It was an oratorical competition at Huntington Middle School, and Matthew Slimp, the speech and debate coach at San Marino High School, had agreed to be one of the judges. He probably blinked in disbelief as the very first participant, an 8th-grader, concluded her speech. Continue reading “Liu Impresses Teachers With Her Academic Range”
Two mavericks have joined San Marino’s City Council, and the temperature in the room just went up.
Steve Talt and Dr. Steven Huang, who won election to the council in twin landslides in November, were sworn in before last week’s council meeting. Each clearly wants to make a strong early impression, and in the course of the proceedings, the normally even-tempered Dr. Richard Sun exhibited a rare flash of anger, and later exasperation. Continue reading “Lively Proceedings With New Council”
A significant shift of power occurred in San Marino last week as two new members joined the City Council, a new mayor was appointed and a new president named to the School Board.
Dr. Steven Huang and Steve Talt, who won seats to the City Council in the Nov. 3 election, were sworn in at the start of last week’s meeting. They replace two-term incumbents Dennis Kneier and Eugene Sun, who were voted out of office in a lopsided election. Continue reading “A Changing of the Guard in San Marino”
Crooks love Christmas, too.
All of those bright-colored presents under the tree … and the people off to yet another concert, play or party. Packages arriving by delivery almost daily, placed on the porch for easy snatching. Houses standing empty, as people head off to Mammoth or Hawaii or points beyond to enjoy a stretch of vacation. Continue reading “Foiling Criminals Over the Holidays”
Blame Fezziwig. In Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” he provided the blueprint for the proper Christmas party, clearing away the office furniture for music, dancing, games, food and “plenty of beer,” as the author wrote in 1843.
The festive spirit continues to soar at holiday gatherings everywhere, and it’s not unusual for the alcohol consumption to get away from someone. The danger occurs when that impaired person decides to drive home, and officials are issuing stern warnings about the necessity of being sensible amid the merriment. Continue reading “Holiday Revelers Urged Not to Mix Drinking, Driving”
San Marino resident Steve Silk was one of two honorees at the recent Stanley Black and Bob Barth Sports LA event, an annual gala that aims to raise money for worthy causes throughout the city. This year’s beneficiary was Union Rescue Mission, a 124-year-old organization dedicated to providing comprehensive emergency and long-term recovery services that help people unshackle themselves from the grip of homelessness in Los Angeles. Continue reading “Sports LA Raises $4.4M for Union Rescue Mission”
Ask any parent: One size does not fit all when raising and educating children. All the more so when dealing with boys vs. girls.
“It’s surprising. You think, ‘I’ve been through this with my daughter,’ but it’s entirely different [with a boy],” said Christina Pink, a Partnership for Awareness board member who has a daughter and a son. “With the same upbringing, the same parents, the same house, the same school district and sometimes identical teachers, I can tell you that the way they learn and the way they’re motivated is vastly different.” Continue reading “How Boys Tick: PfA Topic Dec. 9”
In the wake of the success of hiring a big-city policeman, John Incontro, to be its police chief, the city of San Marino has dipped into the command ranks of the Los Angeles Fire Department to fill the position of fire chief in the tri-city command. Continue reading “LAFD Veteran Named Fire Chief of 3 Cities”
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”
The new and improved Circle Drive Bridge was unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Saturday morning, officially marking the successful completion of a large public works endeavor that finished on schedule and on budget. Continue reading “Rebuilt Circle Drive Bridge is Sturdier, Wider”