Friday, December 6, 2019

Mayor Delivers State of City | Annual Retrospective for South Pasadena

Dr. Marina Khubesrian likes a catchy phrase attributed to the City of South Pasadena, sharing it to illustrate the community’s feisty spirit during her...

Bob Joe Voted in as New Mayor | Khubesrian Ceremoniously Hands Over Position

Robert Joe, known simply as “Bob” by most around town, was selected by his peers Wednesday night to serve as the City of South...

Defining ‘Wrongful Eviction’ Remains Vague | Tyson Family of Doctors Rescinds then Reinstates Tenant’s...

For a couple days, Christine Bullard could breathe easy. The “no fault” 60-day eviction notice her building manager handed her Oct. 22 had turned the...

State of the City & Chamber Holiday Party | Doubleheader At War Memorial

A holiday party mixed coupled with a state of the city address will all be part of a festive evening on Tuesday, December 3,...

City Recognizes ‘Transition South Pasadena’ | Group Promotes Environmental Consciousness

It came together when a group of concerned residents chose to step up and to do something to address environmental issues in need of...

Citywide Bike Parking Plan Passes | Forging a Cycle-Friendly Environment

Bill Glazier and a city report contributed to this article South Pasadena City Council members Wednesday night awarded a construction contract to E.C. Construction Company,...

Michele Kipke Possibly in Line as Next School Board President | Abajian Wraps up...

If history repeats itself, Dr. Michele Kipke is in line to become the next president of the South Pasadena Unified School District Board of...

One Step Closer to SPUSD Land Swap | School Board Unanimously Approves RFP

South Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education members unanimously approved a Request for Proposal (RFP) on a proposed property exchange during their November...

Council Approves New Water Billing Contract | City Says No Change in Rates

Water customers will be served by a new billing company, Munibilling, after the sudden closure of Fathom (formerly Global Water), under a new contract...

City Adopts Green Action Plan | Councilmember Remains Apprehensive

A city report and Bill Glazier contributed to this article South Pasadena, already recognized for its “green” efforts, is about to get greener. On Wednesday night,...

Future of 710 Freeway ‘Stublands’ | City of Pasadena Discusses Opportunities and Possibilities

When it comes to the future of the 710 Freeway stub in Pasadena, “nothing has been decided” according to sixth district Pasadena Councilman Steve...

Cathy Billings Confirmed as New Library Director for South Pasadena

Cathy Billings, associate library director since 2017, has been named as the City’s new library director, City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe announced Wednesday. Billings succeeds longtime...

Evictions Rescinded | One Landlord Reacts Positively Citing Pressure from City and Tenants

“Effective immediately, any current resident who received a 60-day notice to vacate can ignore that notice.” That was the note worried residents at the 32-unit...

Eviction Moratorium | South Pasadena Passes Ordinance With Caveats

Saying it had only recently been made aware of a spike in “no cause” 60-day eviction notices and 30-day rent increases, the South Pasadena...

Coffee With The Mayor | Bring Your Thoughts to Your City’s Leaders

What’s on your mind? That’s what the South Pasadena mayor and city manager want to know. Dr. Marina Khubesrian and Stephanie DeWolfe, the mayor and city...

South Pasadena: Eviction Moratorium Ordinance Passed at City Council Meeting Nov 6

About 50% of the South Pasadena residential population are renters.  A significant uptick in what is being called 'no-fault' evictions have been devastating to...

City Confuses Voters | Where to Vote at Which Poll, Where?

A city announcement about polling places in South Pasadena for the Nov. 5 election provided incomplete and imprecise information, frustrating some voters. In addition...

Special Election Results Recap | City Leadership Emboldened

South Pasadena voters passed Measure A Tuesday night by a wide margin, authorizing the city to levy an additional sales tax of 0.75 percent...

EVICTION MORATORIUM | Special Council Meeting Nov. 6

The City Council has called a special meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6, to consider a temporary, 60-day ordinance that would prohibit tenant evictions without just...

Vote Results Being Tallied | South Pasadena Measures A & C Results

Result...  Measure A & Measure C Both Pass   Measure A & Measure C One asks residents to approve a slight increase in the city’s sales tax...

NOV 5 Special Election | Three Polling Places Available in South Pasadena

UPDATED INFORMATION South Pasadena will have three polling places available to voters in the Nov. 5 special election, not two as previously stated. The City distributed...

City’s General Plan Update | Meetings Open Discussion for South Pasadena

During a series of meetings, City of South Pasadena officials will share the results of a multi-year community based process regarding the city’s General...

City Summons the Press | Hanscom Drive Inspection Warrant Explained

The January 11, 2018 sewage spill on Hanscom Dr. in South Pasadena was the fault of homeowner Alison Smith, city officials told reporters Friday...

