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South Pasadena News and Updates from City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe

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 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!

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.

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.

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.

Hello and Welcome! Because there are so many great things happening in South Pasadena, I am starting this website to regularly update our residents, business owners and other stakeholders. This site will feature information and updates on City initiatives, development projects, community engagement opportunities and much more. If you would like to make a suggestion on topics that you would like me to address, I welcome your feedback! Please email me at cmoffice@southpasadenaca.gov.

City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe (center), with Council members
Richard Schneider and Marina Khubesrian.

The South Pasadena City Council appointed Stephanie DeWolfe as the City Manager in August 2017.

Stephanie has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of municipal government, with a career spanning both city management and urban planning. Before joining South Pasadena, Stephanie was Deputy City Manager and Community Development Director for the City of West Hollywood.

She also held several executive positions with the City of Pasadena including Interim Assistant City Manager. Stephanie continues to serve Pasadena as a Planning Commissioner where she addresses planning and development issues from the other side of the dais.


Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California, and a professional certificate in Public Relations from UCLA. She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and is a member the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute.