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Hello everyone!

In an effort to provide an update of important news and notes from this last week, the following report has been prepared.  As always, please feel free to let me know if you have a question about any of the items contained in this update – I can be reached via email at ochi@ci.monrovia.ca.us!

And of course… all the best to you and yours as we continue through this week!

Best regards,

Oliver


Quote of the Week

When love is not madness, it is not love.

– Pedro Calderän de la Barca


The Monrovia Public Library Is the Place to be if you Want to Join in on a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21, 2017, 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.!

EarthOn Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun, and everyone in Monrovia is invited to come to join us at the Library to watch the solar eclipse!  The special event will take place on August 21, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  The Library will have special glasses for viewing the eclipse, which will occur at 9:48 a.m., along with snacks and craft activities for kids!

As you may know, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the earth and the sun so that it blocks our view of the light from the sun.  This causes the earth to get dark at that time because we’re in the shadow of the moon!  Anyone located within the path that the moon’s shadow traces on Earth (aka, the Path of Totality) will see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse!  According to NASA, the Path of Totality will stretch from Lincoln Beach (Oregon) to Charleston (South Carolina). 

For us here in Monrovia, we are outside of the Path of Totality, which means that we will only see a partial solar eclipse in Monrovia, where around 50% - 75% of the sun will be blocked out of view by the moon.  The map below outlines the solar eclipse path of travel and also the eclipse level from different positions across North America.

Eclipse

We hope you can join us for an out of this world event on August 21, 2017, and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our terrific Library staff at (626) 256-8274!


Are you Seeing Traffic Signal Delays on Foothill Boulevard?  Well… LA County is Working to Implement a Traffic Signal Synchronization Program Which is not yet Sync’d!

Recently, Los Angeles County representatives began work to synchronize the traffic signals along the entire stretch of Foothill Boulevard from the western edge of Pasadena all the way through Monrovia at Shamrock Avenue.  The work is aimed at improving the timing of the traffic signals on Foothill Boulevard to improve vehicular movements and reduce traffic!

However, while this work is underway, LA County advised City staff that the traffic signal timing could get a bit disoriented, which may impede traffic.  We wanted to let everyone know that this work was occurring, and to ask that everyone be as patient as possible as LA County works to perfect the timing at each intersection along Foothill Boulevard.  It can take several adjustments to perfect the timing patters at every intersection, and the work does require multiple agencies to work together to bring about the best traffic results.  However, when complete, the work will certainly make traveling along Foothill Boulevard from Pasadena to Monrovia more efficient!

Based on the most recent correspondence from LA County staff, we have been advised that that the traffic signal synchronization work should be completed in about one month, and we will be sure to keep everyone posted as we learn more.


Help us Plan Future Historic Districts in Monrovia!  Join us for a Community Meeting on August 24, 2017, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., at the Monrovia Public Library!

Historic ContextThe City of Monrovia invites YOU to a public meeting to discuss the latest developments in the preservation of Monrovia’s history! In collaboration with ASM Affiliates, a historic resources consulting firm in Pasadena, the City is in the process of preparing a citywide historic context that will serve as a tool for the evaluation and designation of potential historic districts.

What is a context statement you may ask?  A robust historic context is the foundation for identifying, evaluating, and handling historic properties and will help us make future land use decisions. They identify important architectural themes in history and then show how those themes relate to our existing historic properties.

At this informational meeting, ASM and the City will provide a progress report on the project and present initial research findings. But, most importantly, you are invited to participate in a discussion about the project’s goals, as well as contribute your information about places and themes that may be historically significant, especially those associated with significant local events and people, as well as architecture. 

  • When: Thursday, August 24, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Monrovia Public Library, Community Room (321 S. Myrtle Avenue)
  • How to Prepare:  For a fruitful collaboration, please start thinking about the following questions:
    • Do you value preserving Monrovia’s history?
    • What time periods in Monrovia’s history are the most important to you?
    • What themes and events in Monrovia’s history shaped how Monrovia looks today?
    • Who are the people in Monrovia’s past that you consider to be historically significant?
    • What areas of Monrovia that still exist are connected to those themes, time periods, and people?

