Rosemead News

Stories about the city or area that aren't specifically about SOC, Wal-Mart or related issues.

"Which one of us is a bastard?"

According to Jennifer McClain, that was what Gary Taylor shouted at Jim Flournoy last night. Yeah, we sure have a city council we can be proud of.

Rosemead City Council Meeting, February 12

On the city council's agenda for Tuesday (Feb. 12, 7pm) is the Traffic Commission's recommendation for traffic mitigation measures on Rush Street, near Delta and Rush and Delta and Angelus.  It is my recollection that the Commission recommended a traffic signal at both corners, synchronized with each other and with the light at the Wal-Mart entrance.  Staff is recommending against any measures.

Announcements from Assemblyman Mike Eng's Office

Cal Grant & Financial Aid Workshops--Saturday, February 9, 9am until noon:  Area students adn their parents can get free help filling out their FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) forms.  FAFSA forms are the standard form you need to fill out to qualify for any federal or state financial aid for colleges.  Three locations:  Alhambra High School, 101 S. 2nd Street, Alhambra, CA  91801; East Los Angeles College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA  91754; South El Monte High School, 1001 Durfee Ave., South El Monte, CA  91706.  To RSVP or for more information, call 626-450-6116

Wal-Mart Outpads

FYI, the next Planning Commission meeting, 7pm, Tuesday, February 19, will consider a proposal for projects on the "outpads" of Wal-Mart.  That's the "mini-mall" portion of the "Rosemead Commercial Retail Center" project.  It'll probably be for a couple of restaurants, although I have not yet seen the proposal or the staff report (and won't see them until th

General Plan Workshops, Part II

In response to requests from both residents and City Council members, the Planning Department has expanded their schedule of community outreach workshops beyond the original two.

The first, held prior to the last Planning Commission meeting on January 23rd, was fairly well attended, and got some pretty good feedback from several of the residents.  Three more are currently scheduled, so please try to make it to at least one.  Your feedback is important.

* Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.  (Election Night!)
* Tuesday, February 12, 2008 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Quicky Post on Presidential Primaries

In case anyone's curious, among our local elected officials (Updated, 1/30/08):

Have endorsed Hillary Clinton:  Rep. Hilda Solis, Board of Equalization Vice Chair Judy Chu, Assemblyman Mike Eng.  Rosemead Councilmember Polly Low.

Have endorsed Barak Obama:  State Senator Gloria Romero, Garvey School Board Members Henry Lo (duh) and Janet Chin, and Rosemead Mayor John Tran.

"Are you not entertained?"

A blog post from Jennifer McLain, recapping the city council meeting last night. She says Nunez "unleashed," followed by the tantalizing "More of that to come in Thursday’s paper."  Yep.  Never a boring moment.

She also had this blog post, about the "protest" out in front of city hall before the meeting.  If you click on the bottom picture, you can get a larger view of one of the protesters. Tell me if her expression doesn’t remind you a lot of the woman in the middle of this picture, from back when they integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957.  I think this proves it’s true what they say about what hate can do to you.

General Plan Workshops

If you've visited the city homepage recently, you'll note the recent announcement of two General Plan workshops.  The one for the Planning Commission is Wednesday, January 23 at 5:30pm; the one for the city council is Tuesday, February 12 at 4:30pm.

The draft plan is also available for download on the city's homepage.  Attending could give you some insight on what the idea is behind a city's general plan and what sort of things you'd either like to see or not want to see in the new plan.