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May 19-25 is National Public Works Week
This week is National Public Works Week, a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.
The Monrovia Department of Public Works is the largest Department in the City, with incredibly varied and intensive programs.
Because of Public Works... Monrovia is one of the region's leaders in environmental efforts and sustainability.
Because of Public Works... Monrovia has high quality water and utility service.
ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES AND ADMINISTRATION DIVISION:
The Environmental Services and Administration Division have taken Monrovia far beyond the efforts that most cities have made to become environmentally sustainable. Environmental Services is in charge of the City's solid waste contracts, managing the new stormwater regulations, leading the City's Green team and environmental accord efforts, and running the Department's compost program.
Not only has environmental services managed to promote waste reduction and implement a commercial recycling program throughout the City, Monrovia boasts the lowest residential trash rates in the region. But it's more than just providing black, blue and green barrels. They understand that in order for any waste reduction efforts to truly be met, there must be education about environmental issues.
"We believe in the value of public education. Each quarter we work hard to put out an issue of ‘Recycle News' to give our residents and businesses practical, easy-to-use tips on how to reduce their impact on our landfills and environment," says Environmental Services Division Manager Heather Maloney. "Education is important in everything we do- from stormwater to composting to simply being water wise. Understanding is the key to sustainability."
The Administration Staff are the face of Public Works. They are the voice on the other end of the line when residents call in to report fallen trees, sidewalk cracks and even lost keys in a storm drain. If you visit the Public Works Department, they can answer any question you may have, sell you a low-cost compost bin, or even provide a free used motor oil recycling kit.
You can reach Public Works by calling the Administrative Staff at (626) 932-5575 or email
. Contact Environmental Services at (626) 932-5553 or email
Ever wonder where your water comes from? How about where is goes once it's down the drain?
The City of Monrovia operates its own water utility. With a Well Field located at the south portion of the City, the Utilities Division ensures that each household in Monrovia has clean water and a sewer system you never have to think about.
The Water Maintenance Section is responsible for installation, maintenance and repairs to over 84 miles of water mains and approximately 9,317 water services. The Water Maintenance Section also exercises over 3,000 water main valves bi-annually.
Incredibly, the City's 93 miles of sewer mains are cleaned once a year by a two person crew. The Sewer crew is also responsible for all video inspections of the sewer system.
Monrovia produces its own water through a series of 5 ground water wells, 11 reservoirs, and 6 booster stations. All of the water that is pump from the Main San Gabriel Basin is treated, an average of over 7 million gallons per day. The treatment of the water is done by aerating the water through the air stripping towers and adding chlorination. Without fail, Monrovia meets or exceeds the Federal and State water quality regulations.
On average, Monrovia's Utilities Division produces 2.4 Billion gallons of water each year. A single household of four consumes approximately 4,900 gallons per week.
"Water conservation is so important, that's why we offer our Water4Life program which assists residents in reducing their overall water consumption inside and outside of their homes," said Shawn Igoe, Utilities Division Supervisor. "The City offers water conservation kits which include low flow shower heads, faucet aerators, toilet leak detections tablets, and even water audits available at no cost upon request."
To maintain a high level of customer service, while meeting the demand for water, Monrovia relies upon meter reading. Customer Service staff read the 9,317 meters every month, investigate leaks, and test backflow devices. Ask the experts and they can give you answers to why you may have low & high water pressure, explain water quality or general inquiries about water.
April 24, 2013
Update: 5:45 p.m. - Fire Chief Chris Donovan has announced that the Madison Fire is now at 100% containment.
Update: 10 a.m. - This morning, volunteer crews from Rio Hondo College will be going up to the fire area to locate, roll and tag the fire hose that was used during the event. Fire crews laid hose all along the two mile perimeter, so it is estimated that these volunteers will be removing and cleaning over 12,000 feet of hose line in very tough terrain. The City of Monrovia is extremely thankful for these 30 Rio Hondo Fire Cadets working very hard for Monrovia up in the hillside along the perimeter of the fire.
The fire remains at 95% containment.
April 23, 2013
Update: 12:15 p.m. - As of noon today, the Madison Fire is 95 percent contained. Resources now are exclusively those of the Monrovia Fire Department. At the height of the fire, there were dozens of mutual aid responders from across Southern California, totaling nearly 220 personnel. Today, there are 10: a division chief, one engine, one water tender, and two patrols that will stay on through the night to monitor any potential flare-ups.
The plan for tomorrow will be to complete final mop-ups. Once that work is completed and the fire is declared 100 percent contained, firefighters will work to remove all of the nearly 12,000 feet of hose currently on the hillside.
The Madison Fire burned 125 acres, resulted in one minor injury, and no structures were burned.
If people are looking to show their appreciation of the work of the Firefighters, they are encouraged to do so by attending the Firefighter breakfast on May 11. Click here for more information on the breakfast.
Update: 9 a.m. - Personnel assigned to this fire has been reduced to only Monrovia Fire Department staff. Today they are working in the northeastern section of the fire to monitor any flare-ups in this section of the hillside, which has steep terrain and deep valleys. Containment still stands at 85 percent, with 125 acres being burned. Tomorrow, personnel is scheduled to remove hose off the hillside.
April 22, 2013
Update: 9 a.m. - Containment stands at 85 percent, and no additional acreage burned over the night. There is no projected movement of the fire today. As we reported yesterday, all residents have been allowed back in their homes. Weather today shows increased humidity with a marine fog layer in the morning and light winds. If predicted weather comes to fruition, this will be a very successful shift.
Personnel has been reduced significantly compared to at the height of the fire. There are six engines, four patrols, and two strike teams. Fire fighters today will be working on cutting lines around the remaining 15 percent of the fire.
Hillside residents living near the perimeter of the fire are advised to drive slowly and be mindful of fire personnel. Fire fighters today are facing several obstacles as they work on cutting the remaining line: steep terrain with sheer drops as much as 100 feet, rattlesnakes, bears, and boulders.
April 21, 2013
Update 4:15 p.m. -The Madison Fire, which broke out at 11:06 a.m. on Saturday at 322 N. Madison Ave., is now 85 percent contained. All residents have been allowed to return to their homes, and all street closures associated with the fire will be removed within the hour.
At its peak, as many as 220 fire fighters, 65 engines, 6 handcrews, 2 dozers and air support (two tankers and five helicopters) responded to the fire. Crews - including 20 fire engines and 10 handcrews - will be working throughout the afternoon, and fire patrols will be working through the night to respond to flareups.
Monrovia Fire Chief Chris Donovan attributed some of the success today to the "great weather and no winds." This was a fuel and topography driven fire, with very heavy brush that has not burned for the past 55 years. "The fire grew very hot, with intense, steep, rugged terrain that took firefighters awhile to get to."
There is no anticipation on when the fire will be fully contained.
The Chief stressed the importance of brush clearance, and added that experts are predicting a very dry - and very bad - fire season. More information on brush clearance can be found here.
