We think of rebuff as a negative response, but rebuff could also mean to shine again. A story was headlined: Monterey Park Council Rebuffs Mayor on Signs. (Times, Dec. 15.) I think the people of Monterey Park will shine again in their opposition to changing the ordinance dealing with how much English should be required on business signs.
The city's Design Review Board and Planning Commission both recommended no changes be made. The important sign issues should be color, size, uniformity and necessary controls to prevent signs from becoming a blurry mass of meaningless clutter. Both bodies dealt with these issues. The City Council didn't.
Changes in the English requirement may be imposed by the City Council, but such action will not change attitudes. It will not change the numbers or kinds of retail establishments in Monterey Park, and it will not cause a dramatic reversal in the community's shopping habits.
By putting the language issue on the ballot as a referendum, the door would open for another bitter political battle. Unfortunately, there are factions in our community that would relish another war.