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Patch Blog: Insurance Fliers are Neighborhood Litter

Local Insurance Agent Continues to be a blight with litter on the streets of Highland Park, Garvanza and Mount Washington.

A local State Farm Insurance Agent has been a consistent blight on our streets and neighborhood over the past year and continues to be a repeat offender by hiring workers to paper fliers on car doors promoting her insurance business throughout the communities of Highland Park, Garvanza and Mount Washington.

The activity usually happens late at night when workers strategically place her flyers on car doors, which commonly fall from the vehicles or are discarded by the car owners. Julie Montenegro of State Farm Insurance has engaged in this practice for well over a year now and despite having been contacted by dozens of concerned neighbors regarding the litter nuisance it causes on our streets, she still persists. Sadly, it seems that Ms. Montenegro views our local community as that of a parking lot of a big box discount retailer.

On Monday morning of this week whilst out for a stroll I collected over 20 of her discarded fliers on a single block in Garvanza. Our neighborhood deserves better than this.

Ms. Montenegro, there are far more professional ways to promote your business in the community--perhaps consider advertising on one of our local community blogs or in a local newspaper. I’m sure you would appreciate our business but we ask you to appreciate our neighborhood foremost.

Thank you.

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David O'Roscoe October 17, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I'm an old guy. When I was watching Howdy Doody, there were commercials telling me "Give a hoot, don't pollute." Lady Bird Johnson was telling us not to litter. Maybe I was brainwashed, but I'm mindful of not throwing things on the street. In a capitalist system, a necessary evil is advertising. Andrew, your problem should be with your neighbors throwing ads on the ground, instead of the recycling bin. Go talk to your 20 neighbors. Be active teaching them not to litter our community. You seem to be aware of littering, so I'm confident you picked up more than just those fliers on Monday morning, I'm sure you picked up a lot of trash thrown about by your neighbors. I hope you took pictures of all the trash you picked up. Organize your neighbors to clean up your street. Then the movement will spread to all of Garvanza, and Highland Park, and NELA, and LA, and California, and then the world! Wouldn't that be a good idea?
clvngodess October 17, 2012 at 07:37 PM
While it's understandable that some might view flyers as an annoyance, we all have the power of choice, much as we do spam in our email inbox. You can read it and use or you can simply toss it away. Julie Montenegro isn't the only local business that uses the service of flyer distribution. Just this morning I got a bag of cereal samples on my gate, a tree service flyer for trees I don't own, and a few days a go I got some pizza flyer too. Did it blight my community? No, not really. Did I get mad? No, not really. I think there are bigger and better battles to be fought in our community than a personal pet peeve about insurance flyers. (Like tagging.)
Cathi Milligan October 17, 2012 at 08:00 PM
These two comments are great about summing up what the real issue should be. If Julie's face wasn't on her advertising fliers you wouldn't know who to complain to. Two Guys pizza leaves me menus at least once a week. I've never ordered pizza from them. I throw them in my recycling bin and move on. Work with members of your community to educate people on what to do with trash. It doesn't belong in the street. That's the best thing you could do. Maybe you can make flyers to pass around...and organize a clean up day for all of the stuff you didn't pick up.
Katie October 17, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Actually I now get my insurance from Julie because I chose to look at one of her flyers instead of litter it on the ground. Well I wouldn't litter anyway. It is people who throw them on the ground not the business helpers distributing the flyers. Julie has been a huge help in the community and I am one who supports her business growth.
Jo O'Key October 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Julie also gets out there and meets the people in the community. She does fundraisers to help the community in efforts to help locals make sure they can "keep" there homes and keep them safe. Although I love Pizza I too have been getting food flyers for years that I do not use, Julie at least has the "peoples" health and living interests at heart. I sent 15,000 flyers out this week to residents of Highland Park and surrounding parts to offer them the opportunity to apply and WIN a three color paint job for their home. on 27th. I cant wait! But, sorry in advance if people in your street littered. In a world that idealizes the internet, some people are just plain still into holding something in their hand, and making a dare I say it....phone call to speak to a human being. Julie is approachable, and she cares. I just bought a commercial building on York Blvd that I intend to restore and I know Julie at State Farm will get my business. I do agree with the littering thing though. I too wish people would not littler. Maybe we can run a local campaign on that instead. I do see your point Mr. or Mrs. Author, but lets be in solution mode. I cant remember the last time I picked paper off my car and threw it on the ground. I dont think I even owned a car it was that long ago. Maybe Julie can run a competition, who ever KEEPs their flyers at the end of the month gets a free car wash? I dont know. But i'll put my thinking cap on. Jo O'Key
phyllis October 17, 2012 at 09:32 PM
