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Monrovia's AeroVironment Adds Encrypted Communication to Military Drone


Monrovia-based drone maker, AeroVironment, has integrated an encrypted communication link into its Switchblade drone. Comment: Uh, maybe I'm missing something here, but was Switchblade - a military drone - actually communicating in the clear before? http://goo.gl/MiydHa

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Injury Accident; Bike Theft; Truck Theft; Graffiti


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 25-27. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 431 service events, resulting in 65 investigations.

Grand Theft Bicycle / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 25 at 7:06 p.m., an officer was dispatched on the report of a bicycle theft that just occurred at Mayflower and Huntington. As the officers were responding, they saw the suspect with the stolen bike at Fano and Alamitas, and they detained the suspect. The suspect was arrested for grand theft and an oustanding warrant.

Traffic Collision with Injuries
April 27 at 2:39 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at Foothill and Mayflower. A female passenger was seen running from the scene. Officers located the female, who claimed she ran to avoid the police. The male driver was contacted and taken to a hospital for a head injury, which was sustained in the accident. He was later released. The other driver sustained no injuries.

Vandalism
April 27 at 5:17 p.m., a witness called police to report two juveniles writing graffiti on a fence in the 200 block of W. Cypress. Officers responded and located a male and female juvenile. The male subject was found to be in possession of a marker and admitted to writing the graffiti on the fence. He was arrested and later released on a citation to appear in court.

Vehicle Theft
April 28 at 5:31 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Los Angeles returned to his vehicle that had been parked in front of his residence and found it had been stolen. The vehicle taken was a Chevy Silverado SS. The investigation is continuing.

Hero Cub Scout Honored at Monrovia City Council


Cub Scout William Kurutz was honored at Monrovia City Council meeting for his actions to help his mother in a life-threatening situation. http://goo.gl/139mHf

- Brad Haugaard

CPR on the Sidewalk


Monrovia Fire & Rescue will provide free hands-only CPR training on Sidewalk CPR Day, Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Library Park from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Last year, more than 17,000 people in Southern California learned how to save a life in just five minutes with a quick lesson from local firefighters and medical professionals through the coordinated LA County- wide Sidewalk CPR Day program.

"Thanks to easy access to training, Citizen CPR is rapidly growing as a way to empower bystanders to save a life when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest," said Captain Chris Huson. "We are glad to team up with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the American Heart Association to bring Sidewalk CPR to our local community. With 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occurring at home, we need to help family and friends learn how to double or triple their loved one's chance of survival."

Learning hands-only CPR helps local emergency responders by focusing on the first few critical minutes following a cardiac arrest.  Since the lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep vital organs healthy for that amount of time, bystanders become heroes until emergency responders arrive on scene. With each chest compression using hands-only CPR, ordinary citizens can easily provide the ongoing blood flow needed to give the patient a much better chance of survival once responders arrive.

Once trained, citizens are encouraged to download the PulsePoint app, which was activated in Los Angeles County last August. More than 33,000 CPR-trained citizens have downloaded this lifesaving app to receive notifications that someone nearby is in need of CPR.  To learn more, visit the PulsePoint Foundation website at www.pulsepoint.org.

Only 32 percent of victims receive CPR from a bystander. Don't be a bystander in a cardiac emergency, be a lifesaver! For more information about this upcoming training, contact Captain Chris Huson at (626) 256-8119 or chuson@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

Source: Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Historic Homes Tour (Not on Mother's Day!) | Letter Carrier Food Drive


~ Monrovia Historic Preservation Group's Historic Homes Tour on May 1 (not on Mother's Day), 10 a.m. top 4 p.m. See five homes and two museums, including Spanish Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and English Tudor Cottage. Details and tickets here: http://goo.gl/ZoqfQj

~ National Letter Carrier's Food Drive, Saturday, May 24. Leave non-perishable food by your mailbox and your letter carrier will take it to the Post Office where Foothill Unity Center will gather it. Details: Betty McWilliams at betty@foothillunitycenter.org

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Baseball Headed For Championship? | 38 Degrees Review


~ Monrovia over La Canada. "The Wildcats are marching toward their second consecutive league championship." http://goo.gl/MQ5CJ7

~ Merrill Shindler review of Monrovia's 38 Degrees restaurant. Summary: He likes it. http://goo.gl/JPcY7I

- Brad Haugaard

Zip Code Day in Monrovia?


