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City Manager's Update: September 24, 2019

Post Date:09/24/2019 11:00 AM

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 

Hello everyone,

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

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

Best regards,

Brad Dover


 

Quote of the Week

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.” - Seneca


City Manager Recruitment Update

While stepping into the role of Interim City Manager is an exciting new challenge for me, the search for a permanent new city manager is still underway, so I wanted to provide you all with our anticipated timeline and next steps.

During the past month and a half, City Council and staff have been coordinating the city manager recruitment process.  Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we do appear to be close to concluding this overall recruitment effort. 

While specific details related to the city manager recruitment process are still confidential, the City Council is nearing a final decision as it relates to selecting the next chief executive officer.  If all goes according to plan, we should be ready to make an announcement toward the latter part of next week, and an employment agreement with the final selected candidate could make its way onto the October 1 City Council meeting agenda for formal consideration.  If that timeline holds, then Monrovia’s next city manager should be onboard no later than mid- to late-November.

Thank you for your patience throughout this process, and we hope to be able to provide you another update here soon! 


 

Council Welcomes Two New Employees…And One New Mascot To The Monrovia Team!

At the September 17 meeting, City Council was introduced to two new employees (Welcome, again, Lauren Davidsmeier, and Jimmy Wong!)…and then someone a little furrier moseyed his way into the Council Chambers.  That’s right, Monrovia Fire & Rescue has added a new member to their team…allow me to introduce our new mascot, Samson the Fire Education Bear! 

Samson the Fire Education Bear is here to make fire safety fun!  Samson will be out and about at outreach events throughout the city to help educate the dos and don’ts of fire safety.  Thank you to Division Chief Brian Patrick, Firefighter/Paramedic Jeremy Phipps, and Fire Engineer Joseph Jansen for bringing this mascot to life!  Maybe we’ll get to see Samson and Smokey the Bear duel it out here soon for who is the coolest firefighting bear!! 

Samson at Council Meeting

 


 

Coffee With A Cop Event On October 2, 9 – 11 AM, At The Huntington Drive / Magnolia Avenue Starbucks

The Monrovia Police Department will be spending time at the Starbucks located at the corner of Huntington Drive and Magnolia Avenue on Wednesday, October 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., for National Coffee with a Cop Day!  No agenda, no distractions, and no barriers… just java and conversation as the Monrovia Police Department looks to spend some time with you!  We hope that you will join us for the event! 

Coffee with a Cop-Oct 2

 


 

Governor Newsom Signs New Employment Legislation Limiting Use Of Independent Contractors In California – City Council Approves Proactive Response With Modest Price Shift For GoMonrovia ($0.50 / Ride Increase On Shared Platform)

During the past few weeks, staff has been monitoring Assembly Bill 5 (“AB 5”) in the California State Legislature, which aims to transform the gig economy by reclassifying “independent contractors” as employees.  AB 5 seeks to radically alter the environment and context in which certain companies operate, which would have the impact of creating significant new operating cost increases.  Among the companies that would be impacted include Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and DoorDash, along with any other industries that rely on the use of independent contractors to operate.

On Wednesday, September 18, Governor Gavin Newsom officially signed AB 5 into law.  Given this development, the new regulations are set to take effect January 1, 2020.  Thankfully, at their September 17 meeting, City Council had the foresight to approve a proactive response to AB 5 to help reduce the impact of this new legislation.

From a Monrovia-centric perspective, this new law will undoubtedly have an impact on our GoMonrovia operation.  By forcing companies like Lyft and Uber to transition drivers (who are currently classified as independent contractors) into employees, experts have indicated that labor costs for both companies could increase by $800 million annually.  This will almost undoubtedly translate into increased costs for passengers, and given the current transit model we have deployed in Monrovia, approval of AB 5 means that we are likely going to see higher program costs in 2020.

Given the approval of AB 5, the City will be instituting a relatively minor GoMonrovia rider fare cost increase to take effect on November 1, 2019. The following program fare modifications be implemented, as outlined below: 

  • $1.00 / Shared ride for any ride to / from Old Town and the Gold Line Station
    • This constitutes a $0.50 fare increase.
  • $3.00 / Shared ride anywhere else in the service area
    • This constitutes a $0.50 fare increase.
  • $5.00 / Classic ride anywhere in the service area
    • This constitutes no change in rider fare.

Given that AB 5 introduces significant uncertainty for the gig economy, and by extension Lyft, staff believes that the best way to address that uncertainty is to create financial breathing room for the overall program.  In that way, if Lyft is impacted in the future by AB 5, the financial flexibility that we create now will give us more options for assessing future challenges that we will no doubt have to address.

The above pricing shift is expected to decrease overall program costs by approximately $180,000 / year, which will help offset the anticipated future cost increase that will result from the approval of AB 5.

Staff are now working to develop outreach materials regarding the upcoming pricing shift. In the meantime, below please finds some links to read more regarding AB 5!

 


 

Measure K Sales Tax Outreach Planned Throughout October

I wanted to let everyone know that even in the midst of everything else going on, the team hasn’t taken our eye off of the sales-tax ball!  We’ve been working to develop our overall Measure K - Keep Monrovia Revenues Local Sales and Use Tax Measure outreach plan, which is set to launch in October with the following key components: 

  • water bill insert has been developed with educational materials regarding Measure K and will start hitting resident mailboxes towards the later part of September 2019.
  • We are nearly finished confirming the initial outreach schedule for our boards, commissions, and community groups, where staff will be making an updated presentation about Measure K.  The outreach schedule currently includes:
  • We have also coordinated to host two general community meetings regarding Measure K, and we’ll be rolling our MAP Area Leaders into the fold for one of those 2 outreach meetings, which have been scheduled to take place as follows:
    • October 19 - Monrovia Community Center @ 11 a.m.
      • MAP-ed group and general community will be invited to participate in this Saturday meeting
    • October 22 - Council Chambers @ 7 p.m. 
      • This general community meeting will be offered to help provide an additional chance for the City to provide background on Measure K
  • Staff has also developed an updated presentation deck to guide our upcoming outreach push.

We are excited to get out in the community to spread the word about Measure K, and hope you will remember to vote this Special Election Day on Tuesday, November 5!

 


 

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:

  1. Fund an upgrade to the City’s Community Center
  2. Achieve a AAA Rating
  3. Give money back to residents by lowering the monthly municipal services bill
  4. Continue to invest in capital upgrades, including parks, facilities and infrastructure
  5. 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.

Measure K


 

Monrovia Named As A Finalist For The LAEDC Most Business Friendly City Award!!!

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) press release names Monrovia as a finalist for the most business-friendly city in LA County.  Of note… this is the third year in a row that we’ve been named a finalist in the category for cities with a population of under 50,000.  The other finalists in our bracket include Duarte, La Mirada, San Gabriel, and Santa Fe Springs.

The attached press release provides additional information regarding the award nomination.  Award winners will be announced live at the 24th Annual Eddy Awards, on Thursday, November 7, at JW Marriot at LA Live.  The award nomination recognizes cities that deploy business-friendly programs and services that support job-creation, and finalists were selected through independent review by a panel of blue ribbon judges, based on the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrated priority commitment to economic development and quality jobs
  • Excellence in programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion, and retention
  • Competitive business tax rates and fee structures
  • Availability of economic incentives
  • Effective communication with and about business clients 

 

Volunteers Needed For Read Across Monrovia On October 3

Help promote literacy in Monrovia by volunteering as a classroom reader during Read Across Monrovia on Thursday, October 3rd! Read Across is a day where volunteers from across the community come and read to district classrooms citywide (K through 5th graders). Sign up by filling out the volunteer form! Most visits start at 8:00 a.m. (although there are a few afternoon time slots available). Once you fill out the form and return it, you will be contacted regarding the school, teacher, room number, and grade of your class. You can even decide which school or grade level you would like to visit and library staff are happy to help you pick out books to read. This wonderful event is coordinated each year by Monrovia Reads. If you have questions, feel free to call Joanne Spring at 626-358-1952 or Diane Delmatoff at 626-388-4544.

 


 

MAFA 55th Annual Arts Show & Chalk Fest

The Monrovia Association of Fine Arts presents the 55th Celebrate the Arts Show & ChalkFest, which will feature the third chalk festival in Monrovia with cash prizes, over 40 booths of local fine artists demonstrating and displaying their work, art by Mt. Sierra College students, and kids art and teen urban art activities.

On October 5, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., head out to Station Square Park to celebrate, “Art Changes the World." It will feature quality live entertainment on the Station Square Park stage and popular food trucks and restaurants. For more information, be sure to check out MAFA online.

MAFA Chalkfest 2019

 


 

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week At Monrovia Fire & Rescue Open House October 6 - 12

Monrovia Fire & Rescue is participating in Fire Prevention Week this October 6 – 12.  The main theme for the event, “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice your Escape.”
 
As a special activity to kick-off Fire Prevention Week, on Saturday, October 5, the fire department will be opening its doors at Station 101 (141 East Lemon Avenue) to the general public,10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  During the open house, Monrovia Fire & Rescue will host a Junior Firefighter Challenge, which is a course designed for kids to simulate firefighter drills.  In addition, our terrific firefighters will perform an auto extrication demonstration!  The demonstration will include an overview of the tools and procedures the Fire Department uses to extricate individuals who are trapped from an automobile accident!

The following week, October 7 – 11, Monrovia Firefighters will be visiting the 4th grade classrooms of the Monrovia Unified School District. The teaching point will be centered around the importance of identifying potential fire hazards, recognizing emergency alarms and ensuring that escape routes are easily accessible and free of clutter.
 
For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit Monrovia Fire & Rescue online!

MFD Open House- October 5

 


 

San Gabriel Valley Humane Society Celebrates 95th Anniversary, October 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The SAN GABRIEL VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY is celebrating its 95th year of connecting people and pets on Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at our historic facility located at 851 East Grand Avenue in San Gabriel.

The event kicks off with the Blessing of the Animals at 10:30 and Poker Dog Pack Walk at 10:45 (registration required), then back to the shelter for games & craft projects (including dog paw art!), food trucks, local craft beer & wine garden, live DJ, art exhibits and vendors.

Come join the celebration and help the SGV Humane Society kick off the Centenary Shelter Improvement Campaign!  Visit the posting on Eventbrite for more details!

SGV Humane 95thanniversarylogov3


 

DIY Network TV’s Restored Coming To Monrovia!

The DIY Network TV program Restored, which documents the restoration of vintage homes, is looking for three Monrovia homes to be on their show. There are several conditions for potential candidates:

  1. The home must be a vintage Craftsman, Victorian, Spanish Colonial Revival or similar period home and still have many of its original features.
  2. The work undertaken on each home will be different, but most likely would include a kitchen remodel, front entry, exterior, maybe bathroom and fireplace, etc.
  3. The homeowner will have to contribute a minimum of $60,000.
  4. The project typically takes 8 weeks and the occupants must move out during that time.
  5. House furnishings will be removed during the remodel.
  6. Apply now.

If interested, contact Jeff at casting@essential.media or jeff.uncapher@essential.media.

Restored Casting

 


Monrovia Public Library Foundation 5th Annual Team Up! Dream Up! For Literacy Fundraiser On September 29

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.

Literacy Fundraiser

 


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 

  • Timeline:
    • Development Review Committee – August 2019
    • Planning Commission – September 2019
    •  Of note, no City Council review of this project is needed, unless is appealed
  • Description
    • 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) 

  • Timeline
    • Development Review Committee – September 2019
    • Planning Commission – October 2019
    • City Council – November 2019
  • Description
    • 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.  

Overton Moore Pacific Self Storage Project

 

Fifield Realty Multi-Family Development Project (Station Square) 

  • Timeline
    • Development Review Committee – October 2019
    • Planning Commission – November 2019
    • City Council – December 2019
  • Description
    • 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.

Fifield Realty Multi-Family Development

 

Alexan Multi-Family Development Project (Station Square)

  • Timeline
    • Development Review Committee – October 2019
    • Planning Commission – November 2019
    • City Council – December 2019
  • Description
    • 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.

Alexan Multi-Family Development

 

Arroyo Multi-Family Development Project (Station Square)

  • Timeline
    • Development Review Committee – October / November 2019
    • Planning Commission – November / December 2019
    • City Council – December / January 2019
  • Description
    • 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.

 

Arroyo Multi-Family Development

 


 

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.

 

Route 66 Automotive Museum

 


 

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!

 

Taste of Old Town 2019

 


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!

Monrovia Today - Fall 2019


 

As Part Of The City’s Water Conservation Efforts, We Ask You To Be Mindful For Alternative Uses Of Water

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.

Water Conservation

 


 

Street Striping To Be Completed In Monrovia Renewal’s 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!

For the week of September 23 – September 25, Sully-Miller will:

  • Install all street striping on the recently paved streets

It is important to note that two large streets within the South Section, Myrtle Avenue and Evergreen Avenue, have not yet been paved. Sully-Miller is working those streets into their schedule for the next cycle of paving, which will begin around the end of October. These streets will be paved and all striping will be installed by the end of November.

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 monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us. Additional information will be provided weekly in this update.  Thank you for your patience as we work to complete these improvements!

 Monrova Renewal Street Repairs - South Section


 

Monrovia Renewal North Area Construction Ongoing!

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.  We thank the community for their patience as the construction progress continues to move through the largest section of Monrovia Renewal.

At this time, Sully-Miller continues to work through the remaining concrete removal and replacement within this project area.

Over the coming week, some of the work that will be taking place includes:

  • Slot Paving and Backfilling of Trenches from recently poured concrete
    • Monday, September 23 – Friday, September 27:
      • Streets Iclude: Acorn Circle, Bradoaks Avenue, Mountain Avenue, and Norumbega Drive

North Section Paving Slated to Resume near the End of October

Recently, Sully-Miller shared with staff their proposed paving schedule for the remaining paving work to be completed in the North Section of Monrovia Renewal. There are a lot of components that dictate the paving schedule, including the completion of all concrete work and underground utility work in advance of paving, as well as the availability of paving crews, equipment and asphalt material. According to their schedule, Sully-Miler will resume paving operations during the week of October 30 and continue for approximately 15 working days.

Over the next couple of weeks, as the team prepares for paving activities, residents that are in the sections remaining to be paved will see the following activity taking place:

  • Weeks of September 30 and October 7 – Utility Lowering (Manholes, Water Valves)
  • Week of October 7 – Pulverizing and Grading Will begin on streets that are to be reconstructed.
  • Week of October 14 – Grinding to begin on streets that are to be overlaid
  • Week of October 21 – Grinding to continue on streets that are to be overlaid

As work continues to progress over the coming weeks, we will be sure to continue to share all of the up to date schedules and information about ongoing construction activity.

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 monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

 Monrovia Renewal North Section Map


 

Suspension Of Street Sweeping Enforcement In North Section Construction Area Of Monrovia Renewal Now Extended Through November

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 November 29, 2019.  

As the construction schedule continues to evolve, staff will continue to monitor the timeline for this program and evaluate the proper timeline to continue it. We will be sure to share as up to date of information as possible in the subsequent editions of this update. 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 monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

 


 

Southern California Edison Electrical System Improvements Impacting Portions Of Myrtle Avenue Beginning Monday, October 7

Recently, construction crews have been working on an underground utility relocation project in the vicinity of Walnut Avenue, Primrose Avenue and Myrtle Avenue. The work has primarily taken place on Walnut and Primrose, however, the work is now gearing up to move onto Myrtle Avenue. This project involves removal of concrete, trenching, installation of new electrical conduit and service vaults which means the work on Myrtle Avenue will, unfortunately, create some construction related impacts to the community.

Construction crews are scheduled to begin the work on Myrtle Avenue, from Walnut Avenue to about 200’ south, beginning, Monday, October 7. Staff is coordinating with the construction team to authorize a street closure in the work area during the weeks of October 7 and October 14 from 7:00am-5:00pm and 7:00am-2:00pm on Fridays. The closure will be from Walnut Avenue to the alley to allow for safe, unimpeded work of the crews. Access will remain available to all businesses either off of Myrtle Avenue or through the posted detours. Myrtle Avenue will be reopened nightly and on weekends (in time for the Friday Night Street Fair). In addition, the work area will be cleaned and all trenches will be secured with steel plates to allow for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. During working hours, there will be onsite inspectors to monitor traffic control and oversee the construction project.

Staff is conducting outreach to all local businesses and residents who might be impacted by this work. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this work, please call Public Works at (626) 932-5575.

SCE @ Myrtle Ave.

 


 

First Youth Commission Meeting & Parent Orientation This Tuesday, September 24!

 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!

 

Youth Commission Flyer

  

 

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!


