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

For many reasons, 2020 was a challenging year for all of us. While complying with the safer at home orders, the Public Works Department was able to complete numerous routine proactive maintenance assignments. Our most notable accomplishments include the following:

  • Secured over 9.3 million dollars of grant funding for the North-South Corridor Intelligent Transportation System Deployment on Fair Oaks Avenue and adjacent corridors project.
  • Parks Division received a $29,854 rebate payment from SoCal Water$mart for Fair Oaks median retrofit.
  • Secured 6 million dollars of grant funding for Fremont Avenue “Complete Street Project.”
  • Construction of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Monterey Road and Orange Grove Avenue.
  • Camino Del Sol and Alpha Avenue Paving Project completed.
  • Fair Oaks Avenue Traffic Signal Improvements Project design completed.

FY2018-19 Street Improvement Project design will be completed at the end of January 2021.

  • Secured $216,577 of CDBG funds for the Sidewalk Replacements & ADA Ramp upgrades.
  • California Transportation Commission approved the City’s FY2019-20 Expenditure Report for the SB1 Funding.
  • Bicycle shelters and hitches were installed throughout the City, adding 196 bicycle parking stations.
  • Responded and completed more than 3,550 customer requests.
  • Trimmed more than 2,100 City trees.
  • Planted 88 new trees.
  • Filled more than 250 potholes.
  • Removed and replaced more than 250 linear feet of sidewalks, curb, and gutter.
  • In conjunction with SMART Families, we made updates to Meridian Avenue between Monterey and Kendall Avenue, including updating pavement markings and street signage.
  • Cleaned and inspected more than 340,000 linear feet of wastewater lines.
  • Retrofitted approximately 100 streetlights to LED.
  • Completed a City-Wide Climate Action Plan, adopted in December 2020.
  • Maintained our American Green Zone Alliance (AZGA) and Tree City USA status.
  • Updated the City Hall Courtyard featuring permeable pavers to capture rainwater, which will recharge groundwater.

In 2021, the Public Works Department will continue to look for additional grant opportunities to deliver the projects representing the City Council’s priorities and meet our community’s desires and aspirations. The department will also do everything it can to continue providing high-quality customer service to South Pasadena residents. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact at (626) 403-7370 or via email at PWServiceRequest@southpasadenaca.gov. Working together, we can make a difference.

Shahid Abbas
Public Works Director

1/22/21

In order to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission among library staff, new Library Takeout hours will go into effect on Monday, January 25th. Instead of opening at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Takeout will now open at 1:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. This adjustment ensures that staff are able to maintain the physical distancing required by County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health protocols when they are pulling and processing hundreds of items for our borrowers every morning.

Library Takeout allows customers to request materials by placing holds in the Library Catalog, or by completing an online form for our Materials Matchmaker recommendation service, or by calling the Reference Desk at 626-403-7350 during Library Takeout hours. Requested materials are checked-out to the borrower and made available for no-contact pick-up at the Library’s main entrance at 1100 Oxley Street. 

Cathy Billings
Library Director

1/21/21

Los Angeles County residents who are 65 years old and older can now register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Residents in this high-priority age group should visit VaccinateLACounty.com to schedule their appointments, which will begin Wednesday, January 20th. Residents who don’t have computer access may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance with reservations.

The vaccine supply is still extremely limited, and Los Angeles County continues to urge patience as we work urgently with our federal and state partners to expand capacity and supply in the weeks ahead.

To ensure that people at higher risk of transmission and illness are vaccinated first, Los Angeles County has established a tier system. In addition to those 65+, priority for current vaccination is going to frontline health care workers and residents and staff at skilled nursing and long-term care facilities.

This strategy works to protect our entire community by ensuring that our most vulnerable and most critical healthcare workers do not get sick.

The opening of appointment registration for a new tier today comes as the County opens five large capacity vaccination sites across the County.

The five established sites, which were chosen for their regional accessibility and their ability to handle large capacities of people, are:

  • Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768
  • The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305
  • California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330
  • L.A. County Office of Education, 12830 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, CA 91355

These large-scale vaccination sites started operating Tuesday, January 19, and will be able to vaccinate approximately 4,000 people per day at each site, significantly increasing the number of people vaccinated. The large-scale vaccination sites will aim to vaccinate 500,000 Los Angeles County residents in a month.

Vaccinations are free, and available to all, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. For those who have insurance, coverage information may be requested as part of the appointment scheduling process.

In addition to the L.A. County operated sites, residents have other options for making an appointment for a vaccine. Currently, more than 75 pharmacies have registered to provide vaccinations, and we will continue to add more as more vaccines are available. Vaccine allocations are also going to large healthcare provider organizations like Kaiser Permanente and Providence Health and Services. In addition, residents may call their healthcare provider, as well, who may direct them to a preferred location for the vaccine.

For up-to-date information on LA County’s vaccine program, visit VaccinateLACounty.com.

