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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Ruben Navarrette - Largest Minority

SAN DIEGO -- America’s largest minority is a paradox. Latinos have a reputation for being fatalistic. Yet many, especially immigrants, also share an entrepreneurial belief that people chart their own destinies. The result is 46 million Americans -- 15 percent of the U.S. population -- who vacillate between pessimism and optimism.

At the moment, pessimism has the upper hand. According to a new survey from the Pew Hispanic Center, Latinos in the United States are increasingly gloomy about their own situation, the economy and their prospects for future success.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" OKTOBERFEST

The City of Rosemead is hosting its second annual Halloween Oktoberfest with a newly added feature, a Custom Car and Bicycle Show, on Saturday, October 25, 2008, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Rosemead Park.

Owners from all over the valley are invited to exhibit their custom car or bicycle in one of four categories. Prizes will be awarded to the top two entries in each category. There are three categories.

Oktoberfest includes carnival rides, games, contests, entertainment, and arts and crafts and food booths. Admission to the event is free.
For more information, please contact Jerry Mota, Recreation Supervisor, by
calling (626) 569-2265 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Community Volunteers in Action

EASTSIDE OPTIMISTS VOLUNTEERS Gus Jimenez and Denisse Altamirano made hundreds of pancakes for hungry supporters at the clubs annual fundraising Pancake breakfast last weekend.


class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Senate Bill 1607

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero (D-East Los Angeles) announced today the governor signed Senate Bill 1607, which requires the state to develop curriculum and textbooks for use during the school day by students learning to speak English.

“It doesn’t make sense to require students who have spoken little or no English to read a story in English and answer questions about it,” Senator Romero said. “We cannot expect English learners to succeed when we give them textbooks designed for fluent English speakers. My bill requires schools to give English Language Learners the materials they need to succeed.”

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" ELA Construction Projects

East Los Angeles College President Ernest H. Moreno announced that a number of construction projects funded by Propositions A and AA will be completed during the current academic year – probably the most difficult year for both the staff and students – as well as neighbors.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Measure CC - Corrections

Editors of the Journal bring to your attention the following errors. In an
article discussing Rosemead Measure CC it was stated that Councilwoman
Margaret Clark had served 20 years on the council. She has actually only
served 17 years. Also, Measure CC only requires only a majority vote for
passage, not a two-thirds vote as indicated in the article. Regarding Term
Limits, Councilwoman Clark states that limits can be enacted by a General
Law City as well as a Charter City.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" 5 Vacant Seat on Veterans Committee

Please take notice that there are five vacancies on the new City of Rosemead’s Veteran’s Committee to be filled by appointments made by the City Council
of the City of Rosemead.

Veterans who are City of Rosemead residents and are interested in being considered for the vacant seats should complete and submit a Committee Application Form to the City Clerk’s office, Rosemead City Hall, 8838 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead, CA no later than 12:00 p.m. on
Wednesday, October 8, 2008.

Committee Application Forms may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office or the City of Rosemead’s website,

Gloria Molleda
City Clerk

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Walk to School Day

Children and parents at six Garvey School Districts will celebrate the annual “Walk to School Day” in Monterey Park and Rosemead on Wednesday, October 8.  The City of Rosemead is partnering with the Garvey School District and the Garvey PTA Council to join them in a day when parents walk their children to school. “The Walk to School Day” event is Wednesday, October 8, 2008.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Asian Pacific Islander

The Asian Pacific Aislander Small Business Program hosts the 9th Annual Asian Small Business Expo. Saturday, September 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE admission. Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, 251 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. For more information please contact Kerry Situ at (213) 808-1754.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Man Will Witness Inauguration in Capitol

WASHINGTON -- Chief Petty Officer Robert Palomares, a resident of Monterey
Park, Calif., recently joined the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, which is
preparing to support the 56th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009.

AFIC is a joint service committee charged with coordinating all military ceremonial support for the inaugural period. As a joint committee, it includes members from all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components.


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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Luncheon Featuring Mike Eng

Hosted by the Chambers of Commerce: Alhambra, El Monte/South El Monte, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel and San Marino. Wednesday, September 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. $25 Chamber Members, $30 Non Chamber Members. Almansor Court, 700 S. Almansor St., Alhambra. For information call (626) 626-282-8481.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Ruben Navarrette - San Diego Votes

SAN DIEGO -- It’s time to check in on the Latino vote, which just a few months ago seemed up for grabs but now seems firmly in the hands of the Democrats.
Polls show Barack Obama leading John McCain by a 2-1 margin among Latino voters.

That’s no thanks to Obama, who -- aside from joining McCain in addressing Latino advocacy groups this summer -- hasn’t done much to reach out to the Latino electorate or tap into Latino grass-roots networks that could increase turnout.

If Obama is resonating with this demographic, the credit belongs to brand loyalty and how wedded Latinos feel to one brand in particular: the Democratic Party.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Free Outdoor Jazz Concert

The great sounds of music under the stars will fill the Luckman Fine Arts Complex’s Street of the Arts at Cal State L.A. on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 6:30 pm when Charles Owens conducts the Luckman Jazz Orchestra in a free outdoor concert. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Street of the Arts, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032. FREE. Reservations are taken through the Luckman Box Office, 323-343-6600

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Smart Meter Program

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved $1.63 billion in funding for Southern California Edison’s (SCE) smart metering program, Edison SmartConnect.

“This decision marks a new era for our customers and for SCE,” said Paul De Martini, SCE vice president, Edison SmartConnect. “Edison SmartConnect enables customers to more effectively manage energy and supports our efforts to partner with them on building a smarter, cleaner energy future.”

