September 19, 2017
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 email@example.com!
And of course… all the best to you and yours as we continue through this week!
Quote of the Week
The only way you can know where the line is, is if you cross it.
– Dave Chappelle
New Taking Back Our Community Video Developed, and Nearly 30 Cities Have Signed Up to Be Part of the Coalition!
This past week, Council Member Becky Shevlin and Council Member Larry Spicer, along with City staff, attended the League of California Cities Annual Conference in Sacramento, California. Staff joined the representatives from the cities of Arcadia and Glendora to host an exhibitor booth to promote our new Taking Back Our Community coalition. At the conference, we were able to premiere a new video summarizing the public safety issues at hand as they relate to increases in crime in our communities.
You can now watch the full video online, and we hope that you will take the time to check out the overview!
Like Monrovia, many cities across the state are experiencing alarming increases in violent and property crimes that are affecting our safety and overall quality of life. To address this issue, during the past month, Monrovia has taken the lead in coordinating the development of the Taking Back Our Community coalition, which is aimed at amplifying our message that certain elements of AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57 have resulted in unintended adverse public safety impacts in California.
Our Taking Back Our Community coalition certainly recognizes that criminal justice system improvements in California were needed, and that AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57 instituted some positive improvements. Furthermore, we also believe that those criminals who commit non-violent crimes should not be subject to long prison sentences.
However, given the collective changes that have been implemented by AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57, the reality is that...
- …in California today, theft of any items under $950 has become a consequence free crime.
- …in California today, the following felony crimes are classified as being “non-violent” in nature:
- Domestic violence
- Rape / sodomy / oral copulation of an unconscious person or by use of a date rape drug
- Battery with serious bodily injury
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Inflicting corporal injury on a child
- Solicitation to commit murder
- Hate crimes
- Exploding a destructive device with intent to cause an injury
- …in California today, individuals convicted of the above referenced “non-violent” felonies are eligible for early release from prison, at the sole and absolute discretion of the State of California.
As a group, those of us that are part of the Taking Back Our Community coalition want to speak in a unified voice that the increases in crime we have been seeing throughout California are attributable in part to recent State legislative changes. And rather than just sit back and allow the criminal justice system pendulum to keep swinging between the total-incarceration and no-incarceration spectrum, we think that common-sense changes should be made so that we can keep the best parts of AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57, while also effectively protecting our residents and businesses from inappropriate criminal behavior.
To that end, the Taking Back Our Community coalition is quickly growing to include many cities in our region, as the response to the initiative has been overwhelming and positive. We currently have approximately 25 cities that have formally joined the group, with another 15 cities in various stages of joining our efforts.
We have also created a new Taking Back Our Community web page – which for the time being links to a page on Monrovia’s website – where individuals can learn more about the public safety issues at hand. We encourage you to visit our website and share our new video!
Oakglade Reservoir Upgrade Project Moving Forward, Resident Outreach Planned to Take Place in October 2017, With Construction Anticipated to Start in Late December 2017
Just a quick note to let everyone know about staff efforts related to community outreach regarding our planned Oakglade Reservoir Upgrade project. In the coming month, we plan on hosting two neighborhood meetings to share details related to the Oakglade Reservoir Upgrade. As you may recall, the overall project is aimed at replacing the City’s existing reservoir located at 733 Oakglade Drive.
The Oakglade Reservoir was initially built in the late 1800s and was one of the original water reservoirs for Monrovia. However, 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.
To that end, as part of the Monrovia Renewal project, the City is looking to replace the existing Oakglade Reservoir (which has a capacity of 900,000 gallons) with a brand new 1.5 million gallon reservoir. This will increase our supply capacity by 67%, while also improving emergency and operational water storage requirements in the area.
While the improvement project is important, staff has recognized that the overall initiative will be very invasive for the residents that live off of Oakglade Drive and Ridgeside Drive. Based on our current project schedule, we anticipate that we will be ready to begin construction in late December 2017 / early January 2018, and in an effort to make sure we do sufficient outreach in the area, staff is currently coordinating two neighborhood meetings to occur in October 2017. As we move forward, we will be certain to keep everyone informed about the meeting dates!
Monrovia Named as One of the Most Business Friendly City Finalists for the 22nd Annual Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (Laedc) Eddy Award!
This past week, the City was notified that the LAEDC has selected Monrovia as one of five finalists for the 22nd annual Eddy Award! Monrovia was nominated as a finalist for jurisdictions with a population of under 68,000 people, along with Arcadia, Azusa, Rosemead, and Santa Fe Springs. View a copy of the press release issued by the LAEDC announcing the finalists. It should also be noted that the cities of Compton, Downey, Inglewood, Lakewood, and Long Beach were finalists for the population 68,000 and over category.
