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Bill By Monrovia's State Senator Would GPS-Monitor Paroled Burglars

Senate Bill 1266, by Monrovia's State Senator, Anthony Portantino, would require anyone convicted of burglary to be subject to GPS monitoring as a condition of parole. Upon release law enforcement would monitor the offender's activity. The bill has passed committee and now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Drunk Socks Cop; Safe Stolen From House; Burglar Returns - Caught; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 462 service events, resulting in 80 investigations.

Injury Traffic Collision
April 19 at 7:34 a.m., a bicyclist in the 400 block of W. Duarte was riding along the north sidewalk, when a motorist exited a business parking lot and struck the bike. The bicyclist fell to the ground and sustained no visible injuries, only minor pain.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
April 19 at 7:51 p.m., a male subject entered a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain and removed items from a shelf. The subject ran out of the store without paying for the merchandise. He was stopped by store security and the police were called. Officers arrived and took custody of the subject.

Warrant – Suspects Arrested
April 19 at 9:18 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 1800 block of S. Mayflower when he saw a vehicle in front of him commit a violation. He conducted a traffic stop and contacted the occupants. A computer check revealed two of the occupants had warrants and they were arrested and taken into custody.

Under the Influence of Narcotics – Suspect Arrested
April 20 at 1:20 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a male subject in Station Square Park after closing hours. He contacted the subject and found the subject to be under the influence of narcotics; he was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 20 at 3:21 a.m., officers were extra patrolling the 500 block of S. Myrtle when they saw a suspicious female subject. They stopped the subject, and a computer check revealed she had a warrant. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
April 20 at 7:27 a.m., a resident in the 1200 block of Sherman reported that her brother had just forced his way into her home and had taken money. Officers responded and located the male subject outside the home. After an investigation was conducted, he was arrested for burglary.

Battery Against a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested
April 20 at 9:43 a.m., an employee of a business in the 200 block of E. Duarte reported a male subject trespassing. Officers arrived and located the subject inhaling intoxicants. They approached the subject, who swung his fist and hit one of the officers in the face, causing an injury. The subject was arrested.

Residential Burglary
April 20 at 11:31 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of Highland returned home and found her front door had been forced open. She entered her home and discovered it was ransacked and her safe had been stolen. Officers responded and searched for suspects, but were unable to locate any. This investigation is continuing.

April 20 at 9:42 p.m., a male subject entered a store in the 100 block of W. Foothill. He removed several bottles of alcohol from a shelf, then fled the store without paying for the merchandise. Officers responded and searched for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 20 at 11:26 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 400 block S. Alta Vista when he saw a bicyclist commit a riding violation. The officer stopped the bicyclist and a computer check revealed the subject had a warrant for his arrest; he was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
April 21 at 9:00 a.m., a resident in the 900 block of W. Foothill went to her car and discovered someone had shattered her car window. She found the suspect had entered her vehicle and stole her wallet, checkbook and ID. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Cited
April 21 at 6:59 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers stopped a vehicle in the 2600 block of S. California for a driving violation. A probation search of the vehicle revealed the occupants were in possession of narcotics. The occupants were issued citations.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 21 at 7:08 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 3300 block of S. Peck when he saw a female subject lying across the sidewalk. The officer stopped to see if she needed medical assistance, but found she was only sleeping. A computer check revealed she had a warrant for her arrest, so she was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
April 21 at 11:34 p.m., a female subject was sitting on a bench with her friends in the 100 block of E. Colorado with her purse on the bench next to her. A male subject approached the bench and grabbed her purse, then fled the area. Officers were called, but they were unable to locate the suspect. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
April 21 at 11:48 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of Royal Oaks returned home and discovered his front door had been kicked open. He entered the house and found it to be ransacked. A television and several shoes were stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

DUI – Suspect Arrested 
April 22 at 1:24 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 100 block of W. Duarte when he saw a vehicle commit a driving violation. He stopped the vehicle and found the driver to be intoxicated. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was arrested for DUI.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 3:34 a.m., several residents in the 700 block of Monterey called the police because a male subject was heard and seen walking through their front yards. Officers arrived and located the subject. They found him to be heavily intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety, so he was arrested for public intoxication and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 12:11 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of Royal Oaks arrived home and found a male subject inside his home. The suspect ran out of the home and jumped into a car. The victim chased the suspect and looked into the car. The victim saw items inside the car that had been stolen from his house the previous day. Officers arrived and arrested the suspect.

Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence
April 22 at 4:40 p.m., a vehicle collided into another vehicle in the 800 block of W. Foothill. The driver found to be at fault was heavily intoxicated and was complaining of pain. He was transported to a nearby hospital. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
April 23 at 6:56 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Colorado walked outside his home and discovered his vehicle had been burglarized sometime during the night. The victim’s wallet and money had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
April 23 at 7:33 a.m., the owner of a business in the 500 block of Fig arrived at work and found large amounts of scrap metal had been stolen from his locked and gated yard sometime during the weekend while the business was closed. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting - Suspect Arrested
April 24 at 10:40 a.m., a male subject entered a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain, removed merchandise from a shelf and left the store without paying. Store security stopped the suspect outside the store. Officers responded and after an investigation, arrested the suspect for the theft.

Residential Burglary
April 24 at 11:04 a.m., officers responded to a burglary alarm at a house in the 500 block of N. Alta Vista. When they arrived, they found the front door open. There was no one found inside the house. The owner arrived and told officers that two shotguns and jewelry had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
April 24 at 2:05 p.m., a witness saw a male subject writing graffiti on a trash can in the 600 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and located the male. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Petty Theft
April 25 at 2:55 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Pomona arrived home and discovered a package that he had delivered had been stolen from his front porch. This investigation is continuing. 

Interview With Pastor of Fellowship Monrovia

An interview with Pastor Albert Tate of Fellowship Monrovia, one of the largest churches in the San Gabriel Valley, in the Los Angeles Sentinel:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Navy Vet to be Honored at Dodgers Game

Monrovia Navy veteran Joseph Amador will be honored at Dodgers game:

- Brad Haugaard

'She Loves Me' and 'A Taste of Broadway'

~ The JFed Players, part of Monrovia's Jewish Federation, will present its Spring 2018 production of She Loves Me, starting on May 12, 8 p.m. at Porticos Art Space, at 2033 E. Washington Blvd. in Pasadena. It inspired the motion pictures, The Little Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail. Details:

~ The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company will present A Taste of Broadway on Saturday, June 9,  at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church at 122  S. California Ave. The concert will feature excerpts from Oklahoma, Oliver, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, and more. From the Classical American Songbook to  Disney. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased at or by sending checks payable to "SGVCC" to PO Box 2225 Monrovia, CA  91017. They will also be available at the door.

- Brad Haugaard

Act Quickly - More Money for Monrovia Home Security Rebates; No Carbon Footprint; Arbor Day

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

~ The rebates for home security program is back on! The program was originally funded for $50,000, but that ran out, so now the City Council has added another $15,000 to the Home Security Rebate Program. Apply here, quick:

~ Every Lyft ride now has a net zero carbon emission footprint. Lyft has agreed to purchase carbon offsets for every single Lyft ride that occurs across the globe.

~  On Thursday, April 26, the Youth Commission and the Teen Advisory Board will host an Arbor Day celebration at Library Park starting at 4 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Pet of the Week: Lobo the Pit Bull

Lobo (A453205) is a beautiful brindle pit bull looking for a loving home. This two-year-old is a volunteer favorite; he greets each visitor with a wagging tail. He is super friendly and affectionate, and is generous with his face licks. He listens well to commands, knowing his “sit,” “down,” and “shake.” He likes time in the social yard, running around and playing with a tennis ball. Come visit Lobo today at the Pasadena Humane Society.

The adoption fee for dogs is $130. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before going to their new home.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets at Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

** It’s Kitten Week at the Pasadena Humane Society. Kitten Week is a week-long awareness and action campaign held April 23-29, to encourage community members to spay/neuter, adopt, and get involved. You can find more information at

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Department Will Honor 12 Employees

The Monrovia Police Department will be recognizing the accomplishments of 12 of their employees on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. in the City of Monrovia Council Chambers. Two recipients will be awarded the Medal of Valor, one recipient will be awarded the Medal of Merit, seven recipients will be awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and three recipients will be awarded the Life Saving Medal for their exceptional work, their dedication to the Monrovia Police Department and their commitment to the community of Monrovia. The Honorees are:

Medal of Valor 
Officer Oliver Medina 
Officer Esteban CastaƱeda

Medal of Merit 
Agent Michael Garcia

Distinguished Service Medal 
Officer David Andrew 
Officer James Ruano 
Officer Travis Ortega 
Officer William Wilkins 
Parking Control Officer Alfonso CastaƱeda
Volunteer Pam Greene
Volunteer Sandy Williams

Life Saving Medal 
Officer Brian Cofield
Officer David Andrew 
Officer John Jefferson

- Brad Haugaard

Wheelhouse Ceramic Sale - May 4, 5

Ceramic Sale on Friday, May 4 from 1788 to 2088 p.m. at 1831 Santa Fe Place, Monrovia. (Behind AAMCO and Troy's Donuts & Burgers. Sponsored by The Wheelhouse. Ceramic sale at The Wheelhouse, 1831 Santa Fe Place, Monrovia. (Behind AAMCO and Troy's Donuts & Burgers). Handcrafted pottery by local artisans. Friday, May 4, from 6-9 p.m. and May 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash or check only. This is a non-profit group and the sales help fund the studio.

