San Gabriel Valley election results; car burglars target Monterey Park day care centers

News from around the West San Gabriel Valley:

Early election results for the San Gabriel Valley (Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune)Tuesday's San Gabriel City Council election ended with a race separated by less than 100 votes, with incumbents Mario De La Torre and Kevin Sawkins, as well as challenger Jason Pu, the winners. City Clerk Eleanor Andrews and City Treasurer John Janosik both ran unopposed.

In Temple City, two city council incumbents — Mayor Vince Yu and Councilman Tom Chavez — beat their challengers for two open council seats.

Early results for Monterey Park City Council's two open seats showed Hans Liang and Peter Chan leading. In the city's contested city treasurer race, incumbent Joseph Leon led challenger Stephen Lam in early results. Attorney Vincent Chang led the race for city clerk with a significant margin.

Finally, in Rosemead's election for three open city council seats, incumbents Steven Ly, Margaret Clark, and Sandra Armenta led challenger Janet Chin in early results. 

San Gabriel students donate more than 600 pairs of jeans (The Matador Online)San Gabriel High School students collected 651 pairs of jeans for DoSomething.org and Aeropostale's Teens for Jeans, an annual clothes drive for homeless shelters across the country, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The high school's Key Club held Jeans for Teens for the first time in 2011, collecting only 30 pairs of jeans. Since then the club has been collaborating with other on-campus organizations to gain more student support and collect more jeans.

Car burglars in Monterey Park target daycares and preschools (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)Monterey Park police say they received several reports last month of smashed car windows and stolen purses or personal property taken from vehicles while victims were checking their children into daycare. Police are warning residents not to leave property in their car, especially in plain sight. Police have arrested one auto burglary suspect but are looking for additional culprits. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective J. Frescas at (626) 307-1241.

San Gabriel Valley men indicted in scam to move money to Mexico (Pasadena Star-News)San Marino resident Chaur Hwan "Kenny" Lin, 66, the owner of a South El Monte import-export company, was charged with moving millions of dollars linked to illegal activity to Mexico. He was indicted along with the company's manager, Antonio Pareja, 53, on charges that include conspiracy, operating an unsolicited money transmitting business, 63 counts of failure to file currency transaction reports, and 28 counts of structuring financial transactions. It's not clear whether they were arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court.

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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