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April 5, 1992
Population: 12,959 Three at-large City Council seats at stake in April 14 election For the first time, a candidate of Asian ancestry is running for office in a town that during the last decade has increasingly become a favored address for newcomers from Asia. About one-third of the residents are of Asian ancestry.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1997 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and AMY OAKES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The San Marino City Council tentatively agreed Wednesday night to drop its ban on selling alcohol in restaurants--a tradition that made the city the nearest thing to a dry town in California. The 5-0 vote came after supporters argued that allowing sales of beer and wine would make it easier to lure upscale restaurants to several commercial pockets along Huntington Drive. A second and final vote on the issue will be taken Jan. 14.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1995
The San Marino City Council has appointed Debbie Bell as acting city manager, following City Manager Keith Till's announcement this month that he will leave to take a similar job in Seal Beach. The council, which voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Bell, will decide within six months who will fill the position permanently, Mayor Bernie LeSage said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1995
The San Marino City Council has appointed Debbie Bell as acting city manager, following City Manager Keith Till's announcement this month that he will leave to take a similar job in Seal Beach. The council, which voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Bell, will decide within six months who will fill the position permanently, Mayor Bernie LeSage said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1992
Bending to intense public opposition, the San Marino City Council rejected a proposal to relax the city's longstanding prohibition on the sale of beer and wine in restaurants. Despite backing from three council members, the vote was 4 to 0 against the change, bringing cheers from a crowd of about 30.
NEWS
September 24, 1987
You reported that no one favored prohibiting leaf blowers at the Sept. 9 San Marino City Council meeting. After patiently sitting through the more than one hour, one-sided dissertation by various gardener associations, I stated I was against blowers. I explained that my property is more than one-third of an acre, contains five tall palm trees and that I could still see no reason for the objectionable noise and pollution. I also said that I had requested the city to check excessive noise levels around my home.
NEWS
June 17, 1990
The San Marino City Council, concerned about "dire financial straits" in the affluent city's school system, voted unanimously Wednesday to ask city staff members to find ways to shift money to schools from city programs. The budget crunch is caused by shrinking state revenues due to falling enrollment in the schools, Councilman Michael Johnson said. School Supt.
NEWS
June 19, 1986
The San Marino City Council plans to ask voters in November to renew two special levies used to provide funding for paramedic, police and fire services. A $35-a-year assessment that each property owner pays for paramedic services and a special tax on property that can raise up to $1.9 million a year for police and fire protection will both expire on June 30, 1987.
NEWS
February 24, 1994
I am delighted with your new San Gabriel Valley news section. I have been taking two papers, L.A. Times plus the Pasadena Star News. I enjoy the full coverage of The Times but needed the Star News for local activities, i.e. meetings of San Marino City Council, lectures, special events, museums, throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Hope to see your section every week. I really enjoyed it, and needless to say, will save me money by cutting down to one subscription. JACK B. CONTERNO San Marino May I express my disappointment in your "revised" San Gabriel Valley Section which has evidently been reduced to once-a-week distribution.
NEWS
March 27, 1986
I attended the recent San Marino City Council meeting where Kevin Forbes presented his English language resolution to the council. I was shocked by Councilman Howard Privett's diatribe against Forbes, who really should have been supported for his logical solution to preserve unity and communication in San Marino by encouraging the use of English. Privett appeared all the more ridiculous because, while only a local politician, he had the audacity to attack, in effect, the widely known and respected former U.S. Sen. S.I. Hayakawa, who leads our Official English Movement at the state level.
NEWS
February 24, 1994
I am delighted with your new San Gabriel Valley news section. I have been taking two papers, L.A. Times plus the Pasadena Star News. I enjoy the full coverage of The Times but needed the Star News for local activities, i.e. meetings of San Marino City Council, lectures, special events, museums, throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Hope to see your section every week. I really enjoyed it, and needless to say, will save me money by cutting down to one subscription. JACK B. CONTERNO San Marino May I express my disappointment in your "revised" San Gabriel Valley Section which has evidently been reduced to once-a-week distribution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1992
Bending to intense public opposition, the San Marino City Council rejected a proposal to relax the city's longstanding prohibition on the sale of beer and wine in restaurants. Despite backing from three council members, the vote was 4 to 0 against the change, bringing cheers from a crowd of about 30.
NEWS
April 5, 1992
Population: 12,959 Three at-large City Council seats at stake in April 14 election For the first time, a candidate of Asian ancestry is running for office in a town that during the last decade has increasingly become a favored address for newcomers from Asia. About one-third of the residents are of Asian ancestry.
NEWS
June 17, 1990
The San Marino City Council, concerned about "dire financial straits" in the affluent city's school system, voted unanimously Wednesday to ask city staff members to find ways to shift money to schools from city programs. The budget crunch is caused by shrinking state revenues due to falling enrollment in the schools, Councilman Michael Johnson said. School Supt.
NEWS
January 28, 1988
After reading Mary Barber's article, "San Marino OKs Plan for Saturday Park Use" (Times, Jan. 17), I am disturbed by the stated plans for the weekend opening of Lacy Park. I was certainly not alone in my dismay over the park's closure on weekends in the 1970s. But while San Marino officials decried lack of money for maintenance, many of us felt that the park's closure was to prohibit entry to "the wrong kind of people," whomever they may be. Their new plan seems to confirm this elitist attitude.
NEWS
September 24, 1987
You reported that no one favored prohibiting leaf blowers at the Sept. 9 San Marino City Council meeting. After patiently sitting through the more than one hour, one-sided dissertation by various gardener associations, I stated I was against blowers. I explained that my property is more than one-third of an acre, contains five tall palm trees and that I could still see no reason for the objectionable noise and pollution. I also said that I had requested the city to check excessive noise levels around my home.
NEWS
January 28, 1988
After reading Mary Barber's article, "San Marino OKs Plan for Saturday Park Use" (Times, Jan. 17), I am disturbed by the stated plans for the weekend opening of Lacy Park. I was certainly not alone in my dismay over the park's closure on weekends in the 1970s. But while San Marino officials decried lack of money for maintenance, many of us felt that the park's closure was to prohibit entry to "the wrong kind of people," whomever they may be. Their new plan seems to confirm this elitist attitude.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1997 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and AMY OAKES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The San Marino City Council tentatively agreed Wednesday night to drop its ban on selling alcohol in restaurants--a tradition that made the city the nearest thing to a dry town in California. The 5-0 vote came after supporters argued that allowing sales of beer and wine would make it easier to lure upscale restaurants to several commercial pockets along Huntington Drive. A second and final vote on the issue will be taken Jan. 14.
NEWS
June 19, 1986
The San Marino City Council plans to ask voters in November to renew two special levies used to provide funding for paramedic, police and fire services. A $35-a-year assessment that each property owner pays for paramedic services and a special tax on property that can raise up to $1.9 million a year for police and fire protection will both expire on June 30, 1987.
NEWS
March 27, 1986
I attended the recent San Marino City Council meeting where Kevin Forbes presented his English language resolution to the council. I was shocked by Councilman Howard Privett's diatribe against Forbes, who really should have been supported for his logical solution to preserve unity and communication in San Marino by encouraging the use of English. Privett appeared all the more ridiculous because, while only a local politician, he had the audacity to attack, in effect, the widely known and respected former U.S. Sen. S.I. Hayakawa, who leads our Official English Movement at the state level.
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