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City Manager's Update: February 12, 2019

Post Date:02/12/2019 12:00 PM

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 

Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense.

– E.E. Cummings


Council Member Crudgington Battling Oral Cancer, And Right Now… She’s Winning Big Time!

Last week, Council Member Gloria Crudgington shared with the community that she had been diagnosed with oral cancer.  The early stage tumor that was detected in her tongue was most likely caused by oral lichen planus, a rare autoimmune disorder, and a disorder that only rarely results in cancer.  Of note, a comprehensive head to toe PET scan confirmed that the cancer is confined to her tongue, and after multiple visits to the Keck USC Medical Center and the City of Hope, Council Member Crudgington had elective surgery to remove the tumor at the City of Hope this past Thursday, February 7, 2019.

I am so delighted to be able to share that the operation was a complete success!  After more than two hours of surgery, the tumor was successfully removed from Council Member Crudgington’s tongue, and further biopsy analysis indicated that the cancerous cells were confined to the tumor that was removed.  Cleve Crudgington, Council Member Crudgington’s terrific live-in nurse (and husband), shared that although she is in pain, she has been “bouncing back with remarkable speed.”  In fact, Council Member Crudgington was reported to be maintaining her unique sense of humor, and was recovering well enough to be released to return home this past Saturday, February 9.

In the coming weeks, I’m sure that Council Member Crudgington will have more to share about this entire situation.  In the meantime, I am sure that everyone in the community feels the same sense of outright relief and absolute delight at this amazing news!  Here’s to more warm thoughts and good vibes being sent her way as she continues to recover from this particular fight with cancer!


Looking For Something Fun And Romantic To Do This Valentine’s Day? Come To Old Town To Enjoy A Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride Down Myrtle Avenue!

The Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board is hosting Valentine’s Day Romantic Carriage Rides!  Make plans to snuggle up to the one you love this Valentine’s Day in Old Town Monrovia, where you will be able to have a top-notch dinner, buy your loved one something terrific, and cuddle together in a romantic horse-drawn carriage right on Myrtle Avenue in Old Town!

For one night only, on Thursday, February 14, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., two horse drawn carriages will take you and the one you love on an enchanted ride through Old Town!  Tickets may be reserved in advance and will cost $10 per person, or $40 for a private ride. Limit 4 adults per carriage, and families with young children can have up to 6 riders.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call (626) 932-5562! Please note, in the case of inclement weather, rides would be canceled and full refunds would be provided.

2019 Valentine's Day Carriage Rides


City Set To Have The Freeway Underpasses In Town Cleaned On February 25!

Have you ever driven under one of the I-210 Freeway underpasses in Monrovia and thought… wow, it’s really dirty down here?!?  Well, we’ve had that same thought here at the City, and on February 25, we will be working to do something about it!

Based on feedback from various sources, the City has made plans to conduct a comprehensive cleaning of all freeway underpasses in Monrovia on February 25.  In an effort to work around daily traffic, the City’s contractor will begin work at 10:00 p.m., and we anticipate the cleaning efforts will be completed by 6:00 a.m. the next day.


Congresswoman Napolitano’s Route 66 Centennial Commission Act Legislation Passes The House!

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 66, the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, a bill coauthored by our very own Representative Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32), along with Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL-13).  H.R. 66 creates a Commission to recommend improvements and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Route 66, which will happen in 2026.

The measure passed the House of Representatives with large bipartisan support by a vote of 399 to 22.  Of particular note, Route 66 is an integral part of the San Gabriel Valley’s culture and economy and runs through the cities of La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora, Azusa, Duarte, and of course, Monrovia.  Throughout the region, Route 66 typically follows Foothill Boulevard and Huntington Drive.  For additional information about this particular matter, please click here.

 

Route 66 Commission Act


Assemblymember Holden To Hold Wildfire Town Hall on Thursday, February 21, From 5:00 - 7:30 P.M., At Pasadena High School Gymnasium

Please join Assemblymember Holden at the Wildfire Town Hall on Thursday, February 21, from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m., at the Pasadena High School Gymnasium (2925 East Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, 91107).

We live in an area that is beautiful yet prone to wildfires, which poses a risk to our property and well-being. Sadly, we've witnessed catastrophic wildfires that have ravaged the state these past few years. Experts in wildfire prevention will be in the San Gabriel Valley to discuss:

  • How residents can protect their homes from wildfires
  • What wildfire protection measures the utilities are implementing
  • How the State of California is preparing for and responding to catastrophic wildfires

Assemblymember Holden will be joined by Assemblymembers Laura Friedman (AD-43), Blanca Rubio (AD-48), and Ed Chau (AD-49) and Senator Anthony Portantino (SD-25) to ask questions and facilitate an in-depth conversation around wildfire prevention.

The event is open to the public. For more information, or to RSVP, please visit Assemblymember Holden's website or call (626) 351-1917.

Wildfire Town Hall


Monrovia Evaluating Potential Sales Tax Measure In 2019 In An Effort To Counter Planned LA County Tax Increases

At Monrovia’s State of the City Address held last week, Mayor Ada ms announced that the City would be considering a local sales tax measure in Monrovia this year.  Now with any proposed tax increase, there’s always the question of why.  Because certainly, the overall tax burden in California is high, and government should not unnecessarily impose new taxes without sufficient justification.  So to that end, the question of why Monrovia would be considering a sales tax increase is certainly fair and deserves a thorough explanation.

The City is contemplating the possibility of placing a sales tax measure on the ballot in 2019 for voter consideration because of current taxation trends in LA County.  Because did you know that today, in LA County, we now have the highest base sales tax rate in California?

Yes, that’s right.  At 9.5%, we now have the highest sales tax rate in the State.  Higher than in the Silicon Valley.  Higher than in San Francisco.  Higher than anywhere in California.

And given the high sales tax level we’re currently paying here in LA County, we are in fact pushing up close to the local sales tax limit! Because with LA County’s current base sales tax rate at 9.5%, the vagaries of State law means there is only 0.75% of available sales tax capacity remaining.

You may be asking how we got here in LA County, to a point where we have the highest sales tax rate in the State.  The answer is fairly simple – you see, since 2004, LA County has been able to eventually pass EVERY single tax measure that they’ve put forth to county voters.  Even when LA County has needed 2/3 voter approval, they get it.

 

Tax Burden Chart

And when LA County passes a sales tax measure, the funding doesn’t come to us here in Monrovia.  Instead, we end up paying WAY more than we get back.  In fact, on average, we get only 10 cents back of every sales tax dollar we contribute to the County, and there are several instances when we get back even less than that.

Take for example 2017’s Measure H quarter-cent sales tax to fund services and help prevent homelessness.  The tax will raise about $355 million per year across the County, and Monrovia contributes around $2.6 million per year towards the measure.  Despite contributing millions, Monrovia has only received $30,000 from the County – or about 1% of what we’ve paid into the overall program.  And to add salt to the wound, cities that have received tens of millions of dollars from Measure H for homeless services – cities like Santa Monica and Long Beach – have not paid a single penny into the Measure H fund.

Now the reason that cities like Santa Monica and Long Beach don’t pay the Measure H sales tax is because those communities approved measures to keep their funds local and away from LA County.  There’s a cap to how much sales tax rates can be raised in any city, and once you reach that cap, LA County can’t impose any additional sales tax increases, even if the increase is approved across the county.

In fact, across LA County, 19 of the 88 cities have reached the maximum sales tax rate of 10.25%, and another 9 cities have increased their sales tax rate to 10%.  Those cities that have reached the 10.25% cap do not pay for additional LA County taxes, but are still able to receive the funds collected.  Like in the Measure H homeless tax example noted above, cities like Santa Monica and Long Beach, who had previously reached 10.25%, have access to the new taxes generated, despite not paying a single cent into the fund.

Now given all that information, here’s what the City is concerned about, and here’s why we’re seriously considering a sales tax measure in 2019.

LA County is looking to go back out to the voters to ask for additional sales tax increases in 2020 and 2022.  We know that LA County is laying the groundwork for an AQMD sales tax measure, and we’ve also heard that the County is looking at an additional sales tax increase for more money for homeless support services.  And based on the County’s track record, it is more than likely that they’ll get both sales tax measures approved.

And if history is any guide, what that means is Monrovia will end up paying a lot, and we’ll only get back around 10% of the amount we contribute.
Unless, that is, we do something in Monrovia to protect our resources and keep our money local.

Monrovia has the opportunity to get ahead of this situation by approving a local sales tax measure.  Based on LA County’s track record, it’s only a matter of time before they eat up the last 0.75% of local sales tax capacity remaining.  And because that is the case, the question we’ll have to answer as a community isn’t whether or not Monrovians want to pay more in sales tax.

Instead, the real question we need to address is whether we want to send our money to the County for their use, or if we want to keep those funds here in our City under our own local control.

Here at the City, we are incredibly sensitive to the fact that no one wants to pay more taxes, with the tax burden already being so high here in California.  But we also know that LA County is planning these tax increase proposals soon, and the opportunity to keep our money local will not remain an option for too much longer.

Given this set of facts, the City will be exploring the option of putting a sales tax measure on the ballot for our residents to consider in 2019.  And during the next few months, we will be working to engage the community as we coordinate multiple outreach initiatives to learn more about this topic and see if a local sales tax measure could be a viable solution for Monrovia.

Throughout the process, you have our commitment that we will be sharing as much information about this matter as we have available.


Monrovia Renewal Is Coming To The North Section!

This week, the City’s contractor, Sully-Miller Contracting Company, will begin mobilizing, performing inspection work for sewer repairs, and preliminary cleaning for sewer pipe improvements throughout various locations in the project area.  Please note that prior to work, Sully-Miller will be posting ‘No-Parking’ signs and circulating notices to residents in the affected areas. Residents will receive additional notice forty-eight hours prior to work beginning.

The North Section includes all areas located north of, and including Hillcrest Boulevard, Grand Avenue, and Greystone Avenue. The overall North Section improvements of Monrovia Renewal are significant, and includes the following scope of work:

  • Roadway improvements to over 2,300,000 square feet of roadway
  • Concrete replacement for 9,000 sq. ft. of sidewalk and 27,000 linear ft. of curb and gutter replacement
  • Sewer improvements and repairs
  • Replacing more than 5,250 linear feet of water pipeline
  • Replacing approximately 175 water service lines
  • Repairs and enhancements to the Oakglade Reservoir, including sealing the tank to protect against potential leaks, and updating the tank’s pipelines, valves, roof, and overall site condition.

Prior to roadwork, all necessary water, sewer, and concrete work - curb, gutters, and driveway approaches – will be completed. View the map below to see what road work improvements are coming to your neighborhood!

Want to learn more? Click here to view an overview presentation of the construction activities, schedule, and impacts in the North Section.

Monrovia Renewal North Section Map

For more information on what work will be happening on your street and general inquiries about the Monrovia Renewal project, please contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575 or email the Monrovia Renewal Project Team. In addition, you can visit the Monrovia Renewal webpage for all the latest project news and updates.


Monrovia Awarded A $55k Literacy Grant From The California Library Literacy Services Program!

We wanted to share some terrific news with everyone! This past week, we found out that the City was awarded a $55,000 grant from the California Library Literacy Services Program to implement strategies and programming to help low-literate adults in the community.  Our literacy program at the Monrovia Public Library has been making a real difference in the lives of those – just check out some of the terrific stories that we’ve captured in this video.

Literacy Project, Literacy Services

The additional grant funding will go a long way towards supporting the overall adult literacy programs we offer here in Monrovia, and for additional details about those initiatives, please visit our Library’s website.

A copy of the grant approval letter has been included below for your reference, kudos to Carey Vance, our Library Manager, and her entire team, on this terrific accomplishment!

Literacy Grant Literacy Grant


Take This Brief Survey To Help Guide Efforts To Improve The Lives Of People Living With Dementia In Monrovia

Over the past several months, members of the Monrovia Providers Group have been working tirelessly to create a “Dementia Friendly Monrovia.” This is an official designation under Dementia Friendly America, whose aim is to help improve the quality of life for those living with dementia, as well as improve their interactions with business owners and other community groups by providing education and training on recognizing the signs of dementia.

The Dementia Friendly Monrovia Committee has created a survey to identify Monrovia’s strengths, gaps, and priorities for action to raise awareness of dementia.  By having your insights, the group can determine ways our Monrovia community can take action to build on existing resources and to fill gaps to provide additional support.

If you are a Monrovia resident, click here to take the 10-15 minute anonymous survey.

The survey is a product of collaboration with Azusa Pacific University, Alzheimer's Los Angeles, Blue Marble, and Dementia Friendly America. If you have any questions, please contact Nathan Kirschenbaum via email or (626) 446-8000. You can follow the group on their Facebook page.


Stormwater Updates Galore, And It’s All Good News – Our rEWMP Has Secured Conditional Approval From The Regional Water Board Staff, And Monrovia Was Selected To Represent Our Group On The Measure W Watershed Subcommittee

This past week marked a huge milestone for Monrovia on the stormwater quality compliance front, and we wanted to share details related to the new developments that occurred.

First, and most significantly, after several years of hard work to update our Enhanced Watershed Management Program (EWMP) to achieve stormwater quality compliance as mandated by the MS4 Permit, I am so pleased to share that the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) issued a notice of conditional approval for our Revised EWMP (or rEWMP) plan!

The full notice issued by the Regional Board can be found here, and the LA Water Board will be holding a public hearing to consider final approval of our rEWMP document on March 14, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. at the Port of Long Beach Headquarters.  While the details associated with this development are a bit complicated, the result we have achieved with this conditional approval of our rEWMP plan is quite revolutionary.

So what will we have accomplished if our rEWMP plan secures final approval?

Well, our original EWMP plan was slated to cost around $1.4 billion (yes… BILLION) to implement.  And it would have resulted in cleaning up our stormwater to a level which achieves compliance with the MS4 Permit.

Our new rEWMP achieves the same level of stormwater compliance as mandated by the MS4 Permit.  And it does so while also reducing our overall costs by a staggering 91%!  This means that projects included in our updated rEWMP plan are estimated to cost “only” $122 million to implement.

Now $122 million is still a ton of money, but given that LA County voters recently approved Measure W, there will be plenty of funding available to design, build, and maintain the $122 million worth of stormwater clean-up projects included in our rEWMP plan.  Because pursuant to Measure W, Monrovia will have access to an estimated $32.1 million / year in grant funding for our stormwater needs.

Pursuant to the provisions of Measure W (which was approved by 69.5% of the vote in LA County in November 2018), $300 million in funding will be distributed annually to 9 separate watershed areas throughout the region.  And given Monrovia’s position in 2 of those 9 watershed areas, we are eligible to access around $32.1 million / year in Measure W grant funding to advance stormwater capital projects.

And that is part of the other stormwater development that we wanted to share.  This past week, LA County coordinated various voting seminars to fill the municipal seats on the Watershed Area Steering Committees (WASCs) that will be responsible for recommending stormwater projects for funding through Measure W.  We are happy to report that Monrovia was selected to serve as the primary municipal representative on the Rio Hondo WASC, and as the alternate municipal representative on the Upper San Gabriel River WASC.  This is terrific news, because it means that Monrovia will have a front row seat in the process of determining what stormwater projects get funded through Measure W.

The stormwater developments from this past week have been the result of multiple years of hard work by so many different individuals, and in Monrovia, special thanks must be given to Council Member Gloria Crudgington and Senior Management Analyst Alex Tachiki, both of whom have worked tirelessly to spearhead the establishment of a new paradigm in the stormwater management world.  These recent stormwater developments are great news for Monrovia, and we will continue to monitor this situation closely during the next several weeks.


2019 State Of The City Presentation Available Online!

On Monday, January 28, the City Council presented the State of the City address at the Studio Movie Grill. In the presentation, the City Council outlined the tremendous accomplishments in the past year and touched on future projects. In case you missed it, visit us online to view the full State of the City presentation. If you joined us for the evening, be sure to flip through the photo album to find your photo!


Monrovia Community Garden Project Progressing, Program Tentatively Set To Go Live In May / June This Year!

As you may be aware, in November 2018, the City entered into a partnership agreement with Mountainside Communion to establish a new Community Garden initiative in Monrovia.  Since approval of the agreement, we have made good progress towards establishing our very first Community Garden, which is set to be located at 303 West Colorado Boulevard.  Based on our progress to date, we anticipate that applicants for participating in the Community Garden will be available by March 1, and we anticipate that the garden facility will be ready for use in May / June of this year.

In between now and then, the City and our partners at Mountainside Communion have made quite a bit of progress, including:

  • Development of draft Community Garden operating guidelines has begun in earnest, and the full document should be ready for review in late February.
  • We have established the infrastructure for an overall information / marketing campaign for the Community Garden, including the development of a website, and coordination of new Instagram and Facebook pages.  Our plan is to go live with all of those accounts in March.
  • A Community Garden informational outreach campaign has been developed, which will kick off in March.  At that time, we plan to start meeting with and providing information to various Monrovia-centric entities, including the Coordinating Council, the Garden Club, the Community Services Commission, and the MAP program.  In addition, we plan on hosting a general community information meeting in April (which is tentatively scheduled to take place on April 13).

There’s still quite a bit of work to do before the launch of our first formal community gardening program, and we will be sure to keep everyone informed of our progress during the next few months.

 

Monrovia Community Garden Monrovia Community Garden Colorado Address


City Coordinating Baseball Field Improvements With MYBL At Recreation Park

We wanted to let everyone know that during the past few weeks, the City has been working with the Monrovia Youth Baseball League (MYBL) on baseball field improvements at Recreation Park.  An overview of the upgrades we have been instituting include:

  • We have performed some extensive maintenance work on the score board by installing new light bulbs and repainting the facility.
  • City staff coordinated upgrades to the baseball infield lip by regarding the area of concern and reseeding the locations in need of new turf.
  • We are coordinating the installation of an outfield fence, whereby the City will bore holes for the sleeves needed for new fencing.
  • The backstop has been repainted.
  • We have worked to identify ways for installing a new batting cage adjacent to the baseball field.

During the next few weeks, we will continue to coordinate maintenance improvements as MYBL gets ready for their opening day!  Many thanks to our Public Works team for their efforts in this area!


Monrovia’s Very Own Bob Bartlett Memorial Recognized As One Of The Top 19 Best Architectural And Site-Specific Mosaics In The World By The Mosaic Arts International

This past week, the City learned that the 18th annual Mosaic Arts International Exhibition Series selected the Bob Bartlett Memorial as one of only 19 architectural and site-specific mosaics from around the world to be recognized.  This means that renderings of the mosaic art-work located in Station Square will be on display in Nashville, TN, from January 26 – May 19 as part of a special exhibits containing mosaic works from across the globe.

The segment that the Bob Bartlett Memorial was recognized in was juried by Kim Emerson, Award Winning Public Artist and Founder of the San Diego Mosaic School, San Diego, California, USA.  Furthermore, the 19 installations selected will be represented at the Nashville Public Library Art Gallery through print and digital images, video, and a collection of ephemera provided by the artists.  Materials on display will including drawings, sketchbooks, materials samples and tools that will provide visitors a unique perspective into the process of creating a large-scale mosaic work.  The exhibition features the works of 19 artists from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Brazil.  For more information on the full 2019 Mosaic Arts International Exhibition Series, visit their website.

Bartlett Mosiac Bartlett Mosiac 2


Foothill Unity Center Set To Host A Reception For Betty Sandford On February 21, From 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

This past week, the City learned that the Foothill Unity Center will be hosting a reception for Betty Sandford, on Thursday, February 21, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Foothill Unity Center facility at 790 West Chestnut Avenue.  The event will be open to the public, and the reception will be geared towards honoring and celebrating the contributions that Betty made to the local Monrovia community.


Celebrate Black History Month With The Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association At Their Annual Black History Luncheon!

We invited you to celebrate Black History Month all February long! The Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association is hosting their Annual Black History Luncheon on Saturday, February 23, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Monrovia Community Center. Tickets are $20 and available for purchase at Simply Divine Salon, located at 319 W. Huntington Drive, in Monrovia. For additional information, please see the flyer below or visit their Facebook events’ page.

 

MDBAA February Schedule


Sign Up For “Read Across Monrovia” Returning March 7 At 8:00 – 9:00 A.M.

Monrovia Reads is back again and we are looking for volunteers to sign-up!  As you may know, Read Across Monrovia places individuals at Monrovia schools to read to children from grades Pre-K to 5th grade!  Read Across Monrovia will take place on Thursday, March 7, from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  If you are interested, please fill out the attached registration form and return to Joanne Spring at joannespring13@gmail.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joanne via email or at (626) 358-1952!

 

Monrovia Reads


Save The Date: Disco Fundraiser For Mayflower Elementary School On April 27 At Santa Anita Golf Course

Dust off your boogie shoes and bell-bottoms for the disco fundraiser benefiting the kids at Mayflower Elementary! This adults-only event will include dinner, a silent auction, and dancing.  All are encouraged to dress the part and get ready to groove on April 27, from 6:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Santa Anita Golf Course at 405 South Anita Avenue.

Ticket prices are $50 / person or $85 / couple and can be purchased online. Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are also available.  For more information or to learn how you can donate or support Mayflower PTA, visit the Mayflower PTA Facebook page, email them or call (760) 908-8058.

 

Mayflower PTA Disco


Monrovia’s Innovative Housing Displacement Response Program Has Been Delivering Terrific Results, As We Have Helped Keep 12 Families From Being Displaced During The Past Few Months!

As you may be aware, in the middle part of 2018, the City partnered with Mountainside Communion Church to develop Monrovia’s Housing Displacement Response Program.  The program was designed to help prevent homelessness for existing Monrovia residents by providing a “hand-up” to support current Monrovians in danger of displacement.  Through the program, current Monrovia residents in danger of being displaced can apply for interim and temporary support through the program run by Mountainside Communion Church, and any assistance provided only occurs after a thorough review process that includes the following components:

  • Confirm existing Monrovia residency and verify support need
  • Perform an assessment to identify ongoing applicant needs
  • Any funds would be dispersed on the condition that applicants participate in the development and execution of a Transition Plan
  • The Transition Plan would require establishing a pathway to achieving a stabilized housing situation within a set period of time
  • The program would also facilitate ongoing support for the applicant in danger of being displaced

The program was launched in August 2018, and since that time, we’re so delighted to share that we have been able to assist 12 families from being displaced in the past several months.  A more detailed analysis of the 12 families that have been supported showed that we kept 20 youth from having to leave their Monrovia school support system, and in addition, we helped prevent 3 senior from losing their homes.

The initial results from our program have exceeded every expectation that we had when the program was first launched.  In the coming weeks, staff will be discussing additional program details with our partners at Mountainside Communion as we continue working to refine and improve the overall initiative.


New GoMonrovia Fares Now In Effect: $1.00 / Shared Ride, $0.50 / Shared Rides To/From Old Town Or The Gold Line Station, And $3.50 / Lyft Ride

A modest $0.50 increase for most Lyft rides through the GoMonrovia program is now in effect, as outlined below:

  • Maintain fares at $0.50 Shared ride for any ride to / from Old Town and the Gold Line Station
  • Institute $0.50 price increase per ride for all other GoMonrovia service area locations effective February 2019, as follows:
    • $1.00 Shared Ride
    • $3.50 Classic Ride

A full overview of the proposed changes can be found online at the City’s website.

