At this week’s Town Hall meeting, Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey highlighted three bottom-line goals that represented her vision for this year, in addition to showcasing individual departmental goals for her tenure.
If she has her druthers, Shepherd Romey, in her first crack at the City Council’s mayoral post, would like to improve traffic and pedestrian safety through the city’s neighborhoods, better manage vacant residential and commercial properties and strengthen tree preservation and maintenance through educational outreach programming. Continue reading “Mayor’s 2020 Priorities: Traffic, Properties, Trees”
For better or for worse, numerous developments throughout 2019 have left or will leave a lasting impact on the community of San Marino.
These impacts may be somber — as with The Outlook’s choice for biggest story. They may complement San Marino tradition. They might have unresolved questions — some of the stories have yet to reach a conclusion.
For the last issue of 2019, The Outlook has compiled a list of events that appear most likely to affect the future of the small and proud suburb or remain in the memories of its residents. Continue reading “Fatal Crash Among Top 2019 Stories”
The San Marino Unified School District Board of Education has quietly bucked informal tradition, selecting C. Joseph Chang as its president for 2020 instead of outgoing Vice President Chris Norgaard, as would have been customary.
Chang, who served as the board’s clerk this year and was otherwise positioned to become vice president, told the audience at last week’s meeting that the decision was unexpected for him and he did not have an agenda-setting speech planned, but did express a broad desire to get district stakeholders on the same page on key issues. The most pressing of these involves the forthcoming March election, in which voters will decide whether the district can borrow $200 million in bonds to fund building and maintenance projects. Continue reading “Chang Will Lead SMUSD Board in 2020”
Gretchen Shepherd Romey last week gave the customary round of thanks to her family, friends and colleagues on the City Council for supporting her in her 2017 election to the panel and, now, her selection as its mayor by a unanimous vote at the last meeting of this year.
She extended a special gesture of gratitude to another group of supporters in San Marino, too.
“It’s particularly remarkable that I am here because of an all-female campaign committee, for which I am so very grateful,” the new mayor said last week, kicking off her agenda-setting speech. “Your support strengthens my convictions and spurs me to work harder for our community to make it a wonderful place.”
Shepherd Romey, an attorney before motherhood refocused her energy not only to her children but to local civic and nonprofit organizations as well, outlined a vision of enhancing what she regards as San Marino’s defining qualities for her first go-around as the city’s mayor. Continue reading “New Mayor’s Agenda Rooted in Traffic Safety, Preservation”
In retirement, Dr. Robert Ghatan has discovered a surprise passion paralleling his devotion to orthopedic surgery — landscape painting.
The longtime San Marino resident has dedicated an upstairs wing of his Shenandoah Road home to his art, allowing himself a comfortable corner in which to re-create his memorable vacations amid the comforting sunlight and view of trees that his wide windows afford. Numerous mounted canvases in varying stages of completion adorn the walls, as Ghatan waits for just the right color to come to mind before he takes the next stroke. Continue reading “Retired Surgeon Embraces a New Vista as Landscape Painter”