Ex-Wells Fargo CEO Imparts Leadership Lessons to Rotary

Tim Sloan, who served Wells Fargo for more than three decades, speaks at a Rotary Club of San Marino meeting at San Marino Community Church.
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Tim Sloan, who served Wells Fargo for more than three decades, speaks at a Rotary Club of San Marino meeting at San Marino Community Church.

Now on month three of retirement, Tim Sloan spent some of his time at the Rotary Club of San Marino luncheon last week reflecting on his banking career, but mostly focused on his five lessons in leadership.
Speaking frankly on his retirement, which took effect at the end of June, the former Wells Fargo CEO expressed affection for the company he called home for more than three decades, often using “we” and “us” when referring to the institution. His departure from Wells Fargo occurred amid continued scrutiny of the account fraud scandal, though he was never directly linked to it — he was chief financial officer at the time it was unfolding. Continue reading “Ex-Wells Fargo CEO Imparts Leadership Lessons to Rotary”

Onetime School Board Candidate Arrested in Alleged Barricade Incident

Officers uncovered what they believe to be illegal drugs in a vehicle owned by John Gabriel, who was arrested last week after allegedly barricading himself in his estranged wife’s San Marino home with a handgun.
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Officers uncovered what they believe to be illegal drugs in a vehicle owned by John Gabriel, who was arrested last week after allegedly barricading himself in his estranged wife’s San Marino home with a handgun.

A former school board candidate who police said forced his way into a San Marino home and held his estranged wife and their family against their will while armed remained in the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles on $2.335-million bond as of The Outlook’s Tuesday press deadline. Continue reading “Onetime School Board Candidate Arrested in Alleged Barricade Incident”

While Marking 100 Years, Huntington Library Focuses on Future

The Huntington Library
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The Huntington Library’s new full name looms above the lectern from which President Karen Lawrence addresses guests at an event kicking off the institution’s centennial celebration.

The Huntington Library will take on a (slightly) new name to usher in its next 100 years.
Unveiled last Thursday during the institution’s centennial celebration kickoff, the new formal name — the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens — adopts a simple word switch, with “Museum” taking the place of “Collections.” Nevertheless, the change is meant to reflect the Huntington’s evolving attitude for the future. Continue reading “While Marking 100 Years, Huntington Library Focuses on Future”

Seeking Counsel on Fiscal Affairs, Schools Will Name Task Force

Superintendent Jeff Wilson speaks at a recent school board meeting as the panel’s president, Lisa Link, listens. Wilson is forming a task force to analyze fiscal options and strategies for the cash-strapped local school district.
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Superintendent Jeff Wilson speaks at a recent school board meeting as the panel’s president, Lisa Link, listens. Wilson is forming a task force to analyze fiscal options and strategies for the cash-strapped local school district.

The San Marino Unified School District is seeking applicants to a new task force that will advise the superintendent on fiscal resources and revenue enhancement options for the high-achieving but underfunded district.
The Fiscal Resources Strategic Team, or FiRST, will be composed of 10-20 members, Superintendent Jeff Wilson said. Appointees will include teachers, support staff, administrators and students, but most will be local residents with relevant expertise who apply. Those interested in applying have until noon on Wednesday, Sept. 18, to do so. Continue reading “Seeking Counsel on Fiscal Affairs, Schools Will Name Task Force”

At 100, Huntington Library Embraces the Next Age

huntington library
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Workers pose in front of the Huntington residence under construction in 1911. Henry and Arabella Huntington (pictured in inset photos) bequeathed their expansive property and collections 100 years ago, creating what is now the Huntington Library. The institution begins its centennial celebration today.

The dream that Henry and Arabella Huntington began to fulfill 100 years ago with the stroke of a pen has endured and adapted to the ebbs and flows of society, nature’s wrath and the passage of time.
Now the embodiment of that dream, the Huntington Library, bears a new formal name — the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, with “Museum” taking the place of “Collections.” The change, unveiled last Thursday during the kickoff of the institution’s centennial celebration, is meant to reflect the Huntington’s evolving attitude as it sails into the future. Continue reading “At 100, Huntington Library Embraces the Next Age”

Chinese Club Undergoes Remodel, the Better to Fulfill Its Mission

Chun-Yen Chen translates for the Mandarin-speaking audience at a recent Chinese Club of San Marino event
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Chun-Yen Chen translates for the Mandarin-speaking audience at a recent Chinese Club of San Marino event that brought city officials before club members as a form of outreach. The club, which is renovating its facilities, has for four decades helped link new immigrants from Taiwan and China to the San Marino community.

After four decades here, the Chinese Club of San Marino is setting itself up for the future as it continues to provide a crucial link for families that have recently immigrated to integrate into the small, picturesque community. Continue reading “Chinese Club Undergoes Remodel, the Better to Fulfill Its Mission”

Football Coach Briefs Rotary as Clashes of the Titans Near

Justin Mesa
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Justin Mesa

Justin Mesa said he heard a ruckus in the locker room last week on the first day of San Marino High School’s new year.
Mesa, the new Titans varsity football coach who spent two years on the recruiting side of the game at the University of Wyoming, said he was meeting with his assistant coaches in an adjacent office that Wednesday afternoon. When one of the boys knocked on his door, he said, he thought at first he might need to put the kibosh on some disorderly conduct.
“So I’m like, ‘Are they fighting?’ I get nervous, right?” Mesa explained. Continue reading “Football Coach Briefs Rotary as Clashes of the Titans Near”

Local Man Tabbed to USPS Board

John Barger
John Barger

The U.S. Senate recently approved San Marino resident John Barger’s appointment to the United States Postal Service Governing Board, giving the panel its first operating quorum in half a decade after years of blocked nominations.
Barger, a brother of District 5 Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, was approved on Aug. 1, alongside two others; the three join two other board members to form the first quorum of the nine-member panel since 2014, the lack of which has hamstrung the storied institution while it has relied on an emergency committee to continue operations. Continue reading “Local Man Tabbed to USPS Board”