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South Pasadena News and Updates from City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe

City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe has announced that she will retire from her position as City Manager, effective September 12, 2020.   Effective immediately Fire Chief Paul Riddle will assume the role of Acting City Manager. At Council’s direction Acting City Manager, Chief Riddle, will continue to lead the remaining COVID‐19 response and begin taking the action necessary to safely move our community forward. Stephanie DeWolfe served the City as its City Manager from November 6, 2017 until her separation and retirement date of September 12, 2020 (her last day of service was September 11, 2020).  “The City Council  wishes her the best in the next chapter of her life,” said Mayor Bob Joe. The City will begin the recruitment process, which usually takes several months, for a new City Manager, and will likely appoint an interim city manager during the recruitment process so that the Fire Chief can return his full attention to his critically important duties.  


All Los Angeles County Voters are encouraged to vote by mail to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The last day to register to vote is October 19. Unsure if you’re registered, you can always check your registration status with registration status tool! This election the County will mail all registered voters a ballot.

Before you drop off your Vote by Mail ballot make sure:  
Place your voted ballot card(s) inside the Official Return Envelope
Securely seal the Official Return Envelope
Sign and date the back of the Official Return Envelope  


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As fall approaches, many families are starting to plan for the upcoming holiday season -beginning with Halloween. LA County and the Department of Public Health (DPH) want to help you take part in this holiday, while reducing your risk of developing COVID-19, and have prepared guidance to help make this year’s Halloween celebrations as safe as can be.  Ready to celebrate? Check out our Halloween Guidance, which includes suggestions and recommendations for you, your friends, and family.


Know the Symptoms

If you’re feeling under the weather and think you may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call your primary care provider. COVID-19 symptoms include:

Fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or new loss of taste or smell.

Wherever possible, you should consult with your healthcare provider to ensure continuity of care & optimal follow-up. If you do not have insurance & need help connecting to a healthcare provider, dial 2-1-1.

To view a full list of testing sites, find the most up-to-date information on availability, or to make an appointment, visit Testing availability is subject to change and testing is by appointment only.


September is National Suicide Prevention Month | GUIDE, Inc.

Suicide is the tenth most common cause of death in the U.S. Often it’s related to serious depression, alcohol or substance abuse, or a major stressful event.  Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention. 

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:

  • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19
  • Children and teens
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders
  • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
  • Depression

Hotlines – 24/7 hotlines are available to provide support and information for general mental health concerns and specific issues.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-8255 – The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
  • Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741

Here are some resources to help you and your family navigate the challenges. 

  • LifeCare – many resources and guidance for mental health. 
  • CDC’s “Manage Anxiety and Stress”page provides what stress can look like and tips to manage that stress.
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a guide for parents and caregivers to help families cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • Mental Health America has compiled a range of resources and information on their “Mental Health and COVID-19” page.


When this year’s Cruz’n for Roses Hot Rod and Classic Car Show, slated for Sunday, September 20, was cancelled due to the coronavirus, members of the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee creatively came up with a way to hold the popular event. Deadline to Submit Cars is Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Called off physically on account of the coronavirus, a popular car show in South Pasadena will continue for the 16th consecutive year on Sunday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., by going virtual.

When the announcement came earlier this year that the 2021 Rose Parade in Pasadena has been cancelled, members of South Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Committee began looking ahead to the next one with new fundraising efforts to pay for the city float.

No live event? No problem they said, creatively coming up with the idea of hosting the car show, usually held along the business district on Mission Street. In unique fashion, this year’s event showcasing photos of classic vehicles will be live streamed on Facebook.

Taking part is easy. Simply take a picture of your car, describe it in 250 words or less and submit with a $25 donation to the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee to Deadline to submit a registration is September 15. All entries receive a commemorative t-shirt. Additional t-shirts are available for $18 apiece or two for $30. For an entry form for the 2020 Virtual South Pasadena Hot Rod and Classic Car Show or to make a donation to the city float click here.  


The relief crew that was sent up to Central California last week was released from the incident and returned to the city last Thursday night.  All of our “single resource “ assignments were also released from up north and returned safely to the city on Friday. On Saturday afternoon Engine 81 with four personnel were dispatched to the “El Dorado” incident in Yucaipa.  They are assigned to Structure Protection and are teamed up with four other engines from Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia and Sierra Madre.

There is a new fire, the “Bobcat” Fire, threatening Monrovia, Sierra Madre and Arcadia. South Pasadena Crews are on standby and maybe positioned to assist if needed.

There have been no injuries to any of our firefighters and the moral remains high!

Paul Riddle
Fire Chief


The #2020Census is a simple survey that you will fill out about yourself and everyone who is living in your home as of April 1, 2020. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The deadline to fill out the U.S. Census has been moved up by four weeks, to Sept. 30. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the self-response period was shortened to allow enough time to review data before Dec. 31, the Bureau’s statutory deadline. 


LA County’s Department of Public Health is urging county residents to pay attention to their immediate environment and take precautions to safeguard their health. These precautions are particularly important for children, older adults, and people with heart or lung diseases.

According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, smoke from the Bobcat Fire burning in the region has caused unhealthy air quality in the following areas: East San Gabriel Valley, West San Gabriel Valley, South San Gabriel Valley, Pomona-Walnut Valley, San Gabriel Mountains, Central Los Angeles Area, Southeast LA County, and South Central LA County. Day Camps that are in session in smoke-impacted areas are advised to suspend outside recreational activities such as hiking or picnics until conditions improve.

Wildfire smoke is a mixture of small particles, gases, and water vapor. Small particles are the primary health concern. They can cause burning eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches, and illness (i.e., bronchitis). In people with sensitive conditions, they can cause difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, fatigue, and chest pain.

Avoid unnecessary outdoor exposure and limit any physical exertions outside or inside. The L.A. Department of Public Health recommended the following safety measures:

  • Keep windows and door closed.
  • Avoid using air conditioning units that have no recirculating option and only take air from outside.
  • Check air conditioning filters and replace them as needed.
  • Use indoor air filtration devices with HEPA filters.
  • Visit a public cooling center if a home does not have air conditioning and it’s too hot to keep the door and windows closed.
  • Avoid using candles and vacuums.
  • Clean dusty surfaces indoors with a damp cloth.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Contact a doctor, go to an urgent care center or dial 911 if experiencing symptoms of a lung or heart condition that could be related to smoke exposure. Symptoms could include severe coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea, unusual fatigue and lightheadedness.
  • Avoid leaving pets outside, especially at night. Dogs and cats that display respiratory distress should be taken to an animal hospital. Symptoms include an inability to catch their breath. They may be less noticeable in cats than in dogs.