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  • Farm Cuisine serves healthful, organic Chinese food

    Farm Cuisine serves healthful, organic Chinese food

    Name of the restaurant: Farm Cuisine. Who’s behind the restaurant: Jonathan Tam, who is an herbalist and a restaurateur, owns the restaurant and has developed the menu. (The chefs have been changing frequently.) Farm Cuisine made its debut in early 2013 as an American-Chinese fusion restaurant...

  • Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Move over, tacos. It's time to share the spotlight with your sandwich counterpart: the torta. A torta is more than just a Mexican version of a beefed-up sandwich; it is an entirely different species. A good torta is usually available anywhere that a good taco is, with just as many regional variations....

  • Scouting report: Kebabs, kibbeh, cheese dip at John's Kabobs in Monterey Park

    Scouting report: Kebabs, kibbeh, cheese dip at John's Kabobs in Monterey Park

    Name of the restaurant: John's Kabobs  Concept: A small, not-so-traditional Syrian kebab house surrounded by dim sum restaurants and a Mr. Baguette in Monterey Park. In addition to chicken kebab, beef kebab, gyro and salmon, there's fish and chips, shrimp cocktail and hot wings. Decor is minimal,...

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  • Monterey Park adopts permit requirements for massage parlors

    Monterey Park adopts permit requirements for massage parlors

    Monterey Park will require all new massage businesses to obtain permits to operate under an ordinance adopted Wednesday night. The move is the latest in a series of tighter local controls on massage parlors adopted this year by San Gabriel Valley cities following a 2014 amendment to state law that...

  • 10 places to go for great fried chicken in L.A.

    10 places to go for great fried chicken in L.A.

    People feel very strongly about their favorite fried chicken. When you find good fried chicken, you dream about it. You think about it until it's in your hands. And then, in addition to shoving it in your mouth as fast as you can, you may feel the need to hug it.  Here are nine places in Los Angeles,...

  • Indictments underscore Jim McDonnell's challenges as L.A. County sheriff

    Indictments underscore Jim McDonnell's challenges as L.A. County sheriff

    A new round of indictments this week that reached the highest ranks of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department underscores the challenges facing new Sheriff Jim McDonnell he tries to reform the troubled agency. Federal prosecutors painted a troubling picture of the department under former longtime...

  • Datebook: Dirigibles, comic book noir and photos of the American West

    Datebook: Dirigibles, comic book noir and photos of the American West

    A sculpture that floats. Paintings that take a sculptural turn. Iconic imagery of the American West. Plus: a panel about black conceptualism, a show that touches on the Mexican Revolution, and lots of evil eye. Here’s what we have in our Datebook: Chris Burden, “Ode to Santos Dumont,” at the L.A....

  • Femininity in Kevlar: Nao Bustamante's women of the Mexican Revolution

    Femininity in Kevlar: Nao Bustamante's women of the Mexican Revolution

    On the surface, the lemon-colored outfit that resides on a mannequin in artist Nao Bustamante's studio is the very picture of femininity: a late-Edwardian ensemble, it consists of a floor-length skirt and a fitted jacket with dainty puff sleeves. It is the sort of fine frock you might expect to...

  • Activists outnumber business owners at L.A. County minimum wage forums

    Activists outnumber business owners at L.A. County minimum wage forums

    At the first three in a series of forums for small businesses to weigh in on the effects of raising the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, business owners were significantly outnumbered by activists advocating for the increase. County supervisors voted last month to follow...

  • L.A. County supervisors call for Sheriff's Department hiring plan
    L.A. County supervisors call for Sheriff's Department hiring plan

    As the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department launches a major hiring push, county officials are concerned that it will have a hard time filling hundreds of positions without compromising hiring standards.

    During discussions about the budget for the coming fiscal year Tuesday, county supervisors...

  • Dim sum fix: Giant shumai, roast duck, no carts at Monterey Palace
    Dim sum fix: Giant shumai, roast duck, no carts at Monterey Palace

    Name: Monterey Palace Restaurant.

    Concept: A dim sum restaurant with no carts. You check off what you want from a paper menu and hand it to the waiter when you're ready. This eliminates you or your Chinese grandmother having to get up from the table to track down the woman pushing a cart with shumai...

  • L.A. County sheriff's deputies told to reduce computer use while driving
    L.A. County sheriff's deputies told to reduce computer use while driving

    To cut down on distracted driving, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have been ordered to rely primarily on radios rather than dashboard computers.

    The new policy, issued on Feb. 25, had been in the works for almost a year in response to distracted-driving accidents, including one in which...

  • Hermosa Beach defeats oil drilling measure
    Hermosa Beach defeats oil drilling measure

    The votes are in: Hermosa Beach owes a Bakersfield oil company about $18 million. Monterey Park won't have the nation's first all-Asian American city council. And a veteran West Hollywood lawmaker's three-decade term may have come to an end.

