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Theo - A Cat for a Non-Cat Person


Not a cat person? Theo will change your mind immediately! This eight-year-old guy is the most social and affectionate cat. If you want someone to cuddle with you while you watch movies, or be your office buddy while you work, Theo is your guy. He loves snuggling, making biscuits, and being pet. Some of his other hobbies include sitting by the window and watching the world go by, and chittering at people with his adorable meow. His foster family says he’s a very sweet boy – all he needs is a warm lap, a good view, and you!

The adoption fee for cats is $100. All cat adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets and schedule a virtual adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Early Monrovia Auto Garage With Hearse

Ed Switzenberg at garage with hearse. He worked at Bender's Garage at 201 S. Myrtle. See full details here. From the Rehrman family collection.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

- Brad Haugaard

Wind Warning Monday Night Through Late Tuesday Night

The National Weather Service has issued a wind warning in effect from Monday evening through late Tuesday night.  Northeast winds 30 to 45 mph with gusts 55 to 60 mph possible in the San Gabriel Valley. "Damaging winds could blow down large objects such as trees and power lines. Power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles." https://is.gd/YClAXR

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council to Consider Increasing Old Town Board to Seven Members

At its next meeting (https://is.gd/lloQOz) the Monrovia City Council will study whether to increase the number of members on the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board from five to seven. https://is.gd/EqgWFX

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Coronavirus Count: 291 More Cases, 2 More Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 01/13/2021. Changes since 01/06/2020.

City of Monrovia: 2,474 cases (up 291), 46 deaths (up 2)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 288 cases (up 34), 1 deaths (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Betty Sandford, Active Lifelong Monrovian, Has Died

Betty Sandford, a lifetime Monrovian, and very active in the community, has died, according to a post by City Council Member Becky Shevlin. From Sandford's online biography:

Betty served as Foreign Policy Chair of the League of Women Voters of Monrovia, was twice president of the League of Women Voters of Monrovia, served on the League's State Board and chaired the LWV of Pasadena's Study on Dropout Prevention. She was Newsletter Editor for Alliance for a Better Community and participated in its successful efforts to strengthen both the Monrovia School District and the City of Monrovia.

She was active in Monrovia's first Human Relations Committee, the development of the city's first Head Start program; supporting the integration of Monrovia schools and, later, a successful biracial effort to prevent anticipated violence on the high school campus.

Betty served on the Boards of Santa Anita Family Service, the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce. Monrovia League, Foothill Unity Center, Arcadia Branch of AAUW and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and as president of HOY (Help Our Youth), Social Model Recovery Systems, the Monrovia Community Services Commission, the UNA-USA Pasadena Chapter and the UNA's Committee of Chapter & Division Presidents, and served on UNA's National Board.

Betty has conducted research on local and international relations issues, chaired discussions on the information gathered and lobbied state and national legislators to further the goals developed. She trained delegates to the UN Conference on Environment & Development and led the UNA delegation. Betty chaired the first global education conference in California and was a coordinator of the Bilateral Nuclear Freeze Campaign.

And more...

Source: https://is.gd/e0eOlz

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Car in Living Room; Purse Swiped from Unlocked Car; Car Roll-Over; Burglary Suspects Caught; Domestic Violence

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 7-13. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 311 service events, resulting in 56 investigations. 

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
January 7 at 1:23 a.m., a vehicle traveling east on Foothill was approaching Mountain and failed to stop at the posted stop sign. The vehicle continued through the intersection and hit the driveway at a residence in the 100 block of S. Mountain, launching the vehicle over the front porch area and into the living room of the residence. The driver fled the scene. Officers checked the area, but could not locate the driver. The family that lives in the residence was not injured. A second party was later able to identify the driver. This investigation is continuing. 

Hit & Run Traffic Collision – Suspects Arrested
January 7 at 11:27 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Foothill and Mountain after receiving reports of a collision in the area. Residents in the area called to report multiple subjects running from the vehicle. Officers arrived and detained three subjects and managed to detain another after a foot pursuit through a nearby park. The driver and other suspects that ran were arrested.

