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I was born and I am being raised in El Monte. I love my city except the fact there's nothing for the youth of the city. Not even a parade this year. I love my city but that's not right

— Robert
October 15, 2012 at 9:15 a.m.

This is my home for 35 years. It is a beautiful and it is a safe place. If you are nice, other will be nice with you. It all begins with YOU. City needs to manage its dollars wisely. Some highly paid public officials needs to look at their "responsibilities" more carefully than their "benefits"

It is a nice place to be. Crime can occur at any place. Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Palos Verdes or Anaheim Hills and so on. No city is crime free. Crime only be eliminated if yourself not a criminal. This is a end of the santa fe trail.

I admit, we do need better shopping malls, entertainment facilities, better restaurants.

Visit freindly improving city with new vision and clean approach of public service. This is MY home. Thank you.

— Andy
June 20, 2012 at 12:27 p.m.

I grew up in El Monte in the fifties and sixties, and it was a lot different then. My neighborhood used to be Norwood Village before El Monte was incorporated. We had the Grange down on Peck Road, and the hardware store at Peck and Lower Azusa took your order at the counter and then the employees would roller skate to the back of the store to get what you wanted. El Monte was a safer place then, kids could play outside all day during the summer and the mothers would keep an eye on all the kids. Quite a lot different from my last visit five years ago (I left El Monte in 1967), I found El Monte to be crowded, dirty and unattractive.

— Larry
November 26, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.

I grew up in El Monte and have no problem with it. I have traveled all over the world and I have learned one thing. YOU make your neighborhood not everyone else. If you dont like it change it! Emily needs to stop being a a critic of what she sees and maybe should go to those homes who dont look so good and see if they are in need of anything..Learn the cultural differences and how they can work together. And have a heart for your fellow man not hate!!! That is what makes a great city!!! Go El Monte!!!

— Roni Wyatt
July 30, 2011 at 7:22 a.m.

I live on the northern side of El Monte, the area is pretty nice and we have a great park (Lambert Park). I moved into El Monte in 1989, I went to Frank Wright elementary and Arroyo HS. I have great neighbors and I love living in El Monte and its a great place to raise a family.

— Drew
June 9, 2011 at 9:14 a.m.

Emily has hit the nail on the head. El Monte does have gang and drug problems in its schools, parks and streets. The good of El Monte, its Police Department, wellings to help our community.

— Amy
May 3, 2011 at 7:22 a.m.

I have lived here for 10 years. It is not the best, but not the worse. I would not have moved here with young childern, but I live comfortably, have good neighbors, a high majority of the homes do not have bars on the windows and almost everyone takes pride in their home.

— Halifax
April 19, 2011 at 1:57 p.m.

I live in El Monte and my children attend Jerry Voorhis Elementary. I will admit that that the city itself is mediocre, but any city that receives lukewarm support and participation from its residents will face the same. My children's school is filled with caring and compassionate teachers who are willing to go above and beyond to help their students as well as the community at large. The principal, Ms. Vincent always makes herself available to parents and students alike. I will agree that there are some better neighborhoods around, but there are much, much worse ones as well. I have never seen gangs or drug issues and I do not feel that a neglected lawn is a sign of these things either. I am comfortable where I am until I am able to take another step up for my family.

— Rachel
November 22, 2010 at 2:20 p.m.

I live in El Monte. Although I wouldn't go so far as to say it the way Emily did, I think she's generally correct. El Monte is not a great place to live. The conditions are mediocre and schools are mediocre at best. The demographics here really drive the condition of the overall city. As far as comments that it's a great place to live, everything's relative. If this is all you knew or you came from somewhere worst, then yes, El Monte may be a step up. For me, this city is a stepping stone - cheap property allows you to get into home ownership. Once you have equity, it's time to bail ship. I certainly would not let me children attend the schools in the area.

— Kevin
October 14, 2010 at 9:05 p.m.

Emily is wrong, El Monte is a great place to grow up. homicides and crime is low compared to other san gabriel valley cities

— rick
August 26, 2010 at 8:34 p.m.

Dear Emily, explain what the "Mexico" mentality is, enlighten us.


— Adriana
August 8, 2010 at 4:19 p.m.

El Monte is not a good place to live. Gangs have infested our streets, drugs are killing our children. Illegals with the "Mexico" mentality, lawns are not cut, trash is all around our streets, welfare is #1 family income.

— Emily
August 8, 2010 at 4:19 a.m.

El Monte

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