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City Manager's Update | May 22, 2020

Post Date:05/22/2020 12:00 PM

Hello Monrovians,   

This update has been prepared to share with you everything that is taking place. At a glance, you’ll find details regarding the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act Supplemental Funds Proposal, Monrovia Days celebration, construction updates, and much more.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe, Monrovia! 


Highlights in this Issue 

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Cares Act Supplemental Funds Proposal
  • Memorial on California Avenue and Duarte Road to be Removed due to Safety Concerns
  • Traffic Impacts on the 800 Block of South Myrtle Avenue
  • Southern California Edison 2020 Reliability Report 
  • Monrovia Strong (COVID-19 Resources)

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) CARES Act Supplemental Funds Proposal

At the council meeting on Tuesday, May 19, the Monrovia City Council approved staff's proposal for the CDBG-CV Supplemental Funding. 

The mission of the CDBG Program is to improve the quality of life for people of low-moderate incomes in low-income census tract areas, aid in the prevention of neighborhood deterioration, and meet other urgent community development needs through funding to local communities. With the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law, $5 billion in additional CDBG funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic was made available. The City of Monrovia’s CDBG coronavirus response (CDBG-CV) funds allocation is $127,380.

While there is no shortage of needs in the community, four programs were identified to utilize the CDBG-CV supplemental funding to provide assistance to Monrovia’s vulnerable and low-moderate income residents.Those programs and proposed funding are outlined in the table below.

CDBG Proposal

At this time, staff is currently in the infant stages of preparing for this new program that will provide relief for those in need. Additional details will be released soon and we encourage you to stay informed by visiting the City's website. Learn more about the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). 

Memorial on California Avenue and Duarte Road to be Removed 

A small memorial has been placed at the corner of California Avenue and Duarte Road to pay honor and respect to victims of a local tragedy that occurred on April 15. The memorial does pose a safety concern as it lies in the crosswalk area and glass candles have broken. In the coming days, the City will be respectfully removing the memorial. Our hearts go out to the family and friends so deeply affected by this tragedy.  

Support and Crisis Services Resources Page

These difficult times may trigger anxiety, panic, frustration and depression. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we pay attention to our bodies, emotions, and behaviors as stress can emerge in many different ways. For those who are suffering from or know of someone suffering from mental health illnesses, we encourage you to view the resources available on the City's website. 

Traffic Impacts on the 800 Block of South Myrtle Avenue (between Walnut and Chestnut Avenue)

In the coming weeks, Myrtle Avenue will be partially closed due to construction work and equipment staging as a part of the construction of the development project in the 800 block of South Myrtle.  In order to facilitate a safe construction zone, the 800 Block of South Myrtle Avenue (from Walnut Avenue to Chestnut Avenue) will be closed to southbound vehicular traffic. Northbound traffic will still be open for vehicular traffic but motorists should expect partial delays. Traffic detours will be established and clearly marked for the general public and motorists. Motorists are advised to please drive safely and follow all posted detour and construction signage. If possible, please use alternate routes.

These impacts are planned to be in place from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the following days:

  • Tuesday, May 26
  • Wednesday, May 27
  • Thursday, May 28
  • Wednesday, June 3

We apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience. View construction activities in Monrovia.

Southern California Edison 2020 Reliability Report 

Southern California Edison (SCE) is committed to providing our communities and customers with safe, reliable, affordable, and clean power. As part of that commitment, SCE wants to ensure that customers have access to reliability information regarding their community.

The 2020 Reliability Report for Monrovia is now available for review. The report provides the following information:

  • Overview of SCE and current initiatives
  • Four-year reliability history (2016-2019) of the electrical circuits serving your jurisdiction
  • Causes of repair outages in your jurisdiction for the previous year
  • Maps showing the electrical circuits serving your jurisdiction and SCE’s planned capital improvements in your jurisdiction for 2020

Monrovia Days Celebration 

Last weekend, the Monrovia community came together to celebrate Monrovia's 134th Birthday in the most incredible way. Thank you so much to all who participated and an even bigger thank you to the 2020 Monrovia Days Celebration Planning Committee! Over 100 videos and photos were submitted to create a commemorative video that shows just how unique and amazing the Monrovia community is.

