The City Council delayed judgment of an appeal to a future date, in part to push the applicants to actually get input from a number of neighbors regarding a reality television series the applicants hope to film at a home.
In its meeting last week, the council also punted on an appeal for a mixed-use building proposed to be built along Mission Street, instead opting to schedule a de novo hearing at a later date. The city is expected to argue that the project should be denied because it could not pass a plan check in the event it was approved, at least as currently designed.
The four applicants for the denied filming permit — Rosemary Lay, Julie Chan Lin, Alice Shyu and Weni Wilson — are in the meantime tasked with revisiting a number of homes within a 500-foot radius of their own houses they deemed to be unoccupied in their initial surveys. Additionally, the city staff report indicated that they overlooked some required homes entirely in their initial surveying.
Five San Marino residents who want to create what a spokesperson for the group called a “presentation film” but were denied filming permits will appeal the decision at the city council meeting on Wednesday, March 11.
Alice Shyu, Rosemary Lay, Julie Chan Lin, Carol Huang and Weni Wilson, along with two other women — Winnie Wang and Elizabeth Yang, who do not live in San Marino — were refused filming permits by the city on Feb. 11.
The San Marino Unified School District Board of Education was expected to vote at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening on a resolution to begin the process of providing guidelines for an oversight committee or task force that would be activated if voters approve Measure E on March 2.
With its proceeds earmarked for education funding, Measure E raises $968 per parcel in San Marino as well as commercial properties and residences within the boundaries of the SMUSD. The special election will be held on Tuesday, March 2, by mail-in ballot.
Julie Chan Lin has officially edged out Mike Killackey in the tight race for the second of two available seats on the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education, with Jane Chon having clinched the other spot in the Nov. 3 election.
Chan Lin received 2,608 votes to Killackey’s 2,516 in the election, results of which were certified by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office on Monday. Chon was the leading vote-getter among the five candidates, with her name marked on a total of 3,590 ballots. Killackey led Chan Lin on election night by a count of 2,022 to 2,003, but in the following weeks the latter moved ahead to claim the second seat.
Julie Chan Lin continued to lead Mike Killackey early this week in the tight race for a seat on the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education.
As of the Tribune’s press deadline on Tuesday, Chan Lin had received 2,596 votes to Killackey’s 2,508. Jane Chon is all but assured of one of the two seats that were contested in the Nov. 3 election, having amassed 3,580 votes as of press time.
According to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, 98,440 votes countywide remained to be counted as of Tuesday afternoon. How many ballots remained to be counted in the SMUSD race was unknown.
Though his deficit increased by a single vote in the past week, Killackey was typically upbeat when reached by phone on Tuesday.
Reversing a slight election-night deficit, first-time candidate Julie Chan Lin appeared this week to be on her way to joining Jane Chon in winning a seat on the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education.
At the Tribune’s press deadline on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Chon was more than 700 votes ahead of Mike Killackey (2,021), who led Julie Chan Lin by just 21 votes. Doreen Summers and Jesse Hong were running fourth and fifth, respectively.
But since then, Chan Lin has experienced a reversal of fortune and led
Five candidates have announced their intention to run for two open seats on the San Marino Board of Education at the Tuesday, Nov. 3, election. A candidates’ forum was held recently and can be viewed on the San Marino City Club’s website at sanmarinocityclub.org.
Local voters who watched a virtual forum last week got a good preview of what they’ll get when they elect two of five candidates to the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education in November.
Those voters will take special note, too, that this will be the first school board election in probably two decades without the familiarity of a “business as usual” candidate, as neither incumbent is competing for re-election this year. Seated socially distanced from each other at the Huntington Library last week, candidates Julie Chan Lin, Jane Chon, Jesse Hong, Mike Killackey and Doreen Summers spent more than an hour taking questions — some prepared ahead of time, others submitted by viewers — while constituents watched via Zoom.
The forum was hosted by the San Marino City Club, which customarily hosts forums for local candidates at venues such as the San Marino High School auditorium when there isn’t a pandemic.
Candidates were tasked with weighing in on broader issues like educational mandates and teaching culture as well as more localized issues such as aging facilities and a declining student population.
Doreen Summers, a longtime advocate for public education, has entered the race for the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education, which will have two positions open in the Nov. 3 election.
Summers grew up attending public schools and received a B.A. in political science from Rutgers University, a state institution in New Jersey.
“I fiercely believe in public education and over the years have done my part to advocate on behalf of students when I see the need,” said Summers. Her advocacy began when her children were in 2nd grade on the East Coast, where she successfully petitioned the local school board for smaller class sizes. She also was a co-founder of Verona Cares, a volunteer parent organization that helped parents navigate curriculum changes and high-stakes testing affecting their children.
Longtime San Marino resident Julie Chan Lin has entered the race for a seat on the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education.
Chan Lin attended district schools and is a graduate of San Marino High School and USC. The 30-year city resident and her husband, Jeff Lin, have three daughters, all of whom attended Carver Elementary School. Two daughters now attend a local private school and one is beginning 5th grade at Carver.
Chan Lin, whose professional background involves work as a television host, has dedicated her time to SMUSD in what she refers to as “nontraditional ways.” She was one of the creators of the San Marino Schools Participation Forum Facebook group, which helps fellow parents navigate school issues. She began the filming of school board meetings “for transparency and to help parents unable to attend meetings in person,” and hosted a town hall meeting in 2018 regarding a proposed facilities modernization bond.
“These activities launched me into education advocacy — and controversy,” she said. In 2018, a district administrator sent Chan Lin a cease-and-desist letter to stop filming the meetings, which she said led to her receiving “a tidal wave of support by fellow parents.”