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City Manager's Update | June 26, 2020

Post Date:06/26/2020 1:54 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 mountain lion in a Monrovia neighborhood, virtual events, updates from the Monrovia Public Library and much more. If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe, Monrovia! 

Sincerely,  
Dylan


Highlights in this Issue 


Mountain Lion in Monrovia Neighborhood

Throughout this week, Monrovia residents reported sightings of a mountain lion in a residential area.

On Wednesday, June 24, at 8:21 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of W. Colorado Boulevard reported a large adult mountain lion was in the crawl space underneath their home. Officers responded and confirmed the animal was under the home and California Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) were called. Monrovia officers stayed at the home until CDFW Warden arrived. The warden and a biologist arrived early the following morning at 5:35 a.m. CDFW indicated how difficult it is to safely go into a crawlspace, under a home, to monitor and tranquilize a mountain lion. Monrovia Police assisted the warden by sending a small robot under the home, allowing the warden to safely and successfully locate, view and tranquilize the animal. When the warden brought the animal out from under the home, it was found to have a neck injury consistent with being attacked by another animal. The mountain lion was transported to a CDFW veterinarian for medical aid. Locating and successfully capturing the mountain lion was a community effort and we appreciate the effort of everyone involved! 

When wildlife are present, residents are cautioned to be extra vigilant and to not leave pets or small children unattended. If you encounter wildlife, make loud noises, avoid approaching the animal and notify the Monrovia Police Department immediately at (626) 256-8000.

Learn more about living with wildlife. 


4th of July Decorating Contest 

The City of Monrovia will also host a 4th of July Home Decorating Contest and an Old Town Monrovia Window Decorating Contest for those looking to show their community pride. All Monrovians are encouraged to break out their bunting, American Flags, banners and balloons and show they are Monrovia Strong!

Register for the contest! Applications are due by June 30, at 6 p.m. 

Judging for the competition will take place on July 1 and July 2, with the winners announced and maps made available on July 3. For additional information, contact Ashley Gonzalez at agonzalez@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

4th of July Decorating Contest

For this year’s 4th of July celebration, every resident has the best seat in the house! All are encouraged to take a few minutes to experience a portion of the 2019 Fireworks Spectacular Show. This special video will also give thanks to Monrovia’s Blue Star Families and show appreciation to those serving the Country. The video will air on Saturday, July 4, at 5:00 p.m. It can be viewed on the City’s website, Facebook Page and YouTube. As a reminder, all fireworks are prohibited in the City of Monrovia.


Monrovia Public Library Launches Curbside Pick-up

The Monrovia Public Library (MPL) will launch curbside pick-up service on July 6!

Items can be reserved by visiting the Monrovia Public Library online catalog, texting (626) 531-1446 or calling (626) 256-8274, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Reserved items may be picked up, Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday, noon - 5 p.m.

In accordance with public health guidelines, patrons picking up items must practice physical distancing and wear a face covering.

Curbside Pickup Service

As a reminder, the book drops located on Lime Avenue are now open to collect materials. All items currently checked out are due by July 31. As recommended by health officials, all returned materials will be quarantined before being reissued. Due to the quarantine period, it may take up to a week for items to be removed from accounts upon return.


Great Plates Delivered! 

If you're a senior in need of meal assistance, it's not too late to apply to join LA County's Great Plates Delivered Program.

Through Great Plates Delivered, LA County is providing three (3) home-delivered meals a day to qualifying older adults & adults over 60 who are at high-risk for COVID-19. This effort aims to assist County residents in need of home delivered meals, as well as help get our local restaurant, hospitality and transportation community back to work. Learn more and apply for Great Plates Delivered! 

Great Plates


Route 66 Women: The Untold Story of the Mother Road 

Internationally, Route 66 is viewed as an expression of something uniquely American - a blend of freedom, the open road and adventure. Signs for the highway can be found all over Europe and Asia, and the myth of Route 66 draws 100s of 1000s of people to make their own journey every year. However, the actual experience of traveling and living along the Mother Road has always been greatly impacted by race and gender. From the Spicer family traveling on Route 66 from California back to the South to the Sakatani family during WWII, and the women who played a seminal role at the Southwest Museum (Los Angeles’ first museum) Route 66 has been a mirror that reflects National tendencies towards progress and regression, towards equality and hate. 

