PTAs Detail Big Donations on Volunteer Hours, Money

The final PTA Council report for the 2018-19 school year indicates the network contributed nearly $860,000 and more than 157,000 volunteer hours to the San Marino Unified School District throughout the year.
The SMUSD Board of Education accepted the report at its meeting last week, during which outgoing PTA Council President Christina Pink highlighted the work of each school’s organization before yielding the floor for individual presentations by the schools’ outgoing presidents. Continue reading “PTAs Detail Big Donations on Volunteer Hours, Money”

Well Ahead of Deadline, City Adopts $33 Million Budget

With a unanimous vote last week, San Marino entered June with a fully adopted 2019-20 fiscal year budget, precisely a month ahead of schedule.
When the new fiscal year begins on July 1, the city aims to spend $33,057,856 on operational and capital costs, with an income of $31,681,165; to bridge revenue gaps, as with the Public Safety Parcel Tax for example, there are $10,626,050 of in-and-out transfers planned. The approved numbers reflect a series of last-minute cuts made at the meeting on Friday, May 31. Continue reading “Well Ahead of Deadline, City Adopts $33 Million Budget”

Motor Classic Shapes Up as Alluring Car Cornucopia

Aaron Weiss
Aaron Weiss

No matter your relationship to the automobile, you’re likely to find something to enjoy about the annual San Marino Motor Classic, which returns to Lacy Park on Sunday, June 9.
For the entry fee of $35 at the door (free for children 12 and younger), guests may enjoy the annual display of venerable antiques, never-before-seens and the cream of the crop that fills Lacy Park for the day. Organizers have gathered well over 400 vehicles this year.
“For the quality of what we have, the number is pretty amazing,” said Aaron Weiss, a founder of the Motor Classic. “These are all Concours-level show cars. We have some coming from as far as the East Coast. We have some pretty significant cars.” Continue reading “Motor Classic Shapes Up as Alluring Car Cornucopia”

City Council Readies for Final Budget Proposal

The City Council plans to finally consider a budget proposal for the forthcoming fiscal year at its Friday morning meeting, where it also is expected to establish the public safety parcel tax levy for the year.
If approved, the budget would take effect on July 1, as scheduled; substantive changes to the budget would require a new public hearing, although there remain two regularly scheduled meetings in June that would allow a July 1 adoption. Continue reading “City Council Readies for Final Budget Proposal”

Traffic-Relief Ideas Range From ‘Fix It’ to ‘Forget It’

Michael Throne
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Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne speaks with a local couple, Kim and Kien Chua, about a traffic-related concern in San Marino. Throne and other city officials have been soliciting ideas to improve traffic flow in town, though many residents say the answer is simply to do nothing.

The City Council plans to take a first look at specific proposals to alleviate traffic congestion on portions of San Marino roadways sometime in June, finally starting a council-level discussion on whether the city should even move forward with the projects that would be funded by Metro. Continue reading “Traffic-Relief Ideas Range From ‘Fix It’ to ‘Forget It’”

At 97, Author Tolles Has Even More Tales to Tell

Author Martha Tolles
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Author Martha Tolles talks with Tina Kleindorfer after signing a copy of Tolles’ newest book, “Love and Sabotage.” Tolles, a San Marino resident, has mostly written children’s books throughout her career and more recently dived into the world of adult fiction.

With eight children’s novels and three other serialized stories published and sales of more than 2 million copies, Martha Tolles finally decided she was grown up enough for a foray into adult fiction.
During a recent interview, Tolles, 97, who has admitted to planning her 95th birthday two years in advance and to currently planning her 100th, said she’d already started to consider the follow-up to last year’s “Love and Sabotage.” That tale chronicles a World War II-era reporter, Marty, determined to investigate a shipyard fire while repelling her too-friendly editor and longing for the return of her fiancé, a deployed Marine pilot named Eddy. Continue reading “At 97, Author Tolles Has Even More Tales to Tell”

New Superintendent Plans to Hit the Ground Running

Jeff Wilson
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Jeff Wilson speaks before the school board for the first time after being approved as San Marino Unified School District’s new superintendent last week.

Addressing the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education for the first time, Jeff Wilson said he looks forward to the opportunity to “make you guys my true family” when he formally takes over as the district’s superintendent on July 1.
“You are my new family, like it or not,” he quipped, speaking at the school board’s meeting last week, “and I can’t wait to get started.”
Wilson, whose selection by the school board was announced May 3, with the appointment made formal with a contract approval on May 14, will become SMUSD’s 14th superintendent when the next
school year begins. He comes by way of Arcadia Unified School District, where he served as an assistant superintendent since 2014. Continue reading “New Superintendent Plans to Hit the Ground Running”

Council Approves Three More Years for Motor Classic at Lacy Park

The City Council approved a three-year agreement for organizers to continue using Lacy Park to host the famed San Marino Motor Classic at its meeting last week.
The agreement, which continues an arrangement first struck in 2011 for the inaugural Motor Classic, stipulates that organizers rent out Lacy Park for $3,545 for the annual event, a sum equivalent to all of the park’s rental area fees. The agreement will cover the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Motor Classics, as the outgoing agreement covers the one happening next month. Continue reading “Council Approves Three More Years for Motor Classic at Lacy Park”

Schools Foundation Looks for Finishing Kick in Fundraising Race

James Lau and Chris Maling
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James Lau, executive director of the San Marino Schools Foundation, and Chris Maling, the foundation’s board president, have pushed for a 100% participation rate among community residents in giving to the nonprofit, which financially assists the San Marino Unified School District.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the adage goes.
The San Marino Schools Foundation, which tabbed James Lau as its interim executive director about a year ago, decided to continue to rely on him to run the nonprofit organization for the foreseeable future. The foundation board’s leadership will change in July, going from Chris Maling to Erin Bilvado. The San Marino Unified School District, the foundation’s beneficiary, recently hired a new superintendent, Jeff Wilson, to take over the district after his predecessor departed in August. Continue reading “Schools Foundation Looks for Finishing Kick in Fundraising Race”

Cheerleaders’ Coach Renews Her Hometown Spirit

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK San Marino High School cheerleading coach Elizabeth Angiuli puts her squad through stunt practices, with an eye on beginning stunt competitions next spring.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
San Marino High School cheerleading coach Elizabeth Angiuli puts her squad through stunt practices, with an eye on beginning stunt competitions next spring.

An unexpected return to cheerleading was the ticket that brought Elizabeth Angiuli back to her hometown, San Marino.
Angiuli — who graduated from San Marino High School in 2009 as Elizabeth Haralambos — returned to town in 2014 as the coach of the Titans’ cheerleading team, a familiar setting for her after she spent three years with the team as a high schooler. Here to stay, she aims to take the team to less reassuring surroundings moving forward. Continue reading “Cheerleaders’ Coach Renews Her Hometown Spirit”