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: CityHallScoop@southpasadenaca.gov.

4/13/2020

In alignment with the state’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap, the County of Los Angeles has introduced additional guidelines for reopening.Select lower-risk locations may reopen with reduced capacity, physical distancing requirements, face coverings and other infection prevention guidelinesLA County’s Department of Public Health (DPH) Order:

  • Lower-risk retail, manufacturing and logistics sector businesses that supply lower-risk retail businesses, non-essential office-based businesses and indoor malls and shopping centers may now open for business at 50% capacity.
  • Faith-based organizations may resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25% of the building’s capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters may resume operations.
  • Pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may now open.

Higher-risk businesses/locations remain closed in accordance with the state, including bars, nightclubs, arcades and bowling alleys, personal care locations, including nail salons, hair salons and massage establishments, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert halls, venues, stadiums, theme parks and festivals. 

Please note that all safety protocols such as cloth face coverings, and physical distancing, must be observes as recovery continues. In addition, individuals 65 and older and all individuals with underlying health conditions should continue to remain in their residences and limit contact with others outside their households.

5/28/2020

The Summer Recreation Guide is now available and registration begins tomorrow for Tot, Youth and Adult classes.

Classes vary from sign language for tots to fitness for adults. There are 25 different types of classes with over 40 individual class times to sign up for. Thirteen specialty camps will be offered as well as a City virtual Camp Med program starting June 15 through summer. Click  here for the Rec guide. Staff continues to work on finding new online opportunities to bring to the community.

5/28/2020

The Public Works Department has reviewed requests to automate cross walks so that pedestrians are not required to touch the pedestrian push buttons.  Pedestrian push buttons at the traffic signals are required by ADA, they help visually impaired person to safely navigate thru the intersections. Removal of push buttons will put the traffic signals on a fixed cycle pattern, requiring the maximum green pedestrian time long enough for an ADA person to safely navigate the street will be continuously assigned to all approaches throughout the day irrespective of the street traffic volume and presence of pedestrians. This will potentially cause excessive and unacceptable delays to vehicular as well as pedestrians traffic. Pedestrians may not want to wait that long especially once the vehicular traffic is low and they see gaps between the traffic. This may result in increased pedestrian violations of “do not walk” signals, which itself will be a huge safety concern. Moving forward the City will be deploying technologies that will cater ADA requirements and at the same time will allow pedestrian to cross the street without the need to push the button. 

Shahid Abbas
Public Works Director

5/28/2020

The 2021 Housing Element Update will play a significant role in developing the vision for the City’s future. Resident and stakeholder involvement will be integral to the successful development and implementation of the City’s Housing Element. Two virtual community meetings will be provided on Saturday, May 30th at 10:00 AM and Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:00 PM to help introduce the Housing Element and the housing sites analysis that is being conducted. Come learn about the update process, specific steps the City is planning to take to analyze sites available for housing, the state’s requirements for the analysis, and most importantly share your insights and ideas on how the City can improve housing opportunities and accommodate housing development in the future. The interactive meeting will be conducted online via Zoom, please register for the meeting at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-south-pasadena-2021-housing-element-update-community-workshop-tickets-106282708442

For more information, please contact: HousingElement@SouthPasadenaCA.gov

Joanna Hankamer
Planning and Community Development Director

5/27/2020

The Public Works Engineering Department is fully operational and continues to serve the City of South Pasadena.  The department began working remotely in mid-March and has updated our workflows to issue permits electronically and perform electronic plan checking.  Since then, the Public Works Department has issued 51 permits electronically and completed 17 plan check reviews.  A Public Works permit for concrete work, tree trimming, tree removals, right-of way encroachment, fire flow tests, etc. can be obtained in three easy steps:

  1. Visit our website at: https://www.southpasadenaca.gov/government/departments/public-works/administration-engineering/permits, select your permit application, complete the form, and complete required documentation.
  2. Send the completed application including required documentation to: PublicWorksPermits@southpasadenaca.gov
  3. Public Works will review your application for completeness, send you the payment portal for online payment, perform any required inspections and issue you the permit electronically.


If you ever need assistance, we are available Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm at 626-403-7240 to assist with questions related to any Public Works matter. As a reminder our inspectors and field crews are still out in the City performing work in the community. In an effort to keep everyone safe, please respect a minimum of 6’ to 10’ social distancing with staff in the field.

Shahid Abbas
Public Works Director

5/27/2020

The Library’s all virtual Summer Reading Program will take place from June 1 through August 1, 2020. SRP features challenges for pre-readers, kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, ninth through twelfth, and adults. All reading is tracked through the Beanstack app, and readers can pre-register starting Tuesday, May 26th. SRP will feature the usual storytimes, craft activities, and Wonderful Wednesday events, all delivered online. Visit the Library’s Summer Reading Program landing page to get started!

Cathy Billings
Library Director


5/26/2020

Oak Tree trimming season is from June 1 to September 30.  As Oak tree pruning season is approaching, the Public Works Department would like to take this opportunity to remind the residents and business owners of South Pasadena that the City has a permitting process to prune these protected trees.  Permits must be obtained for trimming or pruning more than 10% of the live canopy of an oak tree. 

A private property tree trimming permit can be obtained in four easy steps:

  1. Visit our website at: https://www.southpasadenaca.gov/government/departments/public-works/administration-engineering/permits, select the “Private Property Tree Trimming” application and complete the form.
  2. Send the completed application including required documentation to: PublicWorksPermits@southpasadenaca.gov
  3. Public Works will review your application for completeness and send you the online payment portal. 
  4. Inspections are planned for Thursday mornings 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Once the inspection is complete and the arborist approves your application, the permit will be issued electronically.

Only hazard trimming of Oak trees shall be allowed from October 1 through May 30, so please make sure to plan your Oak tree trimming during the approved window of June 1 to September 30. 

If you ever need assistance, we are available Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm at 626-403-7240 to assist with questions related to any Public Works related matter.  As a reminder our inspectors and field crews are still out in the City performing work in the community.  In an effort to keep everyone safe, please respect a minimum of 6’ to 10’ social distancing with staff in the field.   

Shahid Abbas
Public Works Director

5/26/2020