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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.

Dinner at La Adelita

Got dinner tonight at La Adelita, on the south side of Colorado about a half block east of Myrtle. Got the soft taco with carne asada plate for for $10.95, and an ice tea for $3. Very nice. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Second Option for Betty Sandford Virtual Memorial

If you would like to join the Betty Sandford Virtual Memorial (Wednesday, March 24 at 6 p.m.), there is now a second way to do so if you don't have access to Facebook. You can also join in on the ChangeMakers Zoom meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87454265049?pwd=UGEybHp0Y0grS3d5ZFJjdytuNlZCUT09

Meeting ID: 874 5426 5049

Passcode: 712476

And if you do have access to Facebook, you can participate here: facebook.com/ulises.gutierrez.5095

- Brad Haugaard

Switch - Monrovia Football Will Play Paraclete Instead of San Marino On Friday

The Monrovia/San Marino football game has been canceled for this Friday. Instead, Monrovia will play Paraclete this Friday. Home game. San Marino had to cancel because it has players committed to other sports and also has some injured players. https://is.gd/x7hU8s

- Brad Haugaard

Peppa Warms Up Quickly With a Cheek Scratch


Peppa is ten years old and loves affection! She was given a plastic spring toy recently and rubbed it with her chin, but she was much more interested in being petted. This sweet kitty wants to get to know you first, but she warms up to people very quickly when cheek scratches are involved. She loves being pet so much, she’ll even drool when she’s truly content! Peppa would make a great lap cat or couch buddy in a calm home. This lovebug even does well with other cats and small dogs.

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

A Moment in Monrovia History: 200 Block of Myrtle in 1927

200 Block of S Myrtle 1927 with Maxwell Chrysler car dealership and realty companies. 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

Studio Movie Grill in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

File photo.

Studio Movie Grill, which owns the theater on Myrtle, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This does not necessarily mean it will go out of business, but means it is seeking protection from its creditors.

The corporation, like other theater chains, has been suffering due to the COVID pandemic. https://is.gd/vzUnpc 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Football Opens with 42-13 Victory

Monrovia football has a 42-14 victory over Northview in its season opening game. https://is.gd/BVWJNt

- Brad Haugaard

Disney May Film 'Cheaper By the Dozen' at Monrovia High; Hybrid Schedule

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

~ Renting parts of Monrovia High for the filming of a Disney movie called Cheaper By the Dozen, based on a 1950 biographical book about two parents, 12 kids, and - the New York Times said - "a life of cheerfully controlled chaos." It has been made into movies before. Filming starts March 30 and will last 12 days. The district will get $5,500 for set-up and break-down days, and $11,000 for each filming day. Sounds like about $121,000 total. https://is.gd/KVci4K

~ Approving the proposed Secondary Hybrid Instructional Model for all secondary schools. https://is.gd/Zi0mCt

- Brad Haugaard

Passport Office Reopens April 19, Virtual and In-Person Classes

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

~ The Monrovia Community Center Passport Office, at 119 W. Palm Avenue, will reopen on Monday, April 19, for passport services by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 932-5598. Appointments are available on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Agents vsm assist with new passport applications and answer questions about renewals and other passport questions.

~  Spring classes (virtual and a few in-person) will start on Monday, March 22. Classes include:  Dance, Dog Obedience, Education, Exercise, Yoga/Qigong, Community  Events, Special Event, Youth Classes, Educational, Exercise, Golf,  Martial Arts, Soccer, Youth Programs, Junior Resercher Academy, Youth  Sports. https://is.gd/9gaMks

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Cafe Mundial


Dinner at Cafe Mundial, on the east side of Myrtle a bit north of Colorado. Got the Seared Ahi for $24 and a beer for $6.  The ahi was pretty large and seared nicely on the outside and pretty red inside. Very good. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: Only 7 New Cases; Unfortunately, 1 New Death

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 03/17/2021. Changes since 03/10/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,105 cases (up 7), 71 deaths up 1
Unincorporated Monrovia: 365 cases (up 2), 1 deaths (unchanged)

Fewer than half the number of new cases as last week. 16 down to 7. 

