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Conflict between Monterey Park officials and vendors regarding early closure of Chinese New Year's festival

A conflict arose between vendors and Monterey Park city official when the City Council announced last weekend that the Chinese New Year's festival would end early due to rain, the World Journal reports. A Chinese American pastor, Jimmy Tam, said he went to the City Council to negotiate for an extension, but was handcuffed by the police. Donna Ramirez, an administrative aide, alleged that he had attacked her, the World Journal reports. Other vendors were also confused about the early dismissal, complaining that it had already turned clear when the council made the announcement which caused them up to $6,000 loss. Another vendor, Joey, told the World Journal that Ramirez turned him down rudely and asked him to talk to the police when he inquired about the reason that led to the City Council's decision. 

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