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Readers talk gas station fairies, new city leaders, and cupcakes

Gas station fairies fascinated readers these past two weeks. Michael Lawrence’s story about the mural at United Gas Station brought together art lovers who were excited about an Alhambra business owner beautifying the city.

Readers appreciated the passion and life public art brings to the neighborhood. “I would go out of my way to get gas at this establishment,” said Olivia.

One reader even called for more artwork around the city. “Frankly, I can't understand why this gentleman is not being commissioned to paint murals on the freeways and big buildings,” said cyndii q. “His work is excellent and sure lifts your spirits.”

The positive feedback continued with our story covering the appointments of a new Alhambra police chief, fire chief and finance director. Readers welcomed the new leaders with a hope for change.

“These selections sound great so far,” John Gacis said. “Now let's see if they all can work together to make our city better; that's the real big test.”

“Cool…” said Jesse Chang, “hope that also means new ways of doing things!”

But the comments on the site weren't all optimistic. Jennifer Smith’s coverage of The Cupcake Challenge, a city-organized contest pitting Alhambra High School students against one another in the hopes of baking the best cupcake, caused some grief.

Alhambra Source reader sinosoul voiced disappointment with the contest, even comparing it to city officials' divisive decision to build the Alhambra Arch.

“Why not a Hainan chicken challenge instead?” sinosoul asked. “Or best chilaquiles? When's the last time anyone purchased a cupcake in Alhambra?!?”

Adam Bray-Ali had a response to that one: "@sinosoul – How about you set it up! I'm sure we can have more than one type of contest. As for no one buying cupcakes in Alhambra, I bought a package at Fresh and Easy today."

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