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City Manager's Update: October 15, 2019

Post Date:10/15/2019 11:00 AM

Tuesday, October 15, 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

“People may not remember what you said, but they will remember how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


New Video Developed For Measure K Sales Tax Outreach!

The Measure K - Keep Monrovia Revenues Local Sales and Use Tax Measure outreach efforts are underway to help educate Monrovian voters this Special Election Day on Tuesday, November 5, including:

  • A short, educational video has been prepared and is available to share on MonroviaMeasureK.org.
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  • Outreach is going smoothly for our boards, commissions, and community groups! Staff has presented about Measure K to the Library Board, Rotary Club, MOTAB, Community Services Commission, and Planning Commission thus far.
  • The upcoming outreach meeting schedule includes:
    • New Horizons Senior Club - October 15 @ 10:30 a.m. - Just Added! 
    • Gad-a-Bouts Senior Club - October 16 @ 10 a.m. - Just Added! 
    • MAP - ed & General Community Meeting - October 19 @ 11 a.m., Community Center 
    • General Community Meeting - October 22 @ 7 p.m., Council Chambers
    • Historic Preservation Commission – October 23 @ 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers 
    • Kiwanis – October 31 @ Noon, Monrovian Restaurant 

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!

 


Senator Portantino To Host Mosquito Forum

Please join Senator Portantino on October 19, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., at Pasadena City College’s Community Education Campus (3035 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena) for a Mosquito Forum in collaboration with the local Vector Control Districts. RSVPs can be sent to Vickere Murphy at Vickere.Murphy@sen.ca.gov.

Mosquito Forum Flyer

 


 

2019 Monrovia Chamber Awards Call For Nominations

Who has made an impact on the Monrovia Community? It's a question the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce wants members and residents to answer as the organization seeks nominations for the 2019 Monrovia Chamber Awards:

  • Iris Award - Citizen of the Year
  • Monroe Award - Monrovia Businessperson of the Year
  • Service to the Chamber Award
  • Military Service and Stewardship Award - A Veteran or a person who passionately works to assist either veterans and/or veteran causes
  • Introducing the Pam Fitzpatrick Award - Advocate for Building a Stronger Business Community

 

To submit a nomination, please visit the nomination page. If you have any questions, please contact the Monrovia Chamber via phone at 626-358-1159 or email sc@monroviacc.com.

 


 

Purchase Your Tickets Today For Battle Of The Badges!

We are officially one month away from the infamous Battle of the Badges, where MPOA and MFA go head to head. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 2 at 6 p.m. in the Monrovia High School gym (tickets are $5 each for admission). 

Battle of the Badge - Nov. 2

 


 

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

Myrtle Avenue will be impacted for the next couple of weeks due to work related to an ongoing underground utility relocation project.

Construction crews have begun the work on Myrtle Avenue, from Walnut Avenue to about 200’ south, as of this past, Monday, October 7. Staff coordinated with the construction team to allow 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 south 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). The work area will be cleaned and all trenches will be secured with steel plates to allow for vehicular and pedestrian traffic every day. During working hours, there will be onsite inspectors to monitor traffic control and oversee the construction project.

We appreciate your patience, as work will be impactful to this area. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this work, please call Public Works at (626) 932-5575.

SCE @ Myrtle Ave.

 


 

Election Changes Are Coming For L.A. County Voters Starting In 2020 And Monrovians Get To Test The New Devices Throughout October!

L.A. County is modernizing the voting experience with the upcoming Statewide Presidential Primary election in March 2020.  Much of the current process — ballots, polling locations, vote tallying, and more — will change under a new L.A. County program called Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP).  With changing from the traditional polling locations, Vote Centers will allow voters to cast their ballot at any Vote Center across the County, up to 10 days prior to election day. The current voting system used in L.A. County dates back to 1968, and for the past ten years, the County Registrar and its contractors have been evaluating the way people vote to create the design for 31,000 new devices to cast ballots, known as the new Ballot Marking Device.

The Ballot Marking Device makes it easy for voters to customize the voting experience to fit their needs. Voters can access 13 languages, adjust the touch screen to a comfortable angle, change the display settings, such as text size and contrast, or go through the ballot using the audio headset and control pad. Security remains a top priority for L.A. County, so this device is not connected to a network or the internet.

The easy-to-follow instructions can guide any voter through the voting process without the need for assistance. Previously, voters with mobility or visual challenges were asked to go to a separate voting booth, but not anymore. The Ballot Marking Device provides all the accessibility features previously available, and upgrades them all into one device. 

Facts on the Ballot Marking Devices:

  • A paper ballot is required to use the Ballot Marking Device
  • There is no network or internet connection
  • The devices do not count ballots
  • The printed ballot will have a human-readable summary of selections
  • Voters will review their ballot twice before casting
  • Voters cast their ballot on the same device 

When & Where to Test the New Devices in October:

The City Clerk’s Office has partnered with the L.A. County Registrar’s Office to allow Monrovians to use the new equipment! Members of the community are invited to come try out the new Ballot Marking Device before the November 5 Election pilot program and the full launch in March 2020.  A County representative will be available to answer your questions and demo the machine during these times:

  • Every Saturday in October from Noon to 5 p.m. @ the Library (321 S. Myrtle)
  • Every Monday through Thursday in October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ City Hall (415 S. Ivy)

For more information, visit vsap.lavote.net, or call your friends in the City Clerk’s office at (626) 932-5599.

 Voter Demo Center

 


 

 

Do You Know A Business Woman Who Deserves Recognition For Their Contribution To The Local Economy And Serves As Role Model? Nominations To Senator Portantino’s 2019 Women In Business Awards Due Oct. 25

Senator Anthony Portantino will hold the annual Women in Business Legislative Update and Awards Luncheon on December 4, at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. This event honors outstanding women for their contributions to economic growth, non-profit impact, and business development in the 25th Senate District. Women in Business celebrate women who have contributed to the greater good of the workforce through the advancement of business and the proliferation of new jobs while serving as role models for their community and co-workers. If you’d like to nominate a woman in your life, please complete the nomination form and send it to Talin Mangioglu by Thursday, November 1. 


 

Governor Newsom Signs New Legislation Limiting Use Of Independent Contractors, Impacting Lyft And Others – City Council Approves Modest Price Shift For GoMonrovia ($0.50 / Ride Increase On Shared Platform) To Take Effect November 1

On Wednesday, September 18, Governor Gavin Newsom officially signed Assembly Bill 5 (“AB 5”) into law, which will transform the gig economy by reclassifying “independent contractors” as employees.  AB 5 will radically alter the environment and context in which certain companies operate, which will have the impact of creating significant new operating cost increases.  Among the companies that will be impacted are Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and DoorDash, along with any other industry that relies on the use of independent contractors to operate.

These new regulations are set to take effect January 1, 2020.  As a proactive response to these changes, the City Council approved a GoMonrovia pricing shift at their September 17 meeting to help reduce the impact of this new legislation, and to ensure the continued viability of this program.

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.

GoMonrovia - Effective 11:1


 

 

Look For Your Sample Ballot In The Mail! Special Election On Nov. 5 For Measure K Sales Tax Proposal To Keep Monrovia Revenue Local

Monrovia residents started receiving their Official Sample Ballots for the Local Election on November 5, 2019 in their mailbox!  On Tuesday, November 5, Monrovia voters will have the chance to consider Measure K, a local sales tax initiative that, if passed, would keep these Monrovia sales tax revenues local to reinvest into the community.

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


 

Key Development Project – Current Tentative Timeline For 5 Significant Initiatives 

There are currently 5 projects in the development pipeline that staff would categorize as significant. Based on the latest timelines, the Development Review Committee, Planning Commission, and City Council are expected to consider these initiatives for approval by the end of this year.  An overview of each of these projects is shared below:

1. Adaptive Reuse of Former Monrovia Market Building 

  • Timeline:
    • Development Review Committee – Approved on August 27, 2019
    • Planning Commission – Approved on September 11, 2019
    • City Council – Planned Development-Area 66 (“PD-66”) approved on October 1, 2019 
      • Read the staff report here to learn about the new planned development area that incorporates the Monrovia Market Building and the Flying “A” Gas Station along Route 66. PD-66 includes new development guidelines to encourage the preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of these Route 66 roadside buildings.
  • Description 
    • Proposed by Bowden Development, this project seeks to transform the former Monrovia Market building at 525 South Shamrock Avenue into a Route 66 Automotive Museum / Special Event Venue with two loft apartment units on a second floor
    • The Automotive Museum will showcase several 1950 classic cars and memorabilia owned by the late Fred Bowden, and can 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.An updated rendering of the project is included below for your consideration.

Auto Museum

 

2. Overton Moore Pacific Self Storage Project in Old Town (Former GTE / Verizon Building) 

  • Timeline
    • Development Review Committee – Approved on September 25, 2019
    • Planning Commission – October 9, 2019
    • City Council – November 19, 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 Image

3. Fifield Realty Multi-Family Development Project (“127 Pomona,” Station Square) 

  • Timeline
    • Development Review Committee – Approved on September 25, 2019
    • Planning Commission – October 9, 2019 
    • City Council – November 19, 2019
  • Description
    • A proposed 310-unit multi-family project at 127 West Pomona Avenue, this proposed initiative sits on the site that the City sold to Paul K.  A project rendering is provided below.

