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Monrovia Council: New Zoning Rules; Bartlett Mosaic Finalists; Land to Bradbury; Etc.

At the Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. Monrovia City Council meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/kwd0An ), the council will ...

~ Hold a public hearing and consider adopting proposed modifications to the zoning code to make construction compatible with neighborhoods. A lot of detail here: http://goo.gl/u5NA7N

~ Consider giving a $500 stipend to four finalist artists who are proposing to do the Bob Bartlett Memorial Mosaic at the train station. Finalists are: Cha-Rie Tang & Gerda Govine, Katherine England, Dawn Mendelson, Carole Choucair Queija. http://goo.gl/uH0FZq

~ Consider Bradbury's request to annex 2.65 acres of Monrovia. http://goo.gl/m8syby

~ Consider opposing Governor Brown's Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 (Proposition 57), which "attempts to reform the prison sentencing system by proposing to allow the early release of 'non-violent' felons that meet certain eligibility requirements." However, the staff report says the definition of "non-violent" includes drive-by shootings and assault with a deadly weapon. http://goo.gl/scBhQl

~ Replacing police rifles and "less-than-lethal" shotguns for $42,066.26. http://goo.gl/S76K3l

~ Consider creating a partnership with other local cities and agencies to deal with storm water clean-up requirements. http://goo.gl/KvoQPi

- Brad Haugaard

Hotel Coming to Southwest Corner of Myrtle and Huntington?

A possible buyer for the property at the southwest corner of Huntington and Myrtle wants to build a hotel on the site. At the Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. meeting of the "Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency" (the City Council wearing a different hat), the city will consider selling the property to Tharaldson Hospitality Development for $2.8 million. Details: http://goo.gl/HyOfQG

- Brad Haugaard

Walking Tour of Old Town Monrovia

The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will conduct a walking tour of downtown Monrovia on Saturday, August 6, at 10 a.m. The tour lasts about two hours, and participants will be walking a total of 8 city blocks during that time. Cost is $5 per person, and reservations are not necessary. Meet at the SE corner of Palm and Myrtle Avenues.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Roomie Arrested After Argument Over Cell Phone; Shoplifting; Drugs; Bad Getaway

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 473 service events, resulting in 79 investigations.

Grand Theft Auto Recovered – Suspect Arrested
July 25 at 3:00 p.m., officers were advised of a stolen vehicle possibly traveling north on Myrtle. An officer in the area saw the vehicle near Myrtle and Lime. He confirmed the plate, which showed it was reported stolen to Signal Hill Police Department. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 200 block of N. Alta Vista and arrested the female driver. The suspect was also found to have warrants for her arrest, which were added to her charges.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
July 26 at 10:29 a.m., loss prevention personnel from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a shoplifter that left the store without paying. The suspect was last seen getting on a public transit bus headed west on Huntington Drive. Officers stopped the bus in Arcadia and learned the suspect had exited at the prior stop. The officers returned to the prior stop and searched the area. The suspect was detained by an officer. He was positively identified and arrested. The stolen property was recovered outside of the store during the course of the investigation.

Possession of a Controlled Substance/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Warrant – Suspects Arrested
July 26 at 11:06 p.m., officers were on patrol in the 100 block of W. Walnut and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. There were two female subjects in the vehicle. During the traffic stop, the driver was found to have a warrant for her arrest. The passenger admitted to having methamphetamine concealed on her person and drug paraphernalia was located in the side door of the vehicle. Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
July 27 at 12:42 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of W. Walnut regarding the report of a battery incident. The victim lives at a group facility in the 200 block of W. Colorado. He reported that his roommate accused him of taking his cell phone. When the victim denied taking the cell phone, the roommate started hitting the victim. The victim ran from the location and called the police. Officers responded to the residence, where the victim placed the roommate under private person's arrest. The roommate was arrested and taken into custody.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
July 27 at 4:54 p.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a shoplifter. The suspect left the store with merchandise without paying. An officer arrived, located the suspect and a short foot pursuit occurred. The suspect was apprehended and arrested. The stolen property was recovered.

Night of Lamenting Evil in the World at Fellowship Monrovia

Fellowship Monrovia will hold a "Night of Lamenting" for the evil and destruction that have dominated the news lately. The meeting will be held this Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m. in the church's Fellowship Center at 401 E. Huntington Drive in Monrovia. Details: http://goo.gl/c8GZGZ

- Brad Haugaard

Seminars for Youth and Adults to Become Monrovia Leaders

Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) is offering two leadership programs coming this fall for those who would like to be involved in the Monrovia community, one for adults and one for youth. Here are the details on how to participate from Neighborhood Services Program Coordinator Ariel Tolefree-Williams:

Adult: The Leadership Academy provides a foundation of knowledge to jump-start and sustain residents' service in the community. After the Academy, graduates become part of an ever-growing network of community leaders. Get more information and apply now here: http://goo.gl/Cce6vc

Youth: The Youth Leadership Academy is designed specifically to help youth learn, develop and grow so they, in turn, can take active roles in the health of their community. Get more information and apply now! http://goo.gl/a7ApIl

- Brad Haugaard

Buses - Not Best Getaway Vehicles

Man tries to catch a bus to make his escape with vacuum cleaner stolen from Monrovia store. http://goo.gl/K0vg7g

- Brad Haugaard

Details For Monrovia's Zip Code Day Coming Together



Nancy Bond, who has been organizing Monrovia's Zip Code Day (9/10/16), reports that the event will be held in Library Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 9/10/16, of course. (Sept. 10, 2016, if you haven't had your coffee yet.) She reports that there will be games, a dunk tank, snow cones, kid's art activities and fun hand-outs. Also, a Hot Rod Show is being held on the same day, so Myrtle will be closed to traffic and filled with old cars. Plus, there will be an online store "where people can pre-order their Celebrate Monrovia T-shirts, hats, cups, and other commemorative items" for this once-in-a-lifetime event. More details to come soon. Local organizations that would like to have a booth at the event can email Korrine Ramirez at kr@monroviacc.com or call her at the Monrovia Chamber Office at 358-1159.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia: Allow Bradbury to Have 2.65 Acres of Monrovia? Trash Changes Not Well Communicated; OSH Opens August 13; Etc.

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

~ City staff is recommending that Monrovia allow Bradbury to annex 2.65 acres. Chi writes that, "Two of the properties in question are actually owned by the Bradbury Estates Association and serve as an entry point into Bradbury. In addition, the other two parcels are connected to properties that have structures which were built and are located in Bradbury."

