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View Jupiter tonight with Monrovia's Sidewalk Astronomers

Jane Houston Jones of Monrovia's Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers, reports that it looks good for viewing the moon and Jupiter tonight at 7-9 p.m. at Library Park at the corner of Myrtle and Lime.

- Brad Haugaard

Candidate Austin Corrects Candidate Contributions

Note: Mr. Scott Austin, who is running for city council, responds below to my article here ( http://goo.gl/cxfvPJ ) regarding the contributions he has received, and he copies and notates the posting with his corrections (below). I am happy to clear up this matter. The information I originally posted was from Mr. Austin's campaign as filed with the City Clerk's office. Following is Mr. Austin's letter. - Brad Haugaard


Mr. Haugaard,

Too bad your message admits that there could be duplications in my contributions but you didn’t take the time to get the correct information before posting so fair to all candidates.  I have no problem sharing my contributions of which I'm grateful and proud to have their support.  I’d appreciate you showing the corrections with strike throughs and comments as shown below.  The net overstatement is $6,120.61 -- incorrectly overstated by 30 percent!

Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

Scott Austin

Alhambra Firefighters Political Action Committee (Alhambra) $2,500
California Professional Firefighters Political Action Committee (Sacramento, non-monetary gift for printing lawn signs – 02/05/2015) $1,210.61
duplicate of above California Professional Firefighters Political Action Committee (Sacramento – 02/10/2015) $1,210.61
Daniel Haro (Alta Loma, CA) $100
David Brinker (Akron, OH) $200
Debbie Austin $28.52
Debbie Austin (loan) $3,000
Debbie Austin $1,000
Donna Baker $200
Firefighters for Better Government Political Action Committee (Camarillo, CA) $2,500
Joe & Paula Costantino (DPO, AE) $200
Karen Suarez $200
Mary Ann & Cory Lutz $250
Michael Cacciotti (South Pasadena) $100
Monrovia Firefighters Issues Committee (02/02/2015) $3,000
not a valid PAC and not received Monrovia Firefighters Association Local 2415 (02/06/2015) $3,000
Natalie Park (South Pasadena) $100
Pasadena Firefighters Local 809 (Sacramento – 01/17/15) $1,000
Pasadena Firefighters Local 809 (Sacramento – 02/26/2015) $2,000
duplicate of above  Pasadena Firefighters Local 809 (Sacramento – 02/28/2015) $2,000
Pasadena Firefighters Local 809 (Sacramento – 03/05/2015) $2,000
Samuel LaSala $100
Thomas Alan Suess $100
Thomas Fouser $100
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112 Political Action Committee (LA) $500
Victor Castellanos $500

Dinner at Sena


Dinner recently at Sena, on the west side of Myrtle in Old Town. Got the Kobe Truffle Cheeseburger ($12) off the March Specials Menu, and a beer ($4). Very nice but I think my favorite is still the short rib tacos. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Video Interviews With Monrovia Mayoral and City Council Candidates

Video interviews with the Monrovia mayoral and city council candidates, by KGEM and Beacon Media.

Mayor
Leonard Holen
Mary Ann Lutz
Tom Adams

City Council
Becky Shevlin
Chris Zeigler
Clifford DeCosta
Gloria Crudgington
Jordan Kittleson
Robert Parry
Stephen Grollnek

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Comes From Behind to Defeat Temple City

Monrovia came from far behind, scoring six times in the seventh inning, to defeat Temple City, 8 to 6. http://goo.gl/nbfP0Z

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Rotary Sponsors Race-Prep Sessions | Stress Reduction | Goodbye to Dr. Green

~ Monrovia Rotary Club is sponsoring a series of training sessions to prepare for the Fountain to the Falls run on May 9. Rotarian Lynda Linforth, a personal trainer and owner of Trainer on the Run, will guide participants for an hour walk and will share run/walk tips. First session is this Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. on the southeast corner of Foothill and Myrtle. If you are interested, email Julie Roybal at jroybal@orionrisk.com.

