City Aims for Organizational Viability

Quite a lot hinges on how City Hall approaches its next fiscal year, and city officials are presently trying to best triangulate themselves to make effective decisions.
The biggest tone-setter will be the budget, but other key developments — the presentation of the city’s Strategic Plan, the approval of the Human Resources Department’s Personnel Rules and Regulations manual and recommendations from the Long Term Strategic Financial Planning ad hoc committee — will set the foundation. Continue reading “City Aims for Organizational Viability”

City Council Taking Closer Look at Building Regulations

City employees have been directed to examine a number of building regulations and other ordinances to see if any modifications or updates might be considered.
Facets of the city’s governing language to be re-examined include the basement ordinance, regulations regarding the removal of trees from private properties and public medians and a variety of requirements for construction projects. The City Council decided on these items for review at its Friday morning study session and plans to address each item as it is presented in the future. Continue reading “City Council Taking Closer Look at Building Regulations”

SM City Council to Appoint Public Safety Commission

The City Council looks to make six appointments to its newly created Public Safety Commission at its morning study session on Friday.
This commission, formally created by the City Council at its Feb. 14 meeting, will primarily concern itself with analyzing the city’s needs as it relates to providing assistance to law enforcement, fire response and emergency services. It also will handle traffic-related issues, as the Traffic Advisory Commission was effectively repurposed to make the public safety one commission. Continue reading “SM City Council to Appoint Public Safety Commission”

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”

City Reviews Rebuild Options for Rose Arbor

The City Council expects to review options for the Lacy Park Rose Arbor tentatively in March after giving Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne a sense of their hopeful direction at a meeting last week.
The prior Rose Arbor was demolished by the city in 2016 after it had apparently deteriorated to a hazardous state, a move which incensed those intent on preserving historical landmarks in town. The City Council aims to find a way to replace the structure in a way both meaningful to those who have donated for it in the past and sturdy enough to stand for the foreseeable future. Continue reading “City Reviews Rebuild Options for Rose Arbor”

City to Explore Spending Reserve Funds

Looking at the bank accounts and debt service for San Marino, the problem apparently isn’t one of where to find money to spend, but rather, what to spend the money on.
As Josh Betta, the interim administrative services director, explained at last week’s City Council meeting, the city is sitting on essentially a year’s worth of operating expenses in its fund reserves, a feat he says no other city in the county and few, if any, statewide can claim. Continue reading “City to Explore Spending Reserve Funds”

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”