Rose Queen Adds Title: Senate District’s Woman of the Year

Louise Siskel
Louise Siskel

For her reign as the 2019 Rose Queen — a platform she has proudly used to promote women and girls seeking paths to science and technology careers and encouraged them to be their own kind of princess — San Marino’s Louise Siskel was named woman of the year for the 25th State Senate District.
State Sen. Anthony Portantino announced his selection last week, citing Siskel’s leadership on the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court and the “heartfelt” Los Angeles Times op-ed in which she reflected on the gradual change in Tournament tradition and said she felt the responsibility “to share that I am bisexual.” Continue reading “Rose Queen Adds Title: Senate District’s Woman of the Year”

HMS Science Olympiad Team Heads to State Competition

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK The Huntington Middle School Science Olympiad Team placed first in this year’s county regional competition and will enter the state competition in April. The team includes Nora Chang (front row, from left), Bethany Ang, adviser Cynthia Wong, adviser Suzanne Nitta, Olivia Wang, Aparna Venkat and Leo Feng. Back: Sean Killackey, Sebastian Liong, Elsa  Panning, Katie Lui, Lillian Panning, Sophia An, Audrey Jung, Helena Wu, Aaron Ong, Berwyn Phan and coach David Zheng.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
The Huntington Middle School Science Olympiad Team placed first in this year’s county regional competition and will enter the state competition in April. The team includes Nora Chang (front row, from left), Bethany Ang, adviser Cynthia Wong, adviser Suzanne Nitta, Olivia Wang, Aparna Venkat and Leo Feng. Back: Sean Killackey, Sebastian Liong, Elsa
Panning, Katie Lui, Lillian Panning, Sophia An, Audrey Jung, Helena Wu, Aaron Ong, Berwyn Phan and coach David Zheng.

After securing nine first-place medals, seven second-place medals and five third-place medals, the Huntington Middle School Science Olympiad Team has advanced from the Los Angeles County Regional competition as the first-place team this season. Continue reading “HMS Science Olympiad Team Heads to State Competition”

Residents Urged to Make Wish List of City Projects

Now is the time to let the city know what projects you want it to take a hard look at when budget decisions are due in a few months.
Through a survey on the city’s website, residents are encouraged to review the list of 21 potential projects that have been discussed by officials and select as many as 10 of their favorites. The City Council plans to consider this resident input when plotting out the 2019-20 budget. The council narrowed its list to these 21 projects from an initial 53. Continue reading “Residents Urged to Make Wish List of City Projects”

East Meets West Club Builds Bridge to Cultural Understanding

Photo courtesy Annie Brassard Board members for the San Marino-based East Meets West Parent Education Club include Helen Gunnoe (front row, from left), Queenie Ng, Annie Brassard, Flora Wang, Sandra Chen and Julie Scott. Back: June Song, Christine Tung, Isaac Hung, Molly Woodford, Sophia Chan, Marilyn Fritz, Susan Jakubowski, Matt Scott, Rick Politte, Paul Brassard, Ron Gunnoe and Ambrose Chan.
Photo courtesy Annie Brassard
Board members for the San Marino-based East Meets West Parent Education Club include Helen Gunnoe (front
row, from left), Queenie Ng, Annie Brassard, Flora Wang, Sandra Chen and Julie Scott. Back: June Song, Christine Tung, Isaac Hung, Molly Woodford, Sophia Chan, Marilyn Fritz, Susan Jakubowski, Matt Scott, Rick Politte, Paul Brassard,
Ron Gunnoe and Ambrose Chan.

Moving to a new community is challenging for anyone, but moving from one country to another is in a category all its own.
This struggle, experienced by many residents in San Marino — a community built largely by Taiwanese and Chinese expatriates — prompted some of them to coalesce into a group spanning the East-West divide. Appropriately, they called themselves East Meets West Parent Education Club. Continue reading “East Meets West Club Builds Bridge to Cultural Understanding”

Hobbie, Who Made SMHS Football a Local Power, to Retire

Mike Hobbie
Mike Hobbie

San Marino High School football coach and physical education teacher Mike Hobbie has announced he will retire at the end of the school year and step down from his coaching duties.
Hobbie, who took over the varsity baseball program last year, said Monday he will continue to coach the baseball team in the spring before resigning from the position. Continue reading “Hobbie, Who Made SMHS Football a Local Power, to Retire”

City Wants Lacy Park Rose Arbor to Rise Anew

Lacy Park’s beloved Rose Arbor not only will return to its spot adorning the western entrance to the San Marino haven, but it will even have the same design as the structure torn down in 2016.
The question to be answered — tentatively in March — will be how to pay for it.
“The general consensus of the City Council seems pretty clearly to rebuild,” City Manager Marcella Marlowe said during Friday’s council meeting. “The first question is, do you want to put city funds forward to do it, or do we want to rely on donations?” Continue reading “City Wants Lacy Park Rose Arbor to Rise Anew”

City to Devise Rules of the Road for E-Scooters

As rental electric scooters continue to permeate roadways, media cycles and internet memes, San Marino plans to address their local use in an ordinance soon.
The devices — frequently called e-scooters — are popular among those who find them useful to make short, cheap trips without the need of a car and scorned by those who don’t cotton to the scooters’ being scattered throughout communities’ sidewalks or roadways. The scooters run on batteries and are available to rent to anyone with an appropriate app wherever they’re found — which is where the previous user left them. Continue reading “City to Devise Rules of the Road for E-Scooters”

Reports of Crime Fell in 2018, Police Chief Says

Statistics indicate San Marino experienced an overall decrease in crime last year, including significant drops in the number of residential and commercial burglaries from the previous year.
According to the 2018 crime stats prepared by Police Chief John Incontro, the San Marino Police Department had 84 reports of burglary in 2018, down from 125 in 2017. Of those 84 burglaries, 76 were residential and eight were commercial. Continue reading “Reports of Crime Fell in 2018, Police Chief Says”

Legendary SMHS Coach Dies of Cancer

Maureen Bryant Former SMHS Tennis Coach
Maureen Bryant
Former SMHS Tennis Coach

Former San Marino High School teacher and legendary tennis coach Maureen Bryant died of cancer on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the school has announced.
Bryant began teaching at SMHS in 1963 and went on to become one of the school’s most beloved and respected teachers during a four-decade tenure.
Retired SMHS Principal Mary Johnson worked with Bryant on state testing for years and witnessed firsthand Bryant’s commitment to education and students. Continue reading “Legendary SMHS Coach Dies of Cancer”