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Monrovia to Sell Lots of K-Rail; More Parking In Old Town; Library Park Security and Other Enhancements

At its next meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/YhZqvF) the Monrovia City Council will consider:

~  An agreement with Peps Equipment remove approximately 5,650 linear feet of K-Rail, patch and repair any streets damaged during the K-Rail removal process, and pay the City $45,200 for the K-Rail. The K-Rail was purchased and installed following the Madison Fire of 2013 to protect houses in the area from possible mudslides from the denuded hillsides. https://goo.gl/cLQHfu

~  An agreement with Monrovia United Methodist Church - at Palm and Ivy - to lease the 33 parking spaces the church owns for $700 a month. The church parking spaces are just north of the city lot at Lime and Ivy. https://goo.gl/LVtMRu

~  An agreement to pay the architectural design firm, Undisclosable, Inc., up to $175,000 to design the Monrovia Public Library Enhancement Project, which would address security concerns; enclose the outdoor area on the north and south wings of the building; provide kid spaces; enhance landscaping and provide a "Portland Loo" restroom near the playground. (That's a restroom with features to discourage camping out in the thing, and so forth.) https://goo.gl/JDc4HZ

~ Filling an empty seat on the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board because of the unexpired term of Millie Olivas, ending June 30, 2020, with Alexander Reyes. https://goo.gl/CiP82A

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at 1776


Dinner at 1776, on the east side of Myrtle just south of Lemon  I’d heard burgers are no longer on the menu. Yup! They are indeed gone. Got the Cuban Sliders for $10 and a beer for $7. My sliders look a bit different, but I guess that’s because they’re Cuban style. Other sliders look like mini- burgers. Anyway, it tasted fine. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: $6K Stolen from Car; Restaurant Doesn't Want Old Fan for Payment; Maserati Stolen/Recovered; Shoplifter Returns; Drunks and Drugs; Assault on Cop; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Highlighted Activity for September 20 - 26. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 439 service events, resulting in 104 investigations.

Residential Burglary
September 20 at 1:58 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Madison reported someone was attempting to break into her home. Officers arrived and discovered someone had entered the garage and rummaged through a parked vehicle, then attempted to enter a bedroom window, but was not successful. An area search was conducted, but the suspect was not found. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
September 20 at 8:38 a.m., a caller reported they walked outside their hotel in the 900 block of W. Huntington and discovered one of their car windows had been shattered. The car was parked in the hotel’s parking lot. Officers arrived and found that the suspect had not entered the vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
September 20 at 4:30 p.m., a resident in the 1100 block of S. Fifth sold tools to someone through the internet. After receiving a check, the tools were shipped to the customer. The victim was later notified by the bank that the account for the check had been closed prior to the date he had received it. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
September 20 at 6:04 p.m., an employee for a business in the 3300 block of S. Peck saw a customer throw merchandise over a wall without paying for it. The employee detained the subject until officers arrived. After an investigation was conducted, the subject was arrested and the property was returned to the business.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 20 at 10:22 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 400 block of W. Duarte when he saw a subject standing in front of a liquor store swaying back and forth. The officer contacted the subject and found him to be heavily intoxicated. After field tests were conducted, the subject was taken into custody

Robbery – Suspect Arrested
September 21 at 3:49 a.m., officers responded to a call from a subject who reported she was just robbed of her bicycle in the 400 block of N. Canyon. The subject reported her ex-boyfriend confronted her, then forced her off her bicycle and rode away with it. The suspect was later located and arrested. The bicycle was returned to the owner.

Traffic Collision
September 21 at 4:38 p.m., a caller reported two vehicles had collided at the intersection of Huntington and Primrose. Officers responded and contacted both drivers. The motorist who was found to be at fault was issued a citation for the driving violation.

Trespassing / Evading
September 21 at 8:39 p.m., security at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report a male subject inside their store who had previously been arrested for shoplifting and was told he was not allowed to return to the store. Officers arrived and attempted to detain the subject, but he fled in his vehicle. As officers pursued the subject, he turned off his headlights at night creating a danger for other motorists, which led officers to stop pursuing. Officers knew who the subject was and filed charges against him with the District Attorney.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 22 at 1:32 a.m., an officer was patrolling an alley in the 100 block of W. Lime when he found two male subjects in the middle of the roadway barely able to stand. He stopped to talk with them and found they were both heavily intoxicated. The subjects were arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 22 at 2:15 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 500 block of S. Ivy when he saw a subject attempting to walk along the sidewalk, but was swaying back and forth and almost fell over. The officer talked to the subject and found him heavily intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. The subject was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
September 22 at 4:33 a.m., a caller reported two vehicles had collided at the intersection of Mountain and Huntington. One of the motorists drove away without stopping to see if the other motorist needed assistance. Officers responded and contacted the motorist who stayed at the scene. There were no injuries reported. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 22 at 12:49 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 300 block of W. Colorado when he saw a female subject he recognized from previous contacts. A computer check revealed she had a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Petty Theft
September 22 at 10:30 a.m., a caller reported a theft outside of a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The subject reported she was putting her three children into her parked car, when a male subject ran to her shopping cart next to the car and took her purse which also contained her car keys. Officers responded and searched for the subject, but were unable to locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
September 22 at 5:30 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 700 block of S. Primrose when he saw a bicyclist commit a riding violation. He stopped the bicyclist and during the investigation he discovered the rider was in possession of a pipe that had been used to smoke methamphetamine. The subject was arrested.

Under the Influence of Narcotics – Suspect Arrested
September 22 at 7:02 p.m., officers were patrolling the 500 block of W. Colorado when they saw a female subject behaving strange. The officers stopped to see if she needed assistance and after speaking with her it was determined that she was under the influence of methamphetamine. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Under the Influence of Narcotics / Trespass – Suspect Arrested
September 22 at 10:36 p.m., a caller reported a male subject jumping into the wash in the 900 block of E. Lemon. Officers arrived and located the subject who told the officers that he was under the influence of methamphetamine. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Traffic Collision / DUI Marijuana – Suspect Arrested
September 23 at 12:43 a.m., a caller reported a motorist that collided into a vehicle parked in the 400 block of S. Mayflower. Officers responded and located the motorist who was found to be intoxicated and smelled of marijuana. After field sobriety tests were conducted the subject was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.

Commercial Burglary
September 23 at 2:40 p.m., employees of a public utilities business in the 1400 block of S. California reported someone had burglarized their business sometime during the weekend. Officers responded and found the main gate of their storage yard had been cut open and $3,000 worth of copper wire had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
September 23 at 3:27 p.m., officers were on patrol in the 900 block of S. Primrose when they saw a bicyclist commit a riding violation. They stopped the subject and further investigation revealed that he was in possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Assault on a Police Officer – Suspect Arrested
September 24 at 8:32 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of W. Walnut called to report her family was yelling at one another and they needed help keeping the peace. When officers arrived, one of the family members who was the cause of the argument, an 18 year old male, began walking away. When one of the officers asked him to stop, he turned and swung his fist at the officer attempting to hit him, but the officer dodged the fist and immediately took the subject into custody.

Defraud a Restaurant / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
September 24 at 12:08 p.m., an employee of a restaurant in the 600 block of W. Huntington called to report a customer was not able to pay after eating a full meal. Officers arrived and contacted the subject who said he tried to pay with an old fan he brought with him but they refused to accept it as payment. A computer check revealed the subject had multiple warrants for his arrest. The subject was arrested.

Attempt Grand Theft
September 24 at 8:06 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of E. Lime reported a male subject attempting to steal a catalytic converter from his neighbor’s parked vehicle. When the subject saw the caller, he ran without taking the converter. Officers responded and searched for the subject but were unable to locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Methamphetamine / Trespass / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 24 at 8:11 p.m., a caller reported seeing two people on the property of a closed business in the 600 block of E. Lime. When officers arrived, they located a male and female subject inside of a vehicle belonging to the business. Both were in possession of methamphetamine and the female subject had a no bail warrant for her arrest. Both subjects were taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
September 24 at 10:26 p.m., the employee of a business in the 1900 block of Walker walked to his vehicle and discovered it had been burglarized. One of the windows was shattered and his wallet was missing. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication
September 24 at 2:43 p.m., a caller reported a male subject in the 100 block of E. Foothill who appeared to be heavily intoxicated. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. They found him to be too intoxicated to care for his own safety. The subject was taken into custody.

Grand Theft
September 25 at 5:42 p.m., the employee of a store in the 600 block of W. Huntington called the police to report that a male subject entered their store, took several pair of glasses and ran out of the store without paying for them. The loss was estimated to be over $1,000. Officers responded and searched for the suspect but were unable to locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Warrants – Suspect Arrested
September 25 at 7:38 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Colorado called to report a homeless male subject was setting up a tent in her backyard and was refusing to leave. Officers arrived and contacted the male. A computer check revealed he had multiple warrants for his arrest. He was taken into custody.

Shoplifting
September 25 at 8:30 p.m., an employee of a store in the 600 block of W. Huntington reported a male subject was shoplifting and fled the area in a vehicle. Officers responded and searched for the subject but were unable to locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
September 25 at 10:02 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 1000 block of Royal Oaks when he saw a bicyclist commit a riding violation. The officer made contact with the subject and while speaking with her, noticed she appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine. After field tests were conducted, she was arrested.

Domestic Battery – Suspect Arrested
September 25 at 10:06 p.m., a caller reported their neighbors in the 200 block of E. Pomona were yelling at one another. Officers arrived and contacted the married couple. The investigation determined that one of the subjects had hit the other. The female subject was taken into custody.

Shoplifting
September 26 at 6:28 p.m., an employee of a business in the 700 block of W. Huntington reported two male subjects just left their store with a tool set they did not pay for. Officers arrived and searched the area for the subjects but could not locate them. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
September 26 at 6:43 p.m., the customer of a hotel in the 900 block of W. Huntington walked outside the hotel to his vehicle and noticed one of the doors was open. He looked through the vehicle and found that $6,000 and other items were missing. It is unknown how the suspect gained entry into the locked vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
September 26 at 7:00 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of Linwood returned home and discovered someone had burglarized their apartment. Electronic equipment was stolen. Officers responded and were unable to locate the point of entry. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Automobile
September 26 at 8:04 p.m., a caller reported he had left his Maserati inside a parking structure in the 1100 block of S. Fifth and discovered it was missing. After the vehicle was entered into the DMV stolen vehicle database, it was found in the City of Arcadia and returned to the owner. This investigation is continuing.

Some Parents Upset at Audition Process for the Musical Play, 'Annie'


A number of parents whose children attempted to audition for the musical Annie are upset at what they feel was either an unfair or badly communicated message about the audition process.

Katie Datko posted on Facebook that her daughter was not given a chance to audition for the play, which will be held at the Taylor Performing Arts Center (aka Monrovia High auditorium), because she had prepared to sing rather than to dance. Other parents echoed similar concerns.

Some felt the flyer, above, which was passed out to students at school, was unclear.

School Board Member Ed Gilliland entered the discussion to answer a number of concerns. He wrote:

"The performing arts center is a part of MHS and first priority is MHS functions including drama productions. The Community Theatre is overseen by Patrick Garcia a School District employee who is tasked with providing opportunities for MUSD students to be involved in the arts at all grade levels. Neither the MHS productions or the community theatre “pay” to use the performing arts center, but the School Board does expect the community theatre to be self sufficient including the cost of a few professionals in several different capacities, thus allowing students and community members to work alongside  professionals. Outside groups such as Center Stage can rent the performing arts center for productions when it is available."

- Brad Haugaard

Art Walk on Myrtle This Saturday Evening

MAFA artists as well as students from the California School for the Arts – San Gabriel Valley in Duarte will display and demonstrate their work along the sidewalk in the 400 block of S. Myrtle Ave (adjacent to the Studio Movie Grill). 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Live music sponsored by the City of Monrovia. For more info: christine@monroviafinearts.org

- Brad Haugaard

Street Vendors Given Okay to Operate Virtually Anywhere; K-Rail Coming Down; Old Town Logo Gets New Date

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

~ For the most part, Monrovia - and other California cities - will no longer be able to regulate street vendors. Chi writes: "Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 946 (dubbed the Safe Sidewalk Vending Act) into law, which forbids cities the ability to outlaw sidewalk vendors.  While the new State regulation does provide cities with limited opportunities to permit street vending operations, the new law specifically mandates that municipalities cannot limit where, when, or how street vendors operate.

"In particular, the new law identifies that cities cannot ban vending in parks, cannot determine where vendors can operate, and are not required to ask permission from adjacent businesses in order to operate."

~ The city is planning to start removing much of the "K-Rail," those long concrete barriers along the sides of the road that were installed following the fire hillside fire, in October or November, except that the rail along Highland Place is going to stay. The city wants to wait until after the rainy season to decide what to do about Highland.

~ The proposed Old Town Logo, which initially said, "Founded 1887" has been revised to say, "Est. 1886." That's because the city was incorporated in 1887 but was initially established in 1886, according to City Historian Steve Baker.

- Brad Haugaard

Spunky Nugget Needs a New Home


Nugget (A463691) is a spunky little black kitten searching for a home. Can you believe he was found all alone in Monrovia? Now that he has been at the Pasadena Humane Society over a month gaining weight and a feisty personality, he’s ready for a home. He’s super adorable as he prances and tumbles around during playtime. He also really enjoys being petted and cuddled. Come give Nugget the home he deserves today.

The adoption fee for cats is $75. All cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before being adopted.

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.

- Brad Haugaard

Auction Fundraiser for Teen Leukemia Victims


The James Speranta Organization is holding a fundraiser auction to raise funds to help families coping with teenagers and children diagnosed with leukemia/cancer. The event will be on Sept. 27 at Bella Sera restaurant, 422 S Myrtle, from 5-9 p.m. with the auction beginning at 8 p.m.

