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Happy New Year, Monrovia!


The New Year’s Eve party is just getting started in Od Town. Happy 2020, Monrovia!

- Brad Haugaard 

Socrates: Loves Car Rides, Treats, and Tricks

Look at this cutie! Socrates is a sweet one-year-old terrier mix who loves snuggling and being called a “good boy”. He also enjoys car rides, the finest meat-based treats, and doing tricks. He recently had a Foster Sleepover and got along great with his foster family’s two dogs. This little guy would love a home where he can hang out with you on the sofa and watch TV, go for walks, and cuddle. If this description of Socrates has made you say “awwwww!” just wait until you meet him!

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 Police: Woman's Car Flips After Tire Goes Flat; Motorcyclist Runs Stop Sign, Hit by Car; Dog Bites Woman; Shoplifting; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 370 service events, resulting in 89 investigations.

Injury Traffic Collision
December 19 at 11:58 a.m., two vehicles were involved in a collision near the intersection of Mountain and Central. One of the parties involved complained of pain and was treated by paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department. Officers arrived and completed an investigation.

Grand Theft Auto
December 19 at 1:18 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of N. Ivy. The victim reported his vehicle was stolen between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. while he was doing yard work. Officers arrived and searched the area. This investigation is continuing.

Theft / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
December 19 at 3:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill. A female subject exited the business without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise. The subject was detained outside the business by officers, an investigation revealed she had outstanding warrants for her arrest. The subject was arrested for the theft and per the authority of the warrants and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
December 19 at 7:54 p.m., a caller reported a vehicle had struck a motorcyclist near the intersection of Evergreen and Mountain. Officers responded with paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department. An investigation found the motorcyclist had failed to stop at a posted stop sign. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia– Suspect Arrested
December 19 at 10:02 p.m., an officer stopped a bicyclist for a vehicle code violation near the intersection of Lime and Mayflower. An investigation revealed the subject was in possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
December 19 at 11:02 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation near the intersection of Mountain and Foothill. The officers contacted the subject and an investigation revealed she was under the influence of alcohol. The subject was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and taken to the Monrovia Police Department jail for booking.

Weapon Offence – Suspect Arrested
December 20 at 2:28 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation near the intersection of California and Duarte. An investigation revealed the driver was in possession of an unlawful weapon. The driver was arrested and issued a citation.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
December 20 at 10:36 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of E. Huntington, the caller reported he was hiding in his room because gang members were trying to kill him. Officers found the subject and an investigation revealed the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken into custody for a sobering period.

Vandalism
December 20 at 8:16 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of W. Walnut regarding a vehicle vandalism. The rear passenger window of the vehicle was shattered. An investigation revealed the window had a small hole in the center and no entry to the vehicle had been made. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence
December 20 at 8:32 p.m., officers responded to a domestic dispute at a residence in the 200 block of Montana. The male subject had left the location prior to officers’ arrival. The victim said she was involved in an argument with the subject when he physically assaulted her. The subject is on parole and his Parole Officer was contacted. Charges are pending.

Injury Traffic Collision
December 21 at 2:43 p.m., two vehicles were involved in a collision near the intersection of Olive and California. One of the parties involved complained of pain and was treated by paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department. Officers arrived and completed an investigation. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
December 21 at 4:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill regarding a shoplifting. The store’s Loss Prevention Officers had detained a female subject for concealing items and exiting the store without any attempt to pay. Officers arrived and an investigation was conducted, the female subject was arrested for shoplifting.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
December 21 at 5:12 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill regarding a shoplifting incident. When officers arrived the subject had been detained by the store’s Loss Prevention Officers. The subject refused to provide his name and did not have any identification. The subject was arrested for shoplifting.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
December 22 at 1:10 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 600 block of W. Huntington stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. The driver displayed symptoms of being intoxicated and an investigation was conducted. The driver was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
December 22 at 2:53 a.m., a caller reported a male subject loitering in the 1100 block of E. Huntington. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. An investigation revealed he had an outstanding warrant for this arrest. The subject was arrested per the authority of the warrant and taken into custody.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
December 22 at 7:05 a.m., a caller reported a driver collided into a parked vehicle near Peck and Live Oak. The driver fled the scene without exchanging information. He abandoned the car a block away then walked away from the area. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
December 22 at 8:06 a.m., officers responded to a call in the 400 block of Genoa regarding a vandalism. A resident reported that the mailboxes at her condominium complex all had the locks broken sometime during the night. It is unknown if any mail was stolen from the boxes. This investigation is continuing.

Animal Problem
December 22 at 10:16 a.m., an officer was patrolling Library Park in the 100 block of W. Lime, when he saw a dog on a leash bite a female subject who was holding a small dog. Paramedics responded and treated the bite on the victim, the victim refused to go to a hospital. The victim took her small dog to an emergency vet, as it was injured as well. The Pasadena Humane Society responded and completed an investigation.

Vandalism
December 22 at 7:09 p.m., a vehicle vandalism was reported in the 500 block of W. Huntington. The caller reported that when he returned to his vehicle, someone had keyed his vehicle and left an eight inch scratch down the passenger side. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting
December 22 at 10:38 p.m., an employee from a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report a male subject had left the business with unpaid merchandise. Officers responded and searched the area but were unable to locate the subject. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
December 23 at 8:11 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of E. Lime. A resident walked outside his home and attempted to drive to work. He discovered someone had stolen the catalytic converter from his vehicle during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting
December 23 at 8:23 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a shoplifting report. Security personnel for the business reported a male subject had just ran out of their store with power tools that he did not pay for. Officers responded to the area but could not locate the subject. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
December 23 at 2:30 p.m., Loss Prevention Officers for a store in the 100 block of W. Foothill reported a female subject had stolen items and was being detained. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. The suspect was arrested and issued a citation in the field.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
December 23 at 2:47 p.m., a motorist was traveling in the 400 block of W. Huntington when her car's tire went flat causing her to hit the curb. Her car flew over the curb and into the air landing upside down on top of a parked car in a parking lot. Officers responded and found she was not injured.

Vandalism
December 23 at 3:23 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 200 block of W. Maple. The owner discovered one of the windows to his building had been broken sometime during the weekend. It did not appear as if anyone had crawled through the window to get into the building. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
December 24 at 2:46 a.m., an officer patrolling the 400 block of W. Foothill stopped a UHaul box truck for a vehicle code violation. An investigation revealed the male adult driver had a suspended license and the female adult passenger was on probation for forgery. The passenger admitted to being in possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance. The driver was cited for driving on a suspended license and the U-Haul truck was impounded. The female passenger was arrested and issued a citation in the field for possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
December 24 at 10:42 a.m., a red pickup truck that was wanted by the Pasadena Police Department in connection with a robbery in their city was located by an officer in the 2000 block of S. Myrtle. The vehicle was stopped and both occupants detained. Pasadena Police detectives arrived shortly thereafter and arrested both subjects.

Shoplifting
December 24 at 7:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a shoplifting report. Security personnel for the business reported two male subjects in their 30’s had just taken $700 worth of merchandise before fleeing in a vehicle. Officers responded to the area but could not locate the subject. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence
December 24 at 11:50 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 1800 block of Eighth regarding a domestic violence incident. A female subject reported her live-in boyfriend had just strangled her during an argument. Officers responded but the suspect had already left the area. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
December 25 at 1:23 a.m., a caller reported she discovered her vehicle’s driver side window had been smashed and her purse was taken while it was parked in the 700 block of S. Shamrock. Officers arrived and reviewed video surveillance. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
December 25 at 3:54 p.m., a caller reported seeing a male subject on a bicycle chasing after a female subject who was running east in the 100 block of E. Evergreen from Myrtle. Officers responded and located the female subject. The female stopped and saw the officers then began running from them and refused to stop. Officers recognized her from past encounters, an investigation revealed she had two warrants for her arrest. Officers were able to apprehend her, she was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. She said no crime had occurred between her and the male subject who was never found. She was arrested per the authority of the warrants and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
December 25 at 4:15 p.m., several callers reported two vehicles collided into one another in the 800 block of W. Huntington. Officers responded and found one driver complained of pain. Paramedics from the Monrovia Fire Department provided assistance, but the driver refused to be transported to a hospital. The driver who caused the collision was issued a citation

Someone's Been Hyping Monrovia Company's Stock

Someone has apparently been hyping the stock of Monrovia's Sugermade, Inc. - a hydroponics equipment firm that has focused on marijuana growers, and now also provides disposable cups for the restaurant business. In a press release (https://is.gd/tFPVq2) the company disclaimed any knowledge of the promotional activity. Sugarmade's stock is currently trading at slightly over a penny a share.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Noodle St.

Dinner at Noodle St., in the Vons shopping center at Foothill and Myrtle. Got the Signature Beef Noodle Soup for $10.  Very nice. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Visiting the Snow




I decided to go on a bicycle ride into the hills today and kept thinking, “That snow doesn’t look too far away.” Ant it wasn’t! This picture was taken well below White Saddle, about a third of a mile above the restroom on the fire road north of Canyon Park. I threw a few snowballs, froze fingers, nose and toes, and came down. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Low Snow


I don’t think I’ve ever seen snow down so low on the mountains above Monrovia. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Christmas Tree Pick-Up

The city says ... Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling will be available from Dec. 26 - Jan. 11. Please place your tree curbside on your regular trash collection day. In order for your tree to be picked up, all ornaments, tinsel, plastic bags, nails, lights, and plastic or metal stands need to be removed. For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 932-5575.

- Brad Haugaard

Merry Christmas, Monrovia!

Something a bit different this year. I liked this little Christmas devotional thought by Robert Hawker, an English cleric from the 1800s. Hope you do, too. 

- Brad Haugaard 




Drive Sober

Arcadia Police sent a reminder that through New Year’s Day the Arcadia Police Department will have more officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. I'm sure Monrovia PD will also be on the lookout.

- Brad Haugaard

Molly: Friendly, Loving, and Happy

Friendly, loving, and happy – do these sound like three adjectives you need in your life? Then come meet Molly! This beautiful tabby was brought in to the shelter after her owner died and no one else in the family could take her in. She’s only three years old and would love to find her forever home for the new year. If you’re looking for an all-around great cat, Molly is ready to wow you!