We hope you are able to attend and share your bit of history with us!  Should you have any questions, please contact the City’s Community Development Department at (626) 932-5565.


Community Bike Ride Being Coordinated with Move Monrovia, Tentatively Scheduled for Saturday, October 21, 2017

In celebration of the initial implementation of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan, Class III bike lanes that are currently being installed in Monrovia, staff has been coordinating with MoveMonrovia to host a Community Bike Ride, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  A preliminary proposed route for the bike ride is also outlined below for your consideration.

Bike Map

 According to MoveMonrovia representatives, they will be working with the Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, and the Chamber of Commerce to help get the word out about the bike ride, and furthermore, MoveMonrovia is also making a special commemorative bike jersey that interested individuals could purchase in advance of the ride.  The City logo will be imprinted on the bicycle jersey on both shoulders, and a smaller US Flag and California State flag will be put onto the collar of the jersey.  A sample of the jersey is also included for review below.

Bike Jersey

We are looking forward to coordinating this event with MoveMonrovia, and additional details will be provided in the coming weeks!


Monrovia Fire & Rescue Participates in No Pucker Challenge to Raise Funds for Niemann-Pick C, Also Known as Childhood Alzheimer’s

Marian is a 2-year-old child who loves to laugh, dance, and play! She is full of life, but she is also suffering from Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC), a progressive, and ultimately fatal disease. This disease is also known as “childhood Alzheimer’s,” because it causes dementia as one of its many heart-breaking symptoms. Right now, Marian is healthy, but over time, her health will continue to deteriorate until her ability to eat, speak, learn, laugh, walk, play, and live will be taken away by this terrible disease.    

Currently, there is no cure for NPC. But you have the chance to help raise funds and awareness to support research and experimentation that could help find a cure by doing the following:

Members of Monrovia Fire & Rescue came together on Monday afternoon to take the No Pucker Challenge to help raise awareness for NPC! This challenge asks individuals to take a video of themselves eating a lemon, and then challenge three people to do the same to help find a cure for NPC.

We hope you will participate! If you do, be sure to use #hopeformarian, #curenpc, and #nopuckerchallenge to help your posts get seen. If you’d like to learn more about NPC, visit the Hope for Marian webpage.

No Pucker Challenge

 


Watch and Share our New Video About the Water Supply Shortage Impacting our Region

Despite Governor Brown’s declaration that the drought is over in California, here in Monrovia and in the surrounding region, we are still experiencing severe drought conditions that require immediate action to help ensure a continued water supply to meet our health and safety needs. 

To help summarize the conditions that got us into this dire situation, City staff worked with Ready Artwork, a Monrovia-based design firm, to develop a new public outreach and educational video.  Please watch and share this video widely to help spread the word about what’s happening in our region!  You can watch the full video 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.

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Staff Working on Developing New Water Fees in Response to Watermaster Assessment Being Levied on Water Agencies in the Main San Gabriel Basin to Address the Regional Water Supply Shortage

In May 2017, the Watermaster instituted a new fee on all water producers in the San Gabriel Valley, including the City of Monrovia.  This new fee was implemented to help remedy the water shortage that exists due to the extended drought that reduced our region’s water reserves to dangerously low levels.  As you may know, Monrovia gets our water from the Main San Gabriel Basin (MSGB) aquifer, which is managed by the Watermaster.

Just how low are our water levels and how bad is the situation?  In order for the MSGB aquifer to be considered healthy, groundwater levels at the Key Well need to consistently be above 200 feet.  Currently, the groundwater level is at around 177.8 feet – and falling.  Additionally, communities have slowed or stopped their conservation efforts following the rain thinking that there was plenty of water to go around, which is reducing water levels even further.

The lowest that our groundwater levels have ever fallen was 172.2 feet, in October 2016, right before the most recent winter storms.  If we were to do nothing, our groundwater levels will fall below the lowest levels ever recorded by this coming Fall 2017.  If that happens, it is likely that 10% of all water production wells in the Main San Gabriel Basin – including water production wells in Monrovia – will go dry by the end of 2017.  This could prompt widespread water shortages throughout the region. 

