3 South Pasadena, California

South Pasadena, California

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leader_name = Michael A. Cacciotti [cite web | url = http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/government/citycouncil.html | title = City of South Pasadena: City Council | accessdate = 2007-01-18]
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postal_code = 91030/91031 (PO box) [cite web | url = http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/zcl_1_results.jsp?visited=1&pagenumber=0&state=ca&city=South%20Pasadena | title = USPS — ZIP Code Lookup — Find a ZIP+ 4 Code By City Results | accessdate = 2007-01-18]
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website = [http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/ http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/]
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South Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, it had a population of 24,292.


In 1875 the landowners of the area encompassing present-day Pasadena and South Pasadena voted to rename their association, Pasadena. In February 1888, members of the southern portion of Pasadena attempted to gain more control over their own property and a vote for incorporation was made. On 2 March 1888, the city of South Pasadena was incorporated with a population slightly over 500 residents. It was chartered with roughly the same area as the current South Pasadena, about 8.91 square kilometers (3.44 square miles).

South Pasadena's first mayor was William Collier, whose wife, Margaret(a local socialite), later divorced him in the early 1890s to move to what's now south-central Riverside County(and the Lake Elsinore Valley to establish a small town with her second husband, local businessman Donald Collier;thus the Wildomar area was founded, now the 25th(and newest) incorporated City in Riverside County(the name "Wildomar" comes from a anagram of their first names:WIL(liam) Collier, DO(nald) Graham and (MAR)garet Collier Graham).

South Pasadena's history is commonly associated with that of the Cawston Ostrich Farm, Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, and the Rialto Theater, as they played major roles in the past of the city.

Modern South Pasadena

South Pasadena's streets are lined with numerous species of native California trees. Because there are very few stucco-clad Spanish Colonial houses and virtually no palm trees in some parts of the city, South Pasadena is a popular stand-in for Midwestern and Northeastern towns in motion picture and television productions. Few cities in the nation are better recognized for their determination to preserve their neighborhoods and small-town atmosphere. (South Pasadena residents' frequent use of the term "Mayberry" to describe their city has drawn scorn from opinion/editorial staff at most of Los Angeles' newspapers, both old-line and "alternative." "Los Angeles Times" columnist Steve Lopez has noted that South Pasadena sits less than convert|10|mi|km from Downtown Los Angeles and that substantial numbers of residents work either in Bunker Hill or as professors and staff at the University of Southern California.) Moral and financial support for a fight against a major highway project through the city has come from all across the countryFact|date=July 2007; however, the bulk of it comes from the residents themselves, who pay legal bills incurred by the city in the freeway fight from their general fund (no special taxes are used), making the fight an ongoing local election issue. South Pasadena has been cited five times on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of "Most Endangered Places."

"Mom and Pop" merchants populate the business district, and the Mission West area is a part of the original U.S. Route 66. Of note are the historic Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain and the Rialto Theater in downtown South Pasadena; the theater is a unique blend of Spanish Baroque and Egyptian stylings and was built in 1925. It is one of the last remaining single screen cinemas in the country. The Rialto was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, having narrowly missed the wrecking ball that year. Unfortunately, it went out of business on August 19, 2007 because of low profits. It has been featured in many films and commercials, most notably Robert Altman's The Player and more recently in Scream 2.

On the first Saturday of December every year, South Pasadena hosts an annual 5K/10K run around South Pasadena known as the Tiger Run. The 5K has no elevation changes and the 10K has elevation changes on the second half.

South Pasadena can often be seen in motion picture productions with its beautiful tree-lined streets and "anywhere in America" feel. Such movies as "The Terminator", "Gone with the Wind", "Halloween", "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure", "American Pie", "Legally Blonde", "13 Going on 30", "Triumph of the Will", "Back to the Future", "Mr. Deeds", "Bruce Almighty", and "License to Wed" are just a few of the notable films shot on location in South Pasadena. Notable television series that have been filmed there include Boston Public, Nip/Tuck, Desperate Housewives and Big Love.

South Pasadena is the oldest self-builder of floats in the Tournament of Roses Parade.


Fair Oaks Avenue, Huntington Drive, and Mission Street are the main thoroughfares through South Pasadena.

The Pasadena Freeway has two exits in South Pasadena--Orange Grove Avenue and Fair Oaks Avenue.

