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City Manager's Update: August 1, 2017

Post Date:08/01/2017 11:42 AM

Hello everyone!

In an effort to provide an update of important news and notes from this last week, the following report has been prepared.  As always, please feel free to let me know if you have a question about any of the items contained in this update – I can be reached via email at!

And of course… all the best to you and yours as we continue through this week!

Best regards,


Quote of the Week

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

- Steve Jobs

Phase I Implementation of the City’s Bike Master Plan to Begin August 2017

Since the City’s official Bike Master Plan was adopted in July 2016, staff have been working to coordinate implementation efforts with the Monrovia Renewal project.  We are pleased to share that beginning this August 2017, components of the Bike Master Plan will be getting underway!

Over the past several months, staff has worked to refine the plan with representatives from Move Monrovia, and we have developed a proposed Class III Bike Route map for implementation.  A Class III Bike Route is identified as a road that allows for bikes to share the use of the street with pedestrian and / or motor vehicle traffic, as outlined in the graphic below:

Bike Share

Both signage and striping will be installed to help identify the road segments where Class III Bike Routes exist, and the specific signs / markings we plan on utilizing are as follows:

The Class III Bike Route map will portray where these routes will be installed. This is an exciting development for bike enthusiasts throughout the City and will help improve safety for bicyclists and drivers alike!  

Bike Lanes

Library Strategic Plan to be Presented to City Council August 1, 2017

After nearly a year of planning and gathering feedback from community members and working with staff, City staff will present a draft of the Library Strategic Plan at this Tuesday’s City Council Meeting on August 1, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. This important planning document will help guide how the Library grows and invests its resources over the next five years.

The Monrovia Public Library Strategic Plan 2017-2022 is the result of months of information-gathering and engagement with the people of Monrovia, and asking what the library can do to help them start the next chapter of their lives. Working with expert consultants, the Library developed the six strategic directions found below, each with achievable and measurable goals embedded within the five-year time frame.

  • Enhance Experiences: Establish a welcoming space where the community enjoys enriched experiences
  • Enhance Access: Expand opportunities for the community to access the library and its resources
  • Enhance Partnerships: Establish strategic partnerships and increase community engagement
  • Enhance Technology: Enhance public access to state of the art technology tools and services
  • Enhance Image: Strengthen the perception of the library as a welcoming place for the community to gather
  • Enhance Staff Development: Develop ways to invest in our team to be their best in the delivery of programs and services to our community

View the entire Library Strategic Plan document online, and should you have any questions, please reach out to the Library at (626) 256-8274!

Tickets now on Sale for Old Town Monrovia’s First Wine Walk on Saturday, August 26, 2017, 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.!

Wine Walk TicketsTickets are now available for the highly-anticipated Wine Walk event taking place throughout Old Town next month! Over twenty Old Town businesses have signed up thus far to serve samples of wine while attendees peruse all they have to offer.

Developed by the City in partnership with the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board, the Wine Walk is intended to encourage customers to visit all businesses in Old Town during this unique event! Wine Walk participants will be invited to stroll through Old Town, enter businesses, and sample a variety of wine, while simultaneously exploring each business and its offerings.  There will also be acoustic entertainment playing on each block of Old Town to enhance a festive atmosphere during the event. 

Ticket Prices:

  • Pre-Sale Tickets - $40
  • At the Door - $45 -- This event may sell out, so buy your tickets early!

Where to Buy Your Tickets:

  • Support Your Local Non-Profits! We encourage attendees to purchase their tickets from the participating non-profits first, as they will keep all the proceeds! Benefits will go to:
    • Centre Stage
    • Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association
    • Monrovia Youth Baseball League
    • Monrovia Reads
    • Monrovia Latino Heritage Society
  • Monrovia Community Center - Stop by 119 W. Palm Avenue to buy your tickets from our friendly staff.
  • Online - You can also buy your tickets online, with the addition of a processing fee: Purchase Monrovia Wine Walk Tickets Online


Help Conserve Water During the Hot Summer Months – Phase IV Water Restrictions Still in Effect

It is crucial that we as a community continue to conserve water as we deal with the effects of a nearly decade-long drought.  During the summer, water use spikes dramatically as individuals use extra water on their lawns and plants.  Unfortunately, much of this water is wasted due to overwater, water runoff, and evaporation.  Remember to water early in the morning or late at night to minimize water loss, and only water once every four days.  Limiting our outdoor water use can add up to huge water savings, and is a key tool in conserving water.

