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:


Indoor gatherings are high risk for COVID-19. If you are gathering, please gather outdoors ONLY. Remember, once you join a bubble, keep each other safe by not joining other bubbles.


Both the South Pasadena Police and Fire Departments will have staff available to assist the public during all Holiday closures. For non-emergency assistance, you may contact the Police Department at (626) 403-7270, while the Fire Department can be reached at (626) 403-7300


All City operations will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2020 in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday. City Hall will resume service Monday, November 30, 2020.

Both the South Pasadena Police and Fire Departments will have staff available to assist the public. For non-emergency assistance, you may contact the Police Department at (626) 403-7270, while the Fire Department can be reached at (626) 403-7300


For residents that plan on attending peaceful demonstrations, please be aware of the elevated risks that come when people of different households gather during this pandemic, even when they are outdoors. Demonstrations can inadvertently result in transmission of COVID-19, including from people who are asymptomatic and have no idea that they are positive for the virus.  If you unknowingly become infected, you may infect other people in your life, including people who are older or who have underlying health conditions that put them at far greater risk of becoming seriously ill and dying from COVID-19.   

If you plan to attend a demonstration, please follow these guidelines: 

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick. Seek medical attention as needed if you have symptoms for COVID-19, and be tested for the virus – testing is widely available across LA County. 
  • If you are not sick and plan to attend a peaceful demonstration, wear a face covering over both your nose and mouth at all times and keep your physical distance, staying more than 3 steps away from anyone who is not from your household. Consider wearing eye protection. Encourage other attendees to do the same. 
  • Keep your hands clean before, during, and after the demonstrations. Bring hand sanitizer or frequently wash your hands. 

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 during a demonstration, it is very important that you quarantine for 14 days and stay away from all other people, especially those at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.  More guidance for attending demonstrations is available online at:


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As new COVID-19 cases remain at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continue to increase, the LA County Health Officer Order will be modified to restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars, effective Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m.

The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website,

We encourage you to follow and monitor the Department of Public Health on social media for the most up to date information during the holidays.


Gather Safely

It is best to stay home and celebrate with people who live in your household. Connect with friends and family you don’t live with using all of the technology that allows us to see and hear each other from afar. Other safe options include decorating your home inside and out and enjoying a drive around neighborhoods seeing others’ decorations. Please always think about your risk of being exposed in any situation – staying with only people you live with and visiting others virtually is the safest way to celebrate right now.

If you do choose to gather, closely following the guidance for private gatherings. Gather outdoors with no more than 2 other households, and a total of 15 people; wear face coverings unless eating or drinking and stay at least 6 feet apart.  Do not share food or utensils, and limit the gathering to no more than 2 hours. 

The fewer people you and your household have in-person contact with, the lower your risk of getting COVID19.  

For more detailed holiday guidance, click here.

Stay at Home

Since the holiday season is often a busy travel time, you may be considering doing a bit of travel this time of year for vacation or to visit friends and family. The Department of Public Health strongly recommends that no one travel at this time. If you do choose to travel, please follow the CDC’s guidelines on travel.

The following CDC sites can help you to assess the risk of travel both locally and internationally:

It is important to note that L.A. County recommends that travelers stay home for 14 days when arriving into L.A. after travel.

Back To Basics

It is important for everyone in L.A. County, businesses and residents, to return to the mindset we had earlier in the pandemic where we followed the rules.  For residents we ask you to take the following immediate actions:

  • Stay home as much as possible for the next two to three weeks except for accessing essential services.  This is especially important for people who are older and people with serious underlying health conditions. When possible, try to use delivery services for groceries and medicines.  If this isn’t possible, assign one person from your household to take care of errands and shopping.
  • If you live with people that are older or have serious health conditions, wear masks and keep your distance both indoors and outdoors as much as possible.  Higher risk household members should try when possible to eat by themselves and particularly avoid being in close contacts with other people who have possible exposures at their jobs or in the community.
  • If you are positive or a close contact of someone who is positive, please follow the Public Health Orders to isolate or quarantine for the full amount of time; 10 days for isolating if you are positive and 14 days if you need to quarantine.
  • If you have engaged in risky activities where you may have been exposed because you were in a crowd with people who weren’t wearing masks and distancing, please self-quarantine for 14 days.



When you feed your neighbor, you feed your soul. L.A. County agencies and The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank are offering free meals and hope to 100,000 hungry families this holiday season. But we need your help. Spread the word to your audiences about how they can donate food or volunteer.  #LetsFeedLACounty #HereForTheHolidays.