Looking at history through local women’s lives is a unique approach to understanding some of the most significant events of the 20th century. The event will take place on June 27, at 11:00 a.m. Please RSVP to take part in a discussion with filmmaker Katrina Parks and distinguished panelists: archivist Marva Felchlin, historian Susie Ling, 3rd generation Monrovia resident Keiko Sakatani, council-member Larry Spicer and author Candacy Taylor. 

This event and the films featured in it are made possible with support from The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the NPS' Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, California Humanities and Cinefemme.

If you have questions, please email: info@assertionfilms.com.

Route 66


Bear Resistant Trash Barrels

Bear resistant barrels are available from Athens Services for residents who wish to prevent trash barrel from being broken into by bears. Residents who subscribe to this service will be provided one (1) black 90-gallon bear resistant barrel in lieu of a traditional trash barrel. Prior to barrel delivery, enrollees will be required to sign a 36 month program participation agreement form with Athens Services. Additionally, there will be a monthly fee for 36 months, per barrel. This rate is in addition to the monthly service rate. Barrels will remain the property of Athens Services at all times.

In order for the barrels to receive automated service, the lid must be unlocked by the customer prior to service. Setting unlocked barrels out the morning of collection rather than the night prior will help to reduce the number of trash barrels from being broken into by bears.

For additional information on the Bear Resistant Barrel program or a copy of the 36-month program participation agreement form please visit Athens Services website or call 1-888-336-6100. 

Applications can be submitted to the Public Works Department at pwcomments@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


Monrovia Community Garden: All Things Bugs, Pests and Critters Workshop

On July 18, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., join the Monrovia Community Garden and learn about all of the creatures in your garden - both the good and the bad - from the safety of your home. This workshop will be hosted on Zoom. To register, send an email to info@monroviacommunitygarden.org.


1887: A History of Early Monrovia 

The 300-page book tells the story of 1887 in Monrovia in delicious detail – as if you are there day-by-day as the town grows from a twinkle in William Monroe’s eye to a real community. Author Dick Singer draws facts and stories from newspapers and other direct sources, filling in details you’ve never imagined. It’s the best summer read ever.

To purchase your copy, call or text Sandy Burud, Monrovia Historical Society, at 626.675.8323 or email monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com.

Dick Singer's Book

The book cost $30 and all proceeds will benefit the Monrovia Historical Society. You can pick it up from a local Monrovia residence (we’ll tell you where when you place your order), or we can drop one off if you’re local or mail it to you. Additional fees apply for shipping.


Monrovia City Council to Create Ad Hoc Committee to Review City Policies, Procedures and Programs

The Monrovia City Council is creating an ad hoc committee to review city policies, procedures and programs and make a recommendation to Council on areas of improvement. The purpose of the review is to understand where racial discrimination, bias or unfair treatment exists within City operations. The citizen committee will provide insight, guidance and recommendations – as well as a report – to the City Council. The overall effort will also provide a platform for community outreach, education and change where it is needed. Council Member Larry Spicer will be working with the city manager to prepare an agenda item for Council consideration at its next meeting on Tuesday, July 7. Please stay tuned.


Canyon Park and HWP Modified Hours for Holiday Weekend 

In an effort to keep residents and visitors safe, the operating hours for Canyon Park and Hillside Wilderness Preserve will be modified for Independence Day weekend. 

Hillside Wilderness Preserve 
Beginning on Friday, July 3, through Sunday, July 5, the Hillside Wilderness Preserve will be open for visitors from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. No reservations are required to visit HWP. 

Canyon Park 
On Friday, July 3, Canyon Park will accept reservations for visitors from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Canyon Park will remain closed on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5. 

Normal operating hours will resume on Monday, July 6, for the Hillside Wilderness Preserve and Canyon Park.


Santa Anita Family YMCA Set to Open for Summer 2020 

The Santa Anita Family YMCA announced that its doors will open for healthy lifestyles activities in the pool and ‘on land’ for the first time this summer on Monday, JULY 6! The YMCA will open for Adults and teens with YMCA memberships, and to community residents interested in joining and escaping from their COVID-19 hibernation. The YMCA’s newly re-plastered indoor pool, weight room, treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, and all means of fitness equipment are all available in a new, socially-distanced floor plan that will help people get back into a healthy exercise habit, while keeping them safe at the same time. For complete information on the YMCA’s re-opening, including hours of operation, Equipment and Amenities available, new Pool provisions and restrictions, membership prices and more, contact the YMCA at (626) 359-9244. Also visit the YMCA online to review the Reopening Guidelines. 


