SM Candidate Ude: Run Government Like a Smart Business

Ken Ude
Ken Ude

It’s a familiar refrain: the government ought to be run like a business.
Ken Ude, in his bid for City Council, hasn’t shied away from that moniker and touts his business credentials as setting him apart from his competitors.
“I’m getting a lot of positive feedback to the message and my experience,” he said, reflecting on how his campaign has gone. “It’s been fun to get out there and meet people and confirm a bunch of things about what’s important and what people are thinking about.” Continue reading “SM Candidate Ude: Run Government Like a Smart Business”

Bittersweet Ending to Collins’ Tenure With San Marino

In an emotional closure to last week’s City Council meeting, Cindy Collins, who has spent the past 14 months as the interim city manager, said her goodbyes to City Council members and city staff.
As of Monday this week, she has ceded her duties to Marcella Marlowe, who was hired full time last month. Collins will stay on through the month to help transition and then retire. Continue reading “Bittersweet Ending to Collins’ Tenure With San Marino”

SMHS Principal Settles Into Fast Lane

Issaic Gates greets students at San Marino High School during lunch last week. Gates is settling into his role as principal of the school after being hired this year.
Issaic Gates greets students at San Marino High School during lunch last week. Gates is settling into his role as principal of the school after being hired this year.

At eight weeks into the school year, Issaic Gates looks — and said he feels — more relaxed as the new principal of San Marino High School.
“It’s a different feeling than ‘Before Week 1,’” he said, mentally revisiting his first ‘first day’ at SMHS. “Before Week 1, you get the job and you’re just excited. I imagine it’s the mature version of ‘getting the car,’ but you’re getting your mom or dad’s car. Not a Yaris or a Corolla. A Mercedes or something. And the one thing you don’t want to do is wreck it. Then you start driving it and you get comfortable. You’ve touched the leather before.” Continue reading “SMHS Principal Settles Into Fast Lane”

Chamber Tips Cap to City’s First Responders

Cpl. Kenric Wu (left) and Firefighter/Paramedic Russell Wilcox were recognized by the San Marino Chamber of Commerce at a special event.
Cpl. Kenric Wu (left) and Firefighter/Paramedic Russell Wilcox were recognized by the San Marino Chamber of Commerce at a special event.

For 10 years, the San Marino Chamber of Commerce has made a point to honor the city’s distinguished first responders, and the city’s police and fire departments have had no issue supplying it with candidates.
This year, Cpl. Kenric Wu from the San Marino Police Department and firefighter/paramedic Russell Wilcox from the San Marino Fire Department were recognized by the Chamber at its annual Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheon. Representatives from local legislators’ offices also were on hand to recognize the first responders. Continue reading “Chamber Tips Cap to City’s First Responders”

Shepherd Romey: A Heart for Preservation

Gretchen Shepherd Romey
Gretchen Shepherd Romey

When she moved here two decades ago to raise her family, Gretchen Shepherd Romey said she dedicated a lot of her life to being involved in the various groups and nonprofits that help turn San Marino’s gears.
Now an empty nester, Shepherd Romey said she’s redirected the energy from raising a family to her continuing volunteer and civic work, which includes a run for a City Council seat. Continue reading “Shepherd Romey: A Heart for Preservation”

SMUSD Lauds Its Education Scores

With the formal release of the state’s CAASPP scores, San Marino Unified School District brought its four principals out for a press conference extolling the success of their students.
Superintendent Alex Cherniss, in introducing the principals, credited the district’s students for taking advantage of being in what is routinely one of the best ranked unified school districts in the state. He characterized SMUSD as the four principals being head coaches to his general manager, each with their own sports team. Continue reading “SMUSD Lauds Its Education Scores”

New City Manager Hired, Starts Oct. 16

Marcella Marlowe
Marcella Marlowe

By a 3-1 vote, the contract to hire Marcella Marlowe as San Marino’s new city manager was approved at the City Council’s morning meeting last Friday.
Marlowe, who was assistant city manager for nearby San Gabriel, officially begins work on Oct. 16.
“We’ll start a transition process that will last over the next month,” said interim City Manager Cindy Collins in an interview this week. “I’ll be available as she needs me once she arrives.” Continue reading “New City Manager Hired, Starts Oct. 16”

Candidate Lo Promises Public Safety, Preservation

Calvin Lo
Calvin Lo

To Calvin Lo, San Marino is a unique and premium city and should be treated and run as such.
This motivation has helped drive him on his quest for a City Council seat in the upcoming election, he said, a bid he sees as the next natural step for him in volunteering in San Marino.
“To me, this is another step for community service,” he said. “My campaign model is to uphold the core values of San Marino, which are the beautiful architecture, the rich heritage, the strong sense of community, the safety of the neighborhoods and the quality of life.” Continue reading “Candidate Lo Promises Public Safety, Preservation”

Former Sheriff Baca Remains Free on Appeal

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca remains out of prison as his Alzheimer’s disease progresses and he continues to fight the three-year prison sentence handed down on March 15, according to media reports.
The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that Baca’s legal team will appeal a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson that Baca, a longtime local resident, should report for his prison sentence as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether he received a fair trial. Continue reading “Former Sheriff Baca Remains Free on Appeal”