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New Teaching Garden at Mayflower School

Mayflower Elementary has partnered with EnrichLA to bring a new teaching garden that will include new learning experiences for students such as lesson plans about nutrition, healthy living, and gardening. These classes will help students establish an immediate connection between the process of growing fruits and vegetables! Enrich LA will need parent assistance to install the garden on July 31, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Source: Monrovia School District

- Brad Haugaard

City Council to Consider 6-Unit Townhouse on Duarte Road, Etc.


At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/Wm93HK) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Consider approving development of a 6-unit, two-and-three-story townhouse at 425 W. Duarte Road (on the north side, between Mayflower and Magnolia). Staff, the Development Review Committee, and the Planning Commission are recommending approval. https://is.gd/0FL3dn

~ Recognize Congresswoman Grace Napolitano's 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award recipients
John Watson, Hal Leavens, and Hank Jacobs; Assemblymember Chris Holden's 2019 Non-Profit of the Year Award Recipient, Foothill Unity Center; and outgoing Community Services Commissioners Brian Ulm and Tom Dittmar, and Library Board member Alrita Morgan.

~ Consider approving a $60,000 agreement with Paul Maurer Shows to provide carnival rides for the 2020 Monrovia Days Community Festival. The staff report says that in the past the company, "has proven to be the right partner through their commitment in providing Monrovia with carnival rides and exceptional customer service." https://is.gd/px1PNj

- Brad Haugaard

Breakfast at Bottega

Breakfast at Bottega at Bella Sera, on the east side of Myrtle just north of Lemon. Got the Lemon Omlet for $10 (Named after the street; no lemon in it) and a very nice coffee (Intelligentsia coffee) for $3. Very good omelet!


- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: A Fiery Chair; Red Light Runner Causes Injuries; Driver Flees After CHP Chase Ends in Crash on Huntington; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 432 service events, resulting in 92 investigations.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On June 20 at 5:00 p.m., a loss prevention officer from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report two subjects he recognized from a previous case of theft. Officers arrived and detained the subjects, along with a driver waiting outside. The driver was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and was arrested. The two subjects that were in the store did not commit a crime. They were identified and released.

Vehicle Burglary
On June 20 at 6:25 p.m., officers responded to the report of a vehicle burglary in the 700 block of S. Myrtle. The investigation revealed the victim had been followed from a local bank after obtaining a cashier’s check. The suspects waited until the victim left his vehicle and then smashed the passenger-side window and took the cashier’s check. This investigation is continuing.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
On June 21 at 8:48 a.m., a victim called to report his vehicle was struck by a van in the 400 block of S. Shamrock. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. The van fled the location after hitting the victim’s vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
On June 21 at 5:10 p.m., officers responded to a bus stop in the 800 block of E. Huntington regarding a male subject who was refused service on the bus. The subject had been refused service because he was carrying an open alcoholic container. The subject became upset and broke the glass container on the bus floor before fleeing the scene. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant / Resisting a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested
On June 22 at 12:47 a.m., an officer saw a suspicious vehicle and trailer parked in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The officer saw a male and female subject inside the trailer. Upon contact, the male attempted to run away. He was apprehended and found to have a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested per the authority of the warrant.

Mail Tampering
On June 22 at 9:14 a.m., a caller reported that a female subject had stolen mail from their mailbox in the 500 block of Los Angeles. Officers responded and were shown a video of the incident. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On June 22 at 2:52 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of W. Lemon. The victim reported her front passenger window had been smashed and her purse and wallet were taken from inside the vehicle. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On June 23 at 1:12 a.m., a subject called police to report that he had been kicked out of a bar in the 400 block of S. Myrtle. Officers responded and determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for his own well-being. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On June 23 at 2:21 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle near the intersection of California and Central driving without lights during hours of darkness. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was displaying signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI. The driver was held for a sobering period.

Court Order Violation – Suspect Arrested
On June 23 at 12:51 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 700 block of W. Duarte and saw two subjects whom he was familiar with from prior contacts. The officer had recently arrested one of the subjects for domestic violence against the other subject and knew the judge had issued a criminal protective order. The officer contacted the subjects and arrested the restrained person for violation of the court order.

Court Order Violation / Vandalism
On June 23 at 7:43 p.m., a caller reported that a known male subject had slashed two tires on her vehicle in the 200 block of W. Palm. Officers arrived and determined there was a court order restraining that subject from being in the area. The suspect had left the location prior to police arrival. The report of the incident was forwarded to the District Attorney for filing consideration.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
On June 24 at 1:58 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Evergreen regarding a domestic disturbance. The investigation revealed a female subject had grabbed the hair of a second female and punched her repeatedly in the face. The subject was arrested and issued a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Arson
On June 24 at 6:55 a.m., a caller saw three male subjects light a chair on fire in a parking lot in the 900 block of W. Duarte. The subjects then fled the location. Officers arrived with the Fire Department and the fire was extinguished. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On June 24 at 5:12 p.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 900 block of S. Fifth regarding a domestic disturbance. A caller reported hearing arguing and a possible gun shot in the hotel room. Officers arrived and made contact with the subjects inside the room. They found the victim had a physical injury to her mouth. There was no evidence of a gun shot at the scene. The suspect was arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On June 24 at 6:30 p.m., a caller reported a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of E. Scenic. Officers responded and made contact with two subjects inside the vehicle. One of the subjects was found to be on probation. During a probation search, the subject was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
On June 25 at 10:37 a.m., a traffic collision was reported at Huntington and California. A vehicle was traveling east on Huntington and failed to stop for a red traffic signal. The vehicle struck another vehicle traveling north on California. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. All injured parties were checked by paramedics from Monrovia Fire and Rescue.

Shoplifting / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On June 25 at 12:42 p.m., a shoplifting incident was reported at a business in the 1600 block of W. Mountain. A male suspect had taken power tools from the store and exited without paying. Officers arrived and apprehended the suspect nearby. He was arrested and taken into custody. During the booking process, a computer check revealed the suspect also had a no-bail warrant, which was added to his the charges.

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On June 25 at 2:36 p.m., officers were patrolling the 700 block of W. Duarte when they saw two subjects sitting inside an underpass water runoff tunnel. Officers made contact with the subjects, and a computer check revealed one of them had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and searched incident to arrest. Officers discovered the subject was also in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 25 at 4:19 p.m., a caller reported that three vehicles collided while traveling eastbound on Huntington at the Mayflower intersection. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. One of the drivers complained of pain, but refused medical treatment on scene.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On June 25 at 8:20 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the area of California and Hurstview. The driver was found to be unlicensed. A search of the vehicle revealed the driver was also in possession of a controlled substance. The driver was arrested and issued a citation. The vehicle was towed.

