San Marino Eyes Water Rate Hikes Up to 16%

In the weeks following a presentation by California American Water on proposed water rate hikes, city officials await further developments in the rate decision process.
Despite a combined result of lower customer water usage across the board and also the consolidation of water rates among local systems, CAW officials said they are proposing a 16% water rate hike for the San Marino water system, which would become effective next year. This proposal has yet to go before the California Public Utilities Commission, which acts as a moderating arm for the water companies that operate under a monopoly. Continue reading “San Marino Eyes Water Rate Hikes Up to 16%”

City Seeks Residents With Financial Prowess

The city is seeking residents with financial backgrounds to serve as advisers to an ad hoc committee tasked with developing a long-term financial plan for the city’s pension obligations and infrastructure needs.
The committee, composed of Mayor Dr. Richard Sun and Councilman Dr. Steven Huang, is set to be advised by interim City Manager Cindy Collins, City Treasurer Marina Wang, contracted Finance Director Misty Cheng and the community members. The resolution approved at the March 8 meeting calls for two community members to be appointed, although it was noted the committee will make the ultimate decision on the number. Continue reading “City Seeks Residents With Financial Prowess”

Strong SMHS Showing for All-State Honor Choir

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK San Marino High School seniors Kyle McCall (from left), Allen Liu, Rachel Mochizuki, Jeff Xu, Richard Li and Selina Ho represented SMHS’s choir program at the All-State Honor Choir in San Jose last month.
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San Marino High School seniors Kyle McCall (from left), Allen Liu, Rachel Mochizuki, Jeff Xu, Richard Li and Selina Ho represented SMHS’s choir program at the All-State Honor Choir in San Jose last month.

Six of San Marino High School’s seniors represented the school in San Jose on Presidents’ Day weekend, showcasing their vocal skills among the other 250 or so in California selected for the 2017 All-State Honor Choir. Continue reading “Strong SMHS Showing for All-State Honor Choir”

Barger Encourages Voters to Turn Out

Los Angeles County District 5 Supervisor Kathryn Barger, a San Marino resident, said she encourages voters to decide on a tax proposition to help address homelessness in the county.
Measure H, which is expected to generate $350 million annually with a quarter-cent sales tax, is a countywide ballot item for the March 7 election. The 10-year tax requires two-thirds approval and would be dedicated to services addressing the county’s large homeless population. Continue reading “Barger Encourages Voters to Turn Out”

Green Light for Golden Streets This Sunday

Those who have previously enjoyed CicLAvia events ought to have fun Sunday, March 5, for the long-awaited 626 Golden Streets event that includes San Marino among its stops.
Starting in South Pasadena and running all the way to Azusa, 626 Golden Streets opens up one long route courtesy of Metro to encourage locals to learn more about the surrounding communities and to take advantage of public transportation opportunities. Continue reading “Green Light for Golden Streets This Sunday”

Planning Commission to Wait on Decision for Music School

The Planning Commission, hoping to help fill a vacant property on Huntington Drive, voted to continue a hearing for a prospective business at its Feb. 22 meeting.
Before the decision, the Commission had expressed a desire to work through an issue involving parking at the location, but the applicant’s absence from the meeting precluded substantive discussion. Continue reading “Planning Commission to Wait on Decision for Music School”

Assemblyman Teaches Locals to Avoid Scams

Speaking before an audience at Crowell Public Library, Stacia Crane recounted that authorities once apprehended someone who had used about 600 Social Security numbers for a variety of fraudulent crimes.

Crane, a public information officer for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, then asked the audience where they supposed the thief obtained the numbers. Many assumed it was through mail theft or internet phishing. Crane corrected them.

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Assemblyman Ed Chau (left) and San Marino Police Department Detective Brian Wong chat at Crowell Public Library during a question-and-answer session at Chau’s workshop on fighting scams and identity theft.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Assemblyman Ed Chau (left) and San Marino Police Department Detective Brian Wong chat at Crowell Public Library during a question-and-answer session at Chau’s workshop on fighting scams and identity theft.

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