News Brief: San Gabriel’s history, Marshall Park, hotel robots and more

Need some reading material for your Monday morning? Here’s a brief look at San Gabriel in the news:

Neighborhood Spotlight: San Gabriel’s historical past is present amid continuing evolution (Los Angeles Times)

Valley Boulevard of culinary dreams: If you like Asian food, San Gabriel has you covered, with some of the Southland’s best Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants.

History you can touch: With one of California’s best-preserved missions, the beautiful Mission Playhouse and other historic sites, San Gabriel’s past shines through.

A rich cultural heritage: From the Tongva people to recent immigrants from China and Latin America, San Gabriel’s residents have brought layers of traditions that make it a vibrant place.

Scott Garner has a nice piece detailing San Gabriel’s past and what the city now looks like in the present. Garner also provides a succinct overview of the city’s attractions, history and development – including mention of our very own San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.

Marshall Park in San Gabriel opens, eight years after city received state funding for it (Pasadena Star-News)

According to a May 2016 report from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, San Gabriel only offered 0.6 acres of park space per 1,000 residents, which ranked the city 106th out of 120 cities and unincorporated areas in the county.

Since May, the city has added extra park space by partnering with the San Gabriel Unified School District to use the Coolidge and Washington elementary school parks as public park space.

Over at the Pasadena Star News, Christopher Yee has a nice piece detailing the recent opening of Marshall Park. Yee also has a good overview of the Marshall Park project from August of last year if you’re looking for a bit of backstory to the project.

The offerings inside San Gabriel’s newest hotel include city firsts (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Angelica Frausto-Lupo, San Gabriel’s economic development manager, said the hotel will provide some welcome revenue for the city.

“We expect that in the first year it will generate about $1.5 million from the transient occupancy tax, and over 30 years it will be almost $70 million,” she said.

The hotel’s 288 guestrooms include 17 luxury suites and a series of VIP club-level rooms. Guests can also hang out at an in-house Starbucks or at the Sheraton Club Lounge, a 1,500-square-foot area that serves as a meeting place with beverage service. The Sheraton will also have an on-site travel agent and a luxury car-rental desk.

Frausto-Lupo said the city is pleased with the hotel’s amenities.

“We are known for our food culture, but we didn’t have a Starbucks or a steakhouse in San Gabriel,” she said. “Now we have both.”

Our very own Angelica Frausto-Lupo was quoted in a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article detailing the new Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel, which officially opened last week. The article also details the Sheraton’s new robots, which help deliver room service among many other neat functions. Think of these as large Roombas that aim to make your hotel stay just a little bit more comfortable.