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Environmental Fun Fact of the Month!
A bee takes solo advantage of the sedum flowers.
Honeybee extracting nectar and pollen from Sedum flower
Honeybees are responsible for pollinating approximately 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S. They are very important to our ecosystem. 
Drought tolerant plants such as  Sedum  and Sempervivum are bee favorites  and they're beautiful additions to your landscape, too!
Click here for more plant information and water wise landscaping.
Check out the  NEW Turf Removal  Rebate Program being offered  by the City. 
C lick here for more information.

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Holiday Closures
T he City of South Pasadena  does not have a holiday closure this month.

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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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Connect South Pasadena - the City's emergency notification system  
Click here to 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

The Summer 2017 issue of the Community Services Classes & Programs Guide
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
Give the gift of membership at the South Pasadena Senior Center! (South Pasadena non-residents are welcome).  
More information is available here. 
Household Hazardous Waste & E-Waste Event - August 26, 2017

The HRC is a nonprofit civil-rights organization that has identified and addressed the challenges of housing discrimination since 1968. The HRC provides assistance to residents with discrimination complaints and landlord-tenant disputes. The HRC also provides outreach and public education, landlord-tenant counseling, housing discrimination investigation, mediation and legal services.

Contact the Housing Rights Center at (800) 477-5977 or (213) 201-0867 for TTY Users.

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National Night Out
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
The Community Services Department invites you to the 3rd annual National Night Out event to expand programming that incorporates recreational, educational, and family activities. By adding the use of parks as a social and community resource, we continue to build a sense of community right here in South Pasadena.

Join us on Tuesday, August 1st from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Orange Grove Park (815 Mission Street) for an evening filled with games, food, activities, educational opportunities, as well as information from our local police and fire departments, city management office, and others. 

Admission is free! 
For more information please call the Community Services Department at (626) 403-7380 or visit
Consideration of Transitioning to District Elections
On July 19, 2017, the South Pasadena City Council adopted  Resolution No. 7524  declaring its intent to transition to district-based elections in response to a threat of litigation asserting a violation of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). While the City maintains its position that its election system does not violate the CVRA or any other provision of law, the cost of litigation is prohibitive and the public interest would be better served by transitioning to a district-based electoral system. 

Pursuant to  Elections Code Section 10010 , the City will conduct a series of Public Hearings over the next 90 days to receive community input on the composition of proposed electoral districts for City Council seats. It is of upmost importance that South Pasadena residents participate and provide feedback during the upcoming Public Hearings. It is the City's desire to ensure that the proposed districts reflect prevalent communities of interest and that the citizenry be engaged in this urgent matter. 

Please see our  Frequently Asked Questions  page for details about district elections.
Paul Riddle Appointed South Pasadena Fire Chief
On July 24, 2017, Deputy Chief Paul Riddle was appointed as the City of South Pasadena's Fire Chief, making Chief Riddle the 17th Fire Chief in the 110-year history of the Department. His appointment followed the City Council's approval of a new, Two City Cooperative Fire Services Agreement with the City of San Marino. 
Chief Riddle was born and raised in West Covina, California. His father was a Firefighter for Pasadena Fire Department and his older brother currently works as a Firefighter for the City of Seattle.  Chief Riddle started his career in the fire service in 1991 as a Volunteer Firefighter with the City of South Pasadena.  He was brought on as a full-time Firefighter in July of 1992. He has served the South Pasadena Fire Department as an Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, and in 2014 was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief.  As the Deputy Fire Chief, he was in charge of training for the Cities of South Pasadena, San Marino, and San Gabriel Fire Departments as part of Verdugo Cities Fire.  He has also held the positions of Department Training Officer, Safety Officer, Emergency Manager, and Fitness Coordinator.  He has an associate in science degree from Mt. San Antonio College in fire technology and is completing his Bachelor's Degree in Management.
"Chief Riddle has the experience, professionalism, and leadership qualities necessary for the position," stated Interim City Manager Elaine Aguilar.  As Fire Chief, Riddle will be responsible for leading a department composed of 21 full-time uniformed personnel, 3 part-time Fire Prevention Specialists and administrative staff. Badge Pinning Ceremony will take place at the next Council meeting Wednesday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m.
The Water Conservation Rebate Program is Growing 
Have you been looking for ways to save more water around your property? There are several new rebates being offered to help you do just that: 
1 - High efficiency toilets (1.28 gallons per flush or less)                  $100/toilet plus up to  $100 for installation ($50 for additional toilets)
2- Drought tolerant plants                                                                            $400 maximum
3- Drip conversion                                                                                           $150 maximum
4 - Showerheads (2.5 gallons per minute or less)                              $25/per (3 maximum)
The City will soon offer a turf removal rebate program ($1 per square foot up to 1,500 square feet). Details are still being finalized, so check the website for updates.
Not sure where to start? Contact us today to schedule a free water audit to help determine where improvements can be made.
All other rebates are still being offered. For more information on these and other rebate devices, visit the City website or, or contact the Environmental Division at (626) 403-7311 or .
Five Ways to Save Energy and Money During the Hot Season
Warm  weather season is coming, bringing more fun in the sun across Southern California but that also means more work for air conditioners, home cooling systems, pool pumps and more. This often leads to using more electricity and higher bills. 

