Dinner at Pieology, on the north side of Huntington just east of Fifth Ave. it's a build-your-own pizza place, but I got a pre-designed Smokin' Buffalo Chicken pizza for $8.45 and a drink for $1.95. Very tasty.
[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Highlighted Activity for March 27-29. - Brad Haugaard]
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 413 service events, resulting in 83 investigations.
Injury Traffic Collision March 27 at 5:23 p.m., an injury traffic collision involving a solo driver who struck a parked vehicle at El Dorado and Encino was reported to police. Officers responded and found the driver had sustained a facial injury. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. The driver is believed to have been impaired by prescription medication. The investigation is continuing.
Commercial Burglary March 28 at 12:36 a.m., dispatch received an alarm activation at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and found the front glass door had been smashed. The location was searched, but no suspects were located. Officers viewed security video, which depicted three suspects in hoodies breaking out the front glass door. The suspects entered the business and took expensive racks of sunglasses and fled the location. The investigation is continuing.
Traffic Collision March 28 at 9:19 a.m., an elderly male subject gained access to the keys to a family vehicle and backed out of the driveway of the home. The subject accelerated, crossed the street and collided into his neighbor’s house. Although the home sustained damage, it remains inhabitable. The investigation revealed the elderly male has a suspended license. The subject was cited and the vehicle was impounded.
Mail Theft March 28 at 12:07 p.m., a resident of an apartment complex in the 1800 block of S. Fifth Avenue called to report a theft of mail. He reported that the complex mailbox had been pried open and mail was taken. The investigation is continuing.
Assault With a Deadly Weapon – Firearm March 29 at 5:03 p.m., an assault with a deadly weapon was reported to police. The victim was sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in front of a business in the 400 block of E. Duarte Road. A male passenger was also in the vehicle. A male suspect approached the vehicle on foot and fired four shots, striking the victim. The victim drove to his home in Duarte and contacted police. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the upper torso and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The investigation is continuing.
On Friday, March 31, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills (600 S. Shamrock) will hold an open house. Tour the facilities and learn how the Boys and Girls Club is changing lives for young people in the community. For more information, email email@example.com.
~ The Metro Gold Line folks will rededicate the Gold Line Operations Campus in honor of former Monrovia Mayor Bob Bartlett, who was instrumental in bringing the Gold Line to town. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 28, at 10 a.m., at the park facilitate next to the campus at 1600 S. California Ave., Monrovia. Following the dedication ceremony, officials will be traveling to the Monrovia Gold Line Station for a second plaque dedication.
~ City Council and staff have "a revised plan to take back our streets and our parks from an expanding and evolving criminal element that has developed during the past few years." The plan includes: Helping the truly homeless, making "infrastructure changes" at Library Park, emphasizing a "Directed Giving Campaign," implementing "coordinated law enforcement activities," and encouraging the community to contact state representatives to give cities "the tools needed to address quality-of-life crimes."
~ Related. At the May 2 City Council meeting, Michele Hanisee, President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, will give a presentation about what cities have to deal with in light of the new criminal justice system in California.
~ On March 27 Monrovia fire fighters were able to stop a blaze at a duplex in the 600 block of Monterey from engulfing all of the buildings on the property. "[O]ur terrific team at the Fire Department was able to stop the blaze before it reached the second unit, and no one was hurt or injured in the incident."
~ Open house on Friday, March 31, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills. At 600 S. Shamrock Ave.
[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 23-26. - Brad Haugaard]
Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.
Vandalism March 23 at 11:52 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported at a residence in the 800 block of E. Foothill. The reporting party was at home when she heard glass break. A ball bearing came through the front window. It is unknown if the ball bearing was intentionally shot through the front window by a BB gun or if it came off of a vehicle, as the location is in close proximity to the street. The investigation is continuing.
Violation of Court Order / Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested March 23 at 2:49 p.m., an altercation was reported at a residence in the 1400 block of S. Magnolia. The altercation was between a male and female that are involved in a dating relationship. Officers arrived and contacted the female. They learned there is a restraining order against the female and she is not allowed at the location. She stated that her boyfriend punched her. He was not at the location. The female was arrested for violation of the court order and the case will be sent to the District Attorney for filing charges against the male suspect.
Warrant – Suspect Arrested March 23 at 4:45 p.m., officers responded to a call of a disturbance at a park in the 300 block of S. Myrtle. One of the subjects causing the disturbance was found to have an outstanding warrant for her arrest and she was arrested without incident.
Battery March 23 at 7:06 p.m., a battery incident was reported at a residence in the 100 block of N. Mountain. The reporting party advised that the brother of a female resident pushed his sister to the ground and left the area. Officers responded to the location and attempted to get a statement from the female, but she suffers from dementia and could not remember what happened. The female had a complaint of pain to her head and wanted to go to the hospital. Officers called the brother and he said he got into an argument with his sister about her not wanting to live there anymore. He said he was trying to restrain his sister when he lost his balance and fell to the ground with her. The investigation is continuing.
Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested March 24 at 2:08 a.m., a caller dialed 911 and said she was stuck in an elevator, but didn't know where she was. Dispatchers were able to determine she was at the Metro parking structure in the 1600 block of S. Primrose. Officers arrived and located the female inside the elevator. Upon speaking with her, they realized she was extremely intoxicated and unable to care for her own safety. She was arrested for being drunk in public and held for a sobering period.
Trespassing / Unlawful Possession of Access Cards – Suspect Arrested March 24 at 5:19 a.m., a caller reported a male subject sleeping in the lobby of a building in the 100 block of E. Huntington. When Officers arrived, they woke the subject. A consent search, revealed the subject was in possession of two credit cards in someone else's name. The subject said the cards belonged to his aunt and he admitted to stealing them. The subject was arrested for possession of the cards.
Warrant – Suspect Arrested March 24 at 8:32 a.m., a female resident in the 1700 block of S. Mountain called police to report her ex-husband was at the location. She advised he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Officers responded and contacted the subject. A computer check confirmed the warrant and he was arrested and taken into custody.
Warrants – Suspects Arrested March 24 at 12:17 p.m., officers were on patrol in the 100 block of W. Palm when they contacted four subjects in an alley. Two of the subjects had warrants for their arrest. They were arrested and taken into custody.
Vandalism March 24 at 4:13 p.m., a vandalism incident was reported in a parking lot in the 100 block of E. Lime. The victim parked her vehicle in the lot for several hours. When she returned to her vehicle, she found it had been keyed. The victim believes it may be related to an earlier incident where two subjects were arguing with her over a parking space. The investigation is continuing.
Warrants / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested March 25 at 1:15 a.m., an officer on patrol was driving in the 100 block of East Lemon when he was flagged down by a business owner. The officer was told a male and female were drinking alcohol outside in the street. Officers located the subjects and a computer check revealed the male subject had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. When he was searched, the officer found two glass drug pipes on him. He was arrested for the warrants and being in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested March 25 at 2:01 a.m., a female subject walked into the police station lobby and was waiting for her friend, who had been arrested for warrants, to be released. While waiting in the lobby, an officer saw her drinking alcohol from a bottle. The officer contacted her and told her to pour out the alcohol outside. When she walked outside the station, she tried to drink more whiskey from the bottle, but forgot the cap was on. The officer determined she was too intoxicated to care for her own safety and she was arrested for being drunk in public and held for a sobering period.
Stolen Vehicle Recovered March 25 at 2:04 a.m., an officer was providing extra patrol to a business parking lot in the 900 block of W. Huntington when he saw an unoccupied vehicle that looked like it had been ransacked. He ran the license plate and it returned stolen out of Arcadia. The vehicle was recovered.
