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South Pasadena News and Updates

This year’s International ShakeOut Day is October 20, when millions of people worldwide will participate in earthquake drills at work, school, or home!

You can join millions of people across California practicing earthquake safety.

Please note that City employees will also be participating in the Shake Out event, and may have limited availability between 9:00 am – 9:30 am.

For any questions on emergency preparedness, contact our Fire Department at (626) 403-7300.

10/19/22

The City of South Pasadena will be hosting a District 4 Town Hall for residents and businesses in the area to learn about City services, safety updates, and give attendees an opportunity to meet City staff. The townhall will take place at the War Memorial Building located at 435 Fair Oaks Avenue from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Click here to view our 2022 Adopted District Map to identify if you live and work in District 4.

Additional townhall dates for other Council Districts are forthcoming!

10/17/22

The City of South Pasadena invites all local businesses to our second Business Networking Event on Wednesday, October 12, 2022!

Join us to meet partner agencies, obtain resources, and network with other local businesses in South Pasadena.

In addition, we will be having giveaways and a raffle for a business to win a promotional video for their marketing efforts.

To RSVP, call (626) 403-7210 or email Business@southpasadenaCA.gov.

10/11/22

South Pasadena has been awarded the Silver Tier in the 2022-2023 Energy Champion Awards! Thank you to our residents who have participated in the eSGV Home Energy Efficiency Assessments. If you would like to set up a FREE Home Energy Efficiency Assessment with the Efficient San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, click the image above or this link. These no-cost assessments can be done in person or virtually and are meant to provide residents with information and resources to implement energy efficiency upgrades within their homes. Thank you for being a part of the City’s journey with the Energy Champion Awards! 

10/10/22

October 5, 2022, was the 5th annual California Clean Air Day! The City of South Pasadena Community Services also hosted the annual Walk or Bike to School event on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Elementary and Middle school students were greeted by South Pasadena Police, Fire, and Community Services on their walk or bike route!

In honor of Clean Air Day, we want to share with the community how gas-powered leaf blowers pollute the air and pose health issues for the community. The emissions from 30 minutes of gas-powered leaf blowing are equivalent to driving a car at 30mph for 440 miles!  Gas-powered leaf blowers pose health issues for both operators and bystanders due to the toxic pollutants emitted during use such as fine particulate matter, formaldehyde, and smog-forming chemicals. Health issues include dizziness, asthma attacks, headaches, heart disease, and lung disease. As the City moves forward with phasing out gasoline-powered leaf blowers, stay up to date on information regarding the ordinance through SouthPasadenaCA.gov/LeafBlowers.

California Clean Air Day is a project of the Coalition for Clean Air. If you’d like to learn more about California Clean Air Day, visit this link. 

Friendly Reminder!

The City of South Pasadena invites all local businesses to our second Business Networking Event on Wednesday, October 12, 2022!

Join us to meet partner agencies, obtain resources, and network with other local businesses in South Pasadena.

In addition, we will be having giveaways and a raffle for a business to win a promotional video for their marketing efforts.

To RSVP, call (626) 403-7210 or email Business@southpasadenaCA.gov.

10/6/22

Our City Council and Department Directors had an insightful meeting yesterday with Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. Thank you to the Supervisor’s entire team for attending, and we look forward to continuing these fruitful conversations about issues important to our City and residents!

10/04/22

Gas-powered leaf blowers have been banned in the City, but that’s not the only reason why you should choose electric over gas. Electric leaf blowers not only cost less over time, but they’re easier to maintain and have significantly less health risks, if any. Read below to find out more!

 Electric Leaf BlowerGas-Powered Leaf Blower
Cost$35- $150$60- $400
Health Risk  No pollutants are emitted- eliminating the risk of health issues for the operator as well as the bystanders.Toxic pollutants emitted during use such as benzine, fine particulate matter, formaldehyde, and smog-forming chemicals result in dizziness, asthma attacks, headaches, heart disease, and lung disease for the operator as well as bystanders.
NoiseWith an average wind speed of 50-100 mph, electric leaf blowers run quieter than gas-powered leaf blowers. Similar to an electric car, the electric motor makes less noise than a gas engine.The use of these leaf blowers can result in hearing loss, some gas-powered leaf blowers emit over 80 decibels. With an average wind speed of over 150 mph, gas-powered leaf blowers are very loud.
MobilityLighter in weight, about 8 pounds or less, which makes it easier to move around. Most electric leaf blowers are designed for one-handed use.Gas-powered leaf blowers range from 14 to 24 pounds, depending on the model. This may make it difficult to move around.
MaintenanceThese machines do not require seasonal maintenance, unlike their gas-powered leaf blowers. Electric leaf blowers can be corded or have a pre-charged battery. Maintenance may include charging batteries.Require regular maintenance: mixing oil with gas for 2-cycle engines and spark plug replacement on 4-cycle engines. The mixing of oil and gas can result in spills and leaks which cause a threat to the environment.

Still not convinced? The emissions from 30 minutes of leaf blowing with a gas-powered leaf blower are equivalent to driving a car at 30mph for 440 miles!

As the City moves forward with phasing out gasoline-powered leaf blowers, stay up to date on information regarding the ordinance and enforcement through www.SouthPasadenaCA.gov/LeafBlowers.

9/30/22