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Monrovia Over South Pas :-) | Community Prayer Breakfast

~ Monrovia over South Pasadena, 49-7. In second place in the Rio Hondo League. http://goo.gl/lLiGZD

~ 50th Community Prayer Breakfast, "Hope, Healing and Restoration," with Rev. Neil Tadken, St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 a.m. at Doubletree Monrovia, 924 W. Huntington Drive. $30 per person. RSVP to 358-1159.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council To Consider: Converting Community Center To Housing And 4th Dimension to Community Center; Extending Moratorium; Etc.

At its next meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/v2lpxa ), the Monrovia City Council will ...

- Consider hiring The Hale Corporation to see if it makes sense to convert the current 4th Dimension pool hall on Myrtle into a subdivided building that would house a new Community Center, as well as a restaurant and retail space, and then redevelop the existing Community Center into residential housing. http://goo.gl/WdQ1n5

- Consider extending for a year an existing moratorium prohibiting the demolition of any main building built before Jan 1, 1940, and prohibiting the issuance of building permits to construct new residential dwellings or substantial additions to residential dwellings and accessory structures. http://goo.gl/A8QP2m

- Consider spending $89,000 to upgrade the audio and visual systems for city hall. http://goo.gl/qHvFdl

- Honor graduates of Monrovia Area Partnership Leadership Academy at 6:30 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. the California Conservation Corps and Monrovia Historical Museum Curator Mark Still.

- Brad Haugaard

Fellowship Monrovia Funds Local Grant Program

Fellowship Monrovia plans to announce grant recipients for local aid projects in the next few weeks. The church's local grant program already supports various projects, including a community garden, a project for special needs children, and a project to help low-income families in Duarte. http://goo.gl/rpcTF3

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at MoonCat's


Had dinner last night at MoonCat's, just east of Myrtle on Lime. It's a tidy little Japanese restaurant. I got the Tekka (tuna) Bowl for $18 and a beer for $4. Friendly server and food was tasty. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia's World Vision Begins Second Phase of Nepal Relief Work

Since the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake stuck Nepal in late April, Monrovia's Christian relief and development agency, World Vision, has reached more than 229,000 people with food and non-food items. In November World Vision will begin the recovery phase, scaling up operations to help the people of Nepal build back better, building resilience and restoring safety for earthquake-affected children and their communities. http://goo.gl/gEIh5s

- Brad Haugaard

Metallic Balloon Power Outage in Monrovia

SoCal Edison reports an outage affecting 44 Monrovia customers, caused by metallic balloons getting in its equipment. The map indicates the outage is between Mayflower and Alta Vista just north of Foothill. The company hopes to have things fixed by 7 p.m. today. https://goo.gl/lDLrx7

- Brad Haugaard

Halloween Safety Tips From Monrovia Police

Tips for a safer Halloween from Monrovia PD:
  • Make sure your costume is easy to see. Light colors or reflective tape are good to use.
  • Make sure that your costume is short enough so you won’t trip on it.
  • Carry a flashlight so you can see and people can see you.
  • Use make-up instead of a mask.
  • Go with friends and/or parents. Don't go out alone.
  • Cross only at corners and never cross the street between parked cars.
  • Walk only on well-lit streets and stay on the sidewalks.
  • Wait until you get home to sort, check and eat your candy. Check all of your treats and throw away things that are not wrapped
  • Make sure you call the police if you see anything that doesn’t look safe.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Second Thoughts On Stealing Pitbull; Man Steals Car on Test Drive; Bicyclist Hit By Car; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 398 service events, resulting in 77 investigations.

Stolen Motorcycle
October 26 at 7:02 a.m., a motorcycle was reported stolen from the 500 block of East Almond Avenue. The victim parked his motorcycle at the end of his driveway, near his home. When he returned to it in the morning, it was gone. He did not hear anything unusual and had no idea who would have taken it. The motorcycle information was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle database. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
October 26 at 10:45 a.m., an officer responded to the report of a burglary in the 200 block of North Encinitas. The suspect made entry into the residence through an open window and stole a 16-week-old, Pitbull/Bullmastiff puppy. Several hours later, the victim received a call from the Pasadena Humane Society informing him that his dog had been located. The house had signs of a break-in. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
October 26 at 2:22 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 800 block of West Walnut Avenue. The victim listed the vehicle for sale on Craigslist. On October 24, a male suspect met with her to test drive the vehicle. The victim allowed the suspect to drive the vehicle and he has not returned. The vehicle information was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle database. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
October 27 at 1:33 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of East Greystone Avenue called police to report she had a package stolen from her front porch. Two female Hispanic subjects were seen exiting a silver Honda Civic and removing a package from the porch. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle
October 28 at 3:59 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 300 block of South Fifth Avenue. The resident parked and locked his car on the street in front of his house in the evening and went inside his home. He returned to his vehicle in the morning and immediately saw it was missing. He did not give anyone permission to take his car, a 2003, 2-door, silver, Honda Accord.

Grand Theft
October 28 at 10:50 a.m., a grand theft was reported at a business in the 700 block of East Huntington Drive. An employee of the business reportedly sold expensive products from the business to a customer off of the books. The suspect then paid two other employees to keep quiet about the transaction they had witnessed. The suspect employee was fired and the police were called. Some of the product was returned. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision/Vehicle vs. Bicyclist
October 28 at 11:51 a.m., a female on a bicycle was struck by a vehicle in the area of Shamrock and Colorado. The bicyclist was traveling the same direction as the vehicle, veered into the lane of traffic and was struck. The impact was at a slow speed, as both parties were approaching a stop sign. The bicyclist fell to the ground and sustained lacerations and complained of pain to her neck. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 28 at 2:59 p.m., officers responded to the report of an erratic driver in the 600 block of West Huntington. They located the vehicle and the female driver parked in a business parking lot, taking up several spaces. After speaking with the subject, the officers determined she had been drinking. The driver complained of chest pains and was taken to a hospital, where she was cleared for booking. She was taken back to the Monrovia Police Department, where she was booked and held for sobering.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
October 29 at 3:36 a.m., a male adult walked into the Monrovia Police Department lobby and told the dispatcher he was turning himself in because he was under the influence of methamphetamine. An officer contacted the subject and after investigation, determined the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance. The officer arrested the subject and he was held for sobering.

Vehicle Burglary
October 29 at 4:35 a.m., a resident parked his car on the street in the 800 block of West Chestnut, locked the doors, and went into his apartment on Walnut. At 4:35 a.m., he went out to his car and discovered the driver-side window was shattered. His two jackets and iPad were taken from the front passenger seat. The investigation is continuing.

Citrus College To Honor Military Veterans

Citrus College and the Associated Students of Citrus College, in partnership with Azusa Pacific University (APU) and the cities of Azusa and Glendora will present the 10th annual Saluting Our Veterans event on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the college's Campus Center Mall.

The program will honor four veterans: Jesse Martinez of Azusa, U.S. Air Force; Stuart Strother of APU, U.S. Army; Derek Robert Beck of Glendora, U.S. Navy; and Bruce Olav Solheim of Citrus College, U.S. Army. Company B - The Andrews Sisters Tribute and Citrus College's Night Shift and Pop Rock Ensemble bands will provide entertainment.

Also, the college's Veterans Success Center will hold an open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Citrus College is located at 1000 West Foothill Boulevard in Glendora. Parking on campus is free during the event.

