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Support Monrovia High Marching Wildcats Band and Color Guard

Monrovia High Marching Wildcats Band and Color Guard is having a Car Wash / Bake Sale at Walgreens, 253 E. Foothill Blvd. in Arcadia, on Saturday Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. Suggested donation: $6 cars; $8 trucks and SUVs.    - Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Homicide Arrest; Hit and Run Arrest; Assault Victim Knocked Unconscious; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Highlighted Activity for September 18-21. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Vehicle Burglary
On September 18 at 7:08 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of West Huntington. Unknown suspect(s) broke into a sports utility vehicle sometime between 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., stealing a rear seat, a tool kit and a plastic hard hat. The vehicle was locked and secured with the alarm set. Access may have been gained through the rear window, but no pry marks were located. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary / Vandalism
On September 18 at 10:44 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 2600 block of South Myrtle regarding a burglary. Unknown suspect(s) broke the automatic sliding gate at a City facility and then cut the lock to the storage container. They stole insulated copper wire from the container. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
On September 18 at 7:26 p.m., an officer responded to the 1200 block of Encino regarding a residential burglary. The victim returned home at 4:00 p.m. and noticed two laptop computers missing. The backdoor was unlocked and the downstairs office was ransacked. The two laptops were taken from the kitchen table. The incident occurred between 10:30 a.m. and 4:00p.m. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On September 18 at 11:58 p.m., a resident in the 900 block of West Duarte reported a domestic dispute after she heard a female yell out for someone to call the police. Officers arrived and determined the couple had been arguing. The male subject pulled the female's hair, causing a contusion, and he poked her in the left eye with his finger, causing swelling and bleeding. The male subject was arrested and charged for domestic violence.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol / Hit & Run Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On September 19 at 12:48 a.m., police dispatch received several calls reporting a hit and run driver in the area of Central and Mountain in the city of Duarte. Witnesses gave a description of the driver and vehicle. Officer located the driver and stopped the vehicle in the 300 block of Linwood. The female driver was determined to be driving under the influence. The victim of the hit and run positively identified the female suspect as the driver of the vehicle who hit them. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department responded and handled the traffic collision investigation.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia / Parole Hold – Suspects Arrested
On September 19 at 5:22 p.m., an officer responded to the 800 block of West Duarte Road regarding two suspicious subjects sitting in a vehicle in a business parking lot. Upon arrival, the officer heard the sound of fireworks. He pulled into the parking lot and contacted the subjects in the vehicle; no one else was in the parking lot. The subjects admitted to setting off the fireworks. The officer searched the vehicle for more fireworks and found syringes and a pipe used for smoking controlled substances. Both subjects were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and one of the subjects had a parole hold issued for him.

Assault Report
On September 20 at 1:35 a.m., an assault was reported at a business in the 100 block of East Olive. The victim was pushed by two suspects, causing him to strike the back of his head on the floor. The impact from the fall caused the victim to be knocked unconscious for several minutes. The suspects fled the scene. The victim was taken to a hospital and the investigation is continuing.

Alarm Activation
On September 20 at 9:48 a.m., dispatch received an alarm activation at a business in the 100 block of South Ivy. Officers responded and found the entire building was not secured. The alarm was sounding, intermittently, and then fading off. The building was searched and was undisturbed. It was determined that the power source for the alarm system was low and causing the system to malfunction. The system was reset and the building secured.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
On September 20 at 9:40 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 100 block of East Pomona in reference to a disturbing subject demanding to get his vehicle released. The subject did not have a valid release form the Monrovia Police Department and was denied his vehicle. The subject refused to leave the tow yard and the police were called to the scene. Upon arrival, the subject was uncooperative with officers and still refused to leave the location. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On September 21 at 1:32 a.m., a family disturbance was reported at a residence in the 700 block of West Foothill. When officers arrived, they discovered a father was in an argument with his 17-year-old daughter. At some point, the father grabbed his daughter's arms and carried her from one room to another, leaving thumb impression marks on her biceps. He also struck her in the legs with his belt, leaving a welt mark. The father was arrested and taken into custody.

