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South Pasadena News and Updates

The City of South Pasadena would like to remind our residents that we will be closed on May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day. Both the South Pasadena Police and Fire Departments will have staff available to assist the public. For non-emergency assistance, you may contact the Police Department at (626) 403-7270, while the Fire Department can be reached at (626) 403-7300.


Join us at Garfield Park (1000 Park Avenue) for a demo of Autonomous Mowing! Graze Tech will be demonstrating these new devices that are 100% electric, address the labor shortage, and mow up to 3 acres / hour.

The demonstration will be near the Tennis Courts (Stratford Avenue & Hope Street). For any questions, please call our Public Works Department at 626-403-7370.


New data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) shows that 4,384 new cases were reported as of 5/18/22 and 10 new deaths were reported as of 5/18/22. With the increase of cases of COVID-19, 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. The City will continue to communicate with LACDPH to stay up to date and provide updates.


The Economic Development Division in the City Manager’s Office is excited to announce the launch of our Business Newsletter. The goal of these newsletters is to provide resources, upcoming events, and helpful tips to our businesses. The newsletter will be sent on a monthly or on an as-needed basis as the team works with our local, state, and federal partners on compiling the most up-to-date resources and as we plan further Economic Development programming. We have included most of our business emails from the City’s current data, but encourage all businesses to spread the word and sign-up!

To sign-up for the newsletter, please visit our Economic Development website page here.


The entertainment lineup for the AAPI Heritage Month celebration this Saturday, May 21, is now available! Join us this Saturday at Garfield Park (1000 Park Avenue) to celebrate our AAPI community with special performances, delicious food, and activity booths. For any questions, email


Celebrate Pride Month in June with author and artist Hazel Newlevant in a virtual workshop on creating autobiographical comics! In this virtual primer on autobiographical comics you are the protagonist of your next comic. You will explore the experiences that defined and changed you, design a cartoon version of yourself, and learn how to turn your treasured and embarrassing memories into stories to share with others.

Creating Autobiog Comics with Hazel Newlevant will take place on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. Visit to register. For assistance registering, call 626-403-7350. This program is made possible by the South Pasadena Public Library with generous support from the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.


On April 26, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Board of Directors declared a Water Shortage Emergency Condition and adopted an Emergency Water Conservation Program for areas that are dependent on State Water Project (SWP) supplies. Our City receives water from MWD through other agencies, and is therefore indirectly impacted by MWD’s new watering restrictions. However, with current drought conditions and in an effort to effectively manage water resources, South Pasadena City Council is expected to declare a Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage, which would limit outdoor watering to two days per week at an upcoming June Council meeting.

To further encourage community water conservation efforts, the City will implement an updated water conservations program, which will include rebates, programs, and home assessments. Information on changes to watering restrictions and conservation programs will be updated on the City’s website,


An important step🚶‍♂️toward the adoption of our FY 2022/2023 Budget is going to our Finance Commission for review of the proposed budget.

Walk on this process with us and provide your input! The Finance Commission meeting will be held on May 16, 2022 at 6:30 pm in a hybrid format. Click the link below to view the agenda and proposed budget information.