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Monrovia Company Reports Q4 Loss

Monrovia-based Xencor Inc. reported a fourth-quarter loss of $9.1 million, or 21 cents per share. It reported a profit for the previous fourth quarter. https://goo.gl/8WiDRds

- Brad Haugaard

Police Make Arrests in Burglary Cases; You Can Help Form Parks Plan; Faster Library Internet Speed; Etc.

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

~ Monrovia police made arrests in the burglary of Party City, and more arrests in a burglary of  Smash Burger restaurant.

~ The city would like your opinion to help in developing a master plan for its parks. You can take the survey here: https://goo.gl/kxNIcQ

~ The black barriers you see on the Huntington Drive medians show contractors where the roots of healthy tree roots so they aren't damaged as workers replant the medians with less thirsty plants.

~ During the recent rains "our community was for the most part not heavily impacted," but the city is going to see if the state and federal government will reimburse it for what costs it did incur.

~ Speaking of which, the rain did cause ruts in some of its mountain trails. Be careful hiking and biking in those areas.

~ The library hopes to make the speed of its Internet connection ten times faster, from 100 MGps to 1 GBps.

~ Monrovia is looking for bids from qualified companies to run the Monrovia Transit program, designed primarily to help seniors get around. In fiscal year 2015/16 it provided nearly 50,000 trips.

~ Monrovia Public Library Librarian Annette Simpson was honored by Wild Rose Elementary at its Founder's Day assembly for her service to the community. She created many fun and educational programs and visited schools to encourage kids to love reading.

~ Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills will host a "Youth of the Year" event on March 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia. The award recognizes club members who, with the help of their club, have met obstacles head-on and, despite the odds, have given back to their club and community.

- Brad Haugaard

Golden Streets Takes Place Sunday


On the one year anniversary of the opening of the Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa, Bike SGV and Los Angeles County Metro will be hosting 626 Golden Streets, an open streets event spanning seven cities in the San Gabriel Valley where more than 17 miles of roadways will be closed off from automobiles to allow for people to walk, bike, jog, skate and more. The route, between South Pasadena and Azusa, will connect with the newest Gold Line stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa.

Foothill Gold Line staff will be hosting a booth near the Azusa Downtown station. Stop by and say hi or to ask any questions you may have about the Glendora to Montclair extension.

626 Golden Streets takes place this Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 9 AM to 3 PM. For more information on the event, including the route, visit www.626goldenstreets.com.

Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Trader Joe's Recalls Apple Sauce

Monrovia-based Trader Joe's has recalled apple sauce. It might have glass in it: https://goo.gl/wuG481

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Sleepy Driver Crashes; Man Arrested for Domestic Violence; Car Window Smashed, Purse Taken; Man Arrested for Feeding Juveniles Marijuana; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 23-26. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

False Evidence of Registration / Ex-Felon in Possession of Firearm – Suspects Arrested
February 23 at 5:14 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 200 block of E. Lime Avenue stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. The vehicle registration was expired, but the vehicle displayed current registration stickers. The officer obtained permission to search the vehicle and a gun was found inside. One of the two occupants in the vehicle was an ex-felon. Both occupants were arrested. The gun was not registered to either of the subjects and had not been reported stolen.

Grand Theft Auto
February 23 at 7:14 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 500 block of E. Lime. The vehicle was parked on the street overnight. When the owner returned to the vehicle in the morning, it was gone. The vehicle is a white Ford Focus. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
February 23 at 10:16 p.m., a solo vehicle traffic collision involving injuries occurred at Myrtle and Foothill. The driver was heading west on Foothill, approaching Myrtle, when he fell asleep at the wheel, momentarily. When he awoke, he swerved and lost control of the vehicle, colliding into the wall of the bank building on the corner. No other vehicles were involved and the driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
February 24 at 5:04 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Myrtle and Duarte on the report of a vehicle in the roadway with someone slumped over the steering wheel. Officers arrived and determined the driver was intoxicated. He was arrested for driving under the influence.

Vehicle Code Violation / Warrants – Suspects Arrested
February 24 at 5:30 p.m., an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the 200 block of E. Duarte Road. Two of the occupants had outstanding warrants and were subsequently arrested for the warrants. The driver was found to be operating the vehicle on a suspended license. The vehicle was stored.

Grand Theft
February 25 at 9:22 p.m., a grand theft was reported at a business in the 600 block of S. Myrtle. An unknown suspect entered the business and took cash from a backpack behind the counter. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
February 26 at 2:31 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Montana regarding possible domestic violence occurring. The reporting party could hear a male yelling and a female crying. Officers arrived and found the female subject had visible injuries on her face. The male subject was arrested for domestic violence.

Theft From a Vehicle
February 26 at 10:15 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 1300 block of S. Alta Vista. The victim reported that the license plates were stolen off his vehicle, along with items from inside. The vehicle was left unlocked. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
February 26 at 12:18 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 700 block of W. Huntington. The victim parked her vehicle in the lot at 7:00 a.m. When she returned to her vehicle around noon, the window had been smashed and her purse had been stolen from the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity / Counterfeit Currency / Possession of Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested
February 26 at 2:46 p.m., officers went to a residence in the 700 block of W. Colorado to conduct a probation compliance search of a male juvenile. The search revealed the juvenile was in possession of heroin, counterfeit currency and burglary tools. He was arrested and later released to his family.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
February 26 at 9:07 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting a male subject that was lying in the road. An officer responded to the area and located the subject. The subject was extremely intoxicated and refused to provide his name. He was arrested for being drunk in public and held for a sobering period.

