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City Manager's Update | July 3, 2020

Post Date:07/03/2020 12:30 PM

Hello Monrovians,

Happy 4th of July! This update has been prepared to share with you everything that is taking place. At a glance, you’ll find details regarding the 4th of July celebration, COVID-19 resources, 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 

4th of July Celebration 

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.

The City of Monrovia also hosted a 4th of July Home Decorating and Old Town Monrovia Window Decorating Contest. Winners will be announced on the City's website.

This 4th of July, the community is encouraged to celebrate safely and practice the basic rules that keep everyone safer during the pandemic: cloth face coverings, physical distancing of at least six feet from non-household members, frequent and thorough hand-washing, and resisting the urge to touch your face. It takes a collaborative effort to slow the spread!

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Los Angeles County Nutrition Assistance Resources 

Food resources to help families prevent hunger during this difficult time:

CalFresh for Individuals or Families   

Seniors or Older Adult Meals  

  • Call (800) 510-2020 for meals from LA County and the City of LA 

WIC for Moms, Babies and Children under 5

  • Call (888) WIC-WORKS / (888) 942-9675 to apply 

Free Groceries 

School meals for school-aged kids 

  • Call the school district near you for "Grab and Go' meals offered in select schools. Also, download the CA Meals for Kids mobile app (iOS, Android, Microsoft), to find nearby Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs sites. 

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) 

Additional Food, Income, and Coronavirus Support & Resources 

LA County Nutrition Assistance

COVID-19 Wastewater Rebate Program 

The Sanitation Districts have created a rebate program to aid businesses facing financial challenges due to COVID-19. This program provides a simplified way for commercial users/properties with reduced wastewater discharges to potentially receive a reduction in their wastewater service charge for the period of March 20 to June 30, 2020. 

In addition, for ratepayers that generate below average amounts of wastewater, the Sanitation Districts also have a long-standing Low-Water Rebate Program that provides a reduced wastewater service charge.

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Monrovia Area Partnership Community Meeting

On June 20, Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) hosted a community meeting. Topics of the meeting included a message from the Chief of Police and the City Manager's update on COVID-19. If you missed the meeting, a recording is now available!

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 526 reports for abandoned bulky items! Thank you for reporting these items! The winner for this week’s drawing is….Chin Bheng Iam. 

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

Bulky Item Pick- Up Program

Athens Services provides two (2) scheduled bulky item collections at no cost, for single and multi-family residents with barrel service. Bulky waste includes large items that do not fit into barrels or bins such as:

  • Water heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Bed springs
  • Mattresses
  • Dressers
  • Couches
  • Washers/ Dryers
  • Stoves
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Refrigerators/ Freezers
  • Air Conditioners
  • Patio Furniture

To schedule a bulky item pick-up, please call Athens Services at (855) 557-1007. For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575 

Freeway Underpasses to be Repainted Throughout City

The Public Works team continues to work through the repainting of all of the freeway underpasses throughout the City.

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

  • 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.

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  

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Micro Surfacing Repair Work in the North Section   
Beginning Wednesday, July 8, Pavement Coatings, a subcontractor of Sully-Miller, will be performing repair on the micro surfacing street work that was recently done in the North section. The reason this work is taking place is due to performance concerns with the initial application of the micro surfacing and is being repaired at no cost to the City. 

The streets that will receive a micro surfacing street repair are: 

Wednesday, July 8: 

  • Elfwood Drive to Norumbega Drive 
  • Acorn Circle to Bradoaks Avenue 
  • Oakcliff Road to Greystone Avenue 
  • Mountain Avenue to Cul-de-Sac 
  • Stedman Place from Hillcrest Boulevard to Foothill Boulevard 
  • Valmont Drive to Norumbega Drive 
  • Valmont Place to Valmont Drive   
  • Crestview Place to Hillcrest Boulevard
  • Granite Avenue to Hillcrest Boulevard 
  • Todd Lane to Hillcrest Boulevard 

Thursday, July 9: 

  •  Briarcliff Road to Ridgeside Drive 
  • Willowbrook Circle to Canyon Crest Drive 
  • Laurel Lane to Canyon Crest Drive  
  • Shadow Lane to Shady Oaks Drive 
  • Shady Oaks Drive to Scenic Drive 
  • Half of Greystone Avenue to Bradoaks Avenue 
  • Madeline Drive to Greystone 
  • Sky Way to Myrtle Avenue 
  • James Town to Myrtle Avenue 
  • Mill Run to Myrtle Avenue 
  • Patrician Way to Alta Vista Avenue  
  • Hillcrest Boulevard from Alta Vista to Myrtle Avenue 

 Friday, July 10:  

  •  Briarcliff Road to Ridgeside Drive 
  • Greystone Avenue from Madeline Drive to Bradoaks Avenue 
  • Sutter Creek to Alta Vista Avenue 
  • Oak Grove to Alta Vista Avenue 
  • Myrtle Avenue from Alta Vista Avenue to Scenic Drive 
  • Highland Place to Hillcrest Boulevard 
  • Mayflower Avenue from Hillcrest Boulevard to Scenic Drive 
  • Franklin Place to Highland Place 
  • Avocado Place from Crescent Drive to Hillcrest Boulevard 
  • Crescent Drive to Avocado Place 
  • Terrace View to Hillcrest Boulevard 
  • Hillcrest Boulevard from Valencia Way to Crestview Place 
  • Hillcrest Boulevard from Myrtle Avenue to Crestview Place 

Please note that the street will be closed to through traffic as street work is being done and until it is completely dried. Street sweeping and parking enforcement will be suspended on all impacted streets. 

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! 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 July 6, work will include: 

  • Encinitas Avenue, Palm Avenue, Lime Avenue, Canyon Boulevard, Jasmine Avenue, Heliotrope Avenue, Wildrose Avenue, Shamrock Avenue, and Oakdale Avenue 

Sewer Repairs on the following streets: 

  • Jasmine Avenue between Lemon Avenue and Lime Avenue 
  • Palm Avenue between Ivy Avenue and Canyon Boulevard 
  • The alley east of Jasmine Avenue between Wildrose Avenue and Lime Avenue 
  • The alley south of Palm Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Ivy 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

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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

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. 

Athens Services Two 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 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! 

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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 399 service events, resulting in 75 investigations. View the Neighborhood Watch Report. 

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