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Trial scheduled in Monkees band lawsuit

A musician is suing two surviving members of the Monkees because of how she was fired.

Trial is scheduled in musician Aviva Maloney’s lawsuit against two surviving members of the 1960s band the Monkees.

She alleges she was fired in a four-minute phone call after playing with the band for nearly 20 years and later was told it was because she didn’t look good onstage.

She’s suing Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Warner Music Group and others involved with the
band’s tours.

Pasadena agrees to settle civil rights case

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The City of Pasadena agreed to settle a civil rights suit in the amount of $300,000 for plaintiffs Michelle Rodgers and Selah Chavet, who were wrongfully arrested as a result of a dispute involving Rodgers and her brother, a Pasadena Police Sergeant. The women were represented by John Burton, a nationally recognized police misconduct litigator, and William Paparian, former Mayor of Pasadena.

“What happened here was really outrageous,” Paparian said. “The City Council ultimately did the right thing by settling this civil rights claim after mediation. These women are innocent victims of a department that has continually rewarded problem police officers instead of disciplining them.”

In March 2015 police officers handcuffed and jailed Rodgers and Chavet after Pasadena Sgt. Michael Bugh made a false report about a disturbance at the home of Rodgers’ and Bugh’s mother. The arrest came just 10 days after Rodgers filed a personnel claim with the Pasadena Police Department against Bugh. In the claim, Rodgers said Bugh abused his position as a police officer in an attempt to gain control of their family trust.

The dispute began on Feb. 27, 2015. Rodgers was falsely arrested by Pasadena police officers including Sgt. Keith Gomez on information supplied by Bugh, who alleged elder financial abuse. At the time of the arrest, Bugh headed the Pasadena Police Department’s financial crimes unit and supervised the police officers investigating his sister.

In a personnel claim filed with Pasadena PD against Bugh, Rodgers called the arrest a “preemptive strike by my brother Sgt. Michael Bugh to attempt to silence me,” She noted that Bugh hoped to prevent Rodgers from protecting the assets of the family trust.

Rodgers also said her brother “abused his position as a police officer for personal gain.” The March arrest of Rodgers and Chavet followed the filing of the personnel claim.

Ultimately the Los Angeles District Attorney rejected the elder abuse case and the Pasadena City Prosecutor rejected the trespassing case.

“The actions of the officers are part of a larger malady within the City and PPD wherein Chief Sanchez and his predecessor have allowed officers to treat the PPD as a personal fiefdom,” Paparian said.

Former Chinatown basketball coach sentenced to prison

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Tony Wong, a former youth basketball coach was handed a two-year state prison sentence for molesting a boy more than a decade ago.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A former youth basketball coach in the Chinatown
area of Los Angeles was handed a two-year state prison sentence today for
molesting a then-teenage boy who played for his team more than a decade ago.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dorothy B. Reyes also ordered Tony
Wong, 62, to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The victim, who is now in his late 20s, told the judge that he had no “real direction” in his life before he joined the Alpine Recreation Center’s basketball team coached by Wong, whom he described as the  “closest father figure I’ve had in my life.”

He said that he has subsequently lost friends who feel sympathy or
loyalty to Wong and that his mom feels like she’s a failure for not preventing
the crimes, which occurred between January and August 2004 at the recreation
center and in hotel rooms when the team traveled.

The young man’s sister described her brother as suffering “a betrayal”
of trust.

“It hurts to watch him suffer through it,” she said.

Wong pleaded no contest May 17 to three counts of committing lewd acts
on a child. Nine other counts involving the same victim were dismissed as a
result of Wong’s plea.

Wong was arrested last July 27 by Los Angeles police and released later
that day on a $240,000 bond.

He was handcuffed and taken to a courtroom lockup immediately after
today’s hearing to begin serving his sentence.

Dunkirk film goes big with 70mm release

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The evacuation of Dunkirk.

BURBANK (CNS) – Director Christopher Nolan’s latest film “Dunkirk”
will have the widest 70MM release in 25 years, Warner Bros. Pictures announced
today.

Directors such as Nolan and Quentin Tarantino are well-known fans of the
70MM film format, which is hailed for having higher resolution and better
visual impact that the more common digital showings.

