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Maybe See F16 Fighters Over Monrovia New Year's Morning

If you would like to see the Thunderbirds F16 fighters that begin the Rose Parade, I'm guessing that their overflight of the parade will extend to Monrovia. The parade starts at 8 a.m., so the planes should appear overhead about that time.

- Brad Haugaard

New Year's Eve Party on Myrtle


Good live music (The Lance and Gary Show), food, beer, wine, Mexican coffee, moon bounce for kids. Lots of things at the Monrovia New Year's Eve party. And a ball that will drop at midnight. 

- Brad Haugaard

No Shootin' Tonight! | Computer Upgrade of Sorts

~ Sheriff's Department says no shootin' in the air tonight.

~ Angeles National Forest website says: "Please be advised that due to a computer systems upgrade Angeles National Forest will only accept CA$H for the purchasing of Adventure Passes & America the Beautiful Passes till further notice." Comment: Hmm. Sounds more like a computer downgrade to me. http://goo.gl/cLf1rl

- Brad Haugaard

Two Ball-Drops Tonight in Monrovia

The midnight New Year ball drop on Myrtle tonight isn't the only ball drop in town. According to Councilman Tom Adams, the house at 750 Crescent Drive (a block north of Hillcrest just west of El Nido and the house that won the best-decorated K-Rail award) will also have a ball drop.

- Brad Haugaard

F16 Flyover This Morning? | Monrovia Party Tonight | Free Ride Home | Recycling

~ Monrovia Police report that this morning at 8 a.m., the U.S. Air Force F-16 Thunderbirds will conduct a pre-parade practice flight. I've noticed they often overshoot and come over Monrovia. You might keep an eye out. UPDATE: Yup! About six fighters. I kept my eye out but they surprised me while I was eating a bagel and instead of getting a picture of airplanes I got five beautiful pictures of blue sky. Hey! It's hard to work a camera and eat a bagel.

~ New Year's Eve party planned for Myrtle. 7 p.m. to midnight. Beer, wine, live music. Details: http://goo.gl/S8EOIE

~ AAA is offering its Tipsy Tow service to give a free ride and vehicle tow up to seven miles to drivers who have consumed alcohol on New Year's Eve. Available to members and non-members. Call 1-800-400-4222. http://goo.gl/A1TbWa

~ Electronic recycling event at Mt. Sierra College (Myrtle and Huntington) on Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Electronic devices that plug in or use batteries. But, not the batteries themselves, fluorescent bulbs or large appliances. Event will support Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center.

- Brad Haugaard

New Monrovia City Manager? | Drawing Straws to Vote | Station Square

At its Jan. 7 meeting, the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Take a look at a "Station Square Public Improvements Concept Design" at 5:30 p.m. http://goo.gl/MiQRAf

~ Hold a closed session at 7 p.m. regarding, "Public Employee Appointment Pursuant to Government Code §54957: City Manager." Sounds like the council may be ready to appoint a new city manager but I've been fooled before. The government code reference, by the way, is just citing the legal justification for holding a closed session. http://goo.gl/x3g3kh

~ At the regular 7:30 p.m. meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/XDgFa5 ), the council will consider a planned subdivision of 1323 S. Magnolia Ave. by Bowden Development "for a detached 21-unit, two-story planned unit development." Since a majority of council members have a conflict of interest in this matter, they'll draw straws to see who gets to vote on it. http://goo.gl/bBVvts

- Brad Haugaard

Wiring the Power Towers Above Monrovia

The unstrung new power towers above Monrovia are finally getting wired. The wiring appears to have come down as far as White Saddle. I think this is the end of the line; just south of White Saddle.

- Brad Haugaard

Deputies Shoot, Injure Two Suspects in Monrovia

Two injured in deputy-involved shooting in Monrovia. http://goo.gl/ziSYhg

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's New Year's Eve Party Recognized by KPCC

KPCC is featuring Monrovia's New Year's Eve party as a great thing to do that doesn't involve going to a club. http://goo.gl/K6tLX2

- Brad Haugaard

Some Farmers Market Vendors Selling Commercial Produce

Farmers market vendors - including some who have sold in Monrovia - found to be selling produce not grown at their farms. http://goo.gl/f4YFpu

- Brad Haugaard

Progress on Monrovia Rail Maintenance Yard

Progress on the Gold Line maintenance yard in Monrovia. Tracks will run parallel on both sides of these canopy columns.

- Brad Haugaard

Windy Sunday in Monrovia?

Strong winds this weekend? For the San Gabriel Valley the National Weather Service predicts "strong and potentially damaging winds late Saturday night through Sunday," and there will be a "wind advisory in effect from 3 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST Sunday" ( http://goo.gl/uOgHyv ). The Weather Channel is guesstimating the winds will be up to 14 miles per hour. http://goo.gl/iTvjEC

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at BigShrimps


Had lunch at BigShrimps, on Colorado just east of Myrtle. I figured I ought to check it out since it has changed its ownership and its menu. There seems to be more of an emphasis on shrimp and they've replaced some of the booths with tables. I got the El Diablo shrimp ($12.95) and a soft drink ($1.75). Plus tax.  Six nice fat shrimp. Very tasty. 
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia New Year's Eve Party | Sunny New Year's Day

~ Details on the New Year's Eve party on Myrtle. http://goo.gl/qRTV2S

~ Forecast calls for a sunny New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Monrovia, and a tolerable low of 45 degrees for New Year's Eve, which oughta be good for the party on Myrtle. http://goo.gl/tuoRrz

- Brad Haugaard

Art Inspired by China | Monrovia Winter Activities | Tree Recycling

Tributary of the Pearl by Sara J. Leadholm

~ "Kaiping: American Perspectives" - An exhibition of works inspired by Americans in China. January 18 through March 1 at Segil Fine Art. 110 West Lime.

~ See Monrovia's Winter Events and Activities brochure here: http://goo.gl/NRbvVd Soccer, skateboarding, Legos, exercise, art, wine tasting, senior trips, more.

~ Christmas tree disposal tips from Athens. http://goo.gl/thQmoj

- Brad Haugaard

Merry Christmas, Monrovia!


Christmas Eve Services in Monrovia

~ Calvary Chapel Monrovia (123 W. Pomona Ave., near Myrtle next to the freeway). Christmas Eve service and fellowship, starting at 5 p.m.

~ First Presbyterian Church (Myrtle and Foothill). 5:30 p.m. Christmas Carols ending with a candlelight procession on the patio.

~ Hope Unlimited Church. Christmas Eve service, 11 p.m. 2780 S. Peck Rd., near the corner of Longden and Peck.

~ International Full Gospel Fellowship and Restored Life Fellowship. Christmas Celebration at 6 p.m. 147 W. Palm, at the corner of Primrose and Palm, across from Library Park.

~ Live Oak Vineyard Church, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 8-9 p.m. 1307 S. Myrtle.

~ St. Luke's Christmas service. 7:30 p.m. 122 S. California.

I've included services I could find on the Internet. A surprising number of churches do not have them listed.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Killed in Car Crash

37-year-old Monrovia man killed in Chatsworth crash. http://goo.gl/noVrjr

- Brad Haugaard

Nighttime Nativity

I've always liked this nativity scene in front of Monrovia's First Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Foothill and Myrtle. Thought I'd get a picture of it night. Makes things very Christmasy. 

- Brad Haugaard

Panera Bread Donates to Community Food Projects

Panera Bread (Monrovia now has one) reports that its Southern California bakery-cafes are giving to their communities this holiday season through a variety of local fundraising and volunteer events. In September, the cafes raised more than $9,000 for local food banks.

Panera will also be teaming up with the Foothill Unity Center, Monrovia's food bank and community crisis center, by dedicating to the Center all customer donations made to its Community Breadbox program at the new Monrovia location.

Source: Panera press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Wendy's Restaurant Remodeling

The Wendy's restaurant in the Pavilions shopping center at the corner of Myrtle and Foothill is being remodeled. Pretty much gutted right now.

