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Monrovia Council: Regulating Massage Establishments; Hotel at Myrtle and Huntington; Etc.

At its next meeting ( http://goo.gl/d3tnaN ) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

- An amendment to the Monrovia Municipal Code to regulate "Massage Establishments and Massage Practitioners," bringing it into compliance with current state law. (It looks as if the amendment would tighten regulation of massage.) http://goo.gl/wJbuXz

- An exclusive negotiating agreement with Tharaldson Hospitality Development to build a hotel at the southwest corner of Myrtle Avenue and Huntington Drive. http://goo.gl/SK1P1u

- Granting a conditional use permit for a 12-unit residential condominium development at 530 Fano Street. http://goo.gl/Te71GT

- Leasing 200 acre feet of Main San Gabriel Basin water production rights from the Azusa Valley Water Company for $128,248. http://goo.gl/EYn0uh

- Renaming Grand Avenue Park to Kiwanis Park at Grand Avenue since the service club has done a lot of work for the park. http://goo.gl/2h0VZF

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Taqueria El Diablo


Dinner last night at Taqueria El Diablo, at the corner of Myrtle and Olive. Got a chorizo burrito for $8 and a medium watermelon agua fresca for $3.50. Good. 
- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia High Football Star Going to Air Force Academy

Monrovia High football running back Lawrence Spicer has accepted a scholarship to the Air Force Academy. http://goo.gl/wbDBwY

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment Adds Encrypted Communication to Military Drone

Monrovia-based drone maker, AeroVironment, has integrated an encrypted communication link into its Switchblade drone. Comment: Uh, maybe I'm missing something here, but was Switchblade - a military drone - actually communicating in the clear before? http://goo.gl/MiydHa

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Injury Accident; Bike Theft; Truck Theft; Graffiti

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 25-27. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 431 service events, resulting in 65 investigations.

Grand Theft Bicycle / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 25 at 7:06 p.m., an officer was dispatched on the report of a bicycle theft that just occurred at Mayflower and Huntington. As the officers were responding, they saw the suspect with the stolen bike at Fano and Alamitas, and they detained the suspect. The suspect was arrested for grand theft and an oustanding warrant.

Traffic Collision with Injuries
April 27 at 2:39 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at Foothill and Mayflower. A female passenger was seen running from the scene. Officers located the female, who claimed she ran to avoid the police. The male driver was contacted and taken to a hospital for a head injury, which was sustained in the accident. He was later released. The other driver sustained no injuries.

Vandalism
April 27 at 5:17 p.m., a witness called police to report two juveniles writing graffiti on a fence in the 200 block of W. Cypress. Officers responded and located a male and female juvenile. The male subject was found to be in possession of a marker and admitted to writing the graffiti on the fence. He was arrested and later released on a citation to appear in court.

Vehicle Theft
April 28 at 5:31 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Los Angeles returned to his vehicle that had been parked in front of his residence and found it had been stolen. The vehicle taken was a Chevy Silverado SS. The investigation is continuing.

Hero Cub Scout Honored at Monrovia City Council

Cub Scout William Kurutz was honored at Monrovia City Council meeting for his actions to help his mother in a life-threatening situation. http://goo.gl/139mHf

- Brad Haugaard

CPR on the Sidewalk

Monrovia Fire & Rescue will provide free hands-only CPR training on Sidewalk CPR Day, Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Library Park from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Last year, more than 17,000 people in Southern California learned how to save a life in just five minutes with a quick lesson from local firefighters and medical professionals through the coordinated LA County- wide Sidewalk CPR Day program.

"Thanks to easy access to training, Citizen CPR is rapidly growing as a way to empower bystanders to save a life when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest," said Captain Chris Huson. "We are glad to team up with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the American Heart Association to bring Sidewalk CPR to our local community. With 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occurring at home, we need to help family and friends learn how to double or triple their loved one's chance of survival."

Learning hands-only CPR helps local emergency responders by focusing on the first few critical minutes following a cardiac arrest.  Since the lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep vital organs healthy for that amount of time, bystanders become heroes until emergency responders arrive on scene. With each chest compression using hands-only CPR, ordinary citizens can easily provide the ongoing blood flow needed to give the patient a much better chance of survival once responders arrive.

Once trained, citizens are encouraged to download the PulsePoint app, which was activated in Los Angeles County last August. More than 33,000 CPR-trained citizens have downloaded this lifesaving app to receive notifications that someone nearby is in need of CPR.  To learn more, visit the PulsePoint Foundation website at www.pulsepoint.org.

Only 32 percent of victims receive CPR from a bystander. Don't be a bystander in a cardiac emergency, be a lifesaver! For more information about this upcoming training, contact Captain Chris Huson at (626) 256-8119 or chuson@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

Source: Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Historic Homes Tour (Not on Mother's Day!) | Letter Carrier Food Drive

~ Monrovia Historic Preservation Group's Historic Homes Tour on May 1 (not on Mother's Day), 10 a.m. top 4 p.m. See five homes and two museums, including Spanish Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and English Tudor Cottage. Details and tickets here: http://goo.gl/ZoqfQj

~ National Letter Carrier's Food Drive, Saturday, May 14. Leave non-perishable food by your mailbox and your letter carrier will take it to the Post Office where Foothill Unity Center will gather it. Details: Betty McWilliams at betty@foothillunitycenter.org

UPDATE: I accidentally had the food drive on the wrong day. It is on May 14. Changed it to be correct. Sorry 'bout that.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Baseball Headed For Championship? | 38 Degrees Review

~ Monrovia over La Canada. "The Wildcats are marching toward their second consecutive league championship." http://goo.gl/MQ5CJ7

~ Merrill Shindler review of Monrovia's 38 Degrees restaurant. Summary: He likes it. http://goo.gl/JPcY7I

- Brad Haugaard

Zip Code Day in Monrovia?

Kelly, a reader of MonroviaNow, suggests that Monrovia should celebrate Zip Code Day - 91016. In other words, September 10, 2016. My ever-practical wife asked, "What do you do on Zip Code Day?" I love the idea of Zip Code Day, but ... I dunno, what do you do on Zip Code Day? Anybody have any ideas?

- Brad Haugaard

261-Unit Apartment Complex Next to Monrovia Train Station

Details about the 261-unit apartment complex planned for next to the Monrovia train station. http://goo.gl/2lOVSB

- Brad Haugaard

Highways and Byways Art Exhibit at Monrovia Gallery


Saga Fine Art, 110 W. Lime Avenue, across the street on the south side of Library Park, has a new exhibit, Highways & Byways, Freeways & Footpaths, running through May 30. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 1-6 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Sets Up Committee to Consider Switching Back to Rotating Mayor; Train Depot; When Will City Dig Up Streets in Your Neighborhood; Etc.

In his weekly report ( http://goo.gl/Eamz7o ), City Manager Oliver Chi writes ...

- The city has set up a "Directly Elected Mayor Advisory Review Committee" to consider switching Monrovia from a directly elected mayor system to one in which each member of the City Council would rotate into the role. First committere meeting on Wednesday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.

- The Historic Preservation Commission HPC will review a proposal by Daylight Limited, LLC, to rehab the old Monrovia train depot at a special meeting on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m.

- Monrovia is going to be digging up streets to replace ancient water and sewer lines. If you want to know what is planned for your neighborhood, there's a meeting Wednesday, May 11at 7 p.m. at the Monrovia Public Library Community Room.

- The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments will be hosting a stormwater workshop at the Monrovia Community Center (119 West Palm) on Tuesday, May 3, 10-11:30 a.m. (This is the stormwater issue that could cost Monrovia $231.1 million.) If you want to go, register here: https://goo.gl/VmVrZH

- Learn CPR. LA County Department of Health Services and Monrovia Fire Department are holding a a Sidewalk CPR program Thursday, June 2, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Library Park.

- The Library's "fee forgiveness" offer resulted in 186 items returned to the library.

- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will teach Kindergarten through 5th grade students about meteorites on Wednesday, April 27, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Library. Film, activities, art projects.

- El Día de los Niños, or Children's Day, celebration on Saturday, April 30, from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Station Square Park, a multi-cultural celebration of children and books! Kid's activities, plus family Zumba.

- The library is looking for volunteers who are entering 7th through 12th grades to assist with its Summer Reading Program. Volunteers should work well with children and adults, have good organization / communication skills, and be excited to promote the Summer Reading Program to our community! Application here: http://tinyurl.com/zo5glgp

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Forklift Stolen; Unlocked Car Stolen; Robbery Suspects Arrested After Ruckus; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 21-24. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Wanted Persons – Suspects Arrested
April 21 at 9:00 a.m., officers responded to a family disturbance at a home in the 500 block of South Magnolia. When they arrived, a computer check of the two females causing the disturbance revealed they were wanted by another law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County for robbery. They were arrested and taken into custody.

