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City Government

Administration:
City Council (323) 887-1370
Economic Development (323) 887-1390
Employee Relations (323) 887-1377
Job Hotline (323) 887-1380
Business License (323) 887-1448
Dog License (323) 887-1447
Planning (323) 887-1477

Public Works Divisions:
Engineering (323) 887-1460
Building (323) 887-1497
Streets (323) 887-4616
Parks, Trees (323) 887-4640
Recreation/Community Services (323) 887-4540
Transportation (323) 887-4600
Animal Control (562) 803-3301
Athens Disposal (626) 336-6100
Graffiti Hotline (24 hrs) (323) 887-4500

Council Members

Norma A. Lopez-Reid
MAYOR

Bob Bagwell
Councilman

Ed Vasquez
Councilman

William Molinari
Mayor-Pro Tem

Mary Anne Saucedo
Councilwoman

Richard Torres
City Administrator
(323) 887-1363

Robert J. King
City Clerk
(323) 887-1437
Gerri Guzman
City Treasurer
(323) 887-1449


Community History

The colorful and romantic history of Montebello dates back to the days of the Franciscan Missionaries, Fathers Angel Somera and Pedro Cambon, who, on September 9, 1771, established the original San Gabriel Mission near where San Gabriel Boulevard now crosses the Rio Hondo River.

The Mission was the third in a chain of 21 to be established under the direction of Father Junipero Serra. The Mission managed to flourish under hardships, but heavy rains eventually drove the founding fathers to its permanent location in San Gabriel in 1776.

The City of Montebello originally consisted of parts of Rancho San Antonio, Rancho La Merced, and Rancho Paso de Bartolo. Here on the banks of the Rio Hondo, the last armed conflict was staged with Mexico for possession of California at the Battle of the Rio San Gabriel on January 8, 1847. The old Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe remains standing just north of the intersection of La Merced and Lincoln Avenue, the heart of the old La Merced Rancho. The old adobe has just recently been restored to its original splendor.

Following the Civil War, an Italian by the name of Alessandro Repetto built his ranch house on the hill overlooking his land, about a half-mile north of where Garfield Avenue crosses the Pomona Freeway. Repetto never married and, when he died in 1885, his brother Antonio sold his inheritance to Harris Newmark, Kaspar Cohn, John A. Bicknell, Stephen M. White, and I.W. Heliman, a group of business men well known in Los Angeles financial circles, for $60,000, about $12 per acre.

It was out of the Newmark and Cohn shares of the purchase, consisting of 1,200 acres, that Montebello had its beginning in May 1899. The original town site of forty acres was bounded by First Street on the east, Fifth Street on the west, Cleveland on the north, and Los Angeles Avenue on the south. It was originally given the name of Newmark, after the Newmark family. The remainder of the tract was divided into five-acre plots. This area was named Montebello, meaning beautiful hills in Italian, at the suggestion of a gentleman named William Mulholland. It was Mulholland who developed our water system, which was incorporated as the Montebello Land and Water Company in 1900.

Originally an agricultural community, Montebello boasted having the ideal climate, productive soil, and an abundance of water. From the turn of the century and through the 1920’s, the area was famed for its production of flowers, vegetables, berries, and fruits. In 1912 the Montebello Woman’s Club sponsored Montebello’s first flower show in the high school auditorium.

The discovery of oil by Standard Oil Company on the Anita Baldwin property in 1917 brought about a revolutionary change to Montebello. The agricultural hills soon became a major contributor to oil production. By 1920, Montebello oil fields were producing one-eighth of our state’s crude oil. On October 19, 1920, Montebello was incorporated as the 35th of the present cities in Los Angeles County.


Family Resources

Armenenian Relief Society
This program is designed to help low and moderate income people in self-sufficiency and acculturation assistance. A full-time staff person operates a community public service program providing services including employment training, counseling, and education.

For more information please contact:
Community Social Services
Armenian Relief Society of Western USA
420 W. Washington Boulevard
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 727-9055

Extended Child Care
MAIL-IN Registration will begin Monday, August 2, 2004
(Note: All mail must be postmarked by Monday, August 2nd, any early mail will be held until after the first day of registration.)

WALK-IN Registration will begin on Friday, August 20, 2004.

Art and crafts, games, indoor and outdoor games, activities and daily snacks and help with homework.

LOCATION:
Fremont Elementary School-Extended Child Care Bungalow
200 W. Madison Ave.

Washington Elementary School-Extended Child Care Bungalow
1400 W. Madison Ave.

Greenwood Elementary School-Extended Child Care Bungalow
900 S. Greenwood Ave.

Potrero Elementary School-Extended Child Care Cafeteria
8051 Arroyo Dr.

