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

You're mine and I'm yours. And if we die, we die, but first we'll live.

– George R. R. Martin


A New Drive-Through Starbucks Has Been Approved at the Current 3-Day Suit Broker Location at the Northeast Corner of Huntington Drive / Magnolia Avenue!

We wanted to let everyone know that this past week, the City approved the permits necessary to facilitate the redevelopment of the 3-Day Suit Broker location at the northeast corner of Huntington Drive / Magnolia Avenue.  With the approval, this new Starbucks location means that Monrovia now has five (yes, that’s 5!) Starbucks located in the City!

The new Starbucks will be 2,200 square feet in size, and will include a drive-thru operation.  The business operation will be located on a 28,974 square foot site, and will also feature 35 total parking spaces.  Furthermore, to take into account possible traffic related matters, the drive-thru has been expanded to facilitate 11 vehicles in the queue.

Additionally, of particular importance, a full traffic study was commissioned to study the impact of the Starbucks on the surrounding intersections and traffic patterns.  The study took into account the fact that the 3-Day Suit Broker is closed from Monday – Wednesday, and that Starbucks will be open 7 days a week.  Based on the information in the traffic study, coupled with thoughtful traffic engineering design solutions on the actual parcel, traffic engineers determined that the project would have a minimal impact on the intersections surrounding the new Starbucks location.

A site plan and renderings of the proposed project are outlined below, and additional details related to the project can be found online!

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Kids Empire Indoor Playground Use Approved for the Monrovia Landing Shopping Center!

Everyone get ready, because Monrovia is about to get its own indoor playground operation!  This past week, the City approved the permits needed for a “Kids Empire” to open in the Monrovia Landing shopping center, which is located at the northeast corner of Huntington Drive / Shamrock Avenue.

Kids Empire offers families an indoor playground, unique featuring slides, impressive climbing structures, a café pantry, and space for private parties / birthday events.  The operation in Monrovia will be run out of a 10,480 square foot space, and a new storefront entrance will be created on the western end of the overall building, just east of the 24-Hour Fitness Gym.

The Kids Empire concept was developed in Southern California with the idea being to develop a model that was unique, fun, and affordable so that families from all neighborhoods and all income levels could come have an amazing time.  The Kids Empire model offers an indoor theme park like environment for kids in a safe and colorful environment.  The company opened its first location in the United States in Southern California in 2016, and is looking to open 20 new Kids Empire facilities in California in 2018.

A rendering of the project elevation is included below, and additional details about the project can be found online.

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The Dying Cork Oak Tree at Library Park (Just East of the Fountain) Will be Removed on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cork TreeWe wanted to let everyone know that this coming Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 5:00 a.m., the City will be removing the dead cork oak tree located at Library Park, just north of the fountain.  As you may recall, that particular tree has fallen prey to a beetle infestation and must now be taken down.

Although we are sad to see such a great tree pass on, we are happy to report that the Youth Commission and the Teen Advisory Board will be replacing the tree with two Coastal Oaks on Arbor Day, April 26, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.  One Coastal Oak will be located where the Cork Oak was removed, while the other will be planted across the walkway on the south side of the fountain.  We will continue to keep everyone informed as to our progress in addressing this situation!

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Join Us for a Fun Arbor Day Celebration on April 26, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at Library Park

Arbor DayAs noted above, we hope that everyone will help celebrate the important role that trees play in our lives this Arbor Day!  On Thursday, April 26, 2018, the City’s Youth Commission and the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will be hosting a special event at Library Park starting at 4:00 p.m.  So what makes trees so special?  Well…

  • Trees help clean our air.
  • Trees contribute to good health.
  • Trees provide us with oxygen.
  • Trees help clean our drinking water.
  • Trees provide much-needed cooling.
  • Trees help reduce the effects of climate change.
  • And much, much more!

Learn more about Arbor Day by visiting the Arbor Day Foundation’s website and teach your kids about the importance of trees by printing out fun activities


Make Plans to Join Us for the 9th Annual Map Neighborhood Conference on April 21, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Monrovia High School

 

We hope you are able to join us for the 9th Annual Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) Neighborhood Conference, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Last year, we had over 300 people participate in the event, where participants had the opportunity to earn and engage in community building by attending workshops, meeting neighbors, and learning about Monrovia. This year’s 9th Annual MAP Neighborhood Conference is setting up to be even better than before, as the conference will be celebrating Monrovia! Each workshop has been carefully thought out to highlight the positive happenings in the City.

