December 13, 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

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

– C.S. Lewis


Monrovia Fire Department Responds with Brilliance in Coordinating the Response to the Norumbega Drive Fire this Weekend

As you are likely aware by now, at 7:36 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017, the City was notified about a brushfire burning behind the 500 / 600 block of Norumbega Drive.  The Monrovia Fire Department responded and immediately assessed the situation as a 3-alarm fire.  Firefighting resources from LA County and the US Forest Services were dispatched and crews started working to address the situation immediately.  Based on the initial assessment of the situation, a mandatory evacuation order was put into effect for residents living in the 500-1000 block of Norumbega Drive.

In light of all that has happened of late here in Southern California from a fire perspective, our team at the Monrovia Fire Department coordinated a massive regional response to the conflagration.  Throughout the year, our personnel spends time developing relationships with our partner agencies in the region, and those relationships certainly aided our efforts last night.  Our partner agencies sent resources to assist in battling the blaze, and at the height of the fire response, we had around 250 firefighting personnel on scene!  In addition, while we’re still working to get exact numbers, we also had somewhere around 30 pieces of firefighting apparatus (fire engines, fire trucks, etc.) on scene during our initial response, along with 4 firefighting helicopters from LA County.

Thanks to the hard work performed by our firefighting personnel, coupled with favorable weather conditions, by 11:23 p.m., the fire was completely contained at around 5 acres in size.  Based on that development, the mandatory evacuation order was lifted for residents of the 600-1000 block of Norumbega Drive, but initially remained in effect for the 500 block of Norumbega Drive.  Eventually, by Sunday morning, that evacuation order was also lifted.

We also wanted to share that you may have heard on the news a report that a water tank in Monrovia was damaged by the fire.  However, the water tank was not an in-service facility, and in fact was decommissioned back in the 1950s, so Monrovia’s water utility was not impacted by the blaze this past weekend!  Press releases, that the City issued in response to the fire, can be viewed on the City’s webpage.

As we move forward, even though the fire is now out, our firefighting crews are still addressing some hot-spot areas and doing additional clean-up work in the Norumbega Drive area.  Given that factor, we are still monitoring public access to Norumbega Drive, likely through tomorrow.  After that point in time, we’ll start with our demobilization efforts.

And speaking of our demobilization efforts, we thought that everyone would be interested to know that we currently have more than 1,000 feet of fire hose laid out in the hillside above Norumbega Drive.  That’s nearly 1/5 of a mile of fire hose that our firefighting personnel got into the ground to attack the fire!  Once we start demobilizing, our team will start working to retract all of that fire hose which was deployed!

Also related to next steps in our fire response, we wanted to let everyone know that we have started an investigation into what caused the fire, and we have deployed both fire investigators and police detectives to assess the overall situation.

Given everything that happened this weekend, all of us in Monrovia wanted send out our heartfelt thanks to Monrovia Fire & Rescue, the Monrovia Police Department, our CERT Volunteers, and the Pasadena Human Society for their help with displaced animals and evacuees’ pets. 

In addition, special thanks and kudos to all of our non-sworn City staff who stepped in to help activate both our Emergency Operations Center and the evacuation center at the Monrovia Community Center to ensure evacuees had a safe place to take shelter.  In particular, throughout the evening, we saw a number of folks working behind the scenes to make sure everything was well coordinated, and special kudos and thanks goes out to the support team at both facilities, which included:

  • Jeff Warmuth
  • Kerry McQueen
  • Israel Razo
  • Brittany Mello
  • Lauren Vasquez
  • Rebecca Sandoval
  • Katie Distelrath
  • Jamie Bumia
  • Sean Sullivan
  • Paul Zampiello
  • Chase Buckelew

Moving ahead, to stay up to date on the status of emergency situations that occur in Monrovia and receive alerts directly on your phone or via email, we encourage everyone to subscribe to Nixle Alerts by texting 91016 to 888777. 


