City Council OKs New Home

Dr. Richard Sun’s first big decision as this year’s mayor came in the form of a contentious tie-breaking vote at the City Council’s first meeting of 2017.
Sun’s vote to deny a petition to classify the home at 1470 Virginia Road as a historical landmark appears to have put to rest a public battle over the residence that has waged since July.
In casting his vote at the Jan. 11 meeting, the preservation-minded Sun also acknowledged that the public outcry for a stronger historical designation process was as loud as it’s been in recent memory and the city needed to enact changes as soon as possible. Continue reading “City Council OKs New Home”

City Budget Remains in Spotlight Amid New Faces

The city will continue to have all eyes on its financial books as it approaches its annual mid-year review of the annual budget in January.
It is a theme that has persisted throughout 2016.
Perhaps the most visible example was cemented by the oft-contentious discussion and adoption of the fiscal year 2016-17 budget in June, which involved a continuing impasse with the Fire Department on overtime and included disagreements over a possible position upgrade within City Hall that, at a glance, appeared inconsequential in the context of the city’s $26.55 million budget. Continue reading “City Budget Remains in Spotlight Amid New Faces”

Barger Sees New Role as Her Calling

Photo courtesy Kathryn Barger San Marino resident Kathryn Barger speaks Dec. 5 after being inaugurated as Los Angeles County supervisor for the 5th District. Seated on the left is her brother, John Barger, alongside her husband, Eric Leibrich.
Photo courtesy Kathryn Barger
San Marino resident Kathryn Barger speaks Dec. 5 after being inaugurated as Los Angeles County supervisor for the 5th District. Seated on the left is her brother, John Barger, alongside her husband, Eric Leibrich.

In a telephone interview ahead of Christmas weekend, Kathryn Barger admitted she did not expect a series of meetings to fill her schedule on either side of the holiday.
That was fine, she conceded. She was, after all, sworn in earlier this month as the supervisor of Los Angeles County’s largest of five districts. She still had transition work to do, even after spending the better part of the last 28 years working for her now-predecessor, Mike Antonovich. Continue reading “Barger Sees New Role as Her Calling”

Local Author Has a ‘Yarn’ to Tell in Second Book

Lois Petren
Lois Petren

Just in time for the Christmas season, San Marino resident and avid knitter Lois Petren has released the latest in her series of yarn-based children’s books.
The fully illustrated “Lulu and Lainey … A Christmas Yarn” was released Nov. 28 as the sequel to “Lulu and Lainey … a French Yarn,” which debuted in June. In the latest book, the titular character, Lulu, visits her grandmother in France and brings along her prized knitting kit. However, an adventure unfolds when grandmother’s cat steals a ball of yarn and then loses it in the days before Christmas. Continue reading “Local Author Has a ‘Yarn’ to Tell in Second Book”

Some Compromise Made on Proposed Home

There was a modicum of compromise at the recent City Council meeting regarding the long-contested demolition of a home to make way for a new one.
Thanks to a unanimous vote at the Dec. 14 meeting, the property owners of 1470 Virginia Road will be able to file papers with the city for their proposed new home, which will allow evaluators to use the state’s 2016 energy requirements for new homes. However, the ultimate decision as to whether they will be allowed to move forward will tentatively be made at the City Council’s meeting on Jan. 11. Continue reading “Some Compromise Made on Proposed Home”

School Board Defers Borrowing Decision, Elects Officers

Given the body was short one board member, the San Marino Unified School District board elected to wait a month to decide on what terms it will try to borrow $8 million for its forthcoming athletic complex.
The board did, however, elect new officers for 2017 in its final meeting for 2016.
The Certificate of Participation, as presented by Chet Wang of El Segundo-based Keygent Advisors, would be for $8 million over a 25-year period with varying interest rates based on early payment schedules. The payments would run through 2041 unless the School Board acts upon an early payment contingency. Continue reading “School Board Defers Borrowing Decision, Elects Officers”

