East of East

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives

A Project of the South El Monte Arts Posse

South El Monte Library Historical Articles

This folder contains a partial record of periodical clippings contained in a folder labeled “South El Monte Historical Articles” behind the reference desk at the South El Monte Public Library. As the inside of the folder (IMG_2303.jpg) notes, “These articles were copies from original newspaper articles kept in our scrap book in the workroom. They have been copied on acid-free paper. 7/20/2000 There are 116 copies in this set.” The scans contained in this file are a selection chosen by Nick Juravich for their relevance to his ongoing research on South El Monte. Omitted were scans that repeated stories covered more thoroughly in other articles, and anything after 1980. Topics covered include: the 1964 and 1965 National Cleanest Cities Achievement Award campaigns, the building of the South El Monte Civic Center, a recall of the mayor and city councilors, charges of racial bias in city hiring, the creation of the city’s Human Resource Unit, a fight over one city councilmember’s public support of Cesar Chavez, graffiti clean-ups, the winning of the All-American City Award, youth job creation, attacks on “illegal aliens,” and gang activity. Together, these articles offer glimpses into politics, urban development, and community life in South El Monte, and fill out the history presented in the booklet “South El Monte: the History of a City” and the Annual Reports contained in this series.

South El Monte Library Historical Articles