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  • May 25, 2022 8:34 PM | Anonymous

    The “Viva Las Divas” event hosted by Downtown Alhambra Business Association was a great success on Saturday, April 30 at 28 West Sports Bar in downtown Alhambra. The event attracted a wide swath of the community, drawing businesswomen from throughout the San Gabriel Valley. The attendees came together to raise money for the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce scholarship. The event raised over $800 that will go into the Alhambra Foundation for scholarships for local, college-bound high school students.

    Viva Las Divas featured a variety of small business vendors and two panels of speakers who shared the experiences they had while building their businesses. The speakers were truly inspirational to the many women in

    attendance. Among the eight speakers were two Alhambra City Councilwomen: Sasha Reneé Perez and Adele Andrade Stadler. The other engaging speakers included Liza Rodriguez (owner of Shop Vidorra in Al- hambra), Alice Cortinas (owner of 28 West Bar in Downtown Alhambra), Angelle Laigo (owner of Str33t Records in Down- town Alhambra), Veronica Corona (CEO of CM Cleaning Solutions in Los Angeles), Jennifer Gualden (owner of Amazing Bling and Sparkles in San Gabriel), and Jessica Hendrick (Conscious Relationship Coach in Los Angeles).

    The event was not only inspiring and successful but fun, as well. For future events and information on Downtown Alhambra, visit www.downtownalhambra.com. 

    Adele Andrade Stadler, Veronica Corona, Jessica Hendrick, Sasha Reneé Perez, Markus Shields, Jennifer Gaulden, Liza Rodriguez, Alice Cortinas.

  • May 25, 2022 8:31 PM | Anonymous

    The group of young Mark Keppel High School poets had a lot to say after two years of distance learning. They channeled those emotions and energy when they returned to Get Lit’s 11th annual Classic Slam last month — and won the three-day festival of classic poems and original spoken word responses. The MKHS poets interpreted poems in front of a panel of judges that included world-renowned authors, poets, artists, and cultural luminaries. Get Lit strives for youth to absorb and interact with great works of literature as a way to unearth their potential and invent their futures.

    The MKHS poets’ creativity, passion, and oratory skills propelled the team to first place in the 2022 Classic Slam event. After they were declared the champions, no one was more emotional than their teacher/advisor Dottie Burkhart who said, “I’ve coached 11 slam teams and each one, win or lose, made me a better human and a better teacher. This one turned the hardest year of my career into magic.” 

  • May 25, 2022 8:25 PM | Anonymous

    Let’s hear it for our hometown heroes! Here’s a list of 7 businesses to support that either started in Alhambra, or call it their home to serve the world! 

    1. Order specialty coffee items from LaMill Coffee Roasters!

    Did you know we have a specialty coffee and tea supplier in Alhambra? Add some joy to your morning caffeine fix  by ordering a single-origin subscription box. They also have all of the supplies necessary for your specialty brew.  www.lamillcoffee.com

    2. Order a noodle bundle pack from A-Sha Dry Noodle!  

    A-Sha Dry Noodle is headquartered right here in Alhambra. You can now buy their Hello Kitty noodle collaboration at Target and Costco, or visit Ashadrynoodle.com to try a variety pack of their noodles! 

    3. Get a 3D printed memory at CoKreeate on East Main Street!

    CoKreeate brings your memories to life! Their 3D scanning and printing services can turn you into a wedding cake topper, create miniature versions of your children in their school uniforms, or bring your family pictures to life. Visit them at 1019 E Main St, Suite B. 

    4. Visit the Evike.com Superstore for all of your airsoft and fishing needs!

    Evike.com has stores in California, Nevada, and Texas, but Alhambra is home to their one Superstore and headquarters! Visit them at 2801 W Mission Rd for all of your airsoft and fishing needs. 

    5. Visit the flagship Fosselman’s store.

    Did you know that Alhambra is home to the first retail  Fosselman’s Ice Cream Shop? Visit them this month at 1824 W Main. Don’t forget to tag #alhambraicecreamnight all summer long! 

    6. Try Dim Sum at Lunasia Dim Sum House.

    The Lunasia Dim Sum House on Main is the flagship location! Lunasia has other locations in Pasadena, and Cerritos, but you can only try the original in Alhambra. Visit them at 500 West Main Street.

    7. Add some nautical flare to your space! Alhambra is home to the Handcrafted Model Ships showroom.

    They offer a range of high-quality nautical decor. Visit their showroom at ​​1827 West Valley Blvd, or shop their full collection at


  • May 25, 2022 8:24 PM | Anonymous

    On May 18, the Alhambra Chamber convened an elite group of Asian-American business leaders in recognition of the significance of AAPI Heritage month in Alhambra and to launch the Asian Business Leadership Council. At this inaugural gathering of the Asian Business Leadership Council, attendees included Angela Chang, Jeffrey Chao, Paul Chen, Sophia Chou, Raymond Ho, Winn Hong, Kent Hsieh, Rayna Ku, Ken Lee, Daniel Lin, Nicolas Lin, Lorraine Sun, Min Thian, William Wei, Carl Wong, Thomas Wong, and more than two dozen others.

    “I’m glad we were able to kick off this important initiative during AAPI Heritage month, since so many of our businesses in Alhambra are Asian-owned and we want to provide these respected leaders with a place to connect and together raise their collective voices,” said Chamber President-elect Christopher Teng Balmaseda.

    Future meetings of Asian Business Leadership Council will continue to connect these leaders with one another, as well as elevate the voices of the Asian business community with city officials and other policy makers. As the membership of this venerable group expands, it will form an alliance with other esteemed Asian entrepreneurs and organizations in Alhambra, developing the mission and vision of the Council with their insights.

    “It’s an honor to be able to focus the Chamber on serving such an important group of entrepreneurs and business leaders in Alhambra. The insights of this group will provide a stronger foundation for our community’s economic future,” noted Chamber CEO John Bwarie.

    Initial programming ideas include the participation of local financial institutions and experts to discuss generational wealth planning, capital management, and organizational development. In addition, members will contribute their insights on programs to help smaller, emerging businesses. They will provide guidance on how business leaders can build greater visibility and economic development in Alhambra. This effort will revitalize the interpersonal connections that have waned over the last two years and build new, fruitful connections.

    Special acknowledgment goes to Big Catch Seafood House for hosting this event and providing a delectable array of their signature appetizers and other refreshments.

    Leaders looking to engage with this esteemed group should contact Cindy Lee at the Alhambra Chamber at clee@alhambrachamber.org

  • May 25, 2022 8:23 PM | Anonymous

    With hot and dry summer weather approaching, the San Gabriel Valley and California are facing worsening drought, reduced imported water deliveries from outside the area, and low groundwater levels. Despite needed rain and snow in April across the Sierra, precipitation in the majority of the State is still below average to date. As a result, for the first time since mandatory water use restrictions in 2015, the State and local water suppliers are drastically increasing water use restrictions affecting one-third of Southern Californians and parts of the San Gabriel Valley.

    The average person in Southern California uses about 125 gallons of water per day, but the amount needs to be closer to 80 gallons per day – that equates to a 35% reduction in consumption. A major concern is that water conservation efforts have been lagging. Data from the State Water Resources Control Board showed California overall, especially in southern California, was increasing its urban water use and falling short of the State’s “voluntary” 15% water use reduction goal. Water savings tracked since July 2021, when the Governor called on Californians to voluntarily cut water use by 15%, were just 6.4% – less than half the target.

    Water conservation works and is the cheapest means of saving water. Thus, the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District is renewing its efforts to inform and incentivize residents and businesses to save water and to save money voluntarily. Please visit their website at sgvmwd.com for more tips, or see their ad in Around Alhambra.

  • May 25, 2022 8:20 PM | Anonymous

    Starting in June, Alhambrans have a new way to support local family businesses while at the same time creating fun new experiences in your own community. The Alhambra Restaurant of the Week highlights the flavors of your neighborhood with a new restaurant each week. Created and coordinated by the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, the Restaurant of the Week will showcase the diverse culinary offerings that represent the best of local dining in the City of Alhambra!

    To discover the featured eateries in the program, you can visit the new, food-centric Alhambra website: AlhambraEats.com

    As Alhambra continues to be a celebrated dining destination for culinary adventurers from across the region and beyond, this weekly program will highlight the diversity of cuisines that can only be found here. From mainstay classics like Bun N Burger and The Hat to new destinations like Ipoh Kopitiam and Kogane, Alhambra is one of the best eating cities in greater Los Angeles.

    Residents and visitors can participate by simply patronizing the designated restaurant during their week, ordering a familiar standby or trying one of the Restaurant of the Week recommendations, and getting to know the business owners, staff, and manager.

    You’ll be able to identify featured restaurants with a new designated decal as well as social media posts on Facebook and Instagram throughout their designated week. Then, the information will be accessed in perpetuity on alhambraeats.com, which will also feature a map, an evolving dining guide, and food and restaurant news.

    “This program is as much about the people behind the food, as it is about the food itself,” explained Alhambra Chamber CEO John Bwarie, who created the program to connect community members to the unique people cooking across the city. When a restaurant is featured, the chefs and owners will also be highlighted so you know the creators behind your food.

    The Alhambra Chamber of Commerce strives to create a vibrant local economy and build a community where people want to live, work, shop, and dine. AlhambraEats.com and Restaurant of the Week are part of this effort by providing resources, connecting businesses to customers, and creating a resilient community.

    “People who eat together are more connected and invested in each other, creating a stronger community,” explained Bwarie, who is committed to curating the list of over 175 restaurants for possible consideration of this weekly designation.

  • April 27, 2022 9:41 PM | Anonymous

    The Alhambra Chamber of Commerce voted to oppose  AB-1771 because it would result in further forced property value escalation, as owners would be forced to pass the tax cost onto the consumer. In a flawed attempt to prevent developers' speculation and stop the astronomic property values rise in California, Assembly Member Ward (D-San Diego) introduced AB-1771, which would impose a sliding scale net capital gain tax of up to 25% from the sale or exchange of a property sold within 7 years from the date of acquisition. The bill would reduce those taxes depending on how many years have passed since the initial purchase, as follows:

    • Reduction of 20% if the sale or exchange of the qualified asset occurred 3.01 to 4 years

    • Reduction of 40% if the sale or exchange of the qualified asset occurred 4.01 to 5 years.

    • Reduction of 60% if the sale or exchange of the qualified asset occurred 5.01 to 6 years.

    • Reduction of 80% if the sale or exchange of the qualified asset occurred 6.01 to 7 years.

    • No additional tax if the sale or exchange of the qualified asset occurred more than seven years after the initial purchase.

    The bill's additional tax revenues would be deposited in a proposed Speculation Recapture Community Reinvestment Fund. The tax dollars in this fund would be distributed as follows:

    • At least 30% shall be allocated to counties to be used to create affordable housing in the county.

    • 20% shall be allocated to school districts to be used for general purposes.

    • 40% shall be allocated to cities, or counties if the qualified asset is located in an unincorporated area, to be used for general infrastructure, transit or active transportation projects, or community facilities.

    • Up to 10% shall be allocated to the Franchise Tax Board to administer this article.

    The Alhambra Chamber joined a coalition across the state to oppose this bill, as one of the other unintended consequences of the bill is that fewer people would be able to afford homes and small developers would be driven out of business. While the Chamber does support creation of more affordable and market-rate housing, this bill does not help the State achieve that goal.

  • April 27, 2022 9:37 PM | Anonymous

    On April 25, the Alhambra City Council reviewed the recently released West Valley Blvd Economic Study. You can find the full study here. Natelson Dale Group was contracted by the City to perform the study, and the expert consultants echoed the recommendations many businesses in the area have been asking for. The study called for the City to implement measures that encourage mixed-use development, increase density from one-story buildings to  4-6 stories, and reduce parking requirements on West Valley Blvd.

    The consultants also highlighted the difference in areas on West Valley Boulevard between east and west of Fremont Ave. Because parcels are smaller east of Fremont, the study recommends that parking requirements be reduced and that policies that encourage assembly of multiple properties be adopted. They recommended allowing for higher density on larger, assembled parcels, and that the City build multiple public garages along the corridor to reduce the developer's costs associated with building parking for individual properties.

    Community Development Director, Andrew Ho, said this study is the first step in the process of overhauling the building code governing the area. The next step will include public input from property owners and code changes through the formal Zoning Code Update, which will update the 1986 zoning (set to be completed by October 2022).

  • April 13, 2022 10:02 PM | Anonymous

    On April 12, 2022, the Chamber hosted Alhambra Mayor Jeffrey Maloney to deliver the 2022 State of the City address. A crowd of nearly 100 leaders from the region gathered in the historic Granada on 1st Street to hear the update of what the city has done in the past year and where its headed. The event welcomed dignitaries like members of the City Council and senior city staff, as well as state leaders like Senator Susan Rubio and newly elected Assemblyman Mike Fong. 

    For his address, the Mayor presented the accomplishments of the City, asserting that the state of Alhambra is strong, and growing stronger. According to Mayor Maloney, Alhambra has maintained relatively the same population level since the 1960s, seeing a moderate growth of 28,000 new residents. 52% of its population are of Asian descent and 35% are Latino. 60% of residents are renters, and the median home value is slightly higher than the County's average at $630,200. Alhambra's median age is also higher than both the County and State average, at 41.4 compared to 36.7. These demographics help inform the work of the city as it plans for what’s next.

    In terms of finances, the City's budget is almost balanced. For 2021-2022 it has collected a little over $138 million dollars and plans on spending closer to $146 million. Most of the city's revenues come from sales taxes, derived from private businesses activity, while the majority of its expenditures is dedicated to public safety. The police department receives the majority of these dollars, followed by the fire department.

    The Mayor also highlighted some of the City's strategic priorities, such as creating affordable housing, historic preservation, and addressing the homelessness issue. Mayor Maloney highlighted the work of the city to address sustainability, with recent funding being secured by Congresswoman Judy Chu for a comprehensive sustainability plan and efforts being made to create an active transportation plan. This work, along with efforts to address the 710 “stub” north of the 10 that dumps cut-through cars into the city, is being undertaken by city staff and the council to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities. 

    Mayor Maloney also touted the city’s work to support commercial corridors through economic and design studies, its efforts to help fill vacant storefronts in partnership with the Chamber, and its general support for businesses. While the mayor and council are supportive, we must work together to streamline city processes so businesses that are ready to open can do so faster, ensuring vacancies are filled and tax revenue can be collected to support city priorities.

    The Alhambra Chamber hosts the annual State of the City to offer an opportunity for businesses and civic leaders to connect with the city, learn how the city is supporting business, and find ways to work together to address key priorities for all residents, businesses, employees, and visitors alike.

  • March 30, 2022 3:22 PM | Anonymous

    During a special meeting held on March 24, 2022, the Alhambra City Council discussed its Strategic Plan. The City has made progress towards most of its goals, including approving the construction of new affordable housing.

    Mayor Maloney spoke against any proposed tax raises, as these would require ballot measures costing the City upwards of $250,000 per initiative. This includes the controversial vacancy tax that had been under consideration. The Mayor directed staff to think of alternative ways to fill vacancies. Community Development Director, Andrew Ho, proposed a vacancy registry, where commercial property owners would have to register with the City and pay a fee when their properties become vacant. This would allow the City to have a complete list of all vacant properties, along with the owners' contact information. It is expected that a formal proposal will be introduced to the City Council this summer, although no dates were agreed upon.

    Councilwoman Perez commented that the City's permitting process is lengthy and contributes to the vacancy problem. She directed staff to work with the Chamber of Commerce to streamline permit applications. Mayor Maloney echoed her comments and acknowledged the need for property and business owners to participate in the process. Andrew Ho said that his team has already prepared a plan, which will be presented to the Council in May.

    On the same note, Council has directed staff to evaluate the creation of a vacant storefront window covering program. Staff said a proposed ordinance will be presented in July. No further details were provided to the public. Staff also announced that the Economic Study for West Valley is ready to be reviewed by the Council, and they will present it during the April 25 meeting.

    Other noteworthy items discussed were a pilot program the City has launched to inspect rental properties with two or more rentals in the market and a potential new tax on Airbnbs. No details were disclosed to the public about the pilot program, and Mayor Maloney once again cautioned against an expensive ballot initiative to create a tax. Councilwoman Lee expressed that it is more important to cap the number of days hosts can offer their space for short-term rentals, which can be achieved through an ordinance. Andrew Ho informed the council that his department is working on creating Airbnb regulations. However, Councilwoman Perez expressed that she is still interested in creating a Transient Occupancy Tax on Airbnbs to boost the City's revenues. No action was taken, but it is expected that the Council will discuss a more specific plan this summer.

    You can watch a full recording of the meeting here.

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