SCE will install 5.3 million new “smart” meters for its residential and small-business customers from 2009 until 2012. To learn more visit

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Investment in China Seminar

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., Bank of China, and Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles present a Special, Two-Part Program for Chinese Companies Doing Business In The United States And American Companies Seeking Investment Opportunities Abroad. FREE event. Complimentary Breakfast, Buffet Lunch and End-of-the-Day Wine Reception will be provided. Tuesday, September 23, 2008, The Marriot Downtown, 333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071, (213) 617-0396.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Partnership With Panda Restaurant

The Panda Restaurant Group has joined with the Garvey School District in an
exciting new program entitled “The Leader in Me,” based on the work of Steven
R. Covey in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

Due to the generosity of Panda, teachers at Bitely, Rice and Willard schools
received training on this program during the summer. The remaining elementary
schools are in the process of being trained by District facilitators who were certified through the FranklinCovey organization again as part of the partnership with Panda.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Art Exhibition at CalState LA

Los Angeles, CA – Exploring the idea of the cyborg and its implication on the art world, Neosapien at the Cal State L.A. Fine Arts Gallery will feature works by emerging artists Robert Arieas, Kallie Clark, Janne Larsen, Kate and Paul Lindholm, Kimo Proudfoot, Jason Ramos and Ryan Ross.The exhibition opens Saturday, Sept. 27, with a 6 p.m. reception.
September 27 – October 18, 2008 Fine Arts Gallery, (323) 343-4040

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Pupil Flight - Why Schools are Closing

Our local communities have experienced an unusual phenomena lately, closing schools. We have all heard the term “declining enrollment” over the past decade, but its impact only hit home when two local elementary schools – Williams and Duff in Rosemead – were closed. Many locals have wondered out loud that the general population hasn’t declined – indeed most cities have shown an INCREASE in residents! – so why has the student population DECREASED?

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Back-To-School

Parents are urged to plan on attending Back-To-School Nights at their  children’s Schools. Many school sites held programs early in September, But several are still scheduled this week and into October.

A schedule of remaining Back-To-School Nights are available at right in the
District Calendar. Among the schools scheduling programs in the next few days
are Hillcrest School, Garvey Intermediate School, and Marshall.

At the “Back-to-School” nights parents will have an opportunity to meet their
children’s teachers, visit classrooms and hear about the exciting new programs
planned at the Garvey School Disrict.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" The Question of Gov. Sarah Palin

Never mind the naysayers and inside-the-Beltway snobs who mock John McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. This was a brilliant choice. Sure, it’s a risk. But as Palin’s defenders point out, no less a risk than asking the country to take a chance at the top of the ticket on a first-term senator from Illinois who doesn’t have much to show in legislative accomplishments or foreign policy expertise.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Prepare for "Shake Out" Quake Drill

On November 13, 2008, the City of Rosemead Public Safety Business Unit and the Executive Team Members will analyze the City’s emergency preparedness plan and set goals and objectives to better prepare the City when the big earthquake hits. Neighboring cities throughout the West Valley, including Monterey Park and Alhambra will also be participating in the earthquake drill.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Schiff Tapped to Chair Impeachment

WASHINGTON, DC –House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (DMI) named Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to chair the task force charged with conducting an impeachment inquiry regarding U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous. “The potential impeachment of a federal judge is a very serious matter, and I will work to ensure that the Committee’s investigation of Judge Porteous is thorough, fair and fully in accordance with the letter of the law,” said Schiff.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" PVT Suzanne Brown Graduates

Army Pvt. Suzanne R. Brown graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the 9-week training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. Brown is the niece of Cathi Jabalameli of N. Cordova St., Alhambra, Calif.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" State Budget Threatens Schools

PROTESTING -- Local Elected officials and school district leaders protested potential cuts by the Governor and legislature to balance the state budget. Above, speaking is Virginia Peterson, superintendent of the Garvey School District. Looking on at center is Bob Gin, president of the Alhambra Unified School District and State Senator Gloria Romero (at right). Press conference was a Duff Elementary School which was recently closed.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Networking Mixer

Lunchtime Networking Mixer & Small Business Management Seminar

Thursday, October 16, 2008, University of the West, 1409 N. Walnut Grove Ave., Rosemead.

For more information, call the Rosemead Chamber of Commerce at (626) 288-0811. Free to the public.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" LA COUNTY FAIR

COUNTY FAIR opens Friday, Sept. 5 for a two week run at the Fairplex in Pomona. Above, a child pets goats in the farm section of the fairgrounds.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" 9th Annual Asian Small Business Expo

Sponsored by the The Asian Pacific Aislander Small Business Program. Special Guest: Vice Chair Judy Chu, California Stare Board of Equalization.

Saturday, September 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE admission. Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, 251 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. For more information please contact Kerry Situ at (213) 808-1754.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Brian Wilson at the Hollywood Bowl

A limited number of tickets are still available for Monterey Park’s Art & Culture Commission’s trip to the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 13. Brian Wilson, the musical genious behind the California Beach Boys will be featured. Tickets for the trip are $35 per perons and includes a pre-trip wine and cheese reception at City hall, bus transportation and seats at the Hollywood Bowl. Call (626) 307-1388 for infomation.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Latino Heritage Month

Friday September 19, 2008 Recognition Ceremony will be sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Eng’s office from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Grace T. Black Auditorium in Temple City as part of Latino Heritage Month.

According to an announcement from the Assemblyman’s office ten individuals will be honored “who embody, portray or characterize the essence of Leadership.” Call Monica Aleman at 626/450-6116 for further information.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" East LA College Art Exhibit

“Cut: Makings Of Removal”

September 2 to December 11. Opening reception: September 11, 6 to 9 p.m.
Vincent Price Art Museum, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park

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