Monrovia Fire Department is out Providing Mutual Aid Support for the Lilac Fire (San Diego Area) and Thomas Fire (Santa Barbara Area)

We wanted to let everyone know that just as other agencies sent support to help us battle our blaze here in Monrovia, we have also been sending firefighting support for the fires occurring in the San Diego and Santa Barbara areas. 

First, regarding the Lilac Fire in San Diego County, Monrovia has sent our Water Tender and associated personnel to support the efforts those firefighting efforts.  The Lilac fire is currently around 4,100 acres in size, and to date, more than 150 structures have been destroyed, with an additional 50+ structures damaged.

Additionally, we have sent resources to help support efforts to battle the Thomas Fire, which has now burned 230,000 acres, making it the fifth largest wildfire in modern California history.  Monrovia has sent Fire Engine 101 and our OES Fire Engine 341, along with accompanying firefighting personnel, to help address one of the worst fires in Southern California history.  More than 15,000 structures are threatened by the Thomas Fire, which to date has destroyed more than 750 structures, and damaged more than 160 structures.

Many thanks to our firefighters for all they are doing to help keep us all safe! 


Community Notifications During an Emergency / Natural Disaster

As the Norumbega Fire from this past weekend illustrated, an emergency situation and / or natural disaster can strike at any time.  Our community was fortunate that that during the most recent fire event, we had a terrific response by our firefighting personnel and favorable weather conditions.  However, as City staff has assessed our overall response to the Norumbega Fire, we have recognized an opportunity in that we could provide more details to the community regarding how we coordinate notifications during an emergency and / or natural disaster.

In the event that a mandatory evacuation is ordered for any area of Monrovia, please know this… the City will always utilize law enforcement personnel to start knocking on doors to personally notify residents of the need to evacuate.  Typically, a mandatory evacuation order will be issued by the Fire Department when significant danger for a particular neighborhood exists, or when a need arises to restrict traffic flow to a certain area. 

We received some feedback at the City that although an evacuation order was issued for the 500 – 1000 blocks of Norumbega Drive, not every resident living in the area was contacted.  There are a variety of reasons that this occurred, with the first factor being that our firefighters contained the fire much more quickly than we initially anticipated.  The evacuation order was issued out of an abundance of caution, and to address operational response needs for our firefighting personnel.  Once the order was issued, law enforcement personnel began knocking on doors asking individuals to evacuate, starting with those living closest to the fire incident.  However, before our officers could reach every house in the 500 – 1000 block, the evacuation order was reduced to only those living in the 500 block of Norumbega Drive.

Please know this… if an evacuation order is issued, law enforcement personnel will knock on your door to notify you in person of the need to get out of the area!

Additionally, when that mandatory evacuation is ordered, the City will also publicize the information by notifying news / media outlets, while also utilizing a Reverse 911 system and Nixle alerts to provide additional details for our residents.

Regarding the Reverse 911 system, the service we use is called Alert LA County, and it is managed by the LA County Sheriff’s Department.  To activate the system, the City provides an electronic file to the Sheriff’s Department outlining the location of the City where the notification should be delivered.  We also prepare an overview of the information that we want sent out to residents.  At that point, the Sheriff’s Department activates the Alert LA County system, which will then call every resident in the identified geographic area to deliver a recorded emergency notification.

It is important to note that the Alert LA County system uses the 911 database to pull in telephone numbers.  This means that as a default option, only land-line numbers are automatically included in the system.  Residents who only have a cellular phone or use a Voice Over IP (VOIP) telephone system – or individuals who would like to receive e-mail notifications – must pre-register the telephone numbers and / or e-mail address by visiting www.alert.lacounty.gov.

With regard to Nixle, the City utilizes that particular platform to facilitate the distribution of text messages that contain emergency / community alerts to anyone who signs-up for the service.  Nixle is offered free of charge, and any resident can subscribe to Nixle Alerts by texting 91016 to 888777.

We hope that this additional information is helpful, and of course, please feel free to let me know if you have any questions regarding this particular matter!


Are You a Senior or Disabled?  If so, Consider Signing up for Our Monrovia Red Program! 

