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Memorial Day Ceremony

There will be a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony for all veterans who died in the service of their country on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at Live Oak Memorial Park, 200 E. Duarte Road.

- Brad Haugaard 

Get Free Pass to State Parks; City’s Buffy Bullis Wins Hero Award; Job Fair

City’s Buffy Bullis, Hero Award Winner

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

~ You can now get into more than 200 California State Parks for free with a pass you can borrow from the Monrovia Library. Use your library card to reserve a pass, good for 3 weeks and valid for entry of one passenger vehicle (with nine people or fewer) or one motorcycle. Visit the library’s website or call  256-8274 for more information.

~ Buffy Bullis, Monrovia's Administrative Services Director, has received the Government Finance Officers Association Hero Award. Feik writes that: “Over the past few years, Monrovia has experienced a series of emergencies including the Bobcat Fire, rainstorms, pandemic and drought. Buffy has been a critical behind-the-scenes team member when it comes to ensuring that financial operations for the City continued without delays no matter the situation.” https://shrtm.nu/LHSM

~ Monrovia Chamber of Commerce will host a Skilled Trades Career Fair on Thursday, June 16, 2-6 p.m., at the DoubleTree Hotel Monrovia. Details: https://shrtm.nu/Ixgj

- Brad Haugaard 

Jeremy Sanchez Named Monrovia Fire Chief

Manager Dylan Feik named Jeremy Sanchez as the next Fire Chief of the Monrovia Fire & Rescue Department (MFD). Jeremy will succeed Fire Chief Brad Dover who is retiring on June 24. He will officially assume the role as Monrovia’s next Fire Chief on June 25, becoming the first Latino Fire Chief for the City of Monrovia. 

“When searching for Monrovia’s next Chief, I knew I did not have to look far as we had exceptional talent within the department. Jeremy, who currently serves as a Division Chief, demonstrated his natural leadership ability, immense technical expertise, excellent communication and interpersonal skills. He has worked hard to prepare himself for this opportunity and he is ready to become a Fire Chief,” said Dylan Feik, City Manager. “He will bring professionalism and innovative ideas not only to the department, but to the entire community.”

In 2001, Jeremy began his career when he joined MFD as a Fire Cadet. As a 21-year veteran of the department, he has transitioned upward within the department and held positions including  F.S.C./Brush Chipper Inspector, Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, Captain and Division Chief. 

As 1 of 3 Division Chiefs, he was responsible for the Community Risk Reduction and Disaster Preparedness Division where he maintained citywide disaster plans, trained city staff and residents in emergency preparedness and managed annual brush clearance programs. In 2019, Jeremy became responsible for the Training and Emergency Medical Services Division, overseeing all aspects of department training and recruitments, paramedic training and certification, equipment management, quality improvement and legal aspects for all basic and advanced emergency medical services.

“Throughout the 20 years that I’ve worked alongside Chief Sanchez, he has demonstrated that he is hardworking, resourceful and committed to helping anyone in need,” said Fire Chief Brad Dover. “His love of the fire service runs deep and I am confident he will lead the Department successfully.”   

During the Bobcat Fire in September 2020, Chief Sanchez was a key member of the Incident Command Team and assisted in making vital decisions to keep Monrovia residents safe, homes untouched and the fire contained.   

“It has been an absolute honor to serve the Monrovia community over the last 20 years,” said Chief Sanchez. “I am so grateful to have the opportunity to continue to serve in this new capacity.” 

As a graduate of Waldorf College, Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration. He is also certified as a Chief Fire Officer from the California Office of the State Fire Marshal. In 2023, he will also graduate from the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program in Emmitsburg, Maryland.   

Jeremy and his wife, Hazel, are proud parents of their three children, Mia, Lucas and Siena.

Monrovia Fire & Rescue operates out of two strategically placed stations. The Fire Chief and three Division Chiefs are supported by 47 personnel. The Department has a total operating budget of $11.6 million and responds to over 4,600 emergency calls for service annually.

Source: City of Monrovia press release 

- Brad Haugaard 

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 95 More Cases, No More Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 05/25/2022. Changes since 05/18/2022.

City of Monrovia: 8,641 cases (up 95), 104 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 902 cases (up 10), 4 deaths (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Thief Buys New Vehicle With Fake ID; Woman Tracks Her Stolen Car With Phone; Stolen Water Bill Check Cashed for Almost $6,000; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 371 service events, resulting in 54 investigations. 

Fraud
May 19 at 12:13 p.m., a caller reported three personal checks were stolen from the 200 block of S. Ivy and were cashed by the suspect(s). This investigation is continuing. 

Death Report
May 19 at 1:46 p.m., a resident reported his neighbor in the 700 block of W. Walnut had collapsed and was unresponsive. Officers responded to the location and began CPR. Despite life saving measures, the elderly female passed at the scene. A local mortuary responded. Friends and family were at the scene. 

Theft
May 19 at 8:21 p.m., officers were flagged down by a female victim in the 700 block of S. Myrtle stating that a male suspect had just stolen her electric bicycle. The victim had unlocked her bicycle from outside of the business, when the suspect approached her and asked to see her bike. She let him see it, and he then got on the motorized bike and fled the area. This investigation is continuing. 

Vandalism
May 20 at 12:40 a.m., a victim in the 100 block of Highland Place called to report that his ex-girlfriend had keyed both the hood and driver's side door of his vehicle. This investigation is continuing 

Drug Activity / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 20 at 1:05 a.m., officers responded to a parking structure in the 200 block of W. Pomona regarding a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival officers contacted a male and female subject sitting inside of the vehicle. An investigation revealed the female had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested and taken into custody. The male subject had medical issues and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. 

Vandalism
May 20 at 12:07 p.m., a victim in the 300 block of N. Encinitas reported their vehicle had been keyed while parked in a local business parking lot. This investigation is continuing. 

Mental Evaluation – Subject Evaluated
May 20 at 2:47 p.m., a caller in the 1700 block of S. Mayflower reported her roommate was experiencing mental health issues. Officers arrived and determined the female adult was a danger to herself and needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. She was transported to a local facility for treatment. 

Mental Evaluation – Subject Evaluated
May 20 at 3:27 p.m., a fight between two males was reported in the 500 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and contacted both subjects. It was determined one of the subjects was having mental issues and needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was transported to a local facility for treatment. 

Fraud
May 20 at 5:27 p.m., a caller in the 1400 block of S. Mountain reported a subject bought a new vehicle under a false identify. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 20 at 6:43 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington regarding a male subject who may have passed out in a restroom. Upon arrival they found him awake in the restroom. He was positively identified and an investigation revealed he had multiple warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Grand Theft / Burglary
May 20 at 7:32 p.m., an employee at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington advised that a suspect had taken thousands of dollars in merchandise from the location the previous day. This investigation is continuing. 

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 21 at 12:25 a.m., officers patrolling the 100 block of W. Lemon saw a male subject lying on the ground. They contacted him and discovered he was highly intoxicated and unable to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 21 at 1:06 a.m., while on patrol in the 200 block of E. Lemon an officer observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver showed signs of intoxication. Sobriety tests were performed and the driver was ultimately arrested for DUI. He was transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Attempt Grand Theft Auto / Warrant – Suspects Arrested
May 21 at 2:19 a.m., multiple callers reported two subjects tampering with a vehicle in the 200 block of E. Lemon. Officers arrived and were able to locate both subjects hiding in the area. An investigation was conducted and a vehicle in the area was found to have been tampered with. One of the suspects was found to have a no bail warrant for his arrest. Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody. 

Burglary
May 21 at 4:57 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington regarding an audible alarm. Upon arrival they saw that the front window had been shattered and that a suspect had entered the business through that window. The suspect fled the area prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft
May 21 at 12:52 p.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report that a grand theft had occurred thirty minutes prior. Officers arrived and collected evidence of the crime. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 21 at 1:54 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Pomona called and reported her vehicle was taken sometime during the night. She notified the officer that she was able to track the car using her cell phone. The vehicle was tracking to a residential street in Pasadena. Pasadena PD responded to the location and was able to recover the vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 22 at 1:55 a.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Fifth and Huntington saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver showed signs of intoxication. An investigation revealed that he had been driving under the influence of alcohol and was also on probation for a prior DUI. He was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Robbery
May 22 at 5:40 p.m., a robbery was reported in the 900 block of W. Duarte. The caller reported that the victim was approached by two subjects who brandished pistols and demanded his cell phone. The suspects left the location prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing. 

Resisting – Suspect Arrested
May 22 at 10:43 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 700 block of E. Huntington when he was flagged down by an employee of a local gas station. The employee pointed out two male suspects and advised that they were tampering with the gas pumps. Officers made contact with the suspects, but one of them became uncooperative during the detention and refused a lawful search. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 23 at 12:36 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of W. Pomona regarding a male suspect tampering with vehicles. They located the suspect and he was positively identified. An investigation revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Fraud
May 23 at 11:40 a.m., a resident discovered someone had stolen a check from the 200 block of S. Ivy which she had written to pay her water bill. The person who stole the check, altered the check and cashed it for almost $6,000. This investigation is continuing. 

Drug Activity / Weapon Offense – Suspects Arrested
May 23 at 4:24 p.m., a security guard for a business in the 3300 block of S. Peck reported two customers had entered the business through the safety security checkpoint. One of the male subjects was found to be in possession of a firearm that had the serial number shaved off. The firearm was retained by security. Officers arrived and after an investigation arrested the suspect. A second subject was arrested after a controlled substance was found to be in his possession. Both suspects were taken into custody and transported to MPD. 

Vehicle Burglary
May 23 at 4:27 p.m., a victim in the 700 block of W. Huntington walked outside to her vehicle and discovered someone had shattered one of her vehicle windows. Officers arrived and determined that her purse had been left in the front seat and stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Weapon Offense – Suspect Arrested
May 23 at 5:19 p.m., a customer at a coin laundry business in the 400 block of W. Foothill reported seeing a male subject enter a vehicle with a gun exposed in his waistband. Officers located the subject and determined he was carrying a firearm unlawfully. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. 

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 23 at 7:30 p.m., officers responded to the 1800 block of S. Mayflower regarding a subject reportedly checking mailboxes and looking into parked vehicles. The subject was located and found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and released with a citation. 

Robbery
May 23 at 9:00 p.m., employees at a business in the 900 block of E. Huntington called to report that a subject in the area had just been assaulted. Officers arrived and discovered the subject was punched and "knocked out" by a male suspect on a bicycle. The suspect stole the victim’s phone. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. This investigation is continuing. 

Mental Evaluation
May 23 at 10:31 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of E. Lime regarding a family disturbance. An investigation revealed the disturbance was a verbal argument and no crime was committed. One of the involved parties advised that he wanted to hurt himself and it was determined he needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was transported to a local facility for treatment. 

Vehicle Tampering
May 24 at 6:18 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of Parkrose walked outside her home and discovered someone had entered her unlocked parked vehicle sometime during the night, but nothing was taken. This investigation is continuing. 

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
May 24 at 7:01 a.m., employees of a business in the 200 block of Railroad reported a female adult had gained entry into their locked business. The suspect took one of the employee’s purses and ran out of the building. The suspect was apprehended by officers. The purse was returned to the employee and the suspect was arrested. 

Commercial Burglary
May 24 at 9:52 a.m., a commercial burglary was reported in the 900 block of W. Huntington. The caller reported that money and a safe were missing. It is unknown how the suspect gained entry into the restaurant. This investigation is continuing. 

Vandalism
May 24 at 7:56 p.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of El Norte and Walker saw fresh graffiti painted along a sidewalk. The graffiti was removed and this investigation is continuing. 

Theft / Possession of Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested
May 25 at 12:42 a.m., a caller reported seeing a subject via surveillance cameras inside the rear lot of a business in the 1100 block of S. Mountain. He could see the subject taking items from the location and throwing them over the fence. Officers arrived and the suspect fled the area. He was quickly detained. An investigation determined he was in possession of stolen goods and burglary tools. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Drug Activity / Grand Theft / Weapon Offence – Suspects Arrested
May 25 at 2:31 a.m., officers were canvasing the 1100 block of S. Mountain for evidence on a separate incident when they observed a suspicious vehicle parked behind a closed business. The vehicle attempted to leave the area, but was stopped by officers. An investigation revealed that both the driver and passenger had warrants for their arrest. Numerous stolen items, a controlled substance, burglary tools, and a ghost gun (unregulated and manufactured gun) were all found to be in their possession. Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody. 

