El Monte cops to get housing money

This just in from Rebecca Kimitch:

Two El Monte police officers will receive $10,000 in help buying homes in El Monte, since the city council unanimously approved it on Tuesday.

Police Chief Ken Weldon has requested $20,000 for the Police Residence Incentive Program. The program provides El Monte officers a one-time, no-interest, forgivable loan to purchase a home in the city. The maximum loan amount is $10,000, according to the city’s Web site.

The program was developed to encourage officers to purchase homes in El Monte, and offer financial support in their effort to do so.

The first year of the program – fiscal year 2003-2004, the program was funded at $104,500. Since then, funding has decreased to $40,000 in fiscal year 2007-2008.

This fiscal year the program was not funded. However, two officers who are currently in escrow wish to take advantage of the program, leading Weldon to request the funds, according to a memo the chief wrote to the city council.

“I am requesting to fund this program for this year only and then terminate the program until other funding sources become available,” Weldon wrote.

The item is on the council’s consent calender.

  • Anonymous

    Before you go off and declare this program some sort of general fund give-away, you might to verify that the funding doesn’t come from some special source like CDBG funds which are completely unrelated to the general fund and which can be used to promote certain housing incentives for police and teachers which I think the City also does.

    That would be called competent and thorough reporting.

  • EL Monte UptownGal

    Call it what you call it. It’s still a gift of public funds! With the current financial crisis (which the well-paid managers were unable to predict??)goes to show you that the politicians continue to abuse the system at the expense of tax payers.

  • anonymous

    Not only is it a gift of public funds, it is selective and discriminatory. Why can’t other employees within the City be offered the same program…and I don’t mean City employees, I mean everyone within the City. I am sure that funds earmarked for low cost housing programs could be used by many making FAR less than the folks over at the Police Department.

  • anonymous

    Incentive program: To atract policemen to the city, with $100,000.00 on average a year salary, do we need to give money away in this manner, look who gave the order!
    Chief Weldon and this program was approved in 2003, also
    can be removed in 2008….

  • Anonymous

    I really think that residents of El Monte should have a priority for jobs in the city. I hope that anyone who receives this incentive must remain in the house for at least 10 years.

    If city employees were residents, I’ll bet they would be a heck of a lot more careful about the way the handle the funds. If the cops had to live here, do you think the POA would spend so much money pushing for things like Measure GG?

  • Anonymous

    I think that’s one of the terms of getting the grant. They have to live in the city for a certain amount of time and if they don’t they have to pay it back.

    I also believe that if they sell the house the city gets a share of the profits.

  • Anonymous

    Having cops live in the city isn’t such a bad thing. I’d rather have them as a neighbor than someone from El Monte Flores.

    Hey….does “flores” mean flower in English? El Monte Flowers…..is that for real?

  • anonymous

    It might be interesting to know how many of the officers using the gift of funds are actually living in the property purchased? Wonder if any are using the property for rentals or as an investment?

  • Anonymous

    You knuckle-head. This type of program exists in many cities. It is not “gift of funds” because the idea is your getting police officers to live in the community. Also, the loan has to be paid back if they don’t stay in the house, plus they have to give a share of the equity if they sell the house.

    I don’t fault you guys from want root out wrongdoing but you always seem to bark up the wrong trees.

  • Retired Cop

    Why would any cop want to live in El Monte? There is so much crime already. Now it is out in the newspaper. Any cop in his right mind would not want to put is life and that of his family in harms way. Thai is a very dumb move on their part. Monte Flores gang members and other criminals from El Monte and other surronding cities will now khow where they live. I would have them re-think this. Better safe than sorry. This is a very bad idea.
    Keep our officers safe. This is more important.

    This money should be used for the residents and people who need a helping hand and who are losing their homes. El Monte police officers already make a very good salary, pension and retirement. What a slap in the face to the people of El Monte.

  • Anonymous

    “Retired Cop”: If you retired from El Monte all I can say is GOOD RIDDENCE to you!!!!

  • Resident

    Calm down people. Cops make good money, why would they want to live in El Monte? I sure wouldn’t.

    The point of this program is to have your local cops live in the same town as they work. Being residents mean they are more vested in the community. You should want that.

  • anonymous

    Apparently because a program exists in other cities it must be good? C’mon….the program is yet another example of a select group receiving a disproportionate pay day.

    “knuckle-head” probably….tired of a few getting outrageous payments, perks and benefits at the taxpayer expense…definitely!

  • Anonymous

    You reporters get really touchy about criticism over your coverage…..

    Whether a city chooses to have such a program or not is a choice for them to make…..

    My point is that this is not some EXOTIC program that only exists in El Monte and without any benefit to the city.

    People can disagree over whether having your cops live in your community is a good idea or a bad idea. I know that some communities complain that their cops are really nothing more than outsiders (almost like an outside occupying force) who have no connection to community. That’s why many cities have started these types of programs…which also apply to teachers too. I can tell you that alot of cops aren’t not exactly crazy about living in the communities they work in because they don’t want to have meet up with the same guy they arrested at the grocery store or at their children’s PTA meeting….so it’s not like the copys or beeting down the doors to take advantage of this program.

    You also failed to report (probably because you were to lazy or not smart enough to ask) that the program has lots of strings attached to it: the cop HAS to live in the city for a set number of years and he has to share any profits from the sale of the house with the city.

    This is a far cry from the type of back room (under the radar) double dealing you are claiming. Also, you seem to have no interest in a real example of double dealing involving the hotel owners…oh that’s right because their city council sopporters are “GOOD GUYS” in the little story your trying to manufature and it would confuse your story narrative it you added complicated elements that maybe made your heroes seem….welll….not so heroic.

  • Retired Captain

    I too would never want to live in El Monte. I am more concerned about my family, than a house. They can offer me $50,000. Thanks but no thanks. No COP in their right frame of mind would ever be that desperate. NEVER! Offer the homes to the people of El Monte.

  • A resident

    I read the article and then the comments. Then I reread the article. Where did the reporters get “touchy”? They wrote a story about a program to encourage police to live in El Monte. They probably reported about the program in El Monte, because El Monte appears to have a larger deficit than any of our neighbors, and soon El Monte will have a higher sales tax than any of our neighbors. Also, before you make comments about the reporter intelligence, you might want to take a close look at what you have written. When the little red line appears beneath a word, it means you have a spelling error.

    By the way…this is a program that I personally support, but only if the officer lives in the home for a minimum of 10 years.