Staffing on San Marino’s fire engine will be reduced by one person about one-third of the time in the coming fiscal year, following a belt-tightening action by the City Council last week. Continue reading “Fire Staffing Cut as Council Reins in Overtime”
When my three daughters were young, we occasionally reviewed the “Family Fire Escape Plan.” The girls each had easy-to-open windows in their bedrooms, which were on the ground floor. The simple plan consisted of “Open your window, jump out and we’ll meet on the backyard grass.” Earthquakes were similar: Gather on the stairs under the steel beam (the one the engineer/architect said was “strong enough to hold up a parking structure”). Continue reading “Helping Children Cope With Disaster, Part 1”
Self-consciousness and nervousness can run rampant when a teenager attends a prom. Those uncommonly dressy clothes. The fear of drawing unwanted attention. The pressure to make this a magical night — for you or someone else. Continue reading “A Carefree Prom for Some Special Students”
Members of the City Council will sharpen their pencils and take one last stab at the 2016-17 fiscal year budget during its meeting this Friday morning, May 27. And the subject of Fire Department overtime — and, by extension, the level of staffing on San Marino’s fire engine — will likely continue to be a hot-button issue. Continue reading “Fire Overtime Remains a Snag in City Budget”
Three years ago, as an incoming freshman at San Marino High School, Noah Wilson had something to say when he walked into the classroom of speech and debate coach Matthew Slimp. Wilson was taking the class, he said, so he could learn to speak better. Continue reading “SMHS’ Wilson Found His Voice in Speech Event”
A review of San Marino’s budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year strayed into some familiar and thorny territory at last week’s City Council meeting: staffing on the city’s fire engine and whether it’s advisable to reduce it. Continue reading “Fire Department Staffing Proves to Be Hot Topic”
It’s a lifelong passion that began humbly enough. David SK Lee was a 3rd-grader in Whittier, newly arrived to the United States from Hong Kong, when a teacher trooped everyone into the school library. Pick a book, any book, she said. Find something that you’re really interested in. Continue reading “A ‘Super’ Ferrari Collection Downshifts Into Motor Classic”
A San Marino High School student died in a solo car crash near the Rose Bowl early Sunday morning after losing control of his vehicle while driving at an extraordinary rate of speed, Pasadena police said.
Brendan Leon, 17, who was nearing the end of his junior year at SMHS, died at the scene after the 2002 BMW 330 he was driving wrapped around a light pole, according to police. Continue reading “SMHS Student Dies in Crash; Police Cite Speed”
Double the capacity for left-turn lanes off Huntington Drive at two major intersections? Not so fast.
The City Council last week put the brakes on a plan to reconfigure the Huntington Drive intersections at San Marino Avenue and San Gabriel Boulevard to create an extra turn lane for eastbound traffic heading north onto those two thoroughfares. Instead, it will have the city traffic engineer study the intersections for three months to determine if there is a pressing need for the changes. Continue reading “Are Intersection Changes Really Necessary?”
San Marino firefighter Dominic Petta was in a local store last week when a woman walked up and showered him with gratitude.
Petta had recently responded to an emergency call and found this same woman in cardiac arrest. He and other San Marino Fire Department paramedics worked to restore her heartbeat, and here she was a short time later, up and around … and profoundly grateful that he had been there to minister to her. Continue reading “Paramedic Capability Increased on SMFD Engine”