Thursday, August 17, 2017

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party 8/21

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun, and everyone in Monrovia is invited to come to join us at the Library to watch the solar eclipse!  The special event will take place on August 21, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  The Library will have special glasses for viewing the eclipse, which will occur at 9:48 a.m., along with snacks and craft activities for kids!

As you may know, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the earth and the sun so that it blocks our view of the light from the sun.  This causes the earth to get dark at that time because we’re in the shadow of the moon!  Anyone located within the path that the moon’s shadow traces on Earth (aka, the Path of Totality) will see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse!  According to NASA, the Path of Totality will stretch from Lincoln Beach (Oregon) to Charleston (South Carolina). 

For us here in Monrovia, we are outside of the Path of Totality, which means that we will only see a partial solar eclipse in Monrovia, where around 50% - 75% of the sun will be blocked out of view by the moon.  The map below outlines the solar eclipse path of travel and also the eclipse level from different positions across North America. 






We hope you can join us for an out of this world event on August 21, 2017, and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our terrific Library staff at (626) 256-8274!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Help Us Find More Historic Districts in Monrovia!

The City of Monrovia invites YOU to a public meeting to discuss the latest developments in the preservation of Monrovia’s history! In collaboration with ASM Affiliates, a historic resources consulting firm in Pasadena, the City is in the process of preparing a citywide historic context that will serve as a tool for the evaluation and designation of potential historic districts.

What is a context statement you may ask?  A robust historic context is the foundation for identifying, evaluating, and handling historic properties and will help us make future land use decisions. They identify important architectural themes in history and then show how those themes relate to our existing historic properties.
  
At this informational meeting, ASM and the City will provide a progress report on the project and present initial research findings. But, most importantly, you are invited to participate in a discussion about the project’s goals, as well as contribute your information about places and themes that may be historically significant, especially those associated with significant local events and people, as well as architecture. 


§  Where: Monrovia Public Library, Community Room (321 S. Myrtle Avenue)

§  How to Prepare:  For a fruitful collaboration, please start thinking about the following questions: 
o   Do you value preserving Monrovia’s history?
o   What time periods in Monrovia’s history are the most important to you?
o   What themes and events in Monrovia’s history shaped how Monrovia looks today?
o   Who are the people in Monrovia’s past that you consider to be historically significant?
o   What areas of Monrovia that still exist are connected to those themes, time periods, and people?


We hope you are able to attend and share your bit of history with us!  Should you have any questions, please contact the City’s Community Development Department at (626) 932-5565.


Friday, August 11, 2017

MAP Leadership Academy 2017

Are you ready to …
 Build your leadership skills?
 Facilitate collaboration to better your neighborhood?
 Join the ever-growing network of community leaders?

The award-winning (and FREE) Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) Leadership Academies partner with residents and local resources to facilitate open lines of communication, build trust and find creative solutions to enhance our City. The Academies are a stepping stone to teach, engage, and empower residents with a foundation of knowledge and resources to jump-start and sustain residents’ service in the community.

Our next session, for both Youth and Adults starts in September. Find our applications (for both YOUTH and ADULTS!) on City of Monrovia.org or at City Hall or the Monrovia Community Center. Questions? Email us at MAP@ci.monrovia.ca.us or call at 626-932-5563



Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

National Night Out | Tuesday August 1 @ 630 pm


We hope you can join the Monrovia Police Department for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Library Park! The Monrovia Police Department will be hosting the annual National Night Out program, which is a community-building initiative that promotes police and community partnerships with a sense of neighborhood camaraderie.  This event is a fantastic opportunity for citizens to come together to promote crime awareness, drug awareness, and to meet some of the amazing men and women of the Monrovia Police Department! 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MAP Leadership Academies Coming THIS FALL- Sign Up Today!


If you are ready to take the first steps to becoming a connected member of the Monrovia community and a positive presence in your neighborhood, consider participating in a MAP Leadership Academy.

