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Council to Vote on Putting Sales Tax on November Ballot


At its Tuesday, June 4, meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/oJoNJ8) the Monrovia City Council will consider calling a special election on November 5, 2019 to ask Monrovians to pass a .75% city sales tax to prevent the county or state from grabbing the money. https://is.gd/0Wnrul

The idea is that by increasing sales tax to the maximum level permitted by the state, that would make any new sales taxes passed by the county or state irrelevant in Monrovia.

The wording on the ballot measure would be as shown above.

The main uses for the tax money would be:
  • To upgrade the Community Center.
  • Achieve a AAA credit rating (meaning cheaper money if the city has to borrow).
  • Give money back to residents.
  • Capital and infrastructure improvements
  • "Community Priorities," meaning affordable housing, youth programs, crossing guards, etc.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Church to Become Laser Tag Arena

This Friday a Monrovia church is going to turn its “whole auditorium into a giant laser tag arena” as part of a free event for high school students. From 6:30-10 p.m. The event will be held at Hope Unlimited Church (1900 Walker Ave., a block south of Duarte and a block east of Myrtle). 

- Brad Haugaard 

Comment: Let's Not Overlook the Trades at Monrovia Schools

Recently I commented on some new tech-related courses at Monrovia High, saying, "Well, this is good, but it doesn't give me much confidence that there is any follow-through on the discussion before the election about science and tech not being for everybody. How about adding some classes for the trades: auto mechanics, electricians, etc.?"

Well, I got a response from a member of the district saying, if I may paraphrase, that the new Advanced Graphic Design, Web Development, and Game Development classes ARE trades because by taking them students can get good jobs without going on to college.

Okay, I suppose this is an acceptable definition of the "trades," but it was not what I was thinking about. Nor, do I imagine, is it what other people think about when they think of the trades. What I was thinking about was the traditional get-your-hands-dirty kind of jobs.

So why do I - who spent a career at tech companies - think the traditional trades are so important?

Well, suppose you are a computer graphic designer, web developer, or game developer. Who is your competition? I'll tell you who - Every other designer or developer in the whole big, wide, hungry world! Any job that can be done digitally can be done pretty much anywhere.

I know this because I've lived in the midst of it. I've watched programmers go from making well over $100,000 a year to being laid off. A nearby tech company I know recently laid off about a hundred programmers. At the same time the company is hiring programmers overseas.

So, these jobs are very easy to outsource to India or Ukraine, but also everybody and his brother's cat is being taught computer tech. I just saw an article called: "Coding for kindergarten." The concepts and tools for programming are being made simpler and simpler, which means more and more competition, even locally.

But suppose instead that you are a plumber, welder, or auto mechanic - someone who has to be physically at a location. Who is your competition? Probably nobody outside of maybe a 20-mile radius. You are NOT competing against the whole world. And when I talk to people in the trades they complain that they can't get enough workers.

So while I don't want to demean tech jobs, and I think, in particular, that the robotics teams in the Monrovia schools are really great, I think we are giving the trades - in the traditional sense - very short shrift, and I think in fairness to our students who do not want to go on to college that we should offer them training in skills that cannot be done in India or the Ukraine for a quarter of the cost they can be done here.

Rant concluded.


Update: Oh yeah, I wanted to add this joke:

Man gets a bill from his plumber.

Man: "$150 an hour! I'm a lawyer and even I don't make that much."

Plumber: "Yeah, I didn't make that much when I was a lawyer either."


- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Jake’s Roadhouse

Dinner at Jake’s Roadhouse. Got the Smoked Sausage for $13.95 and a small beer for $5.25. Very good and filling. Had to take some home. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Former Monrovia High Teacher Honored by Citrus College

Citrus College has awarded former Monrovia High teacher Sal Medina the honorary title of Distinguished Alumni for 2019, one of two people to receive the honor.

Medina graduated from Citrus in 1995, went on to the University of La Verne where he earned his bachelor's degree in political science (1998) and master's degree in education (2000), then accpeted a position as a political science teacher at Monrovia High School, where he was known for his engaging style and ability to motivate students. In addition to teaching, he coached the girls' volleyball team and served as adviser to the Key Club.

In 2007 he launched his own business: Packing House Wines. In its first year, Packing House Wines was recognized as the Claremont Chamber of Commerce "Business of the Year." Since then, it has developed from a small boutique to a full-sized wine bar and restaurant located in the Claremont Packing House.

Source: Citrus College press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Instructor Featured on Radio

Monrovia Unified School District's Director of Performing Arts, Patrick Garcia, was featured on California School News Radio.

Garcia discusses Monrovia Days, a three-day civic celebration that highlighted the district’s visual and performing arts programs. Listen on iTunes. https://buff.ly/2Z4WMix

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Is Hartford, Connecticut, Interested in Monrovia's Idlewild House?

The Hartford Courant - the newspaper for Hartford, Connecticut - apparently finds Monrovia real estate an interesting topic. This story in the Courant is about Monrovia's Idlewild house: https://is.gd/x3vHmK

Actually, my guess is that because Monrovia Nursery (home office in Azusa) has a nursery in Hartford County, Connecticut, the newspaper's computer picked up the story and ran with it simply because the word "Monrovia" appeared in it. Computers gone goofy.

- Brad Haugaard

ABC7 Reports on Monrovia Eagle Scout John Maines

ABC7 News recently reported on Monrovia Eagle Scout John Maines, whose Eagle Scout project was raising money for an instrument rack for the violins and the violas for the music program at Monrovia High. Also, Maines recently wrote a suicide awareness PSA that was rated best PSA on this topic in all of California. https://is.gd/1riL69

- Brad Haugaard

Problems at the Monrovia Weekly

According to an article in the Monrovia Weekly, the paper has undertaken a transformation that "involved consolidating our news and information resources and devoting more space to regional news, albeit at the risk of scaling back our local coverage."

But apparently Monrovians were not wild about the change. The article continues: "[I]t has become abundantly clear that you want and need LOCAL Monrovia news each week in our newspapers. And you want it NOW." So the paper is planning a community forum (no date set yet) "to discuss these very issues." https://is.gd/dgHgO1

- Brad Haugaard

Study Session on What to Do About Development and Traffic in Monrovia

Monrovia is growing and what do we do about the resulting traffic? There will be a Special Joint Study Session of the Monrovia City Council and the Monrovia Planning Commission to discuss development trends and proposed traffic mitigation plans on Monday, June 3 at 6 p.m. in the Monrovia Public Library's Community Room. https://is.gd/Z5yffd

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Drugs and Alcohol and Shoplifting; Thefts from Cars; and So Forth

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 23-29. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 417 service events, resulting in 98 investigations.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On May 23 at 4:20 p.m., a possible drunk driver was reported in the 200 block of E. Greystone. The vehicle was observed driving on the wrong side of the road. Officers responded to the area and located the vehicle. The driver was contacted and he displayed symptoms of being under the influence. The driver was arrested for DUI.

