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City Manager's Update: August 8, 2017

Post Date:08/08/2017 12:18 PM

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 ochi@ci.monrovia.ca.us!

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

Best regards,

Oliver


Quote of the Week

Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn't lock itself into darkness, that doesn't dwell on the past, but is able to see a tomorrow.

– Pope Francis


New Water Fees Being Levied by the Watermaster on Water Agencies in the Main San Gabriel Basin to Address the Regional Water Supply Shortage, City Currently Assessing Estimated Cost Impact

This past week, the City Council held a special study session on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, to discuss significant issues facing Monrovia in the coming months, including developing a strategy on how to address water supply issues in the Main San Gabriel Basin (MSGB) aquifer.  As you may be aware, Monrovia gets its water from the MSGB aquifer, which is managed by the Watermaster. 

In May 2017, the Watermaster instituted a new fee on all water producers in the San Gabriel Valley, including the City of Monrovia.  This new fee was implemented to help remedy the water shortage that currently exists following an extended drought environment here in our region.  We have had years of drought conditions in the MSGB, and despite Governor Brown’s declaration in April 2017 that the drought in California is over, for us here in the MSGB, the reality is that we are still in the midst of a serious drought situation.

In order for the MSGB aquifer to be considered healthy, groundwater levels at the Key Well need to consistently be above 200 feet.  Currently, the groundwater level is at around 177.8 feet – and falling – due to years of drought that drew down our water reserves.  Additionally, communities have slowed or stopped their conservation efforts following the rain thinking that there was plenty of water to go around.

To put the situation into the proper context… the lowest that our groundwater levels have ever fallen was to 172.2 feet, in October 2016, right before the most recent winter storms.  And if we do nothing, our groundwater levels will fall below the lowest levels ever recorded by this coming Fall 2017.  If that happens, it is likely that 10% of all water production wells in the Main San Gabriel Basin – including water production wells in Monrovia – will go dry by the end of 2017.  This could prompt widespread water shortages throughout the region. 

In response to the situation, the Watermaster has made a large purchase of water – 40.7 billion gallons, which will cost more than $100 million.  That water will be transported into the MSGB to replenish the aquifer and ensure continued water supply for our residents and businesses.  The cost of purchasing and importing this water will be split between all of the communities and agencies that use this water, including us here in Monrovia.

What this means is that water will become more expensive for all of us in the MSGB.  The City is currently working to analyze the issues surrounding our water supply and the anticipated associated costs that will be impacting Monrovians in the coming months and years, and we should have our assessment completed and ready for review in September 2017.  In the meantime, to address the challenges impacting our region’s water supply, it is crucial for Monrovians to continue to conserve water.  This will help to both reduce water costs and protect our water infrastructure. 


New Water Conservation and Education Video Launched to Articulate the Water Supply Challenges Facing our Region

Did you finish reading the explanation about the water supply shortage above and say to yourself… Wait, what’s going on?!?!?

Well, you’re not alone!  There are so many moving parts that impact the cost of water and how Monrovia gets its water that trying to understand it all can be very frustrating.  To help summarize the issues at play, staff worked with a local design firm based in Monrovia, Ready Artwork, to develop a new public outreach and educational video.

You can watch the full video online by visiting us online at the Monrovia Conserves page, where you will also find additional information on how you can make a difference by conserving water.


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

Monrovia Conserves LogoIt 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.

Please 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!


The Adult Literacy Center’s Summer Newsletter is Now Available!

The Monrovia Public Library’s Adult Literacy Center publishes a quarterly newsletter called the Literacy Ledger.  This newsletter helps highlight the wonderful work being done at the Literacy Center by our volunteer tutors, life-long learners, and talented staff. The Literacy Center provides reading help for English-speaking adults to help them improve their reading and writing skills to reach their personal learning goals through one-on-one and small-group settings.  A Conservation and Culture group meets Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., to provide a relaxed space to practice speaking English.Library Literacy Center

Learn more about the Library’s Literacy Services online or by calling (626) 256-8273.