Outside Assist – California Highway Patrol
On June 26 at 7:31 a.m., California Highway Patrol officers requested assistance in the 800 block of W. Huntington. A vehicle had fled from them on the 210 Freeway and exited at Huntington. The vehicle crashed into a building and the driver fled on foot. Officers responded and assisted CHP with setting up a containment. The driver was located and detained. The vehicle was stolen and CHP arrested the occupants.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On June 26 at 11:02 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Mayflower and Foothill regarding a hit and run traffic collision that had just occurred. Officers located the vehicle and the driver. The investigation revealed the driver had been driving under the influence. The driver was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Mt Sierra Colleges Shuts Down

Monrovia's Mt Sierra College has abruptly shut its doors, on June 25. It's president gave one-day's notice of its closure, citing financial difficulties. DeVry University is accepting transferring students. https://is.gd/lq4nqa

- Brad Haugaard

Detail on Life Sentence Given to Monrovia Man

A Monrovia man was sentenced today to life in state prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting four women he lured by offering them money or drugs, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.
Jason Chung Chien Yu (dob 1/15/76) was found guilty last month of three counts of sodomy by use of force, two counts each of kidnapping to commit rape, assault to commit rape and false imprisonment and one count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and criminal threats.
Deputy District Attorney Scott Yang of the Sex Crimes Division prosecuted the case.
Yu preyed upon women, ranging in age from 22 to 60 years old, and promised money or drugs in exchange for sex, the prosecutor said.
In February 2012, Yu kidnapped a woman to commit rape. The defendant beat and sodomized two women four years later. In February 2017, the defendant kidnapped another woman and sexually assaulted her as well.
Case BA457678 was investigated by the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Press release from Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Sentenced to 88 Years in Prison for Assaults on Women

Jason Chung Chien Yu, 43, of Monrovia, has been sentenced to 88 years in prison for attacks on four women, three of those attacks being sexual assaults. https://is.gd/nlJbKr

- Brad Haugaard

Five Arrested in Sting by ABC Investigators and Monrovia Police

Investigators from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), the Monrovia Police Department and the Bell Gardens Police Department arrested five people in an undercover operation targeting sales of alcoholic beverages to minors. The operations were conducted on June 21, 2019, and June 22, 2019, in the general area of the 400 block of W. Duarte Road and the 200 block of W. Huntington Drive in the City of Monrovia.

ABC Investigators and police personnel from Monrovia and Bell Gardens used several resources for the operation, one being the Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation that targets adults who purchase alcohol for people less than 21 years of age. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000.00 fine and 24 hours of community service.

The operation resulted in five people arrested for furnishing or purchasing alcoholic beverages for minors. The suspects were booked and issued court citations.

This project was a part of the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy / Shoulder Tap Grant project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Source: Monrovia Police Department press release

- Brad Haugaard

Vacation Bible School - Farm Fresh Faith

Calvary Road Baptist Church (319 W. Olive) will host a free Vacation Bible School, titled "Farm Fresh Faith," for children 3-18 on July 9-13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Details: visitvbs.com

- Brad Haugaard

Bailey: Would Like to Be Part of an Active Family

Bailey (A448879)is a friendly four year old Labrador Retriever mix. He enjoys going for walks and even sits patiently while being leashed. Bailey is an active dog who also enjoys fetch and other activities that keep him on the go. Even though he likes to be active, he also can be calm and relaxed when snuggling with our volunteers. This happy boy is looking for an active family where he can be a part of all of your adventures.

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

Homeless Services Reports More Homeless in Monrovia Than Were Actually Counted


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

~ Is the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) inflating the number of Monrovia's homeless? According to City Manager Oliver Chi, "LAHSA seems to deviate from the actual results that the City notated from the 2019 Point-In-Time Homeless Count." He said the Monrovia count found 52 instances of homelessness, but the Authority is reporting 62. "It appears," Chi writes, "that LAHSA went back and utilized some type of revised methodology and / or multiplier to produce their final estimate of unsheltered persons in Monrovia."

~ A new and improved Summer Teen Scene program kicks off this Friday, June 28, from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Library Park. Leaders from youth groups, such as Fire and Police Explorers, Monrovia Area Partnership Youth Leadership Program, Youth Commission, and the Teen Advisory Board, will host a free meal and share how teens can get involved in the community. There will also be a Cell Phone Photo Scavenger Hunt, an initiative to discover public art in Old Town, art projects, and live youth band and performance groups.

~ LA County Public Works completed improvements to the intersection of Huntington and Mayflower on Sunday, June 23. Monrovia Public Works and Engineering staff will keep an eye on conditions at the intersection.

~  Monrovia Association of Fine Arts' Summer Art Walks along the sidewalks of Old Town will give a glimpse of the local arts scene. The first one will be Saturday, June 29, and they will continue on the last Saturday of July (27th) and August (24th).

- Brad Haugaard

New Candy Store Coming to Monrovia?

It appears a new candy store, Sugarland, is coming to Myrtle Avenue, according to the Gem City Images blog: https://is.gd/37ViCz

- Brad Haugaard

Mary Poppins Play at Monrovia's Taylor Performing Arts Center

The play, Mary Poppins, at the Taylor Performing Arts Center (AKA Monrovia High Auditorium) Thursday, July 11, 12 (Thursday, Friday) at 8 p.m., July 13 (Saturday) at 2 and 8 p.m. and July 14 (Sunday) at 5 p.m.. $10-$35.

A Broadway play based on the books by P.L. Travers and one of the most popular Disney movies.

Tickets here: https://is.gd/9wiU8v

- Brad Haugaard

School District to Adopt Local Accountability Plan, 2019-20 Budget

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

~ Adopting its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Here's what the board will be voting on (https://is.gd/0mSTsX) and here's an overview for parents: https://is.gd/JwwLBl

~ Adopting the district budget for 2019-20. It doesn't look as if there are any surprises, but you can look for yourself: https://is.gd/OeJwpr

- Brad Haugaard

Breakfast at Merengue

Breakfast at Merengue, on the west side of Myrtle just across from the theater. Got a Cuban Omelet for $8.75 and a coffee for $2.50. I was not expecting the omelet to come inside a sandwich, but it was a happy surprise. Very tasty. 


- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Oops! Accelerator Instead of Brake; Red Light Runner Sends Woman to Hospital; Shoplifting; Drugs and Alcohol

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 376 service events, resulting in 72 investigations.