In response to the situation, the Watermaster has made a large purchase of water – 40.7 billion gallons, which will cost more than $100 million.  That water will be transported into the MSGB to replenish the aquifer and ensure continued water supply for our residents and businesses.  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. What this means is that water will become more expensive for all of us in the MSGB. 

City staff is currently working to analyze the issues surrounding our water supply and the anticipated associated costs that will be impacting Monrovians in the coming months and years, and we should have our assessment completed and ready for review in September 2017.  In the meantime, to address the challenges impacting our region’s water supply, it is crucial for Monrovians to continue to conserve water.  This will help to both reduce water costs and protect our water infrastructure.


Help Conserve Water During the Hot Summer Months – Phase IV Water Restrictions Still in Effect

It is crucial that we, as a community, continue to conserve water as we deal with the effects of a nearly decade-long drought.  During the summer, water use spikes dramatically as individuals use extra water on their lawns and plants.  Unfortunately, much of this water is wasted due to overwater, water runoff, and evaporation.  Remember to water early in the morning or late at night to minimize water loss, and only water once every four days.  Limiting our outdoor water use can add up to huge water savings, and is a key tool in conserving water.

Please keep in mind that Monrovia is still under Phase IV Water Conservation Regulations, which means 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!

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Recruitment is Now Underway for an Old Town Merchant Film Liaison, Apply by August 25, 2017!

Filmmakers can’t get enough of the historic charm of Old Town with its all-American look and feel!  To help facilitate filming efforts while prioritizing our community’s best interest, guidelines were put into place to minimize the impacts to merchants and customers visiting Old Town.  Additionally, the City contracts with Film L.A. Inc. to assist in coordinating with the filming companies, and the City Council approves a volunteer Old Town Merchant Film Liaison.

The role and responsibilities of this position include meetings with production companies and City staff to discuss the details of the filming; identifying strategies to minimize the possible impacts to the various merchants; and helping to ensure all filming guidelines are met, among other duties.

To ensure all merchants have an equal opportunity to be considered for the role of Old Town Merchant Film Liaison, the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board approved a new recruitment process at its August meeting:

  • A MOTAB subcommittee consisting of two MOTAB members, the City Council liaison, and the Public Services Director will serve as the interview panel
  • All merchants in the Business Improvement District are invited to apply between August 9 – August 25
  • Interested merchants should apply by submitting a letter of interest and resume to the City’s Public Services Director by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25
  • Interviews will be conducted the week of August 28
  • The subcommittee provides a recommendation to MOTAB at the September 12 meeting
  • Staff presents MOTAB’s recommendation for the City Council’s consideration at the September 19 meeting
  • The approved individual will serve a two-year term in the position

For more information, please contact Tina Cherry, Public Services Director, at (626) 256-8226, or via e-mail at tcherry@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


YES Interns Present on Their Summer Experience as Program Concludes its Tenth Year

Last Thursday, the participants in the YES Intern Program presented on what they learned over the course of their summer internships with the City.  Each participant was paired with a mentor and supervisor, and worked along City staff on a variety of tasks.  Our interns also attended weekly training sessions on topics to help them develop personally and professionally.

This year marks the tenth anniversary since the Youth Employment Service program began in 2007, with nearly 150 Monrovia youth graduating from the program since its inception!  These youth leave better prepared to join the workforce after having the opportunity to work in a professional environment on projects that further the City’s mission to serve the people of Monrovia and help create a community that offers a premier quality of life!

Thank you to all of the youth who participated in this year’s program, to the staff members who served as mentors and supervisors, and to the Public Services Department for coordinating this wonderful program!  The community will have a chance to recognize this year’s YES Interns at a graduation celebration scheduled to take place in September 2016 with the City Council.


New Outreach Materials Developed in Preparation for Construction Starting in the Northwest Section Of Monrovia Renewal Next Month!

Our Public Works team has been hard at work developing new outreach materials to make sure our residents and businesses know what to expect when construction starts in the Northwest Section of Monrovia Renewal next month!  The new flyers include eye-catching graphics with before and after pictures and frequently asked questions to help you find the answers you need.

As you may know, 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.  To execute this ambitious project, the City was divided into six sections to improve efficiency, lower costs, attract qualified contractors, and ensure each section could be closely managed.  Now that the Southwest and Southeast Sections are complete, we’re preparing to start construction in the Northwest area in September, followed closely by the South area in the Fall 2017.

The flyers have been attached for your review and to share with your neighbors!

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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!


Best-Selling Author Wendelin Van Draanen Coming Home to Monrovia to Discuss Her Career and Latest Book, Wild Bird, at Our Very Own Library on September 11, 2017, 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.!

Wendelin Van DraanenWe are thrilled to welcome Wendelin Van Draanen to the Library on September 11, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Ms. Van Draanen has written over thirty books for young readers and teens, including the award-winning Sammy Keyes mystery series, the Shredderman books, The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, and the novel Flipped, which was made into a 2010 movie directed by Rob Reiner. She also grew up in Monrovia! 

Please join us for a lively discussion with Ms. Van Draanen to learn more about her successful career as she makes a special stop on her book tour to tell us about her latest novel, Wild Bird, about a teen who is forced into wilderness therapy camp after falling in with the wrong crowd.  Books will be available for purchase, so come get a signed copy as a back-to-school gift for your favorite teen – or for yourself!  It is an event not to be missed!

 


Canyon Park Entrance Trail Dedication Event a Success!  Hikers, Bicyclists, and Vehicles can now Share the Road Safely!

Last week, the City Council invited the community to come celebrate the fantastic new entrance trail to Canyon Park.  This project created a multi-use trail to help improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars looking to enjoy all that Canyon Park has to offer.  The new trail was made possible through a grant funded by the LA County Regional Parks and Open Space District, with the help of the California Conservation Corps.  Thank you to everyone who attended, including Assemblymember Chris Holden, Congresswoman Judy Chu, and of course, our wonderful Canyon Park volunteers and staff!

Canyon Park Dedication


Now’s the Time to get Your Tickets to Old Town Monrovia’s Wine Walk for Saturday, August 26, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.!

Are you ready to sip a variety of wines, shop for unique finds and eats, and support small businesses?? If so, be sure to get your tickets for our very first Old Town Wine Walk event!

Developed by the City in partnership with the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board, the Wine Walk is intended to encourage customers to explore all of Old Town’s businesses during this unique event.  Over twenty Old Town businesses have signed up to serve samples of wine while attendees browse all they have to offer!  There will be acoustic entertainment playing on each block of Old Town to add to the festive atmosphere, so after a few samples of wine, you may find yourself dancing down the streets of Myrtle Avenue!

Ticket Prices:

  • Pre-Sale Tickets - $40
  • At the Door - $45 -- This event may sell out, so buy your tickets early!

Where to Buy Your Tickets:

  • Support Your Local Non-Profits! We encourage attendees to purchase their tickets from the participating non-profits first, as they will keep all the proceeds! Benefits will go to:
  • Centre Stage
  • Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association
  • Monrovia Youth Baseball League
  • Monrovia Reads
  • Monrovia Latino Heritage Society

Wine Walk Tickets


Get Ready for Fun! The Monrovia Station Beer, Wine & Music Fest Is Coming...

Save the date! And grab your DISCOUNTED Monrovia Station Beer, Wine & Music Festival tickets - available for a limited time. 

With plenty of craft beer, wine sampling and live music, join the San Gabriel Valley community as we celebrate the second annual Monrovia Station Beer, Wine & Music Festival. This event is coming to Station Square Park on September 16, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m., with limited VIP admission with ticket from 4 to 5 p.m. And you’ll be giving back as you enjoy the party, with all proceeds benefitting the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce and the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills.

More than 30+ craft beers and wines will be offered, coming directly to you from California’s best artisanal makers and the original Wine of the Month Club. Breweries confirmed to appear already are Alosta, Pacific Plate, Modern Times, Beachwood, Allagash, Hop Secret, Mount Lowe Brewing, and Ironfire. There will also be delicious food trucks along with great music from the Swinging 8 Balls and Southern California’s own “No Duh,” the No Doubt tribute band seen on Good Morning America and CNN Headline News.

And the best part? This event is designed for your safety, too. Designated drivers get in for $20 (5-8 p.m.), or ride the Metro Gold Line and get dropped off directly in front of the event at the Station Square Park.

This is one party you won’t want to miss. Order your tickets online and remember, this is a 21 and older ONLY event, so don’t forget your valid photo identification and leave all pets at home. Price of food is not included in admission. Designated drivers will receive 5 free waters or sodas. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and anything else you need to enjoy the evening outside. Remember, we can’t serve anyone who appears already intoxicated before or during the event, so please consume responsibly.

Have fun and see you there!  For questions, please contact the Monrovia Chamber at (626)358-1159. Also, like us on Facebook and get regular info and updates on this event!


Julian Fisher Park Renovations Continue Through Fall 2017 – Visit Mary Wilcox Youth Center for Open Court Basketball and Our Other Wonderful Parks for Recreation

Construction crews are making great progress completing the major renovations at Julian Fisher Park!  These renovations will completely transform the park with new basketball courts, seating, and a public restroom.  Here are some details about the progress our team has been making:

  • Grading of the basketball courts and the future location of the Portland Loo began this week
  • City staff are working on installing the sewer lateral for the Portland Loo
  • City staff will also be working on repairing and painting the gazebo to give it a refresh
  • The electrical contractor is working on installing the electrical for the new park walkway and gazebo lighting

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.

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Save the Date to Celebrate the Kickoff of the Newly-Adopted Library Strategic Plan on September 30, 2017, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Just a reminder to mark your calendars for next month’s Library Strategic Plan celebration!  The City Council adopted the new Library Strategic Plan on August 1st after a year-long process of gathering input from community members, key stakeholders, and staff.  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 join us at next month’s celebration on September 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Library. Visit us online to learn more about the Library Strategic Plan.


Save The Date:  Earthquake Preparedness Workshop Scheduled for September 9, 2017 – Brought to You by the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group and the Monrovia Fire Department

Are you ready for the next earthquake?  While we can’t know when the next big earthquake will occur, we can learn what steps to take to be prepared and how you can protect your home and family.  This workshop will feature guest speaker Margaret Vinci from the California Institute of Technology.  Best of all, this workshop is FREE, and each household in attendance will receive a free gift and refreshments to enjoy!

To learn more, please read the attached newsletter from MOHPG with more details.

  • DATE: Saturday, September 9, 2017
  • TIME: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • PLACE: Community Room at the Monrovia Public Library (321 S. Myrtle Avenue)
  • RSVPs REQUIRED!  Attendance is limited to 60 people and attendees must RSVP in advance! To RSVP, visit MOHPG’s website.

Sponsored by the Monrovia Fire Department and the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group (MOHPG)

Earthquake Preparedness Workshop


Share the Music with Your Friends, Family, and Neighbors at Monrovia’s Summer Concert Series!

There are still five wonderful outdoors concerts left to enjoy this summer in Monrovia for FREE!  All concerts start at 7:00 p.m. and last through 8:30 p.m. Saturday concerts are held at the Station Square Amphitheatre, and Sunday concerts are held at Library Park. For more details, see the full schedule of remaining concerts below:

Saturday Concerts
Location: Station Square Amphitheater (1601 South Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dates / Performances:

  • August 19 - Central, Top 40
  • August 26 - Latin Nation, Latin

Sunday Concerts
Location: Library Park, Rotary Bandshell (321 South Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dates / Performances:

  • August 20 - Mariachi Divas, Mariachi
  • August 27 - Cold Duck, Old School Funk

We hope to see you moving to the beat during Monrovia’s summer of music! If you have any questions or if you need additional information, please contact the Public Services Department at (626) 256-8246.

Concerts in the Park


Are You a Millennial? Be Part of An Open Conversation with State Senator Anthony Portantino!