~ A stress reduction group for women over 50 is forming in April, with sessions to be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. The fee-based group will be facilitated by Dr. Jean Williams, a therapist with over 30 years' experience in treating those suffering from stress-related problems and mood disorders. Dr. Williams says the program can be especially meaningful for women who have experienced a significant loss or been a caretaker of a loved one with a chronic illness. For more information, contact Dr. Williams at wjeanw90@gmail.com

~ Monrovia's First Presbyterian Church will say good bye to Dr. Peter Green and thank him for 20 years of music ministry at the church this Sunday, March 29, following the worship service.

Did Monrovia Have the First 100 Plus Temperature for the Year in the Nation?

The Weather Channel Tweets: Unofficial high of 100ºF reported in Monrovia, CA today; if verified, would be 1st 100º high in the USA in 2015.

Comment: Hmmm. Warm but I don't think that warm.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Failed Escape to Mexico; Smoke 'of an Unknown Origin'; Man and Woman Fight

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 23-25. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 447 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 447 service events, resulting in 75 investigations.

Outstanding Warrant – Suspect Arrested
March 23 at 11:41 a.m., a male subject was trying to board a flight to Mexico. He was stopped by I.C.E. and a computer check was made on the subject. He was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Monrovia. An officer responded and brought the subject back to the Monrovia Police Department, where he was booked on the warrant.

Vehicle Tampering
March 24 at 1:20 a.m., a female resident in the 400 block of Stedman called to report a male suspect wearing dark clothing and a hooded sweatshirt inside their vehicle in front of their house. The woman’s husband ran outside to confront the suspect, but the suspect ran to a waiting vehicle, possibly a 4-door Honda Civic or Accord, and fled the area. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle
March 24 at 7:24 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 400 block of South Sunset. The vehicle is a 1991, black, Toyota, pickup truck. The vehicle was stolen sometime during the night. The investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
March 24 at 6:57 p.m., an officer responded to a business parking lot in the 300 block of West Huntington regarding a hit and run collision that just occurred. The suspect vehicle was described as a white, 1993, Honda Accord. An area check was conducted for the vehicle, but it was not located. There were no injuries and the investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
March 24 at 7:23 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Oakcliff on the report of a burglary that just occurred. The suspect was seen leaving the location and getting into a waiting vehicle. The suspect was described as a heavyset, male Hispanic in his 20s. Both suspects had heavy beards. The vehicle was described as a gray, 4- door Nissan. A small amount of cash was taken from a purse inside the location. The investigation is continuing.

Identity Theft / Fraud – Five Suspects Arrested
March 25 at 11:48 a.m., police responded to a hotel in the 900 block of West Huntington regarding suspects using a fraudulent credit card to rent a room. When the officers arrived at the suspect’s room, they found stolen mail and other evidence to indicate the suspects were committing identity fraud. Five suspects were arrested. During the initial entry to the room, the officers were exposed to smoke of an unknown origin. They began to feel lightheaded and experienced heart palpitations. They were taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Domestic Violence – Suspects Arrested
March 25 at 10:29 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of South Mountain regarding a male and female subject in a verbal argument. When the officer arrived, he saw the male and female involved in a physical fight and requested assistance. The subjects were separated and paramedics were called out for visible injuries. Through investigation, the officers learned the subjects are in a dating relationship with each other and are living out of their van. The male subject had injuries to his face, was bit on the hand, and was sprayed with pepper spray by the female. The female also had visible injuries. Both subjects were taken to the hospital for treatment. After getting checked out by a doctor, both subjects were arrested for domestic violence.

Drone Made by Monrovia Company to be Manufactured in India

The Raven drone, made for the military by Monrovia-based AeroVironment, is set to be made in India, according to Bloomberg Business. http://goo.gl/jiVWWV

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Trying to Get After-School Program at Plymouth; Parade for High School Winners; Firefighters Save Life; Canyon Park Program is 'Best'

In his weekly report, City Manager Oliver Chi reports ...

- That Monrovia offers an after school sports program at every elementary school in town except Plymouth. "Last year, we approached the principal at Plymouth Elementary school and asked if she would like us to implement the program on her campus. Staff was told by the principal at that time that she would survey her parents and let us know. We ultimately were unable to get authorization from Plymouth Elementary to offer our after school sports program on their campus." Chi said the city has asked again. He said, "We will continue to pursue the matter..."

- A parade is scheduled for this Thursday, March 26, at 5 p.m. to honor the Monrovia Boys Soccer Team, Girls Individual Wrestling CIF Southern Section Championship, and a member of Monrovia High School's Girls Wrestling Team, who won her CIF division wrestling title. The parade will start on Myrtle at Colorado and will run north to Library Park and should conclude no later than 5:45 p.m.

~ On March 11, 2015, at approximately 11:24 a.m., the Fire Department responded to 715 E. Huntington Dr. (24 Hour Fitness) regarding a fall involving a 70 year old man. "As our team approached the patient, we noticed that CPR was being performed by off-duty Probationary Firefighter Kyle Eden and Fire Cadet Guiseppe Brandonisio." The man went into full cardiac arrest but responded to the responders efforts, and was taken to Arcadia Methodist.

- The Canyon Park Volunteer Program has been selected as a "Best of the Best" by the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) District XIII and will be honored on March 26 in Diamond Bar.

March 4 Balance Rally at Library Park

Thursday, 3/26, the suicide awareness and prevention program, March 4 Balance, will be held at Library Park. The rally and resource fair will kick-off at 6 p.m. with more than 20 service providers and program speakers. http://goo.gl/6r9lyc

Monrovia's Historic Fountain All Fixed



The historic fountain at the corner of Lime and Myrtle in Library Park is now finished. You can even take a drink out of the drinking fountain. It had been destroyed when a car ran into it.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment Working on New Military Drone

Monrovia's AeroVironment is working with Northrop Grumman to develop a new drone for the military.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Stun Gun at High School; Stalking; Suspect Leaves Backpack With ID

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

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Residential Burglary
March 19 at 12:00 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of Norumbega left his home, possibly leaving the front door unlocked. At 1:00 p.m., he received a call from the housekeeper, who had just arrived at his home and told him the home appeared to have been burglarized. The resident responded, confirmed his home had been burglarized, and immediately called the police. The resident believed the only thing taken was an unspecified amount of cash. The investigation is continuing.

Outstanding Warrants – Suspect Arrested
March 19 at 11:30 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 800 block of East Olive when he saw a suspicious male loitering in the area. The officer contacted the suspect and a computer check revealed he had two no-bail warrants for his arrest. The suspect was arrested for the warrants and taken into custody.

Possession of a Stun Gun – Juvenile Arrested
March 20 at 1:15 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the high school in the 800 block of West Colorado regarding a 15-year-old, male student being detained for possessing a stun gun on campus. The stun gun appeared to be a cell phone; however, it had no phone capabilities. When you push the volume button, the top of the phone shoots out an electrical volt that could temporarily incapacitate someone. The student said he found the stun gun on the ground at school and decided to keep it. He was arrested and later released to his parents with a citation to appear in court.

