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Newcomers Group Invites Local Women

Newcomers and Friends of San Gabriel Valley, a social club, invites local women to attend their next general meeting.

On Sept. 4, at 10 a.m., Newcomers and Friends of SGV's "meet-and-greet" coffee will be held in Jordan Hall at Church of the Good Shepherd, 400 West Duarte Road, in Arcadia. Free tickets here: https://is.gd/wtKH5C

This general meeting is a great way to meet the members of Newcomers and Friends and learn about the club's activities.

Newcomers and Friends' mostly-daytime, weekday activities include a Book Club, Bridge, Crafters, Day Trips, Games (Bunco, Rummikub, etc.), Golf, Hiking, Happy Hour, Lunch Bunch, Mah Jongg, Movies, Pinochle, and Wine Tasting.

Newcomers and Friends is a friendly, caring group of women of diverse ages.  This group currently has 136 members of various backgrounds and has existed since 1965.  You can choose to be as actively involved as you like, based on your time and interests.

For more about Newcomers and Friends of San Gabriel Valley, email at sgvnewcomers@gmail.com or visit online at www.sgvnewcomers.com

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Opening on Monrovia Planning Commission; Return of the Soap Box Derby; Composting; Etc.

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

~ If you'd like to be on the Monrovia Planning Commission, now may be your opportunity.  Planning Commissioner Coulter Winn recently announced he will resign to resume his professional architectural career with Disney. If you are interested you will need to submit an application by 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26.  For questions, contact the City Clerk's Office at 932-5505. More detail: https://is.gd/4LFlev

~ The popular soap box derby is returning to Monrovia to raise funds for Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. The event will take place in Old Town Monrovia on Sept. 7, and is sponsored by Monrovia Old Town Derby, LLC. Details here: http://monroviaoldtownderby.com/
~  A free composting workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 to 11 a.m. at Mountainside Communion Church (Magnolia and Colorado). Topics: What you can and can't compost, different types of compost methods, and all about the community compost program. 

~ Last week Congresswoman Napolitano visited Oak Crest Institute of Science to congratulate the team on their recent grant award of $748,000 for the i6 Challenge program, under the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategies Program.

~  The curb and gutter, sidewalk access ramps, and the sidewalk itself have been replaced in front of Monrovia High. The city plans to coordinate with the school district on landscape improvements to the school. Chi writes, "We are committed to our policy of 2-for-1 replacement of all trees that we remove."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Women Welcome at Arcadia Woman's Club


Despite being named the "Arcadia" Woman's Club, it is open to Monrovia women as well (Monrovia's Woman's Club is a thing of the past). I checked, so ...

Are you interested in meeting new people, making new friends, and helping good causes?  Do you want to make a difference in the community and enjoy networking?  Arcadia Woman's Club is a local philanthropic service organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life.

On Sept. 4, from 11:00 to 1:00, Arcadia Woman's Club will have an Open House. This "meet-and-greet" will be held in their Historic Clubhouse, 324  S. First Ave., in Arcadia.

The Open House is a great way to meet the members of Arcadia Woman's Club and learn about the club's wide variety of service and fun activities.  Arcadia Woman's Club members volunteer their time to improve the community while making new friends, learning new skills, and having fun.

Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend.  You can bring a friend along or just come and meet your future friends.

Arcadia Woman's Club is a friendly, caring group of women of diverse ages.  You can choose to be as actively involved as you like, based on your time and interests.

This club has existed since 1914.  There are monthly lunch meetings on the first Wednesday of each month, from October to June, with interesting speakers on varied topics, so you can hear about the club's activities and events, including fundraisers and community service projects.

By the way, the clubhouse is also available for event rentals.  In fact, weddings have taken place in the lovely courtyard as well as receptions, anniversaries, and baby showers have been held in the large ballroom.

Arcadia Woman's Club hopes you can come and meet us and see our special Clubhouse.

To learn more about Arcadia Woman's Club, contact them via email at info@arcadiawomansclub.org or visit them online at www.arcadiawomansclub.org and www.facebook.com/arcadiawomansclub.org

Source: Arcadia Woman's Club press release

- Brad Haugaard

Box Jewelry Sign Gets Fresh Paint

(Thanks to Kelly Moran for photo!)

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Men Arrested In Connection With Shooting Death in Pasadena

Two Monrovia men, Lamarr Marquise McDaniels, 24, and Trevor James Dorman, 19, have been arrested in connection with  the Aug. 9 shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Michael Tafoya Ortiz in Pasadena. https://is.gd/UiUOI0

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Gene’s Grinders


Lunch at Gene’s Grinders, at the southeast corner of Myrtle and Olive. Got the small combination cold grinder for $7 and an iced tea for $2. Nice. 

- Brad Haugaard 

'We Will Rock You' at Monrovia High Wildcat Theater in October, November

The play, "We Will Rock You," is coming to the the Monrovia High Wildcat Theater October 25 and 26, and November 1 and 2, 7-9 p.m. The play features more than 20 hit Queen songs including "Another One Bites the Dust," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You," "We Are the Champions." The story follows two revolutionaries as they try to save rock 'n' roll in a post-apocalyptic world. A fist-pumping, foot-stomping, musical anthem to freedom.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Tailgate Stolen from Truck; Lying Drunk in Middle of Road; Women Arrested in Domestic Violence Incidents; Firearm Taken from Unlocked Car; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 407 service events, resulting in 75 investigations.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
August 8 at 11:13 p.m., officers were on patrol in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle when they observed two subjects loitering in Station Square Park after closing hours. They contacted the subjects, and the investigation revealed they were both parolees and both were found to be in possession of controlled substances. Both subjects were arrested.

Injury Traffic Collision
August 9 at 7:26 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Duarte and Mayflower regarding two vehicles that collided. One driver complained of neck pain and was treated by paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department. The driver at fault was issued a citation for a vehicle code violation.

Injury Traffic Collision
August 9 at 8:04 a.m., three vehicles were involved in a collision at the intersection of California and Huntington. Officers arrived and completed a traffic collision investigation. One subject complained of pain and was treated by Monrovia Fire Department paramedics. The party at fault was cited for a vehicle code violation.

Public Intoxication / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 9 at 8:17 p.m., officers patrolling on bicycles saw a subject loitering in the 100 block of W. Palm. They made contact with him and found he was extremely intoxicated. A computer check revealed he also had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 9 at 11:25 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision in the 500 block of Scenic. A caller reported a vehicle had crashed into a parked car and then drove around the corner and parked in the middle of the street. Officers arrived and found the driver attempting to notify the owner of the parked car about the accident. He appeared intoxicated and, after a DUI investigation was conducted, was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
August 10 at 2:50 a.m., officers were on patrol near the 100 block of Duarte and saw a female loitering near the doors of a closed business. They stopped to see if she needed any help. An investigation revealed she was wanted by the Monrovia Police Department for burglary. She was arrested for the want and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
August 10 at 11:37 a.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Colorado and Primrose. Officers and paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department responded and found a passenger had a cut on their forehead. The passenger was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor visible injuries and complaint of pain. The driver found at fault was issued a traffic citation for the violation.

Injury Traffic Collision
August 10 at 12:15 p.m., a caller reported two motorists had just collided into one another in the intersection of Primrose and Oaks. One of the drivers was complaining of pain from her seatbelt and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The driver who was found to have caused the collision was issued a citation for the vehicle code violation.

Theft
August 10 at 1:53 p.m., a resident in the 1200 block of S. Primrose walked outside his home and discovered someone had stolen the tailgate off his truck sometime overnight. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
August 10 at 7:30 p.m., a resident reported the tailgate off his truck had been stolen sometime overnight. The vehicle was parked in the 500 block of E. Walnut. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
August 10 at 10:26 p.m., an officer was flagged down by a citizen regarding a male subject lying in the middle of the street near the intersection of Foothill and Magnolia. The subject was located and found to be intoxicated, and unable to care for his own safety. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Domestic Violence
August 10 at 11:47 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of W. Foothill regarding a family disturbance. The investigation revealed a male subject went to his ex-girlfriend’s house and got into an argument with her. He pushed her to the ground and then broke the back window of her vehicle. Officers checked the area, but did not locate the suspect. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 10 at 11:51 p.m., officers responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of Kirkwood. A male subject was in front of the residence and appeared to be intoxicated. He identified himself, and a computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
August 11 at 1:07 a.m., police dispatch was contacted by Arcadia Methodist Hospital regarding a patient with an injury to her finger, who was possibly involved in a domestic dispute. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. Both the female and her husband were interviewed, and officers determined the female subject was the primary aggressor in the incident. After she was released from the hospital, she was arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
August 11 at 2:47 a.m., an officer was on patrol near the intersection of Duarte and Magnolia when he saw a male subject lying on the curb. The officer made contact with the subject to see if he needed assistance and found him to be intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
August 11 at 2:51 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 200 block of E. Pomona and saw a subject slumped over on the sidewalk. The officer stopped to check on the subject and found him to be intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Theft of a Firearm From a Vehicle
August 11 at 8:22 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of W. Pomona regarding a theft of a firearm. A security guard left his loaded firearm in the unlocked glovebox of his vehicle. He said the windows were down and the doors to the vehicle were unlocked. He was on patrol in the area throughout the night and noticed the firearm and his backpack were missing later in the morning. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
August 11 at 10:34 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a bicyclist for a vehicle code violation in the 700 block of W. Huntington. Further investigation revealed the bicyclist was in possession of a controlled substance. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 11 at 11:07 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision in the 800 block of W. Foothill. A vehicle struck a parked car and the driver was displaying symptoms of being intoxicated. Officers conducted a DUI investigation and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence. She was taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

Public Intoxication / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 12 at 1:59 a.m., officers responded to the 700 block of W. Huntington regarding a subject loitering in the area. They made contact with him and a computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was too intoxicated to care for his own safety. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
August 12 at 7:28 a.m., loss prevention officers from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain saw a male subject exit the store without paying for merchandise. Officers responded to the area and located the subject near the business. He was arrested and released on a citation to appear in court on the theft charges.

Vehicle Burglary
August 12 at 9:06 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of W. Walnut regarding a vehicle burglary. The investigation revealed the suspect used a device that clones vehicle key fobs to enter several vehicles in the area. This investigation is continuing.

Public Assist
August 12 at 9:53 p.m., officers assisted the Monrovia Fire Department and the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department air unit in locating a lost hiker who had wandered 1.5 miles off trail in Canyon Park. The subject was in contact with a friend on his cell phone and was eventually located and evacuated.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 13 at 12:38 a.m., officers were on patrol near the intersection of Myrtle and Cypress when they saw a subject they recognized from previous encounters. A computer check showed the subject had a felony warrant from the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department. Officers contacted the subject and arrested him for the warrant. The subject was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
August 14 at 2:50 a.m., officers were on patrol near the intersection of Kardashian and Goldring, where they saw a subject loitering near a closed business. They made contact with the subject and further investigation revealed he was in possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Vandalism
August 14 at 6:46 a.m., a resident reported his vehicle had been damaged overnight while parked in the 200 block of E. Palm. Officers responded, and found the victim’s windshield on his vehicle had been broken. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
August 14 at 6:55 a.m., a driver was exiting a parking structure in the 200 block of W. Pomona and collided with another vehicle traveling on the street. Officers responded to the location. One of the passengers complained of pain and was treated by paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
August 14 at 7:53 a.m., a caller reported his wife had hit him at their residence in the 800 block of W. Duarte. Officers arrived and the wife admitted to hitting her husband. The caller then told officers he did not desire any prosecution against his wife. The wife was arrested and taken into custody for domestic violence.

Grand Theft Auto
August 14 at 11:24 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 700 block of W. Chestnut. The keys had been left inside the vehicle, and the vehicle was taken sometime during the night. Later that day, the vehicle was recovered by Pasadena Police Department. This investigation is continuing.

Foothill Unity Center's Van Stolen

Foothill Unity Center's 14-foot truck has been stolen from its parking lot. The truck was used to pick-up food donations from across the San Gabriel Valley. Call the Monrovia Police Department if you have any information that may be of help. https://is.gd/XfGb1c

UPDATE: Recovered! Unity Center reports that it “was recovered today thanks to the great work from the Monrovia and Pasadena Police departments. We are so grateful to have our truck back as it is a critical component to the daily operations of our programs to serve the San Gabriel Valley community.”

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Orientation Day

Monrovia Unified School District students bid farewell to summer and hello to a new school year today (Aug. 14), as they participated in orientations, toured campuses, and picked up class schedules, and committed to a successful 2019-20 academic year.

At the elementary level, parents accompanied students as they got acclimatized to their classrooms and greeted friends and teachers. Students took photos with teachers, principals, and friends before kicking off the first day of school.

Monrovia's Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School and Clifton Middle School held orientations for incoming sixth-graders, who toured their new campus and picked up class schedules. Students learned about school culture and discussed the new responsibilities that come with being a middle school student.

Monrovia High School held a special orientation for its incoming freshman class. Students were greeted with a high-five line of administrators, teachers, and staff. The Class of 2023 participated in orientation and pledged to their success in 2023 by signing gowns that will hang in the foyer for the entire academic year - a reminder every time students walk by.

Monrovia Unified offers a slate of innovative instructional and enrichment programs, including coding, dual-language immersion, robotics, music, theater and arts - giving all students an opportunity to explore new interests and develop new skills.

"Our entire team of dedicated professionals in the Monrovia Unified School District looks forward to working with our students and exploring new tools for their continued success," Superintendent Katherine Thorossian said. "While I know that this school year will be replete with rigorous instruction and personal support, I am equally confident it will be a time to create memories."

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

$10,000 Reward for Witnesses of Alleged Amanda Custer Kidnapping

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering a $10,000 reward to encourage any witnesses to come forward regarding the alleged assault and abduction of Monrovian Amanda Kathleen Custer, a 31-year-old single mom of an 8-year-old son. https://is.gd/NeJxY9

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Football Schedule

Here's the Monrovia varsity football schedule. First up is an away game at Northview, in Covina, on August 16 at 7 p.m.