FEE:
$80.00 Per Session
$20.00 Discount for each additional sibling in a family, per session, per child.
$10.00 registration fee per participant – One time fee.
For more information contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at (323) 887-4540

Greenwood Neighborhood Revitalization
Activity provides for a comprehensive revitalization program in the Greenwood neighborhood, which specifically consists of housing improvements to both single family homes and rental units as well as to the neighborhood in general. New Economics for Women (NEW), a Community Housing Development Organization will assist the City in providing technical assistance with the purchase and/or rehabilitation of dilapidated rental units.

Intercommunity Blind Center Program
7702 S. Washington Avenue
Whittier, CA. 90604

Provides social programs that promote independence, self-reliance and improve the overall quality of life by meeting social needs not otherwise met.

Mediation
Established in 1982, by the City Council, the Housing Mediation Board assists Montebello residential tenants and property owner in reaching mutually acceptable solutions to issues concerning rent increases, claims of wrongful evictions, and housing related disputes.

It is the Board’s belief that every grievance can be helped through a third neutral party who is fair and trained in this area. Board members are objective, understanding, and have a sincere interest in people.

The Board has mediated over 880 cases with great success and is pleased to provide this free service to the Montebello residential community. Mediation
Mediation provides a private atmosphere in which tenants and landlords are able to reach a workable solution. It is not a win-lose situation. Instead it is a process whereby both sides work together for a mutual agreement that is legally binding and confidential.

It is important to remember that mediation is not an unpleasant or threatening experience. Rather, it is an effective way of resolving disputes without the cost of attorneys.

For more information, please contact:
Monet E. Loubet
City of Montebello
Economic Development Div.
(323) 887-1394

Rio Hondo Temporary Home
12300 Fourth Street
Norwalk, CA 90650

Provides a variety of services and programs designed to assist homeless persons and families. The City provides transportation for homeless individuals or families to the Rio Hondo Temporary Home as part of this activity.

YMCA Community Counseling Center
2000 W. Beverly Boulevard
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 887-9622

The activity provides counseling for grandparents with custody of grandchildren, pregnant minors, and at-risk youth. The program will serve between 50 to 100 low-income households. To contact the Center:


Fire Department

Fire (non-emergency) (323) 887-4510

Fire Prevention Bureau (323) 887-4507

Arson Division (323) 887-4523


Library

County of Los Angeles Public Library
Beverly Blvd.
(323) 722-6551



Local Parks

Adults Sports Program
Men's Adult Basketball Leagues
All games are played at the Cathy Hensel Youth Center & Gymnasium at City Park, 236 South Taylor Avenue. For more information on these programs, please call the Montebello Department of Parks and Recreation office at (323) 887-4540, or stop by the office.
Men’s Leagues
are played on Wednesday and Thursday evenings beginning at  6:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings Starting at 9:00 a.m.

Cost: $200 per team + $40 forfeit fee paid in cash, and an additional $20.00 for officials.

Adult Softball Leagues

Men's Division
All games are played on Tuesday, Thursday nights, and Sunday mornings.

Co-Ed Division
played on Friday nights, and Sunday evenings.

Cost: $315 per team + $40 forfeit fee (pay in cash) deposit and additional $10.00 for officials.


George Hensel Aquatic Center
1300 W. Olympic Blvd.
(323) 887-4580


Chet Holifield Pool
1060 S. Greenwood Ave.
(323) 887-4585

Youth & Adult swim lessons and recreational swim times are available.
Special Events and Sports Programs include:
Youth Biathlon, Water Follies, Youth Swim Team, Youth Water Polo Team

Pool rentals are also available at the Aquatic Center
For more information contact the Parks and Recreation office at (323) 887-4540

Recreation Classes
4 week classes offered for Youth & Adults
(Classes require minimum of 8 students to run)

Senior Citizen Center
• Ballet
• Cake Decorating
• Cooking
• Country Western Line Dancing
• Folkloric dancing
• Hip-Hop dancing
• Indian Jewelry
• Jazz dancing
• Pre-Ballet
• Researching Referral Services
• Salsa dancing
• Yoga

Montebello Intermediate School
• Cardio Kick Boxing
• Karate


George Hensel Aquatic Center
• Water Polo Team
• Swim Team

Reggie Rodriguez Park
• Holiday Crafts
• Karate
• Parent & Me


Henry Acuna Park
• Guitar
• Piano

Session 4 – Runs from October 6 through October 30
Session 5 – Runs from November 3 through November 27
Session 6 – Runs from December 1 through December 25

Online registration is now available.

ONLINE REGISTRATION
Registration accepted two weeks prior to the beginning of the class at the Parks and Recreation Office (1700 West Victoria Ave.)

For more information contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at (323) 887-4540

Teen Leadership Club
Open to teens ages 12 through 17
Meet new friends by participating in field trips, dances, special events, sports tournaments, community volunteering, and educational workshops.

