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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" 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" Pollworkers Needed for Primary

LA County Acting Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said today that an additional 11,300 pollworkers are needed to staff polling places for the June 3, 2008 Primary Election. Logan said, “Pollworkers are an essential part of a successful election day.  We have recruited over 18,000 pollworkers, but with the election less than one month away we are still in need of over 11,000 pollworkers.” 

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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" Two Women Honored

Washington, D.C. – At a reception in Pasadena, Representative Adam Schiff honored Doris Lau of Monterey Park and Frances A. Moore of Alhambra for their commitment and service  by naming them a “Woman of the Year.”

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Week Ahead

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The ROSEMEAD CITY COUNCIL MEETING – Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Rosemead City Council meeting will take place at Rosemead Community Recreation Center, 3936 N. Muscatel Ave., and Rosemead. All citizens are invited. Attendance is free.

COUNCIL MEETINGS: Alhambra City Council will meet Monday, April 14, 7 p.m. in the council chambers, second floor of City Hall. Alhambra will discuss a new ordinance to prohibit paroled sex offenders.

Monterey Park City Council will meet Wednesday, April 17, the City Hall council chambers.

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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" The Week Ahead


This is a new feature of the SGV featuring key events during the upcoming week.
ROSEMEAD CITY COUNCIL MEETING – Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Rosemead City Council meeting will take place at Rosemead Community Recreation Center, 3936 N. Muscatel Ave., and Rosemead. All citizens are invited. Attendance is free.


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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" 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" 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" World War II Heroes

California Legislature Adopts Resolution Honoring Japanese American World War II Heroes

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 33, authored by Assemblymember Mike Eng (D- Monterey Park), was adopted by the California State Senate today with a unanimous vote. Specifically, AJR 33 urges the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee of the United States Postal Service to approve a commemorative postage stamp honoring the Nisei (Japanese American) veterans who served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

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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" Early Voting

Acting Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean Logan is reminding voters who wish to vote by mail that the deadline to request Vote by Mail ballots for the February 5, 2008 Presidential Primary Election is Tuesday, January 29, 2008.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Love Poem by Yukio

God created Man, stronger and taller; Woman, attractive and shorter.
Women wear high heels to attract taller men, a disadvantage to shorter men.

The young let physical attraction lead them to heartbreak.
Love requires inner beauty, commitment and maturity.

We all fantasize, finding our true love across a crowded room.
A dream rarely realized, but hope and the search go on.

Finding a mate is serious business; we set the bar high, hoping to find the perfect one.
For the short man, the shorter woman of his dreams is difficult to find and may not exist.

We lower our standards, as we grow older and wiser.... Nothing happens.
The pickings grow slimmer, as the good ones are already taken.

We begin to wonder and to panic. Is something wrong with me?
Isn’t there one good woman out there for me, or is love passing me by?

Failure, if one desires all life has to offer, is unacceptable.
One must re-strategize. One must have courage to change and charge onward!

Short men must think big, to compete with taller men in all walks of life.
So…. pursue taller women or at least one of equal height.
Some rejection and loss of dignity may end up with a gain of a lifetime.

This attitude can change your life.
It can widen your field and quality of prospects!

I found my soul mate, she returned my love.
I wooed her; married her; had children, loved her for a lifetime.
We were exactly the same height….

As I grow older, I grow shorter…. but who cares?

Copyright © 2005 by Yukio Kawaratani

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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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Free Computer Classes

Free Computer Classes in the
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library

Starting in January, the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, 318 S. Ramona Avenue, Monterey Park will offer a series of basic computer and Internet classes in Spanish on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. in the library’s Computer Lab for teens and adults.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" SGV Journal.coming soon!

Over the next few weeks your SGV will be a full online version of our bi-weekly print publication. You will find much more resources and information than we can fit in the current pages. Register now for access to special features like our calendar, blog, and article submissions. See you soon!!

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Chinese New Year

Preparations are underway in the Asian community for celebrations to user in the Year of the Rat and celebrate the annual Lunar New Year events.
Public celebrations are typically held throughout the Western San Gabriel Valley by family associations, community groups and local business groups.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" $300,000 Donation to Quake Victims

BULLETIN: Vietnamese Chinese associations in San Gabriel Valley and L.A. County have raised over $300,000 to help the victims of the tragic earthquake in China. They will make the donation tonight (May 19) to the Chinese General Consul at a gathering in Monterey Park.

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The PRINT Journal is published weekly every Thursday and distributed to homes, public buildings and businesses in Rosemead. Copies are also distributed to neighboring communities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel and Montebello. Deadline is the week before publication. The Monterey Park Journal, the sister publication is published monthly on the last week of teh month.


The West Valley Journal is published by Barron Communications, a family-owned business. The West Valley Journal, and its companion publication — The Monterey Park Journal, have been published since 1998.

Our pages feature news about the communities of Rosemead, Monterey Park, Alhambra and San Gabriel. In addition, a diverse array of columnists and features that offer tremendous entertainment value.

These include the Beachcomber column by editor Dave Barron, Point of Law by Attorney G. Monty Manibog, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarette, Food Editor & Columnist Virginia Cisneros. Also featured are Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles from the pages of the Christian Science Monitor. The publication also fpublishes a regular Horiscope column and other puzzles.

We also feature opinion articles by local residents on timely issue of interest to local readers. The articles, news stories and columns reflect the rich cultural diversity of the West San Gabriel Valley. The publication first began as a monthly Journal. In June of 2008 we began publishing on a regular weekly basis.

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