Included is an overview of the fantastic workshops that we will be hosting at the MAP Neighborhood Conference this year. Among the session topics that will be available for participants include:

  • De-Escalation Simulation with Monrovia Police Department
  • Neighborhood Treasures with Neighborhood Services Division
  • GoMonrovia for Suburban Mobility with Oliver Chi, City Manager
  • Building a Better Monrovia with Tina Cherry, Public Services Director

The 9th Annual MAP Neighborhood Conference does promise to be better than ever, and we hope that you will register today for this free community event! Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ariel Tolefree-Williams at (626) 932-5563, or via email at atolefree@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

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Have You Bought Your Tickets for the 2nd Annual Old Town Wine Walk on April 21, 2018, Yet? You Do Not Want to Miss This Event! 

The Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board is pleased to announce the launch of the 2nd Annual Wine Walk in Old Town, which is scheduled to take place on April 21, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in Old Town!  The goal of this event is to highlight Old Town businesses while supporting our local community.  Participants attending this unique event will be invited to stroll through Old Town, exploring each business, and sampling the various wine offerings while also enjoying acoustic performances throughout Old Town.

Event Details:

  • Sip: Most participating businesses will be serving red and white wine tastings.
  • Shop: While exploring our beautiful Old Town, participants will have a chance to shop and learn more about what the merchants in Old Town have to offer.
  • Support: For the $40 ticket price, participants will receive 12 one-ounce wine samples. Event proceeds will help pay for the cost of the event while also giving back to the community. Visit us online to purchase tickets! 

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Improvements to Canyon Park Cabin Completed!!!

In January 2018, the City Council awarded a contract to Urban Professional Builders to complete the removal and replacement of the deck on the Canyon Park Cabin.  Staff had found that the existing deck was nearing the end of its useful life and was significantly weathered, resulting in the need for it to be replaced.

The deck work was completed in about 4 weeks and it looks terrific!  During this time, the team also worked to repaint the exterior of the cabin, so the entire cabin is refreshed and inviting for visitors.  If you get the chance, head up to Canyon Park and check out these improvements or start planning your next rental here by calling the Community Center at (626) 256-8246, or by visiting us online

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Kiwanis Park at Grand Avenue Celebration set for Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 12:00 p.m.

Kiwanis Park DedicationAs you may recall, the Kiwanis Club has supported the installation of various improvements at Kiwanis Park at Grand Avenue.  Those enhancements were recently completed, and to celebrate the occasion, we are going to be hosting a celebration event on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 12:00 p.m.  Additional event details are included in the attached invitation!


Police Department Annual Awards Ceremony Scheduled to Take Place on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers

We hope that everyone will join us on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., when the Monrovia Police Department will hold its Annual Awards Ceremony in the City Council Chambers.  A cake and punch reception will follow immediately after in the Police Department Community Policing Room.  The award recipients being recognized are:

Distinguished Service Medal

  • David Andrew
  • Travis Ortega
  • James Ruano
  • William Wilkins
  • Alfonso Castaneda
  • Pam Greene
  • Sandy Williams

Medal of Valor

  • Esteban Castaneda
  • Oliver Medina

Medal of Merit

  • Michael Garcia

Life Saving Medal

  • David Andrew
  • Brian Cofield
  • John Jefferson

We hope that everyone can join us to celebrate the amazing work that our police officers have engaged in this past year!


The Older American of the Year Has Been Selected… But it’s a Secret!  Come to a Special Luncheon Recognition Event Scheduled for April 26, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. to Find Out Who Won the Award This Year!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that… well… we can’t tell you who won the Older American of the Year award yet!  A special committee made up of Katie Gundersen, Steve Huntely, and Nidia Delgado has selected a special individual for recognition as our Older American of the Year, and to find out who was selected, we hope that you will attend a special luncheon event on April 26, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at the Monrovia Community Center to find out!  Additional event details are included in the event invitation!

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City's New GoMonrovia Initiative is a Hit! Have You Ridden With Us Yet?

