March 3, 1988
The Montebello City Council has introduced an ordinance that would require smoke detectors in all single-family residences in the city. The ordinance, which had unanimous support last week, is scheduled for final approval at the council's March 14 meeting. If passed, the ordinance would take effect 30 days later. The ordinance was introduced in response to a Jan. 24 house fire that claimed six lives in Montebello. Fire Chief Robert J.
September 17, 1987
The Montebello City Council has voted unanimously to hire an attorney to defend a city bus driver against possible charges that negligence led to the death of a 3-year-old girl who was caught in the doors of his bus and dragged along the street. The city hired lawyer F. A. de la Pena to defend veteran bus driver George C.
October 15, 1987
The Montebello City Council has voted unanimously to sell the municipal water system. The city will advertise and seeks bids on the system, which serves about 1,550 residential, commercial and industrial customers in north and south Montebello and a small area of Commerce to the west. It is one of five water systems serving Montebello. The municipal water system has been estimated to be worth between $3 million and $7 million, City Administrator Joseph M. Goeden said.
June 16, 1988
The Montebello City Council has approved a 7.1% increase in garbage collection rates for single-family homes to take effect July 1. The increase, which will raise residential bills from $6.94 to $7.43 per month, will pay for an annual rate increase guaranteed Athens Disposal Co. under its contract with the city, finance director Ted Nix said. The increase also will pay for Montebello's costs to oversee the service. More than 11,300 residences will be affected by the increase.
January 15, 1987
The Montebello City Council has approved a new policy that bars the city Fire Department from hiring smokers. The City Council voted unanimously earlier this week to direct the city attorney to draft a resolution to implement the policy, which is similar to ones adopted by several Southern California cities, including Downey, officials said.
September 3, 1987
Former mayor Catherine P. Hensel died of cancer on Aug. 26. She was 75. Hensel was elected to the Montebello City Council in 1976. She became the city's first woman mayor and served in that position twice. She was also appointed by Sen. David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles) to the State Advisory Highway Transportation Committee. She voluntarily stepped down from the Montebello City Council in December, 1985, in order to pursue community and church activities.
September 13, 1990
In response to complaints from residents who live in the neighborhood around the Holiday Spa Health Club, the Montebello City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to establish preferential parking to keep spa patrons from parking on neighborhood streets. The council voted 4 to 0 to establish residents-only parking in the 500 block of North Morris Place from 4 to 10 p.m., except weekends and holidays.
January 26, 1989
The Montebello City Council on Monday postponed a vote on whether to repeal a pair of controversial redevelopment ordinances or call for an election to let city voters approve or reject the measures. A residents group called South Montebello Area Residents Together staged a successful referendum petition drive that last week suspended enactment of the ordinances until they are voted on or rescinded.
July 2, 1987
The Montebello City Council has approved an interim budget that allows the city to continue spending at current levels to provide community services until a final budget for 1987-88 is approved. The city is considering eliminating 12 of 387 full-time municipal jobs to reduce spending that has cut deeply into city reserves, City Administrator Joseph M. Goeden said. The City Council, which approved the interim budget last week, is to consider the proposed budget July 13, Goeden said.