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Tourism for Monrovia and Vicinity


The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership has developed a campaign to promote the valley as a tourist destination. Here is its promotion for visitor to the Monrovia/Arcadia/Sierra Madre area who has 36 hours on his hands: http://goo.gl/iIK89Z . And here are some other local adventures: http://goo.gl/ItGNPj

- Brad Haugaard

Would Plastic Bag Ban Affect Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center?


Monrovian Charlotte Shamadan writes in her Weekly Star column that Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center "relies on donated plastic bags for packing the weekly food distribution for needy families." (The proposed plastic bag ban will come back before the Monrovia City Council at its next meeting, this coming Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. http://goo.gl/li8CxH)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: The Plastic Bag Ban Returns; No Thank You Letter to Chu


At its Tuesday, June 3, 7:30 p.m. meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/li8CxH ) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Consider a proposal by Council member Alexander Blackburn to reintroduce a proposed ban on plastic grocery carry-out bags that was initially adopted, then rejected at the last council meeting. See item RCC-4: http://goo.gl/li8CxH .

~ Review letters to Congresswoman Judy Chu (I'm not sure why multiple letters) asking that Monrovia be removed from the proposed San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area. See proposed letters here, http://goo.gl/GO2OXC , and here: http://goo.gl/wJyHwt

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Reinstating Nursing Assistant Program


Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, is reinstating its nursing assistant program this fall. There will be a mandatory information meeting at Citrus on Monday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to noon for those interested in the program. The meeting will be held at Louis E. Zellers Center for Innovation, Room 159, off Foothill Boulevard near Barranca Avenue. Source: Citrus press release

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at T Burgers



Lunch at T Burgers, just east of Magnolia on the south side of Foothill. I got the tostada salad, for $7.99, and an iced tea for $1.89. It's pretty big, with a lot of chicken, avocado, tomato, cheese, and beans. That, and you can pretend you're eating healthy because it's a salad. Yummy!

- Brad Haugaard

Is Monrovia's Football Dynasty Over?


Star-News writer thinks Monrovia football dynasty may be over. http://goo.gl/dO4Meh

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Girls Team Wins at CIF Finals


Monrovia High girl's 4X100 Relay Team won the crown at the CIF Finals last Saturday. The boys 4X100 and 4X400 meter teams also did well. http://goo.gl/UYfrc0

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Hosting Japanese Water Polo Team | World Vision Helps with Flood


~ The Japanese Women's National Team will be using the Citrus College Aquatics Center to train from May 27 to June 1, during which time the team will go head to head with the United States Women's Youth National Team in the water. Citrus serves Monrovia. Source: Citrus press release

~ Monrovia's World Vision relief agency is helping with flood clean-up in Bosnia and Herzegovina. http://goo.gl/5oVROl

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Illegal Shoe Swap; Burglaries, Alcohol and Marijuana


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 26-28. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 423 service events, resulting in 84 investigations.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On May 26 at 7:15 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of West Cypress in reference to a public assist. Upon arrival, the officer saw a male subject in the alley that immediately entered the residence. The reporting party is the resident at the location and she called the police to report her ex-boyfriend as an unwanted guest who was causing a disturbance. The officer contacted the subject and determined he was intoxicated. The subject was arrested for public intoxication and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
May 27 at 2:15 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 900 block of West Huntington. An unknown suspect(s) punched the driver's door lock to enter the vehicle. A laptop and two purses were taken, along with a set of keys to the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity / Possession of Marijuana – Suspect Arrested
May 27 at 4:44 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington regarding a subject trying to sell marijuana to an employee. Officers arrived and detained two subjects; one of them was in possession of several baggies of marijuana. The subject was arrested and cited to appear in court on the charge of possession of marijuana.

Commercial Burglary – Suspects Arrested
May 27 at 5:56 p.m., loss prevention from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington called police to report two suspects in the store attempting to steel a pair of shoes. The suspects exited the store with the shoes and were detained by a store loss prevention officer. The suspects had entered the store, and one of the suspects put the shoes on and left his old shoes in the box. The other suspect gave him a tool to cut off the tags. Then both suspects left the store without paying. Officers arrived and the suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
May 28 at 8:34 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of Grand. The victim reported that a window on her vehicle was smashed during the night and her vehicle had been ransacked. She parked the vehicle on the street. A bag of clothing had been taken and the content of the glove box was strewn about the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
May 28 at 9:52 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 800 block of West Walnut. The victim parked and locked the vehicle on the street. Sometime during the night, unknown suspect(s) entered and ransacked the vehicle. The vehicle insurance and registration were stolen from the glove box. The victim found a sharp tool with a handle outside the car, possibly used to make entry. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle and Stolen License Plate Recovered
May 28 at 11:16 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of West Foothill called police to report a vehicle that had been parked in a visitor parking space for several weeks. An officer responded and ran the license plate. The vehicle had been reported stolen to Pomona Police Department on May 3. The officer saw another rear license plate inside the vehicle and ran that plate. It returned as stolen out of Azusa. The vehicle and license plate were recovered. The appropriate agencies were notified of the recovery.

Residential Burglary
May 28 at 10:17 p.m., an officer went to a residence in the 300 block of West Hillcrest on the report of a residential burglary. The suspect entered the residence through an unlocked bedroom window of the property. The victim's handgun, passport and vehicle keys were taken from the home. The suspect then took the victim's vehicle from the driveway. The victim's vehicle was recovered later in the city of Los Angeles. The victim's passport and firearm were not recovered. The investigation is continuing.

Does Monrovia Have a Serial Groper?


Monrovia groper may be the same guy as before: http://goo.gl/jNFIac

- Brad Haugaard

Filming Arco Commercial in Monrovia



Shooting a commercial for Arco today, on Magnolia just north of Foothill. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Bear on Roof; Sex Battery; Handgun Robbery; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 22-25. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Bear Incident
On May 22 at 5:30 p.m., a small bear was discovered on the roof of an apartment complex near Foothill and Mountain. The Department of Fish and Wildlife was requested, but prior to their arrival, the bear fled back into the foothills.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On May 22 at 10:20 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at Shamrock and Huntington. A driver was looking at his cellular phone while driving and struck a vehicle in front of him. Officers responded and determined he was also driving under the influence. The driver was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On May 23 at 2:48 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 300 block of West Huntington. A driver was backing out of a parking stall after leaving a bar. In the process, she backed into a vehicle. Officers responded and determined she had been driving while under the influence. The driver was arrested.

Sexual Battery
On May 23, 2014, at 8:00 a.m., a female victim was walking in the area of Huntington and Canyon in the city of Monrovia. A lone male suspect approached the victim from behind. The suspect wrapped his right arm around the victim’s waist and with his left hand, grabbed her buttocks. The suspect said, “Hey baby,” as he assaulted the victim. When the victim screamed for help, the suspect fled north on Canyon out of view. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 19 to 21 years of age, 5’06” tall, 140 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. See press release for artist’s sketch of suspect at http://www.cityofmonrovia.org/police/page/sexual-battery-incident.

Commercial Robbery
On May 23 at 9:01 p.m., police responded to a robbery at a business in the 300 block of West Huntington. Two suspects entered the business at closing. One of the suspects approached an employee and displayed a handgun. The suspects ordered the employees into the office. Then they ordered the victims to the ground and tied them up with zip ties. The suspects emptied out a cabinet containing cell phones and fled the location.

Suspect number one is described as a male Hispanic, approximately 6'0" tall, 200 pounds, wearing a black hat, black hooded sweatshirt, black shorts, black socks, and black shoes. Suspect number two is described as a male Hispanic wearing a gray long- sleeved sweater, blue jeans, and a gray hat with a Batman logo. The vehicle was described as a white, 4-door Honda. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
On May 25 at 12:50 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of West Hillcrest called to report her home had been burglarized. She left her residence for an hour to attend a funeral. When she returned home, she discovered her rear door was forced open. She looked inside and saw the house had been ransacked. The victim called police and officers responded to check the interior of the location. No suspects were located. Jewelry was taken from the location. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Assembly Member's Truancy Bill Progresses


A bill by Assembly member Chris Holden to help school districts and counties collect and evaluate information on California's truancy crisis has been approved in the Assembly. Holden represents Monrovia. AB 1672 requires local School Attendance Review Boards to report student enrollment, absence and truancy rates, referrals to the district attorney and whether or not the student is doing better.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Looking for Sex Assault Suspect


On May 23, 2014, at 8:00 a.m., a female victim was walking in the area of Huntington and Canyon in the city of Monrovia. A lone male suspect approached the victim from behind.

