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Number of Monrovia Students Slightly Higher than Expected

At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/FyFFoJ) the Monrovia Board of Education will ...

~ Get an enrollment report that shows the number of students is 5,407, actually a bit higher than the 5,350 projected eaarlier. https://is.gd/d2E6iQ

~ Consider buying a Paxton/Patterson Learning
System for Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School for $81,877. https://is.gd/LaOraI

~ Participate in the clinical training of University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (https://is.gd/swbzIs), and in the clinical training of New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development students in the field of Speech-Language Pathology (https://is.gd/Ed1irm).

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Victorious Over South Pas

Friday Monrovia sailed to a 49-7 win over South Pasadena. https://is.gd/uF2kkm

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Church’s Chicken

Dinner at Church’s Chicken at Huntington and Shamrock. Got the “3Pc Mixed” with a biscuit, fried okra as a side, and an iced tea for $8.79. Okay, keeping in mind that we’re not talking health food here, the chicken and iced tea were good, the okra was an experiment and was okay though I confess I’d probably get fries if I ordered it again. And good price. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia High's Homecoming Game Tonight Will be Broadcast

If you can't make it to Monrovia's homecoming game against South Pas this evening, it will be broadcast here: https://is.gd/mZCM0X

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High's Coffee Roaster Program Makes Evening News


Here's an ABC7 video report on Monrovia High School's Roasters coffee cart program where special education students learn skills that could get them jobs. https://is.gd/aNbg6t

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovians Invited to Arcadia Woman's Club Holiday Fashion Show

Arcadia Woman's Club invites local residents to its holiday fashion show, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the historic clubhouse at First and Diamond Avenues. Vendors will display boutique items, there will be door prizes, silent auction items, opportunity drawings, and no-host wine and champagne. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations may be made by contacting Joyce Platt at 574-1303 or jgn4paws@pacbell.net.

- Brad Haugaard

Professional Video of Monrovia Schools Programs

A professional video description of Monrovia schools' programs.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Hot Coffee Rolls Car; Woman Arrested in Package Theft; Marijuana Farm Busted; Drunks, Too

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 10-16. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 370 service events, resulting in 86 investigations.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
October 10 at 4:09 p.m., a caller reported a traffic collision at the intersection of Fifth and Huntington. An officer arrived on scene and conducted an investigation. One of the drivers fled the scene on foot. A witness was able to identify the driver who fled. The investigation is continuing.

Rollover Non-Injury Traffic Collision
October 11 at 6:19 a.m., a rollover traffic collision involving a single vehicle was reported at Fifth and Huntington. Officers responded and located the vehicle, but the driver was not inside. Officers checked the area and found the driver walking away from the scene. He admitted to being the driver of the vehicle, but he left the scene because his license was suspended. He said he spilled hot coffee on himself and jerked the steering wheel, causing the vehicle to hit the center divider. The appropriate action was taken against the driver.

Fraudulent DMV Registration Tabs – Suspect Arrested
October 11 at 9:54 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 100 block of W. Pomona when he located an illegally parked vehicle occupied by one male subject. The vehicle had homemade DMV registration tabs attached to the license plate. The owner admitted to affixing the false tabs to the plate. He was arrested and later released with a citation.

Wanted Person / Weapon Offense – Suspect Arrested
October 12 at 12:34 a.m., a caller reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the 200 block of Kruse that was occupied by a male and female subject. Officers arrived and contacted the occupants. A computer check revealed the male subject was wanted by Los Angeles County Probation. He was also in possession of a dagger, which is a dangerous prohibited weapon in California. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 12 at 2:32 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1200 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a male subject stumbling in the street. He stopped the subject and found he was heavily intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Theft of Mail/Packages – Suspect Arrested
October 12 at 4:52 p.m., a caller reported a female subject wearing a green hoodie that stole packages from a residence in the 100 block of W. Colorado. The witness contacted the owner, who confirmed the packages were stolen. Officers arrived and detained a female matching the description and the property was recovered. The suspect was positively identified. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
October 12 at 8:53 p.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a female subject that concealed clothing items inside her purse and exited without paying for them. Officers arrived and located the female as she was leaving. The employee placed the female under private person’s arrest. The subject was arrested for shoplifting.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 12 at 10:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 900 block of E. Huntington regarding an intoxicated subject inside. Officers arrived and located the subject. The subject was too intoxicated to care for himself and he was arrested for public intoxication. He was held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
October 12 at 11:36 p.m., multiple witnesses reported a hit and run traffic collision at the intersection of Greystone and Canyon. The suspect vehicle fled the scene of the collision. Officers arrived and located the vehicle at Greystone and Myrtle, which had damage and was still occupied by the driver. The driver displayed symptoms of intoxication. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 13 at 7:22 p.m., a caller reported a male and female subject yelling at one another in the street at Hillcrest and Stedman. Officers responded and found the female had driven away and the male subject stayed behind. While officers were still in the area, the female subject returned. She was found to be heavily intoxicated while driving. After field sobriety tests were conducted, she was arrested for DUI. She was taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

Illegal Indoor Marijuana Cultivation for Sales
October 13 at 9:30 p.m., a caller reported seeing an open door to a building in the 300 block of W. Chestnut. Officers responded and found a large, multi-room marijuana grow and processing center with all stages of growth and processing. The Fire Department, building inspector, and detectives responded. The building was red-tagged due to illegal and dangerous unpermitted wiring and watering systems indoors. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto / Stolen Vehicle Recovered – Suspect Arrested
October 14 at 10:05 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 700 block of W. Huntington when he saw a suspicious vehicle. A check on the license plate revealed it was reported stolen out of San Jose. There was a male subject sleeping in the vehicle. The subject was detained and an investigation was conducted. The occupant was the suspect listed on the original stolen vehicle report. The suspect was arrested and the vehicle was recovered.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
October 14 at 10:08 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report a subject who was in the store concealing merchandise. As he exited the business, a loss prevention employee stopped him. Officers arrived and accepted a private person’s arrest on behalf of the loss prevention employee. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
October 14 at 11:37 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of James Town called to report their home had been burglarized. Officers arrived and checked the interior of the residence. The master bedroom exit door was shattered. The home was ransacked and items were missing. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
October 15 at 2:31 p.m., a witness called to report an injury traffic collision at the intersection of California and Evergreen. One motorist failed to stop at a red light and collided into another motorist. One of the parties had a complaint of pain and was treated by Monrovia paramedics at the scene. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
October 15 at 5:12 p.m., a caller reported a male and female subject arguing in the 1800 block of Encino. Officers arrived and located the two subjects outside a residence. The investigation revealed they are in a dating relationship and live together. The female complained of pain to hear neck and head. She was treated at the scene by Monrovia paramedics. Officers determined the male was the aggressor and he was arrested for domestic violence and false imprisonment.

Injury Traffic Collision
October 16 at 11:40 a.m., a caller reported an injury traffic collision at the intersection of Myrtle and Walnut. Officers arrived and saw a vehicle that had driven into an open trench, but just the front tires were in the trench. The driver was still in the vehicle and he complained of pain to his knees. Monrovia Fire Department personnel arrived and were able to get the driver out of the vehicle. He was treated at the scene for his injuries. The vehicle was removed from the trench.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
October 16 at 9:25 p.m., a caller reported a couple arguing inside a residence in the 300 block of Prospect. During a verbal altercation, the girlfriend tore the boyfriend's t-shirt and as she did, she scratched his back. The boyfriend sustained lacerations to his back. He was medically treated at the scene. The girlfriend was arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody.

Giant Spiders Invade Library



Either the library is getting ready for Halloween or somebody needs to call pest control. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Big 'M' on Monrovia Hillside Cleaned Up

Gem City Images has a great picture of the cleaned-up Big M on the hillside above Monrovia. https://is.gd/aMibGk

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Get Money for Traffic Enforcement

The Monrovia Police Department received a $55,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a one-year enforcement and education program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads.

"We are committed to keeping everyone safe on the road. We believe through the enforcement of driving and DUI laws, we will reduce injury traffic collisions in Monrovia," said Lt. Daniel Verna.

The grant-related activities are for the 2020 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, to Sept. 30, 2020.

Funding from the Office of Traffic Safety will be used for numerous programs, including:

  • DUI/driver's license checkpoints.
  • Patrols specifically looking for suspected alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers.
  • Patrols targeting violations of California's hands-free cell phone law and vehicle code violations by drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians that put other roadway users at risk.
  • Patrols targeting the primary causes of crashes in Monrovia - speeding, unsafe turning, and right-of-way failure to yield violations.
  • Patrols specifically looking for seat belt and child safety seat violations.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted and impaired driving, bicycle and pedestrian safety.  DUI Logo
  • Serving warrants to multiple DUI offenders.
  • Creating "Hot Sheets" identifying repeat DUI offenders.
  • Officer training to identify suspected impaired drivers and conduct sobriety tests. 
"Getting in a vehicle remains one of the most dangerous things we do," OTS director Barbara Rooney said. "We must continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to shift that realization and make traveling on our roads safer."

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Board of Supervisors Renews $20,000 Reward for Information About Shooting Two Years Ago

More than two years ago Monrovian Oscar Garcia was shot and killed by a man police say look like this drawing.

The LA County Board of Supervisors has renewed its $20,000 reward for information about the killing. If you know anything about the suspect, contact the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500, or to report anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Source: https://is.gd/I8OjVw

- Brad Haugaard

Video About Monrovia Measure K Tax Measure



The City has created a video, here (https://is.gd/mxYf7o) explaining why Monrovians should vote for Measure K, which would raise Monrovia's sales tax from the current rate of 9.5 percent to the maximum legal rate of 10.25 percent.

In brief, the logic is this:

The maximum allowable sales tax under California law is 10.25 percent, and city officials are convinced that there will be more measures on the county ballot to raise sales tax.

However, if Monrovia raises its tax first, and raises it to the maximum permitted level, any new sales taxes approved by the county won't apply to Monrovia. We won't have to pay it because we're already paying the maximum, and we're paying it to the city, not the county, so we get to keep 100 percent.


Comment

While I don't think increasing taxes is generally a good thing for reasons I won't go into unless someone begs me, in this case I'm going to vote for this tax for the reasons the city has given.

However, for your own consideration I want to point out a few possible negatives that occur to me.

1. If there are no more county sales tax measures on the ballot then Monrovia would be left with a higher sales tax than cities that have not increased their sales tax.

That seems correct, but how likely is it? I'm inclined to agree that there will be more sales tax increases on the county ballot.

2. What is to prevent the state from raising the 10.25 percent sales tax limit?

Probably nothing, but if the state raises the sales tax limit I suppose Monrovia is still better off because this measure would still keep more Monrovia money in Monrovia.

3. Suppose we pass this measure but then benefit from some new county sales tax. Might the cities that end up paying the new tax file lawsuits claiming they are being unfairly burdened by having to raise money that is being distributed even to cities - such as Monrovia - that are not paying the tax?

I'm no legal expert but that seems possible, and I've no idea how the courts might rule.

- Brad Haugaard

Taste of Old Town Coming Up; Be On a City Commission; Nominees Wanted.

In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) Interim City Manager Brad Dover reports:

~  A Taste of Old Town Monrovia is coming up on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. It showcases Old Town merchants and restaurants and lets you sample a variety of foods and beverages up and down Myrtle Avenue in one  evening. Purchase tickets here: https://is.gd/yeZgYD

~  There is a vacancy on the city's Community Services Commission. If you are interested in the position submit an application (here: https://is.gd/FOOHfy) by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18. For questions contact the City Clerk's Office at 932-5599.

~  Monrovia Chamber of Commerce wants nominees for its annual awards, the Iris Award (Citizen of the Year); Monroe Award (Monrovia Businessperson of the Year); Service to the Chamber Award; Military Service and Stewardship Award (A person who works to assist either veterans and/or veteran causes; and the new Pam Fitzpatrick Award (Advocate for building a stronger business community). Nomination form here: https://is.gd/RSc56D .Questions? Contact the Monrovia Chamber at 358-1159 or email sc@monroviacc.com.

