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Monrovia Council to Consider 'Granny Flats', Will Honor Robotics Team

At its July 5 meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/crEY3Z) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Honor the Clifton Middle School robotics team, the Hippie Bots, Champions of the 2017 FIRST Tech Challenge Dutch Open in Eindhoven, Netherlands and Recipients of the Think Award.

~ Consider adopting regulations governing "granny flats" -secondary dwellings on residential lots - to make city law conform with new state law that favors such buildings and limits cities' authority to regulate them. https://goo.gl/syLuKT

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at 1776



Dinner at 1776, an America themed burgers and beer place on the east side of Myrtle just south of Lemon. Got the Congress, a basic dog, for $5, and a beer for $5. Nice size, nice price, nice taste. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Red-Light Runner Sends Person to Hospital; Hand Dryers Stolen; Hit-and-Run Suspect Arrested; Mail Box Theft; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 26-28. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 484 service events, resulting in 82 investigations.

Vehicle Burglaries
June 26 in the early morning hours, three separate vehicle burglaries were reported to police that occurred in the 1100 block of Royal Oaks. The vehicles were all parked in an apartment complex carport that is not visible from the street. Sometime during the night, unknown suspects smashed the vehicle windows and stole miscellaneous property from inside. The investigations are continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 26 at 2:35 p.m., an officer responded to the report of an injury traffic collision at California and Duarte Road. A vehicle was traveling west on Duarte and ran a red light, colliding into a vehicle traveling south. The southbound vehicle veered and collided into two other vehicles. One driver was taken to a hospital for treatment. The driver that ran the red light was issued a citation.

Vehicle Burglary
June 27 at 2:28 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of W. Colorado. The vehicle was parked in a secured portion of a parking structure. The suspect(s) cut open the rag top of the vehicle and took the victim's work key card, work identification and the vehicle manual. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
June 27 at 8:30 a.m., an officer was dispatched on the report of a grand theft in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle. Unknown suspect(s) entered the Station Square bathrooms and stole two hand dryers that were bolted to the walls. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle
June 27 at 9:00 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 100 block of N. Mayflower. The victim reported that sometime overnight, unknown suspects stole miscellaneous items from his vehicle, which was parked in an alley next to his home. There were no signs of forced entry found and the victim was unsure if he secured his vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
June 27 at 10:19 p.m., a vehicle collided into the center divider and a sign on Huntington Drive. Officers responded to the scene and through investigation, determined the driver was driving under the influence. The driver was arrested for DUI and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 27 at 11:12 p.m., a caller reported a possible drunk driver in the 200 block of W. Lemon. Officers arrived and located the vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted and after investigation, the driver was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested for driving under the influence.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
June 28 at 1:06 a.m., a loud crash was reported at Ivy and Lime, where three parked vehicles on Ivy were hit and sustained significant damage. The suspect vehicle left the scene, heading north on Ivy. The suspect and her vehicle were located shortly after on Encinitas, north of Palm, and the suspect was detained. No injuries were sustained. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Shoplifting / Battery – Suspect Arrested
June 28 at 11:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a female suspect who took items without paying. When security attempted to stop the female, a male subject who was with her attacked the security officer. The female suspect was arrested for shoplifting and the male was arrested for battery.

Theft – Suspect Arrested
June 28 at 5:23 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a suspect who took merchandise without paying. The suspect was detained by store security. The suspect was arrested.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
June 28 at 5:55 p.m., a disturbing subject was reported in the area of Huntington and Magnolia. When officers arrived, they found an intoxicated male subject who was causing problems with other people in the area. He was too intoxicated to care for himself, so he was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Mail Theft
June 29 at 2:08 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Myrtle called police to report that a suspect was breaking into the mailboxes at his complex. Officers arrived and searched the area, but did not locate the suspect. The officers checked the area and found that two complexes had their mailboxes pried open and mail was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia's AeroVironment Reports 'Record Performance'


Monrovia's AeroVironment reported "record performance in our fourth quarter, with revenue of $125 million and fully diluted earnings per share of $1.30" https://goo.gl/fRLNa9. It's stock jumped nicely to reflect that news, up 8.06% - or $2.62 a share - to $35.11: https://goo.gl/vpm6m6

- Brad Haugaard

Walking Tour of Historic Monrovia

The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will conduct a walking tour this Saturday, July 1, at 10 a.m. Meet at the SE corner of Palm and Myrtle Avenues. We will be walking 8 city blocks in a two hour period, learning about Monrovia's past and present. Cost is $5 per person. RSVPs not required. https://goo.gl/I9gLrc

- Brad Haugaard

Expect Heavy Traffic on Foothill; Five-Story Residential Project Gets Positive Review; Passing the Hat for Fireworks; Etc.

In his weekly report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O), City Manager Oliver Chi reports ...

~ Upgrades to Foothill Boulevard have begun. Avoid if possible, though one lane will be kept open in each direction.

~ There was a good turnout for the scoping meeting about this project (https://goo.gl/fvNkEP), with around 3-4 dozen people in attendance, and "the overwhelming consensus about the project from those in attendance was positive." Construction on the $110 project is set to begin late 2018 or early 2019. It is a five-story (at its highest point) residential building with a 7-story parking structure at the northeast corner of Magnolia and Duarte.

~ The city will "look to 'pass the hat'" for those that want to contribute to the Fourth of July fireworks show. If I understand correctly, he means at or around show time. If you contribute you get an "I support Monrovia 4th of July Fireworks" sticker.

~ The Tuesday and Wednesday Senior Clubs honored Ruth Bailey on her 100th Birthday with cake, treats, and a tea party. Ms. Bailey has been a Monrovian for 100 years, born at the Monrovia Hospital.

~ Canyon Park and Hillside Wilderness Preserve Volunteers honored Bonny Hidas with their Golden Pinecone Award.  For the past few years, Bonny has helped with the interpretive tours by leading and educating students during their visit to Canyon Park.

~ The Taylor Performing Arts Center will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical, The King and I, which opens July 13, for 5 performances.  The final showing will be held on July 16. Tickets here: https://goo.gl/NydNXj .  If you have questions, call 471-2032, or go to www.LKTaylorperformingarts.com.

- Brad Haugaard

Airport Mural at Old Albertson's Is Safe

Gem City Images has a photo of the Monrovia Airport mural at the old Albertson's Market. It's being kept safe and will be integrated into the rehabbed building. https://goo.gl/ZyuTTA

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Cell Phone Rip Off; Gardener's Lawnmower Stolen; Window-Breaker Suspect Arrested; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 22-25. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 22 at 10:11 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of S. Canyon called police to report his son was at the location causing a disturbance. Officers arrived, contacted the subject and a computer check revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and later released with a citation to appear in court.

Petty Theft
June 22 at 11:35 a.m., a theft was reported at Mayflower and Genoa. The victim called  police to report his cell phone had been stolen. The victim met the suspect at the location to sell his cell phone. After agreeing to a price, the suspect fled with the phone in a light grey vehicle, heading north on Mayflower. The suspect was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Outside Assist – California Highway Patrol Pursuit
June 23 at 2:33 a.m., the California Highway Patrol was involved in a pursuit and the suspect vehicle exited the 210 Freeway at Huntington. Several minutes later, the suspect vehicle was located in the area of Chestnut and Mayflower in Monrovia, but the occupants were not in the vehicle. It was later learned that the suspect vehicle was involved in a robbery where physical force was used at a business in Temple City. The California Highway Patrol towed the vehicle.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 23 at 3:00 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 700 block of W. Olive due to a pursuit that ended in that area and they observed a suspicious female subject and stopped to talk with her. A computer check revealed she had an outstanding warrant and was wanted by the Pasadena Police Department. She was arrested without incident.

Grand Theft Auto Recovered / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
June 23 at 8:09 a.m., officers located a stolen vehicle in a public parking lot and contacted a male subject in the driver seat. When questioned about the owner of the vehicle, the driver admitted the vehicle was not his and that there were drugs inside the vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody, keys to the vehicle were located in his front pocket and drugs were recovered from the center console. The suspect was arrested and is being held pending his court appearance.

Petty Theft
June 23 at 6:41 p.m., a resident from the 300 block of Highland Place called police to report a theft. The resident saw two male adults approach a red pick-up truck and take a lawn mower that belonged to a gardener, working at the location. Police searched the area for the suspects, but they were not located. The investigation is continuing.

Robbery
June 23 at 8:07 p.m., a robbery was reported at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington. Two adult female subjects entered the department store and stole handbags. As they were leaving the store, loss prevention tried to detain them, but one of the suspects sprayed the loss prevention officers with pepper spray. The females were last seen heading west on Huntington in a red Charger. Monrovia Fire Department personnel was dispatched to render aid and wash down the victims. The investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision
June 23 at 11:49 p.m., a roll-over traffic collision was reported in the 1000 block of Briarcliff Road. When officers arrived, they discovered the vehicle struck a large rock on the side of the road, the driver lost control and rolled over the side of the hill. The vehicle came to rest on its side. No serious injuries were reported and one occupant was taken to a local hospital. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision.

Disturbing Subject / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 24 at 12:50 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of W. Palm regarding a disturbing subject. The resident’s ex-boyfriend showed up at the home and began kicking the rear door. Officers arrived and detained the subject. The subject had also been at the home earlier in the day, refusing to leave, but left prior to officers arriving. During the investigation, officers discovered the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
June 24 at 7:28 a.m., a family disturbance was reported at a residence in the 700 block of Monterey Avenue. The investigation revealed a male and female who were formerly in a dating relationship were involved in a heated argument that turned physical. Both male and female sustained minor injuries from the altercation. The male subject was determined to be the primary aggressor. He was arrested and taken into custody for domestic violence and held pending his court appearance.

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
June 24 at 11:05 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 1400 block of S. Shamrock. The victim reported that a rock was thrown through the window of his parked vehicle. He described a possible suspect he observed walking away from the area. A subject matching the description was located in the area, and the suspect admitted to breaking the window. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
June 25 at 4:04 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 300 block of Longford Place. The victim called to report that sometime during the night someone smashed a window on his vehicle with an unknown object. The victim was unsure if anything was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Women Pepper-Spray Guard to Steal Purses

Monrovia Police are looking for two women they say pepper-sprayed a security guard at Marshall’s, in the Huntington Oaks shopping center, on Friday when he challenged them as they were taking purses out of the store without paying. https://goo.gl/m2Tv1v
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board May Hire Clean Energy Consultant

At its next meeting (agenda), the Monrovia School Board will, among other things ...

~ Consider hiring Newcomb Anderson and McCormick for up to $130,000 to be district consultant on Prop 39 Clean Energy Jobs Act projects.

~ Consider expelling three students.

~ Deal with various financial matters: accountability plan, using EPA funds, a budget, temporary borrowing, purchasing software to manage its after-school program.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Pho House 99

 
Dinner at Pho House 99, on the north side of Lemon a half block east of Myrtle. Got the BBQ pork and egg roll with vermicelli for $8.70 and an iced tea for $1. Very reasonable price and the food was good. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Council Member Spicer Named Veteran of the Year

Assembly Member Chris Holden has selected Monrovia Councilman Larry Spicer as the 41st Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year. https://goo.gl/PzhUSr

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: She Wasn't ill, but She Was Arrested; Suspect Arrested Casing a Business; Pedestrian Hit at Duarte and Mayflower; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 19-21. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 418 service events, resulting in 72 investigations.

Fire Assist
June 19 at 12:11 p.m., officers responded to the report of a fire inside a residence in the 1700 block of Alamitas Avenue. When officers arrived, they saw smoke and located the fire coming from the kitchen area of the home. Officers extinguished the fire that was coming from the oven.

Missing Person Located
June 19 at 7:26 p.m., officers were on a call in the 400 block of W. Maple when they saw a mentally challenged, adult female who they are familiar with from prior contacts, walking across a business parking lot alone. The subject is usually accompanied by her mother. A computer check of the female revealed she had been reported missing earlier in the day. Her mother was notified and she responded to pick up her daughter.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 19 at 11:00 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 100 block of W. Palm when she observed a subject that she knew had a warrant for his arrest. A computer check confirmed the warrant and the subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglaries
June 20 at 10:25 a.m., two vehicle burglaries were reported at a parking structure in the 100 block of W. Colorado. One of the vehicles was parked on the first level and the other was on the third level. Both vehicles had their windows shattered to gain entry and items were taken from inside. The investigations are continuing.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
June 20 at 1:45 p.m., police received a call reporting a male adult that was kicking trash cans and being disruptive in the 600 block of S. Shamrock Avenue. Officers responded and located the male adult, who was displaying signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Officers performed a drug evaluation on the subject and determined he was under the influence. The subject was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
June 20 at 10:14 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Maple regarding a female subject who was near a business in violation of a restraining order that she had been served. The female subject was located within 100 yards of the business and the protected person in violation of the court order. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 21 at 11:03 a.m., a suspicious subject was reported inside a business in the 200 block of S. Myrtle. The subject appeared to be casing the business. Officers arrived and located the subject. The investigation revealed an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested, taken into custody and was later picked up by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on the warrant.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
June 21 at 5:19 p.m., a vehicle struck a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk at Duarte and Mayflower and fled the scene. The vehicle was last seen traveling west on Duarte and is described as a small, dark grey, 4-door vehicle, being driven by a male driver. The pedestrian was not injured. The investigation is continuing.

Warrants – Suspect Arrested
June 22 at 1:27 a.m., an officer was conducting a welfare check on a subject who was reported in the 300 block of W. Maple and appeared to be ill. During the contact, the officer determined that the subject was not ill, but she was found to have multiple warrants for her arrest. She was arrested for the warrants and taken into custody.

Monrovia One of Top Cities for Police and Firefighters

The research website, Goodcall.com, reports that Monrovia is one of the 100 best cities in the United States (number 47 to be precise) for police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. https://goo.gl/STqY5W

- Brad Haugaard

City to Install Smart 'Bigbelly' Trash Cans; Trash Collection Fees Going Up; Oops! Not Enough Mulch; Etc.

In his weekly report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O), City Manager Oliver Chi writes:

~ Bigbelly "smart" trash cans will be installed in Old Town. These solar-powered trash compactors have five times the normal capacity of a regular city trash can and reduce the number of times staff has to empty a trash can by 71%. They also have built in sensors that communicate their trash levels to collection crews.

~ The cost for trash / recycling services will increase by 4.32% beginning July 1.  For the typical residential customer enrolled in the 90-gallon trash / recycling barrel program, solid waste services will increase by $1.24 a month, from $28.79 / month to $30.03 / month. For the typical commercial / multi-family customer enrolled in the one 3-yard bin which is serviced once per week), solid waste services will increase by $7.13 a month, from $165.11 a month to $172.24 a month.

~ Oops. There wasn't much compost and mulch to distribute on June 17, so the city is planning another compost and mulch giveaway.

~ A Monrovia Renewal Dedication Event is will be held Thursday, June 22, at 4 p.m., at Lucinda Garcia Park.

~ Renovations at Julian Fisher Park are set to being in mid-July.  New lights, upgrade of basketball courts, and installing the City's first Portland Loo restroom.  Should be done by late fall. During construction, use the basketball courts at the Mary Wilcox Youth Center Gym and the playground / picnic space at Recreation Park.  There will be an open house to learn about the upgrades tomorrow, June 21, at 7 p.m. at Julian Fisher Park.

~ City staff and Monrovia Reads are considering moving the program into Monrovia Schools. Hopefully the revamped program will be ready by fall. Also, the city and Monrovia Reads have been thinking about using a surplus city transit vehicle as an alternative vehicle for the program as the Monrovia Reads bus is not in great shape.

~ The State Library has awarded the Monrovia Public Library with a $7,500 grant to buy bilingual books for kids.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Semi Gets Stuck on Railroad Tracks; Meth; Thieves Ram Store With Truck; Cell Phone GPS Helps Lost Hikers; Robber Gets $2; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 15-18. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Grand Theft Auto
June 15 at 6:42 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 700 block of W. Duarte Road. The victim parked his white, 1992 Toyota truck on the street at 7:00 p.m. the evening prior. When he returned at 6:30 a.m., he found his vehicle had been stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
June 15 at 11:13 p.m., officers were dispatched to California and Duarte regarding a semi-truck stuck on the Metro tracks. A semi-truck turned from westbound Duarte to northbound California and struck a yellow pole that protects the railroad arm and the truck got stuck. Metro employees cut the pole in hopes of freeing the truck, but they discovered the impact snapped the brake line, which locked up the wheels on the semi truck. The truck had to be towed off of the tracks. During the accident, Metro used buses to move people east and west of the area.

Fireworks – Suspects Arrested
June 16 at 1:21 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of W. Huntington regarding subjects throwing lit fireworks from a vehicle. Officers checked the area, located the vehicle described on Mayflower and Foothill, and conducted a traffic stop. The occupants denied throwing the fireworks. During a vehicle search, fireworks were found inside the vehicle and the suspects were issued citations to appear in court on the charges and the fireworks were confiscated.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
June 16 at 7:21 p.m., suspicious subjects were reported in the 400 block of Bella Vista. Officers arrived and contacted one subject. When he was patted down, he was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested

Commercial Burglary
June 17 at 4:22 a.m., an alarm activation was reported at a business in the 900 block of E. Huntington. Officers arrived and found the entire front entrance damaged. It appears the suspects rammed the front doors with a white, full-size, diesel truck, destroying the entrance doors and shelves in the store. The suspects took drugs and fled, heading south on Mountain. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
June 17 at 5:58 a.m., a white, full-size, diesel truck was reported stolen from the 700 block of Mountain View. The victim went out to his vehicle in the morning and found his truck had been stolen from his residence. This may be the truck used in the commercial burglary. The investigation is continuing.

Disturbing Subject / Assault
June 17 at 1:39 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the report of a disturbing subject at a business in the 700 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and learned that the store cashier had been punched in the face by an angry customer. The suspect had left the area. Officers conducted an area check for the suspect, but he was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Lost Hikers
June 17 at 3:22 p.m., dispatch received a call from the Monrovia Fire Department stating they were trying to locate two lost hikers. The Fire Department set up a command post and reported the hikers were approximately 14 miles west of Canyon Park. Police dispatch contacted the lost hikers on their cell phone. The hikers were husband and wife. They said they had been in the hills for approximately 10 hours in 100 degree temperatures and needed water. The husband was able to give the latitude and longitude of their location from his cell phone. Sierra Madre Search and Rescue was contacted and at 4:10 p.m., search teams headed out to the hikers' location and they were rescued and brought to safety.