The suspect wrapped his right arm around the victim's waist and with his left hand, grabbed her buttocks. The suspect said, "Hey baby," as he assaulted the victim. When the victim screamed for help, the suspect fled north on Canyon out of view.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 19 to 21 years of age, 5'06" tall, 140 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes.

The Monrovia Police Department is seeking help from the public in identifying this suspect. Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of this suspect, please contact the Monrovia Police Department: 256-8000.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia-based Trader Joe's Is Favorite Market


Monrovia-based Trader Joe's is consumer's favorite market, according to a recent survey: http://goo.gl/XVRCrm

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Club Donates for Kids | Assembly Approves Holden Bills


~ Club Cure, of Monrovia High, has donated $150 to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and $150 to Make a Wish Foundation.

~ Two bills by Monrovia's Assemblyman, Chris Holden, have been approved by the Assembly. AB 1586, approved 52-23, would move unemployed Californians to the front of the hiring line by requiring certain state contractors to give priority to workers who are receiving unemployment benefits or to workers who have exhausted unemployment benefits. AB 1921, approved 55-15, requires contractors doing business with the state in excess of $25,000 to provide records on how that money is being spent.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Fine Arts Awards


At its awards dinner, Monrovia Association of Fine Arts will honor Sal Perez, Monrovia High Art Teacher, Katie Gundersen, MAFA Board Treasurer, and first-grader Troy Hsiao for having his birthday guests contribute to MAFA instead of buying him gifts. Also, the Association will award art scholarships to: Annis Munoz, Canyon Oaks High; Sarah Hickey, Monrovia High; Taylor Figueroa, Monrovia High; Jonathan Walter Bailey, Monrovia High. The dinner is June 6 at the Monrovia Doubletree. Call 605-3148 for details and tickets.

- Brad Haugaard

Memorial Day Flyover over Monrovia



Memorial Day flyover by World War II era airplanes. I was kind of surprised to see German markings on a couple of them, though you can't make it out from this poor photo.

Update: Michael Sheehan has a better photo, and you can see the German markings: http://goo.gl/fbFprJ

- Brad Haugaard

Is This Your Missing Dog?


Whose puppy is this? Found near Bradoaks School in Monrovia. Wonder Dog Ranch is taking care of him: http://goo.gl/lBLY4X

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Reads Kicks Off Mobile Literacy Program


Monrovia Reads is kicking off its mobile literacy and recreation program with a visit to Greater Ambassador Church, 420 Monrovista, Thursday, May 29, 3:30-5 p.m. Reading, tutoring, sports, arts and crafts, board games, health and wellness, character development, guest speakers, etc. (City of Monrovia photo.)

- Brad Haugaard

Trader Joe's Hummus and Dip Recalled


Hummus and 5-layer dip from Monrovia-based Trader Joe's is being recalled. Possible listeria contamination: http://goo.gl/GLv2X1

- Brad Haugaard

Festival of the Foothills Today and Tomorrow at Monrovia's Immaculate Conception Church


Immaculate Conception Church, on Shamrock, is holding its Festival of the Foothills today and Sunday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1-11 p.m. Sunday. Live bands, rides, games, food and craft beer.

- Brad Haugaard

Myrtle Avenue Sunrise


I saw this sunrise from the Pavilions parking lot a couple months ago and painted it. It is looking east from the Starbucks toward Myrtle.

- Brad Haugaard

Picture of Paint n' Play Burglary Suspect


Picture of the man suspected of ransacking Monrovia's Paint n' Play: http://goo.gl/QqJjtS

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School District: Add Jobs? AP Classes; Governor's Budget


At its next regular meeting on May 28, 7 p.m. (agenda: http://goo.gl/g6zKre ), the Monrovia School Board will ...

~ Consider adding four new clerical positions to the district's Human Resources department. http://goo.gl/u547UJ

~ Hear reports on Advance Placement U.S. and European history and a K-5 math curriculum.

~ Hear about Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal, which affects the schools. The report addresses the state's $74 billion unfunded liability for teacher retirement, establishing a rainy day fund, and the expiration of Prop 30 taxes. http://goo.gl/GLGedV

- Brad Haugaard

The Bear Went Over the Mountain


Video of a bear crossing Mountain Avenue. I can't quite place where it is on Mountain, but looks like it may be close to Foothill. http://goo.gl/9el7EC

- Brad Haugaard

Memorial Day Ceremony at Monrovia's Live Oak Memorial Park


There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 26, 10 a.m. at Live Oak Memorial Park and Mortuary (200 E. Duarte Road) with the Upper San Gabriel Valley Allied Veteran's Council. All are welcome.

The local VFW Post 2070 maintains a Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor all those from the local area who have died while defending our country. Details: http://goo.gl/WPp1Vy

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Budget Study Session | Unity Center Fundraiser | Chu Anti-Hazing Amendment


~ Special City Council study session on the budget, Tuesday, May 27, at 5:00 p.m. http://goo.gl/geJIxN

~ Fundraiser for Foothill Unity Center Auxiliary on Tuesday, May 27, 3-9 p.m. at Paco's Mexican Restaurant on Foothill in Arcadia. Ten percent of all dining proceeds, whether dining in or out, go to help low income families through the Unity Center.

~ An amendment by Congresswoman Judy Chu to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act would require the Government Accountability Office to report to Congress on anti-hazing efforts of each branch of the military. The amendment also requires updated reports from the service branches on their hazing prevention and response efforts. Her amendment was approved by a voice vote. Chu represents part of Monrovia. http://goo.gl/2BeILS

- Brad Haugaard

The Folks Who Keep Monrovia Clean and Working


As part of National Public Works Week, May 18-24, Monrovia is recognizing the importance of its public works people. These men and women oversee the streets, sidewalks, traffic systems, water system, sewer system, trash pickup, street sweeping, parks and more. City of Monrovia photo.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Wang's Place



Lunch at Wang's Place, Chinese restaurant on Lemon just east of Myrtle. Got the nine dollar lunch special with Kung Pao chicken, white rice and hot-and-sour soup.  Plus a beer for $5. Came with Japanese tempura, so it was kind of fusion-y. Really good. Liked it a lot. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Assembly Member's Grease Law Passes Assembly


A bill by Assembly member Chris Holden to combat the growing problem of kitchen grease theft has passed by unanimous vote in the Assembly and now heads to the Senate. Holden represents Monrovia.

"Restaurants are finding that their used kitchen grease is a hot commodity that has sparked grease wars in a battle over who can cash in on the 'liquid gold' that is then converted into biodiesel fuel," explained Assemblymember Holden. "This bill closes a loophole in enforcement code that will make it easier to stop the bad players."

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, a typical fast-food restaurant produces 150-250 pounds of grease a week and a fully loaded pumper truck could bring in as much as $900 at a recycling center. Thieves often strike in the night and syphon off the used grease and sell it on the black market.

AB 1566 gives law enforcement the tools they need to stop modern-day oil rustlers by beefing up requirements for licensed haulers, increasing the penalties for stealing grease and allowing law enforcement to impound vehicles for up to 15 days.

About 3 billion pounds of used oil is produced in the U.S. each year. Biodiesel is a product of vegetable oil or animal fat mixed with alcohol that can be turned into usable engine fuel or added to regular diesel.

Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

War Amputee Soccer Demonstration at Monrovia's Library Park


International Full Gospel Fellowship / Restored Life Fellowship (i.e., the church at Primrose and Palm) will hold a summer kick-off on June 1, 2-5 p.m. with a party in Library Park. There will a special soccer demonstration by young people who had limbs amputated, as shown in the movie "Blood Diamond." Also, live music with The Johnnies, taco truck, games, free car wash. For more information, call 358-7700.

- Brad Haugaard

Possibility of Severe Thunderstorm


The National Weather Service is predicting the possibility of a "severe thunderstorm" (one-inch hail and gusts to 60 mph) in effect until about 4:15 p.m. today for northeast LA County. It seems this is probably referring to the north side of the mountains, but couldn't hurt to carry an umbrella. http://goo.gl/PL16Ok

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Resident on Let's Make a Deal


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cf/LMADlogo2011.jpgCBS has written me a note to say that Monrovian George Brown will be on CBS’ Let's Make a Deal on Thursday, May 29.
 
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Illegal Two-for-One Sale; Skateboard Rip-Off; Tip Jar Break-In; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 19-21. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 368 service events, resulting in 70 investigations.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
April 19 at 1:25 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of Wildrose called police to report a white truck parked in front of his house. The dash board of the truck was on his front lawn. An officer responded and ran the license plate of the vehicle, which returned as a reported stolen out of El Monte on May 17. The vehicle was recovered.

Vehicle Burglary
May 19 at 8:03 p.m., a witness phoned police to report two adult male subjects that drove into a parking lot in the 700 block of East Lemon in a red sports car type vehicle. The subjects stopped, exited their car and shattered the window of a parked car. They appeared to be removing something from the vehicle and then they fled. Police responded and an area search was conducted, but the suspects were not located. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
On May 19 at 8:07 p.m., loss prevention personnel at a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain called police to report a shoplifter in custody. They observed the male subject select two drills and place them into a cart. The subject left the cart in the garden department with one of the drills still in it. He went to the check out area and paid for the second drill, and then left the store. He returned a short time later and retrieved the drill he had left in the cart. He then proceeded to the check out area. He told employees he had already purchased the drill and showed them the original receipt. He left the store with the drill and was stopped outside by loss prevention. An officer responded and arrested the suspect.

Stolen Vehicle
On May 20 at 12:14 a.m., a worker at a business in the 1400 block of South Myrtle Avenue flagged down an officer to report his vehicle had been stolen from the business parking lot during his shift. An area search was made, but the vehicle and suspect were not located. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle 
On May 20 at 2:29 p.m., a theft from vehicle was reported in the 400 block of Patterson Drive. The victim is unsure if he locked his vehicle or not. Miscellaneous items were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Person
On May 20 at 5:30 p.m., two subjects, one light skinned wearing a gray muscle shirt and one dark skinned wearing a red and yellow hat, approached the victim in the 900 block of West Duarte. They asked the victim for directions and then grabbed the victim’s skateboard out of his hands. The suspects ran west on Duarte Road and out of sight. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary / Grand Theft
On May 21 at 6:11 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of South California regarding a grand theft. He spoke with the project manager at the location, who told him someone broke into the equipment boxes during the night and stole a large amount of construction tools. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglaries
On May 21 at 5:35 p.m., an officer responded to a business in the 200 block of West Duarte Road on the report of two vehicle burglaries. Two vehicles were broken into while the victim’s were inside a gym working out. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
On May 22 at 1:30 a.m., a customer at a gas station heard glass breaking at a nearby business in the 700 block of West Huntington. She looked in the direction of the business and saw what she thought were shadows of men inside, so she called the police. When the officers arrived, they saw two male subjects in dark clothing exit the store and run across a field along the 210 Freeway. The front window of the business had been shattered. Containment of the area was established, but the suspects were not apprehended. The loss from inside the business was a small amount of cash from a tip jar. The investigation is continuing.

For Your Calendar: Taste of Old Town Monrovia


This year's Taste of Old Town Monrovia has been scheduled for Oct. 19. Wine, food, bands and musicians, on Myrtle in Old Town. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Monrovia.

Monrovia Police Cracking Down on Drivers Without Seat Belts


The Monrovia Police Department wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. In order to enforce this reminder, beginning Monday, May 19th, officers will be joining in the 2014 national seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

Even with a seat belt usage rate of 97.4 percent, California still has 800,000 or more who aren't buckling up. In a crash, they stand a 50 percent greater chance of being killed than those who have taken the two seconds to buckle in. In an ongoing effort to reach those remaining safety holdouts, police, sheriff and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) departments across the state will be taking part in Click It or Ticket from May 19 through June 1.

"Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound," said Sergeant Daniel Verna. "If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed."

According to new data released from the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. - 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts.

"Wearing a seat belt is one of the easiest and best things you can do to protect yourself in the event of a car crash," said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. "Taking a few moments to properly secure yourself and all your passengers before going on your way could mean the difference between life and death."

The cost for a seat belt violation in California for unbuckled vehicle occupants over age 16 is a minimum of $161 for a first offense. The penalty fees for failing to properly buckle up any child under the age of 16 is a minimum of $490 per child for a first offense, plus a violation point will be added to the driver's record. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket. For more traffic safety information, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Click It or Ticket mobilization, http://www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Energy Efficiency Workshop at Monrovia Library


Energy efficiency workshop Wednesday, May 28, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Monrovia Library Community Room. Details: http://goo.gl/phohR8

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia City Council Overturns Plastic Bag Ban


In a topsy-turvy moment, the Monrovia City Council tonight overturned the plastic carry-out bag ban that it approved at its previous meeting.

It happened like this: The motion that was passed last time came up for a confirmation vote this evening, a process called "second reading" that is usually routine, but in this case two council members were missing, Councilman Larry Spicer and Councilman Alexander Blackburn, both of whom, along with Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, voted to pass the measure at the previous meeting. So, with Spicer and Blackburn missing, Councilman Tom Adams made a motion to reject the plastic bag ban, Councilwoman Becky Shevlin seconded the motion, and the motion carried, with Mayor Lutz voting in opposition. Several people spoke in opposition to the bag ban, and Mayor Lutz said she thought those in opposition were "orchestrated" and that the council should vote on the matter when all five members were present.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Paint 'n Play Burglarized


Monrovia's Paint 'n Play, on Myrtle, was burglarized. Photos and jewelry taken. http://goo.gl/i1scPt

- Brad Haugaard

Free Parent Workshop at Monrovia Community Center


Free parent workshop at Monrovia Community Center (119 W. Palm), May 21, 28, June 11, 18, 25. 9:30-11 a.m. Five-session weekly interactive group. Topics: family management, communication, family bonds, reducing child's risk of using alcohol and other drugs. Presented by Jewish Family Service of LA. To register, contact Alyssa at 577-7728 or at asnow@jfsla.org

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Police Discover About 40 Stolen Bikes; Shoplifting with a Stroller; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 15-18. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Vehicle Code Violations – Suspects Cited
On May 16 at 7:50 a.m., an officer observed two male subjects riding bicycles southbound on Myrtle. He saw them commit several vehicle code violations. The officer attempted to stop them, but they split up and kept riding. Officers were called to assist with the stop and both suspects were detained. A pair of bolt cutters was found near one of the suspects. There was nothing to connect the suspects to the bolt cutters and both suspects were cited for the vehicle code infractions and released. The bolt cutters were seized.

Bicycle Thefts – One Suspect Arrested
On May 16 at 8:50 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 400 block of West Huntington regarding the theft of two bicycles. The officer reviewed video of the bicycle thefts and recognized the suspects from the traffic stop earlier, see above incident. The officers were assisted by the West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force. The task force went to the suspects’ address in Baldwin Park that was listed on the citations. They located one of the suspects and approximately 40 bicycles in various stages of being dismantled. The task force seized the bicycles and arrested the suspect. Further investigation revealed the suspects had already sold the stolen bicycles they had taken from the business in Monrovia. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
On May 16 at 10:44 p.m., an officer was on patrol at Duarte Road and Enterprise Way when he saw a vehicle traveling at night without headlights. The officer stopped the vehicle and determined the driver was intoxicated. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
On May 17 at 3:00 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle make an illegal turn in the area of Myrtle and Longden. The officer stopped the vehicle and determined the driver had been drinking. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested On May 17 at 11:30 p.m., an officer observed a black Ford Focus traveling south on Mountain without headlights. He stopped the vehicle and noticed the driver was intoxicated. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Vandalism
On May 18 at 5:00 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 800 block of West Duarte regarding a report of vandalism. The victim reported that her vehicle was spray painted with gang graffiti. The front of the property was also spray painted with graffiti on the sidewalk. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle
On May 18 at 11:04 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 400 block of Monrovista. The victim left two purses and a backpack in her vehicle. The vehicle was left unlocked and one of the windows was down. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
On May 18 at 8:09 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting a possible drunk driver in the 200 block of West Foothill. The reporting party followed the vehicle until officers arrived. Officers observed the vehicle attempting to park. They contacted the driver and conducted field sobriety tests. The subject was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for driving under the influence and taken into custody.

