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October 17, 2017 

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

When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

– Anonymous


Mt. Wilson’s Brush Fire – No Threat to Monrovia

Earlier this morning around 4:30 a.m., a brush fire started near Mt. Wilson.  It is important to note that the fire is nowhere near Monrovia, and there is no direct threat to our community at this time.  Currently, the fire is burning at around 15 acres in size and is moving at a moderate rate of speed.

We are aware that the fire is very visible and is getting a lot of media attention, especially given the fire situations occurring throughout the State.  Given that fact, we have instituted a Stage 2 Closure of Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve (HWP), which means that both facilities are closed to the general public, but that anyone who has rented a facility or is on a guided tour will be allowed to remain in the area.  Also, City staff will remain onsite in Canyon Park and will be monitoring the HWP to supervise all ongoing activities.

Based on the current situation, our plan right now is to reopen both Canyon Park and the HWP tomorrow, pending containment of the fire today.  Based on the latest reports we have received, the fire should be put out by this afternoon. 

The one potential threat that this fire poses is that if a Santa Ana wind event were to develop, the fire could be pushed towards Monrovia.  However, based on the latest weather reports, Santa Ana winds are not expected to occur this week, with the forecast anticipating wind events later this weekend on Sunday.  The Monrovia Fire Department will continue to monitor this situation, and if anything changes that may impact the safety of our community, the City will be certain to provide notification immediately at that time.mt. wilson fire

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)


Police Department Executive Team Staffing Update – Heath Harvey and Roberto Wilken Have Been Named as our Next Police Captains!

During the past few weeks, staff has been coordinating an internal personnel assessment to address the pending vacancies in the Police Department, given the upcoming retirement of Police Chief Jim Hunt and Captain Nels Ortland, and the appointment of Captain Alan Sanvictores as our next Police Chief.

After coordinating the overall evaluation, we are so pleased to announce that Lt. Heath Harvey and Lt. Roberto Wilken have been promoted to the rank of Captain, effective October 22, 2017!  Heath will be tasked with command of the Operations Division, while Roberto will be charged with overseeing the Services Division.  We are excited about these appointments, as both Heath and Roberto have demonstrated a commitment to our people and community.  In addition, both individuals also demonstrated for Captain Alan Sanvictores that they truly believe and behave in a way which exemplifies our values of serving with humility, hunger, loyalty, and smarts.

Please take a moment to congratulate Heath and Roberto when you have a chance!


Captain Alan Sanvictores Set to be Sworn in as Chief of Police on November 7, 2017, at 6:00 P.M. in the City Council Chambers

Just a quick note to let everyone know that we are coordinating details related to the swearing in of Captain Alan Sanvictores as our next Chief of Police.  The event is scheduled to take place prior to our City Council meeting on November 7, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.  Invitations for the event will be distributed this week, however, we did want to provide everyone with a quick overview of the details related to the event.

  • The event will begin with an introduction by staff.
  • The City Council will then be provided with an opportunity to provide comments / remarks.
  • Our City Clerk, Alice Atkins, will then formally swear Alan in as our next Police Chief.
  • Following that event, Alan will be asked to make a few remarks, and then a reception will follow in the EOC.

We are looking forward to this event!


Monrovia Police Department Rolls Out a Pink Patrol Vehicle in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

If you’ve seen a pink-hued police vehicle in Monrovia lately… don’t worry… you’re not seeing things!  In support of the Pink Patch Project to raise awareness for breast cancer research, the City went ahead and had one of our police patrol vehicles wrapped in pink!  Many people have commented that the vehicle looks great, and the photo below will let you make that judgement for yourself!

Pink Patrol CarThe Pink Patch Project (#PinkPatchProject) is an innovative public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease.  The initiative is a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association and several public safety agencies throughout the nation, including the Monrovia Police Department.  We have all partnered together to combat breast cancer by raising public awareness and to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment.

The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the public safety officer's uniform patch.  These bright pink patches have been specially designed by each participating agency specifically for the Pink Patch Project campaign.  Members of each of the participating agencies wear these pink patches on their regular uniforms for the entire month of October each year during “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  This disease can have a profound impact on the patient and her loved ones.  It is a disease however that can be effectively treated with surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.

The Pink Patch Project has the simple goal of increasing awareness about the life-saving benefits of early detection and intervention in the fight against breast cancer.  In addition to public education efforts, funds raised from the sale of Pink Patch Project items to go directly to fund the research, treatment and education needed to help find a cure for breast cancer.

