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Monrovian to Head Cal State LA Project to Overhaul STEM Education

 Gustavo Menezes, the grant's lead principal investigator, teaching students in a civil engineering class at Cal State LA. (Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

Monrovia resident Gustavo Menezes, professor of civil engineering at Cal State LA, will coordinate a $2 million  project designed to transform STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

The college has been awarded a $2 million grant by the National Science Foundationto improve undergraduate education in STEM through a new model of teaching and learning.

The four-year grant will enable the university's College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology to create Eco-STEM, a healthy education "ecosystem" designed to facilitate learning for all students regardless of their backgrounds.

The new model aims to shift the mental model of faculty, develop the capacity of department chairs and program coordinators, and reform the teaching evaluation system to promote a culture of reflection and self-improvement.

Source: Cal State LA press release

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 12 New Cases, 1 New Death

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 04/14/2021. Changes since 04/07/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,152 cases (up 12), 75 deaths (up 1)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 370 cases (up 4), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Homeowner Catches Burglar; Attack-Girlfriend Arrested; Blowing Leaves While Intoxicated; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 8-14. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 354 service events, resulting in 69 investigations.

Residential Burglary – Suspect Arrested
April 8 at 7:00 p.m., a resident in the 2100 block of S. Myrtle was returning home and saw a female adult crawling out the homeowner’s bedroom window. The suspect had personal property in her arms belonging to the resident. The suspect fled on foot with the property, and the resident called police. Officers arrived and detained the suspect a short distance away from the residence. The suspect was positively identified by the victim and was arrested.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
April 8 at 7:41 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Central and Myrtle. The victim said she was stopped for the red light, when a vehicle directly behind her changed lanes and hit the back of her vehicle. The suspect driver fled. Officers checked the area, but were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
April 9 at 3:16 a.m., a male subject who lives in the 500 block of E. Lemon called police to report a domestic violence incident. He reported that his live-in girlfriend started hitting and kicking him while he was asleep. The victim managed to lock the suspect outside and called the police. Officers arrived and found the suspect beating on the front door. The victim sustained minor injuries, and the suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
April 9 at 6:45 p.m., a resident from the 200 block of E. Chestnut called police to report an abandoned vehicle parked near his home. Officers arrived and found the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Granada Hills. The vehicle was recovered and removed from the stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
April 10 at 3:26 a.m., police responded to an alarm activation at a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington. Officers arrived and found the front window of the business had been shattered and the suspects were already gone. The investigation revealed the suspects tried to open a safe, but were unsuccessful. Nothing else was reported stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
April 10 at 8:23 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Chestnut called to report that his vehicle was vandalized sometime during the night. The driver-side front and rear windows were shattered. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
April 10 at 8:49 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of N. Canyon called to report that his vehicle was broken into and money was missing from the center console. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Tampering – Suspect Arrested
April 10 at 10:21 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Colorado called to report a suspicious subject checking vehicle door handles in a nearby parking lot. Officers arrived and located the suspect, who was positively identified by the witness. He was placed under arrest and released on a citation. Prior to the officers leaving, the suspect began sweating profusely and his face turned red. Paramedics were summoned, and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Theft / Warrants / Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
April 10 at 6:49 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill regarding a theft that just occurred. They located the suspect, who was positively identified by witnesses. During the investigation, it was discovered that the suspect also had outstanding warrants and was wanted by Monrovia Police Department for violating a court order. He was subsequently arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
April 11 at 3:24 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of S. Fifth heard his car alarm go off. He looked outside and discovered his vehicle was missing. Officers arrived and checked the area, but the vehicle was not located. It was entered into the stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Theft Attempt
April 11 at 6:18 p.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of S. Fifth regarding an attempted theft of rims and tires at an apartment garage. Two male suspects in a gray Honda Accord were attempting to remove the tires, when they were confronted by a witness. The suspects fled the scene. Officers responded, but were unable to locate the suspects. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
April 12 at 3:09 a.m., officers responded to a burglary alarm in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle. Upon arrival they saw the north window of the store was broken. The window was broken with a rock, but no suspects had made entry into the building. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Tampering
April 12 at 4:06 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of W. Palm heard an alarm sounding on his vehicle. When he went outside, he saw the door on his vehicle was open and a male suspect was walking away. Officers arrived, but the suspect had fled the area. The vehicle had been left unlocked and nothing was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Violation of Court Order
April 12 at 4:12 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of Highland reported that her ex-boyfriend, whom she has a restraining order against, has been unlawfully sending her text messages. Officers conducted an investigation, and this case is being forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution.

Vehicle Burglary
April 12 at 6:33 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Linwood regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim said his vehicle had been broken into sometime during the night. An investigation revealed the suspects had taken his key fob and clothing items. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
April 12 at 7:48 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of W. Huntington regarding a theft that had just occurred. A male suspect entered a business and ripped the phone and display rack from the counter. The suspect then exited the store and ran from the area. Officers were unable to locate the suspect. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 13 at 12:32 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of W. Pomona regarding an intoxicated subject running a leaf blower. Officers contacted the subject and determined he was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
April 13 at 3:46 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 1800 block of Santa Fe when they located a subject sleeping inside a vehicle with a drug needle sitting in his lap. He woke up when contacted by officers, and the investigation revealed the subject was also in possession of multiple controlled substances. Further investigation showed he had multiple warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Graffiti Vandalism
April 13 at 7:55 a.m., the manager of a school for boys in the 100 block of E. Palm arrived at work and discovered fresh graffiti on the building wall. The graffiti occurred sometime during the night. Athens graffiti removal was notified. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto / Motorcycle
April 13 at 7:52 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of E. Cherry regarding a theft of a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The victim parked his motorcycle on the street in front of his residence on April 8. He returned back from a business trip on April 13 and discovered his motorcycle was missing. The motorcycle was entered into the stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision / DUI
April 14 at 1:12 a.m., officers responded to the 800 block of E. Huntington regarding a traffic collision. A witness stopped to check on the driver's welfare and reported smelling alcohol. Further investigation revealed the intoxicated driver was driving east on Huntington and crashed into the back of a parked truck. Officers arrived and the driver was transported to a hospital for a head injury and possible broken ribs.

Theft – Suspect Arrested
April 14 at 1:07 p.m., an employee of a convenience store in the 400 block of W. Foothill reported a male subject had just stolen from the store and fled south on Alta Vista. He advised this subject continuously steals from the store. Officers quickly arrived and located the suspect. He was positively identified and was arrested. The stolen property was returned to the store.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 14 at 8:51 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of W. Foothill regarding a subject disturbing customers. Upon arrival, it was determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

City Wants Volunteers for Boards and Commissions

Monrovia is now accepting applications for volunteers to serve on several city boards and commissions for terms beginning July 2021. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 10.  https://is.gd/sxg8FY

Openings on: Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Community Services Commission, Library Board, Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board (MOTAB).

