City Manager's Update: June 12, 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
And of course… all the best to you and yours as we continue through this week!
Quote of the Week
Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.
- Keanu Reeves
City Council Adopts Resolution To Call For A Special Election To Keep Monrovia Revenue Local Sales And Use Tax Proposal On November 5, 2019
Over the past few months, staff has coordinated more than a dozen outreach meetings to discuss the possibility of calling for a special election in November 2019 for our community to consider a sales tax increase. The genesis of this idea was borne from the propensity of LA County to continue gaining approval for local sales tax rate increases, which have placed Monrovia on the precipice of hitting the State maximum rate of 10.25%. Currently, we only have 0.75% of sales tax capacity remaining, and there are several potential regional sales tax increase proposals being considered.
Throughout all of our outreach efforts, the response from most of the community regarding the possibility of increasing our local sales tax rate to keep Monrovia’s revenue local (and away from regional agencies, like LA County) has been generally positive. Given that feedback, on May 7, staff prepared a study session overview for City Council regarding our efforts to date, and also outlined a staff proposed spending plan should the measure be approved. The proposed spending plan was developed based on looming future fiscal threats, and to fund aspirational local priority projects that have been put on hold due to lack of funding. The key priority funding areas include:
- Fund an upgrade to the City’s Community Center
- Achieve a AAA Rating
- Give money back to residents by lowering the monthly municipal services bill
- Continue to invest in capital upgrades, including parks, facilities and infrastructure
- Set a fixed amount of money aside for community priorities, such as affordable housing, community based organizations, and schools.
These items were discussed in greater detail at the May 29 and June 4 Budget Study Sessions with the City Council. Additional details regarding the proposed spending plan and sales tax initiative can be found online.
Following all of the consideration regarding this matter, the City Council last Tuesday voted to adopt the requisite resolutions needed to call for a special election to allow the community to consider the Keep Monrovia Revenue Local Sales and Use Tax Proposal. The item will be considered by Monrovia voters on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
During the next several months, staff will continue to reach out to various community groups to gather additional feedback, and as the spending plan continues to develop, staff will continue to keep everyone apprised of any new information.
Filming In Old Town Scheduled For June 13 As ABC Signature Studios Gets Set To Film “Winslow”
We wanted to let everyone know that the City finalized a film permit this past week that calls for a fairly significant filming event to take place in Old Town this coming week, on June 13. ABC Signature Studios will be coordinating the filming event, for a project they have titled, “Winslow.” The filming will take place in Old Town, on both sides of Myrtle Avenue between Lemon Avenue and Lime Avenue. Additional filming locations includes 411 South Myrtle Avenue (at the L&D Appliances store), and at 245 West Foothill Boulevard.
Based on what we know about the filming activity, the entire shoot should last only 1 day, and the production study will be bringing an estimated 132 people into Old Town for the filming event. Additional details related to the filming can be found on the attached film permit.
Of particular note… we wanted to recognize Heather Gibson, Management Analyst for the Community Services Department, for her work in coordinating this filming activity! We’ve recently revamped the process of coordinating the filming permit process, and the updated program has helped us obtain better information while also enhancing coordination as we work through the nuances related to a film production activity. If you should have any questions about this matter, please feel free to contact Heather Gibson via email.
Additional Tree Trimming Activities Now Underway – Activity Occurring Between Myrtle And Shamrock, From Foothill To The City’s Southern Border!
During the past several months, the City has been reengaged in coordinating tree trimming activities, and we’ve made plans to keep on cutting! Pruning and trimming activity is set to occur on all City-owned trees in the area bound by Myrtle Avenue to the west, Shamrock Avenue to the east, Foothill Boulevard to the north, and the City’s limit to the south (see attached map below). During the next 6 weeks, you’ll see the City’s contractor (West Coast Arborist) hard at work to get our tree canopy maintained, and if you have any questions or concerns moving ahead, please contact the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575.
Station Square And Julian Fisher Parks To Receive Playground Surface Maintenance Treatment, Facilities Will Be Closed June 24 – 28
The playgrounds are Station Square and Julian Fisher Park are scheduled to receive maintenance work on the soft playground surfaces during the week of June 24. The work will include a deep cleaning and pressure washing of the surfaces and the application of a sealant coat that will protect and preserve the playground surfaces. This work will take place between Monday and Friday, June 24 – 28 and the playgrounds will need to be closed during this activity. Fences will be places around the areas and will be removed as soon as the work is completed. If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, please contact the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575.
City Council And Planning Commission Approve Moving Forward With Initial Parking And Traffic Mitigation Plans
Last Tuesday, the City held a joint City Council / Planning Commission meeting to review and discuss additional parking and traffic mitigation plans in the Station Square area, given the increased development interest Monrovia is currently experiencing. While the City has instituted significant development mitigation programs in our attempt to find a way to balance the competing need to address increasing housing costs with protecting our existing quality of life, both our policy makers and staff have wanted to spend additional time thinking about parking and traffic related concerns.
All of the proposed development projects, along with the City’s current development mitigation program, can be found online at www.buildingmonrovia.com.
Regarding parking concerns, staff has been working to develop additional parking mitigations for consideration as we prepare to consider entitlement of the next wave of development projects. After much analysis, we have developed a mitigation effort for policy maker consideration that would require all major residential projects in the Station Square area – and anywhere in the City, for that matter – to establish in their lease agreements a requirement that prohibits their tenants from parking on any City street. Furthermore, our proposed condition would require that all developers establish a Parking Violation Eviction Program, whereby any individual who continuously violates the parking rule could be evicted from the housing complex.
In addition, regarding traffic impacts, staff has for the past several months been working on an overall analysis of the potential cumulative traffic impacts that could result from establishment of the proposed development projects currently in our pipeline. To that end, we recently completed a comprehensive review of a study area of the entire City located south of Huntington Drive. As part of that review, we analyzed 29 separate traffic intersections, and modeled what would happen if we were to have all of our currently identified projects approved.
As we conducted our review, our assessment priorities included:
- Our General Plan has identified the minimum acceptable operational level during peak hours for each of our intersections.
- We modeled future traffic conditions through the target year of 2040, and included in our assessment regional growth patterns, known development projects, and other projects allowed by the General Plan by 2040.
- This assessment was intended to see what would happen in the year 2040 at each of the intersections if we do nothing to improve the situation.
Based on the analysis, our review concluded that by 2040, development patterns will add a total of 2,048 morning peak hour trips, and 3,457 afternoon peak hour trips. Also, the review indicates that if we do nothing, in 2040, 12 of the 29 study intersections will be operating at less than the requisite level of service as articulated in our General Plan.
Given this analysis, State law allows us to assess a Traffic Impact Fee on all new development that would require that project proponents pay for their proportional share of the additional traffic being generated by their developments. To that end, we are working to institute a Traffic Impact Fee in Monrovia, which if approved, would raise funds from each of the new developments to make traffic / intersection improvements as identified in our study. The identified improvements are highlighted in the map below.
We will be taking steps to institute the actual implementation of the Traffic Impact Fee program and the proposed parking mitigation program with the Planning Commission and City Council in the next several months.
Monrovia Renewal North Area Road Work Construction Activities Set To Continue, With Major Street Work Now Underway On Madison, Crescent, El Nido, Scenic, Heather Heights, Lotone, Cloverleaf, Steadman, Magnolia, Patterson, And Terrace View Estates!
As of this week, street reconstruction activities are underway in the North Section of the City’s Monrovia Renewal Project. Work began this week with pulverizing activities that are being completed on the streets that are scheduled for a full 4” Reconstruction. Work on grading and material removal will continue throughout the week with final paving taking place between June 13 and 18!
The planned street improvements as a part of Monrovia Renewal include 4” Full Reconstruction, 2” Asphalt Overlay, and Microsurfacing totaling nearly 2.3 million square feet of street improvements. As this is the largest section of Monrovia Renewal, street improvements will continue between now and August 2019. For purposes of managing a project of this scale, Sully-Miller is conducting the paving work in phases and each area will receive a subsequent schedule and notification prior to work taking place in their immediate area. If your street is not listed in the information below, it will be coming shortly!
The Schedule for upcoming street construction activities in Phase 1 are as follows:
- Pulverizing / Street Reconstruction
- Streets Include: Madison Avenue, Crescent Drive, El Nido Avenue, Scenic Drive from Highland to Heather Heights and from Magnolia to Myrtle, Heather Heights Court, Lotone Street, Cloverleaf Drive and Stedman Place
- As outlined in the step by step overview below, these streets will be:
- Grading and Material Removal: June 6 - June 11
- Paving: June 13 - June 18*
- In these sections, Base Paving and Cap Paving (total of 4") will be completed in one day.
- Grind and Overlay
- Streets Include: Magnolia Avenue, Patterson Drive, and Terrace View Estates
- Grinding: June 12 - 13
- Paving: June 19 - 20
- Streets Include: Magnolia Avenue, Patterson Drive, and Terrace View Estates
The schedule for the remaining street areas will be shared prior to work taking place in those areas.
Overview of Street Reconstruction Process and Impacts:
As part of the complete reconstruction, the streets will be pulverized to dirt in a multiple step process:
- Day 1: A machine will pulverize the existing roadway surface 10" deep to create new base material. This dirt material will be rolled and compacted to be driven upon.
- Day 2: A couple of days later, crews will return with large machines to remove 4" of the pulverized material. This dirt material will, again, be rolled and compacted to be driven upon.
- Days 3 & 4: After the material has been removed, crews will return to pave new asphalt on the street. Paving will be completed in 2 - 2" sections. In some cases, the paving sections will be completed on separate days and in others, the paving will take place the same day.
*Although this process will take approximately 4 working days for each street section, there might be downtime between each phase meaning that the entire process might take a couple of weeks.
During the process, it is important to remember:
- Although many streets will be turned to dirt, vehicles may still access the street (except for intermittent periods during active construction).
- There will be parking restrictions in place during work hours however vehicles will be permitted to park on the street at the end of working days. PLEASE ADHERE TO ALL POSTED PARKING RESTRICTIONS.
- Driveways will be accessible every night; however access may be limited during daytime work activities.
- Pulverized streets may remain dirt streets for up to three weeks
The project area map below indicates the specific road work that will take place on each street. More details on the upcoming road work for Monrovia Renewal will be included in future updates, including dates and specific street locations. We appreciate your patience and support while we work to execute these improvements throughout our community!
If you have any questions regarding Monrovia Renewal, please feel free to contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575 or email@example.com.
Additional Monrovia Renewal North Area Improvements (Water Main Repairs, Concrete Work) Also Continuing On Norumbega, Greystone, And Prospect – Key Updates For The Week Of June 10!
In addition to the roadwork activities outlined above, the following Monrovia Renewal construction activities in the North section will continue this week. Sully Miller Contracting will:
- Continue water main repairs on:
- Norumbega Drive
- Greystone Avenue
- Prospect Avenue
- Concrete work on sidewalk, driveways, curbs and gutters in the area that includes and is to the North and East of Norumbega Road and Greystone Avenue.
We will do our best to minimize the impacts on residents. Sully Miller will deliver notices to all residents 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:
- Initial Notice – This notice will be distributed approximately one week prior to work commencing.
- 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 signs will be posted in the areas where parking will be impacted; please adhere to all posted signs. During these activities, there may 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 recognize that construction can be messy and inconvenient, and thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work through these improvements! 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. View the map below to see what road work improvements are coming to your street!
Removal Of The Remaining K-Rail In The Madison Fire Area Took Place On June 10!
Just a quick note to let everyone know that the remaining K-Rail in the area of Highland Place, upper Mauna Loa Drive, and Hillcrest Boulevard will take place on Monday, June 10. The removals will begin at 7:00 a.m. and should take no longer than two days to complete. In addition, the City’s contractor will be removing the K-Rail and any related anchors or bolts, filling in all trip hazards in the pavement, and cleaning up any remaining trash or debris.
Upon completion of the K-Rail removal, the City’s construction crews will begin the improvements that are planned for Highland Place as a part of Monrovia Renewal. This work will include improvements to the concrete curb and gutter and driveway approaches as well as pavement improvements. Additional notices and schedules will be provided in the near future as they begin to mobilize and prepare for this work.
