WWII Veteran’s Tales Enthrall Rotary Club

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK San Marino resident Bruce Campbell offered a colorful reminiscence of his tour of duty in Italy with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. See additional photos, page 6.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
San Marino resident Bruce Campbell offered a colorful reminiscence of his tour of duty in Italy with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. See additional photos, page 6.

Speaking in a clear bass voice and using frankness rather than drama to add flair to his stories, local resident Bruce Campbell captivated the Rotary Club of San Marino recently as he recalled his time serving in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II.
That candid delivery made the wry 94-year-old an effective jokester who even made a quip about walking up to the club’s podium (“This will take a minute, don’t worry”). He knew how to read the room, too, days ahead of the annual Trojans-Bruins football matchup. Continue reading “WWII Veteran’s Tales Enthrall Rotary Club”

Design Review Ponders Ways to Clarify Process

The city Design Review Committee may have another tool to help its work with local residents applying to make aesthetic and structural changes to their homes in San Marino.
One idea that emerged from the committee’s joint meeting with the City Council last week was to not only track the dates when applications are continued or denied, but also the reasons why the committee was uncomfortable moving forward with plans. The committee members said this could help them determine when applicants are taking the process seriously enough to work with them to get the project done. Continue reading “Design Review Ponders Ways to Clarify Process”

City Extends Ban on Tree Removals for Up to a Year

The City Council has voted to extend its moratorium on tree removals, making it a yearlong ban until the council approves a new ordinance that lays out the rules for removals.
At its meeting last week, the council also formed a subcommittee to handle emergency removal permits, which are among the few ways a tree can be removed in the meantime. Dr. Steven Huang, the vice mayor, and Councilwoman Gretchen Shepherd Romey will evaluate emergency applications. Continue reading “City Extends Ban on Tree Removals for Up to a Year”

Rotary Club Bestows More Than $25,000 on Teachers’ Projects

Photo courtesy Rotary Club of San Marino Local educators, school administrators and members of Rotary Club of San Marino assemble after the club awarded more than $25,000 in “mini-grants” for classroom projects to San Marino schoolteachers last week.
Photo courtesy Rotary Club of San Marino
Local educators, school administrators and members of Rotary Club of San Marino assemble after the club awarded more than $25,000 in “mini-grants” for classroom projects to San Marino schoolteachers last week.

Rotary Club of San Marino last week doled out more than $25,000 to 39 San Marino-area teachers to help move 31 classroom projects forward.
The Rotary Club each year awards “mini-grants” to teachers who apply for funding from the club for specific projects. This year, the club narrowed the list from 37 projects, which the club likes to be innovative and not recurring acts; likewise, it also won’t award supply replacements. Continue reading “Rotary Club Bestows More Than $25,000 on Teachers’ Projects”

Pair Arrested, Charged in Two Home Burglaries, Police Say

Two suspects remained in custody Tuesday after being charged with burglarizing two San Marino homes and leading police on a high-speed chase last week.
A 20-year-old Los Angeles man and a 15-year-old boy are both charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of evading a police officer, authorities said. The boy was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 6, shortly after the burglaries were reported, and the 20-year-old man was arrested after San Marino police followed up by reviewing security camera footage from neighboring homes. Continue reading “Pair Arrested, Charged in Two Home Burglaries, Police Say”

School Board Incumbents Grab Early Lead

Despite spirited competition for the three available seats, early returns in the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education election appeared to point toward continuity, as incumbents C. Joseph Chang and Shelley Ryan had the leading two spots in a partial count of precincts Tuesday night.
With early voting tabulated along with ballots in two of the seven precincts, Chang had 1,336 votes as of The Outlook’s press deadline this week, followed by Ryan’s 988 votes. Newcomer Corey Barberie checked in at third with 877 votes. Continue reading “School Board Incumbents Grab Early Lead”

Woman Dies After Car Crashes Into Tree

San Marino police continue to investigate a single-vehicle collision that occurred Monday morning and led to a woman’s death.
The 83-year-old victim, whose name was still being withheld Tuesday at The Outlook’s press deadline, was driving an older-model Volvo that collided with a tree near the intersection of Lorain and Windsor roads at around 9:40 a.m. Monday. She died after being transported to Huntington Hospital by first responders. Continue reading “Woman Dies After Car Crashes Into Tree”

City Council Sets Moratorium on Removal of Trees

San Marino officials will have the security of a moratorium on permits for tree removals as they tweak a proposed ordinance that is meant to address concerns about the practice and will be reintroduced in December.
Planning and Building Director Aldo Cervantes, whose department handles permits and code enforcement, has been directed to make several changes to the proposed ordinance. They include more thoroughly defining what hedges and tree topping are, adding a provision to revoke business licenses from those violating the ordinance, revising the requirement for minimum replacement tree size and removing language that distinguishes between front yard and backyard trees. Continue reading “City Council Sets Moratorium on Removal of Trees”

Man Charged With Setting Fires in Front of Businesses

A Rancho Cucamonga man has been arraigned on arson charges after being arrested last week by the San Marino Police Department in connection with fires that were set in front of Huntington Drive businesses in September.
The 27-year-old was arrested on Monday, Oct. 15, after an investigation by the SMPD, the San Marino Fire Department and the San Gabriel Police Department. Continue reading “Man Charged With Setting Fires in Front of Businesses”

Protection of Mature Trees on City Council’s Friday Agenda

The City Council on Friday will consider a long-anticipated proposed ordinance designed to extend greater protection to mature trees in San Marino, including during construction projects.
Commissioned in May after a lengthy discussion, the proposal is expected to improve the manner in which the public is notified of planned tree removals, substantially increase fines for various infractions, modify the appeal process, establish new parameters for permitting the removal of trees and extend the historic landmark designation to trees. Continue reading “Protection of Mature Trees on City Council’s Friday Agenda”