"At the height of the incident, over 400 homes were directly threatened by the fire, and due to the hardwork of Monrovia Firefighters and mutual aid partners from across Southern California, no homes were damaged or destroyed," Chief Donovan said.
Update 3:55 p.m. - All mandatory evacuations have been lifted, and the Evacuation Center at the Community Center is now closed. The fire is 85 percent contained.
Update 2:25 pm - Monrovia Fire Chief Chris Donovan will be hosting a press conference at the Police Station's Emergency Operations Center at Lime and Avenue at 3:30 p.m. today to provide the latest updates.
Update 1:15 pm - Fire crews are continuing to work towards containment. Chief Donovan is expected to make an announcement within an hour on the status of the fire fighting efforts. Thank you for the continued patience of those in the remaining evacuated areas (Hidden Valley and Highland), and the support of the community members of our hardworking fire fighting crews.
Update 11 am - Crews will be working today to contain the fire by cutting line, illustrated by the bold line in red. Click here for a more detailed map of the impacted area.
Update 10:27 am - Fire fighters made progress throughout the evening by acheiving additional containment of the fire at 55 percent. After further review, it has been deteremined that the total acreage burned is 125, downgraded from the originally reported figure of 175 acres. Crews will be working today to close the line of containment. These crews include 20 engines, 4 handcrews, logisitical support, and a helicopter will be making drops.
Most residents have been allowed to return to their homes, though the mandatory evacuation remains in place for residents on Hidden Valley and Highland. These evacuations are remaining in place in anticipation of potential wind shifts.
Weather reports are favorable. Temperatures will be warming into the mid 80s with humidities droppping intot the high teens. Eye level winds will be light and terrain driven with light gusts of 5 to 15 miles per hour.
Residents will see smoke smoke in the area from active fire, and you might also spot fire in open areas. Hand crews will be working in the hills, and fire engines will be in neighborhoods supporting this work.
There are still no reported structure damages and no structures currently being threatened.
Safety concerns today are the potential for bears, boulders, big logs and heat exhaustion.
Residents can stay updated on the event on the City website, or by following @MonroviaCA on twitter or the City of Monrovia on Facebook.
Update 9:52 am - Evacuations have been lifted for Briar Cliff and Alta Vista. The fire is 55 percent containted and has burned 125 acres.
April 20, 2013
Update 9:40pm - At this time, the Madison Fire is 50% contained, covering 175 acres. There have been no damaged or destroyed structures, and only one heat-related incident with a firefighter, that was treated on scene and is doing well. Personnel has been downgraded to 20 fire engines, 6 hand crews. Air support remains available if needed. At the peak of Madison fire, there were 220 fire fighters fighting the blaze.
All incident command will now go through the Emergency Operations Center at Monrovia City Hall.
"There is no imminent danger. Some flames are still burning, primarily off of Lotone and Heather Heights," said Fire Chief Chris Donovan. Evacuation orders for Alta Vista, Highland, Heather Heights and Briar Cliff are still undetermined based upon winds that may pick up overnight. Residents are asked to be patient, but no time has been established at this point to lift the evacuation.
Updated 9:00 pm - Evacuation orders are being lifted for all neighborhoods EXCEPT Hidden Valley, Alta Vista, Briar Cliff and Highland. Residents may return to their homes, effective immediately.
Residents in the Alta Vista, Briar Cliff, Hidden Valley and Highland neighborhoods can continue to seek support at the Red Cross shelter at the Monrovia Community Center, 119 W Palm Avenue, Monrovia, CA.
Updated 8:35 pm - Click here to watch Fire Chief Chris Donovan report on the status of the Madison fire, including information on night operations. Video courtesy of KGEM TV.
Update 7:10 pm - The fire is still at 170 acres with 10% containment. 200 homes have been evacuated. Mandatory evacuations orders are still in place, however emergency response crews will discuss in the next several hours lifting the evacuations. Firefighters are now setting up on the ridge line, with helicopters making the drops behind the ridgeline, where the fire remains active due to old vegetation and challenging terrain.
"The concern for tonight is downwind draft, which is typical for foothill areas," said Monrovia Fire Chief Chris Donovan. "I am comfortable with the situation and the lack of wind."
The Pasadena Firefighter injured earlier in the day was able to be treated on scene and is doing fine.
Updated 6:40 pm - The Madison brush fire has now reached 170 acres and is still at 10% containment. At this time, evacuation orders are still in place for all affected areas. The Red Cross has set up a shelter for those evacuated at the Community Center, 119 W Palm Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016. The shelter will be available throughout the evacuation period. The City of Monrovia will alert residents as soon as evacuation orders are lifted, and residents can return to their homes.
For those with pets, the Pasadena Human Society (626) 792-7151 and Wonder Ranch Dog Ranch in Monrovia (626) 205-2501 are offering to board dogs and cats.
Please continue to check back for updates, or follow the City of Monrovia on Facebook or @MonroviaCA on Twitter.
Updated 4:25 pm - The brush fire now covers 150 acres. Mandatory Evacuations have expanded to include the following neighborhoods:
- El Nido
- Highland from Foothill
- Scenic 400-500 blocks
- Cloverleaf, Lotone
- Hidden Valley
- Briar Cliff
- Golden Hills
- and everything west of Canyon Park North of Scenic.
There are now 65 fire engines, 6 hand crews, and additional resources responding, and one heat-related injury to a firefighter.
Updated 3:00pm: The Monrovia Police Department is closing the streets north of Foothill Blvd from Lincoln Place to Myrtle Avenue to all thru traffic. Residents will still be able to get to and from their homes.
Updated 2:00pm- At 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, the Monrovia Fire Department responded to a call of a brush fire in the Monrovia hillside at 322 N Madison Avenue. As of 1:45pm, the fire covers 15 acres and is 10% contained. So far 25 fire engines, three helicopters, and three brush crews have responded. Several Fire agencies including the US Forest Services are cooperating to contain the fire.
At this time, Monrovia Fire Chief Chris Donovan is asking for a manditory evacuation of homes in the following areas:
- Heather Heights
- Alta Vista
- Hidden Valley
- Mesa Circle
- Patrician Way
Residents will be notified of evacuations through door-to-door efforts by the Monrovia Police Department.
Temporary shelter will be available at the Monrovia Community Center, 119 West Palm Avenue, Monrovia, CA. The Community Center can be reached at (626) 256-8246. Water, food and some activities will be available.
No reported strucutres damage or injuries have been reported. There is some concern about wind patterns picking up around 2 pm. "As long as we don't have the winds, we will be fine, but its not a Santa Ana day. This is very old brush, over 55 years old, and a lot of fuel, but we have crews working very hard to contain the fire," said Monrovia Fire Chief Chris Donovan.
The Monrovia Fire Department will give another briefing around 2:45pm.
