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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2009 | Hector Becerra
The boy found it hard not to think about getting bonked with a baseball as he played a game of catch with his father in a park in El Monte. It was early in the evening, but in the fast-fading light, Jose Rocha, 9, said the baseball looked like a wad of paper. "It's kind of hard to see it," the boy said in Lambert Park. Anxious to find savings as city coffers take a hit, El Monte turns off half the lights in all its parks. "We used to play till 8," the boy's father, also named Jose, said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
At the end of the night, the El Monte lifeguards who were fired for making a video spoof of a South Korean pop phenomenon did not win their jobs back. But they did make a splash that continues to be felt in the San Gabriel Valley city. "The city is the laughingstock of the nation," observed political consultant Xavier Hermosillo during a lengthy council meeting Tuesday that ended with city officials ordering a review of the mass firing. He suggested the city "do the right thing" and hire back the guards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
Faced with a crippling combination of low revenues, high labor costs and decreasing funding from the state, El Monte is moving to declare a fiscal emergency and seek a tax on sugary beverages sold within the city. The moves come as the city attempts to stave off the financial problems facing a number of cities across California. So far this summer, three cities - Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes - have moved to seek bankruptcy protection, and Compton officials announced the city could run out of cash in a matter of months.
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