Free Classes, Beautiful Landscaping that Saves Water ...Using California Native Plants

All classes will be held in the Sierra Madre Room at the Community Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. from 6:30-8:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, Sept. 11 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Topic: California Native Plants: The Big Picture (Lisa Novick)

Saturday, Sept. 14 (1:30 - 3:30 pm)
Topic: California Native Plants: The Big Picture (Lisa Novick)

Tuesday, Sept. 17 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Topic: Horticulture of California Native Plants (Lili Singer)

Wednesday, Sept. 18 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Topic: Horticulture of California Native Plants (Lili Singer)

Wednesday, Sept. 25 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Topic: Designing Garden Space (Amy Nettleton)
Inspired by California Native Landscapes

Thursday, Oct. 3 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Topic: Design with California Native Plants (Andreas Hessing)

These workshops are provided in partnership with the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and the Theodore Payne Foundation.

City of Sierra Madre Website and Social Media Receive High Marks

Sierra Madre’s website and use of social media to reach local citizens received a 100% rating according to an Internet Strategy Report by Tripepi Smith & Associates, an Orange County technology public affairs firm. The report was released in July 2013 and focused on the ways in which cities embrace social media, offer greater transparency and increase citizen access to their government. Of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County, Sierra Madre shared top honors with Culver City. Three criteria were analyzed: access and usability of the website, engagement of social media tools, and fostering transparency and citizen engagement. Sierra Madre citizens have access to city documents online, a Facebook page, Twitter, eBlasts, calendar of events, and City News.

The full report can be found at:

City Hall Art Shows Return

The September/October Sierra Madre City Hall Art Show features work from local artist Gwen Gordon. The art show is on display at City Hall from September 2, 2013 through October, 24, 2013. The art can be viewed between the hours of 11:00am-5:30pm, Monday through Thursday.

Artist Bio: Gwen Gordon’s vigorous use of color joined with dynamic designs giver her paintings a unique quality and energy. Gwen was educated at the Art Center College of Design and Otis Art Institute. “To stand before a breathtaking landscape, a simple flower or a compelling face and be filled with a desire to capture all that quivering life seems absolutely necessary” says Gwen.

If you are interested in being considered for an upcoming art show, please submit examples of your work electronically to Please be sure to keep electronic submissions to less than 4MB total per email. Submissions are received by the Sierra Madre Art Review Board which decides which submissions are featured as part of the rotating art shows.

For information please contact Community Services Manager Adam Matsumoto at

Temporary Change in Source of Water Supply

The City of Sierra Madre is preparing to temporarily change the source of water supply you are receiving. Beginning on September 16, 2013 the source of water will change from local groundwater to imported water from San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (SGVMWD). SGVMWD will provide imported treated surface water produced by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). The change to MWD water supplied by SGVMWD is necessitated by the seriously reduced local groundwater levels resulting from several years of dry weather conditions. MWD is a fully permitted water system to treat and distribute treated surface water.

The change of water supply source from local groundwater to MWD water will result in changing the disinfectant in the water from the chlorine used now to the chloramines used by MWD. Chloramine treatment is not new, as chloramines have been used for disinfection purposes for many years and are considered effective disinfectants. It is encouraging to note that complaints of tastes and odors have been found to decrease in many systems after the use of chloramines begins.

Chloramines do not pose a health hazard to the general population. However, they can be a serious problem to individuals with kidney disease undergoing dialysis treatment on artificial kidney machines unless the chloramines in the treatment water are reduced to acceptable levels. We have been working with the State and County Health Department to ensure that everyone involved with the treatment of dialysis patients is alerted and that proper precautions are taken. If you are a dialysis patient receiving dialysis in your home, please contact your dialysis provider.

Chloramines, like chlorine are toxic to fish. Therefore, anyone putting fish into the water obtained from our supply should ensure that the fish are properly protected. Local pet and fish shops should be contacted to determine the best measures to cope with a chloraminated water supply. Holding the water for a period of time before using with fish may work well with chlorine, but is not a reliable procedure with chloramines which are able to persist much longer.

If you have any questions on this change in our water supply source, please contact City Water Superintendent Jose Reynoso at (626) 355-7135 ext. 813.

Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Roundup, 8-31-2013

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at the Mariposa Avenue Parking Lot. From 9:00am to 2:00pm, residents are welcome to bring their household hazardous waste and electronic waste items for proper disposal at no charge. Items accepted include: paint, thinner, brake fluid, household and car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, expired pharmaceuticals, anti-freeze, fluorescent light bulbs, computer monitors, televisions, printers, and other electronic items. The Mariposa Parking Lot is located south of the downtown businesses on W. Sierra Madre Blvd., between S. Hermosa Ave. and S. Baldwin Ave. For additional information contact the Public Works Department at 626-355-7135 or the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts at 888-CLEAN-LA. Or visit