Public Safety Ready for Eclectic Fete

The public safety contingent is ready for Saturday’s 10th Annual Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk in South Pasadena that is expected to attract possibly as many as 10,000 thousand enthusiastic people.

Public safety officials normally expect that such large numbers for diverse musical acts across 15 stages would require added security but that is not the case for this event, public safety officials said during telephone interviews Tuesday.

“We will be visible but not intrusive,” South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller said during a wide-ranging conversation about the musical event that has historically been without major incidents. “People have been very cooperative, and we haven’t had issues in the past. Sometimes a lost child.”

South Pasadena Fire Chief Paul Riddle echoed those comments, saying that one advantage is that the Eclectic is the only such event in the surrounding area.

“If there was another event like this one going on at the same time in a neighboring city, we would probably add personnel, but there isn’t,” Riddle said during a telephone conversation about the department’s readiness for any possible occurrence during the musical fete.

Riddle said there will be on four-person engine and a two-person ambulance assigned to the event. South Pasadena Fire is part of the Verdugo Communication Center along with the Unified Response Agreement directly connected to 10 agencies, according to Riddle.

“If we need anything, there is an immediate response to the situation,” Riddle said. “You can’t prepare for everything, but we are ready for just about anything.” Riddle also said that the Eclectic “historically has been uneventful.”

“It’s a great time for the community, and the community loves it,” Riddle said.

The event, which starts at 3 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m., also includes interactive art activities, an Artisans’ Alley – a curator marketplace offering vintage and hand-crafted items, wine and beer gardens, food trucks and vendors.

Mission Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between Meridian and Freemont avenues for the musical extravaganza.

“People need to remember to use the city parking lots that are available, but we’re going to relax our parking restrictions this Saturday,” Miller said. “As I said, we will be visible, but our goal is to allow people to enjoy the festival here in South Pasadena.”

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Steve Whitmore is the editor for the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.