~ Chi said the city goofed in communicating about the new trash contract and fees. "Our most sincere apologies here at the City for not doing a better job of communicating the reasons behind the changes!" More data about the change at city website, http://goo.gl/WYarxn , and Chi's discussion of the issue in his weekly report: http://goo.gl/FgQkpy

~ Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH), at Huntington and Monterey, will officially open to the public on Saturday, August 13.

~ Monrovia sent a water tender, fire engine, and six firefighters to assist with the fire fight in Santa Clarita.

~ Bradbury was considering contracting with Monrovia for police services but decided to stick with the LA Sheriff's Department (LASD).

~ Work begins in southwest and southeast Monrovia early August on sewer and sidewalk repairs. First up is sewer pipeline work on Monterey Avenue just south of Huntington Drive, and on Shamrock Avenue from Olive Avenue to the alley north of Walnut Avenue. Also, sidewalk repairs. Then, in late August, there will be water pipeline work on Primrose Avenue from Central Avenue to Huntington Drive, and on Cypress Avenue from Sherman Avenue to Shamrock Avenue.

~ Lower Clamshell Truck Trial is closed (not even hikers allowed) for road repairs starting July 25 for approximately 3-4 weeks. A chunk of the road got washed out in the rains.

~ Service calls to the Monrovia Fire Department have increased by 13.2% since 2014. Comment: Hmmm. Wonder why.

~ Monrovia will celebrate Parks & Recreation Month at Recreation Park on Wednesday, July 27 at 3 p.m. There will be a presentation from Police and Fire Departments. Super Heros will give a talk, answer questions, provide demonstrations, and show off emergency vehicles. There will be games and activities and opportunities to work on one of six different murals highlighting the benefits of recreation, nature, police, and fire services. For questions, call the Monrovia Community Services Division at 256-8246.

~ Foothill Unity Center will hold its Annual Back to School Distribution Event on Tuesday, August 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Santa Anita Racetrack. To find out how to help contact Foothill Unity Center at bts@foothillunitycenter.org, or 358-3486.

- Brad Haugaard

National Night Out in Monrovia - Police-Community Partnerships

National Night Out, August 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Library Park. A night of neighborhood unity, awareness, safety and police-community partnerships.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Bear Rousted from Under House; Busted Bicyclist; Cash from Unlocked Vehicle; Etc.

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

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
July 21 at 8:46 a.m., an officer stopped a bicyclist for a vehicle code violation in the area of Mayflower and Fano. Further investigation revealed the bicyclist had a warrant for his arrest. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
July 21 at 1:04 p.m., officers were on patrol in the 600 block of W. Huntington when they saw a suspect they knew had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was located inside a business. After the warrant was confirmed, the suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglaries / Theft From a Vehicle
July 21, two vehicle burglaries and a theft from a vehicle were reported to police. The two vehicle burglaries occurred at an apartment complex in the 200 block of W. Lime. Unknown suspects broke into the vehicles and stole miscellaneous items that were left inside, including a purse. The theft from a vehicle occurred in the 300 block of S. Primrose. The victim left the vehicle unlocked and a personal checkbook and some cash was taken. The investigations are continuing.

Bear Incident
July 23 at 9:37 a.m., a bear was reported in the 200 block of W. Hillcrest Drive. The resident reported that the bear was in the crawl space under their home, which had been left unsecured. Officers arrived at the location and made attempts to get the bear to flee, but the bear did not respond. The Department of Fish and Wildlife responded and were able to get the bear to leave the crawl space and to go back into the foothills.

Grand Theft Auto Recovered
July 24 at 10:42 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of N. Encinitas on the report of a recovered stolen vehicle. The vehicle was located outside of Monrovia by another police department. The officers requested assistance with locating the owner of the vehicle to confirm if he knew the whereabouts of his vehicle. The vehicle owner stated his vehicle should be parked in his complex in Monrovia and that he did not give anyone permission to take it. A grand theft auto report was taken and the victim was told where to pick up his vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Fraud / Warrants – Suspects Arrested
July 25 at 2:05 a.m., officers were on patrol in the area of Duarte and Tenth when they stopped a driver for a vehicle code violation. Further investigation revealed the vehicle was stolen out of Fontana. The passenger was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and had warrants. The driver was in possession of stolen credit cards, checks and identifications. Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Learn to be a Monrovia Leader

2016 Monrovia Area Partnership Adult Leadership Academy, Thursdays at 7 to 9 p.m. at the Monrovia Community Center, Sept. 8 through Oct. 20, for ages 18 . Course provides a foundation jump-start and sustain residents' service in the community. Learn about local government, public health and safety, tools and resources, etc. Details: http://goo.gl/Cce6vc

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Wok & Fire


Lunch today at Wok & Fire, in the Rite Aid shopping center at Huntington and Magnolia. Got the Combo A with noodles and orange chicken and a drink for $5.25. Nice and filling. Good price. 
- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia OSH About to Open?

Brad Hori writes to say that he spoke to the guard at OSH (Orchard Supply Hardware) at Huntington and Monterey Avenue, who said the store is opening this Tuesday.

- Brad Haugaard

Raising Money for Monrovia 'Church in the Park'

Last year Trevon Blackwood and some friends put on a church picnic at Monrovia Library Park and are now trying to raise $1,000 to do Church In The Park again. https://goo.gl/atv3lN

- Brad Haugaard

Former Monrovian, Leslie Van Houten, Denied Parole

Governor Jerry Brown denied parole to former Monrovian, Leslie Van Houten, a part of the Charles Manson group, who is serving a life sentence for her involvement in murder about 40 years ago. http://goo.gl/lEIF2v

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner atClaim Jumper


Dinner recently at Claim Jumper, on the south side of Huntington just west of the freeway. Got the Clubhouse sandwich with avocado ($13.99) and a large beer ($8.25). Had to take half of it home (sandwich, I mean, not the beer). It was quite good and they don't let you leave hungry.

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Cussing Out Cops and Fire Fighters; Bean Bagged Bears; Car Escapes in Chase; Sleeping Gets Him Busted; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 476 service events, resulting in 81 investigations.