~  Senator Anthony Portantino is looking for nominees for his Women in Business awards. Nominees should be "outstanding women for their contributions to economic growth, non-profit impact, and business development in the 25th Senate District." Nomination info here:  https://is.gd/5OJvF3

- Brad Haugaard

Flower - Classic Kitty

Cats come in all different colors and patterns, and they’re all beautiful, but Flower is a kitten who embodies the beauty of a classic gray tabby. Oh sure, she’s cute and adorable and playful and all the things kittens are. But have you ever met a kitten who can be bouncing around one minute, and then perfectly pose for a photo the next? We can’t guarantee that she’ll be a star on social media, but Flower has all the makings of an internet celebrity (only she seems like the type to stay humble and never forget her fans who were with her from the beginning). One day, when Flower is a beautiful full-grown cat with tons of followers, we can say “we knew her when”!

The adoption fee for cats is $90. 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

Monrovia's Water District Recieves Water Conservation Award

Director of Government and Community Affairs Patricia Cortez and Conservation Coordinator Elena Layugan accept the 2019 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award on behalf of the district.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (based in Monrovia) with a 2019 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award for its efforts to defeat water waste in 2018. https://is.gd/eJRmf5

The district was honored as a 2019 WaterSense Partner of the Year winner for spreading the water-efficiency message through public education and awareness while transforming the marketplace to include WaterSense labeled products, new homes, and certification programs.

- Brad Haugaard

We Will Rock You at Taylor Performing Arts Center

The play, We Will Rock You, at the Taylor Performing Arts Center (Monrovia High Auditorium) at 7 p.m. on October 25, 26 and Nov. 1, 2.  The story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. Tickets here: https://is.gd/erAvU6

- Brad Haugaard

Men's Evensong Invitational

St. Luke Episcopal Church in Monrovia will present its 16th annual Men's Evensong Invitational on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. The church is at 122  S. California Ave. at Foothill Boulevard in Monrovia.

The performance will spotlight the men of the choir and guest singers. Music will include William Dawson's There Is a Balm in Gilead and the Phos Hilaron and St. Luke's Preces and Responses, both written by the church's Music Director, Kent Bennett Jones. The cantor will be the Rev. Neil Tadken, Rector of St. Luke's.

An offering will be taken, and a wine and cheese reception in Guild Hall will follow the program.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council to Endorse Sales Tax

Not surprisingly, since it came up with the plan, the Monrovia City Council will endorse tax measure K (https://shrtm.nu/Cvqe) at its next meeting.


The point of the tax is to raise to the legal limit Monrovia’s sales tax, thereby preventing the county from grabbing the money. If the county then passes a new sales tax Monrovia wouldn’t have to pay it.


- Brad Haugaard 

Dinner at Mooyah Burger

Dinner at Mooyah Burger recently. Got The Paleo burger- lettuce instead of a bun, two patties of beef, bacon and avocado - for $10.57, fries for $3.29, and an iced tea for $2.49. (Those are the regular prices; I had a coupon.) The lettuce bun was different but good. Nice meal.

- Brad Haugaard

'FrankenMass' Choral Concert Nov. 2

The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company will present "FrankenMass," a Halloween spin-off choral concert, on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, at California and Foothill.

The concert will be a presentation of the parts of the Mass from diverse  musical eras and disciplines, featuring works from the Middle Ages through 20th century, including Guillaume de Machaut’s 14th Century “Ite missa est” (the Mass is ended), possibly the first piece of its kind formally set to music. Other selections will be “Kyrie” from Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem; “Gloria” from “Missa Kenya” by Paul Basler (described as fusing Kenyan music with 20th century classical forms); “Credo” by Joseph Haydn; a Renaissance era “Sanctus” from “Mass for 3 Voices” by William Byrd composed in the time of Queen Elizabeth I; and the haunting “Agnus Dei” from Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem” composed in the late 19th Century. There is also a prelude to the Mass, “Asperges me” by 16th Century Portuguese composer Filipe de Magalhãesa, typically sung during the Pascal season due to its themes of requesting cleansing and blessing.

SGVCC's Artistic Director is Ukranian-born conductor Dr. Alexandra Grabarchuk, who holds a doctorate from the UCLA Department of Musiciology. Sharing conducting and rehersals is Associate Advisor, Dr. David Rentz, an Associate Professor of Music at Chaffey College who has taught and conducted choral ensembles at such universities as Yale and the Claremont Colleges.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for children under 12. Advance tickets may be purchased at www.sgvccsingers.org, or by sending checks payable to: SGVCC, 2648 E. Workman Ave., Ste. 3001 #312, West Covina, CA 91791. Tickets purchased online by Nov. 1 will be eligible for a $5 discount. Tickets will also be available at the door.

- Brad Haugaard

Camou Pleads Not Guilty In Suspected Amanda Custer Killing

 Robert Anthony Camou, 28, of Monrovia, has pleaded not guilty in the disappearance and suspected murder of Monrovian Amanda Kathleen Custer. https://shrtm.nu/ytMa


- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Arrest in Mississippi Rape; iPhone and iWatch Thieves; Window Smash Burglaries; Drunks Sobered, DUIs Arrested; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 3-9. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 385 service events, resulting in 78 investigations. 

Vandalism / Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 3 at 10:01 p.m., a citizen called police to report a female subject in the 100 block of W. Palm that had just damaged a light on the exterior of the Monrovia Community Center and was banging her fists on parked cars. Officers responded and located the female subject, who was found to be heavily intoxicated. The witness positively identified the female suspect as the one who caused the damage. She was arrested and taken into custody, where she was held for a sobering period. 

Receiving Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
October 4 at 11:07 a.m., a victim of theft called to report their vehicle was broken into that morning, but they had not reported it to police. As they were driving in the area of Violet and Palm, they saw a male subject with their stolen makeup bag that had been taken from their vehicle. Officers responded and detained the suspect. A search of his person revealed he was also in possession of a credit card and checks that were taken out of another vehicle. The suspect was arrested. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 4 at 11:30 p.m., an officer on patrol in area of Peck and Duarte stopped a vehicle for unsafe speed and observed symptoms the driver was under the influence. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the subject was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period. 

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 5 at 1:03 p.m., officers were dispatched to a 9-1-1 Hang up call in the 800 block of W. Duarte. When they contacted the female resident, she claimed she didn't mean to call 911, she only intended to make her boyfriend think she was, and that he'd left the location already. Officers entered the apartment to check on the welfare of the occupants and found a male subject passed out on a couch. When they contacted him, he provided a false name in order to avoid arrest for a warrant. They also found a methamphetamine pipe in his pocket. The subject was arrested. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 5 at 4:34 a.m., officers were clearing a call near Foothill and Mountain when they observed a vehicle run through the stop sign at the intersection. An officer responded and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. When he contacted the driver, he observed symptoms of intoxication. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period. 

