Monterey Park’s Chevrolet Dealership Re-Opens

January 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Community members and Chevy customers attended the grand re-opening of the newly remodeled Camino Real Chevrolet Dealership located on Atlantic Blvd in Monterey Park. The event featured music, Pink’s Hot Dogs, hors d’oeuvres and raffles.

“We’re thankful for being here,” said Lisa Hernandez, Business Manager for the dealership. “We just wanted to make it nice for everyone.

The dealership originally opened in 1976. According to Hernandez, GM requires dealerships to remodeled every 10 years.

Bell Gardens Students Compete in Community Service Contest

January 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

They say money doesn’t grow on trees but for some Bell Gardens High School students a social media contest involving planting trees could help them get an all expense paid trip to the Angeles National Forest.

Bell Gardens High School students involved in the environmental club planted flowers in front of the school as a way to beautify the campus. (Photo courtesy of TreebyTree)

Bell Gardens High School’s environmental club is one of the 17 groups that submitted photos of their club’s environmental activities as part of community service competition to win a trip to the Angeles National Forest.

The community service campaign kicked off this month and has local schools competing for Facebook votes to become the top ranked schools that will participate in the effort to restore the ecosystem damaged by last year’s Station Fire.

“The Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest was one of the largest fires in L.A’s history,” said Julie Prejean, TreePeople’s forest director. “Thanks to Edison International, hundreds of students will participate in replanting areas that were burned too severely to come back without human assistance.”

TreePeople and Edison International will pay for the bus and cost of a substitute teacher for the top 10 ranked schools so that they may take 50-60 students to the Angeles National Forest for a day of community service where they will plant native seedlings.

The club’s advisor, Patricia Jimenez, told EGP that winning this trip would help pay for transportation that would normally cost hundreds of dollars.

“We would love to go because we don’t have a whole lot of money,” she said. “This is a free opportunity you get to go out and do community service and give back to our earth.”

The club currently participates in riverbed clean ups, providing recycling bins throughout the school, planting flowers and gardening on campus.

Cesar Verjan, a junior at BGHS who participates in the club told EGP that the community service trip would be a chance to meet people while helping the environment.

“I would enjoy interacting with other schools, with other environmental kids to see what they do,” Verjan said. “I would love to plant trees and get my hands dirty.”

Environmental Club President Elena Chavez told EGP that the prize would also provide an opportunity to spread environmental awareness in her community.

“Although we do different activities here, we would like to expand,” Chaves said. “This trip would be a big accomplishment.”

To vote for a school, users must log on to Southern California Edison’s Facebook page and click on the TreebyTree section. Each person can vote once a day for the school of their choice with voting ending on Feb. 13.

As of press time Bell Gardens High School’s environmental club was ranked in fourth place.

To vote for Bell Gardens High School visit

Man Fatally Shot at Taco Truck in El Sereno

January 24, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

A 27-year-old man who was shot as he purchased food from a taco truck died in surgery at County USC Medical Center on Jan. 20, authorities said.

The shooting took place at 10:15 p.m. Saturday on Huntington Drive at Van Horn Avenue, according to Sgt. Kevin Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station.

Investigators said the victim, identified as Angel Serna Mancilla, had an argument with the suspect.

“The suspect pulled out a handgun, shot Mancilla multiple times, got into a white sedan and drove away from the scene,” said Officer Cleon Joseph.

Mancilla was taken to County USC Medical Center, where he died in surgery, Joseph said.

The shooting remained under investigation, and authorities urged anyone with information to contact Hollenbeck homicide detectives at (323) 342-8953 or (323) 342-8969.

‘Miss Commerce Pageant and Young Man of the Year’ Deadline: Jan. 31

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Young men and women who wish to participate in the “2013 Miss Commerce Pageant and Young Man of the Year” program need to submit their applications by Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. Winners of the contest serve as ambassadors for the City of Commerce during City functions and social events, as well as positive role models for younger members of the community.

Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 21 on March 23, 2013; a resident of Commerce with a valid Resident Activity Card and must never have been married or have children. Participants are required to submit a 200-word scholarship essay and attend all rehearsals and portrait appointments. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (323) 722-4805 ext. 2222.