Sign up at the Cathy Hensel Youth Center (236 S. Taylor Ave.)

For more information call (323) 887-4577 or (323) 887-4540


Museums


Police Department

Garry Couso-Vasquez - Police Chief

Police (non-emergency) (323) 887-1212


Public Utilities

California Water Service Company
3316 West Beverly Boulevard
Montebello, CA 90640-1537


Schools

Elementary Schools

Bandini Elementary School
2318 Couts Avenue
Commerce, California 90040
(323) 261-8782
Principal: Lorraine Verduzco

Bella Vista Elementary School
2410 Findlay Avenue
Monterey Park, California 91754
(323) 721-4335
Principal: Richard Mojarro

Bell Gardens Elementary School
5620 Quinn Street
Bell Gardens, California 90201
(562) 927-1223
Principal: Norma J. Perez
1998 California Title I Honorable Mention School

Cesar Chavez Elementary School
6139 Loveland Street
Bell Gardens, Ca 90201
(323) 773-1804
Principal: Leonel Gallegos

Fremont Elementary School
200 West Madison Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 721-2435
Principal: Ricardo C. Mendez

Garfield Elementary School
7425 South Garfield Avenue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(562) 927-1915
Principal: Carlos E. Cota
1999 California Title I Achieving School

Greenwood Elementary School
900 South Greenwood Avenue
Montebello, Ca 90640
(323) 721-4605
Principal: Doris Mori

Joseph A. Gascon Elementary School
630 South Leonard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 721-2025
Principal: Tom Donfrio

La Merced Elementary School
724 North Poplar Avenue
Montebello, Ca 90640
(323) 721-5043
Principal: Rosa Solis
1998 California Distinguished School

Laguna Nueva Elementary School
6360 South Garfield Avenue
Commerce, Ca 90040
(562) 806-7812
Principal: Beatriz Flores

Montebello Gardens Elementary School
4700 Pine Street
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
(562) 463-5191
Principal: Olga Moreno

Montebello Park Elementary School
6300 Northside Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 721-3305
Principal: Maria D. Nunez

Potrero Heights Elementary School
8026 East Hill Drive
South San Gabreil, CA 91770
(626) 307-7010
Principal: Mary Norris

Rosewood Park Elementary School
2353 South Commerce Way
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 721-7027
Principal: John Olague

Suva Elementary School
6740 East Suva Street
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(562) 927-1827
Principal: Naomi Katayama

Washington Elementary School
1400 West Madison Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 721-3621
Principal: Raymond Rivera

Wilcox Elementary School
816 North Donna Way
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 728-1833
Principal: Jerry Jepsen

Winter Gardens Elementary School
1277 South Clela Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 268-0477
Principal: Margie Rodriguez

Intermediate Schools

Bell Gardens Intermediate School
5841 Live Oak Street
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(562) 927-1319
Principal: Victor Chavez

Eastmont Intermediate School
400 North Bradshawe Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 721-5133
Principal: Robert Cornejo

La Merced Intermediate School
215 East Avenida de La Merced
Montebello, California 90640
(323) 722-7262
Principal: George Muriel
1998 California Title I Honorable Mention School

Macy Intermediate School
2101 South Lupine Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 722-0260
Principal: Deborah De La Torre

Montebello Intermediate School
1600 West Whittier Boulevard
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 721-5111
Principal: Arthur Revueltas

Suva Intermediate School
6660 Suva Street
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(562) 927-2679
Principal: Glenda Golobay
1998 California Title I Honorable Mention School

High Schools

Bell Gardens High School
6119 Agra Street
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 826-5151
Principal: Joe Torres

Montebello High School
2100 W. Cleveland Avenue
Montebello, California 90640
(323) 728-0121
Principal: Jeffrey Schwartz

Schurr High School
820 North Wilcox
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 887-3090
Principal: Arthur Sanchez

Vail High School
1230 South Vale Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 728-5073
Principal: Robert Kennedy

Community Adult Schools

Bell Gardens Community Adult School
6119 Agra Street
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(323) 887-7955
Principal Emeritus: Manuel De Santos

Ford Park Community Adult School
7800 Scout Avenue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(562) 806-6301
Principal: Rosemary Grebel

Montebello Community Adult School
149 N 21st Street
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 887-7844
Principal: Robert Martinez

Schurr Community Adult School
820 North Wilcox
Montebello, California 90640
(323) 887-3088
Principal: Sharon Brannon

Montebello Unified School District
The District's Admisistrative Offices are located at:
123 South Montebello Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 887-7900
(562) 806-7900


Senior Resources

Senior Housing
Montebello has worked diligently with Non-profit corporations and private developers to help provide affordable Senior Housing.