If you’ve taken a $0.50 Lyft ride or hopped on a LimeBike since we launched on March 17…guess what?! You’ve taken public transportation!  With GoMonrovia, public transit has never been more affordable, fast, and convenient.

The GoMonrovia program offers $0.50 rides with the car-sharing provider, Lyft, and $1.00 30-minute rides with the dock-free bikeshare provider, LimeBike, in partnership with the City’s existing dial-a-ride service to provide fast and affordable transportation for all users throughout Monrovia.

We are happy to report that LimeBike has now hired a Monrovia-based operator to help pick up and redistribute bikes in a more timely fashion. Thank you for everyone’s patience with this component of the GoMonrovia program as we work to get things running smoothly.  If you see a bike parked where it shouldn’t be, you can help get it moved by clicking the “!” on the app’s homepage, and clicking “Illegal parking” to report the bike.  For more information on how and where to park your bikes, enjoy this Matrix-inspired parking etiquette video!

We are continuing to add to our Frequently Asked Questions page on the website!  One issue we’ve discovered is that Lyft has had some bugs with the promo code renewal on some individuals’ accounts.  Lyft is working to solve the problem with their third-party vendor who assists with promotions like ours.  If you experience an issue with the promo code stopping working, please let us know and we will work with Lyft to resolve the problem.

For the Lyft program, you can take advantage of the $0.50 fixed fare rides by following these easy steps:

  • Be sure to enter the promo code “GOMONROVIA” before requesting a ride.
  • Make sure your pick-up and drop-off locations are within the Monrovia service area.
  • Make sure that you have selected “Lyft – 4 seats” as your vehicle / trip option. Some users may have the default trip option set to “Line – 1-2 seats, shared” or “Plus – 6 seats”, so be sure to switch it to get the discount!
  • Once the code is entered and applied to your account, you won’t have to enter it again!

Note that our current dial-a-ride service will continue to operate to serve riders with ADA-related and wheelchair needs, but the fare to ride now costs $0.50 for all riders!  Since those riders without ADA needs will be using Lyft, we expect that response times for riders with ADA needs will improve, so everyone will benefit!

Visit GoMonrovia online to learn more and start riding today! Should you have any questions, please let us know.


Mark Your Calendars: The 36th Annual MOHPG Historic Homes Tour Scheduled to Take Place on Sunday, May 6, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MOHPG tourThe Monrovia Historic Preservation Group (MOHPG) is pleased to announce the homes that will be open for visiting on the annual Historic Homes Tour.  There are six vintage homes that embody the variety, charm, and character of Monrovia’s neighborhoods.  Advance tickets may be purchased at Dollmakers’ Kattywompus or the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, which are both located in Old Town.  In addition, MOHPG Historic Home Tour tickets can be purchased online.

We hope that all of you will join us as we celebrate Monrovia’s unique and special architectural heritage!


Monrovia Renewal Northwest Section Improvements are Finishing Up!  Remaining Street Construction Continues, Read Below for a Complete Update for the Week of April 15, 2018!

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.

Construction Happening the Week of April 16, 2018:

Throughout the last two weeks, Sully-Miller completed most of the street construction work on Highland Place, Mayflower Avenue, Primrose Avenue, Linwood Avenue, Palm Avenue, and parts of Lemon and Lime Avenues.

  • Paving on Lemon Avenue and Lime Avenue: There is some final cap paving that needs to be completed along Lemon Avenue and Lime Avenue. This work will commence on Monday, April 16, and should be completed within two days.
  • Striping of Lanes, Crosswalks, and Stops: The striping contractor will begin laying out and installing roadway marking beginning Monday, April 16, and will take approximately two weeks to complete.  This work includes the installation of all necessary lane markings, cross walks, stop indicators, and other striping.  In addition, this will also include the replacement of all address numbers that were removed from curbs as a part of construction.
  • Final Clean-Up Work: Construction crews will begin working on final “punch list” items or things that need to be fixed, modified, or cleaned up prior to the City accepting the work and closing out the Northwest Section.  Included in these items will be the repairing of irrigation and other work in parkways, cleaning up any construction debris, and repairing any improvements that were not constructed to the City’s standard.
  • Anticipated Completion in May: Northwest work is nearing completion and it is anticipated that Sully-Miller Contracting Co. will be demobilized and out of town during the first week or so of May.