Commercial Burglary – Suspects Arrested
On May 18 at 8:31 p.m., dispatch received a call from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington reporting two adults in custody for theft. Officers responded and spoke with the suspects. The suspects entered the store with their two-year-old child in a stroller. They proceeded to conceal merchandise inside the stroller and then left without paying. They admitted planning this before they entered. The suspects were arrested.

Commercial Burglary
On May 18 at 8:53 p.m., an alarm activation was received from a business in the 2600 block of California. Dispatch also received a call from an employee on scene that reported the door to the location had been pried open. Officers responded and cleared the building. Employee cubicles had been ransacked and several laptops had been taken from the individual cubicles. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia's Trader Joe's vs. Whole Foods | Unity Center Benefit


~ Article on why Monrovia-based Trader Joe's is overtaking Whole Foods. http://goo.gl/G4Zma9

~ Benefit for Foothill Unity Center Auxiliary, May 27, 3-9 p.m. at Paco's. Details:  http://goo.gl/XO6yRg

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High 'Kings and Queens' Robot in Action


This is the robot made by the Monrovia High "Kings and Queens" robotics team. It competed in St. Louis. Thought you might like to see it in action. It's at Library Park right now if you want to see it up close.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Day Party in Library Park



Monrovia Day party now going on at Library Park. 

- Brad Haugaard

Railroad Work Begins at Mountain Ave. in Monrovia



The Gold Line Construction Authority reports that work is underway on the last three (of 14) at-grade rail crossings. Crews having begun construction on Mountain Avenue, shown here, this week.

- Brad Haugaard

Two Thousand Monrovia Customers Lose Power


Southern California Edison reports that 2,094 Monrovia customers have been affected by a power outage that began about 4:49 PM today. Eddison reports it is "analyzing problem."

UPDATE: SCE is estimating power will be on for most customers by 8 p.m. 

UPDATE 2: We got our power back on for about 30 seconds at 6:52 p.m. 

UPDATE 3: A lot of lights are back on, but 543 customers still affected and no new fix-time estimate.

UPDATE 4: Power is back on at our house at 9:05 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Cafe Lori


Lunch at Cafe Lori. It's on Lime just east of Myrtle, tucked in next to the north-side exit for the Krikorian theater. A simple menu of Mediterranean food. I got a chicken shish kebab ($10.50) and an iced tea for $1.50. (They have a smaller chicken lunch for $6.50 but I was hungry.) Very nicely seasoned. I liked it very much. 

- Brad Haugaard

More Doubts About Proposed Recreation Area in Mountains Behind Monrovia, Other Foothill Cities


In a 5-0 vote, the Monrovia City Council recently asked to be excluded from a proposed National Recreation Area for the mountains behind Monrovia and other foothill cities. The NRA is being advanced by Representative Judy Chu (who represents the top sliver of Monrovia). Glendora Mayor Judy Nelson is also expressing doubts about the plan: http://goo.gl/EgyhBn

- Brad Haugaard

Music Scholarship


The Ruggieri Scholarship Committee, an outgrowth of the Monrovia-based San Gabriel Valley Choral Company, which practices at Monrovia's First Presbyterian Church, will award a $250 college scholarship to a Southern California vocal musician in June. This award was established to honor Alexander Ruggieri - conductor, composer, vocalist and artistic director of the company. The award will go to a student who is a vocal musician; will be a college undergraduate student in the fall of 2014; is majoring or is planning to major in music; and lives in and/or attends school in Southern California. Contact RuggieriScholarship@gmail.com or 626-579-2433 for an application.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Overdose, Get Arrested; Heart Start; Stolen Gym Clothes; Inept Burglary Get-Away; Burglarizing Man in Custody


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 12-14. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Medical Assist / Warrant – One Suspect Arrested
May 12 at 8:42 a.m., Monrovia police and fire personnel responded to a hotel in the 900 block of West Huntington on the report of a subject having a seizure in one of the hotel rooms. It was determined that the subject had overdosed. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. Several friends of the subject were present in the hotel room and were identified; one of subject was found to have a warrant and was arrested.

Violation of a Court Order – Suspect Arrested
May 12 at 9:57 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Mayflower and Alta Vista when he observed a subject on a bicycle he recognized. The subject had a restraining order prohibiting him from the area. The officer detained the subject, as he was only 30 yards away from the protected person's residence. The officer confirmed the restraining order and arrested the subject.

Vehicle Burglary
May 13 at 6:34 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business in the 700 block of East Huntington. An Unknown suspect smashed the window of a vehicle parked in the business parking lot. Two purses that were left in the vehicle were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Medical Assist
May 13 at 8:13 a.m., police received a call reporting a driver in a vehicle at Myrtle and Huntington was possibly having a heart attack. Responding officers arrived on scene quickly and checked the subject for a pulse, but did not find one. Officers applied an automated external defibrillator (AED). A shock was advised and delivered. A pulse was obtained. Monrovia Fire Department paramedics arrived and rendered aid to the subject. He was taken to a hospital for further treatment and was released later that day.

Commercial Burglary
May 13 at 11:47 a.m., a burglary was reported at a business in the 400 block of South Myrtle. The reporting party returned to the business in the morning and found the front door was unlocked. She noticed items were missing. There was an instructor at the business on Sunday, but it is unknown if door was left unlocked. There were no signs of forced entry. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft From a Vehicle
May 13 at 11:58 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the police lobby on the report of a grand theft from a vehicle. The victim had parked his unlocked vehicle at the corner of Palm and Ivy in the evening. He returned to his vehicle the next day and found that his Titanium road bike was missing. The victim does not remember if he locked the vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
May 13 at 5:17 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business in the 700 block of East Huntington. The victim parked her vehicle in the parking lot and went into the gym to work out. When she returned to her vehicle, she found the front passenger window smashed. A gym bag with clothing in it was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary / Conspiracy / Weapons Offense – Four Suspects Arrested
May 14 at 3:11 a.m., and officer was on patrol in the area of Magnolia and Huntington when he stopped a motorist for a modified exhaust violation. When the officer approached the vehicle, he smelled the odor of marijuana and observed metal knuckles on the rear floor board. The officer requested additional officers to assist and removed the four occupants from the vehicle. One of the occupants had a large hunting knife concealed in his pocket. Further investigation revealed unopened mail and electronics inside of the vehicle. The mail belonged to a victim who lives in the 500 block of North Alta Vista. The burglary had occurred minutes before the officer detained the suspects. The suspects were arrested and taken into custody. One of the suspects admitted to the burglary.

Vandalism
May 14 at 8:02 a.m., a business in the 1800 block of South California reported that someone wrote graffiti on the front door of the business sometime during the night. The graffiti was written on the front door of the business in black marker. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary – Suspect Arrested
May 15 at 3:39 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Norumbega regarding a burglary. The victim had just been released from police custody. When he returned home, he observed an acquaintance inside of his residence. The victim yelled at the suspect and he ran out of the back door holding the victim's cell phone charger. An officer responded and found the suspect one block away from the location. The suspect claimed he found the cell phone charger. Further investigation revealed the suspect knew the victim was arrested earlier and did not expect him to be released from custody yet. Fresh pry marks were located on the victim's back door. The suspect was arrested.

Former Coke Executive Joins Monrovia's STAAR Surgical


Former Coca-Cola executive joins Monrovia's STAAR Surgical as a marketing director. http://goo.gl/2SDNQ9

- Brad Haugaard

Profile of Monrovia High's Elise McCarthy


Profile of Monrovia High softball player, Elise McCarthy. "What is she going to do next?" http://goo.gl/3X7O1p

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Days Music Festival this Sunday



Free Monrovia Day concert on Sunday, May 18, 2:30-7:30 p.m. at the Library Park fountain. Food trucks, non-profit groups, commercial vendors, art and activities for the whole family.

Featured acts Include:
The Whistling Diva
Black Heartthrobs
Pamela Clay
Smokey Miles
Frater
Steve Delamater
Gem City Jazz Cats
Robert Barryman

Bring a picnic blanket and friends to celebrate the Gem City's birthday. The Monrovia Days Music Festival is produced by Carole Anne Kaufman's Studio C Hair Artistry in partnership with the Veterans of' Foreign Wars Post 2070. Kaufman, also known as "The Whistling Diva," created the festival to reignite the community's birthday celebration tradition.

