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A Tesla Halloween



Monrovian Brad Hori lights up his Tesla coil, with the sparks playing the tune of “Tommy” (aka Pinball Wizard). He might play it some more tonight. His house is on the south side of Maple, a half block west of Hwy Esplanade. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Get Free Professional Photo for Your Christmas Cards


Get a free family or personal Christmas photo with a "Winter Wonderland" background theme by a professional photographer this Sunday, Nov. 5, following the 10:30 a.m. service at Calvary Baptist Church. A full-resolution digital image will be emailed to you. Donations declined. The church is at 319 W. Olive, just west of Magnolia.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Elderly Woman Conned; Death Threats; Man Fires Gun to Get Attention; Hikers Found; More


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 26-29. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Fraud Incident
October 26 at 1:58 p.m., an elderly female victim was approached by a female suspect outside of a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. The suspect told the victim if she gave her money she would be able to make more money for her. The victim drove the suspect to various banks, withdrew money and gave it to the suspect. The suspect took the money and fled. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 26 at 8:15 p.m., police dispatch received a call reporting a female subject passed out on the sidewalk in the 200 block of Foothill. When officers arrived, they found an extremely intoxicated female subject and determined she was too intoxicated to care for her own safety. She was arrested for being drunk in public and held for a sobering period.

Warrant / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspects Arrested
October 27 at 12:50 a.m., an officer stopped two subjects on bicycles for a traffic code violation. A computer check of the subjects revealed one of them had a warrant and a consent search revealed the other one was in possession of methamphetamine. They were both arrested and taken into custody for the charges.

Commercial Burglary
October 27 at 2:18 a.m., police dispatch received an alarm activation call at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington. When officers arrived, they found the front door window had been smashed. They cleared the building and saw the cash register had been removed. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
October 27 at 8:50 a.m. an elderly driver was attempting to park in a parking lot in the 100 block of E. Lime and inadvertently hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes. The vehicle collided into the north wall of the movie theater. The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Critical Missing Adult – Subject Located
October 27 at 10:57 a.m., an elderly male subject with the onset of dementia did not return to a retirement home in the 100 block of S. Myrtle. Officers responded and searched the area, but did not locate the subject. Public notification was made on Twitter and a Silver Alert Notification was made to CHP and broadcast out to the Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. The subject was also entered as a critical missing into the law enforcement missing persons system. On October 28 at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Monrovia Police Department was contacted by the Los Angeles Police Department Central Division, stating they found our missing person.

Injury Traffic Collision
October 27 at 11:31 a.m., a bicyclist was traveling south along the sidewalk at Myrtle and Huntington. As he rode down the apron of the sidewalk into the street, a driver was making a right turn and collided with the bicyclist. The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet and complained of pain to his head and leg. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Criminal Threats
October 27 at 11:33 a.m., police dispatch received multiple calls from a subject who was threatening to kill people at a construction site at Primrose and Pomona, as well as at the Metro Station, if officers did not respond within three minutes. During these calls, the suspect also made statements that he was planning to kill police officers. Monrovia officers and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies responded. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department simultaneously had reports of a suspicious package on the train platform. A containment of the area was set up and a search of the construction site and Metro Station platform was conducted. The Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau canine officers also responded to assist in the search of the large construction complex. Once officers were on scene at the construction site, no additional calls were received from the suspect. A thorough search was conducted, however, no one was located. The investigation is continuing.

Shots Fired
October 28 at 5:02 a.m., several calls were received reporting shots heard in the 300 block of North Canyon and the 300 block of Prospect. The callers also reported they heard a male subject yelling for help. Officers arrived and narrowed the search to a residence in the 300 block of Prospect. They could still hear a male subject asking for help. They yelled out to him and he said he was on the second floor and needed help. Officers forced entry, cleared the residence and located the subject in his bed upstairs. The subject didn't have a phone and needed medical attention, so he fired 4 to 5 shots into the ground from his balcony off his bedroom to get help to come. He was treated by paramedics and taken to a hospital. His gun was taken for safe keeping.

Vehicle Burglary
October 28 at 8:30 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 300 block of W. Central. The victim parked his vehicle in his driveway in the evening. When he returned to the vehicle in the morning, he found the rear sliding window on his truck had been forced open. The victim's wallet was taken from the cab of the vehicle.

Lost Hikers Located
October 28 at 6:43 p.m., two hikers were reported lost above Canyon Park. The caller was a friend of the hikers who had been in touch with them on their cell phones. Dispatch attempted to call the lost hikers and to pin point the coordinates of their phone, but were having problems locating them. Los Angeles County Fire and Sierra Madre Search and Rescue were notified. Monrovia park rangers went up on an all-terrain vehicle and eventually located the hikers on the side of the hill. The Los Angeles County Fire helicopter responded and had to hoist the two hikers to safety. They were not injured.

Grand Theft Auto
October 28 at 9:13 p.m., a pizza delivery person was delivering a pizza to a residence in the 500 block of W. Duarte and left his vehicle running with the keys in the ignition. When he came back out to his vehicle, he saw it traveling east on Duarte Road and out of sight. Officers conducted an area check, but were unable to locate the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 28 at 11:37 p.m., a solo vehicle traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Myrtle and Duarte. When officers arrived, they saw a vehicle had struck the traffic signal pole on the southwest corner of the intersection. Witnesses reported that the male subject who was driving the vehicle left, walking west from the scene. He was located a short distance from the scene and brought back to the location. The driver displayed signs of being under the influence. After further investigation, he was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested and taken into custody.

Commercial Burglary / Grand Theft Auto
October 29 at 10:00 a.m., an employee from a car dealership in the 1400 block of S. Mountain called police to report the front locking system on their building had been cut and the front glass was broken out. Officers responded and cleared the interior of the building. A 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman was stolen from the location. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
October 29 at 1:40 p.m., a petty theft was reported at a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington. The theft had just occurred and the suspects were fleeing in a vehicle with the stolen merchandise. An officer in the area responded and stopped the vehicle at Cypress and Primrose. The suspect was positively identified and arrested.

Veterans’ Thanksgiving Breakfast


Free Thanksgiving Day drop-in breakfast in honor of veterans on November 11, 8-11 a.m. at Monrovia’s Calvary Road Baptist Church, 329 W. Olive Ave.  357-2711

- Brad Haugaard 

Book-y Book Return Boxes


I like the new paint job on the library book return boxes on Lime. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Trump Administration Decision May Mean More Business for Monrovia's AeroVironment


A Trump administration decision to allow local communities to set their own rules for testing drones may result in more business for Monrovia-based drone maker, AeroVironment. https://goo.gl/vLFWqB

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Bella Sera



Dinner at Bella Sera, on the east side of Myrtle just below the theater. Got the Chicken Marsala for $21 and a beer for $8. The meal came with bread and seasoned butter. Delicious! 

- Brad Haugaard 

Help Enrolling in Low- Or No-Cost Insurance


ChapCare will host a health insurance enrollment event On Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at its Monrovia office, at  513 E. Lime Avenue, Suite 102. Counselors will answer questions and help people enroll in low or no-cost health insurance plans. To enroll in a health insurance plan bring: identification (driver's license, state ID, passport); proof of California residency (driver's license/ID, utility bill); proof of current income (recent pay stubs, last year's tax return); proof of legal residency (Social Security card, naturalization certificate, employment authorization card, residency cards); birth date and home zip code.

- Brad Haugaard

Fifth and Huntington Apartment Complex About Done



It appears that Areum, the huge apartment complex at Fifth and Huntington, is almost complete. A sign says it is now “preleasing.”

