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City Manager's Update: June 12, 2018

Post Date:06/12/2018 3:30 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

There is always some madness in love.  But there is also always some reason in madness.

– Friedrich Nietzsche


Richman Residential Project Set for Planning Commission Review This Wednesday, June 13, 2018

This week, the Planning Commission will be considering an application submitted by Richman Residential for a 296-unit multi-family housing project located just south of our Gold Line stop at Station Square (located at the NE corner of Duarte Avenue / Magnolia Avenue).  The agenda materials that have been prepared for the item can be found online at the following address: Station Square South Specific Plan

Richman

By way of background, you may recall that on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the Development Review Committee (DRC) voted unanimously to recommend that the Planning Commission approve the proposed project, and additional details related to the proposed initiative include the following:

  • The Richman Residential Project is being developed under the auspices of the Station Square South Specific Plan, which consists of a 3.79-acre property adjacent to and south of the Gold Line Monrovia Station, which includes several parcels in and around 1725 Peck Road and 225 West Duarte Road.
  • The development will be a transit-oriented, 3, 4, and 5-story multi-family residential development of 296 dwelling units, yielding a density of 78 dwelling units per acre (gross).
  • The project proposes to change Peck Road north of Duarte Road to a publicly accessible driveway and drop-off area for the adjacent Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station.  The site is part of the Station Square Transit Village.
  • As part of the project, there are a total of 26,671 square feet of amenities for residents, including three courtyards, a pool court, common roof decks, a dog-run, and a greenhouse.  Balconies are provided for each unit, except for the live / work units.
  • The project also provides three types of planned public open spaces, including:
    • A 15,488 square foot drop-off plaza (and accessible paths) for Gold Line station passengers
    • An approximately 475-foot long paseo (walking path) located along the northern portion of the site connecting to the drop-off plaza
    • A 2,130 square foot publicly-accessible open space area fronting Magnolia Avenue
  • The project includes a six-story (seven level) above-ground parking garage that accommodates 522 vehicles.
  • An Initial Study of Environmental Impacts was prepared recommending the adoption of a Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impacts in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines. The Initial Study is an environmental analysis of the proposed Station Square South Specific Plan to determine if the project will have potentially significant effects on the environment.  After reviewing the Initial Study and the applicable mitigating measures for the project, the Planning Staff has determined that this project will not have a significant effect on the environment.  Accordingly, a Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared.
  • A Notice of Intent to adopt the Mitigated Negative Declaration will be distributed for a 30-day public review and comment period between May 14, 2018, and June 13, 2018.
  • The Development Review Committee will complete an advisory review of the project at a Special Meeting on May 15, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.  During this meeting, the Planning Division Staff will provide an overview presentation of the project.
  • The Development Review Committee serves in an advisory capacity to both the Planning Commission and the City Council on the Station Square South Specific Plan.  In addition to the Development Review Committee’s review of the project, the formal planning application will require public hearings before the Planning Commission and the City Council.
  • The public comment period on the MND for the Richman Residential Project begins on May 14, 2018, and comments on the project or the environmental documents can be sent to planning@ci.monrovia.ca.us.
  • As we move forward, all relevant details related to the development project can be found on the City’s website.

City Establishes a New Web Page for Those Interested in Learning More About Significant Development Projects in Monrovia!

Given the significant development projects that are pending in Monrovia, the City has created a new “Development Spotlight” page on our website.

This site will become the web portal for all documents related to each of the projects being considered, and information will be uploaded as it becomes available.  In addition, each project will have its own page with links to all the environmental and entitlement documents for public review.


Monrovia Area Partnership’s 12th Anniversary Block Party and Movie Night This Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. at Julian Fisher Park!

Join the Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) this Saturday as we celebrate the 12th year of this amazing community-based program!  Since 2006, MAP has brought you great block parties as a way to get people out of their homes and into a common area and enjoy each other’s company. Join us as we keep the party going with family friendly games, free food and a movie!

  • When: Saturday, June 16, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. - Movie starts at 8:00 p.m.!
  • Where: Julian Fisher Park (915 S. California Avenue)
  • What: Community booths, free food, and screening of the movie, Wonder, starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, about the inspiring story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters a mainstream school for the first time in fifth grade.

Anniversary Block Party


Monrovia Renewal and Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) Update Presented to the City Council Last Week

On June 5, 2018, staff presented an update on the Monrovia Renewal Project and the City’s Capital Improvement Program to the City Council.  Included in the Monrovia Renewal Update was an overview of the recently completed Northwest Section, along with highlighting the work that is currently taking place in the South Section of the overall initiative.

