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School Board Reorganization; Big Bucks on Batteries; Jennifer Maljian 'Teacher of the Year'

The Monrovia Board of Education will hold its organizational meeting this next Wednesday (https://is.gd/2zzkoT) to decide which board members will hold which offices. Normally, the board vice president, that's Rob Hammond, rotates into the role of board president.

Also, the board will consider spending $36,594.80 on batteries, a power distribution unit, and licensing. Wow! Must be some special batteries. (Probably not like those pictured :-)  https://is.gd/ZYdlvN

At a special 5 p.m. session the board and personnel commission will honor Jennifer Maljian as the "2019 Teacher of the Year for Monrovia Unified School District." https://is.gd/URlDoq

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at 1776

Lunch at 1776, on the east side of Myrtle just south of Lemon. Got the LA Dog for $10 and an iced tea for $2. The dog was bacon-wrapped, so delicious. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Christmas Parade

Big crowd along Myrtle for the Christmas parade. 


Monrovia High band...


Horse carriages...


Panda bears, and lots more. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Dr. Thorossian's November Superintendent Update

By Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian

Monrovia Unified School District is dedicated to equipping students for their future, and we do this by igniting their curiosity and cultivating social skills as they learn and problem solve.

November was a busy month in Monrovia Unified, we celebrated our District's strong science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, as well as our coding curriculum at Mayflower Elementary and Plymouth Elementary School.

Bradoaks Elementary School hosted its first "Telescopes in the Sky" Moon Party family event, kicking off the school's transition to a science emphasis school. Thank you to our teachers and community partners for supporting memorable enrichment opportunities.

Our Epic Build Showcases at Plymouth and Mayflower Elementary were a success, with parents and community members visiting classrooms to learn more about the District's Code to the Future curriculum. It was exciting to see our students become the instructors as they explained their coding projects and detailed the process it took to get to the final product.

The arts were also highlighted this month when our talented Wild Rose School of Creative Arts students wowed the audience with their performances of "101 Dalmatians." It takes a team of dedicated and passionate educators and students to make something like this happen, and I was incredibly impressed with the entire production.

The outstanding performances continued with Clifton Middle School's fall concert, Broadway Game Changers. Performing arts education allows our students to express themselves, and also improve on communication skills. Congratulations to all of our student performers for successful fall productions.

At the end of the month, Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park students were treated to a Thanksgiving meal provided by the schools' staff. The 10-year tradition celebrates community, perseverance and kindness. Thank you to our committed educators for showing their dedication to our students and their continued support.

Sponsored by Monrovia Unified School District, the Taylor Performing Arts Center presents "Sister Act" from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8. Tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/33oemiv, we hope to see you there.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Two Red-Light Runners, Two Accidents; Ring Video Leads to Package Theft Arrest; Drunk Driving; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 27 - December 4. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 301 service events, resulting in 64 investigations.

Public Intoxication / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
November 27 at 12:05 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 500 block of Almond regarding a family disturbance. An investigation revealed one of the involved subjects had multiple warrants for his arrest and was heavily intoxicated. The suspect was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Residential Burglary
November 27 at 3:09 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of E. Greystone arrived home and noticed items were missing from the home. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. There was no sign of forced entry and it was determined the location might have been left unlocked. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
November 27 at 5:41 p.m., a theft of a package was reported in the 500 block of W. Maple. The caller reported a package was taken from the front porch of his neighbor’s residence ten minutes prior. Officers responded and conducted a check of the area, but the subject was not located. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
November 27 at 7:03 p.m., two vehicles traveling near the intersection of Foothill and Canyon collided into each other. Both parties complained of pain and were treated by paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department. Officers conducted an investigation and the party at fault was issued a citation for failing to stop at a red light.

Theft / Warrant – Suspects Arrested
November 28 at 4:27 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of W. Duarte regarding a possible burglary in progress. Two suspects were detained at a nearby location. The investigation revealed one of the suspects stole a catalytic converter from a vehicle. He was arrested for grand theft. The second suspect was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
November 28 at 1:37 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Huntington and Magnolia regarding two vehicles that collided. A vehicle was driving north on Magnolia and entered the intersection on a red light. The vehicle collided with another vehicle driving east on Huntington and slid into the traffic signal, knocking the light pole over. Public works responded to repair the light pole. There were no injuries.

Vandalism
November 28 at 8:19 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of W. Lime reported his brother had just arrived at the home, shattered the car window on his vehicle, and then fled the area. Officers searched for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. The investigation into this family dispute is continuing.

Restraining Order Violation – Suspect Arrested
November 29 at 12:35 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of Mountain View reported her ex-boyfriend was at her house banging on the front door. She told the officers she had an active domestic violence restraining order which prohibited him from being within 100 yards of her home. Officers arrived and apprehended the subject as he attempted to drive away. After the order was confirmed, he was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant / Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspects Arrested
November 29 at 2:45 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 900 block of W. Huntington, when he initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. An investigation revealed the passenger was wanted out of Texas for narcotics sales. The driver had a suspended license and a warrant for possession of a controlled substance. The driver was taken into custody and, during a search incident to arrest, was found to be in possession of heroin, a scale, cash, and small baggies. Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Theft / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
November 29 at 1:27 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of E. Colorado called to report a package stolen from her porch. The victim left a present on her porch for a friend and discovered it was taken when she received a Ring activation message on her phone. When she reviewed her Ring video, it showed a male adult suspect taking the present. Officers conducted an area check and saw the suspect from the Ring video, still holding the package. Officers detained the suspect, and further investigation revealed he had several warrants for his arrest. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
November 29 at 6:41 p.m., a motorist reported another driver just collided into her vehicle at Foothill and Shamrock, then fled the scene without stopping. A witness who saw the collision provided the suspect's license plate, which led officers to his residence. His vehicle was located and had matching collision damage. The suspect was contacted in his apartment and was found to be heavily intoxicated. He was positively identified by the victim, and after refusing all tests, he was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft
November 29 at 7:13 p.m., a theft was reported in the 400 block of S. Violet. The resident reported she heard something hit her house window, and when she looked outside, she discovered her car door was open. No one was around the vehicle, but the inside had been ransacked and items were missing. Officers arrived and searched the area for possible suspects, but did not locate anyone. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
November 29 at 8:21 p.m., a male and female subject were reported yelling at one another next to an apartment complex in the 100 block of Montana. Officers arrived and contacted the two subjects near the street. The male subject was heavily intoxicated and was too drunk to care for himself or his own safety. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
November 30 at 12:12 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1500 block of S. Myrtle, when he saw a vehicle stopped in a no parking zone occupied by a male driver. The officer contacted the driver, who appeared to be intoxicated. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was arrested for DUI. He was held for a sobering period.

