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Gold Line and Monrovia Reach Landmark $40.6 Million Deal

The city and Gold Line Construction Authority signed an agreement that will expedite the Gold Line Foothill Extension.

The Gold Line Construction Authority announced Thursday that it has signed a deal with Monrovia to acquire land needed for a maintenance yard project that will keep the the Gold Line Foothill Extension on track.

The agreement, which still needs approval from a judge overseeing , calls for Monrovia to sell 14 acres of land along Evergreen Avenue to the GLCA for $40.6 million.

"Needless to say, the terms agreed to today are an important achievement for the project," GLCA CEO Habib Balian wrote in an email. "We are appreciative of the City of Monrovia’s efforts to work with the Authority to come to terms that were mutually acceptable, and to keep the project on time and on budget."

After , the agreement with Monrovia allows the GLCA to acquire 100 percent of the land it needs to build a rail maintenance yard for the Foothill Extension--a facility the MTA required for the line to progress.

In addition to the $40.6 million purchase price for the land, the GLCA agreed to pay up to $15.75 million to build public improvements to city intersections, roads and other infrastructure near the future Gold Line maintenance yard. The city agreed to reimburse the GLCA $200,000 for its costs fighting Brokate in court and up to $650,000 for environmental cleanup needed at the maintenance yard site.

The total sum of Thursday's deal appears close to the before the state's elimination of redevelopment effectively nullified the arrangement.

Check back later for more on this breaking story.

