City of South Pasadena                                                                                                                    March 2018
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Holiday Closures

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Calendar of City Events

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upcoming meetings of interest.
City Council Meeting
Agendas & Minutes

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City Council
Meeting Video

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Police News
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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
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Community Services Classes and Programs Guide
The Spring 2018 issue of the Community Services Classes
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Smarter Senior Forum at the South Pasadena  Senior Center
Friday, March 2, 2018

The South Pasadena Senior Center will host a "Smarter Senior Forum" on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 10:00 am. This forum is put together to educate and make the senior citizen population aware of elder financial abuse and consumer fraud.
Speakers for this morning will cover the following topics:
* Real Estate fraud, including recorded documents, loan modifications and reverse mortgages;
* Property tax savings programs and senior citizen replacement dwelling benefit;
* Estate Planning (Wills, trusts, advanced directives), Real Estate fraud, and Foreclosure prevention;
* Recognizing signs of physical, emotional and financial elder abuse.
The first 50 attendees signing up will receive box lunch at no cost. Advanced sign up is required. This event is sponsored by Los Angeles County Consumer & Business Affairs Department.
Summer Camp Med Registration Opens
Monday, March 12, 2018 (Residents Only)
Monday, March 26, 2018 (Open Registration)

It's that time again! Summer is quickly approaching, and we know the perfect place 
to ensure your child has a memorable vacation! Register them for our Summer Camp Med program. Each week is full of activities, such as games, crafts, sports, field trips, swimming and other fun surprises. 

The Summer Camp will run from June 11 - August 10 at Orange Grove Park, 815 Mission St, South Pasadena. The 'Regular Camp' is  for ages 5 - 9, the 'Middle School Camp' is for ages 10 - 13.

South Pasadena residents
can register beginning March 12th at 10:00 a.m. Our office is open Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Open registration begins March 26th at 8:00am. Due to the high volume of applications we receive on the first day of open registration, we will only accept applications delivered in-person. New participants must present a copy of their birth certificate.

The Summer Camp Program Handbook and Application are now available on our website, . If you have any questions, please see the Program Handbook or call the Recreation office 626-403-7380.

HRC to Host FREE Workshop in South Pasadena on Rent Increases, Evictions, Discrimination, Foreclosure, and More!
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 

The Housing Rights Center (HRC),
and the City of South Pasadena, will
be hosting a FREE 'Housing Rights Workshop' for South Pasadena residents and community members
on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the South Pasadena Public Library - 1115 El Centro St. South Pasadena, CA 91030. HRC will present information and resources regarding housing discrimination and landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities.
Topics will include: discrimination against families with children, disability rights, sexual harassment, evictions, repairs, security deposits, rent increases, substandard conditions, and much more!
For more information, or to RSVP for this FREE workshop, please call Shannon at (800) 477-5977 extension #1103. TTY users please call (213)-
201-0867. This location is handicap accessible.
HRC is California's largest nonprofit, civil-rights agency dedicated to promoting and securing fair housing. HRC investigates over 1,600 housing discrimination complaints annually and assists over 17,000 individuals with 
their housing-related concerns. Individuals who believe they are victims of housing discrimination or who have questions about the fair housing laws 
or their landlord-tenant rights are encouraged to contact HRC for additional information at 1-800-477-5977 (voice) or 213-201-0867 (TTY). Additional information is also available at .

Eclectic Friends Preview Party and Creative  Community Awards
Sunday, March 25, 2018

Join us for The Eclectic Preview Party and Creative Community Awards, scheduled for Sunday, March 25, 2018. The Barkley Restaurant and Bar, 1400 Huntington Drive, South Pasadena
Two individuals will be recognized for their outstanding and tireless efforts 
to make the arts accessible to everyone.  Music! Fun! Food! Silent Auction!
Check the website at for ticket information.

South Pasadena Police Department's "Name Our NEW Crime Dog Mascot" Contest

Hey kids! With special THANKS to the South Pasadena Masonic Lodge and TLC Animal Hospital, our Crime Dog, McGruff, is getting a NEW Crime Dog Partner after his many years of service to the City of South Pasadena.  But, this new dog doesn't have a name yet.
WE NEED YOUR HELP with the important task of naming our new Crime Dog Mascot!  Did we mention that the winning entry will receive a FREE PIZZA PARTY for his or her entire classroom? 
Here are your step-by-step instructions to potentially achieve instant stardom in your classroom:
1) Take a nice long look at our new Crime Dog Mascot's attached photo.
2) Use all your CREATIVITY to name our new Crime Dog Mascot and write your suggested name down on the entry form.
3) Submit the entry form to your teacher.
4) The South Pasadena Police Department will select ONE WINNING ENTRY from all the suggested mascot names.
5) The student whose entry is selected as the WINNER will receive a PIZZA PARTY for his or her entire classroom!
6) You will also get to welcome the City of South Pasadena's new Crime Fighting Dog to your classroom as he makes his FIRST official appearance with McGruff and the rest of our K9 Crime Fighting Team!

Entries will be accepted until Friday, March 30, 2018. This "Name Our NEW Crime Dog Mascot" Contest is open to all elementary school students in South Pasadena Unified School District. The South Pasadena Police Department will choose its favorite mascot name and announce the WINNING ENTRY and student sometime in April 2018.

City of South Pasadena's NEW Public Information Series

The City of South Pasadena kicked off its NEW Public Information Series on Thursday, February 1, 2018! Every Thursday, the City of South Pasadena invites you to "Meet your City staff" at the South Pasadena Farmer's Market and tell us what you think.

This Thursday, March 1, 2018, Anthony Kim from the Community Services Department will be answering all your questions about 
the new recreation guide launching that day, containing new classes and programs. He can't wait to meet you in person.

We'll also feature a "Comment Box!" Please tell us anything you like as it relates to your experience with the City of South Pasadena and our provided services. We honestly want to know about the things we do right and any areas in which we can improve.

Check it Out! Sign up to Receive Emails from the Library about Events and Services

There is a new way to be in the know about all the wonderful things happening at the South Pasadena Public Library! Sign-up to receive periodic emails from the Library about programs for kids and families, special events for adults, 
new books, DVDs and other materials, and tips on using the Library's digital resources , including eBooks, eAudiobooks, ComicsPlus, eMagazines, Mango Languages,, and many more.
How to Sign-up:
Click here to be taken to the registration page.
Visit the Library's homepage and click the sign-up link.
Text INTHEKNOW to 42828 (message and data rates may apply).
And don't forget, you can also follow the South Pasadena Public Library on Facebook !
Spring Camp Med
Monday, April 2 - Friday, April 6, 2018

Spring is here! During the break, bring your child to Camp Med for some fun 
in the sun. We have lots of activities, games, sports and crafts planned that your child will enjoy. On Wednesday, we will be heading to Knott's Berry Farm! We serve two snacks daily. Campers must bring their own lunch. Sign up today!
                                    Dates: Monday, April 2 - April 6, 2018
                                               Time: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
                                                 Ages: 5-12 years old
                                            Location: Orange Grove Park
                                             Fee: $135 per child/full time

Pre-registration is required. The application can be found on our website, , fax to (626) 799-4920 or register at the Recreation Office, 815 Mission Street, South Pasadena from 10:00 am 6:00 pm. 

Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk celebrates its 10th year!
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Save-the-Date! Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the kings of swing, will headline The Eclectic - South Pasadena's 10th Annual Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
The Eclectic's full line-up is still being confirmed; please check the festival website ( for the latest update, volunteers and sponsorship opportunities.
Events, exhibitions, music, and art will keep the entire family entertained.
The Eclectic is produced by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Deepmix Entertainment and the City of South Pasadena,
and is supported by Eclectic Friends of the Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to The Eclectic Friends of the Arts in South 
Pasadena help keep the festival free.


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.

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, or at the Recreation office, 815 Mission St, South Pasadena, (626) 403-7380. 

Doggy Day...with Cats Too!
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Calling all dog and cat lovers, we will be having an event catered to your
furry four legged friends!

Doggy Day will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Garfield Park from
10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event is the perfect opportunity to discover dog
and cat resources in the area. Adoption and rescue agencies, pet groomers
and trainers, and retailers will be on-site to provide information on the 
services and products they offer. Join us in showing appreciation for the
dogs and cats in your lives! For more information, please contact the
Recreation Division at (626) 403-7380.