The Adult Leadership Academy is held for 7 consecutive Thursday evenings and covers material regarding local government, problem solving, leadership dynamics and more; giving graduates a solid foundation of knowledge to jump-start their work in the community


Academy Material:

Class 1 - MAP, Monrovia & You
Class 2 - Connecting in the Community
Class 3 - Local Government 
Class 4 - Achieving Community Trust
Class 5 - Tools & Resources
Class 6 - Public Speaking & Facilitation Training
Class 7 - Putting Theory to Practice

The Youth Leadership Academy is an 8 month program designed to help youth learn, develop and grow so they can take active roles in the health of their community. This course is designed for youth 11 to 18 (6 to 12 grade).

Sign up HERE for the Adults and HERE for the Youth!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Daily Parking Fee for Metro Coming Soon!


A $3 daily parking fee and monthly fee of $59 will go into effect on June 26 at three Metro stations along the Gold Line: APU/Citrus, Irwindale and Monrovia. 


For more information, CLICK HERE!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Let's Focus on Fire Safety!

Residential fires happen all the time, but it doesn’t have to happen to you! We will hear all about hazards and how to correct them with a few easy fixes.
Join us (and bring a friend!) for this can’t miss session as we hear from the experts on best practices on keeping your family safe and house up to code.

Please RSVP by calling Ariel at 626-932-5563 or email at atolefree@ci.monrovia.ca.us.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

SAVE THE DATE: Monrovia Wine Walk | August 26, 2017

Monrovia’s very first Wine Walk event is scheduled to take place on August 26, 2107, in Old Town!  Developed by the City in partnership with the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board, the Wine Walk event is intended to encourage customers to visit all businesses in Old Town, and especially our retail and service related businesses.

Wine Walk participants will be invited to stroll through Old Town, enter businesses, and sample a variety of wine, while simultaneously exploring each business and its offerings.  There will also be acoustic entertainment playing on each block of Old Town to enhance a festive atmosphere during the event. 


Additional information regarding the event will be developed and distributed in the coming months, for now, however, we wanted to encourage everyone to hold the date for an event where participants will be able to… Sip, Shop, Support…Monrovia’s Wine Walk!  


Monday, May 29, 2017

Sidewalk CPR | June 1, 2017

We hope that everyone will join us on Thursday, June 1, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Library Park for our annual Sidewalk CPR Training Program event.  Last year, more than 17,000 people in Southern California learned how to save a life in just five minutes with a quick lesson from local firefighters and medical professionals through the Sidewalk CPR Day program.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Monrovia Days 2017 | May 20-21, 2017

Monrovia Days is our annual community birthday party where all Monrovians gather together to celebrate our talented youth and the Scholars and Champions from Monrovia Unified School District!  This year, we are extremely excited to be able to share that the Monrovia Days celebration will be a two-day event held Saturday, May 20, 2017, and Sunday, May 21, 2017… and we are even more thrilled to announce that… the City of Monrovia, the Monrovia Unified School District, and Centre Stage have coordinated to BRING BACK THE CARNIVAL!!!!!

We’ll still have the delicious Pancake Breakfast event, a Parade honoring our Scholars and Champions from MUSD, performances by our youth, Carnival food… and of course the famous Pie Eating Contest!

For more information, please check out the City’s website (www.cityofmonrovia.org), or visit the event website at www.MonroviaDays.org!  You won’t want to miss this weekend-long Community Celebration!!!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

35th Annual MOHPG Historic Homes Tour | May 7, 2017

For the 35th year in a row, the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will be hosting its annual home tour!  This year’s tour features six homes built between 1901 and 1921 – along with the Anderson House Museum, which was built in 1886.  Also, five of the six homes are located in the recently designated North Encinitas Historic District.


WHEN:             Sunday, May 7, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:           The first two blocks of North Encinitas Avenue

TICKETS:         Advance ticket prices:  Adults - $20; Seniors (65+) - $15; Teens - $10; 12 & under free! Pre-sale tickets can be purchased in person from the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce and Dollmakers’ Kattywompus, both located on Myrtle Avenue.  Tickets can also be ordered online at Monrovia Historic Preservation Group.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Sign Up For Monrovia Renewal Updates!