Ralph Long February 24, 2012 at 05:13 PM
You are so right Kate. This area has become so complex, and so big, that no single initiative will be a panacea any more. Single efforts can sometimes work in small towns, but there are no small towns left in the San Gabriel Valley, or in the LA region. Even towns that have a somewhat small town feeling (like Glendora) are extremely impacted by their surroundings. Because of this, it will take lots of small, medium and large initiatives to maintain and improve the quality in this area. Lots of them. Some of these initiatives will succeed, some will fail. But we need to keep trying. Just like Thomas Edison did, when inventing the lightbulb. And just like the people who built SoCal did during the past century.
Jerry A February 24, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Ralph Long, right off hand I don't know anyone who is against the Gold Line extension. But there are people who are against the rail road maintenance yard being located in Monrovia when there were better alternatives that would have not have impacted a single person or property owner. It's how the City of Monrovia went about bringing the eye soar to Monrovia, by lying to the people about it's impact and most of all telling the people if the maintenance yard isn't built in Monrovia that there would be no Gold Line. Telling the people that the purpose of light rail is to relieve traffic congestion on the freeways is an all out lie. The purpose of light rail is to provide an alternative mode of transportation from getting to point A to point B and to provide an alternative form of transportation for those who are dependent on public transportation. What I've observed in the past twenty years, the biggest advocates for light rail including the politicians seem to ride the train on the first day of service and never ride it again. Keep your eye on Mayor Lutz, she'll ride the Gold Line on inauguration day of the Gold Line and will never ride the Gold Line again. I'm using the Pasadena City Council, the Mayor of Los Angeles and it's corrupt city council as an example. You know the saying of the liberal elite, "Do as I say, not as I do."
Jerry A February 24, 2012 at 06:15 PM
But Mark, I may sound negative, but I'm dealing with reality. The truth is, California is no longer the Golden State it once was. That there are to many people who are excepting the bad as being acceptable. Reminds me of Huell Howser doing a story on a particular neighborhood in Los Angeles. Huell was interviewing a white young liberal type woman about her neighborhood with gang graffiti all over the walls behind them. Huell asked her how she felt about all of the gang graffiti in the neighborhood ? Her response was, " Isn't diversity great."
Ralph Long February 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Well, if Mayor Lutz does not use light rail she helped create, that will be her decision. But If I ever get a chance, I will thank her for her efforts, when I am able to enjoy easier access to this alternative to getting into LA.
Jerry A February 25, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Ralph, why would you even want to go downtown L.A. unless you work there ??? The only reason I ever go downtown is to go to Philippe's and I never have a problem with parking. And they have security guards patrolling Philippe's two parking lots ! They use to say back in the 50's, if you never been to Philippe's, you can't consider yourself a true Angelino. But I'll admit that huge improvements have been made in downtown L.A. compared to twenty or even ten years ago. Shows you what can be accomplished when government is kept out of redevelopment and left to the private sector who know what they are doing. It was actually the private sector who created Old Town Pasadena. All that Pasadena city government and redevelopment agency did was interfere. The private sector who actually refurbished Old Town Pasadena. wanted to run real trolley street cars running on tracks from Old Town to Lake Ave. But Pasadena city government interfered and it never happened. The street cars were going to be real vintage trolly's that were used in Europe during the 1930's.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 25, 2012 at 07:18 AM
Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, I am going to get you a box of sugar and sweeten you up. All that negativity! First, let's take the issue of the woman and the graffiti. It's a question of perspective. You see urban scrawl, she may be seeing urban art. There's lots of graffiti that is actually considered to be prized art. I reference this site that has great info on buildings, their history, and public art all over the LA area. It's important to note the site was started by a visiting German. http://you-are-here.com/graffiti/index.html.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 25, 2012 at 07:19 AM
In the meantime, there are countless reasons to go to LA. The traditional Olvera Street, the beauty of Union Station, Disney Hall, the Music Center, LACMA, MOCA, and many, many more. Some wonderful buildings are nestled in LA rich with history and lore. There are walking tours, and whole redeveloped area, not the least of which is near the Staples Center and LA Live. A trip to The Pantry accompanied by a visit to The Grammy Museum are great adventures, all of which can be taken by riding the Gold Line into Los Angeles, and then transferring to the Red or Blue Lines. If you go to Madre Station, you don't even have to pay to park. Try it, Jerry. The boogie monsters won't get you. It's great to have such a large metropolis in our area. As a matter of fact, I switch to the Dash Bus (mini bus) to ride within the City as much to see the people who come to appreciate that which we take for granted as anything else. People PAY to see what we take for granted!
NWT February 25, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Classy Jerry. Ladies & Gentlemen, we have ourselves a full fledged BIGOT! Can't wait to see all the future racist and prejudicial vomit you espouse towards minorities in future posts, that is if you don't get yourself tossed off Patch before hand!
