Salsa Contest Winners Spice Up Bell Gardens Council Meeting

September 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hilaria Cabrera, (left) and Catherine Mickinley (right) display their salsa cook off plaques alongside the Bell Gardens city council at the Aug. 26 meeting. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Hilaria Cabrera, (left) and Catherine Mickinley (right) display their salsa cook off plaques alongside the Bell Gardens city council at the Aug. 26 meeting.
(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Red salsa, green salsa, spicy salsa and mild salsa competed head to head at Bell Garden’s first annual salsa competition during the city’s birthday celebration last month. The winners of what appears to be a new tradition were honored during a recent city council meeting.

Bell Gardens residents Evodio Toscano, Catherine Mickinley and Hilaria Cabrera were honored with plaques for placing first, second and third respectively in the competition that required the participants to prepare their very own salsa recipe in front of a large crowd.

More Than 30 Million Americans Taking Anti-Depressants

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When dealing with depression, experts say, people are too often turning to prescription drugs as their first option.

According to Dr. Jim Gordon, founder and director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, while anti-depressant medications do help some patients, they also have drawbacks. There are lots of other options, he said, that should be considered first, such as getting active and exercising.

“It should be used immediately and always for people who are depressed, not regarded as peripheral or incidental or unimportant.”

Gordon said another reason why anti-depressants should be a last resort is that about 70 percent of people who take them experience negative side effects.

“There’s a kind of irony in it because the side effects are things that are likely to make you feel depressed – like your digestion being thrown off, putting on weight, having headaches, sexual dysfunction, lack of emotional responsiveness,” he said. “All of those come out in a very significant number of people.”

Gordon said other ways to help with depression include meditation, a healthy diet and having a supportive social environment.

More than 30 million Americans, or about one in ten people in this country, are currently taking anti-depressants.

Fugitive Linked to 2005 San Gabriel Teen’s Slaying Returned to L.A.

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A gang member accused of murdering a San Gabriel high school senior, then fleeing the country and remaining a fugitive for eight years, was being held in Los Angeles Tuesday in lieu of $3.1 million bail.

Daniel Guerrero, 27, was allegedly the shooter in the April 27, 2005, slaying of 17-year-old Ryan Dasalla, who was shot in the back about a block from Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel.

Guerrero was found living in Tijuana under the pseudonym “Joel Lopez” and brought back to the United States on Sunday, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Guerrero was thought to have fled to somewhere in South America, and the shows “America’s Most Wanted” and “L.A.’s Most Wanted” profiled the case.

Gabriel and Daniel Guerrero, members of a local street gang, allegedly attacked Dasalla in the mistaken belief that he had been involved in the beating of their younger brother the previous night.

A co-defendant, Sarah Toledo, helped them target him. She was convicted in of first-degree murder and conspiracy in 2011 and sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison.

Gabriel Guerrero — who was convicted of the same charges as Toledo — was sentenced in October 2010 to 84 years to life in state prison for his role in the attack on Dasalla.

It was not immediately known when Daniel Guerrero is due in court.



Mexican Independence Day Parade Is This Sunday

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The 67th Annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade is this Sunday, Sept. 8. Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti is the parade Grand Marshal.

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The parade theme this year is “For immigration reform and a better future” (‘Por Una Reforma Migratoria y Un Futuro Mejor’), highlighting an important issue for the Mexican immigrant community and the country, according to the press release.

Garcetti Grand Marshal 2013

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The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Mednick and E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., travels down E. Cesar Chavez, ending at Gage Ave. Hot weather is expected, parade attendees are encouraged to dress accordingly, use sunscreen and keep hydrated.

Post-parade activities will follow at Belvedere Park, located at Mednik and First. Enjoy live music, entertainment, attractions, food vendors, merchandise for sale, interactive displays and other family friendly activities.

Jazmine López is this year’s “Srta Fiestas Patrias Mexicanas 2013-2014” (Miss Mexican Heritage Celebrations 2013-2014).

The parade honorary Godfather is soap opera star (telenovela) David Zepeda, and honorary godmothers are soap opera starts Mayrin Villanueva and Altair Jarbo, according to the press release.

Musical guests are Regional Mexican singer-songwriter Mariano Barba, Latin Pop sensation Frankie J and iconic grupero romantic group Los Caminantes and the sonic rhythms of Tropical music will be headlined by Sonora Tropicana, Tropical Mar Azul de Juan Concurra.

Red Bull, one of the parade sponsors, is scheduled to give a “surprise presentation.”

The parade will be partially broadcast live by ABC7, and recorded by Univision for broadcast later that day. The parade is organized by the Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico, based in Huntington Park.

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