The K-Rails were supposed to have been removed starting May 28, but due to some logistical issues, the work was delayed until this coming Monday. The protective devices were first installed in the aftermath of the 2013 Madison Fire to prevent damage to homes due to any hill and mud slide issues resulting from the fire.
If you have any questions or concerns about the K-Rail removal or any Monrovia Renewal related improvements, please contact a member of our project team at (626) 932-5575, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hot Off the Presses! Get a Sneak Peak of the New Monrovia Today to Start Planning Your Summer Fun!
Summer is jam-packed with fun activities in Monrovia! Summer classes begin July 8, so find something new to learn and make some friends by registering for classes today! Browse the online flipbook to easily search using key words and click on live links to register for each class or learn more on the City website! We’re very excited to showcase all of the amazing programs, services, and events that will be in our community this summer, and hope you’ll like it as much as we do! Take a look at the latest happenings in Monrovia and register for classes by visiting the City’s website: Monrovia Today Activity Guide.
Police Chaplain Jerry Johnson Set To Retire, Special Celebration Event Scheduled For June 27 From 3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. At The Monrovia Police Department Community Service Room
During the past 7 years, Chaplain Jerry Johnson has served as an integral member of our Police Department team, and we hope that everyone will join us as we get set to honor Jerry for his contributions to helping us all to better serve the people of Monrovia to create a community which offers a premier quality of life. Jerry has notified us of his plans to retire, and we have a special celebration event set to take place on June 27 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Monrovia Police Department. Additional details can be found on the flyer below.
Visit The Newly-Unveiled Neighborhood Treasure – Monrovia’s Japanese Americans – At 300 W. Cypress Avenue!
On Saturday, June 8, the City celebrated the unveiling of its fourth Neighborhood Treasure… Japanese Americans in Monrovia! See below for some pictures from the event.
Monrovia families like the Uyedas, Tsuneishi, Asanos, Kurimiyas and others came to Monrovia to build the strawberry farms, the grocery stores, fruit stands, and much more. In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, many Japanese Monrovians were sent to internment camps. When the war finally ended, and these individuals were releases, many returned to Monrovia and graduated their children from Monrovia schools, resumed their businesses and continued to contribute to the growth of the community. Their contributions made significant advancements for local agriculture and business interests. Monrovia’s Japanese Americans were true pioneers!
Summer Concerts In The Park Every Weekend Throughout July And August!
The Community Services Department will be hosting the 2019 Summer Concert Series! Bring the entire family for an evening of free musical entertainment from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy the variety of music. We are excited to offer dance lessons at 6 of our concerts! Mark your calendars and don't miss out!
Saturday Concerts @ Station Square Ampitheater
- Address: 1601 South Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016
- Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
- July 6 - Cold Duck, Motown/Soul Band
- July 13 - Night Owl, Top 40 Band
- July 20 - Blue Breeze Band, Jazz Band
- July 27 -Salsa Caliente, Salsa Band
- Free Salsa Dance Lesson!
- August 3 -The Hodads, Variety Band
- Free Zumba Dance Lesson!
- August 10 -The Skinny Ties, 80's Rock and Roll Band
- August 17 - Mark Easterday Band, Country Band
- Free Line Dancing Lesson!
- August 24 -Langston Theard & Adoration, Gospel Soul Band
Sunday Concerts @ Library Park, Rotary Club Bandshell
- Address: 321 South Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016
- Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
- July 7 - Soto Band, Top 40/Latin Band
- July 14 - Langston Theard & Adoration, Gospel Soul Band
- July 21 -Kelly Rae Band, Country Band
- Free Line Dancing Lesson!
- July 28 -Smokin' Cobras, 50's Retro Band
- Free Swing Dance Lesson!
- August 4 - Hit Me 90's, 90's Pop Band
- Free Pop/Hip Hop Lesson!
- August 11 - Bumptown, Old School/Disco/Latin Band
- August 18 - Yachty by Nature, Yacht Rock Band 70s & 80s
- August 25 - The Answer, Classic Rock Band
For additional information, please contact the Community Center at (626) 256-8246!
The Special Olympics Torch Makes Its Way Through Monrovia Once Again As Monrovia Police Department Participates In Special Olympics Torch Run!
On Thursday, June 6, you may have heard extra sirens going off throughout the City as members of the Monrovia Police Department participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Southern California! The Southern California Special Olympics torch is carried through every city in LA County to kick off the Summer Games. The Monrovia Team picked up the torch from El Monte Police and handed it off to Arcadia Police to continue its journey until it reached its destination.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is represented in all 50 U.S. states, Canadian provinces and 46 nations with 97,000 officers around the world, and since its inception in 1981, has raised over $500 million! Thank you to Monrovia Police Department for representing the City in this rewarding cause!
A Huge Success At Sidewalk CPR Day As Monrovia Fire & Rescue Talked To More Than Double The Number Of People As Previous Years!
Last Thursday, Monrovia Fire & Rescue were out in Library Park as part of a coordinated LA Countywide initiative, Sidewalk CPR Day. In an effort to get the community involved in CPR training, Monrovia Fire & Rescue provided free hands-only CPR training and answered any questions about what you can do in a medical emergency.
Monrovia firefighters and paramedics talked to over 60 passersby from all walks of life to give a quick, 5-minute lesson on what to do in a medical emergency like a cardiac arrest or choking incident. Because the first few minutes are the most critical to keep oxygen flowing to keep vital organs healthy, bystanders become heroes until emergency responders arrive on scene and patients have a better chance of surviving.
Don’t be a bystander in a cardiac emergency, be a lifesaver!
Station Square Park Is Getting Ready For Summer
This past week, Public Works Crews painted the band shell at Station Square Park to get it spruced up for all of the scheduled summer activities happening in Monrovia! The team completed the work in just 2 days with minimal impact to park patrons. If the lawn is looking extra green, that is because the team also recently completed some turf enhancements! Thank you to our Public Works team….and come one, come all! It’s summer time!
Staff Presented Structurally Balanced Budget To City Council At Special Budget Study Session
Over the past two weeks, City staff held two special budget study sessions with the City Council to review the proposed Fiscal year 2019/21 spending plan. At both meetings, the City Council provided valuable direction for staff to incorporate into the budget. At the latest study session on June 5, staff went into details of changes in the fee schedule. Based on the Council’s feedback, staff will make additional changes per the City Council’s instructions and bring the Fiscal Year 2019/21 spending plan back to the City Council for adoption at their regularly scheduled June 18 meeting.
Police Department Annual Awards Ceremony Set For June 13 At 4:00 P.M.
Just a quick note to remind everyone that we’ll hosting our annual Police Department Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. During the ceremony, we will be recognizing Police Officer Rosendo Ramos III as he is presented with a Distinguished Service Medal. A cake and punch reception will follow immediately afterwards in the Police Department Community Policing Room. We look forward to seeing everyone at the event!
City Council Proclaims The Month Of June 2019 As Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month And Recognizes Monrovia As A Dementia Friendly City
Last Tuesday, the City Council proclaimed Monrovia as a Dementia Friendly City and June 2019 as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and ensure that the community supports the people living in the City with dementia and their caregivers. Established over the past year, Dementia Friendly Monrovia was recognized for their contributions to the community and fostering a supportive environment for people living with dementia and their families. For anyone seeking more information about Dementia Friendly Monrovia, the next Committee Meeting open to the public, community members and family caregivers will be held at the Monrovia Community Center (119 W. Palm Ave) on Thursday, June 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lucinda Garcia Park Enhancement Special Community Meeting This Saturday, June 15, At 9:00 A.M.
During the past month, staff has been working on a preparing a grant application to fund improvements at Lucinda Garcia Park. This effort has been undertaken in response to the State of California issuing a notice of funding availability regarding funds to be distributed via Proposition 68, the State Park Bond Program, and applications are due August 5.
As part of our grant application efforts, on May 30, City staff hosted a Pop-Up Outreach Event at the entrance of Lucinda Garcia Park in an effort to gather feedback from families picking up students from Monroe Elementary School about possible improvements at the park. We heard from 24 families (about 50 individuals), all of whom were enthusiastic about the possibility of renovating Lucinda Garcia Park. During those conversations, we heard several reoccurring themes about the possible upgrade – update the playground with slides and monkey bars; include swings for bigger kids; install safer playground surfacing; install a new smooth and safe walking path; and install new drinking fountains.
During the Pop-Up Outreach Event, we also started advertising the fact that we will be hosting a Community Meeting on June 15 to further explore the potential enhancements at Lucinda Garcia Park. Additional information about the meeting can be found in the flyer included below:
In addition, staff is also coordination additional community outreach regarding this effort in the weeks ahead, including the following:
- On June 8, staff conducted door to door outreach to the neighbors living adjacent to Lucinda Garcia Park to personally invite them to the Community Meeting, and to gather their feedback regarding possible improvements to the park.
- This coming Thursday, June 13, at 6:00 pm, staff will be hosting a special meeting of the Community Services Commission at Lucinda Garcia Park, which will provide an opportunity for the Commission to walk the park facility and provide feedback to staff as it relates to the proposed enhancements.
We'll be sure to keep everyone up to date about our progress in the weeks ahead!
Voting In L.A. County Is Modernizing In 2020 – Informational Community Meeting a Success!
Thank you to everyone who joined the Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP), Monrovia City Clerk’s Office, and the Los Angeles County Registrar-Record/County Clerk’s Office last Thursday to learn more about the Vote Center Placement Project. This event had a great turnout with approximately 75 people in attendance.
As part of the County’s initiative known as Voting Solutions for All People, one of the biggest changes is the implementation of Vote Centers, which will replace traditional polling places. With Vote Centers, LA County voters will have the freedom to cast a ballot in-person at any vote center in the county for many days leading up to the election, instead of being tied to a single polling location on election day. There will also be 250 Ballot Drop-Off locations for 30 days leading up to the election for vote by mail ballots. In addition, the County will be implementing new voting equipment designed by LA County voters to meet all of their needs, including full language services and expanded accessibility.
As part of the Vote Center Placement project, 2,000 potential vote center locations have been identified, and the next phase is to narrow that down to 1,000 vote center locations. The meeting provided more information about the changes coming in 2020, and gave the community the chance to provide important feedback on the proposed locations. If you missed the meeting or have additional questions, please contact our City Clerk’s Office at (626) 932-5505.
Monthly MAFA Summer Art Walks Planned This Summer In Old Town!
The Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) Summer Art Walks are always a huge hit for those looking to capture a glimpse into the local arts scene! Visitors will have three chances to enjoy art along the sidewalk in the 400 block of South Myrtle Avenue on Saturday evenings at the end of each month – June 29, July 27, and August 24.
Additional information can be found on the flyer below, by visiting the event page or by calling (626) 483-0560. Many thanks to MAFA for all that they do to advance arts and culture here in our community!
Monrovia Community Garden Pilot Program Is Making Significant Progress!!! And Save The Date – Community Garden Ribbon Cutting Set For July 20 @ 9:00 A.M.
Over the past few months, the Monrovia Community Garden Pilot Program has been making tremendous progress on developing a new community garden program for Monrovia. In fact, if you have driven by 303 W. Colorado Boulevard recently, you may have seen that the majority of construction is now complete for all of the garden beds, including:
- Installation of individual irrigation for each garden bed
- Organic soil being placed into each plot
- Establishment of the demonstration garden
- Installation the permanent fencing
- Fruit trees have started to bear fruit
- Installation of the decomposed granite pathways
Given all of the work that has been completed to date, the program is now nearly ready for program participants to start their gardening activities! And we are so pleased to also be able to share that the City has had tremendous interest from individuals wanting to participate in the program!
We accepted applications for use of private garden beds through May 17, 2019, and we received a total of 27 applications for the 21 available private garden plots. The team then evaluated each application based on the following established community garden program criteria:
- Access to open space / high density housing
- High interest in the program and date of application submittal
- Wide geographic representation of Monrovia
- Interest in overall program as expressed in the application
Based on that review, 21 potential garden program participants have been contacted and have been invited to attend one of two orientation meetings that will be coordinated in June. Once the gardeners have attended the training program, they will be able to start planting! In addition, the six individuals on the waitlist have also been contacted and invited to participate in upcoming workshop and training programs.
Moving ahead, the City has planned to host a formal Ribbon Cutting event to commemorate the Monrovia Community Garden project on Saturday, July 20 at 9:00 a.m. We invite the entire community to come and celebrate the establishment of this particular program.
In addition, as part of the Community Garden program, the City will be coordinating gardening educational workshops throughout the year, and all of these workshops will be free and open to the public. The first of these workshops will be held on Saturday, July 27 at 9:00 a.m., and will be focused on Veggie Gardening 101.
Warriors Art Evening Paint Fundraiser Set For June 20 At 6:30 P.M. At The Monrovia VFW Site (825 South Magnolia Avenue), All Funds Raised Will Be Donated To The VFW To Repair The Facility Roof!
Everyone get ready for a terrific Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) fundraiser, set for June 20 at 6:30 p.m. Being called a Warriors Art Evening, participants will be able to paint (or watch others paint) in an art session led by Veteran and artist Wadvin Alfaro. The $26 fee will include painting or spectating, and a cheeseburger and fries dinner is be included as part of the fee. Drinks will be sold separately. Please register online, and come on out to support our Vets and our local VFW!
VFW Also Planning A BBQ Fundraising Event To Help With Getting A New Roof, Event Set To Take Place On June 22 From 2 P.M. – 7 P.M.
One additional VFW fundraising note… Floyd’s Annual VFW BBQ Fundraiser is set to take place on June 22 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the VFW Post 2070 (825 South Magnolia Avenue). For $14, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a great BBQ dinner, and you’ll also be entered to win various raffle prizes! More information is included in the flyer below, and we hope you can make it to the event!
New GoMonrovia Pricing Structure To Take Effect On June 1 – $2.50 Shared Rides, $5.00 Classic Rides, And Always Just $0.50 For The Gold Line And Old Town Monrovia!
On Tuesday, April 16, the City Council held a Study Session to review the progress being made with the GoMonrovia Lyft Stabilization Plan that the Council authorized in December 2018. Multiple levers were included in the plan to adjust to help make the GoMonrovia program financially sustainable in the long term. These levers have included implementing new prices as of February 2019, as well as new registration requirements for Monrovia Transit for ADA riders and Lyft Concierge for call-in dispatch services in February / March 2019. Additionally, LA County opted out of participating in the on-demand Lyft portion of the GoMonrovia program, so the unincorporated LA County areas adjacent to Monrovia were removed from the service area starting April 1. To learn more details about the changes highlighted above, please visit the website.
Together, these changes have certainly made a difference in improving the ongoing expenses of running the GoMonrovia program. However, as staff shared with the City Council in the Study Session, the program still faces a program budget deficit. Due to this deficit, additional program adjustments will be needed to bring GoMonrovia costs in-line with available revenues.
To that end, at their May 21 meeting, the City Council approved the following program adjustments:
- Institute a price shift of $1.50 for shared and regular rides.
- $0.50 Shared ride for any ride to / from Old Town and the Gold Line Station. Of note, the pricing for this trip would not be impacted.
- $2.50 Shared ride anywhere else in the service area
- $5.00 Classic ride anywhere in the service area
Additionally, the City Council directed staff to evaluate making trips to hospitals only $0.50 as well.
New Office Hours At Public Works For General Questions Regarding Public Right-Of-Way And Permitting Issues!
In order to enhance our customer service efforts, the Public Works Department has been working to develop a new over the counter office hour program where we will have staff on-hand to review any permit applications, consider development plans, and answer general questions regarding working in the public right-of-way. In addition, during Office Hours, the City’s Public Works Inspector, our Engineering Technician, and our Senior Administrative Assistant will be able to issue permits over the counter should the applicant provide a complete application / submittal!
These new Office Hours are as follows:
- Mondays and Thursdays - 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Prior to this change, the City’s Public Works Inspector was available by appointment only, and typically was in the field for inspections throughout the day. With the institution of office hours, we are trying to respond to our customer needs by providing set times when applicants can speak with City personnel without having to make an appointment. Of course, even with the new office hour program, the Public Works Department will still remain open during regular business hours, which are Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Public Works at (626) 932- 5575 or PWcomments@ci.monrovia.ca.us.
Monrovia’s Very Own Steve Baker Awarded The Waddingham / Doctor Award By The Conference Of California Historical Societies
At their June 4 meeting, the City Council recognized Monrovia’s very own City Treasurer and Historian Steve Baker as the recipient of the 2018-19 Waddingham / Doctor Award by the Conference of California Historical Societies, which is awarded to an individual who has given 25 years or more of consistent and outstanding service to a local historic society.
In Steve’s case, his service has been to four such groups – MOHPG (the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group), the Duarte Historical Society, the Monrovia Historical Museum, and the Monrovia Historical Society.
Steve is a fifth-generation Monrovian who was appointed the Official Historian for the City of Monrovia in 1991, was elected Monrovia City Treasurer in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017. He has been the Treasurer for the Duarte Historical Society and Museum for more than thirty years, and is currently serving as President of the Citrus College Foundation Board of Directors, President of the Monrovia Historical Society, Treasurer of the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library. In his spare time, Steve serves as a board member for the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group, ChangeMakers and the Santa Anita Family YMCA. In the past Steve has also served as Chair of the Santa Anita YMCA Board of Managers, President of the Monrovia Historical Museum, Treasurer of the Friends of the Duarte Library, member of the Historic Preservation Commission, and Treasurer of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He was also the Executive Secretary of the Rotary Club of Monrovia for seventeen years. Oh… and he sings really well too!
I know that everyone joins in congratulating a true Monrovian on the occasion of this award… well done Steve!
Monrovia Area Partnership’s 13th Anniversary Block Party Is Scheduled For June 22, 2019, At 11 A.M., At Julian Fisher Park!
Join the Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) on Saturday, June 22, as we celebrate the 13th year of this amazing community based program! Since 2006, MAP has brought you great block parties as a way to get people out of their homes and into a common area and enjoy each other’s company. Join us as we keep the party going with family friendly games, free food and ICE CREAM! For more information, please see the invitation below!
Browse The Monrovia Old Town Website Now!
Over the last several months, the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board (MOTAB) has been hard at work developing a comprehensive and interactive website, aimed at providing the community a one-stop-shop to find information about all things Old Town Monrovia. We are pleased to announce the website, www.monroviaoldtown.org, is now live and accessible to everyone!