Residents can stay updated on the event on the City website, or by following @MonroviaCA on twitter or the City of Monrovia on Facebook.
Service Restored to Most Businesses, Residents Following Water Line Rupture
April 20, 2013
Updated: 11:30pm. The water main has been replaced and the water service has been completely restored as of 7 a.m. Saturday.
April 19, 2013
Updated: 2:04pm. Water has been restored to most businesses and homes impacted by a water line rupture at 8:30 a.m. on Friday at Duarte Road and California Avenue, just northeast of the future Gold Line Operations Campus.
The rupture occurred while Metro Gold Line crews were preparing a 16-inch water line for modification work next week when the line ruptured, causing thousands of gallons of water to flow out along Duarte Road and California Avenue, according to a statement issued by Metro Gold Line.
The incident resulted in temporarily impacted water service to surrounding businesses and to residents as far north as Cypress Avenue. By 10 a.m., Monrovia Public Works crews were able to turn off all of the valves to the line, stopping the flow of water out of the line.
“Our crews have been working non-stop since we received the call this morning to stop the leak, minimize all impacts to our customers and restore service,” City of Monrovia Public Works Director Ron Bow said. “We appreciate the patience of the businesses and residents who have been impacted, and expect service to return to normal for all customers by the end of the day.”
Businesses on the 1600 block of S. California Avenue were closed for the day as a result of the water leak, and some residents temporarily experienced low to zero water pressure. Sandbags were provided by the Monrovia Fire Department and Gold Line’s Contractor to businesses on Duarte Road to divert the water flow during the event.
City of Monrovia Public Works crews, Monrovia Firefighters, Arcadia Firefighters, Monrovia Police, and the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension contractors were working throughout the day to remediate impacts caused by the broken pipe.
Detours were still in effect on Duarte Road between California and Shamrock as of 2 p.m. It is anticipated that Duarte Road will be re-opened before peak traffic hours.
If there are any further questions regarding this issue, call City Hall at 626-932-5550.
Updated: 9:30am. There has been a main line water break on California at Duarte Rd. Some neighborhoods are experiencing low to zero water pressure due to this break. Crews are currently making repairs and water has been restored to most affected areas. Crews will continue to work on repairs until water service has been restored to all areas.
Monrovia to Host Fountain to the Falls Race, Health & Fitness Expo on May 18
April 16, 2013
MONROVIA - Calling all runners, walkers and lovers of fitness: Registration is open for the Third Annual 7 Mile Fountain to the Falls Walk/Run at 7 a.m. on May 18. This is an out and back course beginning at the Fountain in Library Park to the Water Fall in Canyon Park and back.
Can’t do the run? You can still join the fun by enjoying the activities at the Health and Fitness Expo, sponsored by the City of Monrovia, the Santa Anita Family YMCA, and Assemblyman Chris Holden – who will also be participating in the race. The Expo will be open from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Library Park, 321 S. Myrtle Avenue.
The Expo will feature a free “Zumba in the Street” on Myrtle Avenue at 7:05 a.m., just minutes after the racers depart for their run/walk, with another free group exercise scheduled in Library Park at 10:30 a.m. Both classes will be taught by YMCA instructors.
Other activities and events at the Expo include giveaways, healthy cooking demonstrations, health screenings and massages from vendors such as Crossfit Monrovia, Movement Unlimited Fitness Center, New Liberty Nutrition, Pacific Transportation Federal Credit Union, Spa Xylem, Snail’s Pace, Santa Anita Family YMCA, the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board, Walgreen’s, Balance Chiropractic, Hala Skin and Body, and more.
The Awards ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m.
About the Race
First through third place awards will be given for each age category. The race is limited to 400 participants and advance registration is required. No race day registration will be accepted.
The $35 entry fee per person (registration fee is added to each entry) includes a t-shirt. Registration will only be accepted on-line only through www.active.com. No late starts or unregistered participants will be permitted. Participants are required to present identification at race check-in. Registration is being accepted through Thursday, May 16, or until filled. For additional information, please contact the Department of Community Services at (626) 256-8246.
About the Health & Fitness Expo
Openings are still available to health and fitness related businesses wishing to have a booth at the Expo. Please call Jennifer McLain at 626-303-6601, email her at
for more information, or visit www.cityofmonrovia.org. Deadline is May 1.
Monrovia City Hall to Host Emergency Response Drill on Thursday
April 15, 2013
MONROVIA - Staff and trained emergency volunteers will get first-hand experience on how to respond to earthquake damage resulting in a failed reservoir and buckling apartment building from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday during an emergency response drill lead by the Monrovia Fire Department.
These staged drills - which occur once a year - prepare the City for a real disaster. Residents can expect to see fire fighters, police and City Hall staff responding during this exercise with the same level of intensity as if this were real, fire officials said.
"Based on past events, such as the windstorms, and the ever-present concern for natural and/or man-made disasters, we continually train and hold emergency preparedness drills to ensure we are providing continuity in governmental service to our residents," said Monrovia Fire Chief Chris Donovan. "Events like the Boston Marathon bombings are unfortunate stark reminders that we cannot predict when a disaster will occur, but we can certainly continue to train and exercise our City staff and various stakeholders from the emergency response community to remain vigilant and prepared. That is the intent of Thursday's emergency drill."
The drills will involve nearly 70 people, made up of City Hall employees, volunteers, and Community Emergency Response Training participants. There will be two separate scenarios:
1) Response to a damaged reservoir to the point where it is gushing out water and impacting homes, and
2) A 3-story apartment building has begun to buckle and in it contains 10-15 people.
Activities will take place at the Emergency Operations Center at 140 E. Lime Avenue and Station 2 at 2055 S. Myrtle Avenue, which also contains an apartment training facility.
The exercises simulate responses that would result in the activation of the Emergency Operations Center. The last time the Emergency Operations Center was activated was during the Foothill Windstorm on Dec. 1, 2011. During that response, staff, volunteers and elected officials each contributed to the various types of responses that were needed to remove debris, provide electricity and continually provide the public with up-to-date information.
If Media would like to cover this event, please call Jennifer McLain at 626) 303.6601 to coordinate the appropriate location and times.
Contact: Jennifer McLain
Cell Phone: 626-221-0207
Monrovia Fire Department Responds to Sunday Morning House Fire
March 3, 2013
MONROVIA, CA. – A Monrovia couple was temporary displaced from their home Sunday morning when a fire caused by a faulty heating system erupted at their house on the 700 block of E. Lime Avenue. No one was injured during the incident.
The Monrovia Fire Department received the call at 9:25 a.m. and deployed 4 engine companys, 2 truck companys, 2 Batallion Chiefs and 1 paramedic squad. The fire was extinguished at approximately 10:15 a.m. There was an estimated $75,000 worth of structure loss and $25,000 of content loss.
