Arrested After Pursuit, Man Charged With Attempted Home Burglary

A Rosamond man who was arrested by San Marino police officers last week is believed to have been an accomplice of two people seen trying to break into a Robles Avenue home, authorities said.
The man, suspected by police of being the lookout and getaway driver for the alleged scheme, was released from the Alhambra jail on bail after being charged with attempted residential burglary and evading police by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Continue reading “Arrested After Pursuit, Man Charged With Attempted Home Burglary”

NASA Engineer Shares Love of Space With City Club

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Todd Barber, a senior propulsion engineer at NASA’s JPL facility in La Cañada Flintridge, talks about his work on the Voyager program and other space exploration missions during the San Marino City Club’s meeting last week.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Todd Barber, a senior propulsion engineer at NASA’s JPL facility in La Cañada Flintridge, talks about his work on the Voyager program and other space exploration missions during the San Marino City Club’s meeting last week.

Todd Barber, the curious 8th-grader in Wichita, Kansas, who was visiting his grandmother’s home one weekend, stumbled upon an issue of National Geographic magazine that had featured the then-recent launch of Voyagers 1 and 2 toward our solar system’s gas and ice giants.
Barber, speaking before the San Marino City Club last week as NASA JPL’s senior propulsion engineer, said that was the beginning of his path to the present day, when he spends his time at the office supporting the Voyager mission that continues more than four decades later.
“As soon as I saw that in 8th grade, I said, ‘This is my destiny,’” Barber told the audience. “I’ve been here 28½ years. I worked seven years on Galileo. I followed that up with 21 years on Cassini. Unbelievably, 41 years after launch, that 8th-grade boy made his childhood dream of working on the Voyager project.” Continue reading “NASA Engineer Shares Love of Space With City Club”

Receiving a Charge From Leadership Retreat, Teens Thank Rotary

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Glover Talt,  Ava Slocum, Calvin Yan and Richelle Chow recently spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marino about their experiences at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award retreat they attended on behalf of the club. Talt and Slocum attend San Marino High School, and Yan and Chow study at Southwestern Academy.
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Glover Talt, Ava Slocum, Calvin Yan and Richelle Chow recently spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marino about their experiences at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award retreat they attended on behalf of the club. Talt and Slocum attend San Marino High School, and Yan and Chow study at Southwestern Academy.

To hear its beneficiaries talk, the Rotary Club of San Marino’s investment in sending a group of enterprising area high school students to its annual district leadership retreat was well worth it.
The club heard last week from four of 14 Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients whose trip to the recent retreat held in Running Springs was financed by the club and its South Pasadena counterpart. The 14 represented San Marino High School, Southwestern Academy and St. Francis High School. Continue reading “Receiving a Charge From Leadership Retreat, Teens Thank Rotary”

City Council, Public Safety Commission Work on Communication

Dr. James Lin is sworn in as an alternate to the city’s Public Safety Commission, and Jeff Boozell takes the oath to become a member of the body.
Dr. James Lin is sworn in as an alternate to the city’s Public Safety Commission, and Jeff Boozell takes the oath to become a member of the body.

The San Marino Public Safety Commission will rearrange the timing of its regular monthly meetings to more expeditiously respond to tasks delegated by the City Council.
In an effort to improve communicating to the council the conclusions and opinions it has reached, the commission also will explore filing page-long reports on topics — traffic flow improvement, for example — to be reviewed by the council in regular reports. The decisions were reached at a meeting between the two bodies last week. Continue reading “City Council, Public Safety Commission Work on Communication”

Rules on Placement of Cell Firms’ Equipment Are Easy Sell

In response to a federal order, the San Marino City Council endorsed a resolution prepared by municipal department heads that defines where, in public rights of way, wireless companies may place equipment to convey their signal, requiring a high standard of evidence to allow such firms to gain exceptions to the guidelines. Continue reading “Rules on Placement of Cell Firms’ Equipment Are Easy Sell”

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”