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Monrovia Police: Driving While Drugged; Driving While Asleep

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

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
August 27 at 10:10 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Myrtle and Central when he stopped a motorist for multiple vehicle code violations. The officer conducted a consensual search of the vehicle and found a baggie of methamphetamine. The driver was arrested and charged for possession of a controlled substance and the vehicle code violations.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 28 at 1:29 a.m., an officer stopped a motorist for a vehicle code violation in the 200 block of South Ivy. The investigation determined the subject was driving under the influence of alcohol. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 28 at 2:46 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Longden and Live Oak when he stopped a motorist for a vehicle code violation. The investigation revealed the subject was driving under the influence of alcohol. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Traffic Collision
August 30 at 6:06 a.m., a traffic accident was reported in the 500 block of East Foothill. Officers arrived and saw five parked vehicles that had been struck. The driver of the vehicle that struck them had fallen asleep at the wheel.

Monrovia Democrat Club Endorses Senate Candidate

In his run for State Senate in the 25th Senate District, which includes Monrovia, Anthony Portantino - who previously represented Monrovia in the State Assembly - has announced that the Foothill Community Democrats of Monrovia, along with six other Democratic clubs, have endorsed him. Source: Portantino press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Providers Group Fundraiser for Seniors

The Monrovia Providers Group will host its annual grant fundraiser, Wine Not?, to support its senior grant program which supplies funds for one-time emergency needs to Foothills seniors.

The event will be held at Westminster Gardens, 1420 Santo Domingo Avenue in Duarte on Friday, September 18 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and the event will feature samplings of specially chosen wines, hors d'oeuvres, raffle prizes and a special non-alcoholic "mock-tail" for those who don't care for wine.

Additional sponsorship opportunities and information, as well as event tickets, are available by emailing: info@monroviaproviders.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash or by check.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Art: Movie Themed Bronze Statue Proposed for Myrtle Avenue


Sketch of proposed bronze statue on Myrtle.

Monrovia's Art in Public Places Committee wants a life-size bronze statue on Myrtle Avenue of an old fashioned movie director, a free standing movie camera and a tall director's chair. (The money is in an account accumulated from a tax on developers.)

The committee wants to use sculptor Daniel Stern, who did two bronze statues for Temple City, Red Car Man and Red Car Woman which whimsically depict passengers and reference the history of the site along the Pacific Electric Railway.

"The director's chair is designed to be interactive and you will actually be able to sit in it and have your picture taken. The art has movement, whimsy and ties into the history and present of the City. The Art in Public Places Committee recommended that 'The Monrovia Feature Film Company' and the 'The Argonauts of 49,' which was filmed in Canyon Park, be incorporated into the piece. The art will be located on the east side of Myrtle Avenue in the mid 400 block." http://goo.gl/Gi5Qfb

The City Council will consider the request at its Sept. 1 meeting: http://goo.gl/HvKcMJ

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Street Fair: Hire Two Companies Instead of Just One

Citing problems with the way LA Partyworks was running the Friday Night Street Fair, the Monrovia City Council recently considered replacing it with a company called Green Leaf. The council didn't do that, but at the Sept. 1 meeting the city will consider another alternative - hiring both of them.

"This revised production model for the Event involves LA PartyWorks transitioning into a special event / marketing role, while Green Leaf would assume the weekly management and coordination of the Friday Night Family Street Fair."

Details: http://goo.gl/1Bpb1o

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Community Bike Ride

City Manager Oliver Chi on his unique bicycle at the first Community Bike Ride this morning. It went from Library Park to Station Square and back. The point was to show how easy it will be to ride your bike to the train station and back when Gold Line service begins to Monrovia.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Loses to Burbank :-(

Monrovia football loses 20-38 to Burbank. http://goo.gl/tccl7H

- Brad Haugaard

Help Children of Murdered Monrovia Mother

John Wilson, head of the Monrovia Boys and Girls Club, writes on Facebook that the two children of murdered Monrovian Lajoya McCoy are in need of "Target gift cards to purchase clothes, shoes, toiletries, school supplies, and food. If you want to help you can either drop off gift cards at the Club (600 S. Shamrock Ave. Monrovia 9am-6:30pm M-F) or go to our webpage, foothillsbgc.org, and click donate now in the upper right hand corner and we will purchase the gift cards."

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Blaze Pizza


Dinner last night at Blaze Pizza, in the Pavilions shopping area. Got a Build Your Own Pizza for $7.65 and an iced tea for $1.95. Good, fast pizza. I liked it and quite filling. 

-  Brad Haugaard

100 Degrees Today In Monrovia - Then a Bit Cooler

Could get up to 100 today. But then should begin to cool off. http://goo.gl/VnR5SB

- Brad Haugaard

Man Arrested in Killing of Monrovian Lajoya McCoy

Man arrested in killing of Monrovia woman, Lajoya McCoy. http://goo.gl/T5DrMi

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Kicking a Car; Hitting Sister With a Tray; Burglary of Myrtle Business; Walks Off With Purse, But Gives It Back; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 24-26. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 362 service events, resulting in 69 investigations.

Recovered Stolen Vehicle
On August 24 at 7:53 a.m., an officer responded to the parking lot of a business in the 2100 block of South Myrtle regarding a suspicious vehicle. The officer located the unoccupied vehicle. A computer check revealed the vehicle was a reported stolen from Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The workers at the business said the vehicle has been parked there, undisturbed, for several days. The registered owner was contacted and the vehicle was turned over to him.

Vehicle Vandalism
On August 24 at 12:02 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of West Huntington regarding a subject kicking a vehicle. The reporting party observed the subject throw a rock through one of the vehicle’s windows. Officers responded and spoke with the reporting party. The subject was gone when officers arrived. The reporting party said the subject appeared to have been recently released from a hospital and was rambling while disturbing the vehicle. It was later discovered a subject matching this person's description had walked away from a hospital. We were unable to locate the owner of the vehicle and have not been able to identify the suspect. The investigation is continuing.

Violation of Gang Injunction Court Order – Suspect Arrested
On August 24 at 12:04 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted in the 300 block of West Maple. The driver and passenger were found to be on probation for drugs and the driver had previously been served with a gang injunction court order prohibiting him from being out on the streets of Monrovia past 10:00 pm. The driver was arrested for violating the court order.

Attempt Robbery
On August 25 at 3:34 a.m., officer responded to the 800 block of West Duarte regarding an attempted robbery that had occurred 30 minutes prior. The victim said while standing outside his apartment complex smoking, he was approached by two males, who requested a cigarette. Both subjects then started patting down the victim’s pockets. The suspects both punched the victim and one suspect pulled out a knife and cut the victim three times across his forearms. The victim fled into his apartment complex and the suspects did not pursue him. The victim did not require medical attention due to the injuries only being superficial scratches. The investigation is continuing.

