Poor Sierra Madre

What a tough past few weeks for Sierra Madre. First the fire, now the mudslides. The Sierra Madre City Council called a special meeting today to declare a state of emergency. But they are making progress. According to the city’s Web site, all roads have now been re-opened as of 5:20 p.m.

Time for raises

Rosemead City Manager Oliver Chi and City Clerk Gloria Molleda are both up for 5 percent raises on Tuesday.

Chi, who currently makes $170,000, would be bumped up to $178,500 and Molleda, who makes $80,000, will make $84,000, if the council approves their raises at their evaluations on Tuesday.


We got a new look guys…..

I’m told this is the future of Leftovers whether you like it or not.

The embedded ads may take some getting used to, but generally, it’s a little cleaner layout and this will give you guys more access to the homepage.


Holguin pleads not guilty

Former Valley County water board director Dolores Holguin, who is being charged with one count of misuing public funds, pleaded not guilty today at Citrus Courthouse in West Covina. Her preliminary hearing is set for July 2.

Valley County is located in Baldwin Park.

“Out of character”

Reporter Amanda Baumfeld’s story today on Baldwin Park school board member Sergio Corona’s arrest is full of interesting details.

Corona was Tased and arrested early Thursday morning after he allegedly smashed some windows at a Sandstone Street home. When police tried to stop him, they said Corona approached them “shirtless and sweaty.”

Among the charges filed against Corona: driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, being under the influence of a controlled substance, felony vandalism and driving with an expired license.

Corona’s colleagues say the outburst isn’t like him.

“This is completely out of character for him,” said Baldwin Park Unified School District Superintendent Mark Skvarna. “He has always been very professional. It is as much of a shock to me as it is for everybody.”

Really? Baumfeld reports on….

In November 2001, his driver’s license was suspended after police pulled him over for suspicion of drunk driving. While criminal charges of drunk driving were dropped, his license remained suspended for six months.

Police haven’t released a motive yet in the most recent incident, but school board President Jack White said it had something to do with an ex-girlfriend.

What’s love got to do with it?

That’s garbage

What do Malibu and the unincorporated area of Lennox have in common? Nothing!

Malibu is a wealthy beach community whose median income for a family was $123,293. In Lennox, which neighbors Inglewood and Los Angeles, the median income for a family was $27,991.

So, considering the disparity, how does this make sense:

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will vote on proposals that would increase garbage collection and disposal fees for single family residences in the Lennox area from $206 to $279 per year; and in Malibu from $120 to $180 per year.

Duff School to be closed

Save Our Community posted that Duff School is scheduled to be closed.

Duff School: Although the name sounds straight out of The Simpson’s, it’s not. It’s a Garvey School District elementary school that will likely be closing next year due to continuing declining enrollment in Rosemead. This will be the second closure in three years, which may surprise those who keep warning of “overcrowded” schools in Rosemead. . . .


Reporter Amanda Baumfeld will include this in a story for the weekend detailing the number of schools that will be closed in the San Gabriel Valley.