Council Dismisses Most of Metro’s Ideas on Traffic Flow

The San Marino City Council voted piecemeal recently to toss out proposals to synchronize traffic signals and most of the county transportation authority’s other suggestions involving Huntington Drive intersections, but chose to move forward with refining options that would target school sites.
The council remains gridlocked on how to handle the Atlantic Boulevard-Huntington intersection, and failed to consider proposals regarding Sierra Madre Boulevard altogether. Both topics will be taken up at the Friday morning meeting on July 26. Continue reading “Council Dismisses Most of Metro’s Ideas on Traffic Flow”

Scholar Will Head to Oxford, With Rotary’s Help

Jacqueline Chen
San Marino High School alumna Jacqueline Chen, a recent Harvard graduate, will study global health
science and epidemiology.

Economics and chemistry might seem an odd marriage for fields of study in college, but they made sense for what San Marino High School class of 2015 alumna Jacqueline Chen wanted out of Harvard.
Now that she has earned that bachelor’s degree, complete with an undergraduate thesis that wed the two academic areas, Chen will start graduate school at England’s Oxford University this fall as the latest recipient of Rotary International’s Global Grant Scholarship.
“I’ve spent a lot of time studying the U.S. health-care system, and I’m really excited to fly across the pond to see how the health-care systems work in other countries,” Chen said, speaking by phone from Boston. “I think we have a lot to do to make our health-care system better, and it would be really interesting to see how we can adopt other countries’ policies to fit our health-care system and make it more efficient and affordable.” Continue reading “Scholar Will Head to Oxford, With Rotary’s Help”

Teens Charged After July 4 Crash That Killed Teacher

Gabriel Crispo
Photo courtesy PCC
Gabriel Crispo, who taught English as a second language at Pasadena City College, was killed when he was struck by a car as he jogged on a Huntington Drive median. His dog also died.

Two 17-year-old boys were charged at a Los Angeles courthouse on Tuesday with vehicular manslaughter in the death of a pedestrian who was struck on Huntington Drive in what authorities said was a race between the pair of young drivers on Independence Day.
The teens, who have been released to their families and await their next court date, were arrested shortly after the crash on Thursday, July 4, that killed a San Gabriel man and his dog while they were jogging at about 10:35 a.m. in the parkway median dividing Huntington, police said. The drivers allegedly were racing on westbound Huntington when they collided, with one vehicle careening onto the median and striking Gabriel Crispo, 49, a teacher at Pasadena City College. Continue reading “Teens Charged After July 4 Crash That Killed Teacher”

For Residents’ Sake, City Council Moves Traffic Discussion to July 10

The San Marino City Council will expedite its discussion of proposed traffic plans that would be funded by L.A. Metro by including the item in its meeting on Wednesday night, July 10, which would be likely to produce a larger audience than its morning meeting on July 26, when the topic was to have been addressed. Continue reading “For Residents’ Sake, City Council Moves Traffic Discussion to July 10”

City Orders a Diagnosis of Its Traffic Circulation

By a narrow margin, the San Marino City Council voted last week to move forward with a traffic circulation study, which is slated to begin in August.
With the awarding of the contract on a 3-2 vote, the Los Angeles office of Iteris Inc. was formally tasked with preparing a comprehensive evaluation of San Marino’s traffic circulation, which will include traffic modeling, the identification of capacity constraints, an analysis of system conditions, the identification and prioritization of traffic-related needs and the preparation of possible improvements or enhancements to the city’s traffic system. The contract will be for $149,840. Continue reading “City Orders a Diagnosis of Its Traffic Circulation”

Rotarians Earn the Bill Steele Annual Service Award

Bill Payne (left) and Chris Datwyler
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Bill Payne (left) and Chris Datwyler share this year’s Bill Steele Annual Service Award, which is awarded by Rotary Club of San Marino to members for “outstanding and sustained service.”

Longtime San Marino Rotarians Chris Datwyler and Bill Payne were named last week as this year’s Bill Steele Annual Service Award recipients by the club, giving them a share of the fifth year for the award.
The club made the surprise announcement at its luncheon last week, the penultimate of the service year. The award, so named for late San Marino resident and Rotarian Bill Steele, is given to club members for “outstanding and sustained service to the club by demonstrating the very best ideals of Rotary International,” according to the club’s website. Continue reading “Rotarians Earn the Bill Steele Annual Service Award”

Federal Judge to School Young Women on Power of Education

Kim Wardlaw
Kim Wardlaw

On a clear enough day, Kim Wardlaw can see from her office a sliver of the Rose Bowl, where 20 years ago she shared a monumental moment with her 4-year-old daughter.
On that occasion, Wardlaw and young Katie watched the U.S. women’s national team defeat China for the 1999 Women’s World Cup. At that point, Wardlaw had served for 11 months as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
In a full-circle journey, Wardlaw will be featured on Tuesday, July 9, at the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Symposium at the Rose Bowl, a day before a statue commemorating the World Cup victory will be unveiled. A grown-up Katie, who this month took her LSAT test to get into law school, will introduce her mother at the event. Continue reading “Federal Judge to School Young Women on Power of Education”

City Provides Response to Traffic Plan Queries

The Public Safety Commission plans to preview updated traffic plans to the public at its next meeting, rescheduled to Monday, July 22, ahead of the date when the City Council plans to finally take a formal look at the proposals.
The meeting’s location was not immediately set, but it’s unlikely to be in the City Council chambers, as customary. Commissioner Jeff Boozell observed that, as with this week’s meeting attended by about 100 people, public interest will necessitate a larger location to accommodate the audience. Continue reading “City Provides Response to Traffic Plan Queries”