The Monrovia Public Library is special community gathering place that makes a difference in the lives of children, teens, adults, and families of all kinds. Experience all that the Library has to offer by visiting us in person at 321 S. Myrtle Avenue, and if you have any questions, contact the Library at (626) 256-8274!


Save The Date: Earthquake Preparedness Workshop Scheduled for September 9, 2017 – Brought to You by the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group and the Monrovia Fire Department

Are you ready for the next earthquake?  While we can’t know when the next big earthquake will occur, we can learn what steps to take to be prepared and how you can protect your home and family.  This workshop will feature guest speaker Margaret Vinci from the California Institute of Technology.  Best of all, this workshop is FREE, and each household in attendance will receive a free gift and refreshments to enjoy!

To learn more, please read the attached newsletter from MOHPG with more details. Earthquake Preparedness Workshop

DATE: Saturday, September 9, 2017

TIME: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PLACE: Community Room at the Monrovia Public Library (321 S. Myrtle Avenue)

RSVPs REQUIRED!  Attendance is limited to 60 people and attendees must RSVP in advance! To RSVP, visit MOHPG’s website.

Sponsored by the Monrovia Fire Department and the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group (MOHPG)


New Library Strategic Plan Officially Adopted! Save the Date for a Community Celebration to be Held on September 30, 2017, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

We’re thrilled to share the exciting news that the Library Strategic Plan was officially adopted by the City Council on August 1, 2017!  After a year-long process of gathering input from community members, key stakeholders, and staff, this strategic planning document will guide how the Library invests its time and resources over the next five years to improve and build upon its many successful services. Congratulations to our entire Library team on this wonderful accomplishment for the community!

Our Library staff can’t wait to get started working towards its new goals, and first up is celebrating with you! The whole community is invited to join us at next month’s kickoff party to be held on September 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Library.

The full Library Strategic Plan is available to be reviewed online. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Library at (626) 256-8274!

Strategic Plan Kickoff Celebration flyer


Veteran Services Library Resource Center Grant Awarded for a Second Year!

We are so pleased to share that the Library’s Veteran Resource Center has received a second year of grant funding!  The Veterans Resource Center provides a variety of services to help those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. We are so excited to be able to provide even more services and materials for our veterans and their family.  Visit us online to learn more about our Veterans Resource Center.

Veteran's Resource Center


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

Tickets are now available for our first Old Town Wine Walk event!

What’s a Wine Walk, you ask? It’s a dream come true for wine lovers and foodies alike who want to shop, eat at one of Old Town’s tasty restaurants, and be merry while browsing unique items in one of Old Town’s many small businesses. Over twenty Old Town businesses have signed up to serve samples of wine while attendees peruse their offerings!

Developed by the City in partnership with the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board, the Wine Walk is intended to encourage customers to explore all of Old Town’s businesses during this unique event.  There will be acoustic entertainment playing on each block of Old Town to enhance the festive atmosphere.

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.

Wine Walk Tickets


Construction in the Northwest Section of Monrovia Renewal Set to Begin September 2017

Monrovia Renewal MapThe 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 this September!

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. In September, Phase II will begin with construction in the Northwest area of Monrovia Renewal, followed closely by the South area in Fall 2017.

Tentative Construction Schedule for Phase II:

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

  • Sidewalks Improvements Underway
  • Construction Work Begins September 2017

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

  • Selection Process for Contractors for Construction Work: August – 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!


Phase I Implementation of the City’s Bike Master Plan Now Underway!

Staff have now begun the implementation of the City’s official Bike Master Plan by installing special signage and striping on streets in Monrovia, in coordination with the Monrovia Renewal project. Over the past several months, staff has worked to refine the plan with representatives from Move Monrovia, and we have developed a Class III Bike Route map.  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 are now being installed to help identify the road segments along Class III Bike Routes.  To review where these routes exist, please review the attached copy of the Class III Bike Route map.  This is an exciting development for bike enthusiasts throughout the City and will help improve safety for bicyclists and drivers alike!

Bike Lanes


Canyon Park Entrance Trail Dedication Event Today, 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 today, 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.