Grand Theft
October 5 at 11:47 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington regarding a theft of electronics. The suspect fled on foot, heading west on Huntington. Employees described the suspects as two male Hispanics in their late 20's, both wearing hoodies. They grabbed an iPhone and three iPhone watches, and then fled on foot through the parking lot. Officers responded and searched the area, but were unable to find the suspects. The investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
October 5 at 4:28 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington regarding a suspect cutting security sensors off clothing. The suspect exited the store with the stolen clothing and was detained by officers. The suspect was arrested for petty theft and released on a citation to appear in court on the charges. 

Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
October 5 at 9:11 p.m., an officer on patrol conducted a traffic stop in the 1400 block of S. Mountain for an equipment violation. A computer check on the driver showed he was a wanted person out of Mississippi for a rape charge. They advised they would extradite. The subject was arrested and taken into custody. 

Receiving Stolen Property / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 5 at 11:24 p.m., an officer on patrol stopped a bicyclist at Myrtle and Duarte for an equipment violation. The bicyclist was carrying a large box containing an unopened computer. The subject was not able to give a good accounting for how he was in possession of the computer. The box had Walmart stickers on it, so the officer went to Walmart to inquire if it had been stolen. The investigation revealed the computer had been stolen from Walmart, probably minutes before the traffic stop. The subject was arrested for receiving stolen property. During the search incident to arrest, a methamphetamine pipe was found in his pocket. The subject was arrested and taken into custody. 

Public Intoxication / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
October 6 at 1:28 a.m., officers were dispatched to a call reporting an intoxicated person knocking on an acquaintance's door. Officers located the subject and determined he was too intoxicated to care for his own safety. He was arrested for public intoxication and provided a false name to officers in the field. It was later discovered that he had two no- bail warrants under his true name, which were added to his charges. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 6 at 2:26 p.m., an officer on patrol observed a vehicle parked in a no-parking zone in the 400 block of W. Huntington with the driver standing in the number two lane of traffic. The driver entered the vehicle and headed west on Huntington. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and found the driver showed symptoms of intoxication. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI. She was taken into custody and held for a sobering period. 

Vehicle Burglary
October 6 at 9:46 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of N. Canyon. The victim parked her vehicle and went hiking in Canyon Park. When the victim returned to her vehicle a couple hours later, she found the passenger-side window had been shattered and her purse, which she had left in the vehicle, was missing. The investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Burglary
October 6 at 5:16 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 600 block of N. Canyon. The vehicle was parked on the street. When the victim returned a short time later, the front passenger window had been shattered and items left in the vehicle were missing. The investigation is continuing. 

Theft
October 6 at 7:29 p.m., a theft was report at Julian Fisher Park in the 900 block of California. The victim fell asleep while lying down in the park, and when he awoke, he noticed his cell phone had been stolen. The investigation is continuing. 

Commercial Burglaries
October 7 at 5:31 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 900 block of W. Huntington regarding an alarm activation. Upon arrival, they found one of the windows to the business had been smashed. No suspects were located. As the officers canvassed the area, they located five other businesses along W. Huntington where the windows had been smashed and the businesses where burglarized. The businesses where in the 500, 600 and 900 blocks of Huntington. At two of the locations, the suspects attempted to gain entry to the safes, but were not successful. The investigations are continuing. 

Commercial Burglary
October 7 at 12:04 p.m., an additional commercial burglary was reported at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington. The reporting party came into work and discovered a window on the west side of the business had been smashed. When he looked around to see if anything was missing, he noticed a desk and a bookcase in the back of the store had been ransacked. He was missing an envelope from the desk that contained cash. The investigation is continuing. 

Residential Burglary
October 7 at 3:18 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 1900 block of S. Peck. The victim parked her vehicle in her attached garage and closed the garage door. The victim left her purse in the vehicle. When she came out the next morning, the purse was missing. The garage door was still closed, but the pedestrian door was unlocked. The investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision
October 7 at 8:09 p.m., a motorcyclist was traveling west on Longden when the driver of a vehicle made a left turn in front of him and they collided in the intersection of Longden and Peck. The motorcyclist sustained minor scratches to his elbow and had complaint of pain to his wrist. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the vehicle was given a citation for the traffic violation. 

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
October 7 at 8:32 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Shamrock and Huntington regarding a male subject waving a knife at people passing by him. Officers located the subject and he was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The subject was arrested and held for a sobering period. He was then released on a citation to appear in court on the charges. 

Grand Theft Auto / Stolen Vehicle Recovered
October 8 at 2:18 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a parking lot in the 100 block of E. Colorado. The officer took a report and the vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. A short time later, the officer located the vehicle in a parking lot in the 100 block of W. Lime. The vehicle was recovered and removed from the stolen vehicle system. Investigation continuing. 

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
October 8 at 8:25 a.m., a caller reported a vehicle near Shamrock and Maple that had been parked at the location for several days. An officer arrived, ran the license plate and found that the vehicle had been reported stolen to the Walnut Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle was recovered and removed from the stolen vehicle system. The Walnut Sheriff’s Department was notified. 

Robbery
October 8 at 8:07 p.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding an assault in progress. Officers stopped the suspect vehicle as it was fleeing from the scene. The investigation revealed the involved subjects met at the location for a drug transaction. When the suspect refused to pay, a verbal altercation ensued and the argument escalated into a fight. During the fight, one of the suspects produced what looked like a firearm, but ended up being a replica. One of the suspect's friends was returning from a nearby business and saw the fight. He also engaged in the fight. One adult suspect was arrested for robbery and one juvenile suspect was arrested for battery. 

Domestic Battery – Suspect Arrested
October 9 at 10:43 p.m., officers responded to the area regarding a domestic violence incident. The investigation revealed that a husband and wife were in a verbal argument that escalated, and the husband punched the wife in the chest. The husband was arrested for domestic battery and taken into custody.

Pedestrian Safety Tips From Monrovia Police Department


Some pedestrian safety information the Monrovia Police Department would like you to know.