During these activities, there will be intermittent road closures and parking restrictions. The streets and driveways will be accessible every night; however, access might be limited during daytime work activities.

We appreciate your patience and support while we work to execute these improvements throughout our community! If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575 or email at monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


Monrovia Renewal South Section Infrastructure Improvements Project to Ramp Up This Week to Start April 23, 2018!

That’s right!  The Monrovia Renewal South Section project will begin this week as Sequel Contractors, Inc. will begin ramping up for construction activities.  The South Section includes the entire area within the City Limits below the 210-Freeway. The work that will take place in this section includes:

  • Removal and replacement of damaged sidewalk, curb and gutter, driveway approaches, and other concrete infrastructure. Includes nearly 10,000 linear feet of curb and gutter and 12,500 square feet of sidewalk.
  • Replacement of approximately 150 water service lines.
  • Installation of lining material in approximately 2,800 linear feet of sewer line and the repair of approximately 30 damaged sections of sewer line.
  • Construction of drainage improvements including 4 drywells and 7 catch basins.
  • Road construction and maintenance activities on nearly 22 centerline miles of streets. The type of work will include: 
    • Street Reconstruction
    • 2” Asphalt Grind and Overlay
    • Micropaving
    • Slurry Seal

Actual construction will begin the week of April 23, but over the next week, the contracting team will begin activities including handing out notices, posting parking restrictions, and begin marking out streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutter, and driveways to begin work the following week. The initial activities that the contractor will undertake include:

  • Replacement of water service lines
  • Removal and replacement of concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter, and driveway approaches
  • Drainage improvements including storm drains and drywells

Construction Notices to Residents and Businesses: The contracting team will be circulating notices to all residents and business to inform them of the pending work. They will be distributed on the following schedule, which will vary by the specific work in each location:

  • Initial Notice – All residents and businesses in the construction area to inform them of pending work.
  • Five Day Notice – Specific notices will be delivered to the impacted areas five (5) days prior to work commencing. This notice will outline the work taking place, overview the schedule, and provide information on the associated impacts, such as parking restrictions or driveway access.
  • Two Day Notice – A final notice will be provided two days before the activity begins to remind folks of the coming work and impacts.

As the work in this section progresses, we will be sure to keep you updated on any developments. As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to execute this project. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575 or pwcomments@ci.monrovia.ca.us


Monrovia Renewal Outreach Meeting for South Section Scheduled This Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Santa Fe Middle School, at 6:30 p.m.

Curious what to expect with the upcoming start of construction in your area?  Join us for a community meeting on Thursday, April 19, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Middle School Library.  City staff will provide an overview of the construction activities, schedule, and impacts that will be taking place over the next several months.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more and get all of your questions answered!  We look forward to seeing you there!  If you need any additional information, please contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575.

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City’s Home Security System Rebate Program Funds Have Been Exhausted, Review of the Overall Initiative Will Take Place at the April 17, 2018, City Council Meeting

We wanted to let everyone know that the City’s Home Security System Rebate program has been very successful… so successful in fact that the $50,000 in funding that was allocated for the initiative has been exhausted!  To date, the City has completed reimbursements for 211 individuals, and we will be coordinating a meeting with the City Council on April 17, 2018, to perform a full review of the overall initiative.

RingAlso, although City issued rebates are no longer available, both Ring and Post Alarm have shared their intention to continue honoring their individual program discounts.  To that end, Monrovia residents can still save 10% on any new home security system installation with Post Alarm, and Ring has discounts available for a variety of different products.  Please see the Ring / Post Alarm program flyers for more details.  Also, should you have additional questions, please contact us at securityrebate@ci.monrovia.ca.us, or (626) 256-8142!

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April is Autism Awareness Month!  Help Raise Awareness by Supporting the Monrovia Police Department’s T-Shirt Fundraiser!

MPOA Autism AwarenessThe Monrovia Police Department is participating in Autism Awareness Month! Their t-shirts are now available for purchase at the Police Department (140 E. Lime Avenue).  Research shows the importance of recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention services.  Children as young as one year can be screened to determine if they are at risk.  While every child develops differently, we also know that early treatment improves outcomes – often dramatically.

One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.  Visit Autism Speaks online to learn more about autism and screenings.

  • T-SHIRTS: T-Shirts are available in Men’s, Women’s V-neck, and Juniors.
  • COST: 1 t-shirt for $20 or 2 t-shirts for $30
  • PAYMENT: Accepted via cash, check, or credit card. Checks payable to the Monrovia Police Officers Association.

If you have any questions, please contact our very own Seth Hermes at SHermes@monrovia.laclen.org.


Monrovia Reads Mobile Literacy Program Continues to be a Hit!

The Monrovia Reads van – complete with Wi-Fi services, a mobile collection and library staff – will be visiting a different elementary school every day of the week during the school year! This fantastic new program was made possible by a partnership between Monrovia Reads, the Monrovia Public Library Foundation, and the City of Monrovia to provide library services after school at the five local elementary schools. 

School Schedule

  • Monday – Bradoaks Elementary, 1:35 – 3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Wildrose Elementary, 2:00 – 3:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday – Plymouth Elementary, 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
  • Thursday – Monroe Elementary, 1:50 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday – Mayflower Elementary, 1:50 – 3:30 p.m.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Monrovia Reads van at upcoming community events!  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out where we will be next!

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Anchors Away Family Fun Night at Mayflower Elementary on April 28, 2018!

Mayflower Family Fun NightAll ye mateys are invited to join the fun at Anchors Away Family Fun Night!  This Pirate theme event will include games, music, bingo, food trucks, silent auction and more! Landlubbers of all ages are invited to help celebrate, as the school sets sail into spring to raise funds to enhance children’s education. Money from the event will assist with literacy programs, help send children on field trips, and assist with ensuring classrooms have needed supplies.

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHAT: Spring Fundraiser for Mayflower Elementary School  

WHERE: Mayflower Elementary School (219 N. Mayflower Avenue)

TICKETS:

  • Pre-event donations of $8 per person include unlimited rides, games, and bingo can be made in person at the Monrovia Street Fair in April or through Eventbrite.
  • Tickets will also be available at the door for $10. A suggested donation per person at the door is $5 and cost for unlimited rides will be $10. Bingo is $20. Children under the age of 5 are free.  Food and other activities are not included in either entrance donation. Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are also available. 

For more information, to give a donation, or to learn more about how you can support Mayflower PTA, visit the Mayflower PTA Facebook page.


Team Up Dream Up for Literacy! 4th Annual Literacy Fundraiser on April 22, 2018!

Community FuedLooking to have a blast with your neighbors AND raise money for a good cause? Then don’t miss the 4th Annual Literacy Fundraiser, Team Up Dream Up for Literacy! on Sunday, April 22 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Monrovia Public Library. It will be a fun-filled afternoon of team competition in a game show format with silent and live auctions!  A new feature this year is that your ticket price includes the price of the game, so you can compete against 2017’s Community Feud winners - the City’s Public Services Team! 

Early Bird pricing for $60 tickets ends on April 8, so make sure to buy your tickets soon! And remember, all proceeds benefit the Library’s Literacy Services!  You can purchase tickets online or at the Monrovia Library.  Plus, do you want a change to win $1,000 in gift cards to Old Town eateries?!  You can purchase raffle tickets for $10 each at the Friends Book Store in the Library.  You do not need to be present at the fundraiser to win the raffle.  All proceeds from raffle tickets sales benefit Literacy Services.

For more information visit the Monrovia Library Foundation or call the Library at (626) 256-8274.


Are you Looking for Ways to be More Involved in the Monrovia Community? If so, Apply to Serve on a City Board or Commission via Our New Online Application! 

Do you want the chance to provide input to help our City leaders govern even better? Then consider volunteering to serve in an advisory capacity on one of the City’s various Commissions, Committees, or Boards!

The City is now accepting applications to fill positions on the Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Community Services Commission, and Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board (MOTAB).  You will find a brief description of each advisory body on the City’s website.

Members of the Boards, Committees, and Commissions are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, and serve at the pleasure of the City Council for the length of their term.  Members are volunteers who serve a three-year term (or a two-year term for MOTAB), beginning July 1. Those appointed may reapply at the end of each term, if they are interested in continuing to serve.

Click here to apply on our new and improved online application process!

Be sure to apply by the May 1, 2018 deadline, and contact the City Clerk’s office at (626) 932-5599 should you have any questions!


Help Us Reduce the Mosquito Population by Removing Stagnant Water – No Matter How Small!

