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City Launches 2018 Community Survey

Residents, Please Help the City of South Pasadena to Identify Top Priorities

This weekend, the City of South Pasadena releases a Community Survey to help determine the top priorities of residents. Feedback from residents will be used to inform the budget and strategic planning process as the City prepares its 2018-2019 Budget for adoption. This short survey will take ten minutes or less to complete.

A random sample of residents will receive an e-mail this weekend asking them to complete the City's Community Survey. Residents who do not receive a survey e-mail may attend one of the following six events to complete the survey. Staff will be present and have iPads available for residents to use to fill out this short questionnaire. Seniors may also use one of the personal computers at the Senior Center for this exercise. Here are the six events:
  • Farmers' Market on April 19th and again on April 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the City's Booth
  • Daily Senior Luncheons on April 16th, 17th, and 18th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Senior Center
  • Earth Day Toddler Storytime (first half is one-to-two years, and second half is two-to-three years) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Library
  • Doggy Day on April 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Garfield Park
  • Earth Day Expo on April 22nd from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Eddie Park
  • The Eclectic Music Festival on April 28th from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m at the Gold Line Metro Station
The City of South Pasadena wants to hear from you. This Community Survey closes on April 30.

City of South Pasadena Celebrates Earth Day
Beginning Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Please Join Us for a Series of Earth Day Celebration Events Beginning Wednesday, April  18, 2018.

The City of South Pasadena is proud to announce its lineup of Earth Day Celebration events, featuring garden tours, a student art exhibition, and more. Beginning with a proclamation at the City Council meeting on April 18, the week wraps up on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, at Eddie Park with the South Pasadena Beautiful Self-Guided Sustainable Garden Tour and the Earth Day Expo. This year, Earth Day Expo exhibitors include: City of South Pasadena Environmental Programs, Friends of the Nature Park, South Pasadena Community Garden, Athens Services, Solar City, West Coast Arborists, Community Toy Swap, Tree Lectures, Fun Family Activities, and more. Food trucks will also be available. Earth Day Celebration events are  co-sponsored by South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, South Pasadena Beautiful, and Athens Services.

Earth Day Celebration Week Calendar of Events

Activity on Wednesday, April 18 includes:
Witness the Mayor's Proclamation to South Pasadena Beautiful at 7:30 p.m. at the City Council Meeting

Activities on Thursday, April 19 include:
* Succulent planting at "Green Thumb Thursday" from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Library Community Room
* Earth Day Student Art Exhibition from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Library Community Room
* Spirited discussion of sustainability topics from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the City's Farmers' Market Booth

Activities on Friday, April 20 include:
* Toddler Earth Day Storytime (one to two years) from 10:30 to  11:00 a.m. and (two to three years) from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Library
* FREE South Pasadena Community Garden Tour from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 1028 Magnolia Street

Activities on Saturday, April 21 are sponsored by Athens Services for residents only:
* FREE Dumpster Day for getting rid of unwanted items from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the 900 Block of Arroyo Drive
* FREE E-Waste Drop Off from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Golf Course

Activities on Sunday, April 22 include:
* South Pasadena Beautiful Self-Guided Sustainable Garden Tour from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., beginning at Eddie Park
* Earth Day Expo and South Pasadena Beautiful Plant Swap from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Eddie Park
The City is proud to sponsor FREE reusable bags through participating local merchants. Persons who visit one or more of the above Earth Day Celebration events will receive a FREE Earth Day sticker(s) making them eligible to receive a FREE Earth Day reusable tote from participating merchants located along Mission Street and Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena. Each participating merchant will display an Earth Day Poster in the store window and give a FREE reusable bag to customers who wear or bring in their Earth Day sticker starting on Thursday, April 19, 2018, while supplies last. Purchase is necessary.
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Taste of South Pasadena - Eats on the Streets
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Rotary Club of South Pasadena will be hosting its 7th Annual Taste of South Pasadena - Eats on the Streets on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. There will also be a VIP Wine Tasting by Garagiste at the Canoe House for adults starting at 5:00 pm.
So grab your wristbands and enjoy fine tastes from all your favorite, or soon to be favorite, restaurants. The walking event features incredible cuisine from eateries and bakeries up and down Mission Street and Fair Oaks Avenue. It's fun for the whole family! Spend time with your neighbors and enjoy a relaxing evening on the Town exploring our charming downtown and terrific food options.
For those interested in wine tasting, there will be a special VIP wine tasting hosted by Garagiste at the Canoe House from 5 until 7:30. There will be 12 wineries where you can talk to the vintner and take home a commemorative wine glass donated by Priority One Credit Union. The cost for the wine tasting is $25.
Rotary President Dan Watson said, "Taste of South Pasadena is not only our largest fundraiser that supports our local and international projects, it's also a great opportunity to get out and explore our downtown and the many great dining choices that are here. This has become one of the City's premiere community events and we look forward to seeing our old friends, and making new ones, at Eats on the Streets."

Food tickets are $35 for adults purchased in advance ($40 at the door), $15 for children 7 to 18, and Children under 7 are FREE!  Tickets can be purchased by going to .   Purchased tickets can be exchanged for wristbands on the day of the Taste after 4:30 pm at the Canoe House at Fair Oaks and Hope or at Moo on Mission near the Gold Line station at Mission and Meridian. 
We encourage our guests to walk, but a shuttle service will be provided compliments of David Morales State Farm Agent.

Doggy Day...with Cats Too!
Saturday, April 21, 2018

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 21, 2018 at Garfield Park from
10:00 am to 1:00 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! For more information, please contact the
Recreation Division at (626) 403-7380.

Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk celebrates its 10th year!
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Get your dancin' shoes ready! The 10th Annual Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk is on Saturday, April 28! Live music, featuring the "kings of swing" Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and over 50 other live music acts will perform all over town. This is a FREE, family-friendly event with something for just about everyone! There will be art activities, exhibitions, an Artisans' Alley, kids' activities, food, and more! Visit your favorite store or discover something new! Visit the festival website,, now for the full lineup and for all planned events so you can plan your afternoon and evening in South Pasadena.
The Eclectic is produced by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Deepmix Entertainment and the City of South Pasadena, and is supported by Eclectic Friends of the Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to The Eclectic Friends of the Arts in South Pasadena help keep The Eclectic free. Have your friends take the Metro Gold Line and meet you on Mission!

California's Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law -
Assembly Bill 32 and Assembly Bill 341

According to 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization data, the commercial sector generates nearly three fourths of the solid waste in California. Recycling more will directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions in multiple phases of product production; including extraction of raw materials, preprocessing and manufacturing. A co-benefit of increased recycling is avoided methane emissions at landfills from the decomposition of organic materials. Use of composted organic materials also provides environmental benefits such as carbon storage in soils and reduced use of fertilizers, pesticides, and water.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling was one of the measures adopted in the Assembly Bill 32 (AB32) Scoping Plan by the Air Resources Board pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act. AB341 also supports Mandatory Commercial Recycling, as well as sets a statewide goal for 75% disposal reduction by the year 2020. For more information, visit the City of South Pasadena's webpage  or visit


Check it Out! The Library Launches a New Collection of eBook Travel Guides

Want to make your suitcase that much lighter on your next travel adventure? Download one of the new eBook travel guides from the South Pasadena Public Library, and leave the hefty tomes at home. Through the support of the Friends of the Library, nearly 100 new guidebooks and travelers' phrasebooks are now just a few clicks away using your library card and the eBook and eAudiobook platform Overdrive. With guides from Lonely Planet to Rick Steves, covering destinations from Belize to Vienna, and dozens in between, our new collection has you covered! 

Whether you are planning your next getaway, or want to do some armchair travelling from the comfort of your living room, simply visit the Library's  Overdrive website to get started. 

Need help? Call (626-403-7350) or visit us at the Library: 
Monday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
S unday 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

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Mosquito Awareness Week Flies Into South Pasadena

The City of South Pasadena is proud to join the State of California and the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District in raising awareness about the most deadliest creature on this planet: The mosquito!  Between April 15 and April 21, South Pasadena citizens should take the time to prepare their home for a potentially busy mosquito and virus summer. Last year, mosquito bites made hundreds of people in L.A. County sick. It is up to each resident and business owner to do their part to make their property mosquito-free.
Here are three simple habits you can start today:
  • Tip 'n Toss, Show them Who's Boss - Toss out any stagnant water around the home weekly. Mosquitoes use your blood to lay her eggs on stagnant water. Stagnant water can be found in small containers such as buckets, old tires, and plant saucers. Mosquitoes will also use swimming pools if the water isn't pumping or if the pool has chlorine in it.
  • Going outside? Use insect repellent - People who want to avoid those embarrassing mosquito bites should keep a can of repellent next to the door. Mosquitoes can bite anytime during the day and at dawn and dusk. Look for ingredients that have been proven effective: Picaridin, Oil of lemon eucalyptus, DEET, or IR3535. You only need one of these ingredients in the bottle.
  • Screen them out - Mosquitoes and flies can enter your home and make your life miserable. Be sure to check your window and door screens for any tears. Repair them today so your warmer days are not filled with mosquito bites.
These simple actions will make you healthier and reduce your risk of getting sick from a mosquito-transmitted disease.  For more information, visit

Summer Camp Med Registration is Open

Registration is open! 
The Summer Camp will run from June 11 - August 10 at Orange Grove Park, 815 Mission St, South Pasadena. The 'Regular Camp' is 
for ages 5 - 9, the 'Middle School Camp' is for ages 10 - 13.

Each week is full of activities, such as games, crafts, sports, field trips, swimming and other fun surprises. 

The Summer Camp Program Handbook and Application are now available on our website, If you have any questions, please see the Program Handbook or call the Recreation office 626-403-7380.

Water & Sewage Rate Change

City of South Pasadena residents did an exceptional  job in  meeting the water conservation requirements mandated by  the State of California. However, the prolonged drought in southern California has seriously impacted the water supply. This is especially  true of ground water from where South Pasadena obtains the majority of its water. These sources are at historically low levels. The City is proposing to increase the water and sewer rates to generate sufficient revenues to ensure reliable water and sewer services.
At a Public Hearing on November 1, 2017, the City Council approved establishing new water and sewer rates. These new rates will be effective  January 1, 2018.  Global Water will continue to bill customers  on a
bi-monthly basis for water and sewer services. Residents will see the new water and sewer rates for January 2018 service on their bills around 
March 2018. While the  water rates for the residential customers are increasing, the sewer rates will  be slightly lower than the what the  current residential customers are currently paying. The sewer bills for  the commercial customers will be based  on actual water consumption instead of a fixed monthly charge. Small businesses using less water  will see a slight decrease in their sewer bills, however businesses  using more water will see an increase in their sewer bills.
The proposed water rates will still include an Efficiency Fee for water conservation projects throughout the City as well as Water Conservation  Rebates for South Pasadena residents. Click here for information on the  City Water Conservation Programs and Rebates.
If you have any questions regarding the proposed rates please contact  the Finance Department at (626) 403-7250.  More information on the proposed rates can also be found here on the City's website.