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Moved here 1 1/2 years ago. It is affordable, clean, safe, and friendly. I work directly with the Chinese community, and have found them to be the best clients I ever had. Not too far from LA to enjoy a day in the city. San Gabriel is a nice community, still finding its new identity, and I felt welcome from the first day.
I lived here in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Being just a kid at the time and having moved around a lot, I attended St. Stephen's School, Monterey Vista, John Marshall, Richard Garvey and Mark Keppel. It was a good place to grow up at the time. We were poor but I was happy. I passed through the area in the mid 80's and wasn't so impressed. Adults look at things differently than kids and the place had changed a lot.
Ive lived here [San Gabriel] my entire life. I grew up in the public schools and i loved my elementary school, which was Coolidge, and had the incredible misfortune of attending Jefferson Middle School, which was the worst experience of my life. THe teachers are careless there is alway construction, and due to the majority of asian teachers and their extremely thick accents, it is very difficult to learn from them. I really didn't like it at all. I had such a bad experience i did not want to continue on to Gabrielino which is the HIgh SChool.
ON another note, for the ethnicity i wouldn't agree that it is 49% asian it is about 70% Asian at the least!
I love Tony's comment because it just shows his ignorance of SG's diversity. A lot, if not most of the Chinese-speaking members of the community don't even speak fluent Mandarin (unlike Beijingers) because they use Cantonese. To group all Asians into one category is inherently misleading. SG is the place to be if you're at ALL interested in sampling good, cheap, authentic Asian fare.
But I do think that the city government is too pro-business and there are too many permit restrictions, more than most cities in the area.
A beautiful non-white, non-English speaking city which would fit in perfectly as a suburb of Beijing.
In South San Gabriel, there's at least 4 Asian markets (Chinese-99 Ranch, 168, Hawaii, and Quan Hwa) nearby (walking distance). Different restaurants (mostly Chinese) all within walking distance. If the only way of leaving is through Valley Blvd. then traffic could be a problem, especially between Del Mar and New Ave. This block is also the happy campers of SG Police, where most of SG's revenue probably comes from. The officers here have no mercy.
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