City Manager's Update: August 27, 2019
Tuesday, August 27, 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!
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Lyft / ADA Meeting Held This Week, Progress Made On Providing Our ADA Users With Access To Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles Through The Lyft App!
I wanted to let everyone know that this past week, the City coordinated a meeting with representatives from both Lyft and Empire Transportation to discuss our ongoing efforts to establish on-demand ADA services. Based on recent engineering / app improvements made by Lyft, we are now coordinating logistical details that will facilitate the ability for our ADA users to call for a wheelchair accessible vehicle using the Lyft app! The vehicles will still be operated by Empire Transportation, and to coordinate this change, numerous logistical issues are currently being worked out. Once we do facilitate these changes, however, we will be able to make ADA accessibility more efficient for our users moving ahead.
Based on the discussion this week, it is likely that we will be ready to roll out the Lyft / ADA program via a beta-testing mode within the next month or two, and we will of course keep everyone apprised of our efforts moving ahead!
Giving Thanks Event (November 26) And Holiday Parade (December 5) Programs Finalized After Input From MOTAB And The Community Services Commission!
During the past several weeks, staff has been working to coordinate final plans for some of our holiday season festivities! And no… we can’t believe either that we’re already at a point where we need to start thinking about the holiday season!
In an effort to continually enhance our programmatic efforts, the City has been assessing ways to bifurcate our historic Christmas Tree Lighting Event and Holiday Parade from what has traditionally been one event into two separate activities.
After discussions with MOTAB and the Community Services Commission, the City is now making plans to finalize our holiday festivities, according to the following schedule:
- Hold a Thankful and Grateful Holiday Gathering event – that will include lighting the City’s Christmas tree, during the last week of November, on Tuesday, November 26
- Host the annual Christmas Parade on its traditional date of the first Thursday in December, which would be December 5 this year
The proposed Thankful and Grateful Holiday Gathering event is set to take place on Tuesday, November 26, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Library Park. This community celebration has been designed to show our gratitude to all who make Monrovia special, and will provide an opportunity to show our support for the community partners who are assisting those in need during the holiday season. The event will be free to attend, and will include live entertainment, community booths, a truck petting zoo, Library story times, crafts, a canned food drive, hay rides, a community art project, and of course… a very special guest who will assist in the lighting of the Holiday Tree in Library Park!
More details on both the Thankful and Grateful Holiday Gathering and the Holiday Parade events will be made available in the coming months ahead, but we did want to get the word out now to let everyone know what to expect in Monrovia this upcoming holiday season!
It’s Cops vs. City Hall In Another Basketball Game For The Ultimate Bragging Rights! Game Set To Take Place On August 31 At 6:00 P.M. At Monrovia High School!
We wanted to let everyone know about an upcoming battle on the hardwood. It’s a battle that will pit Monrovia’s finest against those in the City who aren’t eligible to carry a gun!
The Police Department will be playing non-PD City staff in a winner-take-all basketball game on Saturday, August 31, at 6:00 p.m. at Monrovia High School! Additional details are included in the flyer below, and we hope to see you there!
Up To Four Wounded Warrior Parking Spots Set To Be Installed In Old Town In The Next Week Or Two!
We wanted to let everyone know that Old Town Monrovia is about to get a few new parking spaces for our veteran community! During the past few months, staff has been in discussions with Chuck Keene and the American Legion to implement their vision of installing up to four (4) Wounded Warrior Veteran parking spaces in Old Town. The proposed parking spaces would be marked with special signage and would involve painting the parking space in purple, as outlined in the pictures below.
To date, we have identified general locations for the proposed parking spaces to include one on Palm Avenue (between the Community Center and the Library), one on Lime Avenue (between the Library and the Lime Parking Lot), one in front of City Hall, and one somewhere in the 400 block of Myrtle Avenue. These parking spaces are planned for installation within the next week or two, and we’re looking forward to honoring our veterans through this program moving ahead!
Monrovia’s Summer Reading Program Reached More Than 2,700 People!
This year’s Summer Reading Program was a HUGE success! Across Monrovia, more than 2,700 people logged a total of 53,359 days of reading over 8 weeks. We also had 69 programs with 4,053 attendees and reached 2,375 community members at outreach events!