Monrovia ConservesPlease keep in mind that Monrovia is still under Phase IV Water Conservation Regulations, which means outdoor watering should be limited to:

  • About once per week (no more than every fourth day)
  • No more than 15 minutes per landscaped area.
    • Note: The 15-minute limit does not apply to drip irrigation systems, new planting of low-water usage plants, or if reclaimed water is being used as permitted by law.
  • Only before 8:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m.

Be sure to visit Monrovia Conserves for more information on Phase IV Water Regulations and for tips on how individuals can help our community save water together!

Meeting With Tim Peters of the SGVCOG This Past Week to Discuss Homeless Issues Planning Grant, Monrovia Officially has 39 Homeless Individuals Based on 2017 LA County Homeless Count

This past week, staff met with Tim Peters, who is working as a consultant for the SGVCOG to help coordinate homeless response planning initiatives.  Tim shared with the City that based on the recently approved Measure H funding programs, Monrovia is eligible for a $30,000 planning grant to further develop programs / processes for responding to homeless issues in our community.  Staff will be researching and assessing the grant funding process and will be certain to respond to the opportunity.

In addition, Tim shared recently released details from the Los Angeles County Homeless Count that took place earlier this year.  It appears that based on the results of the 2017 count, Monrovia has a total of 39 identified homeless individuals in our community.  A copy of the report published July 24, 2017, for Monrovia has been included below for your review.

LA Continuum of Care

Encinitas Historic District Dedication

Just a note to let you know that the Encinitas Historic District dedication event held on Thursday, July 27, 2017, was a huge success! Thank you to all the community members who were able to join us in celebrating Monrovia’s second historic district! These districts help highlight the beauty of historic homes built in multiple styles throughout the years, and preserving them is a benefit to all who live and visit Monrovia.

Encinitas Dedication

National Night Out is Tonight! Join the Monrovia Police Department for Food and Music in Library Park Tonight Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

We hope you can join the Monrovia Police Department for National Night Out tonight, August 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Library Park! The Monrovia Police Department will be hosting their annual National Night Out program, which is a community-building initiative that promotes police and community partnerships with a sense of neighborhood camaraderie.  This event is a fantastic opportunity for citizens to come together to promote crime awareness, drug awareness, and to meet some of the amazing men and women serving in the Monrovia Police Department!

National Night Out

Construction in the Northwest Section of Monrovia Renewal set to Begin August 2017

The City’s multi-year initiative to address needed repairs and make system-wide improvements to our water, sewer, and street infrastructure will be starting in a new part of town next month!

To execute the ambitious Monrovia Renewal project, the City was divided into six sections to improve efficiency, lower costs, attract qualified contractors, and ensure each section could be closely managed. The first two sections, Southwest and Southeast, were completed in Phase I over the last year. Next month, Phase II will begin with construction in the Northwest area of Monrovia Renewal, followed closely by the South area in Fall 2017.

Monrovia Renewal MapTentative Construction Schedule for Phase II:

Northwest Section (Area west of Myrtle Avenue between Colorado and Hillcrest Boulevards):

  • Sidewalks Improvements Underway
  • Construction Work Begins: August/September 2017

South Section (Area south of the I-210 freeway to City limits):

  • Selection Process for Contractors for Construction Work: August 2017 – September 2017
  • Construction Work Begins: October 2017

Three Stages of Construction Work:

  1. Underground work takes place first, including repairs to water and sewer pipelines beneath the street.
  2. Concrete repairs to curbs, gutters, and driveway approaches will take place next.
  3. Street repairs occur after all other work has taken place. Streets slated for repairs receive one of four treatments: a new top coat (slurry seal); minor crack / gravel repairs and then a new top coat (cape seal); a whole new top layer (mill and overlay); or the street is removed to dirt and fully reconstructed.

Want to Learn More About the Monrovia Renewal Improvements Coming to Your Neighborhood?

To learn more, visit Monrovia Renewal online or contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575. For the latest information, click the blue “Subscribe” button on the top of the Monrovia Renewal homepage to get periodic project updates sent straight to your inbox!

Canyon Park Entrance Trail Dedication Event on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 4:00 P.M.

Canyon Park DedicationTo celebrate the wonderful new entrance trail to Canyon Park, a dedication event will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., at 1200 North Canyon Boulevard. This event will dedicate the new trail as well as thank the grant funders and community stakeholders that played an important role in the project.

