News from around the West San Gabriel Valley:
Local teens catapult toilet paper with JPL engineers (Pasadena Sun)Local high school students competed with rocket scientists on Friday to see who could catapult a toilet paper roll and leave the longest trail, participating in the 15th annual Invention Challenge at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge.
Who turned off the water? (Pasadena Star-News)After a local reporter hikes up the River Wildness Park in Azusa and finds a dry San Gabriel River, he learns that the Los Angeles County flood control holds back the water in three dams after rainfall to prevent a possible flood, a move that he believes disrupts wildlife and recreation.
Cities vote to oust Metro board member for opposing 710 Freeway extension (Pasadena Star-News)Local city officials voted on Thursday not to extend Ara Najarian's tenure on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) board. Najarian, who has actively opposed the 710 Freeway extension, was nominated to serve another term by 12 other cities, such as fellow extension opponents Glendale and La Canada Flintridge. But the majority of the cities in the San Gabriel Valley, including Alhambra and Monterey Park, rejected his nomination.
Pasadena City Council poised to take a position on 710 Freeway extension (Pasadena Now)Pasadena City Council, which has yet to take an official stand on any of the remaining five 710 extension alternatives, is poised to take a position at Monday's council meeting. The Council rejected three options in August but will go over a list of recommended alternatives during the meeting.
Metro San Gabriel Valley Council to hold public hearings on Metro bus service (Baldwin Park Patch)Metro will hold a public hearing Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Metro Division 9 Transportation building next to the El Monte Transit Center. The Council will take suggestions on how service can be improved on the Metro Bus Lines 70, 76, and 770, which run along Garvey Avenue and Valley Boulevard.
Statewide sales and use tax rate to increase in January (Temple City Tribune)The statewide sales and use tax will increase one quarter of one percent, from 7.25 percent to 7.50 percent, on Jan. 1, 2013. California voters approved the increase, which was part of Proposition 30. Prop 30 will increase statewide sales and use tax rates for four years.
Our news roundup includes stories from Monterey Park, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Pasadena, El Sereno, San Marino, Rosemead, and Temple City.