Tribune, Outlook to Combine Forces in Weekly Newspaper

Andy and Carie Salter have sold the San Marino Tribune to Charlie Plowman, publisher of The Outlook.
Andy and Carie Salter have sold the San Marino Tribune to Charlie Plowman, publisher of The Outlook.

The San Marino Tribune ownership has announced that the newspaper has been sold this week to Outlook Newspapers, the newspaper group that controls the San Marino Outlook. Andy and Carie Salter, who have owned the Tribune for more than four years, have sold the publication to Outlook Publisher Charlie Plowman. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Continue reading “Tribune, Outlook to Combine Forces in Weekly Newspaper”

Wilson Says SMUSD Can Compete Despite Financial Challenges

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SMUSD Superintendent Jeff Wilson addresses the Rotary Club of San Marino.

Jeff Wilson says he is often asked whether he knew San Marino Unified School District was and would continue to be in the midst of financial woes when he applied to become the district’s superintendent and was hired last year.
“The answer to that is yes, I did know about that,” he told the Rotary Club of San Marino, “but I also saw the potential that we have in front of us for not only fixing our budget but actually expanding our programs and moving ahead.”
In his first “State of the Schools” address to the club, Wilson last week did his best to illustrate the root causes of the district’s fiscal shortcomings, which are primarily tied to a state funding formula that favors districts with academic shortcomings and large populations of “at-risk” students. Continue reading “Wilson Says SMUSD Can Compete Despite Financial Challenges”

City Strives to Increase Its Allure to Small Businesses

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A vacant storefront at Huntington Drive and Bedford Road undergoes renovations. Pilot programs that the city has approved are aimed at spurring commercial activity in San Marino’s quiet commercial zones.

Armed with a handful of economic development pilot programs, San Marino officials are hoping to distinguish the city enough so that small-scale, mom-and-pop businesses will choose to locate on Huntington Drive or Mission Street instead of in nearby suburbs. Continue reading “City Strives to Increase Its Allure to Small Businesses”

Citing Long Delays, City Boots Restroom Contractor

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The incomplete restroom at Lacy Park remains fenced off after the City Council terminated its construction contract last week. Construction is expected to continue with a new contractor nearly nine months past its original completion date.

A surety company is expected to deliver plans to complete Lacy Park’s new restroom facility to the city by the end of January, about nine months after the original contractor was expected to have finished the job. Continue reading “Citing Long Delays, City Boots Restroom Contractor”

Rose Arbor Project Approved, August Completion Envisioned

If all else goes well, San Marino residents will have the rose arbor back in Lacy Park by August.
The City Council voted unanimously to award a $625,090 contract to Glendora-based Courts Construction Co. at last week’s meeting, and work is expected to begin in February and wrap in August after an estimated 120 workdays. In a divided vote, the panel decided against path lighting for the arbor, which would have added $23,280 to the contract. Continue reading “Rose Arbor Project Approved, August Completion Envisioned”

Huntington Library Rolls Out Award-Winning Rose Parade Float

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“Cultivating Curiosity,” Huntington Library’s first float in 50 years, won the Golden State Award for the “most outstanding depiction of life in California.”

The Huntington Library struck gold in Pasadena last week.
The centenarian institution joined forces with a fellow California hallmark — the Rose Parade — on New Year’s Day, making its first appearance in float form in the last half-century. Its return was well received: the library earned the Golden State Award from the Tournament of Roses, bestowed on the float for “most outstanding depiction of life in California.” Continue reading “Huntington Library Rolls Out Award-Winning Rose Parade Float”