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City Manager's Update: June 14, 2017

Post Date:06/14/2017 10:11 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,




And now... on to this week's update!

Quote Of The Week

Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus.

-Susan Longacre



Proposed Residential Project at 225 West Duarte Road Set for Public Review at a Scoping Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., Housing Project is Currently Envisioned to Include 296 Residential Units and the Site is Located Directly South of the Monrovia Metro Gold Line Station

During the past few months, staff has been working with the development team at the Richman Group regarding a proposed multi-family residential project located just south of the Monrovia Gold Line Station at 225 West Duarte Road.  The project contemplates building a 296-unit multi-family residential project on the +/-3.5-acre site highlighted below. 

Proposed Residential Project

The overall project proposes to construct a residential building that would be 5-stories tall at its highest point, and would also incorporate a 7-story parking structure.  Importantly, the project proponents have recognized the importance of designing the proposed residential property in such a manner so as to respect the scale and character of surrounding neighborhoods.  To that end, the project envisions that the building be stepped-back along Magnolia Avenue to better blend with the scale of that particular street.

As part of the development project, the City and the project developer are interested in soliciting feedback from the community regarding the proposed multi-family initiative.  To provide a forum for residents and community members to learn more about the project, and to share their comments and opinions regarding the initiative, a public scoping meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall (130 West Pomona Avenue, Monrovia).

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this project, please feel free to contact Sheri Bermejo (Planning Division Manager – / (626) 932-5539). 



An Unscheduled Vacancy Means That the City is Now Recruiting For a Historic Preservation Commissioner – Application Due By June 19, 2017, at 6:00 P.M.

Given the recent resignation of a Commissioner, there now exists an unscheduled vacancy on the Historic Preservation Commission for a term ending June 30, 2018.  Notice regarding the vacancy and information on how to apply for the position has been posted to the City’s website, and can be accessed at the following link:

Apply Now for an Opening on the Historic Preservation Commission

In addition, the Notice, Application, and Supplemental Application required for the Historic Preservation are attached for your reference.  Applications are due no later than Monday, June 19, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., and interviews are tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 26, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact Alice Atkins, City Clerk, at (626) 932-5505, or email her at!



Reminder – Monrovia Renewal Dedication Event Confirmed for June 22, 2017, at 4:00 P.M., at Lucinda Garcia Park

Just a quick scheduling note to remind everyone that the date for our Monrovia Renewal Dedication Event is confirmed for Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.  We will be sending out a formal invitation this week, however, an advance copy of the invitation is included below, and the event will be held at Lucinda Garcia Park. 

Monrovia Dedication Invitation



Updated Foothill Boulevard Construction Schedule – Roadway Paving Set to Begin on June 26, 2017, During Construction, Parking on Foothill Boulevard will be Restricted at Times Between Mountain Avenue / Shamrock Avenue and Mayflower Avenue / 5th Avenue!!!

Foothill Blvd Construction Notice 6-2017[1]We wanted to share an updated Foothill Boulevard construction timeline, and we do apologize for the change!  In working with our contractor and coordinating the improvements with a schedule that would facilitate acquiring enough asphalt to complete the repairs on Foothill Boulevard, it became necessary to revise the construction timeline.  Given the new schedule, the actual roadway construction work will not begin until June 26, 2017.

However, please note that other construction work is now underway on Foothill Boulevard, and the work will continue for the next couple of weeks!  During construction, the work that will be performed includes repairing the asphalt sections of Foothill Boulevard located at the western and eastern ends of the City, and upgrading the striping along the entire length of the street.  During the work, please expect parking restrictions and travel delays, and if possible, please plan your trips accordingly.

Also, the schedule of improvements is outlined below and we will be sure to keep everyone up to date should there be changes as the work progresses.