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to improve your safety as a pedestrian and as a driver:

Do I always pay attention? As a walker, do I always stay on the alert for vehicles around me? As a driver, do I allow distractions to take attention from my primary responsibility of watching the road?

Do I assume too much? Do I think a crosswalk automatically protects me as a walker, or do I look all ways carefully and make eye contact with approaching drivers before crossing? When I’m driving, do I assume that a traffic signal will prevent pedestrians from crossing into my path?

Am I visible? As a pedestrian, am I careful to cross the street only where I’m visible to drivers, and to wear reflective clothing or use a flashlight when it’s dark? As a driver, do I use my headlights in bad weather, early morning and evening?

Do I look for signs of danger? As a walker, am I aware of busy and potentially dangerous intersections, and do I avoid those intersections if possible? As a driver, do I watch for children along the sidewalk and playgrounds, and do I slow down when children are present?

Do I know and obey traffic laws? As a walker, am I aware of busy and potentially dangerous intersections, and do I avoid those intersections if possible? As a driver, do I watch for children along the sidewalk and playgrounds, and do I slow down when children are present?

Do I know and obey traffic laws? As a walker, do I only cross streets at intersections and in marked crosswalks when possible? As a driver, am I aware that I must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections?

Source: Monrovia Police

- Brad Haugaard

YMCA Fall Festival Oct. 25


The Santa Anita Family YMCA, on Mountain, will hold its Second Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 25, from 5-9 p.m.

"Dress in your best costume and show your imagination at our Pumpkin Carving and Haunted Gingerbread House contest. Come hungry and get a burger combo for $6, includes chips and a drink. All proceeds will go to our YMCA Piranha Swim Team."

Events:
Haunted Gingerbread House 5-6:30 p.m.
Face Painting 5-6:45 p.m.
Pumpkin Carving Contest 5-7 p.m.
Games 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Costume Contest 6-6:45 p.m.
Outdoor Movie 6:50 p.m. (bring chairs & blankets)
*Winners for the contest will be announced at the end

Pumpkin Carving Contest
$5 entry fee, includes 1 pumpkin
2 Categories: Spooky and Sweet
* Pumpkins are limited, must register in person the day of the event. Bring your own carving tools. Limited carving tools will be sold.

- Brad Haugaard

Luau at United Methodist Church

At the corner of Ivy and Palm.

- Brad Haugaard 

Cat Adoption Fees Waved


- Brad Haugaard 

Battle of the Badges - for City of Hope




- Brad Haugaard 

Old Town Fall Festival Saturday


- Brad Haugaard 

Try Out New Ballot Marking Devices at Library, City Hall

If you’d like to try out the new electronic Ballot Marking Device that’s going to be used in upcoming elections, you can do so every Saturday in October from noon to 5 p.m. at the Library; and every Monday through Thursday in October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at City Hall. For questions call the City Clerk’s office at 932-5599. 


- Brad Haugaard 

Savy - A Pal for Your Dog


Do you think your dog is lonely during the day and might need a dog companion to cheer him up? Meet Savy! He loves other dogs. So much so that he participates in our Large Dog Play Group with other shelter dogs. He also was very well-behaved at our 21st Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk last weekend where he was surrounded by thousands of people and dogs. He’s a mellow fellow so when a dog would pass by he’d just look up in confirmation and go back to napping or having his belly rubbed. He also impressed his handler and showed he knows the words, “sit,” and “down.” He even knows “shake!” So come meet Savy today and give him a proper paw shake when you do.

 

The adoption fee for dogs is $140. Alldogs 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 

Monrovia’s Jewish Federation to Present ‘Lend Me a Tenor’

The Monrovia-based Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys’ JFed Players will present Lend Me a Tenor, directed by Joanne Karr, starting on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. at Porticos Art Space at 2033 E. Washington Blvd. in Pasadena.


Set in September 1934, Lend Me a Tenor, a comedy by Ken Ludwig that focuses on Saunders, general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, who is preparing to welcome the greatest tenor in the world for a “one night only” appearance. The star arrives late, is inadvertently given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out, leading to an evening of backstage shenanigans, mishaps, and misunderstandings.


Show dates and times: Saturday Oct. 19 and 26, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 20 and 27, 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 22, “Tito’s Tortellini Tuesday,” dinner, 6:30 p.m, show: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. 


Details: 

https://shrtm.nu/lczL

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Schools vs. Vaping

At its Tuesday meeting (agenda: https://shrtm.nu/F2jc  the Monrovia School Board will consider passing a resolution encouraging stronger laws against selling vaping products to minors. 


It will also consider creating a new class called, “Introduction to Administration of Justice, open to students in the Early College Program.


- Brad Haugaard 

Video Report on Celebrate the Arts

Here is a video report on the Celebrate the Arts festival at Station Square. https://shrtm.nu/tVxN

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Schools Roasters Program on Radio

On School News Radio Monrovia High School WorkAbility and Transition Program Partnership Coordinator Kymberly Hirst discusses the school’s Roasters coffee cart program, which teaches independence and life skills to students in special education. https://shrtm.nu/C40E


- Brad Haugaard 

Lunch at Grey & Cash

Lunch at Grey & Cash, west side of Myrtle just north of Lemon. Got the Great Hambino (ham) sandwich ($11) and a coffee ($3). Good. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Where is This In Monrovia?

So who knows where this bench is in Monrovia?

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Jail Escapee Caught; Drugs and Drugs; Thefts and Burglaries; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 26 – October 2. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 409 service events, resulting in 53 investigations. 

Petty Theft / Jail Escapee – Suspect Arrested
September 26 at 2:38 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington regarding a subject leaving without paying for merchandise. The subject was stopped by officers and, after investigation, was arrested for theft. The subject was taken into custody and a fingerprint match revealed the subject was a jail escapee from the State of Washington. 

Residential Burglary
September 26 at 6:31 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of N. Canyon regarding several subjects seen through a surveillance camera entering a back yard. Officers secured the area, but were unable to locate the subjects. The investigation revealed the subjects had entered the residence through a back window and burglarized the location. This investigation is continuing. 

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
September 26 at 10:03 p.m., officers on patrol near the intersection of Violet and Colorado saw a suspicious subject. The subject was contacted and found to be in possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested and issued a citation in the field to appear in court on the charges. 

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
September 27 at 12:01 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 500 block of W. Huntington when they saw a subject loitering near a closed business. The subject was contacted and found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. After further investigation, the subject was arrested and held for a sobering period. 

Resisting – Suspect Arrested
September 27 at 12:15 a.m., officers patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle saw a subject in the park after posted hours. The subject was contacted and issued a citation for violation of a Monrovia Municipal Code. The subject refused to sign his citation and was subsequently arrested and taken into custody for his refusal. 

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
September 27 at 3:53 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 700 block of W. Huntington when they saw a female subject lying on the ground. She was contacted and found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. After further investigation, she was arrested and held for a sobering period. 

Grand Theft Auto
September 27 at 3:44 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a business parking lot in the 100 block of E. Colorado. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. The vehicle was a gold, 2011, Dodge Ram pickup and was owned by the victim’s company. This investigation is continuing. 

DMV Fraud – Suspect Arrested
September 27 at 8:57 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation near the intersection of Ivy and Foothill. It was discovered the vehicle was displaying false tags on the license plate. Further investigation revealed the DMV paperwork presented by the driver was fraudulent. The driver was arrested for displaying false registration and defrauding the DMV. 

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 28 at 12:39 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 700 block of W. Huntington when he saw a subject loitering near a closed business. The subject was contacted and displayed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. After further investigation, she was also found to be in possession of multiple controlled substances and had multiple warrants for her arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody. 

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 28 at 2:58 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Acacia regarding an unknown male subject knocking on doors. Officers found a subject matching the description in the area. The subject was found to be too intoxicated to care for his own safety. The subject was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period. 

Vehicle Burglary
September 28 at 1:00 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 500 block of W. Duarte. The vehicle was broken into sometime during the night and had been ransacked. A laptop computer was stolen from inside the vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Residential Burglary
September 28 at 3:20 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of W. Lime called police to report his home had been burglarized sometime during the day. Officers arrived and secured the residence. An investigation revealed the suspects entered through an open bathroom window and fled out the backdoor. The victim reported that money and firearms were among the items missing. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft
September 28 at 6:38 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 1200 block of S. Alta Vista. The victim reported items were missing from his parked vehicle. The vehicle had been left unsecured and the interior was ransacked. This investigation is continuing. 

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 29 at 3:44 a.m., an officer was on patrol near the intersection of Primrose and Cypress and observed a subject lying in the street, displaying signs of intoxication. The officer made contact with the subject and determined she was too intoxicated to care for her own safety. The subject was arrested and held for a sobering period. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 29 at 7:11 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Poinsettia regarding a suspicious vehicle. The driver was asleep behind the wheel with the ignition running. An investigation revealed the driver was intoxicated and had been driving while under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period. 

Vehicle Burglary
September 29 at 11:01 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of W. Huntington regarding a vehicle burglary. A window had been smashed and multiple items were taken from inside. This investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Burglary
September 29 at 11:55 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of W. Cypress regarding a vehicle burglary. The rear, driver-side window had been smashed sometime during the evening and a bag was taken from inside. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
September 30 at 2:18 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation near the intersection of Royal Oaks and Sierra Terrace. The investigation revealed the passenger had a warrant for her arrest. She was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The passenger was arrested and taken into custody. 

Medical Assist / Felon in Possession of a Firearm – Suspect Arrested
September 30 at 7:21 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of E. Huntington regarding an unresponsive male subject. Upon arrival, they learned the subject had overdosed on a controlled substance. Officers administered Naloxone and the subject began breathing and regained consciousness. The subject was then treated by Monrovia Fire Paramedics and transported to the hospital. While in the residence, officers observed and located a loaded firearm. They saw a second occupant flee the location on foot. When he returned for his vehicle, he was 

detained. The investigation revealed he was a felon in possession of a firearm. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Theft From a Vehicle
September 30 at 8:44 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 800 block of Wildrose. The victim reported that an unknown suspect had stolen his wallet from his vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle was described as a white pickup truck. This investigation is continuing. 

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 1 at 7:05 a.m., a caller reported a subject had checked the door lock on his neighbor’s vehicle, which was parked in the 700 block of W. Lemon. Officers located the suspect in the area and a consensual search revealed he was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and issued a citation in the field to appear in court on the charges. 

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
October 1 at 10:39 p.m., an officer was patrolling in the 100 block of W. Palm when he saw a subject he recognized from previous encounters, who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. After further investigation, the subject was arrested and taken into custody. 

Battery
October 2 at 11:56 a.m., a male subject called police to report his brother hit him and scratched his neck while at a residence located on the 800 block of W. Foothill. Officers and paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department responded. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft – Suspects Arrested
October 2 at 4:37 p.m., an officer conducting a follow up investigation at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington was told by employees there were two suspicious subjects inside the store. The subjects were both concealing unpaid merchandise inside their clothing. They were contacted by the officer and arrested for shoplifting. Both subjects were issued a citation in the field to appear in court on the charges. 

Theft – Suspect Arrested
October 2 at 9:21 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill regarding a suspect leaving the store without paying for merchandise. Officers located the subject and conducted an investigation for shoplifting. After investigation, the subject was arrested and issued a citation in the field to appear in court on the charges.

Abundant Life Church

I was completely unaware of this church. It meets in the United Methodist Church on Palm. Entrance on west-side alley.

- Brad Haugaard 

Show and Chalkfest Coming Up

As the banner says ...
- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Fire & Rescue Open House - Saturday, Oct 5

- Brad Haugaard

Boys and Girls Club Kids to Appear in New TV Show

This Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., Nickelodeon will air a new comedy called The Substitute, featuring kids from Monrovia’s Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. Plus, the Boys & Girls Club will get a $25,000 check from Nickelodeon at the end of the show. Here’s a trailer: https://shrtm.nu/six0


- Brad Haugaard 


Raven: Because Everyone Needs a House Panther

Raven’s not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom! Raven came into the shelter as a nursing mom with five kittens, and now she’s looking for a home of her own. When you visit her, she’ll immediately grab your attention with a dulcet meow. And she has so many things to tell you. She’ll talk your ear off! Sometimes, it’s that she wants you to pet her. Other times, she wants you to pet her with your eyes! But either way, we doubt you’ve seen a cat as gorgeous as her. If you’ve been wanting a house panther, Raven’s ready to be yours.