Stalking – Suspect Arrested
March 20 at 8:48 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of East Lime regarding a vandalism incident. The officer contacted the victim and learned that over the past several days, the victim has reported annoying/harassing phone calls, threatening phone messages, and vandalism to her residence. A domestic violence restraining order had been obtained against the suspect, who is the victim's ex-boyfriend and father of their 2-year-old child. The victim was interviewed and a stalking case was documented against the suspect. On March 22, an officer was conducting extra patrol in the area, due to the victim’s fear of the suspect, and just as the victim arrived home from work, the suspect ran a posted stop sign near the victim’s home, abruptly stopped in front of her residence and began yelling at her. He was detained by the officer and arrested. The case will be presented to the DA for filing consideration.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
March 20 at 11:10 p.m., an officer responded to a business in the 100 block of West Duarte Road regarding a subject causing a disturbance. The officer arrived and discovered the male subject was intoxicated to the point of not being able to care for his own safety. The subject was arrested for public Intoxication and taken into custody, where he was held for sobering.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
March 21 at 12:15 p.m., the California Highway Patrol requested assistance searching for a vehicle that had collided on the 210 Freeway and then fled. Officers located a similar vehicle with collision damage parked in a business parking lot at Huntington and Monterey, near the 210 Freeway. The vehicle had paper license plates and was occupied by one male subject in the driver's seat. A DMV computer check revealed the registration was expired over 6 months. The male subject was also determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The CHP advised that the vehicle was not the one involved in the collision, but the male subject was arrested for being under the influence of a narcotic. A pat-down search revealed he was in possession of a vial containing a liquid, which later tested positive for PCP. A search of the suspect’s duffel bag also revealed a bag of methamphetamine. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Felon in Possession of Pepper Spray – Suspect Arrested
March 22 at 2:29 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 300 block of Huntington regarding a suspicious male subject inside a business holding a box cutter. Officers responded and contacted the subject inside the location. The suspect was holding a box cutter and pepper spray. The suspect was asked to exit the location and put down the box cutter and pepper spray; he complied. The computer check revealed the subject is a convicted felon and cannot be in possession of any type of tear gas. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
March 22 at 4:34 a.m., police dispatch received a call reporting a traffic collision in the 300 block of South Canyon. Officers responded and located debris in the area and a parked vehicle that appeared to have been struck by a passing vehicle. The suspect vehicle was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Suspicious Circumstance / Resisting or Delaying a Peace Officer
March 22 at 10:25 p.m., officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle at Myrtle and Huntington for a vehicle code violation. As they stopped the vehicle, a male passenger fled from the vehicle carrying a backpack. Assisting officers searched for the subject, but did not locate him. The driver was cited for possession of marijuana. A resident called a short time later and reported finding a backpack in his yard which matched the name the driver gave for the passenger. The backpack contained a 22 caliber magazine and two receipts in the suspect’s name. A verified complaint is being filed against the suspect for resisting/delaying a peace officer. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Juice Bar Opens Location at Arcadia High | Joannie Yuille to be Honored

~ The Monrovia Robeks (Fifth and Huntington) has just opened one of the country's first public school juice bars at the new cafeteria at Arcadia High School. Robeks owner Robert Kenz says the franchise has been providing juices to area middle schools for several years but this is the first location to offer fresh fruit and vegetable juices made to order. Source: press release

~ Congresswoman Napolitano will honor volunteer Joannie Yuille as her Woman of the Year. Yuille was nominated by Mayor Lutz. The award will be presented by Napolitano at a Luncheon on April 10 in El Monte. http://goo.gl/Bn4uzG

- Brad Haugaard

Lenten Fish Fry Dinner

Friday, March 27, Monrovia Knights of Columbus will hold a Lenten Fish Fry Dinner. 130 W. Pomona Avenue, Monrovia; 5:30-8 p.m. Take out available. Call 359-6489 for details.

- Brad Haugaard

Reports on Monrovia City Council and Mayoral Races

A report in the Star-News about the Monrovia City Council race ( http://goo.gl/heuSg9 ) and the mayoral race ( http://goo.gl/DXOm0J ).

- Brad Haugaard

Foothill Unity Center to Celebrate 35th Birthday

Friends of Foothill Unity Center will celebrate the organization's 35th birthday on Saturday, May 2, with a gala evening in the Sofia Ballroom at Noor Event Center, 260 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. Festivities begin with a 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction, followed at 7:30 p.m. by dinner and program, featuring a live auction. Tickets are $150 per person. For information on tickets, sponsorships and program ads, contact Barbara Rolf, 358-3486, barbara@foothillunitycenter.org. Proceeds will support Foothill Unity Center's programs helping the most vulnerable children, individuals and families across eleven San Gabriel Valley cities.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board to Consider New Math Classes

At its next meeting the Monrovia School Board will, among other things, consider some new math classes and textbooks. http://goo.gl/3Eb16O

- Brad Haugaard

Contributions in Monrovia City Council Race

Here is the latest list of campaign contributions in the Monrovia city council race. All contributions are from Monrovia unless a different city is noted. Note: I am a bit dubious about the figures for Mr. Austin's campaign; although I checked the dates of the contributions it appears that some of them may be duplicate entries. My apologies if there are errors. Let me know of any problems and I'll correct them.