Violation of Domestic Violence Restraining Order – Suspect Arrested
April 21 at 2:34 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks on the report of a male family member who was refusing to leave after being served with a domestic violence restraining order. Officers advised the subject of the conditions of the order and gave him several warnings and chances to leave, however, he refused. He was arrested and taken into custody without further incident.

Grand Theft Auto
April 22 at 8:38 a.m., a forklift was reported stolen from the 500 block of West Huntington. The forklift was parked to the rear of the location. It was not secured to a fixed object, but the keys were with the driver. The forklift was stolen sometime overnight. The investigation is continuing.

Bench Warrant / Receiving Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 9:25 a.m., an officer was conducting an investigation regarding the possible unlawful use of a credit card. During the investigation, the officer learned of a possible location for the suspect in the 1400 block of S. Magnolia. He went to the location on Magnolia and found the suspect. The suspect was arrested for an outstanding warrant and receiving stolen property.

Grand Theft Auto
April 22 at 7:11 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 100 block of E. Lime Avenue. The victim parking her vehicle in a public parking lot and walking to a business on Myrtle. When she returned to her vehicle approximately 10 minutes later, she found her vehicle had been stolen. The victim had left the vehicle unlocked, but had the keys in her possession. The vehicle is a 2006, silver, 4-door Toyota Corolla. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 11:23 p.m., officers were called to a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle regarding a subject at the location who was intoxicated and attempted to leave without paying his bill. Prior to the officers arriving, the business owner blocked the subject from leaving the location. The officers arrived and determined the subject was too impaired to care for himself. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Unlicensed Driver / Resisting a Police Officer – Suspect Arrested
April 23 at 2:03 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped up and made several turning movements to evade the officer. The officer lost sight of the vehicle, but relocated it in the 300 block of S. California. The driver stopped the vehicle, but fled on foot. He was quickly detained in an alley, east of California. The investigation revealed the suspect is an unlicensed juvenile who had taken his father’s vehicle without permission. The suspect sustained a minor injury while being taken into custody and was taken to the hospital for medical clearance. He was then processed for the charges and later released to a parent with a citation to appear in court.

No-Bail Warrants / Resisting Police Officer / Causing Great Bodily Injury / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
April 23 at 10:43 a.m., an officer saw a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of Sherman and Cherry. He ran the plate, which had two no-bail warrants attached to the registered owner. The subject near the vehicle fit the description of the registered owner. As the officer attempted to make contact, the suspect fled on foot, ignoring the officer's commands to stop. The officer caught up and attempted to detain the suspect, who resisted and began fighting with the officer. The suspect broke free and ran through yards, jumping fences. Other officers arrived and set up a perimeter. Within minutes, the officers were chasing the suspect through a property in the 500 block of E. Cherry. The suspect was eventually detained and taken into custody. A computer check confirmed the two no-bail warrants for his arrest. The suspect was arrested for obstructing and resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and the two warrants.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 23 at 3:48 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of King regarding a verbal altercation. When they arrived, they detained a subject in front of the location who was yelling at people. The subject was determined to be extremely intoxicated and was determined to be unable to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 24 at 2:18 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation and made a traffic stop. While contacting the driver, the officer noticed signs of intoxication. Investigation revealed the driver was driving under the influence. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
April 24 at 10:21 p.m., a suspicious subject was reported looking into parked vehicles with a flashlight in the area of Foothill and Violet. Officers located a subject matching the description on Violet and made contact with him. As they approached, the officer saw the subject discard a baggie of narcotics. The suspect was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and later released with a citation to appear in court.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
April 25 at 12:56 a.m., a suspicious subject was reported inside a vacant property with a flashlight. Officers arrived and located a subject who had made entry into the vacant home through a rear window. The subject was just released from jail on the narcotics offense listed above. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody on the trespassing charge.

Monrovia Days Music Festival



Monrovia Days Music Festival, May 15, noon-7 p.m. at Library Park. Rock, pop reggase, blues and more. Craft beer garden, vendors and artisans, food trucks, kids activities.

12-12:45, The Gem City Jazz Cats (Jazz)
12:45-1, Smokey Miles (Blues)
1-1:15, The Whistling Diva (Champion Musical Whistler)
1:15-2, Who’s Clayton (Acoustic Pop Folk)
2-2:45, Crimson Apple (Alternative Pop)
2:45-3:15, J Mosley and the LME Allstars (Acoustic Salsa)
3:15-4:15, Relish (Dance Rock)
4:15-4:45, Nigel Walsh (Americana)
4:45-5:30, Dread Daze (Reggae Fusion)
5:30-5:50, The Whistling Diva
5:50-6, TeamLz (Hip Hop Dance Duo)
6-7, Chase Walker Band (Blues).

Details: http://goo.gl/uc5fcv

- Brad Haugaard

Information About Online K-12 Education

There will be a free information session for parents about California Connections Academy @ Capistrano, a tuition-free K-12 online public school authorized under state law by the Capistrano Unified School District, on Tuesday, April 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the Monrovia Courtyard Marriott, 700 W. Huntington. Meet an Academy teacher, explore program and curriculum, and enrollment process. More information: 800-382-6010 or http://www.connectionsacademy.com

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Teens Extract Strawberry DNA

Extracting DNA from strawberries on Monrovia's Biotech Day. http://goo.gl/ajN8bu

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Sena


Dinner at Sena, on the west side of Myrtle just south of Lime. Love the short rib tacos but for a change decided to try the grilled chicken avocado sandwich for $9 and a happy hour beer for $4. Delicious!
- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Dog Door Burglary; Pursuit Starts in Monrovia; Stolen Bike; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 18-20. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 423 service events, resulting in 77 investigations.

Vandalism
April 18 at 7:54 a.m., officers were dispatched to a preschool in the 1000 block of S. Canyon regarding a vandalism incident. Unknown suspect had written graffiti on a school fence, which faced the adjacent park. The graffiti occurred sometime over the weekend. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
April 18 at 10:47 a.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 600 block of Parker. The victim locked his residence and left on April 17. When he returned home on April 18, he found the back door of the residence unlocked. Cash, a wristwatch and a speaker were stolen from the location. It appears the suspect unlocked the backdoor by reaching through an open dog door. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 19 at 12:59 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for several vehicle code violations. Upon contacting the driver, he noticed signs of intoxication. After conducting field sobriety tests, the officer arrested the driver for driving under the influence. The suspect was taken into custody and held for sobering.

Felony Evading – Suspect Arrested
April 19 at 12:58 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of N. Mountain on the report of a suspicious vehicle, possibly casing the neighborhood. The officer located the suspect vehicle at Foothill and Mountain. When he attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled south on Mountain and entered the 210 Freeway, heading eastbound. The suspect was driving erratically at a high rate of speed and traffic conditions were heavy, so Monrovia police canceled the pursuit by police units. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter continued to follow the vehicle and the California Highway Patrol picked up pursuit of the vehicle in San Bernardino County. The suspect and passenger in the vehicle were stopped by CHP and taken into custody for felony evading.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 20 at 9:53 p.m., a business in the 100 block of W. Duarte called police to report a disturbing subject. Police arrived and detained the subject as he was leaving the location. A computer check revealed the subject had a "no bail" parole warrant. He was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Bicycle Theft
April 20 at 11:13 p.m., a bicycle was reported stolen from the 400 block of S. Mayflower. The bicycle was taken from the property sometime during the day while the victim was away from the residence. The investigation is ongoing.

Monrovia Events: Music Man; Healthy Kids; Day of Prayer


~ IFGF Church and Centre Stage Inc. present The Music Man. Meredith Wilson's six-time Tony Award winning family-friendly musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957. Thursday-Sunday, April 21-24 and Thursday-Sunday, April 28-Sunday May 1, at IFGF Church at the northeast corner of Primrose and Palm Avenues. 7 p.m. performances Thursdays through Sundays and a 2:30 p.m. matinee Saturdays and Sundays. For information contact Keely Milliken at 297-4758 or centrestageinc@yahoo.com. For tickets: http://goo.gl/ZG81vf

~ YMCA National Healthy Kid's Day, Saturday, April 30, at Santa Anita Family YMCA. Healthy kid's fair, screenings, games, healthy snacks; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Information at www.ymcala.org/santaanita/

~ National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5. Interfaith Council Event "Shining Our Light" at Mountainside Communion Church, 303 W. Colorado Blvd. Program 7-8:30 p.m., reception 8-8:30 p.m. Donations for the Foothill Unity Center collected at the end of the program. Information: Bobbi Rahmanian bobbir9@gmail.com

Thanks to Becky Shevlin for these calendar items.

