SMUSD Welcomes New Teachers, Staff

The San Marino Unified School District doesn’t exactly have to beat the bushes when it has an opening among its teaching ranks. The district’s reputation for academic excellence precedes it, apparently.
“I think we have competitive class sizes — low compared to neighboring districts — which is attractive,” said SMUSD’s superintendent, Dr. Alex Cherniss. “I think we have a great reputation: Our kids are high achieving. Teachers want to work with kids who are engaged, and our kids are exactly that.” Continue reading “SMUSD Welcomes New Teachers, Staff”

Spigots Turned Down Locally, New Data Shows

San Marino’s water consumption has slowed to a trickle over the last several weeks, according to figures provided by California American Water, the company that supplies water to all but a fraction of the community.
Cal Am Director of Operations Garry Hofer emailed water-use tables to city officials last week showing that San Marino used 32% less water in June and July than it had over the same months in 2014. In May, the city did even better, dropping its use by a whopping 48%. Continue reading “Spigots Turned Down Locally, New Data Shows”

Paying it Forward With Fresh Fruit

On a recent warm Saturday morning, several dozen people assembled outside the entrance to the Huntington Library. The gates wouldn’t open for another hour and a half, but these early birds weren’t there to see the art galleries, the library or the botanical gardens. What they were after was fruit — specifically, the seven acres of Valencia oranges adjacent to the Huntington’s north entry road. Continue reading “Paying it Forward With Fresh Fruit”