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Police Get New Equipment: Body Cams, AR-15 Rifles; Licence Plate Readers; Emergency Prep Class

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

~ Changes at the Police Department.

  • The police station is receiving a pressure wash, a new sign, and a fresh coat of paint.
  • New emergency communications equipment has been installed.
  • New patrol vehicles have been added and new license plate reading cameras are in use to assist in recovering stolen vehicles.
  • All officers are now equipped with body-worn cameras for capturing information and details during service calls. Videos by these cameras are used for training.
  • The department has switched from using the Ruger Mini-14 rifle to the industry standard service weapon known as the AR-15.

~ Monrovia Fire & Rescue and Monrovia Community Emergency Response Team are offering a free three-day CERT Basic Training starting tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28. Open to Monrovia residents and employees of Monrovia businesses. Ages 16 and over with a parent. Classes will be held on Feb. and 11. CERT volunteers assist Monrovia Fire & Rescue with preparedness education, fire patrols, and disaster response. Email Suzanne Dobson at SDobson@ci.monrovia.ca.us to register or for more information.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Area Partnership to Host 13th Annual Neighborhood Conference with Theme of 'Live Your Legacy'


Monrovia Area Partnership will hold its 13th Annual Neighborhood Conference on April 29 at Second Baptist Church. The event will feature a continental breakfast, information from booth vendors, workshops, a free lunch, health fair screenings, and raffle giveaways. Workshop topics include "True Confessions of a Master Gardener," "The History of the Diversity of Monrovia," and "CleanMonrovia-SB1383: What You Need to Know." The conference is open to all and registration is recommended to secure a spot. Details and reservations: t.ly/vHAt

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Girl Pokes Girl With Fork; Wandering Through Traffic x 2; Robbery With Knife; Skateboarder vs. Vehicle; Drugs and Alcohol Events; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 365 service events, resulting in 81 investigations.

Mental Evaluation
January 19 at 4:02 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of El Sur regarding a suicidal female subject. Officers arrived and determined she was a danger to herself. She was transported to a medical facility for a medical evaluation.

Driving Under the Influence
January 19 at 4:12 p.m., a caller stated a vehicle was blocking the roadway near Chestnut and Monterey. Officers arrived and saw a subject standing next to the passenger side door. He admitted to driving the vehicle. The individual displayed signs of being under the influence of narcotics. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. This investigation is continuing.

Fight in Progress – Suspect Arrested
January 19 at 4:51 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Ivy called to report a female juvenile used a fork to stab another female juvenile. Officers arrived and made contact with both parties. The injured subject was provided medical attention. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Felony Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
January 19 at 6:04 p.m., an employee from a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington called to report that a subject threw a rock at the business window and damaged it. Officers arrived and located the suspect who fled and was later located along the Metro link tracks. The suspect was positively identified. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Mental Evaluation
January 19 at 8:05 p.m., a passerby a subject walking in and out of traffic as car were passing by. Officers located the subject near Madison and Foothill, but the subject refused to comply. The subject finally complied and was detained. It was determined that the subject was a danger to himself. He was transported to a medical facility for a mental evaluation.

Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 19 at 8:26 p.m., an injury traffic collision was reported in the area of Peck and Live Oak. The injured parties were treated at the scene by MFD. The party at fault showed signs of impairment. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to eh MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 20 at 4:01 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Oceanview regarding a traffic collision. The reporting party stated that a vehicle had struck a parked car. Officers arrived and made contact with the driver who showed signs of being under the influence. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Domestic Violence
January 21 at 7:49 p.m., a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a male subject and female victim arguing when the male began to hit the victim. They were gone prior to officers’ arrival. The victim called at later time to report the incident. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 21 at 10:29 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for speeding in the 400 block of W. Foothill. The driver displayed signs of impairment. A DUI investigation the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Battery / Fighting in Public – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 12:58 a.m., an officer saw about twelve people fighting in the street in the 400 block of S. Myrtle. Officers responded and people ran in all directions. A female was detained at the scene who was intoxicated and involved in the fight. She was arrested, cited and released at the scene.

Public Intoxication / Resisting Arrest – Suspects Arrested
January 22 at 1:20 a.m., officers detained involved subjects running from the fight in the 400 block of S. Myrtle. Two males were uncooperative and intoxicated. A female in the group was also too intoxicated to care for herself. At one point one of the males started to walk away and attempted to fight one of the officer’s. All subjects were arrested and taken into custody.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 10:08 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report a male suspect shoplifted. Officers arrived and located the suspect. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Robbery – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 3:27 p.m., a robbery was reported in the 500 block of W. Huntington. The suspect pulled a knife on an employee and was attempting to leave with property. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 5:08 p.m., an officer responded to the area near Mountain and Oceanview regarding a solo traffic collision into a tree. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 8:11 p.m., an officer responded to the parking lot in the 100 block of W. Foothill regarding a suspicious female approaching patrons. The officer contacted the female and determined she was intoxicated. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 9:01 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of W. Scenic regarding a domestic dispute with an ex-boyfriend refusing to leave the property. Officers arrived and found the male subject to be intoxicated. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
January 23 at 10:08 a.m., the victim in the 100 block of S. Shamrock reported his vehicle’s catalytic converter was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
January 23 at 11:25 a.m., a petty theft was reported in the area of Shamrock and Maple. The unknown suspect(s) removed gardening equipment and fled the scene. This investigation is continuing.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
January 23 at 4:41 p.m., a victim in the 100 block of N. Magnolia reported someone hit her parked vehicle and fled the scene. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 23 at 5:02 p.m., officers responded to an injury traffic collision near Lemon and Primrose. One party had complaint of pain but refused any medical treatment.

Vehicle Burglary
January 23 at 7:10 p.m., a caller from the 100 block of E. Palm reported that multiple work trucks at the location had been burglarized and property was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 24 at 9:56 a.m., officers responded to a stairwell in the 100 block of W. Colorado regarding a subject loitering. Upon arrival, the officers located and contacted a female subject. A computer search revealed the subject had several outstanding warrants for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence
January 25 at 12:43 a.m., a family dispute was reported in the 400 block of W. Lime. Officers determined the wife assaulted her husband causing him injuries. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Missing Person
January 25 at 10:15 a.m., the reporting party called from the 300 block of W. Colorado stating that she hasn't seen her adult daughter in two months. The female was entered into the Missing Persons System. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 25 at 2:05 p.m., officers responded to the area of Chestnut and Monterey regarding a collision between a skateboarder and a vehicle. The driver remained at the scene, but the skateboarder was gone prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing.

Felon in Possession of Ammo / Warrant Arrest – Suspects Arrested
January 23 at 2:49 p.m., the reporting party called stating that there were trespassers in the 1800 block of S. Alta Vista. Officer responded and located two subjects, a male and female subject. The male subject was on active probation and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The female also had a warrant for her arrest. Officers conducted a probation compliance check of the residence and located ammunition. There were both arrested and taken into custody.

Critical Missing Person
January 25 at 4:37 p.m., an officer took a critical missing report involving a suicidal 20 year old male. The subject was upset over a recent break up with his girlfriend. He started taking pictures of hitting himself in the head with a rock and sending them to his mother. The subject was driving around Monrovia in his Toyota Scion. Once dispatch pinged his cell phone, a police helicopter found the vehicle in Arcadia. Night watch officers responded to the area and stopped the vehicle. The subject was transported to a hospital and placed on a 5150 hold.

Mental Evaluation
January 26 at 4:34 a.m., officers responded to Myrtle & Palm regarding a female subject running in and out of traffic and jumping on vehicles. Officers arrived and made contact with the female subject. Officers determined she was a danger to herself and others. She was transported to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

Dinner at Thai Thyme


Dinner at Thai Thyme, on the east side of Myrtle just north of Olive. Got the Holy Kaprow stir fry with chicken for $14.95, rice for $3, and a beer for $7. Nice. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Dapper Dog Loves Chasing Toys


Winston is a dapper six-year-old greyhound mix who is ready to race his way into your heart! He has a beautiful shiny brindle coat that turns heads wherever he goes. He’s not just a pretty face, though. Winston has smarts as well. He appears to be housebroken and knows a handful of tricks, with the desire to learn more.

Winston likes to chase things, especially toys! His favorite is the squeaky ball, but really, he’s not very picky. His long legs make it seem like he’s floating through the air in pursuit of whatever is thrown his way. This also means that Winston should not live with cats or other small animals. After a few rounds of fetch, he will contentedly relax and enjoy chewing on his toys until it's time to run again!

At six years old, Winston is eligible for the Seniors for Seniors program, meaning his adoption fee is waived for an adopter over sixty.

The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog 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 and schedule an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. 

- Brad Haugaard


Monrovia Supports Monterey Park


As a mark of respect for the community of Monterey Park, the City of Monrovia will fly all flags at half-staff until January 26.

- Brad Haugaard 

COVID Booster Shots Available Jan. 28

- Brad Haugaard 

A Moment in Monrovia History: A 16th Birthday Party in 1943

Betty and James Wilson lived on Fig Street. He was a jockey. When the house was cleaned out, Betty Thomas picked up some photographs that were being thrown out. These are the girls (including Vivian Fisher and Juanita Gardner) at Wilsons' son's 16th birthday. In 1943. From the Susie Ling collection. See full details here.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

- Brad Haugaard

Grand Reopening of Historic 1886 Anderson House Feb. 19


The Monrovia Historical Society (not to be confused with the Monrovia Historical Museum) will hold a grand reopening to celebrate the completion of repairs to the 1886 George H. Anderson House (215 E. Lime) on Sunday, February 19 from 2-4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 2:15. The house is now presentable after years of work, including a new roof, plastering, woodwork repair, and cleaning. Refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are not necessary. Admission is free and all are welcome.

- Brad Haugaard

Battle of Badges Blood Drive; Black History Month Events; Old Town Tree Trimming; Historical Museum Repair

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

~  Monrovia Police Department will host Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Thursday, February 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Center (119 W. Palm Avenue). To schedule an appointment go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code "BOB23" or call (800) 733-2767.

~ The Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association will host these Black History Month events in February: Kickoff (t.ly/XI-e); Health Fair & Workshops (t.ly/fT9P); Reading, Music, Arts & Crafts (t.ly/iL5t); Children's Art Festival (t.ly/VlrU); Luncheon / Art Exhibit (t.ly/R_JP).

~ West Coast Arborist crews will be trimming trees in Old Town Monrovia between Foothill and Huntington Drive from January 23-27, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

~ Next week city contractors will be at the Monrovia Historical Museum repairing exterior woodwork and stucco,  repainting the outside, and repair the museum's garage roof. Expect restricted access to the museum through February.

- Brad Haugaard

Valentine's Day Romantic Carriage Ride

- Brad Haugaard

Canyon Park Will NOT Reopen Jan. 23

Canyon Park will not reopen Monday due to new damage. Here is what Recreation Manager Rebecca Sandoval writes:

"The reopening of Canyon Park has been postponed for about 4 to 6 weeks. The latest storms created emergency conditions across the state and included local, state, and federal disaster proclamations. The storms caused additional damage to areas that clearly present dangerous conditions. For example, there are new washouts of the roadway near culvert crossing #2. There are several large drops adjacent to the road, walkways, and trail. LA County Public Works is also conducting major hauling operations within their debris basin, so Canyon Boulevard has heavy truck traffic. This activity presents another concern, which places walkers and pedestrians along the park entrance during increased hauling activities. Thank you for understanding and your patience as we work hard to reopen our beloved park."

City Manager Dylan Feik adds:

"During an inspection of our progress and after receiving information from our engineer and construction team, I would not feel comfortable hiking with my own children in the park, so I cannot, in good conscience, feel good about reopening just yet. So many people have been working hard to reopen, and so many of you are eager to visit. That will happen, and it will happen soon, just not yet! "

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Seven Catalytic Converters Stolen; Intoxicated Drivers; Perfume Thief; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 12 – 18. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 311 service events, resulting in 81 investigations.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 12 at 9:44 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Huntington and Encino. The officer made contact with the driver who was found to have two outstanding warrants. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 13 at 12:55 a.m., while on patrol, an officer stopped a vehicle for a moving violation in the area of Magnolia and Duarte. The driver was suspected to be driving under the influence of alcohol. An investigation revealed the driver was intoxicated. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
January 13 at 2:04 a.m., a caller reported hearing a car crash in the area of Genoa and Rosewood. Officers arrived and found a large portion of a gate had been damaged and the vehicle was no longer at the scene. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 13 at 7:27 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of Highland called to report that the catalytic converter on his vehicle was taken sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 13 at 8:02 a.m., a caller in the 400 block of Concord reported that the catalytic converter on his vehicle was taken sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 13 at 8:24 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of Oaks called to report that the catalytic converter on his vehicle was taken sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 13 at 8:47 a.m., a caller in the 100 block of Greystone called to report that the catalytic converter on his vehicle was taken sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Grant Theft
January 13 at 9:07 a.m., an employee from a business in the 900 block of W. Huntington called to report that construction material was taken from the site. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 13 at 9:17 a.m. a resident in the 200 block of N. Myrtle called to report that the catalytic converter on his vehicle was taken sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
January 13 at 10:23 a.m., a caller in the 400 block of Oakcliff called to report his home was burglarized. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication / Resisting Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 13 at 4:45 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Grand called to report a suspicious vehicle with two occupants yelling at each other. Officers arrived and spoke with the two occupants. The passenger was intoxicated and attempted to exit the vehicle and leave. He was detained and would not cooperate with officers. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft
January 13 at 5:41 p.m., a caller from the 1400 block of Magnolia reported someone stole his electric scooter. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
January 13 at 8:08 p.m., a caller in the 200 block of W. Lime reported his fence had been kicked causing damage. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
January 14 at 1:29 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 300 block of E. Palm when he saw a motorist commit a driving violation. The motorist was stopped and appeared to be intoxicated. A DUI investigation revealed that the driver was intoxicated. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
January 14 at 3:10 a.m., while on patrol, an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of Alta Vista and Concord. The driver showed signs of being intoxicated. A DUI investigation revealed that the driver was intoxicated. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Drug Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 14 at 4:11 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1600 block of S. Primrose and saw subjects in a park after hours. The officer contacted the subjects and found that one of the subjects was in possession of drugs. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 14 at 4:19 a.m., an officer detained a subject for being in a park after hours in the 1600 block of S. Primrose. The subject was found to be in possession of drugs. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 14 at 8:37 p.m., a three vehicle collision was reported in the area of Huntington and Monterey. A party reported injuries and was treated at the scene.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 14 at 11:38 p.m., an officer saw a vehicle driving the wrong way in the 100 block of W. Lime and conducted a traffic stop. The driver showed signs of intoxication and a DUI investigation ensued. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 15 at 2:19 a.m., while on patrol, an officer saw a vehicle commit a violation in the area of Maple and Alta Vista. The officer conducted a traffic stop. The driver was suspected of intoxication and a DUI investigation ensued. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft
January 15 at 11:37 a.m., a caller reported his vehicle's catalytic converter was stolen in the 700 block of S. Shamrock. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
January 16 at 11:24 am, a resident in the 600 block of E. Colorado reported her vehicle had been ransacked and was missing property. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
January 16 at 11:51 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1100 block of E. Huntington called to report that one of their vehicles had not been returned. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 16 at 12:24 p.m., the victim reported that someone cut off the catalytic converter to her vehicle in the 400 block of Montana. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
January 16 at 3:49 p.m., the reporting party called from the 900 block of E. Huntington and stated they have been receiving multiple fraudulent prescriptions. Investigation continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 16 at 10:07 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the 100 block of W. Foothill for a traffic violation. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation revealed that the driver was intoxicated. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Mental Evaluation
January 16 at 10:58 p.m., a caller in the 500 block of E. Olive reported an unknown female subject was knocking on the door and refusing to leave. Officers arrived and made contact with the female subject. Officers determined that she needed to be transported to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

Mental Evaluation
January 17 at 2:01 p.m., a caller in the 1800 block of S. Fifth reported that she was going to harm herself. Officers arrived and located her. Investigation revealed she was a danger to herself and was transported to a local hospital for a mental evaluation.

Theft
January 17 at 4:29 p.m., a business from the 700 block of East Huntington called to report that a few hours prior, a subject stole several fragrances. The incident was captured on surveillance footage. Investigation continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 18 at 12:08 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of S. Myrtle regarding suspicious subjects. As officers were arriving, one of the subjects fled. The second male and female subjects remained at the business and were detained by officers. The female had a warrant. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
January 18 at 9:05 a.m., a witness called from the 700 block of W. Foothill to report that he saw a vehicle side swipe a parked vehicle and did not stop. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 18 at 9:10 a.m., officers conducted a consensual contact on a subject in the area of Lemon and Primrose. A computer check revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Petty Theft
January 18 at 12:20 p.m., loss prevention called from the 1600 block of Mountain to report that a subject stole items. Loss prevention made contact with the subject and retrieved the merchandise. The subject left before police was called. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 18 at 2:04 p.m., an officer was flagged down by a citizen in the area of Shamrock and Cypress for a male subject in the area acting erratically. The officer located the subject. The subject displayed signs and symptoms of intoxication. The citizen positively identified the subject. Further investigation revealed that the subject drove while under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Commercial Burglary
January 18 at 4:50 p.m., the victim reported that someone broke into her storage unit in the 100 block of E. Lime. This investigation is continuing.

