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”
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.
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”
He’s been preparing for the better part of the last two years, but jeweler Steve Gilmore said this Saturday’s big take off from his home to Rye Brook, New York, has arrived surprisingly quickly.
“Now it’s days away,” he said in a phone interview on Monday. “Not that I don’t think I can’t do it, but it’s pretty scary now that it’s here.” Continue reading “SM Jeweler Riding East for Cure”
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”
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”
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.
“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”
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”
Hundreds of supporters joined families and dignitaries at a moving Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate the unveiling of the Enduring Heroes statue in Pasadena.
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.” Continue reading “Enduring Heroes Statue Unveiled on Memorial Day”