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%”

Bike Rodeo Teaches Street Safety on April 1

A free bike rodeo for students of all ages will take place Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the blacktop at San Marino High School. The space will replicate a community street with backdrops of buildings, including sidewalks, bike lanes, prop cars, intersections, crosswalks, traffic signs, traffic signals and railroad tracks.
Sponsored by the city of San Marino and Caltrans for the Huntington Drive Safe Streets Corridor Plan, the event will have SafeMoves instructors to take participants through the rodeo on bikes pointing out hazards, rules of the road, the importance of being alert and not being distracted, staying focused on their environment, understanding driver behavior, helmet safety, pedestrian safety and how to be safer bike riders (and skateboarders) while riding or rolling through their neighborhoods.
The SafeMoves staff teaches age-appropriately and makes the bike safety training fun and engaging, while participants learn life-saving lessons.

HMS Student Crowned U.S. National Amateur Dance Champion

Nathaniel Chen (right) is an 8th-grader at Huntington Middle School. His partner is Liza Shlimovich.

Nathaniel Chen, a 13-year-old 8th-grader at Huntington Middle School, and his partner, Liza Shlimovich, a 9th-grader at Mirman School in Los Angeles, were once again crowned as Junior 2 American Smooth Champions at the U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships at the Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, recently.
After intensive and competitive rounds from quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, Chen and Shlimovich won first place in all four dances in the Junior 2 (age 14-15) age category and were crowned as the U.S. Junior 2 American Smooth Champions. The American Smooth style consists of four dances: waltz, tango, foxtrot and Viennese waltz.
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Tree Planted for Chinese Arbor Day

City officials and Chinese Club of San Marino members planted a tree on Monday in the Huntington Drive median across from Noodle World in honor of Chinese Arbor Day. The Chinese Club routinely donates trees for the city to plant in observance of the holiday, which is March 12 and in the memory of Dr. Sun Yet San, the founder of the original Republic of China. Pictured are Elaine Hon (from left), Tony Chou, Nancy Lee, Serena Ho, Shawn Chou, Mayor Dr. Richard Sun, Marina Wang, David Wang, Maggie Lee, John Chou, Shirley Lee, Alan Chen, Paul Hsu and Joyce Lin.

‘Planet Earth: Caves’ at Caltech on April 1

“Planet Earth: Caves” will be presented on Saturday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. This program is part of Caltech’s Science Saturdays series.
The film, which is recommended for ages 8 and older, ventures into the underground world of perpetual darkness and the unknown while exploring caves, tunnels and caverns. The shadowy interiors of these natural structures are a breeding ground for bizarre and remarkable wildlife.
Erika Hamden, a postdoctoral scholar in astronomy at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.
Tickets to this performance are $10 (unreserved seating) and can be purchased at the Caltech ticket office, 101 Winnett Center on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.
Beckman Auditorium is located on Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Boulevard, in Pasadena. For information, call (626) 395-4652.

Bonsai Tree Artist to Demonstrate Work at Huntington

Award-winning bonsai artist Mauro Stemberger will demonstrate to an audience on April 1 how he creates a living masterpiece for the Huntington Library.
Stemberger, whose passion for bonsai date to his teenage years, will work from 1-4 p.m. that day in crafting his bonsai tree for the Huntington’s Japanese Garden. Visitors will be free to observe on a drop-in basis.
A trained architect, Stemberger frequently travels the world to promote interest in the bonsai tree craft.
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Profectum Foundation’s Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Conference

Profectum Foundation invites parents and professionals to attend its fifth International Conference, March 31 and April 1, at the Huntington Library in San Marino. “Honoring Individual Differences: The Gateway to Supporting Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Treatment,” is a conference that will present a paradigm shift from a disability perspective to approaches that value neurodiversity and individual differences.

The Villa Esperanza team, including (from left) Ariel Hegedus; Casey Gregg, vice president; Gwendolyn Eberhard, speech director; Kelly White, CEO; and Michelle Cox, director of development, were among those who attended last year’s Profectum Foundation conference.

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Huntington Extends Orbit Pavilion Timeline

The Huntington Library has extended its exhibit of the NASA-sponsored Orbit Pavilion installation by six months.
The exhibit, which was designed by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory visual strategists Dan Goods and David Delgado, will now run through Labor Day, Sept. 4. Price of admission to the Huntington will grant guests access to the installation.
Orbit Pavilion is essentially a structure-sized conch shell that has speakers filling the dome center that play programmed sounds corresponding to each of the 19 select satellites in orbit when they line up with the applicable speaker. The exhibit mostly plays in real time, although there is periodically an orchestrated rendition played throughout the day.
The exhibit is part of the Huntington’s Five initiative, in which there will be five groups of contemporary artists that are invited to show work during the next five years that corresponds with the Huntington’s history. For more information, visit

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”