Low Water Landscaping | Winds In Monrovia

~ Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District is offering a "Life After Turf" low-water landscaping workshop on Nov. 5, 6-9 p.m. at the district offices at 602 E. Huntington Drive in Monrovia. Details: http://goo.gl/3zfYyS

~ Possibility of winds up to 17 mph tomorrow, Friday, and 13 mph on Monday. http://goo.gl/VnR5SB

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Staar Surgical Sales Up | Scholarship Gala for High School Seniors

~ Monrovia's Staar Surgical reports "Net sales were $18.8 million for the third quarter of 2015, up 3% compared to $18.2 million reported in the prior year period." http://goo.gl/a41p2E

~ Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association 23rd Annual Scholarship Gala to benefit local high school seniors. Saturday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m. to midnight at the DoubleTree in Monrovia. $60 per person. Cocktail atire. Dinner and dancing. RSVP to Eloise Hart at (760) 669-0669.

- Brad Haugaard

Silent Mary Pickford Movie With Live Organ at Monrovia's First Presbyterian Church

Silent movie with live organ, Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. at Monrovia's First Presbyterian Church, at Foothill and Myrtle. The church will show the silent movie, Little Annie Rooney, staring Mary Pickford, with live pipe organ accompaniment by Randy Woltz. Suggested Donation: $8. Free Parking.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Falls to South Pas :-(

South Pas Girl's Volleyball over Monrovia. http://goo.gl/lQeYOl

- Brad Haugaard

Shooting Victim Was Duartean | Possible Rain in Monrovia

~ The man shot in unincorporated Monrovia this weekend was a Duarte man. http://goo.gl/ceuizE

~ 30% chance of rain Monday and 50% Tuesday. http://goo.gl/VnR5SB

- Brad Haugaard

New Company For Kiddie Ride Portion of Monrovia Street Fair | Committee to Honor Bob Bartlett

From Monrovia City Manager Oliver Chi's weekly report ( http://goo.gl/2DrTNc ):

- A new company will now be running the Kiddie Ride portion of the Friday Night Street Fair after LA PartyWorks asked to be relieved of that duty and the city agreed after being assured that another vendor could be found. Green Leaf and LA PartyWorks will continue joint administration of the overall event.

- At its Oct. 20 meeting, the Monrovia City Council appointed Mayor Pro Tem Larry Spicer to lead a new Bob Bartlett Memorial Tribute Committee "to determine the best way in which the City can honor former Mayor Bartlett."

- Brad Haugaard

New Monrovia Water And Sewer Fees Start November

Look for a big jump in your water and sewer bill starting in November. Details: http://goo.gl/LrOUH0

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Price Tag Swap Scam; Drugs and Alcohol

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

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
October 22 at 3:20 p.m., an officer responded to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington regarding a shoplifter in custody. The suspect was seen removing price tags and placing lower-cost price tags on the items. He then attempted to purchase the items at the lower cost. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. He was later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 23 at 7:20 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers were patrolling in the 200 block of East Duarte and contacted a subject. The subject was found to be in possession of a methamphetamine pipe. They arrested the suspect for the violation.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 23 at 9:19 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers were on patrol in the 700 block of East Olive when they contacted a subject who had two warrants out for his arrest. The suspect was arrested per the authority of the warrants and taken into custody.

Stolen Motorcycle
October 24 at 7:51 a.m., a resident called to report his motorcycle had been stolen from the 700 block of South Myrtle. The motorcycle is a 2016, red, Ducati. The theft occurred sometime between October 23 at 8:40 p.m. and October 24 at 7:30 a.m. The investigation is continuing.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
October 24 at 6:49 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of West Palm on the report of a fight in progress. Upon police arrival, the fight had stopped and some of the involved subjects were gone. One of the subjects remaining at the location was contacted and determined to be intoxicated to the point of not being able to care for his own safety. The subject was arrested and taken into custody for being drunk in public. He was held for sobering.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
October 24 at 10:01 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 200 block of West Foothill regarding a subject causing a disturbance. The subject was determined to be intoxicated to the point of not being able to care for his own safety. He was arrested and held for sobering.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
October 25 at 2:15 a.m., a driver was stopped heading south on Myrtle for traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver was determined to be intoxicated. The driver indicated he was drinking at a relative’s house prior to being stopped. He was arrested and taken into custody. He was held for sobering and later released on a citation to appear in court.

Felony Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
October 25 at 3:09 a.m., officers were dispatched to an injury traffic collision in the 100 block of East Evergreen. The investigation revealed one of the drivers was intoxicated and rear-ended the other vehicle, which was legally stopped and waiting for the signal light to turn green. The victim complained of pain to her neck. The victim was treated at the scene by Monrovia Fire Department paramedics and taken to a local hospital by ambulance. The intoxicated driver was arrested. He was held pending the court appearance date.

Residential Burglary
October 25 at 6:15 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of East Cherry regarding a residential burglary. The suspects entered the home by breaking a window. The loss appears to be money and jewelry. The investigation is continuing.

Man Killed, Woman Wounded in Unincorporated Monrovia

A man was killed and a pregnant woman was injured in a shooting in unincorporated Monrovia Sunday night. http://goo.gl/EjV5am

- Brad Haugaard

Wandering Monrovia Homes

You might think that once a house is build it pretty much stays put. Well, not always. The latest Monrovia Historic Preservation Group newsletter give several examples of traveling homes:

- The Tillapaugh House at 200 E. Lime once stood at 129 S. Primrose.

- The Luther Blair House, at 508 S. Ivy, was originally at the northwest corner of Ivy and Olive.

- The home at 224 S. Heliotrope was once at the SW corner of Heliotrope and Wildrose.

- The 1887 Victorian and Colonial Revival home at 240 W. Hillcrest Blvd. once stood on the southeast corner of Hillcrest and Magnolia.

- Mills View, at 329 Melrose Avenue, once faced Hillcrest Boulevard but was turned 90 degrees.

(Thanks to MOHPG - http://www.mohpg.org/ - for the information.)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Enrollment Up a Smidge


Enrollment at Monrovia Schools is a smidge above what was projected. https://goo.gl/XZ81C7

That and more at the next Monrovia School Board meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/VxwnY2 ), 7 p.m. Oct. 28.

- Brad Haugaard

See International Space Station Tonight

Jane Houston Jones, of Monrovia's Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers, says that, "tonight (Friday the 23rd), look up from 7 p.m. until 7:06 p.m. to see the International Space Station. The maximum altitude will be 59° above the horizon (90° is overhead) at 7:04 p.m. The Space Station will travel from the Northeast to the East-Southeast, disappearing into the shadow of the earth at 7:06 p.m."

- Brad Haugaard

Rep. Chu's Proposed National Recreation Area Would Overlap Into Monrovia


Red outlining shows where proposed National Recreation Area would overlap City of Monrovia boundaries. Click picture to enlarge.

The National Recreation Area, which Representative Judy Chu has again introduced into Congress, would overlay part of north Monrovia, including all of Monrovia Canyon Park and most or all of the Hillside Wilderness Area, as well as several residential streets.

In her press release (here: http://goo.gl/5ffDzt ) Representative Judy Chu, who represents the north edge of Monrovia, writes that:

"Establishing an NRA along the Foothills and San Gabriel River corridor would enhance conservation, increase access for all communities by connecting park poor areas to open space, and improve the management of the area through improved resources, education, and public engagement."

The Monrovia City Council opposed a previous version of her proposed National Recreation area, as it, too, would have overlayed part of the City of Monrovia.

A map of the proposed National Recreation area: https://goo.gl/xXAWnb

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Jake's Roadhouse

Had dinner last night at Jake's Roadhouse, on the east side of Myrtle just north of Olive. I got a Jalapeño Burger for $11.95 and a draft beer for $6.50. Tasty and quite filling. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Congresswoman Judy Chu Pushing to Expand National Monument Area in San Gabriel Mountains

Congresswoman Judy Chu, who represents Monrovia, has just announced on Twitter that:

"I'm about to introduce a bill to expand the San Gabriel National Monument and create a new National Recreation Area."

Chu had earlier pushed for the San Gabriel Mountains -including part of Monrovia - to be designated as a National Recreation Area. The Monrovia City Council opposed that measure and the proposal did not advance in Congress. Then, she asked President Obama to declare part of the San Gabriel Mountains to be a National Monument, an approach which did not require approval of Congress. Mr. Obama did that.

- Brad Haugaard

Name of Donor of Monrovia Library Park Fountain Repainted


An engraving on the center block on the left indicates that the covered fountain in Library Park was donated by the Farmers Club, and tiny bits of paint in the engraving indicated that it had been painted. Well, now it has been repainted so everyone can easily read the name of the donor. Photos courtesy of MOHPG: http://www.mohpg.org/

- Brad Haugaard

Tribune Endorses Montgomery for Citrus Board

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune is endorsing Joanne Montgomery to continue as the Monrovia-area representative on the Citrus College Board. http://goo.gl/w4A2wm

- Brad Haugaard

Gold Line Begins Service to Monrovia On March 5, 2016

The Gold Line will start operation on March 5, 2016, with service out to Azusa. http://goo.gl/41UPLC

- Brad Haugaard

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Dia de los Muertos celebration, 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, at Live Oak Memorial Park, at 200 East Duarte Road. http://goo.gl/omYJjw

- Brad Haugaard

Jewish Authors Speak at Monrovia Library

The Monrovia-based Jewish Federation's 17th Annual Jewish Book Festival continues with these Monrovia events:

- At the Monrovia Library Community room at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, Mary Morris will discuss her novel The Jazz Palace, the story of two Jewish families in the turbulent Chicago of the 1920s.

- Bestselling writer Shulem Deen, author of "All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir," will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Monrovia Library Community Room. Born into an insular Hasidic sect, Deen married at 18, fathered five children, and then one day turned on the radio – which led him to the library, and then the Internet. His faith unraveled. Deen has been called "the poet laureate of ex-Chasidism." Reservations are suggested.

The full calendar of events at www.jewishsgpv.org. For information, ticket reservations, or to request a brochure, call the Jewish Federation at 445-0810 or send an e-mail to federation@jewishsgpv.org. Reservations can also be made on line at jewishsgpv.org/event-tickets

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Burglary; Speeding Past Police Car; Drunkenness; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 392 service events, resulting in 77 investigations.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 19 at 9:24 a.m., an officer on patrol contacted a suspicious subject in the 200 block of West Lemon Avenue. During the contact and identification of the subject, it was discovered that the subject had a warrant out for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 19 at 10:26 a.m., an officer on patrol contacted subjects at a park in the 300 block of South Myrtle Avenue and recognized several from prior contacts. A computer check of the subjects revealed one of them had a sizeable warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
October 19 at 12:43 p.m., officers responded to a burglary alarm activation in the 800 block of Crescent Drive. Officers arrived and established containment of the area. A male subject was seen in the area just prior to the call. Officers approached the location and saw a rear door had been pried open and there were fresh footprints leading up to the entry point. The home was cleared and no one was found inside. An extensive area search was conducted, but the suspect was not located. The owner responded and did not find anything missing. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 21 at 12:19 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Huntington and California when he saw a speeding vehicle traveling east on Huntington pass his vehicle, almost colliding into it. The officer stopped the vehicle for the speeding violation at Huntington and Mountain. While speaking with the 21-year-old male driver, the officer determined he had been drinking. Field sobriety tests were conducted, and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was taken into custody and held for sobering.

Suspended Driver’s License/Warrants – Suspect Arrested
October 21 at 12:29 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 3100 block of South Peck Road. A computer check revealed the driver had a suspended driver’s license and two warrants for his arrest. The driver was cited for his traffic violations and arrested for the warrants. The driver was taken into custody and later released to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Temple Station on the warrants.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
October 21 at 7:00 a.m., an unoccupied stolen vehicle was located by an officer on patrol in the 600 block of West Palm Avenue. The vehicle had been stolen out of Rancho Cucamonga and abandoned at the location.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
October 22 at 3:16 a.m., officers responded to the report of a male and female arguing in front of an apartment complex in the 800 block of West Duarte Road. When they arrived, they located the subjects on the sidewalk. The male subject was intoxicated and determined to be too drunk to care for his own safety. He was arrested and held for sobering.

Monrovia's Mt Sierra College Will Participate in Global Game Jam

Mt Sierra College will participate in the worldwide Global Game Jam, which gives has participants develop, design and test a game over a 48-hour period. http://goo.gl/G8FKfa

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Looking For Car-Fix Scammer

Monrovia Police looking for a man who would disable cars belonging to seniors, then "fix" them and demand payment. Photo of suspect here: http://goo.gl/DJmAOA

- Brad Haugaard

Metro Opening Day Announcement Tomorrow; Left Turns Blocked; New Traffic Signal

From City Manager Oliver Chi's weekly report ( http://goo.gl/DV0Bfh ):

- Metro will announce the opening date for the Metro Gold Line tomorrow, Oct. 22.

- The City has installed a "No Left Turn" sign for westbound traffic on Hillcrest Boulevard at El Nido Avenue because of "concerns that were raised by neighbors." Comment: Uh. If you block westbound traffic from turning south on El Nido doesn't that just mean there will be more traffic turning south on Sunset, McKinley, Garfield, Madison, Lincoln and 5th? It seems this benefit for the residents of El Nido comes at the cost of an additional burden on the residents of these other streets. How is this fair?

- A new traffic signal at Peck Road and Duarte Road is scheduled to be turned on this week.

- Brad Haugaard

Learn To Brew Beer in Monrovia

Learn How to Brew Day, Saturday, Nov. 7. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Monrovia Homebrew Shop, 1945 S Myrtle. "This is a free event, we will be giving a free course on making an Amber Ale. We will cover ingredients, equipment, and have a hands on brew session. This event is free! All attendee's receive a complimentary 10% discount on any purchase the day of the event. Call 531-0825 for information.

Upcoming Monrovia Events

Coming events in Monrovia (Thanks to Becky Shevlin for these calendar items):

~ There will be a viewing for former Monrovia Mayor Bob Bartlett on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 3-7 p.m. at Woods Valentine Mortuary 1455 N Fair Oaks in Pasadena. Services Friday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church at 140 E Palm Ave. in Monrovia (parking at and shuttles from Paragon and Colorado Commons Parking Structures). Immediately following: Burial at Live Oak Cemetery. Repast at Second Baptist Church, 925 S. Shamrock Ave., Monrovia (parking at and shuttles from Albertson's parking lot off of Huntington Drive.)

~ Caring Crafter's Boutique Sale, Thursday, Oct. 22 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Community Center 119 W. Palm. Purchase one-of-a-kind handmade items including hats, scarves, purses, blankets, quilts and more.

~ Waterwise Gardening Fair and Native Plant Sale, Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Library Park. For more information on backyard composting and water conservation contact Public Services at 932-5575. For information about the Native Plant Sale, contact Canyon Park Staff at 256-8282.

~ Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration, Thursday, Nov. 19 at Immaculate Conception Church; 740 S Shamrock. For information contact Bobbi Rahmanian at 215-2704 or bobbir9@gmail.com

Asian Tiger Mosquitos Are Indeed in Monrovia

People have been commenting on Facebook about what they thought were tiger mosquitoes in Monrovia, and now the city has confirmed this with this posting in Facebook:

Asian Tiger Mosquitos are in Monrovia. Some tips on preventing the spread of mosquitos include:

1. Eliminate any standing water from yards, watered vegetation, planters and flower pots.

2. "Dump & Drain" any areas with standing water.

3. Residents who suspect that Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are present in their yards should routinely dispose of or carefully clean and disinfect any containers that hold water.

For additional information go to http://www.sgvmosquito.org/index.php

- Brad Haugaard

Business Seminar: Monrovia Tech Hub

Free business seminar, "Monrovia's Emerging Tech Hub," Wednesday, Nov. 4, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Technology Center, 800 Royal Oaks Ave., Monrovia. Limited to 50 attendees. Panelists from Lab Launch, Coda Energy, and more. RSVP by Oct. 28 to Korrine Ramirez, 358-1159 or kr@monroviacc.com.

- Brad Haugaard

Celebration of Life of Former Monrovia Mayor Bob Bartlett

Celebration of the life of former Monrovia Mayor Robert "Bob" Bartlett, Oct. 23 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Monrovia, 140 E. Palm. Call 303-2783 for more information.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Stolen Vehicles; Girlfriend Punches Boyfriend; Shoplifting; Pants and Bra Only; Etc.

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

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
October 15 at 9:30 a.m., police were notified of a suspicious vehicle that had been parked in the 1000 block of South Canyon for several days. An officer responded and ran a computer check of the vehicle identification number. The vehicle was found to be reported stolen and was recovered.

Grand Theft Auto
October 15 at 11:30 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 700 block of Foothill. The victim's vehicle was taken from their assigned parking stall.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 16 at 11:30 p.m., an officer on patrol stopped a motorist in the 300 block of Duarte Road for failing to stop at a railroad crossing, against the red flashing lights. The subject was determined to be intoxicated. He was arrested and taken into custody. He was released on a citation after sobering.

Warrants – Suspects Arrested
October 16 at 11:44 p.m., officers were sent to investigate two suspicious subjects loitering in a parking lot in the 200 block of East Foothill. Upon contacting and identifying the subjects, both of them were found to have outstanding warrants for their arrest. The subjects were arrested per the authority of the warrants and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
October 17 at 10:56 p.m., officers were dispatched to the report of an assault in progress at a park located in the 900 block of California. The victim said his girlfriend punched him in the face. The victim was found to have a half-inch laceration to his face. The suspect was arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody.

Grand Theft of Bicycle
October 18 at 1:47 a.m., officers were advised of the theft of a bicycle from a fast food restaurant in the 700 block of East Huntington. They were able to locate and recover the stolen bicycle in the 200 block of East Maple; however, the suspect had fled and was not identified. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft/No-bail Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 18 at 6:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a shoplifter in custody. Upon further investigation, the suspect was found to have a no-bail warrant for his arrest. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
October 18 at 9:02 p.m., an officer stopped a subject on a bicycle in the 300 block of West Huntington Drive for a vehicle code violation. The suspect was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
October 19 at 12:40 a.m., an officer on patrol located a female subject in the 900 block of South Mountain. The female was wearing pants and a bra only. She was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. She was arrested and held for sobering.

Monrovia Street Fair Organizer Willl Also Organize Arcadia's Street Fair

Green Leaf Events, which puts on Monrovia's Friday Night Street Fair with LA Party Works, will soon assume control of the Downtown Arcadia Street Market as well. http://goo.gl/IgK9J0

- Brad Haugaard

Miracle on 34th Street Movie at Monrovia Library


Monrovia Providers Group invites you to a free screening of "Miracle on 34th Street", the 1947 holiday classic, at Monrovia Library on Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a multi-generational event. Light refreshments provided and free community aging resources and information will be available. To reserve free tickets, call 205-4308 or email movie@monroviaproviders.org. For more information about Monrovia Providers Group, events for foothills seniors, and community information, go to www.monroviaproviders.org.

Monrovia Loses to San Marino :-(

Ouch. San Marino over Monrovia in football, 49-14. http://goo.gl/YrQz9h

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council To Consider Issuing $52 Million of Water/Sewer and Street Bonds

The main item at the next Monrovia City Council meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/Uqk9Mx ) is a decision about issuing about $52 million in bonds, $13.9 million for street repairs and another for $38.9 million for sewer and water system repairs.

According to the staff report ( http://goo.gl/BiVnhK ), Monrovia has 170 lane miles of streets, and about 65% of those streets are deficient.

Also ...

"Our water system was first developed around a century ago, and many of our critical pipes/water mains are over 90 years old. In calendar year 2014, we had to repair 171 water leaks throughout our system."

And ...

"[W]e have sewer lines that are aging and failing. During the first six months of 2015, we have had 5 sanitary sewer overflows due to pipe failures/deferred maintenance."

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Rudy's Mexican Food


Dinner last night at Rudy's Mexican Food, on Myrtle at Colorado. I got a taco and enchilada combo for $9.50, and a beer for $8.50 (I know that's a lot, but it was a big beer. I didn't drink it all.) The food was good and the service was quick.

- Brad Haugaard

Join in Make A Difference Day

Make a Difference Day, meet at 8 a.m. on Oct. 24 at Library Park. Sponsored by the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley and dedicated to performing a variety of community improvement projects throughout Monrovia and the San Gabriel Valley. To register, contact Yenier Leyva at yenier@vcsgv.org, or call 256-8187.

- Brad Haugaard

Bigger Taco Bell | Monrovia's Hong Kong Supermarket Being Replaced | Goodbye Oak Tree

~ The Taco Bell/Pizza Hut combo on Huntington is being remodeled, but the Pizza Hut part is going away.

~ Hong Kong Supermarket, on Duarte Road, is being replaced by Good Fortune Supermarket.

~ An oak tree on the 200 block of Melrose Avenue had to be removed. The applicant provided an arborist report saying the tree in the front yard "is in advanced and irreparable decline and it should be removed immediately."

Source: http://goo.gl/jEo3IK

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Vs. San Marino | Some Chance of Rain

~ Can Monrovia fend off San Marino in football? http://goo.gl/9bGYOd

~ 40% chance of rain Friday, trailing off to 20% Saturday through Monday. http://goo.gl/VnR5SB

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Drugs, Drugs, Drugs

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 437 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 437 service events, resulting in 67 investigations.