Electrical Main Explosion Prompts Street Closure, Evacuation
February 21, 2013
MONROVIA, CA. –An underground explosion of a utility main prompted the evacuation of businesses and a street closure on West Chestnut Avenue between Fifth Avenue to Monterrey Avenue this morning.
The Monrovia Fire Department received a call at 8:35 a.m. on Thursday morning of steam coming out of a four-foot opening on the street. World Vision, at 800 W. Chestnut Avenue, was temporarily evacuated, and the street.
No residential units were evacuated, and the freeway remained open.
Southern California Edison arrived on scene at 8:45 a.m. and determined that electrical wiring in the vault exploded. Edison isolated the circuit at 9 a.m., and allowed occupants back to their businesses.
Julian Fisher Park receives $250,000 grant from Supervisor Antonovich
February 6, 2013
MONROVIA, CA. – A 1.8 acre park that had its aging and vandalized playground equipment removed more than two years ago will finally get some of the funding it needs.
On Tuesday, Councilwoman Becky Shevlin announced that Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich awarded a $250,000 grant to the City of Monrovia for the refurbishing of Julian Fisher Park, at Almond and California Avenues. The money is coming from Safe Neighborhoods Parks Propositions of 1992 and 1996, commonly referred to as Proposition A/Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District. It is expected to be received by the City in three months.
It has not yet been determined what exactly the money will be used for in refurbishing the park, “but we are extremely excited and thankful to have the funds and look forward to putting it to good use in the near future,” Councilwoman Shevlin said.
Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said she is grateful to both Supervisor Antonovich and Councilwoman Shevlin for working together to secure these funds for a park that has been on the forefront of many community members’ minds.
“We have heard from residents for several years now that they want to see improvements at Julian Fisher Park,” Mayor Lutz said. “It is refreshing to be able to say to the community that not only have we been listening, but we finally have some funding to make a change.”
The Julian Fisher improvements and equipment upgrades have been on the City Council’s approved Parks Capital Projects list for many years, but as an unfunded project. The playground equipment alone has a $350,000 price tag. Adding restrooms and upgrading the basketball courts, water fountains, gazebos and picnic benches are also on the improvement list but are still unfunded.
Family members of Mr. Fisher said they are elated that the park will be restored, and that it is a reminder to continue fundraising efforts to make up for the remaining funding gap.
“On behalf of the Fisher family, we are ecstatic to hear that we have received this funding,” said Betty Thomas, a longtime Monrovia resident and granddaughter of Mr. Fisher.
The park is named after Julian Fisher, one of Monrovia’s first African American police officers. Mr. Fisher was educated in the Monrovia schools and was the first African American male to graduate from the high school. He also played as a semi-professional baseball player for the Monrovia Merchants. Mr. Fisher was a respected member of the community and the police department, where he served for 30 years. He passed away in 1979 at the age of 82.
Mrs. Thomas said she will be announcing the receipt of the grant and the continued fundraising efforts at a Black History Month event hosted by the Monrovia-Duarte Black Alumni Association on Saturday, February 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Julian Fisher Park.
“Receiving this funding will hopefully light a fire under the community as work to continue to raise funds for this park,” Thomas said. “Our main concern has been the full utilization of the park, and hopefully this funding and future fundraising will allow us to do that.”
Julian Fisher is one of seven parks in the City.
“In working with our cities and town councils, developing parks and open space recreational areas is a vital part of the County’s effort to improve the quality of life for our residents,” Supervisor Antonovich said. “We are pleased to announce $250,000 to the City of Monrovia to refurbish Julian Fisher Park.”
Monrovia City Clerk's Office hosting a Pre-Nomination Candidate Information Meeting on December 5, 2012
December 3, 2012
MONROVIA, CA - Interested in serving as a Monrovia City Council member? Want to make a change in your community by serving as an elected official but not sure where to start? Then the Monrovia's City Clerk's office is here to help.
In preparation for the April 9, 2013 Monrovia General Municipal Election, the Monrovia City Clerk's Office will be hosting a pre-nomination candidate information meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5. This meeting will offer valuable insight on how to run for one of the five available elected positions in Monrovia. Information will include an overview of forms, campaign reporting requirements, and important timelines.
"I began this candidate information meeting several years ago in an effort to raise awareness about what it means to be a candidate so that people weren't blind-sided when they came to pull nomination papers," said City Clerk Alice Atkins. "Hopefully this meeting demystifies the process for them."
The period to file nomination papers opens on Dec. 17, 2012, and ends Jan. 11, 2013. Positions open for the upcoming Monrovia General Municipal Election are: Mayor (2 years), two City Council seats (4 years), City Treasurer (4 years), and City Clerk (4 years). The Municipal Election is April 9, 2013.
The meeting is open to anyone interested in running for local government in any city or who simply want to learn more about the election process. All Monrovia and non-Monrovia residents are welcome to attend.
The meeting will be:
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
Monrovia Community Center, 119 W Palm Avenue.
To attend the Candidate Information meeting, please RSVP to the City Clerk's Office to (626) 932-5505.
Monrovia invites online community engagement and asks residents to help shape the city's strategic plan
November 20, 2012
MONROVIA, CA - The City of Monrovia is pleased to announce the launch of Plan Monrovia, a strategic planning process that engages and solicits community feedback to build a roadmap for Monrovia for the next five years. Using a new comprehensive community engagement website, developed by MindMixer, citizens can engage, communicate and collaborate with city leaders and other residents on future planning for the city.
Plan Monrovia is about understanding and voicing the highest priorities for the community and developing City services that meet those needs.
Along the way, the Plan Monrovia website will be used as an online tool to generate new ideas and feedback from citizens to help the city prioritize projects. The goal is to obtain widespread input because as the city moves forward, leaders want to know what is important to every citizen in Monrovia.
Feedback from the engagement website will be used by the city manager and other planners in order to create a roadmap for Monrovia's programs and services for the next five years.
While Monrovia's budget is structurally balanced, since 2008, the City has seen a 17% reduction in staffing positions, a $2 million cut of expenditures to some of the city's key programs. Sales tax revenues have been down 25% and property taxes remain flat. This means that the city must prioritize the programs and services it provides and take a new look at what Monrovia could be doing.
"We are looking to the community to help answer the question, ‘What are the most important things the City should focus on over the next five years,'" said City Manager Laurie Lile. "Like most cities in California, our resources are more limited now, which means we may not be able to provide all of the services we used to or perhaps not in the exact same way. The purpose of this process is to engage our residents, businesses, students, and all Monrovians in discussion about how City resources should be allocated to the community."
Plan Monrovia gives contributors a chance to share new ideas, second others' ideas, expand upon existing ideas and give feedback on initiatives, working with the city on a variety of topics online anytime, anywhere.
The discussion will start with topics like these, and branch off from there based on contributor input:
• What are your priorities for Monrovia?
• For every $1,000 of city funds, how would you divvy up the money?
