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What Would You Improve in Monrovia in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Monrovia, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Monrovia to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comments section or blog about why you love living here!

ofelia December 30, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Love this town. It has such a great 'Old Town'. A book store would be awesome. Maybe one where you could buy used books, and make trades.?
ofelia December 30, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I tried to volunteer at a place in Monrovia...but never heard. Guess I was rejected. That's okay, tho. I have volunteered at other places and have been well rec'd.
Dr. Jules S. Bagneris, III. December 30, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I agree that economic sufficiency is important for individuals, families, and the various governments -- local, state and federal. The city of Monrovia is particularly blessed to have its own water wells. These water wells were almost lost to the city in 1992 when a property transaction mistakenly included the water and mineral rights along with the surface property for sale. Fortunately, our City Attorney at the time, Michele Beal Bagneris, Esq., discovered the error and corrected it before the property sale was completed.
Dan Bacani December 31, 2012 at 04:49 PM
We need to continue with building upon the improvements in Old Town Monrovia. Unlike many cities in the San Gabriel Valley, we have a family friendly shopping district that could help with the quality of life in the Gem City by offering unique retail and restaurant offerings. Moreover, the increased activity would generate much needed city sales tax revenue for public works projects mentioned previously. Specifically, we need to: A. Encourage major office tenants to relocate to Old Town Monrovia, I was involved in bringing WorleyParsons to 111 West Lemon where they occupy 24,000 sq. ft. and house over 100 employees. As with Old Pasadena before its revitalization, Parsons Engineering provided a life line for the businesses there as the area grew into retail powerhouse it is today. More employees = more dollars for local business. B. Encourage new and complementary businesses. It's a fact that certain businesses such as a destination retailer or strong restaurateur have a positive ripple effect on nearby businesses. The Krikorian Theatre is a good example. C. Encourage living in or near Old Town Monrovia. The Paragon and the Colorado Commons are good starts. As with having more employees in the area, residents offer a weekend and evening market that could be a boon for certain businesses. D. Establish and stick to an identity. I believe that people come to Old Town Monrovia for more of a family atmosphere. There are other places for the mall experience.
RUSSELL February 13, 2013 at 07:02 AM
The School Board, City Gov't and MUSD should invest more on K-5 schools. In Plymouth, there is a pilot class where the classroom has more technology. My son raves about it. However, his teacher said, half of the PC in the room is not working. If Madagascar can have a program providing this green laptops (here is the link http://one.laptop.org/ ) we should be more capable to do this for our children.

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