City Hall Scoop

South Pasadena News and Updates

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Periodically, the Sustainability Division sends out information about upcoming events and programs offered through utility billing, such as water and waste services. Residents who live in Home Owner’s Associations, multifamily buildings, or apartment complexes and do not physically receive utility billing may not be receiving mailing inserts sent by the City! For this reason, the Sustainability Division has created a “Mailing Inserts” drop-down menu on the Environmental Programs website to make this information accessible to the community.

If you would like to review the previous mailing inserts (August 2022- Present) sent through utility bills, please visit and select the “Mailing Inserts” drop-down menu or email


The City of South Pasadena and the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce are delighted to announce the official launch of the innovative “Experience South Pasadena” program, aimed at promoting local businesses and fostering a sense of community pride. This exciting initiative introduces self-led walking trails to highlight various elements of life in South Pasadena. The first launches will include the “Around the World in South Pasadena,” and the “Library Art” trails.

The Experience South Pasadena program is designed to showcase the unique charm and diverse offerings of South Pasadena’s local businesses. By encouraging residents and visitors to shop local, the program aims to stimulate economic growth, strengthen the local economy, and cultivate a vibrant community spirit. The first two trails will run through June 1, 2023 – July 31, 2023. Following the success of the first two launches, the City and Chamber will launch a new program every 8 weeks with new exciting themes.

The first trail of the Experience South Pasadena program, “Around the World in South Pasadena,” will take participants on a captivating journey through the diverse culinary delights and cultural experiences that can be found within the City. From delectable cuisine to unique handmade crafts, participants will be able to explore the world without needing a passport. Participants could access the tour in a few ways:

  1. Visit or and find the tour
    on the City’s or Chamber of Commerce’s website;
  2. Pick up a brochure at City Hall, Library, or the South Pasadena Senior
    Center; or
  3. Scan the QR code at each participating business.

Participants will be able to fill out their printed brochures or complete the trail virtually to be entered into a raffle to win a grand prize at the end of the trail. Hard copy brochures may be submitted to the City Manager’s Office in City Hall, located on the 2nd floor of 1414 Mission Street, South Pasadena CA, 91030. City Hall is open Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The City and the Chamber of Commerce will be sending a form to the business community close to the end of these inaugural trails to solicit interest and participation in future trail opportunities.

We encourage businesses and community organizations in the City to reach out if they have any ideas for future trails and experiences by emailing or We encourage everyone to participate in this exciting opportunity to discover the magic of South Pasadena. The Experience South Pasadena program will officially launch today, on June 1, 2023. Participants are also encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #ExperienceSouthPasadena.


South Pasadena has been awarded the Gold Tier in the Energy Champion Awards for 2022-2023! Thank you to our residents who have participated in the Efficient San Gabriel Valley (eSGV) free Home Energy Efficiency Assessments. These no-cost assessments can be done in person or virtually and are meant to provide residents with information and resources to implement energy efficiency upgrades within their homes. This program is open to renters and homeowners. Each South Pasadena residence that participates will receive a FREE Water Conservation Kit including a custom South Pasadena bucket, a moisture meter, a hose nozzle, and more!  Thank you for being a part of the City’s journey through the Energy Champion Awards! 



South Pasadena Beautiful celebrates six residential properties for the annual 2023 Golden Arrow Award. The Golden Arrows are annual recognition awards presented by South Pasadena Beautiful to residents and businesses who do an outstanding job of planning and maintaining their properties. Drought tolerant and sustainable gardening practices are valued very highly as examples of ways of beautifying our city and responding to the current drought situation and the Southern Californian Mediterranean climate. Visit here to see the winning gardens!

Are you interested in creating a sustainable landscape or finding ways to save water on your property? The City of South Pasadena provides water conservation rebates for our residents and businesses! Making small changes will have big impacts on water usage! Community members can purchase water-efficient plants and native trees or convert to drip irrigation on their South Pasadena property. More information can be found at or email

South Pasadena residents and businesses who take advantage of Metropolitan Water District Rebates, such as turf (grass) removal, immediately qualify for additional funding because the City co-funds several rebates provided! Visit for rebate information. Visit to learn how you can create your own golden garden through workshops and guides offered!


Are you or your gardener still using a gas-powered leaf blower?! Enforcement of the ordinance banning gas-powered leaf blowers is underway! Reports of violations are being collected and notices are being mailed out to violators. To report a violation, email and include location, time, and any photos of the gas-powered leaf blowers in use.

Please visit for more information on the ordinance, FAQs, upcoming events, and how your gardener can get a discount on an electric leaf blower!


A federal grant is providing the opportunity to upgrade traffic signals on Fair Oaks Avenue between Columbia Street and Huntington Drive. Concurrent with traffic signal improvements will be opportunities to improve curb ramps, sidewalks, and crosswalks to provide ADA compliance and improve pedestrian safety, median nose reconstruction where needed, and pedestrian detection devices along Fair Oaks Avenue.

Join us for a Community Workshop on May 18, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Library Community Room (1115 El Centro Street) to learn more about the project.


The community is invited to a giant yard sale at the War Memorial Building this month to raise funds for South Pasadena’s iconic self-built float! The two-day event will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20. Items are needed for the sale and can be donated at the site May 16-18.

All sale items are donated by community members. Collectibles, tools, electronics, antiques, furniture, dishware, jewelry, children’s items and many other treasures! We hope to see you there. For more information, contact Fillingham at


The City of South Pasadena City Manager’s Office is working with each department on completing organizational assessments focused on service to the community, staffing level, workflows, policy review, as well as industry best practices and trends. These organizational assessments and actionable recommendations are presented to the City Council to make improvements to the level of service to the community.

Attend a meting to learn more about the assessment and provide input:

  • Monday, June 5, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. – in person and virtual.
  • City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1424 Mission Street.

Take the survey:

  • Share your thoughts about Police Department strengths and challenges by completing an online survey at
  • The survey will be open and available until May 26, 2023.
  • The survey is confidential; all individual responses go directly to the Consultant for their review and use.