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!

Mission Bell Project Environmental Review Document Available for Comment

The Mission Bell Project at Mission and Fairview will include ground-floor retail, 36 residential units and underground parking

The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Mission Bell project, proposed for the corner of Mission and Fairview, is currently available for review and comment by the public. 

The project is a three-story building with retail on the ground floor, 36 residential units on the upper floors, and subterranean parking. Two 1970’s buildings, currently occupied by a gym and restaurant, will be demolished to allow for new construction, but the historic building at 1115 Mission Street will be preserved.

Approvals required for the project include a Certificate of Appropriateness, Design Review, and a Conditional Use Permit (CUP).

Approvals required for the project include a Certificate of Appropriateness, Design Review, and a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). The EIR must be certified by the Planning Commission at the time the other project approvals are considered. 

Click here to view the EIR.

Comments on the document can be submitted to Kanika Kith at kkith@southpasadenaca.gov.

The review period for the EIR is open until Nov. 18, 2019. The final EIR will include response to comments.

Employees Support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research

October is breast cancer awareness month and you will see City employees sporting pink t-shirts in support.  The t-shirts, with a Fire Department logo, are available for purchase by the public for $15 in the Fire Department.  Please stop by and pick one up to show your support. 

The South Pasadena Firefighter and Police Officer Associations would also like to invite the community to the 1st Annual Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the City of Hope Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Foundation. Please join us on October 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fire Station, 817 Mound Ave.  Tickets for the event $7 for Adults and $3 for Children (under 8 years old).

All proceeds from ticket sales and pink Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts will be donated to the City of Hope Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Foundation.  We hope to see you and your families at the event!

South Pasadena City employees are proud to support breast cancer awareness month.

Four New Firefighter/Paramedics Join City Team

The Fire Department welcomed four new firefighter/paramedics to the team last week.  With these four hires, the department has filled all vacancies. 

From upper left, clockwise: Karol Markowski, Corey Mcclanahan,
Jonathan Nugent, Ryan Vrooman

Please join us in welcoming:

Karol Markowski: Karol has a bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. He has previously worked as a Reserve Firefighter for the San Gabriel Fire Department and at AMR as a Paramedic.

Corey Mcclanahan: Corey has a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Brigham Young University. He has previously worked for San Bernardino County Fire Department as a Paramedic Ambulance Operator and for OCEMT as a skills instructor.

Jonathan Nugent: Jonathan has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Davis. He has previously worked as a Firefighter Paramedic for the Gwinnett County Fire Department in the metro Atlanta area.

Ryan Vrooman: Ryan has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Biola University. He has worked with the Huntington Beach Fire Department as an Ambulance Operator and AMR Riverside as a Paramedic.