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The City of South Pasadena observes the following holidays this month:
Veterans' Day - Friday, November 11, 2016
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 24 to  Friday, November 25, 2016 
                    
Calendar of City Events
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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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Job Opportunities
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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 November to December 2016  
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Small Business Toolkit Resources Expo
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Small businesses add to the charm in South Pasadena! For business owners, it often seems like there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done, let alone search out possible resources and assistance. Small business owners and prospective owners won't want to miss the Small Business Success Toolkit on Thursday, November 3, 2016, from 7 to 9 pm in the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street.

This Toolkit Workshop is FREE to attend! Please RSVP to (626) 441-2339 or info@southpasadena.net. Click here for more information on the workshop. Refreshments will be served!

This event is presented by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, with generous support by the City of South Pasadena, Rotary Club of South Pasadena, US Bank, Priority One Credit Union.
Housing Rights Workshop
Friday, November 4, 2016
housing rights workshop 2016 Tenants and Landlords are invited to a FREE Housing Rights Workshop on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the South Pasadena Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street. This informative event will focus on topics of the rights and responsibilities of both the landlords and the tenants. Learn about fair housing laws, evictions, rent increases, and more!

Click here to learn more about the Housing Rights Workshop. For questions about this event or to RSVP contact Yasmin Guzman of the Housing Right Center at (800) 477-5977 ext. 1104 or yguzman@housingrightscenter.org

Dog Park Leash Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, November 5, 2016
 
Bring your four legged dogs and let the paw-ty begin! On Saturday November 5, 2016, at 11 am we will unleash all the fun at the new South Paws-adena Dog Park, 650 Stoney Drive.  We have lots planned for the day including an inflatable for children, a photo booth where you can walk away with a free picture with your pet, an opportunity to adopt a dog from the Pasadena Humane Society, and a chance to license your dog with the Humane Society.

For more information click here or call the Recreation Division at (626) 403-7380.

Thanksgiving Camp Med
Thanksgiving Break Camp Med Flyer 2016Thanksgiving break is just around the corner! Our Camp Med program will be open Monday through Wednesday. At Camp Med your child will enjoy various activities, fun games, sports and holiday themed arts and crafts. We provide two snacks daily; campers must bring their own lunch. Sign up today!

Dates:November 21-23
Time: Monday and Tuesday 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
  Wednesday 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Ages: 5-12 years
Location:Orange Grove Recreation Center(815 Mission Street)
Fee: $97 per child 
 
Pre-registration is required. Click here to find applications, or stop by the Recreation office, 815 Mission Street, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, please call (626) 403-7380.

Change in Library Hours
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The South Pasadena Public Library Board of Trustees and City Council recently approved changing the Library hours to be open later on Thursday nights. These changes in hours were recommended in the recently completed Library Operations Study to better serve the community by aligning Library hours to a major traffic and activity pattern of the community.

The South Pasadena Farmers Market, conducted only a couple of blocks away each Thursday, usually attracts about 3,000 to 4,000 residents every week. The Library looks forward to attracting and being open to serve visitors of the Farmers Market and the rest of the community on Thursday nights.  
 
Starting October 31, 2016 the South Pasadena Public Library hours will be:
  • Sundays from 1 to 5 pm
  • Mondays from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Tuesdays from 11 am to 9 pm
  • Wednesdays from 11 am to 9 pm
  • Thursdays from 11 am to 9 pm
  • Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm
 
Thanksgiving Parking Hours
Thanksgiving Parking Overnight parking restrictions will be relaxed from Wednesday, November 23, through Monday, November 28, 2016. All other parking restrictions will be enforced including preferential parking districts, timed-restrictions and parking a vehicle continuously for 72 hours.

For daytime parking options, the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage is open to the public from 12 noon to 2 am daily. Holiday and weekend parking is available from 4 am to 2 am the following day. The City recognizes the Thanksgiving holiday as Thursday, November 24, 2016.

The public parking lot at the corner of Hope Street and Mound Avenue is a great place to park and shop at local businesses. There is two hour time-restriction parking from 6 am to 6 pm, and unrestricted parking from 6 pm to 2 am. There is no overnight parking allowed in the public parking lots.


Please click here for additional information on parking regulations or call the Police Department at (626) 403-7270.

New Watering Days
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In response to new state regulations that allow water providers to determine their own water reduction targets based on local water supply, the South Pasadena City Council approved transitioning to a Stage 1 Water Supply Shortage at the September 21, 2016 Council meeting.

The changes took effect Thursday, October 6, 2016, and include:  

 

1. Watering with sprinklers is limited to three days per week.

a. Addresses ending in an even number (0,2,4,6,8)  

may water on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

b. Addresses ending in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9)  

may water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

2. A recommended 20% reduction in annual water consumption from 2013 levels.


The following prohibitions, per SPMC 35.42 enacted in 1991, remain in effect:
  • Water leaks or breaks must be fixed within 72 hours.
  • No overhead watering between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.
  • No runoff of irrigation water.
  • Hoses must have shut off nozzle when washing vehicles.