Injury Traffic Collision / Driving on a Suspended License March 25 at 1:47 p.m., three vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision at the intersection of Mayflower and Huntington. Three subjects from the accident complained of pain and were treated by paramedics. The driver that caused the collision was driving on a suspended license. He was cited and his vehicle was towed for being unregistered.
Stolen Vehicle Recovered – Suspects Arrested March 26 at 12:50 a.m., an officer was driving in the 400 block of W. Huntington when he saw a suspicious vehicle. He conducted a computer check of the vehicle, which revealed it had been reported stolen. Officers responded to assist and a high-risk traffic stop was conducted. Two suspects were taken into custody without incident. During a search of the vehicle incident to arrest, evidence of fraud and stolen property were recovered.
Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested March 26 at 1:12 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation in the 100 block of W. Duarte Road. The driver was determined to be driving on a suspended driver's license. During a consensual search of the vehicle, a baggie of heroin and a needle belonging to the passenger were recovered. The passenger was arrested.
Vehicle Tampering March 26 at 3:46 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the area of Chestnut and Magnolia regarding a male subject breaking into a vehicle. The officer arrived and found a subject lying inside of a vehicle. The subject was detained. The owner of the vehicle responded and completed a private person's arrest for vehicle tampering. The suspect was arrested without incident.
Theft / Warrant – Suspect Arrested March 26 at 2:21 p.m., a female subject was reported for taking beer from a location in the 700 block of E. Huntington without paying for it. The suspect stayed at the location in a vehicle and was detained by officers. A computer check revealed she also had a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested for the theft and the warrant.
Domestic Battery March 26 at 2:49 p.m., a fight in progress between a male and female was reported in the 100 block of E. Lemon. Officers arrived and detained both parties involved in the fight. The two are involved in a dating relationship. During the investigation, it was determined the female subject was the primary aggressor. She was arrested for domestic battery.
~ The City Of Monrovia and the Creative Resistance Network presents Women At Work - a visual and performing arts exhibit in honor of Women's History Month. Opening reception with performances, refreshments, and art exhibits on Friday, March 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Art exhibit on Saturday, March 25, 12:30-- 4 p.m. For more information, contact Mohna at 991-4789 or the Library at 256-8274.
Tom Freeman will be speak about Japanese Moss Balls at the Tuesday March 28, 7 p.m. meeting of the Monrovia Garden Club in the Fireside Room of First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Myrtle and Foothill. Visitors welcome. Light refreshments served at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner at Sakura Sushi House, on the north side of Foothill in the Certified Market shopping area. Got the Bento Box A for $16.95, which comes with chicken, miso soup and a salad. Also got an iced tea for $1.95. Nice.
[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 20-22. - Brad Haugaard]
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 378 service events, resulting in 69 investigations.
Grand Theft March 20 at 11:26 a.m., a grand theft was reported at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. Two male suspects entered the business and stole frames for sunglasses. One suspect selected several pairs of frames while the other distracted the employees. The suspect concealed the frames on his person and both suspects left the location. The investigation is continuing.
Battery on a Police Officer – Suspect Arrested March 20 at 2:05 p.m., police received a call reporting a female subject hitting a male subject at a residence in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle. An officer arrived and detained the female subject. While the officers were detaining her, she kicked one of the officers in the leg. The female was arrested for battery on a police officer. The investigation revealed the female had repeatedly punched the male subject, but he did not desire prosecution. The female subject was making delusional statements and said she wanted to kill herself. She was placed on a mental evaluation hold and taken to a hospital for treatment.
Criminal Threats – Suspect Arrested March 20 at 2:48 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Huntington called to report her ex-husband showed up at her home, exhibited what she thought was a firearm and told her he was going to kill her. Officers arrived on scene and detained the ex-husband pending further investigation. He was in possession of a folding knife that had the appearance of a small handgun. The ex-husband was arrested for criminal threats and was held pending his court date.
Grand Theft March 20 at 4:55 p.m., a grand theft was reported at a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington. The victim reported that while she was at the business, someone stole her laptop from her unlocked vehicle. She did not see anyone. The investigation is continuing.
Vehicle Burglary March 21 at 6:51 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of E. Olive. The victim parked and locked her vehicle in front of her residence and went inside for the night. She returned to her vehicle the next day to find her driver-side window was pried open and items were taken from the back seat. The investigation is continuing.
Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested March 21 at 2:53 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of E. Olive regarding a male subject who was mumbling to himself and acting very strange. When officers arrived, they saw the subject near the front of a business. Officers detained the subject and determined he was under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken into custody.
Vehicle Burglary March 21 at 6:50 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of W. Colorado. The victim parked his vehicle and went to eat and then to a movie with a friend. When they came out, the vehicle was gone. They came to the station to report the vehicle stolen, another friend of his was driving around the area and saw the vehicle parked in the 600 block of S. Myrtle. Officers looked at the vehicle. The victim said there was a couple of work items missing from his vehicle. There were also two empty beer cans in the vehicle which did not belong to the victim. The investigation is continuing.
Battery March 22 at 2:23 a.m., the victim of a battery came to the police station to file a report. The female victim was given a ride home from a male subject that she works with. They were sitting in the vehicle in front of her residence talking when the male subject’s wife pulled up and was apparently upset. She opened the front driver-side door and leaned across the seat and attacked the female passenger, scratching her on the face, neck and chest. The victim did not know the name of the wife. The investigation is continuing.
Vehicle Burglary March 22 at 8:04 a.m., the victim parked and locked his vehicle in front of his residence in the 200 block of W. Central and went inside for the night. He returned to his vehicle the next day and saw several items had been taken from his vehicle. The investigation is continuing.
Grand Thefts of Catalytic Converters On March 22 in the morning, two thefts of catalytic converters were reported to police. The thefts occurred overnight in the 1700 block of S. Mayflower and the 1600 block of Radford. Both victim’s started their vehicles in the morning and heard a loud noise. They both took their vehicles to a mechanic, only to learn the catalytic converters had been removed from their vehicles. The investigations are continuing.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / No-Bail Warrant / Identity Theft – Suspect Arrested March 22 at 1:14 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of E. Huntington regarding two subjects sitting inside a parked vehicle, possibly using drugs. Officers arrived and spoke with the two subjects. One of the subjects had a juvenile no-bail warrant and was arrested. A search of the subject incident to arrest revealed drug paraphernalia and evidence of identity theft.
Grand Theft Auto March 22 at 8:57 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The victim parked his black, 2000 Honda Civic in a business parking lot and went inside a business. When he returned to where he parked his vehicle, he discovered it was gone. The investigation is continuing.
State Senator Anthony Portantino, who represents Monrovia, has presented to the Senate Elections Committee with a bill (SB 24) to adjust financial disclosure rules for elected officials. It changes from four to eight the number of ranges of value for real property. The top range under Portantino's bill would be $10 million and above vs. the current top range of $1 million and above. The bill passed the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee with a unanimous vote. https://goo.gl/fjA5gA
Fellowship Monrovia, the church that meets at Monrovia High, is expecting an overflow crowd of more than 6,000 people on Easter Sunday and has scheduled three services (8:15, 10, and 11:45 a.m.) at two locations, one at the Monrovia High Event Center and a smaller venue - with a video connection - at its facility at 401 E. Huntington Drive.
~ The city and Monrovia-based Oak Crest Institute of Science are working to make the city even more attractive to science companies. "Increasingly," Chi writes, "Monrovia is developing an underground reputation as a location where emerging science-based companies should consider locating." Plans involve enhancing science education and helping science companies.
