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Winds knock out power in the SGV; South Pasadena allows overnight holiday parking; Five ways to help Newtown

News from around the West San Gabriel Valley:

Winds knock out power for more than 1,000 San Gabriel Valley residents (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)Strong winds knocked out power for 1,304 Southern California Edison customers in Arcadia, Monrovia, La Canada Flintridge, Sierra Madre, and West Covina on Tuesday night. Power will be restored throughout Wednesday and into Wednesday night.

South Pasadena allows overnight parking for the holidays (South Pasadena Patch)Vehicle owners may leave their cars parked on South Pasadena streets overnight from Dec. 22 to Jan. 3 without a city parking permit. The city's municipal code usually limits overnight parking to 30 minutes between 2 – 6 a.m. The special holiday exemption does not cover a vehicle that has been parked in the same spot on a public road for more than 72 hours. 

Five ways to help families in Newtown (South Pasadena Patch)Mourners all over the world are reaching out to the community of Newton, Conn., where a tragic school shooting last Friday took the lives of 20 children and six adults. South Pasadena Patch found five ways you can help the families of Newton.

San Marino School Board forms cell phone tower committee (San Marino Tribune)In response to public opposition to cell phone towers on the district's property, the San Marino School Board approved on Tuesday the formation of a cell tower committee that will discuss possible tower locations. The school board approved contracts for the cell towers in 2004 and they have brought more than $4,000 a month to the district.

CHINESE: Chinese elderly susceptible to scams in the San Gabriel Valley (World Journal)Scam artists in the San Gabriel Valley are targeting elderly Chinese victims and using Chinese superstition to scheme for money. Scammers have told victims that their family will experience disasters if they don't take part in religious ceremonies. After taking money and jewelry from the victims, the scam artists escape. Police have had difficulty understanding the cases due to language and cultural barriers.CHINESE: Las Tunas Drive Redevelopment Plan public hearing in Temple City (World Journal)Temple City Council is holding a public hearing regarding proposals for the Las Tunas Drive Redevelopment Plan. The hearing will take place on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at Live Oak Park. The project team will present three proposals they say integrated residents’ suggestions on restaurants, traffic, and parking. Chinese translation will be provided.

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

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