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Summer Solstice Potluck Dinner June 20


Grow Monrovia will host a Summer Solstice Potluck Dinner at One Earth Community Garden (777 E. Greystone). June 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Bring homemade dish; kids make dish for youth table. RSVP here. Contact: info@growmonrovia.org.

Financial Literacy Workshop for Students June 19


Foothill Credit Union will host a Financial Literacy Workshop for students ages 13-21. Presentation includes a hands-on money management simulation that gives students a taste of real-world financial challenges, with each student managing a family with a monthly salary, bills, loan debt, and more. Saturday, June 22, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Community Center Kay Dalton Room, 119 W. Palm Ave. Light breakfast, raffles, money machine. RSVP required by June 19 to malcantar@foothillcu.org; space limited.

- Brad Haugaard

Summer Concert Schedule


All concerts last from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets.

At Station Square Park

June 16 The Todd Stanford Country Band

June 23, The Convertibles, Rock/Soul Band

June 30 Cold Duck, Old School Band

At Library Park

July 7, The Skinny Ties, 80s Band

July 14 Chico Band, Latin

July 21 Bumptown, Disco R&B Band

July 20 OC Groove, Soul and Funk Band

August 4 Thunder, Country Band

August 11 Upstream, Reggae Band

- Brad Haugaard

Water District Offering Free Water Saving Devices


The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District is offering free WaterSmart Home Kits to help residents conserve up to 20% of household water usage. Kits include water efficiency devices such as faucet aerators, shower heads, and sprinkler nozzles that can be easily installed. Residents can apply for a kit by calling (866) 308-8391 or visiting www.upperdistrict.org/wshkit.

- Brad Haugaard

City Performing Broadband Internet Survey


Monrovia is conducting a study to understand the internet needs for households and businesses in the area to ensure everyone has adequate internet service. Take the survey here.

- Brad Haugaard

Athens Rates Going Up 7.9 Percent for Homes, 11.9 Percent for Commercial


Athens Services plans to increase residential rates by 7.9% (4.9% CPI adjustment plus 3% additional) and commercial/solid waste rates by 11.9% (4.9% CPI plus 7% additional) effective July 1, as allowed by its contract with the city.

- Brad Haugaard

Art Installation Saturday to Honor Former Mayor Pat Ostrye

As part of the Neighborhood Treasures program, Pat Ostrye will be honored tomorrow (Satuday) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an art installation at the 300 block of North Alta Vista, near her long-time residence. Ostrye was the first woman to serve on City Council, and in 1978 became the first woman to be directly elected as mayor. Her leadership brought several programs, including Monrovia Meals on Wheels, Dial-a-Ride, a home library, and a federally funded senior lunch program. Later, in 1980, she was elected as city clerk, then, in 1992, she ran and won the part-time position of city treasurer, thereby serving in all four of the City’s then-elective office. Details

- Brad Haugaard

Latest Monrovia Today Magazine Out

The summer 2024 edition of Monrovia Today is out. Here is the digital version.

- Brad Haugaard

City Council: Raise for City Manager; All-Way Stop at Peck and El Norte, Freedom Day and Mosquito Awareness Week

At its next meeting (agenda here) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

~ Increasing City Manager Dylan Feik's annual salary by 8%, from $238,471 to $257,548, the anniversary of his hire "and the date a 2023 adjustment would have taken place, had the evaluation not been delayed." Details

~ Installing an all-way stop at the intersection of Peck Road and El Norte Street. Details.

~ Proclaiming June 19, 2024 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day and proclaiming June 20-26, 2024, as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: 12 Catalytic Converters Stolen on One Day; Bear in the House; Sleeping While Driving; Vehicle vs. Bicycle; Blocking Driveway; Etc.

 [Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 6 – June 12. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 508 service events, resulting in 89 investigations. 

Municipal Code Violation – Suspect Arrested
June 6 at 12:09 a.m., an officer was patrolling a park in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle when he located a male camping in the park after hours. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
June 6 at 1:43 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Duarte reported a male in the street yelling. Officers arrived and located the subject. Upon contact officers determined he was heavily intoxicated and unable to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft Auto
June 6 at 8:09 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of E. Walnut reported his vehicle stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
June 6 at 9:37 a.m., a caller in the 1900 block of S. Myrtle called to report his vehicle had been burglarized. The rear passenger window was opened and the suspect(s) ransacked the vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 6 at 5:23 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Primrose and Huntington regarding an injury traffic collision between a vehicle and a bicyclist. The bicyclist sustained scrapes and scratches. He was transported to a hospital for treatment. The at fault driver was cited at the scene.