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

Auditions for 'A Little Night Music' on Jan. 12-14

Auditions for The Jewish Federation's JFed Players' Spring 2020 production, A Little Night Music, will be held Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2-4 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 13, 14, from 7-9 p.m. Auditions are at the Jewish Federation, 114A Lime Ave. in Monrovia.

Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the two men who love her: a lawyer, and a Count. When Desirée performs in Fredrik's town, their passion rekindles, inciting a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée; Fredrik; Fredrick's very young wife, Anne; Desirée's current lover, the Count; and the Count's wife, Charlotte.

Both men - as well as their jealous wives - agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.

For more information call the Jewish Federation at 445-0810.

Source: Jewish Federation press release

- Brad Haugaard

School Superintendent Thorossian's December Update

Dear Monrovia Unified School District community,

In December, I reflect upon the year – both successes and failures – before resolving to attain perfection in the new year. I am proud of our many accomplishments and recognize that nothing is accomplished without a team comprised of expert, determined, and thoughtful like-minded individuals committed to realizing their goal.

The Monrovia Unified School District is fortunate to have so many such individuals, accompanied by an equally committed, supportive, and hard-working community.

Monrovia Unified has received many notable awards and accomplishments over the years, including a variety of prestigious California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Awards for model programs and services. This month, the District received a Golden Bell Award at the CSBA Annual Education Conference for our Early College Program.

The Golden Bell Award recognizes outstanding programs and governance practices in school Districts and reflects the District’s effort to provide programs for students that lead to academic success.

At the conference, Monrovia Unified trustees participated in panels and gave presentations on how intervention and support programs are building stronger ties with parents, which in turn boosts student achievement.

The CSBA conference was the perfect event to culminate a successful first half of the school year – highlighting the strength of our programs as a model for instruction and parent engagement. Indeed, Monrovia Unified recognizes the power of its community support and partnerships as a key element in our students’ continued success.

Our commitment to ensuring that success has been showcased throughout the last few months.

At the beginning of the school year, Monrovia Unified’s Board of Education came together to celebrate the Grand Reopening of Wildcat stadium. The celebration highlighted the renovation done over summer.

At Monrovia High School, our WorkAbility and Transition Partnership program gained attention for its MHS Roasters program, which teaches students job skills and opens doors to job opportunities from local business partners.

In October, the District hosted its Inaugural State of the Schools Address, which outlined plans for student support and success. Ending the State of the Schools Address, Monrovia Unified premiered our District’s showcase video, which gave a look into student academic success and culture.

Our students continue to excel in programs such as our Spanish and Mandarin Dual-Language Immersion, robotics, coding, athletics, and more!

Thank you to all our Monrovia Unified team members who play critical roles in delivering the tools students need to succeed – from our dedicated staff to our talented teachers to our steadfast administrators. It is a true honor to witness your commitment to our students and the achievements that commitment helps inspire.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones, and I look forward to joining you all when we return in 2020 for the remainder of our highly successful school year.

Sincerely,

Dr. Katherine Thorossian
Superintendent

Former Monrovia Teacher and Principal, Byron Greer, Has Died

Today, December 20, 2019, Monrovia Unified School District honors the legacy of former MUSD educator, Mr. Byron Greer, by lowering all District flags to half-staff from sunrise to sunset. Byron served over 40 years in MUSD as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, and principal- primarily at Monrovia High School and Clifton Middle School. His efforts and impact on those fortunate enough to have known him will always be cherished. We find it only fitting to commemorate his life and service to the students and staff of Monrovia with this tribute.

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Los Gueros

Lunch at Los Gueros, on the north side of Huntington just west of Magnolia. Got the Seafood Soup for $15.95 and an iced tea for $2.95.  It was good. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Gives Presentation at School Boards Association Conference

Monrovia Unified School District representatives gave presentations on how intervention and support programs are building stronger ties with parents to boost student achievement during the California School Boards Association's (CSBA) 2019 Annual Education Conference (AEC) and Trade Show held Dec. 5-7 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The conference featured over 120 workshops on topics that included teaching and learning, advocacy, engagement and community relations, equity, opportunity and access, wellness and safety, and funding, finance and facilities. Monrovia Unified School District was selected to present two of those workshops.

Monrovia Unified Board of Education Clerk Maritza Travanti, Director of Counseling, College, and Career Dr. Catherine Real, and Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian gave a workshop on how the District's Wellness Center Model supports students in all District schools by establishing community-based partnerships. 

"Monrovia Unified wants to share with our partners in education what we are doing right, as well as learn from our partners what we can do better," Travanti said. "The Annual Education Conference is a great opportunity for us to expand our knowledge and bring back new ideas to help our students succeed."

More than 3,000 school board trustees attended the conference to collaborate with their colleagues, participate in workshops and hear keynote speeches from distinguished guests, such as physicist and futurist, Dr. Michio Kaku and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Ron Suskind. 

Monrovia Unified Assistant Superintendent Dr. Sue Kaiser and Instructional Specialist Stacy Wilkins also presented a workshop on the District's supplemental summer intervention programs in reading and math, targeting students two or more years behind in achievement. The programs result in students completing an estimated six months of learning in just four weeks. 

The highlight of the conference was the presentation of Monrovia Unified School District's 21st Golden Bell Award for its Early College Program at Monrovia High School. The Golden Bell is awarded for innovative programs that have yielded positive results for students in the State of California.