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Chicken King Express

Lunch at Chicken King Express, in the mini shopping center on the north side of Foothill just east of Mayflower. Got the Chicken Kebob Plate for $12.50 and a Coke for $1.50. Very nice. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police Department: No Poison In Meat Found on Norumbega

The Monrovia Police Department has announced that the suspicious meat packages found on Norumbega have been analyzed and there was no evidence of poisoning. 

The police department released this statement:

There has recently been concern about meat and other food items being discarded in the area of the Norumbega Loop. These concerns were shared with the Monrovia Police Department (MPD) and other City of Monrovia departments, including our contracted animal control partners, the Pasadena Humane Society (PHS). As a result, over the past month the Monrovia Police Department has responded to numerous calls for service and taken the suspicious meat packages and other food items as evidence. With the help of PHS, samples of the recovered meat were submitted for chemical testing at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory at U.C. Davis. In addition a sample was sent by a private citizen to the same laboratory. We have now received all of these reports completed by the laboratory, which confirmed that there was no evidence of poison or other tampering in any of the submitted samples.

We hope that this news will assuage any fears that any person(s) is/are deliberately attempting to poison or harm any animals, either domestic or wild. It appears the person(s) is/are simply attempting to feed wildlife in the area. Feeding or attempting to feed wildlife is a violation of Monrovia Municipal Code section 6.30.010 , which states that "No person shall feed or in any manner provide food for one or more non-domesticated mammalian wildlife, including but not limited to bears, deer, mountain lions, coyotes, raccoons, opossum, mice, rats, skunks, squirrels or feral cats." 

We will continue to monitor the situation and work with our partners at PHS as needed to abate the problem. If anyone sees someone leaving meat or other food out for wildlife in violation of MMC 6.30.010, please contact our MPD Communications Center at 256-8088 for a police response. With regards to any meat or other food items found by citizens, at this point we believe it would be safe to treat it as garbage and dispose of it accordingly. Should any citizen not feel comfortable doing this, MPD will respond and collect the meat or other food item as provided for under our policy manual. As always, contact the us with any questions or concerns about this issue.

- Brad Haugaard

Papa Has Two Sides - Excited Around Other Dogs, But Mellow Indoors


Nine-year-old Papa is multi-faceted – he loves people and gets so excited around other dogs, but he also has a mellow side. He enjoys being outdoors, but his calm demeanor is well-suited for an apartment. This well-rounded pup has been described by his foster parent as “sweet and well-behaved”. He’s also extremely photogenic – Papa has it all!

The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

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 and schedule a virtual adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every day at 5:00 p.m. for the following day.

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

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Family Fears for Daughter's Life if Experimental Drug Discontinued

Photo by Sam Moqadam on Unsplash

Marian McGlocklin, the five-year-old daughter of Monrovians Sara and Paul McGlocklin, has a rare genetic disease called Niemann Pick Type C, which can be fatal.

An experimental drug called Adrabetadex seems to have made a dramatic improvement for Marian, but the drug's manufacturer has announced that after October Adrabetadex will no longer be available, saying that clinical trials give no clear evidence that the drug helps.

Ten doctors have written the company urging it to continue making it, and Marian's parents fear she will die if the drug is discontinued. https://is.gd/k3eCuE

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: An Early Film Studio Near Station Square

Early Monrovia film studio located by the current Station Square with Ben Webster, Director. Photo by William Ward. See full details here. From the William Ward collection. Identifying information from Kim Ward Anderson.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

- Brad Haugaard

Rotary Club Online Auction


- Brad Haugaard 

School Board to Consider New Rules for Student Board Members; District Honorees; Monrovia Days

At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/I3VSMg) the Monrovia Board of Education will ...

~ Consider modifying the board's policy on student board members (they only have a vote that expresses their opinion). Here are a couple substantive changes: "Student Board member(s) may make motions that may be acted upon by the Board, except on matters dealing with employer-employee relations," and, "Student Board members are expected to attend Board meetings in their entirety, read agenda documents provided to them, and ask questions of the Superintendent when agenda items are not understood prior to the meeting." https://is.gd/j5H5fW

~ Recognize:

- District staff being honored as  "Employee of the Month" for April: Hermann Goss, Cafeteria Manager and  Shirley Conde, Intervention Teacher (Monroe Elementary); and Hector Flores, Custodian and Rob Cady, Teacher, (Santa Fe Computer Science Middle School).

- The  Food Services Department for serving 1,000,000 meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

- The Elementary Task Force for ensuring a safe return to school for elementary students and staff.

~ Consider adopting a memo of understanding between the City of Monrovia, Monrovia Unified School District, and Centre Stage Productions for the 2021 Monrovia Days Program. https://is.gd/bgs1pn

- Brad Haugaard

Planning Commission to Consider 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Hours for Foothill Gym


Foothill Gym, at its new location at the corner of Foothill and Primrose, is requesting permission from the Monrovia Planning Commission to be open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. (https://is.gd/t78WKl).

The application has several letters supporting the proposed new hours, but several residents of Linwood Avenue, just south of the gym, have indicated their opposition, mostly citing noise as their objection. https://is.gd/WGzWwf

- Brad Haugaard

Free Veggie and Wise Watering Workshop


- Brad Haugaard 

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 18 More Cases, No More Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 04/07/2021. Changes since 03/31/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,140 cases (up 18), 74 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 366 cases (unchanged), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Occupant Sets Fire to Hotel Room; Toyota Tailgates Stolen; Another Gunshot on Los Angeles Ave.; Catalytic Converters Stolen; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 1-7. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 345 service events, resulting in 65 investigations.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
April 1 at 1:14 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 300 block of W. Huntington when he observed a driver commit a vehicle code violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. Investigation revealed the passenger was in possession of a controlled substance. The passenger was arrested.

Arson – Suspect Arrested
April 1 at 8:06 p.m., a fire was reported at a local motel in the 900 block of E. Huntington. An occupant set fire to the inside of one of the rooms. Officers arrived and detained the suspect, who admitted to lighting the fire. There was minor fire damage to the curtains in the room and to the personal clothing of the suspect. The suspect was arrested for arson and was taken into custody.

Thefts of Truck Tailgates
April 2 at 8:46 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of Linwood called to report the tailgate was stolen from his Toyota Tacoma. His truck was parked in front of his residence. An officer responded and took a police report. At 2:26 p.m. that same day, a resident in the 800 block of S. Magnolia reported that the tailgate to his Toyota Tacoma had also been stolen. These investigations are continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
April 2 at 4:23 p.m., an OnStar representative called police to report a stolen vehicle was possibly in the 500 block of Fano. Officers responded and located the vehicle, which was parked and unoccupied. Officers conducted surveillance of the vehicle, and a short time later, a male subject entered the vehicle and drove away. A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver complied with verbal commands. The vehicle was a rental and the named suspect was the driver's brother. The driver was positively identified and released at the scene. The vehicle was recovered and removed from the stolen vehicle system.

Vehicle Burglary
April 3 at 7:38 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Olive called to report his truck was broken into sometime during the night. The suspect gained entry to the truck by forcing open the driver-side door. This investigation is continuing.

Weapon Offence / Mental Evaluation – Suspect Arrested & Evaluated
April 3 at 9:04 a.m., officers observed a suspicious male subject standing along the wall of the Police Department in the 100 block of E Lime. The subject was detained and found to be in possession of a concealed knife. The subject was making bizarre statements and said he could hear voices. He was arrested for possession of the knife and issued a citation. It was then determined he needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was placed on a mental evaluation hold and transported to a local facility.

Injury Traffic Collision
April 3 at 12:47 p.m., a caller reported an injury traffic collision between a motorist and bicyclist in the 400 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with the bicyclist, who was the only party still at the scene. He sustained a head injury and was treated by paramedics. The bicyclist said a vehicle pulled in front of him and caused him to fall off his bicycle. The driver stopped and checked on the bicyclist. He told the driver he was okay and he could leave. A police report was taken.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 3 at 6:49 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of W. Walnut reported a suspicious male subject knocking on doors in the area, and he was now driving away. Officers arrived and located the vehicle described, which they observed committing several traffic violations. They conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver. Officers determined the driver had been drinking alcohol and was too impaired to operate a motor vehicle. A DUI investigation was conducted, and the driver was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
April 4 at 12:02 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 500 block of W. Huntington when he saw a motorist commit a vehicle code violation. A traffic stop was made and the driver was contacted. The driver displayed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. A DUI investigation was conducted and it was determined the driver was too impaired to operate a motor vehicle. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period. During an inventory search, the vehicle was also found to contain a large amount of controlled substances. The driver was also charged for possession of those substances.

Injury Traffic Collision
April 5 at 1:36 p.m., a traffic collision involving three motorists was reported at the intersection of Walnut and Shamrock. Officers responded and found one of the drivers had minor injuries and another driver did not possess a license. The party at fault and the unlicensed driver were issued citations. Paramedics responded and treated the minor injury.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
April 5 at 5:16 p.m., a motorist called police to report a hit and run traffic collision. The collision occurred at the intersection of Olive and Myrtle, and the other vehicle fled the scene. No one was injured and there was minor damage to the reporting motorist’s vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 6 at 12:15 a.m., an officer on patrol witnessed a vehicle run the stop sign at Foothill and Mountain. The vehicle attempted to make a turn at the intersection and crashed into a pole on the east side of the street. The driver was evaluated and arrested for DUI. The passenger complained of minor pain to his leg, but refused medical treatment. The driver was held for a sobering period. Assault with a Deadly Weapon April 6 at 9:01 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of E. Los Angeles regarding a man with a gun to the front of the location. The suspect fired at a vehicle parked in front of the residence. The vehicle had been occupied by a female subject. Both the suspect and the victim fled the scene prior to officers arriving. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
April 6 at 9:59 a.m., an employee at a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington reported a suspect that entered the business that morning and stole a laptop and phone. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary / Fraud
April 6 at 11:45 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 2000 block of S. Myrtle. The victim said his wallet was stolen from his work truck sometime in the early morning. Items belonging to the victim were found discarded nearby. One of the victim’s credit cards had already been used. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
April 6 at 5:49 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 900 block of Genoa. The victim reported that someone broke into his vehicle sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Theft – Suspect Arrested
April 6 at 7:19 p.m., an employee at a business in the 900 block of W. Foothill called police to report a male suspect that was attempting to steal items from inside the business. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. He was arrested and released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Grand Theft
April 7 at 12:20 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of Maryanna called police to report three suspects were attempting to steal the catalytic converter from his neighbor’s Toyota Prius. The suspects left the area in a white sedan prior to officers arriving. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
April 7 at 7:22 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 600 block of S. Mountain. When officers arrived, one of the parties complained of pain to her back. She was treated at the scene by paramedics. Both parties exchanged insurance information.

Vandalism
April 7 at 7:52 a.m., an employee at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington reported that sometime during the night a suspect smashed the front window to the business. No entry was made. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
April 7 at 8:39 a.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported in the 100 block of W. Cypress. Sometime during the night, the victim’s vehicle, which was parked on the street, was struck. Officers arrived and confirmed damage to the front end of the vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
April 7 at 9:28 a.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of S. Fifth regarding subjects inside an apartment that was supposed to be vacant. Officers made contact with two of the subjects in the parking structure. One of them was in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and released on citation to appear in court on the charges. Both subjects were advised not to return to the apartment. A third subject was contacted inside the apartment, and he was also advised. No-trespass forms were signed by the apartment manager.

Vehicle Burglary
April 7 at 10:50 a.m., a caller reported seeing a suspect steal a tool from a trailer parked on the street in the 400 block of N. Mayflower. Officers arrived, but the suspect had already left the area. The owner of the trailer was located and confirmed that a crime had occurred. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Theft
April 7 at 11:15 a.m., residents in the 300 block of W. Duarte called police to report numerous mailboxes had been pried open. Officers arrived and determined that mail had also been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
April 7 at 11:58 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of S. Lincoln called police to report he had been receiving letters from an unemployment office in Virginia. The letters contained his personal information and stated that he had signed up for unemployment. He told officers that he had never signed up for unemployment and advised that he had also received twelve debit cards he had not requested. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspects Arrested
April 7 at 1:13 p.m., loss prevention officers from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington reported that three female suspects had just stolen merchandise from the store. Officers responded and located the suspect vehicle driving in the area. They conducted a traffic stop, and all three suspects were detained and identified. They confessed to stealing the merchandise and all of the merchandise was recovered. They were arrested and released with citations to appear in court on the charges. These suspects were also found to have committed similar thefts in neighboring cities.

Grand Theft
April 7 at 3:27 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of E. Huntington reported that sometime during the night the catalytic converter was stolen from their vehicle. Officers responded and took a report. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
April 7 at 7:30 p.m., an officer patrolling the 700 block of E. Los Angeles was flagged down by a resident. The resident advised that the catalytic converter had been stolen from their vehicle while it was parked. This investigation is continuing.

Reckless Driving – Suspect Arrested
April 7 at 9:16 p.m., a subject called police and reported they had been the victim of a road rage incident that just occurred near the intersection of Duarte and Peck. Officers responded and located the suspect vehicle still in the area. An investigation revealed the suspect had committed a crime, and he was placed under private person’s arrest by the victim. The suspect was arrested.

Dinner at Stinkin Crawfish


Dinner tonight at Stinkin Crawfish, on the north side of Colorado a half block east of Myrtle. Got the three fish tacos for $8.99 and a beer  for $3.50 (happy hour price).  Nice. 

- Brad Haugaard 

How Monrovia Figures in the Founding of CarsDirect

If you have heard of the billion-dollar company CarsDirect, there is actually a bit of a Monrovia connection to it, although the company was never based here and probably nobody in Monrovia even knows about the connection.

This is one of a series of very brief business videos by Bill Gross of Pasadena's Idealab describing the creation of CarsDirect... with a passing mention of its Monrovia connection.

Comment: The whole series is excellent, and, full disclosure, I used to work for Idealab.

- Brad Haugaard

Summer School at Monrovia High

Monrovia High School is offering Summer School. English, biology, chemistry, world history, math, US history, economics. For details https://is.gd/rhpdxv

- Brad Haugaard

First Presbyterian Church to Begin Meeting Indoors

Monrovia's First Presbyterian Church will now gather in person and indoors. Doors open at 10 a.m. for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Please wear a mask and prepare to have your temperature taken. https://is.gd/aXzo3N

Monrovia High Juniors Start Clothing Company

Scott Reynolds and Luca Ammon.

Sonny Sluiter 

Four Monrovia High School juniors, Luca Ammon, Sonny Sluiter, Scott Reynolds, and Tyler Ford, have started their own clothing company, a streetwear brand called  Pier Clothing, which "seeks to represent the Southern California lifestyle while helping the environment."

It's goal is "to raise awareness for environmental conservation through our clothing. We aim to do our part in the fight against climate change." In addition to raising awareness, the company is dedicating 20 percent of its profits to environmental causes.

Luca Ammon says that Pier Clothing has sold clothing in many different states, and even to other countries, such as Sweden and Australia. In addition, the company has more than 18,100 followers and 283,600 likes" across all the company's videos on the popular social platform, TikTok. They have done photo shoots all across Southern California, from Malibu to downtown Los Angeles and including Monrovia's Grant Park.

- Brad Haugaard

Covid Shots at Community Center


- Brad Haugaard 

A Moment in Monrovia History: Monrovia Days Parade 1926

Monrovia Days Parade 1926 seen from the northeast corner of Myrtle and Orange (now Colorado). First National Bank building at 601 S Myrtle Ave. Photo by William Ward. See full details here. From the William Ward collection. Identifying information from Kim Ward Anderson.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

Correction: This post originally said the photo  was taken from the southwest corner, but according to City Historian Steve Baker, it is actually looking AT the southwest corner  

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Y Opening Date 'To Be Determined'

While the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles has now published the re-opening dates and times of its LA-area facilities, the Santa Anita Y in Monrovia is one of three listed as "to be determined." https://is.gd/VNn3vH

- Brad Haugaard

Eve and Squirt Would Like a Calm and Quiet Home Together


Eve is twelve years old and was surrendered to the shelter with her ten-year-old daughter, Squirt, when their owner could no longer care for them. Eve is a beautiful, social kitty who loves being petted, and will stand up and head-butt your hand to ask for more attention! In her foster home, Eve has been displaying her cuddly tendencies, and can often be found grooming her daughter. Both kitties would love to find a calm and quiet home together, and you’ll love seeing how sweet they are with each other!

The adoption fee for cats is $100. All cat adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

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 and schedule a virtual adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every day at 5:00 p.m. for the following day.

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

- Brad Haugaard

Happy Easter, Monrovia!


Christ the Lord is risen today, Allelujah!
Sons of men and angels say; Allelujah!
Raise your joys and triumphs high; Allelujah!
Sing ye heavens and earth reply; Allelujah!

- Brad Haugaard 

GrowMonrovia Urges Monrovians to Plant Strip Between Sidewalk and Street

Since April is a month for the environment, having both Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day  (April 30), the non-profit organization GrowMonrovia is asking residents to consider:

~ Planting the strip between the sidewalk and your street (It's owned by the city but maintained by the property owner). "When properly landscaped and cared for, they provide scenic corridors, habitat for wildlife and curb appeal. They provide space for street trees which provide shade and absorb carbon dioxide. They prevent stormwater and irrigation run-off into the streets, allowing it to percolate down to the groundwater table." Sign up at the GrowMonrovia website to be part of this project and the first 20 people who sign up receive a free starter pack.

~  Purchase a shade tree for your home or park strip. Shade trees "provide habitat for our wildlife, reduce summer temperatures, absorb rainwater and tailpipe emissions, sequester carbon, and decrease energy usage." (For sale on GrowMonrovia's website.)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Football Wins Over Sierra Vista

Monrovia fights back in the fourth quarter for a 35-28 victory over Sierra Vista. https://is.gd/cPAg1p

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia City Council to Consider: Chewing Out Sacramento; Changing Election Date to Match Primary; Condemn Discrimination; Review Oak Tree Policy

At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/x4sGEm) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

~ A resolution berating the state legislature for overriding local cities' zoning ordinances. The proposed resolution says: "The City of Monrovia is opposed to the current practice of the legislature of the State of California of continually proposing and passing multitudes of bills that directly impact and interfere with the ability of cities to control their own destiny through use of the zoning authority that has been granted to them." https://is.gd/8KF8F4

Comment: This resolution really ought to be a joint one with the Monrovia School Board, since school districts are similarly being imposed upon. The state legislature recently passed legislation to regulate what time schools can start in the morning, as if local school boards are incapable of determining the simplest of matters without Sacramento's heavy hand.

~  Changing the General Municipal Election date to the date of the statewide primary election in even-numbered years Beginning in 2022; https://is.gd/02oDyW

~  A resolution against "hateful and violent acts against the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community." https://is.gd/Jm3oaW

~  Review its oak tree preservation ordinance. https://is.gd/wH3rt2

- Brad Haugaard

Black Angus Restaurant Closing Permanently

The Black Angus restaurant on Huntington Drive in Monrovia is closing permanently, according to an email flyer from the company. The notice says:

We are grateful to all of our guests, whether you celebrated a birthday, holiday, anniversary, or any old Tuesday with us. We are thankful to have been part of the Monrovia community; sadly, it is time to move on. We sincerely hope that even though our doors are permanently closed, your experience with us remains memorable.
 The company's restaurants in Burbank, Montclair, Ontario and Whittier remain open.

- Brad Haugaard

Parts of Canyon Park May Open This Summer - Forest Service Area Not Until Spring 2022

City Manager Dylan Feik says that "the City of Monrovia is working on opening Canyon Park - at least certain portions - as quickly as we can. It will remain closed during the rain season but we're hopeful to reopen portions for the summer (and perhaps closing again next winter)."

The video showing why Canyon Park is still closed described the trail to the waterfall, but what about the road that goes up to the Trask Boy Scout Camp into the National Forest area? I asked Feik about that. He wrote:

"Unfortunately, I have disappointing news for you about the Monrovia Canyon Truck Trail. We spoke with someone from the US Forest Service and they shared the burned areas of USFS will be closed until Spring of 2022." https://is.gd/x3ANBC

- Brad Haugaard

A Video Tour Showing Why Canyon Park Is Still Closed


If you've been wondering why Monrovia Canyon Park is still closed, this 22-minute video gives a virtual hike up to the waterfall, showing the dangers keeping the park closed and some of the life that is returning. Basically, the city is concerned about loose boulders, dead trees - or large limbs - falling. 

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 8 More Cases, 2 More Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 03/31/2021. Changes since 03/24/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,122 cases (up 8), 74 deaths (up 2)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 366 cases (unchanged), 74 deaths (up 2)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Homicide; Five Catalytic Converters Stolen; Son Stops Dad With Headlock; Woman Chasing Man Arrested; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 25 – March 31, 2021. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 364 service events, resulting in 62 investigations.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 25 at 10:08 a.m., a caller reported a traffic collision at the intersection of Royal Oaks and Mountain. Officers and Monrovia Paramedics arrived and checked on the well-being of the occupants. One motorist was driving east on Royal Oaks and entered the intersection at Mountain against a green light. Another motorist was traveling south on Mountain and failed to stop at the red light. One of the parties sustained injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance– Suspect Arrested
March 25 at 2:08 p.m., officers were patrolling the 1600 block of S. Primrose and saw a subject lying down in a planter. The officers checked the well-being of the individual. While speaking with the subject, he displayed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft Attempt
March 26 at 5:09 a.m., a caller in the 1200 block of S. Alta Vista reported two subjects were attempting to remove the catalytic converter from his Toyota Prius. The caller interrupted the thieves and they fled in a vehicle prior to officer’s arrival. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
March 26 at 7:49 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 200 block of E. Colorado when he witnessed a driver commit a vehicle code violation. A traffic stop was conducted and further investigation revealed there were drugs inside the vehicle. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
March 26 at 10:44 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Pomona called to report his catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 26 at 2:19 p.m., a caller reported a traffic collision had just occurred in the 500 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived along with paramedics. A motorist had pulled out of a driveway to a business and failed to yield to a motorist traveling south on Mayflower. One of the motorists sustained minor injuries. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Traffic Collision
March 26 at 8:24 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of N. Alta Vista regarding a possible drunk driver who had struck several vehicles. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. It was determined that the driver was not intoxicated, but hit the vehicles after trying to avoid hitting a dog in the street. A report was taken.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
March 26 at 11:24 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of W. Pomona regarding a suspicious subject seen roaming a local apartment complex. Officers located the subject who did not live in the area, and had no apparent business there. He was arrested for trespassing and released with a citation.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
March 26 at 11:26 p.m., an officer witnessed a vehicle fail to stop at a red light at the intersection of Myrtle and Cypress. A traffic stop was conducted and an investigation revealed the driver had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of San Marino Police Department. The driver was arrested per the authority of the warrant and taken to the Monrovia Police Department Jail for booking. The suspect was later released to San Marino Police Department.

Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
March 27 at 7:12 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Greystone called to report his adult son was on his property in violation of a valid restraining order. Officers arrived and detained the son who was still on the property. The restraining order was confirmed, and an investigation revealed that the son was aware of the order. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Vehicle Burglary Attempt
March 28 at 7:30 a.m., a guest of a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington walked outside the hotel to the parking lot and discovered someone had attempted to burglarize her vehicle. The door handle and locking mechanism were damaged, however, the suspect was not able to gain entry. Officers arrived and checked the area, but the suspect had already left. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision / Hit and Run
March 28 at 5:01 p.m., a caller reported she was involved in a hit and run collision the previous day at the intersection of Myrtle and Chestnut. She did not immediately report the incident because there was only minor damage to her vehicle and the other vehicle had fled the scene. The following morning she was feeling back pain from the collision, and decided to report the crime. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence
March 28 at 7:24 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of W. Colorado regarding a family disturbance. When officers arrived, a subject was holding his father in a headlock. The father was intoxicated and was arguing with the family. The son intervened when his father pushed his mother. During the argument, the father said he wanted his son to kill him and he wanted to do suicide by cop. An emergency protective order was obtained and entered into the system. Domestic Violence charges are being filed.

Grand Theft
March 29 at 5:34 a.m., an employee at a business in the 1800 block of S. Myrtle called to report three catalytic converters were stolen from their work trucks. The vehicles were parked to the rear of the business off Santa Fe Place. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
March 29 at 11:02 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Encinitas called to report a theft. The resident reported that sometime during the night, the catalytic converter to her Prius was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision / Hit and Run
March 29 at 11:49 a.m., a resident reported their vehicle was parked in the 1800 block of Eighth, when someone collided into it. The suspect vehicle was then seen leaving the area. Officers responded to the location, but the suspect vehicle had already left. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery
March 29 at 1:33 p.m., an employee at a business in the 3000 block of S. Peck called to report a stolen vehicle. The business purchased a vehicle from a known customer who provided a title for the vehicle. The business was later notified by the Department of Motor Vehicles, the vehicle was reported stolen the previous month by Long Beach Police Department. The vehicle was removed from the stolen vehicle system and stored. This investigation is continuing.

Homicide
March 29 2021, at 5:24 p.m., the Monrovia Police and Fire Departments responded to the 100 block of E. Los Angeles after several residents reported hearing gun shots. When officers arrived, they discovered one adult male subject had been shot. The suspects fled the area in a vehicle. The subject was pronounced deceased by Monrovia Paramedics. This investigation is being handled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.

Vandalism
March 30 at 12:09 a.m., officers responded to a call regarding a vandalism to a vehicle in the 200 block of Railroad. It appeared the driver’s side and rear window of the vehicle was possibly shot out with a bb gun. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
March 30 at 4:04 a.m., a caller reported a vehicle burglary in a business parking lot in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. An employee of the business discovered his vehicle’s window had been shattered. Some items were taken. This investigation is continuing.

Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
March 30 at 7:38 a.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Fifth and Huntington regarding a welfare check on two subjects. A female was reported to be chasing after a male. Officers arrived and contacted the two subjects matching the description. An investigation revealed that the male had an active domestic violence restraining order against the female. The female was arrested and taken into custody.

Fraud Report
March 30 at 9:20 a.m., an employee at a business in the 2000 block of S. Myrtle received an email from a vendor requesting an outstanding balance to be paid via bank wire. The business had an actual outstanding balance, therefore the employee believed the email was legitimate and sent the money. The business later discovered the actual vendor never received the money and an unknown suspect had fraudulently sent the email. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
March 30 at 12:24 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 600 block of W. Huntington regarding a welfare check on a subject acting erratically inside a vehicle. Officers arrived and an investigation revealed the vehicle was stolen out of Los Angeles. The suspect was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was detained without incident. The suspect desired medical treatment and was taken to a local hospital. Charges will be filed.

Vehicle Burglary
March 30 at 1:04 p.m., a victim called to report a vehicle burglary in the parking lot near the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The victim stated he found his locked vehicle had been broken into. Officers arrived and discovered that $2,000 worth of power tools and equipment had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Tampering
March 30 4:26 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of California reported that several mailboxes within her community had been broken into. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
March 31 at 1:13 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop for a code violation in the 900 block of W. Duarte. An investigation revealed the driver was on parole and in possession of a pipe used for smoking a controlled substance. He was arrested and released on a citation.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
March 31 at 2:25 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle code violation at the intersection of Myrtle and Huntington. He conducted a traffic stop and an investigation revealed the driver had a suspended driver's license, was on probation for vehicle theft, and had three "No Bail" warrants for her arrest. The driver was arrested per the authority of the warrants and taken to the Monrovia Police Department Jail for booking.

Grand Theft Auto
March 31 at 1:45 p.m., the owner of a vehicle returned to her boyfriend’s house in the 400 block of Hurstview and discovered her vehicle was missing. The victim left her vehicle parked on the street overnight. Officers searched the area for the vehicle, but could not locate it. The vehicle was entered into the Department of Motor Vehicle System. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
March 31 at 1:50 p.m., a caller reported a theft in the 100 block of N. Sunset. Tree service workers were in the backyard of a home performing work for Edison. When they returned to their work vehicle parked on the street, they discovered someone had stolen some of their tools. This investigation is continuing.

Make Friendship Bracelets With Healing Connections

All materials supplied. All are welcome.

- Brad Haugaard

School District Wants Your Thoughts for Its Search for New Superintendent

The Monrovia school district wants your help in selecting the district's next superintendent, so it is providing an anonymous online survey to receive input from students, staff, parents, and the MUSD community about the personal and professional qualities you would like to see in the next Superintendent. These surveys will remain open until April 2 at 4 p.m.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6QRC9SS

Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/6W8KNSX

Mandarin: https://zh.surveymonkey.com/r/CCYBCHG

More information about the search for the next superintendent on the district website: https://is.gd/RhqH2e

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Los Gueros

Lunch today at Los Gueros, on the north side of Huntington just west of Magnolia. Got the chorizo and egg burrito for $10.95 and a beer for $5.25. I’d definitely get that again. Very good. 
 
- Brad Haugaard 

City Manager on Homicide on Los Angeles Ave. - More Patrols, Cameras

A notice from City Manager Dylan Feik about the new shooting on Los Angeles Avenue. 

Hello Monrovians,

On March 29, the Monrovia Police Department responded to a shooting in the 100 block of Los Angeles Avenue (116 Los Angeles). Upon arrival, officers located one adult male, and a dog, who had been shot. The individual was pronounced deceased by Monrovia Fire & Rescue while residents transported the dog to receive treatment. The suspects had already fled the area in a vehicle. While this incident remains under investigation, it is also the second homicide at this address since January 29, 2021.  As with any homicide investigation in the City, investigations are conducted by the LA County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and will remain active and ongoing for some time. I anticipate few, if any, details from the ongoing investigation will be released by the Sheriff’s Department until they are prepared to release that information.
 
Obviously, criminals committed another tragic and senseless act of violence in our community. A family is grieving the loss of a son, brother, father, and cousin. Neighbors are scared by another night of gunshot sounds while the City of Monrovia is diligently doing everything we can to serve and protect our community. Our Community Policing Bureau is working with neighbors and regularly asking for your help to solve these crimes. Our patrol units are running extra patrol and, as with Monday night, they were immediately on scene once the call came. From the time Police Dispatch received the first call from a resident at 5:24 p.m., patrol units were on scene by 5:27 p.m. Air Support, LA County Sheriff, and police departments from Sierra Madre and Arcadia also arrived to support. More than 35 law enforcement officers were on scene while the City utilized a different team of officers for all other ongoing activities across the City.
 
The City is increasing patrols in the area of Los Angeles Avenue and neighboring side streets. Investigators have available camera footage from the crime scene and we will be installing additional cameras in the area over public spaces. Many detectives are working tirelessly across the region to address these recent homicides. During the same time period in 2020,  LA County Sheriff’s investigated 25 homicides in LASD jurisdictions and 5 homicides for third party agencies like Monrovia. In 2021, they have 75 homicides (300% increase, or 3x more) in their jurisdiction and 10 homicides for third party agencies, including three in Monrovia. The entire region is definitely on an uptick.
I am confident in LASD and MPD efforts because I see how hard they work and how much they care to bring justice to the victims and those impacted. The men and women of your Monrovia Police Department will always remain committed to serving you.
 
Should you have any questions, or like to speak w/ myself or Chief Alan Sanvictores, we are always available and here to serve.

Sincerely, 
Dylan 

dfeik@ci.monrovia.ca.us
Office: (626) 932-5585 | Cell (801) 821-1734

Alan Sanvictores, Chief of Police 
asanvictores@monroviapd.org 
626-256-8056

Introduction Video for Virtual Old Homes Tour

The 2021 MOHPG Virtual Home Tour is from May 1-9 If you would like to watch the tour (Seven homes will be visited plus there is an introductory video; the videos can be watched anytime from May 1-9, 2021), you must register for the tour. An optional $20 donation is requested when you register. To register go to: https://2021mohpghometour.eventbrite.com

- Brad Haugaard

Second Homicide on Los Angeles Avenue in Two Months

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau detectives responded to the 100 block of Los Angeles Ave., in the city of Monrovia on Monday to assist Monrovia Police Department personnel investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of an adult male.

At approximately 5:25 PM, Monrovia Police responded to the 100 blk. Los Angeles Ave., Monrovia, regarding a shots heard call. When they arrived, they found a male Black adult suffering from several gunshot wounds to the upper and lower torso.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

There is no known motive or suspect information at this time. The investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

Source: LA County Sheriff's Department: http://nixle.us/CMKAG

Note: There was another homicide on Los Angeles Avenue in February. https://is.gd/3IXNQG

Update: The victim has been identified as Darione Tyrone Jones, 25, of Arcadia. https://is.gd/3Enr9U

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Superintendent Thorossian Honored for Women's History Month


The Ball/Frost Group has honored Monrovia Schools Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian, and other local women superintendents, as part of its tribute to women leaders in public education during Women's History Month. The Ball/Frost company (https://is.gd/mSbwl8) is a governmental lobbying group for public schools.

- Brad Haugaard

Registration Open for MAP Neighborhood Conference

The 11th Annual MAP (Monrovia Area Partnership) Neighborhood Conference will be completely virtual this year. Join us live on Saturday, April 17th at 9 a.m. for a Zoom Opening Ceremony. 

COVID information, Report by City Manager Dylan Feik and Assistant City Manager Lauren Vasquez, hidden art at Station Square, etc.

Click to register: https://is.gd/Srl09F

- Brad Haugaard

Tribute to Betty Sandford

On Wednesday March 24, 2021 friends, colleagues and family of one of Monrovia’s finest citizens, Betty Sandford, gathered via Zoom, Facebook and YouTube to celebrate her life.  Betty was born June 18, 1927 and passed away January 13, 2021, having lived nearly all her life in Monrovia.

Betty’s parents, Jack and Marian Zelkowitz first came to Monrovia in 1926. They opened a haberdashery at the southeast corner of Lemon and Myrtle, which they soon converted into a shoe store – Jack’s Quality Shoes -- and operated for twenty years.  (It remains a shoe store today, operated by a new owner) Jack later opened a real estate business and owned many downtown properties. Betty and her sister Charlotte were fixtures in Monrovia as children – napping in Library Park, riding on floats in Monrovia Days, and performing on their accordions around town.  

Betty married Jules Sandford and they became a team.  Jules became a law partner at Patten, Faith and Sandford, a pre-eminent law firm in Monrovia, doing much pro-bono work.  