Mental Evaluation
May 25 at 8:28 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of E. Colorado regarding a female on the property that wouldn't leave. While officers were talking with her, they realized she had a mental disorder. A mental health worker was called and arrived to speak with her. She was ultimately placed on a mental evaluation and transported to a mental facility for treatment. 

Mental Evaluation
May 25 at 3:28 p.m., the resident in the 700 block of Mountain reported her sister was yelling and scratching herself. She was very upset and has some history of trying to harm herself. Officers arrived with a mental health worker. They evaluated the female and determined she needed to be transported to a medical facility for medical attention and later to a mental facility. 

Battery
May 25 at 10:58 p.m., officers responded to a neighbor dispute in the 400 block of Montana. The caller stated his neighbor was upset with him because he moves his trash cans too late. This investigation is continuing. 

planned Apartment Complex Will Cost $64.4 Million

The multifamily development planned for 127 W. Pomona, just south of the freeway, will cost $64.4 million and take 33 months to build, according to a press release from Marcus & Millichap Capital Corp., which arranged the loan. The 252,100-square-foot community will feature 220 apartments, 7,050 square feet of commercial space and 357 parking spots. https://shrtm.nu/l3r9

- Brad Haugaard 

Dinner at JB Burger

Dinner recently at JB Burger, at the northwest corner of Myrtle and Olive. Got the Patty Melt for $5.25 and an Orange Bang for $2.25. Good and very reasonably priced. 

- Brad Haugaard  

School District Provides Resources Following Texas Shootings

In light of the shootings at the Texas elementary school in which children and adults were killed, the Monrovia School District has provided resources for parents and children who may have been affected by the killings. Superintendent Ryan Smith writes:

“Please know that safety at our schools is our highest priority. We would like to remind everyone that each of our schools have safety procedures in place that are reviewed and updated annually.”

Also, he said, the district maintains a close relationship with the Monrovia Police Department.

Here is a link to the resources the district recommends: https://shrtm.nu/rwPI

- Brad Haugaard

Statement of City Council Candidate Edward Belden


Hello Monrovia! I’m running for City Council because I care about Monrovia and the people who live here.  I am an experienced leader who was raised in Monrovia. I know how special its small-town charm is, and I want to give back to my community. My Grandmother was a school teacher in Monrovia, my grandfather ran a leprosy hospital in India, and my mother was nurse. My family fueled my passion to serve, and now I’m ready to put my education and 20+ years of diverse experience and results to work for our town.

I’ve started and run a successful small business, worked for local and national non-profits, and served in City Government at the executive level. I know when government can be effective and when it is inefficient. I’ve raised $40 million for projects and programs, restored our mountains, revitalized neighborhoods, encouraged business innovation, created jobs, provided opportunities for underserved youth, and built infrastructure projects. I am the current President of the Monrovia Parks, Wilderness and Recreation Foundation, a Community Services Commissioner, a member of the Art in Public Places Committee, and a MAP leader. When I am not working and volunteering, I love spending time with my wonderful wife and dog, especially in our Monrovia Parks.

With so much at stake, Monrovia needs experienced leaders in City Council that can deliver results. I will listen to the diverse voices and perspectives of Monrovia and work toward a healthy, prosperous, and safe community to Keep Monrovia Moving Forward. I ask for your support and vote. Please find out more at www.EdwardBelden.com

New Music Academy Opening in Monrovia

Ulf Geist, professional musician and founder of Pasadena Music Academy (PMA), will open a new music school at 136 W. Lime in Monrovia.

Monrovia Music Academy (MMA) will celebrate its launch with a Grand Opening Weekend June 9-12 where students and parents can learn more about the academy's programs. Lessons will be offered in piano, guitar, voice, drums, bass, DJ, music production, ukulele, violin, viola, trombone, saxophone, trumpet, flute, and clarinet.

Geist founded PMA in 2011 to give students and their families a fun, safe, and supportive place where they could build confidence and explore their own creativity through music. Like PMA, MMA will offer unlimited make-up lessons, performance opportunities throughout the year, and free band workshops (Tomorrow’s Rockstars) for all students. PMA currently has more than 700 students.

Geist began his music career at the age of five, playing drums in his family band in his small hometown in Germany. He went on to play for bands like The Calling, Camila, and with Ricky Martin at the Grammys.

"With our Pasadena location growing to capacity we decided it’s time to open a new location," Geist says, "We wanted to find a city with families that appreciate and have a need for high- quality musical education. After a lot of research, we realized that Monrovia is perfect for us. We couldn’t be happier to join this community."

During COVID-19, a staggering one third of small businesses closed their doors across the country. Despite the challenges they faced, PMA saw  growth and success during this time, almost doubling in size.

Those interested in lessons at MMA can attend the Grand Opening Weekend or sign up for the wait list for a free trial lesson at monroviamusic.com Students who sign up will receive a $75 discount on their first month of lessons. For more information, visit monroviamusic.com or call (626) 408-8622.

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Shadow Needs Owner Who Reads Dog Body Language

Eight-month-old Shadow is an energetic dog who loves getting belly rubs from those in his inner circle! Shadow would do best with an adopter who has experience reading dog body language, can give him time and patience to adjust to his new home, and is ready to teach him lots of new things using positive reinforcement (such as snacks and praise). Shadow would do best as the only pet in the home so he can get all your love.

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 an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia’s Conte ‘Athlete of the Week’

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune has named Monrovia hurdler, Madeleine Conte, as it’s San Gabriel Valley Girls Athlete of the Week for her domination in the girls’ 300 meter hurdles at the CIF Southern Section Masters meet. https://shrtm.nu/gjYq

- Brad Haugaard 

A Moment in Monrovia History: The Social Apollo Club in 1897

Apollo Club 1897. This early-day social organization produced this entertainment in the Opera House, located on Myrtle Avenue just north of Palm Avenue. The building, although altered, is still standing and is one of the oldest structures on Myrtle Avenue. From the Monrovia Messenger Illustrated Souvenir Edition 1897: "The lovers of good music find pleasure and enjoyment in the Apollo Club, which has been established for five years, but with never such effective work as this season. Professor John C. Dunster of Los Angeles is musical director of the society.". From the Myron Hotchkiss collection. See full details here.

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

Claim Jumper Now Gone

Claim Jumper restaurant has now been torn down. Gem City Images has a photo of the blank lot.  https://shrtm.nu/GDR9

- Brad Haugaard 

School Board: Graduation Lists; ADA Down; Etc.


At its next meeting (agenda: https://shrtm.nu/sM7U)  the Monrovia Board of Education will ...

~ Congratulate the CIF championship sports teams of Monrovia High School on a championship season and the robotics teams of Clifton MS, Santa Fe CSMS, and Monrovia High School on a successful year.

~ Approve the graduate lists for…
Monrovia High: https://shrtm.nu/Hhi8
Canyon Oaks HIgh: https://shrtm.nu/xVIR
Mountain Park School: https://shrtm.nu/b8eN
Monrovia Community Adult School: https://shrtm.nu/cZnV

~ Receive a report on average daily attendance. Regular ADA is 4,676.58 (https://shrtm.nu/1FJM). “This year, our attendance percentage at traditional school sites decreased by 4.01% compared to 2019-20, and 4.89% compared to 2020-21.” (https://shrtm.nu/CQGD)

~ Consider contracting with a company called Spyglass to reduce the district’s computer-related communications costs. https://shrtm.nu/uY5B

~ Consider contracting with a company called SyTech Solutions to scan district paper documents into electronic form. https://shrtm.nu/AfQy

- Brad Haugaard

Old Claim Jumper Restaurant Coming Down Next Week; City Payment System Working Again; Etc.


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

~ The old Claim Jumper restaurant at the corner of Huntington and Encino Avenue will start being torn down next week to prepare the way for a Chick-fil-A and Starbucks. 

~ The city’s online utility payment system , which was busted for a few weeks, is now working properly. The service is free.

~ Foothill Unity Center, with Azusa Pacific University, will host a Health & Resource Fair on May 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Health education, glucose screenings, blood pressure checks, free lunch and more. If you're interested in attending, send an email to healthservices@foothillunitycenter.org. 

~ LA County Public Health Department has presented Monrovia Fire & Rescue with a Certificate of Appreciation for its service throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.

~ The City Council has proclaimed May 15 - 21 as National Public Works Week. Monrovia Public Works operates the city's water and sewer utilities; maintains streets and sidewalks; takes care of eight parks and other green spaces; provides environmental services; and maintains all public facilities.

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Bobcat Loader Stolen; Security Cams Stolen; Checks Stolen From Post Office; ATM Skimmer Found at Foothill Store; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 409 service events, resulting in 88 investigations. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 12 at 2:26 a.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Myrtle and Longden stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. After an investigation it was determined she was under the influence. She was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail for a sobering period. 

Injury Traffic Collision
May 12 at 6:56 a.m., a caller reported a vehicle collision in the 700 block of W. Huntington. A motorist failed to yield to oncoming traffic and collided into another vehicle. One of the drivers complained of pain and was treated by paramedics. The driver at fault was issued a citation. 

Grand Theft
May 12 at 9:57 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of Heather Heights called to report that his catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Burglary
May 12 at 2:18 p.m., an employee from a business in the 1200 block of S. Myrtle called to report that her vehicle was broken into while she was at work. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 12 at 2:29 p.m., a rental facility in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported that a rented Bobcat loader had yet to be returned. The vehicle was entered into the stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing. 

Shoplifting
May 12 at 8:23 p.m., two subjects entered a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington and stole approximately $150 of merchandise. They fled in an unknown direction before officers arrived. This investigation is continuing. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 12 at 11:48 p.m., an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation near the intersection of Mountain and Lemon. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. After an investigation, the driver was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail and held for a sobering period. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 13 at 2:31 a.m., while on patrol in the intersection of Myrtle and Central an officer saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. After an investigation, the driver was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department Jail and held for a sobering period. 

Theft
May 13 at 5:01 a.m., a victim called to report that multiple security cameras, totaling $600, had been stolen from a residential construction site in the 200 block of W. Lime. This investigation is continuing. 

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
May 13 at 1:32 p.m., a caller reported a vehicle collision in the 300 block of E. Huntington. The statements of the drivers were conflicting. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 13 at 2:10 p.m., a victim called and reported his vehicle was taken from a business parking lot in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. The vehicle was entered into the national stolen vehicle database. This investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision
May 13 at 2:20 p.m., a caller reported a vehicle collision at the intersection of Ivy and Walnut. A motorist failed to yield to oncoming traffic and collided into another vehicle. One of the drivers complained of pain. Officers and paramedics both responded to the location. An investigation was conducted and the driver at fault was issued a citation. 

Vehicle Burglary
May 13 at 4:47 p.m., a resident in the 1000 block of S. Fifth called to report his vehicle was broken into sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing. 

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 13 at 8:02 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of S. Myrtle regarding an intoxicated subject at a local business. Officers located the subject at a nearby business and determined he was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 13 at 8:02 p.m., an officer was patrolling the intersection of Primrose and Palm when he saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and an investigation revealed that the driver had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The driver was arrested and taken into custody. 

Assault Report – Suspect Arrested
May 13 at 8:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Primrose and Linwood regarding a suspect who had just assaulted a victim. Officers arrived and located both parties. The victim sustained serious facial injuries and was transported by paramedics to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 14 at 12:15 a.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Olive and Myrtle saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Myrtle. The officer initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the driver. An investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was subsequently arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail and held for a sobering period. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 14 at 2:15 a.m., while on patrol an officer noticed a vehicle stopped on the roadway in the intersection of Magnolia and Evergreen. The officer approached the vehicle and discovered a female adult with the car running. Officers contacted the driver and discovered the driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Attempted Grand Theft
May 14 at 5:11 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Walnut called to report she could see a suspect underneath a vehicle possibly trying to remove the catalytic converter. Officers responded to the location and conducted an area search, but were unable to locate the suspect. Officers checked the vehicle and there was no loss. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft
May 14 at 3:59 p.m., a victim in the 300 block of S. Myrtle reported his cell phone was stolen from his backpack at the Monrovia Days Parade. This investigation is continuing. 

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
May 15 at 6:23 a.m., an alarm activation at a business in the 400 block of E. Duarte was received. Officers responded and checked the interior of the location. The officers located a male adult hiding under a blanket. He was detained pending further investigation. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 15, at 9:37 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Los Angeles called and reported his vehicle was taken sometime during the night. The vehicle was entered into the stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision
May 15, at 11:53 a.m., a caller reported a bicyclist was in the 100 block of W. Foothill when he collided into a parked vehicle. Officers and paramedics arrived and checked on the well-being of the bicyclist. He sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. This investigation is continuing. 

Brush Fire
May 15 at 9:02 p.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of S. Myrtle regarding a brush fire. Upon arrival they saw a small brush fire on the median foliage. The fire was small and quickly extinguished. The fire did not appear to be intentionally set. This investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision
May 16 at 8:13 a.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Lemon and Magnolia regarding a report of a traffic collision. One vehicle failed to yield and collided with another vehicle. One of the parties had complaint of pain. The person was treated at the scene by paramedics, but declined to go to the hospital. This investigation is continuing. 

Traffic Offense – Suspect Arrested
May 16 at 8:44 a.m., officer observed a traffic violation near the intersection of California and Huntington. A traffic stop was conducted and it was determined that the driver had a suspended license. He was arrested for driving with a suspended license and issued a citation. 

Loitering / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 16 at 8:45 a.m., a caller stated it appeared two subjects were setting up a camp in the 700 block of E. Cypress and requested they be asked to move. Officers arrived and identified both a male and female subject. The female had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 16 at 10:09 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle called regarding a male subject harassing customers. Officers arrived and detained the subject. An investigation revealed he had a no bail warrant. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Forgery
May 16 at 11:19 a.m., a victim in the 700 block of Wildrose called to report he paid bills placing payment in the mailbox at the post office and later received notice the same checks had been stolen, washed, and made out to different payees in different amounts. It is unknown where the checks were cashed. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft
May 16 at 7:29 p.m., officers were patrolling the 1600 block of S. Mountain when they were flagged down by employees of a local business regarding a theft that had just occurred. The suspects had fled in a vehicle at a high rate of speed. This investigation is continuing. 

Evading – Suspects Arrested
May 16 at 8:11 p.m., while on patrol, officers observed two male subjects riding mini-bikes in the area of Myrtle and Colorado, violating numerous vehicle codes. A traffic stop was attempted, but both subjects fled. The officer chased one subject and was able to detain him. The second subject continued to flee but was located and detained in the area moments later. Both were arrested and cited. 

Mental Evaluation – Subject Evaluated
May 17 at 1:28 a.m., a caller from the 200 block of W. Colorado came to the PD Lobby to report her son was threatening her. Officers responded and made contact with the son. It was determined he was a danger to others and needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was transported to a local facility for treatment. 

Resist / Delay Officer / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 8:21 a.m., an employee at a business in the 1400 block of S. Mountain notified an officer that was passing by about a suspicious person looking at vehicles in the parking lot. When the officer attempted to speak to the subject, he ran away. The officer chased the subject on foot as he continued to run and throw items from him pockets. He ran into a nearby business where he was detained by officers. An investigation revealed he had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Grand Theft
May 17 at 4:32 p.m., a grand theft was reported at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The suspect left in a vehicle prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing. 

ATM Skimmer
May 17 at 7:03 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 400 block of W. Foothill regarding a possible skimmer in the onsite ATM. The store clerk said a customer was attempting to use his debit card in the store ATM, when a device that holds the card fell off the machine. An investigation revealed that the device was some type of card skimmer. The bank associated with the ATM was contacted. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 9:20 p.m., officers responded to Mountain & Evergreen regarding a subject possibly tampering with an electrical box. Officers arrived and detained a subject near the freeway greenbelt. There was no tampering or damage to the electrical box. An investigation revealed the suspect had a no bail extradition warrant out of Alabama for burglary. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Commercial Burglary
May 17 at 10:33 p.m., a burglary alarm was reported in the 1900 block of S. Myrtle. Upon arrival, officers saw that the front door of the business had been forced open. A K-9 unit from a neighboring agency responded for an interior search. No suspects were found inside. This investigation is continuing. 

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 18 at 9:34 a.m., an officer observed a traffic offense near the intersection of Shamrock and Evergreen and conducted a traffic stop. There were three occupants in the vehicle. While speaking with the occupants, a consent to search was done on the vehicle and drug paraphernalia was located. All the occupants were subsequently arrested and taken into custody. 

Traffic Collision Non-Injury
May 18 at 5:17 p.m., a traffic collision was reported near the intersection of Peck and Avora. The officer arrived and saw a vehicle traveling on Peck had struck a parked vehicle. The driver was issued a citation for being unlicensed and his vehicle was impounded. 

Theft
May 18 at 9:51 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of W. Foothill called to report a female taking clothes from the apartment laundry room. The suspect was last seen exiting the apartment gate. Officers located the female suspect at a nearby business. Officers recovered the stolen clothing, but the victim refused prosecution. 

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 18 at 10:35 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Monterey regarding two male subjects loitering around the property. They arrived and detained both subjects. An investigation revealed that one of the subjects had a no bail parole warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 84 More Cases, No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 05/18/2022. Changes since 05/11/2022.

City of Monrovia: 8,546 (up 84), 104 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 892 cases (up 7), 4 deaths (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Mikomi Sushi

Dinner recently at Mikomi Sushi on the west side of Myrtle at Colorado. Got the BBQ Pork Belly entree for $18.50 and a beer for $4.50. Very nice.

Menu: https://shrtm.nu/8Kkl

- Brad Haugaard 

Easy Going Gia Gets Along With


Five-year-old Gia is a sweet cat who’s friendly with people, other cats, and polite dogs. Gia is an easy-going gal who would enjoy relaxing on the couch with you and watching birds out the window. This beautiful tabby has such a calm disposition and would make a great addition to your family!

The adoption fee for cats is $100. All kitten 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 an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sundayand Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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

A Moment in Monrovia History: Civil Rights Activist Anna H. Jones and Her Club in 1920

Anna H Jones. Civil rights activist, educator and founder of the Anna H. Jones Club in 1920, which raised scholarship funds to support higher education for minority youth, particularly young women. Members of her extended family also lived in Monrovia.. See full details here.

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

Trump Tower, Monrovia

You’ve perhaps heard of Trump Tower in New York or various other locations around the world, but this Trump Tower, bedecked with Trump flags, is in Monrovia, on Cloverleaf Drive at the foot of the mountains.

- Brad Haugaard 



Monrovia Boys' Volleyball Victorious

Monrovia boys volleyball defeats Saddleback to win CIF Division 6 title. https://tny.im/aGODy

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Days in Library Park

Monrovia Days is going strong at Library Park. (The dunk-ee is retiring Monrovia Fire Chief Brad Dover.)

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia days is going strong at Library Cap Park.