We are grateful to all of our community partners and donors who helped make this summer the best ever! And a big thank you to all of our Library staff for leading this monumental effort for our community!
Traffic Safety Committee Approved Accessible Parking Policy And Application
If you’re a disabled resident who’s been struggling to find accessible and convenient off-street parking in close proximity to your home, the City has some good news for you! At the Traffic Safety Committee meeting on June 20, 2019, the Residential On-Street Accessible Parking Policy and application were approved and are now available! Parking spaces that result from an approved application are intended to provide close parking for disabled residents in high parking demand area, and not to be confused for a private parking space to replace the applicant’s driveway, garage, or other required on-site parking spaces. The approved space will not be exclusive to the applicant and any other persons or vehicles with a valid Disabled Person Parking Placard or Disabled Person License Plate may park in this designated space. As a note, the accessible parking space will still be subject to existing parking and regulatory restrictions, such as street sweeping.
The Traffic Safety application and policy are now available on the City’s website on the Public Works Application & Permits page. The completed application should be mailed or submitted to the Public Works Department Traffic Safety Committee. Please contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575 or email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Need A Basket Of Books? We’ve Got That… At The Monrovia Public Library, That Is!
Starting in August, the Monrovia Library will be making green and red Library Book Baskets available for check out! This means no more juggling large stacks of books while you make your way to your car, or struggling to find a place to keep all of your checked-out library books in one place when at home! Through this new program, you can just put all your books in the basket! Then, when it comes time to return everything, just grab the basket and go! The book baskets check out for three weeks and will automatically renew up to two times, and if you have any questions, feel free to call the Library at (626) 256-8274!
Paving Activities Continue In Monrovia Renewal South Section!
This next week, the City’s contractor will continue paving streets located in the Monrovia Renewal South Section! The City recently authorized Sully-Miller Construction to complete the remaining 1.35 million square feet of 2” asphalt overlay street improvement work in the South Section of Monrovia Renewal, which includes the entire portion of the City located below the 210 Freeway.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding while we have worked to coordinate the completion of this work and we are confident in Sully-Miller’s ability to execute this work in the most efficient and least disruptive manner possible. This past week, our contractor completed asphalt paving on a number of streets within the work area, and work scheduled for this upcoming week includes the following elements:
Paving operations will proceed according to the following schedule:
- Monday, August 26- Streets include: Duarte Road
Raise Manhole and Valves:
- Wednesday, August 28-Friday, August 30- All recently paved streets
All paving, striping and project cleanup is expected to be completed by the end of September!
As with all sections of Monrovia Renewal Work, impacted residents will be notified at least 48 hours prior to any work taking place. Residents are advised to adhere to all notices received and posted parking restrictions. More information can be obtained by contacting the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information will be provided weekly in this update. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete these improvements!
Monrovia Renewal North Area Construction Continuing, With Major Street Work Set To Resume This Week On Numerous Streets!
Monrovia Renewal construction activities are continuing in the North Section Project area, which is the area of the City located to the North of and including Hillcrest Boulevard, Greystone Avenue and Grand Avenue. Roadwork activities have resumed in this area. At this time, crews are continuing to focus on concrete curb and gutter, sidewalk, driveway approaches, and other concrete improvements in the project area.
Over the coming week, the work will include:
Backfill and Slot Paving
- Monday, August 26-Tuesday, August 27
- Streets include: Oakglade Drive, Ridgeside Drive, and Briarcliff Road
- Wednesday, August 28-Friday, August 30
- Streets include: Grand Avenue, Greystone Avenue, and Oakcliff Road
- Wednesday, August 28-Friday, August 30
- Streets Include: Grand Avenue, Greystone Avenue, and Oakcliff Road
- Monday, August 26-Friday, August 30
- Streets Include: Alta Vista Avenue, Magnolia Avenue, Patterson Drive, Hidden Valley Road, Scenic Drive, Mesa Circle, Sky Way, Ivy Avenue, Encinitas Avenue, Seymour Place, Terrace View, and Library Park
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.
