September 10, 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
All days are nights to see till I see thee. And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.
– William Shakespeare
City Manager Recruitment Update
I wanted to provide everyone with a quick update regarding the current city manager recruitment process that we’ve been coordinating. During the past several weeks, the City Council has been actively engaged in working to identify Monrovia’s next city manager, and the overall process is expected to result in the identification of a recommended candidate at some point in the next week or two.
In addition to a full battery of internal reviews and candidate background checks, the City Council also engaged three in-depth reviews of city manager candidates as follows:
- Review of Recommended Candidates
- September 3, 2019 in Closed Session with the City Council
- City Council – First Round Interviews
- September 6, 2019 in Closed Session with the City Council
- City Council Finalist Interviews
- September 9, 2019 with in Closed Session with the City Council and various interview panels
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
Monrovia Public Library Foundation 5th Annual Team Up! Dream Up! For Literacy Fundraiser
We are so proud of our amazing adult learners & volunteer tutors! Help support them and literacy services across Monrovia by attending the 5th Annual Team Up! Dream Up! For Literacy Fundraiser on Sunday, September 29th at the Monrovia Public Library. Our adult learner-turned-author, Mabel Ngo, will be signing copies of her book and all proceeds will go to the library's Literacy Services program. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased online at monrovialibraryfoundation.org. You can also purchase $10 Dining for Literacy raffle tickets at the Friends Book Store in the library and enter for a chance to win over $1,000 in gift cards to Monrovia eateries. Please help support this amazing program that is transforming lives! To learn more about the library’s Literacy Services, visit monrovialibrary.org or call 626-256-8273.
Key Development Project – Current Tentative Timeline For 5 Significant Initiatives
I wanted to provide everyone with an update regarding the current project timeline for each of our key development projects moving ahead. We’ve been working hard the past few months to get everything sync’d up (thank you Community Development Department team!), and in the past couple of weeks, the team has been working to clarify the upcoming schedule for our key development projects moving ahead. To that end, there are currently 5 projects in the pipeline that staff would categorize as significant, and based on current timelines, the City will be considering these initiatives throughout the remainder of 2019.
An overview of each of those projects includes the following:
Adaptive Reuse of Former Monrovia Market Building
- Development Review Committee – August 2019
- Planning Commission – September 2019
- Of note, no City Council review of this project is needed, unless is appealed
- Proposed by Bowden Development, this project seeks to transform the former Monrovia Market building at 525 South Shamrock Avenue into an auto museum with two loft apartment units on a second floor. Additional project details are included in a separate update item below.
Overton Moore Pacific Self Storage Project in Old Town (Former GTE / Verizon Building)
- Development Review Committee – September 2019
- Planning Commission – October 2019
- City Council – November 2019
- Located at 115 – 127 East Lime Avenue in Old Town, the project includes 550 self-storage units (~86k square feet of storage space); 4,470 square feet of ground floor retail / commercial space; and 1,247 square feet of ground floor office space. A project rendering is provided below.
Fifield Realty Multi-Family Development Project (Station Square)
- Development Review Committee – October 2019
- Planning Commission – November 2019
- City Council – December 2019
- A proposed 310-unit multi-family project at 123 West Pomona Avenue, this proposed initiative sits on the site that the City sold to Paul K. A project rendering is provided below.
Alexan Multi-Family Development Project (Station Square)
- Development Review Committee – October 2019
- Planning Commission – November 2019
- City Council – December 2019
- A proposed 436-unit multi-family project located at 1625 South Magnolia Avenue, this proposed project sits on property currently owned by Peter Hoffman. A project rendering is provided below.
Arroyo Multi-Family Development Project (Station Square)
- Development Review Committee – October / November 2019
- Planning Commission – November / December 2019
- City Council – December / January 2019
- A proposed 284-unit multi-family project located on the north side of Pomona Avenue between Magnolia Avenue and Primrose Avenue, this proposed initiative is being advanced by Matt Waken. A project rendering is included below.
Development Review Committee Unanimously Approves The Proposed Adaptive Reuse Of The Former Monrovia Market Building For A Route 66 Automotive Museum / Special Event Venue, With A Small Residential Component
We are excited to share that the proposed auto museum / residential use proposed for the former Monrovia Market building is moving ahead! This past week, the Development Review Committee considered an entitlement application by Bowden Development to repurpose the former Monrovia Market building (located at 525 S. Shamrock Avenue) into a Route 66 Automotive Museum / Special Event Venue. The Automotive Museum would showcase several 1950 classic cars and memorabilia owned by the late Fred Bowden, and could be rented out for private parties and gatherings on a limited basis. The project proposal also includes the addition of two residential loft units on the second floor. A rendering of the project is included below for your consideration.
Given this approval, the item will now be considered by the Planning Commission on September 11. At that meeting, the Planning Commission will consider several entitlements and land use actions to facilitate the proposed use, including a General Plan and Zoning Amendment that would designate 525 South Shamrock (Monrovia Market) and 721 South Shamrock (Flying A Gasoline Station) into the PD-66 (Planned Development-Area 66) with new development guidelines to encourage the preservation, restoration and adaptive reuse of these Route 66 roadside buildings.
Arcadia’s Experience Portends A Significant Future Issue With Pasadena Humane Society, As Cost Increases Of Nearly 600% Are Being Pushed Onto Contracting Agencies!
Just a quick FYI on an animal control topic currently brewing … there is a lot of angst in the San Gabriel Valley regarding the way in which the Pasadena Humane Society (PHS) is approaching their planned implementation of significant rate increases for animal control services. Currently, Monrovia isn’t impacted by the possible changes, as our existing contract with PHS locks in our existing cost structure (~$120k / year) for the next two years through 2021. However, we should begin thinking about how to address this issue now, especially given the experience that other jurisdictions have been subject to.
The latest example of the issues associated with working with PHS comes from Arcadia. My understanding is that Arcadia has had two meetings with PHS which were both contentious, and in both instances, PHS had trouble addressing very basic questions related to significant planned cost increases.
How significant, you ask?
Well… how about a 578% cost increase?
It appears that Arcadia has historically been paying around $90k / year to PHS for animal control services. Without any detailed explanation, PHS is now telling Arcadia that the exact same service level will now cost around $525k / year!
From $90k / year to $525k / year! In one year!
PHS has been rolling this new cost structure out to other contracting agencies in the SGV, and La Canada and Bradbury were the first two cities to address this issue with PHS during the past few months. Those jurisdictions, like Arcadia, reported that the PHS has been employing a negotiating approach that is short on details regarding why costs are increasing so dramatically.
All of this points to a need to begin looking at alternate options. Unfortunately, when it comes to animal control, there are not many other service providers to contract with (LA County is basically the only other option available), and given that factor, a number of cities are now talking about meeting to discuss possible response options, including a separate regional animal control JPA. With the cost structure being proposed by PHS, it could likely make financial sense to move in that direction, and there are currently staff level conversations being planned with several cities, including Arcadia, La Canada, Bradbury, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, San Marino, Pasadena, and Monrovia.
We will be certain to keep everyone apprised of our efforts moving ahead!
Council Member Crudgington And Staff Participated In A Safe Clean Water (Measure W) Implementation Program Overview With LA County This Past Week!
Just a quick note to let everyone know that Council Member Crudgington and staff participated in an LA County webinar this past week that outlined how Measure W funding processes would be deployed moving ahead. View the copy of the presentation that LA County used to guide the discussion.
Monrovia Named The 39th Safest City In California By Backgroundchecks.org, And The 5th Safest City In The San Gabriel Valley!
Here in Monrovia, we’ve always felt it was a safe community, and now, thanks to Backgroundchecks.org, we know just how safe the Gem City of the Foothills truly is!
A recently released analysis of all cities in California found that Monrovia was the 39th safest city in California! And what’s even cooler is that Monrovia is the 5th safest city in the San Gabriel Valley, ranking only behind Sierra Madre (7th), San Marino (12th), South Pasadena (24th), and Glendale (32nd… but is Glendale really even in the SGV?)!
For more information on this cool bit of news, and to see the methodology used by Backgroundchecks.org to come up with their rankings, click on the following link: Safest Cities in California
Monrovia Library Receives 2020 Book To Action Grant
We are so pleased to share that our very own Monrovia Public Library is one of 26 recipients of the 2020 Book To Action Grant awarded by the California Center for the Book! This grant gives our Adult Services Team the chance to collaborate with community partners to create a dynamic series of events for adults and intergenerational groups across Monrovia. Our program series will revolve around The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, a New York Times Bestseller and beautiful commentary on nature. We’ll have more information coming soon, but wanted to share the good news with everyone! View more information on the Book To Action program and the other library systems that received the grant.
Monrovia Chamber Of Commerce’s Popular Beer, Wine, And Music Festival Is Back On Saturday, September 14
The 4th Annual Monrovia Station Beer, Wine & Music Fest is a unique event celebrating craft beer, wine sampling & live music. The event will take place on Saturday, September 14, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., at the Station Square Park in Monrovia. Savor the art of brewing and wine tasting as you sample craft beer and wines from award winning breweries & wineries. Purchase delicious food from popular local food vendors.
Since this is a beer & wine festival, and a 21 and older ONLY event, please be aware that all attendees must show valid photo I.D. at the door to be admitted.
There will be a special VIP admission that allows ticket holders in early from 4:00-5:00 pm (limited amount of VIP tickets). Ride the Metro Gold Line and get dropped off in front of the event at the Monrovia Station Square Park just across the plaza. We want everyone to drink responsibly and travel safely! Therefore, we are providing Designated Driver tickets at a discounted price. These DD ticket holders will get five water or sodas to enjoy.
Tickets: Please purchase your tickets online in advance!
VIP Admission $50 (Early Entry 4:00-5:00 pm)
Advance General Admission $40
VIP Designated Driver $25 (4:00-8:00 pm)
Designated Driver $20
Day-Of General Admission - $50 Cash or $55 Credit Card
Buy Tickets Online
Or buy general admission tickets in person at the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce office, 620 S. Myrtle Avenue. We hope to see you there!
Tickets For “A Taste Of Old Town Monrovia” On Sale Now! Don’t Miss One Of The Most Delectable Events Of The Year On October 20, 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
A Taste of Old Town Monrovia is back to showcase the amazing local merchants and restaurants we have throughout Old Town! This popular event allows you to sample a variety of foods and beverages up and down Myrtle Avenue all in one scrumptious evening. The event will be taking place on Sunday, October 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.! Purchase your tickets today! We hope to see you all there!
The New Fall Edition Of Monrovia Today Is Now Available!
We’re very excited to showcase all of the amazing programs, services, and events that will be in our community this fall, and hope you like the line up as much as we do! Take a look at the latest happenings in Monrovia and register for classes now by visiting the City’s website: Monrovia Today Activity Guide. Classes begin September 23!
As Part Of The City’s Water Conservation Efforts, We Ask You To Be Mindful Of How And When You Maintain Your Landscape By Reducing Water Waste
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 www.monroviaconserves.org or call the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575.
Paving Activities Continue In Monrovia Renewal South Section!
Recently, Sully-Miller Contracting Company has completed extensive amounts of paving on the remaining streets in the South Section of Monrovia Renewal, which is everything that is located to the South of the Freeway. At this time, all streets that have been ground have been paved back and they sure look great! We do hope that everyone is as pleased with the condition of the streets as we are!
For the week of September 9 – September 11, Sully-Miller will be:
- Installing Striping on all streets that have been recently paved!
There are two sizable streets that remain to be grinded and paved in the South Section, Myrtle Avenue and Evergreen Avenue. Sully-Miller is working to get these streets added to their schedule and resume paving at the end of October. We anticipate that all work in the South Section will be completed by November and we will be sure to keep everyone informed of the schedule as we learn more!
As with all sections of Monrovia Renewal Work, impacted residents will be notified at least 48 hours prior to any work taking place and any parking restrictions will be posted in the impacted work areas. 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 email@example.com. 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 ongoing 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. Over the past week, considerable paving work was completed and will resume at the end of October. Ongoing grading and concrete pouring will continue as work moves through the largest Monrovia Renewal Project Area. There is a lot of work going on out there and, as always, we appreciate the patience and understanding that we are receiving from the community!
