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El Monte Homekey project sparks hopes amid…

Officials on Wednesday, Nov. 8, celebrated the El Monte site of a repurposed two-story, 40-unit hotel now known as the Hilda Solis Iris House, a repurposed interim housing project.The transformed Budget Inn hotel at 10038 Valley Blvd. will cater to young people ages 18 to 24 now or once in the foster care or probation system.The complex is the result of a $4.1 million Homekey 1.0 grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The city of El Monte, with nonprofit Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless ...

Officials on Wednesday, Nov. 8, celebrated the El Monte site of a repurposed two-story, 40-unit hotel now known as the Hilda Solis Iris House, a repurposed interim housing project.

The transformed Budget Inn hotel at 10038 Valley Blvd. will cater to young people ages 18 to 24 now or once in the foster care or probation system.

The complex is the result of a $4.1 million Homekey 1.0 grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The city of El Monte, with nonprofit Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services will provide on-site wrap-around services, according to Solis’ office.

“While some communities push back against offering our most vulnerable a chance, hope, and dignity, the City of El Monte was a leading partner in applying for the State’s Homekey program,” Solis said in a statement. “They are welcoming a Homekey site with open arms in an effort to help solve our most pressing crisis, homelessness.”

The statewide Homekey effort seeks to serve people experiencing homeless by funding localities to re-use all kinds of buildings: hotels, motels, hostels, single-family homes and multifamily apartments, adult residential facilities, manufactured housing, commercial properties and other existing buildings.

But the effort has encountered pushback along the way, such as in Hacienda Heights, where L.A. County’s plan to convert a Motel 6 into supportive housing through Project Homekey has raised the ire of several residents. Those residents had for months vocally opposed the project at the Hacienda Heights location, 7th Avenue Village, which is scheduled for months of development beginning in late July. Crews will convert the 143 rooms into 200 square feet of studio apartments with small kitchens and bathrooms.

To date, the county has acquired 1,600 units to convert.

In El Monte, officials this week touted the city’s embrace of the program, with hopes to battle the homeless crisis.

El Monte Mayor Jessica Ancona said Homekey’s success in that battle depends on local jurisdiction’s cooperation with the county.

“This unity of purpose is what makes the Homekey program so promising for our community,” she said.

This ribbon cutting in El Monte comes days after the El Monte City Council unanimously voted to approve a an agreement with Union Station Homeless Services for the El Monte Homekey Program sites, officially extending its contract term to Dec. 31, 2024. Additionally, the decision increased the contract amount by an additional $2,547,272 for a total of $4,320,240.

According to the staff reports, these fund provide operation and supportive services for the housing program.

Most Homekeys are revamped Project Roomkeys, a COVID-era initiative that utilized hotels and motels to rapidly, but temporarily, house people. Specifically, it aimed to help homeless people who are either 65 and older or who had preexisting medical conditions that put them at higher risk of hospitalization during the height of the pandemic.

In a joint effort to fight the rising homelessness in the county, Los AngelesCounty contracted with the Weingart Center Association to repurpose a hotel as a Homekey in El Monte’s neighboring city, Baldwin Park.

The city of El Monte has also purchased the M Motel, at 10024 Valley Blvd., to serve as a Homekey property.

The site received a $10.3 million Homekey 1.0 grant from the California HCD and $7.5 million from Los Angeles County, according to Solis’ office. The M Motel was set to be renamed to The Hilda Solis Rose Court following a unanimous council vote.

The 5 Best Colleges Near South El Monte, California

South El Monte, a picturesque city located in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, California, has become an increasingly p...

South El Monte, a picturesque city located in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, California, has become an increasingly popular place for students due to its proximity to some of the state's premier educational institutions. If you're considering furthering your education near this vibrant community, here are the top five colleges you should consider.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech):

Location: Pasadena, CA

Overview: Renowned worldwide for its contributions to science and engineering, Caltech is a powerhouse in the world of academia. With a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 3:1, it ensures personalized attention, fostering an environment of innovation. Whether you're passionate about astrophysics, bioengineering, or any STEM field, Caltech's rigorous programs and trailblazing research opportunities make it a top choice.

Notable Alumni: Richard P. Feynman (Nobel laureate physicist), Charles Francis Richter (seismologist and inventor of the Richter scale).

Pasadena City College (PCC):

Location: Pasadena, CA

Overview: Just a stone's throw from South El Monte, PCC offers a rich array of programs, from arts and humanities to business and science. Known for its impressive transfer rates to universities like UC Berkeley and UCLA, it's a popular choice for students aiming for a strong academic foundation without the initial cost of a four-year institution.

Notable Achievements: PCC is recognized for its award-winning speech and debate team and its celebrated music and theatre productions.