Plan Monrovia measures and tracks participation, identifying the most interested citizens and most compelling topics. MindMixer's tools make it easy for administrations to communicate back with citizens, and they deliver measurable results and invaluable insights for the city.
"Monrovia is committed to making this process transparent and interactive. We are listening and hope to hear your thoughts and ideas," says Mayor Mary Ann Lutz. "We hope everyone in our community gets involved in this process. All of the ideas and community voices expressed go into how the City Council makes decisions about programs and services in our upcoming 2013-2015 budget. I encourage all Monrovians to sign on to PlanMonrovia.org."
Nick Bowden, CEO of MindMixer, says, "Our tools go beyond just technology. Our mission is to build community contributors. Ideas, voices and perspectives are shared to facilitate deeper and better conversations that yield actionable insights and a stronger community."
As part of its service, MindMixer consults and collaborates with clients to identify issues that are critical to stakeholders in order to update topics and content for their websites.
Apart from the PlanMonrovia.org, the City of Monrovia is offering a myriad of high and low tech ways for Monrovians to get involved and discuss what they value about Monrovia:
"What are the most important things the City should focus on over the next five years?"
December 11, 2012
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Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 5, 2012
MONROVIA, CA- Kick off the holiday season on Thursday, December 6 and enjoy the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Parade. The evening begins with the Tree Lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at Library Park, on the corner of Myrtle and Lime Avenues. The Holiday Parade will begin at 7 p.m., traveling north on Myrtle Avenue from Chestnut to Palm Avenue. This year's parade theme is "All that Glitters is Gold" in celebration of this year's Grand Marshal, Kim Rhode, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist. The parade is sponsored by the Monrovia Old Town merchants.
Contact: Lisa Hansberger
Haunted Happenings Halloween Event
October 16, 2012
MONROVIA, CA- The Department of Community Services is hosting the Annual "Haunted Happenings" Halloween Event on Wednesday, October 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Library Park, on 321 South Myrtle Avenue. The afternoon will be filled with ghoulish fun for the entire family. The ever-popular Costume Contest is free of charge with registration beginning at 3 p.m. Don't forget to also register your pooch in the Dog Costume Contest. The event is offered in cooperation with the Santa Anita Family YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. This event is made possible by VIP sponsor J. Harrington Construction, Corp. • Athens Services • Sierra Autocars, Inc. • Wendy's Hamburgers • Huntington Veterinary Hospital • Consolidated Republic Services • Thomas Hoffman and Ashley Andrews, LLP. The Halloween Event will be held in the Community Center in the event of rain. For additional information, please contact the Department of Community Services at (626) 256-8246.
The Monrovia Old Town Merchants will be sponsoring a "Trick-or-Treat" Event on Wednesday, October 31, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Myrtle Avenue; rain or shine.
Be sure and bring your "little goblins" to what promises to be a hauntingly fun Halloween Event!
City of Monrovia launches new citizen engagement tool: Textizen
September 27, 2012
MONROVIA, CA- The City of Monrovia has been chosen for a pilot technology program to engage citizens: Textizen. This free SMS text-based platform works by having residents respond via text message to questions posted in various places around the City. Joining the ranks of cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans, Monrovia has been chosen for one of 40 cities across the country to use this breakthrough technology. From Old Town kiosks, business windows, to the Library and City Hall, Monrovians are asked questions on specific community topics.
Starting with a Fill-Up Old Town campaign, the City’s Economic Development Department is actively seeking out input from residents, shoppers and businesses via text message to weigh in on what new businesses the City should attract to Old Town. Those walking through Old Town and along Myrtle Avenue can expect to see posters and flyers asking them questions about why they came and what businesses they would like to see. Anyone interested in answering merely need to text in the answer, and respond to several follow-up questions afterwards.
Textizen has been launched by the San Francisco-based non-profit, Code for America, allowing community members to sound off on issues using nothing more than a cell phone. For the next several months, Monrovia will be utilizing the technology across town, asking questions about business, parks, transportation and budgeting. The City of Monrovia encourages everyone with text capabilities to join in the discussion. Text messaging rates apply, and cell phone numbers will never be shared or used.
“Textizen is a very exciting new technology. What we hope to do is hear all Monrovia voices, including the ones who maybe want to get involved in the City planning process, but don’t have time to attend a community meeting, or take a longer survey,” said City Manager Laurie Lile. “We encourage people to text in with ideas about bringing more business to our historic Old Town.”
Initial Textizen questions will be posted on the City’s website, www.cityofmonrovia.org, on the City’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, and throughout the Old Town District.
Local Developer Sues Monrovia for $106 million
Demise of Redevelopment and Poor Economy Railroads Monrovia’s Transit Village
Posted August 29,2012
MONROVIA, CA - A local developer who has built several office parks along Huntington Drive is suing the City of Monrovia and the former Redevelopment Agency for $106 million - a sum nearly three and a half times the City's general fund budget.
"Samuelson & Fetter has levied upon us a lawsuit that would destroy the community that they helped create," Mayor Pro Tem Joe Garcia said. "We are shocked and saddened that they felt it was necessary to take this action."
"$106 million? That would cause extreme financial hardship for the City," Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said. "We are at a loss to explain why they believe they have suffered this level of injury, or any injury at all, for an alleged breach of an agreement under which Samuelson & Fetter was never able to perform. We have always been partners, and thought that we shared the same goal - to bring a quality, transit oriented development to an area of Monrovia that is in need of amenities, including open space."
The complaint, filed on behalf of Samuelson & Fetter on Aug. 24, alleges Monrovia did not live up to its agreements with the developer regarding the Station Square Transit Village, an 80-acre transit oriented development located just south of the I-210 Freeway.
Specifically, according to the complaint, Samuelson & Fetter alleges that it lost nearly $100 million in profit when the former Redevelopment Agency diverted some of the property planned for residential and commercial development to the Gold Line for use of a public rail project.
"Samuelson & Fetter was made aware of these circumstances and has been at the table the whole time," City Manager Laurie Lile said. "We have been working with them diligently to settle our disagreements and lay out a land plan that acknowledges the requirements of the Gold Line, while providing a lot that would be suitable for development. We were surprised that they filed suit at this time, when our discussions seemed to be progressing in a positive direction. This lawsuit, however, threatens to unravel the fabric of the community in search of an unrealistic profit on the backs of our residents."
The development agreement, signed in 2006, was between Samuelson & Fetter and the former Redevelopment Agency. Once the Redevelopment Agency was dissolved in 2011 as a result of state legislation, the Successor Agency took over the functions of the former Redevelopment Agency. At the heart of the issue is that Samuelson & Fetter blames the former Redevelopment Agency for impairing their development and cutting into their projected profit margin.
But Monrovia believes it was doing what it set out to do since the beginning of the project: provide what residents and commuters need through the extension of the Gold Line and creation of a station in Monrovia. Since 2006, when the agreement was signed, the City has worked to preserve a transit-oriented development in Monrovia. However, changing circumstances have affected the constructability of the project:
- Years of adverse economic conditions have softened the real estate market and have made construction financing difficult to obtain;
- In 2011, the State barred Redevelopment Agencies from making any amendments to outstanding development agreements;
- The Monrovia Redevelopment Agency was dissolved in 2011, along with all other Redevelopment Agencies in the state, by an act of the California Legislature;
- Site selection of a Maintenance and Operations facility to serve the Gold Line shifted to the location in Monrovia when other locations became unavailable; and,
- Property south of the railroad tracks could not be acquired to provide a location for construction of a public parking structure to service the Monrovia Gold Line commuters, shifting the obligation to provide parking on Agency-owned land.
The Monrovia-based developer, who since 1980 has developed 750,000 square feet of office and research development space on Huntington and Royal Oaks Drives, is seeking $3 million in attorneys' fees, an alleged $33.2 million in "lost entitlement values" and $70.4 million in alleged "lost profits caused by the City," according to the lawsuit.
In contrast, Monrovia's general fund budget is nearly $30 million, with $12 million going to fund the police department and $8 million to the fire department. The remaining $10 million funds public works, administration, parks, the library, and recreation-related activities.
Most of the 80 acres comprised of the Station Square Transit Village development is privately owned. The former Redevelopment Agency owns about seven acres. Samuelson & Fetter owns less than 10,000 square feet.
Though Samuelson & Fetter claims that Monrovia is out of compliance with its agreement, it is actually the developer who has not been able to comply with the terms of the agreement. After numerous failed attempts to urge Samuelson & Fetter to perform under the agreement, in February 2012, Samuelson & Fetter was sent a Notice of Default by the former Agency because, among other reasons, the company failed to close escrow on and purchase the Agency's land by 2011, as set forth in the agreement.
Despite this lawsuit, City officials are still optimistic they can reach a resolution and continue on the path to delivering the Gold Line Station, improved amenities, and new housing and office units to Monrovia.
"In the end, I am optimistic that we all want what is best for Monrovia," Mayor Lutz said. "Monrovia is committed to an amicable resolution, and we hope that we will be able to resolve our differences." Mayor Pro Tem Garcia concurs, "I too am hopeful that we find a solution that meets the needs of both the community and the developer."
Contact: Laurie Lile, City Manager
City of Monrovia To Recognize Olympic Gold Medalist Kim Rhode On Sunday Night
|Posted August 15, 2012
MONROVIA, CA- The City of Monrovia is pleased to honor the accomplishments of Monrovia resident and Olympic gold medalist, Kim Rhode. The Monrovia City Council will be hosting a recognition celebration on Sunday, August 19 at 6:15p.m., in Monrovia Library Park, (321 South Myrtle Avenue). Rhode won the gold medal in woman’s skeet shooting at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In doing so Rhode set a U.S. record by becoming the first American to win an individual medal in five straight Olympic Games.
Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, speaking of Rhode’s accomplishment, said, “The Olympic Games are a spectacle all on their own, but to be able to watch one of our residents excel on that stage is truly heartwarming and inspirational.” Lutz also said, “We look forward to publically welcoming her home and letting her fellow Monrovians congratulate her on her accomplishments”
Kim Rhode will be available for autographs and photos at the event.
For more information on this event please contact the Monrovia Department of Community Services at (626) 256-8246.
Monrovia Neighborhood Services connects 14 neighborhoods online and counting- plus a Neighborhood Conference.
|Posted August 2, 2012
MONROVIA, CA- The City of Monrovia’s Neighborhood Services is in the business of connecting people and building community. In an increasingly digital age, it becomes a challenge to connect to those next door or down the street. Without creating neighborhood associations that increase even more fees to residents, Neighborhood Services has been highlighting an online social networking site called NextDoor.com.
Started in 2010 and based out of California, Nextdoor.com is a private social network for your neighborhood. Like Facebook, but for neighborhoods. It allows you and your neighbors, and only you and your neighbors, to talk online about issues affecting your street, your block or small geographical area you consider your neighborhood. The great parts are that the service is free and if you forget to log on every day, comments, questions and updates are sent right to your email.
People are using Nextdoor to:
- Find a new home for an outgrown bike
- Track down a trustworthy babysitter
- Quickly get the word out about a break-in
- Find out who does the best paint job in town
- Organize a garage sale
- Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
- Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name.
To date, Monrovia has launched seven neighborhoods, with seven more in the pilot phase. “We started promoting NextDoor.com because we saw the value in connecting people online for the day-to-day things that come up in a neighborhood. Not only do you get a better picture of where you live, but even if you aren’t able to be outside in the neighborhood, you can still communicate with your neighbors,” said Neighborhood Services Specialist Heather Greer.
Monrovia’s largest online neighborhood to date has 47 members and affectionately calls themselves the Monrovia Bears. The Wildrose neighborhood, which has 15 members, was the first to get started almost 6 months ago. “I have used Nextdoor to welcome new neighbors, give away my couch and post information to keep our neighborhood looking good,” said Heather Greer, also a member of the Wildrose neighborhood. The founder of the Little Italy neighborhood, Christine Voyvodich, has gotten 21 of her neighbors to sign up, “I’ve got my whole neighborhood on Nextdoor, and they love it- even those I doubted would sign up. It’s been very successful.”
Other online Monrovia neighborhoods include: Julian Fisher, Tree Streets, East Colorado, Sprouts, Mary Knoll, Monrovista/Hurstview, South Madison, Grand Avenue, Mayflower, Alamitas and 5th Avenue. Nancy Matthews of the Monrovia Bears said, “I’m a person who values face-to-face interaction so I was surprised to find that a website that actually helped me encourage relationships with people right nextdoor!”
If you are curious to find out more, Monrovia Neighborhood Services invites you to their annual Neighborhood Conference next Saturday, August 11 at the Monrovia Community Center, 119 W. Palm Avenue. Starting at 10a.m., the Conference gives participants a chance to participate in free classes, meet City leaders and Staff, receive a free lunch and raffle prizes, and learn how to get more involved in the community to create the neighborhood you want.
Conference classes include: Monrovia Moving Forward, Making an Impact using Social Media, Unity in Diversity, Developing Leadership, Citizen Engagement, History of Monrovia, Developmental Assets for Kids, Code Enforcement, Social Services Panel, Disaster Preparedness, Government 101, and the Power of Presentation. Speakers come from across the region and serve as experts in their fields.
Contact Neighborhood Services at (626) 932-5563 or email
to get more involved.
MAP ANNOUNCES 2012 NEIGHBORHOOD CONFERENCE: Growing Together
Posted June 26, 2012
MONROVIA, CA- The Monrovia Area Partnership is hosting the annual MAP Neighborhood Conference on Saturday, August 11th from 10am – 3pm at Monrovia Community Services Center.