Homicide – Suspect Arrested
On September 21 at 3:08 p.m., Monrovia dispatch received a request to check on the welfare of a woman that lives in the 200 block of Mauna Loa Drive. Officers arrived and found a 47-year-old female adult dead inside a vehicle to the rear of the residence and the female’s 51-year-old boyfriend nearby. Monrovia police officers detained the male subject and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide investigators responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. The subject is in custody for suspicion of murder. The Coroner also responded to the location to complete their investigation.

Help Monrovia Baseball by Playing Golf


Monrovia Youth Baseball Charity League Golf Tournament, Oct. 24. Cost: $125. Heather Stokes writes: We are closing in on our 2nd annual Golf Tournament. This fundraiser will help us work on our fields, build some new fields, and more. If you are a golfer or you know a golfer or two, send them to http://www.mybl.org to sign up. See you on the greens. To be an event sponsor contact Jack Taylor at musipooh@aol.com or Marina Brusseau at msjrleag@gmail.com .
- Brad Haugaard

Brown Signs Diversity Law Authored by Monrovia Representative

Governor Brown has signed a measure authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, that says the members of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, "to the greatest extent possible, should be inclusive and representative of the many demographic groups found in California, and the board should reflect diversity of race and gender, and should include, among others, disabled persons and veterans." http://goo.gl/8tRFeb

Holden said in a press release that, "By requiring diversity to be taken into account when appointing board members, Assembly Bill 1557 ensures that the Board will bring the perspective, real life experiences and insight of the broadest cross-section of residents of California."

Comment: This dog of a law started out as a bill that just unfairly favored veterans, now it unfairly gives preferences to "many demographic groups," whatever that means. It troubles me that we are dividing representation on the basis of group membership rather than competence. Shall we divide up the legislature on the same basis? Make sure rural residents get so many seats? Left handers? Each ethnic group? Elderly? Organic snap pea growers? Different income levels? Gag.

- Brad Haugaard

Woman Strangled in Monrovia, Man Detained

Man detained after woman found strangled in the 200 block Mauna Loa Drive in Monrovia. http://goo.gl/Szx8u6

Update: Mental illness involved? http://goo.gl/kl3mBx

- Brad Haugaard

Injuries in Wrong-Way Driver Incident in Monrovia

Three injured in wrong-way driving incident on 210 in Monrovia. http://goo.gl/J97Iak

- Brad Haugaard

Opinion: How About a Low-Water Landscaping Award for Monrovia?

I noticed a homeowner nearby removed all his front lawn and replaced it with low-water landscaping, and the thought occurred to me: Since Monrovia has a Christmas home decorating contest, why not have a Summer Solstice Low-Water Landscaping award to honor the most attractive "xeriscaped" (low water) front yard? Just a thought ...

- Brad Haugaard

Art Festival in Monrovia's Library Park

Monrovia Association of Fine Arts is having a two-day art exhibit in Library Park on Oct. 11-12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featured artist is rick Kess, art demos, music, food trucks. Local artists who would like to display their works can contact Bill Beebe at monroviafinearts@gmailcom. Deadline is Sept. 30.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Loses to St. Francis, 35-13 :-(

St. Francis over Monrovia in football. http://goo.gl/jOWWmt

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools May Listen In on Student Social Media Posts

At its Sept. 24 meeting, the Monrovia School Board (agenda: http://goo.gl/6RkakF ) will consider, among other things, contracting with a company called Geo Listening to listen in on what students are saying on social media sites and report back to the school postings involving "bullying, cyber bullying, despair, hate, harm, crime, vandalism, substance abuse, and truancy."
 
The staff report ( http://goo.gl/nbNOqe ) says the company monitors "public social network postings within the perimeter of a school. They do not migrate into the personal or private settings of any social network subscriber."

