~ Monrovia's First Presbyterian Church will sponsor an on-campus marriage retreat this Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, with Dr. Sharon Hart May, Author of "How To Argue So Your Spouse Will Listen." Call the church office at (626) 358-3297 to sign up. http://goo.gl/8aFa5~ A food truck association is suing Monrovia because of the city's ban on the trucks in Old Town. http://goo.gl/lM953 - Brad Haugaard
Monrovia Fire Chief Chris Donovan writes that the city council will discuss disaster preparedness at the April 5 meeting. Also, he points to some LA County fact sheets on nuclear radiation from Japan. http://goo.gl/3AGA8I like the unambiguous clarity of the first word of the answers to these questions:- Does damage to the Japanese nuclear power plants pose a health risk to LA County?No.- Should you take Potassium Iodide (KI)?No.- Will radiation from Japan affect LA County’s beaches?No. - Brad Haugaard
As reported earlier, a man claiming to be a Monrovia City Water Department employee stole cash and a checkbook from a resident.
The city is now recommending that if someone shows up at your door claiming to be a city employee, it is helpful to know that employees "wear either a light blue work shirt with their name and the Monrovia City logo sewn on the front, or an orange work shirt with their name and the Monrovia City logo sewn on the front. All Monrovia City employees will have City of Monrovia identification cards with them."Also, if you are unsure, call the Monrovia Police Department at (626) 256-8000 and a uniformed Monrovia police officer will respond to verify the person's identity and reason for being at your home. Source: http://goo.gl/05i0D - Brad Haugaard
Will Lawsuit in Monrovia Hinder Gold Line? / Water Challenge / Resurfacing / Curves Helps Unity Center
If you are interested in adopting an animal, here are Inland Valley links:
Also nearby is the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society. Here are the animals they have available:
And if you need to report a stray, call the Monrovia Police Department at (626) 256-8000 any time.
- Brad Haugaard
~ A group opposed to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Duarte ( http://goo.gl/ZM4sj ) asked "pro-lifers to come out and defend life" at a meeting in Monrovia of the Foothill Community Democrats ( http://goo.gl/QX4qV ), featuring a Planned Parenthood speaker.~ The Monrovia Library has a number of language learning tools you may not know about. http://goo.gl/Berj9 ~ A property owner who might be affected by the construction of a Gold Line maintenance facility is suing Monrovia. http://goo.gl/eHR9O and http://goo.gl/xR539 - Brad Haugaard
A set of mileage posts marking a new old town walking route has been installed along Myrtle Avenue.
This latest walking route is an idea that was brought to the City by resident Chris Shevlin. Mr. Shevlin, a Monrovia Kiwanis Club member, asked the group to fully sponsor this project—which they agreed to do. This route aims to help Monrovians become more active; while encouraging an increase of foot traffic throughout Monrovia’s historic old town district.
The old town walking route is one mile in length, starting at Foothill Boulevard, traveling south on Myrtle Avenue for approximately a half-mile to the Old Town Arch at Walnut Avenue, then returning to the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. The walk takes participants past the Community Center, Library Park and through the heart of Old Town’s shopping, dining and entertainment district.
This route is the second of its kind within the old town district. The first, the “Fountain to the Falls” route, was installed late last year by Eagle Scout candidate Jeffrey Ramos. The “Fountain to the Falls” route starts at Old Town’s Library Park fountain and travels north to the waterfall in Canyon Park. A 7-Mile Run/Walk event, which will follow this route, is planned for Saturday, May 14 as part of the City’s 125th birthday celebration.
For more information on this route call (626) 303-6600.
- Brad Haugaard (from Dan Bell, City of Monrovia)
The Monrovia Department of Community Services has a whole catalog of Spring events and classes planned - including, uh, Zumba?