 

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 pwcomments@ci.monrovia.ca.us with any questions or concerns.

 

Accessible Parking Application

 

 


 

Southern California Edison Electrical System Improvements Impacting Portions Of Walnut And Primrose - Road Closure At Primrose Avenue Until September 30

As you may be aware, over the past couple of months, 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.  This work is creating new conduits along Myrtle, Walnut, and Primrose Avenues to connect electrical service to an existing SCE Substation located on Primrose Avenue.

This past week, work began on Primrose Avenue, between Walnut Avenue and Chestnut. In order to facilitate the efficient completion of this work, Primrose Avenue will be closed in this area during working hours. This closure will ensure safety of motorists and pedestrians in the area as well as allowing construction crews to work more efficiently. Southbound travel will be permitted on Primrose Avenue, outside of working hours, however, Northbound Primrose (in this block) will remain closed until September 30.

We do ask motorists to avoid this area, if possible. Detour signs are clearly posted and folks are asked to drive safely and adhere to all posted signs and warning. 

Please contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575 or pwcomments@ci.monrovia.ca.us with any immediate questions or concerns.

 

 Southern CA Edison Improvements


 

One Last Chance To Participate In Canyon Park’s Family Night And Campout Program On September 28-29!

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 one more chance 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!

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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:

  • Parking
  • Traffic
  • Water
  • 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:

  1. Trammell Crow Residential - "The Alexan Specific Plan"
    • A 436-unit project proposed to be built at 1625 South Magnolia Avenue
  2. Fifield Realty Corporation - "West Pomona Transit District"
    • A 310-unit project proposed to be built at 123 West Pomona Avenue
  3. 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
  4. 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).

 Monrovia Transit LogoMonrovia Transit ADA Van

 

 


 

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!

National Library Card Month 2019 at MPL

Homework Help
Pro-active Tutoring provides pre-screened tutors at no cost to library patrons. Tutors assist students from grades K to 8 in subjects such as math, language arts, and reading. No registration required. Mondays & Tuesdays during the school year. No Homework Help on: 11/4, 11/11, 11/25, 11/26

  • Monday, Sept. 23 & Tuesday, Sept. 24, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Story Room

 
Novel T's Book Club
Join us on the fourth Tuesday of every month for a lively book discussion featuring a new facilitator each month. The fun starts at 6:30 with snacks and chit/chat and then at 6:45 the discussion begins. This month’s title is Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

  • Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 PM to 8:00 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. 26, 2:00-4:00 PM, Library’s Magazine Area

 
Music Makers
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. 26, 4:00-4:45 PM, Story Room

 
Storytime Time
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. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, and Nov. 23, 12:30-1:15 PM, Story Room

 


 

Interesting Story of the Week – The Apartment Fire Was Caused By What?!

Serving as a firefighter for the past few decades, I have seen my fair share of strange calls. However, I have never responded to a fire caused by a heart-broken individual burning love letters. Apparently, the 19-year-old woman had burned some letters and set them on the floor before deciding to take a nap. She later awoke to find her carpet on fire!   

Learn more about how a Woman Sparks Apartment Fire By Burning Love Letters.

Burning Letter

Serving as a firefighter for the past few decades, I have seen my fair share of strange calls. However, I have never responded to a fire caused by a heart-broken individual burning love letters. Apparently, the 19-year-old woman had burned some letters and set them on the floor before deciding to take a nap. She later awoke to find her carpet on fire!   

Learn more about how a Woman Sparks Apartment Fire By Burning Love Letters.


 

Police Department’s Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The Police Department’s weekly neighborhood watch report for the period September 12 - 18, 2019 has been included for your review and reference.  During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 434 service events, resulting in 74 investigations. A copy of the report can be found at the following link: Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report


 

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Wednesday, September 3, 2019

Hello everyone!

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

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

Best regards,

Oliver

Quote of the Week

When I miss you, sometimes I listen to music or look at pictures of you, not to remind me of you but to make me feel as if I'm with you.  It makes me forget the distance and capture you. 

– LeBron James

Wednesday, September 3, 2019

Hello everyone!

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

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

Best regards,

Oliver

Quote of the Week

When I miss you, sometimes I listen to music or look at pictures of you, not to remind me of you but to make me feel as if I'm with you.  It makes me forget the distance and capture you. 

– LeBron James

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