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.
Council also approved expansion of the Torres Mortuary located on Potrero Grande Drive. Administrative offices for the company have been located at the site for many years. The Mortuary will add a preparation room where embalming will be performed under state permits and regulations. Many supporters of the business owner Ralph Torres were present to support the proposal, including a group of Buddhist Monks who spoke only in Thai and were assisted by a translator. The proposed expansion Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was previously approved by the City Planning Commission, but appealed to the City Council by Council members Ing and Real Sebastian.
Opponents said the location was not appropriate for the funeral homes and expressed concern with impact to adjacent restaurants. Council members approved the CUP by a vote of 3 - 1, with Real Sebastian voting no. Council member Ing was absent because of illness.