Thursday, September 21, 2017

Taking Back Our Community

Like Monrovia, many cities across the state are experiencing alarming increases in violent and property crimes that are affecting our safety and overall quality of life.  To address this issue, during the past month, Monrovia has taken the lead in coordinating the development of the Taking Back Our Community coalition, which is aimed at amplifying our message that certain elements of AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57 have resulted in unintended adverse public safety impacts in California.



Our Taking Back Our Community coalition certainly recognizes that criminal justice system improvements in California were needed, and that AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57 instituted some positive improvements.  Furthermore, we also believe that those criminals who commit non-violent crimes should not be subject to long prison sentences.

However, given the collective changes that have been implemented by AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57, the reality is that…

…in California today, theft of any items under $950 has become a consequence free crime.

 …in California today, the following felony crimes are classified as being “non-violent” in nature:
o Domestic violence
o Rape / sodomy / oral copulation of an unconscious person or by use of a date rape drug
o Battery with serious bodily injury
o Assault with a deadly weapon
o Inflicting corporal injury on a child
o Solicitation to commit murder
o Hate crimes
o Exploding a destructive device with intent to cause an injury

…in California today, individuals convicted of the above referenced “non-violent” felonies are eligible for early release from prison, at the sole and absolute discretion of the State of California.

As a group, those of us that are part of the Taking Back Our Community coalition want to speak in a unified voice that the increases in crime we have been seeing throughout California are attributable in part to recent State legislative changes.  And rather than just sit back and allow the criminal justice system pendulum to keep swinging between the total-incarceration and no-incarceration spectrum, we think that common-sense changes should be made so that we can keep the best parts of AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57, while also effectively protecting our residents and businesses from inappropriate criminal behavior.

To that end, the Taking Back Our Community coalition is quickly growing to include many cities in our region, as the response to the initiative has been overwhelming and positive.  We currently have approximately 25 cities that have formally joined the group, with another 15 cities in various stages of joining our efforts. 

We have also created a new web page (www.TakingBackOurCommunityCA.com) – which for the time being links to a page on Monrovia’s website – where individuals can learn more about the public safety issues at hand.  We encourage you to visit our website and share our new video!  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pink Patch Project: Monrovia PD

The Pink Patch Project is a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association (LACPCA) and more than 175 public safety agencies throughout the nation designed to increase public awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds for the fight against this disease. 

The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the agency’s uniform patches. Monrovia Police Department employees will be wearing these pink patches on their uniforms during “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” this October. The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversations within the community and raise public awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment in the fight against breast cancer. 

The Monrovia Police Department is selling their commemorative pink patches to the community, along with Pink Patch Project T-shirts, challenge coins, and other items. Proceeds from the sale of Monrovia’s commemorative Pink Patch Project items go to fund breast cancer education, research, and treatment at the City of Hope. 

Throughout September, Pink Patch Project volunteers will be staffing a booth at the Los Angeles County Fair. Pink patches and other related items will be available for sale to the public with the proceeds going to the various hospitals and organizations we are supporting. Please stop by the Pink Patch Project booth and join us in the fight against breast cancer!  

·         When:  September 1 – 24, 2017

·         Where: Los Angeles County Fair (1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768), Exhibit Hall #4


·         For more information about the Pink Patch Project, visit www.pinkpatchproject.com.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Taste of Old Town

SAVE THE DATE!  Because the greatest food tasting event in the San Gabriel Valley – the Taste of Old Town Monrovia – is set to take place on October 15, 2017, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.!  Many thanks to the Julie Gentile and the Kiwanis Club of Monrovia for their efforts in putting on this premier food and wine tasting event!  See the event flyer below for additional information, and we hope to see you all there!


Monday, September 11, 2017

MAP Care For Your Neighbor Program

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the MAP Care for Your Neighbor Program successfully completed another community improvement project and helped a Monrovian in need.  A property on Acadia Avenue, while well kept, had a few issues with the front landscape.  Traditional code enforcement efforts were not necessarily going to solve the problem to gain compliance… so MAP stepped in.

The MAP Care for Your Neighbor Program jumped into action by coordinating community resources to help clean up and beautify the landscape.  City staff partnered with MAP Leaders, the Volunteer Center and even brought out some family members to provide resources and assistance in the efforts.  We planted succulent plants and spread mulch throughout the yard, and even installed some pavers and bricks that immediately spruced up the yard.  The property owner, a lifelong Monrovian, expressed that she was extremely grateful for the help and for being part of such an amazing community. 


Below are some before and after pictures of the project site.  The Monrovia Area Partnership wants to thank everyone who was able to help to make this community improvement project another success for our Monrovia neighborhoods. Want to get involved? email us at map@ci.monrovia.ca.us !







Friday, September 1, 2017

Earthquake Preparedness 9/9

Are you ready for the next earthquake?  While we can’t know when the next big earthquake will occur, we can learn what steps to take to be prepared and how you can protect your home and family.  This workshop will feature guest speaker Margaret Vinci from the California Institute of Technology.  Best of all, this workshop is FREE, and each household in attendance will receive a free gift and refreshments to enjoy!

To learn more, please read the attached newsletter from MOHPG with more details.

§  DATE: Saturday, September 9, 2017

§  TIME: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

§  PLACE: Community Room at the Monrovia Public Library (321 S. Myrtle Avenue)

§  RSVPs REQUIRED!  Attendance is limited to 60 people and attendees must RSVP in advance! To RSVP, visit MOHPG’s website at http://www.mohpg.org


Sponsored by the Monrovia Fire Department and the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group (MOHPG)