Kelly, a reader of MonroviaNow, suggests that Monrovia should celebrate Zip Code Day - 91016. In other words, September 10, 2016. My ever-practical wife asked, "What do you do on Zip Code Day?" I love the idea of Zip Code Day, but ... I dunno, what do you do on Zip Code Day? Anybody have any ideas?

- Brad Haugaard

261-Unit Apartment Complex Next to Monrovia Train Station


Details about the 261-unit apartment complex planned for next to the Monrovia train station. http://goo.gl/2lOVSB

- Brad Haugaard

Highways and Byways Art Exhibit at Monrovia Gallery



Saga Fine Art, 110 W. Lime Avenue, across the street on the south side of Library Park, has a new exhibit, Highways & Byways, Freeways & Footpaths, running through May 30. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 1-6 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Sets Up Committee to Consider Switching Back to Rotating Mayor; Train Depot; When Will City Dig Up Streets in Your Neighborhood; Etc.


In his weekly report ( http://goo.gl/Eamz7o ), City Manager Oliver Chi writes ...

- The city has set up a "Directly Elected Mayor Advisory Review Committee" to consider switching Monrovia from a directly elected mayor system to one in which each member of the City Council would rotate into the role. First committere meeting on Wednesday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.

- The Historic Preservation Commission HPC will review a proposal by Daylight Limited, LLC, to rehab the old Monrovia train depot at a special meeting on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m.

- Monrovia is going to be digging up streets to replace ancient water and sewer lines. If you want to know what is planned for your neighborhood, there's a meeting Wednesday, May 11at 7 p.m. at the Monrovia Public Library Community Room.

- The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments will be hosting a stormwater workshop at the Monrovia Community Center (119 West Palm) on Tuesday, May 3, 10-11:30 a.m. (This is the stormwater issue that could cost Monrovia $231.1 million.) If you want to go, register here: https://goo.gl/VmVrZH

- Learn CPR. LA County Department of Health Services and Monrovia Fire Department are holding a a Sidewalk CPR program Thursday, June 2, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Library Park.

- The Library's "fee forgiveness" offer resulted in 186 items returned to the library.

- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will teach Kindergarten through 5th grade students about meteorites on Wednesday, April 27, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Library. Film, activities, art projects.

- El Día de los Niños, or Children's Day, celebration on Saturday, April 30, from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Station Square Park, a multi-cultural celebration of children and books! Kid's activities, plus family Zumba.

- The library is looking for volunteers who are entering 7th through 12th grades to assist with its Summer Reading Program. Volunteers should work well with children and adults, have good organization / communication skills, and be excited to promote the Summer Reading Program to our community! Application here: http://tinyurl.com/zo5glgp

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Forklift Stolen; Unlocked Car Stolen; Robbery Suspects Arrested After Ruckus; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 21-24. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Wanted Persons – Suspects Arrested
April 21 at 9:00 a.m., officers responded to a family disturbance at a home in the 500 block of South Magnolia. When they arrived, a computer check of the two females causing the disturbance revealed they were wanted by another law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County for robbery. They were arrested and taken into custody.

Violation of Domestic Violence Restraining Order – Suspect Arrested
April 21 at 2:34 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks on the report of a male family member who was refusing to leave after being served with a domestic violence restraining order. Officers advised the subject of the conditions of the order and gave him several warnings and chances to leave, however, he refused. He was arrested and taken into custody without further incident.

Grand Theft Auto
April 22 at 8:38 a.m., a forklift was reported stolen from the 500 block of West Huntington. The forklift was parked to the rear of the location. It was not secured to a fixed object, but the keys were with the driver. The forklift was stolen sometime overnight. The investigation is continuing.

