It would also help reduce the amount of bottles, cans and other debris left by those who drink in public, Weldon said. City officials said along with the ordinance the department also helps the city’s homeless population get into programs and off the streets. “The first thing we do is try and help those who may be homeless by getting them into local programs but there are always those who do not want to be helped,” Schuster said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! City Manager James Mussenden said the ordinance is needed to improve the quality of life for residents. “This a policy that will clean up the city and make it a safer place for residents,” Mussenden said. Schuster said the city prohibits consuming alcohol in public, but said it has been hard for Richard Luna, the department’s transient liaison, to enforce. “He would have to actually see them taking a drink in order to enforce that ordinance and that was hard to do,” Schuster said. “This one will give us another angle to go after someone who is just possessing an open container.” El Monte police Chief Ken Weldon said the ordinance is important because public drinking is sometimes a contributing factor in the increase of dangerous behavior and criminal activity. EL MONTE – The city plans to crack down on the homeless drinking alcohol in public. On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously voted to introduce the ordinance which prohibits people from possessing or consuming open alcoholic beverages on public property and in public places. A violation would be a misdemeanor. El Monte police Capt. Steve Schuster said the ordinance is needed because the department regularly receives complaints about transients drinking in public parks, flood-control channels and around businesses near Valley Boulevard. The public drinking ordinance is scheduled to be heard again on May 1.