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Why the Whittier City Council didn’t allow sale of hard liquor at Arco gas station

By Mike Sprague|

$6.7 million coming to Ontario Airport for improvements, other changes on the way

ONTARIO >> Ontario International Airport is going to see some changes. The Ontario International Airport A...

By Liset Márquez|

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  • Local taxes

    El Monte residents to go to the polls in November to extend the half-cent tax

    EL MONTE >> Voters will decide in November whether or not to extend city’s current half-cent sales tax until 2029. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to place on the Nov. ballot an extension of Measure GG, which is currently set to end March 31, 2019. Before they moved to place the tax extension on the ballot, council members also voted unanimously to declare a fiscal emergency, claiming that current city sales tax revenue is still below pre-Great Recession...

    Christopher Yee
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  • Norovirus infections

    Norovirus likely caused Chipotle’s latest illnesses, sickening more than 135

    NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials said that norovirus is believed to be what caused dozens of people to report becoming ill after eating at a Chipotle in suburban Washington, D.C., earlier this month. The Loudoun County Health Department in Virginia said Monday that a second person has tested positive for norovirus, and it was the same strain as the first person whose test was positive. The department says it identified more than 135 people who reported becoming ill after...

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  • Rail transportation

    30-foot-deep, 65-foot-wide train trench quiets rails near San Gabriel Mission

    SAN GABRIEL — A 1.4-mile-long railroad trench that went into service today at the Mission Road overpass means that for the first time in 143 years, trains will not frequently interrupt the silence at the historic San Gabriel Mission. Officials from across the San Gabriel Valley were on hand to welcome the movement of the first train through the $313 million trench, past the venerable mission and under four major streets that have until now been frequently blocked by freight...

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  • Clinical trials

    How a Monrovia family has hope despite daughter’s rare, fatal genetic disease

    MONROVIA>> Looking into Marian McGlocklin’s bright blue eyes, she doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. No 22-month-old should. Marian’s mother, Sara McGlocklin, gazes into those eyes differently, scanning for a glimmer of hope. Marian was diagnosed with Niemann-Pick type C — a rare, incurable and ultimately fatal progressive genetic disease. Even as her daughter’s sweet personality...

    Claudia Palma
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  • Clinical trials

    Latinos left out of clinical trials — and possible cures

    Two decades ago, Luis Antonio Cabrera received devastating news: He likely had only three months to live. The Puerto Rican truck driver, then 50, had attributed his growing leg pain to spending so many hours on the road. The real culprit was a malignant tumor in his left kidney that was pressing on nerves from his lower spine. His initial treatment involved removing the organ, a complex surgery that, by itself, proved insufficient, as the cancerous cells had already spread to his...

    By Paula Andalo California Healthline|

  • Restaurant operators

    How one immigrant climbed from P.F. Chang dishwasher to owner of several businesses

    Perched on a stool in front of a well-stocked bar, Hernan Fernando grins with the fellow founders of Cinco, a restaurant a short distance from the roar of jet engines at Los Angeles International Airport. The Mexico native and part owner of several businesses is reluctant to brag about his achievements. But his business partners were quick to say that Cinco would be a different place without him, if it existed at all. “I don’t think it would have happened (without...

    Cynthia Washicko
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  • Hotel operators

    4 new San Gabriel Valley hotels set their sights on Chinese tourists

    Four hotels are coming to Monterey Park and San Gabriel, all with the aim of catering to Asian tourists. Some are closer to their grand openings than others. Construction for the Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel hotel, at 303 E. Valley Blvd., is in its final stages, and the hotel is set to open November, hotel manager Wanda Chan said. It will feature 288 rooms, a meeting space, restaurants and a Starbucks. Just down the block, the Hyatt Place hotel at 101 W. Valley is...

    By Titus Wu twu@scng.com|

  • Retail

    Pasadena, Whittier bookstores, record sellers are enjoying a Millennial-led resurgence in sales

    For Norma Rodarte and her two children, a trip to Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena is a treat. On a recent weekday, they made a beeline for the upstairs children’s section, filled with Harry Potter novels, stuffed animals and toy boats hanging from the ceiling, and settled in for the afternoon. “We come prepared to spend hours here,” Rodarte said. “There’s nothing like having your kids hold a book.” A few blocks east at...

    By Elise Takahama etakahama@scng.com|

  • Emissions laws and regulations

    Why California’s most polluting vehicles aren’t required to get smog checks

    It’s California’s dirty little emissions secret. As Gov. Jerry Brown and the mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach promise an emissions-free future, some diesel fumes aren’t going anywhere. That’s because, unlike your car, there’s no routine emissions-testing program for big rigs in California. And a...

    Rachel Uranga
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  • Biotechnology

    Biotech explodes in LA County, tackling everything from sickle-cell anemia to spider-free silk

    Biotech companies across Los Angeles County are unlocking new solutions for a host of as-yet-untreatable ailments, from sickle-cell anemia and rheumatoid arthritis to all varieties of cancers. But, in response to consumer demands for sustainable, environmentally friendly products, they’re also developing lab-grown meat replacements, chemicals that don’t rely on petroleum to make plastic and alternatives to animal-derived textiles. And money is rolling in from the...

    Sandy Mazza
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