GoMonrovia Pricing Changes Effective February 1 2019


Monrovia Dial-A-Ride – ADA Transition Occurring Through Month Of February, Registration Will Be Mandatory Beginning March 1

Speaking of GoMonrovia, I wanted to let everyone know that we are pressing forward and making good progress on the transition of our dial-a-ride vans to a closed ADA system, where riders will have to get pre-registered in order to access the vans.  Of course, all ambulatory, non-ADA customers have the option of utilizing Lyft for their public transportation needs.

Based on our progress to date, starting in February, the City will be requiring that individuals be pre-registered with the City in order to use our ADA vans.  That pre-registration process requires that passengers provide proof of their ADA needs through simple certifications (doctor certification, DMV notice, or other proof of ADA need).  We plan on utilizing February as a transitional period, though, and no customer will be turned away from service during the month.  However, as we hit March 1, we will be mandating that advance certifications be obtained prior to dispatching our ADA vans for passenger pick-up.

To register for these services, please fill out the short, one-page application and sign the accompanying waiver.  You can find the application on the City’s website in English or in Spanish.

 Monrovia Transit Changes Effective February 2019 Flyer in SpanishMonrovia Transit Changes Effective February 1 2019

 


Monrovia Renewal South Area Street Improvements – Week Of February 11

This week, Sequel Contractors will be working on utility asphalt patching and asphalt repairs throughout various locations in the project area.  The following week, depending on weather, Sequel will complete work on streets receiving a full reconstruct by placing the second (and final) layer of asphalt.  View the project area map below to see what roadwork improvements are coming to your neighborhood!

 

South Area Street Improvements Overview Rev. 12-20-18

Construction Notices

We will do our best to minimize the impacts on residents and business. Construction notices will be delivered to all residents and businesses in the impacted area(s) prior to work taking place. The notices will outline the work taking place, a schedule overview, and information on associated impacts, such as parking restrictions and driveway access:

  1. Initial Notice – This notice will be distributed approximately one week prior to work commencing. 
  2. Two Day Notice – A final notice will be provided two days before the activity begins to serve as a reminder of the upcoming work and associated impacts.

In addition, parking notices will be posted in the areas where parking will be impacted. During these activities, there will be intermittent road closures and parking restrictions. Streets and driveways may be inaccessible for intermittent periods during the day but will be accessible every night.

We appreciate your patience and support while we work to execute these improvements throughout our community! If you have any questions about the Monrovia Renewal Project, please feel free to contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575 or monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us. We recognize that construction can be messy and inconvenient, and we appreciate your patience through this process!


Have A Drought Tolerant Yard And Want To Show It Off? Apply Now For The New City Sustainable Landscaping Recognition Award!

During the past few months, the City has been looking for ways to promote water conservation through the development of sustainable landscaping gardens.  To help promote the initiative, staff has developed a sustainable landscape recognition award, whereby program winners will be recognized by the City and receive a $25 credit on their water utility bill!

Help promote water conservation by showcasing sustainable landscaping!  Through this new program, residential water customers of the City of Monrovia may enter their sustainable landscape for a chance to be recognized by the City.  Applicants may also nominate a neighbor's sustainable landscape.

In addition to being recognized by the City, winners will receive a $25 credit on their water utility bill!  To enter in this program:

  • Applicants must be a City of Monrovia residential water utility customer.
  • The drought-tolerant area should be in the front yard visible from the street.
  • No more than 50% of your landscape should be turf.
  • No more than 30% of your landscape should be non-permeable, such as concrete.

Apply Now
Complete an application online or alternatively, feel free to fill out and return a paper application.

For more information about this new program, water conservation, and how you can help, please contact (626) 303-6601.

Sustainable Landscape Recognition Award


Cold Weather Winter Homeless Shelter Schedule For The East San Gabriel Valley

As developed by the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition, winter shelters will be available beginning December 1, 2018, and will remain active in various parts of the San Gabriel Valley through March 1, 2019. The City has distributed the schedule to key members of our team to ensure that those who are in need of help and services have access to the information.  Visit the Coalition online to learn more or contact the Emergency Assistance Center at (626) 333-7204.


This Week’s Happenings At The Monrovia Public Library!

