City Council Approves Balanced Budget

City Council members on Friday approved a balanced 2017-18 budget of $28.9 million to cover operating costs and capital improvement plans while maintaining matching reserves.
San Marino’s budget — which includes an increase in fund balances of $398,863 from the previous year — will include operating costs of $24 million, $3.0 in capital improvement projects and $1 million in capital equipment purchases, interim Finance Director Misty Cheng said. Continue reading “City Council Approves Balanced Budget”

Carver Principal Eases Into 2nd-Year Niche

Photo courtesy Michael Lin Carver Elementary School Principal Michael Lin, shown here climbing the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, says he gets his best ideas about education while hiking and backpacking.
Photo courtesy Michael Lin
Carver Elementary School Principal Michael Lin, shown here climbing the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, says he gets his best ideas about education while hiking and backpacking.

This time last year, Michael Lin was preparing for the dawn of his first year as a principal at Carver Elementary School.
As the former assistant principal at Huntington Middle School, Lin bore a familiarity with San Marino Unified School District that lent itself advantages in the transition. In the heat of summer vacation, Lin indicated that planning for his second year as principal feels routine at this point.
“You know, it passed by very quickly,” he said. “It was a very fast 12 months. I love it. It’s phenomenal. I have an amazing staff and very supportive parents.
“It was mainly getting to know the folks at Carver, the culture and traditions,” Lin added. “I had to build relationships with the faculty and staff. By the end of this year, I felt like I was here the whole time.”
It was late June when Lin interviewed for this story, and he did so by calling from the office phone at Carver. He said being at school in the height of summer isn’t unusual for him and he tends to find time to stop by in between his hiking, backpacking or camping. Continue reading “Carver Principal Eases Into 2nd-Year Niche”

San Marino Celebrates Independence Day With Flair

The following was written by Max Zeronian, special to the Outlook

In a colorful, all-day affair, San Marino residents commemorated America’s birthday, coming together for the annual Lacy Park Fourth of July celebration.
It began promptly at 8 a.m. with the J.P. Blecksmith 5K Memorial Run, after which spectators began filing into the park to reserve their places to view the night show, “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Continue reading “San Marino Celebrates Independence Day With Flair”

SMHS Principal Retires With Mountains of Memories

If Mary Johnson is reading this story, she is likely doing so while enjoying the last of her days in the San Marino High School principal’s office, an office that serves almost as a personal dome inside the world of a modern high school.
Roomy and decorated, the office, with its tinted windows and situated essentially at the crossroads for the campus’ various buildings, has allowed Johnson the ability to observe any of the 1,200 or so students under her watch daily for the past three years. A door even allows quick access into that world, whether to begin an impulsive journey or to acquiesce to the demands of students who pressed their face to the window to peer through the tinting.
“When I’m having a particularly bad day or facing a difficult task, all I have to do is look up,” Johnson said. “It sort of rights my ship and restores my perspective.” Continue reading “SMHS Principal Retires With Mountains of Memories”

Suspected SM Identity Thief Caught at Best Buy

The local victim of credit card fraud helped police apprehend a suspect last week when he tracked the fraudulent purchases to the Best Buy store to which they were being delivered.
That information resulted in the arrest of a 32-year-old Montrose man based on this alleged identity theft and a variety of other allegations uncovered during a search of his home. Continue reading “Suspected SM Identity Thief Caught at Best Buy”

Local Veteran Selected as Grand Marshal for July 4 Parade

Oliver Campbell Jr. — Ollie, to most — will serve as the grand marshal in this year’s Fourth of July parade courtesy of Rotary Club of San Marino.
Campbell, who was a sergeant with the U.S. Army Rangers, was wounded in action while deployed in Afghanistan in early 2016. He graduated from San Marino High School in 2011 and will study at Santa Monica City College before he plans to transfer to a pre-med program. Continue reading “Local Veteran Selected as Grand Marshal for July 4 Parade”