San Marino Mayor Allan Yung has set at least one item for the city council’s Sept. 30 agenda.
A study session will be held at that regularly scheduled Friday morning public meeting to discuss possible upgrades to Stoneman School, which currently functions as the city’s recreation center.
The mayor’s decision clarifies an earlier direction from the council to develop a plan for Stoneman and/or the San Marino Center, better known throughout the community as the Women’s Club, which is located next to Crowell Public Library.
As part of that clarification, Yung expressed the council’s desire to study the future of the over 65-year-old San Marino Center at a later meeting in October or November of this year.
“These issues have been considered for a number of years, and moving forward in this direction keeps it very simple,” said interim City Manager Cindy Collins of the council’s plan.
Next month, the council will study the possibility of upgrading the close-to-100-year-old Stoneman School site—a city-owned property on Pasqualito Drive—to meet minimum state code requirements and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.
These upgrades—which include adding hot water, air condition/heating systems and fire alarm systems in the classrooms—would allow the recreation department to obtain an L.A. County childcare license to operate its preschool program for full days instead of the current partial day programming at the recreation center, according to interim City Manager Collins.
On a broader level, Collins explained, the discussion at these two meetings will be about “how to move forward as it relates to meeting the needs of the [recreation] department and the community.”
In its discussions of both facilities, the council will analyze the costs and benefits of new facilities versus renovations to current facilities in terms of available program space, long-term revenue, potential shortcomings and other factors.
The council will not vote to take action at either study session. Instead, the study sessions will provide city staff with the clear direction necessary to develop an action item to be voted on at later council meetings.