Bench Warrant / Receiving Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 9:25 a.m., an officer was conducting an investigation regarding the possible unlawful use of a credit card. During the investigation, the officer learned of a possible location for the suspect in the 1400 block of S. Magnolia. He went to the location on Magnolia and found the suspect. The suspect was arrested for an outstanding warrant and receiving stolen property.

Grand Theft Auto
April 22 at 7:11 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 100 block of E. Lime Avenue. The victim parking her vehicle in a public parking lot and walking to a business on Myrtle. When she returned to her vehicle approximately 10 minutes later, she found her vehicle had been stolen. The victim had left the vehicle unlocked, but had the keys in her possession. The vehicle is a 2006, silver, 4-door Toyota Corolla. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 11:23 p.m., officers were called to a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle regarding a subject at the location who was intoxicated and attempted to leave without paying his bill. Prior to the officers arriving, the business owner blocked the subject from leaving the location. The officers arrived and determined the subject was too impaired to care for himself. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Unlicensed Driver / Resisting a Police Officer – Suspect Arrested
April 23 at 2:03 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped up and made several turning movements to evade the officer. The officer lost sight of the vehicle, but relocated it in the 300 block of S. California. The driver stopped the vehicle, but fled on foot. He was quickly detained in an alley, east of California. The investigation revealed the suspect is an unlicensed juvenile who had taken his father’s vehicle without permission. The suspect sustained a minor injury while being taken into custody and was taken to the hospital for medical clearance. He was then processed for the charges and later released to a parent with a citation to appear in court.

No-Bail Warrants / Resisting Police Officer / Causing Great Bodily Injury / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
April 23 at 10:43 a.m., an officer saw a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of Sherman and Cherry. He ran the plate, which had two no-bail warrants attached to the registered owner. The subject near the vehicle fit the description of the registered owner. As the officer attempted to make contact, the suspect fled on foot, ignoring the officer's commands to stop. The officer caught up and attempted to detain the suspect, who resisted and began fighting with the officer. The suspect broke free and ran through yards, jumping fences. Other officers arrived and set up a perimeter. Within minutes, the officers were chasing the suspect through a property in the 500 block of E. Cherry. The suspect was eventually detained and taken into custody. A computer check confirmed the two no-bail warrants for his arrest. The suspect was arrested for obstructing and resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and the two warrants.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 23 at 3:48 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of King regarding a verbal altercation. When they arrived, they detained a subject in front of the location who was yelling at people. The subject was determined to be extremely intoxicated and was determined to be unable to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 24 at 2:18 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation and made a traffic stop. While contacting the driver, the officer noticed signs of intoxication. Investigation revealed the driver was driving under the influence. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
April 24 at 10:21 p.m., a suspicious subject was reported looking into parked vehicles with a flashlight in the area of Foothill and Violet. Officers located a subject matching the description on Violet and made contact with him. As they approached, the officer saw the subject discard a baggie of narcotics. The suspect was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and later released with a citation to appear in court.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
April 25 at 12:56 a.m., a suspicious subject was reported inside a vacant property with a flashlight. Officers arrived and located a subject who had made entry into the vacant home through a rear window. The subject was just released from jail on the narcotics offense listed above. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody on the trespassing charge.

Monrovia Days Music Festival




Monrovia Days Music Festival, May 15, noon-7 p.m. at Library Park. Rock, pop reggase, blues and more. Craft beer garden, vendors and artisans, food trucks, kids activities.

12-12:45, The Gem City Jazz Cats (Jazz)
12:45-1, Smokey Miles (Blues)
1-1:15, The Whistling Diva (Champion Musical Whistler)
1:15-2, Who’s Clayton (Acoustic Pop Folk)
2-2:45, Crimson Apple (Alternative Pop)
2:45-3:15, J Mosley and the LME Allstars (Acoustic Salsa)
3:15-4:15, Relish (Dance Rock)
4:15-4:45, Nigel Walsh (Americana)
4:45-5:30, Dread Daze (Reggae Fusion)
5:30-5:50, The Whistling Diva
5:50-6, TeamLz (Hip Hop Dance Duo)
6-7, Chase Walker Band (Blues).