- Brad Haugaard 

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Planned


"Living in Gratitude with Compassion," a Thanksgiving celebration with seven faith communities sharing a program of prayer and music, will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 from 7-8 p.m. at The Parish of St. Luke - The Physician Episcopal Church, at 122 S. California Ave. Reception to follow. Donations accepted for the Foothill Unity Center. Sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Monrovia.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Pedestrian Hit by Car; Drive-Through Customer Exposes Himself; Car Abandoned After Crash


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 23-25. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 426 service events, resulting in 81 investigations.

Theft – Suspect Arrested
October 23 at 2:46 p.m., a theft was reported at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. Officers were dispatched to the location regarding a suspect who put items into his backpack and a shopping cart, and then left the store without paying for the merchandise. He was detained by store security. The suspect was arrested for the theft.

Traffic Collision – Vehicle vs. Pedestrian
October 23 at 5:48 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision on Mayflower, south of Huntington, regarding a vehicle vs. pedestrian. The pedestrian, a 60-year-old male, was crossing the street mid-block. A vehicle exited a driveway was traveling in the center median, merging into the number one lane, when the vehicle struck the pedestrian. The victim sustained broken bones and a head injury. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
October 23 at 7:25 p.m., a traffic accident was reported at the intersection of Mountain and Huntington. One of the drivers involved was complaining of pain and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The other driver caused the collision and fled the scene. A witness was able to obtain a plate and the investigation is ongoing.

Indecent Exposure
October 23 at 10:48 p.m., a female employee at business in the 700 block of E. Huntington called police to report an indecent exposure incident. A male customer exposed himself in front of her while in the drive-thru at the location. The suspect then fled the location in a silver Toyota Prius. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
October 24 at 10:10 a.m., an officer responded to the 700 block of S. Fifth Avenue regarding a female subject loitering on private property. During the investigation, the subject was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a drug pipe. The suspect was arrested for possession of drugs and taken into custody.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
October 25 at 3:25 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Genoa and Mayflower when he located an unoccupied vehicle in the middle of the road. The vehicle had collided into an electrical pole and was now abandoned. Officers were not able to locate the owner, so the vehicle was impounded. The investigation is continuing.

Cell Tower About to be Installed Near Canyon Park



This cell phone tower is ready to be installed next to the dam keeper’s old house next to Canyon Park. I think it is going to be disguised as a tree. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Will Have to Change Its Election Dates; Halloween Events; Free Compost; Walk Through the Library Online


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

~ The state is requiring all cities that have “a significant decrease in voter turnout” for municipal elections to consolidate their elections with a statewide election. Since that describes us, Monrovia will have to consolidate its elections from March in odd numbered years to either November or March in even numbered years. Chi said  the City Council prefers March "to try and keep local municipal elections as non-partisan as possible. The council plans to discuss this issue in greater detail at its November 7, meeting.

~ Halloween in Old Town will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Old Town and Library Park. Costume judging (including for dogs), activity booths and a photo booth. sponsored by the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board. More than 4,000 kids participate annually and this year at least 28 merchants are participating, more than ever before.

~ Monrovia Canyon Park is hosting a Build-a-Bat-Box event at the Nature Center in Canyon Park (1200 N. Canyon Blvd.) on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. Bats eat mosquitoes - yum! Park staff will provide supplies, tools, and instructions. Supplies limited. For more information, call Canyon Park Rangers at 256-8282.

~ Compost and mulch giveaway event with Athens Services from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 29, at the City's Public Works Yard (600 S. Mountain Ave.). All Monrovia residents are eligible for this self-serve event. Bring a copy of your ID or your Athens bill, and your own containers (no plastic bags). For questions call the Public Works Division at 932-5575.

~ Google has added a "street view" of the inside of the Monrovia Public Library. If you haven't been there you can wander into the adult and children's section right here: https://goo.gl/buUnbf

- Brad Haugaard

Trick or Treat at Huntington Oaks


Trick or Treat party at Huntington Oaks Shopping Center, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. Music, sing-alongs, scary stories, and participating merchants will be handing out candy. https://goo.gl/orHaXC

- Brad Haugaard

Learn About (And Buy) Less Thirsty Plants


There will be a water-wise gardening fair and native plant sale at Library Park on Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Stolen Cars; Drunk Drivers; Shoplifters and So Forth


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 19-22. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 19 at 7:38 a.m., an employee from a business in the 800 block of E. Huntington reported a disturbing subject walking in and out of the business. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. A computer check of the subject revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested for the warrant.

Trespassing / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
October 19 at 8:20 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 900 block of S. Fifth Avenue regarding a subject causing a disturbance. The subject had a no-trespassing order signed against him and was not supposed to be at the location. Officers arrived and located the subject. He was arrested for trespassing and was also found to be in possession of narcotics, which was added to his charges.

Grand Theft Auto
October 19 at 9:37 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 400 block of Pearl Avenue. The vehicle is a white BMW and it was taken sometime during the night. All keys are accounted for and the investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting / Grand Theft Auto – Suspects Arrested
October 19 at 8:25 p.m., loss prevention at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report two female subjects that had just stolen items and left the business without paying. Officers arrived and detained the two subjects in the parking lot. The vehicle they were in was reported stolen out of Linwood. One of the subjects was arrested for shoplifting and the other was arrested for grand theft auto.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspects Arrested
October 19 at 9:37 p.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported at California and Walnut. A vehicle struck two parked cars and continued driving away from the scene. A second caller reported that the suspect had stopped in the roadway near Shamrock and Central and was now walking north on Shamrock. Officers arrived and located the suspect and the suspect vehicle. The suspect was not injured and no other occupants were inside the vehicle. Through investigation, the driver was determined to be intoxicated. The suspect was arrested for driving under the influence, held for a sobering period and later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Injury Traffic Collision
October 20 at 1:58 a.m., a solo vehicle, roll-over traffic collision in the 900 block of W. Olive was reported to police. Officers arrived and saw the driver standing outside of the vehicle. The driver had a minor cut on his wrist and refused to be taken to a hospital. The driver said he lost control of the vehicle as he turned the corner. The driver was released at the scene with a citation.

Shoplifting
October 20 at 1:07 p.m., loss prevention at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a theft. Two female suspects were seen concealing items inside bags in the store. They exited the store without attempting to pay for the items. The suspects fled the area in a vehicle before officers arrived. An area search was conducted, but the suspects were not located. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 20 at 7:41 p.m., a female subject was reported lying on the sidewalk at Alta Vista and Duarte with her feet hanging off the curb into the street. The caller was concerned for the subject's welfare. An officer responded and located the subject sleeping on the sidewalk. The officer determined the female was too intoxicated to care for herself. She was arrested for public intoxication and taken into custody. She was held for a sobering period and then released on a citation to appear in court.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 21 at 2:30 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation and contacted the driver, who displayed signs of intoxication. A DUI investigation was completed and the subject was arrested, booked, and held for a sobering period. The suspect was later released with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Grand Theft Auto Recovered
October 21 at 10:34 a.m., a caller reported a vehicle that was parked on the street in a no parking zone in the 800 block of E. Lime. An officer was dispatched and through a computer check, discovered the vehicle was reported stolen. The officer recovered the vehicle and removed the vehicle from the stolen vehicle system.

Grand Theft Auto
October 21 at 7:45 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The victim reported her white Honda Civic was taken while she was at work. All keys are accounted for and the investigation is continuing.

Citrus College Ranks High in Making Student Transfers Easy


Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, ranks fifth among California's 113 community colleges for producing associate degrees for transfer (ADT), a state program designed to make it easier for students to transfer. This has again earned the college recognition from the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California-based nonprofit research and advocacy organization.

