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”

San Marino’s Chemistry Key to Winning League

San Marino High School water polo assistant coach Bilal Elgabalawy and head coach Robert Zirovich

San Marino High School varsity boys’ water polo coach Robert Zirovich lost key players to transfer and graduation, including Rio Hondo League MVP Alessio Brunochelli, but the third-year coach is starting the season with more optimism than ever.
“We lost Aaron Wilson, who transferred to [La Verne] Damien, and Alessio to graduation,” Zirovich said. “On paper, we have less talent, but in terms of what we’re doing in the pool, we’re just playing more of a team game than we were last year. Our defense in particular has taken a step forward in the right direction.”
Returning players such as Charles Wong, Jacob Yee, Blake Castleman and Dillon Goldsmith showed a dedication to the program during the offseason, and now the Titans are off to a 5-1 start to the season. Continue reading “San Marino’s Chemistry Key to Winning League”

San Marino Shows Potential After Season Opener

Photo courtesy Angus Leung Olivia Ruiz enters the year as the Rio Hondo League’s top runner. She placed second in the junior race at the Rosemead Invitational.

In his third year at the helm, San Marino High School cross-country coach Angus Leung is starting to notice something he had not seen with his program.
“This team is big,” said Leung. “We have nearly 60 runners this year compared last year’s 40.”
The increase in numbers gives the Titans a lot more than depth. Having more athletes only gives San Marino more potential this season, and the runners noticed that after their first race last weekend.
“A lot of them didn’t know what they were capable of until after Friday,” said Leung, whose teams competed in the Rosemead Invitational last week. “The course was a little longer than 3 miles. They now know what they’re capable of and they were more committed. I could see it. The season is still early, and it was a good start. They are not where I want them to be right now, but so far so good.” Continue reading “San Marino Shows Potential After Season Opener”

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”

San Marino Falls to Los Altos in Season Opener

Photo by Raymond Quan / OUTLOOK
Blake Cabot completed 15 of 24 passes for 138 yards and two interceptions in a 42-28 loss at Los Altos of Hacienda Heights last Friday. The senior quarterback also led the Titans on the ground with 79 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

The San Marino High School varsity football team showed what it is capable of at Hacienda Heights Los Altos last Friday with two scores in the first quarter. However, the Titans also displayed their inexperience with key mistakes down the stretch, allowing the Conquerors to come away with a 42-28 victory in the teams’ season opener.
“A few mistakes,” said SMHS head coach Mike Hobbie. “That’s it. A few mistakes turned into a lot of mistakes. They gave us a hard time. We’re very inexperienced, especially on the offensive line. Once they stopped doing what we practiced and started doing something else, we fell apart. That killed us. It killed our running game.”
San Marino will look to bounce back in a nonleague game against Dominguez High School at Compton College this Friday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Continue reading “San Marino Falls to Los Altos in Season Opener”

Titans Must Double Up This Season to Succeed

Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK
The San Marino High School varsity girls’ tennis team opened the season with a 10-8 victory over visiting Valencia on Monday. The local squad includes includes Dahyls Ang, Hannah Ang, Elisabeth Carter, Elizabeth Chang, Kayla Chen, Joanne Chien, Ariana Harvey, Katie Kirkendall, Anessa Lee, Sophia Lee, Sabrina Lieu, Jackie Lu, Alyssa Luff, Caitlin Nguyen and Erina Widjaja.

With nine consecutive Rio Hondo League championships, the San Marino High School varsity girls’ tennis program is among the best in the entire CIF Southern Section.
The Titans have produced some of the best singles players in the area in that time, but that won’t be the narrative this year. Head coach Melwin Pereira and his squad began the season in unfamiliar territory. Continue reading “Titans Must Double Up This Season to Succeed”

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”