Alhambra Source turns four this week! To celebrate, we are bringing you highlights from the last few years.
We launched Alhambra Source in collaboration with USC Annenberg's School for Communication and Journalism four years ago this week. The site is part of a larger research project that investigates how local news can increase civic engagement in Alhambra and other diverse cities. Since then, more than 100 community members have reported in Alhambra, we have reached more than 300,000 readers, and the site has served as a forum for local voices and discussions.
We are proud of our work, and in particular of the relationships we have built with our readers, contributors, and city stakeholders. Thank you for reading Alhambra Source, sending in tips, contributing pieces, sharing your stories with us, and engaging with us in this important project. We hope to continue to be able to provide you with local, independent news in the future.
In the last four years, we have written thousands of news and feature stories, covering everything from city politics to the San Gabriel Valley food scene. We wanted to share with your our most-read feature stories of all time. Let us know which have been your favorites!
1. San Gabriel Valley foot massage parlors: another victim of the recession?By Mingshi Di. (July 7, 2011)
Foot massage parlors have boomed in the past decade, with San Gabriel at the epicenter. But the industry — and the workers – felt the pressure of the recession and increased regulation.
2. A=Americanized, B=Better, C=Chinese: the ABCs of San Gabriel Valley Chinese restaurantsBy Joe Soong (March 31, 2011)
As a Chinese American and longtime Alhambra resident, Joe Soong has been asked many times for recommendations to Chinese restaurants. His unconventional, and just a bit tongue-in-cheek, advice.
3. The Edwards Atlantic: Demolition DayBy Nathan Solis (July 14, 2011)
As bulldozers plowed through the lobby of the Edwards Atlantic Palace the corner of Atlantic and Main lost one of its oldest residents.
4. "It could've been any of us" | "我们的共同写照"By Mingshi Di (April 12, 2012)
A Chinese international student at USC shares her sadness at the tragic 2012 murder of her peers, and outrage at mainstream media portrayals.
5. We grew up in Alhambra!By Stephanie Lee (Jan. 13, 2012)
In less than a month the “I Grew Up in Alhambra” Facebook group attracted more than 1,000 members. Here is a collection of their memories of growing up in the San Gabriel Valley.
6. Movement launched to make Alhambra intersection safer after girl killed in accidentBy Emma Birur (July 25, 2011)
17-year-old Bo Feng died in July 2011 from injuries after being hit by a car at the intersection of New Ave and Shorb St. Afterward, a movement started to honor her memory and make Alhambra streets safer.
7. Daughter of an arranged marriageBy Monica Luhar (April 25, 2013)
At the age of 19, Monica Luhar’s mother had an arranged marriage in India. At 19, Monica was a single college sophomore frustrated that she was not allowed to date like her peers.
8. Chinese female massage workers speak out By Mingshi Di (Sept. 6, 2010)
A banner with Chinese characters that read “stop sexual harassment, keep our pride” covered the four women’s faces. The protest almost did not happen.
9. Wind storm batters Alhambra *Updated(Dec. 1, 2011)
Crushed trucks, downed trees, broken glass: Images from Alhambra residents and Source contributors of the damage caused by a wind storm in 2011.
10. Forget West Hollywood: Choosing Alhambra as a Gay Asian coupleBy Inthava Bounpraseuth (March 1, 2011)
Choosing Alhambra for its family-values environment
11. Alhambra ranked most dangerous city for senior citizen pedestriansBy Daniela Gerson (Jan. 20, 2011)
The city had the highest fatality and injury rate of 104 California similarly sized cities. The police department called it "alarming," but says the situation is improving.
12. The final days of Super ABy Irma Uc and Daniela Gerson (Feb. 1, 2013)
Super A Foods closed on Feb. 3, 2013. Alhambra Source spoke with customers and employees of the Alhambra staple supermarket during its final days.
13. Piccolo Petes, Morning Glories, and Ground Bloom Flowers: Selling fireworks in AlhambraBy Anthony Perez (June 30, 2011)
Fireworks sales are banned in most of LA County. But in Alhambra they’re sold legally around the Fourth of July. John Anthony Denovel has been selling them for nearly two decades.
14. Dragon time: Alhambra, Monterey Park, and Chinatown Lunar New Years festivalsBy Daniela Gerson (Jan. 18, 2012)
Alhambra celebrated the 2012 Lunar Near Year on Feb. 4, 2012.
15. A father's quest to discover who murdered his daughter and dumped her near an Alhambra park By Lillian Li Ting Ma (Dec. 8, 2011)
In 2010, Dongle (Kyral) Shi's body was found in a black plastic bag close to Story Park. Approaching two years later, Shi's father offered $200,000 for any information or witnesses.
16. Los Angeles' most surprising new bar? Monterey Park's Spirit HouseElizabeth Chou (July 23, 2012)
The rooftop lounge hidden in the Lincoln Plaza Hotel offers fusion cocktails, modern Asian tapas, and a stunning view of Monterey Park.
17. Parents react to sexual abuse allegations surrounding former Alhambra High School adminBy Nasrin Aboulhosn (Jan. 21, 2014)
Parents and family members of AHS students were shocked and frightened after a woman posted a video in January accusing an assistant principal of sexual abuse.
18. Choosing sustainable landscaping — and facing a fineBy Alexis Moreno (June 29, 2011)
When an Emery Park resident tried to replace grass with drought tolerant plants she received a warning from the City. For her, it was an alert that Alhambra needs to adapt its landscaping policies.
19. A new Mexican restaurant opens in Alhambra — but is it Alberto's? Albert's? Or simply Albert?By Erick Uribe (Feb. 3, 2013)
Alberto's was among Erick Uribe's favorite restaurants, so when he saw a familiar sign in Alhambra he was ecstatic. Then he found out it wasn't Alberto's, but Albert, and his search began.
20. Father of the Bride, Halloween, Modern Family, and more: On location in AlhambraBy Alfred Dicioco (Jan. 2, 2013)
More than 50 films and television shows have been shot in Alhambra. Here's a closer look at where they were filmed.