Rose Arbor Project Approved, August Completion Envisioned

If all else goes well, San Marino residents will have the rose arbor back in Lacy Park by August.
The City Council voted unanimously to award a $625,090 contract to Glendora-based Courts Construction Co. at last week’s meeting, and work is expected to begin in February and wrap in August after an estimated 120 workdays. In a divided vote, the panel decided against path lighting for the arbor, which would have added $23,280 to the contract. Continue reading “Rose Arbor Project Approved, August Completion Envisioned”

Titans Split League Games, Remain Hopeful of Winning Title

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Trond Grizzell is one of San Marino’s top outside shooters this season.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team finished 1-2 last week, splitting its first two Rio Hondo League games and then suffering a 65-59 nonleague loss against visiting La Habra Whittier Christian on Saturday.
The Titans have a solid overall record of 12-6, but SMHS head coach Mihail Papadopulos knows his squad needs to continue to work to reach its potential.
“I love my team,” he said. “They’re really good guys and there’s a genuine love and brotherhood in the locker room. I know they’re going to show up and get better. We haven’t peaked yet, and it will stem from our defense. Once we clean things up defensively, we’ll be better. A lot of it is just trust. We just need to make the right play.” Continue reading “Titans Split League Games, Remain Hopeful of Winning Title”

Huntington Library Rolls Out Award-Winning Rose Parade Float

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“Cultivating Curiosity,” Huntington Library’s first float in 50 years, won the Golden State Award for the “most outstanding depiction of life in California.”

The Huntington Library struck gold in Pasadena last week.
The centenarian institution joined forces with a fellow California hallmark — the Rose Parade — on New Year’s Day, making its first appearance in float form in the last half-century. Its return was well received: the library earned the Golden State Award from the Tournament of Roses, bestowed on the float for “most outstanding depiction of life in California.” Continue reading “Huntington Library Rolls Out Award-Winning Rose Parade Float”

Mayor’s 2020 Priorities: Traffic, Properties, Trees

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Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey addresses local residents during her State of the City presentation at the Town Hall meeting at Crowell Public Library this week.

At this week’s Town Hall meeting, Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey highlighted three bottom-line goals that represented her vision for this year, in addition to showcasing individual departmental goals for her tenure.
If she has her druthers, Shepherd Romey, in her first crack at the City Council’s mayoral post, would like to improve traffic and pedestrian safety through the city’s neighborhoods, better manage vacant residential and commercial properties and strengthen tree preservation and maintenance through educational outreach programming. Continue reading “Mayor’s 2020 Priorities: Traffic, Properties, Trees”

Pasadena Poly Football Set to Join Rio Hondo League

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The Pasadena Poly varsity football team will be competing in the Rio Hondo League in the 2020 season. Panthers head coach Chris Schmoke (above) is 3-2 against RHL squads since taking over in 2013.

The 2020 high school football season is already looking interesting with the Rio Hondo League adding Pasadena Poly. Continue reading “Pasadena Poly Football Set to Join Rio Hondo League”

Fatal Crash Among Top 2019 Stories


For better or for worse, numerous developments throughout 2019 have left or will leave a lasting impact on the community of San Marino.
These impacts may be somber — as with The Outlook’s choice for biggest story. They may complement San Marino tradition. They might have unresolved questions — some of the stories have yet to reach a conclusion.
For the last issue of 2019, The Outlook has compiled a list of events that appear most likely to affect the future of the small and proud suburb or remain in the memories of its residents. Continue reading “Fatal Crash Among Top 2019 Stories”