If you missed the watch party, the video is available to view now! 


Monrovia Strong  

The Monrovia Strong webpage was created to share with the community different resources to help you and your family get through these challenging times. 

Visit the page to find exciting, creative ways to celebrate the good in the world! While you're there, those who like to stay active can participate in virtual workouts or guided meditation. Kids can join the Monrovia Recreation Team as they lead a variety of fun videos, like a stretch routine, a fun cheer workout, or a DIY obstacle course. Younger children can enjoy a library storytime, learn a new craft, check out a new ebook to read from home, and so much more.

Visit Monrovia Strong to explore the many activities and resources. We're in this together, Monrovia!

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Monrovia Canyon Park to Open on Tuesday, May 26th. Reserve your spot!

Monrovia Canyon Park will reopen to the public on Tuesday, May 26th. All park visitors must have a reservation to access the trails in Canyon Park. We will be using our web-based reservation system, RecPro, whereby all visitors, including walk-ins, must make an online reservation. The new reservation system helps ensure a limited number of visitors (both residents and non-residents) have the opportunity to enjoy Canyon Park and prevent large crowds. We have limited the reservations to 70, all visitors looking to enter the park must have a registration, and this would include vehicles, bikers and walkers. The City charges a $5 parking fee to be paid when visitors arrive at Canyon Park. Walk-ins must also register but are not required to pay the parking fee.

Canyon Park Hours of Operation 

  • Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays

Access to the Waterfall Trail to remain closed
For the time being, the popular Waterfall Trail will remain closed. This trail is narrow and incredibly popular, making it incredibly difficult to ensure safe, social distancing when using the trail. View a map of the modifications. 

Reservation ButtonFollow these simple steps to make a reservation.

  1. Visit the Trail Reservations page and select Canyon Park.

    • Select the date and time that you would like to reserve by clicking REGISTER.
  2. Sign into your online account with your email and password.
    • If this is your first time registering online, you will have to create an online account.
      • Click Create Account.
      • Enter information and click Create Profile.
      • Your account is now created.
  3. Choose main contact for your reservation and click next.
    • Answer the questions, click next.
      • How are you traveling? Bike, car or walking.
      • How many people will be in your group?
    • Please register everyone visiting the park with you
    • The $5 parking fee is paid when you arrive at Canyon Park 
  4. Confirm all the information is correct, click Add to Cart.
    • Final confirmation of the reservation before payment, click Checkout.
    • You will receive confirmation, as well as an email confirmation.

Discount Programs for Utility Services 

SoCalGas’ CARE program can help during these challenging times. If you’re recently unemployed or currently facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic or for other reasons, you may now be eligible to save 20% on your natural gas bill.

Southern California Edison offers two programs that may lower your energy bills: California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) reduces energy bills for eligible customers by about 30%. Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) reduces electric bills for qualified households by 18%.

The City of Monrovia provides municipal utility bill discounts for seniors, low income households and veterans. 

Athens Services provides discounts for seniors. To see if you qualify and apply for the discount, please contact the Public Works division at (626) 932-5575 or email  

COVID-19 At a Glance 


As of May 14, approximately 1,104,651 tests have been conducted in California.

Latest Facts & Figures  

Jurisdiction - Confirmed Cases | Deaths**

Residential Congregate Settings in Monrovia - Confirmed Cases | Deaths**

  • Brookdale Monrovia - 1 staff case* | 1 resident case | 1 death
  • Monrovia Gardens Healthcare Center - 20 staff cases* | 54 resident cases | 14 deaths
  • Monrovia Memorial Hospital - 16 staff cases* | 8 resident cases | 2 deaths

*Confirmed cases of employees from residential congregate settings get counted under their home city.