Assault - Suspect Arrested
On August 25 at 8:39 a.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of East Fig regarding an assault. The parent of two adult children (son and daughter) were fighting inside their home. She reported the argument had become physical. Officers responded and discovered the female had sustained a laceration on her head when her brother struck her with a wooden tray. The mother confirmed the incident and the suspect admitted to striking his sister. He was arrested for assault and taken into custody.

Commercial Burglary
On August 25 at 12:38 p.m., dispatch received a call from a business owner in the 100 block of South Myrtle reporting a burglary that occurred between the hours of 10:00 p.m., to 10:00 a.m. today. There were pry marks on the front doors and the loss was extensive. The business has no cameras or alarm system. Neighboring businesses were contacted and video was reviewed. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
On August 25 at 1:10 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of South Myrtle regarding a theft. A suspect had just walked out of a business carrying the victim’s purse. The victim contacted the subject and he gave her the purse back. He did not have a legitimate or plausible reason for having the purse. The suspect was gone when officers arrived. Through investigation, the officers created a photo lineup that identified the suspect.

Receiving Stolen Property – Suspect Arrest
On August 26 at 10:49 p.m., officers observed a suspicious occupied vehicle in the 100 block of West Walnut. As the officers watched from a distance, they saw the subjects drive to the 100 block east Walnut and enter a condominium complex’s parking lot, where thefts have occurred recently. After a few minutes, one of the vehicles, a U-Hall truck exited the structure and the officer stopped the vehicle to investigate. The driver was on probation for theft, which allowed for a search of the vehicle. During the search the officer found mail not belonging to the driver, but instead to victim of a burglary in the city of Covina and La Puente. The mail had been stolen out of the victim’s vehicles. The driver was arrested for being in possession of stolen property and taken into custody.

Possession of Methamphetamine and a Smoking Pipe – Suspect Arrested
On August 26 at 11:25 p.m., an officer observed a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of west Walnut. He saw the vehicle commit a traffic violation, so he stopped it at Chestnut and Primrose. The male driver did not have any driver’s license or identification. A misdemeanor in California. The officer found the driver to be in possession of methamphetamine and a smoking pipe. The driver was arrested for the violations and taken into custody.

Monrovia Fire Department Practices for Disaster at Rail Yard, Rescues Dogs, Fights NorCal Fires | City Again Uses Less Water | Etc.

In his weekly report ( http://goo.gl/SugJAi ), City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

~ Monrovia Fire Department has been working with Metro and Gold Line representatives to better understand fire and life safety issues at the new rail yard (aka, Maintenance and Operations Campus). Fire personnel have done walk-throughs, table top exercises, and full-scale functional exercises to prepare for fires, train derailments, and other potential emergencies that may occur once the Gold Line extension is opened.

~ Monrovia firefighters rescued three dogs from a structure fire at 550 West Foothill Boulevard. No humans were home, but two of the dogs were not breathing. Fire and police personnel, as well as the department nurse educator began to resuscitate the animals with special airway devices for pets, and within 15 minutes all animals were awake, alert, and walking around.

~ For July Monrovia used 23.5% less water then in July 2013.

~ Monrovia has sent out two strike teams to assist with the fire activity here in Northern California, a 16-day deployment to the Mad River Fire and an 8-day deployment to the Rocky Fire in the Clear Lake area.

~ You should have received a notice (or two) from the city about proposed rate adjustments for water and sewer service. Questions? Call the Public Services Department at 932-5575.

~ Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Library Park, featuring Latin / Salsa Music from, "Yari More Latin Band."

Mary Wilcox Youth Center Grand Opening

Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills will celebrate the grand opening of its teen program at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center (843 E. Olive) this Friday, August 28, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Tour the newly-renovated facility and hear from local leadership about the expected impact of this much-needed resource for our youth. 843 East Olive Avenue. RSVP to kbuller@foothillsbgc.org Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard

State Senate Approves Franchise Bill by Monrovia Representative

AB 525, legislation by Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, will raise the standard that must be met in order for a corporation to terminate a franchisee, set-up a framework that allows franchisees to sell or transfer their businesses, will compensate them for capital improvements they are required to make, and require franchisors to pay damages for any breaches of the franchise contract. AB 525 now goes back to the Assembly for approval of brief amendments before being sent to Governor Brown for signature.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Choral Company Presents Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Project



The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company begins its twenty-first season with a historic concert: "The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Project: A Musical Legacy in Concert." The concert will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Monrovia (122 California Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - the 140th anniversary of Coleridge-Taylor's birth. In his time, African British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was affectionately referred to as the African "Mahler." Because of his incredible success in a field dominated by white males at a time when racism in America was peaking, Coleridge-Taylor's influence on African American artists and intellectuals was powerful and far-reaching. The artistic director of SGVCC, Dr. Zanaida Robles, created the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Project to perpetuate the study and performance of the music of this celebrated composer and others of African descent. Other composers programmed on this concert include William Grant Still, Margaret Bonds, Jester Hairston, Zanaida Robles, Robert Owens, Joshua Uzoigwe, and Sydney Guillaume.

Founded in 1995, SGVCC is a mostly volunteer ensemble based in Monrovia. In 2012, conductor and soloist Dr. Zanaida Robles took over as SGVCC's artistic director. Having recently earned her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Choral Music at the University of Southern California, her prior credits include serving as director of classical choirs for the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as well as preparing elite choirs for performances with such greats as Josh Groban and Kristin Chenoweth.

This is a free concert with a suggested donation of $20. Tickets are not necessary. Donations to SGVCC, a non-profit organization, are also gladly accepted online ( http://www.sgvccsingers.org ) and by check sent to San Gabriel Valley Choral Company; P.O. Box 2225; Monrovia, CA 91017.

- Brad Haugaard

Photography, Jazz And Ceramics Sept. 12

An Evening of Imagination, Saturday, Sept. 12 from 7-10 p.m. Photography, jazz, and ceramics, plus food, wine, raffle drawings and a pottery wheel demonstration. At Paint 'n' Play Art Studio, 418 S. Myrtle. For information contact Lia Barrios at 256-4848 or at paintnplaystudios@gmail.com

- Brad Haugaard

Join Monrovia Mayor For Community Bike Ride

Join Mayor Tom Adams on the first Community Bike Ride, this Saturday, August 29. A family-friendly ride from Library Park to Station Square and back. Meet at Library Park at 8 a.m. Wear a helmet.