In receiving the award, then Board President Ed Gililland said, "This award reflects the vision of this Board of Education in creating opportunities for students which will promote their success in college and in their future career choices."

"Our District is a community dedicated to student achievement, and what better place to share, study, and seek new approaches to educating our students than at the California School Board's annual conference?" Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian said. "Monrovia Unified is proud have presented at this year's conference and to collaborate with our colleagues who are just as excited about education as we are."

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Conference Call First, Then Report Burglary in Progress; Resident Finds Grenade While Gardening; Fake Bail Scam; Package Theft Suspect Arrested; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for December 12-18. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 385 service events, resulting in 86 investigations.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
December 12 at 12:42 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 500 block of W. Colorado regarding a report of possible drug activity. They arrived and contacted a male subject to the front of the location. The subject walked away from officers and discarded methamphetamine. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and released with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Shoplifting / Possession of a Controlled Substance / False Information – Suspects Arrested
December 12 at 4:18 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 700 block of E. Huntington when he saw a female suspect run out of a business who was being followed by store employees. The suspect entered a vehicle and fled the area. A traffic stop was conducted and the suspect admitted to the theft. She was arrested and taken into custody. During the booking process, it was discovered she also had methamphetamine hidden on her person. A passenger in the car lied to officers about his identity and was also arrested for providing false information.

Theft of Package / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
December 12 at 4:44 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of S. Alta Vista called police to report a male subject had taken packages from her neighbor’s porch. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. The packages were located and returned to their owner. It was discovered the suspect also had several warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrants – Suspect Arrested
December 12 at 7:12 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of W. Olive regarding a family member causing a disturbance. The caller stated that when he came home that evening his brother was outside yelling. He told his brother to come inside and be quiet, but they became involved in an argument and the police were called. The investigation revealed the brother had warrants for his arrest. Once officers arrived, he was detained and arrested for the warrants.

Theft From a Vehicle / Fraud
December 13 at 8:59 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Walnut called police to report his wallet was stolen from his vehicle. His credit cards were used at several business locations. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
December 13 at 11:58 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of Sombrero called to report his vehicle had been broken into while it was parked in the driveway. A window was smashed on the vehicle and a canvas tool bag containing tools was taken from inside. Investigation continuing.

Residential Burglary
December 13 at 1:29 p.m., police dispatch received a call from a resident in the 200 block of Melrose stating his neighbor’s home had just been burglarized. Four male suspects in a white Kia arrived and went around to the back yard. The suspects were wearing masks or hoods and they left carrying bags of belongings out to the waiting vehicle. The witness did not call police right away as he was on a conference call. The home owner responded to the location. Entry into the home was gained through a window in the back yard. Investigation continuing.

Shoplifting / Parole Warrant – Suspect Arrested
December 13 at 4:15 p.m., an employee from a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill called to report a subject was being detained for shoplifting. Officers arrived and discovered the subject also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from parole. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
December 14 at 2:12 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 100 block of W. Chestnut. The victim parked his vehicle the day before and when he returned the following day, his vehicle was gone. The vehicle was entered into the stolen vehicle system. Investigation continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
December 14 at 2:41 p.m., an injury traffic collision occurred in the 400 block of W. Foothill. A motorist was parked in a stall with the driver's door open. She was standing next to the door when another motorist attempted to park next to her and struck the driver's door mirror. This caused the door to swing back and hit the other driver on the head. She sustained a minor laceration. Monrovia paramedics arrived on scene and treated her for her injuries. The party at fault was issued a citation.

Grand Theft Auto – Suspect Arrested
December 14 at 5:24 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Duarte when he was notified of a stolen vehicle traveling ahead of him. Officers located the vehicle as it was entering the 210 Freeway at Myrtle, heading west. A traffic stop was initiated and the vehicle exited at Santa Anita and yielded. One female suspect was taken into custody. Investigation continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
December 15 at 2:14 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 100 block of W. Foothill when he saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was made and the driver was contacted. The driver was found to be intoxicated. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI. He was taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

LASD Bomb Squad Response
December 15 at 10:21 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of N. Magnolia was gardening when she came upon a grenade in her backyard. She picked up the grenade, placed it into a cement pot and called the Monrovia Police Department. Officers had the residents evacuate the home. LASD Bomb Squad was notified and responded to the location. The grenade was found to be inert and was removed. No other evacuations were needed.

Shoplifting / Warrants – Suspects Arrested
December 15 at 2:01 p.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report two male subjects had concealed jeans on their person and exited the store without any attempts to pay for the merchandise. They were detained by loss prevention. Officers arrived and learned that one of the subjects had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Both subjects were arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
December 15 at 11:38 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Primrose and Palm when he saw a vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road. A traffic stop was made and the driver was contacted. The driver was found to be intoxicated. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI. He was taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft Auto – Suspects Arrested
December 16 at 7:53 a.m., a caller reported their vehicle was stolen while it was parked in the area of Fifth and Duarte. An officer responded and completed a report. Shortly after the report was completed, Arcadia Police Department located the vehicle and the occupants were arrested.

