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Grill 'Em All Burger set to open Jan. 19; South Pasadena police searching for flasher; SGV sales taxes increase*

News from around the West San Gabriel Valley:

Grill 'Em All Burger set to open Jan. 19 (L.A. Eater)Grill 'Em All Burger, a new restaurant replacing Johnny Rockets on Main Street and Garfield Avenue, is set to open Jan. 19, pending inspections. Owners Matthew Chernus and Ryan Harkins combined heavy metal music, style, and paraphernalia to win Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race. Their brick and mortar in Alhambra is filled with black counter seating, plywood walls, and portraits of heavy metal stars.

South Pasadena police seeking flasher (Pasadena Star-News)Officers in South Pasadena are looking for a driver who followed a female pedestrian and exposed himself to her on Monday. The flashing occurred on Hermosa Street toward Grand Avenue at 1:30 p.m. The suspect was described as a 30-year-old white man with brown hair and a beard. He was driving a 4-door red Kia with the partial license plate of "6TEL". Anyone with information is asked to call the South Pasadena Police Department at 626-403-7297.

CHINESE: Sales tax increases due to Prop 30 (China Press)Since the implementation of Proposition 30 on Jan. 1, cities have raised sales tax rates throughout California. In the San Gabriel Valley, most cities have a sales tax rate above 9 percent. Alhambra, Los Angeles and Monterey Park all have tax rates of 9 percent, El Monte's is on the high end at 9.5 percent.

San Marino police chief warns residents of identity theft and internet fraud  (San Marino Tribune)San Marino Police Chief Tim Harrigan said that cases of identity theft and internet fraud are growing in the country, and that two separate cases in San Marino in December amounted to almost $40,000 in fraudulent credit card charges. Residents who suspect they are victims of identity theft are asked to contact the police immediately.

Stamp prices to increase this month (South Pasadena Patch)Forever and postcard stamp prices will increase one cent on Jan. 27, making it 46 cents to buy a Forever stamp and 33 cents for a postcard stamp. The price for letters weighing more than one ounce will stay the same, at 20 cents per additional ounce. 

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

*Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the sales tax rate in Alhambra. We regret the error.

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