Betty was instrumental in founding, shaping and/or supporting most of Monrovia’s community organizations over a 60-year span.  Representatives from some of these spoke at the March 24th event, including from the MUSD School Board, City Council, Centennial Committee, Monrovia Reads, Santa Anita Family Service, Quota, P.E.O., Santa Anita Family YMCA, Foothill Unity Center, Boys and Girls Club, Monrovia Theatre Arts, and Monrovia Fine Arts. Mayor Tom Adams spoke as did Darrell Carr, brother of former Mayor Bob Bartlett, and Marty Faith, whose husband Eric served on the City council.  Bob Bartlett, Eric Faith and Pat Ostrye were the slate that Betty and Jules helped get elected to change the City Council, which caused Monrovia’s renaissance.

In addition to the speakers, videos of her life were shown. The best video was of Betty practicing the jazz drum in her late 80s. She took lessons until last year (!) from professional musician Roy McCurdy, who also spoke.  Ulises Gutierrez, Ishika Muchhal, Marvin “Oka” Inoye and Councilmember Larry Spicer, people Betty mentored as teenagers, movingly told of her influence on them; one, Ishika performed a stunning live dance to Tony Bennett’s “There Will Never Be Another You”.  

The event was hosted by the Monrovia ChangeMakers, an organization Betty created when she was nearly 90.  She worked to combat bigotry and foster social justice all her life; it was a cause she felt strongly about.  Betty formed Monrovia ChangeMakers to honor people who had fought against bigotry and segregation in our community and continue to work to combat prejudice. The group published a book, stories of past changemakers, recognizing Betty and others. It can be downloaded or read online on the Monrovia ChangeMakers website.

The event was assisted by iTeens-tech.org, a group of Monrovia High students, who volunteered their time to make the complicated aspects of technology run smoothly.

One of the advantages of a virtual event is that members of the Sandford family – children, grandchildren and even a few great-grandchildren were able to participate from a distance.  With someone whose life has touched so many, even those most close to her heard few stories of her powerful guidance that were new to them.

A video of the entire event will be available for everyone to watch on Monrovia ChangeMakers YouTube channel.

To contact Monrovia Changemakers: Lois Gaston, President 827-6732, website:  https://www.monroviachangemakers.com, email:  monroviachangemakers@gmail.com, Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ChangeMakers2/

Source: Monrovia ChangeMakers press release

- Brad Haugaard


Video Tribute to Monrovia Canyon Park Volunteers

 A video tribute to the Monrovia Canyon Park volunteers.


- Brad Haugaard

Bree Is a Strong Dog for a Strong Person


Bree is a happy dog who loves meeting new people and playing with toys. This one-year-old pup is pretty smart, and already knows her “sit”! She’s a strong dog who’s excited about walks, so she needs a strong person who can hold her leash. Bree would do best as the only dog in the home so she doesn’t have to share her bandana collection. Bree has a lot of fun puppy energy, and can’t wait to find her special someone to play and snuggle with!

The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

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 and schedule a virtual adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every day at 5:00 p.m. for the following day.

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

- Brad Haugaard

Elementary Students Back in School - Physically - Starting Today

Letter from Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian welcoming students back to in-person school.

Today, March 29, marked a milestone we have been anxiously awaiting. For the first time in over a year, Monrovia Unified welcomed elementary students back to school for in-person instruction from their teachers.

While I wish we were able to welcome all students back safely, for now, I am simply happy I was able to experience the excitement during drop off  as we began our first in-person instructional day.


I saw kindergarten students seeing their classmates for the first time in person. I saw parents giving that final hug and letting go; and, I saw teachers warmly greeting their students and leading them - for the first time - into their classrooms.


I also saw how much work went into preparing for this day.  Everyone contributed to the realization of this goal.


The Elementary Task Force did foundational work to establish a viable model. Our Technology Department has been working tirelessly to make sure teachers have the right equipment - and that it is set up correctly. Our Instructional Specialists have been working with teachers to ensure instruction and technology merge seamlessly. Our support staff have filled so many gaps - from home calls to class breaks, whatever was needed to make things work. Our Food Services Department continues to forge ahead through every transition. Principals have been reviewing every detail to ensure a smooth operation. Teachers have taken that leap of faith, hoping their skill and their will, more than meet the challenge of today.


Congratulations on a great first day! I look forward to the day when I once again take for granted that our students are in the classroom, together with their teacher and their peers.


Sincerely,


Dr. Katherine Thorossian

Superintendent

A Moment in Monrovia History: Band In Front of Gem City Hotel About 1930

Band in front of the Gem City Hotel at 627-1/2 S. Myrtle c. 1930. See full details here. From the William Ward collection. Identifying information from Kim Ward Anderson.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

- Brad Haugaard

Hybrid Schedule for Monrovia Secondary Schools


 The Monrovia School Board has approved the hybrid schedule for secondary schools, with a proposed start date of April 19. If you find the schedule doesn't work, your student can return to distance-only instruction at any time.

Students will be divided into Cohorts A, B, and C, following a three 90-minute block schedule. In-person instruction will take place two days a week for Cohorts A and B, with the remainder of the days completed in distance learning.
  • Cohort A: In-person instruction Monday and Tuesday
  • Cohort B: In-person instruction Thursday and Friday
  • Cohort C: 100% Distance Learning
Details: https://is.gd/dfTY4n


- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Mountain Bike Team Looking for Girls to Join Team

Pre-Covid picture, by the way.

The Monrovia High School Mountain Bike Team is looking for girls to join the team. This is a co-ed team open to all Monrovia middle school and high school boys and girls who love to ride, be outdoors, and meet other kids. Any skill level is welcome. Those interested should contact Team Director Suzi Dobson at mhsmtbteam@gmail.com.

- Brad Haugaard

Report a Bulky Item, Get Entered Into Weekly Raffle


If you report bulky items such as furniture and boxes around town (not on private property) to Public Works, not only will the items be picked up, but you will be entered into a raffle and could win a $50 gift card to a Monrovia business. Call Public Works at 932-5575 or emailbulkyitem@ci.monrovia.ca.us
Include your name and address to be entered into the weekly raffle.

- Brad Haugaard

Art on the Box Application Period Extended

The deadline for the 2021 Art on the Box program has been extended. The theme is "Route 66" and there are five utility boxes available for painting. If you would like to be considered, please submit your application by April 8, 2021. Open to artists of all ages. Here's the application form: https://is.gd/bjya7g

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: New Cases In Single Digits, But 1 New Death

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 03/24/2021. Changes since 03/17/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,114 cases (up 9), 72 deaths (up 1)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 366 cases (up 1), 1 death (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Car Overturns on Myrtle; Very, Very Cautious Drunk Driver; Burglar Swipes 5-Gallon Buckets of Coins; Computer Theft From Peru

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 18-24. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 343 service events, resulting in 62 investigations.

Commercial Burglary
March 18 at 6:51 a.m., officers responded to an alarm activation at a business in the 900 block of W. Foothill. The owner of the business advised police that he viewed the live video footage of his business and saw a white Ford truck leave the property. Officers checked the location and saw the backdoor had been pried open. Several items were taken from the business. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft
March 18 at 8:23 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Lemon called police to report the catalytic converter had been stolen from the undercarriage of his vehicle sometime during the early morning hours. Investigation continuing.

