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e-Neighbors January 2016 Edition - e-Neighbors is the monthly newsletter of the City of South Pasadena  
In This Issue
                    

Holiday Closures

The City of South Pasadena observes the following holiday this month:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 18, 2016
                    
Calendar of City Events
Clic k here t o view a list of upcoming meetings of interest. 
                    

City Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes
Clic k here to view a list of upcoming meetings of interest.
                         
City Council Meeting Video
Clic k here to view the live streaming of City Council meetings.
                     

Prepare for El Niño with 
Connect South Pasadena - the City's emergency notification system  
 
With El Niño, this storm season is predicted to be the strongest in years. Here are three things we'd like residents to do today:
  1. Prepare an emergency kit. Information on how to build a kit is available at www.lacounty.gov/elnino
  2. Register for Connect South Pasadena, the City's emergency notification system to receive vital information should disaster strike. To register go to www.southpasadenaca.gov/ConnectSouthPas
  3. Prepare your property for the storms. Review our handy checklist at www.southpasadenaca.gov/ElNino

                    

Community Services Classes & Programs Guide
Winter 2016 Recreation Guide
The Winter 2016 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 Center Newsletter - January and February 2016  
Give the gift of membership at the South Pasadena Senior Center!(South Pasadena non-residents are welcome).  
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Leo Politi Exhibit Comes to South Pasadena
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Leo Politi Reception and Art Exhibit - Sunday_ January 10_ 2016 - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Library Community Room_ 1115 El Centro Street
On Sunday, January 10, from 5 to 7 pm, a special reception will be held to open an Exhibit of Leo Politi artwork from the 1960 children's book "Moy Moy" and from other works at the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street.

"Moy Moy" is about Chinese New Year through the eyes of a young girl and her brothers. That child is now May Yan Joe of South Pasadena. Her family and many of their neighbors who grew up on Chung King Road in Chinatown will be guests of honor at the reception. Educators from Castelar Elementary School in Chinatown and the subjects of "Mr. Fong's Toy Shop," another Politi book about the neighborhood, will be attending. Politi published 24 children's books and was known for painting scenes of many ethnic neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Following the opening reception, the Library Community Room Exhibit will be open for public viewing on the afternoons of January 11 to 14 from 2 to 6 pm. Mary "Moy Moy" Yan Joe will read and discuss the book for children on Thursday, January 14,  at 4:30 pm. Click here for a full listing of all events surrounding the exhibit.

Countywide Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment
Thursday, January 14, 2016
LA County Park Needs Assessment - Thursday_ January 14_ 2016 - 6_00 p.m. - South Pasadena City Council Chambers_ 1424 Mission Street - For more information_ contact Sheila Pautsch at spautsch_southpasadenaca.gov
What are your priorities for parks? Attend a Community Meeting at South Pasadena City Council Chamber on Thursday, January 14, at 6:30 pm and make your voice heard!

South Pasadena, in conjunction with LA County and all the other cities in the County are taking stock of our parks. We really need to know what you think. This is a once-in-a-generation chance for you to say where and how we should spend money on our parks in the coming decades.


 
Snow Day!
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Snow Day 2016 - Saturday_ January 23_ 2016 - Garfield Park_ 1000 Park Ave - _7 Presale_ _10 at the Door - Sled Runs_ Tot Land_ Snow Play_ Arts and Crafts_ Food_ and More_
South Pasadena will see snow this Winter! Join the South Pasadena Community Services Department for Snow Day on Saturday, January 23, from 10 am to 2 pm! This new event will be held at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Avenue. There will be 4 sled runs, snow play, crafts, and our Tot Land area for younger children. Mix n Munch is participating and will have food for purchase on-site.

Click here to buy a presale wristband on our website for $7, or purchase wristbands at the door for $10. 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!

Christmas Tree Pick Up
Holiday Tree Pick-Up
Holiday tree collection for single family residents will start the day after Christmas and continue for two weeks. Residents should place their tree at the curb before 7:00 a.m. on their regular trash day.

Apartment building and condo residents
should place their tree at the curb for collection on Saturday, January 9, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For those who would prefer to drop off their tree, there will be a larger dumpster located on the 900 block of Arroyo Drive from December 26, 2015 until January 12, 2016.

Please remove all ornaments, decorations, lights, tinsel and tree stands.

Click here for more information on refuse collection, or call Athens Services at 888-336-6100.
Earthquake Retrofit Rebate for Homeowners
Earthquake Brace Bolt - Funds to Strengthen your Foundation
South Pasadena homeowners may qualify for a rebate of up to $3,000 towards an earthquake retrofit of their house.

The California Residential Mitigation Program will be available in 2016 to selected zip codes, including the 91030 and 91031 zip codes in South Pasadena. Homeowner registration is open through January 31, 2016 or once all the funds are reserved, whichever comes first. Homeowners are encouraged to apply early.

Homeowners interested in participating should go to EarthquakeBraceBolt.com to answer qualification questions posted on the website to ensure that their house qualifies. Homeowners can also call (877) 232-4300 for a paper application.