According to the press release, “Business-friendly programs and services are a critical factor in job-creation. The finalists were selected through independent review by a panel of blue ribbon judges, based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrated priority commitment to economic development
- Excellence in programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion, and retention
- Competitive business tax rates and fee structures
- Availability of economic incentives
According to the LAEDC, the Eddy Awards is the most prestigious awards program to recognize leadership in economic development in business, education, and government throughout Los Angeles County. The Eddy Awards supports fulfillment of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s mission to advance opportunity and prosperity for all.
The winner of the Most Business Friendly City award will be announced at an awards gala held on November 9, 2017, at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. We will be certain to keep everyone informed as to how Monrovia fares in this exciting awards program!
Construction Has Begun in the Northwest and South Sections of Monrovia Renewal!
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. Our team of dedicated staff and expert contractors has begun construction in the Northwest area on September 18, 2017.
Contractors will start on the northwestern edge of the Northwest section on Lincoln Place and work their way east and south, then move to Greystone Avenue and work west, saving concrete repairs on streets with scheduled underground work for last.
Three Stages of Construction Work:
- 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.
- Concrete repairs to curbs, gutters, and driveway approaches will take place next.
- 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? Well, to learn more, visit the Monrovia Renewal website or contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575. 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 Library Submits Second Video to the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project!
The Monrovia Public Library team at the Veterans Resource Center has put together another fantastic video submission for the Veterans History Project! Run through the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. veterans who served in wars and conflicts to preserve their stories, so future generations can learn about the realities of war.
Our dedicated team of library staff submitted our second submission interviewing Joseph Callahan, a Vietnam Veteran, who served in the United States Navy. Watch the full video to hear Joe tell his story!
Monrovia Day at the LA County Fair was a Huge Success!!!
This past Wednesday, September 13, 2017, the City partnered with the LA County Fair to celebrate Monrovia Day! Mayor Adams and Mayor Pro Tem Crudgington honored Clifton Middle School’s Hippie Bots – the robotics team who won the 2017 FIRST Tech Challenge Dutch Open in Eindhoven, Netherlands, as the only competing American team – as our Community Hero in a special ceremony before the parade. Our very own Monrovia Fire Department and Police Department participated in the parade along with Duarte and the MAD Town Council. We hope everyone who attended had a terrific time! If you missed the event, please see the photos below!
A Taste of Old Town Monrovia is Back to Titillate Your Tastebuds set on October 15, 2017, 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Attention Foodies Everywhere: A Taste of Old Town Monrovia is back! This fabulous event showcases the amazing local merchants and restaurants we have within fork’s reach, and allows you to sample a variety of foods and beverages all in one perfectly delectable evening. The event will be satisfying stomachs up and down Myrtle on October 15, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.! Many thanks to the Julie Gentile and the Kiwanis Club of Monrovia for their efforts in putting on this premier food and wine tasting event! See the event flyer below for additional information, and we hope to see you all there!
September is National Preparedness Month!
Get Prepared, Monrovia! Each week in September we will share tips and ideas for how you can get prepared for disasters. This week, we challenge you to practice and build out your plans. Not only do you need to make your plan, you need to test it and revise it. Not everything works the way you think it will.
WEEK 2: Practice and Build Out Your Plans!
- What important documents should you have in your emergency kit? The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit explains them all!
- Gather & store critical personal, household, & medical information for easy access during a disaster. If you are a techie type, save copies of your documents to the cloud.
- Build your home, car, and work emergency kits. Have at least one-week supply of medications. Keep some cash in small denominations on hand. See Monrovia Fire and Rescue’s kit suggestions and FEMA’s suggestions.
- Participate in local preparedness events.
Staff Seeking Authorization to Begin Proposition 218 Water Rate Adjustment Process in October 2017 to Address the New Water Assessments Being Levied on Monrovia and Other Water Providers in the Main San Gabriel Basin, Residential Customer Costs Expected to Increase by $15 - $17 / Month Beginning in 2018
Over the last several months, City staff has been working to analyze the issues surrounding our regional water supply and 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 in October 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 $15 - $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 $35 / 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
After nearly a decade of drought, our region is facing severe water shortages that can’t be solved by one good year of rain. Let’s help address the challenges impacting our region’s water supply by bringing back those water-saving habits that Monrovians excelled at during the height of the drought. In our arid climate, water conservation isn’t a habit that comes and goes; it’s a way of life!
To help spread the word of why water conservation is so important for Monrovia, please watch and share Monrovia’s new water conservation video to help spread the word about what’s happening in our region! 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.
You may be tempted to use extra water outdoors this week because of the heat wave we’ve been experiencing. But when it’s this hot, grass is meant to get a little brown! 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!
Pink Patch Project: Monrovia Police Department Raising Funds to Fight Breast Cancer at the 2017 LA County Fair!
The Pink Patch Project is a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association (LACPCA) and more than 175 public safety agencies throughout the nation designed to increase public awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds for the fight against this disease.
