Candidate Lo Promises Public Safety, Preservation

Calvin Lo
Calvin Lo

To Calvin Lo, San Marino is a unique and premium city and should be treated and run as such.
This motivation has helped drive him on his quest for a City Council seat in the upcoming election, he said, a bid he sees as the next natural step for him in volunteering in San Marino.
“To me, this is another step for community service,” he said. “My campaign model is to uphold the core values of San Marino, which are the beautiful architecture, the rich heritage, the strong sense of community, the safety of the neighborhoods and the quality of life.” Continue reading “Candidate Lo Promises Public Safety, Preservation”

SMUSD Retains State Testing Crown

For the third straight year, San Marino Unified School District produced the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding the state-administered CAASPP, the district announced this week.
With 90% of students meeting or exceeding standards in the English language arts tests and 86% doing so for the math tests, SMUSD’s average of 88% led all unified school districts in California this year. Immediately following were Piedmont Unified School District with an 85% average and La Cañada Unified School District, also with an 85% average. Continue reading “SMUSD Retains State Testing Crown”

Former Sheriff Baca Remains Free on Appeal

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca remains out of prison as his Alzheimer’s disease progresses and he continues to fight the three-year prison sentence handed down on March 15, according to media reports.
The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that Baca’s legal team will appeal a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson that Baca, a longtime local resident, should report for his prison sentence as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether he received a fair trial. Continue reading “Former Sheriff Baca Remains Free on Appeal”

Kwong Focuses on Safety, Services in City Council Bid

Scott Kwong

He’s done it once before, so Scott Kwong said he had an idea of what to change and what to keep the same in his second campaign for City Council.
Now that he’s established his familiarity with fellow residents, Kwong said he is intent on utilizing some of the more traditional tools of election campaigns.
“My strategy is much different now,” he said. “The first time around, I put the majority of my efforts into walking door to door. This time, I had a kickoff party and I now have three ‘Coffee With the Candidate’ events coming up as well.”
Kwong is one of seven candidates for the three open spots on the five-member City Council. The election will be held Nov. 7. Continue reading “Kwong Focuses on Safety, Services in City Council Bid”

Property Owners May Give Verizon Tower Relocation Options

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”

Jakubowski Relishes Learning From SM Voters

Susan Jakubowski
Susan Jakubowski

Susan Jakubowski said she is proud to be part of a community that cares.
In her quest for a City Council seat in November’s election, Jakubowski said she has been able to reaffirm that mantra as she has entered campaign mode.
“It has been so much fun,” she said. “People have been great. They’ve been forthright. As I talk with people in their homes and in the community, they’re aware of the issues and it really pleases me that they care about the same issues that I do.” Continue reading “Jakubowski Relishes Learning From SM Voters”

New San Marino City Hall Hours Official

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Illona Anderson (from left), Eva Choi, Victor Aleman and Cindy Collins were among those working at City Hall on Friday, the first Friday in years in which the building and its services were open to the public.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Illona Anderson (from left), Eva Choi, Victor Aleman and Cindy Collins were among those working at City Hall on Friday, the first Friday in years in which the building and its services were open to the public.

The city of San Marino is officially open for business on Fridays, after years of adhering to a four-day workweek for most of its departments.
As of last week, City Hall is now open to the public from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m.-noon on Fridays. Previously, it was open from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed altogether to the public on Fridays. Continue reading “New San Marino City Hall Hours Official”

HMS Orchestra Story Hits Right Notes on Screen

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Georg Eittinger speaks to the audience before the screening of his documentary on Huntington Middle School’s orchestra program.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Georg Eittinger speaks to the audience before the screening of his documentary on Huntington Middle School’s orchestra program.

Huntington Middle School faculty, students and parents take a lot of pride in their school’s orchestra. That was perfectly reflected by a documentary created and showcased Friday by two enthusiastic parents.
Georg Eittinger, a master violin maker and restorer, and his wife, Ann, spent the better part of the last year shadowing and documenting HMS orchestra students in their classes, concerts and competitions. They screened the finished product, complete with interviews with students, parents and faculty, last week in the courtyard outside of the Hans Weisshaar’s store that the Eittingers own on Huntington Drive. Continue reading “HMS Orchestra Story Hits Right Notes on Screen”