HMS Breaks Ground on New Athletic Complex

Alex Cherniss
Alex Cherniss

At long last, the Barth Athletic Complex has broken ground at Huntington Middle School.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, HMS and city residents will have their new gym and multipurpose athletic facility by August 2019. The facility is named for the generous $3.5 million donation from locals Andy and Avery Barth, who later added another $2 million dedicated to debt service payments. Continue reading “HMS Breaks Ground on New Athletic Complex”

SM Police Nabbing Suspects With Tips, Surveillance

Surveillance footage of a car with unique details from a May 3 break-in at a Virginia Road home helped to produce the crime bulletin that resulted in the June 7 arrest of a man allegedly in possession of stolen property, drugs and other criminal items.

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Cmdr. Aaron Blondé said San Marino Police Department officers often benefit from help by vigilant San Marino residents.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Cmdr. Aaron Blondé said San Marino Police Department officers often benefit from help by vigilant San Marino residents.

Even though detectives have, as of Monday, yet to directly link Thomas Dandurand, a 37-year-old Riverside man, to the Virginia Road burglary, Cmdr. Aaron Blondé said the footage was “instrumental” apprehending this suspect, whether he is the perpetrator or not.
Ancillary evidence in investigations, when combined with good police work, oftentimes is the reason arrests can be made. In recent months, SMPD officers and detectives have made a multitude of arrests thanks to help from watchful residents and their effective use of technology, and the arrest of Dandurand highlights this synergy. Continue reading “SM Police Nabbing Suspects With Tips, Surveillance”

Ude Entering SM City Council Race

Ken Ude
Ken Ude

A career businessman, San Marino resident Ken Ude said he will strive to adapt that mindset to the city if elected to the City Council this November.
Ude, a resident since 1986, said he felt more and more compelled to run as he attended City Council meetings and saw how decisions were made for the city. He publicly spoke of potentially running for a seat several months ago.
“The more you go look and see the decisions being made, the questions being asked, it makes you want to,” he said. “The city of San Marino is a $29 million business that needs to be run like one.” Continue reading “Ude Entering SM City Council Race”

SM Rotary Sends Off Academy Appointees With Praise, Advice

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK Lawrence Spicer (from left) Jordan Yriarte, Lenning Davis, Capt. Jinsuk Yum, Nicole Agbob and Charles Cathel were part of Rotary Club of San Marino’s Salute to Academy Appointees program. Yum spoke to recognize the perseverance of the high school graduates who were appointed to U.S. military academies.
Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK
Lawrence Spicer (from left) Jordan Yriarte, Lenning Davis, Capt. Jinsuk Yum, Nicole Agbob and Charles Cathel were part of Rotary Club of San Marino’s Salute to Academy Appointees program. Yum spoke to recognize the perseverance of the high school graduates who were appointed to U.S. military academies.

When Capt. Jinsuk Yum chose to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1999 as an 18-year-old fresh out of high school, he wasn’t sure where the decision would take him.
Nearly two decades later, the journey has included earning a bachelor’s degree in Mandarin Chinese from West Point, two overseas deployments and, currently, commanding the Los Angeles U.S. Army Recruiting Co.
“It’s been the best ride of my life so far,” he said last week, speaking at the annual Rotary Club of San Marino Salute to the Appointees to U.S. Service Academies program. Continue reading “SM Rotary Sends Off Academy Appointees With Praise, Advice”

Administrator Hired for ‘Dream Job’ at SMHS

Days after the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education had unanimously voted to hire Issaic Gates as the new principal for San Marino High School it hadn’t yet sunk in, he said.

Issaic Gates
Issaic Gates

“I’m still pinching myself,” he said. “I really, really am. San Marino is really a dream job. It’s such an opportunity.”
Gates, who holds a doctorate in education from USC, officially takes the helm on July 1 and will leave behind Los Alamitos High School, where he has served as an assistant principal for the last five years. He and his family live in Duarte.
“When you get the opportunity to work 15 minutes from home, it’s like finding a shortcut to work,” he said. Continue reading “Administrator Hired for ‘Dream Job’ at SMHS”

Specific ADU Wishes Identified by SM Commissioners

In its second look at what will ultimately become San Marino’s ordinance on accessory dwelling units, the Planning Commission has asked for the ordinance to include several specific restrictions and requirements, if possible.
These proposed restrictions are, for the most part, reliant on what is considered a vague and contradictory state statute that is intended to limit cities’ ability to excessively restrict those housing units, commonly called ADUs. Continue reading “Specific ADU Wishes Identified by SM Commissioners”

Enduring Heroes Statue Unveiled on Memorial Day

Hundreds of supporters joined families and dignitaries at a moving Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate the unveiling of the Enduring Heroes statue in Pasadena.

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Unveiled on Monday, the 8-foot bronze Enduring Heroes sculpture, by artist Christopher Slatoff, depicts a combat soldier triumphantly holding the American flag. It was inspired by each of the 11 local soldiers who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK
Unveiled on Monday, the 8-foot bronze Enduring Heroes sculpture, by artist Christopher Slatoff, depicts a combat soldier triumphantly holding the American flag. It was inspired by each of the 11 local soldiers who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 8-foot bronze sculpture, stationed prominently in Defenders Park, on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards, will serve as a tribute to the 11 area soldiers — including San Marino’s J.P. Blecksmith — who gave their lives over the past 15 years in Afghanistan and Iraq.
J.P.’s father, Ed Blecksmith, spoke as a representative for all 11 local Gold Star Families who lost a son or daughter in the War on Terror: “This was a title, Gold Star Family, that none of us sought,” he said. “Losing a child, especially one who has volunteered to serve his or her country during a time of conflict, is a prospect very few families have had to face.”
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