San Marino School Board Looking for Advisers

Calling all parents, alumni, educators and those generally interested in San Marino education.
The San Marino Unified School District is looking to fill a whopping eight vacancies on its Academic Advisory Committee, a volunteer arm the Board of Education uses to research and gauge public interest in new programs and changes to public education before taking recommendations. Continue reading “San Marino School Board Looking for Advisers”

HMS Breaks Ground on New Athletic Complex

Alex Cherniss
Alex Cherniss

At long last, the Barth Athletic Complex has broken ground at Huntington Middle School.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, HMS and city residents will have their new gym and multipurpose athletic facility by August 2019. The facility is named for the generous $3.5 million donation from locals Andy and Avery Barth, who later added another $2 million dedicated to debt service payments. Continue reading “HMS Breaks Ground on New Athletic Complex”

SM Police Nabbing Suspects With Tips, Surveillance

Surveillance footage of a car with unique details from a May 3 break-in at a Virginia Road home helped to produce the crime bulletin that resulted in the June 7 arrest of a man allegedly in possession of stolen property, drugs and other criminal items.

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Cmdr. Aaron Blondé said San Marino Police Department officers often benefit from help by vigilant San Marino residents.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Cmdr. Aaron Blondé said San Marino Police Department officers often benefit from help by vigilant San Marino residents.

Even though detectives have, as of Monday, yet to directly link Thomas Dandurand, a 37-year-old Riverside man, to the Virginia Road burglary, Cmdr. Aaron Blondé said the footage was “instrumental” apprehending this suspect, whether he is the perpetrator or not.
Ancillary evidence in investigations, when combined with good police work, oftentimes is the reason arrests can be made. In recent months, SMPD officers and detectives have made a multitude of arrests thanks to help from watchful residents and their effective use of technology, and the arrest of Dandurand highlights this synergy. Continue reading “SM Police Nabbing Suspects With Tips, Surveillance”

Ude Entering SM City Council Race

Ken Ude
Ken Ude

A career businessman, San Marino resident Ken Ude said he will strive to adapt that mindset to the city if elected to the City Council this November.
Ude, a resident since 1986, said he felt more and more compelled to run as he attended City Council meetings and saw how decisions were made for the city. He publicly spoke of potentially running for a seat several months ago.
“The more you go look and see the decisions being made, the questions being asked, it makes you want to,” he said. “The city of San Marino is a $29 million business that needs to be run like one.” Continue reading “Ude Entering SM City Council Race”

SM Rotary Sends Off Academy Appointees With Praise, Advice

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK Lawrence Spicer (from left) Jordan Yriarte, Lenning Davis, Capt. Jinsuk Yum, Nicole Agbob and Charles Cathel were part of Rotary Club of San Marino’s Salute to Academy Appointees program. Yum spoke to recognize the perseverance of the high school graduates who were appointed to U.S. military academies.
Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK
Lawrence Spicer (from left) Jordan Yriarte, Lenning Davis, Capt. Jinsuk Yum, Nicole Agbob and Charles Cathel were part of Rotary Club of San Marino’s Salute to Academy Appointees program. Yum spoke to recognize the perseverance of the high school graduates who were appointed to U.S. military academies.

When Capt. Jinsuk Yum chose to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1999 as an 18-year-old fresh out of high school, he wasn’t sure where the decision would take him.
Nearly two decades later, the journey has included earning a bachelor’s degree in Mandarin Chinese from West Point, two overseas deployments and, currently, commanding the Los Angeles U.S. Army Recruiting Co.
“It’s been the best ride of my life so far,” he said last week, speaking at the annual Rotary Club of San Marino Salute to the Appointees to U.S. Service Academies program. Continue reading “SM Rotary Sends Off Academy Appointees With Praise, Advice”

Administrator Hired for ‘Dream Job’ at SMHS

Days after the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education had unanimously voted to hire Issaic Gates as the new principal for San Marino High School it hadn’t yet sunk in, he said.

Issaic Gates
Issaic Gates

“I’m still pinching myself,” he said. “I really, really am. San Marino is really a dream job. It’s such an opportunity.”
Gates, who holds a doctorate in education from USC, officially takes the helm on July 1 and will leave behind Los Alamitos High School, where he has served as an assistant principal for the last five years. He and his family live in Duarte.
“When you get the opportunity to work 15 minutes from home, it’s like finding a shortcut to work,” he said. Continue reading “Administrator Hired for ‘Dream Job’ at SMHS”