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Monrovia Police: Pushed Out of Car; Loud Halloween Party; Stolen Mail; Safe Keeps It Safe; Driver Hits Parked Cars; Etc.

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

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Commercial Burglary
October 27 at 7:55 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 900 block of W. Foothill on the report of a glass front door that had been shattered. Officers arrived and cleared the location. No suspects were found. It was determined that a small amount of cash was taken from the cash drawer and no other items were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
October 27 at 1:55 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Hillcrest phoned police to report her home had been burglarized. The homeowner came home and found a drawer to her dresser was open and her wedding ring and some costume jewelry was missing. There was no sign of forced entry. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
October 27 at 10:21 p.m., officers were dispatched to an alarm activation at a business in the 800 block of E. Huntington. Officers arrived and found the doors had been forced open and a safe was located on the landing in the stairwell. The building was searched, but no suspects were located. The owner of the business arrived and assessed the building. It appears nothing else was missing and the safe was recovered. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
October 28 at 10:45 a.m., the victim of a petty theft reported that her wallet was taken out of her purse while she was shopping at a store in the 600 block of W. Huntington. She had walked away from her cart and left her purse in the cart. She did not realize her wallet had been taken until she was checking out. She then received a call from her bank indicating someone had recently tried to use her credit card to purchase merchandise from a target store and did not have the proper identification. The investigation continuing.

Residential Burglary
October 28 at 4:25 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of Norumbega called police to report his residence had been burglarized. Officers arrived and cleared the location, but no suspects were located. It appears the suspect gained entry through a rear window that had been left unlocked and took jewelry from the residence. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle
October 28 at 4:33 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 600 block of Maryanna Lane. The vehicle was inside a closed residential garage. The vehicle was broken into and miscellaneous items were taken. A bicycle was also taken from inside the garage. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence
October 28 at 8:19 p.m., police received several calls reporting that a female subject had been thrown from a moving vehicle and was lying in the street at Pomona and Raymond. Officers arrived and found the female. She had a head injury and was taken to a hospital for treatment. She told the officer the suspect was her boyfriend and they were involved in an argument. The female wanted to get out of vehicle, so she opened the door while it was moving. The suspect then hit her and pushed her out of the vehicle. The suspect vehicle left the area and was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
October 29 at 3:12 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 2100 block of S. Peck Road. The caller stated that a single vehicle had struck several parked cars and the driver was out of his vehicle. When the officers arrived, they located the driver sitting in the back of another vehicle. The driver had called his mom and stepsister after the collision and they had driven to the scene. Officers spoke to the driver and could see he had bloodshot watery eyes and slurred speech. As a result of the collision, he had a complaint of pain and was taken to the hospital for further treatment. The driver was determined to be intoxicated and was later arrested.

Petty Theft / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
October 29 at 4:35 p.m., a petty theft was reported at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington. A male subject entered the store and concealed merchandise on his person. Loss prevention called police and informed officers that the same subject had done this repeatedly and he runs when he is confronted. Officers located the subject outside the store and a short foot pursuit ensued. The suspect was detained and arrested a short distance away. He was also found to be in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and had warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody for the charges.

Grand Theft Auto
October 29 at 7 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1000 block of E. Royal Oaks. The victim parked his vehicle on the street. When he returned to his vehicle a few hours later, he discovered it was missing. The vehicle is a 1990, blue, Honda Civic. The investigation is continuing.

Disturbing the Peace
October 29 at 10:57 p.m., a large Halloween party was being held at a location in the 500 block of N. Alta Vista. Police had been to the location one time prior and the resident was given a loud party notice. The second time back to the location, it was determined the party needed to end and the party guests were encouraged to leave the location while officers waited. Due to the large size of the party and the unruly young adults at the party, assistance was requested from neighboring agencies. The majority of the party guests left without incident.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
October 30 at 3:30 p.m., an officer responded to the report of a male subject passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle at the intersection of Myrtle and Duarte. Officers arrived and located the vehicle and subject. It was quickly determined that the subject had been drinking and was extremely intoxicated. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Mail Theft – Suspects Arrested
October 30 at 4:52 p.m., officers responded to the report of two male subjects throwing items into a business trash bin. Officers located the subjects and determined the items being discarded were large quantities of mail that did not belong to the subjects. A third subject was located inside the store purchasing merchandise with a stolen credit card. The subject was also in possession of a US Mail master key. He was arrested and taken into custody. The other two suspects were arrested for possession of the mail they had discarded.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 30 at 9:41 p.m., an officer on patrol heard a vehicle alarm sounding at a business in the 700 block of W. Huntington. He looked and saw a female running away from the vehicle. She jumped into another vehicle that was leaving the lot. The officer conducted a traffic stop to investigate the vehicle alarm. The female stated that it was a rental car and it was acting up. A computer check revealed she had three warrants for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody. The vehicle was stored and may have been rented with fraudulent credit. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Company Gets Netherlands Contract for Drones | Produce in the Park

~ Monrovia's AeroVironment has been awarded a $10.3 million contract from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence for small drones, upgrades and support services. Delivery is anticipated within six months. https://goo.gl/c1aEIt

~ Monrovia Produce in the Park will meet on Saturday, Nov. 5, rain nor shine from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Mark Twain Bench at Library Park. Bring produce to share.

- Brad Haugaard

Ready for Halloween

 
This house at 223 N Canyon is definitely ready for Halloween. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Airbnb at Monrovia City Council | Health Insurance Help

~ At its next meeting ( https://goo.gl/07c9jA ) the Monrovia City Council will hear an "Overview of Issues Related to Airbnb" by Community Development Director Craig Jimenez. Airbnb is an extremely popular online service that lets you rent a home or room to travelers. There is no written staff report on this item but I suspect the report will touch on some of the objections to the service outlined in this article: https://goo.gl/W8ccF5

~ Health insurance open enrollment begins Nov. 1 and low-income people may be eligible for payment assistance. If you think you may qualify, check with ChapCare (513 E. Lime Avenue, Suite 102, Monrovia, CA 91016, Tuesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 486-9729).

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Oto-Oto Japonaise

 
Dinner last night at Oto-Oto Izakaya Japonaise restaurant in the shopping center at Fifth and Huntington. I got the Jidori Chicken Deep Fried Karaage Set for $12.95 and a beer for $5. Oops! I ate a little noodle dish and part of the salad before taking the picture. Sorry. Anyway, it was very good and very filling. 

- Brad Haugaard

Old Albertson's Shopping Area in East Monrovia Being Bought

It appears the shopping center at Shamrock and Huntington, where Albertson's used to be, is being purchased. Calmwater Capital reports that it is loaning $19.8 million to a company called 723 EHD LLC for purchasing the property and for tenant improvements. https://goo.gl/ZxxeCC

- Brad Haugaard

Elect a Cat or Dog - These Candidates Stay Bought!


Whether you plan to vote RePUPlican or DemoCAT, Elect to Adopt at the Pasadena Humane Society this election season. From Nov. 1 through Nov. 8 help an animal in need race to the "right house" by casting your ballot for shelter pets. The Pasadena Humane Society serves Monrovia.

Elect to Adopt includes:

  • Reduced adoption fees for all available pets, including $30 dog adoptions, $10 cat adoptions and $5 rabbit adoptions.
  • "Meet the Candidates" pet adoption boards posted around the shelter.
  • "I Adopted" stickers for new pet adopters.
  • "Elect to Adopt" ballots where adopters can write why they chose their new pet.

All shelter pets will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and receive a set of vaccines before going to their new homes. PHS will be open during normal adoption hours, Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular adoption screening applies.

View our patriotic pooches, cats and rabbits online at https://goo.gl/5ehE5O .

Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Fake Check to Buy Car; Four Burglary Suspects Arrested; Bike Stolen, Suspect Arrested; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 404 service events, resulting in 75 investigations.

Fraud Report
October 24 at 7:41 p.m., a fraud incident was reported by a resident in the 1200 block of S. Alta Vista. The victim stated she was selling a vehicle and the buyer sent a check with an overpayment. The buyer stated to cash the check and mail the balance to an out-of-state third party. The bank then notified the victim that the check was fraudulent and they were now taking the balance out of her account. The victim then called police to report the fraud. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
October 24 at 8:21 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of N. Madison on the report of a traffic collision. The driver collided with two parked vehicles and caused major damage to all three vehicles involved. The driver was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DUI.

Burglary in Progress – Suspects Arrested
October 25 at 9:04 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 300 block of E. Palm on the report of two male suspects seen jumping into a yard and the sound of glass breaking. Officers arrived on scene and saw the suspects fleeing the location. Containment of the area was set up and officers began searching for the suspects. They were found trying to hide in some bushes nearby. The suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Burglary in Progress – Suspects Arrested
October 25 at 10:28 a.m., a burglary in progress was reported in the 800 block of W. Hillcrest. Two male suspects were seen in the backyard of a residence. Officers arrived on scene and saw the two suspects hiding in the backyard. Both suspects fled when they saw the officers. The suspects fled in different directions and containment of the area was set up. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter located and assisted officers with the apprehension of one suspect, as he was running between houses trying to get away. The second suspect was located shortly after that and detained. Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
October 25 at 4:06 p.m., officers responded to the area of Mayflower and Lemon on the report of a subject who was acting strange and causing a disturbance. The officers arrived and determined the subject was under the influence of drugs. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
October 25 at 4:27 p.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a theft that had just occurred. A male suspect had removed tags from clothing and fled the store wearing some of the merchandise and carrying some as well. Officers checked the area and located the suspect attempting to board a bus and flee the area. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
October 25 at 5:08 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 900 block of E. Huntington regarding a boyfriend and girlfriend fighting. The male and female were involved in an argument and the male subject, who had been drinking, pushed the female. He then punched her and grabbed her phone out of her hand as she tried calling for help. The male suspect was arrested for domestic violence.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
October 26 at 9:45 a.m., a suspect was reported trespassing at a residence in the 200 block of Stedman. The suspect in this incident was advised by police the day before that a no trespass order had been signed by the resident and he was not allowed on the property. He decided to return and was arrested for trespassing.

Vehicle Burglary
October 26 at 2:34 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 900 block of W. Huntington. The suspect gained entry into a locked vehicle that had been parked in the parking lot and stole tools that were left inside. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Bicycle / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Possession of Burglary Tools / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 26 at 8:39 p.m., a bicycle was reported stolen from a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington. An officer located the suspect and stolen bike traveling east on Genoa and stopped the suspect just west of Magnolia. The suspect admitted to cutting the bike lock with bolt cutters and stealing the bike. The suspect was arrested for grand theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools and a warrant out of Santa Clara County.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 26 at 9:29 p.m., an officer was dispatched on the report of a suspicious subject behind a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington. The officer arrived and found a male adult asleep inside a vehicle with a syringe in plain view. The officer woke the suspect and arrested him for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
October 27 at 4:30 a.m., a citizen called police to report a vehicle driving down Pomona that struck several parked vehicles. Officers arrived and located the damaged vehicles and the suspect. The driver was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for driving under the influence.

Columnist Says Monrovia's Leadership Already Racially Diverse

After talking with Mayor Tom Adams and City Manager Oliver Chi, Star-News columnist Larry Wilson takes a position - contrary to his newspaper's - that Monrovia has had plenty of racially diverse leadership (a legal threat by the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund notwithstanding). https://goo.gl/dX3du4

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Groundwater at 'Critically Low Level'; Christmas Tree Lighting; Construction Company Repentant; Etc.

A preview of what one of the trail-entry signs will look like for the soon-to-be-fully-opened Hillside Wilderness Area.

In his weekly report ( https://goo.gl/zTUiOE ), City Manager Oliver Chi reported that ...

~ "Groundwater levels in the Main San Gabriel Basin are at such a critically low level that no matter how much rain we receive, we will not be able to restore the Basin to a safe level without purchasing imported water." The water district will have to import water to increase groundwater levels. This means the water district will "consider implementing a special assessment."

~ Christmas tree lighting on Thursday, Dec. 1, followed by the Holiday Parade, which will have an historic theme. The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will be the grand marshall.

~ The company that did work on the house at 209  W. Scenic Ave. without proper permits has apologized, was fined $2,000, and will bring its plans to the Historic Preservation Commission for review.

~ There will be a town-hall style meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Monrovia Community Center to discuss ballot propositions. Topics: Proposition 57 (early parole / early criminal release), 62 (death penalty repeal), 64 (recreational marijuana use legalization), & 66 (death penalty process changes to speed up executions)

~ There will be a Native Garden Plant Sale on Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Library Park. Also, the Public Works Division will provide a series of waterwise gardening presentations. Questions? Call Community Services at 256-8246.

- Brad Haugaard

Metro Gold Line Has Resulted in $6.7 Billion in Private Investment

A report by real estate and business consulting firm, The Maxima Group, that studied the existing and potential economic impact of transit related projects along the Foothill Gold Line from Los Angeles to Montclair, found that existing and underway projects near the 18 Gold Line stations from Chinatown to Montclair have resulted in $6.7 billion in private investment along the corridor since 2003. More than 12,500 new housing units, 3.6 million square feet of commercial space, and 1,400 hotel rooms have been built within a half-mile radius of a Gold Line station. These investments have resulted in the creation of nearly 50,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction, 20,000 on-going jobs for Los Angeles County workers, and $50 million in annual tax revenues to the county.

Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard

Armed Men Pursued in North Monrovia

According to Facebook chatter, police appear to be after one or more armed suspects in north Monrovia, around the west end of Hillcrest. Older black BMW. Helicopter.

Update: Apparently man being told by loudspeaker to come out of residence near El Nido.

Update 2: Two men apparently in handcuffs. Is there a third?

Update 3: There is a report that Mayflower School has been released from lockdown.

Update 4: Police have apparently declared a "Code 4," meaning the situation is under control.

There should be a detailed report later in the week, which I will post on MonroviaNow.com.

- Brad Haugaard

First Bears, Now Bobcats

Jeff Schmidt writes on Facebook this morning about a bobcat:

"Last night (this morning) around 2am a bobcat attacked our bunnies on our front porch on the 100 block of N. Canyon. It dragged the large, locked, wheeled cage across the porch and one of the three bunnies had its head stuck between the bars. Other than the trauma and some blood near its mouth they all appear ok. The bobcat was sitting on our neighbors lawn watching us free the bunny and then walked south, unaffected by my aggressive moves toward scaring it away. This is the first run-in we've had in 3+ years. Scary to see a bobcat this far south."

- Brad Haugaard

Help Unity Center Help Low-Income Families

Foothill Unity Center could use some help to help local low income families for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. You need to register to volunteer because there are a limited number of positions available for each shift.  Registration will be for individuals and groups.  All volunteers under the age of 14 must have parental supervision.

Details for Thanksgiving season: https://goo.gl/N7SD99

Details for Christmas season: https://goo.gl/JoVjeV

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Tree Hits Car; Burglary Attempt; Stolen Necklace; Exploding Transformer; Head-Butting; Bicyclist Resists Arrest; Etc.

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

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Grand Theft Auto
October 20 at 10:24 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen in the 300 block of W. Duarte. The victim reported the vehicle was taken from her parking lot. The vehicle was a 1997 silver Honda Accord. The vehicle was allegedly locked and there were no signs of forced entry.

Residential Burglary Attempt
October 20 at 12:35 p.m., two suspicious male subjects were reported in the 1200 block of Orange. The caller said he did not recognize the subjects and saw them going onto a neighbor’s property. While officers were in the area a residential alarm was received from that location. Officers responded and located a broken rear window. A containment was set and the home owner was located. After clearing the residence officers reviewed video surveillance that showed a subject matching the subjects’ description ringing the doorbell prior to the window being broken. The investigation is continuing.

Tree Emergency
October 20 at 3:45 p.m., officers responded to a call in the area of Olive and Monterey regarding a tree that fell into the street and struck a vehicle occupied by two people. The people were not injured but the vehicle was damaged and the street was closed for removal of the tree and repair of some overhead wires that were damaged.

Robbery
October 20 at 10:27 p.m., a robbery was reported in the area of Huntington and Myrtle. The victim said he used a website to advertise a necklace he wanted to sell. A buyer responded to the post and they agreed to meet. Once at the location, the buyer looked at the necklace and asked the victim some general questions. While negotiating a price, three friends of the buyer walked up and joined in on the conversation. One of the friends removed what the victim believed was a pellet shotgun from underneath his clothing and pointed it at the victim. The buyer left with the necklace and the three friends followed. They ran south from the location and out of sight. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
October 21 at 6:15 a.m., officers responded to the report of a broken glass entry door at a business in the 200 block of E. Foothill. Officers cleared the business and discovered the cash register had been pried open. Approximately $100 was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Utility Problem
A power outage was reported in the area of Foothill and Fifth. A transformer exploded at Foothill and 2nd causing the intersection lights to go out and the emergency flashing system began. The police department received several calls and complaints. The lights were restored at approximately 4 p.m.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
October 21 at 8:34 p.m., a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a male subject was being detained inside the office for shoplifting. The merchandise was recovered and the officers arrested the subject.

Missing Located
October 21 at 9:33 p.m., officers were dispatched to a call of a missing person in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle. The caller reported a critical missing person from a licensed facility. The subject's cell phone plotted to the listed area and officers responded and located the subject. The subject was detained and later picked up by an outside agency.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
October 21 at 11:25 p.m., a battery incident was reported in the 700 block of E. Lemon. The victim reported that he was walking through the park when he was approached by the suspect. The suspect head-butted the victim on the face which caused the victim to fall. The suspect then punched the victim on the face. The victim stood up and ran away leaving behind some personal property. Officers arrived and located the suspect a short distance away with the victim's property in his possession. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. The victim was transported to the hospital for his injuries.

Public Intoxication – Suspects Arrested
October 21 at 11:53 p.m., officers responded to the report of a male and female passed out on a sidewalk in the 100 block of Highland. Officers arrived to the location and determined the subjects were intoxicated. The subjects were arrested and taken into custody to the Monrovia Police Department.

Grand Theft Auto
October 22 at 8:25 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen in the 600 block of E. Walnut. The owner of the vehicle reported his 2016 Honda Accord was stolen from the street near his home. There was no evidence located at the scene. The vehicle was found at approximately 2:30 p.m. by San Bernardino Sheriffs in Victorville.

Resisting / Traffic Violation – Suspect Arrested
October 21 at 8:18 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 700 block of E. Huntington Dr. observed a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation and attempted to make a traffic stop. The suspect got off the bike and fled on foot. The suspect was detained a short distance away and taken into custody for resisting arrest. The suspect was later released with a citation to appear in court.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 21 at 9:54 p.m., a resident in the 1400 block of S. Magnolia called to report a subject who appeared to be asleep on the sidewalk. Officers arrived, contacted the subject and determined he was too intoxicated to care for himself. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 22 at 12:14 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of California and Shrode when he noticed a vehicle swerving on the roadway. The officer made a traffic stop and the investigation revealed the driver was too intoxicated to drive a motor vehicle. The suspect was arrested.

Commercial Burglary
October 22 at 1:39 a.m., an alarm company called to report an activation at a business in the 900 block of W. Duarte Rd. Officers arrived and found a window had been shattered. After further investigation it was determined two male suspects smashed a window to gain entry and stole miscellaneous items from the location. The suspects fled prior to the officers’ arrival. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
October 22 at 4:11 a.m., an alarm company called to report an activation at a business in the 800 block of W. Huntington Dr. Officers arrived and found one of the entry/exit doors had been pried open. It appears the suspect forced entry but met with another set of doors that was chained shut and did not allow further access into the building. The investigation is continuing.

Bears vs People - Who Was First?

Whenever there is an unpleasant encounter with wildlife - especially bears - I've noticed that some people say that we should get used to it because, basically the bears were here first, but ... that is apparently not exactly the case for the black bears we have in our hillside area.

I asked Bob Dollins, who gives nature tours and serves as a volunteer ranger at Monrovia Canyon Park about the arrival of the black bears. He writes back that:

"Yes, all the black bears we now see in the Angeles National Forest and San Bernardino National Forest are descendants from a group of 'problem bears' from Yosemite National Park that were trapped back in the early 1930s and released here."

And he sends this KCET article about the arrival of the black bears: https://goo.gl/XfvGSl

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Woman Reports Being Chased by Bear



Monrovian Julie Libra writes on Facebook that she encountered an aggressive bear this morning:

"OK I'm done with that cinnamon bear. This is my third encounter this week with him. He fought with my Akita four nights ago..came back two nights later... I threw firecrackers at him from a 3 foot distance and he just stared at me he's fearless he doesn't care. Well just now on my morning run I crossed the Norumbega bridge by the wash and there he was. I acted big and Yelled GET BEAR! He just stared me down like he did the last two nights and then start coming towards me. I yelled again and he kept coming I turned and started walking away and thought no don't do that act being so I turn back towards him and told him to go... he started coming faster.. so I took off running across the bridge and he chased me.

"I was knocking trash cans as I ran trying to block him from me and a woman came out of her house and said come inside she could hear me screaming.! The two-men that we're down in the wash said they've never seen anything like it .They said they heard me screaming and-all they saw was me running across the bridge and the bear chasing me. Fishing game and the police are up here right now. That bear needs to go I'm done."

- Brad Haugaard

Update on Monrovia Art Show and Chalkfest

The Monrovia High robotics team will not be able to make it to the Celebrate the Arts Show & Chalkfest on Oct. 29-30 at Library Park - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. However ...

~ A Pie 'n Burger Food Truck will be on hand Saturday all day along with My Delight CupCakery. Sunday will feature Austyn Premium Hamburgers, Paradise Ice Cream & Cookies and White Rabbit Philippino Fusion. Also, there will be draught beer at a beer garden donated by Pacific Plate Brewing Company so all proceeds can support the arts and art education in the community.

~ Mayor Tom Adams will present the Renaissance Award for outstanding community support of the arts to ChapCare at noon on Saturday. The ceremony will acknowledge sponsors and partners and will feature Councilmember Becky Shevlin as emcee and a welcome from City Manager Oliver Chi.

~ The "Art in Motion" theme is by our artists Steve and Marianne McCarthy. Show visitors will see art by 35 artists, and at 12:45 p.m. Saturday there will be a chalk art contest, with prizes, for kids.

- Brad Haugaard

Is Monrovia Vulnerable to Fraud, Waste and Mismanagement?

The Los Angeles Times is reporting ( https://goo.gl/CV8TTt ) that Monrovia, along with five other California cities, are being kept under close watch by the California state auditor as being "vulnerable" to "fraud, waste and mismanagement." The story said the auditors looked at "key financial indicators" such as "a city's ability to respond to financial emergencies, pay short-term debts and meet its pension obligations."

Comment: Note that the article says "vulnerable," not "guilty of".

Update: Mayor Tom Adams responds - "[U]nfortunately the Times missed the part where the State finished their audit and basically let us off the list. Once again, Journalistic Integrity fail to tell the whole story."

Update 2: Chris Ziegler provides a link to the auditor's letter to the city: https://goo.gl/j4VE8T

- Brad Haugaard

Man Robbed of Gold Necklace

Man robbed of gold necklace outside Monrovia Taco Bell. https://goo.gl/zETKim

- Brad Haugaard

3D Printers at Monrovia Library? Business Meeting Rooms? Tech Tool Lending?

In the latest Monrovia Public Library survey, which you can take here ( https://goo.gl/yXbxgJ ), there are some interesting ideas for services the library could provide, including:

~ Technology lending service (laptops, e-readers, other tech tools)

~ Maker spaces (3d printer, graphic design software, etc.)

~ Computer programming instruction

~ Business services center (meeting rooms/presentation technology/scanners/ etc.)

~ Local history programs

~ Book groups and author talks

~ Classes for adults

~ Educational lectures by subject specialists

~ Language learning groups and classes

~ Live musical performances

~ Nature and science programming Interested

~ Social events for adults

Comment: It is difficult for libraries to find their place in a digital world, but these seem to be interesting possibilities.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at T Phillips

 

Dinner last night at T Phillips, on the southwest corner of Myrtle and Colorado. Got the meat loaf for $18 and a large beer for $10.50. Very good but a lot. I had to take some home. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Drugged Out With Child; Serial Trespassing; Multi-Car Window Smashing; Chasing Family With Knife; Finger Gun; Car Flips Out; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 400 service events, resulting in 75 investigations.

Driving Under the Influence / Possession of Drugs / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Child Endangerment – Suspect Arrested
October 17 at 6:33 a.m., officers responded to the report of a vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway with the engine running in the 400 block of N. Alta Vista. Officers arrived and found a female driver passed out behind the wheel with her 8-year-old son in the vehicle. She admitted that she had used drugs throughout the night. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle. The suspect also had outstanding warrants for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody. The Department of Children and Family Services responded to take custody of the child.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
October 17 at 10:11 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington regarding a trespassing suspect who refuses to abide by the no trespassing order prohibiting him from being at the location. He has repeatedly returned to the location, despite numerous arrests, and he continues to cause disturbances at the business. He was arrested and held due to the likelihood of re-occurrence. He will be held until his court date.

Residential Burglary
October 17 at 3:15 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 100 block of W. Greystone. One of the residents arrived home and found the home ransacked. The loss is undetermined and the investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Vandalisms
October 18 at 3:40 a.m., a victim of vandalism called police to report that a window on his vehicle had been smashed. The vehicle was parked in the 100 block of W. Lemon Avenue. An officer arrived and located a total of four vehicles with smashed windows. All four victims were contacted and it appears that nothing was taken from the vehicles after the windows were smashed. No suspects were located. The investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
October 18 at 3:54 a.m., an alarm company called to report an activation at a business in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle Avenue. Officers arrived and found that an unknown suspect threw a rock that struck the front window, causing it to break. The investigation is continuing.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Suspect Arrested
October 18 at 9:15 a.m., officers and the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter responded to an apartment complex in the 400 block of Genoa regarding an intoxicated family member chasing other family members with a knife. All of the family members were outside of the residence when officers arrived and the suspect was still inside. Officers were able to talk the suspect into coming out of the residence and they detained him.

Family members reported that the suspect is an alcoholic. The adult son said he was involved in a verbal argument with his father when his father grabbed a knife and charged after him. The son held his father against the wall while the other family members ran outside. As the son was attempting to flee through the front door, he hit the father with the front door as he opened it, causing injury to the father's head. The suspect was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and taken to a hospital, where he was treated and cleared for booking, then taken into custody.

Stolen Vehicle – Suspect Arrested
October 18 at 11:52 a.m., officers located a stolen vehicle in the area of Myrtle and Chestnut with three occupants inside. They followed the vehicle to a parking lot, where they conducted a high-risk stop. Further investigation revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen by a rental car service in Santa Monica. The vehicle was rented with fraudulent documents. The driver was the only suspect arrested.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 18 at 7:19 p.m., a theft in progress in the 500 block of Huntington was reported to police. A male and female were detained in the parking lot. The investigation showed there was no theft, but the female was found to have a warrant for her arrest and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
October 19 at 8:31 a.m., a domestic violence incident was reported at a residence in the 300 block of Oakcliff. A male and female subject became involved in an argument over text messages. The couple are no longer in a dating relationship, but are still living together. The male subject pushed the female and then began choking her. When she began calling police, he simulated a gun with his fingers and told her he should kill her. Officers arrived and the suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
October 19 at 8:43 a.m., a driver was traveling on Peck and lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle hit a wall and a fire hydrant, and then flipped. The investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of drugs. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Commercial Burglary
October 19 at 9:41 a.m., an officer responded to a church in the 1300 block of S. Magnolia Avenue regarding a break-in. The suspect entered by removing slats from a window and took several blankets. The investigation is continuing.

Felony Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 19 at 7:47 p.m., an officer was hailed down by a subject in a vehicle near Magnolia and Evergreen. The subject pointed out a vehicle and reported that the driver of the vehicle was threatening him. The officer saw the vehicle in question. As the driver attempted to drive away, he committed two vehicle code violations and was stopped by the officer on Evergreen. When the officer contacted the driver, he noticed the driver seemed intoxicated. The officer conducted field sobriety tests and arrested the driver for DUI. A records check of the driver revealed he had three other DUI convictions within the last ten years, which made this charge a felony.

Celebrate the Arts | Monrovia Council Discusses Work on Home

~ Monrovia Association of Fine Arts presents its 53rd Annual Celebrate the Arts Show and ChalkFest on Saturday (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Oct. 29/30 at Monrovia Library Park. Highlights at this admission-free event will include artist demonstrations and art sales, kids chalk activities from ChapCare, a beer garden by Pacific Plate Microbrewery, a Collectible Book Sale by the Friends of Monrovia Library, continuous live entertainment, and robotics and urban art displays by Monrovia high school students. Admission is free and a variety of food trucks will be on hand to provide tasty treats. For more information or to sign up for an artist booth space, contact christine@monroviafinearts.org.

~ The Monrovia City Council discussed construction work done on a north Monrovia home, allegedly without the proper permits. https://goo.gl/TtvCHE

- Brad Haugaard

New Banners for Monrovia's on Active Duty | Old Town Board Vacancy | Hillside Area About to Open | Etc.


In his latest report ( https://goo.gl/cX1txB ), City Manager Oliver Chi reported ...

~ The City’s current Blue Star Banners will be replaced with newly designed banners on Huntington Drive on Monday, Nov. 7. The banners recognize and honor Monrovians who are on active duty.

~ There is an opening on the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board as member Sean Sprinkel is resigning, so the City is accepting applications to complete the remainder of Mr. Sprinkel’s term, which is set to expire in June 2018. For details contact City Clerk Alice Atkins at 932-5505 or at aatkins@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

~ The Hillside Wilderness Preserve should be fully opened to the public by the end of this month. Chi said that, "This past week, we made terrific progress."  He said the four new gates at the Ridgeside and Cloverleaf access points have been installed, and the trail repair work is progressing well. "Staff had a chance this past week to tour the upgraded trail system, which provides terrific views of the valley and will serve as a great passive recreational hiking trail for our community."

~ While the recently adopted neighborhood compatibility ordinance focuses on single family development, it lets the Planning Commission reject lot consolidations for multifamily developments if it "feels that a lot consolidation in any existing neighborhood is not compatible."

~ Monrovia Legacy initiative has put together a report called, "Monrovia’s First Houses," which says that there are at least 62 homes and two commercial buildings in Monrovia that were constructed prior to the City’s incorporation in 1887!  The report also identifies each of the “first houses” of Monrovia, and contains impressive information about each of the properties, including the address, the first owner of the house, and the initial cost to build the home. Details here:

~ The Monrovia Police Officers' Association will hold a community event to raise funds and awareness of breast cancer on Friday, October 21 from 6 to 9p.m. in Library Park. It will feature live music by the band Celluloid Heroes, BBQ, baked goods, raffle prizes, and merchandise.

~ A service will be held Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. at Live Oak Cemetery for Paul Smith, who started work for the City of Monrovia as a Pump Operator in 1960 and ended his career in 1994 as Utility Division Manager.

