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South Pasadena creates a Resource Guide to Social Services and Public Safety

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An all-in-one guide to provide the South Pasadena community with resources to improve the quality of life for those in need.

Caltrans Properties Present a Remarkable Opportunity for Affordable Housing


Amid the housing crisis, we urge the City to redevelop vacant, decrepit Caltrans properties into affordable housing instead of turning them over to private owners.

Care First awarded for its work on the South Pasadena Sundown Town Resolution

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The LA County Board of Supervisors and the Human Relations Commission
honors Care First South Pasadena for its pioneering work that led to the City of South Pasadena’s Sundown Town Resolution.

Learn more about
Care First South Pasadena, our mission and our accomplishments


Started in the summer of 2020, in the wake of George Floyd's murder, Care First has been fighting for racial and economic justice in the city of South Pasadena. Although we've made some progress, there's lots more to do.

Dispatch and Arrest Trends in South Pasadena Policing

Report Presented 8/15/22



South Pasadena Police arrest Black and Hispanic people at a disproportionate rate to their populations residing in the city, finds an analysis by Occidental College researchers of almost ten years of police data obtained by Care First South Pasadena.

South Pasadena Review:
Care First Envisions a Just, Inclusive City

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In a historic step, South Pasadena passes resolution condemning its Sundown Town past


In a resolution championed by Care First and other local justice groups, the South Pasadena City Council recognizes and commits to remedy prejudicial policies made specifically against black, hispanic and asian minority groups.

BLM South Pasadena wins major victory in Court


Court rebuffs South Pasadena’s attempt to escape liability for SPPD’s bias toward local BLM activists

Care First Exposes Backroom Deal with Preservationists to Skirt State Law on Caltrans Homes: Affordable Housing at Stake


The SPPF has been working behind the scenes at City Hall to influence the sale of the Caltrans homes away from affordable housing and toward a profit sharing model that would directly benefit SPPF and its members.

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Public Comments

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Read Our Public Comments to the South Pasadena City Council

Caltrans Wastes Over $23M 'Protecting' Unused Homes

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Records provided by the CHP reveal Caltrans Region 7 is paying $23.5 million to the CHP to guard 138 empty Caltrans properties along the I-170 corridor over a 13-month period. The cost far exceeds the cost of building repairs.

Care First urges the City Council to utilize overflow funds for Child Care and Housing services

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The city is sitting on $6 million in unused federal Covid relief funding. We believe that money should be used to provide services to residents in need of Child Care and Housing assistance. 

Speaker Series

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Find Links to past events and see upcoming events.

Care First Joins Local Orgs to Provide Meals and Necessities to the Unhoused

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CareFirstSP joined ARC and SPBLM to distribute meals and necessities to local homeless neighbors. This will be an ongoing effort. Contact us if you'd like to help, either as a volunteer or financially.

Care First urges Measure H funds be used for SERVICES, not Policing

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Funneling Measure H funds to law enforcement for outreach to unhoused people in the community is the wrong approach. The purpose of outreach is to develop trust, a connection to community, and hopefully in time, a bridge to appropriate services. The purpose of policing—enforcement of laws—is at odds with those goals.

Care First presents their 2021-22 Budget Proposal to City Hall

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Care First South Pasadena introduced a series of proposals for South Pasadena’s upcoming fiscal year 2021–2022 budget to support a racially and economically inclusive future for all residents and an improved natural environment and transportation system.

Care First Op-Ed:
Covid Relief Funds


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The City of South Pasadena has an amazing opportunity—in the form of $5 million from the federal government—to make significant improvements in its residents’ lives.

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