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District wants you to help in the fight against mosquitos and the diseases they spread!  The week of April 15-21, 2018, is Mosquito Awareness Week!  Mosquito Awareness Week is a time to inspire everyone to take action and reduce the threats of mosquitoes in our own backyards.

Mosquitoes kill and sicken more people than any other creature on this planet. In fact, hundreds of people get sick in California from mosquito bites.  When mosquitoes bite, they can transmit diseases such as West Nile virus. Zika, yellow fever and dengue fever are new diseases that threaten our communities.

So what can we all do about it??  Your home, inside and in the backyard, is the perfect mosquito factory. Mosquitoes use stagnant water in any container to lay their eggs. Once a week, Tip 'N Toss stagnant water and unused containers. It's that simple!  You can learn more about Mosquito Awareness Week online!

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New Water Rates Now in Effect – Typical Residential Customer to See Increase of $16.87 / Month Beginning on Their April 2018 Utility Bills

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the City Council held a Public Hearing to consider the proposed adjustments to our water rates in order to pay for the new pass-through water production costs related to the ongoing drought conditions in our region. These fees are being levied on the City by the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster (Watermaster) and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) in order to address the water supply shortage in the Main San Gabriel Basin following the historic, decade-long drought.  Instituting these fees allowed the Watermaster to purchase 40.7 billion gallons at a cost of over $100 million to replenish the groundwater aquifer that supplies our region, and return the Basin to a healthy level to ensure a continued water supply.

The new costs took effect on March 8, 2018, and will first appear on customers’ April 2018 bills.  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 an effort to continue with our public notification efforts regarding the water rate adjustment, the following insert is being included with every utility bill that the City distributes in March / April 2018.

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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.  To apply, please complete the discount application available on the City’s website, or in person at City Hall.  In addition, for more information on the water rate adjustment, please view the flyer on the City’s webpage.


Register for the 8th Annual Fountain to the Falls Run/Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, May 12, 2018!

You can now take advantage of early-bird pricing by registering for the 2018 Fountain to the Falls Run/Walk & Health Fair!  This event is a 6.38 mile out-and-back race from the Library Park Fountain to the Canyon Park Waterfall.  The eighth annual race will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 7:00 a.m.  Medals will be awarded to the best finishing times for male and female participants!

The entry fees for early registration is $35 and event day registration is $45. Race-day registration is accepted, as long as the event hasn’t reached its maximum of 325 participants.  No late starts or unregistered participants will be permitted.

Visit us online to register for the race, and for additional information on this terrific event, please contact the Public Services Department at (626) 256-8246.

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The 3rd Annual Monrovia Biotech Day, Hosted by LabLaunch Monrovia, Oak Crest Institute and Boys & Girls Club, Will be Friday, April 27, 2018

LabLaunchOn Friday, April 27, LabLaunch Monrovia and their event partners, Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills and Oak Crest Institute, will be hosting the 3rd Annual Monrovia Biotech Day!  This event is geared for Monrovia’s 6th through 12th graders that have an interest in science.  There will be chances to participate in a career panel, do experiments, play games and meet scientists!  The event will be held at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Oak Crest Institute of Science, located here in Monrovia, is at the forefront of biotech and environmental science research that has the potential to change the world.

LabLaunch, Monrovia, Inc. is a non-profit committed to establishing a more dynamic biotech startup environment in Los Angeles, providing support to entrepreneurs, growing start-ups, incubators, and more to help them accomplish their missions. For more information and to RSVP, please visit their website.


Proposed Ballot Measure to Address Public Safety Issues Called, Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act

Recently, the California Public Safety Partnership Issues Committee began circulating a proposed initiative called the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act.  The proposed measure is being advanced by Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Assemblymember Jim Cooper, and if the measure does obtain the requisite number of signatures needed to qualify for the November 2018 ballot, the legislation that voters will be asked to consider would do the following:

  • Reclassify currently “non-violent” crimes – like rape of an unconscious person, sex trafficking of a child and 14 other serious crimes – as “violent” in order to prevent the early release of inmates convicted of these crimes
  • Reform the parole system to stop the early release of violent felons, expand parolee oversight, and strengthen penalties for parole violations
  • Reform theft laws to restore accountability for serial thieves and organized theft gangs
  • Expand DNA collection to include those convicted of drug, theft, domestic violence and other serious crimes to help solve rape, murder and other violent crimes — and to exonerate those wrongly accused

Additional information about the measure can be found online at the Keep California Safe website.

