Thursday, October 17, 2019

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...

Schools Confirmed as Blue Ribbon Recipients | National Honor for Monterey Hills and Arroyo...

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 362 schools, including Arroyo Vista and Monterey Hills Elementary Schools in South Pasadena, as National Blue Ribbon...

City Hires New Planning and Building Director | Joanna Hankamer Welcomed to South Pasadena

Joanna Hankamer has been named as the City of South Pasadena’s newest director of planning and building. As an urban planner, Hankamer has extensive experience...

Goats at Front Line in Fire Prevention | Over 100 to Graze on Elephant...

They work long hours, never require breaks and hardly want a pension. They’re the perfect remedy for clearing away vegetation and ideal for fuel mitigation,...

Mounting Concern Over Vaping | Parent Returns for Second Round With School Board

Gisella Benitez agrees concerns about vaping starts with conversations between parents and teens starts at home. “Wholeheartedly,” she told the South Pasadena Board of Education...

CPA Still Violating Troublesome Rate Pledge | Temporarily Lowers Most Rates

The board of the Clean Power Alliance, the new community choice aggregator now serving about a million former Southern California Edison customers in Los...

Sweet Start to ‘Yes on A’ | Campaign Brings New Hope With Tax Measure

With the city facing an annual shortfall of approximately $1 million and the possibility of it getting worse over the next five years, a...

Mayor Loses her Cool at City Council | Heated Exchange with Citizen

In the small upstairs office where they gather around a cramped table before repairing to the first floor council chambers, citizen Madeline Di Giorgi...

SPMS Gym Renovation | Adressing Unforeseen Challenges to Board of Education

Progress is being made, but concerns have been raised about the condition of a building being rehabilitated on the South Pasadena Middle School campus. An...

SPUSD Land Swap | School Board Eyes Deadline for Property Exchange

South Pasadena Unified School District officials and Board of Education members continue to explore the possibility of a potential district office exchange or land...

UPDATE: ‘Crossroads South Pasadena’ | Government ‘Adrift,’ New Group Warns

Update Sept. 18 to include city's comments ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Moved by a sense of “growing community concern about the quality and course of South Pasadena city government,”...

‘Yes on A’ Ice Cream Social | Campaign Kicks Off Sales Tax Effort Wednesday

Looking to improve the local economy, South Pasadena residents will be asked in November to approve a ¾ of a cent sales tax increase. It’s...

710 Bills Sent to Newsom | Portantino and Holden Receive Overwhelming Senate Support

The two measures aimed at putting the final stake in the heart of the 710 North freeway both passed the state legislature in the...

9/11: 18 Years to the Day | Police and Fire Remember Those Who Lost...

It was a time to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died on the somber morning of September 11, 2001. Eighteen years have passed since...

WEDNESDAY | Council to Hear Report on Caltrans Properties

The results of a study examining potential options for Caltrans-owned properties will be presented to the City Council at a special meeting Wednesday, Sept....

Caltrans Keeps Grip on 710 Stubs | Amended 710 Bills Open Possibilities and Pitfalls

Twists and tweaks to the legislation affecting the future of the SR 710 North corridor continued last week as both Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25)...

Big Improvements for SPHS Athletics Facilities | Groundbreaking Slated for November

When you turn 113 years old and showing signs of age, well, a facelift is in order. That’s exactly what South Pasadena Unified School District...

City Official Put on Administrative Leave | Details Remain Vague

A longtime City of South Pasadena department head has been placed on administrative leave, the city’s mayor has confirmed Dr. Marina Khubesrian, in her second...

Heat Alert | City Advises Use of Designated Cooling Centers

Please be advised that excessive heat is forecast through Thursday, September 5, 2019. Although the forecast calls for 96-98 degrees of heat, the humidity...

710 Bills Gain Approval | Clock Starts on ROD as ‘Closing the Gap’ Nears

In the state legislature’s annual purge of pending legislation Aug. 30, two bills related to the future of the SR-710 corridor were approved. Each...

Senate Bill Targets Student Suicide Prevention

State Senator Anthony J Portantino, whose 25th District represents South Pasadena, is pleased that the student suicide prevention effort created by SB 972 is...

Superintendent Awarded Additional Year on Contract | Geoff Yantz Gets Extension

As a testimony to his sound leadership, Superintendent Dr. Geoff Yantz has been awarded an additional year on his contract in the South Pasadena...

Holden Looks to Save Bill | Ensuring 710 Removed from State Highway Plan

With only days to go before an Aug. 30 legislative deadline, Assemblyman Chris Holden is working to save AB 29, his bill to eliminate...

Letter to the Editor | Reduce the Use of Plastic

At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, the South Pasadena Natural Resources & Environmental Commission will consider proposed recommendations to the city staff and city...

Mother’s Concerns Over Vaping | School Board All Ears

More than 30 percent of high school students in Los Angeles County have reported using e-cigarette products, according to data provided by the 2017-18...

Lawsuit Too Hot for LA Federal Judges | Local Political Group Claims Unfair Treatment

A lawsuit filed by the Pasadena Republican Club (PRC) against a public service group run predominantly by local judges and other legal professionals has...

Office Changes at City Hall

South Pasadena City Hall has made some changes. The Public Works Department moved and will now be on the first floor adjacent to Building and...

SPEF Issues Big Check | School Board Receives Generous Donation

Calling it her final act, South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF) outgoing president Megan Dostal presented a whopping check to the local school district last...

Guide to Avoiding Scams | Police Department Provides Tips

Many residents feel they are too smart to fall for a scam or con, but they do, according to Richard Lee, a crime prevention...

A Back-to-School Message From the School Board President

As the president of the school board, I would like to welcome all of our new and returning students, faculty, staff and administrators to...

Cooling Center Designated in Town | Beat the Heat

A Cooling Center has been created by the city of South Pasadena as a result of excessive heat. During times of sizzling hot weather, senior...

‘Coexisting With Urban Wildlife’ at Library

Local communities are teeming with native wildlife. Years of drought and warmer weather have caused wild animals, like coyotes, to venture further into cities like South Pasadena...