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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Emmy Award for Lisa Manibog

Two Monterey Park natives, Lisa Manibog Brennan (far right), a former Miss Monterey Park, now a Supervising Senior Producer, and brother Dean Manibog, a Senior Producer, received a daytime Emmy awards for their part in producing the daily Judge Cristina television program. Above they are seen at Emmy festivities with Judge Cristina and their father, G. Monty Manibog, former Monterey Park Mayor and Journal columnist.  Lisa and Dean attended local schools and graduated from Mark Keppel High School.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Chamber Mixer Appreciation

Noel Becker, manager of Monterey Hills Restaurant, left and Tracie Fong received a certificate of appreciation from Ronald Lee, president of the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, and Richard Gorman, vice president. Monterey Hill hosted a business mixer for the chamber. More than a 100 local businesses were represented at the event. Ms. Fong designed the new Chamber logo which will soon be unveiled. Special guests included Assemblyman Mike Eng, New Monterey Park Mayor Frank Venti and immediate past Monterey Park Mayor, Sharon Martinez. -- Photo by Margie Ramirez.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Buk Drummers Learn Korean Art

A dozen of drummers beating on buk (Korean drums) will learn how to play Korean traditional music as part of Cal State L.A.’s 2008 Summer Intensive Korean Program. Along with a focus on the fundamental structure of the Korean language, the summer class introduces the selected students to Korean culture and tradition. They will learn how to sing the Korean anthem, to play folk games, to make paper craft, to demonstrate Taekwondo moves, and more

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Due Process at Guantanamo

The military court trial of Salem Ahmed Hamden of Yemen, a close aide and personal driver of Osama Bin Laden (the world’s most wanted man) has begun at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, amid objections from European allies, human rights activists, and American Civil Liberties Union and Hamden’s defense lawyers.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Self-inflicted Economic Gloom

SAN DIEGO -- Say what you want about the messenger, Americans had better heed the message. Maybe former Sen. Phil Gramm isn’t the best person to make the case that much of America’s economic gloom is self-inflicted. He’s a Republican and, as far as many people are concerned, the GOP cares only about the rich. Since leaving the Senate, Gramm has served as vice chairman of the Swiss investment bank UBS. Also, Gramm doesn’t exactly exude sympathy for the have-nots, coming across as the antithesis of the “compassionate conservative.”

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Death from West Nile Virus

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced today that the West Nile virus (WNV) has claimed the life of an elderly woman in Orange County. She is the first death this year in California from complications associated with the virus. Continue: Death from West Nile Virus

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" County Arboretum & Botanic

Before you risk your life’s savings on a filly at Arcadia’s Santa Anita racetrack, you might want to visit the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, just across Baldwin Ave. from the racing establishment. Perhaps some of the luck of Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin -- who introduced horse racing to Southern California -- might rub off on you, and you’ll at least break even. But, there are no guarantees.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Incumbent Misses Boat

Adele Andrade-StadlerOne incumbent elected official has missed the the filing deadline, just as the election season is just about to begin in the West San Gabriel Valley for the November 4th General Election. Many incumbents are getting free rides, as they are unopposed for their re-election -- except for one candidate. Alhambra Unified School District board member Adele Andrade-Stadler did not qualify for the ballot because she lacked the required signatures on her nomination papers, according to the Alhambra City Clerk’s office. Continue: Incumbent Misses Boat

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" National Night Out

Thousands of West San Gabriel Valley residents will be joining law enforcement officials in observing National Night Out in a show of force to combat crime in the streets throughout the nation. This will mark the 25th anniversary of National Night Out, sponsored by National Association of Townwatch, in cities and townships throughout the united states. Locally, the cities of Rosemead, Monterey Park, and San Gabriel will sponsor events marking National Night Out.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Starbucks Close Stores in West Valley

Coffee hounds will have to go hunting for a strong brew of coffee. Starbucks has announced a major national retrenching involving the closure of hundreds of coffee shops, including several in here. Three locations will be closed in the West San Gabriel Valley.

Scheduled for closing at the end of the month will be Starbucks locations at Garfield and Valley in Alhambra, Atlantic and Garvey in Monterey Park and Rosemead and Garvey in El Monte. Still expected to remain open are the Starbucks on Main Street in Alhambra, Atlantic Square in Monterey Park and at San Gabriel and Garvey in Rosemead.

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Thinking about SAT PREP?

The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The College Board (organization that owns the SAT) states that the SAT measures critical thinking skills that are needed for academic success in college. Many high school students need help to obtain higher scores on the SAT, which will give them leverage over other students during the college admission process. Continue: Thinking about SAT PREP?

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Texting Behind the Wheel

State Assemblyman Mike Eng may propose a bill to prohibit drivers from sending text messages which operating a car. At the start of July, a new state law prohibits drivers from talking on cell phones while driving without a handsfree set – but it did not prohibit text messages while driving.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Save Money with CARE assistance

New CARE Income Guidelines Expand Eligibility
LOS ANGELES, June 12, 2008 – More low-income customers now are eligible to receive a 20-percent discount on their Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) natural gas bills due to new income guidelines that went into effect June 1 for qualified customers enrolled in the money-saving, state-sponsored California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program. Continue: Save Money with CARE assistance

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Thinking about SAT PREP?