Injury Traffic Collision
November 30 at 8:46 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Lime and Heliotrope. The two motorists exchanged information and one driver left the scene prior to police being called. The caller discovered the other party’s insurance had expired, and he was suffering from back and neck pain. Officers responded with paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department, but the caller refused medical assistance.

Driving Under the Influence / Warrants – Suspects Arrested
December 1 at 1:32 a.m., an officer observed a motorist traveling on the wrong side of the road in the 100 block of W. Foothill. He stopped the vehicle, which was occupied by several subjects, and the driver was found to be heavily intoxicated. Field sobriety tests were conducted and he was arrested for DUI. Further investigation revealed he also had a warrant for driving on a suspended license. A passenger in the vehicle was found to have an outstanding warrant and was also arrested.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
December 1 at 1:43 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1800 block of S. Myrtle, when he saw a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation. He stopped the subject, who was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. An investigation revealed he also had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Felony Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
December 2 at 3:13 a.m., a male subject was reported slumped over in his vehicle, which was stopped in the intersection of Monterey and Huntington with the engine running. Officers responded and found the driver heavily intoxicated. After field sobriety tests were conducted, he was arrested for DUI. During the booking process, the suspect was found to have three prior convictions for DUI, so he was charged with felony DUI.

Injury Traffic Collision
December 2 at 3:45 p.m., a bicyclist was traveling south across Huntington from Shamrock when he was struck by a vehicle turning east onto Huntington from northbound Shamrock. Officers responded with paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department. The bicyclist suffered pain and redness to his leg and was transported to a hospital for further treatment.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
December 2 at 8:40 p.m., officers responded the intersection of Duarte and Encino regarding the report of a suspicious vehicle with a subject inside. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. An investigation revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
December 3 at 6:30 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 300 block of W. Olive. The victim called police to report his truck was missing. Officers responded and checked the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
December 3 at 9:16 a.m., a theft was reported in the 600 block of S. Mountain. The victim called police to report the catalytic converter had been stolen from his work truck. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. This investigation is continuing.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
December 3 at 3:44 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 400 block of W. Foothill regarding a disturbance. The victim called police to report he had just been slapped by a male subject. Officers checked the area and located a subject matching the given description. He was contacted and after further investigation, the suspect was arrested for battery and taken into custody.

Fraud
December 3 at 6:21 p.m., a victim in the 300 block of W. Huntington advised she tried to cash a check at the location, but was told the check had already been cashed fraudulently. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
December 4 at 8:16 a.m., a caller reported a suspicious male loitering in the 100 block of E. Colorado. Officers arrived and recognized the subject from past encounters. An investigation revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
December 4 at 6:43 p.m., two vehicles collided into each other at the intersection of Huntington and Mayflower. One of the involved parties complained of pain. Officers responded with paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department. An investigation was completed and the responsible party was cited for unsafe speed.

Holiday Sing-Along Friday

Holiday Sing-Along for carolers young and old, musically gifted and tone-deaf. Meet on the 400 block of Myrtle this Friday, Dec. 6 at 8:15 p.m. All are welcome.

- Brad Haugaard

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides Thursdays and Sundays

Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available in Old Town on Thursday and Sunday evenings in December for $5 per person. Dates and times:

Sundays, Dec. 8, 15, and 22, 3-6 p.m.
Thursdays, Dec. 12 and 19, 5-8 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Christmas Parade This Thursday

The annual Christmas Parade will be this Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., following a performance by Centre Stage Studios at 6 p.m. The parade will travel along Myrtle from Chestnut to Palm.

- Brad Haugaard

Star Wars and Holiday Activities at Library

Star Wars Day at the library, Dec. 14, noon to 4 p.m. Activities for all ages, including lightsaber battles, costume contest, droid races, storytimes, crafts, the Cantina for 21+ guests, and more. Star Wars costumes are encouraged. https://is.gd/3dMRAN

Other library activities include:

  • Santa Storytime, Friday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.
  • Holiday Sounds, Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-4 p.m.
  • Toddler Winter Ball, Dec. 11, 11 a.m.
  • Friends of the Library Monday Movie Night, Monday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Have Breakfast With Santa


Have breakfast with Santa in Old Town. Here's the schedule:   

Dec. 7 at 8 a.m. - The Peach Cafe.

Dec. 14 at 8 a.m. - Jakes Roadhouse, and at 10 a.m. - The Monrovian Restaurant.

Dec. 21 at 8 a.m. - The Peach Cafe and at 11 a.m. - Rudy's Mexican Food.

Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. - Myrtle Tree Cafe.

- Brad Haugaard

Bridget: Three Years Old But All Puppy

Bridget has the best puppy dog eyes. And the word "puppy" in that sentence is appropriate. Although she's three years old, she still has the energy of a puppy. Bridget LOVES to play - with people, with other dogs, with anyone who wants to have fun. While a lot of dogs love meal time, or cuddle time, her favorite time of day is play time. She's had a blast participating in doggy play group with the other shelter dogs, but she'd love a home where every day is nothing but fun and games.

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

Snow Up Close

I assume everyone has seen the snowy mountains above Monrovia, but I thought I’d ride my bike up into the hills to get a close-up. This is the first serious snow I found, maybe a half mile north of White Saddle. I even threw a snowball. Nice!

- Brad Haugaard 

Lunch at Wok and Fire


Lunch at Wok and Fire, in the shopping center at the southwest corner of Huntington and Magnolia. Got the Shrimp and Vegetable Soup for $5.98 and a drink for $1.29. A very generous portion of tasty soup at a very reasonable price. 


- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Fire Chief Graduates from National Fire Academy Program

Monrovia Fire Chief Brad Dover has graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Officer’s Program. https://is.gd/9Qxgef

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Arrested with Toy Gun in Somebody Else's House; Vandalizing Mosaic Tiles at Train Station; Lottery Tickets Stolen; Lost Hikers Found; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 21-26. - Brad Haugaard]

Injury Traffic Collision
November 21 at 7:26 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of California and Los Angeles regarding a traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. A vehicle was attempting to enter traffic on California from Los Angeles, when two pedestrians entered the crosswalk. The vehicle continued forward and drove over the foot of one of the pedestrians. The pedestrian was checked by paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department, and the driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
November 21 at 7:47 p.m., an officer was on patrol near the intersection of Duarte and Alamitas, when he saw a male subject lean into the open window of a parked vehicle. The officer then noticed two other vehicles parked nearby with the doors open. The officer contacted the subject and the investigation revealed he was the owner of the vehicles, but he was found to have a warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested for the warrant.