Source: Citrus press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Historical Tour; TJ's Recalls Veggies; Another Bear Video


~ Learn why Monrovia was the fourth city incorporated in LA County, which public vote in Monrovia's history was unanimous, and more during a two hour walk through downtown Monrovia with the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group. $5 per person. Meet at the southeast corner of Palm and Myrtle Avenues on Saturday, November 4, at 10 a.m. https://goo.gl/I9gLrc

~ Vegetables sold by Monrovia-based Trader Joe's (also Walmart) recalled. Possible listeria. https://goo.gl/naeUKN

~ Yet another video of yet another family of bears bathing in yet another Monrovia pool. https://goo.gl/kCWPBZ

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board: 'Screenagers' and 'Building Assets, Reducing Risks'


At its next meeting (agenda) the Monrovia School Board will consider...

~ Purchasing three screening permits for the film "Screenagers," one each for Monrovia High ($550), and for Clifton and Santa Fed middle schools ($250 each). Screenagers "probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world." Here's the movie's website: https://www.screenagersmovie.com/

~ Approving a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for the implementation of the Building Assets, Reducing Risks model in two Monrovia schools. I found this about the program: "BARR is a whole-school model for grades 6-12 that provides schools with a comprehensive approach to meeting students' academic, social and emotional needs." And here is it's website.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Student is National Merit Scholar Semifinalist


Monrovia High senior Nathan Nakamura has been named as a National Merit Scholar semifinalist for earning a score on his PSAT that places him in the top 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide. Also, five Monrovia High students were named as commended scholars and three earned a place in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. https://goo.gl/GNCdU8

- Brad Haugaard

Review of ‘Renaissance Years: A History of Modern Monrovia’



Many years ago I was attending a city-sponsored meeting in Arcadia as a reporter for the Arcadia Tribune newspaper. At this meeting a prominent Arcadia businessman exploded in frustration: "Why can't we be more like Monrovia!?"

Well, the just-published, Renaissance Years: A History of Modern Monrovia, by Richard Singer, explains what happened in Monrovia that made Arcadians envy us.

Singer is well positioned to write this history as he is a former public information officer for Monrovia, and before that executive director of the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, and before that editor of the Foothill Intercity Newspapers, four newspapers, including the Monrovia News-Post and the Arcadia Tribune. (I worked as a reporter for him just in case you want to adjust your assessment of this review.)

This is not a coffee-table picture book, it is a scholarly 369 pages (or 407 if you include references and index) of mostly text, though it does include a nice selection of pictures. It is well researched and nicely written.

It is also opinionated, though in a mild way, but you probably won't have trouble determining Singer's estimate of people (for example, I don't think he and Richard Mountjoy ever got together for a casual beer and a laugh), but he warns you in the introduction that this will be the case. He writes: "There may be times when you'll find yourself thinking, 'Well, that's his opinion,' and you'll be right. It is."

The book traces Monrovia from its beginnings to 2017, focusing initially on race relations since they - along with economics - played a part in creating the problem that Monrovia not only recovered from, but soared above.

But that is just setting the stage. The meat of the book is the story of the politics of redevelopment and to a lesser degree of reform at the school district.

I learned a lot. For instance:

- How a saloon and local Baptists hurried Monrovia along the path of incorporation.

- How Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley helped Monrovia get the Huntington Oaks shopping center built.

- How Monrovia butted in front of a line of about 200 people (literally, not figuratively) to get a grant. Hmmm. Effective but doesn't seem exactly cricket.

- How Director of Community Development Don Hopper ordered the utilites turned off for a recalcitrant business on Huntington Drive, but accidentally gave an address on Foothill Boulevard, a building that belonged to ...

- How Monrovia came to have a directly elected mayor (most cities our size just rotate the mayor's office among the council members).

- About a candidate who had a stroke during a candidates forum, and later died from it.

Notice I'm not telling the whole story? That's so you'll buy the book.

Anyway, Renaissance Years is a great, professionally written record of the politics of a very important period in Monrovia history. Though some may disagree at points I would not quibble about the elements of the story I know first-hand, though there were instances where I believe there was more that could be said, but ... well ... it's already a pretty big book.

Finally, though it is very well written, I still think the best thing Singer has written was a column for the Monrovia News-Post about buying his wife a B-29 bomber control stick for her birthday. Maybe that will be in his next book.

You can get Renaissance Years at the Monrovia Historical Museum, through the Monrovia Historical Society, at The Dollmakers in Old Town, and at the Library. It should be on Amazon after the first of the year. The full $30 cost goes to support Monrovia historical projects, such as the museum, the Anderson House and the Legacy Project.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Hon Sushi



Dinner at Hon Sushi, on the north side of the Pavilions shopping center parking lot. Got the chicken and beef teriyaki dinner for $11.99 and a large beer for $6.95. Nice. Sorry about the picture. I took a few bites before remembering I needed to take a picture. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Preview of Junk Mail



Now this I've never seen. The US Postal Service just sent my wife an email showing the front of all the mail that is about to be delivered to our house.

Now if it let us checkmark all the letters they can just throw away, that might be useful.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Disloyal With Loyalty Rewards; Break-In From Car to Garage to House; Mower Stolen; Stealing Mail; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 16-18. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 419 service events, resulting in 78 investigations.

Grand Theft Auto
October 16 at 12:38 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of W. Walnut regarding the report of a suspicious vehicle. Officers arrived and as they attempted to contact a male subject who was exiting the vehicle, he fled the area on foot. An area search was conducted with the assistance of the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter, but the suspect was not located. The vehicle was found to be a reported stolen vehicle and mail from various locations was found inside, indicating the suspect was most likely involved in fraud activities. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
October 17 at 10:18 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Heather Heights regarding the theft of a lawn mower. The victim told the officer the theft actually occurred on October 10. The victim had his lawn mower chained to the bed of his truck while he was doing yard work in the backyard of a residence. When he returned to the truck, he discovered his lock had been cut and the mower was missing. The investigation is continuing.

Theft of Mail
October 17 at 4:21 p.m., a theft of mail was reported at a residence in the 300 block of W. Walnut. A suspect was seen opening the resident's mail on the porch and removing the contents. The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, shaved head, wearing black glasses, a black t-shirt and blue jeans. The suspect fled on a bicycle prior to police arrival. A search was conducted, but the suspect was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
October 17 at 5:58 p.m., a business in the 300 block of Huntington Drive called police to report a theft. A security guard at the location confronted a subject who was concealing merchandise in a shopping bag. The subject returned the merchandise to the shelf, but then became aggressive toward the security guard. The subject advanced on the security guard and a struggle ensued. Officers responded and the subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft – Suspect Arrested
October 18 at 6:22 p.m., a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called police to report a grand theft. An employee had used a loyalty rewards account to steal money from the business. The employee had confessed when he was confronted. The suspect came to the police station to give a statement and confessed his crime to the investigating officer. He was arrested for grand theft.

Burglary
October 19 at 5:10 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of N. Sunset called police to report items were stolen from his home office, garage and vehicles. It appears the suspect entered an unsecured vehicle and obtained a garage door opener. The suspect opened the garage and then entered the interior of the house. The residents were home at the time, but were unaware of the crime. The burglary occurred sometime between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Some of the items taken were two laptop computers, an Ipad, and a docking station. The investigation is continuing.

Thanks to Karin at Monrovia Chamber of Commerce


I just got this note from correspondent Rosemari Annear and agree with her that this is a great example of Monrovians going out of their way to help each other. She writes ...

"I am new to this but wanted to know if I could add something good to fellow Monrovians. Several weeks ago I was preparing for a trip which involved taking the gold line in the morning. I called Monrovia transit for a ride to the station, was told we have 3 vans, they're fully booked, uber didn't respond & no taxi either. I called the Chamber of Commerce, spoke with Korinne Karin, explained this and jokingly said 'unless you can take me.' She asked where I lived and said yes she could! Its so nice to know there are people here who are able and go out of their way for others. So, again, thank you Korinne Karin!"

Update: "Hi All, They got the name wrong! It was not me that helped her it was KARIN! She deserves the recognition not me! - Korrine"

- Brad Haugaard

Smitten on Paper Now Open Saturdays


For the holiday season Monrovia's Smitten on Paper, a custom stationery and paper goods company, will be open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before it was only open Monday-Friday. To celebrate the new hours it will hold a one time Seconds Sale of products with slight flaws. There will be pre-packaged and create-your-own grab bags of paper scraps, envelopes, ribbon, packaging and other retired inventory from $1. "We've had requests to open on weekends since we opened and we're ready to take our business to the next level," says Smitten On Paper Creative Director, Amy Gonzales. The store is at 114 East Lemon Ave., between Myrtle and the Fire station.

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Talk on National Parks at Monrovia Garden Club Meeting


Lincoln Fairchild, PhD, will discuss, "National Parks: Americas Best Idea," at the Monrovia Garden Club monthly meeting on Tuesday Oct. 24. The meetings are held at First Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Myrtle and Foothill, in the Fireside Room on the north side of the parking lot. The meetings start at 7 p.m. with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., where light refreshments will be served. Visitors are welcome.

- Brad Haugaard

TJ Maxx and HomeGoods Opening Sunday; Aldi Coming December; And in 2018: Ulta Beauty, My Pet Garden



Warner Pacific Properties, a real estate investment and development company, announced today the opening of a new T.J.Maxx/HomeGoods combo store at the newly repositioned Monrovia Landing at 735 and 737 E. Huntington Drive (Historic Route 66) and S. Shamrock Avenue, in the City of Monrovia, California. The new store will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, October 22nd, at 8 a.m.

"We're humbled by the community's excitement for this weekend's opening of T.J.Maxx and HomeGoods, and also for the ALDI store opening planned for early December," said Michael Odell, principal and co-founder of Warner Pacific Properties. "These retailers are grateful to finally have stores in Monrovia, and be able to better serve its residents and nearby communities."

Warner Pacific Properties acquired the property in February 2016, and at the time of the acquisition, the 98,000-square-foot retail center consisted of a vacated Albertsons grocery store building and an O'Reilly Auto Parts store and was shadow anchored by Michaels (not included in the sale). Monrovia Landing is part of a larger retail development referred to as the Shamrock Center, which includes a 24-Hour Fitness, Yoshinoya and Taco Bell.

"It's been a collaborative effort, and we're grateful for our tenants and partners, as they quickly bought into our redevelopment vision for this property," said John Odell, principal and co-founder of Warner Pacific Properties. "Our lender, Calmwater Capital, was particularly helpful and, instead of seeing the old building that sat vacant for several years, they immediately recognized this building's potential and they facilitated our business plan. It has been incredibly rewarding to bring an old building back to life, and recycle structures instead of demolishing them."

John Odell added, "The City of Monrovia has been extremely cooperative and we can't thank them enough for their continued assistance."

The retail building was originally developed in 1973 as a Super Kmart and was then acquired by Lucky Grocery Stores in 1997, and then later by Albertsons. One notable historical point, according to Odell, is the mural on the former Albertsons' building that pays homage to the Monrovia Airport that once existed across the street from 1928-1953. Warner Pacific Properties preserved the mural, which has a prominent focal point in the new shopping center.

New tenants, ALDI, a national grocery retailer with nearly 1,700 U.S. stores in 35 states, is slated to open on Dec. 7, and ULTA Beauty, the largest beauty retailer in the U.S., is expected to open in the second quarter of 2018. Additionally, Monrovia Landing will have several smaller shop spaces, including My Pet Garden, a local pet store currently operating in Pasadena.

Warner Pacific Properties has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with ALDI and has facilitated over 100 ALDI projects from coast-to-coast. Brothers John and Michael Odell co-founded Warner Pacific Properties more than 10 years ago, focusing on the acquisition of well-priced properties, special situation properties and properties in need of rehabilitation or repositioning in major metro areas around the country. In addition to the repositioning of the Monrovia Landing shopping center, the company's West Coast office has acquired apartment communities, unanchored retail shopping centers and is evaluating a variety of retail and mixed-use development opportunities.

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Dog Park in Monrovia?


Peter Hanley writes on Facebook that City Manager Oliver Chi told the Chamber of Commerce that the city is considering creating a dog park. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Mt. Wilson Fire Not Currently a Threat to Monrovia; Pink Police Car; Lieutenants become Captains; Recliner Chairs at Theater


The city's pink police car.

In his weekly report City Manager Oliver Chi reports ...

~ The city had one of its police cars wrapped in pink to support  the Pink Patch Project, which raises awareness for breast cancer research.

~ The fire near Mt. Wilson is nowhere near Monrovia, and "there is no direct threat to our community now." Still, the city has closed Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve (except for people who have rented a facility or are on a guided tour) but hopes to reopen them tomorrow ... at least if the fire is out by then. "Based on the latest reports we have received, the fire should be put out by this afternoon."

~ With the upcoming retirement of Police Chief Jim Hunt and Captain Nels Ortland and the appointment of Captain Alan Sanvictores as the next police chief,  Lt. Heath Harvey and Lt. Roberto Wilken have been promoted to captain.  Heath  will command the Operations Division, while Roberto will oversee the Services Division.

~ Studio Movie Grill (the former Krikorian Theater) plans to install high-backed recliners within the next week or two. The job should be done within 6-8 weeks. Also, in early 2018 the company plans to convert one screening room to a full kitchen, so there will be 11 screens.

~ The installation ceremony for new Monrovia  Chief of Police,  Alan Sanvictores is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Nov. 7, just before the City Council meeting.

~ Police Agent Michael Garcia, and Fire Captain Brannigan Scott will be recognized  at Congressmember Grace Napolitano's Community Prayer Breakfast, on Nov. 17 at the Pacific Palms Resort in the City of Industry.

~ This year 28 merchants will participate in the Old Town trick-or-treating program, "Halloween Spooktacular." They will be identified on a map and will have a "Candy Stop" sign in the window.

~ Six new "Big Belly" solar compacting trash cans will be installed in late October in  the 100-200 block, 400, 500, 600 blocks and at Library Park. They'll be  wrapped in a collage of historical photos. They can hold five times as much trash, so they have to be emptied less frequently. Also, the cans send a note to city staff when they need to be emptied.

~ The City's first Portland Loo public restroom was installed at  Julian Fisher Park last week.

- Brad Haugaard


Monrovia Canyon Park, Wilderness Area Clised



I would guess this was prompted by last night's fire near My. Wilson. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Fire Above Monrovia



There is apparently a fire above Monrovia. I took this picture at about 5:35 this morning from the Pavilions shopping center. You can see aircraft silhouetted occasionally against the flames. 

Update: KABC reporting it is around Mt Wilson. 

Update 2: 6:30 a.m. and it appears it is either out or close to being out. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Heroin and Fake $100 Bills; Drunk Driving; Shoplifting; Drugs; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 12-15. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Warrants – Suspects Arrested
October 12 at 7:26 p.m., officers completed a location check at a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington due to ongoing complaints. During the location check, they contacted four subjects in one of the rooms and a computer check revealed three of the subjects had outstanding warrants for their arrest. The subjects were arrested and held pending their court appearances.

