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City Manager's Update: November 26, 2019

Post Date:11/26/2019 11:00 AM

Hello, everyone!

This update has been prepared to share with you everything that is taking place. At a glance, you’ll find details regarding upcoming holiday eventsconstruction updates, and much more. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know, and have a fantastic week!



Highlights In This Issue 

City of Monrovia Thanksgiving Holiday Closures 

Closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29

  • City Hall
  • Public Works Yard 
  • Library
  • Community Center

Closed on Thursday, November 28 and OPEN on Friday, November 29  

  • Canyon Park 
Additionally, City Hall and the Public Works Yard will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26 for the Thankful & Grateful Holiday Gathering.View the City's Calendar for all events and closure notices.


Happy Thanksgiving

Measure K Update

On November 5, residents of Monrovia voted to approve Measure K, the Keep Monrovia Revenues Local Sales Tax Measure. Measure K will ensure new sales tax revenues stay here in Monrovia to be reinvested into the community. The new sales tax will go into effect on April 1, 2020. Over the next few months, the City Council will be forming the Measure K Citizen Advisory Committee. City Council will appoint five members of the community to serve on the Advisory Committee. Anyone who is interested in serving on this committee, or who would like more information, should contact a City Councilmember, or visit MonroviaMeasureKorg

2019 Holiday Home Decorating Contest

The very popular annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest is right around the corner! Residents who submit an application and decorate their homes for the holiday season have the chance to be recognized by the City in several decoration categories. 

Key Dates 

  • Friday, December 13 – Application deadline
  • Monday, December 16 – Contest Judging
  • Tuesday, December 17 – Winners Announced at City Council Meeting

Apply for the Holiday Home Decorating Contest

2019 Holiday Home Application


SCAG Releases Connect SoCal Draft

After extensive research, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) anticipates the six-county region of Southern California to grow by over three million people, over the next quarter century, to 22.5 million. With more people comes a greater responsibility to improve and manage a better transportation network, because as of late, the average commuter currently wastes more than 100 hours per year stuck in traffic! 
Connect SoCal was developed as part of a planning and visioning process that included the active engagement of residents and stakeholders across the region. It is a long-range vision that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals. By law, SCAG is mandated to develop a long-term regional transportation and sustainability plan every four years. This year’s plan focuses on a series of key connections between land-use, transportation and innovation, and leveraging new technologies and partnerships to accelerate and meet regional planning goals. 
The plan projects:
A 4% reduction in overall vehicle-miles traveled.
A 22.8% reduction in daily miles driven per capita.
A 7% increase in overall walking and bicycling trips.
A 40% increase in daily transit boardings.
Achieving the region’s targets for reducing greenhouses gases from autos and light-duty trucks by 19% per capita, from 2005 levels, by 2035.
Other benefits include: 
167,100 new jobs supported by transportation investments.
195,500 new jobs supported by improved competitiveness.
$350 million saved per year in health-care spending.
$138 million saved per year on air pollution-related health incidences
An overall return of $1.54 for every $1 spent.
A draft of Connect SoCal is now available for public review and comment. The comment period for the Draft Connect SoCal plan will end at 5 p.m. on January 24, 2020.

draft of Connect SoCal is now available for public review and comment.  The comment period for the Draft Connect SoCal plan will end at 5 p.m. on January 24, 2020.

The City of Monrovia Presents the Thankful & Grateful Holiday Gathering

Join your neighbors and friends at Monrovia Library Park for a Thankful and Grateful Holiday Gathering on Tuesday, November 25, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. This FREE event will include: Live Entertainment, Truck Petting Zoo, Library Story Times, Community Booths, Arts & Crafts, Hay Rides, and a Community Art Project. At 5:15 p.m., don't miss our special guest who will assist in the lighting of the Holiday Tree in Library Park!

Mark Your Calendar for the Thankful & Grateful Holiday Gathering

2019 Thankful & Grateful Holiday Gathering


Replacement Trees to be Replanted Adjacent to Monrovia High School

During the week of November 25, City crews will begin the planting of new trees along Madison Avenue, adjacent to Monrovia High School. Crews will be planting approximately 40 Brisbane Box trees to replace trees that were removed as a part of the sidewalk improvement project undertaken this past summer. At this time, the trees are planned for planting along Madison Avenue from Colorado Boulevard to the North. Plans for planting trees along the front of the High School are still in development as a part landscape improvements at the High School.

These plantings are a part of the City’s commitment to replant all trees that were removed on a two for one basis. While working toward this goal, additional trees will be planted elsewhere throughout the City.

This work will take place on Monday November 25 and Tuesday November 26 with crews working from about 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Please be mindful of any posted parking restrictions or traffic control and please drive safely within the work areas.



Sandbags Now Available!

With the impending rainy season upon us, sandbags are available to residents at the following locations:

  • Public Works Department: 600 S. Mountain Avenue
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Monrovia Fire Station 101: 141 E. Lemon Avenue
    • Monday - Thursday (Administration Office): 7:00 6:00 p.m.
    • Fire Station: Open 24/7
  • Community Center: 119 W. Palm Avenue
    • Monday -Thursday (7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) Friday (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Gravel is available at the Skate Park parking lot: 847 E. Olive Avenue. Residents are asked to bring shovels, gloves, and eye protection.



Dealing Successfully With Customers 

On Monday, November 18, many City employees attended a training session titled “Dealing Successfully with Customers,” offered by the California Joint Powers Insurance Agency. Forrest Story, the training instructor, was lively, fun and well experienced dealing with customer service expectations in the public realm. While much of his instruction was useful, he offered his “Philosophy for the Trenches” which are 5 key takeaways for anyone who provides customer service (i.e. every one of us). Here are his 5 tips –   

  1. Be flexible. Your ability to influence others can and should change under the circumstances.
  2. Stay positive. By remaining positive, you place pressure on others to be positive with you. It also reinforces the vision of your organization which is “we exist to serve…”
  3. Keep your sense of humor. Public service connects us to one another. We are each other’s ambassadors and this means we can laugh, cry and find humor in our work, together.
  4. Give up your need to be right. Conflict is inevitable but combat is totally avoidable. And always remember…it’s better to be kind than to be right.
  5. Don’t forget what matters most…you. You cannot take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself.  



Monrovia Employee Associations Raised over $3,000 For Pink Patch Project

Throughout the month of November, the various Monrovia employee associations held fundraisers for the Pink Patch Project. By selling t-shirts, police department patches, buttons, and many more items, the Associations raised over $3,000 to go towards City of Hope for cancer research!



Stuff the Monrovia Fire Department Truck! 

Monrovia Fire & Rescue needs your help to stuff the fire truck... with toys! As a part of the Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive, on November 29 - 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., firefighters will be parked in front of Studio Movie Grill to collect new, unwrapped toys for underserved children and teens.

Toy Drive


Monrovia Unified School District Presents Sister Act

Monrovia Unified School District is proud to present Sister Act! Sister Act is a feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film. These special productions give Monrovia students the opportunity to work with industry professional, exposing them to the drama community! Sister Act will run Friday, December 6, through Sunday, December 8. 

Sister Act



Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills Presents Festival of Trees

The Ninth Annual Festival of Trees will be held on Saturday, December 7, 6 – 10 p.m. Festival of Trees benefits Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills, which provides a safe, caring environment for more than 1,000 young people each year, enabling them to become responsible citizens and future leaders. Guests will celebrate the season with friends and enjoy exceptional dining and entertainment. The major attraction to the gala is the brilliant display of Christmas trees and wreaths, uniquely themed and trimmed by talented local designers.

Festival of Trees




Monrovia Renewal Construction Updates

North Section  
Monrovia Renewal construction activities are concluding 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.  For the week of November 25, work activities will include roadway patching and preparation for microsurfacing. In addition, crews will continue with general punch list and cleanup activities.

Microsurfacing activities are scheduled to begin during the week of December 2. Please keep an eye out for the work notices and parking restriction signs that will be distributed and placed in the days leading up to work activity.


Visit Monrovia Renewal online to learn more about where construction activities will take place.


Tree Trimming Maintenance to Continue in the North and Northeast sections of the City

During the next 6 weeks, West Coast Arborists will be performing routine tree trimming in the area of the City that is north of Foothill Boulevard and  from Myrtle Avenue to the Eastern City Limits. Trimming will include all City owned trees located along the parkways. Trimming operations will take place Monday- Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please be mindful of all posted parking restriction signage.

General Construction Cleanup

As major construction activity is winding down in the Monrovia Renewal work areas, construction crews will be focusing on clean-up activities and punch list items that include, removal and cleanup of all construction materials, restoration of any damaged areas of streets, sidewalks, and parkways and general housekeeping. It is our goal to ensure that when construction is complete the work area is in better condition when we began work. Please be sure to contact our Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575 or email if you have any questions or concerns or items that need to be addressed.

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Report Your Coyote Sightings

Coyotes are present in our urban neighborhoods year-round and play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. However, coyotes can sometimes pose a potential danger to outdoor pets and humans, which requires us all to be vigilant and reduce our exposure by limiting potential food and shelter resources. To assist in tracking coyote interactions with humans and pets, the University of California Cooperative Extension has developed the Coyote Cacher online tool and interactive map. If you see coyotes in your neighborhood, you may use this tool to provide information to help inform researchers of evolving trends in human-coyote interactions.



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 (approved on Nov. 19), 127 Pomona Multi-Family Development with 310 units at Station Square (Planning Commission review continued on Dec. 11), the Alexan Multi-Family Development with 436 units at Station Square (Planning Commission review on Jan. 15), and the Arroyo at Monrovia Station Multi-Family Development with 302 units (Planning Commission reviewed 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 385 service events, resulting in 85 investigations.

View The Neighborhood Watch Report
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