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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

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" Mayor's Awards

The following are the awardees for the September 3, 2008 Council Meeting.
Mayor’s Award Of Appreciation, Adolfo Reta Development Service Director Mayor’s Award Of Excellence, Betty Tom Chu Mayor’s Commerce Award, The Venice Room, 2428 S. Garfield Ave.

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" County Fair Starts Sept. 5

Los Angeles County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona will start up Friday, Sept. 5. The fair will run until Sept. 28. Activities will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Fair hours are 11 a.m to 10 p.m. on Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 11 .m. on Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $12 for ages 6 to 12 years; $17 for 13 years and up; $14 for 60 years an older. chidren under 5 area free. For information call (909) 623-3111.

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" Letter from Ricky Choi

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

As you may have heard, after working for Hon. Judy Chu at the State Board of Equalization and State Assembly the past three years, the time has come for me to move on. I have recently accepted a position with Lee Andrews Group, a Los Angeles-based technology, environmental and public affairs consulting firm, and will serve as the Community Relations Project Manager for the Alameda Corridor-East (ACE) Construction Authority. My last day at the office will be Friday, September 5th.

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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" College Sports at East LA College

ELA COLLEGE player is Lesly Padilla, who is being grabbed by an unidentified Santa Barbara City College player during a women’s soccer game last week. East L.A. College sports program is underway at the Monterey Park Campus. The women’s team lost to Santa Barbara City College, 5-2, at home. The Huskie football team, under new coach Lynn Cain, kicks off the season Sept. 6 with a non-conference game against Cerritos College at 6 p.m. at ELAC. The men’s soccer team opened the season Wednesday with a 4-2 non-conference victory over Victor Valley College in Victorville. -Photo by Mario Villegas

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" EARTH TALK

Dear EarthTalk: Everyone knows we should recycle metal, glass and plastic cans and bottles, but what about all the lids, tops and caps? I see people recycling plastic bottles, for example, with their caps on, but I’ve always been told to thrown them out. Is that wrong? -- Stefanie Gandolfi, Oakland, CA Continue: EARTH TALK

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" 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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