Details: http://goo.gl/uc5fcv

- Brad Haugaard

Information About Online K-12 Education


There will be a free information session for parents about California Connections Academy @ Capistrano, a tuition-free K-12 online public school authorized under state law by the Capistrano Unified School District, on Tuesday, April 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the Monrovia Courtyard Marriott, 700 W. Huntington. Meet an Academy teacher, explore program and curriculum, and enrollment process. More information: 800-382-6010 or http://www.connectionsacademy.com

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Sena



Dinner at Sena, on the west side of Myrtle just south of Lime. Love the short rib tacos but for a change decided to try the grilled chicken avocado sandwich for $9 and a happy hour beer for $4. Delicious!
- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Dog Door Burglary; Pursuit Starts in Monrovia; Stolen Bike; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 18-20. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 423 service events, resulting in 77 investigations.

Vandalism
April 18 at 7:54 a.m., officers were dispatched to a preschool in the 1000 block of S. Canyon regarding a vandalism incident. Unknown suspect had written graffiti on a school fence, which faced the adjacent park. The graffiti occurred sometime over the weekend. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
April 18 at 10:47 a.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 600 block of Parker. The victim locked his residence and left on April 17. When he returned home on April 18, he found the back door of the residence unlocked. Cash, a wristwatch and a speaker were stolen from the location. It appears the suspect unlocked the backdoor by reaching through an open dog door. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 19 at 12:59 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for several vehicle code violations. Upon contacting the driver, he noticed signs of intoxication. After conducting field sobriety tests, the officer arrested the driver for driving under the influence. The suspect was taken into custody and held for sobering.

Felony Evading – Suspect Arrested
April 19 at 12:58 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of N. Mountain on the report of a suspicious vehicle, possibly casing the neighborhood. The officer located the suspect vehicle at Foothill and Mountain. When he attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled south on Mountain and entered the 210 Freeway, heading eastbound. The suspect was driving erratically at a high rate of speed and traffic conditions were heavy, so Monrovia police canceled the pursuit by police units. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter continued to follow the vehicle and the California Highway Patrol picked up pursuit of the vehicle in San Bernardino County. The suspect and passenger in the vehicle were stopped by CHP and taken into custody for felony evading.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 20 at 9:53 p.m., a business in the 100 block of W. Duarte called police to report a disturbing subject. Police arrived and detained the subject as he was leaving the location. A computer check revealed the subject had a "no bail" parole warrant. He was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Bicycle Theft
April 20 at 11:13 p.m., a bicycle was reported stolen from the 400 block of S. Mayflower. The bicycle was taken from the property sometime during the day while the victim was away from the residence. The investigation is ongoing.

Monrovia Events: Music Man; Healthy Kids; Day of Prayer



~ IFGF Church and Centre Stage Inc. present The Music Man. Meredith Wilson's six-time Tony Award winning family-friendly musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957. Thursday-Sunday, April 21-24 and Thursday-Sunday, April 28-Sunday May 1, at IFGF Church at the northeast corner of Primrose and Palm Avenues. 7 p.m. performances Thursdays through Sundays and a 2:30 p.m. matinee Saturdays and Sundays. For information contact Keely Milliken at 297-4758 or centrestageinc@yahoo.com. For tickets: http://goo.gl/ZG81vf

~ YMCA National Healthy Kid's Day, Saturday, April 30, at Santa Anita Family YMCA. Healthy kid's fair, screenings, games, healthy snacks; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Information at www.ymcala.org/santaanita/

~ National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5. Interfaith Council Event "Shining Our Light" at Mountainside Communion Church, 303 W. Colorado Blvd. Program 7-8:30 p.m., reception 8-8:30 p.m. Donations for the Foothill Unity Center collected at the end of the program. Information: Bobbi Rahmanian bobbir9@gmail.com

Thanks to Becky Shevlin for these calendar items.

