Lunch at the new Flamzz pizza restaurant at the corner of Ivy and Colorado. Simple, clean atmosphere. Got a BBQ chicken pizza ($7.50) and a soda ($1.95). Plus tax and tip. Very tasty. Kind of like California Pizza Kitchen.
At its March 11 meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/mlPr7D ), the Monrovia Community Services Commission will consider recommending the city buy playground equipment for Julian Fisher Park, and that it raise the per-use rental fee for the Library Park bandshell to $90 and the Recreation Park gazebo to $75. http://goo.gl/Plr53m
A company called, "Massage Envy" (apparently a local chain: http://goo.gl/PL91tZ ) is coming soon to a portion of the former Blockbuster video location on Foothill, according to Monrovia's Community Development Department. The department also reports that during tenant improvements a Ford logo was discovered beneath an interior veneer. Click to see: http://goo.gl/Ps9Hnw
Tim Donnelly (R), who represented Monrovia in the State Assembly before redistricting, announced on Facebook today that he has officially filed to run for governor. He writes: "Today I filed to become the 40th Governor of the Great State of California."
On Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, the Monrovia Police Department will be participating in the regional “AVOID the 100” Anti-DUI Campaign. Officers will be deployed to provide DUI enforcement to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department's ongoing traffic safety campaign.DUI saturation patrols will deploy on March 17, 2014, between the hours of 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party:
- Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in an impaired driving crash.
- Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
- Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
- Keep the phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving impaired.
Also, if you are attending a St. Patrick’s Day Party:
- Designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.
- If you do not have a designated driver, call a cab, sober friend, or family member to pick you up.
- Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive drunk.
- Always buckle up.
- Alcohol, not only dangerously impairs your driving skills, it impairs your judgment. If you see a friend under the influence of alcohol – don’t let them get behind the wheel.
~ Apparently Monrovia is one of the more expensive California cities in which to purchase car insurance, ranking from cheapest (Calexico, number 1) to most expensive (Glendale, number 210), Monrovia ranks 165th. http://goo.gl/eCFIpf
~ The women of the choir of St. Luke's (at Foothill and California) along with guest singers, will present a free performance of its Seventh Annual Evensong Invitational for Women's Voices on Sunday, March 16, at 4 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception. The choir, conducted by Music Director and composer Kent Bennett Jones, will perform Denis Mason's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Malcolm Archer's Preces and Responses, and the anthem Mary and Martha and the Phos Hilaron (O Gracious Light) by Jones. The Director will accompany on the pipe organ.
~ Congresswoman Judy Chu, who represents Monrovia, offered an amendment that "would raise the federal government's goal of contracts awarded to women-owned small businesses from 5% to 6%." It was defeated on a party-line vote. http://goo.gl/7uUx9e
[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 3-5. - Brad Haugaard]
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 404 service events, resulting in 60 investigations.
Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested March 3 at 2:30 p.m., loss prevention from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington phoned police to report a female subject inside the store that was concealing merchandise. Police arrived and waited outside for the subject to leave the store. The female exited the store and was detained by loss prevention. She was escorted back into the store by loss prevention and a police officer. The female subject was arrested for burglary.
Possession of a Controlled Substance / Recovered Stolen Firearm – Suspect Arrested On March 4 at 12:43 p.m., a parking control officer was dispatched on a parking problem in the 900 block of Diamond. When she arrived, she had dispatch run a computer check on the license plate of the vehicle. She discovered the computer return on the license plate did not match the type of vehicle. An officer was requested and when he arrived, he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officers opened the vehicle and saw marijuana mulch in a box. They inspected the vehicle further and recovered 12 pounds of marijuana. In the trunk, they located a honey oil extraction lab and equipment, along with 14 grams of honey oil product. They located the owner of the vehicle and were given consent to search the residence. They recovered a stolen firearm from inside the residence. The suspect was arrested and held for bail.
International Full Gospel Fellowship and Restored Life Fellowship, which meet together at the church building at the corner of Primrose and Palm, across from Library Park, will present an Easter musical called, "Coming Home," featuring Scott Priest, who played Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" in Sydney, Australia. Performances are April 11, 12, 18, and 19. Tickets and details here: http://goo.gl/fUpk7O
According to Newsweek ( http://goo.gl/wgDzMH ), the inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto (a name once thought by many to be a pseudonym), actually lives very privately nearby in Temple City. Okay, okay, this has nothing to do with Monrovia, but it's local and I thought I'd report it since I think I'm the first in the area to do so.
~ Monrovia High administrators are walking around school handing out "tickets." From the announcement: "They're looking to catch us being thoughtful, throwing away trash, kind, following the rules in general, and being positive citizens. They each have a fist full of tickets. If you're 'caught' you'll get a ticket to fill out and it will go into a weekly drawing for some pretty groovy things!! You'll have to get a ticket to find out just how groovy the awards are. Be aware, the administrators are here and want to thank us for the great things we do!" ( http://goo.gl/QRnJq7 ) Comment: "Groovy" is back?
Monrovia-based Trader Joe's has been rated second in customer service experience for U.S (I think) companies. The top is H.E.B., then Trader Joe's, followed by Chick-fil-A, Publix, and on down. http://goo.gl/dGngjD
An electrical power outage beginning about 1:48 p.m. today is affecting 77 customers on Norumbega in northeast Monrovia. Southern California Edison estimates it will be fixed by about 3 a.m. Wednesday, March 5. http://goo.gl/Dw5yDf
According to a Facebook posting by Monrovia Healing Connections, tonight (Tuesday) was the kick off for the "March 4 Balance" Community Outreach and Education Campaign. At the Monrovia City Council meeting Mayor Lutz and the City Council proclaimed March as "March 4 Balance: Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Month."
Monrovia's AeroVironment reports that, "Revenue for the third quarter [ending Jan. 25] of fiscal 2014 was $69.2 million, up 47% from third quarter fiscal 2013 revenue of $47.1 million. The increase in revenue resulted from increased sales in our Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) segment of $19.8 million and in our Efficient Energy Systems (EES) segment of $2.3 million." http://goo.gl/2d9qhV