Council Considers Forming Budget Advisory Panel

The city of San Marino’s budgeting process isn’t the easiest thing to make sense of, so the City Council is considering forming a committee of a few citizens to pore over the numbers, ask questions of staff members and ascertain if there are ways through which greater savings can be achieved.
A three-man remnant of the council — Mayor Eugene Sun, Vice Mayor Dr. Continue reading “Council Considers Forming Budget Advisory Panel”

City Hall Considered for SMUSD Cell Towers

For more than two years, San Marino officials have searched for alternative sites for two controversial cellphone towers on school district property, one adjacent to Huntington Middle School and the other in the northwest reaches of San Marino High School’s campus.
Now a new solution is being explored: City Hall. And it could well accommodate both towers. Continue reading “City Hall Considered for SMUSD Cell Towers”

Little Dispute Among Council Candidates

Life is still pretty good in San Marino, it seems. Heart attack victims don’t languish at home waiting for a paramedic, and gangs don’t rule the streets. Cars don’t disappear into potholes. Homeowners have substantial elbow room on their residential lots. And the city’s finances are awash in $145,000 of black ink, with a generous cushion of reserves. Continue reading “Little Dispute Among Council Candidates”

Council Votes to Remove Property Requirement

Property ownership should no longer be a requirement to serve on either the Design Review Committee or Planning Commission, the City Council determined in its meeting last week.
On a first reading, the council unanimously agreed to remove from its Municipal Code the stipulation that anyone wishing to serve on either body must own property here. Continue reading “Council Votes to Remove Property Requirement”

Local Fireman Helps Out at Rough Fire

Fire stations around the West routinely loan out their personnel when a major wildfire overwhelms a region’s local resources. Sometimes, however, there is a need for someone not so much to fight the fire, but to attend to those who are.
That’s the function Brian Campbell of the San Marino Fire Department served during a just-completed three-week deployment at the Rough Fire, which had ravaged 138,000 acres in the Sierra and Sequoia national forests and Kings Canyon National Park by the start of this week. Continue reading “Local Fireman Helps Out at Rough Fire”

Campaign Launched for Utility, Safety Taxes

It’s never pleasant to ponder worst-case scenarios. But potentially harsh realities compelled several concerned citizens to gather in front of the San Marino Fire Station on a scorching-hot afternoon last week.
Members of the Committee of San Marino Residents for Measures U & SA, they assembled to launch a campaign on behalf of the utility user tax and the public safety tax, both of which will be on the ballot in the Nov. 3 election. Together, the measures will bolster San Marino’s budget with $4.64 million in the current fiscal year, or 19% of the city’s net revenues. Continue reading “Campaign Launched for Utility, Safety Taxes”