For more information, visit the Pink Patch Project online, or contact Community Policing Officer Yolanda Juarez at (626) 256-8036.


Monrovia’s Very Own Police Agent Michael Garcia and Fire Captain Brannigan Scott Set to be Recognized by Congressmember Grace Napolitano at a Law Enforcement Support Community Prayer Breakfast on November 17, 2017

We wanted to let everyone know that two members of our public safety team here in Monrovia have been selected for recognition at Congressmember Grace Napolitano’s Community Prayer Breakfast, scheduled to take place on November 17, 2017, at the Pacific Palms Resort in the City of Industry!  The Monrovia team members that will be recognized include Police Agent Michael Garcia, and Fire Captain Brannigan Scott!

Congratulations to both Michael and Brannigan, and a huge thank you to all members of our public safety forces that work day-in and day-out to keep us all safe.  Additional details related to the selection of Police Agent Garcia and Captain Scott are also included below:

Michael Garcia

Agent Michael Garcia has served as a member of the Monrovia Police Department for 11 years and is currently assigned as a Field Training Officer in Patrol training new police officers.  Michael has served in a variety of assignments such as Patrol, the Special Enforcement Team and as an investigator on a regional drug enforcement task force.  His tenure and experience brings great benefit to the community and the department.

 Brannigan Scott

During Captain Brannigan Scott’s 16 years of service, he has been instrumental in enhancing Monrovia’s Community Risk Reduction programs.  Under his leadership, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Business Emergency Response Team (BERT) have flourished. Captain Scott has also played a key role in the success of the Ready Set Go Program, Fire Prevention Week and the City's Hazardous Mitigation Plan.


Staff Working to Develop Trick-Or-Treating Program in Old Town!

During the past few weeks, staff has been laying the groundwork for our very popular Trick-or-Treating on Old Town program, known as the Halloween Spooktacular!  We annually have more than 4,000 kids that participate in our trick-or-treating event, and this year, we are happy to report that we have more merchants participating than ever before!  To date we have 28 merchants participating in the Halloween Spooktacular this year, including:

 

1. Paint n’ Play 2. Sunday's 
3. Stix  4. Monrovia Chamber of Commerce 
5. Monrovia Travel  6. Dog Zone 
7. Pavillions  8. Stan's Old Town Vacuum 
9. Monrovia Shoe Repair  10. Kaleidoscope Antiques  
11. Leven Oaks  12. Coffee Bean 
13. Monrovia Pawn Shop  14. Teles Properties 
15. Enchanted Dancewear  16. Six 2 Six 
17. House of Windsor  18. KC Hopper 
19. L&D Appliance Corp   20. Xylem  
21. Distinctive   22. Bellisima Salon  
23. Charlie's House   24. Oh Mulberry  
25. Opus Bank   26. Myrtle Medical Center 
27. Dollmakers' Kattywompus Toy Store  28. Citibank 

In addition, staff has added new enhancements this year for our merchant participants, as each participating business will be identified on a map (similar to the Wine Walk event), and each business will also receive a “Candy Stop” sign for their window the week prior to the event occurring.  Staff has received terrific feedback from the merchants on these two enhanced features for the Halloween Spooktacular event!

Additional advertisement will occur in the coming weeks for the event, and we want to thank all of the merchants who are taking part and participating this Halloween!


Bigbelly Smart Waste and Recycling Systems Coming to Old Own Monrovia in Late October!

Old Town Monrovia will be receiving six new solar compacting trash cans!  The City will be implementing these solar compactors as a pilot program to help reduce waste and encourage more recycling in our beloved downtown.  Each compactor will be replacing a standard city trash can, so staff can monitor just how much more efficient these “smart” trash cans really are! 

What makes these trash cans so smart, you ask?!  These smart trash cans have the following benefits:

  • The trash cans hold five times the capacity of a regular city trash can!
  • They can reduce the number of times staff has to empty a trash can.
  • Staff will get automatic notifications when the trash can is filled and needs to be emptied.

These solar compactors will also be showcasing a special piece of Monrovia history!  Each unit has been wrapped in a collage of historical photos of Monrovia.  Photos were provided by the Monrovia Historical Society and approved by Art in Public Places.  The six units will be installed between the 100-200 block, 400, 500, 600 blocks and at Library Park. 

To learn more about Bigbelly solar compactors, you can visit Bigbelly online.  Also, if anyone has any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please feel free to contact Alex Tachiki, Management Analyst, at (626) 932-5553, or via e-mail at atachiki@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


The Portland Loo has Arrived at Julian Fisher Park!

