City to Explore Spending Reserve Funds

Looking at the bank accounts and debt service for San Marino, the problem apparently isn’t one of where to find money to spend, but rather, what to spend the money on.
As Josh Betta, the interim administrative services director, explained at last week’s City Council meeting, the city is sitting on essentially a year’s worth of operating expenses in its fund reserves, a feat he says no other city in the county and few, if any, statewide can claim. Continue reading “City to Explore Spending Reserve Funds”

Mayor Shares State of the City Report With Rotary

In one of his first major addresses as mayor, Steve Talt outlined to the Rotary Club of San Marino the City Council’s plan to identify and target financial investments with the goal of altering the city’s future.
In his State of the City presentation to the club last week, Talt focused on two areas: where the city stands and what decisions will have to be made in the coming months. He has a City Council with three new members and a largely new administration in City Hall to help. Continue reading “Mayor Shares State of the City Report With Rotary”

Marlowe: From Aspiring Judge to City Manager

It was a chance job with the city of Calabasas that set Marcella Marlowe on the path to becoming city manager for the city of San Marino.
Having grown up there before the city incorporated, Marlowe had freshly earned her bachelor’s degree in classical Greek civilization and, by her own admission, was looking for an easy gig that let her sleep in each day. Calabasas City Hall was looking for a part-time afternoon receptionist and Marlowe hailed it as “Jackpot!” Continue reading “Marlowe: From Aspiring Judge to City Manager”

Learning to Assimilate Into U.S. Culture: A Talk at Crowell Library Jan. 24

Larry Wong
Larry Wong

In a discussion at Crowell Public Library, the group Partnership for Awareness hopes Larry Wong can assist parents — especially immigrants — learn how to help their children balance the adoption of American culture alongside that of their native country.
Wong, a marriage and family therapist who practices in Pasadena, said he will use the book “Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories” as the foundation for his discussion at 11 a.m. on Jan. 24. Continue reading “Learning to Assimilate Into U.S. Culture: A Talk at Crowell Library Jan. 24”

No Yawns With Jann of Sweden

Jann Eldnor, wearing his recognizable outfit, has operated his barbershop Jann of Sweden in San Marino for decades and isn’t short on stories to tell.
Jann Eldnor, wearing his recognizable outfit, has operated his barbershop Jann of Sweden in San Marino for decades and isn’t short on stories to tell.

As a barber, cowboy, storyteller, Santa Claus and parade rider, Jann Eldnor certainly qualifies as one of the most interesting men in San Marino.
He is not normally called by his surname, but rather Jann of Sweden. It’s how he answers the telephone at his barbershop on Huntington Drive, which essentially doubles as a museum of his adventures, displaying the various knickknacks of Americana he’s collected since he immigrated here 47 years ago. Continue reading “No Yawns With Jann of Sweden”