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Meeting Wednesday for Property Owners In Potential Historic Districts


There will be a second special community meeting for property owners to discuss the potential formation of historic districts in Monrovia tomorrow, Thursday, March 1, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Property owners in these potential historic districts are invited:

Downtown East Residential Potential Historic District
Bordered by Ivy Avenue to the west, Colorado Boulevard to the south, Shamrock Avenue to the east, and the buildings on the north side of Lemon Avenue to the north.

Esplanade Potential Historic District
Bordered by West Chestnut Avenue to the north, West Huntington Drive to the south, Monterey Avenue to the west, and South Mayflower Avenue to the east.

Parker Avenue Potential Historic District
Includes the east end of Parker Avenue, starting at South Mayflower Avenue, and continuing approximately half-way down the street, ending at 536 Parker Avenue on the south side of the street, and 547 Parker Avenue on the north side of the street.

Highland Place Potential Historic District
Single-family residences located on Highland Place north of the multi-family residential buildings on Foothill Boulevard, and extends north to West Hillcrest Boulevard.
The purpose of the meeting will be to present and discuss the components of the potential historic district with the residents and explain how it relates to them as property owners.  View a copy of the informational packet that was mailed to each of the property owners in the four potential historic districts outlined.

- Brad Haugaard

Enter Monrovia's Litter Lottery; Cheap Rides Coming to Town; Books


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

~ You can enter the monthly bulky-trash raffle to win $25. Just report bulky trash items littering sidewalks, such as couches, mattresses, and tables, and you'll be entered into a contest to win a $25 gift card. Report an item to bulkyitem@ci.monrovia.ca.us or call 932-5575. Include your name, address and phone number and details about the item. Include a picture if possible. Contact Alex Tachiki at atachiki@ci.monrovia.ca.us, or 932-5553 for details.

~ The city's new transportation program will begin March 17 for those who live, work, or visit Monrovia. It involves Lyft rides in town for fifty cents; LimeBike rent-a-bikes for a dollar for 30 minutes (You locate a bike on your cell phone, scan the code to unlock the bike, ride, park in a safe location, and lock the bike using the built-in locking mechanism), and the current Dial-a-Ride program will continue for riders with ADA-related and wheelchair needs.

~  The Monrovia Reads van will be bringing its mobile library, along with literacy librarians and wifi service, to local elementary schools beginning in March. Mondays, Bradoaks; Tuesdays, Wildrose; Wednesdays, Plymouth; Thursday, Monroe; Friday, Mayflower. For more information call the Library at 256-8274. The program is a partnership between Monrovia Reads, the Monrovia Public Library Foundation, and the City of Monrovia.

~ The Monrovia Police Department is installing a Little Library in front of its station, with books from Monrovia Reads. The grand opening will be March 1 at 11 a.m. in front of the police station. If you attend the opening, try to bring a book to donate. Library paid for with funds donated by the Monrovia Police Officers' Association.

- Brad Haugaard

Arcadia Women's Club - Open to Monrovians, Too


The Arcadia Woman's Club invites women of all ages to attend its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 7 at 11 a.m. in its historic Clubhouse, 324  S. First Ave., Arcadia.  The meeting includes a social hour, business meeting, luncheon and a guest speaker on a topic of community interest.  The luncheon cost is $15. 

The Arcadia Woman's Club is a philanthropic organization with members from throughout the San Gabriel Valley.  Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, September to June.  The club is a 501c3 non-profit organization participating in community service activities focused on issues such as domestic violence, orphaned children, Veterans, aid to pregnant women and new mothers, Books for Braille, camperships and other local charities.  Another notable activity is the club's annual recognition luncheon for Arcadia's first responders, Arcadia Police and Fire Departments, which is coming up in March.

The club also has fun while raising funds to support its work as experienced at its recent Bridge and Bunco afternoon where more than 50 participants enjoyed lively game play, prizes and a delicious lunch.  Another festive favorite is the annual fashion show and luncheon coming up on April 14.  This year's theme is Springtime in Paris.

Women interested in getting to know more about the Arcadia Woman's Club and its activities are encouraged to call Linda Mokler, membership chair, at 287-0261 or email:  llmokler@yahoo.com.

Source: Arcadia Women's Club press release

- Brad Haugaard

Pastel the Bunny Needs a Home



Pastel the Bunny

Pastel (A449244) is a cute 8-week- old bunny available for adoption here at the Pasadena Humane Society. Pastel is here with two littermates, who are also looking for their forever homes. They like to hop around their kennel, eat alfalfa hay and timothy hay, and cuddle together. If you are looking to adopt a baby bunny, come to the Pasadena Humane Society and talk to an adoptions counselor today. The adoption fee for rabbits is $35. All rabbits are spayed or neutered and microchipped before going to their new home.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

The Pasadena Humane Society serves Monrovia.

Source: Pasadena Humane Society

- Brad Haugaard

Hepatitis A Health Meeting Tonight


There will be a city meeting tonight on public health, together with the LA County Department of Public Health, to address concerns about Hepatitis A and other communicable diseases due to activities of the homeless. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

- Brad Haugaard

'Trees, Birds, Gardens, and People' at Garden Club Meeting


Pasadena Audubon Pro Birder Dessi Sieburth will speak tonight about, "Trees, Birds, Gardens, and People" at the Monrovia Garden Club. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. in the Fireside Room at the First  Presbyterian  Church at Foothill and Myrtle.

- Brad Haugaard

Opening the Old Monrovia Train Depot


A photo report on the opening of the old Monrovia train depot and the dedication of the Bob Bartlett memorial. https://goo.gl/R2xTFH

- Brad Haugaard

Mayflower School May Get Light-Up Signs


At its Feb. 28 meeting (agenda), the Monrovia School Board will consider accepting a $12,200 bid by Custom Signs, Inc. to replace the school signs at Mayflower School with two LED signs. The signs will be paid for by the Mayflower PTA.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Baja Mar Fish Taco



Lunch at Baja Mar Fish Taco, in the shopping center at Foothill and May. Got the lunch special with a fish taco, a carnitas taco, rice, beans and a drink for $7.49. Enjoyed it a lot. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Woman Faces Down a Car; Stolen Truck Tailgate; Drunks; Illegal Weapons; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 15-21. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 413 service events, resulting in 78 investigations.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
February 15 at 9:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of E. Foothill to check on the welfare of a male subject who had fallen and was unable to get up off the ground. When the officers arrived and contacted the subject, they discovered he was extremely intoxicated and was unable to care for his own safety. The officers arrested him for public intoxication.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 15 at 11:03 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1600 block of S. Mountain when he saw two people arguing loudly in a business parking lot. After investigation, one of the subjects was found to have a warrant. Officers arrested her and took her into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 16 at 9:56 p.m., a sergeant was patrolling the Station Square Platform in the 1700 block of S. Primrose when he saw three subjects he recognized. A computer check revealed one of the subjects had a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Drinking Alcohol in Public
February 17 at 12:05 a.m., a sergeant was patrolling the 700 block of E. Cypress, when he saw a parked vehicle occupied by two subjects next to a closed business. When the sergeant approached the vehicle, he saw both subjects were drinking alcohol in public. They were issued citations to appear in court for the violation.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
February 17 at 1:07 a.m., a sergeant was on patrol in the 100 block E. Olive, when she saw a subject staggering in the street. She stopped the subject to talk to him and found he was too intoxicated to care for himself. The subject was arrested for public intoxication.

Attempt Burglary
February 17 at 4:02 a.m., an audible burglary alarm was activated at a business in the 900 block of W. Huntington. When officers arrived, they found a glass window to the business had been removed. No suspects were located and nothing was taken. The owner of the business responded to replace the window.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 17 at 11:01 a.m., officers were dispatched to the report of a suspicious vehicle that was occupied by two subjects and parked in front of a business. When the officers arrived, they contacted the two subjects. A computer check revealed one of the subjects had a warrant for a Redondo Beach criminal case. Officers arrested the subject and Redondo Beach Police responded to Monrovia and took custody.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
February 17 at 5:39 p.m., the owner of a parked vehicle discovered fresh collision damage to their car that had occurred while they were inside of a business in the 100 block of S. Myrtle. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of an illegal Weapon – Suspect Arrested
February 18 at 12:24 a.m., an officer was extra patrolling the parking lot of a business that was closed in the 1600 block of S. Mountain when he saw a parked vehicle occupied by two subjects. As the officer approached the vehicle, the subject sitting in the driver’s seat opened the door. The officer saw there was an illegal weapon next to where this subject was sitting. The subject was arrested for possession of the weapon.

DUI – Suspect Arrested
February 18 at 3:36 a.m., a sergeant was patrolling the 3000 block of S. Myrtle, when he saw a vehicle in front of him make an illegal wide right turn. The sergeant followed the vehicle and saw the driver make several more driving violations. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was found to be intoxicated. After conducting field sobriety tests, the sergeant arrested the subject for DUI.

Battery
February 18 at 9:27 a.m., employees of a business in the 1600 block S. Mountain saw a vehicle that was involved in previous theft enter their store’s parking lot. When they approached the car, the occupants opened the door and intentionally hit one of the employees. The door closed and the vehicle fled the area. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
February 19 at 8:28 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of Hacienda walked outside his home and found his truck’s tailgate had been stolen sometime during the night. He had parked the truck on the street the night before. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
February 19 at 1:14 pm., the owner of a vehicle found his car window shattered and tools were taken. He had parked his car on the street in the 900 block of S. Fifth earlier in the day. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
February 20 at 11:02 a.m., employees of a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a subject had just stolen a pressure washer. Officers responded and located the suspect fleeing the store. The suspect was detained and, after an investigation was conducted, he was arrested for shoplifting.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 20 at 11:09 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the 1800 block of S. California for a driving violation. A computer check revealed the driver had a warrant for his arrest, so the officer arrested him and took him into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 20 at 1:48 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at Myrtle and Evergreen. A computer check revealed the driver had a warrant for his arrest, so the officer took him into custody.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
February 20 at 7:08 p.m., a traffic collision occurred between two vehicles at Magnolia and Walnut, and one of the drivers immediately began walking away from the scene. Officers responded and located the fleeing driver, who requested paramedics due to a medical issue. Monrovia Fire Department paramedics arrived and transported him to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Violation of Court Order
February 21 at 9:24 a.m., a subject came to the police station to report her ex-boyfriend had violated the terms of a court order at her home in the 1600 block of S. Alamitas and had possibly made threats to her through a third party. The third party could not immediately be contacted by the officer. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
February 21 at 12:10 p.m., a landscaper reported his lawnmower had just been stolen from the back of his truck, which was parked in the 900 block of W. Hillcrest while he was at a nearby home, gardening. Officers searched the area for the thieves, but were unable to locate them. This investigation is continuing.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon
February 21 at 8:07 p.m., several callers reported an incident of road rage occurring in the 1400 block of Monterey. Officers responded and located the two drivers standing outside their vehicles in the middle of the street, yelling at one another. After an investigation, it was discovered that the aggressor followed the victim home. A passenger in the suspect vehicle exited and scratched the victim’s car with a sharp object. The victim exited her vehicle and stood in front of the suspect vehicle to prevent them from leaving. Officers arrested the driver and passenger from the suspect vehicle.

Monrovia Garden Club Topic: Trees, Birds, Gardens, and People


Pasadena Audubon Pro Birder Dessi Sieburth will speak about  "Trees, Birds, Gardens, and People" at the  Tuesday, Feb. 27,  meeting of the Monrovia Garden Club. Meetings are held in the Fireside Room at the First  Presbyterian  Church at Foothill and Myrtle. Meetings are open to the public and start at 7 p.m. with a social hour with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Home Builder Fred Bowden Dies; Class on Protecting Your Home From Wildfires; Etc.


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

~ Monrovian Fred Bowden has died of cancer.  Bowden built Bowden Development, Inc., a prominent local home builder.

~ In anticipation of the next wildfire, the Monrovia Fire Department has prepared a class to teach residents how to assess the fire vulnerability of their homes. Also, firefighters who responded to the 2017 wildfires in California will provide first-hand accounts of what they saw. The event will take place on May 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Monrovia Community Center in the Kay Dalton Room.  To RSVP, or for questions, call 256-8109.

~  Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) will host a block party on March 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Second Baptist Church (925  S. Shamrock) with family fun, games, and prizes, and to teach people about city services. Also, MAP, with the Art in Public Places program, will debut Neighborhood Treasures, a new program designed to highlight unsung Monrovia heroes. The first art treasure will honor Lieutenant Colonel Allen Allensworth. Contact Ariel Tolefree-Williams at 932-5563 for party details.

~ A retirement party for city employee Lisa Hansberger will be held on March 1, at 5 p.m. at the Diplomat Restaurant.

- Brad Haugaard

Dedication of Historic Santa Fe Depot and Bartlett Memorial


The community is invited to attend the City of Monrovia's dedication event in recognition of the restoration of the Historic Santa Fe Depot and the christening of the Mayor Bob Bartlett Memorial.  The event will take place at Station Square (1629  S. Myrtle Ave.) on Sunday, Feb. 25, starting at noon.

During the past year, the City has, in partnership with the development team at Daylight Limited, LLC, been working to carefully rehabilitate the Historic Santa Fe Depot, which is one of the most historically significant structures in Monrovia.  The building, which was originally built in 1926, has been formally identified as the City's 137th landmarked building. "It is a community treasure whose history is completely intertwined with the development of the City of Monrovia," said Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Crudgington.  Staying true to its original Spanish Colonial Revival Style, the efforts to restore the facility is now complete, and efforts are underway to find a restaurant operator for the rehabilitated space.

Additionally, Station Square will also house the new Mayor Bob Bartlett Memorial.  Led by Mayor Tom Adams and City Council Member Larry Spicer, the Bob Bartlett Memorial Committee was established in October 2015, and for the past two years, the committee has worked to determine how best to commemorate and honor former Monrovia Mayor Bob Bartlett. Mayor Bartlett was elected as the first African American to serve on the Monrovia City Council in 1974.  Later, in 1988, he was elected Mayor and served in that position through 2001.  During his tenure, Mayor Bartlett presided over many community enhancements, including the revitalization of Old Town, the development of the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center, establishment of the Community Center, and developing the High Tech Corridor on East Huntington Drive.  Given his service to Monrovia, the City Council commissioned the establishment of a mosaic art piece that would honor Mayor Bartlett's legacy. 

To celebrate the restoration of the Historic Santa Fe Depot, along with the installation of the Mayor Bob Bartlett Memorial, the City hopes that you can attend this special occasion celebrating the newest additions to Station Square.  The event is completely free to the public, and parking will be available at the Station Square Park-and-Ride parking lot on the southwest corner of Myrtle Avenue and Pomona Avenue.  For more information, please call 932-5512.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Dedication of Monrovia Train Depot and Bartlett Memorial


Dedication of the Historic Santa Fe Depot and the memorial to Mayor Bob Bartlett on Sunday, Feb. 25 in the Station Square parking lot. If you'd like to attend, RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 22 to jtran@ca.monrovia.ca.us or by calling 932-5512.

- Brad Haugaard

Below Freezing Weather Predicted for Monrovia Tonight


Bring your critters and sensitive plants inside tonight. The National Weather Service is predicting that the temperature will drop below freezing in Monrovia and a lot of the county, from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday. https://goo.gl/E5Cn2Z

- Brad Haugaard

Chili Cook-Off to Benefit Unity Center


There will be a chili cook-off on Feb. 24 to benefit Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Details here: https://goo.gl/dDXA6f

- Brad Haugaard

See Historic Monrovia Pictures at Renovated Train Station



Each Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, from 1-4 p.m. throughout March and April the newly restored Monrovia train station will be displaying 100 photographs from the Legacy Collection, a sample of the 5,000 soon to be online at the Library. Prints of some of these photos will be for sale. Admission is free, no reservations required. For more information contact Sandy Burud at the Monrovia Historical Society at monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com or at  256-3423 or 675-8323.

- Brad Haugaard

Hamiltunes Today at IFGF Church


Hamiltunes, today, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. at IFGF Church, 147 W. Palm. Broadway's "Hamilton" sing-a-long. Details: https://goo.gl/d5S92H

- Brad Haugaard

Tattoo Regulations; Pyrotechnics; GoMonrovia Transportation Plan; Old Town Logo



Proposed Old Town logo.

The Monrovia City Council is going to hold a study session to consider regulations for tattoo parlors in Old Town. That'll be at 5:30 on Feb. 20 at City Hall. https://goo.gl/Rf6ssG

Then, at its regular 7:30 p.m. meeting later that evening (agenda: https://goo.gl/Xq5tn5), the council will ...

~ Recognize Hannah Honore, California Rainbow for Girls Grand Patriotism Officer, and Eagle Scout Zachary Stegman.

~ Consider paying  Pyro Spectaculars $22,500 to put on a Fourth of July fireworks show (they shows are great, by the way).

~ Consider approving the proposed GoMonrovia plan, which incorporates subsidized 50-cent rides in Lyft cars (like Uber), and LimeBike, which would provide bicycles around town that can be picked up, ridden, then left pretty much anywhere in town, not just in docking stations, like the Metro Bikes. It would cost a buck for the first 30 minutes on a bike. https://goo.gl/WE2wJn

~ Consider a logo for Old Town. https://goo.gl/ohqt6k

- Brad Haugaard

Renaissance Years Now Available as E-Book


An e-book edition of Renaissance Years: A History of Modern Monrovia is now available for purchase from the Kindle Store at Amazon.com.

The book by former journalist and city public information officer Richard Singer tells the story of Monrovia’s transformation from a racially troubled and economically failing city in the 1960s and ‘70s to an award-winning, nationally recognized model community. The work covers the entire history of the city, from its beginnings in the late 1880s to events of just a few months ago.

The new electronic version is a third edition of the book, which was first published in September of last year. The e-book is a stripped-down version of the original work (without the earlier editions’ index, reference citations or 120 photographs) and is being sold at a significant discount from the printed work. It can be easily downloaded and read on e-book readers, tablets and smart phones.

Some first edition copies of the book, printed in a limited run, are still available locally, with the total purchase price from those sales going to support both the Monrovia Historical Museum and the historic Anderson House museum. Remaining first edition copies may be purchased at the Monrovia Historical Museum at Recreation Park, at the Dollmakers shop in Old Town, at the Friends of the Library store inside the Monrovia Public Library, and at Second Baptist Church.

Online, both the printed and e-book versions of Renaissance Years may be purchased from Amazon.com.

Source: Press release from Richard Singer

- Brad Haugaard 

Lunch at La Adelita



Lunch at La Adelita, a little Mexican restaurant on the south side of Colorado about a half block east of Myrtle. Got the Ramon Salad for $8.99 and an iced tea for $2.50. Very good. 

- Brad Haugaard 


Monrovia Police: Shampoo Thief; Hit and Run; Shoplifting; Drugs and Alcohol


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 8-14. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 459 service events, resulting in 84 investigations.

Theft from Vehicle
February 8 at 4:19 p.m., a resident in the 1000 block of S. Mountain discovered his car was ransacked and a bottle of shampoo was taken. The victim left his car unlocked the day before, which allowed someone to enter the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting / Possession of Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested
February 8 at 7:22 p.m., two suspects entered a store in the 500 block of W. Huntington. They gathered merchandise and walked out of the store without paying for the items. Store security detained the suspects and called the police. When officers arrived, the suspects were found to also be in possession of burglary tools. The suspects were arrested.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 9 at 12:51 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 900 block of W. Duarte, when he saw two suspicious persons hiding in bushes next to a closed business. After stopping the two subjects to find out what they were doing in the bushes, it was discovered that one of them had a warrant for their arrest. The person with warrant was arrested and the other was identified and released.

Parole Violation – Suspect Arrested
February 9 at 10:17 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 400 block of W. Huntington, when he saw a female subject he recognized as being wanted by the California Department of Corrections for violating her parole conditions. She was stopped and arrested.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 9 at 11:30 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 200 block of W. Foothill, when he saw a male subject he recognized from previous contacts. A computer check revealed the subject had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was stopped and arrested for the warrant.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision With Injuries
February 9 at 6:30 p.m., the driver of a grey pickup truck collided into a parked car in the 400 block of W. Olive, then fled the scene. The driver caused a second collision in the 400 block of W. Colorado, causing non-life-threatening injuries to a mother and her daughter. The driver fled the scene, and the injured subjects were sent to a local hospital. Officers located the pickup truck and driver several blocks from where the collisions occurred. He was arrested for hit and run and for several warrants.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 10 at 1:04 a.m., a subject was seen loitering in a parked car at a store that was closed in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. Officers stopped to talk with the subject. A computer check revealed the subject had a warrant for his arrest. Officers arrested the subject for the warrant.

Shoplifting / Resisting Arrest – Suspect Arrested
February 10 at 1:58 p.m., a store in the 500 block of W. Huntington called the police, reporting a subject had just walked out of their store without paying for merchandise and was not cooperating with store security. When officers arrived, the subject began running. Officers ran after the subject and were able to stop him. The subject was arrested and the merchandise was returned to the store.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 10 at 7:29 p.m., officers on the Special Enforcement Team stopped a vehicle in the 1300 block of S. Mayflower for a traffic violation. A computer check of the driver revealed he had several warrants, and he was arrested without incident.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 11 at 12:10 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle in the 100 block of N. Canyon. A computer check of the driver revealed he had a warrant for his arrest, so he was arrested and taken into custody without incident.

Inside Park after Closing – Suspect Arrested
February 11 at 12:48 a.m., officers saw a subject inside a city park in the 600 block of S. Shamrock. They detained the subject and began issuing a citation for being in the park after it was closed.

Grand Theft Auto
February 11 at 7:44 a.m., a motorcycle was reported stolen from the 200 block of E. Maple. It was taken sometime during the night. The investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of Narcotics / Warrant – Suspects Arrested
February 11 at 6:47 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Norumbega regarding a suspicious vehicle occupied by two subjects. When the officers arrived and contacted the two subjects, they noticed one of the subjects appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Field tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for being under the influence of narcotics. A computer check revealed the second subject had a warrant for their arrest, so they were taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
February 11 at 6:58 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of Wildrose. The homeowner reported their vehicle had been burglarized sometime during the day. The suspect had shattered the vehicle’s passenger window to gain entry, then took a cellphone charger and some quarters from the center console. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
February 11 at 9:30 p.m., a store in the 100 block of W. Foothill reported a subject had fled their store with merchandise without paying. Officers responded and located the subject near the store. The subject was arrested and the merchandise was returned to the store.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 12 at 7:42 a.m., a store in the 400 block of W. Huntington reported a subject in their store who was possibly going to shoplift. Officers arrived and detained the subject, which prevented the theft from occurring. A computer check revealed the subject had several warrants for their arrest, so they were taken into custody without incident.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
February 12 at 3:41 p.m., a store in the 700 block of E. Huntington reported a subject had just left their store with merchandise without paying. Officers arrived and detained the subject. After an investigation was conducted, the officers arrested the subject and returned the merchandise to the store.

Battery / Vandalism / Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
February 12 at 10:03 p.m., officers responded to an apartment complex in the 1100 block of E. Royal Oaks, where a subject was reported to be yelling and causing a disturbance in the common area. Officers arrived and detained the subject. An investigation revealed the subject had vandalized the inside of their friend’s apartment, had battered one of the residents and was drunk in public. The subject was arrested for the violations.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
February 12 at 11:24 p.m., a subject was seen in the 200 block of S. Alta Vista trying to enter parked vehicles and appeared disoriented. Officers arrived and detained the subject. The subject appeared to be heavily intoxicated, so the officers took him into custody for his safety. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Vandalism / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
February 13 at 2:13 a.m., a subject was seen breaking into a business’ outdoor restroom in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and detained the subject, who said they broke into the restroom to have shelter for the night. Officers found the subject to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers arrested the subject for the violations.

Grand Theft Auto
February 13 at 6:57 a.m., a resident in the 1700 block of S. Mayflower discovered his Nissan pickup truck was missing from where he had parked it the night before. He did not give anyone permission to take his vehicle. Officers searched the area for the vehicle, but were unable to locate it. This investigation is continuing.

Meeting to Address Hepatitis A and Homeless; Photo Display at Train Depot; Blinking Lights at Mountain and Duarte


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

~ City staff has arranged a public health meeting together with the LA County Department of Public Health to address concerns about Hepatitis A and other communicable diseases due to the activities of the homeless. The meeting will be on Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

~ Because no restaurant has yet been found to locate at the old train depot, the city is plannning a photographic exhibition of historic images of Monrovia. Around 100 photos will be enlarged and displayed during March and April. The depot will be open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission will be free.

~ The traffic lights at Duarte Road and Mountain Avenue will keep blinking for at least another 1-3 weeks. They're in flash mode  because of a malfunction. The city is working with Metro on the problem.


- Brad Haugaard

Safe Place To Make Exchanges of Internet Purchases


Opinion: This is an interesting, simple and seemingly useful idea for people making person-to-person exchanges of items bought or sold over the internet. 

The police department In our neighboring community of Arcadia is designating a part of its parking lot that is under video surveillance as a safe spot to make such exchanges. https://goo.gl/CKPwj4

I hope Monrovia keeps an eye on this experiment and will consider implementing a similar program if it proves successful. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia School Enrollment Continues to Drop, Fewer Teachers Needed


Monrovia school enrollment "is at its lowest level since at least 1992," and is expected to drop by 116 more students, to 5,449, for the 2018-19 year, compared to its high point of 6,762 in 1999, and this means that with fewer students, there will be 11.7 fewer school staff members next year.

According to this report and these tables, which the school board will receive at its Feb. 14 meeting (agenda), the only elementary schools showing an enrollment increase are Monroe and Plymouth. Monroe "increased 3.66% this year, and has increased 19.01% compared to 2013-14, mainly due to the Spanish Dual Immersion program that is now in its eighth year. Plymouth also increased 11.39% this year due to the Mandarin Dual Immersion program." Also, Clifton Middle School has increased its enrollment 1.34% since 2013.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Chicken King



Got lunch to go at Chicken King Express yesterday, in the little shopping area at Foothill and Mayflower. I had the Chicken Tarator with hummus and pickles (or you can get rice instead of pickles) for $9.95.  I’d never had it before. It’s a cold dish and very good - and a lot of it. I’d look at the menu online and call it in to save some time. Here’s the website (https://goo.gl/6VW3mC) and here’s the phone: 305-3111

- Brad Haugaard 

Recording of Monrovia PD Encounter of Man With Gun


Robert Parry made this audio recording with text notations of a December 29 Monrovia Police encounter with a man with a gun at Chestnut and Magnolia. You may have to download it (16 megabytes) and the audio is kinda soft so be sure to turn your sound up loud. https://goo.gl/iCWd5S

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Almost Car Arson; Arrested for Being in Park After Hours; Drugs and Alcohol and Alcohol and Drugs; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 1-7. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 451 service events, resulting in 105 investigations.

Mail Theft
February 1 at 7:40 a.m., several residents on Cloverleaf and Norumbega reported mail had been stolen from their mailboxes sometime during the night. Some of the mail was found discarded on the street. US Postal Inspectors were notified. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
February 1 at 2:39 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the south alley in the 300 block of Linwood Avenue. The victim reported his maroon, Toyota Celica with a white hood, roof and trunk, was parked in the alley with the keys in the ignition. The investigation is continuing.

Battery – One Suspect Arrested
February 1 at 3:58 p.m., officers responded to the skate park in the 800 block of E. Olive regarding a female juvenile who reported she had been attacked by two other female juveniles. The suspects repeatedly hit the victim for no apparent reason. The victim sustained minor injuries. The suspects were not located in the area. One suspect was later identified and arrested. The investigation is continuing.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
February 1 at 6:33 p.m., a male subject was reported to be trespassing in the backyard of a home in the 200 block of E. Pomona. The subject had a valid no-trespassing authorization signed against him by the owner of the property, and had previously been arrested for trespassing in the yard. Officers arrived and arrested the subject.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
February 1 at 7:41 p.m., a male subject entered a store in the 500 block of W. Huntington. He concealed merchandise inside his clothing, then left the store without paying. A store employee called the police, and when officers arrived they detained the subject. The suspect was placed under private persons arrest by the store employee for shoplifting. The merchandise was returned to the store.

Vandalism
February 2 at 7:54 a.m., a vehicle was reported to be vandalized in the 900 block of Monterey. The owner of the vehicle discovered multiple scratches in the paint that occurred sometime during the night. This has occurred several times. The investigation is continuing.

Found Narcotics
February 2 at 6:09 p.m., a customer at a restaurant in the 600 block of W. Huntington found a clear baggie of a white substance inside the men’s restroom. The police were called and they tested the substance, which was found to be methamphetamine. It is unknown who left the narcotics in the restroom. The investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
February 2 at 6:48 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of S. Primrose reported several juveniles had thrown an object and broke her kitchen window. The juveniles were last seen running west on Palm, and were not located. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 3 at 12:12 a.m., a male subject was seen riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the roadway at Primrose and Pomona Avenue. He was stopped for the violation and a computer check revealed he had two warrants. The male was arrested for the warrants.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
February 3 at 2:51 a.m., a male subject was seen stumbling in the 100 block of W. Lime Avenue. He was stopped by a police officer and was determined to be too intoxicated to care for his own safety. The male was arrested for being drunk in public and was transported to the Monrovia City Jail, where he was held for sobering.

Inside Park after Closing / Under the Influence of Narcotics – Suspect Arrested
February 3 at 3:22 a.m., officers saw a female subject inside a city park in the 800 block of E. Olive. They detained the female, since the park was closed. The female was under the influence of narcotics and she had a warrant. She was arrested.

Grand Theft Auto
February 3 at 10:41 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 700 block of W. Duarte. The vehicle was a blue, 2015 Honda Civic, and it was taken sometime during the night. Investigation continuing.

Petty Theft
February 3 at 11:24 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 200 block of E. Kruse regarding a theft. An employee reported his laptop was taken from inside the business during open operating hours. It is unknown who took the laptop. The investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of Narcotics – Suspect Arrested
February 3 at 5:21 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Mountain and Huntington regarding a male adult yelling at vehicles as they passed. When officers arrived they located the male and determined he was under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested.

Under the Influence of Narcotics – Suspect Arrested
February 3 at 7:11 p.m., the Special Enforcement Team contacted a male at Cypress and Magnolia who they knew to have a warrant. They noticed he was showing symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance. After further investigation, he was arrested for the warrant and being under the influence of narcotics.

Grand Theft
February 3 at 7:27 p.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of S. Alta Vista regarding a female subject who had discovered her laptop and shoes had been stolen from inside her unlocked vehicle. It is unknown who took the items. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Narcotics – Suspect Arrested
February 3 at 8:49 p.m., an officer saw a person hiding behind some bushes next to a business in the 1800 block of S. Myrtle. The officer contacted the subject and found they were in possession of narcotics. The subject was arrested.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
February 3 at 10:07 p.m., the Special Enforcement Team located two suspicious persons loitering inside a vehicle in the 600 block of E. Maple. They contacted the subjects and after obtaining consent to search, they found one of the subjects to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested.

Grand Theft
February 4 at 10:44 a.m., two female subjects entered a store in the 500 block of W. Huntington and used electronic tools to steal eight expensive purses. The females left the location and officers were called. The females were not located. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence
February 4 at 9:45 p.m., officers responded to a report of domestic violence in the 100 block of W. Scenic. When officers arrived, they contacted the husband and wife, who had been in an argument over a suspicious telephone call, which led to the female causing injuries to her husband. Both signed a refusal to prosecute form, however, the case is being forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
February 5 at 9:16 a.m., officers responded on the report of a male subject drinking alcohol in public in front of a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. When they arrived, they located the subject. He was arrested for being drunk in public and for being in possession of an open alcoholic container in public.

Trespassing / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 5 at 9:26 a.m., a male subject was reported to be trespassing at an apartment complex. When officers arrived, they located the subject, who was loitering on the property for no apparent reason. A computer check revealed he has several warrants for his arrest, so the officers arrested him and took him into custody.

Petty Theft
February 5 at 10:40 p.m., a female subject reported that her cellphone was stolen from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. After shopping, she placed her phone on the checkout counter, paid for her merchandise, and then left the store without her phone. When she returned, it was gone. The investigation is continuing.

Attempt Vehicle Arson
February 6 at 1:23 a.m., an officer was patrolling the driveway to Canyon Park, when he came across an unoccupied parked car at the entrance gate. On further inspection of the vehicle, the officer could smell gasoline around the car and noticed someone had poured gas all over the outside and inside of the vehicle. There were two cigarettes wrapped in matches found inside the vehicle. No one was found in the area. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
February 6 at 9:00 a.m., a male adult entered a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain and concealed merchandise in his clothing. He left the store without paying, and when confronted by store security, he ran. Officers were called and detained the male near the store. He was subsequently arrested for shoplifting and released with a citation.

Shoplifting / Narcotics Possession / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 6 at 10:35 a.m., a male subject entered a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain and was detained by store security for shoplifting. When officers arrived to take custody of the subject, they found he was in possession of heroin and had a no-bail warrant for his arrest for violating his parole conditions. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 6 at 2:58 p.m., a male subject was reported to be sleeping on the ground in front of a store in the 400 block of W. Huntington. When officers arrived, they located the subject and a computer check revealed he had a no-bail warrant for his arrest for violation of his parole conditions. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
February 6 at 6:16 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Magnolia and Olive where an injury traffic collision had occurred between two vehicles. Monrovia Fire Department paramedics arrived at the same time as officers and transported both drivers to a nearby hospital for minor injuries. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
February 7 at 1:13 a.m., a resident returned home from work and discovered his house, located in the 400 block of Monrovista, had been burglarized while he was gone between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 1:13 a.m. The suspects entered his home by shattering the rear sliding glass door. The loss is unknown until the victim could inventory his home. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
February 7 at 11:43 a.m., officers responded to a house in the 200 block of W. Palm to investigate a possible domestic violence. When they arrived, they detained a male subject who they determined had a domestic violence restraining order to stay away from the female. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the male had battered the female. The male subject was arrested.

Vehicle Vandalism
February 7 at 8:57 p.m., two people were seen kicking and damaging a vehicle in the 400 block of E. Walnut. When the witness yelled at them to stop, they both ran north on California and out of sight. The owner of the vehicle was located, and the police were called. It is unknown who the subjects were or why they were kicking the car. The investigation is continuing.

Vons Grand Opening



The Vons sign is now up and the store is having its grand opening. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Large Building Projects Planned for Monrovia; Public Safety Initiative; Santa Fe Depot/Bartlet Mosaic Dedication; Etc.


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

~ City staff anticipates there will likely be three large-scale projects planned for Monrovia. They are:


1. Marriott TownePlace Suites - A 113 room hotel at the southwest corner of Huntington and Myrtle.

2. Richman Residential - A 294 unit multi-family project located at the northest corner of Duarte Road and Magnolia, just south of the Gold Line Station.

3. AvalonBay Residential - A 154 unit multi-family project located at the northwest corner of Myrtle and Chestnut.

~ The California Public Safety Partnership Issues Committee has begun circulating a proposed initiative called the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act. (Monrovia has been a leader in trying to get modifications in state law to reduce crime.)

The initiative would reclassify currently "non-violent" crimes - like rape of an unconscious person, sex trafficking of a child and 14 other serious crimes - as "violent" to prevent the early release of inmates convicted of these crimes. It would also stop the early release of violent felons, expand parolee oversight, strengthen penalties for parole violations, reform theft laws to restore accountability for serial thieves and organized theft gangs, expand DNA collection to include those convicted of drug, theft, domestic violence and other serious crimes to help solve rape, murder and other violent crimes - and to exonerate those wrongly accused.

Assemblymember Chris Holden will host a public safety meeting to discuss these issues  at the Monrovia Community Center on Thursday, March 1, starting at 5:30 p.m.

~ The city is planning  a dual dedication event for the unveiling of the Mayor Bob Bartlett Mosaic and the Historic Santa Fe Depot on Sunday, Feb. 25. A light lunch will be served h at noon, with the formal program set to begin at 1 p.m. Details to come.

~ Monrovia Area Partnership will host a block party on March 10, from  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Second Baptist Church (925  S. Shamrock Ave.).

~ In January, 290 Monrovians participating in the Winter Reading Challenge surpassed their goal, reading 144,237 minutes in the month of January.

~  Assemblymember Chris Holden is looking for women to honor whose service have made a positive impact in the 41st Assembly District. Nomination deadline is Feb. 16. One woman will be honored from each city, and one woman will  be selected as the 41st Assembly District Woman of the Year Nomination form here: https://goo.gl/zxB788

- Brad Haugaard

Bake Sale to Support Monrovia Young Musicians Ensemble


Monrovia Young Musicians Ensemble will hold a fundraising bake sale on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ralphs on Foothill in Arcadia. For information write to monroviayoungmusicians@gmail.com

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Senator Introduces Anti-Suicide Legislation


Senator Anthony Portantino, who represents Monrovia, has introduced Senate Bill 972, which would require all public, charter, and private schools to print a suicide prevention hotline number on the back of students' identification cards for grades 7-12 and all higher education institutions beginning on July 1, 2019. Portantino said he was prompted to propose this legislation following his brother’s suicide and by discussions with friends, neighbors, and strangers who had family members who struggled with suicide.

