It’s never pleasant to ponder worst-case scenarios. But potentially harsh realities compelled several concerned citizens to gather in front of the San Marino Fire Station on a scorching-hot afternoon last week.
Members of the Committee of San Marino Residents for Measures U & SA, they assembled to launch a campaign on behalf of the utility user tax and the public safety tax, both of which will be on the ballot in the Nov. 3 election. Together, the measures will bolster San Marino’s budget with $4.64 million in the current fiscal year, or 19% of the city’s net revenues. Continue reading “Campaign Launched for Utility, Safety Taxes”
The instruction changed. So did the test. As well as the method of administering it.
But San Marino’s public school students barely blinked in the midst of all this upheaval. And when the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress results were released last week, the San Marino Unified School District came out on top statewide in proficiency. Continue reading “San Marino Excels in State Assessment Tests”
American art was something of an afterthought for Henry and Arabella Huntington when they lived in San Marino in the early 20th century. Maybe it’s coincidental, but for the past 30-plus years, the growing collection of American art at their former estate, the Huntington Library, has reflected this.
The Huntingtons’ beloved British painters, who created what are now the institution’s two most iconic works — Gainsborough’s “Blue Boy” and Lawrence’s “Pinkie” — are showcased in the couple’s stately former mansion, now the Art Gallery. Continue reading “Making Room for American Art”
As technology continues to advance, the world is becoming an increasingly automated place. Demand for the knowledge of computer science, correspondingly, is at an all-time high. This reality is why the San Marino Unified School District recently introduced several new coding and programming classes at the high school this fall, offerings that quickly filled to the brim with interested students. Continue reading “Computer Classes Help SMHS Crack the Code”
After a poignant exhibit honoring the fallen soldiers from California debuted earlier this year at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the foundation bearing the 40th president’s name posted a video online featuring imagery from the event interspersed with speeches delivered by Reagan. As the video nears its conclusion, Reagan is on a tarmac to welcome an American soldier’s casket home and quotes John Stuart Mill in his address. Continue reading “New Exhibit: Fallen, Not Forgotten”
Mark de la Vega was 2 years old the first time Ben Ubovich lifted a baton above an ensemble of musicians at San Marino High School.
Ubovich retired this past spring after 27 years as director of instrumental music at SMHS, and de la Vega, whose background is predominantly in percussion, appears to be setting a brisk new beat as he succeeds him. Continue reading “A Positive First Impression by the Leader of the Band”
San Marino continues to exceed state targets for the reduction of its water use, according to numbers provided last week by California American Water, the company that services the vast majority of the community. Continue reading “Local Water Use Remains in Check”
Rachael Worby has a story about a story, one that leads to — you guessed it — another story. This all makes a little more sense when you discover the first story is a backstory, the second is “West Side Story” and the third is Muse/ique’s upcoming concert, “In/side Story.” Continue reading “Muse/ique Set to Share the ‘In/side Story’ with Audience Aug. 29”
The Pasadena Symphony Association boasts big-name music icons in David Lockington, Michael Feinstein and others on ticket stubs, programs and just about everything else the nonprofit prints up. But around Pasadena, the nonprofit’s president and CEO has quickly become the face of the organization. Continue reading “Pasadena Symphony Association’s Face of Success”
The San Marino Unified School District doesn’t exactly have to beat the bushes when it has an opening among its teaching ranks. The district’s reputation for academic excellence precedes it, apparently.
“I think we have competitive class sizes — low compared to neighboring districts — which is attractive,” said SMUSD’s superintendent, Dr. Alex Cherniss. “I think we have a great reputation: Our kids are high achieving. Teachers want to work with kids who are engaged, and our kids are exactly that.” Continue reading “SMUSD Welcomes New Teachers, Staff”