Warrants / Weapon Offense / Drug Possession – Suspect Arrested
June 6 at 7:52 p.m., while patrolling the 800 block of Royal Oak an officer saw a suspicious subject and made contact with him. A computer search revealed the subject had warrants for his arrest. An investigation revealed the subject was in possession of weapons and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Mental Evaluation
June 7 at 1:21 p.m., a resident in the 1000 block of Oakleaf reported her son was fighting people in the house and breaking things. Officers arrived and determined he was a danger to himself and others. He was transported to a medical facility for a mental evaluation.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
June 7 at 4:04 p.m., a victim in the 100 block of N. Melrose reported a hit and run traffic collision. The suspect car collided into her vehicle and fled the scene. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 7 at 5:24 p.m., a caller in the area of Myrtle and Duarte called to report a driver asleep behind the wheel while in a traffic lane. Officers arrived and located the driver who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. An investigation revealed he was under the influence. He was transported to a hospital for further investigation.

Weapon Offense – Suspect Arrested
June 7 at 10:00 p.m., officers patrolling the 100 block of W. Lime saw a vehicle in violation of a vehicle code and conducted a traffic stop. An investigation revealed a loaded firearm in the bed of the truck where a passenger was sitting. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
June 7 at 10:08 p.m., a caller in the 100 block of W. Lime requested a welfare check on a person laying on the ground. Officers arrived and located the subject who was determined was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 8 at 2:47 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 100 block of S. Myrtle for a vehicle code violation. An investigation revealed the driver was impaired and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Commercial Burglary
June 8 at 6:07 a.m., an employee from a business in the 400 block of E. Duarte called to report a break in. The glass door was shattered and money was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
June 8 at 6:25 p.m., a victim in a retail shopping center in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported his work vehicle stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Robbery
June 8 at 9:21 p.m., an employee from a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a male subject walked into the store, took property and fled without paying. When employees attempted to stop him, he used physical force to flee. The subject was gone prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing.

Attempt Grand Theft Auto
June 8 at 9:25 p.m., a victim in a car dealership in the 1400 block of S. Mountain called to report his vehicle had been tampered with. He left the vehicle at the dealership for several days and when he returned he discovered the door was unlocked and the ignition had been damaged. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery
June 8 at 11:59 p.m., officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle in the 100 block of Fig. The vehicle was located and confirmed stolen out of Los Angeles. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
June 10 at 1:04 p.m., a victim walked into the MPD lobby to report his tools were stolen from his vehicle in the 200 block of Violet. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
June 10 at 2:19 p.m., while patrolling the 1500 block of S. Myrtle an officer saw a vehicle in violation of a vehicle code. A traffic stop was conducted and the officer made contact with the driver and occupants. A computer search revealed a passenger had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence
June 10 at 3:53 p.m., a victim walked into the MPD lobby to report a domestic violence incident. This investigation is continuing.

Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
June 10 at 11:51 p.m., a female suspect wanted for domestic violence walked into the MPD lobby to turn herself in. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Fraud
June 11 at 12:18 p.m., the owner of a business in the 400 block of W. Foothill came in to report a subject cashed a fake check at the location. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
June 11 at 1:38 p.m., a victim in the 1400 block of S. Shamrock called to report her identity was stolen and the suspect applied for a loan and made a fake identification with the victim’s information. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
June 11 at 5:08 p.m., a caller in the 2100 block of S. Myrtle reported a subject was standing in the carport of her residence blocking her from entering, refusing to move. Officers arrived and made contact with the subject. A computer search revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
June 11 at 7:50 p.m., an employee from a pharmacy in the 900 block of E. Huntington reported a male adult subject filled a bag with merchandise and left the store without paying. Officers arrived and located the subject who was holding the stolen merchandise. He was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, cited, and released at the scene.

Non-Injury Hit and Run Traffic Collision
June 11 at 8:11 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Cherry reported a hit and run traffic collision. Officers arrived and determined a vehicle collided with a parked vehicle and fled the area. This investigation is continuing.

