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City Manager's Update: February 11, 2020

Post Date:02/11/2020 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 funds allocated for homeless issues, the annual Valentine’s Day carriage rides in Old Town, and much more.

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


Valentine’s Day Carriage Ride

Old Town Monrovia is your one-stop for Valentine’s Day! Start the night off with dinner at one of the amazing restaurants, then stroll down the tree-lined streets to a romantic Horse Drawn Carriage Ride. The cost for the carriage ride is $10/person or $40/private ride.


SGVCOG Landlord Education, Outreach, & Incentive Program

The San Gabriel Valley Council of Government (SGVCOG) has allocated $400,000 towards the Landlord Education, Outreach, and Incentive Program. This program would encourage landlords to rent to homeless or low-income individuals to increase the supply of units available to these individuals and families and to educate landlords on existing incentive programs (e.g. Los Angeles County Development Authority’s Homeless Incentive Program – HIP). Activities may include (but are not limited to) holding an apartment until an eligible homeless household completes the documentation required to enter the housing; offering participating landlords reimbursement for short-term vacancies and minor unit repairs when they rent their home or apartment to a low-income renter with a housing voucher; workshops for landlords, realtors and property managers; and direct outreach to obtain rental units for those with Housing Choice Vouchers or VASH vouchers or other homeless or at-risk populations. Learn more about the SGVCOG.



LA County Assessor’s Office Homeowner’s Exemption

The Homeowners' Exemption reduces a property’s taxable assessed value by $7,000, provided that the property is the owner’s principal place of residence as of January 1. The result is a $70 savings on the annual tax bill. Homeowners need only apply once in order to receive these savings each year. Savings continue until a change (such as a sale) is recorded. The homeowner has to file by Feb. 15 to receive the full year-long savings. If a homeowner files after the Feb. 15 deadline, they will receive a prorated reduction this year only, and receive the full amount in subsequent years.  Apply for the Homeowner's Property Tax Exemption. 

Homeowners Tax Exemption

E-Waste Recycling Available at City Yard

Residents are now able to drop off electronic waste (e-waste) recycling items at the Public Works Yard, 600 S. Mountain. A bin is available in the front driveway for drop off during normal business hours, Monday – Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. View a full list of accepted items.



Old Town Monrovia’s St. Baldrick’s Day Fuzzfest

On March 15, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation will be hosting the annual Fuzzfest in Old Town Monrovia during the Friday Night Street Fair. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Sign up or donate today! 


City Facilities Closed for President’s Day

Monrovia City Hall, Public Works Yard, Community Center, and Library will be closed Monday, February 17, in observance of President's Day. Please note that both street sweeping and trash collection will occur as scheduled on Monday, February 17.  View the City's events and meetings calendar. 


So All May Read Fundraiser

Monrovia Reads’ Annual So All May Read Fundraiser is taking place, on March 5, at the Monrovia Doubletree by Hilton. This year, the organization will honor Joanne Spring with their Literacy Legacy Award for all her contributions to the community over the years. If you would like to purchase tickets, checks can be mailed to Monrovia Reads, PO Box 1033, Monrovia, CA 91017 or pay online at A sell out is expected and no tickets will be sold at the door, so please make your reservation early to ensure you have a seat!

Monrovia Reads - So All May Read

SciLab Exploration Station at the Monrovia Public Library

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, future scientists are welcome to experiment in the library’s SciLab. Experiment with a variety of supplies and activities in this self-directed program. Learn about circuits, biology, chemistry, and geology. No registration needed–just drop by the Library’s Story Room, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and learn at your own pace. View the Library's full calendar of events. 

Sci Lab

Spring Youth Sports Co-Ed Flag Football & Cheer Program is Back

We are very excited for another year of Co-ed Flag Football and Cheer! The Youth Sports Program provides City-wide programming for youth to play on teams with kids from different schools, and also encourages parent involvement by hosting practices twice a week in the evening, with games on Saturday mornings. Our Youth Sports program will focus on skill development, promoting physical activity and teamwork in an engaging and supportive environment. The spring season will kick off on Wednesday, February 26, with our Meet and Greet at Recreation Park.

  • Where: Recreation Park (843 E. Olive Avenue)
  • Practices: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Games: Saturday Mornings, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Fee: $35.00 (MUSD resident & student) / $70.00 (non-resident) 
  • Registration is accepted online or in person at the Community Center.

Please feel free to contact the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246 if you have any questions.

Flag Football & Cheer Registration


Vote Center Locator

With the election fast approaching, the LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk has just launched their new Vote Center Locator tools.  We’ve been talking for some time about the changes coming to voters in LA County, with the introduction of new voting equipment as well as the new Vote Center model, where voters can vote their ballot anywhere in LA County, and not just on election day! 

To find the nearest vote center to your home, office or school, you can visit the County’s “Find Your Vote Center” page. As long as you’re registered in LA County, you can vote anywhere in the county and your ballot will still include your local contests. If you prefer, you can view the Vote Center List, which also has handy search and sort features, showing up to 50 locations per page, along with dates and hours of operation.

As always, if you have questions about this or anything else related to the March 3 election, please reach out to your friends at the City Clerk’s office by calling City Hall at (626) 932-5550.

Monrovia Renewal Banner

SAVE THE DATE! Dedication Event for the South Section of Monrovia Renewal

We invite you to attend our Monrovia Renewal South Section Project Dedication event on Tuesday, February 25, at 4:00 p.m. More information to follow.

General Construction Cleanup 

North Section General Construction Cleanup
Monrovia Renewal construction activities are concluding in the North Section Project area. Going forward, 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 striping and address numbers. It is our goal to ensure that when construction is complete the work area is in better condition than when we began work. 

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

Last week, SCE and their contractors began to replace electrical infrastructure and equipment along Ivy Avenue, between Olive Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. The project will last approximately 6 weeks with the largest impact work taking place directly in front of City Hall, where a large vault will be removed and replaced.
While work is taking place between Lemon Avenue and Lime Avenues, traffic will be reduced to one lane, southbound, during working hours. In addition, all parking in this area will be restricted, with the exception of the ADA stalls at City Hall. Visitors will still be able to access all normal entrances of City Hall and the Police Department but will need to be mindful of all posted signs for parking, detours, and accessibility.

SCE Work at City Hall

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 (approved on Jan. 21), the Alexan Multi-Family Development with 436 units at Station Square (approved 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 406 service events, resulting in 73 investigations. View the Neighborhood Watch Report.