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.
South Pasadena is a desirable community in which to live and work. Although located in the midst of a sprawling metropolitan area, it is a unique small town with main street commercial areas at its heart surrounded by traditionally family-oriented neighborhoods. South Pasadena has quality education, a strong religious community, an extensive network of parks and a rich architectural heritage. Dynamic civic organizations, a population of ethnic and cultural diversity, and a vital seniors' group further enrich our small-town quality of life. (Downtown Revitalization Task Force Phase I Report, August 1990)
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.
(not in priority order)
The City of South Pasadena values . . .
Outstanding customer-friendly service
Open and accessible government