- Brad Haugaard

Saute Culinary Academy Now Open: Offers Cooking Classes

Partial list of classes for October

Saute Culinary Academy is now open at 150 E. Colorado. Cooking classes for adults and children. Also, adult and children birthday parties, team building and private cooking parties. Here is the phone number and website: 626-429-2323, http://www.sauteacademy.com

- Brad Haugaard

Does Monrovia-Based Trader Joe's Raise Property Values Nearby?

Not only does Monrovia-based Trader Joe's sell groceries, but according to one study, it also increases the property values nearby. http://goo.gl/6t1SVk

- Brad Haugaard

Music on Myrtle, This Saturday

Traditional Music Gathering, August 29, 7-9 p.m. 412 S. Myrtle in Old Town. Windy Ridge Bluegrass and Katywompus. http://goo.gl/nfU60I

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment Gets Big Drone Order

Monrovia's AeroVironment gets orders for $47 million worth of drones. http://goo.gl/KwxOgd

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Apartment Fire; Stolen Rifle; Woman Beaten; Intoxication; Scooter Found; Scooter Stolen

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 20-23. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Structure Fire
August 20 at 1:47 p.m., officers responded to an apartment structure fire in the 500 block of West Foothill. The apartment complex consisted of four units, but the fire was contained to only one unit. No residents were home, but three dogs were rescued from the fire and suffered smoke inhalation. The fire started in a bedroom and was possibly caused by electrical failure. No residents were injured.

Residential Burglary
August 20 at 7:33 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 100 block of McKinley. The investigation revealed the suspect entered the victim's home by prying open the rear door. The suspect took camera equipment from the location. The burglary occurred sometime between 12:00 and 7:00 p.m. The investigation is continuing.

Theft of a Firearm
August 21 at 3:00 p.m., the theft of a firearm was reported in the 300 block of Prospect. The victim stated his rifle was lost or stolen during shipping. The victim shipped his rifle and scope to Missouri. The sealed package arrived, but the rifle and scope were missing. The rifle was entered into the stolen firearm system. The investigation is continuing.

Receiving Stolen Property/Possession of Marijuana – Suspect Arrested
August 21 at 9:47 p.m., an officer responded to the 900 block of Ocean View on the report of a suspicious person riding a motorized scooter in the area. Upon arrival, the officer contacted the subject and discovered the scooter had been reported stolen. The subject claimed he rented the scooter for $40.00 from an unknown subject at a park in the 300 block of South Myrtle. The subject was also in possession of marijuana. The subject was arrested for receiving stolen property and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 21 at 10:11 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Madeline regarding a suspicious female loitering in the area. Upon arrival, the officer contacted the subject and discovered she had a warrant for her arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant. She was later released to the Temple Sheriff’s Department, as the warrant was from their agency.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
August 22 at 2:03 a.m., officers on patrol observed a vehicle in the area of Palm & Magnolia commit a vehicle code violation and stopped the vehicle. Through investigation, it was determined that the driver of the vehicle had been drinking and, after field testing, he was arrested for driving under the influence.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
August 22 at 2:24 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 100 block of West Lemon when he saw a subject displaying signs of intoxication. Upon contacting the subject, it was determined he was too intoxicated to care for his own safety. The subject was arrested for public intoxication, taken into custody and held for sobering.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
August 22 at 6:53 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Violet on the report of domestic violence in progress. They contacted the victim, who had significant visible injuries to her face. The suspect had left the location. The victim was taken to a hospital for medical treatment, where she was admitted for her injuries. The suspect's vehicle was entered into the law enforcement system as a felony vehicle. Hours later, Huntington Beach Police Department notified Monrovia police that they had the vehicle and suspect detained. Monrovia officers responded to arrest the suspect. The suspect was taken into custody and held pending his court appearance.

Theft of a Motor Scooter
August 23 at 6:54 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting a stolen motor scooter from the 300 block of South Shamrock. The victim parked his Yamaha scooter in front of the location at 12:30 p.m. on August 21. When he returned to where he parked the scooter on August 23 at 7:15 p.m., the scooter was gone. The investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Hit & Run Traffic Collision
August 23 at 8:02 p.m., an officer responded to the 400 block of East Maple regarding a hit and run traffic collision investigation. During the investigation, a witness was interviewed and a suspect vehicle was identified. The investigation is continuing.

Dinner at Wingstop


Dinner last night at Wingstop, in the Pavilions shopping center. I got a 10 piece combo with half lemon pepper and half the new Serrano pepper, for $9.99, and a beer for $4.49. Tasty and messy. I think I still like the lemon pepper best.

-  Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Firefighters Rescue Dogs | Monrovia Art on The Web | See The Heavens

~ Monrovia firefighters rescue dogs from apartment fire: http://goo.gl/IEhjCJ

~ Monrovia's Planning Department has started an Instagram page to display pictures of art from around Monrovia ( http://goo.gl/cfkom8 ), including pictures you take. If you have an Instagram account, all is easy, but if you don't it is a bit obscure how to see the art. To make it easy, just use this link: https://instagram.com/artinmonrovia/

~ Come see the heavens. This Saturday night the sidewalk astronomers will be at the corner of Lime and Myrtle from sunset (a little before 8 p.m.) until about 9:30 or 10 p.m. depending on the crowd Saturday night.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Man Run Over By His Accomplice During Meth Bust; Catalytic Converter Stolen; Burglaries

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 17-19. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 417 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 417 service events, resulting in 85 investigations.

Injury Traffic Collision
August 17 at 1:15 p.m., an injury traffic collision was reported at California and Evergreen. A driver turned in front of an oncoming vehicle and was broadsided. The airbags deployed in the driver’s vehicle. The driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Grand Theft
August 18 at 11:10 a.m., the theft of a catalytic converter was reported in the 500 block of West Duarte Road. The victim went to the vehicle to go to work and realized the catalytic converter had been removed sometime over the previous 10 hours. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery/Transportation of Narcotics for Sales – Suspects Arrested
August 19 at 12:10 p.m., police were notified of a suspicious vehicle traveling north in the 2000 block of South Myrtle. They located a vehicle matching the description at Myrtle and Huntington. A computer check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle; however, the male driver, along with his two male passengers, evaded officers by traveling at a high rate of speed west on Huntington Drive. They were forced to stop on Huntington due to traffic at a red light. When they stopped, the two passengers exited the vehicle and laid face down in the street. Once the traffic cleared, the driver accelerated forward, running over the leg of one of his passengers. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter followed the suspect vehicle to where it collided into a wall at a dead end in the 500 block of West Olive Avenue. The driver threw a black backpack out of the vehicle and then gave up. Officers recovered the bag, which contained a large quantity of methamphetamine and liquid GHB. The driver admitted he and the passengers were transporting the narcotics to sell.