- Brad Haugaard

New Year's Eve Party on Myrtle

New Year's Eve party planned for Myrtle. 7 p.m. to midnight. Beer, wine, live music. Details: http://goo.gl/S8EOIE

- Brad Haugaard

Hitler Discovers Monrovia Lost in CIF | Peach Cafe Helps Needy

Um... okay. Not quite sure what to make of this video: Hitler Finds Out Monrovia Lost in CIF. http://goo.gl/zUL7J1

Peach Cafe collects for needy. http://goo.gl/PQCKo0

- Brad Haugaard

Petting Zoo at Monrovia Church Today

There is a petting zoo manger scene today at the church building across from Library Park (at Primrose and Palm). Also Santa and a balloon-animal guy. The refurbished church building is also open. Looks nice. International Full Gospel Fellowship and Restored Life Fellowship meet here.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Toothpick Sculptor

Monrovian builds life-size sculptures out of toothpicks. http://goo.gl/ttXAu9

- Brad Haugaard

Thirty Percent off at Monrovia's Giving Hands Thrift Store

The non-profit Giving Hands thrift store, at 925 W Foothill, will be having a sale tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 21. Thirty percent off everything in the store.

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Charged in Motorcycle Theft Ring Case | BigShrimps Revamp? | E-Recycling Event

~ The LA County District Attorney has filed charges against Monrovian Felipe Galicia, 40, charging that he headed a ring motorcycle theft ring. http://goo.gl/0lLkt0

~ MonroviaNow reader, Craig, writes to say that Big Shrimps restaurant will be closed until Dec. 26. "Apparently there will be new ownership with a new team and new menu items."

~ Foothill Unity Center and Mt. Sierra College will have an electronic waste recycling event in Mt. Sierra's parking lot (corner of Huntington and Myrtle) on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No big appliances, flourescent bulbs or batteries.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at New Chipotle Restaurant

Lunch at the new Chipotle on Huntington Drive. There was a line almost 20 long. Got a barbacoa (braised and shredded beef) burrito ($6.70) and an iced tea ($1.60). I took a couple bites so you can see the inside. Excellent! Fresh and delicious. 

- Brad Haugaard

Charlie Brown Christmas | Monrovia High Girls Soccer Fundraiser

A free production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Friday, Dec. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) at Monrovia Community Center, 119 W. Palm. Canned goods donations welcome.

Monrovia High School Girls Soccer will have a gift wrap fundraiser on Saturday Dec. 21 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Drop off gifts in room 210 at MHS on the 21st and then enjoy your day while we do the wrapping. Easy drop-off in the parking lot on Madison just south of the softball field. Have all your gifts in a bag labeled with names. You can provide your own paper or use ours. Donations appreciated.

Source: http://goo.gl/yyRN3H

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Burglary Suspect Photo | Help for Monrovia High Grad | View from White Saddle

~ Suspect in Monrovia burglary caught on surveillance photos. Here: http://goo.gl/6VFnM4

~ Family and friends of a MHS grad who recently lost her husband, and father of their child, in an accident are seeking help. http://goo.gl/fRGQ2d

~ Nice view from White Saddle, in the mountains above Monrovia. http://goo.gl/TpX4BN

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Parent Gives Son Counterfeit Money; Argument Over Business Turns Violent; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for December 16-18. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 366 service events, resulting in 72 investigations.

Warrants – Suspect Arrested
December 16 at 8:20 p.m., an officer on patrol observed a male subject he recognized and knew had outstanding warrants for his arrest.  The subject was walking through a rear alley behind a business in the 600 block of West Huntington.  A computer check confirmed the male had three drug warrants for his arrest.  The male was stopped and arrested for the warrants.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
December 17 at 12:40 a.m., police dispatch received a call reporting a male subject chasing a female subject in the 700 block of West Foothill.  Officers arrived and saw a male subject run north from Foothill to an alley.  A resident advised officers of the apartment the subject went into.  Officers knocked on the door and eventually located a 16-year-old male hiding inside.  He said he ran because he had a warrant for his arrest.  A computer check revealed he did have a no-bail felony warrant for grand theft.  While searching the area, officers located a stolen Honda Accord in a carport off the alley that had been stolen out of El Monte and had the ignition punched.  The owner of the vehicle was notified and retrieved her vehicle.  The male was arrested and taken to Eastlake Juvenile Detention Facility pending his court date.

Passing a Counterfeit Bill / Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor – Suspects Arrested
December 17 at 11:40 a.m., a staff member from Monrovia High School called to report a student had passed a fictitious five-dollar bill.  An officer arrived and interviewed several students, who admitted they had passed the five-dollar bill, and that they had passed a twenty-dollar bill the previous day.  One of the students told the officer that the money was given to them by a parent.

Detectives responded to the School District Office and managed to retrieve the bill that was passed the previous day.  The parent was called in and admitted she told her son the bill was fictitious and she said she wanted to teach him a lesson if he was caught with the bill.  She also admitted that she had two additional bills at her residence and later retrieved the bills.  The students and the parent were subsequently arrested and charged.  They were later released on citations to appear in court.

Domestic Violence Arrest
December 17 at 9:36 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting a female subject running down the street in the 100 block of North Sunset, yelling for someone to call police.  Officers responded and located the female subject.  Upon investigation, they learned the female had been in an argument with her husband regarding the family business.  During the argument, the husband choked the female, causing an injury to her neck.  He let her go and she ran out of the house in a panic.  The husband was questioned and then arrested.  The female was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and an emergency protective order was obtained.

Winners of Monrovia's Home Decorating Contest

A list of the winners of Monrovia's home decorating contest.

Best Still Display, 1148 Orange Avenue

Best Outdoor Display, 333 Norumbega Drive

Best Window Display, 620 Hacienda Drive

Most Effective Use of House Lighting, 214 South Alta Vista Avenue

Best Decorated Outdoor Tree, 308 West Lemon Avenue

Best Neighborhood Effort, 2514 Rochelle Avenue

Snowman Award, 163 Mauna Loa Drive

Children’s Choice Award, 248 Madeline Drive

Toyland Award, 911 Crescent Drive

Holiday Spirit Award, 424 East Walnut Avenue

Judges Award, 315 North Alta Vista Avenue

Best Decorated K-Rail, 748 North Crescent Drive

Tim McKeehan "Best of Season" Award, 309 North Madison Avenue

- Brad Haugaard

Santa Touring Monrovia


Santa and his helpers are touring Monrovia. Here is his schedule: http://goo.gl/a1AwwI

- Brad Haugaard

Yuletide Blend | Monrovia Chamber Motor-Assisted Bike Raffle

~ Monrovia's Live Oak Vineyard Church (1307 S. Myrtle) will sponsor a "Yuletide Blend" with Terry Butler and Smitty Price this Friday, Dec. 20. $10 donation at the door (kids 12 and under are free) will support World Vision's Philippine relief efforts.

~ If you want a motorized bicycle, the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce is raffling one for $10 per ticket. Details: http://goo.gl/kFeknP

- Brad Haugaard

Patch Websites May Still Continue | Businesses Concerned About Myrtle Closure

~ AOL is denying a New York Times report that its Patch news websites are going to be closed. Monrovia has a Patch website. http://goo.gl/Ui1uq9

~ Business owners concerned about five-month closure of Myrtle (near Duarte Road) for Gold Line work. http://goo.gl/tb1VZ7

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Unity Center Needs Volunteers

Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center needs volunteers this Friday and Saturday for its holiday food and toy distribution at the Arboretum in Arcadia. On Friday Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21. For details and to sign up, call 358-3486.

- Brad Haugaard

Rain on Thursday? | Monrovia Company's Website Redesigned

~ You might not want to wash your car until Friday. Sixty percent chance of rain Thursday. http://goo.gl/VKFH7C

~ Monrovia's CouponMountain.com, an on-line coupon website, is being redesigned. http://goo.gl/lYvxuB

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Stealing Internet Connection ... and a Car; Car Hits Bicyclist; Trying to Video Girl in Restroom; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for December 12-15. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.

Vehicle Burglary
December 12 at 1:33 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 700 block of East Huntington. The suspects broke a window on the victim's vehicle and took a laptop computer bag containing a small camera and paperwork. The suspects are described as two male Hispanics that were seen leaving the area in a primer black Honda Prelude. The driver is described as heavy set with a shaved head. The second suspect was wearing a Raider's hat, t-shirt and gloves. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary / Grand Theft Auto - Suspect Arrested
December 12 at 12:05 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 400 block of East Walnut regarding a residential burglary. One of the three residents had returned home and discovered the suspect's computer hooked up in the house. Another one of the residents recognized the computer as belonging to a neighbor, who had been arrested two days prior for trespassing at the same location. Officers went to the suspect's residence, but he was not at the home.

At 2:40 a.m., Monrovia dispatch received a call from Ventura California Highway Patrol reporting they had a suspect in custody after a pursuit. The suspect was driving a vehicle belonging to one of the victim's of this burglary. The victim was unaware the vehicle had been taken. It appears the suspect, the victims' neighbor, broke into the residence, used the victims' Internet connection, took one of the resident's car keys, identification, a pair of slippers, and drove off in the vehicle. The suspect left behind his computer and a pair of pants. The CHP confirmed the suspect was driving with shorts on and slippers. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody by CHP.

Colorado Commons Vandalism - Juvenile Suspect Arrested
Over the last several months, the police department has been receiving reports of vandalism to the Colorado Commons parking structure believed to be committed by juveniles who are being left unattended at the Friday Night Street Fair. The suspects have been spraying fire retardants all over the parking lot, in the elevators and on the stairwells.On Friday, December 12, police assigned an officer to extra patrol the location. The officer arrested a juvenile suspect he observed spraying a fire extinguisher in the elevator. The juvenile was taken into custody, charged for the vandalism, and his parents were contacted.

The Monrovia Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that they will be held financially responsible for the vandalism committed by their juvenile children. Police ask that you please supervise your child at the Friday Night Street Fair and do not leave them unattended.

Injury Traffic Collision - Vehicle vs. Bicyclist
December 14 at 11:30 a.m., an officer responded to the area of Colorado and Magnolia regarding a traffic collision involving a bicyclist. Two bicyclists were riding eastbound on Colorado and had stopped for the stop sign. A vehicle heading northbound on Magnolia had also stopped for the stop sign. The driver of the vehicle did not see the bicyclists and as they were crossing the intersection, the driver of the vehicle hit the rear tire of one of them, knocking the bicyclist off the bike. The Bicyclist sustained minor injuries.

Injury Traffic Collision / Outside Assist - California Highway Patrol
December 14 at 4:51 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of South Fifth regarding a vehicle that had come off the 210 Freeway, eastbound, and came to rest on an oak tree by a parking area. The driver and two passengers received minor injuries. The collision was handled by the California Highway Patrol.

Surreptitious Video Recording of a Minor
December 15 at 3:05 p.m., the mother of a two-year-old girl came into the police lobby to file a report. She and other family members were eating at a restaurant located in the 100 block of West Foothill. Her daughter was with her and needed to use the restroom. The mother took her daughter to the restroom, but found it locked. She told her daughter in a loud voice that she would have to wait so the person in the bathroom might hurry. The door opened up and a male subject exited. The mother then walked her daughter into the restroom, and while there, she noticed an iPhone placed in the trap of the sink, facing the toilet. She looked at the phone's video and clearly saw the male subject who had just exited placing the phone to capture video of anyone using the restroom. The mother took the phone to the police station. An officer contacted the male suspect and he admitted to placing the phone to capture video of the two-year-old girl. Criminal charges will be filed against the suspect.

Traffic Collision / Vehicle vs. Pedestrian
On December 15 at 4:38 p.m., a traffic collision involving a pedestrian was reported in the area of Wildrose and Mountain. A vehicle was stopped heading west on Wildrose, waiting for traffic to clear. The driver looked north and then south, not seeing any other traffic, he started the turn without seeing the pedestrian who was crossing the street and struck the pedestrian. The victim, a 62 year old man, received abrasions and was complaining of pain. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Forest Service Asking for Comments on Proposed Changes to Forest Fees Near Monrovia

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for comments on its plan to reduce the area for which it collects fees in the nearby San Gabriel Canyon area ( http://goo.gl/aszjNd ) to just the more heavily used areas right along the roads that follow the east and west forks of the San Gabriel River. (You drive up Azusa Canyon to get there.) The slightly-shaded part of this map (click to enlarge) shows the old fee-collecting area; the deep green is the proposed fee-collecting area. (If you are interested in other parts of the mountains, details here: http://goo.gl/cGuROm )

Comment: Hmm. This seems like just a cosmetic change since the new fee area seems to include virtually all the driving and parking areas. So, how exactly do you get to the no-fee area without parking in the fee area?

- Brad Haugaard

Christmas Food Distribution | Missing Pet Dog

~ Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center will hold a Christmas food distribution on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. at the Arboretum in Arcadia, for approximately 1,300 low-income families, including more than 1,700 children, who are pre-registered with the center. Each family will take home a family-size food box with a meat and the makings for a traditional dinner. Families with children will also take home bags of unwrapped gifts specifically requested by their kids through the Center's Adopt an Angel program.

~ Have you seen this missing white German Shepherd? http://goo.gl/YPxe9t

- Brad Haugaard

What Is that Bunker Next to the Freeway?

The "bunker," outside and in. 

If you have driven on the south-side freeway-access road between Magnolia and Myrtle (Evergreen), you may have seen this bunker thingy. A couple of people have asked me what it is.

Well, Planning Division Manager writes that it is "a drainage structure being built to accommodate and infiltrate runoff from the freeway to meet the new storm-water requirements."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia House for Sale at About $5 Million | New Japanese Restaurant

~ Monrovia house for sale at almost $5 million. Looks pretty elegant. It even has a Japanese Teppanyaki Seafood Bar made in - no, not Japan - but ... Germany. http://goo.gl/n1egNs

~ New Japanese restaurant to open on Myrtle. http://goo.gl/fjPJeC

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Trustee Montgomery Becomes Citrus VP

At its annual reorganization meeting on Dec. 3, the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees voted in new Board. Trustee Joanne Montgomery, who represents Monrovia and portions of Duarte, will serve as board Vice President.

Source: Citrus press release

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Registration Starting

Students at Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, can begin viewing their Spring Semester 2014 registration appointment times starting Monday, Dec. 16, and enroll in classes as soon as Tuesday, Jan. 7.

New students must submit an online application to the college, which is available at www.citruscollege.edu/ar.

Classes begin Wednesday, Feb. 19. Saturday classes start Feb. 22.

The schedule of classes is available at www.citruscollege.edu.

- Brad Haugaard

Miracle on Myrtle and More Holiday Events

~ Tonight, Miracle on Myrtle, by Fellowship Monrovia church. Library Park at 5 p.m.

~ Holiday benefit for Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center. Tomorrow, Dec. 14, from 5–9 p.m. at The Lodge at Sierra Madre, 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Call 355–7801 for details.

~ Storytime at Monrovia Library, tomorrow, Dec. 14 from2–3 p.m. Good little boys and girls are invited to a special Christmas program filled with holiday stories, songs, short film, snacks and our traditional Bead Fusion craft ornament (younger children will need assistance with the craft). For ages 4 years to 5th grade.


- Brad Haugaard

Breakfast at LeRoy's


Breakfast at LeRoy's, on Huntington. I got two eggs with bacon and hash browns, $7.25, with coffee ($1.95). Plus tax and tip. Traditional American style food. They loaded me up with bacon. Come hungry. It's good.

-Brad Haugaard

Christmas Season Safety Tips from Monrovia Police

Tips from Monrovia Police on how to to keep your home safe during the Christmas season:

- Lock all of your doors and windows when you are not home. Leave any exterior lights on if they are not sensor activated.

- Make sure that all side gates are locked and secured.

- If you have an alarm system, activate it, even if you will be away for just a few minutes.

- If you have surveillance cameras affixed to the exterior of your property, make sure you periodically check them to ensure they are working properly.

- Ensure that all of your hedges and or bushes are trimmed from the front of your residence so that your house is not concealed from the street.

- Never leave old newspapers, mail or door leaflets piled up on the front steps of your residence.

- Never leave valuables in plain view from the outside.

- If you have valuables, please secure them in either a safe or safe deposit box at your local bank.

- Always take an active role in getting to know your neighborhood.

- Keep your eyes open to suspicious activity in your neighborhood and always do your part as a good witness. Never attempt to stop a crime; always call 911.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Honored as a 'Gold' City for Saving Energy

Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz wrote on Facebook that: "This afternoon the City of Monrovia was honored by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, Southern California Edison and The Gas Company by naming it a Gold city with the Energywise Partnership. Over the past few years we have saved over a million kilowatts in our city by becoming more energy efficient - that means we're saving $!"