In a bit of exciting news, the City’s first public restroom that utilizes the new Portland Loo design has arrived!  Crews began the installation process of the new restroom in Julian Fisher Park last week, as shown in the pictures below!

Portland Loo InstallationPortland Loo

 

Portland Loo Interior

Other work at Julian Fisher Park is coming along great, as work slated for completion in the coming weeks includes:

  • Wrapping up the remainder of the concrete work
  • Gazebo improvements
  • Grading and preparation for landscape improvements
  • Installation of new park fencing  

As a reminder, youth and adults are invited to enjoy recreational basketball at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center Gym, the playground / picnic space at Recreation Park, and any of our other park facilities!  Should you have any questions regarding construction, please call Lauren Marshall, Management Analyst, at (626) 932-5579, or email her at lmarshall@ci.monrovia.ca.us.  For questions regarding recreational basketball at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center, please call Katie Distelrath, Recreation Division Manager, at (626) 256-8225, or email her at kdistelrath@ci.monrovia.ca.us!


Studio Movie Grill Update

This past week, staff had numerous meetings and discussions with representatives from Studio Movie Grill, and we wanted to let everyone know that the company plans to begin theatre renovations to install the new high-backed recliners within the next week or two.  The company plans to have all of the new seats installed within a 6 – 8 week timeframe.

Moving forward, company representatives also shared with staff that their ultimate plans include taking out one screen (so that the theatre will have 11 total screens), and converting that room into a full kitchen for food service.  They hope to be under construction with that particular initiative in Q1-2018.  We will continue to work with our partners at Studio Movie Grill during the next few months as we coordinate these particular upgrades, and of course, we will be certain to keep everyone informed as to our progress moving forward!


Monrovia Renewal Construction Underway in the Northwest Section

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last Thursday’s community meeting! This meeting helped answer questions for folks as construction efforts are now underway in the Northwest Section of Monrovia Renewal, and will be occurring over the next several months.  Monrovia Renewal is the City’s multi-year initiative to address needed repairs and make system-wide improvements to our water, sewer, street, and sidewalk infrastructure.  The Northwest Section of the project includes the area of town bordered to the north by Hillcrest Boulevard, to the south by Colorado Boulevard, to the east by Myrtle Avenue, and to the west by the western limits of the City.  The updated map below outlines the latest improvements happening as part of the Northwest Section improvements for Monrovia Renewal… check it out and see what you have going on around your street!

Monrovia Renewal Map New Legend new

 

Please note that as part of the planned work, there are three (3) stages for the construction activity.  Those stages include:

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

Want to Learn More About the Monrovia Renewal Improvements Coming to Your Neighborhood?  Learn more by visiting the Monrovia Renewal website, and to stay informed with 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!  And of course, you should also feel free to contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575 if you have any other questions / concerns!


Monrovia Renewal Update: Final Repairs in the Southwest and Southeast Should be Complete Before the End of the Month!

As we move forward into the next sections related to the overall Monrovia Renewal project, staff is also coordinating a few final repairs in the last project sections in the Southwest and Southeast areas of town (which is the area of Monrovia bordered to the south of Colorado Boulevard, north of the 210 Freeway between the east and west City limits).  While nearly all of the work in those areas are complete, there are some final repairs we are still coordinating, and which should be complete before the end of this month.

The City’s project management team and contractor have worked together to develop a plan to repair these locations and improve the surface of the roadway as intended.  The contractor will perform a process known as micro milling and micro surfacing, which is a two-step process that removes the top layer of cape seal and asphalt and replaces it with a new surface.  The micro surfacing is similar to a slurry seal but has an oil component that will cure quicker and harder which is better suited for the high traffic conditions in the impacted areas.  Additionally, the micro surfacing treatment contains a mixture of small rocks that will fill in cracks and imperfections and smooth out the street surfaces.

As part of the repair process, the roads identified for additional repairs have been milled and are now safe to drive on.  Based on our current repair schedule, the work is expected to be complete by the end of October 2017.  During the work, temporary parking restrictions and detours may be in effect while the work is taking place and afterwards while the pavement sets.  Please adhere to all posted signs and be aware of construction personnel.