Driving Under the Influence / Public Intoxication – Suspects Arrested
October 14 at 4:29 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the 200 block of E. Huntington for a vehicle code violation. The driver displayed signs of intoxication and further investigation determined the driver was driving under the influence. The driver was arrested for DUI and two passengers were arrested for public intoxication.

Public Intoxication / Warrant – Suspects Arrested
October 14 at 5:09 a.m., officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the front yard of a residence in the 700 block of Montana. They contacted several subjects. One subject was taken into custody for public intoxication and held for a sobering period. A second subject was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Warrant / Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
October 14 at 8:52 a.m., a former tenant that had been evicted several days earlier had returned to the residence in the 700 block of W. Duarte Road. He has been asked to stay away from the location. He has brought property back to the location and made statements that he is staying there. A computer check of the subject revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for the warrant and served with a no-trespassing order for the location.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
October 14 at 3:06 p.m., loss prevention at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington phoned police to report a subject that had stolen merchandise and when confronted, became combative. Officers responded, confirmed the theft and the suspect was arrested.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspects Arrested
October 14 at 7:56 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 200 block of W. Huntington for a vehicle code violation. The vehicle was occupied by five subjects. One of the passengers had a warrant for his arrest and officers located drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine inside the vehicle. Two subjects were arrested and taken into custody.

Counterfeit Currency / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 15 at 10:24 a.m., the owner of a business in the 600 block of S. Myrtle called police to report a subject that paid their bill with a counterfeit $100 bill and left the location. An employee followed the subject outside and called police. Officers arrived and detained the subject. The subject was arrested for possession of a counterfeit bill and was found to be in possession of heroin. He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody for the charges.

Latino Heritage Fundraiser Dance


Monrovia Latino Heritage scholarship fundraiser dance, 2-7 p.m., Sunday, October. 15, VFW Post 8070, 250 E. first Street, Azusa. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. For information call Louie Romero at (951)  830-9648


- Brad Haugaard 


Calvary Road Baptist Church & Sunday School


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Military-ish Convoy Drives Through Monrovia


Photos of old military vehicles passing through town, from Gem City Images: https://goo.gl/tfEbj4

- Brad Haugaard

New Names in Monrovia



Now the former Krikorian Theater is the Studio Movie Grill. Dinner and a movie - at the same place. 


And here is the former Albertsons. Replaced by a HomeGoods and TJ Maxx, plus, it appears, a couple empty slots. These are not open yet. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Council to Consider Marijuana Regulations


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

~ Consider adopting staff recommentdations for new marijuana growing regulations "that (1) prohibit the issuance of a business license for all commercial cannabis activity except for laboratory testing and manufacturing facilities, (2) prohibit all commercial cannabis uses except for laboratory testing and manufacturing facilities, (3) prohibit outdoor cannabis cultivation, and (4) regulate indoor cannabis cultivation in private residences." Some adjustment to the city's regulations are required due to changing state law. The staff recommendaton is more restrictive than the regulations initially proposed by the Planning Commission, which was prepared to allow outside cultivation of marijuana. https://goo.gl/fSKHQ9

~ Consider a "Mills Act Contract" for the historic landmark house at 200 E. Lime (aka the Tillapaugh House), which will give the new owner a tax break: https://goo.gl/xsPf51

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Smashburger Temporarily Closed to Fix Cockroach Problem, Newspaper Reports


Smashburger Restaurant was temporarily closed, from Oct. 4-6, due to cockroaches, according to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The restaurant is at 602 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia. https://goo.gl/3g5h8r

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Something Healthy




Lunch at Something Healthy, on the east side of Shamrock just north of Huntington. Got the Farmer Sandwich with turkey for $8.59 (it came with a bag of chips) and an iced tea for $1.50. Tasted good. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: No License and She Was Selling Marijuana; Brother-Sister Fight; Gardener Ripped Off; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 9-11. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 412 service events, resulting in 63 investigations. 

Theft of Gardening Equipment

October 10 at 11:03 a.m., a citizen patrol officer was on patrol in the 400 block of Highland when he was flagged down by a gardener. The gardener told him a male suspect in a gray Ford truck just stole his yard trimmer and fled the area. An officer searched the area for the suspect vehicle, but it was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested

October 10 at 5:16 p.m., units responded to the intersection of Peck and Live Oak regarding a traffic collision. A male subject in a pickup truck was driving west on Live Oak and collided with a Sheriff’s Department vehicle. There were no injuries. Further investigation revealed the driver of the pickup was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI.

Possession of Marijuana for Sales – Suspect Arrested

October 10 at 9:49 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on Duarte at Mayflower. The 17-year-old female driver was found to be unlicensed. She was arrested for driving without a license. During an inventory search of the vehicle, approximately 13 pounds of marijauna and cash was located. The driver was charged with an infraction due to her age for the marijuana, in addition to the unlicensed driver charge. The driver was later released to her guardian.

Battery / Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested

October 10 at 9:49 p.m., police dispatch received numerous calls regarding a disturbance at a location in the 1300 block of Alta Vista. Officers arrived and found a male subject bleeding from a laceration to his head. A female subject was also at the location and was extremely intoxicated. The investigation revealed the two subjects are siblings and were involved in a physical altercation. It was unknown how the male sustained the injury. Both subjects refused prosecution and the male subject was taken to the hospital for treatment. The female was arrested for public intoxication.

 Grand Theft Auto

October 11 at 2:09 p.m., a grand theft was reported in the 100 block of W. Olive. An unknown suspect entered a parking garage at the location and stole a scooter from the garage. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft

October 11 at 4:17 p.m., a grand theft was reported at a hotel in the 900 block of S. Fifth Avenue. A female staying at the location reported that she placed an expensive ring on the kitchen counter in her room and left the location. When she returned in the early evening, the ring was missing. The investigation is continuing. 

New Book Out on Monrovia's Renaissance


Former Monrovia public information officer, Dick Singer, has a new book out, called, "Renaissance Years: A History of Modern Monrovia." Here's a review: https://goo.gl/Y93rDi (Unfortunately the article gives no clue where to get the book. Dick, where can people get Renaissance Years?)

Update: See comments for where to buy the book.

- Brad Haugaard

Canyon Park Open Again



The gate is open again at Monrovia Canyon Park. I guess the fire danger has subsided. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Make a Difference; Family Affair Music Closing? AeroVironment Gets Military Contract


~ Make a Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to noon at Library Park. tools, equipment and lunch provided. Individual, family, and group opportunities. Sponsored by Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley. For more information: 256-8187

~ Family Affair Music in Old Town expects to close after 45 years: https://goo.gl/YVNrRB

~ Monrovia drone-maker AeroVironment got a $2.5 million contract with the military for "multiple Blackwing vehicles, sensor payloads and refurbishment kits." https://goo.gl/ik2x1V

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia - Brew City! Reservoir Upgrade Will Be Tough on Neighbors; Taste of Old Town; Build a Bat House; Etc.


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

~ This coming Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Planning Commission will consider a Conditional Use Permit to allow Wingwalker Brewing to operate a microbrewery at 235  W. Maple Ave. If approved, the craft brewery will make specialty beer and offer samples in a tasting room that will be open to the public. If approved,  Wingwalker Brewing will be the second craft brewery on Maple Avenue, and the fourth craft brewery in Monrovia.  Recently, Over Town Brewing Company was approved to operate at 227  W. Maple Ave.  We also have Pacific Plate and Hop Secret. Chi writes, "It would appear that Monrovia is developing a reputation as a semi-underground but super cool craft brewery scene."