- Brad Haugaard

Invitation to Betty Sandford Virtual Memorial

 


By Ulises Gutierrez


Betty was born June 18, 1927 in Monrovia and lived there for more than 90 years. Like her parents, Jack and Marian Zelkowitz, and her husband Jules Sandford, she loved this community and spent a lifetime helping make Monrovia a better place to live, work and raise a family. 

 

She was an activist who saw wrongs and took actions to right them. Betty took on monumental projects and provided the leadership and resources, both human and financial, to guarantee success. Her determination and organizational skills made her community better and improved the lives of others, especially the youth and disadvantaged.  

 

Betty Sandford’s legacy is evident throughout Monrovia and places far beyond. The world is a better place and we are more considerate people because of her. She and Jules were respected and loved - role models who are sorely missed and will not be forgotten.\

- Brad Haugaard


Monrovia Police: Social Security Scam; Stolen Scooter; Driver Accidentally Runs Over Woman's Arm; Bicycle Chase; Suspect Bathes in Camper; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 11-17. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 307 service events, resulting in 60 investigations.

Grand Theft
March 11 at 9:12 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of E. Olive called to report the catalytic converter was stolen from her vehicle sometime during the night. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Theft
March 11 at 7:18 p.m., a resident arrived home in the 200 block of N. Grand and noticed their mailbox and a package had been taken from their property. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. The mailbox was found near the intersection of Canyon and Wildrose. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
March 11 at 7:20 p.m., a caller reported a driver swerving in and out of traffic in the area of Myrtle and Pomona. Officers in the area located the vehicle and stopped it for a vehicle code violation. An investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Commercial Burglary
March 12 at 2:19 a.m., the owner of a business in the 400 block of E. Huntington called to report his security cameras had just recorded someone inside his closed business. Officers arrived, but the suspect had already fled the building. An interior search revealed the suspect broke a window to gain entry. Once inside, the suspect took several pieces of high dollar audio and video equipment. This investigation is continuing.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
March 12 at 3:40 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Pomona called police to report a subject on his property. The subject had previously been served a no-trespass authorization. Officers arrived and contacted the suspect, who refused to leave. The resident made a private person’s arrest. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Phone Scam
March 12 at 8:46 a.m., a local resident called police and inquired about a phone call she received. A caller (scammer) stated they were from the Social Security Administration and told the resident that several bank accounts had been opened in her name. The scammer said a police officer found a stolen vehicle with drugs, blood, and credit cards in her name, and as a result, a warrant was issued for her. In order to clear her name, she needed to purchase six $500.00 cash cards and provide the account numbers to the caller. The reporting party purchased $1,900.00 worth of cash cards, but wisely decided to call the police prior to providing the account numbers to the caller. She was informed of the scam and did not call the scammer back. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
March 12 at 6:26 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Foothill and Primrose regarding a female subject who appeared to be passed out behind the wheel. An investigation revealed the adult female suspect was under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs. The driver was arrested and taken to a local hospital for a blood test, before being held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft
March 12 at 6:38 p.m., a grand theft was reported in the 1200 block of Alta Vista. The victim called to report a scooter he rented had been stolen from the location. Officers checked the area, but the scooter was not located. A report was taken and this investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
March 12 at 8:25 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of W. Duarte regarding a domestic dispute. Officers interviewed the involved parties and found there were no injuries. Both parties provided conflicting statements. The investigation revealed the female was the aggressor and she was arrested.

Drug Activity / Warrants – Suspects Arrested
March 13 at 3:50 a.m., officers patrolling the 300 block of N. Myrtle noticed a suspicious vehicle loitering in the area. Further investigation revealed the vehicle license plate returned to a different vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated and three suspects were detained. The vehicle contained controlled substances and property that appeared to belong to other vehicles. Two of the suspects were found to have warrants for their arrest. The two suspects were arrested for the warrants. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
March 13 at 11:29 a.m., a resident in the 1100 block of S. Fifth called to report her vehicle had been broken into sometime during the night. She locked the doors and made sure the windows were rolled up. She left a travel bag containing a computer and wallet inside the vehicle. She returned to her vehicle in the morning and noticed her travel bag was missing. There were no signs of forced entry. This investigation is continuing.

Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
March 15 at 3:42 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of Linwood regarding a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a male and female subject at the location and discovered the male was recently arrested for domestic violence against the female. Further investigation revealed there was an active domestic violence restraining order preventing him from being near her. The male subject was arrested for violating the restraining order.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
March 15 at 7:12 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of W. Palm walked outside his home and discovered someone had collided into his parked vehicle. His vehicle had been parked on the street in front of his house, and he believes it happened sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 15 at 1:12 p.m., a traffic accident was reported at a parking lot in the 500 block of W. Duarte. A motorist had just driven over a woman's arm in the parking lot. The woman had apparently fainted next to the passenger side of a parked vehicle. The driver of the vehicle didn't know she was lying on the ground as he backed up. When the driver felt he hit something, he stopped and found the woman, then rendered aid. Paramedics responded to provide additional aid. The arm injury was not life threatening.

Theft / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
March 15 at 4:34 p.m., a caller reported a male subject chasing another male subject on a bicycle in the 100 block of N. May. Officers responded and detained both subjects. An investigation revealed the subject on the bike had just stolen it and the owner of the bike was chasing him. The bike was returned to the owner, but he did not desire to prosecute the suspect. The suspect was also found to have a felony warrant for his arrest for a previous fraud crime. He was arrested for the warrant.

Mail Theft
March 16 at 12:31 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of S. Ivy walked outside her home and discovered someone had broken into her locked mailbox and took her mail. Her neighbor's mailbox also had the lock broken. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
March 16 at 4:20 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Mayflower reported that someone had forced entry into his camper, which was parked at his home. The suspect bathed inside the camper, then stole personal items belonging to the victim. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 16 at 8:59 p.m., a motorcyclist was traveling approximately 100 miles per hour east in the 400 block of E. Foothill, where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour. The motorcyclist attempted to pass a vehicle making a left turn from Foothill onto Grand Avenue. The motorcycle collided into the driver’s side of the vehicle, which ejected the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was transported to a nearby hospital by Monrovia Paramedics and is in stable condition. The Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) from Arcadia Police Department responded to assist with the investigation. DUI was not a factor in this collision.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 17 at 9:59 a.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of S. Peck regarding a vehicle collision. A vehicle rear ended another vehicle, and one of the driver’s complained of pain. Paramedics responded to treat the injured party, and the driver at fault was issued a citation.

Grand Theft Auto
March 17 at 12:13 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 700 block of W. Huntington. The victim last saw her van around 3:15 a.m. that morning. When she returned at 11:30 a.m., her vehicle was gone. Surveillance footage shows the vehicle was stolen at approximately 3:30 a.m. The vehicle was entered into the stolen vehicle system and the investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 17 at 1:27 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Central and Myrtle regarding a vehicle collision. A tow truck began having mechanical issues that caused him to hit two other stopped vehicles. Two of the driver’s complained of pain and were treated by paramedics.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 17 at 2:05 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Foothill and California regarding a traffic collision. One of the vehicles stopped for a pedestrian crossing in the crosswalk. Another vehicle was not able to stop in time and hit the first vehicle. One of the driver’s complained of pain to her chest and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Virtual 11th Annual MAP Conference

"The MAP Neighborhood Conference’s goal is to provide the entire community, including the surrounding areas of Monrovia, an opportunity to gain education, information, training, resources, and build relationships with individuals and groups from all different walks of life. In return, we want everyone in attendance to take what they have learned and share it within their community, their work, their neighborhoods, or anywhere it might be needed."

- Brad Haugaard

100-MPH Crash on Foothill Injures Motorcyclist

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 8:59 p.m., a motorcyclist was traveling approximately 100 MPH east in the 400 block of E. Foothill where the posted speed limit is 35 MPH. The motorcyclist attempted to pass a vehicle making a left turn from Foothill onto Grand Avenue. The motorcycle collided into the driver’s side of the vehicle, which ejected the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was transported to a nearby hospital by Monrovia Paramedics, and is in stable condition. The Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) from Arcadia Police Department responded to assist with the investigation. DUI was not a factor in this collision.

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Former Monrovian, NFL Coach Wayne Nunnely, to be Buried in Monrovia

Former Monrovian and noted football coach, Wayne Benjamin Nunnely, who died on February 16 of this year, will be buried in Live Oak Park on Duarte Road in a private service on March 26.

Nunnely grew up in Monrovia, played football at Monrovia High and at UNLV, then had a career coaching at UCLA, USC, UNLV, then with The New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, and Denver Broncos. He was the first African American head coach on the West Coast.

Partial source: https://is.gd/4SASOa

- Brad Haugaard

Sol Is Gentle and Intelligent, And Oh So Handsome!


Three-year-old Sol is a gentle and intelligent dog, and so handsome! He already knows his commands of sit, down, paw, and touch, and he loves getting treats for showing off his tricks. Sol is a cuddly dog who loves people and going for walks. He would do best in a home where he can be the only pet and give you all his snuggles!

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 Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week.

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

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Eva C. Rehrman and Friend c. 1922

Eva C. Rehrman and friend c. 1922 looking east on W. Palm (now occupied by the Community Center) toward Myrtle Ave. with Woman's Clubhouse in background and Methodist Church (right). See full details here. From the Rehrman family collection.

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

New City Entry Sign Planned for Huntington at Fifth; MOTAB Board; Promoting Bicycle Riding


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

~ Consider a new city entry sign at the west side of town at Huntington Drive and Fifth. It'll cost about $204,000, to be paid for from the Art in Public Places Fund, which was, in turn, funded by the builders of the Areum condo project. The sign will echo the "MONROVIA" sign at City Hall and have the leaves motif you can see at the eastbound freeway exit at Myrtle. https://is.gd/rUhy7q

~ Consider increasing the size of Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board from five to seven people. City staff is making no recommendation on what to do. https://is.gd/gXgKQU

~ Hear a report on a new program to encourage bicycle riding in the city. https://is.gd/B5BBjI

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Plans to Promote Bicycle Riding


Photo by C Drying on Unsplash

As part of the GoMonrovia transportation program, the city is planning to promote bicycle riding in Monrovia with "a 'Ride-to-Own' bicycle pilot program, which includes dedicated bike programs for residents, commuters, restaurants for delivery services, bike shops (rentals/repairs), as well as a digital platform and a budget for infrastructure updates and marketing."

The program is designed to "alleviate safety and financial barriers to owning and riding bikes in Monrovia."

Also, the city is working to get the Monrovia Transit vehicles (for handicapped individuals) onto the Lyft app so people can order a ride just as Lyft riders do.

The matter will be reported on at the next City Council meeting: https://is.gd/SUPuXX

Source: https://is.gd/B5BBjI

- Brad Haugaard

Hippity Hoppity Photo Op March 27 at Library Park


Program is free, but registration for 15-minute photo time slots are limited and required. Plague rules apply.

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Coronavirus Report: 16 More Cases, 2 More Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 03/10/2021. Changes since 03/03/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,098 cases (up 16), 70 deaths up 2
Unincorporated Monrovia: 363 cases (up 2), 1 death (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

School Board to Vote on Hybrid Instructional Model for Elementary Schools


At a special Zoom meeting at 1 p.m. this Friday (agenda: https://is.gd/qDrBS5), the Monrovia Board of Education will consider an Elementary Hybrid Instructional Model to be implemented at all MUSD elementary schools. The proposed schedule is shown in the accompanying images.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at London Gastropub


Lunch today at London Gastropub, on the west side of Myrtle about a half block north of Lemon. Got the fish tacos for $12 and a beer for $7. I liked it a lot.

