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South Pasadena News and Updates

Signups are now being taken for the annual Golf Tournament benefitting the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses float. The fundraiser takes place June 17 at the 18-hole, 3-par Arroyo Seco Golf Course, 1055 Lohman Lane in South Pasadena. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Gofers all start at the same time at different holes. 

The admission includes lunch, awards and a raffle drawing following the tournament. Teams play a best ball or “scramble” game, whereby the team advances based on the best shot made at each hole.  At Hole #17, any player can pay a $10 entry fee to take a chance to win $10,000. The requirement is to make a hole-in-one shot. The prize is courtesy of Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta of South Pasadena.

Awards are for first- and second-place teams and for both men’s and women’s teams’ shots deemed closest to the hole at a designated hole. Singles are $90 each, and a foursome costs $300 if paid by June 15. The fee is $100 per player on the day of the event. To sign up, contact Alan Vlacich at All proceeds go toward expenses incurred in building and decorating the city’s self-built float for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade that takes place every January.


Save the date for two Community Budget Workshops on May 18, 2023! There will be one session in the morning and one in the evening to accommodate various schedules. In addition, the meeting will also be available to access on Zoom and in person at the City Council Chambers (1424 Mission Street).

We look forward to seeing you there and hearing your input on the FY 2023-2024 budget. For any questions, please contact the Finance Department by calling (626) 403-7250 or by emailing


Don’t forget to join us tomorrow at the South Pasadena Job Fair! Join us to learn about opportunities available in multiple industries such as medical, hospitality, retail, transportation, construction, and many more! We will see you there from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the South Pasadena Library Community Room (1115 El Centro Street)


Did you know that as the property owner, YOU are responsible for ensuring gas-powered leaf blowers are not used on your property? Residents will be fined if their gardener uses gas-powered leaf blowers. Make the switch today! For more information on the City’s leaf blower ordinance, visit

Incentive programs for landscapers are available!

On March 30th, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) increased funding for the 2023 Commercial Lawn and Garden Equipment Incentive and Exchange (eL&G) Program. Discounts of up to 85% off electric equipment are available for commercial gardeners and landscapers, school districts, and non-profit organizations. Click the image or this link to learn more! 

The Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) is a program set in place to assist small businesses and sole proprietors (or unincorporated businesses) in purchasing zero-emission equipment in California. This program helps businesses purchase electric equipment, including electric leaf blowers, at a discounted rate of UP TO 70% off! Learn more about how to participate in the California CORE incentive program by clicking this link or the image above. 


The use of gas-powered leaf blowers is banned in South Pasadena. Enforcement has started and violations range from a warning to fines amounting to $500! As the property owner, you are responsible for ensuring gas-powered leaf blowers are not used on your property. Non-compliance will be handled by code enforcement. 

Why are Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Banned?

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill phasing out the sale of new gas-powered lawn equipment in California by 2024. As a sustainability leader, the City of South Pasadena has instituted an ordinance banning the use of gas-powered leaf blowers in the City. State initiatives are in place to assist professional landscapers in purchasing electric lawn equipment at discounted rates. Visit to learn more about state programs such as California CORE and SCAQMD’s Lawn & Garden Equipment Incentive and Exchange Program. 

Not only do gas-powered leaf blowers jeopardize the health of the operator and bystanders, toxic pollutants emitted during use, such as fine particulate matter, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and smog-forming chemicals pose a threat to the environment. When air is polluted with greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, the gases get trapped in the atmosphere and do not allow heat to escape the Earth. This causes a “greenhouse effect” and results in an increase in heat trapped within the atmosphere, warming the planet. When the overall temperature of the planet increases, we expect increased droughts, wildfires, and declining water supplies. 

The City is committed to a better way of life environmentally and health-wise. We would like to encourage all of our residents to switch from gas-powered leaf blowers to an alternative, such as electric leaf blowers, a rake, or a broom.


Join us and the City of Pasadena at an upcoming Community Open House for an update on the Arroyo Seco Water Reuse Project! The project team in attendance will provide background information, updates, and present project concepts. The event will take place at the South Pasadena Community Room located at 1115 El Centro Street in South Pasadena.

To learn more about this project prior to attending, please click here.


130 children and teens entered their artwork in the Library’s annual Bookmark Contest. With so many amazing entries, it was a challenge to select our winners! Bookmarks featuring the winning designs will be distributed at the Library during the Summer Reading Program, which begins on Wednesday, May 31, 2023.


On Saturday, April 22, 2023, the City will be hosting a FREE Compost and Mulch Giveaway for South Pasadena residents. Stop by the Arroyo Golf Course Parking Lot (1055 Lohman Lane) between 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. Compost and Mulch will be given away on a first-come first-serve basis to South Pasadena residents ONLY, while supplies last. Please bring a sturdy container, a shovel, and proof of residence in South Pasadena. We look forward to celebrating Earth Day with you!