City of Monrovia is located 20 miles northeast of the City of Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Moutains. Part of the San Gabriel Valley, the town is 8 miles east of Pasadena and within easy driving of range of the Los Angeles International, Burbank and Ontario Airports as well as the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
 
A Brief History of Monrovia

As the fourth oldest general law city in Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Basin, Monrovia enjoys the stability,tradition and heritage few communities realize in Southern California. Established in 1887 as an incorporated city, Monrovia has grown from a sparse community of orange ranches to a lovely residential  community of some 37.000 residents. The city boasts a fine cultural background rich in tradition, yet progressive and forward thinking in business and industry. It has become a center of industry and manufacturing, businesses of all sizes and shopping. It's beginning dates back to 1769, when all land in California became vested to the King of Spain. The first white man to visit the San Gabriel Valley, including Monrovia,was Don Gaspar Portola, commander of the first expedition into the area in 1769. With him were two missionaries  from Father Junipero Serra's Franciscan order of Mexico, Juan Crespi and Francisco Gomez, the former being the diarist of the expedition.

People traveling between Los Angeles and San Bernardino Mission traveled "via Monroe's Ranch". The city was established in 1886, and we called Monrovia. It later was named "Gem City of the Foothills" because of its choice location and excellent climate.The town was incorporated under the leadership of prohibitionists who wished to control the arrival of an welcomed saloon.The first order of business for the newly formed government was to pass a tippler's law, prohibiting the sale of alcohol.

 

Economic Development of Monrovia

The City of Monrovia is dedicated to serving the needs of existing and new businesses. There is no utility tax and city fees are well below the average of other San Gabriel Valley cities. Years of commitment to quality development has given Monrovia a solid reputation with business and the development community.
"Time is Money" that is what Monrovia recognizes and contest to ease the local regulatory and processing procedures. A pioneer in fast-tracking, the Monrovia Redevelopment Agency has assisted new development projects having a total value approaching $500 million. 
Monrovia's assests include an outstanding location and proven marketplace in the heart of the Los Angeles Basin. Monrovia offers convenient access to the Southern California freeway system; major airports and rail lines; Cal Tech; the Claremont Colleges; Mt. Sierra College, specializing in technology and design, and the City of Hope Research Center. The list of major tenants located  within a three-mile ring from Monrovia reads like a Fortune 500 index. A restaurant hotel row with major dining choices and 1,100 hotel rooms is centered here. East Huntington Drive is one of the region's major high-tech, bio-tech and nanotech research/development locations.
 
Visiting Monrovia
Monrovia's "Old Town" is the heart of the community, restored from once damaged state it found itself in the  1970's, today it has become a regional attraction and local necessity for those who live, work and play in Monrovia. Old Town is where the entire region comes for shoppingdining and entertainment in a unique atmosphere. Myrtle Avenue's shops and restaurants, it's 12-screen movie place and its small-town ambiance, combined with plenty of free parking, draw shoppers and diners alike. But small businesses thrive above the shops as well, and people live in condos and flats within Old Town, making it a living community, a safe and people-friendly neighborhood. 
 
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