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Monrovia Schools Staff Member Has Coronavirus

Monrovia School Board President Rob Hammond has announced that a school staff member has the Coronavirus.

He writes:

"Late Thursday night, we were notified by a staff member that they tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have confirmed with health officials that there was no exposure to any of our staff, students, or families."

- Brad Haugaard

Ikonicks Restaurant Has Reopened

Ikonicks restaurant on Myrtle has reopened with a new menu for take-out.

Earlier, it had closed because of the pandemic, and had announced that it "will not be opening for delivery or grub hub until this epidemic is done." But it has figured out how to move ahead and has reworked things - including a new menu, so it's open for business.

The restaurant announced a "Family Box" of 16 sliders for $35, and a "City Box" for $40 that comes with 8 sliders, wings, fries, onion rings, and our city fries. Here's a video on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ikonicksbrew/

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner from Sena

Got the taco take-out for four for $55  from Sena, on the west side of Myrtle just south of Lime. Got short rib and chicken tacos, with jalapeƱo beans, sauces and a LOT of chips. Very good. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Citrus College Extends Remote Education for Entire Semester

Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, will continue to provide remote/online instruction and student support services through the remainder of the spring semester (June 12, 2020).

The physical college campus will remain closed during this time. Additionally, counseling, library services and student support services have transitioned to a remote/online format.

Source: Citrus College press release

- Brad Haugaard

Coronavirus Hits Monrovia: Two Monrovians Test Positive for Virus

City Manager Dylan Feik reports that, "Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed that two residents of Monrovia has tested positive for COVID-19. In the news release, DPH has stated that all confirmed cases are isolated and close contacts are quarantined."

Feik adds:

At this time, it is critically important that the community continues to adhere to all the social distancing measures and practice good public health hygiene, including washing hands as frequently as possible.

Additionally, over the past several days, residents have been disregarding signs placed at public parks, tennis courts, basketball courts, and the skate park. These areas are closed and group gatherings of 10 or more people are not allowed as part of the Safer at Home Health Order.

The City has been regularly visiting these sites and continues to see large group gatherings. In effect, the City will be closing the gate at the skate park, locking the gate at the tennis courts and will even remove the rims at our basketball courts at Julian Fisher Park and Recreation Park. We will also continue to post signage indicating these park facilities are closed. I realize the Safer at Home Order is incredibly difficult to follow but it is imperative that we do.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Combative Elderly Patient; Vehicle Thefts; Auto Accidents

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 19 – March 25, 2020. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 266 service events, resulting in 40 investigations.

Grand Theft Auto
March 20 at 1:40 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of S. Fifth reported his grey Ford F250 truck had been stolen. The victim parked his vehicle on the street in front of his residence on March 19 at approximately 2:30 a.m. and discovered it missing at approximately 7:30 p.m. the same day. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto - Suspect Arrested
March 20 at 6:58 a.m. a resident in the 1200 block of S. Primrose called to report his vehicle was stolen from the location sometime during the night. Monrovia Police Department was later notified by Azusa Police Department that they recovered the vehicle and arrested the suspect.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 20 at 10:54 a.m., a caller reported that an injury traffic collision occurred in the area of Primrose and Huntington. A motorist was traveling north on primrose and failed to yield to a vehicle traveling west on Huntington. The vehicles collided in the intersection. Both parties complained of pain but refused to be transported to a local hospital. The motorist at fault was issued a citation.

Vehicle Burglary
March 21 at 1:00 a.m., a resident in the 1100 block of S. Fifth called to report two vehicles parked on the street with broken windows. When the officer arrived, he saw the windows were shattered on the vehicles. The registered owners were contacted and a report was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Attempt Burglary
March 21 at 9:47 a.m., the owner of a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle called to report a burglary. The video surveillance showed footage at approximately 3:30 a.m., of a suspect that entered the walkway to the business and kicked open a glass window. He damaged a display case to the business. The suspect then fled without taking anything from the business and ran north on Myrtle. Monrovia Dispatch did not receive any alarm activations during the night for the location. This investigation is continuing.

Battery – Suspect Identified
March 21 at 3:45 p.m., Monrovia Fire requested police assistance for a combative elderly patient who had assaulted another elderly resident at a home in the 100 block of N. Mountain. The patient had medical and mental health issues. She was transported to a hospital via ambulance for medical issues. The victim suffered a scratch and did not desire prosecution.

