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Halloween Party on North Alta Vista

Big party on North Alta Vista. Video playing. The street is blocked off, cars are crowding the parking spaces and people are shoulder to shoulder. There's even a guy directing traffic.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Halloween Pirate Ship

908 Hillcrest. Always amazing. Just east of Madison. See it after dark
but watch for kids!

Monrovia's State Senator Honored by Medical Group

Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (who represents Monrovia) is being recognized by the California Society of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology with a service award for introducing SB 352, which would have prevented chiropractors from using lasers to treat patients with life-threatening allergies.

- Brad Haugaard

Halloween | Help Hurricane Victims | Dia de los Muertos

~ Free Halloween events tonight at Library Park, 3-6 p.m. for ages 0-14. Dog costume contest, toddler area, arts and crafts, demonstrations, photo booth, face painting, wellness games, story times and trick-or-treating at Old Town Monrovia businesses.

~ How to help hurricane victims.

~ Dia de los Muertos Nov. 2 at Live Oak Memorial Park. 5:30 face painting, 7-8 p.m. Mass; 8:30-9 p.m. Azteca Dancers; 8-10 p.m. Mariachis.

- Brad Haugaard

Chamber of Commerce to Honor Monrovians | Mini-Power Outage

~ Monrovia Chamber of Commerce's honorees:

- Iris Award, Citizen of the Year, will be presented to Pastor Joshua Smith.

- The Monroe Award, Business Person of the Year, will be presented to Julie Gentile of Gentile McCloskey & Company.

- The Dick Lord Award for outstanding contributions to the Chamber will be presented to Nancy Bond of Nancy Bond Insurance Services.

Awards will be presented at the Annual Membership & Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Courtyard by Marriott Monrovia.

~ Southern California Edison reports about 26 customers are without power in a planned outage due to equipment problems. The company reports that it is "in the process of completing repairs." Should be fixed by 6 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Senator Awarded Chamber's Highest Score | Rendering of New Chipotle Restaurant

~ The California Chamber of Commerce has awarded the highest of scores to Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (who represents Monrovia) for his support for small business owners and the business community in the State Legislature.

~ Here is an architectural rendering of the new Chipotle restaurant that will be going in where the old Acapulco is now.

- Brad Haugaard

Local Jewish Federation Raising Relief for Hurricane Victims

The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys is raising money for those affected by the hurricane.

You can drop-off contributions at the Jewish Federation, 550 S. Second Avenue, Arcadia, or donate to Jewish Federation of North America at and designate that the donation is for JFNA Hurricane Relief Fund.

Contributions will go to social welfare agencies in the affected areas serving both the Jewish and general communities.

- Brad Haugaard

Dope Bust | Monrovia Man Says Not Guilty in Bomb Threat

~ Monrovia dope bust.

~ Monrovia man pleads not guilty to making bomb threats.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Halloween Street Fest | 210 Lane Closures | KGEM Interview

~ Sounds like a wild time on North Alta Vista (between Hillcrest and Scenic) on Halloween evening. The street will be closed from 6-10 p.m. for trick or treaters. There will be a "haunted yard" and the Thriller dance video playing, with dancers on the street.

~ Occasional lane closures on the 210 eastbound for Gold Line bridge work between now and Nov. 10. Closures will begin no earlier than 10 p.m. and end no later than 1 p.m. the following day.

~ KGEM's Marlene Gibbs interviews Joe Nicassio about his book, "Resurrecting America's Entrepreneurial Spirit." Part one ( ) and part two ( ).

- Brad Haugaard

Video Interviews with Local Candidates

Video: Monrovia Cable interviewer talks to the candidates:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Foiled Rape Attempt, Stolen Bike

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 25-28. - Brad Haugaard]
Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.
Receiving Stolen Property / Parole Hold - Suspect Arrested
On October 25 at 11:35 p.m., officers stopped a bicyclist for not having a headlight in the 900 block of Encino.  The bicyclist is currently on parole, and he told officers that he borrowed the bicycle from his brother, who had stolen it.  He was arrested, and during the booking process, it was discovered that he is a parolee at large.  He was charged with receiving stolen property and a parole hold was obtained.
Burglary / Sexual Battery With Intent to Commit Rape - Suspect Arrested
On October 26 at 3:38 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of West Colorado regarding a female yelling for help.  A male suspect approached the female victim's front door and shook the handle and then knocked.  The victim looked out her window and recognized the suspect as someone who used to work with her.  The victim cracked the door open and the suspect asked for the victim by name.  The victim asked him what he wanted, and he replied that he was going to rape her, and he forced the door open. 
As the suspect forced the door open, the victim grabbed the door frame and yelled for help.  She was overpowered by the suspect and he pushed her to the floor.  The suspect climbed on top of the victim, stared at her face, and, again, told her he was going to rape her.  The victim continued to scream for help.  Three male subjects heard the victim's screams, grabbed the suspect, and pulled him out to the sidewalk, where they held him until officers arrived. 
When officers arrived, the suspect was still struggling to get away.  The suspect was arrested and taken into custody without further incident.  The victim suffered no injuries, but was shaken up from the incident.

Design of Signs for Monrovia's Wilderness Area Hopefully Done by January

Monrovia city staff hopes to have the design for the signs marking the entry points of the wilderness preserve and recreation area above Monrovia completed by January.

Director of Community Services April Soash writes:

"As for the Wilderness Preserve signage Staff is working with the Company to revise the first draft that was completed, so the new date Staff has for a review to the Community Services Commission is Jan. 2013. Unfortunately, sometimes things take longer than anticipated, but Staff wants to make sure the information is accurate and helpful."

My earlier report on the progress of the project:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Assemblyman Tim Donnelly Predicts 'Blowout' for Romney

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who represents part of Monrovia, is predicting a "blowout" election for Romney. Referring to the editorial endorsement of Romney by the Star-News ( ), he writes on Facebook:

"When you have newspapers that previously endorsed Obama, throwing their weight behind Romney, you know it is going to be a blowout! The other day I heard a Democrat staffer for a major California Democrat say he is voting for Romeny. Even some Hollywood actors like my liberal friend Rob Schneider have said they will not vote for Obama again. I think these are canaries in the coal mine. Just over a week to go. Godspeed."

- Brad Haugaard

Old Monrovia Acapulco to be Torn Down, Replaced by Chipotle and Three Other Restaurants

It is official. I asked Monrovia Planning Division Manager, Craig Jimenez, if we are getting a Chipotle restaurant. His answer:

"Yes, Acapulco will be replaced by Chipotle and three other food uses (we haven't heard who yet). The Acapulco structure will be demolished and replaced by a new multi-tenant building. Both the building and the conditional use permit for alcoholic beverage sales were approved by the Planning Commission in October. The architect has indicated that they hope to begin construction by the beginning of the year."

He also sent the staff reports if you are interested: and

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's World Vision to Help Victims of Sandy

Monrovia's World Vision prepares to respond to Hurricane Sandy.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Over San Marino :-) | Still a Fire Danger | Bridge Picture

~ Close, 21-16, but Monrovia beats San Marino in football.

~ Low humidity and winds through tonight mean chance of fire. Careful with those matches.

~ Latest picture of bridge construction. The basket "weave" is done.

- Brad Haugaard

Chipotle in the Old Acapulco Restaurant?

A correspondent who lives near the old Acapulco Restaurant on Huntington writes that it looks like the old Acapulco "is not going to be a Panera Bread after all but a Chipotle restaurant." Comment: I'll try to check about this, but assuming it is true, my vote is: Whoopie!

- Brad Haugaard

Congressional Candidate Orswell at Monrovia Street Fair Tonight

Jack Orswell, Republican candidate for the 27th District, notes on Twitter that, "Tonight I'll be at the Monrovia Street Fair talking with voters & handing out candy apples & Ice Tickles. Please stop by the table!" The 27th includes Monrovia.

- Brad Haugaard

Tencia Delgado is Monrovia Teacher-of-the-Month

Left to Right: Mariana Sanchez, Director; Adrianna Hernandez, Classified Aide; Tencia Delgado, Certified Teacher
The Monrovia Chamber of Commerce and the Monrovia Unified School District honored Tencia Delgado as Teacher-of-the-Month at the October 24 school board meeting. Delgado has been a Certified Teacher at Canyon Early Learning Center for nine years. Adrianna Hernandez, a Classified Aide was also nominated from Canyon Early Learning Center. They both enjoy teaching early education to children and were nominated for their dedication and commitment to their students.

Source: press release
- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Something Healthy

Had lunch recently at Something Healthy, on Shamrock just north of Huntington. Got a Caribbean Jerk Chicken Wrap combo with iced tea and a bag of chips for just under $10. Wrap had chicken, avocado, lettuce and beans, I think.  Anyway, it was very good. Spicy, too.

- Brad Haugaard

Jack in the Box About Done | Monrovia Bakery Makes R2D2 Cake | City Manager Report | Bear on Foothill

~ The Jack in the Box at the corner of Huntington and Magnolia looks about ready to open.

~ Monrovia's Meringue Bakery makes Star Wars R2D2 cake.

~ Monrovia City Manager's thoughts for the week.

~ A bear wanders down to Foothill Boulevard.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Preschool Fire, Burglary, Injury Crash

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 22-24 -Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 461 service

Fire Assist

October 23 at 12:47 p.m., a fire began in a wall between classrooms at a preschool in the 1000 block of South Canyon. The school was evacuated smoothly, police department staff was on scene to monitor the children and facilitate their release to parents/guardians. No injuries or problems were reported.

Residential Burglary

October 23 at 8:23 p.m., a burglary was reported at a residence in the 200 block of West Central. The crime occurred on Saturday, October 20, sometime between 5:30 and 11:30 p.m. The victim didn't notice the loss until October 23. The suspect forced open the front door to gain entry. Cash, cologne, and the pink slips to two vehicles were stolen.

Injury Traffic Collision

October 24 at 11:45 a.m., a traffic accident was reported at Alta Vista and Foothill. Police responded and found a female driver and a female passenger had been injured in the collision. The injuries were not life threatening. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia-San Marino Football | Wind Warning

~ A look at the upcoming Monrovia-San Marino football game.

~ Wind warning through Friday for San Gabriel Valley.

- Brad Haugaard

Nature Art | Crash with Injuries | Prayer Breakfast | E-Recycling | Orswell vs. Chu

~ Enchanted with Nature painting show at Segil Fine Arts (on Lime
across from Library) features new works by Lynn Gertenbach. Nov. 3-24.

~ Crash at Foothill and Alta Vista sends two to hospital.

~ Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on "The Heart of Great Leadership." Nov.
16. Details:

~ Electronic Waste Recycling Event, Saturday and Sunday Nov. 17 and
18. Details:

~ Orswell accuses Chu of ducking debate in 27th Congressional District

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Volleyball Girls in Third Place | Pet Food Drive

~ In girls volleyball, Monrovia is number three.

