San Marino High School varsity football coach Mike Hobbie wasn’t satisfied with his team’s performance despite building a five-point lead at the half against visiting Calabasas Viewpoint last Friday, and gathered his players in the locker room to ask a simple question.
“He came in very calm, which we weren’t expecting,” said senior quarterback Blake Cabot. “He asked, ‘Do you want to win?’ We said yes, and he told us that if we wanted to win, we need to [execute the game plan] or else we’d lose. I think that motivated all of us. We’re not losing this game, and we got our act together.”
The motivated Titans responded with a dominant second half, running away with a 41-12 victory over the Patriots in a nonleague contest. Continue reading “San Marino Downs Viewpoint, Extends Win Streak”
Four property owners along Huntington Drive are apparently willing to discuss the possibility of allowing Verizon to install cellphone signal devices to their buildings, Planning and Building Director Aldo Cervantes reported last week.
Cervantes, who was updating the City Council on the matter, did not name those owners or which properties. He said those four owners were among a total of nine whose properties were identified by Verizon as feasible locations. Continue reading “Property Owners May Give Verizon Tower Relocation Options”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”