Millennials tend to get a bum rap.  What better way to fight back against negative stereotypes than to add your voice to the conversation!  Senator Anthony Portantino is hosting an open dialogue with millennials in Pasadena, and he wants to talk to you!  Wondering who qualifies as a millennial?  Generally, if you were born in the 80s to mid-90s, you can consider yourself a millennial!  Congrats!  So make sure your voice gets heard by one of your State elected officials who works for you!

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Protect Your Pets at the Pasadena Humane Society’s Low-Cost Animal Wellness Clinic at Library Park on August 26, 2017, 8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

PHS Animal VaccinesThe Pasadena Humane Society will host a low-cost wellness clinic in Monrovia on August 26, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Library Park (321 S. Myrtle Avenue)!  Residents will be able to protect their pets with ease at the low-cost vaccine clinic, where microchipping and pet licensing services will also be available.  

Available vaccines and services includes:

  • Rabies – $8.00, dogs and cats 3 months and older
  • 5-in-1 (DHLPP) – $15.00, dogs 6-8 weeks and older
  • Bordetella – $15.00, dogs 8 weeks and older
  • 4-in-1 (FVRCP) – $15.00, cats 6-8 weeks and older
  • Microchip implant – $20.00, dogs and cats of any age

Please remember that all dogs must be on leash, and cats must be in carriers!  For more information please call the Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792- 7151, ext. 132.


Monrovia Historical Society Narrated Tours Continue!

The Monrovia Historical Society is offering two more narrated tours of historic sites in Monrovia!  As part of the program, participants get to hear our City Historian as he gives 14 lucky people a narrated tour outlining historical locations in Monrovia, all while riding in an air-conditioned van! Those who participate will be entertained, enlightened, and gain a new sense of how Monrovia became the ‘Gem’ it is today! Each tour only has room for 14 people, so make sure you sign-up today!!!

  • August 26, 2017, 10 a.m. – The Southeast Quarter of Monrovia

Historic homes of Wild Rose Historic Districts, the old Monrovia airport, the old Monrovia Plunge, old Route 66, origins of Live Oak cemetery, the story of Bradbury and West Duarte, Fig – a neighborhood rich in stories. Shiloh AME Zion, Second Baptist and Immaculate Conception Churches, Huntington Elementary School, the Municipal Auto Park, the Jones Family., John Isaac Wesley Fisher – blacksmith and ferrier.

  • September 23, 2017, 10 a.m. – The Southwest Quarter of Monrovia

The ‘Spence Addition’, modest cottages of Monrovia’s working class, the site that became Monrovia High School, Mayflower Village (‘Cowtown’) and nearby dairy, the historic train depot, Monroe School – site of Monrovia’s first public school (Orange Ave.), “Highway Square” – early planned development Ca 1908). Monrovia’s ‘panhandle’ and water well.

Tickets are $50 per person per tour, or $40 for Monrovia Historical Society members.  All proceeds will go to the Monrovia Historical Society to help us preserve and share our City’s history. To buy your tickets, or for more information, please contact the Monrovia Historical Society at (626) 256-3423, or email at monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com.

Monrovia Historical Society Driving Tours


HdL Headlines Newsletter

View the most recent edition of HdLs Headlines Newsletter, which highlights economic trends happening in California.


Interesting Story of The Week – The Most Unenthusiastic News Report Ever Delivered Is Sure to Brighten Up Your Day!

Our interesting story of the week comes to us from The Belfast Telegraph, which reports that BBC Anchor Simon McCoy delivered the “most unenthusiastic report ever” on a surfing dog completion that took place near San Francisco.  Prior to delivering the news story, the anchor shared “in a noticeably unimpressed tone: Bear in mind it is August.”  To read about and watch this laugh-out-loud news segment, please click on the link below!

You’re bound to find this BBC News presenter’s unenthusiastic report on surfing dogs hilarious


Police Department Semi-Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The most recent Police Department semi-weekly neighborhood watch report for the period August 7-9, 2017, has been included for your review and reference.  During the past seven-day period, the Police Department handled 447 service events resulting in 80 investigations.

View the most current Neighborhood Watch Report.