January 16, 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,


Quote of the Week

I would rather have eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear; lips that cannot speak… than a heart that cannot love.

– Robert Tizon

Community Meeting to Discuss Homeless Issues set to Take Place Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 6:30 P.M., in the Library Community Room

Homeless Issue Community MeetingAs we move ahead into 2018, we wanted to provide interested individuals with the opportunity to learn about a number of initiatives the City is working on to respond to the homeless issue here in Monrovia.  Given the ongoing nature of the issue, which is particularly visible in our beloved Library Park, staff felt it would be appropriate to coordinate time for a conversation with interested / concerned individuals regarding homelessness in Monrovia.  In addition, we think it might be best to coordinate a more regular update regarding homelessness issues in the City moving forward.  

To that end, we will be hosting a community meeting to discuss homeless issues on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Library Community Room, at 6:30 p.m.  At the meeting, we plan to allow plenty of time for questions and dialogue.  In addition, we plan on sharing with meeting participants the things that we can and cannot do in responding to homeless related issues, given the current legal framework here in California.  

Of course, our first priority has been and continues to be one where we are trying to help those that find themselves in difficult situations.  The City has an established Monrovia Homeless Outreach Team, which has been very effective in responding to homeless related matters in the City.  In fact, during the past 12 months, the City has been able to facilitate permanent housing solutions for 8 members of our homeless population, and the City was also recently awarded a $30,000 grant from LA County to further our existing efforts.  

The City is also working on a comprehensive upgrade of the Library Park area this coming year in an effort to further balance the priorities of helping those less fortunate while also prioritizing the community’s right to enjoy our public spaces.  The upgrade plans at Library Park are being coordinated to include enhanced public spaces, an expansion of the outdoor spaces that connect to the Library itself, the installation of a Portland Loo restroom, the installation of upgraded landscape / hardscape, along with other enhancements.   Here at the City, we know there is still much work to be done, and we will continue working to address this challenging issue.  We hope to see you at the community meeting this Wednesday!

Community Meeting to Review & Discuss the Proposed AvalonBay Housing Project (825 South Myrtle Avenue) will be Held on February 1, 2018, at the Library Community Room

Avalonbay Housing ProjectThis past week, the City finalized plans with AvalonBay regarding a planned community meeting to discuss their proposed mixed-use housing project located at 825 South Myrtle Avenue.  The meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., at the Library Community Room, and will provide the public with an opportunity to discuss the overall housing project, which includes 154 units, 2,900 square feet of retail space, and a 286-space parking structure. 

City Council Study Session on Proposed GoMonrovia! Mobility Program on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 6 p.m.

During the past few months, staff has worked to develop a reimagined multi-modal transportation program in Monrovia.  This effort has been spurred by a number of factors, including the following:

  • Direction from members of the City Council that we find better ways of connecting Old Town Monrovia to Station Square
  • The potential development of more than 1,700+ units of housing in a true TOD setting at Station Square, which will create a unique urban-esque space in the middle of our suburban community
  • The need to connect the new residents not only to Old Town, but also to our high-tech jobs base located on the east end of town, along with the Beckman Research Institute, Areum Apartments, and Huntington Oaks Shopping Center on the west end of town
  • Responding to concerns about increased traffic associated with the new development
  • Figuring out how to convince more Monrovians to engage public transit options when recreating / shopping / traveling within in town

The assessment has been particularly challenging, given that suburban communities have not traditionally established effective first mile / last mile transit solutions.  Typically, suburban communities have relied on dial-a-ride type programs to address complex transportation related matters.  And as staff has been analyzing these issues, we have been thinking… there has to be a better way!

To this end, staff has been developing an overall mobility plan for Monrovia, which we have internally been calling GoMonrovia!  The mobility plan has been driven by an ethos of wanting to provide options for residents in Monrovia to move around town.  Driving will always be a transportation option, and our plan involves developing additional parking spaces at key locations in Monrovia.  However, we also want to provide simple and easy to use transportation options for residents outside of driving, and to that end, the first phase of our GoMonrovia! plan involves developing partnerships with two firms – Lyft and LimeBike.