Theft from a Vehicle
January 8 at 7:56 a.m., a resident in the 1200 block of Encino walked outside her home and discovered someone had entered her unlocked vehicle sometime during the night and took her purse, which was left in the vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Battery
January 8 at 8:30 a.m., a male subject called police to report a battery incident. He told officers he was walking to work in the 1800 block of S. Myrtle when a vehicle stopped next to him and four male subjects exited. They immediately began battering him, then fled the area. They made no attempt to take any of his property. It is unknown why they battered him. This investigation is continuing. 

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
January 8 at 10:51 a.m., a caller reported two motorists collided into one another at the intersection of Shamrock and Los Angeles. Officers arrived and found no one was injured. The driver who caused the collision was issued a citation. 

Medical Assist
January 9 at 6:09 a.m., officers responded to a medical assist in the 900 block of S. Fifth. During the investigation, officers determined it was an accidental overdose. Paramedics responded and provided medical aid. The subject was transported to a local hospital for treatment 

Rollover Traffic Collision
January 9 at 11:14 p.m., officers responded to the 210 Freeway off-ramp at Huntington after receiving a call reporting a vehicle exiting that lost control and rolled over multiple times. Officers responded and found the driver had sustained only minor injuries. California Highway Patrol was notified and continued the investigation. 

Vehicle Tampering / Stolen Property / Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested
January 10 at 8:14 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Shamrock called police to report a suspect had just tried to break into his truck. The resident came outside and saw the subject going through his toolbox, which is in the bed of his truck. The resident surprised the subject, who immediately ran to a waiting vehicle and fled the area. A license plate was obtained. As officers responded to the call, they located the suspect vehicle in the 200 block of E. Lime and a traffic stop was conducted. Both occupants had outstanding warrants for their arrest. A witness positively identified the suspects and the suspect vehicle. A search incident to arrest revealed a firearm, burglary tools, and stolen property. The suspects were arrested and taken into custody. 

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
January 11 at 11:20 p.m., a domestic violence incident was reported at a hotel in the 900 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and located the female victim in the lobby and realized the male suspect was with her. The suspect tried to walk away against officer’s instructions. Officers were able to detain him and an investigation was conducted. The female victim said the male was her boyfriend, and he had pushed her into a table. She hit her nose and it was bleeding. The male subject was arrested and taken into custody. 

Drunk in Public / Obstruction – Suspect Arrested
January 12 at 3:06 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of S. Myrtle regarding a subject causing a disturbance. Upon arrival they found a subject who has had multiple interactions with officers during the past week. The subject was intoxicated and refused to follow instructions. He was arrested for public intoxication and delaying officers. He was held for a sobering period. 

Residential Burglary
January 12 at 7:09 p.m., a resident in the 900 block of S. Fifth called police to report that someone broke into his room and took a backpack. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. The victim said the backpack had keys to a vehicle he believes is now stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Trespassing – Suspects Arrested
January 13 at 1:21 a.m., a security company monitoring a business in the 3000 block of S. Peck called police to report two subjects inside the location’s fence. Officers arrived and detained both subjects. They were arrested for trespassing. 

Commercial Burglary
January 13 at 3:13 a.m., officers were dispatched to an alarm call at a business in the 900 block of W. Duarte. Upon arrival, they saw that glass was broken on the front door. This investigation is continuing. 

Lunch from The Monrovian

Got lunch today from The Monrovian, at the corner of Myrtle and Colorado. Had the Chicken Pesto Sandwich ($10), and it was excellent - moist, flavorful and Big! I was thinking of saving part for dinner but it was just too good. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Relaxed and Friendly Wally - A total Sweetie


As you can see from his smile, three-year-old Wally is a friendly and relaxed dog. He’s been hanging out in the Pasadena Humane Adoptions office lately, where he’s been enjoying long naps on a pile of blankets, delicious treats, and full-body petting. Wally is eager to learn, and he’s already mastered “sit” and “paw”. He’s a total sweetie who loves attention – all he needs is you!

