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The City of South Pasadena observes the following holidays this month:
New Year's Day Observed - Monday, January 2, 2017
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday - Monday, January 16, 2017 
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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Community Services Classes & Programs Guide
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The Winter 2017 issue of the Community Services Classes & Programs Guide is available here. Click here to register online! 

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
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Give the gift of membership at the South Pasadena Senior Center! South Pasadena non-residents are welcome.  
More information is available here. 
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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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LLMD Update Community Meeting
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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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 pm in the Council Chamber, 1424 Mission Street. This Meeting will provide information on the function of the District, and the proposed assessment updates. Click here to learn more about the assessment.

Performance by Musicians Adam and Rotem Gilbert
Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Adam & Rotem Gilbert will present a mini-concert of Early Music for the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7 pm in the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street.

Adam plays historical woodwind instruments and Rotem plays the recorder. The early "classical" music they play often has folk and popular elements, and can be "pretty toe-tapping." Click here to learn more about the artists.

This free event is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, who will approve their new 2017 officers after a brief vote. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and no tickets or reservations are necessary. Refreshments will be served. 
Snow Day
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Let it snow! The Community Services Department will host the 2nd annual "Snow Day" event. Join us on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm at Garfield Park. We will have sled runs, snow play, crafts, and our Tot Land area for younger children.

 Click here to buy a wristband on our website for $10 each. Subject to availability, wristbands will be sold for $15 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 online.

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!

Novelist Matthew Arkin and "Wait Until Dark" Screening   
Thursday, January 26, 2017 
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An Author/Film Night with Matthew Arkin will be presented at 7 pm in the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street, on Thursday, January 26, 2017. It will feature a presentation by author and actor Matthew Arkin, and a screening of the classic "Wait Until Dark" (1967) with Audrey Hepburn in one of her most iconic roles. The film also features Alan Arkin, Matthew's father, in perhaps his most unforgettable role as the ruthless Roat.

Matthew Arkin is a critically acclaimed Broadway, film, and TV actor, as well as a recovering attorney. His first book "In the Country of the Blind: The First Zack Brandis Novel of Suspense" was published in 2013 after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $18,000 from more than 200 backers. Matthew is a South Pasadena resident who will be talking about his debut novel and introducing the film, which has been called one of the most suspenseful movies ever made. 
The event is presented by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and the South Pasadena Public Library. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and refreshments will be served.  Admission is free and no tickets or reservations are necessary. Click here to learn more about this event.  

City Council Passes Resolution of Diversity and Inclusivity
On December 21, 2016, the South Pasadena City Council adopted a Resolution affirming the City's commitment to diversity and to safeguarding the civil rights, safety and dignity of all of our residents. Click here to view the full text of the Resolution.
City Enhancement Through Public Art
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Have you noticed something different about traffic signal boxes around town lately? For the second year in a row the City of South Pasadena partnered with the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) to hire artists to create artwork on ten traffic signal boxes throughout South Pasadena. The project enhances the visual environment of the community and extends public art to the community in a creative way.

Library Strategic Planning Survey Analyses Now Available
Public response to South Pasadena Public Library's online Strategic Planning survey has been very strong with about 700 community members completing the online forum.  The online survey was utilized to collect opinions, suggestions, and thoughts about the Library from the public. The Library's Strategic Planning Consultant, Joe Matthews, also conducted a Strategic Planning Community Forum on October 22, 2016. It was attended by about 20 individuals, comprised of members of the public, the Friends of the Library, the Library Board of Trustees, and Library staff.   The Library is very appreciative of all the input from the public from both the Community Forum and the online forum.

Mr. Matthews has recently published four new easy-to-read documents that offer analyses of the public's responses to the Library Strategic Planning: "Analysis of Online Survey- Inspiring Ideas," "Analysis of the Community-Related Questions," "Online Survey Appendix, and "Online Survey Related Questions". Click here to view these documents.
Go Green SGV Business Challenge
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Is your business a leader in energy efficiency and sustainability? Do you want to know what else your business can do to be more efficient and sustainable? Then join the Go Green SGV Business Challenge!

The Go Green SGV Business Challenge offers free assistance, public recognition, and free marketing to energy efficient businesses in the San Gabriel Valley. Earning recognition shows that the business has made a commitment to the community and its future success by going above and beyond environmental standards.
This is a free program created by the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership that encourages businesses to be leaders by implementing extra energy efficiency and conservation practices.
Go green. Get noticed. Click here to share your success and apply today, or call (626) 457-1800 for more information.

Keep it Clean Calendar 2017
Need a 2017 year-at-a-glance, poster-sized calendar? The City is giving them away at City Hall, 1414 Mission Street, during normal business hours. The calendar provides information on the environment and reminds us not to pollute our waterways! Get yours today because supplies are limited!

For information on the City's environmental programs, contact Jenna Shimmin, Water Conservation Analyst, at (626) 403-7311 or  
South Pasadena Beautiful Tree Donation 
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"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. Click here for more information about the tree drive.
"Jane Apostol: Collected Works" Available in Friends Bookstore
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Jane Apostol , the eminent South Pasadena historian, and one of California's most respected writers and researchers, recently passed away. Her son, Stephen Goddard, visited South Pasadena this year and soon donated copies of "Jane Apostol: Collected Works" for the Friends of the Library to sell as a fundraiser.  
"Jane Apostol: Collected Works" contains over 100 beautifully reproduced California historical photos and illustrations, as well as every article Jane ever wrote for some of California's most prestigious historical journals.

Don't miss this great opportunity to own this limited edition of South Pasadena history! For a limited time, you can purchase it for only $25 per copy at the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library Bookstore, located upstairs at the South Pasadena Public Library. Click here to learn more about the collection. 

Financial Transparency Portal
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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 the 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.

Free Home Energy Assessment Program
Energy Assessment Program
Learn how to save money, increase the comfort of your home, and take care of the environment with the free EASY audit program. The Energy Assessment Screening for Your Home (EASY) Program provides a free home energy assessment that will help you identify opportunities to reduce your energy usage and costs. With this home assessment, you will receive customized solutions and project recommendations, as well as information on rebate and financing programs through local utility companies like Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company.
Participation in the EASY home assessment is voluntary. EASY is a program of the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership (SGVEWP), and home assessments will be conducted by SGVEWP program assessors.
Click here to schedule your free EASY home assessment, or call
(626) 457-1800 for more information.  
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Upcoming Events
Winter Arts Crawl
Saturday, February 25, 2017
South Pasadena Art Crawl
The Winter Arts Crawl is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 5 to 9 pm. This very popular "Neighborhood-Night-On-The-Town" features something for everyone. Shops and boutiques will be open late with special exhibits, trunk shows, open houses and sales. Stop in at the local restaurants and cafes for a snack or dinner, or grab a bite from one of the food trucks. There will be an interactive art activity so that the entire family can get creative.
For merchant and artist participation, please contact Hope Perello, Director of SPACE, at The quarterly Arts Crawls are organized by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, and produced by SPACE, to highlight the City's unique business district and provide a showcase for artists and musicians.

Click here for more information, or call (626) 441-2339.
Spring Eggstravaganza 
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Spring will be here before you know it, please save the date! The Recreation Division will host their annual Spring Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The event will take place at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Ave, from 12 to 2 pm.

Bring the whole family for a fun day of carnival games, inflatables, and egg hunts for different age groups. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance, so bring your camera for a photo! There will be delicious food for purchase as well.

Pre-registration begins March 1, 2017 on our website and will be at a discounted rate at $5 per child. W ristbands will also be sold at the door for $8. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Recreation Office at (626) 403-7380.