June 2015 Section A - Alhambra Chamber of Commerce



June 2015 Section A - Alhambra Chamber of Commerce
Chamber to install
new board at 112th
Installation Dinner
owner of High
Point Marketing, will be installed as
Chamber president at
the Alhambra Chamber
of Commerce’s 112th
on Friday, June 26, at
Almansor Court, 700 S.
Almansor St.
The installation will
honor 2014 President
Lee Lieberg, the Chamber board of directors,
and new officers.
The program will Robert Fukui, High Point Marketing, will
include dinner, dancing, be installed as president of the Alhambra
Chamber Board of Directors at the Chamber’s
and the installation of the 112th Installation Dinner on June 26.
new Chamber president
and officers as well as
presentations of the Outstanding
Seats are $65 per person.
Community Service Award, the Platinum Tables are $2,500,
Outstanding Business of the Year which includes 10 VIP seats
Award, and the recognition of and an ad and listing in the
the Alhambra Chamber of Com- event program and Around Almerce 2015 scholarship winners. hambra newspaper. Gold Tables
Cocktails and appetizers will are $1,000, which includes 10
be served at 6 p.m. Dinner will preferred seats and listing in the
be served at 7 p.m.
event program and Around AlThe Installation’s theme hambra. Silver Tables are $650.
For more information, or
is “City on the Move, Bright
to make reservations by June
Future, Rich Heritage.”
Ronny and the Classics will 12, contact the Chamber at
provide the music.
LA Bluescasters will provide the entertainment during the 710 celebration on June 10.
City of Alhambra to host
710 Day Celebration June 10
he City of Alhambra
will stage its 710 Day
Celebration from 5
p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June
10, at Valley and Fremont — a
month earlier than in previous
years in order to raise awareness
about the Draft EIR/EIS published by METRO as it relates
to the five alternatives and to
give the public ample time to
make comments prior to the
July 6 deadline.
Metro’s Draft Environmental
Impact Report/Environmental
Impact Statement (DEIR/EIS)
triggered a 120-day comment
period that was kicked off with
information hearings in local
communities and will culminate
with the 710 Day Celebration.
>> see 710 DAY Page 13A
AEF presents 11th annual
Service to Education
Awards Dinner and Gala
enefitting the Music
and More Program,
the Alhambra Educational Foundation’s 11th
annual Service to Education
Awards Dinner and Gala
took place on April 18 at
the Hilton Los Angeles/San
The night, emceed by AEF
President Steve Perry, presented the Service to Education
Awards to Charles and Mike
Fata of Charlie’s Trio and Mike
Vollebreght of TKR, LLC, for
Business Organizations; the
Alhambra Police Department Scott Hara, left, AEF’s Community Volunteer Honoree, celebrates the night with his family,
and the Monterey Park Police wife Nancy Omi-Hara, son Garrett Hara, and his son’s girlfriend Skye Free.
Thanks to all behind the scenes
Alhambra D
By Mayor Gary Yamauchi
(888) 398-
conducted free dental screenings with the our trash contractor who comes to the
Rotary Club; Alhambra Firefighters, all the rescue at all our events to supply pro-bono
pancake breakfast events and their contri- assistance and trash removal; Lorraine
butions to so many other activities within Simpson, current president Rotary Club;
the City; Alhambra Police, led by our great Gary Frueholz, president elect, Rotary
chief Mark Yokoyama, our department has Club.
become a model for many other cities.
My wife Linda, who has put up with me
Steve Perry, president of the Alhambra for decades and continues to be involved
Educational Foundation, raises so many with many helpful organizations. And I
dollars to help the school board, teachers, cannot forget the City staff who has been
and students; Jim Richetts, president of “there for me” and has gone the extra mile
the Exchange Club and past president of to help make us councilmembers look
the Alhambra Planning Commission; Ken good. Thank you all!
Kasamatsu, founder of Pacific Commerce
The above named are the folks who
Bank and a friend to Alhambra and all our deserve all the kudos for their unselfish
public events; Yonemoto Physical Therapy, devotion to assisting one another in partcontinuous contributor to special events; nerships that are producing so much more
American Legion Post 139, always there than solo efforts. I sincerely thank each
to help returning veterans with any and all and every one of you and some of you will
problems; Linda Wong, vibrant new Rotar- be placed on my “2015 Community Serian helping so many children with tutor- vice Hall Of Fame” and receive the mayor’s
ing skills and signing up to help wherever commemorative token of friendship. I will
and whenever asked; Dr. Stephen Huang, be very proud to establish this as it will
founder of the “Home Of The Angels,” a recognize those who constitute the real
new non-profit that works directly with backbone of our community.
disabled persons and a great new addition
And last but surely not least, I commend
This example
how Dr.forJohn
saved a
to Alhambra.
the youth
in Alhambra
all I have
at a frac
David Wong, great Rotarian,EASY
you do and all the wonderful
you have
Asian Community, and major contrib- provided when needed. I am extremely
utor to many events; Dave Duarte, year proud to see you get involved at an early
after year a leader for the Alhambra Little age, and I hope your mind sets allow you to
League; Peppy Sciarra, longtime Rotarian continue on this path for many years.
still leading several committees including
As I leave the mayorship, I do it proudly,
“Peppy’s Annual Heartwalk “ that raises and I know the City will continue to be in
nearly $10,000 annually for Children’s good hands. My legacy is the future of AlHospital; Evike.com, helps every organi- hambra. Thank you all for your continued
zation with support for their respective support. I can still be reached if needed on
activities; Allied Physicians, a true support my cell at 626-524-4516 should you have
group and a major player in Alhambra, we any problems or questions. I wish you all
are fortunate to have them in Alhambra; nothing but the best.
Republic Services — Susanne Passantino,
100 South First Street • Alh
Experience the Differe
breakfast club that starts most of my days;
Valerie Jeffrey; Robert Eisenberg; Dory
Kiss; Glenn Barnett; Larry Saunders;
Denis Kerechuk, past president of Rotary;
Lee Lieberg, past president of Rotary and
San Gabriel Valley Board of Realtors; Jeff
Maloney, president of Special Olympics
committee; Carmen Hernandez, librarian,
past president of Rotary, and called on for
numerous jobs such as Alhambra Dodger
Night and more; Lorelei Gilliam, major
contributor to so many great causes; Raymond Poon, past president of Rotary and
who sets up City-wide health fairs.
Joe Pavon, Al’s Towing, helps to sponsor
so many activities in Alhambra, so generous
with so many groups; Dulcy Jenkins, chief
editor of Around Alhambra; Julio Fuentes,
our former city manager now in the City
of Santa Clara; Steven Placido, D.D.S.,
I will complete my third and final term
as Mayor of the City of Alhambra and return to my post as a City Councilmember
for my 12th and final year. It has been an
absolute pleasure to serve the residents of
Alhambra in this capacity, and I am delighted at all that has transpired during my three
terms as mayor and 11 years as your councilmember. My motto for my final term was
“Everything gets better in Alhambra,” and
as I watch the City continue to develop, I
am proud to say that I have had a small part
in all that has occurred. But the real thanks
goes out to those behind the scenes, those
you don’t see too often but who perform
most of the difficult tasks of preparation,
execution, and clean up:
City Manager Mary Swink, who is
doing a superlative job at the helm; Mark
Paulson, former three-time mayor who
is still so actively involved in many community affairs and is past president of the
Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of
Alhambra; Frances Moore, almost 40 years
as our city clerk, past president of Rotary
Club, and participant (donor) to just about
everything; Sharon Gibbs, past president
of the Rotary Club and executive director
of the Chamber; Owen Guenthard, past
executive director of the Chamber, government affairs specialist, and who leads
many Alhambra High School alumnae
events; Stephen Chan, past president of the
Chamber and YMCA board member and
recognized leader of the Asian Community.
Adam Schiff, our former U.S. Congressman; Judy Chu, current Congressperson;
Wayne Ratkovich, developer with great
visions and the talent to make them realities; Mayors’ Advisory Council, morning
Ryan Stringer ‘Night Out’ event to raise
funds for Alhambra student scholarships
The Alhambra Police Officer’s Association is sponsoring a Ryan Stringer Night
Out at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Matt
Denny’s Ale House in Arcadia, 145 E.
Huntington Drive, to raise funds to support the association’s scholarship program
and to honor the memory of Officer Ryan
E. Stringer, who lost his life in the line of
duty. The price of admission is $10.
Additional scholarship funds will
be raised through a donation from the
restaurant and the proceeds from a raffle
featuring prizes such as Dodger tickets,
Angel tickets, movie tickets, Go Pro’s, and
a 32” HDT-TV.
The $1,000 scholarships will be given to
each of five deserving high school seniors.
Potential scholarship winners include
Alhambra resident high school seniors
from Alhambra High School, San Gabriel
High School, Mark Keppel High School,
Century High School, and any senior
This example shows how Dr. John Chao saved
student living in Alhambra.
donations of checksVISIT
made out
to at a fr
The association is interviewing qualified the Alhambra Police Officer’s Association
(individual results va
scholarship applicants and is expected to and delivered to the Association, C/O the
announce the winners in the near future.
Alhambra Police Department, 211 S. First
The public is invited to participate in St. Please indicate “Ryan Stringer Scholarthe funding of these scholarships, which ships” in the memo portion of the check.
Entertainment will be provided by the
is proposed to be an annual recognition
of outstanding students and an ongoing lively Jack Robert’s Harvey Band.
All ages are invited to participate, but
tribute to Officer Stringer.
Those who cannot attend this event the location would suggest leaving the kids
may also support the scholarship program at home.
John Chao, DDS, MAGD*
USC School of Dentistry,
Faculty, Anxiety Management
*Master, Academy of General Dentistry
“Less than 2% of General Dentists
in the United States are Masters,”
according to the
Academy of General Dentistry
Students in Government Day.
Participants of the first Alhambra Neighborhood Cleanup event on Feb. 29 were thanked and commended for their indispensable assistance.
First Sergeant William Holodnak.
Outgoing members of various boards and commissions were recognized for their outstanding and dedicated service to the The Alhambra Firefighters Association was one of the groups that made a donation in support
City of Alhambra.
of the Special Olympics LA 2015 Alhambra Host Town Program.
Recent City Council actions
The following are highlights from the April
27 and May 11 regular City Council meetings.
Alhambra High School juniors and
seniors participating in Alhambra’s first
“Students in Government Day” were
commended for spending time with city
staff and elected officials to learn first-hand
about the functions of local government.
Participants included Daniel Rolon, Sylvia
Winston, Koby Arriaza, Shannon Kha,
Anhayte Guajardo, Carlos Vides, Katherine
Padilla, Emily Tran, Dajanett Tsang, Agatha Handojo, Matthew Chan, Matthew
Dominguez, Ricardo Gonzalez, Kevin
Kong, David Hernandez, David Huang,
Natalie Monterroza, Jiawei (Ryan) Liang,
Kimberly Pham, Christopher Moreno,
Araceli Ramirez, Drew Vasquez, Michelle
Yan, and Candice Romero.
First Sergeant William Holodnak, an
Alhambra resident and 19-year member
of the United States Marine Corps, was
commended for being recently promoted
from Gunnery Sergeant to First Sergeant
among 600+ Marines with only 13 spots
and 1st Sgt. Holodnak scoring among the
top three candidates.1st Sgt. Holodnak was
also commended for four combat deployments to Iraq and three deployments to
Afghanistan. He has also received six Navy
commendation awards from the Marine
Corps, two Navy Achievement awards, and
six letters of appreciation from foreign militaries. Additionally, he has been a pistol and
rifle expert five times each, is a black belt
in the Marine Corps martial arts program
and a martial arts instructor, is a combat
marksmanship coach for small arms, and
has trained Afghan military forces through
the Military Instructor Training Team.
The AYSO U-14 Girls Soccer Team #3
was congratulated and commended for its
outstanding victory in the Western States
Championship game. Out of more than
1,400 participating teams from California,
Nevada, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon,
Team #3 won 4-0 against La Habra in the
Western States Championship game. Team
#3 deserves the highest praise for an accomplishment that no other ASYO Alhambra/
Monterey Park team has ever accomplished.
The team members and coaches recognized
included Bebe Cabadas, Leonor Corona,
Maddie Godinez, Ameyalli Hill, Nikki
Hernandez, Jade Gamez, Skye Blue Juarez,
Alyssa Torres, Amanda Ramirez, Sam
Gonzalez, Kysa Hayashi, Manami Hayashi,
Sabrina Vasquez, Erica Gallegos, Coach
Abel Hernandez, and Team Mom Claudia
Joslyn Center volunteer Gayle McKinney was recognized for her service on behalf
of all the Center’s volunteers as the month
of May was proclaimed Older Americans
Month in Alhambra.
To show its gratitude for donations made
in support of the Special Olympics LA 2015
Alhambra Host Town Program, the City
Council recognized the following donors:
$5,000: The Alhambra; Transtech Engineers; $2,500: Evike.com Inc.; Alhambra
Firefighters Association; Burke, Williams
& Sorensen, LLP; Home of the Angels;
$1,000: West San Gabriel Valley Association
of Realtors; Alhambra Rotary; Alhambra
Hospital Medical Center; $500: Credit
Union of Southern California; First Baptist
Church of Alhambra; Jayvee Dance Center;
Soroptimist International of Alhambra, San
Gabriel, San Marino; Innerlink Chiropractic Clinic; The Alhambra Woman’s Club;
Snyder Optometry; Alhambra Educational
Foundation; and Republic Services.
Outgoing members of various boards
and commissions were recognized for their
outstanding and dedicated service to the
City of Alhambra. Certificates of Services
were provided to Planning Commission:
Maria Murray (eight years); Library Board:
Cynthia Ison (eight years); Parks & Recreation Commission: Donald Mumford
(eight years), Jaime Garcia (eight years),
Trent Yamauchi (eight years); Transportation Commission: David Duarte (eight
years), Sergio Chavez (eight years), Luis
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City Council actions
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Arizmendez (eight years); Youth Commission: Kristie
Sham (four years), Patrick Placido (four years), Mark
Garcia (four years).
Participants of the first Alhambra Neighborhood
Cleanup event on Feb. 29 were thanked and commended
for their indispensable assistance. The event garnered
the help of 121 volunteers including churches, service
organizations, and residents who came together to provide
cleanup services to 70 homes in the area of Emery Park.
By day’s end, 11.59 tons of trash had been collected and
disposed of equaling five 40-yard roll-off bins. Those
recognized included Rafael Perez, Monica Harvey, Eddie
Villegas, Sergio Soto, Maya Flores, Jennifer Wiese, Ruben
Soriano, Brandon Cardella, Bryon Garay, Felix Huezo,
Denise Magadaleno, Sharon Frasca-Williams, Theresa
Lopez, Michael Vercillo, Diana Coburn, Gabriel Campos,
Frank Bodeman, Jasmine Hernandez, Adrian Carrasco,
Nery Rodriguez, Ryan Chen, Thomas De La Torre, Mario
Meza, Alfred Liu, Jessica Reyes, Anthony Castellano, Holly
Chenh, Lisa Luna, Natalie Osgood (Petsmart), Esteban
Sanches (Starbucks Coffee), Diana Landeros (Starbucks
Coffee); Ed Carranza (Smart & Final); Vittoria Pizza; Maria Felix Casas (Huerta Produce), Toribio Huerta (Huerta
Produce), Republic Services, Rafael Garcia (Republic
Services), German Hernandez (Republic Services), Walter
Santana (Republic Services), Jerome Singletary (Republic
Services), Esteban Cruz (Republic Services), Patty Ayala
(Republic Services), Costco, Shakey’s Pizza, US Storage
Center, Albertsons, The Housing Rights Center, Salvador
Prieto (Home Depot), Yvonne Saldano (Home Depot),
Lalaina Herrera (Home Depot), Janice Crabb (Church
of Christ of Latter-Day Saints), Amy Besaw (Church
of Christ of Latter-Day Saints), Alhambra First Baptist
Church, Alhambra High School Key Club, Deborah Kopit
(Society for California Veterinary Vaccine Care), and SGV
New Generation Rotary Club.
A donation of $1,007 provided by Steve Chiang was
recognized and graciously accepted to help support the Alhambra Civic Center Library’s non-fiction book collection.
Mr. Chiang, an engineer, provided the donation to help
provide additional career-related books on engineering.
General Plan / Consolidated Plan
A presentation was made about updating the City’s
General Plan through 2035, including various aspects to
be included in the plan, as well future community events
planned to solicit the public’s participation in determining
the future direction of the City.
The City’s 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, which describes housing-related issues in the City of Alhambra, was
approved along with increased CDBG-related program
funding (+1.8%) for FY 2015-16, and decreased HOME
program funding (-11.5%).
Contract & Grant Awards
•(New) 2016 Tournament of Roses float contract
(Alhambra Chamber of Commerce).
• (New) Purchase of six ¾ ton utility bed trucks and
two ½ ton pickup trucks for field crews (Wondries Fleet
• (New) Purchase of two vehicles for the Police Department (National Auto Fleet Group).
• (New) Safe Routes to School Crosswalk and Paving of
First and Second streets from Mission Road to Main Street.
(E.C. Construction Company)
•(New) Installation of a High-Intensity Activated
Crosswalk (HAWK) System at Seventh Street and Valley
Boulevard. (Unique Performance Construction)
•(New) 2015 U.S.D.A. Summer Lunch Program
(Revolution Foods) – See related article on page 12A.
• (New) Design services for the replacement of water
mains on Westmont Drive between Sherwood and Norwich Avenues (SA Associates)
•(New) Rehabilitation of the Garvey Reservoir (J.
Colon Coatings, Inc.).
• (New) Joint Powers Agreement for the operation and
management of the Metrolink Station at California State
University, Los Angeles, from Oct. 1, 2015, through June
30, 2036, (Board of Trustees of the California State University on behalf of California State University, Los Angeles,
the County of Los Angeles and the cities of Monterey Park
and Los Angeles).
•(New) Almansor Park Picnic Shelters Replacement
(Southern California Rooms, Inc.).
•(New) Code Enforcement and Building Permitting
Software Systems (Comcate).
•(Amended) Reprogramming and utilization of
CDBG funds for new/replacement street improvements,
sidewalk improvements, handicap ramps, and removal of
other architectural barriers that impede handicap access
•(Amended) Acceptance of additional contingency
grant funds to FY 2013 Homeland Security Grant Program
(County of Los Angeles).
• (Amended) Two-year extension for tree maintenance
services for City’s tree maintenance program, which includes a Web-based tree inventory program (West Coast
•(Completed) Granada Park Gym Flooring Project
(Hur Flooring Company).
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Vice President:
Robert Fukui, High Point Marketing
Immediate Past President:
Frank Chen, Law Offices of Frank W. Chen
At-Large members:
Evike Chang, Evike.com
Valarie Gomez, West San Gabriel Valley YMCA
Mark Paulson, Anthony Venti Realtors
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Oriana Chan, Wells Fargo Bank
Iris Lai, Alhambra Hospital Medical Center
Elizabeth Martinez, Republic Services
Megan Moloughney, The Ratkovich Co./The Alhambra
Joe Pavon, Al’s Towing
Todd Sakamoto, The Mailbox Shop
Marissa Castro-Salvati, So. California Edison
Helen Romero-Shaw, So. California Gas Company
Lorraine Simpson, Credit Union of Southern California
Dr. David Snyder, Optometrist
Walter Tang, Superior Scientific
Joanna Vargas, The Fit Factor Studio
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Legislative Affairs: Owen Guenthard
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JUNE 30, 2015
Summer Reading programs dominate
library activities in June, July
It’s June, the kids are out of school,
and the Alhambra Civic Center Library
announced it’s time for the Summer
Reading Program.
The library is tripling the fun of
summer reading by conducting three
Summer Reading programs.
“Every Hero Has A Story” is the
theme of the Children’s Summer
Reading Program, which involves lots
of reading, fun prizes, and a summer’s
worth of interesting programs to warm
the heart of any youngster.
Children, ages 0 to 12, who sign
up for the summer program pledge to
read at least 100 minutes each week.
Pre-readers will have someone read to
them. This will qualify them for the
prizes, including a free book to take
The programs, scheduled at 3:30
p.m. on Mondays from June 1 through
July 20 in Reese Hall, include a magical
• Arty Loon, Magic Show, June 1.
•Joseph Peck, Steel Drum Music,
June 8.
•Michael D. McCarty, Storytelling,
June 15.
• Fantastick Patrick, Circus Variety
Show, June 22.
• Brother Yusef, Blues Music,
June 29.
• Big Hero 6, a PG, 2014 movie,
July 6.
• Cory Hills, Percussive Storytelling,
July 13.
•Illusions by Allen Magic Show,
July 20.
While no registration is required to
attend, please note that space is limited,
and the doors will close 15 minutes after
the start of each program.
In addition to this lineup, the regularly scheduled Family Story Time, for
families with children 5 to 12 years old,
continues with stories, puppets, and
other activities at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in
the Story Time Room.
The Civic Center Library adult and
teen patrons will read, receive fun prizes,
and attend interesting activities in a program entitled “Escape the Ordinary.”
Teens will join the Summer Reading
program on their kickoff day, Thursday,
June 4, beginning a summer’s worth of
games, pizza, fun, and reading.
At 1:30 p.m. on frequent Thursdays
in Reese Hall, teens will participate in
the following activities:
Teen Superhero Craft Day on June
11 – participants will make awesome superhero-inspired crafts, including comic
book pins and “POW!” headbands.
Everyday Hero Career Fair on June
25 – everyday community heroes will
be present to describe their activities,
answer questions, and guide interested participants into hero-making
Comic Book Workshop on July 2 –
teens will learn all about comic books
and how to make their own, personal
comic book.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 on July
16 – watch the movie, enjoy snacks, and
fulfill the SRP theme by Escaping the
Superhero Costume Party on July
23 – at this end of the Summer Reading
Program party participants will make
their own superhero costumes, complete
with a new secret identity. There will be
pizza and snacks.
Adults will “Escape the Ordinary”
this summer, reading and collecting
prizes and attending a series of programs. The Adult Summer Reading
Program begins on Monday, June 1, at
which time participants may register at
Summer Reading program Central (the
first floor Homework Center, where last
summer’s program was coordinated, but
rumor has it that this year’s decoration,
in itself, will be worth the trip).
Escape the Ordinary programs, in
Reese Hall, include:
Movie – Captain America: The Winter Soldier at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2.
Rated PG-13.
Jayvee Dance Program at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, June 8.
Scrapbooking, Knitting & Crocheting at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13.
Movie – Guardians of the Galaxy at
101 S. First St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
11 am - 9 pm
10 am - 9 pm
10 am - 9 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 5 pm
10 am - 5 pm
1 pm - 5 pm
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. Rated PG 13.
JPL Space program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23.
Craft Program at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27.
Cook Book Club, a brand new program, debuting this summer, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June
Movie – The Avengers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July
7. Rated PG-13.
Movie – Holiday, a classic, 1938 film, at 6:30
p.m. Tuesday, July 7. NR.
Scrapbooking, Knitting & Crocheting at 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 11.
Cook Book Club at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 14.
Craft Program at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18.
The ever popular “Quiz Game Dinner” (for
registered Summer Reading Program participants)
at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 21. Registration required.
Check program details at www.alhambralibrary.
org. For more information, phone the reference
desk at 626-570-3212.
Police Department
testing police officer
body cameras
Recently, four Alhambra Police Officers
were equipped with a brand new body
camera affixed to their uniforms. These
four officers will wear the cameras for three
weeks to test how this specific brand of
camera performs in the field. The officers
will record incidents such as routine traffic
stops, interviews during investigations,
arrests, and other police encounters.
Over the next several months, additional cameras from different manufacturers
will be tested by field officers. The purpose
of these tests is to determine the pros and
cons of each brand of camera. Officers will
consider factors such as the ease of use,
comfort, officer safety issues, battery life,
device storage limits, functionality, and
overall performance of the cameras. Meanwhile, police department IT specialists will
become familiar with the technology used
to store and retrieve the data recorded by
the officers in the field. Additionally, policy
will be developed to ensure that the best
practices are used.
Body cameras are an important tool
that can be used to better document crime
Four Alhambra Police Officers have been equipped
with a new body camera affixed to their uniforms.
scenes, memorialize statements, aid officer
training, and help ensure officers maintain
the highest level of professionalism while
building trust and relations with the
The Alhambra Host Town Committee presented its Roaring Twenties Casino Night Fundraiser and Kickoff
Party at The Alhambra on May 8.