- Brad Haugaard

Former Trader Joe's Employee Suing - Says Firing Was Because of Genitalia Gift

A former employee suing Monrovia-based Trader Joe's alleges he was fired after complaining about getting a gift shaped like male genitalia. http://goo.gl/PDJCzu

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Historical Society is Reborn - Needs Help


The Anderson House in about 1888. George H. Anderson lived here for 87 years. The home originally belonged to his parents, John and Lizzie Anderson (shown above with George in carriage and brother Lewis). John built the home and other buildings in Monrovia and was active in the business life of Monrovia, serving on the City Council in the early days. (Security Pacific Bank Collection, LA Public Library)

The Monrovia Historical Society has been revitalized. The Society was originally formed in 1979 – with a gift from the California Community Foundation - to care for the Anderson House as a museum open to visitors and fully furnished to the smallest detail to show family life in the 1880s.


The kitchen today

Unfortunately the Historical Society was dormant for nearly 15 years and the Anderson House was closed to the public.  As membership declined and founding members passed away, there were fewer volunteers to keep the museum open and fewer funds to keep it in good repair. In recent years, even visits by Monrovia schools’ third graders had to be curtailed as class sizes increased and the building itself become at risk. Now that’s changing.

Early on, the Historical Society spawned MOHPG (The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group) and members helped create the Historical Museum on Lemon Avenue.

But the Historical Society has a mission all its own. Today, it has two roles.  It is raising funds to restore the Anderson House (first-phase repairs are underway), and recruiting volunteer docents to once again open it to the public.  Its second role is to serve as the non-profit home of the new Monrovia Legacy Project.  The Legacy Project is preserving the collections and knowledge of City Historian Steve Baker and his predecessor - digitizing them and old photos and stories from the public, to make them accessible to the public through the Monrovia Public Library.

The Legacy Project was the spark that brought the Historical Society back to life.  Former Society Board members came back - Joe Garcia, Kathy Mueller, Todd Weber, Scott Thomas and Steve Baker - and they were joined by new board members Sandy Burud and Louise Robertson (Co-Project Directors of the Legacy Project) to form a current board.  There is a membership campaign to enlist Society members.  You can find out how to join http://goo.gl/B4vO5v

Two coming events to support the Historical Society:

1) May 1 Tour of the Anderson House.  For the annual tour of historic homes by MOHPG, the Anderson will be one of the homes on the tour. Tickets and information here: http://goo.gl/ZoqfQj

2. Narrated Driving Tours.  A series of driving tours through Historic Monrovia, narrated live by Steve Baker on a small Monrovia Transit Van.  For those who have done Steve’s cemetery tour, this is akin to that, but even richer.  As you ride in an air-conditioned van you will hear in story form tales of the events and characters who shaped out city.  The tours are:
Tour 1 Northwest Monrovia
June 18 —1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Tour 2 Northeast Monrovia
July 17 —11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Tour 3 Southeast Monrovia
August 13 —1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Tour 4 Southwest Monrovia
October 16 —11 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Community Center -- $50 per person -- proceeds to the Historical Society. Or contact Louise Robertson @  305-3025. Sign up early as each tour can only take 20 people.

Your participation in these events and your passing the word will help the Historical Society become vibrant once again.    And certainly, gifts (of money, time, or materials) to support the Legacy Project and/or the Anderson House restoration would help enormously.

Contact:  monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com or call Sandy Burud @ 256-3423.

Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia-Based World Vision Helps Ecuador Earthquake Victims

Monrovia-based Christian aid and development agency, World Vision, is on the ground and responding to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador with two temporary shelters, distributed tents, hygiene products, diapers, food, water, and more. The quake happened on Saturday evening (local time) and has claimed at least 350 lives and left more than 2,000 people injured. http://goo.gl/f3Fm0O

- Brad Haugaard

Police Chase Starts in Monrovia

Police pursuit of a man in a pickup truck started in Monrovia. (Thanks to Robert Parry for tip.) http://goo.gl/JFtUA1

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Auditor Says Placentia Not Its Fault; Sell City Annex? Apartment Complex Almost Ready to Go; Feds May Pay for Some of Its Stormwater Costs; Etc.

In his weekly newsletter ( http://goo.gl/lQdi4f ), City Manager Oliver Chi reports, among a lot of other stuff, that ...

- Monrovia's audit firm, Lance, Soll and Lunghard, LLP (LSL), is the same firm working for the City of Placentia, which has recently had a $4.3 million embezzlement scandal. LSL tells Monrovia that it had not completed an audit for Placentia during the time most of the alleged embezzlement occurred, but had completed the audit for an earlier period, and that audit found "several material weaknesses and significant deficiencies in internal controls and instances of noncompliance." Chi adds that Monrovia has "very robust internal controls" and promises to "continue working hard to ensure that we do not violate the public's trust." See the link above for more detail.

- Monrovia is thinking of selling the City Annex, which I believe is the old two-story house at the southeast corner of Lime and Ivy, caddy-corner from City Hall. Chi writes that "repainting and repairing the building would cost in excess of $200,000. Given the cost, and the lack of a clearly defined use for the facility, it was determined that it would be better to sell the facility to a private user. The city is looking for bidders.

- Construction of a 261-unit luxury apartment complex next to the train station was delayed when the general contractor firm filed for bankruptcy. With a new contractor the project should break ground in 3-6 weeks.

- Congress Member Grace Napolitano, who represents most of Monrovia, has introduced a bill in Congress to provide $4.85 billion in grants and $20 billion in loans to support cities in implementing the Los Angeles County Stormwater Permit. If I understand correctly, this would help cities offset the costs imposed on them by the government to clean stormwater. The cost to Monrovia is (would have been?) $231 million.

- Readers of Los Angeles News Group newspapers (Star-News and others) voted Monrovia their "Favorite Friendly City / Downtown."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Garden Club - Create a Tower Garden

At the Monrovia Garden Club monthly meeting on April 26, the speaker will describe how to create a tower garden. The meeting is at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 E Foothill Blvd., on the corner of Myrtle and Foothill in the Fellowship Hall downstairs. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. at which light refreshments will be served. Visitors are welcome.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Bloodhound Helps Find Lost Man; Arrest in Assault With Car; Burglar Switches Off Power; Stealing From Porch; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Highlighted Activity for April 11-17. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Grand Theft
April 11 at 8:56 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Canyon called to report a theft from his vehicle. The victim parked his vehicle in front of his residence the night before, and when he returned to the vehicle the next morning, he found the tailgate was missing. The investigation is continuing.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision / Vandalism / Assault with a Deadly Weapon
April 11 at 10:22 a.m., officers responded to the area of California and Duarte regarding a traffic collision that had just occurred. Party one/victim wanted to exchange her information with party two/suspect, but he refused. The victim began to video the suspect and his vehicle with her phone. The suspect then took the victim’s phone from her and threw it on the ground. The suspect then got into his vehicle and tried to drive away. The victim and her passenger proceeded to stand in front of the suspect’s vehicle demanding him to stop and get out of the vehicle. The suspect moved forward and struck one of the females, causing her to lose her balance and fall to the ground. She did not sustain any visible injuries. The suspect then left the area before officers arrived. A vehicle description and a thorough search of the area was conducted, but did not locate the suspect or his vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

On April 12 at 10:22 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle involved in the above traffic collision. A traffic stop was made and an interview was conducted. The suspect admitted to his involvement in the hit and run traffic collision. The vehicle was impounded and the case will be presented to the District Attorney's Office.

Injury Traffic Collision
April 11 at 1:30 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the area of Magnolia and Maple regarding a traffic collision. Party one was headed south on Magnolia and crossed over into oncoming traffic to go around a vehicle in front of her. She then struck a vehicle headed north on Magnolia. Party one was taken to a hospital for medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

Hot Prowl Residential Burglary
April 11 at 10:21 p.m., a resident in the 1100 block of Orange called police to report hearing her back sliding glass door shattering while she was inside her home alone. She had barricaded herself in her bathroom and called 911. An officer arrived, cleared the residence and found evidence of an attempted burglary. It appears the suspects fled after the alarm system on the home was activated. The investigation is continuing.