The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets and schedule a virtual adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Inside Rehrman's Bakery

Charles Rehrman's Bakery on Myrtle Avenue 1907. See full details here. From the Rehrman family collection.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

- Brad Haugaard

Water District Sponsoring Free Gardening Webinars

Monrovia-based Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District is sponsoring free webinars on gardening for food and beauty. Learn more about these topics:

  • Designing with Herbs in the Landscape
  • Constructing and Using Raised Planters
  • Organic Integrated Pest Management
  • Simple Organic Lawn Care Strategies
  • Drip Irrigation Installation, Maintenance and Trouble Shooting
  • Creating and Using Compost

- Brad Haugaard

Jewish Federation to Hold Holocaust Remembrance

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. through 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, the Monrovia-based Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys will virtually hold its annual "Every Person Has a Name" to commemorate UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The program will begin with a commemoration ceremony at 7 p.m. with remarks from Congressman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Judy Chu, LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Assembly members Chris Holden and Blanca Rubio, local clergy, and a performance by the Jewish Federation's Jewish Youth Orchestra.

Holocaust survivors and children of Holocaust survivors will read the names of their family members who were murdered during the Holocaust,followed by volunteers from throughout the community reading names.

The event will be streamed live on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jewishsgpv) and volunteers are still needed to read names during 30-minute blocks, especially between 1 a.m. - 5:30 a.m. People can sign up by visiting the Jewish Federation's website (www.jewishsgpv.org) or by calling 445-0810. For more information contact the Jewish Federation at 445-0810 or email federation@jewishsgpv.org.

- Brad Haugaard

Appeals Court Upholds Conviction of Monrovian Chung Chien Yu in Assaults on Women

A state appeals court panel today upheld the conviction of Monrovian Chung Chien Yu for attacks on four women, including sexual assault against three of them. Yu claimed there was insufficient evidence to support charges against him. https://is.gd/gNInST

- Brad Haugaard

School Board to Apply for Grant to Replace Old Buses, Honor Employees, Declare 'Racial Healing Day', Accept Water Science Grants, Contract to Reduce Absenteeism

At its next meeting (https://is.gd/ZlOBA5) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider ...

~  Applying for a grant through the South Coast Air Quality Management District's "Lower-Emission School Bus Replacement Program" to replace the district's two pre-2001 diesel school buses with new lower emission school buses. https://is.gd/KADU3L

~ Honoring (together with the Chamber of Commerce) these district employees as Employees of the Month for January: Gwen Graber, Teacher - Mayflower; Cynthia Liska, Instructional Aide SPED - Mayflower; Berenice Paramo Garcia, Clerical Assistant I - Plymouth; Karen Harvey Jarrett, Teacher - Plymouth.

~ Declaring January 19, 2020, as the "National Day of Racial Healing." https://is.gd/CGQaBv

~ Ratifying three water education grants as part of the Upper District Water Education Grant Program for Bradoaks Elementary Science Academy. $1,000 for a garden curriculum (https://is.gd/lzAkcX), $1,000 for outdoor water ecosystem (https://is.gd/H6JaUY), and $450 for a weather station (https://is.gd/jFN2MW).

~ Contracting with the LA County Office of Education Curriculum and Instructional Services Department "to help TK-third grade teachers connect and integrate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies, in alignment with Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to further support the selected schools that have a high rate of chronic absenteeism and Out Of school suspension rates for, TK-3rd grade foster youth, by increasing academic motivation and overall engagement." https://is.gd/QryvJQ

- Brad Haugaard

Parking Enforcement Suspended; City Hiring Jailer; Opportunities for Artists

In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Dylan Feik reports: 

~  Due to the Safer at Home Order, parking enforcement is suspended for street sweeping. Vehicles may park on the streets but residents are encouraged to move their vehicles on street sweeping days, if possible, to minimize the buildup of debris.

~ The city is hiring a jailer for the Monrovia Police Department. Apply here: https://is.gd/gDpKYQ

~ Monrovia is calling for artists to submit their ideas for painting five utility boxes and for two new "Neighborhood Treasures."

The 2021 "Art on the Box" theme is Route 66 and there are five utility boxes available for painting. Applications will be accepted through March. Details here: https://is.gd/5IMHMH

The Neighborhood Treasures are ...

Tuskegee Airman Leroy "Buster" Criss, who took flying lessons at Monrovia Airport and served during World War II in the "Redtails" - America's first black combat pilots.

Almera Romney, who during her 17 years at Huntington School (now gone) as a teacher and then principal fought pretty much everybody to change this under-resourced and unsafe segregated school that children of color were forced to attend, into a school where children received an excellent education. https://is.gd/5IMHMH

- Brad Haugaard


Historical Society Seeks to Rename Its YouTube Channel

The Monrovia Historical Society is trying to get 22 more subscribers to its YouTube channel, which is filled with videos of Monrovia history. If it can get these subscribers it can change its channel name from "UCL8mHAK2qmtPV4EuVRhsYmw" to something a bit more memorable, such as "MonroviaHistoricalSociety."

The number of subscribers has risen from about four to 78 (at this writing) since the channel was introduced in early December, but YouTube requires at least 100 subscribers to allow the Historical Society to choose its own name.

If you'd like to help (it's free) please go to YouTube, here and click the Subscribe button at the top of the page. If you don't have an account it will guide you in making one.

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Covid Count: 219 More Cases, One More Death

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 01/06/2020. Changes since 12/30/2020.

City of Monrovia: 2,183 cases (up 219), 44 deaths (up 1)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 254 cases (up 30), 1 death (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch from Cafe de Olla

Got lunch today from Cafe de Olla, a fairly new restaurant on the west side of Myrtle about mid-block between Lemon and Lime. Very clean and modern interior. Got the Chicken Chipotle Sandwich with a side of fruit for $10.95. Great! Just right spicy.

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Trespasser Uses Resident's Barbecue; Domestic Violence; Attempted Burglary at Marijuana Grow House; Vehicle Burglaries; Etc.

 [Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for December 31 – January 6, 2021. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 292 service events, resulting in 60 investigations. 

Vehicle Burglary
December 31 at 7:42 a.m., the owner of a business in the 900 block of W. Foothill reported multiple subjects had just shattered her car window and took her purse. They fled the area in a vehicle. Her vehicle was parked in front of the business. Officers searched for the suspects, but were unable to locate them. This investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision
December 31 at 11:24 a.m., an officer was on patrol near the intersection of Ivy and Walnut when he saw a motorist had just collided into a light pole, causing damage to the pole and the vehicle. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital for minor visible injuries. 

Trespassing / Resisting Arrest – Suspect Arrested
December 31 at 11:42 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of E. Greystone reported a male subject was in her backyard lounging next to her pool without permission. She did not know the person. Officers arrived and asked the subject to leave, but he refused and immediately became agitated. He resisted officers, causing minor injuries to the officers and himself. Paramedics arrived and transported him to a nearby hospital after he was released on an emergency citation. 

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
December 31 at 3:45 p.m., a caller reported a male subject in front of a convenience store in the 400 block of W. Foothill causing a disturbance. Officers arrived and found the subject to have a no-bail warrant. He was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody. 

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
December 31 at 8:14 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of W. Foothill reported yelling and screaming coming from an apartment. Officers arrived and heard a male and female yelling at each other, slamming doors and items being thrown. The officers knocked several times, but the behavior continued. Due to the exigent circumstances, officers kicked in the front door. They saw the female lying on a bed and the male was standing over her. The officers separated them and conducted an investigation. It was determined the male was the aggressor. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Burglary in Progress / Shooting
January 1 at 4:26 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1200 block of S. Shamrock when he was flagged down by a security guard. He was informed of a commercial burglary that occurred at an illegal marijuana grow house. The security guard was monitoring the property, when he encountered three male suspects burglarizing the building. During the encounter, the security guard discharged his firearm at the suspect vehicle, prompting the three male suspects to exit the vehicle and flee the scene. Evidence of the shooting was recovered at the scene. The investigation is continuing. 