Suspicious Person / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
December 18 at 12:34 p.m., security for a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a suspicious male subject in their parking lot who they recognized as stealing merchandise from one of their stores in another city. As officers responded, the suspect fled in a vehicle without taking any merchandise. Officers stopped the suspect and a computer check revealed he had a warrant. He was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant. His identity was provided to the neighboring police agency for their theft investigation.

Suspicious Person / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
December 18 at 1:09 p.m., a caller reported a suspicious female loitering in the south alley in the 400 block of W. Foothill. Officers responded and located the subject. A computer check revealed she had two warrants for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Fraud
December 18, at 1:38 p.m., an elderly female resident who lives in the 300 block of W. Palm received a telephone call from a male suspect who said he had her daughter in jail with a bail for a large sum of money. He told her if she wanted her daughter out, she would have to pay the cash bail. The victim went to her bank and withdrew the requested amount. The suspect met her at her house and she gave him the cash. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
December 18 at 3:33 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Foothill and Fifth. Officers responded and found both drivers had minor visible injuries and paramedics responded. Both subjects were transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

New Year's Eve in Monrovia

Coming up after Christmas:

Noon Year's Eve family event Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Library Park. For details call Community Center at 245-8246.

New Year's Eve on Myrtle Avenue, from 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. Child care at Monrovia Community Center (Residents $25, non-residents $50).

- Brad Haugaard

Holiday Home and Business Decorating Winners

Here are the winners of this year's home (and business) decorating contest. See map full size here: https://is.gd/64jjz2

2019 Holiday Home Decorating Contest Winners
  • Best Still Display Award - 214 South Alta Vista
  • Best Outdoor Display - 333 Norumbega Drive
  • Most Effective Use of Lighting Award - 380 Norumbega Drive
  • Best Neighborhood Effort Award - Valmont Drive and Valmont Place
  • Santa’s Workshop Award - 436 North Primrose Avenue
  • Holiday Spirit Award - 2400 & 2500 Block of Rochelle Avenue
  • Children’s Choice Award - 309 North Madison Avenue
  • Judges Award - 300 Block of North Alta Vista Avenue

2019 Old Town Merchant Window Decorating Contest Winners
  • Best Holiday Display – Paint N Play
  • Most Spectacular – Monrovia Floral
  • Judge’s Award – Monrovia Chamber of Commerce
  • Honorable Mention - St. Clair Bridal
  • Honorable Mention – Sugarland
- Brad Haugaard

Chase: A Real Cool Dog! No Drama

Two-year-old Chase is a real cool guy! He’s happiest when he’s around people, and his smile is cute as a button. He’s gone on a number of Foster Field Trips with our volunteers, and has been a calm and well-behaved boy on all of them. Whether he’s relaxing with you at home while you work, or going in the car with you to local pet stores and dog-friendly restaurants, Chase will fit in with every aspect of your life!

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

Need a Book for a Gift? Library's Bookstore Is Open

Looking for a Christmas gift for a bibliophile? "The only bookstore in town" - the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library Book Store in the Library is open Monday - Saturday, noon - 4:30 p.m. All proceeds  fund library programs such as Summer Reading, Veterans programs, the Makerspace Collection, and the Chinese Language Collection.

- Brad Haugaard

Donate to Help Injured Veterans

The Library's Veterans Resource Center is partnering with the local American Legion Women's Auxiliary to support military personnel who are hospitalized from injuries sustained during service. They are collecting:

  • White socks for men and women
  • Coloring books for adults
  • Coloring pencils, markers, pens
  • Board and card games for adults

Drop donations in the large blue box in the Library's main lobby. For questions contact Mabel Cross, Adult Services Librarian, at 256-8294.

- Brad Haugaard

Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Church

- Brad Haugaard

Former Monrovia High Soccer Star Playing in NCAA Championship with Cal State LA

Antonio Rosas grew up playing soccer in Monrovia, where he earned accolades for his performances on the pitch.

Now, he is a member of the starting team for a Cal State LA Golden Eagles squad that will be making the program's first appearance in an NCAA Division II championship match since 1981 on Saturday at noon (PST) at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh. He will conclude his college career on the grandest stage possible after a steady climb to the top.

Rosas was named the Rio Hondo League Most Valuable Player as a senior at Monrovia High School. He is now a senior defender for the Golden Eagles and a key reason for the program's success.

For Rosas, the road to the NCAA championship has not been easy.

He wasn't even certain that he would play collegiate soccer after enrolling as a student at Cal State LA in 2014. He said he initially planned on sticking solely to his academic pursuits, but he got the itch to play competitive soccer and he joined the Golden Eagles' soccer program in 2015, following a tryout.

"We knew he was raw, but he was extremely coachable," head coach Chris Chamides said. "We saw potential in him; what impressed us all was how hard he worked. He's learned the game and stays very simple. He's a rock for us and has become very strong both mentally and physically."

Rosas got his first game action in 2016 and has been a huge part of the Golden Eagles' defense ever since. He will be appearing in his 75th game on Saturday. As a freshman, he appeared in 14 games with 11 starts. He has started 60 games over the past three seasons. He has been a big part of a defense that has posted 15 shutouts this season and is second in the nation in goals against average.

He earned third-team All-West Region honors in each of the past two seasons and picked up second-team All-CCAA honors in 2018 and All-CCAA honorable mention in 2019.He has scored four goals in his Golden Eagle career with two assists and a total of 10 points.

