Norms Restaurant Coming Soon to El Monte
Much Anticipated Project Represents a $4 Million Investment to Downtown El Monte
The El Monte City Council welcomes the much-anticipated El Monte Norms Restaurant to be located at the intersection of Valley Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue, a cornerstone development for the City’s downtown area. This is a $4 million investment to the City and provides a sit-down eatery for residents and visitors to our community to enjoy later this year.
The project consists of 6,890 square feet of new indoor and outdoor restaurant space and 172 public parking spaces. One requirement is Norms must continuously employ 40 El Monte residents.
The proposed conceptual design for the El Monte location will be in the retro, post-WWII era style in which many Norms are built. This includes upswept roofs, curvaceous geometric shapes and a bold use of glass, steel and neon.
Members of the El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown El Monte Business Association (DEMBA) have voted to support the project, citing that the project will provide more than $100,000 in new tax revenues to the City.
City of El Monte Signs its First Project Labor Agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
The El Monte City Council unanimously voted to enter into a historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council.
The agreement promotes the City’s longstanding practice to encourage contractors to hire local workers whenever possible and ensures that all City of El Monte projects will keep money in our local economy.
The agreement will require all City construction projects worth more than $500,000 to follow the rules of the PLA, including implementing local hire initiatives, ensure that construction dollars are reinvested into the community and offering prevailing wages.
The PLA also requires the utilization of several local programs to encourage veterans to enter into the building and construction trades. These programs, like the Center for Military Recruitment’s “Helmets to Hardhats” program, refer veterans to apprenticeship programs and provide mentorship, support and employment referrals to veterans looking for construction jobs. The Trade Council will also work with the City to promote available positions at local job fairs.
City Imposes $1,000 fine for Illegal Fireworks
Responding to community concerns, the El Monte City Council recently strengthened the rules that limit the sale and usage of illegal fireworks for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.
The Ordinance will impose a $1,000 fine on people caught using illegal fireworks in the City. The Ordinance will also make property owners liable for illegal fireworks used on their property, as well as parents whose children are caught violating the new rules.
Problems related to the illegal sale, use and discharge of fireworks has grown intensely in magnitude and led to increased injuries and property fires.
El Monte is one of thirty-nine cities in Los Angeles County that allows the sale of small fireworks deemed safe. Many local nonprofits sell fireworks to raise money for their organizations (all safe fireworks will have a seal of approval as pictured from the EMPD).
To report illegal fireworks, please call 626-580-2171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All reports will be kept confidential.
El Monte Community Track & Field Meet a HUGE SUCCESS!
The El Monte Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the El Monte Union High School District hosted the Third Annual Community Track and Field Meet on Wednesday April 3, 2013 at Mountain View High School. Students ages 9-14 who reside in the El Monte Union High School District area were encouraged to participate in this special community event.
The meet offered competitions in the 50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter dash and the long jump, softball throw and high jump. The meet offered students the opportunity to try a new sport and stay active during their Spring break. Approximately 350 students registered to participate in this special event and many in the El Monte community attended to cheer them on!
The top five participants in each event and age group were awarded a ribbon. All participants received a t-shirt and a free lunch.
A special thanks to event sponsors and donors who without their generous support this event would not have been possible.
City Council Develops Energy Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
On Tuesday, April 2, the El Monte City Council voted to approve a multi-year strategic plan to reduce its municipal and community-wide energy use and greenhouse gas emissions to meet state targets set by AB 32.
The Energy Action Plan outlines the electricity profile of the El Monte community, gives an inventory on what municipal and community uses emit greenhouse gas emissions, and provides goals, policies and actions that will reduce electricity use and greenhouse gas emissions to meet reduction targets.
Strategies include increasing the knowledge of energy use and improving energy efficiency in existing residential developments, reducing the energy needed for new construction, and maximizing the use of shading and cooling to sustain a comfortable and energy-efficient urban environment. Water conservation efforts and financing opportunities for renewable energy will also be a priority.
Over the last year, City Staff attended several community events to engage the community on this topic and collect feedback through Personal Energy Efficiency Surveys. The respondents’ feedback on what would motivate them to make energy efficient improvements to their homes served as a foundation for the policies set forth in the Energy Action Plan.
City of El Monte Celebrates Easter with a Healthy Easter Family Fun Day
On March 30, the Easter Bunny made an appearance at Mt. View Park in El Monte to meet and greet El Monteans. Hundreds of children and their parents attended the festive event to enjoy exciting Easter-themed activities. Between a jelly bean guessing jar, food vendors, and bunny ear crafts, participants also had a chance to work off candy calories with Zumba classes, game booths, and a giant moon bounce.
The 1st annual celebration kicked off with an egg hunt for children of various ages that included chances to find Golden Eggs and other special prizes. Hosted by the City of El Monte Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department the event also included a fun breakfast with the Easter Bunny.