The driver was arrested and the vehicle was impounded. The driver was charged with possession of narcotics for sale, felony hit and run, felony evading, and driving a stolen vehicle, as well as having a no-bail felony warrant. A warrant was obtained to search the vehicle. Officers located an additional large quantity of methamphetamine in the trunk of the vehicle inside luggage. The injured passenger told police that the luggage belonged to the non-injured passenger. The non-injured passenger was charged with possession of narcotics for sale. The injured passenger was taken to a hospital for treatment and will not be charged at this time.

Residential Burglary
August 19 at 11:26 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 600 block of Shady Oaks. The victim left the house at 5:30 p.m. to do errands and have dinner, and thought the front door was locked. When the victim returned home at around 11:20 p.m., they found the front door unlocked and two upstairs bedrooms ransacked. The loss is undetermined at this time. There were no signs of forced entry into the home. This investigation is continuing

Residential Burglary
August 19 at 11:47 p.m., officers responded to the report of a residential burglary in the 300 block of North Grand Avenue. The victim left home at 5:00 p.m. and locked the front door. When they returned home at around 11:30 p.m., they discovered the front door open and the window next to the door had been shattered. A video game console was taken, along with several video games. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Leadership Training | ChapCare CEO Wins Award

~ Leadership training from Monrovia Area Partnership. It shows participants "how to network with existing City resources to improve their neighborhoods." http://goo.gl/KQBRs0

~ Margaret "Margie" Martinez, CEO of ChapCare (which has a Monrovia office), has received a Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Award, which offers up to six individuals stipends and expenses to travel, reflect or otherwise renew themselves. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Occidental College and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, Margie has led a variety of community-based organizations that promoted health care access and workforce development. In 1994, she was named Executive Director of Clinica Romero, a health center serving the immigrant community in downtown Los Angeles. In 1999, Margie was selected to lead ChapCare. During her sixteen year tenure she has overseen ChapCare's transition from a hospital-affiliated clinic to an independent nonprofit health center. She guided ChapCare's application and designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center and directed the implementation of Electronic Health Records. She is currently developing strategies to expand ChapCare's service delivery reach and capacity through ChapCare's municipal partnership model. Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment Providing Drones For Spanish Military

Monrovia's AeroVironment has received a contract from the United States Army totaling $3.4 million for RQ-11B Raven drones to supply the Spanish Ministry of Defense. http://goo.gl/4NJ08t

- Brad Haugaard

Feature Story on Monrovia Quarterback

A feature story on Monrovia quarterback Asaph Zamora. http://goo.gl/V3XUeN

- Brad Haugaard

Duke Energy Testing Drones Made By Monrovia's AeroVironment

Duke Energy of North Carolina is testing drones made by Monrovia-based AeroVironment to see if they can help better check its power lines, solar facilities and other equipment.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Renewal Project - $14 Per Household; Crime Map; Pickleback Shine

In his weekly report, City Manager Oliver Chi reports ( http://goo.gl/7IWHRe ) ...

~ Monrovia staff is considering a 3-5 year citywide "Monrovia Renewal" project beginning in the first quarter of 2016. It'll cost around $51.7 million; $14.8 million for street repairs, $23.3 million for water system repairs, and $13.7 million for sewer repairs. Cost to homeowners would be about $14 a month. It will repair or replace:

- Every street with a pavement condition index (PCI) rating of less than 70
- All necessary water transmission pipes and water production facilities
- All necessary sewer lines

~ I've mentioned this before, but Chi says that if you'd like to see Monrovia crime on a map, here it is: http://goo.gl/ZDeTEQ

~ This Sunday, August 23, at 7 p.m. country music by Pickleback Shine in Library Park. Sponsored by Cathy Teegarden and Tricia Harding of Distinctive Properties.

- Brad Haugaard

First City Credit Union One of Healthiest Credit Unions

Los Angeles-based First City Credit Union, which has had a branch in Monrovia, has been ranked number 14 in the 2015 list of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America, published by DepositAccounts. https://goo.gl/GLVzRe

- Brad Haugaard

Bear-On-A-Bike At Monrovia Library

Monrovia Library to install mural of a bear on a high-wheeler bike. Picture here: http://goo.gl/pqxs0F

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Sign Gets Some Metal Leaves


The new Monrovia sign at the freeway and Myrtle has had some decorative metal leaf-work added to it.

Brad Haugaard

Dinner At Kuni Sushi


Dinner last night at Kuni Sushi, on the east side of Myrtle a half block south of Colorado. Nice atmosphere. I got the Spicy Tuna in a hot stone bowl ($12) and a bottle of beer ($4.50). Tasty. 
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council and School Board to Consider Cop on Campus, Opening Campuses as Recreation Areas

During a special joint meeting, the Monrovia City Council and Monrovia Board of Education (agenda: http://goo.gl/dbKsL9 ) will consider assigning a city police officer to work with the schools. City would pay for the officer ($75,000 a year) and the district would pay for any additional expenses. (Details: http://goo.gl/SMYdak ) The officer would:

1. Work collaboratively with MUSD school officials in maintaining safe, orderly, positive learning environments for all students.
2. Serve as liaison between MUSD Schools and the Monrovia Police Department.
3. Serve on the Monrovia Anti-Gang Intervention Committee.
4. Serve on the School Attendance Review Board.
5. Take part on the Safe Schools Safe City Steering Committee.
6. Conduct classes to 9th and 12th grade students regarding citizen and police interactions.
7. Conduct school site safety assessments.
8. Conduct traffic safety assessments in collaboration with City traffic officer and the Traffic Safety Committee.
9. Assist school staff with student disciplinary issues.
10. Handle non-emergent (cold) reports and conduct investigations.
11. Attend school programs, assemblies and functions.
12. Assist in the coordination of the "Every 15 Minutes" program.

