San Marino’s Crowell Library Turns 10

By Perry Fein
The Outlook

Local families and community leaders gathered Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Crowell Public Library. A fun-filled day of activities was sponsored by the library’s board of trustees, Friends of the Library and the San Marino Public Library Foundation.
Early visitors were welcomed with a tour of the library, which was completed in 2008 at a cost of $17 million, $12 million of which was donated by private citizens. Continue reading “San Marino’s Crowell Library Turns 10”

East, West Cultural Discussion Encouraged

An informal poll of the Barth Community Room at Crowell Public Library last Wednesday indicated that around half of the audience was immigrants and perhaps a half-dozen fell into the “1.5 generation” category.
This was a good pool for Larry Wong, a marriage and family therapist, who was on hand, courtesy of Partnership for Awareness, to discuss the issues related to how children of immigrant families develop their identities, specifically as it relates to East and Southeast Asian culture. As he noted early into his discussion, his family had immigrated to Los Angeles from Hong Kong before he was born; he never learned Mandarin. Continue reading “East, West Cultural Discussion Encouraged”

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”

Local Student Plugs Recycling With Old-Battery Bins

Emily Battaglia, an 8th-grader from San Marino, helped place battery recycling bins like this one in the UPS Store and Crowell Public Library in town.
Emily Battaglia, an 8th-grader from San Marino, helped place battery recycling bins like this one in the UPS Store and Crowell Public Library in town.

Don’t know what to do with your old batteries?
Thanks to an enterprising San Marino girl, you can drop them off at either Crowell Public Library or the local UPS Store so that they may be properly and safely recycled. Continue reading “Local Student Plugs Recycling With Old-Battery Bins”

State Senator Speaks to Parent Group About School Start Time

Having successfully lobbied for it in both his legislative body and his hometown, state Sen. Anthony Portantino hopes to tackle the topic of later start times for middle and high schools in San Marino.
Speaking before the San Marino Schools Participation Forum last Friday, Portantino first related to the parents in the room that among his many other roles and titles, he is “more than anything else, just a public school dad.” Continue reading “State Senator Speaks to Parent Group About School Start Time”

East Meets West to Host April, May Events

East Meets West Parents Education Club has announced new, upcoming events, with the first being a family bowling party on Sunday, April 23, at the Bowlmor Pasadena from 2-4 p.m.
On May 7 at 2 p.m., the club also will present a workshop on spring flower arrangement for local residents at the Crowell Public library.
On May 19 at 11:30 a.m., the club will host an international potluck luncheon to celebrate the club’s anniversary. With a focus on cultural diversity and appreciation, Ivy Sun, wife of Mayor Dr. Richard Sun and a community educator, will be the keynote speaker to address the importance of international cooperation and opportunities at this annual celebration. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, RSVP via eastmeetswestparent@gmail.com or call (626) 570-1309. For more details, visit emwpec.org.

Assemblyman Teaches Locals to Avoid Scams

Speaking before an audience at Crowell Public Library, Stacia Crane recounted that authorities once apprehended someone who had used about 600 Social Security numbers for a variety of fraudulent crimes.

Crane, a public information officer for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, then asked the audience where they supposed the thief obtained the numbers. Many assumed it was through mail theft or internet phishing. Crane corrected them.

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Assemblyman Ed Chau (left) and San Marino Police Department Detective Brian Wong chat at Crowell Public Library during a question-and-answer session at Chau’s workshop on fighting scams and identity theft.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Assemblyman Ed Chau (left) and San Marino Police Department Detective Brian Wong chat at Crowell Public Library during a question-and-answer session at Chau’s workshop on fighting scams and identity theft.

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City to Continue Evaluating Financial Options for Future

As it relates to current and future obligations to the state’s pension program, San Marino may not have the prettiest picture, but it is a far cry from the worst.
The city even finds itself with options to possibly stabilize pension funding payments that are projected to increase substantially just within the next decade and the City Council is expected to discuss establishing a committee to assess those options. Continue reading “City to Continue Evaluating Financial Options for Future”