Fifield Image

4. Alexan Multi-Family Development Project (Station Square)

  • Timeline
    • Development Review Committee – October 23, 2019
    • Planning Commission – November 13, 2019
    • City Council – December 3, 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 23, 2019
    • Planning Commission – November 13, 2019
    • City Council – December 3, 2019
  • Description 
    • A proposed 302-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

 


 

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 created a website to help residents and businesses not only learn more about the significant projects that are 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
  • Affordable Housing
  • Water
  • Public Safety
  • And more!

 

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.


 

Grinding And Paving Operations To Complete The South Section Scheduled To Take Place At The End Of October!

While the majority of the Monrovia Renewal street improvements have been completed in the South Section, work is not yet underway on portions of Myrtle Avenue and Evergreen. Sully-Miller will be coordinating the paving of Evergreen (from Myrtle Avenue to Mountain Avenue) and Myrtle Avenue (south of Duarte Road).

Paving and striping is scheduled to begin the week of October 28 and is anticipated to be completed in this area by the end of November.


 

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.

Paving operations have been delayed due to resource and equipment issues. Sully-Miller is working towards resuming paving activities as equipment becomes available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Residents will be notified as soon as construction operations are scheduled to resume.

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.


 

Upper District Will Be Hosting A Turf Removal Workshop On October 22, 2019! 

As an ongoing effort related to the promotion of Water Conservation, the USGVMWD will be hosting a workshop regarding turf removal in the City of La Puente.  This free workshop is open to anyone who would like to attend! Workshop topics include design considerations, removal of existing grass, soil preparation, garden maintenance, planting, and irrigation systems. Please RSVP at: valeria@usgvmwd.org of if you have any questions please call the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575.

Turf Removal - 10:22

 


 

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


 

 

This Week’s Happenings At The Monrovia Public Library!

The Monrovia Public Library is a special community gathering place that makes a difference in the lives of children, teens, adults, and families of all kinds.  Experience all that the Library has to offer by visiting us in person at 321 S. Myrtle Avenue, and if you have any questions, contact the Library at (626) 256-8274!

Homework Help
Pro-active Tutoring provides pre-screened tutors at no cost to library patrons. Tutors assist students from grades K to 8 in subjects such as math, language arts, and reading. No registration required. Mondays & Tuesdays during the school year. No Homework Help on: 11/4, 11/11, 11/25, 11/26
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Story Room
 
Pop Culture Trivia Night @ Copper Still Grill
Compete with your friends to win our monthly trivia night at the Copper Still Grill. Winning teams will receive a grand prize and all attendees will have a chance at winning a raffle prize. This month's topic is Pop Culture! This event is for adults ages 18 and over.
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6:30-8:30 PM, Copper Still Grill (610 S. Myrtle Ave)
 
Horror Trivia Night @ Wingwalker Brewery
Compete with your friends to win at our Horror Trivia Night at Wingwalker Brewing. You can expect questions about horror classics and new spooky favorites! This event is for all ages. Alcohol will only be served to those age 21 and over with a valid ID.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30-8:30 PM, Wingwalker Brewery (235 W. Maple Ave)
 
Lego Club
Children and parents are invited to the Lego Club at MPL to build and play. Come by, get creative, and build some free family fun. You are only limited by the building materials, which we provide. For children 2-12 and their families.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 1:00-3:00 PM, Story Room


 

Interesting Story of the Week – What Do You Know About The Carassius Auratus?

More commonly known as the goldfish, many people enjoyed the companion of a goldfish as a pet or won it as a prize at the local fair, but did you know the humble breed of goldfish has an EPIC history?

Goldfish

National Geographic recently published an article that chronicles the history of this freshwater fish, including a brief goldfish-swallowing fad that started in April 1939 when a Harvard freshman swallowed one on a dare. You can read all about the history of goldfish by visiting the National Geographic website.

As a bonus, for more interesting facts about the goldfish, click here! For example, it is a myth that goldfish have a 3-second memory. Scientists were able to train their goldfish to react to a dinner bell sound FIVE MONTHS LATER.

 


 

Police Department’s Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The Police Department’s weekly neighborhood watch report for the period October 3 – 9 has been included for your review and reference.  During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 385 service events, resulting in 78 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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