Opportunity to Make Sure School District's Bond Money Is Spent Properly

If you are interested in making sure the $75 million of bond money the Monrovia School District recently had approved is properly spent, consider applying to be on the district's Citizens' Oversight Committee. Details and application form here: t.ly/zLyN

- Brad Haugaard

KGEM Videos Finalists for WAVE Awards

KGEM reports that five of its videos have been chosen as finalists for the WAVE awards, given in honor of excellence in community media programming.

- Brad Haugaard

Clifton Middle School Designated As a 'School to Watch'

Clifton Middle School has been redesignated as a School to Watch for 2023 by The California League of Educators(CLE).

CLE established the Schools to Watch Program to recognize middle schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable, and highly collaborative. Selected schools serve as models and mentors to other middle schools throughout the state and nation.

“It really validates all of the hard work that the staff and students have put in to make Clifton excel in all areas,” said Clifton Principal Scott Moses. “I am thrilled as I know what an exemplary school environment we have, and I am just honored to be the instructional leader. This team makes achieving this recognition possible.”

Clifton is recognized for its highly successful push-in/co-teach collaborative teaching model, school-wide PBIS program, Spanish dual immersion, family engagement, and more.

Moses said he and his team were thrilled to get the good news once the California League of Educators officially announced it.

“It has really been great to have so many programs to build on and such a receptive staff to incorporate fresh and positive behaviors and strategies,” he said. “Developing the report was not without challenges as we were coming off obstacles such as the pandemic and school closures, which resulted in a dynamic shift in focus, but our team pulled through.”

“California Schools to Watch” is a statewide program implemented by the California League of Schools, California Department of Education, California Middle Grades Alliance, National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, and the California Schools to Watch model schools. For more information, visit www.leagueofschools.org.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at KBOP Korean Kitchen


Dinner at the new KBOP Korean Kitchen, in the Sprouts shopping center on Huntington. Got the Bibimbop Bowl on a salad base for $12 and a small drink for $2.49  Tasty  

- Brad Haugaard 

MAFA Art Exhibit January 29, 2-5 P.M.

From 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, January 29 there will be an artist reception at the Community Center exhibiting the works of four Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (monroviafinearts.org) artists. Artists are Dorothy Gonzales, Alixandria Hughes, Jennifer Watkins, and Rick Wise. There will also be classical and popular music performed by the String Quartet of the Pasadena Youth Orchestra, artwork by more than 60 students from Clifton and Santa Fe middle schools, and refreshments from Rivanis Baking Company and Wine of the Month Club. The event will also feature a silent auction of MAFA artists' work.

- Brad Haugaard

Chamber of Commerce GoFundMe for Steve Baker Bear Statue


The Monrovia Chamber of Commerce has created a GoFundMe page to raise $3,500 for a painted bear statue in honor of former City Historian, Steve Baker - presumably with top hat and tails. The project is being supported by several local organizations Baker was involved with. More here: t.ly/lSwQ

- Brad Haugaard

Topaz - After This Wallflower Warms Up She's Curiosity and Affection


Topaz is more than a gem of a dog - she’s a shining star! Four-year-old Topaz was found in a local park. She was initially very withdrawn at the shelter, but now she has started to come out of her shell, much to the delight of staff and volunteers.

Her nervousness has been replaced by an adorable mixture of curiosity and affection. She loves gentle scratches and pets and has also shown an affinity for training. She is a master at “sit” and “down” and much more she just hasn’t shown off yet.

This wallflower may need some time to warm up in a home, but once she does, this lady is sure to be a jewel!

Topaz is available for a 14-day adoption trial! This is a great opportunity to see if she’s the right fit for your home.

The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog 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 and schedule an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard