Hello everyone!

In an effort to provide an update of important news and notes from this last week, the following report has been prepared. As always, please feel free to let me know if you have a question about any of the items contained in this update – I can be reached via email at ochi@ci.monrovia.ca.us!

And of course… all the best to you and yours as we continue through this week!

Best regards,

Oliver


Quote of the Week

"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls."

– Joseph Campbell


Community Tree Lighting Ceremony And Holiday Event Scheduled To Be Held Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12 @ 4:00 P.M. In Library Park!

As you likely are aware, due to the rain last week, the City regrettably had to cancel our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Parade.  However, in an effort to organize a scaled down version of our annual holiday celebration, we are happy to share that the City will be hosting a special Community Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Event at Library Park tomorrow Wednesday, December 12, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the event will kick-off with performances by the Monrovia High School Band, Centre Stage, and the Champagne Signers. While you’re listening to the festive music, stroll down Lime Avenue to view this year’s parade float entries. At 5:30 p.m., the formal Tree Lighting program will begin where we will be recognizing and celebrating our Parade Grand Marshall – the Monrovia Area Partnership, MAP Leaders!

Other activities will include FREE:

  • Carriage Rides in Old Town
  • Photo booth
  • Face painting
  • Starbucks coffee, tea, & coco
  • Cookie decorating station
  • Letters to Santa station
  • Display of Parade Floats

If you have any questions, please call the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246!  We look forward to celebrating with everyone!

Community Tree Lighting

 


 

New Cannabis Testing Lab Opens In Monrovia

We wanted to let everyone know that this past week, a company called LB PharmLabs received the final State regulatory approvals needed to open a new cannabis testing laboratory in Monrovia at 1000 South Magnolia Avenue.  According to the firm, they provide the “cannabis industry with laboratory testing and analytic services to ensure consumers have access to safe medicine.  Through laboratory testing, [the company] ensure[s] safe medicine for the cannabis community by testing for contaminants that may result from the growth, extraction and packaging processes.” Additional details regarding LB PharmLabs can be found online.

 


 

Studio Movie Grill Issued Their Temporary Certificate Of Occupancy, Meaning They Can Now Serve Food!

Just a quick FYI… Studio Movie Grill was issued their Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) this past week, which means that they can now serve food.  They still have a few issues remaining that need to be addressed, and our team here at the City has spent an inordinate amount of time working to help get Studio Movie Grill to the finish line.  In particular, members of our Building Division, Public Works, Division and Fire Department staff went above and beyond during the renovation process, and many thanks to Evan Knuckles, Shady Badie, Laura Bednar, and Alex Tachiki for their efforts!  We’ll be sure to keep monitoring this situation moving ahead!

 


 

Gravel Bags Now Available At The Public Works Yard Or Fire Station 101

The rainy season is upon us!  But with the rain means that we have the potential for mud and debris flows at various locations throughout town.  Given that factor, the City is making gravel bags available now to residents at the following locations, Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm:

  • Public Works Corporate Yard (600 S. Mountain Ave.)
  • Monrovia Fire Station 101 – Administration Office (141 E. Lemon Ave.)
  • Also, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, residents can also pick up gravel at Recreation Park, in the parking lot south of the baseball field located on East Olive Avenue.

As a reminder, residents need to bring their own shovel, safety goggles, and gloves to fill up the gravel bags.  For more information, please contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575!


 

Santa Tours Throughout Monrovia Set For Week Of December 17!

The ever-popular Santa Tours are set to take place once again this year during the week of December 17, when Santa Claus will be driving down every street in Monrovia!  Santa Claus will be touring each neighborhood on top of a decorated fire engine passing out candy canes, escorted by a police car and a decorated public works sleigh!  Everyone is encouraged to come out and wave to Santa and enjoy the Christmas carols playing over the police car’s P.A. system!

A big thank you to all of the City employees from the Police Department, Monrovia Fire & Rescue, and Public Works who volunteer their time to help make this program a success!

Please note… those wishing to participate by riding in the sleigh with Santa should assemble by 5:00 p.m. at the City Hall parking lot (415 S. Ivy Ave) each night the Santa Tour occurs. Remember that space is limited and participation is on a first come, first served basis.  Parents are reminded that children must be accompanied by an adult.

The tours will last from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and follow the schedule below:

  • Monday, December 17
    • City streets east of Myrtle Avenue, north of Foothill Boulevard.
  • Tuesday, December 18
    • City streets west of Myrtle Avenue and north of Foothill Boulevard.
  • Wednesday, December 19
    • City streets east of Myrtle Avenue, south of Foothill Boulevard, north of Duarte Road, west to east city boundaries.
  • Thursday, December 20
    • City streets west of Myrtle Avenue, south of Foothill Boulevard to Huntington Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Fifth Avenue.
  • Friday, December 21
    • City streets south of Huntington Avenue, west of Myrtle Avenue to Fifth Avenue, north of southern city boundaries. Also include Valley Circle.

For more information, please contact the Monrovia Police Department at (626) 256-8000!

2018 Santa Tours 2

 


 

Monrovia Today Winter Brochure Is Now Available Online! Register For Classes Today!

Just a quick note to let everyone know… the Monrovia Today Winter Brochure is now available online to view!  Be on the lookout for the publication in your mailbox in the coming days… and if you just can’t wait… feel free to click here to flip through the brochure!  Winter registration is now open! Classes will begin on January 7.

 


 

Check Out The City’s New Winter Youth Sports Program: Indoor Volleyball!!

We are so excited to share with the community that we have redesigned the City’s Youth Sports program!  The new 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. The Youth Sports Program featuring Indoor Volleyball focuses on skill development and promotes physical activity and teamwork in an engaging and supportive environment.

