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Holiday Closures

The City of South Pasadena observes the following holiday this month:
Labor Day - Monday, September 5, 2016
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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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.
For more information, go to

Flex Your Power South Pasadena!
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This summer temperatures are expected to be high and that means a high demand for electricity. The California Independent System Operator (ISO) calls for consumers to conserve electricity during heat waves. The ISO issues Flex Alerts to the public to notify them of these high demand days, when power use can surpass the electricity supply, making electricity deliveries difficult.

Receive information when you need it most with
Connect South Pasadena - the City's emergency notification system  
Click hereto register for Connect South Pasadena, the City's emergency alert system and ensure that you & your loved ones receive the information you need to stay safe!  

Neighborhood Watch Newsletter  
Click here to check out your monthly Neighborhood Watch newsletter from the South Pasadena Police Department.


Community Services Classes & Programs Guide
Fall 2016 Recreastion and Leisure Class Guide

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.
Have you found a stray dog? Is a pup in your neighborhood barking all day? Do you want to report a hurt animal? Maybe you are concerned about animal cruelty. The Pasadena Humane Society provides animal control services for South Pasadena residents and are available 24/7!

To learn more, visit their website or call (626) 792-7151 anytime.

Senior Center Events
Senior Center September and Octove 2016 Newsletter  
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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Barry McGuire and John York Benefit Concert 
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Barry McGuire Concert
Get your tickets for a very special benefit concert for the Friends of The South Pasadena Public Library! Tickets are available for $20 at the door the evening of the event or online at .
Barry McGuire 's recording of the now-classic "Eve of Destruction" went to Number 1 in the U.S. in 1965, knocking The Beatles "Help!" off the top spot.  McGuire also played a key role in bringing the Mamas and the Papas to his record company, Dunhill Records. In fact, Barry was the first to record the iconic "California Dreamin'" and his instrumental backing track was used for the Mamas and Papas timeless favorite.
John York, a terrific singer and instrumentalist, is well known as a former member of The Byrds, the Sir Douglas Quintet, Dr. John's backing band, and The Mamas and the Papas touring band.

Click here for more information. Festival Style Seating - No Reserved Seats-First Come, First Seated. Doors will open at 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. 
Clean Air Car Show and Green Living Expo
Saturday, September 10, 2016
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Want to learn more about alternative fuel vehicles and sustainable, green living? Then come to the Clean Air Car Show and Green Living Expo on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 11 am to 4 pm at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Avenue. There will be several car dealers featuring the latest in alternative fuel vehicles, and various booths on conservation and sustainable living.

The award winning film "What is the Electric Car?" will be screened at 11:30 am, followed by a Q&A panel with industry experts. At 2:30 pm, an Energy Efficiency 101 workshop will be held to help residents learn how they can be more efficient with their energy use. Attendees can also enter a raffle to win an electric lawn mower, graciously donated by South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Are you a resident who owns a plug-in electric vehicle that you would like to show off? Contact the Environmental Programs Office to enter your car in the show!   
Click here for more information , or contact Jenna Shimmin in the Environmental Programs Office at (626)403-7311 or .
"Pathways to Art" Launches Online 
Monday, September 12, 2016
Street Signs for Garfield Avenue and La Senda Place
"Pathways to Art" is a joint project between the South Pasadena Arts Council and the South Pasadena Education Foundation to auction old street signs that are routinely being replaced by the City in support of the Arts in the community. The auction begins Monday, September 12, at and will continue throughout the year.

The City Council donated the street name signs to the non-profits, who will organize the sale to raise support for local arts programs, public art in the community, and enhanced arts education in our school system.
Click here for more information, or contact SPARC at
Cruz'n for Roses Hot Rod and Classic Car Show
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Cruz_n for Roses Flyer
The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee invites you to the 12th annual Classic Car Show along legendary Route 66 on Sunday, September 18, 2016, from 10 am to 3 pm. The show will feature hundreds of hot rods, custom cars, and classics, as well as a raffle, refreshments, and exhibits of all sorts.

Car clubs and car enthusiasts are invited to join in the fun and display their cars. Independent judges will award trophies in all 18 car categories. And, special for 2016, the organizers will accept Post 1975 Stock and Modified cars. Contact Janet Benjamin at (626) 799-7813 for more information or to register your vehicle today, or go to !

