City Hall Scoop

South Pasadena News and Updates

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:


Cleanup at 2040 Marengo Ave.

Updates provided by our team regarding the high winds this weekend:

  1. WCA and Police Department have confirmed that Pasadena Ave. at Arroyo Verde has been cleared and open to motorists.
  2. WCA is addressing a tree down on hillside across from 1884 Peterson Ave.
  3. Arroyo Seco Driving is closed until further notice.

Thank you to all of our residents for trusting our wonderful team!


Due to the high winds, another tree is down at 2040 Marengo. WCA has been notified, and our team will continue to keep our residents updated. Thank you to our team for their timely response to these incidents, and we hope everyone is staying safe.


Due to the high winds, there are several downed palm fronds, small branches, and debris throughout the City. Fallen Trees reported at Fremont & Oxley and Pasadena Ave & Arroyo Verde. City crews are in the city picking debris and clearing roads. West Coast Arborists(WCA) team are also in the city addressing the downed trees. 


The federal government recently announced that every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free and can be now ordered at Orders typically ship in 7-12 days.

Insurance companies are also now required to reimburse you for 8 tests per month for each individual on the plan up to $12 per individual test.

Your health plan may cover the cost of your test if they have a network of pharmacies or retailers already setup. Alternatively, they may provide you reimbursement for the cost of over-the-counter tests regardless of the price if they have yet to set up a network of pharmacies or retailers.

The best way to find out is to contact your health plan or insurer to determine if they provide direct coverage or if you might need to submit a claim for reimbursement.

Residents can visit for more information on reimbursements.

We also encourage all LA County residents to visit if you’re in need of finding a convenient testing location near you.


Every 10 years, local governments use new data from the Census to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. State law requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and doing public outreach. The City of South Pasadena is asking for your help to plan, draw, and re-divide new City districts. Scan the QR code to learn more about getting involved!


It’s that time of year again, when kids get to vote for the California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) book nominees! The CYRM program, established in 1974, introduces young readers in California to a variety of book genres and formats, gives them an opportunity to honor their favorite books and authors, and develops and cultivates a love of reading. Children and teens are invited to read the nominated books and vote for their favorite. Copies of all the 2022 nominated books are available in physical and ebook formats for check out. Visit the CYRM book display in the Children’s Room at the Library.  The last day to vote is Wednesday, March 30 and voting forms are available at the Children’s Reference Desk.


The City of South Pasadena Office of the City Manager is conducting an analysis on all current Commissions and Boards, which will be presented to the City Council for further discussion in the coming month. The City encourages community input on this topic in order to include the valuable feedback of our residents and stakeholders as we continue our analysis. Scan the QR code to participate in our survey, or visit our website’s Community Input on Commissions page to learn more.

After finishing the survey, you will find information regarding another opportunity to provide feedback at a Community Input Discussion via Zoom that will be taking place on January 26, 2022.

Thank you all for participating in these efforts! If you have any questions, contact our Management Analyst, Mary Jerejian by emailing


Please see the following important updates to assist TK-12 schools during the Surge Period:  

Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools: Appendix T1 (revised 1/17/22).
Changes in quarantine and testing requirements for students and staff based upon vaccination status or positive COVID-19 test in past 90 days. Attendance thresholds have been lowered for both outdoor Mega events (5,000 attendees) and indoor Mega Events (500 attendees).

COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan Guidance in TK-12 Schools: Appendix T2 (revised 1/18/22). Updated quarantine requirements and exemption criteria for close contacts. Updated the definition of the period of infectiousness for an individual with COVID-19, in alignment with isolation and quarantine guidance for the general public. Added two options for quarantining students who meet criteria for close contacts as defined both by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and in county protocols. The two options are individual contact tracing and group tracing. Added sample notification letters for isolation instructions and group tracing; modified the exposure notification letters for individual contact tracing. Added options for simplifying case identification and exposure management during a surge.

TK-12 Schools COVID-19 Toolkit webpage – including temporary measures for case identification and exposure management in schools during a surge period.

Please review this important information including: Sample Notification Templates (revised 1/17/22) Framework for Individual Contact Tracing and Group Tracing for STUDENTS (new 1/18/22) Flow charts for individual contact tracing including quarantine, isolation and testing pathways for students and staff (revised 1/18/22) Other pertinent information and resources can be found on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website at


COVID-19 vaccine webpages have been updated with the latest information and resources. 

  • The “After you get a vaccine” webpage is now called “Vaccine Side Effects” (English, Spanish)
  • The “When you’ve been fully vaccinated” webpage is now called “Once You Are Vaccinated” (English, Spanish)

Other pertinent information and resources can be found on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website at