Vehicle Burglary
July 18 at 7:05 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 200 block of Taylor regarding two vehicle burglaries. Two work trucks were broken into and specialty tools were taken. The suspects gained access to the property by cutting a lock off a gate. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Illegal Weapon – Suspect Arrested
July 18 at 8:45 a.m., a driver was observed by police personnel driving in front of the police station and yelling obscenities as he passed. The driver parked the vehicle in the 100 block of East Lime, exited the vehicle and walked out of sight. All officers were informed of the incident and the vehicle description.

A short time later, police received a call from the Monrovia Fire Department reporting the same individual was now at the fire station, yelling and screaming obscenities. Officers responded and found the subject driving his vehicle in the area. The officers stopped the vehicle for a vehicle code violation. During the contact, the subject gave consent for the officers to search his vehicle. During the search, an illegal weapon was located under the driver seat. The subject was arrested for the illegal weapon and released on a citation to appear in court.

Robbery
July 18 at 11:33 a.m., a robbery was reported at a business in the 900 block of West Huntington Drive. A male adult subject entered the business and ordered product from the business. He gave the employee a $50.00 bill to pay for the product. When the employee began to process the payment and provide change, the suspect grabbed the $50.00 bill and the change from the employee's hand and fled the business. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
July 18 at 2:30 p.m., an officer responded to the 400 block of W. Duarte Road on the report of a stolen vehicle. The victim parked her vehicle at a business at 6:00 a.m. When she returned at 2:30 p.m., she found the vehicle was missing. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
July 19 at 12:55 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 400 block of W. Duarte when he noticed a vehicle parked in a business parking lot. The vehicle was running and the subject had his head down on the steering wheel. He appeared to be sleeping. The officer contacted the subject and asked him to step out of the vehicle to make sure he was okay. As the subject opened the door, the officer saw a glass smoking pipe in the side door pocket. The suspect was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bear Sighting
July 19 at 1:05 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of W. Lime called to report a large bear on the side of her house. When officers arrived, the bear was up in the backyard tree. When the bear came down, the officers deployed two bean bag rounds, which encouraged the bear to move back into the foothills.

Vehicle Burglary
July 19 at 9:51 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of S. Myrtle Avenue. The victim’s vehicle was broken into sometime during the night. Unknown suspects entered the vehicle, but there were no signs of forced entry. Several items were taken. The investigation is continuing. Residential burglary July 19 at 4:02 p.m., police were dispatched to a residential burglary in the 200 block of E. Chestnut Avenue. The victim left his residence in the morning and when he returned in the afternoon, he noticed his front door was closed, but unlocked. When he entered, he saw the location had been ransacked. Several electronic and other miscellaneous items were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Bear Sighting
July 20 at 1:20 a.m., an officer responded to the report of a bear sighting in the rear yard of a residence in the 200 block of N. Ivy. The bear was attracted to the area due to the avocado trees. The officer deployed two bean bag rounds at the bear to get him off the property. The bear was hit once and retreated from the area back into the foothills.

Injury Traffic Collision
July 20 at 8:38 a.m., an officer witnessed a vehicle pull out of a gas station and strike a bicyclist that was riding the wrong direction on the sidewalk. The bicyclist received minor injuries.

Stolen Vehicle Pursuit
July 21 at 4:38 a.m., an officer on patrol located a stolen vehicle heading north on Myrtle at Olive. The vehicle continued north on Myrtle and made a right turn on Lemon. The officers commenced a pursuit of the vehicle east on Lemon to Mountain, where the vehicle drove south on Mountain reaching a speed of 80 miles per hour with no traffic. The vehicle continued south on Mountain and made a right turn, heading west on Central. The vehicle increased speed on Central and continued onto the 210 Freeway heading west. The suspect vehicle was weaving in and out of light traffic. Officers lost sight of the vehicle at Hill Street, where the pursuit was discontinued for safety reasons. The Pasadena Police Department and California Highway Patrol were advised of the pursuit and suspect vehicle.

Rotating Monrovia Mayor Idea Tabled

Monrovia City Council tables for now the idea of returning the city to a mayor who is chosen by rotation among the city council members. Currently Monrovia's mayor is directly elected. http://goo.gl/NwX0H6

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Summer of Music

Monrovia has a summer of music planned:

At Library Park there is ...

~ The regular Summer Concert Series every Sunday from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. beginning on July 10, 2016 and lasting through August 28, 2016. http://goo.gl/eVsf98

~ And, music, lectures, and children's activities sponsored by Calvary Chapel of Monrovia, which will be renting Library Park's bandshell every Wednesday evening between July 13 and September 28 from 6-9 p.m.

At Station Square Park there is ...

~ Music every Wednesday evening from 7-8:15 p.m., from July 13 through August 17. http://goo.gl/eVsf98 . Here's the schedule:
- July 20 – Leftover Cuties – Americana
- July 27 – Richard Glaser – Jazz
- August 3 – Cuicani – Latin
- August 10 – Birdie’s Playhouse – Children’s Music
- August 17 – Upstream – World Music

~ Also, there will be another summer concert series at Station Square Park on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. Schedule:
- July 21 – Escape – the Journey Tribute
- August 4 – Mirage – Visions of Fleetwood Mac
- August 18 – Doobies, Inc. – Doobie Brothers Tribute Band

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia City House for Sale; Mayor; Construction on Water, Sewer Lines, Pink Cops, Etc.

In his weekly report ( http://goo.gl/xslbp6 ), City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

~ Monrovia has put its Annex Facility up for sale. Minimum bid $670,000. This is an historic landmark house at 200 East Lime Ave, across from City Hall. It is a landmarked home known as the Tillapaugh House, a 2,331 square-foot home built in 1906 on 8,000 square feet of land. Details: http://goo.gl/8QHvYA

~ If you'd like more information about the proposed switch to a rotating-mayor form of city government (rather than a directly-elected mayor), lots more here, as well as an opinion survey: http://goo.gl/c30Fnp

~ Construction on water and sewer pipelines, water facilities, streets, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters will begin in the southwest and southeast portions of town this August. Everything to the eastern and western city limits between Colorado to the north and the 210 Freeway to the south. The rest of the city comes later. Details:



~ If you see a Monrovia Police officer wearing a pink patch starting in August, it's to support breast cancer awareness.

~ An iris mosaic has been installed at the base of the kinetic iris art piece located in front of City Hall on the corner of Lemon Avenue and Ivy Avenue.

~ A life-sized sculpture of an old fashioned movie director, a free standing movie camera and a tall director's chair should be installed on Myrtle near the Krikorian Theatre this August 17.

