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Monterey Park Mandates Bilingual Signs For Businesses

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On bustling Garvey Ave in Monterey Park...

The majority of businesses have signs in both Chinese and English.  But not all.

FedEx delivery man Humberto Avellaneea who has navigated these streets for about 20 yrs...  Says the neighborhood is familiar to him... But the signage makes getting around difficult for the new drivers. "When I go on vacation the rookie guys they have a lot of trouble."

Soon it could be mandatory for merchants to put up bi-lingual signs. In a preliminary vote two  weeks ago.. The city council unanimously approved an amendment that would require at least one sign be written in the "modern Latin Alphabet" Or the characters A through Z.

Supporters include the City's Fire and Police Chiefs... Who say it would help emergency responders find addresses.

Some shop owners say bi lingual signs would be helpful to  customers and draw more business. But others say they should not be FORCED to change their signs, especially if their customers are mostly Chinese.

At the Hong Kong Cafe there were no heated debates over the proposed ordinance.

Just delicious hot dishes... And Owner Christine Yu hopes a new signage rule would mean more foodies can enjoy them.

Support for the proposed ordinance could be waning. Some councilmembers appear to be reconsidering their initial vote.

The city council is meeting at 7 pm tonight and is expected to take a final vote.


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