Shoplifting
On May 23 at 6:21 p.m., a shoplifting incident was reported at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington. A male suspect selected various items and exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise. The suspect dropped three of the four items prior to leaving the scene. Officer’s arrived, but were unable to locate the suspect. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On May 23 at 7:32 p.m., officers witnessed a subject illegally dumping trash from her vehicle in the area of W. Central and Mayflower. They initiated a traffic stop and discovered the subject also had a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested per the authority of the warrant.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
On May 23 at 9:13 p.m., officers responded to the area of Madison and Colorado regarding a subject who was possibly intoxicated. The subject was located and found to be too intoxicated to care for his own safety. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrant – Suspects Arrested
On May 23 at 10:33 p.m., officers made contact with a male and female subject at a business in the 700 block of W. Huntington. The subjects consented to a search of their persons. The female was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and the male subject was in possession of controlled substances. The male subject also had an outstanding warrant. Both subjects were arrested and taken into custody.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On May 23 at 11:40 p.m., an officer saw a male subject using the electricity from a business in the 700 block of W Huntington. The subject was contacted and the officer began an investigation. The subject was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
On May 24 at 12:08 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of S. Shamrock regarding two parked vehicles that were struck by a third vehicle. Officers conducted an area check and located the suspect vehicle. No driver was found in the vehicle, but the registered owner was contacted. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On May 24 at 1:27 a.m., officers made contact with a male subject at the rear of a closed business in the 700 block of E. Huntington. He was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
May 24 at 1:33 p.m., an employee of a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called police to report a male subject was being detained inside their store for shoplifting. Officers arrived and, after an investigation was conducted, the subject was arrested and taken into custody. The stolen property was returned to the store.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
May 24 at 5:49 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of Stedman called police to report a suspicious female subject walking on his street and behaving strangely. Officers arrived and contacted the subject, who immediately dropped a bag of methamphetamine on the ground. The officers determined the subject was under the influence of methamphetamine. She was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On May 24 at 9:43 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Elfwood regarding a suspicious vehicle. The caller said a person in the vehicle knocked on her door and then fled when she answered. Officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. A computer check of the subjects in the vehicle revealed the male passenger had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft From a Vehicle
May 25 at 1:41 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported at a business parking lot in the 700 block of E. Huntington. The victim had parked in the lot and went into the gym. When he returned to his vehicle, he discovered someone had entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his wallet, which contained several credit cards and his driver's license. This investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle
May 25 at 1:49 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of Genoa walked outside her home to her vehicle and found that someone had entered it and took vehicle documents. Her AAA card and two pairs of sunglasses were stolen. The vehicle was not locked. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
May 25 at 10:09 p.m., officers responded to a complaint of an intoxicated subject near the area of Walnut and Monterey. The subject was located and found to be on parole and in possession of a controlled substance. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
May 26 at 12:55 a.m., a caller reported that items were missing from his residence in the 300 block of Wildrose after returning from vacation. Officers responded and the investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 26 at 3:15 a.m., a caller reported an intoxicated subject near their residence in the 400 block of W. Duarte. Officers responded and found the subject in the caller’s backyard. Officers determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. The subject was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Vehicle Burglary
May 26 at 12:50 p.m., a caller reported her vehicle was broken into while parked in the 900 block of S. Shamrock. Her purse was taken and one of her credit cards had been used at a local business. Officers responded and the investigation is ongoing.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
May 26 at 10:30 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on a bicyclist for a vehicle code violation in the area of Peck and Longden. The investigation revealed the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
May 27 at 3:37 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of S. Fifth regarding a male and two females smoking a controlled substance in a parked vehicle. Officers made contact with the three subjects and the investigation revealed the male subject was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and released on a citation to appear in court on the charge.

Theft From a Vehicle
May 27 at 10:55 a.m., a caller reported that his vehicle and another vehicle were entered during the night and miscellaneous property was taken. The vehicles were parked in the 400 block of Scenic Drive and were unlocked. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
May 28 at 7:06 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 400 block of Monrovista. The victim stated that while her vehicle was parked on the street during the night, a window had been broken and property was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
May 28 at 7:42 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 800 block of W. Huntington and saw a vehicle that appeared suspicious. A computer check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen. The vehicle was recovered.

Vandalism
May 28 at 10:04 a.m., employees working at a business in the 1800 block of S. Myrtle heard their front glass window shatter. None of the employees saw what happened. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
May 28 at 1:01 p.m., a caller reported his vehicle was broken into in the 1800 block of Eighth Avenue and that personal property that was inside the vehicle was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Battery
May 28 at 7:58 p.m., officers responded to a domestic disturbance between a father and son in the 400 block of Hurstview. Officers arrived, but the father had left the location. The investigation revealed the father had committed domestic battery against the mother. Officers were unable to locate the father for his statement. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
May 29 at 3:18 p.m., a caller returned home to the 200 block of Highland and discovered two male subjects inside her residence. She called police. Officers arrived, but the subjects had already fled the location in a vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
May 29 at 9:05 p.m., officers responded to a report of shoplifting at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. They arrived and detained a female subject. She was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and had an open wound from a recent injection. She was arrested and released on a citation. Monrovia Fire Paramedics were called to treat her open wound.

Soapbox Derby May Make Comeback in Monrovia; Sidewalk CPR; Etc.

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

~ Monrovia resident Jeff Hunt is working to revive the Soapbox Derby, in partnership with  Hot Rods Forever, which coordinates an annual Monrovia car show. The event will be a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills and is planned for Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  For more information, contact Soapbox Derby, LLC, at 205-4786.

~ Sidewalk CPR Day Thursday, June 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Library Park. Learn Hands-Only CPR in just five minutes from the pros.  For more information contact Captain Chris Huson at 256-8119 or chuson@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

~ The city's public works inspector, engineering technician, and senior administrative assistant will now have office hours instead of only being available by appointment. The new hours, starting Monday, June 3, are: Mondays and Thursdays - 7 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 1 to 2 p.m.

~ The City Council will hold a budget study session today, Wednesday, at 5 p.m. to review  proposed 2019/21 spending.

~  New GoMonrovia pricing begins June 1 - $2.50 shared rides, $5 classic rides, and still 50 cents to and from the Gold Line and Old Town Monrovia.

~ The fourth Neighborhoods Treasure features Japanese Americans in Monrovia. Families like the Uyedas, Tsuneishi, Asanos, Kurimiyas and others built strawberry farms, grocery stores, fruit stands, and more. The celebration and block party will be Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. at 300 W Cypress. Art unveiling, free food, games, giveaways, city booths. RSVP here: https://is.gd/eyCyT7 or call the City at 932-5563.

- Brad Haugaard

Heros at Heart: Coffee with a Cop

Thursday, May 30, 10-11 a.m. at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, at the corner of Myrtle and Foothill. Meet and greet local police officers who serve the community. Proceeds from the sale of Heroes at Heart Coffee and Tea go to benefit California Peace Officers Memorial, which provides financial assistance, scholarships and support for families of fallen officers. Free coffee and tea samples, raffle entry with any Heroes at Heart purchase.

- Brad Haugaard

Sir Jamie Looking for a New Home

Sir Jamie (A475591) celebrated Memorial Day this year by attending the La Cañada Flintridge Memorial Day parade. He went with the Pasadena Humane Society’s Wiggle Waggle Waggin’ volunteers and a few other dog buddies. Despite his regal demeanor, he enjoyed the festivities. He particularly liked being petted by tons of new people who thought his wrinkly Chinese Sharpei face was adorable. Sir Jamie is a 4-year-old who was found roaming around Glendale about a month ago. He’s now at Pasadena Humane looking for a new home, with new trusting friends, so he can prove his loyalty.

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

Learn Portrait Painting This Evening

Learn to draft a portrait using the same technique as Leonardo Da Vinci, Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. to Paint n Play Studio on Myrtle. Instructor will be Manuel Barillas, longtime commercial and fine artist based in Downey. For more information and to RSVP, please email christine@monroviafinearts.org. Free admission, refreshments served.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Bella Sera


Lunch recently at Bella Sera, on the east side of Myrtle just north of Lemon. Got the Bacon Stacked Scallops for $26 and my wife and I shared a bottle of sparkling water for $7. Delicious!

