What some people in South El Monte say about the city's reaction--or lack of reaction--to the death of 16-month-old Maureen Ramirez, who was killed by gang gunfire Aug. 29:
"The (City) Council is so divided that even when a tragedy occurs, they can't come together."
--Community activist Helen Lujan
"No one spoke."
--Assistant City Manager Steve Henley, referring to public reaction at a City Council meeting a few days after the shooting.
"The city has a very negative reputation. But people who do live here, they like it. It's not that bad of a city."
--Mayor Vera Valdiviez
"If you explore the city, the non-reaction is pretty anomalous because we've rallied around others in the past."
--Father Joseph Greeley of Epiphany Catholic Church, where the child's funeral was held.