 

The adoption fee for cats is $90. 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 

New Stop Sign at Lime and Canyon


Currently traffic in Canyon does not need to stop at Lime. Tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 1, the city is changing this. I think it will become a four-way stop. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Housing Project Featured in Urbanize Magazine

One of Monrovia's major multi-unit residential projects next to the train station, a 310-unit project at the northeast corner of Pomona and Primrose, has been featured in Urbanize online magazine: https://is.gd/xms5Yp

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Robotics Teams Getting Ready for Competition

Monrovia High's Robotics teams are preparing for the start of competition season, which begins in November. Video: https://is.gd/cl9XyK

- Brad Haugaard

Mooncat Plans Ownership Change



Mooncat Sushi, on Lime just east of Myrtle, has asked approval for a change of ownership. Thanks to Kelly Moran for the tip. 

- Brad Haugaard 

City Statement on Hiring of Dylan Feik as City Manager




City press release regarding hiring Dylan Feik as city manager. 


After engaging a thorough and extensive evaluation process, the City Council has identified Dylan Feik as their preferred candidate to serve as Monrovia’s next City Manager.  Mr. Feik’s formal appointment will be considered by the City Council at their regular meeting on Tuesday, October 1.


Most recently, Mr. Feik served as City Manager of Calistoga, located in California’s Napa Valley.  In addition, Mr. Feik has local government management experience working in the cities of Knoxville, Iowa, and Auburn, California.  He has had extensive exposure to a variety of local government related disciplines, with specific expertise in labor negotiations, public works operations, and overseeing capital improvement projects.  Mr. Feik has a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Weber State University.


“We are confident in our selection of the next city manager of Monrovia,” said Mayor Tom Adams.  “Dylan brings a fresh outlook and unique set of experiences to the community, and we are looking forward to working with him.”


During the past eight weeks, the City Council was engaged in a rigorous city manager recruitment process that included multiple layers of candidate reviews.  Ultimately, the City had a strong candidate pool of around 30 individuals applying for the position, and Mr. Feik was selected after an extensive assessment that included a total of six separate panel interviews. 


Feik and FamilyUnder the terms of the proposed city manager employment agreement, Mr. Feik is proposed to earn $210,000 per year, and he will receive a standard benefits package that includes health insurance, retirement program, and auto allowance provisions.  Furthermore, Mr. Feik will be provided with temporary rental housing assistance to facilitate a move to Monrovia.


“I am very excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Monrovia community,” said Mr. Feik.  “I’ve been so impressed by the City, which celebrates its history while simultaneously fostering an innovation culture to create a thriving municipality.  My family and I are looking forward to calling Monrovia home.”


Mr. Feik will be relocating to Monrovia with his wife, Kira, and three children, Gabe, Benson, and Eden. As a classic car enthusiast, Mr. Feik has been known to hand over the keys to his 1960s-era Ford Mustang and his 1970 Datsun 240z to colleagues to enjoy.


Monrovia is one of the few completely full-service cities in the San Gabriel Valley, with a staff of around 300 full-time employees.  Operating its own police, fire, library, and water utility system, overall City functions are organized into seven departments, including Police, Fire, Administrative Services, Community Development, Community Services, Public Works, and the City Manager’s Office.


- Brad Haugaard 

City Council to Consider Preservation of Monrovia Market, Flying A Gas Station; Historic Homes

At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/GxEW3E) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

~ Appointment of new city manager. See here: https://is.gd/DYSw0V



~ Creating a "Planned Development Area" for 525 (Monrovia Market) and 721 (Flying A gasoline station) South Shamrock Ave. The purpose is to preserve and restore the Route 66 properties by "allowing uses that require minimal change to the character defining features of the building and its site environment; promote the long-term economic viability of the properties; identify and permit uses that will be compatible with the surrounding residential neighborhood." https://is.gd/yXM2RG
Encinitas

Palm

~ Grant historical status to  168 North Encinitas Ave. (https://is.gd/ER2JyN), a Craftsman Bungalow style home built in 1912; and to 324 West Palm Ave. (https://is.gd/rJApwb), a folk Victorian home.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council to Hire Former Calistoga City Manager

The Monrovia City Council plans to appoint Dylan Feik as its new city manager.

According to the staff report (https://is.gd/Afvfqz), "Feik was previously the City Manager of the City of Calistoga, in Northern California through April of 2019. From his time in Calistoga, Mr. Feik’s application highlights his work leading multiple initiatives of direct relevance to Monrovia, including the development of a 10 year Capital Infrastructure Plan, new initiatives to address pension costs, meeting the City’s goals for affordable housing development, and leading the City’s response to the Napa-Lake-Sonoma wildfire disaster in 2017. Prior to becoming City Manager in Calistoga, he was the Administrative Services Director in Auburn, California, Assistant City Manager in Knoxville, Iowa, and held various positions in the City of Olathe, Kansas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Weber State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas."

The contract will be for three years and Feik will be paid a starting salary of $210,000, which is subject to adjustment yearly following the annual performance evaluation, with the amount of any such adjustment subject to negotiation and capped at 5% annually. The salary is approximately 9% less than what was paid to the previous city manager, Oliver Chi, as of his departure.

Feik is married to Kira, has two sons and a red '65 Mustang.

Here is a bio Feik wrote of himself: https://is.gd/YZruri

- Brad Haugaard

Superintendent Thorossian's September Schools Update

Dear Monrovia Unified School District community,

Monrovia Unified is committed to providing our students with opportunities to be successful academically and in their personal pursuits. Through our array of programs, our students are able to grow their skill sets and discover new passions.

Over the last month, our elementary students have been busy learning new coding components, advancing in their Dual-Language Immersion programs, and learning what it means to be part of a bully-free campus.

Our high school athletes have been enjoying their new Wildcat Stadium field and track, renovated this summer and celebrated with a grand re-opening on Aug. 30. We are excited for our students and community to have this new, upgraded field that they can use for 10 to 15 more years!

On Sept. 20, students from Monroe Elementary School participated in a march to express their opposition to bullying. Students marched and pledged to be bully-free and to continue the school’s dynamic of kindness and positive peer relationships. The event was publicized by Telemundo, which celebrated the school’s bullying prevention efforts! I am proud of our students and commend them for helping promote kindness not just at their school, but across the District.

