- Business Advocacy
Elizandro Monarrez has delivered the mail in Alhambra for 40 years. He served other cities for eight years before that. His postal career has spanned 48 busy and fulfilling years. Most of the time in Alhambra he handled Route 61, which included the downtown area, City Hall, the Court House, Police Station, Chamber of Commerce, homes, and businesses.
It is a busy route for a postman. Mr. Monarrez, who retired Aug. 31, estimated he made 800 deliveries or more each day. In addition, postal customers constantly approached him with questions. He put in a full day’s work in Alhambra.
Born in Durango Mexico, Mr. Monarrez moved, along with his family, to Los Angeles in time for him to attend Wilson High School in El Sereno. After graduation, he served in the Army and is a Vietnam veteran. Soon after his discharge from the military he became a United States citizen.
With his GI Bill benefits, he first took courses in auto mechanics before switching to Police Science courses at East Los Angeles College. He was even offered the opportunity to enroll in the Police Academy but, at age 23, he chose the Postal Service instead and never looked back. His growing family benefited from the steady job, and he soon saved up enough to buy a home in La Puente, where he still lives.
Mr. Monarrez began his career in the Post Office as a letter handler in the City of Bell and was soon promoted to a letter carrier with his own route. When a vacancy came up in Alhambra in 1980, he happily transferred to his new permanent assignment. He was one of the first Latino letter carriers in town. Through the years he has made many friends in Alhambra. He remembers, for instance, when one of his postal customers, long serving pastor Foster Shannon, retired from the pulpit at the Presbyterian Church at First and Commonwealth.
Mr. Monarrez now looks forward to traveling, once the COVID situation is over, and has bought a van to help him get away. The downtown community is grateful for his steady service over the last 40 years and wishes him well with his next endeavor.