Suspension Of Street Sweeping Enforcement In North Section Construction Area As Monrovia Renewal Has Been Extended Through September
Just a reminder that as the construction activity continues in the Monrovia Renewal North area, the City has suspended enforcement of street sweeping parking restrictions. This action will, hopefully, alleviate the burden of the construction related parking restrictions and make it a little easier for residents to access their properties while construction is taking place.
While construction activity continues in this section, residents are advised to adhere to all posted construction parking signs! The suspension of enforcement applies only to street sweeping restrictions; all other parking and vehicle code sections will remain enforced. The suspension of citations related to street sweeping will be effective until September 30, 2019. We appreciate all of your patience with all of the impacts related to Monrovia Renewal. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our team at (626) 932-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 voted on June 4 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. Additionally, a one-page educational flyer has been created to provide more information on Measure K.
Southern California Edison Electrical System Improvements Impacting Portions Of Myrtle, Walnut, And Primrose
Construction crews and inspectors from Southern California Edison (SCE) are continuing to coordinate a significant electrical system improvement/relocation project that is affecting the area of Myrtle Avenue, Primrose Avenue, and Walnut Avenue. As you might recall, work previously broke ground in June on a project to relocate some existing SCE utility lines out of an alley and over to Walnut Avenue to connect vaults from Myrtle Avenue to the SCE substation on Primrose. While work did begin in June, there were some engineering and design issues that have been addressed and the crews have returned to work.
For the next couple of weeks, work will be focused along Walnut Avenue where significant trenching will take place as demonstrated in the photo below! Construction crews, inspectors, and City representatives have coordinated these efforts with the local businesses as there will be intermittent road closures and the reduction of traffic to westbound moving vehicles only for the next couple of weeks. This will allow the crews to continue the trenching and installation in the most effective manner possible as well as staging equipment and materials.
Please avoid the area of Walnut Avenue, between Myrtle and Primrose, for the time being while this work continues. Should you need to travel in this area, please watch for construction activity and be aware of all road closure and detour signs.
As work progresses, it will shift onto portions of Myrtle Avenue and Primrose Avenue. Staff will be sure to communicate directly with the directly impacted residents and business owners as well as providing updates within the weekly update.
Please contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575 or email@example.com with any immediate questions or concerns.
Check Out The City’s Fall Youth Sports Program: Co-Ed Basketball & Cheer!
We are very excited to share with the community another great year of our City’s Youth Sports program! The Youth Sports Program provide City-wide programming for youth to play on teams with kids from different schools, and also encourages parent involvement by hosting practices twice a week in the evening, with games on Saturday mornings. Each participant will be taught the fundamentals in a safe and engaging environment. In addition, we have also opened up the program for 6th graders! Key program dates include:
- Parent Meet and Greet
- Wednesday, September 4, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Julian Fisher Park (915 S. California Ave.)
- Season Begins
- Saturday, September 14
- Game / Practice Locations
- Julian Fisher Park
- Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. beginning on Monday, September 9
- Saturday mornings (8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.)
- Program Cost
- $35 (MUSD resident & student) and $70 (non-resident)
Also of note, registration for Youth Sports can be completed by using one of the following methods:
- Visit the City’s Recreation Registration page to register online
- Visit the Monrovia Community Center at 119 W. Palm Ave.
- Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Please feel free to contact the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246 if you have any questions!
As Part Of The City’s Water Conservation Efforts, We Ask You To Check Around The House For Any Leaks… They Add Up! Just 1 Drip Per Second Adds Up To 3,000 Gallons Per Year!!!
Through various water conservation efforts, you can save thousands of gallons of water per year as well as save money. For tips and resources regarding water conservation, please visit Monrovia visit Monrovia Conserves online or call the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575.
2019-2020 Youth Commission Applications Are Now Available!
The City of Monrovia Community Services Department is pleased to announce they are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are a teen between the grades of 6th - 12th and have new and creative program ideas and are interested in making a difference in your community, this is your opportunity to be part of a positive, fun and rewarding experience! A copy of the Youth Commission application can be found on the City’s website or in person at the Monrovia Community Center.