Monrovia Renewal has started construction!  As you may recall, Monrovia Renewal is a multi-year initiative that will make priority repairs to the all of the City’s water & sewer pipelines, water facilities, streets, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters.  The initial work related to Monrovia Renewal has begun in the Southwest and Southeast portions of town, which includes the areas located to the eastern and western City limits located between Colorado Boulevard to the north and the 210 Freeway to the south.

In order to stay connected to everything related to Monrovia Renewal, we would encourage everyone to visit us online at www.cityofmonrovia.org/monroviarenewal.  While at the site, you can sign-up for e-mail updates by clicking on the “Monrovia Renewal Project Updates and Work Notices” tab, and following the instructions to subscribe!  An email sign-up instruction guide has been included as an attachment for your reference.

Monrovia Renewal is the largest public works project that the City has ever undertaken, and we appreciate your patience and support while we work to execute the identified infrastructure improvements throughout our community!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's National Community Development Week!



This week is National Community Development Week and for this week, we celebrate Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)!
The CDBG program provides grants to Monrovia (and cities/counties all over the US) for housing rehabilitation and Code Enforcement. These grants are targeted to low-income and moderate-income persons and households. This program has helped thousands of Monrovians over the last THIRTY YEARS!
Want more information on our Residential Rehabilitation program? Check the link!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

MAP Neighborhood Conference - TWO WEEKS AWAY!!


Just a few quick announcements about our 8th Annual MAP Neighborhood Conference…can you believe it is in less than 2 weeks?? Have you registered yet? Have you told your neighbors to register yet? If not, PLEASE CLICK HERE ! We are so excited about our workshops, which were developed to continue to equip you with the tools needed to help lead improvements throughout every neighborhood in Monrovia (see them HERE!).

Did you know April 22 is also Earth Day? To celebrate, we are adding something new and exciting – a Succulent Plant Sale! Canyon Park is partnering with us to bring amazing succulents to us (make sure you bring cash!). How do you plant succulents, you ask? Lucky us, a Park Ranger will teach us in Session 2!





April 22 will be such a fun and amazing day, I can’t wait for everyone to see all the hard work we have put into this day. See you then…and don’t forget – wear your green shirts

Thursday, April 6, 2017

35th Annual Historic Homes Tour


Each year on the first Sunday in May, MOHPG sponsors a tour of homes in Monrovia.  Five to seven homes, representing the wide variety of vintage structures which helps make Monrovia a desirable place to live, are opened to the public.  Over 200 volunteers, many who do not belong to the organization, work many hours to make the tour a success, This is MOHPG’s primary fundraiser of the year.  

Visitors from outside the immediate area are delighted to discover this “gem” of a city of restored and well-maintained vintage homes.  A typical year will find 500-700 “lookie-loos” spending up to six hours (the homes are open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.) exploring the homes and delving into each house’s unique history.

Look for information about the event on the home page of this website beginning sometime in early March of each year. Tickets will be available for purchaseonline, usually by the end of March.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017



Santa Anita Family Service is offering a 40-hour 
Domestic Violence Counselor Certification training. 

Why become a certified Domestic Violence Counselor? 
  • To increase your employment opportunities by increasing your ability to work with victims and survivors in your current or future employment. 
  • Or even to volunteer with domestic violence organizations within California and to learn from experts in the field of domestic violence. 
The training takes place Fridays from 8-5pm at 605 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA, 91016. Dates for the training are as follow: April 21, 2017, April 28, 2017, May 05, 2017, May 12, 2017, May 19, 2017. Attendance at all sessions is required for certification as a Domestic Violence Counselor. To register please visit our website at santaanitafamilyservice.org and download the registration form. You can mail your registration form along with your check to our office. If you wish to pay cash, please stop by our office. This training meets the requirements set by California for designation as a
Domestic Violence Counselor. For additional information please contact Paula Preciado at 

Monday, March 27, 2017

National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation!