Detective Bureau Follow-Up Investigation: Child Endangerment / Drug Offense – Case Follow-Up
On February 22 at 11:29 a.m., staff at the high school called police to report three juveniles were complaining of stomach pain and were throwing up. Officers arrived and determined the juveniles had ingested edible marijuana. The paramedics and parents were summoned. The juveniles were taken to the hospital for treatment. The investigation revealed they had all eaten food given to them by an adult, knowing it contained THC. On February 23, the young adult, 19 years old, came into the Monrovia Police Department and was arrested for the incident.

Learn About Monrovia's Flying History


Laurel and Hardy at Monrovia Airport.

Relive early flying days in Monrovia with an historical review of Monrovia's own Flying Field, a special event on Sunday, April 30, 2 -4 p.m. at the Monrovia Historical Museum, 742 E. Lemon. The event is free to members of the Monrovia Historical Museum and the Monrovia Historical Society. Tickets for the public are $5 at the door. Refreshments will be served.

From 1928 to 1953, Monrovia had its own airport, located parallel to Shamrock Ave. south of Huntington Drive. At the airport, pilots practiced their craft, students learned to fly, passengers went for rides, and an occasional movie was filmed.

Now, history lovers and flying enthusiasts can relive those aviation years with "Monrovia’s Flying Field, featuring chats with and stories from experts in the history of the Flying Field. There will also be photographs of historic planes, and videos of the Flying Field in action. In addition there will be photos of the McDonald Brothers first hamburger stand, which was at the Monrovia airport. Special guests include Tom Blackburn, son of the airport owner, Al Blackburn, and Gary Boen, airport historian and collector of more than 1,000 photos and papers on the airport.
The event is co-sponsored by the Monrovia Historical Museum and the Monrovia Historical Society. Both organizations have decades-long  history in preserving and presenting local history. The Museum contains exhibits on the Flying Field as well as the founding of Monrovia and its early history. It is open Thursdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The Society oversees the historic George Anderson House and oversees the Monrovia Legacy Project. The Legacy Project is digitizing the city historian’s collection which will be shared online and through the Monrovia Library.

Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard 

Lunch at Oke Poke

 
Has lunch recently at the new Oke Poke restaurant in the Pavilions shopping center at Foothill and Myrtle. Got three-scoops of raw tuna and salmon in a kimchi sauce on white rice with various toppings for $9.95. Very good!

- Brad Haugaard 

Jewish Federation Presents Musical, 'Curtains'

Monrovia-based Jewish Federation has announced that the JFed Players Community Theatre Ensemble's next production, Curtains, will open on March 18 at the Clarke Center at 401 Rolyn Place, Arcadia. Curtains was the final collaboration between Kander and Ebb, creators of Cabaret and Chicago. Set in 1959, it has murder, mystery, music, comedy and romance. The story unfolds when the star of a new musical is murdered while taking a bow on opening night in Boston. Showtimes: Saturday, March 18, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 19, 3 p.m.; Thursday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 26th, 3 p.m. Tickets at http://www.jewishsgpv.org/event-tickets or by contacting the Jewish Federation at 445-0810.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Violent Argument; Catalytic Converters Stolen; Shoes In Their Pants; Marijuana Makes You Barf; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 20-22. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 390 service events, resulting in 58 investigations.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
February 20 at 7:16 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of W. Central regarding a domestic violence incident. The victim reported that her husband battered her during an argument. Officers interviewed both subjects involved and arrested the husband for domestic violence.

Grand Theft
February 20 at 5:00 p.m., a grand theft was reported in the 200 block of N. Encinitas. Sometime during the early morning hours, someone stole the catalytic converter from the victim’s Honda Accord that was parked on the street in front of her home. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
February 20 at 8:10 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington on the report of a theft that just occurred. Two male suspects entered the store and went to the shoe department, where they removed price tags from shoes, concealed them in their pants and left the location without paying. Store security saw the suspects enter a vehicle and drive east on Huntington. Officers located and stopped the vehicle. The suspects were positively identified by store security and arrested.

Grand Theft
February 21 at 7:21 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of Poppy Avenue called police to report a grand theft. The victim parked his vehicle in front of his home in the evening. When he returned to his vehicle in the morning, he found the catalytic converter had been stolen off the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
February 21 at 8:06 a.m., a grand theft was reported at a residence in the 200 block of W. Pomona Avenue. A dirt compactor was stolen from a construction site sometime during the evening or early morning hours. The investigation is continuing.

Medical Assist / Drug Offense
February 22 at 11:29 a.m., staff at the high school called police to report three juveniles were complaining of stomach pain and were throwing up. Officers arrived and determined the juveniles had ingested edible marijuana. The paramedics and parents were summoned. The juveniles were taken to the hospital for treatment. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspects Arrested
February 23 at 3:13 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of W. Colorado regarding two subjects causing a disturbance. They contacted the subjects and determined they were intoxicated and unable to provide care for themselves. They were arrested for being drunk in public and held for a sobering period.

Monrovia Candidate Forum Set

The Monrovia Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters are sponsoring a City Council candidate forum on Monday, March 6 at 6 p.m. in the Council chambers at City Hall. The forum will be broadcast on KGEM and viewers at home can submit questions by calling 932-5550

- Brad Haugaard 

How to Support 1917 Fire Engine Restoration Project

Mayor Tom Adams has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the restoration of Monrovia's 1917 Seagrave fire engine. If you would like to donate, click here: https://goo.gl/C107vS

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Burglaries; Mom vs. Daughter; Robbery; Boyfriend Hit With Broom; Hit and Run; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 16-19. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
February 16 at 10:56 a.m., officers responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle parked in a business parking lot in the 1600 block of S. Mountain Avenue. Officers located the vehicle and determined it was stolen. The vehicle was processed and returned to the owner. No suspects were located.

