Thomas Simpson excitedly sought out Principal Liz Hollingsworth at Carver Elementary School recently. In the band class he leads before school one day each week, he had just shot a video on his iPhone, and he couldn’t wait to show it to her. Continue reading “Music to Their Ears at Carver, Valentine”
Audience members inside Huntington Middle School’s Kenneth White Auditorium may notice something different while watching musical performances or attending assemblies this fall. Chairs that used to squeak at the slightest shift in weight are now silent. Walls that carry sound throughout the venue are quieter as well — at least in terms of their color scheme. The vision of Principal Jason Kurtenbach and the San Marino Unified School District PTA was finally realized when HMS unveiled its auditorium refurbishments during a ribbon-cutting ceremony inside the spruced-up space last month. Continue reading “Refurbished Auditorium Makes HMS Shine”
The last couple of years have been tempestuous in San Marino, with residents fretting over newly built homes that are out of step with their neighborhoods, the potential outlay of millions to reconstruct Stoneman School and the perception of a loose rein on city expenditures. Continue reading “Talt, Huang Elected; Taxes Pass”
A visitor recently ventured into Jones Coffee Roasters looking for the proprietor and asked a teenage employee where he might find Mireya Jones.
“You mean my grandma?” came the reply. Continue reading “Keeping Up — and Caffeinated — with the Joneses”
Proponents of two taxes that combine to generate nearly one-fifth of San Marino’s net revenues are cautiously optimistic the measures will be approved by voters in Tuesday’s general municipal election. Continue reading “It’s Decision Time on Taxes, Council for Local Voters”
The large crowd at San Marino High School’s Titan Stadium was as electric as ever on Friday night, and for good reason. The varsity football team was set to square off with eight-time defending Rio Hondo League champion Monrovia, a team it had not beaten in 12 years. The Titans didn’t let their fans’ palpable energy go to waste and fed off it to score their biggest victory in recent memory. Continue reading “San Marino Ends Monrovia’s Reign, 49-14”
The City Council deadlocked last week on whether to form a budget advisory commission of local citizens, and will take the matter up anew at its meeting of Oct. 30. Continue reading “No Council Decision Yet on Budget Commission”
Head coach Mike Hobbie and the San Marino High School varsity football team are accustomed to shattering records with an unstoppable offense, but the squad broke the greatest one yet on Friday.
The Titans defeated eight-time defending Rio Hondo League champion Monrovia, 49-14, snapping the Wildcats’ 38-game winning streak against league opponents. Continue reading “A Titanic Accomplishment: SMHS Breaks Through vs. Monrovia”
An informational meeting about key issues facing San Marino generated a roiling convergence of interest groups in Huntington Middle School’s cafeteria last week, resulting in some impassioned exchanges and uncomfortable moments. Continue reading “Fire Staffing is Simmering Stew at Mayor’s Forum”
Gregory Eng was sitting in his San Marino High School classroom on Friday morning when the door opened and a crowd of people entered. The group included his parents, the school principal, the district superintendent and several others he had never seen before. Eng dropped his pencil as the room fell silent. This couldn’t be good. What had he done? Continue reading “SMHS Student Receives Nordstrom Scholarship”