Mayor’s State of City Message: Improve Efficiency

Mayor Steven Huang informs the Rotary about the state of the city.
Mayor Steven Huang informs the Rotary about the state of the city.

Dr. Steven Huang tipped his hat to his predecessor and outlined the way he planned to follow up as mayor in his State of the City presentations last week, both at a city-run town hall meeting and at the weekly Rotary Club of San Marino luncheon.
The new mayor said he hoped to continue the path charted
last year by Steve Talt (who remains on the City Council) regarding “no more kicking the can [down the road]” in fiscal matters, and to help guide the city to being more efficient, with services more effectively rendered to residents. Continue reading “Mayor’s State of City Message: Improve Efficiency”

Adviser on Historic Preservation Briefs City

The firm Architectural Resources Group expects to wrap up its identification of potential historic resources in San Marino by June, after which it will begin its more intensive survey to develop the final list for City Hall.
Armed with the final report, the city hopes to be able to begin formally designating historic landmarks and structures in town, affording them the protection from heavy modification or demolition that is desired by the City Council as well as other vocal groups and residents in the community. The survey comes at the mandate of the city’s preservation ordinance that was passed nearly a year ago. Continue reading “Adviser on Historic Preservation Briefs City”

School Board Controversy Is Top Story of 2018

Another year is near an end, and for San Marino that year included a multitude of surprises, welcome developments, disappointments and some intriguing mileposts for the city’s proud residents, enthusiastic educators and diligent workers.
In observance of the approaching new year, The Outlook has highlighted 18 of San Marino’s biggest stories of 2018.

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Rose Princess Embraces Hectic Royal Routine

Rose Princess Sherry Ma
Rose Princess Sherry Ma

On Oct. 1, when the Pasadena Tournament of Roses was at last announcing the finalists composing its Royal Court this year, San Marino High School senior Sherry Ma admitted to having a bit of a, well, senior moment.
Each year, when the finalists compete to be the Rose Queen, the TOR announces the contestant’s school, her number and then, finally, her name, ostensibly to add dramatic flair and kick-start the cheers from whichever school the contestant represents. Continue reading “Rose Princess Embraces Hectic Royal Routine”

Queen Louise Finds Meaning in Community Outreach

Rose Queen Louise Deser Siskel
Rose Queen Louise Deser Siskel

As a student at Sequoyah High School in Pasadena, Louise Siskel often finds herself keeping busy at an offsite laboratory workbench or, at times, at a NASA facility up north, at least when she isn’t doing her schoolwork.
As this year’s Rose Queen for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Siskel said she’s been “a different kind of busy.”
“I definitely go to more events for this than with science stuff,” she said during a recent interview.
Siskel, a San Marino resident, has had a handle on her future for a while now. She wants to attend Johns Hopkins, Yale or the University of Chicago to study cellular and molecular biology. Continue reading “Queen Louise Finds Meaning in Community Outreach”

Mayor Huang Calls for 10% Budget Cut

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Dr. Steven Huang and Gretchen Shepherd Romey were chosen as San Marino’s mayor and vice mayor for 2019.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Dr. Steven Huang and Gretchen Shepherd Romey were chosen as San
Marino’s mayor and vice mayor for 2019.

As the new mayor, Dr. Steven Huang said he will seek a blanket 10% reduction in expenses for the city’s next budget, emphasize finding answers to questions about the city’s Recreation Department and its facility in the Stoneman building, develop a sense of direction regarding the city’s pension liability and review how the Fire Department handles shift absences. Continue reading “Mayor Huang Calls for 10% Budget Cut”