City of South Pasadena                                                                                                          September 2018

In This Issue
Holiday Closures
Monday, September 3 - 
Labor Day
Clic k here  for holiday closures  throughout
t he year.
Calendar of City Events
Clic k here t o view a list of  
upcoming meetings of interest.
City Council Meeting
Agendas & Minutes
Clic k here  to view a list of upcoming  meetings of interest.
City Council
Meeting Video
Clic k here to view the live streaming  of City Counci l meetings.
Police News
Connect South Pasadena - the City's emergency notification system  
Click here to register for  Connect South Pasadena,  T he City's emergency alert system and 
ensure that you & your loved 
ones receive the information 
you need to stay safe!  
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
Icon to Sign up for Library Youth Programs
For more information, please contact the Library Children's Services at (626) 403-7258. 
Community Services Classes and Programs Guide
The Fall 2018 issue of the Community Services Classes
and Programs Guide  is 
available  here .  

Senior Center Events

Give the gift of membership 
at the  South Pasadena Senior Center!   (South Pasadena non-residents  are welcome).  
facebook sketch 
Like Us on
Faceboo k
FOLLOW Us on Twitter

PD Nixle
Subscribe to Nixle to receive Public Safety Updates

Public Safety Open House
Sunday, September 16, 2018

The day's event is free to all, so bring the family and enjoy the day! For more  information, visit  or call 626-403-7285. 

Cruz'n for Roses
Sunday, September 16, 2018

The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee invites you to their 14th annual Classic Car Show along legendary Route 66 (Mission Street) on Sunday, September 16, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The show will feature hundreds of hot rods, custom cars, and classics, as well as a raffle, trophies, refreshments, food, exhibits, and vendors 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. For more information or to register your vehicle, visit

Public Parking Permits Now Available Onsite at the Mission-Meridian Village Parking Garage

A new parking permit machine has been installed in the Mission-Meridian Village Parking Garage located adjacent to the Metro Gold Line Mission Station at 805 Meridian Avenue.

Starting September 4, 2018, daily and monthly parking permits can be purchased onsite. Patrons must enter their car's license plate number, select the type of permit they wish to purchase, and pay using a credit card or dollar bills (no coins are accepted). The parking permit machine will improve the user experience by allowing all patrons, including first time visitors, to instantly purchase a parking permit onsite.

4 AM to 12 NOON, Monday through Friday
Daily Permit: $3
Monthly Permit: $50
12 NOON to 2 AM, Monday through Friday
FREE all day on Weekends & Holidays
Lot Opens at 4 AM, Closes at 2AM
No Overnight Parking

For more information please contact Management Services at (626) 403-7210.
Check it Out! Friends of the Library Concert Series Begins September 16th
Tickets are now available for the 22nd annual Restoration Concert Series hosted by The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library. The Series brings world-class musicians to South Pasadena in the lovely setting of the historic Library Community Room. Proceeds from the concerts are dedicated to the ongoing enhancement the Library.
Concerts take place on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. The entire series of 8 concerts is just $96. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $20. The first concert of the season is Wednesday, September 16 and will feature violinist Martin Chalifour, cellist Cecilia Tsan, and pianist Steven Vanhauwaert playing works by Johannes Brahms, Zoltan Kodaly and Niels Gade. For more information, visit the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library website or call 626-799-6333. is your community resource for what's happening in South Pasadena!

Looking for something to do in town? Ever tried to schedule an event only to find out there's a conflicting event that same day? Planning an event and want to let the community know? Ever wished there was a community calendar that would be a resource? is the answer to those questions! This is the "go-to" calendar and guide to what's going on! Any local organization or business can submit a special event or activity to us. The general criteria is that it has to be a special event or activity and be open to the general public (fee-based events are acceptable). It's easy to register: 

1) Go to 
2) Click on "REGISTER", enter a user name and email address 
3) a password will be sent to that email address 
4) Log in; follow the prompts to add an event 
5) Hit "submit" 
6) The Chamber will review the event and publish it! Please include any cost for tickets, admission, etc. Add any links, phone numbers, flyers, etc. to provide information to the reader.
Use this calendar as a reference when you're planning an event with your group. Keep on top of the many events and activities so you don't miss what you want to experience. If you need assistance, please contact the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce at (626) 441-2339.

Southern California Edison's (SCE) Wildfire Mitigation Community Forum
Monday, September 10, 2018

From Southern California Edison:

"Dear Neighbor,

Protecting you and your family from the threat of wildfires is our company's highest priority. Taking important actions to reduce the risk of wildfires has long been a focus for SCE. Today, we continue to look for ways to enhance our operational practices and strengthen our infrastructure to address the increased threat of wildfires. 

