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Monrovia Mayor Gives State of the City Speech

Mayor Mary Ann Lutz delivered the Mayor's annual State of the City speech tonight at the Krikorian Theater.

Here are highlights from the city's Twitter feed:

Monrovia welcomed 216 new businesses in 2013- 15 already in January

Monrovia made ultimate commitment to the environment 14 years ago with purchase of Hillside Wilderness Preserve

Monrovia schools, @mtsierracollege, Monrovia adult school become feeders for innovative, hard-working employees to local biz.

After long wait, 2 trails open in Wilderness Preserve- take a trip this weekend & enjoy what we spent yrs proudly earning.

Julian Fisher Park underway for improvements thx to $250,000 grant from @mikeantonovich

Haunted Hikes back in Canyon Park after 5 year hiatus- spookier than ever!

Canyon Park was named one of the top 10 places to see in LA by @KPCC

Monrovia 5th participating city in LA to receive GOLD level award for energy efficiency from SGV Energywise Partnership

Weeks ago, Governor declared state of emergency, asking cities to conserve water. Monrovia is conserving and will do more.

OldTownMonroviaCA will get all new LED lighting. 400 of 750 bulbs already replaced

Stormwater permit an unfunded mandate @MayorLutz working w/ other elected to ensure that fiscal impact considered with these policies

13 new MAP Neighborhood Leaders, 24 Youth leaders graduated in 2013. City sees the value in Partnership

Monrovia Fire Station 102 to receive new state-of-the-art training facility with smart classroom for all area fire agencies.

Madison Fire spread 125 acres, took over 200 firefighters. No person or structure was harmed.

Madison Fire burned hillside vegetation. Thx to @LACountyDPW, mitigation efforts in place in case of mudslides

Thanks to @CityofArcadiaCA & several grants, new training facility possible at no cost to Monrovia.

Youth Employment Service (YES) program provides summer jobs for at-risk youth. Decreases tardiness, absenteeism, increases GPAs

Historic Preservation one of Plan Monrovia top priorities

Moreton Bay Fig in Library Park celebrated its 100th birthday last year

Gold Line. 11.5 mile extension of light rail system will usher in over 1mil riders thru Monrovia every month

Monrovia only city along foothills with $25mil to improve the area around our Station

Remainder of Huntington Drive will be repaved this year from ARRA funds received in 2011

Fiscal responsibility is a top priority

Sales & property tax up, business base diverse and stable, structurally balanced budget

Development at 5th & Huntington to begin soon, 18 new units in Old Town.

Monrovia awarded $25K from US Conf of Mayors for Fit Together, to keep youth active & health.

UPDATE: Oops, I linked to last year's speech. I will get the new speech when it becomes available.

- Brad Haugaard

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