The James Speranta Organization was created for the sole purpose of supporting children and their families who have been diagnosed with Leukemia and cancer related illness in the City of Monrovia and adjacent cities.

Currently the new organization has identified four Monrovia teenager boys who were diagnosed within four months of each other.

You can attend the event, neighbors and like-minded people, and spend a little bit of money (or a lot) on such items as: vacations in Park City, Utah; Big Bear Lake; Kauai; Mammoth Lakes. Plus a visit to the Magic Castle and Elton John concert tickets. Contact Jenna Pacini at 419-1771 for more information. 

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Company Sells $9 Million Drone System to Estonia

Monrovia's AeroVironment is selling a $9 million Puma drone system to the Baltic country of Estonia. https://goo.gl/Wt2dTo

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board to Consider Naming High School Library After Frank Jansson

At its next meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/4ywSuH) the School Board will consider naming the Monrovia High School library "The Frank Jansson Library." No further information is given in the agenda about Jansson, but this obituary (https://goo.gl/39C4pn) indicates that there was a Monrovia High teacher named Francis "Frank" Jansson who died  at age 70 on October 25, 2003. He was, "An exceptional teacher and motivator at Monrovia High School for over 45 years." 

- Brad Haugaard


Dinner at Jake’s Roadhouse

Dinner at Jake’s Roadhouse, on the east side of Myrtle just north of Olive. Got the Smoked Sausage dinner with the spicy Texas sausage for $13.45 and a beer for $5.25. Very good, and filling. Had to take some home. 


- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Man Arrested for Attempted Strangling; Busted Window Burglaries; Lots of Drunkenness; Stealing Flowers

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Highlighted Activity for September 13-19. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 402 service events, resulting in 85 investigations.

Grand Theft
September 13 at 1:57 p.m., an employee of a business in the 700 block of Los Angeles arrived to work and discovered the parking lot gate had been cut open. Officers arrived to investigate. While searching for missing items, the employee found the company’s Chevrolet truck had its catalytic converter stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
September 13 at 6:12 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Lemon received a call from a bank to thank her for opening a new account. She let them know that she never opened the account. She immediately reported the fraud to the police. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
September 13 at 6:36 p.m., an employee of a store in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a shoplifter. The male subject walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise he had taken. Officers responded and located the subject outside the store. He was arrested and the stolen property was returned to the store.

Residential Burglary
September 14 at 1:43 a.m., officers were patrolling the 200 block of W. Pomona when they saw a male subject prying open the front door to a residential complex that had just been built. When the subject saw officers, he ran from them. They apprehended the subject, who was found to be in possession of multiple burglary tools. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Under the Influence of Narcotics – Suspect Arrested
September 14 at 4:04 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1100 block E. Huntington when he saw a male subject walking in the middle of the street. He stopped the subject and noticed he was behaving as if he were under the influence of a controlled substance. After field tests were conducted, the subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Bicycle Theft
September 14 at 2:51 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of Park Rose discovered her bicycle was missing from inside her garage. She told officers that she leaves her garage door open during the daytime and last saw the bike two weeks prior. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 14 at 6:47 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 100 block of E. Colorado when he saw a male subject who was having difficulty walking. He stopped to see if the subject needed assistance and found him to be heavily intoxicated. The subject was too drunk to care for his own safety, so he was arrested and taken into custody. He was released once he could care for himself.

Public Intoxication / Open Alcohol Container – Suspect Arrested
September 14 at 9:00 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 500 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a male subject stumbling along the sidewalk, holding an alcoholic drink in his hand. He stopped the subject and found him to be too intoxicated to care for his own safety. He took the subject into custody and issued a citation for having an open alcoholic drink in public.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspects Arrested
September 15 at 1:53 a.m., an officer observed a motorist traveling at an unsafe speed in the 2600 block of S. Myrtle. He stopped the vehicle and found the driver to be intoxicated. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was arrested for DUI.

Vehicle Burglary
September 15 at 4:52 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 900 block of W. Duarte. The victim was inside one of the businesses and when she returned to her car, she found someone had shattered one of her car windows. She looked inside her car and noticed her backpack, laptop, iPad, iPhone, wallet, house keys and purse were missing from the front seat. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 15 at 9:33 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 600 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a male subject stumbling along the sidewalk. He stopped the subject to see if he needed assistance and found he was heavily intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. The subject was arrested and taken into custody. He was released once he could care for himself.

Warrant / Possession of a Methamphetamine Pipe – Suspect Arrested
September 16 at 7:56 p.m., a sergeant was patrolling the 100 block of W. Duarte when he saw a male subject approaching vehicles in the drive-thru line of a business. He stopped the subject and a computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. A search incident to arrest revealed a used methamphetamine pipe in the subject’s pocket. A few minutes later, he saw a second subject he recognized from previous contacts. A computer check revealed he had warrants as well, so he was also taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
September 16 at 9:41 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Olive reported her boyfriend had just attempted to strangle her, then fled in her vehicle. Officers stopped the suspect on their way to her house and detained the male subject. After an investigation, he was arrested for domestic violence.

Possession of a Methamphetamine Pipe – Suspect Arrested
September 17 at 12:39 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 700 block of E. Huntington when he saw a male subject riding a bicycle and violating one of the vehicle codes. He stopped the subject, and during a pat-down search for the officer’s safety, a methamphetamine pipe was discovered. The subject was arrested.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
September 17 at 12:31 p.m., a caller reported two male subjects fist fighting in the 600 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and contacted both subjects. After an investigation, the primary aggressor was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 17 at 11:00 p.m., a motorist called to report she was being followed by another vehicle and was going to lead him to the police department. Officers located the two vehicles and stopped the subject following. They found him to be heavily intoxicated, and after field sobriety tests were conducted, he was arrested for DUI. A computer check revealed he also had a warrant for his arrest.

Commercial Burglary
September 18 at 6:57 a.m., an employee of a store in the 400 block of W. Maple arrived to work and discovered one of the building’s windows was broken and it appeared someone had entered. Officers arrived and checked inside the building, but no one was inside. It appeared that cash had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
September 18 at 2:37 p.m., an employee of a business in the 800 block of E. Duarte reported a male subject loitering on their property. He had been warned to stay off the property and was refusing to leave. Officers arrived and took the subject into custody for trespassing.

Public Intoxication
September 18 at 2:43 p.m., a caller reported a male subject in the 100 block of E. Foothill who appeared to be heavily intoxicated. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. They found him to be too drunk to care for his own safety, so he was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
September 18 at 3:10 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of S. Madison walked outside her home to her car and discovered someone had shattered one of her car windows. The suspect stole her purse, passport and credit cards, which were in the vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Battery
September 18 at 7:21 p.m., a caller reported loud yelling going on at a house in the 600 block of W. Olive. Officers arrived and contacted three subjects inside the house, two males and a female. After an investigation was conducted, it was determined that the two male subjects were involved in an argument and one of the male subjects began hitting the other. This case is being forwarded to the District Attorney for prosecution.

