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e-Neighbors February 2016 Edition - Photos from South Pasadena_s Snow Day 2016  
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Holiday Closures

The City of South Pasadena observes the following holiday this month:
President's Day - Monday, February 15, 2016
                    
Calendar of City Events
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City Council Meeting Agendas & Minutes
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Community Services Classes & Programs Guide
Winer 2016 Recreation and Leisure Class Guide
The Winter 2016 issue of the Community Services Classes & Programs Guide is available here .
                     

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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Senior Center Newsletter - January and February 2016  
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South Pasadena Library Screens "Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound"
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Web Banner for _Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound - Picture of Billy Mize in a recording studio holding an acoustic guitar
Join the South Pasadena Library for a free screening of the acclaimed, award-winning documentary "Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound" at the Library Community Room, 1115 Oxley Street, on Thursday, February 18, at 7:00 pm. The director, William J. Saunders, will introduce the film and field questions afterwards. Brad Colerick, South Pasadena's own "Wine & Song" Troubadour and Jake Kelly of the Podunk Poets will open the show with a set of live music. Click here for more information...

Admission is free and re
freshments will be served. The event is presented by the Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library with special thanks to Deepmix Entertainment of South Pasadena and David Lyons/ProOutdoorMovies.com. Free parking is available after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends at the Mission-Meridian Garage located at 805 Meridian Avenue, adjacent to the Metro Gold Line Stations.
Housing Rights Workshop for Tenants
Thursday, February 18, 2016
An evening with Artist Mike Saijo and Author Naomi Hirahara
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Artist Mike Saijo holding a black and white study of the painting that he placed on a South Pasadena Traffic Signal Box as part of the City_s Art Box Program
An  "Evening with Mike Saijo and Naomi Hirahara"  will be presented on  Thursday, February 25 at 7 pmin the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. for the stimulating presentation and conversation focusing on the Japanese American gardener experience.

Artist Mike Saijo will share a slide show of his work that led to his "INAKA: A History of Japanese American Gardeners" exhibit, which continues until February 26 at the SPARC Gallery of the South Pasadena Arts Council.
Artist Naomi Hirahara Naomi Hirahara will present the voice of the Japanese American gardener by reading excerpts from her novels as well as  senryu  Japanese poetry written by the gardeners themselves.  Senryu  is a Japanese form of poetry similar to haiku. Click here for more information on the event...

The free event is presented by SPARC, South Pasadena Public Library, and The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and refreshments will be served.  No tickets or reservations are needed. Free parking is available after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage located at 805 Meridian Avenue, adjacent to the Metro Gold Line Station.
SPUSD Mission Place Project Environmental Impact Report Comment Period Open Thru February 19, 2016
Aerial View of Proposed Mission Place Project
The South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Mission Place project. The proposed project would develop a 1.27-acre surface parking lot on Mission Street into a three-story mixed-use project comprising of two new buildings. The project includes 91 multi-family residential units, 7,000 square feet of commercial space, and 228 parking spaces in three levels of underground parking.
 
At this time, the School District is inviting the public to review and comment on the environmental issues that are identified in the EIR. Written comments must be received by Friday, February 19, 2016.  For more information about this project, and to download the EIR, visit   www.southpasadenaca.gov/missionplaceproject.
Sign up for the CoolCalifornia Challenge!
Cool California Challenge Banner - _City vs. City Water and Energy Showdown - 1 City Prevails. Everyone Wins. Join now at cachallenge.org_
Want to reduce your carbon footprint, save money, and help the City of South Pasadena earn funds to support local sustainability projects? Then, join the CoolCalifornia Challenge! Simply sign up at www.cachallenge.org, submit your energy bill usage, read the tips and conserve. By doing this, you will earn points and rewards for South Pasadena in a statewide competition to be the "Coolest California City!"

South Pasadena is currently in 9th place out of 22 cities from throughout California. Let's kick the energy out of them! For more information, visist www.cachallenge.org. The CoolCalifornia Challenge ends March 30, 2016, and the winning city will be recognized during Earth Week, April 21, 2016.
Saving Energy Paid for this South Pasadena Resident!
Confessions of an Energy Conservation Fanatic
Picture of Melinda and Tom Tsai at the Energy Upgrade California Booth at the 2016 Rose Bowl Game
Residents Tom and Melinda Hsai at the 2016 Rose Bowl Game
For South Pasadena resident Tom Hsai, saving energy is a passion that led to an unexpected place - the 2016 Rose Bowl Game! Thanks to their work to reduce their energy usage, Tom and his wife Melinda won 2 tickets, VIP access and parking to the Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day from the CoolCalifornia Challenge.

How did Tom do it? First, he joined the CoolCalifornia Challenge at www.cachallenge.org. On the Challenge website, he began to look at the way that making energy upgrades in his home could help his wallet. "The  cheap and easy stuff is weather-stripping and checking insulation.  Next, is replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent ones. Then I got timers and occupancy sensors to automatically turn on and off lights."

