City of South Pasadena                                                                                                          February 2018
 
In This Issue

Household Hazardous Waste 
and  E-Waste Event
February 3, 2018


Environmental Fun
F act  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.

 
If you would like to submit an environmental fun fact for n ext month's newsletter, please email 
e-neighbors@southpasadenaca.gov.

Holiday Closures
President's Day  
Monday, February 19, 2018
 
Clic k here  for holiday closures  
throughout the year.

Calendar of City Events
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upcoming meetings of interest.
                      
 
City Council Meeting  
Agendas & Minutes
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meetings of interest.
                      
     
City Council Meeting Video
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of City Council meetings.


Police News
Connect South Pasadena - the City's emergency notification system  
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ensure that you & your loved 
ones receive the information 
you need to stay safe!  

Human Resources 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.


Library Youth Programs
Icon to Sign up for Library Youth Programs


For more information, please contact the Library Children's Services at (626) 403-7258.

Community Services Classes and Programs Guide
 
The Wi nter 2018 issue of the Community Services Classes
and Programs Guide  is 
available  here .  


Senior Center Events
 
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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 plansouthpasadena@southpasadenaca.gov .
 
In the meantime, the public can review and comment on the working 
drafts portions of General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan at  w ww.plansouthpasadena.org/outcomes.html.


Stop Senior Scams Acting Program comes to 
South Pasadena
Friday, February 9, 2018


The senior community, sadly, is the target of  many  unsavory scammers and lowlifes.  Stop  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  educational service.

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  South Pasadena  Senior Center at  1102 Oxley Street,  South Pasadena CA  91030.
 
Box lunches will be offered by reservations thanks to Senator
Portantino.  Contact the Senior Center Office at (626) 403-7360 to
sign up.  Space  is  limited.  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  website  or Facebook page .

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  website at www.southpasadena.net See you a t the Crawl!


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.


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  c 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  will  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,  the  City has always sent utility billing statements bi-monthly for  two  months of prior service. You  should expect to receive your  regular  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  in  late  January for rubbish services covering January, February, and  March  of 2018. Again, please note that there will be NO overlap of service periods and you will NOT be double billed for rubbish services.  Athens will  send the next quarterly billing statement for rubbish  services in  April for  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  website at: www.southpasadenaca.gov/utilities 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: utilities@southpasadenaca.gov. In addition, you may  call the City of South Pasadena Finance Department at (626) 403-7250  or Athens Services directly  at (888) 336-6100.


Construction Notice
Grevelia Street and Garfield Avenue Improvement Project


Construction on Grevelia Street started 
on  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  city limit.

The construction will require parking restrictions, temporary lane 
closure, and temporary sidewalk closure. The City looks forward 
to  the completion of these important upgrades and is  making every 
effort to minimize delays. For more information, visit the City Website at  www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/index.aspx?page=345.


T 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:
    • Self-exploration
    • Interpersonal relationships
    • Counseling
    • 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  and participate  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.

Upcoming Events

Spring Eggstravaganza
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.