Suspended Driver’s License / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
November 22 at 10:40 a.m., an officer was working traffic enforcement near the intersection of Colorado and Shamrock, when he saw a vehicle speed through a stop sign. The officer initiated a traffic stop, and the investigation revealed the driver had a suspended license and numerous warrants for his arrest. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
November 22 at 2:02 p.m., officers responded a residence in the 300 block of Prospect regarding the report of a burglary. The residence had been broken into sometime during the day. The suspect entered the home through a bathroom window and electronics items were taken. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
November 22 at 5:33 p.m., a male subject came to the Monrovia Police Department lobby to report a stolen motorcycle. The motorcycle was parked in the 100 block of Los Angeles and had been taken sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Trespassing / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of a Replica Gun – Suspects Arrested
November 22 at 6:37 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of E. El Norte reported the lights turning on and off in his neighbor's vacant house. Officers responded and found the front door unlocked and open. A female subject who did not live in the house was found inside. The female subject was arrested for trespassing and taken into custody. Officers notified the owner they would extra patrol the location because it could not be secured. At 8:37 p.m., an officer drove by the location on extra patrol and saw a male subject exiting the same house. He contacted the subject, who did not have permission to be inside the home. The male subject said he went inside to meet with the female subject who was arrested earlier. He was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a toy gun he painted black and removed the red tip from, which appeared to be an actual handgun. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
November 22 at 6:40 p.m., a caller reported a pedestrian was struck by a slow moving vehicle on private property at a car dealership in the 700 block of E. Central. The pedestrian did not have any visible injuries, but complained of pain and was transported to a nearby hospital.

Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
November 22 at 10:46 p.m., an employee at a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington called police to report a female subject who arrived to pick up an order purchased online with a stolen credit card. Officers arrived and contacted the subject, who said she was picking up the order for a friend. Further investigation revealed she was wanted by Burbank Police Department for fraud. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
November 23 at 2:42 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1600 block of S. Shamrock when he saw a male subject exiting a closed car dealership. Investigation revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. There were no signs any crime had occurred at the dealership. The subject was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody.

Mail Theft
November 23 at 11:01 a.m., a resident who lives in an apartment complex in the 200 block of S. Fifth reported that sometime during the night, the mailboxes at the complex had been pried open. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. A camera system in the area recorded a possible suspect. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
November 23 at 3:59 p.m., officers responded to the Gold Line pedestrian walkway in the 1600 block of S. Primrose regarding a suspect vandalizing the mosaic tiles. Officers conducted an area check, but were unable to locate the suspect. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
November 23 at 9:01 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 300 block of E. Duarte when he saw a male bicyclist commit a Vehicle Code violation. He stopped the bicyclist, who was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Further investigation revealed he also had a warrant for his arrest. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

In Closed Park After Hours / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
November 23 at 11:26 p.m., an officer was patrolling Station Square Park in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle, which was closed to the public. He saw a male subject loitering in the closed park and contacted him. The subject was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
November 25 at 2:57 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 800 block of S. Mayflower regarding an adult female banging on a resident’s door. The resident did not know the female subject. The officer determined the female subject was too intoxicated to care for herself or her own safety. She was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Vehicle Burglary
November 25 at 10:09 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 400 block of E. Colorado. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. It was unknown if anything was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
November 25 at 12:56 p.m., officers responded to the report of a burglary at a storage unit in the 2100 block of S. Myrtle. Upon arrival, the officers found that the lock had been cut off. This investigation is continuing.

Theft – Suspect Arrested
November 25 at 4:39 p.m., a female subject entered a grocery store in the 100 block of W. Foothill and took two bottles of alcohol. She then exited the store without any attempt to pay for the items. She was detained by loss prevention until officers arrived. After investigation, the subject was arrested for shoplifting and released on a citation to appear in court on the charge.

Theft – Suspect Arrested
November 25 at 8:40 p.m., a female subject entered a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill and concealed approximately $300 worth of medication on her person. She then walked out of the store without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise. She was detained by loss prevention until officers arrived. After investigation, the subject was arrested for shoplifting and was released on a citation to appear in court on the charge.

Vandalism
November 25 at 11:09 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Ocean View regarding a report of a gunshot being heard. Only one call was received reporting the gunshot. Further investigation revealed an unknown suspect threw a ball bearing through the front window of a residence. No one was injured. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
November 26 at 9:31 a.m., the owner of a business in the 700 block of W. Huntington called to report a theft that had occurred the day before. Officers arrived and found that approximately $300 worth of lottery tickets had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
November 26 at 12:35 p.m., the owner of a business in the 900 block of W. Duarte called to report a theft of lottery tickets from the previous Friday. Officers arrived and found that approximately $100 worth of lottery tickets had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Lost Hikers Located
November 26 at 2:47 p.m., a hiker on Clam Shell Road, just north of Monrovia, called to report he and another hiker were lost. The Monrovia Fire Department was notified to also respond. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter was able to locate the hikers and hoisted both subjects out of the canyon. There were no injuries.

Monrovia Lights Its Christmas Tree


After several city council members said what they are grateful for (Gloria Crudgington said she's grateful for being cancer-free. Amen!) , then a quick introduction by Mayor Pro Tem Larry Spicer - who said he's thankful for his church (Second Baptist) and who told Santa that he'd like a Tesla for Christmas (Yeah! Me, too, Santa!) - Monrovia lit its Christmas tree in Library Park.

- Brad Haugaard 

Help Cats and Dogs Have a Great Christmas

(The MODA is that new multi-unit residential complex next to the Monrovia train station.)

- Brad Haugaard

Firefighters Collecting Toys; Be on the Sales Tax Advisory Committee; Replanting Trees at MHS; Home Decorating; Sandbags

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

~ Help Monrovia Fire & Rescue stuff a fire truck with toys as a part of the Spark of Love Toy Drive, on Nov. 29 - 30. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. firefighters will be parked in front of Studio Movie Grill to collect new, unwrapped toys for under-served children and teens.