Hot Prowl Residential Burglary
April 11 at 11:37 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of E. Foothill called police to report noise on the first floor of her home. She was inside her bedroom and was awakened by her son banging on her door. The son heard noise on the first floor and the power to the home suddenly went out. The investigation revealed the suspects cut the electrical power to the residence by turning off the main circuit breaker on the side of the home. The suspects removed a window screen and pried open a rear window to gain access to the residence. It appears the suspects were scared away, as nothing was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
April 12 at 2:18 a.m., dispatch received an alarm activation on a business in the 300 block of W. Foothill. Officers arrived and found the front door had been pried open and the suspects had entered the location. Officers cleared the location and no suspects were found. The owner had just arrived and determined nothing had been taken. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
April 12 at 8:15 p.m., officers went to the residence of a wanted suspect to locate and arrest him. For several days, officers were called to locations on the report of a male suspect seen inside women's bathrooms. His presence inside the women's restrooms and acts he had committed in the restrooms constituted a crime. Officers completed a thorough investigation, which led to the positive identification of the suspect. The suspect is known to the police department from prior contact. A computer check also revealed the suspect had several outstanding bench warrants for his arrest. Officers went to the suspect’s residence, located the suspect, and placed him under arrest. During a search of the suspect, drug paraphernalia was located in his possession. The suspect was booked and housed on the warrants and the case will be presented to the District Attorney's Office.

Suspicious Circumstances / Burglary – Three Suspects Arrested
April 13 at 4:30 a.m., officers responded to the report of suspicious suspects in the area of Lemon and Sombrero. The suspects appeared to be stealing items from a porch. The suspects were witnessed picking up items on the street near the intersection of Lemon and Sombrero and fleeing in a dark truck. Officers located the vehicle heading east on Royal Oaks, where they conducted a traffic stop in the City of Duarte. Three suspects were detained. They were found to be in possession of large amounts of cash. The investigation revealed a cash register, cash and store receipts belonging to businesses in the City of Duarte, which were determined to have been burglarized during the evening hours. Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies arrived, took over the investigation, and took custody of the suspects.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
April 14 at 3:35 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop of a bicyclist in the 100 block of E. El Norte for a vehicle code violation. The suspect was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrants / Possession of Methamphetamine / Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
April 14 at 6:43 a.m., a resident called from the 1000 block of Royal Oaks to report their 41-year-old son was causing a disturbance. Officers arrived and detained the subject. A computer check revealed he had two outstanding warrants for his arrest and was wanted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for violating his county jail work release. He was arrested for the warrants, and during a search incident to arrest, officers found him to be in possession of methamphetamine and a syringe. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
April 14 at 10:52 p.m., officers responded to an audible alarm at a residence in the 300 block of Bradoaks. When they arrived, they located a shattered rear glass door. The residence was cleared and a person responsible for the residence was located. The home had been ransacked and several items were missing. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
April 15 at 2:39 a.m., a victim called to report his vehicle was stolen in the 200 block of W. Maple. The victim parked his vehicle in the alley behind his business and left the car keys on the hood of the vehicle. He returned approximately two hours later and the vehicle was gone. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Methamphetamine / Driving on a Suspended License / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
April 15 at 4:29 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation in the area of California and Duarte. The vehicle was stopped for the violation. The driver was found to be driving on a suspended license and had warrants for his arrest. During a search of the driver, he was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested for the above listed charges.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
April 15 at 5:42 p.m., dispatch received several calls reporting that a vehicle collided into a parked vehicle in the 100 block of E. Colorado and drove away. Additional calls were received as the driver hit other vehicles. The suspect vehicle was located and a thorough investigation resulted in the arrest of the driver for driving under the influence. There were three vehicles located that were hit by the DUI driver and two victims were taken to the hospital due to injuries.

Outside Assist / Newport Beach Police Department – Suspects Arrested
April 15, between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Newport Beach Police Department responded to a residence in the 1800 block of S. Mayflower to conduct an investigation. When they arrived, they saw the suspect exit a stolen vehicle. They watched the location, informed the Monrovia Police Department about the circumstances and asked if Monrovia could conduct a traffic stop if the suspect left the location. At 8:30 p.m., Newport Beach police officers detained the suspect outside the location. They later booked three suspects at the Monrovia Police Department facility.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
April 16 at 12:07 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle in the area of Shamrock and Huntington for a vehicle code violation and discovered the driver had been drinking. After investigation, the driver was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested, taken into custody and held for sobering.

Commercial Burglary
April 16 at 9:26 a.m., a business owner in the 2600 block of S. Peck called police regarding a burglary. The suspects jumped a rear fence and broke a large window on a rear door to enter the business. A laptop, television, power drill and miscellaneous garden tools were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Traffic Incident – Vehicle vs. Bicycle
April 16 at 12:01 p.m., an officer responded to the 900 block of West Huntington regarding a traffic incident. A bicyclist was heading eastbound on the north sidewalk of Huntington. The bicyclist veered onto the street because of pedestrians on the sidewalk and got his wheel stuck in a groove, causing him to fall into the lane of traffic. He was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound at approximately 20 mile per hour. The bicyclist refused medical treatment and left the scene on his bike.

Hot Prowl Residential Burglary
April 16 at 12:18 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Cherry called police to report a burglary. The resident arrived home at approximately 1:00 p.m. He was sitting in a chair dosing off while watching television in his living room when he heard noise from a back bedroom. He thought it was his child and was not concerned. When he awoke in the morning, he remembered that his child had slept at a friend’s house. He went to check the back bedroom and found the window screen off and the window open. The resident said nothing was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Critical Missing Adult Located
April 16 at 6:25 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Montana regarding a critical missing adult. The 80-year-old male was last seen at the location at 2:00 p.m. He has memory loss, vertigo and dementia. Available units began an area search. A blood hound was utilized and tracked the subject’s scent to the Metro Station near the platform. The Rail Operation Center was contacted and notified. A missing bulletin was forwarded and disseminated to their personnel. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter conducted an area search on several areas requested, and local hospitals and businesses were contacted. At 1:30 a.m., the subject was located by City of Industry deputies. Monrovia officers responded to his residence after he arrived home to speak with him.

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
April 16 at 9:59 p.m., a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report three suspects concealing merchandise inside the store. When the officers arrived, they located one suspect outside and he was detained. Two additional suspects were detained when they exited the store a short time later. During the incident, the first suspect walked up to a vehicle prior to being detained. Police could see inside the vehicle and observed a credit card embossing machine, large amounts of mail, tax information, and other suspicious items. The vehicle belonged to one of the suspects and was eventually searched and stored. All three suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Vandalism
April 17 at 11:03 p.m., a resident called police from the 100 block of Maple reporting three to five subjects on the roof of a business. Officers responded and found fresh graffiti on the roof. No suspects were detained. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol / Injury Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
April 18 at 3:10 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Diamond regarding a traffic collision. The vehicle was driving west on Diamond and collided with two parked vehicles, causing the vehicle to roll over on its side. The driver was taken to a hospital with complaint of pain. The driver appeared to have been intoxicated at the time of the collision. The driver admitted to being intoxicated and a verified complaint request will be submitted to the District Attorney's Office.

Monrovia's St. Luke Seeks Old Photos Of Church Ceremonies

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Monrovia is seeking photos of weddings, baptisms, confirmations and other ceremonies performed at the church as part of this month's celebration of the 125th anniversary of its admission to the Diocese of California as a mission.

Email scans of photos to email@trishgresham.com with the subject line "Historic Photos," or mail nonreturnable copies of photos to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 122 S. California Ave., Monrovia CA 91016, Attn. Trish Gresham.

- Brad Haugaard

Enrollment in Monrovia Schools Continues Decline


At its April 20 meeting (agenda) the Monrovia School Board will ...

- Hear a report that 2016-17 enrollment in Monrovia schools is predicted to decline by 88 students, or 1.51%, to 5,755. This also means a decrease of 1.6 full-time equivalent teaching positions. Details here.

- Approve a list of Monrovia High graduates.

- Honor (together with the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce) these district employees: Martha Alvarez Holmes, Clerical Assistant I at Mayflower Elementary; Janet Dunbar, Teacher at Mayflower Elementary; Liana Beserra, Clerical Assistant III at Santa Fe Middle School; and Donna Monje, Teacher at Santa Fe Middle School.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board Member Alex Zucco Resigning


Monrovia School Board Member Alex Zucco will be resigning from the Board, effective May 20, 2016. See item 9.2 on the agenda: here.

UPDATE: I asked her why, and here is her answer:
I was offered a job with the CA PTA as a Policy Consultant -- working on the LCAP statewide with PTA units and specifically, encouraging more Title I schools to add more of the arts to improve achievement and each unit having a point person on the PTA board for LCAP and the arts.
Also, she forwarded this letter from Superintendent Katherine Thorossian:

Dear MUSD Family,

Please join me in congratulating seasoned Board Member, Mrs. Alexandra Zucco, with her selection as the California State PTA Policy Consultant.  Unfortunately, this notable position requires her to move to Sacramento.  Thus, it is with mixed emotion that I share the news of Alexandra Zucco's resignation.  Her tenure, which began in 2009, will end  May 20, 2016.

Mrs. Zucco has been a staunch proponent of public schools, tirelessly working on behalf of students to provide the very best education for the children of Monrovia.  Whether serving in the PTA, Girl Scouts, the League of Women Voters, or the National Women’s Political Caucus Greater Pasadena Area, Mrs. Zucco has championed social justice issues and, through her work as the Health and Education Deputy for Assembly Member Chris Holden, been able to advocate for change through public policy.

Alex and her husband, Joe, have lived in Monrovia since 1996.  Their children, Zoe and Bonnie, remain proud Wildcat alumni as they pursue their own college paths, at Marist and George Washington University respectively.

On a more personal note, it has been a privilege to work with Alex Zucco.  Her perspective has helped shape the direction, and driven the continued progress, of our district. Even during the most challenging budget analyses, I could always count on Alex to blurt out the funniest (and most accurate) commentary.

I am confident that she will give the PTA the same remarkable stamp that she has imprinted on the walls of this district.

Alex, you will be missed.

Warmly,

Kathy


- Brad Haugaard

See Jupiter and Moon Tonight From Old Town Monrovia

Tonight, April 16, the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers will be at the corner of Myrtle and Lime from 7-9:30 p.m. sharing views of the moon and Jupiter.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: Making Train Depot Historic Landmark, Encourage Higher Sales Tax, License Plate Readers, 'Sign Management', Buying Water, Etc.

At its April 19 meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/BtRhgx ), the Monrovia City Council will ...

- Consider designating the old Monrovia Santa Fe Depot as a local historic landmark. http://goo.gl/f2T9ha

- Consider a request by Mayor Pro Tem Larry Spicer to encourage the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors to place a measure on the November 2016 ballot to raise sales tax by half cent for more transportation projects. http://goo.gl/1I7foN

- Review Monrovia Police Department policies on automated license plate readers, of which the city has five, three mobile and two on Myrtle, one south of the train station and one north of the station. http://goo.gl/Hxxt4r

- Consider paying 3M $80,200 to put together a "Sign Management System" to keep track of the city's 6,500 signs. http://goo.gl/59oTcA

- Consider leasing 700 acre feet of water production rights from the Azusa Valley Water Company and the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster for $476,748. That's actually 435 acre feet less than the city needed last year. http://goo.gl/tsR2rg

- Consider naming the circular driveway at Recreation Park as American Legion Way. http://goo.gl/llwD8k

- Consider buying three replacement handheld water meter readers from Inland Valley Water Works Supply Company for $13,859.51. http://goo.gl/mR9r9U

- Also, at 5 p.m., before its regular meeting, the council will consider a list of applicants to build a hotel in town. The agenda is pretty vague, but it is likely referring to the property at the southwest corner of Myrtle and Huntington. http://goo.gl/eA9jVe

- And, at 6:30 p.m. (also before the regular meeting) the council will honor the students who were graduated from the Monrovia Area Partnership's Youth Leadership Academy Graduation. http://goo.gl/EMXcKZ

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Domenico's


Dinner Wednesday at  Domenico's, on Huntington just east of Magnolia. Got the lasagna with a side of minestrone soup for $16.99 and a pint of beer for $5.75.  Very nice service. This is old-style Italian; cheese and red sauce. The soup was especially good On occasion old style I s just what I want. It was very nice. 
- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovian Kim Rhode and the Stigma Attached to Olympic Shooting

A Wall Street Journal article about Monrovia Olympics shooting medalist Kim Rhode and about how shooters are stigmatized because their sport involves guns. http://goo.gl/J8AEkB (Thanks to Robert Parry for the tip).

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Teacher Raises Funds to Send Student to Thomas Land

Bradoaks teacher wants to send a young autistic student to Thomas Land (that's Thomas the Tank Engine) because he wants to be an engineer. http://goo.gl/rVSWVu

- Brad Haugaard

Former Monrovia High Princess and Manson Follower May Be Released From Prison

A parole panel has recommended release for Leslie Van Houten ( http://goo.gl/RTcufp ), a former Charles Manson follower who has been in prison for decades because of her involvement in multiple murders in 1969. Houton attended Monrovia High School was twice elected a homecoming princess ( http://goo.gl/7SJm9F ).

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Woman Killed in Glendale Accident

Monrovia woman killed in Glendale after being hit by a car. http://goo.gl/qEakn4

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Trader Joe's Drops To Third Place In Favorite Market Survey

In a new survey, Monrovia-based Trader Joe's market has dropped from first to third place as people's favorite grocery store. http://goo.gl/4OSbd1

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Meeting About 17-Mile-Long Street Fair

Meeting about 626 Golden Streets at the Monrovia Community Center, 119 W. Palm (just across from the Library on the north side) on April 26, 6:30-8 p.m. 626 Golden Streets is a 17-mile-long street festival for pedestrians and bicyclists connecting six San Gabriel Valley Gold Line stops. It will take place on Sunday, June 26 along a car-free stretch of streets from Azusa to South Pasadena. About 626 Golden Streets: http://www.626goldenstreets.com/

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Assemblyman's Bill - Increase Housing Density In Trade For Special-Needs Housing

A bill by Monrovia's assembly member, Chris Holden, to expand housing for former foster youth, homeless and disabled veterans, AB 2442, passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee with a 6-1 vote today. AB 2442 allows housing developers to obtain multiple density bonuses from local government if the development sets aside ten percent for former foster youth, disabled veterans, or formerly homeless individuals. "A multiple density bonus is a zoning tool that enables developers to build more units than normally allowed." Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Wilderness Area to Fully Open; Bob Bartlett Mosaic; Trees; Kindnesses; Etc.

In his weekly report (not on line yet) City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

~ The city is "now 3-6 months away from completing the final improvements required before final resolution of the issues at hand, which will pave the way to opening the Cloverleaf Access Point for public access."

~ The Bob Bartlett Memorial Committee is looking for an artist to develop a mosaic mural at Station Square to honor the late Bob Bartlett.

~ Public Works Division field crews planted three drought tolerant Crape Myrtles and one Strawberry Tree in the Duarte Road median just West of Mountain Avenue. Also, 7 boulders and 25 yards of mulch.

~ Last Saturday Kiwanis Club cleared the hillside areas of Grand Avenue Park of dead branches and debris.

~ The MAP "Care for Your Neighbor Program" helped a Monrovia family in need by cleaning the property at 345 Genoa Street. Poor health kept the resident from doing it.

~ Jehovah's Witnesses recently informed the city that they want to place literature carts at several locations around tow. Each cart would be staffed with two people.

~ Representatives of LabLaunch Monrovia (a biotech-startup firm) reports it has signed up several new companies to work at their facility, which is now half-full.

- Brad Haugaard

Four Companies That Could Run Monrovia Street Fair

Here are the four companies Monrovia is considering to run the Friday night street fair (from City Manager Oliver Chi's weekly report):

Coastal Pacific, LLC

  • Based out of Ventura, CA
  • Operating for over 13 years
  • Currently operate 5 weekly farmer's market / family festival events: Northridge Certified Farmers' Market & Family Festival located at Northridge Mall, featuring organic fruits / vegetables, dining options, and entertainment; Simi Valley Certified Farmers' Market with 45 vendor market featuring fruits / vegetables, food options, and crafts; Canoga Park Certified Farmers' Market with 35 vendor market featuring fruits / vegetables, food options, and crafts; Galleria @Tyler Riverside Farmers' Market with 35 vendor market featuring fruits / vegetables, food options, and crafts


GreenLeaf Events, Inc.