Mental Evaluation
June 12 at 12:04 a.m., a caller in the 100 block of W. Lime reported a suspicious male subject next to a closed business. Officers arrived and located the male subject who was suffering from a mental illness. Officers determined he was a danger to himself. He was transported to a medical facility for a mental evaluation.

Commercial Burglaries
June 12 at 2:28 a.m., an alarm company reported an alarm activation at a business in the 800 block of E. Huntington. Officers arrived and determined the front glass of a business had been shattered and money was taken. An investigation revealed a neighboring business had also been burglarized in the same manner. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
June 12 at 5:40 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of W. Foothill reported his work truck had been broken into and tools stolen overnight. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
June 12 at 5:51 a.m., a caller in the 200 block of Prospect reported his catalytic converter stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
June 12 at 6:46 a.m., a victim in the 800 block of E. Lime called to report the catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
June 12 at 7:08 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Foothill reported his catalytic converter was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
June 12 at 7:29 a.m., a caller in the 400 block of E. Olive reported his catalytic converter stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
June 12 at 7:39 a.m., a victim walked into the MPD lobby to report his work truck was broken into and tools taken. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
June 12 at 9:27 a.m., a caller in the 100 block of Violet called to report someone had broken into his work truck and stole tools. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
June 12 at 9:44 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of Almond reported his catalytic converter was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
June 12 at 2:58 p.m., a victim in the 400 block of Sierra Vista reported his catalytic converter stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Offense
June 12 at 3:27 p.m., a caller in the 100 block of W. Pomona reported receiving a package that did not belong to him. The package contained drug paraphernalia. This investigation is continuing.

Bear
June 12 at 4:54 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of N. Primrose reported a bear inside her residence. Officers arrived and checked the residence but the bear was gone.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 12 at 5:15 p.m., an injury traffic collision was reported in the area of Huntington and Monterey. One of the drivers suffered injuries and was transported to a hospital for treatment. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
June 12 at 9:08 p.m., a caller in the 200 block of S. California discovered his vehicle's catalytic converter was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
June 12 at 9:28 p.m., employees of a restaurant in the 900 block of W. Huntington reported a male adult asleep on their dining patio refusing to leave. Officers arrived and contacted the subject who was found to be heavily intoxicated. Officers determined he was unable to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Fight in Progress – Suspects Arrested
June 12 at 10:15 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of W. Olive reported seeing subjects fighting in the park next to her home. Officers arrived and located the subjects fighting. They were both placed one another under private persons arrest for battery, then were released in the field.

Dinner at Mahan Indian Restaurant


Dinner at Mahan Indian Restaurant, at the southeast corner of Myrtle and Foothill. I got the chicken korma ($16), a 22 oz. beer ($9), and we shared a bowl of rice ($3). (Sorry, forgot to take a picture before digging in.) Yummy!

- Brad Haugaard

Sandy Will Turn Her Purr Motor On For You; No Charge Adoption


Sandy is such a sweetheart! This three-year-old brown tabby is so happy to see you, she turns into a purr machine the moment you walk into the room with her.

She has won over a lot of volunteers at Pasadena Humane. They adore her cute meows and willingness to receive all the attention they pour onto her. She loves pets and cuddles and if you bring her a treat, you might just be her favorite person ever!

Sandy has an old leg injury that affects her mobility. It does not seem to bother her, but her dreams of competing in the Olympics may never be a reality.

Sandy and all other cats over 6 months old can be adopted at no charge throughout June (Adopt-A-Cat Month)!

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

Walk-in adoptions are available every day from 2:00 – 5:00. For those who prefer, adoption appointments are available daily from 10:30 – 1:30, and can be scheduled online. View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org.

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

- Brad Haugaard

Yoga in the Park June 22

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Fire Department Crew in 1933

The Monrovia Fire Department crew at the 141 E. Lemon station in 1933. From the Kim Anderson 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

Tabletop Games For Adults at Library Friday

Tabletop Game Night for adults at Monrovia Public Library this Friday, June 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Play new and social games, meet new people, and have fun. For information email aloera@ci.monrovia.ca.us or call 256-8254.