~ The Measure K sales tax will go into effect on April 1, 2020 and the city will be forming a five-member Measure K Citizen Advisory Committee [I guess to suggest ways to use the money]. If you'd like to be considered for the committee, get in touch with a city councilmember: https://is.gd/P1a4rI

~  City crews are planting about 40 Brisbane Box trees along Madison Avenue, adjacent to Monrovia High School, to replace trees that were removed during sidewalk improvement. Plans for planting trees along the front of the school are still in development as a part landscape improvements at the High School.


~ Holiday Home Contest is coming up. Friday, December 13 is the application deadline. Details here: https://is.gd/tXSw0E

~ Nervous about flooding during the rainy season? Get sandbags here: Public Works Department: 600 S. Mountain, Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fire Station 101: 141 E. Lemon, Monday - Thursday  7 a.m.to 6 p.m.; Community Center: 119 W. Palm, Monday -Thursday (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Friday (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) And gravel to fill them with (bring shovels, gloves, and eye protection) at Skate Park parking lot: 847 E. Olive.

- Brad Haugaard

Thomas the Formal Feline Is Curious and Sweet

It's no secret that we've been getting really into the holidays probably way too early this year. But have you thought about New Year's yet? Thomas is ready. This chill guy isn't the loud party type, but he'll still get all dressed up to watch the ball drop on TV with you. When he's not in his formalwear, Thomas enjoys playing with wand toys, and although he doesn't go into hardcore zoomie mode like a kitten, your heart will melt seeing him bat at the ribbon on a stick. He's a curious boy, and if you visit him in our communal cat room, he'll probably come right out to the middle of the room to say hi and get some head pets. Come meet this sweet guy today and celebrate the holidays with him.

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

Burgerim on Myrtle Hiring


The new Burgerim at 406 S. Myrtle is hiring “fun, energetic“ people. Open interviews Nov. 19, 29, and 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 358-4888 or apply at https://www.burgerim.com/careers/

- Brad Haugaard 

Citrus College wins Marketing and PR Awards

Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, was recently awarded top honors from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 6. NCMPR is a professional organization for individuals involved in marketing, communications, public relations and enrollment management at community, junior and technical colleges.

The college's office of communications and external relations was presented with five Medallion Awards during the organization's District 6 Conference in Park City, Utah, in late September. The awards recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in design and communication, with winners receiving gold, silver and bronze designations. Citrus received gold, silver and bronze in the outdoor media category; gold in the postcard category; and silver in the social media category.

Melissa Utsuki, executive director of communications and external relations, said, "It is rewarding to be recognized for the great work we do for Citrus College."

Also, Doug Schultz, Citrus's communications supervisor, was named the District 6 "Rising Star" recipient for 2019. This award recognizes newcomers who have demonstrated special creativity or ability in marketing and public relations, and who show evidence of a promising future in the field.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at T Burger


Lunch at T Burger, on the south side of Foothill just east of Magnolia. Got the Chef Salad for $8.99 and an iced tea for $2.39. Nice salad. Fresh and tasty. I cut up the tomatoes and bell peppers a bit more to suit my style. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Holiday Sounds Dec. 7 in Library Lobby


- Brad Haugaard

Plymouth Elementary School Students Display Coding Skills

Plymouth Elementary students demonstrated how they created animated characters for digital stories and video games during the school's annual Epic Build Showcase on Nov. 15, an event that celebrated the school's computer science immersion program, Code to the Future.

"Our Epic Build Showcase gives our community the opportunity to not just see pockets of excellence in a few classes, but witness displays of learning in every classroom with the opportunity of every student learning computer science at a high level," Principal Dr. Greg Gero said.

Through Code to the Future, students work with block-based coding and JavaScript and engage in hands-on programming, robotics, and analog activities. Beginning in transitional kindergarten, students apply the logic of computer science by creating loops, sequences, and animations. By second grade, students begin building video games; by fifth grade, students skillfully combine coding with integrated stories.

"At Monrovia Unified, preparing our students for college, career and beyond is at the forefront of everything we do," Board President Ed Gililland said. "Our students are learning how to problem solve and think critically, and develop technological literacy, on which they can expand throughout their educational experience at Monrovia Unified."

At Plymouth Elementary, coding can become a second language for students and, for its Mandarin Dual Language Immersion students, coding can become a third language.

The school focuses on educational skills composed of the four Cs: critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. Gero explained that the showcase was not just a celebration of coding, but a celebration of the skills students are developing, which prepare them for college and career success.

"Plymouth's Epic Build showcase gives our students the opportunity to not only engage with one another, but with parents and community members as well," Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian said. "Through our coding curriculum, our students, at an early age, develop the knowledge and skills they need to pursue science and technology career paths in the future."

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Library's Veterans Resource Center Wins Certificate of Recognition

The Monrovia Public Library's Veterans Resource Center was awarded a California State Senate Certificate of Recognition for its work supporting veterans and ensuring their access to resources. Senator Anthony Portantino awarded the certificate.

- Brad Haugaard

Free Thankful and Grateful Holiday Gathering on Nov. 26


There will be a free "Thankful and Grateful Holiday Gathering" at Monrovia Library Park from 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 26. Live Entertainment, Truck Petting Zoo, Library Story Times, Community Booths, Arts & Crafts, Hay Rides, and a Community Art Project. Plus a certain "jolly guest" will help light the Christmas tree.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Firefighters Will be Collecting Money to Fight Muscular Dystrophy


~  Monrovia firefighters will be at the corner of Huntington and Mayflower on Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, for their annual Fill the Boot drive, helping raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

- Brad Haugaard

REI Employees Remove Invasive Plants in Canyon Park


City Manager Dylan Feik reports that on Nov. 5, 55 REI employees from Arcadia  visited Canyon Park and spent more than two hours removing Ageratina adenophora, an invasive plant species, from along the stream below the waterfall. This invasive plant makes conditions less favorable for native plants and alters the water flow. It has to be pulled up by hand. The REI crew covered approximately 1 mile of the waterfall trail, helping restore the biological integrity of Canyon Park.

Loss Ends Wildcats Shot at CIF Championship :-(

A 24-20 loss to the Newport Harbor Sailors in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Playoff ended the Wildcats chance for a CIF championship. https://is.gd/zw8j7E

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Again Honored as Good School for Hispanic Students

Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, is one of the top colleges and universities in the nation for Hispanic students, according to an annual list published by the Hispanic Outlook on Education.