LACMTA operates six bus lines (79, 176, 256, 260, 361, 485) through South Pasadena. The Metro Gold Line Mission Station is in the heart of South Pasadena, located at the corner of Mission and Meridian.

South Pasadena operates their own public transportation system. Since 2003, South Pasadena has been operating the City of South Pasadena Community Transit to connect with the Mission Gold Line Station, it schedule is linked to the Gold Line schedule. The system was originally called "South Pasadena Gold Link." Additionally South Pasadena has a transit shuttle that operates around the city.

As of 2007, many old and outdated traffic signals are in the process of being replaced throughout South Pasadena.

Interstate 710 Extension Controversy

South Pasadena is known throughout the greater Los Angeles area for its opposition to the extension of the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) from Alhambra's Valley Blvd. to the Foothill Freeway (I-210) in Pasadena at California Blvd. For many years no politician could get elected in South Pasadena, unless they opposed the 710.

Litigation over the 710 extension has run for about three decades. Caltrans (the California Department of Transportation) is nowWhen exploring a compromise route of boring a tunnel beneath the city. Having purchased hundreds of properties along the proposed right-of-way in the 1960s, Caltrans proposed selling these in order to partially finance the tunnel. The Southern California real estate boom of the early 2000s caused those properties in South Pasadena alone to appreciate to a combined value of over $300 million.


The South Pasadena Unified School District includes five schools: three elementary schools (Monterey Hills, Marengo and Arroyo Vista), South Pasadena Middle School, and South Pasadena High School. Former elementary schools now closed or renamed are Lincoln (now Arroyo Vista), El Centro (now the School District headquartes, closed), Las Flores (limited grades, near [http://www.laokay.com/halac/FloresAdobe.htm Flores Adobe] , historic landmark), & Oneonta (later a private Montessori school).

South Pasadena and the neighboring city of San Marino have had a long-standing rivalry. In the early 1900s, these two cities shared the same high school, which was adjacent to the South Pasadena Public Library. Every year, the schools meet during football season to struggle for a victor's plaque that has been passed back and forth for many years. As of 2007, the South Pasadena team has won 27 times and 7 of the last 9 meetings. San Marino has won 23 times, and there have been three ties.

The quality of South Pasadena schools has helped to keep property values high. SPEF ( [http://www.spef4kids.com/ South Pasadena Educational Foundation] ) is a 501(c)(3) charity designated by the SPUSD as the official private fund-raising organization for the support of the district's educational programs. [SPEF website] They work to help keep the quality of the schools high. Many of SPHS team have won [http://www.cifstate.org/ CIF] titles over the years.


South Pasadena is located at coor dms|34|6|47|N|118|9|21|W|city (34.112958, -118.155778)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.9 km² (3.4 mi²), all land.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 24,292 people, 10,477 households, and 6,003 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,726.5/km² (7,064.4/mi²). There were 10,850 housing units at an average density of 1,217.8/km² (3,155.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.32% White, 3.04% African American, 0.34% Native American, 26.58% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 5.17% from other races, and 4.47% from two or more races (perhaps explaining why these percentages sum to about 116%). Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.07% of the population.

There were 10,477 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $55,728, and the median income for a family was $72,039. Males had a median income of $55,336 versus $40,304 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,620. About 3.6% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over


In the state legislature South Pasadena is located in the 22nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Gilbert Cedillo, and in the 44th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Anthony J. Portantino. Federally, South Pasadena is located in California's 29th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +12 [cite web | title = Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest? | publisher = Campaign Legal Center Blog | url=http://www.clcblog.org/blog_item-85.html | accessdate = 2008-02-10] and is represented by Democrat Adam Schiff.

Famous Residents

*Wang You-theng, CEO and founder of the Rebar Group, wanted in Taiwan for criminal charges

*Children's Book Writer Lisa Yee

*Rich Moore, Emmy-winning animation director ("The Simpsons", "Futurama"), and partner in Rough Draft Studios, Inc. (Glendale, Ca)

*John de Lancie, actor, Q on

*Joel McCrea, actor, deceased.

*Bronson Pinchot, actor, moved.

*Hilary Swank, actress, moved.

*Lucretia Garfield, First Lady of the United States, wife of James A. Garfield.

Kevin Bourland, Actor, and Director


External links

* [http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/ South Pasadena official website]
* [http://www.southpaschamber.com/ South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce official website]
* [http://southpas.wikicities.com South Pas Wiki]
* [http://www.sptor.com/ Official site of South Pasadena Rose Parade Float]

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