City Wants Lacy Park Rose Arbor to Rise Anew

Lacy Park’s beloved Rose Arbor not only will return to its spot adorning the western entrance to the San Marino haven, but it will even have the same design as the structure torn down in 2016.
The question to be answered — tentatively in March — will be how to pay for it.
“The general consensus of the City Council seems pretty clearly to rebuild,” City Manager Marcella Marlowe said during Friday’s council meeting. “The first question is, do you want to put city funds forward to do it, or do we want to rely on donations?” Continue reading “City Wants Lacy Park Rose Arbor to Rise Anew”

City to Parade, Party on July 4

One of San Marino’s key annual events is back and ready to bring the community together again to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day.
San Marino’s Fourth of July Celebration, complete with parade and fireworks display, will begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday, with Lacy Park opening at its Virginia Road entrance to allow attendees to lay claim to their spots for the day. People may use blankets or chairs to designate their areas, but may not stick anything into the ground or use plastic sheeting as a substitute. Continue reading “City to Parade, Party on July 4”

Rotary Plants Sycamore Trees for Earth Day

It’s apparently easy being green in San Marino.
In an early observance of Earth Day, the Rotary Club of San Marino completed its part of Rotary International’s quest to plant 1.2 million trees this year — one tree for every Rotarian. Although the local club had to outsource where most of its allotment was planted, it did end up planting two 12-foot Mexican sycamores in Lacy Park this year, both of which were formally commemorated last Thursday. Continue reading “Rotary Plants Sycamore Trees for Earth Day”

San Marino Makes Finance Director Permanent

At the recommendation of Marcella Marlowe and with the concurrence of the City Council, San Marino is moving forward with Josh Betta as its full-time finance director.
Removing “interim” from Betta’s job title marks the first time in nearly two years City Hall has employed a full-time finance director on staff, having made due with contracted services before Betta was brought in initially as an interim placeholder shortly before Marlowe’s hire in October. Continue reading “San Marino Makes Finance Director Permanent”

City Reviews Rebuild Options for Rose Arbor

The City Council expects to review options for the Lacy Park Rose Arbor tentatively in March after giving Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne a sense of their hopeful direction at a meeting last week.
The prior Rose Arbor was demolished by the city in 2016 after it had apparently deteriorated to a hazardous state, a move which incensed those intent on preserving historical landmarks in town. The City Council aims to find a way to replace the structure in a way both meaningful to those who have donated for it in the past and sturdy enough to stand for the foreseeable future. Continue reading “City Reviews Rebuild Options for Rose Arbor”

City Seeks Best Program for Lead Mitigation

Under direction of the City Council, the city’s Planning and Zoning Department will prepare an ordinance regarding lead mitigation in San Marino homes and bring it forward for consideration.
This comes after Director of Planning and Zoning Aldo Cervantes presented his research on the issue at a recent City Council meeting. He studied the issue following media coverage of the apparent preponderance of lead contamination among Los Angeles-area children, particularly in San Marino. Continue reading “City Seeks Best Program for Lead Mitigation”

City Events Honor American Veterans

For Veterans Day, San Marino residents showed they are just as committed to honoring those in uniform as they are to first responders with a plethora of events and commemorations.
Two events headlined the weekend: The Chinese American Military Support group hosted a two-day event to specially recognize Chinese-American veterans, and the city hosted an Active Military Banner Presentation at Lacy Park to recognize those currently enlisted. Continue reading “City Events Honor American Veterans”