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El Monte : Money for Crossing Guards

The City Council agreed Tuesday to pay $4,300 for crossing guards at the intersection of Santa Anita Avenue and Bodger Street near New Lexington School.

Before the unanimous vote, the council received a petition signed by more than 60 parents and children urging the action.

Douglas Shaw, executive director of the Mid Valley Manpower Consortium, told the council that he will also produce a list of other intersections in need of guards. The intersection near New Lexington was of primary concern because of the heavy traffic on Santa Anita, he said.

Council members said they will budget more money for guards, but Councilman Dan Morgan added that the El Monte Unified School District also has some obligation to provide guards after canceling busing services.

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