- There will be a report on the city's anti-gang efforts. Stats and stuff.
- The city will give notice that there will be a general municipal election on April 12, 2011 and decide whether to contract with "Martin & Chapman Company for Election Consulting Services in an Amount Not to Exceed $38,000." The seats currently held by Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Adams, and Councilmember Becky Shevlin will be on the ballot. The Agenda: http://goo.gl/rbzl - Brad Haugaard
Grand Theft Auto
October 21 at 8:24 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of West Duarte regarding the theft of a vehicle. The victim reported that his wife had parked and secured their vehicle on the street in the evening. He returned to the vehicle in the morning and it was gone. There was no broken glass on the street where the vehicle had been parked and they accounted for all of the keys to the vehicle. The vehicle is a red, 1993 Honda Accord.
October 21 at 11:04 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 300 block of West Foothill regarding a vehicle break-in. The victim told the officer someone had broken into her vehicle through a window and stole her purse. Investigation continuing.
October 21 at 5:17 p.m., an officer went to a residence in the 500 block of King Street regarding the report of a residential burglary. The victim reported that she secured her home and left at 6:45 a.m. and then returned a little after 5:00 p.m. When she entered the house, she saw a window was broken and her laptop, cell phone and other miscellaneous items were missing. Investigation continuing.
Outside Assist / Parole Violation - Suspect Arrested
October 22 at 8:13 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of West Olive to assist a California parole agent with the check of a residence. The parole agent was checking up on a parolee and observed an empty high-capacity rifle magazine and thought there might be a weapon at the location. A weapon was not found; however, the parolee was found to be in possession of marijuana. He was arrested and taken into custody.
Possession of Burglary Tools - Suspect Arrested
October 22 at 4:36 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Palm to a possible vehicle burglary in progress. When the officer arrived, he detained a suspicious person in the alley. The officer discovered the subject was in possession of a window punch, flash light and bolt cutters that had a sling modification attached, which allowed the bolt cutters to be concealed beneath clothing. An area check was conducted, but no evidence of a vehicle burglary was found. The suspect was arrested for possession of burglary tools.
October 23 at 6:20 a.m., an officer responded on the report of a stolen bicycle in the 100 block of West Lemon. The victim reported that he left his $1500 road bike near the front door of his apartment. He last saw the bike at 11:30 p.m. the night before and discovered it missing in the morning. The bicycle was unsecured.
Grand Theft - Suspect Arrested
October 23 at 9:51 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain regarding a grand theft. The suspect, a female employee of the business, was ringing up fraudulent sales transactions and issuing fraudulent store credit for the value of the merchandise under the name of a another former female employee. The corporate office discovered the suspicious transactions and alerted the Monrovia location of the business. The female employee was arrested.
Vandalisms to Vehicles
On October 23, several vehicle vandalisms were reported. They occurred in the 500 block of South Myrtle, the 500 block of El Norte, the 800 block of West Duarte and the 1800 block of Tenth Avenue. The vandalism involved windows being scratched and silver spray paint being applied to windows. The vehicle vandalisms appear to be random and do not appear to be gang related.
October 27 at 12:02 a.m., officers responded to a location in the 800 block of East Foothill regarding a distraught female. She called a friend, who responded to her residence, then called police. The female suffers from depression. She was taken to a hospital and placed on a 72-hour hold for mental evaluation.
- Brad Haugaard
- Revised budget for 2010-11.
- A bunch of change orders on construcion at Monrovia High.
- October enrollment report. (Down a bit, but not as bad as expected.)
- Hiring a go-between to oversee MHS construction.
- And a bunch more stuff.
Full agenda here: http://goo.gl/5EYr
- Brad Haugaard
In his weekly report, City Manager Scott Ochoa said that although city staff had proposed banning smoking from all parks, because of discussion during the last City Council meeting, staff "will drop the smoking ban in urban parks from the proposed ordinance unless and until Council expressly directs otherwise."
He said there are two sides to this philosophical argument, which are:
- Old Town Trick-or-Treating on Friday, October 30, from 3-6 p.m. along Myrtle Avenue.
- Halloween Stories on Saturday, October 30, from 2-3 p.m. in the library's Story Time Room. "Gruesome goblins and fierce Frankensteins are invited to an afternoon of stories, songs, craft and film celebrating all things Halloween! Wear your costume."
- Costume Contest on Saturday, October 30, from 3-6 p.m. in Library Park. Also, a Parade of Characters and Pumpkin Carving Contest. For information, call (626) 256-8246. Read more: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_16447861#ixzz13lcz4nCL
- Vendors at Market in the Park (Library Park) will distribute candy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.