Click here for catalog: http://goo.gl/yAqAvClick here for registration form: http://goo.gl/dKV9R - Brad Haugaard
~ Rotary Club honors Monrovia High students for ethics essays. http://goo.gl/jCf6F
[This item refers to the previous post, about the Monrovia City Council considering a sale of property to the Gold Line for $39.6 million. Councilman Tom Adams objects to the idea (and appears a bit unhappy with Mayor Mary Ann Lutz) but as he can't attend the meeting, he asked for the following letter to be read into the minutes of the Tuesday night meeting. - Brad Haugaard]
First, I want to apologize for not being here for this special meeting. I do my best to coordinate my personal life around city business but at times when meetings are called outside of the normal calendar I find that I must be absent. I noticed the City Manager that I could not attend this meeting but more importantly neither will most of Monrovia because they don’t know about it. I know we are told there is danger, danger that the State could take this land and block the Gold Line from coming. I would rather risk what the state could do than rush this through in an off cycle meeting at an inconvenient time that seems to be less than transparent.
Second, I’d like to say that I am 100% in favor of the Gold Line moving forward. Looking into our history cities lived or died based on their location close to transportation and the Gold Line is the right thing at the right time.
My objection is not about the placement of the yard but at what cost? Monrovia did not start out wanting a maintenance yard, we decided to offer it when no one else would take it, or so we are told. One question is what if no one would take the yard? Would the Gold Line never come? Are the rest of the cities along the line so uncaring about the Gold Line that they would see it go?
Being a good neighbor, Monrovia offered the property to the Gold Line Authority for $80 million dollars. That was based on the current value of the land and the future loss of revenue due to several factors including the fact that once this is transferred to the Gold Line the property will never again generate tax revenue. NEVER AGAIN, for ever. Most of the decisions the council makes are temporary, buildings can be torn down and rebuilt, zoning can change, but this is one of the few that are for ever. All the more reason why this decision should not be made in a special meeting, this should be decided at a regularly scheduled meeting that people attend! As for the money, I have asked repeatedly in our closed session meetings for our representative to the Gold Line, the Mayor to ask our neighboring cities to help bear this burden. Every city along the Gold Line will benefit from the Yard yet we are the only ones taking a loss from the transfer of our land to the Gold Line, which is wrong. It is wrong because our Mayor never asked, or at least there is no evidence that the Mayor asked and it is wrong because the people of Monrovia will be taking the economic hit for this decision. Money that could have been used for a park on the south side of town is still in the hands of our neighboring cities that will not help because they were never asked. Money that could have been used in Monrovia to make a difference, money that Monrovia will never see because our representative never asked.
The Mayor told the press on January 20th and I quote, “Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said that the city has a deal in place with the construction authority and is waiting for Gold Line officials to secure additional land before the council officially executes the deal.” What this means is that it would be unlikely to make a better deal after this announcement, our position has been declared, or so it would seem.
This is beginning to look a little like the city logo, the Mayor knows what the council approves before the council has an opportunity to approve it. The Mayor needs to be reminded that each seat has but one vote and each vote is as important as the rest.
I know that by not being here I have no vote but I hope by submitting this letter I still have a voice.
~ A review of Monrovia's Farmers' Market - "just keeps getting better & better." http://goo.gl/27vvV~ Promoting the youth vote in Monrovia. http://goo.gl/fr8X2 ~ Chang Thai Bistro at 614 S. Myrtle. Bring in proof of Monrovia residence and get 20% off on lunch. http://goo.gl/hgsQe - Brad Haugaard
- Changes to its Board Policies, including its Independent Study program and foster youth program. If either of those apply to you, you may want to read this document: http://goo.gl/OlPK9
- Approving a Monrovia High School plan to add a year-long Mandarin 2 Chinese language course to its curriculum, following up on the Mandarin 1 course already in place. http://goo.gl/urbgO
- Leasing 2,500 square feet of spare space at Santa Fe Middle School to Verizon for a cell phone antenna. The district will get about $24,000 per year. http://goo.gl/XLNHg . Also, the district will consider continuing a lease to MetroPCS for an antenna at Monrovia High. That one brings in $21,600 a year. http://goo.gl/5EOpx
- Passing a resolution supporting Governor Jerry Brown's plan to put an extension of a temporary state tax on the June 2011 ballot. http://goo.gl/6mFeb
- A report saying that since November, the district has implemented a new web filtering service, instituted new procedures to keep student data safe, implemented a parent telephone notification system, installed interactive classroom equipment at Monrovia High and installed WiFi at Monroe and Wild Rose elementary schools. http://goo.gl/wXzd2
- Brad Haugaard
Let's see, with 2,636 Monrovia elementary students as of 10/6/2010, and one book per student, that comes to $147.95 per student. Yowza! Well, come to think of it, kids are hard on books, plus there are probably some teachers' guides to go with it, so let's order half again as many books, 3,954. So, that comes to $98.63 per book.