Also, the Council and Board will consider renewing a contract to open school campuses to the community as recreation areas. http://goo.gl/EKYhSN

- Brad Haugaard

Chalkboard Sign on Hillcrest


I'd seen this chalkboard sandwich sign before (on Hillcrest just west of Mayflower)  but never got close enough to read it. I finally stopped and took a look. It has a quote from Jesus on each side. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Robert Sniffin Dies

Longtime Monrovian Robert (Bob) Wood Sniffin, a systems engineer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1969, died August 6  after a long illness, his wife, Hilda, and son, Michael, at his side. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 21, at Saint Luke the Physician Episcopal Church, 122 S. California Ave. at Foothill Blvd. in Monrovia. In 1969, Sniffin moved to Southern California and became a systems engineer with JPL's Deep Space Network. After retiring in 2009, he continued to work as an independent contractor with JPL until his death. Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Alarm Scares Burglar From School; Threatened With a Hammer; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 10-12. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 403 service events, resulting in 73 investigations.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 10 at 5:22 p.m., officers were on patrol in the 500 block of West Palm and observed a female they recognized from prior contacts. The officers stopped and spoke with the subject and determined she had several warrants. She was arrested and taken into custody for the warrants.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 11 at 1:00 a.m., an officer conducted a foot patrol at a park in the 600 block of South Shamrock. A male subject was detained for being at the park after closing hours. A computer check revealed the subject was on probation for grand theft and had an outstanding no-bail warrant for grand theft. The subject was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Family Disturbance/Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 11 at 1:18 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Mountain and Huntington regarding a family disturbance that originated in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks. They contacted two subjects who were arguing and discovered they were brother and sister. A computer check of the male subject revealed he had two warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody for the warrants.

Attempt Burglary
August 12 at 1:49 a.m., officers responded to an elementary school in the 400 block of West Colorado regarding a burglary alarm. Upon arrival, a window on a rear office door was found shattered. It appears the suspects reached in through the broken window and unlocked the door. An audible alarm sounded when the door was opened, causing the suspect(s) to flee the scene. In the hallway, several feet away from the broken window, was a large rock which was used to break the window. The school grounds were searched, but no suspects were located. The school principal responded to the school and determined that no property was stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Weapons Offense/Road Rage Incident
August 12 at 7:10 p.m., a subject/victim was driving north on Fifth and stopped at the intersection at Chestnut for a stop sign. A second subject/suspect was driving east in a silver Ford Ranger and also stopped at the intersection. The victim believed he had the right of way and proceeded through the intersection. The suspect followed the victim and overtook him by passing him on the wrong side of the road. The suspect abruptly turned in front of the victim and came to a sudden stop, causing the victim to stop. Both the victim and suspect exited their vehicles. The suspect came out brandishing a hammer in a threatening manner and yelling at the victim.

The victim, fearing for his safety, returned to his vehicle and drove away. The suspect followed him for a short distance, but then drove away. The victim drove home and called the police. Officers responded to the area where the suspect was last seen, but did not locate him or any witnesses. The suspect was described as a male Hispanic in his late twenties. The investigation is continuing.

Excessive Heat Warning - Possible Highs of 108 In Places

Excessive heat warning for Monrovia, the San Gabriel Valley, and elsewhere in the county for Friday through Sunday. It could get up to 108 in places. Please don't leave children or pets in the car. http://goo.gl/e8ypMX

- Brad Haugaard

African American History in Monrovia | Colorado Commons | Car Dealer Law

~ Professor lectures about the history of African-Americans in Monrovia. http://goo.gl/BUUSJU

~ Conversion of Monrovia's Colorado Commons from apartments to condos is almost done. http://goo.gl/ZjWZ0n

~ Additional regulations on "Buy-Here, Pay-Here" car dealerships will go into effect January after Governor Brown today signed a bill by Assemblymember Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia. Under the bill dealerships must provide a 5 to 10-day notification period before a remote kill device can be used to disable a car for lack of payment. The bill also increases penalties for violations. Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

100 Degree Heat for Monrovia This Weekend

It's supposed to get up to 100 degrees this Saturday and Sunday. Whew! http://goo.gl/VnR5SB

- Brad Haugaard

Water Saving Presentation at Monrovia Library | Bullis Resigning | Mariachis

In his weekly report City Manager Oliver Chi reported that ...

~ A water-saving presentation will be held Saturday, August 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Library Community Room at the Monrovia Area Partnership meeting. Also, you can request information on your own water usage. Email MyWaterUse@ci.monrovia.ca.us with your name, email, address, customer number and account number found at the top of your water bill. It will take one to two weeks.

~ Karen Bullis will resign her seat on the Historic Preservation Commission due to a work relocation.

~ Summer Concert this Sunday at 7 p.m. in Library Park features mariachi music performed by the "Mariachi Divas".

- Brad Haugaard

Design Change to Proposed Madison/Foothill Starbucks Project


Kevin Lê, a local resident and small business owner of Monrovia's Courtney + Lê Architects, the firm designing the Madison/Foothill Starbucks project, writes to say that the elevation plan for the proposed Starbucks at Foothill and Madison has changed since the Development Review.  (See above for the new one.)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Rooftop Burglary Attempt; Price Tag Switch; Belligerent on a Bus; Scooter Swiped; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 6-9. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Gang Injunction – Suspect Arrested
August 6 at 11:04 p.m., officers responded to the report of a possible burglary in progress in the 200 block of West Cypress. The caller reported that someone was on the roof of the complex. The complex is three stories high. Officers observed a male subject climbing down the emergency ladder from the roof. The subject is a known gang member and has been placed on the Gang Injunction list. The subject was arrested for violation of the Gang Injunction court order.

Theft – Suspects Arrested
August 7 at 9:19 p.m., loss prevention from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington called police to report three suspects in custody for burglary. The suspects switched the price tags on merchandise, putting clearance tags with a much lower price on the items. Loss prevention observed the suspect removing and replacing the tags. The suspects then paid for the items and were stopped by loss prevention as they exited the checkout. The suspects were arrested for theft and received a citation to appear in court.

Stolen Vehicle
August 8 at 3:13 p.m., a stolen vehicle was reported in the 800 block of West Walnut. The victim parked and locked her car in her driveway at 10:00 a.m. When she returned, the car was gone. No one had permission to take the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 9 at 10:19 a.m., dispatch received a call reporting a male subject, possibly passed out, near an elementary school building in the 900 block of East Lemon. Officers responded and located the subject. After contacting him, officers discovered he had several outstanding warrants for his arrest; he was arrested and taken into custody for the warrants.

Disturbance/Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
August 9 at 12:18 p.m., a local bus line called police to report a patron on a bus in the 200 block of East Huntington that was causing a disturbance and would not exit the bus. Officers responded and located the subject as he was exiting the bus. The officers determined the subject had been drinking and had an outstanding wanted person entry out of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department. The subject was arrested and taken into custody. San Bernardino deputies responded and took custody of the suspect.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 9 at 12:39 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Montana regarding a suspicious person. The caller reported a male subject in their backyard and gave a description. Officers located a subject matching the description a short distance away. Officers contacted the subject and determined he had a no-bail warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Stolen Scooter
August 9 at 3:45 p.m., police dispatch received a call reporting a stolen Vespa scooter from the 100 block of West Foothill. The victim said she was late for work and left the keys in the ignition. She returned to her scooter at 3:00 p.m. and found the scooter was missing. An area check was made, but the scooter was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle
August 9 at 4:47 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 300 block of West Olive. The vehicle was taken sometime between August 7 and 9. All keys are accounted for and the doors were locked. The area was searched, but the vehicle was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Drunk in Public/Medical Assist
August 10 at 1:00 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of East Olive regarding a female who was lying on the sidewalk, unresponsive. They arrived and were able to revive the subject. She was determined to be heavily intoxicated and unable to care for herself. She was arrested for being drunk in public and taken into custody. Monrovia Fire Department paramedics responded and determined she needed to be taken to a local hospital and she was taken for treatment.

