City honors Mayor Bartlett with new signs

City honors Mayor Bartlett with new signs

KGEM’s Ralph Walker interviewed former Mayor Bob Bartlett regarding his trip to South Africa.

Monrovia will honor Mayor Bob Bartlett with commemorative street signs on Royal Oaks Drive within the next few weeks. The signs will be be an upgrade to existing equipment between California Avenue and Shamrock Avenue.

“Royal Oaks Drive was chosen as the street that would be dedicated in Mayor Bartlett’s honor given that he lived on the street as a child,” Monrovia City Manager Oliver Chi said in an email.

First elected to the City Council in 1974, Bartlett, a Republican, became the city’s first black mayor in 1988. He served for 27 years, and was known for revitalizing the city through the use of redevelopment. It is now one of the jewels of the foothills. He was honored by the city before his death.

The street signs are one of two tributes to Mayor Bartlett, who passed away last year. Monrovia has also been developing a public art piece, slated for installation at Station Square on Myrtle Avenue and Duarte Road in the near future.

— By Hugo Guzman, correspondent

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