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The City of South Pasadena observes the following holiday this month:

Temporary Closure for Employee Holiday Luncheon - Tuesday, December 13, 2016 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Holiday Break - Monday, December 26, 2016 
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Pasadena Humane Society
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Have you found a stray dog? Is a pup in your neighborhood barking all day? Do you want to report a hurt animal? Maybe you are concerned about animal cruelty. The Pasadena Humane Society provides animal control services for South Pasadena residents and are available 24/7!

To learn more, visit their website or call (626) 792-7151 anytime.


Community Services Classes & Programs Guide
Recreation community class guide Winter 2017
The current 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 Newsletter November December 2016  
Give the gift of membership at the South Pasadena Senior Center!(South Pasadena non-residents are welcome).  
More information is available here. 
Do you have questions about housing issues, renters' rights, foreclosure and more?
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Under a new contract with the City, the Housing Rights Center (HRC) is expanding its services in South Pasadena with comprehensive fair housing programming.
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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Holiday Tree Lighting at the Farmer's Market
Thursday, December 1, 2016
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Celebrate the joy, excitement and beauty of the season at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting, presented by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. This fun, family event will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the South Pasadena Farmers' Market, from 4 to 7 pm, and is a great kick-off of the holiday season.  
Musical performances will be provided by the SPHS marching band, South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory. Keep an eye out for Santa Claus's grand entrance and the chance to visit and take photos with him. The newly painted Iron Works Museum will be decorated for the holidays, and the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation will have seasonal treats for visitors. At 5:30 pm, watch the highlight of the event as the Mayor "flips the switch" and the tree will light up! Dozens of lights and other colorful décor and the very special kids' ornaments will certainly be a breathtaking sight!
The Market is located on Meridian and El Centro, near the Iron Works Museum, at the Metro Gold Line South Pasadena Station. For more information click here or contact the Chamber at

Holiday Light Exchange
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Friday, December 9, 2016
Want a free and simple way to save money and energy this holiday season? Exchange your holiday strand lights for energy efficient LED lights through the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership.

This exchange is available to all Southern California Edison (SCE) residential customers. Bring your SCE paper or electronic bill and ID along with your working incandescent lights and receive up to two strands of LED replacements.

The nearest events for the exchange are:

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Snow Fest
City of Arcadia
Community Center, 365 Campus Dr
10 am to ­ 12 pm
Friday, December 9, 2016
Monrovia Street Fair
City of Monrovia
Monrovia Street Fair, Myrtle Ave and Lemon Ave
6 pm to­ 8 pm
Click here to learn more about this program or to find additional exchange locations.  
Children's Pajama Concert
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Children_s pajama concert 2016 Flyer

Join the South Pasadena Library for a free performance by the award-winning, nationally acclaimed Los Angeles Children's Orchestra on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 7:15 pm in the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street.

This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.For more information, contact Senior Librarian Maida Wong at (626) 403-7358 or

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Breakfast with Santa Flyer 2016
You better not cry, you better not pout, Santa is coming to town! Our annual Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9 am to 11 am at the War Memorial Building, 435 Fair Oaks Ave. This event is fun for the entire family! Expect arts & crafts, entertainment, a delicious breakfast, and get into the holiday spirit by wearing your favorite holiday pajamas!
Parents, make sure to have your camera ready, Santa will be available for photos. Please plan to arrive early as doors will close at 9:30 am. Tickets are $15 per person, children under 2 are free. Tickets are available at the Recreation Division office, 815 Mission Street, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, and online by clicking here. Spaces are limited and all sales are final.

2016 State of the City Address
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
2016 State of the City Address - Sustainable Community_ Efficient Government - Wednesday_ December 14_ 2016 in the South Pasadena Library Community Room_ 1115 El Centro Street
Throughout the past year, South Pasadena City Council and staff prioritized environmental stewardship and governmental efficiency. Mayor Diana Mahmud and the City of South Pasadena invite residents and community members to consider the results of this focus at the 2016 State of the City Address on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 6 pm in the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street. You are invited to honor some of those contributions, as we reflect on the year that was.

The program will include a pre
sentation by Mayor Diana Mahmud with a short reception to follow.  Click here for more information on the 2016 State of the City Address, or contact the Management Services Department at (626) 403-7210.

Lego Mania
Saturday, December 17, 2016
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Just in time for the holidays, the South Pasadena Public Library and Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library invite children of all ages and their families to take a break from shopping and join us for Lego Mania on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11 am in the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street. Offered free to the public, this program encourages children to use their imagination and apply science, math, and engineering to create and build with Lego blocks. Children 3 years and younger, will learn through play with the larger Lego Duplo blocks.

Registration is required for this free event. Click here to register, or visit the South Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley Street. For more information, contact Senior Librarian Maida Wong at (626) 403-7358 or

Firefighter Santa is Coming to the South Pasadena Fire Station!
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Firefighter Santa 2016 Flyer
Santa is coming to town and he will be visiting the South Pasadena Fire Station, 817 Mound St. on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Santa will be available for photos on the fire truck so bring your camera. Santa's elves will be ready with crafts and cookie decorating as well as hot chocolate to keep you warm.

The City will also be conducting its annual toy drive; unwrapped toys will gladly be accepted. This is event is free and is hosted by the South Pasadena Fire Department and Fire Association. Click here for more information regarding this event or call (626) 403-7300.
2017 Rose Parade Traffic Restrictions
Monday, January 2, 2017
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Excitement is building fast for Pasadena's 128th Rose Parade on Monday, January 2, 2017. In order to ensure safe traffic conditions for the parade, Orange Grove Avenue will be closed north of the 110 Freeway from 7:30 pm on Sunday, January 1, 2017 through to early morning on Monday, January 2, 2017.