Monrovia Run/Walk Against Hypertension

Monrovia 02 Breathe Walk at Monrovia Library Park on Nov. 7. To raise funds to seek ways to prevent and cure pulmonary hypertension, and to provide support, education, and awareness. One mile run/walk. Details: http://goo.gl/ca7URp

- Brad Haugaard

Grand Reopening of Stan's Old Town Vacuum

Stan's Old Town Vacuum and Sewing Shop, 312 S. Myrtle, is having a grand reopening. Store hours Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-3. Closed Sunday

- Brad Haugaard

Detail On Planned Starbucks At Foothill and Madison


At its August 12 meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/C41gUb ) the Monrovia Planning Commission will consider a request to build a 950 square foot drive-through Starbucks at the corner of Foothill and Madison ( http://goo.gl/tBqSmb ), replacing the current Burger Shack. The project has already been approved by the Development Review Committee.

- Brad Haugaard

Ice Cream Shop Open on Myrtle


Got a little chocolate ice cream cup ($4) at the new Paradis ice cream shop on Myrtle, right across from the theater. It was very rich and tasty.

- Brad Haugaard

What New Monrovia Orchard Supply Will Look Like


Here's a picture of what the new Orchard Supply Hardware store will look like. It will occupy the old Office Depot site at Huntington and Monterey. http://goo.gl/U40Gsu

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Marching Band

Did you know Monrovia once had its own marching band? http://goo.gl/6V5hbb

- Brad Haugaard

Installing The Art At Monrovia's Station Square

Photo of Monrovia Station Square artist, Cha-Rie Tang, setting glass blocks in place around a seven-foot-tall rock to simulate water. http://goo.gl/OMPi08

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Oto-Oto Izakaya Japonnaise


Dinner last night at  Oto-Oto Izakaya Japonnaise restaurant in the shopping center at Fifth and Huntington. I got the Jidori Chicken Oyakodon Set for $12.95 and a beer for $3.50. Beautiful decor and good food. 
- Brad Haugaard

Why Tribune Is Moving to Monrovia | Water Rules

~ The San Gabriel Valley Tribune explains why it is moving its headquarters to 605 E. Huntington in Monrovia (Two reasons: It's not afraid of its readers anymore, and no need for those big printing presses anymore): http://goo.gl/u54g8O

~ Wondering exactly what the current water rules are for Monrovia. Here are the details: http://goo.gl/Fla2tc

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: It Wasn't a False Alarm; Armed Gas Station Robbery; Purse Stolen From Unlocked Vehicle

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 3-5. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 373 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 373 service events, resulting in 61 investigations.

Attempt Commercial Burglary
August 3 at 9:40 a.m., an officer responded to a business in the 800 block of East Huntington regarding an attempt burglary. The owner received a call from his alarm company on August 2 at 12:56 p.m., stating the alarm was going off due to possible glass breakage. The owner told the alarm company he thought it was a false alarm and that they did not need to call the police. When the owner arrived at work the next morning, the framing around the window had been removed. It appeared that the suspect was attempting to remove the front glass window and was scared off by the alarm. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
August 4 at 9:27 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of West Olive regarding the theft of a catalytic converter. The victim parked his vehicle, a Honda Element, on the street in front of his residence. He returned to his vehicle the next morning and discovered the catalytic converter had been stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
August 4 at 11:51 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 900 block of South Primrose. Unknown suspects took tools from company vehicles that were parked in the business parking lot. The theft occurred sometime during the night when the business was closed and utility work bags containing telephone repair equipment were stolen. The employees reported that the vehicles were locked, but there was no sign of forced entry. The investigation is continuing.

Theft of Mail
August 4 at 2:07 p.m., a theft of mail that had just occurred was reported in the 200 block of West Hillcrest. A package was stolen from the porch of a residence. A tan Chevy Suburban was seen stopping in front of the residence. A juvenile exited the vehicle, wearing athletic clothing, and took a package from the front porch. The suspect got back into the vehicle and fled west on Hillcrest. The driver of the vehicle was described as a female Black. The investigation is continuing.

Armed Robbery
August 4 at 11:28 a.m., officers responded to a gas station in the 700 block of West Huntington on an armed robbery that had occurred 40 minutes prior. Although the report was delayed, officers searched the area for the suspects, who were reported to be two male Blacks in their late teens to early 20's. The suspects were wearing all dark clothing with jeans, and they had half their faces covered with bandana type material. They had red shoe laces and red belts. One of the suspects was armed with a black handgun. The suspects entered the gas station store, pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded cash. The clerk opened the register and one of the suspects removed the cash. Both suspects fled in a southwest direction on foot. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Burglary Tools/Possession of a Controlled Substance/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
August 5 at 2:50 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 700 block of East Greystone when he observed a suspicious subject unloading items from a vehicle. Believing a theft was possibly occurring, he contacted the subject. Although the vehicle was determined to belong to the subject, he was found to be in possession of burglary tools, over five grams of methamphetamine, and a methamphetamine pipe. He was arrested for the violations and taken into custody.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
On August 5 at 4:04 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 600 block of West Duarte Road regarding a hit and run traffic collision. Three parked vehicles were side-swiped by an unknown vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
On August 5 at 7:27 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of South Encinitas regarding a theft of a purse report. At 7:10 p.m. the victim left her purse inside her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in front of her residence. Upon returning at 7:20 p.m. she discovered that her purse had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Construction to Begin on Townhomes Near Monrovia's Station Square

Brandywine Homes will begin demolition this month on Lotus Court, a .74-acre community that will offer 13 townhomes on Duarte Road near Station Square in Monrovia. Brandywine expects to begin sales in February and plans to complete the community by summer 2016.

The company plans to build 13 three- and four-bedroom townhomes ranging in size from 1,555 to 1,705 square feet, all with full side-by-side garages and Spanish inspired architecture, stainless steel appliances and solid-surface counters. The stucco, three-story townhomes with tile roofs will be built around an existing historic landmarked home on the site. Most units will have private rear yards and the development will also include a central recreation area.

Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Xencor Reports Q2 Earnings

Monrovia-based Xencor, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, reported revenues for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015 of $1 million, compared to $0.8 million for the same period of 2014. Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were $2.5 million, compared to $3.0 million for the same period in 2014. http://goo.gl/mpQ61H

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment Partners With Indian Firm

Monrovia's AeroVironment is partnering with Bangalore, India-based Dynamatic Technologies to co-develop a new lightweight drone called the Cheel (Hindi for Eagle). https://goo.gl/XaUUH5

- Brad Haugaard

City Council Gives Friday Night Fair Producer Six Weeks to Improve

The Monrovia City Council decided Tuesday night to give the Friday Night Fair producer, LA PartyWorks, six extra weeks to improve. Councilmember Alex Blackburn proposed giving the six weeks and reworking the fair oversight committee (how it's used and who sits on it), and jointly (city and LA PartyWorks) interview a liason to work between the company and the city. Speakers basically asked to give LA PartyWorks a longer chance while staff and city council members felt that LA PartyWorks had been "disengenuous" (Tom Adams), and had a "huge credibility issue" (Becky Shevlin). Only Mayor Tom Adams voted against the extra time.

- Brad Haugaard

Cooking School to Open in Monrovia

A cooking school called "Saute" is apparently moving in to the building at the southwest corner of Colorado and Ivy, at the location of the former Flamzz Pizza. A poster in the window says there will be classes for children and adults (including baking and pastry classes), private parties and birthday parties.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia History: Incorporated Early in LA History

Did you know Monrovia was the fourth city incorporated in Los Angeles County? http://goo.gl/XNzXIJ

- Brad Haugaard

Proposed Zoning Regulations for Residences; Bike Ride; MFD Helps Northern California; Fountain Working

A few items from City Manager Oliver Chi's weekly update ( http://goo.gl/nnAaHD ):

~ The historic preservation and neighborhood compatibility survey has been completed ( http://goo.gl/J0LNu0 ). Some possible changes:

- Prohibit 2-story in RL zones
 - Limit 2nd story floor area (incentivize single story)
- Increase rear setbacks in RF, RE, RL Zones
- Add 2nd-story setbacks (front and rear)
- Adopt mandatory design guidelines
- Adopt mandatory style guidelines
- Increase review authority over SFRs (DRC or Staff)
- Create separate design review body
- Additional review/requirements for specific design elements (e.g. front porches, garages...)
- Garage placement/orientation

~ On Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 8 a.m., the bicycling group Move Monrovia is hosting its first "Fun Ride." Mayor Tom Adams will be riding, and everyone is invited. Meet at Library Park for a 3-mile ride down to Station Square and then back to Library Park again.

~ Monrovia Fire Engine 101 was sent to help with the Rocky Incident Fire in Lower Lake, CA (near Clear Lake, CA) in Northern California.

~ As of last weekend, the historic drinking fountain at Library Park is working again!

- Brad Haugaard

Letter From City Manager Chi Regarding LA PartyWorks

In his weekly update, City Manager Oliver Chi said an email he sent to staff regarding the recommendation that the city terminate its contract with LA Partyworks was leaked, so he decide to release the email generally. Here it is:


From: Oliver Chi
Sent: Sunday, August 2, 2015 4:25 PM
To: All Employees; Police All
Subject: Friday Night Family Street Fair Issue
Good afternoon everyone, 
I hope that this email finds you doing great!
It was recently brought to my attention that there has been quite a bit of discussion occurring in our community regarding an item the City Council will be considering next Tuesday, August 4, 2015, regarding the potential termination of LA PartyWorks, Inc. (LA PartyWorks) as the operator of the Friday Night Family Street Fair Event.
Given the amount of dialogue that is happening regarding the issue, I thought it would be a good idea to share with our team here at the City some of the background details related to the issues at hand, and to articulate some of the reasons why I am recommending that the City Council move forward in a different direction with regard to the management of the overall Friday Night Family Street Fair (Street Fair).
After nearly 23 years of operating the Street Fair, the City Council on April 28, 2015, formally decided to end its relationship with Family Festival Productions, Inc. (FFPI), and instead, approved an Exclusive Franchise Agreement with LA PartyWorks to operate the Street Fair.
During the 3+ months that we have partnered with LA PartyWorks, I believe that the City has done everything we can to set the new company up for success.  However, during that time, LA PartyWorks has engaged in activities and behaviors that have illustrated an inability to be an effective partner for the City in coordinating the Street Fair. 
Outside of the operational and procedural issues regarding the production of the Street Fair, the more concerning development for staff has been the fact that there are ongoing reliability issues with LA PartyWorks which point to a fundamental values misalignment between how the City operates and how LA PartyWorks operates. 
More specifically, since the contract was approved with LA PartyWorks, the City has had to intervene and mediate multiple conflicts each week that have arisen between LA PartyWorks and our Old Town Merchants / Street Fair vendors.  These continual conflicts between the operator and the Street Fair stakeholders is indicative of the first values misalignment that the City has identified with LA PartyWorks.  While we expect to work collaboratively with our partners in an effort to find solutions, LA PartyWorks employs a different approach that can be characterized as unilateral and one-sided.
In addition, during the assessment process prior to awarding LA PartyWorks with the contract to manage the Street Fair, representatives from LA PartyWorks shared that their business plan for making money to operate the event involved the following three primary revenue streams:
1.       Fees paid by the Street Fair vendors
2.      Tickets sold for the Kids Play Area
3.    Outside sponsorships (LA PartyWorks specifically mentioned Vans, Miller Brewing Company, and Coca-Cola as event sponsors)
However, almost immediately after the contract was awarded to LA PartyWorks, representatives from the company informed staff on several separate occasions that the actual business model that they were employing to make money off of running the Street Fair involved the following four separate revenue streams:
 1.     Fees paid by the Street Fair vendors
2.     Tickets sold for the Kids Play Area
3.     Becoming the exclusive vendor to sell kettle corn at the Street Fair
4.    Becoming the exclusive vendor selling water / soda at the Street Fair
This particular issue highlights several additional values misalignments between the City and LA PartyWorks.  First of all, and perhaps most importantly, the City strives to be as transparent as possible in our intentions and actions.  LA PartyWorks has shown that a willingness to provide inaccurate and conflicting representations regarding their intentions and actions. 
In addition, the fact that LA PartyWorks would willingly engage in direct competition with our Old Town Merchants by trying to make themselves the exclusive vendor of kettle corn and drinks at the Street Fair – in direct violation of their contract with the City – demonstrates a complete and total disregard for the not only the rules and regulations that we all agreed to operate under, but also for the City. 
Finally, with the City prohibiting LA PartyWorks from selling kettle corn and drinks at the Street Fair, we have legitimate concerns regarding the ongoing financial viability for LA PartyWorks to continue producing the event.  Given the way that the company has operated to this point in time, it would be logical for the City to think that LA PartyWorks has developed some other mechanism through which to make the venture financially viable that they have yet to share with us.
One additional reliability issue that we have experienced with LA PartyWorks relates to the private discussions and interactions that City staff has had with company representatives.  On multiple occasions, LA PartyWorks has told the City that unless we allow them to engage in activities that are in violation of their contract, they would be unwilling to continue as the operator of the Street Fair.  While the firm has not carried through on their statements to not coordinate the Street Fair event, these types of interactions have elicited a genuine concern about the commitment that LA PartyWorks has to the Street Fair.  
Given these overall issues that the City has identified with LA PartyWorks as a partner, we are recommending that if the City Council does terminate the contract with LA PartyWorks, that we enter into an interim agreement with a company known as Green Leaf Events, Inc. (GLEI), to produce the Street Fair.  GLEI is a company that was recently formed by an individual named Jerry Diaz. 
Mr. Diaz has significant experience managing street festivals, special events, and car shows, and in fact, was the event manager for Monrovia’s Street Fair for a number of years when the event was managed by FFPI.  Currently, GLEI has been engaged to produce the Rosemead Farmer’s Market and will also be coordinating the Monrovia Kiwanis’ Taste of Monrovia event this year.  Additional information regarding GLEI can be found on the internet at www.greenleafevents.net
It is also important to note that Mr. Diaz did work for the former operator of the Street Fair (Dave Gaymen, owner of FFPI), and furthermore, the City has confirmed that GLEI has no ongoing connections to FFPI. 
I have included as an attachment to this email a copy of the staff report and attachments that was prepared for the City Council’s consideration about this particular matter.  The issue will be addressed next Tuesday, August 4, 2015, and if you should have any questions, please feel free to let me know!
I hope you have a terrific rest of the weekend, and do look forward to seeing everyone next week!
Best regards,
Oliver