  • Concrete Improvements Continuing
    • Crews are working on targeted concrete repairs and replacements that are focused on potions of the concrete that tie into the asphalt sections or that will be impacted by the striping operations. This work will continue throughout the duration of the project and may result in intermittent lane closures.
  • Water Service Line Repairs – Continuing Through June 16, 2017
    • During the week of May 30, Sully-Miller began working to replace approximately 20 water service lines along Foothill Boulevard.  These service lines have exceeded their useful lifespan and the City will be replacing them prior to paving the street to avoid unnecessary excavations of the street surface.  Work on the water service line replacements is anticipated to continue through Friday, June 16, 2017.  Notifications have been distributed within the work area and any impacted customers will be contacted prior to any water service interruptions.
  • Roadway Paving / Striping Work – Beginning June 26, 2017
    • Paving operations along Foothill Boulevard will begin on June 26, 2017.  The schedule for the pacing operations is outlined below.  The working hours for this project are from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      • Monday, June 26 – Cold mill (Grind) Asphalt between Western City Limit and Mayflower Avenue
      • Tuesday, June 27 – Cold mill (Grind) Asphalt between Shamrock Avenue and Mountain Avenue
      • Wednesday, June 28 – Pave between Western City Limit and Mayflower Avenue
      • Thursday, June 29 – Pave between Shamrock Avenue and Mountain Avenue
      • When road work is taking place between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., parking will not be allowed in the following areas:
        • 5th Avenue to Mayflower Avenue
        • Shamrock Avenue to Mountain Avenue 
    • All signs indicating the parking restrictions will be posted a minimum of 48 hours prior to construction activity.

During construction, one traffic lane will remain open in both directions at all times.  However, please expect delays on Foothill Boulevard when the construction work is underway, and we would ask that everyone please drive safely through the construction area while work is in progress.

If you have any questions regarding this particular matter, please feel free to contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575, shoot us an email at, or visit Monrovia Renewal online for additional updates and news!


La County Fair is Set to Celebrate Monrovia Day at Fair, and All Residents Win With $8.00 Admission Tickets on September 13, 2017!

During the past week, staff has been working with representatives from the LA County Fair to coordinate a Monrovia Day celebration at the Fair!  By participating in the event, all Monrovia residents will receive discounted admission tickets which will cost only $8.00 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

As part of the program, the LA County Fair will be celebrating the City of Monrovia (along with Arcadia, Duarte, and portions of unincorporated LA County) by coordinating a series of events for the City on September 13, 2017.  The events include:

  • A reception at 3:00 p.m. for City officials and a special Monrovia Community Hero (which will need to be selected by the City)
  • A parade at 5:00 p.m. that will feature Monrovia representatives, including the City Council and our Community Hero

We are still coordinating the details related to this matter, however, we did want to let everyone know about this neat Monrovia-centric event, and as we get additional information / details about this matter, we will be certain to pass the word along!



4th Of July Grass Roots Fundraiser Effort

In an effort to show support for the City’s annual Firework Show, Monrovia resident Cleve Crudgington designed a program that will provide Monrovians with an avenue through which to show their support for the special event!

Grass Root FundraiserMr. Crudgington presented his idea at a Community Services Commission meeting, and based on the assessment, the Commission directed that staff work with Mr. Crudgington to develop the program details.  Based on that direction, a program has been established which will allow residents and visitors to make a donation to help support the Firework Show.  In return, all donors will receive a special sticker that reads, “I support Monrovia’s Firework Show.”  Incidentally, the sticker was designed by Mr. Crudgington, and he also had the stickers produced at no cost to the City!  

To implement the program, staff will be visiting with those that participate in the 4th of July community event on the day of the fireworks show, and will through a grass roots initiative, look to “pass the hat” for those that want to contribute… and for those that want a special sticker!

The City would like to thank Mr. Crudgington for his support of our programs and for the donation of the stickers.  And for everyone who joins in the fireworks fun on July 4, 2017, in Library Park… make sure you look for City staff who will be looking for donations and handing out stickers throughout the event! 



Compost and Mulch Giveaway Event Scheduled to Take Place on June 17, 2017 – Residents Will Have Access to All the Compost and Mulch That You Need!

We hope that you will join us on Saturday, June 17, 2017, for our popular compost and mulch giveaway event with Athens Services!  The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the City’s Public Works Yard (600 S. Mountain Avenue, Monrovia).  This is a “self-serve” event where all residents of Monrovia are eligible to participate!  Please bring a copy of your ID or your Athens bill, and also bring your containers, and you will be able to collect as much mulch and / or compost as you need!  If you have any questions, please visit the Mulch & Compost Event Page, or call the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575. 