Warrant Arrest
October 13 at 12:35 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 500 block of West Huntington when he saw a male adult subject to the rear of a closed business digging in the trash. He stopped and contacted the subject. A computer check revealed three warrants for the subject’s arrest, with the highest bail set at $40,000 for a drug charge. The warrants were confirmed and the subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Possession of a Controlled Substance/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspects Arrested
October 13 at 7:53 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Santa Anita Wash at the railroad tracks on the report of two suspicious males loitering in the area. When officers arrived, they contacted two homeless adult male subjects. During a pat-down search for the officer's safety, a syringe and methamphetamine was found on one of the subjects and a pipe for smoking methamphetamine was found on the other. Both subjects were arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant/Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
October 15 at 2:17 a.m., an officer responded to a business parking lot in the 1600 block of Mountain on the report of a suspicious male subject walking through the parking lot, picking up discarded receipts, as well as digging them out of the trash. Officers arrived and located the subject, who was in possession of several receipts printed from the business that day, possibly to fraudulently claim he was returning an item with a receipt. A computer check revealed a warrant for the subject’s arrest; he was arrested and taken into custody. The suspect attempted to hide methamphetamine in the backseat of the police car. The suspect was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Driving Under the Influence/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspects Arrested
October 15 at 2:46 a.m., an occupied suspicious vehicle was reported in the 600 block of North Canyon with its engine running. Officers arrived and found a male and female sitting in the car. The female appeared to be trying to hide something under her seat when the officers approached the vehicle. The driver had a pipe for smoking methamphetamine sitting next to him and was showing signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Both occupants were removed from the vehicle and field sobriety tests were conducted on the driver. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. A search of the vehicle revealed a syringe that the female was attempting to hide, as well as burglary tools. The female subject was also arrested and both were taken into custody.

Geyser At Monrovia's Monroe Elementary School

There are some postings on Facebook showing a large geyser (maybe going 60 feet up) next to Monroe Elementary School from what is apparently a broken water pipe.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Newspaper Open House

The Monrovia-based San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group - which includes the Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune - will hold an open house at its new office from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 28. at 605 E. Huntington Drive. Connect with editors and reporters, meet new staff members and hear about new journalism initiatives. Refreshments will be served. http://goo.gl/XUEw0H

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Man Dies in Hiking Accident

24-year-old Monrovian Christian Agudelo died after falling from a cliff in the Angeles National Forest. http://goo.gl/9NsBo3

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment Gets Army Contract

Monrovia's AeroVironment has been awarded an $18.5 million Army contract to supply drones, drone parts and servicing to foreign militaries. http://goo.gl/7fkQ5K

- Brad Haugaard

Safety Ambassadors at Monrovia Train Station



Metro Gold Line has stationed safety ambassadors at some of the new stations, including Monrovia, to prepare local communities for more frequent test trains. There are also safety ambassadors at Arcadia, Duarte and Azusa stations. They show people the proper way to cross rail intersections and hand out information on Metro services and programs and take feedback from the community.

Train Safety Tips:

  • Use designated crossing areas and wait for the walk/crossing signal.
  • If the gates are down, do not attempt to go around them.
  • If a train is coming, be sure to stay behind the yellow warning stripes.
  • Always stop, look, and listen for trains before crossing the tracks, and be sure to look both ways.
  • Never race a train to a crossing.
  • Never climb railroad vehicles or walk on the tracks.
  • Before starting across the tracks, be sure there’s room to get completely across.

Source: Metro press release

- Brad Haugaard

Rehab Plans for Old Monrovia Train Station; Water Use; Community Feud; Neighborhood Movie; Etc.

A few items from City Manager Oliver Chi's weekly update ( http://goo.gl/0NXiEf ):

~ The city has received proposals for how to rehab the old Monrovia Train station to be part of the new Gold Line station area. City staff is considering the proposals and will propose one of the bidders for council consideration in November.

~ This September Monrovia used 33.8% less water than in September 2013.

~ The city is going to install a better audio and video system for the City Council Chambers. http://goo.gl/hJOZqf

~ Monrovia Public Library Foundation will host a "Community Feud" fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 1-3 p.m. Build your own team of co-workers, friends, or family members, or just watch. For details call Library at 256-8274, or visit MPLF website at http://www.monrovialibraryfoundation.org .

~ Calvary Chapel Monrovia is renting space in Library Park from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 for a free screening of "The Neighborhood," a documentary about four gang members who turned their lives around and all became pastors. Also, food and music.

~ Oops. Buildings at the City Annex need work, but they are painted with old, now illegal, lead paint, which must be removed using special safe techniques.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Suspect Arrested in Beating; Bicyclist Without a Light Arrested; Violence Against Girlfriend; Etc.

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

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Traffic Stop/Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested
October 9 at 8:34 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of California and Cypress when he observed a bicyclist riding at night without a light. When the officer attempted to detain the subject, he fled into the backyard of a nearby residence. Officers quickly set up containment of the area, and the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter responded to assist. The suspect was found hiding inside of a trashcan in the yard. The suspect was arrested and taken to a hospital for medical clearance for a puncture wound he received jumping over a fence. The suspect was determined to be a juvenile. He was medically cleared, booked for the charges, and then released on a citation to appear in court. The juvenile was released to the custody of his mother.

Welfare Check/Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 9 at 10:17 p.m., officers were dispatched to Palm and Ivy regarding the welfare check of a subject lying on the ground. An intoxicated male was found lying flat on his back. Monrovia Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene to medically evaluate the subject. The subject was determined to be intoxicated. He was arrested for public intoxication and taken into custody. He was held for sobering.

Domestic Violence/Kidnapping – Suspect Arrested
October 10 at 4:01 a.m., officers responded to the report of a domestic violence incident in progress in the 200 block of East Los Angeles. The reporting party said the suspect and victim were leaving the area in a vehicle. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle as it was leaving the location. The male suspect and female victim are boyfriend and girlfriend. The victim told officers that her boyfriend grabbed her and put his hand over her mouth, causing a visible scratch to her face. When the victim tried to break free, he threw her down onto the grass. The suspect then picked up the victim and forced her into the vehicle against her will, causing her to hit her head. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. He was held pending his court appearance.

Battery with Great Bodily Injury – Suspect Arrested
October 11 at 7:38 a.m., an officer responded to a hospital regarding a victim that had been battered during the night at Shamrock and Olive. The victim was involved in an altercation and was extremely intoxicated at the time of the incident. In the morning, he went to the hospital because of eye swelling and head pain. His recollections were vague, but he was diagnosed with a fractured eye socket and a minor bleed in his brain by the medical staff. A detailed investigation identified the suspect, who was located and admitted to striking the victim. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
October 11 at 5:32 p.m., a domestic violence incident was reported in the 200 block of North Shamrock. During an argument, the suspect placed his hand on the victim's neck causing a minor injury. The suspect left the residence before police arrived, but he was located at a park in the 700 block of East Lemon. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 12 at 1:36 a.m., police received a call reporting a vehicle that was driving erratically in the area of Mountain and the 210 Freeway. Officers arrived and found the vehicle parked in a business parking lot in the 1600 block of South Mountain. The occupant in the vehicle was obviously intoxicated and admitted to driving while drunk. The driver was arrested, taken into custody, and held for a sobering period.

Former Monrovia Mayor Bob Bartlett Has Died

Former Monrovia Mayor Bob Bartlett died Sunday. He served as mayor for 13 years ( http://goo.gl/Jp322l ). Both current mayor, Tom Adams, and former mayor, Mary Ann Lutz, posted their condolences on Facebook.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Representative's Franchise Bill Signed Into Law

Legislation by Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden to protect the investment of small business franchisees by strengthening their rights has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 525 protects franchise owners from unreasonable interference by corporations ensuring franchisees can operate their businesses, transfer the franchise to a qualified heir, and renew their contracts. Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Interfaith Thanksgiving Program | Country Music & BBQ | Kids Concert

~ All Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Program, "Hand in Hand: Together We Must Overcome," Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 726 Shamrock Ave., Monrovia. Various faith traditions in Monrovia coming together in prayers, songs and music. An interfaith choir will sing. Pot-luck finger food reception. For information, call 215-2704

~ Stompin' Country Music and Western Line Dancing and BBQ Supper, Saturday, Nov. 14 6 to 9 p.m. at St Luke's Episcopal Church, 122 S. California Ave. Line dancing cued by local caller/instructor Bill Berry. Singer/banjoist Pam Kaye, dance group The Tap Chicks, a ukulele group led by Kelly Lauer, guitar duets by Kevin Ashe and Les Eisel, and more. Proceeds benefit parish community service efforts and the building fund. Order $25 tickets soon at brownpapertickets.com.

~ San Gabriel Valley Choir Company Kids in Concert at St Luke's Episcopal Church, 122 S. California Ave. Saturday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15, Students/Seniors $10, and Kids under 12 are $5 ($20/$12/$5 at the door).

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board to Consider How to Educate Expelled Students, Etc.

California law requires school districts educate expelled students, so the Monrovia School Board will consider at its next meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/tTMzU1 ) adopting the county's plan, here: https://goo.gl/FF8RHw

The board will also consider proclaiming October 18-24 as America's Safe Schools Week, and October 23-31 as "Red Ribbon Week - Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Bethel AME Church Holding Sock and Blanket Drive

Bethel Monrovia AME Church is holding a Thanks-Living sock and blanket drive to help those who need help in town. The kick-off service is Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. and the church (at 148 W Lime Ave., at the southeast corner of Lime and Primrose) will receive items through Nov. 14. For more information contact lchurchmonrovia@gmail.com or call 930-1120

- Brad Haugaard

Open Water Board Meetings | Help Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center

~ A bill by Assemblymember Chris Holden to expand access to mutual water companies' board meetings through teleconference and internet streaming was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today. AB 1077 strengthens the Mutual Water Company Open Meeting Act by requiring all shareholders to be guaranteed, at a minimum, the right to teleconference into any meeting and prohibiting the water company's board from meeting exclusively in executive session. Source: Holden press release

~ If you would like to host a food drive to help Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center provide food for low-income families in the San Gabriel Valley, please email Albert at albert@foothillunitycenter.org

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Cafe LuMar


Dinner last night at Cafe LuMar, a little Croatian restaurant on the south side of Colorado half a block east of Myrtle. I got the schnitzel ($16.95) and it was excellent! As was the Croatian beer ($6.50). Everything was very fresh. It came with spinach, mashed potatoes (covered by the schnitzel here) and a tangy cabbage salad. I've also had the goulash here, and my wife loves the crepes. It's all excellent and the service is very pleasant.

I can't resist telling part of my schnitzel story. I've had quite a few schnitzels in Germany, but one of the best I ever had was in Osaka, Japan. I won't tell the whole story. Too long.
- Brad Haugaard 

100 Today and Rain Next Friday?

Possible 100 degrees today, but 40% chance of rain next Friday: http://goo.gl/VnR5SB

- Brad Haugaard

Bear | College Access | Parking Lot Sale | Evensong

~ Another Monrovia bear video. http://goo.gl/uRAKbt

~ Governor Brown today signed Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden's AB 288 College and Career Access Pathways Act to allow high school students, especially those in under-served communities, greater access to college courses and career tech classes at both high school and college campuses. Holden represents Monrovia. Source: press release

~ Parking Lot Sale with Monrovia League and Rebuilding Together Saturday, October 17, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The two organizations will raise funds by selling clothing, household items and more. Proceeds will help fund the League's support of local organizations and Rebuilding Together's rehabilitation projects for low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and those with disabilities. At St Luke's Episcopal Church, 122 S. California Ave.

~ Twelfth Annual Men's Evensong Invitational Sunday, October 18, 4 p.m. Sung by the choir of St. Luke's with guest singers from many other parishes. An offering will be taken, and a wine and cheese reception will follow. At St Luke's Episcopal Church, 122 S. California Ave.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Camping in the Park; Truck Vs. Fire Hydrant; Intoxication; Ex-Boyfriend Takes Car; Ex-Felon With Ammunition; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 383 service events, resulting in 68 investigations.

Residential Burglary
October 5 at 9:36 p.m., a burglary alarm was activated at a house in the 200 block of Bradoaks. Officers arrived and discovered a backdoor open with the window in it shattered. They surrounded the house, then made entry; however, no suspects were located inside or in the surrounding area. The home had been ransacked and evidence was collected, but the loss is unknown until the owner can inventory the property.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
October 6 at 7:36 p.m., officers were dispatched to a grocery store in the 100 block of west Foothill, where a 25-year-old male suspect was being detained by store security for shoplifting. The suspect had entered the store and placed merchandise in his pockets. He went to a register and paid for a box of tea, but not for what he had hidden in his pockets. As he left the store, he was stopped by store security. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Camping in a Park after Closing – Suspects Arrested
October 6 at 11:41 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 900 block of South California when he observed a male and female subject camping in the park after the park was closed. The male and female had both been issued citations in the past for the same violation; however, they continued to refuse to leave the park. They were both issued citations to appear in court on the violation and escorted out of the park.

Traffic Collision
October 7 at 10:00 a.m., a semi-truck with a trailer was making a turning movement in the 300 block of West Maple. The driver cut the corner short and struck a fire hydrant, causing the water pipe to burst. The Fire Department and City Public Works crews were able to stop the flow of water, but significant damage was caused to the sidewalk near the hydrant.

Vandalism
October 7 at 3:25 p.m., officers were called to a residence in the 100 block of Norumbega for a vandalism incident that had just occurred. An intoxicated female who had been living at the residence for two weeks was involved in a verbal argument with the owner of the home. The female became angry and kicked a stereo speaker, causing damage. The owner of the property completed a Private Person's Arrest for the female and she was arrested and taken into custody. After sobering, she was released on citation to appear in court on the charge.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 7 at 3:56 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. A computer check revealed the driver had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Fight in Progress
October 7 at 4:06 p.m., officers were dispatched to a reported fight in progress in the area of Mayflower and Olive. Upon arrival, one female juvenile was being taken to the hospital for minor injuries and a second female juvenile was no longer in the area. The investigation revealed the two subjects had texted each other and agreed to meet at the park to fight. The subject at the scene was uncooperative and refused to provide an account of what occurred. The parents of the minor signed a refusal to prosecute form. The investigation continues to identify the second suspect in this case.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 8 at 12:37 a.m., police were notified by a citizen of a possible drunk driver in a Mitsubishi at Myrtle and Lemon. The vehicle was located by an officer at Lemon and Ivy. The driver failed to stop for the stop sign at Lemon and Ivy and was stopped by the officer. The officer contacted the driver and determined he was intoxicated. Field sobriety tests were conducted, and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence. He was held for a sobering.

Grand Theft Auto
October 8 at 2:08 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of West Walnut, as a resident reported her ex-boyfriend had just stolen her vehicle. He had stolen her car keys a week prior after an argument. She reported the theft to the police, but the suspect had fled the scene and was not apprehended. The victim was inside her home at 2:08 a.m. and heard the engine to her vehicle start. She ran outside and saw her ex-boyfriend driving away with her car without her permission. She called police. Officers arrived and searched the area for the suspect, but he had fled the area in the vehicle and was not located. The vehicle is a 2010, four-door, black Ford Flex. The vehicle was entered into the stolen vehicle system, and the suspect was entered into the wanted persons system.

Detective Bureau Case Update - Possession of a Controlled Substance/Receiving Stolen Property/Ex-Felon with Ammunition/Ex-Felon with a Firearm
On October 2, 2015, a suspicious subject was seen in the 600 block of West Palm unloading property. Monrovia Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team established surveillance of the location and observed the minivan leaving the area being driven by the female suspect. They stopped the van and noticed property in the van. The driver could not account for why she was in possession of the property. They also recovered ammunition for a shotgun and a pistol in the vehicle. The female suspect was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property, and ex-felon with ammunition.

A search warrant was written and served on October 3, 2015, at 7:00 a.m. on the residence, as the ammunition and stolen property was recovered in the vehicle. The firearm was recovered, and a separate individual, the resident, was arrested for possessing the firearm, as he is a convicted felon.

100 Degrees in Monrovia? | Golf Tournament

Friday, Oct. 8, could get up to 100 degrees. http://goo.gl/VnR5SB

~ Monrovian Robert Parry reports that the Duarte Rotary Club is seeking golfers for its 29th Annual Golf Tournament next Thursday, October 15, at the Rancho Duarte Golf Course starting at 1 p.m. Proceeds to benefit literacy programs. For details contact Brian Villalobos, bcvillal@lasd.org or Robert Parry, rcjparry@yahoo.com

- Brad Haugaard

Feral Cat Neutering | Choral Company Presentation

~ On October 15 and 16, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will hold a free spay and neuter clinic for feral cats residing in the shelter's nine service cities, which includes Monrovia. To make an appointment, email snip@pasadenahumane.org or call 626.792.7151 ext. 166.

~ San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents "Night, Sleep, Death, and the Stars" on Saturday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. Featured selections include Erlkönig by Schubert, Jabberwocky by Pottle, and Night, Sleep Death and the Stars by Gawthrop. Also solo and ensemble selections by Mozart, Bach, Fauré. Rev. Neil Tadken as narrator in Saul by Hovland. Tickets: $15 advance, $10 seniors/students; $20 at the door. www.svccsingers.org

- Brad Haugaard

Feral Cat Neutering | Choral Company Presentation

~ On October 15 and 16, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will hold a free spay and neuter clinic for feral cats residing in the shelter's nine service cities, which includes Monrovia. To make an appointment, email snip@pasadenahumane.org or call 626.792.7151 ext. 166.

~ San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Presents "Night, Sleep, Death, and the Stars" on Saturday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. Featured selections include "Erlkonig" by Franz Schubert, "Jabberwocky" by Sam Pottle, "Night, Sleep, Death, and the Stars" by Daniel Gawthrop, and "Saul," by Egil Hovland and narrated by St. Luke's Reverend Tadken. Tickets at the door are $20 ($15 seniors/students); advance tickets are $15 ($10 seniors/students). Available at http://www.eventbrite.com or by check (SGVCC; P.O. Box 2225; Monrovia, CA 91017). Donations to SGVCC are accepted online and by check.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia City Manager: Make A Difference | Star Wars Reading | Literacy | Youth Summit | Pink Firefighters | Trick or Treat | Art Contest | Reading With Dogs

A few items from City Manager Oliver Chi's weekly report ...

~ 25th Annual Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 24. Hundreds of volunteers, together with the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley and the City of Monrovia, will work on 20 Monrovia beautification projects. Details from Volunteer Center: 256-8187

~ Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the Library will celebrate Star Wars Reads Day. Make Darth Vader Masks, Luke Skywalker finger puppets, and take pictures in front of the Star Wars Galaxy. Call 256-8274 for more information.

~ Be a volunteer tutor for the Monrovia Public Library's adult literacy program. Contact Crystal Noe at cnoe@monrovia.ca.us, or at 256-8274, extension 3121.

~ Annual Monrovia Youth Summit on Saturday, October 17, at Monrovia High from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The goal is to inspire participants to achieve their goals. Register at http://www.cityofmonrovia.org . For more information call the Public Services Department at 256-8246.

~ On-duty Fire Department personnel will wear pink t-shirts during the week of October 12 to show support for the fight against breast cancer.

~ Old Town Trick or Treat and Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 31, from 3-6 p.m. in Old Town and Library Park. Trick-or-treat in Old Town, sponsored by the Old Town Merchants; free costume contest in Library Park (registration begins at 3 p.m.); register your dog for the dog costume contest. For more information contact Public Services at 256-8246.

~ Entry forms for the 2016 Monrovia Conservation 5th Grade Art Contest for fifth grade artists are available at the Public Services Department. The contest focuses on a conservation theme. Details from Public Services Department, 932-5575. Entries are due at the end of October.

~ Monrovia Public Library and the Pasadena Humane Society host a third Monday of each month Barks & Books reading program for children in Kindergarten through fifth Grade, from 3-4 p.m. at the Library. Children read to a dog, helping them build reading skills and self-esteem. Next session is Monday, October 19. Call 256-8274 for more informatio.

Prep For El Nino | Monrovia Assembly Member's Trafficking Bill Becomes Law

~ With the possibility of an El Nino season, the City of Monrovia has some suggestions, like clean your rain gutters. (Sigh, I gotta do that.) Here are more: http://goo.gl/3NfquI

~ Governor Brown has signed into law AB 15, which extends the statute of limitations to ten years for human trafficking and other abuse cases in civil claims. The bill was authored by Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia. Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Burglaries and Intoxication, Etc.

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

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Possession of a Controlled Substance/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 1 at 11:23 p.m., an officer detained a suspect in the 600 block of Shamrock for being in a park after closing hours. The investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of methamphetamine and a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. He was later released on a citation.

Stolen Vehicle
October 2 at 3:51 a.m., dispatch received a report of a stolen vehicle from a victim in the 200 block of West Cherry. The victim parked her vehicle in her driveway at 2:00 p.m. When she returned to her vehicle at 3:50 a.m., she discovered it missing. The vehicle is a 2000, red, four-door, Honda Civic. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
October 2 at 7:39 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of May Avenue regarding an alarm activation at a home. The residents left the home at 5:30 p.m. Officers determined forced entry was made through the kitchen side door, but nothing was found missing from inside the residence. Neighbors were contacted, but no one witnessed or heard anything unusual. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
October 2 at 9:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 900 block of Ridgeside Drive regarding a burglary. The resident left the home at 11:00 a.m. When she returned home at 8:30 p.m., she found her bedroom and bathroom had been ransacked. It appears forced entry was made through the kitchen side door. Nothing was found to be missing from the residence. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 3 at 1:28 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 400 block of South Myrtle when he observed an unconscious male subject on the sidewalk near a parked vehicle. The subject was extremely intoxicated and determined unable to care for himself. He was arrested for being drunk in public and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
October 3 at 2:49 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Peck and Live Oak for a vehicle code violation. The investigation revealed the subject was driving under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft Bicycle
October 4 at 1:35 a.m., a bicycle theft in progress was reported in the 900 block of West Duarte Road. The investigation led officers to an apartment complex near 3rd and Genoa in the City of Arcadia. The bicycle was recovered, but the suspect has not been identified. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
October 4 at 6:26 a.m., dispatch received a call reporting a stolen vehicle in the 100 block of North Ivy. An officer responded, but no evidence was located at the scene. At 1:37 p.m., the vehicle was recovered by deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Industry Station. A Monrovia officer responded to fingerprint the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle vs. Bicycle Traffic Collision
October 4 at 11:21 a.m., a vehicle verses bicycle collision was reported in the 600 block of Terrado. A 13-year-old bicyclist traveling west on Sombrero turned onto northbound Terrado and collided with a vehicle traveling south on Terrado. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet, which prevented him from sustaining major injuries. He was taken to a hospital due to complaint of pain in his legs and chest.

Vehicle Burglary
October 4 at 11:45 a.m., an officer responded to the 800 block of California regarding a vehicle burglary. The suspect entered a locked vehicle and took an iPod, CD's and a charger. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
October 4 at 11:51 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks. An officer responded and determined that the suspect forced open the door and entered the locked vehicle. The suspect took miscellaneous tools. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Dog vs. The Three Bears

Another Monrovia bear video. In this one a little dog chases away the three bears. http://goo.gl/YJJ29U

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Man And Los Angeles Woman Die in Pasadena Motorcycle Accident

A 24-year-old Monrovia motorcyclist and his passenger, a 26-year-old woman from Los Angeles, died in a traffic accident in Pasadena. http://goo.gl/c2YwVW

- Brad Haugaard

Showers Through Monday?

60% chance of showers late tonight and toorrow, Sunday, and 40% on Monday. http://goo.gl/VnR5SB

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board Meeting

The Monrovia School Board gets back to work this Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Agenda: https://goo.gl/5Z4a5c

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Assemblyman's Alarm-Company Bill Becomes Law

A bill by Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, has been signed into law by Governor Brown. AB 1097 allows alarm companies in the state to fully utilize electronic contracts, at the discretion of the customer. AB 1097 will go into effect January 1.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Noor's Indian Bistro

Dinner last night at  Noor's Indian Bistro, on the east side of  Myrtle, just south of Foothill. Got the Mughlai Masala (chicken) for $13 and a non-alcoholic beer (just to see what it's like) for $5. You really need rice with this, so my wife and I shared a bowl ($4). The meal was fine but I preferred the chicken tikka masala - I stole some from my wife and it was yummy. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Olympian Going For Gold Again

Monrovia trap and skeet shooting Olympic gold medal winner, Kim Rhode, tweets that she is again getting ready for the Olympic qualifier. About her: https://goo.gl/rv6o2A

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: Water and Sewer Tax Increase; Electronic Signs; Giggle Revenue Deal; Property Sale; Evaluations

At its next meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/DJ1G71 ), the Monrovia City Council will ...

- Hold a public hearing about increasing taxes to pay for sewer and water system repairs. Estimate for water system: $23,258,000. For sewer system: $13,647,038. For an average family that would be a monthly water-rate increase from $7.88 to $14.88, a $7 increase. For sewer, it would be from $4.77 to $8.77, a $4 increase. Together, about an $11 increase. http://goo.gl/SeR1GR

- Consider amending the zoning ordinance to allow "recreational facilities in the public/quasi public zone" to install electronic message boards. This would let organizations such as the YMCA, which requested the change, to have an electronic sign, kinda like the one Mt. Sierra College has at Huntington and Myrtle. http://goo.gl/d773z0

- Consider a deal in which Giggle Fiber (our local Internet service provider) will pay the city 5% of revenues collected for residential, internet-only customers, and 6% of revenues collected for its premium GiggleEXTRA customers. http://goo.gl/cvc52T

- Put on its "Successor Agency" hat (successor to the former Redevelopment Agency) and consider selling agency-owned property to Romeo Estate Vineyard, LLC, for $650,000. The property is at 124-126 West Pomona Avenue. http://goo.gl/vmqo3Q

- Do a closed-session performance evaluation of the city manager and city attorney. http://goo.gl/jSUK9B

- Brad Haugaard

Tour Downtown | Taste of Old Town Monrovia

~ Walking tour of downtown Monrovia on Saturday, October 10, at 10 a.m. About two hours, and participants will be walking a total of eight city blocks. $5 per person, reservations are not necessary. Meet at southeast corner of Palm and Myrtle Avenues. http://goo.gl/I9gLrc

~ A Taste of Old Town Monrovia, Oct. 18, 5-8 p.m. on Myrtle between Lime and Olive. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Local merchants and restaurants gather for a festival of food, music and spirits.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Attempted Murder - Suspects Arrested; Marijuana; Theft From Vehicles; Suburban vs. Bike - Driver Arrested for Felony Drunk Driving

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Highlighted Activity for September 28-30. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 396 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 396 service events, resulting in 69 investigations.

Theft From a Vehicle
September 28 at 9:05 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported at a residence in the 100 block of South Ivy Avenue. The victim left her vehicle parked and unlocked in front of her residence. When she returned to the vehicle, she noticed property had been stolen from the interior. Miscellaneous clothing and a briefcase was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Attempted Murder – Suspects Arrested
September 28 at 10:01 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of South Encinitas on the report of a stabbing that had just occurred. The victim had been in an altercation earlier with the brother of the suspect who stabbed him. The two brothers showed up at the victim’s residence and a physical fight ensued. During the fight, the victim was stabbed multiple times. The suspects fled on foot and containment of the area was established. One suspect was taken into custody near the original location. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he required surgery for his injuries. The second suspect has been located and arrested.

Vehicle Burglary
September 28 at 1:41 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 500 block of West Duarte Road. The victim left his vehicle to be repaired at an automotive repair shop on September 25. When he returned to the repair shop, he found tools had been stolen from a locked toolbox in the bed of his truck. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
September 28 at 2:00 p.m., a petty theft was reported in the 400 block of Genoa. The victim parked her vehicle in front of her apartment the night before. She returned at 8:00 a.m. and saw that one of her tires was stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
September 28 at 6:26 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of West Palm regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim parked her vehicle on the street in front of her house at 5:00 p.m. and locked the doors. She then went into her house. She returned to her vehicle an hour and a half later and discovered a window was shattered and her briefcase containing miscellaneous papers had been taken. She immediately called the police. Officers searched the area, but did not locate a suspect. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Marijuana for Sale/Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 28 at 10:09 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 1400 block of South Mountain stopped a vehicle for failing to stop for a red light signal at an intersection. The officer approached the male driver and immediately smelled marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. A computer check of the subject revealed the driver had a warrant for his arrest and was driving with a suspended license. A lawful search of the vehicle revealed several individually packaged bags of marijuana and evidence the driver was transporting the drugs for sales. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft From a Vehicle
September 29 at 11:48 a.m., a purse was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 500 block of South Mountain. The victim was picking up her daughter at the location. She parked her vehicle and left it for approximately five minutes, leaving her purse in the vehicle. When she returned, she saw a white pickup truck with tinted windows and no plates leaving from directly behind her vehicle. She entered her vehicle and saw her purse was missing. Officers later recovered her property in two separate locations after it had been discarded. The victim was missing cash and a debit card. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle
September 29 at 11:55 a.m., a victim of theft called police to report her purse was stolen out of her unlocked vehicle while she was inside a business in the 200 block of South Ivy Avenue. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Hit and Run Collision/Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 29 at 7:20 p.m., a Chevrolet Suburban was traveling west in the 400 block of West Colorado when it collided into a bicyclist who was also traveling westbound. The bicyclist fell off his bike and landed on the pavement, causing non-life-threatening injuries to his arms and legs. The bicyclist was wearing reflective, protective gear and his bike had the legal lighting equipment. The driver of the Suburban fled west on Colorado.

A witness called police and reported the license plate of the suspect vehicle. Officers responded to the registered owner’s house, where they located the vehicle and the driver outside the home in Monrovia. The driver was determined to be intoxicated. The driver was arrested for felony driving under the influence and hit and run.