Residential Burglary
February 16 at 8:59 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 200 block of N. Encinitas. An unknown suspect entered the residence through an unlocked back door and took a backpack belonging to a juvenile. The suspect then fled. The investigation is continuing.

Battery
February 17 at 11:03 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of S. Magnolia to investigate a physical altercation between a mother and her adult daughter, which has been an ongoing problem. The mother has signed a no trespass order against her daughter, who has returned to the residence on multiple occasions for a variety of reasons, and has been arrested for violation of the order. The mother allowed the daughter to stay at the home overnight, but then asked her to leave because DCFS was coming to the house and the daughter was not supposed to be there. The two began to argue and the argument turned physical. A report will be filed with the District Attorney’s office for battery charges.

Possession of Methamphetamine / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
February 17 at 2:27 p.m., a suspicious vehicle was reported in the 200 block of N. Ivy Avenue. An officer arrived and located the vehicle and a person in the driver's seat who appeared to be hiding from the officer. During the course of the investigation, the officer discovered the driver had several warrants, no license, and methamphetamine on his person. The suspect was arrested.

Residential Burglary
February 17 at 11:09 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 300 block of Bradbury. The victim left his residence for several hours. When he returned, he found the back sliding door shattered and his home had been ransacked. The resident is determining the loss. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle
February 18 at 8:15 a.m., the victim parked their vehicle in their apartment complex parking lot in the 900 block of W. Walnut in the evening. They returned to the lot in the morning and the vehicle had been stolen. The keys were in the vehicle. The vehicle is a 2015 Lexus IS 250. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence
February 18 at 12:54 p.m., a victim of domestic violence went to her friend’s home and told the friend that her boyfriend had beaten her. The incident occurred in the 200 block of W. Colorado and the victim had visible injuries; she was taken to a hospital for medical treatment. Officers went to the boyfriend's residence and interviewed him. He was then arrested for domestic violence.

Vehicle Burglary
February 18 at 3:44 p.m., employees at a business in the 1100 block of E. Huntington witnessed a male Hispanic suspect with a tattoo on his neck enter a locked vehicle in the business parking lot. The suspect fled in a gold, 4-door sedan, possibly a Honda or Toyota. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
February 18 at 3:50 p.m., two suspicious vehicles were reported in the 700 block of E. Royal Oaks, possibly involved in drug activity. Officers arrived and located the two vehicles. One vehicle was found to be a reported stolen vehicle from Upland. The vehicle was recovered and the investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle
February 18 at 5:11 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1200 block of Sherman. The victim reported his green, 2000 Honda Civic had been stolen sometime between 12:00 and 5:10 p.m. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Robbery
February 18 at 6:25 p.m., officers responded to a robbery at a business in the 100 block of W. Huntington. A male suspect entered the location wearing a grey and green hooded sweatshirt and revealed a black handgun in his waistband. He demanded money from the cash register, which the employee gave to him, placing it in a Walmart bag. The suspect then fled the location. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
February 18 at 8:11 p.m., a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington reported a theft that had just occurred. The suspect concealed items on his person and exited the store. An officer responded and detained the suspect nearby. The stolen property was recovered and the suspect was arrested.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
February 18 at 10:51 p.m., a vehicle that was reported stolen earlier in the day from the 900 block of W. Walnut was recovered in Upland by the Upland Police Department. A Monrovia officer responded to Upland to process the vehicle for fingerprints. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Battery
February 19 at 7:46 a.m., a battery incident was reported in the 500 block of Cloverleaf Drive. The investigation revealed that a boyfriend and girlfriend were in a verbal argument that turned physical. The female struck her live-in boyfriend with a broom. The male complained of pain to his hand. The female was arrested for domestic battery.

Felony Hit & Run Traffic Collision
February 19 at 3:51 p.m., the victim driver was traveling west on Huntington and came to a stop at Mayflower. The suspect rear-ended the victim's vehicle and then fled the area. The victim and a passenger complained of neck pain. The investigation is continuing.

The Monrovia Shooting That Could Have Been Prevented; Flags at Myrtle Crosswalk; Historic City House Sold; Etc.

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

~ That the police department did some "tremendous work" in arresting suspects in an attempted murder case, but said that it should never have happened. The suspect, he said, served a nine months in prison for attempted murder and  assault with a deadly weapon, "then, just a few months after he was released from prison, he attempted to kill another individual here in Monrovia." Chi said, "This overall situation illustrates how the new set of laws in California have resulted in criminals - and even violent criminals - being allowed to repeat their crimes over and over, and in that process, the end result is that more individuals are becoming victims of crime."

~ The city will conduct a 3-month trial placement of flag stands at the mid-block crosswalk on Myrtle Avenue between Lemon and Colorado. The idea is that pedestrians pick up a flag on one side of the street, walk across the street with it, then leave the flag in a stand on the other side of the street. Hopefully this increases their visibility.

~ Monrovia has installed a new pedestrian crosswalk on Mountain Avenue between Monrovia's auto dealerships on the west side of the street and the Best Buy shopping center on the east side of the street.

~ The city has sold the former City Annex building, also known as the Tillapaugh House, an historic residence at the corner of Ivy and Lime. The buyer plans to fix it up.

~ Monrovia Library Foundation's third annual literacy fundraiser, Team Up Dream Up for Literacy, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Library.  Based loosely on the game show "Family Feud." Tickets are $50 and all proceeds benefit the Library's literacy services program.  You can purchase tickets at the Monrovia Library.

