During the past four budget cycles, disaster preparedness has been identified as a top priority for the City of South Pasadena. In response, the council has appropriated $100,000 each of those years to an EOC designated reserve account. The account currently has a balance of $400,000. City staff is recommending the transfer of $205,000 from the EOC designated reserves account to the Emergency Preparedness Account for the purchase of equipment and furniture for EOC upgrades.
South Pasadena Fire Chief Paul Riddle says the equipment and furniture have been identified as necessary for the city to effectively respond and recover from a disaster.
GARFIELD PARK HEALING GARDEN
South Pasadena City Council members will be asked to approve discretionary fund requests by Councilmember Robert Joe, designating $150 for the purpose of a memorial stone dedicated to Aramazd Andressian, Jr. at the Garfield Park Healing Garden, and $150 for the purpose of the South Pasadena PTA Special Needs Conference.
The councilmember is requesting funds from his discretionary fund ($4,000 per councilmember each year) to partially fund a memorial stone at the Healing Garden in Garfield Park dedicated to Andressian, Jr., a 5-year-old boy whose life was taken by his father in 2017.
Discretionary funds will also help offset the costs of the South Pasadena PTA Special Needs
Conference on March 3 in the city.
LETTER OF SUPPORT
The council will be asked to approve a letter of support for House Concurrent
Resolution 72 as introduced in the House of Representatives last year.
The resolution makes it known that Congress believes state courts should improve adjudications of custody issues in instances where family violence is alleged each year. According to Resolution 72, approximately 15 million children are exposed to domestic violence and/or child abuse. The resolution cites that an estimated 58,000 children are ordered by courts into the custody of abusive parents, many times over the objections of the other parent.
Congress believes child safety is the first priority of custody and visitation adjudications.
CITY’S SKATEBOARD PARK
City Council members will be asked to amend the South Pasadena Municipal Code regarding procedures and requirements for proper usage of the city’s Skateboard Park, in accordance with California State Assembly Bill 1146, to also allow “other wheeled recreational devices.”
Under AB 1146, “other wheeled recreational devices” include roller skates, inline skates, non-motorized wheelchairs, non-motorized scooters and non-motorized bicycles.
This issue was reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Commission on three occasions last year and recommends the council to modify and update the South Pasadena Municipal Code.
IMPROVEMENTS AT POST OFFICE
The Council will be asked to approve a discretionary fund request by Councilmember Michael Cacciotti, designating $500 for the purpose of the U.S. Post Office frontage improvements by South Pasadena Beautiful.