Earlier this fall the magazine ranked Citrus in the top 10 in two categories: sixth in the nation for awarding English language and literature degrees to Hispanic students, and seventh for awarding social science degrees to Hispanic students.

- Brad Haugaard

Roy Knows Lots, Especially About 'Endless Fetch'

Roy is such a smart dog! This six-year-old pup has his Blue Ribbon, which means he knows sit, down, and stay. He also knows shake (with both paws! Wow!). His favorite game is called Endless Fetch, and he’ll play it for as long as you’re able to throw. And even when he’s playing Endless Fetch, he knows even MORE cues, such as “drop it” and “wait”. He’s been described as a “delightful dog” by our volunteers. If a smart dog who loves learning new things is exactly what you’re looking for, then come meet Roy!

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

Anderson House Museum Needs New Roof


In 1979 the Monrovia Historical Society was formed to care for the Anderson House, a 1886 Queen Anne Victorian that was one of the first houses built in the new town of Monrovia. Today the home is a museum, but the roof is in dire straits and needs to be replaced. Materials for that purpose have been secured, but the cost to install them will run about $10,000. The Society has set the end of February as the deadline for taking donations.

Because the Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, donations are tax-deductible and can be made in two ways:

1. Mail a check to:
    Monrovia Historical Society
    P.O. Box 1898
    Monrovia, CA   91017
   (Note: Write Anderson House Roof Fund on your check.)

2. A GoFundMe account has been set up to take donations. Click here to donate: https://is.gd/lXN1Ih

Source: Monrovia Historic Preservation Group: https://is.gd/eNmjkF

- Brad Haugaard

Old Phone Company Building on Lime May Become Self-Storage Facility

At its next meeting (https://is.gd/xB3aN0) the Monrovia City Council will consider a proposal that will let the old phone company building on the north side of Lime just east of Myrtle to be converted into  a self-storage facility with storefronts on the ground floor.

The proposal, which requires general plan and zoning changes - among other things - has already been unanimously approved by the Development Review Committee and Planning Commission.

Although the space could be used as an office building, city staff argues that "could potentially cause severe parking and traffic congestion impacts due to the building's extremely high occupancy capacity and very little onsite parking," while a self-storage facility would be "a low impact use, with an extremely low parking demand."

The owner proposes to "enclose the exterior staircases on the north elevation as well as add a new elevator to allow customers easier access to the storage units for their bulkier items." https://is.gd/4wslTL

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Baja Mar FIsh Taco

Lunch at Baja Mar FIsh Taco, at the corner of Foothill and May. Got the lunch special with two tacos (fish and pork) for $7.99, drink included. Good food; quick service. 

- Brad Haugaard 

A Message from Monrovia Unified School District Regarding Saugus High School Tragedy


Dear Monrovia Unified Community,

In reflecting upon the tragic unfolding of events at Saugus High School, I am angered that children today must endure such horrific acts of cowardice and heartbroken for the children and families who lost loved ones.

School safety is our first priority. Teaching and learning can only occur in a safe environment, and Monrovia Unified takes clear steps to establish and maintain safe schools.

The District does this by:
• Developing an integrated safety plan for each school, tailored to its unique needs and population.
• Reviewing these plans yearly with our partners, Monrovia Police Department.
• Conducting monthly drills at each school.
• Initiating anti-bullying programs on every campus.
• Providing counseling services at every school.

We also are continually seeking new avenues through which to promote safety.

Monrovia Unified Board of Education passed a gun safety resolution during its regular board meeting on Nov. 13, intended to disseminate gun safety protocols.

We do not take chances with the safety of our students or staff, and encourage all members of our community to immediately contact authorities – on campus or local law enforcement – if you hear or see something of concern.

Posting potential threats on social media tends to interfere with law enforcement and will cause undue panic.

We also encourage our families to have an open dialogue with their children about their challenges.

The National Association of School Psychologists offer helpful resources for talking to children about violence: https://bit.ly/2OcpM37.

Sincerely,
Dr. Katherine Thorossian
Superintendent

Bradoaks Transitioning to Science-Emphasis School - Holds Moon Party

Bradoaks Elementary second-grader Brendon Rose held onto the lens of a powerful telescope and searched the stars for a glimpse of Saturn, Jupiter and Venus during a “Telescopes in the Sky” Moon Party family event that celebrated the school's effort to transition to a science emphasis school.

“I always thought that Jupiter was one of the smallest planets in the solar system,” Rose said. “I actually learned that Jupiter is the biggest planet when I looked at it through the telescope.”

Clifton Middle School science teacher Tom Traeger is a member of the Monrovia Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers, which partnered with Bradoaks Elementary to host the Nov. 7 event.

“Our members come from all walks of life; I am a teacher, some of our members are scientists, some are engineers, some are retired and some are people who just have a love of the night sky,” Traeger said. “The purpose of the event is to give the Bradoaks community an evening where they can learn about astronomical objects like Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, and the Moon that are in the evening sky.”

Refreshments were provided while students and their families looked at the night sky through four telescopes provided by the Sidewalk Astronomers.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and parents to learn and explore together,” Board of Education President Ed Gililland said. “Monrovia Unified is dedicated to the academic and personal growth of our students, and events like this shine a light on that focus.”

“Telescopes in the Sky” is just one example of the many science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused events that Bradoaks Elementary plans to implement as it transitions to a science emphasis school.

“Transitioning to a science emphasis school will foster a love of STEM education in our students and prepare them for pathways in engineering, computer science, math and much more," Principal Jayne Nickles said. “We are grateful to our community partners who help us put on these special events for our students and their families.”

“Monrovia Unified wants to expand the lens through which our students see the world, and what better way than by providing them with a glimpse of the world beyond the terrestrial?” Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian said. “Thank you to our teachers, community partners and families for supporting memorable enrichment opportunities.”

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Cop Applies Tourniquet; Vehicle With Two Different License Plates - Both Wrong; Drugs and Alcohol; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 7-13. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 370 service events, resulting in 90 investigations.

