City Of Monrovia: City Manager’s Update | July 23, 2021

The Olympic Games will begin this weekend and the Monrovia community should be very excited! Cravon Gillespie, a graduate of Monrovia High School, is representing Team USA in the Olympic Games in Tokyo for Track and Field. Way to go, Cravon! I encourage everyone to tune in and cheer him on!


  • Monrovia Parks, Wilderness & Recreation Foundation Virtual Auction
  • Summer Water Conservation Tips 
  • Monrovia Fire & Rescue Strike Team Assists Oregon  
  • Job Opportunities: Sr. Development Services Technician, Recreation Coordinator 
  • Parking Enforcement Resumes for Timed Parking in Old Town Monrovia 
  • Future Site of the first EV Charging Stations in Old Town Monrovia
  • Monrovia Community Garden Accepting Applications for Garden Beds  
  • Monrovia Association of Fine Arts’ Artist Alley 
  • Assemblymember Chris Holden Backpack Drive 
  • Burlington to Open in Fall 2021
  • Foothill Transit Summer Sale on Bus Passes

Monrovia Parks, Wilderness & Recreation Foundation Virtual Auction

Monrovia Parks, Wilderness & Recreation Foundation (MPWR) needs your help to raise funds for projects that rebuild amenities and exhibits in Canyon Park, bring shade to our playgrounds, and provide scholarships for youth to participate in recreational programs, and more to support our community! 

Today is the last day to place your bid! From a VIP Las Vegas trip for 4 nights to an original oil painting of Canyon Park to a virtual culinary Italian lesson, there’s something for everyone. 

Formerly the Monrovia Wilderness Preserve Foundation, MPWR is a 501(c)(3) independent foundation whose mission is to support recreation and community programs, parks, facilities, and open spaces in Monrovia.

Summer Water Conservation Tips 

 Water Conservation is a primary focus for Californians due to the extreme heat and dry conditions.  Historically, summer creates the potential for higher water use. 

To conserve water during these hot summer months, here are a few tips:  

  • Stop Running Water. Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth and shaving. Doing so will save up to 2.5 gallons per minute. 
  • Limit your Showers to 5 Minutes. Spend only 5 minutes in the shower and save up to 25 gallons each time. 
  • Fix The Drips. Repair your leaks immediately and save up to 20 gallons a day. 
  • Wash Full Loads Only. Washing only full loads of laundry and dishes can save 15-50 gallons per load. 
  • Buy Efficient Appliances. Buy water-saving devices like high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers, and save many gallons per day.

We hope all Monrovians keep in mind these tools and tips to use water wisely. For rebate information on high- efficiency items and eligibility, please visit:

Monrovia Fire & Rescue Strike Team Assists Oregon 

Our very own firefighters from Monrovia Fire & Rescue spent five days in Ashland, a city in southern Oregon, to assist with the Bootleg Fire.

Due to rapidly increasing fire wildfire activity Northern California, Monrovia’s firefighters were redeployed from Oregon to the Dixie Fire in Plumas County on Tuesday, July 20. Engine 101 was also sent from the south to assist with the Dixie Fire. Monrovia has eight firefighters assigned to two strike teams, which total 10 engine companies, and nearly 50 personnel from local San Gabriel Valley cities. Monrovia Fire & Rescue remains fully staffed in Monrovia. All costs associated with strike team deployments are fully-reimbursed to the City.

Job Opportunities: Sr. Development Services Technician, Recreation Coordinator 

We’re seeking individuals who want to be a part of our team!

  • Senior Development Services Technician 
  • Recreation Coordinator 

The City of Monrovia offers opportunities for individuals of all experiences and backgrounds. Monrovia is a community where diversity, equity, and inclusion are celebrated. An environment where intellectual curiosity, respectful dialogue, and a commitment to inclusion is encouraged. Join our team!

Parking Enforcement to Resume for Timed Parking in Old Town Monrovia

Beginning on Friday, August 6, 2021, the Monrovia Police Department will resume parking enforcement for timed parking. Please pay attention to all posted signs when choosing your next parking spot, especially noting the time allocated for parking.

If you have any questions, contact the Parking Enforcement Office at (626)256-8083.

The City has ample free parking, including on-street parking, over 1,700 public parking spaces, ten designated public parking lots, and two public parking garages in Old Town Monrovia. Learn more about parking in Monrovia. 

Future Site of the first EV Charging Stations in Old Town Monrovia

We have broken ground on the installation for EV charging stations in Old Town Monrovia! A total of 4 Level 2 EV charging stations will be installed at the Public Parking Lot #4, located along the 100 block of East Lemon Avenue. Construction is expected to commence on Monday, July 26, and will last through Tuesday, August 3. All construction activity will be done between the hours of 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fencing is up along the side walk to block off the construction site and access aisles will be provided for drivers to continue to have access to the other parking stalls in the parking lot.

For more information about the EV Charging Pilot project, please contact Chris Castruita at (626) 256-8224 or

Monrovia Community Garden Accepting Applications for Garden Beds 

Want to join the Monrovia Community Garden? We are now accepting applications for the third year of the program!