Schedule: https://is.gd/2tC7rp

- Brad Haugaard

Boba Shop Coming to Old Town; Red Cross Blood Drive; Street Digging; Oak Crest Wins Award

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

~ Old Town is getting a  T-Pumps, a trendy tea and boba shop with several locations in Northern California and one in Pasadena. The store will be at 510  S. Myrtle Ave., where the old Family Affair Music shop used to be located. Here's the company's website: https://www.tpumps.com/

~ The Monrovia Police Officers' Association will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the Library's Community Center. Schedule an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code "MONROVIA." Your donation directly supports trauma victims.

~ Construction crews and inspectors from Southern California Edison are continuing an electrical system improvement/relocation project along Walnut Avenue, between Myrtle and Primrose. There'll be a lot of digging, intermittent road closures and the reduction of traffic to westbound vehicles. Please avoid the area for the next couple of weeks,

~  Monrovia's Oak Crest Institute of Science has been chosen by the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership to receive its "Success Within Workforce Development" award, which will be presented at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 21, during the Partnership's annual gala.

- Brad Haugaard

Pepper - If You Like Dog Kisses and Squirrel Watching

A mellow six-year old dog, Pepper (A448661) is an affectionate lap dog. He enjoys meeting new people and will roll on his back for belly rubs once he has said hello.  His favorite activity is climbing in your lap to give kisses. Pepper does enjoy walks in the park and watching the squirrels. After a little stroll, he loves nothing more than rolling in the grass and getting belly rubs. Pepper knows some commands like sit, shake and down and is working with our volunteers on learning more. If you are looking for a calm dog who likes to stroll through the park and then go home to cuddle on the couch then Pepper might be the dog for you. Stop by to meet Pepper and learn more about this affectionate dog.

The adoption fee for dogs is $140. 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

Fire Department Helps Rescue Hiker Monday Night

Monrovia Fire Department reports that late last night (Monday) Monrovia Fire Department helped rescue a hiker who had become lost well off of the trail in Monrovia Canyon Park. With the assistance of helicopters from LA County Fire, Pasadena PD and LA County Sheriff's Department the lost hiker was located and rescued.

- Brad Haugaard

World Whistling Competition Organized By Monrovia's 'Whistling Diva'


Monrovian Carole Anne Kaufman, "The Whistling Diva," is organizing The Masters of Musical Whistling International Competition and Festival, coming to the Pasadena Convention Center on Aug. 23 and 24.

More than 60 whistlers from 10 countries will compete for the title of World Champion. The biennial event - the only one of its kind in the United States - attracts professional whistlers and undiscovered talent from all over the world.

Kaufman, a two-time world champion musical whistler, founded the festival in 2015 to establish a meeting place for the global whistling community and promoting musical whistling as fine art.

For event tickets and more information, please visit www.mastersofwhistling.com or whistlers.eventbrite.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mastersofwhistling/.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Thanks Neighbors for Saving Her Life

Monrovian Jenny Polizzi posted on the social media site, Nextdoor, that her neighbors saved her life. She writes ...

"I had a stroke as the result of a fall two weeks ago on Monday July 29th around 10 am. I am home recovering now. It was a miracle that I was in the exact right place at the exact right time. That our neighbors were out for a walk. That someone on the ambulance decided to take me Huntington Hospital.

"I owe my life to 2 neighbors, a woman and a man around 10am on N Myrtle. I was out walking my 2 dogs Jack and Flora. They passed us and we said hi. I think I saw a young man with a dog. Next thing I remember I was lying on my back on the sidewalk bleeding. I heard someone say 911. I saw the woman talking to me but I didn't understand what you were saying. I had my Apple watch on and was able to tell Siri call my daughter and then she was there. I don't really remember much. I am forever grateful to you both. So are my daughters, son and my grandchildren. You saved my life.

I do remember that when I was in the ambulance that I was talking but they didn't understand what I was saying. They called a Stroke Code at the Huntington trauma center. They gave me 'the shot' TPA. It immediately broke up the clot and almost entirely reversed the stroke. There is only a 2-3 hour Golden hours that you can get the shot to stop a stroke.

"I am forever grateful to you both. So are my daughters, son and my grandchildren. You saved my life."

- Brad Haugaard

A/C Work at Clifton, Plymouth; Repave Parking Lot Next to Monrovia High

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

~ Having work done on the air conditioning systems at Clifton and Plymouth schools (and gas lines at Plymouth) for about $71,000.

~ Repave the parking lot on 124 S. Madison Avenue, next to Monrovia High for $104,900.

- Brad Haugaard

Where in Monrovia?

How expert are you on Monrovia. What is this flag and where does it fly in Monrovia?

- Brad Haugaard 

Lunch at Monrovia Pizza



Lunch at Monrovia Pizza Company, at the corner of Mayflower and Duarte Road. Got the one-slice pizza lunch special (choice of cheese or pepperoni) with drink for $3.01. Wow! Great price, a nice-size piece of pizza and tasty. 


- Brad Haugaard 

Fine For False Alarms Up to $400

Monrovia Police officers respond to nearly 2,000 false alarms each year. The response to false alarms unnecessarily pulls the responding officers from other endeavors, decreasing the effectiveness of their patrol duties and increasing response times to other calls for service.

Once officers arrive, if there are no signs of forced entry or tampering, Monrovia Police Officers will leave the homeowner a “False Alarm Notice,” informing the home or business owner the police were called to their address regarding an alarm activation.

Monrovia Municipal Code Ordinance 9.47 was established in the best interest of public safety, public welfare, and convenience of the City, as well as fairness to its citizens. The City requires those persons generating an unusual number of false alarms to be deterred from allowing their alarm systems to generate false alarms, which contributes to the City’s expense for responding to those false alarms. The City allows no more than three false alarm responses free of charge in a 12-month period.

Monrovia Municipal Code Ordinance 9.47.050 establishes a service charge to be billed to and paid by the alarm user of a particular alarm system for the following false alarms:

• 4th False Alarm - $200.00
• 5th False Alarm - $300.00
• 6th False Alarm - $400.00
• Subsequent False Alarms - $400.00

This fee is established by resolution for excessive alarm response. Alarms caused by criminal activity, earthquake, weather or conditions beyond the control of the owner would not be considered false.

It is in your best interest to ensure your alarm system is in proper working order and a valid alarm permit is on file with the City of Monrovia.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Lots of Cars Looted; Phone Thieves Escape in Lexus; Copper Wire Theft; Bomb Threat Scam; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 425 service events, resulting in 82 investigations.

Petty Theft From Vehicle
August 1 at 3:09 p.m., a resident in the 1000 block of Berry walked outside her home and discovered someone had entered and ransacked her vehicle. The vehicle had been left unlocked and miscellaneous items were taken. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft From Vehicle
August 1 at 3:30 p.m., a petty theft incident was reported at a business parking lot in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. When the victim finished shopping and returned to his vehicle, he found it had been ransacked. He could not remember if he locked his vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry and miscellaneous items had been taken. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
August 1 at 5:58 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of W. Walnut called to report his motorcycle had been stolen from the alley sometime in the last two days. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 2 at 12:21 a.m., officers were on patrol in the area of Myrtle and Longden when they witnessed a vehicle drive over the center divider, and then continued on at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was displaying signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was arrested for DUI.

Grand Theft Auto – Vehicle Located
August 2 at 8:17 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of Canyon Crest walked outside his home and discovered someone had stolen his vehicle sometime during the night. His vehicle had been parked on the street in front of his house. Officers arrived and had the vehicle entered into the DMV stolen vehicle system. Shortly thereafter, it was located unoccupied by the Pasadena Police Department and returned to the owner.

