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

"There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white."

– Lisa Ling


Mark Your Calendars – It All Goes Down November 30, 2018, At 6:30 P.M.!  The Event Of The Year Is Here… As We Do Battle Of The Badges, Monrovia Style!  It’s Police Vs. Fire In A Charity Fundraiser Basketball Game! 

Do not miss out on some friendly competition between our very own Police Department and Fire Department in the basketball game of the century on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at the Monrovia High School Basketball Gym.  All proceeds from the game will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Tickets are $5 (children ages 12 and under are free) and can be purchased at both the Police and Fire Departments.  And to make it more exciting, there will be a grand prize drawing of a 65” television!  So bring the family and make a night watching our public safety in a friendly game of basketball! Additional details can be found in the flyer.

Battle of the Badges

 


 

No Shave November In Full Effect!

If you’ve seen some hairy City staff around town during the past few weeks… then you know it must be No-Shave November!  Thanks to the leadership of our Monrovia Police Officers’ Association, the City will be participating in a No Shave November Cancer Awareness Event!  As part of the effort, all City staff who participate by paying $20.00 (100% of which will be donated to charity) will be afforded the opportunity to forgo shaving during the entire month of November!

Given that many cancer patients lose their hair, the “No Shave November” event is geared towards raising funds for pancreatic cancer research and awareness by embracing the fact that those who aren’t afflicted with cancer can grow their hair out!

If you are interested in participating, you can register / sign-up at the Monrovia Police Department CAP Bureau.

No Shave November

 


 

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 draft copy of the utility bill notice being distributed to customers, along with a water conservation flyer we’ve developed, are included for your review and reference. 

Rate Adjustment Insert

 


 

Monrovia’s Next Neighborhood Treasure Is Bettie Mae Scott, And A Block Party Celebration To Commemorate This Selection Has Been Scheduled For Saturday, November 17, 2018, 11 A.M. – 1 P.M. At The 500 Block Of West Maple Avenue

The City is excited to announce that Monrovia’s third Neighborhood Treasure will be Bettie Mae Scott, and a Block Party to commemorate the event has been scheduled on Saturday, November 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the 500 block of West Maple Avenue (between Mayflower Avenue and Hwy Esplanade).

The Neighborhood Treasure Program celebrates Monrovia heroes for their contributions to the community through the placement of public art pieces that are each unique to the person being honored.  Our next Neighborhood Treasure, Bettie Mae Scott, was born in 1921 and was the daughter of the Monrovia Police Chief, Frank Scott.  She was a hometown girl who attended the Monrovia Arcadia Duarte High School (MAD) and Pasadena City College (PCC), and was trained with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in Sweetwater, Texas as a ferry and test pilot.

As a WASP in World War II, Bettie Mae was among the first women trained to fly an American military aircraft.  However, in July 1944, Bettie Mae was killed in Waco, Texas, shortly after take-off testing a newly repaired BT-13 to see if it was airworthy for a male pilot.  She died two weeks before her 23rd birthday, and had been engaged to be married later that month.

As WASP’s were not officially recognized by the military until many years later, Bettie Mae was sent home without military honors, and her fellow pilots paid for her body to be returned home.  However, on the day of her funeral, many Monrovia businesses closed and the Monrovia Police and Fire Departments escorted her body to its final resting place at Live Oak Cemetery.  She was one of only thirty-eight WASPs killed in WW-II while serving their country.

In 2000, Pasadena City College selected Bettie Mae to be one of their 75 most distinguished alumni.  On March 10, 2010, Bettie Mae was posthumously honored at a Congressional Medal ceremony in Washington, DC, where all WASPs were presented gold medals for their service.

We hope that everyone will join us on November 17, 2018, when we recognize Bettie Mae for her contributions.  The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the 500 block of West Maple Avenue (between Mayflower Avenue and Hwy Esplanade), and will featured activities include the art unveiling, games, raffles and much more.

If you have any questions about this matter, please feel free to call Ariel Tolefree-Williams at (626) 932-5563 for more information.

 

Neighborhood Treasure - Bettie Mae Scott

 


 

 

Azusa Named 2018 Most Business Friendly City At The LAEDC Eddy Awards, Monrovia Named A Finalist For The Second Year In A Row!

This past week, at the 23rd annual Eddy Awards, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) recognized the City of Azusa as the Most Business Friendly City with a population under 50,000.  Monrovia had been named as one of five finalists for the award this year.  The Eddy Awards celebrate outstanding contributions to economic development.