Residents in special need of assistance during an emergency and/or natural disaster can register care with Monrovia Fire & Rescue through our Monrovia Rescue for Elderly & Disabled (RED) Program.

The RED Program is specifically designed to ensure safety for both our elderly and disabled citizens who may not be able to self-administer aid under critical and life-threatening situations.  In the event of an emergency and / or natural disaster, City emergency response officials will reach out to assess what assistance, if any, is required by those that have signed up for the RED Program.  For additional information about the overall initiative, or to sign up for the program, please contact the Monrovia Fire Department at (626) 256-8181, or stop by to visit us at Fire Station 101 (141 East Lemon Avenue)!


City Set to Launch a Home Security Rebate Program in January 2018, Residents Will be Eligible to Receive Rebates of up to $250 for Installation of Applicable Home Security Systems

Recently, the Monrovia City Council established the Home Security Rebate Program as an additional local response to the increase in crime that we have experienced in California during 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 or one 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.

Staff is currently working to develop additional rebate program parameters and we will begin accepting applications in January 2018.  In the interim period, if any Monrovia resident is interested in the program, we would encourage you to send an email to securityrebate@ci.monrovia.ca.us.  Those that do send an email stating their interest in participating in the program will be provided with notifications in January 2018 when the City begins to accept applications. For more information, please visit us online.


CalPERS Response Plan – TOT Adjustment and Community Facility Districts (CFDs) Set to Come Before City Council for Consideration on December 19, 2017

On November 7, 2017, the City adopted a multi-levered response plan to address looming pension costs related to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).  Based on actions taken to date, the increased employee contributions, the refinancing of all City pension liability debt, and institution of our overall UAL Funding Policy are already being implemented here in Monrovia.  Moving forward, staff is now in the process of developing the documents necessary to institute the proposed 2% increase in our TOT rate, and initiating the process of establishing CFDs on new development in Monrovia.

To that end, on December 19, 2017, staff will be asking that the City Council take the following actions:

Call for a special election in June 2018 for voters to consider a 2% increase in our TOT rate

  • To approve an increase to the City’s transient occupancy bed tax, the item will have to be placed on a ballot for voter consideration.
  • Our TOT rate in Monrovia is currently set at 10%
  • Staff has spoken with the DoubleTree, Courtyard Marriott, and the developer of the proposed Marriott TownePlace Suite hotel regarding the proposed 2% increase to our TOT rate, and all three parties have indicated their concurrence that the adjustment would be fairly non-impactful to their operations, especially when considering the TOT rate of the hotels located west of Monrovia

Adopt a resolution authorizing the formation of CFDs on new development in Monrovia

  • In order to initiate the establishment of CFDs on new development in Monrovia, it will be necessary for the City Council to adopt a resolution authorizing the creation of the additional property tax assessment mechanism
  • Staff has spoken with the development entities currently proposing projects in Monrovia, and to date, there has been no opposition from developers to the idea of creating CFDs

We will certainly continue to keep everyone apprised of our efforts moving forward!


Monrovia Renewal Northwest Section Street Work Now Underway – With Multiple Streets Having Been Reduced to Dirt, Roadway Paving Scheduled to Begin on Monday, December 11, 2017

The City’s street contractor is scheduled to begin roadway paving operations on Monday, December 11, 2017.  This past week was spent preparing to pave the roadways as the existing roadway and subgrade for multiple streets were pulverized, which essentially turned several streets into dirt roads!  The street sections that have been graded and are scheduled to be paved this upcoming week include:

  • North Lincoln Place
  • Court Avenue
  • Sunset Place
  • Concord Avenue
  • El Nido Avenue
  • Greystone Avenue
  • Mauna Loa Drive
  • Acacia Avenue
  • Melrose Avenue
  • Monroe Place

Each of the streets identified above will require around two days to be paved.  The first day will involve the installation of a 2” base paving layer, with an additional 2” asphalt cap being installed on the second day.  Residents will be able to access the streets and their homes at the end of each day, and of course, our construction crews will provide access while the work is taking place.