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

Volleyball flyer


 

Station Square Park And Ride Lot Closure Delayed Due To Rain Last Week – New Closure Date Scheduled For Saturday, December 8 - January 25!

As you may recall, the City has plans to temporarily close the Park-and-Ride lot located next to Station Square Park at the southwest corner of Myrtle Avenue / Pomona Avenue to complete required State-mandated environmental testing work on the site.  Originally, this closure was expected to begin on Friday, November 30, but the heavy rains last week caused a delay.

Based on our new plans, the Park-and-Ride lot will be closed starting on Saturday, December 8, and the closure will last through January 25.

Our most sincere apologies for any inconvenience that this matter may cause!

Lot Closure

 


 

Bite Back!  Community Meeting Set For Wednesday, December 12, At 6:00 P.M. At The Community Center, SGV Mosquito & Vector Control District Will Discuss How We Can Institute A Neighborhood Approach To Mosquito Control!

Save the date!  We wanted to let everyone know that we are coordinating a community meeting with the SGV Mosquito and Vector Control District to discuss mosquito control techniques.  The meeting is scheduled to take place on December 12, at 6:00 p.m., at the Monrovia Community Center (119 West Palm Avenue, Monrovia).  Additional details are outlined in the flyer below, and we look forward to working with everyone to… bite back!

Bite Back

 


 

Monrovia Firefighters Are Proud To Support The MDA Fill The Boot Fundraising Event!

This past week, Monrovia Fire & Rescue participated in the annual Fill the Boot program. With coordination by Firefighter Kyle McKee, our firefighters had the opportunity to collect money on the corner of Mayflower and Huntington raising $5,500!

Through MDA’s spirited Fill the Boot program, dedicated fire fighters go above and beyond the call of duty to help families in hometowns across America live longer and grow stronger. More than 100,000 dedicated fire fighters hit the streets and neighborhood storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, helping them fill their boot with contributions. Last year, fire fighters raised more than $24 million at more than 1,600 Fill the Boot events to save and improve the lives of MDA families.

Fill the BootFill the Boot

 

Fill the BootFill the Boot

 


 

Monrovia Chamber Of Commerce Announces Their 2018 Award Recipients!

This past week, the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of their annual awards program for 2018.  Winners for the Iris Award (Citizen of the Year), the Monroe Award (Business Person of the Year), the Service to the Chamber Award, and the Military Service & Stewardship Award.  The award winners are:

 

Iris Award, Citizen of the Year – Monrovia Reads

The Iris Award for the Citizen of the Year is going to Monrovia Reads. The non-profit literacy foundation Monrovia Reads was founded in 2000 to combat low student test scores. With the combined concept of putting books in hands of students and providing tutoring for those who need a little help, Monrovia Reads has made a difference. Since its Pro-Active Tutoring (PAT) program began, test scores have steadily risen in Monrovia schools. Monrovia Reads provides new books to children at various events throughout the year, including Foothill Unity Center's Back-to-School event in August; Foothill Unity Center's Holiday Distribution in December; Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills' Summer Extravaganza; Monrovia Firefighters' Pancake Breakfast; and Monrovia Public Library's Summer Reading Program. Monrovia Reads, in partnership with the Monrovia Public Library and the Monrovia Public Library Foundation, and sponsored by Foothill Credit Union, launched the Monrovia Reads Mobile Literacy Van in 2018. This Van travels to each of the 5 elementary schools in Monrovia one day per week. While the Literacy Van is on campus, children can check out or return books, obtain a library card, get help with homework, and participate in story time or craft activities.

Monrovia Reads

Monroe Award, Business of the Year – Oak Crest Institute of Science

The 2018 Monroe Award honoree is Oak Crest Institute of Science. Oak Crest Institute of Science is sparking an interest throughout the community in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Not only are the 45 paid staff and volunteers doing cutting edge research, but they are encouraging others to do so as well. They sponsored a science research program for youngsters last summer, and they developed a Science and Technology Incubator Program to provide facilities and equipment for hi-tech start-up companies.

Oak Crest

Service to the Chamber Award – Richard Andrews, Realtor with Century 21 Adams & Barnes

Richard Andrews, a realtor with Century 21 Adams & Barnes, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Service to the Chamber Award. He has only been a Chamber Ambassador for the last two years, but in that time has attended almost every ribbon-cutting and other event the chamber has held. He volunteers his time to assist the chamber in setting up for events, and then staying to work at the events. Richard is an excellent representative and advocate for the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce! The Chamber greatly appreciates the time, effort and dedicated volunteerism he continues to provide the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce.

Richard Andrews

Military Service & Stewardship Award – Donna "Sam" Natali

The Military Service and Stewardship Award 2018 will be presented to Donna "Sam" Natali. She is not only a woman soldier, having joined the Army as a WAC in the 1950s, but since then she has been active in the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), serving as officers in both organizations.

Donna %22Sam%22 Natali

Award winners will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual Awards and Installation banquet, set to be held on Friday, January 18, at the Doubletree Hotel (924 West Huntington Drive), beginning at 6:00 p.m.  For more information, please visit the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce online.


Holiday Home Decorating Contest: Apply By Friday, December 14!