Petty Theft
June 13 at 3:52 p.m., a resident in the 1500 block of S. Fifth called to report a theft from his vehicle. His vehicle’s catalytic converter was removed sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
June 13 at 9:49 p.m., an officer on patrol conducted a traffic stop in the area of Foothill and Alta Vista for a vehicle code violation. A computer check revealed the bicyclist had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 14 at 2:10 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 3000 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a vehicle commit numerous traffic violations. A traffic stop was made and the driver was contacted. The driver displayed signs of being under the influence. The subject was arrested and taken to the Monrovia Police Department Jail for booking and a sobering period.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 14 at 9:17 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Chestnut reported a motorist just collided into a garage door on private property. Officers responded to investigate and contacted the driver. The driver thought she was pushing the brakes but instead was pushing the gas pedal. The driver lived at the location, she was taken to a nearby hospital for complaint of pain.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 14 at 9:44 a.m., a caller reported three motorists collided into one another at the intersection of Mayflower and Duarte Road. Officers responded and found one of the motorists was complaining of pain, she was taken to a nearby hospital. After an investigation, it was determined one of the drivers drove through a solid red light causing the collision. The motorist at fault was issued a citation.

Shoplifting
June 15 at 12:38 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill regarding a shoplifting incident. The manager reported a male subject entered the store approximately an hour prior and took alcohol from the store without paying. This investigation is continuing.

Non-injury Traffic Collision
June 15 at 2:23 p.m., a caller reported two motorists just collided into one another at the intersection of Huntington and Monterey. Officers contacted the parties and found they were not injured. An investigation was conducted and the party at fault was issued a citation for a vehicle code violation.

Traffic Collision Hit & Run
June 15 at 4:11 p.m., a resident who was away from her home located in the 200 block of N. Mayflower called to report an unknown motorist had collided into one of her cars that was parked on the street in front of her house. The driver's side mirror was broken. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting
June 15 at 5:40 p.m., the employee of a convenience store in the 400 block of W. Foothill called to report a shoplifting. The employee reported two male subjects ran into the store, took some beer and ran out without paying. Officers arrived and searched for the subjects but were unable to locate them. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 16 at 1:12 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 400 block of E. Foothill and noticed a vehicle traveling with its lights off and speeding. The officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver. The driver displayed signs of being under the influence of drugs. An investigation was conducted and the subject was found to be under the influence. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
June 16 at 2:31 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 100 block of W. Lime when he saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver. The driver displayed signs of being under the influence of drugs. An investigation revealed the subject was under the influence, he was arrested and taken into custody.

Petty Theft
June 16 at 9:15 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of W. Walnut called to report a theft. The resident’s property was stolen from his unlocked vehicle sometime during the night. The items taken were a green roadside emergency kit and a backpack. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
June 16 at 4:13 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of W. Lemon and spoke to the victim of a residential burglary. The victim stated he returned home from a two day trip and discovered his rear sliding door was smashed and the house was ransacked. The only item taken was a platinum wedding ring. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
June 17 at 10:11 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 600 block of Parker. The resident returned home around 10:00 p.m. and found a back window to his home was shattered. His residence was ransacked and property was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
June 18 at 10:56 a.m., an officer patrolling the area of Myrtle and Palm noticed a subject drinking alcohol in public. The officer contacted the subject and determined he was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested for public intoxication and taken to the Monrovia Police Department for booking and a sobering period.

Theft
June 18 at 7:46 p.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report a theft. A male and female loaded two paint sprayers onto a cart and walked out of the store without paying for the items. The subjects left in a black, older Saturn vehicle with black rims. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
June 19 at 9:38 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Primrose and Walnut when he noticed a motorist commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. A computer check revealed he was unlicensed and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Fraud
June 19 at 2:18 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Olive called to report a fraud. The victim received a collections notice in the mail for an outstanding balance from Sprint. The victim claimed he never had a Sprint account. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
June 19 at 5:00 p.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report a shoplifting incident. The employee stated that a female subject entered the store, selected merchandise, concealed it and exited the store without paying. The subject was detained by Loss Prevention until the officers arrived. The officers responded, conducted an investigation and cited the subject for shoplifting.

Residential Burglary
June 19 at 5:56 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Madeline regarding a burglary. The resident came home and found her home’s rear sliding glass door was shattered and her home was ransacked. The loss was undetermined at the time of the report. This investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Has Clean Water

Here is the city's report on the quality of the drinking water in Monrovia: https://is.gd/Uk4IdC

It appears all monitored substances are well below permitted levels. The only thing that appears at all noteworthy - though the data on it is old, from 2011 - is dioxane, found in industrial solvents (Wikipedia: https://is.gd/bwmhvz), which averaged .24 parts per billion (ppb), well below the 1 ppb that requires notification, however the range from the samples went from undetectable to 1.2 ppb, somewhat exceeding the level requiring notification. But again, that number is from 2011.

The report explains that the state Department of Health Services "allows us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year. Some of the data, though representative of the water quality, are more than one year old."

- Brad Haugaard

Fourth of July Fireworks, Music, Patriotic Canopy Decorating Contest

Monrovia's 4th of July Concert and Fireworks Show will take place on Thursday, July 4, in Library Park. Live Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. with a performance by Night Owl. Following the concert, a free 20-minute fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m.

Spectators may reserve a park space beginning at 6 a.m. The space can be a maximum of 10 x 10 feet and must be supervised at all times. The city is once again encouraging spectators to participate in the Patriotic Canopy Decorating Contest, where the most festive canopies will win prizes.

- Brad Haugaard

You May Be Paying an Extra $1.50 for Trash Pick-Up; Fixing Huntington and Mayflower; Etc.

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

~ The city and county have changes planned for the messy, clogged intersection at Huntington and Mayflower. Work on a new striping layout, signage, traffic signal timing, preventing left turns into the shopping center on the southeast corner, and allowing an additional northbound lane will take place on Sunday, June 23 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

~  Chi said he heard that a Café de Olla will likely move into the vacant storefront just north of Grey & Cash in Old Town. Looks like a hip Mexican style place: http://www.cafedeollarestaurant.com.

~ Athens is requesting a 4.77% increase for solid waste services effective July 1. This means an extra $1.50 a month (from $31.53 to $33.03) for a typical residential customer enrolled in the 90-gallon trash/recycling barrel program. Chi writes that this "takes into account both CPI and California State minimum wage cost increases," and are allowed in the city's contract with Athens.

~ The Summer 2019 Monrovia Today catalog of events is now out. It's on line here: https://is.gd/tb4GUL

~ the city has stopped street sweeping and parking enforcement in the road-construction areas in north Monrovia beginning this Monday, June 17 until construction is over. This is the area north of and including Hillcrest Boulevard, Grand Avenue, and Greystone Avenue.
However, do obey construction parking signs.

~ Each year in early June Monrovia Fire & Rescue spends the day transforming the pediatric clinic at City of Home into a place where young children can have fun, laugh, and take their minds off of their illness, allowing them to focus on being kids for the day.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Quarterback Nick Hernandez is Ready to Play

Feature on Monrovia High Quarterback Nick Hernandez: https://is.gd/8KZmMb

- Brad Haugaard

Baby Cakes - Most Relaxed Dog Ever!


Baby Cakes (A475273) gets a big two thumbs up review from PHS staff and volunteers. “Maybe the most calm, relaxed dog ever” and “Very sweet dog” are just a couple of the wonderful compliments Baby Cakes is receiving. This adorable doggy always has a smile on her face and a wag in her tail. A sweet treat of a pup, she’s easy to leash and walk and enjoys fun fetch sessions in the play yard. Baby Cakes is a calm presence in a hectic world. You’ve got to meet this Zen cuddle bug!

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

Monrovia's Homeless Count Goes Down

Monrovia's homeless population has decreased 11 percent since last year, down to 62, according to preliminary data from the county. https://is.gd/i9ZPmC

- Brad Haugaard

Council to Consider $42 and $43 Million Budgets; Sully-Miller to Take Over South Monrovia Street Work


At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/AGr3M7) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

~  A two-year budget for Fiscal Years 2019-21 of $42 and $43 million. The staff report says the money will be spent, "maintaining a high level of service to the community, striving to implement significant capital infrastructure and facility improvements, enhancing public safety initiatives, advancing historic preservation / neighborhood compatibility practices, facilitating appropriate new development activity, and addressing economic development priorities." https://is.gd/VNOUYQ

~  Having Sully-Miller, the contractor doing street and sewer repairs in north Monrovia, complete construction in the south part of town for an amount not to exceed $4.15 million. The staff report says the contractor that was doing the south end of town, and the city, "mutually agreed upon to reduce the scope of work that would be completed by due to a variety of coordination and scheduling issues." https://is.gd/GETWGk

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian to Run New York Marathon to Fight Cancer


Monrovian Brian McKim will be running in the New York City Marathon on November 3 in support of the American Cancer Society and is trying to raise $3,200 in support, which will go to fight cancer. So far, $505. If you'd like to contribute, you can here: https://is.gd/FIUyP9

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Maykayla Pedroza Is Citrus College 'Service Leader of the Year'

Monrovian Maykayla Pedroza is one of two students selected to receive the 2019 Citrus College Service Leader of the Year award. Candidates for this  honor are nominated by faculty. Representatives from the college's constituent groups screen and select the recipients, who are judged on  academic achievement and volunteer service to the college and community. A psychology and criminal law major, Pedroza will graduate from Citrus  this month. In addition to pursuing her associate degree, Pedroza was vice president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club and served as a senator on the Associate Students of Citrus College Executive Board. She has volunteered for the Los Angeles LGBTQ center as a community health educator and community health ambassador. This fall, she plans to transfer to the University of California, Irvine, to pursue her bachelor's degree. Her ultimate goal is to earn a doctorate degree or apply to law school.

Source: Citrus College press release

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Chicken King Express

Lunch at Chicken King Express, in the shopping area at the northeast corner of Foothill and Magnolia. Got the Roasted Chicken Wrap Combo with hummus and pickles for $7.95, and a drink for $2.25. Very good!


By the way, the word “express” may suggest the food is ready right away. It’s not. I’d recommend calling in your order about 15 minutes before you want to eat. 


- Brad Haugaard 

Yet More Bears - These in the Sprinklers

TV news can't resist videos of Monrovia bears. Here's a momma bear and a couple cubs playing in the sprinkler.  At ABC7: https://is.gd/akP8Ui

 - Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Graduates 367; Honors Memory of Student Kelsey Meza and Teacher Tom Reale

Valedictorian Penny Lan delivers speech during Monrovia High School’s graduation ceremony on June 5, encouraging members of the Class of 2019 to always chase their dreams and never forget where they came from.  

Administrators, teachers, and family and friends celebrated 367 Class of 2019 graduates who said goodbye to Monrovia High School during an evening commencement ceremony on June 5. This year's commencement ceremony was dedicated in memory of senior Kelsey Meza and MHS teacher Tom Reale, who passed away this school year. Amongst the sea of graduates, an empty seat was set up next to Meza's best friends, and her diploma was presented to her family.

"Look at yourselves and look around you - 12 long years of education and I am proud to be representing this Class of 2019," valedictorian Penny Lan said. "I see in front of me such a variety of talent and limitless protentional, but don't forget where we came from. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat."

The 2019 Honor Guard was made up of more than 60 Monrovia Unified teachers, coaches, and counselors who applauded and cheered. The honor guard was nominated by the Class of 2019 for the continued inspiration and support members give to students.

"When I look at this group of graduates, I see many different stories and I see leaders," Principal Kirk McGinnis said. "These young adults are poised to change the world as we know it, and they will put a mark on humanity with both flair and purpose but - more importantly - with energy, intelligence, and a sense of service to something bigger than themselves."

The night of celebration continued as Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School Principal Geoff Zamarripa delivered a keynote address, inspiring students to continue following their dreams and take risks.

The 2019 graduating class includes 160 students recognized with special honors, 91 Golden State Merit Diploma graduates, 51 students who earned the State of California Seal of Biliteracy, 59 members of the ninth graduating class of the Math and Science Academy, and 14 members of the second graduating class of the Humanities Academy.

"It is my honor to receive and accept this graduation class of Monrovia High School," Board President Ed Gililland said. "We know that you have done the hard work to acquire the knowledge and the life skills to be successful wherever your next steps take you."

Ending the night, graduates walked on stage and were congratulated by MHS administrators, the Board of Education, and Superintendent Katherine Thorossian.

"Having hope and a plan will lead you to the most unexpected and remarkable places," Thorossian said. "Enjoy the journey and continue to give your family and friends reasons to be proud, celebrate, and take pride in you. Congratulations Wildcats."

Students turned their tassels from right to left, threw their caps in the air, and hugged each other as McGinnis acknowledged them as the new graduating class of MHS.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Officer Rosendo Ramos Awarded Distinguished Service Medal


On June 13, the Monrovia Police Department held its annual Awards Ceremony. Officer Rosendo Ramos III was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his exceptional work and dedication to the Monrovia Police Department and the community of Monrovia.

Serving as a police officer for just over one year, Ramos has become a highly-valued employee of the department, consistently ranking as one of the most proactive officers in the Operations Division.

In addition to his on-duty work ethic, this past year, Ramos demonstrated his commitment to service by taking immediate action during two incidents while off duty. The first incident involved a motorcyclist who went down on the 210 Freeway in heavy traffic. Witnessing the incident while on the freeway, Ramos and his father stopped to divert traffic and render aid until paramedics responded. During the second incident, Ramos observed a deputy sheriff involved in a physical altercation with a suspect. Ramos, again, immediately responded professionally to assist the deputy with detaining the individual until backup units responded.

