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Police shut down illegal Monterey Park hotel

A theft over the Fourth of July holiday weekend led police to a Monterey Park home illegally housing 12 tenants, World Journal (世界日报)reports.

A man living on the 200 block of South Lincoln Avenue called police July 5 to report his wallet had been stolen. Police arrived at the single-family detached house and discovered it was packed with tenants, according to World Journal. Five occupants also lived in the garage behind the house, which was divided into three units without air conditioning.

Monterey Park City Manager Paul Talbot encouraged residents to report homes they suspect have been illegally converted into hotels, according to World Journal. The city has received more than 20 complaints about such residences in the past two months and 14 illegal family hotels have been shut down, most housing new Chinese immigrants. Many have been located on or near Lincoln, Moore, and Nicholson avenues, World Journal reports.

A version of this article was originally published in World Journal. This story was translated from Chinese to English. If you notice a mistake in translation, please email our editors at editor@alhambrasource.org.

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2 thoughts on “Police shut down illegal Monterey Park hotel”

  1. Its about safety ^

  2. The city needs to chill out and try to understand its own needs. These conversions serve as a much needed respite for low-incoming new residents who can’t even afford the lowest of rental properties in the area, especially because housing prices have been driven up by the rich from their very own homeland.

    These caretaker, cooks, and maids need temporary stays in between low-wage migrant work. I drive by those stretches all the time, and they’ve flourished as family hotels due to their proximity to Garvey/Garfield. Live and let live.

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