Space is limited
. Homeowners will be notified if they are selected to participate or are placed on a waiting list. For more information on the program, visit EarthquakeBraceBolt.com
SPUSD Mission Place Project Environmental Impact Report Comment Period Open Thru February 19, 2016
Aerial Image of the Proposed Mission Place Project
The South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Mission Place project. The proposed project would develop a 1.27-acre surface parking lot on Mission Street into a three-story mixed-use project comprising of two new buildings. The project includes 91 multi-family residential units, 7,000 square feet of commercial space, and 228 parking spaces in three levels of underground parking.
 
At this time, the District is inviting the public to review and comment on the environmental issues that are identified in the EIR. Written comments must be received by Friday, February 19, 2016.  You may also provide oral comments at a Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

2015 Image Award Presented to South Pasadena Beautiful
Picture of Mayor Diana Mahmud giving the 2015 Image award to representatives of South Pasadena Beautiful
On December 29, 2015, South Pasadena Mayor Diana Mahmud presented the 2015 Image Award to South Pasadena Beautiful. The organization, which has been in existence since 1965, is comprised entirely of volunteers who are dedicated to the belief that pride of community should be promoted, that existing beauty should be recognized and preserved, and that unsightly areas should be dealt with in a timely manner.

The South Pasadena Image Award has been presented since 2004, when former Mayor Mike Ten initiated the annual award to individuals or groups that enhance the image of the City beyond its borders.
Keep it Clean Calendar 2016
2016 Environmental Calendar
Need a 2016 year-at-a-glance, poster-sized calendar? The City is giving them away at City Hall during normal operating hours. The calendar provides information on the environment and reminds us not to pollute our waterways! Come soon - supplies are limited!

For information on the City's environmental programs, call (626) 403-7311 or email DFigoni@SouthPasadenaCA.gov
Prepare Your Trees & Landscape for El Nino
Picture of a Tree with the caption_ _This Winter Trim your tree to lighten the canopy._
With all the talk about El Nino, now is a great time to prepare your trees and landscape for what the winter may bring by doing the following:
  1. Have your trees checked: With the drought taking a toll on all trees, they are weaker than usual. Have your trees and large shrubs trimmed to reduce the risk of rain and wind breaking branches. Click here for more information on Tree Trimming
  2. Clean out your gutters and downspouts: Clean them now and then again later if tree leaves have fallen on your rooftop.
  3. Make sure your yard drains properly: In areas that do not have grass that acts like a sponge to soak up and help water percolate into the ground, consider placing 3 to 4 inches of organic mulch to help water drain and infiltrate. If ponding is a problem in parts of your yard, consider creating a swale or dry stream bed to help capture the rainwater and allow it to recharge our groundwater aquifer.
  4. Consider installing rain barrels at downspouts: Rain barrels are a relatively inexpensive way to capture water flowing from your roof. Make sure to direct any overflow from the barrels away from the house. Click here for information on the City's $75 per barrel rebate
  5. Turn off your automatic watering system after the rain: Leave it off for at least two weeks, if not longer. Some say, for every ¼" of rain, you can shut off sprinklers for a week.
  6. Loosen compacted soil: Ground that has dried out will repel water initially. Tilling in compost and covering with mulch will enable the ground to better absorb rain.

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New Year's Resolutions 2016
Picture of List of Resolutions
Live more sustainably in 2016 by practicing these easy tips:
  • Water your landscape wisely. Install water-efficient sprinkler heads and  smart irrigation controllers - rebates available for both at SoCalWaterSmart.com.
  • Save more water by installing a high efficiently washing machine or toilet, taking shorter showers, fixing leaking faucets, and turning off the water when brushing your teeth. Install free high-efficiency showerheads, available at City Hall while supplies last!
  • Place your yard trimmings in a separate can. Athens Services will sort all paper, bottles and cans from your mixed waste.
  • Keep your thermostat at 78° or higher in the summer and 68° or lower in the winter. Show your support for energy conservation and earn points for South Pasadena by signing up for the CoolCalifornia Challenge.
  • Click here to sign up for the CoolCalifornia Challenge
  • Install compact florescent light (CFL's) bulbs when your incandescent bulbs burn out. CFL's contain mercury so they must be recycled at a hazardous waste facility!
  • When your shower is warming up, save the cold water in a bucket and use it to water your plants and trees. Free buckets are available at City Hall while supplies last!
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle whatever you can. Click here to check out the City's local directory
  • Drop off Hazardous Waste, Electronic Waste & Universal Waste for proper disposal. Go to www.CleanLA.com for event locations and details or call 1-888-CleanLA.
Practice and share these tips with friends and family!

Upcoming Events
Housing Rights Workshop
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Free Housing Rights Workshop - Thursday_ February 18_ 2016 - 5_00 p.m. to 7_00 p.m. - Fair Oaks Renaissance Plaza Community Room_ 649 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena_ CA 91103