- Brad Haugaard

Boundary of National Monument vs. Monrovia

This is the first decent map I've seen that shows the boundaries of the National Monument above Monrovia. (Click map to make it bigger.) As you can see, it appears to keep a respectable distance from the city boundaries.

If you want to see the full map and details, they are here: http://goo.gl/8Nqn8y

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovians Not Too Happy About Trash Bill Increase

Monrovia residents are seeing their higher trash bills arrive in the mail and - judging from comments on social media - are none too happy about it.

One resident writes to say he thinks it is a back-door way for the city to raise taxes since the agreement between the city and Athens gives the trash company an 18-year rolling contract in exchange for Athens giving the city rebates of $650,000 per year. The additional cost also gives residents additional services, which I outlined here: http://goo.gl/4BNXAi . You can see the city staff report on the agreement with Athens here: http://goo.gl/Krg4Hj .

Also, some of the cost increase is because of the adoption of Assembly Bill 1826, which requires an organic waste diversion program for businesses. You can see the bill here: http://goo.gl/FXIWF7

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Stolen Dog Food Returned; Bear Leads to Broken Arm; Men Arrested for Domestic Violence; Residents Chase Burglar; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 14-17. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
July 14 at 9:45 a.m., an officer responded to the report of a domestic violence that occurred in the 300 block of W. Duarte where a male battered a female. The suspect came in to the Monrovia Police Department lobby to speak to an officer about the case and was a wanted person for the domestic violence case. The suspect was arrested. The suspect was able to post bond and was released from custody. The case will be submitted to the District Attorney's office for filing consideration.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
July 14 at 9:46 p.m., an officer stopped the driver of a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the area of Shamrock and Foothill. Further investigation revealed the driver had an outstanding warrant. The officers arrested the driver for the warrant.

Residential Burglary – Suspect Arrested
July 15 at 11:16 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Diamond to the report of a Residential Burglary. The caller reported that a subject whom he did not recognize was in his home in the upstairs bedroom. While the officers were in route to the home, the suspect was confronted by the residents who live in the home and chased the suspect out. The suspect was detained and investigation revealed the suspect forced entry into a side gate, entered the home through an open side door and went upstairs into a bedroom. When the suspect was confronted by the residents, he ingested a small baggie of narcotics. The suspect fled on foot but was captured nearby and taken into custody. The suspect is being held pending his court appearance.

Theft
July 15 at 4:00 p.m., a resident in the 1000 block of Orange called to report a theft. The victim had a package delivered to her home which contained dog food. When she arrived home the package was missing, but a short time later, good Samaritans delivered the package to her door. They told her they found the open package at the intersection of Foothill and Mountain and returned it to the listed address.

Battery
July 15 at 4:35 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the Monrovia Police Department lobby regarding a battery that occurred in the 200 block of Los Angeles. A male came to the Monrovia Police Department to report that he was battered by his cousin who lives in the home. Further investigation revealed that the two cousins got into a physical fight over a family issue. The case will be presented to the District Attorney's office for filing consideration.

Bear Sighting
July 15 at 11:52 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Grand on the report of a bear sighting. The resident was in her back yard watering the grass when a bear that was on the tree near her, climbed down and confronted the resident. The elderly resident fearing for her safety backed up and tripped over a rock. The resident fell, struck her head and broke her right arm. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment and is doing well. Fish & Game were called and a solution is being sought.

Robbery / Possession of Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
July 16 at 8:31 a.m., a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill called police to report a robbery. The caller who is the manager of the location called to report a subject entered the store, selected merchandise and exited without paying. The suspect was stopped in the doorway and confronted about the theft. The suspect pushed the manager and fled the area. Officers located the suspect a short distance away where he was found to be in possession smoking paraphernalia and hypodermic needles. The suspect was positively identified and taken into custody. The suspect is being held pending his court appearance.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
July 16 at 10:35 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of S. Myrtle to the report of a male and female fighting. The subjects, husband and wife, were arguing and when the wife tried to walk away, they began to fight. The male aggressor was arrested for domestic violence.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
July 17 at 2:56 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Canyon called the police to report a subject walked down his driveway to the back house and was looking into windows and touching the entry door. When the resident confronted the subject, he fled on foot. Officers located the suspect a short distance away. Further investigation revealed a trespassing occurred and the suspect was arrested, booked and later issued a citation to appear in court.

Driving Under the influence – Suspect Arrested
July 17 at 11:43 p.m., officers were dispatched to a call in the area of Mayflower and Olive regarding a vehicle driving erratically. Officers saw the vehicle as it was attempting to park. The officers contacted the driver and during their investigation concluded the driver was intoxicated. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Monrovia Police: Interacting Safely With Law Enforcement

The Monrovia Police Department is starting Project ACT (Achieving Community Trust) to educate youth to safely interact with law enforcement. Meeting Saturday August 13, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Library Community Room. http://goo.gl/qPIkrP Comment: Timely. My philosophy has always been: Don't make cops nervous - make sure they can always see your hands.

- Brad Haugaard

City Council: Smoking Ban in City Parks; Should City Support Sales Tax; Cop on Campus

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

~ Instituting a smoking ban in city parks.

"Smoking is broadly defined to include 'inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted, heated, or ignited cigar, cigarette, cigarillo, pipe, hookah, Electronic Smoking Device, or any plant product intended for human inhalation, or the act of lighting or igniting a cigar, cigarette, cigarillo, pipe, hookah, Electronic Smoking Device, or any plant product intended for human inhalation.'" http://goo.gl/dF3Gvw

Comment: This is wildly excessive. "[A]ny plant product intended for human inhalation?" Seriously? Any? So no wearing plant-based cologne or perfume. Also, I work with a guy who vapes. He said he hasn't smoked a cigarette since he took it up years ago. It is benefiting his health! So we are limiting a treatment that helps people stay away from from tobacco's carcinogens? Why? This is like outlawing cups because a cup may contain poison; never mind that it may also hold water. I'm jumping into this argument late in the game, which is my fault, but I didn't imagine the proposed smoking ban would be so extremely silly and intrusive.

~ Consider taking a position on the proposed Metro sales tax measure, which would extend the current half-cent sales tax and add on an additional half-cent. http://goo.gl/9ubQoO

~ Consider extending the agreement with the Monrovia School District to have a police office on campus. http://goo.gl/wgsBUK

- Brad Haugaard

View Saturn in Monrovia's Library Park

Members of the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers will be at the corner of Myrtle and Lime (southeast corner of Library Park) tonight, giving people views of the moon, Saturn and Mars, and maybe Jupiter. Maybe because of trees and buildings.

- Brad Haugaard

Seussical Show at Monrovia's IFGF Church

Centre Stage will present Seussical, a show for the whole family at the IFGF Church at 147 W. Palm. The professional cast will perform July 21-23 and the youth cast on July 28-30. Tickets on sale at centrestageinc.com.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Bella Sera

Dinner at Bella Sera last night, on the east side of Myrtle just south of the theater. Got the Chicken Marsala ($21) and a beer at happy hour price of $4. Really excellent!

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Home Invasion Robbery; Swiping Mail; Fight Over How to Discipline Children; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 11-14. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 427 service events, resulting in 73 investigations.

Theft from a Vehicle
July 14 at 10:15 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of W. Pomona on the report of a vehicle burglary. The victim left his vehicle unlocked in the parking lot of a business. When the victim returned to his vehicle he noticed his tools and keys had been stolen from inside the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Theft from a Vehicle
July 14 at 1:25 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of N. May called police to report a theft. The victim was doing work on a house and left his work van parked in front of the house with the back doors open. The victim heard a noise, looked out to his van and saw a subject fleeing with one of the victim’s tool bags. The suspect fled in a grey sedan. The investigation is continuing.

Mail Theft / Possession of Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
July 14 at 4:05 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of W. Pomona regarding the report of a mail theft. The caller witnessed a subject stealing mail. Officers searched the area and located the suspect sitting on the bench in front of the Metro Station. Further investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of stolen mail, a controlled substance and smoking paraphernalia. The suspect was arrested and booked for the above listed charges.

Home Invasion Robbery
July 15 at 1:57 a.m., officers were dispatched to the1000 block of E. Lemon to the report of a home invasion robbery that just occurred. The victim reported that armed male subjects with handguns kicked a rear glass sliding door and forced the residents to lay on the floor with their faces to the ground. The suspects ordered the male victim to open the gun safe then took possession of several weapons. The suspects were in and out of the residence quickly and did not physically harm anyone. Officers did an area check but were unable to locate the suspects. The investigation is continuing.

Mail Theft
July 12 at 3:10 a.m., a resident in the 900 block of S. Canyon called to report two suspects breaking into the resident’s mail box. The suspects removed the mail and fled prior to police arrival. The suspects were two male Hispanics with hooded sweatshirts driving a Honda Accord with tinted windows. The investigation is continuing.

Theft
July 12 at 10:46 p.m., officers responded to the report of a disturbing subject in the 500 Block of W. Duarte. The caller reported the subject was yelling into an apartment window and banging on the front door. The caller knew the suspect as a methamphetamine user with a violent temper that is known to carry guns. The caller described the type of vehicle the suspect drives. Officers located the vehicle in a parking lot north of the location with paper plates. However, the paper plates were covering stolen license plates. The suspect will be charged with the appropriate violations. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle belonged to the suspect.

Commercial Burglary
July 13 at 12:53 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 100 block of W. Duarte on the report of a burglary. Officers discovered the window on the north door of the business was smashed. The owner of the business was called and advised. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence
July 13 at 12:55 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 300 block of W. Duarte regarding a family dispute. The male left the location prior to police arrival. The victim told officers she was arguing with her husband over how to discipline their children when the husband abruptly punched her in the mouth, splitting her lip. The victim told officers this was the first time the husband hit her. Charges will be sought with the District Attorney.

Original Ghostbusters at Monrovia Library

The original Ghostbusters Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. at Monrovia Public Library. Ghouls, hobgoblins, spirits, phantoms and specters for fun. Light refreshments. Rated PG13. For free tickets call 205-4308 or email movie@monroviaproviders.org. Senior resources available. Presented by Monrovia Providers Group & The City of Monrovia. http://www.monroviaproviders.org

- Brad Haugaard

Opportunities to Comment on Monrovia Neighborhood Study

If you haven't had a chance to comment on the city's Neighborhood Study - its review of development and preservation regulations - there are two hearings coming up: the Monrovia Planning Commission meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m., and the Monrovia City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 p.m.. Both meetings are at City Hall.

- Brad Haugaard

Directly Elected Mayor Report | Upgrade Mary Wilcox Center

A couple more items from City Manager Oliver Chi's weekly report:

- The Directly Elected Mayor Advisory Review Committee will present its findings and recommendations to the City Council at its July 19 meeting.

- City staff has been working with the Boys & Girls Club on a grant application to upgrade the basketball court and technology systems at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center.

- Brad Haugaard

Summer Concerts Begin at Library Park and Station Square



- Brad Haugaard

Monrovians Support City's Police


City Manager Oliver Chi includes this photo in his weekly report of Monrovians supporting our police in the wake of the murder of the five Dallas police officers. Chi said that Monrovia Police will be wearing a mourning band, a solid black band around the police badge, until all of the fallen Dallas Police officers have been buried.

- Brad Haugaard

'Clear the Shelters' Day Seeks to Adopt Out Pets


On Saturday, July 23, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, which serves Monrovia, will participate in the second annual "Clear the Shelters" campaign, a day-long adoption event during which the adoption fee for all animals will be reduced to $20 and the shelter will hold extended adoption hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is spearheaded by NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles. Last year 57 Pasadena Humane Society animals found new homes. The shelter is at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena and the event is open to anyone looking to adopt a pet; not just residents of our service cities. Regular adoption policies and screening apply. To expedite the process, print an adoption application from the Humane Society website. If you rent, bring proof you are allowed to have a pet at your residence. Parking is available. View all animals at the shelter at pasadenahumane.org/adopt .