Local access will be available to residents of the 200 through 500 blocks of Orange Grove Avenue and the 700 block of Orange Grove Terrace only. Residents living on streets to the east and west of Orange Grove Avenue who normally access their street via Orange Grove will be temporarily required to access their street via Grand Avenue or Meridian Avenue. The City of South Pasadena apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause, and looks forward to lifting traffic restrictions as soon as feasible on January 2, 2017.

Please obey all "No Parking" signs posted along local streets. Resident passes allow local access to streets but do not allow parking along those streets. All "No Parking" signs will be strictly enforced at the dates and times specified.  

Please click here for more information or contact the South Pasadena Police Department at (626) 403-7297 for questions regarding parking and parking restrictions in the City of South Pasadena.
New! City of South Pasadena Financial Transparency Portal 
adopted budget pie chart In an effort to provide a more inclusive and transparent budget presentation, the City of South Pasadena has partnered with OpenGov, a leading technology company, to bring you a financial intelligence and transparency tool. This new tool provides you access to a web based financial visualizations portal that includes charts, graphs, and reports containing the City's financial data from 2005 to the current adopted budget. You can explore the city's expenditures, revenues, view departmental budgets, and run reports down to line item details. Click here to visit the portal.
A Brief History of South Pasadena's Urban Forest
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Photo Courtesy of the South Pasadena Public Library
South Pasadena residents have a long history of civic engagement, and nowhere is that more evident than in the City's urban forest. A rich cast of active community members have supported the planting and protection of trees, helping jumpstart the creation of South Pasadena's tree canopy. The abundant tree canopy brings many benefits including increased home values, cleaner air, storm water mitigation, and a cooler environment. Click here to read more about the history of our urban forest

Holiday Parking Restrictions
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Overnight parking restriction will not be enforced from the morning of Friday, December 23, 2016 through the morning of Wednesday, January 4, 2017. All other parking restrictions will be enforced including preferential parking districts, timed-restrictions and parking a vehicle continuously for 72 hours.

The Mission-Meridian Parking Garage is open to the public from 6 pm to 2 am daily and from 4 am to 2 am on weekends and holidays. This year the holidays fall on the weekends but the Rose Parade is on Monday, January 2, 2017, and parking will be free in the parking garage that day.

Please click here for additional information on parking regulations or call the Police Department at (626) 403-7270.

Tree Drive Hosted by South Pasadena Beautiful
thumbprint tree "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." -Chinese Proverb

In order to preserve our urban forest, it is important to act now! South Pasadena Beautiful is hosting a tree planting drive with the goal to plant 50 trees by Arbor Day, March 2017. You can help by funding the planting of a tree through the South Pasadena Tree Dedication Program. Donors can work with the City Arborist to pick a location and specie of tree close to their business, residence, or where the need is the greatest.
Each tree dedication is $195. All tree donations made through South Pasadena Beautiful are tax deductible and generate a one year membership.
For more information, click here to visit the South Pasadena Beautiful website. 

NEW Drought Stage 1 Water Restrictions 
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In response to new state regulations that allow water providers to determine their own water reduction targets based on local water supply, the South Pasadena City Council approved transitioning to a Stage 1 Water Supply Shortage at the September 21, 2016 Council meeting.
The changes take effect Thursday, October 6, 2016, and include:
  •  Watering with sprinklers is limited to three days per week.
    • Addresses ending in an even number may water on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
    • Addresses ending in an odd number may water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • A recommended 20% reduction in annual water consumption from 2013 levels.
The following prohibitions, per SPMC 35.42 enacted in 1991, remain in effect:
  • Water leaks or breaks must be fixed within 72 hours.
  • No overhead watering between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.
  • No runoff of irrigation water.
  • Hoses must have shut off nozzle when washing vehicles.
Click here to learn about what you can do to conserve water or contact Jenna Shimmin at (626) 403-7311 or
Tree Care
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South Pasadena is proud to be a Tree City USA member. Healthy trees are important to our city for a variety of reasons. Recently, City staff began installing tree watering rings in an effort to ensure new additions to our urban forest will grow and flourish.   Click here for more information on proper tree care and watering at your property.

Upcoming Events
Community Meeting on Our Urban Forest
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
You are invited to a presentation on the City's urban forest, street lighting, traffic signals and median landscaping. The City is in the process of updating the Lighting and Landscape Maintenance District which funds the operation and maintenance of all these items.

South Pasadena is proud to be a part of Tree City USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program recognizing cities that support a healthy tree canopy. The benefits of a robust urban forest include cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, increased property values, and commercial activity. Many of South Pasadena's trees are in the later stages of their life cycle which requires more pruning, removal, and eventually replacement. While the maintenance cost has risen, the assessment rate has not changed since 1997.
The Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1424 Mission Street. This meeting will provide information on the function of the District, and the proposed assessment updates. Please plan to attend to learn about the assessment update and to provide your input in advance of the City Council hearing later that month. 
Snow Day!
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Snow Day 2017
Let it snow! The Community Services Department will host the 2nd annual Snow Day. Join us on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm at Garfield Park, 100 Park Ave. We will have sled runs, snow play, crafts, and our Tot Land area for younger children will also be available.     

Click here to buy a wristband on our website for $7 each. Subject to availability, wristbands will be sold for $10 at the door. Each wristband is good for 45 minutes of access to snow play and sled runs, there will be four 45 minute sessions. You can select your session on-line. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Recreation office at (626) 403-7380. We look forward to seeing you all there; remember to bring your scarves and mittens!