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,



Quote of the Week

Do one thing every day that scares you.

– Eleanor Roosevelt



Remembering September 11th

Seventeen years ago today, terrorists attacked our country in a series of coordinated airplane hijackings that resulted in over 3,000 deaths at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, PA.  Included in the listing of those that lost their lives were more than 400 first responders, who perished while performing their sworn duty to protect us all. 

On behalf of the entire team here at the City of Monrovia, here’s to healing and growing together, as we commit to always remember.

Sept 11



City Council Approved Both The Marriott Towneplace Suites Hotel Project And AvalonBay Multi-Family Initiative On September 4, 2018

On September 4, 2018, the City Council held public hearings to consider entitlement applications for the Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel project (located at the SW intersection of Myrtle / Huntington) and the Avalon Bay multi-family project (located at the NW corner of Myrtle / Chestnut).  After a thoughtful and thorough review, the City Council voted unanimously to approve both projects.  An overview of each of the initiatives is outlined further below.

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



Keep Up-To-Date On The City’s Upcoming Housing Projects 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:



Pressure Washing Of Sidewalks In Old Town Scheduled To Take Place September 10 – 12, 2018!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the City has coordinated to pressure wash the sidewalk in Old Town beginning Monday, September 10, 2018, with the maintenance activity lasting through Wednesday, September 12, 2018.  Each day, the work will begin at 3:00 a.m. and last through 7:00 a.m., and the pressure washing will take place according to the following schedule:

  • 9/10/2018 (Monday) – begin at the SE corner of Myrtle Avenue and Chestnut Avenue, with the following segments being completed:
    • East side of the 800, 700, 600, 500, and 400 blocks
    • East ends of the following side streets: Walnut, Olive, Colorado, and Lemon
  • 9/11/2018 (Tuesday) – begin at Myrtle Avenue and Lime Avenue, with the following segments to be completed:
    • East side of the 300 block
    • East side of the following side streets: Lime and Palm
    • West side of the 300 and 400 blocks
    • West side of the following side streets: Palm, Lime, and Lemon
  • 9/12/2018 (Wednesday) – begin at Myrtle Avenue and Lemon Avenue, with the following segments to be completed:
    • West side of the 500, 600, 700, and 800 blocks
    • West side of the following side streets: Colorado, Olive, and Chestnut

Throughout the process, City staff will be monitoring the maintenance activity for quality assurance purposes, and moving forward, the City’s goal will be to conduct regular power washing of our Old Town sidewalks each and every month. 




Monrovia Launches Our First Senior Nutrition Lunch Program!

Last week, the City began the first Senior Nutrition Lunch Program, providing hot lunches to senior citizens in partnership with Serenity Care Health at the Monrovia Community Center.

“The Senior Nutrition Lunch Program is a small way that we can serve the seniors in our community.  We are providing our neighborhood seniors with a meal that is not only healthy and delicious, but also extremely affordable,” said Councilmember Larry Spicer.  “At the end of the day, it was a beautiful day for the seniors!”

In conjunction with the Gad-A-Bouts and New Horizons Club, seniors in Monrovia will enjoy a nutritious lunch after the club meetings that take place every Tuesday and Wednesday.  Many senior citizens do not have home-cooked meals because they live on their own.  Through this new program, seniors are able to have at least one home-cooked meal a week with their friends, while avoiding unhealthy options like pizza, fried chicken, or dollar menu items.

“I am very excited about the new lunch program.  The food was delicious,” said New Horizons Club Treasurer Ann Kaplan.  “And getting to have real food is so much healthier than having fast food.”

Lunches are served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with a suggested donation of $2.00.  All seniors over 55 are welcomed to join the lunch, but will be required to become a club member after two visits.  Memberships are $5.00 for the year.

The Monrovia Community Center provide spaces for senior clubs to meet, play games, and fellowship with one another.  Staff will be monitoring the program closely during the next several weeks to gauge participation levels and satisfaction levels with the new Senior Lunch Program. 