It Will Be 'Extremely Costly' For Monrovians to Comply With Methane Reduction Requirement

At its next meeting (agenda: https://tny.im/qvhTJ) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Consider how to reduce methane emissions, as required by state Senate Bill 1383. This means recycling of food, even for residences, and it is going to cost on your trash bill. The staff report says that, "Implementation of all the requirements that CalRecycle and SB 1383 imposed will be extremely costly."

How costly? Staff proposes phasing in the higher rates, like this ...


Residential
3% July 1, 2023
3% July 1, 2024
3% July 1, 2025

Commercial and Multi-Family
7% July 1, 2023
7% July 1, 2024
7% July 1, 2025

More detail here: https://tny.im/yH3oZ

~ Consider continuing to work with Mountainside Communion Church, at Magnolia and Colorado, on the Monrovia Community Garden program. Staff recommends putting $24,000 into the program for the year. https://tny.im/Zqn3u

~ Hold a study session to review the proposed 2022-23 budget and the schedule of fees and charges. https://tny.im/8jasE

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Days Starts Today


Monrovia Days starts at 5 p.m. today and lasts through Sunday.

Today (Friday): MHS Pep Rally (5 p.m.); Food, games and beer garden (5 p.m.); Live entertainment featuring Night Shift, a top 40's band  (7 p.m.).

Tomorrow (Saturday): Opening ceremonies (9 a.m.); parade (10 a.m.); library book sale (10 a.m.); carnival rides, food, games and beer garden (11 a.m.); live performances (11 a.m.); parade awards (5 p.m.); Merengue pie eating contest (5:30 p.m.); live entertainment, OC Grove, blues, rock and funk band (7 p.m.)

Sunday: carnival rides, food, games and beer garden (noon); live performances (noon); live entertainment, Stone Soul - classic soul and Motown band (6 p.m.)

More detail here: https://www.monroviadays.org/

- Brad Haugaard

Garden Club to Hold Awards and Beekeeping Events

The Monrovia Garden Club will host its Garden Awards on May 24, at 6 p.m. and on June 28, at 6:30 p.m., Hanna Rechtschaffen will have a presentation about beekeeping. All events will be at the First Presbyterian Church at Foothill and Myrtle.  For more information about the club, contact Cissy Leleftoff, club president, at leleftoff@gmail.com or (626) 573-3300.

- Brad Haugaard


Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 61 New Cases, No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 05/11/2022. Changes since 05/04/2022.

City of Monrovia: 8,462 cases (up 61), 104 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 885 cases (up 4), 4 deaths (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Hires Kevin McCune as New Public Works Director


The City of Monrovia is excited to announce the appointment of Kevin McCune as the new public works director. Kevin’s first official day with the City of Monrovia is May 23, 2022.

According to City Manager Dylan Feik, “I am excited to welcome Kevin to the City of Monrovia at a time where his knowledge, experience and leadership will benefit Monrovia. Under the City Council’s leadership, we are embarking on a 5-year, $124m Capital Improvement Program to enhance our infrastructure. We are building and renovating parks, buildings, roadways and public areas. With over 25 years of experience, Kevin is arriving at the perfect time and he fully embodies the City’s mission to serve the people of Monrovia to create a community that offers a premiere quality of life.” 

As the public works director, Kevin will oversee the Public Works Department with 32 employees and an annual operating budget of $15 million. He will oversee all areas of the department, including: water and sewer utilities operations; streets, sidewalks and transportation; and parks, facilities and open space maintenance. Most notably, Kevin will help oversee restoration and repair of Monrovia Canyon Park after it was damaged by the Bobcat Fire (September 2020) and the December Rainstorm (December 2021).   

Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. In addition, he is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California. Prior to accepting the position with the City of Monrovia, Kevin served as the public works director and city engineer for the City of Santa Maria and the City of Lompoc. During his tenure at the City of Santa Maria, Kevin was instrumental in the implementation of programs to improve efficiencies and reduce cost in fleet maintenance, the design of a new interchange at Highway 101/135 and the completion of the city owned Gigabit fiber optic ring to enable Smart City technology deployment citywide.

“I am honored to be selected as the next Public Works Director,” said Kevin. “I look forward to engaging with the Monrovia community and being a part of a team that is committed to providing high level service.” In addition to welcoming Kevin and his family to Monrovia, the City would also like to thank the many wonderful employees of the Public Works Department who have gone above and beyond their regular job duties as the public works director position remained vacant.

Kevin is married to his wife, Jennifer, and they have three children, Sydney, Caden and Logan. Together, they enjoy camping and hiking trips in Yosemite and Rincon Beach. Kevin, his family and their dog, Sadie, will be relocating to Monrovia.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Employee Punched in Mouth; Ex-Girlfriend Punches Current Girlfriend; Ex-Boyfriend Assaults Ex-Girlfriend; Robber Demands Backpack; Plants Stolen from Nursery; Etc.

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


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 365 service events, resulting in 55 investigations. 

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 7:25 a.m., an officer was patrolling the intersection of Duarte and Myrtle when he saw a bicyclist commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was initiated and further investigation revealed the subject was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Commercial Burglary
May 5 at 9:00 a.m., a broken window was reported in the 600 block of W. Huntington. An investigation revealed that two suspects had forced entry into the business during the night. Unknown at this time if anything was taken. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrants – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 11:27 a.m., a caller in the 400 block of S. Violet advised that a subject was yelling and causing a disturbance. Officers made contact with the subject and an investigation revealed he had multiple warrants for his arrest. He was arrested per the authority of the warrants and taken into custody. 

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 4:09 p.m., an officer patrolling the 1600 block of S. Primrose contacted a subject loitering in the area. During the contact the officer discovered the subject was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Warrants – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 4:12 p.m., a disturbance was reported in the 500 block of S. Myrtle. Officers made contact with the subject and an investigation revealed he had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. The subject was arrested per the authority of the warrants and taken into custody. 

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 5:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a shoplifting that had just occurred. Upon arrival they detained the suspect and conducted an investigation. The store management placed the suspect under private person’s arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Fraud
May 5 at 10:11 p.m., a victim in the 1000 block of E. Royal Oaks reported that he had been scammed out of money. The victim was contacted via social media by someone he believed was an old friend. The suspect then requested money in exchange for bitcoin. This investigation is continuing. 