- Brad Haugaard 

Stickers for InfoWars Appearing on City Signs

Reader Brian Robinson writes that he has recently pulled down about 30 stickers for InfoWars on municipal signs, mostly in the area of Monrovia High School. He said police know about the vandalism. The sticker shown here, Robinson writes, is near Mountain Communion Church at Magnolia and Colorado. 

Wikipedia calls InfoWars a "far-right conspiracy theory and fake news website."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Robbery With Scissors; Pistol Persuades Intruder to Leave; Motorcyclist Causes Car's Airbags to Go Off; Angry Roommate Bites Live Electrical Cord; and More

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 4-10. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 329 service events, resulting in 59 investigations.

Robbery – Suspect Arrested
March 5 at 10:30 a.m., an employee of a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called police to report a female adult that entered the store, concealed items, and left without paying. As she left, she was approached by an employee. The female suspect produced a pair of scissors and held them above her head as though she was going to stab the employee. Fearing for her safety, the employee moved away and allowed the suspect to leave. Officers arrived and detained the suspect a short distance away. She was positively identified by the witness and arrested for robbery.

Weapons Offense – One Suspect Arrested
March 5 at 9:22 p.m., officers observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation in the 200 block of Los Angeles. They initiated a traffic stop, but both occupants exited the vehicle and ran. A containment was set up of the area, and one of the suspects was detained. Two firearms were recovered by officers that appeared to have been thrown by the suspects as they ran. The suspect that was detained was arrested and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary / False Imprisonment – Suspect Arrested
March 6 at 7:46 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of Linwood called police to report a male suspect that just kicked in his front door and entered his home. The suspect was holding a metal object. The resident, fearing for his safety, attempted to exit the home. The suspect told the resident he was not allowed to leave. The suspect said he was looking for his sister, and he proceeded to look in each bedroom and closet. Shortly after, the suspect exited the home without harming the resident. Police received a second call from a neighbor, as the male suspect attempted to break into his home. The homeowner pointed a handgun at the suspect and told him to get off his property. The suspect complied. Officers set up a containment in the area and saw the suspect on the roof of a nearby home. The suspect ran and a short distance, but was detained by officers. A thorough investigation was conducted and the suspect was arrested.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 6 at 10:03 a.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Duarte and Mayflower between a vehicle and a motorcycle. Officers arrived and checked on the well being of the involved parties. The driver of the vehicle complained of pain. The motorcyclist had visible injuries and was treated at the scene. Video footage of the traffic collision was obtained that showed the motorcyclist traveling westbound on Duarte at a high rate of speed. The motorcyclist lost control and fell off the motorcycle. The motorcycle slid into a vehicle that was waiting to make a left turn onto Duarte, causing the vehicle airbags to deploy. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
March 7 at 5:22 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of S. Magnolia regarding a family disturbance. During the investigation, officers learned that two roommates were involved in a domestic dispute, when one bit the other on the arm, and then bit an electrical cord that was plugged in, causing an injury to his mouth. The primary aggressor was arrested and taken into custody after being medically evaluated.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
March 7 at 9:16 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a subject who appeared to be passed out. The officer stopped to check on the well being of the subject. As he approached, he discovered a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia resting next to the subject. The subject woke up and said he was okay. He was arrested and released with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Mental Evaluation – Subject Evaluated
March 7 at 11:17 a.m., a caller reported a female subject lying on the sidewalk in the 500 block of W. Foothill, screaming to herself. Officers arrived and located the subject. She began screaming at the officers and stood up. She proceeded to walk away from the officers and into the street. There were several cars traveling in the roadway, which put her safety at risk. Officers determined the subject was a danger to herself. She was detained and transported to a local hospital for mental evaluation.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
March 7 at 11:25 a.m., a male adult subject was reported stumbling in the 100 block of W. Foothill and appeared intoxicated. Officers arrived and saw the subject had fallen on the sidewalk and was crawling on his hands and knees. The subject was heavily intoxicated and could not care for his own safety. He was arrested for being drunk in public and held for a sobering period.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 8 at 9:01 a.m., a traffic collision involving injuries was reported at the intersection of California and Central. Officers arrived and found both drivers had non-life-threatening injuries. Paramedics responded and transported both drivers to a nearby hospital for care. The party found at fault will be issued a citation.

