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First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. The city of San Marino has been approached by the Starbucks Corp. about the possibility of renovating the building at 2424 Huntington Drive that until 10 years ago housed the San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe, which relocated.“We have gone through many renditions of the project and have settled on renovating and preserving the existing building,” said Aldo Cervantes, the city’s director of planning and building, on Monday morning during a virtual presentation to the San Marino Economic Development Committee.Cervantes said Starbucks has shown an interest in preserving “a one-of-a-kind building” and that the store would be what Starbucks considers a “Pinnacle” property, employing solar power, reusing storm water and featuring other components of sustainability.“These are very high-end and grandiose,” said Cervantes.One desired feature that could be a non-starter is Starbucks’ desire to have a drive-thru lane, which is currently against codes in San Marino.

Photos by Mitch Lehman – Though sidelined last year by the pandemic, the event returned with a fury and displayed the most cars in its history. After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Marino Motor Classic came roaring back last weekend, luring what appeared to be thousands of visitors to the automobile exhibition at Lacy Park.The 10th edition of the fast-growing event featuring collector cars in mint condition was buoyed by excellent weather and the fact that a year’s absence may have, indeed, made the heart grow fonder.

The mural, which measures approximately 8 feet by 8 feet, acknowledges the school’s dedication to academics, arts, activities and athletics. With the campus cleared out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, San Marino High School Principal Jason Kurtenbach and art teacher Michelle Pauline thought they would take advantage of the extra room brought on by the lack of students. So at the end of 2020, they collaborated on an ambitious project.“Jason said that he wanted a mural painted in his office,” said Pauline, who also heads up the school’s National Art Honor Society, or NAHS. She is also the chair of VAPA — the visual and performing arts.

Photo courtesy Chloe Liversidge – Camp director and Club Moai founder Luke Aloe smiles with campers Pei Lin S. And Patrick N. during a lunch break. A few years ago, San Marino resident Luke Aloe noticed that many teenagers with special needs within his community felt isolated.Inspired by Dominic, his older brother who has autism, Luke created a social group which meets monthly for teenagers with disabilities in the Pasadena area.“The name Moai comes from the moai social groups in Okinawa, Japan, where residents have some of the longest lifespans in the world,” explained Aloe, a junior at Loyola High in Los Angeles. “Their long lives have been credited to these social groups, where they keep in touch with their friends throughout their lifetimes.” Although initially launched in his backyard with only a few volunteers and participants, Club Moai has grown into a soon-to-be non-profit organization with over thirty participants who attended their most recent event, Camp Moai.

Community members have been shaken by the presence of a man who is experiencing homelessness and has been living near Huntington Middle School and the Crowell Public Library, city officials said this week.The San Marino Police Department and San Marino Unified School District both told the Tribune that the departments have received a substantial amount of outreach from the general public expressing concerns over the matter.John Incontro, San Marino’s Chief of Police, said that he has been aware of the situation for “three or four weeks” and that he is looking into finding a solution.

Photo by Mitch Lehman / TRIBUNE – Rotary Club of San Marino President J.P. Mainguy, right, presented a trophy to club member Lucille Norberg for her distinguished service. The Rotary Club of San Marino held a special meeting earlier this month at a unique location.Club members flocked to the San Marino home of Lucille Norberg for the purpose of bestowing upon her an award acknowledging the 50-year resident for her work with the San Marino Motor Classic.“Lucille, I’m very happy to present you with a distinguished service award,” said J.P. Mainguy, president of the Rotary Club of San Marino to a large audience camped out on Norberg’s spacious front porch.

Photo courtesy San Marino Motor Classic A Mercedes-Benz spreads its wings — or, rather, its gull-wing doors — at Lacy Park. The San Marino Motor Classic will be celebrating its 10th anniversary at Lacy Park on Aug. 21-22.“As the premier concours-level exhibition in Southern California, this year’s event will present more cars than ever before,” an event spokesperson said. “Sponsors have been quite generous and tickets to the Symphony of Cars gala benefit event Saturday evening are sold out. Bring your family and join us for a spectacular Sunday outdoors at Lacy Park.”The Motor Classic will have more than 400 mint-condition collector cars on display throughout the day. The awards ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Pasadena real estate broker Eva Lin hosted a “Charity Bike Build” to benefit the children in transitional foster care at Hillsides Pasadena. Past clients, friends and family gathered at Brookside Park to donate their time to build 50 bikes. This is the fourth time Lin and her team held such an event. They were thrilled to resume their twice-yearly efforts, which were placed on hold during 2020. Although bicycle shortages prevented the team from sourcing as many bikes as they had hoped, they are optimistic that their December event will serve more than 100 local children.

Buoyed by the solid support of Measure E in the June 29 special election, the San Marino Unified School District board on Wednesday night was expected to take the first step toward finding a new superintendent to replace Jeff Wilson, who took a job elsewhere. The board was to meet in a special session with Joel Shawn of USC’s Rossier School of Education, ask questions and gain insight into the process of “selecting the best path forward to identify, select and retain the next superintendent to lead the district,” according to board President Shelley Ryan. The meeting was due to begin after the Tribune’s press deadline.

Photo by Larissa Althouse / TRIBUNEAlex Poiset, Jen Martinez, Bri Cossu and Justine Huang were among members of the San Marino High School class of 2020 who last week were finally able to celebrate their “Grad Night” — essentially a reunion 13 months after they’d earned their SMHS diplomas. Their originally scheduled Grad Night, a cherished school tradition, was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They didn’t have a prom, and their graduation ceremony, though certainly well-intentioned, consisted of a short car ride up West Drive and a couple of staged photos.But last Friday night, San Marino High School’s class of 2020 received one indisputable jewel in its comparatively empty crown — its long-awaited Grad Night.Retaining its original theme of “Finding Nemo” — though the words “Swimming Home” were added to the title — the event was marketed as a combination Grad Night/one-year reunion. The result was deemed by revelers to be an unqualified success, and anyone would seemingly have been hard-pressed to tell the difference between the event Friday and what was slated to take place on May 29, 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic put it on hold.Kurtis Tsai returned home for the event and might be the first SMHS grad to have spent an entire year in the U.S. Army before attending his Grad Night.“As a former member of the San Marino Tsunami swim team, we always got a chance to peek at the Grad Night construction after swim practice,” said Tsai, who is studying life…