If you are experiencing sadness, anxiety, or distress due to COVID-19 or the Bobcat Fire, please don’t hesitate to call our 24/7 Help Line at (800) 854-7771 for support. LA County is here for you and ready to assist in the language of your choice.
Safety concerns from hazardous air quality in the county continue to impact various LA County-operated COVID-19 testing sites. Those with COVID-19 test appointments scheduled at locations impacted by unhealthy air-quality will be notified by email or over a phone call (if an e-mail address is not available).
If you’re unsure about your location, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ for the latest information on testing site closures or to make an appointment for a COVID-19 test. For assistance over the phone in multiple languages, dial 2-1-1.
The longstanding annual event looks to return in 2021 with a live event featuring hundreds of vehicles up and down Mission Street in South Pasadena. Committee pushes for public support.
A classic car, which has drawn thousands to South Pasadena over the years and looked to go virtual on Sunday, September 20, has been canceled.
In June, organizers prepared to hold the event on computer screens and mobile devices, shelving the 16th annual live event due to the coronavirus. It typically draws about 300 cars up and down Mission Street participating in the Cruz’n For Roses Hot Rod and Classic Car Show.
The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses scheduled the event in an effort to raise funds for the city’s float in Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in January 2022. The cancellation of the 2021 Rose Parade was announced earlier this year due to COVID-19.
“It has been a difficult year for everyone due to the virus and after the live show was cancelled we simply ran out of time to put on a quality virtual show, so we’re gearing up and looking forward to bringing back next year’s car show to Mission Street,” explained Janet Benjamin, the SPTOR committee chair for the event.
Each year, the SPTOR looks to raise between $80,000 to $100,000 to construct South Pasadena’s entry in the Rose Parade. Local committee members hold a series of fundraising events throughout the year, including a golf tournament, raffle for parade and Rose Bowl Game tickets, a year-end Crunch Time Party featuring dinner, silent and live auctions and the car show.
“Because we’re not able to hold large gatherings due to the coronavirus, along with the economic hardships of our sponsors, we’re not able to hold the show on the street this year,” said Benjamin. “Hopefully, the coronavirus situation will improve and we can make the live event bigger and better next year.”
Canceling the event doesn’t mean community members can’t continue to contribute to the city’s float, insists SPTOR President Brant Dunlap. “We know that the city takes a lot of pride in having a float participate in the Rose Parade every year and we encourage everyone to make a donation, large or small,” he said. “Every dollar helps. Thank you for supporting our effort.”
To make a contribution, visit www.SPTOR.org
For assistance and additional information, call (626) 799-7813 or Janet@smmainsurance.com.
According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, smoke from wildfires burning in the region has caused unhealthy air quality in the following areas:
This advisory remains in effect through Wednesday, September 16.
“It is difficult to tell where smoke, ash or soot from a fire will go, or how winds will affect the level of these particles in the air, so we ask everyone to remember that smoke and ash can be harmful to health, even for people who are healthy,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Health Officer for Los Angeles County. “If you can see smoke, soot, or ash, or you can smell smoke, pay attention to your immediate environment and take precautions to safeguard your health. These precautions are particularly important for children, older adults, and people with heart or lung diseases.”
These precautions include avoiding unnecessary outdoor exposure and limiting physical exertion (whether indoor or outdoor), such as exercise. Children and people who have air quality sensitive conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, and other chronic respiratory diseases, should follow these recommendations and stay indoors as much as possible even in areas where smoke, soot, or ash cannot be seen, or there is no smell of smoke. If your condition worsens, contact your health care provider immediately for medical advice or call 911.
Wildfire smoke is a mixture of small particles, gases, and water vapor. Small particles are the primary health concern. These small particles can cause burning eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches, and illness (i.e., bronchitis). In people with sensitive conditions, they can cause difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, fatigue, and chest pain.
“We are also advising day camps that are in session in smoke-impacted areas to suspend outside recreational activities, such as hiking or picnics, until conditions improve,” said Dr. Davis.
People can participate in indoor activities in areas with visible smoke, soot, or ash, provided the indoor location has air conditioning that does not draw air from the outside, and it has closed windows and doors to protect the cleanliness of indoor air. If not, it is recommended that everyone follow these guidelines as if they were outside.
The following is recommended for pets:
City of South Pasadena is pleased to announce that the construction for the Alpha Avenue and Camino Del Sol Street Improvement Project is in its final phases. We greatly appreciate the patience from the community over the last few months and for bearing with the inconveniences during construction, but we are finally almost at the finish line! The contractor is currently grinding both streets, so please pardon the dust. After the grinding operations were complete, the contractor began paving on Tuesday, September 8, so we hope you all are as excited as we are to having brand new streets as well as new water infrastructure that will last for years to come.
Once paving is complete, the contractor will be putting in the final touches such as street striping, sign replacement, and other appurtenant work to ensure the project is completed as designed. Thank you for your cooperation and please remember to drive safely and observe all traffic control devices because heavy equipment will be in use.
Public Works Director
The City of South Pasadena will be hosting a FREE Compost & Mulch Giveaway event on Saturday, October 3rd at the South Pasadena Unified School District Parking Lot (1020 El Centro Street) from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
To attend the event adhering to COVID-19 public health safety guidelines, you:
Mulch (donated by West Coast Arborist) is chipped tree trimmings or bark groundcover. It works as an insulator to keep the temperature of the soil and roots moderate and reduce evaporation and weeds. Mulch helps create a healthy soil by allowing nutrients to release into the soil slowly over time and is an attractive addition to your landscape.
Compost (donated by Athens Services) consists of organic material, including food waste. It breaks down to a fine, dark matter over time. Compost should be added into the soil to provide essential nutrients to your plants and allow the soil to absorb more water. Athens’ compost is certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program.
Giveaway will be on a first come, first served basis. Enjoy free compost and mulch to add to your yard and garden!
The Draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) has been completed and is available for review and comments on the CAP website: www.southpasadenacap.rinconconsultants.com. Comments will be accepted until October 1st. Did you miss the virtual community meeting reviewing the Draft CAP? Have no fear, the meeting was recorded and can be viewed on the CAP website!
Do you have an amazing photo of South Pasadena that you’d like the whole City to see? We’re looking for photos to include in the South Pasadena Climate Action Plan (CAP) and we’d like to see what you’ve got! Email your photos to EnvironmentalPrograms@SouthPasadenaCA.gov for a chance to have it featured in the City CAP.
LA County has launched Stay Housed L.A. County, a new program which connects tenants facing eviction with legal assistance, and virtual educational workshops, to help keep county residents in their homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The new program is a partnership between the County of LA, legal aid groups, and community-based organizations to provide emergency support to tenants in need.
Today’s launch included the release of the StayHousedLA.org website, which offers tenants with:
Stay Housed L.A. County serves as an important resource for tenants who are facing housing uncertainty — including bilingual residents and those with undocumented status — about their rights and who need legal support navigating their interactions with their landlord and the legal system. When tenants have legal representation, a family’s chance of avoiding homelessness due to eviction increases by over 70 percent. Learn more about Stay Housed L.A. County, by watching this short video or visiting StayHousedLA.org.