Over the coming week, some of the work that will be taking place includes:
Grading and Concrete Pouring:
- Monday, September 9- Friday, September 13:
- Streets Include: Acorn Circle, Bradoaks Avenue, Mountain Avenue, and Norumbega Drive
Slot Paving, Backfilling, and Clean Up of Completed Concrete:
- Tuesday, September 9- Friday, September 13
- Streets Include: Acorn Circle, Bradoaks Avenue, and Mountain Avenue
As with all sections of Monrovia Renewal Work, impacted residents will be notified at least 48 hours prior to any work taking place and any parking restrictions will be posted in the impacted work areas. Residents are advised to adhere to all notices received and posted parking restrictions. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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!
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 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 Holiday tree, during the last week of November, on Tuesday, November 26
- Host the annual Holiday 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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
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
- Game / Practice Locations
- 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!
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 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.
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 28 - 29 -REGISTER TODAY!
- 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!
September is National Library Card Sign Up Month @ Monrovia Library
This month we’ll be celebrating those who get a new library card with a special surprise! And we’re asking everyone to drop by and share why they love the library on our interactive display in the Lobby. Is it the free books and movies? The friendly staff? Fun programs? Whatever you love about the library, we would love to hear about it so swing by today!
Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting
Teens in grades 6 to 12 who want to help shape the Library’s teen services. TAB members create programs for all teens in the community to enjoy and provide support for other library programs. Pick up an application at the Youth Services desk or online.
- Monday, Sept. 9 | 4:00-5:00 PM | Library Community Room
Teen Video Game Lounge
Calling all gamers – drop in to play Sims or Minecraft on library laptops, play on the WiiU, or go unplugged with a variety of board games. Snacks and games provided. Games rated Teen and younger welcome.
- Monday, Sept. 9 | 5:00-7:00 PM | Library Community Room
Stop, Drop, & Make
Relax on your own or with a friend for a self-guided craft/make/DIY time. Project materials and instructions will be provided to drop-in and enjoy. Bring your own projects, try one of ours and while at the library explore our diverse collection of DIY and crafting books! All levels of experience welcome! Adults and teens 16+.
- Thursday, Sept. 12 | 2:00-4:00 PM | Library’s Magazine Area
Sing, move, play, listen, create, and celebrate music! Through fun interactive participation, children will learn basic elements of music that help develop their mind, body, and soul. For Kindergarten through 2nd graders.
- Thursday, Sept. 12 | 4:00-4:45 PM | Story Room
Join us for Storytime Time 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month. We will use stories, songs, rhymes, puppets, and more to encourage the development of early literacy skills in young children. Fun will be had. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Saturdays – Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, and Nov. 23 | 12:30-1:15 PM | Story Room
Interesting Story of the Week – SO… DID YOU P-B4-WE-GO?
Our interesting story of the week is brought to us by Time and emanates from New Hampshire, where the governor recently had to get involved to allow a woman to keep her vanity license plate. It appears that Wendy Auger, who has had a personalized license plate for the past 15 years which reads “PB4WEGO,” was asked by the State DMV to surrender the vanity license plates.
According to the DMV, the decision was made requesting that license plates be turned back in because “phrases related to excretory acts aren’t permitted.” Ms. Auger appealed the decision, and in so doing asked, “Who has a mom or dad or parental figure who hasn’t said that to kids before leaving the house?”
New Hampshire’s governor even got involved in the issues, and according to local media reports, “Gov. Chris Sununu… reached out to the division and “strongly urged them” to allow… the plates.”
And the end result to this license plate dispute? It appears that with the governor’s urging, the DMV changed their initial decision and will be allowing Ms. Auger the ability to keep her “PB4WEGO” license plates! To read more about this situation, please feel free to click on the link below!
Governor Helps New Hampshire Woman Keep 'Excretory Act' Vanity License Plate
Police Department’s Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report
The Police Department’s weekly neighborhood watch report for the period August 29 – September 4, 2019, has been included for your review and reference. During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 384 service events, resulting in 87 investigations. A copy of the report can be found at the following link: Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report
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Questions? Key Contacts:
- Monrovia City Hall
- Public Works
- Community Center