Jacobs and Robledo Promoted to Police Lieutenant

Lieutenant Robledo

I am pleased to announce the promotions of Sergeants Thomas Jacobs and Shannon Robledo to the position of Police Lieutenant.  Both Jacobs and Robledo have made significant contributions to the South Pasadena Police Department and the residents of our community during their tenure. 

Lieutenant Shannon Robledo has been  with  the police department for over 28 years.  He started as a Police Explorer, moving up through the ranks as Jailer, Officer, and Sergeant.  Shannon has served in a number of special assignments including the Special Enforcement Team, K9 Officer, and 
Tactical Flight Officer with the Foothill Airport Support Team.

Lieutenant Jacobs

Lieutenant Tom Jacobs has been with the 
department for 20 years. He was initially hired as a Reserve Officer, 
later became a full-time officer, and promoted to Corporal, Sergeant, and Acting Captain.  Tom’s special assignments have included the Special Enforcement Team, firearms range staff, defensive tactics instructor, and Glock armorer.  Tom helps instruct the Women’s and Teen Self-Defense Classes and serves as the liaison to the South Pasadena Animal Commission.

Please join me in congratulating Lieutenants Jacobs and Robledo.

City’s First Green Action Plan Adopted by Council

I am proud to announce that the City recently adopted its first Green Action Plan.  Developed in collaboration with the Natural Resources and Environmental Commission, the Plan maps out environmental sustainability initiatives in five categories: 

  • Working towards making the City plastic-free
  • Enhancing water conservation
  • Increasing organics diversion from the landfill
  • Mitigating the impacts of urban heat island effect
  • Preparing for future sustainability initiatives

Within each category are objectives and specific actions to be taken over the next 18 months. The Plan serves as a short term action guide while the City is completing a more comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CAP) under a grant from a regional planning agency.  The CAP will focus more broadly on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and will ultimately build on the Green Action Plan when complete in 2020.  The Public Works Department was recently reorganized to create an environmental sustainability team who will be focused on implementation of green initiatives.

The Green Action Plan can be found here: https://www.southpasadenaca.gov/government/departments/management-services/environmental-programs/city-green-action-plan

Upcoming Changes to Water Billing

South Pasadena water customers will soon be served by a new billing company, Munibilling, after the sudden closure of Fathom (formerly Global Water). The City Council approved the new contract Wednesday, Nov. 20.  There will be no change in the rates charged to customers and no interruption in water service.

South Pasadena operates its own water utility staffed by City employees, but contracts for billing services. We were only notified last week that Fathom was ceasing its business operations at the end of November. It was unfortunate that Fathom chose to wait until the 11th hour to inform us they were closing. However, we were able to quickly find a qualified new vendor.

We anticipate a smooth transition as Munibilling steps in. However, during the transition, we are asking water customers to take the following actions:

·       Do not pay Fathom for any due or overdue bills. Instead pay the City directly, either by check or credit card.

·       Cancel all automated payments to Fathom immediately.

·       Payments can be made by mailing a check to South Pasadena City Hall attn. Finance Department, 1414 Mission St. South Pasadena 91030, or in person at City Hall (checks and credit cards accepted).

·       Please be patient as there may be delays in receiving your bill. The City will work with customers on payment deadlines if there are delays during the transition.

You will receive further updates by mail and other outreach methods with information on making future payments through Munibilling.

City Wins Statewide Award for ‘Tech Day’ Youth/Senior Program

The City has won a statewide award for ‘Tech Day,’ a monthly event where Youth Commissioners assist seniors with contacting loved ones via Skype and other technology platforms.

I’m very pleased to announce that the League of California Cities has selected the City of South Pasadena as a 2019 Helen Putnam Award winner! The 2019 award winners were honored this week at League’s Annual Conference & Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center.

The City won the Ruth Vreeland Award for Engaging Youth in City Government for our Tech Day program.

South Pasadena Youth Commissioners launched Tech Day to help the city’s senior community keep in touch with friends and family, a task made difficult by ever-changing technology and software.

Tech Day is held on a monthly basis, providing ongoing, one-on-one learning sessions about email, Skype and Facebook. South Pasadena seniors can now confidently reach their loved ones.

Congratulations to our Youth Commission and Community Services staff for this recognition!

Registration Deadline Approaching for Nov. 5 Special Election

The last day to register for the Nov. 5 special election is Oct. 21. I encourage all South Pasadena residents to register and vote.

Many of our residents have already received sample ballots for the election. There are two local measures on the ballot: a proposed ¾-cent sales tax increase and switch from an elected to appointed city clerk.

For full information on the measures, I invite you to visit the Nov. 5 ballot measure resource page on the City’s web site. 

If you have a vote-by-mail ballot, you can drop it off the City Clerk’s office, 1414 Mission St. on the 2nd floor. 

You can check you voter registration with L.A. County at the following link: https://lavote.net/vrstatus. If you wish to apply to vote by mail, the County will accept applications through Oct. 29.

Fire Department Recommended for $94,853 in County Grant Funding

The City recently received notification that its request for funding through Measure B for critical lifesaving equipment was recommended for approval. Final approval is anticipated by the County Board of Supervisors in early 2020. 

Measure B is a Los Angeles County ballot measure passed in 2002, which supports Countywide trauma centers and emergency medical services.  In 2019, a pool of funds was opened up to local agencies and South Pasadena applied for funding for cardiac monitors and ambulance cots.  The City currently has one cardiac monitor that is no longer functioning and ambulance cots over 10 years old and showing significant fatigue. These grant dollars will allow the City to provide a significantly higher standard of care.

This grant is part of a new Grants Management Plan adopted by City Council to prioritize the grant application process to maximize the amount of grant dollars received by the City.

City, EVgo Launch South Pasadena’s First Public Fast Chargers

City and EVgo officials celebrated the opening of South Pasadena’s
first public fast chargers with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Oct. 4.

The City’s first fast chargers for electric vehicles are now available to the public! On Monday, Oct. 4, our City Council and staff joined joined with EVgo to celebrate the opening of two public fast chargers located at 820 Mound Ave., conveniently located in South Pasadena’s Historic Business District. The EVgo station features the first public fast chargers in South Pasadena.

The fast chargers are part of a larger City environmental sustainability program to improve air quality, reduce pollution and fight climate change. Expect more details on our “Green Action Plan” in the coming months.

The Mound Avenue parking lot location includes two 50kW EVgo DC fast chargers, equipped with both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors. The stations can charge all fast charge capable EV up to 90 miles in about 30 minutes, depending on a vehicle’s battery size and charge rate. The EVgo South Pasadena fast chargers are part of a statewide construction plan that has added more than 500 EVgo fast chargers across California. 

The EVgo team shared with us some amazing statistics: More than 80% of Californians live within a 15-minute drive of an EVgo fast charger, and EVgo has contracted for 100% renewable energy to power its customers, becoming the first EV charging network in the United States to do so.

If you own an electric vehicle I hope you will take advantage of this new resource. And if you don’t own an electric vehicle, perhaps this will be your incentive to get one!