Monday, April 22, 2019

City Council | Council Adopts Strategic Plan Without Minimum Wage Objective

South Pasadena city councilmembers unanimously turned aside vocal demands to adopt an accelerated minimum wage schedule for the city after an emotional and at...

Earth Day in South Pasadena | Proclamation Made to Spread Awareness

As the global community faces extraordinary challenges, including severe water shortages, environmental degradation, diminishing resources, and global health issues, the South Pasadena is doing...

SPHS Shortcut Pathway to Close | City Council Votes to Restrict Access

A walkway from Fremont Avenue to Diamond Avenue through the South Pasadena High campus, which had been opened for years, will now be closed...

Elementary Students Weigh in on Parking Meters in South Pasadena

Some like the idea, others not so much. As it turns out, even kids are weighing in, taking a swipe at the idea of parking...

Opinion | Reconsidering the Bank Street Surrender at SPHS

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: from South Pasadena Resident Buried on the South Pasadena City Council’s consent agenda tonight is a resolution to surrender, or “vacate,”...

City Council | Council to Consider Updated Strategic Plan Goals

The City Council tonight, Wednesday, April 17, will consider updating the City’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan to include new objectives for the upcoming fiscal year. The...

New Police Chief | Welcome Reception Ceremony for Joe Ortiz April 29

New Police Chief Joe Ortiz will officially be welcomed to the city on Monday, April 29, during a pubic ceremonial oath of office inside...

SPUSD | School Board Gets First Crack at Land Swap Objectives

Eying formal presentations with the city in coming weeks, South Pasadena Unified School Board Superintendent Geoff Yantz on Tuesday unveiled a draft set of...

PCC New President | Dr. Erika Endrijonas Welcomed by South Pasadena Leadership

The home of Ellen and Joe Daigle was a hub of influential and high profile figures in the community on Tuesday evening. About 50...

High Honor for Chief City Clerk | Marc Donohue Receives Prestigious Award

South Pasadena Chief City Clerk Marc Donohue was presented with the Exceptional Service in Mentoring Award at the City Clerk’s Association Annual Conference last...

Eclectic Music Festival the Library Stage | A Trio of Tasty Musical Treats

Three generous helpings of spicy, flavorful musical goodness will be served to guests on the Library ‘Carnegie Stage’ Concert for the 11th Annual Eclectic Music Festival on...
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Caltrans Homes Sell Low in Price, But There’s a Catch

That old adage, if it’s too good to be true it probably isn't might apply to some South Pasadena homes controlled by Caltrans’.  Some...

Rare Ray Bradbury Artifacts Acquired | Jerry and Doris Selmer Donate to Library

The South Pasadena Library Conference Room on the second floor was renamed in honor of Ray Bradbury (1920-2010) in 2013. The extraordinary author spent...

WISPPA City Budget Meeting | Citizens Share Thoughts With City Manager on Financial Shortfalls

Saturday morning saw a small, but quite impassioned group engaged in conversation and debate over the looming city budget gap and the numerous issues...

CERT Program | Fire Department Provides Emergency Response Classes

Should a major disaster occur in the city like the one in 2011 when strong winds knocked down trees and power lines, closing down...

Restoration Concert Series | International Soloist Robert Thies Mans the Piano April 21

The incomparable Restoration Concert Series returns to South Pasadena on Sunday, April 21 at 4:00 PM. The number of concerts that have been held...

Woman of the Year 2019 | Diane Cullinane Amongst Those Honored by Chris Holden

State Assembly member Chris Holden recognized the 41st Assembly District’s Woman of the Year and Women of Distinction at his annual Spring District Office...

David Batt Family Makes Generous Donation | Massive Collection of Books Delivered to Library

Laurie Aker and Valerie Batt, the two sisters of David Batt, the former City of South Pasadena finance director who retired in 2018 and...

Dumpster & Donation Day | Citywide Cleanup Day April 13

The City of South Pasadena, Athens Services and Acts Thrift are co-sponsoring Dumpster Day, a citywide cleanup day on Saturday, April 13. From 8...

City Council | Poet Laureate Delivers Moving Ode to South Pasadena

Among the duties of a poet laureates in California are to write an ode to their respective cities. So in keeping with that charge, Ron...

Shop Talk | City Manager Discusses Approach to Closing the Budget Gap

Members of Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Activism (WISPPA) will hear a long-range city budget forecast Saturday that is expected to show increased...

