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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
July 26, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
A battle is already brewing over El Monte's effort to tax all sugary beverages sold within the city, as the City Council faced criticism from residents and business groups at its meeting Tuesday. The proposal, which is one of the first of its kind in California, would add a 1-cent tax to every ounce of "sugar sweetened" drinks sold within the city. El Monte's council members voted unanimously to place the measure on the November ballot, saying that it would provide much-needed revenue for the city government and combat the health problems caused by sodas and other sweet beverages.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
The El Monte lifeguards fired for riffing on a South Korean crossover pop phenomenon have drummed up nearly as much attention as the "Gangnam Style" video they spoofed. The 14 part-time employees who lost their jobs have pulled in support from around the world. Thousands have "liked" their page on Facebook, with messages pouring in from Minnesota, Kentucky, Florida, Britain and Belgium. Psy, the male performer behind "Gangnam Style," questioned why city officials were inflexible.
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