Titans Blank Rams, 2-0

The San Marino High School varsity girls’ soccer team blanked visiting Temple City, 2-0, in the teams’ Rio Hondo League opener last week.
Corinne Wagner put the Titans on the board in the first half with a free kick from 25 yards out. Forward Puja Balaji extended San Marino’s lead by putting away a free kick from Wagner in the second half.
The Titans outshot the Rams, 10-6, and goalkeeper Emily Boutin recorded four saves to record San Marino’s sixth shutout of the season.
San Marino (7-4 overall record, 1-0 in league) will host La Cañada in a league match this Friday, Jan. 20, at 3:30 p.m.

San Marino Splits Rio Hondo League Games

The San Marino High School varsity girls’ basketball team bounced back from its Rio Hondo League opening loss by clobbering visiting Pasadena Blair, 60-6, last Friday.
Joyce Liang scored a game-high 15 points to help San Marino score its first league win of the season, and junior Cheyenne Trac added nine points, four assists and three steals. Audrey Lin finished with eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, Kyli Bonavich had eight points and seven rebounds, Zoee Li totaled five points, nine rebounds and four steals, Sabella Singh also had five points to go with three steals, Kathleen Liu netted five points and recorded four assists, Tina McDaniel finished with four points, four rebounds and two steals, Evelyn Tran contributed one point and three rebounds, and Nikki Wong grabbed five rebounds and recorded two assists.
The Titans (10-9 overall record, 1-1 in league) traveled to South Pasadena on Wednesday and will hit the road this Friday, Jan. 20, to take on La Cañada at 5:30 p.m.

Temple City 61
San Marino 56

The Titans were unable to keep up with Temple City in their Rio Hondo League opener last week, falling to the Rams in overtime, 61-56.
San Marino led by three points at the half, 26-13, but the Rams fought back to tie the game in the final two quarters and force an overtime period. The home squad ultimately pulled away for the win.
Kathleen Liu was the Titans’ top performer with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Liu was also a perfect seven-for-seven from the free throw line, and Kyli Bonavich and Hanna Wang added 11 points each. Joyce Liang chipped in seven points, five rebounds and three steals, Audrey Bain finished with six points, Nikki Wong had three points, six rebounds and four assists, Sabella Singh totaled three points and four rebounds, and Cheyenne Trac contributed a point. Singh, Bonavich, Liang and Bain each blocked one shot.
The visiting squad was solid beyond the arc, hitting nine of 24 three-pointers. Bonavich hit all three of her three-point shot attempts, and Wang also drilled three from beyond the arc. Liang made two of four three-point shots, and Liu also drilled three-pointer.

San Marino Edges Temple City in League Opener

It wasn’t easy for the San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team during its nonleague portion of the season, but it was by design. Head coach Mihail Papadopulos wanted to challenge his squad as much as he could going into Rio Hondo League play, a move that certainly paid off for the battle-tested Titans as they edged host Temple City, 70-69, in the teams’ league opener last week.
It was San Marino’s first victory over Temple City since 2012, and it also snapped a four-game losing streak. Continue reading “San Marino Edges Temple City in League Opener”

Library Foundation Preserves History and Legacy

The first time Ann Longyear ever wrote her name, it was to sign her new library card from the Pasadena Public Library when she was just 4 years old.

Photo courtesy Pasadena Community Foundation
Photo courtesy Pasadena Community Foundation
Pasadena Public Library Foundation Board members include (from left) Charlie Woo, Ann Longyear, Connie White, Steve Onderdonk, former library Director Jan Sanders and Peter McAniff. (Not pictured: Tempe Brooks and Father Paul Sustayta.)

Now a spry 90 years of age, Longyear has been a lifelong library patron and fierce fundraising champion for the city’s treasured landmark, helping to spearhead the Pasadena Public Library Foundation board back in 1983. In the coming year, the foundation will have granted more than $3 million to the historic building’s refurbishment and maintenance since its inception.
“It’s such a magnificent building, and the inside of the library Continue reading “Library Foundation Preserves History and Legacy”

Local WWII Vet Still Serves Country, Community

John Watkins has seen a thing or two in his 91 years, but standing on the Rose Bowl stadium’s field on game day in front of 95,000 fans — with another 20 million watching on TV — gave the World War II Navy veteran reason to pause.

