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:


City Parks will be open for the July 4th holiday. Please continue to practice social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when enjoying our parks. Please note that all playgrounds and gazebos remain closed. Fireworks are not allowed on City Parks. Celebrate Responsibly.


It is more important than ever to follow prevention practices outlined by LA County’s Department of Public Health:

  1. Please continue to wear your cloth facial covering.
  2. Practice physical distancing.
  3. Wash your hands frequently.
  4. And don’t touch your face.

People with underlying health conditions, who are at higher risk for serious illness or death due to COVID-19, should take special precautions and stay at home wherever possible.  


As we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, South Pasadena Police and Fire Departments want to remind our residents that all fireworks are illegal in the City of South Pasadena. The current law prohibits all Safe and Sane fireworks, including those legally purchased in neighboring cities. No fireworks of any kind can be used in the City of South Pasadena. Officers will respond to calls involving fireworks, as these incidents are considered misdemeanors. Please remain vigilant and report illegal fireworks in the City of South Pasadena, by calling the Police non-emergency number at (626) 403-7270


In March, the City Council adopted an Emergency Resolution that suspended requirements for overnight parking permits in response to the national pandemic. This week council adopted Emergency Resolution 7657 to reinstate enforcement of overnight parking restrictions beginning July 6th, 2020.   The City of South Pasadena wishes to alert residents that South Pasadena Municipal Code 19.58(a) states, “It is unlawful for any person to stop, stand or park a motor vehicle on any public street or in any city-owned parking lot for a period of time longer than 30 minutes between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day, unless in accordance with an all-night parking permit issued in accordance with this division.” During the first week of enforcement, violators will receive a warning instead of an actual citation. After this one-week grace period, vehicles parked on City streets overnight will be cited for violations of SPMC 19.58(a), unless they properly display valid Temporary or Annual Permits. Temporary and Annual Permits can be purchased at the Police Department or online at: Questions regarding overnight parking regulations should be directed to 626-403-7235.


On Monday, July 6, the City will reopen City facilities on a limited basis in accordance with public health guidelines. Visitors will be allowed by appointment only and face coverings and social distancing will be required. The City has implemented all possible steps to ensure a safe environment for both our employees and visitors. This includes workplace modifications to provide for appropriate social distancing, sneeze guards at public counters, and increased cleaning and disinfecting of facilities.  In addition, employees have completed training on how to clean and disinfect their workspace before and after each shift, or as necessary, for the protection of employee and visitor health.  Over the last few weeks, employees have phased back to the workplace as necessary to deliver services to the community, while maintaining safe operations. As we transition into this new phase of limited reopening, employees will be on site with staggered or alternating schedules. We encourage the public to continue to conduct business as much as possible via phone or online.

Please click here for a list of city departments and contact information. Visitors will only be allowed into the facilities by appointment. Upon arrival, visitors should contact the department they are scheduled to meet with.  Visitors will have their temperatures checked prior to being granted access to the facility. Visitors are asked to follow protocols posted prominently at each city facility per Los Angeles County Health Orders. Face masks and social distancing will be required at all times when inside the facility and sneeze guards have been installed where necessary for the safety of visitors and employees. The City will continue to monitor the evolving situation and follow guidance from public health officials.


State Enforcement strike teams will be deployed throughout California targeting non-compliant workplaces in partnership with local public health departments and businesses. The Strike Team is comprised of multi-agency teams from Alcohol Beverage Control, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Business Oversight, Department of Business Affairs, California Highway Patrol and agents from LA County, Department of Health. The intent is not punitive; it is being done to help save lives. If you observe violations of the current health orders, please call Los Angeles County Health Environmental Health at (888) 700-9995 or (626) 813-3346.

Joe Ortiz
Police Chief


Three Cs

The revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order, “Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community Revised Order (07.01.20) is now available on Public Health’s website, under the Health Officer Order dropdown tab. The revised order aligns the County with the Governor’s announcement requiring the closure of specific activities and business sectors. 

The temporary closure of indoor, in-person dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, and cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities.

Bars have also been ordered to remain closed in all 19 counties on the State’s watch list, including LA County.

Family gatherings are traditional for the holiday weekend. This year, however, LA County residents should celebrate only with members of their immediate households.

See the DPH update on the number of COVID-19 cases across LA County.

For more information on how to stay safe, visit


With hints of businesses reopening and community enthusiasm for expanding safe outdoor dining and retail opportunities, our downtown Mission Street is reasserting itself as a lively neighborhood. A potential addition to the downtown area is a mixed-use development project called “Seven Patios” that proposes to build new housing units and more retail and restaurant options.  If approved by the Planning Commission, the Seven Patios would replace the current commercial building at 845/899 El Centro Street, just southwest from the Metro train station across El Centro.  The plans include retail and restaurant spaces totaling approximately 6,100 square feet along  the El Centro Street frontage, with 57 residential units on the upper floors and in the interior spaces.  The project conceptually centers around seven distinctly designed patios, from which the project takes its name — “Seven Patios.”   This project proposes to improve walkability in the Mission-Meridian core in downtown South Pasadena around the Metro station, helping to improve the economic sustainability of businesses and the cohesiveness of the neighborhood that hosts the Thursday night Farmers Market along Meridian and El Centro.  The concept proposes to provide desired retail and restaurant services in the West Mission area and to provide a better connection between the neighboring residential areas southwest of the property and the commercial corridor along Mission Street located northeast of the property.   

The City invites the public to learn more about this proposed project.  

Facing El Centro

A Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) has been prepared for this project and will be available for a 30-day public review from Tuesday, June 30 to Wednesday July 29, 2020. 

The Draft IS/MND can be reviewed on the City website at:

If you wish to review a printed copy of the Draft IS/MND, you can do so at the following locations:

  • South Pasadena City Hall: 1414 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030; Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (by appointment only; please call 626-403-7223 to schedule an appointment)
  • South Pasadena Public Library: 1100 Oxley Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030; Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (by check-out/pick-up only; please call 626-403-7350)

We encourage your participation and welcome all comments on this Draft IS/MND. Please submit your comments (via email or letter) no later than 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 to:

City of South Pasadena
Attention: Kanika Kith, Planning Manager
1414 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Kanika Kith at (626) 403-7227; or via e-mail at

Joanna Hankamer
Planning and Community Development Director