A standing room only crowd witnessed two “firsts” on Tuesday, Oct. 24 (2017) when Monterey Park City Mayor Teresa Real Sebastian presented her State of the City” update report. The event happened on probably the hottest October 24th day in city history with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. Temperature records were broken throughout Southern California.
The second “first” was the use of the historic El Encanto building, which serves as the home of the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce. Typically, the state of the city program is offered at local restaurants, costing residents to attend.
More than 80 people crowded into the modest size El Encanto building at 700 El Mercado Avenue, challenging the air conditioning system that was battling 103 degree outside temperatures at 4 p.m.
Mayor Real Sebastian reviewed the city’s progress this past year with success in launching construction of the Market Place shopping center and two hotel developments. The projects will bring needed revenues to the city’s coffers.
She also talked about the community’s designation as one the top cities to live in the nation by Money Magazine.
City Clerk Vincent Chang, who served as master of ceremonies, led a “toast” to the city’s future with a glasses of sparkling cider shared by all those attending.
Chamber President Dora Leung thanked the volunteers and sponsors who made the event possible. Admission to the event was free, thanks to the support of many businesses and organizations.