AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesDriver accused of racing arrested SANTA FE SPRINGS – Whittier officers pursued a pair of cars racing on streets in Santa Fe Springs on Monday. Officers spotted the cars racing at about 12:20 a.m. on Shoemaker Road near the Santa Ana (5) Freeway and attempted to stop them, said Whittier police Sgt. Aviv Bar. Both cars immediately fled. After a pursuit of about a half mile, one of the cars stopped, while the other continued and escaped, said Bar. Police arrested a 17-year-old male driver on suspicion of being in a speed contest and evading police. Senior Center to show free film WHITTIER – The Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut Ave., will show the movie “Hoot” at 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. For more information, call (562) 464-3370. Senate OKs graffiti cleanup proposal The state Senate voted 31-0 Monday to approve Whittier-area state Assemblyman Ron Calderon’s anti-graffiti legislation. AB 2923 allows judges the discretion to impose a fine equal to the cost of clean up of graffiti, plus any additional costs the court deems appropriate. In addition, the driver’s license of the convicted adult, or parents of a convicted minor can be suspended for a maximum of two years. Current law only allows a one-year suspension. “From the start I have contended that this bill is a vital first-step in the battle against graffiti and vandalism,” said Calderon, D-Montebello. “This bill will give law enforcement, judges, and local elected officials a new tool to punish vandals and send a clear message that our neighborhoods will not tolerate such filth anymore.” Uptown to hold annual car show WHITTIER – The Whittier Uptown Association will host its sixth annual Uptown Whittier Car Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring more than 500 cars lining the streets of Greenleaf Avenue (between Hadley and Penn) and Philadelphia Street (between Comstock and Painter). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Whittier First Day Coalition and the Women and Children’s Crisis Center of Whittier. For more information, call (562) 696-2662. Youth vollytennis league forming LA MIRADA – Children 7 and 8 years old can register now for the city’s volleytennis league. Registration ends Sept. 15. Games will begin Oct. 8. The cost is $50; $60 if the player is taken from the waiting list. To register, or for more information, call (562) 943-7277, or visit the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Detectives confiscated stolen property and illegal weapons after searching a Pico Rivera house where a man barricaded himself for four hours Friday. Michael John Perez, 40, of Pico Rivera was being held Monday on suspicion of vehicle embezzlement; being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm and ammunition; possession of stolen property; and violation of parole, officials said. Police arrested Perez on Friday, after he surrendered. But he initially refused to comply with orders to come out of a house in the 9400 block of Call Street. Deputies had gone to the home on a report that Perez was suspected of embezzling a car. Inside the home, officials found what they said was a stolen DVD player, laptop computer, personal identification and cell phones. The property had been stolen from a house in Montebello, officials said.