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First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. The coronavirus pandemic has recently “exploded” in San Marino, Fire Chief Mario Rueda said, while encouraging what amounts to a back-to-basics approach to battle the Omicron variant.As of Tuesday morning, San Marino has 762 reported cases of COVID-19, up from 503 cases on Dec. 2. That number does not include those who may have self-tested and received a positive result but not reported the results to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. It also does not count those who might have contracted the virus but are asymptomatic.

First published in the Dec. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Susan Jakubowski has patiently waited for her turn, and last Wednesday she was named mayor of San Marino for the next year.Jakubowski was first elected to the city council in November 2017 along with Gretchen Shepherd Romey and Ken Ude when the trio bested challengers Calvin Lo, Hai-Sou Chen, Scott Kwong and Eugene Sun.

First published in the Dec. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. While the holiday season is filled with wishes of peace and good will for all, for those in law enforcement the season also might bring with it an unfortunate increase in crime.San Marino Police Department Commander Aaron Blondé urges residents to safeguard themselves against unlawful activities by being diligent and aware.

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.

First published in the Dec. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. The city of San Marino is looking for residents to participate in a recently created group tasked with cultivating a more inclusive community.The Community Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force is tentatively scheduled to operate from January through April 2022 and meet bimonthly for about two to three hours per session. The city is seeking residents “of all backgrounds, viewpoints and experiences who are passionate and committed to creating a unified, civic community that is reflective of the ideals of equity and inclusion for all,” according to City Manager Marcella Marlowe.

First published in the Dec. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. San Marino Fire Chief Mario Rueda is reminding community members to be cautious during this time of year, which can be both festive and fraught with potential fire risks.Poorly maintained and haphazardly placed holiday decorations can increase the chance of home fires during the month of December, when candles and electric lights are more common, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

First published in the Dec. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. He had a penchant for Russian literature, created time-lapse videos of constellations, wrote his bachelor’s thesis on quantum computation, enjoyed frequent hikes to alluring destinations throughout California and made rollicking films out of the humdrum.That passionate, creative existence ended on Aug. 6 for Andreas Kooi, a 2016 graduate of San Marino High School, when he was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver while riding his bicycle in San Luis Obispo. He was 23.

First published in the Dec. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. As part of the city’s ongoing series of virtual town hall meetings, San Marino Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne on Monday presented the municipality’s draft Traffic Circulation Study to the public for feedback.“This is a work in progress,” said Throne in introducing the subject, also assuring attendees that the study employs traffic data from fall 2019, “when school was in session and also during weekends.”The study examined 30 intersections within city limits to determine traffic flow and also evaluate pedestrian impact, according to Throne.

First published in the Dec. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Unknown suspect(s) allegedly entered a victim’s residence on Friday, Dec. 3, in the 1300 block of Sierra Madre Boulevard and removed items. The incident was determined to be a residential burglary.