- Dia De Los Muertos Turner & Stevens Mortuary, November 2, from 7-10 p.m. 200 E. Duarte Road. http://goo.gl/Qopq
- Brad Haugaard
- Brad Haugaard
- Brad Haugaard
It'll cost the district $80 an hour and travel expenses.
- Brad Haugaard
It'll cost the district $80 an hour and travel expenses.
- Brad Haugaard
- Science building, stadium, track and field - November 2010.
- Modernization (of various buildings, I believe) - March 2011.
- Mid-Campus Building (Building M) - June 2011.
- Front entrance improvements - June 2011.
- Brad Haugaard
Conway said: "As has become standard practice in recent years, the State Budget is balanced using accounting gimmicks, funding shifts, dubious economic forecasts, the assumption of revenue from the Federal government that may not be realized, and an increase in the deferral of state apportionments into the next fiscal year."
He wrote that because the state budget has been balanced in this way, along with the possibility of cuts to educational funding, it is likely the Monrovia School District's estimated budget of about $49 million may soon be deemed to be out of balance.
Here is the full document: http://goo.gl/xSBA
UPDATE: And later, at the board meeting where this information was presented, the board was VERRY ticked off at the state: http://goo.gl/vb1U
- Brad Haugaard
Thought you all might like to check to see if the latest NY Times bestselling books are available and checked in at the Monrovia Library. Just click on a book's link to see if it is checked in. (If there's no link, I couldn't find it.)
Top 5 Hardcover Fiction
1. The Reversal, Michael Connelly http://goo.gl/GKJE
2. Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett http://goo.gl/fRBu
3. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen http://goo.gl/FknU
4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson http://goo.gl/ccIo
5. Safe Haven, by Nicholas Sparks http://goo.gl/bXpH
1. Obama's Wars, by Bob Woodward http://goo.gl/vfQo
2. Earth (The Book), by Jon Stewart and others http://goo.gl/fGHe
3. Trickle Up Poverty, by Michael Savage (Not Listed at Library)
4. The Roots of Obama's Rage, by Dinesh D'Souza http://goo.gl/HGWt
5. ------ Finish First, by Tucker Max (Not Listed at Library) - Brad Haugaard
During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 556 service events, resulting in 108 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:
On October 15, a residential burglary occurred between 4:00 p.m. and 10:55 p.m. in the 300 block of Bradbury. The female victim left her residence and was gone for a few hours. When she returned, she discovered her residence had been ransacked. The victim was unable to determine the loss at the time. Entry was made through an unlocked kitchen window.
On October 16, a residential burglary occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. in the 200 block of West Cypress. The suspects made entry through an unlocked bathroom window. Miscellaneous jewelry was taken.
October 18 at 6:40 a.m., an officer responded to the 200 block of East Pomona on a vehicle theft report. A red Acura Integra was stolen from the street in front of the victim's residence. No suspects were seen.
October 18 at 8:23 a.m., an officer responded to a hotel in the 900 block of South Fifth regarding a subject that had committed suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs. An adult male subject who had been living at the hotel for the past three months was found deceased in the room by his roommate. The investigation revealed the deceased was despondent over recently losing his job and he had a history of depression. A Los Angeles County Coroner's investigator responded to the scene for further investigation.
October 18 at 12:18 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the area of Duarte and Encino regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim parked his 1991, red Honda CRX across the street from his residence over the weekend. When he returned to where he had parked his vehicle, he discovered it had been stolen. The victim had no idea who could have stolen his vehicle and no witnesses were located.
October 18 at 3:53 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Linwood regarding a death investigation. The deceased was found by a caregiver who was sent to the location at the brother's request. The brother had not heard from his sister for over two weeks. Officers arrived and located the deceased 63 year old woman. No obvious signs of foul play were found. A Los Angeles County Coroner's investigator responded to the scene for further investigation.
October 18 at 7:59 p.m., loss prevention from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington called and reported two subjects who had stolen merchandise from the store. The male suspect ran, but the female suspect was detained. Officers made an area search but did not locate the male suspect. The suspects had entered the store and put merchandise into an empty purse and backpack. The male exited without paying for the merchandise, while the female paid for two small items. She did not pay for the merchandise she had concealed in a large black bag. All merchandise was recovered. The male suspect is still outstanding and the female had no identification. Immigration was advised and an ICE hold was issued, as the suspect was found to be a prior deportee.
October 19 at 6:49 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 700 block of East Lime. The vehicle was taken sometime between 8:00 p.m. and 6:49 a.m. The vehicle taken was a 2000 Honda Civic, black in color.
