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Monrovia has not lost $4.5 million in grants.

My opponent says that the City lost that amount in grant money during my term as Mayor due to what he calls “part-time management.” It’s hard to see how he came to his conclusions – either about the cause or the amounts involved.

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Monrovia’s Infrastructure

Monrovia’s infrastructure has not been ignored, nor is it crumbling. Deliberate decisions to defer some maintenance were made in city budgets beginning in 2009 during the worst economic downturn in two generations. That freed our shrinking revenues to shore up police, fire and paramedic services.

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Monrovia’s Water Has Not Been Contaminated

A breech of protocol that allowed the discharge of contaminated water into inappropriate locations at a well field was recently discovered and halted. No contamination of Monrovia’s water supply has been found.

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I did not try to give our foothills to the federal government

The Wilderness Preserve and Canyon Park remain in Monrovia’s control and all private property and water rights are protected. The Presidential designation of portions of the Angeles National Forest to a National Monument does not include any property owned by the City or Citizens of Monrovia.

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Monrovia has not suffered from “part-time management”

There was a part-time interim City Manager for two months in 2011 while a replacement for Scott Ochoa was being sought and again for several months in 2014 while we sought a replacement for Laurie Lile. Monrovia did not “suffer” because of this.

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Facts About Monrovia’s Grant Money

Rumors are flying as the April 14 Mayoral Election approaches.

Here are the facts.
My opponent, Council Member Tom Adams, has charged that the City lost $4.5 million in grant money during my term as Mayor due to what he calls “part-time management,” referring to the times we were recruiting new City Managers in 2011 and 2014. It’s hard to see how he came to his conclusions – either about the cause or the amounts involved – given the following facts:

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Healing Our Teens’ Hearts

Monrovia’s Journey to End Teen Suicides

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Fiscal Responsibility

Our budget remains balanced, new businesses are being added to our tax base and we are successfully addressing the long-standing financial hurdle of deferred maintenance. In short, the City has been through rough times, but thanks to prudent financial management, its solvency and ability to grow have never been threatened.

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Public Safety

The most important responsibility of our City is to maintain a safe environment. Supporting our police, fire and public works departments with the personnel and tools they need are paramount to achieving this goal. We are now experiencing the lowest crime rates in decades.

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