Vehicle Tampering
August 2 at 1:53 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of Canyon Crest walked outside her home and found someone had entered her car sometime overnight and ransacked her vehicle, but she did not notice anything missing. She had left her vehicle unlocked. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism Incidents
August 2 at 9:05 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Colorado called to report someone threw a rock through her apartment window and shattered it. No witnesses were located. Investigation continuing. At 10:02 p.m. that same day, a resident in the 200 block of Linwood called to report that someone threw a rock through his apartment window and shattered it. No witnesses were located. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft
August 3 at 12:39 p.m., a grand theft was reported at a business in the 700 block of W. Huntington. While the victim was shopping in the store, an unknown suspect took her wallet and cellphone from her purse. The wallet contained cash and credit cards. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
August 3 at 10:09 p.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report he had detained a shoplifter and requested a private person’s arrest. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. The private persons arrest was accepted and the subject was taken into custody for shoplifting.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
August 3 at 11:55 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the area of Foothill and Mayflower regarding an intoxicated person causing a disturbance in the area. The subject was located and detained. He was found to be too intoxicated to care for himself and was arrested for being drunk in public. He was held for a sobering period.

Public Intoxication
August 4 at 3:57 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 600 block of S. Myrtle regarding an intoxicated person in the area. The subject was located and detained. It was determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft
August 4 at 3:37 p.m., a grand theft was reported at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. An employee called to report four male Black subjects wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the location and separated upon entry. They each approached display stands, cut the security cables and fled with multiple phones. They were last seen heading south on Monterey in a silver, 2000's, Lexis sedan. Officers responded but were not able to locate the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 5 at 12:56 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 500 block of Norumbega when he saw a motorist commit a driving violation. He stopped the vehicle and discovered the driver had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
August 5 at 11:20 a.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Duarte and Mayflower. One of the drivers failed to yield the right of way to the other vehicle, causing the collision. One of the drivers complained of back pain, but refused medical treatment.

Commercial Burglary
August 5 at 11:33 a.m., a commercial burglary was reported at a business in the 400 block of W. Chestnut. The business is under construction and over the weekend, unknown suspects forced entry into the building and stole tools, equipment and copper wire. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
August 5 at 12:34 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of N. Canyon called police to report her vehicle had been burglarized. The victim parked her vehicle in the street in front of her residence. When she returned to her vehicle, she found a window had been smashed and her purse, which she had left in the vehicle, had been stolen. There is no suspect information at this time. Investigation continuing.

False Bomb Threat
August 6 at 4:32 p.m., an employee from a business in the 900 block of S. Mountain called to report he received an email regarding a bomb threat to the business if Bitcoin was not exchanged. The investigation revealed the email was a scam. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
August 6 at 7:16 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Foothill and Melrose regarding a group of subjects drinking beer on the corner. Officers arrived and detained several subjects matching the description. A computer check revealed one of the subjects had an outstanding warrant, and he was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Threatening / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 7 at 8:45 a.m., two separate subjects called police to report a male subject had threatened them at a business in the 100 block of W. Duarte. The suspect frequents the business. The victims reported he threatened their lives and they were fearful of him. Officers conducted an investigation and identified the suspect, who also had a warrant for his arrest. He was located and arrested later in the day without incident.

Theft
August 7 at 8:47 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of S. Mountain reported the tailgate to his Toyota Tacoma was stolen sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
August 7 at 10:56 a.m., officers on patrol in the 600 block of E. Greystone saw a vehicle parked in violation of a vehicle code. Officers attempted to contact the registered owner to have her move her vehicle and discovered she had multiple warrants for her arrest. She was arrested for the warrants.

Theft
August 7 at 12:35 p.m., a theft incident was reported in the 200 block of W. Maple. The victim reported his catalytic converter was stolen from parked vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
August 7 at 7:59 p.m., a female subject called police to report her vehicle had been ransacked and her purse, which she left in the vehicle, had been stolen. The victim parked her vehicle in the 700 block of S. Shamrock. She had left the vehicle unlocked. This investigation is continuing.

Theft – Suspect Arrested
August 7 at 11:45 p.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of S. Peck regarding a subject possibly stealing automotive parts. After a search of the area, officers located the subject, who was found to be in possession of stolen property. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

MAP Leadership for Youth - Learn to Lead

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- Brad Haugaard

Learn to Lead - MAP Adult Leadership Academy

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- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's SiLC Technologies Appoints Former Texas Instruments Director as VP of Business Development

Monrovia's SiLC Technologies, Inc. has appointed former Texas Instruments director, Ralf J. Muenster, as VP of business development and marketing to support SiLC's expanding customer base and LiDAR solution integration.

LiDAR, according to Wikipedia, is "a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating the target with laser light and measuring the reflected light with a sensor." It's useful for autonomous vehicles, biometrics (face and fingerprint recognition, for instance), and robotics. SiLC has squeezed this technology onto a chip.

Muenster will lead SiLC's expansion into Silicon Valley.

Prior to joining SiLC, Muenster was the director of Texas Instruments' CTO office where he was responsible for identifying and developing impactful new growth vectors and strategic technology partnerships for the company. Muenster has held various executive roles in the semiconductor industry, including serving as an intrapreneur and business executive at National Semiconductor, Micrel and AMD, where he was heading the automotive market segment. Muenster holds a master's degree in physics from the Technical University in Munich and is a multiple U.S. patent holder.

Muenster said, "FMCW LiDAR will change the future of autonomous driving, and SiLC is the company best positioned to lead that transition, with its highly integrated FMCW LiDAR solutions and 4D Vision Sensors. I look forward to working with such an experienced team of innovators and silicon photonics specialists as we bring the safest and most cost-effective LiDAR to market."

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- Brad Haugaard

National Night Out - Cops and Music


National Night Out in Library Park now. Cops, music and food. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia's Xencor Loses Less Money Than Anticipated - Stock Moves Up

Monrovia's biotech firm, Xencor, which is developing antibodies for autoimmune diseases and cancer, reported a second quarter loss of $16 million, or $0.30 per share, but its stock closed higher because the loss was less than anticipated. https://is.gd/21wyA6

- Brad Haugaard

More Camphor Trees Around Monrovia High Coming Down; City Manager Transition Plans; Leadership Training; Wine of Month Club; Wall-E

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

~  Not only have the camphor trees along Colorado in front of Monrovia High been removed, but also the city is also planning to remove the camphor trees located on Madison, between Colorado Boulevard to the south and the high school tennis courts to the north. Why? Because they are an "invasive, inappropriate parkway tree option that damages sidewalk infrastructure, but further, the ones located on Magnolia Avenue are diseased."

~ The City Council will meet in closed session tonight, Aug. 6, to discuss city manager transition plans, as City Manager Oliver Chi has accepted a position as city manager in Huntington Beach. Chi writes: "I just don't have words to describe how much being part of Monrovia has meant to me, and while I am excited about the new opportunity, I've been struggling with the thought of not being part of the Monrovia organization. Many thanks to everyone for supporting the city's efforts to make our community as premier as it can be."