Battery – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 10:14 p.m., an employee of a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle flagged down an officer to report a battery. A male suspect had punched an employee in the mouth. The victim had fallen to the ground. Paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect was identified. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 6 at 12:30 a.m., an officer patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was conducted and an investigation was conducted and the driver was found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail and held for a sobering period. 

Battery
May 6 at 12:51 a.m., a female subject in the 100 block of Olive called and was incoherent over the phone. Officers responded and the subject advised that she and her boyfriend were inside a local business when they saw that the boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend was inside. They left to avoid conflict, but once outside the ex-girlfriend confronted her. An argument ensued and the ex-girlfriend began punching the victim in the face multiple times causing her to fall down. The suspect then fled the scene. Paramedics responded to the location and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. This investigation is continuing. 

Fraud
May 6 at 3:24 p.m., a victim in the 1400 block of Pilgrim Way came into the Police Department lobby to report that he was scammed out money from a fraudulent rental home listing. This investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Burglary
May 6 at 4:22 p.m., a resident in the 1400 block of Alamitas called to report that her vehicle was broken into and her laptop was stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Burglary
May 6 at 5:01 p.m., a victim reported that her vehicle was broken into while she was shopping at a business in the 700 block of W. Huntington. This investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision
May 6 at 6:18 p.m., a caller stated that she had been involved in an accident the day prior near the intersection of Myrtle and Walnut and wanted to make a cold collision report. 

Drug Activity – Suspects Arrested
May 6 at 11:41 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Peck and Longden when he observed a subject walking with a flashlight inside of the wash area. Two subjects were contacted and an investigation revealed that both were in possession of controlled substances. They were arrested and taken into custody. 

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 7 at 1:07 a.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 1100 block of E. Huntington regarding a noise complaint. They contacted a subject and further investigation revealed he was in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
May 7 at 1:39 a.m., a caller advised she was involved in a traffic collision near the intersection of Foothill and Stedman. No injuries were reported. Officers responded and took a collision report. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 7 at 6:48 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Cherry called to report that his vehicle was taken sometime during the night. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. The vehicle was entered into the national stolen vehicle database. This investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision
May 7 at 4:51 p.m., a vehicle collision was reported in the 100 block of Madeline. A vehicle struck a parked car. Officers and paramedics arrived on scene and checked the well- being of the occupant. The driver sustained an ankle injury and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. This investigation is continuing. 

Domestic Violence
May 7 at 7:55 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported in the 800 block of W. Walnut. A female victim told officers she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend. Further investigation revealed she also had a restraining order against him. He fled on foot prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing. 

Commercial Burglary
May 8 at 3:23 a.m., officers responded to an alarm activation at a business in the 200 block of Kruse. An investigation revealed that multiple suspects had used a vehicle to ram an industrial door. They then attempted to take a motorcycle off the property, but were unsuccessful. This investigation is continuing. 

Commercial Burglary
May 8 at 5:22 a.m., an alarm was activated in a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington. Upon arrival officers discovered that the front window of the business had been shattered. All suspects had fled prior to officers’ arrival. The cash register drawer was left on the store floor. It is unknown what the loss is at this time. This investigation is continuing. 

Commercial Burglary
May 8 at 8:08 a.m., an employee for a restaurant in the 900 block of W. Huntington arrived at work and discovered someone had shattered the store's front window sometime during the night, gained entry, and stole cash that was left in the registers. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 8 at 10:20 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Hillcrest walked outside her home and discovered someone had stolen her vehicle that was parked in front of her house sometime during the night. Officers searched the area for the vehicle, but could not locate it. The vehicle was entered in the Stolen Vehicle System. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft
May 9 at 9:25 a.m., a victim at a hotel in the 900 block of S. Fifth reported that the catalytic converter had been stolen from her vehicle sometime during the night. An investigation revealed that the suspect had left a jack underneath the vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto Recovery
May 9 at 9:46 a.m., an employee for a business in the 3300 block of S. Peck advised that a stolen vehicle was parked at the location. Officers arrived and confirmed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Los Angeles. This investigation is continuing. 

Fraud / Forgery
May 9 at 11:54 a.m., an employee from the 100 block of Lemon reported that a check had been fraudulently cashed. An investigation revealed that the check had been intercepted by the suspect who added his name to the payee section. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft
May 10 at 7:18 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of S. Primrose regarding a report of stolen tools. The victim advised that two subjects took multiple tools from him that were worth approximately $20,000. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 10 at 2:26 p.m., a caller near the intersection of Shamrock and Huntington reported that a male subject was following her. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. An investigation revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. 

Robbery
May 10 at 8:20 p.m., officers responded to a gas station in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle regarding a robbery that had just occurred. The victim stated he was walking when a suspect approached him and demanded the backpack he was wearing. He gave the backpack to the suspect who then left the area. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 11 at 8:24 a.m., a victim called to report their vehicle was stolen from the 100 block of Montana sometime during the night. The vehicle was entered into the Stolen Vehicle System. This investigation is continuing. 

Drunk In Public – Suspect Arrested
May 11 at 9:26 a.m., while on patrol an officer observed a male subject in the 100 block of S. Myrtle urinating in the bushes. When he stopped to talk to the subject, he could see the subject was intoxicated. He was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail where he was held for a sobering period. 

Commercial Burglary
May 11 at 10:17 a.m., an employee in the 600 block of S. Mountain noticed the fence was cut on the side of the location. It was discovered that 5 plants had been taken from the nursery area. This investigation is continuing. 

Extortion
May 11 at 1:45 p.m., a caller in the 200 block of S. Fifth reported that she was randomly added to a conversation on a social media app with a male subject. At some point, he convinced her to send him photographs. He then told her she needed to give him money or he would release the photos. This investigation is continuing. 

Forgery
May 11 at 2:37 p.m., a forgery was reported in the 200 block of Stedman. The reporting party stated that he mailed out a check, but it never arrived to the intended party. It was discovered that the check had been intercepted and made out to a different payee in a different amount. It is unknown where the check was cashed. Postal Inspectors are investigating the incident. 

Petty Theft
May 11 at 3:55 p.m., an employee from a business in the 400 block of W. Foothill walked out of a storage room and saw a male subject run out with stolen merchandise. The subject got into a vehicle and left the area. The subject stole e-cigarettes. This investigation is continuing. 

Auto Theft
May 11 at 9:21 p.m., a stolen vehicle was reported in the 100 block of Montana. An investigation revealed the vehicle was involved in hit and run traffic collision the night prior in the City of Pasadena. This investigation is continuing. 