Mulch & Compost




Map-Ed Quarterly Meeting Set to Take Place on Saturday, July 1, 2017!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the next MAP-ed Quarterly Meeting will take place on Saturday, July 1, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Monrovia Library Community Room (321 S. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia).  The meeting will provide a focused discussion on residential fires, and participants will have a chance to discuss how we can reduce fire danger with a few easy fixes!  We hope that you will join us for this special session, and for any additional information about this event, please contact the City at (626) 932-5563.



YES Program Began on June 12, 2017

The Public Services Department is pleased to be coordinating the 2017 YES Intern Program.  The program provides participants with the opportunity to work in a professional environment, gain on-the-job training, establish real world insight into today’s work force, build strong relationships with community members, and the creation of lasting memories.  In order to insure a successful experience, each YES Intern will be paired with a staff mentor.  The YES Intern Program officially began on Monday June 12, 2017.



Friday Night Teen Scene Summer Youth Program Scheduled to Kick-Off on Friday, June 16, 2017

During the past several months, staff has been working with community members to develop the 2017 Friday Night Teen Scene summer youth program in Library Park.  The eight-week program is scheduled to begin on Friday, June 16, 2017, and will conclude on Friday, August 4, 2017.

The Friday Night Teen Scene was developed to provide interested students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills by helping to set-up and supervise dinner and evening activities for the youth at Library Park on Friday evenings during the summer.  The student leadership component of the program runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Friday, followed by dinner and activities from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 



Monrovia Historical Society Narrated Tours Are Back, With the First Tour Scheduled to Take Place on June 24, 2017!

Back by popular demand, the Monrovia Historical Society has worked to reestablish the narrated tours of historic sites in Monrovia!  As part of the program, participants will be able 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!

There have been four tours scheduled, each of which only has room for 14 people!  Make sure you sign-up today!!!

  • Tour #1 – June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. — The Northwest Quarter of Monrovia

We’ll begin at the very spot when Mr. & Mrs. Monroe first fell in love with the area, then take you to where they camped as they planned to build their homes before the first land sale was held and tell you about the other fathers (and mothers) of our wonderful city.  You’ll learn where the names of our streets came from and the beginnings of our train and water systems, famous architects who designed our buildings. You’ll see how city blocks then filled with all styles (from ‘kit’ houses to prime examples of period architectural) to create our eclectic neighborhoods.

  • Tour #2 – July 22, 2017, 10 a.m. – The Northeast Quarter of Monrovia

“The Keefer Oak Grove & Ocean View Subdivisions” – grand estates of early residents, the story of fruit orchards and T.B. sanitariums, the Maryknoll Sisters Community, Canyon Park’s beginnings, Hansel & Gretel cottage on Norembega, the Encinitas Historic District.

  • Tour #3 – 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.

  • Tour #4 – 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.

Also of note, there will be a $25 discount off total ticket price for those who buy tickets for all 4 tours at the same time!

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




4th of July Concert and Fireworks Show Set to Take Place on Tuesday, July 4, 2017!

4th of JulyJust a quick note to remind everyone that the City’s renowned 4th of July Concert and Fireworks Show is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Library Park (321 South Myrtle Avenue).  Live Entertainment for the evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a performance by Night Owl.  Following the concert, a free 20-minute Fireworks Show will begin at 9:00 p.m.

Spectators may reserve a park space beginning at 6:00 a.m. The space reserved can be a maximum of 10 x 10 feet which must be supervised at all times.  This event was made possible by sponsorships from Samuelson & Fetter, Monrovia Old Town Merchants, Wendy’s Hamburgers, Diane Balsamo of Prime Lending, Larry Davis of Prime Lending, and the Sierra Family of Dealerships.  While at the event this year, the City will be once again encouraging all spectators to participate in the Patriotic Canopy Decorating Contest, where the most festive canopies will win prizes!  We look forward to celebrating our Independence Day in the Star Spangled City of Monrovia with you!

For additional information, please contact the Monrovia Public Services Department at (626) 256-8246. 



The Fun Continues at the Monrovia Library!