Unless I'm missing something big, that still seems like an insane amount of money for a book.
Right now I am looking at a book I own called "World Art." It is large-format, 448 pages, printed on glossy, heavy paper, with beautifully-printed full-color images on 350 of its pages, and it is filled with intelligent prose. You can buy this book in its hardcover edition on Amazon for a (comparatively) piddly $26.47: http://goo.gl/ZLQfK
Not that I'm saying anything new, but there seems to be something seriously wrong in the world of textbooks.
- Brad Haugaard
~ Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz is asking residents to contact Senator Bob Huff (916) 651-4029, Assembly Member Anthony Portantino (916) 319-2044 and Assembly Member Tim Donnelly (916) 319-2059 before noon today to ask them to vote against Assembly Bill 101 and Senate Bill 77, which would end redevelopment agencies. http://goo.gl/YcHtS~ Thoughts on how the Gold Line will benefit Monrovia and the San Gabriel Valley by Cynthia Kurtz, president and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. http://goo.gl/nWVYS - Brad Haugaard
UPDATE: Becky Shevlin responds:
"There is even yet another version as well which has a sentence down at the bottom about help me make Monrovia a great place to live work and play. Actually, when I ran two years ago, I did not want to use the same traditional signs and I experimented a bit with color and size – as well did the local sign maker Signs by Steve ‘n Sons. I have recycled the old signs and added a few new yellow ones.
"Regardless, I obviously got you to take notice and now you have posted same providing even more exposure so I guess you would have to say they have done their job. This time around I would also like to bring attention to the fact that we are holding an election and encourage people to be engaged in the process and to get out and vote. On the other hand, I guess it all boils down to the eyes and minds of the beholders as to whether they see the different signs as a positive or a negative. I guess I will see what happens on April 12th! Please remember to vote!"
- Brad Haugaard
- Brad Haugaard
~ Tomorrow, March 8, the Monrovia City Council will have a special meeting to figure out what to do in the face of the potential state abolition of redevelopment agencies, which City Manager Scott Ochoa has said is an attempt by the state to grab local money. City Council member Becky Shevlin said what the state intends to do - as outlined by Ochoa - "is insane, to say the least." I will post the meeting time as soon as I get it.
UPDATE: Meeting time is 4 p.m. Here is the agenda: http://goo.gl/LSPwi
~ The effects of President Obama's budget proposals may reach right down to Monrovia. Joan Whitenack, of Foothill Unity Center (which, by-the-by, distributed more than 200 tons of food - 4,230,000 pounds - to 4,606 families last year), reports that Community Services Block Grant funds may be cut by 50 percent, and since Unity receives 40 percent of its funding from government allocations, that will hurt. She writes that, "In the end, Foothill Unity Center will probably survive in some form thanks to strong community support" and to its lean operations (95 percent of funding supports programs), but she asked people to write their federal representatives pointing out the problem.
~ If you have too many oranges or other produce, bring it to "Produce in the Park" and swap for some carrots or something. Produce in the Park is held on the first Saturday of each month, from 9-11 a.m. at Library Park, at the corner of Myrtle and Palm. For info, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Monrovia Knights of Columbus will serve fish dinners for Lent every Friday - March 11 to Good Friday, April 22 - from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 130 W. Pomona Ave. Adult fish dinners are $8, children's are $5. for information, call 626 359-6489.
- Brad Haugaard