Tribune Staff


First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

The 56th annual Debutante Ball for the San Marino Area Chapter of National Charity League, which recognized 27 women from the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021, was held recently at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Pictured are Isabella Giardina (front, from left), Grace Davis, Emma Cates, Margaret Saldebar, Lauren Ginn, Mackenzie Dawes, Leia Sun and Ella Graham. Middle: Katrina Khonsari, MaryJane Ary, Reese Chapman, Lily Snaer, Amelia Loewel, Katherine Collins, Anna Moller, Charlotte Sohl, Hailey Yoo, Blake Pak and Skyler Pak. Back: Erin Hill, Alina Sanok, Peyton Talt, Anne Pascale, Thayer Talt, Clancy Karr and Leily Rossi. Not pictured: Nicola Iannelli. See additional photos, page 6.

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

Pasadena-based brand Wetzel’s Pretzels will be cruisin’ into 2022 with its inaugural float entry — “California Cruisin’” — in the 2022 Rose Parade. Through its debut, the hometown brand will celebrate its rich heritage while joining a New Year’s Day tradition cherished by millions of families worldwide.
The brand’s float “shares Wetzel’s fun, light-hearted spirit and cool, SoCal vibes that inspire its fresh take on soft pretzels,” according to a company statement. “Combining a classic California road trip and beach party, the float features a custom-painted convertible that’s cruisin’ to the upbeat tunes pulsing from a boom box, with surfboards in tow. Palm trees, ‘gram-worthy’ snacks and iconic road signs — Route 66 and Pacific Coast Highway’s Route 1 among them — round out the scene. Partnering with Artistic Entertainment Services, the float will be constructed using hundreds of thousands of florals and natural materials in its design.

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

By Angela Yim-Sullivan
Wells Fargo Commercial Banking

Over the course of the pandemic, Wells Fargo has been connecting with small and large businesses to help them navigate a new normal.
This includes helping business owners understand their financing options and adjust business plans due to recent supply chain constraints.

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

Photos by Larissa Althouse / San Marino Tribune

Everyone was in a festive mood as members of the San Marino League recently gathered at their annual holiday party at a landmark Pasadena venue.
Along with dinner, guests enjoyed a concert by the La Cañada High School Choir.
San Marino League President Susan Feinberg expressed her gratitude for the event that was missed last year due to the pandemic.
“We are happy to be together, in-person to celebrate the holidays,” Feinberg said.

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

By Celine Chih
Special to The Tribune

Coming off the momentum of its offseason and the success from its first competition, San Marino High School’s Robotics team has not stopped preparing for the season to come.
In the robotics room, team members have continued their work on a new T-shirt cannon for the past two weeks. Through a process of using more than 100,000 rivets, the engineering members of the team successfully finished the drivetrain, which is a series of components that delivers power to the wheels, giving the automotive element its driving and moving capabilities.
In addition to the drivetrain, the magazine — the chamber that will hold the T-shirts before being launched — has also been completed. Over the course of the following work sessions, engineering members will be busy researching and obtaining the necessary materials for the gearbox and motor components of the cannon.
Additionally, members of the business team have been working on rebranding the team, and coordinating with local institutions to organize outreach events. Overall, the team is focused on preparations for its official season, and is excited to start the next semester in January.


Titanium Robotics is a team consisting of more than 100 students, mainly from San Marino High School, who come together with a common interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Students learn from professional engineers and mentors to build and compete in the annual FIRST Robotics Challenge with a robot of their own design. Programming, electrical work, computer-aided design and business management are all run by student representatives, making the entire organization student-led from start to finish.

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

By Rev. Jessica Vaughan Lower
Special to the Tribune

Nearly every family who celebrates the Christmas season has cherished traditions this time of year.
Some of them revolve around food, some of them include going to the Nutcracker, and nearly all of them include decorating.
We have traditions like this in our family, too, including a tradition to methodically work through every Christmas movie we have time to watch between the Friday following Thanksgiving and Boxing Day, the day after Christmas.
Everyone in our family has a different favorite movie, sometimes a different favorite depending on the year. Our Christmas movie staples include “Home Alone,” “Elf,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and — of course — “A Christmas Story.” As a result, we can quote dozens of lines from various Christmas movies at random moments throughout the holiday season. All of us can repeat the plots of these movies in our sleep.

First published in the Dec. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.
San Marino National Little League has begun registration for its spring season, which is set to begin in February. All young people aged 5-14 and of all abilities and skill levels are welcome to participate in this community organization. Registration runs through January 2022 with an “early bird” discount in effect through this coming Tuesday, Dec. 14. To register, visit

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

San Marino High School’s freshman basketball team won the Underclassmen Classic tournament that was hosted by Monrovia High School over the weekend. Pictured are (front from left) Leo Shyr, Keeton Chen, Hayden Chi, Devan Jue, Brady Beck and Jonathan Jen. Back: Coach Dennis Althouse, Mitch Mooney, Coach John Hochhausler, Luca Moggio, Xander Wang, Blake Rousset, Barron Lin, Brian Chen, Jared Wang and Coach John Wang.

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

Officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Virginia Road on Thursday, Dec. 9, to investigate an individual who was seen looking into a residence. Officers found the suspect matching the description given. The suspect was detained and was found to have seven outstanding warrants from law enforcement agencies outside of San Marino. The suspect was then arrested and transported to Pasadena City Jail for processing and booking.