Attempt Robbery
June 17 at 7:13 p.m., an attempt robbery was reported at a business in the 400 block of W. Foothill. The suspect entered the business and asked a few questions, then asked what time the business closed and left. He returned an hour later, entered the shop and told the victim to give him money. The victim told the suspect she did not have any money. The suspect then lifted his shirt and showed her a gun tucked in his waistband. The victim told the suspect he needed to get a job and that he was young and able to work. While the victim was arguing with the robber, another employee sitting behind her reached back with two dollars, which the suspect took and fled. The employee had her back to the robber and did not know the suspect was attempting to rob them. She said she just heard him ask for money, so she gave him two dollars. The suspect was described as a male Hispanic in his 40’s. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence / Evading Police – Suspect Arrested
June 17 at 8:07 p.m., an officer on patrol was flagged down by a witness and advised of a possible drunk driver. The officer saw the vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road and attempted to stop it. The driver failed to yield and after several blocks of slow speed driving, began running red lights and picking up speed and the officer went in pursuit. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter responded and began calling the pursuit from the air. The vehicle entered the 210 Freeway heading east and travelling at approximately 80 miles per hour, but was going in and out of traffic. It transitioned onto the 605 Freeway, exited at Arrow Highway. The suspect was driving recklessly, almost colliding with other vehicles and was running red lights, then reentered the freeway heading north. Monrovia units backed off and the helicopter continued to follow the vehicle. The suspect eventually drove home to Covina, parked in the driveway and went into the house. Officers arrived and set up containment of the home. Dispatch was able to obtain homeowner’s information, who turned out to be the suspect’s father. The father called the suspect and told him to surrender. After approximately 45 minutes, the suspect surrendered. The suspect walked out of the home naked and was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 17 at 11:04 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of S. Myrtle regarding a possible intoxicated subject getting into a vehicle. The subject drove away in the vehicle and was located by an officer at Myrtle and Duarte. The officer conducted a traffic stop and his investigation confirmed the driver was intoxicated. The driver was arrested for DUI and taken into custody.

Suspicious Vehicle / Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
June 18 at 12:05 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 3300 block of Peck Road when they observed a suspicious, unoccupied vehicle parked at the curb. As they investigated, they saw a pipe used for smoking methamphetamine on the center console. A few moments later, a subject approached them claiming the vehicle belonged to him. He admitted the pipe was his and he was arrested.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Domestic Battery
June 18 at 2:13 a.m., an assault incident was reported in the 100 block of W. Colorado. A female subject was sleeping in a stairwell when she was approached by her exboyfriend. He tried taking her bicycle and a struggle ensued. The suspect then took a full beer bottle and struck the female several times on her arms and then fled. The suspect was entered into the law enforcement computer system as a wanted person for the crime. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence / Public Intoxication – Suspects Arrested
June 19 at 12:52 a.m., a possible drunk driver was reported in the area of California and Huntington. The vehicle was reported to be running red lights and stopping at green lights. Officers checked the area and located the vehicle in the city of Duarte on Huntington and Alherst. Officers conducted an investigation and confirmed the driver was intoxicated. She was arrested, as well as her passenger, who was also extremely intoxicated and unable to care for herself. The suspects were held for a sobering period.

Man Wants Shower Before Being Arrested

Man allegedly resists arrest by Monrovia Police ... until he had his shower. https://goo.gl/Uxyo2Z

- Brad Haugaard

Parking Garages May Be Coming to Old Town Monrovia

In response to this article (https://goo.gl/G3NsbG) about the possible sale of several of the city's Old Town parking lots, City Manager Oliver Chi said the idea is to expand the amount of parking. Here is his response:

"Regarding the parking lots in Old Town, given that the matter is subject to closed session deliberations with the City Council, I can’t speak to the details related to either potential opportunity.  However, what I can comment on is that our goal here at the City is to see if we can expand the number of available public parking spaces in downtown.  Both of the entities that we are negotiating with own significant properties directly adjacent to the public parking lots in question.  The City’s intention in meeting in closed session with the City Council is to discuss possible opportunities where we might be able to partner to construct a parking structure to expand the number of public parking spaces available in Old Town.  Ultimately, our goal is to enhance the availability of parking in Old Town, and I am confident that the staff would not recommend – and that the City Council would not approve – any deal which does not make the overall parking situation in Old Town better."

- Brad Haugaard 

Copper Still Grill Hiring Staff

The long-awaited Copper Still Grill (608 S. Myrtle), is still not open but it appears the opening may not be too far off as it is now advertising to hire bartenders.  https://goo.gl/nFtJM5

The restaurant (https://goo.gl/KrJqX7) promises, "a relaxed twist on your local dining/social-life with ample bar seating, sidewalk seating , intimate booths, and a multi-functional group seating area for fun people watching and cozy board-game-get-togethers."

- Brad Haugaard 

Opinion: Metro Jumps the Gun in Charging for Parking

I think Metro has jumped the gun in deciding to begin charging people $3 to park in the Monrovia train station garage starting June 26.

The notice that Metro has posted at the garage and placed on car windshields at the station says that the charge is to "help protect parking spaces for Metro riders."

When the Station Square complex opens and there are restaurants and shops that people want to go to, I can understand how parking for Metro might be hurt, but there is currently nothing in the neighborhood to attract people.

Are folks going to park in Metro's garage and walk to the gas station? Are they going to park there and drag old bottles over to the recycling center? or will they park there and carry their sick dog over to the veterinarian?  Are the light industrial buildings in the neighborhood a big magnet for traffic?

I really don't think so and I think Metro should hold off charging until there is a real possibility that neighborhood attractions will affect parking for train riders. But that time has not arrived.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council to Consider Metro Parking Deal; New Home Construction

At its Tuesday, June 20 meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/XzurF5), the Monrovia City Council will, among other things, consider ...

~ A deal with Metro to allow people to park in the train station parking structure for $5 during non-peak hours (weekdays 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. and all day on weekends and holidays). https://goo.gl/XzurF5

~ Whether to approve the construction of four detached two-story homes at 902 W. Colorado. https://goo.gl/BAsDmW

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Negotiating to - Apparently - Sell Old Town Parking Lots

Monrovia is apparently negotiating to sell several of its Old Town parking lots.

In a closed session (agenda: https://goo.gl/G3TiGt) on Tuesday, June 20, the City Council will confer about "Price and Terms of Payment" of six properties that are identified only by Assessor Parcel number.

Two of the properties make up the parking lot just to the south of the Monrovia Library, which stretches from Lime down to Lemon (8516-016-900  and 8516-016-901). Negotiations are with the Robhana Group, a real estate investment firm: http://www.robhana.com/

The city is also negotiating to - apparently - sell the parking lot on the south side of Palm a half-block east of Myrtle (8516-012-900), and three parcels that make up the parking lot on the north side of Lime just across from the Police Station (8516-012-901, 8516-012-902, and 8516-012-903). Negotiations are with Overton Moore Properties, a commercial real estate developer: http://www.omprop.com/

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Charged With Another Sex Crime; The Volunteer Street Cleaner

~ Monrovia man who was arrested for sex crimes is charged with another: https://goo.gl/6g2ecq

~ Monrovia's volunteer street cleaner: https://goo.gl/xAUZNP

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at The Diplomat

 

Dinner at The Diplomat, on the north side of Lemon a few feet east of Myrtle. Mediterranean style food. Got the beef Schwartz for $14 and a beer for $5. Nice and filling and the service was great. 


- By ad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Arrest in Attempted Murder Case; Ex-Boyfriend Breaks Car Window to Swipe Cell Phone; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 12-14. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 444 service events, resulting in 88 investigations.

Robbery
June 13 at 2:19 a.m., a robbery incident was reported in the 800 block of W. Colorado. The female victim was driving up to her residence, when her ex-boyfriend drove up next to her, exited his vehicle and approached. Fearing for her safety, she locked the doors and rolled up the windows. He asked her to get out of the car and talk to him, but she refused. The male suspect struck and shattered the window. He reached in, grabbed her phone and fled the location in the vehicle he was driving. The female jumped out and kicked the door of the vehicle as he was driving away. The investigation revealed the suspect vehicle was registered to the suspect’s sister in Pasadena. Pasadena officers went to the location and located the vehicle. Monrovia officers went to the location and spoke to the suspect's sister. She said he had borrowed her vehicle, but had dropped it off and left again. The investigation is continuing.

Welfare Check / Missing Person Located
June 14 at 7:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to Magnolia and Evergreen on the report of a male subject lying on the sidewalk. Officers arrived and spoke with the subject. A computer check revealed he had been reported missing a couple of days prior from a facility in Los Angeles. The facility was notified and they had one of their staff members respond to the Monrovia Police Department to pick up the subject.

Domestic Battery
June 14 at 8:45 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of S. Mountain on the report of a fight in progress between a male and a female in a vehicle. Officers arrived and located the male subject, but the female subject and fled. The male subject told officers that the female is his girlfriend, and that they are homeless and living together in a vehicle. The female suffers from mental health issues and started hitting him, ultimately scratching him and ripping his shirt. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
June 14 at 9:22 p.m., a shoplifting incident in progress was reported at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington. A male suspect went into the business with an empty backpack and took male clothing and miscellaneous merchandise. He exited the store without paying and was followed by loss prevention. The suspect dropped the items he took and fled from loss prevention. An officer arrived and apprehended the suspect in the 700 block of W. Huntington. The suspect admitted to the theft and was arrested. He was released with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Detective Bureau Case Update: Attempt Murder / Shooting at an Occupied Vehicle – Suspect Arrested
On March 29, 2017, Monrovia Police Department patrol officers and detectives responded to the 400 block of W. Duarte regarding shots fired. The victim was sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in front of a business. A male passenger was also in the vehicle. A male suspect approached the vehicle on foot and fired four shots, striking the victim. The suspect and victim left the location prior to officers arriving. The victim went home to his residence in the County unincorporated area of Duarte and a family member called the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Monrovia detectives responded to both the scene and where the victim was located. Through investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspect. The case was filed with the District Attorney’s Office and a warrant was issued for the suspect’s arrest.

On June 9, 2017, the Monrovia Special Enforcement Team was on patrol in the 500 block of Huntington and saw a subject who they believed may be the suspect in the shooting. They detained him, verified his identity, and he was subsequently arrested. Detectives and the Special Enforcement Team later served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence. The suspect was booked and housed at the Los Angeles County Inmate Reception Center and is awaiting trial. The victim is still recovering from his injuries.

Five-Story, 296-Unit, Residential Building with Seven-Story Garage Proposed for Next to Train Station


In his weekly report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

~ A five-story, 296-unit multi-family residential building with a seven-story parking garage is being proposed on the approximately 3.5-acre site at the northeast corner of Magnolia and Duarte Road, just south of the train station.

Chi writes that, "the project proponents have recognized the importance of designing the proposed residential property in such a manner so as to respect the scale and character of surrounding neighborhoods.  To that end, the project envisions that the building be stepped-back along Magnolia Avenue to better blend with the scale of that particular street."

If you have thoughts about the proposal, there will be a public meeting on Wednesday, June 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall (130  W. Pomona Ave.). If you have any questions, contact Planning Division Manager Sheri Bermejo at sbermejo@ci.monrovia.ca.us or at 932-5539.

~ There is an unscheduled vacancy on the Historic Preservation Commission for a term ending June 30, 2018. If you'd like to fill the spot, you can apply here: https://goo.gl/wShIqz

~ Construction on Foothill Blvd. will continue through June 29.

~ The LA County Fair will host a Monrovia Day celebration. Monrovia residents will receive discounted admission tickets for $8 on Wednesday, Sept. 13.  Events that day include a reception at 3 p.m. for city officials and a special Monrovia Community Hero (which will need to be selected by the City), and a parade at 5 p.m. featuring Monrovia representatives, including the City Council and our Community Hero.

~ The city is developing a program to let people make a donation to support the 4th of July Firework Show. They'll get a special sticker that reads, "I support Monrovia's Firework Show."

~ The eight-week Friday Night Teen Scene summer youth program in Library Park begins Friday, June 16, and will conclude on Friday, Aug. 4. It gives students the opportunity to develop leadership skills by helping to set-up and supervise dinner and evening activities for the youth at Library Park on Friday evenings during the summer.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Students Honored by Citrus College

Monrovia residents Johnny Elie Baradii and Adriana Mendez have been honored by Citrus College at the college's 54th Annual Academic Achievement Awards ceremony held earlier this month.

Johnny Elie Baradii, a civil engineering major, was presented with a 2017 Citrus College Key of Knowledge award during  Keys of Knowledge are the highest academic honors presented by the college, and are awarded every year to the 10 students who have achieved the highest overall academic performances.


Mathematics Instructor Jesus Gutierrez, award presenter, and Johnny Baradii.

"Receiving the Key of Knowledge is a great honor for me," said Johnny. "I owe this success to my family here and back in Lebanon, my friends, and to Citrus College. That you for bringing to reality what was once a dream."

Adriana Mendez, a communications major, was one of two students presented with the 2017 Citrus College Service Leader of the Year award. Adriana was selected to receive this honor because of her academic achievement and volunteer service to the college and community.


Adriana Mendez and Program Evaluator Dr. Veronica Estrada, award presenter.

"As a member of the Associated Students of Citrus College since the fall of 2016, it has been my pleasure to volunteer at many campus-wide activities," said Adriana. "I would love to continue my involvement at Citrus College going forward."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Summer Movie Series

The Summer Movie Series will feature ...

  • Jungle Book, June 17 at Monrovia Historical Museum, 742 E. Lemon Ave.
  • Finding Dory, July 15 at Rotary Park, 331 S. California Ave.
  • Zootopia, July 29 at Station Square Park, 1629 S. Myrtle Ave.
  • Moana, August 12 at Kiwanis Park at Grand Ave, 340 N. Grand Ave. at Prospect Ave.

These are Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Man Wanted for Murder Arrested; Man With Bleach Arrested; Man Conned Out of Car; Fight Over Wrong Food; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 8-11. - Brad Haugaard]
Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.

Warrant / Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales - Suspect Arrested
June 8 at 8:08 p.m., officers were on patrol in the 500 block of W. Huntington and recognized a subject who was wanted for attempted murder. They detained the suspect, confirmed the warrant and arrested him. While booking the suspect, a large quantity of drugs were found on him packaged in bindles and ready for sale. The charge was added to his booking.

Robbery
June 8 at 9:03 p.m., a robbery was reported at a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington. The suspect entered the lobby of the hotel wearing a skeleton mask and demanding money. He then fled the location in a newer, light-colored sedan, which was parked in front of the hotel. The suspect is described as a male Black, 35 to 40 years old, about 6'3" and 250 pounds. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant - Suspect Arrested
June 9 at 5:03 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Lemon and Mountain about a male subject walking around with bleach and acting suspicious. Officers located the individual and a computer check revealed a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Warrant - Suspect Arrested
June 9 at 9:41 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 300 block of W. Huntington when he observed a subject that he recognized from previous contacts and he knew had an outstanding warrant. A computer check confirmed the warrant and the subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
June 9 at 5:11 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of W. Huntington about a vehicle that collided into the center divider and ruptured two tires. The officer arrived and, through investigation, determined the driver was intoxicated. The suspect was arrested, taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

Burglary Alarm
June 9 at 6 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of N. Canyon about a burglary alarm activation. They arrived at the location and found a door had been kicked in, but it did not appear anything was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
June 9 at 9:57 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 500 block of E. Olive. The victim advertised his vehicle for sale on Craigslist. A potential buyer called him and arranged to meet for a test drive. The buyer insisted the victim bring the vehicle registration and pink slip. While on the test drive, the suspect told the victim he heard a noise and wanted to switch seats and let the victim drive. When the victim exited the vehicle, the suspect drove off. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Suspect Arrested
June 9 at 11:32 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Primrose and Huntington when he saw a vehicle with a subject sleeping inside. He stopped to check on the subject and later ran a DMV check on the subject. The subject was found to have an outstanding warrant. He was arrested for the warrant and also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, which was added to his charges.

Domestic Violence - Suspect Arrested
June 10 at 11:29 a.m., a domestic violence incident was reported in a business parking lot in the 400 block of W. Huntington. The incident involved a 16-year-old female and 18-year-old who have been in a dating relationship for the last 19 months. The couple were in a vehicle and began to argue over the female getting the male suspect's food order wrong. The female became upset and moved to the backseat. The argument escalated and the male suspect leaned into the backseat and punched the female in the head several times. Witnesses detained the suspect and called the police. The suspect was arrested and the victim was taken to a hospital for treatment. An Emergency Protective Order was issued and the Department of Child and Family Services was advised.

Domestic Violence - Suspect Arrested
June 10 at 12:37 p.m., witnesses reported a male and female arguing and physically fighting to the rear of a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington. The male suspect was hitting the female and slammed her up against a storage container. When police arrived the male suspect was gone. The female refused medical attention, but did have a noticeable bruise/bump on her forehead. The male suspect was eventually located behind a storage container to the rear of the hotel. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Vandalism / Battery - Suspect Arrested
June 10 at 2:56 p.m., an officer responded to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain about a battery in progress. The male suspect went into the business to return an item his mother had purchased. The suspect began to argue with the sales associates. He became irate and started throwing paint from a display counter, causing a mess. The associates were escorting him off property, when he physically battered one of the associates. The associate took him to the ground and held him until police arrived. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Suspect Arrested
June 10 at 6:53 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington about a petty theft. The suspect was located and a pat-down search revealed a drug pipe in his possession. Store security did not want to press charges for petty theft, but the suspect was arrested for the possession of drug paraphernalia.

Residential Burglary
June 10 at 9:03 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 600 block of Norumbega. The victim's home is for sale and they were notified by their realtor that a door was found open. The victim responded to the home and discovered that some paintings and tools had been stolen. The victim believes the door may have been left unlocked. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
June 11 at 1:39 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 500 block of W. Lemon. The victim parked their Maroon Honda Civic on the street in front of the residence. It was seen by a family member at 11:30 p.m. and discovered missing at 11:45 p.m. The investigation is continuing.

Receiving Stolen Property / Felon in Possession of Ammunition / Stolen Credit Cards / Possession of a Controlled Substance - Suspects Arrested
June 11 at 1:57 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the area of Mountain and Huntington. The investigation revealed the driver was a felon in possession of ammunition and had stolen property. The passenger had numerous credit cards that did not belong to her and was later found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Two victims were contacted and said their vehicles had been burglarized earlier in the evening. Their wallet and purse had been taken in the incidents. Both suspects was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
June 11 at 4:30 p.m., a possible drunk driver in the 300 block of E. Hillcrest was reported to police. An officer arrived in the area and observed a vehicle come to a stop. The driver of the vehicle started yelling at the officer using vulgar language. The investigation revealed the driver was intoxicated. The driver was arrested, booked and held for a sobering period. He was later released with a citation to appear in court.

Vehicle Burglary
June 11 at 4:56 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 300 block of N. Encinitas. Unknown suspects made entry into the vehicle that was parked and believed to be locked. The investigation continues.

Gold Line Riders Will Be Charged $3 to Park at Monrovia Station

 
Starting June 26 Monrovia Gold Line riders are going to get an extra $3 tacked on to their daily commute if they Park at the Monrovia station. 

Brad Haugaard 

Santa Fe Becomes a Computer Magnet School; Trader Joe's Recalls Green Tea Ice Cream

~ Santa Fe Middle School has now been renamed Santa Fe Computer Magnet School. It will provide a computer science curriculum. https://goo.gl/lPkz9B

~ Monrovia-based Trader Joe's is recalling its Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream because it may have little pieces of metal in it. https://goo.gl/J4urcp

- Brad Haugaard

Man in Skeleton Mask Robs Monrovia Hotel

A man wearing a skeleton mask robbed the Oak Tree Inn on the south side of Huntington next to the freeway entrance Thursday night just after 9 p.m. https://goo.gl/hGHdw9

- Brad Haugaard

Free Compost and Mulch at Monrovia Yard

Free compost and mulch, Saturday, June 17, 8 a.m. to noon at the Monrovia Public Works Yard, at 600 S. Mountain Ave. You gotta shovel it yourself, but shovels will be provided. Bring your ID or an Athens bill, sturdy containers, but no plastic bags.

Monrovia School Board to Honor Hippiebots on Big Win; Etc.

At its June 14, 7 p.m. meeting (Agenda Take care, it's a 222 page download), the Monrovia Board of Education will ...

~ Congratulate Paul Flores and the Clifton Middle School Hippiebots on winning the 2017 First Tech Challenge Dutch Open in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

~ Hear a report that the district administration has reached a tentative agreement with its various labor unions for a 1.5 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1 of last year. That will cost the district an additional $702,366.

~ Hold a public hearing on the district's Local Control Accountability Plan. The agenda says a copy of the plan is at the district website (http://www.monroviaschools.net), but I can't find it. I'll update this if I hear back. Update: The plan is here.

~ Hold a public hearing on its Proposed Adopted Budget Report, which the agenda says is attached, but I can't find it. Again, I'll update this if I hear back. Update: The budget is now in the agenda file.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Mayan Bar and Grill

 

Dinner at Mayan Bar and Grill, in the Aztec Hotel on Foothill. Ordered an Aztec Burger for $9 and a beer for $5. Both were good and very friendly service. 


- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia's Trader Joe's Wins Legal Battle With Pirate Joe's

Canadian company, Pirate Joe - a Trader Joe's copycat company - shuts down after legal battle with Monrovia-based Trader Joe's. https://goo.gl/3s15S6

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Suspect in Fight Breaks His Ankle; Man Hits Girlfriend; No Violence - Just Meth; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 5-7. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 432 service events, resulting in 72 investigations.

Vehicle Burglary
June 5 at 8:35 a.m., a vehicle burglary that occurred in the 1200 block of S. Alta Vista was reported to police. The victim parked his vehicle the evening before and returned to it the next morning to find a window shattered and a gym bag that was in the vehicle was missing. The investigation is continuing.

Suspicious Circumstances / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 5 at 12:02 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain to investigate a suspicious female subject seen carrying merchandise around the inside of the store. The same female had been seen at the store’s El Monte location, trying to go out an emergency exit with similar merchandise and nearby stores were notified. There was a vehicle parked outside the emergency exit that matched the description of a vehicle seen at the El Monte location. Officers arrived, contacted the female and stopped the vehicle, which had just left the parking lot. The vehicle was a rental that had its plates covered and was being driven by a subject that was found to have a no-bail probation warrant, in addition to other warrants. The male subject was arrested for the warrants and the vehicle was stored. The female was identified and released, as she had not left the store with the merchandise.

Domestic Battery
June 5 at 5:07 p.m., police responded to the report of a domestic battery incident in progress in the 700 block of Montana. The suspect is the estranged husband of the victim. The suspect came to the victim's residence while she had a male friend over and became involved in a physical altercation with both the male subject and his estranged wife. During the altercation, the suspect broke his ankle. The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment. He was issued a citation to appear in court on the battery charges and was served with an Emergency Protective Order.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
June 7 at 6:10 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 300 block of Pine Tree Lane. The victim reported that the vehicle was parked on the street and was locked. The vehicle was located by Monrovia parking control officers three hours later, unoccupied, and parked in the 300 block of N Encinitas. Several items were missing from the interior of the vehicle. The vehicle was returned to the victim and the investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
June 7 at 8:28 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of W. Cypress on the report of a domestic violence incident. The investigation revealed that the male subject struck his girlfriend during an argument. The altercation resulted in redness and bruising to the female. The male subject was arrested for domestic violence.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered – Suspect Arrested
June 7 at 1:45 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain Avenue to investigate a possible theft. Store loss prevention was observing a male suspect inside the store concealing merchandise and a waiting vehicle outside. Officers arrived and located the male suspect outside, next to the unoccupied vehicle. The vehicle was found to be a reported stolen. The male suspect told police he had driven the vehicle to the location and knew it was stolen. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
June 7 at 3:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 700 block of S. Shamrock Avenue regarding a possible domestic violence incident. The officers located the subjects and determined there was no domestic violence that occurred, but during the course of the investigation, they discovered the male subject was in possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Monrovia RiteAid is Closing

 
The RiteAid at Huntington and Magnolia is closing. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovian Arrested in Connection With Sexual Assaults

A Monrovia man is under arrest in connection with a string of sexual assaults. https://goo.gl/N6hqlp

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Music Fest

A report and pictures of Monrovia Music Festival from Gem City Images: https://goo.gl/hmnoqp

-Brad Haugaard

Crime Up - Monrovia Blames State; Historic Tours; City Wins Financial Reporting Award; Police Carry a Torch; Park at Train Station

In his weekly update (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) Monrovia City Manager Oliver Chi reports ...

~ Serious crime is up in Monrovia, as it is across the state. In 2016 it went up nearly 20% in the city compared to 2015. Chi said the state's new laws (AB 109, Prop 47, and Prop 57) have attracted out-of-state criminals. He writes: "Many are unaware that during the past several years, the State has enacted multiple new laws that have taken away and weakened certain law enforcement authorities, which have eroded public safety efforts."

~ The Monrovia Historical Society has scheduled four narrated tours of Monrovia, each of which only has room for just 14 people.

- June 24, 10 a.m. - The Northwest Quarter
- July 22, 10 a.m. - The Northeast Quarter
- Aug. 26, 10 a.m. - The Southeast Quarter
- Sept. 23, 10 a.m. - The Southwest Quarter

Cost is $50 per person per tour, or $40 for Monrovia Historical Society members.  ($25 off if you buy all four tickets.) All proceeds go to the society to preserve and share Monrovia's history.  To buy tickets contact the Monrovia Historical Society at 256-3423 ormonroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com.

~ Monrovia has been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the highest honor possible through the GFOA program.

~ Non-metro riders can now park at the train station parking lot during off hours for $5. Off hours are Monday through Friday - 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Federal holidays. If you are going to ride the train, parking is free.

~ Monrovia Police Department will participate in a Special Olympics Torch Run this Thursday, June 8.  Monrovia Police will pick up the torch at the intersection of Myrtle and Live Oak and carry it 5.41 miles to Red Lobster on Huntington Drive, where they'll hand it off to Arcadia Police.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Woman vs. Man; Man vs. Woman; Son vs. Mom; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 1-4. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 1 at 10:43 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 900 block of S. Magnolia when he recognized a subject he knew to have an outstanding warrant. The officer detained the subject, confirmed the warrant and took him into custody. The subject was booked and held pending a court appearance.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 1 at 2:31 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the 400 block of W. Huntington Drive for committing a vehicle code violation. The officer contacted the driver and a computer check revealed an outstanding arrest warrant, and that the subject was unlicensed. The suspect was taken into custody, booked and held pending a court appearance.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 2 at 6:33 a.m., a solo-vehicle traffic collision was reported in the 900 block of E. Huntington Drive. Officers arrived and contacted the driver, who demonstrated signs of alcohol intoxication. The investigation determined the subject was intoxicated and collided into a parked vehicle. No injuries were sustained. The suspect was arrested, booked and held for a sobering period. She was then released with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
June 2 at 8:52 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported in the 100 block of N. Myrtle. A couple who were living together were ending their relationship and the female was moving out. As the male subject was helping her get her things out of the residence, the female became upset and threw a hard object at the male subject, striking him in the back of the head and causing a large laceration. The female was arrested for domestic violence.

Domestic Violence
June 3 at 7:12 a.m., a female resident in the 900 block of S. Fifth Avenue called police to report that she and her boyfriend were involved in a verbal argument that turned physical. The male suspect fled prior to police arriving. The female subject had no visible injuries, however, she complained of pain to her shoulder. The investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
June 3 at 8:11 a.m., a vehicle vandalism was reported in the 200 block of W. Chestnut Avenue. The victim parked his vehicle on the street and left it there overnight. He returned to his vehicle in the morning and found damage to his driver-side window. A rock had been used to smash the window. No entry was made and nothing was taken from vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
June 3 at 7:23 p.m., a petty theft was reported at a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington Drive. A male suspect entered the business, selected items and then exited without paying. An officer responded and the suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspects Arrested
June 3 at 8:52 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Palm and Alta Vista to check on the welfare of two females. They arrived and found both women were extremely intoxicated and unable to care for themselves or others. They were arrested for being drunk in public.

Family Disturbance / Battery – Suspect Arrested
June 4 at 8:59 p.m., a family disturbance was reported in the 900 block of S. Fifth Avenue. Officers responded on the report of a mother and son arguing. The investigation revealed the son had hit his mother and tried to prevent her from calling the police for help. The suspect was arrested.

Monrovia City Budget; Outsourcing Check Processing; Raise Park Maintenance Fee? Etc.

Divvying up the budget pie.

At its Tuesday, June 6 meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/u7Rx5B) the Monrovia City Council will consider...

~ Its 2017-19 General Fund budget, which, "is structurally balanced in both years." The city expects that for 2017-18 it will bring in $42.4 million and spend $41.65 million, and for 2018-19 bring in $43.64 and spend $43.54 million. https://goo.gl/EiZylW

~ Outsourcing utility bill check processing to the Whittier company, RT Lawrence. It'll cost about $22,166 the first year of the contract, then about $15,516 annually thereafter. As more residents
utilize online payment, this cost may decrease. https://goo.gl/awCl3J

~ Raising the fee for the citywide Park Maintenance District by 24 cents, from $11.53 to $11.77 for a single-family dwelling unit. https://goo.gl/0tnrwi

~ The fee for the Lighting and Landscaping Maintenance District. City staff is recommending leaving it as is. https://goo.gl/wLxYUe

~ Granting a Conditional Use Permit so Bowden Development can build a four-unit, two-story resdential project at 902 W. Colorado Blvd. https://goo.gl/D4HFFd

~ Granting a Historic Landmark designation to the house at 228 W. Olive Ave. Staff is recommending approval. https://goo.gl/sKxWeV

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Wang's Place

 
Dinner recently at Wang's Place, on Lemon just east of Myrtle. It is kind of an outgrowth of the old Wang's Palace, but has a more hip, bar feeling to it. Got the orange chicken for $12.50 And a beer for $5. I don't know why it is but I'll get the same brand of beer at different places and it tastes different. Anyway, it tastes great here. And the orange chicken was good and filling.

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia's AeroVironment Gets $36.5 Million Contract From Australian Military


The Australian Defence Force has selected Monrovia's AeroVironment to provide it with its Wasp hand-launched drone system. The contract calls for the delivery of Wasp AE systems over a three-year period, as well as training and logistics support for up to ten years, for a total AeroVironment contract value of up to USD $36.5 million. https://goo.gl/7Ezozk


- Brad Haugaard

Stolen Car Hits Parked Car - Driver Abandons Car; Woman Arrested After Man Gives Her a Lift

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 29-31. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 420 service events, resulting in 79 investigations.

Theft From a Vehicle
May 29 at 10:56 a.m., officers responded to the 1200 block of S. Alta Vista regarding a theft from a vehicle. The victim reported that she had secured her vehicle the day before at 2:00 p.m. When she returned to her vehicle and entered, she realized it was unlocked. She then saw items strewn about the vehicle. The items had previously been in the glovebox and center console. She reported that several items were missing. There was no sign of forced entry. The investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision / Stolen Vehicle Recovered
May 29 at 9:27 p.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported at Encinitas and Foothill. The suspect vehicle hit a parked vehicle. The driver exited the suspect vehicle and entered a silver sedan that fled the area. The suspect vehicle that remained unoccupied at the collision was found to be a stolen vehicle reported to the Los Angeles Police Department the day prior. A silver sedan resembling the description of the vehicle the suspect fled in was stopped by officers nearby, but none of the witnesses were able to identify the suspect or the vehicle that fled the location. The subjects were identified and released. The investigation is continuing.

Assault – Suspect Arrested
May 30 at 3:51 p.m., police dispatch received a call from a subject reporting her boyfriend had been involved in a fight at a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington and he was unconscious. Officers responded and determined two subjects had been involved in a fight. The victim sustained injuries to his face and the suspect had fled the scene. The officer conducted further investigation, identified the suspect and entered a wanted person entry into the law enforcement database for the suspect's arrest. On May 31, the suspect came to the Monrovia Police Department Lobby and turned himself in to police. The suspect was arrested without incident.

Violation of Restraining Order
May 30 at 7:55 p.m., a suspicious vehicle was reported to police with its engine running in a business parking lot in the 2100 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived on scene and detained two subjects inside the vehicle. A computer check revealed there was a domestic violence restraining order against one of the parties and the other party was the protected person of the order. The protected person advised that he voluntarily picked up the restrained subject because she was hitch-hiking from Arizona. Officers arrested the restrained person and took her into custody for violation of the court order.