Teens’ Big Bear Cabin Plan Needs Tweaking

Dear Parent Coach,
My friend’s very mature, very responsible 16-year-old high school senior and her five friends (most aged 17, one 18) want to stay in a family cabin at Big Bear and spend a ski weekend by themselves. They have been upfront about the plans: no parents, no boys, and no objectionable substances are to be included. Their argument is that they’ll be on their own at college next year, so why not let them practice their independence now? My friend is asking me if I think this is wise.  What would you say?
Signed, A Mother of
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Barger Encourages Voters to Turn Out

Los Angeles County District 5 Supervisor Kathryn Barger, a San Marino resident, said she encourages voters to decide on a tax proposition to help address homelessness in the county.
Measure H, which is expected to generate $350 million annually with a quarter-cent sales tax, is a countywide ballot item for the March 7 election. The 10-year tax requires two-thirds approval and would be dedicated to services addressing the county’s large homeless population. Continue reading “Barger Encourages Voters to Turn Out”

Green Light for Golden Streets This Sunday

Those who have previously enjoyed CicLAvia events ought to have fun Sunday, March 5, for the long-awaited 626 Golden Streets event that includes San Marino among its stops.
Starting in South Pasadena and running all the way to Azusa, 626 Golden Streets opens up one long route courtesy of Metro to encourage locals to learn more about the surrounding communities and to take advantage of public transportation opportunities. Continue reading “Green Light for Golden Streets This Sunday”

Planning Commission to Wait on Decision for Music School

The Planning Commission, hoping to help fill a vacant property on Huntington Drive, voted to continue a hearing for a prospective business at its Feb. 22 meeting.
Before the decision, the Commission had expressed a desire to work through an issue involving parking at the location, but the applicant’s absence from the meeting precluded substantive discussion. Continue reading “Planning Commission to Wait on Decision for Music School”

Assemblyman Teaches Locals to Avoid Scams

Speaking before an audience at Crowell Public Library, Stacia Crane recounted that authorities once apprehended someone who had used about 600 Social Security numbers for a variety of fraudulent crimes.

Crane, a public information officer for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, then asked the audience where they supposed the thief obtained the numbers. Many assumed it was through mail theft or internet phishing. Crane corrected them.

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Assemblyman Ed Chau (left) and San Marino Police Department Detective Brian Wong chat at Crowell Public Library during a question-and-answer session at Chau’s workshop on fighting scams and identity theft.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Assemblyman Ed Chau (left) and San Marino Police Department Detective Brian Wong chat at Crowell Public Library during a question-and-answer session at Chau’s workshop on fighting scams and identity theft.

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School Board Agrees to Cut Back 6 SMUSD Positions

Facing a less than ideal state funding future, the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education approved a recommendation Monday to eliminate six staff positions to reduce expenses next year.
Sixty percent of those cuts are in administrative roles, including the assistant superintendent of instructional services, according to Superintendent Alex Cherniss. Five total employees, one of whom handles two part-time responsibilities, will be affected. Continue reading “School Board Agrees to Cut Back 6 SMUSD Positions”

Author Shares How to Motivate Kids to Love Reading

Award-winning teacher and author Donalyn Miller will share how to inspire and motivate children to read more and improve their reading ability, as well as develop a love for books and reading to last a lifetime. Her presentation will be on Tuesday, March 14 at Carver Elementary School at 9 a.m. and Huntington Middle School at 7 p.m.
Miller is an author of several books on engaging children with reading, including the Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild. She is also the co-founder of the Nerdy Book Club blog and co-hosts the monthly Twitter chat #titletalk. Her articles about teaching and reading appear in publications such as Education Week Teacher, the Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership and the Washington Post. She serves as Scholastic Book Fairs’ Manager of Independent Reading and Outreach.
Book signings will be available after the presentation, sponsored by Partnership for Awareness. For more information, visit partnershipforawareness.org.

San Marino Eagle Scouts Earn Recognition

Allen Liu

Allen Liu’s childhood memories at the San Marino Recreation center prompted him to give back to the center. His project involved clearing out an old emergency exit that had been overrun by dead plants and debris, as well as attaching a gate to the alley. His Eagle project took 150 hours to plan and execute. Now a senior at San Marino High School, Allen began Scouting in 2nd grade, and has enjoyed it ever since. He is still heavily involved in his own Boy Scout Troop 359, serving as leader for the past two terms, and plans to remain in a leadership role. Allen is the son of John Liu and Yi Su and brother of Camille Liu.

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SADA and Children’s Hospital Receive Innovation Awards

Dr. Thomas Lee

SADA Systems has been named a recipient of Microsoft’s 2017 Health Innovation Awards for a pioneering telemedicine project implemented with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group. The initiative, led by Dr. Thomas Lee, director of the Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, delivers remote training for eye surgeons in Armenia in partnership with the Armenian EyeCare Project. The goal is to help reduce rates of infant blindness, which occurs three times as often in Armenia as in the United States and other Western countries.
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