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April Census Month - Accurate Count Means Better Funding for Schools

Dear Monrovia Unified Community,

Ensuring our students have the tools they need to be successful is a priority at Monrovia Unified School District. Making sure they are counted in the 2020 Census will help our District ensure that success. On Feb. 26, Monrovia Unified’s Board of Education proclaimed April 1 as National Census Day. The proclamation recognizes the importance of the 2020 Census and pledges full support to achieving a complete and accurate Census count.

Filling out the Census is safe, secure, and confidential. This year, the Census will rely heavily on online responses.

The count plays an important role in ensuring California receives appropriate funding for programs such as before- and after-school programs and meal programs. An accurate count makes certain our students and families are represented and that our District receives fair funding to serve our students.

Census day is April 1. Individuals will have until July 30 to complete the Census questionnaire. For more information, visit

Please join Monrovia Unified in participating in this year’s Census count.

“I count; you count; let’s make sure Monrovia counts!”

Dr. Katherine Thorossian

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Coronavirus Cases Now Five

There are now five cases of Coronavirus in Monrovia, according to the LA County Public Health Department. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Church Holds In-Person Service Sunday, Cancels Further Meetings

Calvary Road Baptist Church, on Olive, held an in-person service Sunday, but cancelled the evening service and posted this message on its website: "Effective Immediately, All Public Services are Cancelled Until Further Notice." Article in San Gabriel Valley Tribune:

- Brad Haugaard

City Council To Consider Ban on Evictions During Covid-19 Emergency

The Monrovia City Council will hold a special virtual meeting this Tuesday (agenda: to consider an urgency ordinance (that means it would go into effect as soon as the council approves it) that would temporarily ban evictions of tenants in both residential and commercial properties for non-payment of rent. It would also ban "no-fault" evictions in most cases.

Here's how the relevant part of the ordinance reads:

"During the period of local emergency declared in response to COVID-19, no residential property owner or agent (collectively, “landlord”) landlord shall take any action, or threaten, to evict a tenant or lessee (collectively “tenant”) in either of the following situations: (1) for nonpayment of rent, late fees, or other fees or charges, if the landlord knows that the tenant is unable to pay the same due to financial impacts related to COVID-19, or (2) for a no-fault eviction unless immediately necessary for the health and safety of tenants, neighbors, or the landlord, other than based on illness of the tenant or any other occupant of the residential rental unit, which shall be confirmed by the City’s Building Official prior to any such eviction."

Read the whole thing - lots more detail - here:

- Brad Haugaard

School District Closes All School Fields

Schools Superintendent, Dr. Katherine Thorossian, has announced:

The health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and community is our District’s priority. With the growing concerns regarding COVID-19, we made the decision to close all school fields and sites for play beginning today, March 30, until further notice.

- Brad Haugaard

Cafe LuMar Closes

Cafe LuMar is closing.

The restaurant, on the south side of Colorado about a half block east of Myrtle, announced the closure on Facebook:
I'm so grateful to my customers and to an incredible experiences I had for past 8 years. I'm very sad that I have to anounce closing of Cafe LuMar but I will forever cherish your friendships, your encouragements and your support...For customers that begged me to stay open, I am honored to have gotten to know you all and I'm sorry that I had no choice or control due to circumstances. 
Comment: I'm really going to miss that goulash. :-(

- Brad Haugaard

City Resources to Help During Coronavirus Times

The City has compiled a list of helpful resources for Coronavirus times:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Church Services Today

This is a partial list of online church services today in Monrovia. There are some I could not find information about or that I just missed. If you know of others, please let me know (Include a link and times of services.)

Calvary Chapel Monrovia, or on Facebook  (1307 S Myrtle) -  9 and 11 a.m.

Calvary Road Baptist Church (319 West Olive Ave) 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m.

Fellowship Monrovia (Monrovia High) - 9 and 11 a.m.

First Lutheran (1227 S Magnolia) 9 a.m.

First Presbyterian (Foothill and Myrtle) - 10 a.m.

Hope Unlimited Church (1900 Walker Ave) - 10 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m.

IFGF (Palm and Primrose) 10:30 a.m.

Mountainside Communion Church (Colorado and Magnolia) 10 a.m.

Second Baptist Church, or on Facebook (925 S Shamrock) - 10:45 a.m.

Vineyard (223 S Encinitas Ave) - 10 a.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Four Coronavirus Cases in Monrovia

Now four cases of corronavirus in Monrovia.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Staff Member Has Coronavirus

Monrovia School Board President Rob Hammond has announced that a school staff member has the Coronavirus.

He writes:

"Late Thursday night, we were notified by a staff member that they tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have confirmed with health officials that there was no exposure to any of our staff, students, or families."

- Brad Haugaard

Ikonicks Restaurant Has Reopened

Ikonicks restaurant on Myrtle has reopened with a new menu for take-out.

Earlier, it had closed because of the pandemic, and had announced that it "will not be opening for delivery or grub hub until this epidemic is done." But it has figured out how to move ahead and has reworked things - including a new menu, so it's open for business.

The restaurant announced a "Family Box" of 16 sliders for $35, and a "City Box" for $40 that comes with 8 sliders, wings, fries, onion rings, and our city fries. Here's a video on Facebook:

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner from Sena

Got the taco take-out for four for $55  from Sena, on the west side of Myrtle just south of Lime. Got short rib and chicken tacos, with jalapeño beans, sauces and a LOT of chips. Very good. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Citrus College Extends Remote Education for Entire Semester

Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, will continue to provide remote/online instruction and student support services through the remainder of the spring semester (June 12, 2020).

The physical college campus will remain closed during this time. Additionally, counseling, library services and student support services have transitioned to a remote/online format.

Source: Citrus College press release

- Brad Haugaard

Coronavirus Hits Monrovia: Two Monrovians Test Positive for Virus

City Manager Dylan Feik reports that, "Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed that two residents of Monrovia has tested positive for COVID-19. In the news release, DPH has stated that all confirmed cases are isolated and close contacts are quarantined."

Feik adds:

At this time, it is critically important that the community continues to adhere to all the social distancing measures and practice good public health hygiene, including washing hands as frequently as possible.

Additionally, over the past several days, residents have been disregarding signs placed at public parks, tennis courts, basketball courts, and the skate park. These areas are closed and group gatherings of 10 or more people are not allowed as part of the Safer at Home Health Order.

The City has been regularly visiting these sites and continues to see large group gatherings. In effect, the City will be closing the gate at the skate park, locking the gate at the tennis courts and will even remove the rims at our basketball courts at Julian Fisher Park and Recreation Park. We will also continue to post signage indicating these park facilities are closed. I realize the Safer at Home Order is incredibly difficult to follow but it is imperative that we do.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Combative Elderly Patient; Vehicle Thefts; Auto Accidents

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 19 – March 25, 2020. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 266 service events, resulting in 40 investigations.

Grand Theft Auto
March 20 at 1:40 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of S. Fifth reported his grey Ford F250 truck had been stolen. The victim parked his vehicle on the street in front of his residence on March 19 at approximately 2:30 a.m. and discovered it missing at approximately 7:30 p.m. the same day. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto - Suspect Arrested
March 20 at 6:58 a.m. a resident in the 1200 block of S. Primrose called to report his vehicle was stolen from the location sometime during the night. Monrovia Police Department was later notified by Azusa Police Department that they recovered the vehicle and arrested the suspect.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 20 at 10:54 a.m., a caller reported that an injury traffic collision occurred in the area of Primrose and Huntington. A motorist was traveling north on primrose and failed to yield to a vehicle traveling west on Huntington. The vehicles collided in the intersection. Both parties complained of pain but refused to be transported to a local hospital. The motorist at fault was issued a citation.

Vehicle Burglary
March 21 at 1:00 a.m., a resident in the 1100 block of S. Fifth called to report two vehicles parked on the street with broken windows. When the officer arrived, he saw the windows were shattered on the vehicles. The registered owners were contacted and a report was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Attempt Burglary
March 21 at 9:47 a.m., the owner of a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle called to report a burglary. The video surveillance showed footage at approximately 3:30 a.m., of a suspect that entered the walkway to the business and kicked open a glass window. He damaged a display case to the business. The suspect then fled without taking anything from the business and ran north on Myrtle. Monrovia Dispatch did not receive any alarm activations during the night for the location. This investigation is continuing.

Battery – Suspect Identified
March 21 at 3:45 p.m., Monrovia Fire requested police assistance for a combative elderly patient who had assaulted another elderly resident at a home in the 100 block of N. Mountain. The patient had medical and mental health issues. She was transported to a hospital via ambulance for medical issues. The victim suffered a scratch and did not desire prosecution.

Residential Burglary
March 21 at 6:23 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of W. Lime called to report a burglary. The victim left his residence for approximately 30 minutes and when he returned he was unable to find his iPad inside the residence. He also noticed some tools from a shed were placed into a bucket which he did not leave there. He attempted to ping the iPad, but there was no alert on a location. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
March 21 at 8:30 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of Wildrose called to report that he was inside his residence when he heard what he thought was a traffic collision outside. He went outside and saw a black vehicle leaving the area. There was damage to the resident’s vehicle which was parked on the street. The suspect drove away and did not stop to provide the required documentation. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto / Vehicle Burglaries
March 23 at 6:46 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 1800 block of S. Mountain regarding vehicle burglaries and the theft of a vehicle. The manager of a carpet cleaning business reported someone had burglarized three of their work vans and stole one of the vans sometime over the weekend. Officers arrived and discovered Los Angeles Police Department had stored the stolen vehicle in their city. This investigation is continuing.

Non-injury Traffic Collision
March 23 at 8:07 a.m., a driver reported colliding into another motorist at the intersection of California and Evergreen. He did not desire a police report and chose to exchange information only.

Grand Theft Auto
March 23 at 9:14 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of Patrician Way reported his white extended cab pickup truck had been stolen sometime during the night. Officers responded and had the vehicle entered into the DMV's stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Non-injury Traffic Collision
March 23 at 3:56 p.m., a motorist called the police advising he collided into another motorist in the 1600 block of Radford. Officers arrived and completed a collision investigation and a report.

Non-injury Traffic Collision
March 25 at 8:56 a.m., the manager of an auto repair business in the 1800 block of S. Mountain reported his parked vehicle was damaged by his neighbor's semi-truck as the neighbor reversed. The two parties did not desire a police report but wanted an officer to facilitate the exchange of information.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
March 25 at 11:45 p.m., employees of an alarm company called to report they were observing a male subject wandering the property of a business in the 3300 block of S. Peck via live video footage after closing hours. Officers responded and with the help of air support directing them, they were able to locate the subject hiding on the property. The property owner responded and wanted prosecution. The subject was identified and arrested for trespassing.