Free Health Screening at Monrovia ChapCare Office

On August 8, From 10am - 2pm, ChapCare medical professionals will provide free health screenings at ChapCare's new Monrovia facility (513 E. Lime Ave., Suite 101). Screenings include body mass index, blood sugar, blood pressure, dental, vision, and health insurance. ChapCare provides low- or no-cost health services (Medi-Cal, Medicare, and My Health LA) and accepts many Covered California and private insurance plans. For more information, call 398-6300 or visit www.chapcare.org.

Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard

Orchard Supply Hardware Coming to Monrovia? | Laundromat | Newspaper

At its August 5 meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/nUxgRn ) Monrovia's Development Review Committee is going to consider ...

~ An Orchard Supply Hardware store with at 3,000 square foot outdoor nursery is planned for the shopping area at the corner of Monterey and Huntington (the shopping center with the PetSmart). The Development Review Committee will consider this.

~ A laundromat at the Monrovia Plaza Shopping Center at the corner of Huntington and Magnolia.

~ Allowing the San Gabriel Valley News Group (including San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Pasadena Star-News) to put up a sign for its new office at 605 E. Huntington.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Drunk Driving; Car Crash in Driveway; Truck Full of Wood Stolen; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 30 – August 2. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
July 31 at 1:50 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain regarding a shoplifter in custody. Upon arrival, the officer discovered the suspect also had an outstanding warrant out of El Monte for her arrest. The officer arrested the suspect and took her into custody. She was later released on a citation to appear in court on the shoplifting charges. El Monte Police Department officers responded and took custody of the suspect per the authority of their warrant.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 31 at 9:27 p.m., officers observed a vehicle heading southbound on Ivy, approaching Huntington. The male driver drove through the posted stop sign without coming to a complete stop. The officer pulled the vehicle over for the violation in the area of Myrtle and Maple. Through investigation, it was determined that the driver of the vehicle had been drinking, and after field testing, he was arrested for driving under the influence.

During the investigation, the driver’s girlfriend drove up in a second vehicle. Officers observed that she was also displaying signs of intoxication. Field sobriety tests were performed, and it was determined she had driven to the location while under the influence of alcohol; she was arrested for DUI, also.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
August 1 at 12:30 a.m., an adult female was located lying on the asphalt in the parking lot across from the police department in the 100 block of East Lime. Officers contacted her and discovered she had been drinking and was having difficulty communicating and standing. Officers determined she could not care for her own safety; she was placed under arrest for being drunk in public and held for sobering.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 1 at 1:32 a.m., officers observed a vehicle driving erratically and stopped the vehicle at Myrtle and California. After contacting the driver, it was determined that the driver had been drinking. The officers asked the driver to perform field sobriety tests. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence.

Violation of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order – Suspect Arrested
August 1 at 8:45 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 300 block of East Olive regarding the violation of a domestic violence restraining order. The female resident called police to report she saw her ex-husband outside her residence. He has been served with a restraining order and is to stay away from the location. Officers located the suspect nearby and he admitted to being at the location; he was arrested for violation of the restraining order.

Traffic Collision/Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 2 at 3:35 a.m., a driver heading the wrong way on Central at Mountain struck another vehicle. There were no obvious injuries, but both parties complained of pain. They were both treated at the scene by Monrovia Fire Department paramedics. The driver of the wrong way vehicle was arrested for driving under the influence and was later released to a parent.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
August 2 at 8:15 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 400 block of East Maple on the report of a hit and run traffic collision. The victim parked his company vehicle in his driveway at 2:00 a.m. When he returned to the vehicle at 8:00 a.m., he found collision damage to the rear of the vehicle. It appears a vehicle drove into the driveway, crashed into the rear of the vehicle, and fled the scene. The victim did not hear a collision during the night. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
August 2 at 3:18 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a business in the 900 block of West Duarte. A 1992 Toyota pickup, white with blue stripes, was stolen. The bed of the truck was full of wood. The suspect is described as a male White in his mid-30s with shaggy hair. The victim left the vehicle running in the parking lot while he went into the business. The suspect jumped into the vehicle and fled the area. Officers searched the area, but the vehicle was not located; surrounding agencies were notified. The vehicle was recovered in Pasadena at 6:10 p.m. and was returned to the owner. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Street Fair: LA Partyworks Responds, Street Fair Marriage

~ LA Partyworks responds to criticism of its handling of Friday Night Street Fair. http://goo.gl/GC1Yhw

~ Monrovia couple gets married at street fair. http://goo.gl/uTBxYZ

- Brad Haugaard