News from around the West San Gabriel Valley:
Alhambra gets Korean-Mexican fusion and salad (L.A. Eater)Cha Cha Chili is opening a branch on West Valley Boulevard and South Seventh Street. The restaurant will serve Korean-Mexican fusion, including short rib chimichanga and Korean Philly cheese steak. Salad Farm — offering salads, soups, paninis, and baked potatoes — will take the place of 101 Tea Lounge on Main and 3rd streets.
South El Monte attracts international RC model airplane racers (Daily News)South El Monte hosted dozens of model aviation enthusiasts this week at their sport flying field. The racers were practicing for the National Miniature Pylon Racing Association's Basin Q40 Classic — a radio-controlled aircraft race. About 60 pilots from around the world, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, France, and the San Gabriel Valley, will compete in the weekend-long event.
District Attorney reviewing possible Brown Act violation by Temple City school board (Pasadena Star-News)The Los Angeles District Attorney's office is reviewing an alleged violation of California's open-meeting law by the Temple City Unified School District board. Board member Joe Walker alleges that the board violated the Brown Act when Superintendent Chelsea Kang-Smith used closed session meetings on Dec. 12 and 13 to criticize other board members. The D.A.'s office says the Brown Act strictly dictates what can be on the agenda during closed session and that behavior of other board members is not allowed to be discussed. The allegations are still being investigated.
Alhambra woman to help plan Latina conference (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)Alhambra resident Erika Rodriguez has been chosen to help plan the 22nd Latina History Day Conference on March 8, sponsored by a Latina leadership organization called HOPE. The conference normally brings together more than 800 women and provides workshops on careers, community, and finances.
South Pasadena police arrest two men when they find ski mask and gun (Pasadena Star-News)South Pasadena Police Sgt. Matt Petersen pulled over a Toyota Corolla on Huntington Drive and Almansor Street due to the license plates being reported lost or stolen. Petersen arrested the two men in the car — Zi He, 22, of Monterey Park and Yigang Meng, 36, of Rosemead — when he found a loaded handgun with a silencer, ski masks, brass knuckles, aluminum bats, and the car's real license plates in the Corolla. The two are being held at Pasadena jail for suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime, receiving stolen property, and possession of a loaded concealed weapon.
LAPD retiree to be interim South Pasadena police chief (Pasadena Sun)Retired Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Art Miller will serve as interim South Pasadena police chief starting Monday, a role the city manager says could be permanent. Miller is a 34-year veteran and will replace former Chief Joe Payne, who resigned in January.
Our news roundup includes stories from Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Pasadena, El Sereno, San Marino, Rosemead, and Temple City.