The Monrovia Public Library is a 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!

Homework Help

Pro-active Tutoring provides pre-screened tutors at no cost to library patrons. Tutors assist students from grades K to 8 in subjects such as math, language arts and reading. No registration required.

  • Every Monday and Tuesday, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Library Story Room

Love StoryJam

February is the month of love and we’d love to hear all about your love stories at our very first StoryJam event! Sit back and listen to community members tell their personal love stories or prepare your own to share in 10 minutes or less. Your story must be true and rated PG13, and can be about a romantic partner, best friend, family, pets, job, house or even your car! Light refreshments will be provided. For adults ages 18 and up.

  • Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Library Community Room

Game Night

It's your move! Come discover new games and socialize with other gamers. Play our games or bring your own. Snacks are provided. This event is for adults ages 18 and up.

  • Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., Library Community Room

Conversation Groups @ Monrovia Public Library

Culture and Conversation: Practice speaking English by discussing and reading the ‘News for You’ weekly newspaper in a friendly and relaxed setting. Build confidence in your work, school, family and social life. For more information, call (626) 256-8273 or email vcastellanos@ci.monrovia.ca.us

  • Every Wednesday, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Library Heritage Room

Speak Easy: Join us for round-table talking and practice speaking English in a friendly and relaxed setting. New topics weekly, including: popular culture, work and jobs, health, and more. Build confidence in your work, school, family, and social life.

Ebooks & Digital Magazines are Available 24/7

Check out an ebook or listen to an audiobook on your commute using Overdrive’s Libby app. If you have little ones, visit TumbleBooks, where you’ll find digital copies of popular picture books and chapter books for kids. We also have digital magazines from RBdigital, including some of your favorite titles like Rolling Stone, Popular Mechanics, Martha Stewart Living, Highlights, National Geographic, Newsweek, and so much more! All free with your Monrovia Library Card. Just follow the link to learn more.

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Keep Up-To-Date On The City’s Pending Projects By Visiting Our Development Spotlight Website!

Given the significant development projects that are pending in Monrovia, the City has created a “Development Spotlight” page on our website.  This page gathers all of the major projects in one place for you to explore key development initiatives in the community, and it also provides an overview of the projects that are in the pipeline.  In 2018, the City approved the 296-unit Richman Residential Project, the 109-room Marriott TownePlace Suites Hotel Project, and the 154-unit AvalonBay Project.  As we prepare for 2019, there will be several other significant housing and mixed-use initiatives that the City will be considering.  So if you have any questions regarding the development activity happening in the City, please be sure to visit the “Development Spotlight” page on our website!


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Interesting Story Of The Week – You Know You Want A Free Pancake… So Mark Your Calendars For March 12, I-Hop’s Annual Free Pancake Day!

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words… so…

Pancake

Yummy pancakes!  And you know what’s better than pancakes?

Free pancakes!

Our interesting story of the week is brought to us courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine, which reports that the annual IHOP Free Pancake Day will happen on March 12!  And on that day, everyone is invited to grab a short stack for free, although IHOP is hoping you’ll be open to contributing to help those in need.

According to the article, “this year’s event, called Flip It Forward for Kids, will take place… on Tuesday, March 12 from 7 a.m. until at least 7 p.m. – though some locations will choose to keep the promotion running as late as 10 p.m.  Each guest will be able to have one free short stack of Original Buttermilk pancakes… the catch is that you’ll be encouraged to help kids battling illnesses by donating to one of IHOP’s charity partners: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals), The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Shriners Hospitals for Children.”

And while you’re there, you may want to order up a burger too… you all remember the marketing ploy that IHOP pulled last year, right? Turns out that IHO”B” serves up a mean burger too!

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To read more about how you can get some free pancakes and donate to a terrific cause, please click here!


POLICE DEPARTMENT'S WEEKLY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH REPORT

The Police Department’s weekly neighborhood watch report for the period January 31 - February 6, 2019, has been included for your review and reference.  During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 357 service events, resulting in 73 investigations.

A copy of the report can be found at the following link: Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

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