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South Pasadena News and Updates

You have most likely heard a lot in the news lately regarding the newly emerging COVID-19 Omicron Variant. Please see the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) COVID-19 Fact Sheet Omicron Variant, dated November 28, 2021.The City of South Pasadena will continue to keep our community updates as we learn more information.

While we are still learning much about Omicron, we know enough about COVID-19 to take steps now that can reduce transmission as we prepare to better understand the additional strategies that may needed to mitigate this new variant of concern.

The most important strategy remains making sure that everyone 5 years and older gets fully vaccinated or receives their booster does as quickly as possible to reduce transmission of the virus dominating across the county. The vaccines are effective against the Delta variant and earlier strains of the virus which allows us to remain hopeful that the approved vaccines will also provide some protection against Omicron. However, given that there continues to be substantial transmission of COVID-19 and we have uncertainty about the level of vaccine efficacy against this new variant of concern, all residents across LA County need to be sure to adhere to the masking requirements and wear a mask when indoors or at large outdoor mega events regardless of vaccination status.

Thank you for keeping our communities safe!


The South Pasadena Water Division is responding to a water main break at the corner of Santa Teresa and Camino Del Cielo. This is the 6-inch Water Main Break located at 1433 Santa Teresa that occurred last night. Staff is currently working to expose and repair the break as quickly as possible. Water interruption for the repair will impact residents on Santa Teresa, Los Laurelles, and Camino Del Cielo. Barring any unforeseen issues, staff anticipates the repair to be completed today.


Don’t forget to attend a Festive Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 2nd at 5:30pm during the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market located at 920 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, 91030. The celebration will include the lighting of the Holiday Tree and Menorah. This event is free, family-friendly, and will have entertainment. We look forward to seeing you there as we kick off the holiday season!


Don’t forget to add the South Pasadena Library’s Annual Holiday Book Sale to your calendar! Opening night will be this Friday, December 3rd from 6pm-8pm. Come grab the perfect gift and enjoy complimentary gift wrapping while supplies last.


The City of South Pasadena will begin work on the traffic signal fiber optic system on Monday, November 29, 2021. The improvements include the installation of various traffic signal system equipment, such as an emergency vehicle preemption system, communication pullbox, conduit, and fiber optic line. The project limits are Fair Oaks Avenue from Columbia Street to Huntington Drive, Huntington Drive from Fremont Avenue to Fletcher Avenue, Mission Street from Fair Oaks Avenue to Fremont Avenue, and Fremont Avenue from Huntington Drive to Alhambra Road (see below map). The construction activity may temporarily limit street parking at the listed locations.

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact Crosstown Electrical & Data, Inc. at (626) 813-6693 or the City of South Pasadena at (626) 403-7240.


Happy Thanksgiving to all of our neighbors in the City of South Pasadena. We are thankful to call this city home.

Thanksgiving is a day for family, food, and energy efficiency. As you cook, spend time with loved ones, and give thanks, unplug and stay present!


Additional officers from the South Pasadena Police Department will be out on patrol November 26, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The South Pasadena Police Department remains committed to keeping the public safe when they are traveling.

The South Pasadena Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.