October 19 at 12:27 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Norumbega. The resident left the location at 10:45 a.m., and their housekeeper arrived at the residence at 11:45 a.m. The housekeeper noticed the dog was keeping its distance, which is unusual. She then noticed the back window was smashed and she exited the residence. The police were called. It appears the suspect sprayed the dog with pepper spray or mace to keep the dog away. The suspect fled the location with jewelry.
October 19 at 12:39 p.m., an officer responded to the 900 block of Norumbega regarding a residential burglary. The resident had left the location and returned approximately two hours later. When they returned, they found their dog confined to the deck area of the house, which is separated from the yard where the suspect made entry through an unlocked window. The suspect fled the location with jewelry.
October 19 at 10:36 p.m., a resident at an apartment complex in the 700 block of South Myrtle called to report that she observed two subjects dressed in dark clothing on the roof of the complex. The subjects appeared to be making an attempt to get down to a balcony from the roof. Officers responded and set up a perimeter. The garage and roof access were searched, but the subjects were not located. No damage or loss occurred; however, it was clear the two male suspects were seeking ways to get into an apartment.
If you want to go digging up the streets (I do it all the time), you might want to check this new interactive map that shows where gas lines are located. It appears there are high pressure lines (above 60 psi) located basically along parts of Duarte Road and Live Oak Avenue.
- Brad Haugaard
The Monrovia Fire Department is very unhappy with the "Tree-of-Heaven," also called Ailanthus and Stinking Suma.
According to the Weekly Report from City Manager Scott Ochoa's office, the tree grows very fast (up to 6 feet in a season) and can break right through concrete. It crowds out everything else, makes an impenetrable stand and builds up fuel and is a mess.
Today is the first day of a new daily online newspaper/directory for Monrovia, called MonroviaPatch.
The Patch nationwide network of smaller-town news websites is owned by AOL. The company has hired professional journalists at (from what I've read) very attractive salaries.
A three-justice panel has turned down the appeal of Shawna Lenora Robles, who said life in prison was cruel and unusual punishment. She was convicted of killing an elderly Monrovia couple in 2003.
October 7 at 12:47 p.m., an officer went to a residence in the 100 block of West Colorado regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported that his company's vehicle was broken into sometime during the night. Investigation continuing.
October 7 at 3:20 p.m., an officer went to a park in the 1200 block of North Canyon on the report of a vehicle burglary. The victim parked his black Toyota Highlander in a lower level parking lot and went for a hike in the park. Upon his return, he found the passenger window broken out on his vehicle. His property was stolen and the investigation continuing.
October 7 at 9:31 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a subject who wanted to harm himself. A male subject riding as a passenger in his mother's vehicle had begun stating he wanted to harm himself by ending his life. He was detained and taken to a hospital and held for mental evaluation.
Filing a False Police Report
October 7 at 11:38 p.m., officers responded to a location in the 200 block of Aspen regarding a subject attempting to repossess a vehicle when another subject exited the residence with an assault rifle. Officers arrived and detained the involved parties. The officers investigated and discovered there was no brandishing of a rifle. Officers interviewed the parties and the investigation is continuing.
Domestic Violence - Suspect Arrested
October 8 at 12:55 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of West Colorado on the report of a female stating she had been struck by her boyfriend. During the investigation, officers discovered a battery had occurred and they arrested the male subject.
October 8 at 4:39 p.m., police received a call reporting that a vehicle had ended up in the wash in the 1600 block of South Mountain. Monrovia Fire Department personnel responded and used a ladder to have the driver climb out of the wash. The driver was not injured. Los Angeles County Flood Control and tow service were notified.
Auto Burglaries / Search Warrant - Suspect Arrested
Since last May, there have been several auto burglaries in the 1200 block of North Canyon at the park. On October 7, officers were sent to the park regarding a suspicious vehicle. An officer located the suspicious vehicle and identified the driver. No crime was known at that time. Just after the subject was sent on his way, a call was received reporting an auto burglary at the park. After the investigation was conducted, it was determined that the person stopped by the officer was the suspect. Enough information was obtained for a search warrant. A search warrant was served on October 9, and items were recovered in the search that link the suspect to several burglaries. The suspect was taken into custody.
Grand Theft Auto Recovery
On October 5, a 1994 Acura Integra was stolen from the 1300 block of South Alta Vista. On October 10, an officer patrolling in the 400 block of Genoa located the vehicle parked on the street in front of a residence. The stereo had been taken from the vehicle. Investigation continuing.
October 11 at 11:56 p.m., a female subject came into the police lobby, crying and asking for help. She stated her live-in-boyfriend of many years was acting crazy and was possibly suicidal. She said that when she left her residence, he was attempting to light things on fire in the rear yard. Officers responded and located the male subject in the rear yard. He had started a very small fire on top of a wooden table. Officers detained him and determined he was not mentally stable. He was transported to a hospital, where he was held for mental evaluation.