~ Lending a Paw Therapy Dogs is sponsoring a Pet Food Drive to collect
dry dog and cat food for Foothill Unity Center's Pet Food Bank
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m
At Arcadia Congregational United Church of Christ, 2607 S. Santa Anita
in Arcadia. Contact Lending a Paw Therapy Dogs at 626-357-3575 to
arrange a pick-up.

- Brad Haugaard

Developer Wants Settlement with Monrovia | Huff Honored | Freeway Closure | Unity Center Needs Help

~ Developer in lawsuit against City of Monrovia hopes suit can be
settled on "fair terms."

~ California parents award Senator Bob Huff it's Golden Apple Award
for legislative accomplishments in education policy.

~ Closure of up to two eastbound 210 lanes set for Oct. 24, 8 a.m. to
1 p.m. Closed will be carpool and fast lane.

~ Foothill Unity Center could use some help with fall holidays.
Contact Raina Martinez at 358-3486 for more information.

- Brad Haugaard

Hong Kong Market | Jobs Grant for Monrovia Library | Biology Dept. Fundraiser | Sierra Autocars is Award Nominee

~ Observations on the progress, or lack thereof, on the New Hong Kong
Market on Duarte Road.

~ California State Library has awarded Monrovia Public Library a grant
to develop a Job and Career Center.

~ Rummage and bake sale to support Monrovia High's Biology Department.
Oct. 27, 7 a.m to 1 p.m. Details:

~ Monrovia's Sierra Autocars is nominee for Dealer of the Year award.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Bicyclist and Pedestrian Hit, Indecent Exposure, Under the Influence

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 18-21 -Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision – Vehicle vs. Bicyclist

October 19 at 7:46 a.m., officers responded to the 800 block of East Huntington regarding a hit and run traffic accident. A bicyclist was in the number two lane and stopped for the red light at Mountain. A white compact vehicle approached in the same lane to the left of a bicyclist and began to make a turn onto Mountain. During the turning movement, the vehicle struck the bicyclist, causing him to fall to the ground. The driver of the vehicle exited to check on the bicyclist and tried to render assistance, but the bicyclist indicated that his leg might be broken and not to move him. The driver returned to his vehicle and fled the scene south on Mountain.

The bicyclist was treated by paramedics and taken to a hospital by ambulance for pain to his left leg. The hit and run driver is described as a dark-complected, African-American male, wearing a black security uniform.

Traffic Collision – Vehicle vs. Pedestrian

October 19 at 1:07 p.m., an accident was reported in the 600 block of South Myrtle involving a subject in a wheelchair. The subject in the wheelchair was crossing Myrtle in the crosswalk and was struck by a vehicle going southbound on Myrtle. The vehicle tapped the wheelchair, causing it to spin. The subject sustained a small abrasion to the lower left leg and was treated by paramedics at the scene and released. The driver of the vehicle was cited and released.

Indecent Exposure / Obstructing & Delaying a Peace Officer / Battery on a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested

October 19 at 9:36 p.m., a business in the 300 block of West Huntington reported that a male subject was exposing himself in public. Officers arrived and found the suspect in the loading dock area of a business. He was contacted by officers, but refused to cooperate. He refused to follow repeated commands from the officers and became combative. The suspect resisted arrest and fought with officers until additional units arrived to assist in taking him into custody. Two of the officers involved sustained injuries.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested

October 21 at 1:45 a.m., Special Enforcement Team officers were traveling west on Foothill, near California, when they saw a vehicle traveling head on with them in the wrong lane. They conducted a traffic stop, and the driver was determined to be driving under the influence. The driver was arrested and the vehicle was stored.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested

October 21 at 2:40 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 2300 block of Primrose. After investigation, the driver was found to be driving under the influence. He was arrested and the vehicle was stored.

Special Enforcement Team Weekly Activity

Felony Warrant for Possession of Dangerous Drugs – Suspect Arrested

On October 18, Special Enforcement Team officers conducted a traffic stop on a subject that was found to have a felony warrant for possession of dangerous drugs out of San Bernardino Sheriff's Department. The subject was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested

On October 20, Special Enforcement Team officers stopped a vehicle driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Foothill near California. The driver was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested. The vehicle was stored. 


- Brad Haugaard

Energy Program | Football | Dia de Los Muertos | Jam-Proof GPS

~ A program for owners of non-residential properties to fund energy
efficiency upgrades.

~ Prediction on Monrovia vs. San Marino game... Monrovia wins.

~ Dia de Los Muertos. Paint a mask and make paper flowers. Nov. 3, 1-3
p.m. at the library.

~ Monrovia's AeroVironment buys jam-resistant GPS system for it's
drones. (I seem to recall a problem with one of its drones being
hijacked by spoofing the GPS signal. Maybe this is a response to

- Brad Haugaard

Basket Weave Installed on Freeway Bridge

The "basket weave" of the 210 freeway bridge is being completed.

- Brad Haugaard

Death of Monrovia Adult Star Being Featured on Tv

48 Hours show to cover death of Monrovia adult star.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board: Enrollment, Negotiations

A couple items of interest on the school board agenda (here: ) --

~ The enrollment report for October.

~ Initial proposals for the teachers union and non-teachers union.

- Brad Haugaard

- Brad Haugaard

27th Congressional District Race

A look at the 27th Congressional District race.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Jake's Roadhouse

Lunch at Jake's Roadhouse recently. Got the pulled pork sandwich with spicy BBQ sauce for $9.95 plus $2.59 for an iced tea, plus tax and tip. Sat outside in the beautiful weather along Myrtle. Sandwich was delicious! Seriously spicy and sloppy, the way it should be.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Over Blair | Wildfire Protection | Music | e-Waste Riundup

~ Monrovia wipes out Blair High 56-0 in football.

~ Community wildfire protection plan. See what the city has planned to
protect us.

~ Music for kids at the library.

~ Hazardous waste roundup.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Surveys | Teacher Trial | Girl Scout Fundraiser

~ Several community surveys from the city. I got them by email but
hopefully they will be online shortly, here:

~ Student testifies in sexual misconduct trial involving teacher from

~ Plan ahead. Dec. 1 Bake sale and craft items for sale to benefit
Monrovia-Duarte Girl Scouts. First Baptist, 223 Encinitas, Monrovia.

- Brad Haugaard

Partial Freeway Closure Thursday Night

Gold Line reports up to four eastbound 210 lanes will be closed
Thursday from 11 p.m. through 5 a.m. Crews will be putting forms in
place for the path leading up to the west end of the bridge.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Fire Assist and Hit-and-Run

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 445 service events, resulting in 70 investigations.

Felony Hit & Run Traffic Accident

October 16 at 6:36 p.m., police responded to a traffic accident reported in the 1100 block of South Mountain. An 18-year-old male subject was jay-walking westbound across the street in the 1100 block of South Mountain. A dark blue, 2-door, compact car was traveling southbound and struck the pedestrian. The vehicle did not stop and was last seen westbound on Huntington. The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was treated for a broken leg. The investigation is continuing.

Fire Assist / Mental Evaluation

October 17 at 10:46 p.m., the Monrovia Fire Department responded to a location in the 100 block of South Violet regarding a fire. They were told a fire had erupted in one of the apartments two hours earlier. When fire personnel tried to investigate, the male resident was uncooperative and said there was no fire. Fire personnel looked in through a window and saw fire damage. Police were requested and officers responded to contact the resident. Initially, he denied there was a fire, but officers confirmed there was a large kitchen fire, which damaged the entire kitchen and ceiling area. The resident was found to be mentally unstable and was taken to a hospital and placed on a 72-hour hold for mental evaluation.

- Brad Haugaard

A Monrovia Halloween for Kids and Dogs

Plan ahead if you have kids or dogs. Monrovia Halloween Costume
Contest and Parade of Characters on Halloween. Ages 0-14 can
participate and registration is free. Enter Fido in the Dog Costume
Contest. There will be a toddler area, face painting, story times,
arts and crafts, photo booth and trick-or-treating at Old Town
Monrovia businesses.

- Brad Haugaard

Food Trucks Officially Okay in Monrovia

Monrovia City Council lifts ban on food trucks.

- Brad Haugaard

Pedestrian Hit by Car in Monrovia

Pedestrian hit by hit-and-run car in Monrovia. Broken leg.

- Brad Haugaard

Who for Monrovia Assembly Representative?

Article on the race for the 41st Assembly district, which includes
Monrovia. Republican Donna Lowe vs. Pasadena Councilman Chris Holden.

- Brad Haugaard

- Brad Haugaard

Take the Monrovia Surveys

The City of Monrovia would like you to take a Community Development Survey and Fire Department Survey. Here's the announcement and links:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Suspicious Person Dancing in the Backyard; Driving and Doing Other Things While Under the Influence, Etc

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 11-14 - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.
Domestic Violence
October 11 at 11:30 a.m., police responded to a report of domestic violence in the 1100 block of Sesmas Street.  A male suspect forced his way into the residence of his ex-girlfriend after she refused to allow him entry.  Once inside, the male struck the female multiple times.  The suspect fled prior to officer's arrival.  A wanted person entry was entered into the computer system for the suspect.  Investigation continuing.
Grand Theft Auto Recovered
October 11 at 12:40 p.m., the operator of a business located in the 1300 block of South Peck Road called to report an abandoned vehicle.  A black pickup truck was left behind by two males and two females who had tried to sell the vehicle to the operator.  The operator told the subjects he could not purchase the vehicle without the bill of sale and title.  The subjects said they were unable to start the vehicle, but would return for it later.  When they did not return, the operator called police to report the vehicle abandoned.  When the vehicle was run through the stolen vehicle system by police, it was found to be a reported stolen out of Covina.  The investigation is continuing.
Critical Missing Person - Subject Located
October 12 at 6:35 p.m., an elderly male with the beginning stages of Alzheimer's went missing at the Monrovia Street Fair near Myrtle and Colorado.  Officers responded immediately and began an area search.  The subject was located a short time later when he answered his cell phone and was able to tell officers his location.
Residential Burglary
October 12 at 10:43 p.m., a resident who lives in the 300 block of Bradoaks reported his home had been burglarized.  He returned home and entered through the garage.  He immediately noticed drawers and closet doors were open and knew someone had broken into his house.  He exited the home and called police.  Officers arrived and cleared the house.  It appears the suspect(s) entered the residence through a bathroom window and ransacked the home.  The only items found missing were a computer, social security card and a passport.  The investigation is continuing.
Fight in Progress / Trespassing / Obstructing & Delaying a Peace Officer - Suspect Arrested
October 12 at 11:17 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 1800 block of South Peck regarding a fight in progress.  Officers were told that an intoxicated subject was creating a disturbance.  He was asked to leave by the resident, but he refused. Officers contacted the subject, who walked away from them and was uncooperative.  He was arrested for trespassing and obstructing and delaying a peace officer.
Suspicious Subject / Mental Evaluation
October 13 at 1:14 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of North Garfield called police to report a suspicious person dancing in their backyard.  Officers responded and detained a female who appeared to be under the influence of drugs.  The suspect is a resident of a sober living facility a few doors south of the victim's home.  She apparently wandered away from the home and walked into the victim's backyard, where she began dancing. After the suspect was detained, she claimed to have no recollection of what happened.  She was transported to a hospital, where she was examined and placed on a 72-hour hold for mental evaluation.
Driving Under the Influence / Possession of Marijuana in a Vehicle - Suspect Arrested
October 13 at 10:49 p.m., callers reported a male subject driving erratically north on Myrtle and then east on Hillcrest.  The driver almost struck some parked cars and then drove into opposing lanes.  Dispatch ran the license plate number and broadcast the registration address for the vehicle.  An officer located the driver attempting to make a u-turn in front of his home.  He was stopped and determined to be driving under the influence.  During a search of the vehicle, a sandwich bag containing marijuana was located in the center console.  The driver was arrested for the above listed charges.
Driving Under the Influence / Hit and Run Traffic Collision - Suspect Arrested
October 14 at 9:55 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at Mayflower, approaching Huntington.  A female driver pulled out of a driveway parking lot in front of a male driver, failing to yield.  The male driver then exited his vehicle and ran from the scene, but was apprehended by officers.  He was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was driving with a suspended license.  The male driver was arrested and taken into custody for the above listed charges.
Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance - Suspect Arrested
October 15 at 1:29 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 300 block of West Duarte Road saw a suspicious male standing in front of a closed business.  The male was looking around, and when he saw the officer, he began walking quickly away from the business. The officer contacted the subject and immediately noticed symptoms of being under the influence of a stimulant.  The subject was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was arrested and taken into custody, where he was held for detoxification.
Special Enforcement Team Weekly Activity
Possession of a Controlled Substance - Suspect Arrested
On October 11, the Special Enforcement Team assisted patrol officers with a suspicious subject call at a bar in the 300 block of West Huntington.  The subject was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.  The vehicle was stored.
Burglary - Suspects Arrested
On October 12, the Special Enforcement Team assisted patrol with a petty theft that had just occurred at a business in the 300 block of West Huntington.  Special Enforcement Team officers detained and searched two suspects.  The one male suspect was found to be on parole and is a known gang member.  He was carrying a BB pistol in his waistband.  His parole agent was contacted and requested a parole hold placed on the suspect.  Both suspects were arrested and charged with burglary.