View the map below to see where these repairs are taking place, and visit the Monrovia Renewal website for more information. SW:SE ConstructionWe recognize that construction can be messy and inconvenient, however, we want to do all we can to minimize the disruption.  If you have any questions regarding this work please contact Lauren Marshall, Management Analyst, at (626) 932-5579, or via email at lmarshall@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


Mayflower Avenue at Foothill Boulevard Will be Temporarily Closed to Through Traffic During Sewer Pipeline Replacement Project the Rest of October 2017

To ensure safety during construction, Mayflower Avenue between Foothill Boulevard and Linwood Avenue will be closed during the work day (from around 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. every day) while a large section of sewer pipeline is replaced from the alley South of Linwood into the intersection at Foothill Boulevard.

The current line was identified in the Sewer Master Plan as hydraulically insufficient to meet current demands as it is currently only 8-10” in diameter, but needs to be replaced with 15” pipe.  The project will replace nearly 600 linear feet of sewer line with the larger pipeline.  As the sewer line is directly in the middle of Mayflower Avenue, there is no way for crews to complete the work safely without closing that section of street to traffic during the day while work is underway.

Work will take place from approximately 8:00/8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.  This work will begin after school starts Monday through Friday to ensure it does not impact morning school traffic, but afternoon school traffic could be impacted.  The construction area will be backfilled each day so that cars will be able to move freely in the evening and overnight.  According to the current work schedule, we are anticipating the construction will be completed around the end of October 2017.  Please note that residents will be able to access their street at all times.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575.


Staff Seeking Solicitation of Bids for the Construction of the Oakglade Reservoir Reconstruction Project at Next City Council Meeting on October 17, 2017 – Resident Outreach Currently Underway With Construction Anticipated To Start In Late December 2017

Water ReserviorAs part of the Monrovia Renewal project, the City will be replacing the existing reservoir located at 733 Oakglade Drive to increase our water storage capacity.  The Oakglade Reservoir was initially built in the late 1800s and was one of the original water reservoirs for Monrovia.  Over time, the reservoir has developed excessive leaks and cracks, and given the growth of our community, is currently too small to handle increased water capacity needs of the City.

The City’s existing Oakglade Reservoir has a capacity of 900,000 gallons, and will be replaced with a brand new 1.5-million-gallon reservoir.  The new tank will have a diameter that nearly matches the existing facility; however, the depth of the new reservoir will be increased to 30’ from the current 13’ diameter.  This will increase our storage capacity by 67%, while also improving emergency and operational water storage requirements in the area.

Based on the magnitude of this project, it is anticipated that the construction will take between 15 and 18 months to complete.  The construction activities will result in some disruptions to the neighbors in the surrounding area, including noise, traffic, and dust.  All of the identified impacts and the necessary mitigation measures have been outlined in a proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration as outlined in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This document is currently being circulated for public review and comment.

Understanding the impacts that will be created by a project of this magnitude, staff has launched a comprehensive public information and outreach campaign.  The campaign has included individual face to face meetings with the residents directly adjacent to the site, which provided an opportunity for staff to outline the specifics of the project, explain the process, and hear the concerns of those who will be most impacted.  In addition, Staff has scheduled two neighborhood meetings that will be held at residences within the area to provide a venue for the larger community to get information regarding the project and be given an opportunity to voice any concerns. In addition to these initial steps, staff is working on a plan to maintain communication and neighborhood engagement throughout the construction process.

If the City Council authorizes the solicitation of bids on October 17, 2017, staff anticipates that the contract for construction will be awarded December 2017 and the project will commence in January 2018.  Should you have any questions or concerns about this matter, please contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575.


MoveMonrovia Community Bike Ride Set to Take Place this Coming Saturday on October 21, 2017, at 8:00 A.M. – Event Details are Outlined Here Below!

Come celebrate the City's Bike Master Plan implementation with other bike enthusiasts at the MoveMonrovia Community Bike Ride Event this coming Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 8:00 a.m., at the City’s Historic Museum on Lemon Avenue!

Participants will have the opportunity to ride to a ribbon cutting celebration of the new Class III Bike Routes being implemented, which includes new “Share the Road” signs and painted sharrows along the bike path route reminding drivers to be on the look-out for bicyclists who may be sharing the lane.  The itinerary for the day will include:

  • 8:00 am        Event Begins / Coffee / Danishes / Water
  • 8:15 am        City Dignitaries and Move Monrovia to speak
  • 8:25 am        Ribbon Cutting
  • 8:30 am        Begin ride heading east on Lemon Avenue
  • 9:00 am        Arrive at the Historic Depot for a sneak peek of the beautiful building
  • 9:30 am        Return to the Museum - The Museum will have the exhibit open for guests to enjoy.
  • 9:45 am        Hardcore bike enthusiast will head out for a longer ride

View the map that outlines the proposed bike route for the ride.