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Sentenced to Life for Multiple Rapes

Monrovian Jason Chung Chien Yu, 43, has been sentenced to life in state prison after being convicted of 12 felony charges Thursday for the kidnappings, assaults and rapes of four women over a five-year period. link

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Historian Steve Baker Wins Statewide Award

Monrovian Steve Baker has just been notified that he will receive the 2018-2019 Waddingham/Doctor Award by the Conference of California Historical Societies, awarded to an individual who has given 25 years or more of consistent and outstanding service to a local historic society.

In Steve’s case, his service has been to four such groups -- MOHPG (the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group), The Duarte Historical Society, the Monrovia Historical Museum and the Monrovia Historical Society.

Steve is a fifth-generation Monrovian who was appointed the Official Historian for the City of Monrovia in 1991, was elected Monrovia City Treasurer in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017. He has been the Treasurer for the Duarte Historical Society and Museum for more than thirty years, he currently serves as President of the Citrus College Foundation Board of Directors, President of the Monrovia Historical Society, Treasurer of the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library, and as board member of the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group, ChangeMakers and the Santa Anita Family YMCA.

In the past he has served as chair of the Santa Anita YMCA Board of Managers, President of the Monrovia Historical Museum, Treasurer of the Friends of the Duarte Library, member of the Historic Preservation Commission, and Treasurer of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He was also the Executive Secretary of the Rotary Club of Monrovia for seventeen years.

Thanks to Sandy Burud for this information.

- Brad Haugaard

New Starbucks Open




The new Starbucks at the corner of Huntington and Magnolia is open. Very open, lots of seating inside and out, plus a drive through lane. Very nice. The Starbucks further to the west on Huntington, next to Armstrong's, has closed, so this is not an increase in the number of Starbucks.

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Car-Window Smashing Burglaries; Two Women Assault Boyfriends; Police Pursue Driver into El Monte; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 16-22. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 388 service events, resulting in 77 investigations.

Driving Without a License/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On May 16 at 9:01 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the 1400 block of S. Mountain. A computer check revealed the driver was driving without a license and, during a consent search, drug paraphernalia was found inside the vehicle. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
On May 16 at 5:06 p.m., a grand theft incident was reported at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. Two suspects entered the business and asked questions about a new phone. Then they forcefully removed three phones from a display case and ran out of the store. They fled the area in a black BMW. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
On May 16 at 9:34 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of N. Ivy called police to report a vandalism to his residence. He left for a short period of time, and when he returned, he saw a hole in the front window of his residence. He found a soccer ball inside his residence that appears to have caused the damage. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On May 17 at 2:22 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1200 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a female subject, walking alone, who appeared to be having difficulty maintaining her balance. The officer stopped and checked on the subject’s welfare. The subject was heavily intoxicated and could not care for her own safety or the safety of others. The subject was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Package Theft
On May 17 at 7:09 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Canyon walked outside his home and discovered a package that had been delivered that morning on his front porch had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Paraphernalia Found
On May 17 at 7:42 a.m., an employee of a store in the 700 block of W. Huntington found a used syringe in front of a neighboring store that is no longer open. The caller requested extra patrol. An officer responded, collected the syringe and disposed of it properly.

Non-injury Traffic Collision
On May 17 at 10:05 a.m., a caller reported that two motorists collided into one another in the 1200 block of S. Myrtle. Officers responded and found that no one was injured. Both parties did not want a police report filed, but instead only wanted to exchange information.

Possession of a Controlled Substance/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On May 17 at 7:15 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 700 block of W. Huntington when he saw a suspicious person in a hotel parking lot. The officer contacted the subject and a computer check revealed he had outstanding warrants for his arrest. A search incident to arrest located drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine in the subject’s possession. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Possession of a Controlled Substance/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On May 18 at 1:13 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a subject in a park after closing hours in violation of the City Municipal Code. The officer stopped the subject, and the subject consented to a search of his person. The officer located drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine in the subject’s possession. The subject was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On May 18 at 2:05 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 2600 block of S. Myrtle when he stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. During the stop, the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Vehicle Burglary
On May 18 at 12:18 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of N. Canyon reported her vehicle had been burglarized. Her vehicle was parked on the street. She witnessed a male and female subject break her car window. The suspects stole her purse, which was on the front seat, and fled the area in their own vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
On May 18 at 6:25 p.m., officers responded to a residential burglary alarm call in the 500 block of N. Alta Vista and confirmed a burglary had occurred. Officers discovered the point of entry, which was an open second story window. No suspects were located and the investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On May 19 at 2:30 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the 1400 block of S. Myrtle. During the stop, the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Traffic Violation/Vehicle Pursuit – Suspect Arrested
On May 20 at 6:38 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1500 block of S. Shamrock when he saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. He attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle continued onto the 210 Freeway. The vehicle failed to yield for several miles, so the officer initiated a pursuit. The pursuit continued into the City of El Monte. The vehicle eventually stopped and the driver was arrested.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On May 21 at 4:11 p.m., multiple callers reported a female subject hitting a male subject in the 900 block of Monterey. Officers arrived and detained both subjects. The investigation confirmed the female had assaulted her boyfriend, causing visible physical injuries. The female subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Battery – Suspect Arrested
On May 21 at 10:01 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Myrtle called police to report his girlfriend was hitting him. He left the apartment and waited outside for the officers. The female subject retreated into the apartment and would not exit for some time. Officers were eventually able to convince the female to exit. The investigation revealed the female was the primary aggressor in the fight and she was arrested for domestic battery.

Vehicle Burglary
On May 22 at 7:14 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 1100 block of E. Huntington. The victim called to report his vehicle was broken into while he was eating at restaurant. The victim walked outside to return to his vehicle and found a window had been smashed and personal property was taken from inside. Investigation continuing.

Monrovia Transit Program Unpopular With Disabled; Upgrades to Lucinda Garcia Park?

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

~ In addition to its Lyft program, the city has a transportation program for the disabled, but they don't like it.  Chi said the "surprising news" from users is that they don't like the smaller vans, though they're easier to get in and out of. So the city is thinking of "bringing in a different type of ADA accessible vehicle" and also addressing some "minor complaints regarding the dispatch operation," which he said, should be "fully resolved here within the next few weeks."

~ The state has $254.9 million available for park and recreation facilities in underserved communities and Monrovia's Lucinda Garcia Park (Olive just west of Mayflower) could qualify. Monrovia will apply for some of the money to: expand the park into adjacent open space, upgrade play equipment, add safety surfacing at the playground area, add exercise equipment, repair the pathway and upgrade the landscaping, among a few other things.

- Brad Haugaard

Officer Montes Appointed Monrovia Schools Resource Officer

Officer Thomas Montes, who has served the city of Monrovia since 2006, has been appointed as Monrovia's new School Resource Officer (SRO) for the 2019-20 school year.

Montes is well-known at Monrovia Unified, having worked closely with many of the District's site administrators in the past, ensuring that Monrovia schools remain a safe and nurturing learning environment for students.

"Officer Montes has been a support to Monrovia Unified schools in his career as an officer, and he has responded to calls from various schools to provide support and guidance during difficult situations," said Jennifer Jackson, Clifton Middle School principal. "He is a professional, calm, and a asset to students and their families, and we are excited for him to serve as our new School Resource Officer."

Montes has a background in psychology and knowledge and experience working with individuals of all ages.

"We are excited to welcome Officer Thomas Montes to Monrovia Unified," Superintendent Katherine Thorossian said. "We are positive that he will provide excellent support to our schools and to our students."

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Library Gets Worldwide Recognition

I think Africazine, which focuses on Africa news, thinks we're the Monrovia in Liberia, Africa. Well, nice to get worldwide publicity: https://is.gd/CRqw28

- Brad Haugaard

Free Monrovia Music Fest Returning Sunday, June 2

Monrovia Music Fest is back for the 6th year of free fun and festivities at Library Park, 321 S. Myrtle Ave in Old Town Monrovia, on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 from 12-7pm. Admission is free!

The event will feature a diverse mix of musical genres throughout the day. Artists will include: virtuosic Latin guitar duets with Carbe and Durand, space reggae with the Lowtops, The Eric Turner Band bringing electric blues, world-renown musical whistling with The Whistling Diva, plus an assortment of Alternative Rock, R&B, Indie, and more. Admission is free.

Festival-goers will love the wide selection of local craft beers from all four Monrovia craft brewers: Hop Secret, Over Town, Wingwalker, and Pacific Plate, as well as 38 Degrees Ale House and Congregation Ale. The craft beer garden also offers a VIP lounge, where you can enjoy preferred seating, an included beer, a commemorative cup, and beer service. VIP tickets are available on MonroviaMusicFest.com - $23 online or $25 at the door.

Monrovia Music Fest also features a curated artisan market, fun activities for the whole family, plus interactive areas with giant bubbles, KROQ, and KTLA. A tasty variety of food trucks are providing delicious sustenance from: Baby's Badass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, Middle Feast  (Food Truck Wars winner), LA Donut, and Dulce Europa Shaved Ice. The Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station on Myrtle Ave brings attendees just a mile down the street from the fun at Library Park.

Monrovia Music Fest is produced by two entrepreneurs from Monrovia: Carole Anne Kaufman, a two-time world champion musical whistler known as “The Whistling Diva,” and Clara Mayer, who survived and is thriving after two massive strokes just two years ago. “We work straight from the heart, our whole objective is to bring communities together through music and art,” said Mayer.

What started as a small community fest in 2014 has grown to become one of the largest free music and art festivals in the San Gabriel Valley, drawing a crowd from all over Los Angeles County. Throughout the years, Monrovia Music Fest has championed regional indie talent, featured a Grammy Award winner and international musicians, promoted local businesses, and partnered with non-profit organizations such as Homeboy Industries and the Boys and Girls Club. This year the Fest has partnered with the Renal Support Network, a nonprofit which provides services for those with kidney disease.

The producers, Studio C Productions, have been awarded by Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, the State Senate, and the Chamber of Commerce for their community contributions. The festival is possible thanks to the support of their Elite Sponsors: The Wizard of Bras, and Cacique, the leading brand of Mexican-style cheeses in the United States, both headquartered in Monrovia, CA.

For more information, please visit the official website of the Monrovia Music Fest at www.monroviamusicfest.com and follow Monrovia Music Fest on Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, YouTube, and Instagram @MonroviaFest. Phone: 626-509-909.

Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard


Cheers for Monrovia Schools' Parade Participants

Hundreds of Monrovia community members cheered as students from Monrovia Unified School District performed with their school bands and rode bikes, unicycles, and floats while dressed in spirit gear on May 18 during the Monrovia Days community festival parade.

The three-day festival was hosted by the District, the City of Monrovia, Centre Stage, and the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley. The event featured entertainment by Monrovia scholars, food, games, and carnival rides.

"I am really proud to have performed during the Monrovia Days celebration," said Rhianne Weir, eighth-grader from Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School. "I am happy to have shown the community all of the great things our band teacher, Tony Ellis, has taught us."

Guests enjoyed performances from Santa Fe's advanced band, Clifton Middle School's band, Monrovia High School's marching band, as well as Centre Stage, a theater company that includes many Monrovia Unified scholars.

"Monrovia Days is a celebration of the great things happening in our community and in our District," Board President Ed Gililland said. "It is a delight to see our students embrace this celebration and show their school pride."

In addition to the performances, the District showcased award-winning programs at a series of information booths, including robotics and performing arts.

"Monrovia Days is yet another event that distinguishes Monrovia from other cities," Superintendent Katherine Thorossian said. "We come together to celebrate the City's birthday and showcase the many unique opportunities afforded through our schools."

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Public Library Building Celebrates 10th Anniversary


On May 16, the City of Monrovia celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Monrovia Public Library building.

The 28,000-square foot library held its grand opening on May 16, 2009. Placed in the heart of our community, the building is a welcoming space where our youth, adults and families gather to enjoy enriched experiences.

Originally conceived in 1895, the Monrovia Public Library was founded by a group of Monrovia women and was located in a room in the Granite Bank building. Throughout the century, as the collection of books expanded, the Library relocated and the building was reconstructed multiple times.

In 1997, it was clear that Monrovia had outgrown the small, outdated building. For more than a decade, Monrovians worked with the State to fund a modern library. When the State failed to fund the project after three separate attempts, Monrovians rolled up their sleeves, started over, and did it themselves. In March 2007, overwhelming voter approval of a bond provided the City with $16 million to fund the project and construction began later that year.

The new Monrovia Public Library building is Silver LEEDS certified to be environmentally friendly, and boasts adult, child and teen areas, a large community room, a heritage room and expanded technology. Year round, the Monrovia Public Library holds hundreds of events. In the Adult Services area, the Heritage Room hosts adults participating in Speak Easy, a program for non-native English speakers to learn in a friendly and relaxed environment. Additionally, the Veterans Resource Center is dedicated to assisting local veterans and their families by connecting them to benefits and resources they have earned through their years of service. Lastly, the Youth Services section offers regular Makerspace and SciLab programming, all designed for children.

The Monrovia Public Library building’s 10th Anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year through the sharing of fun tidbits and stories about the Library. To follow along with the celebration, those interested are encouraged to visit the website at www.monroviapubliclibrary.org, follow the Monrovia Public Library on Instagram at www.instagram.com/monrovialibrary or like the Library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MonroviaLibrary.


- Brad Haugaard

Tulip: I'm Shy But I'd Love a Loving Home

A note from Tulip (A464793): Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, but who cares about them ‘cuz Tulips Rule! Hey, guess what? My name is Tulip and I am an extraordinary cat. A rare breed of special loveliness. That’s what the nice volunteers at Pasadena Humane tell me. They have been very patient. When I first got here, I just wanted to hide. I didn’t want treats or pets or even friends, but kind words of encouragement have worked wonders. Believe it or not, I hung out with a few fellow felines the other day in the Cat Communal Room. I have 6 roommates so it was bound to happen. Please visit me at the Pasadena Humane Society. I’m shy, but I’d love to live in a loving home. Do you have one?

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 Unified Offers Students Alternative, Tuition-free Independent Study

Mountain Park School, a K-12 tuition-free Independent Study School option provided by Monrovia Unified School District, offers flexibility to non-traditional students – some of whom are pursuing professional careers in acting or athletics.

Mountain Park exposes students to career pathways, extra-curricular programs, and early college opportunities that exist at Monrovia High School to help with college and career preparation. The school has a full curriculum that meets college admission requirements, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

“Our unique program provides solutions to the common concerns parents have about independent study such as cost, socialization, and college admittance,” Director of Alternative Schools Flint Fertig said. “At Mountain Park School, we are able to address our students’ needs and ensure they are successfully reaching their academic goals.”

The school’s highly-qualified teachers monitor student progress and meet with students weekly to provide on-campus instruction in subjects ranging from math and science to Spanish, drama, and video production. Electives, athletics, and clubs not offered on site – such as band, jazz ensemble, theater, computer coding, robotics, business clubs, and student government – can be taken at Monrovia High School.

“At Monrovia Unified, we strive to ensure all of our students have access to an educational path that works for them,” Board President Ed Gililland said. “Through Mountain Park School, we provide a window of opportunity for students who need a more flexible schedule to accommodate careers, family commitments, athletics, and other needs while in school.”

Mountain Park students include those who balance school with professional acting and athletic schedules, offering flexible options that allow accelerated learning or learning in a more intimate environment than a traditional classroom. For more information, visit: bit.ly/2KVRrqG.

“Monrovia Unified is proud to provide our students with innovative and challenging academic opportunities and offering an alternative to our comprehensive campuses,” Superintendent Katherine Thorossian said. “The team at Mountain Park School is dedicated to student academic and personal success.”

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Will Check Your Seatbelt Starting Today

From May 20 to June 2, Monrovia Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers and passengers who are not buckled up, including drivers who do not secure children in child safety seats. The enforcement effort is part of the national Click It or Ticket campaign focused on increasing seat belt use.

“Seat belts have proven time and time again to be life-savers,” said Sergeant Chad Harvey of the Monrovia Police Department. “Buckling up should be second nature.” At 96.2%, California has one of the highest seat belt use rates in the nation. However, 532 people killed in crashes statewide last year were not wearing a seat belt.

“Putting on a seat belt takes a few seconds and is your best protection in a crash,” said Sergeant Harvey. “We want everyone to be as safe as possible when driving or riding in a car, and wearing a seat belt is the easiest way to do that.” In California, the fine for a seat belt violation is $162, and $490 for failing to secure a child in the proper safety seat. Under California law, children under two years old, 40 pounds and 40 inches are required to be in a rear- facing car seat. Children under the age of eight must be secured in a car or booster seat.

California has a primary seat belt law, which allows law enforcement officers to ticket someone for not wearing a seat belt without committing another traffic violation.

Funding for Click It or Ticket enforcement efforts is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Source: Monrovia Police Department

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Days Is On


Monrovia Days is in full swing. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Lyft Prices to Go Up Again; New Debris Basin; Landmark Commercial Building


At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/xkupF4) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

~ Another round of price increases for Lyft to go into effect June 1. Lyft costs the city $177,387 per month, but it can't afford more than $100,000 a month, so here are the proposed price increases:

  • $0.50 Shared ride for any ride to or from Old Town and the Gold Line Station.
  • $2.50 for a shared ride anywhere else in the service area.
  • $5.00 for a Classic ride anywhere in the service area.

Staff guesstimates monthly costs will drop down to around $92,000 a month, "which would be well within our transportation program budget." https://is.gd/zTKBh3
~  Designating this commercial building built in 1925 as a local historic landmark. It's at the corner of Foothill and Mayflower. https://is.gd/OLjN7y

~ Authorizing an additional debris basin on Highland Place in a canyon in north Monrovia. There is a debris basin at the top of Highland, but there's another drainage point where water comes into the street, at 347 N. Highland. Bowden Development wants to build a three-unit residential project there and has agreed to build a debris basin and arrange for its maintenance. The city would pay the company $300,000 when the work is done, and would get its money back over 30 years by an increased tax on the property. https://is.gd/wJ7cnl

- Brad Haugaard

New Courses at Monrovia High; Replacing Defective Turf on Monrovia High Athletic Field

At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/OC6Ykl) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider, among other things ...

~ Starting several new high school courses: Advanced Dance, Advanced Graphic Design, Web Development, Computer Game Development and AP Psychology.

Comment: Well, this is good, but it doesn't give me much confidence that there is any follow-through on the discussion before the election about science and tech not being for everybody. How about adding some classes for the trades: auto mechanics, electricians, etc.?

~ Approve a contract with FieldTurf USA, Inc. to replace the defective artificial turf (Installed 2010 but wore out too soon) on the Monrovia High athletic field with upgraded turf for $210,077.97. https://is.gd/5xNKdk

- Brad Haugaard

Lists of All the Monrovia Graduates

Here are all the graduates this year for...

Monrovia High School: https://is.gd/9aijR1

Canyon Oaks High School: https://is.gd/4tp0Yv

Mountain Park School: https://is.gd/DNJCqg

Monrovia Community Adult School: https://is.gd/5M6kID

- Brad Haugaard

Memorial Service for Michael Clearman

The memorial service for Monrovian Michael M. Clearman, who died recently in Arizona following a motorcycle accident, will be held Wednesday, May 22 at 2 p.m. at St. Luke Episcopal Church, 122 S. California Ave., Monrovia.

Clearman was a pilot, sailor, motorcyclist, president of Monrovia Kiwanis, and on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, among other activities.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Chipotle



Lunch at Chipotle, in the Huntington Oaks shopping center. Got what they call a “Bowl,” like a burrito without the tortilla. I had the barbacoa (shredded beef) for $8.35 with a scoop of guacamole for $2.10 extra, and an iced tea for $2.05. Sorry the picture only shows lettuce, but there really was a lot of good stuff underneath Excellent!

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Ammo and Drugs; Shoplifting; Antique Watch Theft; Bicyclist Hit By Car; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 9-15. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 465 service events, resulting in 86 investigations.

Attempt Grand Theft Auto
May 9 at 6:11 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report he parked his vehicle in the parking lot and worked the night shift. When he returned to his vehicle in the morning, he noticed his vehicle door was open and wires were hanging down from the steering column. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
May 9 at 3:37 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision in the intersection of Monterey and Huntington. A motorist was traveling east on Huntington and was rear-ended by another motorist. One driver had a complaint of pain to his neck area. He was treated by paramedics at the scene, but did not want to be transported to the hospital for further treatment. The party at fault was issued a citation.

Grand Theft Auto
May 9 at 7:36 p.m., a resident from the 200 block of E. Evergreen called to report his vehicle stolen. The resident parked his vehicle in front of his residence during the day, when he walked outside he realized his vehicle was no longer there. An officer responded and completed a report. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest / Felon in possession of Ammunition – Suspect Arrested
May 10 at 2:23 a.m., officers were patrolling the 400 block of W. Foothill when they saw a subject who they recognized from prior contacts. A warrant check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was detained and arrested per the authority of the warrant. Further investigation revealed the subject, who was a felon, was in possession of ammunition as well as in possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Commercial Burglary
May 10 at 2:42 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1400 block of California called to report a burglary. The suspect(s) entered the business by climbing a brick wall and cutting the barbed wire on the north east side of the location. They then cut the locks on several utility boxes located on utility trucks and stole miscellaneous tools. An equipment truck was also taken and recovered in Pomona on the same day. The investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision / Missing Person Located
May 10 at 5:35 a.m., a resident in the 900 block of Norumbega called to report a suspicious vehicle parked in a private driveway. Officers responded and located the vehicle. The vehicle had collided into a planter causing minor property damage and damage to the vehicle. There was a solo elderly occupant who was reported as a missing person. The occupant was not injured and a family member was notified.

Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
May 10 at 7:19 a.m., a resident in the 1200 block of Sherman called to report that an adult female, who has a restraining order against her from being on the property, entered the house by removing a screen and climbing through a window. The female fell asleep on the sofa and was discovered by her brother. Officers arrived and arrested the subject per the authority of the restraining order. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery
May 10 at 3:19 p.m., an employee from the 3000 block of S. Peck called to report a stolen vehicle. The business purchased a vehicle that turned out to be stolen. The vehicle was reported stolen out of the Los Angeles Police Department Southwest Division. The vehicle had been stripped of parts before the business purchased it. The vehicle was recovered and stored.

Shoplifting / Parole Violation – Suspect Arrested
May 10 at 6:53 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill regarding a report of a shoplifting that had just occurred. A male subject concealed items and walked out of the store without making any attempts to pay for the merchandise. Officers arrived and located the subject who was also on parole. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Shoplifting – Suspects Arrested
May 10 at 7:24 p.m., an employee from the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report a shoplifting that had just occurred. A male subject and a female subject both concealed merchandise and exited the store without making any attempts to pay for the items. Officers arrived and located the subjects. Both subjects were arrested and taken into custody for shoplifting.

Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
May 11 at 12:55 a.m., an officer on patrol observed a vehicle code violation and stopped a vehicle in the 400 block of E. Colorado. During the stop, the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field Sobriety Tests were conducted and the subject was subsequently arrested for Driving Under the Influence.

Possession of Narcotics – Suspect Arrested
May 11 at 5:10 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 500 block of W. Huntington when he saw a suspicious vehicle stopped near several closed businesses. The officer contacted the occupants and discovered one subject was on probation and the other was a sex offender. While the officers were talking with subjects, one of the subjects removed a baggie containing a controlled substance from his pant pocket and threw it. The officer saw this and arrested the subject. A search of the vehicle revealed additional narcotics as well as drug paraphernalia. The subject was taken to the Monrovia Police Department Jail for booking.

Vehicle Burglary
May 12 at 7:17 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Central walked outside their home and discovered someone had burglarized their vehicle sometime during the night. The third row seat was taken from inside their Chevrolet Tahoe. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
May 12 at 2:07 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of W. Duarte walked outside his apartment and discovered someone had stolen his silver Honda Civic. He did not give anyone permission to take his car. Officers responded and had the vehicle entered into the DMV stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
May 13 at 10:27 a.m., a resident in the 1400 block of California called to report a theft. Packages were stolen from the front porch. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
May 13 at 12:05 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 600 block of S. Myrtle on the report of a theft. A subject entered the store, looked around for a while, then selected antique watches and concealed them inside his pant pocket. The subject left the store without paying for the items. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 13 at 1:47 p.m., a caller reported a subject was passed out in the alley in the 900 block of S. Myrtle. Officers responded and located the subject. A welfare check was conducted on the subject and an investigation revealed he was heavily intoxicated and could not care for his safety. The subject was arrested and taken to the Monrovia Police Department Jail for booking and a sobering period.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 13 at 1:51 p.m., a caller reported a male subject was laying on the sidewalk in the 100 block of E. Duarte. Officers responded and located the subject. A welfare check was conducted and further investigation revealed the subject was in possession of an illegal controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
May 13 at 2:18 p.m. officers were dispatched to a traffic collision in the intersection of Huntington and Myrtle. A motorist struck a bicyclist. Officers and Monrovia Paramedics arrived on scene. The bicyclist sustained minor injuries. The party at fault was issued a citation.

Fraud Report
May 13 at 3:30 p.m., an employee from a business in the 100 block of W. Pomona called to report a fraud. The employee reported that a $6,000.00 check was originally written to the IRS, but it was discovered that the IRS never received it. The check was fraudulently cashed by the suspect. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 13 at 9:09 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 600 block of E. Huntington and saw a female he recognized from prior contacts. The officer was aware the subject had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. He attempted to stop the female but she fled on foot. The officer gave chase and set up a containment. With assistance from an airship the female was located and arrested without incident.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 14 at 00:36 a.m., an employee from a business in the 100 block of W. Huntington called to report a suspicious person who appeared to be on drugs. Officers arrived and located the subject. The subject displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol and was unable to care for himself. The subject was arrested and taken to the Monrovia Police Department jail for booking and a sobering period.

Wanted person / Resist Delay – Suspect Arrested
May 14 at 10:46 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle when he noticed a subject looking into vehicles in a parking structure. When the subject saw the officer, the subject fled from the officer through the parking structure. A pursuit ensued and a containment was initiated. Officers, detectives, and air support assisted with the containment. The subject was located and taken into custody. The suspect had a No Bail warrant for his arrest.

Grand Theft Person
May 14 at 12:45 p.m., a victim called to report a theft in the 1600 block of Fifth. The victim reported that approximately one week ago he was walking when a subject approached him and grabbed his backpack from his person and fled. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision – Vehicle V. Pedestrian
May 14 at 1:56 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 900 block of W. Huntington. A caller reported that a vehicle was backing out of a parking stall in a shopping center and collided into a pedestrian. The pedestrian complained of pain to her thigh and was transported to a nearby hospital.

Drug Activity / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
May 15 at 5:14 p.m., officers received information that a subject was staying in a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington, who was on probation. Officers arrived and located the subject. A probation search was conducted and the subject was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and outstanding warrants. A second subject was at the location and also had outstanding warrants for his arrest and was in possession of methamphetamine. Both subjects were arrested and taken to the Monrovia Police Department Jail for booking.

Monrovia Music Instructor Graduates Magna Cum Laude at Cal State LA

Twenty two-year-old Carly Lyman - who teaches music to children at The Dollmakers' Kattywompus in Monrovia - will graduate with honors this year from Cal State LA.

Lyman teaches piano, ukulele, guitar and voice lessons to children ages 6 to 9 years old and encourages them to explore different aspects of music.

A Dean's List student, Lyman is part of the Honors College at Cal State LA. She has been the vocal section captain for the 444s, the Cal State LA Commercial Music Ensemble, she sings background vocals in bands such as Dennis Alvarez and the Rumors and KIA, and lead vocals for Funkberry Preserve, performing in venues around Los Angeles.

Lyman spends hours crafting lyrics and melodies for her songs and often still feels shy performing in front of crowds. But at the same time, she loves to be onstage, to be present and connect with an audience.

In 2019, Lyman was awarded second place in the USA Songwriting Competition, the world’s leading international songwriting event, for her work co-writing a song. A recipient of a scholarship from the Honors College, she will graduate with a 3.8 GPA and magna cum laude honors.

After graduating, she plans to continue teaching music to the children at the toy and music store and writing songs to build up her catalog, so she can present her work to publishing companies.

Lyman credits the support of professors like Steve Wight and Ross Levinson for teaching her how to make music and become vulnerable onstage.

Source: Cal State LA press release

- Brad Haugaard

Kyle, Texas, Follows Monrovia's Lead in Transportation

The town of Kyle, in Hayes County, Texas (southwest of Austin), has picked up on Monrovia's Lyft transportation program and is instituting a similar ridesharing program with Lyft.

An article in the Hays Free Press News Dispatch, says that nearby Georgetown (north of Austin) has instituted a ridesharing program and is happy with it, and notes the "public-private partnership between Lyft and Monrovia, California." https://is.gd/6CiHxX


- Brad Haugaard

What to Do With Sales Tax Money? Spicer New Mayor Pro Tem; Etc.

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

~ The proposal to raise Monrovia's sales tax (to keep the tax money out of the county's hands) is proceeding, but what to do with the money? Ideas:
  • Achieve a AAA Rating (cheaper borrowing costs for city)
  • Upgrade the Community Center
  • Give money back to residents by lowering the municipal services bill
  • Invest in capital upgrades: parks, facilities and infrastructure
  • Affordable housing, community based organizations, and schools.
~  Last week, the Monrovia City Council unanimously selected Larry Spicer as Monrovia's next Mayor Pro Tem.

~ Old Town Monrovia has a new website, www.monroviaoldtown.org, which has a listing of all the shops, businesses, and restaurants with links to the merchants website, direct dialing on your mobile device, and directions to convenient parking.

~  Memorial Day Poppies are available for a donation at the Library's Circulation Desk The poppies are handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation and 100% of donations go to help local veterans and their families. For more information, contact Mabel Cross, Adult Services Librarian, at 256-8262 or mcross@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

~  Friends of the Monrovia Public Library's annual Spring Book Sale will be held during Monrovia Days in the Library Community Room.
  • Friday, 5/17 noon-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 5/18 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 5/19 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • $5 BAG SALE Sunday, 4-5 p.m.

~  Grab four of your friends for a pie eating contest at Monrovia Days, Saturday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Library Park. Each team member must eat a pie before the next team member does the same, and so on. Kind of a pie-eating relay race. Made possible by the support of Merengue Bakery and Cafe.

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $150
3rd Prize: $50

~ Brush inspections coming up on or after Monday, May 13. Athens will provide free bins from May 1 - June 30 for residents in the brush zone. If you need one call 256-8109 and the Fire Department will coordinate bin delivery.

~  SoCalGas will be burying gas lines deeper underground along Melrose Avenue (between Hillcrest and Scenic) and portions of Scenic Drive during the next 6-8 weeks. With the city pulverizing the street it just seemed the smart thing to do to have the lines further down.

- Brad Haugaard

Bubbles Goes With the Flow - And Catapalooza!


Hi, I’m Bubbles (A473712). My name kind of gives away my bubbly personality. I’m friendly and playful and love giving out kisses. I am known for my unique swagger when I first start out on my walk. I like to curiously zig zag to ensure I don’t miss a thing around me! After a few seconds of exploring, my volunteer friends say I’m great on leash!

 I like going out on the Wiggle Waggle Waggin’ on the weekends with my friends. I get to meet so many different people, even kids, who like to pet me! I have a wonderful temperament so I just go with the flow and get along with everyone. I also really like to play with my other dog friends, small or big they all get the same love from me.  Come visit me at the Pasadena Humane Society today!

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.

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It’s all the excitement of a summer music festival with a name to match (but a lot more cats) — it’s Catapalooza! Come on down to the Pasadena Humane Society on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th for a FREE cat adoption weekend! Thanks to the Pet Care Foundation all adoption fees for cats are covered, and include the spay and neuter, microchip, and vaccines.

Much like a music festival, you can check out the “lineup” (adoptable cats) in advance at pasadenahumane.org/pets.

Source: Pasadena Humane Society press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Days - This Weekend - Featuring Monrovia Students


This Friday through Sunday is Monrovia Days, and on Saturday the Parade will feature students from Monrovia Unified schools, as well as civic leaders and a variety of organizations that serve the city.

During the celebration Monrovia Unified will showcase its award-winning programs such as robotics, ceramics, and performing arts with on-stage student performances. There will also be a variety of family-friendly attractions, entertainment, games, and carnival rides.

Tickets are available at MonroviaDays.org; single-day tickets, unlimited two-day wristbands, and unlimited three-day wristbands are available. Day-of tickets will be sold at Library Park.

The district is partnering with the city, Centre Stage Theatre, and the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley to host the festival.

For more information, contact the City of Monrovia Public Services Department at 256-8246.

Schedule:

Friday, May 17
5 to 10 p.m.
Student performances: 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 18
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Parade: 10 a.m.

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Team at National Academic Quiz Tournaments Finals

Monrovia Middle School Scholars' Bowl team is in Chicago at the National Academic Quiz Tournaments National Finals this weekend.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Trader Joe's Starts YouTube Channel

Monrovia-based Trader Joe's has started a YouTube channel with videos about Tikka Masala Burritos, Falafel Waffles, and other foodie topics. Here it is: https://is.gd/AQlIT0

- Brad Haugaard

Fountain to Falls a Race Begins


The Fountain to the Falls race has begun. I’d avoid Myrtle and Canyon for now.

- Brad Haugaard 

Free Tour of Historic Anderson House for Ladies

The Monrovia Historical Society will hold a special, free "Tour for Ladies" of the Anderson House museum (215 E. Lime) on Friday, May 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. Antique linens, clothing, old cookbooks with recipes for biscuits, cakes, cookies and pickles. What life was like in 1886. City Historian Steve Baker will talk about what women did to help create Monrovia. Feel free to wear a hat or lace "doodad," or regular clothes.

Tour includes homemade cinnamon rolls made by a Danish master baker.

RSVP requested (text or call) 626 675-8323.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Issues Measles Warning

A measles warning from Monrovia School District:

Monrovia Unified fosters a culture that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and parents. Given the recent measles outbreaks in the United States, the chance of exposure to this illness is increased at this time.

Below you will find information and steps to help protect yourselves and our students.
  • Measles is highly contagious. A person can spread the disease to others before experiencing symptoms, which include fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, and a rash that starts on the face and body and which typically appears 10 to 21 days after the exposure.
  • Most people who have not been immunized risk getting the disease if they have contact with the virus.
  • About 90 percent of people who have never been immunized become ill seven to 21 days after exposure. The disease can be spread from one person to another before the rash appears.
If you have reason to believe you have been in contact with a person with measles, please contact your healthcare provider for immediate treatment.For more information about measles, please visit: bit.ly/2LxX2nC

- Brad Haugaard

Recalling Successes During This School Year

Monrovia Schools Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian recalls successes throughout this school year:

This school year, Monrovia Unified students have excelled in District programs such as Code to the Future, robotics, performing arts, and so much more. With summer fast approaching, our students are immersing themselves into end-of-the-year projects and performances and are excited to share these with our community.

In April, we celebrated the performing arts when 50 students from Wild Rose School of Creative Arts performed their spring production of Disney's "Lion King Kids Jr." On April 29, students traveled to the Ahmanson Theatre to perform as part of the Disney Musicals in Schools grant, ending their 17-week training course with theater professionals.

On April 18, the District's five elementary schools came together to participate in the second annual Next Generation Math Bee, with the Mayflower Mariners claiming the top prize. The event nurtured mathematical skills in our students.

At the middle-school level, Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School held a device rollout, distributing Chromebooks to all students. Additionally, sixth-grade students learned about brain and lung specimens on April 23 during a crash course with Sonia Maljian, director of laboratory services at Methodist Hospital.

Finally, congratulations to our robotics teams from Clifton Middle School and Monrovia High School, who competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships in Houston, Texas. They worked so to achieve this highest level of competition.

For more information about the great programs and events in Monrovia Unified, read below and visit our website at www.monroviaschools.net.

- Brad Haugaard

Breakfast at JB Burger

Breakfast recently at JB Burger, at the corner of Myrtle and Olive. Got a ham and cheese omelet for $6.35 with a cup of coffee for $1.30.  Nice and filling. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Blind Monrovia Student Creates Braille Menus for Restaurants

Here is an ABC7 video report about a blind Monrovia high school student who creates Braille menus for local restaurants. link

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Michael Clearman Dies Following Motorcycle Accident

Monrovian Michael Clearman died today, May 9, 2019, in Scottsdale, Arizona, following a motorcycle accident. His friend, Nancy Bond, wrote this tribute:

Michael Clearman was an incredible person. He was an Attorney. A pilot who was building his own airplane. He was the president of his EAA aeronautical club. Flying brought him great joy! He gave hundreds of airplane rides to youngsters in a program called the Young Eagles. He was a sailor. He rode motorcycles his whole life. Was about to be the President of the Kiwanis Club. He served on the Board of the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce. He was in BNI, a business networking group, and was also on the Supervisory Committee of the Southern California Edison Federal Credit Union, which means he went to monthly meetings and helped make sure that the money was safe for every member of the credit union. His degree from college was in finance.

His heart was big and generous and he loved sharing his life and fun with his friends and colleagues. Plus, he hiked, biked and walked with his buddies most mornings. HE WILL BE MISSED!

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Driver Runs Red Light, Injures Another Driver; Cars Windows Busted; Drugs and Drunks; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 2-8. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 450 service events, resulting in 109 investigations.

No-Bail Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On May 2 at 10:18 a.m., a resident of an apartment complex in the 1800 block of S. Alta Vista reported an adult female in the laundry room of the complex who was partially undressed and attempting to wash herself. Officers responded and determined no indecent exposure occurred; however, a computer check revealed the subject had a no-bail warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody per the authority of the warrant.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On May 2 at 9:45 p.m., officers were patrolling the area of Magnolia and Huntington, when they witnessed a male subject nearly falling on a vehicle as he was walking in the crosswalk. A welfare check was conducted and the subject was found to be too intoxicated to care for his safety or the safety of others. The subject was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On May 2 at 11:49 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1400 block of S. Mountain, when he saw a vehicle fail to stop at a red light at an intersection. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI.

Residential Burglary
On May 3 at 11:33 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of E. Foothill returned home and discovered his house had been burglarized within the last three hours while he was away. The suspect gained entry into the locked home and stole several items, including the ashes of the home owner’s deceased wife. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
On May 3 at 2:50 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of Parker walked outside his home and discovered someone had ransacked the inside of his unlocked vehicle. Several personal items were stolen, including cash. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On May 4 at 2:09 a.m., a male subject reported possible underage drinking occurring at an establishment in the 400 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived, but all of the patrons were gone. The male subject who called police was being argumentative and aggressive with employees at the location. When officers spoke with the subject, he was found to be extremely intoxicated and unable to care for himself. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Vehicle Vandalism
On May 4 at 12:44 p.m., an employee of a store in the 700 block of E. Huntington walked to her car and discovered someone had shattered one of the windows while she was working. Officers responded and determined no one had entered the vehicle, which was still locked. The caller said nothing was missing from inside her car. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On May 4 at 1:50 p.m., a customer of a store in the 700 block of W. Huntington walked outside the store to her car to leave and discovered someone had shattered one of her car windows. The suspect entered her vehicle and stole her iPhone. Officers searched the area for any possible suspects, but did not locate anyone in the area. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
On May 4 at 2:07 p.m., a resident of an apartment complex in the 800 block of W. Foothill reported a vandalism incident. Someone had thrown a bottle through a window. It is unknown when the vandalism occurred. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
On May 4 at 4:48 p.m., a caller reported two motorists collided into one another at the intersection of California and Huntington. Officers responded and found one of the drivers injured his shoulder. Monrovia paramedics transported him to a nearby hospital. The party at fault was issued a citation for failing to stop for a red light.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On May 4 at 9:10 p.m., officers were patrolling the 700 block of W. Huntington when they saw a suspicious vehicle parked near the closed businesses. Officer stopped to investigate and contacted a single occupant. The officer obtained consent to search the vehicle and located drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft From a Vehicle
On May 5 at 7:22 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of Terrado called to report someone had entered her parked vehicle and took items. The vehicle was left unlocked. Investigation continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle
On May 5 at 7:49 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 500 block of Hacienda. The victim reported that someone entered her parked vehicle and took items. The vehicle was left unlocked. Investigation continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
On May 5 at 9:45 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of S. Mayflower called to report a vehicle had collided into his parked vehicle sometime during the night and fled the scene without leaving their information. Investigation continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
On May 5 at 3:08 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 100 block of W. Walnut when he saw three subjects in the alley looking into buildings. The officer stopped and spoke with the subjects. He learned that one of the subjects was on active parole. The officer did a pat down search on the subject and located a needle and small useable amount of methamphetamine. The subject was arrested, transported to the station and booked. He was also found to be on parole and a parole hold was obtained.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On May 6 at 1:48 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 3000 block of S. Myrtle when they stopped a vehicle for traffic violations. During the stop, the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Commercial Burglary
On May 6 at 10:04 a.m., an employee from a business in the 2600 block of S. Myrtle called police to report that sometime over the weekend someone forced entry into several storage containers. It appears the containers were rummaged through, but the loss is still being determined. Investigation continuing.

Warrant / Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
On May 6 at 8:14 p.m., an officer on patrol saw a subject near Library Park who had been served a court order to stay away from the park. The officer stopped and detained the subject for investigation. A computer check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
On May 7 at 6:08 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of Violet called to report his vehicle was stolen sometime during the night. The victim reported his wallet was in the vehicle when it was stolen and his credit cards had been used. Investigation continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
On May 7 at 7:28 a.m., a caller reported a traffic collision near Magnolia and Lime. Officers responded to the location and checked on the welfare of all parties involved. The occupants complained of minor injuries. Monrovia paramedics arrived on scene to treat the parties involved. The motorist at fault was issued a citation.

Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
On May 7 at 3:12 p.m., a resident in the 1400 block of S. Magnolia called to report a male and female arguing in the area. Officers arrived and located the two subjects. The female had an active restraining order against her, which she was violating by being within 100 yards of a nearby residence. She was arrested and transported to the station for booking.

Possession of Another Person’s Access Card / Warrants – Suspects Arrested
On May 8 at 7:47 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of Norumbega reported a suspicious vehicle in the area. Officers responded and contacted two subjects. A computer check revealed both subjects had warrants for their arrest. They were also found to be in possession of access cards with other people's identification. Both suspects were arrested.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On May 8 at 10:20 a.m., a caller in the 400 block of W. Huntington reported a belligerent male yelling at people behind a business loading dock. Officers responded and contacted the subject. He was found to be intoxicated and unable to care for himself. The subject was arrested and later released after a sobering period.

Vehicle Tampering / False Information to a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested
On May 8 at 3:36 p.m., an officer saw a suspicious vehicle occupied by a male subject in the 600 block of Parker. The officer contacted the subject and an investigation revealed the vehicle did not belong to him. The registered owner was contacted and advised that she has a restraining order against the male subject that has not been served yet. The male subject provided someone else's information to officers in attempt to avoid being served with the restraining order. He was arrested for providing false information to a peace officer and vehicle tampering.

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
On May 8 at 4:39 p.m., a male subject entered a business in the 3000 block of S. Peck and took merchandise without paying. Officers responded and the subject was apprehended and arrested.

Domestic Violence
On May 8 at 5:19 p.m., a domestic violence incident was reported in the 1300 block of S. Sherman. Officers responded and contacted the subjects. The investigation revealed the suspect came home upset and intoxicated, and became physically abusive toward his wife. The suspect fled the location prior to officers arriving. A wanted person warrant was issued for his arrest.

Residential Burglary Attempts
On May 8 at 9:12 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of W. Duarte regarding a burglary attempt. The resident was home and heard glass breaking. He looked around and found a window had been broken. He then saw someone trying to enter. The resident yelled out and the suspect fled. Officers conducted an area check, but the suspect was not found. Later that evening at 10:39 p.m., another resident in the 300 block of W. Duarte called police to report someone had broken a living room window and gained entry to their home. The investigations are continuing.