From tonight's Monrovia City Council Meeting ...
~ The Monrovia City Council should be able to pick a new city manager by mid-February, according to Interim City Manager Fran DeLach. He said there is a pool of 94 applicants for the position, including "very strong A caliber" candidates.
~ Former City Council candidate Robert Perry said he complained about homeless people in Library Park several months ago but the city has done nothing about it. Most recently, he said, he and his wife saw a man urinating on a tree in Library Park and drinking beer. With a library full of kids, he said, it is only a matter of time before "something tragic happens." Interim City Manager Fran DeLach said police are doing all they legally can do; Shevlin said she'd like a staff report on the issue; Councilman Alexander Blackburn said he'd like to see a community committee come up with recommendations and a budget for the problem; and Councilman Larry Spicer said kids being harassed at the park is "just a part of life" and "they [the homeless] can't just be pushed out of the park - they're human." He said fixing the problem will take time.
~ City Councilwoman Becky Shevlin asked for a report from city staff on how the drought affects Monrovia.
- Brad Haugaard