City Council Takes Steps on Election Decision

Though coming short of a final determination, the City Council did narrow its choices for how it will conform to the state’s election calendar at its sole December meeting.
Based on its vote at the Dec. 14 meeting, the City Council plans to hold the November 2017 election for three of its seats as planned. To be determined, however, is how those or subsequent terms will be modified to transition the city to elections on even-numbered years. Continue reading “City Council Takes Steps on Election Decision”

Months of Work Culminate in Winter Concert

The San Marino High School Festival Travel Choir, made up of chamber and concert choir members, includes (front row, from left) conductor Tammi Alderman, Charmaine Qiu, Selina Ho, Allison Ye, Danielle Uyemura, Michelle Uyemura, Heein Kim, Mansi Gokani, Ellie Kanda and Kayla Chen. Second row: Nicole Lin, Rachel Mochizuki, Jan Raphaela Estandarte, Alexa Wong, Stephanie Lee, Christy Li and Inez Leon. Third row: Sarah Zweighaft, Alice Li, Katerina Clavijo, Katie Williams and Sylvia Ding. Fourth row: Jonathan Sheen, Michael DuMont, Jiaxi Xu, Charles Gutcho, Raye Cheng, Xavier Beck and S. Myles Keys. Fifth row: Colin Guan, Jaren Huang, Dexter Wong, Allen Liu, Kenneth Lin and Lincoln Nelson. Back: Yusuf Malek, Johnathan Truong, Kyle McCall and Richard Li. See story and photos on page 18.
The San Marino High School Festival Travel Choir, made up of chamber and concert choir members, includes (front row, from left) conductor Tammi Alderman, Charmaine Qiu, Selina Ho, Allison Ye, Danielle Uyemura, Michelle Uyemura, Heein Kim, Mansi Gokani, Ellie Kanda and Kayla Chen. Second row: Nicole Lin, Rachel Mochizuki, Jan Raphaela Estandarte, Alexa Wong, Stephanie Lee, Christy Li and Inez Leon. Third row: Sarah Zweighaft, Alice Li, Katerina Clavijo, Katie Williams and Sylvia Ding. Fourth row: Jonathan Sheen, Michael DuMont, Jiaxi Xu, Charles Gutcho, Raye Cheng, Xavier Beck and S. Myles Keys. Fifth row: Colin Guan, Jaren Huang, Dexter Wong, Allen Liu, Kenneth Lin and Lincoln Nelson. Back: Yusuf Malek, Johnathan Truong, Kyle McCall and Richard Li. See story and photos on page 18.

It was mere hours before their annual winter concert, but there seemed to be few, if any, jitters among San Marino High School’s three choir groups.
After months and months of preparation and practice, that was hardly a surprise.
“I believe we have a good group this year,” said Jacob Leftwich, a 15-year-old sophomore bass singer, on the night of the concert. “We have a very diverse group of personalities, which helps bring us together. We’re all very serious with what we do.” Continue reading “Months of Work Culminate in Winter Concert”

Obituary: Cornelia Ann Eggleston Hatten

Cornelia Ann
Cornelia Ann

Cornelia Ann Eggleston Hatten, a nearly lifelong resident of San Marino, passed away peacefully on Nov. 26 with her four children at her side. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Catherine Eggleston, and her husband, Charles Willis Hatten. She is survived by her two daughters, Carol Hatten and Karen Hatten D’Asero (Marcelo); her two sons, William Hatten, Charles Hatten Jr. (Elizabeth); her sister Catherine E. Cairns of Maitland, Fla.; her niece Susan Luczak of Winter Park, Fla.; and her nephew John Cairns of Apopka, Fla. as well as cousins, grand-nephews and nieces. Continue reading “Obituary: Cornelia Ann Eggleston Hatten”

New Street Lights Among City Projects

With the city’s street light replacement project well underway, San Marino’s Public Works Director Dan Wall expects a variety of other projects to take off in the coming months.
City workers have gradually been replacing the bulbs in street lights as Southern California Edison has installed utility meters into the poles. Previously, San Marino’s street lights were unmetered and the city paid a flat fee for them. Now, the lights will use more energy-efficient bulbs that will be metered. Continue reading “New Street Lights Among City Projects”