Public Safety Commission Debuts With Much to Discuss

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Members of the newly sworn-in Public Safety Commission are Peter Loeffler (from left), alternate Jeff Boozell, Al Boegh, Hunter Chang, Eugene Ramirez and Gene Chuang. The commission meets on the third Monday each month.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Members of the newly sworn-in Public Safety Commission are Peter Loeffler (from left), alternate Jeff Boozell, Al Boegh, Hunter Chang, Eugene Ramirez and Gene Chuang. The commission meets on the third Monday each month.

They are sworn in, have had their first meeting and already have amassed a collection of issues to discuss.
San Marino’s first Public Safety Commission, effectively a spin-off of the former Traffic Advisory Commission, held its inaugural meeting last Wednesday. It was led by the City Council, which swore in members and kick-started the discussion of what the commission will be handling. Continue reading “Public Safety Commission Debuts With Much to Discuss”

SMUSD Bans Future Cell Towers

In a step forward for many San Marino parents and residents, the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education formally banned the future construction of cellphone signal towers on district property.
Although the resolution approved by the board at last week’s meeting does not force the removal of the two towers — the subject of regular objection by community stakeholders — on school district property, it will comfort those aggrieved by prohibiting them in the future. Continue reading “SMUSD Bans Future Cell Towers”

San Marino Makes Finance Director Permanent

At the recommendation of Marcella Marlowe and with the concurrence of the City Council, San Marino is moving forward with Josh Betta as its full-time finance director.
Removing “interim” from Betta’s job title marks the first time in nearly two years City Hall has employed a full-time finance director on staff, having made due with contracted services before Betta was brought in initially as an interim placeholder shortly before Marlowe’s hire in October. Continue reading “San Marino Makes Finance Director Permanent”

SMUSD Expands Kurtenbach’s Role

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Huntington Middle School Principal Jason Kurtenbach, speaking with students on campus last week, is being promoted to San Marino Unified School District’s executive director of curriculum and development.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Huntington Middle School Principal Jason Kurtenbach, speaking with students on campus last week, is being promoted to San Marino Unified School District’s executive director of curriculum and development.

Jason Kurtenbach will graduate as principal of Huntington Middle School this year, joining the San Marino Unified School District administrative cabinet as its executive director of curriculum and development.
The promotion, made official at last week’s Board of Education meeting, creates the third principal vacancy in three years for SMUSD. Kurtenbach is finishing his fifth year at HMS. Continue reading “SMUSD Expands Kurtenbach’s Role”

Scouts Honor Local as Business Leader of the Year

For his continuing contributions to the Los Angeles metropolitan area and to local Scout troops, San Marino resident Chris Martin was honored as Business Leader of the Year at the annual Business Leaders’ Breakfast by the Boy Scouts Greater Los Angeles Area Council.
Martin, chairman and CEO of the architecture firm AC Martin, was introduced by Pasadena real estate lawyer John Cushman, which he considered a great honor to go along with the accolade. Continue reading “Scouts Honor Local as Business Leader of the Year”

‘More of Less’ Author to Speak April 19

If you find yourself spending an inordinate amount of time cleaning up a storage area or straightening up your home, you can learn about downsizing from a guy who was doing just that 10 years ago.
Partnership for Awareness is bringing in author Joshua Becker for two speaking sessions on Thursday, April 19 — first at noon in the San Marino Unified School District board room and second at 7 p.m. in the Huntington Middle School auditorium. Becker is the author of the bestselling “The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own.” Continue reading “‘More of Less’ Author to Speak April 19”

City Aims for Organizational Viability

Quite a lot hinges on how City Hall approaches its next fiscal year, and city officials are presently trying to best triangulate themselves to make effective decisions.
The biggest tone-setter will be the budget, but other key developments — the presentation of the city’s Strategic Plan, the approval of the Human Resources Department’s Personnel Rules and Regulations manual and recommendations from the Long Term Strategic Financial Planning ad hoc committee — will set the foundation. Continue reading “City Aims for Organizational Viability”

Identity of Man Burned in Truck Eludes Officials

The absence of a positive identification continues to hold up investigators who are trying to figure out exactly why a man first drove his truck into a local woman’s vehicle and then set the truck on fire with himself inside in an apparent suicide last week.
The woman, who lives in the 1600 block of Shenandoah Road, escaped serious injury despite the man striking her SUV at the driver’s side door. She managed to identify him as her former gardener before racing off to report the crash, which happened just as she pulled out of her driveway, at San Marino Police Department at 8:39 a.m. Monday, March 26. Continue reading “Identity of Man Burned in Truck Eludes Officials”

City Council Taking Closer Look at Building Regulations

City employees have been directed to examine a number of building regulations and other ordinances to see if any modifications or updates might be considered.
Facets of the city’s governing language to be re-examined include the basement ordinance, regulations regarding the removal of trees from private properties and public medians and a variety of requirements for construction projects. The City Council decided on these items for review at its Friday morning study session and plans to address each item as it is presented in the future. Continue reading “City Council Taking Closer Look at Building Regulations”