~  Monrovia Area Partnership will hold youth and adult leadership academies this fall. MAP hosts events to train and connect community members to improve Monrovia. Adult Leadership Academy trains residents to recognize and utilize city resources; provide leadership skills; and encourages adults to become engaged in the community. It meets Thursdays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 24, 7 to 9 p.m., in the Library Community Room. Sign up here: https://is.gd/zLVnVr. Youth Leadership Academy is similar but designed for middle and high school aged youth. It meets Wednesdays, Sept. 11 - Oct. 23, 3-5 p.m., in the Library Community Room. Sign up here: https://is.gd/VTMV8w

~  Monrovia-based Wine of the Month Club is ranked second in an online vote being coordinated by USA Today. If you'd like to help vote it up to first place, you can vote here: https://is.gd/9YlAsD

~  Last outdoor movie of the summer, Wall-E, on Aug. 10 at dusk in Library Park. Bring lawn chair, blankets, and snacks.

- Brad Haugaard

For Milo It's Play, Play, Play!

Work hard, and play hard - that's what I always say! My name's Milo (A477088), and I love, love, love to play! Whether I'm chasing after a tennis ball you've thrown me, or going for a run outside, I love the high-energy, fast-paced lifestyle! But I'm more than just the life of the party. I don't want to brag, but I also have my blue ribbon. That means I know sit, down, AND stay! I'm basically the whole package! And I haven't even mentioned my lovable face. If you've been wanting a dog who's the trifecta of beauty, brains, and boundless energy, then come say hi!

The adoption fee for dogs is $140. 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

Financial Peace University at Calvary Chapel

Calvary Chapel Monrovia, 1307 S Myrtle Ave, is offering Financial Peace University beginning Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. This nine-lesson course, ending Nov. 12, uses biblical wisdom and common sense to help you tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and make your money work for you. FPU includes a member workbook and a year of free online resources through Financial Peace Membership The cost is $109. You may register and pay for the materials at: https://www.fpu.com/1096625.

- Brad Haugaard

Free Earthquake Seminar Coming Up - RSVP Necessary

Monrovia Historic Preservation Group and the Monrovia Fire Department will host a free workshop on earthquake preparedness  on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Monrovia Public Library. The keynote speaker with be Margaret Vinci from Cal Tech. Light refreshments will be served. You must RSVP (https://is.gd/6LBRgw) as seating is limited.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia City Manager Heading to Huntington Beach

Monrovia City Manager Oliver Chi Will apparently be moving on to be city manager of Huntington Beach. According to the Daily Pilot, Chi’s hiring will be official with a vote by the Huntington Beach City Council on Monday.

In a statement Friday Chi said, “I am humbled, excited and grateful for the opportunity to join a city as dynamic and iconic as Huntington Beach. Surf City is simply premier in every way, and I am looking forward to partnering with the mayor, City Council and staff as we work together to help build community and enhance the local quality of life.” https://is.gd/ur9TOZ

In a statement on the Monrovia city website (https://is.gd/2nlnfK), Chi wrote:

“While I am deeply honored that the City of Huntington Beach is considering my appointment, I can’t begin to describe what a genuine privilege it has been for me to serve Monrovia these past five years,” Chi said. “I have been so blessed to have had the chance to work with Mayor Adams and an outstanding team of thoughtful City Council Members, and the amazing array of spectacularly talented City staff here in Monrovia are truly second to none. Our shared mission has been to serve the people of Monrovia to create a community that offers a premier quality of life, and looking back on it all, I feel such immense pride at what we have been able to do together.”

The statement adds:

"The Monrovia City Council will review the matter and determine next steps in a Closed Session meeting on August 6th. If he is confirmed by the City of Huntington Beach to serve as their next City Manager, Mr. Chi intends to work closely with the Mayor and City Council during the next two months to help coordinate the process for identifying his replacement."

Comment: Big loss for Monrovia. Aside from his accomplishments - opening the long-delayed Wilderness Area, the GoMonrovia transportation program that is being imitated around the country, dealing with Monrovia's part in the statewide retirement funding fiasco, and basically re-piping and repaving the city - he's also just an awfully nice guy. Sorry to see you go, Oliver!

- Brad Haugaard

Search for Amanda Custer Expands to Mountain Community of Lytle Creek

The search for kidnapped Monrovian, Amanda Custer, has expanded from the Mount Baldy area to a small community of about 700, called Lytle Creek, about 16 miles northwest of downtown San Bernardino, in the mountains just west of the Cajon Pass.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau report that "the suspect has great knowledge of this area as well as the Mount Baldy area."

"We are asking the community to remain vigilant and keep an eye out for Amanda Custer.

"Anyone in the area of Mount Baldy or Lytle Creek on Monday July 29, 2019, between 9:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M., that observed Suspect Camou, Victim Custer and/or the Toyota Prius, are encouraged to contact Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. http://nixle.us/B7WH6

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Sena

Lunch at Sena, on the west side of Myrtle just south of Lime. Got the Pork Verde tacos for $11 and a beer for $6. Very good!

- Brad Haugaard 

LaJoya McCoy Murder to be on TV Program 'Fatal Attraction'

The 2015 murder of Monrovian, LaJoya McCoy, 31, is being featured as an episode on the true crime documentary series, "Fatal Attraction." https://is.gd/UvDiR4

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Kidnapping; Man Wounded in Shooting; Car Bought With Fake Check; Stolen License Plates; Drunk Driving; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 404 service events, resulting in 73 investigations.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
July 25 at 10:07 a.m., a caller reported a non-injury traffic collision in the 400 block of E. Duarte. An officer responded and found one of the motorists fled the scene. The suspect vehicle was not located. This investigation is continuing.

False Vehicle Registration Tabs / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
July 25 at 1:27 p.m., a parking enforcement officer located a vehicle with false registration tabs parked in the 700 block of W. Lemon. A patrol officer responded and the owner of the vehicle approached him. A computer check revealed the owner of the vehicle had a warrant for his arrest and he was taken into custody.

Shoplifting
July 25 at 2:20 p.m., security at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington reported a female subject just left the store with merchandise without paying. She had been in the store previously and took items without paying as well. When officers arrived, the subject was gone and couldn't be located. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
July 25 at 4:35 p.m., a driver reported a hit and run collision at the intersection of Duarte and Myrtle. Another motorist collided into the back of her vehicle in the intersection, and then fled the scene. Officers searched the area for the suspect, but did not locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Stolen License Plates
July 25 at 7:57 p.m., a female subject reported her license plates were stolen from her vehicle. She parked her vehicle in the 700 block of E. Central and went inside a business. When she returned to her vehicle, she discovered someone had removed her license plates. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft
July 25 at 8:35 p.m., an employee from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington called police to report a grand theft. Three female suspects entered the location, filled up shopping bags with merchandise and fled without paying. Investigation continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 27 at 2:02 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Duarte and California when he saw a driver commit a vehicle code violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. After further investigation, the driver was arrested for DUI and was held for a sobering period.

Injury Traffic Collision
July 27 at 2:19 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of California and Lemon. A vehicle was traveling north on California and struck a vehicle attempting to cross on Lemon. One of the drivers complained of pain and was taken to a local hospital. Investigation continuing.