The very popular annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest is here! Sponsored by the City of Monrovia, residents who decorate their homes for the Holiday Season will have the chance to be recognized by the City in twelve decoration categories, including:

  • Best Still Display – Decorations with no movement
  • Best Outdoor Display – Overall outdoor decorations
  • Most Effective Use of Lighting – Outdoor lighting display
  • Best Decorated Outdoor Tree – Holiday tree must be in front of the residence
  • Best Neighborhood Effort – Street(s) with many homes decorated in a similar theme
  • Snowman Award – Best display using one or more snowmen
  • Children’s Choice Award – Best display that depicts a youthful theme
  • Santa’s Workshop Award – Best depiction of Santa’s Workshop in decorations
  • Holiday Spirit Award – Most festive display
  • Judges Award – Judge’s choice
  • Tim McKeehan “Best of the Season” Award – Best overall holiday display in the city

 

Applications for the Holiday Home Decorating Contest are now available on the City’s website or at the Monrovia Community Center. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14, and the contest judging will take place on Monday, December 17, after 5:00 p.m. Decorations must be visible from the street, as judges do not exit the vehicle to view decorations.

All applicants will be entered in the Holiday Home Decorating Contest Map. Award winners will receive a yard sign to display and be recognized during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at City Hall in Council Chambers. For additional information, please contact the Public Services team at (626) 256-8246.

2018 Holiday Home Final

 


 

Monrovia Public Library & American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Are Collecting Items For Hospitalized Military Personnel

Once again, the Library’s Veterans Resource Center is partnering with the local American Legion Women’s Auxiliary to support the USO & local military personnel who are hospitalized.  Below is a list of critical items needed:

  • White socks for men and women
  • Coloring books for adults
  • Coloring pencils, markers and pens
  • Board games and card games for adults

There is a large yellow box in the Library Lobby near the Circulation Desk for donations. Please drop all donated items in the marked box. For more information, contact Librarian Mabel Cross at (626) 256-8294. Thank you for your support!

Veterans Donation ad 2018


 

Next Wave Of Residential Development Projects Scheduled To Begin Entitlement Hearings In Q1-2019

Given the two housing development project outreach meetings that are scheduled to take place in December 2018, we felt that it would be appropriate at this time to provide the community with an overview of the current development patterns that we’re seeing here in Monrovia.

Perhaps the most important thing to note regarding the current development interest that we’re seeing in our community is the fact that we’ve been planning for this growth during the past 20+ years.  Our initial development ideas were developed through a 2004 Urban Land Institute Study commissioned by the City.  Those concepts were then codified in a 2008 General Plan Update that created areas of focused housing density in the edges surrounding Old Town, at Station Square, and on the west end of Huntington Drive.  Finally, in 2014, the City adopted the Station Square Transit Village Planned Development Area to allow for greater housing densities around our Gold Line Station.

During the past several years, the City has been carefully managing proposed development initiatives to ensure that the plans that have been developed during the past two decades are thoughtfully executed.  And based on those plans, there are currently around 2,200 housing units / rooms in the development pipeline, which constitutes a 15% increase in our total housing supply.  Of particular note, most of the current development interest that we’re seeing is located around Station Square and the Monrovia Gold Line Station, where proposals have been put forward that have an urban-esque development flavor (and which are being mitigated with suburban-based planning principles).  The map below outlines the location of these proposed development projects in the City.

Development Map

More recently, during the past year, the City has seen the construction and / or approval of 5 major development projects, totaling 865 residential units and 109 hotel rooms.  A quick overview of those projects includes the following:

  • Areum Apartments (5th / Huntington)
    • Total Units: 154
    • Project Status: Construction complete, facility is more than 90% occupied
  • MODA at Monrovia Station (Station Square)
    • Total Units: 261
    • Project Status: Phase I construction complete, leasing activities recently began
  • Richman Residential (Station Square)
    • Total Units: 296
    • Project Status: Entitled by the City, construction expected to begin in mid- to late-2019
  • Marriot TownePlace Suites (Myrtle Avenue / Huntington Drive)
    • Total Rooms: 109
    • Project Status: Entitled by the City, construction expected to begin in mid- to late-2019
  • AvalonBay Residential (Old Town Extension)
    • Total Units: 154
    • Project Status: Entitled by the City, construction expected to begin in mid- to late-2019

And now, as we move towards 2019, the City has been working to coordinate the entitlement process for four (4) additional major development projects (all located adjacent to the Monrovia Gold Line Station), which include 3 housing initiatives and 1 hotel initiative.  All told, there are ~1,030 proposed residential units, and the hotel project is anticipated to have ~125 rooms.

In an effort to keep everyone apprised of the City’s efforts on the development front, we wanted to provide an overview of each of the four remaining major projects that we anticipate will be brought forward for consideration in 2019.  Of particular note, the City is continuing our review and assessment of each initiative, and during the next few months, revisions / updates will most certainly be made for each development.  The information outlined below is what we know about the proposals as of today.  Project details and updates will be available online.

1. Trammell Crow Residential – “The Alexan Specific Plan”

  • Project Location: 1625 South Magnolia Avenue
  • Project Site Area: 6.77 acres
  • Total Proposed Units: 436 units
  • Proposed Building Height: 5-story apartment complex
  • Current Parking Configuration: 7-story (8-level) parking garage, 797 spaces
  • Public Amenities: 34 public parking spaces

Arroyo at Monrovia Station

2. Fifield Realty Corporation – “West Pomona Transit District”

  • Project Location: 123 West Pomona Avenue
  • Project Site Area: 1.8 acres
  • Total Proposed Units: 310 units (note… 25 very-low affordable units proposed for inclusion)
  • Mixed-Use Components: 10,000 square feet of commercial space
  • Proposed Building Height: 7-story mixed-use structure
  • Current Parking Configuration: Subterranean structure, 483 parking stalls
  • Public Amenities: 25 very-low income units, 50 reserved public parking spaces