How to Participate in Make a Difference Day

The Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley and the City of Monrovia are hosting the 22nd Annual Make a Difference Day, on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Make a Difference Day matches volunteers with local community service projects. In a single day, more than 300 volunteers will complete projects in the community through painting, tree planting, landscaping, e-waste recycling, a blood drive, a canned food drive, and helping residents needing home repairs. Participating organizations and volunteers include Fellowship Monrovia, Kiwanis of Monrovia, Rotary Club of Monrovia, Rebuilding Together, Foothill Unity Center, Bank of America volunteers, Kaiser Permanente volunteers, Boy Scouts, and more!

Volunteers will gather at 7:30 a.m. at Monrovia Library Park. For further information about volunteering and sponsorship, contact the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley at (626) 256-8187.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment Now Selling Car Chargers on Amazon

Now you can buy an AeroVironment electric vehicle charging station from Amazon for about $1,000. and

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment in Smithsonian Blog

AeroVironment's new little police copter drone got a mention in the Smithsonian Magazine blog:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Football Over La Canada :-)

Monrovia Wildcats walk over La Canada 49-3 .

- Brad Haugaard

A Chance on a Bike in Trade for Candy | Donnelly Responds to Responsiveness Complaints

~ On the day after Halloween the Y will be at Monrovia elementary schools collecting candy. For every pound of candy children turn in they will get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a bike. One bike per school. If you would like to be a sponsor for $500, $250 or $100, contact Cheryl Reynolds at

~ After a complaint on Monrovia Patch ( )by someone who did not receive a response to his communication with Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (who represents part of Monrovia), Donnelly wrote on Facebook: "Please let me know if you've attempted to contact my office and let me know have you been ignored as this blogger alleges or have your concerns been addressed. Also, let me know your suggestions for how to improve our outreach if you have any ideas." Also, the people who commented on the non-response updated their comments to say Donnelly had contacted them.

- Brad Haugaard

Basket Bridge | Be a Poll Worker

~ Building the baskets on the 210 freeway bridge. There are decorative, woven, basket-like pillars on the thing.
~ Want to work the polls? Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who represents Monrovia on the county Board of Supervisors, is asking for poll workers for Nov. 6.
- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at BigShrimps

Lunch at BigShrimps, on Colorado just east of Myrtle. Got a Cajun Salmon Buritto lunch special with fries and a drink for $7.50 plus a cup of lobster bisque for $3.45. That plus tax. Very good! A generous helping of salmon with rice and a sprinkle of cabbage gave it a nice crunch. Bisque great, too.

- Brad Haugaard

Proposition 38 Info Meeting | Taste of Monrovia This Sunday

~ Monrovia PTA Council is sponsoring an informational meeting about Proposition 38 and how it could affect schools. Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (Foothill at Myrtle). Manlio Palma, Chairman of Legislation at the Monrovia Council of PTAs, says that while the California State PTA is in favor of Prop 38, this meeting is "STRICTLY" for information and no position will be taken.

~ A Taste of Old Town Monrovia 2012, sponsored by Kiwanis, along Myrtle between Lime and Olive Sunday, October 14 at 5 p.m. Register: . Details: .

- Brad Haugaard

Goodbye Gas Meter Readers? | New Monrovia Food-Truck Ordinance

At its October 16 meeting (agenda: ), the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Hear a report that Southern California Gas Company plans to install five poles with "wireless data collectors powered by a solar panel system. The data collectors will strictly receive information from the gas meters in the receiving area and will then transmit this information to a billing center. The data collectors do not transmit to the gas meters." Goodbye meter readers, I guess.

