Shepherd Romey: A Heart for Preservation

Gretchen Shepherd Romey
Gretchen Shepherd Romey

When she moved here two decades ago to raise her family, Gretchen Shepherd Romey said she dedicated a lot of her life to being involved in the various groups and nonprofits that help turn San Marino’s gears.
Now an empty nester, Shepherd Romey said she’s redirected the energy from raising a family to her continuing volunteer and civic work, which includes a run for a City Council seat. Continue reading “Shepherd Romey: A Heart for Preservation”

New City Manager Hired, Starts Oct. 16

Marcella Marlowe
Marcella Marlowe

By a 3-1 vote, the contract to hire Marcella Marlowe as San Marino’s new city manager was approved at the City Council’s morning meeting last Friday.
Marlowe, who was assistant city manager for nearby San Gabriel, officially begins work on Oct. 16.
“We’ll start a transition process that will last over the next month,” said interim City Manager Cindy Collins in an interview this week. “I’ll be available as she needs me once she arrives.” Continue reading “New City Manager Hired, Starts Oct. 16”

Candidate Lo Promises Public Safety, Preservation

Calvin Lo
Calvin Lo

To Calvin Lo, San Marino is a unique and premium city and should be treated and run as such.
This motivation has helped drive him on his quest for a City Council seat in the upcoming election, he said, a bid he sees as the next natural step for him in volunteering in San Marino.
“To me, this is another step for community service,” he said. “My campaign model is to uphold the core values of San Marino, which are the beautiful architecture, the rich heritage, the strong sense of community, the safety of the neighborhoods and the quality of life.” Continue reading “Candidate Lo Promises Public Safety, Preservation”

City Moves Toward Permanent Accessory Dwelling Ordinance

The city is working on a permanent ordinance to levy rules on accessory dwelling units (such as guest houses) in San Marino after enacting an urgency ordinance to extend the interim one passed in December.
The new regulations are in response to mandates passed by the state legislature. Both the state assembly and state senate voted last year to restrict how municipal and county governments can regulate accessory dwelling units, or ADUs.
“Recognizing the importance of ADUs in addressing California’s severe housing crisis, these amendments help reduce development barriers and expand potential capacity to build ADUs,” Mayor Dr. Richard Sun explained in an emailed statement. Continue reading “City Moves Toward Permanent Accessory Dwelling Ordinance”