- Brad Haugaard

Ukelele Lessons for Kids, Thursday at Library


Ukulele workshop for children 6-12 this Thursday, June 13,  3-4 p.m. in the Library Story Room. No prior experience is required and ukuleles will be provided. Registration is required and only 1 seat remains  as of this posting. Details.

- Brad Haugaard

Committee to Select Art for Huntington Drive Pedestrian Bridge


The city's Art in Public Places Committee (agenda here) will select a design to paint on both sides of the pedestrian bridge that crosses Huntington Drive. Above is one of the options, for the bridge as you see it going eastbound towards Shamrock. See the rest here. (Click on art to make it bigger.)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Area Partnership Block Party June 22

Details here.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Wins All-America City Award


The National Civic League has just named Monrovia an All-American city at its award event in Denver.

The league's website says, "The Award, bestowed yearly on 10 communities (more than 500 in all), recognizes the work of communities in using inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders."

- Brad Haugaard 

Produce and Food at Farmers Market Today


A very nice selection of produce and food at the Monrovia Farmers Market at Station Square today.

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia School Board Will Consider Two Administrative Job Descriptions; Budget; Local Control Funding; Etc.


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

~ Consider approving a job description for Executive Director of Educational Services (details)  and Executive Director of Adult Education (details

~ Hold a public hearing on the 2024-25 proposed budget. See budget here.

~ Hold a public hearing on the district's Local Control Funding Formula, which shows school funding sources and "gives school districts more flexibility in deciding how to use state funds." Formula here

~ Consider approving a tentative agreement with the Monrovia Teachers Association (details) and the California School Employees Association (details).

 ~ Consider offering a course in Mandarin 3 Chinese. Details

- Brad Haugaard

Man Charged With Murder in Shooting Death of Nicolas Gandara

Christopher Wiggan, 42, a homeless person, has been charged with murder in the shooting of Nicolas Gandara, a father of six who was trying to stop a dispute near his home on Duarte Road. Details.

- Brad Haugaard

State Captures House-Breaking Bear, But Is It Oreo?

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has captured a bear that  recently broke into a house near Alta Vista and Hillcrest, walking out with a bag of Oreos, thus giving the bear the nickname Oreo. Hair from the bear will be tested to make sure it is really Oreo. Details.

- Brad Haugaard

The Crimson, New Entertainment Restaurant, Planned for Myrtle

The owner of the Copper Still Grill plans to open a combination entertainment venue/restaurant, called The Crimson, on the west side of Myrtle just north of JB Burgers. Owner Steve Kwan plans that, "The Crimson will feature two shows a night, showcasing a specific music genre including but not limited to jazz, blues, and country music," and "The proposed American menu includes burgers, sandwiches, pasta, and pizza, as well as a variety of beverages, including the incidental service and sale of beer, wine, and distilled spirits." The Planning Commission staff report says, "The Crimson’s business model envisions a sophisticated atmosphere and entertainment venue that offers live music performances and a complete dining experience," and recommends the plan be approved with conditions. Details.

- Brad Haugaard

Tour Monrovia Tech Company LiNova Energy June 12

Information and tickets here.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Homicide Near Duarte Road; Woman Throwing Rocks Gets Mental Evaluation; Catalytic Converter Stolen; Etc.

 [Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 30 – June 5. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 548 service events, resulting in 119 investigations.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 30 at 9:01 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle when he saw possible drug activity. The officer made contact with the subjects. An investigation revealed one of the subjects was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
May 30 at 10:14 a.m., a caller in the 700 block of S. Myrtle reported that his apartment key and some jewelry was missing from his apartment. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Theft
May 30 at 10:29 a.m., a resident in the 20 block of Hidden Valley reported his mailbox was opened and mail stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Missing Located
May 30 at 11:00 a.m., while patrolling the 600 block of W. Huntington an officer made contact with a male subject. A computer check revealed the subject was reported missing out of Los Angeles. He was removed from the missing person's system.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 30 at 12:11 p.m., an officer patrolling the area of Peck and Clark saw a vehicle in violation of a traffic code. The officer conducted a traffic stop and saw drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Fraud
May 30 at 12:12 p.m., a caller from a business in the 3300 block of S. Peck reported that they were in possession of fraudulent checks used to pay for services. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 31 at 12:20 a.m., while patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle officers made contact with three subjects in a park after posted hours. It was determined that the subjects were in possession of drug paraphernalia. They were arrested and taken into custody.

Petty Theft
May 31 at 8:14 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington regarding a male subject who stole merchandise. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
May 31 at 11:25 a.m., a caller in the 200 block of W. Pomona reported a theft from his unlocked vehicle. His wallet was stolen and fraudulent activity was reported on his credit cards. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
May 31 at 1:10 p.m., an employee from a business in the 600 block of S. Myrtle reported that a male subject entered the store, stole a watch from a display, and fled. This investigation is continuing.

Battery
May 31 at 3:39 p.m., a caller in the area of Monterey and Huntington stated she was standing on the corner holding up a sign when a subject in a vehicle threw a can at her and it struck leg. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 31 at 8:47 p.m., officers patrolling the area of Mountain and Huntington observed a vehicle commit traffic violations and conducted a traffic stop. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft Auto
May 31 at 9:53 p.m., a victim in a retail shopping center in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported her vehicle was stolen from the parking lot. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
June 1 at 1:14 a.m., an officer patrolling the 300 block of S. Myrtle observed a person in a park after hours. The officer contacted the subject and determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
June 1 at 2:08 a.m., officers were alerted to a trespasser in the 600 block of S. Mountain. Officers arrived and made contact with the subject. A computer search revealed the subject had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Mental Evaluation
June 2 at 8:31 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of E. Lime regarding a female subject threatening people and throwing rocks. Officers arrived and located the female and made contact with her. An investigation determined she was a danger to herself and others. She was transported to a medical facility for a mental evaluation.

Homicide
June 2, 2024, at 9:22 p.m., the Monrovia Fire and Police Department were dispatched to the 700 block of W. Duarte Road after several callers reported hearing a gunshot. One caller reported a gunshot victim in front of her house and that the suspect fled north along the Santa Anita Wash. Officers arrived and found the adult male victim who had been shot and immediately began life saving measures. Officers located a person of interest running north along the wash. The victim was transported to a hospital for emergency care and was later pronounced deceased. The person of interest was located and detained by the Foothills Special Enforcement Team. This investigation is being handled by the LA County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
June 3 at 11:33 a.m., officers patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle and stopped to make contact with two subjects. The officers noticed drug paraphernalia on the ground next to both subjects. A search of the subjects revealed one of the subjects was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, cited, and released at the scene.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
June 5 at 8:11 a.m., a non-injury traffic collision was reported in the area of Evergreen and Mayflower. A report was taken.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
June 5 at 11:03 a.m., officers responded to the area of Fifth and Olive regarding a traffic collision. A report was taken.

Domestic Battery
June 3 at 7:18 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Olive came walked into the MPD lobby to report that her boyfriend slapped her the previous day. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
June 3 at 11:16 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 1800 block of S. Mayflower when he saw a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation. The officers conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the subject. A search revealed the subject was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, cited, and released at the scene.

Grand Theft
June 4 at 1:47 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Colorado was inside his home when he heard the sound of someone cutting metal outside so he called the police. Officers arrived and discovered a vehicle parked on the street had its catalytic converter stolen and the suspects were gone. The owner of the vehicle was contacted. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
June 4 at 8:19 a.m., a caller in the 600 block of W. Duarte reported his work van had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 5 at 4:37 a.m., Arcadia Police Officers responded to the report of a stolen package from a residence in the 200 block of East Sycamore Avenue in the City of Arcadia. The package was equipped with a global positioning satellite (GPS) device and the officers followed its path into the City of Monrovia. While attempting to locate the tracked package, the Arcadia officers discovered a solo-vehicle traffic collision in the 300 block of West Maple in the City of Monrovia. Monrovia Police Officers responded to the scene and conducted the traffic collision investigation. The two occupants of the vehicle were transported by paramedics to local hospitals for injuries sustained in the collision. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the hospital and the passenger is still being treated for moderate injuries. This investigation is continuing.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
June 5 at 11:07 a.m., a victim in the 200 block of W. Huntington reported his parked vehicle had collision damage. This investigation is continuing.

Drunk in Public
June 5 at 1:27 p.m., a caller in the area of Encino and Duarte reported a male subject drinking and arguing with the caller. Officers arrived and located the subject who was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Mental Evaluation
June 5 at 4:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of W. Pomona regarding a female subject asking for help. Officers arrived and made contact with the female subject who reported that she had been arguing with her boyfriend and he was breaking things in their home. Officer made contact with the male subject and determined he was a danger to himself and other. He was transported to a medical facility for a mental evaluation.

Park Violation – Suspect Arrested
June 6 at 12:09 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle when he located a male subject in a park after hours. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
June 6 at 1:43 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Duarte reported a male in the street yelling. Officers arrived and located the subject. The subject was heavily intoxicated and unable to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Fundraiser Set Up for Family of Would-Be Peacemaker Shot Down Sunday Night


A GoFundMe fundraiser has been created here to benefit the family of Nicolas Gandara, 38, who was shot down as he tried to keep things peaceful in a dispute between a homeless person and local residents near Duarte Road and the Santa Anita Wash. Gandara was married and had six children.

The fundraiser is attempting to raise $85,000, and has already raised $56,981 as of this writing.

- Brad Haugaard

Father of Six Was Victim of Shooting on Duarte Road

The man shot and killed near Duarte Road while trying to be a peacemaker between a homeless man and residents was Nicolas Gandara, 38, husband and father of six children. A homeless man has been arrested in connection with the killing. Details

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Lord Empanada


Dinner at Lord Empanada, on the east side of Myrtle just south of the freeway. Got two empanadas (chicken and spinach/cheese) at $3.95 each and a bottle of water for $2. (Price per empanada goes down to $3.50 each if you order a dozen.) Very tasty. 

- Brad Haugaard 

June 4 City Council Meeting Summary: Bullying and Budget

Here are highlights from last night's city council meeting generated by AI. AI is still glitchy, which means it could give some BAD INFORMATION! Please read it with that in mind, and let me know what you think. If it is too awful I probably won't do it again. - Brad Haugaard

Video of Council Meeting here.

Summary of Monrovia City Council Meeting - June 4th, 2024

  1. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance:

    • Invocation by Jason M., Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valley.
    • Pledge of Allegiance led by Council Member Larry Spicer.
  2. Presentations and Proclamations:

    • Proclaimed June 8, 2024, as Race Unity Day, recognizing the city's diverse fabric and commitment to social justice and equality.
    • Proclaimed June 2024 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community's contributions and the importance of equality and freedom.
  3. Public Comments:

    • Concerns about bullying at Wildrose Elementary School were raised by students and parents.
    • Issues regarding harassment and false accusations at Mayflower Elementary School were brought up by a parent.
    • Council members and the community showed support and directed the concerned individuals to speak with law enforcement present at the meeting.
  4. City Manager’s Report:

    • Update on incidents at Library Park, including vandalism of US flags and a shooting incident on Duarte Road.
    • Assurance of ongoing investigations and cooperation with law enforcement.
  5. Summer Teen Programming Overview:

    • Presentation on the “Monrovia Spot” summer program for teens, including weekly themed events, competitions, and partnerships with local businesses.
  6. Council Member Reports:

    • Attendance and participation in various community events such as the California Joint Powers Insurance Agency summit, neighborhood conferences, and local farmers' markets.
    • Encouragement of community participation in upcoming events and celebrations like Juneteenth and the summer reading kickoff at the library.
  7. Administrative Report - Budget Update:

    • Presented by Buffy Bullis, the fiscal year 2023-24 budget update highlighted a conservative financial approach with adjustments in revenues and expenditures.
    • Discussion on the city’s financial philosophy, emphasizing conservative yet proactive financial management.
    • Approval of budget adjustments and the fee schedule update.
  8. Meeting Adjournment:

    • The meeting adjourned in memory of Bob Dollins, a longtime resident, Canyon Park volunteer, and Navy veteran, expressing condolences to his family.

The next scheduled City Council meeting is on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at 7:30 PM.

Suspected Package Thief Dies in Car Crash

A man suspected of stealing a package in Arcadia early Wednesday morning got into a solo accident in the 300 block of West Maple in Monrovia and died. A passenger in the car was injured. Police, who were tracking the GPS-equipped package, recovered the package and stolen mail. Details.

- Brad Haugaard 

Supervisors Request State Help in Dealing With Bears


The County Board of Supervisors has voted to request that the state Department of Fish and Wildlife provide more help dealing with bears for foothills communities, specifically Monrovia and Sierra Madre. Details

- Brad Haugaard

Summer Solstice Potluck June 20

Grow Monrovia will sponsor a Summer Solstice Potluck in the garden on June 20, from 6-8 p.m. at 777 E Greystone. Bring a homemade dish to share. There will be a separate kids table.

- Brad Haugaard

Homeless Man Arrested In Connection With Duarte Road Murder

Christopher Wiggan, 42, a homeless man, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a Monrovia resident who was  trying to prevent a fight on the 700 block of West Duarte Road, near Santa Anita Wash, Sunday night, the Star-News reports.

- Brad Haugaard 

Mellow Odin Looking to Brighten Someone's Home


Eight-year-old Odin is a mellow dude who is ready to make someone’s home brighter!

Odin is a bit shy - he prefers to meet people at his own pace. The Pasadena Humane volunteers have been working with him to get him more comfortable, and it’s definitely working. He loves treats and that has been the best way to break the ice (and get him “talking”).

Odin has some vision impairment in one eye, but the veterinarians at the shelter have given an otherwise clean bill of health.

A quiet and patient home would be perfect for this sweet boy. He’ll surely shower his home with love and affection!

Odin and all other cats over 6 months old can be adopted at no charge throughout June (Adopt-A-Cat Month)!

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

Walk-in adoptions are available every day from 2:00 – 5:00. For those who prefer, adoption appointments are available daily from 10:30 – 1:30, and can be scheduled online. View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org.

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

- Brad Haugaard

School District Anticipates Lawsuit Regarding California Voting Rights Act

The Monrovia School Board will hold a special closed session at its Tuesday meeting to discuss "anticipated litigation" regarding the California Voting Rights Act. Wikipedia says the act "makes it easier for minority groups in California to prove that their votes are being diluted in 'at-large' elections." Details.

- Brad Haugaard

Sunday Shooting Victim Was Trying to Be a Peacekeeper

The man who was shot in the neck Sunday evening and killed near the 700 block of W. Duarte Road, next to the Santa Anita Wash, was apparently a nearby resident who tried to be a peacekeeper in a dispute between a homeless man who appeared to be living next to the wash and local residents. Details

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Monrovia Feature Film Company

Newspaper photo of Monrovia Feature Film Co. "View of Motion Picture Plant Proposed by Monrovia Feature Film company, to be built at the head of Myrtle Ave [on Gold Hills], at a cost of approximately $200,000. Around 1916.

Hmmm. That's the recorded information about the photo, but a) it looks like it is more than "proposed," and b) it doesn't look like it's on Gold Hills. Maybe this was the existing studio set and a new set was planned for Gold Hills. 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

Electronics Repair Workshop at Library June 6


Electronics Repair Workshop, Thursday, June 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Library, for teens and adults. Participants will learn to use the library's new iFixit Pro Tech Toolkits to repair electronics, such as cracked phone screens or broken game consoles. An experienced repair person will demonstrate these tools. Details

- Brad Haugaard

Make Kites From Paper Bags - Craft at Library


Craft-tastic, Thursday, June 6, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Youth Services Area at the Library. Children 0-11 and their families can make kites and pinatas out of paper bags. Details

- Brad Haugaard

Craft-tabulous - Paint a Miniature Canvas at Library


Summer Craft-tabulous, Tuesday, June 4, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room at Library. Teens and adults (16 and up) can paint miniature canvases. Library will provide 3-inch canvases with magnet backs, acrylic paints, and other supplies, though participants are welcome to bring their own. Registration closes on June 4, at 3 p.m. Details. https://monrovialibrary.librarymarket.com/event/summer-craft-tabulous-8258

- Brad Haugaard

Man Shot and Killed Near Duarte Road Sunday Night

 A man was shot and killed near the 700 block of West Duarte Road, near the Santa Anita Wash, Sunday at about 9:22 p.m. A second man may have been wounded. If you have information about the incident contact the LA County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or anonymously at 800 222-8477. Details.

- Brad Haugaard

Current Local Job Opportunities - June

Here are links to the latest job opportunities for Monrovia:

Monrovia School District 

City of Monrovia 

Private 

There is also a group called Monrovia Works. Search for it on Facebook and ask to join it.

- Brad Haugaard