Trombley Steps Down as Huntington President

Laura Trombley
Laura Trombley

The Huntington Library’s President Laura Trombley has resigned from the position as of March 28, effective immediately, according to a press release from the library’s board of trustees.
Trombley, who was tapped as president of the Huntington Library in 2015, is stepping down to immediately begin a book-length study on Mark Twain after winning the Louis J. Budd Award for outstanding contributions in the Field of Twain Scholarship, the board said in the statement. Continue reading “Trombley Steps Down as Huntington President”

Two Throw Hats in Ring for SM City Council

With San Marino’s November election slowly but surely coming, two from the community have formally announced their candidacy for what will be three vacancies on the City Council.
Susan Jakubowski, vice chair of the city’s Planning Commission, and Calvin Lo, an alternate on the city’s Traffic Advisory Commission, have begun campaigning for the City Council election. Continue reading “Two Throw Hats in Ring for SM City Council”

San Marino Home Demolition Plan Retains Narrow Approval

Despite protests from residents, the San Marino City Council will continue to allow a home at 1470 Virginia Road to be demolished.
Petitioners tried a second time to save the home at last week’s City Council meeting, where the body was voting on resolutions to uphold its findings regarding the project in January. Council members had, in January, voted 3-2 to both deny a petition that would have designated the home as a local historical landmark and to deny an appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision approving the demolition. Continue reading “San Marino Home Demolition Plan Retains Narrow Approval”

Rotary’s Former Ambassador Speaks on White House Service

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Katarina Mayers, who is flanked by parents Xandro and Bernadette Mayers, spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marino about her experience as a White House intern and President Barack Obama-appointee.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Katarina Mayers, who is flanked by parents Xandro and Bernadette Mayers, spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marino about her experience as a White House intern and President Barack Obama-appointee.

For its 39th annual Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Luncheon, the Rotary Club of San Marino called upon its own ambassador, of sorts, to deliver the keynote address.
And Katarina Mayers, a 2007 graduate of San Marino High School, delivered, giving what amounted to a “thank you” to the Rotary Club for helping to facilitate her post-high school journey that eventually made her an appointee in former President Barack Obama’s administration. Continue reading “Rotary’s Former Ambassador Speaks on White House Service”

Yoga Studio Approved for Downtown Location

The Planning Commission gave the green light to a prospective yoga and meditation studio at its meeting on March 22, provided the owner ensures that parking does not spill over into the City Hall lot.
The studio required a zoning variance because of the relative lack of parking dedicated to the location, which is at 2260 Huntington Drive. The Planning Commission was happy to grant it, however, given the prospect of a new business setting up shop in town. Continue reading “Yoga Studio Approved for Downtown Location”

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”