About Us

The City of South Pasadena is a charming community, situated only six miles from downtown Los Angeles. Called the City of Trees, the area is known for its stunning homes, unique small businesses, and top quality schools. South Pasadena’s diverse population of about 25,000 occupies a mere 3.44 square miles of flatlands and hillsides on the west side of the San Gabriel Valley. This small town atmosphere makes South Pasadena one of California's most desirable locations.

More than 100 acres of parks and playgrounds blanket its landscape and more than 21,000 trees adorn its streets. The quiet, historic character of its attractive neighborhoods is a testament to the preservationist efforts of residents in protecting both its architectural and natural beauty. The city enjoys a low crime rate and the benefits of a close-knit, participation-oriented community. Small, proud and independent, the City of South Pasadena has battled for a hundred years to preserve its status as a distinct and distinctive community.

City Administration

The City of South Pasadena is a General Law City, incorporated March 2, 1888, operating under the Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Council.

Mission Statement

The City of South Pasadena is committed to providing effective and efficient municipal services for the community while preserving our quality of life and small-town character in a 21st Century environment.

Core Values

(not in priority order)

  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Outstanding customer-friendly service
  • Responsiveness
  • Open and accessible government
  • Community participation
  • Fiscal responsibility