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City Manager's Update: January 21, 2020

Post Date:01/21/2020 11:00 AM

Hello, everyone!

This update has been prepared to share with you everything that is taking place. This update has been prepared to share with you everything that is taking place. At a glance, you’ll find details regarding a call for artists, volunteer recognition at Monrovia Canyon Park, and much more. 

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


Highlights In This Issue



Art on the Box!

Calling all artists! The City of Monrovia is excited to announce the return of the utility box painting program—Art on the Box!  Applications are now being accepted through the end of March to turn some more utility boxes into works of art.  The program is open to artists of all ages.  Join the fun and leave your artistic mark on Monrovia. Learn More About Art in Public Places.

Art on the Box


Read Across Monrovia

A twice yearly “Read Across Monrovia” brings school children and the community together in a shared experience with literature. Monrovia Reads will be hosting Read Across Monrovia on Thursday, March 5, at 8 a.m. If you would like to read a story in a classroom, please fill out an application. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the love of reading and books with students across the community! If you need help picking books, we’re happy to help at the library!


Monrovia Canyon Park Recognizes Volunteers!

Spirit Award Winner – Cree Horner & Joanie Ruggles 
Cree joined the Canyon Park Trail Crew this year and has been a wonderful addition to the team. Cree brings a great attitude and positive vibes to our hard-working crew of trail builders. Even though Cree has a very busy schedule, he still finds time to build friendships, while completing some very challenging work

The first week Joanie started volunteering at Canyon Park she told us, “I want to do everything!” and everything she has done. In the short amount of time Joanie has been with us, she has worked customer service in the Nature Center, assisted with maintaining our facilities, worked with the trail crew, restocked doggie bags on trial, assisted with education tours, assisted with trail patrol, and helped coordinate volunteer events. She does all of this with a great smile, a wonderful attitude, and a passion to serve.  

Volunteer of the Year Award Winner – Carl Jack 
Carl has volunteered at Canyon Park for nearly two decades. One of his major project was working with the Trial Crew to rebuild and revitalize many of the trails in Canyon Park. In the past, Carl has led nature tours for the public and scout groups, and had a big hand in creating many of the displays and interpretive components in the Nature Center. Currently, Carl is Canyon Park’s greeter at the Nature Center on Fridays, where he provides customer service, assists with public questions, and communicates issues and concerns in and around the Nature Center and picnic grounds. Carl has faced a few adversities these last two years, however; he is driven with passion and purpose to stay consistent as one of our greeters at the Nature Center. He is a delightful, charming, and a great example of someone who serves with humility, hunger, loyalty, and smarts. Stop by the Nature Center and see the joy he brings to our community.




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, tonight, Tuesday, January 21. This 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



City of Monrovia and MAFA to Launch Permanent Art Gallery at Monrovia Community Center

Launching with a gala reception on Sunday, January 26, Monrovia will have a permanent art gallery in the halls and lobby area of the Monrovia Community Center. Dubbed Artist Alley, this gallery program is a partnership between the City of Monrovia Community Services Department and Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA), now in its 58th year of serving the community. Artist Alley will feature the work of juried MAFA member artists on display and for sale on a three-month rotating installation basis. The inaugural exhibit will feature four distinguished and popular MAFA artists: Ron Husband (world-renowned Disney animator who will display his pen and ink illustrations), Joan Whitenack (oil paintings), Carol Curtis (photography) and Eric Watkins (pen and ink and colored pencil drawings).

The public is invited to attend all gallery receptions and browse the art. All the new exhibit gallery receptions will feature wine and refreshments, and the reception schedule for the rest of the year will be Sunday, April 26, July 26 and October 25, all from 2 to 5 p.m., as each new multi-artist installation is ready for display. RSVP for the Artist Alley Gallery Opening Reception

Gallery Reception Jan 26 art


Southern California Edison (SCE) Work Will Begin on Ivy Avenue in Front of City Hall in February

Beginning February 3, SCE, along with other approved contractors (International Line Builders and Rokstad), will be working in the neighborhood on and near Ivy Avenue adjacent to City Hall to make improvements to the electrical grid. The project will upgrade and replace aging underground equipment and infrastructure to improve overall circuit reliability. Due to the nature of this work, there will be two planned outages. Those impacted by the project and outages will begin receiving public notification and outreach material from SCE starting as early as next week and a secondary notification 72 hours prior to scheduled outages. The duration of the project is expected to last through March 2020. This scope of work requires traffic lane and sidewalk closures. Please be mindful of traffic control, including traffic detours and posted signage. Should you have any questions regarding this work, please call the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575.

Learn more about where construction activities will take place. 



Monrovia Fire & Rescue’s Community Emergency Response Training 

Monrovia CERT is offering Community Emergency Response Training this February. The Winter 2020 CERT Basic course is the first three Saturdays of February, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, each day. 

Join your fellow residents learning about:

  • Personal preparedness
  • Fire and utility awareness
  • Disaster medical
  • Light search and rescue
  • Disaster psychology
  • CERT organization/incident command
  • Terrorism





SMART Funding Loan Program 

By working directly with Los Angeles County Development Authority’s SMART Funding, businesses can access capital with low-interest and customizable loan terms. With SMART Funding, you can explore flexible lending options that meet your business needs and help you save time and money. The SMART Funding Loan Program, is an opportunity for small to medium-sized businesses to borrow as little as $25,000 and up to $2 million. The loan proceeds may be used for acquisition of commercial property, fixed assets, working capital, and restructuring and refinancing debt. Find Out How Much Funding Your Business Qualifies For!



DC Comics Trivia Night @ Copper Still Grill

Join us for a themed night of trivia, on Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., at Copper Still Grill! We have some fabulous prizes to give away if you end up on the winning team.  Wearing DC Superhero or Villain costumes or merchandise is highly encouraged! Ages 18 & up only! Make sure you arrive early to enjoy happy hour specials. View The Library's Full Calendar Of Events

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. 


General Construction Cleanup 

North Section General Construction Cleanup
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 January 20, 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 than 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.

Tree Trimming Maintenance to Resume

Beginning this week, West Coast Arborists will be back in town to resume tree trimming activities in the area of the City that is North of Foothill Boulevard and East of Myrtle Avenue.  Please be mindful of all posted parking restriction signage.  Should you have any questions, please call the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575.

Learn more about where construction activities will take place. 

Monrovia Renewal Banner



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 (City Council review on Jan. 21), the Alexan Multi-Family Development with 436 units at Station Square (anticipated Council review on Feb. 4), and the Arroyo at Monrovia Station Multi-Family Development with 302 units (Planning Commission review continued on Feb. 12). 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 366 service events, resulting in 56 investigations. View the Neighborhood Watch Report. 

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