**Additional details on cases and deaths were not provided by the County of Los Angeles. View the Public Health Statement Regarding COVID-19 and Patient Privacy.

Stay Informed 

Monrovia Renewal Construction Updates  

Monrovia Renewal Northeast Section Improvement To Begin in May 
Monrovia Renewal LogoThis next week, work will be underway in the Northeast Section of the Monrovia Renewal project. This represents the final section of work for Monrovia Renewal, which is the largest public works project in City history! Monrovia Renewal is a comprehensive infrastructure improvement initiative that is making citywide repairs to our water and sewer pipelines, water facilities, streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

The Northeast project section includes the area of the City that is bound by the City limit to the east, Myrtle Avenue to the west, Greystone Avenue and Hillcrest Boulevard to the north, Colorado Boulevard and Royal Oaks to the south.

Excel Paving, the contractor for this project, is mobilizing and preparing to begin work. In fact, residents in the first area of work should have already received a preliminary notification with another to follow next week.

Work for the first few weeks will include saw cutting and removal of concrete, and tree root pruning focused in the following areas:

  • Week of May 25: 48 hour notifications for impacted streets, “No Parking” signs posted, and saw cutting:
    • Streets Include: Vaquero Road, Sombrero Road, Terrado Drive, Ranchito Road, Hacienda Drive, Orange Avenue, Bradbury Road, Bradoaks Avenue. Maurice Street, Park Rose Avenue, Berry Avenue, Winding Oak Lane, Woodacre Lane, Oakleaf Avenue, and Wildrose Avenue 

As with all sections of Monrovia Renewal Work, impacted residents will be notified at least 48 hours prior to any work taking place. Please be mindful of any parking restrictions that are posted in the work areas. We appreciate your patience and support while we work to execute these improvements throughout our community!   

Should you have any questions, please call the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575, or send an email to

Mental Health Awareness Month 

The Monrovia City Council is proud to proclaim the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. 

This year, National Mental Health Awareness Month coincides with one of the most complex and challenging periods in our Nation's recent history - combating the coronavirus pandemic. Not only has the virus caused immense physical suffering and loss for many people, it has also resulted in mental and emotional hardships. 

With the rise in stress due to the COVID-19 crisis, domestic violence cases began to rise, as well.  According to the Los Angeles County, from 2019 to 2020, domestic violence calls for services have risen in LA County from 863 to 933, an 8.11 percent increase. 

For people experiencing domestic violence or suffering from mental health illnesses, there are services and resources available 24/7. You are not alone. View resources and services. 

Athens Services One Pass Collection in Response to COVID-19   

Athens Services will temporarily change collection services due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As the health and safety of everyone is a high priority and out of an abundance of caution, Athens will be collecting all of the refuse, recyclable, and green waste barrels with one or two collection trucks. This will allow keeping trucks and drivers to a minimum to ensure that there is reduced exposure while continuing to provide essential services. What this means is that residential collection will continue to be sent to the Athens Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and will no longer be hand sorted, but will continue to be mechanically sorted to recover recyclable materials. Recyclable material will continue to be diverted from landfilling to the greatest extent possible. Green material will also be diverted to the composting facility to the greatest extent possible.

As this is only a temporary change to operations during this pandemic, the City and Athens would like to ask residents to continue to source separate their materials into the appropriate-colored cans. Black for non-recyclable waste; Blue for recyclable materials; and Green for yard waste. In an effort to ensure that there are not any missed pickups, we are asking residents to set all barrels out by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we implement this temporary change. Please feel free to contact the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575 or Athens Services at (888) 336-6100. Learn more about Athens Services response to COVID-19. 

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 approved on Feb. 12). For more details, visit the Development Spotlight or Building Monrovia webpages.

Key Dates, Programs & Virtual Events

Neighborhood Watch Report 

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 321 service events, resulting in 43 investigations. View the Neighborhood Watch Report. 

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