Residential Burglary
March 21 at 6:23 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of W. Lime called to report a burglary. The victim left his residence for approximately 30 minutes and when he returned he was unable to find his iPad inside the residence. He also noticed some tools from a shed were placed into a bucket which he did not leave there. He attempted to ping the iPad, but there was no alert on a location. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
March 21 at 8:30 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of Wildrose called to report that he was inside his residence when he heard what he thought was a traffic collision outside. He went outside and saw a black vehicle leaving the area. There was damage to the resident’s vehicle which was parked on the street. The suspect drove away and did not stop to provide the required documentation. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto / Vehicle Burglaries
March 23 at 6:46 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 1800 block of S. Mountain regarding vehicle burglaries and the theft of a vehicle. The manager of a carpet cleaning business reported someone had burglarized three of their work vans and stole one of the vans sometime over the weekend. Officers arrived and discovered Los Angeles Police Department had stored the stolen vehicle in their city. This investigation is continuing.

Non-injury Traffic Collision
March 23 at 8:07 a.m., a driver reported colliding into another motorist at the intersection of California and Evergreen. He did not desire a police report and chose to exchange information only.

Grand Theft Auto
March 23 at 9:14 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of Patrician Way reported his white extended cab pickup truck had been stolen sometime during the night. Officers responded and had the vehicle entered into the DMV's stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Non-injury Traffic Collision
March 23 at 3:56 p.m., a motorist called the police advising he collided into another motorist in the 1600 block of Radford. Officers arrived and completed a collision investigation and a report.

Non-injury Traffic Collision
March 25 at 8:56 a.m., the manager of an auto repair business in the 1800 block of S. Mountain reported his parked vehicle was damaged by his neighbor's semi-truck as the neighbor reversed. The two parties did not desire a police report but wanted an officer to facilitate the exchange of information.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
March 25 at 11:45 p.m., employees of an alarm company called to report they were observing a male subject wandering the property of a business in the 3300 block of S. Peck via live video footage after closing hours. Officers responded and with the help of air support directing them, they were able to locate the subject hiding on the property. The property owner responded and wanted prosecution. The subject was identified and arrested for trespassing.

School District Warns of Coronavirus Scams

Dear Monrovia Unified Community,

As part of our commitment to providing information on matters related to COVID-19, we urge you to be mindful of pandemic-driven cyberthreats that seek to mislead consumers or steal sensitive information. The FBI is warning people to be wary of malicious websites and apps pretending to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites and apps to infect and lock devices until payment is received.

Several fraudulent schemes have been reported:
  • A malicious Android app that pretends to be a “Coronavirus Tracking App” is actually ransomware that will infect the phone and lock it until payment is received. The malicious app is downloaded at (coronavirusapp[.]site).
  • Beware of hackers posing as CDC or WHO representatives in phishing attacks.
  • Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission issued a warning regarding seven companies selling fraudulent COVID-19 products. Learn more at: fda.gov.
As our city manager advises, there are several coronavirus tracking and mapping sites that are actually malware websites. Instead of clicking on these links, hover over the link to verify the uniform resource locator (URL) before moving forward. Online hackers may also send emails from fraudulent accounts impersonating official websites and doctors, or offering medical supplies and services.

A recent advisory from Los Angeles County shared safety tips on how to combat these schemes:
  • Avoid online advertising offers related to COVID-19
  • Decline solicitors claiming fundraising efforts for COVID-19
  • Do not click on any email or attachment you do not recognize
  • Only visit trusted websites for information
  • A trusted source for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 is the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus information page at coronavirus.jhu.edu. (However, beware of any emails seemingly from Johns Hopkins. A malicious website (corona-virus-map[dot]com) looks similar to a legitimate site from Johns Hopkins showing worldwide COVID-19 cases. The malicious website hosts a map of COVID-19 cases but launches a virus that will steal information, including sensitive data.)
Other safe, informational websites include the following:

- Brad Haugaard

School District to Distribute Two Days of Meals Thursday

Monrovia Unified will observe Cesar Chavez Day on Friday, March 27, and the District will be closed. Due to this, two days-worth of meals will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, at the school nearest you! Meal service will continue daily during spring break.

- Brad Haugaard

Blood Shortage Due to Blood Drive Cancellations

Monrovia City Manager Dylan Feik reports the Red Cross is very low on blood "due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations." If you'd like to make a blood donation, click here: https://is.gd/WxaWVX

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Warn of Virus Scams

Beware of #COVID19 scams: 

-DO NOT click on emails/links/attachments you don’t recognize 
-IGNORE fraudulent online offers for COVID-19 cures/treatments 
-BEWARE of fraudulent fundraising campaigns/donation requests for cash, gift cards/credit cards 
-REPORT price gouging

If you have witnessed or experienced a Coronavirus related scam or price gouging, please call the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office Hotline at (213) 257-2450.

Source: Monrovia Police

- Brad Haugaard 

Local Water District Again Says: Tap Water is Safe

Apparently some people are still concerned about tap water and Coronavirus, so the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, which serves Monrovia, is trying to reassure people, with messages such as this one:

Wendy's Provides Lunches for Homeless

Wendy's Monrovia provided lunches for Foothill Unity Center's homeless clients last week and Unity Center says, "Thank you ... We are very appreciative!"

