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San Marino debuts "Red Car Mural"; toddler struck by SUV; Monterey Park polluters forced to pay $1.6 million for cleanup

News from around the West San Gabriel Valley:

San Marino celebrates centennial with "Red Car Mural" (Los Angeles Times)A mural celebrating San Marino's Pacific Electric Railway trolley system and the city's centennial anniversary debuted last Thursday. Residents have referred to it as the "Red Car Mural," a painting of a wooden electric car that was built the same year the city was founded. The mural is located on the 2200 block of Huntington Drive.  

Toddler struck by SUV in San Gabriel (Pasadena Star-News)A 2-year-old was struck by an SUV on Saturday on a residential street in East San Gabriel. Paramedics rushed her to the hospital in unknown condition, although she was conscious and alert. The driver of the SUV, a woman in her 50s or 60s, remained at the scene and cooperated with police. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Last settlement for Monterey Park Superfund site (KPCC)The Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement that officials say will force dozens of polluters to pay $1.6 million toward cleanup of a Superfund site in Monterey Park. Polluters have agreed to pay hundreds of millions over the last 25 years to clean up the former landfill south of the 60 Freeway, and this latest settlement will be the last for the site. 

Police catch juvenile after failed burglary and robbery  (San Marino Patch)Police have nabbed a 17-year-old who allegedly broke into homes in San Marino and South Pasadena this weekend. The juvenile attempted to burglarize a home on Winthrop Road on Sunday but fled after finding the owner at home. He ran to a nearby residence on Garfield Avenue and unsuccessfully tried to rob the property's caretaker of his cell phone, claiming he had a gun. He fled again and was apprehended not long after.

San Marino to hold strategic plan town hall meetings (San Marino Tribune)San Marino City Council has scheduled two town hall meetings — March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the San Marino Center and March 21 at 6 p.m. at Stoneman Elementary School — to discuss the city's strategic plan. The objective of the meetings is to outline goals and needs of residents and local businesses. 

El Sereno gets a parklet (The Eastsider L.A.)Construction is underway for a parklet outside of El Sereno's Food 4 Less on Huntington Drive. The parklet will be a public space including benches, tables, and planters for landscaping. The project is part of a demonstration sponsored by Council District 14 and Living Streets to create unexpected gathering spaces along city streets.

South Pasadena resident wakes up to scratching, scares off burglars (South Pasadena Patch)A South Pasadena resident scared off potential burglars last Tuesday evening after being awoken by scratching noises outside a window and taking a look. The suspects attempted to pull open the window of a unit on the 1600 block of Fair Oaks Avenue. They were described as males wearing dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts. 

Chinese students come to Los Angeles to prepare for studying abroad (Chinese: World Journal)Many young Chinese students used their school break to explore American culture in Los Angeles this winter. The students came to L.A. in tourist groups of 20-30, with some of the groups numbering up to 200. Some Chinese parents accompanied their children to visit schools, and many of the students will come back to study in American high schools or colleges.

Our news roundup includes stories from Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Pasadena, El Sereno, San Marino, Rosemead, and Temple City.

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