This new digital home for OId Town Monrovia features a ton of information and enhancements, including a listing of all the shops, businesses, and restaurants located in Old Town with easy links to the merchants website, direct dialing on your mobile device, and directions to convenient parking. In addition, the first Blog offers “How To” videos to help new users optimize their experience!
Log on today to learn more about what is happening in Old Town Monrovia, how to get to Old Town Monrovia, and once here where to park! See you in Old Town!
Annual Fire Department Brush Inspections Underway
It is that time of year again for Monrovia Fire & Rescue’s brush inspections! The Fire Department is now performing brush inspections for all properties located in the high-fire danger areas of town. We will be working with all of our impacted residents to coordinate all brush clearance activities.
Of particular note, in an effort to reduce the risk of fire danger for all of us in town, and to better coordinate our overall brush disposal programs, the City has partnered with Athens Services to provide roll-off-bins and bulky item pick-ups at no cost for impacted residents during the brush clearance season. Athens will be providing bins from May 1 – June 30 for residents in the brush zone. Residents should have received the annual brush clearance letter this past week. To coordinate getting your free bin, call (626) 256-8109 and the Fire Department will help coordinate bin delivery.
Visit Www.Buildingmonrovia.Com For All Of Your Development-Related Questions
To provide more information on the unprecedented development interest taking place in Monrovia, the City has spent the last few months creating a new website focused on helping residents and businesses not only learn more about each project that is being considered, but also answer frequently asked questions about the impacts these development may have on the community. The website includes pages on all the major areas of concern, such as:
- Affordable Housing
- Public Safety
- And more!
The City held a joint City Council / Planning Commission to review the upcoming major development projects that will be considered for entitlements starting later this year. The Commission, Council, and community members provided valuable feedback at the meeting that will help guide next steps as these projects move through review. The major projects that are likely going to be considered by the City this year include:
- Trammel Crow Residential - "The Alexan Specific Plan"
- A 436-unit project proposed to be built at 1625 South Magnolia Avenue
- Fifield Realty Corporation - "West Pomona Transit District"
- A 310-unit project proposed to be built at 123 West Pomona Avenue
- MW Investment Group - "Arroyo at Monrovia Station"
- A 284-unit project proposed to be built on the City block bound by South Magnolia to the west, South Primrose to the east, West Evergreen to the north, and West Pomona to the south
- City Park-and-Ride Lot
- A proposed ~130 key Cambria hotel project located on the City's park-and-ride lot at the southwest corner of Myrtle Avenue / Pomona Avenue.
We do hope that you take the opportunity to look through www.buildingmonrovia.com and learn more about all of the exciting developments that are taking place in Monrovia! For in-depth details on each project and to track each project as it moves through the development process over the next several months, you can also visit the Development Spotlight page on the main City website.
SoCalGas Company Relocating / Lowering Pipeline On Melrose Avenue Prior To Road Construction
SoCalGas crews will be conducting a utility relocation/lowering project along Melrose Avenue (between Hillcrest and Scenic) and portions of Scenic Drive over the next 6-8 weeks. As a result of the utility coordination efforts that have been undertaken between the Engineering Team and our Franchise Utility Partners, SoCalGas has been doing considerable exploratory work throughout the City to locate any potential pipeline or infrastructure issues that need to be addressed prior to the City’s construction taking place as a part of Monrovia Renewal. During these efforts, SoCalGas found a shallow gas pipeline along Melrose Avenue, between Hillcrest Blvd and Scenic Drive, as well as the immediately adjacent portions of Scenic Drive.
While the shallow gas pipeline was not causing any safety or service concerns in and of itself, the fact that the City would be pulverizing the street to dirt and reconstructing the roadway, representatives from SoCalGas and the City’s engineering team determined that it would be in the best interest of everyone to have this line lowered prior to construction taking place.
As such, National Pipeline (NPL) will be working in this vicinity for the next 6-8 weeks to lower the mainline as well as replace all of the residential gas service lines. Residents who are in the directly impacted area have received more specific/detailed communication from SoCalGas regarding this work and what to expect while it is taking place. Once SoCalGas has completed their work in this area, Sully-Miller Contracting Company will resume the Monrovia Renewal related improvements in this area.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575.
Monrovia Renewal South Section – City Is Working To Finalize A Plan To Complete All Of The Identified Street Repaving Work In The Area… Which Totals 1.35 Million Square Feet Of Street Repairs!
If you’ve been thinking that the City isn’t quite done yet with the South Section of Monrovia Renewal… you’d be right!
As you may recall, the South Section of our overall Citywide infrastructure improvement plan includes the entire portion of the City located south of the I-210 Freeway. And during the past few months, the City has been working to develop an alternative plan to complete the street repair work for that particular section of town.
To date, we have been working with one contractor (Sequel Construction), however, for a variety of coordination and scheduling issues, here at the City, we have had to develop an alternative plan in order to finish the identified work.
To date, Sequel Construction has completed over 500,000 square feet of street improvements in the South Section. However, there is still around 1.35 million square feet of street improvements that have not yet been started. Given that factor, our Public Works Department is working to finalize a recommendation for City Council consideration in May that will allow us to effectively complete all of the remaining street work. Based on our current review of existing street conditions, the streets located in the South Section that still require work include:
|5th Avenue||8th Avenue||9th Avenue||Alta Street|
|Alta Vista Avenue||Anita Street||Beneath 210 Freeway||Bonita Street|
|Diamond Street||Duarte Road||El Norte Street||Encino Avenue|
|Encino Way||Encino Place||Enterprise Way||Evergreen Avenue|
|Genoa Street||Hurtsview Avenue||Ivy Avenue||Monrovista Avenue|
|Montana Street||Alamitas Avenue||Mountain Avenue||Myrtle Avenue|
|Naples Street||Peck Road||Pomona Avenue||Shamrock Avenue|
|Spanner Street||Venice Avenue|
A map highlighting the streets that still require additional work is included above. In addition, all of us here at the City appreciate the patience that the community has had with us as we’ve worked through executing our signature capital improvement initiative. Monrovia Renewal has certainly been messy, but the end result is upgraded infrastructure throughout our community. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of our project team (626) 932-5575 or at email@example.com.
