Monterey Park City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to require businesses to put up signs in two languages, NBC Los Angeles reports. The ordinance says business owners must put up at least one sign in a “modern Latin alphabet," according to the council agenda, since forcing stores to display English signs is prohibited.
The vote has spurred discussion in the city, with some community members arguing that it takes away business owners' First Amendment rights. According to the council agenda, Monterey Park City Council and law enforcement feel that bilingual signage will improve public safety and emergency response by helping to clearly identify a business.
A second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for August 7.
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