Shoplifting / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
July 27 at 9:09 p.m., an employee from a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill called police to report a shoplifter being detained by loss prevention. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. The subject was placed under private person's arrest by the loss prevention employee and was taken into custody. The subject was also found to have warrants for his arrest.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 28 at 1:32 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Mountain and Lemon when he saw a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. After field sobriety testing, the subject was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrants / Resisting and Delaying an Officer – Suspect Arrested
July 28 at 10:21 p.m., an employee from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington called police to report a female adult possibly prostituting on the property. Officers arrived and attempted to contact the female, but she ran across the street to avoid the officers. Officers gave chase and eventually detained the subject. She had warrants for her arrest and was found to be in possession of drugs. The suspect was arrested.

Kidnapping – Suspect Arrested
July 29 at 8:20 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Vaquero regarding a domestic violence incident. The officers arrived and located evidence that there was an apparent assault that had occurred. The male and female involved in the incident were gone prior to police arriving. Investigators believe the victim was kidnapped and taken against her will. The Monrovia Police Department Detective Bureau responded along with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
July 30 at approximately 3:00 a.m., the suspect vehicle was located in downtown Los Angeles with one occupant. Multiple agencies assisted and, after a long standoff, the male occupant was taken safely into custody. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
July 29 at 2:58 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of S. Canyon called police to report someone entered her unlocked vehicle and numerous items were taken. There is no suspect information at this time. Investigation continuing.

False Information to an Officer / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
July 30 at 10:01 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Olive and Primrose when he saw a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation. A traffic stop was made and the subject initially gave a false name to the officer. Further investigation revealed the identity of the subject and it was learned he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
July 30 at 2:25 p.m., an officer stopped a bicyclist in the 100 block of W. Foothill for a vehicle code violation. A computer check revealed the subject had several outstanding warrants. He was arrested and taken into custody for the warrants.

Petty Theft
July 30 at 4:57 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Olive called police to report someone had entered his unlocked vehicle and took two pairs of sunglasses and a wireless speaker. No witnesses were located. The investigation is continuing.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Shooting
July 30 at 10:29 p.m., California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department received multiple calls reporting that a shooting had just occurred near the Walmart in Duarte. Callers reported 7 to 8 shots were fired. Approximately three minutes later, Monrovia Police Department dispatch received a call reporting a hit-and-run traffic collision just occurred in the area of Mayflower and Genoa. Officers arrived on Genoa and located a vehicle with multiple gunshot holes and a gunshot victim sitting near the vehicle. The victim sustained one gunshot wound to his right arm, which was determined to be non-life-threatening. The investigation revealed the shooting occurred between two vehicles in Monrovia's jurisdiction, as both vehicles were traveling south on Mountain, between Evergreen and Duarte. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
July 30 at 10:29 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Colorado called police to report a male adult that was stumbling and appeared intoxicated. Officers arrived and located the individual. It was determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself or his own safety. He was arrested and held for sobering.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
July 30 at 11:17 p.m., an employee from a business in the 900 block of E. Huntington called police to report an adult female refusing to leave and causing a disturbance. An officer responded and contacted the subject. It was determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for herself or her own safety. She was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft Auto
July 31 at 9:07 a.m., an Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigator called and asked for assistance in contacting a person in the 800 block of W. Olive. He believed the resident may have sold a vehicle to a suspect he is investigating for auto theft. An officer responded and spoke with the resident. She did sell her vehicle to the suspect, who used a fraudulent check to purchase it. The vehicle was entered into the system as stolen. Investigation continuing.

Search for Missing Woman Centers on Mt. Baldy Area; Suspect Had Criminal Charges Pending Against Him

The search for the missing Amanda Custer is now centered in the Mt. Baldy area, according to The Monrovia Weekly. https://is.gd/7TE3we

Robert Anthony Camou, 27, the Monrovia man suspected of abducting Custer, had been ordered to wear an electronic-monitoring device, and had a burglary and domestic case pending against him, according to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune: https://is.gd/4cVmvY

- Brad Haugaard

Car-to-Car Shooting on Mountain


On Tuesday, July 30, at approximately 9:30 pm, Monrovia Police Department officers were dispatched to a report of a possible hit and run traffic collision. When they arrived, they determined that the vehicle in question was involved in an alleged car-to-car shooting, and that one of the occupants had sustained a non-life threatening wound to his right arm. Around the same time, the CHP and Los Angeles Sheriff's Department 911 centers began receiving calls of a shooting that had just occurred in the area of 1700 S. Mountain Ave. in the City of Monrovia. Sheriff's Deputies, CHP Officers, and a police helicopter were dispatched to the Monrovia Police Department officers responded and determined that the two incidents were related. The area was closed down for investigation for approximately two hours.

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Candlelight Vigil for Amanda Custer

There will be a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. tonight in Library Park asking for Amanda Custer's return. Custer has been missing since Monday morning. A man suspected of kidnapping her has been arrested but she has not been found. The vigil is being organized by Monrovian Carmen Martinez.

- Brad Haugaard

Panel Discussion on Senior Scamming

There will be a panel discussion sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino on protecting seniors from scams at Westminster Gardens, 1420 Santo Domingo Ave., Duarte Thursday, August 8 at 6 p.m.

This free event will include speakers from various Los Angeles County Departments: District Attorney’s Office; Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services; Consumer and Business Affairs; and the Sheriff’s Department. Speakers will answer questions for caregivers and senior care providers related to protecting seniors from fraud and scams. A mixer with the panelists will follow the panel discussion. For more information please contact Kristi Lopez at Kristi.Lopez@sen.ca.gov or (909) 599-7351.

Comment: Good topic. I really think that if we want to prevent seniors from being scammed, we should especially communicate with banks, markets and wire transfer companies. These scams usually involve telling the senior to buy $2,000 of Target gift cards, or send large amounts of money by wire transfer, and seniors are likely to withdraw large sums from the bank, or buy gift cards for large dollar amounts from markets, or send money by wire transfer. So if the employees at these companies are aware of the scams and see a senior possibly falling for a scam, the employee could perhaps hand the senior a little flyer outlining the scams and gently suggest he or she read it before sending money.


- Brad Haugaard

Trees Removed in Front of Monrovia High; $25 Off Water Bill for Low Water Landscaping, Etc.

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

~ As you may have noticed, a lot of trees (20 to be exact) were removed on Colorado in front of Monrovia High. Chi said the city considered trimming the roots, but it would have killed the trees; and moving the new sidewalk further from the trees, but the city doesn't have right-of-way to do that. Also, the camphor is considered an invasive tree species. The city will "construct a wider and safer sidewalk that will allow for easier student drop-off and pick-up," and will replace the 20 camphor with 40 new trees.

~ The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will conduct a walking tour in Downtown Monrovia on Saturday, August 3, starting at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per person, and the tour will last about two hours.  Meet at the southeast corner of Myrtle and Palm.

~ If you have low-water landscaping and want a one-time $25 break on your water bill, go here - https://is.gd/0YMSua - to submit an application for the city's sustainable landscaping program. Your drought-tolerant area should be in the front yard, visible from the street; no more than 50% of your landscape should be turf; and no more than 30% of your landscape should be non-permeable, such as concrete.

