Let’s Save the Michael White Adobe

Folks, we've got a crisis.

First, hats off to Ann Gray for alerting me to the evil machinations of the San Marino School District, who want to knock down a 164-year-old adobe to expand their high school swimming pool. Yes, you read that correctly.

Here's the brief story: "The adobe was constructed in 1845 by Michael White, a European sailor who adopted the name Miguel Blanco and became a Mexican citizen so he could own land in California, which was under Mexican rule at the time. White's mother-in-law was Eulalia Pérez de Guillén Mariné, who worked at the San Gabriel Mission and owned land that eventually become part of Pasadena, South Pasadena and San Marino." And then 100 years later, they built a high school right next to it. In the past few years they've spent $35 million on infrastructure to the high school, exactly $0 on the adobe (which is actually pretty well preserved – it isn't just a ruin) and now that they're out of money, it's called an "economic downturn," and they want to pave it until funds become available to expand the pool.

What?

How about "you idiots built the pool in the wrong place."

Here's where it is: 2701 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA 91108

Here are the villans on the Board of Education:

President Jeanie Caldwell
Vice-President Dr. Jeng Yen
Clerk C. Joseph Chang
Member Karen Preston
Member Chris Norgaard

and here's when the adobe gets the hatchet:

Board of Education Meeting
10/27/2009, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: District Office Board Room

1665 West Dr., San Marino, CA 91108

Please write them a letter and tell them what you think about their ideas of "economy" and "progress."

Here are a couple of links to news articles:

http://www.insidesocal.com/rose/2009/09/historic-michael-white-adobe-under-threat-of-destruction-in-san-marino.html

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-outthere22-2009sep22,0,7530908.story

My next two posts down will give you a sense of the history we'll be missing.

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~ by ravenjake on October 8, 2009.

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