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South Pasadena News and Updates from City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe

The Library will partner with the American Red Cross on a blood drive Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Appointments will be available between 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. Visit and search for SOPASLIB to book an appointment today. This will be the Library’s third blood drive during the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to the generosity of donors we have already collected 196 units of blood to help our neighbors.  

Cathy Billings
Library Director


On Thursday July 30, 2020. Officers responded to Diamond/Monterey in response to numerous 911 calls reporting a man was acting erratic and violent, screaming and jumping in and out of traffic. At one point, a caller reported the subject chased a child down the street with something in his hand. Officers quickly arrived, contacted a 46-year old, unhoused resident armed with a screwdriver in his back pocket and contained the scene.

The subject was swinging a license plate at officers, possessed numerous hypodermic needles, all while taunting officers to engage him in a fight. A mental health clinician was requested to assist at the location, while officers spent approximately 30 minutes utilizing de-escalation and crisis communication with the subject. Prior to the clinician arriving at the scene, circumstances developed, and officers were forced to take action and were able to safely detain the subject. No one was hurt and the subject was eventually transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital for a mental health evaluation. 

Joe Ortiz
Police Chief


Has staying home all day increased your electricity bills?? It’s time to see what you can do to save some energy (and water!) at home. Through the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership (SGVEWP), South Pasadena residents are eligible to receive FREE virtual energy assessments. The energy assessments will also take a quick look at your water use and provide residents with the following:

  • An introduction to the whole house approach to improve your home’s performance
  • Information about incentive and rebate programs through local utility companies
  • A customized home report with project recommendations
  • Suggestions for immediate home improvement projects

It’s EASY to sign up! Just visit the SGVEWP website at to schedule your 30 minute appointment online. To ensure your safety, energy assessments will be conducted over Zoom. Assessments are offered in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Sign up today to start saving!


Could you use your free time to learn something that might save your life or the lives of ones you know and love? Did you feel that earthquake last week and wonder of you were properly prepared? Then tune in to online Red Cross classes which are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday that will help you and your family better prepare for emergencies.

Learn to be “Red Cross Ready” in their new online format from the comfort of your own home! Every Tuesday and Thursday (y los miércoles en español), the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region is offering free preparedness education classes designed to help you understand, prepare for and respond appropriately to disasters big and small.

Follow this link to sign up online for these virtual classes: :

Learn a life-saving skill. The life you save may be your own!


LA County understands how central people’s faith is to their identity. Religion is an important source of strength, comfort and community to millions of LA County residents, especially in the midst of the very trying COVID-19 health crisis.

For the health and safety of both worshippers and the wider community, LA County reminds all residents that religious services can continue to take place outdoors with face coverings and physical distance.

LA County is grateful to those religious institutions that are adhering to the Health Officer Order, and who have found ways to worship that do not put the wider community at risk. Americans’ basic right to worship and the public’s right to be protected from this deadly disease need not be in opposition.

To view California’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies, click here.


Child Care

LA County today announced that $15 million in CARES Act funding has been allocated for child care vouchers to serve essential workers and low-income families in the County.

This allocation translates to three months of child care for 5,000 families.

The DPH Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education will lead the funding distribution in partnership with the Los Angeles County Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Response Team – created in March to support essential workers, such as healthcare workers and first responders.

Families seeking early care and education services may access vouchers by calling 888-92-CHILD (888-922-4453). Income eligibility for these vouchers are set by the state.


Census 2020 Home Page – Census 2020

Yes, the 2020 census has never been easier to complete. While LA County residents work hard to meet the 100% participation goal, we take this moment to remind you of the multi-lingual resources available to you through LA County’s 2020 Census Website AND the U.S. Census Website:

  • LA County 2020 Website: LA County’s Census website offers county-specific information & support in 16 languages. Visit to complete the census form in your language of choice by October 31, 2020.
  • U.S. Census 2020 Website: the U.S. Census website offers general census information & in-language guides in 59 languagesVisit to complete the census form in your language of choice by October 31, 2020.

Complete the Census by Phone

To complete your census form over the phone in English, call 844-330-2020. If, however, you’d like to help your friends or family complete the census in another language, refer to these:

Remember, completing the census is private. Responses are protected by federal law, specifically Title 13 of the United States Code. They cannot be shared with any other government agencies or other entities, including your landlord.



Great Plates Delivered has been extended until August 9th. Through LA County’s Great Plates Delivered Program, you can help a local senior or business in your community.

Great Plates Delivered offers eligible seniors with three (3) home-delivered meals a day. Seniors over 65, seniors 60-64 years of age who have been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19 or those at high-risk for COVID-19 may qualify. When you help a senior connect to Great Plates Delivered you’re also helping your local restaurant, hospitality and transportation community get back to work. 

To learn more or apply for meal assistance, click here.


The overnight parking permit kiosk located in the lobby of the station will be updated in August. We are working with the vendor to have the 3G modem replaced, the cash option removed, and to make it a credit card ONLY device, similar to the kiosk at the Meridian Parking lot. Cash can be used to purchase a permit, by completing the transaction with a department employee at the lobby of the station.  

Joe Ortiz
Police Chief