The Monrovia Public Library has way more to offer than just books!  As a central hub of activity to help connect those in our community, the City Library operation provides a rich offering of special events and activities that we hope you will come check out!  Upcoming activities and events at the Library include:

  • Sign Ups For Summer Reading Has Begun
    Online sign ups started on Monday, June 12. The Summer Reading Program is free for everyone – babies, children, teens, and grown-ups. Read whatever you like and win prizes, go to awesome programs, and have tons of fun all summer long! Register online for the summer reading program or visit us at the Library.
  • Summer Reading Club Kickoff @Station Square
    Rock out to family-friendly beats with DJ Bree, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and then check out a hilarious all-ages show by Michael Rayner from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Get ready for outrageous jokes, and wacky tricks like wheelbarrow balancing and flying cheeseburgers. Sign-up for the Summer Reading Program at the event!
    Station Square Park, Thursday, June 15, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday Movie Nights
    Sponsored by the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library, bring the whole family, your pillow and favorite stuffed friend to watch a movie. Popcorn served at each showing. Call the library for movie titles or visit our online calendar.
    Community Room, Mondays, June 12-July 31, 6:00 p.m.
    No movie on July 3

  • Night Owl Storytime
    Get comfy in your jammies and cuddle up with your favorite teddy. Join us as we explore science, art and musical themes with fun projects to give little ones hands-on learning experiences.
    THINK - MAKE - TRY! Children 2 to 8 years old and their families are welcome. Storytime Room, Wednesdays, June 14, June 21, July 12 & July 19, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

  • Create Crew
    Design, create, and explore this summer with the Create Crew. Each week discover a new challenge and a new opportunity to learn and have fun! All ages.
    Storytime Room, Tuesdays, June 13-July 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    No program on July 4 

  • Coding Game Design With Google Cs First
    Press start and learn to code with Google CS First. Using Scratch, participants will create different types of games using block-based coding in this eight part series. For ages 9-14.
    Storytime Room, Fridays, June 16-July 27, & August 4, 2:00–3:00 pm

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



Save The Date – Monrovia’s First Wine Walk Event Scheduled To Take Place On Saturday, August 26, 2017, In Old Town!

We wanted to let everyone know that Monrovia’s very first Wine Walk event is scheduled to take place on August 26, 2107, in Old Town!  Developed by the City in partnership with the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board, the Wine Walk event is intended to encourage customers to visit all businesses in Old Town, and especially our retail and service related businesses.

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.

Additional information regarding the event will be developed and distributed in the coming months, for now, however, we wanted to encourage everyone to hold the date for an event where participants will be able to… Sip, Shop, Support…Monrovia’s Wine Walk! 

Wine Walk




Sign Up Today For Monrovia Renewal Infrastructure Improvement Project Updates

Monrovia Renewal LogoMonrovia Renewal has started construction!  As you may recall, Monrovia Renewal is a multi-year initiative that will make priority repairs to the all of the City’s water & sewer pipelines, water facilities, streets, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters.  The initial work related to Monrovia Renewal has begun in the Southwest and Southeast portions of town, which includes the areas located to the eastern and western City limits located between Colorado Boulevard to the north and the 210 Freeway to the south.

In order to stay connected to everything related to Monrovia Renewal, we would encourage everyone to visit Monrovia Renewal online.  While at the site, you can sign-up for e-mail updates by clicking on the blue subscribe button.

Monrovia Renewal is the largest public works project that the City has ever undertaken, and we appreciate your patience and support while we work to execute the identified infrastructure improvements throughout our community! 



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Interesting Story of the Week – Shark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our interesting story of the week is inspired by Monrovia Police Chief Jim Hunt, who is an avid surfer!  Now surfing is a terrific activity, however, all of us at the City have been urging Chief Hunt to be extra careful because of the increase in shark sightings of late.  To further prove our point, take a look at the story published in the Daily Mail this past week, where a man filmed a massive great white shark in shallow water!  To find out more, click on the link below!

Man Films Massive White Shark in Shallow Water



Police Department Semi-Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The most recent Police Department semi-weekly neighborhood watch report for the period June 5 – 7, 2017, has been included for your review and reference.  During the past seven-day period, the Police Department handled 432 service events resulting in 72 investigations.

A copy of the report can be accessed at the following webpage: Neighborhood Watch Report



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,