Thursday, August 22, 2019

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...

UPDATE: Caltrans Confirms Approval of 710 ROD | Decision to Trigger $300 Million in...

Caltrans’ long-awaited formal approval this week of its decision foregoing a tunnel to complete the SR-710 “gap” between Alhambra and Pasadena marks another milestone...

More Sleep for Students | Later School Time Close to Realization

State Senate Bill 328, authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge), has been passed by the State Assembly Education Committee,...

City Hall Expands Weekday Hours but Closes Doors on Fridays

City Hall will be open later on weekday evenings and closed Fridays under a new schedule set to take effect after the Labor Day...

Sleeping Mats For the Homeless | City Officials Take Part in Good Cause

City officials last week joined the “du cOeuR Project” to distribute sleeping mats to the homeless which are cleaned and repurposed after use as...

Hazardous Waste Roundup | Gather Your E-Waste for Disposal Aug 31

A free household hazardous & electronic waste-recycling roundup is slated for Saturday, August 31, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South Pasadena Unified...

Changes at City Hall | Newest Employees Officially Join the Ranks

The City of South Pasadena welcomed new Chief City Clerk Maria Ayala and Julian Lee, the newest deputy public works director, as fulltime employees...

Caltrans Fails to Meet Environmental Compliance Targets

In the latest review of its federal environmental law enforcement responsibilities, Caltrans failed to meet a third of the performance goals it set out...

‘It Takes a Village’ | Mayor Dr. Marina Khubesrian Gives Mid-Year Update

“Dr. Marina,” as she’s known is some circles, is currently in her second term as South Pasadena’s mayor, first serving in the role from...

CalTrans Housing Advocates Say Closing out NEPA is an Opportunity

The City of South Pasadena and allied cities and groups have a window of opportunity “to gain some control” over the sale and preservation...

A Night of Art and Opera at the Library

The South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Library are pleased to present a special evening of art and music...

SPLL Challenger Division | SPPD and SPFD Awarded for Dedication

Last week, representatives from the South Pasadena Little League’s Challenger Division presented awards to both the South Pasadena Police and Fire Departments in commemoration...

Rep. Chu Introduces Bipartisan Nutrition CARE Act For Seniors with Eating Disorders

On July 11 Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Jackie Walorski (IN-02) introduced the Nutrition Counseling Aiding Recovery for Eating Disorders (CARE) Act to provide greater...

SCE & CPA Ongoing Billing Problems | 100,000+ Customers Billed Wrong

The first half of the year was an exciting time for the Clean Power Alliance. The infant customer choice aggregator (CCA) was establishing itself...

Pasadena TOR Foundation Elects New Leadership

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation announces 2019-2020 Board of Directors and new officers. Since its inception in 1983, the Pasadena Tournament of Foundation...

‘Where Does Our Water Come From?’ | Water Management in San Gabriel Valley

Water management in the Western United States is highly complex as a result of a variable climate from year to year, explained a top...

The Arroyo Seco: City’s Crown Jewel Highlighted

Highlighting its many activities, the City of South Pasadena has produced a new “Arroyo Seco Recreation Area” brochure packed with information. The idea behind the...

City Council | Voters to Decide if City Clerk Should be Appointed

The South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday night voted to place a measure on November’s ballot asking voters to decide if the office of...

Senator Portantino Hires New Representative | David Kim Joins Staff

Senator Anthony J. Portantino, whose 25th District represents South Pasadena, announced the addition of Minwoo “David” Kim to his district staff. Kim will be responsible...

Wonderful Wednesdays | StemUp4Youth Returns to Library

The StemUp4Youth program returns for its third straight year to the South Pasadena Public Library on July 17 as part of the Library’s “Wonderful...

Clean Power Alliance Signs Deals for Renewable Energy in Southern California

The Clean Power Alliance community choice aggregator (CCA) announced its board authorized two long-term power purchase agreements for 273 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity....

City’s Financial Future | Officials Look to Build Solid Strategic Plan

South Pasadena city officials are hopeful a local sales tax measure of ¾ cents, in front of voters in November, will gain approval to...

$2.5 Million Diverted From National Park Service for Trump’s July 4 Parade

What does "America the Beautiful" mean to us on this day, July 4? What patriotic images and beautiful symbols of our country does it...

School Board | Support Shown En Masse for LGBTQ Instruction in Schools

Karin Mak has two children in South Pasadena’s educational system and is among a large group of parents who expressed support for lesbian, gay,...

City of South Pasadena Welcomes New Public Works Director

Shahid Abbas, a 20-year veteran of municipal and county governments who holds advanced degrees in civil engineering, management and planning, has been hired as...

Wonderful Wednesdays | Summer of Brahms Continues with Children’s Concert at Library

The Summer of Brahms Chamber Music Festival is being held through July 14 in a series concerts in the South Pasadena Public Library’s Community...

710 Freeway Fighters Leave Lasting Legacy

Every few miles along the drive up the Long Beach Freeway, cars pass underneath huge, green highway signs that span the roadway’s lanes: “Interstate...

Cathy Billings Named Acting Library Director

Cathy Billings, the City’s associate library director since 2017, has been named as the acting library director following the retirement of longtime director Steve...

Waste Collection Rates Increase in South Pasadena

Homeowners will see an increase in trash collection rates in South Pasadena starting July 1. Athens Services will change its residential service from $41.87 to...

Aims to Prevent Gun Violence | Senator Portantino Successfully Passes Bills

Senate Bill 61, SB 172 and SB 620 all authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee...

SPACE Art Workshop a Hit | Wonderful Wednesdays at Library Bring the Fun

Artists from the South Pasadena Arts Center (SPACE), a community arts organization worked with children who made a variety of creations during the second...

Q & A With Departing Library Director | Steve Fjeldsted Talks Future Aspirations

A new chapter begins for Steve Fjeldsted, departing the South Pasadena Library after nearly 13 years as its city librarian. He officially leaves on June...

Op-Ed | How South Pasadena City Government Kept Minimum Wage to a Minimum

This op-ed was written by John Srebalus “The Chamber’s not gonna like that,” Councilmember Michael Cacciotti told me outside Rite Aid this past winter when...

COMEDY NIGHT at the Library | Going Out With a Laugh!

The South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library will present the “End of the Beginning” comedy show in...

Wonderful Wednesdays at Library | SPACE Children’s Art Workshop

Artists from SPACE - South Pasadena Arts Center, a community arts organization, will help children make their own creations during the second in the...

South Pasadena Receives Compensation from Tournament of Roses After Float Mishap

It was a day that started out so promising for South Pasadena Tournament of Roses officials after learning their entry in the 2019 Rose...

Parti Gras Costs South Pasadena $10,000 Say City Officials

It’s festive, entertaining and enormously fun, but, as South Pasadena City Councilman Michael Cacciotti pointed out during a recent council meeting, Parti Gras is...

Sales Tax Increase Will Go on the Ballot for South Pasadena

South Pasadena City Council members voted unanimously Wednesday night to declare a “fiscal emergency” and place a 0.75 percent sales tax on the November...

Library Director Retires | Steve Fjeldsted Will be Missed

Outside a window where he works sits a special tree. It’s a Moreton Bay fig, where children regularly play, climbing around its magnificent roots. As Steve...