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City Manager's Update: October 29, 2019

Post Date:10/29/2019 11:00 AM

Hello, everyone! 

There are so many exciting projects and activities happening in this community, and this update has been prepared to share with you everything that is taking place. At a glance you’ll find details regarding the Gold Line ExtensionOld Town Trick or Treat and Halloween BashMonrovia Renewal Construction Updates, and much more. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know, and I hope everyone has a fantastic week.

Sincerely,  

Dylan


 

 

 

Utility Billing Scam Warning 

Unfortunately, we have been alerted to a scam going on in Monrovia! A handful of residents have called to say they were contacted by someone who said if they didn’t pay their utility bill, their water would be shut off. This is a scam, and residents should not pay anyone calling about their water bill, and should notify the police.

 

Foothill Gold Line’s Journey Continues

Foothill Gold Line has secured funding to build a 9-mile extension through the City of Pomona. At this time, the construction authority has made the decision to build as much of the Gold Line as possible with the funding available. If additional funding is secured, additional stops will include a station in Claremont and Montclair. Major construction activities are slated to begin in 2020, and is anticipated to take 5 years to complete. 

Sign Ups Begin for the Winter Youth Sports

Registration is now open for the Winter Season of the Youth Sports Program featuring co-ed Volleyball. All 4th, 5th and 6th grade boys and girls have the opportunity to join the indoor volleyball team. The season will run from November 23 to February 1, with practices held at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center at Recreation Park (843 E. Olive Ave.) on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and games on Saturday mornings. The price for registration is $35 for Monrovia Unified School District residents and students, and $70 for non-residents.

Youth Commission Board Members Selected for 2019-2020

We are pleased to announce our 2019/2020 Youth Commission Board who have been selected by their peers.

Newly Appointed Youth Commission Board Members:

  • Chair – Sebastian Laprsa, Senior at Monrovia High School
  • Vice Chair – Matthew Angeles, Senior at Monrovia High School
  • Secretary – Elizabeth Villoria, Senior at Inspire Charter School
  • Treasurer – Russell Wu, Senior at Monrovia High School
  • Member-At-Large – Benjamin Garcia, Seventh Grader at Clifton Middle School

Congratulation to our new Board! We are looking forward to supporting them while they lead the way for our Youth Commissioners.

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month

Accept the challenge to write a short novel in one month by participating in National Novel Writing Month with the Monrovia Public Library! For all of November, we’ll be hosting weekly Come Write Ins for you to connect with other aspiring authors, get tips from NaNoWriMo experts, and provide space to work on your novel. Not ready to write a novel? Come learn tips and tools. NaNoWriMo is open to adults and teens 13+. Make sure to sign up for a NaNoWriMo account online to get up-to-date information on the challenge.

Old Town Trick-or-Treating & Halloween Bash

Our popular Halloween events in Old Town are here! Join us on October 31 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Old Town Monrovia and Library Park. The entire afternoon will be filled with ghoulish fun for the entire family!

Special Election on November 5

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. We hope that you will remember to vote this Special Election Day on November 5!

Monrovia Renewal Construction Updates 

North Section 
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.  This week, road work will take place on:

  • Base Paving will begin on streets that are being fully reconstructed, including:

    • Melrose Avenue, Scenic Drive, Ridgeside Drive, Briarcliff Road, Canyon Boulevard, and Grand Avenue
      • Full reconstruction streets receive pavement in 2 courses, a base paving and a cap paving. This first section is the base paving and the final cap paving will follow in the near future. 
      • Note that due to dusty conditions, increased watering down of these streets will be taking place during the week and on the weekends, and reduced speed limit restrictions are in place.
  • Grinding Operations will begin on streets that are receiving an asphalt overlay, including:
    • Portions of Norumbega Drive, Bradoaks Avenue, and Ridgeside Drive 

South Section  
Roadwork activities are set to resume on the remaining streets in the South section during the week of November 11. The remaining streets include portions of Myrtle Avenue, Evergreen Avenue, Bonita Street, Montana Street, and two of the I-210 underpasses.  

Development Spotlight

There are currently 5 projects in the development pipeline that staff would categorize as significant. These include the Adaptive Reuse of the Monrovia Market Building (approved on Oct. 1), the Overton Moore Pacific Self Storage Project in the former Verizon Building in Old Town (anticipated City Council review on Nov. 19), 127 Pomona Multi-Family Development with 310 units at Station Square (Planning Commission review continued on Oct. 29), the Alexan Multi-Family Development with 436 units at Station Square (anticipated Planning Commission review on Nov. 13), and the Arroyo at Monrovia Station Multi-Family Development with 302 units (anticipated Planning Commission review on Nov. 13). For more details, visit the Development Spotlight or Building Monrovia webpages.


Additional Upcoming Events

 


Neighborhood Watch Report

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 410 service events, resulting in 73 investigations. 

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