First, staff is working with the ride sharing platform, Lyft, to develop a new public transit model here in Monrovia.  The general framework of that partnership includes the following components:

  • Coordinate to have Lyft serve as the City’s primary public transit options for all non-ADA related services
  • City continues to operate a scaled down version of our current dial-a-ride program, primarily to accommodate ADA calls for service
  • Develop the program with Lyft so that any call for transportation services within an identified service area could be facilitated for a reduced fare
  • In addition to the base transportation option, we have also discussed with Lyft a sign-up program that would be restricted for Monrovians, whereby all community members would be eligible for discounted Lyft rides

In addition to Lyft, we have also had discussions to form a joint venture effort with a company called LimeBike that would establish a bike share program for our Monrovia.  LimeBike’s bike share platform is different from the traditional bike share programs in that they do not require any docking stations.  One of the limitations of traditional bike share programs is the need to deploy docking stations throughout a community where bikes have to be picked up and dropped off.  LimeBike has developed a bike share platform that doesn’t require any docking stations, but instead uses GPS and an app they have created to allow bikes to be picked up and dropped off at any location.  Then, in the evenings, LimeBike staff will work to “rebalance” the LimeBike fleet in a community to place them in the highest use locations for the next morning.  For more information on LimeBike, see their company information online.

Our assessment has indicated that it might be possible to bring both Lyft and LimeBike into Monrovia in 2018.  Taken together, partnering with both firms could form the initial backbone of our GoMonrovia! mobility program by providing an enhanced public-private transit program through Lyft, and supplementing that program by offering LimeBike’s dockless bike-share option for our community.

We will be sure to keep you informed as we further develop this program in the coming months!

Sari Canales Named New Executive Director of the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, Welcome Reception Scheduled to Take Place on January 17, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., at the Chamber

Sari CanalesThis past week, the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce announced that they have hired Sari Canales to lead their organization as the next Executive Director of Chamber.  Ms. Canales has worked for the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce since 2015 as an Administrative Assistant, Membership Development Coordinator, and Membership Services Director, and a welcome reception has been coordinated to introduce Ms. Canales to Monrovia on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Chamber offices (620 South Myrtle Avenue).  A copy of the event invitation is included for your reference!

Save the Date - Monrovia's State of the City Address set to Take Place on Monday, January 29, 2018, at Studio Movie Grill at 7 p.m.

State of the City - Save the DateWe wanted to let everyone know that our annual State of the City Address is scheduled to take place on Monday, January 29, 2018, at Studio Movie Grill in Old Town, at 7:00 p.m.  Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks, but we did want to let everyone know about the event in hopes that you will save the date and join us as we take a look back at 2017 in Monrovia!

We Want to Know... What do You Think About the Possibility of Allowing Tattoo Services as an Incidental Use in Old Town?

Recently, the City received a request to allow businesses in Old Town Monrovia to include tattoos as a service they provide. Currently, tattoo businesses are not allowed in Old Town, and to facilitate the request, an amendment to the Monrovia Municipal Code will be required.

However, before moving further in the process, the City Council asked staff to reach out to Old Town stakeholders to get the community’s thoughts about the proposed change.  As proposed, the change in the City’s regulations would allow tattooing as an incidental use.  Specifically, the use would be secondary to a primary business type and the amount of floor area it could occupy would be limited to a small portion of the overall business.  This is similar to the way Monrovia regulates massage businesses, where in Old Town, massage can be offered as one of the services provided by a business as long as it does not occupy more than 20% of the floor area of the business.  

The City is interested in your thoughts regarding tattooing in Old Town, and in order to gather as much feedback as possible, an online survey has been created.  The survey will be available through January 25, 2018, and take only a few moments to complete.  To access the questionnaire, please click here to start the survey.  

City staff will report on the feedback we receive in February 2018, and if you have any additional comments / questions, please contact Craig Jimenez in the Community Development Department at cjimenez@ci.monrovia.ca.us. Thanks in advance for your time and assistance!