As you may be aware, Monrovia Renewal is a multi-year initiative comprising $51.7 million of priority repairs to the City's water, sewer, and street systems.  Since Monrovia Renewal began in the summer of 2015, the City has successfully completed infrastructure improvements in three of the six project areas throughout the City, with the fourth project area (the South) expected to be complete this year, followed by the North and Northeast sections in 2019 and 2020.

To date, the City has accomplished $19.5 million in repairs, including:

  • 3,843,069 square feet of street improvements
  • 76,414 square feet of sidewalk replacement
  • 62,007 linear feet of new curbs and gutters
  • 1,568 linear feet of new sewer construction
  • 11,119 linear feet in new sewer lining
  • 82 sewer line point repairs made
  • 9,105 linear feet of new water pipelines
  • 431 new water service lines installed

Given the impacts and importance of this initiative, Monrovia Renewal is also guided by the Monrovia Renewal Citizen Advisory Committee to provide staff oversight to the project, including the project budget, administration, coordination of work, public outreach, and coordination.

In addition to the update regarding the Monrovia Renewal initiative, staff also shared details about the status of the City’s overall Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Program.  Since January 2017, the City has completed 24 CIPs, including the recent completion of the new cabin deck at Canyon Park, the Park Master Plan & Open Space Element, and the implementation of an internal software program to streamline the permitting process for residents.  CIPs that staff is currently working to implement, as well as those identified as priorities for the upcoming fiscal year, were also shared.  Visit us online to learn more about the updates on the City’s CIP Program and Monrovia Renewal and to view the presentation.


Are You Looking for a Premier Summer Science Program?  If so… The New Junior Researcher Summer Academy, Hosted by the City and Oak Crest Institute of Science, Might be for You!

As part of the City’s new focus on educational programming for our youth, we are pleased to announce the Junior Research Summer Academy, hosted by the City and the Oak Crest Institute of Science! Now, teens in Grades 8-10 can participate in one of three summer sessions for $40 per researcher:

  • Session 1: June 25 – July 6
  • Session 2: July 9 – July 20
  • Session 3: July 23 – August 3

Participants have so much to look forward to, including getting introduced to a variety of scientific fields through hands-on experiments with real research scientists!  To register or if you have any questions, contact the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246 or visit us online.

Summer Science Program


Sign Up for a YMCA Teen Membership and Participate in “Get Summer” Teen Night Events!

The YMCA is back offering its popular “Get Summer” Teen Initiative for the 3rd summer in a row!  Get Summer makes YMCA membership free for all teens 12-17 years old for June 1 thru July 31!  Teens can join any of the 27 LA-Y’s for FREE!  In addition to the FREE membership, teens can enjoy Final Friday Teen Nights each month (June 29, July 27, & August 24)!  After closing at 8:30pm on Fridays, the YMCA shuts their doors to all adults (except their staff, of course), and teens have full-run of the YMCA!  That includes pool, gym, special teen fitness classes, karaoke, etc., until 11 p.m.!  Learn more on the YMCA website and sign up today for fun summer activities!

 


 

 

As Summer Heat Increases Water Usage… The City Has Collected a Series Of Rebates That Are Available to Help You Conserve Water

Water usage in Monrovia has jumped up nearly a quarter since Governor Brown announced the drought is over last year.  Groundwater levels in the Main San Gabriel Basin aquifer, where Monrovia gets its water, remain at dangerously low levels as water usage continues to rise and our region draws down available water resources.

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.

Want to make improvements to your home or yard to start conserving more water? Luckily, rebates are available that can help you make a water-wise investment!

Available Residential Rebates from SoCal Water $mart:

  • High-Efficiency Clothes Washers – Uses 55% less water than standard clothes washers. Less water means less energy needed for water heating, lowering your energy bill too. Rebates start at $85. Clothes washers must meet or exceed the CEE Tier 1 standard.
  • High-Efficiency Toilets - Uses 20% less water than the WaterSense standard and flushes the same amount of waste just as, if not more, effectively.
  • Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles - Multi-trajectory, rotating streams apply water more slowly and uniformly to your landscape, encouraging healthy plant growth.
  • Rain Barrels & Cisterns - Collecting and re-using rainwater from lawns and gardens minimizes the amount of water flowing into your storm drains, sewer systems, and local waterways. Rebates start at $35 per barrel or $250 per cistern.

These are just some of the rebates available! You can estimate your rebate amount, subject to eligibility and current funding levels, and apply online when you’re ready!

Please watch and share Monrovia’s water conservation video to help spread the word about what’s happening in our region, and how it will be impacting us all in the coming months and years.  You can watch the full video online on the Monrovia Conserves webpage, where you will also find additional information on how you can make a difference by conserving water and limiting your outdoor water use.

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!

