Carver Principal Eases Into 2nd-Year Niche

Photo courtesy Michael Lin Carver Elementary School Principal Michael Lin, shown here climbing the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, says he gets his best ideas about education while hiking and backpacking.
Photo courtesy Michael Lin
Carver Elementary School Principal Michael Lin, shown here climbing the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, says he gets his best ideas about education while hiking and backpacking.

This time last year, Michael Lin was preparing for the dawn of his first year as a principal at Carver Elementary School.
As the former assistant principal at Huntington Middle School, Lin bore a familiarity with San Marino Unified School District that lent itself advantages in the transition. In the heat of summer vacation, Lin indicated that planning for his second year as principal feels routine at this point.
“You know, it passed by very quickly,” he said. “It was a very fast 12 months. I love it. It’s phenomenal. I have an amazing staff and very supportive parents.
“It was mainly getting to know the folks at Carver, the culture and traditions,” Lin added. “I had to build relationships with the faculty and staff. By the end of this year, I felt like I was here the whole time.”
It was late June when Lin interviewed for this story, and he did so by calling from the office phone at Carver. He said being at school in the height of summer isn’t unusual for him and he tends to find time to stop by in between his hiking, backpacking or camping. Continue reading “Carver Principal Eases Into 2nd-Year Niche”

SMHS Principal Retires With Mountains of Memories

If Mary Johnson is reading this story, she is likely doing so while enjoying the last of her days in the San Marino High School principal’s office, an office that serves almost as a personal dome inside the world of a modern high school.
Roomy and decorated, the office, with its tinted windows and situated essentially at the crossroads for the campus’ various buildings, has allowed Johnson the ability to observe any of the 1,200 or so students under her watch daily for the past three years. A door even allows quick access into that world, whether to begin an impulsive journey or to acquiesce to the demands of students who pressed their face to the window to peer through the tinting.
“When I’m having a particularly bad day or facing a difficult task, all I have to do is look up,” Johnson said. “It sort of rights my ship and restores my perspective.” Continue reading “SMHS Principal Retires With Mountains of Memories”

Suspected SM Identity Thief Caught at Best Buy

The local victim of credit card fraud helped police apprehend a suspect last week when he tracked the fraudulent purchases to the Best Buy store to which they were being delivered.
That information resulted in the arrest of a 32-year-old Montrose man based on this alleged identity theft and a variety of other allegations uncovered during a search of his home. Continue reading “Suspected SM Identity Thief Caught at Best Buy”

Local Veteran Selected as Grand Marshal for July 4 Parade

Oliver Campbell Jr. — Ollie, to most — will serve as the grand marshal in this year’s Fourth of July parade courtesy of Rotary Club of San Marino.
Campbell, who was a sergeant with the U.S. Army Rangers, was wounded in action while deployed in Afghanistan in early 2016. He graduated from San Marino High School in 2011 and will study at Santa Monica City College before he plans to transfer to a pre-med program. Continue reading “Local Veteran Selected as Grand Marshal for July 4 Parade”

LCF City Council Reluctantly Adopts ADU Ordinance

Councilman Jonathan Curtis perhaps best encapsulated the sentiment of the City Council this week when he offered “a reluctant second” to a motion to adopt the city’s ordinance on accessory dwelling units.
All four City Council members voted in favor of the ordinance, which levies a minimum lot size for newly constructed units, commonly called accessory dwelling units, of 10,000 square feet with at least a 70-foot frontage. Already existing auxiliary structures, such as a pool house or garage, may be converted into an ADU (which will require up-to-code utility connections) regardless of lot size and are effectively grandfathered in. Continue reading “LCF City Council Reluctantly Adopts ADU Ordinance”

San Marino School Board Looking for Advisers

Calling all parents, alumni, educators and those generally interested in San Marino education.
The San Marino Unified School District is looking to fill a whopping eight vacancies on its Academic Advisory Committee, a volunteer arm the Board of Education uses to research and gauge public interest in new programs and changes to public education before taking recommendations. Continue reading “San Marino School Board Looking for Advisers”