Photo courtesy Giuseppe Gallo
Photo courtesy Giuseppe Gallo
Pasadena resident John Watkins (center) is joined by his son Stephen Watkins, daughter-in-law Carol, daughter Katherine and granddaughter Madeline at the Rose Bowl game, where he was honored on Jan. 2.

“I told them I didn’t sink anybody or do anything heroic to stand behind that goal line,” Watkins said. “But I felt the weight of the U.S. Navy on me; I felt I was representing them, so I just did the best I could.”
That sentiment has helped the lifelong Pasadena resident lead a long and rich life, trying his best always to do right by others. But when he was called up by the Rose Bowl production team, which wanted to honor WWII vets, he hesitated. Continue reading “Local WWII Vet Still Serves Country, Community”

Budget Review Rescheduled for Feb. 8

The City Council’s annual mid-year budget review has been rescheduled for its February regular meeting.
The review had originally been scheduled for the Jan. 27 study session, which takes place on the last Friday morning of each month. Now, the review will be at the Feb. 8 meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.
The mid-year review allows the City Council to discuss and make any fiscal changes to the current fiscal cycle to ensure the city’s budget breaks even and typically precedes the planning of next year’s budget.
Interim City Manager Cindy Collins said she expects two significant changes in this review. The Fire Department’s budget will need additional money for overtime and City Hall will need more money because one position was contracted out this year to replace an employee who has been on an extended leave.
Collins did not specify a reason for the meeting change.

New Lights Brighten Up SMUSD Schools

Some of San Marino’s students returned to school last week with a brighter future greeting them.
That’s because Valentine Elementary and Huntington Middle schools are now lit entirely by light-emitting diode, or LED, bulbs that were installed during the holiday break, thanks to state grants.
Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss said in a telephone interview that San Marino Unified School District is using around $500,000 in state money for the utility upgrade. Carver Elementary and San Marino High schools will install the new bulbs during spring break. Continue reading “New Lights Brighten Up SMUSD Schools”

Search Starts for New City Manager

The City Council voted to release requests for a proposal last week for professional executive recruiting firms, formally beginning its search to hire a permanent city manager.
Requests for proposal, or RFPs, invite companies to submit proposed prices for specific jobs based on parameters set by the government agency. Cindy Collins, who has served as the interim city manager since John Schaefer retired in June, will not seek the job permanently.
Collins told the City Council at the Jan. 11 meeting that she expected to bring a recommended firm for its approval at the Feb. 24 study session. Once a firm is selected, it would begin its search for candidates to have the city interview.
Collins said when all was said and done, she expected a candidate to be hired around June. Continue reading “Search Starts for New City Manager”

New City Club President Kicks Off ’17 With Retreat

Photo courtesy Kristen Van Driel San Marino City Club past presidents include (from left) Pete Loeffler (2012), John Morris (2005), Bill Gunnell (2007), Frank Chen (2016), Dan Biles (2015), Janice Lee-McMahon (2011), Wally Rosvall (2003), David Wang (current), Mort Mortimer (2006), Tom Santley (2004), Dick Ward (1989), Al Boegh (2010), Fritz Seares (1999) and Ken Riley (1995).
Photo courtesy Kristen Van Driel
San Marino City Club past presidents include (from left) Pete Loeffler (2012), John Morris (2005), Bill Gunnell (2007), Frank Chen (2016), Dan Biles (2015), Janice Lee-McMahon (2011), Wally Rosvall (2003), David Wang (current), Mort Mortimer (2006), Tom Santley (2004), Dick Ward (1989), Al Boegh (2010), Fritz Seares (1999) and Ken Riley (1995).

The conclusion of a successful board retreat for San Marino City Club helped to set the tone for David Wang’s first year as president of the organization.
The annual retreat, which is held in Palm Springs, brings together the 14 members of SMCC’s board and also past presidents and their spouses. Wang said the retreat this year included a “fairly large cross section” of the latter, especially at the strategic planning meeting.
“It’s a good way to indoctrinate the new board members,” he said in a telephone interview. “This year, it was extremely well attended. We had more past presidents there this year than in recent years.”
That insight proved valuable, Wang said, as he prepares for his year as president. Continue reading “New City Club President Kicks Off ’17 With Retreat”

Snow Day Declared in Lacy Park

Lacy Park was transformed into a winter wonderland recently with tons of snow, sledding, a snowball fight area, snowman-building, bounce houses, slides, music and dancing, and a train ride. Parents grabbed coffee and hot chocolate and enjoyed watching their sunny California kids play in the snow