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Note: You must speak directly with an inspector to schedule an appointment. The inspectors will attempt to accommodate your schedule, but you should expect to allow a 72 hour lead time for your request.
If the person submitting the plans is not the holder of the pocket license, a letter from the holder of the pocket license must be submitted with the name of the person submitting the plans and the permission to submit plans.
You may call during business hours to schedule an appointment, Monday through Friday or leave a message for Inspectors, at 626-307-1308. Inspectors will return calls when in the office.
Note: It is acceptable to call the fire marshal with fire code-related questions or field inspection problems.
Per the CDC website:
"We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.
In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. (emphasis added)
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance."
Although city hall and other facilities are closed to face-to-face interaction, essential city staff continue to be available by phone and email. Constituents are encouraged to contact city hall through their regular contacts, by searching the website or via the new Help Desk. Please keep in mind that, due to county and state orders, non-essential city staff may be adjusted at any time.
The City of Monterey Park Help Desk has been created to provide continued service during the closure and can be reached:
The City of Monterey Park is proactively implementing measures to protect thehealth of our utility customers and employees, and provide accommodations forcustomers impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. Firstand foremost, we would like to reassure customers that the water they receivefrom the City is safe to drink and meets all state and federal health andsafety standards. Water delivered to customers is treated and tested to ensureit meets drinking water requirements. Our team of water professionals iscommitted to ensuring customers have reliable water at their taps when theyneed it. In addition, sewer service and trash service continue. We do notanticipate any utility service interruptions.
No wipes in the pipes! Please do not flush wipes of any kind (flushable or disposable) down the toilet. So called "flushable" wipes do not disintegrate, creating serious problems in our sewer system such as backups. Rather than flushing, please dispose of these products in the trash. In addition, please do not flush paper towels, feminine products, cloth materials, or anything besides waste and toilet paper. Let’s keep our sewer pipes flowing!
The City has received inquiries regarding the eviction of tenants during the COVID-19 emergency. The following orders from the Governor of the State of California contains some information regarding tenant evictions, and there may be other and additional orders that may be issued by governmental entities (the City of Monterey Park has not issued any orders regarding evictions):
Additionally, California Penal Code Section 396(f) may provide relevant information depending on your particular circumstances:
There may be additional information available for landlords through the California Apartments Association https://caanet.org/local/los-angeles/ and for tenants through the Western Center on Law and poverty https://wclp.org/.
The City is providing all of the above links as they are a matter of public information. Nothing in this information should be construed as, nor is intended to be, legal advice. This is simply information regarding the topic. Tenants and landlords should consult their own legal counsel regarding their unique situations.
Visit LA County’s COVID-19: What you need to know about drive-up mobile testing sites.
LA County Department of Public Health has also provided the following advisory: Please do not call 911 to request testing for COVID-19 and please do not go to an emergency room unless you are seriously ill and require emergency care. If you have respiratory illness and want to know if you should be tested for COVID-19, it is best to call your health care provider or, if you don’t have a provider, contact L.A. County by calling 211 or visiting www.211la.org for help finding a clinician near you. The City is in communication with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to ensure that public officials are taking the appropriate action to protect the public against the spread of the coronavirus.
During the temporary closure period, utility customers will still have access to speak with knowledgeable customer service representatives:
Additionally, the City offers multiple options for customers to pay their utility bills by phone, by mail, via drop box outside the City Hall west entrance, automatic billing, or online.
The City has implemented a temporary moratorium on residential service disconnections for non-payment due to financial hardships until the COVID-19 situation is stabilized. We encourage customers experiencing financial hardship to contact our Utility Billing office at 626-307-1342 to discuss payment extension and payment plan options that may be available.
Street sweeping parking enforcement has been suspended until further notice. In order to encourage and support our residents who are working from home, self-isolating at home and to encourage the social distancing recommended to slow the spread of the COVID-19, the Monterey Park Police Department will temporarily suspend the enforcement of street sweeping violations. This will be effective immediately and ample notification will be made prior to our enforcement activities resuming.
All other parking violations, specifically those that cause a public hazard will continue to be enforced.
However, since the street sweeping service will continue to operate, residents are still encouraged to move their vehicles if possible to assist in keeping the streets clean.
The library and bookdrop is closed until further notice.
Digital library cards are available for patrons who do not have a Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library card, but wish to access our digital resources during the library closure. To obtain a digital library card, please contact the Circulation Desk at 626-307-1366.
Any items due during the library closure will not be charged overdue fines.
Library bookdrops are closed; patrons may return their items when the library reopens.
Patrons may access the library WiFi from the library parking lot from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. during the library closure.
Patrons may access the following online resources from home:
OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks (library card required)
New York Times Digital
Britannica School Edition
TumbleBooks ebooks for kids
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library Consumer Health Resource Center
On March 19, 2020, Los Angeles County and state officials ordered sweeping new restrictions asking nonessential businesses to close and residents to stay at home as much as possible to help contain the coronavirus. It will last through April 19, possibly longer.
The "Safer at Home" order calls for nonessential businesses to cease operations that require workers to be present in person.
Residents should stay at home when not participating in essential activities like shopping for food, hardware supplies and medication. Gatherings should not be held beyond people inside a single home.
LA County public health director Barbara Ferrer said the order includes:
These businesses and services will be allowed to continue. However, they must continue to practice social distancing and other protective measures.
To view/download the LA County health officer order, please visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.
Even though the City of Monterey Park is not in their jurisdiction, the City of Los Angeles has created a detailed FAQ on the "Safer at Home" issue available at https://corona-virus.la/faq.
Go to the Monterey Park’s Coronavirus Updates page.