Man Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty

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Kevin Hor, 25, earlier this month pleaded guilty to Animal Cruelty with a weapons allegation and could serve a maximum of 2 years 4 months in state prison, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Hor’s actions resulted in a 2-month-old Pit Bull named Picasso being euthanized due to its injuries. This is Hor’s third strike under California’s “Three Strikes” policy.

Hor was arrested on October 1, 2012, when LAPD Hollenbeck Division officers responded to an animal cruelty investigation at a residence in the 1600 block of Ricardo Street.

An investigation by the LAPD Animal Cruelty Task Force (A.C.T.F.) revealed that witnesses previously observed Kevin Hor abusing Picasso on numerous occasions including stomping on pn the dog’s head, striking him with a pipe, and kicking and punching the dog in the face repeatedly.

Opening Night Reception of ‘Boyle Heights: Arte Vida y Amor”

January 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

"Frida de Ttlatelolco" by George Yepes

Friday, January 25

6-8pm—Opening Night Reception of ‘Boyle Heights: Arte Vida y Amor” at LAC+USC—The Medical Village: 2010 Zonal Ave. LA 90033. Show is a selection of work by artists who have lived, loved, worked and played in Boyle Heights. Runs through March 30. For more information, call (323) 258-1435.

Community Calendar: Jan. 24-Jan. 30

January 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Today, Thursday, January 24

6-8pm—Metro’s All Communities Convening Open House on SR-710 in San Marino to review the five alternatives that will be in the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIS/EIR) for in-depth environmental analysis. The meeting will be will be repeated Saturday in Boyle Heights, from 9-11am. Locations: Today, San Marino Community Church: 1750 Virginia Rd. San Marino, 91108; Saturday at Cal State LA -Golden Eagle Building in the Ballroom: 5151 State University Dr, LA 90032. For more information on the Sr-710 Study, visit conversations.

6-8pm—LA Mayoral Forum, Hosted by the Studio City Neighborhood Council in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, Communities United for Smart Growth & other groups. The Forum will be held at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills – Hall of Liberty: 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., LA 90068. For more information, visit

Friday, January 25

7:30pm—One Night Only: Free Performance in Mt. Washington of the Huaxia Orchestra from Henan Museum of China and the Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Team that combines music, theater, and martial arts rarely seen outside of China. Location: Jack and Denny Smith Library and Community Center, Mt. Washington School, 3928 San Rafael Ave., LA 90065. Seating limited to 520. For more information, contact Warren Christensen at

Saturday, January 26

9-11am—Metro’s All Communities Convening Open House on SR-710 in Boyle Heights to review the five alternatives that will be in the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIS/EIR) for in-depth environmental analysis. The meeting will be held at Cal State LA -Golden Eagle Building in the Ballroom: 5151 State University Dr, LA 90032 For more information, visit conversations .

Times Vary—Cash for College Super Saturday Workshops. Get free one-on-one help filling out the FAFSA-Financial Aid Forms. Workshops will be held at various locations, including Belmont, Eagle Rock, Roosevelt, Wilson, Animo Oscar de la Hoya high schools; East LA College Main & South Gate campuses. For more information, visit or call (888)-CA-GRANT.

Noon-4pm—D.I.Y. Tianguis Cultural Art & Craft Fair at La Tierra de la Culebra: 240 S. Ave. 57, Highland Park 90042.

9am-1pm—County Hosts Free Oil Recycling Event in Montebello. Recycle used motor oil and used oil filters and in exchange get free oil containers, oil filter containers, shop towels, and funnels while supplies last. Location: Montebello High School (Wilcox Parking Lot), 2100 W. Cleveland Ave.  For information on more free collection events and centers, visit

Wednesday, January 30

4pm—Family Story Time at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library in Boyle Heights. Join the Stevenson Library staff in their weekly family story times featuring engaging story telling and reading for kids and their families. The library is located at 803 Spence St. LA 90023. For more information, call (323) 268-1349.


Move LA’s 5th Annual Transportation Conversation will take place Feb. 1st from 8am to 3:30pm in the Old Ticket Room at Los Angeles Union Station: 800 North Alameda St. Downtown LA, 90012. Topics include, “Big Picture Politics of Money for Transportation,” “Making the Transit Revolution Real & Fair.” Pre-registration $75/Non-profits & Students $25; $15 more at door. To register or for more information, visit

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