~ The city council will "discuss how the city can take back our parks and our streets" at tonight's (March 21) meeting. A discussion of homelessness.
~ The Council will consider formal approval of the Encinitas Historic District at its April 4 meeting.
~ The Fire Department is using a new software system by Veoci to make the fire inspection process more efficient. it sets up quarterly inspections, creates digital forms that fire personnel can complete on an iPad.
~ Monrovia's first Wine Walk is scheduled for Aug. 26, in Old Town. The idea is you go into local businesses, drink different wines and explore what each business offers. Music, too.
~ Jim Emett will retire after 26 years of service with the Monrovia Police Department. His retirement celebration will be April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel. $35 per ticket. RSVP to Lori Le Veque at 256-8098.
~ Monrovia's Police Explore Post is holding Chipotle Fundraiser on Wednesday, May 10, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tell the cashier you are supporting the fundraiser at checkout.
~ Easter Egg Hunt and Healthy Kids Day will be held at Recreation Park on Saturday, April 15. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, carnival games, petting zoo, toddler activities, tours of the Monrovia Historical Museum, and food trucks.
~ And hop on over to Library Park on Saturday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m., to get a free photo taken with the Easter Bunny.
~ The 7th annual Fountain to the Falls Run / Walk and health fair will be held on Saturday, May 13, at 7 a.m. The 6.38-mile out-and-back race, from the Library Park Fountain to the Canyon Park Waterfall, is limited to 325 participants. Early registration ($35) now through May 10. Event day registration is $45. For more information, contact the Public Services Department at 256-8246.
~ Youth Soccer starts this Wednesday, March 22, at Recreation Park. For more information, contact the Community Services Division at 256-8246.
For the first time the Monrovia High School robotics program will be represented by two teams at The FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Houston, TX. On April 18 the Droidnoughts and the Suitbots will travel together to Houston to compete against 130 robotics teams from around the world.
The Suitbots earned their spot in the World championships by first qualifying through league play for the LA Regional Championships. At the LA Championships they reached the Semifinals and won the Connect Award qualifying them for the Western Super Regional Championships in Tacoma, WA where they were again very strong with a record of 7-2 placing them seventh in their division, reaching the quarterfinals. This outstanding result qualified them for the World Championships.
The Droidnoughts also advanced to the LA regional championships. They were one of 20 teams from the western United States to receive an invitation to the World Championships through the First Tech Challenge lottery process.
These two outstanding Monrovia High School teams will now represent Monrovia, the Los Angeles region, and the 13 western states in The FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships in April.
Monrovia Robotics is an after school program that participates in the FIRST Tech Challenge where students come together to design, build, and program robots to compete in a game that changes each year. Each team is led by an adult mentor who guides them through the process. FIRST robotics has been described as a sport for the mind and is an all encompassing STEM activity. In addition to building the robots, teams also compete in the ability to inspire, community outreach, connections to the engineering community, innovation, design process and programming skills, which are documented in an engineering notebook.
The Monrovia Robotics Program started in 2010 with one robotics team made up of nine students. Today the program has six robotics teams made up of over 60 students. In addition, the students at Monrovia High School have been instrumental in mentoring and spreading robotics to both of the Monrovia Unified School District (MUSD) middle schools. All together MUSD has 10 robotics teams.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is more than just building robots. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Please support Monrovia's effort to send these outstanding robotics students to the World Championships in Houston. We have created a GoFundme account (https://www.gofundme.com/mhs-robotics-worlds-2017) where we are accepting donations. Or you can contact the Monrovia Robotics program coordinator, Tom Dobson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on how to make a tax deductible donation or a donate by check.
[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 16-19. - Brad Haugaard]
Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.
Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested March 16 at 9:25 a.m., police received a call reporting a male subject had struck a female and proceeded to force her into a public restroom at the Metro Rail Station in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle. Officers were dispatched to the location. Officers were given a good description of both parties and quickly detained both subjects. After investigation, the male half was arrested for domestic violence.
Family Disturbance / Warrant – Suspect Arrested March 16 at 11:45 a.m., officers responded to the report of a family disturbance at a residence in the 1400 block of S. Magnolia. When officers arrived, they spoke to the female half and discovered she had an outstanding warrant. She was arrested and removed from the location.
Petty Theft / Warrant – Suspect Arrested March 16 at 12:32 p.m., a shoplifting in progress was reported at a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington Drive. Officers arrived and located two suspects matching the description provided by the reporting party. One of the subjects had outstanding warrants and was arrested. The other was released.
Warrants – Suspect Arrested March 16 at 10:37 p.m., officers were on patrol near a park in the 300 block of S. Myrtle and found a subject sleeping in a walkway. A computer check revealed he had two outstanding warrants and he was arrested.
Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested March 17 at 2:46 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 100 block of Los Angeles when they saw a subject stumbling in an alley. He was found to be extremely intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. He was arrested for being drunk in public.
Grand Theft Auto Attempt March 17 at 10:22 a.m., officers responded to the report of a vehicle burglary in the 200 block of Kruse Avenue. When they arrived, they found the ignition to the victim's vehicle had been punched and there was a shaved screw driver left on the floorboard of the vehicle. The stereo had been removed and stolen. It appears the suspects were attempting to steal the vehicle, but were not successful. The vehicle was locked. The investigation is continuing.
Traffic Collision / Property Damage March 17 at 10:31 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 100 block of E. Walnut. An elderly female was attempting to park and forgot to place her foot on the brake. She continued to drive through the parking spot, over the curb and into the front glass windows of a business. She narrowly missed an employee inside the business. The driver was given a re-examination notification.
Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested March 17 at 10:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Spanner regarding a female subject lying on the ground and a male standing over her. Officers arrived and learned that the subjects are boyfriend and girlfriend. They were both extremely intoxicated and were trying to walk home. The female had fallen several times and the male kept picking her up to try to walk her home. The female was so intoxicated she had to be taken to a hospital for treatment. The male was too intoxicated to care for his own safety and was arrested for being drunk in public.
Traffic Collision March 18 at 7:51 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 1000 block of Briarcliff. A vehicle traveling on Briarcliff went off the side of the road and landed approximately ten feet down an embankment. There were four occupants in the vehicle, but none of them were injured. It appears the owner of the vehicle had done some work on the brakes and may have left air in the lines, causing the brakes to fail.
Trespassing – Suspects Arrested March 19 at 10:50 p.m., officers responded to a trespassing report at a motel in the 900 block of E. Huntington. A subject was entering the room he had rented at the motel and found a young male and female were inside the room. Both subjects fled on foot from the room. The male subject dropped his wallet in the room as he was leaving. Both subjects returned to the Motel to retrieve the wallet and were detained by officers. Further investigation revealed the door had been left unlocked by management and they had only been in the room for a few minutes. The 16-year-old female was found to be a reported runaway from Los Angeles. Both subjects were arrested for trespassing.
Monrovia's Canyon Oaks High School has been named a 2017 Model Continuation High School by the state "for its high percentage of graduates accepted into four-year universities [20-30 percent], rising test scores and culture of preparing at-risk youth for college and career." Comment: This is really quite remarkable as continuation high schools are often little more than baby sitting services with the number of grads going to college is closer to zero percent. https://goo.gl/XM7GNt
~ Consider hiring ASM Affiliates of Pasadena for $64,100.60 to create an "Historic Context Statement" for Monrovia. An HCS "is a report that provides the basis for evaluating historic significance and integrity. It helps to identify important themes in history and then relate those themes to existing resources or property types. Themes may be related to historic events, development patterns, trends, or even cultural topics. An HCS is a valuable tool in helping identify significant properties. https://goo.gl/lMw2mW UPDATE: City Clerk says this item has been pulled from the agenda to be considered at a later meeting.
~ Consider participating in the annual Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation through the National League of Cities this April. Residents in winning cities are eligible to win various prizes and a grand prize will be rewarded to a winning city. https://goo.gl/lyWEnl
The Monrovia City Council and School Board will hold a joint meeting on this coming Tuesday, March 22, to discuss Monrovia Days, the Fourth of July celebration, legislative policy, get an update on the School Resource Officer (cop on campus) program, and to discuss developing a "science ecosystem." The meeting will be held at the school district's board room at the district office at 325 Huntington Drive. https://goo.gl/epSWuB
[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 13-15. - Brad Haugaard]
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 426 service events, resulting in 91 investigations.
Grand Theft Auto March 13 at 8:15 a.m., a car trailer was reported stolen from a business location in the 1800 block of S. Peck Road. The trailer was parked at the business on Saturday, March 11. When the victim arrived at the business in the morning on March 15, the trailer was missing. The investigation is continuing.
Attempt Residential Burglary March 13 at 11:32 a.m., a resident in the 1300 block of S. Magnolia called police to report that three window screens on their home had been tampered with, but the suspect did not gain entry. The responding officer checked the area for any evidence left behind and the investigation is continuing.
Vehicle Burglary March 13 at 3:08 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of Parkrose regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim parked his vehicle on the street in front of the residence the evening before and secured the vehicle. He returned to his vehicle in the morning and saw the car stereo was missing. The investigation is continuing.
Stolen Vehicle March 13 at 6:54 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 200 block of W. Evergreen. The victim said she parked her 2008 Honda CRV in the complex parking lot the night prior. She returned to the lot the next evening and found her vehicle was missing
Residential Burglary March 13 at 9:09 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of N. Magnolia called police to report that his home had been burglarized. He had been on vacation for ten days and arrived home to find his front door unlocked and the house ransacked. Officers were dispatched to the residence and it appears the suspects made entry through a dining room window. The investigation is continuing.
Petty Theft March 14 at 10:14 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Fano regarding a possible fight in progress. When they arrived, they saw a male subject running west on Fano and they detained him. Further investigation revealed the suspect stole a bottle of alcohol from a business in the 500 block of W. Duarte. The store clerk chased the suspect to Fano Street. The suspect was arrested for petty theft.
Vandalism March 14 at 10:54 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of Date Court called police to report four suspects vandalizing property. The suspects were described as three White males and a White female with short hair, wearing a trench coat. The suspects were writing graffiti on a flower planter. The suspects were last seen walking south on Falling Leaf. Officers responded to the area, but were unable to locate the suspects. The investigation is continuing.
Commercial Burglary March 15 at 8:15 a.m., a commercial burglary was reported at a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and found the front window of the business had been smashed. It appears the suspect broke into the business with a crowbar and stole currency from the location. The investigation is continuing.
Commercial Burglary March 15 at 8:40 a.m., a commercial burglary was reported at a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington. The front window to the business was smashed. The investigation revealed a suspect broke into the business with a sledge hammer and stole currency from the location. The investigation is continuing.
Mental Health Evaluation March 15 at 10:10 a.m., a subject was reported driving erratically, running stop signs and speeding. The subject exited his vehicle in the area of Huntington and Mountain and walked into traffic. Officers arrived and detained the subject. The investigation revealed the subject was making delusional statements and was a danger to himself. He was placed on a 72-hour mental evaluation hold and taken to a hospital for treatment.
Warrant – Suspect Arrested March 15 at 5:02 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Myrtle and Colorado noticed a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation. The officer made contact with the driver and a computer check revealed an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and was held on the warrant, pending his court appearance.
Indecent Exposure – Suspect Arrested March 15 at 5:03 p.m., a female subject called police to report that a male subject sitting at a bus bench in the 300 block of W. Huntington exposed himself to her. Officers arrived, located the suspect and placed him under arrest.
Detective Bureau Case Follow-up - Criminal Threats Investigation On March 14, after an on-going investigation, the student who posted a photograph of four handguns on a social media site with the caption, "I've had enough, get ready for Monday MHS," was arrested for criminal threats. Officers recovered the four handguns depicted in the photograph and confirmed they were BB guns. The student was later released to his mother with a citation to appear in court on the charges. The detective handling the case has taken it to the District Attorney, who will be reviewing it for filing charges.
~ The city is considering shifting the location of the Friday Night Street Fair a bit north, to center on Library Park and the streets on its north and south sides, Lime and Palm. Less of Myrtle would be closed, just from Lime to a bit north of Palm.
~ There will be an overview of homeless issues at the March 21 meeting of the Monrovia City Council.
~ Monrovia Police Department is a finalist in the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing, which recognizes California law enforcement agencies that have successfully institutionalized the Community Policing philosophy. Each year, three agencies across the state are recognized. Chi said it is, "One of the most prestigious awards that can be bestowed to any law enforcement agency in California."
~ The Monrovia Fire Department is creating al fire investigator program, which will let the department take a more active role in investigating the cause of fires.
~ Public Services Department is accepting nominations for the 2017 Older American of the Year Award. This award goes to a Monrovian 60 years or older who is involved in volunteer service in Monrovia. Questions? Contact Rebecca Sandoval at 256-8232, or at email@example.com. (Nomination form here: https://goo.gl/HIWzPq )
~ There will be a meeting to hear people's thoughts about the Citywide Park Master Plan on April 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Community Center. For more information contact Katie Distelrath at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 256-8225.
~ Free workshops on how to use less water. To register for any of the workshops, or for additional information, call 443-2297, or email Valeria@usgvmwd.org. Workshops at Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, 602 E. Huntington Dr. Suite B, Monrovia.
Finding and Fixing Leaks, Tuesday, March 28, 7 to 9 p.m.,
California Friendly Landscaping, Tuesday, April 11, 6-9:30 p.m.
Greywater - Laundry to Landscape, Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. - noon
The Eighth Annual Monrovia Area Partnership annual conference will be held at the Monrovia Community Center at 119 West Palm on Saturday April 22, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. It is free. To register, click here, https://goo.gl/rxkHt1, call 932-5563 or e-mail email@example.com.
Conference workshops include:
Building a Better Gold Line Experience
Building a Better Response to Homelessness in Monrovia
Building Better Awareness of our City's Unique History
Building Better & Cleaner Communities
Building Better with Resilience
MAP is a partnership of residents, agencies and city departments, joining unique skills, knowledge and expertise to make Monrovia a strong and vibrant community. Since 2006, MAP has worked year round to develop and promote programs that enhance public trust, practice effective problem solving and educate residents on the subjects of neighborhood safety and community pride.
St. Patrick's Day has become one of the nation's favorite holidays to celebrate and party. Unfortunately, too many people are taking to the roads after drinking, making the holiday one of our most dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 252 people lost their lives in drunk driving-related crashes during the St. Patrick's Day holiday period from 2011-2015. More than a fourth of them were killed in drunk driving crashes that occurred in the early morning, post-party hours (midnight to 5:59 a.m.).
That's why the Monrovia Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety are teaming up to reach all drivers with an important life-saving message and warning: Don't Drive Impaired by Drugs or Alcohol.
The Monrovia Police Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI Saturation Patrols, specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment. In addition to this St Patrick's Day enforcement effort, all police, sheriff and the CHP will be on heightened alert, ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver throughout the long weekend.
"These needless deaths can be prevented," said Robert Wilken, Lieutenant with the Monrovia Police Department. "Planning a sober ride home before the party begins is the first step in staying safe on St. Patrick's Day. Don't wait until you've already been drinking to make your transportation decision. Designate your sober driver in advance, and never get behind the wheel if you've been drinking."
If you plan to celebrate this St. Patrick's Day, follow these tips to stay safe:
Before celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year, decide whether you'll drink or you'll drive. You can't do both. "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving."
If you're planning on driving, commit to staying sober. If you've been out drinking and then get behind the wheel, you run the risk of causing a crash or getting arrested for a DUI.
Drugs, such as many prescription medications, marijuana or illicit drugs, can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving, leading to a DUI. When mixed with even a small amount of alcohol, the affects can be compounded.
If you have been drinking, call a taxi, sober friend, family member, or use public transportation. You can download the Designated Driver VIP free mobile app, "DDVIP," for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.
Help those around you be responsible, too. Walking while impaired can also be deadly, as lack of attention could put you at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. If someone you know is impaired by alcohol or drugs, do not let them get behind the wheel and help them find a sober ride home.
[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 9-12. - Brad Haugaard]
Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.
Warrant – Suspect Arrested
March 9 at 8:22 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of W. Palm regarding several subjects blocking a driveway. One of the subjects had an outstanding warrant and was arrested.
Outside Assist / Commercial Burglary – Suspects Arrested
March 9 at 8:32 a.m., officers assisted Arcadia Police Department with an investigation of suspects involved in a pursuit. During the course of the investigation, receipts and possible stolen merchandise from a business in Monrovia were located inside the suspect vehicle. Monrovia officers went to the business in the 500 block of Duarte Road and discovered it had been burglarized during the night. The suspects were arrested and joint investigations are being conducted.
Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
March 9 at 10:49 p.m., an officer on patrol saw a vehicle fail to stop for the red light at California and Huntington. The officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, who displayed symptoms of being intoxicated. Through investigation, the driver was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested. He was taken into custody, where he was held for a sobering period.
Criminal Threats – Suspect Arrested
March 10 at 12:41 a.m., a female resident in the 700 block of E. Greystone called police to report her husband pointed a shotgun at her. She said she was lying in bed asleep when she was awakened by her husband, who was holding a shotgun. He threatened her and opened the shotgun to show her it was loaded. The two shells fell out onto the bed. She grabbed the shells, pushed him, and ran to a neighbor’s house and called police. She advised police that their two children were still in the house, ages 3 and 7. When Officers arrived, they positioned themselves around the residence. An officer called the house by phone and spoke to the suspect at length until eventually he was able to persuade the suspect to come out. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody without further incident. The children were unharmed and slept through the entire incident.
Threatening Social Media Post
March 10 at 5:08 p.m., police received notification of a threatening post on a social media site that displayed handguns with a caption reading, "I've had enough, getting ready for Monday MHS." Officers contacted the high school and officers interviewed the students that received the post. Some of the students replied to the post on the site, telling the individual that it was no joking matter and how serious the situation was due to the posting.
The student who posted the photo replied to everyone on the site that he was just kidding and only meant it as a joke. He said he didn't want to harm anyone and he was only joking. When the officers interviewed the student who posted the photo, he admitted to posting it, and said he was at a friend’s house when he got the idea on his own. The friend had BB guns and he took a photo of them. He then posted the photo with the comment on the social media site. He said he only wanted attention on the site and did not know it would go this far and involve the police. He was counseled and his parents were advised. Officers, through investigation, located the BB guns and confiscated them. The school will be handling the discipline of the student and the investigators will be contacting the District Attorney for the filing of potential criminal charges.
March 10 at 8:24 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1300 block of S. Magnolia. The victim parked his vehicle on the street in the evening, locking the doors and making sure he rolled up the windows. When he came out the next morning at 7:30 a.m., the vehicle was gone. He did not give anyone permission to take the vehicle, a 2006 Acura. The investigation is continuing.
Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
March 10 at 11:18 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 300 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a subject sleeping in the park covered up by a blanket. He made contact with the subject and saw an empty bottle of alcohol next to him. The subject was intoxicated and thought he was in Alhambra. He was arrested for being drunk in public and held for a sobering period.
Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
March 11 at 1:13 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of W. Colorado regarding a domestic dispute. A male and female subject who live at the location became involved in an argument that escalated and turned physical. The female had visible abrasions and scratches to her back, arm and leg. The male subject was arrested for domestic violence. The female signed a refusal to prosecute, but wanted and emergency protection order, which was granted.
Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
March 11 at 7:59 a.m., the victim of petty theft reported her cell phone missing. She stated that she last had her cell phone at a gas station at Mountain and Huntington. Officers used the Find my iPhone app and located her phone at a park in the 600 block of S. Shamrock. The officers detained a homeless person in possession of the phone, who said he found the cell phone at the gas station. The victim said the cell phone was in her pocket the whole time while she was at the station. The suspect was arrested for misappropriation of lost property.
Injury Traffic Collision
March 11 at 11:59 a.m., a traffic collision with injuries was reported at Palm and Mayflower. Two subjects were taken to the hospital for complaint of pain.
Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
March 11 at 9:16 p.m., an officers was dispatched to Magnolia and Colorado on the report of a subject sleeping on the ground. The subject was located and found to be intoxicated. He was arrested for being drunk in public.
Grand Theft Tools
March 12 at 1:38 p.m., a theft of tools was reported in the 100 block of Acacia. The victim parked his work truck with tool storage boxes on the street the day before and the tool boxes were locked. The next day he returned to the truck and discovered the storage boxes unlocked and his tools were missing. The suspects possibly picked the locks on the truck. The investigation is continuing.
A photograph circulating on social media of four pistols with the caption, "I've had enough get ready for Monday MHS," has caused a lot of concern, but Monrovia School Board member Rob Hammond has posted that, "Rumors are running rampant. There is no lock down on any of our sites. There is no unusual activity and aside from rumors it is business as usual." He adds that, "If there were the potential of any of your children being hurt the school board, district office, and the school site would have contacted you and if need be closed the campus. The safety of the people on campus is our first priority."
I asked both candidates for mayor - the one contested office in the upcoming Monrovia city election - to submit a statement about their candidacy. Following is the statement I received back from the challenger, Mark Harris. - Brad Haugaard
I love the "any-town USA" feel about Monrovia. My wife and I love walking through Old Town and visiting the many shops and restaurants. Over the last couple of years, Monrovia has seen a twenty percent increase in crime, rise in the homeless population, and the once proud feeling of an "All America City" start to slip away. I think it's time for a change and "A Fresh Start". My main goal in running for Mayor is to make a positive difference for the City of Monrovia and help us become a greater place to live work, and raise your family. I have only the best interests in the residents and business owners of Monrovia on my agenda, I am not a career politician just a Monrovian wanting to make a change for the City.
I have been married for 22 years to my wife Stacy and I have one son Blake who goes to Arizona State University.
Since 2006, I have worked with my twin brother in the celebrity brand marketing integration industry providing celebrity product placement for award shows including charity events, the Grammy's, the Oscar's, the Emmy's ABC, Miss USA, Miss America, and many more. I currently co-host a radio show with my brother and have appeared on reality TV including "Storage Wars" on the A&E Network. Previously I worked in the banking industry for twenty five years where I managed the customer advocacy department at the eighth largest mortgage company in the United States. My schedule gives me the flexibility and time to commit to the issues and concerns of the city of Monrovia.
One of the first items on my agenda is to look into addressing the Homeless issue and coming up with a comprehensive plan to solve the issue. I will start by reviewing the cities Homeless in the Park committee results and see what plan the City currently has in place and what their remedies were ? as it appears the situation has not improved since the committee was organized.
In regards to the rise in Crime in the City I will review the cities current budget for the Police Department and review to determine if the city is properly staffed to handle the current situation. I also would like to review well known crime areas and look into possible lighting for areas that may encourage crime in addition to reviewing the cities policy on city-wide cameras and actively encourage additional neighborhood Watches.
I would also like to create a Eco-Green City-Wide Policy to encourage and or create Green Practices and provide efficient city-wide recycling, Automobile Charging Stations, Solar panels and clean transportation options. Promote the Myrtle Avenue district and make it a "Destination", create Monrovia Volunteer programs and more including city-wide Transparency.
It will be my priority to make Monrovia a town you will be proud to call home and I appreciate your support. My name is Mark Harris and I'm running for Mayor.
After nearly 63 years of service to our communities, Quota International of Monrovia-Duarte has voted to turn in its charter.
Our members’ work over these many years has been a blessing in many ways to ourselves, and those we served. Our members are grateful for the opportunity to serve where needed, providing help as requested and to make many long-lasting friendships within our cities. Although we will no longer be working or planning philanthropic giving, we will, as individual members, continue to support our community.
Over the years, Quota Club has provided food and financial assistance for the needy, bought hearing aids and otologic exams for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and contributed to the surgical re-building of an outer ear when deformity inhibited the ability to hear.
We helped hundreds of students from local public and private high schools move on in their collegiate and post-graduate careers with scholarships. In the 50s, 60s and 70s, Quotarians were the main benefactors for a local school for developmentally delayed children, and now, years later, those former students remain our friends as adults.
We were a major force in starting training and advocacy classes for teaching teenagers and their families life skills; in recent years we were a benefactor to the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles aiding the youngest deaf children (newborn through infancy) to get a strong start in living their lives amidst the challenges of deafness.
Through Quota International, we’ve contributed to building homes for destitute women and children in India and Southeast Asia, and provided an ambulance and caregiving items for newborns in Central America.
Locally, we created and helped train fire and emergency personnel to give special needs assistance to the disabled and elderly in event of natural disasters. And, we’ve joined with many other local service groups to support areas of special concern to benefit many local residents' causes.
Among our blessings are the many friendships given to us by you, the communities of Monrovia and Duarte. Your generosity, respect and willingness to support what we’ve done over the years was a ray of sunshine and a beacon of hope in Quota’s quest to create a better tomorrow for those we served.
Quota International of Monrovia-Duarte
Dinner at Los Gueros, on the north side of Huntington just west of Magnolia. Got the Enchilada and Chile Relleno for $10.85 and an iced tea for $3. Good. Also, I can recommend the made-at-your-table guacamole.
I asked both candidates for mayor - the one contested office in the upcoming Monrovia city election - to submit a statement about their candidacy. Following is the first statement I received back, from the incumbent, Mayor Tom Adams. - Brad Haugaard
Almost two years ago Monrovia gave me an opportunity to change the direction our city was headed in and I thank everyone for their trust. The time has passed quickly and now I ask for your trust again for there is much to do.
I am very proud that working together with the City Council and our staff these things are being addressed. We have our plan to Renew Monrovia in place and work is being done to bring our water systems, sewer systems, roads, curbs and gutters up to par.
We set out to talk to all of you to find out what you wanted in your neighborhood. As a result of that we have had the first major change of our zoning codes is years and now offer more protection to keep neighborhoods as the neighbors want them. You have a City Council that listens, listens to the needs of the community.
For the first time in over 6 years we are having regular meetings with our counter parts on the Monrovia Unified School Board. Our schools educate our children and we need to be able to work together with them, proudly, we now do.
At this point, Monrovia has more good things happening than it has had in years, more jobs, and better infrastructure, better working relationships with our community partners and stronger protection in our neighborhoods, securing a bright future. All you need to do is look around you and you can see the vast improvement in place. I would hope that we can keep this positive momentum moving, we will all benefit from it.
I respectfully ask you to allow us to continue this work and your vote!
[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 6-8. - Brad Haugaard]
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 413 service events, resulting in 78 investigations.
Grand Theft March 6 at 8:55 a.m., a grand theft incident was reported in the 1400 block of S. Magnolia. The victim reported that someone stole her catalytic converter from her parked vehicle during the early morning hours. The investigation is continuing.
Warrant – Suspect Arrested March 6 at 12:25 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of E. Cherry Avenue regarding a disturbing family member who was refusing to leave. A computer check revealed an outstanding warrant for the subject. He was arrested and later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.
Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested March 6 at 1:55 p.m., a citizen called police to report a vehicle driving erratically in the area of Mayflower and Huntington. An officer responded to the area and stopped the driver for vehicle code violations. The investigation revealed the driver also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for the warrant and during a search, narcotics were located. The suspect was arrested and later released with a citation to appear in court.
Commercial Burglary March 7 at 12:44 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington regarding a burglary alarm activation. Upon arrival, they discovered a broken front window to the business. Officers searched the business, but did not locate any suspects. A responsible person arrived and it appears that there was no loss from the business. The investigation is continuing.
Grand Theft March 7 in the early morning hours, two grand thefts of catalytic converters were reported to police. Both thefts occurred sometime overnight. The thefts occurred in the 200 block of W. Cherry Avenue and the 1200 block of S. Primrose Avenue. The investigations are continuing.
Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested March 7 at 3:18 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting a subject riding in and out of traffic in the middle of the street on a bicycle. Officers arrived and located the subject still riding in and out of traffic. The subject was determined to be intoxicated and he was arrested. He was held for a sobering period and later released with a citation to appear in court.
Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested March 7 at 4:47 p.m., loss prevention at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington Drive called police to report several subjects inside the location concealing merchandise. Officers arrived and confronted the suspects. One of the suspects was uncooperative and struggled with officers. He was eventually taken into custody. All three were arrested and later released with a citation to appear in court.
Suspicious Vehicle / Warrant – Suspect Arrested March 8 at 2:13 a.m., officers responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of Mountain and Lemon. Officers arrived and contacted two subjects. A computer check on one of them revealed a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.
San Gabriel Valley Choral Company will present Masterworks, on Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Luke's Church, 122 S. California Ave. This is a choral concert featuring Requiem by Gabriel Fauré and Salve Regina by Arvo Pärt. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for children under 12, available online at http://www.sgvccsingers.org.
The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company is looking for young performers for Requiem, by Gabriel Faure, on Saturday, April 8 during the "Masterworks" concert at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Monrovia. The company is seeking 1, 2, or 3 young people in grades 2 through 8 to sing the "Pie Jesu" with organ accompaniment. Audition date: Tuesday, March 21 at 4 p.m. at St. Luke's Church in Monrovia, 122 S. California Ave. Requirements: Must audition on Tuesday, March 21 at 4 p.m. at church; must be able to perform "Pie Jesu" from memory at the time of the audition; must be available for performance on Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.; must be available for the dress rehearsal on Friday, April 7 from 7-8 p.m.; must be available for a coaching on Tuesday, March 4 at 4 p.m. at church. Singers may register in person at the audition or in advance by contacting Dr. Zanaida Robles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 487-9862.
Monrovia's drone-maker, AeroVironment, lost less in its third quarter than anticipated, so its stock has jumped up almost 7% at the moment ( https://goo.gl/AG6C7O ). The company press release says: "Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 was $53.2 million, a decrease from third quarter fiscal 2016 revenue of $67.6 million." https://goo.gl/EKDpVv
Assembly Bill 279, by Assembly member Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, would allow developmental disabilities service providers to charge more in order to pay their workers whatever minimum wage requirements they face. "Without an increase to reimbursement rates to meet local mandates, many developmental disability service providers may have to shut their doors," said Holden. The bill has passed the Assembly Committee for Human Services on a 6-0 vote. https://goo.gl/lrsNZM
Steve Baker, Mr. Monrovia History, is retiring from the board of the Monrovia Historical Museum, which he helped found.
According to Pam Barkas, writing in the Museum's newsletter ( https://goo.gl/i8nJGC ), Steve "will be involved with the Legacy Project organizing and preserving his collection of Monrovia
memorabilia as well as the knowledge of early Monrovia people and events."
In his weekly report, City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...
~ Staff at Metro is interested in Monrovia's proposal to let people use the Metro parking garage during non-peak hours and will take the proposal to the full Metro board. Chi estimates the program could be in place by late this summer.
~ Monrovia will participate in the National League of Cities 6th Annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Individuals who enter the contest could win a new Toyota Prius. You can enter the contest here: https://goo.gl/KlCCrC
~ The former Albertson's Center will be renamed as Monrovia Landing. The planned Aldi Supermarket, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods should open this October. [Comment: I guess "Landing" is appropriate since it is near the site of the old Monrovia airport.]
~ The invasive mussel species Quagga and zebra have been detected in the California water supply. The mussels attach to hard surfaces and can damage water delivery systems. Fortunately, the problem appears to localized and Metropolitan Water District and the state are keeping an eye on the situation.
~ Monrovia is planning to replace worn out Fire Truck 101. Ordering an building a new truck can take a year and a half.
~ And speaking of fire trucks, if you want to help refurbish the 100-year-old Seagrave fire engine that began its life serving Monrovia, you can contribute here: https://goo.gl/C107vS
~ Monrovian Gayle Montgomery has been selected by Assembly member Chris Holden as Monrovia’s Woman of Distinction for her service in the community.
A lightly contested Monrovia City Council race has now become uncontested. Challenger Clifford De Costa has dropped out ( https://goo.gl/NEybTB ). The only contest now is on the mayoral side of the race, with incumbent Tom Adams facing challenger Mark Harris.
[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 2-5. - Brad Haugaard]
Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.
Battery / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrants – Suspects Arrested March 2 at 5:29 p.m., dispatch received several calls reporting two male adults fighting in the 100 block of Norumbega Drive. Officers arrived and located one male adult, and while speaking with him, discovered he was on probation. During a pat-down search, he was found to have drug paraphernalia in his possession. Another officer located the second male suspect nearby, who was found to have several warrants. While speaking with the second suspect, a female approached. She was found to have several warrants and had methamphetamine in her possession. All three suspects were arrested.
Theft From a Vehicle March 2 at 7:25 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 900 block of Crescent. The vehicle was parked in the victim’s driveway with the doors unlocked. The suspect entered the vehicle and took a backpack containing miscellaneous school supplies and a bag containing clothing that was going to be donated. The investigation is continuing.
Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested March 3 at 3:30 p.m., officers responded to the report of a male adult slumped over the wheel of a parked vehicle in the 200 block of Linwood Avenue. Officers located the vehicle and an adult male inside, who was unresponsive. The officers made entry into the vehicle and saw a loaded syringe sticking out of the inner thigh of the driver. Officers were able to revive the subject, who admitted to being addicted to heroin. The suspect was arrested and the vehicle was stored.
Defrauding an Innkeeper March 3 at 10:14 p.m., a male subject ordered a dinner meal at a restaurant in the 800 block of W. Huntington and then left the location without paying. The investigation is continuing.
Defrauding and Innkeeper March 3 at 11:27 p.m., a male subject ordered food at a restaurant in the 1100 block of E. Huntington and was unhappy with the order. He was given a discount on his bill, but still left the location without paying. The investigation is continuing.
Suspicious Subject / Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested March 4 at 12:54 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of W. Huntington regarding the report of a suspicious subject in the area. They arrived and contacted the subject. A computer check revealed he had an outstanding warrant and he was arrested. While searching the suspect, he was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Weapons Offense March 4 at 11:13 a.m., a security guard from a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill flagged down an officer who was driving by on Myrtle. He informed the officer that a subject in a silver Charger had just sped through the parking lot and almost hit him. The officer turned into the parking area to look for the vehicle and was stopped by a patron, who reported that the same subject in the silver charger had tossed a handgun out of the vehicle window as it sped through the parking lot. The officer recovered the weapon, which was not registered, and an extensive search was conducted for the vehicle, but it was not located. Neighboring agencies were contacted to see if they had any reports of a recent shooting. The investigation is continuing.
Battery / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspects Arrested March 4 at 3:04 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Norumbega on the report of a family disturbance. Officers arrived and separated three adults and spoke with them. They were all disruptive and combative with each other. One subject was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and a second was arrested for battery.
Counterfeit Currency / Warrant – Suspect Arrested March 4 at 4:13 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 300 block of W. Huntington on the report of subjects bathing outside. The officers arrived and located several subjects possibly involved in the reported activity. While speaking with the subjects, the officers located counterfeit U.S. currency belonging to one of the subjects. He was arrested and taken into custody. He was also found to have an outstanding warrant.
Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested March 4 at 10:07 p.m., an intoxicated female in a vehicle was reported at a business parking lot in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. Officers arrived and located the subject. After investigation, the female driver was arrested for driving under the influence and was taken into custody.
Vehicle Burglary March 5 at 12:24 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 900 block of W. Huntington. The victim parked her vehicle in the parking lot and when she returned, she found the driver side window had been shattered and her purse, which she left in the vehicle, was gone. The investigation is continuing.
Vehicle Burglary March 5 at 6:15 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 1600 block of Royal Oaks. The resident parked and locked her vehicle in front of her home. She looked out the window and noticed a subject standing by her vehicle and pulling a toolbox from the back seat. The suspect fled in a vehicle. The victim went out to her vehicle and found the rear window had been smashed, allowing the suspect to gain access. The investigation is continuing.
Vandalism March 5 at 12:19 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Myrtle called police to report a vandalism incident. Sometime during the early morning hours, an unknown suspect shattered the front passenger side window of his parked vehicle. No property appeared to have been taken. The investigation is continuing.
Vandalism March 5 at 12:55 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of W. Foothill parked his vehicle in front of his apartment complex and went in for the night. When he returned in the morning, he found one of his tires had been slashed with a sharp object. The investigation is continuing.
Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested March 5 at 7:57 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at Myrtle and Duarte Road. The two vehicles involved were traveling north on Myrtle, approaching Duarte, when the lead vehicle slowed down for the red light and was rear ended by the second vehicle. The drivers pulled into a parking lot to exchange information. Officers arrived and contacted the drivers. The driver who rear ended the other vehicle was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested and held for a sobering period.
Public Intoxication March 5 at 9:21 p.m., a caller reported a male subject at Myrtle and Central trying to get into vehicles in the area. Officers arrived and located the subject. He was determined to be extremely intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. He was arrested for public intoxication.
Vandalism March 5 at 9:24 p.m., a vandalism incident was reported at a residence in the 400 block of Almond. A white, late 1990's Jeep Cherokee was seen pulling up to the home and two teenage male suspects exited. They walked up to the victim's truck and broke a window, then walked up the driveway and broke a window on the victim's Toyota Camry. They fled in their vehicle. The suspects never tried to get into the vehicles to take anything. The investigation is continuing.
At its Tuesday, March 7 regular meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/rW4drs ), the Monrovia City Council will consider a proposal by city staff to give developers of residential units the option to opt out of the one-time Art in Public Places and Fire Services fees "if the developer forms and elects to be a part of a CFD [Community Facilities District] to fund ongoing City services into the future." So, as I understand it, they could get out of one-time fees by agreeing to a permanent tax. https://goo.gl/WbYjjP
The Monrovia City Council will study marijuana at a special 6 p.m. session (agenda https://goo.gl/GaJNZA) before its regular session this Tuesday. More specifically, it will get an update on Proposition 64 and consider "possible next steps." Prop 64, as a reminder, Proposition 64 made it legal under California law for adults to use and grow marijuana, with the sale of marijuana to go into effect January 1, 2018. https://goo.gl/Bc9tCk
At its Wednesday meeting (agenda here) the Monrovia Board of Education will, among other things ...
~ Honor Principal Jennifer Jackson and the teachers and staff of Clifton Middle School for being named a “School to Watch,” by the California Distinguished Schools Association.
~ Honor 2017 Golden Apple recipient Joannie Yuille, for her service to the community and students.
~ Certify, as required by law, that it can meet its financial obligations. The board is going to say that yeah, it can, that "we are able to meet our financial obligations for the current and subsequent two fiscal years."
The Pajama Game will be performed this month at the Taylor Performing Arts Center at Monrovia High. Performances are Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 26 at 5 p.m. Seats are $30 ($15 for children under 12). The performance is The Shakespeare Club's 70th Annual Benefit Production.
A union strike at a pajama factory generates plenty of steam heat in this toe-tapping, comedic love story. The Pajama Game features songs and dances that have become musical theatre standards, including "Steam Heat," "Hey There," and "Hernando's Hideaway." Proceeds will provide scholarships for graduating seniors in the Pasadena Unified School District. Tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2710430
"Team Mom," Miriam Childers, of the Suit Bots, one of Monrovia High's robotics teams, has asked me to "convey our immense gratitude to the community" for contributing to the team's expenses in traveling to the Western Super Regional Championships in Tacoma Washington. She writes that, "In just three days we are up to $6785!!!!" (Actually, now it is up to $7,285). If you'd like to help them meet their $10,000 goal, click here: https://goo.gl/jXpucP
Dinner last night at the Shrimp House, at the corner of Myrtle and Live Oak. Got the seafood sampler with a dinner salad ($16.29) and an iced tea ($2.69). The sampler came with scallops, shrimp and cod. All very good but shrimp were my favorite. Fast and pleasant service, too. I came away happily stuffed.
Monrovia's Staar Surgical reported a smaller net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 than for the previous year's fourth quarter; $200,000 compared to a loss of $800,000 the previous year. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $800,000 compared with an adjusted net income of $500,000 for the same quarter in the prior year. For the full year, the company had an adjusted net loss of four cents per share. https://goo.gl/mORw5p
Monrovia Dentist, Michael Khanchalian (on the far right), was one of five Grammy nominees for Best Historical Album for his leadership in compiling a 400-page book with four hours of ancient and rare sound recordings called, "Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism and the Phonograph, 1890-1900." The project took more than ten years and involved assembling gospel recordings from old wax cylinder recordings. He did not win, but said he was honored just to have their work recognized. Note: I know Mike and recall him telling me that his dental skills helped him figure out ways to repair broken wax cylinders. Cool how seemingly unrelated skills can cross over in some interesting ways.
Source: Monrovia Historic Preservation Group newsletter
There will be a home energy tour of two Monrovia homes sponsored by The Energy Network to help homeowners learn about available statewide rebates for home energy upgrades and see how their homes can become energy efficient.
On March 12 and March 26 from noon to 3 p.m., community members can walk through two homes that were recently upgraded using statewide rebates and incentives through the Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade program.
Homeowners Mary Ann and Corey Lutz and John and Katie Watson will answer questions about the upgrade process and their before-and-after experiences. Although each home had different needs, Home Upgrade offered them rebates for such upgrades as insulation, water heater, air conditioner, and windows.
The Energy Network is administered by Los Angeles County and funded by California utility ratepayers under the California Public Utilities Commission. For more information about The Energy Network events, call (877) 785-2237 or email email@example.com.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Monrovia will present its tenth annual Women's Evensong Invitational on Sunday, March 19, at 4 p.m. at the church, 122 S. California Ave. at Foothill Boulevard. The performance will spotlight the women of the choir, along with invited guest singers. Music will include Denis Mason's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Luigi Cherubini's Like as a Father, and the Monrovia Preces and Responses, written for this group by Kent Bennett Jones, Music Director. A freewill offering will be taken, and a wine and cheese reception in Guild Hall will follow the performance.
[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 27- March 1. - Brad Haugaard]
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 338 service events, resulting in 66 investigations.
Fraud Report / Counterfeit Currency February 28 at 7:39 p.m., a victim of fraud came to the police station lobby to report the incident. He was trying to sell an iPhone on a website. He made a deal with the suspect to sell the iPhone for a cash amount. He met the suspect at a fast food restaurant in the 400 block of W. Huntington. The suspect handed the victim the money for the phone in $20 dollar bills. After the suspect left the location, the victim realized the money was all counterfeit with matching serial numbers. The Secret Service was contacted and the investigation is continuing.
Vehicle Burglary March 1 at 7:22 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of W. Lemon Avenue. The victim reported that sometime during the nighttime hours, someone smashed the window of his parked car and stole items from inside. The investigation is continuing.
Bear Sighting March 1 at 1:00 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of Oakglade Avenue called to report a bear that was in his yard and was now sleeping in the crawl space of his neighbor’s home. The Department of Fish and Wildlife was contacted and took control of the investigation.
Theft of Mail March 1 at 6:32 p.m., an officer was dispatched to an apartment complex in the 300 block of Genoa regarding a theft of mail. The victim went to retrieve her mail from her mailbox and the main door to the mailbox was open and mail was missing. There are a total of 14 mailboxes for the complex. There was no sign of forced entry. It appears the suspect may have used a mail service key to gain entry. The investigation is continuing.
Commercial Burglary March 2 at 3:42 a.m., dispatch received a report of an alarm activation at a business in the 300 block of W. Foothill. Officers arrived and found the front door wide open. The building was searched, but no suspects were located. The investigation revealed the rear door had been pried open and the cash register was found on the ground. The investigation is continuing.
The Suitbots, of the Monrovia High School Robotics program, have advanced to the Western Super Regional Championships in Tacoma Washington where on March 9-12 they will be up against 79 teams from the 13 western states for a slot at the World Championships. The money will be used for transportation, lodging, meals and competition fees. Click here to contribute. Tax-deductible robot sponsorships are available. Call 841-1956 for details.
Monrovia Police Officers' Association presented Jose De Anda, a young man with muscular dystrophy, with a specialized wheelchair to increase his mobility. The police department's School Resource Officer, James Ruano, learned of De Anda's situation and led a campaign to raise money for the chair. In addition to the Police Officers' Association, other contributors were the Monrovia Fire Fighters Association, Monrovia Kiwanis, personal donations from Monrovia's mayor, council members, city manager and city employees. Also, Rifton Equipment, the manufacturer, gave "a very large discount on the chair" and its employees donated their time to build it. https://goo.gl/Oax27j
Monrovia High School's Theater Department will perform the musical, Urinetown, on March 9,10 and 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. The play has won three Tony Awards. It is a comedic satire of the legal system, social irresponsibility, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and musical theater. Music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Greg Kotis, and directed at MHS by Nathanael Overby. The play features a full student cast and student orchestra. Tickets ($10 pre-sale and $15 at the door) are available from www.wildcattheater.com or any cast member or parent volunteer.