City Hall Scoop

South Pasadena News and Updates

Welcome to the City Hall Scoop, a blog from South Pasadena City Hall. Our intention is to provide short daily bursts on hyper-local topics of interest to our residents.  The site has been redesigned both technically and graphically to be easier to find and easier to read. We hope you will find this site particularly useful during these unprecedented times.  Please send suggestions for articles to:


As of today, Omicron is now present in 35 countries, with three cases detected in the United States, one in San Francisco County, one in Minnesota and another in Colorado. There are no cases in Los Angeles County as of now.

While we are still learning about transmissibility, the severity of cases, risk of infection, and vaccine effectiveness, it is still important to follow recommended safety measures and protect those around us by continuing to wear face masks and getting vaccinated.

As we head into the winter holidays, we know it makes sense for us to be more cautious and given the emergence of a new variant concern, taking sensible steps to limit our risk of being exposed or transmitting is prudent. The City will continue to keep our community updated on this new variant and encourage everyone to follow recommended safety measures.


The South Pasadena Public Library is now offering Book Club Kits for checkout. These handy sets provide all the resources necessary to hold your own successful book club meeting. Included in each kit are: eight copies of a book title; an informational card containing an author biography, plot summary, and discussion questions; a librarian-curated list of additional resources related to the themes and topics of each book title; and a convenient carrying bag. Book Club Kits are available for checkout with a valid Library card for a period of six weeks. Stop by the Library or visit to learn more.


Funding from the California State Library through the American Rescue Plan Act has provided libraries across the state with the resources needed to provide online job training, skill building, academic and vocational exam prep, and professional development. CAreer Pathways will be available at our very own South Pasadena Library to provide residents with free access to various applications regarding job training and professional development. See the attached press release for more information!


On December 9th and 16th, 2021, Southern California Edison (SCE) will perform nighttime construction work to replace a transmission pole at Grevelia Street and Stratford Avenue. The work will require a full street closure of Grevelia Street and Clark Place from Park Avenue to Garfield Avenue and will be performed from 9pm to 6am.

On August 18, 2021, the City Council authorized SCE to perform nighttime construction work to replace the following four (4) transmission poles.

  • Pole 28699E – construction completed  
  • Pole 28700E – work scheduled for 12/9/21
  • Pole 1963577 and 4494469E – work scheduled for 12/16/21

SCE will distribute the flyers to the residents notifying them of the construction activity and will post signs and message boards within the vicinity of the work for additional noticing. SCE does not anticipate any power outages as a result of the work. This maintenance work is to ensure the continuity of a safe, reliable electrical system which serves the City of South Pasadena. Upon the completion of the project, the overall reliability of the SCE grid system will improve, which will minimize future power outages.


Registration for the 2021 Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program has been extended. Homeowners in EBB ZIP Codes can register now through Thursday, December 9, 2021. EBB helps homeowners lessen the potential for damage during an earthquake by offering $3,000 toward a seismic retrofit for houses that qualify. This year, EBB is also offering an additional Supplemental Grant (SG) to income-eligible homeowners. If your household annual income is $72,080 or less, you may qualify for a SG that could pay for up to 100 percent of your seismic retrofit. SG funds are limited.

If your house has not previously received a qualifying retrofit and meets, EBB Program requirements, register now before it’s too late.  For more information about the EBB program and to register go to

If you have questions or need assistance at anytime in the process, call 877-232-4300 or email


Safe and fun ways to celebrate this holiday season

The winter holidays are a time for joyous celebrations, family get-togethers, and beloved seasonal traditions. It is important to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 while hosting winter holiday events. COVID-19 continues to circulate in LA County due to the highly infectious Delta variant, and everyone must take steps to reduce risk, especially during the
winter season. Click here to find a guide that will help you ensure this is a safe yet wonderful holiday season!


There will be no delays in trash services this Holiday season!
No delays in trash service this Christmas and New Year’s.  Athens Services has decided to move forward with regular collection service Monday-Friday.  Customers should expect no change and no delay in their trash service.

Holiday trees are 100% recyclable! 
Athens Services collects holiday trees each year, from the day after Christmas through the second week of January, on your normal pickup day. Trees are delivered to various landfills to be used as mulch or cover material, or to Athens’ American Organics compost facility.

Tips to ensure your tree is properly collected:

  • Remove stands, ornaments, lights and tinsel.
  • Place holiday trees next to your regular trash containers.
  • Trees over 6 feet in length must be cut in half.
  • Trees with flocking or fire retardants ARE NOT acceptable.
  • If you miss the date for recycling, please cut up your tree and place it in your yard waste container(s).

Please help keep our parks clean and safe during the holidays. If you see anyone illegally dumping holiday trees, please call the South Pasadena Police Department at 626-403-7297.