Wednesday, May 27, 2015

We're #211

As our long time followers know (Hi Mom!) May 1 is the day the state releases the new population estimates for cities and counties. "The E-1" as it's called in the biz, is appropriately titled "Population and Housing Estimates for Cities, Counties, and the State." 

Perfect title.  Right?  Leave it to the state...

So what's this E-1 all about?  

Throughout the year, state demographers collect all sorts of data from local jurisdictions
--that's us--about changes in the community.  They then do all sorts of extrapolations  and provide population estimates. (We've been waiting for just the right occasion to use the word "extrapolation".)

Here's the results:

Monrovia's population as of January 1, 2015 is estimated at 37,406.  This is an increase of 227 people or 0.6%.  Monrovia ranks 211 out of California's 482 cities.

Los Angeles County's population increased 0.8% to 10,136,559.

California's population is now estimated at 38,714,725, a 0.9% increase.

Want to know who's #210?  Check out the demographic information on the Department of Finance website.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Neighborhood Study Update

As you may have heard, several months ago, the Monrovia City Council adopted two temporary moratoria (apparently "moratoriums" is grammatically incorrect). One, prohibiting the demolition of houses built before 1940, and the other restricting second story construction for most single family zoned properties.  The purpose is to “take a breath” and give the community an opportunity to discuss and provide input on current development and its impact on Monrovia’s neighborhoods (and also on whether "moratoria" is actually a word). 

The City has begun a comprehensive review of existing development regulations in an effort to better achieve a balance between property rights and government oversight of development activities. Our goal is to protect the architectural character and unique personality of Monrovia  as new buildings are built and older buildings restored – without needlessly applying burdensome restrictions on new construction.

Over the past few months, City Staff (that's us) has been meeting with the community (that's you) to listen to Monrovians talk about the issues regarding current development in our neighborhoods.  The next meeting is scheduled for:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
7:00 PM
Knights of Columbus
130 West Pomona Avenue, Monrovia, CA

If you are unable to make this meeting, there will be other opportunities throughout the process to participate and we'll use this blog to keep you up to date... so stay tuned, loyal readers!
More information about the process, the issues and the moratoria are available on the City’s website.  You can also sign up there to receive updates on the process.

Share your thoughts with us by taking the citywide neighborhood compatibility and historic preservation project survey using the link below.  The survey will be available through the end of May.  We've received some great feedback so far... but we still need to decide this whole "moratoria" versus "moratoriums" issue.