Pinwheels In The Garden at Monrovia Garden Club Meeting

Jeralyn Crute Sackman will speak on "Pinwheels in the Garden," about her handcrafted garden pinwheels inspired by nature at the annual tea of the Monrovia Garden Club on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church, on the northeast corner of Myrtle and Foothill. She will have pinwheels available for purchase. Social hour with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Visitors welcome.

- Brad Haugaard

Husband Shares Disney Experiences | Park Closed | Free Driving Lesson

~ Monrovia High 1968 grad, Ron Husband, the first African-American animator to work for Disney Studios, shared his experience with current Monrovia High students. https://goo.gl/0ZUmJP

~ Monrovia Canyon Park closed through Feb. 20 because of the storm. https://goo.gl/R7P8KG

~ Ford Motor Company Fund is holding Driving Skills For Life, a free driver training program coming to Arcadia this March. This program is geared toward helping younger drivers become safe and cautious drivers. Drivers will receive advanced training on hazard recognition, vehicle handling, braking and stopping distance, speed management, reaction time, avoiding the dangers of distracted and impaired driving and more. There will be two sessions on March 4 and 5 at the Santa Anita Park, one from 7:30 am to noon and the afternoon session from 1 pm to 5:30 pm on both March 4 and 5. Sign up at http://www.drivingskillsforlife.com .

- Brad Haugaard 

Dinner at 38 Degrees

 
Dinner at 38 Degrees, on the south side of Colorado just east of Myrtle. Got the Thirty Eight burger for $14 and a beer for $7. Nice burger. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Coping With World Events Workshop at Monrovia Library

The local Jewish Federation is coordinating a workshop entitled, How Global Events Impact Our Lives - Tools for Coping, on Sunday, March 5, at 2:30 p.m. at the Community Room of the Monrovia Public Library. The workshop will be co-led by Dr. Jennifer R. Levin, MFT, PhD who specializes in illness, grief and growth after trauma, Jason Moss, MSW, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation, and Rabbi Noam Raucher, Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center. For more information contact the Jewish Federation at 445-0810 or federation@jewishsgpv.org.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Bad Meds; Drug Praphernalia; Ignoring Restraining Order

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 13-15. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 383 service events, resulting in 65 investigations.

Disturbing Subject / Possession of a Prescription Drug Without a Prescription – Suspect Arrested
February 14 at 6:02 a.m., a subject was reported to police that was yelling and swinging a piece of 2x4 wood while walking down the street in the 600 block of E. Lemon. Officers arrived and located the subject, who was determined to be a juvenile. The subject was found to be in possession of prescription medication without a prescription. He was arrested and later released to his parent with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
February 15 at 10:46 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 300 block of W. Huntington Dr. noticed a subject that appeared suspicious. The officer made contact with the subject and during the investigation located drug paraphernalia. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. The subject was issued a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
February 15 at 10:49 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of Norumbega Dr. on the report of a restraining order violation. The caller stated her exboyfriend was at the residence in violation of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order. When officers arrived they located the subject and further investigation revealed the subject was in violation of a court order. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Monrovia's Senator Wants to Ban Pain-Killer Oxycondone to People Under 21

State Senator Anthony Portantino, who represents Monrovia, has introduced a bill, SB 419, which would prohibit doctors from proscribing oxycodone, used to treat moderate to severe pain, to individuals under the age of 21.

Portantino's press release says Oxycodone, more commonly known by its brand name OxyContin, has become abused, often ending in addiction, tragedy and overdose.

- Brad Haugaard

Black History Month | 626 Golden Streets

~ A list of Monrovia events for Black History Month: hhttps://goo.gl/iMTPjw

~ Sunday, March 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 626 Golden Streets Event, a free 17-plus mile long San Gabriel Valley open streets festival that will temporarily open stretches of roadway from South Pasadena to Azusa for walking, jogging, skating, biking and more. More here: https://goo.gl/bCJJk3

- Brad Haugaard

$15-a-Month Water Tax Possible | Monrovia May Contract Out Bill Collecting | Office Vacancy Rate Healthier

In his weekly report ( https://goo.gl/1XIzs4 ), City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

~ If a proposed tax to buy water to replenish our supply is approved, "the estimated customer cost impact for everyone located in the Main San Gabriel Basin will eventually reach around $15 / month." Chi said we need another "130.3 billion gallons of water" to get back to normal water levels. Yes, even taking the rain into account.

~ Monrovia is thinking of contracting out its utility bill collecting and processing to a private company.

~ Monrovia's office space vacancy rate was over 17% in 2015 but is now below 10%, and the city has added about 1,900 jobs, which means more people shopping and dining in town. Chi said the city has been working to attract science and biotech companies. Some companies that have moved to - or are consolidating in - Monrovia are:

Beckman Research Institute, ~600 jobs;
Aerovironment, ~250 jobs;
City of Hope, ~150 jobs;
Oak Crest Institute of Science, ~45 jobs;
Southern California News Group, ~200 jobs;
Cacique - 28,000 square feet, ~250 jobs;
Yang Ming Shipping - 25,000 square feet, ~150 jobs;
Worley Parsons - 300+ jobs.