“Officer Ramos has developed an excellent reputation among his supervisors and peers.  He maintains a positive attitude and is always willing to help his fellow employees at a moment’s notice and without fail” said Alan SanVictores, Chief of Police. “His strong, unwavering work ethic has earned Officer Ramos the Monrovia Police Department Commendation Medal in the relatively short time he has been assigned to Patrol. This accomplishment is indicative of his steadfast and tenacious dedication to duty.”

Ramos has also expressed his dedication to the community through volunteerism. In November 2018, Ramos participated in the annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution, where he helped distribute food to families in need.  He also participated in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run and the Special Olympics Tip-A-Cop event, both events help to raise money for Special Olympics. 

For his professionalism, commitment to service, and dedication to the Monrovia Police Department and the community he serves, Officer Rosendo Ramos III was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and recognized as the Monrovia Police Department’s 2018 Officer of the Year.

Source: Monrovia City press release

- Brad Haugaard

LA Japanese Newspaper Reports on Monrovia Neighborhood Treasure Dedication

Rafu Shimpo, the Japanese daily newspaper for the Los Angeles area, carried a report on the dedication of Monrovia's latest Neighborhood Treasure, honoring early Japanese settlers in the city. https://is.gd/Ibs5R1

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Celebrate Mountain Park and Canyon Oaks High School Graduates

A graduate from Mountain Park School receives her diploma and is congratulated by the school’s administrators during the commencement ceremony for Mountain Park and Canyon Oaks High School on June 4.

Monrovia Unified celebrated 270 students who graduated from the District’s Adult School, Canyon Oaks High School, and Mountain Park School during ceremonies that celebrated the achievements and successes of each student.

On May 30, Monrovia Community Adult School held its commencement ceremony for graduates who had completed the graduation requirements for the schools’ programs. Students graduated with certificates in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs such as medicine, computers, and construction. They were also recognized for completing the requirements to receive their high school diplomas.

“There is no shortcut or easy way at our Adult School or Alternative Schools,” Director of Alternative Schools Flint Fertig said. “These graduates did everything that was necessary and fulfilled all of the graduation requirements necessary to be here today. Congratulations to all of them for pushing through hardships and obstacles and achieving their goals.”

On June 4, family and friends, teachers, and administrators filled the auditorium at Clifton Middle School, cheering as 47 graduates from Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park School made their way to the stage during the commencement ceremony.

Three graduates – Benjamin Cortez, Katherine Onofre, and Brandon Trujillo – graduated with California State Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish – the first ever in the history of the District’s continuation high school. Additionally, Ariana Brooks, Grace Golden, and Rebecca Lauver graduated with Golden State Seal Merit Diplomas – also a first for the continuation school.

“It is my privilege to congratulate this group of graduates for their accomplishments,” Board President Ed Gililland said. “We know that each student has done the work necessary to be where they are today. We honor and wish them all continued success.”

During the ceremonies, scholarships were distributed to students by community groups such as Monrovia Rotary Club, Monrovia Kiwanis Club, Monrovia Latino Heritage Society, and Citrus College Bright Future. The scholarships totaled more than $15,000, a jump from the $8,000 distributed last year.

“Congratulations to all of our Adult School and Alternative Schools graduates,” Superintendent Katherine Thorossian said. “Every single one of them is focused on the future and the promises it holds. They’ve shown that they have the will and will determine the way to achieve their goals following graduation.”

Source: Monrovia School District press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Fat Nude Guy; Police Double as Firefighters; Sneeze Makes Driver Hit Tree; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 398 service events, resulting in 68 investigations.

Indecent Exposure
June 6 at 8:37 a.m., a motorist traveling in the 700 block of E. Huntington reported seeing a male subject completely naked standing next to a red Toyota 4-door SUV. She described the male as white, in his 30's, 5’8”, heavy-set with blonde hair and a hat. Officers responded but were unable to locate the subject. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
June 6 at 9:13 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 200 block of S. Myrtle when he saw three male subjects he recognized from previous contacts. A computer check revealed one of the subjects had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was stopped and taken into custody.

Violation of Domestic Violence Restraining Order - Suspect Arrested
June 7 at 7:47 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Lime called the police to report that her son was in her backyard even though she had an active domestic violence restraining order against him. Officers responded and located the male subject and after confirming the order was valid took him into custody.

Non-injury Traffic Collision
June 7 at 3:56 p.m., a caller reported a vehicle just collided with hers at the intersection of Ivy and Palm. Officers responded and after conducting an investigation, issued a citation to the party found to be at fault.

Non-injury Traffic Collision
June 7 at 4:23 p.m., a caller reported two motorists just collided into one another in the 300 block of W. Palm. Officers arrived and contacted both parties, they were not injured and did not desire a report. The parties exchanged personal information.

Fire Assist
June 8 at 1:06 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of W. Lemon called to report a fire in a backyard behind a garage. Officers located the fire and used the garden hose to extinguish the fire. The Fire Department arrived shortly after. It is unknown what caused the fire. The items burning were some old chairs, a table, two televisions, and some yard waste (trimmings).

Battery / Warrant Arrest – Suspects Arrested
June 8 at 2:29 p.m., an employee from a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill called to report two subjects fighting at the location. When officers arrived the subjects were no longer involved in a physical altercation, just verbal. The involved parties had conflicting stories, further investigation revealed which person was the aggressor. The subject was arrested and taken into custody. Another female with the suspect had an outstanding warrant, she was arrested and taken into custody as well.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 8 at 3:23 p.m., a resident in the 900 block of W. Duarte called to report a motorist collided into a tree in the area. An officer arrived and saw the vehicle had struck a tree on the north side of the street and it was partially blocking the roadway. The officer contacted the driver, he said that while he was driving he sneezed and "jerked" the wheel to the right causing him to collide with the tree. The driver's side airbag deployed and he had a complaint of pain to his chest but refused medical attention. Public works was notified to clear the tree out of roadway.

Attempt Commercial Burglary
June 9 at 9:57 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 900 block of E. Huntington on the report of an attempt burglary. An employee arrived to work and noticed the glass to the drive-thru window had been shattered. There were pry marks along one of the rear doors but there was no entry to the business and nothing was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Theft (Follow-up) – Suspect Identified
June 10 at 11:00 a.m., an officer was conducting a follow-up investigation in the 500 block of W. Huntington regarding a theft that occurred earlier this month. As a result of the investigation, the officer was able to identify the suspect. A misdemeanor filing will be sought.

Vandalism
June 11 at 11:22 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of N. Mayflower regarding a vandalism. The resident’s car was vandalized sometime during the night. The driver’s side window was shattered but nothing was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
June 11 at 11:46 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 800 block of S. Myrtle when he noticed a vehicle make a vehicle code violation. He conducted a traffic stop and contacted the occupants. A computer check on a passenger in the vehicle revealed an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody without incident.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
June 11 at 5:39 p.m., a caller reported that a male and female where arguing in front of a business in the 1900 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and contacted the two subjects. Further investigation revealed the two subjects were in a dating relationship and the female scratched and bit the male causing visible injuries. The female was arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
June 12 at 9: 36 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of W. Olive called to report two subjects sleeping in the park after closing hours. Officers arrived and contacted the two subjects, both known to be drug offenders. The officers discovered that one of the subjects were in possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

City May Assess a Traffic Impact Fee on New Development; Police Chaplain Retires; Filming 'Winslow' on Myrtle; Etc.

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

~ The city is planning to assess a Traffic Impact Fee on all new development. The fee would pay for traffic / intersection improvements. A traffic study indicates that by 2040, development will add 2,048 morning peak hour trips, and 3,457 afternoon peak hour trips.

~  Police Chaplain Jerry Johnson, who has served on the Police Department team for seven years, is retiring. A celebration will take place on June 27 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Monrovia Police Department's Community Policing Room, at 140 E. Lime.

~  The playgrounds at Station Square and Julian Fisher Park will be closed during the week of June 24 for a deep cleaning and pressure washing and the application of a sealant coat to protect playground surfaces.

~  Tomorrow, Thursday, June 13, ABC Signature Studios will be filming a project called "Winslow" in Old Town, on both sides of Myrtle  between Lemon and Lime. Other filming locations are 411 S. Myrtle (at the L&D Appliances store), and at 245 West Foothill. Filming should last one day and will bring into town about 132 people.

~  On Thursday, June 6, Monrovia Police participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Southern California. The Southern California Special Olympics torch is carried through every city in LA County to kick off the Summer Games.  The Monrovia Team picked up the torch from El Monte Police and handed it off to Arcadia Police.

- Brad Haugaard

Success of Wild Rose as School of Creative Arts


Wild Rose School of Creative Arts students perform a number from “Lion King Kids” at the Ahmanson Theater on April 29. The performance celebrated what students had learned during their 17 weeks of training with theater professionals.

Monrovia families are buzzing about expansions in instructional options at Wild Rose School, including this year’s successful restructuring as a School of Creative Arts and the 2019-20 addition of dual language immersion in Spanish.

Spaces in the Spanish language program are already limited and the school is celebrating a partnership with Disney Musicals in Schools that helped bring students to the big stage at Monrovia High School’s Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center.

“We are overjoyed and impressed by the successes at Wild Rose this school year,” Superintendent Katherine Thorossian said. “Monrovia Unified is committed to the arts and we know our students gain valuable experiences, knowledge and skills to continue to pursue their passion in the arts. We look forward to another successful and exciting school year.”

Under the leadership of Principal Leslie Rapkine-Miller, Wild Rose celebrated the school’s renaming on Sept. 7 during an event marked by student performances. The shift integrated visual and performing arts across all core curricula to enhance student learning and achievement. Students worked year-long, exploring their interests in vocal music, show choir, dance, ceramics, theater, and band.

In fact, these programs are providing a win-win for the school. Previous years had seen a decline in enrollment throughout the San Gabriel Valley. However, in addition to providing greater depth of program for the students, the arts emphasis and dual language program have also transformed the school, breathing new life into its student population.

“It’s this sort of creativity, which feeds our students while also managing our population, that highlights the successes we’re seeing by the leadership at Wild Rose,” Thorossian said.

In December 2018, Wild Rose was awarded the Disney Musicals in Schools grant, which provided students with 17 weeks of training with theater professionals in preparation for their Disney “Lion King Kids” Spring 2019 production. Wild Rose was one of five Los Angeles County schools chosen for the honor.

“Monrovia Unified moved to rename Wild Rose as a way for our students to pursue their interests in a more in-depth, focused way,” Board President Ed Gililland said. “At Wild Rose School of Creative Arts, our students are exposed to high-quality arts programs that will help them gain confidence as they move on to middle school, high school, and beyond.”

On Jan. 18, Wild Rose students took to the stage to perform their rendition of “Aladdin” at the Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center. The show proved to be a hit throughout the community, and Rapkine-Miller negotiated for the school’s “Lion King Kids” production to be a community show, as well.

On April 19, Monrovia’s community enjoyed lively performances of fan-favorites such as “Circle of Life” and “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” as 50 student actors impressed the audience with their final production of the year.

As the conclusion to the Disney Musicals in Schools grant, Wild Rose students performed a number from “Lion King Kids” at the Ahmanson Theater on April 29 and were later joined by the four other grant winners for a final number.

Building on the momentum stimulated by the arts program, Monrovia Unified expanded its highly popular Spanish dual-language program to Wild Rose.

“Our teachers and students received invaluable support and professional development in theater arts,” Rapkine-Miller said. “The training elevated our theater program and excited our students and teachers for what’s to come at Wild Rose School of Creative Arts.”

Classes, which will begin in August for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten, are already nearing capacity. Wild Rose is now the second elementary school in the District to offer the program.

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Momma Cat Wants Me Time With You


This Mom needs a break! Of course, ALL moms do but this sweet girl really deserves one soon. This kitty is a year old and ready to hand in her “Mama” cat name tag. As a mother of three, she’s proud her kittens are all grown up and is ready for some “me time.” She’s excited to soon be footloose and fancy free, combating empty toilet paper rolls, playing hide and pounce in grocery bags and stealthily assailing treacherous shoelaces! Mom is ready and waiting for a new family, fun adventures and a second chance at kittenhood.
 
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 
 

Lailah Spicer - Daughter of Mayor Pro Tem - Graduates With Honors

Lailah Spicer, the daughter of Monrovia Mayor Pro-Tem, Larry Spicer, graduated this year with honors. https://is.gd/AJIalg

- Brad Haugaard

Three Summer Art Walks Scheduled


Monrovia Association of Fine Arts is sponsoring three Summer Art Walks in Old Town Monrovia, from 7-10 p.m. on June 29, July 27, and August 24. Art, music, and friends.

- Brad Haugaard

Plaque Installed Honoring Early Japanese Residents of Monrovia



Monrovia unveiled its latest Neighborhood Treasure today at the corner of Magnolia and Cypress (a block south of Huntington). The plaque honors early Japanese Monrovians and features a strawberry (to remember the strawberry fields for which many Japanese in Monrovia were known), two servicemen (to honor Japanese who served in the U.S. military during World War Two, and a streetcar, to remember the early Red Car line that came to Monrovia.

The plaque is not actually the final bronze plaque - there was a delay in casting it - but is a plywood replica to stand in until the final plaque is completed.