~ Consider a revised food-truck ordinance. The staff report says, "The main changes associated with the adoption of this ordinance involve the elimination of the prior ban on mobile food vending in Old Town Monrovia and certain other locations, and the elimination of various parking time limits that had been in place under the existing ordinance." You can see the ordinance here:

- Brad Haugaard

Donate Legos, Duplos, to the Monrovia Library

If you have any Legos or Duplos you don't need, the Monrovia Library could use them for the Library Youth Services Division's "Lego My Library" program, which will give children and adults the opportunity to work together building stuff. "Building with Legos promotes logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving, as well as early literacy development by increasing attention span, memory, creativity, and vocabulary skills." Drop any donations at the library by Saturday, October 17. Contact Elizabeth Schneider at 256-8275 if you have questions.

- Brad Haugaard

Small Monrovia Power Outage

Small power outage in Monrovia today. Southern California Edison estimates 66 are affected. Unknown cause, but SCE hopes power will be restored by 2:30 a.m. tomorrow (Friday).

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High News: College Fair, Accreditation Team, Empowering Girls

~ Monrovia High is holding its annual College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

~ The WASC accreditation team will be visiting Monrovia High School October 14-17.

~ Seventh annual Girl Power Community Conference for girls grade 5-12. October 13, Monrovia Community Center, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $10. Topic: "No Limits," empowering girls "to reach their limitless potential."


- Brad Haugaard

Gold Line Sketch; Gold Line Board Supports New Tax

~ Gold Line Spokesman Habib Balian reports that Artist Andrew Leicester, the design concept advisor for the 210 Bridge project, was asked to exhibit his sketch book for our project at the "Pages" Exhibition opening tomorrow night at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. This is the latest sketch that Andrew created for the bridge just a few weeks ago. Details:
~ Also, Balian said the Authority board has taken a position of support on Measure J, which would extend the county's half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements for 30 more years. He writes: "Even though the measure does not include funding to complete the Foothill Extension to Claremont, the board decided to support the measure because of the regional benefits it would provide by accelerating completion of many other transit projects."
Opinion: So, San Gabriel Valley residents are supposed to vote to continue taxing themselves for umpteen years to complete projects elsewhere in LA County but not to complete the Gold Line? And that after being promised that the Gold Line would go out to Claremont? And then being told, essentially, tough luck? I'm unimpressed, to say the least.
- Brad Haugaard

Flash Flood Warning for Monrovia Area

Flash flood warning for Monrovia and other foothills areas. Mostly a concern, it appears, near creeks. And in other areas, those living near burned-over hills.

- Brad Haugaard

Noisy Visitors at Monrovia Canyon Oark?

Apparently there have been some noisy visitors to Canyon Park.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Honda Stolen

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 8-10. - Brad Haugaard]
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 423 service events, resulting in 63 investigations.  
Grand Theft Auto
October 10 at 6:24 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a business parking lot in the 1600 block of South Mountain.  The vehicle was taken sometime between 11:55 a.m. and 6:24 p.m.  The vehicle is a gray, 1999, Honda Civic hatchback.  Investigation continuing.

Tiger Mosquitoes Get Close | Coffee With Chris Holden

~ West Nile Virus carrying tiger mosquitoes are getting close to Monrovia. They have just been discovered near Live Oak and Santa Anita avenues in Arcadia. They have been found earlier in El Monte.

~ Monrovia Coffee with Democratic candidate for the 41st Assembly District, former Pasadena mayor Chris Holden, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. RSVP: 358.6796 or . NOTE: Happy to promote any local candidate events, from either party, as long as it's happening in Monrovia. Just send me the details.

- Brad Haugaard

Rain Tomorrow in Monrovia? | Mini Power Outage

~ Forty percent chance of rain tomorrow and Friday.

~ Southern California Edison reports that there is a power outage in Monrovia affecting 76 customers. It was caused by an equipment failure and is almost fixed.

- Brad Haugaard

Job (The Bible One) on Myrtle

From the Things I Never Noticed Before Department, this cornerstone-like plaque on the south side of the Pinkberry building on Myrtle. It is Job 28:28, from the Bible:

And he said to man, The fear of the Lord - that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.

Anybody know any other cool, hidden things around town?

- Brad Haugaard

Donate Underwear or Food, and Volunteer

Make a Difference Day, Oct. 27 at Library Park, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up for a half day project, donate canned food or underwear (yes, really - unopened packages of socks or underwear for women and children victims of domestic violence). For information contact Jessica Kubel

- Brad Haugaard

Christmas Tree Fundraiser | Freeway Lane Closures Tonight

~ Monrovia High School Band & Colorguard is having a Christmas Tree Drive with Oregon Christmas trees, cheaper than last year. Order by Nov 3. For details contact Cristina Samp, 626/388-3991 or, or Robin Hebert @ .

