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Special Development Zone Proposed for Monrovia's Aztec Hotel

Monrovia's historic Aztec Hotel - between Magnolia and Melrose avenues on Foothill - needs the city to cut it some slack if it is going to succeed (rough paraphrase of the city report), so city staff is recommending the City Council "create a Planed Development Area and Zone" for the property, which will give the owners a bit more flexibility than is current allowed under existing zoning, but also lets the city veto stuff it doesn't like. (Details: http://goo.gl/mzDzrZ ). The council will consider the proposal at its Dec. 2 meeting (full agenda: http://goo.gl/3XL1CQ ).

- Brad Haugaard

First Test Gold Line Train Coming to Monrovia in December

The Gold Line is planning to run its first test train into Monrovia in early December. Here's a picture of a crew installing overhead cable: http://goo.gl/XkmjUR

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Woman's Death Being Investigated | Swap Christmas Lights for LEDs

~ Thirty-one-year-old Monrovia woman dead. Sheriff's Department investigating. http://goo.gl/oS3zsh

~ Swap your incandescent Christmas lights for energy-efficient LED lights from 6-8 p.m. at the Dec. 12 Friday Night Family Festival. http://goo.gl/h1AL3A

AeroVironment Has Second Quarter Loss | Holden Named Majority Floor Leader

~ Monrovia's AeroVironment announced a $2.9 million loss for its second quarter, compared with a $1.7 million profit for the second quarter of last year. http://goo.gl/2SX0S2

~ California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced that Assemblymember Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, has been appointed Majority Floor Leader. The Majority Floor Leader represents the Speaker on the Assembly Floor and expedites Floor proceedings. Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Stop Hunger Now Event in Monrovia

Video: KGEM host Ralph Walker visits the Stop Hunger Now event hosted by Monrovia Rotary Club and Monrovia High School Interact Club. http://goo.gl/iC7L0G

- Brad Haugaard

Video of Monrovia Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Video of the Monrovia Mayor's Prayer Breakfast is now online. Here is a link to the whole thing ( http://goo.gl/IWQl60 ) and here is a link to the main speaker, Pastor Albert Tate of Fellowship Monrovia: http://goo.gl/OoWmEd

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Sawing Into a House; Fight Over Female; Woman Beaten; Forgery; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 20-23. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Fraud/Forgery – Suspect Arrested
On November 20 at 3:41 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 400 block of West Foothill regarding a fraud in progress. The female suspect was contacted by officers and detained for attempting to pass an altered/fictitious check. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. She was later released on citation to appear in court on the forgery charges.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
On November 20 at 3:46 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of North Myrtle on the report of a suspicious vehicle parked on private property. The two occupants were contacted and detained. One suspect was under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of drug paraphernalia. The reporting party also desired prosecution against both suspects for trespassing. Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On November 21 at 8:30 p.m., a hit and run traffic accident was reported on the 210 Freeway. The suspect vehicle had already been located, as it had been pulled over by an officer in the area of Huntington and Encinitas before the hit and run was reported. The driver of the vehicle was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested.

Residential Burglary
On November 21 at 5:39 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 500 block of North Alta Vista. The suspects gained entry through the garage. They cut a hole in the wall from the garage to the house, then through a wall under the staircase. Money and jewelry was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs – Suspect Arrested
On November 22 at 1:00 a.m., an officer was following a suspected drunk driver. When the officer activated his overhead lights, the suspect vehicle crashed into a parked car. The suspect was determined to be intoxicated on prescription medication. The suspect was arrested.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
On November 22 at 4:30 p.m., officers were sent to a park in the 700 block of East Lemon on the report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival, officers determined a fight had occurred between two male subjects who were angry with each other over a female. One of the male subjects sustained a minor injury to his eye, and he placed the other male subject under a private person's arrest for battery. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
On November 23 at 7:04 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 100 block of West Cypress. The vehicle is a white, two-door, 1996 Honda Accord. The vehicle was taken Between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On November 23 at 2:14 p.m., a female victim of domestic violence ran into the police lobby, stating her husband had beaten her up. The victim had visible injuries and complained of pain. Monrovia Fire Department paramedics responded to the lobby and treated the victim. The suspect was found sitting in his vehicle in front of his residence. The suspect was arrested without incident.

