Stephanie Payne-Campbell with South Pasadena Beautiful was our speaker at the March ShopTalk and she shared the importance of a beautiful and sustainable environment and how it contributes to the economic stability of the area. She gave us an update on beautification projects completed and planned for South Pasadena and also shared some sobering information on the health of trees in the city and what you can do to help keep South Pasadena Beautiful. Stephanie was joined by Dave Niznik, Park Supervisor with the City Public Works Department.
Golden Arrows are recognition awards which are presented annually by South Pasadena Beautiful to residents and businesses that do an outstanding job of planning and maintaining their properties and motivate others to do the same.
The South Pasadena Beautiful Sustainable Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, April 22 from 1pm – 4pm. Tickets are $10 per person (children are free). The always popular FREE plant swap will take place at Eddie Park. Everyone is invited to bring a plant and take a plant! The annual garden tour creates community and brings people to town from all over Southern California.
Southern California trees are dying at large numbers due to the drought and insect and disease infestation. In South Pasadena alone, over 100 trees have been infected by the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) beetle. Symptoms include dark spots, white-sugary patches, and tiny entry holes on the trunk of the trees. Treatment is very expensive and ineffective. Removal of the infected tree is the best remedy. Individuals are encouraged to call the City Public Work Department at 626-403-7372 if you suspect a tree is infected.
Last fall, South Pasadena Beautiful partnered with the City to start a Tree Drive. Donors may choose a location close to their business or residence or let the city plant where the need is greatest. Each donated tree will receive a tree watering bag to help ensure the survival of the new tree as well as a root barrier to protect the sidewalks from the tree’s roots. The City has committed to matching donations up to 100 trees.
What can you do to keep South Pasadena Beautiful?
- Water efficiently and don’t forget to water your trees!
- Promote (and attend!) the Sustainable Garden Tour by displaying a poster at your business
- Report graffiti to the Graffiti Hotline: 626-403-7249
- Report abandoned shopping carts to Hotline: 800-252-4613
For more information, visit the South Pasadena Beautiful website.
City Councilmember Diana Mahmud gave an update on the Clean Power Alliance:
- In June, South Pasadena, through their partnership with the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California, will provide more energy choices to residents and businesses at competitive rates.
- Notices will be sent out soon announcing the program.
Mark your calendar for our next Shoptalk breakfast on Tuesday, April 3. Our speaker will be announced soon!
ShopTalk Breakfast is on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:00 am. Mark your calendars – there is always something new to hear or someone new to meet!
Mike & Anne’s
1040 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA
Full breakfast included! Members: $13, non-members: $18