Alhambra City Council reviewed Monday evening the preliminary design for a monument dedicated to former City Manager Julio Fuentes. A short wall — similar in shape to the Veteran's Memorial at Alhambra Park — would be placed at the corner of Fremont Avenue and Valley Boulevard. If approved, the park with the arch based on Paris' Arc de Triomphe will be renamed the "Julio J. Fuentes Gateway Garden" to honor his 20 years of service to the city.
Alhambra resident Lola Armendariz approached Council and questioned the monument to the former city manager. "Mr. Fuentes was an employee of the city and he was compensated for his work. He had his goals as far as his career, and he went on to another city," Armendariz said. "No disrespect to Mr. Fuentes, but there are members of the community who are not thrilled with a lot of the projects that have come into the city, with regard to high density and increase in traffic. And many other projects that are here now that have changed the face of our entire community. This is no longer Alhambra to many of us."
Alhambra Police Chief Mark Yokoyama also updated council members on technological developments at the police department. Alhambra PD is the first agency in Los Angeles County to use Predictive Policing, or “PredPol,” a new system that predicts where crime will most likely happen by analyzing crime data from the previous five years. PredPol identifies areas in the city where crime is most frequent, and officers are sent to these areas to watch out for possible crimes. Yokoyama told Council that despite PredPol’s small sample size, there have only been positive outcomes since its introduction in February.
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City Council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month in the second floor of the City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 8, 2013, 5:30 p.m. at the Alhambra City Hall Council Chambers.