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:


Following a recruitment and two rounds of interviews conducted separately by a panel of four community members and a panel comprised of three police chiefs (including former South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller) and South Pasadena Fire Chief Paul Riddle, Interim City Manager Sean Joyce has appointed Acting Police Chief Brian Solinsky, a 27-year veteran of South Pasadena Police Department, to the full-time Police Chief post. 

“I have been impressed with Acting Chief Solinsky’s leadership since Chief Ortiz’ departure late last year. Under Brian’s leadership, the Police Department has already renewed its commitment to community engagement and initiated training programs aimed at police accountability and inclusiveness. Now, with the benefit of the insights of eight interview panelists who evaluated four finalists, I am even more confident that Acting Chief Solinsky is the best candidate to lead the men and women of the South Pasadena Police Department during this transformational era in municipal law enforcement,” said City Manager Sean Joyce said.

Upon learning of his appointment to lead the South Pasadena Police Department, Chief Solinsky, responded by stating that, “It is an honor to have been selected as the next Chief of Police for the City of South Pasadena. I look forward to my continued service to this great city in this new position of leadership. I embrace contemporary policing philosophies that promote efficiency, effectiveness, and the equitable treatment of all. I am committed to strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and our citizens. I believe it is only through this partnership that a police department’s true success can be measured, and I pledge to serve the South Pasadena community with integrity and distinction.”

Chief Solinsky will lead the Department of 36 sworn officers and 15 full-time non-sworn personnel and an annual budget of about $10 million. Joyce conferred with his apparent successor, Armine Chaparyan, before making his decision to appoint Solinsky.


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It’s never been easier to get vaccinated in LA County. Right now, anyone who lives or works in LA County aged 16 years and older is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine at more than 700 locations. They are safe, effective and available regardless of immigration status.

Please continue wearing a face cover when you’re out in public, maintain six feet of physical distancing and keep gatherings small. If you’re feeling sick and you think you need to get tested, contact your healthcare provider.

To learn more about the vaccines and book an appointment, visit or


Need help with a vaccination appointment at home or transport to a vaccination site? Call the DPH Vaccine Call Center at 833-540-0473


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COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect yourself, your classmates, your teachers, and your family. Protect yourself and protect others by wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, and keeping gatherings small. With over 700 locations, it’s never been easier to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Visit to learn more.


The South Pasadena Youth Commission will be hosting a donation drive-by drop-off for supplies to create care packages for unhouse individuals. Donations will be accepted on May 1 and May 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the South Pasadena Library/Senior Center. For more information please call (626) 403-7380 or visit .


The City of South Pasadena would like your feedback regarding priorities for the 2021-2022 fiscal year budget. A community budget engagement program was developed by staff to facilitate a dialogue between residents and the City to better understand community priorities for future spending.

Due to the health crisis and social distancing guidelines, the City has created a fully digital community budget engagement program.

The online survey allows residents to provide input on specific City services and programs. 

The City will be collecting responses to the survey from April 15, 2021 through April 30, 2021. This input is requested prior to the City preparing the FY 2022 budget to allow for earlier input into the City’s budget development. Input received will be presented with a draft operational budget to the Finance Commission and the City Council at public meetings in May. The City Council is slated to adopt a final budget by June 30, 2021.

The Budget serves as a “blueprint” for providing City services and as a working financial plan for the fiscal year.  It reflects City policies, goals, and priorities and provides an overall plan for allocating City resources to a variety of programs and services.  If you would like to participate in the budget process, please visit our website or submit your comment to: or via voicemail (626) 403-7309.


Do you have items that are recyclable, but not sure what to do with them? We can help! The City of South Pasadena has created a Reuse and Recycle Directory to highlight how we can help improve our earth by reducing, reusing, and recycling. We’ve gathered many local businesses and organizations that accept items that can be recycled or sell/fix items to be reused.

Here are a few examples of items you can count on finding in our Reuse and Recycle Directory:

  • Book, CDs, DVDs
  • Bottles & Cans
  • Clothes
  • Eye Glasses
  • Plastic Bags
  • Furniture
  • Packing Materials
  • Needles

Find the directory and additional information on how you can reduce waste here. If you’d like to be added to the directory, send us an email at!


In our little town, it’s easy to get around without using your car. Reduce your carbon footprint by choosing to walk, bike, or scoot instead. Let NREC Commissioner, Michael Siegel, show you how it’s done! Click here to join him as he runs some errands and spends the day park-hopping with his family in tow.