She said, "The birthday parade and carnival were some of the truly special things about Monrovia, and I just couldn't stand to see that go away. This music festival will be a great event to bring the community together and hopefully will plant the seed for greater things in the future."

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Shooting a Chevy Commercial on Myrtle | Monrovia Day Pancakes


~ If you are wondering what they are filming on Myrtle, Diane Delmatoff in the Community Development Department says they're shooting a Chevy commercial at the Krikorian, using both the inside and outside of the theater.

~ Monrovia Day Pancake Breakfast, May 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Library Park. Live music, games. Tickets $6.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Softball Wins League Title | Quota Club Fundraiser at Pechanga


~ Monrovia High softball wins Rio Hondo League title. http://goo.gl/ulsN4Z

~ Quota International of Monrovia-Duarte is having its third Casino "Fun"draiser Saturday, June 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula. A bus ride to the casino and five hours there. $25 per person, which includes a continental breakfast, $10 casino food credit for new players, and $5.00 food credit for returning players. For details contact Linda Proctor at 255-3833, or linda.b.proctor@gmail.com.

- Brad Haugaard

Fundraiser Concert for Monrovia Schools Music Program


Monrovia School District will hold a "Superstars of Music Showcase" concert to raise funds for the district's music department, Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Taylor Performing Arts Center at Monrovia High. Instrumental and choral music performances featuring more than 400 music students from 4th to 12th grade. General Seating - $5; Dinner and Show - $20; Kids 10 and under- $15; VIP Package- $30 (show, VIP seating, VIP parking, and DVD); Ultimate Package- $45 (dinner, show, VIP seating, VIP parking, and DVD). http://goo.gl/E8s9n0

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Colorado Commons, Switching Back to Being Condos



Colorado Commons, on Colorado just west of Myrtle, is switching back to being condos from being for-lease townhomes. The 68 residences open for sale May 17 and range from one-bedroom plus one- or two-bath flats to three-bedroom plus 2.5-bath townhomes. Prices range in the mid-$300,000s to the mid-$700,000s. All residences will be upgraded. Details: http://goo.gl/0LwJS7

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Sleeping on the Roof; Green Dot Scam; Drugs and Alcohol


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 8-11. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Commercial Burglary
On May 8 at 11:05 a.m., a commercial burglary was reported at a business in the 100 block of South Myrtle. The reporting party left the location in the evening at about 11:30 p.m. She returned at 7:42 a.m. and found the interior of the business had been sprayed with a fire extinguisher. A flat screen television and computer equipment had been taken. The investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
May 8 at 10:03 p.m., a business in the 1600 block of South Myrtle called police to report a suspicious male subject loitering in front of the business. The employees were afraid the subject might be preparing to rob the business. An officer arrived and contacted the individual. The subject was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Suspicious Circumstances
May 8 at 11:32 p.m., police received a call reporting a suspicious male subject seen on the roof of a business. Officers responded and found a service ladder that accessed the roof. The Foothill Air Support helicopter was requested and advised that there were two subjects on the roof that appeared to be sleeping. Officers went onto the roof and located two local transients. They had several items on the roof and appeared to be using the roof as a shelter. Officers advised them that they could not be on the roof of the business. Attempts were made to identify and locate the owner of the business in order to obtain a no-trespass order and to secure the service ladder.

Green Dot Credit Card Scam
On May 9 at 12:20 p.m., a resident that lives in the 300 block of Norumbega called police to report a phone scam. An unknown suspect called the victim and claimed to be a Captain with the Las Vegas Police Department. He claimed the victim's son was in custody and told the victim they needed to purchase sixteen $500 Green Dot Reloadit Credit Cards to secure his son's release. The victim did not secure the credit cards and called the police. There was no loss in this incident.

Driving Under the Influence / No-Bail Warrant – Suspects Arrested
On May 9 at 6:49 p.m., a disturbance was reported at a business in the 400 block of West Foothill. The suspects left in their vehicle prior to officers arriving, but the vehicle was seen approaching the 210 Freeway. An officer stopped the vehicle and, through investigation, determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. The passenger had a no-bail warrant for his arrest. Both suspects were taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On May 9 at 9:36 p.m., a female subject was driving east on Foothill when the driver lost control and struck two parked vehicles. The front wheel came off the vehicle, but the driver continued on into the driveway of a condominium complex. She then struck two buildings with her vehicle, causing damage to the garages. Officers arrived and determined the driver was driving while under the influence. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
May 10 at 9:40 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Heather Heights on the report of a subject in dark clothing, possibly looking into vehicles. Officers arrived and saw a subject, matching the description, who claimed to be homeless. The officers determined the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance and he was arrested.

Possession of Methamphetamine / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Possession of a Fixed-Blade Weapon
On May 11 at 11:56 p.m., an officer responded to the area of an elementary School in the 200 block of Jasmine. A male subject was seen jumping the locked chain-link fence, exiting the school. An officer arrived and located a male transient near the school. The subject was running toward him. When the subject saw the officer, he put his hands in the air and tossed a baggie of methamphetamine and a glass pipe onto the nearby front lawn of a residence. The officer detained the subject and, while conducting a pat-down search for weapons, discovered an easily accessible fixed-blade knife in the subject’s back pocket, which he admitted to using as a weapon for self defense. The subject was arrested for the above listed charges.

Latino Heritage Scholarship Fundraiser


The Monrovia Latino Heritage Society will hold a scholarship fundraiser dance with The Bobby Z Band Saturday, May 24 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at the Masonic Center, 204 W. Foothill. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For info call Louie Romero at 951 830-9648 or Cuca Mack at 359-2130.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Temperatures May Go Over 100 This Week - 'Extreme' Fire Danger


Toasty hot this week. 93 today, 97 Tuesday, 101 Wednesday, 103 Thursday, 101 Friday, then back down to a balmy 90 on Saturday ( http://goo.gl/5BgyDL ). National Weather Service warns of "extreme" fire danger ( http://goo.gl/6FPwUw ).

- Brad Haugaard

Weird Cloud Over Monrovia



About 5:45 this morning I saw the most amazing cloud over Monrovia. It's in an otherwise perfectly blue sky. This picture was taken from the Pavilions parking lot at the corner of Myrtle and Foothill. 

Update: Folks are telling me this is a "lenticular cloud." You can read about lenticular clouds here ( http://goo.gl/AFC5uC ), and here are a bunch of pictures of them: http://goo.gl/EdhMs0

- Brad Haugaard

Ale House Grill Planned on Colorado in Old Town Monrovia


A new Monrovia restaurant called 38° Ale House and Grill is applying to the city planning commission for an alcohol license and permission to stay open past midnight. The restaurant is to be located at 110 E. Colorado Blvd., the location of the current Merengue Bakery Cafe. http://goo.gl/ztKyZL

- Brad Haugaard

Old Cars on Tour in Monrovia



A parade of old cars drove up Highland this morning. Beautiful day for a drive.

- Brad Haugaard

View Saturn Tonight at Monrovia's Library Park


The Sidewalk Astronomers will be out tonight, in Library Park at the corner of Lime and Myrtle between 7:30 and 9:30. The astronomers are hopeful they can give people a good view of Saturn soon after 8:30 p.m. Plus the moon and Mars.

- Brad Haugaard

The Fountain to the Falls Run



On the downhill stretch. Coming back on the Fountain to the Falls run this morning.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Sets New Track Records


Monrovia High's Cravin Gillespie sets two Rio Hondo League track records. http://goo.gl/3OBxxI

- Brad Haugaard

Fire Watch for Monrovia Area - Sunday and Monday


The National Weather Service has proclaimed a fire watch for the Monrovia area from Sunday morning through Monday evening. Low humidity and wind. http://goo.gl/FlKHh4

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board: Attendance High But Down; Combine Elections?


At its 7 p.m., May 14 meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/1FKsgg ), the Monrovia School Board will, among other things ...