Fifield Residential

3. MW Investment Group – “Arroyo at Monrovia Station”

  • Project Location: City block bound by South Magnolia to the west, South Primrose to the east, West Evergreen to the north, and West Pomona to the south.
  • Project Site Area: 3.03 acres
  • Total Proposed Units: 284 units
  • Mixed-Use Components: 7,180 square feet of commercial space
  • Proposed Building Height: 6-story mixed-use structure
  • Current Parking Configuration: 6-story (7-level) parking garage, 500 spaces
  • Public Amenities: Pocket park (with future expansion) and 13 public parking spaces

Arroyo at Monrovia Station

4. City Park-and-Ride Lot

  • Project Site Area: 1.06 acres
  • Project Proposal: Cambria brand hotel
  • Additional Details: Project details still being developed, preliminary proposal contemplates a 125-room hotel with enhanced public parking facilities

Now certainly, without proper context, these development patterns and the number of proposed new units can be somewhat startling, and may elicit a strong initial reaction.  Because when dealing with policies related to growth, housing, and development, the issues often times end up pitting two sides against one another.

On the one extreme, there are those who advocate for no-growth… that is, until we have more water, clean air, and no traffic, we should not allow any development whatsoever.  And on the other extreme, you have those who advocate for a pure free-market approach… that government should allow developers to build whatever they want, so long as the market will allow for it.

Here in our community, what we’ve been working on for the past 20+ years is to find a better way… a more balanced way… a true Monrovia way… in order to solve the pressing challenges facing our City.  And while there is no doubt that traffic and parking and environmental concerns are challenges that the City need to address, so too is the fact that housing costs continue to rise.

So here at the City, we’ve been working to chart and navigate a course whereby we mitigate the impacts of development, facilitate the construction of additional – appropriate – housing projects, and push for the inclusion of affordable housing every chance that we get.  Now during the next several months, as we contemplate the proposed development initiatives, we do hope that you’ll engage in the discussion with us as we work together to try and chart a pathway to ensure that Monrovia’s future stays brighter than our very successful past.

 


 

Working To Mitigate New Housing And Development Impacts Here In Monrovia!

Here in Southern California, we are faced with the daunting reality that things are about to get a lot more crowded.  Based on the latest demographic projections available, in the next 25-year planning period, the SCAG region (which includes LA County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Ventura County, and Imperial County) will, through natural growth patterns unrelated to immigration, add the equivalent population of the entire state of Oregon!

That’s around 4 million more people in the greater Southern California region!

Against that backdrop, California is in the midst of a true housing crisis.  An oft-cited report published by McKinsey Global Institute illustrated the depths of the housing crunch here in the Golden State, where real estate prices are rising 3x faster than household income… where 50% of the State’s population cannot afford housing… where California needs to build 3.5 million more homes by 2025 to truly stabilize the housing situation.

And here in Monrovia, we are absolutely impacted by these broader housing trends facing the State.  Because did you know… here in our City, the average rent for an apartment these days is $2,600 / month, according to Zillow.

What’s more, the typical cost of renting an apartment in Monrovia is now around $2.50 - $3.00 / square foot.  And at $3.00 / square foot… that means a 1,000 square foot apartment will cost you $3,000 per month in rent.

Monrovia Rentals

That’s just not okay.

While there are many different proposed solutions to the housing issues we’re faced with today, there is only one for which there is near universal agreement… and that is the need for a massive increase in the supply of available housing in order to stabilize costs.  Because unless we address the housing scarcity issue, we will not be able to make an impact on the overall problem of housing affordability.

But along with development come impacts to a community.  And while all of us here at the City are committed to addressing the issue of housing affordability, we are even more committed to mitigating the impacts associated with new development.  The City has invested millions of dollars these past several years to institute mechanisms to lessen the negative impacts that development may have on our community.  An overview of our efforts to date include the following:

  • First, on the environmental front… the City recently adopted a New Development Water Rate, which will require that any new project adding 5 or more units to the City pay the full cost of importing water from outside the region for their use.  This New Development Water Rate means that any new development projects will have to pay an effective water rate that is 34.4% more expensive than the normal water rate that current Monrovians are charged.  This policy enhancement will ensure that our existing residents and businesses are not forced to bear the added cost of importing more water into the City to serve a new population base.
  • Next, on the service delivery front… the City has adopted a policy that will allow us to create Mello-Roos Districts that overlay on significant new development projects.  Through this policy, all significant new developments will be required to pay an extra property tax assessment annually to offset the increased costs for police and fire services that are necessitated when major projects are constructed.
  • On the traffic / parking front… the City recently instituted a new model of suburban mobility that provides Monrovians with simple, easy, and cheap public transportation options to combat increasing traffic and parking congestion trends.  The program we developed, which is called GoMonrovia, provides enhanced public transportation options provided through Lyft and LimeBike.  Under the GoMonrovia initiative, individuals have access to $0.50 Lyft rides anywhere in our service area.  In addition, the partnership developed with LimeBike has resulted in the deployment of dockless, shareable bikes located throughout town that can be accessed for $1.00 for a 30-minute ride.
  • And finally, on the congestion mitigation front… the City has been engaged in a significant review of mechanisms to reduce the impact of increased traffic.  Our efforts have involved the evaluation of signal synchronization systems to improve traffic flow on the most congested corridors in the City, and key traffic intersection improvements (that are currently in design) for eight (8) key locations in town, including
    • 5th Avenue / Huntington Drive
    • Monterey Avenue / Huntington Drive
    • Mountain Avenue / Huntington Drive,
    • Central Avenue / Myrtle Avenue
    • Mountain Avenue / Evergreen Avenue
    • Duarte Road / Myrtle Avenue
    • Myrtle Avenue / I-210 Freeway
    • Myrtle Avenue / Pomona Avenue

During the next several months, as Monrovia contemplates the significant development projects that have been proposed here in our community, we do hope that you stay informed and stay involved with the issues at hand.  All of us here at the City have been working hard to try and find balanced solutions to the most important issues of our day.  Because while we do have to make sure that we have strong environmental policies, and while we need to develop premier mobility / transportation options for our residents… we also have to find a way to do our part to address the severe housing crisis we are confronted with today.  I know that by engaging in honest dialogue and working hard together… we can take the steps forwarded today that are needed to ensure that Monrovia has an even better future tomorrow.