Measure C Confusion | Innocuous Ballot Measure Cause for Concern for Many

“I am voting ‘no’ on Measure C,” South Pasadena City Clerk Evelyn Zneimer said last week. Her position may not come as much of...

Sheila Paustch Returns to Her City Post | Details Remain in the Dark

Sheila Pautsch, a longtime City of South Pasadena department head, has returned to her office after being placed on administrative leave. Pautsch, who returned last...

Letter to the Editor | Addressing Issues to the Mayor

Mayor Marina, Our families have been friends ever since I moved into South Pasadena some 13 years ago, and I count you and Mark as...

Letter to the Editor | Clarifying Measure C: Reasons to Vote Yes on November’s...

Measure C on the Nov. 5 Special Election ballot in South Pasadena asks voters if the Office of the City Clerk should be appointive...

South Pasadena Wins Statewide Award | Helen Putnam Excellence Program

The League of California Cities selected the City of South Pasadena as a 2019 Helen Putnam Award winner. The 2019 award winners were honored on...

SPHS Athletic Facility Project | Board of Education Gives Formal Approval

Formal approval of the Athletics’ Project at South Pasadena High School was made by the South Pasadena Board of Education last Tuesday night. It’s just...

Measure C Forum | Crossroads South Pasadena Hosts Discussion at Mamma’s

An informal organization, Crossroads South Pasadena, is hosting a Measure C forum on Tuesday, October 22, at Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta, 1007...

Resident Humiliated: Police Officers Used by City Code Enforcement in an Intimidating Show of...

Three South Pasadena police officers showed up at the home of Alison Smith Thursday morning at 1700 block of Hanscom Dr. They had a...

Measure A | Final Effort to Get Voters to Mark ‘Yes’ on Ballot

It’s a numbers game for those urging South Pasadenans to vote for Measure A, a ballot measure asking South Pasadena voters to approve a...

UPDATE: Late Start School Bill Signed into Law | Senator Portantino’s Push Successful

UPDATE: SPUSD Superintendent, Geoff Yantz, speaks about the recently approved late start law: “South Pasadena Unified will begin logistical preparations for moving to a later start...

UPDATE: VICTORY – After Decades of Fighting: LEGISLATION IS NOW SIGNED INTO LAW THAT...

Article updated to include City of South Pasadena Mayor, Dr. Marina Khubesrian's comments on 710 Freeway Extension  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Governor signed two bills Saturday night that...

Elsa Durrett Commended for Bravery | Fire Department and City Council Applaud 9-1-1 Call

It may have been much worse had it not been for the calmness of a young 11-year-old girl who placed an important 9-1-1 call...

CPA Signs Biggest Deal to Date | Doubles Renewable Capacity

The Clean Power Alliance on Oct. 3 made its single largest acquisition of clean, renewable energy by signing for the output of a large...

Metro Projects Neglected | Watchdogs Claim Funds to Cities Shorted

South Pasadena’s transportation watchdogs say Metro shorted San Gabriel Valley cities in both the amount of money and kinds of projects the agency approved...

Metro 110 Freeway Hookramp | Costs Escalate as City Receives $32 Million for Project

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) on Sept. 26 approved $32 million for modifications to the SR-110/Fair Oaks Avenue interchange in...

Letter to the Editor | Mahmud: CPA Did Not Violate Ratemaking Terms

I am writing in response to the article published on September 20 by Ben Tansey regarding Clean Power Alliance’s recent rate change. The article correctly...

MOSAIC Church Relocation | No Move to Middle School After All

A facility-use request by Mosaic Church to use the auditorium at South Pasadena Middle School won’t be approved, according the South Pasadena Unified School...

Caltrans Housing Purchases | City Council to Consider Agreement

City Council on Wednesday, Oct. 2 will consider entering an agreement with three agencies in a move to purchase 15 Caltrans-owned properties for use...

Rialto Theatre | Uncertain Future as City Council Pressed for Answers

Jan Marshall lives on Oxley Street in South Pasadena “right down from the disintegrating Rialto Theater,” she told City Council members recently, urging for...

Paul Abbey | Businessman & Super-Volunteer Passed Away Friday

Paul Abbey, a longtime volunteer for the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee, passed away on Friday due to a sudden massive heart attack,...

Seeking Support for Measure A | Resident Rallies Others to Vote Yes on Tax...

Kim Hughes is encouraging South Pasadenans to go to the local polls on November 5 and vote yes on Measure A. As a supporter of...

Goats in South Pasadena | City Utilizes Grazing Goats for Fire Prevention

South Pasadena stole a play out the playbook of other cities. That’s the way South Pasadena Fire Chief Paul Riddle described it Thursday afternoon as...