While Monrovia did not win the award, of note, we were recognized as a finalist for the second year in a row.  According to the LAEDC, “Business-friendly programs and services are a critical factor in job-creation.  The finalists were selected through independent review by a panel of blue ribbon judges, based on the following criteria:   

  • Demonstrated priority commitment to economic development and quality jobs
  • Excellence in programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion, and retention
  • Competitive business tax rates and fee structures
  • Availability of economic incentives 
  • Effective communication with and about business clients

With or without the recognition, Monrovia is a world class place to do business, where every business is valued as a partner in serving the people of Monrovia to create a community that offers a premier quality of life.  The City’s partnership with businesses starts at the onset of the businesses’ establishment and lasts long after the business has opened its doors.  We invite you to experience all that the city has to offer and be a part of its thriving community. For more information, visit the City of Monrovia Doing Business Here website.

 


 

Does Your Child Wish To Write A Letter Spreading Holiday Cheer? Then Stop By The Monrovia Public Library This Holiday Season And Visit Their Letter Writing Station!

For the upcoming holidays, Youth Services has set up a Letter Writing Station! Children are encouraged to use the paper provided to write a letter to Santa, a United States Military Soldier, or their favorite book character.

Participants need to have their letters completed and in our Library Mailbox (on the Youth Reference Desk) by Saturday, December 8.

Youth Services staff will deliver all Santa letters to the Monrovia Post Office. If the child has filled in their complete address, Santa will write them back (thanks to the City’s postal staff). All letters written to U.S. Military will be given to our wonderful volunteer, Marilyn, who makes care packages for soldiers every year. All letters written to book characters will be responded to, thanks to our talented ghostwriting youth staff.

Please encourage families to participate. Supplies are located at the Youth Reference Desk. If you have any questions, please call (626) 256-8274.

Letter to Santa Source: Parenting Squad 

 


 

Ebooks & Digital Magazines Are Available 24/7 Through Our Public Library!

You can access many services 24/7 with your library card! 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 have 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 Steward 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 PRRBdigital fb

 


 

Monrovia Renewal Road Construction Activities In The South Section Are Set To Begin In November 2018!

We are so excited to share with the community that the City’s contractor will begin street reconstruction work in the South Section of Monrovia Renewal in just a few weeks when we hit November 2018!  The planned street improvement work includes slurry seals, cape seals, micro-surfacing, asphalt overlays, and full street reconstruction activities.  Pulverizing operations are set to begin in early November, with paving operations scheduled to begin in late November / early December 2018. The pulverizing work that is scheduled to take place this week, will occur on the following streets:

  • Atara Street
  • Kruse Street
  • Taylor Street
  • El Norte Street
  • Walker Avenue

During pulverizing operations, it is important to note the following:

  • Although many streets will be turned to dirt, vehicles may still access the street
  • There will be parking restrictions posted on signs, however vehicles will be permitted to park overnight in accordance with the information on the posted signs
  • Driveways will be accessible every night, however access may be limited during daytime work activities
  • Pulverized streets may remain dirt streets for up to three weeks

The project area map below indicates the specific road work that will take place on each street in the South section of the Monrovia Renewal project.  More details on the upcoming road work for Monrovia Renewal will be included in future updates, including dates and specific street locations, and we appreciate your patience and support while we work to execute these improvements throughout our community!

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

South Section Map

 


 

Monrovia Renewal South Section Infrastructure Improvements – Work For Week Of November 13, 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:

  • Removal and replacement of concrete curb, gutter, sidewalk, and driveway approaches on Encino Avenue, Venice Avenue, and Alta Street
  • Storm drain service work on Fano Avenue.

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.

 


 

West Coast Arborist Has Started Grid Tree Trimming Activities, And All Trees Located North Of Foothill Boulevard Are Scheduled For Trimming In The Coming Months!

The City currently deploys a Citywide tree trimming program that coordinates tree trimming activity in different sections of the City throughout the course of the year.  Recently, staff coordinated to have our tree trimming contractor, West Coast Arborist, begin mobilization in anticipation of our annual tree trimming work.

Based on our current schedule, the tree trimming work will be focused in the area located north of Foothill Boulevard, and work crews will be conducting tree trimming activities on all trees located within the City’s parkways during the next few months.  The work schedule calls for tree trimming to start on the west end of the City, and crews will progress eastward.  Of course, prior to any tree trimming work, the City will have “no parking signs” posted in advance of any scheduled maintenance activity.  Also, as this process unfolds, please feel free to contact the Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575, if you have any questions or concerns.