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Mom - and Daughter in Stroller - Hit by Vehicle; Possession of Broad-Tip Marker; DUI; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for December 9-11. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 368 service events, resulting in 78 investigations.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Traffic Collision
December 9 at 8:55 a.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Myrtle and Foothill.  A mother was pushing her daughter in a stroller south on Myrtle, crossing Foothill, when a vehicle traveling south on Myrtle turned east onto Foothill and struck them.  Both were taken to a hospital, the mother for complaint of pain and the daughter for evaluation.

Hazmat Spill
December 9 at 11:13 p.m., police received a call of a possible hazmat spill at a business location in the 100 block of Railroad.  Monrovia police officers established a perimeter, while Monrovia fire personnel responded and conducted an assessment of the spill.  Approximately 300 employees were evaluated at the scene, with about 100 receiving triage, and 7 were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Trespassing / Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer
December 10 at 1:17 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of East Walnut regarding a subject seen going into a residence, which was later determined to be a neighbor's residence.  Officers responded and contacted the subject who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.  The subject resisted and struggled with officers as they attempted to detain him.  The subject was eventually taken into custody.  He said he entered the residence while the resident was away to get his computer.  The suspect was arrested for the above listed charges.

Minor in Possession of a Broad-tip Marker – Suspect Cited
December 10 at 7:29 p.m., two male juveniles were seen on the top level of a parking structure in the 100 block of West Colorado looking at the walls.  Officers arrived, questioned the subjects and discovered they were looking for a place to write graffiti.  One of the subjects was in possession of three broad-tip markers.  The juveniles were released to their parents.  The subject in possession of the markers received a citation to appear in court.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
December 11 at 12:30 a.m., a male subject was reported to have fallen asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle with the engine running at a gas station at Myrtle and Evergreen.  The vehicle was next to a gas pump with the hose still attached to the vehicle's gas tank.  When officers arrived, they discovered the male was heavily intoxicated and was determined to be DUI.  The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Monrovia City Council Agenda

At its Dec. 17 meeting, the Monrovia City Council will ...

- Hold a study session at 6 p.m. to take a look at the city's reserves, fees and charges. http://goo.gl/GLjlf0

- Have a light agenda (agenda: http://goo.gl/wJQJM8 )for the regular 7:30 p.m. meeting, mostly honoring community members and organizations, including: winners of the home decorating contest, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Rebuilding Together, for their support of Make A Difference Day.

- Brad Haugaard

Alex Zucco Selected as New Monrovia School Board President | Final Tally on People Sickened from Food

~ Alex Zucco writes: "So excited and very honored to be have been elected Monrovia Board President for 2014...congratulations as well to our new Board VP, Ed Gililland, and our new Board Clerk, Rob Hammond."

~ The final tally on people affected by the problem of food contamination from food believed to have been sold at Trader Joe's (the chain is based in Monrovia) is 33 people sickened in four states, seven hospitalized. http://goo.gl/bMlFj3

- Brad Haugaard

Blimp over Monrovia | Old Town Decorations and Sing-Along


~ MetLife blimp over Monrovia this morning. (I think I need a telephoto lens.)

~ Photo of Old Town's decorated gateway. http://goo.gl/BH6BEk

~ A holiday sing-along tonight, Dec. 11, 7-8 p.m. in Old Town's Lemon Avenue courtyard. http://goo.gl/nxRYJi

- Brad Haugaard

Christmas Party for Live-Alone Seniors at Monrovia Community Center

A Christmas party for live-alone seniors 60 and older, Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Monrovia Community Center, 119 W. Palm. Free turkey dinner with prizes and entertainment. For transportation call Monrovia Transit (358-3538) the day before. RSVP to Bill at (818) 371-9302 by Dec. 16 to be entered in a drawing.

- Brad Haugaard

Eleven Were Hospitalized in Monrovia HazMat Event | Avoid Wasting Natural Gas | Christmas Wiring Tips

~ Eleven people went to the hospital as a result of the chemical fumes yesterday. http://goo.gl/ct0E2Z

~ Gas Company gives tips on how to avoid wasting gas during cold snap. http://goo.gl/VpyuJW

~ Some electrical safety tips for Christmas lighting from Southern California Edison. http://goo.gl/zuYzcV

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia HazMat Incident Caused by Chemical Reaction

As of now, the HazMat incident has stabilized and all emergency resources have been released.

A manufacturing company (Air Logistics) on Railroad Avenue was batch mixing three chemicals and at some point there was an adverse reaction causing the chemicals to heat up and off gas into the air. The chemicals were never unstable, but were superheated.

The chemicals identified were: Cyclo Aliphathic resin, Boron trifluoride, and Ancamine.

Symptoms from employees who reported feeling ill were chest pains, asthma, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

Monrovia was able to avail itself of many of the local resources in the area including fire mutual aid, Health HazMat and AQMD and it is business as usual here.

Some pictures: http://goo.gl/dDjZCi

Source: City of Monrovia

- Brad Haugaard

More on Monrovia Hazardous Waste Spill

150 people have been sickened from a chemical spill near Railroad Ave. http://goo.gl/as2Se8

Hazmat investigating.

- Brad Haugaard

Gold Line Freeway Bridge is First Artist-Designed Transit Bridge

The Gold Line Construction Authority reports that, for California, the freeway bridge at Santa Anita Avenue is the first ever artist-designed transit bridge and the largest, single public art/transit infrastructure project.

- Brad Haugaard

Help Monrovia Area Vets

The Monrovia VFW (825 S. Magnolia) will hold a barbecue fundraiser dinner to help local homeless, elderly and needy vets, this Friday, Dec. 13 starting at 11 a.m. $10. RSVP to Brian Hanley at 234-0489. With radio host Bryan Suits of "The Dark Secret Place."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: No Bomb; Stolen Trailer; Backing Car into Neighbor's House; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Dec. 5-8. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.

Suspicious Package
December 5 at 8:33 a.m., an employee of the Wells Fargo Bank in the 500 block of South Myrtle arrived at the bank and noticed a "stuffed" backpack placed directly in front of the main glass doors.  He waited about ten minutes and then called police.  Officers arrived, saw the package and began locking down the area.  About ten minutes later, an Asian male subject walked up to the officers and told them it was his backpack.  The subject was identified and computer checks indicated he was on probation for Arson.  The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad was called for safety purposes and they x-rayed the backpack - no explosive device was identified.  The call was cleared without incident.

Fraud - Suspect Arrested
December 5 at 11:00 a.m., officers contacted a female subject in the police lobby wanting to report she was the victim of fraud.  In questioning the female, her story changed and she admitted to withdrawing the money herself, and to being the one who used her credit card at a number of locations.  She was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was arrested.

While conducting a property check of her belongings, she was found to have a personal check hidden in her shoe.  It turned out to be a stolen check that was unreported.  The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
December 6 at 6:23 a.m., a vehicle trailer was taken from a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain.  It was taken sometime between 3:30 p.m. on December 5 and 6:00 a.m. on December 6.  The trailer was secured with a chain and lock.  The suspect(s) cut the gate lock to enter the business property, hitched up the trailer, and drove off with it.

The vehicle trailer was recovered by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Industry Station on the morning of December 7 in the 2000 block of Workman Mill Road.  The property that was in the trailer had been removed.  The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
December 7 at 3:41 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of East Evergreen regarding a residential burglary.  The resident left the location at 11:30 a.m.  When the resident returned home at 3:30 p.m., they noticed the window on the side door had a hole punched near the handle.  It appears the suspect(s) reached in and unlocked the door to gain entry.  The master bedroom was ransacked; cash and jewelry was taken.  The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence Traffic Collision - Suspect Arrested
December 7 at 5:21 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of Parker reported a neighbor had just driven into her house.  The driver is an elderly female.  She was backing up and somehow struck her neighbors house.  The driver sustained only a small scratch and was treated by Monrovia Fire Department paramedics.  After investigation, the driver was determined to be under the influence and was arrested.  A building inspector responded to check the integrity of the house.