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools: Changes to Test Dates

Dear Monrovia Unified Community,

As we take on our second week of student dismissal, I want to assure you that the well-being of our students, staff, families, and community remain at the forefront of every decision. We are all learning during this time. Whether learning how to navigate the Google Classroom platform or how to avoid cabin fever, we recognize the many and varied challenges surrounding us these days.

To assist with learning, we have added links to additional educational resources that might help at home. These resources may be found on the Distance Learning Platform parent page. We are also creating a weekly newsletter offering helpful tips and ideas for both parents and teachers.

Spring is the time we usually engage in testing. Below are some specific testing updates:
  • SAT: All exams, including make ups, have been cancelled through May 2.
  • ACT: The ACT has been rescheduled to June 13.
  • Advanced Placement: AP exams are still planned, but reformatted as online, 45-minute, free-response exams designed for students to take from home.
Beginning Wednesday, March 25, students have the option of attending free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers across the country. Course-specific information may be found here. There will be two exam dates made available to accommodate students who want to take the test earlier while information learned in school is still fresh. Anyone who has already paid for an exam may cancel for a full refund if they choose to no longer take the exam. Additional information and resources may be found here.

We expect another update regarding AP Exams on April 3.

The California Department of Education also released information regarding statewide testing on March 20:

As a reminder, if you have any questions about assignments, please contact your child’s teachers. If you have any questions in general about the school your child attends, please contact the administrator via email or call the school’s main line. While we have altered our hours and locations, we are still “open” and will respond in a timely manner.

We are in this together. Please continue to practice healthy habits.

Sincerely,Dr. Katherine Thorossian
Superintendent

- Brad Haugaard

Coronavirus Near But No Instances Reported Yet for Monrovia

Local cities with cases of Coronavirus. None recorded yet for Monrovia.

Alhambra 4
Altadena 5
Arcadia 3
Covina 1
Duarte 1
Glendora 1
La Verne 2
Pasadena 3
South Pasadena 3
Temple City 1

Source: https://is.gd/nSMeBU

- Brad Haugaard

No Reported Coronavirus in Monrovia - But Getting Closer

No recorded instances of coronavirus in Monrovia, but there are some nearby:

Alhambra, 3
Altadena, 2
Arcadia, 2
Covina, 1
Pasadena, 3
South Pasadena, 2

Source: https://is.gd/8qYLtY

- Brad Haugaard

City Again Closes Canyon Park, Wilderness Preserve

From City Manager Dylan Feik: "Beginning today, the City is closing Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve again. The City attempted to leave these recreational areas open to our community. Over this past weekend, far too many people visited the facilities and did not practice safe, social distancing. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience and ask all residents, guests and visitors to find alternate means of recreation which you can do in small groups, maintain 6’ of separation and comply with the Safer at Home Health Order."

- Brad Haugaard

Trader Joe's Adds Senior Shopping Hours

There has been some confusion about whether Trader Joe's has senior shopping hours. It does. Now.
Here's what the market says:
At Trader Joe’s we pride ourselves on treating all of our customers equitably.  Over the past few weeks we have heard from our senior customers about the need for assistance in the morning to get in and out of our stores quickly.  We’ve listened, and effective Monday March 23rd we will implement the following:
Store hours will remain 9AM to 7PM.  Every day between 9AM and 10AM, Crew Members will maintain an additional line outside the front door for our senior customers. This will ensure that those customers in need will have an expedited entrance to the store to help make their experience a more positive one.
Our Crew Members in each of our stores remain committed to these ideas and, as always, will be ready to help any customer needing extra assistance for any reason.
Source: Trader Joe's press release https://is.gd/YOegX6

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Online Church Services

This is a partial list of online church services today in Monrovia. There are some I could not find information about or that I just missed. If you know of others, please let me know (Include a link.)

Calvary Chapel Monrovia, or on Facebook  -  9 and 11 a.m.

Fellowship Monrovia - 9 and 11 a.m.

First Presbyterian - 10 a.m.

Hope Unlimited Church - 10 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m.

Vineyard - 10 a.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Unity Center Needs Supplies; Take Census Online; Sales Tax Survey

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

~ Foothill Unity Center could use supplies. Full list here: https://is.gd/yAOBCS

~ It's census year, but the nice thing is you can answer the questions online, here: https://my2020census.gov/

~ What should Monrovia do with the Measure K money (that's the money from the sales tax Monrovia passed). Take a survey here: https://is.gd/rxNzco

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Employees to Telecommute

Monrovia Schools Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian reports that employees began telecommuting Friday. She writes, "Some of our essential personnel, including food services and payroll, will need to continue completing their duties on site in order for our operations to continue."

- Brad Haugaard