- Brad Haugaard

Rally to Support Monrovia Police

Amber Martin, posting on Facebook, reports that she saw a large group of people gathered outside the Monrovia Police Department demonstrating their support for the police. She reported that "those signs they were carrying said love>fear. The cops were mingling and people were giving out water." Comment: That's really nice to hear. Would have been nice to hear about it before it happened. I'll bet the crowd would have been triple the size.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Home Invasion Robbery - Four Men Take Guns

Four men invaded a home in the 1000 block of East Lemon Avenue in Monrovia Tuesday, forcing a family of four that had been asleep inside to lie face down, then they took guns. http://goo.gl/WG3Tmu

- Brad Haugaard

Art Walk in Old Town Monrovia on July 30

Summer Art Walk, Saturday, July 30 from 7-10 p.m. on the 400 and 500 blocks of S. Myrtle Ave., in Monrovia. There will be local painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry designers, ceramic artists, as well as: live art demonstrations; making get well cards at ChapCare booth; canvas painting (with beer); local musical talent. Presented by Monrovia Association of Fine Arts and sponsored by ChapCare.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Woman Shoved Down Stairs; Long-Borrowed Car; Ticket for Shoplifting; Assault; Thefts and Burglaries, Drugs and Alcohol

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

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Commercial Burglary
July 7 at 8:22 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 800 block of W. Foothill regarding the activation of a commercial burglary alarm. When the officers arrived, they found the glass door to the business had been smashed and the cash register had been stolen. No suspects were located inside the property. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
July 7 at 9:00 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of N. Myrtle called police to report a theft. The resident had just returned from vacation and she noticed a package that had been delivered was missing. The empty box was found around the corner from the victim’s residence. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
July 7 at 4:00 p.m., a suspicious person was reported in the 500 block of E. Cypress. When officers arrived at the location, they located a person who matched the description of the suspicious person. While talking to the subject, she admitted to being on probation. A search of the subject revealed she was in possession of narcotics. She was arrested and taken into custody. The subject was later released with a citation to appear in court.

Domestic Violence
July 8 at 12:02 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of E. Colorado regarding a domestic violence incident. A couple was involved in an argument, and the male subject pushed the female subject down a small flight of stairs and into bushes. The female subject sustained abrasions to her back and scratches on her arms. The male suspect left the location prior to police arrival. A wanted person entry was made into the law enforcement computer database for the suspect and the investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery / Warrant – Suspects Arrested
July 8 at 2:36 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 900 block of W. Colorado located a stolen vehicle that was occupied by three individuals. The officer followed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop at Baldwin and Foothill. The three suspects were detained and taken into custody. The driver admitted to borrowing the vehicle from her friend and failing to return the car, as agreed. She also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was arrested for grand theft auto and the warrant. The other two occupants were released from custody, as they were determined not to be involved in the theft.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
July 9 at 12:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a shoplifter in custody. The female suspect entered the store, selected merchandise and fled without paying. The suspect was detained outside the store by loss prevention agents and police were called. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. She was later released with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Injury Traffic Collision
July 9 at 3:06 p.m., officers responded to the report of an injury traffic collision in the 200 block of E. Foothill. A vehicle was stopped on Foothill at May, waiting to make a left turn onto May Avenue. Two vehicles came to a stop behind the first vehicle, and a fourth vehicle failed to stop, causing a chain reaction traffic collision. Two occupants complained of pain, but did not wish to be taken to the hospital.

Possession of Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
July 9 at 8:51 p.m., an officer stopped a driver for a vehicle code violation in the 500 block of E. Olive. The driver consented to a vehicle search, and stolen property and ammunition was found in the vehicle. The driver was arrested and taken into custody for possession of the stolen property.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon
July 9 at 9:19 p.m., officers were dispatched to an alley in the 200 block of W. Huntington regarding a person that had been assaulted and was bleeding. Officers located the victim, who had been beaten and had sustained numerous injuries and cuts to his body and head. The victim was intoxicated and was unable to give information regarding the suspects, but it appears one or more suspects used a hard object to strike the victim. It appears the assault may not have occurred at the location and it is unclear how the victim got to the location where he was found. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries and the investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
July 10 at 12:43 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 900 block of E. Huntington when he observed a driver commit a vehicle code violation. The officer stopped the driver and through investigation, determined he was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken into custody. The passenger in the vehicle was also extremely intoxicated and unable to care for himself. He was arrested for being drunk in public.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
July 10 at 2:00 p.m., an officer responded to a hit and run traffic collision that occurred in the 600 block of S. Ivy. The victim parked her vehicle across from her home. When she returned to her vehicle a short time later, she found damage on the passenger side. It appears a truck or some type of SUV sideswiped the parked vehicle and fled without leaving any information. The investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
July 10 at 2:25 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 400 block of W. Foothill. The caller reported a female suspect had stolen merchandise from the store. Officers arrived and located the female hiding in some bushes adjacent to the business. Further investigation revealed the female was under the influence of a controlled substance and unable to care for herself. The caller did not want to press charges for the theft. The female was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and held for a sobering period. She was later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
July 10 at 11:39 p.m., officers responded to the area of Fifth and Huntington regarding an alarm activation at a construction site. The officers arrived and located a person sleeping on the property, who was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication / Violation of Gang Injunction – Suspect Arrested
July 10 at 11:09 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of S. Myrtle regarding a suspicious subject approaching people and demanding money. As officers arrived, the suspect observed them and ran. He was caught after a short foot chase. The suspect, a known gang member, was found to be intoxicated and in violation of the gang injunction. He was arrested and taken into custody for the charges.

Monrovia Evening of Art, Music

A Summer Evening of Art, Music, and Friends, Saturday, July 30, from 7 to 10 p.m. on the 400 and 500 blocks of S. Myrtle Avenue (Old Town). There will be art for sale, art demonstrations, live music and an adult canvas art workshop.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools to Consider Extending Cop On Campus Program

At its July 13 meeting, the Monrovia School board will consider - among other things - extending an agreement with the city that provides a School Resources Officer until at least June 30, 2018. Source Info on page 125.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Press Cafe


I was busy so my wife had lunch at Press Cafe, at the southeast corner of Olive and Myrtle, in the Paragon building. She got the Rustico chicken panini for $8.50 and a chamomile and lavender iced tea for $3. She liked it.

- Brad Haugaard

How to Contribute to Funeral Expenses of Four-Year-Old Monrovian Killed in Shooting

If you would like to contribute to the funeral expenses of four-year-old Salvador Esparza III of Monrovia, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Altadena, you can contribute here: https://www.gofundme.com/BabyChavita

- Brad Haugaard

Bear Dissuading Tips from Monrovia Police

It's springtime and the thoughts of Monrovia's black bears turn toward food as they emerge from their winter dens. The Monrovia Police have some bear-dissuading tips.

Bears have keen noses and can smell an easy meal from miles away. They can easily tear a front door off its hinges if they smell food left out on the kitchen counter. To protect your family and property from bear break-ins follow these simple tips:

• Purchase and properly use a bear-proof garbage container.
• Wait to put trash out until the morning of collection day.
• Don’t leave trash, groceries, or animal feed in your car.
• Keep garbage cans clean and deodorize them with bleach or ammonia.
• Keep barbecue grills clean and stored in a garage or shed when not in use.
• Only provide bird feeders during November through March and make them
inaccessible to bears.
• Don’t leave any scented products outside, even non-food items such as suntan
lotion, insect repellent, soap or candles.
• Keep doors and windows closed and locked.
• Consider installing motion-detector alarms, electric fencing or motion-activated
sprinklers.
• Harvest fruit off trees as soon as it is ripe, and promptly collect fruit that falls.
• Securely block access to potential hibernation sites such as crawl spaces under
decks and buildings.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Officer Draws Gun on Suspect; Burglarizing Storage Facility; Man Throws Bottle at Woman

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 470 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 470 service events, resulting in 67 investigations.

Weapon Offense – Suspect Arrested
July 4 at 10:46 p.m., officers were on patrol in the area of Lime and California when they saw three male subjects walking south on California. One of the subjects was attempting to conceal something under his clothing near his waistband. As the male adjusted his clothing, the officer could see a hard unknown object under his shirt. The officer asked the subject what he had concealed, but the subject did not respond and continued to walk towards them. Fearing the subject had a weapon, the officer drew his duty weapon and ordered the subject to stop. The subject put his arms in the air and said he had a knife. The subject was found to have a 14-inch knife concealed under his clothing. The suspect was taken into custody for felony possession of a weapon.

Burglary – Suspects Arrested
July 5 at 1:41 a.m., officers were dispatched to a storage facility in the 2100 block of S. Myrtle regarding a burglary in progress. The caller reported hearing what sounded like someone drilling and breaking into the storage units. When the officers arrived, they discovered one of the suspects sitting in a parked vehicle and another was located hiding on the property. The suspect was wearing gloves and was in possession of a drill and additional burglary tools. Further investigation revealed the suspect inside the property was using a drill and burglary tools to open storage shed locks. The suspects had cut the vehicle gate lock to enter the property. They were arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
July 6 at 12:09 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 400 block of W. Hillcrest when he noticed a red Toyota traveling west on Colorado approaching Fifth Avenue. The Toyota was following too close behind the vehicle in front of it, weaving back and forth. The officer followed and stopped the driver of the Toyota. He approached the female, adult driver and, after further investigation, he determined she was intoxicated. The driver was arrested for DUI.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
July 7 at 12:38 a.m., officers were dispatched to a nearby hospital regarding a domestic violence incident that occurred in the 1000 block of Winding Oak Lane. A male and female adult who are in a dating relationship were at the male subject’s home when they began to argue. The male picked up a broken glass bottle and threw it at the female. The bottle struck the female, causing a cut. The female went to a nearby hospital to have her injury treated and the hospital called the police. After further investigation, the male suspect was located and arrested for domestic violence.

Four-Year-Old Monrovia Boy Killed in Drive-By Shooting

Four-year-old Salvador Esparza III of Monrovia was killed in a drive-by shooting in Altadena today. http://goo.gl/910FmN

- Brad Haugaard

Move 4th of July Fireworks to Monrovia High; Gas Co Office Closing; Specialty Foods at Street Fair; Teen Scene; Etc.

In his weekly report ( http://goo.gl/cq4Ixs ), City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

- The city has been talking with the Monrovia School District about moving the 4th of July Fireworks Show to Monrovia High School.

- Southern California Gas Company plans to shut its Monrovia branch office at 141 S. Myrtle Ave. sometime after September 1.

- Raw Inspiration will take over the Street Fair on August 19 as kind of a soft opening, then on September 2 will roll out with all the planned improvements, including specialty foods (fresh meats, fish, eggs, etc.), flower, and crafts. Also, there'll be a special Kids Day event on the first Friday of every month.

- Friday Night Live Teen Scene program will kick off this Friday, July 8, at Library Park, and will run each Friday through August 26. Regular activities will begin at 7 p.m., with dinner provided. Youth bands will provide music from 7 to 8 p.m. Plus, foosball, billiards, ping pong, basketball, air hockey, arts & crafts, board games, and a dance competition with prizes. The program's Leadership Academy will be at 5:30 p.m. It'll include volunteer opportunities, food, prizes, and activities. Plus, participants will receive $100 at the end of the 8 week series, thanks to the generosity of the City of Duarte.

- Every Thursday evening through July 28 the Library will host a family dance party at 6 p.m. Families can jump, hop, and sing their way throughout Station Square Park to enjoy stories, songs, and movement.

- Monrovia Area Partnership will celebrate its 10th Anniversary where it all began, with a block party at Julian Fisher Park on Saturday, July 9, at 6 p.m. It will include free beef hot dogs, pork hot links, popcorn, activities for kids and families, and a movie, Hotel Transylvania 2.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Not My Meth!; Punching Holes in Tires; Nervous and Suspicious; Speeding Past Police; Drugs and Alcohol;

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 27 - July 3. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Violation of Court Order / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
June 27 at 1:12 p.m., an officer stopped a driver for a vehicle code violation in the area of Grand and Foothill. The officer recognized the male and female subject in the vehicle from prior contacts and knew the female had a restraining order against the male. The male subject was arrested for violation of the court order. An inventory search of his property revealed drug paraphernalia, which was added to his charges.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 27 at 4:06 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Chestnut and Magnolia ran a computer check on a vehicle, which revealed a warrant for the registered owner, a male adult. The officer stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver for the warrant.

Vehicle Burglary
June 27 at 5:15 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 800 block of Alta Street. The victim locked his vehicle, and sometime during the early morning hours, someone broke into his vehicle by unknown means and stole several small items. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
June 27 at 6:42 p.m., officers responded to the area of Mayflower and Huntington regarding a male and female having a dispute in a vehicle. The caller was following the vehicle and reported that the female attempted to jump out of the vehicle, but the male pulled her back inside. Officers arrived and stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of E. Lime. The female claimed they were having a verbal dispute. A search of the vehicle revealed controlled substances. The male driver was taken into custody for drug possession.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
June 28 at 1:46 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The female driver did not have any means of identification, and both driver and passenger denied ownership of a backpack that was between the passenger's feet. Further investigation revealed methamphetamine in the backpack. The female driver was taken into custody for no means of identification and the passenger was arrested for possession of the methamphetamine.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 28 at 6:00 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Norumbega regarding the report of a suspicious male adult loitering near a property. Officers responded and contacted the male suspect, who was found to have a no-bail, parole warrant for his arrest. The suspect was arrested for the warrant.

Vehicle Vandalisms
June 28 at 7:36 a.m., officers were dispatched to the report of two separate vehicle vandalism incidents. One incident occurred in the 400 block of N. Encinitas and the other in the 1600 block of Venice. Unknown suspect(s) punched holes in the tires of the two vehicles sometime during the night. The investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
June 28 at 10:15 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of S. Shamrock on the report of a subject crawling on the ground acting bizarre. Officers contacted the male adult and determined he was under the influence of drugs. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
June 28 at 3:37 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of N. Grand. The victim stated he parked and locked his work van across the street from his house. In the morning the victim discovered tools missing out of the back of the van. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
June 29 at 4:08 a.m., officers were on patrol in the area of Myrtle and Duarte when they saw a male subject jump off his bicycle and run into a fast food restaurant, where he attempted to hide a methamphetamine pipe. The suspect was arrested for possession of the pipe and released on a citation to appear in court.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 30 at 5:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington regarding a suspicious person inside the store who employees believed was attempting to shoplift merchandise. Officers located the suspect and a computer check revealed an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was arrested for the warrant and held pending her court appearance. The shoplifting incident could not be substantiated.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 30 at 10:52 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 600 block of S. Shamrock when he noticed a group of male adults in a park who appeared nervous and suspicious. He contacted the subjects and a computer check of one of the males revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. During a search of his bags, a methamphetamine pipe was discovered. The male was arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
July 1 at 2:42 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Myrtle and Pomona when he saw an adult male and female standing in the middle of the street in traffic, arguing with each other. The female was upset because her boyfriend was too intoxicated to care for himself. The officer conducted field sobriety tests and arrested the male for being drunk in public.

Vehicle Burglary
July 1 at 7:40 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of W. Colorado. The victim parked and locked his work truck in front of his home and went in for the evening. When the victim returned to his vehicle in the morning, he found his door lock punched and tools stolen from his truck. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
July 1 at 4:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 900 block of S. Mayflower. A resident called to report his son and the son's girlfriend were smoking drugs in the bathroom of his home. Officers arrived and contacted the male and female. The investigation revealed the female had drug paraphernalia in her possession. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence / Non-Injury Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
July 2 at 3:12 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 800 block of W. Duarte when a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed with no headlights passed him. The officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle to stop it, however, he saw the vehicle crash into a light pole at Duarte Road and First Avenue in Arcadia. The male driver and female passenger were not injured. Arcadia police officers responded to investigate the collision, while Monrovia police officers conducted field sobriety tests on the driver. It was determined that the driver was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle safely and he was arrested for DUI.

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
July 2 at 8:44 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Venice regarding a vandalism incident. The victim called to report their tires had been slashed. Further investigation revealed additional victims and one suspect was identified. The suspect was later arrested for the vandalism. He admitted to committing additional vandalisms in the area. The investigation is continuing.

Welfare Check
July 2 at 10:49 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Orange regarding a welfare check. The caller had not heard from his 80-year-old brother in a week. When officers arrived at the location, they were able to see a male subject on the floor inside the house. Officers forced entry into the residence and discovered the victim was alive, but disoriented. It appeared the victim had suffered a medical emergency and had been down on the floor for several days. The subject was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
July 2 at 1:32 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of California and Lime regarding a hit and run traffic collision. The driver struck a parked vehicle and fled the scene. The area was checked, but the suspect was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
July 2 at 5:20 p.m., an officer responded to a hit and run traffic collision that occurred in the 500 block of W. Huntington. The driver of the suspect vehicle struck a parked vehicle in a shopping center parking lot and fled the scene. The investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance /Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
July 2 at 9:14 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Huntington and Magnolia when he observed a female subject walk across the street against a red light. The subject was detained and determined to be under the influence of narcotics. While the officer was talking with the female, she dropped a methamphetamine pipe on the ground. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
July 3 at 12:56 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Hurstview regarding a male subject that was standing in an alley screaming. Officers arrived and detained the subject. He was determined to be under the influence of narcotics and was arrested and taken into custody.

Happy Fourth of July, Monrovia!


Fireworks at Library Park. 
 
- Brad Haugaard

July at Monrovia Library

July events at the Monrovia Library (kids - create a 3d object using design software, or Zombie Laser Tag?): http://goo.gl/Mxsx6S

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: Master Bike Plan; New Website; Hippie Bots; Monrovia Transit

At its Tuesday, July 5, 7:30 p.m. meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/N1y50T ), the Monrovia City Council will ...

- Consider adopting the City of Monrovia Bicycle Master Plan ( http://goo.gl/OwQzuJ ). I reviewed it earlier here: http://goo.gl/s6fV95

- Consider contracting with Vision Technology Solutions, LLC, to develop and host and maintain a new city website. Cost: $44,975, then $7,000 maintenance fee starting the second year, increasing 5% annually. http://goo.gl/8NOhLi

- Recognize the Clifton Middle School Hippie Bots robotics team for placing 13th at the FIRST Tech Challenge in Shanghai, China; recognize Ashley Sanchez and Kate Weisner for their accomplishments on the United National Soccer Team; proclaim July as Parks and Recreation Month.

- Consider extending a contract with Keolis Transit American to run the City's Monrovia Transit system through May 31, 2017.

- Brad Haugaard

Quilt Store | Vacation Bible School

~ A reader sent me a note saying a new quilt store opened today at 505 S Myrtle, unit A. The store's name is Cat's Quilting Corner.

~ Children 4-10 are invited to attend a free Vacation Bible School at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Monday-Friday, Aug. 8-12, 7 to 8:25 p.m. Lessons will feature crafts and children will learn how Jesus is the light of the world and about church rituals. Parents may drop their children off at the church, 122, S. California Ave. at Foothill Blvd., or stay for the program. For questions: 357-7071 or stlukesmonrovia@gmail.com.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at the Monrovian


Dinner last night at the Monrovian, at the corner of Myrtle and Colorado. Got the Monrovian Burger ($9.99) with cole slaw and an iced tea ($2.39). Well, I'm not sure what the best burger in town is, but I wanna nominate this one as a candidate. Big patty, bacon and lots of avocado. Really excellent!

- Brad Haugaard