~ Hear a report that attendance, while high, is lower than last October: "While district-wide student attendance this year was at the highest percentage over the last 15 years, our student enrollment has declined by 94 students from October to March." The declines came at Monrovia High, Plymouth, and Mountain Park. Details: http://goo.gl/Ud2XmB

~ Hear a report on the possibility of combining the school and municipal elections to save money.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Robotics Team's Adventure in St. Louis Competition



The young ladies of Monrovia High School's robotics team "The Kings And Queens" returned from the FIRST FTC Robotics World Championships held in St. Louis April 23-26 successful, but not triumphant.  As the team's mentor, Brian Johnson, says, "We knew going in that the competition on the field would be fierce.  When you start with nearly 4,000 teams and winnow them down over the season to the 128 best, those that remain are very, very good.  Since this was our first time competing at this level, we didn't know what to expect so we had a few basic goals of giving a good account of ourselves on the field, making an impression on the FIRST community, learning as much as we could, and having fun."

On the field the team posted a respectable three wins and six losses and finished ranked 100 out of 128.  Two of the matches were lost by less than ten points each, a difference of scoring just two of the plastic blocks that are the primary task for the robots.  It was the goal of "making an impression" where the team really shined.  Holding court from the purple and gold pavilion that was their home base and marketing billboard, the ladies in the purple velvet dresses charmed one and all.  They opened the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper one morning to a story about girls in robotics and found two of the team members in a photo accompanying the article.  The team was asked by the FIRST organization to co-star in a video to be used to promote FTC Robotics next season.  The team pavilion became a favored stop for VIPs, sponsors and dignitaries as they were escorted around the event by FIRST guides, and many people made a special trip to see "the cool purple robot with all the jewels."

 "Going to the World Championship was a great experience for the team," says Johnson, "they made a lot of friends, and really put Monrovia on the map in the FIRST Robotics world.  They are already making plans for next year to earn their way back to the Championship in 2015 and be a much stronger competitor by applying what they learned this year.  Now they know exactly what it takes."  As an example to work toward, The Kings And Queens can look to the tournament champion team, "Hot Wired" from Portland, Oregon and the overall top Inspire Award winner, "The Bears" from Mexico City, Mexico.

The Kings And Queens thank the Monrovia business community, the Monrovia Unified School District, Monrovia High School and the people of Monrovia for supporting them so enthusiastically.  Without the financial support and encouragement they received, they could never have accomplished so much.

The Monrovia High School Robotics Program will be putting on a robotics demonstration as part of the Monrovia Day festivities at Library Park on May 17.  Stop by and meet the Kings And Queens and all the Monrovia robotics teams and see the robots in action.

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Church to Broadcast on Radio


Fellowship Monrovia reports that the church will begin broadcasting on radio, with two weekly programs on 99.5 KKLA: Made For Fellowship Radio (3-3:30 p.m.) and Good News Today Talk Radio (3:30-4 p.m.). If I'm understanding the church's notice correctly, the first broadcast will be on Sunday, May 18.

- Brad Haugaard

Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser Honors Monrovia Mayor


 John Wilson, Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, Supervisor Mike Antonovich

A Kentucky Derby themed fundraiser by Monrovia's Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills at the Santa Anita Race Track raised thousands of dollars for youth programs and honored Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz with the Mary Wilcox Youth Advocacy Award.

Lutz, a longtime supporter of the club and its youth programs, said, "Of all the awards I have received in my career, this means the most."

Albert Tate, pastor of Fellowship Monrovia, led the audience in a "Change a Life" challenge that resulted in $40,000 raised in just five minutes.

"Thanks to the generosity of all our supporters who have given us their time and incredible gifts, more 'Great Futures' are in our future," said John Wilson, Executive Director.

The event's major sponsors included The Boone Foundation, Blaine & Lynda Fetter, Volkswagen Pasadena/Alhambra, the Sierra Family of Dealerships, and Monte & Meghan Baier.

Source: Boys & Girls Club press release

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Bella Sera Trattoria


Lunch at the remodeled and recently reopened Bella Sera Trattoria, on Myrtle a couple doors up from Lemon on the east side. Nice atmosphere. Sort of classy rustic. I got the lasagne ($15) and an iced tea ($2.50), plus bacon wrapped dates ($9) for an appetizer. Two of my favorite foods, dates and bacon, together at last. Loved it! Lasagne was very nice and service was attentive. 

- Brad Haugaard

Chairman of Monrovia Plastic Bag Committee Has Concerns about Bag Ban


This Tuesday the Monrovia City Council passed an ordinance banning plastic carry-out grocery bags. Prior to that, the city formed an ad hoc committee to examine the issue. Former City Councilman Dan Kirby was chairman of the committee, and wrote a letter to the City Council outlining some of his concerns with the measure. Here is his letter:


Memo
Date: 4/1/2014
To: Monrovia City Council
From: Dan Kirby
Re: AR-2 - Single Use Bag Regulation Ad Hoc Committee

Madam Mayor and City Council,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve on the committee. I was elected by the committee members to serve as the chairman. The members who attended the meetings were highly engaged in the process. The final vote was 2-1 in favor of recommending the proposed ordinance.

Please accept my apology for not attending the meeting tonight. I have a previously scheduled family obligation. I have reviewed the staff report and have some comments for the record.

When I was asked to participate on the committee, I came with an open mind hoping to learn what impact outlawing single-use bags would have on our residents, as well as the benefits to the environment and the surrounding communities. Staff was able to find out what other cities have passed and shared the information with the committee. They also informed us of pending state legislation sponsored by Senator Alex Padilla. This was good information, but several key committee members who were invited to participate chose not to attend so we never got their input.

Unfortunately, after being invited several times, representatives from the larger businesses who would be affected by an ordinance did not attend. We did however hear from Athens Services and retired engineer from JPL.

Most importantly, we were never able to ask the residents. When I shared with people that I was serving on the committee, their response was nearly unanimous, "Please don't take away my plastic bags." This is obviously not a scientific survey, but it says to me that people would definitely be inconvenienced, especially the elderly should you choose to adopt an ordinance outlawing the bags.

The information that we were not able to get were the answers to these important questions,

1. Do these ordinances actually make a real difference?
2. Is the environment really cleaner?
3. Is there really less pollution?
4. When people choose to use reusable bags, what happens to those bags when they wear out? Do they decompose slower than the single-use ones causing a worse impact on the environment?
5. Are reusable bags less sanitary when used in markets where food is bought and sold?

There were no quantifiable answers presented for any of these important questions so for that reason I voted no on the recommendation.

I meet neighbors and friends in the markets or on the streets often and wonder what I would say to them if they asked me why we outlawed their plastic bags. If I said it was good for the environment, they might say, "how do you know?" I wouldn't be able to give them a good honest answer because we don't really know for sure.

I believe we should all be good stewards of our environment, but based on the information we received, outlawing single-use bags has not been proven to have a positive environmental impact. I believe our residents will respond positively to a well conceived and executed information campaign and some will reduce the use of the bags voluntarily.

In a time when financial resources are scarce, we should carefully prioritize our spending so that we stretch our dollars as far as they will go. This may not be the best use of our taxpayer dollars.

Finally, the state government will eventually adopt a statewide law that will be another unfunded mandate for us to tackle. We will have to deal with it then.

In Gratitude,
Dan Kirby

Meeting Tonight About Development Around Monrovia Train Station


If you want to learn about the development planned for the area around the Monrovia Gold Line station, there will be a meeting tonight, Thursday, May 8, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus hall at 130 W. Pomona Ave, in Monrovia. Details: http://goo.gl/Lp2J4u

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Armed Robbery; Hydroponic Marijuana; Graffiti; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 5-7. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 426 service events, resulting in 86 investigations.

Theft From an Unlocked Vehicle
On May 5 at 4:56 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 100 block of North Myrtle. The victim parked the vehicle in front of their apartment complex. During the night, unknown suspects entered the vehicle and took a small amount of cash. The investigation is continuing.