Southern California Edison Planning Electrical System Improvements That Will Impact Portions of Myrtle, Walnut and Primrose
Construction crews and inspectors from Southern California Edison (SCE) are coordinating a significant electrical system undergrounding improvement project that will impact the area of Myrtle Avenue, Primrose Avenue, and Walnut Avenue. The construction work, which is anticipated to last 6 – 8 weeks, will involve trenching and excavating portions of the 800 block of South Myrtle Avenue, along with portions of Walnut Avenue adjacent west of Myrtle Avenue, in order to install new conduits, ducts, and other underground structures to reroute existing SCE infrastructure. Of particular note, as part of the work, SCE will need to have a trench cut across Myrtle Avenue, which will require robust traffic control efforts.
Work will begin on Primrose and down Walnut from West to East. Given the magnitude and potential impact of the project, the City will have a dedicated team working to manage the information and coordination of the work throughout the process. Based on what we know, traffic on Myrtle Avenue will remain accessible for those needing to access Old Town, however, delays should be expected. Work hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, each week.
For the week of June 10, work will consist of the installation of vaults and manholes in the street. These processes will involve excavations at the site of each installation, which includes in the southerly alley, Primrose Avenue, and Walnut Avenue. In the following weeks, work will begin to trench the conduit between these structures.
Businesses and residences will remain accessible; however, folks should anticipate slight delays.
Southern California Edison Engaged In Ongoing Repair Work Here In Town For The Remainder Of 2019
In response to the devastating wild fires in Southern California recently, Southern California Edison has been coordinating with City staff on scheduling high priority repairs related to fire safety which will take place over the next 9 months. SCE staff has identified a number of needed repairs to their infrastructure citywide, ranging from replacing conductors, cross-arms, cabling, anchoring poles, pole replacement, or simple miscellaneous repairs. Each of these needed repairs has been given a priority level designation (1-3) with 3 being the highest priority repair.
To date, SCE staff has identified approximately 200 Tier 3 repairs that need to be completed by May 31 in their designated high fire zone. In addition to the Tier 3 repairs, SCE staff has identified an additional 350 Tier 2 and Tier 1 repairs that need to be completed by the end of the year (December 31). In total, that means SCE will be repairing approximately 550 various pieces of equipment throughout town over the next 9 months. Public Works staff is coordinating with SCE staff on permitting, scheduling of work, and ultimately coordination that helps SCE complete their interim and final completion dates. Because of the volume of work, this will likely mean that SCE will be working seven days a week between now and the end of May to meet the first interim completion date for Tier 3 repairs.
SCE will be sending out mailers, door knockers, and other notification letters to the residents in the impacted areas in advance of the work. Additional notification will be required when SCE needs access to private property as well as additional notification that results in any temporary power outages. If there are any questions regarding SCE’s activity, please visit SCE’s website. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Public Works at (626) 932-5575.
City Preparing To Take Over The Parking Lots Located On Lime Avenue Adjacent To Old Town… Which Means More Downtown Parking Is Coming Soon!
We wanted to let everyone know that additional parking is coming to Old Town! During the past several years, the City has been engaged in discussions with representatives from Monrovia Lime, LLC, regarding the possibility of obtaining the right to utilize the ~150 parking spaces located on Lime Avenue, just east of Ivy Avenue, as illustrated in the map below in yellow. The smaller of the two lots is located between First Indonesian Baptist Church and the George Anderson House Museum. The larger of the two lots is just east of the Anderson House.
We are happy to report that after more than a year of dialogue, the City has now acquired the right to utilize those two parking lots, which will be available for general public use by the end of May 2018. During the next few weeks, City crews will be working to make minor upgrades to both parking lots (weed control, lights, new painting, etc.), and we anticipate that the lots will be available for public use soon thereafter. We will be certain to keep everyone apprised of our progress moving ahead.
Annual Citywide Sewer Cleaning Program Set To Begin, With 200,000 Linear Feet Of Sewer Lines Set To Be Cleaned By July
We wanted to let everyone know that this week, the City started our annual sewer maintenance program, and our team has been deployed in concert with a private contractor (Houston Harris) to coordinate an initial cleaning of ~250,000 linear feet of sewer lines throughout the City. And just in case you didn’t know… 250,000 linear feet is equivalent to nearly 47 miles!
Overall, the City’s sanitary sewer system contains approximately 92 miles of sewer line comprised of various sizes (ranging from 6” to 24” diameters) and materials (including iron, steel, and vitrified clay). Given that quantity of sewer lines, our sewer maintenance program includes the cleaning of around 250,000 linear feet of sewer pipelines annually. The crews in the field now are using a method known as hydro jetting to clear any possible sewer blockages, and additionally, our team will be coordinating the inspection of the sewer lines utilizing closed circuit video. Other maintenance activities include root removal and pest control programs.
During the next few months, we will be coordinating this sewer maintenance work, and if you see large equipment located throughout town at sewer manholes… rest assured, our team is hard at work keeping the brown in the round!
Water Pipeline Repair On Canyon Boulevard As Part Of Monrovia Renewal North Section Is Nearing Completion!
Sully-Miller crews have completed the water pipeline repair along Canyon Boulevard. They will continue making all necessary connections of the new pipeline to the water system but this work will be confined to the site and area surrounding Oakglade Reservoir. This work will segue to the planned site and tank improvements that will be completed at Oakglade Reservoir. As the final part of these improvements, crews will return later this summer to complete the road construction that is planned for Canyon Boulevard. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to complete these improvements.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575, or via email at Monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us. Additionally, updated construction schedules and notices will be available on the City’s website and on the City’s social media accounts. And please know that all of us here at the City appreciate your patience during these periods of construction activity!
The Popular Junior Researcher Summer Academy is Now SOLD OUT!!
The City’s focus on educational programming for our youth has been a gigantic hit, and we are so pleased to share the Junior Researcher Academy summer sessions are now sold out! Jointly hosted by the City and the Oak Crest Institute of Science, this program gives teens in Grades 7-9 the chance to get introduced to a variety of scientific fields through hands-on experiments with real research scientists. We can't wait to share with you all how our summer sessions go! If you missed out, you may still be able to join the waitlist, and be sure to stay tuned for future opportunities with the City and Oak Crest!
