South El Monte, California
South El Monte is a small city of a little more than twenty thousand residents. A key attraction for residents and visitors, and one of the natural hearts of the greater San Gabriel Valley, are the green spaces known as the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area and the Whittier Narrows Natural Area, which lie at the southern and southwestern boundaries of South El Monte. Further north and west of these areas is a golf course that shares the name of the other green spaces. These green areas are watered by the Rio Hondo, a river that forms part of the western border of South El Monte, as well as the San Gabriel River, which runs along a small portion of the city’s southeastern border. Beyond the green zones to the south of South El Monte are the cities of Pico Rivera and Whittier. West of the recreation areas are the cities and neighborhoods of South San Gabriel, Monterey Park, and Montebello. Rosemead is South El Monte’s neighbor to the north, while the city of El Monte sits on the northern and northeastern boundary of South El Monte. The city’s eastern neighbors are Avocado Heights, Bassett, and West Covina. Residents of South El Monte have convenient access to three freeways. North of the city is the coast-to-coast interstate locally named the San Bernardino Freeway, but also simply known as “The Ten.” Just beyond the eastern border is the San Gabriel River Freeway, named after the river that approximately parallels its course. And the third freeway, which runs near the southern edges of South El Monte and through the Whittier Narrows Recreation and National areas, is the Pomona Freeway, or “The Sixty,” which runs from downtown Los Angeles to the city of Beaumont, California, in Riverside County, where it ends at its junction with The Ten.
Viewed from above, South El Monte’s area is somewhat unevenly divided between residential and industrialized development, with the latter occupying more acreage than the former. The residential areas take up three zones mostly distributed within the eastern half of the city. Almost eighty-five percent of these residents are of the Latino or Hispanic heritage. The western region of El Monte, bounded approximately by Edwards Avenue on the east and the Rio Hondo on the west, is almost entirely industrial and commercial. Along such streets as Rosemead Boulevard and Troy Avenue one finds warehouses, distribution centers, wholesalers, machine shops and manufacturers. Riders of the bike path that traces the path of the Rio Hondo also follow the boundary between the green of the golf course to the west and these businesses to the east. Heading north from where the bike path enters El Monte, a rider would pass a seafood wholesaler, a furniture wholesaler, a tire warehouse, a large-scale medical supply store, a kitchen and bath supply warehouse, a shoe wholesaler, and a variety of other businesses involved in the importing, storage, transportation and manufacture of goods. The workers in South El Monte businesses are often made to work long hours during busy seasons, which can make them susceptible to work-related illnesses that lead to them being disabled. In many cases, such an employee may request a leave of absence for treatment and recovery and may be terminated during the leave of absence. The employer might use as an explanation a slowdown in the work or prior performance issues. Each employee’s situation is unique. If you have been wrongfully terminated, contact our office for a free consultation.