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      2023 Bookmark Contest Winners (Photo – South Pasadena Library)

      SOUTH PASADENA – ColoradoBoulevard.net:

      130 children and teens participated in the South Pasadena Public Library’s Bookmark Contest this year.

      The theme for the Bookmark Contest was “Find Your Voice,” which is also the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program. Using their imaginations, the children and teens created colorful, unique, and inspiring bookmarks. We are pleased to announce the winners of the Bookmark Contest:

      1. Jasmine, Grade 1, “I Am Me
      2. Elizabeth, Grade 2 “Books Change Life
      3. Pierrette, Grade 5, “Read and Find Your Voice
      4. Xin, Grade 9, “Journey to Discovery
      5. Claire, Grade 11, “Singing with Books

      Each winner’s bookmark will be reproduced and will be distributed at the Library during the Summer Reading Program, which begins on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. The Library congratulates the winners and thanks all the participants and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, Inc. for sponsoring the contest.

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      South Pasadena  Settles Civil Rights Court Case

      The City of South Pasadena has settled a civil rights court case filed in October 2021 by plaintiffs Fahren James and Victoria Patterson. The case was handled on behalf of the City by Carpenter, Rothans & Dumont. In the interest of resolving this matter, the City Council authorized the settlement amount of $500,000.

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      South Pasadena Police (Photo – @SouthPasPD)

      On Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 6:30 pm, the South Pasadena Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting that a male adult subject was acting erratic while running in and out of traffic.

      Police Officers responded and contacted the individual, who was found to be having a mental health crisis. The individual was restrained and taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. The subject is a 36-year-old resident of South Pasadena and was not charged with any crimes.


      On April 18, 2023, at 1:30 am, a South Pasadena Police Officer on routine patrol observed a suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Jorge Escobar Campos of Rosemead, acting suspiciously in the 900 block of Monterey Road.

      As the officer was investigating, Campos was found to be in possession of multiple pieces of stolen mail, various debit cards with different names, a knife, methamphetamine, and burglary tools. Campos also gave officers a false name in an effort to conceal his previous criminal record. Campos was arrested and booked into the Alhambra Jail pending his arraignment.

      Anyone with information about these cases is asked to contact the South Pasadena Police Department at (626) 403-7270. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to  lacrimestoppers.org.

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      Wynyate House (Photo courtesy of nps.gov)

      The South Pasadena Library will celebrate National Preservation Month and the City’s 135 birthday in partnership with the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation with a special event on Saturday, May 6th, at 3:00 pm in the Library Community Room.

      “Wynyate: If the Walls Could Talk” will explore the early history of South Pasadena and the historic South Pasadena home called Wynyate (located on Lyndon Street), which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 in recognition of its cultural and architectural significance.

      This designation, which protects historic buildings from being destroyed, contributed to the fight against the 710 Freeway. Preservation Foundation Board member Mark Gallatin states that “SPPF is pleased to co-sponsor this event recognizing National Preservation Month and honoring the shared histories of the City of South Pasadena and the great Victorian home known as Wynyate”.

      Wynyate was built in 1887 by Donald McIntyre Graham, the first mayor of South Pasadena, which was incorporated the year after the house was built. His wife, author Margaret Collier Graham, was a co-founder of the city’s first library and reading room in 1889. Wynyate (Welsh for “vineyard”) was designed in the Queen Anne style by architect William R. Norton and it served as a literary and cultural hub in the burgeoning community, with regular visits from authors and artists and local luminaries like Los Angeles City Librarian Charles Lummi

      The event will feature a richly illustrated presentation by former Wynyate resident Dr. Tedie Hudson Abou-Rass, and will also commemorate the loan to the Library by the Abou-Rass family of a 1973 painting by Southern California-based artist Richard Peterson depicting Wynyate at the time of its addition to the National Register. Mr. Peterson’s painting will be on display during the event and for the duration of National Preservation Month (May) in the display case on the Library’s first floor. Local resident Yvonne LaRose will also present a short reading to commemorate National Preservation Month. All attendees will receive a special commemorative coin created by the Abou- Rass family to mark this special event. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, Inc.


      [This article has been updated to add news about a suit settlement. April 25. 6:00 pm]

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