Descanso Gardens Rain Barrel Event 
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Drought-Tolerant Landscape and Rain Barrel Event - Sunday_ September 18_ 2016 - Descanso Gardens_ 1418 Descanso Drive_ La Canada_ CA 91011 - 10 am to 2 pm - RSVPs are required_ Free Admission_ Please bring Identification
Learn about water-wise landscapes, take advantage of a special offer to purchase a rain barrel for only $10, and roam the beautiful Descanso Gardens on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Purchase is not required to attend and does not save your space for the event. Rain barrels can be picked at the event and must be preordered at

South Pasadena residents must RSVP for this FREE event by contacting Jenna Shimmin at or (626) 403-7311. Space is limited so act now.
Click here for more information...

Free Residential Solar Basics Presentation
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Are you considering going solar? Southern California Edison and the City of South Pasadena will host a free Residential Solar Basics presentation at 6 pm on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in the South Pasadena Council Chambers, 1424 Mission Street.
Residents will learn about:
  • What to consider before going solar
  • Basics on going solar
  • Net Energy Metering
  • Understanding Your Net Energy Metering bill
  • Customer Privacy Issues
  • Green Rate/Community Renewables
South Pasadena Dial-A-Ride Has A New Scheduling System!
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You can now make all of your appointments with ease! When you make your appointment, give staff your name, date of appointment, desired pick-up time, and desired return time, and let us do the rest! Remember you must be a member to use the service and those who qualify must be a resident of the City of South Pasadena, 55 years or older, and/or disabled.
Click here more information about the Dial-a-Ride Service or stop by our offices at the South Pasadena Senior Center, 1102 Oxley Street. Have inquiries or would like to make an appointment? Call the Dial-a-Ride offices at (626) 403-7368; open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
Chinese American Club Moon Festival
Saturday, September 24, 2016
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The annual Moon Festival will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Library Community Room and Library Park, 1115 El Centro Street, from 12 pm to 4 pm.
Organized by the South Pasadena Chinese-American Club, the event features entertainment, activities, arts and crafts, contests, and Chinese food. It is co-sponsored by the City of South Pasadena and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.

Entertainment will begin at 12 noon and run until 2 pm at Library Park.
Youth of all ages will demonstrate martial arts skills, and traditional folk dancers and singers will also perform throughout the day. Delicious Chinese food, boba drinks, and Moon Cakes will be available for purchase. Children will be invited to participate in a variety of arts and crafts activities, and attendees can purchase valuable "mystery gifts" for a nominal fee.

Admission to the event is free. There is a nominal charge for food and some activities. For information, email the Club at .
Exercise your right, register to vote today!
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With the election just around the corner, now is the time to verify, update, or complete your voter registration. For more information click here. It takes less than three minutes to complete and submit your voter registration. The last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is Monday, October 24, 2016. Don't miss this important deadline, register today!

If you need any assistance, contact the South Pasadena City Clerk's Division at (626) 403-7230 or visit City Hall, 1414 Mission Street.
Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement Project Phase 2 is Now Underway
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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.

After School Program at Camp Med
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School is in session, and you can still enroll your child in our fun-filled Camp Med After School Program. Your child will enjoy a mix of indoor and outdoor activities along with homework time at Orange Grove Park. Youth in Grades 1 to 5 will delight at the wide variety of activities offered, including games, sports, reading, arts and crafts, homework time, and a daily snack. Camp Med offers pick up from South Pasadena's elementary schools.
Applications are still being accepted and are required for participation in our program. The fee is $80 per child per week. Register at the Recreation Division office, 815 Mission Street, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. An application packet is also available online. Click here for more information or call (626) 403-7380.
Sign Up for a Free Home Energy Assessment Screening
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Do you have high electricity bills?
If so, the Energy Assessment Screening for Your Home (EASY) program provides a free home assessment that will help you identify opportunities to reduce your energy usage and costs. With the home assessment, you'll 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, and the home assessments will be conducted by San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership program assessors.
To schedule your free EASY home assessment, visit  
Oak Tree Trimming Is Allowed Now through October
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Residents are only allowed to trim their Oak Trees from July through October. In order to trim an oak or California native tree in South Pasadena, the resident must first complete and submit an application,  available at City Hall, 1414 Mission Street, or from the City's website. Before trimming is allowed, a City Inspector will examine the tree to evaluate how much can be trimmed while still keeping the tree healthy. A similar process exists for the trimming of all trees in the City. The tree trimming inspection and permit fee is only $60.00. Click here for more information on trimming trees.

South Pasadena is proud to be a Tree City USA member. Healthy trees are important to our city for a variety of reasons. Recently, City staff began installing tree watering rings in an effort to ensure new additions our urban forest will grow and flourish. Click here for more information on proper tree care and watering at your property.

SCAQMD Offering 3,000 Lawn Mowers for Exchange This Fall
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Southland residents can now register to save up to 70 percent on a new cordless-electric lawn mower through the South Coast Air Quality Management District's popular annual Lawn Mower Exchange Program.
Residents have the opportunity to register and choose from one of seven battery-electric models ranging from $100 to $250. To take advantage of this great offer,  click here to register   or call 1-888-425-6247. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Exchange events will take place on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm as follows:
  • September 17, 2016 at the Veteran's Memorial Stadium, Long Beach
  • September 24, 2016 at the Airport Parking Lot, Van Nuys
  • October 1, 2016 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario
  • October 8, 2016 at Bourns Inc. Riverside
  • October 15, 2016 at the OC Fair & Event Center Parking Lot, Costa Mesa

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Be a Pollworker! Support Community and Democracy
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Do you want to help your community on Election Day? Apply to become a pollworker! Pollworkers are essential components to every polling place location on Election Day. There are two different types of pollworkers: Inspectors and Clerks. While inspectors serve as supervisors for the polling locations, Clerks assist with a variety of conventional task. Both are paid a stipend for their time. To become a pollworker, you must be:
  • 18 years of age or older (unless participating in the Student Pollworker Program)
  • A resident of California
  • A United States citizen registered to vote or a legal permanent resident (green card holder)
Apply today at or call (800) 815-2666, option 7, for more information.
Upcoming Events
Walk or Bike to School Day 2015
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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The City of South Pasadena Community Services Department will hold the 13th annual Walk or Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Hundreds of South Pasadena youth, grades K to 8, are encouraged to participate. This event will be at Arroyo Vista Elementary, Marengo Elementary, Monterey Hills Elementary and South Pasadena Middle School. South Pasadena Youth Commissioners will greet SPUSD students that choose to walk or bike to school, and will also present them with a prize for their participation.

International Walk to School Month is celebrated worldwide throughout October. It is a month long program that recognizes the benefits of walking, and raises awareness about the positive ways walking to school helps children and communities. Students in South Pasadena who walk or bike to school on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 will help decrease traffic around the local schools, improve the air quality & the environment, and will start the day off exercising. For more information, call (626) 403-7380.  
Fall Landscape Workshop
Saturday, October 8, 2016
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Want to learn more about converting your landscape from water hungry turf to drought tolerant plants? Come and attend the Fall Landscape Workshop on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 11 am to 2 pm at Eddie Park, 2017 Edgewood Drive. The City is partnering with South Pasadena Beautiful to host a workshop where attendees can learn about the proper way to remove their turf, drought tolerant plants, efficient irrigation practices, and much more.

Click here for more information on Water Wise Landscaping, or contact Jenna Shimmin in the Environmental Programs Office at (626)403-7311 or
Dumpster and Donation Day
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Fall Arts Crawl
Saturday, October 22, 2016
South Pasadena Arts Crawl Logo
Save the Date! The Fall Arts Crawl is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2016! You won't want to miss this very popular "Neighborhood-Night-On-The-Town". Shops and boutiques will be open late with special exhibits, trunk shows, open houses and sales. Many local restaurants and cafes will have special offers, food trucks will be available for a quick bite. There will be an interactive art activity so that the entire family can get creative. More details will be published in the next e-Neighbors newsletter!
Click here for more information, or call the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce at (626) 441-2339.
Halloween Spooktacular
Friday, October 28, 2016
Halloween Spooktacular - Friday_ October 28_ 2016 from 5_30 pm to 8pm - Orange Grove Park_ 815 Missions Street - Free Admission
The City of South Pasadena's annual Halloween Spooktacular will be held at Orange Grove Park, 815 Mission St, on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. There will be games, arts and crafts, inflatables, a photo booth, face painting and more! Make sure to bring a monstrous appetite, there will be plenty of food available for purchase. Pre-registration is not required to attend this free event. For more information, please contact the Recreation Office at (626) 403-7380 or stop by at 815 Mission Street between 10 am and 6 pm.