Design Review Ponders Ways to Clarify Process

The city Design Review Committee may have another tool to help its work with local residents applying to make aesthetic and structural changes to their homes in San Marino.
One idea that emerged from the committee’s joint meeting with the City Council last week was to not only track the dates when applications are continued or denied, but also the reasons why the committee was uncomfortable moving forward with plans. The committee members said this could help them determine when applicants are taking the process seriously enough to work with them to get the project done. Continue reading “Design Review Ponders Ways to Clarify Process”

City Extends Ban on Tree Removals for Up to a Year

The City Council has voted to extend its moratorium on tree removals, making it a yearlong ban until the council approves a new ordinance that lays out the rules for removals.
At its meeting last week, the council also formed a subcommittee to handle emergency removal permits, which are among the few ways a tree can be removed in the meantime. Dr. Steven Huang, the vice mayor, and Councilwoman Gretchen Shepherd Romey will evaluate emergency applications. Continue reading “City Extends Ban on Tree Removals for Up to a Year”

Mistakes Plague Titans in Quarterfinals Defeat

The San Marino High School varsity football team is used to playing bigger, more athletic players, and head coach Mike Hobbie knew his team was going to need much more than effort and heart against North Torrance in a CIF Southern Section Division 9 quarterfinal last Friday.
“You have to play very well when you’re playing good athletes,” he said. “You can’t just play. You got to play well.” Continue reading “Mistakes Plague Titans in Quarterfinals Defeat”

Rotary Club Bestows More Than $25,000 on Teachers’ Projects

Photo courtesy Rotary Club of San Marino Local educators, school administrators and members of Rotary Club of San Marino assemble after the club awarded more than $25,000 in “mini-grants” for classroom projects to San Marino schoolteachers last week.
Photo courtesy Rotary Club of San Marino
Local educators, school administrators and members of Rotary Club of San Marino assemble after the club awarded more than $25,000 in “mini-grants” for classroom projects to San Marino schoolteachers last week.

Rotary Club of San Marino last week doled out more than $25,000 to 39 San Marino-area teachers to help move 31 classroom projects forward.
The Rotary Club each year awards “mini-grants” to teachers who apply for funding from the club for specific projects. This year, the club narrowed the list from 37 projects, which the club likes to be innovative and not recurring acts; likewise, it also won’t award supply replacements. Continue reading “Rotary Club Bestows More Than $25,000 on Teachers’ Projects”

Pair Arrested, Charged in Two Home Burglaries, Police Say

Two suspects remained in custody Tuesday after being charged with burglarizing two San Marino homes and leading police on a high-speed chase last week.
A 20-year-old Los Angeles man and a 15-year-old boy are both charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of evading a police officer, authorities said. The boy was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 6, shortly after the burglaries were reported, and the 20-year-old man was arrested after San Marino police followed up by reviewing security camera footage from neighboring homes. Continue reading “Pair Arrested, Charged in Two Home Burglaries, Police Say”

Watchdog Disputes Costs of SMUSD Public Records Release

Interim Superintendent Loren Kleinrock characterized his release of financial expenses in response to a series of public records requests by a local watchdog as a matter of transparency and accountability, but the man who sought the records said it was an attempt to chill others like him from digging into San Marino Unified School District business. Continue reading “Watchdog Disputes Costs of SMUSD Public Records Release”

School Board Election Winners Aim to Respond to Voters’ Mood

Unless provisional votes and mail-in ballots make a herculean impact on last week’s election results, residents of the San Marino Unified School District will have four more years with C. Joseph Chang and Shelley Ryan on the board of education, along with rookie Corey Barberie.
Chang pulled out a particularly resounding victory on Nov. 6, with 2,204 ballots propelling him well atop the list of seven candidates vying for three seats and sending him to his fifth and self-imposed final term on the school board. Continue reading “School Board Election Winners Aim to Respond to Voters’ Mood”

San Marino’s Postseason Run Ends in Quarterfinals

San Marino High School varsity girls’ tennis coach Melwin Pereira knew what he needed from his team against host Thousand Oaks Westlake in a CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinal match on Monday.
“I knew where my points were going to come from,” Pereira said. “We already knew [Westlake’s] singles are strong. They’re very similar to La Cañada with three strong singles. We needed our doubles to get those points.” Continue reading “San Marino’s Postseason Run Ends in Quarterfinals”

Report: Barth Athletics Complex on Schedule, Within Budget

Photo courtesy Gerald Schober A report on the progress of construction of Barth Athletics Complex, shown here, was presented at the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education meeting this week.
Photo courtesy Gerald Schober
A report on the progress of construction of Barth Athletics Complex, shown here, was presented at the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education meeting this week.

Having now awarded a contract for roof installation, the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education this week finished lining up all the builders it needs for the Barth Athletics Complex’s construction.
Barring unforeseen hiccups, the facility remains on schedule to be opened to Huntington Middle School students at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The school board, at its meeting Tuesday, received a project update that coincided with its awarding of the final contract. Continue reading “Report: Barth Athletics Complex on Schedule, Within Budget”

School Board Incumbents Grab Early Lead

Despite spirited competition for the three available seats, early returns in the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education election appeared to point toward continuity, as incumbents C. Joseph Chang and Shelley Ryan had the leading two spots in a partial count of precincts Tuesday night.
With early voting tabulated along with ballots in two of the seven precincts, Chang had 1,336 votes as of The Outlook’s press deadline this week, followed by Ryan’s 988 votes. Newcomer Corey Barberie checked in at third with 877 votes. Continue reading “School Board Incumbents Grab Early Lead”