December 5, 1985
The 106 sworn members of the El Monte Police Department have become the men and women in blue again. After nearly 30 years in tan, the department changed last week to navy blue. In the late 1950s, the city dropped the blue in favor of tan for reasons no one in the department's high command seems to remember. Capt. Leon Hansen said last week's change was made because blue is considered more visible than tan.
April 21, 1988
San Gabriel Valley Water Co., based in El Monte, has increased its water rates by 4.1% to offset the rising costs of buying power from the Southern California Edison Co. and the Southern California Gas Co.
April 14, 1988
Starting this week, some drivers may be pulled over by a police officer and given a gift certificate instead of a traffic ticket. Motorcycle Officers Richard Thomas and Dan Makintosh will distribute $10 Vons gift certificates to safe drivers as part of a program to encourage traffic safety in the city. Vons, based in El Monte, has donated 50 certificates, which are redeemable at all Vons supermarkets.
December 4, 1986
City officials are seeking a location for a 22-foot, two-ton likeness of the Statue of Liberty, donated to the city this year by an El Monte physician. The City Council recently asked the city's Public Works Department to find an appropriate place for the statue and expects a recommendation at its next council meeting Dec. 23, officials said. The fiberglass statue is valued at $20,000.
June 19, 1986
County supervisors have awarded a $3.68-million contract for construction of an underpass on Peck Road at the Southern Pacific railroad tracks in El Monte. Security Paving Co. Inc. of Sun Valley won the contract by submitting the lowest of four bids on the project. The underpass will eliminate delays now experienced by motorists who must wait for trains to pass and will prevent train-auto collisions. Work is scheduled to be completed by May, 1988.
May 24, 1992
The separate murders of a 20-year-old Cypress College student and a 43-year-old nail salon employee are being investigated by El Monte police who said they have no suspects in either death. The body of the college student, Ho Fu Chai of Buena Park, was found at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday inside a 1979 Volvo parked at the city recreation lot, 3120 Tyler Ave. Chai, who died of a gunshot wound, was slumped over the vehicle's steering wheel.
February 2, 1992
The City Council voted Tuesday to join in a "covenant of understanding" with the Taiwanese city of Yung Kang Hsiang to stimulate cultural and business exchange. Representatives of the Taiwanese city addressed the council, describing their island city of 140,000 in southern Taiwan. Once primarily an agricultural area, Yung Kang Hsiang is now 25% commercial, 20% industrial, 30% agricultural and 25% residential, they said.
June 14, 1990
Phase 2 of the Santa Fe Trail Historical Park Project will begin in July, following the City Council's unanimous decision Tuesday to award a $313,000 contract to Bopark Enterprises Inc. of Rancho Cucamonga. The project is on an acre of the city's only historical site, next to Pioneer Park on Santa Anita Avenue.
July 12, 1990
The City Council approved an agreement with Greater El Monte Community Hospital to provide medical treatment for prisoners in city custody. The Police Department has included $40,000 in its 1990-91 budget for prisoner medical expenses, about the same amount spent in 1989-90 for prisoner care at the hospital. Police Chief Wayne Clayton said the alternative of taking prisoners to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center for free treatment would be more costly.
July 23, 1987
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has canceled a hearing scheduled for Saturday in El Monte on the Spadra waste-to-energy plant, after the decision of directors of the county Sanitation Districts to withdraw the proposal. The Sanitation Districts' directors voted Monday to withdraw the application for a construction permit from the air quality district and instructed their staff to stop work on the project.