Saugus High School Shooting Affects Many City of Pasadena Employees

Published : Friday, November 15, 2019 | 5:56 AM

The school shooting at Saugus High School affected City of Pasadena employees who live in Santa Clarita and had an impact on Pasadena’s municipal operations Thursday.

Santa Clarita is roughly 33 miles north of Pasadena and is home to a number of Pasadena City employees, including police officers and firefighters, Pasadena spokesperson Lisa Derderian said.

Pasadena went on standby status, ready to assist City employees, immediately after news of the shooting was made known.

Some City personnel were already at work when the 7:30 a.m. shooting occurred, but City officials wanted to ensure that if any City employee needed to leave to take care of their families they could make that their priority.

Derderian said that if employees were still at home and were affected by the shooting, City officials wanted to make sure employees know that “we’re here, anything we can do as a city to help them out.”

Derderian continued, “The employees that I have spoken with that live in that area, thankfully their kids are sheltered in place. The school districts were good about updating parents with their notification systems. And fortunately they are okay, but this is something that not just today, but for days to come could have an effect on not just the students but their families.”

“Being their extended family, as a city, we want to make sure we’re here for them,” she said.