Beneath the round emblem is a plaque stating:
Asian Pacific American pioneers in California often get overlooked. The early 49ers, the railroad workers, the farmworkers, and even the laundry workers built much of this Golden State. In Monrovia, Japanese Americans such as the Uyeda, Tsuneishi, Asano and Kuromiya families came to build farms, grocery stores, fruit stands and gardening businesses. Yutaro Uyeda, Monrovia's Strawberry King, first arrived in Monrovia on the Red Car. He employed many of his Mexican American neighbors. Satoru Tsuneishi attended Monrovia-Arcadia-Duarte High School and wrote beautiful haikus (a traditional form of Japanese poetry). Takumi "Tom" and Sakae "Mary" Asano ran a grocery store on Myrtle Avenue and were active in civic affairs. The Japanese Americans had community gatherings, and built a Gakuen school on Mayflower for their Nisei children (children born in the United States whose parents were immigrants from Japan). Regardless of their numerous contributions to local businesses and agriculture, none of these families were allowed to live north of Walnut Avenue.
In 1942, United States Executive Order 9066 authorized the internment of persons of Japanese ancestry, including American citizens. Some neighbors and friends in Monrovia hated to see this unjust evacuation. Many of the Japanese Americans from Monrovia were sent to Heart Mountain Concentration Camp in Wyoming. From Heart Mountain. the Tsuneishi family sent four sons into World War II combat and two daughters as civilian translators. Yosh Kuromiya of Monrovia chose to be a conscientious draft resister. After World War II, other Japanese American families also came to make Monrovia their home. They continued the stories of hard work, growing families, and forging a better community for all.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High's Front Lawn May Become Even Greener

At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/LvXZS5) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider applying for a Green Infrastructure Program grant, authorized by Proposition 68, to make the Monrovia High School front lawn "green."

If you thought the front lawn was already pretty green, I don't think you're on the right page. I don't think it's talking about the color, but rather projects that:
  • Reduce greenhouse gasses.
  • Improve the "sustainability and function" of hardscapes and landscapes.
  • Decrease air and water pollution.
  • Reduce use of natural resources and energy.
  • Increase the reliability of water supplies, and
  • "Increase adaptability to climate change."
The minimum award is $50,000, and if the district doesn't get the grant, the cost to restore the lawn will be approximately $27,000.

- Brad Haugaard

Breakfast at Mimi’s

Breakfast at Mimi’s, corner of Huntington and Mayflower. Got the bacon avocado omelet with tomato instead of potatoes for $12.29 and a coffee for $3.49. Nice omlet!

- Brad Haugaard 

Knights of Columbus to Hold Charity Golf Tournament

Monrovia's Knights of Columbus will hold its annual Charity Golf Tournament Friday June 28 (8 a.m. Shotgun Start) at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course, 2100 Terrebone Ave. San Dimas.  Check-ln Starts at 7 a.m. (8 a.m. Shotgun Start). Donation: $100 per person or $25 for barbeque only. For questions, contact Sam Reynolds at 332-6530 or srey711@verizon.net

- Brad Haugaard

Beauty - She'd Like to be a Hiker's Best Friend

Beauty (A470898) is a calm girl who enjoys belly rubs, playing with toys and going out with our Pasadena Humane Society’s Wiggle Waggle Waggin’ volunteers to community events. She loves to be with people and is friendly and playful. Beauty knows sit, shake and down and loves to show off her skills. She is good on leash and likes to hike or just play at the park. Beauty is an 11 year old girl who was found as a stray and brought to the Pasadena Humane Society where she is looking for her new home.

 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

Monrovian Restaurant Apparently Being Sold



According to this sign in its window, the ownership of the Monrovian Family Restaurant, at Myrtle and Colorado, is being transferred to the Lipsky Corporation. (Thanks to Kelly Moran for the tip.)

- - Brad Haugaard 

Movies In the Park Schedule

Here's the schedule for Monrovia Community Services Department Summer Movies in the Park Watch a movie under the stars. Be sure to bring your lawn chair, blankets, and snacks! 

July 20
Kiwanis Park @ Grand Avenue
Incredibles 2

July 27
Julian Fisher Park
Ralph Breaks the Internet

August 2
Rotary Park
Mary Poppins Returns

August 10
Library Park
WALL•E

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Proclaimed 'Dementia Friendly'


The Monrovia City Council is proud to proclaim the City of Monrovia as Dementia Friendly in recognition of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

The vision of Dementia Friendly Monrovia (DFM) is a community where those living with dementia, along with their care partners, will always feel embraced, engaged and supported.

As part of the Dementia Friendly America movement, the Monrovia Action Team was founded by the late Lisa Magno (July 27, 1954 - December 22, 2016) and formed through the Monrovia Provider's Group, where they continue to fulfill her mission by passionately serving the elderly in the community.

DFM is a cross section of organizations representing business, education, first responders, health care, faith community, local government, citizens and other partners, guided by Team Leaders; Senior Helpers Community Relations Coordinator, Nathan Kirschenbaum; Alzheimer’s Los Angeles, Public Policy Manager, Kelly Honda and Azusa Pacific University, Adria Navarro, Ph.D., LCSW Associate Professor, MSW Program, Department of Social Work and Sheryl Flynn, PT, Ph.D. Founder and CEO of Blue Marble Health. The committee meets regularly to advance the effort to develop programming and resources for Monrovia residents and their families that live with dementia.

For more information, follow the Dementia Friendly Monrovia Committee on Facebook (https://is.gd/FAxwD3). Additionally, the group meets every quarter and would like to hear from community members that are inspired to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors who live with dementia.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Superintendent Katherine Thorossian's May Schools Report

Dear Monrovia Unified School District community,

At Monrovia Unified, we are committed to preparing our students to graduate from high school equipped with the tools they need to be successful in college and careers. As our school year comes to an end, I am proud to say that our Class of 2019 graduates are responsible citizens who embrace diversity, think creatively and critically, and make a difference in the lives of others.
May was a time of celebration for Monrovia Unified and our scholars, teachers, and staff.

On May 6, our community came together to dedicate the Alternative Schools’ library to Bruce and Mariellen Staller, longtime volunteers who spent more than 20 years developing and improving the library. Our students are enriched by the time that our District volunteers offer so selflessly, and we are all grateful for all of the work Bruce and Mariellen put in to the library.

Monrovia Unified’s scholars and champions represented the District during the Monrovia Days community festival on May 18. The community enjoyed performances from our middle schools’ band and Monrovia High School’s marching band.

At the elementary level, our students were busy with dance and music performances. On May 28, all five of our elementary schools joined for the annual Elementary Spring Concert. Students stunned the audience with performances by combined bands, orchestra and strings, and combined choirs.

It has been a wonderful school year at Monrovia Unified, and our students have excelled in programs such as the arts, robotics, Code to the Future, dual language, and more! We encourage all of our students to enjoy their summer, while remembering the importance of staying connected to education during the summer months.

Congratulations to Monrovia Unified’s graduating Class of 2019 – though we are sad to see them go, we are excited for this new chapter in their lives!