Also… remember that drivers should leave at least three feet as a buffer when driving near a bicyclist to be on the safe side! Visit the City’s website to learn more about the Three Feet for Bicycle Safety Campaign.


Halloween is Just Around the Corner… And What Better Way to Get Into the Spooky Spirit Than by Stopping by Canyon Park to Build Your Own Halloween Bat House Project!

In honor of the Halloween season, Monrovia Canyon Park is hosting a Build-a Bat Box event at their Nature Center on Sunday, October 29, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.!

Bats are amazing and often misunderstood creatures that play important roles in our ecosystem.  They help keep the insect population down – a common little brown bat can eat between 800 and 1,000 mosquitos in a single night!  And some plant species rely on bats for pollination, including mangos, bananas, agave, and the cocoa plant (where chocolate comes from)!

The Build a Bat Box Event is a great opportunity for Monrovians to help conserve the bat population by providing a place for bats to shelter and raise their young.  When you take the bat box home, it must be installed 15 feet above the ground and in a place that receives good sunlight to keep those bats toasty warm in the winter.  With some luck, bats will occupy it within a year and hopefully leading to fewer pesky mosquitos.

If you are interested in building a bat box for your home and learning more about these cool creatures, please stop by the Nature Center in Canyon Park (1200 N. Canyon Blvd.) during this wonderful event just in time for Halloween!  Monrovia Canyon Park staff will provide supplies, tools, and instructions. Supplies are limited.  For more information, please call Canyon Park Rangers at (626) 256-8282.

bat house


Stop by the Library to See the New “Stay and Play” Corner!

The Open House for the new Stay and Play corner of the Library will be on Wednesday, October 18, at 11:20 AM.  For her Golden Acorn Girl Scout Award, Erika Luu developed an early literacy area where children and parents can work on their Alphabet, practice site words, and experience the sensory wall.  Families can stop by any time the Library is open after October 18 to practice school readiness skills in an engaging and supportive environment.  For more information, please call the Monrovia Public Library at (626) 256-8274!


Does Your Child Love In-N-Out and Need Some Extra Encouragement to Read? If so, Join the Monrovia Library to Earn Up to Three Free Burgers!

in-n-outIt’s that time of year again!  In-N-Out is offering a free hamburger/cheeseburger for every five books read.  This program is for ages 4 -12 years old.  To enter, we encourage young patrons to come to the Youth Services Reference Desk and pick up their reading log.  Once they enter five books they have read, they can bring the log back to the Youth Desk to be validated and receive an Achievement Award good for a free burger at any In-N-Out location. Note there is a maximum of 15 books read / 3 burgers per participant.

The program starts Saturday, October 7, and runs until Saturday, November 18, so pick up your reading log today!  If you have any questions, please call the Monrovia Public Library at (626) 256-8274. 


Veterans Day is Coming Up on November 11! Invite the Veterans You Know to Share Their Story Through the Veterans History Project at the Library!

Veterans Day is just a month away, and what a wonderful way to celebrate by participating in the Veterans History Project!  The Monrovia Public Library invites you to share stories from your military service as part of the Veterans History Project by calling (626) 256-8262 to learn more.

Some Service Members may be a bit hesitant to tell their stories, wondering what the interview process would look like, or if their story is really worth telling others.  To help dispel these worries, the wonderful volunteers and staff at the Library have created a new promotional video that highlights a bit of past participants’ interviews to show them that anyone can do it!

Be sure to watch the new Veteran History Project promo video!

You can also learn more about other Veterans Services offered at the Library by visiting us online. 

Veterans History Project Invitation


Proposition 218 Process to Begin in November 2017 With Public Hearing Tentatively Scheduled for January 16, 2018, for New Water Rate Assessments Being Levied on Monrovia and Other Water Providers in the Main San Gabriel Basin – Residential Customer Costs Expected to Increase Initially by Around $17 / Month in 2018

City staff has continued to assess the issues surrounding our regional water supply over the past several months, along with the anticipated associated costs that will be impacting Monrovians in the coming months and years.  As a result, staff will be seeking the City Council’s authorization to begin the Proposition 218 Protest Hearing process tentatively on November 7, 2017 to adjust our current water rate to absorb the enormous added costs being passed down to water agencies in our region. 

Please note that we are still working to finalize the levels of adjustment needed for the different types of water customers and various meter sizes.  However, the majority of customers in Monrovia are single family residences with a 1-inch water meter or smaller, and based on our preliminary rate modeling, our updated rates will likely recommend a water cost structure where residential customers see an increase of between $17 / month on their monthly bill beginning in 2018.  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.  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.