Senior Lunch



Repair Work Starting This Week On The Pedestrian Overhead Bridge That Crosses Huntington Drive, Intermittent Closures Of Huntington Drive Will Occur Through September 19, 2018

Starting this week, Jorgensen-Reeve Builders (JRB), working on behalf of Samuelson and Fetter, will be performing maintenance and repair work on the overhead pedestrian bridge located on East Huntington Drive, between 602 E. Huntington Drive and 605 E. Huntington Drive.  The work efforts will begin Monday, September 10, 2018, and are scheduled to be completed by September 19, 2018.  Each day, JRB will be working between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., from Monday through Friday only. 

Of particular note, commuters should expect temporary closures of east and west bound lanes on Huntington Drive during the maintenance work, however, the lane closures will be done in multiple phases to lessen traffic impacts.  More details are provided below and in the attached construction notice.

What: Repair work of existing pedestrian bridge

When: September 10 – September 19

Where: On East Huntington Drive, in between 602 East Huntington Drive and 605 East Huntington Drive

What to Expect:

  • Daytime repair work of overhead pedestrian bridge in between the hours of 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Daytime work will require closures for both East and West bound lanes. Closures will be done in multiple phases
  • Please note that the work is weather permitting and subject to change

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

Repair Work



Vacancy On The Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board Currently Being Advertised, Interested Parties Will Need To Apply By Monday, September 17, 2018

Last week, the City posted a notice of vacancy on the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board (MOTAB).  The formal notice of the vacancy has been posted and is available on the City’s Boards and Commissions webpage.  The application is available online as well, and anyone is interested in the position will need to submit an application by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018.  If you have any questions about this matter, please feel free to contact the City Clerk's Office at (626) 932-5505.



Ulta Beauty Grand Opening At The Monrovia Landing Shopping Center Set – Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 9:45 A.M.

Just a quick reminder… Ulta Beauty – the beauty store chain that carries cosmetics, skincare, fragrances, and hair products – is set to open their next location at the Monrovia Landing Shopping Center.  A formal ribbon cutting event has been scheduled to take place on Friday, September 14, 2018, at 9:45 a.m.



September Is National Preparedness Month – Will You Be Ready When Disaster Hits?

In 2017, California experienced the most destructive wildfire season on record, including the devastating Thomas Fire in Ventura County. Disasters like wildfires and earthquakes will happen, and we want you and your family to be prepared when it does.  You can learn lifesaving skills like CPR and first aid, or know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. It could be as simple as checking your insurance policies and coverages for emergencies such as floods and earthquakes.

Earthquakes in California are inevitable, so whether you’re at home, school, or work, get ready to DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON, for the Great California ShakeOut drill, which is happening on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:18 a.m. Join the 6.6 million Californians and practice how to protect yourself during earthquakes!

You can visit the Ready.Gov or The Great California ShakeOut websites to learn more about how to prepare.

To receive free public safety alerts from the Monrovia Police and Fire Departments, we encourage you to sign up for Nixle alerts by following the simple instructions below:

Sign Up for Nixle Alerts in the Zip Code(s) You Care About!

On Your Cell Phone:

  • Text your zip code to 888777
    • You will receive an automatic reply confirming your subscription.
    • You’re all set!

On a Computer:

  1. Log on to www.nixle.com
  2. Enter your name, address, and mobile phone number.
  3. Verify the address around where you would like to receive alerts.
  4. Add up to 5 other zip codes to your personal alert list.
  5. Start receiving alerts today!





Monrovia Renewal South Section Infrastructure Improvements – Work For Week Of September 10, 2018

The Monrovia Renewal improvements in the South section are making great progress! This work includes a full battery of water, sewer, street, and sidewalk improvements to the areas of Monrovia located south of the 210 Freeway. Sequel Contractors broke ground on this project in April 2018 and the work will last through the remainder of the year.

Based on our progress to date, the following work is scheduled to take place over the next week:

  • Continuation of removal and replacement of concrete curb, gutter, sidewalk, and driveway approaches:
    • Encino Avenue
  • Water service line work:
    • Evergreen Avenue
    • Los Robles Avenue
  • Storm drain work:
    • El Dorado Avenue

Below are a couple of photos depicting some of the concrete work on Ninth Avenue and Pilgrim Way that was done over the past several weeks:

Monrovia Renewal-September 11Monrovia Renewal-September 11.2

Advance notices will be distributed to residents and business owners in the areas where work will take place. Parking restrictions have been posted in the areas where parking will be impacted, pursuant to the following notification process:

How and when will you be notified?  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.

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!  Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575 or monroviarenewal@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

We look forward to continue making these and other improvements throughout the South section of Monrovia Renewal!



Please Join Senator Anthony Portantino’s 10th Annual San Gabriel Valley HIV/AIDS Action Summit On Friday, October 12, 2018 From 9:00 A.M. To 12:00 P.M.

Each year, world-renowned AIDS experts, government officials, community groups and students participate in discussions regarding the present status and a vision for the future of the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year’s events include two guest speakers and a panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Please see the flyer below for more information.

Senator Portantino HIV_AIDS Summit Flyer 



Monrovia Chamber Of Commerce’s Popular Beer, Wine, And Music Festival Is Back On Saturday, September 15, 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., At Station Square Park

The 3rd Annual Monrovia Station Beer, Wine & Music Fest is a unique event celebrating craft beer, wine sampling & live music.  The event will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Station Square Park in Monrovia. 

Savor the art of brewing and wine tasting as you sample over 30+ craft beer and wines from award winning breweries & wineries.  Purchase delicious food from popular local food vendors. Proceeds benefiting the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce & Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills.

Since this is a beer & wine festival, and a 21 and older ONLY event, please be aware that all attendees must show valid photo I.D. at the door to be admitted. 

There will be a special VIP admission that allows ticket holders in early from 4:00-5:00 pm (limited amount of VIP tickets).  Ride the Metro Gold Line and get dropped off in front of the event at the Monrovia Station Square Park just across the plaza.  We want everyone to drink responsibly and travel safely! Therefore, we are providing Designated Driver tickets at a discounted price. These DD ticket holders will get five water or sodas to enjoy.

Tickets: Please purchase your tickets online in advance!

  • VIP Admission $50 (Early Entry 4:00-5:00 pm) 
  • Advance General Admission $40
  • Designated Driver $20
  • Day-Of General Admission - $50 Cash or $55 Credit Card

Buy Tickets Online Here

Or buy general admission tickets in person at the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce office, 620 S. Myrtle Avenue.

We hope to see you there!

Monrovia Station Beer Wine & Music Festival 2018



September Is National Library Card Sign-Up Month!  So What Are You Waiting For?  Get Your Monrovia Library Card Today!!!

We hope that the entire community will be joining us as we celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month!  If you don’t yet have your all-access pass to everything at the Monrovia Library, we’d encourage you to sign-up for a library card during the month of September!  Because all month long, the City will have a photo frame at the Library Circulation Desk which says, “My 1st Library Card!”  Everyone who signs-up for their first library card will have the chance to take a picture with the photo frame, and what’s more… all new library card holders will be eligible for fun surprise giveaways all month long!  So don’t wait… if you don’t have a Monrovia Library Card, get one today!  You can find more information by calling us at (626) 256-8274, or by visiting us online.

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Check Out The City’s New Fall Youth Sports Program: Co-Ed Basketball & Cheer!

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.  Each participant will be taught the fundamentals in a safe and engaging environment.

  • Where: Julian Fisher Park
  • Practices: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Games: Saturday mornings (8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.)
  • Fee: $35 (MUSD resident & student) $40 (non-resident)

Registration is being accepted online or in person at the Community Center. Please feel free to contact the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246 if you have any questions!

Basketball Cheer Flyer



Storytime At The Library Is Back!  Make Plans To Participate Today!

Are you ready? Because storytime at the Monrovia Library is back! The stories and fun began Tuesday, September 4, 2018... see the flyer below for the complete Storytime Schedule, or feel free to call us at the Library at (626) 256-8274 for more information!

Fall 2018 Storytime Schedule Flyer



Mastering Water Efficient Landscapes Workshop On Thursday, October 25, 2018, In The Monrovia Community Center

The City will be hosting a Mastering Water Efficient Landscapes workshop on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Monrovia Community Center. Offered by the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) and sponsored by the City of Monrovia, Metropolitan Water District, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, and Three Valleys Municipal Water District, this landscape training focuses on mastering the basic elements of water efficient landscaping for new California landscapes.

