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City Hall is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No transactions that require payment will be conducted during the last hour of each day.
Residents get one permit per weekend per year and it is $5. To apply for a Garage Sale permit, please fill out the application and submit it to City Hall prior to the sale.
We also spend quite a bit of time maintaining our equipment, doing routine public safety inspections (one major reason we hardly ever have fires anymore), training for all types of emergency response and, of course, the paperwork associated with these activities. We also use our knowledge and energy to provide emergency training programs to the general public. Most popular of these is our NEAT and BEAT programs, (Neighborhood Emergency Action Team, and Business Emergency Action Teams).
Pre-hospital care has, in our lifetime, grown from a matter of providing simple “Load-and-Go” services (with a fairly poor history of success), into a complex, highly technical field that involves electronic cardiac monitoring and defibrillation, intravenous fluid therapy, and sophisticated intervention techniques, some of which were not available even in emergency rooms twenty years ago. This level of care, known as “Advanced Life Support” (ALS), has significantly improved a patient’s chances for survival and full recovery, but the procedures require more and better-trained personnel to implement them.
The standard response to a medical-aid emergency in the City of San Marino includes the engine company arriving with three trained responders including (80% of the time) one or more paramedics, and the paramedic ambulance with two firefighter paramedics. The City’s fire station is strategically located to allow arrival at any address in the City within four minutes, and therefore an engine company will usually be the first help on-scene.
When an incident turns out to be minor in nature, the first-arriving unit can always cancel other resources via radio. Another, similar question is often asked during routine duties.
Second, an important part of the value of our Public Safety Inspection program is the familiarization of your local firefighters with the buildings and businesses within the city. While they check for hazards and consult with business owners on how best to eliminate or minimize the likelihood of a fire, firefighters are also familiarizing themselves with access points, high-value locations to give priority to in their firefighting efforts (typically the office area or files), potential hazards to themselves or to citizens, and possible resources to aid them in their firefighting efforts (skylights to assist in venting hot gases and smoke from the business, for example).
Another, less common purpose for roof venting is to eliminate a “backdraft” condition. Backdraft conditions result when a free-burning fire consumes all the available oxygen in a closed structure. Super-heated combustible gases remain, requiring only the introduction of oxygen (air) to explode. Simply opening the front door to effect entry can trigger a back draft explosion, and has killed many firefighters.
Driving “Code 3” (red lights and siren), for example, quickly goes from thrilling, to chilling. Nearly half of all firefighters who die on the job are killed in traffic collisions while responding to emergencies.
However, we do derive a deep personal satisfaction from making a “Good Stop” on a structure fire, or from saving someone from a heart attack. This is not even the most emotionally satisfying part of the job. Few people will ever get to know personal satisfaction of having a person who we last saw en route to an emergency room in critical condition stop by the fire station to thank us for our part in saving their life. Something like that can keep a person grinning for weeks.
Virtually every study of “emotional rewards” of various professions, if the study includes firefighting, reports our job as number one. Few firefighters are surprised at this. However, this is a demanding job, actually more a lifestyle with strange hours, unique challenges and a “bottom line” that is, literally, Life and Death. On the downside, recent studies have shown that firefighters are prime candidates for Critical Incident Stress Syndrome, the psychological damage and behavioral changes associated with exposure to strong emotional situations where the sufferer feels powerless to intervene, or cannot integrate the sometimes horrible reality of an incident into his conscious mind.
The City charges $5 for non-residents to enter Lacy Park on weekends. There is no entrance fee for employees of the City and the San Marino Unified School District, and up to three (3) non-resident guests over the age of four, and up to three (3) non-resident guests of a resident (when accompanying a resident above the age of four).
The SMPD lobby can be accessed from the San Marino Avenue side of the civic center complex.
You may also drop off your paperwork at San Marino City Hall, Second Floor and, in turn, a staff member will forward your dog license paperwork to the Pasadena Humane Society.
Gasoline powered devices may only be operated between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday - Saturday; and 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Sundays.
If you're calling after hours please contact the police department at 626-300-0720.
