City Set to Take Long View on Capital Upgrades

He recently referred to himself as “the czar of capital dollars.”
With San Marino’s shiny new Capital Improvements Plan ready to be cemented when the 2018-19 budget is adopted, Michael Throne is ready to put it into action. As the director of the city’s Parks and Public Works Department and also the city engineer, the plan is his baby, so to speak. The program is the city’s first. Continue reading “City Set to Take Long View on Capital Upgrades”

Public Meeting on Budget Proposals This Friday

The City Council will publicly review budget proposals for the city and its various departments at its Friday study session in the Barth Room at Crowell Public Library.
The budget presentation by City Manager Marcella Marlowe will include the base operating budget, the Capital Improvement Plan, Strategic Plan items, organizational investment items, additional needs and program suggestions, and changes to fund balance reserves. Continue reading “Public Meeting on Budget Proposals This Friday”

Greater HMS Family Gathers for Centennial

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Mayor Steve Talt, who finished  8th grade at Huntington Middle School in 1972, shared his memories at the school during its Centennial Breakfast last week commemorating the school’s 100th year. For additional photos, see page 22.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Mayor Steve Talt, who finished
8th grade at Huntington Middle School in 1972, shared his memories at the school during its Centennial Breakfast last week commemorating the school’s 100th year. For additional photos, see page 22.

Decades’ worth of Huntington Middle School alumni, current and former faculty, and parents filled the school’s cafeteria last Wednesday morning to celebrate its centennial. Continue reading “Greater HMS Family Gathers for Centennial”

San Marino’s Crowell Library Turns 10

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Bookmark contest winners Kimberly Pan (from left), Caitlin Chwang, Irene Xue, Ken Chen and Ashley Tanaka show off their winning bookmarks at Crowell Public Library’s open house with Linda Chang, Brent Chang and Ann Gluck, whose company the Chang Group was a contest sponsor. Madeleine Cham (not pictured) also was a contest winner.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Bookmark contest winners Kimberly Pan (from left), Caitlin Chwang, Irene Xue, Ken Chen and Ashley Tanaka show off their winning bookmarks at Crowell Public Library’s open house with Linda Chang, Brent Chang and Ann Gluck, whose company the Chang Group was a contest sponsor. Madeleine Cham (not pictured) also was a contest winner.

Local families and community leaders gathered Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Crowell Public Library. A fun-filled day of activities was sponsored by the library’s board of trustees, Friends of the Library and the San Marino Public Library Foundation.
Early visitors were welcomed with a tour of the library, which was completed in 2008 at a cost of $17 million, $12 million of which was donated by private citizens. Continue reading “San Marino’s Crowell Library Turns 10”

Mayor Shares State of the City Report With Rotary

Mayor Steve Talt
Mayor Steve Talt

In one of his first major addresses as mayor, Steve Talt outlined to the Rotary Club of San Marino the City Council’s plan to identify and target financial investments with the goal of altering the city’s future.
In his State of the City presentation to the club last week, Talt focused on two areas: where the city stands and what decisions will have to be made in the coming months. He has a City Council with three new members and a largely new administration in City Hall to help. Continue reading “Mayor Shares State of the City Report With Rotary”

Learning to Assimilate Into U.S. Culture: A Talk at Crowell Library Jan. 24

Larry Wong
Larry Wong

In a discussion at Crowell Public Library, the group Partnership for Awareness hopes Larry Wong can assist parents — especially immigrants — learn how to help their children balance the adoption of American culture alongside that of their native country.
Wong, a marriage and family therapist who practices in Pasadena, said he will use the book “Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories” as the foundation for his discussion at 11 a.m. on Jan. 24. Continue reading “Learning to Assimilate Into U.S. Culture: A Talk at Crowell Library Jan. 24”

No Yawns With Jann of Sweden

Jann Eldnor, wearing his recognizable outfit, has operated his barbershop Jann of Sweden in San Marino for decades and isn’t short on stories to tell.
Jann Eldnor, wearing his recognizable outfit, has operated his barbershop Jann of Sweden in San Marino for decades and isn’t short on stories to tell.

As a barber, cowboy, storyteller, Santa Claus and parade rider, Jann Eldnor certainly qualifies as one of the most interesting men in San Marino.
He is not normally called by his surname, but rather Jann of Sweden. It’s how he answers the telephone at his barbershop on Huntington Drive, which essentially doubles as a museum of his adventures, displaying the various knickknacks of Americana he’s collected since he immigrated here 47 years ago. Continue reading “No Yawns With Jann of Sweden”