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 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.
o   For collaborative projects, it is the responsibility of the submitting artist to obtain permission from each participant prior to submission.

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!!


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! 

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

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


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,!

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

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Save the Date: State of the City