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”

Post-Election, Former Candidates Remain Civic-Minded

The election may be over, but for the four candidates who weren’t elected to the City Council, it certainly isn’t the end of the line when it comes to helping out their community.
In many ways, it’ll be back to business as usual for them. All seven of the City Council candidates for the election two weeks ago were involved in a variety of local charities, clubs and nonprofits when they declared, and while the three victors will take the next step as elected officials, their four friendly opponents will simply take what they’ve always done to the next level. Continue reading “Post-Election, Former Candidates Remain Civic-Minded”

City Seeks Best Program for Lead Mitigation

Under direction of the City Council, the city’s Planning and Zoning Department will prepare an ordinance regarding lead mitigation in San Marino homes and bring it forward for consideration.
This comes after Director of Planning and Zoning Aldo Cervantes presented his research on the issue at a recent City Council meeting. He studied the issue following media coverage of the apparent preponderance of lead contamination among Los Angeles-area children, particularly in San Marino. Continue reading “City Seeks Best Program for Lead Mitigation”

New Council Members to Help Tackle Hiring Procedures

As far back as anyone can remember, city managers have appointed and dismissed department heads without “concurrence” from the City Council, which is required in San Marino.
At last week’s City Council meeting, City Manager Marcella Marlowe told council members that they must address the issue and end the longstanding procedural gaffe, which she said potentially leaves the city exposed to legal liability. Continue reading “New Council Members to Help Tackle Hiring Procedures”

Three Fresh Faces Elected to City Council Seats

The City Council’s makeover that began two years ago is officially complete, after voters elected to send Gretchen Shepherd Romey, Ken Ude and Susan Jakubowski to the three seats being vacated next month.
According to a preliminary count from the Los Angeles County Registrar, the three candidates were elected decisively among a field of seven. Shepherd Romey, a lawyer; Ude, a businessman; and Jakubowski, a former business owner and county bureaucrat, will tentatively take their seats next month. Continue reading “Three Fresh Faces Elected to City Council Seats”

San Marino Stalls Plans for Restroom Remodel in Park

The City Council tentatively will consider options for one of Lacy Park’s restrooms at its next meeting, continuing a saga dating to 2014 on how to go about bringing the building into the 21st century.
The current plan, as presented by Parks and Public Works Director and City Engineer Michael Throne, calls for a $385,200 budget, including a 10% contingency, most of which has already been appropriated. However, amid calls for savings, Throne and City Manager Marcella Marlowe plan on coming back to the City Council with a few options this month. Continue reading “San Marino Stalls Plans for Restroom Remodel in Park”

New City Manager Sees Stability, Unity as Priorities

Marcella Marlowe

Her office is just about put together. The business cards are printed and ready for taking. She’s looking forward to Friday’s City Council meeting, which will officially be her first.
Marcella Marlowe, at the helm for two weeks now as San Marino’s new city manager, said her welcome has been about as good as it gets.
“It’s really great,” she said in an interview Oct. 20. “Everyone has been welcoming and wonderful. I’ve been telling everybody how lucky I feel here.” Continue reading “New City Manager Sees Stability, Unity as Priorities”

SM City Council Hopefuls Take Questions at Forum

City Council candidates Calvin Lo (from left), Scott Kwong, Susan Jakubowski, Ken Ude, Dr. Hai-Sou Chen, Gretchen Shepherd Romey and Eugene Sun reached out to voters at a candidate forum last week.

All seven City Council candidates were on hand for the San Marino City Club-sponsored forum at San Marino High School last week, all of whom made the most of the two hours to tout their campaigns to prospective voters.
Taking the stage in Neher Auditorium roughly a month out from the Nov. 7 election, candidates answered a variety of questions that were prepared ahead of time, anonymously submitted to each other among themselves and also from audience members. The auditorium was roughly half full.
The candidates are, alphabetically, Dr. Hai-Sou Chen, Susan Jakubowski, Scott Kwong, Calvin Lo, Gretchen Shepherd Romey, Eugene Sun and Ken Ude. Continue reading “SM City Council Hopefuls Take Questions at Forum”

SM Candidate Ude: Run Government Like a Smart Business

Ken Ude
Ken Ude

It’s a familiar refrain: the government ought to be run like a business.
Ken Ude, in his bid for City Council, hasn’t shied away from that moniker and touts his business credentials as setting him apart from his competitors.
“I’m getting a lot of positive feedback to the message and my experience,” he said, reflecting on how his campaign has gone. “It’s been fun to get out there and meet people and confirm a bunch of things about what’s important and what people are thinking about.” Continue reading “SM Candidate Ude: Run Government Like a Smart Business”