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Route 66 Videos And Monrovia

The Women of the Mother Road, a project compiling information about the people involved along Route 66 during its early days, has two videos about Monrovia.

The first features Councilmember Larry Spicer sharing his family’s story of moving from the South to Monrovia and then traveling back to see family in the days when the legacy of segregation still made travel uncomfortable and dangerous for African Americans. 

... And, Keiko Sakatani shares her family's story from the days when her grandmother arrived in 1918 as a picture bride from Japan to the family’s odyssey during WWII when they were forced to leave their strawberry farm and were sent to an internment camp. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 157, Up 3 - No New Deaths

Today's Coronavirus cases from LA Deptartment of Public Health:

Monrovia: 157 cases (up 3), 19 deaths (unchanged).

Unincorporated Monrovia: 20 cases (unchanged).

Brookdale Monrovia: 8 cases (unchanged), 1 death (unchanged).

Monrovia Gardens Healthcare Center: 74 (unchanged), 16 deaths (unchanged).

Monrovia Memorial Hospital:  26 cases (unchanged) and 2 deaths (unchanged).

- Brad Haugaard

New Tomato-Growing Contest Starts Sunday

A new organization in town called Grow Monrovia is sponsoring a tomato-growing contest as its first  community event to encourage residents to grow their own food, according to Michele Brooke, posting on the Nextdoor social media system.

The contest starts May 31 (this Sunday). You can pick up an heirloom tomato seedling, a growing guide, and information on the average weight for the tomato variety you receive, from 8-10 a.m. at 731 Valley View, in Monrovia, while supplies last. (Coronavirus rules apply.)

Adults and children may participate. There is a limit of two seedlings per household, and you must be present to receive a seedling, donated by the Huntington Library.

On July 12 Grow Monrovia will pick five winners, based on the weight (relative to the average weight of the variety received).

The five winners will get a garden kit with five easy-to-grow, long-lasting, and productive vegetables and an easy-to-follow growing guide.

- Brad Haugaard

Restaurants, Barbershops Can Open - And Aztec Hotel, Too

In his latest report ( City Manager Dylan Feik reports: 

~ Restaurants may now open for in-person dining. Barbershops and hair salons may also open. Of course, all the Coronavirus rules apply.

~  Monrovia's Aztec Hotel plans to reopen as a hotel in the next several months. The Planning Commission approved the opening plan at its May 27 meeting. The Aztec, which is designated a National Historic Landmark and a Monrovia Local Historic Landmark, has not operated since approximately 2011. 

~  This coming week the freeway underpass at Mountain Avenue will be pressure washed and then get fresh coat of paint.

~ No need to wait for another e-waste event, the Public Works Yard (600 S. Mountain Avenue) has a place to discard the stuff. For questions call the Public Works Department at 932-5575.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Salutes Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Valedictorian Kate Tadeo will attend Columbia University to study neuroscience and behavior. Salutatorian Jessica Lee will attend UC Berkeley to study environmental engineering.

For their strong academic achievement, perseverance, and dedication to pursuing their goals, Monrovia High School seniors Kate Tadeo and Jessica Lee have been named the Class of 2020’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

“It is with great pleasure that we celebrate Monrovia’s top scholars, who have displayed the hard work, dedication, and wisdom we admire in our student and academic leaders,” Monrovia Board President Rob Hammond said. “Kate and Jessica are wonderful people with great hearts and bright futures.”

Tadeo earned a 4.74 GPA and will attend Columbia University to study neuroscience and behavior, with plans to become an anesthesiologist. Tadeo has been designated a John W. Kluge Scholar through the Columbia Undergraduate Scholar Program.

Tadeo completed 15 Advanced Placement (AP) classes, as well as several courses at Citrus College as part of Monrovia’s dual-enrollment Early College Program. Tadeo is a graduate of Monrovia’s Math and Science Academy (MASA) and a member of the National Honors Society and California Scholarship Federation (CSF).

“It feels very good to have all of the hard work pay off,” Tadeo said. “There were so many nights, especially in my junior year, when I stayed up all night long studying for my AP classes. But I am so happy to be going to Columbia. I’m ready for my next step.”

Tadeo’s best memories of school include four years on the cross-country team, which helped her to relax, and serving as vice president of Monrovia’s Interact Club, where she performed community service in partnership with Rotary International, including the annual “Santa Clothes” event for Foothill Unity Center K-8 students.