 


 

Pink Patch Project Check Presentation At City Of Hope On Tuesday, November 13, At 10:00 a.m.!

During this October, Monrovia Police Officers’ Association, along with the Monrovia Firefighters Association, Monrovia Municipal Employee Association, and Monrovia Employee Engagement Team, raised over $6,000 – 50% more than last year’s $4,000 donation. Now, it is time to present the City of Hope with a check of the money received! The Pink Patch Check Presentation will be at the City of Hope on Tuesday, November 13, at 10:00 a.m. All law enforcement personnel at the event will be wearing their formal Class-A uniforms with their pink patches! For more information, please see the flyer.

 

Pink Patch Presentation

 


 

Police Lieutenant Tom Loy Retiring After 32 Years Of Service To Monrovia, Celebration Scheduled For November 29, 2018!

I hope that everyone will join me in congratulating our very own Police Lieutenant Tom Loy as he prepares to retire after 32 years of dedicated service to Monrovia and its residents!  Having started working for our community in 1986 as a Reserve Police Officer, Tom has dedicated over 3 decades of his life to ensuring that our community could be the safest place possible.  Among his notable career accomplishments, Tom was instrumental in administering our gang injunction program, and he also served for 14 years as the Sergeant in charge of our Special Enforcement Team.

A celebration of Tom’s career is scheduled to take place on November 29, 2018, at the Marriott Hotel, and we do hope you will be able to join us that evening so that we can all collectively thank Tom for his tremendous service.  To RSVP for the event, please contact Lori Le Veque, Office Administrator at the Monrovia Police Department, at (626) 256-8098, or via email at lleveque@monrovia.laclen.org.

For additional information, please see the event flyer below, and on behalf of everyone here at the City… many thanks Tom for all that you have given to our organization and community.

Tom Loy Retirement

 


 

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

 


 

Monrovia Recommended To Receive $4 Million Transportation Improvement Grant From Measure M Sub-Regional Funds Through The SGVCOG, Funding Would Be Used To Make Traffic & Mobility Improvements At I-210 Freeway Underpasses And At Station Square

In November 2016, LA County voters approved Measure M, which is a ½-cent sales tax increase, which is expected to generate around $120 billion over the next 40 years for transportation enhancements across the region.  As part of the authorized funding formula, a certain portion of Measure M funds have been set aside for different regions within LA County, and in mid-2017, Metro approved a process through which those funds would be distributed to sub-regional areas.

For the San Gabriel Valley, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) was the entity selected to distribute the Measure M Subregional Funds, and during the current 5-year funding cycle, there is an estimated ~$31.7 million in available funding for local transportation projects.  As the SGVCOG has worked to distribute those funds, Monrovia submitted a grant request asking for $4 million to make various active transportation enhancements at our I-210 Freeway underpasses, and in the area around Station Square.

Based on the current review process engaged by the SGVCOG, we are so pleased to share that after review by 4 different SGVCOG committees, Monrovia’s $4 million grant request has been recommended for formal approval!  The full SGVCOG Board is scheduled to consider the approval at their meeting in November 2018.

We are hopeful that these funds will be awarded to the City here in the near future, as staff has engaged project delivery efforts to ensure that we will be able to make the underpass and Station Square traffic improvements identified in our grant request.


 

Summary Of Monrovia’s Plan To Prevent And Combat Homelessness Now Available

A summary of Monrovia’s Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness is now available to download on the City’s Homeless Services webpage.  In a joint effort, City staff worked with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, local service organizations, businesses and residents to develop a 5-year plan to address homelessness here in Monrovia.  The workplan formalizes and builds upon the existing programs and services, while integrating the approved strategies to combat homelessness developed by the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and Measure H. 

A copy of Monrovia’s Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness and Summary Sheet can be found online at the City’s Homeless Services page.  As you peruse the document, many thanks to the members of the City team who have working so hard on this particular initiative, including our Community Activists Policing Bureau, Heather Gibson (our new Management Analyst!), and Jackie Tran, who contributed her sizable design talents to helping put together the one-page fact sheet!


 

 

Southeast / Southwest Sections Of Monrovia Renewal Getting Newly-Painted Curb Addresses!

