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.
South Pasadena Residents can take the pledge to join #CleanAirDayCA by doing small acts within our hometown to improve our air quality.
Pledging can be some tasks you are currently doing or planning on doing such as: carpooling to work, planting a home garden (save the bees!), and replacing gas powered yard tools with electric ones. Children can also pledge by reminding parents to not idle the car, planting a seed, or participating in our to Walk or Bike to School Day on October 6th, 2021.
Starting September 27, 2021, Southern California Gas Company will be working on Monterey Road from Oak Hill Avenue to Pasadena Avenue to upgrade the natural gas facilities. To ensure the public safety, the utility company will maintain the construction zone with necessary warning signs and temporary traffic control devices. The Southern California Gas Company has notified the residents impacted by the construction activity. Should the construction activity interrupt the gas services, the utility company will coordinate with the residents to perform necessary appliance safety checks before restoring the services. The construction activity will be performed during the permitted hours listed in the City’s Municipal Code: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday and City recognized holidays before 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The work will improve the reliability of the infrastructure and minimize the risks of gas leaks in the future. Any questions or concerns about the upcoming construction work may be directed to Southern California Gas Company at (800) 427-2200
The South Pasadena Police Department is committed to keeping the traveling public safe. On September 25th, the South Pasadena Police Department will hold a DUI and Driver License Checkpoint from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city, looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.
During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
The South Pasadena Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.
Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
This program’s funding is provided by a California Office of Traffic Safety grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Health Officer Order has been modified to align with President Biden’s national strategy, including some targeted vaccine requirements to ensure we continue to lower transmission rates and protect each other.
The HOO update includes requirements for all attendees at indoor mega events- events with 1,000 or more attendees indoors and include, conventions, conferences, expos, concerts, shows, nightclubs, sporting events, live entertainment, and festivals- to show proof of full vaccination or a negative test result prior to entry. Self-attestation can no longer be used to verify an attendee’s status as fully vaccinated or as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.
Acceptable proof of vaccination status includes a photo identification with any one of the following:
CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card (white card)
World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine record card (yellow card)
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) COVID-19 digital vaccination record
Other COVID-19 digital vaccination record issued by an approved company
Documentation of vaccination from the healthcare provider or entity that provided the COVID-19 vaccines
California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) vaccination record
The vaccination proof should include the person’s name, type of COVID-19 vaccine, and the date of the doses administered. The person can show the vaccination card, a photo of the card as a separate document, or a photo of the card stored on a phone or electronic device.
Acceptable proof of a negative test includes a photo identification with testing results that must include the person’s name, type of COVID-19 viral test performed, and negative test result. The date when the COVID-19 test was taken must be within the 72 hours prior to the event. The test results can be a printed copy or on a phone, including an email or text message results from the test provider or laboratory.
It is important to get tested for COVID-19 infection if you develop symptoms, even if you are fully vaccinated. Testing is also recommended for unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection or who has had a potential exposure. COVID-19 testing remains widely available across the county.
Testing is an important tool to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, however testing alone will not stop the spread of COVID-19. Identifying cases early provides an opportunity to contain outbreaks before they spread using contact tracing, isolation and quarantine directives, workplace mitigation strategies, targeted vaccination strategies, and alignment of appropriate resources. This includes County mobile teams and community health workers to get in quickly to reduce any chances that outbreaks will spread.
The City of South Pasadena is revising its Strategic Plan and is seeking input from the community. The City is encouraging residents and stakeholders to play an integral role in developing a new community-wide strategic plan by participating in the public focus groups.
The Strategic Planning process is intended to be a thought-provoking and comprehensive examination of the key issues confronting the community and identification of an agreed upon set of priorities which guides decision-making for the City Council.
Huntington Hospital nurses and staff will be at the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 4:00 – 6:00 to give free flu shots (while supplies last) to folks attending the market who wish to get one.
Interested in receiving your Flu shot? Look for us near the walking man statue adjacent to the South Pasadena Historical Museum, 913 Meridian Ave.
There are few easy ways to provide a vaccination record. The easiest way to provide proof is to carry your vaccination card issued by the healthcare provider that administered the vaccine. If you are unsure about carrying your vaccination card or would prefer an electronic version, please see below for other examples.
Acceptable Forms for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
COVID-19 Vaccination Card / Health Record
CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (White Card)
World Health Organization (WHO) Vaccine Record Card(Yellow Card)
Ahealthcare provider or entity that provides COVID-19 vaccines
California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) Vaccination Record.
The person can show the card, a photo of the card as a separate document, or a photo of the card stored on a phone or electronic device.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant financial challenges to many residents of Los Angeles County. To combat these challenges, the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Center for Financial Empowerment is pleased to announce Get Ahead LA, a campaign to safely guide LA County residents to the financial resources they need to reach their financial goals.
Through Get Ahead LA, County residents can get connected to free financial resources that can help them get back on their feet. Whether it’s rental or food assistance, financial counseling, or help finding a job, Get Ahead LA can help people access the programs they need to get ahead.
Get Ahead LA is a free, user-friendly online service available today at GetAheadLA.org.