“Every December, we would take them on $250 shopping sprees at Kohl’s,” Tadeo said. “We would go into the store with the kids and help them pick out clothes. It was a chance for them to choose their wardrobe with someone closer to their age. They were so happy. It was adorable.” 

“Kate and Jessica represent the best of Monrovia Unified: academic excellence, school spirit, community activism, and integrity. As is often the case with our students,” Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian said. “I am inspired by their enthusiasm and optimism.”

Lee earned a 4.56 GPA, has completed 13 AP and six Honors classes and will attend UC Berkeley to study environmental engineering. Lee is a MASA graduate, is a member of the Mandarin Honors Society and CSF and served as captain of the Monrovia girls varsity tennis team.

“My love for the environment actually comes from cars. When I discovered Tesla electric cars, I became interested in technology and developing products that are environmentally friendly and benefit humanity.” Lee said. “I even brainstormed and developed self-watering pots, of which I made over 300, to donate to my local nursing homes. This way the community could enjoy nature indoors with ease. I’d love to become an entrepreneur one day.”

Lee is part of a Toastmasters Gavel Public Speaking Club, which hosts youth workshops that help elementary school students with public speaking, offering tips on eye contact and body language. The group, which consists of high school student leaders across Southern California, has raised money for the United Way HomeWalk, a 5k to end homelessness in Los Angeles, and has an annual holiday tradition of singing carols and performing skits at area nursing homes.

“Senior year has been my favorite year. It’s been very relaxing,” Lee said. “I’ve really enjoyed being with my friends and not worrying about college submissions. There were many new places in Monrovia that we would go to. That’s my favorite memory of school.”

Tadeo and Lee are continuing family traditions. Tadeo’s brother, Kemyl, and Lee’s brother, Kevin were Monrovia High valedictorians.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Kate and Jessica since they arrived at Monrovia High and am so proud of them for all of the work they have accomplished here,” Principal Kirk McGinnis said. “It has been a struggle for our seniors this year, but Kate and Jessica have come through it all as true leaders, with confidence and compassion. Congratulations to the Monrovia High Class of 2020.”

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Uncrowded Canyon Park

Lower lot (top), upper lot (bottom)

Here are the two main parking lots at Canyon Park today (Friday) at about 11:15 a.m. Not crowded at all but I’m not sure if that’s because of the restrictions, the cloudy weather, or it just being a work day. It never has been crowded on weekdays. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Fellowship Church Will Stay Online for Now, But It's Still Growing

Monrovia's large Fellowship Church, which met at Monrovia High prior to the virus infestation, will continue to meet exclusively online for now "for the continued health and safety of our cities, communities, and church family."

A letter from the church adds that...

"In our eight years as a church we have never counseled more people, cared for more needs, engaged more people during services, or received more LifeGroup sign ups than we have in the last three months.

"Because of our growth, beginning June 13 and 14 we will be adding two weekly services to our lineup. For our early birds and those on the East Coast, we’re adding a 7 a.m. PST service on Sunday mornings, as well as another evening option on Sundays at 5 p.m. PST."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Principal Outlines Drive-Through Graduation Process

The driving path for Monrovia High's drive-through graduation ceremony.

Monrovia High Principal Kirk McGinnis outlines in this letter the rules high school graduates and their families will need to follow for the drive-through ceremony:

First: Each graduate needs to sign up for your time slot by going to the sign up genius link: Graduation Call Time Sign up. This allows you to select a time that works for your family. There are 10 call times in 30 minute intervals. You will be able to show up at any time within that 30 minute window. We will have you check in as you arrive. The first call time begins at 2:30 (but the first graduate will be walking across the stage at 3:00). Once you select your call time, I would write that time and group number down somewhere special!

Second: The following items are all connected to the safety of everyone involved: students, families, and staff. In reading the direction from LA County regarding the safety guidelines, and considering the space we have in the interior of our campus, we need to absolutely adhere to the following:
  • One family sized car per graduate. (No motorhomes, limousines, etc). The car cannot be a convertible or a golf cart. This would also prohibit any one from riding in the back of a pick up.
  • If members in the car will be rolling down any windows, all members inside the vehicle need to be wearing a face covering.
  • Family members, guests, visitors (not in the vehicle) will not be allowed to enter the facility. They will need to watch the ceremony on the live streamed link (coming soon).
  • Only the graduate will be allowed to exit the vehicle at the designated time, and after walking across the stage and receiving their diploma will need to enter the same vehicle at the designated loading area. MHS Staff will be on site to direct you to these areas.
  • Please no honking of your car horns, or use of air horns during the ceremony as we will be recording the event live and no one wants their child's time of celebration to be overshadowed.
  • Your attention to these guidelines is essential and should you not comply, we will need to cancel our event. NO ONE wants that to happen.
Third: Each graduate will receive a complimentary face mask. It is white with our school logo and "Class of 2020" on one side in green. It is pretty cool. We will give you your face mask on Thursday 5/28 at Senior Check out. A separate Senior Check Out email will be coming shortly.

Here is a map that will help show you where the graduation processional car parade will take place. You will notice that the entrance is the staff parking lot on Madison and you will exit onto Colorado Blvd. Graduation Map

There will be more details coming. The first thing we need is for you to sign up for your time slot!

Thank you all,
Mr. McGinnis

City to Prefer Native Trees for Parks, City-Owned Areas

Native trees like these will be preferred in city plantings.

At its next meeting the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

~ Adding more native trees to the types of trees the city plants in parks and public places (It has more than 8,000), and making the natives the preferred choice. See list above. Also some trees will be removed from the approved list: Evergreen Pear, Holly Oak and American Sweet Gum (Liquidambar).

~ A housekeeping measure to issue dog licenses on a rolling basis rather than annually. So, for example, Oct. 10, 2020 to Oct. 10, 2021 rather than Oct. 10, or Feb. 14, or July 7 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Flasher on Duarte Road; Trespassers in Wash Re-Arrested; Driver Gives Cyclist Thumbs Up After Hitting Him; Crash on Blind Curve; and More ...

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 21-27. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 315 service events, resulting in 54 investigations.

Grand Theft Auto
May 21 at 7:08 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of E. Walnut called to report his 2007, Chevrolet work truck was parked on the street and had been stolen sometime overnight. The vehicle was entered into Stolen Vehicle System. Investigation continuing.

Indecent Exposure
May 22 at 9:04 a.m., a Monrovia resident called police to report an incident of indecent exposure. She was on a walk in the 400 block of W. Duarte, near Magnolia, when a male subject yelled to get her attention and then exposed himself. The woman ran home and called the police. Officers searched the area for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic in his 30’s, 5’5”, thin build, with a shaved head and large tattoo on his arm. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
May 22 at 9:11 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 800 block of S. California when he saw a subject he recognized. The subject was consensually contacted and found to be in possession of a pipe that had been used for smoking methamphetamine. The subject was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Residential Burglary
May 22 at 9:51 a.m., the owner of a residence in the 200 block of S. Primrose arrived home and discovered his residence had been burglarized while he was gone. He then called police. Officers arrived and located the point of entry into the home. It is unknown if anything was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Trespassing – Six Suspects Arrested
May 22 at 10:09 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 400 block of W. Duarte when he saw several subjects in the city owned wash underneath the Metro Rail Bridge. All of the subjects had previously been warned and arrested for trespassing. The officer contacted the six subjects and all were arrested for trespassing.

May 23 at 3:56 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of W. Olive called police to report a tire on his vehicle had just been slashed by a male Asian suspect, 30-40 years old, wearing black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt, and a black mask. A similar report was made by another resident in the area. Investigation continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
May 23 at 7:09 p.m., a bicyclist was traveling north on Myrtle, crossing the street at Walnut, when a vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at Walnut and struck the bicyclist. The driver gave the bicyclist a thumbs up sign and continued driving. The bicyclist sustained minor injuries. Investigation continuing.

Shots Fired
May 24 at 2:11 a.m., police dispatch received calls regarding shots fired and people seen running in the 800 block S. Mayflower. As officers arrived on scene, two subjects were seen running into a house in the 900 block of S. Mayflower. Officers made contact with the subjects inside the house, and the interior of the residence was checked for anyone needing medical assistance, but everyone checked out fine. Officers canvassed the area and located 16 spent casings throughout the 400 block of W. Chestnut. No injured subjects or suspects were located. The investigation is continuing.