As a community member, who has a home or business in a high fire risk area, we would like to invite you to join us at a Community Meeting SCE is hosting on wildfire mitigation and public safety at the DoubleTree Hotel in Monrovia (924 W Huntington Dr. Monrovia, CA 91016) on September 10, 2018 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. During the meeting, we will provide information on our Wildfire Mitigation Program, including our Public Safety Power Shutoff Protocol and other efforts to help keep our customers and communities safe."

If you would like more information about this SCE program, please click here.

Measure M Five-Year Multiyear Subregional Program Public Meetings
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Arroyo Verdugo Communities Joint Powers Authority (AVCJPA) consists of the cities of Burbank, Glendale, La CaƱada Flintridge, Pasadena, and South Pasadena and the unincorporated communities of Cresenta Valley/Montrose within Los Angeles County. Earlier this year, the City Councils approved the formation of the AVCJPA and have begun work on the first five-year funding plan for the JPA's Multiyear Subregional Program (MSP). Funded through the voter-approved sales tax, Measure M, the AVCJPA must create their MSP in order to determine what projects to fund in the first five years.
Each agency will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the potential projects and would like your input.
Please join us at the City of South Pasadena Public Forum on Tuesday, September
18, 2018, at 6:30 PM in the City Council Chambers at 1414 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030.
For questions, please contact Margaret Lin, Principal Management Analyst, 
at or (626)403-7236.
For more Measure M information, please visit,

National Drive Electric Week 2018

National Drive Electric Week, September 8-16, 2018, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have successfully done so.

Please click here for a complete list of local events happening near you.

Guide to Tree Watering 

Trees are an integral part of South Pasadena and add to the Community's charm.  In addition, trees provide many Community wide benefits including cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values.  South Pasadena's trees are suffering from the drought.  To help keep your trees alive and healthy, please water them. Below are some guidelines to help you determine when, where and how much to water.

* Water every one to four weeks around the drip-line of the tree (the outer canopy of the leaves).
* Water slowly for hours or overnight with a traditional hose or coil a soaker hose around the tree allowing water to seep out through its tiny pores.
* Make sure the water gets into the soil at least two feet. Tree watering stakes are helpful (available at hardware stores).
* Create a moat at the root zone to hold the water and reduce runoff (move moat area out as tree grows).
* One to two deep waterings are much better than many shallow waterings.
* Place 2" to 3" of mulch around the tree (keep it away from the tree trunk). The tree's leaves are great mulch!
* Remove grass from around the tree so there is no competition for water.

If you have any additional questions on tree watering please contact the Public Works Department at 626-403-7240 or click here to visit our website.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Did you know:
  • You can dispose of couches and other large items by calling Athens to schedule a bulky item pickup at 888-336-6100.
  • If you have any old cell phones that you need to get rid of you can contact the City of South Pasadena's Police Department at (626) 403-7270.
  • Bottles and cans can be recycled at NexCycle in the Pavilions parking lot, or you can call (909) 796-2210 to find other locations.
  • If you have furniture or working electronics you would like to recycle, the ACTS Thrift Store in Pasadena can help.  Contact them to schedule a pickup or call (626) 577-4477.
For more information on recycling, please visit the  City's website or  Calrecyle.

Oak Tree Trimming Season is Underway!

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.

City Passport Service Moves to Library
Residents may submit passport applications by appointment

The City's passport services are now available at the South Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley St., by appointment only. Previously, passport services were offered at City Hall.

Appointments can be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. on Mondays.
The Library is more easily accessible for residents and visitors who may not regularly visit City Hall, said City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. "The Library is a well-known, easily accessible community resource," DeWolfe said. "From a customer service standpoint it makes sense to provide passport services from that location."
To schedule an appointment, call: 626-403-7330. Appointments must be scheduled at least one week in advance.

Upcoming Events

Walk or Bike to School
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Community Services Department will be hosting the 15 th annual Walk or Bike To School Day on
Wednesday, October 10 th at the three elementary schools as well as the middle school.
       South Pasadena Youth Commissioners will be at the schools handing prizes to those who walk or bike to school. Our local Police & Fire Department personnel will be on-site as well.
For more information, contact the Recreation Division 626-403-7380.

Waterfest 2018
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Each Fall, Upper District partners with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation to host WaterFest. WaterFest is a community outreach event focused on educating residents on water conservation and environmental stewardship. Waterfest additionally consists
of cheer competition for the LA County Parks and Recreation Department's cheerleading teams.  Click here for a flyer of this year's WaterFest.

Halloween Spooktacular
Friday, October 26, 2018

           Become part of the fun this fall, our annual Halloween Spooktacular will be held on
Friday, October 26, 2018!

      The event will be located at Orange Grove Park, 815 Mission Street, South Pasadena, from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Join us for games, arts & crafts, music, inflatables, and more! Make sure to bring a monstrous appetite, there will be plenty of food available for purchase. Mummies & Daddies, make sure to bring the whole family, this event is free!

Pre-registration is not required. For more information, please contact the Recreation Office (815 Mission Street) at (626) 403-7380.