- Brad Haugaard

Suspects Arrested in Restaurant Break-Ins | State of the City Address

~ Three suspects have been arrested for break-ins at two Monrovia restaurants, Smashburger and Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, on Huntington: https://goo.gl/HU8una

~ Comments by Mayor and City Council members at the State of the City Address: https://goo.gl/ZqBhxD

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Man Shot At, Suspects Arrested; Multiple Vehicle Burglaries; Boyfriend Shoves Girlfriend; Burglary Pursuit - Two Arrested; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 9-12. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Shooting Incident – Suspects Arrested
February 9 at 6:50 p.m., officers responded to the report of shots fired in the 100 block of Los Angeles. The victim was sitting in his vehicle waiting on a family member who was inside a residence when two suspects approached him and brandished a firearm. When the victim tried to flee in his vehicle, one of the suspects began firing rounds toward him. The victim was not hit. Responding officers searched the area and located both suspects. The victim positively identified the suspects and both were arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglaries
On February 9 in the evening, multiple vehicle burglaries were reported to police. Four vehicles were burglarized in the 800 to 900 blocks of W. Huntington and two in the 1100 block of E. Huntington. In all but one of the incidents, the windows were smashed and items left in the vehicles were taken. In the one incident, it appears that someone attempted to use a window punch and damaged the window, but it did not shatter. The investigations are continuing.

Theft of Mail
February 10 at 8:58 a.m., a theft of mail from a residence in the 900 block of Norumbega was reported to police. The mail was taken from the mailbox the day prior. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
February 10 at 6:30 p.m., a petty theft was reported in the 1800 block of S. Tenth Avenue. A package was taken from the mailbox on the porch of the residence. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Battery
February 10 at 9:15 a.m., a female and male subject were involved in an argument in a business parking lot in the 700 block of E. Huntington in a vehicle. The subjects are boyfriend and girlfriend. The male suspect pulled the female out of the vehicle by her arms and pushed her in the chest. The female victim fell to the ground and hit her head. The suspect fled the area in the vehicle. Officers attempted to contact the suspect, but he was not located. A wanted person’s entry was made into the law enforcement database for the suspect. The investigation is continuing.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
February 11 at 10:39 a.m., a resident in the 1400 block of S. Magnolia called to report her daughter had broken into her residence. The resident had previously completed a no trespassing order for her daughter. Officers arrived at the location and contacted the daughter inside the home. She was arrested for trespassing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 11 at 11:48 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop for vehicle code violations on Myrtle at Railroad. The occupants of the vehicle were identified and field interview cards were completed as two of the occupants were documented gang members. One of them was found to have a bench warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody.

Warrant Arrest / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
February 11 at 2:50 p.m., officers on patrol saw a subject they knew had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was detained and the warrant was confirmed. The subject was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
February 11 at 4:15 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 800 block of E. Foothill that had occurred on February 9. The victim reported that the rear door to her home had been pried open. There was no loss. The investigation is continuing.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
February 11 at 5:00 p.m., an injury traffic collision occurred at Colorado and Magnolia. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. One party failed to stop for the stop sign at Colorado and Magnolia, causing the collision. The vehicle then fled the scene and was followed by the victim. The suspect eventually stopped several blocks away. The victim suffered minor complaint of pain injuries. Officers determined the suspect was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Medical Assist / Negligent Discharge of a Firearm
February 11 at 8:28 p.m., an officer responded to a medical assist in the 200 block of E. Olive. A male adult was teaching his adult daughter gun safety and discharged the weapon, shooting himself in the hand. A verified complaint will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for negligent discharge of a firearm.

Speeding / Warrant – Suspects Arrested
February 11 at 10:13 p.m., the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter observed two vehicles racing at a high rate of speed and contacted police. Officers responded and were able to locate one of the vehicles involved. The driver was cited for speeding and a passenger was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Assault / Suspicious Circumstances
February 11 at 11:21 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of E. Pomona Avenue regarding subjects causing a disturbance. When officers arrived, they saw several vehicles leaving the area. An ambulance driver pointed out one vehicle and it was stopped for investigation. The driver was found to have a laceration on his head. One of the passengers was passed out and had a head injury and a second passenger possibly had a broken leg. The subjects stated they were assaulted on Pomona Avenue by a group of people, but would not provide any other information and were uncooperative with the officers. The subjects were taken to the hospital for treatment. Through further investigation, it was learned that the subjects were involved in a fight. They said they were assaulted by multiple subjects outside of a party at a residence on Pomona that they were attending. They said they did not know who the suspects were or why they assaulted them.

An officer made contact with the residents at the location of the party. The residents told the officers the three victims were not invited to the party and were asked to leave. They said the subjects left the location, but were confronted outside on the street by unknown subjects, who were also not invited to the party, and an altercation occurred. The residents did not know who any of the subjects were and were not able to provide any possible suspect information. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
February 11 at 12:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Canyon and Palm regarding a female victim who was thrown on the ground by a male suspect. Officers arrived and located a female with visible injuries. The male suspect was arrested and taken into custody for domestic violence.

Warrants – Suspect Arrested
February 12 at 4:05 p.m., two suspicious subjects were reported in a business parking lot in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. An officer arrived and contacted the subjects. One of the subjects was found to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody for the warrants.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 12 at 8:34 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Wildrose regarding a subject walking in and out of traffic and yelling at people. An officer arrived and located the subject in the 200 block of S. Mountain. The subject had a bloody lip and appeared intoxicated. Further investigation revealed he was fighting with family members and a computer check revealed he was wanted by San Dimas Sheriff’s Department for felony battery. The subject was arrested and San Dimas Sheriff’s deputies responded to take custody of the suspect.

Burglary Pursuit – Suspects Arrested
February 13 at 3:55 a.m., an officer responded to an alarm activation at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. As he entered the parking lot, he saw a silver Toyota Camry with paper plates attempting to flee the location at a high rate of speed. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspects failed to yield and the officer went in pursuit. The vehicle headed east on Huntington, left onto Mayflower, and turned right onto Chestnut, where the suspects jumped out and ran from the vehicle in the 400 block of W. Chestnut. Neighboring agencies responded to assist in the search for the suspects. Two suspects were located and arrested, the third was not located. Further Investigation revealed that two businesses in the 600 block of W. Huntington were broken into and the vehicle used by the suspects was stolen from the city of Colton.

Senator's Bill Would Require Monrovia Schools to Start Later In the Day

State Senator Anthony Portantino, who represents Monrovia, has introduced Senate Bill 328, which would apparently affect Monrovia schools. It would require California school districts to start their middle and high school days no earlier than 8:30 a.m. A press release from Portantino's office says the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that time and says that the time change would increase attendance rates, raise grades, scores, student attention, and reduce car accidents, disciplinary actions, and cut down on students sleeping through lectures. I checked and it appears Monrovia High School begins its Period 0 at 7 a.m. and its Period 1 at 8 a.m. https://goo.gl/3SO6t1

- Brad Haugaard

Oke Poke Restaurant Now Open

 
Now open in the Pavilion shopping center at Foothill and Myrtle. Poke is raw fish with sauce and toppings on rice or noodles. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia's Clifton Middle School is a State 'Model' School

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that 11 high-performing California middle schools have been designated as model middle grades schools. One of these is Monrovia's Clifton Middle School. https://goo.gl/Ya0Hkw

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Jim's Burger

 
Dinner at Jim's Burger, on Duarte Road at Sixth. Got the combo burrito for $6.45 and medium iced tea for $1.15. Quite filling. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Train Station Rehab Groundbreaking

Photos of the groundbreaking ceremony for rehabilitation of the old Monrovia train station: https://goo.gl/qxrwnf

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Threats With a Knife; Elder Abuse; Lexus Window Smashed; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 6-8. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 360 service events, resulting in 68 investigations.

Attempt Burglary
February 6 at 7:37 a.m., the owner of a business in the 100 block of E. Chestnut called police to report an attempt burglary at the business. Someone had tampered with the chain link fence that encloses his compressor and the rear door of his business. The suspect pried the chain link fence open and attempted to pry open the rear door, but was unsuccessful and there was no loss. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
February 6 at 10:41 a.m., a shoplifting incident was reported at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. A suspect entered the store, selected merchandise from the shelf and attempted to make a fraudulent return of the stolen merchandise. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
February 6 at 11:58 a.m., a resident in the 1400 block of S. Magnolia Avenue called police to report her daughter was trespassing on her property. The investigation revealed the suspect was served with a valid no trespassing order and had gained entry into the property by unknown means. She was located inside the location in violation of the order and was arrested.

Elder Abuse – Suspect Arrested
February 6 at 3:30 p.m., during a follow up investigation of a reported elder abuse incident, the suspect was contacted and interviewed. The suspect admitted to taking checks and cashing them from her elderly family member’s bank account, totaling over $3000. The suspect was arrested and is being held pending her court appearance.

Commercial Burglary
February 7 at 6:04 a.m., a burglary was reported at a business in the 100 block of E. Chestnut Avenue. The suspect gained entry into the building by forcing open the rear door. A laptop and hand drill were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Assault With a Deadly Weapon / Criminal Threats – Suspect Arrested
February 7 at 11:49 p.m., officers were dispatched on the report of an assault with a deadly weapon at a business in the 600 block of S. Myrtle. The suspect entered the business and approached an employee. He pointed a knife at the employee and made terrorist threats, saying he wanted to kill her. The suspect moved toward the employee in a threatening manner and then fled on foot. Officers searched the area and located the suspect. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Attempt Vehicle Burglary
February 7 at 7:38 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim parked his 2015 Lexus in the parking lot and went into the business. When he returned to the vehicle, he noticed his window had been smashed. Surveillance video shows two suspects arriving in a black Jeep Cherokee. One of the suspects was seen in the video breaking the driver's side window and the two suspects flee when the alarm on the vehicle sounds. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
February 7 at 7:52 p.m., dispatch received a report of an alarm activation at a residence in the 200 block of Terrace View. Officers arrived and did not see any vehicles leaving the property. Further investigation revealed the side and rear door to the residence were both forced open. Officers searched the residence, but no suspects were found. It appears the suspects ransacked the home and were inside for some time before setting off the alarm. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
February 8 at 10:16 a.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 200 block of Terrace View. The back door had been forced open and the home had been ransacked. The loss could not be determined until the homeowners could inventory the location. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
February 8 at 11:33 a.m., the victim of a grand theft called police to report her son had stolen her vehicle, a 2011 Mercedes C300 from the 1000 block of E. Huntington. Attempts were made to contact the suspect with no results. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery / Possession of Loaded Firearm – Suspects Arrested
February 8 at 4:35 p.m., officers located a stolen vehicle traveling north on Myrtle at Chestnut. The vehicle was stopped on Foothill and two occupants were arrested. A loaded firearm was discovered inside the center console of the vehicle. The suspects are being held until their court appearance.

Black History Events Planned for February

Events planned for Black History Month by the Monrovia-Duarte Black Alumni Association. https://goo.gl/RvtcSZ

- Brad Haugaard

Serious Crime Up Almost 20% in Monrovia - 100% Jump in Rape and Attempted Rape; Homeless Squad; Gender-Neutral Bathrooms; Etc.

In his weekly report ( https://goo.gl/U1npou ), City Manager Oliver Chi reports ...

~ Serious crime was up almost 20% in Monrovia last year. There were 893 serious (Part 1) crimes, compared to 750 in 2015. That means 143 more victims. Part 1 crimes include murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft, and arson. Plus:

- 120 more larceny incidents, a 24% increase.
- 29 more burglary and attempted burglary incidents, a 28% increase.
- 11 more assault incidents, a 50% increase.
- 4 more rape and attempted rape incidents, a 100% increase.

There are similar and even greater increases throughout the state. Law enforcement officials attribute it to the passage of Assembly Bill 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57. The city is coming up with ways to address the issue. Chi adds: "As these strategies are developed, we would continue to urge that all residents stay vigilant."

~ Monrovia has been awarded $65,000 in grants to establish a two-person "homeless response squad" (two officers who will work five hours a week on homeless issues), and another $40,000 to train officers to work with a mental health clinician in dealing with homeless issues.

~ The city is replacing big water valves ($39,480)on February 8. Chi said "there will be no water service delivery disruption during this time, and water customers should see no impact whatsoever during our work."

~ Two elections coming up: A special LA County Election on March 7 to consider a .25% sales tax increase to raise money for homeless services; and the Monrovia municipal election. Contested positions in the local election are for Mayor, you get your choice between incumbent Tom Adams and challenger Mark Harris; and for City Counil you get to vote for two of the following: challenger Clifford DeCosta, incumbent Larry Spicer, and incumbent Alexander Blackburn.

~ To comply with state law, the city will be transforming two bathrooms at City Hall to be for any gender. Single-stall men's and women's bathrooms are now apparently illegal for government facilities.

~ Yermo is interested in buying tworeserve fire engines for $50,000. Monrovia has wanted to sell them.

~ City staff worked with Monrovia Youth Baseball League to prepare the baseball field at Recreation Park for the league's Opening Day activities, on Saturday, Feb. 25. Pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. and ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Using Pistol to Take Bike; Drunkenness; Burglary; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 2-5. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Weapons Offense
February 2 at 9:50 p.m., an officer was flagged down in the 300 block of W. Maple by a male subject. The subject told the officer that a male Hispanic and a male Black confronted him at a fast food restaurant at Huntington and Mayflower. The suspects accused him of taking a bicycle and brandished a pistol. The suspects then fled in a gray Nissan Altima and headed east through the alley.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
February 3 at 12:41 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of Alamitas Avenue regarding a male and female who had been arguing. The female stated that the male became upset with her and grabbed her around the throat. He also threatened to kill her if she called the police. The male suspect was arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody.

Criminal Threats
February 3 at 5:52 a.m., police dispatch received a phone call from a suspect who was making threats regarding violence against the high school. Officers were deployed to the high school for security and to investigate. No verified threat could be established. The school resource officer stayed at the high school throughout the day. No suspects were located. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
February 3 at 5:30 p.m., a petty theft was reported at a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington. A male adult stole merchandise from the store. Officers arrived and located the subject, who had no identification on him. He was arrested and taken into custody. The subject was identified and later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
February 3 at 7:08 p.m., officers responded to a park in the 300 block of S. Myrtle regarding a male subject yelling at families in the park. The officers determined the subject was drunk and he was arrested for public intoxication.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
February 3 at 10:16 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of E. Colorado regarding a subject causing a disturbance. An area check was conducted and the subject found. Through investigation, officers determined the subject was under the influence of drugs. The suspect was arrested.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 3 at 10:46 p.m., an officer was on patrol at a park in the 100 block of W. Palm when he contacted a subject. A computer check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant. The suspect was arrested for the warrant.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
February 4 at 12:53 a.m., a vehicle was reported to police that was parked on the street and facing the wrong way. An officer located the vehicle and found a male subject asleep behind the wheel of the vehicle. The keys were not in the ignition and the engine was cold. The male was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for being drunk in public.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
February 5 at 1:23 p.m., loss prevention at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a shoplifter. They observed a subject select an item from inside the store and leave without paying. They followed the subject out of the store, but lost sight of him as he entered another location. Officers responded to the location and located the suspect, who was found to have several outstanding warrants also. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
February 5 at 1:52 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 200 block of N. Mountain. The victim left her residence for a few hours and when she returned, she discovered her room and a hallway closet had been ransacked. The loss was jewelry. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia School Enrollment Continues to Fall; Electric School Buses; Etc.

At next Wednesday's School Board meeting (agenda), the board will ...

~ Hear that student attendance at Monrovia schools is continuing down. It fell off 237 students between the day it was measured for the 2015-16 year and the day it was measured for the 2016-17 year. Down from 5,8338 to 5,601. This will affect the amount of money the district gets in the 2017-18 school year.

~ Consider applying for a grant to buy three electric school buses to replace its aging buses. If the district gets the grant, he South Coast Air Quality Management District will kick in $1,114,068, plus another $60,000 for electric charging stations.

~ Consider a three-year contract with Granicus Inc. to provide online access to agendas and minutes and reports and stuff for $600 a month.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Gets Unqualified Audit Report (That's Good)

At the next City Council meeting (agenda) on Feb. 7 (Tuesday) the council will ...

~ Receive an "unqualified" audit report ("unqualified" may sound bad but it's good; it means you're keeping your financial records correctly). The report also says the city is better off financially.

~ Recognize Fire Engineer Ernesto Moreno, recipient of the Martin Luther King "Lifetime of Service" Drum Major Award; Ruhiyyih Yuille and Lisa Labrie for the "Dreams for Our Children" Program at Monrovia Public Library; and will proclaim February 2017 as "Black History Month."

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Fins or Tails

 
Dinner at Fins or Tails, a new poke (pronounced as in "hokey pokey") in the Sprouts shopping center on Huntington. I got a medium build-your-own poke bowl with raw tuna, spicy tuna, and salmon. The fish are mixed with a sauce and put on top of rice or noodles with some toppings. That was $9.99, and I got a pomegranate berry drink for $2.99. Very good!

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Historic Homes Tour Set for May 7

The 35th Historic Homes Tour has been scheduled for Sunday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour, sponsored by the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group, will feature several homes in the 100 and 200 blocks of North Encinitas Avenue, which is soon to become Monrovia's second historic district. Also, the Temple City High School barbershop quartet will be performing. Details to come. https://goo.gl/I9gLrc

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Bad Samaritan Swipes Tools; Scooter Stolen; Mailbox Tampering With Pistol; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 30 – February 1. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 373 service events, resulting in 59 investigations.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
January 30 at 11:12 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks when he stopped a female subject on a bicycle for a vehicle code violation. The subject tossed an object on the ground as the officer approached. The object was discovered to be a methamphetamine pipe. A computer check revealed she also had outstanding warrants for her arrest. The subject was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and two outstanding warrants.

Petty Theft
January 30 at 11:27 p.m., a petty theft was reported at a residence in the 1000 block of E. Huntington. A resident caught a subject inside her vehicle. The victim reported that when she confronted the suspect, she could smell alcohol on him. The suspect told her he was only looking for shelter. He then grabbed her child's scooter and fled. The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, approximately 20 years old, wearing dark clothing. Officers checked the area for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
January 31 at 6:15 a.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 900 block of W. Duarte Road. The victim was leaving for work and found his garage door had been forced open and his rolling tool chest had been stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Theft
January 31 at 10:09 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of E. Maple on the report of a theft. The victim was working on a car at the location and the suspect approached him and offered to help. When the victim left to buy parts for the vehicle, the suspect stole the victim's tools and fled the area. The investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
January 31 at 10:27 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 1500 block of Encino. The victim called police to report that sometime during the early morning hours, a suspect used a sharp object to scratch the victim’s vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 1 at 10:07 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of S. Fifth Avenue regarding a subject causing a disturbance. The officers located the subject and discovered she had a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody.

Attempt Robbery / Brandishing a Firearm / Mail Tampering
February 1 at 8:53 p.m., a victim was walking his dog in the area of Alta Vista and Central when he observed a male suspect tampering with a resident’s mailbox. When the victim confronted the suspect, the suspect brandished a black revolver and threatened the victim. The suspect ordered the victim to give him his cell phone and wallet. The victim refused to give up his property and the suspect fled. Officers searched the area with the assistance of the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter, but the suspect was not located. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, thin build, approximately 25 years old, with short hair, a piercing between his eyes and earrings in both ears. He was wearing a black oversized sweater with black pants. The investigation is continuing.

Graffiti – Suspect Arrested
February 1 at 9:05 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 100 block of W. Pomona when he saw a suspect spray painting a block wall. The suspect was arrested without incident.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Feb. 9 For Santa Fe Train Depot Rehab

The City of Monrovia will host a public groundbreaking event to celebrate the rehabilitation of the Historic Santa Fe Depot on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m., at Station Square (1629 S. Myrtle Ave., CA 91016).

The Historic Santa Fe Depot is arguably one of the most historically significant buildings in Monrovia.  Originally built in 1926, the facility was designed by architect William A. Mohr from Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, and was constructed at a cost of $30,000 as a combination depot that combined rail passenger and freight functions into a single building.  With a booming citrus industry and increased settlers in the City, the Depot served Monrovia until it closed on May 12, 1972, with the decline of rail transportation and citrus freight traffic.

After sitting dormant and dilapidated for over four decades, the Monrovia City Council was able to secure the funding needed to rehabilitate the Depot in late 2015.  In addition, given the significance of the facility, on April 19, 2016, the City Council also approved the Depot as the 137th historical landmark designated in Monrovia.

Working in partnership with the Monrovia Historic Preservation Commission and the development team at Daylight Limited, LLC, the rehabilitation efforts to restore the Depot have begun.  Construction is anticipated to be completed by Summer 2017, and to celebrate the start of this significant initiative, the City hopes that you can join the community for a special groundbreaking ceremony. The event is completely free to the public, and parking will be available in the Station Square Park-and-Ride parking lot on the southwest corner of Myrtle Avenue and Pomona Avenue. Also, due to the construction, we do advise all those who are attending to wear flat, closed-toe shoes. For more information, please call 932-5512.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

What Monrovia Plans To Do About Homelessness; Rehab on Train Station; Etc.

In his weekly report ( https://goo.gl/331lmp ), City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

~ Monrovia has about 18-38 homeless, or about 1 per thousand of the city's population. By comparison, Pasadena has 5.6 per thousand. About 55% of Monrovia's homeless are "resistive," meaning they've chosen that lifestyle and don't want help. The city's response to homelessness in Library Park has included scheduling events in the park, park watch programs, security cameras. Also, the city is thinking about adding lights, bench partitions, decorative fencing, replacing tables with art, and adding atrium spaces connected to the library. Full report: https://goo.gl/t6PGl3

~ The recent homeless count found 28 homeless people in the city.

~ Rehabilitation has begun on the Historic Santa Fe Depot. There will be a groundbreaking event on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m., at Station Square.

~ Monrovia's Community Emergency Response Team assisted the City of Duarte to help residents there return to their neighborhoods after a mandatory flood warning evacuation order was lifted.

~ Calls for service to the Fire Department increased 4.6 percent in 2016, to 4,147.

~ The Monrovia Historic Museum has been reopened after being closed by rain damage.

~ Monrovia Youth Baseball League Opening Day festivities are set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 25, with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Historic Museum Courtyard in Recreation Park. Then, at 10:30 a.m., the opening ceremony.

- Brad Haugaard

New Monrovia Anti-Graffiti Contact Info

Here is some new anti-graffiti contact information:

* Call Athens Services at (855) 557-1007

* Call Monrovia Public Works Division at (626) 932-5575

* Send an e-mail to CleanMonrovia@athensservices.com

- Brad Haugaard