While the MAP Neighborhood Conference is being offered free of charge, pre-registration is required and can be found online at www.cityofmonrovia.org, at the front counter of City Hall or by calling Neighborhood Services Staff at (626) 932-5563.
The MAP Neighborhood Conference will feature exciting and hands-on workshops covering material regarding community safety, programming skills, character development and ways to connect in the community.
These workshops and activities have been designed for a diverse set of participants and that’s why this Neighborhood Conference is the perfect day of casual training and networking for employees, volunteers, employers, board members and all residents looking to be an effective leader.
Participants will also enjoy free breakfast and lunch, closing the day with an ice cream social and raffle prizes. During these activities, participants will have the unique opportunity to casually network with City staff, local resource representatives, community service clubs & agencies and other residents wanting to partner efforts to lead the community into a bright future.
Groups who pre-register with 10 or more participants will receive recognition at the Conference and Groups with 15 or more will receive a certificate and recognition at the following City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 4th.
This event only comes once a year and it’s not to be missed. Be sure to save your spot by registering early and tell your friends to do the same. Let’s keep growing together!
DIGITAL STORYTELLING WITH A BEAT
|Posted June 25, 2012
MONROVIA, CA- DJ Phatrick demonstrates digital storytelling in his dynamic workshop incorporating multi-track recording and music production. He’ll bring in two mobile workstations which include a computer, audio interface, microphones, and MIDI keyboards. All ages welcome. Audience participation encouraged.
This very special event is part of the CA Reads—Searching for Democracy grant. Sponsors are Cal Humanities, California Center for the Book, CA Reads, and Friends of Monrovia Public Library.
To sign-up, go to www.monrovialibrary.org and click on the calendar icon. Find July 28, click on the event and sign up. No internet? Call 626-256-8274. Walk-ins welcome.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Library Community Room, 321 S. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016
1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
Click here to download the flyer .
PROCLAIMING APRIL 29- MAY 5, 2012 AS MUNICIPAL CLERK WEEK
|Posted May 1, 2012
MONROVIA, CA- The International Institute of Municipal Clerks has proclaimed the week of April 19- May 5, 2012 to be 43rd annual Municipal Clerk's Week. This week features a weeklong series of nationwide activities aimed at increasing the public's awareness of Municipal Clerks and the vital services they provide for local government and the community. In honor of Municipal Clerk's Week, Monrovia City Clerk Alice Atkins will be recognized at the Monrovia City Council meeting on May 1, 2012.
Monrovia's City Clerk is just one of seven elected officials who serve the community every day. Her role is to encourage the public to participate in the democratic process and help ensure that government remains transparent and accessible.
Alice Atkins has worked in the City Clerk's Office since 2001, and has served as City Clerk since October 2009. "It started as a job, and very quickly became a career I love. When all else fails and people don't know where to go for help, they seem to call the City Clerk. It's a perfect fit for someone who loves helping people - and if I don't know the answer, I love the challenge of finding it for them," said City Clerk Akins.
One of local government's oldest positions is the Municipal Clerk. Their duties have expanded over the years and, today, modern technology assists them with their increasing responsibilities. Last week, Sacramento City Manager addressed a meeting of the City Clerks Association of California (CCAC) saying "You are in the information business," he said, "and need to maximize the use of technology." Clerk Atkins has done just that by placing an interactive presentation tool on the City's website to help provide information on just what the Monrovia Office of the City Clerk does.
Municipal and Deputy Clerks' main function is to serve as the council's foundation. Other duties include, but are not limited to, preparing agendas, taking minutes, maintaining ordinance and resolutions files, keeping the municipality's historical records, processing permits and serving as the clearinghouse for information about the local government. They also record the actions of the various commissions and committees appointed by the council. Another important responsibility is administering part or all of the local election functions.
During this week, Municipal Clerks throughout the world will host open houses and tours of the Municipal Clerk's office, visit local schools and participate in other various events. We encourage residents to stop by City Hall or visit our website to see all of the services the Office of the City Clerk has to offer, www.cityofmonrovia.org.
CITY OF MONROVIA APPOINTS A NEW CITY MANAGER
|Posted April 4, 2012
MONROVIA- The City of Monrovia is pleased to announce the appointment of Laurie K. Lile as their new City Manager. Ms. Lile was selected after an exhaustive and highly competitive selection process.
Laurie comes to Monrovia from the City of Palmdale where she was employed for the past 24 years. She was first hired in Palmdale in 1988 as a Principal Planner. Over the next ten years she progressed through the ranks and was appointed to Assistant Planner, and later to an Associate Planner. In 1998 she was appointed Director of Planning. She served in this role until she was appointed Assistant City Manager in 2006, the position she currently occupies in Palmdale.
Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said, "We interviewed some very qualified individuals during this process, and I feel extremely confident that we have chosen the best candidate." Lutz also said, "I look forward to working closely with Laurie on realizing all of Monrovia's goals and objectives as we move forward." Mayor Pro Tem Joe Garcia expressed, "Laurie has moved through the ranks in Palmdale, and we feel she possesses the right skills to lead our City for a long time."
Lile obtained her Bachelor's of Science degree from UC Davis and an MBA from Pepperdine University in 2010.
Councilman Tom Adams said, "We're excited to have Laurie leading our City and our staff into the future." Councilmember Becky Shevlin said, "Laurie was the unanimous choice for our Council and we are pleased to have her join our team." Councilman Larry Spicer said, "Laurie will bring a nice balance and good leadership to our City."
Ms. Lile will be replacing former City Manager Scott Ochoa who resigned in December to become the City Manager in Glendale. Administrative Services Director Mark Alvarado has been serving as the Interim City Manager.
ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2012 OLDER AMERICAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
|Posted March 29, 2012
MONROVIA- The City of Monrovia Department of Community Services is accepting nominations for the 2012 Older American of the Year Award. This award is presented to a Monrovian 60 years of age or older, working or retired, who is still actively involved in volunteer service in Monrovia.
The purpose of this award is to seek out, honor and encourage older persons to remain active volunteers in the community. Click here to download a nomination form of pick on up at the Monrovia Community Center or by email request to
. The award winner will be recognized at the Thursday, April 19 Senior Spring Recognition Luncheon and at the Los Angeles County Commission on Aging Celebration in May.
For additional information, please contact the Department of Community Services at (626) 256-8246.
SHOOTING AT CYPRESS AND CALIFORNIA AVENUES, NO INJURIES REPORTED
|Posted March 5, 2012
MONROVIA- On Sunday, March 4, 2012, at approximately 9:00 pm, Monrovia Police Officers responded to the area of California and Cypress regarding a shooting investigation.
The investigation revealed a male adult victim was backing his vehicle from a residential driveway with his three year old son in the back seat. A gray sedan occupied by at least three male Hispanics suddenly pulled up and stopped in the roadway. The right front passenger of the gray sedan exited the vehicle and fired approximately six shots striking the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle. The “shooter” returned to the gray sedan and the vehicle fled from the area at a high rate of speed. The “shooter” is described as a male Hispanic wearing a blue baseball cap. No one was injured during this incident.
