City Hall Scoop

South Pasadena News and Updates from City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe

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: CityHallScoop@southpasadenaca.gov.

4/13/2020

Could you use your free time to learn something that might save your life or the lives of ones you know and love? Did you feel that earthquake last week and wonder of you were properly prepared? Then tune in to online Red Cross classes which are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday that will help you and your family better prepare for emergencies.

Learn to be “Red Cross Ready” in their new online format from the comfort of your own home! Every Tuesday and Thursday (y los miércoles en español), the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region is offering free preparedness education classes designed to help you understand, prepare for and respond appropriately to disasters big and small.

Follow this link to sign up online for these virtual classes: :https://www.redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles/about-us/news-and-events/news/virtual-emergency-preparedness-classes-begin-april-28.html

Learn a life-saving skill. The life you save may be your own!

8/4/2020

LA County understands how central people’s faith is to their identity. Religion is an important source of strength, comfort and community to millions of LA County residents, especially in the midst of the very trying COVID-19 health crisis.

For the health and safety of both worshippers and the wider community, LA County reminds all residents that religious services can continue to take place outdoors with face coverings and physical distance.

LA County is grateful to those religious institutions that are adhering to the Health Officer Order, and who have found ways to worship that do not put the wider community at risk. Americans’ basic right to worship and the public’s right to be protected from this deadly disease need not be in opposition.

To view California’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies, click here.

8/3/20

Child Care

LA County today announced that $15 million in CARES Act funding has been allocated for child care vouchers to serve essential workers and low-income families in the County.

This allocation translates to three months of child care for 5,000 families.

The DPH Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education will lead the funding distribution in partnership with the Los Angeles County Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Response Team – created in March to support essential workers, such as healthcare workers and first responders.

Families seeking early care and education services may access vouchers by calling 888-92-CHILD (888-922-4453). Income eligibility for these vouchers are set by the state.

7/31/20

Census 2020 Home Page – Census 2020

Yes, the 2020 census has never been easier to complete. While LA County residents work hard to meet the 100% participation goal, we take this moment to remind you of the multi-lingual resources available to you through LA County’s 2020 Census Website AND the U.S. Census Website:

  • LA County 2020 Website: LA County’s Census website offers county-specific information & support in 16 languages. Visit census.lacounty.gov to complete the census form in your language of choice by October 31, 2020.
  • U.S. Census 2020 Website: the U.S. Census website offers general census information & in-language guides in 59 languagesVisit 2020census.gov/en to complete the census form in your language of choice by October 31, 2020.

Complete the Census by Phone

To complete your census form over the phone in English, call 844-330-2020. If, however, you’d like to help your friends or family complete the census in another language, refer to these:

Remember, completing the census is private. Responses are protected by federal law, specifically Title 13 of the United States Code. They cannot be shared with any other government agencies or other entities, including your landlord.

7/31/20

GPD

Great Plates Delivered has been extended until August 9th. Through LA County’s Great Plates Delivered Program, you can help a local senior or business in your community.

Great Plates Delivered offers eligible seniors with three (3) home-delivered meals a day. Seniors over 65, seniors 60-64 years of age who have been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19 or those at high-risk for COVID-19 may qualify. When you help a senior connect to Great Plates Delivered you’re also helping your local restaurant, hospitality and transportation community get back to work. 

To learn more or apply for meal assistance, click here.

7/31/20

The overnight parking permit kiosk located in the lobby of the station will be updated in August. We are working with the vendor to have the 3G modem replaced, the cash option removed, and to make it a credit card ONLY device, similar to the kiosk at the Meridian Parking lot. Cash can be used to purchase a permit, by completing the transaction with a department employee at the lobby of the station.  

Joe Ortiz
Police Chief

7/31/20

With temperatures in parts of Los Angeles County expected to rise into the triple digits this weekend, various public facilities located throughout the County will serve as Emergency Cooling Centers starting on Friday, July 31st. These centers provide members of the public who lack air conditioning at home with relief from the heat, free of charge. 

“Offering free emergency heat relief is an important service to help keep vulnerable members of the public safe and healthy during heat waves,” stated Kevin McGowan, Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management. “The County is collaborating with various cities, such as Azusa, Claremont, Glendale, Lancaster, Palmdale and the City of Los Angeles to bring this free support service to all residents. We jointly stand ready to provide anyone who needs to get out of the heat with a safe place to cool down.” 

All Centers will operate in compliance with physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety criteria from the current Health Officer Order. They will be located in areas selected based on heat forecasts provided by the National Weather Service and impact to regions identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. More locations may be added or hours extended based on weather conditions. To obtain a list of the County’s Emergency Cooling Centers or view a map of these sites, visit ready.lacounty.gov/heat or dial 2-1-1. 

The County also reminds all members of the public to take the following extra precautions during hot weather: 

  • Avoid the sun – stay indoors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – 2 to 4 glasses of water every hour during times of extreme heat.
  • Replace salt and minerals – sweating removes salt and minerals from your body, so replenish these nutrients with low sugar fruit juices or sports drinks during exercise or when working outside.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Pace yourself – reduce physical activity and avoid exercising outdoors during peak heat hours.
  • Wear appropriate clothing – wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors.
  • Stay cool indoors during peak hours – set your air conditioner between 75° to 80°. If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and/or visit a County Emergency Cooling Center. Find a local emergency cooling center at ready.lacounty.gov/heat.
  • Monitor those at high risk – check on elderly neighbors, family members and friends who do not have air conditioning. Infants and children up to 4 years old, people who overexert during work (e.g. construction workers) and people 65 years and older are at the highest risk of heat-related illnesses.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
  • Keep pets indoors – heat also affects your pets, so please keep them indoors. If they will be outside, make sure they have plenty of water and a shaded area to help them keep cool.

For more information on heat-related illnesses and prevention, please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s website at publichealth.lacounty.gov. 

7/30/20

On May 28, 2020, community members gathered virtually to learn about the proposed strategies and actions to be included in the City’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). Over 100 community members tuned in to participate or watch the virtual meeting live and the meeting has been viewed over 160 times since. One of the proposed measures included the possibility of banning piping of natural gas in new buildings. The measure would allow the City to “engage with stakeholders…; conduct a cost effectiveness study; develop and draft an ordinance; conduct public hearings, public notices, and formally adopt the ordinance.” The measure was presented as a “mid-term” measure, meaning it may be implemented with the public’s support in 3-5 years after the adoption of the CAP. Since this meeting, there has been some misinformation being circulated among the community that falsely states that City Council is looking to ban natural gas during this economic and health crisis without community input. Rest assured, the Climate Action Plan is still in the development phase and will not be going to Council until the end of the year. Once adopted, it may still take several years for an ordinance as such to be implemented (as indicated in the CAP).

In addition, a three-week community survey was conducted to solicit feedback on every proposed measure and community input is being continuously collected via the CAP website. This feedback is being used to update the measures and create the first draft of the CAP. To continue this transparent and collaborative process, a third community meeting will be held when the draft CAP is ready for review. South Pasadena residents will have yet another opportunity to weigh in. For more information on the CAP, visit: www.Southpasadenacap.rinconconsultants.com.   

7/29/20