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Monterey Park Votes to Require
Businesses to Put Up Bilingual Signs

KNBC-TV [Los Angeles], by Ron Rokhy and Ted Chen

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Posted By:Hermoine, 7/29/2013 12:49:59 PM

The City Council in Monterey Park has unanimously voted to require businesses to put up bilingual signs, sparking controversy in a community that has a large Chinese-American population. Under the rule, business owners must put at least one sign up that uses the “modern Latin alphabet,” since forcing stores to put up specifically English signs isn’t allowed, according to the council agenda.(snip)“Clear and simple signs are significant to the response times of both the police and fire departments,” the agenda read. “A distinguishable sign allows officers and firefighters to locate a business from a distance.”

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: plex, 7/29/2013 12:57:58 PM     (No. 9448066)

One has to wonder why it would be illegal to require English signs in a county that speaks English.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/29/2013 1:00:32 PM     (No. 9448072)

Does Monterey`s City Hall have hanging signs translating the words City Hall into several languages so people who have been in the country for years, but refuse to learn English, can locate city hall from a distance?

As you know, this will help aid ` public safety and facilitating public discussion`, whatever the heck that is supposed to mean.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mossley, 7/29/2013 1:03:45 PM     (No. 9448076)

I think out of spite, I´d have the signs made in the two least-spoken languages on the planet. In small letters, under the English sign.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 7/29/2013 1:04:11 PM     (No. 9448077)

Of course the business will have to apply for a permit and pay a fee to put up the sign.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: Coy860, 7/29/2013 1:07:07 PM     (No. 9448082)

Isn´t it past time for Congress to pass a simple LAW stating that English is the official language of the United States of America?
They should try doing something useful for a change. s/

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 7/29/2013 1:14:05 PM     (No. 9448097)

The thing about Chinese signs is - - -

- - after you read them - - an hour later you want to read them again.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: slab, 7/29/2013 1:19:41 PM     (No. 9448109)

#6 made me smile.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bevan, 7/29/2013 1:29:38 PM     (No. 9448125)

Graffiti too?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: WI Cynic, 7/29/2013 1:32:32 PM     (No. 9448134)

Not only no, but...

NO WAY should the government get to decide what language a business has its signs in. The business decides that, based on what clients it wants to attract. How will the people in favor of this feel when a town says the signs have to be in Spanish or French, instead?

The only mandatory signs I support are street numbers of a minimum size for every address. That fits the health and safety requirements. Anything else is just bureaucratic meddling.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/29/2013 1:39:55 PM     (No. 9448147)

They went through the same thing a few years back with Fountain Valley [CA] in Orange County. It has become little Saigon and the first responders couldn´t find the places where they were supposed to be responding. As I recall bilingual signs were required.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/29/2013 1:43:54 PM     (No. 9448152)

A bilingual sign would enhance business, not hamper it.

Let the site Libertarians figure out what to do when a fire breaks out or an earthquake hits, street signs are damaged, and first response is delayed/hampered.

Or are death, injury, and lawsuits OK with the unlimited freedom types?

The United States is an English-speaking country. And everyone here expects equal services. They finally realized this in Fountain Valley and Garden Grove.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Emerson, 7/29/2013 1:47:11 PM     (No. 9448156)

In our little American-Chinese enclave, probably ten miles from Monterey Park, business owners are happy to have their signs in English with Chinese (and sometimes Korean, too) below on the same sign. Restaurants, real estate companies, doctors, lawyers, banks, the list goes on. I don´t recall there ever having been a kerfuffle about it.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: rickandaj, 7/29/2013 1:58:54 PM     (No. 9448175)

This happened years ago already in my hometown of Artesia, CA when a large population of recent immigrants from India changed the landscape (and signage) of that little town to their 1st language. Whao unto the rest of us (emergency personnel included) who no longer recognized our own little mainstreet. Makes perfect sense that in the USA all signage MUST also be written in English! Duhhh!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Shmowry1, 7/29/2013 3:23:32 PM     (No. 9448313)

The biggest stretch of this entire thing is the idea that the signs are needed for driver safety. Ridiculous. Idiotic.

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