Proposed Water Rate Adjustment Public Hearing Scheduled for This Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Initial Average Residential Customer Cost to Increase by $16.87 / Month in March 2018

The City will be hosting a Public Hearing to consider increased water rates due to new pass-through water production costs related to the ongoing drought conditions in our region.

In Monrovia and throughout the San Gabriel Valley, water rate adjustments will be needed in order to absorb new fees being passed down to the nearly 30 water producers in our region.  These fees are being levied on the City by the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster (Watermaster) and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) in order to address the water supply shortage in the Main San Gabriel Basin following the historic, decade-long drought.  Instituting these fees allowed the Watermaster to purchase 40.7 billion gallons at a cost of over $100 million to replenish the groundwater aquifer that supplies our region, and return the Basin to a healthy level to ensure a continued water supply.

If adopted at the public hearing on January 16, 2018, the new costs would become effective as of March 8, 2018, and would first appear on customers’ April 2018 bills.  For more information, view the flyer on the City’s webpage.

Provided in the table below is a water rate review summary for a typical single-family residence with a 5/8 inch or 3/4 inch size meter.  Please note that the majority of the City’s water customer base is comprised of single-family residential customers.  Based on the proposed rate increase, the typical single-family residential water customer (who uses 15 units of water per month) will see a monthly increase in their water bill of $16.87 effective March 8, 2018.

However, it is important to note that the proposed water rate structure does take into account usage related costs, which means that the less water that is used by an individual residence, the less costs that will be incurred.  The chart below has been prepared to highlight how our proposed water rate increase would impact customers based on usage rates of 10 units / month, 15 units / month, and 20 units / month.

Proposed Water Cost Assessment

In addition, at build out in FY 2021/22, the new cost for water is expected to increase by around $37 / month more than what the typical residential customer pays today.  We know that this water rate adjustment will cause additional financial strain on residents and business owners, and it is important to note that a senior discount and economic hardship discount will continue to be offered to residents for whom the proposed fee adjustments would present an undue burden.

Also, it is important to emphasize that all of these new costs are pass-through costs which will be paid to the San Gabriel Basin Watermaster and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District for the purpose of importing water into our region.  A video explaining the drought related issues that have driven the need for this particular rate increase can be found online at the City’s dedicated water conservation website.

In late November, each customer was mailed a notice that contains background information on why the rate adjustment is occurring, the list of proposed rates, and a protest ballot that can be mailed to the City Clerk’s Office or returned to City Hall in person.  These mailers are part of the State-mandated Proposition 218 majority protest proceedings that the City is required to follow prior to implementing any property-related fee adjustments.  If a majority (50% + 1) of affected customers protest the proposed rate adjustments, then the City Council will not be able to adopt the new rates.  If a majority protest does not occur, then the City Council can adopt the new rates after the public hearing closes on January 16, 2018.  For additional information, or to access an electronic copy of the Public Hearing notice, please visit the City of Monrovia Water Rates Page.

Water Rate MailerIn addition, the City did host five community meetings regarding the proposed water rate adjustment during the past several weeks.  A total of 43 people attended, and many residents asked thoughtful questions and engaged in lively discussions about an important topic that impacts us all.

Questions? Learn more about the proposed water rate adjustment and the Proposition 218 process by reading our new Frequently Asked Questions handout!  Also, additional information related to the proposed water rate increase is included in this update report below.

¿Habla usted español? El martes, 16 de enero de 2018, o después de 19:30, el Ayuntamiento de Monrovia celebrará una audiencia pública para considerar la propuesta de ajuste a la tarifa del agua. Para obtener más información, llame al (626) 932-5575.

Aviso de audiencia pública sobre ajustes de la tarifa propuesta para el servicio de carga de agua

The Adult Literacy Center's Winter 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.

In case you didn’t know, the Monrovia Public Library’s Literacy Center provides reading help for English-speaking adults in one-on-one and small-group settings to assist with improving reading and writing skills in an effort to help each individual reach their personal learning goals.  View a copy of the Literacy Ledger newsletter!

Literacy Ledger

Learn more about the Library’s Literacy Services by calling (626) 256-8273 or visiting our website: Literacy Services at the Library

Volunteers Needed to Assist with the Annual Homeless Count, Which is Set to Take Place in Monrovia on January 23, 2018

We are pleased to share that the City will once again be participating in the 2018 Point-In-Time Homeless Count, which is an annual event coordinated by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.   This year, the homeless count is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.  On that evening, volunteers will be scouring Monrovia, along with other areas of the San Gabriel Valley, to determine how many people in the area are homeless.  Ultimately, the data collected is used to better design programs and deploy resources to serve the homeless population.

For those interested in volunteering to assist with the homeless count, we would love to have your help!  On the evening of January 23, 2018, any interested individual is being asked to arrive at the Monrovia Community Center (119 West Palm Avenue) by 8:00 p.m.  A volunteer training and orientation session will occur at that time, and representatives from the City’s Public Services Department and Police Department will be on hand to address any questions / concerns.  The actual count is expected to begin at 9:00 p.m.

Also, if you would like to pre-register to participate, or if you would like help out with the homeless count in areas outside of Monrovia, you can register online.

Tip-a-Cop Fundraiser Raised $500 for the Foothill Unity Center!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the Monrovia Police Officers’ Association’s Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser held last week raised $500 to benefit the Foothill Unity Center!  The event was held during the lunch rush at Copper Still Grill, where 100% of all tips made by our Monrovia police officers, along with 25% of all proceeds from sales during the event, were donated to the Foothill Unity Center.  Thank you to everyone who participated… and many thanks once again to our Police Officers, Copper Still Grill, and the Foothill Unity Center!

Monrovia Home Security Rebates Available Now! Residents Eligible for Rebates of up to $250 for Home Security Product of Their Choice

On December 5, 2017, the Monrovia City Council established the Home Security Rebate Program as an additional local response to the increase in crime that communities across California have been experiencing over the past few years.  Unlike other programs that have been developed in neighboring jurisdictions, Monrovia’s Home Security Rebate Program is not limited to one particular home security system, product, or service provider.  Instead, residents are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $250 for the purchase and / or installation of any qualifying home security system.

To submit an application, visit our Home Security Rebate Program webpage and click on “Apply Now.”  Once you’re there, follow the simple on-screen prompts to complete your application and upload pictures of your new home security product and receipt for reimbursement. Please note that this program has been very popular, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!  Due to the program’s popularity, the City Council will be considering doubling the amount of funds available for the rebates – from $25,000 to $50,000 total – at their meeting on January 16, 2018.

Once the application is submitted, you can track your progress and receive emails when the application has been approved and when the rebate check is in the mail.  It should take us no more than 2 – 3 weeks to process everything and get you your rebate check!  If you have any additional questions, take a look at the program flyer or send us an email at securityrebate@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

Draft Citywide Historic Context Statement Scheduled for Review at the Historic Preservation Commission Study Session on January 18, 2018

The Historic Preservation Commission will be holding a Study Session to review the Citywide Historic Context Statement on January 18, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. at the Monrovia Community Center (119 West Palm Avenue) in the Monroe Room.

The historic context statement will serve as a tool for the evaluation and designation of potential historic landmarks and historic districts that are unique to Monrovia’s architectural themes.  A robust historic context is the foundation for identifying, evaluating, and handling historic properties and will help us make important land use decisions.  Historic contexts differ from other types of narrative histories, because they identify important themes in history and then show how those themes relate to our existing historic properties. We are looking forward to a very engaging discussion, and hope you can join us!

Monrovia Public Works Construction Impacts Near Library - January 17 - 19, 2018

As part of the high-speed internet upgrades at the Monrovia Public Library a new fiber-optic cable line will be installed.  This new service will be installed across Myrtle Avenue at Palm Avenue.  Parts of the work will be taking place in the street, but the work will not require any complete street closures.  This work was originally scheduled for last week, but unforeseen circumstances caused a slight delay.  To minimize impacts to this very busy part of the City, staff has scheduled the work to occur from 1:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, through Friday, January 19, 2018.  