Please call 626-403-2200 for more information.
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Call 626-403-2210 for more information and read about our programs online.
Please call 626-403-2200.
Call 626-403-2200 for more information.
Please call 626-403-2200 for more information.
Tree punning and maintenance must be performed by a State of California licensed tree contractor.(C61/D49 Specialty Tree Pruning license with documented Workers Comp insurance and liability coverage naming the City of San Marino as an additional insured).
Established Tree: A tree that is not a Heritage Tree or an Oak Tree, that is at least fifteen feet (15’) in height, and whose trunk diameter is at least six inches (6”) at its widest point, when measured at a point four and one-half feet (4.5’) above natural grade.
Heritage Tree: A tree that is at least fifteen feet (15’) in height, and whose trunk diameter is at least four inches (4”) at its widest point, when measured at a point four and one-half feet (4.5’) above natural grade, and is one of the following: Platanus racemosa, Juglans californica, Sambucus nigra, Sambucus Mexicana, Aesculus californica, Salix lasiolepis, Populus fremontii, Alnus rhombifolia, Umbellularia californica, or Populus trichocarpa, Ginkgo biloba, Cedrus deodora, Pinus canariensis, Pinus halepensis, Pinus pinea, Pinus thunbergiana, Sequoia sempervirens, Taxodium mucronatum, Calocedrus decurrens, Cupressus sempervirens, Podocarpus gracilior, Magnolia grandiflora, Magnolia xsoulangeana, Cinnamomum camphora, Persea americana, Liquidambar styraciflua, Ulmus parvifolia, Ficus microcarpa, Quercus agrifolia, Quercus engelmannii, Quercus ilex, Quercus lobata, Quercus suber, Brachychiton discolor, Brachychiton populneus, Chorisia speciose, Arbutus unedo, Prunus caroliniana, Pyrus kawakamii, Cassia spp, Ceratonia silique, Lagerstroemia indica, Callistemon spp, Eucalyptus citriodora, Melaleauca quinquenervia, Grevillea robusta, Cupaniopsis anacardioides, Koelreuteria spp, Schinus molle, Citrus sinensis, Fraxinus uhdei, Olea europaea, Jacaranda mimosifloria, Tabebuia spp, Brahea edulis, Butia capitate, Phoenix canariensis, Syagrus romanzoffianam, Washingtonia filifera, and Washingtonia robusta.
Multi-Trunk: Any tree with multiple trunks attributed to a single plant. The diameter of each trunk shall be measured at its widest point, when measured at a point four and one-half feet (4.5’) feet above natural grade, and the combined trunk diameters shall be used to determine the tree's size for the purposes of this section.
Oak Tree: A tree that is at least fifteen feet (15’) in height, and whose trunk diameter is at least four inches (4”) at its widest point, when measured at a point four and one-half feet (4.5’) above natural grade, and is of the genus Quercus, including, but not limited to, Quercus agrifolia (coast live oak),Quercus dumosa (coastal scrub oak), Quercus engelmannii (engelmann oak), Quercus berberidifolia (scrub oak), Quercus lobata (valley oak), and Quercus virginiana (southern live oak).
The work that is being proposed on the tree removal permit may start when the homeowner information has been filled out, the tree contractor has been identified on the tree application, the proposed work is stated on the application, a designated city staff member has visited the property and approved the work to be done, and the homeowner has signed the permit for any conditions that are included regarding the work to be done.
When pruning is to be performed, the tree contractor is to follow the city guidelines. This includes following the International Society of Arboriculture guidelines to prune trees. Below is a reference to specific industry guidelines that must be followed when pruning established trees.
Topping is defined as reducing the height of a tree by cutting limbs back to a desired height without utilizing a proper lateral branch. Topping is not an acceptable pruning practice.
Contact Code Enforcement Manager Ron Serven at 626-300-0789 or by email.
Violators will be subject to the payment of fines and be required to submit a tree restoration plan. Additionally, violators may be subjected to attend an administrative hearing whereby the penalties could possibly result in a higher fine.
Contact Park Foreman John Santillan by email.