The garden is located at 303 West Colorado, and there are 21 raised garden beds available for rent on an annual basis. Garden beds are open to Monrovia residents and families enrolled in MUSD. If you’re interested in renting a garden bed, please download an application and submit it by September 10, 2021. The fee is $60 annually and scholarships are available to those who qualify. The program will run from October 2021-October 2022.

To contact Garden Director for more information, please send an email to

Monrovia Association of Fine Arts’ Artist Alley 

The Monrovia Association of Fine Arts is excited to present the Artist Alley Gallery Opening, at the Monrovia Community Center, on July 25, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Relaunching with a gala reception in the lobby area of the Monrovia Community Center, the Artist Alley gallery program is a partnership between the City of Monrovia Community Services Department and Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.

Artist Alley will feature the work of juried MAFA member artists on display and for sale on a three-month rotating installation basis. The exhibit will be available for viewing, at the Monrovia Community Center, from July 25 to October 25. 

Assemblymember Chris Holden Backpack Drive 

Assemblymember Chris Holden, in partnership with the Eta Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host a drive-thru backpack giveaway on Saturday, July 31, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., at the 41st Assembly District Office located at 600 N. Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107. RSVP for the Drive-Thru Backpack Giveaway. 


Burlington to Open in Fall 2021 

Have you noticed changes underway at the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center?  A new business is coming to town.  Burlington is currently making tenant improvements to the former Toys R’ Us space at 660 West Huntington Drive in the Huntington Oaks shopping center. There will be both interior and exterior improvements to the 40,411 square foot space, which is one of the largest in the center. Permits were issued on June 17, 2021, and they are planning to open the new store for business this fall.  With the closing of Monrovia’s Bed, Bath & Beyond, this is bittersweet but we are hopeful that the space won’t be vacant for long. The City has zero knowledge of any prospective tenants, including Hobby Lobby, which is a common rumor circulating on social media. We’ve heard nothing. 🙂 

Foothill Transit Summer Sale on Bus Passes

This July, August, and September, Foothill Transit’s first-ever pass sale lets you save 50% on all Day and 31-Day Passes — letting you ride more and pay less on the Local, Silver Streak, or Commuter Express buses.

Monrovia Area Partnership Celebrates 15 Years!

The Monrovia Area Partnership celebrates 15 years of serving the community! The MAP Block Party will take place on July 31, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., at Julian Fisher Park. MAP is inviting the entire community to come out for some fun and games. The Block Party will have City Department booths, raffles, free BBQ, food trucks, and games. Come enjoy a cool evening with your neighbors! Register for the MAP Block Party. 

Water Smart Home Program

Upper San Gabriel Water District is proud to announce the debut of its Water Smart Home Program!  Qualifying Monrovia residents may be eligible to receive up to six types of water conservation items to be installed in their home, free of charge, by a licensed contractor.

Qualifying residents must either: 

  • Reside within the designated program area (purple shaded area) of Upper District’s service boundaries, or 
  • Be enrolled in an income- assisted water bill program with the City of Monrovia for an address within the Upper District’s boundaries.

Report Bulky Items around Town and Be Entered to Win a Gift Card

Have you seen bulky items around town? If you report them into Public Works, you will be entered into a raffle and could win a $50 gift card to a Monrovia Business! If you are out and about around town and see furniture, boxes, or other items in the Right of Way (not on Private Property), please report them to Public Works. In turn, Athens Services will pick these items up within about 48 hours.

How to Report Bulky Items:

Raffle tickets will be pulled each Thursday and the winners will be notified by Public Works Staff. The winner for this week’s drawing is… Jeff Godbold! Since June 2020, we have received 4,987 reports for abandoned bulky items! Thank you for reporting these items!

COVID-19 At a Glance 

Latest Facts & Figures 

Residential / Non-Residential Settings in Monrovia 

Residential / Non-Residential Settings in Monrovia 

Facilities that have no reported positive COVID-19 cases for 14 days are considered to no longer have an outbreak and removed from the list. Confirmed cases of employees from residential/non-residential settings get counted under their home city.

Additional details on cases and deaths were not provided by the County of Los Angeles. View the Public Health Statement Regarding COVID-19 and Patient Privacy.

Stay Informed  Resources

Monrovia Strong  

Monrovia Strong  

The Monrovia Strong webpage was created to share with the community different resources to help you and your family get through these challenging times. 

Visit Monrovia Strongto explore the many activities and resources. We’re in this together, Monrovia! 

Development Spotlight

Several significant projects are working their way through the review process and stages of construction here at the City. Among these are the Adaptive Reuse of the Monrovia Market Building (approved on Oct. 1), the Overton Moore Pacific Self Storage Project in the former Verizon Building in Old Town (approved on Nov. 19), 127 Pomona Multi-Family Development with 310 units at Station Square (approved on Jan. 21), the Alexan Multi-Family Development with 436 units at Station Square (approved on Feb. 4), and the Arroyo at Monrovia Station Multi-Family Development with 302 units (Planning Commission approved on Feb. 12). For more details, visit the Development Spotlight webpage.

Key Dates, Programs & Virtual Events

Neighborhood Watch Report 

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 342 service events, resulting in 47 investigations. View the Neighborhood Watch Report. 

This press release was produced by the City of Monrovia. The views expressed here are the author’s own.