This guy must be bored with nothing else to do! How petty - get a job -
David Fonseca (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Hi Phyllis, thanks for reading! But, can we try to keep the comments section civil? Though some folks disagree with Andrew, he put his opinion out there in a respectful manner. I'd ask that you extend him that courtesy when responding.
Hpgrrrl October 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Yeah, Mr F, but phyllis is probably right. guys getting shot, city out of money, terrorism, and stuff, and this guy has a fit about fliers.
Andrew Ward October 18, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Hi Everyone, Sorry I'm coming a little late to the party this evening, I've been at work all day and am just catching up on all the feedback from my post. Thanks for voicing your comments and thank you David Fonseca for providing a forum through Patch for members of the community to have a platform to speak about what they feel are important issues to our community. Yes, understandably there are greater issues that we all face in the community, like the increase in crime along the Monte Vista Corridor earlier this Summer. Yes, I get it, but with some of the bigger problems, let's be honest, we have our hands tied as regular citizens and some problems are better handled by LAPD and The City of LA. However, there is an opportunity for us as members of the community to band together and try make our streets and communities, cleaner and to a certain degree a bit more respectable. My concern is the way in which Ms Montenegro distributes flyers on cars, not on the windscreen but jammed in the car door which either blow off or drop when the door is opened. I think it's careless. I called Ms. Montenegro over a year ago when the flyers first started to appear, initially, she acknowledged and said she would reconsider her strategy, but obviously relented and increased circulation. clvngodess, you bring up an excellent point! Ms Montenegro could possibly direct mail her flyers, that would give people a real choice by keeping or recycling it.
Heinrich Keifer October 18, 2012 at 05:23 AM
While the flyers we all receive are sometimes a little extra work to pick up and dispose of, I think that many neighbors would agree, we need to support our commercial businesses. Small business is the backbone of this country and too many times we take for granted that businesses can be successful automatically. The reality is that we all have seen plenty of businesses come and go along our commercial district. Especially during this recession, we need to support all of our local businesses. Make a special effort to shop, eat and do business in Highland Park, even newer bars and restaurants on York are not guaranteed customers. If you want nice businesses, you need to support them.
Monica Alcaraz October 18, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I am in complete agreement with you, especially when those businesses give back to the community like Julie does.
mkgirly October 18, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Totally agree @David O'Roscoe
clvngodess October 18, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I believe it is a service that is used, so Ms. Montenegro probably has no control over how the flyers are distributed to the end user. That would be something to take up with the actual company that does the work. DM/postage is very expensive, so if Highland Park wants the flyers distributed in this manner, they better get into see Julie Montenegro and buy some insurance! (Yeah, I know, blatant plug. Sorry.)
Julie October 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Wow! Thanks everyone for your comments. This is exactly why I became involved in the community and why I became a State Farm agent in Highland Park. After reading all of your comments, I'm going to come up with a way that we can all benefit from the fliers. Thanks so much for your feedback!
nonoise October 19, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Thanks Julie for caring about the community. I am sure there are better ways to advertise. I think I have seen your advertisement on the patch and even in the local grocery stores. It is a plus to have an insurance professional in our community. Personal service is a rare thing these days. Thank you for providing that.
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aladyofyork February 11, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Flyers draw Parking Enforcement...there are not enough places to park in our community...but every home has a minimum of two cars and no garage..some have four cars...try to park near a school...impossibleCALL. Its litter. I know my insurance agent in the area...I will NEVER use State Farm...Maybe one ot the other Councilman will introduce an ordinance banning ALL flyers to homes and cars.
Joe Walker February 12, 2013 at 05:54 AM
This issue came up on several E-mail groups today and I asked Julie to comment, and she sent me here. She pretty much as said she will continue to dump thousands of these flyers randomly on cars in NELA and no one will tell her different. I am pretty shocked at her attitude.
Andrew Ward February 12, 2013 at 02:26 PM
I am pretty much shocked by her attitude too. It is sad that she continues to view NELA as that of a Big Box Retailer Parking Lot.
nonoise February 12, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Call and ask for her boss at 818-543-4065.
Sally February 15, 2013 at 10:14 PM
How can you honestly say you are involved in the community when its your flyers that litter it? Do you not care for the environment and the effect you do to it with all these flyers? But I guess your money and business is more important.

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