Source: Portantino press release

- Brad Haugaard

Pot Hydroponics Company Coming to Monrovia


To “meet growing demand in the cannabis marketplace,” the City of Industry’s Sugarmade, Inc., “one of the largest publicly traded cannabis-related hydroponics supply companies,” is moving to a new location in Monrovia. The company will be located at the Monrovia Technology Campus, 750 Royal Oaks Drive.  https://goo.gl/zjZ4jk

- Brad Haugaard 

Valentine's Day Horse Carriage Rides


Romantic horse carriage rides, Feb. 14, 6-10 p.m., starting at Monrovia's Library Park. Ticket sales begin Feb. 5. $10 per person; $40 for a private ride. Reservations 932-5562. May be cancelled for rain.

- Brad Haugaard

'Mother Tongue' Concert by San Gabriel Valley Choral Company


The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company will present "Mother Tongue" at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Monrovia on Saturday, March 3.

The choral concert features excerpts from Benjamin Britten's masterpiece "Rejoice in the Lamb" and pieces ranging from motets and folk songs to spirituals, African-American protest songs and settings of both English and American poets.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for children under 12.  Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.sgvccsingers.org or by sending checks payable to "SGVCC" to PO Box 2225 Monrovia, CA  91017.  They will also be available at the door.

Source: San Gabriel Valley Choral Company press release

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Ranks High in Online Education


Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, is one of the nation's leading online educators, according to new rankings recently released by two higher education research organizations. 

BestColleges.com's annual "Best Online Community Colleges" list ranked Citrus College number 15 out of 50 of the nation's top accredited, not-for-profit community colleges.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a higher education information bank, ranked Citrus College number 14 out of California's top 30 online colleges and universities.

Source: Citrus College press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Coordinating Council Seeks Nominees For Youth Recognition Award


The Monrovia Community Coordinating Council is soliciting nominations for its Youth Recognition Award, which recognizes outstanding humanitarian/altruistic efforts made by the youth of our community which frequently go unrecognized.  An individual or group of young people may be considered for this award.

Requirements are:

1. Be a resident of Monrovia and enrolled insixth through twelfth grade.

2. Have performed for the benefit of the community of Monrovia, a specific, outstanding service to the community that would not otherwise be widely recognized.

3. Be nominated by a community organization, school, church or individual. Nomination form and a written personal recommendation (not to exceed 1 page), are to be submitted to:

Nancy Matthews, President
Monrovia Community Coordinating Council
Nancy.NLMconsulting@gmail.com

Here is the nomination form: https://goo.gl/WJoEHf

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Cafe Jimenez


Dinner at Cafe Jimenez, in the Home Depot shopping area on Mountain. Got the two chili relleno dinner for $10.95 and an iced tea for $2.25. I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture before I started eating, so the picture shows a slightly damaged dinner. Anyway, it was just fine and quite filling.

- Brad Haugaard

2018 Monrovia State of the City Video


The video of the Monrovia State of the City speech is now online here:  https://goo.gl/SLWwc4

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's State Senator Sponsoring Art Contest


State Senator Anthony Portantino, who represents Monrovia,  is holding a mural contest for a wall in his Glendale office.  The contest is open to all public and private high school art classes from the 25th District. The theme is "California Dreamin': Hopes, Dreams, and Diversity Across the 25th Senate District." Mural size is 175 by 105 inches. Art classes may  set up appointments to visit the conference room. District office hours are 9-5 Monday-Friday. The senator’s staff will select the winning submission, which will be announced at the end of March. The chosen student artists will paint the mural over the summer break. Submission deadline is March 15. Submit all designs to Senator.Portantino@senate.ca.gov or in person.

Source: Portantino press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Arrested for Loitering in Park; Chalice and Bells Stolen from Church; Armed Robbery at Phone Store; Drunk Bicycling; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 25-31. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 449 service events, resulting in 106 investigations.

Commercial Burglary
January 25 at 7:35 a.m., a burglary was reported at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. The suspect threw a rock through a glass door and entered the location. The suspect took the cash register drawer, which was empty. The investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
January 25 at 10:39 a.m., an employee at a business in the 1600 block of S. Shamrock was reportedly acting bizarre. Officers responded and contacted the subject, who displayed symptoms of being under the influence of inhalants. After further investigation, the suspect was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and taken into custody.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
January 25 at 10:56 a.m., a parking control officer was flagged down in the 500 block of E. Almond regarding a suspicious vehicle. An officer responded and, through investigation, discovered the vehicle was an unreported stolen from a dealership in the City of El Monte. The vehicle was recovered.

Warrant / Possession of Metal Knuckles – Suspect Arrested
January 25 at 4:53 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1600 block of S. Mountain when she was flagged down regarding a suspicious person who was looking into vehicles. The officer located the suspect and a computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. During a search incident to arrest, the suspect was found to be in possession of metal knuckles. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
January 25 at 4:59 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 500 block of W. Huntington. The victim reported that her white Toyota Highlander was taken from the business parking lot while she was inside a store. Her keys were missing. The investigation is continuing.

Vandalism / Resisting and Delaying a Police Officer – Suspects Arrested
January 25 at 5:34 p.m., a possible vandalism in progress was reported in the 300 block of Valle Vista. Officers arrived and located three juveniles, two of them had been spray painting graffiti in the wash and ran from the officer when he attempted to detain them. The two juveniles had spray paint on their hands. They were arrested and later released to their parents with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Loitering in the Park After Hours – Suspect Arrested
January 26 at 12:27 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 300 block of S. Myrtle and was conducting a check of the park. The officer found a subject loitering in the park. The subject was advised regarding park rules and issued a citation for being in the park after hours.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 26 at 1:30 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 800 block of S. Myrtle. The driver was attempting to park his vehicle in a business parking lot when he collided into a parked vehicle. Officers arrived and contacted the driver. Their investigation revealed he was driving under the influence. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrants / Suspended Driver’s License / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
January 26 at 6:13 p.m., officers observed a traffic violation and conducted a traffic stop at the 210 Freeway onramp at Myrtle. The driver was seen throwing something out of the window prior to the vehicle stopping, which was discovered to be heroin. The driver was also found to have a suspended license and multiple warrants. He was arrested for the charges.

Grand Theft
January 26 at 6:23 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of S. Shamrock regarding the report of a grand theft. A suspect entered a church and took a gold and silver plated chalice and gold bells. The investigation is continuing.

Attempt Burglary
January 26 at 8:09 p.m., an alarm activation was reported at a business in the 400 block of W. Colorado. Unknown suspects threw a rock through a door with windows and were able to open the door and make entry into the building. It appears the suspects may have been scared off by the alarm. They exited the front doors, which were found ajar when officers arrived. There was no property loss. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
January 26 at 9:16 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1500 block of S. Mayflower. The victim came out of his house and saw someone driving away in his white Cargo Van. The van had his DJ equipment inside. The investigation is continuing.