Shoplifting
September 19 at 10:13 a.m., security for a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a male subject had just run out of their store with power tools without paying. He entered a vehicle and fled the area. Officers responded and searched for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
September 19 at 10:26 a.m., a resident in the 1200 block of S. Alta Vista walked outside her home and discovered her vehicle had been burglarized sometime during the night. The suspect broke one of the car windows to gain entry and stole several items from inside.

Shoplifting / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 19 at 2:45 p.m., an employee of a grocery store in the 100 block of W. Foothill reported a male subject had just left the store with flowers without paying for them. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. After an investigation, he was arrested for shoplifting and a computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest.

Vehicle Burglary
September 19 at 6:50 p.m., a customer of a restaurant in the 900 block of W. Huntington finished eating and walked outside to the parking lot. She found her car had been burglarized while she was inside the restaurant. One of the car windows had been shattered and her backpack and laptop computer were taken from the front seat. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Methamphetamine Pipe – Suspect Arrested
September 19 at 7:18 p.m., a resident of an apartment complex in the 700 block of W. Walnut reported a male subject was sleeping in the laundry room. Officers arrived and contacted the subject, who was found to be in possession of a pipe that had been used to smoke methamphetamine. He was arrested.

Under the Influence of Methamphetamine – Suspect Arrested
September 19 at 9:07 p.m., officers were patrolling the train station in the 1700 block of S. Primrose when they were approached by a male subject who told them he was under the influence of methamphetamine. After field tests were conducted, he was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 19 at 9:08 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 200 block of Stedman when he saw a motorist swerving back and forth and driving unsafe. The officer stopped the vehicle and found the driver was intoxicated. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI.

Friday Night Street Fair Merchants

A nice article in the Pasadena City College Courier newspaper about the merchants at the Monrovia Friday night street fair: https://goo.gl/touCwS

- Brad Haugaard 

Unsure How to Work Lyft? A Tutorial for You; Muslim Council Commends Police; Volunteers Fix Up Yard; Pink Patch Items for Sale

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

~ If you've heard about GoMonrovia’s Lyft program but don’t know how to use it there will be a Lyft Tutorial for Older Adults at the Monrovia Public Library Community Room on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. A light dinner will be provided. Questions? Call Angela Cho at 932-5528.

~ The Muslim Public Affairs Council commended the Monrovia Police Department after a Ms. Ali, a Muslim, reported that she was extremely appreciative of the way she was treated by Monrovia police officers when a neighbor called the police department complaining that Ms. Ali looked suspicious.

~ Volunteer teams from the San Gabriel Valley Volunteer Center and the MAP Care For Your Neighbor project, Donald Jeffrey, a 73 year old Vietnam Veteran who was not able to get his property cleaned up, was able not only to get it cleaned, but also planted with drought resistant and low maintenance landscaping.

~ As part of its Pink Patch anti-breast cancer project, the Monrovia Police Department will sell pink shirts - $20; pink hats - $15; pink ribbon pins - $5; pink socks - $15; police challenge coins - $10; 1887 Police Pink Patches - $10; and 2017 Patches - $5. Buy them at the Police Department through October. Questions? Call Sergeant Dan Verna at 256-8020.

- Brad Haugaard

AeroVironment to Sell Drones to Portuguese Army

Monrovia's drone-maker, AeroVironment, has landed a $6 million contract with the Portuguese military. https://goo.gl/cMfY4b

- Brad Haugaard

Cici - Cute as a Button!

Cici (A466048) is as cute as a button! She is a 2-year-old dachshund who has only been at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA for a few days but has become an instant volunteer favorite. She went out with our Wiggle Waggle Wagon team this weekend and enjoyed exploring a new area and new people. She enjoys going for walks and is a very curious girl. She likes to sniff your hand thoroughly before being petted, but after that, she loves just resting comfortably in your lap. Come visit Cici today.

The adoption fee for dogs is $130. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated 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.

- Brad Haugaard


Ulta Beauty Opens With Ribbon Cutting

Ulta Beauty's Monrovia staff at the ribbon cutting ceremony held Friday morning, Sept. 14. The woman cutting the ribbon is the store manager, Amanda Saint.

- Brad Haugaard

Local Family Takes Over Ownership of Mooyah Burgers

Local husband and wife team, Tim and Susan West, are the new owners of Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes in the Vons shopping center. The ownership change was effective Sept. 1. According to a press release, the couple and their six children were all born and raised in town and are working the restaurant as a family - with two of their children working there. The Wests plan to have a grand re-opening event in the near future.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: Parking Rules for RVs; Buying Properties on Myrtle; Old Town Logo; Historic Landmarks


At its Tuesday meeting (https://goo.gl/7fHyrP) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Consider a) allowing residents to park overnight on the street without a permit in the area south of Huntington Drive, north of the 210 Freeway, and between Primrose Avenue and Shamrock Avenue, and b) allow RV street parking in the city by permit only. Permit would cost $5 a day for three days and non-residents could only park on the streets a maximum of six days per month. https://goo.gl/n4S1dt

~ Discuss a buying price for three properties on the west side of Myrtle just south of Primrose Pomona, just south of the property at the southwest corner of Myrtle and Primrose Pomona. This'll be considered in a 6 p.m. closed session meeting. https://goo.gl/uvr5Dz

~ Consider a special tax on the new Richman Residential Project - next to the train station - to pay for city services. https://goo.gl/4hLF52

~ Consider adopting the logo above for promotional efforts for Old Town. https://goo.gl/2LwUmg

~ Consider designating the house at 1 Hidden Valley Road and the house at 310 East Lemon as historic landmarks. https://goo.gl/RxcNNY and https://goo.gl/RxcNNY

- Brad Haugaard

Why is Hwy Esplanade a Highway?

When I saw this sign recently I again wondered why a street that is only three blocks long is called "Highway?"

So I asked Steve Baker, Monrovia's city historian, who said that the street was named by JE MacIntire (I'm unsure of spelling), the developer of the area north of what is now Huntington to Chestnut, and bordered on the west by what is now Monterey and on the east by Mayflower.

For some reason MacIntire called the development the "Highway Block," I guess maybe because it was near Huntington (called Falling Leaf at the time). But anyway, the "Hwy" part of Hwy Esplanade refers to the name of that part of town and is not a description of the street.

- Brad Haugaard


Monrovia a Finalist in Most Business Friendly City Competition

Monrovia has - for the second year in a row - been named one of five finalists competing to be Los Angeles County’s most business friendly city in the under-50,000 population category. Our near neighbors, Duarte and Azusa are also finalists. https://goo.gl/s4FMhY

Thanks for the tip, Brad Hori!

- Brad Haugaard 

Lunch at a Jim’s Burger

Lunch at Jim’s Burger, on Duarte Road at 6th. Got an Avocado, Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich for $6.75 and an iced tea for 90 cents. Tasty!

