A recent poll conclusively showed that nine out of 10 people seeking building variances and conditional-use permits prefer doing business with the Monterey Park City Council than any other council in the San Gabriel Valley.
To illustrate, at the Oct. 1 council meeting, a person asked for not one, not two, not three, but four building variances and a conditional-use permit. The applicant had illegally converted a garage into living quarters and needed council approval to legalize the conversion and escape a court appearance. The council OKd the variances.
Approving variances that forgive an illegally converted garage not only sets a horrible precedent, but clearly does not meet any of the criteria (in the city Building Code.) Therefore, at this very moment the city attorney is hermetically sealed in a little room with porcelain fixtures next to the council chamber creating a legal reason to justify the council's action.
What makes this situation even more questionable is that the applicant's name prominently appeared on a political mailer sent out on behalf of Councilman Fred Balderrama during the last election.