City and Developer Break Ground on New Hilton Garden Inn
Hotel to Create Job Opportunities and Generate Increased Revenues for the City
The City and The California Investment Regional Center broke ground December 11 on the Hilton Garden Inn, a planned 133-room hotel with three restaurants, conference center and banquet facilities at 9920 Valley Blvd.
Once completed, the hotel, which is being built on a long-vacant lot in an area targeted by the state for increased job growth, is expected to employ approximately 218 hotel, restaurant and retail workers.
The $20 million, four-story hotel, will house one Chinese restaurant, one Western restaurant and one café and is expected to generate $500,000 in sales, property and bed tax revenues. It will also increase the number of hotel beds in the city to 628.
The project is expected to open in September 2016. The hotel was designed by Simon Lee & Associates in a Spanish contemporary style and will feature water efficient landscaping with Date Palms, Crape Myrtle and Strelitzia shrubs. Rooms will run about $129 per night.
“Boosting economic development opportunities remains a top priority for our City,” said El Monte City Manager Raul Godinez. “Not only will the Hilton Garden Inn be an economic driver for the surrounding area and the City, it will also create an architectural statement in an important gateway into the City of El Monte.”
Celebrities, City Officials Empower El Monte Sixth-Graders at 'Believe in Yourself'
The City, El Monte City School District and Mountain View School District hosted a Youth Summit on Friday, Jan. 9 at Columbia School, where leaders from an array of careers shared their experiences to inspire success for hundreds of sixth-graders from diverse backgrounds and often difficult life circumstances.
The Summit, the largest in the San Gabriel Valley, represents one of the first such collaborations between the City and its School Districts. The program targets sixth-graders to help them in their transition to a middle school setting, a time that heralds significant changes as they prepare for their teen years.
More than 1,000 sixth-graders attended the City of El Monte’s Youth Summit, the largest youth summit in the San Gabriel Valley.
The Summit presented a forum for students to hear from successful leaders, engage in dialogue, gain confidence and learn ways to overcome obstacles as they continue to grow and pave a path towards success. Highlights of the event were remarks from three actors: Tom Choi, currently appearing on MTV’s Teen Wolf; Michael Gregory, the voice for Call of Duty-Black Ops and appearing in the movies Robocop and Total Recall; and Zibby Allen, who has had roles on Grey’s Anatomy and Disney’s A.N.T. Farm. KTLA Channel 5 Meteorologist Vera Jimenez shared with students her personal stories about how she followed her dreams and achieved her goals.
El Monte Kicks Of Holiday Season with 43rd Annual Holiday House
Holiday cheer was in large supply Dec. 6 as the community gathered for the 43rd annual Holiday House, which featured gingerbread house and Christmas tree decorating competitions.
The veritable "Santa’s Workshop" took over the City's community and senior centers, where carolers entertained crowds and filled the space with glad Christmas tidings and holiday whimsy.
The event also featured various food vendors, a holiday boutique, free arts and crafts, a magic show, moon bounce and pictures with Old St. Nick.
Santa’s helpers were on hand to spread holiday cheer at the City of El Monte’s Annual Holiday House Dec. 6.
This year Holiday House sponsors included: Attorneys at Law Olivarez Madruga; Johnson Fang, California Investment Regional Center, LLC; Walmart; Grapevine Advisors LLC; American Reclamation; Valley Vista Services; Willdan; El Monte Police Officers’ Association; AIM Consulting Services; Domus Management Company; VM Investments, LLC; The Magellan Group; Jamboree; Parking Company of America; Pacifica; Wayne C. Clayton Foundation and Royal Coaches.
The annual spectator favorite, gingerbread house and tree decorating competitions brought participants old and young together in playful rivalry. Both competitions were judged by El Monte City Council members and other community members.
The merriment started with The Arroyo High School Cheer Team Menudo Breakfast Fundraiser. The El Monte Council of PTA and the El Monte Pee Wee Cheerleaders were also among the community groups that raised money at the Holiday House on Saturday.
The annual SGV Energy Wise Partnership’s “Holiday LED Light Exchange,” ensured that community members disposed of old energy wasting lights and provided residents with new energy-efficient LED lights.
Community members were asked to help support the El Monte/South El Monte Emergency Resources Association (ERA) by donating canned goods to benefit the ERA food drive.
Annual Christmas Basket Giveaway Brings Holiday Spirit to Local Families
The City and Police Department on Dec. 23 hosted the annual Christmas basket giveaway, bringing together councilmembers and community volunteers at the El Monte City School District offices to assemble and deliver baskets filled with food and toys. For over 30 years, this annual event has served to help brighten the holiday season for disadvantaged families living in El Monte.
The project that once provided 30 Christmas baskets to local families currently provides more than 800 that reach more than 4,500 people. This year approximately, 7,000 toys were donated.
Volunteers assemble Christmas baskets for the City of El Monte's 32nd annual Christmas Basket Giveaway on Dec. 23.
“Many of our police officers see firsthand the need for this program in our community as they are patrolling our neighborhoods,” said Detective Ray Larriva. They, along with our entire Police Department, work very hard to ensure we continue to receive the necessary donations for the Christmas baskets.”
Families receiving baskets were chosen by recommendations from city and school personnel, local churches, service organizations and through sign-ups with the Police Department’s Community Relations office.
The program is organized by the City of El Monte, The El Monte Police Department and the El Monte Police Officers’ Association, in collaboration with the City’s school districts, non-profit organizations, local businesses and community volunteers who donated time, food and toys.
City of El Monte’s Santa Float sleighs down neighborhood streets with Santa Claus greeting children and families who look forward to this annual tradition.
Santa Brings Joy to Hundreds of Children Throughout the City
Santa Claus and his merry band of elves came to town for the City of El Monte’s annual Santa Float, Dec. 3-22.
For six nights, Santa and his cheerful helpers stopped at local parks and community centers to visit with neighborhood children and pose for photographs given as Christmas keepsakes to those in attendance.
This year Santa Float sponsors included Longo Toyota and the El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce.