Jeff Wilson says he is often asked whether he knew San Marino Unified School District was and would continue to be in the midst of financial woes when he applied to become the district’s superintendent and was hired last year.
“The answer to that is yes, I did know about that,” he told the Rotary Club of San Marino, “but I also saw the potential that we have in front of us for not only fixing our budget but actually expanding our programs and moving ahead.”
In his first “State of the Schools” address to the club, Wilson last week did his best to illustrate the root causes of the district’s fiscal shortcomings, which are primarily tied to a state funding formula that favors districts with academic shortcomings and large populations of “at-risk” students. Continue reading “Wilson Says SMUSD Can Compete Despite Financial Challenges”
Asked about his 45 years in film production and distribution, Craig Darian said some describe him as entrepreneurial and others simply call him “a jerk of all trades.”
Darian, the CEO of Hollywood-based Occidental Entertainment who was the guest speaker at a recent Rotary Club of San Marino meeting, didn’t quibble about either description. Continue reading “That’s Entertainment: Exec Tells of His Hollywood Odyssey”
She may be new, but she’s gearing up to usher Pasadena City College into its centennial and beyond.
Erika Endrijonas, the new superintendent and president of PCC, spent much of her introduction to the Rotary Club of San Marino recently outlining her, well, outline for developing the next decade’s institutional master plan and revisiting the facilities master plan, all in preparation of the school’s 100th anniversary in 2024.
“We are focused on our very rich traditions and our history within the community, but it’s also time to think about what we want to be as we enter our second century,” she said. “The story of PCC is basically the story of excellence.” Continue reading “PCC President Endrijonas Speaks at Rotary Club”
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”
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”
As Rotary Club of San Marino’s president for the next year, Greg Johansing said he hoped to find ways for the club to raise funds and contribute to causes without dipping too heavily into its coffers.
Such projects or fundraisers, he said, would help the club in some of its present functions. As an example, the club doled out about $17,000 in mini-grants for local teachers this year, though requests totaled around $45,000.
“I think we could close that gap if we do a couple of these projects,” Johansing said. Continue reading “Leader Suggests Rotary Offer Both Fiscal, Physical Support”
As he prepares to depart the San Marino Unified School District for a second time, Loren Kleinrock, as last week’s featured speaker at the Rotary Club of San Marino luncheon, urged the community to continue to step up to help the school system remain as strong as ever.
“This community has allowed our schools to be really, really, really good by their contributions, both in time and in dollars,” Kleinrock said. “I used to say when I met principals from other schools that what I really like about San Marino parents is that they have high expectations but they put their time and money behind those expectations. It always has been a partnership.” Continue reading “Retirement Looms, but Kleinrock Still Rooting for School District”
At Rotary Club of San Marino’s Salute to Service Academy Appointees luncheon last week, Congresswoman Judy Chu assured her appointees that they will continue to reflect the San Gabriel Valley’s track record of military academy students.
Although congressional representatives are minimally allotted one appointment per academy, Chu touted her nine total appointees this year as the norm for her district. Those appointees joined those made by Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and Congressman Adam Schiff at last week’s event, the club’s 15th such luncheon, which coincidentally shared the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of the beaches of Normandy, France, which began to turn the tide in World War II. Continue reading “Military Academy Appointee Saluted at Rotary Club Event”