Gas Leak
May 24 at 7:13 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle regarding an alarm activation. When Officers arrived, they could smell natural gas emitting from the location. The Monrovia Fire Department was notified. The area was evacuated and the Gas Company responded. The gas supply to the business was shut off and the source of the leak was being investigated by the Gas Company. No injuries reported.

Grand Theft
May 24 at 1:35 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of E. Foothill called to report someone had stolen the catalytic converter from his Honda Element sometime during the night. Investigation continuing.

Attempt Grand Theft Auto
May 25 at 9:26 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Cypress called to report that sometime during the night someone tried to steal her vehicle. She noticed her ignition had been tampered with. Investigation continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
May 25 at 2:05 p.m., two motorists were traveling toward each other in the 600 block of Norumbega. They were at a blind curve when they collided into one another and their airbags deployed. One driver sustained an injury to the arm from the airbag and the other driver complained of pain to the head and neck. The drivers were treated at the scene by Monrovia Paramedics.

Residential Burglary
May 26 at 3:00 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Colorado called police to report her residence had been burglarized. She locked and left her residence at 11:30 a.m. to go shopping. When she returned, she discovered her garage door had been forced open. A check of the residence revealed the only loss was 40 rolls of toilet paper. Investigation continuing.

Violation of a Court Order
May 26 at 3:35 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of Oakcliff called police to report a family member had come to the location that was not allowed per a valid restraining order. The subject said he disobeyed the order, but indicated he went to the location to retrieve his vehicle. The subject was advised regarding the court order, and a verified complaint will be completed and forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.

Mail Theft
May 26 at 10:58 p.m., a resident in the 1800 block of S. Encino called police to report two suspects driving a U-Haul that were taking mail from mailboxes. Officers arrived and located the vehicle still in the area. When the suspects saw the officer, they took off at a high rate of speed. The vehicle abruptly stopped on First, north of Fano in Arcadia, where the suspects fled on foot.

Arcadia Police Department and the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter responded to assist with containment and a search of the area, but the suspects were not found. The U-Haul van was found to be an unreported stolen from Chatsworth U-Haul. There were several pieces of stolen mail from Arcadia and Monrovia in the vehicle. One of the suspects left their personal identification in the vehicle. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
May 27 at 11:33 a.m., a resident in the 900 block of W. Hillcrest called police to report that someone had stolen her Honda CRV sometime during the night. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
May 27 at 12:43 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a business parking lot in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The victim parked his vehicle in the parking lot and went inside the business. When he returned, his Ford F250 was gone. Officers searched the area and located the vehicle to the rear of a business in Duarte. The vehicle was missing the catalytic converter and a toolbox from the bed of the truck. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft
May 27 at 1:51 p.m., an employee from a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called police to report four male suspects entered the business and grabbed various phones and watches, and then left without paying for the merchandise. Officers responded, but the suspects were not located. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Coronavirus Count: Still 154, But Another Death

Today's Coronavirus cases from LA Deptartment of Public Health:

Monrovia: 154 cases (up 2), 19 deaths (up 1).

Unincorporated Monrovia: 20 cases (unchanged).

Brookdale Monrovia: 8 cases (unchanged), 1 death (unchanged).

Monrovia Gardens Healthcare Center: 74 (unchanged), 16 deaths (up 1).

Monrovia Memorial Hospital:  26 cases (up 1) and 2 deaths (unchanged).

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Will Stay Closed Through Fall Semester

Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, is extending its campus closure and will continue to provide remote/online instruction and student support services through both the summer 2020 session and the fall 2020 semester.

This decision was made for the safety and well-being of Citrus College students and employees, as well as the broader community, and it follows the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's current "Safer at Home" order.

While the physical college campus will remain closed during this time, the college has created a new Owl Success Hub webpage where students can learn how to transition to remote studies, access mental health resources and schedule counseling appointments. Library services and additional student support services and resources are also available. To access the Owl Success Hub, visit

"I commend the entire college community for their perseverance and dedication to supporting students during these challenging times," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "Citrus College will continue to rely on guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to determine when it is safe to reopen."

Summer session registration is currently open, and instruction begins June 22. Fall semester registration begins July 6, and instruction begins Aug. 24.

For more information, visit the college's COVID-19 webpage at

Source: Citrus College press release

- Brad Haugaard

Drive-Through Graduation Ceremony On for June 3

Monrovia High School seniors will turn their tassels and celebrate their many achievements during a drive-thru graduation ceremony at Monrovia High on June 3.

