New Venture Restores Dignity on L.A.’s Skid Row

Putting on clean underwear in the morning probably seems like a simple, obvious expression of personal hygiene. Until it isn’t an option.
“You’re out there and you have the same pair on for weeks, or months,” said Ben Conditt, a formerly homeless man who is now a resident at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. “You try to wash your underwear in buckets. But as soon as you change it, it’s going to get old when you’re living outdoors. Even if you have a clean pair of socks, you’re putting on dirty old shoes. Continue reading “New Venture Restores Dignity on L.A.’s Skid Row”

CHLA Strives for Hybrid Surgery Suite

Fundraising efforts are currently underway for a new hybrid surgery suite that will revolutionize pediatric cardiac care at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. A recent dinner hosted by Stephen and Chantal Bennett of San Marino honored Dr. Vincent Starnes, co-director of CHLA’s Heart Institute, and raised $50,000. The project now needs an additional $1.7 million in funding to meet its $5-million projected budget. Continue reading “CHLA Strives for Hybrid Surgery Suite”

It’s an Honor: Students to Sing in All-Star Choir

Ten San Marino High School students will lend their voices to a star-studded chorale this weekend in Redlands, having been selected to the Southern California Vocal Association Honor Choir. They’ll be part of an assemblage of 270 choristers who will perform Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in the University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel. Continue reading “It’s an Honor: Students to Sing in All-Star Choir”

Super-Speed Internet Comes to Crowell

Accessing information online has become increasingly common in the digital age. Connection speeds have escalated and libraries all over the country now feature computers alongside traditional bookshelves. The Crowell Public Library is no different, except patrons at San Marino’s information hub will now be placed directly at the forefront of this technological trend, thanks to a new Internet system. Continue reading “Super-Speed Internet Comes to Crowell”

Reviewing Election Successes

For two challengers in last week’s City Council election, status as an outsider carried considerable weight. But a little money didn’t hurt, either.
Steve Talt and Dr. Steven Huang each raised in excess of $33,000 in campaign funds for the race, according to disclosure documents on file with the city clerk. They handily unseated the two incumbents, Mayor Eugene Sun and Councilman Dennis Kneier. Continue reading “Reviewing Election Successes”

Council to Solicit Citizens’ Advice on Budget Committee

The City Council welcomes the community’s input on San Marino’s budget, but it wants to be closely engaged in the process. At its meeting last week, the council steered away from establishing a citizens’ budget commission and instead agreed to create an ad hoc council committee — one that will have two council members sitting in on the proceedings. Continue reading “Council to Solicit Citizens’ Advice on Budget Committee”

Girls’ Social World is Subject of Talk

For adolescent girls, the elementary and middle school social scene can be a strange, frightening and confusing place. For their parents, it can be even more so. To help both parties navigate the murky waters ahead, an upcoming Partnership for Awareness event will tackle the issue of girls’ social and emotional development through these formative years. Continue reading “Girls’ Social World is Subject of Talk”