As a follow-up to the Monrovia Renewal improvements completed in the Southwest and Southeast sections of the City, house numbers needed to be re-painted on the streets where curb and gutters had been removed and replaced.  These two sections had approximately 900 addresses needing this service and to complete this work by a contractor would have been a costly endeavor!

City staff proposed a unique solution to this taxing project.  Staff proposed working with a long time partner and non-profit, Care for the Children to pay them directly to complete the work at a significantly lower rate.  Care for the Children has long served our community by painting house numbers on curbs and are the subject area experts in this field.  Although, typically this organization collects donations for curb painting, the City developed a plan to re-paint addresses, without solicitation or donation.  This cost saving plan allowed for the replacement of curb addresses at a lower rate, while also benefiting Care for the Children. 

In the coming weeks, the traditional voluntary donation curb painting program will resume, on streets where curb addresses were not impacted by Monrovia Renewal!  Many thanks to the members of our City team in the Public Works Division for their assistance in developing this innovative solution!

SE-SW Curb Painting


 

Gold Hills Landscape Improvements Are In The Works, With The Update Scheduled For Completion In Late November 2018!

In the coming weeks, the City owned property at the west entrance to the Gold Hills neighborhood is scheduled for irrigation and landscape improvements that are currently being coordinated by staff!  During the past few weeks, we have been working to develop the updated landscape plans to clean up and improve this area on North Myrtle Avenue. 

Based on our plans to date, planned improvements will include cleaning up debris and trash in the area, pruning the over grown bushes, removing unhealthy plants, and installing new water-wise efficient sprinklers and deer tolerant plants!  The clean-up phase began this past week and the project is scheduled for completion in late November 2018!  For referenced, the attached pictures illustrate the project area, prior to the improvements being made.  We will be sure to share updated photos once we complete all of the identified work!

Gold HillsGold Hills 2


 

 

Save The Date For Our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Parade On Thursday, December 6, 2018, At 6:00 P.M.!  Applications To Participate In The Holiday Parade Are Now Available!

Save the date for The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Parade on Thursday, December 6, 2018!  The evening is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Library Park, 321 South Myrtle Avenue.

Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, the City’s Holiday Parade will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The parade will travel north on Myrtle Avenue from Chestnut Avenue to Palm Avenue. If you’re interested in submitting an entry to the Parade, please return the application to the Monrovia Community Center by Tuesday, November 27.

We also thank our partners, the Monrovia Old Town Merchants, who have sponsored the Holiday Parade for many years. Come out and join us for this fantastic community event!  And if you have any questions, please contact the Community Center at (626) 256-8246.

Holiday Parade App


 

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


 

The 8th Annual Festival Of Trees Event Is Set To Take Place On December 1, 2018

The 8th Annual Festival of Trees event will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and we hope that you will take part in this premier holiday function!  The Festival of Trees event is an annual benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills that is attended by more than 300 of the San Gabriel Valley’s leading community members and most respected businesses.

Guests will celebrate the season with friends and enjoy exceptional dining and entertainment.  The major attraction to the gala is the brilliant display of Christmas trees and wreaths, uniquely themed and trimmed by talented local designers.  These works of art are available for purchase through raffle and auction.

The Festival of Trees benefits the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills, which provides a safe, caring environment for more than 1,000 young people each year, enabling them to become responsible citizens and future leaders.  Serving Monrovia, Arcadia and Duarte, the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills changes children’s lives every day.  The Club’s mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.  The Club serves more than 400 youth every day and provides an alternative to drugs, gangs, crime and juvenile delinquency.  Children are given the opportunity to participate in getting homework assistance, arts and crafts, sports and fitness, character building programs, and much more.

For additional information, please see the flyer below, or visit Foothills Festival of Trees online.

Festival of Trees

 


Mayflower Avenue / Huntington Drive – Updated Driving / Turning Lane Configurations Being Coordinated For Installation

During the past several months, staff has been working to develop an upgraded driving / turn lane configuration plan for the Mayflower Avenue / Huntington Drive intersection.  Given the existing infrastructure at the location, the current layout of the intersection does cause some confusion that could be mitigated with better design.  As the aerial photo below illustrates, the existing traffic lane configuration includes a “trap lane” for the northbound traffic on Mayflower Avenue.  A trap lane is a through lane that turns into a required turn lane at the intersection, and the particular alignment of the drive lanes at the Mayflower Avenue / Huntington Drive intersection can certainly be improved from what is there today.