- Meetings are every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Monrovia Community Center (119 W. Pam Ave.)
- First Youth Commission Meeting: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
- Parent Orientation Meeting: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Visit the Youth Commission webpage for more information and to fill out an application!
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246!
Fiber Optic Cable Installation Taking Place On East Lemon Avenue
Beginning Monday, August 26, Charter Spectrum Communications will be installing fiber optic cables under the sidewalk in the 100 block of East Lemon Avenue. Specifically, the work will be from Lemon Court Alley to Fire Station 101. The sidewalk will be closed to pedestrians. During construction, all pedestrians are asked to adhere to all posted signs. Work will take place from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and is anticipated to be completed by Tuesday, September 3.
We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause. Please be mindful of all posted signage and traffic mitigation efforts related to the work taking place. As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575.
Rebuilding Of Lifted, Crumbling Sidewalk In Front Of MHS Is Complete, Staff Continuing To Coordinate With MUSD On Landscape Improvements!
We are happy to announce that all of the concrete along the frontage of MHS has been replaced. The repairs consisted of: curb and gutter, sidewalk access ramps, and the sidewalk itself, which was doubled in size to provide more space in front of the High School. All of the work was completed before school started on Wednesday!
As a reminder, the city will continue to work with MUSD/MHS Staff on the overall landscape improvements to the school. We are committed to our policy of 2-for-1 replacement of all trees that we remove. As part of the process, we will identify the appropriate replacement trees and the quantities that can be accommodated at the high school. Any additional replacement trees that cannot be planted at or around the High School will be replaced elsewhere throughout the City.
Please do not hesitate to contact our project team at Public Works with any questions or concerns. They can be reached at (626) 932-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your patience while we work to implement these necessary capital improvements!
Monrovia Old Town Soapbox Derby Is Back!
On your mark. Get set. Go!
Monrovia Old Town Derby, LLC is thrilled to be bringing the popular soap box derby back to Monrovia, to raise funds for Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. The event will take place in Old Town Monrovia on September 7. You can be a part of this exciting event revival by becoming an event sponsor!
Entries are selling fast, so make your way to the starting line! Fill out the registration form and email it to email@example.com. To register for the event or to find out more information, visit Monrovia Old Town Derby online, and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.
Monrovia Community Garden Program To Host A Free Composting Workshop On September 21 At 9:00 A.M.!
As part of the new 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 Garden Workshop was a Success!
Monrovia Community Garden hosted its first workshop: Veggie Gardening 101 to over 35 community members. Attendees learned about seasonal planting, pest and disease control, and basic gardening knowledge.
The second workshop will be held on Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., and will be focused on Composting! During this workshop you will learn about all things compost: What you can and can't compost, different types of compost methods, and all about our community compost program. All are welcome!
Also, in case you missed it, the Monrovia Community Garden was recently featured on Spectrum News. Award winning journalist, Ryann Blackshere Vargas interviewed one of our plot holders, Giangelo Leos and our Garden Director, Dr. Kristin Ritzau. Watch the story on Spectrum News story!
For more information on educational workshops, plot rental waitlist applications, or to learn more about the public demonstration garden, please call 626.303.6609 or visit Monrovia Community Garden online.
Congresswoman Napolitano Visits Oak Crest Institute of Science In Monrovia
This past week, Congresswoman Napolitano visited Oak Crest Institute of Science to congratulate the team on their recent grant award of $748,000 for the i6 Challenge program, under the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program, and to learn what other initiatives Oak Crest is leading.
The prestigious grant award will help fund the Monrovia – Oak Crest Science and Technology Incubator Program (MOST-IP), an innovative science and technology initiative aimed at building regional capacity to translate innovations into jobs through proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs.
Of note, the i6 Challenge program was highly competitive, with only 22 awardees out of 183 applications in 2019. Furthermore, Oak Crest is one of only two awardees from California.
Oak Crest attracts highly skilled scientists who impact their respective disciplines and inspire the next generation of scientists through mentored research. Furthermore, the institute has a strong commitment to the local community, where they consistently engage efforts to mentor Monrovia youth interested in the STEM field, participate as an employer in the City’s summer Youth Employment Service program, and help lead elements of the City’s Junior Researcher Academy and Spring Break SciLab initiatives.
