Jakubowski Relishes Learning From SM Voters

Susan Jakubowski
Susan Jakubowski

Susan Jakubowski said she is proud to be part of a community that cares.
In her quest for a City Council seat in November’s election, Jakubowski said she has been able to reaffirm that mantra as she has entered campaign mode.
“It has been so much fun,” she said. “People have been great. They’ve been forthright. As I talk with people in their homes and in the community, they’re aware of the issues and it really pleases me that they care about the same issues that I do.” Continue reading “Jakubowski Relishes Learning From SM Voters”

New San Marino City Hall Hours Official

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Illona Anderson (from left), Eva Choi, Victor Aleman and Cindy Collins were among those working at City Hall on Friday, the first Friday in years in which the building and its services were open to the public.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Illona Anderson (from left), Eva Choi, Victor Aleman and Cindy Collins were among those working at City Hall on Friday, the first Friday in years in which the building and its services were open to the public.

The city of San Marino is officially open for business on Fridays, after years of adhering to a four-day workweek for most of its departments.
As of last week, City Hall is now open to the public from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m.-noon on Fridays. Previously, it was open from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed altogether to the public on Fridays. Continue reading “New San Marino City Hall Hours Official”

HMS Orchestra Story Hits Right Notes on Screen

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Georg Eittinger speaks to the audience before the screening of his documentary on Huntington Middle School’s orchestra program.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Georg Eittinger speaks to the audience before the screening of his documentary on Huntington Middle School’s orchestra program.

Huntington Middle School faculty, students and parents take a lot of pride in their school’s orchestra. That was perfectly reflected by a documentary created and showcased Friday by two enthusiastic parents.
Georg Eittinger, a master violin maker and restorer, and his wife, Ann, spent the better part of the last year shadowing and documenting HMS orchestra students in their classes, concerts and competitions. They screened the finished product, complete with interviews with students, parents and faculty, last week in the courtyard outside of the Hans Weisshaar’s store that the Eittingers own on Huntington Drive. Continue reading “HMS Orchestra Story Hits Right Notes on Screen”

Chen Focuses on City Character, Crime

Hai-Sou Chen
Hai-Sou Chen

Well on his way to living in San Marino for four decades, Dr. Hai-Sou Chen said he wants the city to adapt to the changes he’s seen in that time.
A longtime dentist running for a seat on the at-large City Council, Chen said those changes are largely represented by the tearing down of original homes for newer ones and the increasing amount of residential burglaries per year.
“It’s really a legacy for the city,” Chen said. “Architecture is hard to recover. The newcomers often have a different idea than (longtime) residents and the material now is totally different.”
Chen is one of seven candidates for the three open spots on the five-member City Council. The election will be held Nov. 7.
Having previously spent five years on the city’s Design Review Committee, Chen said he’d like to keep the same general style and other guidelines in place if elected to City Council. He wants to maintain a city character that is defined by ornate but not gaudy homes and well-manicured foliage.
In addition to maintaining the city’s charm, Chen said he believes this would have the added benefit of helping fund city operations. Continue reading “Chen Focuses on City Character, Crime”

Plans for Two-Lot Home Denied

A model shows the layout of a home that was proposed at 1285 Oak Grove Ave. Planning Commissioners were quick to reject the home in large part because of its scale compared with the rest of the neighborhood.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
A model shows the layout of a home that was proposed at 1285 Oak Grove Ave. Planning Commissioners were quick to reject the home in large part because of its scale compared with the rest of the neighborhood.

The proposal for a new home that was considered by members of the Planning Commission to be an affront to the city’s building process was soundly denied at the body’s meeting last week, with several commissioners excoriating the project’s architect.
The project came before the Planning Commission because it required five variances and one conditional use permit, in addition to its three design review actions.
“This really isn’t a ‘try it out’ type of place,” said Commissioner Raymond Cheng, criticizing architect A.C. Lee after he presented the project. “We’re counting on your professionalism when you walk in here.” Continue reading “Plans for Two-Lot Home Denied”

‘I’m Afraid Someone Will Knock at the Door’

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Police Chief John Incontro answers questions from residents concerned about home burglaries that are on the rise in San Marino at a town hall meeting on Monday.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Police Chief John Incontro answers questions from residents concerned about home burglaries that are on the rise in San Marino at a town hall meeting on Monday.

It’ll happen to someone else, but not to them.
That is, at least, what residents Miriam and Raymond Quan admitted they used to think, even though they had a neighbor here in San Marino fall victim to a home burglary four different times.
“Of course, I was wrong,” Raymond Quan said, explaining how the couple had been threatened by burglars twice late last year to a packed audience of fellow residents at Webb Theatre on Monday. “And I can tell you, once you’ve been burglarized, your brain chemistry just changes.”

Continue reading “‘I’m Afraid Someone Will Knock at the Door’”

SMUSD Welcomes Many New Faces to the Faculty

Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK San Marino Unified School District administrators and principals welcomed the new SMUSD staff at a luncheon last week, including (front row, from left) Kailin Duan, Valentine Principal Colleen Shields, Nickie Oh, Shauna Matsuda, Serafina Palazzolo, Crystal Shin and Assistant Superintendent Linda de la Torre. Second row: Bob Judge, Aileen Hsu, Polly Liu, Kyla Nako, Michelle Harris and new SMHS Principal Issaic Gates. Third row: Stacey Bender, Breanna McGuire, Denny Bui and Jazmin Avedo. Back: Zachary Quiggle, Kris Good, Superintendent Alex Cherniss, HMS Principal Jason Kurtenbach, Carver Principal Michael Lin and Steve Brown. See additional photos, page 12.
Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK
San Marino Unified School District administrators and principals welcomed the new SMUSD staff at a luncheon last week, including (front row, from left) Kailin Duan, Valentine Principal Colleen Shields, Nickie Oh, Shauna Matsuda, Serafina Palazzolo, Crystal Shin and Assistant Superintendent Linda de la Torre. Second row: Bob Judge, Aileen Hsu, Polly Liu, Kyla Nako, Michelle Harris and new SMHS Principal Issaic Gates. Third row: Stacey Bender, Breanna McGuire, Denny Bui and Jazmin Avedo. Back: Zachary Quiggle, Kris Good, Superintendent Alex Cherniss, HMS Principal Jason Kurtenbach, Carver Principal Michael Lin and Steve Brown. See additional photos, page 12.

San Marino Unified School District began this school year with nearly 20 new or promoted faculty members, including a new principal at San Marino High School.
The new hires include a variety of teachers as well as school psychologists and counselors, a speech pathologist, a district-wide school nurse and a new band director at SMHS. Continue reading “SMUSD Welcomes Many New Faces to the Faculty”

LCF Home Sells for a Record $10.5 Million

Photo courtesy Geoffrey Yale
This estate at 4110 Woodleigh Lane, with more than 11,000 square feet sitting on more than 2 acres, recently sold for $10.5 million, setting a benchmark for recorded home sale prices in La Cañada Flintridge.

An off-market home just entered the annals of La Cañada Flintridge history as being the highest recorded home sale of all time in the 91011 ZIP code.
The estate, located at 4110 Woodleigh Lane, recently closed with a $10.5 million price tag, placing it squarely on top of Multiple Listing Service’s list of top-priced LCF homes.
Rachel Ashton, who represented the home’s seller along with Partners Trust colleague Laura Brandt, said the home had previously been listed on the market in 2014. Continue reading “LCF Home Sells for a Record $10.5 Million”