Rosas said his introduction to college soccer was eye-opening.

"It was very professional and I really felt I needed to do a lot of work," Rosas said. "I saw everyone else around me and realized I had to get a lot better."

Rosas earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and is pursuing his master's degree.

Together, Rosas and his teammates of the last four years have been a part of 58 victories for Cal State LA with one Super Region championship, one CCAA regular-season championship and two CCAA Tournament titles.

He would love nothing more than one more victory together and an even bigger championship on Saturday.

Source: Cal State LA press release

- Brad Haugaard

City Council: New Rules for Shutting Off Your Water; Fire Chief Recognized

At its next meeting (https://is.gd/T76G7e) the City Council will ...

~ Consider new rules for turning off people's water if they don't pay. First, you get a monthly bill showing what you haven't paid. Then, if you don't pay by the 70th day, the city will mail you a shut-off notice. If you don't pay by the 77th day, you get a door hanger. If you don't pay by the 82nd day, your water will be switched off on the 83rd day. https://is.gd/S1yxjt

~ Recognize Fire Chief Brad Dover for successfully completing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Executive Fire Officer Program. https://is.gd/nCEr5R

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Hon Sushi


Lunch at Hon Sushi, in the Vons shopping center. Got the One-Item Lunch Special with chicken katsu and miso soup (not shown) for $9.50 and an iced tea for $2  It was all fresh and tasty and I was surprised that the single item option filled me up. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Blue Christmas Service for Those Who are Blue


Monrovia’s Vineyard Church (223 S Encinitas Ave.) will hold a Blue Christmas service for those who are hurting. 


“You are not alone.  Blue Christmas is a gentle, contemplative service for those who are carrying pain or loss during this season of celebration.”


- Brad Haugaard 

Canyon Oaks High School Staff Serve Thanksgiving Dinner to Students


Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park staff served about 160 students a Thanksgiving dinner featuring turkey, a host of side dishes, and pumpkin and apple pies, all in honor of a 10-year tradition that celebrates community, perseverance and kindness.

"Our teachers really care about us because they don't have to prepare this awesome meal, but they do," senior Justin Cardona said. "It gives me and I'm sure, everyone else here, a more positive outlook."

The tradition began when current Monrovia High School Associate Principal Fil Lujan, who was a Canyon Oaks teacher at the time, discovered that almost half of his class had never enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal, so he decided to cook a turkey for his students. Soon, everyone was joining in.

Flint Fertig, Director of Alternative Programs and Adult Education, said that it is about more than just the meal.

"It shows, truly, how much we care about the students and their educational experience, their emotional experience and their overall well-being," Fertig said. "We are a small school, but we have a strong community that cares about its students."

Community volunteers, retired staff, Board of Education President Ed Gililland, Board Vice President Rob Hammond and Board Member Selene Lockerbie all pitched in to help serve students a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

"This is what being a part of a community is all about, especially in education; parents, teachers, staff and administration coming together to support our students," Board of Education President Ed Gililland said.

After the meal, staff took leftovers to Union Station and donated to the homeless.

"Monrovia Unified School District believes students thrive in an environment of support, not only academically, but emotionally, and Canyon Oaks exemplifies this thoroughly," Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian said. "We are thankful for our staff and volunteers who give their time to show our students are valued members of the school community."

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Burglar Swipes Old Skateboard; Tailgater Causes Accident; Christmas Package Theft; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for December 5-11. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 386 service events, resulting in 75 investigations.

Petty Theft From a Vehicle
December 5 at 7:23 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of W. Colorado called police to report items had been taken from his unlocked vehicle sometime during the night. The victim parked his vehicle in front of his residence. The next morning he found the vehicle ransacked and a small amount of cash left in the vehicle was missing. The investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
December 5 at 7:00 p.m., a caller reported two vehicles had just collided into one another at the intersection of Huntington and Primrose, causing one vehicle to overturn. Officers arrived with Paramedics, however, no one was found to be injured. A collision investigation was conducted, and the driver at fault was issued a citation for failure to yield at a stop sign.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
December 5 at 7:00 p.m., a motorist went around a police barricade on Maple at Primrose that was set up for the holiday parade. A parking enforcement officer stopped and contacted the driver, who was believed to be intoxicated. When the parking officer called for a police officer to assist, the driver fled the area, heading south on Primrose. Officers stopped the driver two blocks away. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Vandalism
December 5 at 8:26 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of Monrovista reported someone just shot a BB through one of the windows of his home, completely shattering it. Officers responded, but no suspects were located. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
December 6 at 7:44 a.m., a burglary was reported at an apartment complex in the 700 block of W. Foothill. Unknown Suspects broke the frame around the complex laundry room door to gain entry. Four washing machines were broken into and coins were taken. Investigation continuing.

Commercial Burglary
December 6 at 7:50 a.m., an employee from a business in the 200 block of W. Duarte reported a burglary that occurred sometime overnight. A suspect entered through a previously broken window and stole an old skateboard from an office. No other items were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
December 6 at 6:18 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Huntington and Shamrock. Officers responded and found a passenger in one of the vehicles complained of neck pain. Paramedics responded, but medical treatment was refused. Both drivers had been approaching a red light. One of the drivers admitted to following too closely and was not able to stop in time, colliding into the vehicle in front of him.