By Benjamin Lee

The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The College Board (organization that owns the SAT) states that the SAT measures critical thinking skills that are needed for academic success in college. Many high school students need help to obtain higher scores on the SAT, which will give them leverage over other students during the college admission process.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" INS Gives up on Deportion Orders

Have you ever seen a giant surrender? It’s pretty pathetic. That’s the word that comes to mind when a gargantuan government agency with more than 16,000 employees and a $5 billion annual budget suddenly throws up its hands and gives up on one of its major responsibilities. In fact, when that agency is U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, there is even a name for the act of surrender: Operation Scheduled Departure. Continue: INS Gives up on Deportion Orders

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Gear up for Nine-Mile Walk

SAN GABRIEL – The cities of San Gabriel and Los Angeles celebrate their shared living history and welcome participants to "Los Pobladores Ñü Walk to Los Angeles" celebrating San Gabriel and Los Angeles’ shared living history and Los Angeles 227th founding. Everyone is invited to lace up their walking shoes at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, September 1st to reenact a key chapter in California’s history. Continue: Gear up for Nine-Mile Walk

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" West Nile Virus Threat Continues

West Nile virus (WNV) activity is increasing in the San Gabriel Valley. To date, nine birds have tested positive for West Nile virus from the cities of Alhambra, Arcadia, Covina, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Gabriel and Temple City, indicating widespread virus activity. West Nile virus is endemic to California, and its reemergence serves as a strong reminder to the public of its potential danger.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Embrace Your Power and Vote

{youtube}2L_P7ac7FJw.{/youtube} Pasadena, CA -- Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) launches its get-out-the-vote public service announcement, “Embrace Your Power,” to encourage Asian Pacific Americans (APA) to vote in the November 4th election. Gearing up for the 2008 Presidential Election, CAUSE has teamed up with some of Hollywood’s finest to create an important message targeting Asian Pacific Americans to vote, participate and lead in America!
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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Gas Prices

Did your wallet begin to lose weight lately?  Feeling the pain at the pump?  Well as gas consumers, you should know that gas prices began to rising dramatically during 2004. 

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" CAUSE Graduates Ready to Lead

Pasadena, CA -- Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE)  2008 California Asian American Student Internship Coalition (CASIC) Civic Leadership Academy will have their graduation ceremony and group project presentation for the program on Friday, August 8, 2008 from 11am to 12pm at the Sheraton Hotel in the Cypress room, located at 303 E. Cordova St. Pasadena, CA USA 91101.  This graduation completes an intense eight-week internship in legislative offices for eight full-time CASIC interns. Continue: CAUSE Graduates Ready to Lead

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Green or Just Green Lipping

Many organizations are jumping on the "Go Green" band wagon to get people to buy their products and services. But are these companies really abiding by tried and true environmental practices? take a scrutinizing peek at what they really do behind closed doors pushed back in high chairs around heavy desks. Stay tuned... next week...

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Cityhood Bill Easing Approved

SACRAMENTO – The Legislature today passed SB 301 by Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero (D-West SG Valley) to give communities throughout the state the financial ability to form new cities or annex land. The 32-1 vote sends the measure to the governor for his signature. Sen. Romero is one of the strong supporters of cityhood for East Los Angeles, a huge un-incorporated area just west of San Gabriel Valley. The proponents of the incorporation recently launched a drive to collect more than 9,000 signatures on a petition for incorporation.
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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Private Music Lessons at ELAC

East Los Angeles College Music Department will begin offering one-on-one vocal and instrumental lessons for qualified music majors in the 2008 fall semester. The Applied Music Program consists of individual lessons taught by top professional musicians who will help foster each student’s musical development. In addition to the lessons, participants will meet weekly for a performance workshop that provides an opportunity to enhance public performance skills. Continue: Private Music Lessons at ELAC

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Affirmative Action or Racism?

SAN DIEGO -- I’ve written about affirmative action for more than 20 years. That is, if you start the clock back in high school when I felt compelled to write a term paper on the topic after classmates with poorer grades than mine suggested that I wouldn’t have been accepted by Ivy League universities “if (I) hadn’t been Mexican.” Back then, I supported affirmative action and even more-direct racial preferences because I bought the reasoning advanced by Justice Harry Blackmun --in his dissent in the landmark 1978 case, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke -- that “in order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race.” Continue: Affirmative Action or Racism?

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Girls Scouts Offers Summer Day Camps

Fun and fascinating adventures and new friendships await girls of all ages this summer with a unique series of camps offered by Girl Scouts – Mt. Wilson Vista Council beginning June 16. Beautiful Camp Mariposa in Altadena is the setting for 10 weeks of day camps for girls ages 6-11 (entering grades 1-6 in the fall). Traditional camp activities will mix with a new and exciting theme each week where fun and learning abound in an all-girl atmosphere.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Historic Garvey

Garvey Avenue, where does it begin and where does it end? And, why do we call this gateway to the San Gabriel Valley “Garvey.” We are going to look into those questions an many others in a series of periodic articles to be published in the Journal. First of all, why is it named “Garvey?”

We are also running a contest that will test your knowledge of this great avenue. If you can identify the name and location of Garvey Avenue Landmark shown in the photo above you can win one of several prizes including a dinner for two a local restaurant, movie tickets, pens or a free six month subscription to the Journal. Respond fast because only the first ten persons responding will win. You must send your answer by email by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Marine Wife's Thoughts on Memorial Day

Ginny Cisneros, whose husband, retired Colonel Phil Cisneros, served 43 years in the United States Marine Corps. She is a columnist with many local newspapers, including a Monterey Park & West Valley Journal.

Monday the 26 May 2008, Memorial Day, will be the day to honor and remember all of our Military Veterans past and the present and of our active duty Military men and women that have lost their lives so that freedom would prevail for all. They lost their lives for our country, the ultimate sacrifice.

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