Family sues Monterey Park; South Pasadena Unified prepares to lay off 32 teachers; San Gabriel museums help celebrate 100 years

News from around the West San Gabriel Valley:

Family sues Monterey Park for officer-involved shooting (Pasadena Star-News)Steven Rodriguez, 22, was killed last January by Monterey Park police officers in front of a Carl's Jr. His family is now suing the city of Monterey Park for civil rights violations, denying due process, battery, wrongful death, and infliction of emotional distress. Police say that Rodriguez threatened officers with a lead pipe bending tool while they were responding to a call that Rodriguez was breaking in to the restaurant. Rodriguez's family say that their son didn't hurt anyone and police shouldn't have used brutal force to subdue him.

South Pasadena Unified considers laying of 32 teachers (Pasadena Sun)Officials from South Pasadena Unified warned that 32 teachers may be laid off if voters don't extend the Measure S parcel tax in March. Measure S would increase the current $288 annual parcel tax to $386 for the next four years. The current parcel tax has generation nearly $2 million annually since 2009. 

San Gabriel hosts "Museum Weekend" (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)Three museums will be part of San Gabriel's year-long centennial celebration this weekend. The San Gabriel Mission, the Ramona Museum of California History, and the San Gabriel Historical Society's Hayes House will all be open Saturday and Sunday for special times and events.

Monterey Park election candidates debate (Pasadena Star-News)Candidates for Monterey Park city treasurer, city clerk, and city council took part in a heated debate Tuesday night. The political forum touched on issues such as elected officials' health-care premiums, mismanagement of tax dollars, and transferring Monterey Park's fire department to Los Angeles County.

Our news roundup includes stories from Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Pasadena, El Sereno, San Marino, Rosemead, and Temple City.Our news roundup includes stories from Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Pasadena, El Sereno, San Marino, Rosemead, and Temple City.

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