City Manager's Update | May 29, 2020
This update has been prepared to share with you everything that is taking place. At a glance, you’ll find details regarding the reopening of additional businesses in LA County, the Aztec Hotel, 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
- Restaurants, Barbershops and Salons May Reopen in LA County
- Mountain Avenue Underpass to be Repainted
- Monrovia Planning Commission Approves the Commencement of Operation Aztec Hotel
- E- Waste Recycling Self- Service Drop Off Program
Restaurants, Barbershops and Salons May Reopen in LA County
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) announced the reopening of barbershops and hair salons, as well as restaurants for in-person dining.
Hair salons and barbershops can reopen and in-person dining in restaurants can resume immediately with safeguards. All businesses must adhere to distancing and infection control protocols that provide safety for employees, customers and the County's most vulnerable residents before reopening.
Key, specific guidelines for customers at hair salons, barbershops and in-person restaurant dining are below:
Barbershops and hair salons
- Physical distancing measures will be in place.
- Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Clients feeling unwell should reschedule their appointment.
- Everyone, including clients, must wear cloth face coverings while in the salon or barber shop and clients are encouraged to wear face coverings with earloops to ensure the face covering does not interfere with the hair service.
- Magazines, coffee and other amenities will not be available.
- Clients are encouraged to use credit cards and contactless payment systems. If electronic or card payment is not possible, customers should come with exact cash payment or check, if available.
- Stylists may only serve one client at a time.
Personal grooming that is still closed, or prohibited, at this time:
- Nail salons
- Spa services, including massage, facials and waxing
In-person dining in restaurants
- Physical distancing measures will be in place.
- Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Patrons feeling unwell should not eat at a restaurant.
- Outdoor seating and curbside pickup are prioritized.
- Reservations will be encouraged.
- Customers will be asked to wait for their table in their cars or outside the restaurant to prevent crowds from gathering.
- Diners must wear cloth face coverings when not eating.
- Bar areas will be closed.
- Occupancy capacity will be limited to 60% for the next three weeks.
For the detailed protocols visit: publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/
Mountain Avenue Underpass to be Repainted
As you may have likely seen, the underpass paintings are in need of some TLC. In the upcoming week, the Public Works team will be repainting the freeway underpass at Mountain Avenue. In preparation for the fresh coat of paint, the area will also be pressure washed.
The project is estimated to take about one week to complete and we are very excited to share with you the finished product!
Monrovia Planning Commission Approves the Commencement of Operation at Aztec Hotel
On Wednesday, May 27, the Planning Commission approved the commencement of hotel operation at the Aztec Hotel in conjunction with room service (food and alcohol) provided by the Mayan Bar and Grill restaurant. Although, the restaurant and commercial storefronts are occupied with businesses, the hotel has not operated since approximately 2011.
The Aztec Hotel was built in 1925 and designed by the notable architect Robert Stacy-Judd. The building is generally considered Stacy-Judd’s most significant design. In 1978, the Aztec Hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property was later designated a Monrovia Local Historic Landmark (HL-10) on December 16, 2003, and a Mills Act Contract (MA-56) was also approved. These designations underscore the fact that the Aztec Hotel is deemed a unique and important historic resource both locally and nationally.
The hotel includes thirty-six 36 private rooms with baths, eight one-room studio apartments. In addition to the hotel, the property is improved with the Mayan Bar and Grill and four commercial storefronts.
The Aztec Hotel plans to reopen its doors in the next several months, and we will be sure to provide you with an update once available.
E- Waste Recycling Self- Service Drop Off Program
The Public Works Yard (600 S. Mountain Avenue) has a designated fenced location for residents to discard the following accepted items:
- Cellular Phones
- DVD Players
- Fax Machines
- Fluorescent Light Bulbs
- Hard Drives
Please place all items in designated bins and please do not dump general trash items. Should you have any questions, please call the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575. Learn more about e-waste recycling.
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:
- Friday, June 5
- Thursday, June 11
We apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience. View construction activities in Monrovia.
Make a Reservation to Visit Monrovia Canyon Park
All park visitors must have a reservation to access the trails in Canyon Park. 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 and those riding their bikes in 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.
COVID-19 At a Glance
As of May 29, approximately 1,835,478 tests have been conducted in California.
Latest Facts & Figures
Jurisdiction - Confirmed Cases | Deaths**
- Monrovia - 157 confirmed cases | 19 deaths
- L.A. County – 51,562 confirmed cases | 2,290 deaths
- California – 103,886 confirmed cases | 4,068 deaths
Residential Congregate Settings in Monrovia - Confirmed Cases | Deaths**
- Brookdale Monrovia - 3 staff cases* | 5 resident cases | 1 death
- Monrovia Gardens Healthcare Center - 20 staff cases* | 54 resident cases | 16 deaths
- Monrovia Memorial Hospital - 18 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.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- California Department of Public Health
- To keep the community informed, the Los Angeles County provides updates on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, which can be viewed on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.
- City of Monrovia
- Monrovia Strong
Monrovia Renewal Construction Updates
Construction Update for Monrovia Renewal Northeast Section Improvement
Work is 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 June 1: 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, and Lemon 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 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.
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!
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
- MPL’s Online Storytime | Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays | 11 a.m.
- MPL's Craft & Makerspace Videos | Mondays & Thursdays
Neighborhood Watch Report
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 315 service events, resulting in 54 investigations. View the Neighborhood Watch Report.