A Familiar Face to Be Interim City Manager

In the hunt for an immediate replacement for John Schaefer, who is retiring as city manager at the end of July, members of the City Council found someone who is familiar with a wide range of city operations. And close at hand.
Cindy Collins, who served in several roles with San Marino city government from 2001 to 2011, including assistant manager, last week was named interim city manager. Collins had circled back to San Marino at the start of this year, filling in as director of the Recreation Department on an interim basis, and was on board throughout the fiscal year budget process this spring. Continue reading “A Familiar Face to Be Interim City Manager”

Villa Esperanza Students Are Pampered for Prom

For most teenagers around the country, prom is one of the most exciting events of the school year. After all, the opportunity to get dressed up and dance the night away with friends doesn’t come around very often, especially for students in the educational program at Villa Esperanza Services. The nonprofit devoted to the support of those with developmental disabilities made sure that its school-age population received the traditional prom experience earlier this month by hosting a dance at its Pasadena facility. Continue reading “Villa Esperanza Students Are Pampered for Prom”

Barger Has Big Cushion; Opponent is Uncertain

Longtime San Marino resident Kathryn Barger last week stormed through the primary election in her bid to be the next supervisor in Los Angeles County’s 5th District, receiving nearly double the votes of her nearest competitor.
OK, that’s the obvious part. Much less certain is what will shake out among the runners-up in the next two weeks, and who her competitor will be in the general election on Nov. 8. Continue reading “Barger Has Big Cushion; Opponent is Uncertain”

Wish Lists Held in Check as Council Adopts Budget

After 20 weeks of carefully sifting through the city’s finances, the City Council last week adopted the budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year that begins July 1. It was evident even at the finish, however, that the newly constituted council — which gained two new members in last November’s election — is serious about examining every expense and squeezing every nickel on behalf of San Marino’s taxpayers. Continue reading “Wish Lists Held in Check as Council Adopts Budget”

Rennovated Old Mill Has a Fresh Look

The llama hair was an intriguing touch.
Restoration workers seeking to patch up San Marino’s Old Mill in recent weeks brought in a big bag of llama hair, according to John Quinn, president of the Old Mill Foundation. They mixed it by hand into a batch of exterior plaster, enhancing the fibrous integrity of the building’s new skin — and mirroring a technique employed by the padres of the San Gabriel Mission when El Molino Viejo was built circa 1816. Continue reading “Rennovated Old Mill Has a Fresh Look”