Proceeds from Roaring Twenties
Casino Night to benefit
Alhambra Host Town Program
On May 8, the Alhambra Host Town
Committee presented its Roaring Twenties Casino Night Fundraiser and Kickoff
Party at The Alhambra. Attendees enjoyed
an evening filled with casino-style games,
music, and drinks by the Rabbit Hole
and Ohana Brewing Co. The proceeds
collected from the event will benefit the
Alhambra Host Town Program for the
Special Olympics World Games in Los
The Host Town Program occurs three
days prior to the Games where selected
Host Towns from San Diego to San Luis
Obispo will host the delegations. During
this time, the City of Alhambra will serve
not only as the “Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley” along with neighbor Monterey
Park, but also a welcoming “international
gateway” to 100 German athletes, coaches, and families. This program provides a
cultural exchange to promote inclusion
and acceptance for people with intellectual
disabilities, while allowing the delegates to
adjust to the climate and time zone before
the World Games. To find out about volunteering opportunities in the Host Town
program, interested participants are urged
to contact City staff at 625-570-5011 or
Chamber staff at 626-282-8481.
Annual July 4 Fireworks Design of Alhambra’s 2016
Extravaganza to be
Rose Parade float showcases
presented at Almansor Park how ‘Parks Make Life Better!’
The annual Fourth of July Fireworks
Extravaganza will be presented at 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 4, at Almansor Park, 800
S. Almansor St. The skies will light up
with explosions and flashes and colors and
Beginning at 2 p.m., there will be food
vendors, family activities, carnival games,
and entertainment.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m., The Suffragettes
band will take the stage.
The fireworks in the Extravaganza show
are the only fireworks allowed in the park,
so leave personal fireworks at home. Home
is also the best place for approved safe and
sane fireworks and dogs. Neither is allowed
in the park.
Parking is limited at the park, so arrive
early to get a spot in or near the park,
although regular attendees will say a more
remote parking space makes it easier to get
home as the entire crowd exits the park.
For more information, phone 626-5703242 during weekday business hours.
In 2016, the 127th Rose Parade’s theme
will be “Find Your Adventure” to help
shine light on the centennial celebration of
the nation’s national parks.
Phoenix Decorating Company has once
again come up with a stunning design
to play up the splendor found at each of
Alhambra’s parks, while the California
Parks and Recreation Society has graciously
agreed to let the City of Alhambra use its
motto of “Parks Make Life Better!” to
advance the message that Parks and Recreation are essential community services that
contribute to a better quality of life.
From left: honoree Jennifer Clark, District Attorney Jackie Lacey, honoree Connie Tejada, and Deputy
District Attorney David Ayvazian.
Two women who work in
Alhambra receive
Courageous Citizen Awards
Jennifer Clark and Consuelo Tejada,
who work in Alhambra and who prevented
the abduction of another woman and
assisted City police in the arrest and conviction of the assailant, were awarded the
Courageous Citizen Award on May 6 by
the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s
In a 2013 incident at an Alhambra
coffee shop, a prison parolee, after removing his required GPS monitoring device,
forced his way into the car of a young
woman, brandished what appeared to be a
handgun, took her cell phone, hit her on
the head, and threatened to kill her.
Ms. Clark observed the happenings, saw
that the woman was pleading for help, and
verbally confronted the man, who jumped
out of the victim’s car and into his own car
and drove off.
Ms. Tejada also saw the attack and the
retreat of the attacker. She followed him to
his car, wrote down his license plate, and
notified the police.
The criminal was found guilty of making criminal threats and is now serving 40
years-to-life in a state prison.
“They stepped up in a very dangerous
situation. In a split second, they decided
they were going to make a difference,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said concerning
Ms. Clark, Ms. Tejada, and a few other
L.A. County Hometown Heroes from
other cities who were receiving awards.
“There is no doubt that our community is
safer because of them.”
Congress can deliver
drought relief
The big lie in California right now is that
there must be a choice
between urban and rural
water use, rather than a
solution that meets all the
state’s needs. Congress
could deliver immediate
relief to both groups by
passing legislation to
minimize water-supply
Due to overzealous
application of the Endangered Species Act,
the federal government has defaulted to
the most water restrictive policy possible,
without regard to science or drought
conditions. Over the last 20 years, that
has meant redirecting some 2 million
acre-feet of water a year from human to
environmental purposes, causing nearly
continuous shortages for our farmers,
weakening our water system and, sadly,
producing no measurable benefits for the
fisheries. Legislation could require the
release of more water
from state and federal
projects — the highest
amount within the
law’s environmentally
acceptable range — for
use by cities in Southern
California and farms
in the Central Valley.
Laws protecting wildlife
would remain in force,
about the environmental
conditions would continue throughout the
Asking the federal
government to respond to a drought is
no different than telling FEMA to handle
floods, fires, and earthquakes. The federal
government should be required to demonstrate some balanced consideration of human conditions and permit the capture of
excess water for cities and food production
when the situation is appropriate.
There is bipartisan support for a
legislative solution. With the crisis upon
us, Congress must pass relief legislation
Police Department offers
Citizens Academy for Youth
Alhambra youth, 11 to 13 years of
age, are invited by the Alhambra Police
Department to participate in a Citizens
Academy for Youth, Monday through
Thursday, June 22 through June 25, a
program focusing on strategic problem-solving and good decision-making
techniques, community engagement and
partnerships, education, outreach, and
future planning.
The conflicts that face today’s youth
are gigantic: drugs and violence, bullying,
self-doubt and esteem issues, Internet
predators, gang recruitment, and more.
Academy sessions are scheduled from 9
a.m. to noon on four consecutive weekdays. Participants are required to attend
all four days to complete the program.
The program includes a wide range of
subjects on which interactive discussions
will take place. Subjects included are
Handgun Safety and Law; All Forms
of Bullying; Internet Use and Safety;
Leadership, Character and DecisionMaking; Career and Education Planning;
Traffic and Pedestrian Safety; Drug Use
and Cigarette Smoking; Alcohol Abuse
Prevention; Gangs and Peer Pressure; and
Juvenile Legal System.
Participants will be greeted by Chief
of Police Mark Yokoyama and plunge
directly into the week’s curriculum, taught
by Alhambra Police Department officers.
During the week they’ll also take part in a
tour of the Police Department and take a
field trip to the Alhambra Superior Court.
Graduation is at 11:30 on Thursday.
The Citizens Academy for Youth graduates will join the many graduates of the
department’s long-running Citizens Police Academy who, through participation
in a similar program addressing police
and public issues, are advocates for police
and public partnerships throughout the
Interested youth should quickly
(deadline: Monday, June 8) contact
Crime Prevention Officer Sharon
Frasca-Williams at [email protected] or at 626-570-5177.
Cool off in the pool
There is no cooler spot in the City of
Alhambra during the summer months
than the two municipal pools at Alhambra
Park and Granada Park.
June is the month that pool activities
swing into high gear, as residents seek
waters to cool the summer temperatures,
encourage their youngsters to take swim
lessons, and ensure their own physical
longevity by getting in those multiple laps
during either morning or afternoon hours.
For youngsters, there are fun times
waiting at the Alhambra Park Water Playground, and for kids 8 years old and above,
there are late summer Swim Team and
Inner Tube Water Polo programs for combined fun and skill development activities.
The best way to pick which aquatic
programs to participate in is to consult the
City of Alhambra summer/fall 2015 Leisure Classes, Activities & Excursions Guide,
available at www.cityofalhambra.org and
mailed to each postal address in the city.
Aquatic programs descriptions begin on
page 16, with complete details on arranging a “cool in the pool” summer.
For more information, phone the
Alhambra Park Pool at 626-570-5051 or
the Granada Park Pool at 626-570-5093.
Office hours are listed in the guide.
Sign up for new Alhambra
Gateway App to report issues —
watch them get fixed fast
Starting June 1, there’s a new mobile
app for residents to submit service requests
and access City Hall using a smart phone,
online, or phone connection, and SMS.
The new Alhambra Gateway mobile app
is designed to provide users with instant
and direct access to appropriate City staff
from any location about hazards they
come in contact with, such as potholes
and uprooted trees; signage and garbage
issues; transportation problems; code
enforcement and construction-related concerns; police issues, noise complaints, etc.
Residents can also use the in-app widgets
to find information about events, public
facilities, trash pickup, and more.
With its ability to pinpoint one’s location by GPS, all users have to do when they
observe a problem is to snap a photo, add
their location, and send it directly to City
Hall via the app. It’s possible to add comments to describe the concern and enable
push notifications to receive smart phone
alerts concerning the request, or simply log
into the app to check the request status.
The app is anonymous, allowing residents
to maintain privacy when reporting possible violations or neighborhood concerns.
Residents who speak a language other
than English can submit requests in their
native language. The Alhambra Gateway
app supports 17 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese, through
One Voice — an instant translation feature
enabling non-English speaking residents
to access City services and submit requests
in their native language. Any subsequent
updates and comments from the City will
be translated back into the resident’s native
The Alhambra Gateway app can be
downloaded for free from both the Apple
and Google app stores. The app is compatible with Apple, Android, and Window
systems. To get the app, enter “Alhambra
Gateway” in the search field, click install,
and download.
Just as the public will have instant access
to City Hall, the City of Alhambra will receive daily reports itemizing the number of
complaints, their type and location, what
kind of response occurred, the number
of outstanding unresolved complaints,
and when notification is made as to the
outcome of a request. The City may also
use the app to notify residents of street
closures, emergency alerts, parking bans,
and other public information.
Alhambra Mayor Luis Ayala stated that
he “is thrilled that the Alhambra Gateway
app is being offered to the Alhambra community and believes it will help streamline
and improve efficiency at a very basic level
so nothing falls through the cracks.”
With the Alhambra Gateway app,
offered by PublicStuff, an innovative CRM
software company, the City of Alhambra
will be able to manage and improve its efficiency in responding to residents’ concerns.
Alhambra Gateway is supported
through the City’s Web site at http://www.
For more information, contact Paolo Kespradit at 626-570-5011.
Dispose of household
hazardous waste, e-waste
at nearby events in June
The typical home contains an array of
household hazardous products for cleaning, painting, beautifying, lubricating,
and disinfecting. Many of these products
contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or
reactive ingredients and are considered to
be household hazardous waste. When no
longer needed, they should be taken to a
HHW/E-Waste Collection event. These
products should never be poured down the
drain, dumped onto the ground or into the
storm drain system, or be put out with the
The County of Los Angeles Department
of Public Works sponsors disposal events
on a monthly basis, but many of them are
not within close driving range. However,
this month two events are being offered
relatively nearby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 6.
Pasadena at The Rose Bowl, parking
lot “K”, 1001 Rose Bowl Blvd., Pasadena
Irwindale at the L.A. County Department of Public Works, Flood Control
Maintenance Yard,
160 E. Longden Ave., Irwindale 91706.
Residents may dispose up to 15 gallons
or 125 pounds of household hazardous
waste free of charge. Attendants will pull
the items from your trunk — no need to
even get out of the car.
To find out specifically which items can
be disposed of at a HHW/E-Waste event,
please visit www.dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/
hhw, or phone 888-CLEAN LA.
City of Alhambra Leisure Classes, summer session, begin the second week of the
month, necessitating quick action to take
part in classes in the following categories:
dance classes, enrichment classes, health &
fitness, music classes, parent/child classes,
and sport fitness.
To see the classes, go to the City of
Alhambra Web site, www.cityofalhambra.
org, and click on Leisure Activities Guide.
It’s easy to enroll in a program at www.
cityofalhambra.org. Click on Leisure,
Recreation & More, then choose a category
and review all the classes available. Find a
class, click on the Info logo next to the blue
“I” - for info – letter, and see a full page
of facts, including ages, location, dates and
times, and much more.
For those “hard to decide what class to
take” folks, a guest fee option is described
at the beginning of each category of classes,
providing a class visit for just a $7 fee. If one
decides at that point to register for the class,
the $7 is transferable to the total class cost.
Summer Leisure Classes
begin in early June
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Basketball Sports
Camp begins June 29
The annual City of Alhambra Basketball
Sports Camp, Beginning Basketball, begins
on Monday, June 29. Youngsters ages 7 to 13
will learn the basics of basketball.
Session II, Intermediate Basketball,
begins on Monday, July 13. Families can
now register their future basketball stars for
both sessions either online; in person at the
Almansor Park Recreation Office, 800 S.
Almansor St.; or by phone at 626-570-5081,
weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Online registration is easy. Go to the City
of Alhambra Web site, www.cityofalhambra.
org, click on Online Services, click on
Leisure, Recreation & More, click on Youth
Sports, and there’s the Basketball Sports
Camp registration page.
The Basketball Sports Camp is important
to emerging sports participants because
they will gain much more than improved
techniques in ball-handling, dribbling, and
defense. They will also learn important lessons about self-esteem, teamwork, and the
value of hard work.
