Monterey Park forced to hold special fire election; SGV schools raise more than $100,000

News from around the West San Gabriel Valley:

Petition forces Monterey Park to hold special fire election (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)Monterey Park City Council will be forced to hold a special election to decide whether the city's fire services will be transferred from a local department to the county. A resident supported by the Firefighters' Association gathered enough signatures for a ballot measure in support of the transfer. The special election will be held on July 2 or 9 and will cost Monterey Park $100,000. The city has been debating the issue for decades, and voters approved in 1999 a measure that requires county fire services be equal and cost less if used. 

SGV schools raise more than $100,000 with Fresh and Easy (Pasadena Star-News)More than 2,000 schools in California participated in Fresh and Easy's Shop for Schools program, which gives $1 for every $20 spent at Fresh and Easy and 5 percent of the store's sales during a shopping night to local schools. Schools in the San Gabriel Valley raised more than $100,000, with 16 participating schools in Alhambra raising $18,791.

Monterey Park stabbing suspect arrested (Pasadena Star-News)A parolee was arrested Thursday after allegedly stabbing and seriously wounding a man on Atlantic Boulevard and Riggin Street in Monterey Park. Michael Hernandez of Monterey Park was found a few blocks away and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Police do not know what led to the attack. 

San Marino teens conduct hair re-growth study (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)Jeffrey and Jason Law are conducting a study on the affects of aloe vera on hair re-growth. The brothers say they are trying to help their dad, who developed the aloe vera product by experimenting on himself. The Laws check for hair growth in test subjects every three months and record results on YouTube. The next check-in is in April.

South Pasadena middle schooler to compete in regional jump rope competition (South Pasadena Patch)Sixth grader Eva Cabbell will compete against more than 100 jump ropers from California and Arizona Saturday in the U.S.A. Jump Rope Region 8 Tournament. Cabbell hopes to compete in the national championships in June. The competition includes speed, freestyle, and double-dutch events. Anyone interested in watching can head to La Cañada High School between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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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