Celestial Opera Gala | Library Hosts a Night of Elegant Singing

Celestial Opera singers will perform on Saturday, April 6, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the South Pasadena Library Community Room. The singers will entertain and light...

CANCELLED: Doggy Day With Cats Too

A big day for dog lovers (and cats, too) scheduled for Garfield Park in South Pasadena on April 6 has been cancelled, according to...

Hanscom Dr Home Update: Seniors Give Support to Owners of Sinking Residence

A South Pasadena couple didn’t like that sinking feeling the night they saw their driveway, well, in word, sinking. When it sank an estimated four...

South Pasadena Police | New Chief Sworn Into Office

New South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Ortiz was sworn into office on Monday morning during a private ceremony inside the City Council chamber at...

METRO TRAINS STOPPED | Gold Line Down for Planned Maintenance

According to SCE and LA METRO: "Gold Line South Pasadena: Sat Mar 30 from 7am to 7:30pm, buses replace train service between Highland Park Station...

Girl Scouts Troop 9461 | Library Community Room Entrance Gets Makeover

The Junior Girl Scouts of Troop 9461 may only be in fifth grade, but they've already got a soft spot in their hearts for...

City Budget Deficit | Shedding Light on the Projected Budget

From William J. Kelly | Letter to the Editor As the City of South Pasadena begins discussing some combination of higher taxes and fees and...

Volunteer Recognition Day | April 12, 2019

South Pasadena Library Board of Trustees value the enormous contributions made by volunteers each year. The library, founded on September 10, 1895, is governed by...

Evette Kim | Saying Goodbye to South Pasadena

A tearful Evette Kim said goodbye during last Wednesday’s South Pasadena City Council meeting, departing as district representative for State Senator Anthony Portantino to...

Merchant Minute | Dual Crossroads

Jennifer Maimone was on a mission during last week’s South Pasadena City Council meeting. If you’re looking for a metaphysical store, one that sells crystals,...

Arroyo Seco Woodland and Wildlife Park Volunteers Receive Certificates of Appreciation

It might be South Pasadena’s best-kept secret. Nestled in the southwestern tip of the Arroyo Seco Park in South Pasadena is a three-acre parcel dedicated...

$5.8 Million Price Tag | City Council Addresses State Water Regulations

A report heard by the South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday detailed $5.8-million in costs associated with the city's compliance with new state water...

Special Report: Newly Released Records & The South Pasadena Police

As the story begins to unfold about a former South Pasadena police officer smashing his pickup truck into a pole that fell onto a...

Water Treatment Price Tag on Council Agenda

The South Pasadena City Council will receive a report detailing the costs of complying with the state mandate in 2017 and 2018. The compliance...

From Percy Jackson to Harry Potter | National Library Week

National Library Week, a yearly celebration of libraries and reading established by the American Library Association, is April 7-13. On Wednesday, April 10, from 4:30...

Community Meeting | Long Range Budget Forecast

A second community meeting to gather input on the City of South Pasadena’s long-range budget forecast is scheduled for Sunday, March 24, at the...

SOUTH PASADENA POLICE DEPARTMENT NEW CHIEF | Joe Ortiz Selected to Lead Department

Joe Ortiz, a 25-year law enforcement leader who has served as Sierra Madre’s police chief since 2016, has been named as the new Police...

Youth Climate Strike | South Pasadena Students Seek Change

South Pasadena High School and Middle School students joined tens of thousands of young people around the world on Friday with a message to...

Clean Power Alliance | Massive Launch Reaches Close to 30 Communities

The Clean Power Alliance, Southern California’s new locally-operated clean energy provider will be enrolling commercial customers across 28 additional communities (27 cities and unincorporated...

4th of July | Moon Landing Theme for Next Festival of Balloons

Jim Anderson, made it brief, getting straight to the point as he spoke during public comment at a recent South Pasadena City Council meeting. As...

Women’s History Month | Library Celebrates Influential South Pasadenans

South Pasadena’s storied history, both past and present, has benefitted greatly from the monumental contributions of women. Presently, South Pasadena has two women on its...

Budget Meeting Tonight | Citizens Encouraged to Attend

A community meeting on the city budget is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the South Pasadena Library Community Room. The City Council heard a...

MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE | Citizens’ Push at City Council

In February, John Srebalus presented the City of South Pasadena with a draft ordinance to raise the city’s minimum wage to the same level...

Woman of the Year | Laura Farber Recognized by Chris Holden

As part of an annual celebration of Women’s History Month in the State Capitol, Assemblymember Chris Holden recognized Tournament of Roses President and South...