Monterey Park abandons sign law requiring some ‘Latin lettering’

The Monterey Park city council, faced with opposition from residents in the community, voted against an ordinance requiring businesses to have signs in “Modern Latin” (A-Z) letters and “Hindu Arabic” numbers (1-9). While some city officials and others argued that these requirements would “improve police and fire response times, promoting business and improving public safety” – other residents argued that the requirements were simply another means of targeting the growing Asian Pacific population (which is now 70% of the community) and an attack on the appreciation and historical contributions of immigrants and their diverse cultures and languages. The city’s fire chief had admitted to CBS that the department had no problem identifying the buildings through their GPS system.

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