El Monte News

San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority

Other than spending thousands of dollars on fancy ads in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, it's not clear what the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority has done for the citizens of the San Gabriel Valley. But Water Quality Authority board members do receive a big, fat stipend. That's why Margaret Clark has been on the board since its inception.

The Other War of 1812 Vet

There may be others, but this is the tombstone of Wiley Wilson, the second known War of 1812 Veteran buried at historic Savannah Memorial Park. Note he was born in 1800. Even at the end of the war, he would only have been 14 years old.

Veterans' Day Flags in Savannah Cemetery

I spent about a small part of Saturday morning with friends, walking in a cemetery, placing American flags at the graves and grave markers of U.S. Veterans.

Here's a picture of the grave marker of John Holt, one of two veterans of the War of 1812 who are buried in historic Savannah Memorial Park in Rosemead.

LA Times Crime Tracker

The Los Angeles Times has been compiling LAPD and LA County Sheriff reports into an interactive map feature. It's not perfect, but it will give you an idea of what's going on in the city.

Speaking of Natural Gas Pipelines. . . .

Front page story in the SGV Tribune today about the large natural gas pipeline that cuts through a good chunk of the San Gabriel Valley. They had a number of pictures from Martha Baldwin School in Alhambra, which is surrounded on two sides by the pipeline.

Kidnapping Drama

This story has been developing over the past week. As I recall, the kidnapping of a Monterey Park woman started in Arcadia. She was dumped for dead in the high desert, and the kidnapper attempted to pick up the ransom in the parking lot of the Hawaii Supermarket in San Gabriel (corner of Del Mar and Valley).

Eastside light rail extension and 30/10

Article on the 30/10 initiative, which would have the feds lend money to the MTA, which the MTA would repay from Measure R funds. We'd get things built faster, and jobs would be created faster (not by November, of course, but faster).

At the end of the article, there's a note that