Participants in each two-week session
will practice from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
at the Almansor Park Gym. The registration
fee for each session is $30, which includes a
free Sports Camp T-shirt.
Youth summer lunch,
recreation programs
scheduled in Alhambra’s parks
Monday, June 1, is the beginning date
for the Summer Food Service program that
takes place at Alhambra’s major parks, an
annual program serving weekday lunch
and snacks to children 1 to 18 years of age.
Combined with the annual Summer Youth
Recreation Program, Alhambra’s youngsters are assured of a summer of healthful
outdoor activities and a well-balanced
lunch for free.
Lunches and snacks, provided through
the U. S. Department of Agriculture and
administered by the City of Alhambra, are
served on a first-come, first-served basis,
and must be consumed on the site the
designated area.
Locations and times of lunches and
snacks are as follows:
•Alhambra Park, Lunch: noon to 2
p.m; Snack: 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Almansor Park, Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m.; Snack: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
•Granada Park, Lunch: noon. to 2
p.m.; Snack: 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Story Park, Lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
Snack: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The food is served regardless of race,
color, national origin, sex, or handicap.
Any person who believes he or she has
been discriminated in any USDA-related
program should write to Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., 20250.
Recreational activities include tournaments and games supervised and conducted by trained Recreation Leaders:
• Alhambra Park, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Almansor Park, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Granada Park, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Story Park, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Arts and crafts sessions are offered on
Tuesdays and Thursdays according to the
following schedule:
•Alhambra Park, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30
• Almansor Park, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• Granada Park, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• Story Park, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
For more information, please phone
626-570-5081 during weekday business
Alhambra’s major parks are located at
the following addresses:
• Alhambra Park, 500 N. Palm Ave.
• Almansor Park, 800 S. Almansor St.
• Granada Park, 2000 W. Hellman Ave.
• Story Park, 210 N. Chapel Ave.
Congratulations to Teresa Ybarra who was named one of Congresswoman Judy Chu’s
“2015 Women of Distinction” of the 27th District. Ms. Ybarra is the president of the
Alhambra Latino Association and was a teacher for 27 years in the Alhambra Unified
School District. The ceremony took place in April at the San Marino Center. “These
amazing women do so much for our community. Congratulations to each and every
one of you and thank you for what you all do for our community,” Congresswoman
Chu said on her Facebook page.
Eco Fair educates hundreds of residents
It was another outstanding
Eco Fair at Alhambra Park
orchestrated by the City of Alhambra, at which governmental
and independent agencies and
businesses shared with the public ways and means of saving
money and, more critically,
saving the environment.
The information providers,
listed at the end of this article,
provided Alhambra residents
with information that could
not only ease their lives, but
also their pocketbooks. City
of Alhambra departments were
present to share information
about their services and important upcoming events, such
as the Alhambra Host Town
program benefiting the Special
Olympics World Games and
the revamping of the City’s
General Plan.
The musical group Big Truth
kept toes tapping; a selection of
gourmet food trucks reduced
hunger pangs; a giant bouncer
kept the kids busy, when they
weren’t playing ring toss or
having their faces painted; and
parents beamed at both the Jayvee Dance Studio presentations
and the display of creative Water Awareness posters created by
their youngsters.
Everyone went home with
a recyclable-bagful of “green”
The City of Alhambra The City of Alhambra had its Eco Fair 2015 on May 2.
“MRFy” appeared at Eco Fair to promote recycling.
thanks the following for their
Eco Fair participation: Allied
Services, Promotions, Go Star Solar/Star Century BMW, San Gabriel Valley Solar Corporation, Tower Garden
Calverde Reliable Energy, Civic Energy Partners, Goudy Honda, Municipal Water District, Solar by Juice Plus, Tree People, Water
Spark, Clean Rays Energy, Home Depot, Los Angeles County City, Southern California Edison, Wise Now, West Coast Arborists,
The Energy Network, Geo Department of Public Works, New Southern California Gas, Titan and Wondries Toyota.
710 DAY From Page 1A
The public’s participation is critical to efforts to Close the
Gap and to “Build the Tunnel” and will have a decisive
impact on the outcome of the final decision.
710 Day will be more than just educational presentations and booths. It’s also geared to be a fun and
family-friendly celebration where adults and children can
enjoy many transportation-themed games and activities,
photo opportunities, as well as live entertainment and
food vendors. There are also plans to bring in bumper
cars with a mock tunnel that will help children and
adults better understand the tunnel concept.
LA Bluescasters will provide live entertainment during
the celebration and will be followed by a pep rally with
the Alhambra City Council, members of the Alhambra
Unified School District, and other local elected officials
from the 710 Coalition cities of Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, and San Marino.
Recent public hearings indicate that there is increasing interest and support for the completion of a tunnel
which would connect the southern terminus of the 710
freeway at Valley Boulevard to the 134 and 210 freeways
in Pasadena. With two-to-one support for the tunnel
Water Awareness Poster
Contest winners deliver
important message
Drought conditions in California
are heralded daily in the press and on
the news, and the youth of Alhambra,
responding to the problem in the City
of Alhambra’s Water Awareness Poster
Contest, have come up with creative,
colorful ways to get the message across
to the adult population to save water.
This annual contest always produces unique and often humorous
messages to get across a very serious
message, but this year’s contest
winners are to be congratulated for
their resourcefulness in calling special
attention to an ongoing, but now
critical, problem.
Prize-winning posters were recently displayed at the City of Alhambra
Eco Fair at Alhambra Park and displayed in the City Hall lobby during
The winners each received a one
year’s membership in the California
Science Center. They are:
Kindergarten and first grade
First place — Stacey Lin, Grace
Garden Kindergarten.
Second place — Olijah Bangit,
Ramona School kindergarten
Third place — Leonardo Sanchez,
Emery Park School first grade.
Second, third, and fourth grades
First place — Jessica Jiang, Garfield School third grade.
Second place — Hanna Liang,
Park School third grade.
Third place — Eric Sun, Baldwin
School third grade.
The following crimes were reported to the Alhambra Police Department during
April. The areas of occurrence are listed to the nearest block—not exact addresses. By
publishing these reports, it is hoped that Alhambra residents will take the necessary
measures to ensure their individual safety, as well as the safety of their property.
Neighborhood Watch Works! To join Neighborhood Watch, or for more crime
prevention information and safety tips, contact the Alhambra Police Department
Crime Prevention Office at 626-570-5177.
District One
Burglary (1)
00 E. Commonwealth
Theft/Burglary from
Vehicle (8)
00 S. Hampton
00 S. First
300 N. Atlantic
300 N. Chapel
500 N. Vega
500 N. Stoneman
400 N. Vega
100 N. Champion
Grand Theft Auto (5)
300 N. Fourth
400 W. Main
200 N. Stoneman
1200 N. Monterey
00 S. Valencia
Robbery (1)
00 N. First
First Place Division C - Sophia Hua from Emery Park
School, sixth grade.
Fifth and sixth grades
First place — Sophia Hua, Emery Park
School sixth grade.
Second place — Zachary Ferraro, St. Thomas More School fifth grade.
Third place — Kun Song, Baldwin School
fifth grade.
Seventh and eighth grades
First place — Kelly Tsai, Fremont School
seventh grade.
Second place — Esai Gonzalez, Ramona
School seventh grade.
Third place — Irene Wong, Garfield School
eighth grade.
option as the best way to alleviate the area’s increasing
traffic dilemma (it’s the only option that addresses the
incomplete freeway system and already has funds allotted
to it), the City of Alhambra is urging all supporters to
take every opportunity to ensure their voices are heard.
For more information about the “Close the Gap –
Build the Tunnel” campaign, visit www.cityofalhambra.
org and www.710coalition.com.
To make comments online about the DEIR/EIS, log
onto http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/resources/envdocs/
District Two
Burglary (1)
1100 S. Geranio
Theft/Burglary from
Vehicle (6)
600 W. Valley (x2)
800 S. Stoneman
2000 S. Fourth
800 S. Stoneman
1100 S. Fourth
Grand Theft Auto (6)
1100 S. Azalea
800 S. Ninth
00 E. Glendon
1800 S. Second
1500 S. Ninth
1200 S. Second
Robbery (2)
1200 S. Atlantic
1200 E. Valley
District Three
100 S. Elm
800 S. Winthrop
Theft/Burglary from
Vehicle (21)
200 S. Hampden
100 S. Meridian
100 N. Huntington
100 S. Westmont
3100 W. Poplar (x2)
100 N. Curtis
700 N. Dos Robles
700 S. Westminster
700 N. Electric
300 S. Orange Grove
400 S. Orange Grove
300 N. LaFrance
3100 W. Concord (x4)
1500 W. Acacia
100 S. Stockbridge
1700 W. Commonwealth
3200 W. Concord
Grand Theft Auto (5)
400 S. Elm
900 S. Fremont
600 N. Olive
00 N. Marguerita
Robbery (0)
District Four
Burglary (6)
2500 W. Loma Vista
1800 S. Campbell
2000 S. Bushnell
1700 S. Edgewood
2500 S. Snead
2200 S. Hitchcock
Theft Burglary
from Vehicle (6)
2700 S. Fremont
1300 W. Hellman
3200 W. Montezuma
1200 S. Electric (x2)
2700 W. Hellman
Grand Theft Auto (5)
1800 S. Westmont
1500 S. Curtis
2900 W. Shorb
2200 S. Winthrop
1500 W. Front
Robbery (1)
2000 W. Valley
Thank you to
There will be no Lunch & Learn meetings
in June or July.
The program will continue in August.
The Alhambra Chamber of Commerce
thanks these members for renewing their memberships
and for their continued support:
Academy of Special
Karen Chao, O.D., Inc.
Dreams Foundation
121 S. Del Mar Ave., Suite A
115 W. California Blvd., Suite 326
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Pasadena, CA 91105
Member since 2008
Member since 2012
Michael S. Yu,
AT&T, Inc.
A Law Corporation
1150 S. Olive, Room 2801
2 E. Valley Blvd., Suite 270
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Alhambra, CA 91801
Member since 1990
Member since 2000
Athlon Legal, APC
Mission Patrol
14 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 503 349 E. Main St., Suite #104-205
Pasadena, CA 91103
Alhambra, CA 91801
Member since 2011
Member since 2013
Bunker, Mary Louise
Member since 1995
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1300 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Member since 2011
K&K Communications
Pinki Chen
Alhambra, CA 91801
Member since 2009
Pacific Plaza
1611 S. Garfield Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Member since 2013
Rybicki, Fame
Member since 2014
Sanz Construction, Inc.
2724 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Member since 2008
SERVPRO of Alhambra
560 W. Main St., Suite C-801
Alhambra, CA 91801
Member since 2014
The Granada L.A.
17 S. First St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Member since 2012
The Huntington
Professional Building
3010 San Pasqual St.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Member since 2001
Wondries Family
Collision Center
328 S. Marengo Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91803
Member since 2001
To renew your membership
with a credit card,
please phone the Chamber
at 626-282-8481.
Alhambra D
(888) 398-
100 South First Street • Alh
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“Our company has been in business here in Alhambra for the last 67 years. We have many great memories
and have made many friends and customers,” said Tom James Maloney. His son, Tom Emmett Maloney, is
on the left.
E.L. Maloney serves Alhambra
community for 67 years
E.L. Maloney Kitchen and Bath is a
third-generation family-owned business located in Alhambra since 1948. The family
business began from the home garage on
Commonwealth, where they worked on
commercial and industrial projects. After
founder and father E.L. Maloney died at
the young age of 50 in 1959, the family
business decided to focus on remodeling
services. In 1978, due to business growth,
they relocated to their current location,
1008-A Huntington Drive, San Marino.
The family kept one of its 1948 GMC
panel trucks. “The truck, like our company,
is going as strong as ever,” said Tom James
Maloney. “Our family-owned company
spans three generations of experts who
will guide your remodeling project from
start to finish, balancing form and function to match your lifestyle. Every truly
successful upgrade or makeover is based on
inspiration, careful planning, and master
craftsmanship, and will pay dividends for
years to come.”
In 2005, Tom Emmett Maloney, Tom
James Maloney’s son, assumed the role of
president and sole owner of the company
making him the third generation owner.
Tom Emmett is a life-long resident of
Alhambra and graduate of Alhambra High
School. His daughters, Megan and Morgan, were raised in the Alhambra School
District and continued their education
at Pasadena City College. He is also on
the Alhambra Planning Commission and
has spent eight years as the Parks and
Recreation commissioner for the City of
“While remodeling has taken a bigger
portion of our time, we still pride ourselves
on our plumbing service,” said Tom James.