Vehicle Burglary
On November 23 at 7:52 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of West Colorado. The victim parked her vehicle on the second floor of the parking structure. She locked her vehicle and left for about fifteen minutes. When she returned, she saw her vehicle was open and her wallet and identification were missing. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Holiday Home Decorating Contest

If you want to enter Monrovia's Holiday Home Decorating contest, the entry form is here: http://goo.gl/eKFz52

Judging will be on Monday, Dec. 15. Winners will be recognized during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Categories are:

  • Best Still Display
  • Best Outdoor Display
  • Best Decorated Outdoor Tree
  • Best Window Display
  • Holiday Spirit Award
  • Most Effective Use of Outdoor Holiday Lighting
  • Toyland Award
  • Children’s Choice Award
  • Best Neighborhood Effort
  • Snowman Award
  • Judges’ Award
  • Tim McKeehan “Best of Season” Award

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Out of Playoffs :-(

Los Altos bumps Monrovia (45-35) out of the playoffs. http://goo.gl/FYvs39

- Brad Haugaard

Holiday Concert at Monrovia's First Presbyterian | Rotary Helps Package 14,000 Meals

~ The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company presents its "Holiday Concert" on Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia. A festive musical collection of seasonal favorites with music by Holst, Britten, Tallis, Robles, and more. Complete with bells, drums, and several sing-along selections. It will include the voices of the new SGVCC-sponsored "Kids in Concert!" program for kindergartners through fifth graders at Monrovia's Monroe Elementary School.

~ Monrovia Rotary Club joined Interact students from Monrovia High School to package more than 14,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now project. http://goo.gl/sK4Zxd

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at ABC Hawaiian BBQ


Lunch at ABC Hawaiian BBQ, in the Pavilions parking lot at Foothill and Myrtle. Got the Hawaiian BBQ Mix ($8.95) and a drink ($1.69). It's a mix of beef, chicken and short ribs, with rice and macaroni salad on the side. Light on veggies. I particularly liked the chicken. Good if you are in the mood for meat and carbs. 
- Brad Haugaard 

Willow the Wolf | Monrovia Humanitarian Real Estate Company

~ See Willow the Wolf, who came to visit the Monrovia Canyon Park volunteers meeting: http://goo.gl/tulNYk

~ There is a new Monrovia company, at 137 E. Colorado, called THNQ TANK. I was curious what it is, and Kamille R. Soler said it is a real estate agency with a humanitarian mission. She said the company hosts a "Mastery Session" every Monday from 3-4 p.m., covering topics "from business to finance to health to becoming a better communicator and to living a more balanced lifestyle." To attend, email THNQTANK@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Tips to Protect Christmas Package Delivery

With lots of package deliveries coming up for the Christmas season, and a good chance packages will be left on front porches, thieves often follow delivery trucks. The Monrovia Police department has some suggestions help prevent theft of your packages:

- If possible, use your workplace as the shipping address.
- Track your shipments by phone or online so that you know what day they should arrive.
-  Ask your neighbor to watch for your delivery and then hold the items until you arrive home.  Keep an eye on your neighborhood and report suspicious persons or vehicles in the area.
-  Request a signature delivery option if available or request the shipment be held at the shipping facility such as a UPS office.
-  Check with "mailbox" businesses in your town and see if they will accept shipment of your item for a fee.
-  If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and your local police.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Aggressive Ex-Boyfriend; SUV vs. Utility Pole; Stealing Seats from SUV; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 17-19 . - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 386 service events, resulting in 74 investigations.

Disturbance / Trespassing – Suspect Arrested 
On November 17 at 8:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of East Palm regarding a male and female yelling at each other at the location. Officers arrived and determined there was no physical fight, but the verbal altercation was loud and aggressive. The male subject is the ex-boyfriend of the female. The mother of the female subject is the lawful tenant of the residence and stated that the ex-boyfriend is not a resident and was not to come back to the location. The male subject was told to leave the location and he complied.

The subject then came to the police department and was, once again, advised not to return to the location on Palm. However, immediately upon being warned, he headed in that direction. Officers followed and found that the subject had returned to the location and was aggressively yelling at the female subject again. Officers arrested the subject for trespassing and for causing a disturbance; he was held for the likelihood of reoccurrence.

Expired Registration / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested 
On November 17 at 9:54 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Buena Vista and Huntington stopped a vehicle for expired registration. The driver did not have proof of registration for the vehicle. A consent search of the vehicle revealed a white substance on the driver’s seat and the floorboard area, which tested positive for methamphetamine. The driver was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and was taken into custody.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested 
On November 18 at 8:07 a.m., officers responded to the report of a utility pole down due to an accident. They arrived and found a utility pole had been sheered off, apparently from a vehicle hitting it, but the vehicle had fled the scene. Electrical wires were down, so Edison was notified. Witnesses reported that a male subject in a black Ford SUV had hit the pole and fled south on Sierra Terrace, possibly to an apartment on Sesmas. An officer searching for the vehicle was approached by a male subject who claimed his girlfriend was the driver in the accident, and the vehicle was hers. The officer located the damaged vehicle and girlfriend/registered owner. When confronted with the witness statements, the girlfriend admitted her boyfriend was driving the vehicle and she was not in the car. The officer questioned the male subject again, but he was not cooperative; he was arrested for misdemeanor hit and run and delaying and resisting an officer.

Vehicle Burglary 
On November 19 at 4:26 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a hotel parking lot in the 900 block of West Huntington. The victim parked his rental SUV in the lot and locked the vehicle. When he returned, he found the third row seats were missing. He called police. The investigation is continuing.

Burglary / Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer / Displaying a Weapon in a Threatening Manner – Suspect Arrested 
On November 19 at 3:22 p.m., police received a call reporting a male subject running through backyards in the 600 block of King Street. Officers arrived and contained the area. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter arrived to assist. The subject was seen coming out of a garage with a golf club in his hand. He ran, but was confronted by officers. He held the golf club up and over his head in a threatening manner. Officers ordered him to put down the golf club and he complied. He was detained and taken into custody.

Mail Theft / Possession of Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested 
On November 20 at 3:24 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 400 block of Granite observed two subjects dressed in dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts. When they saw the officer, they ran. Assisting officers responded to the area, and after an area search, one of the two suspects was located. He was arrested for mail theft and possession of burglary tools. The second suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing.

More Monrovia Christmas Events

~ Santa arrives in Old Town Monrovia Friday (Black Friday), Nov. 28 and 29. Sales, receptions, in-store events throughout Old Town on Myrtle.

~ Santa Breakfasts at: Peach Cafe (Dec. 6, 20 at 8:30 a.m., Cafe Lu Mar (Dec. 6, 20 at 10:15 a.m.), Monrovian Family Restaurant (Dec. 13 at 9 a.m.), Rudy's Mexican Food (Dec. 13 at 11 a.m., Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.), Jake's Roadhouse (Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 13 at 10 a.m., Dec. 20 at 9:30 a.m.). Call restaurants for reservations.

~ Sing Along, Dec. 18, 7-8 p.m. in Lemon Avenue Courtyard behind the east side of 400 block of Myrtle. Kattywompus String Band and Friends.

~ New Year's Eve Party on Myrtle, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Ball raising, beer and wine, music by the band, The Lance and Gary Show, family friendly area with tables, snacks, crafts and kid-fun stuff. For info call Pam Fitzpatrick at 357-1091.

For even more: http://goo.gl/aohEIa

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Man Arrested: Threatened Officer With Golf Club

Monrovian arrested after threatening officer with golf club. http://goo.gl/FvXzuS

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council Approves Demolition and Construction Moratorium

Last night the Monrovia City Council unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on demolition of homes built before 1940 and another 45-day moratorium on new home construction permits. According to City Clerk Alice Atkins, there is no delay and the measures are now in effect. Details: http://goo.gl/kr7zd8

- Brad Haugaard

Christmas Comes To Myrtle

Christmas decorations are up along Myrtle in Old Monrovia. 

- Brad Haugaard

Veterans Program for Monrovia's KGEM?

Monrovia's American Legion is reporting that our local access cable channel, KGEM, is developing a project for and about veterans. http://goo.gl/w65978

- Brad Haugaard

Veterans Get Free Cars | Grand Opening of Monrovia Business, Smitten on Paper

~ Two military veteran students at Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, will be awarded free cars at 1 p.m. on Nov. 25 at Seidner's Collision Centers' Duarte location. California Casualty Insurance, AAA and Seidner's will award the vehicles through the National Auto Body Council program, Recycled Rides, which involves insurers, collision repairers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others who repair and donate vehicles to deserving individuals and service organizations throughout the country. More than 900 vehicles have been donated since 2007.

~ Smitten on Paper will hold its grand opening on December 6 at 6 p.m. at 114 E. Lemon (at the site of the former Historic Lighting). The company works with brides "to create a perfectly custom wedding invitation suite for their big day." " Our shop will also be filled with tons of unique cards, gifts, and accessories."

- Brad Haugaard