Water Wednesday Water Wednesday_May 30

 


Monrovia Reads Mobile Literacy Van is a Huge Success, with 1,045 Books Circulated Through the Van Since March 6, 2018!

With the end of the school year, the Monrovia Reads Van will be busy at community events this summer, but we wanted to share its success over the past few months visiting each elementary school in Monrovia.

Since its launch on March 6 to June 1, the van has not only reached hundreds of students and their parents, it has also circulated 1,045 books and created 55 new library cards! It has also received lots of wonderful comments from parents and students, including:

  • “My daughter looks forward to it each week.”
  • “Gets the kids excited about reading.”
  • “Easy access to the library…it’s great!”
  • “Very fun for the kids! Awesome!!”

An overview flyer summarizing the accomplishments of the Monrovia Reads Mobile Literacy Program is included below for your reference.  Many thanks to everyone who has participated in the program, and we hope you will continue to stop by this summer!

If you want to check out the Reads Van for yourself, swing by Huntington Oaks Shopping Center on Saturday, July 7 & August 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. We’ll have books to check out, library cards, fun activities for kids, and so much more!


Monrovia Renewal South Section Infrastructure Improvements - Work for the Week of June 11, 2018

As you are likely aware, the Monrovia Renewal Improvements in the South section are now underway!  This work includes a full battery of water, sewer, street, and sidewalk improvements to the areas of Monrovia located south of the 210 Freeway.  Sequel Contractors broke ground on this project in April 2018 and the work will last through the remainder of the year.

Based on our progress to date, the following work is scheduled to take place over the next week:

  • Removal and Replacement of concrete curb, gutter, sidewalk, and driveway approaches:
    • Pomona Avenue, Atara Street
  • Removal and Replacement of water service lines:
    • Pilgrim Way, Diamond Street
  • Installation of water drainage improvements on Fano Street

Advance notices will be distributed to residents and business owners in the areas where work will take place. Parking restrictions have been posted in the areas where parking will be impacted, pursuant to the following notification process:

How and when will you be notified? The contracting team will distribute notices on the following schedule, which will vary by the specific work in each location:

  • Initial Notice – All residents and businesses in the construction area to inform them of pending work.
  • Five Day Notice – Specific notices will be delivered to the impacted areas five (5) days prior to work commencing. This notice will outline the work taking place, overview the schedule, and provide information on the associated impacts, such as parking restrictions or driveway access.
  • Two Day Notice - A final notice will be provided two days before the activity begins to remind folks of the coming work and impacts.

As the work in this section progresses, we will be sure to keep you updated on any developments. As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to execute this project. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575 or monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


Monrovia Renewal Northwest Section Improvements Nearly Complete!

Monrovia Renewal work is wrapping up in the Northwest Section!  All major construction has been completed and the team is putting the finishing touches on the improvements.  For the next few weeks, Sully-Miller will be working on the remaining punch list items and general clean up.

We appreciate your patience and support while we work to execute these improvements throughout our community!  If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575 or monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


Monrovia Reads Van Will be Active all Summer Long!

We wanted to let everyone know that even though the summer is here… our Monrovia Reads Mobile Literacy Van will not be taking a break!  Here at the City, we have been making plans to deploy the Literacy Van at several events and programs over the summer, and of particular note, we have coordinated a summer reading partnership with the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center on Huntington Drive by the I-210 Freeway.  As the advertising documents outline below, we will be at the Huntington Oaks shopping center on the first Saturdays during the months of July and August to provide summer reading fun!

Monrovia Reads

A full outline of our current schedule for deploying the Monrovia Reads Literacy Van this summer is also outlined below!

  • June 2018:
    • Thursday, June 14, 2018
      • Kickoff @Station Square 6 – 7 p.m. (cards, SRP signup)
    • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
      • MUSD Summer School @Wild Rose 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (checkouts, cards)
    • Thursday, June 21, 2018
      • Camp Read-a-Lot @Plymouth 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (checkouts, cards, SRP signups)
    • Wednesday, June 27, 2018
      • MUSD Summer School @Wild Rose 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (checkouts, cards)
    • Thursday, June 28, 2018
      • Camp Read-a-Lot @Plymouth 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (checkouts, cards, SRP signups)
    • Friday, June 29, 2018
      • Street Fair in Library Park 5 - 6:30 p.m. (SRP signups & crafts for kids)
  • July 2018:
    • Saturday, July 7, 2018
      • Huntington Oaks 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (checkouts, cards, activities, storytime)
    • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
      • MUSD Summer School @Wild Rose 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (checkouts, cards)
    • Thursday, July 12, 2018
      • Camp Read-a-Lot End of Summer Event @Plymouth 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (checkouts, cards, SRP signups)
  • August 2018:
    • Saturday, August 4, 2018
      • Huntington Oaks 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (checkouts, cards, activities, storytime)
    • August Date TBD
      • Foothill Unity Back to School Event @Santa Anita (cards & kids activity)

Weekend Code Enforcement Activities set to Begin!