We are excited to share that the City will be participating in the National League of Cities 6th Annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation!  The program will take place from April 1 – 30, 2017, and as part of the program, we will be coordinating with the National League of Cities to encourage all residents to enhance our water conservation efforts.

The overall National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is a friendly competition that takes place between participating cities from across the country with a goal of encouraging residents to sign-up online and pledge to reduce water consumption, energy use, and pollution.  Those who do sign-up and pledge online between April 1 – 30, 2017, will be entered in a contest where you can win hundreds of great prizes – including home irrigation kits, home improvement store gift cards, and even a brand new Toyota Prius! 

For your chance to win, and to make a pledge to start conserving water, be sure to sign-up online between April 1 – 30, 2017, at the following link:



Thursday, March 23, 2017

35th Annual Historic Homes Tour


Each year on the first Sunday in May, MOHPG sponsors a tour of homes in Monrovia.  Five to seven homes, representing the wide variety of vintage structures which helps make Monrovia a desirable place to live, are opened to the public.  Over 200 volunteers, many who do not belong to the organization, work many hours to make the tour a success, This is MOHPG’s primary fundraiser of the year.  

Visitors from outside the immediate area are delighted to discover this “gem” of a city of restored and well-maintained vintage homes.  A typical year will find 500-700 “lookie-loos” spending up to six hours (the homes are open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.) exploring the homes and delving into each house’s unique history.

Look for information about the event on the home page of this website beginning sometime in early March of each year. Tickets will be available for purchaseonline, usually by the end of March.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Register TODAY for the MAP Neighborhood Conference!



Last year, over 350 people had the opportunity to learn and engage in community building by attending workshops, meeting neighbors and learning about Monrovia. This year's 8th Annual MAP Neighborhood Conference is building up to be even better. This year's conference will give participants more insight as to the inner workings of City departments, and how they can become more involved in their community.

See the link below for information on all of the fantastic workshops we will have this year! Each workshop has been carefully thought out as a building block of building better. Building better homes, building a better response to homelessness, building better mental health awareness, building on our history, etc. all of these workshops build on the idea that we are better together and each of our experiences helps us to build better together. So keep that in mind leading up to the conference, how can you help in building better? Register TODAY!!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-map-neighborhood-conference-tickets-31268471841

Monday, March 20, 2017

Visit Monrovia's Flying Field on April 30


Did you know that from 1928 to 1953, Monrovia had its very own airport!  The facility was located parallel to Shamrock Avenue just south of Huntington Drive.  At the airport, pilots practiced their craft, students learned to fly, and passengers went for rides – along with the occasional movie being filmed!

Now, history lovers and flying enthusiasts can relive those aviation years with a special event being hosted by the Monrovia Historical Museum and the Monrovia Historical Society!  Titled, “Monrovia’s Flying Field,” the event will take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Monrovia Historical Museum (742 East Lemon Avenue, Monrovia, CA).  Tickets for the public are $5 at the door, and refreshments will be served.

The event will feature chats with and stories from experts in the history of the Flying Field.  There will also be photographs of historic planes, and videos of the Flying Field in action.  In addition there will be photos of the McDonald Brothers first hamburger stand… which was at the Monrovia airport!  Special guests for the event will include Tom Blackburn, son of the airport owner Al Blackburn, and Gary Boen, airport historian and collector of more than 1,000 photos and papers on the airport.

The event is co-sponsored by the Monrovia Historical Museum and the Monrovia Historical Society.  Both organizations have decades-long history in preserving and presenting local history.  The Museum contains exhibits on the Flying Field as well as the founding of Monrovia and its early history.  It is open every Thursday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The Monrovia Historical Society oversees the historic George Anderson House and oversees the Monrovia Legacy Project.  The Legacy Project is digitizing the city historian’s collection which will be shared online and through the Monrovia Library.

Come to the Monrovia Historical Museum on April 30 to Learn about Monrovia’s Own Airport!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

FREE Waterwise Workshops

Upper San Gabriel Valley Metropolitan Water District is offering a variety of free workshops to help residents become waterwise!  Because even with all of the rain we have experienced lately… Southern California IS STILL IN A DROUGHT!  This means that we all need to continue to do our part to conserve water.

So if you are ready to do your part, we hope that you’ll your neighbors at one of the free workshops listed below.  Also, to register for any of the workshops, or for any additional information, please call (626) 443-2297, or email Valeria@usgvmwd.org.

Finding and Fixing Leaks **NEW CLASS!!!**
Did you know that approximately 10% of American homes leak more than 90 GALLONS of water per- day?  That’s a lot of wasted water!  Attend this free workshop to learn things like the common indoor/outdoor leaks, leak detection at the water meter, basic repairs and isolating leaks.

  • When:  Tuesday March 28, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. presented in English 
  • Where: Upper District Board Room, 602 E. Huntington Dr. Suite B, Monrovia, CA 91016
  • Reservation:  Call 626-443-2297 or email Valeria@usgvmwd.org




California Friendly Landscape Training (CFLT)
Even with all of the recent rain, California is still in a drought.  Learn 6 ways to make your garden California friendly!

  • Presented in Spanish 
    • When:  Thursday, April 6, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
    • Where:  Mountain View Park, Maxson Auditorium, 12127 Elliot Avenue, El Monte, CA  91731
  • Presented in English
    • When:  Tuesday, April 11, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., 
    • Where: Upper District Board Room, 602 E. Huntington Dr. Suite B, Monrovia, CA 91016
  • Presented in Mandarin
    • When:  Wednesday, May 3, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    • Where:  Upper District Board Room, 602 E. Huntington Dr. Suite B, Monrovia, CA 91016


Greywater – Laundry to Landscape
Learn all about greywater and how to design and build your own Laundry to Landscape System!


  • Presented in English
    • When:  Saturday, May 6, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Where: Upper District Board Room, 602 E. Huntington Dr. Suite B, Monrovia, CA 91016
  • Presented in Spanish
    • When:  Saturday, June 3, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 
    • Where:  Esther Snyder Community Center, Meeting Room #1, 4100 Baldwin Park Blvd., Baldwin Park, CA 91706
  • Presented in Mandarin
    • When:  Saturday, June 10, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Where:  Upper District Board Room, 602 E. Huntington Dr. Suite B, Monrovia, CA 91016


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sign Up Today for the MAP Neighborhood Conference!


Join us in Building Better ... sign up at the below link and then tell a friend to sign up too! 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-map-neighborhood-conference-tickets-31268471841

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monrovia Public Library+ Creative Resistance Network Present 
Women’s History Month

We are seeking art to display for a period of two days from March 24 through March 25, 2017 at the Monrovia Public Library. This temporary installation opportunity is to focus on the theme of “Women at Work” and celebrate Women’s history month. The art show will be on March 24 from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm, with art on display the following day. Deadline is March 13th, 2017 (10:59pm Pacific Time).
Art Submission Guidelines
·        All art submission requests must be submitted via email to dreamsforourchildrenart@gmail.comdreamsforourchildrenart@gmail.com. All submission requests must be identified with the artist's name, address, email, and phone number. Include a basic description of technique and/or brief description with each art submission request. You may submit scanned photos, original sketches, color copies or mock-ups as attachments to the email.

·        PERFORMANCE ART: Performance art will be accepted. Performance submissions should include artist’s name, email, phone number, as well as a description of the performance, measurement of space needed, and technical requirements (sound, etc). There is no stage and the performance will be indoors in the community room.
·        If your artwork is selected for the community art show, you will be notified by telephone or email with further information.
·        All artwork must be completed and ready before the art display deadlines.
·        COLLABORATIVE ARTWORK
o   For collaborative projects, it is the responsibility of the submitting artist to obtain permission from each participant prior to submission.
·        MULTIPLE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

o   We will accept multiple submissions of artwork but may not choose all pieces for display. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

From the City Manager's Report

Please see below for an important update from the City Manager's Report in which Oliver discusses how various laws affect us, as residents. Are you subscribed to Oliver's City Manager's Report? If not, click here to see past reports and subscribe!!

MONROVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS WITH EXCELLENCE IN SOLVING AN ATTEMPTED MURDER CASE WHERE SHOTS WERE FIRED – DETAILS RELATED TO THE CASE HIGHLIGHT HOW THE IMPACTS OF AB 109, PROPOSITION 47, AND PROPOSITION 57 HAVE MADE CALIFORNIA LESS SAFE

As you may recall, we recently shared that in 2016, Monrovia experienced a nearly 20% increase in Part I crimes when compared against the prior calendar year in 2015.  We also shared that across all of Los Angeles County and throughout the State of California, we are seeing similar dramatic increases in criminal activity, much of which can be attributed to recent legislative changes that have occurred in the State during the past few years.

Specifically, law enforcement personnel have reported how AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57 have collectively reduced our law enforcement capabilities and allowed for expanded criminal behavior with reduced consequences.  Collectively, those three measures have impacted our police operations in the following manner:

AB 109 transferred nearly 45,000 felons from the State prison system back to local jails, which due to prison overcrowding, has resulted in the early release of tens of thousands of criminals from throughout California, the majority of whom are from LA County.

Proposition 47 has resulted in numerous profound changes to State law, including the reclassification of shoplifting, theft, forgery, or fraud – where the value of the crime does not exceed $950 – a misdemeanor

Proposition 47 also resulted in the reclassification of illegal drug use – including use of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine – from felonies to misdemeanors

According to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, Proposition 57 would allow the early release of around 30,000 inmates in California State prison

In discussions with numerous law enforcement personnel, there is little doubt that these regulatory changes have resulted in crime increasing everywhere in California.  And here in Monrovia, we had an attempted murder / shooting situation occur a little more than a week ago which illustrates just how these changes in State law are impacting communities locally.

On February 9, 2017, at 6:50 p.m., Monrovia police officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 100 block of East Los Angeles Street.  As the investigation unfolded, it was determined that the victim – who has no apparent gang ties – was sitting in his vehicle waiting on a family member who was inside a residence, when two suspects approached him and brandished a firearm.  When the victim attempted to flee in his vehicle by driving in reverse, one of the suspects began firing rounds at the victim in an attempt to kill the victim.  Fortunately, the victim was not hit and the suspects fled west on foot on Los Angeles Street.

Our police officers responded to the location and contacted the victim.  Additional police officers responding to the situation located the two suspects, who were attempting to meet a third suspect waiting for them in a vehicle near the Taco Bell on West Huntington Drive.  Based on the situation, our police officer was able to detain all three suspects, and the victim later identified the two suspects who had approached him and shot at him in his vehicle.  Those two suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

As the situation was unfolding, our police officers initiated a coordinated search for the weapon used in the attempted murder.  In order to secure a conviction, it would be important to find the gun, as it was not recovered on either of the suspects detained.  After searching all night, our day watch police officers were asked to continue the search.  Eventually, our police officers located a handgun inside the riser arms of a trash dumpster located near 132 West Cypress Avenue.

Throughout this entire investigation, our Detective Bureau was working in unison with our patrol officers.  In particular, given this terrific collaboration, Detective John Donchig was involved in the assessment and interviewed the suspects involved with the attempted murder.  This questioning resulted in one of the suspects admitting to the shooting, using the handgun, and hiding the handgun in the dumpster.

In addition, Detective Donchig presented the case to the District Attorney’s Office, who filed felony charges against the primary suspect who possessed the firearm, including charges of attempted murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possession of a firearm by a felon.  Also, the investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed on the other two suspects involved.

This case highlights some tremendous work by our entire Police Department, and illustrates just how fortunate we are to have law enforcement personnel here in Monrovia who are willing to mobilize and respond to a violent crime with such precision and excellence.  We were only able to achieve such a positive outcome to this situation because of the quick response of our police officers to capture these violent criminals.  The hard work by our police officers in searching for evidence resulted in the recovery of the handgun used by the suspects, and great work by our team of detectives during the interview process resulted in the suspect admitting to the crime.