 

 

City Launching A Sustainable Landscaping Recognition Award

During the past few months, the City has been looking for ways to promote water conservation through the development of sustainable landscaping gardens.  To help promote the initiative, staff has developed a sustainable landscape recognition award, whereby program winners will be recognized by the City and receive a $25 credit on their water utility bill!

More details about the program will be developed in the coming month, and if you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Caroline Velarde, Management Analyst, at (626) 303-6601.

 


 

Monrovia Library’s Harry Potter Themed Yule Ball To Take Place On Saturday, December 15, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00 P.M.

To celebrate 20 years of the magical world of Harry Potter, we're having our very own Yule Ball at the Monrovia Public Library!  There will be Harry Potter themed music, crafts, games, trivia, a costume contest, and so much more, all at the Monrovia Public Library!  Gather all of your friends, dress to represent your Hogwarts houses, and come experience the magic with us!

Here's a taste of some of the activities you can expect:

  • DIY snitches
  • Wand-making
  • Mandrake potting
  • Gingerbread Hogwarts
  • Readings selected from Tales of Beedle the Bard

This event is open to all ages and will take place in and around the library.  No registration required!  And we hope to see you there!

 


 

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year In Old Town Monrovia! Our Holiday Event Calendar Now Available For Activities Through The New Year!

Monrovia is the place to be this holiday season! There are so many different things happening throughout town, including a Holiday Sing Along, Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, caroling, and loads of fun events at the Library!  In an effort to ensure you don’t miss out on the holiday fun, we’ve put together a quick listing of key community events below, and a list of activities is available on the Old Town Holiday Calendar!

Holiday Sing Along in Old Town

 We will be holding a Holiday Sing Along for carolers young and old, musically gifted and tone-deaf! All are welcome! Come for the tunes, and stroll along Myrtle afterwards for shopping and dessert!

  • The sing along will be taking place on the 400 block of Myrtle Avenue.
  • Friday, December 14, 8:15 p.m.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides Set to Take Place in Old Town Monrovia on Thursdays & Sundays in December

To help celebrate this holiday season, horse-drawn wagon rides will be available in Old Town Monrovia on Thursday and Sunday evenings in December!  The wagon rides will be offered on Myrtle Avenue for $5 per person on first-come, first serve basis, and is sponsored by the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board.  The wagon rides will be offered on the dates listed below:

  • Thursdays, December 13 & 20, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sundays, December 16, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Free Kids' Crafts on Myrtle Avenue

  • Saturdays, December 15 & 22, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Old Town Monrovia on 400 block of Myrtle Avenue 

Breakfasts with Santa in Old Town Monrovia – Every Saturday in December!

  • December 15
    • 8:00 a.m. - Peach Café
  • December 22
    • 8:00 a.m. – Jake’s Roadhouse
    • 10:00 a.m. - Oh Mulberry Bush
    • 11:00 a.m. – Rudy’s Mexican Restaurant

Special Holiday Events at the Monrovia Public Library in Old Town!

  • Gingerbread House Decorating - Library Community Room (All Ages)
    • Saturday, December 15, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    • Monday Movie Night – Library Community Room (All Ages)
    • Monday, December 17, 6:00 p.m.
  • Holiday Dessert Decorating Challenge - Library Community Room (Grades 6-12)
    • Wednesday, December 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Holidays in Old Town Monrovia Flyer 2018

 


 

Cold Weather Winter Homeless Shelter Schedule For The East San Gabriel Valley

As developed by the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition, winter shelters will be available beginning December 1, 2018, and will remain active in various parts of the San Gabriel Valley through March 1, 2018. The City has distributed the schedule to key members of our team to ensure that those who are in need of help and services have access to the information.  If you have any questions, the Emergency Assistance Center operated by the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless can be reached at (626) 333-7204.

Shelter Schedule

Bus Schedule

 


 

It’s The Season Of Giving! Join The Monrovia Chamber Of Commerce For The Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive

Spread the joy this holiday season, while meeting the friendly faces behind the businesses in Monrovia, by participating in the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce Spark of Love Toy Drive on December 13!  The event will take place at Jake’s Roadhouse from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. In lieu of admission, the Chamber of Commerce requests that you bring an unwrapped toy for the Spark of Love Toy Drive!  For more information, visit the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce online.  


Monrovia Renewal Road Construction Activities In The South Section Are Now Underway

Sequel Contractors have begun preparations related to the street improvement component of Monrovia Renewal in the South section.  Various improvements are planned depending on the current street condition including slurry seal, asphalt overlay activities, micro-surfacing, and complete street reconstruction. Pulverizing and grinding operations began on Monday, November 12, and paving operations began on November 19.

We recognize that construction can be messy and inconvenient, and we appreciate your patience through this process. 

Please see the project area map for the specific street treatments in your area. You will find further details related to the three street treatments and possible impacts below.

We will do our best to minimize the impacts on residents and business. Streets and driveways may be inaccessible for intermittent periods during the day but will be accessible every night.

