Durant’s Illustrious Volunteer Past Earns Rotary’s Paul Harris Nod

Enjoying the Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual Paul Harris Award luncheon last week were (front row, from left) Mary Payne, Lucille Norberg and Rotary Club President Gilda Moshir. Back: Bill Payne, Isaac Hung, Paul Harris Award recipient Dick Durant, keynote speaker Katarina Mayers and Jean-Phillippe Hebral.
Enjoying the Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual Paul Harris Award luncheon last week were (front row, from left) Mary Payne, Lucille Norberg and Rotary Club President Gilda Moshir. Back: Bill Payne, Isaac Hung, Paul Harris Award recipient Dick Durant, keynote speaker Katarina Mayers and Jean-Phillippe Hebral.

With an unassuming humility, Dick Durant on March 23 accepted the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary Club of San Marino at the club’s annual award luncheon.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Durant told the crowd upon receiving his award, brimming with gratitude despite his low-key demeanor. Continue reading “Durant’s Illustrious Volunteer Past Earns Rotary’s Paul Harris Nod”

SMHS Principal to Retire This Year

Mary Johnson
Mary Johnson

Teachers and students returned from spring break this week to learn that Mary Johnson, who has served as San Marino High School’s principal for 13 years, will retire at the end of this school year.

“With mixed emotions, I announced to the high school staff today that I will be retiring on June 30 at the end of this school year,” Johnson said in her prepared announcement. “The past 13 years at San Marino High School have been a gift in my life and it is not easy to say goodbye to our dedicated staff, amazing students, exceptional parents and community members who cannot do enough for our school. I thank you for welcoming me to the school and community. I shall hold you in my heart forever.” Continue reading “SMHS Principal to Retire This Year”

HMS Bringing Motivational Speaker to Campus

Scott Greenberg
Scott Greenberg

Motivational speaker Scott Greenberg will return for an encore of sorts on Tuesday, March 28, for a pair of presentations at Huntington Middle School.
Greenberg, who lives in Los Angeles, will speak first to the HMS student body that morning and then to parents and community members at 7 p.m. in the HMS auditorium. He will focus on maintaining student unity and promoting confident leadership among the student body.

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Design Review Approves Project With Conditions

After six conditions are met, the owners of 1300 Bedford Road will get the green light to add onto their current home, the Design Review Committee decided recently.
The committee approved the project with conditions on a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner John Dustin opposing. In discussion, Dustin had voiced concerns not necessarily shared by his colleagues and ultimately not addressed in the conditional approval. Continue reading “Design Review Approves Project With Conditions”

School Ratings: New System, Same Results

Although the state no longer ranks individual school districts or schools in its annual evaluation system, San Marino Unified School District continues to distinguish itself as one of California’s high-performing districts.
The California School Dashboard, which has replaced the Academic Performance Index, uses state and local data to illustrate each public school district’s performance in a variety of areas relative to its improvement or regression from the previous year. Continue reading “School Ratings: New System, Same Results”

Alarm Helps Police Collar Two Burglary Suspects

It was a silent alarm that helped San Marino Police Department apprehend two men suspected of attempting to burglarize a home in the 1200 block of Adair Street last week.
The alarm on March 16 triggered an alert that was sent to the homeowner’s cellphone, prompting him to remotely check his home security cameras and find two men trying to force their way into his home’s back door. The homeowner, who was away at the time, called police at 8:58 p.m. Continue reading “Alarm Helps Police Collar Two Burglary Suspects”

SMHS Student Sees His Calling in Peer Mentoring

It was the eve of spring break for San Marino students, but that isn’t why Jamie Kreindler was so excited last Friday.

San Marino High School senior and peer mentor Jamie Kreindler (right) embraces friend and classmate Jason Liang at last week’s Special Olympics.
San Marino High School senior and peer mentor Jamie Kreindler (right) embraces friend and classmate Jason Liang at last week’s Special Olympics.

Kreindler, 18, was getting ready to cheer on his friends who were about to perform in the San Gabriel Valley Spring School Games for Special Olympics Southern California, which are held annually at the San Marino High School track and football field. The graduating senior has spent two years as a peer mentor for SMHS’ special education students. Continue reading “SMHS Student Sees His Calling in Peer Mentoring”

San Marino Eyes Water Rate Hikes Up to 16%

In the weeks following a presentation by California American Water on proposed water rate hikes, city officials await further developments in the rate decision process.
Despite a combined result of lower customer water usage across the board and also the consolidation of water rates among local systems, CAW officials said they are proposing a 16% water rate hike for the San Marino water system, which would become effective next year. This proposal has yet to go before the California Public Utilities Commission, which acts as a moderating arm for the water companies that operate under a monopoly. Continue reading “San Marino Eyes Water Rate Hikes Up to 16%”

City Seeks Residents With Financial Prowess

The city is seeking residents with financial backgrounds to serve as advisers to an ad hoc committee tasked with developing a long-term financial plan for the city’s pension obligations and infrastructure needs.
The committee, composed of Mayor Dr. Richard Sun and Councilman Dr. Steven Huang, is set to be advised by interim City Manager Cindy Collins, City Treasurer Marina Wang, contracted Finance Director Misty Cheng and the community members. The resolution approved at the March 8 meeting calls for two community members to be appointed, although it was noted the committee will make the ultimate decision on the number. Continue reading “City Seeks Residents With Financial Prowess”