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! Please send suggestions for articles to:


The City is preparing to revise the 2nd Public Review Draft Housing Element and staff wants to bring more information to you.

Join us at two upcoming community events where our Community Development Department will be soliciting input and providing more information to you!

To learn more about participating in these events please click here. To learn more about the Housing Element, visit our website by clicking here.


Los Angeles Metro will begin conducting emergency work on the Gold Line between the Highland Park Station and the South Pasadena/Mission Station on Saturday, August 13, 2022. The area of repair is close to residential areas, and some noise my be present during the time of this emergency work. This work is being conducted due to Metro finding a few defects in the running rails, requiring repairs as soon as possible. The initial noise will begin around 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, August 13. Metro will then continue to make repairs and noise may continue between 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM. We thank you for your understanding as we work with Metro Los Angeles to ensure the safety of our Gold Line. For any questions, please contact our Public Works Department by calling (626) 403-7210.


On Saturday, August 20th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room, join local artist Tim Carey and sculptor Christopher Slatoff for an evening celebrating author Ray Bradbury and his influence on visual artists. Carey will give an illustrated talk about his stunning fused glass triptych Live Forever! which was installed in the Library’s Ray Bradbury Conference Room in 2020. Following Carey’s talk, filmmaker John Sasser’s short documentary Father Electrico: Ray Bradbury Lives Forever! will be screened. The documentary captures sculptor Slatoff’s work with Ray Bradbury to create an autobiographical monumental work. The presentations will be followed by a lively Q&A with Carey, Slatoff, and Sasser. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.


The 2022 Summer Reading Program was a big success! Together, South Pasadenans read for 16,500 hours – 7,700 more hours than last year. The Library gave out more than 3,000 books to participants and over 1,700 prizes. Forty-six teen volunteers assisted with the Summer Reading Program, logging 1,384 hours of service. The Library hosted 45 programs with 2,235 people attending. Summer programming included weekly storytimes, as well as new programs, such as the Newbery Book Club and the Cranes for a Change Origami Club. In-person Wonderful Wednesday programs returned, which highlighted magic, music, science, and storytelling, and a craft program celebrating the Fourth of July. The Library also hosted two adult programs; a program spotlighting graphic novelist Hazel Newlevant and a librarian-led book discussion of The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream.

Additionally, the Library hosted a teen book club called Everybody Talks focusing on the theme of Pride. Storytime will be on hiatus through August, resuming on September 13. In August, the Newbery Book Club will take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m., and the Cranes for a Change Origami Club, on the third Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. Many thanks to the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library for sponsoring the 2022 Summer Reading Program!


Do you find yourself with items that are unable to go into your trash cans, such as furniture, old electronics, eyeglasses, or paint? Look no further! South Pasadena has a Reuse and Recycle guide that allows you to easily determine where to donate or recycle items. The updated guide includes plastic bag recycling, inkjet & toner cartridge recycling, and used motor oil collection sites. Recycling saves resources, creates jobs, and reduces waste sent to landfills!

This guide can be found here. Feel free to download our printable version of the directory.


As the City begins the transition to Stage 2 watering restrictions, trees will need additional support to ensure they thrive during the drought. Although all South Pasadena residents are limited to two (2) watering days per week, hand watering is allowed by means of a bucket or a hose with a shut-off nozzle. If you have trees in your parkway, you are responsible for watering them!

Branch Out and try these tips to keep your trees healthy while conserving water:

  • Water slowly to allow absorption- watering too fast can result in runoff and water waste. DO NOT overwater in anticipation of dry days because soil cannot retain extra water.
  • Try utilizing mulch around the roots of your trees to reduce water evaporation, lower garden soil temperature, and limit the growth of weeds.
  • Most mature trees need deep watering once or twice a month. Deep watering helps promote deep root growth. If you have a drip irrigation system, you can water any day.

Visit this link to learn how to keep trees alive and view our Watering Do’s and Don’ts.

To learn more about outdoor water conservation or how to care for your trees, visit Outdoor Water Conservation Education | South Pasadena, CA ( and review the Terrific Trees & Pleasant Plants dropdown for detailed information. 


Did you know that there are scams specifically targeting businesses? And, unfortunately, they are often successful; costing the business time and money.

Join the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, August 2, 8:00 am on Zoom. Detective Richard Lee, with the South Pasadena Police Department will join to share some of the more common and newer scams that target businesses. He will also share ways to help keep YOUR business safe!

To RSVP, email

The Zoom link for this event is:

Meeting ID: 823 9237 0390 Password: 853849


Join us on August 9 at 7:00 pm for a virtual Community Forum on Coexisting with Wildlife! This virtual forum will consist of the Pasadena Humane Society presenting on wildlife and peafowl interactions. The South Pasadena Police Department will then conduct a presentation on an upcoming ordinance for Council consideration regarding peafowl feeding restriction. The forum will conclude with public comment. For any questions, contact our Community Services Department by calling (626) 403-7360.


Learn how to build a healthier, bite-free neighborhood in San Gabriel Valley by joining the Bite Back Tour 2022! This series is a set of episodes meant to teach residents how to stay safe from mosquitoes and the diseases they spread when they bite.

Visit the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District YouTube channel to view pre-recorded broadcasts, learn tips and tricks, and educate yourself on mosquitoes.

Are you interested in joining a live webinar? Some of the next sessions include “Fall in Love with Gardening” on August 18 (11am-11:45am) and “Bite-free Families” en Español on September 15 (11am-11:45am). Visit this site for a list of all events