1. Street Reconstruction –The following streets are scheduled to have a reconstruction improvement completed on them: 6th Avenue, Atara Street, Sierra Blanca, Kruse Street, Walker Avenue, El Norte Street, Fano Street, Radford Place, Pilgrim Way, Santa Fe Place, El Dorado Street, Rosewood Avenue, and Leafwood Drive!

  • In addition to the above streets, portions of the following streets are also scheduled to have a street reconstruction improvement completed on them:
    • Peck Road
    • Genoa Street
      • Between 5th Avenue and Encino Ave.
    • 5th Avenue
      • Between Sierra Blanca and Diamond Street
      • Between Duarte Road and Genoa Street
    • Alamitas Ave.
      • Between Montana and Diamond Street
    • Portion of Montana Street at the intersection with Monterey Street
    • Encino Avenue
      • Between Huntington Drive and Alta Street
  • The street reconstruction involves a process where the existing roadway and subgrade will be pulverized, essentially turning the street to a dirt road. These sections will have some of the material removed and the remaining material will be graded and compacted to form the subgrade for the new street. The surface will be a hard, compacted dirt surface and it may remain in this state for approximately 1 to 2 weeks prior to be being paved. 
  • During this process, there will be periods where the street will be inaccessible for up to 8 hours.
  • When the street is paved, it will receive a total of four inches of new asphalt that will be installed over two separate paving operations, taking two days. 
  • Pulverizing and initial paving operations will be complete by December 18, 2018. 

2. Grind and Overlay – The following streets are scheduled to have a grind and overlay improvement completed on them: Alta Street, Bonita, Diamond Street, Anita Street, El Norte Avenue, Monrovista Avenue, and Hurstview Avenue!

  • In addition to the above streets, portions of the following streets are also scheduled to have a grind and overlay improvement completed on them:
    • Myrtle Avenue
      • South of Duarte Rd.
    • Evergreen Avenue
      • Between Myrtle Ave. and Mayflower Ave
    • Shamrock Avenue
      • Between Central Ave. and Duarte Rd.
    • Duarte Road
      • Between California Ave. and Mountain Ave.
    • Pomona Avenue
      • Between Myrtle Ave. and California Ave.
    • 8th Avenue
      • Between El Norte and Duarte Rd.
    • Genoa Street
      • Between Mayflower and Magnolia
    • Mountain Avenue
      • Between Evergreen Ave. and Duarte Rd.
    • El Norte Ave
      • Between Peck Rd. and Santa Fe Place
    • Encino Avenue
      • North of Duarte Rd.
    • 5th Avenue
      • North of Sierra Blanca Drive
      • Between Genoa Street and Diamond Street
    • Montana Street
      • Between Los Robles Ave. and Monterey St.
  • A 2” grind and overlay treatment involves the removal of the upper 2” sectional of asphalt and replacing it with a new 2” asphalt cap. This treatment is utilized on streets that are structurally sound but have deteriorated to the point where they need a new asphalt cap.
  • During this process, there will be periods where the street will be inaccessible for several hours. 
  • This work is scheduled for January 2019. 

3. Slurry Seal and Micro-Surfacing – Encino Way, Encino Place, Enterprise Way, Naples Street, Spanner Street, 9th Avenue and Venice Avenue!

  • Portions of Genoa Street is scheduled to receive a Micro-Surfacing treatment.
  • A slurry seal and micro-surfacing treatment is maintenance coating that is added to streets that are already in satisfactory condition. This treatment will prevent further degrading of the roadway surface, but is not intended to improve the feel or ride of the street.
  • These streets will be inaccessible for up to 8 hours during this process. 
  • This work is scheduled for January / February 2019. 

During these activities, there will be intermittent road closures and parking restrictions. The streets and driveways will be accessible every night; however, access might be limited during daytime work activities. 

Please adhere to all posted parking restrictions.  You will receive additional notification a few days in advance of work beginning.  In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding Monrovia Renewal, please feel free to contact Public Works at (626) 932-5575, or via email at monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us.  In addition, further project details can be found online.

Street Construction Flyer

 


 

Monrovia Renewal Work - Week Of December 10

This week, the City’s contractor is scheduled to begin road pulverizing, and concrete and hydrant repair work, at the following locations:

Pulverizing at:

  • Santa Fe Place
  • Fano Street
  • Radford Place
  • Maryanna Street
  • Pilgrim Way
  • Alamitas Avenue
  • Montana Street
  • 5th Avenue
  • Sierra Blanca Drive

Additional Construction Activities for the Week of December 10:

  • Removal and replacement of concrete curb, gutter, sidewalk, and driveway approaches on Montana Street, Alamitas Avenue, Diamond Street and Evergreen Avenue

  • Sewer lateral connection repairs at El Dorado Street, Genoa Street, and Leafwood Drive

We recognize that construction can be messy and inconvenient. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work through these improvements! For more information about the Monrovia Renewal project, please to contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575 or the Monrovia Renewal Project Team at monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


 

If Construction Is In Your Neighborhood, Be On The Lookout For These Notices!

Notices will be distributed to residents and business owners in the areas where work will take place. The contracting team will distribute notices on the following schedule, which will vary by the specific work in each location:

  • Initial Notice – All residents and businesses in the construction area to inform them of pending work.
  • Five Day Notice – Specific notices will be delivered to the impacted areas five (5) days prior to work commencing. This notice will outline the work taking place, overview the schedule, and provide information on the associated impacts, such as parking restrictions or driveway access.
  • Two Day Notice – A final notice will be provided two days before the activity begins to remind folks of the coming work and impacts.

In addition, parking restrictions will be posted in the areas where parking will be impacted.

As the work in this section progresses, we will be sure to keep you updated on any developments. As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to execute this project. Questions or concerns? Please feel free to contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575 or monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

 

Construction Alert

 


 

Make Plans To Ring In 2019 Through The New Year’s Eve On Myrtle Avenue Event!

2019 will be here before you know it, so make plans now to ring in the New Year on Myrtle Avenue! The City of Monrovia, along with the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board, and the Old Town Merchants, are set to present our annual New Year's Eve on Myrtle Avenue starting at 7:00 p.m.!

Schedule

  • Sunday, December 31, from 7:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
  • Child Care services from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. for a fee of $20 at the Monrovia Community Center

Transportation

For more information, please call the Community Center at (626) 256-8225.

 


 

 

Water & Sewer Rate Updates Set To Be Sent To Utility Customers In November 2018

Just a quick note to let everyone know that a utility bill notice will be distributed to all water rate customers during our November 2018 bill cycles (effective 11/21, 11/28 and 12/5).  Based on the currently approved schedule, rate adjustments set to be instituted in January 1, 2019 will include the following changes:

Sewer Rates

  • For the typical single-family residential sewer customer, the sewer rate will increase by $0.24 / month, to $9.29 / month (currently at $9.05 / month)

Water Rates

  • For the typical single-family residential water customer, the water rate will increase by $7.57 / month, to $65.28 / month (currently at $57.71 / month)
  • Please note – the water rate adjustment is being instituted to fund the regional Watermaster plan to purchase and import water into our aquifer.

A copy of the utility bill notice being distributed to customers is included for your review and reference. 

Rate Adjustment Insert


 

Chapcare Community Health Center Shares Details Regarding Open Enrollment 6 Process For Covered California Health Insurance Program

ChapCare is a local non-profit community health center with an office in Monrovia located at 513 East Lime Avenue.  The clinic offer medical services for the whole family, and for those that don’t have health insurance, ChapCare offers assistance to review and discuss various options.

Currently, ChapCare is focused on promoting Open Enrollment 6 (OE6) for the Covered California health insurance program.  Community members have until January 15, 2019 to apply for health insurance through Covered California, and if you have any questions, please call (626) 486-9729, and see the flyers below!

 

Chapcare1Chapcare2

 


Assemblymember Holden Invites You To His Holiday Open House On Thursday, December 13 At His 41st District Office

Please join Assemblymember Chis Holden at his annual Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Come ready to discuss legislative and community issues, and learn about different types of services throughout the district office. Assemblymember Holden has also partnered with Shoes That Fit, an organization that aims to provide shoes and socks to local children in need. If you are interested in attending the open house, please feel free to donate a new pair of shoes or socks. To RSVP, please call (626) 351-1917 or email assemblymember.holden@assembly.ca.gov.

 

Chris Holden Open House


Advocacy Group Moms Demand Action Shares Gun Safety Tips Through The Be SMART Campaign

At the October 16, 2018, City Council meeting, and advocacy group known as Moms Demand Action spent time sharing details related to gun safety in the home.  To that end, the group created the Be SMART campaign in an effort to bring together responsible adults to reduce the number of shootings that occur when children get ahold of unsecured firearm.  According to Moms Demand Action, there are 4.6 million children who live in homes with unsecured guns, and every year, nearly 300 children age 17 and under gain access to a gun and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else.  In addition, Moms Demand Action reports that nearly 500 kids commit suicide with a gun annually.

Through the Be SMART campaign, Moms Demand Action are attempting to share public information that will hopefully prevent these injuries / deaths through responsible gun storage.  The overall information campaign is focused on sharing the following five steps:

  • Secure guns in homes and vehicles
  • Model responsible behavior
  • Ask about unsecured guns in other homes
  • Recognize the risk of teen suicide
  • Tell your peers about Be SMART

The Be SMART campaign focuses on educating communities about how we can work together to reduce the number of unintentional child shootings.  Moms Demand Action shares their belief that we can keep our kids safer by introducing Be SMART to parenting and everyday life, where the onus for gun safety is always placed on adults.  For more information, visit Be SMART online.

Be SMART


 

Main San Gabriel Basin Key Well Level Hovers Near Historic Low – Water Conservation Measures Urged For Everyone In The San Gabriel Valley

Last week, the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster shared some sobering news… the Key Well for our aquifer has dropped to the lowest level ever recorded for the San Gabriel Basin – 169.6 feet.  Prior to this current low, the previous historic low was recorded in 2016 when the Key Well had dropped to 171feet.

Key Well Level

This is particularly concerning news, as Monrovia – and nearly all of the San Gabriel Valley – relies on the Main San Gabriel Basin Aquifer for its water use.  Advanced hydrogeological modeling has indicated that if the water level falls below 165 feet at the Key Well, then 10% of all production wells in the Main San Gabriel Basin will fail, and water production output will decrease by 30%.  The data has also indicated that should the aquifer level fall below 165 feet, Monrovia’s water production capacity will be particularly impacted, given our location at the edge of the basin.

Staff here at the City are assessing this new water issue and we have been making plans to ensure greater water resiliency for our community.  In particular, the two primary efforts we have engaged include our current efforts to site a new, deeper well to allow us access to water in our aquifer, along with the development of plans to ensure the reliability / usability of directly imported water for our community from Metropolitan Water District.

In addition, on a regional basis, staff has been coordinating with the Watermaster, who is anticipating the delivery of around 16,000 acre-feet of water (which equivalent to around 2 feet of additional depth at the Key Well) from the Metropolitan Water District in the coming months.

Staff will continue monitoring this issue in greater detail during the next several months, and in the meantime, we would urge everyone to redouble your water conservation efforts.  A full suite of possible water saving options and tips can be found online.