Occidental College:

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Overview: Nestled in the Eagle Rock neighborhood, Occidental College, often referred to as "Oxy," is a top-ranked liberal arts college. With its commitment to interdisciplinary study and a diverse student body, it offers a holistic educational experience. The beautiful campus and tight-knit community only add to its appeal.

Notable Alumni: Former U.S. President Barack Obama attended Occidental for two years before transferring to Columbia University.

University of Southern California (USC):

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Overview: A short drive from South El Monte, USC is one of the oldest private research universities in California. With over 20 schools and academic units, ranging from cinema to business to engineering, it provides a vast array of opportunities for academic growth. Its central location in LA gives students unparalleled access to internships, jobs, and cultural experiences.

Notable Alumni: George Lucas (filmmaker), Neil Armstrong (astronaut and first man on the moon).

California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA):

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Overview: Serving the heart of LA, CSULA is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. It offers a vast range of undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional programs, making it a suitable choice for various academic pursuits. Its strong emphasis on community engagement and research ensures students gain practical experience.

Key Features: CSULA's Early Entrance Program allows gifted students as young as 11 to enroll, and its unique Forensic Science program draws students from all over the country.

In conclusion, South El Monte's strategic location in the San Gabriel Valley provides students with a plethora of educational options, from world-renowned research institutions to intimate liberal arts colleges. Whether you're just starting your academic journey or looking to specialize further, there's an institution nearby ready to provide a top-notch education tailored to your needs.

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State treasurer visit to El Monte sheds light on impact of declining enrollment

1 of 11California State Treasurer, Fiona Ma, listens in on a after school robotics class at Miramonte Elementary School in El Monte on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024. Ma’s visit coincided with a presentation on declining enrollment and its impact on local schools at the Mountain View School District office. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)California State Treasurer Fiona Ma toured the Mountain View School District in El Monte on Thursday, Jan. 12, getting a glimpse of the district’s classrooms and teachin...

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California State Treasurer, Fiona Ma, listens in on a after school robotics class at Miramonte Elementary School in El Monte on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024. Ma’s visit coincided with a presentation on declining enrollment and its impact on local schools at the Mountain View School District office. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer)

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma toured the Mountain View School District in El Monte on Thursday, Jan. 12, getting a glimpse of the district’s classrooms and teaching environment while leaders shed light on declining enrollment, which is affecting school funding.

“We are proud to welcome Fiona Ma, California State treasurer, and thank her for giving us her gift of time and continuing to demonstrate her passion for education and the wellbeing of Californians overall,” said Raymond Andry, the district’s superintendent.

The tour included several local and state officials and elected leaders, who boarded an electrified school buses to Miramonte Elementary and then to Parkview School.

At Miramonte, Ma and other leaders got a glimpse of the Robotics and Studio Arts programs, the Think Together Program and sports and recreation programs offered after school.

At Parkview, they observed the After School Mandarin Program, the city of El Monte’s Parks and Recreation basketball and cheerleading programs, as well as Think Together’s after-school offerings.

But the overall visit was underpinned by an awareness of serious declining enrollment, which, because schools are funded based on their enrollment, has emerged as a serious issue.

For instance, between 2007 and 2023, Mountain View School District declined in student enrollment by more than 52%, according to a district fact sheet. The fall aligned with a 46.2% decline in birthratesCalifornia has experienced between 1990-2021, an average of nearly 13% annually, according to the sheet.

An analysis by The Associated Press, Stanford University’s Big Local News project and Stanford education professor Thomas Dee found an estimated 230,000 students in 21 states whose absences could not be accounted for. These students didn’t move out of state, and they didn’t sign up for private school or home-school, according to publicly available data.

District officials noted that the state’s Local Control Funding Formula – the calculus that determines school funding – “does not support the basic operational needs of school districts experiencing decliningenrollment.”

They say it can’t support basic operational staffing.

The shortfalls, the district said, forces the district to borrow funds to keep up with operational costs.

Increases in absenteeism and rises in pension costs also are putting strain on the districts, officials said. At the El Monte district, the issues have prompted “mitigation measures” including four school closures in 2021, according to the district.

Several districts, including in the San Gabriel Valley area, have felt the financial strain of declining enrollment.

In November, after tempers flared over the issue, Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District’s Board of Education approved a plan aimed at addressing declining enrollment, which includes the closing of four schools. The decision came despite major opposition from students and their families who packed a marathon meeting on Thursday night, Nov. 9, standing against the closure.

El Monte awarded $9.8 Million for Norwood Elementary Greening Project

The El Monte City School District and ActiveSGV are one step closer to creating a 6-acre park thanks to a $9.8 million grant from the Trust for Public Land provided by the Los Angeles County Safe Clean Water Program.The project aims to provide a recreational space with access to green space for children and families while also demonstrating how to manage stormwater in an environmentally friendly manner.“This investment illustrates how you can deliver multiple benefits that allow us to transform an unused schoolyard into a...

