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City Manager's Update: January 7, 2020

Post Date:01/07/2020 11:00 AM

Hello, everyone!

Happy New Year! I am excited to share the first update of not only the new year, but a new decade. At a glance, you’ll find details regarding the annual Point-In-Time Homeless Countconstruction 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


Volunteers Needed for Annual Homeless Count 

We are pleased to share that the City will once again be participating in the Point-In-Time Homeless Count, which is an annual event coordinated by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.  This year, the homeless count is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.  On that evening, volunteers will be surveying Monrovia, along with other areas of the San Gabriel Valley, to determine how many people in the area are homeless.  Ultimately, the data collected is used to better design programs and deploy resources to serve the homeless population. 

For those interested in volunteering to assist with the homeless count, we would love to have your help!  On the evening of January 21, 2020, any interested individual is being asked to arrive at the Monrovia Community Center (119 West Palm Avenue) at 8:00 p.m.  A volunteer training and orientation session will occur at that time, and representatives from the City’s Community Services Department and Police Department will be on hand to address any questions / concerns.  The actual count is expected to begin at 9:00 p.m. Let us know you will be volunteering by pre-registering online! 

Homeless Count


800 Block of South Myrtle (between Walnut and Chestnut) to be Closed to Motorists, Jan. 6 – 10

Beginning on Monday, January 6, work will be taking place on Myrtle Avenue to replace the concrete roadway that was damaged and removed as a part of an earlier underground utility project. In order to facilitate efficient and safe roadwork, the 800 Block of S Myrtle (from Walnut to Chestnut) will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning on Monday, January 6 and lasting until Friday afternoon, January 10. Traffic detours will be established and clearly marked for the motoring public. Motorists are advised to please drive safely and follow all posted detour and construction signage. If possible, please use alternate routes.  All businesses in the 800 Block of South Myrtle will remain open and accessible. For more information, or should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575 or  email

Learn more about where construction activities will take place. 



Special Joint Meeting of the City Council and the Board of Education

A Special Joint Meeting of the City Council and the Board of Education has been scheduled for Monday, January 13, at 6 p.m.  For those who are interested in attending, this meeting will be held at the Monrovia Unified School District Office. View the City's Events and Meetings Calendar. 



Additional Big Belly Units Coming to Old Town in January

In September, City Council approved the acquisition of five additional Big Belly solar powered trash compactor units. Big Belly units are automatic trash compactors, giving approximately five-times the capacity of the typical trash can deployed throughout the City. Each unit serves as both recycling disposal and a trash compactor that is equipped with sensors that communicate real-time status’ of trash levels to staff and alert them when trash needs to be emptied. The additional units will be installed by the end of January. Learn more about the Big Belly in Old Town. 




Vacancy on Historic Preservation Commission  

With the recent passing of Historic Preservation Commissioner Bruce Carter and the resignation of Planning Commissioner Bill Beebe, the City has posted a notice of vacancy on the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Commission. Anyone interested in the position will need to submit an application by 6:00 p.m., on January 16.  If you have any questions about this matter, please feel free to contact the City Clerk's Office at (626) 932-5599. View the Formal Notice of Vacancy and submit an application. 



Christmas Tree Recycling

Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling will be available until January 11. Please place your tree curbside on your regular trash collection day. In order for your tree to be picked up, all ornaments, tinsel, plastic bags, nails, lights, and plastic or metal stands need to be removed.


Imagination Station at the Monrovia Public Library

Children ages four through second grade are invited to the Imagination Station at the Monrovia Public Library! Sponsored by the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library, this event will take place, every Thursday, throughout the month of January, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Using toys, props, and creative arts, participants can be transported to another world through imaginative play. Best of all, each week will feature a new theme such as playdough bakery, zoo keeper, emergency, show time, and grocery store / restaurant. View the Library's Full Calendar of Events. 

Kid's Craft



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.  All microsurfacing and street work has been completed. For the week of January 7, street swiping and the repainting of address numbers will commence.  Crews will continue working on punch list and general cleanup items in the project area.

Monrovia Renewal Banner



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. 

Learn more about where construction activities will take place. 



Development Spotlight

Several significant projects are working their way through the review process and stages of construction here at the City. Among these are 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 (anticipated City Council review on Jan. 21), 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 review on Jan. 15). For more details, visit the Development Spotlight or Building Monrovia webpages.



Neighborhood Watch Report

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 365 service events, resulting in 69 investigations. View the Neighborhood Watch Report.

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