Household Hazardous Waste
February 3, 2018
of the Month
Compost is organic material
that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what
we throw away, and should
be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
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Monday, February 19, 2018
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Human Resources Opportunities
A bulletin board with postings of
all current City employment opportunities (pictured) is located
on the 2nd floor of City Hall.
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Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting
Monday, February 5, 2018
The General Plan/Downtown
Specific Plan Update is nearing another milestone, thanks
to the hard work of many members of the community who have attended focus group meetings, the Visioning Charrette, and those
who submitted responses to the survey.
On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, the City Council and the Planning Commission held a joint meeting to review the draft documents, and to provide staff with direction to begin development of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Both bodies approved the use of growth projections and gave the green light to move forward with the legally-required Environmental Impact Report.
An EIR Scoping meeting will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room.
The meeting will review the process the EIR will go through and will provide an opportunity for the public to weigh in on
the issues they would like the EIR to address. If
you are unable to attend, you can still send in your concerns to
In the meantime, the public can review and comment on the working
Stop Senior Scams Acting Program comes to
The senior community, sadly, is the target of
unsavory scammers and lowlifes.
Senior Scams is a
selfless, hardworking theatrical sketch group. They, and
their leader Ms. Adrienne Omansky, travel all over the Los Angeles area
trying to heighten awareness by performing
skits which point out the carious scams which target seniors.
In doing so, they are, in an entertaining way, protecting the senior community, and providing a valuable and necessary
Hosted by Senator Anthony J. Portantino.
The event will be on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 12:00 pm to
1:00 pm at the
Senior Center at
1102 Oxley Street,
South Pasadena CA
Box lunches will be offered by reservations thanks to Senator
Contact the Senior Center Office at (626) 403-7360 to
Lunch will be served at 11:45 am prior to the program.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Sunday, February 11, 2018
The South Pasadena Chinese American Club (SPCC) proudly presents the
Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, February 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the South Pasadena Middle School auditorium. It will feature spectacular performances
by high school students from Beijing. These
81 students are the Art Troupe of
the High School affiliated to Renmin University of China. They are touring Southern California.
You can expect to be dazzled by performances in orchestra music, cultural dance, martial arts, and choir. The students have won many competitions in China and Europe for symphony orchestra music, aerobics, martial arts and dance. The SPCC has sponsored many culturally significant events over the
years and this event promises to be one of the finest in the San Gabriel Valley. Admission is free to the performances. For more information, visit SPCC's
The Lunar New Year Celebration is sponsored by the South Pasadena Chinese American Club, The South Pasadena Unified School District
and the City of South Pasadena.
Winter Arts Crawl
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Artists and businesses team up to celebrate the winter season with the fun and family friendly "Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town" on Saturday, February 24, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sponsored
by the Chamber of Commerce and produced by SPACE, the South Pasadena Arts Crawl welcomes people of all ages to this free event which offers gallery openings, art activities, live music, open houses, food and drink specials, and special events throughout the business district.
There will be an Artisans' Marketplace near the South Pasadena
Historical Museum with artisans showcasing their unique, handcrafted wares. Mission Street, and adjacent blocks, will be abuzz with festivities for the event.
The event kicks off Women's History Month in March with the theme of
"Bad Girls," based on the book "Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World." There will be an event map published in
the South Pasadena Review (the official guide to the Arts Crawl!) on Friday, February 23, 2018 and more information can
be found on the Chamber's
See you a
t the Crawl!
Water & Sewage Rate Change
City of South Pasadena residents did an exceptional
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
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
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
on the City's website.
Residential Rubbish Billing Changes Will Result in Multiple Bills During January and February
As of January 1, 2018, the City of South Pasadena (City) transferred billing
of residential rubbish services (solid waste) directly to Athens Services. Athens Services has an exclusive franchise as the City's
rubbish services provider and currently provides all of the City's
rubbish services. This transfer of residential rubbish billing will
reate greater statement transparency, facilitate enhanced customer relationships, and streamline utility billing processes.
We kindly ask that residents bear with us during the transition which
result in multiple utility billing statements to residential customers during the
first two months of 2018. Effective January 1, 2018 Athens services will
directly bill customers in advance of service and on a quarterly basis. Your next regular utility bill from the City will include water, sewer, and your final rubbish
billing for two months of prior service. Please note that you will NOT be double
billed for rubbish services.
Athens Services uses a billing system that sends utility billing
statements quarterly and in advance of the service. Conversely,
City has always sent utility billing statements bi-monthly for
months of prior service. You
should expect to receive your
utility bill from the City during the
months of January and February
for the November and December rubbish services.
However, you w
ill also receive a utility billing statement from Athens Services
January for rubbish services covering January, February, and
of 2018. Again, please note that there will be NO overlap of service periods and you will NOT be double billed for rubbish services.
send the next quarterly billing statement for rubbish
services in April, May, and June of 2018. Your water and
sewer bills will continue to be billed on a bi-monthly basis. Below is a graphic comparison of the two billing cycles for easier explanation.
For more information, Please visit the City of South Pasadena's
where you will find a
list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the transfer of residential rubbish services billing to Athens Services. You may also contact the
City via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, you may
call the City of South Pasadena Finance Department at (626) 403-7250
or Athens Services directly
at (888) 336-6100.
Grevelia Street and Garfield Avenue Improvement Project
Construction on Grevelia Street started
the week of January 8, 2018 and is anticipated
to be completed within 60 working days.
This project consists of resurfacing the street, concrete replacement, and water improvements on Grevelia
Street from Fair Oaks Avenue to Stratford Avenue.
Construction on Garfield Avenue started on the week
of January 16,
2018 and anticipated to be completed
within 110 working days. This project consists of resurfacing the street,
concrete replacement, and
water main replacement on Garfield Avenue
from Clark Place to north
The construction will require parking restrictions, temporary lane
closure, and temporary sidewalk closure. The City looks forward
the completion of these important upgrades and is
he Young Transition Navigator Program
The City of South Pasadena's Teen Center in collaboration with Cal State LA will offer a free sixteen-week program, January 22 - May 18, 2018 geared towards teens ages 13-18. The Program is led by a Cal State LA Rehabilitation Education Professor, along with graduate and undergraduate students who will facilitate the workshops. Class
meetings are Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.
The objective of this free program is to integrate the youth into the workforce or post-secondary education upon graduation. The training program will contain five modules:
- Interpersonal relationships
- Employment preparedness
- Person-center planning
The program includes workshops on the following: Self-care and
goal setting, stress management, self-advocacy skills, intrapersonal relationships, financial literacy, vocational assessment, career
exploration, job search, resume, professional etiquette, just to name
a few. At the
end of the program, participants will prepare a portfolio
in a certificate graduation ceremony at Cal State LA.
The Young Transition Navigator Program will offer an evidence-based roadmap for students to obtain desirable life skills; as well as support
the Teen Center as a fieldwork site for rehabilitating adolescence seeking support in transitional services.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
The Community Services Department will host its annual Spring Eggstravaganza
on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 11:30am - 2:00pm. The event is located at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Ave. This event is fun for the whole family, there will be crafts, inflatables, games, and egg hunts. The Easter Bunny will also be in attendance to take photos with you! Food will be available for purchase.
Preregistration is required and will begin Monday, February 5, 2018. You can purchase your wristband on our website, www.southpasadenaca.gov/events or at the Recreation office, 815 Mission St, South Pasadena, (626) 403-7380.