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MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (KTLA) — There was controversy brewing in Monterey Park on Friday over a new rule that could require businesses to post signs in English.

The city council voted unanimously to give preliminary approval to a rule requiring businesses to have at least one sign in the “modern Latin alphabet” — meaning English letters.


Monterey Park could require businesses to post at least one sign in English.

The majority of the population in Monterey Park is Asian, accounting for about 70 percent of its residents.

But police and fire officials argue that it would be easier to navigate in an emergency if businesses had at least one sign in English, instead of Chinese characters.

That is especially the case at night, when it is more difficult to read address numbers, they said.

Those who favor the idea say it would improve the overall community appearance, promote economic development, enhance traffic safety and help with emergency services.

But some business owners say it should be their right to post only signs in Chinese, which is the primary language of their customers.

They also point out that police and the fire department are able to find addresses in residential neighborhoods, where there are no signs.

A final vote by the city council on the matter was scheduled for Aug. 7.

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  • Zandra

    Last I checked Monterey Park is in the USA…it should be MANDATORY to have ENGLISH signage for ALL Buisness’s in the USA!

    • laura

      Yes they should require sign in english. They Are in fact in America americans right in their language they should do the same. If its a problem they should go where its understood if they dont want to come together as one

    • august nicholas

      Last time i looked, this is america. And in america we speak and read english, sounds like the people who come here think they can do what they want. And if they dont like it here, why dont they go back were they came from.

    • julie marie griego

      I myself believe Monterey park .fall to realize that we r in U.S.A .But just like every where else the sign’s r in Spanish I’m not Latin or Mexican or Chicana .even thou I look it .I’m native American. So how I’m I really suppose to get around. In the U.S.A

  • Cindy Rocha

    Yes I think it should all be in english, its sad when we are in the united states and english feels like the foriegn language.

  • lmerjil

    If a bunch of Americans went to an Asian country and set up a business do you think they would allow us to put a sign ONLY in English? Heck no!!! THEY would feel disrespected that we didn't acknoweledge their Country/Language…Well its should be the same here..I lived in Monterey park for several years and I felt as if I were literally in Asia, not USA…So, I moved. But I think it should be mandatory for sure…If for no other reason, than for law enforcement and emergency services to properly locate the business.

  • Uppity63

    I am a Latina, born and raised in NY. I strongly feel that an English sign should be displayed on every business storefront. We’re in America, and English is our main language. Anyone offended by that can go back to their own country. PS. Unification equals strength.

  • steve3885

    Regardless of the city or language predominantly spoken in that city… This is the United States of America and "ALL" signage should be in english… When you travel in Europe, Asia and numerous other countries… The signs are in the language of that country… This is the USA and english is our language… I hear from ou immigrants that "It's not fair"… this is america and we should not be forced to have their signs in english… "Not fair my fanny"… If you don't like our laws then feel free to go to another country that will let you do as you please… If you can find one…. I could go on and on…. This is America and "In God We Trust", the "Pledge of Allegiance" and "Merry Christmas" (not Happy Holidays) area and have always been a part a America… By the way… I am an immigrant….

  • hearyehearye

    Spend the money for English signs, will you? Especially because most times the government loaned you the money to even start your business and you're mak I n g money from us