“If I were Mitchell, I would say, `Thank you Stephen for moving back to Monterey Park. I know San Marino is a lot prettier than Monterey Park, and you’ve agreed to come back and serve us,”‘ Lam said. Deputy City Attorney Adrian Guerra said city code requires a planning commissioner to reside in the city but does not list a minimum length of time for residency or require that a person must be a homeowner. Ing said that while Lam’s move is legal, it “raises eyebrows.” “How can someone who just moved in the city be on one of the most influential commissions?” Ing asked. Lam, however, said Ing is ignoring his ties to the city. A San Marino resident up until recently, Lam has owned the clothing store Koco Collection on Garfield Avenue in Monterey Park for 17 years. Lam has also been a member of the city’s Chamber of Commerce, Lion’s Club, and previously lived in the city for seven years. MONTEREY PARK – Two councilmen have asked why a man who had lived in the city only eight days was handed a plum commission assignment. Last week, Stephen Lam became the fifth member of the city’s Planning Commission, after being nominated by Councilman Anthony Wong. Lam moved here from San Marino just eight days prior. Councilmen Mitchell Ing and Benjamin “Frank” Venti, both of whom abstained from the vote, said there are unanswered questions about Lam’s recent move to the city. Lam is renting a condominium in Monterey Park. His family continues to reside in San Marino. Lam will also retain his position as chairman of the Business Improvement District Advisory Committee, which he was appointed to by Assemblyman Mike Eng when Eng served on the council. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!