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Now in his 25th year at The Tribune, Mitch Lehman is Editor and Sports Editor in addition to being the public address announcer for ten sports programs at San Marino High School. Mitch is one of only a handful in the community to receive the ‘Very Special Person Award’ from the San Marino PTA at the annual Founder’s Day ceremony, was acknowledged as a 'Terrific Titan' by the San Marino High School PTSA, was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of San Marino and received a National Honorary Merit Badge in Journalism from the Boy Scouts of America. He has received two independent Pulitzer Prize nominations and in the past three years, Mitch has won seven awards and is a thirteen-time finalist in the California News Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. In 2015, the press box at Titan Stadium was re-named 'Lehman's Loft' in his honor. You can reach Mitch at mitchlehman@sanmarinotribune.com.

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

The San Marino High School girls’ varsity tennis team used an 8-1 advantage in doubles to overwhelm visiting Campbell Hall of Studio City by a final score 12-6 in a non-league matchup between the two tennis powers on Monday afternoon.
Valerie Kuo and Camdyn Wu were their consistent selves, winning all three of their sets to get the ball rolling. Katie Lui and Isabelle Kang did likewise and Many Rivera and Selene Yung went 2-1 to provide a solid lead for the Lady Titans, whose record improved to 2-0 with the victory.
All that was left up to the singles players was to garner the two wins needed for victory and the Lady Titans collected twice that many. Elaine Wu, Giselle Gandakusuma and Mia Lin went a combined 4-5 to cap the win.
San Marino opens Rio Hondo League play at Monrovia on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m.
The Lady Titans don’t return home until Thursday, Oct. 7, when South Pasadena comes calling at 3:30 p.m.

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

After a topsy-turvy past year, it was back to business as usual Saturday afternoon for the San Marino High School girls’ and boys’ varsity cross-country teams.
After an organized training effort leading up to what they had hoped would be the 2020 campaign, which is typically included in the fall sports season, the harriers had the proverbial rug pulled out from under their collective feet shortly before the season was scheduled to begin last August because of the pandemic. Due to its inherent nature of social distancing, cross-country was among the first sports that was brought back when the CIF restarted high school athletics in March of this year.

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

The Union Rescue Mission is going “over the edge” once again this year in the ongoing effort to fight homelessness with an urban rappelling event that will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2.
Donors are encouraged to take a deep breath, step up to the edge and rappel 24 stories down the roof of the Hilton Los Angeles in Universal City as part of Union Rescue Mission’s “Take the Leap to Fight Homelessness” fundraising event.
To participate, each participant must raise $1,000 or more by 6 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 1. The goal is a $1 million total and, thanks to a generous donor, every dollar given to Union Rescue Mission for Over the Edge (up to $500,000) will be matched 100%.

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

San Marino resident David Lozano was in good spirits on Tuesday morning as he made the short drive to Valentine Elementary School.
His purpose on this day was different than most as Lozano, his wife Dawn and eldest son Christopher eagerly paid a visit to the local campus to cast their votes in Tuesday’s 2021 California gubernatorial recall election. But what further crested Lozano’s enthusiasm was the fact that his own name appeared on the ballot. A six-year resident of San Marino, Lozano was among the 46 people who made the list of official candidates that California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber initially released in July.

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

He was born and raised here and, last Thursday, Wes Reutimann returned to his hometown where he was the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of San Marino’s weekly luncheon.
Reutimann attended San Marino schools beginning in kindergarten at Valentine Elementary School until his 1998 graduation from SMHS. He received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College with a double major in political science and German studies before heading to the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he received a master’s degree in advanced European studies.
All roads have since returned home for Reutimann, who has worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Day One before he co-founded ActiveSGV in 2010.

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

A proposal to create a Starbucks superstore at 2424 Huntington Drive is apparently dead after the local city council refused to make concessions that would allow for a drive-thru lane, which is currently against codes in San Marino.
According to City Manager Marcela Marlow, Starbucks has walked away from the project following last Wednesday’s council meeting, when the panel failed to make a motion for a draft ordinance that would allow for an exception to the prohibition of drive-thrus.
In introducing the agenda item, Aldo Cervantes, the city’s director of planning and building, told the council that it needed to author a code amendment that was narrow enough to allow for the Starbucks drive-thru exemption while refusing all other iterations. Cervantes said the council could allow for the amendment to sunset immediately after its implementation.

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

The Chinese Club of San Marino invited the community last week to acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a series of airline hijackings committed by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaida against targets in the United States.
In 1996, the Chinese Club of San Marino had instituted a day on which it acknowledged the city’s police officers and firefighters, choosing Sept. 11 as a reminder of the emergency telephone number 911. On Sept. 11, 2001, several members of the Chinese Club of San Marino were preparing for that year’s salute to local first responders when word of the attacks circulated.

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Following two weeks of playing the hammer, San Marino High School’s varsity football team got a little taste last Friday of what it feels like to be the nail.
The lesson came at the hearty hands of Fillmore High School, who paid a visit to the 91108 and outplayed the Titans in just about every facet of the game en route to a 35-7 nonleague victory that, quite frankly, wasn’t as close as the final score might seem to indicate.
It took the hosts until the final minute of the contest to get on the scoreboard when senior quarterback Niko Mavridis connected with wide receiver Andrew Hornberger to erase the Titans’ goose egg. Toby Pedroza booted the extra point to conclude the game’s scoring.

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

The San Marino High School girls’ varsity tennis team had four months to enjoy its Rio Hondo League championship during last school year’s pandemic-adjusted season, and now it’s time to get back to work.
COVID obliterated the 2020-21 school year, with the sports calendar being one of the facets most chiefly affected. The girls’ tennis season was moved from its traditional slot in the fall of 2020 to the spring of 2021 and summarily halved in its duration. But after seeing so many activities shelved by the pandemic, participants were pleased to see play return in any fashion.