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City Manager's Update: December 3, 2019

Post Date:12/03/2019 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 

Annual Holiday Parade

To celebrate the holiday season, the City is hosting the Annual Holiday Parade on December 5! Following a special performance by Centre Stage Studios at 6 p.m., the parade will begin at 7 p.m. The parade will travel on Myrtle Avenue from Chestnut Avenue to Palm Avenue. The event is sponsored by the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board. View the calendar for a full list of events

Old Town Holiday Parade


SAVE THE DATE: Star Wars Day @ the Monrovia Public Library

"Do or do not. There is no try." –Yoda

Save the date because Star Wars Day at the library will be an all ages celebration of a galaxy far, far away! There will be activities for all ages, including lightsaber battles, costume contest, droid races, storytimes, crafts, a Cantina for 21+ guests, and much more. Join us on Saturday, December 14, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Star Wars costumes are strongly encouraged! View the Library's calendar for a full list of events!

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


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. Visit Monrovia Prepares for more information. 


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 December 2, work activities will include the continued roadway patching and preparation for microsurfacing. In addition, crews will continue working on punch list and general cleanup items in the project area.

As the forecast is calling for rain over the next week, the construction team is planning to initiate Microsurfacing activities during the week of December 9. As the team prepares for that work, No Parking Signs will be posted and work notices will be distributed to residences in the impacted areas. In addition, a more detailed schedule will be provided in the next week’s update.

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.

PW 1 PW 2

Replacement Trees to be Replanted Adjacent to Monrovia High School

City crews have completed planting new trees along Madison Avenue, adjacent to Monrovia High School. Crews planted approximately 40 Brisbane Box trees to replace trees that were removed as a part of the sidewalk improvement project that was undertaken this past summer. Plans for planting trees along the front of the High School are still in development as a part landscape improvements at the High School.

As a reminder, 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.

Replacement Trees

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.

Learn More About Where Construction Activities Will Take Place 

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


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. Support Monrovia Students and purchase tickets for Sister Act! 

Sister Act

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

Visit the Police Department’s Weekly Report webpage for the latest crime information in Monrovia.

View The Neighborhood Watch Report
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