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A carnival with many people of all ages having fun

El Monte Spring Fair gives small businesses a platform

Anne To, Community News Reporter May 2, 2022

Brightly colored ticket booths, bustling carnival games, and towering roller coasters drew droves of customers to the El Monte Spring Fair last month. Waiting on the sidelines were vendors offering...

a public hearing meeting for El Monte city council

Big election change in the works for El Monte

Alyssah Hall, Community News Reporter March 18, 2022

Updated April 10, 2022: El Monte's city council approved district-based elections by a 3-2 vote with Mayor Pro Tem Alma Puente, Councilmember Maria Morales, and Councilmember Martin Herrera voting for...

A photo of Jennifer Cobian

El Monte group encourages lifelong learning and a college education

Alyssah Hall, Community News Reporter February 11, 2022

It takes parents, students, teachers, administrators, and even local nonprofits to promote college readiness among first-generation students and others. That’s where El Monte Promise Foundation, a...

window in a gray building that shows the cafes sign

The story of two vegan hotspots in El Monte: Plant Love Food and Sweet Veggie

Erik Adams, Community News Reporter December 8, 2021

The movement for plant-based living in Los Angeles has made it increasingly easier on vegans and vegetarians looking for a bite to eat. That’s no different in the neighboring city of El Monte, which...

Front of La Historia Society Museums Building (Erik Adams/UT Community News)

A tale of two cities: El Monte’s battle to preserve its Latinx history

Erik Adams, Community News Reporter November 17, 2021

There are decades-old tensions where the I-605 and I-10 converge. The unassuming Southern California town of El Monte, located about 14 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, is home to many longtime residents...

Books shelves filled with books

El Monte abolition reading circle emphasizes community resources

Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter November 4, 2021

Abolition has come up a lot over the past year or so in discussions of police brutality and defunding prisons. For one El Monte abolition reading circle, abolition is that and also a more personal journey. One...

Two people in traditional clothes and colorful feather headdresses dance.

Art and culture converge in El Monte

Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter October 12, 2021

Four dancers wear headpieces adorned with fierce animal heads. They ask ancestors for permission to perform honored traditions, commanding the attention of a hushed crowd. As the performers throw themselves...

Vendors engage with event attendees as the night rolls in. (Courtesy of Erik Adams. UT.)

El Monte farmers market returns in time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Erik Adams, Community News Reporter October 4, 2021

Just as El Monte residents were starting to enjoy having a new farmers market in town in 2020, it was shut down because of the pandemic. Now, it’s back in full swing and there’s a lot to celebrate,...

An electronic sign with a school building behind it

El Monte parents and students ambivalent about school reopenings this week

Ronald Cruz, Community News Reporter April 19, 2021

After weeks of trying to keep their children focused while they’re in virtual classes,  keeping track of homework assignments and in-class work, and helping them deal with the isolation of being at...

Budget Inn over Valley Blvd. in El Monte is blocked off due to its remodeling. Photo Credit-Ronald Cruz, UT Community News Reporter

Delays in El Monte’s emergency housing program leave residents out in the cold

Ronald Cruz, Community News Reporter March 22, 2021

Some El Monte residents waiting for relief from the homelessness crisis will be waiting a little longer than expected for help. The city received $17.7 million from the state’s Homekey program on...

Four headshots, two of El Monte leaders and two of residents

El Monte residents torn on new developments

Zoe Little, Community News Reporter January 16, 2021

Bringing in new businesses and housing developments is vital for the growth of any city but some El Monte residents feel they are losing the city they call home in the process. City officials have worked...

Rogelio Avila (left) did not miss the opportunity to take part in the festivities himself. Here he is gazing upon 15-year-old Shadow of the Colossus, a beloved game from his youth.

El Monte native joins gaming business — weeks before pandemic strikes in the US

Matthew Salcido, Community News Copy Editor December 7, 2020

As a kid growing up in El Monte, Rogelio Avila, said he grew up at the local arcades. He spent so much time at one game store in particular, even in his 20s, that a manager he befriended there taught...

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