Becky Shevlin
Alec Jimenez $175
April Soash $200
Becky Rivanis (non-monetary gift – pastries, beverages for event) $330.46
Becky Shevlin (loan) $100
Betty Sandford $250
Chris Kidd (non-monetary gift – room for event) $500
Chris Shevlin (loan) $5,000
Christopher Shevlin $5,000 (Becky says there was only the $5,000 loan)
Glenn Cox, Jr. $100
Hal Leavens $100
Jacen Crehan $100
Janet Cerswell (Alta Loma, CA) $100
Jeanne Miles $300
Joane Spring $200
Judy Schaeffler $100
Pam Barkus $100
Pamela Fitzpatrick $200
Paul Lawrence $150
Pokrajac Corporation (San Jacinto, CA) $500
Rudy Castrellon $300
Susan Hirsch $100

Chris Ziegler
Chris Ziegler (loan) $4,000

Clifford DeCosta
Clifford DeCosta $1,000
Clifford DeCosta $1,000

Gloria Crudgington
Arlene Dunson $150
Ford Printing & Mailing (Irwindale. Non-monetary gift – discount) $150
George Forbes $100
Gwendolyn Jones $100
Judith Pace Twomey $100
Lisa Magno $100
Marie Metsker $100
Marilyn C. Serotko $100
Myrtle Court Apartments $5,000
Samuel J. LaSala, Jr. $100

Jordan Kittleston
Donna Jiminez (Chino Hills), $50
Jordan K. Kittleston, $100
Nipa & John Dunn, $100
Committee to Re-Elect John Valdiria (San Bernardino), $150
Adam Sands (Redlands), $75
Jerry Chambers (Upland), $25
Asja Thomas, $5
Robyn Gordon (Upland), $100
Diamond King, $50
Bianca Slagle (Indianapolis, IN), $50
Jordan K. Kittleston, $20
Jordan K. Kittleston, $25
Eva Baeza (Fontana), $100
Renford R Reese (Pomona), $200
Earl DeVries (Ontario), $25

Robert Parry
Brian Yamaguchi $100
Bruce Merwin $200
Chris Ziegler $100
Danie Oullette $100
Dennis Geary $1,000
Gwendolyn Jones $100
John Jackson (Wildomar, CA) $100
Kevin Kothlow (Laguna Beach, CA) $250
Loresly Dowling $300
RC Stamps $200
Richard Mountjoy $250
Robert Parry $1,500

Scott Austin (corrections from Mr. Austin)
Alhambra Firefighters Political Action Committee (Alhambra) $2,500
California Professional Firefighters Political Action Committee (Sacramento, non-monetary gift for printing lawn signs – 02/05/2015) $1,210.61
duplicate of above California Professional Firefighters Political Action Committee (Sacramento – 02/10/2015) $1,210.61
Daniel Haro (Alta Loma, CA) $100
David Brinker (Akron, OH) $200
Debbie Austin $28.52
Debbie Austin (loan) $3,000
Debbie Austin $1,000
Donna Baker $200
Firefighters for Better Government Political Action Committee (Camarillo, CA) $2,500
Joe & Paula Costantino (DPO, AE) $200
Karen Suarez $200
Mary Ann & Cory Lutz $250
Michael Cacciotti (South Pasadena) $100
Monrovia Firefighters Issues Committee (02/02/2015) $3,000
not a valid PAC and not received Monrovia Firefighters Association Local 2415 (02/06/2015) $3,000
Natalie Park (South Pasadena) $100
Pasadena Firefighters Local 809 (Sacramento – 01/17/15) $1,000
Pasadena Firefighters Local 809 (Sacramento – 02/26/2015) $2,000
duplicate of above Pasadena Firefighters Local 809 (Sacramento – 02/28/2015) $2,000
Pasadena Firefighters Local 809 (Sacramento – 03/05/2015) $2,000
Samuel LaSala $100
Thomas Alan Suess $100
Thomas Fouser $100
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112 Political Action Committee (LA) $500
Victor Castellanos $500

Stephen Grollnek
No contributions listed

- Brad Haugaard