    In some of the region's most idiosyncratic cities, where...

  • Monterey Park City Council's demographics likely won't change
    Monterey Park City Council's demographics likely won't change

    Despite speculation that Monterey Park might make history with an all-Asian American City Council, unofficial results from Tuesday's election show that voters in that San Gabriel Valley city appear to have ended up with four Chinese American councilmembers and one Latina, the same demographic mix...

  • Prop. 47 report finds fewer drug arrests, less crowding in jails
    Prop. 47 report finds fewer drug arrests, less crowding in jails

    Less than four months after California voters approved Proposition 47, the landmark law is already having significant effects on Los Angeles County's criminal justice system.

    A new report by the county chief executive office attempts to measure the effects of the law, which downgrades some drug...

  • Monterey Park nears a demographic milestone, yet race rarely discussed
    Monterey Park nears a demographic milestone, yet race rarely discussed

    Monterey Park voters stand a good chance of some kind of demographic history.

    Their March 3 city elections could produce the city's first African American councilman, the first all-male City Council in at least four decades — or, in a reversal for a city where Asian Americans first fought for diversity...

  • 2 cars on fire, 1 man killed in 60 Freeway crash
    2 cars on fire, 1 man killed in 60 Freeway crash

    A man was killed early Monday after two vehicles burst into flames in a crash on the eastbound 60 Freeway, snarling traffic in Monterey Park.

    The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig Alert at 5:57 a.m. after the incident shut down four lanes of the freeway just west of Atlantic Boulevard.

    Two...

  • Daughter mourns crossing guard father killed in Monterey Park crash
    Daughter mourns crossing guard father killed in Monterey Park crash

    Lorraine Castellanos-Prietto stopped by the Monterey Park intersection Wednesday morning where her father had been killed the day before.

    A chair rested there, along with candles and notes from children, in honor of Abel Castellanos, a 76-year-old crossing guard who had taken his job so seriously.

    ...

  • Crossing guard struck, killed in Monterey Park
    Crossing guard struck, killed in Monterey Park

    A crossing guard died Tuesday afternoon after he was struck by a vehicle in Monterey Park, authorities said.

    The man -- whose name was not released -- was hit by a convertible at the intersection of South Garfield Avenue and Elmgate Street, said California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball....

  • CHP: Unsafe driving caused fire truck crash at Monterey Park restaurant
    CHP: Unsafe driving caused fire truck crash at Monterey Park restaurant

    Unsafe driving caused an Alhambra Fire Department truck to collide with a Monterey Park fire engine last spring, injuring 15 people, according to an investigation released Thursday.

    Despite placing fault with the Alhambra fire engine’s driver, no charges are being filed in connection to the April...

  • Datebook: Vintage car design, objects of desire, flight of the bumblebee
    Datebook: Vintage car design, objects of desire, flight of the bumblebee

    There is a little bit of everything going on in Los Angeles this week — from a historic exhibition about the arduous process of ending slavery in the United States to a design show that brings together illustrations from the golden age of the American automobile. In between, there are shows devoted...

  • L.A. County sheriff's deputies implicated in towing thefts, bribes
    L.A. County sheriff's deputies implicated in towing thefts, bribes

    Three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were relieved of duty last week for allegedly accepting bribes from drivers and stealing items from towed vehicles in the Lynwood area, the Sheriff's Department announced Monday.

    In addition to the three deputies, a parking control officer was relieved...

  • Suspect in police pursuit runs across 710 Freeway

    A police pursuit ended in East Los Angeles on Tuesday with the suspect running onto traffic on the 710 Freeway.

    The chase ended near the 710 interchange with the 60 Freeway. The suspect remained in his car for several minutes. About 4:10 p.m., he exited the car and ran under the interchange.

    California...

  • Object Lesson: Roberto Chavez's dusty shelf of famous men
    Object Lesson: Roberto Chavez's dusty shelf of famous men

    One of the best outcomes of Pacific Standard Time (PST), the series of Getty Foundation-funded exhibitions first staged in 2011, is that it got Southern California to study its own art history — bringing to light the work of artists who had been somewhat overlooked. Case in point: painter and muralist...

  • Former sheriff's deputy gets prison for sexual relationship with teen
    Former sheriff's deputy gets prison for sexual relationship with teen

    A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was sentenced Tuesday to three years in state prison for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.The relationship began in March 2013 and continued for about two months, Deputy Dist. Atty. Rosa Alarcon said in a news release. John Augustus...

  • Want to go to a holiday food market? Here are two
    Want to go to a holiday food market? Here are two

    The last MPK Night Market of the year is coming, just in time for the holiday. Which means that you can start eating even earlier than you thought, specifically on Friday at Barnes Park in Monterey Park. This Holiday Night Market will feature not only the many food and drink vendors that the MPK...

  • Roosevelt vs. Garfield
    Roosevelt vs. Garfield

    The Garfield Bulldogs defeated the Roosevelt Rough Riders, 42-7, in the annual East L.A. Classic

  • McDonnell takes early lead in L.A. County sheriff race
    McDonnell takes early lead in L.A. County sheriff race

    Jim McDonnell led in early voting returns Tuesday in the race to lead a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department demoralized by scandal and facing federal oversight of its jails.

    The early count, which included mail-in ballots received before election day, gave McDonnell more than 75% and his opponent,...

  • New shooting simulator ups realism for L.A. County sheriff's deputies
    New shooting simulator ups realism for L.A. County sheriff's deputies

    In eight years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chad Wagner has never fired his gun at a suspect.

    On Friday, he faced several situations where he had to.

    The bullets were puffs of carbon dioxide and the shooters were actors on a screen, but Wagner made the same split-second...

  • In L.A. sheriff's race, Jim McDonnell has huge fundraising lead
    In L.A. sheriff's race, Jim McDonnell has huge fundraising lead

    Cementing his status as the frontrunner in the race for Los Angeles County sheriff, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell is far outpacing his rival, Paul Tanaka, in fundraising a month before the Nov. 4 election.

    According to the latest campaign finance reports, McDonnell raised more than $416,000...

  • Australian mosquito found in L.A. County, first U.S. report of pest

    An Australian mosquito capable of transmitting viruses to humans and heartworm to dogs was found in the San Gabriel Valley, vector-control officials said Monday.

    It’s believed to be the first sighting of the species in North America.

    Aedes notoscriptus, nicknamed Aussie Mozzie, was first found...

  • Datebook: Painting, performance and film as art season gets into gear
    Datebook: Painting, performance and film as art season gets into gear

    With openings in just about every corner of the city, the art industry is going bananas this week as the fall season gets underway. This means social practice in Santa Monica, video about film failures in Westwood, textiles in Mid-City and Chicano art in East L.A. There’s also assemblage, abstraction,...

  • Meet Liberty Ross at kickoff for her new denim collection
    Meet Liberty Ross at kickoff for her new denim collection

    Meet Liberty Ross at the kickoff for her new clothing collection.

    The model/actress has designed seven fall pieces for premium denim brand Genetic, and she and Genetic's founder/creative director Ali Fatourechi are slated to introduce the clothes to customers at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills on Thursday....

  • Worker plunges from top of L.A. County sheriff's building, survives
    Worker plunges from top of L.A. County sheriff's building, survives

    Monterey Park police were investigating Thursday how a Los Angeles County Sheriff's maintenance worker fell from the roof of the department's headquarters when he was not supposed to be working there.

    The 49-year-old man was in critical but stable condition after plunging 45 feet from the top of...

  • Former teacher pleads guilty to molesting special-ed students

    A former elementary school teacher in Monterey Park has pleaded guilty to sexually molesting four special education students and now faces a lengthy prison term.

    Jose Mosqueda, 44, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of committing lewd acts upon a child and and one count of continuous sexual...

  • MPK Night Market draws crowds for sticky rice burgers, Hong Kong waffles and more
    MPK Night Market draws crowds for sticky rice burgers, Hong Kong waffles and more

    Monterey Park celebrated its first free night market food event on Friday evening at Barnes Park. Asian food stands and food trucks specializing in dishes such as Japanese takoyaki pancakes and sticky rice burgers fed hungry locals into the night. Like past night markets, this proved to be hugely...

  • Night Market Monterey Park, 'A Film about Coffee' screening, Melisse protege dinner
    Night Market Monterey Park, 'A Film about Coffee' screening, Melisse protege dinner

    The Monterey Park Night Market (MPK Night Market) series will kick off Friday at 5 p.m. at Barnes Park. The event will include street food from more than 25 food trucks and booths, art exhibitions during the first MPK Art Walk, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, carnival games and a beer...

  • 1 killed, 1 hospitalized in Monterey Park vehicle crash
    1 killed, 1 hospitalized in Monterey Park vehicle crash

    One person was killed and another was hospitalized Thursday after their vehicle struck a parked car in Monterey Park, police said.

    The moving vehicle lost control and hit the parked car about 3:40 p.m. on Monterey Pass Road near South Fremont Avenue, Monterey Park police Sgt. Paul Yniguez said.

    ...

  • It's final: McDonnell to face Tanaka in runoff for L.A. County sheriff
    It's final: McDonnell to face Tanaka in runoff for L.A. County sheriff

    With final election results certified on Monday, Jim McDonnell’s margin of victory in the Los Angeles County sheriff’s race fell just short of 50%, putting him in a Nov. 4 runoff against former undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

    As nearly 153,000 remaining absentee and provisional ballots were counted following...

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