Grand Theft
November 7 at 8:29 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of Norumbega called to report several personal items were stolen from his unlocked vehicle overnight. Hand tools worth over one thousand dollars were taken. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft Auto / Possession of Shaved Keys – Suspect Arrested
November 7 at 10:13 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 800 block of S. Myrtle when a license plate reader detected a stolen vehicle traveling north on Myrtle. The officer located the vehicle, conducted a traffic stop and the driver was detained without incident. The driver was found to be in possession of shaved keys, which he used to operate the vehicle. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
November 7 at 6:38 p.m., a motorist was traveling in the 600 block of Court Street when they struck a parked vehicle, causing their vehicle to roll over. The driver sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by Monrovia Paramedics. The owner of the parked vehicle was notified.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
November 7 at 7:04 p.m., a motorist was traveling south in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle and proceeded to make a left turn onto eastbound Pomona, failing to yield to oncoming traffic. Another motorist was traveling north on Myrtle and the two vehicles struck each other. The party at fault was issued a citation.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
November 8 at 1:11 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 2000 block of S. Myrtle 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 the bicyclist had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested per the authority of the warrant.

Injury Traffic Collision
November 8 at 2:53 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 800 block of S. Mayflower. Officers arrived and checked on the drivers. One of the drivers had a large laceration on her foot and was bleeding heavily. The officer used his tourniquet on her leg to stop the bleeding. Monrovia Paramedics arrived and treated the driver for her injuries. She was transported to a local hospital for further treatment. Investigation continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
November 8 at 6:25 a.m., employees of a bank in the 200 block of S. Myrtle reported a suspicious male subject sitting in his car most of the day, parked in the bank's parking lot and he was refusing to leave. Officers arrived and contacted the subject, who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. The subject was also found to be in possession of illegal hydrocodone pills and a hypodermic syringe. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
November 8 at 8:44 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 3300 block of S. Peck when he saw a motorhome illegally parked. A computer check of the license plate revealed there was a warrant for the registered owner. The officer saw a male subject standing next to the motorhome who identified himself as the registered owner. His identity was confirmed and he was arrested for the warrant.

Petty Theft
November 8 at 11:13 p.m., a customer of a grocery store in the 100 block of W. Foothill left his backpack on a table in front of the store, then walked away for about five minutes. When he returned, his backpack had been stolen. The backpack contained an iPhone, a speaker, and his wallet with his identification and cash. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
November 9 at 7:33 a.m., a caller reported a traffic collision at the intersection of Eighth and Duarte. An officer responded and checked on the welfare of both drivers. One driver complained of pain. Paramedics arrived on scene and treated the injured party. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Vandalism
November 9 at 3:19 p.m., a vandalism incident was reported at a business parking lot in the 400 block of S. Myrtle. The victim parked his vehicle behind the business and went into work. Sometime between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. his vehicle was spray painted with graffiti. Investigation continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
November 9 at 4:02 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Mountain and Huntington. An officer responded and checked on the welfare of both drivers. One of the drivers complained of pain to her chest. Paramedics arrived and treated the injured party and she was transported to a local hospital for further treatment. Investigation continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Issued Citation
November 9 at 9:42 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 900 block of E. Huntington when he saw a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation. The officer stopped the bicyclist, who admitted to being in possession of a methamphetamine pipe. The officer recovered the pipe and the subject was issued a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspects Arrested
November 10 at 11:21 a.m., a caller reported a possible drunk driver in the 900 block of W. Duarte. Officers responded to the location and saw the vehicle parked in a parking lot of a business. There were two occupants inside the vehicle. After investigation, both subjects were determined to be under the influence and in possession of narcotics. They were arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
November 10 at 7:30 p.m., a resident from the 1500 block of S. Mayflower called police to report his vehicle had been stolen from the front of his residence. The vehicle is a red, 1997, Nissan pickup with Arizona plates. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Issued Citation
November 11 at 1:52 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1600 block of S. Primrose when he saw a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation. He was stopped and found to be in possession of heroin. He was issued a citation to appear in court on the charges and released.

Petty Theft of Package
November 11 at 8:45 p.m., a resident in the 900 block of California called to report a package was taken off his porch without his permission. Investigation continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
November 11 at 10:26 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle make a left turn from the wrong lane in the 900 block of E. Evergreen. The driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation was conducted and it was determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Falsifying Vehicle Registration – Suspect Arrested
November 12 at 3:34 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 800 block of E. Olive when he saw a vehicle with two different license plates attached to it, neither matched the actual vehicle. There was one occupant in the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the subject put two different license plates on the vehicle because the vehicle registration was expired. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft / Fraud
November 12 at 2:42 p.m., a caller reported her wallet was taken while she was shopping at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. She said a female subject distracted her while she was looking at items. When she went to the checkout stand to pay for her  merchandise, she noticed her wallet was missing. Shortly after, she called her bank to report her credit card stolen and was advised it had already been used at two locations. Investigation continuing.

Shoplifting
November 13 at 2:22 p.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report a known female from previous shoplifting incidents had returned to the store. The subject concealed several items in a bag she brought in with her. She exited the store with the concealed merchandise without paying. Officers checked the area, but did not locate the subject. Investigation continuing.

Celebrating 60 Years of Water Management With New Video

The Monrovia-based Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) is celebrating six decades of innovation, conservation, and good water management with this new video, Where Does Our Water Come From?: https://is.gd/zbq3Zb. Upper District was formed by the voters on December 8, 1959 to help sustain adequate imported water supplies for the rapidly growing San Gabriel Valley.

Upper District’s Board of Directors held their first meeting on January 7, 1960 in Temple City. For the past 60 years, we have played a vital role in supplementing local water supplies with imported water from the State Water Project and replenishing the Main San Gabriel Groundwater Basin. Today, Upper District has taken a leadership role in educating the public on their local water supply and the benefits of long-term, sustainable water efficiency practices.

It is with this in mind that Upper District is proud to release our new water supply educational video for public use. We take great pride in the collaborative work that the local water agencies undertake to manage the Main San Gabriel Groundwater Basin. Thanks to several key local, regional and federal agencies in the water community, every time you turn on the faucet you are tapping into a complex water delivery system.

Source: Upper District press release

- Brad Haugaard

City Utility Boxes Painted 'Rock and Roll'

Gem City Images has found some city utility boxes newly painted in nostalgic 50s rock and roll style. https://is.gd/Mij0U0

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia-Based Trader Joe's Opens in San Francisco Despite Ban on Chain Stores

San Francisco apparently has a ban on chain stores to protect mom and pop shops, but, well, ya know, when it comes to Monrovia-based Trader Joe's, sometimes you just gotta make an exception, which the city’s board of supervisors recently did to allow the store to open in the city. https://is.gd/jpiUMX

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Architecture Program

By Mrs. Joanne Montgomery
Citrus College Governing Board Member

Anna Ortega is a Citrus College freshman and Monrovia resident currently enrolled in the college's highly successful architecture program. As part of the career, technical and continuing education division at Citrus College, the architecture program offers students a structured pathway to careers in architecture, interior design, project management, urban planning and contracting, among others.

