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.
The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 to meet the multi-cultural & linguistic needs of our County’s most diverse communities. In an effort to keep you and yours informed, we share the following:
It is important, now more than ever, to remember to celebrate our boys in blue safely as we cheer them on to the World Series. Host virtual watch parties, celebrate in small gatherings and, most importantly, show your support by wearing your favorite Dodger gear – especially your Dodger face covering!
If you are recently unemployed, furloughed, or receiving unemployment benefits, you may now qualify for no-cost home improvements. Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has introduced a virtual enrollment option for the Energy Savings Assistance Program, which continues to provide eligible customers with an average of $705 worth of energy-efficiency home upgrades at no cost to help improve the safety and comfort of customers’ homes.
Join your neighbors in a discussion of the novel New People by award-winning South Pasadena-based author Danzy Senna on Saturday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m. Librarian Chelsea Clark will lead the small group discussion over Zoom. A heartbreaking and darkly comic page-turner, New People explores race, class and manners in contemporary America and challenges our every assumption about how we define one another, and ourselves. Sign up here to participate. One City, Many Stories (OCMS) encourages the community to engage with the theme “Exploring Common Ground” through the lens of literature and discussion. Learn more at www.southpasadenaca.gov/ocms.
Dear Voter, With Election Day coming up fast, I wanted to take a moment to talk about one of the easiest and most convenient ways to return your ballot: Official Ballot Drop Boxes. There are more than 400 Official Ballot Drop Boxes securely placed throughout Los Angeles County — providing you with a safe, accessible, and contact free option to return your ballot. If you want to return your ballot at a secure Ballot Drop Box, identify your preferred location with our Official Ballot Drop Box locator tool!
Remember, you don’t need to wait until November to return your ballot! Make your selections and send it back as soon as possible. If you haven’t yet made your plan to vote, we’ve made it easy for you to get all the important election information you need at plan.lavote.net.
Return your ballot today and help us get every vote in.
All Los Angeles County Voters are encouraged to vote by mail to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The County will mail all registered voters a ballot. Vote by Mail ballots begin mailing October 5. It is important your information is correct, if you’ve recently moved or changed any information, please visitLAVote.net to receive your ballot. You can always check your registration status with Registration Status Tool !
WHAT CAN I DO IF I DON’T RECEIVE MY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT?
• LA County will begin mailing ballots October 5 – please allow some time for it to arrive. • Subscribe toWhere’s My Ballot to track your ballot every step of the way and receive an estimated arrival date. • Request options: Contact the Registrar’s office by calling (800) 815-2666, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, date of birth, and address. • Request a replacement ballot LAVote.net • The deadline to request a replacement is October 27.
The HRC serves tenants and landlords during this health crisis with weekly programming and webinars. Each week, the HRC provides FREE virtual workshops on COVID-19 resources. The “walk-in clinic” offers virtual housing counseling to both tenants and landlords Wednesday through Friday. The HRC is prepared to answer questions on federal and state fair housing laws, common forms of housing discrimination, protected characteristics, unlawful practices, and COVID-19 resources.
The HRC is a nonprofit civil-rights organization that has addressed the challenges of housing discrimination since 1968. The HRC provides assistance to residents with discrimination complaints and landlord-tenant disputes. The HRC also provides training and outreach assistance to landlords and tenants.
COVID-19 continues to spread and remains easily spread among people who are in close contact with an infected person. If you were in a crowd with non-household members, especially if people weren’t wearing face coverings and were shouting, chanting, and/or singing, you may have been exposed to COVID-19 if an infected person was also there. People can pass the virus to others, even before they know they have it.
It is very important that you stay away from other people, especially those at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, and monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 full days. This is essential to prevent you from unintentionally spreading COVID-19 to other people.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, masks are strongly encouraged in settings where people might raise their voices, such as shouting, chanting, or singing. When someone raises their voice, their respiratory droplets, which carry the virus, spread farther.
Public Health encourages you to get tested if you have been in a crowd or gathering where people were close together and not wearing face coverings and/or not keeping their distance. By finding out if you are positive, even if you have no symptoms yet, you can quickly take steps to prevent your family, friends or coworkers from becoming infected by you and get the medical care you need.