The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the agency’s uniform patches. Monrovia Police Department employees will be wearing these pink patches on their uniforms during “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” this October. The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversations within the community and raise public awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer.
The Monrovia Police Department is selling their commemorative pink patches to the community, along with Pink Patch Project T-shirts, challenge coins, and other items. Proceeds from the sale of Monrovia’s commemorative Pink Patch Project items go to fund breast cancer education, research, and treatment at the City of Hope.
Throughout September, Pink Patch Project volunteers will be staffing a booth at the Los Angeles County Fair. Pink patches and other related items will be available for sale to the public with the proceeds going to the various hospitals and organizations we are supporting. Please stop by the Pink Patch Project booth and join us in the fight against breast cancer!
- When: September 1 – 24, 2017
- Where: Los Angeles County Fair (1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768), Exhibit Hall #4
- For more information, visit the Pink Patch Project online.
Julian Fisher Park Renovations Continue Through Fall 2017!
Construction crews have been making tremendous progress over at Julian Fisher Park! This multi-month project is adding new basketball courts, seating, and a public restroom to go with a fantastic playground and beautiful gazebo. The basketball court area has been installed, the basketball court lights have been installed, and additional concrete work is being completed.
Work slated for completion over the next few weeks includes:
- Grading and preparation for landscape improvements
- Installation of all electrical conduits and footings for new pathway lights
- Site preparation for Portland Loo restroom
This major renovation projects remains right on schedule. Once complete, Julian Fisher Park will be a fantastic asset to our community and a shining example of the positive impacts parks can have on children, adults, and families!
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.
For questions regarding recreational basketball at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center, please call Katie Distelrath, Recreation Division Manager, at (626) 256-8225.
2017-2018 Youth Commission Applications are Now Available!
The City of Monrovia Public Services Department is pleased to announce they are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. 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!
A copy of the Youth Commission application can be found on the City’s website or in person at the Monrovia Community Center. The first Youth Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 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!
Fall 2017 Recreation Classes Offers Something for Everyone!
The City of Monrovia is pleased to offer a wide variety of recreation classes for Fall 2017! This session will include several fun new classes, such as Hip Hop Dance, Baton Twirling, Cardio Tennis, and Social Media 101!
So what are you waiting for?!?! Register now in one of two ways:
- Sign up for classes online
- Register in person at the Monrovia Community Center (119 W. Palm Avenue)
Please feel free to call (626) 256-8246 should you have any questions!
Fall Youth Sports Program Registration is Open Now!
The City’s Youth Sports Program is offering flag football and cheerleading activities for youth in the 4th and 5th grade who attend Bradoaks, Mayflower, Monroe, Plymouth, and Wild Rose elementary schools. The program is designed to teach youth fundamental sports skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, and character development. The fee is $35 per participant with a maximum of 25 participates per team.
Registration is being accepted online or in person at the Community Center.
Please feel free to contact the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246 if you have any questions!
Start the New School Year Off Right at the Monrovia Public Library
Please browse the selection of upcoming events below at our terrific Monrovia Public Library!
Homework Help at the Library for the New School Year!
Having trouble with your homework? Pro-Active Tutoring provides free, pre-screened tutors. Tutors assist students from Kindergarten to 8th grade in subjects such as reading, language arts, and math. Stop by during the scheduled times and a tutor will be available to help.
- Where: Storytime Room
- When: Starting September 18, 2017 - Every Monday & Tuesday during the school year, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Lights! Camera! Read
Now showing…. Great Adventurers! Join us on the red carpet as we learn about books, authors, the Library, and more! Paparazzi photos, art projects, prizes and fun are guaranteed. Attend three out of five sessions and receive a FREE BOOK! V.I.P. access to children K – 5th grade.
- Where: Storytime Room
- When: Wednesdays, September 13 – October 11, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Makers Day @ the Library
If you always wanted to know more about how a 3D printer works, this is your day! Learn basic 3D printing concepts, how to manipulate simple designs on the computer, and get them ready for the printer. Kids need to sign up for Maker Day in advance, so be sure to register at the link below!
- Where: Story Room
- When: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
- Register for Maker Day online
Table-Top Card Night
Join us for a fun-filled evening of skill, luck, and camaraderie playing games such as Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens, Ricochet Robots, and more. Snacks and beverages provided. For adults in their 20s & 30s.
- Where: Library Community Room
- When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Barks & Books
In partnership with the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA
Read to a furry friend. This reading enrichment program offers kids the opportunity to boost their reading confidence in a relaxed environment. Sessions are 10 minutes and space is limited. Register online.
- Where: Storytime Room
- When: Mondays, September 18, October 16 & November 20, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Monday Movie Nights
Sponsored by the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library
Bring the whole family, your pillow and favorite stuffed friend to watch a movie. Popcorn served at each showing. Call the library for movie titles or see our online calendar to guess our movie title from the provided clue.