Ultimately, the proposed water rate adjustment is being coordinated because of new water supply costs that the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster (Watermaster) and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) are levying to address the water supply shortage in the Main San Gabriel Basin.  As you may know, the decade-long drought that we have experienced in our region has had a devastating impact on the groundwater levels in Main San Gabriel Basin aquifer, where Monrovia and many other water agencies draw their groundwater from. 

Last May, the Watermaster (which is the agency that regulates who gets to draw water from the Main San Gabriel Basin aquifer and how much they can pump) instituted a new fee on all water producers in the San Gabriel Valley, including the City of Monrovia.  This new fee was implemented so that they could make a large purchase of water – 40.7 billion gallons at a cost of over $100 million.  This purchase was made after careful consideration and an examination of all available options to restore the health of the Basin after it reached historically low levels.

The cost of purchasing and importing this water will be split between all of the communities and agencies that use this water, including us here in Monrovia, which means that water will become more expensive for all of us.


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

Monrovia Conserves LogoOur 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!


Are You a Student Who Wants to be More Involved in Their Community? Consider Joining the Youth Commission With the City!

If you are a teen between the grades of 6th-12th and have new and creative program ideas and are interested in making a difference in your community, this is your opportunity to be part of a positive and fun program! Applications for Youth Commission can be found on the City's website or in person at the Monrovia Community Center. The next Youth Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. 

Learn more about the Youth Commission online and should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246!


Your Input is Needed for San Gabriel Valley Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan!

Over the course of the next year, the Cities of La Puente, Montebello, Monrovia, Irwindale, and Glendora will be developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans to identify opportunities to improve local conditions for walking and bicycling.  At the same time, a San Gabriel Valley Regional Greenway Plan will be developed to prioritize the 50 miles of multi-purpose walking and biking paths that are most feasible to build along the region’s many waterways, washes, and storm channels.

A Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan helps guides the development of more walkable, bike-able communities.  A plan typically includes goals and objectives; an inventory of existing conditions; community input to identify desirable routes; proposed roadway safety improvements; and policies and programs that support walking and bicycling as safe, comfortable, and healthy forms of transportation, recreation and physical activity.

There will be multiple opportunities for the public to participate in the development of the plan, including at the Monrovia Street Fair on Friday, November 3, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., on Myrtle Avenue. In the meantime, you can share your feedback, suggestions, and comments by completing the online community survey.

You can also share your thoughts on social media using the hashtags #ActiveSGV #WalkMonrovia #BikeMonrovia #GoMetro

SGV Bike Master Plan Flyer


Congresswomen Judy Chu and Grace Napolitano Kickoff Annual Domestic Violence Campaign – Donations Accepted at the Monrovia Community Center October 1 – November 1, 2017

Congresswomen Judy Chu and Grace Napolitano invite you to participate in the 14th Annual Domestic Violence Campaign, hosted by Kaiser Permanente. The Annual Domestic Violence Campaign, which coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, is a collection drive to benefit survivors of domestic violence. From October 1 to November 1, the drive is collecting new/gently used women’s and children’s clothing, household cleaning products, toiletry items, and children’s school supplies that will benefit domestic violence survivors served by shelters and organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

Donations can be dropped off at numerous locations throughout the San Gabriel Valley, including the Monrovia Community Center. Donations of toiletries and children’s school supplies can also be dropped off at Kaiser Permanente facilities in Baldwin Park, Diamond Bar, Montebello, San Dimas, and West Covina. Please see the press release and flyer for more information and the list of locations where you can donate.

Domestic Violence Donation Drop-Off Locations


Interesting Story of The Week – If Bill Gates Could Go Back in Time, He’d Make “Ctrl-Alt-Del” One Button!

Have you ever wondered why we have to press three buttons when we log onto our computers and when we have to interrupt a program we’re running?  I mean, couldn’t “they” have created just one button to push instead?

Well… the “they” that made “ctrl-alt-del” is synonymous with using a computer was Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and according to USA Today, the world’s richest person admitted that “if I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key operation.”

To read more about the regrets of a billionaire, click on the following link below!

Bill Gates wishes ctrl-alt-del was one button


Police Department Semi-Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

View the most recent Police Department semi-weekly neighborhood watch report for the period October 9-11, 2017.  During the past seven-day period, the Police Department handled 412 service events resulting in 63 investigations.