On Wednesday, March 18, 2021, the Monterey Park City Council discussed the proposal to spend $100 million on the construction of three parking structures, the removal of street parking on Garvey Avenue, Garfield Avenue, and Atlantic Boulevard, and the addition of lanes on those roads to reduce traffic.
By Brandon Tran
Over 150 written comments were submitted and over two dozen live public comments were provided by residents at the meeting.
The main contentions involved whether the city should accept the funding alone or accept it and dedicate it to these projects. Supervisor Hilda Solis’s office was supportive of the opposition’s concerns and affirmed that Metro was looking into other ways the funding could be used.
In the end, the motion was tabled except for the allotment of $9 million to install an intelligent traffic lights system. The Council also expressed interest in creating an informal committee of residents to give the community a greater voice in subsequent initiatives. They will discuss the proposal again in April once Metro has released new suggestions.
> Click to watch the full Monterey Park City Council meeting on March 18, 2021.
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