Monterey Park city council at its meeting (Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018) approved a $4 million bicycle path on Monterey Pass Road and a new, but small, funeral home on Potrero Grande Drive across the street from the Resurrection Cemetery. The decisions were made after a marathon 5-hour council meeting that ended at 12:55 a.m. The council had a heavy agenda because the first meeting in January was canceled and several key agenda items were continued from the December 2017 council meeting.
The Monterey Pass Bicycle Lane will be funded by a nearly $2 million grant from Metro which will be matched by the City with other grant funds. The bicycle path will extend from Garvey Boulevard to near Floral Drive and feature a protected bicycle lane, two traffic lanes in each direction, a parking lane and a center lane. Construction will take about 18 months to complete once work is started. Opponents expressed concern with traffic safety and inconvenience to local business who depend on large trucks to pick-up and deliver products. Supporters, which included Bike SGV, said the protected bicycle lane would make the street even safer and provide a valuable north-south access that would connect with Metro Gold Line stations. Testimony was heard from bicycle advocates, residents and Monterey Pass business owners. The approving vote was 3 -1 with Council member Real Sebastian casting a no vote and Councilman Michell Ing absent.