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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...

  • Ricardo Valverde at Vincent Price museum: Fresh look at a probing eye
    Ricardo Valverde at Vincent Price museum: Fresh look at a probing eye

    A black-and-white video near the end of a retrospective of photographically based work by Ricardo Valverde (1946-1998) shows both the provocation and the conundrum that his work offers. Projected on a wall at the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College, “Freeway Dream” (circa 1973-1976)...

  • 10 tons of fireworks seized at warehouse in latest big bust
    10 tons of fireworks seized at warehouse in latest big bust

    A stash of about 10 tons of illegal fireworks worth at least $100,000 was seized from a business in Pico Rivera on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

    Detectives with the El Monte Police Department got a tip about fireworks sales and raided a building in the 4700 block of Citrus Drive about 2:30...

  • Trial of L.A. County sheriff's officials focuses on FBI encounters

    A videotape of an encounter between two sheriff's sergeants and an FBI agent outside the agent's home, played in federal court Wednesday, showed a surprisingly polite exchange, even as the agent was advised she would soon be arrested.

    The one-minute conversation is central to the federal government’s...

  • In race for sheriff, Jim McDonnell has early lead in absentee ballots
    In race for sheriff, Jim McDonnell has early lead in absentee ballots

    In the race for Los Angeles County sheriff, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell has taken the lead in the early absentee vote tally.

    Retired undersheriff Paul Tanaka was second, retired sheriff's commander Bob Olmsted third and Asst. Sheriff James Hellmold fourth, according to the Los Angeles...

  • It's hot out: 6 top spots for Taiwanese shaved ice
    It's hot out: 6 top spots for Taiwanese shaved ice

    Some call it snow cream, fluff ice, milk fluff or milk snow. In Taiwanese, it's xue hua bing, which literally translates to "snow flower" (a.k.a. snowflake) ice. Whatever you call it, you will rejoice at the cool surprise of Taiwanese shaved ice, especially on a scorching Southern California day....

  • 25 tons of fireworks in Monterey Park seized amid severe fire weather

    With temperatures soaring above 100 degrees and wildfires breaking out across the Southland, Monterey Park police and fire officials have seized an estimated 25 tons of fireworks from a warehouse in an industrial area of the city, authorities announced Thursday. 

    Officials recieved an anonymous...

  • New program aims to promote a college-bound culture in East L.A.
    New program aims to promote a college-bound culture in East L.A.

    An initiative intended to foster a college-going culture in East Los Angeles will grant guaranteed admission to Cal State L.A. to certain students at Garfield High School and East Los Angeles College, officials announced Thursday.

    The collaborative program, named "GO East LA: A Pathway for College...

  • Judge backs Jeffrey Steck as leader of L.A. County deputies' union

    A power struggle at the union that represents Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has entered a new phase after a judge barred the leader of one faction from entering the group's headquarters.

    For now, Jeffrey Steck will serve as president of the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs. His rival,...

  • Driver of Ferrari killed in crash with Hyundai

    The driver of a Ferrari was killed and his passenger was critically injured when the car was struck by a speeding Hyundai early Saturday in Monterey Park, police said.

    The Ferrari was traveling at an appropriate speed in a 35-mph zone, but the Hyundai was moving "well above the posted speed limit,"...

  • Injured firefighters in restaurant crash aided civilians, chiefs say
    Injured firefighters in restaurant crash aided civilians, chiefs say

    After two fire trucks collided in Monterey Park on Wednesday, sending one of them crashing into a restaurant, the firefighters climbed out and immediately set about rescuing injured civilians, officials said Thursday.

    The fire chiefs for the Monterey Park and Alhambra fire departments, which each...

  • Three Monterey Park firetruck crash victims remain in hospital
    Three Monterey Park firetruck crash victims remain in hospital

    Three people, including one firefighter, remain hospitalized after two firetrucks collided in Monterey Park on Wednesday, causing one to slam into a small restaurant. 

    The three patients are being treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, spokeswoman Rosa Saca said Thursday. One patient,...

  • CHP investigating how two firetrucks collided, injuring 15 people
    CHP investigating how two firetrucks collided, injuring 15 people

    A major-accident team from the California Highway Patrol will investigate how two firetrucks ended up colliding Wednesday in Monterey Park, sending one of them careening into a restaurant, injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.

    The injured firefighters were equally split between the two...

  • At least 15 hurt when firetrucks collide in Monterey Park
    At least 15 hurt when firetrucks collide in Monterey Park

    Two trucks from different departments were responding to a house fire. The crash sends one truck smashing into a restaurant.

  • Monterey Park crash: Fire trucks had lights, sirens on, chief says
    Monterey Park crash: Fire trucks had lights, sirens on, chief says

    Officials said two fire trucks had their lights and sirens running when they collided Wednesday afternoon in Monterey Park, sending one careening into a restaurant. 

    Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell said the trucks -- one from Monterey Park, the other from Alhambra -- were responding to a house...