The track isn't done and now the athletic department is scrambling to find a neutral site for a couple events.
- Brad Haugaard
- Brad Haugaard
The Rotary Club of Monrovia announced the death of long-time member Joe Ragsdale, known affectionately to his friends in Rotary as "Gentleman Joe" Ragsdale. Ragsdale was Rotary President for 1955-1956 and remained an active member until 2010. The club's Facebook page says, "Joe will be missed by many in the community from many walks of life. A celebration of his life is being planned but a date has not been set."
Mayor Pro Tem Tom Adams added that Ragsdale "was unlike any other, a real class act."
- Brad Haugaard
Methinks City Manager Scott Ochoa is not impressed with the latest California state budget.From his weekly report ( http://goo.gl/AGJD ): "It appears as though the State of California will have a budget some time this weekend. Approximately 100 days late, predicated on less-than-conservative revenue estimates, and a yet-unseen-commitment of significant additional federal aid, it would seem that - once again - the Legislature is passing a 'get out of town' budget that will simply carry over an estimated $10 billion deficit to the 2011-12 fiscal year. California was dysfunctional before the Great Recession. If this prolonged fiscal crisis cannot rally and sustain some form of interest (let alone action) from an engaged electorate, then I fear we are approaching a threshold at which - absent significant and meaningful reform - California will no longer be able to succeed in spite of itself. It is not yet too late, but without real leadership - meaning having a Governor and Legislators who will confront and openly and practically address our most pressing issues - time will run out for the 'Golden State'." - Brad Haugaard
Monrovia City Manager Scott Ochoa appears to support Proposition 22, which he says "would close a loophole that still allows the State of California to steal local monies." He adds: "[J]ust this past year, the State demanded $3 million from the Monrovia Redevelopment Agency (whose annual budget is a little over $8 million). As you may remember, we refused because we did not have $3 million simply lying around..."Details: http://goo.gl/AGJD- Brad Haugaard
Here is the Mission Statement:
By working actively and cooperatively, as students, staff, parents, and community, the Monrovia Unified School District is committed to devoting its energy, resources, and support to provide:
- Academically rigorous educational programs which foster the maximum development of each student's potential.
- A challenging, supportive, safe, orderly, and positive learning environment.
- Quality staff
- Quality service
And here are the 2015 Goals (I'm summarizing a bit):
1. All eligible schools become California Distinguished Schools and National Blue Ribbon Schools.
2. All schools get to 900 or higher on the state API score. [800, by the way, is the score that makes Sacramento happy, so this is shooting nicely higher.]
3. 75 percent of high school grads satisfy A-G requirements for admission to UC and CSU; opportunities for students to participate in advanced coursework increase 100 percent; 100 percent of grads will be prepared to "enter college, advanced training, or a career."
Here's a link to the full mission statement/goals document (PDF): http://goo.gl/q1i2
- Brad Haugaard
Monrovia columnist Charlotte Schamadan reports that Santa Fe Middle School has for the first time broken the magic 800 score on the API tests. Congrats to Santa Fe!Also, she gets some action from Disney on closed-caption videos. http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_16277898
During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 529 service events, resulting in 109 investigations. Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:
September 30 at 10:52 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business parking lot in the 3300 block of South Peck Road regarding an attempt robbery. Two employees of a catering business reported three male suspects hit them with their fists and demanded money from them. The victims refused to give the suspects any money and the suspects then fled. Investigation continuing.
Vandalism - Three Suspects Arrested
September 30 at 5:30 p.m., an officer observed three subjects trespassing onto railroad property and tagging a wall. Containment of the area was set up and the three suspects were located and arrested; two of the subjects are juveniles and the third is an adult. They were arrested and brought to the jail for booking.
Peeping / Prowling - Suspect Arrested
October 1 at 8:49 p.m., officers responded to the report of a male suspect looking into a female victim's bathroom window. Upon arrival, officers saw the suspect at the corner of Colorado and Primrose, where they detained him. The female victim positively identified the suspect and he was arrested. Investigation continuing.
Burglary / Robbery - Suspect Arrested
October 2 at 10:35 a.m., police received a call reporting a fight in progress in the 1600 block of South Mountain. A loss prevention officer from a business was in an altercation with a theft suspect. When the officer arrived, the loss prevention officer had already taken the suspect into custody. The suspect went into the business and selected merchandise, which he placed it in a cart and then walked out of the business without paying. Minutes later, he walked back into the store to return the merchandise, where he was contacted by store loss prevention. The suspect walked out and refused to stop. He was pursued by a loss prevention officer and an altercation began. The suspect was arrested and booked for burglary and robbery.
October 3 at 4:59 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a hotel in the 900 block of South Fifth Avenue. A male suspect, approximately 18 to 20 years old, jumped the front counter in the lobby after asking the employee if they could make change. As soon as the register was open, he jumped over the counter and took money from the drawer. He jumped back over and fled. The investigation is continuing.
Aggravated Assault - Suspect Arrested
October 4 at 7:39 p.m., police received a call of an assault that just occurred between two male adults in an alley in the 400 block of West Hurstview. The victim and suspect have a long history of conflict between their two families. The victim was sitting in a crouched position, smoking a cigarette, when the suspect came home. The suspect confronted the victim and an altercation ensued. The victim received numerous punches to the face during the altercation, and other facial injuries may have resulted from his falling to the ground after being struck. The victim was taken to a hospital. The suspect had left the scene, but came to the station to give a statement approximately four hours after the incident. His statements, combined with the physical evidence and injuries to the victim, resulted in his arrest for aggravated assault.
The City of Monrovia and the Public Works Department will be sponsoring another volunteer clean-up along the 210 Freeway from Magnolia to Mayflower. If you or your group or organization is able to assist from 8 a.m. until noon, please contact the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley at (626) 256-8187, or visit www.volunteercentersgv.org. Participants must be 18 years or older to be allowed on the Cal Trans right-of-way.http://goo.gl/AGJD- Brad Haugaard
The board will also discuss the cost of new architectural renderings to show exterior colors of high school buildings and new construction, plus colors for the inside of the new gymmasium.
Board agenda here (PDF): http://goo.gl/q3m2
Tonight at the Monrovia City Council Meeting.
AR-1 is the submission for Council review of the Vision 2015 Strategic Planning document. Going back to 1995, Monrovia has pulled together a diverse set of stakeholders in the Old Town district to try to map out a future direction. Back then, it was Vision 2000 – which focused on attracting new restaurants, providing outdoor dining opportunities, and, of course, securing a multi-screen cinema. In 2000, we had Vision 2005 – which focused on new infrastructure downtown, attracting mixed-use development, providing new parking, and even planning for a new Library. Of course, Vision 2005 took us a little longer to achieve. But the idea remains the same – chart a course based on the collective wisdom of informed stakeholders, and then move forward.
Vision 2015 was constructed over the past year by a diverse mix of Old Town stakeholders – merchants, property owners, residents, public officials, real estate professionals, developers, etc. The plan focuses on four areas: Land Use Planning, Marketing & Promotions, Place-Making & Image, and Redevelopment. Additionally, each section is accompanied by specific actions and steps to help move the agenda forward. If past history is any indication, Vision 2015 will provide a valuable blueprint for the future of Old Town Monrovia. Staff recommends approval of this strategic planning document.
Mayor Pro Tem
Tonight's (Oct. 5) City Council meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.Among other items, the council will consider whether to ...- authorize the "purchase of one automated license plate reader from PIPS Technology in the Amount of $22,550" for the police department.- award a contract of $265,065 to Freeway Electric, Inc. for street and traffic signal improvements at Myrtle Avenue and Huntington Drive, and at Myrtle and Chestnut avenues.http://goo.gl/dq6L
- Brad Haugaard
With the economy in sorry shape, many Monrovians are having a very rough time.
"As the economy nosedives," she said, "we skyrocket."However, she said, "Monrovia cares about meeting needs," and the Center has been able to meet the needs of people who have have come it for help.- Brad Haugaard
Joan Whitenack, executive director of the Foothill Unity Center, said today at the Monrovia Coordinating Council that demands on the Center's services are "extremely high."
Monrovia City Clerk Alice Atkins has rejected a petition to put a tax-cut measure on the city ballot due to the circulator's "failure to include on the petitions a copy of the Notice of Intention as required by Elections Code Section 9207."
The Star-News quotes (http://goo.gl/MZ9c) John Jogminas, the author of the Monrovia tax-cut measure, as saying the 591-signature petition to put the measure on the ballot was thrown out "on a technicality" and that he had asked the City Attorney to review the measure before it was circulated and the city rejected that request.
The city's press release confirms that the city refused to review the petition prior to circulation, and adds that the Municipal Law Handbook, published by the League of California Cities, says, "Compliance with statutory requirements is the responsibility of the initiative proponent. It is not the responsibility of the city attorney to advise the proponent or correct the proponent's errors...."
Here's the city's press release: http://goo.gl/LXYQ
- Brad Haugaard