We are so pleased to be able to share that the City is now set to start active weekend code enforcement activities!  The City’s new part-time Code Enforcement Officer, Cassie (Rodriguez) Pineda has begun working, and we’re so happy to have her on board!  Based on the revised schedule we have developed, our newest team member will be actively working during the following times:

  • Friday – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Furthermore, our new weekend code enforcement activities will also include the ability to follow-up on the following activities:

  • Staff will canvass the City and retrieve signs that have been posted on utility poles.  Notices of violations will be sent to those with identifying information.
  • Staff will canvass the City for unpermitted construction, document activities, and issue Stop Work notices when appropriate with instructions to obtain proper permits.  Code Enforcement cases will be initiated and followed up with the code enforcement process though compliance.
  • Staff will also be canvassing the City for abandoned shopping carts, abandoned items in the public right of way, and unpermitted yard sales.

During the next few weeks, while Cassie is being trained, we will have full-time Neighborhood and Business Services Division staff accompanying her on Fridays and Saturdays during her first four weeks on the job, from June 1 – June 23, 2018.  We are looking forward to rolling out this new level of code enforcement service for the community!


2018 Narrated Tours of Historic Monrovia set to Begin on June 23, 2018 – Get Your Tickets Today!

Narrated TourThe Monrovia Historical Society is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for our 2018 Narrated Tours of Historic Monrovia with City Historian Steve Baker telling the history of each area of our fair City!  The tours have historically sold out quickly, so reserve early today!

The tours will be conducted as follows:

  • Tour 1:  Northwest Monrovia, Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10 am
  • Tour 2:  Northeast Monrovia, Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10 am
  • Tour 3:  Southeast Monrovia, Saturday, August 25, 2018, 10 am
  • Tour 4:  Southwest Monrovia, Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10am

Tickets can be purchased at the Monrovia Community Center ($40 per tour for Historical Society members; $50 for non-members).  Also, please keep in mind that each tour (which is facilitated on air-conditioned Monrovia Transit vans) only has 14 available seats, so make sure you get your tickets today!

Tickets are available for purchase at the Monrovia Community Center (119 West Palm Avenue, 626.256.8246) or by contact the Monrovia Historical Society (monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com, 626.256.3423).  Additional information is available on the flyer!


Interested in Learning More About Monrovia’s Rich History? Then Look no Further Than Monrovia Legacy Project!

Last week, the City Council approved the Monrovia Legacy Project!  It’s taken nearly three years to organize, digitize, and load our City Historian’s collections of historic photographs and papers to create this online collection. Now, you can browse over 5,000 historic photos and nearly 1,000 documents on our city’s rich history, including: city directories from the 1900s, house histories, out of print Monrovia history books, and so much more!

Dive in and explore!  You can find the resource on the Library’s website under the heading, Monrovia Historical Collections and Monrovia Legacy Project.  Click on “Photos” to see individual records.  Click on ‘’Documents” to find the link to open each document.  Search for things of special interest using “Keyword Search,” and use quotation marks to narrow your search.  Eventually, we will also link to online databases for the Monrovia Historical Museum and items from our own local history collection.

Please enjoy learning about Monrovia’s long history and help share this wonderful new resource with the community!  Marketing materials and a program at the Library hosted by the Monrovia Legacy Project Team will be coming soon.  If you have any questions, please call the Monrovia Library at (626) 256-8274, or contact the Historical Society, home of the Legacy Project, at monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com.

Monrovia Legacy Project


The Summer Issue of Monrovia Today is Now Available! Take Advantage of Our Digital Flipbook and Embedded Link Design to Register for Classes Today!

Summer 2018_Monrovia TodayThe new flipbook version of the Monrovia Today, which allows you to search using key words and uses live links to get you to the pages you want even quicker, has been hugely popular!!  Even better…users are able to click on any class and be redirected to our RecPro class registration system in Recreation to register in just a few easy clicks!

We’re very excited to showcase all of the amazing programs, services, and events that will be in our community this summer, and hope you’ll like it as much as we do! View the Monrovia Today Activity Guide today!


City Establishes a New Web Page for Those Interested in Learning More About Significant Development Projects in Monrovia!

Given the significant development projects that are pending in Monrovia, the City has created a new “Development Spotlight” page on our website.

This site will become the web portal for all documents related to each of the projects being considered, and information will be uploaded as it becomes available.  In addition, each project will have its own page with links to all the environmental and entitlement documents for public review.


Annual Brush Inspections Have Begun!

It’s that time again for Monrovia Fire & Rescue’s brush inspections!  The Fire Department is now performing brush inspections for all properties located in the high-fire danger areas of town.  We will be working with all of our impacted residents to coordinate all brush clearance activities.  Of particular note, in an effort to reduce the risk of fire danger for all of us in town, and to better coordinate our overall brush disposal programs, the City has partnered with Athens Services to provide roll-off bins and bulky item pick-ups at no cost for impacted residents during the brush clearance season.

View the information related to our overall brush clearance activities.


Monrovia Renewal Citizens Advisory Committee Selects New Officers for the Next Year!

As the Monrovia Renewal initiative was being launched in December 2015, the City Council approved the creation of the Monrovia Renewal Citizen Advisory Committee (Committee).  Given the importance and impacts of the 5 year, $51.7 million initiative, the Committee was charged with providing oversight the project, including the project budget, administration, coordination of work, public outreach, and coordination.  The Committee meets on a quarterly basis and met this past Wednesday, May 30, 2018.  And at that meeting, the board selected new officers for the next year, to include the following:

  • Janet Wall, Chair
  • Keshia Bowen, Vice Chair
  • Bill Shieff, Secretary
  • Daniel Pokrajac, Committee Member

Congratulations to the new Committee Chair, Janet Wall, along with Vice-Chair Keshia Bowen and Secretary Bill Shieff!  Many thanks to these dedicated community volunteers for their service!

 


 

Proposed Ballot Measure to Address Public Safety Issues Called, Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act, Has Gathered Enough Signatures to Qualify for the Ballot!

On June 7, the Los Angeles County Division of the League of California Cities held a meeting focused on the ongoing public safety issues in California amidst rising crime rates, including presentations on the Reducing Crime & Keeping California Safe Act and the Taking Back Our Community Coalition, led by Monrovia.

Organizers of the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot.  The proposed measure is being advanced by the California Public Safety Partnership Issues Committee, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, and Assemblymember Jim Cooper.  Now that the initiative has qualified, the legislation that voters will be asked to consider would do the following: 

  • Reclassify currently “non-violent” crimes – like rape of an unconscious person, sex trafficking of a child and 14 other serious crimes – as “violent” in order to prevent the early release of inmates convicted of these crimes
  • Reform the parole system to stop the early release of violent felons, expand parolee oversight, and strengthen penalties for parole violations
  • Reform theft laws to restore accountability for serial thieves and organized theft gangs
  • Expand DNA collection to include those convicted of drug, theft, domestic violence and other serious crimes to help solve rape, murder and other violent crimes — and to exonerate those wrongly accused

Additional information about the measure can be found online at the Keep California Safe website.


This Week's Happening at the Monrovia Public Library!

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!

Summer Reading 2018 is Here! 
Don’t let summer slide get you, keep your brain healthy by reading or listening to books all summer long.  The Monrovia Public Library has tons of great books and audiobooks to keep you happy so drop by and sign up for Summer Reading.  For every 7 days you read or engage in a reading activity, you get fun, FREE stuff including books, STEAM projects, and other prizes!  Sign up at cityofmonrovia.beanstack.org or drop by the Library.

SRP 2018 kickoff flyer horiz JPG

And don’t miss our Summer Reading Kickoff @Station Square on Thursday, June 14 from 6:30-8pm! Delicious treats, generously provided by Rubio’s Coastal Grill, will be served at 6:30 and then One World Rhythm will take the stage at 7pm with a show that includes all ages in the music-making fun! Station Square Park is located at 1629 S. Myrtle Ave. For more information about the Kickoff or the Summer Reading Program, please visit monroviapubliclibrary.org and call the Library at (626) 256-8274.

Great Adventurers – One World, Many Stories 
For 1st - 5th Graders.  Kids explore the world, one continent at a time, and expand their knowledge through books, games, crafts and more!  Attend five out of seven classes and receive a FREE BOOK!  Each week we will travel the globe and learn about North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Antarctica.  Get your 'passport' stamped each week and have fun with other Library friends.

  • Tuesday, June 12, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Library Story Room

Night Owl Story Time 
Get comfy in your jammies Wednesday nights, cuddle up with your favorite teddy, and join us for stories, songs, and activities.  Designed for children ages 2 and up and their caregivers.  Note: There will be no Storytime on Wednesday, July 4.

  • Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m., Library Story Room

TableTop Card Night
Back by popular demand, game night is here to help keep you cool.  So, grab your favorite friend and board/card game and bring them to the Library, where you can play with fellow gamers.  Experience the highs of winning while dealing your foes the lows of losing!  Play our games or bring your own.  Snacks are provided.  This event is part of the Adulting Series for adults 20 & up.

  • Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Library Community Room

Meditation Transformation Series
Do you want to feel less stressed, at ease, and happier?  Join us for an introduction to meditation for life balance and self-care with a transformational coach.  Learn techniques to feel less anxious, stressed, and overall more blissful. The series will last for seven weeks during June and July.  Space is limited and it’s BYOM (bring your own mat). Adult & teens 16 & up.


Report Vandalism and Graffiti and You Could Receive $100 as a Thank You!

Graffiti RemovalJust a friendly reminder that if you witness an individual in the act of vandalism, please immediately call (626) 357-CELL to report the activity. If the Monrovia Police Department locates and arrests the suspect, the caller receives a $100 bill!

In addition, if folks see graffiti in other places, they can report the graffiti to us in a couple of different ways, and we’ll take care of it:


Do You Want to Keep Monrovia Looking Great? Then Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Abandoned Bulky Items, Report Them, and You Could Win a Handsome Reward!

Bulky ItemDuring the past few months, the City has been working to develop a program to encourage public reporting of bulky items located throughout the City.  To that end, we have developed an overall monthly program where the public can report bulky items to the City, and those that do will be entered to win a $25 raffle, which will be coordinated every month!

To participate, all you have to do is report bulky items that you see littering our public right-of-ways!  From abandoned couches, to mattresses, to tables… if you see any bulky item trash sitting on a sidewalk, let us know!  Not only will the City coordinate to have the items removed, you’ll also be entered into a contest to win a $25 gift card!

Program details are highlighted in the flyer below, and to participate, all you have to do is either send an email to bulkyitems@ci.monrovia.ca.us or give us a call at (626) 932-5575 when you see the bulky item.  If you’re sending us an email, try to forward us a picture if possible!  And when you report the item, be sure to give us the following info:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your phone number
  • What bulky item you’re reporting

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Tachiki at atachiki@ci.monrovia.ca.us , or via phone at (626) 932-5553!  And thanks for all your help to keep Monrovia looking great!


Interesting Story of the Week - IHOP Is Changing Their Name To… IHOb?????  Seriously?!?!?!?!

Our interesting story of the week comes to us from CNN Money, which reports that the International House of Pancakes… which has been called IHOP since 1973… will be changing their name on June 11, 2018… to IHOb.  You b serious?  Oh yes… it’s not a joke.  It’s real.  And we won’t know until June 11, 2018, what the “b” in IHOb stands for!

IHOb

According to CNN Money, “it’s also hard to imagine why the company would want to mess with a name that’s so well-known and beloved.  It would likely cost a big stack of pancakes (bancakes?) to change restaurant signs and menus at the nearly 1,800 IHOP restaurants.”

However, IHOP / IHOb was quick to respond – through Twitter – with messages such as, “there are o-b-viously so many possi-b-ilities,” and, “No need to b stressed, this is going to b great!”

Marketing ploy?  Or a reimagined IHOP?  We’ll all find out here soon!  And if you just need to learn more about this fascinating issue… please feel free to click on the link below!

IHOP says it's changing name to IHOb. Huh?


Police Department Weekly Report

View the most recent Police Department weekly neighborhood watch report for the period of May 31 - June 6, 2018.  During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 464 service events, resulting in 76 investigations.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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 

Love doesn’t make the world go round.  Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

– Franklin Jones

City Works to Find Balanced Solutions as We Prepare for a Housing Development Renaissance

Here in Southern California, we are faced with the daunting reality that things are about to get a lot more crowded.  Based on the latest demographic projections available, in the next 25-year planning period, the SCAG region (which includes LA County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Ventura County, and Imperial County) will, through natural growth patterns unrelated to immigration, add the equivalent population of the states of Oregon and Washington… combined!

That’s around 11 million more people in the greater Southern California region!

Against that backdrop, California is in the midst of a true housing crisis.  An oft-cited report published by McKinsey Global Institute illustrated the depths of the housing crunch here in the Golden State, where real estate prices are rising 3x faster than household income… where 50% of the State’s population cannot afford housing… where California needs to build 3.5 million more homes by 2025 to truly stabilize the housing situation.

And here in Monrovia, we’re impacted by these broader housing trends facing the State.  Because did you know that in our City, the average rent for an apartment these days is around $3 / square foot.

$3 / square foot… which means that a 1,000 square foot apartment will cost you $3,000 per month in rent.

That’s just not okay.

While there are many different proposed solutions to the housing issues we’re faced with today, there is only one for which there is near universal agreement… that if we are to stabilize housing costs in California, we need a massive increase in the supply of available housing.

