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:


Mark your calendars and join us at Garfield Park for some summer fun:

Friday, July 16th – Movie in the Park: Abomindable

Sunday, July 25th – Concert in the Park: Susie Hansen Latin Band (Latin Dance)

Friday, July 30th – Movie in the Park: Onward

Sunday, August 8th – Concert in the Park: Rayford Bros Band (Vintage Rock)

Concerts in the Park will run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. while Movies in the Park will begin at sunset.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or low seat lawn chairs. Preshow snacks or food will not be available for purchase. For more information, please call the Community Services Department at (626) 403-7380 or email

There are still a few spots available in the seventh cohort of the South Pasadena Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB). TAB is made up of high school-aged volunteers who are interested in books, reading, and library services for teens. Join 8 returning members and 5 new members for the fall semester TAB and earn service credits while doing good and having fun! TAB will meet every third Wednesday of the fall semester, starting on August 18th with a virtual meeting. To learn more and sign-up, visit the TAB page on the Library’s website. Questions? Contact librarian Anne Armacost (


New Masking Mandate

LA County’s daily test positivity rate is 3.75%, an increase from a rate of 1.2% on June 15th when physical distancing restrictions and capacity limits were lifted across all sectors.

According to the CDC, our daily increase in cases to the high level where we are now puts us in the category of “Substantial transmission”. Considering that we have reported over 1000 new cases a day over the last 7 days, this daily average case rate is at a substantial community transmission level without the 7-day lag.

For this reason, we will be implementing an order requiring masking indoors regardless of vaccination status that will go into effect at 11:59p on Saturday, July 17th. Wearing a mask when indoors with others reduces the risk of both getting and transmitting the virus. Masking indoors must again become a normal practice by all, regardless of vaccination status, so that we can stop the trends and level of transmission we are currently seeing.

Some exceptions will apply, and these will be similar to masking requirements that were in place prior to June 15th. We expect to keep this order in place until we begin to see improvements in our community transmission of COVID-19. But waiting for us to be at high community transmission before making a change would be too late.

Public Health will be updating the Health Officer Order to reflect these new changes. You can view the updated HOO, which will be posted no later than July 16, at


With warmer evenings and the need for fun, the Community Services Department invites you and your family to Orange Grove Park, 815 Mission Street, on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for National Night Out!

National Night Out is designed to promote community awareness by educating South Pasadena residents about crime prevention and available resources! We are proud to showcase our Police, Fire, and other City departments to foster community comradery while providing loads of fun for kids of all ages with our various game booths and rock wall.

We hope to see you at this year’s National Night Out!

For more information please visit our Special Events page at, or by calling the Recreation Division at (626) 403-


Looking for ways to reduce your waste? Check out this message from Andy Au, Chair of the South Pasadena Middle School PTA Inkjet and Toner Cartridge Recycling Program:

“Wonder what to do with your old inkjet and toner cartridges?  You can recycle them in a box at the South Pasadena Middle School Lobby.  These cartridges are recycled at STAPLES and Office Depot and provide funds for school supplies.  If you want to help SPMS even further when you make purchases at STAPLES or Office Depot and they ask you for a phone number you can give them 323-344-8795 and the school will get credit as well.  If you have any other questions please feel free to call that telephone number.  Thank you for your support.”

Visit South Pasadena Middle School at 1500 Fair Oaks Ave. Find the South Pasadena Reuse and Recycle 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!


The Library is excited to take part in Arts Crawl on Saturday, July 17. From 4:00-6:30 p.m. we will be outside the Community Room on El Centro Street, where you can design your own feather to contribute to our Phoenix Wings project. Help us fill out the wings and then capture your picture in front of them. Tag #sopaslibrary when you share on social media so we can see them all! This hands-on activity is appropriate for all ages. Working together, we will color, draw, doodle, and decorate to create a work of art that is a visual representation of South Pasadena rising brightly from the challenges of the past year. The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library will also be with us, selling high quality art and gardening books at great prices. Stop by and see us!


The California ISO issued a #FlexAlert today from 4 to 9 p.m., encouraging consumers to reduce their energy use to help relieve stress on the grid. Energy use reduction during a Flex Alert can prevent further emergency measures, including rotating power outages.

For information on Flex Alerts, to get more electricity conservation tips, and to sign up for conservation alerts, visit the ISO’s Flex Alert website. For local information about energy visit,