  • Based out of Monrovia, CA
  • Operating for around 1 year
  • Currently operate 5 weekly farmer's market / street fair events: Monrovia Street Fair with
  • 200 vendor market featuring fruits / vegetables, food options, crafts, and entertainment; Rosemead Farmer's Market with 30 vendor market featuring fruits / vegetables, food options, crafts, and entertainment; Baldwin Park Street Fair & Farmer's Market with 60 vendor market featuring fruits / vegetables, food options, crafts, and entertainment; Santa Fe Springs Farmer's Market with 50 vendor market featuring fruits / vegetables, food options, crafts, and entertainment; Harbor City Farmer's Market with 25 vendor market featuring fruits / vegetables, food options, and crafts


LA PartyWorks

  • Based out of South El Monte, CA
  • Operating for over 25 years
  • Currently does not operate any weekly farmer's market / family festival events
  • Prior operator of Monrovia Friday Night Family Street Fair from July 2015 - October 2015
  • Self-identified relevant experience includes work done for the City of Duarte, Metro Gold Line, Foothill Unity, Vans, and other clients


Raw Inspiration

  • Based out of Calabasas, CA
  • Operating as a not-for-profit company for over 15 years
  • Currently manages more than 20 markets throughout LA County and several in Ventura County, including: Pacific Palisades Market, voted best market to purchase fresh local produce in LA by Jonathan Gold of LA Times; Brentwood Farmer's Market, a ¼ mile long weekly farmer's market offering premium certified farmers, grass raised meat vendors, sustainable fish / honey vendors, and high quality artisans; Channel Islands Harbor Market - in addition to managing the farmer's market, also coordinates special events for the Harbor; Partnership with Rick Caruso to produce farmer's market events.


- Brad Haugaard

Mental Health & Wellness Seminar at Monrovia High

Parent and Youth Academy "Mental Health & Wellness," with speaker Alize Neal, Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills Youth of the Year, Saturday, April 16, 8:30-11 a.m. at Monrovia High School room 908. Call Susan Hirsch at 471-2776 or 926-6832 for more information. http://goo.gl/egPMbB

Monrovia, Arcadia, Duarte Battle of the Bands

The 12th Annual MAD (Monrovia, Arcadia, Duarte) Battle of the Bands will be held this Friday, April 15, at Monrovia High School in the Louise K. Taylor Auditorium. This scholarship fundraising event began in 2005 with only Monrovia-area talent; in 2015 it was opened up to include Arcadia and Duarte High bands, hearkening back to the years prior to 1954 when the school district was composed of Monrovia, Arcadia and Duarte residents. Tickets are $5 from band members or at the door. More information, history and a gallery of pictures at http://www.mhsbattleofthebands.com.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Gold Line Train Yard Gets Top Design Award

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Foothill Gold Line Operations Campus main shop building in Monrovia its Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, one of the highest achievements in sustainable design, and makes it the first of its kind to receive the distinction. LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

Features of the building:

- An on-site 714-panel, 178.5-kilowatt solar panel array that generates nearly a third of the energy needs of the main shop building, with excess energy made available to the local grid.

- Solar-tracking skylights that move with the sun to maximize use of natural light.

- Sensors that detect human motion as well as the level of natural light available and adjust the high-efficiency LED lighting for actual need.

- High-efficiency fixtures and infrared water faucets that dispense less water.

Additional sustainability features incorporated into the overall 24-acre facility that went above and beyond those needed to achieve LEED Gold Certification include:

- A comprehensive stormwater management system that captures 100% of rainfall; filtering and infiltrating the first 112,000 gallons during any rain event into the groundwater aquifers below.

- Use of only recycled, reclaimed water for the carwash, which averages 60,000 gallons of water use daily.

- Smart sprinkler technology and the planting of a drought-tolerant plants that reduce landscape water consumption by 50%.

- Use of recycled materials for half of the building materials used on site; and locally sourcing all of the track ballast, aggregate and concrete to reduce the environmental impact of transporting them to the site.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Assemblyman And Others Propose 'Transportation Equity' Laws

Assemblymember Chris Holden (who represents Monrovia), and members Eduardo Garcia and Richard Bloom have unveiled a package of "transportation equity" proposals that would: provide $50 million for student transit passes (Holden, AB 2222); "put disadvantaged communities first when Caltrans determines which roads to maintain and improve, and prioritizes projects for funding that hire and/or train individuals with barriers to employment" (Garcia, AB 2332); increase spending on bike and pedestrian safety in disadvantaged communities (Bloom, AB 2796 and AB 1982). Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Man In Girl's Restroom; Drugs and Guns and Alcohol; Staring At House; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 7-10. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Warrants / Weapon Offenses / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspects Arrested
April 7 at 2:40 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle. The officer discovered there was an outstanding warrant for the registered owner of the vehicle, who was in the passenger seat. The registered owner was also found to have drug paraphernalia in his possession. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded shotgun in the driver’s area and two firearm replicas. Additional drugs were also found in the vehicle. Both subjects were arrested without incident.

Vehicle Burglary
April 8 at 12:59 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 1200 block of N. Canyon. The victim parked her vehicle next to the ranger station. The victim returned from a hike and found her rear window shattered and her purse missing. The victim’s credit cards were used immediately at three local businesses. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
April 8 at 3:08 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of S. Myrtle regarding a suspicious male, adult subject loitering in the children’s section in the library. The librarian pointed out the subject, who was now outside. As the officers exited the library, three young girls, ages 13, 12, and 11 years old, approached the officers and told them the same subject had been inside the girl’s bathroom minutes before. The girls reported that they walked into the bathroom, saw the subject standing inside and immediately left. They said the subject followed them outside and then walked away.

April 8 at 4:50 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of E. Lime regarding a male adult who entered a business and asked to use the women’s bathroom. An officer saw the subject walking away from the business and recognized him as the same subject from the library incident. The officer approached the subject and saw him toss a methamphetamine pipe into the fountain at the park. He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and taken into custody.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
April 8 at 6:55 p.m., officers responded to a disturbance in the 1200 block of S. California. They were told a male subject had been arguing with his grandparents and he had been drinking. The subject had left the location, but the officers located him a short distance away. After speaking with him, it was determined he was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
April 9 at 2:29 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 600 block of W. Palm when he saw a male subject riding a bicycle without any type of lighting equipment on the bike. The subject rode into a driveway. The officer stopped to contact the subject. The subject saw the officer and removed a small baggie from his pocket and tried to discard it without being seen. The officer recovered the discarded item, which was found to contain methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Resisting/Delaying a Police Officer – Suspect Arrested
April 9 at 12:57 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of W. Colorado called to report a suspicious subject standing across the street from his home. The subject was smoking and staring at his residence. Officers arrived on scene, located a subject matching the description and stopped to investigate a potential peeping/prowling violation. The subject saw the officers and a short foot pursuit ensued. He was detained in the 600 block of W. Colorado and arrested for resisting/delaying a peace officer. No injuries were sustained. The suspect was arrested and later released with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Recovered Stolen Vehicle
April 10 at 7:05 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of E. Lime regarding a vehicle blocking the aisle of a parking lot. A 1998 Acura was found with its doors open and keys in the ignition. A computer check revealed it was reported stolen the previous day. The owner was notified regarding his recovered vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 10 at 7:21 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of W. Duarte regarding a suspicious person loitering in the area. The suspicious person was located and discovered to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and released to the Arcadia Police Department on the warrant.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
April 11 at 1:10 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Shamrock and Evergreen when he observed a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver. He immediately noticed signs of intoxication. The driver was determined to be driving under the influence, was arrested, and held for sobering.

Workshop on Homelessness at Neighborhood Conference

The 7th annual Monrovia Area Partnership Neighborhood Conference, April 23, has added a workshop on homelessness, based on feedback from residents. To register: https://goo.gl/cenAe3

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Adult Ed Ceramics Sale

Monrovia Adult Ed (Wheelhouse Ceramics) has two sales a year in the space just behind Santa Fe Middle School.  The spring sale is April 30, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Sellers are students who pay for the space plus a percentage of their sales. The studio runs on the fees of those enrolled and any money made from the sale. From Mary Coates

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus Grads Guaranteed Admission to La Verne

Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, recently signed an agreement that guarantees its students will receive admission to the University of La Verne provided they meet all of the eligibility requirements. They will also have access to academic and financial aid advisers, receive an application fee waiver, and they will qualify for a one-time $1000 TAG scholarship from ULV. Source: Citrus press release

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Mikomi Sushi


Dinner Wednesday at Mikomi Sushi on the east side of Myrtle just south of the theater. Got the Spicy Pork entree for $14 and a large beer for $5.50. Very good! Came with very good miso soup and a nice salad. I couldn't finish it all. Lunch for tomorrow. 
- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Musical Meth; Under the Bed; Shoplifting and Robbery; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 4-6. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 440 service events, resulting in 67 investigations.

Possession of a Controlled Substance/Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 4 at 9:06 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Montana regarding a subject in a resident’s backyard. The officer detained a subject near the residence that matched the description given. The subject claimed he was looking for a friend that was selling some type of musical equipment. A search of the subject revealed he was in possession of methamphetamine. The subject was coming from the wash area and was cutting through the resident’s backyard. A computer check revealed a no-bail warrant for a probation violation. He was arrested for the warrant and possession of methamphetamine.

