A poster for a hotel under construction on Valley Boulevard in El Monte, financed using EB-5 foreign investor funds. The city hopes to attract more investment.
A citation for illegal dumping in El Monte used to cost $50. Not any more. Earlier this week, city leaders voted to raise the fine to $200. Second-time offenders will find themselves paying $500.
City officials say there’s more to it than just making money off tickets. This working-class city hopes to lure more of the foreign investment that’s revitalizing other parts of the San Gabriel Valley, much of it from China.
"If your streets are not clean, why would I want to invest millions of dollars to bring in stores, industry, business into that community, or that city?" said Juventino "J" Gomez, a city council member who wants for the city to attract more development.
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