Who should attend? Landscape designers, architects, and contractors, and anyone interested in creating and maintaining water efficient landscapes! The workshop will cover all the essential elements to help you comply with the California’s Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO), design, build and maintain healthy, water efficient landscapes for California’s “new normal”.

This workshop is free to all who pre-register and attend. To participate in the workshop:

  • Register with CLCA and place a $50 deposit on the workshop.
  • The deposit becomes non-refundable if participants do not attend the workshop, attend less than 90 percent of the workshop, or if the workshop is cancelled within 10 days of the workshop date.
  • Attend the workshop.
  • Upon full attendance at the workshop, participants will receive their $50 deposit back.

For more information on this workshop, please visit The California Landscape Contractors Association: Mastering Water Efficiency Landscapes.

Landscape Class



New GoMonrovia Lyft Pricing Now Live!  Enjoy $0.50 Shared Rides & $3.00 Lyft Rides To Get Around Town

Adjustments to the City’s GoMonrovia program are now live!  All Shared rides now cost $0.50 in our service area, while classic Lyft rides cost $3.00.  Prior to the changes taking effect, Lyft sent out a notification email to all users who had applied the GoMonrovia code to their accounts to ensure everyone was aware of the program changes (shown below).

In conjunction with that adjustment, staff has also been working to facilitate changes that will improve our shuttle bus operation for those with ADA related needs.  Now, only those who require ADA-equipped vehicles will be allowed to ride the dial-a-ride shuttle vans, and all other passengers will have to book a ride through our Lyft option. We hope these adjustments will better serve all passengers in providing quick and convenient transportation!

To help publicize these adjustments, the City has developed several new marketing material pieces to communicate the changes, copies of which are included below, and additional details can be found online at: www.gomonrovia.com

Lyft Email

GoMonrovia_Effective Sept 1



Metro’s NextGen Bus Study Wants Your Help To Reimagine The Future Of Buses In LA!

It’s been 25 years since the Metro bus system has significantly been changed!  So LA Metro is reimagining its bus system for the next generation.  Help design a better ride, one that gets where you go, and helps LA County grow.  Take a spin with the engagement tool, available until October 2, to weigh in with lively feedback choices.  Visit Metro online and be sure to participate!  For more information, contact Robert Calix, Project Manager.

Metro NextGen



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

Just a quick note to let everyone know… the Monrovia Today Fall 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!  Fall register is now open!

Monrovia Today Fall 2018 Cover Photo Highlighting the Annual Halloween Bash



Studio Movie Grill Getting Ready To Begin Construction, Upgrades (And Food Service) Should Be Ready Towards The End Of The Calendar Year!

Recently, Studio Movie Grill (SMG) representatives coordinated a meeting with the City to discuss their plans during the next several months.  Of particular note, SMG shared with City staff that they are ready to being construction, and that food service at the theatre should be ready to begin in October 2018!  In addition, SMG is planning on making further improvements to the lobby area of the theatre to accommodate guests looking to grab food and drinks, but not necessarily a movie.  Lobby improvements are anticipated to be completed by the end of calendar year 2018.

We are certainly looking forward to the new upgrades at SMG!




Monrovia Fire Department And Monrovia Historic Preservation Group To Host 2nd Annual Earthquake Preparedness Workshop, September 22, 2018, 11 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Are you ready for the next earthquake?  While we can’t know when the next big earthquake will occur, we can learn the steps to take to be prepared to protect our home and family.  The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group and the Monrovia Fire Department are once again partnering to host the Earthquake Preparedness Workshop. This workshop will feature guest speaker Margaret Vinci from the California Institute of Technology.  Best of all, this workshop is FREE, and each household in attendance will receive a free gift and refreshments to enjoy! Enrollment is limited so register TODAY. You will receive an email confirming your enrollment.

  • DATE: Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • TIME: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • PLACE: Community Room at the Monrovia Public Library (321 S. Myrtle Avenue)
  • RSVPs REQUIRED!  Attendance is limited to 60 people and attendees must RSVP in advance! To RSVP, visit MOHPG’s website. 

Vinci Talk



City Responding To Requests From Residents That Were Made During Our Block Party On Ivy Avenue, Including A Review Of Our Current Permit Parking Requirements

As you may recall, on June 30, 2018, the City coordinated a block party on Ivy Avenue to discuss our proposed ACTV Monrovia bike lane project.  At that meeting, in addition to feedback received about our proposed bike lane project, staff also received requests about several other matters, including tree trimming, speeding, and permit parking related issues.  The primary locations for where these issues were raised was in the area bordered to the north by Huntington Drive, the south by I-210 Freeway, the west by Myrtle Avenue, and the east by Shamrock Avenue. 


Based on those requests, staff has been working during the past month responding to the requests that were made, and an overview of our progress to date includes the following: 

  • Tree Trimming 
    • Based on feedback received by staff, we have coordinated and completed additional tree trimming efforts in the identified areas. 
  • Speeding Issues 
    • To address speeding issues, staff has coordinated a variety of responses, including the following: 
      • Installation of a 4-way stop at Ivy Avenue / Cypress Avenue has been scheduled. 
      • Installation of speed bumps in the north / south alley located between Myrtle Avenue and Ivy Avenue is being coordinated. 
  • Permit Parking 
    • Historically, we have had permit parking requirements in the identified area as one way to address illicit activity.  However, given positive developments in the area that we have experienced during the past 5 – 10 years, residents have requested that we reexamine the need for having permit parking in the residential neighborhood.  To that end, we have been working to assess the feasibility of removing the need for on-street parking permits.  Based on our assessment, staff is comfortable recommending removal of permit parking in the identified area, and we plan on bringing the issue forward for City Council review in September 2018. 

As we have worked with neighbors to implement these changes, we are confident that the improvements made in responding to requests that we received will continue to be received positively. 



Take Precaution Against Mosquitos To Help Prevent West Nile Virus!

Spending time outdoors comes with the risk of mosquito bites, so we wanted to share some helpful tips to keep you and your family safe from exposure to the West Nile Virus.  Mosquitos kill and sicken more people than any other creature on this planet, and should be taken seriously.   The latest reports in LA County show that 18 people have been infected and 12 people have been hospitalized in 2018 due to the West Nile Virus, including 2 in Arcadia

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has created information flyers to share with our Monrovia residents, to ensure that we are being safe and aware while we spend time in the sun:

  • Wear mosquito repellent (i.e., Spray, wipes, or lotion)
  • Cover, clear, clean and throw away items that can hold water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitos.
  • Cover your skin when outside (i.e., Wear pants and long sleeves when possible). 

Mosquito InfographicMosquito Call 211



“STIP Program” With Oak Crest Institute of Science Already Yielding Great Results, With a New Incubator Facility Currently in Development!

During the past few years, the City has been engaged in a directed effort to further advance the science and technology ecosystem that exists here in Monrovia.  Those efforts have involved facilitating the establishment of LabLaunch Monrovia, which was only the second bio-tech incubator in the San Gabriel Valley (with the first being Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative), along with directed business attraction efforts aimed at the science and technology sector.

Those efforts have produced real and meaningful contributions here in Monrovia during the past 36 months, as we have seen the addition of more than 300,000 square feet of new office space users here in our City, which have brought along with them more than 2,000 new jobs, primarily in the science, technology, and corporate office markets.

In an effort to continue building on these initiatives, and to further develop the burgeoning underground science and technology ecosystem here in Monrovia, the City entered into an agreement with the renowned Oak Crest Institute of Science (which is based right here in Monrovia on Chestnut Avenue!) to develop a Science & Technology Incubator Program, or STIP Initiative.

The overall program includes the establishment of additional incubator space for early and mid-phase start-up firms focused in the science and technology industries.  In addition, the City and Oak Crest are also collaborating to establish the following:

  • A shared-use program which allows entities participating in the STIP Initiative cost-effective access to key science and technology R&D equipment.
  • A workforce development program that is aimed at creating a school-to-jobs pipeline for students interested in pursuing a career in the science and technology fields.
  • A community-building program which incorporates routine social gathering events in Monrovia to further development of the local science and technology ecosystem.
  • A Junior Researcher Science Academy, which includes the offering of a summer science camp for interested youth, where participants will be engaged in graduate-school level science research work.

The flyer below includes additional information about the overall program that the City and Oak Crest have established together, and we’re excited to start rolling out additional program details in the coming weeks and months! 



Save Water And Money By Taking Advantage Of Water Conservation Rebates Available Now!

Water usage in Monrovia has jumped up nearly a quarter since Governor Brown announced the drought is over last year.  Groundwater levels in the Main San Gabriel Basin aquifer, where Monrovia gets its water, remain at dangerously low levels as water usage continues to rise and our region draws down available water resources.

Want to make improvements to your home or yard to start conserving more water? Luckily, rebates are available that can help you make a water-wise investment!

Available Residential Rebates from SoCal Water $mart:

  • Turf Removal Program - Receive a rebate of $1 per square foot of turf removal. The Landscape Transformation Program is available for residential and commercial properties. Please be sure to review all eligibility criteria and submit your application to reserve funds before starting your project! 
  • High-Efficiency Clothes Washers – Uses 55% less water than standard clothes washers. Less water means less energy needed for water heating, lowering your energy bill too. Rebates start at $85. Clothes washers must meet or exceed the CEE Tier 1 standard.
  • High-Efficiency Toilets - Uses 20% less water than the WaterSense standard and flushes the same amount of waste just as, if not more, effectively.
  • Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles - Multi-trajectory, rotating streams apply water more slowly and uniformly to your landscape, encouraging healthy plant growth.
  • Rain Barrels & Cisterns - Collecting and re-using rainwater from lawns and gardens minimizes the amount of water flowing into your storm drains, sewer systems, and local waterways. Rebates start at $35 per barrel or $250 per cistern.

These are just some of the rebates available! You can estimate your rebate amount, subject to eligibility and current funding levels, and apply online when you’re ready!

Learn How To Deep Water Your Trees To Withstand The Current Drought!

In an effort to aide those residents who are torn between the need to water their trees and our current serious drought situation, view our deep tree watering overview flyer that illustrates how to more efficiently water our trees. We hope that this tool helps provide interested individuals with an added way to keep their landscaping alive, all the while helping to conserve water. Visit us online to learn more about Deep Tree Watering.

Be sure to visit Monrovia Conserves for more information on Phase IV Water Regulations and for tips on how individuals can help our community save water together!



Purchase Your Tickets Today For The Last Monrovia Historical Society Narrated Tour Of The Year!

Don’t miss out on the Monrovia Historical Society’s 2018 Narrated Tours of Historic Monrovia with City Historian Steve Baker telling the history of each area of our fair City!  The tours have historically sold out quickly, so reserve early today!

The last tour of the year will be on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:00am, highlight the Southwest area of Monrovia.

Tickets can be purchased at the Monrovia Community Center ($40 per tour for Historical Society members; $50 for non-members).  Also, please keep in mind that the tour (which is facilitated on air-conditioned Monrovia Transit vans) only has 14 available seats, so make sure you get your tickets today!

Tickets are available for purchase at the Monrovia Community Center (119 West Palm Avenue, 626.256.8246) or by contact the Monrovia Historical Society (monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com, 626.256.3423).  Additional information is available on the flyer!



This Week's Happening at the Monrovia Public Library!

The Monrovia Public Library is 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!

T.A.B. - Teen Advisory Board

Your voice counts! For teens in grades 6 - 12 who want to help shape the Library's teen services. TAB members create programs for all teens in the community to enjoy, and help put on events at the Library. Pick up an application at the Youth Desk or online. All TAB meetings are held on the first Monday of the month from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in the Library Community Room. Questions? Email TAB supervisor Stephanie at saurelio@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

  • Monday, October 1, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Monrovia Community Center – Monroe Room (119 W. Palm Avenue)

 Tabletop Game Night

It's your move! Come discover new games and socialize with other gamers. Play our games or bring your own. Snacks are provided. This event is part of the Adulting Series for adults 20s and up.