Library Strategic Plan Survey
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Community input sought! The South Pasadena Public Library is updating its Strategic Plan to guide its services for the next three years. Coming on the heels of its Library Operations Study, the Library is looking at its collections, programs, services, technology, and the facility, to name but a few key areas.

The Library Board of Trustees has worked with a Library Planning Consultant to formulate survey questions to obtain input from individual members of the community regarding the needs of the Library. For the Strategic Planning process it is critical that the Library receive broad community participation in the process. The Library invites all community members, even non-Library users, to take a very brief online survey. The Library again thanks all respondents for their time, interest, usage, and support.

Easy Voter Guides Available at the Library
Easy voter guide
The Easy Voter Guide provides detailed information about each of the Propositions on the California ballot this election, the fiscal and legislative measures they cover, and the possible effect of passage and implementation of each of these measures. The Guide contains links and other information regarding polling places, as well as how to download the Guide in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.
Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and completeness presented in the Easy Reader Voter Guide. Pick up your FREE copy at the South Pasadena Library, 1100 Oxley Street. 
 
The Easy Voter Guide is created in collaboration with The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, The California State Library, and the Common Knowledge Group.

South Pasadena Beautiful Tree Drive
Green tree with finger print"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 to be planted 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 to the nonprofit organization. Click here for more information.   

Tree City USA!
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Did you know that South Pasadena has been named Tree City USA by Arbor Day for 17 years straight? The Tree City USA program is 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, and increased property values.

Caring for our trees takes a year round, community wide effort. No matter how old your trees are, or what size, caring for them can be easy if you follow some basic rules. Click here to learn what you can do to care for trees.
 

Monterey Road Street Improvement Project Continues
Monterey Road Construction Project The City started the Monterey Road Street Improvement Project in the first week of October 2016. Construction is expected to continue into early 2017. Segments of Monterey Road from Meridian Avenue to Fair Oaks Avenue and from Pasadena Avenue to 300-feet east of Pasadena Avenue are scheduled to be repaved as part of this project. This will require the temporary closure of lanes and delays are expected, so please plan accordingly. The City is making every effort to minimize delays. All passersby should adhere to all posted signs near the work site for both your and the workers' safety.
 


Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement Project Phase 2 is Now Underway
Diagram of a Sewer Lateral showing that the homeowners responsibility can go beyond the property line to the sewer main located beneath the roadway.
The City of South Pasadena commenced construction of the Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement Project Phase 2 in May. This project is the second phase of a City-wide project to repair aging sanitary sewer lines.

You can assist by checking the health of your sewer lateral, the line that goes from your building to the public sewer line. Maintaining the lateral is the property owner's responsibility, and includes keeping the line flowing and free of debris such as roots, grease, and backed-up tissue paper. Clean, flowing laterals avoid back-ups into your property and do not leak sewage waste into our groundwater. Now would be a good time to have your lateral checked by your plumber.

Residents and property owners should be on the look out for notifications specifying project construction start dates in your neighborhood.

Click here for more information on Phase 2 of the Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement project 
Upcoming Events
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 1, 2016
holiday tree _blue The holidays are almost here! Celebr ate the joy, exciteme nt and b e a uty o f th e season at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting, presented by the So uth Pasad ena Cha mber of Commerce. This fun, family event will take place on Th urs day, December 1, 2016 at the South Pasadena Farmers' Market, from 4 to 7 pm, and is a great kick-off of the holiday season.
 
Keep an eye out for Santa Claus's grand entrance and the chance to visit and take photos with him. The Iron Works Museum will be decorated for the holidays, and the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation will have seasonal treats for visitors. At 5:30 pm, watch the highlight of the event as we "flip the switch" and the tree lights up!
 
Click here for more information or contact the Chamber at 626-441-2339 .
Children's Pajama Concert
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Breakfast with Santa Flier
You better not cry, you better not pout, Santa is coming to town! Our annual Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9 am to 11 am at the War Memorial Building, 435 Fair Oaks Avenue. This event is fun for the whole family! Expect arts & crafts, entertainment, and a delicious breakfast and get into the holiday spirit by wearing your favorite holiday pajamas!
 
Parents, make sure to have your camera ready, Santa will be available for photos. Please plan to arrive early as doors will close at 9:30 am. Tickets are $15 per person, children under 2 are free. Pre-registration will begin Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Register at the Recreation Division office, 815 Mission Street, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, or click here to register on-line. Spaces are limited and all sales are final.
2016 State of the City Address
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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The City of South Pasadena invites residents and community members to join Mayor Diana Mahmud, her fellow City Council members, City commissioners and staff for the 2016 State of the City Address on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 6 pm in the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street. Join us as we reflect on the year that was 2016.

The program will include a presentation by Mayor Diana Mahmud with a short reception to follow. Click here for more information on the 2016 State of the City Address, or contact Christopher Castruita, Management Analyst, at (626) 403-7210 or ccastruita@southpasadenaca.gov.  
Lego Mania
Saturday, December 17, 2016