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South Pasadena News and Updates

The Library is embarking on a strategic planning process that will guide programs and services over the next five years. They need to hear from YOU, whether you are a regular library user or a non-user. Please take the Library’s survey and contribute to this important process. The survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete. Thank you! Scan the QR code, or link to the survey from the Library’s homepage, or go to


Join our Planning Commission tomorrow night for a meeting to discuss updates on the Housing Element, results of a feasibility review of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, and comments on strategies! The full agenda is available here.


Join us on Wednesday, July 27 for a Special City Council Meeting available to attend in person or via Zoom.

Some of the agenda items that will be discussed at this meeting include:

👷‍♂️ Review of Resident Request for Addition of Second Crossing Guard at the Intersection of Huntington Drive and Marengo Avenue

🏠 Continued Discussion of the Housing Element

🏡 Caltrans SR 710 Unoccupied Surplus Properties Priorities 3 and 4SP Solicitation Letter

💦 Update on Huntington Drive Green Street Stormwater Project

💡 Mobile Crisis Pilot Program

We hope to see you there in-person or virtually! To view the agenda, click here.


Did you know that interior heat can rise 15 degrees every 9 minutes in a vehicle? With the hot summer days ahead, it is as important as ever to make sure that we are never leaving children or pets in a car. If you see a child or pet unattended in a vehicle, please call 9-1-1.


The filing period for residents interested in running in the 2022 South Pasadena General Municipal Election will open Monday, July 18, 2022, and close Friday, August 12, 2022. Two City Council seats, one in District 4, and one in District 5, and an At-Large City Treasurer seat, are open for election. If an incumbent whose term expires in 2022 does not file in this period, the filing period is extended to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, for all potential candidates other than the incumbent(s) who declined to file.

Prospective City Council candidates must secure the signatures of 20 to 30 registered voters that reside in the geographical area making up the district from which the candidate is to be elected. Prospective City Treasurer candidates must secure the signature of 20 to 30 registered voters that reside in the City of South Pasadena. Each candidate is required to file a Statement of Economic Interests, disclosing investments and interests in real property at the time the nomination paper is returned for filing. A filing fee of $25.00 will be assessed at the same time of submitting nomination papers. 

Nomination papers and candidate handbooks will be available by appointment only beginning July 18, 2022, in the City Clerk’s Division, at City Hall, 1414 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030. Election office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and on Friday, August 12, 2022. 


As of July 11, 2022, there are 60 confirmed cases of people with monkeypox in Los Angeles County. Avoid touching shared fabrics, shared surfaces, and objects to prevent catching the virus. Like the picture above, symptoms include rashes, bumps, blisters, fevers, headaches, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms’ onset ranges from 5–21 days. 

Click here for more information on monkeypox, like how to get tested, how it’s treated, and how you can prevent it.

As of Monday, July 11, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) website estimates the number of 3,710 cases in the county. With the increase of COVID-19 cases, we encourage our community to take recommended safety measures by LACDPH to wear masks when in large crowds and to stay up-to-date on vaccines. Click here to find a vaccine location near you. Los Angeles County also offers requests to be vaccinated in the safety of your own home. For more information on requests for an in-home vaccination, click here.

The Library is excited to present a screening of Far East Deep South on Friday, July 29th at 7:30 PM in the Library Community Room. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Director Larissa Lam and Producer Baldwin Chiu. The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the South Pasadena Library and the South Pasadena Chinese-American Club.

Far East Deep South is an award-winning documentary about a Chinese-American family’s search for their roots that leads them from California to Mississippi, where they stumble upon stunning family revelations and uncover the racially complex history of the Chinese in the segregated South during the Chinese Exclusion era.


The Library is excited to be embarking on the development of its next five-year strategic plan. The Library will open late on Wednesday, July 20th, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., so that all Library staff can fully participate in a staff development and strategic planning session. Stay tuned for the announcement of strategic planning sessions for the public, and for our survey and web platform for idea sharing!