Work will also begin this upcoming week on the streets slated for a 2” grind and overlay treatment, which involves the removal of the upper 2” sectional of asphalt and replacing it with a new 2” asphalt cap.  This treatment is utilized on streets that are structurally sound but have deteriorated to the point where they need a new asphalt cap.  The streets slated for the grind and overlay treatment include:

  • Garfield Place
  • Lincoln Place
  • Magnolia Avenue

The work on Garfield Place, Lincoln Place, and Magnolia Avenue will take place based upon the following schedule:

  • Thursday, December 14 – Streets will be cold milled to remove the existing asphalt
  • Monday, December 18 – A 2” asphalt cap will be installed on the streets.

All residents will receive advance notice ahead of when work is scheduled to begin on their street, and no parking signs will be posted at least 48 hours in advance.

Please note that during the construction work, residents will not be able to park on the street while construction crews are working, which will usually be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  However, residents will be able to access their driveways and park on the street overnight during the construction.

Construction crews will be working on multiple streets at once, so remain alert when driving through the area and adhere to all crew member instructions and posted signage.

We appreciate your patience and support while we work to execute these improvements throughout our community!  If you have any questions regarding this particular matter, please feel free to contact the Public Works Division at (626) 926-5575 or monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


The Playground at Library Park is Getting a Facelift… Well, a New Cushion Cap to Be Exact!

Please excuse the dust while we make improvements to the Library Park Playground!  The cushion cap on the Library Park Playground is scheduled to be replaced December 11-20, 2017.  While the work is being completed, the playground will be closed.  Alternative locations for playgrounds can be found at Recreation Park (740 East Olive Avenue) and Julian Fisher Park (915 South California Ave).  Should you have any questions, please contact the Community Services Team at (626) 256-8225.

Library Park Playground Improvements


Do You Know Who Can Help Keep Monrovia Looking Great?  The Answer is You!!!

Help Keep Monrovia BeautifulOur Community Development Team recently put together a flyer that outlines how everyone can pitch in and help keep our community looking great!  As you likely know, some folks will leave behind bulky items, trash, debris, and signs in the public right-of-way.  The attached flyer helps consolidate information related to how we can all report on things that we see to help keep Monrovia beautiful!


Monrovia is the Place to be for the Holiday Season with Special Events and Activities Set to Take Place Throughout December 2017!

Monrovia is a truly special community, distinct and different from all of the other places located throughout Southern California, and the holiday season really helps to illustrate part of the reason why!  There are so many different things happening throughout town, including a Holiday Sing Along, Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, Gift Wrap Stations, caroling, and loads of fun events at the Library!  In an effort to ensure you don’t miss out on the holiday fun, we’ve put together a quick listing of key community events below, and a list of activities is available on the Old Town Holiday Calendar!

Holiday Sing Along Event in Old Town – December 15, 2017

Start warming up those vocal chords for this wonderful holiday sing along event!

  • Friday, December 15
    • 8:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Myrtle Avenue in Old Town

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Set to Take Place in Old Town Monrovia on Thursdays & Sundays in December 2017

To help celebrate this holiday season, horse-drawn carriage rides will be available in Old Town Monrovia on Thursday and Sunday evenings in December!  The carriage rides will be offered on Myrtle Avenue for $5 per person on first-come, first serve basis, and is sponsored by the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board, Diane Balsamo, and Nikki Felix.  The carriage rides will be offered on the dates listed below:

  • Sundays from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    • December 17
  • Thursdays from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    • December 14 and December 21

Breakfasts with Santa in Old Town Monrovia – Every Saturday in December!

Join us for special Breakfasts with Santa every Saturday in December at various locations in Old Town!

December 16

  • 8:00 a.m. – Peach Café
  • 9:00 a.m. – Monrovian

December 23

  • 9:00 a.m. – Jake’s Roadhouse
  • 11:00 a.m. – Rudy’s Mexican Restaurant

Gift Wrapping Stations in Old Town – Every Saturday in December, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Every Saturday in December from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Gift wrapping stations to be set up on Myrtle Avenue in Old Town

Special Holiday Events at the Monrovia Public Library in Old Town!