The business serves the San Gabriel Valley,
with Alhambra as their base for their busi-
There will be no
mixer this month
Please join the
Chamber at its
112th Installation Dinner
6 p.m., Friday, June 26
Almansor Court
700 S. Almansor St.
ness. With a 1,000-square-foot showroom
where they have been since 1978, they
also have two warehouses for their bulk
“Everything we make is custom built,”
said Tom James. “The quality shows
compared to something modular that will
begin to fall apart in five or 10 years.”
“What makes us different from other
contractor services in the industry is our
integrity and standard of service,” said Tom
James. “We live on those; that’s our repeat
customers because we advertise very little.
Word of mouth is our main asset.”
The family business participates in
the community food drive event each
November for Union Station. Customers
participate with donations to help those
in need, which include homeless, battered
women, families, and children.
“Our company has been in business here
in Alhambra for the last 67 years. We have
many great memories and have made many
friends and customers,” said Tom James.
“We look forward to being of service to our
city and customers in the future.”
E.L. Maloney is open by appointment
only by phoning 626-289-0228. Visit them
online at http://elmaloney.com/. Follow
them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.
Big T’s Mini Mart, 240 W. Main St., Alhambra, celebrated its grand opening on
May 4. Alhambra’s newest convenience store “offers you all of the market items you
need.” From left are Frank Chen, Alhambra Chamber Immediate Past President;
Councilmember Stephen Sham; Big T’s Mini Mart owners Trent and April Yamauchi;
Councilmember Steve Placido, D.D.S.; and store manager Eric Ohye.
Bleu Physical Therapy
1819 W. Valley Blvd., Unit B
Alhambra, CA 91803
Bleu Physical Therapy strives to provide
the best physical therapy posible, focusing
on improving the quality of life, relieving
pain, and bettering lives with the highest
quality state-of-the-art physical therapy.
Neil’s Express Automotive, Inc.
700 S. Garfield Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Neil’s Express Automotive Inc. is a familyowned and operated auto repair and truck
repair shop that has been in business since
1949. It offers a comfortable atmosphere,
where all employees treat customers with
respect and treat every vehicle with great care.
The Alhambra Chamber of Commerce presented a New Member Breakfast on May
20 at the Chamber. The New Member Breakfasts offer new members a chance to
meet the Chamber staff, speak about their businesses, and learn about Chamber
services, such as advertising in the Chamber’s newspaper, Around Alhambra; business
referrals; ribbon cuttings; services the City provides; and Chamber activities, such as
the Business Expo, golf tournament, and more. Marketing Director Stan Yonemoto
welcomes the new members.
Big T Mini Mart is newest
addition to Main Street
Big T Mini Mart, Alhambra’s newest addition to Main Street, officially opened on May
2 to offer a fresh experience to Alhambra’s local
convenience store customers.
With upscale TV menu boards featuring
news, sports, or radio throughout the day, this
store is stocked with not only every day quick
snacks and sodas but with upscale convenience
items such as fresh sandwiches, restaurant style
nachos, and premium drinks. “We feature
normal and upscale items,” said co-owner,
Trent Yamauchi. “It’s the best of everything,
the greatest snack food destination for anyone
in the city.”
Mr. Yamauchi worked in his family’s
vending business for 15 years before deciding
to open Big T Mini Mart. The building was
originally a Payless shoe store and many Chinese restaurants after that. “When I saw the for
lease sign, I jumped at the opportunity,” said
Mr. Yamauchi. “There really aren’t that many
places where you can walk to a convenience
store in this community.”
Mr. Yamauchi leased the store as is, and
hired a contractor who built the store to order
in about a month’s time. His brothers supported him by coming together with each other’s
strengths and helped with budgeting, IT tech,
and security for the store.
“Everyone loves convenience stores,” said
Mr. Yamauchi. “Everything in here is fun:
getting snacks, watching a ballgame, getting a
big gulp. I loved doing that as a kid.”
The store includes 12 feet of grocery items,
a dedicated cooler for eggs, butter, cheese,
bacon, and other staples, and Mr. Yamauchi
plans to carry fresh fruit items in the future.
There are eight employees, and they serve their
customers in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
Customers may make requests for items
that are not currently on the shelves, and the
store will do its best to get the items in. “I love
giving people a selection,” said Mr. Yamauchi.
“I started this business because, obviously,
Co-owners Trent and April Yamauchi were excited to plan their official grand opening to celebrate the
opening of Big T Mini Mart.
it’s my dream,” said Mr. Yamauchi. “I
wanted to be my own boss. But I want
to take care of my employees, make
the people around me happy, and fill a
need in downtown Alhambra, and it’s
something that I’ve delivered to them in
a beautiful package.”
Big T Mini Mart is located at 240
W. Main St, Suite B/C. It is open
daily from 6 to 11 p.m. The phone
number is 626-289-2448. The Web
com/. Follow them on Facebook at
Split-roll property tax fight could be important 2016 election issue
The California public employee unions
and a coalition of political activists are
reported to likely qualify a ballot initiative
which may reform a large portion of
Proposition 13 that was passed in 1978.
If successful, the split-roll tax initiative
would most likely result in a huge increase
in commercial property taxes that would
only be passed on to California consumers
in the form of higher prices. Residential
and farm land would not be effected if the
proposed revisions take place.
The coalition behind the proposed initiative is believed to be led by the Service
Employees International Union (SEIU)
and the California Teachers Association
(CTA). If successful, proponents for the
change say they want to use the increased
tax revenues for infrastructure and schools.
One of the leading opponents of this
measure is expected to be the California
Business Roundtable (CBR) who would
argue that Prop. 13 currently offers
important certainty and predictability to
businesses that already pay higher taxes and
fees than businesses in other states. Since
the passage of Prop. 13, the negative trend
which saw businesses and residents exiting
California to states like Texas, Arizona, and
Nevada has been slowed.
The Alhambra Chamber of Commerce
will closely monitor and report on the
status and progress of this important issue.
Main Street Jewelry & Watches, 210 W. Main St., Alhambra, had its grand opening
and ribbon cutting on May 21. The store specializes in silver vintage pieces from the
‘40s and ‘50s from Mexico and offers a diverse selection of Tiffany items; a collection
of new and used watches, including high-end Rolex, Omegas, and Timex; and much
more. Co-owner Vartan Kojobabian is a Swiss Certified Watch Maker. From left
are co-owners Mr. Kojobabian and David Alvarez and Chamber Legislative Affairs
Director Owen Guenthard.
The Chamber’s Lunch & Learn seminar on May 21 was presented by Geoffrey
Noonan, special agent with the U.S. Secret Service. The topic was Securing Sales
in Retail: Safeguarding Your Point-Of-Sale System. Lunch & Learn is offered from
noon to 1:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, providing educational seminars
pertinent to small businesses.
Ramona Convent Secondary Soroptimists invite
School receives $100,000
community to view
grant from Shea Properties film Girl Rising
Ramona Convent Secondary School
has received a $100,000 grant from Shea
Properties. The donation will provide
for significant technology improvements
to the school, including the installation
of Wi-Fi across the campus and in
“Shea Properties is honored to support
the students and staff of Ramona Convent
Secondary School through this technology
grant,” said Andres Friedman, Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at
Shea Properties. “This grant will maximize
the resources and learning tools used to
provide the best possible education and
promote academic excellence.”
“Technology is a necessity in the
curriculum offered to today’s students,”
said Sister Kathleen Callaway, SNJM,
president of Ramona Convent Secondary
School. “It is not simply about having
more devices in the classroom but about
using them effectively as tools to enhance
student learning. We are grateful for the
donation from Shea Properties and for the
educational advantage it will provide for
our students and faculty.”
Shea Properties previously donated
building and classroom improvements for
All Souls School’s Chinese and Spanish
Language Immersion program.
Shea Properties is building Alhambra
Place, a new mixed-use retail and apartment project located on Main and Garfield in the heart of Downtown Alhambra.
The project began construction on the
140,000-square-foot specialty retail and
dining space in the fall of 2014 and is expected to reach completion in the summer
of 2015. Construction of the apartments
has begun, with the first units scheduled
to be available in the fall of 2016.
For more information, visit www.
About Shea Properties
Shea Properties, headquartered in Aliso
Viejo, Calif., is a diversified real estate
company responsible for the acquisition,
design, development, construction, and
management of business parks, shopping
centers, apartment communities, and
mixed-use environments. Since beginning
operations in 1977, annual revenues have
grown steadily to more than $250 million,
while the overall value of the portfolio has
grown to more than $3 billion. Shea Properties owns and operates approximately
6,500 apartment units and 5 million
square feet of office, industrial, and retail
space in California and Colorado. Shea
Properties has nearly $1 billion in development projects underway.
Soroptimist International Alhambra,
San Gabriel, San Marino invites the community to join them on the Red Carpet for
a screening of the documentary film Girl
Rising at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the
historic Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd.
This groundbreaking film, already seen
by millions, is the centerpiece of a global
campaign to educate and empower girls.
Around the world, millions of girls face
barriers to education that boys do not. And
yet when a girl is educated, the cycles of
poverty are broken in just one generation.
Find out how educating girls can change
the world, and learn how to make a
The film is produced by award-winning
ABC News journalists; narrated by Cate
Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek,
Alicia Keys, and Meryl Streep; and features
original music from Academy Award-winner Rachel Portman and Lorne Balfe.
Soroptimist International works worldwide for human rights and to improve the
status of women. Josephine Yang, current
president of Soroptimist International
Alhambra, San Gabriel, San Marino, said,
“Girl Rising embodies the Soroptimist
goals, and I am proud and excited that our
club has been given permission to screen
this film.”
Everyone has the star-power to make a
difference in the lives of women and girls,
so all attendees will be invited to walk the
red carpet and pose for the camera as they
enter the theater. Tickets are $35 for VIP
admission, which includes pre-screening
wine and cheese reception; $25 for general admission; and $15 for children and
More information about tickets and
the program can be found at www.SIAlhambra.org or www.alextheatre.org. All
proceeds from this event will be used for
programs that support women and girls.
The Taste of Alhambra event
will not be offered anymore.
Thanks to the community for all of the support!
For more information, phone the
Chamber at 626-282-8481
Wells Fargo works for small business;
offers free business planning tools, resources
2015 Wells Fargo Works Project Contest runs through June 30
In a recent national survey, only 33%
of business owners said they have a formal
business plan, yet those with a plan also
have significantly higher expectations for
the year ahead than those without. These
results were among survey findings pointing to the value of business plans as Wells
Fargo introduces The Business Plan Center,
a new Wells Fargo Works for Small Business
offering that provides online tools to help
business owners create and update their
own business plans.
In the January Wells Fargo/Gallup
Small Business Index survey, business
owners who said they had a formal, written
plan reported much greater optimism for
2015 — their future outlook score (+51)
was 12 points higher than business owners
without a plan (+39) and 8 points higher
than business owners overall (+43). Further,
those business owners with plans compared
to those without were more likely to report
that in the next 12 months they expect to:
•Increase jobs at their businesses (32%
of business owners with plans vs. 19% of
business owners without plans).
• Grow revenues (62% vs. 51%).
•Increase capital spending (39% vs.
• Apply for new credit (26% vs. 14%).
In an effort to provide business owners
with a simple, convenient way to create
or revise business plans, Wells Fargo is
launching The Business Plan Center, a free,
online resource now available on WellsFargoWorks.com. The Center features the
Business Plan Tool, a step-by-step guide to
develop a written business plan. It also offers a Competitive Intelligence Tool, which
provides business owners with key insight
on competitors and the market for their
businesses that can be used as part of the
planning process. Other interactive learning
resources on the new Center include videos,
articles, and infographics covering essential
elements of a business plan.
“Every business — big or small — needs
a plan. We know from research and our
direct experience working with business
owners that a formal, written business plan
is the foundation for long-term financial
success,” said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo’s
head of Small Business. “Many business
owners have business plans in their heads.
We want to help every business owner put
a plan in writing, if they don’t have one already, so they have a guide to organize their
goals, improve decision-making, and focus
on activities that will help their business
The new Business Plan Tool will enable
business owners to develop and update written plans that include a high-level summary
of the business; an overview of business
history, structure, and management, and its
current and planned products and services;
a detailed marketing plan; and market
and competitive analyses. It also will allow
business owners to enter financial data —
such as starting balances, fixed assets and
liabilities, sales forecasts, and expenses. The
tool will generate financial statements, such
as a detailed cash flow statement, profitand-loss statement and balance sheet.
