted at 565 Camino Verde along with information about the City's environmental programs. Finish the tour by heading to the Community Garden Open House at 1028 Magnolia St. Click here for more info and maps.  
City Budget Round Up 
budget
Do you wonder where your property taxes go? Are you curious about how your City decides which street sections to repair next? The City of South Pasadena, like many local governments, makes these and other important decisions through the annual budget process, which takes place between March and June each year.
 
On Saturday, March 11, the City began the process with the annual Community Forum on Budget and Priorities . Over 40 community members participated in meaningful dialogue with City staff about the collective interests of the City. During the event, City staff asked participants to rank a list of six 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:
  • Creation of the Arroyo Seco Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail,a 0.6-mile mixed-use transportation and recreational trail along the Arroyo that will connect bicyclists and pedestrians to Pasadena in the north and Los Angeles in the South.
  • Construction of an updated Emergency Operations Center where City staff can perform all functions needed during a catastrophic event.
On Tuesday, March 21, the City held the Special City Council Meeting on Budget , where staff reviewed the City's finances, the proposed Capital Improvement Plan, and staff funding requests for the upcoming year's budget.

The input received at the Community Forum and Special Council Meeting will be used as the City Council and staff continue the annual budget process in May and June 2016. At the May 17 City Council meeting, staff will present a draft budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. Finally, at the June 7 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.

Click here for additional information on the results of the Community Forum. For additional information on the Budget process, please contact the Management Services Department at (626) 403-7210 or  cmoffice@southpasadenaca.gov .
Summer Camp Med
Summer Camp Med 2017
It's time to start making plans for summer! Bring your children to Camp Med! Our program runs from June 12 to August 11, 2017 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.   
 

Pre-registration is required. Click here to download an application or pick one up at our Recreation Office, 815 Mission St, from 10 am to 6 pm. Spaces are limited and we are expected to fill up quickly.  We will only be accepting applications submitted in person, please do not e-mail, fax or mail your application.

Outcomes of March 20, 2017 Community Meeting on Renters' Concerns
For Rent sign On Monday, March 20, 2017 the South Pasadena City Council Ad-Hoc Committee on Rent Stabilization held a Community Meeting on Renters Concerns at the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street. Over 90 individuals attended the meeting, where renters, property owners, and other community members discussed concerns on the costs of renting and owning rental properties in South Pasadena.

The Ad-Hoc Committee heard from multiple housing and advocacy groups and private individuals, and received fourteen questions on issues related to renting and owning property and the potential legislative recommendations the Ad-Hoc Committee could propose. Click here for an audio recording of the comments made by members of the public to the Ad-Hoc Committee and the presentation materials from the presenters.

The Ad-Hoc Committee will now compile and review the input received from the meeting, and provide an update to the City Council within the coming months. Following this report, the Ad-Hoc Committee will provide a formal recommendation to the wider Council later this year. If you wish to receive advanced notification of when these meetings will take place, please notify Chris Castruita, staff liaison to the Ad-Hoc Committee at  ccastruita@southpasadenaca.gov.

FREE Water Audits Now Available
water audit Is your water use higher than expected? Do y ou want to save water, but aren't sure what to do? Then the residential water audit program is right for you.

South Pasadena residents can apply to have a representative from WaterWise come to their property and perform a free water audit. WaterWise will recommend ways to save, and provide information on rebates available to assist in reducing water use.

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve bases. Properties with the highest water usage will be given priority for audit scheduling. Space is limited, so apply soon to see if you qualify for this free program by contacting the Environmental Programs at (626)403-7311 or jshimmin@southpasadenaca.gov .

Click here for more information. 

Summer Camp Classes
summer camp classes 2017
We are excited to announce our upcoming camp classes scheduled for this summer! We have added new camps such as Chess Club, Spanish Immersion, Rocket Camp, and Jurassic Dinoworld just to name a few. Play-Well TEKnologies will also return this summer with LEGO camps. Each camp class will run for 1 week, from either 9 am to 12 pm or 1 pm to 4 pm. Classes will not be held on Tuesday, July 4. Click here for class descriptions and fees. 
 
Registration for these camp classes begins April 1. You can sign up on-line or at the Recreation office, 815 Mission St.
Monterey Road Street Improvement Project
The Monterey Road Street Improvement Project is almost complete. Some of the improvements to Monterey Road were pedestrian push button upgrades, repairs to sidewalks, ADA curb ramp installations, and traffic signing. This project will increase safety for pedestrians and relieve traffic congestion on one of our most traveled roads. Infrastructure was also enhanced through underground utility work, water meter and fire hydrant replacements, and stormwater drain connections.
 
The City of South Pasadena thanks you for your patience during construction. We realize it was an inconvenient but necessary project that we hope will serve South Pasadena well for many years to come. Click here to learn more about this project.

Upcoming Events
Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk
Saturday, May 6, 2017
eclectic music festival 2017
South Pasadena's Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk will again bring music and art to the streets of the City on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 3 to 10 pm. The Eclectic features a diverse musical line up with over 40 acts performing on multiple stages around town. 

The 9th annual Eclectic is a free festival produced by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce in partnership with and Deepmix Entertainment.
 
Headlining The Eclectic this year is OZOMATLI, a Grammy-winning band known for their keen mashup of musical styles like salsa, hip-hop, funk, and rock. Their songs are notable for their exploration of serious issues as well as educational music written and performed by OzoKidz. 

The afternoon kicks off at 3:00 pm at the Gold Line Stage with OzoKidz performing their original children's' music. There will be other music and activities just for kids throughout the festival..
 
A complete line up of music and art events is available at www.TheEclectic.Rocks .

Greywater Workshop
laundry to landscape greywaterLearn how to recycle your wastewater by signing up for a FREE workshop for South Pasadena residents from Greywater Action and Upper District. Participants will learn how to design, build, and install a custom laundry to landscape system. The class will cover detergent and plant choice, and  maintenance and system costs.         
 
Presented in English
 
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8 am to 12 pm 
Upper District Board Room 
602 E. Huntington Dr., Suite B. 
Monrovia, Ca 91016  
 
Presented in Spanish 
Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 8 am to 12 pm 
Maxson Auditorium 
12127 Elliot Avenue 
El Monte, Ca 91731 

Presented in Mandarin 
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 8 am to 12 pm 
Upper District Board Room 
602 E. Huntington Dr., Suite B. 
Monrovia, Ca 91016 
 
Reserve your space today at (626) 443-2298 or Valeria@usgvmwd.org 
Click here for more information.
South Pasadena Community Dodger Night
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
community baseball night 2017
Get a group together and join your community for a night of baseball! The Community Services Department and the Parks & Recreation Commission are happy to announce the return of the Community Baseball Night on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm.
 
Your Los Angeles Dodgers will be playing against the New York Mets. Tickets are $33 at the Preferred Loge Box and $38 for the All You Can Eat Pavilion. The first 40,000 fans will receive a free tote bag!
 
Tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 26. Take the Gold Line to Union Station to get on the Dodger Stadium Express Shuttle. Click here to purchase tickets.