  • Monterey Park fire truck crash: 'It was really bad,' witness says
    Monterey Park fire truck crash: 'It was really bad,' witness says

    Investigators said it was not immediately clear what caused two fire trucks to collide Wednesday afternoon in Monterey Park, sending one careening into a Chinese restaurant and injuring at least 14 people.

    It also was not known how many of the injured were patrons at Lu's Dumpling House or pedestrians,...

  • Several injured when fire truck crashes into Monterey Park restaurant
    Several injured when fire truck crashes into Monterey Park restaurant

    At least 14 people, including four firefighters, were injured Wednesday afternoon when two fire trucks collided in Monterey Park, sending one crashing into a restaurant, officials said.

    No fatalities have been reported, but authorities are still determining the extent of all injuries, according...

  • Divided L.A. County sheriff's deputies union is without a leader

    Judge appoints three-member committee to temporarily head L.A. County sheriff's deputies union after power struggle over presidency.

  • Wealthy Chinese home buyers boost suburban L.A. housing markets
    Wealthy Chinese home buyers boost suburban L.A. housing markets

    Demand for L.A.-area homes among affluent Chinese are pushing prices past boom-era peaks, generating a subset of property brokers and mortgage lenders that cater to their distinct needs.

  • Roommate arrested in death of 51-year-old Monterey Park man
    Roommate arrested in death of 51-year-old Monterey Park man

    A 59-year-old Monterey Park man has been arrested in connection with the death Wednesday of one of his roommates.

    Authorities found a 51-year-old male roommate dead on the floor of an attached garage after responding about 3:40 a.m. to the 500 block of Florence Avenue, according to the Los Angeles...

  • Man found dead in Monterey Park may have been beaten
    Man found dead in Monterey Park may have been beaten

    Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered Wednesday in Monterey Park.

    It was unclear how the man, whose identity was not released, died and few details were immediately available. But a Los Angeles County coroner official said the man was reportedly beaten.

    ...

  • Man shot to death in Monterey Park; few details released
    Man shot to death in Monterey Park; few details released

    A man was shot and killed in Monterey Park on Wednesday, authorities said.

    The shooting occurred around 2:10 p.m. in the 700 block of East Hellman Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    HOMICIDE REPORT: Tracking killings in L.A....

  • Sheriff Lee Baca to retire at end of month
    Sheriff Lee Baca to retire at end of month

    Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced Tuesday that he would not seek a fifth term in office and would instead retire at the end of the month.

    Baca — who spent 48 years with the department including 15 as sheriff — was at times emotional as he explained his decision, which he said he made...

  • Boyfriend arrested in slaying of Monterey Park woman

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of his girlfriend in Monterey Park on Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

    The suspect, Daniel Hernandez, is being held without bail at Men’s Central Jail, authorities said. He is the boyfriend of the...

  • Detectives seek help finding man who stabbed passenger on Metro bus
    Detectives seek help finding man who stabbed passenger on Metro bus

    Investigators with the Sheriff's Transit Services Bureau sought help from the public Friday in identifying a man who stabbed another passenger on a Metro bus in Monterey Park.

    Surveillance cameras aboard Metro Bus Line 260 captured the Nov. 3. assault, and still images from the video were released...

  • Woman found dead in Monterey Park; homicide detectives on scene
    Woman found dead in Monterey Park; homicide detectives on scene

    Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman who was found dead early Friday in a Monterey Park neighborhood.

    The woman was found in the 1700 block of College View Drive about 4:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    The woman, pronounced dead at the scene,...

  • Paul Tanaka calls on Baca to take responsibility in jail abuse
    Paul Tanaka calls on Baca to take responsibility in jail abuse

    This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

    Paul Tanaka, the former undersheriff who is challenging his old boss Sheriff Lee Baca in next year’s election, made his first public statement Wednesday since news broke that the federal government had arrested 18 current and...

  • Monterey Park abandons sign law requiring some 'Latin lettering'
    Monterey Park abandons sign law requiring some 'Latin lettering'

    After touching off criticism earlier this year when it updated a controversial ordinance from the 1980s, the City Council takes no action on a second reading, effectively killing it.

  • Monterey Park drops plan for English signs amid community outcry
    Monterey Park drops plan for English signs amid community outcry

    The Monterey Park City Council unanimously voted against adopting an ordinance that would have required some "modern Latin lettering" on storefront signs in addition to Chinese characters.

    After a four-hour discussion Wednesday night with more than 40 speakers, including representatives from the...

  • L.A. County deputies shed 638 pounds in weight-loss competition
    L.A. County deputies shed 638 pounds in weight-loss competition

    It was the battle of the badge bulge.

    That's how 20 Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies came to spend 2 1/2 months competing to see who could lose the most weight by eating more healthful foods and exercising.

    A team of 10 female deputies competed against 10 men in a contest co-sponsored by the...

  • Monterey Park apologizes for emergency alert message

    Monterey Park apologized Wednesday for accidentally sending out an emergency alert to mobile devices.

    The text alert by the city 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles led to a wave of confusion after it caused cellphones to buzz at 2:14 p.m.

    In a statement posted on the city’s website, officials...

  • Jonathan Gold's six favorite dumplings
    Jonathan Gold's six favorite dumplings

    Today marks the opening of the Glendale branch of Din Tai Fung, the famous Taiwan-based soup-dumpling chain, which will finally give Glendale something in common with Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong -- and Arcadia, where two restaurants, one next door to the other, have drawn hordes of xiao long bao...

  • Four great vegetarian Chinese restaurants
    Four great vegetarian Chinese restaurants

    Unlike the kale-laced skinny salads of so many vegetarian restaurants across Los Angeles, Chinese vegetarian dishes -- part of a culinary culture that goes back thousands of years -- don’t look all that different from their meaty counterparts. Dishes are heavy on artificial meat and are artistic...

  • Man accused of making threats to San Gabriel Valley schools
    Man accused of making threats to San Gabriel Valley schools

    A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making phone threats last week against several schools and a hospital in the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said Tuesday evening.

    Gerardo Cortez, 26, was taken into custody around 4 p.m Tuesday as he was leaving his Monrovia home, according to the...

  • Ice, ice baby: Jonathan Gold's favorite frozen treats
    Ice, ice baby: Jonathan Gold's favorite frozen treats

    When the sun glowers, the Santa Ana winds rip through the canyons, and an invitation to have lunch on the patio feels like a death sentence, sometimes a quart of ice tea isn’t nearly enough. At such times it is nice to slip into an air-conditioned car and head for icy, icy bliss.

    Taiwanese slush....

  • Prop house in tune with string of nostalgic music-related films
    Prop house in tune with string of nostalgic music-related films

    Prop house History for Hire has been tapped to provide period musical instruments and equipment for Hollywood films.

  • West Nile virus detected in three San Gabriel Valley cities
    West Nile virus detected in three San Gabriel Valley cities

    San Gabriel Valley residents are being urged to take precautions while outdoors after tests confirmed West Nile virus activity in three cities in the region, authorities said Tuesday.

    Positive tests were confirmed in samples taken from mosquitoes in the city of Arcadia and from three chicken flocks...

  • A few hours in the SGV: How to devour 5 terrific dishes in a single night
    A few hours in the SGV: How to devour 5 terrific dishes in a single night

    The San Gabriel Valley can seem like a vast foreign land, not often explored because of its east of the 110 Freeway status. And with hundreds of restaurants located on just a couple city blocks, the choices can seem overwhelming. 

    As someone who grew up on the restaurants of the San Gabriel Valley,...

  • Hong Kong cafes: Six ways to stay up late in San Gabriel Valley
    Hong Kong cafes: Six ways to stay up late in San Gabriel Valley

    While the San Gabriel Valley isn’t exactly the most ideal place for partying in Los Angeles, you can count on it for some cheap late-night grub when the post-clubbing crowd files in after a long night.

    Billed as Hong Kong cafes, these late-night diners offer an eclectic mix of Cantonese and westernized...

  • Ana Serrano: Everyday L.A., captured in cardboard and paper
    Ana Serrano: Everyday L.A., captured in cardboard and paper

    Los Angeles artist Ana Serrano creates vibrant neighborhoods filled with color and complexity, yet she produces them out of the most humble materials: corrugated cardboard, construction paper, glue and paint.

    These worlds will be on view starting this week in "A Daydreamer's Street," an exhibit...

  • Human Centipede crawls back to life in Los Angeles
    Human Centipede crawls back to life in Los Angeles

    The Human Centipede is back.

    After some delays in filming last year, the third installment of the controversial cult horror franchise in which human victims are sewn together is starting up production in Los Angeles.

    Six Entertainment Co. is scheduled to shoot a scene for "The Human Centipede III"...

  • Police 'all over' Monterey Park after school 'shoot up' threat
    Police 'all over' Monterey Park after school 'shoot up' threat

    Students milled around parking lots on the outskirts of East Los Angeles College on Thursday morning after a shooting threat prompted an evacuation of the campus, along with lockdowns at other Monterey Park schools.

    All Monterey Park schools were locked down and the college cleared after an anonymous...

  • All Monterey Park schools on lockdown after 'shoot up' threat
    All Monterey Park schools on lockdown after 'shoot up' threat

    All schools in Monterey Park have been placed on lockdown and East Los Angeles College has been evacuated after an anonymous caller threatened to "shoot up" an unknown campus Thursday morning, authorities said.

    The shooting was supposed to happen at 8 a.m., the caller said.

    Officers have been deployed...

  • Asian American youth culture is coming of age in 'the 626'
    Asian American youth culture is coming of age in 'the 626'

    San Gabriel Valley locals celebrate the 'fusion lifestyle' they're forging. It draws on U.S. hip-hop and Chinese dialects, includes Instagram and pho. Boba is a must.

  • The Find: Huge Tree Pastry in Monterey Park
    The Find: Huge Tree Pastry in Monterey Park

    Breakfast gets a tasty Taiwanese spin in a diner-like setting.

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