~ Tonight up to four eastbound 210 freeway lanes will be closed, 11 p.m. to 5 p.m. Slow lane will remain open.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Power Outage

Southern California Edison reports 64 Monrovia customers without power. Earlier it reported 1,066 without power.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Marijuana Patch on Colorado, Helping Despondent Man, Burglary Parolee Arrested for Petty Theft

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 4-7. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.
72-Hour Mental Evaluation
October 6 at 9:24 p.m., dispatch received a call from a distraught female subject who reported that her husband had possibly taken an overdose of pills and had expressed a desire to harm himself.  Officers and Monrovia Fire Department personnel responded to the 600 block of West Olive.  The man heard the approaching sirens and ran.  An area search was conducted with the help of the Foothill Air Support helicopter.  The subject was eventually found hiding in an empty lot west of Olive Park.  He was taken to a hospital, where he was held for mental evaluation.
Petty Theft With Priors / Possession of Methamphetamine / Parole Hold - Suspect Arrested
October 7 at 1:52 p.m., a business in the 700 block of East Huntington called police to report a shoplifter.  A female suspect entered the store and told the cashier she wanted to return some items, but that she needed to pick up a few more items first.  While in the store, the suspect selected several items from the shelves and concealed them in her purse.  The suspect paid for a few items that were in her basket, but she never paid for the items in her purse.  The suspect left the store. 
Employees confronted the suspect outside the store, and the suspect asked if she could pay for the items instead of being arrested.  An officer arrived at the store and took custody of the suspect.  Methamphetamine and syringes were found in her purse, along with the stolen merchandise.  Further investigation revealed the suspect is on parole for burglary.  The suspect was booked for possession of methamphetamine, petty theft with priors, and a parole hold.
Special Enforcement Team Weekly Activity: Cultivation of Marijuana
October 4, Special Enforcement Team officers conducted a search warrant for marijuana cultivation at a residence in the 900 block of West Colorado.  Nineteen marijuana plants were taken for evidence, along with other cultivation materials.  A revolver was taken from the residence for safe keeping.  The female at the location was arrested for cultivation of marijuana.

Stock of Former Monrovia Company, Green Dot, Drops 20 Percent

Former Monrovia company, Green Dot, was clobbered today by the stock market, falling more than 20 percent, apparently on news that Walmart and American Express have teamed up to offer a competing pre-paid card.
Green Dot moved out of town over the Labor Day weekend and is now located on North Halstead just off Foothill in East Pasadena. Near the  Best Buy.

- Brad Haugaard

Maddox on St. Francis Win | Trial in Alleged Sex Assault

~ Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox on the win over St. Francis in football.

~ Trial begins for Monrovian accused in sexual assault at Duarte school.

- Brad Haugaard

Copper Lamp Sued for Lack of Handicapped Parking

A man has filed suit against Monrovia's Copper Lamp, a liquor store on Foothill, charging it does not have handicapped parking. According to the Monrovia Weekly, John Ho has filed more than 100 similar lawsuits. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Assemblyman Forms Political Action Committee

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who represents part of Monrovia, writes on Facebook that he has started a political action committee, called the California Patriot PAC, "focused on electing Patriots to the CA State Assembly and State Senate."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Over South Pas in Football :-)

Monrovia football wins over South Pas 53-14.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board: MHS Pool, Textbooks, Union Talks, Facilities Budget

At its October 10, 7:30 p.m. meeting (agenda: ), the Monrovia Board of Education will, among other things, ...

- consider tweaking an agreement with the city regarding the city's rights in the Monrovia High swimming pool so that the city can assign its rights in the pool to another governmental agency to to a non-profit.

- hold a public hearing on "the adequacy of textbook funding and the availability of textbooks and instructional materials."

- consider topics to discuss with the district's two employee unions, the Monrovia Teacher's Association and the California School Employees Association.

- look over a facilities budget.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Library Book Sale

Friends of the Monrovia Library will hold its Annual Fall Book Sale Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The $2-a-bag sale is 3-5 p.m. Sunday.

- Brad Haugaard

Work on Gold Line Yard Begins

Work has begun on the Gold Line maintenance yard in Monrovia. Picture:

- Brad Haugaard

Gold Line Update Video | Condo Construction Approved.

~ Gold Line construction update video.

~ 18-unit condos at South Ivy and East Olive.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Planet Cookie

Lunch at Planet Cookie, on Myrtle at Lime. Got a pepper beef sandwich toasted with potato salad, fresh potato chips and small drink for about $10. Very nice. The potato salad had a bit of a tang, like vinegar, which I enjoyed.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Bakery Makes Giant Cake

Monrovia's Merengue Bakery makes a HUGE cake. Video:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Assemblyman Calls LAPD Chief a 'Disgrace'

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who represents part of Monrovia, slams LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck for "having no regard for the law" on immigration. He writes on Facebook: "So LAPD Chief Beck has no regard for the law, but he wants you and I to obey the law. I guess he wants to pick and choose which laws to obey and which to ignore, and he's LA's top cop? What a disgrace!" Donnelly links to this press release:

- Brad Haugaard

Share a Great Monrovia Idea | Gold in Golden Years

~ If you have a great idea for Monrovia, the City wants to hear about it. City Manager Laurie Lile writes: "In the past, City priorities have centered around redevelopment in an effort to build critical infrastructure, reinvigorate blighted areas and create development centered around housing and business attraction. Now the focus shifts back on the community. Innovation and creativity for communities is no longer held within the walls of City Hall, but is open to anyone with a great idea." She said the city will be reaching out to people over the next few months.

~ Monrovia Providers Group will host its 11th Annual "Putting the Gold Back in the Golden Years" on Thursday, October 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Community Center. $5 for seniors 50 and older. For more information, call the Department of Community Services at 256-8246.

Source: City email, but hopefully will be online here shortly:

- Brad Haugaard

Job Seeker Program | Read to Kids | Gold for Monrovia High

~ Monrovia program connecting job seekers with local employers.

~ Read stories to Monrovia K-5th grade students with Monrovia Reads' "Read Across Monrovia" program. 8รข€"9 a.m. October 11. For details call Joanne Spring at 358-1952 or go to

~ Golf tournament to benefit Monrovia High students.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Arrest in Knife Incident, Car Left Open and iPod Swiped, Burglary Arrest

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 1-3 -Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 496 service events, resulting in 86 investigations.

