San Marino’s Chemistry Key to Winning League

San Marino High School water polo assistant coach Bilal Elgabalawy and head coach Robert Zirovich

San Marino High School varsity boys’ water polo coach Robert Zirovich lost key players to transfer and graduation, including Rio Hondo League MVP Alessio Brunochelli, but the third-year coach is starting the season with more optimism than ever.
“We lost Aaron Wilson, who transferred to [La Verne] Damien, and Alessio to graduation,” Zirovich said. “On paper, we have less talent, but in terms of what we’re doing in the pool, we’re just playing more of a team game than we were last year. Our defense in particular has taken a step forward in the right direction.”
Returning players such as Charles Wong, Jacob Yee, Blake Castleman and Dillon Goldsmith showed a dedication to the program during the offseason, and now the Titans are off to a 5-1 start to the season. Continue reading “San Marino’s Chemistry Key to Winning League”

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.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
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”

Hai-Sou Chen to Vie for City Council Seat

Hai-Sou Chen
Hai-Sou Chen

Longtime San Marino resident Dr. Hai-Sou Chen has recently thrown his hat in the ring as a contender for City Council in the November election, pushing the pool of candidates to three.
Chen, a San Marino resident since 1982, has run his dental practice in San Gabriel since 1979 and most recently contributed to city government affairs as a member of the Design Review Committee for five years, chairing the committee in 2015 and 2016. Continue reading “Hai-Sou Chen to Vie for City Council Seat”

How to Identify, Eradicate Exposure

For residents newly concerned about the potential for lead exposure at home, there are relatively simple ways to check for its presence.
For the home, there are simple paint and water tests available at many stores, and a visit to a primary care doctor is all that is needed for a blood test. The toxic heavy metal has been in the news amid a continuing crisis in Michigan, and a nationwide investigation by Reuters found that San Marino has some of the highest percentage of children in Los Angeles County that show high lead elevations in testing. Continue reading “How to Identify, Eradicate Exposure”

HMS Science Olympiad Club Looking at State Competition

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Members of the Huntington Middle School Science Olympiad team pose with the medals they earned from the regional competition. Angelina Yung (front row, from left), Chelsea An, Sandra Chai, Cynthia Wong, Suzanne Nitta, Felix Chao, Alina Champon and Audrey Jung. Back: Elaine Cheng, Claire Wang, Amelia Kung, Ellen Ma, Alisa Quon, Joey David, Aaron Lee and Victor Charle.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Members of the Huntington Middle School Science Olympiad team pose with the medals they earned from the regional competition. Angelina Yung (front row, from left), Chelsea An, Sandra Chai, Cynthia Wong, Suzanne Nitta, Felix Chao, Alina Champon and Audrey Jung. Back: Elaine Cheng, Claire Wang, Amelia Kung, Ellen Ma, Alisa Quon, Joey David, Aaron Lee and Victor Charle.

It was nearly a month removed from competition in which Huntington Middle School’s Science Olympiad club collectively placed second at regionals, and the kids were for the first time rocking their medals they had earned. Continue reading “HMS Science Olympiad Club Looking at State Competition”

Rotary’s Former Ambassador Speaks on White House Service

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Katarina Mayers, who is flanked by parents Xandro and Bernadette Mayers, spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marino about her experience as a White House intern and President Barack Obama-appointee.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Katarina Mayers, who is flanked by parents Xandro and Bernadette Mayers, spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marino about her experience as a White House intern and President Barack Obama-appointee.

For its 39th annual Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Luncheon, the Rotary Club of San Marino called upon its own ambassador, of sorts, to deliver the keynote address.
And Katarina Mayers, a 2007 graduate of San Marino High School, delivered, giving what amounted to a “thank you” to the Rotary Club for helping to facilitate her post-high school journey that eventually made her an appointee in former President Barack Obama’s administration. Continue reading “Rotary’s Former Ambassador Speaks on White House Service”

Yoga Studio Approved for Downtown Location

The Planning Commission gave the green light to a prospective yoga and meditation studio at its meeting on March 22, provided the owner ensures that parking does not spill over into the City Hall lot.
The studio required a zoning variance because of the relative lack of parking dedicated to the location, which is at 2260 Huntington Drive. The Planning Commission was happy to grant it, however, given the prospect of a new business setting up shop in town. Continue reading “Yoga Studio Approved for Downtown Location”

Durant’s Illustrious Volunteer Past Earns Rotary’s Paul Harris Nod

Enjoying the Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual Paul Harris Award luncheon last week were (front row, from left) Mary Payne, Lucille Norberg and Rotary Club President Gilda Moshir. Back: Bill Payne, Isaac Hung, Paul Harris Award recipient Dick Durant, keynote speaker Katarina Mayers and Jean-Phillippe Hebral.
Enjoying the Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual Paul Harris Award luncheon last week were (front row, from left) Mary Payne, Lucille Norberg and Rotary Club President Gilda Moshir. Back: Bill Payne, Isaac Hung, Paul Harris Award recipient Dick Durant, keynote speaker Katarina Mayers and Jean-Phillippe Hebral.

With an unassuming humility, Dick Durant on March 23 accepted the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary Club of San Marino at the club’s annual award luncheon.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Durant told the crowd upon receiving his award, brimming with gratitude despite his low-key demeanor. Continue reading “Durant’s Illustrious Volunteer Past Earns Rotary’s Paul Harris Nod”

Design Review Approves Project With Conditions

After six conditions are met, the owners of 1300 Bedford Road will get the green light to add onto their current home, the Design Review Committee decided recently.
The committee approved the project with conditions on a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner John Dustin opposing. In discussion, Dustin had voiced concerns not necessarily shared by his colleagues and ultimately not addressed in the conditional approval. Continue reading “Design Review Approves Project With Conditions”