Congratulations to Oak Crest! With the additional grant funds just awarded, we can’t wait to see the enhancements that will be made to our MOST-IP program moving ahead!
Join Monrovia’s Police Officers’ Association For A Red Cross Blood Drive On September 4, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
The Monrovia Police Officers’ Association is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 4, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., in the Community Center Multi-Purpose Room at 119 W. Palm Avenue. In a hurry but still want to donate? Schedule your appointment ahead of time at www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “MONROVIA.” Your donation directly supports trauma victims, so spread the word to help get as many donors as possible from around the community! We hope to see you there!
Sign Up For The Monrovia Area Partnership Youth Or Adult Leadership Academies This Fall!
The Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) is excited to present our youth and adult leadership academies for the fall season! MAP is a city program facilitated by Neighborhood Services staff that hosts events and meetings to train and connect community members dedicated to improving Monrovia. Stay connected by liking MAP on Facebook, and we hope you’ll consider signing up for one of our academies below!
MAP Adult Leadership Academy
One major goal of the MAP Program is to encourage residents' involvement in their neighborhood and in the community. Through the MAP Leadership Academy, we train residents to recognize and utilize city resources; provide leadership skills; and encouragement to become engaged in the community.
- Thursdays, September 12 - October 24
- 7:00 PM - 9:00PM, Library Community Room
- RSVP Online
MAP Youth Leadership Academy
The Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) Youth Leadership Academy is similar to the Adult Academy but is designed for middle and high school aged youth. The Academy’s goals are to assist the youth in learning, developing and growing. We start by exploring with them how they themselves are leaders (even if they don’t know it yet!); then they are given examples of how others use their skills to make a difference. After learning from others, they learn how we work together as a community and ends with putting all that they learn into ACTION.
- Wednesdays, September 11 - October 23
- 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Library Community Room
- RSVP Online
Do You Have Sustainable Landscaping… And Want To Save $25 On Your Water Bill?
If you’ve said yes, please visit www.monroviaconserves.org to submit your application for our sustainable landscaping program. Through this program, residential water customers may enter their sustainable landscape to showcase efforts to conserve water! For more information and to submit your application, please visit www.monroviaconserves.org or call (626) 932-5575!
As part of our Water Conservation efforts, the City’s Sustainable Landscape Recognition Program provides Monrovia residents the opportunity to showcase their drought tolerant landscapes in an effort to promote water conservation.
In order to qualify for this program, the project area should include:
- 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
We encourage you to include:
- Drought-tolerant plants, such as succulents or other cacti, and plants native to Southern California
- Installation of drip irrigation or rotating nozzles
- Permeable hardscape such as decomposed granite or permeable pavers
- Inclusion of mulch areas
- Please complete the application and attach three photos of your landscape.
- Qualified participants will be recognized by the City and receive a one-time $25 credit on their water bill.
City Entryway Improvements At Huntington Drive / 5th Avenue Set To Take Place In Mid-July – City Council Approved Proceeding With Initial Design Details Shown Below
During the past year, staff has been engaged in coordinating a capital improvement project that will result in a reconfiguration of the intersection at 5th Avenue / Huntington Drive. The planned improvements are funded through a variety of different sources, and the overall elements associated with the enhancements include:
- An initial reconfiguration of the Southeast entryway corner of Huntington Drive / 5th Avenue to facilitate future phases of the improvements
- Installation of a new entryway monument at the location (along with corresponding entryway monuments / public art along the entire stretch of Huntington Drive in Monrovia), along with new landscaping
- Widening Huntington Drive at 5th Avenue in Monrovia to facilitate improved traffic flow at the location
- Installation of new traffic signals at the Huntington Drive / 5th Avenue intersection to facilitate protected left turn movements in all directions
Given the coordination that has occurred to date, the first phase of the planned improvements – reconfiguring and widening the southwest entryway corner of Huntington Drive / 5th Avenue to facilitate all of the other enhancements – is scheduled to begin in a few weeks in mid-July. As part of that work, the existing entryway monument was recently removed (and is being preserved!) by the City.