- Brad Haugaard

Former Trader Joe's Employee Suing - Says Firing Was Because of Genitalia Gift


A former employee suing Monrovia-based Trader Joe's alleges he was fired after complaining about getting a gift shaped like male genitalia. http://goo.gl/PDJCzu

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Historical Society is Reborn - Needs Help



The Anderson House in about 1888. George H. Anderson lived here for 87 years. The home originally belonged to his parents, John and Lizzie Anderson (shown above with George in carriage and brother Lewis). John built the home and other buildings in Monrovia and was active in the business life of Monrovia, serving on the City Council in the early days. (Security Pacific Bank Collection, LA Public Library)

The Monrovia Historical Society has been revitalized. The Society was originally formed in 1979 – with a gift from the California Community Foundation - to care for the Anderson House as a museum open to visitors and fully furnished to the smallest detail to show family life in the 1880s.


The kitchen today

Unfortunately the Historical Society was dormant for nearly 15 years and the Anderson House was closed to the public.  As membership declined and founding members passed away, there were fewer volunteers to keep the museum open and fewer funds to keep it in good repair. In recent years, even visits by Monrovia schools’ third graders had to be curtailed as class sizes increased and the building itself become at risk. Now that’s changing.

Early on, the Historical Society spawned MOHPG (The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group) and members helped create the Historical Museum on Lemon Avenue.

But the Historical Society has a mission all its own. Today, it has two roles.  It is raising funds to restore the Anderson House (first-phase repairs are underway), and recruiting volunteer docents to once again open it to the public.  Its second role is to serve as the non-profit home of the new Monrovia Legacy Project.  The Legacy Project is preserving the collections and knowledge of City Historian Steve Baker and his predecessor - digitizing them and old photos and stories from the public, to make them accessible to the public through the Monrovia Public Library.

The Legacy Project was the spark that brought the Historical Society back to life.  Former Society Board members came back - Joe Garcia, Kathy Mueller, Todd Weber, Scott Thomas and Steve Baker - and they were joined by new board members Sandy Burud and Louise Robertson (Co-Project Directors of the Legacy Project) to form a current board.  There is a membership campaign to enlist Society members.  You can find out how to join http://goo.gl/B4vO5v

Two coming events to support the Historical Society:

1) May 1 Tour of the Anderson House.  For the annual tour of historic homes by MOHPG, the Anderson will be one of the homes on the tour. Tickets and information here: http://goo.gl/ZoqfQj

2. Narrated Driving Tours.  A series of driving tours through Historic Monrovia, narrated live by Steve Baker on a small Monrovia Transit Van.  For those who have done Steve’s cemetery tour, this is akin to that, but even richer.  As you ride in an air-conditioned van you will hear in story form tales of the events and characters who shaped out city.  The tours are:
Tour 1 Northwest Monrovia
June 18 —1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Tour 2 Northeast Monrovia
July 17 —11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Tour 3 Southeast Monrovia
August 13 —1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Tour 4 Southwest Monrovia
October 16 —11 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Community Center -- $50 per person -- proceeds to the Historical Society. Or contact Louise Robertson @  305-3025. Sign up early as each tour can only take 20 people.

Your participation in these events and your passing the word will help the Historical Society become vibrant once again.    And certainly, gifts (of money, time, or materials) to support the Legacy Project and/or the Anderson House restoration would help enormously.

Contact:  monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com or call Sandy Burud @ 256-3423.

Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia-Based World Vision Helps Ecuador Earthquake Victims


Monrovia-based Christian aid and development agency, World Vision, is on the ground and responding to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador with two temporary shelters, distributed tents, hygiene products, diapers, food, water, and more. The quake happened on Saturday evening (local time) and has claimed at least 350 lives and left more than 2,000 people injured. http://goo.gl/f3Fm0O

- Brad Haugaard