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Town Tweets – November 7, 2012

By Joe Castillo


Tracks Project …..


   The City of San Gabriel hosted the kick-off of the most anticipated project to come to San Gabriel in years. The Union Pacific Alameda Corridor line will be lowered through the city at a cost only $336 million. The project will create 8,900 new jobs in the construction of the 30 feet deep, 65 feet wide and 1.2 mile long trench. The track will be lowered at the Ramona, Mission Road, Del Mar, San Gabriel and Walnut Grove crossings where 90,000 cars cross each day. Currently, 16 trains a day pass through the corridor with an expected increase to 61 trains per day by the year 2025 if Union Pacific builds a second line as anticipated.  For 30 years, residents of San Gabriel have questioned why city leaders voted to block trench construction after Alhambra voted to lower their section of the tracks. Well, I guess it’s better late than never but two fatal and two serious injury accidents may have been prevented if the City had acted with more foresight back in 80’s…. Street Banner ….. I was driving along Las Tunas when I drove under a 12 foot long sign which advertised the Turkey Trot run on November 3. It was clear and provided information for everyone to read regarding the run. As I continued to drive east bound along Las Tunas, I came upon another 12 foot long sign. The problem was I couldn’t understand it as it was completely written in Chinese. Whatever the event was, me and other Chinese illiterate residents will never know. You would think that you would want a sign which everyone could understand in order to communicate your message.  Just a thought. …. New Year’s Day ….. January 1st is only 2 months away and the Tournament of Roses Parade is gearing up for its big day. The annual Rose Parade is the highlight of New Year’s Day and is meant to bring a smile, laugh and hope to viewers for the upcoming year. This year San Gabriel will be entering its first float entry in over 40 years to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the City. It’s been a lot of hard work for co-chairmen Kevin Sawkins and Mary Camarano but if it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth the effort…. Playhouse Events …. The San Gabriel Playhouse is gearing up for its holiday season. On December 2nd, Li’s Ballet will be performing. Founded in Temple City by Li Zhang, a renowned ballerina from Shaghai, China, the school in now attended by 400 students. Its 20th anniversary show will include a full-length Susan Lake classical ballet. Also, the popular ballet, The Nutcracker, will be presented on December 15, 16, 22 and 23. Ticket information is available at (626) 683-3459 or Whatever the event, the Mission Playhouse is an excellent venue with its historic foundation….

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