Southern California Edison wants to help customers keep their electricity bills manageable as temperatures climb. Click here for five ways to take more control over your energy use and monthly bill. 
2017 Commercial Leaf Blower Exchange Program

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) exchange events will be held August 14-31 at multiple locations. A maximum of five (5) leaf blowers can be exchanged per company/organization. Commercial landscapers and gardeners operating within the South Coast Air Basin can exchange gasoline-powered backpack leaf blowers for new low-emission/ low-noise backpack leaf blowers from DeWALT and STIHL at a discounted price.

Participation is also open to city and county agencies, special districts, school districts and colleges. This year we are offering four (4) battery-electric models and one (1) gasoline-powered model. Discount prices are available with the trade-in of a working, gasoline-powered backpack leaf blower. Pre-registration is required and the reservation is only valid for the date and location pre-selected.

Summer Reading Program 
Summer Reading Program Banner - _Reading by Design_ in orange on a blue background_ with pictures of robots around the text.
           Children and teens are invited to join the South Pasadena  Public Library's 2017 Summer Reading Program "Reading by Design." To sign up, children and teens may visit the Children's Room at the Library or click here.

The Summer Reading Program  is an eight-week, parent-supervised reading program for infants and children through 5 th  grade. There is also the Teen Reading Program, which is for 6 th - 12 th grade students. These programs are designed to encourage reading and/or listening to reading  throughout the summer. The Summer Reading Program is a flexible program in which children and teens read as many or as few minutes as they want. It focuses on reading for fun. Children can record minutes reading and listening to reading to obtain incentives from the Library, participate in crafting projects, and attend story-time  and cultural presentations.
For more information about other upcoming free library children's programs, visit the Library website at
The Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street.
Summer Specialty Camps 

Our summer specialty camps continue this month at the Garfield Park Youth House with Spanish Immersion; Chess Club; Jedi Engineering with LEGO and Jedi Master Engineering with LEGO.  

Each camp class will run for 1-week, from either 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class descriptions and fees can be found in our Summer Community Services Guide and our website,
 You can register on-line , by phone (626) 403-7380, or in person at the Recreation office, 815 Mission St, Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Camp Med After School 2017-2018 
  Applications & the Program Handbook are now available on our website.

Interested in enrolling your child in after school care next year? Look no further than our Camp Med program!
 We are still accepting applications. Each day your child will participate in games, organized activities, sports, and arts & crafts. We also provide homework help and daily snack. We coordinate pick up from Monterey Hills, Arroyo Visita & Marengo Elementary Schools.

This program is for 1st - 5th graders only, and the weekly fee is $80. If you have any questions please refer to our Program Handbook or call the Recreation office (626) 403-7380. 
 Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement Project
As part of a city-wide initiative to replace aging sewer lines, the Public Works Department contracted with several companies to rehabilitate approximately 60% of the City's sewer system by the end of 2017.

By utilizing Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) technology, the life of 272 sewer pipe segments, totaling approximately 83,600 lineal feet,  have been extended for another fifty years. 
In order to improve the effectiveness of this project, the Public Works Department would once again like to remind residents to ensure that their private sewer laterals are in good condition. Specifically, by hiring a professional to ensure each homes lateral is free of roots, grease, and other debris.

For more information on the project itself click here , or contact South Pasadena's Public Works Department (626) 403-7240.
Upcoming Events
Movies in the Park
Friday, August 18th

The South Pasadena Community Services Department is hosting their last outdoor movie of the season on Friday, August 18th. Bring a blanket and beach chairs along with your friends and family! This is a free event.
Refreshments will be available for purchase starting at 7:00 p.m. and the movies will begin at 8:15 p.m.  For more information, please call the Community Services Department at (626) 403-7380 or visit .   
Concerts in the Park
Sundays in  August 2017
Free live music returns to Garfield Park this summer!

The South Pasadena Community Services Department and the Parks & Recreation Commission are pleased to present the annual Concerts in the Park series on Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Garfield Park, 100 Park Avenue, with the support of local businesses and organizations who have generously sponsored this family event.

Bring your blankets and low seating beach chairs and enjoy the music and fun. There will be a variety of delicious food available for purchase. .

Music Genre
July 9, 2017
The Grateful Dads
Classic Rock
July 16, 2017
The Fabulous Esquires Band
Big Band / Horns
July 23, 2017
Escape: The Journey Tribute
Classic Rock
July 30, 2017
Robert Sarzo, A Salute to Santana
Classic Rock
August 6, 2017
Opa Opa
August 13, 2017
City Beat Band
R&B / Soul
Shakespeare in the Park
Friday, August 4, 2017

The South Pasadena Community Services Department in collaboration with Shakespeare by the Sea invites you to Shakespeare in the Park. Join us on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Garfield Park at 7:00 p.m. 
Bring a picnic, blankets and beach chairs along with your friends and family to settle in for a night of classic entertainment as we feature "Macbeth".  Admission is free. Click here for more information, or call the  Community Services Department at (626) 403-7380.
Community Block Party and Resource Fair
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Assemblymember Chris Holden invites South Pasadena residents to his 18th Annual Block Party and Community Resource Fair on  Saturday, August 5, 2017  from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the 500 Block of  Jackson Street in Pasadena, 91104
Come discuss legislative and community issues while enjoying live music, a classic car show, game trucks and much more! Information on local and state resources will also be available. A brief community recognition program starts at noon so please give yourself time to drive and park, bike, walk, or ride  public transportation .    Click here for more information.
Jon Soohoo
Thursday, August 17, 2017
A 'Baseball Night' showcasing the art of Jon SooHoo, official photographer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be presented in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m.  The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street with available parking  at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage, located at 805 Meridian Avenue next to the Metro Gold Line Station.
Jon SooHoo, the Dodgers' photographer since 1985, will be sharing many of his favorite photos, including some that have been permanently etched into the iconography of Los Angeles baseball history.
The event will be moderated by Mark Langill, the Historian for the Dodgers and the author of numerous highly-regarded baseball books. Mark can be seen frequently on the SportsNetLA television network and his articles appear regularly in Dodgers programs and yearbooks, as well as in The Quarterly. The free event for all ages is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the South Pasadena Chinese American Club. Special thanks to 210eastsound and the Hospitality Committee of the Friends of the Library.
"La La Land" Screens in the Library Community Room
August 24, 2017
A screening of the 2016 musical romantic comedy drama "La La Land' will be presented on Thursday, August 24 at 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  and no tickets or reservations are needed. Refreshments will be served. Free parking is available at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage, located at 805 Meridian Avenue next to the Metro Gold Line Station. The free event is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the Friends of the Rialto Theatre, with special thanks to 210eastsound and Movie Licensing USA.
As so many millions already know, "La La Land" follows the lives of two young LA dreamers. The movie also prominently features South Pasadena's historic Rialto Theatre along with other locations in various recognizable spots in Los Angeles. The film's opening scene is a vibrant musical dance scene featuring a cast of dozens, caught up in a traffic jam on the ramp to the 110 Freeway. It sets the stage for many more unforgettable scenes to come.
"Buffalo Bill"  to be Screened in the  Library Community Room
Thursday, August 31, 2017
A free screening of "Buffalo Bill", a 1944 Technicolor Western starring South Pasadena's Joel McCrea (1905-1990), will be presented on Thursday, August 31 at 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room located at 1115 El Centro Street.  No tickets or reservations are necessary. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The classic western features an all- star cast that also includes Anthony Quinn, Maureen O' Hara, Linda Darnell, and Edgar Buchanan.
The film is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public library, the Friends of the Rialto Theatre, the Joel and Frances McCrea Ranch Foundation, and Poets and Writers, Inc. with funding from the James Irvine Foundation. Special thanks to 210eastsound.
Master of Ceremonies for the free screening of "Buffalo Bill" will be the dynamic Cowboy Poet, Larry Maurice who will also be performing a few of his own works. Helping to introduce the film will be Wyatt McCrea, one of the grandsons of Joel and Frances McCrea. Wyatt and Larry will also team up to conduct a Q & A with the audience after the screening.
Clean Air Car Show & Green Living Expo
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Want to learn more about alternative fuel vehicles as well as sustainable and green living? Then come and visit the Clean Air Car Show and Green Living Expo on Sunday, September 10th, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Garfield Park. 
This free event will showcase the latest in alternative fuel vehicles, and various booths on conservation and sustainable living.  There will be fun for the whole family, including children's activities provided by the City of South Pasadena Library.
The City has partnered with South Pasadena Beautiful to host their annual fall workshop at the event. There will be several knowledgeable speakers on topics such as tree diseases and what can be done about them, tree trimming do's and don'ts, tree watering basics, and becoming a zero waste household in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Are you a resident who owns an alternative fuel vehicle that you would like to show off? Contact the Environmental Programs Office to enter your car in the show!

Click here for more information , or contact Jenna Shimmin in the Environmental Programs Office at (626)403-7311 or .
Cruz'n for Roses
Sunday, September 17, 2017
The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee invites you to their 13th annual Classic Car Show along legendary Route 66 (Mission Street) on Sunday, September 17, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The show will feature hundreds of hot rods, custom cars, and classics, as well as a raffle, trophies, refreshments, food, exhibits, and vendors of all sorts.

Car clubs and car enthusiasts are invited to join in the fun and display their cars. Independent judges will award trophies in all 18 car categories. For more information or to  register your vehicle, visit  or contact Janet Benjamin (626) 799-7813.
Public Safety Open House
Sunday, September 17, 2017

The day's event is free to all, so bring the family and enjoy the day! For more
information, visit or call 626-403-7285.