Comment: Hmmmm. If you understand this to mean that the company just monitors postings made "within the perimeter of a school" - perhaps by using the geolocation service on a cell phone - that is incorrect. The company's service brochure ( http://goo.gl/IvEUns ) says it searches "public social media activity for customized keywords, phrases, and pictures, and align to specific school locations." So if someone posts about Monrovia schools from Wyoming, it'll record it. I'm of two minds on this. First, it seems rather intrusive, but on the other hand, I suppose if you post publicly what you say is fair game and I can understand how it could be helpful. I'm curious what you think. You can post comments below.

- Brad Haugaard

38 Degrees at Taste of Old Town Monrovia | Friends Book Sale

~ A Taste of Old Town Monrovia announced on Facebook that 38 Degrees Ale House and Grill, which is coming to to the old Merengue bakery location on Colorado east of Myrtle, will participate this year's Taste of Old Town on Oct. 19. 38 Degrees is popular in Alhambra.

~ The Friends of the Monrovia Public Library Fall Book Sale will take place Oct. 10-12, a three-day event wit thousands of donated books. Hours: Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Close-out $3-per-bag sale is Sunday from 4-5 p.m. All funds raised support Library programs and collection development. http://goo.gl/vvxCIQ

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Rudy's Mexican Food

Lunch at Rudy's Mexican Food. Corner of Myrtle and Colorado. Got a regular chicken tostada for $7.50, off of the Luncheon Specials menu, and an iced tea for $2.25. You can't see the chicken in this picture but there's plenty there. Fine. 

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Stops Enforcing 'Free Speech Area' Rule

In the face of a continuing lawsuit by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, has agreed - among other things - to "cease prohibiting students from engaging in spontaneous expressive activity outside of the institution's tiny 'Free Speech Area'. ... Students are still prohibited from congregating or handing out printed matter within 25 feet of doorways and indoor facilities, and speech may not disrupt the educational process or other scheduled campus activities." More here: http://goo.gl/31NfZf

- Brad Haugaard

Permanent E-Waste Recycle Point in Monrovia

I've just been told that Bradoaks Elementary School, at 930 E. Lemon, is a permanent e-waste collection point. You can bring compters, printers, scanners, fax machines, televisions, DVD players, VCRs - anything with a cord, to be recycled. And the PTA receives money for every pound.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia May Split Tree Removal Costs With You

Have a fire-hazardous tree that needs removing? You may be able to get the city to split the cost with you. http://goo.gl/yQViwa

- Brad Haugaard

Filming in Monrovia | Massage Law Approved

~ Diane Delmatoff, at Monrovia City Hall, reports: The filming on Magnolia and later tonight on East Lemon in Old Town is for Battle Creek.  We have another one in the hopper for next Thursday and Friday at 880 West Foothill.  It is for a feature film called Director's Cut.  And on October 2, there will be some "B" roll shots of the Upton Sinclair house and Old Town for a show on the History Channel called Monumental Mysteries.

~ Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law the Massage Therapy Reform Act authored by Assemblymembers Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, Jimmy Gomez and Susan Bonilla. AB 1147 lets local governments revoke licenses for establishments that violate the law. Source: Holden press release.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Dating Failure; Hit in Sidewalk; Stolen Bike; Shoplifting

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 15-17. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 405 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 405 service events, resulting in 60 investigations.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On September 15 at 6:26 a.m., a traffic accident was reported at Huntington Drive and Fifth Avenue. Just before officers arrived, there was a second traffic collision at the location. Party one was driving under the influence and was told by party two to move his car. Party one attempted to move his vehicle and was broadsided by another car. Officers determined party one was driving under the influence; he was arrested.

