SM Councilmembers Move to Protect Historic Structures

Finally, the cement has been laid for San Marino’s historic preservation ordinance, with a unanimous vote by the City Council last week introducing the proposal by first reading; it is expected to be formally adopted at the April 11 meeting and to be amended routinely.
The tentative adoption will check off a primary goal of Mayor Steve Talt’s agenda for this year. His “yes” vote last week was preceded by a sigh of relief, likely echoing many of the city’s residents’ thoughts just as accurately as the “joyful yes” given by Councilwoman Susan Jakubowski. Continue reading “SM Councilmembers Move to Protect Historic Structures”

New Mayor Talt Outlines Plans

The newly composed City Council, with members Susan Jakubowski (from left), Dr. Steven Huang, Steve Talt, Gretchen Shepherd Romey and Ken Ude, was seated at last week’s meeting. Talt and Huang were selected as mayor and vice mayor, respectively.
The newly composed City Council, with members Susan Jakubowski (from left), Dr. Steven Huang, Steve Talt, Gretchen Shepherd Romey and Ken Ude, was seated at last week’s meeting. Talt and Huang were selected as mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

After two years of waiting, Steve Talt was ready last Wednesday to be chosen by his fellow City Council members to be San Marino’s mayor for 2018.
With Dr. Steven Huang selected as vice mayor, the 2015 electoral class is set to mold their vision for San Marino alongside their three newly elected colleagues who were officially sworn in at this same meeting. Continue reading “New Mayor Talt Outlines Plans”

LCF City Council Broaches Historic Preservation Discussion

Although it was only a study session, members of the City Council seemed to agree on the need and direction for establishing a more concrete historic preservation procedure in town.
“We should make efforts to identify and preserve our historic resources,” Mayor Michael Davitt said. “I think that’s a smart thing to do.” Continue reading “LCF City Council Broaches Historic Preservation Discussion”

Plans for Two-Lot Home Denied

A model shows the layout of a home that was proposed at 1285 Oak Grove Ave. Planning Commissioners were quick to reject the home in large part because of its scale compared with the rest of the neighborhood.
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A model shows the layout of a home that was proposed at 1285 Oak Grove Ave. Planning Commissioners were quick to reject the home in large part because of its scale compared with the rest of the neighborhood.

The proposal for a new home that was considered by members of the Planning Commission to be an affront to the city’s building process was soundly denied at the body’s meeting last week, with several commissioners excoriating the project’s architect.
The project came before the Planning Commission because it required five variances and one conditional use permit, in addition to its three design review actions.
“This really isn’t a ‘try it out’ type of place,” said Commissioner Raymond Cheng, criticizing architect A.C. Lee after he presented the project. “We’re counting on your professionalism when you walk in here.” Continue reading “Plans for Two-Lot Home Denied”