- Business Advocacy
Since the beginning, Around Alhambra has strived to provide the community with news of what is happening around town, programs being offered by the City, the School District, and businesses and organizations. However, we know that the individual reader might be interested in more, or may have heard something from a neighbor, their hairdresser, or at church. This new column will seek to answer some questions that are on the minds of Alhambrans like you.
Why can’t Alhambra get a Trader Joes?The City has been in contact with this very popular grocer, hoping to entice them to open a store in Alhambra, but at this time the company’s focus is out-of-state. Long-time residents might remember that there was once a Trader Joes on Atlantic. As one might imagine, Trader Joe’s receives requests from many cities across the country to join their community, but has stated that it only opens a limited number of stores each year and is not growing in California.
What businesses are coming to Alhambra Place?Glad you asked becauseSprouts Markethas announced plans to locate in the new center at Garfield and Main. For those who haven’t been to Sprouts, the store is a real treat. Shoppers will experience something akin to an indoor farmers market. Products include farm-fresh, organic produce at affordable prices; quality-sourced meats at value pricing; bulk foods such as rice, spices, aromatic coffees, granolas, trail mixes, etc.; and grocery isles with thousands of natural and organic food products. Sprouts, like Trader Joe’s, is quickly becoming one of the best and most sought-after names in the grocery business. Additional businesses planning to locate in the Alhambra Place Center will be announced soon. For those interested in downtown living opportunities, Alhambra Place will also feature 260 luxury apartment units, including a separate parking entrance that will be built on the southern portion of the property adjacent to Bay State Street.
What are they building at the former Bewley Allen Cadillac dealership? Anyone who has driven down East Main Street has noticed that the former dealership is being demolished. The property, located at 801 E. Main St., was purchased by the operators of Alhambra Nissan, across the street. The dealership plans to construct a new showroom, service area, and parking field for display of vehicles for sale.
I’d like to get involved in civic issues. How can I participate and become more involved in my Community?Residents can learn in real-time what is going on by checking out the City’s new media formats. The City’s Web site (www.cityofalhambra.org) and Facebook/Twitter/Instagrampages are a great place to start. The Police Department also offers the MY PD App, Facebook, Twitter, Next Door, Weibo, and WeChat (in Chinese). Also, look for a new City Mobile App for your smart phones in the near future.
Agenda packets, including staff reports, are posted online for City Council and board & commission meetings. A video of regularly scheduled city council meetings is available online within 24 hours after the meeting, for those who cannot attend in person. Residents who would like to have a greater voice in civic issues are invited to fill out an application for one of the city boards & commissions. Applications are available on the City’s Web site, or for more information, phone 626-570-5090. Additionally, the City will conduct a comprehensive update of the General Plan and will seek input from residents at a variety of community meetings scheduled for later this year.
There are also many civic organizations in Alhambra, including the Alhambra Lion’s Club, Alhambra Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis Club of Alhambra, Knights of Columbus, Organization of Chinese American Women, Rotary Club of Alhambra (and the new SGV New Gen Rotary Club), Soroptimist International of Alhambra/San Gabriel/San Marino and many others. In addition to these local and international service organizations, one can also join the new Alhambra Coordinating Council. Look for contact and descriptive information on the “Community Involvement” page in the Community section of the City’s Web site.
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