• ALHAMBRA – To celebrate America’s Independence in style, one SGV native is doing something very special for WWII veterans and their families, taking them on a tour from L.A. to San Francisco along California’s Highway 101.

    ARCADIA (CNS) – Hundreds of grocery workers took to the streets today,
    rallying outside the corporate headquarters of Vons in Arcadia and Albertsons
    in Fullerton to push for a new contract.

     

    ALHAMBRA (CNS) – A San Gabriel woman convicted in the April 2005
    shooting death of a Gabrielino High School senior is facing 50 years to life in
    state prison, with sentencing set for Aug. 12, the District Attorney’s Office
    announced today.

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    by Winston Chua

    ARCADIA – Santa Anita’s Peter D. Siberell, George Haines and the California Philharmonic’s Victor Vener made a big announcement to a small group of media members Saturday afternoon on the Arboretum grounds before the concert.

    That announcement is that Santa Anita Park is the new summer home for Cal Phil next year.

    “Santa Anita Park is thrilled to announce its new association with Cal Phil and all of the exciting things that we have in store for concert-goers beginning next summer,” said George Haines, President of Santa Anita Park. “We take great pride in providing the Southland with the finest entertainment, and are pleased to not only offer first class horse racing, but now the best of summer concerts.”

    Santa Anita Park is the new home for the acclaimed California Philharmonic and its highly-successful Festival on the Green summer concert series beginning next year.

    “2012 can’t come quick enough,” said Vener, who praised the partnership shared between Cal Phil and Santa Anita Park. “I am pleased to be both a tenant and a partner with Santa Anita.”

    There will be some 4,500 parking spots available for next year’s shows. In addition there will be a musical petting zoo and a focus on making the summer concert experience family-friendly.

    Those who made the announcement noted that there will also be upgraded toilet facilities at the new location.

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    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – At least four more dead birds found in the San
    Gabriel Valley and Cerritos areas tested positive for West Nile virus, vector-
    control officials said today.
    According to the Greater Los Angelec County Vector Control District, two
    birds were found in Cerritos. The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector
    Control District announced that dead crows found in Baldwin Park and Covina
    resulted in two West Nile-positive tests, while results were pending on a
    third.
    The Cerritos birds were the first found this year by the Greater Los
    Angeles County agency. A West Nile-positive crow found in West Covina was
    reported last month by the San Gabriel Valley agency.
    According to the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District,
    62 percent of dead birds reported to the state West Nile Virus hotline last
    week were from the San Gabriel Valley.
    “This is not good news,’ according to Kenn Fujioka, assistant manager
    of the district. “WNV activity is increasingly rapidly now that the weather
    has warmed. Residents must take an active role in addressing this public health
    problem.’
    Residents who see dead birds were urged to call (877) WNV-BIRD begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (877) WNV-BIRD end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or (877)
    968-2473.
    Mosquitoes obtain the virus by feeding on infected wild birds. Vector-
    control officials said neglected swimming pools are a major breeding ground for
    mosquitoes, and dramatically increase the risk of the disease being spread.
    West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected
    mosquito. The virus is not spread through person-to-person contact, or directly
    from birds to humans. In most cases, people who are infected with West Nile
    virus never become sick, or have only very mild symptoms that include fever,
    headache, nausea, body aches, and a mild skin rash.
    Symptoms of West Nile virus could appear within three to 12 days after
    infection. Fewer than one in 150 people who are bitten by an infected mosquito
    become severely ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
    Prevention (CDC).
    In these rare cases, the virus can cause encephalitis and death. The
    elderly are most at risk for severe cases of the disease. There is no specific
    treatment for West Nile virus. However, individuals with severe symptoms may be
    hospitalized.
    People can decrease their risk of infection by following these
    recommendations:
    — Avoid mosquito-infested areas at dawn and dusk.
    — Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors.
    — Use repellants containing DEET, picaridin or oil of eucalyptus.
    — Check your window screens for holes.
    — Do not allow water to collect and stagnate in old tires, flowerpots,
    swimming pools, birdbaths, pet bowls, or other containers, which are prime
    breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
    — Clean and chlorinate swimming pools; and drain water from pool covers.

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    PASADENA (CNS) – Rose Bowl officials are advising ticket holders to
    Saturday’s Gold Cup Final between the U.S. and Mexico to arrive before 4 p.m.
    to avoid traffic, long ticket will call lines or parking delays.
    Fans arriving after 4 p.m. can expect a long walk to the stadium and the
    possibility of missing the 6 p.m. kickoff for the game determining men’s
    soccer’s regional champion of North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
    Parking lots will open at noon. Futbol Fiesta, an 120,000-square foot
    fan area featuring live music, interactive elements, giveaways and a beer
    garden will open at 2 p.m in Area H on the south end of the Rose Bowl.
    The game is sold out with more than 90,000 fans expected. People without
    tickets will not be permitted in the stadium area.
    Fans are also encouraged to carpool or use alternative means of
    transportation, such as the Metro Gold Line or Old Pasadena Shuttle Bus.
    The Metro Gold Line will operate its normal service every 20 minutes to
    and from Pasadena’s Memorial
    Park Station, two blocks from the Old Pasadena
    Shuttle Bus pickup spot at 100 W. Walnut St.
    A free shuttle bus will be in operation from Old Pasadena and Parsons
    Engineering to the Rose Bowl starting at 3 p.m. and running until about 90
    minutes after the game.
    Heavy traffic and congestion is anticipated along the Pasadena (110),
    Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways leading to Pasadena between 2-6 p.m.
    and 8-11 p.m.
    Vuvuzelas or other plastic horns cannot be taken into the Rose Bowl, as
    well as umbrellas, backpacks, handbags or other items larger than eight inches
    by 10 inches by 14 inches.
    Cans, glass bottles, thermoses, coolers, alcoholic beverages, large
    still cameras, video cameras, whistles, electronic noisemakers of any kind,
    umbrellas, beach balls, soccer balls, strollers, footballs, Frisbees,
    narcotics, flags on poles, guns, explosives or any other weapons also are
    prohibited.

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    BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – Twenty-five years ago today, Steven Livaditis was
    buzzed into the Van Cleef & Arpels store on Rodeo Drive at about 10 a.m. by an
    employee unaware that Livaditis intended to commit a robbery.

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Lindsay Lohan was ordered today to stop having
    parties at her Venice home while she is under house arrest for violating her
    probation in a 2007 misdemeanor DUI case, but a judge said the actress did not
    violate probation again by testing positive for alcohol.

    ALHAMBRA (CNS) – A nearly 20-year prison term was handed down today for
    a man who pleaded no contest to charges that he made criminal threats against
    Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and four other people and attempted to make
    criminal threats against Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Mary Bono Mack.

    EL MONTE (CNS) – An alleged robber suspected in nine holdups around the
    San Gabriel Valley was behind bars today, sheriff’s deputies said.

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