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Dinner at Mayan Bar and Grill

Dinner Wednesday night in the new Mayan Grill in the Aztec Hotel at Foothill and Magnolia. Got the shrimp in spicy Cajun sauce ($9.99) with a side of potatoes ($2.99) and a beer ($2.50 at half-off happy hour price). Well, that was a new experience! It all came in a plastic bag (potatoes too) and the steamed shrimp (big and a lot of them) were whole, so I had to work to get them apart, but tasty when I succeeded.  You get a lobster bib and plastic gloves. You'll need 'em.

- Brad Haugaard 

Stop Hunger Now Video at Monrovia High

Video of Monrovia community joining together to "Stop Hunger Now" at Monrovia High. Packaging meals.

- Brad Haugaard

Happy Thanksgiving, Monrovia!

Happy Thanksgiving, Monrovia! Here is the Thanksgiving Proclamation by our first president, George Washington:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Veranda Restaurant To Distribute Food for Thanksgiving

A posting on Facebook says that Veranda restaurant (corner of Myrtle and Lime) will be giving out free food to those in need for Thanksgiving. 9-11 a.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment Gets $13 Million Order From Marine Corps

Monrovia's AeroVironment announced today that it received a $13,015,396 order for its RQ-20A Puma AE reconnaissance drone (and spare parts) for the United States Marine Corps on October 27, 2015.

- Brad Haugaard

Small Business Saturday This Week in Old Town Monrovia

Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Old Town. Raffle and prize.

- Brad Haugaard

Bio Research Institute Moving to Monrovia | City Gets Better Bond Rating | Library Program for At-Risk Teens | Etc.

From City Manager Oliver Chi's weekly report:

- City of Hope's Beckman Research Institute is moving to Monrovia and will lease the entire 139,644 square feet at the current Xerox building at 1214 South 5th. Chi says this "lends credence to our belief that Monrovia can serve as a biotechnology and advanced research hub."

- Standard and Poor's, the bond-rating agency, has boosted Monrovia's bond rating of BBB+ (lower medium grade investment rating) to "A," which means a lower interest rate if the city to borrow money. This makes Monrovia bonds upper-medium grade. S&P's rating system, by the way, goes up to AAA, so A is good but not quite as awesome as it sounds.

- The Monrovia Library has received a grant from the American Library Association to host a reading and discussion program for at-risk teens from January 2016 to April 2016. The teens will discuss The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Feed by M.T. Anderson, and March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

- The city has been distributing yard signs to Monrovia households with low water-usage landscaping.

- The city is planning to redesign its website. (Comment: Add an RSS feed.)

- Brad Haugaard

Nice Thanksgiving Weather | NFL Player Gives Shoes to Monrovia Player Jordon Woods

~ Should be a brisk Thanksgiving with a high of 52 degrees and mostly sunny. 50% chance of rain this coming Monday, though.

~ Video: NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens provides size-17 athletic shoes to Monrovia High School football player Jordon Woods.

- Brad Haugaard

Glimpse of Monrovia High Robot Team's Latest Creation

Latest robot, with its super-secret track system blurred out.

Monrovia High's Kings and Queens robotics team has released this picture of the robot it's working on with its newly installed track system. However, "the Kings and Queens Ministry of Information has decreed that information too sensitive to reveal at this time. You'll just have to use your imaginations."
- Brad Haugaard

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips | Meeting On Converting 4th Dimension Into Monrovia Community Center

~ Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires on Thanksgiving. Here are some safety tips from Southern California Edison:

~ The City is holding an open meeting on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Library Community Room to discuss the proposal to convert the 4th Dimension pool hall into the Community Center, and the Community Center into housing.

Monrovia Police: Almost Fighting; Man Hits Wife; Domestic Violence; Home Intruder Arrested

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 19-22. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On November 19 at 9:44 a.m., officers were dispatched to a park in the 300 block of South Myrtle regarding an intoxicated male lying on the grass. When officers arrived, they found several open and empty beer cans laying on the grass next to him. The officers determined the subject was intoxicated and could not care for himself. He was arrested for public intoxication and taken into custody.

Fight in Progress
On November 19 at 9:37 p.m. officers responded to the 700 block of East Huntington regarding a fight in progress. Upon contacting both subjects they were squared off ready to fight. Through investigation, officers determined one subject was the aggressor and was arrested for challenging to fight.

Residential Robbery
On November 20 at 2:06 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of Monterey reported a subject pushed his way into their home holding a knife and overpowering the older male adult victim. The victim's son saw the attacker on top of his father and tackled the suspect. A violent fight ensued. The father saw another suspect at his door so he shut it and locked him out. The son overpowered the suspect, taking his knife away, and holding him down until police arrived. The suspect was arrested for robbery and taken into custody. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Battery – Suspect Arrested
On November 20 at 9:48 a.m. officers were dispatched to the corner of Lime and Mayflower regarding a male and female adult couple arguing. A resident in the area witnessed the male hit the female. When officers arrived, both subjects were detained and determined they were married. The female did not have visible injuries and did not complain of pain. After speaking with witnesses to the battery. The male subject was arrested for domestic battery and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
On November 21 at 4:31 p.m. an officer was traveling east on Evergreen approaching Magnolia when he observed a motorist commit a traffic violation. The officer followed after the motorist and stopped the car at Mayflower and Duarte. The officer approached the male driver, who appeared intoxicated. Field sobriety tests were conducted the driver was arrested for driving under the influence and held for sobering.