Santa Anita Family YMCA to Open Summer Day Camps for Youth 

The Santa Anita Family YMCA announced that on July 6 they also will open the Y Program Center to host YMCA Summer Day Camps for children in grades K-8th! This is great news for working parents who’ve returned to their jobs after the 16 week long COVID-19 shut-down, and nearly 4 months of home-schooling and a very unhealthy lack of social interaction for their children. Arts & Crafts, outdoor games, water play, FREE Lunch, and much more highlight the typical camp day. Call the YMCA at (626) 359-9244 for registration, hours, activity & price information. Financial assistance is available for Y-Summer Day Camp, as is true for all YMCA programs.


Report Bulky Items around Town and Be Entered to Win a Gift Card

Have you seen bulky items around town? If you report them into Public Works, you will be entered into a raffle and could win a $50 gift card to a Monrovia Business! If you are out and about around town and see furniture, boxes, or other items in the Right of Way (not on Private Property), please report them to Public Works. In turn, Athens Services will pick these items up within about 48 hours.

How to Report Bulky Items:

Raffle tickets will be pulled each Thursday and the winners will be notified by Public Works Staff. 

Since June 4, we have received 387 reports for abandoned bulky items! Thank you for reporting these items! The winner for this week’s drawing is….Amber Cast! 

If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575.


Freeway Underpasses to be Repainted Throughout City; Magnolia Avenue Completed this Week!

The Public Works team continues to work through the repainting of all of the freeway underpasses throughout the City. This week, the team completed the underpass the California Avenue and Mayflower Avenue and they both look great!

The team will be working toward completing at least one additional underpass a week, with the following tentative schedule:

  • Week of June 29 - Myrtle Avenue Underpass
  • Week of July 6 - Monterey Avenue Underpass
  • Week of July 13 - Huntington Drive Underpass

As a part of this process, the underpass areas are being pressure washed and cleaned in preparation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575.

Magnolia Avenue


Parking Enforcement and Weekly Street Sweeping to Resume

Parking enforcement has resumed in Monrovia.

To avoid receiving a parking citation, please pay attention to all posted signs when choosing your next parking spot and be mindful of street sweeping days. Beginning the week of June 15, street sweeping also returned to a weekly sweeping schedule. View additional parking information.


COVID-19 At a Glance 

Latest Facts & Figures  

Jurisdiction - Confirmed Cases | Deaths**

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

  • Brookdale Monrovia - 3 staff cases* | 5 resident cases | 1 death

*Facilities that have no reported positive COVID-19 cases for 14 days are considered to no longer have an outbreak and removed from the list. 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 LogoConstruction 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! 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.

For the week of June 29, work will include:

  • Concrete removal, tree root pruning, grading, and sewer repairs on the following streets:
    Encinitas Avenue, Palm Avenue, Lime Avenue, Canyon Boulevard, Jasmine Avenue, Heliotrope Avenue, Wildrose Avenue, Shamrock Avenue, and Oakdale Avenue

Excel Paving, the contractor for this project, will be circulating notices to impacted residents prior to initiating work and posting necessary park restrictions in the work area. Please keep a look out for any notifications and abide by any parking restrictions. Regular street sweeping will not take place in the work area during construction so please focus on the posted construction parking signage.

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 at (626) 932-5575 or email monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

Northeast Map


E- Waste Recycling Self- Service Drop Off Program 

The Public Works Yard (600 S. Mountain Avenue) is a designated E-Waste Disposal location. This location is able to accept general household E-Waste items, batteries, and fluorescent lightbulbs. There are designated receptacles for each of the types of items and Athens Services will ensure that they are recycled appropriately. Please follow the instructions on the signs posted at the location.

Should you have any questions, please call the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575. Learn more about e-waste recycling.


 Athens Services One Pass Collection in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency 

Athens Services has temporarily changed solid waste 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. 

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

Monrovia Strong 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 (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 53 investigations. View the Neighborhood Watch Report.