For us here in Monrovia, we have been planning for this increase in housing during the past 20+ years.  Our initial ideas were developed through a 2004 Urban Land Institute Study commissioned by the City.  Those concepts were then codified in a 2008 General Plan Update that created areas of focused housing density in the edges surrounding Old Town, at Station Square, and on the west end of Huntington Drive.  Finally, in 2014, the City adopted the Station Square Transit Village Planned Development Area to allow for greater housing densities around our Gold Line Station.

And now, during the next several months, all of those plans will be coming to life as Monrovia is set to consider several large residential development projects that truly do reflect our community’s long term plans and vision for the City.  All told, there are currently around 2,200 housing units / rooms in the development pipeline, which constitutes a 15% increase in our total housing supply.  The map below outlines the location of these proposed development projects in the City.

 

Now in the next few months (from June 2018 – September 2018), the City will be considering three major projects that will feature close to 600 units / hotel rooms (highlighted in blue in the map above – Richman Development, Marriott TownePlace Suites, and AvalonBay).  Certainly, without proper context, these eye-popping numbers can be somewhat startling, and may elicit a strong initial reaction.  Because when dealing with policies related to growth, housing, and development, the issues often times end up pitting two sides against one another. 
 
On the one extreme, there are those who advocate for no-growth… that is, until we have more water, clean air, and no traffic, we should not allow any development whatsoever.  And on the other extreme, you have those who advocate for a pure free-market approach… that government should allow developers to build whatever they want, so long as the market will allow for it.
 
Here in our community, what we’ve been working on for the past 20+ years is to find a better way… a more balanced way… a true Monrovia way… in order to solve the pressing challenges facing our City.  And in an effort to offset the impacts associated with new development, the City has instituted several new policies and programs to mitigate growth issues that could erode the quality of life in our community.

  • First, on the environmental front… the City recently adopted a New Development Water Rate, which will require that any new project adding 5 or more units to the City pay the full cost of importing water from outside the region for their use.  This New Development Water Rate means that any new development projects will have to pay an effective water rate that is 34.4% more expensive than the normal water rate that current Monrovians are charged.  This policy enhancement will ensure that our existing residents and businesses are not forced to bear the added cost of importing more water into the City to serve a new population base.
  • Next, on the service delivery front… the City has adopted a policy that will allow us to create Mello-Roos Districts that overlay on significant new development projects.  Through this policy, all significant new developments will be required to pay an extra property tax assessment annually to offset the increased costs for police and fire services that are necessitated when major projects are constructed.
  • And finally, on the traffic front… the City recently instituted a new model of suburban mobility that provides Monrovians with simple, easy, and cheap public transportation options to combat increasing traffic and parking congestion trends.  The program we developed, which is called GoMonrovia, provides enhanced public transportation options provided through Lyft and LimeBike.  Under the GoMonrovia initiative, individuals have access to $0.50 Lyft rides anywhere in our service area.  In addition, the partnership developed with LimeBike has resulted in the deployment of dockless, shareable bikes located throughout town that can be accessed for $1.00 for a 30-minute ride.

 

During the next several months, as Monrovia contemplates the significant development projects that have been proposed here in our community, we do hope that you stay informed and stay involved with the issues at hand.  All of us here at the City have been working hard to try and find balanced solutions to the most important issues of our day.  Because while we do have to make sure that we have strong environmental policies, and while we need to develop premier mobility / transportation options for our residents… we also have to find a way to do our part to address the severe housing crisis we are confronted with today.  I know that by engaging in honest dialogue and working hard together… we can take the steps forwarded today that are needed to ensure that Monrovia has an even better future tomorrow.

City Establishes a New Web Page for Those Interested in Learning More About Significant Development Projects in Monrovia!

Given the significant development projects that are pending in Monrovia, the City has created a new “Development Spotlight” page on our website.
 
This site will become the web portal for all documents related to each of the projects being considered, and information will be uploaded as it becomes available.  In addition, each project will have its own page with links to all the environmental and entitlement documents for public review. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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 

Love doesn’t make the world go round.  Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

– Franklin Jones

City Works to Find Balanced Solutions as We Prepare for a Housing Development Renaissance

Here in Southern California, we are faced with the daunting reality that things are about to get a lot more crowded.  Based on the latest demographic projections available, in the next 25-year planning period, the SCAG region (which includes LA County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Ventura County, and Imperial County) will, through natural growth patterns unrelated to immigration, add the equivalent population of the states of Oregon and Washington… combined!

That’s around 11 million more people in the greater Southern California region!