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
On September 15 at 10:24 p.m., police received a call reporting a male and female subject arguing at a skate park in the 800 block of East Olive Avenue. During the argument, the male slashed the tire on the female subject’s vehicle. The caller said the male was acting strange and had a knife. Officers responded and detained all parties at the location for questioning. After investigation, it was determined the subjects are in a dating relationship and the male subject did puncture a tire on the female’s vehicle with a folding knife he still had on him. The victim wanted to prosecute and made a private person’s arrest. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 16 at 6:43 p.m., police responded to a traffic collision involving a pedestrian at Primrose and Huntington. A female adult had been struck by a vehicle while in a crosswalk and sustained a head injury. She was treated on scene by Monrovia Fire Department and taken to a hospital for a large facial laceration. Police obtained the necessary statements to conduct an investigation.

Possession of Marijuana – Suspect Cited
September 16 at 6:48 p.m., a caller reported several juveniles inside a construction area in the 1300 block of South Magnolia. It appeared they were going into the residences that are being built. The caller thought they could see the suspects pulling items off walls and throwing them around inside the buildings. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter was on scene and saw the suspects hop over the north fence of the property. Officers located five suspects and detained them while they investigated. A responsible party for the property was contacted and responded to inspect the property. Damage was found, but one of the suspects was cited for possession of marijuana.

Stolen Bicycle
September 16 at 7:50 p.m., a bicycle was reported stolen from an apartment complex in the 900 block of Monterey Avenue. The bicycle was taken from the bike rack sometime overnight. The bike is a Mongoose mountain bike, 21 speed, charcoal grey, with gold lettering. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspects Arrested
September 17 at 6:40 p.m., a loss prevention officer from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington Drive called police to advise he was watching three female suspects in the process of concealing store merchandise on their person and in their stroller. The loss prevention officer had received information about the three suspects from another store. The suspects noticed they were being watched and returned the property. Officers arrived and contacted the suspects. They were identified and computer checks revealed the suspects had outstanding warrants; they were arrested without incident.

Monrovia Police: Be Aware of New Bike Safety Law

The Monrovia Police Department would like to inform drivers and make them aware of a new law that is now in effect. The new Three Feet for Safety Act requires motorists to give at least three feet clearance to bicyclists when passing from behind. Drivers must “slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent” and pass when the cyclist will not be endangered if traffic or roadway conditions prevent giving three feet when passing.

The new law is designed to reduce car-bicycle crashes by reminding drivers to give bicyclists more safe space when passing. Here are a few safety tips for both motorists and bicyclists.

Safety Tips for Motorists:
- Slow down near bicyclists.
- Pay attention and avoid driving distractions.
- Look for bicyclists before opening your car door.
- Be aware of oncoming bicyclists when making a left turn.
- Check your blind spot for bicyclists before turning right.

Safety Tips for Bicyclists:
- Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.
- Ride with a white front light at night.
- Be visible. Don’t hug the curb and ride in a straight line.
- Stop at red lights and stop signs.
- Ride 3-5 feet to the left of parked cars to avoid opening doors.
- Be predictable and use hand signals.

Comment: I think this is a reasonable law. I'm a bicyclist and it's really scary when a car comes too close too fast. Yes, I know! I know! Some bicyclists are indeed jerks.

- Brad Haugaard

SCE: Power System 'Challenged' - Keep Conserving

Southern California Edison spokesman Paul Grigaux reports that the power company's system has been "challenged" over the past five days and there have been equipment failures and power outages. Since Saturday, the utility has replaced 369 transformers, though that is far fewer than in two past heat waves.

SCE also reports that its year-to-date peak consumption of 23,055 megawatts was reached on Monday, and, of course, the company would like you to continue reducing power usage between noon and 6 p.m. - the hours of peak energy usage. http://goo.gl/CzFYNy

- Brad Haugaard

High Tech at Monrovia High

A couple interesting technical innovations at Monrovia High.

One option for yesterday's election for homecoming prince and princesses was to vote by smart phone.

Also, students can send a text to 507-573-4012 with the message "@wakeupcats" and "you will get a daily text message to wakeup at 6:35AM. It's a great way to start the day!!!!" Comment: Cool idea, though I'm not persuaded that it is a great way to start the day.

- Brad Haugaard