Vandalism In Progress – Suspect Arrested
December 6 at 7:21 p.m., a caller reported a male subject spray painting on the public sidewalk in the 300 block of W. Huntington. Officers located the subject with the spray paint can next to him and fresh spray paint residue on his hands. The suspect admitted to writing graffiti on the sidewalk. After the witness positively identified the suspect, he was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
December 7 at 2:24 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Olive called police to report his vehicle had been burglarized two nights prior. He parked his car on the street in front of his house and locked all the doors. There was no sign of forced entry, but several tools were taken from the vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
December 7 at 7:06 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1000 block of S. Mountain. The victim left his keys on a patio table outside. In the morning, he discovered his vehicle was missing. The vehicle taken was a maroon Honda Accord.

Attempt Mail Theft / Warrants / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
December 7 at 6:27 p.m., a resident in the 2100 block of S. Myrtle called police to report a male subject took a gift package from her neighbor’s home, but when he saw the witness, he dropped the package and fled the area on a bike. Officers responded to the area, but could not locate the suspect. An hour later, an officer patrolling the area found a male subject matching the description. The witness could not be located to identify him. The suspect was found to be in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and he had two warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
December 7 at 10:35 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 900 block of W. Huntington, when he saw a motorist commit a driving violation. He stopped the vehicle and found the driver to be intoxicated. After field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Vehicle Vandalism
December 9 at 7:52 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of E. Duarte walked outside his home to go to work and discovered someone had shattered one of his car windows. Nothing was taken from inside his vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Bicycle
December 9 at 8:42 a.m., a guest at a hotel in the 900 block of S. Fifth reported their bicycle worth $2,000 was stolen from the hotel property. The guest had locked their bike to the hotel's barbeque by the outside patio earlier that morning. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
December 9 at 11:05 a.m., a resident in the 1800 block of S. Mayflower discovered his vehicle had been burglarized sometime during the night. The suspect broke the door lock and took a set golf clubs, an apple watch and several other items that he had left on the front seat. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
December 9 at 1:45 p.m., a gardener doing work in the 200 block of N. Canyon reported the tools from the bed of his truck had just been stolen by two male suspects. The suspects fled the area in a vehicle. Officers responded to the area, but could not locate the suspects. This investigation is continuing.

Hit and Run, Non-injury Traffic Collision
December 9 at 5:27 p.m., a motorist reported she was just in a collision with three other motorists in the 600 block of W. Duarte. While officers were responding, one of the drivers fled the scene. Officers searched for the hit and run suspect, but were unable to locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Package Theft
December 10 at 9:05 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Myrtle reported she never received her gift packages from Amazon, but was advised they were delivered to her front porch the night before. She reviewed her video and saw a male suspect taking her packages, which contained Christmas gifts. Investigation continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
December 10 at 10:04 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 300 block of Genoa. The victim walked outside his apartment and discovered someone had burglarized his parked car sometime during the night. It is unknown how the suspect overcame the locking device for the vehicle. Several personal items were taken, including the victim's wallet. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
December 10 at 11:31 a.m., a motorist was involved in a collision with another motorist at the intersection of Olive and California, and had pain, but no visible injuries. Officers and paramedics responded. After investigation, the driver who caused the collision was issued a citation.

Grand Theft
December 10 at 2:42 p.m., an employee of a clothing store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported two male suspects left the store four hours earlier with a large dollar amount of merchandise and did not pay for the items. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
December 10 at 10:23 p.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported in the 700 block of E. Huntington. The victim called to report he just saw a driver hit his parked vehicle and drive away. The employee wrote down the license plate, which returned to an address in Arcadia. Officers went to the location, but the vehicle was not there. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
December 11 at 5:40 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of E. Lime called police to report his 2002 Chevy van, which had a large quantity of tools inside, was stolen from the front of his residence. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
December 11 at 11:35 a.m., officers were patrolling the Station Square Park in the 1600 block S. Primrose when they located a male subject who was heavily intoxicated and carrying an open alcohol container. The subject was yelling at people and was determined to be too intoxicated to care for his own safety or the safety of others. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Petty Theft
December 11 at 2:43 p.m., a petty theft was reported at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. A 93-year-old customer reported to officers that a female suspect stole the items he had just purchased out of his shopping cart. His bag of merchandise also included his wallet, identification, credit cards and money. He was unable to chase after her, but yelled for help. Employees ran to assist him, but the female suspect was already gone. Officers responded and were unable to locate the suspect. This investigation is continuing.

Winter Edition of Monrovia Today Now Online

Your winter copy of Monrovia Today magazine should be arriving in your mailbox shortly. In the meantime you can take a look at the online edition: https://is.gd/6nwrMk

- Brad Haugaard

Newspaper Reports Bob Bartlet Mosaic Vandalized By Man With Machete

Monrovia Weekly reports that a vandal with a machete defaced the mosaic of former Monrovia mayor Bob Bartlett at the train station. The artist estimates it'll cost $3,500 to fix. https://is.gd/XzIxe3

- Brad Haugaard

YMCA Winter Wonderland Festival Friday

Santa Anita Family YMCA (501 S. Mountain) is sponsoring a free Winter Wonderland Festival on Dec. 13 from 5-8 p.m. Games and healthy activities, gingerbread house building, family board games, sugar cookie decorating, arts and crafts, photo booth.

