The fascinating pursuit of computer coding and a nationwide effort to include more females in STEAM education have come together at San Marino High School, where the “Girls Who Code” club has steadily grown in popularity since its inception.
Jamie Linton, who teaches Calculus, Math Analysis and Algebra 1 at SMHS, has served as the club’s facilitator the last four years and has seen the effect it has on the student body from multiple perspectives. Linton credits junior Puja Balaji, the president of Girls Who Code, with special outreach efforts which have spread the club’s influence to the four corners of the campus, and beyond.
“Girls Who Code has created some interesting opportunities this year,” Linton told The Tribune. “We toured JPL in February and have brought in some...
After years spent gently approaching the subject, the San Marino Unified School District this fall will dive headlong into health and sex education in accordance with the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA), it was reported at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
Required curriculum—which must be taught for one year in middle school and another in high school—will include topics such as the nature of HIV...
The San Marino City Council was scheduled to hold a joint meeting with the Public Safety Commission Wednesday, April 10, in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) followed by a regular City Council meeting at City Hall.
At the joint meeting with the Public Safety Commission, the city was expected to approve and appoint Jeff Boozell from alternate member to commissioner on the Public Safety Commission with a term that will expire on June 30, 2020, and appoint Dr. James Lin as the alternate to the Public Safety Commission with a term that will expire on April 10, 2021.
At the regular City Council meeting, the council was slated to discuss the adoption of a resolution that would amend application requirements and development...
If nothing else, the 2019 Rio Hondo League’s boys’ varsity volleyball season is high-level entertainment. For proof, let’s look at San Marino. The Titans are 3-2 in league action, but four of the five games have gone to the five-set maximum.
Tuesday’s contest against South Pasadena was no different as the host Titans started slowly, dropping the opening two sets before staving off match point to win the third stanza. San Marino rolled in set 4 to even things up, but dropped the deciding fifth set and the match, slipping out of a tie for first place. In the first meeting between the two teams, San Marino rallied to win in five sets
Junior Carver Weirick led the Titan hit parade on Tuesday with a match-high 19 kills to complement 19 defensive digs. Returning from a knee injury, senior Kai Barra chipped in with nine kills and eight digs. Seniors Eric Fu and Michael Baldocchi added eight kills apiece and imposed their wills at the net, but it wasn’t enough as the Titan succumbed by scores of 25-23, 25-21, 24-26, 24-26 and 15-11.
Freshman setter Kyle Yu put together another solid game quarterbacking the Titan offense and led the squad with five service aces. Junior Mitchell Cootauco also helped out with five kills and nine blocks. Baldocchi led in that category with 13.
“I though we came together and played pretty well after a slow start,” said head Coach Tony Chou. “We hadn’t played a game in quite some time and it was nice to see that we improved as the game went on.”
Defensive specialists Seth Matzumoto, Matt Harlan and Christofer Duenas also played well for the Titans.
San Marino has road games at Gabrielino and Arcadia before returning home to face La Cañada on Tuesday, April 16 in a must-win (aren’t they all?) Rio Hondo League contest during which the Titans will honor their seniors.
A man was arrested early Monday morning after occupying area first responders for more than a day in an incident that bordered on the surreal.
The man, identified as Cesar Sandoval, escaped from a moving ambulance as he was being transported to a local medical facility and hid from authorities in a San Marino neighborhood.
On Sunday, March 31 at 12:01 a.m. officers from the San Marino Police Department were dispatched to the area of California Boulevard and Sierra Madre Boulevard in response to a call from the private ambulance company that lost the patient, who was being taken to Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena. Officers from the San Marino, Pasadena, and South Pasadena Police Departments made a check of the area, but were not able to locate the suspect.
On Sunday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m., a resident who lives in the 500 block of Sierra Madre Boulevard visited the SMPD lobby to report a suspicious person in her rear yard she had seen at approximately 11:30 a.m. The description she gave matched that which was earlier given to the SMPD by the ambulance company.
Officers arrived on scene and made a search of Sierra Madre Boulevard and Sierra Vista Avenue and found Sandoval hiding in the bushes of a rear yard at a house in the 500 block of Sierra Vista Avenue. But Sandoval was able to escape by jumping over fences to the rear yards of adjacent properties.
A containment was set up by officers from the South Pasadena, Pasadena, and San Gabriel Police Departments. A house-to-house search ensued and Sandoval was located behind another home in the 500 block of Sierra Vista Avenue. Sandoval then climbed up an electrical pole between a house on Sierra Vista Avenue and Sierra Madre Boulevard, then scaled his way onto the roof of a garage on the Sierra Madre Boulevard side.
Sandoval refused to come down and started tampering with wires that led from the pole to surrounding houses. Southern California Edison turned off the power to the electrical poles so the suspect would not be harmed.
Sandoval then leapfrogged from the roof of one home on Sierra Madre Boulevard to another before taking up residence on the roof of a home in the 500 block of Sierra Vista Avenue. Officers surrounded the house, but Sandoval steadfastly refused to surrender or leave the roof. According to San Marino Police Chief John Incontro, Sandoval repeatedly taunted the officers by pulling down his pants.
At about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night, Incontro requested mutual aid from surrounding areas and officers from Pasadena, South Pasadena, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, Alhambra, and Glendale were dispatched to the scene.
A crisis negotiating team from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was also hailed.
Officers again surrounded the property and attempted to get Sandoval to surrender and come down off the roof, but he began breaking shingles from the terra cotta roof on which he was perched and proceeded to throw them at officers.
At one point, a police officer attempted to climb a ladder to confront Sandoval on the roof, but the suspect overturned the ladder, causing injuries to the officer.
At about 6:40 a.m. on Monday morning, Sandoval fell off the roof while trying to grab additional roof tiles. He was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries by the San Marino Fire Department.
Sandoval was arrested for vandalism and assaulting a police officer.
Incontro was informed of the incident on Sunday evening shortly after returning to Southern California from a family visit.
“I give everyone involved in this incident a lot of credit,” said Incontro. “This man obviously had some issues and we all wanted to make sure he was treated well. But we also had to assure the safety of everyone else in the community as well as the surrounding property.
The SMPD considers the incident as ongoing investigation and asks anyone with information on the matter to call (626) 300-0720 and refer to case CR19-0271.
San Marino resident Tim Sloan stepped down last Thursday as chief executive and president of Wells Fargo Bank and will be retiring on June 30, the bank announced on March 28.
“I am focused on the transition through my retirement and then look forward to traveling with Lisa and visiting our family,” Sloan told The Tribune when asked of his plans.
The bank’s general counsel C. Allen Parker was inserted as interim president and chief executive. Wells Fargo said last week it would immediately begin the search for Sloan’s replacement.
Sloan was named The Tribune’s 2012 Citizen of the Year for his many contributions to the community and ongoing support of youth programs. He...
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