Once Tom started to see the effect on his electric bill, he was hooked. "I wanted to go to the next level: I got a meter to measure how much energy each appliance was using... You would be amazed at all the energy wasted by those "vampires" when you aren't looking! That made me aware of how much energy went into our side by side refrigerator.  That got replaced with a new Energy Star frig, with a rebate!"

Tom's hard work paid off in more ways than one, and it could pay off for you too! Sign up for the CoolCalifornia Challenge today at www.cachallenge.org!
Rebates Have Changed For Water Conservation Devices
South Pasadena has a new email address to assist you in processing your rebates for water conservation devices, h2oRebates@southpasadenaca.gov. There have also been some changes to the rebate amounts. Here is a guide to help you save!
 
Device
Rebate
Where to Apply
Hi Efficiency Toilet
(1.28 gallons/flush)
$100
Premium Hi Efficiency Toilet (1.08 gallons/flush)
$190
Hi Efficiency Washer-Residential
$250
Hi Efficiency Washer-Commercial
$200
Weather Based Irrigation Controller (less than 1 acre)
$180/unit
Weather Based Irrigation Controller (more than 1 acre)
$50/station
Soil Moisture Sensor (less than 1 acre)
$150/unit
Soil Moisture Sensor (more than 1 acre)
$50/station
Rotating Sprinkler Nozzle (15 minimum)
$2 each
Rotating Sprinkler Nozzle (30 minimum)
$4 each
Rain Barrel (at least 50 gallon capacity)
$75 limit 4
Cistern (at least 200 gallon capacity)
$300
 
For assistance or questions call Amber Duran (626) 403-7314 or email h2orebates@southpasadenaca.gov
Water Buckets are Back by Popular Demand!
Picture of a Red Bucket Available for free at South Pasadena City Hall
Water buckets are available at City Hall and FREE for South Pasadena city residents! Collect and repurpose the water while your shower warms up to save about 1,000 gallons a year. Each red and white bucket comes with a bucket list printed on the side to give you new ideas on how you can save water.

These helpful buckets can be picked up at City Hall, 1414 Mission Street. One bucket per household while supplies last. Click here for more information on the City's free buckets or what you can do at home or work to conserve water or contact the City's water conservation experts at (626) 403-7210.
City Receives 2015 Engineering Achievement Award for the Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement Project Phase I
Deputy Public Works Director Shin Furukawa_ third from left_ receives an award at the CWEA Award Ceremony on January 23_ 2016
T he City of South Pasadena received the 2015 Engineering Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Basin Section of the California Water Environment Association for the Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement Project Phase I at the CWEA's annual award dinner on Saturday, January 23, 2016.   The City received the award for achieving significant cost savings and minimizing construction-related disruptions to the City by utilizing trenchless lining technology wherever possible.   

The Sewer Rehabilitation and Replacement Project Phase I addressed the City's aging sewer collection system. The project used Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) lining to repair approximately 64,000 lineal feet of pipe without trenching the street, saving time and money. The project also used open trench replacement of approximately 4,000 lineal feet of 6-inch and 8-inch pipe. The improvements made will increase the reliability of the system for the next 50 years. The project was funded through a low-interest loan through a Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Click here for more information...
Upcoming Events
Winter Arts Crawl
Saturday, March 5, 2016
South Pasadena Arts Crawl Logo
Mark your calendars for the Fall Arts Crawl, scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016! This very popular "Neighborhood-Night-On-The-Town" will feature something for everyone! Shops and boutiques will be open late with special exhibits, trunk shows, open houses and sales! Stop in at the local restaurants and cafes for a snack or dinner, or grab a bite from one of the food trucks. There will be an interactive art activity so that the entire family can get creative. 
 
Click here for more information, or call the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce at (626) 441-2339.
Learn Self Defense from South Pasadena's Finest!
February Class is Full!
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Women_s Self-Defense Class Logo - Woman in a fighting stance against a black background
The South Pasadena Police Department will be conducting quarterly self-defense classes for local women ages 18 and up. These free classes open to local residents will take place several times per year on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 pm in the War Memorial Building, 435 Fair Oaks Avenue.
 
Participants will learn how to defend themselves and escape from critical situations. Topics will include safety awareness, how to properly hit, escape common holds, and fight while on the ground. Classes are open to all skill levels from beginners to advanced participants, and all athletic abilities.
Click here to register through South Pasadena's Recreation Online Registry!

2016 Amgen Tour of California Coming to South Pasadena
Monday, May 16, 2016
Banner of the Amgen Tour of California - A blue cyclist riding a gold bicycle on a white background
The City of South Pasadena was selected as the Host City for the Start of Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California. The Amgen Tour of California is the largest cycling race in the United States and one of largest worldwide. Stage 2 of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California will be on Monday, May 16, 2016. To learn more about the Amgen Tour of California go to www.amgentourofcalifornia.com .
 
If you have specific questions about Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California please contact, Samuel Zneimer, Management Analyst, at   SZneimer@southpasadenaca.gov or (626) 403-7215.