However… there is an unfortunate part to this entire story, and that is… the attempted murder and shooting should never have even been allowed to happen.

The suspect that was arrested and charged with attempted murder is one of the few remaining gang members that live in Monrovia.  As our team has been processing details related to the case, we found out some interesting facts about his background, including the following:

He had been arrested in Ontario, California, in September 2015, as he was suspected of attempted murder at a party where a victim was shot and stabbed.

He was arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with the situation in Ontario.

He plead down to and was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon.

He served six months in county jail, and three months at North Kern State Prison in Delano.

Based on his time served, he was released on parole last summer.

Nine months.

This particular individual, who was charged with attempted murder and convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, served nine months in prison for his crime.

And then, just a few months after he was released from prison, he attempted to kill another individual here in Monrovia.

This overall situation illustrates how the new set laws in California have resulted in criminals – and even violent criminals – being able to repeat their crimes over and over, and in the process, continue to create more victims of crime.  AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57 have made lasting changes to our criminal justice system in California that are carelessly geared more towards releasing prisoners… rather than rehabilitating individuals and protecting our communities.

Fortunately for us here in Monrovia, our dedicated and committed and talented Monrovia Police Department personnel will continue working hard every day to keep violent gang members off of our streets, and the City will continue to make protecting our community members among our very highest of priorities.  And please feel free to let me know if you should have any questions regarding this particular matter.


See Police Chief Jim Hunt go into further detail at last night's council meeting starting around the 1 hour and 57 minute mark! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnGKEqJ8n4A 

Friday, February 17, 2017

FREE Teen Driving Training Program Coming Soon!



The Ford Motor Company is bringing a FREE training to Arcadia in March!

Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) was established in 2003 by Ford Motor Company Fund, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts to teach newly licensed drivers the necessary skills for safe driving beyond what they learn in standard driver education programs.

The FREE training conducted under the Ford Driving Skills for Life program addresses both the inexperience factor as well as issues surrounding distracted driving. Results over the past ten years of this effort have been outstanding. For best results,  both the youth and their parents (if possible) are encouraged to engage in the instruction together. Teens must have at least a learners permit to sign up for this program.

There will be two sessions on both March 4 and 5 at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, one in the morning and one in the afternoon

Morning session: 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Afternoon session: 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in the event can sign up through the link below. Please note, space is limited. 





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

MDBAA 2017 BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITIES

                          MDBAA 2017 BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITIES


During Black History Month, community members will serve as “story tellers” and
read books to all the school-aged students attending MUSD as part of this month’s Black History program.

SATURDAY, February 4, 2017:
MDBAA Jazz Brunch at the Monrovia Community Center
119 W. Palm Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016
10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m - Tickets: $30.00

WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2017
Black History Drive-in Movie – Movie Title: 4 Little Girls
Movie and Discussion – 1:00p.m
Monrovia Public Library
321 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

FRIDAY, February 10, 2017:
Monrovia High School Assembly Panel featuring actor Sinqua Walls and
USC Professor, Tim Conley.
Monrovia High School Event Center – 9:48a.m. to 10:52a.m.
845 W. Colorado Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016

SATURDAY, February 11, 2017:
Children’s Art Festival – 3:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Bradoaks Elementary School
930 E. Lemon Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

WEDNESDAY, February 15, 2017:
Inspiring Families to Community Service and Social Action
Adults and children are invited to experience diversity in children's books and be inspired into service. Discover great titles to share with your family.
Monrovia Public Library – 3:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.
321 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016

THURSDAY, February 16, 2017:
Guest Speaker: Wayne Nunnely, Retired Coach-Denver Broncos
Santa Fe Middle School –8-8:46, 8:50-9:39, 9:56-10:45 
148 West Duarte Road., Monrovia, CA 91016


SATURDAY, February 18, 2017:
A. Family Story Time and Craft with James & Joannie Yuille
    Monrovia Public Library – Cozy Book Area – 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.
    321 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

B. Storytime with Ron Husband – 1st African American Animator for Disney (retired)
    Monrovia Public Library – Cozy Book Area - 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
    321 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

THURSDAY, February 23, 2017:
Middle School Black History Month Movie Night – Movie Title: Glory Road
Santa Fe School – 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
148 W. Duarte Road, Monrovia, CA 91016

SATURDAY, February 25, 2017:
SOUL FOOD LUNCHEON – 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Guest Speakers: Professor Tim Conley, and Ron Husband, Disney Animator (retired)
Monrovia Community Center – Tickets $20.00
119 W. Palm Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016

TUESDAY, February 28, 2017:
Guest Speaker: Ron Husband, Retired Disney Animator
Clifton Middle School – 2:30p.m. to 3:00p.m. 
226 S. Ivy Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016

Middle School Black History Month Movie Night – Movie Title: Radio
Clifton Middle School – 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

226 S. Ivy Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016

Thursday, February 9, 2017

626 GOLDEN STREETS EVENT SET FOR MARCH 5, 2017



the 626 Golden Streets Event, which is a 17+ mile long San Gabriel Valley open streets festival, has now been re-scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This is a free event that will temporarily open stretches of roadway from South Pasadena to Azusa for people to walk, jog, skate, bike and more! For more information, please visit, www.626GoldenStreets.com!


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

City Hall is a Vote By Mail Drop Off


Just a quick note to let everyone know… yes… we’re about to have another election… and yes… you can drop off your Vote-By-Mail (VBM) ballot at Monrovia City Hall!
As you may know, there is a Los Angeles Countywide Election set to take place on March 7, 2017. Monrovia has signed up as a VBM drop-off location, which means that you will be able to drop off your VBM ballot at Monrovia City Hall anytime between February 6, 2017 – March 6, 2017.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact the City Clerk’s Office at (626) 932-5505, or feel free to send Alice Atkins, City Clerk, an email at aatkins@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Save the Date: State of the City

SAVE THE DATE: STATE OF THE CITY EVENT SET TO TAKE PLACE ON FEBRUARY 13, 2017, AT 7:00 P.M. AT THE KRIKORIAN THEATRE


Friday, January 27, 2017

Construction on the Historic Santa Fe Depot

FROM THE CITY MANAGER'S REPORT!

This is just a quick note to let everyone know that last week, given the start of rehabilitation work on the Historic Santa Fe Depot, the City had construction fencing put up at Station Square. As you may recall, to facilitate the construction work, public access through the City’s Station Square Promenade was blocked off, which means that there is no pedestrian through-traffic allowed from Myrtle Avenue through the Promenade to the Gold Line Station. Instead, all pedestrian and public access to the Gold Line Station will be coordinated to take place on Pomona Avenue headed west, to Primrose Avenue headed south.
The City has put up directional and information signage throughout the Station Square area to redirect individuals looking to get to the Gold Line Station from Myrtle Avenue, as those individuals will have to walk through Station Square Park to Pomona Avenue, and take Pomona Avenue to Primrose Avenue to access the Gold Line.
In addition, we’ve had several banners made which highlight that the Gold Line Station is open during construction (see the attached graphic). Throughout the period of construction, there will be full pedestrian access to the Gold Line Station from Primrose Avenue.
Also, the bus stop for Foothill Transit Line 270 is currently located at the terminus of Primrose Avenue at the Gold Line Station. Given the construction that is pending, in the next few weeks, Foothill Transit will be moving that bus stop onto Myrtle Avenue at the existing Foothill Transit Line 494 stop (on Myrtle Avenue just north of Pomona Avenue).
One last note… the attached map has been prepared to provide a general graphical representation of the area that will be closed to public access during the rehabilitation of the Historic Santa Fe Depot. To that end, the area highlighted in red will be secured with fencing and only individuals associated with the construction effort will be allowed onto the site while the work is being coordinated.
We apologize to everyone for any inconvenience the construction activity will create, and are looking forward to expeditiously completing the restoration of the Historic Santa Fe Depot! Based on our current construction schedule, it is anticipated that the work will take around 6 months to complete, which puts the end of construction in the June / July 2017 timeframe.