A woman who says that a new city noise ordinance forced her out of business has filed a $15-million lawsuit against the city of El Monte and Councilman Stanley Quintana, who introduced the ordinance.
Jacqueline S. Sherlin contends in a suit filed in Pasadena Superior Court that the ordinance violated her rights and forced her to close J. D. Plating, a metal plating firm she owned, in October. Quintana, who lives next to Sherlin's former business, sponsored the noise ordinance, which prohibits all-night business operations in industrial zones if they produce sounds that disturb residents.
Sherlin said she had to close her business, which depended on night deliveries, because of the ordinance. She is an attorney and the lawsuit, filed in mid-April, is the most recent in a series of legal actions that began last March when Sherlin moved her firm to 1841 Tyler Ave., in an area zoned for industry that abuts Quintana's home and his barrel-making business.