Wells Fargo is also announcing other initiatives
to expand the support it
offers small business owners
through Wells Fargo Works
for Small Business. These
• Wells Fargo Works
Project National Contest.
For the second year, Wells
Fargo is inviting eligible
business owners to enter a
nationwide contest to win
$25,000 and a business
mentorship opportunity. To enter, business
owners must submit a 2-1/2 minute video
or 600-word essay with a photo responding
to questions about their business. Twenty-five finalists will be selected to each
receive $1,000 for their business. Five grand
prize winners will be selected from the 25
finalists to receive $25,000 each for their
business. The contest began May 1 and
runs through June 30, and winners will be
announced in September. View Webisodes
from last year’s finalists to see how they’ve
taken their business to the next level since
participating in the contest.
• New and enhanced content on
WellsFargoWorks.com.The online learning resource will feature videos, articles, and
infographics on the importance of creating
and updating business plans, as well as offer
useful tips on how to approach building
a plan. Later in the year, Webinars will be
available, focusing on the key components
of a business plan, such as marketing, legal,
and finance. The expanded site includes
hundreds of informational articles and
videos, featuring financial guidance from
small business experts.
• Small Business appreciation offers.
Through the end of June, Wells Fargo will
conduct its annual Small Business appreciation celebration. The event celebrates the
accomplishments of small businesses and
provides business owners with time- and
money-saving offers on several products
and services, including Wells Fargo’s Business Platinum Credit Card with Rewards
and Merchant Services and Business Payroll
Services products.
To help more small businesses achieve
financial success, Wells Fargo introduced
Wells Fargo Worksfor Small Business — a
broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance, and services for business owners. For
more information about Wells Fargo Works
for Small Business, visit WellsFargoWorks.
com and on Twitter @WellsFargoWorks.
Learn to funky dance at Jayvee Dance Center this summer.
Jayvee invites community to
dance like no one is watching
Summer is just around the corner, and
Jayvee Dance Center is giving the community the chance to learn funky dance
moves and make new friends.
“Jayvee has offered dance classes for
children ages 2 to adult for 10 years.
With guest instructors who have worked
on America’s Best Dance Crew, Ellen, So
You Think You Can Dance, and artists
such as Pussy Cat Dolls, Snoop Dogg,
and Beyonce, Jayvee Dance continues to
bring in cream-of-the-crop instructors to
provide quality dance instruction to our
community. They welcome all ages and
all skill levels, so don’t be shy,” said Studio
Manager Tu DeVera.
Register for the studio’s summer session
and ask about the Youth Special. More
information is available at the front desk
of Jayvee Dance Center at 216 E. Main St.
For more information, phone 626-281JVJV (5858).
Ramona Convent School students Kathleen Ngo ‘18, Channing Orange ‘16, and Tori Concepcion ‘17
attended the annual Girls’ School Advantage event on May 4.
Ramona Convent helps host
Girls’ School Advantage event
On May 4, Ramona Convent partnered
with the National Coalition of Girls’
Schools (NCGS), along with nine other
member schools, and hosted the annual
Girls’ School Advantage event at Mount St.
Mary’s University, Chalon Campus, in Los
Participating NCGS member schools
included Archer School for Girls, Flintridge
Sacred Heart Academy, Girls Academic
Leadership Academy, Immaculate Heart
High School, Louisville High School,
Marlborough School, Marymount High
School, Vivian Webb, Westridge School,
and Ramona Convent.
Nearly 200 attendees learned about the
benefits of an all-girls education and the
wide variety of girls’ schools in Los Angeles
area. Presenters included opening remarks
from NCGS Director of Strategic Communications & Research Olivia Haas, keynote
speaker Dr. Linda J. Sax of UCLA’s Higher
Education Research Institute, and a Q&A
panel of student representatives from each
of the participating schools. Ramona’s Rising Senior, Channing Orange, represented
Guests’ comment cards overwhelmingly
praised the effectiveness of the student
panelists. Channing shared many personal
testimonials such as, “Going to an all girls’
school, you are empowered with your
sisters. They are all there to encourage you,
no matter what. We are all one big family.”
Channing said that her “childhood dream
was to become a police officer and that she
wants to study criminal justice with a minor
in public relations in the hopes of changing
the community for the better.”
The event concluded with a school fair
where administrators, student panelists, and
parents of current students were available to
answer school-specific questions. Ramona
was represented by a table made up of alums
and future alums: Veronica Puente-Smith
‘79, Director of Enrollment and PR; Veronica Fernandez, ‘00, Associate Director of
Enrollment and PR; Carla Rivera ‘04; Tori
Concepcion ‘17; and Kathleen Ngo ‘18.
Ramona Convent is a school for girls
in grades nine through 12 that is set apart
by a rich curriculum, expansive selection of
college preparatory and AP/honors courses,
comprehensive co-curricular programs, and
a welcoming community. Students travel
through four years of high school with the
support of spirited friends and expert, caring, and engaged teachers while surrounded
by the inspiring beauty of a park-like
Milestone 2015:
Real Stories of East LA
features major re-design
Milestone is the annual literary
arts journal that has been published by East Los Angeles College since 1945, representing the
voices of ELAC through fiction,
non-fiction, poetry, and art. The
current issue, with submissions
from students and the community featuring not only poetry and
prose but creative artwork and
stunning photographs, features
a major re-design as it shifts to a
purely student-driven staff that
has helped launch Milestone
into the 21st century by means
of social media and a streamlined
submission process via Milestone.
Milestone is available to the
public not only on campus at the
ELAC Student Store, but also at
Stories Books and Café in Echo
Park,1716 W. Sunset. The issue
is $10 and will provide readers
with many hours of enjoyment
and challenges as they take in the
efforts of mostly younger people
as they share their views of the
world in and around Los Angeles.
The views are heartfelt and expressed in a variety of ways: short
stories, poems, memoirs, and even
in often-humorous stories that
are told in just six words, such
as in the Six Word Story Contest
winner’s “Life is bland without
salsa,” by Irving Grey Angeles,
and thought-provoking as in a
near-winner’s “Sad beginning
confusing middle happy ending,”
by Inffanyt.
One noted former student included in the new Milestone is Luis
J. Rodriguez, who was a student in
Milestone 2015: Real Stories of East LA features submissions from
students and the community.
1979 when his essay “La Veinte-Nueve” first appeared
in Milestone – a reading of which brings to mind the
headline stories that appear in newspapers practically
every day. Mr. Rodriguez is an accomplished author,
currently serving as Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and
his appearance in this student-dominated publication
may well encourage some of the included authors to
think about how their creative futures might develop.
The student contributors are briefly introduced in
the closing Milestone pages, from Joshua Castro’s (Mr.
Castro is on the staff of Milestone and a graduate of
Alhambra High School) “I’m 27, born in CA. That’s
all” to more lengthy personal descriptions, all delightfully readable and foreshadowing the authors’ possibly
imminent literary careers.
Those interested in the arts and the contributions
on those noble subjects by a younger generation should
pick up a spring 2015 copy of Milestone before the
2016 edition makes its appearance, and get to know
the next generation of would-be authors and concerned
Alhambra couple’s nominee wins
Extraordinary Healer Award
Oncology Nurse Laura J. Vasquez receives national award
CURE magazine annually solicits input
from their readers for nominations for their
Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology
Nursing, asking their readers to describe
the compassion, expertise, and helpfulness
that a special oncology nurse has exhibited.
Anthony Weiner (owner of Wendy’s in
Alhambra) and his wife, Denise, suffered
the greatest pain that parents can feel when
their daughter Alexa, just four years old,
was diagnosed with brain cancer. Through
several years of treatment at the Children’s
Hospital of Los Angeles, the family learned
to respect and honor Oncology Nurse
Laura J. Vasquez. They nominated her for
the Extraordinary Healer award.
“To say that Laura went above and
beyond the duties of a pediatric oncology
nurse is an enormous understatement,”
said Mrs. Weiner in her award nomination
Ms. Weiner said there was an instant
connection with Ms. Vasquez when Alexa
was first admitted to Children’s Hospital
a day before her 5th birthday, and that
the nurse’s compassion, together with her
nursing knowledge, led Alexa to trust her.
“She was the only person in the hospital
who could give Alexa a shot without
“We really teach them that you can
still be a kid, just one getting chemo and
dealing with this diagnosis,” Ms. Vasquez
said. “They just want to be kids.”
The Weiners’ gratitude and respect for
Nurse Vasquez’s treatment of Alexa, especially expressed in their heartfelt essay of
nomination, led to Ms. Vasquez winning
the 2015 Extraordinary Healer Award for
Oncology Nursing.
Ms. Vasquez was honored at the recent
Oncology Nursing Society’s Annual
Congress in Orlando, Florida, attended
by nearly a thousand nurses from across
the country and by patients, survivors,
and peers, including Anthony and Denise
“There just aren’t enough words to show
our family’s gratitude,” said Mr. and Mrs.
In lieu of flowers, Daniel Raymond
Johnson family gives back to YMCA
On April 25, the YMCA of West San
Gabriel Valley honored the family of
Daniel Raymond Johnson by hosting a
memorial to celebrate his life. Mr. Johnson loved the Y, so the family decided to
donate to the YMCA in lieu of flowers.
Donations in small and large increments
were received in his memory. He was born
on Feb. 26, 1926, and died on March 2,
Mr. Johnson was a longtime member
and friend of the YMCA. Family, friends,
and members of the YMCA joined to
celebrate and honor the legacy that Mr.
Johnson left both for the YMCA and in
the many lives that he touched.
Valarie Gomez, CEO of the YMCA,
gave a heartfelt speech for Daniel Johnson.
She thanked the family for allowing them
to share his life and legacy with the YMCA
family. “His positive attitude and kindness
and mentoring of our staff and encouragement to our members was endearing
and inspiring,” said Ms. Gomez. She told
how Mr. and Mrs. Johnson shared stories
around the lunch table of how they met as
a young couple and raised their children.
Referring to the Johnson family, Ms. Gomez said, “We knew you before we met
each and every one of you.”
Mr. Johnson was a Navy veteran who
after leaving the military joined the Los
Angeles Police Department. After seven
years as an officer, he was accepted into
South Western Law School where he
passed the bar in 1961 and joined the
L.A. County District Attorney’s office as a
Deputy District Attorney.
Mr. Johnson was physically active
and had been active in the YMCA since
he was a young boy. “He’s always had a
special place in his heart for the Y,” said
Gary Wong, Mr. Johnson’s son. “Since the
Y has always been a big part of his life,
the family decided to have his memorial at
the YMCA so that the Y family could also
celebrate his life. We had no idea how big
the response would be.”
“Dad was always very active; the family
ran the 10 K and would always exercise
together,” said son Brian Johnson. “He
taught us about life-long fitness, but as he
got older he lost his balance, so to be able
to exercise he started to swim. He competed in senior Olympics and won gold
medals in his age category, so swimming
was a way to continue his belief in life
long fitness.”
The dedication was meaningful to the
entire family, and all who attended were
generous with donations.
“My Dad is my hero,” said daughter
Mary Genovia. “In the 54 years I’ve
known him, I can honestly say I have never heard him say anything negative about
anyone.” When asked how he felt about
the YMCA, Mrs. Genovia responded,
“The YMCA was his life; he lived to come
to the YMCA and the people here were
family to him. They never denied him his
“Dad was a very humble, smart man,”
said son Danny Johnson. “He was a great
father and friend; he was a great man, and
he was that way to everyone. There will be
a big hole in our life now that he’s gone.
He loved people, and he loved helping.
That is his legacy.”
“Dan was a man who came into our
lives, energized and excited to swim,”
said Ms. Gomez. “But he energized and
excited us with the joy that he shared each
and every day on how he was inspired to
come here to the Y. We are grateful for
the man who continued to come and
live abundantly in our community. Mr.
Johnson will always be in our hearts and
in our community.”
The donations to the Y continue, and
to date, the Y has received $13,000.
Daniel Raymond Johnson was a Navy veteran who
after leaving the military joined the Los Angeles
Police Department. After seven years as an officer,
he was accepted into South Western Law School
where he passed the bar in 1961 and joined the L.A.
County District Attorney’s office as a Deputy District
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AYSO Region 60, Alhambra Boys U-10 Team wins championship
The Alhambra’s Boys U-10 team, coached by
Oscar Reynosa Sr., Julio Sanchez, and assistant
Oscar Reynoso Jr., was one of three teams that
represented the City of Alhambra and the only
U-10 team that made it through to win the championship by beating Arcadia’s team 4 – 2. The City
of Alhambra Cheetahs was their nickname because
of their speed and soccer skills.
“Alhambra, the team in blue, showed up for
practices and gave it their best whether they had a
win or loss. Some games were a little tougher than
others because one or two players were missing;
however, they played with passion and dedication
nonetheless. The bloody noses, bee stings, heat,
conflicts in schedules, and weekly changes in
weather and locations were not obstacles; they just
loved playing and being around their teammates,”
said Coach Reynosa Sr.
Coaches positioned each player based on their
strengths and rotated each player as necessary. Parents said, “Listen to your coach,” “Keep focused,
kick hard,” and they praised each player at every
pass, goal attempt, and especially when a goal was
scored. “I just can’t sit,” said one mom. “I get too
excited.” Cheering and high fives were exchanged
at the end of each game.
“I have good news and bad news; the bad news
is you lost the game today, and the good news
is you’re in the playoffs,” said Coach Sanchez at
the last match. The Alhambra team, despite some
loses, had placed for semifinals. It wasn’t over yet.
One more practice was scheduled for the following
week before the big game. Each player was determined and had an unwavering winning attitude.
Saturday morning they were firm on winning
the quarter finals and defeated Pasadena at Muir
High School in Pasadena. Alhambra moved on to
the semifinals Sunday morning. They won again
against Glendale. “The excitement was electrifying,” said Coach Reynosa Jr. Alhambra U10 had
only one more team to overthrow, Arcadia.
“They all played tough and gave it their best,
but Alhambra was much too fast and executed
great passes to score the final goals conquering
Arcadia 4-2,” said Coach Sanchez. “We could not
be prouder of the Alhambra blue team. Dreams
do come true. They got the championship medals.
It was a tremendous celebration.”
Front row: Coach Oscar Reynoso Sr., Emilio Reynoso, Jacob Hardwick, Alex Palmer, and
Elvin Yang.
Second row: Osami Maciel, Ryan Vazquez, Jonathen Martinez, Jayden Sanchez, and Ivan
In the back is Coach Julio Sanchez.
Granada Park United Methodist Nursery School &
Kindergarten celebrates 49 years of community service
Granada Park United Methodist Nursery School &
Kindergarten first opened its doors in 1966. The school’s
goal has been to supplement the home in meeting the
physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual
needs of children and to help each child develop his or
her self-esteem. “We foster an awareness of God’s love
and care while providing supervised opportunities for
each child to develop his or her creative abilities,” said
Director Theresa Laib.
Granada Park United Methodist Nursery School
& Kindergarten supports families through sharing
information to promote parent education.
“Over the years, we have successfully accomplished
our goals because we love and accept children as they
are; use exploration and discovery as a learning tool;
provide opportunity and encourage verbal expression;
offer an open classroom atmosphere to encourage
children to make choices; and offer experience in art,
music, language art, creative movement, science, cooking, pre-reading, and math activities. We believe active
To inquire about these
adoptable animals, contact the
San Gabriel Valley Humane
Society at 626-286-1159, or
visit at 851 E. Grand Ave., San
Gabriel. Adoption hours are
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
through Sunday. The shelter is
closed on Mondays. Directions
and photos of many more dogs
and cats can be found online
at www.sgvhumane.org.
The adoption fee for cats is
$99, which includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, de-worming,
FIV/FELV/heartworm testing,
and microchip. A $120-$135
dog adoption fee includes
microchip, vaccinations, spay/
neuter surgery, and de-worming, as well as a free health
check-up at a participating vet
(some breeds slightly higher).
Take advantage of the new
cat adoption program to cele-
play is vital for both mental and physical development.
We protect and nurture the self-esteem of each child
and use all senses that involve the total child learning
development,” said Mrs. Laib.
Granada Park United Methodist Nursery School &
Kindergarten is a non-profit school catering year-round
to preschool and kindergarten children. There is multilingual capability in English, Spanish, and Cantonese.
The school is staffed by teachers specializing in early
childhood education. They have been selected for their
warmth and understanding of children, their creativity,
enthusiasm, and their ability to work closely with the
parents to meet the individual needs of the student.
Many of the teachers have a degree in early child
development. Teachers without degrees are required to
have a minimum of 12 units of early childhood education training. All staff members have valid pediatric
CPR/first aid certificates, health and CRB (criminal
record bureau) checks. The school is located at 1850
W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra 91803.
brate kitten season. The “Me
and My Shadow” companion
adoption program allows pet
adopters to have “twice the fun
at a third of the cost.” When
adopters take a second kitty,
who must be “black like a
shadow,” the cost is only $29.
Save money with the Buddy Program. Adopt two pets
at the same time for a reduced
The Senior for Senior Program offers pets for $39 each.
The San Gabriel Valley
Humane Society is the local,
affordable choice for spay
and neuter, vaccinations, and
TNR (trap, neuter, and release) for feral cats. Check out
the Web site for information
on the adoptable pets and
adoption programs: www.
American Staffordshire terrier •
Adult • Male • Large • ID#14938
Timo is a friendly fellow with striking
eyes. One is ice blue and the other is sable
brown. Timo likes his walks, exploring as
he goes along, sniffing and chasing leaves.
He has a pleasant medium energy level.
Sit down on the grass, and Timo will sit
still and quiet on his walker’s lap while
he watches the activity around him. Timo
needs some reinforcement with commands
so he will be the good companion and
family member he is destined to be. Please
stop by and meet Timo.
Granada Park United Methodist Nursery School & Kindergarten is a nonprofit school catering year-round to preschool and kindergarten children.
For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit
the Web site at www.gpumnsk.org.
For enrollment information, phone 626-284-5006. Financial
assistance may be available through Options and Gain programs.
Now accepting registration for the Summer Program and
Fall Program: pre-school, pre-K, and kindergarten.
Chihuahua mix• Adult • Female •
Small • ID#15504
Shenzi is a spunky little girl with a great
personality. She is friendly with people and
other dogs, and she loves to play. She enjoys
going for walks and is easy to handle on
leash. She is very responsive to her walker
and willing to please. Shenzi has a happy
disposition that will make her a wonderful
member of a lucky family. Please come in to
meet Shenzi and see if she is the one.
Domestic short hair mix • Adult
• Male • Medium • ID#5723
Templeton is a gentle cat who can be
very timid. Approach him calmly to gain
his trust and spend a few minutes with
him. He loves to snuggle with his cat
friends and is very affectionate toward
them. He has a playful nature and loves
to jump in and out of cardboard boxes
and surprise his friends as they pass by.
Come visit him in Meow Manor and see
what a loving pet he can be.
Play Day starts fun summer with
family, friends at All Souls World
Language Catholic School
Play Day will take
place Saturday, June
6, for families with
children 4 to 8 years
old at All Souls World
School, 29 S. Electric
Ave., Alhambra.
The school will be
open for families joining the community in
August as well as for
prospective families
looking to learn more
about All Souls’ Second-grade student Elizabeth Martinez uses her recess time to create a
unique dual language masterpiece.
“Reservations are not required. Children
and their parents may also tour the school
rooms and talk to teachers to see first-hand
what dual language immersion classrooms
look like, and we’ll be happy to answer any
questions they may have,” said Principal
Carrie Fuller.
Enrollment at All Souls has grown steadily during the last three years. Through the
efforts of the Family Guild, a new art room
has been added and the first annual student
art showcase will take place in early June.
During the Play Day on June 6, exhibited
work will be displayed so that visiting families can take an art walk through the gallery
and enjoy the creativity of the young artists.
All Souls will be open throughout sum-
mer vacation and will offer weekly tours.
The annual Play Day will offer get-toknow-you activities and makes it easy for
children to make friends. A book fair with
books in English and Spanish will be open
during the Play Day so parents can see their
child’s summer reading will include quality
books that reinforce the language skills they
acquired this school year.
“All Souls is the first elementary school
in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to offer
two dual language immersion programs:
Spanish-English and Mandarin-English,”
said Principal Fuller.
For more information, go to www.
allsouls.la, or follow them on Facebook at
Community Calendar of Events
June 1 – Monday
Planning Commission
7 p.m., City Hall, council chambers
111 S. First St.
June 2 – Tuesday
Alhambra Chamber Executive Committee
8:30 a.m. Alhambra Chamber, 104 S. First St.
HUD - Housing Committee
7 p.m. - City Hall, conference room
111 S. First St.
June 4 – Thursday
June 17 – Wednesday
Arts & Cultural Events Committee
7p.m., City Hall, conference room
111 S. First St.
Survivors of Murdered Children, SGV Chapter
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Third Wednesday of each month
Alhambra Police Department
211 S. First St., room EDC on second floor
Contact Tina Yamashiro at 626-298-9054 or
[email protected]
June 18 – Thursday
No Chamber Lunch & Learn Program in
June and July
Parks and Recreation Commission
7 p.m., Joslyn Center, Story Park
210 N. Chapel Ave.
June 19 – Friday
June 8 – Monday
June 22 – Monday
June 9 – Tuesday
June 23 – Tuesday
City Council, 7 p.m.
City Hall, 111 S. First St.
Alhambra Chamber Board of Directors
8:30 a.m., Alhambra Chamber, 104 S. First St.
Library Board of Trustees
6 p.m., library boardroom, 101 S. First St.
Youth Commission
6 p.m., library boardroom, 101 S. First St.
Coordinating Council
6:30 p.m.
Alhambra Civic Center Library, Reese Hall,
101 S. First St.
Design Review Board
7:30 p.m., City Hall, conference room
111 S. First St.
June 15 – Monday
Planning Commission
7 p.m., City Hall, council chambers
111 S. First St.
Rotary Club of Alhambra Demotion Dinner
Altadena Country Club
City Council, 7 p.m.
City Hall, 111 S. First St.
Government Affairs Committee
9 a.m., Chamber, 104 S. First St.
Design Review Board
7:30 p.m., City Hall, conference room
111 S. First St.
June 24 – Wednesday
No mixer this month
Join the Chamber for its 112th Installation Dinner on
Friday, June 26
June 26 – Friday
Chamber’s 112th Installation Dinner
Almansor Court, 700 S. Almansor St.
6 p.m. Cocktails
7 p.m. Dinner
$65 per person
July 2 – Thursday
Parks and Recreation Commission
7 p.m., Joslyn Center, Story Park
210 N. Chapel Ave.
July 4 – Saturday July 15 – Wednesday
Coordinating Council
6:30 p.m.
Alhambra Civic Center Library, Reese Hall
101 S. First St.
Arts & Cultural Events Committee
7 p.m., City Hall, conference room
111 S. First St.
City of Alhambra’s annual Fourth of July event
2 p.m. at Almansor Park, 800 S. Almansor St.
Food vendors, entertainment, family activities, and
carnival games
Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
July 16 – Thursday
July 6 – Monday
July 21 – July 24
Planning Commission
7 p.m., City Hall, council chambers, 111 S. First St.
July 7 – Tuesday
Alhambra Chamber Executive Committee
8:30 a.m. Alhambra Chamber, 104 S. First St.
HUD - Housing Committee
7 p.m. - City Hall, conference room
111 S. First St.
July 8 – Wednesday
Transportation Committee
7 p.m., City Hall, conference room
111 S. First St.
July 13 – Monday
Alhambra City Council, 7 p.m.
City Hall, 111 S. First St.
July 14 – Tuesday
Alhambra Chamber Board of Directors
8:30 a.m., Alhambra Chamber, 104 S. First St.
Library Board of Trustees
6 p.m., library boardroom, 101 S. First St.
Youth Commission
6 p.m., library boardroom, 101 S. First St.
Design Review Board
7:30 p.m., City Hall, conference room
111 S. First St.
No Chamber Lunch & Learn Program in July
July 20 – Monday
Planning Commission
Special Olympics co-hosts Alhambra and
Monterey Park are making welcoming plans to
accommodate the needs, as well as ensure the
health and safety and enjoyment, of the 100
delegates arriving from Germany to Southern
July 27 – Monday
Alhambra City Council, 7 p.m.
City Hall, 111 S. First St.
July 28 – Tuesday
Government Affairs Committee
9 a.m., Chamber, 104 S. First St.
Design Review Board
7:30 p.m., City Hall, conference room
111 S. First St.
July 29 – Wednesday
Business After Hours Mixer
Hosted by Tri-Star Vending
690 S. Date Ave., Alhambra
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Alhambra Service Clubs and Organizations
Tuesday: The Exchange Club meets at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Almansor Court, 700 S. Almansor St., Alhambra. The Rotary Club and Soroptimist Club meet at noon every Tuesday at Almansor Court. The
Civitan Club meets at noon every first and third Tuesdays at Azteca Restaurant, 717 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel. The Kiwanis Club of Alhambra meets at 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays at noon at Denny’s
Restaurant, 369 W. Main St., Alhambra (for information, phone 626-943-2542).
Wednesday: The Alhambra Historical Society presents its program meetings at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of January, March, May, September, and November (November meeting takes place after
Thanksgiving) at the Masonic Center, 9 W. Woodward Ave. The Alhambra Woman’s Club meets at noon on the first Wednesday each month (except for June through Sept.), at the Masonic Center, 9 W. Woodward
Ave. Toastmasters meets from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays each month at the Colonial Kitchen Restaurant, 1110 Huntington Drive, San Marino. The League of Women Voters meets on
the third Wednesday each month (626-798-0965 for info.). The Lions Club meets at 6:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday each month at the Regent Café, 1411 S. Garfield Ave., Alhambra.
Thursday: American Legion Post 139 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday each month at the Legion Hall, 24 N. Stoneman Ave., Alhambra. San Gabriel Valley New Generation Rotary Club meets from 6:30 p.m.
to 8 p.m. every Thursday at Fronteras Mexican Grill & Cantina, 118 W. Main St., Alhambra.
Fremont Elementary School students plant
American Heart Association
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Heart Association science and nutritional
guidelines as well as information from cutting, garden dedication, and remarks
gardening and education experts, the by Principal Dr. Ignacio Muniz. Then
program is a real-life laboratory where students from transitional kindergarten
students learn how to plant seeds, nurture to fifth grade transported soil, planted,
growing plants, harvest produce, and and watered. Fremont School thanks
ultimately understand the value of good the American Heart Association and its
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Alhambra High School hosts
Northrup Middle School
Career and College Day
As eighth-graders, most students do not
have solid ideas about what to study in college, where to go, and what to do as a career.
William Northrup Elementary School eighthgrade students got a taste of what the future
holds for them at Alhambra High School.
Alhambra High School hosted a Career
and College Day Fair for Northrup Elementary School eighth graders on March 19. Students explored the different Career Technical
Education (CTE) classrooms, the high school
campus, and learned about college. Career &
Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)
student leaders led the CTE class tours and
demonstrated outstanding leadership and
mentoring skills to the young visitors.
Following the campus tours, Northrup
students met with professionals at the
career fair. Students learned about different
career industries such as finance, business,
automotive technology, child development,
engineering and manufacturing design, and
graphic design. Representatives came from
CHASE Bank, Kerechuk Motor Service,
Graceland Christian Day Care Center,
Fluff Ice, Chase Design Group, Northrop
Grumman, and Specialty Equipment Market
Association (SEMA).
Data collected from Northrup students’
pre and post-tests were promising as well.
Based on the data, there was a 12.9% increase
in students who indicated they planned to
pursue additional education/training after
high school and a 12.3% increase in students’
interested in taking CTE courses in high
“I was so impressed at the wonderful day
that was planned by AHS for our Northrup
eighth-graders!” said eighth-grade teacher Northrup students learn about the different careers available with the Southern California Gas Company.
Audrey Martin. “From start to finish, the
students were engaged, entertained, and filled
with reminders of the importance of a college
education. They also received valuable input
from many professionals on career choices
that are available to them as they continue to
grow and learn more about themselves and
their preferences. AHS will be a great place
for our students to develop over the next four
years. It was a very productive, organized, full
day, and the eighth- graders (and teachers
and chaperones, too) had a great time and
felt very privileged to be there.”
The Career Technical Education Department would like to thank everyone who
made the event a great success. Another
Career and College Fair Day took place at the
end of April at Mark Keppel High School.
For more information, please contact
Judy Huffaker, Career Technical Education
Northrup students tour the wood technology class at Alhambra High School.
Coordinator, 626-943-6990.
Marguerita parent volunteer Evelin Correa receives a certificate of appreciation from Principal Florence Goh.
Celebration of thanks at
Marguerita School
It was a celebration of volunteerism at
Marguerita Elementary School on April
30 with an afternoon tea reception organized by the staff. Teachers, students, and
administration gathered to thank parent
and community volunteers for their many
generous hours and effort in partnership
with the school. Volunteers were presented with humble certificates of apprecia-
tion and a mug full of candy as they sat
and enjoyed a glass of ice tea or a punch
drink with home baked scones, bite sized
croissant chicken sandwiches, cookies,
and biscotti. Seventh- and eighth-grade
students volunteered their time to serve at
the tea while teachers gathered to spend
a relaxing time talking with parent and
community volunteers.
Jennie Malonek, center, AEF’s Education Honoree, with fellow Acadec Coach Tin Tran and his wife
Sharon Tran.
Department for Community Organizations; Alhambra High School teacher
Jennie Malonek for Education; and Mark
Keppel High School PTSA member Scott
Hara for Community Volunteer. The
gala acknowledged several business and
community organizations and individuals
for their support of the Alhambra Unified
School District and AEF. Congresswoman
Judy Chu delivered introductory remarks
praising AEF’s work and encouraging
attendees to bid on auction items.
Education Honoree, Jennie Malonek,
joined the AUSD in 1991 and is best
known for being the coach of Alhambra’s
successful Academic Decathlon team
and taking them to state five times. The
team has been in the Los Angeles County
Top 10 high schools 17 out of her 22
years coaching. The multi-talented Ms.
Malonek teaches science and also coaches
the girls frosh/soph basketball team. Just
this year, Ms. Malonek was also awarded
with the Roberta Kordich LA County Academic Decathlon coach’s award. In her
acceptance speech, Ms. Malonek spoke
about the late-bloomer Albert Einstein
and joked “there is still hope for me.” She
praised all the educators and administrators in the room and said she was “very
blessed to be in the best profession that
there is.” She offers this Einstein quote as
inspiration: ““There are two ways to live
your life. One is as though nothing is a
miracle. The other is as though everything
is a miracle.”
Community Volunteer Honoree Scott
Hara, an active member of the MKHS
PTSA and former head of the Brightwood
PTA, recounted his proudest moments in
community service. He was a Statewide
Board of Director of the California
Mathematics, Engineering, and Science
Achievement (MESA) program, in
which he helped MESA meet a five-year
goal in 2003 of more than 35% of its
graduating seniors being UC-eligible. At
Mark Keppel High School, where he co-
founded the College Program, Mr. Hara
helped increase the number of National
Merit Finalists and out-of-state college
options, such as the Ivy Leagues. When
he was president of the Brightwood PTA,
the school had 940 parents out of 935
students as members and started movie
and magic nights, among many other
innovative programs. Mr. Hara, an Eagle
Scout, is a devoted Scoutmaster and has
helped 20 young men become Eagle
Scouts. Mr. Hara praised all the people
who have collaborated with him and
concluded his acceptance speech saying,
“One of the best things that comes back
to me is I made so many friends in this
community. We moved here 22 years ago,
and this is the best decision we’ve made.
So volunteer and make a difference.”
Other highlights of the evening
included the silent auction that held a
safari trip to Africa, a trip to Korea and
China, and fine jewelry from Hikari
Pearls. Cathay Bank donated 10 large gift
baskets, which attendees were surprised to
find tickets under their plates for. The live
auction saw the trip to Waikiki — with
first class round trip tickets donated by
Delta Air Lines and accommodations
at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel
donated by Steve and Debora Perry —
fetch a $3,800 bid; and a purebred AKC
Yorkshire Terrier puppy named Snickers
went for $2,000.
AUSD Supt. Laura Tellez-Gagliano,
Ed.D., offered her sincere thanks and
gratitude to the Alhambra Educational
Foundation for its generosity and continued support to students. “I congratulate
tonight’s well-deserving and forever-giving honorees. Thank you for making a
difference in the lives of our students,
our schools, and our communities,” Supt.
Tellez-Gagliano said.
For more information or to make a
tax-deductible donation to AEF and its
Music and More program, please go to
SGHS Business and Technology Academy
hosts farm-to-table event
From left from the top row:
Fourth row: Assist. Supt. of Educational Services Dr. Gary Gonzales.
Third row: Director of Special Education Michele Yamarone, Director of Accountability and Assessment
Grace Love, Director of Secondary Education Brad Walsh, and Coordinator of ELD Debbie Stone.
Second row: Asst. Supt. Of Business Services Denise Jaramillo, Director of Elementary Education Janet Lees,
AUSD Board member Jane Anderson, Supt. Dr. Laura Tellez-Gagliano, and Monterey Park Mayor Team
Pro Peter Chan.
First row: Principal Dr. Debbie Kotani, board President Adele Andrade-Stadler, and PTA President Carla
Monterey Highlands
celebrates 50 golden years
Featuring a ‘50s themed celebration,
Monterey Highlands marked its 50th anniversary with a plaque dedication ceremony
and “healthy cake” made solely of fruit on
March 5. Alumni, current and retired staff,
parents, the Monterey Park Mayor, and
school district administrators — some of
whom taught at Highlands — joined the
students. The event reunited many members of the Highlands family. School Board
President Adele Andrade-Stadler, who attended Highlands as a child, congratulated
the school, along with board member Jane
Anderson, a retired Highlands teacher, who
introduced the retired teachers. Among
them was Lydia Chee, whose daughter
Pamela Wong now teaches second grade at
Highlands. PTA President Carla Holguin
presented the beautiful slate plaque to
Principal Dr. Debbie Kotani while the
crowd cheered. The plaque showcases this
year’s school achievements: California
Distinguished School and National PTA
School of Excellence.
The highlight of the presentation was
the thousands of bubbles that everyone
blew into the air at the end of the ceremony. As a nationally recognized Healthy
School, yogurt parfaits were served to all
students and fruit to staff instead of cake.
This healthy option was met with enthusiasm. Student Audrey Jung said, “The
yogurt parfait was yummy. I wish we could
celebrate every year!”
After school, almost 500 participants
came out to learn about healthy lifestyles
at the PTA Community Health Fair.
Parent volunteers educated attendees about
exercise, the importance of breakfast and
My Plate while passing out healthy food
snacks. The fragrance of fresh popcorn
wafted through the air as attendees visited
information booths hosted by the L.A.
County Public Health and the Monterey
Park Farmers Market, Lions Club, Library,
and Fire Department. Highlands FBLA
student volunteers were on hand to help,
including Jonathan Palomo and Manuel
Holguin, who popped the free popcorn.
Students enjoyed having their faces painted
with fruit. For those who dared, LA Fitness
provided body fat testing. Parents Dr. Rich
Chung and Irene Del Valle gave dental
advice and free toothpaste, while alumni
Dr. Matt Chang checked posture. Students
Adri Ho and Valerie Dao announced the
winners of the free raffle. Prizes included
a bicycle and vegetable plants donated by
the American Heart Association, who also
checked pulse rates. Students and adults
competed fiercely in the hula-hoop and
jump rope contests with K-EARTH 101
spinning the tunes. The free event ended
with parents Cesar and Christina Duran
demonstrating how easy it is to include
fruit in a daily diet by making smoothies
for everyone.
Overall, the day was one to remember as
Monterey Highlands celebrated 50 years of
healthy choices.
Congratulations to Alhambra High School’s girls varsity soccer player Vivian
Viramontes for her achievement of making it into the CIF All-Soccer team. Vivian,
a junior and a varsity striker, proudly holds her All-CIF Southern Section certificate
with her coaches. From left: Coach Pete Dudosh, Coach Nabor Solis, Vivian
Viramontes, Coach Marco Viramontes (her father), and Alfonso Cobos.
April was a busy month for San Gabriel High School’s Business and Technology
Academy (BTA) who hosted a farm-to-table tapas reception for school and district
administrators and students on April 24 and a Mentor Mixer for its juniors and
seniors on April 30. The farm-to-table event featured a menu of Spanish tortillas,
spiced almonds, smoked salmon and herbed cheese, baguettes with mushrooms and
basil pesto, strawberries with balsamic, blood orange olive oil and mint, and orange
fennel infused water. Each tapas contained at least one product from the garden. There
were also table decorations, bookmarks, and lip balm made with ingredients from the
garden. The fifth annual Mentor Mixer introduced BTA students to careers in the
business and technology sectors. BTA seniors Javier Bobadilla (BTA president), Phillip
Becerra, and Ralph Gutierrez speak with Osania del Rio, vice president of business
development at Allstar Marketing Group. For more coverage of the Mentor Mixer,
please visit thematadorsghs.com.
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