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Tourism for Monrovia and Vicinity

The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership has developed a campaign to promote the valley as a tourist destination. Here is its promotion for visitor to the Monrovia/Arcadia/Sierra Madre area who has 36 hours on his hands: http://goo.gl/iIK89Z . And here are some other local adventures: http://goo.gl/ItGNPj

- Brad Haugaard

Would Plastic Bag Ban Affect Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center?

Monrovian Charlotte Shamadan writes in her Weekly Star column that Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center "relies on donated plastic bags for packing the weekly food distribution for needy families." (The proposed plastic bag ban will come back before the Monrovia City Council at its next meeting, this coming Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. http://goo.gl/li8CxH)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: The Plastic Bag Ban Returns; No Thank You Letter to Chu

At its Tuesday, June 3, 7:30 p.m. meeting (agenda: http://goo.gl/li8CxH ) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Consider a proposal by Council member Alexander Blackburn to reintroduce a proposed ban on plastic grocery carry-out bags that was initially adopted, then rejected at the last council meeting. See item RCC-4: http://goo.gl/li8CxH .

~ Review letters to Congresswoman Judy Chu (I'm not sure why multiple letters) asking that Monrovia be removed from the proposed San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area. See proposed letters here, http://goo.gl/GO2OXC , and here: http://goo.gl/wJyHwt

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Reinstating Nursing Assistant Program

Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, is reinstating its nursing assistant program this fall. There will be a mandatory information meeting at Citrus on Monday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to noon for those interested in the program. The meeting will be held at Louis E. Zellers Center for Innovation, Room 159, off Foothill Boulevard near Barranca Avenue. Source: Citrus press release

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at T Burgers


Lunch at T Burgers, just east of Magnolia on the south side of Foothill. I got the tostada salad, for $7.99, and an iced tea for $1.89. It's pretty big, with a lot of chicken, avocado, tomato, cheese, and beans. That, and you can pretend you're eating healthy because it's a salad. Yummy!

- Brad Haugaard

Is Monrovia's Football Dynasty Over?

Star-News writer thinks Monrovia football dynasty may be over. http://goo.gl/dO4Meh

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Girls Team Wins at CIF Finals

Monrovia High girl's 4X100 Relay Team won the crown at the CIF Finals last Saturday. The boys 4X100 and 4X400 meter teams also did well. http://goo.gl/UYfrc0

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Hosting Japanese Water Polo Team | World Vision Helps with Flood

~ The Japanese Women's National Team will be using the Citrus College Aquatics Center to train from May 27 to June 1, during which time the team will go head to head with the United States Women's Youth National Team in the water. Citrus serves Monrovia. Source: Citrus press release

~ Monrovia's World Vision relief agency is helping with flood clean-up in Bosnia and Herzegovina. http://goo.gl/5oVROl

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Illegal Shoe Swap; Burglaries, Alcohol and Marijuana

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 26-28. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 423 service events, resulting in 84 investigations.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On May 26 at 7:15 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of West Cypress in reference to a public assist. Upon arrival, the officer saw a male subject in the alley that immediately entered the residence. The reporting party is the resident at the location and she called the police to report her ex-boyfriend as an unwanted guest who was causing a disturbance. The officer contacted the subject and determined he was intoxicated. The subject was arrested for public intoxication and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
May 27 at 2:15 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 900 block of West Huntington. An unknown suspect(s) punched the driver's door lock to enter the vehicle. A laptop and two purses were taken, along with a set of keys to the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity / Possession of Marijuana – Suspect Arrested
May 27 at 4:44 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington regarding a subject trying to sell marijuana to an employee. Officers arrived and detained two subjects; one of them was in possession of several baggies of marijuana. The subject was arrested and cited to appear in court on the charge of possession of marijuana.

Commercial Burglary – Suspects Arrested
May 27 at 5:56 p.m., loss prevention from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington called police to report two suspects in the store attempting to steel a pair of shoes. The suspects exited the store with the shoes and were detained by a store loss prevention officer. The suspects had entered the store, and one of the suspects put the shoes on and left his old shoes in the box. The other suspect gave him a tool to cut off the tags. Then both suspects left the store without paying. Officers arrived and the suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
May 28 at 8:34 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of Grand. The victim reported that a window on her vehicle was smashed during the night and her vehicle had been ransacked. She parked the vehicle on the street. A bag of clothing had been taken and the content of the glove box was strewn about the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
May 28 at 9:52 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 800 block of West Walnut. The victim parked and locked the vehicle on the street. Sometime during the night, unknown suspect(s) entered and ransacked the vehicle. The vehicle insurance and registration were stolen from the glove box. The victim found a sharp tool with a handle outside the car, possibly used to make entry. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle and Stolen License Plate Recovered
May 28 at 11:16 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of West Foothill called police to report a vehicle that had been parked in a visitor parking space for several weeks. An officer responded and ran the license plate. The vehicle had been reported stolen to Pomona Police Department on May 3. The officer saw another rear license plate inside the vehicle and ran that plate. It returned as stolen out of Azusa. The vehicle and license plate were recovered. The appropriate agencies were notified of the recovery.

Residential Burglary
May 28 at 10:17 p.m., an officer went to a residence in the 300 block of West Hillcrest on the report of a residential burglary. The suspect entered the residence through an unlocked bedroom window of the property. The victim's handgun, passport and vehicle keys were taken from the home. The suspect then took the victim's vehicle from the driveway. The victim's vehicle was recovered later in the city of Los Angeles. The victim's passport and firearm were not recovered. The investigation is continuing.

Does Monrovia Have a Serial Groper?

