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South El Monte city manager resigns after bribery scandal involving mayor

South El Monte’s city manager has abruptly quit just weeks after the mayor pleaded guilty to a federal bribery count and in the wake of an audit critical of how the city was run. Anthony Ybarra, who had been with the city for more than a decade, announced his resignation late Tuesday at the end...

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  • 5 new breweries that have opened since last L.A. Beer Week

    5 new breweries that have opened since last L.A. Beer Week

    The sixth annual L.A. Beer Week is here again, and the craft beer scene in Los Angeles has grown impressively in the last 12 months. New breweries have opened from the San Gabriel Valley to the South Bay and beyond. After trying some new beers and checking out any of the dozens of L.A. Beer Week...

  • Jonathan Gold picks 7 places for rainy-day pho

    Jonathan Gold picks 7 places for rainy-day pho

    Is there anything more annoying than the friend who corrects your pronunciation of pho, insisting that you call the Vietnamese beef noodle soup "fuh" instead of "foe" – that girl who rolls her eyes at the idea of a restaurant called "9021Pho?" Perhaps not. But when the weather is damp, the radio...

  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

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  • Where to find chamango, the chilled Mexican fruit drink, in L.A.

    Where to find chamango, the chilled Mexican fruit drink, in L.A.

    When the weather gets hot, a refreshing treat is in order. Some flock to gelato while others wait in line for shaved ice. For those who want a little spice to battle the heat, there’s the chamango. A portmanteau of chamoy and mango, a chamango is also called a mangonada, depending on where you...

  • Deputies shoot, kill meat cleaver-wielding man in South El Monte

    Deputies shoot, kill meat cleaver-wielding man in South El Monte

    A man was shot and killed in South El Monte on Tuesday after he fatally attacked another man with a meat cleaver, assaulted a woman and waved the knife at deputies, authorities said. The man, who hasn’t been identified, was struck by gunfire and died in the 10400 block of Enloe Street, according...

  • Man charged with murder in South El Monte firebombing deaths

    Man charged with murder in South El Monte firebombing deaths

    A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder, accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail into a South El Monte tire shop and igniting a massive fire that killed three people. Robert Fuentes, a resident of Baldwin Park, faces three counts of murder with the special circumstance of committing multiple...

  • Suspect arrested in South El Monte firebombing that killed 3

    Suspect arrested in South El Monte firebombing that killed 3

    Esequiel Gonzalez stood across the street from the blackened ruin of his South El Monte tire shop, destroyed by a fire that appears to have been ignited by a Molotov cocktail.The tears he shed as he spoke to a reporter were not just for his livelihood. In the inferno that engulfed Cheque Tires,...

  • Three dead in possible firebombing in South El Monte

    Three dead in possible firebombing in South El Monte

    Three people were found dead in a tire shop in South El Monte on Saturday morning after a fire that may have been started by a Molotov cocktail, fire officials said. At least one of the victims was alive when rescuers arrived just before dawn at Cheque Tires at 1252 Santa Anita Ave., according...

  • Man stabbed to death in South El Monte

    Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the stabbing death of a man in South El Monte late Saturday. The victim was stabbed about 11:30 p.m. in the 11200 block of Broadmead Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead....

  • 5 new breweries that have opened since last L.A. Beer Week
    5 new breweries that have opened since last L.A. Beer Week

    The sixth annual L.A. Beer Week is here again, and the craft beer scene in Los Angeles has grown impressively in the last 12 months. New breweries have opened from the San Gabriel Valley to the South Bay and beyond.

    After trying some new beers and checking out any of the dozens of L.A. Beer Week...

  • Driver injured in car-to-car shooting on 60 Freeway

    A driver on the eastbound 60 Freeway near South El Monte was hit by shattered glass early Saturday after someone in another vehicle fired a shotgun in a car-to-car shooting, authorities said.

    The victim “thought he might have cut someone off in a dark colored SUV,” said a deputy at the Los Angeles...

  • 5-year-old killed in multi-vehicle crash on 60 Freeway is identified
    5-year-old killed in multi-vehicle crash on 60 Freeway is identified

    The identity of the 5-year-old girl killed in a multi-vehicle crash on the 60 Freeway near South El Monte early Thursday has been released, authorities said.

    The girl was identified as Maydelin Salas of South El Monte, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

    More than a dozen people...

  • 60 Freeway fully reopens after fatal multi-vehicle crash
    60 Freeway fully reopens after fatal multi-vehicle crash

    All lanes of the 60 Freeway near South El Monte reopened Thursday afternoon, after a fatal multi-vehicle crash snarled the early-morning commute.