The investigation is continuing.
MONROVIA FOUNTAIN TO THE FALLS 7MILE RUN/WALK IS SET, REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1
|Posted February 29, 2012
MONROVIA- The City of Monrovia Fountain to the Falls 7mile Run/Walk is set for May 19, 2012. This is a seven mile run/walk event on a round-trip course beginning in Monrovia's Old Town at the fountain in Library Park up to the waterfall in Canyon Park and back down. This is the second annual Fountain to the Falls race and is held in conjunction with Monrovia Day.
The Fountain to the Falls trail began as an Eagle Scout project by Monrovia resident Jeffrey Ramos, who met with City staff back in 2010 to talk about ways to stay active and healthy. The product became the Fountain to the Falls 7mile run/walk which last year brought out 350 people.
The race course is moderately challenging and features over 1,000ft elevation climb on the way up to the waterfall. The race course starts at the Library and heads north on Myrtle Avenue to Hillcrest, east to Canyon Boulevard, north to the entrance of Canyon Park and from there, racers will access the trail that leads to the falls. Racers should be aware that once inside Canyon Park they will be running on dirt trails up to the falls.
Registration is available at Active.com (www.active.com) from March 1 - May 17, 2012. The fee to enter the race is $30 per person and includes a t-shirt. Awards will be given for top three finishers in each age category. Maximum race participation is 400, so racers should sign up early. Registration is accepted online only and no event day registration will be accepted.
Contact Lisa Hansberger at (626) 256-8230 or email
MONROVIA FIRE DEPARTMENT PROMOTES FOUR FROM WITHIN
|Posted February 23, 2012
MONROVIA- The Monrovia Fire Department is pleased to announce the promotions of four members of its current personnel. The recent promotions were awarded to Ryan Phillips, Jeremy Sanchez, Dave Phillips and Harvey Hewitt, who combined have over 40 years of fire fighting experience.
Division Chief Ryan Phillips - With over 18 years of service, Ryan Phillips, a Monrovian resident, assumed the duties as the "A shift" commander on the morning of February 16. "Chief Phillips' ability to effectively manage emergency operations is exceptional," said Fire Chief Chris Donovan, who went on to highlight Phillips' long tradition of professionalism and dedication to Monrovia. The Chief's faith in Phillips was quickly confirmed; by 2 p.m. of his first shift as Division Chief, Phillips' crew had already responded to four emergency incidents, and established incident command at both a vegetation and a structure fire. Under his new title, Chief Phillips will oversee the department's Administration and Disaster Preparedness operations.
Fire Captain Jeremy Sanchez - Chief Phillips promotion created a vacancy at the Fire Captain position. Monrovia Fire Department filled this by promoting Jeremy Sanchez. Captain Sanchez has over eight years experience in fire service. He has served as a Paramedic with the last three years as a Fire Engineer at Monrovia Fire. "Captain Sanchez has natural leadership abilities in addition to exceptional emergency operations and administrative skills," said Fire Chief Chris Donovan. "This is a critically important position within our department, and Jeremy is certainly capable of performing his responsibilities." Captain Sanchez has recently been placed in charge of the department's apparatus. This includes being responsible for studying future needs for repair and replacement of the department's fleet and maintaining the department's overall operational readiness.
Fire Engineer Harvey Hewitt - Jeremy Sanchez' promotion to Fire Captain created a vacancy in the Fire Engineer rank, which is being filled with the promotion of Harvey Hewitt. Fire Engineer Hewitt has four years of experience with Monrovia as a Firefighter/Paramedic in addition to five years experience with the Monterey Park Fire Department. In addition to his new duties as an engineer, Fire Engineer Hewitt will continue to evaluate requirements and training mandates for the department's cadet program.
Fire Engineer Dave Phillips - Dave Phillips was promoted to Fire Engineer in September 2011 to fill the vacancy left by Fire Engineer Rob Vita's retirement. Prior to this position Dave had served as a Firefighter/Paramedic for five years. During his service with Monrovia Fire, he has been instrumental in the brush abatement program, as well as many other programs involving training and development, including the successful Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program.
Monrovia Police Department's Community Policing Program Recognized As Finalist for 2012 James Q. Wilson Award
|Posted February 7, 2012
MONROVIA- The James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing is presented by the Regional Community Policing Institute - California, and sponsored by the American Military University and the Office of the Attorney General - State of California. The purpose of this award is to recognize California law enforcement agencies that have successfully institutionalized the Community Policing philosophy. One agency each year is chosen as the recipient of the award and two others receive recognition as finalists. Judging is based on the topics of problem solving, partnership with the community, partnership with public and private organizations/agencies, institutionalization of the community policing philosophy, and results.
The Monrovia Police Department is proud to have been chosen as a 2012 James Q. Wilson Award finalist in recognition of our Community Policing Program. In 1991, the Monrovia Police Department embraced a new concept for providing police service to our community. The implementation of Community Activist Policing (CAP) became not only a strategy for providing police service, but a philosophical shift in the police department's approach to defining service. Police officers became community "activists" to affect change and solve long-term problems, utilizing any resource available in the community.
Over the past 20 years, the Monrovia Police Department has continued to improve Community Activist Policing in the community by introducing innovative programs such as Chaplains for At-Risk Youth (CARY), Monrovia Anti-Gang Intervention Committee (MAGIC), Duarte and Monrovia Anti-Gang Enforcement (DAMAGE), and the Formative Years Program. These innovative and collaborative programs and our involvement with the Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) have been extremely effective in changing the lives of many Monrovian's, and are a true example of the Monrovia Police Department's dedication to Community Activist Policing.
Even as staffing levels have been cut throughout the department during the current recession, the value of Community Activist Policing and the department's commitment to the program has not changed. The men and women of the Monrovia Police Department and the Community Policing Bureau continue today to work with citizens, city staff, the school district, businesses, faith-based and non-profit organizations, as well as property owners, to maintain the high standards set nearly 20 years ago.
|FREE Mulch Available To Residents, Again
|Posted: January 7, 2012
MONROVIA - Due to the large volume of requests for free mulch and the number of residents who attended the recent mulch distribution events in Monrovia, the City has decided to continue to offer windstorm generated mulch through February. "We had such a great turn out at the free mulch events that we have decided to continue, in order to keep this natural resource out of local area landfills" said Ron Bow, Director of Public Works.
Residents are encouraged to bring a shovel, containers for transport, gloves and safety glasses or goggles in order to pick-up mulch. Mulch will be delivered weekly and will be available on a first come, first serve basis at Recreation Park located at 600 S. Shamrock Avenue on Saturdays, February 11, 18 and 25, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Residents can scoop up and haul away as much mulch as they need while supplies last. For more information about FREE mulch available, please contact the City of Monrovia's Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575.