The El Monte City School District and ActiveSGV are one step closer to creating a 6-acre park thanks to a $9.8 million grant from the Trust for Public Land provided by the Los Angeles County Safe Clean Water Program.

The project aims to provide a recreational space with access to green space for children and families while also demonstrating how to manage stormwater in an environmentally friendly manner.

“This investment illustrates how you can deliver multiple benefits that allow us to transform an unused schoolyard into a vibrant park that will serve as a much-needed recreational space for the El Monte community all while mitigating 8.3 million gallons of stormwater annually,” said Guillermo Rodriguez, California Director for Trust for Public Land, in a statement.

The site — the former Norwood Elementary School, which was shuttered by declining enrollment — will include two softball fields, multiple basketball courts, picnic tables, shade structures, a cafeteria and several classrooms.

The key improvements include preserving the softball fields and primary buildings for community service purposes, removing a temporary building and a parking lot, and reducing the amount of paved surfaces.

According to officials, after 10 years of data collection on early childhood outcomes, the school district plans to revitalize the Norwood campus to be an early childhood development center, focusing on supporting families with children up to 5 years old.

This will introduce walkways, a playground, an edible garden, trees and native plant landscaping, as well as implement a water capture system to cleanse and infiltrate water from the surrounding streets, replenishing underground aquifers.

“El Monte City School District has always put community at the forefront of all of our efforts,” Maribel Garcia, El Monte City School District superintendent, said in a statement. “Our families deserve safe spaces where their children can play, explore, and socialize in their local community. We are proud to join Trust for Public Land and ActiveSGV in an effort to enact transformative changes to how school facilities can evolve with the community’s needs.”

The site is near a large population, with nearly 6,900 residents living within a 10-minute walk of the site, 25% of whom are children under 20 years old. There are no other public green spaces within a half-mile radius.

With support from the River & Mountains Conservancy, ActiveSGV led the community creation and concept design, including the engineering.

“The Norwood Elementary Greening Project embodies our vision for the San Gabriel Valley, where people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to thrive, and investments address pressing challenges like climate change and environmental inequality” said ActiveSGV Executive Director David Diaz in a statement. “This collaboration with Trust for Public Land and the El Monte City School District showcases the power of strong partnerships.”

El Monte is classified among the top 10% of most disadvantaged communities in California, facing challenges such as poor air quality, low-income levels, polluted water basins, limited access to healthy food, high rates of obesity, and a scarcity of recreational open space. Currently, the El Monte has only .4 park acres per 1,000 people, falling significantly short of L.A. County’s goal of three acres per 1,000 people.

“Norwood is just one school included in 28 by 28, a Trust for Public Land lead initiative to leverage the funding and influence coming to Los Angeles for the 2028 Olympics, to bring new and critical green spaces to schools across the county,” said Robin Mark, Los Angeles program director at Trust for Public Land in a statement.

The Norwood Elementary Greening Project emerged from the collaborative efforts of the Link Initiative. The Link Advocates, Governments, Families, and Park) initiative aims to build healthier communities for children and families by engaging partners in community-driven planning processes to secure local infrastructure funding.

“I have made it a priority to make parks and open spaces accessible for our families without access,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District in a statement. “This is about equity and ensuring that we’re safeguarding public health by investing in sustainable projects that improve our environment. The Norwood Elementary Greening Project is a clear example of a resource that will impact future generations to come.”

Find the ‘Southland’s Most Honored Sandwiches’ at This 77-Year-Old El Monte Diner

DrivingDriving down El Monte’s Peck Road, between the 10 freeway and the batting cage with a giant golf ball painted with baseball stitches, the array of restaurants boasting vintage signage is impossible to miss. From Taiwanese noodles to churros and horchata to Vietnamese food, the independent restaurants on this strip can satisfy a variety of cravings, but one business on the corner of Lambert Avenue — the iconic Jolly Jug — is particularly eye-catching, with its giant, retro sign advertising the “...

DrivingDriving down El Monte’s Peck Road, between the 10 freeway and the batting cage with a giant golf ball painted with baseball stitches, the array of restaurants boasting vintage signage is impossible to miss. From Taiwanese noodles to churros and horchata to Vietnamese food, the independent restaurants on this strip can satisfy a variety of cravings, but one business on the corner of Lambert Avenue — the iconic Jolly Jug — is particularly eye-catching, with its giant, retro sign advertising the “Southland’s most honored sandwiches.”

Margaret Chinn, a 70-year-old immigrant from Hong Kong, is at the helm of Jolly Jug, which opened in 1946 and was originally owned by a Jewish woman named Esther Levy. When Levy was ready to sell the restaurant in 1994, her realtor solicited potential buyers by mailing letters to local businesspeople without disclosing the restaurant’s name. Chinn’s husband, Pete, a now-retired CPA, negotiated and purchased the Jolly Jug by year’s end.

