Rotary Club Enjoys Business Plan Competition

Photo by Zane Hill / Outlook San Marino High School students Kristin Yam, Melvin Adams, Leo Li, Charisse Chow, Carson Giles and Nigel Landon competed last week in Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual business plan competition, taking several minutes to pitch their entrepreneurial proposals to the club.
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San Marino High School students Kristin Yam, Melvin Adams, Leo Li, Charisse Chow, Carson Giles and Nigel Landon competed last week in Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual business plan competition, taking several minutes to pitch their entrepreneurial proposals to the club.

A pitch for mechanical pencil rental stations operated through a mobile application earned first-place attention from Rotary Club of San Marino’s panel of judges for the organization’s annual business plan competitions.
San Marino High School students Nigel Landon and Carson Giles now prepare to take their pitch — titled “Jot” — to the larger business plan competition on Thursday, April 18, at Huntington Middle School; they’ll be joined by their SMHS peers Charisse Chow and Leo Li, whose pitch for an on-the-go durable makeup line “Drip Cosmetics” took second place last week. The top two winners from South Pasadena High School and Arcadia High School will compete with them there. Continue reading “Rotary Club Enjoys Business Plan Competition”

44 Candidates Apply for School District Superintendent Position

As of last Thursday’s deadline, 44 have applied to be San Marino Unified School District’s next superintendent, nearly double the 25 who applied for the position when it was last posted about five years ago.
Those 44 applicants represent 12 states, giving a “great mix of California and national candidates,” according to Mike Escalante, one of the men hired to conduct the search. Escalante, along with colleague James Guerra, plans to present those applications and their video interviews to the SMUSD Board of Education in closed session on Tuesday, after which the board is expected to narrow down its top candidates. Continue reading “44 Candidates Apply for School District Superintendent Position”

City Departments Highlight Proposed Changes in Spending

The San Marino City Council will hear a presentation on the proposed 2019-20 Capital Improvement Plan budget’s major changes on April 26, after which it plans to consider the full municipal budget presentation on May 31.
That full presentation will include more fleshed-out figures from the three preliminary presentations the council recently saw for each of the city’s departments, which highlighted major expenditure changes they were eyeing for next year. Continue reading “City Departments Highlight Proposed Changes in Spending”

Mainstay of Grad Night Has His Day in the Sun

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Bob Horgan (left) receives the Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary Club of San Marino last week. Rotarian Fred Sohl remarked on Horgan’s time with the annual Grad Night production.
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Bob Horgan (left) receives the Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary Club of San Marino last week. Rotarian Fred Sohl remarked on Horgan’s time with the annual Grad Night production.

For his decades of “know-how, dedication and perspiration” in helping to bring about the annual Grad Night celebration for San Marino High School seniors, longtime resident Bob Horgan was named this year’s Paul Harris Fellow for the Rotary Club of San Marino.
Horgan, a member of SMHS’ class of 1958, was honored at the club’s annual program at the Huntington Library last week.
“Now I know how a movie star feels,” he quipped upon being called to the front of the ballroom. Continue reading “Mainstay of Grad Night Has His Day in the Sun”

SMUSD Names Panel on Capital Projects, Reviews Lockdown

Moving forward, the San Marino Unified School District plans to make use of its new Facilities Advisory Committee — whose members were formally sworn in at a meeting last week — to help make big decisions regarding capital projects and upgrades to district buildings.
The board of education — in the wake of a precautionary lockdown at San Marino High School this month — also heard a presentation on how the district plans to improve the way it communicates with parents during future emergencies. The lockdown followed an alleged text-message threat that city police now believe was a joke taken too far. Continue reading “SMUSD Names Panel on Capital Projects, Reviews Lockdown”

City to Hold New Hearing Regarding Starbucks Changes

By a narrow margin, the City Council voted to hit the reset button on negotiations with Starbucks to modify the conditional use permit that has governed the store’s operation in San Marino since 1994.
Mayor Dr. Steven Huang joined Vice Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey and Council-woman Susan Jakubowski last week in doing away with an agreement, approved by the Planning Commission in November, that allowed for slight expansions to business hours and, more controversially, widened the window for product deliveries. Councilmen Steve Talt and Ken Ude voted against the measure to reset the changes. Continue reading “City to Hold New Hearing Regarding Starbucks Changes”

Crowell Library Lends a Vital Presence to Community’s Life

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK City Librarian Irene McDermott, who has worked at San Marino libraries for 21 years, said the community’s generosity is a key factor in Crowell Public Library’s exceptional offerings to patrons.
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City Librarian Irene McDermott, who has worked at San Marino libraries for 21 years, said the community’s generosity is a key factor in Crowell Public Library’s exceptional offerings to patrons.

Crowell Public Library, now 11 years old, represents a steadfastly popular $17 million investment for San Marino’s residents.
The library earned its name for the $4 million put up by longtime resident Suzy Crowell, but after another $5 million came from the city’s coffers, the rest of the bill was made up by donations from a litany of others. Furthermore, the library is able to invest in system and technology upgrades thanks to continuing donations from the community and through nonprofit groups.
“That’s why we can have nice things,” City Librarian Irene McDermott said wryly, explaining what exactly makes the San Marino library, well, a San Marino library. Continue reading “Crowell Library Lends a Vital Presence to Community’s Life”