Jonathan Lesueur February 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Jerry A. shame on you for using that word even though you put two pound signs people still understand what you wrote and I hope they ban you from this site for using it.
Patrick Lee February 25, 2012 at 06:57 PM
We've deleted Jerry A's comment because it violated our Terms of Use. Let's try to stay on topic and avoid the use of racial slurs, even if disguised. Just because they were used in the past doesn't mean you can post them here.
jake February 25, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I agree with jerry but not everyone wants to here the truth.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Jerry, I assume you are still reading though your comment is gone. My favorite place within Union Station is at the very back of the station. There is a conic shaped sculpture that is part of a fountain and looks odd unless you know what you're looking at. Embedded in the sculpture are old bottles, bowls, and medicine bottles that were unearthed when they excavated the parking lot (you were probably part of that effort according to your post). What they later determined is that they were from an old brothel in the 1800s in then Chinatown. To access these, take the Gold Line to Union Station and go to the left when you exit the elevator. It is on the right hand side.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Next, when they excavated for the extension of the Gold Line on through East LA, they found another great historical treasure. Many miss it because they don't know what they're looking for. As you approach Union Station past Lincoln Heights and are down near the Not a Cornfield that abuts Heritage Park, look to the right against the incline. You'll find a piece of cement on the ground near the little walled area, and sitting atop that cement is an old piece of pipe made of brick. Now it may not seem like much of anything, but it is part of the Zanja Madre, the original water source for Olvera Street built in the 1700s. Not sure whether it was covered up for the trains, an earthquake, or the excavation of the 110 Freeway nearby, but I was so glad they found it and could preserve it for future generations. Imagine what else they might uncover when they excavate for our extension. As long as they're not human remains from a burial ground (and if they are, if they can be reasonably repatriated), imagine the treasures we will get to see. To see the Zanja Madre, sit on the right side of the train as it disembarks the station. Look for it past Lincoln Heights and before it goes up the incline at Chinatown Station. You cannot see it from the street, and generally the park won't allow you access there. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanja_Madre
Gayle M. Montgomery February 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM
As for the area near Spring Street Jerry referenced, it has a rich and colorful history, and there is a real legacy that emanated from that area. Consider the accomplishments of Biddie Mason http://www.ci.la.ca.us/angelswalk/5.htm and in the nearby locale of Central Avenue, much music history took place between 1920 and the 1950s. Incredible talents hung out and got their start there. To access these, take the Gold Line to Union Station and transfer to the Red Line within the Station or go outside across the Street and catch the B Dash. Much of what once was the glory of LA's music scene can be found using the walking maps accompanying the Biddie Mason link. Ahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Avenue_(Los_Angeles). Also consider taking the Gold Line one stop past Union Station to Little Tokyo and the Japanese American National Museum. No parking, a short jaunt, at a fee of about $3 bucks round trip. You cannot get gas at that price, and Monrovians will be able to take day trips to these places right from our hometown once the extension goes through.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM
As for Bunker Hill, I worked in Downtown LA in 1975 when much of Bunker Hill was well past its glory and an armpit. They've done wonderful things to redevelop the area and keep it from being blight. You'll find MOCA and the Colburn School of the Arts in the area, and hotels and shopping. When it functions, you can also catch the Angels Flight Funnicula. You would access these by taking the Gold Line, transferring to the Red Line, and getting off at the 2nd stop, Pershing Square. At exit, take the 4th Street exit because it's closer. While there, you can visit Grand Central Market, which has its own history, shop along Broadway a block over, or the Jewelry District. Again, Monrovians will have the convenience of availing themselves of these things when the line goes through.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM
South Pasadena absolutely did not want the Gold Line extension to go through its town. They made a significant squawk about it when it opened, and the trains had to slow down and couldn't toot their horns for safety. But guess who put its Street Fair next to the train with great big signs cajoling riders to come visit its wares? You got it. That was soon followed by one that the City of Highland Park puts on. South Pas's is on Thursday. I THINK Highland Park's is on Tuesdays. Both are accessible directly from the Gold Line Stations, and I wouldn't know about either had I not taken the train.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 25, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Lastly, Jerry, I hope you are well, and I'll meet you at Philippe's if you want to debate this further, but I must warn you that the stinko about Philippe's is that they just raised the price of their coffee from 9 cents a cup to 45 cents, which is a steeper price hike than gasoline. I've been there a couple of times, but I much prefer eating at Home Girl Cafe a block up the street on Alameda. Since you are concerned about gangs, Home Girl is part of Home Boy Industries and was founded by Father Gregory Boyle to rehabilitate and rehabituate gang members. The food is different from traditional Mexican, very tasty and healthy, and reasonably priced. In supporting the restaurant, you are helping to get "bangers" off the street. To access either of these, take the Gold Line to the Chinatown Station. Home Girl is catty corner to the station on the east side of Alameda. Philippe's is a couple of blocks up the street and can be walked to , or take the B Dash which lets you off right there. You got it, Monrovians will have access to these treasures when the Gold Line extension goes through.
Jerry A February 26, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Sorry you feel that way NWT, but it doesn't surprise me. It's your problem not mine that your so ignorant of history. I think revisionist history was actually created for people like you who are offended with the truth or words being used in historical context. Your a real goose stepping Gestapo PC Storm Trooper. The former name of Spring Street was the official name of the street that can be found on most old city maps and the name was not in reference to any people. Only those who live in a black and white world would think it was.
Marvion February 26, 2012 at 01:09 AM
yup,, help uncover the cover up.. ban rapid transit
Jerry A February 26, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Ralph, Mayor Lutz didn't help to create the extension of the Gold Line. The Gold Line was coming to Monrovia no matter if Monrovia wanted it or not. What Mayor Lutz is responsible for, bringing an eye soar to Monrovia, a railroad maintenance yard, that's what it is no matter what cute name you put on it.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 26, 2012 at 01:41 AM
For what it's worth, a search on the term Jerry used combined with the words Los Angeles reveals a photo from the Huntington Library. I'm not going to use the term, but we're judging history by today's standards. I am not suggesting it's acceptable to use, but there is veracity in what Jerry is saying in this regard. The date of the photo is 1882. It's in the C.C. Pierce Collection of Photographs on the Huntington Library site.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 26, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Wiki explains how it came to be relational to the Chinese Massacre in 1871. I'm trying to be fair about this, though the term is offensive, it is historically accurate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_massacre_of_1871
Gayle M. Montgomery February 26, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Jerry, what I'm reading is it was Los Angeles Street and not Spring Street that was renamed.
NWT February 26, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Regardless of what the street in Los Angeles was called back in 1882, you have no right to use said SLUR on a Monrovia community forum, hence your comments were DELETED. Call me what you may, I really could give a rat's <insert expletive here> what names you call me, as it just makes you all that more pathetic.
Jerry A February 26, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Thank you Gayle for correcting me. Your correct it was Los Angeles Street. I was just going from what I remembered from my studies of Los Angeles during the 1980's. I wonder if the word banana is considered a derogatory term ? I'm sure eventually the PC police will get around to that name and then the history of Hillcrest Ave will not be able to be historically correctly told. Remember the big flap over the name of Gov. Perry's family hunting ranch. Some were so stupid they didn't know the term is a geographical term. Or some years back when a Congressman used a term found in any abridged dictionary referring to be cheap or stingy and stupid people or knowledgeable people thought it was a derogatory term and labeled the Congressman a racist.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 26, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Jerry, while i find it is interesting to know the history and lore of our area and the way that names of streets morphed through time, like Grand Avenue Downtown used to be Charity as I recall because they were consecutively Faith, Hope, and Charity, and I think Hope is the only one remaining, I am from the school of thought that you do not publicly use names that are considered hurtful to others. As the Mom and Grandma of racially mixed children, I do not appreciate it being flung here EXCEPT from the vantage post of history. I do understand your point. Until actually sitting down on the front porch with men from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I thought the Stars and Bars to be incredibly offensive. I now understand it is a part of their history. We cannot wipe the history books clean, but we can learn from them. What we must remember is that some names are incredibly hurtful, and we should not use them out of respect for one another. Unless you figure that out, dear Jerry, you should not ride the Gold Line because its ridership is incredibly diverse.
Marvion February 26, 2012 at 02:57 PM
There will never be a major NFL in the Los Angeles area. Most likey the supporters of MTA projects have scared them away. Next stop, MBL, NBA, and $15 hamburgers. The 'Lost Dutchman' Gold Line offers no soultions.
Ralph Long February 27, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Jerry, I and many, many, many other people love LA. Sometimes I just go there to walk around. Always something interesting to see and do. It is a great colision of different cultures, people, ideas, architecture, lifestyles, interests. Best and worst of society. I love the energy of the city. Obviously, you don't agree. So, please be my guest to not go. You can stay here in Glendora, which is also a nice place.
R. Ray Morford February 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Any way you cut the money pie, the legal fees are being paid by Monrovians. It should have been divided among Cities along the Gold Line Extention. If you want the benefits pay your fair share Cities.
Jonathan Lesueur February 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
R. Ray Morford it is the city fault that they have to pay the legal fees that brought upon the GLCA because they had a agreement with the property owner. Why should other cities help pay for legal fees that they did not create Monrovia is the one that had an agreement with an owner..

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