- Brad Haugaard 

Scouting Program Open House Oct. 13

Venture Crew 147 will host an Open House for prospective members on Saturday, 13 October at the Gazebo in Recreation Park in Monrovia. We’ll get started at 3:30 and wrap up by 5:00. After that we’ll fire up the BBQ. Parents are encouraged to attend. Venturing is a Scouting program for young women and men ages 14 to 21 with a focus on adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service. It’s a great way to build life skills (and a great resume) while having fun in the outdoors with new friends. You can find us on the web at www.VentureCrew147.org and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @VentureCrew147.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Gun Robbery; Driver Stuck in Stolen Car; Annoying Drunk Ex-Boyfriend; Shoplifter Too Late With Second Thoughts; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Highlighted Activity for September 6-12. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 437 service events, resulting in 92 investigations.

Vehicle Burglary
September 6 at 1:30 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of N. Canyon reported his vehicle had been burglarized sometime during the night. The suspect took the vehicle’s handicap placard. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
September 6 at 1:54 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of Sombrero walked outside his home and discovered his vehicle’s window was shattered. She looked inside the car and saw her purse, wallet and other items had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 6 at 2:44 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 1000 block of Briarcliff when he saw a male subject sitting in a parked vehicle. He recognized the subject from previous contacts and a computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. The officer contacted the subject and took him into custody for the warrant.

Grand Theft
September 6 at 4:22 p.m., employees of a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported two male subjects had just run out of the store without paying for merchandise they took. Officers arrived and searched for the subjects, but were unable to locate them. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision / Stolen Vehicle
September 6 at 7:59 p.m., a caller reported a motorist had collided into two parked vehicles in the 900 block of W. Colorado. When officers arrived, they found the driver stuck in the vehicle with non-life-threatening visible injuries. A computer check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital, and charges will be sought at a later date.

Warrant / Possession of Methamphetamine – Suspect Arrested
September 7 at 8:05 a.m., an employee of a business in the 900 block of E. Duarte reported a male subject loitering on private property, refusing to leave. When officers arrived, the subject was contacted. A computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest, so he was taken into custody. During a search incident to arrest, the officer found the subject to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
September 7 at 8:10 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 100 block of W. Lemon when he saw a male subject loitering in a private business parking lot. He contacted the subject, and during a concent search of the subject’s property, a pipe that had been used to smoke methamphetamine was found. The subject was arrested.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 7 at 11:12 p.m., a sergeant was patrolling the 1700 block of S. Myrtle next to the train station, when he saw two subjects he recognized from previous contacts. A computer check revealed one of them had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was contacted and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 8 at 12:49 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of Monrovista reported her ex-boyfriend was continuously driving by her house honking his horn. Officers responded to the area and located the driver, who was found to be heavily intoxicated. Field sobriety tests were conducted, and the subject was arrested for DUI.

Grand Theft Auto / Burglary
September 8 at 8:46 a.m., the owner of a business in the 1000 block of S. Mountain arrived to work and discovered the warehouse and been burglarized sometime during the night and his black Volkswagen had been stolen from inside the building. The vehicle was entered into the DMV stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspects Arrested
September 8 at 8:52 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 100 block of W. Duarte when he saw a suspicious male loitering next to a closed business. He contacted the subject and a computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was taken into custody. During a search incident to arrest, the subject was found to be in possession of a pipe that had been used to smoke methamphetamine.

Vehicle Burglary
September 8 at 9:11 a.m., a caller reported seeing a male subject burglarizing a parked vehicle in the 700 block of E. Huntington. The subject shattered one of the vehicle’s windows, then reached inside the car. When the suspect saw the caller watching him, he ran from the area. Officers arrived and searched for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
September 8 at 12:15 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Duarte was checking his bank account statement and saw several charges that he did not make. All of the charges were from online purchases. This invesigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 8 at 2:05 p.m., employees of a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported seeing a male subject inside their store, concealing merchandise in his clothing. As he exited the store, he decided to return the merchandise to the store. Officers arrived and contacted the subject outside. A computer check revealed he had a felony warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody.

Shoplifting
September 8 at 2:40 p.m., employees of a store in the 500 block of W. Huntington reported a male subject had just run out of their store with merchandise and had not paid. Officers responded and searched for the subject, but were unable to locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 8 at 9:13 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 100 block of E. Huntington, when he saw a motorist commit a driving violation. He stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed she had a warrant for her arrest, so she was taken into custody.

Robbery
September 9 at 9:06 a.m., an employee of a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported three male subjects had just run out of the store with power tools and did not pay for them. One of the subjects yelled at employees that he would shoot them if they tried to stop them. Officers searched the area for the suspects, but were unable to locate them. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Automobile
September 9 at 10:10 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of E. Palm walked outside his home and discovered his black Chrysler had been stolen sometime during the night. The vehicle was entered into the DMV stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 9 at 1:15 p.m., a caller reported a male and female subject yelling at each other in the 1700 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and contacted both subjects. A computer check revealed one of them had a warrant for his arrest, so he was taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
September 9 at 5:06 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of N. Canyon walked outside his home and discovered his car had been burglarized sometime during the night. The suspect gained entry by shattering one of the car windows and a purse was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 9 at 7:11 p.m., a caller reported a male and female subject yelling at each other in the 700 block of S. Shamrock. Officers responded and contacted both subjects. A computer check revealed the male subject had a warrant for his arrest, so he was taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 9 at 11:42 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 2500 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a motorist speeding. As he attempted to catch up to the vehicle, he saw the vehicle drive through two solid red lights. He stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, who was found to be heavily intoxicated. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 10 at 12:02 a.m., a caller reported a male subject lying in the street in the 200 block of S. Encinitas. Officers responded and contacted the subject. He was heavily intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety, so officers took him into custody.

Shoplifting / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 10 at 2:50 p.m., an employee of a store in the 100 block of W. Foothill reported a female subject was being detained in the store for shoplifting. Officers arrived, and after an investigation, took custody of the subject. A computer check revealed she had a warrant for her arrest.

Petty Theft
September 10 at 4:31 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Chestnut walked outside his home and attempted to start his vehicle, but it wouldn’t start. He lifted the hood and discovered someone had stolen the car battery. Another resident in the same block reported their car battery was also stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
September 10 at 8:37 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of W. Foothill walked outside her home and discovered someone had burglarized her vehicle sometime during the day. The suspect had shattered one of the vehicle’s windows and took the victim’s purse, which she had left on the front seat. This investigation is continuing.

Robbery
September 10 at 9:08 p.m., an employee of a business in the 800 block of E. Huntington reported the business had just been robbed. Two male subjects entered the business brandishing handguns and demanded cash, while a third subject remained outside as a lookout. The employees handed over cash and the suspects fled the area. Officers responded and searched for the suspects, but could not locate them. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
September 10 at 10:37 p.m., a caller reported a motorist collided into a parked car in the 800 block of W. Colorado and was attempting to drive away. Officers responded and contacted the driver, who was found to be intoxicated. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI.

Vehicle Burglary – Suspect Arrested
September 10 at 11:01 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Canyon reported seeing a male subject attempting to gain entry into a locked vehicle. When officers arrived, they watched the suspect gain entry. The suspect was rummaging through the inside of the vehicle as officers contacted him. The vehicle did not belong to him, so he was arrested.

Petty Theft
September 11 at 7:16 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of S. Fifth walked outside his home and attempted to start his vehicle, but it wouldn’t start. He looked inside the engine compartment and discovered someone had stolen his car battery. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
September 11 at 8:08 p.m., a resident in the 1100 block of S. Fifth had ordered a Dyson vacuum online and had it delivered to her apartment. On the day of delivery, she never received her package; however, the delivery company advised her they left it by her front door. This investigation is continuing.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
September 12 at 11:07 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of N. Shamrock reported her roommate had just hit her. They had been arguing about the victim taking a plant with her as she was moving out. Officers responded and after an investigation, took the suspect into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
September 12 at 10:39 a.m., a resident in the 1200 block of S. Alta Vista walked outside his home and discovered someone had stolen his black Dodge Durango sometime during the night. Officers responded and had the vehicle entered into the DMV stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting
September 12 at 2:53 p.m., an employee of a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a male subject had just run out of the store with merchandise and did not pay. Officers responded to the area and searched for the suspect, but could not locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision
September 12 at 6:05 p.m., a caller reported a motorist had just collided into the side of a house in the 300 block of N. Canyon. Officers responded, along with Monrovia Paramedics, and contacted the driver. The driver had suffered a heart attack while driving, which caused him to collide. He did not have any injuries from the collision. He was transported to a nearby hospital for his heart condition.

Arcadia Police Looking for this Man Regarding Sexual Assault


On Sept. 8, at approximately 8:42 p.m., an adult female victim was sexually assaulted while walking in the 2300 block of S. Santa Anita Avenue. The suspect is described as follows:

Male Hispanic, in his mid-20's, 5'6", 140-150 lbs., with a shaved head, a long nose, and a distinct crossed left eye. The suspect also had what appears to be a tattoo on the left side of his neck resembling "growing plant vines." The suspect was wearing a light colored t-shirt and dark colored shorts. The suspect rode a silver or metal color BMX style bicycle.

The victim was able to complete a composite sketch of the suspect and the Arcadia Police Department is interested in hearing from anyone who recognizes a person matching the composite sketch.

The case is under investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 574-5151, case number 18-4073. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the "P3 Tips" Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Source: Arcadia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Singing in the Rain Movie, This Saturday at the Library


For Classic Movie Afternoon, Singing in the Rain, Saturday Sept. 15, from 2-4 p.m. in the library Community Room. Details: https://goo.gl/fnRUKD

- Brad Haugaard

Ulta Beauty Opening - Being Joined by Kids Empire, Tapioca Express

Ulta Beauty, which is opening at Monrovia Landing shopping center (former Albertson's shopping center), will be joined shortly by Kid's Empire (hopefully in January) and Tapioca Express (hopefully in November).

Ulta Beauty is the largest beauty retailer in the U.S. Its grand opening will be Sept. 14, at 9:45 a.m.

Michael Odell, principal and co-founder of Warner Pacific Properties, also reports that, "We have also signed two new tenants, Kids Empire and Tapioca Express, which brings the occupancy to 100 percent."

Kids Empire, which was developed in Southern California, will open a 10,500-square-foot facility at Monrovia Landing. Kids Empire provides a safe, high-quality place for children to play and explore. There is a cafe where adults.

Tapioca Express is a South El Monte-based Taiwanese-American fast-food franchise chain specializing in bubble tea, coffee, fruit juices, yogurt, smoothies and slushies, and small meals, sandwiches and light snacks. It will occupy a 200-square-foot restaurant space.

Source: Warner Pacific Properties press release

- Brad Haugaard

City Serving Senior Lunches; Ulta Beauty Opening; Beer and Wine Fest; Bridge Work; Clean Sidewalks; Etc.

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

~ The City has begun serving free meals to seniors at the Monrovia Community Center.  Lunches are served from 11:30 a.m. to noon, with a suggested donation of $2.  All seniors over 55 are welcome, but will be required to become a club member of either the Gad-A-Bouts or New Horizons Club after two visits. Memberships are $5 for the year.

Comment: I'm not in the least bit comfortable with the city making membership in a private club a requirement to receive a government service. This seems wrong.

~  Ulta Beauty - cosmetics, skincare, fragrances, and hair products - will open its newest location at the Monrovia Landing Shopping Center (the old Albertson's center) with aformal ribbon cutting on Friday, Sept. 14, at 9:45 a.m.

~  The  third annual Monrovia Station Beer, Wine & Music Fest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 4-8 p.m. at the Station Square Park. More than 30 craft beer and wines from award winning breweries and wineries. Proceeds benefit the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce & Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. And yes, you gotta be at least 21.

~ East Huntington Drive lanes will occasionally be closed between Sept. 10 - Sept. 19 so workers can do maintenance and repair work on the overhead pedestrian bridge  The work will be between the hours of 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., from Monday through Friday only.

~ Old Town sidewalks will be pressure washed starting Monday, Sept. 10 through Sept. 12.  Each day, the work will begin at 3 a.m. and end at 7 a.m.

~  Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board needs a new member. Interested? Apply here - https://goo.gl/kTrjbn - before 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17. Questions? Contact the City Clerk's office at 932-5505.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Joins City of Hope in Battle Against Breast Cancer

The Monrovia Police Department is proud to continue its Pink Patch Project partnership in fighting against breast cancer with the City of Hope. The Pink Patch Project is an innovative public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and support research efforts working to combat this disease. This project will also raise awareness about early detection and treatment for breast cancer.

The Pink Patch Project began in 2015, when the Irwindale Police Department raised over $20,000 for breast cancer research by selling pink colored versions of their police patch. In 2016, the Pink Patch Project quickly grew into a collaborative effort between numerous Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies.

Beginning in September, the Monrovia Police Department will be selling limited edition pink police department patches and challenge coins for $10 each. We will also be selling limited edition MPD breast cancer awareness pins for $5 and graphic designed t-shirts for $20. All profits from these sales will be donated to the City of Hope to help fund their research for breast cancer.

Also, throughout the month of October, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Monrovia Police Officers will be wearing pink patches on their patrol uniforms to continue to help raise awareness. These are the same official patches that will be available for purchase.

To purchase official Monrovia Police Department Pink Patch items, please come by the police station, located at 140 E. Lime Avenue, and help support the cause. Cash or checks are accepted. Please make checks payable to the Monrovia Police Officers' Association.

On behalf of Chief Sanvictores, the Monrovia Police Officers' Association and the Monrovia Police Department, we thank you for your support for a cure to breast cancer.