Water Saving Tips


 

 

This Week's Happening at the Monrovia Public Library!

The Monrovia Public Library is a special community gathering place that makes a difference in the lives of children, teens, adults, and families of all kinds.  Experience all that the Library has to offer by visiting us in person at 321 S. Myrtle Avenue, and if you have any questions, contact the Library at (626) 256-8274!

Homework Help

Having trouble with your homework? Help is now available at the Monrovia Public Library. Stop by during the scheduled times and a tutor will be available to help. Pro-active Tutoring provides pre-screened tutors at no cost to Library patrons. Tutors can assist students from Kindergarten to 8th grade in subjects such as reading, language arts and math.

  • Tuesday, December 11, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Library Story Room

Conversation Groups @ Monrovia Public Library

Culture and Conversation: Practice speaking English by discussing and reading the ‘News for You’ weekly newspaper in a friendly and relaxed setting. Build confidence in your work, school, family and social life. For more information, call (626) 256-8273 or email vcastellanos@ci.monrovia.ca.us

  • Every Wednesday, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Library Heritage Room 

Speak Easy: Join us for round-table talking and practice speaking English in a friendly and relaxed setting. New topics weekly, including: popular culture, work and jobs, health, and more. Build confidence in your work, school, family, and social life.

  • Every Thursday, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., in the Library Heritage Room. For more information, call 626-256-8273 or email vcastellanos@ci.monrovia.ca.us

Ebooks & Digital Magazines are Available 24/7

Check out an ebook or listen to an audiobook on your commute using Overdrive’s Libby app. If you have little ones, visit TumbleBooks, where you’ll find digital copies of popular picture books and chapter books for kids. We also have digital magazines from RBdigital, including some of your favorite titles like Rolling Stone, Popular Mechanics, Martha Stewart Living, Highlights, National Geographic, Newsweek, and so much more! All free with your Monrovia Library Card. Just follow the link to learn more.

TumbleBooks 2 FBread instantly Libby PR


 

Keep Up-To-Date On The City’s Pending Project By Visiting Our Development Spotlight Website!

Given the significant development projects that are pending in Monrovia, the City has created a “Development Spotlight” page on our website.  This page gathers all of the major projects in one place for you to explore and see what’s in the pipeline.  The City Council recently approved the 296-unit Richman Residential Project, the 109-room Marriott TownePlace Suites Hotel Project, and the 154-unit AvalonBay Project.

So if you have any questions regarding the development activity happening in the City, please be sure to visit the “Development Spotlight” page on our website!  In addition, more detailed information related to each of the three projects outlined above can be found online at:

Richman Residential Project Station Square South Specific Plan – The Richman Group is proposing a 296-unit multi-family housing development located just south of our Gold Line stop at Station Square (located at the NE corner of Duarte Avenue / Magnolia Avenue). The development will be a transit-oriented, 3, 4, and 5-story multi-family residential development with a six-story (seven level) above-ground parking garage that accommodates 522 vehicles. The project will include a publicly accessible driveway and drop-off area for the adjacent Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station, along with a paseo (walking path) connecting to the drop-off plaza from the north side of the project.

Marriott TownePlace Suites

Tharaldson Investments is proposing the development of a 109-room, five-story, TownePlace Suites Hotel by Marriott at the southeast corner of West Huntington Drive and South Myrtle Avenue.  The hotel will provide a mix of three major room types, consisting of one-bedroom, double-queen, and king studios, as well as several hotel amenities, including an indoor exercise room, a breakfast room, a community table / lounge area, as well as an outdoor swimming pool and an outdoor seating area.  The Project would include an on-site surface parking lot with 109 spaces that would serve the guests, visitors, and employees at the TownePlace Suites.  Additional information about the Marriott TownePlace Suites project can be found online.

Marriott TownePlace Suites

AvalonBay Project

The Avalon Monrovia Specific Plan and Mixed-Use Development is a mixed-use development composed of a single building containing 154 apartment residential units, 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail, and a five-story, six-level 286-space parking garage on a 2.1-acre site. Thirteen of the dwelling units will be reserved for lower-income residents.  Additional information about the AvalonBay project can be found online.

Avalon Bay

 


 

Want To Know What’s Happening In The City? Head To The Revamped News & Highlights Page On The City’s Website!

There are so many terrific events and programs happening here in Monrovia that we knew we had to share about them!  To that end, the Public Information page on the City’s website now has a completely new layout that helps you find the latest city news and highlights, and we’re calling it: City News & Highlights. The new page will feature press releases from all departments, along with new programs that have launched and fun stories. Visit us on the City’s website to view all the City News & Highlights.


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Interesting Story Of The Week – 

From One Of The Largest Cows Ever, To Possibly The World’s Smallest… Hello Lil’ Bill!

 

Last week we heard about Knickers, the extra-large cow from Australia who became an internet sensation.

This week?  We’ve gone from big to… lil’.

As in… Lil’ Bill!

Our interesting story of the week comes to us from www.geek.com, which shares news about a tiny bovine being treated at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Lil’ Bill, as the small cow has been aptly named, weighs just a bit under 10 pounds, which is about 1/10th of what a newborn calf typically weighs!  And given his miniature size, Lil’ Bill is just… well… he’s really cute!

 

Lil’ Bill’s diminutive size makes him about as big as a domestic cat… which for a cow seems just a bit crazy!

In any event, to read more about this very interesting lil’ story, please click on the link below!

Is This the World’s Smallest Cow?


 

Police Department’s Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The Police Department’s weekly neighborhood watch report for the period November 29 – December 5, 2018, has been included for your review and reference.  During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 382 service events, resulting in 94 investigations.

A copy of the report can be found at the following link: Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report