- Brad Haugaard

Walking Tour of Old Monrovia

Pasadena Walking Tours is offering a tour of downtown Monrovia this Saturday, Dec. 14, for $20. Here's its description:

"With small town charm and a bustling downtown district, you may have seen Monrovia as a filming location for Picket Fences or Netflix's Bird Box. We will go beyond the beautiful scenery to bring you the rich and fascinating history of LA's fourth-oldest city. From railroad builder William Monroe to Samson the Hot Tub Bear, Monrovia has been home to many illustrious citizens, and has residential and commercial architecture that traces the history of Southern California from the 1880s to the present!"
Tour meets at the southeast corner of Library Park, at Myrtle and Lime, in front of the Christmas Tree. Details and tickets: https://is.gd/11kM98

- Brad Haugaard

No More Risque Entries in Parade; Warning to Old Town Merchants; Vacancy on Historic Preservation Commission

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

~  With 108 parade entries in the Christmas parade, we "smashed the previous record of 80." However, Feik also draws a few lessons from the event:

1. Because one of the entries in the Christmas Parade, a vehicle with "risqué and quite inappropriate imagery on the exterior" [I saw it - a VW with a nude woman], the city is tightening its application process, check-in and registration, "to ensure inappropriate floats are not permitted to participate."

2. The city is going to review its policies regarding street vendors to "balance the need to provide efficient, effective public safety while also allowing businesses to vend."

3. It'll also review its safety policy. "To avoid viewers running into the parade route, our parade policy does not permit participants to throw items into the crowd. Some entries did manage to distribute goodies."

~ "Over the past month, the City has received an increase in the number of complaints that some Old Town merchants are not properly disposing of their trash or maintaining their trash enclosures.  In response, City staff sent out letters to all merchants as a reminder of the rules and of their responsibilities."

~ With the death of Historic Preservation  Commissioner Bruce Carter, there is a vacancy on the Historic Preservation Commission. If you'd like to be considered for the position submit an application by 6 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 16. Questions? Call the City Clerk's Office at 932-5599.

- Brad Haugaard

Toddler Prom Winter Ball Tomorrow

Monrovia Public Library will hold its Toddler Prom Winter Ball tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. Dress kids in prom dresses and formal wear. Parents and guardians are encouraged to dress up too. There will be a winter themed story-time, some music and dancing, light refreshments, and a photo-booth. This event is for children ages 0-5 and their families. https://is.gd/ECfSjV

- Brad Haugaard

Here's Santa's Monrovia Schedule

Santa will be touring each Monrovia neighborhood on a decorated fire engine passing out candy canes, escorted by a police car and a decorated public works sleigh.

To ride with Santa, be at Monrovia City Hall's back parking lot at 5 p.m. on a tour night. Participation is first-come first-served. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Wear warm clothing.

Note: An earlier version of this was incorrect. I've updated it with information from the city, in blue.

The schedule:

Monday, Dec. 16, east of Myrtle and north of Foothill.

Tuesday, Dec. 17, west of Myrtle, south of Foothill to Huntington, between Myrtle and Fifth.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, east of Myrtle and south of Foothill, north of Duarte Road, to east city boundary.

Thursday, Dec. 19, west of Myrtle and north of Foothill.

Friday, Dec. 20, from Huntington to south city boundary, west of Myrtle to Fifth. Also Valley Circle.

- Brad Haugaard

Parm Wants a Quiet Home in the Sun

Parm came into the shelter with SIX kittens, and now she's ready to be adopted. This young mama kitty isn't thinking about PTA meetings or college tuition, she's just dreaming about a quiet home where she can lay in the sun or curl up on the couch. And if this home has unlimited treats, so much the better. If her kitten-like appearance and cheese-themed name don't draw you in, maybe the cute little dot on her nose will?

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

Candidates for Monrovia City Council

Here are the candidates (https://is.gd/FckZLv) who have filed to appear on the ballot for city council next year:


  • Tom Adams (incumbent)
  • Becky Shevlin (incumbent)
  • Gloria Crudgington (incumbent)
  • Melissa Taylor (challenger)
  • Stephen Grollnek (challenger)
  • Donna Baker (challenger)

- Brad Haugaard

A Valmont Christmas



As always, Valmont Drive in North Monrovia does it up right for Christmas.

Drive north on Norumbega from Foothill. It’s on the left. If you get to a bridge, turn around, you just passed it. 

- Brad Haugaard 

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

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

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

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

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at 1776

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

- Brad Haugaard 

Christmas Parade

Big crowd along Myrtle for the Christmas parade. 


Monrovia High band...


Horse carriages...


Panda bears, and lots more. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Dr. Thorossian's November Superintendent Update

By Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Brad Haugaard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Sing-Along Friday

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

- Brad Haugaard

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides Thursdays and Sundays

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

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

- Brad Haugaard

Christmas Parade This Thursday

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

- Brad Haugaard

Star Wars and Holiday Activities at Library

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

Other library activities include:

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

- Brad Haugaard

Have Breakfast With Santa


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

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

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

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

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

- Brad Haugaard

Bridget: Three Years Old But All Puppy

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

The adoption fee for dogs is $140. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before going to their new home.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard