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City Council Seeks Feedback on Its Big Plans

Municipal officials want you, the San Marino resident, to share your opinions on nine initiatives identified by the City Council as possible priorities in the next fiscal year.
Council members on Friday settled on a list of potential initiatives and are now hoping to narrow it to a handful of choices based on public input. The proposals cover a variety of topics among the different city departments.
The nominees, which were previewed to attendees at a town hall meeting on Monday, include:
• Renovating the San Marino Center into a state-of-the-art community and senior center that perhaps could house the Recreation Department in the future
• Developing and launching a robust Mandarin translation and engagement program to better include the many local residents who speak that language
• Adopting a “green action plan” that would commit San Marino operations to more environmentally friendly and sustainable actions
• Re-launching the Police Department’s motorcycle division, which would primarily focus on traffic enforcement, investigations and education
• Adopting the Vision Zero program, which is similar to Neighborhood Watch but is focused on traffic and pedestrian safety and education
• Beautifying Huntington Drive and its medians to make the street more business- and pedestrian-friendly
• Conducting a comprehensive code restructuring to bring city codes up to modern standards and present them in a user-friendly manner to residents
• Creating youth commissioner roles for the city’s panels
• Developing a partnership with the San Marino Unified School District with regard to its community service requirements of students
Once priority initiatives are winnowed down, city staff members will work the plans into their usual budget proposals that the City Council will ultimately review and approve or reject before the start of the fiscal year on July 1.
City officials presented information on the proposed initiatives at the February town hall meeting on Monday. City Manager Marcella Marlowe told residents who attended that it was unlikely the municipality would add employees to accomplish these initiatives.
“I’m not really looking to increase city staff with these — that’s not really the point — but we probably will need to have some outside consultants here,” she said.
Residents may access the survey on the homepage at CityOfSanMarino.org. One survey per internet provider address will be permitted.

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