~ Steve Baker, City Treasurer and City Historian, will host the 7th Annual Cemetery Walk and Talk Program at Live Oak Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 and include the tour and dinner. Hear about the first settlers of Monrovia.  Register at the Monrovia Community Center (119 West Palm Avenue). Call 256-8246 for more information.

 - Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Relief Organization Prepares for Assault on Mosul

World Vision, a Monrovia-based Christian relief organization, is planning for a humanitarian disaster as the Iraqi army prepares to assault the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, a city of 1.5 million. World Vision is expanding its existing food programs, preparing to supply clean water, sanitation, and more. Details: here.

Monrovia Police: Shoplifter Given a Ticket; Girlfriend Batters Boyfriend; Trying to Find Deer With Arrow; Drunk; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 13-16. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Vehicle Burglary
October 13 at 2:25 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of Valle Vista Avenue reported a vehicle burglary. The victim parked and secured his vehicle in the evening on October 8. When he returned to the vehicle the next morning, he noticed his vehicle was unlocked and cash was missing from inside. There was no sign of forced entry and the vehicle appeared to be ransacked. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
October 13 at 3:27 p.m., officers responded to the report of a motorcyclist that had fallen in the 200 block of E. Cypress. They arrived on scene and found a teenage boy on the ground who appeared to have been involved in a solo vehicle traffic collision. He was semi-conscious and witnesses confirmed he had been driving in the street when he lost control and fell to the ground. The juvenile's family was contacted and he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
October 13 at 8:03 p.m., an employee from a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington called police stating a male suspect stole merchandise and left the business without paying. The suspect was last seen heading east on Cherry from Magnolia. Officers located a subject matching the description and he was positively identified as the suspect. The suspect was arrested and released with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Domestic Violence / Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
October 14 at 12:38 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of E. Olive Avenue regarding a vandalism incident. A female subject called police to report her boyfriend struck her vehicle with his vehicle and was possibly drunk. The investigation revealed the female had battered the male subject, leaving visible injuries on his neck and she actually struck his vehicle with hers. The female suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 14 at 1:16 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 500 block of S. Mayflower. A vehicle struck a parked car. Officers arrived and, through investigation, determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
October 14 at 8:15 p.m., loss prevention personnel from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a petty theft that just occurred. A male suspect had taken items without paying for them and was now seated in a gray Honda in the parking lot. The vehicle left the parking lot, but was stopped by police on Alta Vista, south of Huntington. The driver was positively identified by loss prevention and the driver was arrested. The property was recovered. The driver was later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Grand Theft Auto
October 15 at 8:15 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 200 block of E. Evergreen Avenue. The victim reported that his black, Honda Civic was parked out in front of his residence a 6:00 p.m. the night before. When he went out to his vehicle in the morning, he discovered it was missing. The investigation is continuing.

Injured Animal
October 15 at 2:44 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Highland regarding the report of a deer that had an arrow protruding through its neck. Officers located the deer and it appeared that the arrow had not seriously injured the animal. The deer fled the area before aid could be rendered. The Department of Fish and Wildlife was notified and are coordinating with the Monrovia Police Department to provide aid to the deer as soon as they are able to contain the animal.

Suspicious Person / Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 16 at 1:48 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of N. Ivy called police to report a male subject knocking on the door, but was not saying anything. Officers responded and located the subject still near the residence. The subject was extremely intoxicated and was determined to be unable to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 16 at 2:30 a.m., an officer on patrol was in the area of Lime and Ivy when he saw a subject near the intersection. The officer contacted the subject, who showed signs of being intoxicated. The officer determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for his own safety. The subject was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Hands-On History at Monrovia Historical Museum

Enjoy "hands-on history" at a meeting of the Monrovia Historical Museum on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m., at the museum, 742 W. Lemon. Visitors will be asked to participate in the museum's displays by writing down their favorite memories of Halloween in Monrovia.

- Brad Haugaard

Deer Stuck With Arrow Spotted in North Monrovia

Deer stuck with an arrow has been wandering around in north Monrovia. https://goo.gl/WrnT5w

- Brad Haugaard

Art Night at Monrovia City Council - Poetry in the Sidewalks

Proposed Bartlett memorial at train station.

At its next meeting ( https://goo.gl/o0ByHt ) the Monrovia City Council will, among other things, consider ...

~ Stamping poetry into the sidewalks of east-west streets, and tidbits of Monrovia history into north-south streets. It'll cost $7,000 the first year for 10 sidewalk panels, paid for by an existing art tax on developers. Short poems would be selected through an annual contest open to all ages. https://goo.gl/xSHuRK

~ Also, the company developing the "MODA at Monrovia Station" multi-family project proposes to pay its art tax with a $264,000 shimmering mosaic waterfall on the side of the building. https://goo.gl/1dl8FM

~ A recommendation by the Bob Bartlett Memorial Tribute Committee to spend $30,000 (again, in art-tax money) to hire artist Carole Choucair Oueijan based on her proposal (see above) for a mosaic sculpture honoring Bob Bartlett. https://goo.gl/WZONy9

- Brad Haugaard

Boys and Girls Club Open House | St. Luke's Celebration

~ Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills will hold an open house on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 3-6 p.m. at its facilities at 600 S. Shamrock. RSVP to kbuller@footillsbgc.org. This is part of "Lights On Afterschool," a national campaign to raise awareness about the need for after school programs. Actress and Founder of WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS, Meredith Scott Lynn (Days of Our Lives, Legally Blonde), will do a creative writing exercise with the kids and perform her Out of School Time rap, about the importance of after school programming.

~ Monrovia's St. Luke's Episcopal Church will hold a catered reception at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, the weekend following the Feast of St. Luke, to celebrate the church's 125-year history and to highlight its community partners. Requested contribution $20. Admission to the 7:30 p.m. concert is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. Concert features St. Luke's Choir and San Gabriel Valley Choral Company. The church is at 122 S. California Ave. Further information at email@trishgresham.com or 357-7071.

Dinner at 38 Degrees

 
Dinner last night at 38° Ale House and Grill, on the south side of Colorado a half block east of Myrtle. Got the Thirty-Eight burger for $14 and a beer for the $5 happy hour price. Burger was excellent!

- Brad Haugaard

Rain for Monrovia? Uhhh - Maybe

Twenty percent chance of rain this weekend, rising to 60 percent Monday. https://goo.gl/0qMTb8

- Brad Haugaard

Carriage Rides in Old Monrovia?

There may be Christmastime carriage rides in Old Monrovia during December. https://goo.gl/U1B3Ki

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Stolen Vacuum; Wandering 3-Year-Old; Car Hits Skateboarder; Stealing a Flashlight; Airsoft Gun; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 449 service events, resulting in 95 investigations.

Suspicious Person / Petty Theft
October 10 at 6:17 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of W. Colorado called police to report a theft that just occurred. The victim reported that he saw a female attempting to open the doors of his vehicle, which was parked in front of his house. The female climbed into the bed of his truck, took a vacuum cleaner and left the area. The officer checked the area for the suspect, but she was not located; however, the vacuum cleaner was recovered a few houses away. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
October 10 at 7:32 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Oakcliff regarding a vehicle burglary. Unknown suspects broke into the vehicle, ransacked the glovebox and stole miscellaneous items from the trunk. The investigation is continuing.

Found Child
October 10 at 8:42 a.m., an officer was flagged down in the area of Colorado and Magnolia regarding a 3-year-old child wandering in the area alone. Officers found the child and began walking the area, hoping that someone was looking for the child. They eventually brought the child to the police station and were contacted by the mother. She stated that she left the child at home asleep and went to her neighbor’s house to drop off something. When she returned, the child was gone. The Department of Child and Family Services was notified of the incident.

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
October 10 at 8:56 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington regarding a theft of merchandise. The suspect took merchandise from the business and fled prior to officers arriving. An area check was made and the suspect was found, positively identified and arrested.

Resisting a Peace Officer / Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
October 10 at 8:56 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 700 block of W. Huntington regarding a suspect who was trespassing at the location. The suspect has repeatedly loitered at the location while under the influence of drugs and continues to cause disturbances at the business. A no trespass order is in effect, but the suspect continues to violate the order. When officers attempted to arrest the subject, he became extremely combative. The suspect was eventually arrested and taken into custody. One officer suffered minor injuries during the struggle.

Commercial Burglary
October 10 at 10:04 a.m., a commercial burglary was reported at a business in the 500 block of S. Shamrock. The suspects pried open a rear security gate and gained access. They took power tools, scales and alcohol before fleeing the location. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Hit & Run Traffic Collision
October 10 at 9:38 p.m., a local hospital called to advise they had a 15-year-old male victim of a hit and run collision brought to the hospital for treatment of injures. The subject reported that the collision occurred in Monrovia. The subject reported that he was skateboarding near the corner of Court and Mayflower when he was struck by a white vehicle that did not stop after the accident. The parents of the victim drove him to the hospital, as he was complaining of pain to his elbow, his side, and had abrasions about his body. The investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
October 11 at 7:33 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported at a location in the 200 block of E. Duarte. An unknown suspect threw rocks and broke glass on the building. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle & Residential Burglary
October 11 at 7:38 a.m., a burglary was reported in the 1600 block of S. Mayflower. The victim’s vehicle was broken into and the suspect stole tools and a garage remote. The suspect then used the remote to enter the garage and stole a bicycle. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
October 11 at 7:41 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1300 block of Los Robles. The vehicle is a black, 2013, Ford Taurus. The vehicle was parked on the street. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
October 11 at 2:41 p.m., loss prevention personnel at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called police to report a shoplifter in custody. The suspect entered the business and used a knife to cut open a package containing a flashlight. He put the flashlight in his pocket and walked out of the store without paying. He was detained by security and placed under private person’s arrest. An officer arrived, arrested the suspect and took him into custody. A computer check revealed the suspect had three outstanding warrants and he was held pending his court hearing.

Grand Theft Auto
October 11 at 2:45 p.m., a rental car business in the 1100 block of E. Huntington called police to report a stolen vehicle. The suspect rented a car from the company and has not returned it. The vehicle is a 2016, Nissan Altima. The vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft / False Identification to a Police Officer – Suspect Arrested
October 11 at 6:13 p.m., officers responded to a theft in progress in the 400 block of Heliotrope. A suspect was stopped by officers. The suspect pulled out a replica gun in front of officers as he stated that it was only an Airsoft gun. The suspect was detained while the officers investigated the theft. The victim did not desire prosecution for the theft. The suspect was arrested for giving false information to a police officer. He also possessed three identifications that did not belong to him. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 12 at 2:56 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 400 block of Heliotrope and observed a subject loitering in the area of closed businesses. The officer stopped to talk to the subject. A consent search of the subject revealed he had a small container which contained methamphetamine. A computer check revealed he also had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and the warrant.

Commercial Burglary
October 12 at 12:26 p.m., a burglary was reported at a business in the 300 block of S. Myrtle. Sometime during the week, someone entered one of the cabinets and took merchandise that belonged to a vendor. The key to the cabinet was inside the business at the time of the theft. The business has numerous vendors that rent spaces to sell items. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
October 12 at 4:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 2100 block of S. Myrtle regarding a break-in to a storage unit. The suspect forced open the lock clasp on the storage shed and removed approximately 10 boxes of items. An electric guitar and electric scooter were stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
October 12 at 5:27 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of N. Shamrock regarding a violation of a court order. The suspect continues to return to his girlfriend's residence against court order. The suspect was asleep in the room when the victim called to report he was there. The suspect was arrested for violating the court order and outstanding warrants.

Trespassing / Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 13 at 3:51 a.m., an officer contacted a known subject at a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington. The subject had been advised by officers several times not to trespass at the business. The subject was also found to be too intoxicated to care for his own safety. The subject was arrested for trespassing and public intoxication.

Monrovia's Water at Historic Low Levels; 4th Dimension Into Restaurant; Election Forum; Etc.

In his weekly report ( https://goo.gl/mVH0Bb ), City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

~ According to information from the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster, from which we get our water, "the Basin water levels are now at historical lows. At the key well in Baldwin Park, water levels are now at 172.2 feet, which is the lowest level ever recorded since the Basin became adjudicated in 1973. For comparative purposes, the historic high for the key well location was 295.3 feet in July 1983."

~ A buyer has purchased the old 4th Dimension building on Myrtle and plans to put in "an approximately 5,000 square foot restaurant on the ground floor facing Myrtle Avenue, and to utilize the remaining 22,000 square feet of the facility for creative office / administrative / professional space."

~ There will be a forum on Oct. 27, at the Monrovia Community Center to discuss ballot issues, including marijuana legalization (Proposition 64), gun control / ammunition sales (Proposition 63) and early parole / early criminal release (Proposition 57).



~ To conclude Fire Prevention Week, on Oct. 15 the Monrovia Fire Department will open Station 101 (141 E. Lemon Ave.) between noon and 3 p.m. There will be a simple quiz about smoke alarms. Also, the Monrovia Firefighters' Association and Orchard Supply Hardware will donate fire alarms that will be distributed throughout the week.

~ After forty years of law enforcement service, 26 with the Monrovia Police Department, Sergeant Don Newton will retire later this year. Congratulate Sergeant Newton at a retirement reception on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Police Department Community Policing Room.

~ Monrovia Historical Society will hold a celebration to recognize its rebirth on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at the Monrovia Public Library, and at 4 p.m., will move to the Anderson House (215 E. Lime Ave.).

~ During National Library Card Sign-Up Month the Monrovia Library issued 423 new member cards in September 2016, compared to 268 in August 2016).

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Department Gets Traffic-Safety Grant

Monrovia Police Department has been awarded a $72,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Monrovia Police Department will use the funding as part of the city's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

"Our goal is to maintain Monrovia's status of having zero traffic related fatalities," says Lieutenant Robert Wilken, Traffic Safety Coordinator for the Monrovia Police Department.

After falling to a ten year low in 2010, the number of persons killed has climbed nearly 17% across the state with 3,176 killed in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Particularly alarming is the six year rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at intersections.

"Years of research tell us that enforcement and education work best jointly to combat unsafe driving," said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. "This grant brings both tactics together, with the Office of Traffic Safety and the Monrovia Police Department working in concert to help keep the streets and highways safe across Monrovia and the state." Activities that the grant will fund include:

• Educational presentations • DUI checkpoints • DUI saturation patrols • Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement • Distracted driving enforcement • Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement • Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders • Compilation of DUI "Hot Sheets," identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) • Court "sting" operations to cite individuals driving from DUI court after ignoring their license suspension or revocation • Stakeout operations to observe the "worst-of-the-worst" repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked driver licenses

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Bears Attack Man in Nearby Sierra Madre

The LA Times reports that a hiker was hospitalized after a two-bear attack in the foothills above Sierra Madre. https://goo.gl/k4uHQ6

- Brad Haugaard

Flu Clinic; Evensong; Monrovia Garden Club; Senior Halloween; Breathe

~ Senior Flu Clinic every first Tuesday and Wednesday of October at the Monrovia Community Center, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free with Medicare; $32 non-Medicare. Information: Natalya Romo, 256-8246 x 3132 or nromo@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

~ Thirteenth annual Men's Evensong Invitational on Sunday, Oct. 16. at 4 p.m. at St. Luke Episcopal Church at California and Foothill Boulevard in Monrovia. The Rev. Neil Tadken will be the celebrant and cantor. The anthem will be Franz Biebl's Ave Maria, written in 1964. An offering will be taken. Wine and cheese reception will follow the performance.

~ The Monrovia Garden Club meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. (social time with refreshments at 6:30 p.m.) at the First Presbyterian Church, northeast corner of Myrtle and Foothill in the Fellowship Hall downstairs. Speaker Tom Freeman will demonstrate how to make a redwood planter box. Kits available for purchase. The Garden Club will have a booth selling plants and providing gardening information at the "Celebrate the Arts" festival on Oct. 29 and 30. Visitors welcome.

~ Thursday, Oct. 27, Senior Halloween Bingo Bash & Caring Crafters Boutique Sale in the Kay Dalton Room of the Monrovia Community Center, 119 West Palm. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For information: Natalya Romo at 256-8246 or nromo@co.monrovia.ca.us.

~ Saturday, Nov. 5 - Monrovia O2 Breathe 2016 Pulmonary Hypertension Association 2016 Phun Walk, Health Fair & Raffle at Library Park. 8:30 a.m. registration; 9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony; 10 a.m. 1 mile Walk Begins; 11 a.m. Closing Ceremony; information contact Sabrina Rodgers, Development Manager, PHA CA Chapter, (415) 361-8700; email sabrinarodgers@phassociation.org; Joannie Yuille, Greater LA Co-Leader joyuille@aol.com or Susie Alvarez, Greater LA Co-Leader (310) 938-7930 batterygrl@yahoo.com

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Two Motorcycles Stolen; Swiping Tip Jar - Three Times; Twitching; Stolen Cars; Window Open Just Inches; Attack With Book; Felony Vandalism

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

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Theft From a Vehicle
October 6 at 9:24 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Alamitas Avenue regarding a theft from a vehicle. The vehicle was left unlocked and a skateboard was taken from inside. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
October 6 at 1:00 p.m., two motorcycles were reported stolen from the 200 block of E. Hillcrest Avenue. The motorcycles were stolen from the side of victim’s home sometime during the week prior. The investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Warrant – Suspects Arrested
October 7 at 2:27 a.m., an officer on patrol observed two subjects in the area of Magnolia and Huntington. One of the subjects was twitching uncontrollably and acting erratic. The officer stopped to check if the subjects were okay. One of the subjects was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance and the other was found to have a warrant. Both subjects were arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
October 7 at 4:31 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 200 block of W. Lemon. The vehicle is a 1991, brown Honda Civic. The vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle database and the investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
October 7 at 7:18 a.m., officers responded to the report of a vehicle burglary in the 700 block of S. Primrose. The victim parked and locked her vehicle in front of her residence in the evening. When she returned the next morning, she found her purse and a pair of sunglasses had been taken from her vehicle. It is unknown how the suspect gained entry. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
October 7 at 8:39 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a business parking lot in the 3300 block of Peck Road. The victim parked his 1994, black/gray, Honda Civic in the parking lot at 7:00 a.m. and went into the business. When he returned at 8:30 a.m., he discovered his vehicle had been stolen. The vehicle was locked. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
October 7 at 10:08 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a business parking lot in the 200 block of Kruse Avenue. The victim parked his white, 1994 Honda Accord in an employee parking lot at 7:00 a.m. and went into the business. When he returned at 10:00 a.m., he discovered his vehicle had been stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
October 7 at 10:11 a.m., an officer responded to a business parking lot in the 200 block of Kruse Avenue regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim parked and locked their vehicle at 5:45 a.m. The windows were rolled down a couple of inches due to the hot weather. When the victim returned to the vehicle at 8:00 a.m., the driver-side door was unlocked and ajar. A cell phone and stereo were taken from the vehicle. It appears the suspect gained entry through the partially rolled down windows. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
October 7 at 10:33 a.m., an officer was dispatched regarding a petty theft that just occurred at a business in the 800 block of W. Foothill. Employees reported this was the third theft of their tip jar by the same suspect. Officers checked the area, but the suspect was not located. The investigation is continuing. The suspect is described as a male white, 25-30 years old, wearing a black hat, black shirt and blue jeans. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
October 7 at 3:45 p.m., an officer located a parked vehicle in the 200 block of N. Primrose. A check of the license plate revealed it had been stolen the night before. No suspects were located.

Grand Theft Auto
October 8 at 1:36 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a business parking lot in the 200 block of railroad. The vehicle is a 1990, 4-door, brown Honda Accord. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Trailer
October 8 at 6:11 p.m., a car trailer was reported stolen from the 500 block of E. Lemon. The investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
October 8 at 6:58 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Olive called police to report his truck had been vandalized. The truck was parked on the street and two windows were smashed with a hard object. No suspects were located. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
October 8 at 7:36 p.m., the manager of a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called police to report a petty theft that just occurred. The suspect entered the location, selected a video game station and asked the cashier for an additional controller for the game. When the cashier was distracted, the suspect fled the location. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
October 9 at 2:33 a.m., a female subject called police to report her husband had battered her. When officers arrived, the husband was detained. The investigation revealed the husband threw a book at the victim and hit her in the face with his hand. The husband was arrested and taken into custody for domestic violence. He was held pending his court appearance.

Grand Theft From a Vehicle
October 9 at 6:18 a.m., a grand theft from a vehicle was reported in the 300 block of Grand Avenue. The victim left his vehicle unlocked in the driveway of his home. The suspect entered the vehicle and took tools, miscellaneous items, and a briefcase containing a computer circuit board. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
October 9 at 10:22 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 1700 block of Leafwood on the report of a residential burglary. Neighbors found the front door to the residence open and called police. The resident was not home. The front door was forced open and it is unknown if anything was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Felony Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
October 9 at 9:52 p.m., a male subject called police to report an unknown female had thrown large rocks at his vehicle, causing approximately $1,000 in damage. Officers responded and located the female subject inside another vehicle. She was contacted by the officer and the investigation revealed the vehicle she was in did not belong to her. Additional victims of vandalism were located in the area. The female suspect was positively identified by the victim and a witness. The suspect was arrested for felony vandalism and taken into custody.

Monrovia Over La Canada; Matthew Relief; Moon Gazing

~ Monrovia victorious over La Canada in football. https://goo.gl/iv4SUw

~ The Monrovia-based Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys has opened a Hurricane Matthew Fund to help those affected by the storm and its aftermath both in the US and abroad. Funds will aid both the Jewish and general communities. To drop off contributions at the Jewish Federation (Attn: Hurricane Matthew Relief, 114A W. Lime Ave.) or go to http://www.jewishsgpv.org/donate and indicate it is for Hurricane Matthew Relief. For info call 445-0810.

~ Old Town Monrovia Sidewalk Astronomers will give you a high-powered peek at the moon tonight through their telescopes. Just go to southeast corner of Library Park after dark.

Market Grill to Close at End of December - May Reopen Some Day

Market Grill Manager Tracy Ramirez reports on Facebook that "At the end of December, after over 7 years of incredible business, The Market Grill as you all know and love it will be closing it's doors." She says this is because of issues with the landlord, "zoning laws and red tape" and the chef's health issues.

She says, "The future is uncertain, but our hearts and our heads are dedicated to remaking The Market Grill a better version of itself at some point in the future."

- Brad Haugaard

Fire Prevention Week in Monrovia

This year, Monrovia Fire & Rescue will be participating in Fire Prevention Week. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of a three-year effort to educate the public about basic, but essential elements of smoke alarm safety. As part of the campaign, Monrovia firefighters will be visiting Monrovia Unified School District (MUSD) 4th grade classrooms during the week of October 10, 2016

The teaching point will be centered on the importance of checking to ensure smoke detectors are not expired. To conclude the week, on October 15, 2016, Monrovia Fire & Rescue will be opening its doors at Station 101, located at 141 E. Lemon Ave., to the general public between the hours of 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  In order to gain access to Station 101, a simple quiz regarding smoke alarms will need to be completed and/or the smoke alarm challenge sheet will need to be submitted. For more information on Fire Prevention Week and the links to the quiz and the challenge sheet, visit our website at http://www.cityofmonrovia.org/fire/page/fire-department-press-releases.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Suspect Spotted With Pink Cell Phone; Battling Boyfriends; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 413 service events, resulting in 76 investigations.

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
October 3 at 12:42 p.m., officers responded to the report of a vandalism incident in progress. The reporting party followed the suspect and was able to direct officers to his location. The suspect was arrested.

Theft From a Vehicle – Suspect Arrested
October 3 at 4:04 p.m., the victim of a theft from a vehicle that occurred a few days prior in the 600 block of W. Foothill called police for additional assistance. The victim’s cell phone was stolen during the theft and the victim saw a male subject in the area at the time of the theft. The victim was now reporting that she saw the same male subject walk into his apartment with her pink cell phone in his hand.

Officers arrived at the location and contacted the suspect, who admitted to taking the cell phone out of the unlocked vehicle. He gave the phone to the officers and they returned it to the victim. A verified complaint charging the suspect with theft was forwarded to the District Attorney for filing.

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspects Arrested
October 4 at 1:37 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 500 block of W. Palm and stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle was occupied by three subjects. During his contact with the occupants, the officer discovered one of the passengers had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The passenger was arrested and the driver consented to a search of her vehicle. The search revealed a pipe used for smoking methamphetamine and several syringes. The driver was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Burglary – Suspect Arrested
October 4 at 7:26 a.m., a worker at a business in the 2100 block of S. Myrtle called to report two suspects breaking into a storage unit with a crowbar. As the suspects were leaving in their vehicle, they were having problems getting the vehicle gate to open. The passenger exited the vehicle and fled on foot. When officers arrived, they detained the driver at the gate. Officers confirmed the suspects forced open and burglarized a storage unit. The driver was arrested for burglary and a wanted person’s warrant was issued for the second suspect.
Warrant / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 4 at 1:00 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 400 block of W. Maple contacted a subject regarding a trespassing issue. A computer check of the subject revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody. A search incident to arrest revealed a baggie of methamphetamine and a glass pipe for smoking controlled substances.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
October 4 at 7:21 p.m., a battery incident was reported in the 800 block of W. Colorado. The victim reported that he was assaulted by the current boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend. The victim had been driving by his ex-girlfriend's residence and had a prior verbal confrontation with her boyfriend/suspect. The victim returned to the location and was assaulted by the suspect. The victim placed the suspect under private person's arrest. The officer arrested the suspect and took him into custody. He was later released with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Commercial Burglary
October 5 at 2:25 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of W. Huntington Drive on the activation of a burglary alarm. When they arrived, they discovered a glass door had been shattered. Further investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) entered the location through the shattered door and ransacked the drawers and cabinets. It appears that nothing was taken from the location, but the investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence / Warrant -
October 6 at 2:25 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a driver in the 400 block of W. Chestnut for driving without headlights during hours of darkness. The driver displayed symptoms of being intoxicated. The officer conducted a DUI investigation and determined the driver was too intoxicated to operate his vehicle safely. A computer check of the driver revealed there were two outstanding warrants for his arrest, as well. The driver was arrested and held for a detoxification period.

Monrovia Attorney Disbarred

Monrovia attorney disbarred for failing to appear at his disciplinary trial. https://goo.gl/wKWuag

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Girls Volleyball Over South Pas :-)

Monrovia Girls Volleyball hands South Pasadena its first loss. https://goo.gl/UhyHmP

- Brad Haugaard

Wilderness Entry-Point to Open Soon; Applebee's Closing; Police Get Mental Health Clinician; Etc.


Improvements at the soon-to-be-opened Cloverleaf trailhead.

In his weekly report ( https://goo.gl/hWUj7B ), Monrovia City Manager Oliver Chi reports ...

~ The city has made "significant progress" this past week in repairing the Hillside Wilderness Preserve trail system and installing improvements at access points. With the progress that was made last week, "we are feeling confident that we will be able to finish the trial improvements in time to open up the Hillside Wilderness Preserve by the end of October 2016." Comment: Hooray!

~ Applebee's Restaurant (in the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center) will be closing "in short order."

~ Monrovia Police Department will have an LA County mental health clinician assigned to if for six days every month to help officers who encounter people with mental problems.

~ Cacique, is one of the largest Hispanic-style dairy product manufacturers in the US, has leased 28,000 square feet of office space in Monrovia to be its headquarters.

~ If you are interested in the hotel project planned for the corner of Huntington and Myrtle, Tharaldson Hospitality Group, which is planning a Marriott Towneplace Suites Hotel, will discuss the project on Oct. 13 from 6-8 p.m., at the Monrovia Public Library.

~ The compost and mulch give-away was a success. 30 tons of compost and 20 tons of mulch were given away to 200 people.

~ Brews and Books will be held Oct. 6 from 7-8 p.m. at the Station Square Promenade by the Metro Parking Structure. Featuring, well, beer and books. Open to adults 21 years and older and you'll need a valid ID. They're not just going to take your word for it.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Company Gets $22.7 Million Contract for Killer Drones

Monrovia drone maker, AeroVironment, has announced the United States Army has awarded the company a contract for "Block 10C Switchblade Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems and support services valued at $22,776,812." https://goo.gl/LDmHko

- Brad Haugaard

Sketches of Historic Monrovia Homes to be Published

Monrovia Historic Preservation group is planning to publish this month a set of pen and ink drawings by Marjorie Brewer, who started in the late 1950s when she noticed that homes in a state of disrepair were being torn down. Of the eleven houses in this anthology, three were eventually demolished.

The book will contain not only the drawings but also vintage photographs of the homes where available and a current picture if the home is still standing. Plus early histories of the homes.

Source: MOHPG newsletter

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Drugs, Alcohol and Burglaries

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 29 – October 2. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 30 at 12:46 a.m., an officer observed a subject in the 300 block of S. Myrtle that he knew had an outstanding warrant. The subject was arrested, booked and later released with a citation to appear in court on the warrant.

Petty Theft
September 30 at 4:43 p.m., a petty theft was reported in the 600 block of W. Huntington Drive. The victim called to report someone had stolen hand tools from the bed of his truck. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
October 1 at 8:41 a.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 300 block of E. Lime. The home was involved in a fire earlier in the week and had been declared uninhabitable. The front door had been boarded up and someone removed one of the boards. The owner of the property was notified and responded to the location. Officers searched the home, but did not locate anyone inside. The owner did not find anything missing. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Methamphetamine / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 1 at 11:19 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle when he observed a suspicious male adult subject. The subject tossed something on the ground when he saw the officer. The officer detained the subject and requested assisting officers. When assistance arrived, the officer retrieved the items which had been tossed. He discovered the items were a baggie of methamphetamine and two used pipes for smoking methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 2 at 12:15 p.m., an officer was flagged down regarding a man down, possibly intoxicated. The subject was located and determined to be too intoxicated to care for his own safety. He was arrested for being drunk in public. He was also found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 2 at 5:20 p.m., an officer saw a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation and stopped the subject. During the contact with the officer, the subject admitted to having drug paraphernalia in his possession. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Halloween Film at Library

Free screening of Tim Burton's Halloween Film, Frankenweenie, Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. at Monrovia Public Library. For free tickets call 205-4308 or email movie@monroviaproviders.org. Wear a costume for trick or treating! Light refreshments, senior community resources available.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council to Consider Refinancing Bonds to Save About $200,000 a Year

At its next meeting ( https://goo.gl/odMD9F ) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

~ Refinancing at a lower interest rate the bond that paid for the new library to save about $2.2 million, or $105,000 to $110,000 per year for 20 years. https://goo.gl/YjdyNH

~ Refinancing some bonds from the old redevelopment agency bonds to save $1.8 million in lower interest rates over 20 years, or approximately $90,000 per year. https://goo.gl/fDl14G

- Brad Haugaard