City to proclaim local emergency for coronavirus pandemic at special meeting

Story by Adam Kwoh
News Editor

Photo by Katelyn Hernandez
Staff Photographer

The South Pasadena City Council released its agenda for a special meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 18, listing a resolution to proclaim a local emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The City Council later updated its agenda to include new recommendations as apart of the resolution, including adopting regulations for public and private facilities and establishing protections for residential and commercial tenants.

These changes come after the South Pasadena Tenants Union sent two emergency ordinance drafts to the council, urging the City to protect local tenants due to the financial consequences of the coronavirus.

The City has additionally shortened public meeting agendas as apart of its social distancing practices. Other social distancing measures include the closure of city-sponsored facilities, programs, and events amidst the outbreak. However, all public health and safety resources are still available to the public.

The City will attach a complete staff report about the coronavirus outbreak and need for a declared local emergency by its next meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 18.

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