After reading the news of Jolly Jug’s ownership changing hands in the Los Angeles Times, people started coming from all over California — San Diego, Riverside, and Pasadena, says Chinn, under the assumption they would be having their last true Jolly Jug meal. Chinn says that she lost her voice during that first month from assuring so many worried patrons that the menu would stay the same. Chinn kept her word and left the menu unchanged for nearly three decades, only adding tacos, burritos, fried rice, fried wontons, and Chinese vegetables with grilled chicken to the lineup. Chinn hasn’t changed the appearance of the place either, deciding to “leave everything old” because “people [wouldn’t] feel comfortable” if the restaurant were renovated. The signage out front — the bust of a crowned, cheerful man with a mustache and a green bow tie smiling atop the restaurant’s name and its claim to fame, which many people come to photograph, and which would be expensive to restore — hasn’t changed either.

Aside from Jolly Jug’s proud reminders of its popular sandwiches, the restaurant offers no pretensions. With its menu of comfort food, its laid-back atmosphere, and retro decor, it is casual dining reminiscent of time spent at grandma’s house. It welcomes the relaxed, meandering conversations that close friends have over french fries and beer. Diners sitting underneath Tiffany lamps in the booths may overhear sisters trying to remember the names of all the members of the Brat Pack while getting distracted by a song on the radio. (Chinn keeps the restaurant’s radio dial on K-EARTH 101.) Friends casually chat while waiting for takeout orders, saying, “Thanks, Mija,” to the server once the plastic bag-wrapped stacks of Styrofoam arrive.

The dining room has brick-and-brown panel-covered walls and a relatively low ceiling. Small booths in the middle of the room, as well as on the surrounding walls, including underneath windows adorned by dark green curtains, offer comfy, vinyl seating. On the other end of the restaurant — beyond the entryway room with its claw machine and framed adulations on the walls — is the bar, with small rectangular tables, accompanying chairs, beer advertisements, folk art, and a flat-screen TV. This area is dimmed in the daytime and glows up neon at night as patrons crowd the bar, talking over the music. The famed restaurant critic Jonathan Gold named Jolly Jug the best French dip with thick gravy in the LA Weekly — the 2010 review is framed and hanging on a wall in between the entryway and the bar.

The restaurant’s foldout menu is the size of a road map. It offers hearty all-day breakfast; entrees of steak, beef, shrimp, and chicken; salads; 100-percent beef burgers; chili dishes; cold plates served with rye toast; vegetarian options; an array of sides; and desserts. Multiple cultures are represented, with options like loco moco, spicy noodle soup with beef, and huevos rancheros. A suggestion of adding a bloody mary to one’s order appears in a corner of the breakfast section of the menu. The grilled cheese, gooey and crispy, is a hit with the kids. Yet, the Jolly Jug’s three bestsellers are the beef French dip, the pastrami sandwich, and the corned beef Reuben.

At the bar, one popular drink called Lick My Chile is made with cucumber vodka, sweet and sour mix, Sprite, and Tajín. Other favorites include micheladas and drinks made of Jack Daniel’s or Tito’s.

This assortment of food options parallels the variety of eateries on the strip on which the Jolly Jug sits. Friends dining together have so many options that a meal consisting of a starter, main dish, side, dessert, and drink can be a hodgepodge of cultures. A fun alcoholic drink may be tempting, but soda and bitters, coffee, tea, and juice are also available.

The seismic shift in dining that other restaurants experienced as a result of the pandemic hasn’t affected Jolly Jug. When restaurants had to close their doors temporarily Jolly Jug did too, but for only three weeks because of its hybrid status as both restaurant and bar. Heeding the guidance from the county, Chinn and her team bought three heaters for the patio, a relatively new addition, to warm patrons until the establishment’s 2 a.m. close time. Even in freezing weather, regulars continued to hang out. “We are really fortunate to be busy during the pandemic,” she says.

The employees working during Esther Levy’s time stayed through the changing of ownership, until their eventual retirements. Chinn and her team remain dedicated to the business, and the restaurant still doesn’t experience a lot of staff turnover. Jolly Jug’s reliable menu, charming ambiance, and familiar faces turn diners into a kind of family. Since 1946, seven generations of a family have come in, according to Chinn. She has witnessed regulars who have gone from dating to getting married to having a baby. And now that baby is grown up and having a baby themselves. Patrons have become so familiar with the Jolly Jug crew that they invite them to their families’ parties, weddings, and funerals. First-time patrons may even hear a bar patron singing to a familiar song at the top of their lungs, and feel so comfortable that they are compelled to sing along.

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