The graduation plan, approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the City of Monrovia, adheres to all of social distancing and public health guidelines established for Los Angeles County.

“Ensuring our seniors receive the recognition they deserve is vital to Monrovia Unified School District and Monrovia High School,” Board of Education President Rob Hammond said. “With the advocacy of the Board of Education, Monrovia High leadership, our community, and Supervisor Kathryn Barger, I am happy to say that our seniors will have a memorable graduation ceremony on June 3.”

Monrovia High School’s Class of 2020 spoke up about their graduation desires during a virtual town hall meeting that included seniors and Monrovia High administrators, and also filled out a senior survey expressing their wishes for a graduation ceremony.

On May 8, Monrovia High School Principal Kirk McGinnis shared the news about a drive-thru graduation ceremony with students, detailing the step-by-step plan to keep students and their families safe during the celebration.

The District, after finalizing the graduation plan with Monrovia High School, received news from the Department of Public Health stating that graduation drive-thru ceremonies were prohibited in Los Angeles County.

Realizing the effect this decision would have on its students and school community, Hammond, Board Vice President Bryan Wong, Board Clerk Maritza Travanti, Member Selene Lockerbie, and Member Ed Gililland, worked with Monrovia High School to submit their graduation plan and advocate for the Class of 2020.

On May 22, Los Angeles County announced that drive-thru graduations would be allowed if all public health guidelines were met.

“We are truly grateful for the commitment our entire community has shown to our graduating class,” Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian said. “I’d like to thank our Board of Education for their strong leadership, Supervisor Kathryn Barger for her partnership, Principal McGinnis and the entire Monrovia High School team, the City of Monrovia, and our community for their dedication and work to give our students the graduation they deserve.”

Monrovia High School will set up a graduation stage on June 3 and invite students to walk the stage as their families watch from the safety of their vehicles. While practicing safe social distancing, Monrovia High School seniors will exit their vehicles, walk on stage, and receive their diplomas.

Monrovia High’s video production team will create a video component of the graduation ceremony. Senior portraits will be displayed on a screen as graduates walk across the stage. The ceremony will also be live-streamed, allowing community members to tune in from the comfort of their homes.

To ensure safety, each student will be assigned a call time to arrive with their family for the celebration.

“We know that our graduating class lost many senior activities because of the need for remote instruction,” McGinnis said. “With the commitment of all those involved, Monrovia High School’s Class of 2020 will have a graduation to remember. I look forward to celebrating each and every one of them on June 3.”

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch from Nano Cafe

Lunch from Nano Cafe, at the northeast corner of Magnolia and Duarte Road. Though it was lunch I felt breakfasty so I got the California Omelet for $12.99 plus $1 to switch out hash browns for fresh fruit. Definitely got my money’s worth with the fruit and the smell of the biscuit tantalized me until I got home. Everything was great!

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 154 - Up 2

Today's Coronavirus cases from LA Deptartment of Public Health:

Monrovia: 154 cases (up 2), 18 deaths (up 1).

Unincorporated Monrovia: 20 cases (up 1).

Brookdale Monrovia: 8 cases (unchanged), 1 death (unchanged).

Monrovia Gardens Healthcare Center: 74 (unchanged), 15 deaths (up 1).

Monrovia Memorial Hospital:  25 cases (up 1) and 2 deaths (unchanged).

- Brad Haugaard

Calvary Chapel Monrovia Also Opening for Services Sunday

Monrovia's Calvary Chapel, like Hope Unlimited Church, is also opening for services this Sunday, with limitations:

There will be three Sunday Services at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Attendance is by reservation only and you must reserve each week:

Other limitations:
  • There will not be any children's ministry now therefore we are limiting entrance to ages 12 years and above.
  • Due to the high risk of our seniors we are limiting to under 65 year olds.
  • All who are attending must wear a mask.
  • Practice social distancing, no handshaking or hugging.
  • Enter in main lobby, exit out patio or door on Myrtle.
  • If you are sick or who have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 please stay home and watch online. 
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 152, up 4; No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases today, from LA County Department of Public Health:

Monrovia: 152 cases (up 4 from Saturday), 17 deaths (unchanged).

Unincorporated Monrovia: 19 cases (up 2).