For additional information, please contact Sergeant Daniel Verna at 256-8020

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Frisbee Dog Needs a Home


Maggie (A461589) is a 10-years-young terrier mix looking for a new home! She loves to play with toys and will fetch a Frisbee like a pro! One of Maggie's favorite things to do is go for walks in the park. She's been known to jump up on the park bench to get in a snuggle with a volunteer. Maggie is a true volunteer favorite, and they say she loves to be petted and scratched. Maggie also knows her sit and down commands. If you are looking for an active older pup, stop by and ask for Maggie.

The adoption fee for dogs is $130. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated 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.

- Brad Haugaard

Aggressive Bear in Canyon Park

Here is video and a description of a family's encounter with an aggressive bear in Monrovia Canyon Park. https://goo.gl/Nzpkvv

- Brad Haugaard

Eyewitness News Films Monrovia Bear Report




Channel 7 Eyewitness News was in Monrovia Canyon Park today (Monday) filming a segment on - if I understood correctly- aggressive bears.

Well, I’ve had a momma bear lunge at me but that was because I was an idiot. I wanted a better camera shot and got too close and baby bear was with her.

- Brad Haugaard 

Fork Fire No Threat to Monrovia

Monrovia Fire Department reports:

Early today, a brush fire dubbed the Fork Fire began spreading in the San Gabriel Reservoir in Azusa Canyon, off of Highway 39 / San Gabriel Road, adjacent to the City of Azusa. So far, ~90 acres have burned.

While smoke from the fire is highly visible, it is important to note that the San Gabriel Canyon is not in close proximity to Monrovia. Based upon the latest on-the-ground information, there is currently no threat to Monrovia. The public is being urged to stay clear of the area.

The Monrovia Fire Department will continue to monitor this situation and weather patterns closely, and if anything changes that may impact the safety of our community, the City will be certain to provide notification immediately at that time.

- Brad Haugaard

Car Show Pictures

Some great pictures of the car show on Myrtle Saturday at Gem City Images: https://goo.gl/UjqnWB

- Brad Haugaard

Old Car Show on Myrtle


Old cars on display today on Old Town. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Car Show on Myrtle Tomorrow

Old Town Monrovia Car Show tomorrow, Sept. 8, on Myrtle from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Juvenile Car Thief Crashes Car in Monrovia

A juvenile stole a car in Arcadia and crashed it in Monrovia, knocking one parked car about 30 feet. https://goo.gl/3c7pKL

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Budget; Cop on Campus; Etc.


The general fund.

At its Sept. 12 meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/rPgK73) the Monrovia Board of Education will ...

~ Take a look at the district's general fund. It looks to me as if revenues are down, but so are expenditures: https://goo.gl/YT5N9j

~ Consider implementing with the city a School Resource Officer (Cop on Campus) program for up to $80,000 a year. https://goo.gl/1Xk9BL

~ Consider hiring Leslie Stawarz for up to $16,500 to - as best I can figure out - help the district with the computer system of CALPADS, the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, a data system that tracks students' academic performance. https://goo.gl/RGDQ9C

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Customer Punches Out Gas Pump; Tailgater Hits Tail; Assault With Pants; Old Lady Hits and Runs; Semi Knocks Down Pole

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Highlighted Activity for August 30 – September 5. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 394 service events, resulting in 67 investigations.

Vandalism
August 30 at 1:10 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Olive started her vehicle, which immediately began to overheat. She discovered someone had poured sugar in her radiator and cut several zip-ties that were holding engine parts together. This investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision
August 30 at 7:57 p.m., an eighteen-wheel truck was backing in the 700 block of E. Cypress, when the trailer struck a light pole, causing the pole to fall.

Vandalism
August 30 at 8:43 p.m., an employee at a gas station in the 800 block of E. Huntington reported a customer had just hit the gas pump several times with his hand, causing the digital display to break. The customer left the area after damaging the pump. Officers arrived and searched the area for the subject, but could not find him. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 31 at 1:31 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 100 block of W. Duarte when he saw several subjects he knew from previous contacts. A computer check revealed one of the subjects had a warrant for his arrest, so he was stopped and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 31 at 4:10 a.m., a sergeant was patrolling the 2600 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a motorist commit a driving violation. A traffic stop was conducted, and after the driver identified himself, a computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. The driver was taken into custody.

Possession of Narcotics – Suspect Arrested
August 31 at 7:42 a.m., an officer was patrolling on foot in the 300 block of S. Myrtle, when he saw a male subject in Library Park in possession of methamphetamine. He arrested the subject, who was later released with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Residential Burglary
August 31 at 9:43 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of S. Sunset walked outside his home and discovered someone had entered his attached garage. The suspect took power tools, lighting equipment and DJ equipment. This investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision
August 31 at 4:42 p.m., a motorist was traveling east in the 800 block of W. Foothill and was following too close to the car in front of them. The vehicle in front had to brake, causing the two vehicles to collide. The motorist who was following too close was issued a citation for the driving violation.

Vehicle Pursuit – Suspect Arrested
August 31 at 11:04 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 300 block of E. Huntington when he saw a vehicle illegally stopped in a driving lane. He approached the vehicle and attempted to contact the person sitting in the driver’s seat; however, the driver ignored him and began driving away. A pursuit ensued, with the motorist failing to stop for several red lights and stop signs, finally yielding in the 400 block of N. Alta Vista. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
August 31 at 11:16 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Hillcrest reported a motorist had just collided into two parked vehicles, then fled the area. Officers searched for the suspect vehicle and located it five blocks away from the scene. The driver was not located. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
September 1 at 1:18 a.m., a resident in the 1800 block of S. Mayflower was inside her home when she heard a loud firework explosion outside. She went outside and found the windshield on her vehicle had been shattered from a firework that had been placed under the windshield wiper. This investigation is continuing.

Warrants – Suspects Arrested
September 1 at 3:18 a.m., a female subject called 911 from her cellphone and said she needed help, then she hung up. GPS tracked the phone call to the 100 block of W. Walnut. When officers arrived, they located two male subjects, who said the female was with them, but just left the area. A computer check revealed both male subjects had warrants for their arrest, so they were taken into custody. Officers searched the area for the female subject, but were unable to locate her.

DUI / Injury Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
September 2 at 1:22 a.m., a caller reported two motorists collided in the 300 block of N. Canyon. Officers arrived and found one of the drivers to be intoxicated. Field sobriety tests were conducted and he was determined to have been driving while under the influence. Due to a complaint of pain from the collision, he was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. DUI charges will be filed at a later date.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 2 at 10:18 p.m., a caller reported a male subject heavily intoxicated in the 400 block of S. Myrtle. Officers responded to the area and located the subject, who was too intoxicated to stand without assistance. He was arrested for public intoxication.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 3 at 8:40 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 700 block of E. Huntington when he saw a subject he recognized from previous contacts. A computer check revealed the subject had a warrant for his arrest, so he was stopped and taken into custody.

Petty Theft
September 3 at 12:44 p.m., a resident in the 1200 block S. Alta Vista walked outside to his vehicle and discovered someone had entered his unlocked vehicle. The suspect stole a shotgun that was left in the vehicle trunk the night before after the owner returned home from a hunting trip. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft – Suspect Arrested
September 3 at 12:47 p.m., security for a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported they were detaining a male subject for theft. The subject loaded a cart full of merchandise and left the store without paying. When officers arrived, an investigation was conducted and the subject was arrested.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
September 3 at 1:41 p.m., officers responded to a house in the 800 block of W. Olive regarding a report of domestic violence. When they arrived, they located a male and female subject, who have a child together and were involved in an argument. It was discovered that the female subject hit the male with a pair of pants, leaving visible injuries on his body. The female subject was arrested.

Residential Burglary
September 3 at 1:55 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Colorado arrived to his home and discovered someone had entered it while he was gone and stole several power tools. The house was left unlocked. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
September 4 at 9:36 a.m., the victim parked his vehicle in a business parking lot in the 1600 block of S. Mountain and went into the business. When he returned to his truck, he discovered someone had stolen tools from the bed of the truck. Officers responded and reviewed store surveillance cameras. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Narcotics / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 4 at 10:44 a.m., a caller reported a male subject in the 500 block of W. Colorado that was believed to have a warrant for his arrest. Officers responded and contacted the subject. A computer check confirmed there was a warrant for his arrest. He was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 4 at 5:05 p.m., a caller reported a heavily intoxicated male subject that was in the parking lot of a gas station in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle. Officers responded and contacted the subject. He was found to be too intoxicated to care for his own safety. He was arrested for being drunk in public and taken into custody.

Battery
September 4 at 6:08 p.m., a caller reported two subjects physically fighting in front of a house in the 500 block of E. Colorado. Officers responded and contacted both subjects, who said they were friends. They became involved in an argument, which led to fighting. Neither were found to be injured. The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney for prosecution.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
September 5 at 7:46 p.m., a caller reported seeing an elderly female driver collide into a parked vehicle in the 700 block of S. Shamrock. The driver stopped, exited her vehicle, looked at the damage, and then drove away without leaving a note. Officers responded, but were unable to locate the suspect. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 5 at 1:13 p.m., a caller reported that two vehicles collided in the 1400 block of S. California. Officers arrived to investigate. Both drivers complained of pain and were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 5 at 2:08 p.m., officers stopped a motorist in the 100 block of N. Sunset for reportedly being a possible DUI driver. Officers contacted the driver and found him to be heavily intoxicated. Field sobriety tests were conducted, and the driver was arrested for DUI.

Traffic Collision
September 5 at 3:18 p.m., a caller reported that two motorists collided into one another in the 700 block of S. Monterey. Officers responded and found no one was injured. After an investigation, the driver who was found to be at fault was issued a citation.

Grand Theft Auto / Recovered Stolen Vehicle
September 5 at 6:47 p.m., a resident in the 1800 block of S. Alta Vista walked outside his home and found that someone had stolen his Honda Civic. Officers arrived to investigate, and the vehicle was entered into the DMV stolen vehicle system. Later in the evening, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies found the vehicle in Duarte, unoccupied. The vehicle was returned to the owner.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 5 at 7:53 p.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 several warrants for his arrest. He was stopped and taken into custody.

Petty Theft / Fraud
September 5 at 9:45 p.m., an employee of a business in the 1400 block of S. Shamrock walked outside to her car, which she had left unlocked. She discovered someone had entered the vehicle and took her purse. She immediately called her credit card company to cancel her cards and was told someone had already used them at nearby stores. This investigation is continuing.

Lunch at The Diplomat

Lunch at The Diplomat, on the north side of Lemon just a few steps off Myrtle. Mediterranean food. Got the Chicken Kebab Wrap for $10 and a beer for $5. Tasted good.

- Brad Haugaard

AeroVironment Stock Up About 17 Percent Today


The stock for Monrovia drone-maker, AeroVironment, jumped as much as 17 percent today on earnings estimates "that blew Wall Street's estimates entirely out of the water." https://goo.gl/xDBY4W

The company's stock is up from $54.85 at the beginning of this year to almost $100 today.

- Brad Haugaard (Disclosure: I own some of the stock)

City Works With Athens to Correct Trash Pick-Up Problems; Library Card Month; Youth Sports; Successful Concert Season

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

~ Because of increased complaints about trash service and customer service, city staff has met with Athens, which "will be taking corrective measures, and will be communicating with their operations manager, route supervisor, customer service representatives, and trash truck drivers about the need to provide better service more consistently." Chi adds: "In addition, we have instituted a new monitoring and tracking system with Athens to identify and log missed trash service days.  If a customer has repeated instances of missed trash pickups (3 or more within each 90-day period), the city will be sent a report so that we can further investigate the issues and resolve the matter."

~ It's National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Everyone who signs-up for his or her first Monrovia library card will have the chance to get a picture with a photo frame. Also, new library card holders will be eligible for surprise giveaways all month. For more information call 256-8274.

~ Co-ed fourth and fifth grade basketball and cheer at Julian Fisher Park Tuesdays and  Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. with games Saturday mornings at 8, 9, and 10 a.m. Fee: $35 (MUSD resident & student) $40 (non-resident). https://goo.gl/iQsFnn

~ Around 7,060 people attended a concert in Station Square or Library Park this summer, and around 410 people watched a movie in the park.

- Brad Haugaard

SCE to Discuss its ‘Power Shutoff Protocol’

For those with homes or businesses in fire-danger areas, Southern California Edison will hold a community meeting on wildfires and public safety at the DoubleTree Hotel in Monrovia (924 W Huntington Dr.) on Sept. 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. SCE will also provide information about its Public Safety Power Shutoff Protocol. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Friends of the Monrovia Library Book Sale This Friday, Saturday


- Brad Haugaard

Macho The Cat: He'd Like to Meet You


Macho (A271176) is an 8-year-old domestic shorthair in need of a loving family. He is a very sweet cat who spends most of his day in his cat tower or snuggled up with his roommates (he currently resides in a staff office). He meows for attention and will curiously come up to meet you. He head bumps you to pet him and purrs and rubs against you. Despite being 20 pounds he still loves to jump onto chairs and work desks to sniff around and find a better napping spot. Come meet Macho today at the Pasadena Humane Society!

The adoption fee for cats is $75. All cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before being adopted.

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.

- Brad Haugaard

Arcadia Police Needs Help to Find Missing Man




The Arcadia Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing "at risk" person Steven Harold Mills, a 5 foot 7 inch, 120 pound, white male. Steven is a transient who lives in his vehicle and was last seen near the Arcadia County Park. Steven suffers from a mental condition. Steven's vehicle is a 2015 Toyota RAV4 Silver in color with California license plate of 7MUG563. If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Steven, please call 911 or contact the poilce.
- Brad Haugaard