Left Turn_1

Based on the assessment conducted by our team here at the City, we have developed an updated conceptual design for improving the intersection configuration at Huntington Drive / Mayflower Avenue.  The improvements we have identified include the following:

  • Restriping the southbound approach to align with the left-turn lane directly across from the eastern northbound left-turn lane
  • Close the median opening on Mayflower Avenue across from the McDonald’s, and restrict the turn movement at that particular location to be a right-in / right-out movement only
  • Add new signage at the intersection to make drivers more aware of the trap lane that exists for northbound traffic
  • Restore the eastbound U-turn movement at the intersection

Illustrations outlining all of these proposed adjustments are included below:

Left Turn Proposal_1 

Left Turn Proposal_3 

The proposed adjustments are currently being finalized internally at the City, and we will be certain to keep everyone apprised of our progress moving forward.  If all goes according to plan, the changes should be finalized and instituted during Q1-2019.


 

Main San Gabriel Basin Key Well Level Drops To A New Historic Low Of 171 Feet, 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 – 171 feet.  Prior to this current low, the previous historic low was recorded in 2016 when the Key Well had dropped to 172.2 feet.

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

 


 

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!


 

MAFA Autumn Art Walks Scheduled For November 24, 7 P.M. – 10 P.M., In Old Town

We are so pleased to share that MAFA will be hosting special Autumn Art Walks events in Old Town Monrovia in September, October, and November!  The events are scheduled to take place on November 24, and each event will take place, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., in the 400 & 500 blocks of Old Town Monrovia.  More details are available in the flyer below!

MAFA Autumn


 

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.

  • Mondays and Tuesdays during the school year, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Library Story Room

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. Join us on MeetUp to help us decide what events to host next!

  • Wednesday, November 14, 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, November 7, 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, November 8, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Library Heritage Room

Teen Board Game Night

Love to play board games? Want to learn some new ones? Join us at the library for a fun evening of traditional and modern board games. Snacks and board games will be provided. For teens in grades 6-12.

  • Thursday, November 15, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., Library Story Room

Nail It!

Don’t miss out on this string art class. Learn how to create personal designs by hammering nails onto a wooden pallet and threading string through and around each nail to make a colorful outline. Take your design home when you are done! Supplies provided. Caregivers may need to assist young children with hammering.

  • Saturday, November 17, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Library Story Room

In-N-Out Cover to Cover Begins

In-N-Out presents their “Cover to Cover” reading program for ages 4-12 years old. Children may register at the Youth Reference Desk. Read or listen to five books and receive an Achievement Award good for one free hamburger or cheeseburger at any In-N-Out location.

  • Program dates: October 6 through November 17.

 

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:

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 – Barber Poles Are Typically Red, White, And Blue Not Because Of Patriotism… But Because Of Blood Letting!

 

Our interesting story of the week comes to us from Mental Floss, which reports on some interesting history related to barbershops.  Because you know those “red-, white-, and blue-striped color scheme” barber poles we see everywhere?  Some have surmised that the “design has something to do with patriotism.”  But the truth is a bit more… gruesome.

You see, “the striped poles you see outside barber shops are a legacy of the barber-surgeons’ practice of bloodletting.”

 

Barber1

 

It appears that for much of their early history, “barbers did much more than just take a little off the top; early physicians thought of some surgeries as being beneath them, so the task of mending wounds, bloodletting, and extracting teeth fell to barbers.”

According to the Mental Floss article, the striped poles that we find nowadays outside of barber shops are a remnant of that time when bloodletting was in-vogue.  Back then, bandages used during the procedure were often times were left outside of “barber” shop by a pole.  When the wind started to blow, the bandages would twirl around the pole and create an unmistakable red and white swirled pattern.

Eventually, bloodletting went out of practice, although it was not until 1745 that England passed laws that permanently banned barbers from performing bloodletting operations.  Then, to maintain tradition and as a form of advertising, barbers painted red, white, and blue stripes on a pole outside of their business.  “The red represented the blood, the white the bandages, and the blue the protruding veins.  The modern barber pole was born."

 

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So the next time you head to the barber shop and you see the barber shop pole, remember… it’s not meant to be patriotic!  To read more about this eye-opening story, please click on the link below!

Why Are Barber Poles Red, White, and Blue?  


 

Police Department’s Weekly Neighborhood Watch Report

The Police Department’s weekly neighborhood watch report for the period November 1 - 7, 2018, has been included for your review and reference.  During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 421 service events, resulting in 97 investigations.

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