Completed in June 2017, the Canyon Park Entrance Trail project made major improvements along Canyon Boulevard and built a multi-use trail to improve safety for hikers walking along the path and cars that share the road. The improvements were funded in part through a grant from the LA County Regional Parks and Open Space District, and the City partnered with the California Conservation Corps to install enhanced erosion control features along the trail.

The new trail will also benefit those taking advantage of our Canyon Park facility rentals, including the Canyon Park Cabin and Fireman’s Flat Campground, often rented for weddings, retreats, and more! For more information on Canyon Park rentals, call the Public Services Department at (626) 256-8246.

Can’t Stop the Feeling of Fun at Monrovia’s Summer Concert Series!

Can you believe we’re halfway through our Summer Concert Series with only 10 chances remaining to enjoy free summer concerts in the park?! Don’t be left without a beat to step to and be sure to join us at one of our upcoming shows!

Summer concerts are held multiple nights each week, starting at 7:00 p.m. and rocking out ‘til 8:30 p.m. Sunday concerts are held at Library Park, and Saturday and Wednesday concerts are held at the Station Square Amphitheatre. For more details, see the full schedule of remaining concerts below:

Saturday Concerts

  • Location: Station Square Amphitheater (1601 South Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016)
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Dates / Performances:
    • August 5 - Irie Earth Band, Steel Drum
    • August 12 - Night Owl Big Band Orchestra, Big Band
    • August 19 - Central, Top 40
    • August 26 - Latin Nation, Latin

Sunday Concerts

  • Location: Library Park, Rotary Bandshell (321 South Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016)
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Dates / Performances:
    • August 6 -Arnie Newman Band, Country
    • August 13 -The Nolan Shaheed Quintet, Jazz
    • August 20 - Mariachi Divas, Mariachi
    • August 27 - Cold Duck, Old School Funk

Wednesday Concerts (In Partnership with the Levitt Pavilion)

  • Location: Station Square Amphitheater (1601 South Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016)
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Dates / Performances:
    • August 2 - Box Car 7, Jazz/Blues

We can’t wait for you to join us during our Monrovia’s summer of music, and if you have any questions or if you need additional information, please contact the Public Services Department at (626) 256-8246.

Concerts in the Park

Saturday Night Movies in the Park Wrap up With Moana on August 12, 2017, 8:00 P.M.!

We hope you enjoyed last night’s Disney Tribute Band as part of our Summer Concerts in the Park series! If the concert left you wanting more chances to sing-a-long to Disney’s greatest hits, then you’ll want to save the date for our last Saturday Night Movie in the Park!

If you thought you couldn’t get Frozen’s “Let it Go” out of your head, just wait for Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go”! The film even features the musical talents of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson! We hope you can join us at Kiwanis Park at Grand Avenue in two weeks!  You can get a jump start on your vocal warm-ups by singing along here, and don’t forget to bring a chair, a blanket, and some snacks to enjoy our final film of the summer.

  • Moana
    • Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m.
    • Kiwanis Park at Grand Avenue (340 N. Grand Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016)

The Summer Movies Series is brought to you by the Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) program, which organizes events throughout the year to help neighbors connect and get involved in their community. If you have any questions or want to learn more, please call Ariel Tolefree-Williams at (626) 932-5563 or send her email at

MAP Summer Movie Nights

Let us Know What you Thought of our Summer Reading Program by Completing A Short Survey!

We want to know what you liked about our 2017 Summer Reading Program and what you’d like to see made even better for next year! Take a few moments to participate in our brief survey by picking up a hard copy at the library or completing the survey online.

Meanwhile, the Library Fun continues with...

Solar Eclipse Party Coming this August!

  • Time to get excited about the Solar Eclipse coming on August 21!  Learn about how an eclipse occurs from a NASA Solar System Ambassador and participate in hands-on activities such as making eclipse viewers and solar ovens.
    Community Room
    Saturday, August 5, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please come on out to the Library to experience all that we have to offer, and if you have any questions, contact us at (626) 256-8274!

Friday Night Teen Scene Summer Youth Program Concludes August 4, 2017, 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., at Library Park

The City's Friday Night Teen Scene is holding its final event this week! The student leadership component of the program runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and activities from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Don’t miss this fantastic program for teens at Library Park!

Teen Scene

Julian Fisher Park Closed for Renovations Through Fall 2017 – Visit Mary Wilcox Youth Center for Open Court Basketball!

Construction is now underway to update Julian Fisher Park!  As the picture below illustrates, the City’s contractor has made a ton of demolition progress on the planned improvements!

JF Park Renovation

Even though Julian Fisher Park is closed while major renovations are underway, youth and adults can still enjoy recreational basketball at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center Gym and the playground / picnic space at Recreation Park!

For any questions or concerns regarding construction, please call Lauren Marshall, Management Analyst, at (626) 932-5579.  For questions regarding recreational basketball at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center, please call Katie Distelrath, Recreation Division Manager, at (626) 256-8225.

Julian Fisher Park Construction Notice Banner

Protect Your Pets at the Pasadena Humane Society’s Low-Cost Animal Wellness Clinic at Library Park on August 26, 2017, 8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

The Pasadena Humane Society will host a low-cost wellness clinic in Monrovia on August 26, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Library Park (321 S. Myrtle Avenue)!  Residents will be able to protect their pets with ease at the low-cost vaccine clinic, where microchipping and pet licensing services will also be available.PHS Animal Vaccines

Available vaccines and services include:

  • Rabies – $8.00, dogs and cats 3 months and older
  • 5-in-1 (DHLPP) – $15.00, dogs 6-8 weeks and older
  • Bordetella – $15.00, dogs 8 weeks and older
  • 4-in-1 (FVRCP) – $15.00, cats 6-8 weeks and older
  • Microchip implant – $20.00, dogs and cats of any age

Please remember that all dogs must be on leash, and cats must be in carriers!  For more information please call the Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792- 7151, ext. 132.

Monrovia Historical Society Narrated Tours Continue!

The Monrovia Historical Society is offering two more narrated tours of historic sites in Monrovia!  As part of the program, participants get to hear our City Historian as he gives 14 lucky people a narrated tour outlining historical locations in Monrovia, all while riding in an air-conditioned van! Those who participate will be entertained, enlightened, and gain a new sense of how Monrovia became the ‘Gem’ it is today! Each tour only has room for 14 people, so make sure you sign-up today!!!  

  • August 26, 2017, 10 a.m. – The Southeast Quarter of Monrovia

Historic homes of Wild Rose Historic Districts, the old Monrovia airport, the old Monrovia Plunge, old Route 66, origins of Live Oak cemetery, the story of Bradbury and West Duarte, Fig – a neighborhood rich in stories. Shiloh AME Zion, Second Baptist and Immaculate Conception Churches, Huntington Elementary School, the Municipal Auto Park, the Jones Family., John Isaac Wesley Fisher – blacksmith and ferrier.

  • September 23, 2017, 10 a.m. – The Southwest Quarter of Monrovia

The ‘Spence Addition’, modest cottages of Monrovia’s working class, the site that became Monrovia High School, Mayflower Village (‘Cowtown’) and nearby dairy, the historic train depot, Monroe School – site of Monrovia’s first public school (Orange Ave.), “Highway Square” – early planned development Ca 1908). Monrovia’s ‘panhandle’ and water well.

Tickets are $50 per person per tour, or $40 for Monrovia Historical Society members.  All proceeds will go to the Monrovia Historical Society to help us preserve and share our City’s history. To buy your tickets, or for more information, please contact the Monrovia Historical Society at (626) 256-3423, or email at

Historical Society Driving Tours Flyer

HdL Headlines Newsletter

View the most recent edition of HdLs Headlines Newsletter, which highlights economic trends happening in California.

Interesting Story of the Week –The Itsy-Bitsy Spider (It was Actually Huge!) Crawled Down the Reporter’s Arm!!!!

Our interesting story of the week comes to us from United Press International (UPI), which reports that a LARGE spider was caught live on camera during a FOX4 News broadcast in Texas… crawling down the arm of reporter Shannon Murray during a news segment!  The reporter maintained her composure and delivered the news without any incident, something I’m sure that not all of us would have been able to do!  To find out more about arachnid situation, please click on the link below!

Spider crawls on unsuspecting Texas reporter during live segment

Police Department Semi-Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The most recent Police Department semi-weekly neighborhood watch report for the period July 24-26, 2017, has been included for your review and reference. During the past seven-day period, the Police Department handled 426 service events resulting in 86 investigations.

View the Semi Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report.

Steve Baker… Climbs Walls?!?!?!

We thought we would end this week’s update with a picture of Steve Baker… climbing walls… to get to the Historic Santa Fe Depot tour!  Enjoy!

Steve Baker climbs wall

That’s it for this update, thanks so much for taking the time to read this report and I do hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

Best regards,