Local Man Tabbed to USPS Board

John Barger
John Barger

The U.S. Senate recently approved San Marino resident John Barger’s appointment to the United States Postal Service Governing Board, giving the panel its first operating quorum in half a decade after years of blocked nominations.
Barger, a brother of District 5 Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, was approved on Aug. 1, alongside two others; the three join two other board members to form the first quorum of the nine-member panel since 2014, the lack of which has hamstrung the storied institution while it has relied on an emergency committee to continue operations. Continue reading “Local Man Tabbed to USPS Board”

City’s Emergency Alert System Tested Monthly

Residents tuned into a television or radio on Wednesday may have picked up on some portion of the nationwide Emergency Alert System test, which is run by the Federal Emergency Management System through the county.
Although the scheduled event was simply a test of the function of the broadcast system itself, San Marino Fire Chief Mario Rueda said he’d like to remind residents that the city maintains an emergency response plan that it runs drills for monthly. The city joined in the EAS process run by FEMA in 2017, Rueda said. Continue reading “City’s Emergency Alert System Tested Monthly”

Property Survey Shaping Up as History Lesson for Homeowners

Director Aldo Cervantes
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Planning and Building Director Aldo Cervantes guides more than a dozen residents at Monday’s Town Hall meeting on what the draft map of the city’s potential historic resources indicates.

When completed, the city’s historic resource survey will not designate any properties as historic landmarks — only the City Council, with the consent of the property owner, can do that — but it will help educate residents on the history of their homes and neighborhoods. Continue reading “Property Survey Shaping Up as History Lesson for Homeowners”

Barth Athletics Complex at HMS to Open Aug. 10

Avery and Andy Barth
Avery and Andy Barth

At long last, the Barth Athletics Complex is complete and ready — on schedule — for the 2019-20 school year.
The finishing touches were being applied this week — fire alarm testing, restoration of the tennis courts and furniture delivery among them — in preparation for the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. San Marino schools will open on the Wednesday after that.
“We’ll be ready to go on the 14th,” said Gerald Schober, the project manager for the Barth complex. Continue reading “Barth Athletics Complex at HMS to Open Aug. 10”

Council’s Traffic-Flow Priorities: at Problem Intersection, Near Schools

The City Council finally voted to retain — for now — its earmark from Metro to fund and coordinate a project to alter traffic flow where Atlantic Boulevard intersects with Huntington Drive and becomes Los Robles Avenue, hopefully devising the plan in a way that gives relief to residents along the San Marino portion of the roadway. Continue reading “Council’s Traffic-Flow Priorities: at Problem Intersection, Near Schools”

Local Women Leaders Take Rose Bowl Stage to Share, Inspire

Los Angeles County Supervisor and San Marino resident Kathryn Barger
Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Los Angeles County Supervisor and San Marino resident Kathryn Barger (left) helped kick off the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium this past week with Aon Global Executive Vice President Lisa Stevens.

Facing fears, confronting naysayers and seizing opportunities, as well as harboring doubts and insecurities about self-worth and appearance, were just a few of the enlightening and intimate experiences that nearly 40 top women industry leaders shared this past week with about 100 young female students at the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium. Continue reading “Local Women Leaders Take Rose Bowl Stage to Share, Inspire”

Leader Suggests Rotary Offer Both Fiscal, Physical Support

Greg Johansing
Greg Johansing

As Rotary Club of San Marino’s president for the next year, Greg Johansing said he hoped to find ways for the club to raise funds and contribute to causes without dipping too heavily into its coffers.
Such projects or fundraisers, he said, would help the club in some of its present functions. As an example, the club doled out about $17,000 in mini-grants for local teachers this year, though requests totaled around $45,000.
“I think we could close that gap if we do a couple of these projects,” Johansing said. Continue reading “Leader Suggests Rotary Offer Both Fiscal, Physical Support”