- Where: Community Room
- When: Mondays, September 18, October 16 & November 20, 6:00 p.m.
Join us for artistic challenges to find out whose work of art will be on the chopping block! Children and teens welcome.
- Where: Storytime Room
- When: Thursdays. September 21 - October 12, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
New Library Strategic Plan Now Available Ahead of Kickoff Celebration at the End of the Month!
After a year-long development process, our new Library Strategic Plan has now been officially adopted! If you want to learn more about what the Strategic Plan is all about, take a look at the new summary available online.
This strategic planning document will guide how the Library invests its time and resources over the next five years to improve and build upon its many successful services. The whole community is invited to celebrate this major accomplishment! Visit us online to learn more about the Library Strategic Plan.
- Where: Monrovia Library
- When: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Your Input Needed for San Gabriel Valley Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan!
Over the course of the next 12 months 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.
There will be multiple opportunities for the public to participate in the development of the plan, including community meetings, workshops, and walks/rides.
What is a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan?
A Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan is a comprehensive planning document that 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.
You can also share your thoughts on social media using the hashtags #ActiveSGV #WalkMonrovia #BikeMonrovia #GoMetro
Congress Member Judy Chu Set to Host Family and Fitness Health Fair on Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. in Temple City
Congress Member Judy Chu is hosting a Family and Fitness Health Fair on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Live Oak Park Community Center in Temple City. At this event, the Congress Member will have a variety of healthcare resources including:
- Assistance with Healthcare Enrollment (Covered CA, Medi-Cal, My Health LA)
- Flu Shots
- Health Screenings
- Presentations on Important Health Topics
- Alzheimer’s & Brain Health
- Women’s Health
- CPR Demonstration
- And more
Healthcare organizations will also be on site available to answer questions and provide resources. For more information, please see the Family and Fitness Health Fair event flyer!
Celebrate the Monrovia Historical Museum’s 25th Anniversary on October 1, 2017, 1 - 4 p.m.!
The Monrovia Historical Museum is turning 25, and to celebrate, everyone is invited to join the organization for an anniversary celebration on October 1, 2017, at the museum facility (742 East Lemon Avenue, Monrovia), from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On that day, the Monrovia Historical Museum will be giving tours of the building, telling tales of its founding, and of course… eating birthday cake too! The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a formal program taking place at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public!
Get Ready for Fall Hayrides in Old Town on October 7-8, 2017 During the Annual Arts Show!
Fall is just around the corner, and in celebration of the season of falling leaves and cooler weather, the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board is hosting horse-drawn hayrides in Old Town! The hayrides are being offered in conjunction with the Annual Celebrate the Arts Show and Chalkfest on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, in Library Park. The rides will begin on Myrtle Avenue (east side of Library Park) from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. The cost is $2 per person on a first-come, first-served basis, and is sponsored by the Monrovia Old Town Merchants.
The Annual Arts Show and Chalkfest is Coming Back to Old Town on October 7-8, 2017, at Library Park
Mark your calendars for the 54th Annual Celebrate the Arts Show & Chalkfest! The Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) is coordinating this Old Town favorite with the theme “Art Takes Flight.” On Saturday, October 7, fun activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., while Sunday’s events on October 8, will last from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Monrovia’s Library Park (321 S. Myrtle Avenue). This year is the third year featuring a chalk festival, and guests will get to enjoy an Oktoberfest beer garden, kids chalk and coloring area, collectible art, rounded off with popular food trucks and live music! For more information, be sure to check out MAFAs website or call (626) 483-0560.
Save the Date for Move Monrovia’s Community Bike Ride on Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Come celebrate the City's Bike Master Plan implementation with other bike enthusiasts! 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. Remember, 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.
HdL Headlines Newsletter
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Interesting Story of the Week – Is There Any Urban City Problem More Disgusting Than the Fatberg????
Our Interesting story of the week comes to us from the New York Times, which reports on a uniquely disgusting issue that is plaguing East London. It appears that this past week, a gargantuan fatberg that was one-sixth of a mile long was discovered in the sewer system in London. The fatberg weighed in at an incredible 140 tons! That’s equivalent to 11 double-decker buses!!!
So what exactly is a fatberg, you ask? Well… according to Wikipedia, a fatberg is:
A fatberg is a congealed lump of fat, sanitary napkins, wet wipes… and similar items found in sewer systems, which do not break down like toilet paper. Such deposits are officially referred to using this term by authorities at Thames Water in London, UK.
Read more about this phenomenon by clicking on the link below!
Police Department Semi-Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report
The most recent Police Department semi-weekly neighborhood watch report for the period – September 11 - 13, 2017, has been included for your review and reference. During the past seven-day period, the Police Department handled 407 service events resulting in 85 investigations.