Attempt Grand Theft Auto
March 18 at 10:38 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of E. Maple called police to report that someone attempted to steal his vehicle by breaking the steering column. An officer responded and located evidence. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
March 18 at 10:45 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 400 block of W. Colorado. The victim reported her vehicle was stolen sometime during a two week period. The vehicle is a black, 2016 Dodge Durango. Investigation continuing.

Outside Assist – California Highway Patrol
March 18 at 11:39 a.m., CHP called Monrovia Police Department and advised that a traffic collision had occurred on the 210 Freeway at Myrtle, causing one of the vehicles to overturn. Three of the occupants of the overturned vehicle exited and ran across the 210 Freeway. The CHP requested assistance to set up containment of the area. Officers arrived and detained one of the subjects, who was later arrested by CHP. An extensive search for the other two subjects was made, but they were not located.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
March 18 at 11:47 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of E. Los Angeles regarding a couple arguing loudly in a back house. Officers arrived and spoke with both subjects. After a thorough investigation, it was determined the boyfriend was the aggressor and he battered his girlfriend. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
March 18 at 9:53 p.m., a caller reported a vehicle traveling at an extremely slow speed on the roadway at California and Evergreen. Officers responded to the area, located the vehicle and saw it was barely moving on the street. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was contacted. A DUI investigation was conducted, and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence. The passenger was arrested for being drunk in public.

Grand Theft
March 19 at 11:04 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of S. Violet called police to report the catalytic converter was stolen from the undercarriage of his vehicle sometime during the early morning hours. Investigation continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
March 19 at 11:38 a.m., an employee from a business in the 900 block of S. Fifth called to report a suspicious subject looking into vehicles. Officers arrived and detained the subject in question. During the investigation, it was learned that the subject had several warrants for his arrest. He was arrested for the warrants and taken into custody.

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
March 20 at 6:35 a.m., a business owner in the 800 block of W. Foothill called to report a suspicious subject on his property. He was at home monitoring his live video feed and saw the subject checking doors on the property. Officers arrived and located a subject matching the description a short distance away. Officers checked the property and there was no evidence of a crime. A computer check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He also had drug paraphernalia in his possession. The subject was placed under arrest. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arrived and took custody of the subject for the warrants.

Vehicle Burglary
March 20 at 10:37 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 900 block of W. Huntington. The victim parked her vehicle, leaving two backpacks inside. Sometime during the early morning hours, someone broke into the vehicle. Video footage shows the suspect smashing one of the vehicle windows, reaching into the vehicle, and leaving with the two backpacks. Investigation continuing.

Burglary
March 21 at 7:56 a.m., the owner of a business in the 400 block of W. Duarte called police to report a burglary. Two unknown subjects used a key to get into an office and they stole approximately $2,600 in coins. The owner has surveillance footage of the suspects. They loaded up 5 gallon buckets with the coins and carried them out on foot. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
March 21 at 11:51 a.m., a caller reported a subject at Station Square Park in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle smoking a drug pipe. Officers arrived and located a female subject who was found to be in possession of a pipe that had been used for smoking methamphetamine and syringes that had previously been used to inject heroin. The subject was arrested.

Vandalism / Possession of Methamphetamine / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
March 21 at 12:56 p.m., an employee of a gas station in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle called police to report a female subject inside the store intentionally breaking things. Officers arrived and found the subject running toward Station Square Park. She was detained and found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a glass pipe used to smoke it. She was found to be delusional and a danger to herself and others. She was taken to a nearby hospital for care. Charges will be filed against her through a verified complaint.

Battery
March 21 at 2:57 p.m., two men were reported fist fighting in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 400 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and found one of the subjects was bleeding from the nose, so paramedics responded. The subject was taken to a hospital for medical care. This investigation is continuing.

Attempt Grand Theft
March 21 at 8:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. A subject at the location tried to leave the store without paying for merchandise. When he was stopped by security, he agreed to pay. He was allowed to pay for the merchandise he had taken, and the officers stood by to keep the peace. No further action was required.

Violation of Court Order
March 21 at 10:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 500 block of E. Greystone when a subject who had a restraining order prohibiting him from being at the location arrived and began throwing rocks at the residence. Officers arrived, located the subject and arrested him without incident.

Graffiti
March 22 at 8:41 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 700 block of W. Huntington when he saw fresh graffiti on the wall of the 210 Freeway underpass. The graffiti was spray painted with black paint. Athens was called to remove the graffiti. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
March 22 at 4:38 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of Spanner called to report she was just punched in the face by her husband. Officers responded and, after further investigation, arrested the husband for domestic violence. An Emergency Restraining Order was issued.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested
March 22 at 10:44 p.m., the owner of a business in the 300 block of W. Evergreen called police to report a suspicious subject sitting inside a silver SUV in his parking lot. The parking lot backs up to the Sierra Dodge commercial lot. Officers arrived and contacted a male subject. One of the officers conducted a drug evaluation on the subject and determined he was under the influence of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle revealed Slim Jims for entering locked vehicles and bear pepper spray. The suspect has prior felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing any type of pepper spray. The suspect was arrested without incident.

Vehicle Burglary
March 23 at 8:35 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of Linwood walked outside her home and discovered someone had burglarized her parked car sometime during the night and stole personal items. It is unknown how the suspects forced entry into the locked vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud / Grand Theft
March 23 at 2:00 p.m., a resident in the 1800 block of Encino reported that she had been defrauded over the phone. When the suspect called her, she believed he worked for a legitimate computer virus repair company. She gave this person access to her computer remotely, as well as her bank account information. The suspect subsequently stole a large sum of money from her accounts. The suspect was traced to Peru, so the FBI was notified. This investigation is continuing.

Battery / Robbery Warrant – Suspect Arrested
March 23 at 8:28 p.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of S. Alta Vista regarding three male subjects in their 20's starting a fight with a male and female. During the confrontation, the female got punched in the head. Officers arrived and interviewed all of the subjects. One of the three males that started the altercation was arrested for an outstanding robbery warrant out of Santa Paula Police Department. The suspect was also given a citation to appear in court on the battery charges. He was picked up by Santa Paula Detectives.

Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale – Suspect Arrested
March 24 at 11:30 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop in the 200 block of W. Huntington for a vehicle code violation. Further investigation revealed the driver was in possession of large quantities of methamphetamine for sale. The subject was arrested and taken into custody. Vehicle burglaries March 24 at 12:47 p.m. and at 13:13 p.m., two vehicle burglaries were reported in the 800 block of W. Walnut. Sometime during the night, both vehicles were broken into and miscellaneous items were taken from inside. The investigations are continuing.

Violation of Court Order
March 24 at 7:00 p.m., two subjects came into the police lobby and stated a subject was at their home that was had a court order restraining them from being at the location. The domestic violence court order was confirmed and officers responded to the residence and located the subject still inside the house. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.