City Hall Scoop

South Pasadena News and Updates

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The City’s 135th birthday celebrations continue, and we invite the entire community to participate in these exciting activities.

  • Join a Citywide Photo Contest! We are asking the community to submit photographs that represent South Pasadena to before April 20, 2023. Upon receiving these photos, we will share them with the City Council to choose their top 5 winners that will have their photos displayed at the City’s 135th Celebration on April 29 during the Eclectic Festival! The top two winners will also receive a special prize!
  • Birthday Celebration and Cake Cutting Ceremony: Join us at the City Hall Courtyard located at 1414 Mission Street on April 29 for a cake cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m., music, photo opportunities, and special remarks by elected officials. We look forward to seeing you there.


The City is officially preparing for the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Budget. We want to hear from you! Get involved by filling out the City’s Budget Survey or by saving the date on several public input opportunities. The survey will be available until April 21, 2023. In addition, details regarding times and locations for upcoming public meetings will be posted on the City’s website calendar and social media! For more information, visit the City’s Budget webpage by clicking here.

The Budget Survey could be accessed directly by clicking here.


As of 8:00 p.m. water service has been restored to the 2000 block of Primrose Ave.  If you experience discolored water, or air in the water that makes the water look white or “milky”, please flush it out using a hose bib.  If you require further assistance, please contact Police Department dispatch at the non-emergency number (626) 403-7297.


The Water Division is responding to a Water Main break at the corner of Maple St. and Primerose Ave.  Water service interruption will affect customers on the 2000 block of Primerose Ave as staff works diligently to complete the repairs to restore water service. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Join us on Thursday, April 6 for another exciting electric leaf blower demonstration event at Garfield Park!

You don’t want to miss this exciting event and a chance to win a FREE STIHL Electric Leafblower Kit! Join us at any time between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m for refreshments. For any questions, contact the Public Works Sustainability Team by emailing


The Oaklawn Bridge and Waiting Station between Fair Oaks Avenue and Oaklawn Avenue remains temporarily closed, and access is currently restricted.  This closure was implemented out of an abundance of caution, after some cracking along the bridge walls was observed.  At this time, our staff think it is prudent to review the structural integrity of the bridge and to see what options are available to address the observed cracking. 

Public Works has engaged one of their on-call professional service technical advisors, and a structural engineer is scheduled to perform an initial site visit.  After this initial review, Public Works will discuss the observations with their vendor, and establish the level of assessment needed for the bridge.  Once work is completed, our team will be able to provide more information on the state of the bridge and any recommended improvements and costs for City Council consideration. 

As a related effort, staff will begin the assessment of the historic Waiting Station to evaluate the costs to repair the damaged roof, and restore the other elements of the structure.  We apologize for the inconvenience and will keep the community updated with more information as it becomes available.


With continued storms in the region, the City of South Pasadena would like to remind the community that resources are available for people experiencing homelessness. Winter Shelters located across the County are operating for 24 hours a day this year. Shelter information is available by calling 2-1-1 from any device or 1-800-548-6047 for quick service. Click here for more information.


Join South Pasadena Beautiful at the annual Garden Tour on Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 1-4pm at the South Pasadena Arroyo Woodland and Wildlife Nature Park. Visit the recently planted Demonstration Garden, a native plant garden installed by volunteers from Friends of the South Pasadena Nature Park. This event will also feature several participants such as Girl Scout Troup 2131, South Pasadena Community Garden, and City of South Pasadena’s Sustainability Division. LA County will also be hosting a Smart Gardening Workshop to educate the community on gardening and composting. Discounted compost bins will be available for purchase after the workshop.

For more information about the 2023 South Pasadena Garden Tour please visit


The Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office would like to share a resource to property owners who experienced damage or destruction resulting from recent harsh weather conditions. The Misfortune and Calamity (M&C) program is available for property owners to file a claim within one year of an incident. By filing an M&C claim within one year of an incident, properties that have sustained a minimum of $10,000 in damage or have been destroyed may be eligible for a refund of taxes already paid and lower annual tax bills until the property is repaired or rebuilt.

The M&C claim forms can be obtained online at or by phone at (213) 974-8658