Attempt Residential Burglary
On November 21 at 10:42 p.m., an officer was responded to the 300 block of Fowler. A The resident left the location around 5:00 p.m. and returned at 10:30 p.m. to discover two window screens were partially removed to the rear of the residence. No loss was discovered.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On November 21 at 12:42 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of West Foothill regarding a male and female adult couple arguing. When officers arrived, they learned the male had struck the female in the face causing an injury. The male suspect was arrested and taken into custody for domestic violence. An emergency protective order was obtained and served on the suspect.

Theft from a Vehicle
On November 22 at 10:57 a.m., an officer responded to the 200 block of Madeline regarding a theft from a vehicle. Through investigation it was determined that unknown suspects were searching through unlocked vehicles and taking miscellaneous items of opportunity. At this time seven victims have come forward to report theft from their vehicle. The majority of thefts occurred on Madeline and Norumbega. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Kicks Off Legacy Project To Preserve City History

The Monrovia Legacy Project will preserve and share materials on Monrovia history never before available to the public.

For fifty years, Monrovia’s City Historians Steve Baker and his predecessor Myron Hotchkiss gathered photographs and historical documents that reveal Monrovia’s unique history. Other Monrovians have collections and recollections that help bring its story up-to-date. These private collections and the knowledge that resides in Monrovia’s City Historian have not been cataloged or preserved. The Monrovia Legacy Project has been created to prevent the loss of this rich treasure trove and share it with the public through the Monrovia Public Library.

The Project’s mission is to preserve and share the historic information. Its goals are:

  • To document and preserve City Historian Steve Baker’s knowledge and collections, and generate end products to share them. 
  • To compile other Monrovians’ historical memories and records – people of all backgrounds -- and create a collection that can be built upon.
  • To create places and methods for storing and sharing this history at the Library.

The City of Monrovia is providing partial financial support to the Project through a fund given to the City for enhancing the Library’s collections.   The Project is seeking other donations to complete the budget.  The Monrovia Historical Society (revitalized in 2015) is the non-profit home for the Project.

“This is such a great project!  The City of Monrovia is proud to be part of it. Monrovia’s history has made us what we are and sets the stage for what we can become. It’s so important that we record it.” Tom Adams, Mayor of Monrovia.

The Legacy Project is a three-year undertaking, in three stages:

PRESERVE:  Scan, digitize, inventory and catalog the photos and papers, transfer to archival storage materials, and create a comprehensive online repository.

SHARE: Create physical products -- photo and/narrative books, video series/documentary, written and oral histories, and content for teaching curriculum.

EDUCATE: Create website for distributing products and plan to engage the public.

The public is invited to share photos, documents, recollections and ideas.  The intent is to tell the stories of citizens and organizations of all types that shaped this diverse city.

Project Staff include Project Co-Managers Sandy Burud, Ph.D. & Louise Robertson, Ed.D., City Historian Steve Baker. Tina Cherry, Director, Department of Public Services, is the City Liaison to the Project.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

View The Heavens Tonight From Myrtle Avenue

A few of sidewalk astronomers will be out at the corner of Myrtle and Lime (SE corner of Library Park) tonight from about 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Metro Yard Named After Bob Bartlett | Monrovia Loses to Charter Oaks :-(

~ The new Metro train yard in Monrovia has been named after late Monrovia Mayor Bob Bartlett.

~ In football tonight, Charter Oaks 52, Monrovia 14. :-(

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus Program Receives State Award

Citrus College's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Summer Research Experience Program was today awarded the 2015 Chancellor's Student Success Award by California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris. The college, which serves Monrovia, was one of two California community college programs to receive the award. Source: Press release.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Rigo's Mexican Food

Dinner last night at Rigo's Mexican Food, on the north side of Foothill at Mayflower.  Got the Caldo de Pescado (fish soup) for $11.95 and a beer ($4.50). Tasty, and nice big chunks of fish.

- Brad Haugaard 

Spark of Love toy drive With Santa in Monrovia Old Town

Old Town Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Stuff a Monrovia Fire Engine full of Christmas cheer and help make a child's Christmas more enjoyable. Do Christmas shopping in Old Town and support local small businesses. Friday Nov. 27 and Saturday Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on the Spark of Love toy drive call Firefighter Ernie Moreno at 256-8181.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Santa's Breakfast Schedule

Santa's Breakfast (and lunch) schedule, all on Saturdays except one:

  • Nov. 28, Peach Cafe 8 a.m.; Cafe LuMar 10 a.m.
  • Dec. 5, Jake's 9 a.m.; Friends 10 a.m.?; VFW 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 12 Peach Cafe 8 a.m.; Jake's 9:45 a.m.; Le Gourmand 10:30 a.m.
  • Dec. 19 Monrovian 9 a.m.; Rudy's 10 a.m.
  • Dec. 23 (Wednesday) Lunch at Rudy's 11:30 a.m.

 - Brad Haugaard

Monrovia vs. Charter Oaks

Monrovia vs. Charter Oaks tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 20) at Charter Oaks. Here's a preview:

- Brad Haugaard