Attempt Burglary
March 9 at 3:53 a.m., officers responded to a burglary alarm activation at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. Upon arrival, officers discovered the front window had been smashed. The front, roll-up, security screen was still intact and no suspects gained entry. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 9 at 11:27 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Mountain and Huntington after two vehicles collided in the southbound lanes. One of the drivers complained of pain and was treated by paramedics. He was later transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Injury Traffic Collision
March 9 at 1:16 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Huntington and Highway Esplanade regarding a collision between two vehicles. An investigation revealed that one of the drivers had failed to stop at a red light. The other driver complained of pain to his head and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
March 9 at 4:32 p.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Violet and Lime. The victim called police to report his vehicle had been hit at the intersection by another vehicle when the driver ran the stop sign. The suspect vehicle refused to stop and left the area. Officers arrived, but were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
March 10 at 8:40 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 300 block of S. Violet. The victim reported his vehicle was broken into sometime during the night. Officers arrived and concluded the only items stolen were the vehicle registration and manual. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
March 10 at 9:56 a.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported at a parking lot in the 900 block of W. Huntington. The suspect vehicle struck the victim’s vehicle in the parking lot and then drove away. Officers arrived, but the suspect vehicle had fled the area already and was not located. This investigation is continuing.

Snow Capped Mountains Over Monrovia


- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovian Charged With Using Illegal Methods to Gain College Admissions for Foreign Students

Monrovian Yi Chen, also known as “Brian Chen," 33, has been charged in a 21-count grand jury indictment, along with a San Gabriel man, with running "educational consulting" companies in Alhambra and Arcadia that guaranteed admission to US colleges to foreign students. Both men have pleaded not guilty. The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges that the company used fake or altered transcripts and hired people to impersonate the applicant to take standardized tests, such as the test of English as a Foreign Language. https://is.gd/cpJfVA


- Brad Haugaard

Micken Is a Sweetie Ready for a Second Chance


Four-year-old Micken came to the shelter with eleven other cats as part of a hoarding case, and he’s looking for his second chance! Micken is a sweetie who loves being next to his foster parent or on their lap. He even likes belly rubs and being combed! He may need a little time to get to know you, but once he does, he’s an affectionate kitty who will bring a lot of warmth to your life.

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 Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week.

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

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: 1912 Monrovia Day Parade

Monrovia Days Parade 1912. See full details here. From the From the Rehrman family collection.

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

Public Works Director Sean Sullivan Accepts Job in Big Bear

Monrovia Public Works Director Sean Sullivan will resign from his position after accepting the role of Public Services Director for the City of Big Bear Lake.

“This was a decision that was not made lightly. Simply put, I love Monrovia and will always remember the team and the community,” said Sullivan. “Throughout the past five years, I have worked alongside amazing people and I could not be more proud of the work and contributions of everyone on the Monrovia team. This is truly a bittersweet moment, but I am excited at the opportunity to begin the next chapter of my family’s adventure.”

As the Public Works Director, Sullivan led the largest public works project in the City’s history. Known as Monrovia Renewal, this multi-year infrastructure improvement initiative was designed to prioritize repairs and restore the City’s aging infrastructure that was plagued by a backlog of deferred maintenance. This $55.2 million project aim to upgrade and repair water and sewer pipelines, water facilities, streets, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters. After the Bobcat Fire, Sullivan coordinated post-fire mitigation efforts, including k-rail installation and debris removal after a major rainstorm. 

“It has been an honor working with Sean,” said Dylan Feik, Monrovia City Manager. “His passion to serve the Monrovia community inspired many, including myself. His family has deep ties in the Big Bear Lake community and the opportunity to continue his career there has special meaning for him. I, along with the entire team at the City of Monrovia, wish nothing but the best for Sean and his family.”