Armed Robbery
On May 5, at approximately 11:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to a restaurant located in the 800 block of West Huntington Drive on the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. Employees reported that the suspect appeared in the kitchen as the restaurant was closing. The suspect was wearing a black ski mask over his face and was armed with an unknown caliber handgun. The suspect contacted the manager and directed him to the office, where the safe was open and money was being prepared for deposit. The suspect had a shopping bag in his possession and directed the manager to place the money inside. Upon receiving the money, the suspect directed the five employees to stay in the office and count to 100. The suspect then fled the location in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as male, 5’07” to 5’08” tall, thin build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. Monrovia officers searched the area for the suspect with assistance from the Foothill Air Support helicopter and CHP officers from the Alta Dena Station who were in the area and responded, but the suspect was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle
On May 6 at 9:14 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 400 block of South Violet. The victim parked her vehicle in the evening, but was unsure if she left her vehicle unlocked or not. The next morning, she found her vehicle ransacked. Her work identification badge and an iPod were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Illegal Hydroponics Marijuana Cultivation Discovered – Suspects Arrested
On May 6 at 1:26 p.m., several tenants in a business complex complained of strong chemical fumes coming from a unit occupied by tenants claiming to operate a water filtration company. The fumes were strong enough to cause headaches and nausea. Patrol and detective resources, city code enforcement officials and hazardous material fire personnel responded to investigate. The unit was being subleased by the original tenant and police personnel were able to speak with one of the people subleasing the unit. Consent to search the premises was obtained from the lessee, who claimed there were no toxic chemicals or anything illegal inside the unit. Hazardous materials specialists entered the unit, stating they recognized the odor of an indoor hydroponic grow of marijuana inside. Once the unit was confirmed to be clear of any immediate hazard, police personnel searched and discovered a fully developed hydroponic grow in process. The two responsible subjects for the illegal marijuana cultivation were arrested and booked on the charges. Additional violations including municipal code and health and safety code violations may be sought.

Injury Traffic Collision
On May 6 at 1:34 p.m., police responded to an injury traffic collision reported at Magnolia and Olive. A driver was headed southbound on Magnolia when he slowly veered left and accelerated into a parked truck, hitting it head on, pushing it in to other vehicles. The driver sustained visible injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On May 6 at 10:34 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 200 block of South Myrtle observed a male suspect he knew had a warrant out for his arrest. After confirming the warrant, he contacted the suspect and arrested him for the warrant. A subsequent search revealed the suspect was in possession of a hypodermic syringe containing an unknown liquid substance believed to be methamphetamine. He was also charged for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
May 7 at 6:16 p.m., an officer was sent to Alta Vista and Huntington regarding the report of vandalism in progress. A witness called police to report a male suspect spray painting graffiti on the public street. An officer arrived and detained the suspect, who was positively identified by a witness. The male juvenile suspect admitted to the crime. The juvenile suspect was arrested and later released to the custody of his mother on a citation to appear in court. The reporting party will be receiving Monrovia Police Department’s Graffiti Bounty. If a citizen reports an incident of graffiti in the City of Monrovia that leads to the arrest of the suspect, the citizen will receive a $100 bill.

Three Felony Counts Filed Against Robbery Suspect
On May 3 at 5:25 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a robbery. A suspect who had concealed merchandise on his person was confronted outside the store by loss prevention. The suspect threatened the loss prevention officer with a knife and ran. The suspect was identified, and on May 5 an officer on patrol in the 300 block of South Myrtle recognized the robbery suspect. The suspect attempted to run from officers, but was quickly taken into custody and arrested. A combined effort by patrol officers and detectives resulted in the filing of three felony counts for grand theft auto and robbery against the twenty-year-old male suspect, who is known for theft, trespassing and vagrancy in Monrovia. The man was already on release for other felony cases that are pending, so he is eligible to receive additional time in state prison added on to his sentence if he is convicted.

Monrovia Music Fest | Monrovia Over Temple City | Trader Joe Blog


~ First annual Monrovia Days Music Festival, Sunday May 18, 2:30-7:30 p.m. at the fountain at Monrovia Library Park. Music, food, art. http://goo.gl/8BjuIK

~ Monrovia 2, Temple City 0 game puts Monrovia High baseball half a game out of first place. http://goo.gl/4kPu7s

~ How about that, there's even a blog devoted to "What's Good at Trader Joe's." Trader Joe's is based in Monrovia. http://goo.gl/OhXzPr

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council Adopts Plastic Bag Ban, Rejects Inclusion of City in Federal Recreation Area


At its Tuesday meeting, which lasted into Wednesday morning, the Monrovia City Council voted to...

- Adopt a ban on plastic grocery bags, which will begin to be enforced in 120 days. Mayor Mary Ann Lutz and council members Alexander Blackburn and Larry Spicer voted in favor of the ban. Council members Tom Adams and Becky Shevlin voted against. 

- Oppose Congresswoman Judy Chu's proposed legislation to include Monrovia in a National Recreation Area for the foothills area. The vote was unanimous.

Correction: Becky Shevlin informs me that I mis-heard the vote on the NRA. She tells me that Mayor Lutz voted in favor of Chu's proposal, so the vote was 4-1 to oppose Monrovia being included in the NRA.

Correcting the Correction: Becky Shevlin now informs me that my original report is correct. The vote was unanimous. She says she's very sorry for the mistake.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Population: 37,162


According to a report by the Monrovia Community Development Department, "Monrovia’s estimated population as of January 1, 2014 is 37,162. This represents a 0.53% increase over the 2013 estimate."

- Brad Haugaard

$2.4 million Monrovia Home for Sale


A Monrovia house for sale for $2.4 million. Way up toward the top of Alta Vista. Looks like the most expensive home for sale in town. http://goo.gl/wFAOvg

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Claim Jumper Robbed


Gunman robs Monrovia's Claim Jumper restaurant of $6,000. http://goo.gl/KHBkSB

- Brad Haugaard

Condo Planned on Duarte Road | Monrovia Baseball



~ An architect's elevation of a seven-unit townhome condominium project planned 721 W. Duarte Road. http://goo.gl/NM7v21

~ An analysis of Monrovia High Baseball's hopes for a league win. http://goo.gl/kFRU3l

- Brad Haugaard

Fundraiser for Monrovia Boy Battling Cancer


Joncee Lenker is a young boy who is battling a form of cancer called Retinoblastoma, a cancer of the eye that required removing his right eye. Joncee has been fighting this cancer since he was an infant. It was in remission until recently but Joncee has begun Chemotherapy again. Through all of this Joncee has continued to play baseball with the Monrovia Youth Baseball League.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Kidnapping for Reconciliation Unsuccessful; Robbery; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 1-4. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Stolen Vehicle
On May 1 at 12:28 a.m., an employee from a business in the 300 block of West Maple parked his car on the street, leaving the doors unlocked and the key in the ignition. When he returned to the vehicle, it was gone. The car is a silver, 2014 Prius with paper plates. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
On May 2 at 8:41 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 100 block of East Lemon regarding a burglary. Unknown suspect(s) broke out the glass front door, went directly to the pharmacy and took Codeine, then fled back out the front door. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered – Suspect Arrested
On May 2 at 9:22 a.m., dispatch received information about a vehicle in the 100 block of West Lemon. A computer check revealed the vehicle was stolen out of Monrovia. An officer completed a grand theft auto report and broadcast the vehicle information. An officer on patrol was actively looking for the stolen vehicle and saw three subjects, one of them was hiding behind a vehicle in a parking lot in the 100 block of West Lime Avenue. The officer observed a set of keys, a gas card, and a gift card on the ground where the subject was hiding. The keys were to the stolen vehicle. The suspect admitted to taking the vehicle and to the theft of the cards. The suspect was arrested.

Kidnapping – Suspect Arrested
On May 2 at 7:26 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Chestnut and Monterey on the report of a kidnapping that just occurred. Several witnesses called dispatch to report an adult male suspect forced an adult female into his vehicle. A description of the suspect and his vehicle was provided. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect or victim. Approximately two hours later, the victim called police to report the incident. The victim said her ex-boyfriend forced her into his vehicle and brought her to his residence in an effort to reestablish their relationship. The victim was able to negotiate her release and left unharmed. She went home and called the police. Officers went to the suspect's residence in the 400 block of South Alta Vista and arrested him. The suspect claimed the victim entered his vehicle under her own volition. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
On May 2 at 8:13 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 900 block of West Huntington. The victim parked her vehicle in a business parking lot and locked and secured her vehicle, but left her purse on the floorboard. When she returned to the vehicle, she found the right front passenger window was smashed and her Coach handbag was stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
On May 2 at 10:27 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 100 block of North Magnolia. The reporting party is a neighbor who was house sitting for the victims, who were out of town. The suspect(s) forced entry to the home through the front door. The house was ransacked, but the loss cannot be determined until the victims return home. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
On May 2 at 10:57 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Concord on the report of a residential burglary. The suspect(s) forced entry to the victim's home through the front door. The house was ransacked and property was stolen. The victim will conduct an inventory of her missing property. The investigation is continuing.

