Scouts Honor Local as Business Leader of the Year

For his continuing contributions to the Los Angeles metropolitan area and to local Scout troops, San Marino resident Chris Martin was honored as Business Leader of the Year at the annual Business Leaders’ Breakfast by the Boy Scouts Greater Los Angeles Area Council.
Martin, chairman and CEO of the architecture firm AC Martin, was introduced by Pasadena real estate lawyer John Cushman, which he considered a great honor to go along with the accolade. Continue reading “Scouts Honor Local as Business Leader of the Year”

‘More of Less’ Author to Speak April 19

If you find yourself spending an inordinate amount of time cleaning up a storage area or straightening up your home, you can learn about downsizing from a guy who was doing just that 10 years ago.
Partnership for Awareness is bringing in author Joshua Becker for two speaking sessions on Thursday, April 19 — first at noon in the San Marino Unified School District board room and second at 7 p.m. in the Huntington Middle School auditorium. Becker is the author of the bestselling “The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own.” Continue reading “‘More of Less’ Author to Speak April 19”

City Aims for Organizational Viability

Quite a lot hinges on how City Hall approaches its next fiscal year, and city officials are presently trying to best triangulate themselves to make effective decisions.
The biggest tone-setter will be the budget, but other key developments — the presentation of the city’s Strategic Plan, the approval of the Human Resources Department’s Personnel Rules and Regulations manual and recommendations from the Long Term Strategic Financial Planning ad hoc committee — will set the foundation. Continue reading “City Aims for Organizational Viability”

Identity of Man Burned in Truck Eludes Officials

The absence of a positive identification continues to hold up investigators who are trying to figure out exactly why a man first drove his truck into a local woman’s vehicle and then set the truck on fire with himself inside in an apparent suicide last week.
The woman, who lives in the 1600 block of Shenandoah Road, escaped serious injury despite the man striking her SUV at the driver’s side door. She managed to identify him as her former gardener before racing off to report the crash, which happened just as she pulled out of her driveway, at San Marino Police Department at 8:39 a.m. Monday, March 26. Continue reading “Identity of Man Burned in Truck Eludes Officials”

City Council Taking Closer Look at Building Regulations

City employees have been directed to examine a number of building regulations and other ordinances to see if any modifications or updates might be considered.
Facets of the city’s governing language to be re-examined include the basement ordinance, regulations regarding the removal of trees from private properties and public medians and a variety of requirements for construction projects. The City Council decided on these items for review at its Friday morning study session and plans to address each item as it is presented in the future. Continue reading “City Council Taking Closer Look at Building Regulations”

Man Dies After Ramming Car, Setting Self Ablaze

San Marino police and arson investigators continue to probe what led a man to ram his pickup truck into the side of another vehicle as its driver left her home before he apparently self-immolated inside his truck Monday morning.
As of Tuesday afternoon, investigators were still waiting to confirm the identity of the man, whom the victim said she recognized as a former gardener. Continue reading “Man Dies After Ramming Car, Setting Self Ablaze”

SM City Council to Appoint Public Safety Commission

The City Council looks to make six appointments to its newly created Public Safety Commission at its morning study session on Friday.
This commission, formally created by the City Council at its Feb. 14 meeting, will primarily concern itself with analyzing the city’s needs as it relates to providing assistance to law enforcement, fire response and emergency services. It also will handle traffic-related issues, as the Traffic Advisory Commission was effectively repurposed to make the public safety one commission. Continue reading “SM City Council to Appoint Public Safety Commission”

New Library Technology Booked for Crowell

Crowell Public Library hopes to have a new system implemented by September that would expedite check-out times for patrons and help staff keep track of where everything is.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) chips will be installed in each book, magazine, DVD and CD this year, courtesy of the company mk Solutions. The Library Board of Trustees recently discussed the development in a joint meeting with the City Council. Continue reading “New Library Technology Booked for Crowell”

Rotary Club Honors Two With Paul Harris Awards

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Marina Wang (center), one of two Paul Harris Fellow recipients selected by the Rotary Club of San Marino this year, is presented her award by Isaac Hung (left) and Will Bortz (right) last week. The late Jeane Edwards (below) was a posthumous recipient this year.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Marina Wang (center), one of two Paul Harris Fellow recipients selected by the Rotary Club of San Marino this year, is presented her award by Isaac Hung (left) and Will Bortz (right) last week. The late Jeane Edwards (below) was a posthumous recipient this year.

Although honored for their selfless contributions to San Marino, the two recipients of Rotary Club of San Marino’s Paul Harris Fellow awards this year could not be more different in approach.
Longtime residents Marina Wang and the late Jeane Edwards were awarded as Paul Harris Fellows at the Rotary Club’s ceremony last week, held at the Huntington Library. Edwards’ daughter, Sara, accepted the award on her mother’s behalf. Foundation Committee chair Will Bortz said the club usually tries to avoid picking multiple recipients among the nominees, but it was hard not to this year. Continue reading “Rotary Club Honors Two With Paul Harris Awards”

SMHS Grad Has Rotary to Thank for International Education, Career Path

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Jennifer Binley, a San Marino native, studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa as a Rotary Club Global Grant Scholar.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Jennifer Binley, a San Marino native, studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa as a Rotary Club Global Grant Scholar.

Rotary Clubs value service to their communities and the rest of the world, so San Marino High School graduate Jennifer Binley has certainly justified her being awarded the San Marino club’s Global Grant Scholarship.
The USC alumna used the scholarship to study for her master’s degree at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She devoted her keynote at the club’s recent Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Luncheon to her service during that time. Continue reading “SMHS Grad Has Rotary to Thank for International Education, Career Path”