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This Week's Happening at the Monrovia Public Library!

The Monrovia Public Library is special community gathering place that makes a difference in the lives of children, teens, adults, and families of all kinds. Experience all that the Library has to offer by visiting us in person at 321 S. Myrtle Avenue, and if you have any questions, contact the Library at (626) 256-8274!

Night Owl Story Time

Night Owl Story Time is headed to Monrovia Public Library! Get comfy in your jammies and cuddle up with your favorite teddy at our weekly Wednesday event. Join us as we explore science, art and musical themes with fun projects to give little ones hands-on learning experiences. Children 2 to 8 years old and their families are welcome!

  • Wednesday, April 18, 6:00 – 6:45 p.m., Storytime Room

Music Makers (for 7 & 8 year olds)

Sing, move, play, listen, create, and celebrate music! Through fun interactive participation, children will learn basic elements of music that help develop their mind, body, and soul. Space is limited. Registration opens the Monday before each class. Register online.

  • Thursdays, April 19 & 26, 3:30 – 4:14 p.m., Storytime Room

Outdoor Grilling 101
Outdoor GrillingJoin us for a scent-filled and mouth-watering afternoon in learning the basics of outdoor grilling. We will discuss the different types of spices, seasonings, cuts of meat and grilling methods. Samples available for snacking! This event is part of the Adulting Series for adults 20s and up.

  • Saturday, April 21, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Concrete Area behind the Library

Hidden Gem of Monrovia: The Friends Book Store at Monrovia Public Library

Friends BookstoreThe next time you visit the library, do not forget to check out “the only bookstore in town”, the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library Book Store! Located in the library, the store provides bargains and hidden gems for those who love books, wish to build their children’s libraries, or are looking for a unique gift for the bibliophiles in their life. All proceeds from the book store fund library programs and collections. Summer Reading, Veterans programs, the Makerspace Collection, and the Chinese Language Collection are just a handful of the items the Friends have supported over the years. The Friends of the Monrovia Public Library, established in 1957, have been raising funds and supporting the library for 51 years! The bookstore opened with the new library building in 2009 and is staffed by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. We are grateful for their time and their willingness to serve.

If you would like to support the Friends and the important work they do for the library and community, drop by and stock up on some of your favorite reads at the store. You can also join the Friends, members receive special discounts and offers at the store! Membership rates start at $15 a year and make a wonderful gift. The Friends of the Monrovia Public Library is a 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information, visit Friends of the Monrovia Public Library online or stop by the Friends Bookstore and pick up a membership application.

Friends of the Monrovia Public Library Store Hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

School Board Member Rob Hammond Has Officially Begun His Bike RideAcross the United States of America to Raise Funds for Monrovia Schools, So Please Donate Today!

Follow School Board Member Rob Hammond on a once-in-a-lifetime journey across the country!  On April 1, 2018, he began an epic bicycle trip that is over 3,000 miles and will last for over 40 days!

Rob HammondThis past week, Rob ran into Judge Ivey, an 85-year-old docent at the New Mexico Farm Museum in Las Cruces.  The judge moved to New Mexico two years ago from Georgia and has that fine Jawjuh drawl.  Judge Ivey was so moved by Rob’s story that he opened his wallet and made a donation on the spot for the Monrovia PTA!

Rob began the third week of his ride on Sunday, April 15, and crossed into his fourth state, Texas.

Rob is currently in Apache Junction, AZ, and during the upcoming week, Rob will be stopping in the following locations:

  • April 9 - Globe, AZ
  • April 10 - REST DAY
  • April 11 - Safford, AZ
  • April 12 - Lordsburg, NM
  • April 13 - Deming, NM
  • April 14 - Las Cruces, NM

So… why is he doing this?  Well, it is a fundraiser!  Rob is working his way across the United States on his bike to raise money for the PTA that is the umbrella organization for all Monrovia Schools.  In addition, he has chosen a few other organizations that enhance education and literacy, including Monrovia Reads, the Veterans Support Center at Citrus College, the Pasadena Humane Society Barks and Books Program, and the Monrovia Historical Society. 

Everyone can donate to the cause, and also to follow Rob on his cross-country bike journey, thanks to the magic of technology!  A website has been created where individuals can donate money and track Rob’s progress, or visit him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @irideforyou. Donate to support our schools in Monrovia today!! 


Come Tour the Newly-Reopened Historic Santa Fe Depot! 

Photographic ExhibitionWe encourage the whole community to visit Station Square to see the beautifully restored Santa Fe Depot!  Built in 1926, the City’s 137th historic landmark has been carefully restored to its original glory, and improved with modern utility connections and a new covered patio for a future restaurant user.

Over the next few months, the Depot will be showcasing a photographic exhibition!  In partnership with the Monrovia Historical Society, around 100 photographs of historic images of Monrovia will be enlarged and displayed at Depot during the months of March-April 2018.  During that time period, the Depot will be open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., and admission to the exhibit is free!

Additional program details are highlighted in the flyer below, and of course, if you should have any questions about this particular matter, please feel free to contact the Monrovia Historical Society at (626) 256-3423.

 


 

Free Compost / Mulch Giveaway Event Scheduled for April 28, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at the Public Works Yard!

Compost & Mulch 2018The City will be hosting a Compost & Mulch event on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Public Works Yard.  Enjoy free compost and mulch to add to your yard and garden today!  Please see the attached event invite for additional program information!


Do You Want to Keep Monrovia Looking Great? Then Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Abandoned Bulky Items, Report Them, and You Could Win a Handsome Reward!

Bulky ItemDuring the past few months, the City has been working to develop a program to encourage public reporting of bulky items located throughout the City.  To that end, we have developed an overall monthly program where the public can report bulky items to the City, and those that do will be entered to win a $25 raffle, which will be coordinated every month!

To participate, all you have to do is report bulky items that you see littering our public right-of-ways!  From abandoned couches, to mattresses, to tables… if you see any bulky item trash sitting on a sidewalk, let us know!  Not only will the City coordinate to have the items removed, you’ll also be entered into a contest to win a $25 gift card!

Program details are highlighted in the flyer below, and to participate, all you have to do is either send an email to bulkyitems@ci.monrovia.ca.us or give us a call at (626) 932-5575 when you see the bulky item.  If you’re sending us an email, try to forward us a picture if possible!  And when you report the item, be sure to give us the following info:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your phone number
  • What bulky item you’re reporting

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Tachiki at atachiki@ci.monrovia.ca.us , or via phone at (626) 932-5553!  And thanks for all your help to keep Monrovia looking great!


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

Our region is still facing severe water shortages!  Please watch and share Monrovia’s water conservation video to help spread the word about what’s happening in our region, and how it will be impacting us all in the coming months and years.  You can watch the full video online on the Monrovia Conserves webpage, where you will also find additional information on how you can make a difference by conserving water and limiting your outdoor water use.

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

  • About once per week (no more than every fourth day) 
  • No more than 15 minutes per landscaped area.
    • Note: The 15-minute limit does not apply to drip irrigation systems, new planting of low-water usage plants, or if reclaimed water is being used as permitted by law. 
  • Only before 8:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m.

Be sure to visit Monrovia Conserves for more information on Phase IV Water Regulations and for tips on how individuals can help our community save water together!


Interesting Story of the Week - Here’s Another Reason to be Amazed – Or Freaked Out – By Spiders!!!

Our interesting story of the week comes to us from National Geographic, which reports that researchers have discovered that spiders “may be some of nature’s best little pilots.”  Which implies, of course, that spiders can fly!

And it turns out that some spider species can indeed fly!  By releasing a “sail-like” trail of silk, many spider species can in effect become pilots, because the silk trail allows them to be lifted up by the wind.  In all cases, these spider pilots go where the wind takes them, and the research team identified that the behavior was “highly developed,” and that “big numbers of spiders [are] doing this accurately.”

So the next time a spider mysteriously lands on your arm… don’t discount the fact that the spider could have “flown” onto you!

To learn more about this unique spider behavior, click on the link below!

See How Spiders 'Fly' Around the World on Their Silk

Flying Spiders


Police Department Weekly Report

View the most recent Police Department weekly neighborhood watch report for the period April 5 - 11, 2018.  During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 440 service events, resulting in 91 investigations.