Against that backdrop, California is in the midst of a true housing crisis.  An oft-cited report published by McKinsey Global Institute illustrated the depths of the housing crunch here in the Golden State, where real estate prices are rising 3x faster than household income… where 50% of the State’s population cannot afford housing… where California needs to build 3.5 million more homes by 2025 to truly stabilize the housing situation.

And here in Monrovia, we’re impacted by these broader housing trends facing the State.  Because did you know that in our City, the average rent for an apartment these days is around $3 / square foot.

$3 / square foot… which means that a 1,000 square foot apartment will cost you $3,000 per month in rent.

That’s just not okay.

While there are many different proposed solutions to the housing issues we’re faced with today, there is only one for which there is near universal agreement… that if we are to stabilize housing costs in California, we need a massive increase in the supply of available housing.

For us here in Monrovia, we have been planning for this increase in housing during the past 20+ years.  Our initial ideas were developed through a 2004 Urban Land Institute Study commissioned by the City.  Those concepts were then codified in a 2008 General Plan Update that created areas of focused housing density in the edges surrounding Old Town, at Station Square, and on the west end of Huntington Drive.  Finally, in 2014, the City adopted the Station Square Transit Village Planned Development Area to allow for greater housing densities around our Gold Line Station.

And now, during the next several months, all of those plans will be coming to life as Monrovia is set to consider several large residential development projects that truly do reflect our community’s long term plans and vision for the City.  All told, there are currently around 2,200 housing units / rooms in the development pipeline, which constitutes a 15% increase in our total housing supply.  The map below outlines the location of these proposed development projects in the City.

 

Now in the next few months (from June 2018 – September 2018), the City will be considering three major projects that will feature close to 600 units / hotel rooms (highlighted in blue in the map above – Richman Development, Marriott TownePlace Suites, and AvalonBay).  Certainly, without proper context, these eye-popping numbers can be somewhat startling, and may elicit a strong initial reaction.  Because when dealing with policies related to growth, housing, and development, the issues often times end up pitting two sides against one another. 
 
On the one extreme, there are those who advocate for no-growth… that is, until we have more water, clean air, and no traffic, we should not allow any development whatsoever.  And on the other extreme, you have those who advocate for a pure free-market approach… that government should allow developers to build whatever they want, so long as the market will allow for it.
 
Here in our community, what we’ve been working on for the past 20+ years is to find a better way… a more balanced way… a true Monrovia way… in order to solve the pressing challenges facing our City.  And in an effort to offset the impacts associated with new development, the City has instituted several new policies and programs to mitigate growth issues that could erode the quality of life in our community.

  • First, on the environmental front… the City recently adopted a New Development Water Rate, which will require that any new project adding 5 or more units to the City pay the full cost of importing water from outside the region for their use.  This New Development Water Rate means that any new development projects will have to pay an effective water rate that is 34.4% more expensive than the normal water rate that current Monrovians are charged.  This policy enhancement will ensure that our existing residents and businesses are not forced to bear the added cost of importing more water into the City to serve a new population base.
  • Next, on the service delivery front… the City has adopted a policy that will allow us to create Mello-Roos Districts that overlay on significant new development projects.  Through this policy, all significant new developments will be required to pay an extra property tax assessment annually to offset the increased costs for police and fire services that are necessitated when major projects are constructed.
  • And finally, on the traffic front… the City recently instituted a new model of suburban mobility that provides Monrovians with simple, easy, and cheap public transportation options to combat increasing traffic and parking congestion trends.  The program we developed, which is called GoMonrovia, provides enhanced public transportation options provided through Lyft and LimeBike.  Under the GoMonrovia initiative, individuals have access to $0.50 Lyft rides anywhere in our service area.  In addition, the partnership developed with LimeBike has resulted in the deployment of dockless, shareable bikes located throughout town that can be accessed for $1.00 for a 30-minute ride.

 

During the next several months, as Monrovia contemplates the significant development projects that have been proposed here in our community, we do hope that you stay informed and stay involved with the issues at hand.  All of us here at the City have been working hard to try and find balanced solutions to the most important issues of our day.  Because while we do have to make sure that we have strong environmental policies, and while we need to develop premier mobility / transportation options for our residents… we also have to find a way to do our part to address the severe housing crisis we are confronted with today.  I know that by engaging in honest dialogue and working hard together… we can take the steps forwarded today that are needed to ensure that Monrovia has an even better future tomorrow.

City Establishes a New Web Page for Those Interested in Learning More About Significant Development Projects in Monrovia!

Given the significant development projects that are pending in Monrovia, the City has created a new “Development Spotlight” page on our website.
 
This site will become the web portal for all documents related to each of the projects being considered, and information will be uploaded as it becomes available.  In addition, each project will have its own page with links to all the environmental and entitlement documents for public review.