1/20/21

Workplace safety

There are currently 540 open outbreak investigations across L.A. County, the highest we’ve ever had. Businesses MUST continue to follow public health protocols to slow the spread. 

Visit the following resource hub with information designed to help businesses across the County communicate steps they are taking to operate as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic: Safer at Work Los Angeles County

1/20/21

Los Angeles County residents who are 65 years old and older can now register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Residents in this high-priority age group should visit VaccinateLACounty.com to schedule their appointments, which will begin Wednesday, January 20th. Residents who don’t have computer access may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance with reservations. The vaccine supply is still extremely limited, and Los Angeles County continues to urge patience as we work urgently with our federal and state partners to expand capacity and supply in the weeks ahead. To ensure that people at higher risk of transmission and illness are vaccinated first, Los Angeles County has established a tier system. In addition to those 65+, priority for current vaccination is going to frontline health care workers and residents and staff at skilled nursing and long-term care facilities. This strategy works to protect our entire community by ensuring that our most vulnerable and most critical healthcare workers do not get sick. The opening of appointment registration for a new tier today comes as the County opens five large capacity vaccination sites across the County. The five established sites, which were chosen for their regional accessibility and their ability to handle large capacities of people, are: Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768 The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305 California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330 L.A. County Office of Education, 12830 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242 Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, CA 91355 These large-scale vaccination sites started operating Tuesday, January 19, and will be able to vaccinate approximately 4,000 people per day at each site, significantly increasing the number of people vaccinated. The large-scale vaccination sites will aim to vaccinate 500,000 Los Angeles County residents in a month. Vaccinations are free, and available to all, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. For those who have insurance, coverage information may be requested as part of the appointment scheduling process. In addition to the L.A. County operated sites, residents have other options for making an appointment for a vaccine. Currently, more than 75 pharmacies have registered to provide vaccinations, and we will continue to add more as more vaccines are available. Vaccine allocations are also going to large healthcare provider organizations like Kaiser Permanente and Providence Health and Services. In addition, residents may call their healthcare provider, as well, who may direct them to a preferred location for the vaccine. For up-to-date information on LA County’s vaccine program, visit VaccinateLACounty.com.

1/20/21

The City of South Pasadena, in partnership with the Housing Rights Center (HRC), will host an online Housing Rights Workshop for residents of South Pasadena on Monday, January 25, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Workshop will provide information on tenant and landlord rights, Fair Housing Laws, COVID-19 resources and protections (AB 3088 and local ordinances), and rent and eviction laws (AB 1482). In addition, the City will provide an update on local affordable housing initiatives, including inclusionary housing and accessory dwelling units (ADUs).The purpose of the workshop is to gather public input on housing related issues in the City of South Pasadena. There will be opportunity for questions and comments during the live workshop. The online workshop will be conducted over ZOOM. Registration is required at www.bit.ly/SouthPasHousing.For more information on fair housing resources, please visit southpasadenaca.gov/residents/housing/fair-housing or housingrightscenter.or

1/19/21

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be safe and very effective in large studies that involved a diverse mix of people. These vaccines prevented 95% of cases of COVID-19 disease. While the vaccine stops people from getting sick, however, it is not yet clear if it stops them from spreading COVID-19 to other people. It is also not yet known how long they will be immune. So, everyone must still wear a face covering, physically distance, and not gather.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for everyone and will be offered to different groups in phases. It is likely to be available to the general public in Spring 2021. Please talk to your doctor or sign up for email updates to find out when vaccine will be available to you.

http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/index.htm

1/19/21

In LA County, all healthcare workers (HCW) in Phase 1A are eligible for vaccination. Phase 1A is for all HCWs who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials.

To bolster vaccination efforts, LAC DPH is providing vaccination in five large point of dispensing (POD) sites every day from January 19 to February 14. Additional dates may be added as needed. Healthcare workers must make an appointment in advance through the Vaccination for Healthcare Workers website and bring the required identification. Visit the website for more information and to access appointments to be vaccinated at a POD or by one of our community partners.
Please note: Healthcare workers without routine in-person patient contact (e.g. administrative support staff or those exclusively teleworking) will be offered vaccination in Phase 1B. Family and household members of Phase 1A HCWs are not included in Phase 1A. The Vaccine Prioritization & Allocation webpage shows the current phases and tiers including an estimated timeline for each phase.

Volunteer to Vaccinate
Vaccinating all healthcare workers in LA County is a massive undertaking. Please consider volunteering to vaccinate at these PODs. LAC DPH is looking for the following licensed clinical professionals (LCPs) to volunteer:
• Medical Doctor (MD)
• Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
• Physician Assistant (PA)
• Nurse Practitioner (NP)
• Registered Nurse (RN)
• Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
• Dentist (DDS)
• Pharmacist (PharmD)
For more information, please visit Volunteer to Vaccinate.

Healthcare Workers – How to Get Vaccinated

Licensed Clinical Professionals – Volunteer to Vaccinate

Information for Patients – VaccinateLACounty.com

1/19/21