Vandalism
May 11 at 10:44 pm, the reporting party witnessed a subject spraying graffiti at a business in the 1000 block of S. Mountain. This investigation is continuing. 

Dinner at Oto-Oto

Dinner recently at Oto-Oto Japanese restaurant in the shopping center at Fifth and Huntington. Got the Pork Kakuni (pork belly) bento box for $12.95 and a beer for $5. Excellent!

Menu: https://shrtm.nu/hF7Y

- Brad Haugaard 

Honey Bee, Active and Great With Kids

Two-year-old Honey Bee is an active dog who loves playtime and walks, but she also enjoys lazing around the house with her favorite people. Honey Bee is super sweet and is great with kids. She loves snuggling and giving lots of kisses, and has such a gentle spirit!

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 an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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

 - Brad Haugaard 

Statement of City Council Candidate Genia Mills


Hello Monrovians,

My name is Genia Mills, and I am running for City Council. I am proud to call Monrovia my home for 19 years. It is where my husband and I raised our family.

Professionally, I worked in the entertainment industry for two decades after receiving my B.A. from the University of Southern California (USC).

Civically, I have held many positions within the community, including:

Community Services Commissioner for the last 11 years, including chair and vice-chair.
-Subcommittee member for Julian Fisher Park renovations.
-Subcommittee member for Lucinda Garcia Park renovations.

Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) Neighborhood Leader for 13 years.
I advocated for the city’s shopping cart ordinance; conducted neighbor mediations; led workshops; and organized neighbors to voice their concerns about the impact of nearby housing developments.

I am also a Neighborhood Watch Captain and served on the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

My vision for Monrovia includes:

Promoting Fiscal Responsibility
We need to ensure that we keep solid reserves and do our best to offset costs by qualifying for grants, while using conservative estimates for revenue growth and generous estimates for cost growth.

Supporting Public Safety Enhancements
To ensure that people are safe, we need a dual track system that institutes programs that seek to provide people with the skills and mental health resources they need to avoid becoming criminalized while also holding people accountable for their actions.

I will enhance our Community Policing Program by encouraging more touch points between police and our community, and advocate for our police department to continue receiving the kind of de-escalation training that it has already effectively deployed.

Promoting Housing Availability and Affordability
I will encourage further participation with the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) to obtain additional moderate-income housing as exemplified at the Moda complex at Station Square. I will also seek to streamline the approval process for the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Junior ADUs.

I will use my experience and collaborative brand of leadership to achieve these goals. I respectfully ask for your vote. For more information about my campaign, please visit votemills4monrovia.com.

Monrovia Police Tips for Drivers, Bicyclists, and Motorcyclists

May is National Bicycle and Motorcycle Safety Month and Monrovia Police Department has tips for drivers, bike riders and motorcyclists: https://tny.im/FyecX

- Brad Haugaard

US News & World Report Honors Plymouth School as '2022 Best Elementary School'

Plymouth Elementary principal, Dr. Greg Gero, reports that "U.S. News & World Report has selected Plymouth as a recipient of the '2022 Best Elementary School' award! Rankings are based on performance on state-required tests and how well students are prepared for high school." 

He added, "Over the past several years, Plymouth has reinvigorated the education that we provide our students, with an increased focus on critical thinking, problem-solving, and literacy. Essential to our success has been our partnerships with families. Teachers and parents work closely together, conducting virtual visits, parent workshops, and volunteering in the classroom. Our PTA continues to support our students through literacy programs, arts instruction, and our amazing makerspace! At least as important has been our schoolwide focus on fostering a growth mindset in our students."


- Brad Haugaard

After Two Years Refurbishing, Pipe Organ at St. Luke's to Play Again

After a two-year refurbishing, Lucille, the three-manual, 42-rank pipe organ at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, will be played at the final Evensong of the choir season on Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. The church is at California and Foothill and admission is free.

"During the painstaking restoration, the instrument's thousands of pipes were removed and individually cleaned," says Music Director Kent Bennett Jones. "With the pipes out of the way, the entire interior of the church was replastered and repainted. Now everything is back in place, and Lucille is sounding more amazing than ever amid the church's spectacular acoustics."

The performance will include music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Villiers Stanford. It will feature William Boyce's anthem, "I Have Surely Built Thee an House," with soloists Marina Harris, Alex Miller and Victor Mazzone.  St. Luke’s Music Director, Kent Bennett Jones, will lead the ensemble.

An offering will be taken. Guests are invited to a wine and cheese reception in Guild Hall following the performance.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Anderson House Ceremony, 1979

Anderson House Ceremony 1979. L to R: H. Elroy Lindberg, Executive Secretary, California Community Foundation; Robert E. Cole, Manager, Monrovia Branch, Security Pacific Bank; Mrs. M.L. (Sandy) McIntosh, President, Friends of Monrovia Public Library. The Foundation had made a grant to the Friends Library so it could purchase the house. July 10, 1975. The property now belongs to the Monrovia Historical Society. From the Myron Hotchkiss collection. See full details here.

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

Uber-ish Service for Monrovia Students; 'Femineer' Engineering; Etc.

At its next meeting (agenda: https://tny.im/xBtUc) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider ...

~ Contracting with HopSkipDrive (https://tny.im/LVulQ) to provide ride-sharing for school-aged children. It looks sort of like Uber for students: https://tny.im/Ep1dm

~ A Memo of Understanding (https://tny.im/taZIm) with Cal Poly Pomona and San Diego State University to provide Monrovia schools with their "Femineer" program, which appears  designed to encourage students - primarily girls - to be involved in engineering: https://tny.im/MNgaL)

~ Accepting for public review prior to adoption, the textbook, "Human Geography A Spatial Perspective, AP Edition," (https://tny.im/xBtUc) for the high school history social science program. ($182.99 on Amazon: https://tny.im/DO4Iv).

~ Hiring Capturing Kids' Hearts for $55,000 (plus travel fee of $3,000) to conduct two staff training sessions, each two days long for up to 50 participants per session. According to its website (https://tny.im/1VMAq), the company "equips professionals in K-12 education to implement transformational processes focused on social-emotional wellbeing, relationship-driven campus culture, and student connectedness." https://tny.im/POuLQ

~  Giving raises and other compensation and benefits to district employees. Total compensation increase is  3.04 to 3.56 percent. https://tny.im/8T5g6

- Brad Haugaard