Monrovia groper may be the same guy as before: http://goo.gl/jNFIac

- Brad Haugaard

Filming Arco Commercial in Monrovia


Shooting a commercial for Arco today, on Magnolia just north of Foothill. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Bear on Roof; Sex Battery; Handgun Robbery; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 22-25. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Bear Incident
On May 22 at 5:30 p.m., a small bear was discovered on the roof of an apartment complex near Foothill and Mountain. The Department of Fish and Wildlife was requested, but prior to their arrival, the bear fled back into the foothills.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On May 22 at 10:20 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at Shamrock and Huntington. A driver was looking at his cellular phone while driving and struck a vehicle in front of him. Officers responded and determined he was also driving under the influence. The driver was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On May 23 at 2:48 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 300 block of West Huntington. A driver was backing out of a parking stall after leaving a bar. In the process, she backed into a vehicle. Officers responded and determined she had been driving while under the influence. The driver was arrested.

Sexual Battery
On May 23, 2014, at 8:00 a.m., a female victim was walking in the area of Huntington and Canyon in the city of Monrovia. A lone male suspect approached the victim from behind. The suspect wrapped his right arm around the victim’s waist and with his left hand, grabbed her buttocks. The suspect said, “Hey baby,” as he assaulted the victim. When the victim screamed for help, the suspect fled north on Canyon out of view. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 19 to 21 years of age, 5’06” tall, 140 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. See press release for artist’s sketch of suspect at http://www.cityofmonrovia.org/police/page/sexual-battery-incident.

Commercial Robbery
On May 23 at 9:01 p.m., police responded to a robbery at a business in the 300 block of West Huntington. Two suspects entered the business at closing. One of the suspects approached an employee and displayed a handgun. The suspects ordered the employees into the office. Then they ordered the victims to the ground and tied them up with zip ties. The suspects emptied out a cabinet containing cell phones and fled the location.

Suspect number one is described as a male Hispanic, approximately 6'0" tall, 200 pounds, wearing a black hat, black hooded sweatshirt, black shorts, black socks, and black shoes. Suspect number two is described as a male Hispanic wearing a gray long- sleeved sweater, blue jeans, and a gray hat with a Batman logo. The vehicle was described as a white, 4-door Honda. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
On May 25 at 12:50 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of West Hillcrest called to report her home had been burglarized. She left her residence for an hour to attend a funeral. When she returned home, she discovered her rear door was forced open. She looked inside and saw the house had been ransacked. The victim called police and officers responded to check the interior of the location. No suspects were located. Jewelry was taken from the location. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Assembly Member's Truancy Bill Progresses

A bill by Assembly member Chris Holden to help school districts and counties collect and evaluate information on California's truancy crisis has been approved in the Assembly. Holden represents Monrovia. AB 1672 requires local School Attendance Review Boards to report student enrollment, absence and truancy rates, referrals to the district attorney and whether or not the student is doing better.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Looking for Sex Assault Suspect

On May 23, 2014, at 8:00 a.m., a female victim was walking in the area of Huntington and Canyon in the city of Monrovia. A lone male suspect approached the victim from behind.

The suspect wrapped his right arm around the victim's waist and with his left hand, grabbed her buttocks. The suspect said, "Hey baby," as he assaulted the victim. When the victim screamed for help, the suspect fled north on Canyon out of view.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 19 to 21 years of age, 5'06" tall, 140 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes.

The Monrovia Police Department is seeking help from the public in identifying this suspect. Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of this suspect, please contact the Monrovia Police Department: 256-8000.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia-based Trader Joe's Is Favorite Market

Monrovia-based Trader Joe's is consumer's favorite market, according to a recent survey: http://goo.gl/XVRCrm

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Club Donates for Kids | Assembly Approves Holden Bills

~ Club Cure, of Monrovia High, has donated $150 to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and $150 to Make a Wish Foundation.

~ Two bills by Monrovia's Assemblyman, Chris Holden, have been approved by the Assembly. AB 1586, approved 52-23, would move unemployed Californians to the front of the hiring line by requiring certain state contractors to give priority to workers who are receiving unemployment benefits or to workers who have exhausted unemployment benefits. AB 1921, approved 55-15, requires contractors doing business with the state in excess of $25,000 to provide records on how that money is being spent.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Fine Arts Awards

At its awards dinner, Monrovia Association of Fine Arts will honor Sal Perez, Monrovia High Art Teacher, Katie Gundersen, MAFA Board Treasurer, and first-grader Troy Hsiao for having his birthday guests contribute to MAFA instead of buying him gifts. Also, the Association will award art scholarships to: Annis Munoz, Canyon Oaks High; Sarah Hickey, Monrovia High; Taylor Figueroa, Monrovia High; Jonathan Walter Bailey, Monrovia High. The dinner is June 6 at the Monrovia Doubletree. Call 605-3148 for details and tickets.

- Brad Haugaard

Memorial Day Flyover over Monrovia


Memorial Day flyover by World War II era airplanes. I was kind of surprised to see German markings on a couple of them, though you can't make it out from this poor photo.

Update: Michael Sheehan has a better photo, and you can see the German markings: http://goo.gl/fbFprJ

- Brad Haugaard

Is This Your Missing Dog?

Whose puppy is this? Found near Bradoaks School in Monrovia. Wonder Dog Ranch is taking care of him: http://goo.gl/lBLY4X

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Reads Kicks Off Mobile Literacy Program

Monrovia Reads is kicking off its mobile literacy and recreation program with a visit to Greater Ambassador Church, 420 Monrovista, Thursday, May 29, 3:30-5 p.m. Reading, tutoring, sports, arts and crafts, board games, health and wellness, character development, guest speakers, etc. (City of Monrovia photo.)

- Brad Haugaard