For Anna, the program was a perfect fit. Wanting to become an interior designer, Anna also had aspirations of designing buildings, an endeavor that would require a license in architecture. Trying to decide what career path she favored was stressful, until she spoke with Dr. Richard Fernandes, a full-time faculty member in the college's architecture program.

Dr. Fernandes, a former Disney Imagineer, explained that obtaining a degree in architecture would qualify Anna to accomplish both goals. No separate training would be required: interior design would simply be Anna's focus within architecture once she transferred to a university. Excited about her future, Anna is now working on a special project in Dr. Fernandes' Introduction to Architecture course that requires students to research, write and present about a piece of cultural architecture in the greater Los Angeles area.

As Anna continues taking challenging courses each semester, she will be in the same position as Citrus College student Kenneth Morales in a year and a half.

Preparing to graduate in June 2020, Kenneth is working on a digital modeling of acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House - a project that necessitates competency in Autodesk Maya, a 3D computer graphics application used by industry experts in architecture, film and videogame design. Dr. Fernandes is among a small group of architects within California licensed to teach Autodesk Maya. This specialized training gives Citrus College students a competitive edge when applying to universities.

"Our transfer connections to universities, such as Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Baptist University, are incredibly strong," said Dr. Fernandes. "These institutions know that when they accept an architecture student from Citrus College, they are gaining an individual who has received a stellar education and possesses an advanced understanding of drafting, 3D imaging, physics and other architecture fundamentals."

Citrus College's Architecture program enjoys such a solid reputation with these universities that Citrus College students are consistently placed a year above applicants transferring from other colleges. This reduces the standard five-year route to an architecture degree to four years for students transferring to Cal Poly Pomona or Cal Baptist University. Upon graduation, students who began their journeys at Citrus College will have saved time and money compared to their peers, and they will be thoroughly equipped to enter the workforce.

As Monrovia's representative on the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, I am incredibly proud of the college's architecture program. Many of its alumni have gone on to successful careers as preservationist architects, urban planners and award-winning modern architects. They have contributed to the construction and preservation of some of the most celebrated structures and areas in the world, including Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park in Orlando, Florida, and the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris.

For college students seeking to build a bright and promising future, I would strongly recommend the Citrus College Architecture program.

- Brad Haugaard

Join the Lego Club at the Library

On Saturday, Nov. 16, 1 to 3 p.m., children and parents are invited to the Lego Club at the Monrovia Public Library to build and play.  This event is intended for children ages 2 - 12 and their families.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia First Responders Honored by Congresswoman Napolitano

Monrovia Detective McClure and Monrovia Paramedic McKee were honored by Congresswoman Napolitano at the Annual 32nd Congressional District First Responder & Military Legislative Breakfast. The annual event is held to recognize the dedicated service from our sworn staff in the public safety divisions.

- Brad Haugaard

Griffin: Have Your Very Own House Panther

Meet sleek, gorgeous house panther Griffin! If you haven’t had a black cat in your life, what are you waiting for? Two-year-old Griffin is one of the kitties in our communal cat room. When he first got to the shelter he was pretty shy, but now he has a blast playing with wand toys and LOVES eating treats. And if you come visit him, you may see him curled up in one of the cat trees with longhaired tortie Mimi, which is the cutest thing ever. Anyone with two or more cats dreams of the day when their cats cuddle, and if you get both Griffin and Mimi, you won’t have to dream! Adopt Griffin, and you’ll immediately become a mini panther convert!

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

Tickets on Sale for Sister Act

Tickets now on sale for the play, Sister Act, at the Taylor Performing Arts Center​ (aka Monrovia High Auditorium) on  Friday, Dec. 6 - 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 - 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8 - 5 p.m. Ticket info here: https://is.gd/D7bF2S

A feel-good musical comedy based on the hit 1992 film. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

- Brad Haugaard

Veterans' Day Ceremony 11 a.m. Today at Library Park

Veterans' Day ceremony at 11 a.m. today in Library Park. Gem City Images has a great picture of the new Vietnam Veteran's plaque. https://is.gd/htFjkl

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia 41-0 Over Santa Fe in Playoffs

Monrovia shuts out Santa Fe with a 41-0 win in the first round of the playoffs Friday night. https://is.gd/ByeDZo

- Brad Haugaard

School Board to Focus on Gun Safety; Etc.

At its next meeting the Monrovia Board of Education will ...

~ Consider updating the schools safety plan to include information on gun safety, and send a letter home to parents emphasizing safe gun storage and parents' legal obligations to protect minors from negligent gun storage. The letter will be included in annual registration materials at each school site, and will require a parental signature. https://is.gd/NCunEi

~ Review the agreement with its PR agency, VMA Communications of Claremont, which is being paid up to $135,385 for the period from this last July through June 30 of 2020. https://is.gd/B9oGwg

~ Consider adopting the Los Angeles County Office of Education Plan for Expelled Students. https://is.gd/F1K6z4


- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Cafe LuMar

Lunch at Cafe LuMar, south side of Colorado a half block east of Myrtle. Got the Chicken Chipotle pasta for $13.75 and an iced tea for $2.95. Really good! And though the restaurant was crowded the service was quick and pleasant.

Note: Someone asked me the other day if my restaurant reviews are paid for by the restaurant, aka "comped."

No. I've always paid. In fact, the restaurant folks don't even know I'm coming and probably don't even know I exist as I've never heard a word from a single restaurant anywhere in town.

It's true I never slam a restaurant but that's because I figure everybody can have a bad day. Also, I figure the photo and price information convey a lot of information, and I'm really not very picky so most restaurants will be at least okay with me, and on those rare occasions when I don't care for it I may simply make no comment on the food, or in super-rare cases, I just won't do a review (I think that's happened once).

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Charity's Van Stolen; Suspect Hits Police Car ... On Bicycle; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 31 – November 6. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 382 service events, resulting in 75 investigations.

Grand Theft Auto
October 31 at 12:35 a.m., a victim called to report his vehicle was just stolen from the 1300 block of S. Alta Vista. The victim said he saw a suspicious person riding a bicycle in the area before his vehicle was taken. Officers arrived and searched the area for the vehicle but did not locate it. The investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
October 31 at 8:15 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Cherry reported two people possibly living in their vehicle in front of her house. Officers arrived and located the two subjects. Both subjects lived on nearby streets and had fallen asleep in their vehicle the night before due to being under the influence of a controlled substance. One subject was still in possession of a controlled substance he was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
October 31 at 2:15 p.m., the manager of a non-profit business in the 700 block of W. Chestnut reported one of their vans was stolen from their parking lot. The video surveillance shows it was stolen at 4:00 a.m. Officers arrived and searched the area for the vehicle but did not locate it. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting
October 31 at 6:53 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 200 block of E. Foothill regarding a shoplifting report. The employee told the officers a female subject in her twenties entered the store, grabbed a large bottle of Vodka and ran out of the store. The subject then entered a gray vehicle and drove away without paying. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
November 1 at 3:18 a.m., a victim reported his locked vehicle had been burglarized while parked in the 600 block of W. Huntington. The vehicle’s window had been shattered to gain entry and several items inside were stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
November 1 at 2:19 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington on the report of a burglary. The rear door of the business was pried open sometime during the night. The front of the business was ransacked and money was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
November 1 at 7:19 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Olive reported her vehicle had been burglarized over the past two days. Personal items were stolen from inside her vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Bicycle Pursuit / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
November 2 at 1:09 a.m., officers on patrol stopped a bicyclist for a vehicle code violation at the intersection of Myrtle and Spanner. The suspect fled from officers, knowing he had warrants for his arrest. While fleeing, the suspect collided on his bicycle with the patrol vehicle of another responding officer. The suspect then fled on foot before he was apprehended. The suspect was treated for a complaint of pain to his arm at a local hospital, however, he had no visible injuries. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
November 2 at 3:55 p.m., an officer was on patrol near the intersection of Lime and Ivy and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. A computer check revealed the driver had multiple warrants for his arrest. The driver was arrested per the authority of the warrants. During the arrest the driver displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence. Further investigation revealed the driver to be driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
November 2 at 8:32 p.m., officers responded to a call of a possible shoplifting in a business in the 1300 block of S. Mayflower. The officers contacted a female subject. An investigation was conducted and it was determined no shoplifting had occurred, however, a computer check revealed she had a warrant for her arrest. She was also found to be in possession of a syringe and a controlled substance hidden in her clothing. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft
November 2 at 10:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington on the report of a theft. The caller reported the theft occurred earlier that night. A male subject took approximately $1,200 worth of vitamins and supplements and hid them in a plastic bag. The theft was not discovered until later in the evening. This investigation is ongoing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
November 2 at 10:39 p.m., officers in the 1300 block of Orange conducted a traffic stop on a bicyclist for a vehicle code violation. A computer check revealed the subject had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested per the authority of the warrant and issued a citation.

Residential Burglary
November 2 at 10:59 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 1100 block of Carmelita. The victim reported he had been away from his residence most of the day. He returned home in the evening and found his house had been ransacked. The point of entry appears to be a rear bedroom window that was left open. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
November 3 at 10:44 p.m., a victim reported his vehicle had been broken into while parked in the 600 block of E. Huntington. Officers arrived and confirmed that one of the vehicle’s windows was smashed and a burglary had occurred. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
November 4 at 4:11 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision at the intersection of Mountain and Royal Oaks. Two vehicles collided into each other. One of the driver’s complained of pain, she was treated by paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department.

Vehicle Burglary
November 4 at 10:26 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 800 block of E. Olive. The victim reported his vehicle was broken into. Officers responded and discovered that items from inside the vehicle’s trunk had been taken. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
November 5 at 1:17 a.m., officers patrolling the 900 block of W. Huntington saw a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a closed business. Two subjects occupied the vehicle. An investigation revealed they were in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. The subjects were arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
November 5 at 12:39 p.m., a victim reported her vehicle was burglarized while parked in the 1100 block of S. Fifth. Officers arrived and saw that a window to her vehicle had been smashed and items were missing from inside. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate any suspects. The investigation is continuing.

Theft
November 5 at 8:42 p.m., a theft was reported in the 1400 block of Alamitas. The victim reported tools were taken from his unlocked vehicle while parked. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
November 6 at 5:09 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill regarding a robbery in-progress. The callers reported two male subjects were breaking into a section of the store. Officers arrived and checked the area for the suspects. An investigation was conducted and evidence collected. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
November 6 at 9:07 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 800 block of E. Huntington when they heard a vehicle collide into the entrance of a nearby building. The driver had mistakenly accelerated forward instead of backing up. The driver complained of pain and was taken to the hospital.

Injury Traffic Collision
November 6 at 9:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to a traffic collision in the intersection of Mayflower and Palm. A trash truck was traveling near the intersection when it was struck by a vehicle traveling in the area. One of the driver’s complained of pain and was taken to the hospital.

Vehicle Burglary
November 6 at 11:30 a.m., a victim reported her vehicle was burglarized while parked in a parking lot in the 800 block of E. Huntington. Officers arrived and saw that one of the victim’s windows had been shattered. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
November 6 at 12:14 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a bicyclist for a vehicle code violation. An investigation revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested per the authority of the warrant, and a search revealed he was also in possession of a controlled substance. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Non Injury Traffic Collision
November 6 at 12:27 p.m., the driver in a dump truck was traveling near the 600 block of N. Canyon when he realized the brakes were not working. The truck went up and over a curb striking a street sign.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
November 6 at 1:10 p.m., the driver of a vehicle traveling near the intersection of Peck and Jefferies hit a curb in the area. Officers arrived and noticed the driver was displaying signs and symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. Further investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Free Veterans Pancake Breakfast


“Enjoy a breakfast on us. All are welcome, especially veterans. Thank you for your service.”


- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Welcomes Dylan Feik


Monrovians welcomed new city manager, Dylan Feik, at the Monrovia Historical Museum Wednesday night.

Feik said the first issues he encountered were coyotes and a runaway asphalt truck that ended up in someone’s front yard on North Canyon. 

Mayor Tom Adams commented on the Measure K vote, saying it should help Monrovia increase its bond rating to an excellent AAA.

- Brad Haugaard 

Final: Yes on K Wins

- Brad Haugaard