Suspicious Subject / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
January 26 at 10:37 p.m., police were notified by security at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington regarding a suspicious subject inside the store. The subject was stuffing merchandise into a bag, then left the bag and exited the store. When officers attempted to contact him, he ran. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter was in the area and immediately spotted the suspect hiding behind a low wall. Officers were directed to the location and the suspect was detained. A computer check revealed the suspect had several warrants. He was arrested for the outstanding warrants and taken into custody.

Petty Theft From a Vehicle
January 27 at 2:18 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 600 block of W. Olive. The victim parked her vehicle in the driveway and forgot to lock the car. Later that night, she remembered and went outside to lock it. She found the center console and glovebox were open. She checked her vehicle and found a purse and some other miscellaneous items were missing from inside. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 27 at 4:29 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at Palm and Mayflower. A vehicle was traveling west on Palm and another vehicle was traveling south on Mayflower. The vehicle on Palm failed to yield to oncoming traffic and collided into the vehicle on Mayflower. Passengers complained of pain and one of them was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Riding a Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
January 27 at 11:01 p.m., officers observed a bicyclist weaving while riding on the street at Magnolia and Walnut. He was also riding during darkness without a headlamp. Officers stopped the bicyclist and determined he was riding while under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI.

Vehicle Burglary
January 28 at 10:02 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 400 block of W. Duarte Road. The victim parked her vehicle in front of her garage the night before and went inside her residence. When she returned to the vehicle the next morning, she found the rear, driver-side window had been smashed. A medical bag was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
January 28 at 10:41 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a business in the 400 block of E. Duarte Road. A 2016, orange and white, Ford U-Haul, box truck was taken from the lot. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
January 29 at 2:39 p.m., a petty theft incident was reported at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington. Employees advised they were attempting to detain an adult female for shoplifting. The suspect fled on foot and an employee followed. An officer was in the area and was able to detain the suspect without incident. The property was recovered and the suspect was arrested. She was issued a citation to appear in court on the charges and released.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
January 29 at 8:22 p.m., police were notified of a male subject walking into traffic and yelling at people. Officers arrived and saw the subject. The subject ran a short distance, but then complied with officers. The subject displayed signs of intoxication and, after further investigation, was arrested for being drunk in public. He was taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
January 30 at 12:15 p.m., a parking control officer was working in the 1300 block of Monterey when she saw a vehicle parked in the area that appeared suspicious. She ran the license plate and it returned as a reported stolen vehicle. She notified dispatch and an officer responded and recovered the vehicle.

Hit & Run, Injury Traffic Collision
January 30 at 4:08 p.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Fifth and Chestnut. A vehicle was traveling west on Chestnut and was crossing Fifth, when it was suddenly struck by a vehicle traveling south. The vehicle spun three times and came to rest on the northwest corner of the intersection. The suspect vehicle did not stop. The driver complained of pain and said she never saw the suspect vehicle. A witness described the suspect vehicle as a gold Hyundai SUV. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
January 30 at 8:22 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 100 block of Oak Grove. The victim returned home to find her house had been burglarized. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. It appears the suspects entered through a second story window, which they accessed off a balcony. The investigation is continuing.

Armed Robbery
January 31, at approximately 8:03 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at a business in the 900 block of W. Huntington. At closing time, an employee locked the front doors to the business and armed the alarm. He entered his vehicle, which was parked close by in the parking lot. While he was sitting in his vehicle, a late-model, dark-colored, compact vehicle pulled next to his driver's side. A male, black passenger remained seated inside the vehicle, pointed a shotgun at the employee, and ordered him to open the front doors of the business and disarm the alarm. The employee did as he was told. Two male, black suspects exited the suspect vehicle and followed the employee into the store. A third suspect waited inside the suspect vehicle and acted as a look out. The passenger suspect pointed the shotgun at the back of the employees head and told him to go to the back office and open the safe. The suspect told the employee to lie face down on the ground and count to 50. The suspects stole several iPhone X cell phones and left the store in an unknown direction. The investigation is continuing. 

14 New Sections of Monrovia Proposed as Historic Districts



The new draft Monrovia Historic Context Statement proposes creating 12 new historic districts in Monrovia and increasing the size of two existing historic districts. The purple portions in the map above shows where these districts are proposed. See the full report here: https://goo.gl/uQVdtE

Recommended historic districts:
  1. Downtown Commercial (Old Town).
  2. West Foothill Boulevard Multi-Family Residential (buildings both sides of West Foothill and the building on the northeast corner of Highland Place on the east, and Sunset Place on the west.)
  3. Highland Place (Highland Place north of the multi-family residential buildings on Foothill Boulevard to West Hillcrest). 
  4. Keefer (North Myrtle and North Ivy between Foothill and Greystone; an addition to the North Encinitas Historic District).
  5. Wild Rose (extends the Wild Rose district up to Foothill).
  6. Oak Woods (Oakglade Drive, Ridgecrest Drive, and Briarcliff Road).
  7. Bliss (bounded by Wild Rose on the north, Mountain on the east, Lemon on thesouth, and Shamrock on the west).
  8. Sombrero Ranch (Lemon Avenue on the north and Orange Avenue to the south. Includes both sides of Sombrero Road, Terrado Drive, Ranchito Road, and  Vaquero Drive).
  9. Downtown East Residential (bordered by Ivy on the west, Colorado on the south, Shamrock on the east, and the buildings on the north side of Lemon Avenue, as well as those on the south side of Palm between Ivy and Canyon Boulevard).
  10. Falling Leaf (bounded by the north side of East Walnut, South Shamrock on the east, East Maple on the south, and South California on the west).
  11. Cherry Avenue (bounded by East Cypress on the north, Sherman Avenue on the east, East Fig Avenue and East Central Avenue on the south, and South Ivy on the west).
  12. Parker Avenue (includes the east end of Parker Avenue starting at South Mayflower Avenue and continuing approximately half-way down the street, ending at 536 on the south side of the street and 547 on the north).
  13. Esplanade (bounded by West Chestnut to the north, West Huntington to the south, Monterey to the west, and South Mayflower to the east.
  14. Anita Ranch (the south side of Anita Street from the cul-de-sac to Alamitas Avenue to the east. 
- Brad Haugaard