Construction Impacts at Peck Road Continuing Week of January 16, 2018

New water connections, valve installations, and other water system improvements will require intermittent lane closures of Peck Road between Duarte Road and Spanner Street starting Tuesday, January 16, 2018, and continuing throughout the week.  We thank you for your patience while these improvements are made!  Please use an alternate route, when feasible, and reduce speed when driving in the area to ensure everyone’s safety.

Monrovia Renewal Northwest Section Construction Continues!

The City continues to progress through the Northwest Section of Monrovia Renewal, which is a multi-year infrastructure initiative aimed at making priority repairs to the City’s water & sewer pipelines, water facilities, streets, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters.  Work is presently underway in the Northwest project area, which includes the section of the City bound by Myrtle Avenue to the east, the City limits to the west, Hillcrest Boulevard to the north, and Colorado Boulevard to the south.

Three Stages of Construction Work:

  1. There is variety of work taking place, including underground utilities, concrete construction, and street construction. The work is being executed in stages to progress efficiently while minimizing impacts to the nearby residents and businesses. Work typically progresses in the following manner.
  2. All necessary underground work related to water and sewer pipelines.  
  3. Repairs and replacements of curbs, gutters, and driveway approaches.

Street repairs and rehabilitation.  Streets scheduled for repairs may receive one of three treatments: slurry seal which is a new sealant/top coat; a grind and overlay, which removes the top two inches of asphalt pavement and replaces it with new surface, or full reconstruction which means the street is removed down to dirt and fully reconstructed.  

Construction Happening the Week of January 15-19, 2018:

During the week of January 16-19, the City’s contractor, Sully-Miller Construction Co., will be conducting the following work as part of the Monrovia Renewal Northwest Area improvements:

  • Sawcutting and removal of sidewalks and installation of new sidewalks at various locations in the Northwest Renewal project area.
  • Complete trench paving for water line work on Alta Vista Ave., Magnolia Ave., and Mayflower Ave.

We appreciate your patience and support while we work to execute these improvements throughout our community!

Want to Learn More About the Monrovia Renewal Improvements Coming to Your Neighborhood?  Learn more by visiting the Monrovia Renewal website or contacting the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575, or via email at monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us.  Also, 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!

Monrovia Renewal Map

Do You Love to Read? Do You Enjoy Giving Back? Then the 2018 Winter Reading Challenge is Right Up Your Alley!

The Monrovia Library is challenging everyone to read 10 hours (or 600 minutes) in the month of January for our Winter Reading Challenge!  Over 100 Libraries are participating nationwide and the national program’s combined goal is 50,000 books or 1,000,000 minutes!  For the Monrovia Public Library specifically, our goal is to read a combined 120,000 minutes in January 2018!

Of particular note… if the national goal is reached, Mark Cuban will donate $25,000 to First Book, an organization that provides new books, learning materials and other educational resources for children in low-income households.  What a great way to do some good and get your read on!

We know you can do it Monrovia!  Sign up for the challenge online or call the library for more information at 626-256-8274.

Our Region Needs Your Help to Conserve Water! Phase IV Water Restrictions are Still in Effect for Monrovia as we Face Dire Water Supply Shortage

Our region is still facing severe water shortages!  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.

Please remember to water early in the morning or late at night to minimize water loss, and only water once every four days.  As outlined in the mandatory Phase IV Water Conservation Regulations, 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!

Visit the Historic Anderson House for a Free Museum Tour on Friday, January 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Did you ever wonder what home life was like in the late 1800s?  Well, wonder no more!  The George H. Anderson House, one of the oldest homes in town, will be open for a special tour led by our City Historian Steve Baker on Friday, January 19, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  This historic home housed the Anderson family between 1886 and the death of their son George Anderson in 1974.  Now the property of the Monrovia Historical Society, the home serves as an example of what a turn of the twentieth century home might have looked like on the inside.  A scant 1,283 square feet, the house is styled “Carpenter Gothic.”  Filled with furniture and other artifacts, you can step into the past and envision the living environment for that time.  You will see a period kitchen complete with a waffle iron and a true “ice box,” furniture and clothing of the time, children’s toys, maps, books, photographs, luggage, and much, much more!

This tour is free and open to the public! If you need additional information, please email the Monrovia Historical Society at Monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com or call (626) 256-3423.

Anderson HouseAnderson House

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!

Teen Readers Theatre Workshop & Performance – Calling to the stage tweens and teens, grades 4 – 12, who are interested in participating in a five-week acting workshop!  Combine puppetry, reading, and acting as we create mini sketches for a public performance at the Library.  Everyone will have a chance to shine.  Participants must be able to attend all workshops and the performance.  No experience necessary.

  • Thursdays, January 18 and 25, and February 1 and 8, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Library Community Room
  • Public Performance Date: Saturday, February 10, 2:00 p.m.

Little Listener Storytime – Children ages 2 – 5 years old can participate in active and engaging stories and songs for young listeners. Siblings are welcome!

  • Mondays & Tuesdays, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m., Library Storytime Room
  • Baby Storytime – Children ages 0 – 24 months can delight and stimulate their senses with books and music!
  • Tuesdays, 10:15 – 10:30 a.m., Library Storytime Room

Play with Me – Infants to children 5 years old, along with a caregiver, can join the play group and fun learning activities.  One-to-one playtime, followed by book share, finger plays and songs.  TALK, SING, READ, WRITE, PLAY!

  • Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – Play time, 11:00 – 11:15 a.m. – Circle Time, Library Storytime Room

Adult Literacy Center – Culture & Conversation: Practice speaking English by discussing and reading the ‘News for You’ weekly newspaper in a friendly and relaxed setting.  Build confidence in your work, school, family and social life.  For more information, call (626) 256-8273 or email vcastellanos@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

  • Every Wednesday, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Library Heritage Room

Adult Literacy Center – Speak Easy – Join us for round-table talking and practice speaking English in a friendly and relaxed setting.  New topics weekly, including: popular culture, work and jobs, health, and more.  Build confidence in work, school, family and social life.  For more information, call (626) 256-8273 or email vcastellanos@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

  • Every Thursday, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Library Heritage Room 

The Library Amnesty Program is Back!

The Monrovia Library is celebrating the New Year by waiving all of your fines all month!  Simply bring back any overdue items between January 1 and January 31, 2018… and pay nothing!!!  What better way to ring in the New Year!  Check out the attached flyer, and help spread the word!  Some restrictions may apply.  Contact the Library at (626) 256-8274 for more details!

Library AmnestyLibrary Fine Amnesty Month

Monrovia Rotary Club Set to Host a Blood Drive at City of Hope on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Roatary Club Blood DrThe Monrovia Rotary Club is pleased to sponsor a blood drive, set to take place on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 800 Royal Oaks Drive, Monrovia. You can sign up to give online. Alternatively, you can call the City of Hope at (626) 218-7171 for additional information. Please consider giving the gift of life by participating in this event, and many thanks to Monrovia’s Rotary Club for their work in facilitating this effort!

Interesting Story of the Week - Did You Know That Pound Cake is Called Pound Cake Because the Original Recipe from the 1700s Called for one Pound Each of Butter, Sugar, Eggs, and Flour?!?!?!?

Our interesting story of the week is brought to us by the website, What’s Cooking America, courtesy of a friend of mine who sent the link to me.  Most of us (who can have gluten, that is!) love a slice of pound cake to go along with a cup of coffee or tea.  But have you ever wondered why pound cake is called pound cake?  Well… it appears that back in the 1700s, when many people could not read, a simple recipe to make a delicious cake was needed.  From that need came the original recipe for the pound cake, which contained 1 pound of butter, 1 pound of sugar, 1 pound of eggs, and 1 pound of flour.  Hence… pound cake.

Now is it just me, or does that recipe for a pound cake seem a bit odd?  I mean, 1 pound of butter and 1 pound of sugar, along with 1 pound of eggs and 1 pound of flour… shouldn’t the cake have been called Four Pound Cake instead????

Pound Cake

To read more about the history of one of our country’s favorite and most ubiquitous cake delights, click on the link below!

Pound Cake History

Police Department Semi-Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

View the most recent Police Department semi-weekly neighborhood watch report for the period January 4 -10, 2018. During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 408 service events, resulting in 88 investigations.