Warrant - Suspect Arrested
December 8 at 4:49 p.m., a female subject called police and reported a family member she had just seen at a business in the 700 block of East Huntington that was a reported juvenile runaway.  Police obtained a description and located the subject at the business.  He was arrested for a no-bail juvenile warrant out of San Bernardino.  The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department was contacted and they responded to pick up the male juvenile.

Hazardous Waste Spill in Monrovia

The Monrovia Fire Department has issued a Shelter in Place order for all residents and employees in the Railroad Avenue area due to a hazmat spill at 146 Railroad Avenue. HazMat crews are currently on scene to identify the unknown chemical off gassing into the area and treat patients feeling ill.

More as I get it.

Source: City of Monrovia

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Eight-Foot-Tall Christmas Flamingos


There is a flock of flamingos on the 300 block of North AltaVista. That's the block just north of Hillcrest. Nancy Matthews writes: "There are 19 up so far and we have another 6 or 7 in production. There will be a flamingo on nearly EVERY house on our block (and you'll see a couple on Hillcrest, Scenic and Heather Heights as well)."
 
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board to Reorganize

At its Dec. 11, 7 p.m. board meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/RVxOQo ) the Monrovia School Board will, among other things ...

- Reorganize. In other words, decide what office each board member will take, like who'll be board president, VP, and so forth. I'm guessing current VP, Alex Zucco, will become president. This is before the regular meeting, at 6:15 p.m. http://goo.gl/9PF5ay

- Consider nominating board member Alex Zucco as a candidate for the California School Boards Association: http://goo.gl/HzTYUq

- Have a study session at 6:30 p.m. to "receive initial plans for development of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and Local Control Accountability Plan."

- Review a report on whether the district can meet its financial obligations over the next three years. Short answer: yes. Long answer: http://goo.gl/Sv6eVo

- Brad Haugaard

Clean-Air Parking Spots


I had never seen parking spots reserved for clean-air vehicles. They have them now at Huntington Oaks shopping center.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Panera Bread

Lunch at the new Panera Bread in the Huntington Oaks shopping center. Beautiful new facility with lots of breads. Got a ham and Swiss cheese sandwich ($6.29) and an iced tea ($1.99). Plus tax. It was very fresh and nice. Also... I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I got a chocolate chip cookie. I had absolutely no intention to get one but when I placed my order  I was told I was "eligible" to get a pastry for 99 cents. Oh, boy! Eligible! Well, I'm wiser now, but anyway, it was a very good cookie. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Cookie Exchange for Multiple Sclerosis

Cookie Exchange for Multiple Sclerosis, Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall downstairs at the United Methodist Church of Monrovia, 140 East Palm at the corner of Ivy and Palm Avenues. Use the doors on the West side of the building and go downstairs. Wheelchair access from the alley on the eest end of the building. Friends and family are welcome (men are welcome!).

This is how it works. Each person brings 6 dozen (preferably homemade) cookies. I suggest bringing them in a disposable container. You need to bring another container to take home 5 dozen cookies. The remaining dozen will be packaged at the end of the exchange for a special holiday gift for the people who attend the Multiple Sclerosis Group of the San Gabriel Valley Luncheon the following Monday in Monrovia. If you wish to bake extra cookies especially for MS you may put them in the kitchen at the church the day of the exchange. The MS group is coordinated by Aynn and Tom Freeman for over 38 years. For many people who attend the MS Luncheons this is their only party and the gift of homemade cookies means a lot as many are confined to wheelchairs or due to physical limitations are unable to bake.

Some of the cookies will be distributed to nursing homes and hospitals. We will have complementary beverages. Raffle tickets are for sale $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. All proceeds go to the MS Group. If you would like to donate a raffle prize please bring it with you or drop them of at Janie’s. Please wrap your raffle prizes. Gift baskets and gift cards are also appreciated. If you know someone that has MS and would like to attend the Luncheon please talk to Aynn Freeman. The Luncheons is a great support group.

Last year we had over 4,000 cookies. In order to have enough cookies left for the MS Group I need to have as many people as possible in attendance. Please invite relatives or friends to come with you. If you are not a baker please bring individually wrapped colorful candy, cookies or candy canes. They make a nice addition to the packages. If you are unable to attend and would like to donate cookies to the cause you may drop them off Saturday after 1 p.m. Please do not drop off containers that need to be returned.

You do not need to RSVP. Call me, Janie Duncan, with any question at 358-8157 or email janieduncan@altrionet.com. Please put cookie exchange in the subject line.

Matthew 25:40 I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. I hope to see you there!

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

E-Waste Recycling | Monrovia Youth Baseball | Christmas Events

~ E-Waste recycling tomorrow and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Myrtle and Pomona. Details: http://goo.gl/Pcs7ku

~ Christmas season events in Old Town. http://goo.gl/eTdX0M and http://goo.gl/KcCPQj

~ Monrovia Youth Baseball signup. http://goo.gl/cEHifG

~ Gingerbread House Party, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2-4 p.m. in the Monrovia Library Community Room. Use candy and frosting to build a festive masterpiece while watching a holiday movie. For 6th through 12th grade.

- Brad Haugaard

Help Monrovia's Centre Stage - Eat at Rudy's or Shop at Six 2 Six

As you may have heard, the Monrovia theater group, Centre Stage, had about $30,000 of lighting and audio equipment stolen, so Rudy's Mexican Food (602 S Myrtle) and Six 2 Six (522 S. Myrtle) are holding a fundraiser to help out. Eat at Rudy's or shop at Six 2 Six on December 10 and they will donate 20% of their sales to Centre Stage. But you gotta bring this flyer to Rudy's: http://goo.gl/c1ZMfO

- Brad Haugaard

Good Chance of Rain Saturday | Veggie Exchange in Monrovia's Library Park

~ Good chance of rain tomorrow, 70 percent. http://goo.gl/4ISKXO

~ Produce in the Park, tomorrow, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the southeast corner of Library Park, at the corner of Lime and Myrtle. Share your extra fruits and veggies, or just browse. (Hope the rain holds off until they're done.)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Christmas Parade



Fun Christmas parade this year but a little bit cold. 

- Brad Haugaard


Monrovia Lights It's Christmas Tree


After a few words from Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, the Monrovia Christmas tree was lit. The parade starts at 7 p.m. if you want to come watch.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Indecent Exposure at the Library; Son 'Finds' Mom's Car, Arrested; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Dec. 2–4. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 365 service events, resulting in 70 investigations.

Vehicle Burglary

December 2 at 7:38 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of Bonita. The victim parked her vehicle in front of her residence 5:30 p.m. When she went to her vehicle the next morning, she noticed her driver's door was open. The loss was a pair of shoes, sunglasses and CD case. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary

December 2 at 7:42 a.m., a vehicle was reported burglarized in the 800 block of West Olive. The victim parked her vehicle in the rear carport area at 9:00 p.m. and returned to her vehicle in the morning at 6:00 a.m. She discovered the front door and trunk open. The loss was a laptop computer. The victim believes she locked her vehicle, but was not sure. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary

December 2 at 8:09 a.m., dispatch received a call reporting a burglary at a business in the 1800 block of California. The business was closed and locked the day before at 3:00 p.m. When the reporting party arrived at the business at 8:00 a.m., they noticed the lock to the back gate had been cut. The loss was several hundred pounds of steel. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle

December 2 at 11:44 a.m., a vehicle was stolen from a business parking lot in the 300 block of West Huntington. The victim parked his vehicle, a white Honda CRV in the lot and entered a store. He returned approximately 30 minutes later and discovered his vehicle was missing. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary – Suspects Arrested

December 2 at 12:18 p.m., a burglary was reported at a business in the 500 block of West Huntington. Two adult males entered the store; one was wearing a backpack. Both selected merchandise and concealed it in the backpack and then exited the store without paying. Once outside, they were detained by officers and both were arrested.

Indecent Exposure – Suspect Arrested

December 2 at 7:11 p.m., a woman inside the library in the 300 block of South Myrtle saw a male subject sitting in a chair in the adult section of the library, exposing himself. She immediately called the police. Officers responded and the suspect was detained, positively identified and arrested for indecent exposure.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered – Suspect Arrested

December 3 at 11:00 a.m., the victim's son called to report that he saw his mother's stolen vehicle, which was stolen the day before Thanksgiving, in a business parking lot in the 700 block of West Huntington. He claimed he saw two male suspects exit the vehicle and get into a blue Honda that headed west on the 210 Freeway.