Sullivan joined the City in 2015 and held titles of Public Works Director and Public Works Manager. His last day with the City will be April 1, 2021. The City will be conducting a recruitment for the next Public Works Director in the coming weeks.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

School Board to Consider: Recruiting Company for New Superintendent; Popular Singing Course; Naming Wellness Center after Susan Hirsch

At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/fb8r9X) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider ...

~ Hiring Leadership Associates, of Santa Barbara, a company that specializes in executive recruiting for educational organizations, to help the district find a new superintendent to replace retiring Katherine Thorossian. If approved, the district would pay the company $25,000. https://is.gd/13OwCI

~ Creating a new high school course called Popular Singing. https://is.gd/Aq1LfQ

~ Renaming the Wellness Center at Monrovia High School after former administrator Susan Hirsch.

- Brad Haugaard

Latest Edition of 'School News' Is Online


The March/April edition of School News, with reports from each Monrovia school, is now out. You can read it (PDF) here: https://is.gd/SVNxRO

- Brad Haugaard

Police to Monitor Suspicious Bags of Meat; City Looking for Public Works Director

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

~ "Over the past several months, residents on Norumbega Drive repeatedly found bags of chicken, which some believe to be poisonous. At this time, the Monrovia Police Department will continue to look into these reports. Those who have seen any suspicious activities related to bags of food left on properties are encouraged to contact  Sgt. Donchig at 256-8020 or Officer Vanderburg at 256-8036."

~ The City of Monrovia is looking for a  Director of Public Works who is "a mentor and a team builder who prioritizes people and enhances the needs of the team." Pay, by the way, is $158,862 to $212,890. https://is.gd/JHD70C

- Brad Haugaard

Chevron Station Next to Freeway Wants to Add Car Wash


The Chevron Gas Station at 1515 S. Myrtle - on the west side of Myrtle just south of the freeway - wants to add a car wash. The Monrovia Planning Commission will consider that at its next meeting: https://is.gd/cEW8zx

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Coronavirus Count: Down, Down, Down - Only 16 New Cases

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 03/03/2021. Changes since 02/24/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,082 cases (up 16), 68 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 361 cases (up 4), 1 death (unchanged)

New cases
This week16
Last week33
Previous week42
Previous week82
Previous week114
Previous week120
Previous week201

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Cafe X20

Dinner at Cafe X20, on the north side of Foothill a bit east of Alta Vista. Got the Chicken Schawerma Wrap with a side of baba ghanouj (smooshed up egg plant) for $12 and a beer for $3 (half off today because it’s Thursday)  Very good!

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Drunk in Public; High and Hallucinating With an Axe; She Bites Him; Drunk Demands Money From Diners; He Batters Her; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for February 25 – March 3. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 312 service events, resulting in 73 investigations.

Grand Theft Auto
February 25 at 4:57 p.m., the owner of a business in the 400 block of W. Maple reported his company vehicle was just discovered missing from their lot. No one had permission to take the vehicle. Officers searched the area for the vehicle, but could not locate it. It was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Non-injury Traffic Collision
February 25 at 5:19 p.m., several callers reported a traffic collision in the 500 block of E. Foothill. A motorist crashed into a parked vehicle and ended up on its side. Officers and paramedics responded to check if the driver was injured. The driver reported no injuries and a traffic collision investigation was conducted.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 25 at 9:22 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation near the intersection of Evergreen and Myrtle. During the traffic stop, a computer check revealed the driver had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The driver was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
February 25 at 11:02 p.m., an officer observed a subject having a difficult time walking in the 800 block of W. Huntington. He contacted the subject and determined he was too intoxicated to care for himself. The subject was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
February 27 at 12:03 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Mayflower and Duarte, where a citizen was trying to detain a possible driver who had collided into two parked vehicles. Officers arrived and detained the driver, who was found to be under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence.