Warrants – Suspects Arrested
April 4 at 12:44 p.m., officers responded to a domestic dispute at a residence in the 200 block of N. Shamrock. When officers arrived, there was no answer at the door. Officers have responded to the residence numerous times regarding the female resident and her boyfriend. A computer check revealed an outstanding warrant for the female subject that lives at the residence and a no-bail warrant for her boyfriend. Dispatch called the female resident on her cell phone. The female subject said she had been in an argument with her boyfriend on the phone, but she had left the house. The officer requested the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter because he believed both subjects were inside the residence, and the boyfriend has a history of running from the police. After talking to the female subject on the phone, she decided to open the door. The boyfriend was found hiding under a bed. Both subjects were arrested for the outstanding warrants and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
April 4 at 9:25 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 700 block of E. Huntington. The victim arrived at the location and entered a business. When she was done, she went back out to her vehicle and discovered a window had been smashed and her purse and wallet were missing with charge cards and her drivers license in them. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
April 5 at 6:33 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a traffic collision at Mountain, just south of Huntington. Two vehicles had collided into each other. The drivers in both vehicles sustained minor injuries. One driver was taken to a hospital to be examined.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
April 6 at 3:05 p.m., a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a shoplifter. The male adult suspect entered the store, selected clothing and went into a fitting room. The subject put the selected clothing on and then put his own clothing back on over the stolen merchandise. The suspect left the location without paying for the merchandise. Officers conducted an area search, but did not located the suspect. About fifteen minutes later, he was seen walking on Huntington, but was now wearing the clothing he had stolen from the store. The suspect was detained and identified by store loss prevention. He was arrested and taken into custody without further incident.

Robbery – Suspect Arrested
April 6 at 3:09 p.m., a robbery was reported at a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington. A male adult entered a store and selected merchandise. The suspect tried to leave the store without paying for the merchandise. Several store employees tried to stop the suspect. The suspect pushed one employee to the ground and punched another. He was detained by store employees and customers, but managed to break away and flee the location. Officers located the suspect inside a nearby business. The suspect was positively identified by the victims. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody for robbery.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 7 at 12:15 a.m., a caller reported a suspicious vehicle with two subjects inside parked in a parking lot in the 100 block of Highland. Officers arrived and contacted the occupants. A computer check revealed the female occupant had a no-bail warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Progress Report on Encinitas Historic District

Dennis Sanchez reports on the progress in creating an Encinitas Historic District:

Monrovia has only one Historic District, Wildrose, dedicated to preserving its neighborhood from Mansionization.  Therefore, the residents of the 100 and 200 blocks of North Encinitas in Monrovia have banned together to make these two blocks, 64 homes, an Encinitas Historic District.  We have completed 90% of our application and raised $7,300.00 of $11.9k, through https://www.gofundme.com/savingourblock, toward city fees, and have been working with the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group and the city to get this completed. One of our homes, 168 North Encinitas, will be on the Monrovia Home tour May 1st.  We have a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Encinitas.Historic.District/, for those who want to learn more. Also, a video by Allen Holmquist and Dennis Sanchez containing photos of neighborhood homes and interviews with people living on our street: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aROUF2FC4s0 

- Brad Haugaard

Cameras in Monrovia Parks | Baseball Team Falls to Paraclete | Rain

~ Cameras to watch Monrovia parks. http://goo.gl/PRA96v

~ Monrovia baseball falls to Paraclete. http://goo.gl/AMcGK1

~ 100% chance of rain Saturday. 70% Sunday and Monday. https://goo.gl/0qMTb8

- Brad Haugaard

Auction to Benefit St. Luke Church


The entire contents of a 3,700 sq. ft. home in the Hollywood Hills will be sold at St. Luke Episcopal Church in Monrovia Thursday through Sunday,  April 14-17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Swan Hall building and patio area. All proceeds benefit the church. Appraiser TeBeau said, "Everything is custom made, much of it coming from designers and showrooms in the Pacific Design Center." Furniture, oil paintings, decor, lighting, chandeliers, clocks, pottery, silver plate, luxury bedding, kitchen items, Daum crystal, Murano glass, Pottery Barn pieces, Kitchen Aid appliances and holiday decorations. http://goo.gl/LjTJlb

- Brad Haugaaard

Restaurant Windmill to Turn Again

Okay, so this has nothing to do with Monrovia, but I just can't resist. The windmill on top of the restaurant at the corner of Santa Anita and Huntington in Arcadia will turn again. I think I remember it turning when I was a kid, waaay back when it was a Van de Kamp's restaurant and was painted powder blue. Van de Kamp's was a Dutch-themed restaurant, hence the windmill. http://goo.gl/SKELVU

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Transferring More Students to Four-Year Schools

Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, has achieved a new high for the number of students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities. A report from the college found that 1,234 Citrus students transferred to four-year institutions during the 2014-2015 academic year, a 67 percent increase compared to the 2002-2003 academic year, the first year the data was recorded. Source: Citrus press release.

- Brad Haugaard

Report on Homelessness in Monrovia

Monrovia has about one homeless person per 1,000 residents, according to a report to the City Council by Monrovia Police Chief Jim Hunt, though several audience members disputed that as too low a figure. San Luis Obispo, by comparison, he said, has about 48 per 1,000. Hunt said most of the homeless in Library Park are "resistant," meaning they've been offered assistance but have refused it. Also, he said that by making many felonies into misdemeanors, Proposition 47 has made it much more difficult to enforce laws, as basically all police can do is give tickets. Several speakers suggested the city provide showers, storage, bathrooms and housing for the homeless.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council Approves Measure to Open Cloverleaf Access Point to Wilderness Area

The Monrovia City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a measure to purchase rights-of-way to open access to the Cloverleaf entry point to the Monrovia Wilderness Preserve. Part of the agreement is for the city to install gates, locking mailboxes for the residents, a water fountain and to perform trail upgrades, so these tasks need to be performed before the trailhead is opened.

Comment: Thank you to the City Council and particularly to City Manager Oliver Chi and his staff for the work they did in bringing this measure before the council tonight!

- Brad Haugaard

Holden Bill Would Add New Technologies To Talent Agency Law

Assemblymember Chris Holden's Talent Agency Scam Prevention Bill, AB 2068, passed the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support. AB 2068 updates the Talent Scam Prevention Act to include new technologies, such as mobile apps and online services that are not on the internet as websites, to require them not to charge upfront fees or to refuse to remove content at the request of a client. Holden represents Monrovia. Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Country-Psychedelic Band, Nocona, Coming to Monrovia

The Venice, California, based band, Nocona, is bringing its music To Monrovia's Resistor Records (511 S. Myrtle) for Record Store Day, Saturday, April 16 at 6 p.m. The country-psychedelic music of Noconais is based on the family tradition - from The Carter Family and The Louvin Brothers to Willie's Family Picnic and the cool California breeziness of The Mamas and the Papas. A sample of their music: https://goo.gl/ZCLlUJ . For more info: http://noconamusic.com

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Giggle Fiber Being Sold; Four Companies Offer to Run Street Fair; Work on Depot; More Bluebirds; Concerts; Etc.


Concept plan for old train depot.

In his weekly report ( http://goo.gl/Su5Kst ), City Manager Olvier Chi reports, among other things ...

~ Monrovia's Giggle Fiber is being sold to Jim Chiu, a resident of Bradbury, who founded and operates Vertex Telecom, which provides telecommunication services for the Asian-American community.

~ The city's request for proposals to run the street fair brought four responses, from Coastal Pacific, LLC; Raw Inspiration; Los Angeles PartyWorks; and GreenLeaf Events, Inc.

~ On April 19 the City Council will consider designating the Monrovia Santa Fe Depot as a historic landmark and - if everything goes according to schedule, rehab work should begin in mid- to late-summer and hopefully be done towards the end of this year or early in 2017.

~ Canyon Park Volunteers and Monrovia High School Advanced Placement biology students placed numerous blue bird houses throughout Monrovia parks, replaced existing damaged bird boxes, cleaned out old nests, and monitored nesting habits. Results: a larger population of blue birds to our urban parks.

~ Summer concerts at the Station Square band shell: July 14 - The Who Show (The Who Tribute Band); July 21 - Escape, The Journey Tribute; August 4 - Mirage, Visions of Fleetwood Mac;
August 18 - Doobies, Inc., The Doobie Brothers Tribute Band. All Concerts are from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

~ Monrovia's Summer Extravaganza program was selected as one of 11 award recipients hin the 27th Congressional District to be presented with a Congressional Recognition of Excellence Award. It is an eight week summer program held in Recreation Park involving games, educational activities, crafts, excursions, diversity programs, exercise, and nutrition.

~ Monrovia company ChromoLogic (1225 South Shamrock Avenue). recently installed the largest commercial solar panel system in Monrovia, a 65 kW system.

~ Librarians will be at the Friday Night Family Street Fair on April 16 and May 20, from 6-6:30 p.m., with a Storytime Carpet location where families and children can read stories and sing songs.

~ The 6th annual Fountain to the Falls Run / Walk, a 6.38 mile out-and-back race from the Library Park Fountain to the Canyon Park Waterfall, will take place on Saturday, May 7, at 7 a.m., in cooperation with the Santa Anita Family YMCA. All participants will receive a t-shirt and ribbon.  Medals for best time for male and female participants, and for first place through third place in each age category. Maximum of 325 participants. Registration through May 4 is $35; event-day registration is $45. Register here: https://cityofmonroviarecreation.org/. For more information call Public Services at 256-8246.

Monrovia On Top in Baseball

Monrovia is in top position in local baseball rankings. http://goo.gl/bMbIhj

- Brad Haugaard

A Bit of Rain for Monrovia Later This Week?

60% chance of showers in Monrovia this Thursday, 80% Friday. https://goo.gl/0qMTb8

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Bike Thefts; Shoplifting; Drunk Driving; Stolen Gun; Home Burglary

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 31 - April 3. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Prowling/Receiving Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
March 31 at 12:14 p.m., an officer observed a suspicious subject riding a bike in the 800 block of West Foothill. The officer saw the subject looking down driveways and into the windows of a business. He was also seen removing identifying stickers from the bike he was riding. Upon contact, the suspect said the bike belonged to his friend and he was returning it, but he could not tell police where his friend lived. The suspect was arrested for prowling and receiving stolen property.

Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Receiving Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
March 31 at 1:03 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. During a consent search of the passenger, a large amount of methamphetamine was found on his person. A consent search of the vehicle revealed a backpack which contained a scale, packaging material and stolen property. The passenger said the backpack belonged to him. The passenger was arrested and taken into custody for the above listed charges and the female driver was identified and released.

Theft of Bicycles
March 31 at 11:05 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Palm Avenue called police to report a theft. The resident had returned home to find two bicycles had been stolen from the backyard of the home. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
March 31 at 11:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Mayflower and Huntington regarding a family disturbance. They contacted the subjects, and during a computer check, they found the female subject had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was arrested, taken into custody and held pending her court appearance.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
April 1 at 6:23 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington regarding a suspect who reportedly walked out without paying for merchandise. The suspect was located nearby and detained for investigation. Several items of store merchandise were located on the subject. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence/Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
April 1 at 6:52 p.m., officers responded to a non-injury traffic collision in the 600 block of Huntington Drive. When they arrived they spoke to both parties. It was determined that one of the drivers had been drinking, and after a DUI investigation was conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI. The driver was held for a period of sobering.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 1 at 10:55 p.m., a suspicious person was reported near a business in the 700 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and located the male subject who, upon identification, was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Possession of Stolen Gun – Suspect Arrested
April 2 at 1:24 a.m., officers responded to the report of a disturbance in the 1100 block of Royal Oaks. When police arrived, they saw two subjects walking away from the area, one was carrying a backpack. The subject tossed the backpack when he saw the officers. The officers detained the subjects and searched the tossed backpack. Inside the backpack, they located a stolen handgun, a loaded magazine outside of the handgun, and the identification and other property of the subject who tossed the backpack. The subject was arrested for possession of a stolen gun and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
April 2 at 6:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to an injury traffic collision at the intersection of Mayflower and Duarte. A driver ran the red light at Duarte and Mayflower and he struck a vehicle headed south on Mayflower. The three elderly occupants in the vehicle were injured and were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 3 at 3:16 a.m., officers observed a vehicle driving erratically and with mechanical defects. The vehicle stopped in the 100 block of W. Huntington and officers contacted the driver. The officers determined the driver had been drinking, and after they completed their investigation, the subject was arrested for driving under the influence.

Vehicle Burglary
April 3 at 10:06 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Linwood. The victim parked his vehicle in the rear carport the day before at 2:00 p.m. When he returned to his vehicle the next morning at 9:50 a.m., he found his rear passenger window smashed out and his wallet missing. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
April 3 at 9:39 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 400 block of Bella Vista Drive. The home was broken into sometime between 5:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., while the resident was out. Several windows and a rear door were left unlocked. The home was ransacked. The victim is unsure of the loss and will contact police once it has been determined.

Monrovia's AeroVironment Names New CEO

Monrovia-based AeroVironment has named Wahid Nawabi as its Chief Executive Officer, effective May 2. Current CEO, Tim Conver, is retiring but will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors. http://goo.gl/dnCkNy

- Brad Haugaard

An Open Letter and Plea to the Monrovia Community

Fellow Monrovians,

If you believe as I do that the Hillside Wilderness area - which Monrovia purchased 16 years ago and which you are still paying off through your taxes - should finally be fully opened to all of us as originally promised, I'd urge you to come to the Monrovia City Council tomorrow night and say so. I'll be there.

The Council will be considering a measure (details: http://goo.gl/HW15y0 ) that would facilitate the opening of the Cloverleaf entry point to the Wilderness Preserve, and while I strongly support the measure I do not believe it is a slam dunk.

I say this because Mr. Thomas Seuss, a resident who has led opposition to opening the trailhead for many years, has emailed people (I was forwarded a copy of the email) to object to the measure on Tuesday's agenda, so I do not believe it will simply pass routinely and I think it would be very helpful for the City Council to hear that there are people who favor the measure.

The meeting is Tuesday, tomorrow, at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall (415 South Ivy Ave., at the northwest corner of Lemon and Ivy, a block east of Myrtle). There are little speaker cards available when you enter. Fill one out for item AR-1 (see full agenda here:  http://goo.gl/wqksZB ) and give it to the city clerk at the front of the council chambers. She'll call on you when the item comes up. Then say what you have to say, but, you know, be polite.

It is best to come in person, but if you really can't make it, you can contact the mayor and city council members using the email addresses on this web page: http://www.cityofmonrovia.org/citycouncil/page/meet-city-council

Background:

Why the Cloverleaf entry point is so important: http://goo.gl/bs2s5J

A bit of history (Note that this is from 2014): http://goo.gl/WeJSe1

Gratefully,

Brad Haugaard

Homelessness in Monrovia Parks

More on Monrovia's plan to address homelessness in its parks. http://goo.gl/e2QNLb

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council To Consider Opening Cloverleaf Access Point to Wilderness Area; Friday Night Fair Operator


At its next meeting ( http://goo.gl/wqksZB ) the Monrovia City Council will consider purchasing easements from two property owners (for $175,000 each) to open the Cloverleaf access point to the Hillside Wilderness Area. The city will also spend between $50,000-$100,000 to install gates and locking mailboxes for the residents, to put in a water fountain and perform trail upgrades. Money to pay for the easements and improvements would come from the current Hillside Wilderness Preserve fund, from savings the city is seeing from refinancing the bonds for the wilderness area at a lower interest rate, and from $165,000 that accrues annually until 2031 as the city pays down the bonds. http://goo.gl/HW15y0

~ At a 5 p.m. study session, the council will discuss the Friday Night Street Fair Operator Assessment Process. http://goo.gl/E6vF5H

Comment: I have been nagging about the Cloverleaf access point for years, and I am happy to see this measure finally on the agenda. Assuming it is adopted by the City Council, it means the Cloverleaf entry point to the Wilderness Area will finally be open to hikers and bicyclists, as was promised years ago. This, in turn, means that for practical purposes the amount of trail area more than doubles.

What do I mean by, "for practical purposes?" Well, imagine a loop trail with the far side of the loop high up the side of a mountain. You hike way up the mountain, then way down the other side of the loop, which circles around towards where you started. BUT! Just as you are about to get back to where you started, you encounter a locked gate and you have to turn around and climb all the way back up the mountain and then all the way back down the way you came.

So, most non-super-athletes will hike to the top of the loop then turn around and come back down the same way they went up, meaning that one half (or more) of the loop is "for practical purposes" not really available to any but super athletes. This is precisely the problem that opening the Cloverleaf gate solves.

Thank you, Oliver Chi and city staff for the work you have done to finally bring this before the City Council. And please, City Council. Please approve it.

- Brad Haugaard