Violation of Restraining Order – Suspect Arrested
January 1 at 7:12 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Greystone reported a male subject in his backyard using the backyard barbeque. The caller advised that there was an active restraining order prohibiting this subject from coming near the home. Officers arrived and contacted the suspect, which led to his arrest for violation of the restraining order. 

Commercial Burglary
January 2 at 3:57 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 200 block of W. Foothill when he observed damage to the front window of a business and heard an audible alarm. Further investigation revealed a suspect had tried to pry open a door, which caused the adjacent window to shatter. The suspect stole cigarettes and lottery tickets. This investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Burglary
January 2 at 10:00 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of W. Lemon called police to report a vehicle burglary. The victim parked her vehicle in the alley behind her residence overnight. She returned to her vehicle in the morning and found her vehicle had been ransacked. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. It was unknown at the time of the report if any items were taken. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft From a Vehicle
January 2 at 10:26 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 1800 block of Alta Vista. The victim reported that someone entered his vehicle sometime overnight and stole the battery and a small amount of cash from the console. This investigation is continuing. 

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
January 2 at 2:30 p.m., a domestic violence incident was reported in the 200 block of S. California. The victim reported that her live-in boyfriend had just struck her, causing injuries. Officers arrived and saw the victim had fresh visible injuries to her lip and forehead. The boyfriend was detained nearby and an investigation was conducted. The boyfriend was ultimately arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody. 

Hit & Run Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
January 2 at 10:23 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of E. Duarte regarding water flowing from a broken fire hydrant. Upon arrival, they discovered a hit and run traffic collision had occurred. A witness stated that the driver of a vehicle lost control and collided into the fire hydrant and fled the scene. The water flow flooded into an adjacent commercial building. Officers located a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description. The driver was identified and arrested for hit and run. 

Residential Burglary / Battery / Criminal Threats – Suspect Arrested
January 3 at 9:08 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of E. Palm called police and said a male subject was inside their house fighting with residents. Officers responded and detained the subject. The subject had lived at the location previously, but the residents now have a restraining order against him. When the residents told the subject to leave, he threatened to kill them. He then battered three members of the family and was peppered sprayed by one of the family members. He was arrested and taken into custody. In the jail, he was found to be in possession of a large quantity of a controlled substance. He was booked for numerous charges, including burglary, battery, criminal threats, restraining order violations, and possession for sales of a controlled substance. 

Traffic Collision / DUI / Grand Theft Auto – Suspect Arrested
January 3 at 1:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Mountain and Royal Oaks regarding a single vehicle traffic collision. The vehicle was traveling south on Mountain and collided with a street light. It was discovered the vehicle was stolen out of Pasadena and the driver was under the influence of drugs. He was also in possession of a controlled substance. The suspect was arrested and taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 5 at 4:55 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Acorn. A citizen reported a driver stopped his vehicle in the middle of the street and began yelling at kids that were playing in the street. Officers responded to the location and contacted the driver. An investigation determined he had been driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested without incident and held for a sobering period. 

Vandalism
January 5 at 10:01 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Royal Oaks. A resident reported someone may have shot at his house with a BB gun, causing a small hole in the siding of his residence. This investigation is continuing. 

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
January 6 at 2:12 p.m., a domestic violence incident was reported in the 100 block of W. Olive. A male and female subject were involved in an argument, and the female threw a glass cup onto the floor, causing a laceration to the foot of the male subject. She also scratched the male subject’s arm, causing minor scrapes, which were also bleeding. The subjects have been in a dating relationship for the past several years. The female was found to be the aggressor and was arrested for domestic violence. 

Injury Traffic Collision
January 6 at 4:46 p.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of Huntington regarding an injury traffic collision. The two vehicles were traveling in the opposite direction, and the driver travelling west made a turn in front of the driver traveling east, causing the collision. One of the drivers complained of pain. They were examined by paramedics and released at the scene. 

Car Crashes Into House on Mountain Near Foothill

 Police are looking for the driver of a car that crashed into a home on Mountain near Foothill about 1 a.m. today. The car apparently failed to make the turn, hit the curb and ran into the house. Driver fled. Nobody injured in the house. https://is.gd/aZXXHm

- Brad Haugaard