Theft From a Vehicle
February 27 at 1:15 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of W. Crescent reported several items had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
February 28 at 12:54 a.m., an employee from a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle reported a drunk male subject was attempting to enter after closing hours. Officers arrived and determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Theft From a Vehicle / Fraud
February 28 at 2:03 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 800 block of W. Hillcrest regarding a theft of items from a vehicle overnight. The victim also reported that his stolen credit cards had already been used in other cities in the area. This investigation is continuing.

Overdose / Mental Evaluation
February 28 at 10:54 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of Wildrose called to report her son was possibly on drugs and was yelling in front of the residence. Officers arrived and saw the subject was armed with an axe. The subject appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was hallucinating. Officers were able to talk him into putting the weapon down. Paramedics responded and the subject was transported to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

Grand Theft Auto
March 1 at 6:42 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of S. Fifth walked outside his home and discovered his vehicle had been stolen sometime during the night. Officers searched the area for the vehicle, but did not locate it. The vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
March 1 at 10:15 p.m., a victim in the 100 block of W. Duarte called to report that two suspects broke into his vehicle and took a duffel bag. The suspects were last seen running north toward the Gold Line. Officers arrived and found an additional victim that had her purse stolen. The officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspects. This investigation is continuing.

Robbery – Suspect Arrested
March 1 at 10:17 p.m., a robbery was reported outside a restaurant near the intersection of Myrtle and Olive. The two victims were eating at the restaurant when they were approached by the male suspect, who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The suspect started threatening the victims by raising his fist and demanded money from them. The victims ran from the suspect and he chased after them. They made it to their vehicle and locked the doors as the suspect was punching the door window. The suspect was last seen by the victims walking north on Myrtle. Officers responded and located the suspect still in the area. The suspect was positively identified by the victims and was found to be heavily intoxicated. He was arrested for robbery and was taken into custody.

Domestic Violence / Vandalism
March 2 at 12:48 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of S. California regarding a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, they spoke to a male subject. He said he was bitten and scratched by his girlfriend. She had left the area before officers arrived. The victim had visible bite marks on his arm and his vehicle had been vandalized. Officers were unable to locate the girlfriend. A domestic violence wanted persons warrant was issued for the girlfriend.

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
March 2 at 5:59 a.m., a motorist was driving home when he witnessed a suspect smash a window at a closed restaurant in the 900 block of W. Huntington, and he called the police. Officers responded and found the suspect in the lobby of the restaurant. The suspect was arrested for burglary and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto / Stolen Vehicle Recovered
March 2 at 10:29 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 700 block of W. Duarte. Officers arrived and made aware that someone may have seen the vehicle near Mayflower and Jeffries. They searched the area and located the vehicle in the 1700 block of S. Mayflower in Arcadia. The vehicle was then removed from the stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
March 2 at 2:38 p.m., a grand theft was reported in the 500 block of W. Colorado. The victim reported the catalytic converter was stolen from her Honda CRV while it was parked in front of her residence. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
March 2 at 11:57 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of E. Olive regarding a domestic dispute. The female subject reported she was battered by her boyfriend, who ran out of the house as she was calling the police. Officers arrived and located the boyfriend in the rear alley. The victim told officers her boyfriend started throwing items inside the house and took her phone to prevent her from calling the police. The argument escalated and the boyfriend grabbed her by the face, causing injury. The suspect was arrested for domestic violence and was taken into custody. While searching the suspect in the jail, officers discovered a controlled substance in his shoe, which was added to his charges.

Commercial Burglary
March 3 at 1:31 a.m., officers responded to an alarm activation at a business in the 500 block of S. Myrtle. Officers saw the front glass door and interior jewelry cases had been smashed. No suspects were found in the area. Officers reviewed the video and saw that three suspects wearing hoodies used crowbars to gain entry and smash the jewelry display cases. They took an unknown amount of jewelry and fled the area. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
March 3 at 8:23 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation at the intersection of Huntington and Monterey. A computer check revealed the driver also had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested for the warrant.

Grand Theft
March 3 at 5:35 p.m., a grand theft incident that occurred on March 2 was reported at a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington. Three suspect entered the business and stole a large amount of merchandise from the location. This investigation is continuing.