Brookdale Monrovia: 8 cases (unchanged), 1 death (unchanged).

Monrovia Gardens Healthcare Center: 74 (unchanged), 14 deaths (unchanged).

Monrovia Memorial Hospital:  24 cases (unchanged) and 2 deaths (unchanged).

- Brad Haugaard

Coronavirus Induced Deficit Will Cause Huge Cuts for Monrovia Schools - Others

As a result of the coronavirus Monrovia School District faces cuts that are going to "clobber" school staff and will make the financial troubles the district faced in 2008 "look like a cakewalk," and 2008, School Board President Rob Hammond said, "was really bad."

In an interview Hammond predicted the state will have a "monster deficit" because of its coronavirus expenditures, and since school districts get almost all their money from the state, that means "huge budget cuts" for the Monrovia School District.

Because of the virus the State of California "has been throwing out money with both hands," but, unlike the federal government, he said, "the state can't print money" to pay its bills, so that means cuts.

A 10 percent hit, he said, would be $6 million for the school district, "but what if it's bigger? It's going to clobber people."

"No one knows how bad the cuts will be, but it's going to be bad."

It is not, of course, just the school district that is going to have problems, but the City of Monrovia, and "everything that relies on money from the state" is going to be hurting, Hammond said.

In this weird situation, and to meet the letter of the law, the school district plans to pass what Hammond calls a "fantasy budget." He said the LA County Office of Education told the districts to just pass something, anything, to meet the requirement of the law, and then start cutting.

Jumping Through Hoops

And it's not just money that's a problem. The district also has to dance to whatever are the latest legal requirements, or even to off-the-cuff remarks by people in authority.

For instance, as you probably know, the district, after thinking it had met the health requirements for a drive-through graduation ceremony at Monrovia High, the LA County Department of Public Health vetoed the plan (though that decision was later reversed) at, as Hammond put it "the eleventh hour."

But also, Hammond said, in a news conference Governor Gavin Newsom commented that school would start in July. That was news to the school districts and, he said, "it had a huge ripple effect," not only upsetting parents, teachers and administrators, but causing 10 days work by district staff trying to figure out how to meet that requirement. And now the idea is dead.

"So much work goes into adjusting for plans that never occur."

"I've never seen anything like this. These ideas should be vetted." "We get these thought-bombings at least once a week."

Hammond said the direction the district gets from the California Department of Education is "UN-clear."

Fuzzy Planning

Despite this environment, the Board still needs to plan, and here are a few things it is thinking about, although these things, Hammond said, are "not written on stone, they're written on ice ... on a hot summer day."

  • Postponing the start of school to around August 19, then taking a break from around Thanksgiving to early January, the idea being to have school closed during the flu season.
  • Extend the school year.
  • Modify the daily schedule to allow for 6-foot separation. This might mean staggered arrival and dismissal times for students. Perhaps some days students stay home and participate electronically.
  • And kindergarten, whatever it ends up looking like, "won't look like what it has looked like before."

And just a few things that are more or less firm:

  • The drive-through graduation will be held, as planned.
  • Then, as soon as teachers remove their supplies from their rooms, the district is going to give its campuses a "deep cleaning" and institute a more stringent cleaning program that will be continued into the future. "Our priority is to be extremely clean," Hammond said.
  • There will be six-week summer school for credit recovery and enrichment. Sign up, he said.

- Brad Haugaard

Canyon Park Is Open

Canyon Park is open. Reservations required unless you’re just passing through on your way to Camp Trask or beyond. 

This guy greeted me today a little bit above the bridge above the ranger station. He was coming up and I was going down. I don’t think he had a reservation and he certainly had no face mask. So where’s a ranger when you need one?

- Brad Haugaard 

Katza Pooh Is a ... Katza Pooh? - Yes, Katza Pooh! ... Is a Quiet, Proper Lady

Katzah Pooh is a quiet and proper lady who would love a friend to hang out with! This thirteen-year-old senior gal doesn’t ask for much – just some chin scratches, a nice comfy spot to nap next to her human, and a window to watch the world go by. Her foster mom says Katza Pooh is very sweet and easy to love, and with those beautiful green eyes, who could disagree?

The adoption fee for cats is $90. All cat adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

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 and fill out an online adoption application. Adoptions are by appointment only.

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

- Brad Haugaard