  • Winter Scavenger Hunt & Movie Mania – December 15 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Monday Movie Night – December 18 @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Family Weaving Night – December 27 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Santa Tours throughout Monrovia Set for Week of December 18!

The ever-popular Santa Tours are set to take place during the week of December 18, when Santa Claus will be driving down every street in Monrovia!  Santa Claus will be touring each neighborhood on top of a decorated fire engine passing out candy canes, escorted by a police car and a decorated public works sleigh!  Everyone is encouraged to come out and wave to Santa and enjoy the Christmas carols playing over the police car’s P.A. system!

A big thank you to all of the City employees from the Police Department, Monrovia Fire & Rescue, and Public Works who volunteer their time to help make this program a success!

Those wishing to participate should assemble by 5:00 p.m. at the City Hall parking lot (415 S. Ivy Ave) each night the Santa Tour occurs.  Remember that space is limited and participation is on a first come, first served basis.  Parents are reminded that children must be accompanied by an adult.

SANTA tours The tours will last from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and follow the schedule below:

  • Monday, December 18
    • City streets south of Huntington Drive, west of Myrtle Avenue to Fifth Avenue, North of southern City boundaries; includes Valley Circle
  • Tuesday, December 19
    • City streets east of Myrtle Avenue and North of Foothill Boulevard
  • Wednesday, December 20
    • City streets west of Myrtle Avenue, south of Foothill Boulevard to Huntington Drive, between Myrtle Avenue and Fifth Avenue
  • Thursday, December 21
    • City streets east of Myrtle Avenue, south of Foothill Boulevard, north of Duarte Road, from the western to the eastern City boundaries
  • Friday, December 22
    • City streets west of Myrtle Avenue and North of Foothill Boulevard

For more information, please contact the Monrovia Police Department at (626) 256-8000!

New Year’s Eve on Myrtle Avenue

2018 will be here before you know it, so make plans now to ring in the New Year on Myrtle Avenue!  The City is set to present our annual New Year’s Eve on Myrtle Avenue event on December 31, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

New Years on Myrtle

This listing provides a snap-shot of all of the amazing events planned during the holiday season, and we are looking forward to celebrating with everyone as we get ready to welcome Christmas and the New Year!


Community Meetings Scheduled Regarding Proposed Water Rate Adjustment

Thank you to those who came to the first of five community meetings that the City has scheduled for residents to learn more about the proposed water rate adjustment!  Six people were in attendance at our meeting held last Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Community MeetingsIf you missed the first meeting, there are still four more community meetings scheduled for residents to learn more and ask questions about the proposed water rate adjustment prior to a formal Public Hearing that the City Council will conduct on January 16, 2018.  The community meeting dates include:

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m., Library Community Room
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m., Library Community Room
  • Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m., Monrovia Community Center (119 West Palm Avenue)
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m., Library Community Room

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.

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.


Public Hearing to Address Proposed Water Rate Adjustment Scheduled for January 16, 2018 – Initial Average Residential Customer Cost to Increase By $16.87 / Month in March 2018

Recently, the City initiated the Proposition 218 process that must be followed prior to adopting any proposed water rate adjustment.  Here 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.  By instituting these fees, the Watermaster was able 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.

Based on these new water production costs, the City will be hosting a Public Hearing to consider new, increased water rates.  The Public Hearing is scheduled to occur on January 16, 2018, and if approved, the new cost structure will be instituted effective March 2018.

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.  And 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 in Calendar Year 2018 (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 should have received 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.  Please note that some customers will have received more than one notice, as customers have the right to protest on each of their affected properties.

Water Rate Mailer

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.


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!


This Week’s Happenings at the Monrovia Public Library!

Adult Literacy Center – Weekly Conversation Groups – 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 Thursday, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., 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

Teen Winter Scavenger Hunt & Movie Mania - Sleigh this holiday season by brushing up on your cookie decorating, gift wrapping, tree ornamenting, and hot cocoa making skills! Then curl up and watch a holiday movie. For grades 6 – 12.