In order for the reconfiguration of the southwest entryway corner on Huntington Drive to proceed, the City needs to expand the area of this particular corner to facilitate all of the planned future work. To accomplish this task, the City’s contractor will work to expand the covering over an existing underground pedestrian trail that travels below Huntington Drive, along the Santa Anita wash.
Utilizing some of the existing structure, a box culvert will be built in the wash that will include a traffic rated deck to match the existing grade of the corner. This will add more than 250 additional square feet of space to this corner and will form the basis for the eventual installation of new welcome monuments, improved landscaping, new traffic signals, and pedestrian space.
This overall work will take around 4-weeks to complete, and although the work will take place out of the roadway, there may be times when contractors will be encroaching onto Fifth Avenue and Huntington Drive during the construction activity. Of course, in those instances, proper and thorough traffic control will be installed to ensure that the work zone is safe at all times. In addition, due to the potential traffic delays, our team has been in touch with our counterparts at the City of Arcadia to advise of potential impacts. Finally, we ask all motorists and pedestrians in the area to be please be safe and expect delays.
Of note, given the visibility of the entryway monument at 5th Avenue / Huntington Drive for Monrovia, staff scheduled a City Council Study Session to review the planned improvements at the intersection location on July 16 at 6:30 p.m. At that meeting, City Council approved proceeding with the initial design details, samples of which are included below for reference!
Moving forward, we will be sure to update everyone as we make progress on these improvements at 5th Avenue / Huntington Drive! In the meantime, if you have any questions about this matter, please call Public Works at (626) 932-5575 or email PWComments@ci.monrovia.ca.us.
Western City Entryway @ Huntington Drive / 5th Avenue
Eastern City Entryway @ Huntington Drive / 5th Avenue
Canyon Park’s Family Night And Campout Program Continues To Be A Hit, With Four More Weekend Sessions Scheduled Through September 2019!
Our talented Canyon Park and Library staff hosted another successful Family Hike & Campout event in our very own Canyon Park! This popular program fills up fast, as families are eager to make memories under the stars, and enjoy a BBQ dinner, s’mores, a hike, story-time, and more! Luckily, there are still three more chances for you and your family to attend the campouts this summer! Be sure to sign up early to get your spot!
- Upcoming Campouts
- September 7 - 8 - Registration opens on Saturday, August 17
- September 28 - 29 - Registration opens on Saturday, September 7
- Check In: 2:00 p.m., Check Out: 12:00 p.m.
- Cost: $50
Should you have any questions about these terrific events, please call the Community Services Department at (626) 256-8155!
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:
- 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:
- Trammell 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 proposed project to be built on the City block 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.
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).
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. The group meets every Wednesday from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the Library Heritage Room. For more information call 626-256-8273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The group meets every Thursday from 12-1:30 pm in the Library Heritage Room. For more information, call 626-256-8273 or email email@example.com.
Interesting Story of the Week – Yup… Bernie Sanders Is The Only Presidential Candidate Who Has Made This Insanely Important Pledge!
Bernie Sanders Pledges to Release Any Info About Aliens If He's Elected in 2020
We typically eschew any political talk when identifying interesting stories to share, however, this particular nugget caught our attention and we felt that sharing this information would be of the upmost importance. And that information is this…
Of all the people running for the Office of President of the United States, Bernie Sanders is the only one who has pledged to release information related to the government’s knowledge of aliens if he’s elected in 2020.
That’s right… the Senator from Vermont will tell us all if E.T. is real!
According to an interview that Joe Rogan conducted with Bernie on August 8, the presidential candidate said that he would absolutely disclose any government information related to UFOs… but that’s only if he wins! You can see the full podcast here.
So there you have it.
The truth is out there.
And Bernie will tell you.
But only if he’s elected President!
To read more about this very interesting development in the 2020 Presidential Election, click on the link below to read more!
Police Department’s Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report
The Police Department’s weekly neighborhood watch report for the period August 15-21, 2019, has been included for your review and reference. During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 429 service events, resulting in 90 investigations. A copy of the report can be found at the following link: Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report
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