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First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. San Marino’s Department of Public Works is placing new signage at locations identified by community members who are concerned with the increasing speed of automobile traffic on residential streets.Two different versions of the signs are being employed, said Michael Throne, the city’s public works director and city engineer. Both signs are florescent-colored and warn motorists to be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians. A street-level version, 47 inches in height, reminds drivers that it is a state law to stop or yield for pedestrians.

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. At least three San Marino police officers who reported having COVID symptoms last week are still off-duty and remain in quarantine, according to Sgt. Naved Qureshi, a 20-year law enforcement veteran who is president of the San Marino Police Officers Association, the union representing its 23 rank-and-file members.The SMPOA has said that 12 of its 23 officers are fully vaccinated for COVID. The police chief and two commanding officers have also been vaccinated.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Photos courtesy Kristin Shigenaga The city of San Marino’s Community Services Department recently held a Halloween-themed “Trunk or Treat” and movie night, which attracted about 4,000 people, including costumed goblins, to Lacy Park.

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. City Manager Marcella Marlowe received a two-year extension to her contract at Friday’s meeting of the San Marino City Council, extending the term of her employment through Oct. 15, 2024. Marlowe’s previous deal was set to end on Oct. 15, 2022.“I am honored to have received this vote of confidence from the City Council,” Marlowe said Monday. “This is a challenging time for our organization and I am committed to partnering with the City Council to continue our longstanding tradition of service to the community and excellence among our team.”

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Police arrested a 27-year-old San Fernando man and 28-year-old Sylmar woman at 1:53 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, after being pulled over in a vehicle that was reported stolen. The man, who was the driver, was also booked for an arrest warrant and for allegedly possessing drug paraphernalia, while the woman was arrested on suspicion of possessing a checkbook and ID card that didn’t belong to her, as well as having arrow keys used to access gated building complexes.

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. A San Marino man who drove a truck through a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters in Pasadena last year was sentenced Monday to a year and a day behind bars for federal weapons offenses.Benjamin “Benny” Hung, 29, a 2010 graduate of San Marino High School, was also ordered to perform 120 days of community service and pay a $10,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Officers responded to a report of a death in the 1400 block of Hampton Road on Sunday, Oct. 17. The investigation determined that the death was not suspicious.

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Four San Marino Fire Department members who spent more than two weeks in September battling the Caldor Fire, which has burned more than 220,000 acres near South Lake Tahoe, have returned to their duties in the city.Now listed as 98% contained, Caldor ranks as the 15th largest wildfire in state history, and its cause is still under investigation. It tormented the Alpine, Amador and El Dorado counties in California.San Marino firefighters Alphonso Jimenez, Nathan Foth, Richard Fixsen and Dominic Petta took the department’s Engine 91 to the site, where they worked on a task force in 12- and 24-hour shifts to combat the fire. Much of the duty involved hiking through the mountainous terrain to extinguish dangerous ash pits, which are caused when a ground fire consumes underground fuels, creating an empty space that cannot be seen from the surface.“Having the crew we had was a great experience,” said Petta, an SMFD captain. “I am proud to be a member of the San Marino Fire Department and proud of the hard work and dedication of the entire crew throughout the incident.”

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Negotiations between the city of San Marino and some of its employees over a proposed vaccination mandate are continuing, though efforts to reach an agreement with the police union could take months, according to a municipal official.  The city has four employee groups, and the only item at issue during negotiations has been the proposed COVID-19 vaccine requirement and policy. 

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. A residence in the 2000 block of Courtland Road was reportedly ransacked on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The rear glass window of the home was found pried open with an unknown tool.