  • Friday, December 15, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Library Community Room

Tween Art Lab - Tweens grades 5 and up are welcome to experiment with their creativity at Tween Art Lab! Learn to create beautiful work of art that is as unique as you. Taught by a teen art instructor. All supplies will be provided.

  • Saturday, December 16, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Library Story Room

 


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:

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:

  1. All necessary underground work related to water and sewer pipelines.
  2. Repairs and replacements of curbs, gutters, and driveway approaches.  
  3. 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.

Want to Learn More About the Monrovia Renewal Improvements Coming to Your Neighborhood?  Learn more by visiting the Monrovia Renewal website or contacting Lauren Marshall, Management Analyst at (626) 932-5579, or via email at lmarshall@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!


Elf the Musical is Being Performed by Centre Stage!  Give the Gift of Live Theater for Musical Memories Your Family and Friends Will Hold Dear!

Don’t miss out on the special performances of Elf: The Musical at Center Stage for the holidays!  Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.  Performance dates and times are as follows:

Supporting a cast member in the show? Check out our cast list for the right dates.

Blue Cast Performance Dates:

  • December 15 @ 7 p.m.
  • December 16 @ 7 p.m.

Black Cast Performance Dates:

  • December 14 @ 7 p.m.
  • December 16 @ 2 p.m.

Click here for tickets.

Questions? Visit centrestageinc.com.


First Annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest Now Open – Apply by December 31, 2017!

Monrovia Residents, now is your chance

To give our sidewalks more than a passing glance

For those of you with mad writing skills,

It’s the sidewalk poetry contest, so bust out your quills

Immortalize your words in a slab of concrete

To give pedestrians a case of happy feet!

As part of the Monrovia Renewal Project, the City will stamp Monrovia resident’s original poems into newly poured sections of sidewalk.  The contest is open to all residents of Monrovia, and if you win, your poem could appear anywhere around the City – a wonderful surprise to anyone out for a walk!  The contest ends December 31, 2017, so start thinking up your poems now!  Head to the City’s website to fill out the application and if you have any questions, please contact Diane Delmatoff at (626) 932-5531 or ddelmatoff@ci.monrovia.ca.us for more information.


Veterans Resource Center Donation Drive for the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary

Once again, the Library’s Veterans Resource Center is partnering with the local American Legion Women’s Auxiliary to support the USO and local military personnel who are hospitalized.  Below is a list of new items that veterans need:

  • White socks for men and women
  • Coloring books for adults
  • Coloring pencils, markers, pens
  • Board and card games for adults

Drop off your donations in the large yellow box in the Library’s main lobby.  Staff will deliver all donations at the January Women’s Auxiliary monthly meeting.  Please feel free to contact Mabel Cross, Librarian, at (626) 256-8294 if you have any questions about donating or if you would like to learn more about the Library’s Veterans Resource Center.


Monrovia Rotary Club Set to Host a Blood Drive at City of Hope on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rotary Club Blood DriveThe 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 – I Knew That Disney’s Movie “Up” Was a Real Thing!

Our interesting story of the week is brought to us by Metro, which provided proof that the cinematic masterpiece produced by Disney’s Pixar Entertainment – Up – could be a real thing (and incidentally, nearly everyone here at the City that we’ve spoken to agrees that the first 15 minutes of the movie Up provides some of the greatest storytelling we’ve ever experienced!)! 

Artist Noëmi Lakmaier recently developed a live art exhibit called Cherophobia at the Sydney Opera House.  The undertaking involved Lakmaier being tied to a frame and lifted up off the ground by 20,000 helium filled balloons!  See the picture below of this amazing feat!

Lakmaier remained in the floating position, suspended in air by balloons, for over nine hours!  To read more about this terrific feat, click on the link below!

Artist gets lifted up by 20,000 party balloons inside the Sydney Opera House


Police Department Semi-Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

View the most recent Police Department semi-weekly neighborhood watch report for the period December 4-6, 2017. During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 425 service events, resulting in 59 investigations.