Let us Know What You Thought of Our Summer Reading Program by Completing a Short Survey!

Take a moment to share your thoughts on what you liked about our 2017 Summer Reading Program and your ideas to make the program even better next summer! You can participate in our brief survey by picking up a hard copy at the library or  completing the survey online.


The Beat Continues with Monrovia’s Summer Concert Series!

Seven concerts remain to satisfy your craving for outdoor tunes right here in Monrovia for FREE!  Wednesday night concerts have wrapped up, but the music play on every weekend through the end of August!  Summer concerts start at 7:00 p.m. and plays ‘til 8:30 p.m. Saturday concerts are held at the Station Square Amphitheatre, and Sunday concerts are held at Library Park. 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 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 13 -The Nolan Shaheed Quintet, Jazz  
  • August 20 - Mariachi Divas, Mariachi
  • August 27 - Cold Duck, Old School Funk

We hope to see you moving to the beat during Monrovia’s summer of music! 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 Wraps Up with Moana on August 12, 2017, 8:00 p.m.!

Saturday is your last chance to enjoy a 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”! This film even features the musical talents of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson! We hope you can join us at Kiwanis Park!  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 atolefree@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


Friday Night Teen Scene Summer Youth Program Comes To An End – City Council To Recognize Their Efforts At The September 5, 2017, Meeting

The City's Friday Night Teen Scene in Library Park held its final event on Friday evening, August 4! There were a total of 54 student leaders registered for the program this year, and a group will be recognized for their outstanding leadership, support and dedication during the entire 8-week program. The recognition of the Friday Night Teen Scene Youth Leadership Program is scheduled for the September 5 City Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

A special thank you goes out to our program sponsors: Monrovia City Council, Monrovia Unified School District, City of Duarte and L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, Monrovia Kiwanis Club, Monrovia Police Officers Association, Monrovia Firefighters Association and Calvary Chapel. We would also like to extend our thanks to the planning committee who worked so hard on this amazing program - Community Services Commission Chair Susan Hirsch, Councilmember Larry Spicer, and Aida Torres from the City of Duarte!


Youth Commission & the Teen Advisory Board Celebrate Another Successful Year!

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Youth Commission and the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) were treated to an end of the year pizza party and trip to UltraZone, a laser tag facility, as a thank you for all their hard work and dedication to their programs and the community over the last year.

We look forward to the new school year, which will bring new and returning members to the Youth Commission and TAB, along with their wonderful energy and ideas to support the community’s events and activities. Congratulations to all of our youth on another successful year!


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

Just a friendly reminder that Julian Fisher Park is closed over the next few months while major renovations transform the park into a premier park with new basketball courts, seating, and a public restroom! But fear not! Youth and adults can still enjoy recreational basketball at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center Gym, the playground / picnic space at Recreation Park, and any of our other park facilities!

JF Park Renovation

Should you have 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.  And, of course, please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns!

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 VaccinesAvailable 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 monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com.

Monrovia Historical Society Driving Tours


Interesting Story of the Week – Russia Threatens America with… Folk Dancing and Heavy Metal Music?????

Normally, we try to keep all things Russia out of this weekly update report, but we came across an interesting story of the week from Mediaite that we could not ignore!  In response to US sanctions imposed this past week, the official Russia Twitter account responded by tweeting out “a video of a Renaissance fair set to a Russian heavy metal song” that was dedicated “to those who try to hurt us with new sanctions!”  The video and message can best be described as bizarre, which I suppose, is an appropriate way to characterize the state of international affairs in the world at this moment in time!  To find out more about strange social media response – and to see a truly peculiar video – please click on the link below!

Russia Tweets Bizarre Video in Response to US Sanctions: Threatening Folk Dancing and Death Metal


Police Department Semi-Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The most recent Police Department semi-weekly neighborhood watch report for the period July 31- August 2, 2017, has been included for your review and reference.  During the past seven-day period, the Police Department handled 409 service events resulting in 66 investigations.

A copy of the report can be found at the following link: Neighborhood Watch Report