-Brad Haugaard

Anchors Away Family Fun Night at Mayflower School

Mayflower Elementary School will hold a pirate-themed Anchors Away Family Fun Night on April 28, from 4-8 p.m. at the school, at 219 N. Mayflower Ave. There will be inflatables, carnival games, booths, music, bingo, raffle food trucks, and a silent auction. There will be booths for the Monrovia Fire Department, Police Department, Canyon Park, Monrovia Library Mobile, Pasadena Humane Society therapy dogs, face painting, and more.

"Money from this event will assist with literacy programs, send kids on field trips, and assist with ensuring classrooms have needed supplies," said Faith Mellinger, Mayflower PTA president. "We ask all community members to help their local school by joining us on this special night."

Tickets are $10 at the door ($8 early purchase here: for a wristband to access to all games, $5 donation to enter with no games, and children under 5 are free. $20 for Bingo. Extra fees apply for food and certain activities.

-Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment Gets $44.6 Million Army Contract

Monrovia's AeroVironment has received a $44.6 million contract modification from the U.S. Army to provide hardware and parts for its Switchblade miniature missile systems.

- Brad Haugaard

Trying Out LimeBike

I tried out the LimeBike system today. I walked to a bike shown on the LimeBike smartphone app, but I think it was in someone’s back yard. So I kept walking. After about 10 minutes I found a bike a block south of Foothill. It was a bit hard entering my credit card number in the app; it’s lime and yellow color makes it hard to read in the sunshine. Should have done that at home. 

Otherwise easy. Unlocked bike, rode to the train station, went to LA and met a friend for lunch at Horse Thief BBQ, which I can HIGHLY recommend.

It’s a bit odd that a bike ride costs a dollar and a Lyft car ride costs 50 cents, but if you add a tip on the Lyft ride (and knowing what a nice person you are I’m sure you will) you come out ahead on the bike. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Latino Heritage Society Fundraiser Dance

The Monrovia Latino Heritage Society will present a scholarship fundraising dance tomorrow, Sunday, April 22, from 2-7 p.m. at the VFW Post at 250 E. First Street in Azusa. $20 per person; $25 at the door. Music by The In Crowd. For information contact Pat Lowell at 386-5896 or Cuca Mack at 359-2130.

- Brad Haugaard

The Moon and Meteors Above Monrovia

In the skies of Monrovia.

~ Tonight after sundown the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers will gather in Library Park, probably at the corner of Primrose and Lime, to avoid the Wine Walk. You should be able to see a great view of the moon.

~ And if you are up in the very early hours Sunday morning, you might see some Lyrid Meteors. Get to an area where the moon is blocked, and look up.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Church Institutes Shuttle Service

Fellowship Monrovia, the church that meets at Monrovia High, has apparently grown so large that it is instituting a shuttle service to bring people to church. 

According to an email, the church successfully experimented with shuttles for Easter and now plans to use the system regularly “to create a better parking experience for our first-time visitors, our families with young children, our elderly, and our handicapped.”

The shuttles will run from the parking lot at 488 E. Santa Clara Street in Arcadia to Monrovia High.

- Brad Haugaard 

Joint Monrovia City Council/School Board Meeting

The Monrovia Board of Education and Monrovia City Council will meet in joint session Monday, April 23 at 5 p.m. (agenda) in the district's board room to discuss the Monrovia Day's Parade and Library Park Festival on May 18-20, and to get an update on I Ride for You, Board Member Rob Hammond's cross-country bicycle ride that is also raising money for the Monrovia PTA.

- Brad Haugaard

Foothill Unity Center Moving

Foothill Unity Center is moving to its new home next week and will be closed Tuesday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 1. The new address is: 790 W. Chestnut Ave., at the site formerly housing World Vision. The Unity Center will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Rigo’s Mexican

Dinner at a Rigo’s Mexican Food, on Foothill at Mayflower. Got a cheese enchilada and carnitas taco combination for $13.95 and a beer for $5. All very good. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Pizza Voted Top Pizza Restaurant in Town

The readers' votes are in on "Which Monrovia restaurant serves the best pizza?"

The winner is Monrovia Pizza (on Duarte Road at Mayflower), followed by Blaze, then Alitalia, and Domenicos.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Watch Out for IRS Scams!

Monrovia Police want you to be aware of tax-season scams involving the IRS.

It's really simple: The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail, NOT by phone or through any other electronic media.

The IRS never asks for financial access information over the telephone or by any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media.

Don't open any attachments or click on any links contained in an electronic message. Instead, forward the e-mail to More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website,

- Brad Haugaard