Beverly Towers
(323) 726-2111

Casa La Merced
(323) 726-9668

Montebello Senior Villas
(323) 724-6888

Via Campo Senior Villas
(323) 721-1655

Senior Citizen Program
The Center features a wide variety of programs and activities for adults 55 and over, including recreation, social services and nutrition. Unless otherwise noted, all activities take place at the Senior Citizen Center.

For more information on these programs, please call the Montebello Senior Citizen Center (323) 887-4575, or stop by the Center.

Our Senior Citizen Center is located at City Park, 115 South Taylor Avenue.
Open 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, and on the 1st, 3rd and the 5th Saturday of each month.

Senior Club Meetings:
Friendship Club Meets every Monday at 10:00 A.M.
Silver Years Club - Meets every Wednesday at 10:00 A.M.
Gad-A-Bouts Club - Meets every Wednesday at 10:00 A.M.
V.I.P. Senior Club - Meets every Friday at 10:00 A.M.
Happy Years Club - Meets every Thursday at 10:00 A.M.
Club Latino
- Meets 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month.

Senior Citizen Affairs Committee
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12:30 P.M. Comprised of the Presidents and Boards of each of the Senior Clubs, the committee meets to outline senior activities and programs.

Senior Nutrition
Lunch is provided by Casa Maravilla on a daily basis (Monday through Friday) at the Center. There is a suggested donation of $1.50 for Seniors (age 62 and over).

Non-seniors donation is $3.00.

Cooking Classes
are offered in the Alex Esquivel Complex at the Senior Citizen Center every Monday and Wednesday from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Chef Angela DeLorenzo offers courses in cooking healthy in less than one hour. Bon Appetite!

Cake Decoration
is offered at the Alex Esquivel Complex at the Senior Citizen Center every Thursday 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon Class begins September 7th.

Senior Recreation
Arts & Crafts
Thursday’s, at 1:00 P.M.

Ballroom Dance Lessons
Tuesday’s from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.

Bingo Monday’s
12:00 noon to 2:00 P.M.

Cards Monday’s
12:30 P.M., and Wednesday’s and Friday’s at 1:00 P.M.

Country/Western Line Dancing
Monday’s at 1:00 P.M.

Dances
are held every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., on Friday evening from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M., and on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays beginning at 1:00 P.M.

Indian Jewelry Club
Tuesday’s at 1:00 P.M.

Sewing Circle
Wednesday’s at 9:00 A.M.

Theater
movies shown in the downstairs conference room every Tuesday at 12:30 P.M.

Health
Blood Pressure Screening (Call for day and time)

Mini Health Clinics are provided at the Center by various health groups and associations throughout the year. You may contact the Senior Citizen Center for information on clinic schedule, dates and times.(323) 887-4575

Adult Education is provided at the Center on a year-round basis by various Health and Education agencies. Contact the Senior Citizen Center for more information.
(323) 887-4575

Estate Planning and Elder Law
seminars are conducted by Attorney Chris Robert Barindad on a quarterly basis. Contact the Senior Citizen Center for dates and times.

Free Income Tax Preparation
is offered Wednesday and Thursdays between 9:00 A.M. and 12:00 noon. This service is provided by the American Association of Retired Persons for seniors on a seasonal basis (first week in February through April 15th )

Free Legal Aid
on Tuesday at 5:30 P.M. (Must make appointment)

55 & Alive Driving Program
is provided by the American Association of Retired Persons on a quarterly basis. Contact the Senior Citizen Center for registration and class schedules.

Referral Services
are available for assistance with legal, housing, income tax, and variety of health issues. Just call the Senior Citizen Center for assistance with telephone numbers for these services.

Rental Assistance
is provided by the office staff of Senator Martha Escutia and A.A.R.P. on a seasonal basis. Call or stop by the Senior Citizen Center for the scheduled dates.
Travel Excursions and Trips are provided by the Centers Senior Clubs. Club trip schedules are
posted on each club’s bulletin board at the Senior Citizen Center.


Technology & Education Center


U.S. Post Office

Montebello Main Office
145 N 5th Street
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 728-22491

Montebello Hills Station
2547 Via Campo
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 728-2249


Youth Centers & Clubs

Girl Scouts Pathway To Promise
Pathway to Promise will assist 80 low to very low income girls at Greenwood Elementary who are at risk for school failure due to limited English proficiency, limited parental availability, or other family stresses associated with low income families. This activity is part of the Greenwood Revitalization Project.

For more information please contact:
Girl Scouts Pathway to Promise
900 S. Greenwood Elementary Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640
(626) 445-7771

S.W.E.E.T. Program
Youth Development Program offering various services and resources in the areas of prevention and intervention for At-Risk youth. Services are provided to students ages 10-18 years of age, and mentoring and career guidance programs are available for students 19-21 years of age. All youth, however, are given the opportunity to engage in positive dialogue through mandatory Advisory Sessions, Group Workshops, and Life Skills Training. Program operates on a referral basis.

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