Nolan is best known for films such as “Interstellar,” “Inception”
and the “Dark Knight” trilogy of Batman films.

Tickets for 70MM showings of “Dunkirk” went on sale Wednesday morning.
Tickets for regular showings will go on sale Friday. The film opens July 21.

Warner Bros. officials said the 70MM projection will make audiences
“feel they are a part” of the action in the film’s portrayal of an effort to
rescue British and Allied troops on the beaches of World War II Dunkirk. The
film’s cast features Harry Styles, Fionn Whitehead and Tom Hardy.

A full list of theaters in the United States and Canada offering 70MM
showings is available online at www.dunkirkmovie.com.

Influential builder Paul Matt dies at 85

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public memorial gathering is being planned for builder Paul Matt, whose Santa Fe Springs-based construction firm has had a hand in construction or restoration projects at such Southern California cultural landmarks as the Skirball Cultural Center, The Broad, the Petersen Automotive Museum, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Huntington Library and the Hollywood Bowl.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A public memorial gathering is being planned for
builder Paul Matt, whose Santa Fe Springs-based construction firm has had a
hand in construction or restoration projects at such Southern California
cultural landmarks as the Skirball Cultural Center, The Broad, the Petersen
Automotive Museum, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Huntington Library and the
Hollywood Bowl.

Matt, who lived in Newport Beach for more than 45 years, died on Friday
afternoon, surrounded by his family. He was 85.

His company’s other recent projects include the Annenberg Retreat at
Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing
Arts and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills.

When the Engineering News-Record honored him with its 2015 Southern
California Legacy Award, the engineering and construction industry publication
said Matt’s “lifelong ambition to tackle challenging projects head-on with a
collaborative spirit has led to a career in construction that spans 65 years
and encompasses more than 450 buildings, many of which are among Southern
California’s most iconic structures.”’

Matt set his sights on a career in construction while working as a
welder on the Dalles Dam after serving in the U.S. Air Force. He started out as
a surveyor for the George A. Fuller Co. and, in 1962, was promoted to job
superintendent for the Salk Institute in San Diego, designed by the legendary
architect Louis Kahn.

‘Working on the Salk project — which was stopped by the client, then
completely redesigned for budgetary reasons — Matt “developed innovative
approaches in formwork, concrete and collaborative relationships with the
architect and consultants that provided the basis for his philosophy as a
builder the rest his career,” according to his family.

Matt was a senior executive at C.L. Peck and a member of the company’s
board of directors before co-founding MATT Construction in 1991 with his son
Steve and his brother Al, which has grown into a company that generates more
than $500 million in annual revenue and has 250 employees.

“My father loved his work and the people he collaborated with. During
his recent battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he continued to apply his
amazing passion for building,” said Steve Matt, the company’s CEO. “All of us
at MATT take great solace that he lived to see his dream fully realized …
building a company of great builders and great people. We will proudly carry on
his legacy.”

Matt, born June 1, 1932, in Rome, New York, earned a structural
engineering degree from Oregon Institute of Technology. He attended college on
the G.I. Bill.

He is survived by his second wife, Cathy. He was preceded in death by
his first wife Evelyn, mother of his children Steven, Colleen and Neil. He is
also survived by 11 grandchildren, four brothers and a sister.

Funeral services will be private, followed by a public celebration of
his life later in July. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking friends “to
send meaningful memories” of Matt via email to:
PaulMattRemembered@mattconstruction.com.

Welcome to The Hub

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Let’s take on the elephant in the room first. Yes, we know there are fewer and fewer printed newspapers, tabloids, magazines, pamphlets, and books these days, and that this endeavor — in its printed form at least — flies in the face of conventional wisdom.

That said, we know most of you are reading this explanation on the same phone you used just a few moments ago to send a Snapchat or read a Facebook post, which should tell you that we are a little more conventional than we seem.

But we also know that conventional wisdom is just that — conventional. Not that we want too unconventional or eccentric — but we do believe there is a market for a polished and professional news source in our vast, and ever-changing community. And, with that in mind we created The Hub.

The Hub is a mobile, online and print news resource for Angelenos in their 20s and 30s that will be primarily distributed in downtown LA, Pasadena and Glendale. It is sponsored in part by the Monterey Park-based World Journal, which is venturing into English language media for the first time in its storied history.

We hope that readers of the Hub will find stories that have all but disappeared from traditional local news sources. Our editor, Carolina Garcia, is well-known for her work at the Los Angeles Daily News.

In her seven years with the Daily News, Garcia led a series of award-winning projects that included a magazine-style report on California’s drought and a special section about the dying town of Hinkley in rural San Bernardino County.

Garcia also steered LANG’s unsolved homicide project which was a finalist in data reporting for the 2015 Online Journalism Awards.

Expect The Hub to include that sort of hard-hitting journalism. Also expect the Hub to delve into the lives of millennials priced out of the region’s expanding housing market and explore the rise of marijuana-themed bakeries as legalization makes its way into the mainstream.

Affiliated with the World Journal, which is the largest Chinese language daily publication in Southern California, the HUB will not only be spot to find curated locally sourced information, it will also contain premium content from the World Journal translated for an English speaking audience.

Everyday online the Hub will offer breaking news, fashion and investment advice, music and restaurant reviews, political commentary and more.

Find The Hub in print every other Thursday this summer in Downtown LA, Pasadena and Glendale. Find us online everywhere.

— Frank Girardot is the Executive Editor of the Hub.

Uniboil in Monterey Park offers wonderful variety, reasonable prices.

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Uniboil's summer special is a watermelon drink that is not only tasty, but it is also refreshing.
There’s something great about finding a new place that creates a special niche for itself by offering quality ingredients and tasty meals. It’s especially nice when that new place has cheery customer service, a clean kitchen and excited customers.
Such a place is Uniboil, a hot pot-style restaurant in Monterey Park’s Atlantic Times Square.
Alan Pun, the restaurant’s COO, tells his customers he wants them to have the experience of a lifetime — and he quite often delivers. What makes Uniboil different than other hot pot style restaurants is the variety of soup bases customers can use to create individual hot pot recipes. Among the bases are Szechuan Pepper Numb Hot Soup, a less spicy version of that, a “healthy” tomato, and a peanut- based satay.
Prices are reasonable too, Most of the hot pots are less than $15 and many are even less than $10. That might explain the number of students eating hot pot on a warm summer afternoon. Then again, it might not as Pun has also created an amazing watermelon smoothie- style drink that pairs quite well with just about everything on the menu.
Most recently, I had a house speciality that wasn’t soup — pigs feet. Pun said his recipe, which uses the numbing peppers, requires 10 hours to make properly. When eaten — the meat literally falls off the bone — it is tasty and succulent.
Uniboil is located at 500 N. Atlantic Boulevard #127, in Monterey Park. Hours are Sunday though Thursday 11 a.m until 10 p.m.,  Friday and Saturday 11 a.m until midnight. There is plenty of parking. For more information, call (626) 782-7189.

Eastvale residents take stand against proposed Wal-Mart

City documents show a proposed Walmart will use a variety of materials, including stucco, split-face block, metal, glass, and stone veneer to provide detailing.

As the possibility of a Wal-Mart moving to Eastvale becomes more and more real, a group of residents calling themselves Eastvale United have been circulating a petition in hopes of retailer from getting a foothold.

Activist Bobby Harrison said members of the group have recently conveyed their objections to the City Council and have set up a website to help collect signatures.

Harrison said figures show that the presence of Wal-Mart would result in a crime rate increase, putting Eastvale children and neighborhoods at risk of crime, endangering community security.

Harrison also said a Wal-Mart will: Reduce the value of community property; Weaken the quality of community life, and; Increase traffic and noise. The result would be a great impact on the lives of residents – and losses that cannot be undone.

The proposal would situate Wal-Mart at the intersection of Archibald Avenue and Limonite Road, near Hubbard Park. The result, according to Harrison will be endless trouble for residents including increased traffic and congestion that will spill over onto residential streets. He said it would be a bad decision to bring Wal-Mart into the emerging community in northwestern Riverside County, which is why his group is strongly opposed to the proposed supermarket.

Eastvale Planning Commissioner Feng Yanhao said that although the community has spoken up against a proposed Wal-Mart, the process is moving forward. Yanhao said that completion of the Way-Mart would contribute several hundred thousands of sales tax dollars to the city’s coffers. It would also create more than 100 jobs.

In turn the city could afford to hire more public safety personnel including fire fighters and police officers.

Planned new development enhances reputation of San Gabriel’s Golden Mile

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San Gabriel City Councilman Chin Ho Liao

SAN GABRIEL — Officials in San Gabriel broke ground on a planned development at the northeast corner of Valley Boulevard and Del Mar Avenue. When complete in 2019, the mixed-use development will have 80 homes and several shops.

Developers Metropolis Construction Company CEO Zeng Jin described the area as a prime location situated between luxury hotels and close to high-end shopping.

When complete, the project will occupy an area of just less than three acres.

Plans for the site include a three-level underground parking lot and 80 residential units ranging from single apartments to three-bedroom town homes, Zeng said.

Because the development site is close to the business district and major transportation corridors, residents will find the location convenient, Zeng said he hopes to attract single high-income earners, or retirees and possibly real estate investors from China, who may buy units as rentals.

The older retail stores at the northeast corner of Valley and Del Mar will be demolished for the new construction, Zeng said.

Development architect Cai Ronghuang said San Gabriel has relaxed building density and height restrictions along Valley Boulevard that allow for better design opportunities. beautiful atrium. 80 homes are more of a bedroom or two bedrooms, suitable for single or elderly living.

Congresswoman Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, San Gabriel City Councilmen Jason Pu and Chin Ho Liao were joined by Mayor Juli Costanzo and other electeds for a groundbreaking event that included an awards ceremony.

Liao described the area of Valley Boulevard between New Avenue and San Gabriel Boulevard as the “Golden Mile.” He said the area has become known as one of the most lively and commercial prosperous areas in the San Gabriel Valley. The addition of 80 new homes and high-end retail will only serve to make the area more prosperous, Liao added.

Liao said mixed-use development is becoming a popular option – not only in San Gabriel — but also in nearby cities of Alhambra and Monterey Park.

Now what? Metro kills 710 tunnel plan

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A mural in downtown Los Angeles depicts the crush of traffic on local freeways. Supporters of a plan to extend the 710 Freeway from Alhambra to Los Angeles say it will reduce traffic.

Completion of the 710 Freeway recently hit another roadblock as the Los Angeles City Council voted to back a bill that will prohibit construction of a tunnel to close a gap in the freeway between Alhambra and Pasadena.

The 6.2 mile gap is now only linked by surface streets. A battle over completion of the freeway has often pitted Alhambra and South Pasadena against each other.

A bill in Sacramento would create the I-710 Gap Corridor Transit Zone Advisory Committee. Members of the committee would review a wide range of options for the gap and reccomend solutions other than a tunnel or completion of the freeway, which has been on the drawing board since the mid-1950s.

The committee would include residents of Alhambra, South Pasadena, Los Angeles, Pasadena as well as representatives from Caltrans and the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Members of the state legislature may also sit on the panel.
Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo, who northeast L.A. near the 710 gap, was the lone dissenter to the City Council resolution expressing support for the plan from Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena.

While local politicians like Supervisor Hilda Solis and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garrett oppose a tunnel, Cedillo favors that solutionl

“We should move away from the kind of hysteria that gets engendered by this discussion and move into a dispassionate discussion about the benefits of a tunnel and how it accomplishes the goals of all of those communities impacted,” Cedillo said.

City Councilman Jose Huizar took the opposite approach.

“All of us agree that it’s time to get away from this boondoggle of a project that’s going to cost billions of dollars but not ease much traffic,” He said adding that he’d like to see “that those dollars instead be used for a more efficient way, a more 21st century way, in planning for transportation.”

The possibility of a 710 Freeway extension has been on the table for decades. And communities like Pasadena have historically supported the completion. South Pasadena politics on the other hand has been defined by generations of opposition.

In the 1950s and 1960s Caltrans began buying empty lots, houses and apartments along the planned route of the 710 Freeway extension between Pasadena and Alhambra. Last year, Caltrans began selling those houses and apartments.