School District Warns of Coronavirus Scams

Dear Monrovia Unified Community,

As part of our commitment to providing information on matters related to COVID-19, we urge you to be mindful of pandemic-driven cyberthreats that seek to mislead consumers or steal sensitive information. The FBI is warning people to be wary of malicious websites and apps pretending to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites and apps to infect and lock devices until payment is received.

Several fraudulent schemes have been reported:
  • A malicious Android app that pretends to be a “Coronavirus Tracking App” is actually ransomware that will infect the phone and lock it until payment is received. The malicious app is downloaded at (coronavirusapp[.]site).
  • Beware of hackers posing as CDC or WHO representatives in phishing attacks.
  • Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission issued a warning regarding seven companies selling fraudulent COVID-19 products. Learn more at:
As our city manager advises, there are several coronavirus tracking and mapping sites that are actually malware websites. Instead of clicking on these links, hover over the link to verify the uniform resource locator (URL) before moving forward. Online hackers may also send emails from fraudulent accounts impersonating official websites and doctors, or offering medical supplies and services.

A recent advisory from Los Angeles County shared safety tips on how to combat these schemes:
  • Avoid online advertising offers related to COVID-19
  • Decline solicitors claiming fundraising efforts for COVID-19
  • Do not click on any email or attachment you do not recognize
  • Only visit trusted websites for information
  • A trusted source for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 is the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus information page at (However, beware of any emails seemingly from Johns Hopkins. A malicious website (corona-virus-map[dot]com) looks similar to a legitimate site from Johns Hopkins showing worldwide COVID-19 cases. The malicious website hosts a map of COVID-19 cases but launches a virus that will steal information, including sensitive data.)
Other safe, informational websites include the following:

- Brad Haugaard

School District to Distribute Two Days of Meals Thursday

Monrovia Unified will observe Cesar Chavez Day on Friday, March 27, and the District will be closed. Due to this, two days-worth of meals will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, at the school nearest you! Meal service will continue daily during spring break.

- Brad Haugaard

Blood Shortage Due to Blood Drive Cancellations

Monrovia City Manager Dylan Feik reports the Red Cross is very low on blood "due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations." If you'd like to make a blood donation, click here:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Warn of Virus Scams

Beware of #COVID19 scams:

-DO NOT click on emails/links/attachments you don’t recognize 
-IGNORE fraudulent online offers for COVID-19 cures/treatments 
-BEWARE of fraudulent fundraising campaigns/donation requests for cash, gift cards/credit cards 
-REPORT price gouging

If you have witnessed or experienced a Coronavirus related scam or price gouging, please call the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office Hotline at (213) 257-2450.

Source: Monrovia Police

- Brad Haugaard 

Local Water District Again Says: Tap Water is Safe

Apparently some people are still concerned about tap water and Coronavirus, so the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, which serves Monrovia, is trying to reassure people, with messages such as this one:

Wendy's Provides Lunches for Homeless

Wendy's Monrovia provided lunches for Foothill Unity Center's homeless clients last week and Unity Center says, "Thank you ... We are very appreciative!"

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools: Changes to Test Dates

Dear Monrovia Unified Community,

As we take on our second week of student dismissal, I want to assure you that the well-being of our students, staff, families, and community remain at the forefront of every decision. We are all learning during this time. Whether learning how to navigate the Google Classroom platform or how to avoid cabin fever, we recognize the many and varied challenges surrounding us these days.

To assist with learning, we have added links to additional educational resources that might help at home. These resources may be found on the Distance Learning Platform parent page. We are also creating a weekly newsletter offering helpful tips and ideas for both parents and teachers.

Spring is the time we usually engage in testing. Below are some specific testing updates:
  • SAT: All exams, including make ups, have been cancelled through May 2.
  • ACT: The ACT has been rescheduled to June 13.
  • Advanced Placement: AP exams are still planned, but reformatted as online, 45-minute, free-response exams designed for students to take from home.
Beginning Wednesday, March 25, students have the option of attending free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers across the country. Course-specific information may be found here. There will be two exam dates made available to accommodate students who want to take the test earlier while information learned in school is still fresh. Anyone who has already paid for an exam may cancel for a full refund if they choose to no longer take the exam. Additional information and resources may be found here.

We expect another update regarding AP Exams on April 3.

The California Department of Education also released information regarding statewide testing on March 20:

As a reminder, if you have any questions about assignments, please contact your child’s teachers. If you have any questions in general about the school your child attends, please contact the administrator via email or call the school’s main line. While we have altered our hours and locations, we are still “open” and will respond in a timely manner.

We are in this together. Please continue to practice healthy habits.

Sincerely,Dr. Katherine Thorossian

- Brad Haugaard

Coronavirus Near But No Instances Reported Yet for Monrovia

Local cities with cases of Coronavirus. None recorded yet for Monrovia.

Alhambra 4
Altadena 5
Arcadia 3
Covina 1
Duarte 1
Glendora 1
La Verne 2
Pasadena 3
South Pasadena 3
Temple City 1


- Brad Haugaard

No Reported Coronavirus in Monrovia - But Getting Closer

No recorded instances of coronavirus in Monrovia, but there are some nearby:

Alhambra, 3
Altadena, 2
Arcadia, 2
Covina, 1
Pasadena, 3
South Pasadena, 2


- Brad Haugaard

City Again Closes Canyon Park, Wilderness Preserve

From City Manager Dylan Feik: "Beginning today, the City is closing Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve again. The City attempted to leave these recreational areas open to our community. Over this past weekend, far too many people visited the facilities and did not practice safe, social distancing. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience and ask all residents, guests and visitors to find alternate means of recreation which you can do in small groups, maintain 6’ of separation and comply with the Safer at Home Health Order."

- Brad Haugaard

Trader Joe's Adds Senior Shopping Hours

There has been some confusion about whether Trader Joe's has senior shopping hours. It does. Now.
Here's what the market says:
At Trader Joe’s we pride ourselves on treating all of our customers equitably.  Over the past few weeks we have heard from our senior customers about the need for assistance in the morning to get in and out of our stores quickly.  We’ve listened, and effective Monday March 23rd we will implement the following:
Store hours will remain 9AM to 7PM.  Every day between 9AM and 10AM, Crew Members will maintain an additional line outside the front door for our senior customers. This will ensure that those customers in need will have an expedited entrance to the store to help make their experience a more positive one.
Our Crew Members in each of our stores remain committed to these ideas and, as always, will be ready to help any customer needing extra assistance for any reason.
Source: Trader Joe's press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Online Church Services

This is a partial list of online church services today in Monrovia. There are some I could not find information about or that I just missed. If you know of others, please let me know (Include a link and times of services.)

Calvary Chapel Monrovia, or on Facebook  (1307 S Myrtle) -  10 a.m.

Fellowship Monrovia (Monrovia High) - 9 and 11 a.m.

First Lutheran (1227 S Magnolia) 9 a.m.

First Presbyterian (Foothill and Myrtle) - 10 a.m.

Hope Unlimited Church (1900 Walker Ave) - 10 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:40 p.m.

IFGF (Palm and Primrose) 10:30 a.m.

Mountainside Communion Church (Colorado and Magnolia) - 10 a.m.

Second Baptist Church, or on Facebook (925 S Shamrock) - 10:45 a.m.

Vineyard (223 S Encinitas Ave) - 10 a.m.

Unity Center Needs Supplies; Take Census Online; Sales Tax Survey

In his latest report ( City Manager Dylan Feik reports:

~ Foothill Unity Center could use supplies. Full list here:

~ It's census year, but the nice thing is you can answer the questions online, here:

~ What should Monrovia do with the Measure K money (that's the money from the sales tax Monrovia passed). Take a survey here:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Employees to Telecommute

Monrovia Schools Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian reports that employees began telecommuting Friday. She writes, "Some of our essential personnel, including food services and payroll, will need to continue completing their duties on site in order for our operations to continue."

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Adds Coronavirus Web Page

Citrus College students who want to know what's up with their classes and the school can check out Citrus's Coronavirus page, here:

- Brad Haugaard

School District to Hold Completely Virtual Board Meeting

Dear Monrovia Community,

Given the County and State orders designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 by enforcing stricter social distancing protocols, the Monrovia Unified School District Board of Education has modified the manner in which it will be conducting meetings for the duration of these orders.

The Board will follow safety protocols embedded within Governor Newsom’s executive order suspending a number of Brown Act requirements due to COVID-19. In the order, all requirements regarding the physical presence of board members or the public at regular Board of Education meetings are waived.

In compliance with these orders, Monrovia Unified Board of Education will be conducting its meetings virtually. Public access to the physical meeting will be eliminated; but remote public participation is allowed and encouraged.

The next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, may be viewed through livestream and on KGEM (Spectrum Channel 99 or Giggle Fiber Channel 87-2).

Community members may also submit public comments via email before the beginning of each meeting. Please send all comments to All comments will be read during the public comment portion of the meeting, or at the item’s place on the agenda.

Whether physically present or conducting business remotely, the Monrovia Unified School District remains steadfast in our commitment to the health and well-being of the community we serve.

Dr. Katherine Thorossian

School District to Buy 'Extreme Training Equipment' for High School; Repair Roofs at Mayflower School

At its next meeting (agenda the Monrovia Board of Education will consider ...

~ Buying $29,319 of "Extreme Training Equipment" for the weight room at Monrovia High School.

~ The repair of drains and roofs at Mayflower School, for $28,269.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Area Partnership Conference Cancelled

The 11th Annual Monrovia Area Partnership Neighborhood Conference, that was to be held April 25, has been cancelled.  MAP is a partnership of staff, residents, businesses and service organizations all working together with the common goal of building a premier community.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner From Cafe LuMar

I like to eat dinner out, especially at pleasant little restaurants such as Cafe LuMar, on the south side of Colorado a half block east of Myrtle. But because of the Coronavirus we ordered and took our food home. I got the goulash for $18. Very tasty. 

- Brad Haugaard 

No More Planned SCE Power Outages During March

City Manager Dylan Feik reports that, "On Wednesday, March 18, I directed Public Works staff to suspend Right-of-Way permits for SoCal Edison to perform planned power outages in Monrovia. There were two projects scheduled yesterday. One project was already underway and is now complete.

"All other projects are suspended, as are all other planned outages through March 31."

- Brad Haugaard

No Shared Lyft Rides Through April

GoMonrovia's Lyft program is no longer offering shared rides (social distancing) but  the classic ride option is still available for $3. The non-shared-ride policy will remain in effect until April 30.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Girlfriend Arrested for Attacking Boyfriend; Shoplifting; Vehicles Stolen

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 311 service events, resulting in 40 investigations.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
March 13 at 3:55 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 1100 block of E. Royal Oaks. A motorist was attempting to park along the curb, but misjudged her speed and collided into two parked vehicles. Officers responded and spoke with the driver. A DUI investigation was conducted and the driver was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 13 at 5:37 p.m., two motorists were involved in an injury traffic collision near the intersection of Maple and Ivy. One vehicle was heading south on Ivy and the other was heading east in an alley off of Maple and failed to yield when entering the intersection. Both drivers sustained injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
March 13 at 10:18 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 900 block of E. Huntington when he saw a motorist commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was informed of why he was pulled over. A computer check of the driver revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The driver was issued a citation in the field for the warrant and released.

March 13 at 11:58 p.m., an employee from a business in the 900 block of W. Foothill called police to report subjects were fighting at the location. When officers arrived, one of the vehicles had left the location with two subjects in it. An officer spotted the vehicle and stopped it. It was occupied by two females, who had admitted to being at the business. Another female stayed at the business and had visible injuries. She was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 14 at 12:56 p.m., two motorists were involved in a traffic collision in the 3000 block of S. Peck. A motorist pulled out of a driveway, failing to yield to oncoming traffic, and struck a motorist traveling south on Peck.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
March 14 at 6:57 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of W. Palm called to report his girlfriend had hit him in the face. Officers arrived and spoke to both parties. The couple was involved in an argument that escalated and the female subject struck the male subject in the face several times, scratched his upper body, and kicked him. She also had bruising on her arms due to him trying to restrain her. Both parties said she was the aggressor. The female subject was arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody.

March 14 at 8:10 p.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report a female subject was stopped outside the store with stolen items hidden in a duffel bag. The female gave the duffel bag with the stolen items back to the store employee, but refused to come back inside to wait for police. She left prior to the police arriving. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 15 at 4:18 p.m., a caller reported a motorist had collided into a pedestrian and then into another vehicle while backing in the parking lot of a retail store in the 700 block of E. Huntington. Officers responded along with Monrovia Paramedics. The pedestrian had minor injuries and did not want to be transported to a hospital.

Residential Burglary
March 16 at 5:16 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of W. Foothill arrived home from work and discovered someone had burglarized his home. Officers arrived and found no suspects were in the house or the area. The house had been ransacked and the loss was unknown at the time. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
March 17 at 4:58 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of Poppy arrived home and discovered his attached garage had been burglarized. The garage was locked and the locking lever had been broken to gain access. Several items were stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
March 17 at 6:09 p.m., a caller reported her pickup truck was stolen from a parking lot in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
March 18 at 4:06 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 3000 block of Peck Road. The victim reported his van was stolen thirty minutes prior. Officers responded and the investigation is continuing.

School Meals - Details

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Adds Distance Learning to Website

Monrovia Schools has added a "Distance Learning Platform" section to its website, with sections for Parents & Guardians, Students, and Educators. In both English and Spanish. Here it is:

- Brad Haugaard

Assistance for Small Businesses Hit By Coronavirus

LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents Monrovia, suggests small businesses check out these sources of assistance:

US Small Business Administration

LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

- Brad Haugaard

Questions and Answers About Coronavirus and Water

More about how water is not a problem from the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, which serves Monrovia:

- Brad Haugaard

City Council May Consider Relief for Business and Residential Renters

In response to the Coronavirus emergency, City Council member Alexander Blackburn has suggested an ordinance that would prevent landlords of businesses that have to be shut down due to the virus - restaurants and bars, for example - not to be allowed to evict their tenants, and allow the tenant to pay 50% rent for the next couple months, then require that shortfall be paid to the landlord by the tenant over three months after they are allowed to reopen.

He also suggested a similar plan for residential tenants.

Blackburn further suggested that maybe regulations governing businesses that are shut down may be loosened a bit when they are allowed back in business. For example, perhaps allow them to operate for longer hours for a period of time.

He would like an emergency city council meeting next week to discuss what can be done.

- Brad Haugaard

A Remote City Council Meeting

Very strange city council meeting tonight. Only one member of the city council, Alexander Blackburn, was physically present, but the others were connected remotely. The remote ones are, Blackburn said, the "at risk" members.

- Brad Haugaard

Questions and Answers - Tap Water and Coronavirus

Questions and answers from Monrovia's water district on the safety of tap water:

 Executive summary: Tap water looks fine.

- Brad Haugaard

Coronavirus: Local Supermarket Hours

Here are the Coronavirus hours of local supermarkets and bigger stores that sell groceries. (Click through on links if you want to make sure times have not changed.)

99 Ranch Market (Arcadia) 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Aldi 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Baja Ranch 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dollar Tree Mon - Sat: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Good Fortune Supermarket, Duarte and 6th, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (I'm a bit doubtful of these hours)

Grocery Outlet (Duarte) M-F: 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat-Sun: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

H Mart (Arcadia) 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Ralphs 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Smart & Final 8 a.m.-8 p.m. except Monday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sprouts 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Target 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Trader Joe's 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Vons 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Walmart 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

School District Adjusts to Distance Learning

Good Evening Monrovia Community,

On this first day of student dismissal, I wanted to share with you that all staff members were working tirelessly to develop instructional material for your children. As every day seems to bring us new information and guidelines from the county, state, and federal government, all staff members focused on ensuring that students had the resources they need today. For that reason, the Chromebook distribution became one of today’s top priorities.

Below is some specific information that may be of assistance:
  • WiFi: Both Spectrum and Giggle Fiber are offering free internet service for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband or Giggle Fiber subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Click HERE for more information.
  • Instruction: Instructional materials should either have been distributed via hard copy or available through the online platform recommended by classroom teachers. We encourage you to follow a consistent daily schedule for studies. Please visit our website for more information regarding the instructional platform and updated information regarding COVID-19.
  • Meals: We are continuing to provide meals to our students. Click HERE for more information.
  • Vigilance at home: Please encourage your children to continue practicing good respiratory etiquette, including avoiding large gatherings, covering coughs and sneezes, and regular handwashing for 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Facilities: We are using this break as an opportunity to conduct extensive, deep cleaning of all our facilities, including each school. When students return to school, facilities will be completely disinfected and ready for instruction.Additionally, the Foothill Unity Center has assured us that its services are available to all families.
Once again, we know this dismissal poses significant challenges for all members of our community. Please know that we are doing our utmost to minimize its impact. We appreciate your many offers of support to address this unprecedented challenge together.

Dr. Katherine Thorossian

Spectrum and Giggle Fiber Offer Free Internet Service for Students

Both Spectrum and Giggle Fiber are offering free internet service for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband or Giggle Fiber subscription.

- Brad Haugaard

City May Ban Coronavirus Evictions; Access to City Hall Being Limited; Canyon Park, Hillside Preserve Reopening

In his latest report ( City Manager Dylan Feik reports:

~ The city will consider these measures, lasting until April 30:

  • Banning landlord evictions for reasons related to COVID-19
  • Waiving late payment penalties for unpaid water bills
  • Waiving water shutoffs
  • Waiving parking citations (except for parking that's hazardous to the public)

~ Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, the city will begin limiting public access to city hall, police station, fire station and public works administration building. Feik said this is to "ensure employees are safe, remain a safe distance from those who are ill, and ensure we can continue providing public services throughout the duration of this emergency and beyond."

~ The city will reopen Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve tomorrow, March 17 to "provide much needed mental and physical wellness benefits to Monrovians."

- Brad Haugaard

County Orders Bars, Clubs, Theaters, Entertainment and Fitness Centers to be Closed

To prevent further spread of COVID-19, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced additional precautions on Monday for all cities and unincorporated communities throughout Los Angeles County.

All bars, clubs, theaters, entertainment centers, and fitness centers are ordered to be closed until further notice. Restaurants will be permitted to serve take out or delivery food only and grocery stores may remain open.

Gatherings of more than 50 people are strongly discouraged, in accordance with directions from the Centers for Disease Control.

“This is a constantly-evolving issue and we appreciate everyone doing their part to help stem the further spread of the virus,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “We’re moving into the next phase of preventative measures and do not make these decisions lightly.”

Closures will have an impact on thousands of employees, employers, and businesses. Supervisor Barger plans to work on eviction relief for any individuals who may be impacted by closures and restrictions of public gatherings. This may include a moratorium on evictions for residential tenants and small businesses in unincorporated areas of the County until further direction from the state and federal governments on available funding.

The County plans to assist small businesses in applying for loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Los Angeles County would like to work with utility and service providers to waive late fees and forgo service disconnections for tenants and small businesses who have been impacted. Additionally, the County will consider collaborating with banks and mortgage lenders to waive late fees, forgo notices of default and delay other actions to foreclose on property.

“This is a dynamic issue that has an impact on each one of us – personally, professionally, and economically,” Supervisor Barger said. “By working together and heeding the advice of our public health professionals, we will get through this.”

To serve those in need, L.A. County is examining options for additional assistance, such as food through the Cal-Fresh program and other support measures.

For those who need medical attention, Los Angeles County is working in collaboration with health care partners to provide essential medical services through telemedicine.

Essential County employees, including first responders and health care workers, will continue to serve the community. All Los Angeles County buildings are closed to the public and all non-essential meetings and events have been canceled.

Source: Kathryn Bargar press release:

- Brad Haugaard

Local Water District Says Water Is Fine

Tap water is just fine. That's the message from the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, which serves Monrovia. An announcement from the district says:

"Please know the facts about your local water supply. Our local water supply is one of the safest in the country due to the high water quality standards imposed by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Trust the Tap and know that your local water agencies are working hard to protect and ensure a sustainable supply for our region."

- Brad Haugaard

Supporting Local Restaurants

Ikonicks sent me this notice and the message, “Please, we are totally empty.”

I suspect many Monrovia restaurants face the same problems. And many offer food to go or food delivery. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia YMCA Closed Starting Today

The Santa Anita Family YMCA has announced that effective today, Monday, March 16, its entire fitness, pool, locker rooms, gymnasium facilities, and youth programs center will be "SHUT DOWN / CLOSED" through at least March 31, 2020.

- Brad Haugaard

Vons Looks Semi-Normal

With the exception of being cleaned out of paper towels, Vons looks pretty normal at about 4 p.m. today. I saw it when it opened at 7 a.m. and there was a crowd, Hopefully things are getting back to normal.

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Schools Still Serving Meals

School Board member Rob Hammond reports that though Monrovia schools are closed for classes, they will still be preparing meals for students who usually get them. Available from the school closest to the student's home. Schedule:

  • Breakfast  8-9 a.m.
  • Lunch noon to 1 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

New Owners at Mooncat Restaurant

Mooncat restaurant changes ownership. (Thanks to Kelly Moran.)

- Brad Haugaard

'Local Emergency' Proclamation; City Finances; Should City Join Housing-for-Homeless Project?

At its next meeting (agenda: the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Consider ratifying the City Manager's proclamation of a local emergency "due to conditions of extreme peril to the health and safety of persons and property have arisen within the City as a result of the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus."

~ Receive an "unqualified opinion on the city's financial statements" from Lance Soll & Lunghard, LLP, Certified Public Accountants. (Unqualified is good, by the way.) "This means the financial information presented in the City's accounting records and financial statements is accurately presented and free from material misstatement."

~ Receive a mid-year budget update with proposed adjustments based on the city's current financial situation.

~ Consider joining the San Gabriel Valley Council of Government Regional Housing Trust Joint Powers Authority, a consortium of local governments "being created to increase the availability of funding for the planning and construction of housing projects for the homeless and extremely low, very low, and low-income populations within the San Gabriel Valley. It will be able to receive public and private financing and funds and will also be able to authorize and issue bonds."

NOTE: To participate in the meeting from home (recommended in this day of coronavirus) tune in on KGEM (Spectrum Channel 99 or Giggle Fiber
Channel 87-2), or  online at

- Brad Haugaard

Evensong Canceled at St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Because of the coronavirus threat, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Monrovia has canceled its 13th Annual Women’s Evensong Invitational on Sunday afternoon, March 15.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Domenico’s

Lunch at Domenico’s, on the south side of Huntington just east of  Magnolia. Got the Soup and Salad Combo off the lunch menu for $8.99, plus I upgraded the salad to an antipasto for $2.95.  That and an iced tea for $2.95  Lots of meatballs in the minestrone. Very nice on a rainy day.

I’ve seen the following elsewhere but this is the first time in Monrovia: “We are a proud supporter of CA Living Wage Initiative; as a result a CA mandate surcharge is added to all guest checks.” The charge was $.96. 

- Brad Haugaard 

School's Out in Monrovia for Next Two Weeks

Blogger Carmen Martinez has posted an image of a letter signed by School Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian, saying that "we will be dismissing students from school at the end of the day today and for the next two weeks. This dismissal will also allow our staff members to better prepare comprehensive plans for remote learning should the need arise for extended school closures."

- Brad Haugaard

Coronavirus: Monrovia May Extend Spring Break - Longer School Year; Large Gatherings Cancelled; No Spectators at Sports Events; Trips Postponed; Etc.

Dear Monrovia Unified School District Community,

The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to be dynamic and the Monrovia Unified Board of Education will be convening in an emergency meeting today to determine the best next steps in addressing this pandemic. An update regarding any decisions made by the Board will be distributed following the meeting.

As of today, no individuals within the Monrovia Unified School District (MUSD) have tested positive for COVID-19; however, there are two or more community transmission cases in Los Angeles County. Based upon recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, MUSD is now following social distancing protocols at all schools.

Following are some questions and answers that may help you as we navigate the next few days:

How will spring break be impacted by coronavirus?
MUSD is considering extending spring break in an effort to help mitigate virus spread. As a public school system, many legal, financial, employee and community implications must be considered before the District is in a position to adjust the school calendar, and you will be notified immediately about any changes that will be made. This extension may result in adding instructional days to end of the school year as required by the State of California. We are mindful that this plan may be disruptive, but the safety of students, staff, and the community is our number one priority.

What if someone at MUSD is exposed to coronavirus?
MUSD will be vigilant about investigating any reported cases. Should a confirmed case of Coronavirus exist within MUSD, we will work in consultation with Los Angeles County Public Health to take the necessary next steps. This situation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

If I decide not to send my student to school or come to MUSD will absences be excused?
We understand community concern about student health and safety. Some families have asked about keeping their own child home based on the fear of contracting COVID-19 at school. However, per Education Code at this time, we are unable to mark an absence excused for this reason. Our normal protocol remains in place. Any absence due to quarantine or illness will be excused.

How is MUSD handling large gatherings at schools?
MUSD is postponing or canceling all public events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together. Alternate approaches to these events, which limit close contact, may include conducting assemblies via intercom announcements or conducting events online.

What is going on with sporting events?
MUSD is following social distancing measures for all public events. We will neither be participating in nor hosting any tournaments. Athletic events will be played, but no spectators – adults or students - will be allowed at the events. This includes outdoor events. The Rio Hondo League schools have agreed that all athletic events will be closed to spectators, but this directive may change at any moment.

Are all school trips canceled?
MUSD is postponing or canceling all District-sponsored, out-of-state travel scheduled through the last day of school, June 3, 2020. All field trips will be postponed through the April 6, 2020 and reassessed on a month to month basis.

Are outside groups still allowed to use MUSD facilities?
MUSD will work with community organizations that use our facilities after hours to determine if these events will proceed.

Will the Village Extended Day Program be canceled?
The Village Extended Day Program is a division of MUSD and will follow the recommendations made by administration and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

What happens if schools close?
MUSD is working to develop a reinforcement of learning plan for all grade levels. More information will be provided if faced with school closure.

How should I talk to children about coronavirus?
Keeping calm and reducing fear is essential when talking with children about Coronavirus. Useful tips may be found in the following article:

Where should I check for information about coronavirus?
Please use only official government agency outlets to obtain information, for example:
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County Office of Education
California Department of Public Health
California Department of Education
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Coronavirus Forces Rescheduling of Concert

San Gabriel Valley Choral Company is rescheduling its March 21, 2020 concert, "A Night at the Opera," which was to be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Monrovia. The new date will be June 6, "public health guidance permitting."

A press release says the opera company "will be in contact with those who have purchased tickets online to arrange for a refund or future concert ticket credit."

- Brad Haugaard

School Board Emergency Closed Meeting Regarding 'Threat to Public Services or Facilities'

The Monrovia School Board will hold an emergency closed session meeting tonight regarding a "Threat to Public Services or Facilities - Consultation with Dr. Katherine Thorossian, Agency Representative and Security Operations  Manager/Superintendent."

[Though not announced, a good guess is that this relates to the coronavirus threat.]

- Brad Haugaard

Coronavirus: Citrus College Switching to Online-Only Classes

Because of the coronavirus, Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, has cancelled all classes through Tuesday, then will resume online-only classes until at least April 6.

- Brad Haugaard

Coronavirus: Monrovia Closes Community Center, Library, Non-Essential City Facilities

Beginning Friday, March 13, the City of Monrovia will temporarily close certain public facilities to reduce the risk and potential exposure to COVID-19, or the coronavirus disease, under guidance received by local, state and federal officials. The certain public facilities will be closed until Tuesday, March 31, which may extend further if deemed necessary.

City facilities which will be temporarily closed include:

  • Monrovia Community Center
  • Monrovia Public Library 
  • Monrovia Canyon Park
  • Hillside Wilderness Preserve 

As a result of these temporary closures, the following programs and services will be suspended:

  • All recreation programs including classes, activities and youth sports
  • All senior programs and social club meetings
  • All programs and events at the Monrovia Public Library 
  • Private facility rentals 
  • Passport services
  • Monrovia Street Fair and Market 

Please note that those who have paid for classes, programs and/or facility rentals will be fully refunded.

The City will also postpone Board and Commission meetings until at least March 31. The City Council will meet at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 17, and staff is currently researching practices for providing open and transparent public meetings utilizing technologies for teleconferencing.

Monrovia Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve will also be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 13, through Tuesday, March 31. All other parks in Monrovia will remain open for public use; however, the City highly discourages any large gatherings such as birthday parties and sports practices. Restrooms at the parks will remain open and will continue to be cleaned and sanitized daily.

Monrovia City Hall, Police, Fire, and the Public Works Yard will continue to operate in a “business as usual” context although we have made small enhancements/changes to some of our operations to address COVID-19. As the situation unfolds, we will continue to assess advisories from our local, state and federal officials to determine if any further closures are needed.


- Brad Haugaard

Coronavirus Threat Prompts Large Monrovia Church - and Others - to Switch Services to Online

In light of coronavirus "updates from governmental organizations, health organizations, local schools, and large churches throughout LA," Monrovia's Fellowship Church, which meets at the Monrovia High Auditorium and is one of the largest churches in the San Gabriel Valley, is switching all its weekend services online "for the remainder of March."

In an email to the congregation, the church adds that it "will be cancelling all in-person mid-week gatherings, events, and programming at all of our locations until further notice," though church offices and the counseling department will remain open.

The weekend services will be online  Saturday at 5 p.m. or on Sunday at 9 and 11 a.m. on, Facebook, the Fellowship App, or through the church's Apple TV and Roku apps.

The church also asked for prayer for those who have lost loved ones, for the recovery of those infected, that enough test kits will be available, and for wisdom for those working to find a vaccine and for those entrusted with decision-making authority.

Fellowship Church is one of several large Los Angeles-area churches to cancel in-person services. Others include Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, Christian Assembly, La Cañada Presbyterian, and Reality LA.

UPDATE: Monrovia's Hope Unlimited Church has also decided to switch to all-online services "for at least the next 3 Sundays."

UPDATE 2: Calvary Chapel Monrovia reports that it plans "to act prayerfully and appropriately as we monitor local, state, and federal governments and health agencies." It says it is stepping up cleaning and sanitizing and "if a confirmed infection were to occur in our immediate area, we are prepared to implement additional measures."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Consider Possible Event Cancellations

Dear Monrovia Unified Families,

As we continue to monitor the conditions in LA County, and throughout the world, revolving around the coronavirus (COVID-19), new developments emerge almost daily.
As a result, recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) can change almost daily. Today is a prime example of that dynamic.

On March 11, 2020, we received an advisory recommending limiting large group assemblies and non-essential travel. As with previous recommendations, we will follow these social distancing strategies to minimize the potential person-to-person transmission of this virus. LACOE, in conjunction with LACDPH will be reevaluating these guidelines at the end of March. However, there is always the possibility of more restrictive measures being implemented at a moment’s notice.

We will discuss every event and activity on the busy MUSD calendar on a case by case basis to avoid blanket cancellations, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to the health and safety of Monrovia Unified’s students and staff. This guidance impacts open houses, flag ceremonies, assemblies, field trips, athletics, and tournaments.

Principals, in collaboration with their site leadership teams, will make final determinations for the unique needs of each school and communicate those decisions with their respective community.

We will be limiting visitors to our schools and offices by not admitting those with symptoms of fever and/or respiratory infection or who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 3 Travel Health Notice.

If you have plans to travel during spring break, please check the travel advisories by the CDC ( and State Department ( before embarking on your adventure.

Please remember, these are precautionary practices. There are no instances of COVID-19 within our school communities at this time. Our schools are a safe, stable environment for learning.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff as we navigate these ever-changing waters.


Dr. Katherine Thorossian

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard