For two challengers in last week’s City Council election, status as an outsider carried considerable weight. But a little money didn’t hurt, either.
Steve Talt and Dr. Steven Huang each raised in excess of $33,000 in campaign funds for the race, according to disclosure documents on file with the city clerk. They handily unseated the two incumbents, Mayor Eugene Sun and Councilman Dennis Kneier. Continue reading “Reviewing Election Successes”
The City Council welcomes the community’s input on San Marino’s budget, but it wants to be closely engaged in the process. At its meeting last week, the council steered away from establishing a citizens’ budget commission and instead agreed to create an ad hoc council committee — one that will have two council members sitting in on the proceedings. Continue reading “Council to Solicit Citizens’ Advice on Budget Committee”
For the last year and a half, Lu Jiang has been the face of the San Marino Unified School District for families new to the community. She sits at the receptionist’s desk just inside the door of the district offices on West Drive, and has also been responsible for registering new students. Continue reading “SMUSD Names Liaison to New Families”
For adolescent girls, the elementary and middle school social scene can be a strange, frightening and confusing place. For their parents, it can be even more so. To help both parties navigate the murky waters ahead, an upcoming Partnership for Awareness event will tackle the issue of girls’ social and emotional development through these formative years. Continue reading “Girls’ Social World is Subject of Talk”
Thomas Simpson excitedly sought out Principal Liz Hollingsworth at Carver Elementary School recently. In the band class he leads before school one day each week, he had just shot a video on his iPhone, and he couldn’t wait to show it to her. Continue reading “Music to Their Ears at Carver, Valentine”
Audience members inside Huntington Middle School’s Kenneth White Auditorium may notice something different while watching musical performances or attending assemblies this fall. Chairs that used to squeak at the slightest shift in weight are now silent. Walls that carry sound throughout the venue are quieter as well — at least in terms of their color scheme. The vision of Principal Jason Kurtenbach and the San Marino Unified School District PTA was finally realized when HMS unveiled its auditorium refurbishments during a ribbon-cutting ceremony inside the spruced-up space last month. Continue reading “Refurbished Auditorium Makes HMS Shine”
The last couple of years have been tempestuous in San Marino, with residents fretting over newly built homes that are out of step with their neighborhoods, the potential outlay of millions to reconstruct Stoneman School and the perception of a loose rein on city expenditures. Continue reading “Talt, Huang Elected; Taxes Pass”
A visitor recently ventured into Jones Coffee Roasters looking for the proprietor and asked a teenage employee where he might find Mireya Jones.
“You mean my grandma?” came the reply. Continue reading “Keeping Up — and Caffeinated — with the Joneses”
Proponents of two taxes that combine to generate nearly one-fifth of San Marino’s net revenues are cautiously optimistic the measures will be approved by voters in Tuesday’s general municipal election. Continue reading “It’s Decision Time on Taxes, Council for Local Voters”
The large crowd at San Marino High School’s Titan Stadium was as electric as ever on Friday night, and for good reason. The varsity football team was set to square off with eight-time defending Rio Hondo League champion Monrovia, a team it had not beaten in 12 years. The Titans didn’t let their fans’ palpable energy go to waste and fed off it to score their biggest victory in recent memory. Continue reading “San Marino Ends Monrovia’s Reign, 49-14”