  • Wednesday, September 12, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., Library Community 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

  • Wednesday, September 12, 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. For more information, call (626) 256-8273 or email vcastellanos@ci.monrovia.ca.us

  • Thursday, September 13, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Library Heritage Room

Off the Page Players - Readers Theatre Workshop

Calling to the stage tweens and teens, grades 4 - 12, who are interested in participating in an acting workshop. We will combine reading and acting as we create mini fun Halloween themed sketches for a public performance at the Library. Everyone will have a chance to shine. Participants must be able to attend all workshops and the performance. No experience necessary.

  • Workshops: Every Thursday through the end of October
    • Dates: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 10/26
  • Performance Day: Saturday, October 27, 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • First workshop: Thursday, September 13, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Pirate Day @ Monrovia Public Library!

TALK LIKE A PIRATE PARTY! Ahoy, me Hearties! Raise the Jolly Roger, for it is time to celebrate all things pirate. Lads, lasses, and landlubbers are all welcome and encouraged to wear your best pirate attire while you listen to pirate tales, play games, and enjoy snacks. All families are welcome. So, weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! Arrrrrr!

  • Saturday, September 15, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Library Story Room

Classic Movie Afternoon

Join us for an old school Saturday afternoon movie. Enjoy a classic film and experience the world as it was decades ago or step back in time for a bit of nostalgia. This event is part of the cinematic heritage series for adults. This month's movie will be...Singing In the Rain!

  • Saturday, September 15, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Library Community Room

Monrovia Reads Van is Back at Schools

The Monrovia Reads Van will be visiting each of the five elementary schools in our community after school to share library resources & activities, check out books, and create library cards on the spot. Check out our schedule below. If you have any questions, please call the Library at (626) 256-8274 or drop by and we’ll be happy to tell you more about this wonderful program.

MR Van for MonToday Fall 2018 hi res



City Successfully Submitted Grant For Possible Bike Lane And Pedestrian Improvements To Better Connect All Parts Of Monrovia With Old Town And Station Square; Will Hear Back If Project Was Selected For Funding In December 2018 

On July 31, 2018, the City successfully submitted a grant application for the “ACTV Monrovia” proposal that would install protected bike lanes and a pedestrian walking path that aims to better connect all parts of Monrovia with Old Town and Station Square.

The ACTV Monrovia Plan - or Active Community Travel Vinculum – involves the possibility of converting both South Primrose Avenue and South Ivy Avenue into one-way streets beginning at Lime Avenue.  The plan would allow for the establishment of protected bike lanes without any loss of on-street parking, encourage traffic to slow down in the identified areas, and would also facilitate the “greening” of South Primrose Avenue and South Ivy Avenue, to create a more park-like setting for residents throughout the length of the identified project area.

A map of the proposed bikeways is included for your reference. We expect to hear back on whether our project was selected for funding in December 2018, and we will be sure to keep the community updated on the results and possible next steps!




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Interesting Story Of The Week – The Dirtiest Place In The Airport?  No… It’s Not The Restroom… It’s The Tray’s Found In The Airport Security Line!

Our interesting story of the week comes to us from Medical News Today, which reports on the results of a multi-year study conducted by the University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health & Welfare.  Researchers wanted to find out which airport surfaces “harbored the highest number of respiratory viruses,” such as the flu and cold viruses. 

According to the article, the scientist examined the following surfaces, “armrests, escalator and stair handrails, toys in the children's play area, trolley handles, luggage trays at the security checkpoint, toilet lids, locks, and flushing buttons.

If you thought that a surface in the restroom had the highest levels of “influenza A and B viruses, respiratory syncytial virus, adenovirus, rhinovirus, and coronaviruses,” you’d be… wrong. 

Because what researchers found was that the plastic security trays that we all use while getting through the security line “were found to have the highest concentration of viruses.


Click here to read more about the results of this study.



Police Department’s Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The Police Department’s weekly neighborhood watch report for the period August 30 – September 5, 2018, has been included for your review and reference.  During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 394 service events, resulting in 67 investigations. 

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