~ The upgrade of Oakglade Reservoir, due to begin in late December or January, will be "very invasive for the residents that live off of Oakglade Drive and Ridgeside Drive," but the city will work with the neighbors. The existing 900,000 gallon Oakglade Reservoir will be replaced with a 1.5-million-gallon reservoir, which will increase supply capacity by 67% and improve emergency water storage requirements.

~ A Taste of Old Town Monrovia is coming up on Oct. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. It will showcase Old Town merchants and restaurants. Tickets: https://goo.gl/qj9125

~ For the Halloween season, Monrovia Canyon Park is hosting a Build-a-Bat-Box event at the Nature Center on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 1-3 p.m. A common little brown bat can eat between 800 and 1,000 mosquitoes in a single night. (Comment: And with the Zika and West Nile mosquitoes coming to town, bats are our friends!)

~ Mayflower Avenue between Foothill and Linwood will be closed from around 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day through the end of October to  replace nearly 600 linear feet of sewer line with larger pipe.  As the sewer line is in the middle of Mayflower, they have to close the whole street, though residents will always have access. Construction should be finished by the end of October.  For questions contact Public Works at 932-5575.

~ Construction crews are completing concrete work at Julian Fisher Park, including a new seat wall, a pathway through the park to the sidewalk, new basketball courts, and the foundation for the new Portland Loo-style public restroom.

~ Irwindale-based Mariposa Landscapes will take on the routine landscape maintenance of the City's parks, medians, right of way areas, and other open spaces, of which the city has approximately 66 landscaped acres. The transition will begin in December.

~ The city has received five new buses to replace buses that were put into service in 2007/8, all of which have over 200,000 miles on them. They should begin operations later this month.

~ Move Monrovia will celebrate the city's Bike Master Plan. Participants can ride to a ribbon cutting celebration of the new Class III Bike Routes, which include new "Share the Road" signs and painted sharrows along the bike path route. Oct. 21, 8 a.m. at Recreation Park.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Canyon Park Closed - Fire Danger



Fire danger. Monrovia Canyon Park closed, even to hikers and bicyclists. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Lost 5-Year-Old Rescued; Drunk Driving; Stopped at Green Light - Sleeping


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 5-8. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Child Endangerment – Suspect Arrested
October 5 at 3:29 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of W. Huntington regarding a 5-year-old child wandering around in his pajamas and crying. The officer found the boy, but he was unable to communicate very well and couldn't provide much information. Officers drove the child around the area until he pointed out his home on Central Avenue, over four blocks away from where he was found. No one was home at the residence. Approximately one hour after the child was reported wandering, the child’s 27-year-old brother showed up at the residence and said he left him alone to go run errands. The brother was arrested for child endangerment.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrant – Suspects Arrested
October 5 at 10:49 p.m., a suspicious vehicle was reported to police in the 300 block of Bradbury. When officers arrived, two subjects exited the vehicle and started to walk away. They were detained by officers and a consent search of one of the subjects revealed a methamphetamine pipe in his pocket. A computer check revealed the same subject also had a warrant for his arrest. A consent search of the vehicle revealed another methamphetamine pipe in the front passenger door. The second subject, who was in control of the vehicle, was also arrested.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 6 at 1:36 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Myrtle and Camino Real when he observed a driver commit a traffic violation. When the officer stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, he noticed the driver displayed signs of being intoxicated. Through investigation, the driver was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol and was arrested.

Shoplifting / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
October 6 at 7:49 p.m., loss prevention personnel at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a shoplifter. The suspect selected a large quantity of merchandise and left the store without paying for the items. The suspect was stopped outside of the store and the property was recovered. The suspect was arrested, booked and also found to have a number of outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was held pending his court appearance.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 6 at 10:11 p.m., a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill called police to report a disturbing subject at the business that was refusing to leave. Officers arrived and made contact with the subject. A computer check revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested, booked and held pending his court appearance.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 7 at 2:25 a.m., an officer observed a driver commit a vehicle code violation in the 3000 block of S. Peck and made a traffic stop. The driver displayed obvious signs of intoxication. The investigation determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested, booked, and held for a sobering period.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
October 7 at 4:40 a.m., a suspicious vehicle was reported at the scene of what appeared to be a traffic collision in the 100 block of W. Duarte Road. The investigation revealed the driver struck the curb with the vehicle, knocked over a city street light, and then locked the vehicle and fled on foot. The vehicle was impounded and the investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 7 at 11:15 p.m., a disturbing patron was reported at a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle. The patron was refusing to leave. Officers arrived, contacted the subject and determined he was too intoxicated to care for his own safety. He was arrested, booked, and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 8 at 4:40 a.m., a suspicious vehicle was reported in the 400 block of E. Duarte Road. The driver was still inside and appeared to be passed out behind the wheel. Officers arrived, contacted the driver and the investigation revealed the driver was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle. The suspect was arrested, booked, and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 9 at 4:01 a.m., a vehicle in the 600 block of Royal Oaks was reported to police. The driver had stopped at a green light and appeared to be asleep at the wheel. Officers arrived and contacted the driver. Through investigation, they determined he was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle. He was arrested, booked, and held for a sobering period. 

Monrovia Firehouse Open House


Monrovia Fire & Rescue will hold an open house on Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station 101 (141 E. Lemon) to celebrate Fire Prevention Week. The theme, "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out," is to encourage residents to have an escape plan in case of an emergency.

At the event you can meet firefighters, kids can participate in a Junior Firefighter Challenge designed to simulate firefighter drills, and firefighters will perform an auto extrication demonstration to show the tools and procedures the Fire Department uses to extricate individuals who are trapped due to an automobile accident.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Firefighters Battle Blaze



The fire is at the southeast corner of Magnolia and Chestnut, apparently at Mosher's Garage, or at least in the same building . Lots of old classic cars there. 

Update: Appears to be about out. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia's Mt. Sierra College Starting Film Institute


Monrovia's Mt. Sierra College is starting a film institute at the school: https://goo.gl/4Tyauf

- Brad Haugaard

Celebrate the Arts Today; Victory over South Pas :-)


~ Monrovia's Celebrate the Arts festival continues today at Library Park - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here are some pictures from Saturday:  https://goo.gl/DvBSdf

~ Monrovia beat South Pas in football. :-) https://goo.gl/MkJapk

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School District May Hire Federal Government Lobbyist for $30,000 a Year


At its Oct. 11 meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/Ddx7Hn), the Monrovia Board of Education will consider, among other things, hiring a lobbying firm for $30,000 a year. "David Turch and Associates (DTA) [will] act as federal advocate on behalf of the District and advise, counsel and represent MUSD in its affairs with the Legislative and Executive branches of the federal government." https://goo.gl/dtPS9V

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Cafe X2O



Dinner at Cafe X2O on the north side of Foothill just east of Alta Vista. Got the chicken shawarma (new on the menu) or $11 and a draft beer at the $3 happy hour price. It was delish! I liked it a lot. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Amada Miyachi Consolidates Its Newly Purchased Company to Monrovia


The San Diego office of UK-based MacGregor Welding Systems was moved to the Amada Miyachi America offices in Monrovia on September 1.

Amada Miyachi Europe acquired UK-based MacGregor Welding Systems, a designer and manufacturer of precision micro joining equipment, along with its USA facility, MacGregor Systems. With this acquisition, Amada Miyachi expanded its range of products and services to meet the complete joining needs of its global customer base.

"Acquiring MacGregor creates an excellent opportunity to grow the business through the effective collaboration of the Amada Miyachi and MacGregor teams and to further develop new resistance welding and other welding products that meet the demands of modern industrial customers worldwide," said David Fawcett, Group CEO and President Amada Miyachi America and Amada Miyachi Europe.

"Integrating MacGregor's capabilities with those at our Monrovia facility will leverage MacGregor's engineering capabilities, excellent customer relationships, and differentiated product line," he added.

Source: Amada Miyachi press release

- Brad Haugaard

Free, Professional, Car Wash - No Donations, Saturday


Monrovia's Calvary Road Baptist Church is offering a free car wash "supervised by experienced professionals," plus hot dogs and refreshments tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 7, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. "Just bring your dirty car and an appetite, no donations needed or accepted." The Church is on the north side of Olive a half block west of Magnolia.

- Brad Haugaard

Portantino to Be Honored for Commitment to Education


This evening, Senator Anthony Portantino, who represents Monrovia, will be recognized as the 2017 Policymaker of the Year by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities "for his outstanding commitment to higher education and continuous support of students attending California's private, nonprofit colleges and universities." The award is presented annually to an individual or organization who has exhibited strong leadership benefiting higher education. Portantino is the Chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Car Wheels Stolen; Burglary Thwarted; Very Drunk; Shoplifter Covers License Plate


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 2-4. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 427 service events, resulting in 89 investigations.

Grand Theft
October 2 at 11:29 a.m., a grand theft was reported at a business in the 1600 block of S. Magnolia. Two male suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts were seen on surveillance video taking the wheels off of a Dodge Charger at the facility. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Burglary Tools / Patrol Hold – Suspect Arrested
October 3 at 3:53 p.m., a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called police to report a possible theft in progress. Two suspicious suspects were at the business. One went into the store and began loading a basket with merchandise. The second suspect was in a vehicle outside waiting for him with a child in the car. Security called police and as officers arrived on scene, the suspect outside warned the suspect inside, who then exited the store without the merchandise. A traffic stop was conducted on the suspect waiting outside in the vehicle, who was parked in a fire lane. The driver was found to be on parole and in possession of burglary tools. He was arrested and a parole hold was placed on him. The Department of Children and Family Services was contacted regarding the child, who was ultimately released to her mother.

Shoplifting
October 3 at 7:28 p.m., employees at a business in the 700 block of W. Huntington recognized a group of subjects in the store that had committed thefts at their other store locations. The group selected numerous items and fled through the rear doors. They fled the area in a green Nissan. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 3 at 10:48 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of E. Colorado regarding a report of a male subject causing a disturbance. They arrived and determined the subject was extremely intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. A computer check revealed the subject also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Shoplifting
October 3 at 11:00 p.m., a shoplifting incident was reported at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. A male suspect selected a power saw from a shelf and fled out the front door to a waiting vehicle. The vehicle's plates were covered and the suspects fled the area in the vehicle. Officers searched the area, but were not able to locate the suspects or vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Felony Vandalism
October 4 at 10:26 a.m., a felony vandalism was reported in the 100 block of Spanner. The incident occurred sometime between midnight and 9:45 a.m. Four vehicles were keyed on the sides and hoods. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence
October 4 at 1:58 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of W. Palm regarding the report of an assault. The female victim told officers she was assaulted by her boyfriend, who fled the location prior to police arrival. Officers conducted an area search for the suspect, but he was not located. The investigation is continuing. 

Former Monrovia City Manager Takes Over in Ontario


Former Monrovia City Manager Scott Ochoa (who later served as Glendale city manager) has accepted a new position as city manager of Ontario, for a $310,000 per year salary. https://goo.gl/FD2ny2

- Brad Haugaard

All Souls' Eve Service at Saint Luke Church


The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company will present All Souls' Eve, a concert honoring the souls of those who have departed, on Saturday, October, 28, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Monrovia, 122 S. California Ave. The concert will include selections from Moz Requiem, Moerten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna and other works of remembrance old and new. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for children under 12. They may be ordered online at sgvccsingers.org or via check payable to SGVCC and mailed to SGVCC, PO Box 2225, Monrovia CA 91017.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia-Based Trader Joe's Faces Tough Competition in Amazon-Owned Whole Foods


Monrovia-based Trader Joe's has been hit by price cuts at the new Amazon.com-owned Whole Foods. Reuters reports that "10 percent of Trader Joe’s regular customers visited Whole Foods between Aug. 28 and Sept. 3." https://goo.gl/Mitfs4

- Brad Haugaard

Calling for Monrovia Veterans' Stories


The Monrovia Public Library, in conjunction with the Veterans History Project, is interviewing United States veterans. If you or someone you know is interested in telling their personal military service stories, watch this video ( https://youtu.be/91kTyrndtDU ) and contact Mabel Cross at 256-8262.

- Brad Haugaard

Marijuana Growing in Monrovia; 4th Dimension Conversion; Deadly West Nile Virus; Do You Like Street Music? Kiwanis Donate to Improve Park; Chalkfest; Veterans' Stories



What the former 4th Dimension will look like.

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

~ The Planning Commission has recommended that marijuana cultivation (up to six plants) be allowed both indoors and outdoors as long as there is no commercial activity at the growing site. The state requires that personal cultivation be allowed indoors but the commission recommends it be allowed outside as well, but that it must be:
- in a rear yard.
- not be visible to the general public.
- in a secure location.

Robert Parry, Planning Commission chairman, added in a Facebook post, "We expanded to allow outdoor cultivation (as well as indoor cultivation) for a very specific, safety oriented reason. Because of the number of old homes in town, the architecture and building experts on the Commission were very concerned about the electrical load typically associated with marijuana growing. The risk of fire in our older, extremely valued historical homes with ancient electrical wiring is very great. The change was purely intended to prevent fires and resulting damage to homes and surrounding homes."

The City Council will consider the proposal at its Oct. 17 meeting.

~ The former 4th Dimension on Myrtle is now being converted into two retail / restaurant storefronts along Myrtle Avenue (about 3,000 square feet) and 24,000 square feet of office space on the ground floor at the rear of the building and the entire basement.

~ LA County is rolling out a countywide alert to warn residents about mosquito-borne West Nile and Zika viruses.  West Nile can cause long-term health problems, including difficulty walking, neurological disease, loss of independence, memory loss and even death. The greatest risk is among persons over 50 years and those with health problems. Zika symptoms are not severe, but can cause serious birth defects in unborn children. The mosquitoes are most likely to bite around dawn and dusk. Use mosquito repellent, drain all stagnant water where mosquitoes and keep pools and fountains clean.

~ The city and Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board have been sponsoring two live music performances in Old Town each week, on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, between the 100 - 600 blocks of South Myrtle Avenue. Is this worth continuing? Let the city know here: https://goo.gl/UxbD9b

~ Kiwanis Club will present the city with a $20,000 check to pay for three more benches, three custom trash receptacles, four custom picnic tables, and a custom bike rack to be installed at the top of Kiwanis Park at Grand Avenue. and a "holiday tree" to be planted at the top of the park, which the Kiwanis will decorate during the holidays. Plus, the city plans to: replace the chain link fence along the top of the park with a tubular steel fence, replace the drinking fountain with one nearer the stairs, and install a  Monrovia Bear at the top of the Park on Grand Avenue near the "holiday tree."

~ The 54th Annual Celebrate the Arts Show & Chalkfest this weekend. On Saturday, Oct. 7, activities from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., while Sunday's events on Oct. 8, will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Monrovia's Library Park. Chalk festival, Oktoberfest beer garden, kids chalk and coloring area, collectible art, plus food trucks and live music.  For more information: https://goo.gl/bWZR16

~ Veterans can share their stories as part of the Monrovia Public Library's Veterans History Project. Here's a little video explaining the process: https://goo.gl/rUaqYk

- Brad Haugaard

Alan Sanvictores Will Be Monrovia's next Police Chief


City Manager Oliver Chi announced today the appointment of Captain Alan Sanvictores as Monrovia's next Police Chief.  Alan will assume command of the Monrovia Police Department to succeed current Police Chief James Hunt, who is retiring on Nov. 2.

"We are so fortunate in Monrovia to have an individual of Alan's character and ability to serve as our next Police Chief.  In our organization, we operate in a mission driven and team based environment, and Alan's approach is perfectly aligned with our core values of serving with humility, hunger, loyalty, and smarts.  I am confident that Alan will continue building upon the legacy of success at the Monrovia Police Department as he steps into this new leadership role."

Alan began his career with the Monrovia Police Department 22 years ago, having first been hired as a Police Recruit in 1995.  During his time with the City, he has served in the role of Police Officer, Police Agent, Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant.  Most recently, he was promoted to the rank of Captain in January 2010.

"Alan has served as our senior Captain for nearly eight years," said Police Chief Jim Hunt.  "During that time, he has done just a phenomenal job of supporting the initiatives in the Monrovia Police Department, and he has displayed integrity, innovation, and leadership at the highest levels.  I know that Alan will be a simply Police Chief for the community."

During his time with the City, Alan has served in many special assignments, including as the Team Commander for the Foothill Special Enforcement Team, the Assistant Team Leader for the Monrovia Tactical Response Team, and as the Sergeant assigned to run Monrovia's famed Community Activist Policing Bureau.  He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, along with a Master's of Arts degree in National Security from California State University, San Bernardino.

"I am truly humbled to have the chance to serve the people of Monrovia as Police Chief," said Alan.  "Having the opportunity to lead the Monrovia Police Department is the highlight of my professional career, and I am looking forward to serving with the men and women in our department as we all work together to continue making Monrovia an even better community than it is today."

In his spare time, Alan enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa and their two daughters, and they all enjoy trying new and exotic cuisine.  Additionally, Alan served our country as a member of the Army, and he works to stay in touch with other veterans who also served in the armed forces.

Alan will be formally sworn in as Monrovia's next Police Chief on Nov. 7, before our regularly scheduled City Council meeting that evening.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Calvary Road Baptist Church Praying for Those Affected by Las Vegas Shootings


‎Stephen On Kie Li‎ reports on Facebook that Monrovia's Calvary Road Baptist Church will be praying both for members who have been affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas, "and we would welcome adding your prayer requests as well." You can send prayer requests for "family, friends, coworkers or anyone else you know" who has been affected by the massacre to the church at prayer@calvaryroadbaptist.church

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Suspected Shoplifter Makes Fuss - Gets Arrested; Auto Theft Suspect Leaves Wallet Behind; Trash Can Stolen; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 28 – October 1. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
September 28 at 9:15 p.m., a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called police to report an adult male who was causing a disturbance by yelling at employees and citizens outside the location. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. Upon a consent search of his backpack, merchandise from the business was located inside. The officer contacted the manager of the business, who confirmed that the items were stolen. The suspect was arrested, booked, and later released with a citation to appear in court.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
September 28 at 10:03 p.m., loss prevention at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a shoplifter. A male suspect went into a dressing room with clothing and came out wearing the new clothes and not his own. The suspect then selected a suitcase, put more clothing inside, and walked out of the store without paying for anything he had on or inside the suitcase. Officers arrived and detained the suspect outside the store. All of the items were recovered and the suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
September 29 at 1:33 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 900 block of W. Duarte when he observed a male subject sitting at the outside tables of a closed business after hours. The Officer stopped and contacted the subject. A consent search revealed the subject was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Three hypodermic needles were found on his person and one of them had heroin in it. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
September 29 at 6:47 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of E. Maple. The victim reported that the passenger-side window of his vehicle was shattered and tools were stolen from the floorboard of the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Attempt Grand Theft Auto
September 29 at 7:29 a.m., an attempt grand theft auto was reported in the 1400 block of S. Primrose. The victim heard a loud noise outside near his garage. He looked outside and saw that his vehicle had been moved and a subject was sleeping in the driver's seat. The victim attempted to contact the subject while calling the police. The suspect woke up and ran south from the location, dropping his wallet with his identification as he fled. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 29 at 2:04 p.m., loss prevention at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a shoplifter. The suspect was seen leaving the store without paying for merchandise he had selected. An officer arrived and took custody of the suspect. During a search of the suspect, a bag containing methamphetamine was found on his person. A computer search revealed he also had a warrant for his arrest, which was added to his charges.

Vandalism
September 29 at 2:46 p.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 500 block of S. Lincoln. Sometime between 7:00 a.m. on September 28 and 11:00 a.m. of September 29, someone used a metal pipe to smash multiple windows on the victim's vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting / Providing False Information to a Peace Officer – Suspects Arrested
September 29 at 4:01 p.m., loss prevention at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington reported a shoplifting incident to police. Two female suspects concealed merchandise in their purses and walked out of the store without paying. Officers arrived and detained the suspects, who admitted to the theft. The officers recovered the stolen merchandise. The suspects were arrested and during the booking process, both suspects lied about their identities. They were additionally charged with providing false information to a peace officer.

Grand Theft Auto
September 30 at 6:57 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1400 block of Alamitas Avenue. The victim left his vehicle running while he went into his home momentarily. When he came back outside, his vehicle was gone. The vehicle stolen is a brown, 1982, Datsun King Cab truck. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
October 1 at 4:16 a.m., a rollover traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Foothill and Sunset. When officers arrived, the driver was still inside the vehicle and couldn't get out. Paramedics arrived and assisted her out of the vehicle. She told the officers she fell asleep and lost control of the vehicle. She was taken to the hospital for treatment and an officer followed to request additional blood be taken to be tested at a later date. The investigation is continuing.

Theft
October 1 at 7:49 p.m., a theft was reported at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. A male suspect stole a trash can containing other unknown items from the business. He exited through an emergency exit on the west side of the store. Another suspect in a white Ford Focus with paper plates was waiting on Shamrock for the suspect and they fled in the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
October 1 at 7:52 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 800 block of W. Colorado. The victim locked the vehicle and went into work. Upon their return, they found the rear glass window was ajar and items were missing from the vehicle, along with the third row seat. It appears the suspect used a thin tool, possibly a screwdriver, to break the latch. The investigation is continuing. 

Monrovia Fire Prevention Week - Open House Oct. 14


Monrovia Fire & Rescue will be participating in the annual Fire Prevention Week. Every year, Fire Departments across the nation celebrate Fire Prevention week to urge residents to take proper safety measures to decrease their risk of fires.  This year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" reinforces the crucial need for an escape plan. As part of the campaign, Monrovia firefighters will be visiting Monrovia Unified School District fourth grade classrooms during the week of Oct. 9 to educate students on the importance of developing an escape plan for families in their home, and safety tips surrounding that topic.

To conclude the week, on Oct. 14, Monrovia Fire & Rescue will open its doors at Station 101, located at 141 E. Lemon Ave., to the general public between the hours of 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for an open house event. During the open house, Monrovia Fire & Rescue will host a Junior Firefighter Challenge-a course designed for kids to simulate firefighter drills-and an Auto Extrication demonstration. The demonstration will include tools and procedures the department uses to extricate a patient from an automobile accident.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week and resources to help keep you and your family safe from fire and related hazards, visit Monrovia Fire & Rescue's website: https://goo.gl/Pfgnhr

Source: Monrovia Fire Department press release

- Brad Haugaard