Residents Urged to Make Wish List of City Projects

Now is the time to let the city know what projects you want it to take a hard look at when budget decisions are due in a few months.
Through a survey on the city’s website, residents are encouraged to review the list of 21 potential projects that have been discussed by officials and select as many as 10 of their favorites. The City Council plans to consider this resident input when plotting out the 2019-20 budget. The council narrowed its list to these 21 projects from an initial 53. Continue reading “Residents Urged to Make Wish List of City Projects”

Adviser on Historic Preservation Briefs City

The firm Architectural Resources Group expects to wrap up its identification of potential historic resources in San Marino by June, after which it will begin its more intensive survey to develop the final list for City Hall.
Armed with the final report, the city hopes to be able to begin formally designating historic landmarks and structures in town, affording them the protection from heavy modification or demolition that is desired by the City Council as well as other vocal groups and residents in the community. The survey comes at the mandate of the city’s preservation ordinance that was passed nearly a year ago. Continue reading “Adviser on Historic Preservation Briefs City”

Mayor Huang Calls for 10% Budget Cut

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Dr. Steven Huang and Gretchen Shepherd Romey were chosen as San Marino’s mayor and vice mayor for 2019.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Dr. Steven Huang and Gretchen Shepherd Romey were chosen as San
Marino’s mayor and vice mayor for 2019.

As the new mayor, Dr. Steven Huang said he will seek a blanket 10% reduction in expenses for the city’s next budget, emphasize finding answers to questions about the city’s Recreation Department and its facility in the Stoneman building, develop a sense of direction regarding the city’s pension liability and review how the Fire Department handles shift absences. Continue reading “Mayor Huang Calls for 10% Budget Cut”

Council OKs Hiring Director for Library, Recreation Depts.

The San Marino City Council has voted to fund and hire a community services director, setting up the hiring of a department head who will ultimately have control of both the Recreation Department and Crowell Public Library.
In approving the post, the council directed City Manager Marcella Marlowe at its meeting last week to eliminate the Recreation Department manager position at her discretion, the rationale being that the new director will be primarily focused on that department and that the money to pay for the position has to come from somewhere. Continue reading “Council OKs Hiring Director for Library, Recreation Depts.”

City Extends Ban on Tree Removals for Up to a Year

The City Council has voted to extend its moratorium on tree removals, making it a yearlong ban until the council approves a new ordinance that lays out the rules for removals.
At its meeting last week, the council also formed a subcommittee to handle emergency removal permits, which are among the few ways a tree can be removed in the meantime. Dr. Steven Huang, the vice mayor, and Councilwoman Gretchen Shepherd Romey will evaluate emergency applications. Continue reading “City Extends Ban on Tree Removals for Up to a Year”

City Council Sets Moratorium on Removal of Trees

San Marino officials will have the security of a moratorium on permits for tree removals as they tweak a proposed ordinance that is meant to address concerns about the practice and will be reintroduced in December.
Planning and Building Director Aldo Cervantes, whose department handles permits and code enforcement, has been directed to make several changes to the proposed ordinance. They include more thoroughly defining what hedges and tree topping are, adding a provision to revoke business licenses from those violating the ordinance, revising the requirement for minimum replacement tree size and removing language that distinguishes between front yard and backyard trees. Continue reading “City Council Sets Moratorium on Removal of Trees”

Protection of Mature Trees on City Council’s Friday Agenda

The City Council on Friday will consider a long-anticipated proposed ordinance designed to extend greater protection to mature trees in San Marino, including during construction projects.
Commissioned in May after a lengthy discussion, the proposal is expected to improve the manner in which the public is notified of planned tree removals, substantially increase fines for various infractions, modify the appeal process, establish new parameters for permitting the removal of trees and extend the historic landmark designation to trees. Continue reading “Protection of Mature Trees on City Council’s Friday Agenda”