South Pas residents try for community garden; San Gabriel revives "Mission Play;" Altadena small businesses say Walmart is hurting them

News from around the West San Gabriel Valley:

South Pasadena residents scope out state-owned spots for community garden (Pasadena Sun)A group of South Pasadena gardeners is scoping out four sites for a community garden, including three owned by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). South Pasadena City Manager Sergio Gonzalez says funding for a community garden is an issue, but that cost would not be a problem if a Caltrans property is selected. State law mandates it lease a parcel to the city for $1 annually. 

Small business owners in Altadena say they can't compete with Walmart (KPCC)Small business owners in Altadena say they can't compete with the area's new Walmart Neighborhood Market, citing low prices. The retail giant says it was hopeful the new store would help visitors rediscover the business district near Lincoln Avenue and Figueroa Drive, but so far many neighboring businesses — like Toto Beauty Supply and Poncitlan Meat Market — say they are suffering.

South Pasadena appoints school resource officer (South Pasadena Patch)South Pasadena Interim Police Chief Art Miller has appointed John Salcido as school resource officer for South Pasadena High School and South Pasadena Middle School, restoring with City Council a position that was discontinued due to budget cuts. The police officer will serve as a resource for students and parents and focus on student safety.

San Gabriel Valley organizations come together to education youth (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)More than 200 students from 6th through 12th grade participated Saturday in the 4th Annual San Gabriel Valley Youth Summit in El Monte, hosted by the Pacific Clinics-Asian Pacific Family Center. The event included displays and booths from local organizations, resources from schools, art and music classes, and discussions on youth issues like rape, racism, grief, and drug abuse. 

San Gabriel revives "Mission Play" for centennial celebration (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse has revived "Mission Play" after more than 60 years as part of the city's centennial celebration. The playhouse was built in 1927 to specifically house the play, which was written in 1911 and stages the story of Father Junipero Serra and the founding of the California Missions.

San Marino Girl Scout troop releasing healthy recipes (San Marino Patch)San Marino Senior Girl Scout Troop 13421 is sharing a series of healthy and easy recipes with the local community as part of their project for the Girl Scout's highest award. The recipe book contains 16 snack recipes for busy families. 

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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