News Brief: Rain, bridges, a bank robbery and more

Happy Thursday! Wondering why we’ve been getting so much rain lately? As it turns out, an atmospheric river (otherwise known as a pineapple express) is hovering over San Gabriel, bringing in some pretty healthy rain fall.

The Los Angeles Times explains:

A pineapple express is a particular kind of strong atmospheric river. It brings in water vapor from the tropical Pacific Ocean, near Hawaii, to the American West Coast.

This San Gabriel bridge will be replaced over two years at a cost of $8.9 million

From Chris Yee:

Work is already underway on an $8.9 million project to replace the Del Mar Avenue bridge over the Alhambra Wash in San Gabriel.

The 83-year-old bridge south of Valley Boulevard has been deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, according to a statement issued by the city. Construction is already underway on the bridge’s sidewalk.

The bridge will not close entirely during construction. Instead, one lane of traffic will be open in each direction at all times until the project’s completion in 2020

You can view some photos from last week’s ceremony here. As with most construction projects, you can expect some delays if you’re traveling near the San Gabriel Square shopping center as construction ramps up. When it’s completed, the bridge will bring widened traveled lanes, pedestrian bike improvements and a new aesthetic entrance to Valley Boulevard, otherwise known as the Golden Mile District.

Man who left ID at bank after wrestling $20 from from teller is arrested, police say

From Ruby Gonzales:

Kott said Mendez was booked on suspicion of robbery as well as felony vandalism for damaging property at a business while fleeing after the March 5 robbery. He didn’t say what property was damaged.

Mendez is a gang member who is under post release community supervision for felony assault per A.B. 109, according to Kott.

You can read the entire statement from the San Gabriel Police Department here. A few weeks ago, this item garnered several headlines like this:

He stole $20 from a California bank, but left something far more valuable behind, cops say

From Don Sweeney:

He told tellers he couldn’t retrieve money from the ATM outside, then shouted at a teller counting cash and grabbed some bills, Sgt. Rebecca Gomez of the San Gabriel Police Department told The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The two struggled over the cash before the man fled with about $20.

He also left his ID and ATM cards behind, Gomez told the publication. Police deemed the crime a robbery because he used force to take the cash. An investigation into the crime continues.

Finally, here’s some very cool trivia from ACE and the San Gabriel Trench Project: