After Outcry, SMUSD Tables Bond Vote

Following weeks of debate within the community, the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education will wait to call an election to vote on $148 million in bonds for the purposes of funding a host of facilities projects.
“We are going to continue the discussion, but we did pull the actual voting off the table,” Board President Shelley Ryan said Monday, ahead of the Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening (after The Outlook’s deadline). Continue reading “After Outcry, SMUSD Tables Bond Vote”

Investigations of SMUSD Board Member Continue

Officials are withholding comment on a pair of investigations into a member of the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education other than to acknowledge those investigations are ongoing.
A third-party investigative firm is handling a misconduct investigation into board member Chris Norgaard on behalf of the school district, according to a statement made last week. That statement qualified the misconduct as sexual harassment. Continue reading “Investigations of SMUSD Board Member Continue”

No Shortage of Opinions as Residents Discuss Bond

A town hall-style meeting Monday regarding the bond election being proposed by the San Marino Unified School District proved simultaneously informative and incendiary as officials carefully answered questions and some audience members voiced their impatience.
Amid the sometimes chaotic and other times agreeable line of questioning and answering, Board of Education President Shelley Ryan pledged to voice the concerns to her four peers on the board — they all were absent for fear of running afoul of the Brown Act — and continue listening to concerned residents. The audience at Hill-Harbison House included lifetime residents, parents who moved to San Marino for its schools, and community and business leaders. Continue reading “No Shortage of Opinions as Residents Discuss Bond”

Burglary Suspects Held After Arrest Last Week

Three suspects arrested following a home break-in last week remain in police custody even after they were formally arraigned on Friday.
A Pasadena man, Altadena man and Altadena woman were still held in Alhambra Jail this week on $50,000 bail each after being formally arraigned on a burglary charge related to this arrest. Officers with San Marino Police Department arrested the trio shortly after 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, when the resident of a home in the 1200 block of Shenandoah Road phoned in the break-in. Continue reading “Burglary Suspects Held After Arrest Last Week”

San Marino’s Crowell Library Turns 10

By Perry Fein
The Outlook

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”

SMUSD Board Talks Up $148 Million Bond

The San Marino Unified School District Board of Education had its first reading of a resolution calling for a bond election last week, but it may have a hill to climb to convince at least 55% of voters to approve the measure once it reaches a ballot box.
Opinions varied among the standing room-only audience — some were all-in on the measure and others wanted nothing to do with it — but the consensus appeared to be that most were unsure how they felt amid concerns about the scale of the proposed bonds and the perceived suddenness of the measure. Continue reading “SMUSD Board Talks Up $148 Million Bond”

East, West Cultural Discussion Encouraged

An informal poll of the Barth Community Room at Crowell Public Library last Wednesday indicated that around half of the audience was immigrants and perhaps a half-dozen fell into the “1.5 generation” category.
This was a good pool for Larry Wong, a marriage and family therapist, who was on hand, courtesy of Partnership for Awareness, to discuss the issues related to how children of immigrant families develop their identities, specifically as it relates to East and Southeast Asian culture. As he noted early into his discussion, his family had immigrated to Los Angeles from Hong Kong before he was born; he never learned Mandarin. Continue reading “East, West Cultural Discussion Encouraged”

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”