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e-Neighbors Newsletter - May 2017 Edition - Photos from the 2017 Doggy Day with Cats too_  
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Holiday Closures
 
The City of South Pasadena observes the following holiday this month:
Memorial Day - Monday, May 29, 2017
Calendar of City Events
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City Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes
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Community Services Classes & Programs Guide
spring community service guide 2017
                     

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
                       

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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 for May and June 2017  
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Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk
Saturday, May 6, 2017
eclectic music festival 2017
South Pasadena's Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk will again bring music and art to the streets of the City on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 3 to 10 pm. The Eclectic features a diverse musical line up with over 40 acts performing on multiple stages around town. 

The 9th annual Eclectic is a free festival produced by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce in partnership with and Deepmix Entertainment.
 
Headlining The Eclectic this year is OZOMATLI, a Grammy-winning band known for their keen mashup of musical styles like salsa, hip-hop, funk, and rock. Their songs are notable for their exploration of serious issues as well as educational music written and performed by OzoKidz. 

The afternoon kicks off at 3:00 pm at the Gold Line Stage with OzoKidz performing their original children's music. There will be other music and activities just for kids throughout the festival.
 
A complete line up of music and art events is available at www.TheEclectic.Rocks .

The Eclectic Music Festival - South Pasadena Public Library _Carnegie Stage_ - Saturday_ May 6_ 2017 at the Community Room_ 1115 El Centro Street - Pictures of Calvin Joe_ Elliott Caine_ Rick Shea_ and Kiki Ebsen
On Saturday, May 6, the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room will spring to life once more as 'The Carnegie Stage,' one of the premier showcases of the Eclectic Music Festival. The 9th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival will also bring dozens of diverse, high quality musical acts at free venues all around town.

Start Time  Musical Act 
5:00 p.m. Calvin Joe and the Orange Grove Rangers
6:15 p.m. Elliott Caine Quintet
7:30 p.m.  Rick Shea & Band
8:45 p.m.   Kiki Ebsen's Joni Mitchell Project
The free 'Carnegie Stage' concert is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library,  South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce,  The Eclectic Friends of the Arts of South Pasadena, The City of South Pasadena, The Rotary Club of South Pasadena, and the Woman's Club of South Pasadena. 
 
The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.  Doors will open at 4:30 pm.  No tickets or reservations are necessary, but seating is limited and "festival style" (first come, first seated). Refreshments will be provided and CDs will be available for purchase.

Greywater Workshop  
Saturday, May 6, 2017
laundry to landscape greywaterLearn how to recycle your wastewater by signing up for a FREE workshop for South Pasadena residents from Greywater Action and Upper District. Participants will learn how to design, build, and install a custom laundry to landscape system. The class will cover detergent and plant choice, and  maintenance and system costs.         
 
Presented in English
 
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8 am to 12 pm 
Upper District Board Room 
602 E. Huntington Dr., Suite B. 
Monrovia, Ca 91016  
 
Presented in Spanish 
Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 8 am to 12 pm 
Maxson Auditorium 
12127 Elliot Avenue 
El Monte, Ca 91731 

Presented in Mandarin 
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 8 am to 12 pm 
Upper District Board Room 
602 E. Huntington Dr., Suite B. 
Monrovia, Ca 91016 
 
Reserve your space today at (626) 443-2298 or Valeria@usgvmwd.org 
Click here for more information.
Children's Book Week Bookmark Contest
Submissions Due Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Summer Reading - Reading by Design - Robots on a Blue Background
The Library will be hosting a bookmark design contest in celebration of National Children's Book Week. Children and teens are invited to design a bookmark based on the theme "Read for the Win." Winners will have their bookmark designs distributed during the summer of 2016.    Click here to obtain a contest application . Submissions are due by Wednesday, May 10, 2017. 

For more information, including full contest rules and details, please visit the Library's Children's Services or contact Maida Wong, Senior Librarian, at (626) 403-7358.
CERT Refresher Training
 Saturday, May 13, 2017
Community Emergency Response Team Logo
The South Pasadena Fire Department will be conducting our annual Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) refresher training Saturday, May 13, from 8:00 am to 12:00pm at Fire Station 81, 817 Mound Avenue. This free, four hour course is open to anyone who has had CERT training. This course reviews CERT basics including Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Search and Rescue, Electrical Emergencies and Hazardous Materials.

To register for the course, go to www.southpasadenaca.gov/cert . For more information, contact Captain Kris Saxon at CERT@southpasadenaca.gov
or (626) 403-7300.

Draft Budget Presentation 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
budget
Do you wonder where your property taxes go? Are you curious about how your City decides which street sections to repair next? The City of South Pasadena, like many local governments, makes these and other important decisions through the annual budget process, which takes place between March and June each year.
 
The City began the process with the annual Community Forum on Budget and Priorities held on March 11, 2017. Over 40 community members participated in meaningful dialogue with City staff about the collective interests of the City. On Tuesday, March 21, the City held the Special City Council Meeting on Budget , where staff reviewed the City's finances, the proposed Capital Improvement Plan, and staff funding requests for the upcoming year.

The input received at the Community Forum and Special Council Meeting will be used as the City Council and staff continue the annual budget process. At their May 3, 2017 meeting, the Council will discuss current reserve levels and big ticket items, including facilities improvements and the replacement of vehicles and equipment. At the May 17 City Council meeting, staff will present a draft budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. Finally, at the June 7 City Council meeting, the City will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed budget and, potentially, adopt it. Public comment is encouraged at each meeting.

