Thousands still without power after LA windstorm

Aizita Magana

South Pasadena resident Aizita Magana has been without power since last Wednesday night. She took this picture in her neighborhood.

California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge) is calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in the San Gabriel Valley, where thousands are still without power nearly a week after a violent windstorm.

Portantino announced Tuesday that he sent a letter to Brown requesting the declaration so emergency resources can be made available to affected residents.

Nearly 8,000 Southern California Edison customers remain without service. The outages, caused mostly by downed trees, were centered in the San Gabriel Valley, northeast of Los Angeles.

Southland property owners who sustained damage in last week's hurricane-force winds may be eligible for tax relief, the county assessor said Tuesday.

If property damage amounts to $10,000 or more, including destruction to chimneys or structures caused by falling trees or branches, homeowners may be entitled under California state law to a temporary reduction in the assessed value of their home. That could mean a lower tax bill until the damage is repaired.

"My office is ready to assist the community to obtain tax relief information for those property owners who have suffered damage or loss by the windstorms," said County Assessor John Noguez.

The application for relief must be submitted within one year of the date of the damage.

More information and applications are available from the assessor's office.

With contributions by The Associated Press and KPCC wire services

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