~ The Library will have an on-site Veterans Service Officer at its Veterans Resource Center on Mondays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. to provide assistance to veterans and their families. Call 256-8294 for an appointment.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Track and Field Upgraded

Monrovia High School's stadium was upgraded this summer. A total renovation of the track and field at Monrovia High School included smoothing out the field to eliminate uneven areas, a complete turf replacement, and an upgrade of the rubber pellet infill to a cool-fill product, which decreases the temperature of the turf. Communication boxes were also relocated to outer parts of the field, ensuring the continued safety of students.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Superintendent's July Update

Monrovia Unified is committed to the continued success of our scholars, a goal reflected through work done at the District level and at our facilities this summer.

Our Board of Education approved the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2019-20 school year. The LCAP focuses on goals such as high academic achievement and increased student engagement. Major actions outlined in the LCAP are access to experienced teachers, high-quality instructional materials and well-maintained facilities.

During July, the track and artificial turf field at Monrovia High School underwent a full renovation, ensuring that MHS athletes, scholars, and the community can enjoy the field for 10 to 15 more years! In addition, air-conditioning systems at Plymouth Elementary School and Clifton Middle School were replaced.

Continuing on with the exciting news, the District received notice that Monrovia High School was listed on the 2018-19 California Honor Roll. We are proud of our students and educators from MHS and are thankful for this recognition!

Lastly, the City of Monrovia started repairing and replacing crumbling sidewalks in front of Monrovia High School this month. The project includes tree removal, concrete cutting, and curb removal; the city has indicated the trees will be replanted when the project is finished. For more information, please contact the City of Monrovia Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575. We look forward to the improvements beautifying the paths at MHS!

School starts back up on Aug. 14, and we are excited to see the successes our students will achieve this year! From our intensive arts program to dual-language immersion, from robotics to Code to the Future, Monrovia Unified offers a deep array of engaging curricular options to engage our students’ interests and spark their creativity.

Dr. Katherine Thorossian
Superintendent

Source: Monrovia School District press release

- Brad Haugaard

Kidnapping Suspect On Video Rapping About Killing, Burying Woman

KTLA has broadcast a video that it says appears to show Monrovia kidnapping suspect Robert Camou rapping about killing and burying his girlfriend. Camou has been arrested but Amanda Custer is still missing. https://is.gd/vklnpy

- Brad Haugaard

Hagrid - Enchanting Gentleman, Purrfect Manners

The Harry Pawter spell that has recently befallen Pasadena Humane Society, brought us the sweetest, most charming, kitty cat character, Hagrid (A415052). An 8-year-old, mystical, ball of fluff, Hagrid is an enchanting gentleman with purrfect manners. He dreams of magical transport into a forever family and asks that you prepare your Floo Network (for muggles, that's a wizarding transportation) for his arrival. Hagrid is part of our bewitching FREE adoption spell, so count your lucky stars, wave your magic wand and seal the deal. Hagrid is quite possibly your soulmate.

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 Faces Greater Wildfire Danger than Paradise, California

According to a study by USA Today and the Arizona Republic, the danger to Monrovia from wildfire is greater than the danger to Paradise, California, which was so badly damaged in the Camp Fire.

On a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the most dangerous, Paradise ranked 3.81. Monrovia ranks 4.46. Of particular concern is Monrovia's "evacuation constraint," meaning the ability of people to rapidly escape an advancing fire. Monrovia scored a very high - and bad - 816 (the median is 110).

My guess is that this refers primarily to the foothills area, especially along Norumbega, and up Canyon Boulevard.

Source article: https://is.gd/I6kFjz
Monrovia stats: https://is.gd/Y5sWz4

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police, Sheriff's Department Working on Kidnapping Investigation


UPDATE: Suspect arrested; woman still missing. https://is.gd/vw1T9v

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau Detectives are assisting Monrovia Police Department with a Kidnapping/ Domestic Violence investigation.  The incident occurred on Monday, July 29th, 2019, at approximately 8:15 a.m., on the 600 block of Vaquero Road, in the city of Monrovia.

Monrovia Police Department responded to the 600 block of Vaquero Road, in the city of Monrovia regarding a domestic violence incident. Upon their arrival they located evidence that there was an apparent assault that had occurred.  Investigators believe the victim was kidnapped and taken against her will in a 2017 gray Toyota Prius, CA License plate, “8AOR167”.

We are seeking the communities help in locating the above vehicle and/or suspect and victim.

The suspect, Robert Anthony Camou, is a male White, 27 years old, 6’00ft, 150lbs, Brown hair and Brown eyes.

The victim is, Amanda Kathleen Custer, is a female White, 31 years old, 5’08, 140lbs, brown hair and green eyes.
     
The investigation is ongoing, and there is no additional information available at this time.

If anyone has any information regarding the above incident or the whereabouts of the victim, suspect or vehicle pictured they are encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

Source: https://is.gd/Dq488a

- Brad Haugaard

Sidewalk Repairs Next to Monrovia High for Next Two Weeks

The City of Monrovia has started repairing and replacing crumbling sidewalks in front of Monrovia High School along Colorado Boulevard to ensure the continued safety of students and community members. The project is expected to run during the next two weeks and to be completed by the start of school on Aug. 14.

The project will include tree removal, concrete cutting, and curb removal; the city has indicated the trees will be replanted when the project is finished.

For more information, please contact the City of Monrovia Public Works Department at 932-5575. https://is.gd/RRSHLs

- Brad Haugaard

Lecture on Collecting at John Moran Auctioneers

On August 18, at 2 p.m., Monrovia's John Moran Auctioneers will open its Monrovia Auction House at 145 E. Walnut for a  program about the art of collecting sponsored by the Pasadena Museum of History.

Learn about the history of collecting and the market for acquiring and selling collectibles. A group of collectors will comprise a panel to discuss What? Why? and How? Reservations required. $12 for members of Pasadena Museum of History; $15 general. Tickets here: https://is.gd/3fS0bf

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Oak Crest Institute Wins U.S. i6 Government Grant

Oak Crest Institute of Science, a Monrovia-based non-profit science research and education organization, has been approved for full funding support through the i6 Challenge program under the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies Program.

Oak Crest is one of only 22 awardees out of 183 applications in 2019, and one of only two awardees from California.

Since 2011, Monrovia has focused its economic development on making the city a premier location for technology and science-focused businesses, such as Oak Crest.

Source: City of Monrovia press release - https://is.gd/ZBzQ5d

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Oto Oto

Dinner at Oto Oto Izakaya Japonaise restaurant, at the shopping center at Fifth and Huntington. Got the Ginger Pork Set for $16.50 and a beer for $7. Came with egg custard, a side dish (I have no idea what it was but it tasted fine), salad, miso soup and rice. Tasted fine. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Sidewalk Inspiration


Someone has decided to inspire the residents along Hillcrest in Monrovia with chalk- drawn quotes. 

- Brad Haugaard 

No, Edison Doesn't Demand Payment in Bitcoin; Mail Thief Flees in Mercedes; Robbery; Stolen Cars; Drunk Drivers; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 18-24. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 432 service events, resulting in 73 investigations.

Injury Traffic Collision
On July 18 at 3:09 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Myrtle and Evergreen where two vehicles collided. One driver had a complaint of pain and was treated by Monrovia Fire Paramedics before being transported to a hospital. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud Report
On July 18 at 4:34 p.m., a male subject came to the police department to file a fraud report. An unknown suspect claiming to be from a malware company called him and asked for money. He told the victim that someone hacked into his computer and committed fraud, and the victim now owed money. The victim agreed to pay and shipped cash to an address in Alhambra. The officer was able to contact the shipping company and alert them the package was fraudulent. An alert was to be placed on the package to prevent it from being loaded onto a truck and delivered. This investigation is continuing.

