Report: Barth Athletics Complex on Schedule, Within Budget

Photo courtesy Gerald Schober A report on the progress of construction of Barth Athletics Complex, shown here, was presented at the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education meeting this week.
Photo courtesy Gerald Schober
A report on the progress of construction of Barth Athletics Complex, shown here, was presented at the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education meeting this week.

Having now awarded a contract for roof installation, the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education this week finished lining up all the builders it needs for the Barth Athletics Complex’s construction.
Barring unforeseen hiccups, the facility remains on schedule to be opened to Huntington Middle School students at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The school board, at its meeting Tuesday, received a project update that coincided with its awarding of the final contract. Continue reading “Report: Barth Athletics Complex on Schedule, Within Budget”

School Board Incumbents Grab Early Lead

Despite spirited competition for the three available seats, early returns in the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education election appeared to point toward continuity, as incumbents C. Joseph Chang and Shelley Ryan had the leading two spots in a partial count of precincts Tuesday night.
With early voting tabulated along with ballots in two of the seven precincts, Chang had 1,336 votes as of The Outlook’s press deadline this week, followed by Ryan’s 988 votes. Newcomer Corey Barberie checked in at third with 877 votes. Continue reading “School Board Incumbents Grab Early Lead”

Woman Dies After Car Crashes Into Tree

San Marino police continue to investigate a single-vehicle collision that occurred Monday morning and led to a woman’s death.
The 83-year-old victim, whose name was still being withheld Tuesday at The Outlook’s press deadline, was driving an older-model Volvo that collided with a tree near the intersection of Lorain and Windsor roads at around 9:40 a.m. Monday. She died after being transported to Huntington Hospital by first responders. Continue reading “Woman Dies After Car Crashes Into Tree”

City Council Sets Moratorium on Removal of Trees

San Marino officials will have the security of a moratorium on permits for tree removals as they tweak a proposed ordinance that is meant to address concerns about the practice and will be reintroduced in December.
Planning and Building Director Aldo Cervantes, whose department handles permits and code enforcement, has been directed to make several changes to the proposed ordinance. They include more thoroughly defining what hedges and tree topping are, adding a provision to revoke business licenses from those violating the ordinance, revising the requirement for minimum replacement tree size and removing language that distinguishes between front yard and backyard trees. Continue reading “City Council Sets Moratorium on Removal of Trees”

School Parcel Tax Renewal Placed on February Ballot

With the election for the renewal of one of the San Marino Unified School District’s parcel taxes officially set, the onus is now on community members to promote — or discourage — bringing it back for another six years.
Parents of SMUSD students traditionally spearhead cam-paigns for tax renewals and other measures, with school officials and Board of Education members limited to discussing information about the ballot item without weighing in on its merits. Even the campaigners must volunteer entirely on their own. Continue reading “School Parcel Tax Renewal Placed on February Ballot”

A Tower of California Cuisine to Cook at Parkway Grill

Photo courtesy Sam Hannah Jeremiah Tower
Photo courtesy Sam Hannah
Jeremiah Tower

Those who enjoy California cuisine will have a chance to enjoy offerings from one of culinary style’s pioneers — Jeremiah Tower — when he serves as guest chef at Parkway Grill during a three-day window in November.
The renowned Bay Area chef, whose past enterprises include the famed Stars restaurant that got its start in San Francisco, will lend his skills to Parkway Grill’s kitchen from Nov. 6-8, replacing the restaurant’s dinner menu in its entirety during that span and mixing in choice offerings with the usual lunch menu. Tower is known for popularizing California cuisine, which emphasizes using locally produced, sustainable ingredients to match the season of the region. Continue reading “A Tower of California Cuisine to Cook at Parkway Grill”

Carver Programs Robotics Event

Photo courtesy Michael Lin San Marino elementary school students competed for the first time last year at the FIRST Lego League qualifying tournament hosted in Upland. Carver Elementary School will host a similar tournament next month.
Photo courtesy Michael Lin
San Marino elementary school students competed for the first time last year at the FIRST Lego League qualifying tournament hosted in Upland. Carver Elementary School will host a similar tournament next month.

Having joined the organization just last year, Carver Elementary School will host a qualifying tournament for FIRST Lego League in November at which enterprising elementary school students from throughout the San Gabriel Valley will compete in the robotics program’s Into Orbit challenges.
Twenty-one teams are signed up for Carver’s tournament, including a handful from Carver, Valentine Elementary School and Huntington Middle School. Up to 10 students in grades 4-8 can be on a team. Carver’s tournament will be on Saturday, Nov. 10. Continue reading “Carver Programs Robotics Event”

Man Charged With Setting Fires in Front of Businesses

A Rancho Cucamonga man has been arraigned on arson charges after being arrested last week by the San Marino Police Department in connection with fires that were set in front of Huntington Drive businesses in September.
The 27-year-old was arrested on Monday, Oct. 15, after an investigation by the SMPD, the San Marino Fire Department and the San Gabriel Police Department. Continue reading “Man Charged With Setting Fires in Front of Businesses”

Protection of Mature Trees on City Council’s Friday Agenda

The City Council on Friday will consider a long-anticipated proposed ordinance designed to extend greater protection to mature trees in San Marino, including during construction projects.
Commissioned in May after a lengthy discussion, the proposal is expected to improve the manner in which the public is notified of planned tree removals, substantially increase fines for various infractions, modify the appeal process, establish new parameters for permitting the removal of trees and extend the historic landmark designation to trees. Continue reading “Protection of Mature Trees on City Council’s Friday Agenda”

World War II Pilot’s Tales Transport Rotary Audience

Warren Arnett
Warren Arnett

In 1945, 20-year-old Warren “Jeff” Arnett from San Marino was ordered by the U.S. Army Air Corps to fly from Indiana to India where, he said, he experienced fear for the first time while shepherding supplies across the Himalayas to Burma to Chinese troops allied with America.
His homecoming later that year, after World War II’s end, began with a comedic return to civilian life for the former airman, as he told the Rotary Club of San Marino during its luncheon last week. Continue reading “World War II Pilot’s Tales Transport Rotary Audience”