Suspicious Subject / Theft From a Vehicle / Recovered Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
On May 3 at 10:25 a.m., dispatch received a call reporting a suspicious person using a hose at a residence in the 500 block of West Colorado. An officer contacted the subject, who claimed he knew the resident who lived in the back of the location. Due to the subject’s suspicious actions, officers searched the subject and found a credit card in a woman's name. The subject claimed the credit card belonged to a female friend and he was holding on to it until he could return it to her. Attempts to locate the female were unsuccessful. The credit card was held as property under observation and the subject was released. Later in the shift, the officer was able to contact the owner of the credit card. She discovered her purse, which contained her credit card, had been taken from her unlocked vehicle. Officers were able to relocate the suspect and arrested him for possession of the stolen credit card. The suspect told the officer the location of the purse and the purse was recovered.

Robbery
On May 3 at 5:25 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a robbery. A male Hispanic suspect in his mid-twenties who had concealed merchandise on his person was confronted outside the store by loss prevention. The suspect threatened the loss prevention officer with a knife and ran. Officers arrived and conducted and area search, but the suspect was not located. The suspect was identified and the investigation continued. On May 5 at 1:00 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 300 block of South Myrtle recognized the robbery suspect. The suspect saw the officer and ducked down in an attempt to hide behind another subject. He then ran in the front entrance of the library. Containment was set up and officers entered the library to conduct a search for the suspect. The suspect attempted to run from officers, but was quickly taken into custody and arrested.

Vehicle Burglary – Suspects Arrested
On May 3 at 10:34 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of West Walnut called police to report two suspects he contacted inside his vehicle, which was parked in the street. The victim confronted the suspects, who returned his property and fled. The suspects were detained by officers in the 900 block of South Fifth. They were identified by the victim and arrested.

Monrovia Assembly Member's Anti-Dumping and Vandalism Bill Approved


An anti-dumping and vandalism bill by Assembly Member Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, has been approved by the Assembly. AB 1767 would increase the maximum fine for dumping, vandalism or destroying property on Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy properties to $1,500 and increase the fine for infractions to not more than $750.

Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Sweater Trees


I don't believe I've ever seen sweaters for trees before, but now I have. They're at 244 N. May.

-B rad Haugaard

Mountain Avenue at Duarte Road About to be Closed for Construction


Detour routes.

Mountain Avenue at Duarte Road are about to be closed for rail line construction.

Details:

- May 9 at 9 p.m. to May 11, 2014 at 5 p.m.: The intersection of Mountain Avenue and Duarte Road will be fully closed to through-traffic in all directions and motorists will be detoured around the closure. At 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, Duarte will re-open to one lane in each direction. Mountain will remain closed from the center of Duarte north through the railroad crossing for approximately five months.

- Phase 1, May 12 through October 2014: Mountain will be closed to through-traffic from the center of Duarte north through the railroad crossing. Duarte will remain open, one lane in each direction for eastbound / westbound through-traffic.

- Phase 2, October through Early 2015: Mountain will be closed to through-traffic from the center of Duarte south through the intersection. Duarte will remain open, one lane in each direction for eastbound / westbound through-traffic.

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus Auto Team Participates in High-Mileage Contest


Citrus Automotive and Physics Eco-marathon (CAPE) Owls participated in the 2014 Shell Eco-marathon Challenge, to see which student-built vehicle could travel the farthest distance using the least amount of energy. Citrus College serves Monrovia. The Owls ranked 27th out of 41 in its category. Its Citrus EV8 reached a high of 186.13 miles per gallon. The team, composed of seven students, was one of 126 student teams from across North, Central and South America to compete at the eighth annual global competition, which took place April 24-27 at the Discovery Green Park in Houston.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia to Shopping Convention; Girl Scouts 'Realign'; Fundraisers


~ Monrovia will attend a major shopping center convention, ICSC, in Las Vegas in an effort to attract more businesses to the city, according to City Council member Becky Shevlin.

~ According to a Girl Scouts representative speaking at the Monrovia Coordinating Council, the Girl Scouts is "realigning on volunteers." She said the economy is difficult and it is hard to pay staff. 

~ Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center, helping low-income families, will get 10 percent of all proceeds at Paco's Mexican Restaurant (on Foothill just over the border in Arcadia) on May 27, 3-9 p.m. 

~ Monrovia's Centre Stage will hold a block party in Library Park on May 17, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pancakes, live entertainment, etc. 

~ If you put food out by your mailbox this Saturday the postal delivery person will pick it up and it will be given to Foothill Unity Center. 

- Brad Haugaard

Baseball: Monrovia Loses to San Marino :-(


Monrovia High loses to San Marino in boy's baseball, 5-3. http://goo.gl/PStp4w

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Golf - Third Place in League


Monrovia High golf beat Temple City in the season finale to finish the season with a record of 5 and 5, good enough to tie for third in the Rio Hondo League. http://goo.gl/QIVT9M

- Brad Haugaard

AeroVironment Senior VP Leaving, Releasing 'Certain Claims' | Peter Pan | Gold Line Yard


~ AeroVironment is losing Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Herring, who is getting $215,000 and some other benefits, and he has "agreed to customary provisions relating to non-disparagement, cooperation and the release of certain claims."

~ The play, Peter Pan, at Monrovia High tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets available at the door. .

~ Walls are going up at the Gold Line maintenance yard in Monrovia. Photo: http://goo.gl/wsXyf9

- Brad Haugaard

Missing Kitty; Monrovia Fire Chief on NBC News; Evensong at St. Luke's


~ This kitty missing since April 15, from Jasmine and Lime. Eight months old, small, solid grey. One gold and one green eye. Looks crosseyed. Has a chip. Any info, email emmaghumphrey@gmail.com or call or text: (323) 804.0646.

~ Monrovia Fire Chief Chris Donovan will be featured on NBC Nightly News this Sunday as part of an Ann Curry special filmed in Monrovia in late February during the rain and mud flow, according to Public Information Officer Alexis Backofsy. She said the program should run Sunday at 5:30 p.m., unless some breaking news delays it.

~ The choir of St. Luke's Episcopal Church - 22 S. California Avenue at Foothill Boulevard - along with guest singers, will present for Evensong a free public performance of Henry Purcell's "Declare His Honour" on Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. An offering will be taken, and a wine and cheese reception will follow.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: Plastic Bag Ban; Federal Control of Hillsides; Etc.


At its May 6, 7:30 p.m. meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/01ZFSa ), the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Consider banning plastic grocery bags. "No store shall provide any customer a plastic carryout bag." And, "This prohibition applies to bags provided for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale and does not apply to produce bags or product bags" ( http://goo.gl/EnrRdu ). Comment: I believe this is a needless butting in to the lives of Monrovians. I think the notion that plastic bags are a bigger problem than other forms of waste is not seriously defensible.

~ Discuss proposed Legislation by Congresswoman Judy Chu designating various areas within the San Gabriel Valley as a National Recreation Area. The Monrovia staff report indicates that the proposed NRA boundaries seem to indicate that it would incorporate all of the Hillside Wilderness Preserve, Monrovia Canyon Park, likely some residential homes, Monrovia water and utility infrastructure, Monrovia fire access roads, and Monrovia Fire Station 103 ( http://goo.gl/hRfPiB ). Comment: Why, oh why, would we ever want to give the federal government control over city land - or even nearby non-city land?

~ Consider leasing up to 25 vehicles to replace current vehicles within the Public Works fleet. http://goo.gl/WpWsoF

~ Also, at 4:30 p.m. there will be a study session on the Draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan and Station Square Transit Village Public Improvements. http://goo.gl/uerfHJ

~ And at 6:30 p.m. there will be a closed session for labor negotiations and new city manager discussion. http://goo.gl/0pvi9a

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Monrovia Pizza Company


Lunch at Monrovia Pizza Company, at the corner of Mayflower and Duarte. Got two pepperoni slices and a drink for $5. Good deal and tasty. 

- Bead Haugaard