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Suspect Drags Cop in Car - Zapped With Taser; Hit and Run Drivers Escape on Foot; Drugs and Alcohol; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 30 - June 5. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 398 service events, resulting in 80 investigations.

Warrant / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On May 30 at 9:10 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of S. Alta Vista called police to report a female subject yelling and throwing things in the middle of the street. Officers arrived and located the subject. A computer check revealed she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was arrested for the warrant and a search of the suspect revealed she was also in possession of illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On May 31 at 12:13 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a bicyclist in the 100 block of W. Lime for a vehicle code violation. A computer check on the subject revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for the warrant and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Warrant / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On May 31 at 2:18 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a subject at a park after closing hours. The subject was contacted and a computer check revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and during a search of his person, he was found to be in possession of illegal narcotics.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On June 1 at 1:23 a.m., a caller reported that a motorist collided into a light pole in the area of Mountain and Lemon. The driver was located and he displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or prescription medication. Field sobriety tests were conducted. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On June 1 at 2:09 p.m., a caller reported that a vehicle was stopped in the middle of the street in the area of Walnut and Alta Vista, and the driver was resting his face on the steering wheel. Officers responded and contacted the driver. The driver displayed signs of being under the influence of drugs. Field sobriety tests were conducted and a DUI investigation was started. The subject was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
On June 1 at 4:07 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of S. Mayflower called police to report a vehicle that struck a parked vehicle and rolled over. The driver fled on foot and was last seen running north on Mayflower. Officers responded, but were unable to locate the driver. The vehicle was towed and the Investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On June 1 at 6:26 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Sunset called police to report his company vehicle was broken into sometime during the night. The vehicle was parked on the street in front of his residence. The vehicle had both passenger side windows smashed and a laptop was taken. Investigation continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On June 1 at 11:15 p.m., a caller reported that a male subject was assaulting a female subject inside a vehicle at a business parking lot in the 800 block of E. Huntington. The male fled on foot and the female drove away. Officers responded and located both subjects nearby. After a thorough investigation, the male was arrested for domestic violence and a restraining order violation. A criminal complaint was completed against the female for a court order violation.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On June 2 at 1:37 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 300 block of S. Myrtle when he observed a vehicle driving with no headlights on, in violation of the vehicle code. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was displaying signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and a DUI investigation was started. The subject was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
On June 2 at 2:36 a.m., an employee from a business in the 800 block of W. Huntington called police to report a vehicle that collided into a light pole. The occupants were seen fleeing the scene and being picked up by another vehicle. Officers responded, but did not locate the suspects. The vehicle that collided into the light pole was towed from the street. Investigation continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On June 2 at 10:33 p.m., an employee from a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called police to report her vehicle had been broken into while she was at work. The rear passenger side window was smashed and her purse was taken from the floorboard behind the driver's seat. Investigation continuing.

Burglary
On June 3 at 10:21 a.m., a resident in the 1900 block of S. Peck called to report his work vehicle was broken into while it was parked in front of his residence. One of the door locks had been punched and his briefcase was stolen. Investigation continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On June 4 at 8:16 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Colorado called to report a subject loitering in the laundry room at the location. Officers arrived and contacted the subject, who was later found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Petty Theft
On June 4 at 8:39 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of Parkrose called to report a theft from her vehicle, which was parked in front of her residence. She left her vehicle unlocked overnight, and when she left for work in the morning, she discovered someone had ransacked her vehicle. Investigation continuing.

Public Intoxication / Resisting Arrest – Suspect Arrested
On June 5 at 12:12 a.m., several callers reported an intoxicated subject that was breaking apartment windows in the 800 block of W. Colorado. Officers arrived and located the subject, who was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He had cuts on his hands, substantiating the witness reports, and he resisted the officers as they took him into custody. He was arrested for being drunk in public and resisting arrest.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On June 5 at 4:06 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of E. Colorado called police to report a male subject looking into vehicles with a flashlight. Officers responded to the area and saw a suspicious vehicle stopped on the street with a subject sitting in the driver’s seat. The male subject began reaching for something and the officer reached through the driver's window to restrain him. The subject began driving away, dragging the officer a short distance.

Another officer entered the suspect vehicle and prevented the driver from driving any further. The subject fought with the officers. A struggle ensued and one of the officers deployed his Taser. The suspect was taken into custody. Per policy, the Monrovia Fire Department responded and treated the suspect for the Taser deployment. The two officers were also treated for injuries sustained while taking the suspect into custody. The suspect and one of the officers were taken to a local hospital for further treatment. The suspect was later medically cleared from the hospital and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On June 5 at 9:18 a.m., a resident in the 1300 block of S. Mayflower called to report a subject going through the trash. Officers responded and located the subject. It was discovered that the subject also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On June 5 at 10:27 a.m., an employee from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington called to report a possible intoxicated person inside the business. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. He was found to be extremely intoxicated and unable to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On June 5 at 1:07 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 800 block of W. Olive when he saw a subject he recognized from prior contacts. He was aware the individual had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The officer stopped the subject, confirmed the warrant, and arrested him per the authority of the warrant.

Monrovia Schools: Progress in Reducing Suspension Rate; Greatest Need in Math and Absenteeism - Hearing Scheduled

Monrovia Schools has developed its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) budget, which is now available for public review here: https://is.gd/cbK69d

The 344-page document details the strengths and weaknesses in the district and outlines what the district is going to do about the problems.

The district notes that its greatest progress has been in reducing the suspension rate, and its greatest needs are in mathematics and reducing chronic absenteeism.

The document says: 
Our immediate next steps are to:
1) Expand the math support provided include 4-5 grade teachers in the full implementation of the SWUN math curriculum [Common Core training], including a deeper study of the math framework. Also, continue to support the use of SBAC interims [progress tests] to guide adjustments to instruction based on the results.
2) District personnel and site administrators will focus on who are the students who are chronically absent and seek to provide supports based on individual needs. A portion of each Instructional Leaders meetings have been and will continue to be dedicated to the analysis of what has been effective in reducing chronic absenteeism and how to scale these approaches to other schools within the district.

The LCAP has been developed with community and staff input, based on student outcomes, and following guidelines regarding eight priority areas outline by the California Department of Education.

The LCAP hearing will occur during the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. Approval of the LCAP is set for Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

Source: Monrovia Schools press release and LCAP document

- Brad Haugaard

Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks

Monrovia's Fourth of July Concert & Fireworks Show is scheduled for Thursday, July 4 with recorded music beginning at 3 p.m., followed by a live band at 7 p.m. and the free fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m. and lasting approximately 20 minutes. Spectators may reserve a park space no larger than 10 x 10 feet starting at 6 a.m. and must be supervised at all times.

- Brad Haugaard