An officer responded to the location and found the vehicle parked, but he noticed the hood of the vehicle was not hot. The officer checked with gardeners that were working in the area, and they said they saw the vehicle parked since 8:00 a.m. when they arrived. The officer questioned the mother and suspicion was raised that her son may have stolen the vehicle. Officers questioned the son, who denied taking the vehicle at first, but later admitted to the theft, and said he was under the influence of drugs at the time. He felt it was time to return the vehicle and created the story of seeing the suspects. The son was arrested and taken into custody.

Missing Juvenile Located

December 3 at 3:41 p.m., a 16-year-old male juvenile was reported missing to police by his father. The father dropped his son off at high school in the 800 block of West Colorado in the morning. On his way to pick him up after school, the father received a text message from the son stating that he no longer wanted to be a burden. The father arrived at the school, but his son was not at the designated location. He checked the school with school staff and then went home to check there, but did not find his son. He then went to the police department. Officers began an investigation and conducted an area check, but the subject was not located.

Later that evening, the missing juvenile called his father and said he was ready to come home. When the father asked him where he was, the son told him he was on the sidewalk across the street from their house. The son was located outside by his father.

Number of Visitors to MonroviaNow Increases

This November MonroviaNow.com had almost 15,000 page views, which I believe is its highest number ever. All those page views could have been from one very neurotic person, but I think not. This number does not include subscribers to the site's email newsletters, its Facebook page or Twitter feed. Comment: So, thanks to all of you who make a point of visiting! I'm pretty pleased.

- Brad Haugaard

Suspicious Package Leads to Evacuation of Some Buildings in Old Town Monrovia

Jennifer Stone reports on Facebook that a suspicious package was left in front of the Wells Fargo bank in Old Town, resulting in the temporary evacuation of several nearby buildings. Facebook folks say all clear now.

- Brad Haugaard

Preview Lunch at Monrovia's New Smashburger


Had a free preview lunch at the new Smashburger in Monrovia, at the old Acapulco restaurant site on Huntington. It opens to the public tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 6. Why "smash?" Because they smash a fresh - not frozen - ball of beef, or piece of chicken, on the grill. We got a sampler menu, which included fried pickle slices. Never had those. Everything tastes better when it's free, but really, everything was very, very tasty!  I think I liked the truffle mushroom burger (shown here) best, but the BBQ bacon burger was mighty good. Even the veggie spicy black bean burger was very good, and I'm not a vegetarian. If you prefer chicken, try the avocado club sandwich. Great shakes, too! Former City Councilman Joe Garcia, who helped bring Smashburger to town, showed up as well. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Ceramics, Crafts and Baked Goods Sales

~ Monrovia Adult School Wheelhouse Ceramics Sale Friday, Dec. 6, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 1831 Santa Fe Place (behind AMMCO & Toy's Donuts) Handcrafted pottery created by local artisans. For information call 471-2771.

~ Girl Scout handmade crafts and baked goods sale Dec. 7 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details: http://goo.gl/DPqxFD

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High's Kurt Scoby is MVP

Monrovia High Senior, Kurt Scoby, has been selected by the coaches of the Rio Hondo League as the League's most valuable player: http://goo.gl/QGfCU8

- Brad Haugaard

Gold Line Bridge Getting Another Award

Habib Balian, spokesman for the Gold Line Construction Authority, writes that:

"The Construction Authority, Skanska and AECOM will be receiving the "Best Project in Southern California, Highways/Bridges" from Engineering News-Record for the Gold Line Bridge tomorrow. This is the fifth award received for the bridge since it was completed on time and on budget in December 2012. Awards have been in both the engineering and construction sectors, and remind us that this unique structure was not only a challenge to design, but also to build."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Representatives Promoted

~ Monrovia's Assembly member, Chris Holden, reports that Assembly Speaker Perez has appointed him to the Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness.

~ Congresswoman Judy Chu, who represents the north edge of Monrovia, announced on Facebook today that she has been selected by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, to join the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

- Brad Haugaard

Small Art Show | Marvelous Monrovia! | Commercial Drones | Interfaith Council | City Council Meeting

"Ginger Jar and Lemons" by Dee Kirkham

~ Selig Fine Art (110 W. Lime) will hold its 11th Annual Holiday Small Works Show this Saturday, Dec 7, 4-7 p.m. with more than 80 artists and over 150 works of art, jewelry, wine, food and live music by John Volk.

~ "Marvelous Monrovia!" is how KTTV reporter Hal Eisner describes the city's revived bond rating. http://goo.gl/P9gi1X

~ Monrovia's AeroVironment plans to build drones for commercial use. http://goo.gl/AoWVUJ

~ Pasadena Humane Society will have a vehicle in the Monrovia Christmas parade. The Pasadena Humane Society is taking over animal control for the city. http://goo.gl/IDc2wr

~ Report on the Interfaith Council of Monrovia. http://goo.gl/diuyUx

~ Video of the Dec. 3 Monrovia City Council meeting is now online: http://goo.gl/ktgW0V

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Chipotle Opens Dec. 12


It appears Chipotle restaurant is opening on Dec. 12. On Huntington next to Chili's. 

- Brad Haugaard

Watch Out for the Utility Bill Scam!

Southern California Edison is warning customers against scammers who demand immediate payment on past due utility bills.

"SCE will never call a customer to collect or demand money for past due bills," according to SCE's Consumer Affairs Manager Marlyn Denter.

Tips:

- Ask for the person's name and call back number, a supervisor's name, how much money they are requesting, and the method of payment.

- Check the area code of the number you are getting a call from. If it is not an 800 number, the call is fraudulent.

- Call SCE directly at 1-800-655-4555 to ask about your bill.

- Contact local authorities if you suspect the phone call is fraud.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Rotary Club Providing Clothing for Needy Children

The Rotary Club of Monrovia will once again be helping out local children in need for the holiday season. On December 7th, 50 disadvantaged children identified by Santa Anita Family Services will get a special treat this holiday season. Through the assistance of the Rotary Club of Monrovia, Kohl's and Wells Fargo, the 50 students will get the opportunity to shop for new clothing and shoes. Each child will be paired with a Monrovia High School Interact Club member, adult Rotarian, or adult Wells Fargo staff member to assist with their shopping and will be able to purchase $125 worth of school appropriate clothing.

This is the second year that the Rotary Club of Monrovia has offered the Santa Clothes project to less fortunate children in the Monrovia area. Last year the program was able to assist 30 children with $120 each and we are very happy to be able to extend the benefit to 50 children this year at $125 each. Monrovia Rotarian Karen Lujan stated "I was personally able to assist two children last year to pick out clothes and shoes and it was one of the most rewarding things I haven done all year. The parents were so appreciative of the program and the kids faces beamed as they showed us all their purchases (some even wearing them out of the store)."

Tax deductible donations (501(c)3 EID: 51-0656409) are being accepted online for the Santa Clothes project to help fund more children at http://www.monroviarotaryclub.com/donations/. Please help if you are able to. Just click on the button with the Santa hat to help contribute to this great project. The more money we can raise, the more kids we can assist this holiday season.

Source: Rotary press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Xencor Prepares for Public Offering

Monrovia's Xencor Corporation (NASDAQ: XNCR) has announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 12,730,000 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $5.50 per share. http://goo.gl/MNE4Oz

- Brad Haugaard

Santa's Monrovia Schedule

This year, Monrovia will continue our tradition of celebrating the Christmas season by touring Santa Claus around city streets on top of a fire engine.  Escorted by a police car and a decorated public works sleigh, Santa will provide candy canes to the public.  City employees will, again, volunteer their time to help make the program fun and successful.

Last year's event was a great success!  This year's Santa Tour will be another exciting and fun time for members of our community when they see Santa visiting their neighborhoods.  Everyone is encouraged to come out and wave to Santa.

Monday, December 16, 2013 - will tour city streets south of Huntington, west of Myrtle to Fifth, north of southern city boundaries.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - will tour city streets east of Myrtle, north of Foothill.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - will tour city streets west of Myrtle, north of Foothill.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - will tour city streets east of Myrtle, south of Foothill, north of Duarte Road, west of east city boundaries.

Friday, December 20, 2013 - will tour city streets west of Myrtle, south of Foothill, north of Huntington to Mayflower, between Myrtle and Fifth.

Assembly Time: 5:00 p.m. assembly at the City Hall parking lot, 415 S. Ivy, Monrovia, CA  91016

Tour Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The police car will be driven by volunteer police officers who will lead the procession using their red lights and siren.  Christmas carols will be played over the police car's P.A. system.

The fire engine will be driven by volunteer firefighters, who will follow the police car.  Santa will ride on top of the fire engine with spotlights shining on him as he wishes everyone a merry Christmas.  The fire engine will be decorated with hundreds of Christmas lights.

The public works truck will be driven by volunteer public works employees.  Our reindeer sleigh, bright with over 1500 Christmas lights, will play Christmas carols.  Community members are welcome to ride with city employees and their families on back of the truck and trailer during the tour.  Space is limited and participation is first come first served.  Parents are reminded that children must be accompanied by an adult.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Boy Killed in Car Crash

Four-year-old Monrovia boy killed in accident on Interstate 5. http://goo.gl/OHbxHy

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center Distributes Food for Holidays

Some 1,240 Foothill Unity Center clients received a generous helping of community caring at the agency’s annual Thanksgiving Distribution on Saturday and Monday, November 23 and 25. The event took place in Ayers Hall at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia (Saturday) and at the Center’s Monrovia and Pasadena locations (Monday). Clients came from across the agency’s eleven-city service area — Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Duarte, Azusa, Baldwin Park and Irwindale.

Clients took home holiday food boxes sized by number of people in the family, with meat and the makings for a festive holiday dinner. Over 800 volunteers worked on the program, from planning and preparation to final cleanup. Each client cart was personally escorted through the distribution by a personal volunteer. All participants received Thanksgiving cards handmade by local school children. 300 turkeys were donated, trucked in and distributed by California American Water Company, while representatives of PCL Construction were on hand to present a $5,000 check.

Less than a month after this event, families will receive festive food boxes again at the annual Holiday Distribution on Saturday, December 21, and Monday, December 23. At the Arboretum event on Saturday, reserved for families with children, each family will also take home an opaque bag pre-packed with new toys and clothing for each child.  The presents are donated through the Center’s Angels program, which invites individuals and groups to adopt paper angels hand-decorated by community volunteers of all ages. Written on each angel is one child’s gift wishes.

“We don’t give the presents to the children,” says Center Executive Director Betty McWilliams. “Gifts for each family’s youngsters are gathered in an opaque bag that’s given to the parents so they can wrap and give them as part of their own holiday traditions.” At the event, children will also enjoy fun activities and a chance to share their wishes with Santa.

77% of the Center’s clients are at or below the National Poverty Level. “The holidays are an especially difficult time for families who fight hunger every day,” says Center Executive Director Betty McWilliams. “The difficult economy and cuts in the CalFresh food stamp program are swelling the ranks of local people who need help to feed their families. Community support is more vital than ever — both to help them and to let them know their neighbors care.”

The Center is seeking donations of food, funds and volunteer time for the Holiday Distribution. Funds may be donated securely online at foothillunitycenter.org. Food and checks may be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at either Center location: 415 W. Chestnut Ave. in Monrovia or 191 N. Oak Ave. in Pasadena. Information on volunteer shifts, most-needed food items and the Angel program is available at foothillunitycenter.org/holiday-distribution-programs or by calling the Center at (626) 358-3486.

Source: Foothill Unity Center press release

- Bradd Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Gallant Man Pushed Through Window; Fight, Snooze, Fight; Drugs, Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Nov. 25–Dec. 1. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Child Abuse – Suspect Arrested
November 27 at 7:56 p.m., a 15-year-old female subject ran into the police department lobby with visible injuries.  She told officers her father assaulted her with his fists.  She said she ran from her house to get away from him.  The mother was not home at the time of the assault.  Paramedics were called to the station to treat the victim for her injuries.  Officers were dispatched to the residence in the 200 block of East Olive, where they detained and arrested the father for felony child abuse.  The victim was later released to her mother.

Battery with Serious Bodily Injury – Suspect Arrested
November 27 at 10:47 p.m., dispatch received several calls reporting two male subjects fighting in front of a restaurant in the 100 block of East Lemon.  The subjects had crashed through the restaurant's plate glass window.  When officers arrived, one of the subjects had fled on foot to the rear area of the restaurant.  Both subjects were detained and treated by paramedics for lacerations from the glass.

The investigation revealed that one of the male subjects had been drinking and was making inappropriate comments to a female subject.  He grabbed her and began punching her.  The second male subject jumped in to protect the female and was pushed backwards through the plate glass window, causing severe injuries to his back and legs.  The male suspect who started the fight was arrest for felony assault with great bodily injury.

Burglary – Suspect Arrested
November 27 at 11:50 p.m., a business in the 100 block of East Pomona called to report the alarm to their stored vehicle lot was going off and they saw a suspect on the property.  When officers arrived, a suspect started running west on Pomona towards Myrtle.  Officers detained the suspect and recovered a car stereo he had discarded in front of the business.  The employees positively identified the suspect and confirmed the stereo was stolen from one of their vehicles.  The suspect was arrested.

Grand Theft Auto
November 29 at 9:20 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of Encino Way called police to report his vehicle had been stolen.  He had parked his 2007 Honda Accord in front of his residence at 11:30 p.m.   When he returned to his vehicle the following morning, he discovered it missing.  The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence / False Imprisonment – Suspect Arrested
November 29 at 10:45 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of West Lemon regarding a domestic violence incident.  A male and female subject that live together were arguing and the male subject had been drinking.  The female tried to slap the male subject, but he grabbed her and struck her twice in the face with a clenched fist.  The female tried to call the police with her cell phone, but the male subject grabbed her phone and smashed it.  She tried to leave the room, but he covered her mouth to prevent her from calling out for help.  They both fell asleep on the bed.  She woke up later and left the location.

The female subject returned a few hours later to retrieve some property.  She tried to grab the male subject’s cell phone since her phone was broken, but he grabbed her and struck her with his elbow in the face several times.  She managed to get away again and went to the police department to report the incident.  The boyfriend was interviewed at the residence and was arrested.  An Emergency Protective Order was granted.

Grand Theft Auto
November 29 at 5:47 p.m., dispatch received a call from a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain regarding a stolen vehicle.  An employee came to work that morning and parked his 1995 Acura in the parking lot.  He returned to the area where he parked his vehicle eight hours later and discovered it was missing.  The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
November 29 at 6:05 p.m., while officers where investigating the vehicle theft in the above incident, they located a stolen vehicle in the same parking lot.  The vehicle is a 1996 Acura that was stolen out of the Los Angeles Police Department jurisdiction.  The investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
November 30 at 1:45 a.m., an officer contacted a male subject pushing a bicycle north on Myrtle.  The subject was noticeably nervous and out of breath.  Through investigation, the officer determined the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
December 1 at 12:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 700 block of West Huntington regarding a suspicious person loitering in a parking lot.  They arrived and contacted the subject, who was walking around the parking lot carrying a backpack.  The officer conducted a consent search of the subject’s backpack and found a small baggie containing methamphetamine and five used hypodermic syringes.  The subject was arrested and taken into custody for the above listed charges.

Vehicle Burglary
December 1 at 7:08 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 400 block of West Huntington Drive.  The victim had parked and secured her vehicle in the parking at approximately 5:30 a.m., leaving her purse in the back seat.  An unknown suspect smashed the victim's right rear passenger window and took her purse containing cash, a camera, and other miscellaneous items.  The investigation is continuing.

Panera Bread Opens in Monrovia Today

Panera Bread, at the old Acapulco site on Huntington, opens in Monrovia today, and the first 25 guests to visit each day from December 2-4 will receive a stainless steel Panera Bread coffee mug and a voucher for free coffee for a week. 

As part of the bakery-cafe’s ongoing fundraising efforts, all donations from the location’s Community Breadbox™ and Day-End Dough-Nation™ programs will go to the Foothill Unity Center, Monrovia’s local food bank and crisis center for those struggling within the community.

The new bakery-cafe will include menu favorites like the Breakfast Power Sandwich and Fuji Apple Chicken Salad, as well as new offerings like the Fontina Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Chicken Tortellini Alfredo Pasta and will be open to the public on Monday, December 2nd.

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

December Events in Monrovia


~ Christmas tree lighting and parade, this Thursday, Dec. 5. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. Parade - north from Chestnut to Palm on Myrtle - at 7 p.m.

~ Classical Holiday Sounds in the Monrovia Library Lobby, featuring the Sterling Flute Choir Saturday, Dec. 7, 3-4 p.m. Free.

~ A professional performance of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., Dec. 7 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. at the Taylor Performing Arts Center (aka Monrovia High Auditorium). Details: http://goo.gl/02HIg4 Preview: http://goo.gl/1Wa73g

~ Buy a tree Saturday, Dec. 7, at Annandale Country Club in Pasadena and help Monrovia's Boys and Girls Club. Call 303–5352.

~ Handel's Messiah - and other Christmas choral pieces - will be performed on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Monrovia Presbyterian Church (Myrtle and Foothill).

~ Electronic Waste Recycling Event this Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 7 and 8) at Myrtle and Pomona, 9 a.m. To 3 p.m. Details, Chamber of Commerce: 358–1159.

~ VFW BBQ to help vets. Friday, Dec. 13. 825 S. Magnolia. RSVP to Brian Hanley at 234–0489.

~ Miracle on Myrtle, Friday, Dec. 13, by Fellowship Monrovia. Live Music and snow at 5 p.m. At Library Park.

~ Foothill Unity Center will be distributing food on Dec. 21 and 23. If you'd like to help, contact Raina at 358-3486.

~ "Winter Portrait" will be performed by San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church at Myrtle and Foothill. "A festive, musical collection of seasonal favorites and choral gems including music by Sweelinck, Rutter, Balser, and Baker. With a holiday sing-along and special guest brass quintet, The Oakwood Brass Conspiracy, it's a musical portrait to stir up your holiday cheer." Advance tickets ($15 for gneral admission, $10 for seniors 65+ and for students, $5 for children under 12) at sgvccsingers.org or by calling 253-7248. At the door: $20 for gneral admission, $12 for seniors 65+ and for students, $5 for children under 12.

- Brad Haugaard

Christmas and Hanukkah Books | New VFW Scholarships | Colder Days Ahead

~ Friends of the Monrovia Library will be selling Christmas and Hanukkah books and media after Monday, Dec. 9. The Friends' Store is located inside the Monrovia Public Library, Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

~ Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2070 has created a scholarship fund to memorialize local service members who have been killed in combat. It will provide awards to members of the community for patriotism and excellence in their fields. http://goo.gl/gp2FyZ

~ Cold, dry days ahead. Highs should drop to as low as 61 degrees Wednesday through Friday. http://goo.gl/qhZBJ6

- Brad Haugaard

Lost Monrovia Woman

Police looking for lost Monrovia woman. http://goo.gl/QJOog6

Update: Found in Irwindale. http://goo.gl/ERgJKL

- Brad Haugaard

Small Business Saturday in Monrovia

ABC video of Small Business Saturday along Myrtle Avenue. http://goo.gl/OndrMX

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Named Sheriff's Honor Recruit

Deputy Bryan Cramer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a resident of Monrovia, was named the Honor Recruit for Sheriff's Academy graduating class. http://goo.gl/4V3aNM

- Brad Haugaard

Paraclete Defeats Monrovia :-(

Paraclete defeats Monrovia 22 to 21. http://goo.gl/ZUfK0p

- Brad Haugaard

Newly Discovered Photo of Monrovia's Founder

Monrovia founder William Monroe and wife Mary Jane in 1929. He died at the age of 94 in 1935. This and other photos recently came to light from the descendants of Monroe's son, G. O. Monroe. (Photo and information courtesy of Monrovia Historic Preservation Group.)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Museum Preparing Military Exhibit

Mark Still, curator of the Monrovia Historical Museum, writes in the latest newsletter of the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group that he is building a military exhibit, to be unveiled in spring of 2014. He has discovered that 6,690 Monrovia men and women served in World War II. A few were: Monrovian Bettie Mae Scott, who test-flew military planes and bombers; Tuskegee Airman, Leroy "Buster" Criss, who flew "red-tailed planes" in the war; and Frank Morimoto, a Monrovian of Japanese descent, who served in the famous 442nd Regiment while the soldiers' relatives were incarcerated in relocation camps.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Popeyes

Lunch at Popeyes. They just remodeled this place, so I thought I'd give it a try. Looks a lot nicer inside and out. Got the spicy three-piece boneless combo with dipping sauce for $7.62. Fine for fast food. 

- Brad Haugaard

Help Stuff a Monrovia Fire Engine Today

Today until 4 p.m. Monrovia firefighters need your help to "Stuff the Engine!" A fire truck is parked in front of the Krikorian Theater and the firefighters are collecting new unwrapped toys and sporting goods for a child who would otherwise go without a gift this holiday season. "Join the Monrovia Fire Department and ABC 7 and enjoy the festivities in Old Town Monrovia while contributing to make a child's Christmas more enjoyable!"

Source: City of Monrovia Facebook posting

- Brad Haugaard

Rain in Monrovia? | Restaurant Line-Up | AeroVironment Flies!

~ Thirty percent chance of rain today. There were already some sprinkles on my car when I woke up this morning. http://goo.gl/S6JvbE

~ Gem City Images has discovered the fourth business to occupy the four business spots that have replaced the old Acapulco Restaurant. It appears to be a place called Menchies Frozen Yogurt. So the line-up is: Panera Bread, Menchies, SmashBurger, and Chipotle. http://goo.gl/fZIfi4

~ Monrovia's AeroVironment, though it lost money in its last report, has had its stock jump up 11 percent because it did a lot better than expected. http://goo.gl/Irh5yu

- Brad Haugaard

Happy Thanksgiving! | White Christmas Video | Student Music Video | Black Friday

~ Happy Thanksgiving! Just a 20 percent chance of rain today: http://goo.gl/ZsNtAl

~ Video preview of the professional performance of White Christmas coming up at the Louise Taylor Performing Arts Center (aka high school auditorium): http://goo.gl/unu5Vr

~ Video of Monrovia Schools' all school music program with all grades and ages. At Monrovia High. http://goo.gl/RVM2WM

~ Old Town merchants planning their own Black Friday. http://goo.gl/bDB197

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center - Best Charity

Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center reports that readers of Beacon Media News (that's the Monrovia Weekly and others) voted the Unity Center the "Best Charity" in its 2013 Readers' Choice Poll.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: Impose Labor Contract on Firefighters; Station Square; Honor Servicemen

At its Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/GXl2pL ), the Monrovia City Council will consider imposing its "Last, Best and Final Offer" on the city firefighters. It would require that firefighers "pay an additional 3% of the employee cost (9%) of the Public Employees' Retirement Benefit, which will eliminate the Employer Paid Member Contribution (EPMC) benefit. The MFA will now be paying the full 9% employee cost of their retirement benefit." Without the requirement, the staff report says, "the City's budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year would not be balanced." Details: http://goo.gl/0OC1F5

Before the main meeting, at 7 p.m., the Council will honor Monrovians serving in the military: Christopher Rosedale, Private Second Class, United States Army; Anthony Daniel Exposito, Second Lieutenant, United States Army; Blake Darby, Seaman Apprentice, United States Navy; Nicholas Espinosa, Seaman Apprentice, United States Navy; Calvin Ray Pratt, Jr., Petty Officer First Class, United States Navy.

At 5:30 p.m., also before the main meeting, the council will hold a study session to consider the "Station Square Public Improvements Concept Design."

- Brad Haugaard

Christmas Music in the Monrovia Library

Classical Holiday Sounds in the Monrovia Library Lobby, featuring the Sterling Flute Choir Saturday, Dec. 7, 3-4 p.m. Free, just walk in.

- Brad Haugaard

Gold Line to Azusa About Half Done

The Gold Line between Pasadena and Azusa is almost half done. The Construction Authority reports that: "Most bridge structures and at-grade crossings have been completed or are nearing completion, and light rail track will soon be laid along the corridor. Work is underway at four of the six stations, and ... the [Monrovia] Operations Campus is also moving along on schedule. Light rail track is being installed, and nearly all of the OCS (overhead catenary system) pole foundations for the future system to power the trains are now ready."

Source: Gold Line Construction Authority press release

- Brad Haugaard