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City of South Pasadena                                                                                                                                    July 2017
In This Issue
Holiday Closures
T he City of South Pasadena observes the following holiday this month:  
Independence Day -
Tuesday, J
uly 4, 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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Save The Date! - Clean Air Car Show and Green Living Expo 

Community Services Classes & Programs Guide

The Summer 2017 issue of the Community Services Classes & Programs Guide
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
Give the gift of membership at the South Pasadena Senior Center! (South Pasadena non-residents are welcome).  
More information is available here. 
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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Fourth of July Festival of Balloons
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Join your neighbors for the 36th Annual Festival of Balloons celebration! This year's theme is "Freedom on the Road. Celebrating Route 66." 
The day begins at 7:00 a.m. with a savory pancake breakfast put on by the Kiwanis Club at the South Pasadena Fire Station, 817 Mound Avenue. At 10:30 a.m., the Opening Ceremonies will take place at the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street.
Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, the annual parade will go down Mission Street to Garfield Park, 1000 Park Avenue at 11:00 a.m. The festivities continue at Garfield Park in the afternoon with games, food, and activities for the whole family.         

Following the celebration at the park, there will be the grand finale for the day, the fireworks show at South Pasadena High School, 1401 Fremont Avenue. Gates open for the show at 5:30 p.m., show starts at 9:00 p.m. With so much going on, much of it within walking distance, there is no reason to leave town or even get in your car!

Click here for more information including the full schedule of events and the registration packet for participation in the parade, or contact the Recreation Division at (626) 403-7380.
2017 Commercial Leaf Blower Exchange Program
Registration opens July 11

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will open registration for this year's Leaf Blower Exchange Program on July 11th. Exchange events will be held August 14-31 at multiple locations. A maximum of five (5) leaf blowers can be exchanged per company/organization. Commercial landscapers and gardeners operating within the South Coast Air Basin can exchange gasoline-powered backpack leaf blowers for new low-emission/low-noise backpack leaf blowers from DeWALT and STIHL at a discounted price.

Participation is also open to city and county agencies, special districts, school districts and colleges. This year we are offering four (4) battery-electric models and one (1) gasoline-powered model. Discount prices are available with the trade-in of a working, gasoline-powered backpack leaf blower. Pre-registration is required and the reservation is only valid for the date and location pre-selected.

General Plan Updates Enters New Phase
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Focus group meetings are now underway as the General Plan/Specific Plan update moves forward into the next stage of public engagement following the conclusion of the Charrette on April 28, 2017.
The Charrette synthesized quantifiable data collected by the consultant team, responses from the General Plan survey, and the results of the first round of focus group meetings, refining this information at the evening workshops. The Charrette focused on developing guiding principles and establishing 20 year growth projections for the General Plan, and a physical vision and building blocks for the future of the Specific Plan.

The various focus groups will reconvene during the summer to review draft goals, policies, and actions relating to their area of focus. The documents will provide the focus groups with the building blocks for implementing the community supported vision developed during the Charrette.

The Natural Community and Healthy/Safe Community focus groups will meet on July 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room.  The public is encouraged to attend.
Summer Arts Crawl
Saturday, July 14, 2017
Mark your calendars for the
  Summer Arts Crawl, scheduled for
Saturday, July 15, 2017,  
from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.! 

This very popular "Neighborhood-Night-On-The-Town" will feature 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.  "A Bug's Life" will be the theme of the interactive art activity - always fun for the entire family!   
Cap off the evening by gathering on the lawn by the Iron Works Museum, 913 Meridian Avenue, for a free movie!  "Grease" (rated PG-13) will be shown, courtesy of the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation, starting at 8:45 pm.
More information and details can be found at , or by calling 626-441-2339.
Happy Anniversary to the South Pasadena Farmers' Market!
Thursday, July 20, 2017 
The South Pasadena Farmers' Market celebrates  its 18th Anniversary on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Over 60 certified farmers and specialty food ven dors will set up under the canopy of old oaks with  hearty helpings of fresh and delicious California-gr own produce. There's also a wonderful offering of tast y prepared food, so guests can make a picnic in the park.         
Special gues
t is the always popular Harvey the Magician, who  will amaze guests of all ages with his spell-binding  magic show at 6:00 p.m.   Check  for additi onal program details. Come out and help us cel ebrate!
 The South Pasadena Farmers' Market is certified, featuring some of the finest family farms in California with the freshest fruits and vegetables, and many organic producers. It is open from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Thursday, year round (4:00 - 7:00 p.m. during fall/winter). The market accepts EBT, CalFresh, SFMNP and WIC coupons.
Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail
The City of South Pasadena held a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, June 24 for the Arroyo Seco Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail. Attendees included Assembly member Chris Holden, and Agie Jordan from the Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District, City Council members and staff introduced the project to the public following City Council's decision to award the construction contract.

The project is estimated at $2.2 million and will be financed in part by grant sources. The .75-mile long multi-use trail project will extend the trail to the City of Los Angeles along the southeast bank of the Arroyo Seco Waterway bridging the current gap between the two cities. The trail is expected to increase use of multi-modal transportation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve public health.  It will connect cities by creating an urban trail that provides safe routes for recreation and travel between residences, workplaces, commercial centers and schools. The new improvements will include benches, trash receptacles, water fountains, and educational signage displaying the historical significance of South Pasadena. Drought-tolerant vegetation and trees will be planted as the City continues its efforts to increase urban canopy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Project construction begins in the end of July with estimated completion in early 2018.

For more information about the project, please contact South Pasadena's Community Services Department at (626) 403-7360.
Summer Reading Program 
Summer Reading Program Banner - _Reading by Design_ in orange on a blue background_ with pictures of robots around the text.
           Children and teens are invited to join the South Pasadena  Public Library's 2017 Summer Reading Program "Reading by Design." To sign up, children and teens may visit the Children's Room at the Library or click here.

The Summer Reading Program  is an eight-week, parent-supervised reading program for infants and children through 5 th  grade. There is also the Teen Reading Program, which is for 6 th - 12 th grade students. These programs are designed to encourage reading and/or listening to reading  throughout the summer. The Summer Reading Program is a flexible program in which children and teens read as many or as few minutes as they want. It focuses on reading for fun. Children can record minutes reading and listening to reading to obtain incentives from the Library, participate in crafting projects, and attend story-time  and cultural presentations.
For more information about other upcoming free library children's programs, visit the Library website at
The Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street.
City of South Pasadena Cooling Center
Trying to stay cool under the extreme heat? The  City of South Pasadena Library and Senior Center are open as cooling centers when the temperature is forecast at 96ยบ or higher. Both facilities offer cold water and air conditioning to the public. Hours are as follows:
Mondays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. -  6:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and
Sundays, 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Senior Center
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If you plan to be outdoors, please take precaution from the sun and heat. Be sure to drink extra water and take breaks frequently. Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.

Should you have any questions, please contact the South Pasadena Senior Center at (626) 403-7360, or the South Pasadena Public Library at (626) 403-7330.
SCE Residential Outage School 
Southern California Edison is hosting an "Outage School" on August 3rd at 12:00 p.m. in Irwindale.  The more you know about power outages, the better prepared you'll be when they happen.

That's why, as your energy partner, SCE would like to invite you to a free Outage School session.

Register today to reserve your spot: . In the meantime, learn more about outages and get up-to-date information about current outages by visiting .
Metro ADA Ramp Construction
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will be constructing a new American with Disabilities Act (ADA)compliant  ramp on the south-east corner of the Mission/Meridian Metro Gold Line station. Once completed, the new ADA ramp will provide improved access to the platform.

The ramp construction will begin in early July and is anticipated to be completed in three months, please plan accordingly.  We apologize for the inconvenience, if you have any questions or comments please contact Dan Garcia, Public Works Inspector, (626) 403-7240.
Summer Specialty Camps 

Our summer specialty camps continue this month at the Garfield Park Youth House with Art Explosion; Fine Art: Painting; Animal Invasion; Cute and Cuddly Animals; Brit West Soccer; Professor Egghead's Rocket Camp and Extreme Inventors Camp; Creative Sculpture; and Jewelry Making Workshop. 

Each camp class will run for 1-week, from either 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Classes will not be held on Tuesday, July 4th.  Class descriptions and fees can be found in our Summer Community Services Guide and our website,
 You can register on-line , by phone (626) 403-7380, or in person at the Recreation office, 815 Mission St, Monday -Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Camp Med After School 2017-2018 

                                            Registration begins in July 3rd! 
Applications & the Program Handbook are now available on our website.

Interested in enrolling your child in after school care next year? Look no further than our Camp Med program!
Each day your child will participate in games, organized activities, sports, and arts & crafts. We also provide homework help and daily snack. We coordinate pick up from Monterey Hills, Arroyo Visita & Marengo Elementary Schools.

This program is for 1st-5th graders only, and the weekly fee is $80.  Program HandbookIf you have any questions please refer to our or call the Recreation office (626) 403-7380. 
 Garfield Reservoir Replacement Project 
The City of South Pasadena is nearing completion on the replacement of Garfield Reservoir. This $18,000,000 project is being constructed by Pacific Hydrotech Corporation and will consist of replacing the existing reservoir which was constructed in 1924. 
When completed, this project will consist of a new reservoir with a holding capacity of 6.5 million gallons of potable water, including a state of the art pump station along with an adjoining building which will house the City's Water Operations Division.   Currently, the construction of the reservoir is complete and the reservoir is being filled. The Water Division headquarters is still under construction, with estimated completion in Summer 2017. This project is funded through the City's Water Bond Fund. 

Should you have any additional questions regarding this water improvement project, click here or contact the City's Public Works Department at (626) 403-7240.
 Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement is Nearing Completion
After more than a full year of work, the second phase of the City's Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement Project is nearing completion.
As part of a city-wide initiative to replace aging sewer lines, the Public Works Department contracted with several companies to rehabilitate approximately 60% of the City's sewer system by the close of Summer 2017.

By utilizing Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) technology, the life of 272 sewer pipe segments, totaling approximately 83,600 lineal feet,  have been extended for another fifty years. 
In order to improve the effectiveness of this project, the Public Works Department would once again like to remind residents to ensure that their private sewer laterals are in good condition. Specifically, by hiring a professional to ensure each homes lateral is free of roots, grease, and other debris.

For more information on the project itself click here  , or contact South Pasadena's Public Works Department at (626) 403-7240.
New Parking Restrictions on Stoney Drive  
_No Parking_ Symbol - The letter _P_ with a red line striking through it.
Beginning In June 2017, the City of South Pasadena is implementing and enforcing "No Stopping Any Time" parking restrictions on Stoney Drive from Arroyo Drive to 450 feet north of State Route 110 bridge. At their April 12 meeting, the Public Works Commission reviewed the matter and recommended consideration to the City Council, who approved the parking restrictions at their May 3, 2017 Council meeting.

Stoney Drive is a narrow two-way roadway that provides access to various public facilities. In order to maintain safe and orderly traffic flow on Stoney Drive, "No Stopping Any Time" parking signs will be posted to inform motorists regarding the new parking restrictions. Public off-street parking is available at all City facility locations.

Upcoming Events
Movies in the Park
Friday, July 21st & August 18th

The South Pasadena Community Services Department are hosting two more movies at Garfield Park this summer. Bring a blanket and beach chairs along with your friends and family! Admission is free! Refreshments will be available for purchase starting at 7:00 p.m. and the movies will begin at 8:15 p.m.

For more information, please call the Community Services Department at (626) 403-7380 or visit .   
Concerts in the Park
Sundays in July and August 2017
Free live music returns to Garfield Park this summer!

The South Pasadena Community Services Department and the Parks & Recreation Commission are pleased to present the annual Concerts in the Park series on Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Garfield Park, 100 Park Avenue, with the support of local businesses and organizations who have generously sponsored this family event.

Bring your blankets and low seating beach chairs and enjoy the music and fun. There will be a variety of delicious food available for purchase. .

Music Genre
July 9, 2017
The Grateful Dads
Classic Rock
July 16, 2017
The Fabulous Esquires Band
Big Band / Horns
July 23, 2017
Escape: The Journey Tribute
Classic Rock
July 30, 2017
Robert Sarzo, A Salute to Santana
Classic Rock
August 6, 2017
Opa Opa
August 13, 2017
City Beat Band
R&B / Soul
National Night Out
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
 The Community Services Department invites you to the 3rd annual National Night Out event to expand programming that incorporates recreational, educational, and family activities. By adding the use of parks as a social and community resource, we continue to build a sense of community right here in South Pasadena.

Join us on Tuesday, August 1st from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Orange Grove Park (815 Mission Street) for an evening filled with games, food, activities, educational opportunities, as well as information from our local police and fire departments, city management office, and others.

Admission is free! 
For more information please call the Community Services Department at (626) 403-7380 or visit     
Shakespeare in the Park
Friday, August 4, 2017

The South Pasadena Community Services Department in collaboration with Shakespeare by the Sea invites you to a free Shakespeare in the Park. Bring a picnic, blankets and beach chairs along with your friends and family to settle in for a night of classic entertainment as we feature "Macbeth".

Join us on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Garfield Park at 7:00 p.m.
Admission is free.
Click here for more information, or call the
Community Services Department at (626) 403-7380.