Closed to the public until further notice, but will remain open to phone and email communication during regular hours of operation and online services will continue to be provided.
Police Department will remain open; however, certain services such as Live Scan have been suspended. We may accept and document certain non-emergency crime reports over the telephone rather than in person.
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library
Closed to the public until further notice, but will remain open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. to phone and email communication, and online services will continue to be provided.
Book drop is closed until further notice.
Langley Senior Center will be closed to non-essential programs until further notice.
Senior Lunch Program to continue with the following modification: Boxed lunches will be provided for pick up, please contact Langley Center for more information at 626-307-1395.
Dial-a-Ride program to continue with the following modification: Rides will only be provided for essential trips, including medical appointments and grocery store or pharmacy trips
Recreation and Community Services
Public restrooms at all parks will be closed until further notice. Restrooms will be open and available at Garvey Ranch Park and Barnes Park during regular park hours.
Picnic shelters located at Barnes Park, Highlands Park, George Elder Park, and Garvey Ranch Park
ALL Playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts at all park sites.
The City will continue to assess the situation and may make additional changes as needed.
Spirit Bus Modified Hours of Operation
- Route 1-4 will run Monday-Friday, 9:10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (Saturday schedule). Saturday/Sunday schedule remains the same.
- Route 5 will run Monday-Friday, 9:10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Saturday/Sunday schedules remain the same (no service).
- LINK shuttle that runs between Corporate Center and CSULA Metrolink Station will be canceled until further notice.
Special Events Canceled
Farmers’ Market, George Elder Park, Every Thursday.
Spring Cleaning Day, Barnes Park Service Club House, Saturday, April 18,
Cherry Blossom Festival, Barnes Park, Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26.
Earth Day Festival, Eco-Summit and Bike Rides, Barnes Park, Saturday, April 25.
Cinco de Mayo, Barnes Park, Sunday, May 3.
Happy Birthday Monterey Park – Play Days Carnival and Parade, Barnes Park, May 7-10.
Fire Service Day, Fire Station, Saturday, May 16.
Public Works Day, City Yard, Thursday, May 21.
Memorial Day, City Hall, Monday, May 25.
Public Meetings (including City Council Meetings)
All regular meetings are canceled. Please monitor the Agenda Center page for any special meetings that may be called. Any such meetings will be conducted in accordance with Section No. 11 of the Governor’s Executive Order No. N-25-20 issued on March 12, 2020.
For updates and information about the current numbers of cases in Los Angeles County and The United States, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit the following websites:
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
The City encourages the public to take proactive steps to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As with other respiratory illnesses, there are steps that everyone can take daily to reduce the risk of getting sick or infecting others. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends:
Stay home if you are sick; do not wait until you are VERY sick. Remain home until you have spoken with your doctor or health provider.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands). Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately after.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a cleaning spray or wipes that are identified for use against Influenza A&B and coronaviruses.
Practice and encourage “social distancing” by maintaining six feet of separation from other people.
All people over the age of 65 and people with chronic conditions should self isolate.
The City of Monterey Park will continue to follow the lead of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in implementing protocols to protect the health and safety of everyone in public spaces and in providing accurate and timely updates to the community.
Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday of March in even-numbered years.
To become a candidate in the next city election, you must first be a registered voter and reside in the district you are running for at the time nomination forms are issued to you. All required forms and guidelines to run for office in the general municipal election will be available in the City Clerk's office starting in November.
You may obtain the required forms in the City Clerk's office, located at 320 West Newmark Avenue, or you may download the forms available through the Secretary of State website.
The forms required include:
*The personal funds of a candidate or officeholder used in connection with seeking or holding elective office are contributions and are counted toward qualifying as a recipient committee. However, personal funds used to pay a candidate filing fee or a fee for the statement of qualifications to appear in the ballot pamphlet are not counted toward the $2,000 threshold.
At 8 p.m. on Election Day, the polls close. The Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder's Office (RRCC) is the Central Counting Place (location where ballots are counted). All semi-final results will be released and available from RRCC headquarters located at 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, CA 90650. Semi-final results will also be continuously updated and displayed on the County's website at www.lavote.net throughout Election Night and during the Official Canvass.
The county elections official shall prepare a certified statement of the results of the election and submit it to the City within 30 days of the election.
Any person who is 18 years of age or older and a citizen of the U.S. can register to vote by filling out a voter registration form. It is required that you file a new form each time you move or have a name change. You must be registered to vote at least 15 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote. Check the L.A. County Registrar of Voters website for further information. Registration forms are available at the following locations:
City of Monterey ParkCity Clerk's Office320 W. Newmark Ave.Monterey Park, CA 91754
Monterey Park Post Office245 W.Garvey Ave.Monterey Park, CA 91754
Anyone who is interested in volunteering must complete a volunteer application . These can also be picked up from any of the library’s information desks. Please call the Administration Office at (626) 307-1269 for more information.
The Friends of the Library assists with the semi-annual book sale, runs the Bookstore, raises funds for programs, presents library programs, etc. Please ask at the Reference Desk for an application. Dues are $5 for a single person, $10 for a family, $3 for Seniors, $25 for Patron status, $50 for Sustaining and $100 for Benefactor. The Friends is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
The library also accepts donations of new-to-fairly-new books and magazines in good condition for the Friends Bookstore. Donations should be placed through the Donation Drop next to the rear entrance. All proceeds from sales of donated items go to support the library.
If you are considering the in the front yard, please stop by City Hall to submit a simple site plan and wall elevation for Planning clearance prior to starting the work
Between 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm. please call 626-307-1320. After hours please contact the Monterey Park Police Department at 626-573-1311. You will be able to speak to someone 24 hours a day.