At Monrovia High School, the WorkAbility and Transition Partnership programs have given our students with disabilities a wonderful opportunity! Students are now taking part in the Monrovia High Roasters program, which has allowed them to learn the responsibilities of being employed, all while selling hot beverages to our wonderful faculty and staff.

Lastly, I would like to thank our partner, Monrovia Reads, for continuing to provide our students with the opportunity to foster a love of reading and promoting literacy across our District!

The start of the school year has been productive and busy for our students, teachers, staff, and administrators and these wonderful programs for our students would not be possible without the amazing people who lead them. I look forward to hearing about our students’ success and achievements this year!

Monrovia Unified’s mission is to provide world-class schools for world-class students, and we invite our community to learn more about our extraordinary programs from the Board of Education during our State of the Schools Address on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Monrovia High School’s Performing Arts Center, 845 W. Colorado Blvd., Monrovia.

Sincerely,
Dr. Katherine Thorossian
Superintendent


Source: Monrovia Schools

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Shrimp House

Dinner at Shrimp House, at Peck (Myrtle turns into Peck) and Live Oak. Got the Grilled Seafood Sampler for $16.79 and a draft beer for $4.88. Old style seafood restaurant, clean, homey, with very pleasant service. Also came with a salad, not shown because I ate it. Very nice meal, and filling. 


- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: The Drunks and the Drugged; Vehicle Thefts; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 19-25. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 391 service events, resulting in 70 investigations.

Grand Theft Auto
September 19 at 7:17 a.m., a resident in the 900 block of Monterey called to report her vehicle was taken sometime during the night. She parked her vehicle in her designated parking stall the night before. When she came out in the morning, she discovered it was missing. Investigation continuing.

Vandalism
September 19 at 9:50 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 300 block of Oakcliff. The resident called to report her boyfriend's vehicle had been vandalized sometime during the night. The suspect scratched the female residents name into the paint of the vehicle. Investigation continuing.

Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 19 at 2:50 p.m., a caller reported a male subject lying on the sidewalk with an empty beer can next to him in the 400 block of W. Duarte. Officers arrived and conducted a welfare check on the individual. He was found to be too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 19 at 10:12 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 300 block of W. Duarte when he saw a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation. The officer stopped the bicyclist and explained the reason for the stop. A computer check of the subject revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 20 at 12:07 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Live Oak when he saw two vehicles racing southbound at a high rate of speed. The officer radioed another officer who was blocks ahead of the racing vehicles. That officer observed the vehicles still traveling at a high rate of speed and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was found to be intoxicated. After field sobriety tests were conducted, he was arrested for DUI. The driver was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspects Arrested
September 20 at 3:38 a.m., a driver was reported passed out behind the wheel in a parking lot in the 400 block of W. Foothill. Officers responded and located the vehicle. There were two occupants inside. The driver had not been drinking. The passenger was found to have a no-bail warrant and a consent search of the vehicle revealed a methamphetamine pipe belonging to the driver. Both subjects were arrested.

Warrant / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
September 20 at 8:46 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 500 block of W. Huntington when he saw two subjects, one of which he recognized from prior contacts. A computer check revealed the subject had a no-bail warrant for his arrest. The subjects were stopped. The other subject consented to a search and heroin was found in her possession. Both subjects were arrested.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 21 at 12:48 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1500 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 21 at 1:03 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area near Peck and Longden when he saw a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation. The officer stopped the bicyclist and explained the reason for the stop. A computer check revealed four narcotics related warrants for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 22 at 8:48 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation. He contacted the driver and explained the reason he was stopped. A computer check revealed the driver had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The driver was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 23 at 7:56 a.m., a caller reported an injury traffic collision in the 100 block of W. Duarte. A motorist was traveling east on Duarte and stopped at a red light. Another motorist also traveling east did not stop in time and rear ended the vehicle in front of him. One of the drivers complained of pain. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Grand Theft Auto
September 23 at 12:38 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of Montana called to report his vehicle was taken from the front of his residence. He last saw his vehicle on Saturday morning at his residence when he left for the weekend. When he returned, his vehicle was gone. All of the keys were accounted for and he didn't give anyone permission to take it. Investigation continuing.

Fraud
September 23 at 1:20 p.m., an employee from a business in the 1400 block of S. Shamrock called police to report a subject that came into the business and produced a fraudulent check. It wasn’t learned until after the subject left that the check was fraudulent. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
September 24 at 7:25 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 800 block of S. Ivy. The caller told police that he loaded up a U-Haul truck for a local resident and left it parked overnight in front of the residence. He returned the next morning and the vehicle was not there. The truck was located later in East Los Angeles and the contents were gone. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 24 at 5:24 p.m., an intoxicated male subject was reported in the 100 block of W. Lemon. Officers responded and located the subject, who was found to be extremely intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
September 24 at 5:51 p.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report a male subject had concealed merchandise and left the store without paying for the items. Officers arrived and located the subject. The property was recovered and the subject was placed under private person’s arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

In City Park After Closing Hours – Suspects Issued Citation
September 25 at 12:25 a.m., officers were on patrol near Library Park in the 300 block of S. Myrtle when they saw two subjects in the park after hours, which is a violation of the Monrovia Municipal Code. The two subjects were detained and issued citations.

Grand Theft Auto
September 25 at 5:42 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of N. Shamrock called police to report his work truck had been stolen. The truck was taken sometime between 10:00 p.m. on September 24 and 5:40 a.m. on September 25. The investigation is continuing.

Mail Theft
September 25 at 2:24 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of W. Colorado called police to report a theft of mail from his porch. The suspect was captured on video by the victim’s RING video camera. The suspect is described as a male White, 30 to 35 years old, thin build, wearing a Broncos hat and baggy jeans. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 25 at 4:01 p.m., a caller reported an injury traffic collision that occurred in the 300 block of W. Palm. A motorist was traveling west on Palm and stopped at the posted stop sign. Another motorist was traveling south on Magnolia, which has no posted stop signs. The motorist on Palm entered the intersection and was broadsided by the motorist traveling on Magnolia. One of the passengers complained of pain and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The collision was captured on video and the driver at fault was issued a citation.