Home Windows Denied by Design Review After the Fact

A woman living on Lorain Road will have to go back to the drawing board for new windows on her home after the Design Review Committee rejected the ones she picked — and had installed already.
The DRC voted unanimously at its Feb. 15 meeting to deny applicant Sarah Myint’s retroactive request to install the new windows, which, barring an appeal, will force her to remove the windows and install any of the preapproved options for her neighborhood and home style. Continue reading “Home Windows Denied by Design Review After the Fact”

City to Continue Evaluating Financial Options for Future

As it relates to current and future obligations to the state’s pension program, San Marino may not have the prettiest picture, but it is a far cry from the worst.
The city even finds itself with options to possibly stabilize pension funding payments that are projected to increase substantially just within the next decade and the City Council is expected to discuss establishing a committee to assess those options. Continue reading “City to Continue Evaluating Financial Options for Future”

Barger Moves to Inspect Local Dam Safety

L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, a San Marino resident, called for evaluations of the county’s dams at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting.
L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, a San Marino resident, called for evaluations of the county’s dams at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting.

With the Lake Oroville spillways making headlines this past week, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger successfully tasked local officials with evaluating the 14 dams and reservoirs in the county for safety. Continue reading “Barger Moves to Inspect Local Dam Safety”

SM Police Dept. Joins Local Burglary Task Force

In response to clearer trends in residential burglaries in San Marino and surrounding cities, the San Marino Police Department has lent its hand to a local law enforcement burglary task force to help curb such crimes.
Police Chief John Incontro said SMPD, along with the San Gabriel Police Department, Alhambra Police Department and South Pasadena Police Department, will collaborate and share resources to help combat the burglaries that have afflicted homeowners across the jurisdictions. Continue reading “SM Police Dept. Joins Local Burglary Task Force”

School Board Agrees on Athletic Complex Financing

A 2015 rendering illustrates what the Barth Athletic Complex at Huntington Middle School will look like.
A 2015 rendering illustrates what the Barth Athletic Complex at Huntington Middle School will look like.

Barring unforeseen complications, the San Marino Unified School District will make good on its plan to break ground this summer on an expansive and long-desired multipurpose athletic complex at Huntington Middle School.
SMUSD’s Board of Education voted unanimously on the financing agreement at its Feb. 14 meeting, the third time it took up discussion on the matter. It had twice continued the vote for the purposes of making sure each member and the community had a chance to familiarize themselves with the details. Continue reading “School Board Agrees on Athletic Complex Financing”

Parents Urged to Demonstrate ‘Grit’ for Kids

Spunk. Guts. Mettle. Tenacity.
These were among several synonyms for the term “grit” that psychologists Justin Carter and Melissa Johnson chose for parents who attended the Partnership for Awareness-sponsored event last week. The two experts were asked to explain to parents the importance of teaching children how to persevere through challenges with passion, as opposed to becoming frustrated with failure and giving up. Continue reading “Parents Urged to Demonstrate ‘Grit’ for Kids”

Pacific Clinics: Treating Mentally Ill, Family, Stigma for 90 Years

Jim Balla Pacific Clinics CEO
Jim Balla
Pacific Clinics CEO

As Pacific Clinics celebrates its 90th anniversary advancing behavioral health care in the San Gabriel Valley, President and CEO Jim Balla said there is one true way to honor the milestone: fight the stigma attached to mental illness.
“As we address stigma, we bring to light that these are diseases,” he said. “Nobody asks for these. Just like nobody asks to have cancer or childhood diseases. And the good news is there is appropriate medication that has evolved to treat symptoms. And then we wrap around case management so individuals can recover and live productive lives.” Continue reading “Pacific Clinics: Treating Mentally Ill, Family, Stigma for 90 Years”

City’s Fiscal Picture to Be Painted on Feb. 16

The city’s financial forecast — and how to prepare for the future — hopefully will be much clearer after a public meeting about financial issues on Feb. 16.
With the help of actuarial service provider Bartel Associates, the city will present the most current information regarding the city’s unfunded pension liability and its infrastructure needs. It also will use projected revenue streams to help identify the best fiscal decisions to make in the future. Continue reading “City’s Fiscal Picture to Be Painted on Feb. 16”