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The Patriot Award of the California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) was presented to (from left), SMPD Chief John Incontro, SMPD Sergeant Tim Tebbetts and SMPD Sergeant Robert Cervantes by ESGR volunteer Cassandra Dones, right, on behalf of SMPD Cadet Kyle Kitigawa, who is currently deployed in the National Guard. Photo by Skye Hannah The San Marino City Council meeting March 13 at City Hall featured presentations of awards to the San Marino Police Department (SMPD) and the council heard from both representatives of San Marino’s Starbucks on Huntington Drive and residents concerned with the practices of the business. The Patriot Award of the California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) was presented to SMPD Chief John Incontro, Sergeant Robert Cervantes and Sergeant Tim Tebbetts. ESGR volunteer Cassandra Dones presented the award on behalf of SMPD Cadet Kyle Kitigawa, who wanted to recognize them for their support and assistance in making accommodations for him before his deployment with the National Guard. “These three men all have helped Kyle be able to perform his duties in the National Guard without worrying about what’s happening with his job, so it makes his mind free and clear,” said Dones. On the issue of Starbucks on Huntington Drive, a public hearing centered on the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) of the business and an appeal filed by San Marino residents Hector Gutierrez and Linda Gutierrez on Dec. 13, 2018. The appeal sought for the City Council to reject the commission’s…

DEBUTANTES GATHER: The Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital hosted the 2019 June Ball debutantes and their parents for a “Home for the Holidays” social. Pictured above, LEFT TO RIGHT, are Bianca Domenghini, Emily Hornberger, Molly Hornberger, Angela Sarni, Sarah Pancake Fay, Maddie Pernecky, Caroline Diehl, Ellie Holdsworth, Lauren Goedde and Lizzy Shepherd. Not pictured are 2019 Debutantes Allison Abrams, Grace Carey and Natalie Clark. During December’s Christmas season, the Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital hosted the 2019 June Ball debutantes and their parents for a “Home for the Holidays” social at the home of Beth Price, who is an active member of PGCH and board trustee of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Debutantes and their parents were treated to appetizers and cheer while meeting members of the PGCH Board and getting to know one another. As is true each year, the highlight of the evening was witnessing the excitement of the 2019 Debutantes. President of PGCH, Sarah Shelton, and her husband, Jim, attended the evening event, which was chaired by Pasadena Guild Actives Beth Price and Debra Whitehouse. 2019 June Ball Chairs, Cherie Harris and Sarah Miller, were also in attendance at the festive and lovely event. The June Ball will take place at the Langham Hotel on June 15, 2019. Established in 1947 by a small group of dedicated hospital volunteers, the Pasadena Guild has raised more than $30 million for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. They have completed Guild Endowments in Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Pediatric Eye Cancer, Pediatric…

Will Bortz recently spent a few days in town for the 30th reunion of San Marino High School’s graduating class of 1988. He was nice enough to stick around a little longer and speak to the town’s Rotary Club, of which his father—also named Will Bortz—has been a loyal and longtime member. Of particular interests to club members is Bortz the junior’s distinguished career at Taco Bell. No, aside from a couple weeks a year he doesn’t take your order, fill your Coke cup or bag your burrito (more on that later). But in 2005, Bortz began working for the familiar chain of restaurants as its Director of Brand Partnerships, specializing in sports marketing. “This is my 13th year at Taco Bell and let me tell you, whatever you are going to do in life, you gotta like it,” Bortz said. “A lot.” Explaining his task, Bortz told a large audience at San Marino Community Church that he “designs award-winning programs to get our products across to consumers.” In that role, Bortz has worked extensively with NCAA college football, the NBA Finals and Major League Baseball. First, Bortz gave the crowd a quick primer on one of the most popular brands in the fast food market. “Taco Bell was started in 1962 by a guy named Glen Bell, here in Southern California,” Bortz said, explaining that “the fast food industry was born in this area.” “It’s all about the interstate highway,” he explained. Since then, Taco Bell has expanded to…

“It is a great day and along time in coming,” San Marino Fire Chief Mario Rueda said at the beginning of Saturday’s dedication ceremony for the department’s shiny new engine. “The new fire engine you see in front of you is a 2018 Pierce Manufacturing Type I custom fire apparatus from Appleton, Wisconsin. This apparatus was acquired in October 2017. It is designed for reduced maintenance; increased safety; improved reliability; and additional storage. It features a 500 horsepower Detroit Diesel engine, 500 gallon water tank and 15 gallon foam tank. It took nearly a year to design and manufacture and required three separate inspection trips. Next generation TAK 4 suspension dramatically improves handling and ride quality while significantly increasing front tire life.” As the audience gazed in admiration, Rueda briefly reviewed the day’s purpose: a traditional dedication of the vehicle. “In the fire service, the act of transferring water in to the new fire engine represents life, as well as always being ready to protect,” Rueda explained. “Once the water has been transferred from the old engine, the new engine’s lights will shine bright. The ceremony will also include the housing ritual, which dates back to the 1800s when horses were used to pull fire engines. The neighborhood would assist with pushing the engine backward since the horses were ineffective at doing so. So the fire fighters are in the process of setting up to transfer water into the fire engine and breathe life into the new engine.” After that task…

To all ages, a bright red engine is the quintessential symbol of a fire department’s presence and the protection it provides the community. When a new engine joins a department, it’s welcomed as a new and valued member of the team. The San Marino Fire Department will be doing just that at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, at Fire Station 91, 2200 Huntington Dr., with a special dedication ceremony to commemorate the addition of a replacement fire truck for Engine 91. Fire Chief Mario Rueda, along with San Marino Mayor Steve Talt and the City Council, will join the Public Safety Commission and the Fire Department in the ceremony. Members of the community are encouraged to participate in the customary tradition of transferring water from the old engine to the new, which for the fire service represents life as well as being ever-ready to protect. After the water has been transferred, the new engine’s sirens will sound. There will also be a “housing ritual” which can be traced back to the 1800s, when horses were the true horsepower of the engines. Community members will also be able to assist in pushing the engine backward since the horses of old are unable to do so. “I really wanted to take the opportunity to have a formal way of acknowledging the community support, so we selected this way of dedicating the fire engine,” Rueda told The Review. “I felt like this was one way people could participate and be a part…

Citing his vow for transparency and honest and open communication, Steve Sommers, a philanthropic advisor and adjunct professor, has thrown his hat into the ring for one of three open seats on the San Marino School Board at the November 6 election. “First and foremost, for all stakeholders, we need to invite a conversation,” Sommers said earlier this week. “There will be difficult decisions that need to be made and you have to have an open door. Whether it’s about the bond issue, school lunches or the length of the drop-off line, that is going to be my policy. There will always be open communication. I will be an honest communicator—with those who agree with me and those who don’t agree with me.” Dr. Alex Cherniss’s acceptance of a similar post at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District and the SMUSD’s need to find a new superintendent will present an immediate challenge to the new school board. “The departure of Dr. Cherniss and this election represent an opportunity for the school board and our community,” Sommers said. “We need a superintendent who is competent but also someone who will foster respect, trust and decorum within our community. Someone whose leadership has been proven through demonstrated confidence in their leadership by his or her prior constituency.” Sommers also feels that keeping up with current technology will also be a priority. “Technologically speaking, both content and innovation are influencing and transforming education,” Sommers explained. “These changes are transforming the landscape of higher education. More…

Katarina Luz Mayers and Robert Andrew Lin married on July 28 at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Pasadena, California. Reverend Peter Donohue, President of Villanova University, officiated. Mr. Howard Cheung, former choir director of the San Marino Chamber Choir who taught the couple for six years, traveled from Taiwan to conduct “This Marriage” by Eric Whitacre, a piece that the couple sang in high school. With a red carpet theme, the wedding showcased the musical talents of the couple and their families, including a surprise duet entrance of “A Whole New World,” a violin and piano performance of “Amazing Grace” by the groom’s father and sister, and a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” by the bride’s cousin and San Marino High School graduate Lianna Gutierrez. Wedding guests included former mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter and friends and family who traveled from seven countries and 12 states. The wedding party featured Maid of Honor Sarah Raffety, the bride’s pre-school best friend; Jean Choo, graduate school best friend; and Juliana Studer and Lauren Puig, her college best friends. Best Man Richard Lee met the groom at Huntington Middle School, where they played in the orchestra. Groomsmen included San Marino High School graduates Justin Wang and Tae Kang, and Jeremy Lai, a graduate of nearby Pasadena Polytechnic. Ms. Mayers, 29, is the press secretary and director of digital media at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. She graduated from Villanova University and received a master’s degree…

The San Marino Police Dept. and Chief John Incontro recently welcomed three new officers and three new cadets to the fold. Five are featured in this edition CADET MARIAH FELIX For Cadet Mariah Felix, a flexible schedule was a must. And the San Marino Police Department obliged the new recruit. “They were willing to accommodate my school schedule so I could work part-time here,” she said. Felix said she is able to come in as early as she wants depending on her demanding schedule. She praises the department and how “the Watch Commander is easy to communicate with when it comes to my schedule.” “This is my fun because law enforcement is so interesting to me,” she said. Felix was an Air Force Cadet at USC. She currently attends Pasadena City College for Criminal Justice and intends to finish her degree at Cal State Long Beach in the fall. “My goal is to become an officer with the San Marino Police Department,” she said. OFFICER CODY STURGES Officer Cody Sturges’s love for law enforcement runs in the family. His father and one of his uncles are assistant chiefs with the California Highway Patrol. “TheytalkedaboutwhatitisliketoworkattheCHP,theresponsibilities,andworkingwithpeople,”hesaid. Sturges attended UC Santa Barbara to study clerical science with an emphasis on international relations. He met with members of the San Marino Police Department, went on a ride-along and then enrolled in the Academy program last year. He graduated in March and has been patrolling the streets of San Marino since. “I really enjoy it…

Patrons of his family’s former restaurant would probably never have guessed that the smiling young man carrying a stack of dishes would some day grow up to be a top doctor, but it’s those hard-earned values which have paid off handsomely for Antreas “Anto” Hindoyan, MD, who recently received the USC Choi Family Award for excellence in patient-centered care. The prestigious award honors physicians, residents, nurses and staff for their unwavering commitment to compassionate patient care. Hindoyan, an interventional cardiologist, was chose from among a pool of more than 500 doctors in the Keck Medicine of USC family. “This is very humbling,” said Hindoyan, who grew up in San Marino and graduated from Pasadena Polytechnic. “I feel so honored.” Candidates for the award are nominated by a committee to begin the process. Colleagues said Hindoyan “represents the Keck Medicine name well by going above and beyond”; and that “his level of dedication to each patient is unmatched.” Dr. Ray Matthews, chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine and professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School, said it isn’t uncommon for Hindoyan to give patients his personal cell phone number or walk patients across the medical campus to make sure they find their way. “Dr. Hindoyan is a fierce advocate for his patients and never ceases to put their interests before his own,” Matthews said. It’s an ethic he learned at Burger Continental, the popular eatery the family ran on Lake Avenue for more than 40 years. “I worked at…

“It surpassed our wildest expectations,” said Aaron Weiss, a San Marino resident and one of the founders of the show. “This put us on the map as being more than just a regional car event. We are now getting national exposure.” It is also exceeding its primary stated goal, which is to raise money for charities. Former Mayor Dennis Kneier, who serves as treasurer of the Motor Classic, reported that sponsorships were up by approximately ten percent over last year’s event, which eventually gave more than $230,000 to charities—a number which will no doubt jump this year. Kneier said that sponsorships had also increased. “I never thought we would get more sponsors, but obviously I was wrong,” Kneier said. “Sponsorships are merely people giving money to make sure this thing is a success.” It would be difficult to the 2018 San Marino Motor Classic as anything other than a success. Though official figures are difficult to compile, Weiss estimated that approximately 10,000 visitors entered Lacy Park on Sunday to either view, work or in come other way participate in the event. Ticket sales showed a 20% increase over last year and more than 1,000 ducats were purchased at the door. “It was a strong crowd,” Kneier added. “You didn’t get uncomfortable, but you certainly felt like there were a lot of people there all day long. You also got a feeling that this was certainly a place where you want to be.” A Saturday evening gala, also held in…