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December 4, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Monterey Park apologized Wednesday for accidentally sending out an emergency alert to mobile devices. The text alert by the city 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles led to a wave of confusion after it caused cellphones to buzz at 2:14 p.m. In a statement posted on the city's website, officials said they were testing the town's Integrated Public Alert & Warning System as instructed by FEMA, the federal agency in charge of emergency responses,...
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November 30, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Politicians and businessmen mingled amid mint-green tablecloths as cups of locally sourced red butter lettuce salad circulated. The night's keynote speaker, a county public health official, spoke warmly of the restaurant's offerings. It was an unusual restaurant opening for Monterey Park's Garvey Avenue, a largely Chinese immigrant neighborhood populated mostly by ginseng shops and cheap restaurants and bakeries - most of which have B letter grades from the county health inspector.
TRAVEL
October 11, 2013 | By Susan Spano
MONTEREY BAY, Calif. - Along Highway 1 between Marina and Seaside, it's all roller-coastering sand dunes and chaparral. There the road cuts across Ft. Ord, where soldiers trained for almost every war the U.S. Army waged in the 20th century, as well as deployments to Panama and the 1992 L.A. riots. Then Ft. Ord closed and it was over. In 1994, 36,000 soldiers and their families were relocated, emptying hospitals, barracks, chapels, stockades and 28,000 prime Central Coast acres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2013
A small Monterey County school district has come up with what it considers a novel approach to paying for classroom technology: voter-approved, short-term bonds. Taxpayers in the Pacific Grove Unified School District will be asked in November to pay for the technology - such as tablets for students and teachers - with a $28-million bond strictly designed for such uses. The money would be spent in intervals over time, such as every three to five years. The idea is to create a funding stream to replace worn or obsolete technology as needed.
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September 20, 2013 | By Scott Glover
A Monterey Park pediatrician is accused of doling out prescription-strength diet pills to adults who had no legitimate need for the drug, according to an indictment unsealed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Dr. Thomas Lin, who operates a pediatrics clinic on Atlantic Boulevard known as “Kid's M.D.,” is accused of illegally prescribing and dispensing a potent stimulant called Phentermine. Two of Lin's employees were also named in the 55-count indictment. Lin could not immediately be reached for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
Fertilizer runoff has led to a global decline in sea grass meadows, which provide crucial habitat for fish. But thanks to sea otters, these meadows are flourishing in Elkhorn Slough, a major estuary in Monterey Bay, scientists say. Fertilizer from farms in Salinas flows into Elkhorn Slough, carrying phosphates and other nutrients that fuel the growth of algae on sea grass leaves. As the algae blooms, it shades the sea grass from the sunlight it needs to grow. In fact, nutrient levels are so high in Elkhorn Slough that scientists wouldn't expect sea grasses to survive there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
A tour bus pulled up outside of a sun-baked strip mall in Monterey Park and 30 sightseers stepped out. They had come to behold Wing Hop Fung, a sprawling tea and herb emporium that moved here several years ago from Chinatown to serve the growing population of Chinese immigrants living in the San Gabriel Valley. With its barrels of dried ginseng and jasmine tea tastings, the store exemplifies the area's "complete transformation" from a one-time white suburb, tour guide Richard Schave explained.
AUTOS
August 19, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
The high-dollar classic car market continued its cruise in the fast lane during Monterey Car Week, with a record $301.9 million in rare vehicles selling at auction. Five auction companies sold 726 cars during the annual weeklong gathering of car fans in Monterey, Carmel, and Pebble Beach. The total value of all vehicles sold was up 14% over 2012, according to Hagerty Insurance, which tracks classic car values. “These auction companies are good at finding the cars that they think will fit the audience,” said McKeel Hagerty, founder of Hagerty Insurance.
AUTOS
August 17, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
The only thing better than looking at some of the fastest and most beautiful classic cars is seeing -- and hearing -- them in action. That's what drew hundreds of racers and thousands of spectators to Saturday's Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif. Highway 1 profiled one such vintage-car racer recently: Lynn Park, who has a dozen Shelby Cobras . Check out this quick video of some behind-the-scenes action from Saturday's races.
AUTOS
August 17, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
A rare Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley attracted the highest winning bids Friday night as key auctions at Monterey's Classic Car week revved into gear. More than $86.2 million worth of cars changed hands over the course of the evening, according to Hagerty Insurance. The biggest prize of the night was a 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider, which RM Auctions sold for $9.08 million, including commission, according to Hagerty. The small, brilliant red race car is one of only 12 known to exist and has been owned by one family since 1968.
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