Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK San Marino resident and Sequoyah High School senior Louise Siskel was named the 2019 Rose Queen as princesses Lauren Baydaline and Ashley Hackett congratulate her.
Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK
San Marino resident and Sequoyah High School senior Louise Siskel was named the 2019 Rose Queen as princesses Sherry Ma and Ashley Hackett congratulate her.

In one of Pasadena’s favorite time-honored traditions, the Tournament of Roses on Tuesday announced its 101st Rose Queen for 2019, San Marino resident Louise Siskel, to the delight of a packed Pasadena Playhouse.
Siskel, a senior at Sequoyah High School, stood momentarily dazed when 2019 Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny called out her school and named her queen, only reacting when the six other rose princesses turned to her, applauding. Continue reading “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”

World War II Pilot’s Tales Transport Rotary Audience

Warren Arnett
Warren Arnett

In 1945, 20-year-old Warren “Jeff” Arnett from San Marino was ordered by the U.S. Army Air Corps to fly from Indiana to India where, he said, he experienced fear for the first time while shepherding supplies across the Himalayas to Burma to Chinese troops allied with America.
His homecoming later that year, after World War II’s end, began with a comedic return to civilian life for the former airman, as he told the Rotary Club of San Marino during its luncheon last week. Continue reading “World War II Pilot’s Tales Transport Rotary Audience”

School Board Candidates State Their Cases at Forum

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK School board candidates Jane Chon, Mike Killackey, C. Joseph Chang, Corey Barberie, Shelley Ryan, John Gabriel and Steven Sommers spent two hours answering questions at a voter forum Monday evening.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
School board candidates Jane Chon, Mike Killackey, C. Joseph Chang, Corey Barberie, Shelley Ryan, John Gabriel and Steven Sommers spent two hours answering questions at a voter forum Monday evening.

The seven candidates for the local school board made the most of a two-hour forum at which they stated their cases for election while a large audience listened Monday evening, when the San Marino City Club hosted them at Huntington Middle School.
Voters will have to narrow their choices to three candidates by Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Continue reading “School Board Candidates State Their Cases at Forum”

City Moves Toward Decision on Future of Recreation Dept.

City Manager Marcella Marlowe will begin preparing a strategic plan to implement recommended changes to the city’s Recreation Department, including cost estimates to make the facility improvements necessary for a fully licensed preschool program to be run in the Stoneman School.
Marlowe also has been tasked with having the necessary work done to bring the facility, which houses virtually the entire Recreation Department, up to fire code as mandated by Fire Chief Mario Rueda. The City Council gave her $50,000, for the moment, to do so but will require her to come before the council if an individual contract for that work exceeds $30,000. Continue reading “City Moves Toward Decision on Future of Recreation Dept.”

Cub Scout Girls Ready to Run With the Pack

Photo courtesy Nancy Ko
Photo courtesy Nancy Ko

They didn’t have a den number, but that didn’t stop the newest members of Pasadena Cub Scout Pack 4 from recording a first at the recent Golden Nugget weekend campout at Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island last month.
Theirs was the first girls’ den to attend the campout, sending seven of its 16 Valentine Elementary School girls to the three-day event. Just weeks earlier, they had joined the formerly boys-only pack, which is now coed after Boy Scouts of America decided last year to admit girls. Continue reading “Cub Scout Girls Ready to Run With the Pack”

Classes to Teach Residents About Police Operations

The San Marino Police Department invites residents interested in learning more about law enforcement to sign up for its new Community Police Academy that begins in November.
The academy, also called the CPA, is a six-week program of classes designed to give insight into SMPD operations and background in general law enforcement, in a relatively casual environment. Classes will cover broad topics such as investigative procedures and address contemporary issues such as police officers’ use of force while responding to incidents. Continue reading “Classes to Teach Residents About Police Operations”

School Board Considers New Ideas on Campus Safety

An updated security assess-ment presented recently to th suggested ways of funneling campus visitors into a single controlled entry point to mitigate potential threats to students and faculty.
The board did not make any decisions regarding the recommendations, but it will include its updated information in an overall facilities needs assessment. Hal Sibley, vice president of the consulting firm gkkworks, made the presentation to the board at its Sept. 25 meeting. Continue reading “School Board Considers New Ideas on Campus Safety”

School Board President Seeks to Continue Her Work

Shelley Ryan
Shelley Ryan

She’s capping her first term on the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education by serving as its president, but Shelley Ryan hopes to bring her perspective as an educator to the table for another term in this year’s election.
Ryan said she wants to continue improving the district’s offerings to students, using the momentum from the past several years of accomplishments, not least the continuation of SMUSD’s No. 1 ranking in the state’s annual academic evaluations of school districts. Course innovation — such as collaborative efforts with the Huntington Library and Caltech — are key developments, Ryan said. Continue reading “School Board President Seeks to Continue Her Work”

First Responders Singled Out for Community Outreach

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Sgt. Naved Qureshi (left) and firefighter-paramedic Sam Benites were honored as police officer and firefighter of the year by the San Marino Chamber of Commerce.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Sgt. Naved Qureshi (left) and firefighter-paramedic Sam Benites were honored as police officer and firefighter of the year by the San Marino Chamber of Commerce.

For going the extra mile in reaching out to their community, Sgt. Naved Qureshi and firefighter-paramedic Sam Benites were recognized by the San Marino Chamber of Commerce as the police officer and firefighter of the year.
The two were honored at the chamber’s 11th annual Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheon last week at the San Marino Center. Other local elected officials also were there to dole out their own recognition of the two men. Continue reading “First Responders Singled Out for Community Outreach”

City to Study Costs of Storm Water Drainage Project

The City Council has tasked Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne to meet with representatives from a host of other San Gabriel Valley cities collaborating on a Rio Honda River storm water drainage project to discuss San Marino’s expected fiscal contribution to the endeavor.
Throne is expected to report on the results of those meetings to the City Council at its November meeting. Information the City Council seeks includes a specific breakdown on the funding formula for the collaboration, an explanation of costs and whether the other cities are open to adjusting apportionments. Continue reading “City to Study Costs of Storm Water Drainage Project”