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Addressing Homelessness in Monrovia; Expand Metro Parking; Concerts; Hotel; Shuttle; New Fire Engines; History Test; Beer Fest

In his weekly report ( ), City Manager Oliver Chi reported that ...

~ To address homelessness in city parks, Monrovia plans to install video surveillance cameras, develop police and park ranger patrols of parks, and streamline the city process of connecting the homeless with services. The City Council will discuss this at its April 5 meeting.

~ The city is talking with Metro about expanding the 350-slot parking garage at Station Square, which gets up to 70% full during peak hours.

~ The city has been talking with Levitt Pavilion of Greater Los Angeles & Pasadena about putting on a concert series at the new band shell in Station Square.

~ The city got five proposals in response to its request for proposals to build a hotel at the southwest corner of Myrtle Avenue and Huntington. Proposals were from Tharaldson Hospitality Development; Singpoli Group; Arbor Capital Group, Inc.; CFT NV Developments, LLC; CIBA Real Estate on behalf of Corinthian Development Company.

~ The experimental 5-10 p.m. weekend shuttle between the train station and Library Park carries 60-70 people a week, most on Friday evenings. The city will keep running the shuttle for a few more months to see how it works.

~ The city got two new fire engines manufactured by Kovatch Mobile Equipment. They're at Station 102. Also got a command truck. They're red.

~ Test your historical knowledge of Monrovia April 3 at the Monrovia Historical Museum (742 East Lemon Ave.) on Sunday, April 3, from 2-4 p.m. City Historian, Steve Baker will field questions. See if you can "Stump Steve." Also, hear about becoming a member of the Monrovia Historical Museum.

~ Monrovia Station Beer & Music Fest on Saturday, April 16 from 2-6 p.m. at Station Square Park. Over 30 beers from award winning breweries! Live music from Go Betty Go & the Delgado Brothers and food from local vendors. General Admission $45. Proceeds benefit the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce & Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. Details and tickets:

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