Robbery
On July 18 at 6:02 p.m., a robbery was reported at a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington. Two suspects entered the business and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim. They took approximately $400 in cash and 30 cartons of cigarettes, then fled in a silver vehicle. Officers checked the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle or suspects. The suspects are described as two male Blacks in their 30's. One was heavyset wearing a grey hoodie. The other had a thin build and was wearing a white hoodie with dark pants and goggles. The investigation is continuing.

Business Dispute – Suspects Arrested
On July 18 at 11:29 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of W. Huntington regarding a dispute between a family and an Uber driver. The family had been driven around all day by the driver. During that time, the driver’s wallet went missing and was found by one of the family members, but the driver’s money was missing. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. They discovered one of the passengers stole the driver’s money and some blank checks. She was arrested for those charges and an outstanding warrant. A second passenger was arrested for two outstanding warrants, and a third passenger was arrested for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Grand Theft Auto – Suspect Arrested
On July 19 at 8:46 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Evergreen reported a vehicle parked in front of their home with collision damage. A computer check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Duarte. The same vehicle was stopped by officers the day before with a male subject driving, who was not the owner, but the vehicle had not been reported stolen yet.

Officers arrived at the location and found the vehicle parked. The same male subject that was driving the day before was near the vehicle. After further investigation, the subject was arrested for grand theft auto and the vehicle was returned to the rightful owner.

Injury Traffic Collision
On July 19 at 2:12 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 300 block of E. Lime. An officer responded and found both drivers were complaining of pain, but did not have visible injuries. Monrovia Paramedics responded to assist the drivers. After investigation, the party at fault was issued a citation for the driving violation.

Residential Burglary
On July 19 at 2:55 p.m., an alarm company reported an alarm activation at a residence in the 500 block of Norumbega. Officers responded and found the home had been burglarized, but the suspects were not located. The owners of the home were notified, but were not able to immediately respond. The loss is currently unknown and this investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 20 at 7:20 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of Norumbega reported someone had burglarized his vehicle during the night and took items from inside. The vehicle had been parked on the street in front of the owner's house and locked. The suspect gained entry by breaking one of the windows. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
On July 20 at 7:42 a.m., a subject in the 400 block of N. Canyon called police to report his neighbor's door was wide open and broken glass was on the ground next to the door. Officers responded and discovered the house was ransacked, but no suspects were located. The owners were notified of the burglary. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
On July 20 at 8:48 a.m., an alarm was activated at a business in the 400 block of W. Foothill. Officers responded to the business and found the front window had been shattered. The business was closed and no one was inside. Video surveillance revealed a subject shattering the window, but not entering the business. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
On July 20 at 11:15 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Walnut walked outside his apartment and discovered someone had shattered one of his car windows. He had parked his car on the street a half hour prior to discovering the damage. Officers searched the area for possible suspects, but did not locate the suspect. There was no indication the vehicle had been entered and nothing had been taken. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglaries
On July 20 at 11:21 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of Norumbega discovered property on his front lawn that belonged to his neighbor. The neighbor was contacted and told officers the property had been stolen from his vehicle the day before, but the incident was not reported. While speaking with the victim, another neighbor approached officers and advised their car was also burglarized sometime during the night. The investigations are continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On July 20 at 2:00 p.m., a caller reported a family argument at a house in the 700 block of Ocean View. Officers responded and found a husband and wife yelling at one another. The two were separated and after investigation, the one of the subjects was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On July 21 at 12:56 a.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Foothill and Heliotrope saw a vehicle speeding without headlights during hours of darkness. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, who displayed symptoms of being intoxicated. After investigation, the driver was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft Auto
On July 21 at 7:14 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of Hacienda called police to report her vehicle missing. She had parked her vehicle in front of her residence the day before and now it was gone. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 21 at 10:09 a.m., a resident called police to report his vehicle had been burglarized in the 300 block of E. Almond. He had parked his vehicle earlier that morning and left it. Upon returning to his vehicle, he discovered the driver-side window had been smashed and items had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On July 21 at 8:04 p.m., officers responded to the report of a fight in progress in the 300 block of W. Central. Two subjects were separated, and they identified themselves as husband and wife. After investigation, one subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
On July 21 at 11:28 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of E. Foothill. A caller reported his vehicle was stolen from the driveway of his residence. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 22 at 8:04 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of W. Pomona. The victim parked his vehicle in a parking structure. Upon returning to his vehicle in the morning, he found one of the windows had been smashed and a bag containing passports was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
On July 22 at 12:21 p.m., a caller reported someone had entered his unlocked vehicle while it was parked in the 900 block of S. Fifth. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. The suspect had taken the victims work identification and vehicle registration. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
On July 22 at 3:28 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported at a parking structure in the 200 block of W. Pomona. The victim had left his vehicle parked and unlocked in the structure. Upon returning, he saw his scuba diving equipment had been taken from inside. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud Report
On July 22 at 5:34 p.m., a resident in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle reported receiving a fraudulent call from a suspect stating they were from Edison. The suspect threatened to shut off his power if he did not pay them over $2,000 in Bitcoin. The victim complied, before realizing it was a fraudulent call. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Tampering
On July 23 at 9:54 a.m., a caller reported finding opened and unopened mail along the 900 block of Ridgeside. Officers responded and determined the mail was from three different addresses. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
On July 23 at 11:21 a.m., officers responded to a traffic collision near the intersection of Monterey and Huntington. A vehicle was driving out of a parking lot and failed to yield to a vehicle on the roadway. One party complained of dizziness, but refused medical treatment.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On July 23 at 4:16 p.m., officers responded to a three vehicle collision near the intersection of Canyon and Greystone. The first vehicle rear ended the second vehicle, which then rear ended the third vehicle. One party complained of pain, but refused transportation to the hospital. The driver of the first vehicle displayed signs and symptoms of being intoxicated. Investigation determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On July 23 at 6:26 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Central and Mayflower regarding an injury traffic collision. One of the drivers involved displayed symptoms of being intoxicated. An investigation determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Vandalism / Assault
On July 24 at 1:02 p.m., a caller reported an unknown woman was vandalizing his car in the 800 block of Naples. When confronted, the woman yelled at him and then pepper sprayed him. She then jumped inside of her car and drove away. The caller does not know the woman. Officers responded, but could not locate the suspect. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Theft
On July 24 at 5:50 p.m., a caller reported a female subject taking mail from a mailbox at a residence in the 100 block of N. May. The suspect fled the area in a black Mercedes. Officers responded, but the suspect was not located. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On July 24 at 8:35 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of S. Myrtle regarding a traffic collision. While contacting both parties, one of the drivers involved displayed symptoms of being intoxicated. Investigation determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Arson
On July 24 at 9:02 p.m., officers responded to Canyon Park regarding a fire seen near the entrance. A small brush fire was located near the park entrance and was extinguished by Monrovia Firefighters. A witness reported seeing three subjects lighting fireworks in the area, and fireworks were recovered nearby. This investigation is continuing.