Assault With a Deadly Weapon – Suspect Arrested

October 1 at 3:27 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of East Lemon called police to report that he had been assaulted by his brother. The victim and his brother became involved in an argument and the brother ran at the victim with a folding knife that was locked in the open position. As he ran at the victim, he threatened to kill him. The suspect fled the location, but returned a couple hours later. He was arrested and taken into custody. An independent witness observed the crime.

Theft From an Unlocked Vehicle

October 2 at 6:42 p.m., a theft from an unlocked vehicle was reported in the 100 block of North Heliotrope. The victim parked her vehicle on the street and left it unlocked with the window slightly down. Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle and took the victim's credit cards and iPod from the center console. Investigation continuing.

Possession of Burglary Tools / Possession of Stolen Property / Possession of Marijuana – Suspects Arrested

October 4 at 4:43 a.m., an officer observed two suspicious male subjects walking in the area of Canyon and Palm. He turned his unit around and the subjects attempted to flee, but he was able to detain one of them. Assisting officers arrived and began looking for the second male subject. He was seen running from a nearby apartment complex and a foot pursuit ensued. He was located attempting to hide in some bushes and was detained without further incident. The subject was carrying a backpack which contained a woman's coin purse, a pair of women's prescription eyeglasses, a cell phone that didn't belong to him, and burglary tools. He was arrested and was found to be currently on parole. The other subject was cited for possession of marijuana. Police are attempting to locate the victim(s) of the stolen property.

Monrovia's Produce in the Park - This Saturday

Produce in the Park, this Saturday, October 6, 9-11 a.m. In front of the Mark Twain bench at Library park. "You don't need to bring any produce to share...just come and meet new friends and take home, possibly some fresh chicken eggs, herbs, cactus (sticks on fire) and possibly 'sprouted spelt millet wheat-barley beans lentils (dehydrated) cinnamon cakes."

No PR Agency for Monrovia | Taxpayer Association Honors Huff

~ Monrovia council tables idea of hiring PR agency for $8,000 a month.

~ California Taxpayers' Association, the state's oldest watchdog organization on tax and other public finance issues has awarded Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, who represents Monrovia, a vote ranking of 100% for the 2012 legislative year.

- Brad Haugaard

Halloween For Kids

Free Halloween events from 3-6 p.m. on Oct. 31 at Monrovia's Library Park for kids to age 14. Dog costume contest, toddler area, arts and crafts, demonstrations, photo booth, face painting, wellness games, library story times.

- Brad Haugaard

Donnelly Warns of Voter Fraud and Insecure Borders

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who represents part of Monrovia, has sent out two press releases ...

~ On driver licenses for illegal immigrants - "Given that Californians can now register to vote online with nothing more than a driver's license number, this bill will do irreparable harm, compromising the integrity of our elections."

~ On the loss of a border patrol agent - "While details of the tragedy remain unknown, this stands as a grim reminder that our borders are still insecure."

- Brad Haugaard

Scorcher Today in Monrovia?

US Weather Service predicts: "Potential record breaking heat will affect the Southland. The combination of locally breezy temperatures...very low humidities...and very dry fuels will bring an increased potential for rapid fire growth...especially to the mountains..."

However, is predicting 96 in Monrovia, a bit cooler than yesterday ( ). Take your pick.

- Brad Haugaard

Bobcats in Monrovia

Bobcats in a Hillcrest backyard.

In the residential areas of Monrovia I've seen deer and bears and coyotes and raccoons and skunks, but for the first time - today - I've seen bobcats. A mom and three cubs, very casual and relaxed.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Carjacking Car Recovered, Theft From Unlocked Car, Drunk vs. Cops

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 27-30 -Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered

On September 27, a parking control officer on patrol located a green, 2002 Dodge Caravan that had been taken during a car-jacking incident that occurred on September 25. The vehicle was left parked and unattended in the 300 block of West Olive. The van was recovered and brought to the station for processing by the Detective Bureau. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle

September 19 at 1:04 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 1400 block of Pilgrim Way. The vehicle was parked in the victim's driveway and had been left unlocked by the victim's son. Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim's unlocked vehicle and took the victim's checkbook and vehicle registration. Investigation Continuing.

Drunk in Public / Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer / Assault on a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested

September 30 at 1:46 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of South Canyon regarding a female screaming. When officers arrived, they found a female subject sitting in the driver's seat of her vehicle with a male subject in the passenger seat. They contacted the subjects and separated them. The male subject was intoxicated and refused to cooperate with officers. He struggled with and yelled profanities at the officers. He was arrested for being drunk in public and was taken to the Monrovia Jail, where he continued to struggle and swung his fists at officers after the handcuffs were removed and he was placed into a cell.

- Brad Haugaard

Ballot Overview | Rehersals for Kids | Pregnancy Center Fundraiser | Girl Power

~ Free overview of ballot propositions by League of Women Voters on Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Library Community Room. Seating is limited so call 358-1159 for reservations. Sponsored in part by Monrovia Chamber of Commerce.

~ The nonprofit Centre Stage is holding rehersals for children who want to be in a Little Mermaid "Under the Sea" production. Cost $250. or 297-4758 for details.

~ Foothill Pregnancy Resource Center is having a fundraiser Nov. 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center, 843. E. Olive St., Monrovia. Dinner, music, raffle, talk. $75 per person. Call 368-2122 for reservations.

~ Girl Power Community Conference, for girls in grades 5-12. Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Monrovia Community Center. Tickets $10. Details:

- Brad Haugaard