    The freeway fully reopened just before 12:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

    The California Highway Patrol opened three of five westbound...

  • Girl, 5, killed in crash that shut down 60 Freeway, officials say
    Girl, 5, killed in crash that shut down 60 Freeway, officials say

    A 5-year-old girl was killed Thursday in a crash that involved three big rigs and eight other vehicles, shutting down the 60 Freeway in South El Monte for hours.

    The girl, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at 6:37 a.m. at Beverly Hospital in Montebello, where she taken following...

  • 60 Freeway closure: Spilled milk, diesel complicate cleanup
    60 Freeway closure: Spilled milk, diesel complicate cleanup

    A crash involving at least eight vehicles, including a milk tanker that overturned, shut down the 60 Freeway near South El Monte in both directions today as crews work to clear a large debris field.

    As of 8:15 a.m., California Highway Patrol officials said they didn't expect the freeway to start...

  • Pregnant woman is shot; she later delivers baby at hospital
    Pregnant woman is shot; she later delivers baby at hospital

    A woman who was seven months' pregnant was forced to deliver her baby after she was shot multiple times Tuesday in South El Monte, authorities said.

    The baby was listed in fair condition, authorities said, but the woman's condition was not immediately known.

    The unidentified woman was in the driveway...

  • Woman dies after attending HARD music festival at Whittier Narrows
    Woman dies after attending HARD music festival at Whittier Narrows

    Investigators are trying to determine what caused the death of a 19-year-old Anaheim woman who attended a concert at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on Sunday.

    An autopsy was pending for Emily Tran, who was pronounced dead about 5:40 a.m. Monday at a South El Monte hospital, said Ed Winter,...

  • 'Hypnotist Bandit' linked to bank robberies in San Gabriel Valley
    'Hypnotist Bandit' linked to bank robberies in San Gabriel Valley

    A man dubbed the "Hypnotist Bandit" by local law enforcement has robbed three banks in the San Gabriel Valley in the past week, according to the FBI.

    The suspect, who earned his nickname because of the way he stared at his victims during each robbery, struck twice Tuesday morning, making off with...

  • Jonathan Gold picks 7 places for rainy-day pho
    Jonathan Gold picks 7 places for rainy-day pho

    Is there anything more annoying than the friend who corrects your pronunciation of pho, insisting that you call the Vietnamese beef noodle soup "fuh" instead of "foe" – that girl who rolls her eyes at the idea of a restaurant called "9021Pho?" Perhaps not. But when the weather is damp, the radio...

  • A lakeside hike at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
    A lakeside hike at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

    Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte offers an easy lakeside hike with views of swans and herons.

  • Officials clear homeless encampment in South El Monte
    Officials clear homeless encampment in South El Monte

    Officials on Thursday cleared a homeless encampment along the San Gabriel River in South El Monte as part of a multi-agency operation.

    Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies combed through the bushes to remove the encampments, including trash and other items, as part of the Sheriff's Homeless Encampment...

  • CHP looking for big rig driver in fatal hit-and-run on 60 Freeway
    CHP looking for big rig driver in fatal hit-and-run on 60 Freeway

    Authorities are looking for the driver of a big rig that fatally struck a motorcyclist on the 60 Freeway in South El Monte on Wednesday night.

    The crash occurred about 6:45 p.m. near Peck Road when the motorcyclist fell on the road and then was hit by the big rig, the CHP said.

    One witness reported...

  • Dead baby found in South El Monte; Knabe touts Safe Surrender
    Dead baby found in South El Monte; Knabe touts Safe Surrender

    Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe on Friday called the death of an abandoned baby in South El Monte an "appalling" tragedy that highlights the need to better promote the county's Safe Surrender program.

    The body of the baby boy was found about 3 p.m. Thursday in the 2600 block of Chico Avenue,...

  • Body of newborn baby found in trash outside South El Monte home
    Body of newborn baby found in trash outside South El Monte home

    Authorities are investigating the death of a newborn baby found in a South El Monte trash bin Thursday.

    The body of the boy was found about 3 p.m. in the 2600 block of Chico Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

    The body was found in a trash bin, KTLA reported. The L.A. County...

  • Coroner seeks help identifying woman's body found in South El Monte
    Coroner seeks help identifying woman's body found in South El Monte

    The Los Angeles County coroner is asking for the public's help in identifying a woman whose body was found in April in the San Gabriel riverbed in South El Monte.

    The body was found just north of the Whittier Narrows Dam in South El Monte at 7:10 a.m. on April 2, the coroner said. She is not visibly...

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