- Session 1: July 1 – 12 (*no session on July 4) - FULL
- Session 2: July 15 – 26 - FULL
- Session 3: July 29 – August 9 - FULL
If you have any questions, contact the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246 or visit us online.
New State Regulations Have Further Eroded Local Control Over Housing Decisions
As the City prepares to consider several large-scale development projects, one housing note that we wanted to share with everyone relates to the impact that recent State legislation has had on our local land use controls as it relates to housing development. As you may recall, in 2017 and in 2018, the State approved a series of legislative amendments to the Housing Accountability Act (HAA), which combined has reduced local government authority to deny or reduce the density of proposed housing development projects.
To highlight how those pieces of legislation impact a municipality’s ability to regulate development, a full memo on the matter can be found online. In particular, I wanted to highlight some of the key changes that staff is currently grappling with:
- The new regulations adopted by the State stipulate that if a project conforms to a City’s applicable development standards (i.e., no variances or exceptions are sought), it will be extremely difficult for the City to legally deny any housing project.
- Furthermore, while a City can still institute a design and neighborhood compatibility review process, the City essentially now cannot deny a housing development project, or impose conditions that the project be developed at a lower density, unless strict findings can be identified which indicate that a project would have a specific, adverse impact on public health or safety.
Again, a memo outlining all of the new State mandated housing development regulations that we are contending with can be found online.
Are You In Need Of Accessible Transportation? Register For Monrovia's Dial-A-Ride Program!
As of March, Monrovia Transit serves passengers with ADA needs only. This change is being made to ensure the ADA accessible vehicles are reserved for those who need special accommodations. All passengers with ADA-related needs wishing to take advantage of this service should complete this short, one-time application, including providing back-up documentation showing disability eligibility, sign the waiver, and return both to the Community Center (119 W. Palm Avenue).
Improvements Coming To The City’s Library Calendar
During the past few years, the Monrovia Public Library has worked with a library calendar company called LibraryInsight to power our library calendar of events. As our team at the Library has done some additional research about possible ways to enhance the library calendar, we have been in discussions with a firm called Library Market, which provides a new more interactive and user-friendly calendar management software program. After meeting with Library Market, we identified that the new software would allow us to make the following improvements:
- It has a user-friendly interface that is mobile-friendly
- The admin side allows you to easily enter and update program information
- We can use the software to allow online booking of study rooms
- Registration is easy for both patrons and staff
- The software will automatically notify program attendees 24 hours before an event with a reminder email and contact those on a waitlist if a spot opens up
- Reports and statistics allow us to see how & when patrons sign up for programs or study rooms (helpful for Library Board or State Report)
- They provide training for all staff and a customized manual specific to our library
- Location maps on event listings to help direct patrons during off-site programs
- Patrons can easily share events on social media (Facebook & Instagram) or via email with others
- We can create disclaimers, program descriptions, and images that can be easily attached to multiple programs
- They offer support via phone, email, and their help desk ticketing system
- Patrons can easily filter events by age group, date, or topic
Based on our work to date, we anticipate the new Monrovia Library calendar going live at the end of June 2019.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- Every Thursday, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., in the Library Heritage Room. For more information, call 626-256-8273 or email email@example.com
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.
Key Links & Help Keep Monrovia Beautiful:
- City News and Highlights
- Meeting Agendas and Minutes
- Sustainable Landscape Recognition Award
- Graffiti Removal and Gift Card Program
- Abandoned Bulky Items Reporting and Raffle Program
Interesting Story Of The Week – I Guess We Need To Cut It Out With The Keanu Jokes… Because “Reeves Is Too Good For This World.”
Our interesting story of the weeks comes to us courtesy of the New Yorker, which recently published an article about Keanu Reeves, the enigmatic actor we’ve all known for a generation. In the story titled, “Keanu Reeves Is Too Good for This World,” the New Yorker paints a picture of the A-list actor as someone who “is aware of his celebrity status, but doesn’t take advantage of it, and he’s generous but careful with his presence."
When I think of Keanu, I remember him his role in the “Bill & Ted” franchise… to his wonderful FBI agent persona in “Point Break…” to his portrayal of Neo as humanity’s last hope in the “Matrix” trilogy… to the action-packed thriller “Speed…”
The New Yorker article paints a more complex picture of Reeves, and the author described Keanu as “unlikely antidote to everything wrong with the news cycle.” Not only did the article share that Keanu is of English and Chinese-Hawaiian ancestry, it also highlighted several instances / stories about how human he is, in spite of his fame and prestige.
- It appears that Reeves appeared on “The Late Show” a few weeks ago, and near “the end of the interview, Stephen Colbert asked the actor what he thought happens after we die. Reeves was wearing a dark suit and tie, in the vein of a sensitive mafioso who is considering leaving it all behind to enter the priesthood. He paused for a moment, then answered, with some care, “I know that the ones who love us will miss us.” It was a response so wise, so genuinely thoughtful, that it seemed like a rebuke to the usual canned blather of late-night television.”
- It appears that on a recent appearance with Ellen DeGeneres, he admitted, “twenty-five years after the fact, that he had a crush on Sandra Bullock when the two were filming ‘Speed.’”
- “A bizarrely large number seem to have encountered him at one time or another, perhaps owing to the fact that he often travels alone and without handlers.”
- “After a flight he was on from San Francisco to L.A. had to make an emergency landing in Bakersfield, Reeves helped passengers recruit a van to transport them the remaining way; en route, he read facts about Bakersfield aloud and played country tunes on his phone for the group.”
- “He signed an autograph for a sixteen-year-old ticket seller at a movie theatre after intuiting that the teen was too shy to ask him for one directly.”
- “He was a wallflower at a party, asking another actor on the outskirts of the gathering if she would show him pictures of her dog in costume.”
To read more about how all of us might have misjudged one of the better actors of our time… click here to find out more!
Police Department's Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report
The Police Department’s weekly neighborhood watch report for the period May 30 - June 5, 2019, has been included for your review and reference. During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 398 service events, resulting in 80 investigations.
A copy of the report can be found at the following link: Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report