Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Bringing Home the Bacon | Mahmud Dogs County on Measure W Rules

It’s a small, obscure provision buried deep in a draft of a county public works ordinance. But it could affect how much South Pasadena...

LGBTQ Instruction Questioned in Schools | Vocal Group Expresses Concerns

A small group of parents raised an issue during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender (LGBT) curriculum being taught in...

“No on 710” | Honored 710 Freeway Fighters Share Compelling Stories

A large crowd turned out June 7 in the South Pasadena Library’s community room to honor the 710 Freeway Fighters, the energetic group of...

“Sanctuary II” | Special Art Exhibit at Library June 13-15

More than 500 visitors experienced the “Sanctuary” Art Exhibit during its highly successful run in the South Pasadena Public Library during the last week...

Santa Anita Racetrack | Rep. Judy Chu Reiterates Call for Moratorium

Over the weekend, two more horses died at Santa Anita Racetrack making these the 28th and 29th horses to die since the start of the meet...

‘Fake News’ Seminar | LA Times Editor Speaks at Library

Thanks, first, to the advent of pay television services, and then to the creation of the commercial Internet, Americans are awash in information. There are...

City Council Update | City Budget Approved

Public safety reports from the fire and police chiefs, the adoption of the annual operating budget, and an update to the Capital Improvement Plan...

New Hollywood String Quartet | Summer of Brahms at Library

The New Hollywood String Quartet is presenting the Summer of Brahms Chamber Music Festival July 7-14 on the Carnegie Stage at the South Pasadena...

Summer Reading Program | It’s Show Time at the Library!

Get ready to be entertained at this year's themed Summer Reading Program, "Show Time at the Library," which runs from June 3-August 3, at...

Dispute Over Tree Removal Goes to City Council

After what will likely be a lengthy meeting on the new budget, updated capital improvement program and a bevy of routine city business, the...

“No on 710” Freeway Fighters to be Honored | Library Hosts Event June 7

A free public event to honor the aptly nicknamed “Freeway Fighters,” will be presented in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room at 7...

A Baseball Doubleheader at the Library | Dodger Themed Author Night

This article was written and produced by Steve Fjeldsted, Director of the South Pasadena Public Library  All-Star baseball authors Jason Turbow and Ron Rapoport will...

DRC Queen Visits South Pasadena

Royalty came to South Pasadena last Wednesday. Queen Diambi Kabatusuila, the ruler of Bantu ethnic group located in the Democratic Republic of The Congo, visited...

Flags Fly at Half Staff at City Hall

U.S. flags, including the one at South Pasadena City Hall, were flown at half-staff Monday following an order by President Trump to remember the...

South Pasadena Watermaster | Drought Still Driving Water Rate Increases

The ongoing need to replenish the San Gabriel Valley aquifer in the aftermath of the drought continues to drive enormous spikes in water rates....

‘To Climb a Gold Mountain’ | Special Screening at the Library

The South Pasadena Public Library will present a screening of the award-winning documentary “To Climb A Gold Mountain: A Portrait of Struggle and Triumph” in honor...

Memorial Day 2019 | South Pasadena Salutes Our Fallen

Memorial Day was observed on Monday in South Pasadena, featuring moving speeches, lively music and something new this year – a drum circle and...

Tuesday May 28 | Public Comment Deadline for Rule on 710 Property Sales

Today is the last day that citizens have to comment on an “emergency rulemaking” process initiated by Caltrans. It’s at least the second time...

Police Warn of Scam Alerts | Fraudulent Texts and Calls

South Pasadena Police Department officials are investigating the two scam alerts. The latest, according to South Pasadena Crime Prevention Officer Richard Lee, was reported on...

Senate OKs Bill on 710 Non-Profit Sales, Rent Increase Prohibition and Tunnel

The California State Senate on Wednesday, May 22 passed Senate Bill 7, putting the “formal legislative end” to the 710 Freeway extension by prohibiting...

South Pasadena Bites Back! | Mosquito Protection Workshop

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District invites residents to the “South Pasadena Bites Back” workshop on Tuesday, June 11 at 7...

Memorial Day | Ceremony at War Memorial May 27

Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 27, in South Pasadena with a blend of speeches, music something new this year. The event to...

Longtime City Employee Leaves | Lucy Hakobian Says Goodbye

Lucy Hakobian, South Pasadena’s community services supervisor, is saying goodbye, departing after working 25-plus years for the city. Hakobian, who began her career as a...

Be Kind to Animals Week | Fostering Humane Treatment of Animals Through Art

A variety of artistic expressions, ranging from artwork, poems and stories, to embroidery and photography, were all on display at the South Pasadena City...

Festival of Balloons 2019 | Winning Posters Selected for 4th of July

Admittedly, they say it’s a difficult task. It’s never easy coming up with their top picks, but South Pasadena City Council members have selected the...

City Council | Council Directs Staff to Prepare Sales Tax for Ballot

South Pasadena City Council members formally gave the go-ahead Wednesday for staff to begin work to place a sales tax proposal on the city’s...

City Council | South Pasadena to Open Hearing on $28.6 Million Budget

South Pasadena’s revenue-challenged $28.6 million city budget will be on the agenda tonight as the city council opens a public hearing and begins discussing...

City Council | Members to Address Annual Budget, Long-Range Financial Plan

The 2019-20 fiscal year City budget and long-term economic development strategies will get a first airing at the City Council meeting Wednesday, May 15. The...

Possible Sales Tax Increase on the Horizon | City Aims to Improve Revenue

Could South Pasadena be faced with a possible sales tax increase? It’s just one of the measures city officials are considering to improve its bottom...

PTA Honorary Service Awards | Community Members Thanked for Their Contributions

A group of volunteers who go the extra mile in the community were recognized Wednesday during the 2018-19 South Pasadena Council PTA Honorary Award...

City Council | Members Approve Big Surge in Development Fees for South Pasadena

Dozens of development fees charged by South Pasadena’s Planning Department will rise dramatically July 1 under a resolution approved by the City Council May...

Big Lots Update | Lessor Working to Find New Tenant by Winter

Now that Big Lots has announced its move to the old Toys R Us building in Alhambra, the owner of the property at 1401...

626 Golden Streets Returns | Take to the Streets With Your Wheels of Choice...

Sunday! The event, linking three cities, is slated from 9 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, is not only limited to cyclists, as participants...

UPDATE: Local Skate Park Temporarily Closes | Skaters Speak Up

UPDATE: According to the Community Service & Recreation Department, the South Pasadena Skate Park re-opened for standard operating hours as of last Thursday, May 2. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A...
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PCC Trustee Linda Wah Named President of Statewide Board

Linda S. Wah, a longtime Pasadena City College trustee representing South Pasadena among other cities, has been named president of the California Community College...

Dodger Author Night | A Conversation With Jason Turbow

Jason Turbow will tell the rollicking tale of the Dodgers’ crazy 1981 season that’s colorfully documented in his “They Bled Blue: Fernandomania, Strike-Season Mayhem,...

Chief City Clerk Leaves | Marc Donohue Says Goodbye to South Pasadena

Marc Donohue’s commute just got significantly shorter. No three hour-long drives any longer to get to work and back home for this guy. Donohue, who served...

Merchant Minute | City Council Meeting Features De Milo Design

In a world quickly going digital sits a South Pasadena company that thrives in print; yes, especially when it comes to creating wedding invitations,...

School Board Votes to Lower Parcel Tax Voter Threshold | ‘A Fair Representation of...

South Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education members have passed a resolution in support of a Constitutional amendment to lower the parcel tax...

Honoring Austin A. Ichinose | Special Music Collection is Quirky Mix of Genres

The Austin A. Ichinose Memorial Music Collection has continuously delighted Library goers with its wide selection of genres and styles reflecting decades in popular...

City Council | Curtain Won’t Close on South Pasadena Minimum Wage Proposal

Just as they did at their meeting two weeks ago, South Pasadena city councilmembers last night voted not to amend the city’s strategic plan...

City Council | South Pasadena to Consider Fee Increases and Approve Spending for Public...

South Pasadena City Council members tonight will hold a public hearing on a new master fee schedule. The change will increase annual revenue by...

SPUSD School Board | Members in Support of Starting School Later

South Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education members have voted to support a senate bill to require middle and high schools to not...

New Police Chief Joe Ortiz Takes Part in Ceremonial Oath

It has been overwhelming “in a good way,” emphasized South Pasadena’s new police chief Joe Ortiz, when asked what it has been like since...

City Council | Strategic Plan Objectives Include Sales Tax, CalTrans Properties and Parking Plan

The South Pasadena City Council adopted an update to its strategic plan April 17, but while the minimum wage proposal took all the airtime,...