Click here for additional information on the Budget Process. For additional information on the Budget process, please contact the Management Services Department at (626) 403-7210 or  cmoffice@southpasadenaca.gov .
South Pasadena Farmers' Market Upcoming FREE Events!
South Pasadena Farmers_ Market Logo - An ostrich on a green background
Ride your bike to the South Pasadena Farmers' Market on Thursday, May 18, for our annual Bike Clinic! Get ready for summer with a free "minor bike tune up" courtesy of BikeSGV, from 4 to 8pm. There will also be lots of information on bike routes, bicycle events and bike safety.

Mark your calendar for the Annual Health and Wellness Festival on Thursday, June 1, from 4 - 8pm. Visit local health care providers and organizations and see how they can help support your healthy lifestyle.

The
festival is free to the community as part of a South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce effort to make connections for the community and create a strong local economy. For more information, go to southpasadenafarmersmarket.org.
Teen Concert
Friday, May 19, 2017
Teen Concert - Friday_ May 19_ 2017 - 4pm to 6pm - Garfield Park_ 1000 Park Ave - Free Admission_ All ages welcome. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
The Community Services Department and the Youth Commission invite you to the Teen Concert on Friday, May 19, 2017. The event will be held at beautiful Garfield Park, 1000 Park Avenue, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Featured teen bands include The Harmonious Tantrum, The Minorities, and the Frozen Gummies. This free event is open to the community, and we welcome everyone to show their support for the youth in our community. Light refreshments will be sold.

For more information please visit www.southpasadenaca.gov/events
or call (626) 403-7380.
South Pasadena Community Baseball Night
Tickets must be purchase by Friday, May 26, 2017
community baseball night 2017
Get a group together and join your community for a night of baseball! The Community Services Department and the Parks & Recreation Commission are happy to announce the return of the Community Baseball Night on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm.
 
Your Los Angeles Dodgers will be playing against the New York Mets. Tickets are $33 at the Preferred Loge Box and $38 for the All You Can Eat Pavilion. The first 40,000 fans will receive a free tote bag!
 
Tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 26. Take the Gold Line to Union Station to get on the Dodger Stadium Express Shuttle. Click here to purchase tickets.
Plan South Pasadena Update
Plan South Pasadena and Mission Street Specific Plan Update Logos
The process for updating the City's General Plan and Mission Street Specific Plan is moving forward to 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 a physical vision for the future of the Specific Plan. Click here to view slides from the Charrette presentations.

The various focus groups will reconvene during the summer to review draft documents relating to their area of focus. The documents will form the building blocks for the draft updated General Plan and Specific Plan, based on the vision developed during the Charrette. These draft documents will be consolidated into a draft General Plan and draft Specific Plan. The drafts will be presented at a joint meeting of the Planning Commission and City Council in November, at which they will be asked to endorse these documents to use as a basis for the required Environmental Impact Report.

Plan South Pasadena Focus group meeting schedule:
Group
Date/Time
Location
Our Prosperous Community
June 29, 2017
7:00 pm
Senior Center,
1102 Oxley Street
Our Natural Community & Our Healthy/Safe Community
July 13, 2017
7:00 pm
Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street
Our Active Community &
Our Creative Community
August 29, 2017
7:00 pm
Senior Center, 1102 Oxley Street
CORE Group
October 10, 2017
7:00 pm
Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street
                                                       
The date and time of the Planning Commission and City Council joint meeting will be announced at a later date.
Summer Camp Med
Summer Camp Med 2017 
It's time to start making plans for summer! Bring your children to Camp Med! Our program runs from June 12 to August 11, 2017 and will be open from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Each day will be filled with sports, activities, arts and crafts and most importantly, FUN! We will have weekly excursions, and also some surprise in-house events.   
 

Pre-registration is required. Click here to download an application or pick one up at our Recreation Office, 815 Mission St, from 10 am to 6 pm. Spaces are limited and we are expected to fill up quickly.  We will only be accepting applications submitted in person; please do not e-mail, fax or mail your application.

FREE Water Audits Now Available
water audit Is your water use higher than expected? Do y ou want to save water, but aren't sure what to do? Then the residential water audit program is right for you.

South Pasadena residents can apply to have a representative from WaterWise come to their property and perform a free water audit. WaterWise will recommend ways to save, and provide information on rebates available to assist in reducing water use.

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Properties with the highest water usage will be given priority for audit scheduling. Space is limited, so apply soon to see if you qualify for this free program. To RSVP, contact the Environmental Programs Division at (626)403-7311 or jshimmin@southpasadenaca.gov. Click here for more information. 

Summer Camp Classes
summer camp classes 2017
We are excited to announce our upcoming camp classes scheduled for this summer! We have added new camps such as Chess Club, Spanish Immersion, Rocket Camp, and Jurassic Dinoworld, just to name a few. Play-Well TEKnologies will also return this summer with LEGO camps.

Each camp class will run for 1 week, from either 9 am to 12 pm or from 1 pm to 4 pm. Classes will not be held on Tuesday, July 4. Click here for class descriptions and fees. 
 
Registration for camp classes begins April 1, 2017. You can sign up on-line or at the Recreation office, 815 Mission Street.
Monterey Road Street Improvement Project
The Monterey Road Street Improvement Project has been completed. Some of the improvements to Monterey Road were pedestrian push button upgrades, repairs to sidewalks, ADA curb ramp installations, and traffic signage. This project will increase safety for pedestrians and relieve traffic congestion on one of our most traveled roads. Infrastructure was also enhanced through underground utility work, water meter and fire hydrant replacements, and storm water drain connections.
 
The City of South Pasadena thanks you for your patience during construction. We realize it was an inconvenient but necessary project that we hope will serve South Pasadena well for many years to come. Click here to learn more about this project.

Upcoming Events
2017 South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Golf Tournament
Saturday, June 10, 2017