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Tell us what Montebello means to you

  • What makes this a good place to live? What are the downsides?


MY family has lived in Montebello since the early 1950's and have always loved it there. Safe,clean,friendly. Only bad thing is the city council. Can they please stop building retirement homes just for a tax write off?! It makes it very hard for newer families/youth to find stuff to do when you have the retired complain of loud noises forcing everything to close down by 12am. Oh and also Aries is the towns best food joint and bring back the old Balcoms market (one by beverly hospital)

— Matt R
May 22, 2012 at 2:17 p.m.

Good if you like suburbs & urban sprawl. However, it is getting pretty dense & the politics are killing it. Too many cheesy developments & not enough infrastructure are a drag.

— JR
March 9, 2012 at 10:16 a.m.

Montebello is a pleasant place to live. I like the city and my neighbors. What has been turning negative the past few decades are the "politician control freaks" that want to run the city govt.

I am going to mail you some "political propaganda" that is being mailed out to the voters. It is filled with such vitriol and innuendo that one cannot know who is right or wrong. The people who send this "stuff'' out do not identify themselves. How do we find out who is looking out for the good of the city?

— J. Ishida
October 31, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.

Pleasant place to live and shop; nice neighbors. City government financials are a concern, but 'we threw the bums out' and should be OK moving forward.

— M. Wolfstone
August 21, 2011 at 5:55 a.m.

Montebello is a great place to live and raise children. Been here for the past 10 years and don't regret a bit of it. The best part of it is its close proximity to downton LA and Orange County. Great places to visit and the school district is great. Downfall, the Grant Rea park needs to renovate and amplify their space for sports purposes since it's one of the most visited park for sports events. Other than that, wouldn't change Montebello for another place.

— M.G.
August 7, 2011 at 4:50 p.m.

Moved to the Montebello about two years ago and I have no regrets. Like a previous comment neighbors do know each other and say hello. The area i live by schurr high is very quiet and family friendly. The only thing i Wish we had a Trader Joes or whole foods. Hopefully soon

— Gilbert
June 7, 2011 at 9:56 p.m.

Born and raised south of washington blvd. From greenwood to montebello to vail high . I know that city inside and out. Between LA and OC its the perfect place to grow up and raise your kids. Has its upsand downs. We need more redevlopment in the South Side, which has always been ignored. Instead of fighting us, there needs to be more programs for the youths, and a better understanding of our needs as a community. Give holifield a gym, and more shops and resturants along washington and greenwood ave. But no matter what Montebello is where I will live in die.

— anthony lopez
April 17, 2011 at 9:31 p.m.

So, what most people seem to love about Montebello is its proximity to other neighborhoods... (and its affordability). The charms within aren't as obvious but there's something nice about Montbello. I administer the Facebook page for the city.

— Eric Brightwell
April 6, 2011 at 2:12 p.m.

I love Montebello, close to downtown,

great places to shop and eat. Love Doublz, Vail Carniceria, Albertsons, Bally's, Rio's Pizza. Very quiet at night. I have lived both on the south end (beech @ greenwood) as well as the north (off Neil Armstrong & 60) by The Shops At Montebello

It just has that community feel that other areas this close to LA just don't have.

Your neighbors actually stop and say "hello" and you know their names.

I lived in LA and the Valley and never knew my neighbors at all.

— Eric
March 13, 2011 at 12:57 a.m.

GG hit on the nose - except for the schools. Poorly mismanaged and afraid to stand up to the unions. You can find some excellent teachers if you do your research though. The North is the best and only minutes from downtown. Regardless of the lack of city services!

— 10YrRsdnt
December 22, 2010 at 4:04 p.m.

Montebello...what can I say about it. I do know one thing had I ran across this a week ago my perspective would have been a lot different.

I was raised in Pico Rivera but hung out in Montebello a lot. Now I live here. Never seen or had any problems. It has always been a respectable city until some punks tried to rob my 12 year old son of his trashy looking bike the other day. One of these high school "punks" socked my son in the face and ran! For a moment there I thought I lived in South Central. Well I guess my son won't be getting that new bike for x-mas. SMH

— Disappointed
November 12, 2010 at 8:50 p.m.

Montebello is my city becouse I grew up their on South Greenwood ave. Their was a bad gang problem when I was growing up. As a teen me and a couple of freinds I grew up with started hanging out and tagging the street (not cool). When a local gang gave us an ultimatum. Stop tagging their neighborhood or war. So we stop Tagging GWLS and we setteld for a series of football games in Chet Holifield park. We won 3 out of 3 games we played against them the last game being a nail biter. No one was killed on my watch. Can the montebello pd say the same. I don''t think so. I know of atleast one freind that could have been saved if the Police would have acted. Their was a fight after school at vail high. The next day revenge killing after school took my freinds life, he had kicked a guy's ass and he was siting shotgun in suv than ran him down on Date street. This is not on any homicide report, but it is true. I love my city.

— Cesar Vega
November 1, 2010 at 8:10 a.m.

The city is located in a great place. Short drive from downtown and the O.C. Good schools and public safety. Northern part of the city is mostly comprised of single-home properties. Homes in Norhtern section look well manicured.

The downfall is that the city offers very few places to shop, eat, and have fun. The southern part of the city has become full of aparments and multi-home properties. Neighborhood streets are in need of paving.

This city NEEDS leaders and more residents that care in order for the quality of life to improve.

— GG
September 12, 2010 at 5:01 p.m.

Yes, I grew up there. Aries...One of the best fast food joints ever. Wendy's put up a place right next to it and went out of business. Talk about David and Goliath!

— Warren Clark
June 30, 2010 at 10:59 a.m.

Montebello is a very well situated city; it's just about in the center of the county and not far from Orange County. It doesn't take long to get to most places. The public schools have a mixed record, but St. Benedict's Catholic School is a great place to send children. If the Gold Line comes in (via the 60 freeway) and the Montebello Hills stay undeveloped, the likelihood is that the quality of life will continue to improve.

— Armando Duron
June 8, 2010 at 9:07 a.m.

Home. Love the city I was born and grew up in. It;s an average town with a Latino majority and sizeable populations of Asians and Armenians. I go back all the time to visit my parents and it will alway be home to my heart. Reggie Rodriguez park, the Rio Hondo riverbed, Rios Pizza, Balcolms Market, cruising Whittier.

— Daniel
June 6, 2010 at 5:46 p.m.


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