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Kyle, Texas, Follows Monrovia's Lead in Transportation

The town of Kyle, in Hayes County, Texas (southwest of Austin), has picked up on Monrovia's Lyft transportation program and is instituting a similar ridesharing program with Lyft.

An article in the Hays Free Press News Dispatch, says that nearby Georgetown (north of Austin) has instituted a ridesharing program and is happy with it, and notes the "public-private partnership between Lyft and Monrovia, California." https://is.gd/6CiHxX


- Brad Haugaard

What to Do With Sales Tax Money? Spicer New Mayor Pro Tem; Etc.

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

~ The proposal to raise Monrovia's sales tax (to keep the tax money out of the county's hands) is proceeding, but what to do with the money? Ideas:
  • Achieve a AAA Rating (cheaper borrowing costs for city)
  • Upgrade the Community Center
  • Give money back to residents by lowering the municipal services bill
  • Invest in capital upgrades: parks, facilities and infrastructure
  • Affordable housing, community based organizations, and schools.
~  Last week, the Monrovia City Council unanimously selected Larry Spicer as Monrovia's next Mayor Pro Tem.

~ Old Town Monrovia has a new website, www.monroviaoldtown.org, which has a listing of all the shops, businesses, and restaurants with links to the merchants website, direct dialing on your mobile device, and directions to convenient parking.

~  Memorial Day Poppies are available for a donation at the Library's Circulation Desk The poppies are handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation and 100% of donations go to help local veterans and their families. For more information, contact Mabel Cross, Adult Services Librarian, at 256-8262 or mcross@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

~  Friends of the Monrovia Public Library's annual Spring Book Sale will be held during Monrovia Days in the Library Community Room.
  • Friday, 5/17 noon-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 5/18 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 5/19 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • $5 BAG SALE Sunday, 4-5 p.m.

~  Grab four of your friends for a pie eating contest at Monrovia Days, Saturday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Library Park. Each team member must eat a pie before the next team member does the same, and so on. Kind of a pie-eating relay race. Made possible by the support of Merengue Bakery and Cafe.

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $150
3rd Prize: $50

~ Brush inspections coming up on or after Monday, May 13. Athens will provide free bins from May 1 - June 30 for residents in the brush zone. If you need one call 256-8109 and the Fire Department will coordinate bin delivery.

~  SoCalGas will be burying gas lines deeper underground along Melrose Avenue (between Hillcrest and Scenic) and portions of Scenic Drive during the next 6-8 weeks. With the city pulverizing the street it just seemed the smart thing to do to have the lines further down.

- Brad Haugaard

Bubbles Goes With the Flow - And Catapalooza!


Hi, I’m Bubbles (A473712). My name kind of gives away my bubbly personality. I’m friendly and playful and love giving out kisses. I am known for my unique swagger when I first start out on my walk. I like to curiously zig zag to ensure I don’t miss a thing around me! After a few seconds of exploring, my volunteer friends say I’m great on leash!

 I like going out on the Wiggle Waggle Waggin’ on the weekends with my friends. I get to meet so many different people, even kids, who like to pet me! I have a wonderful temperament so I just go with the flow and get along with everyone. I also really like to play with my other dog friends, small or big they all get the same love from me.  Come visit me at the Pasadena Humane Society today!

The adoption fee for dogs is $140. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before going to their new home.

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 at pasadenahumane.org.  Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.  Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

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It’s all the excitement of a summer music festival with a name to match (but a lot more cats) — it’s Catapalooza! Come on down to the Pasadena Humane Society on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th for a FREE cat adoption weekend! Thanks to the Pet Care Foundation all adoption fees for cats are covered, and include the spay and neuter, microchip, and vaccines.

Much like a music festival, you can check out the “lineup” (adoptable cats) in advance at pasadenahumane.org/pets.

Source: Pasadena Humane Society press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Days - This Weekend - Featuring Monrovia Students


This Friday through Sunday is Monrovia Days, and on Saturday the Parade will feature students from Monrovia Unified schools, as well as civic leaders and a variety of organizations that serve the city.

During the celebration Monrovia Unified will showcase its award-winning programs such as robotics, ceramics, and performing arts with on-stage student performances. There will also be a variety of family-friendly attractions, entertainment, games, and carnival rides.

Tickets are available at MonroviaDays.org; single-day tickets, unlimited two-day wristbands, and unlimited three-day wristbands are available. Day-of tickets will be sold at Library Park.

The district is partnering with the city, Centre Stage Theatre, and the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley to host the festival.

For more information, contact the City of Monrovia Public Services Department at 256-8246.

Schedule:

Friday, May 17
5 to 10 p.m.
Student performances: 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 18
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Parade: 10 a.m.

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Team at National Academic Quiz Tournaments Finals

Monrovia Middle School Scholars' Bowl team is in Chicago at the National Academic Quiz Tournaments National Finals this weekend.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Trader Joe's Starts YouTube Channel

Monrovia-based Trader Joe's has started a YouTube channel with videos about Tikka Masala Burritos, Falafel Waffles, and other foodie topics. Here it is: https://is.gd/AQlIT0

- Brad Haugaard

Fountain to Falls a Race Begins


The Fountain to the Falls race has begun. I’d avoid Myrtle and Canyon for now.

- Brad Haugaard 

Free Tour of Historic Anderson House for Ladies

The Monrovia Historical Society will hold a special, free "Tour for Ladies" of the Anderson House museum (215 E. Lime) on Friday, May 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. Antique linens, clothing, old cookbooks with recipes for biscuits, cakes, cookies and pickles. What life was like in 1886. City Historian Steve Baker will talk about what women did to help create Monrovia. Feel free to wear a hat or lace "doodad," or regular clothes.

Tour includes homemade cinnamon rolls made by a Danish master baker.

RSVP requested (text or call) 626 675-8323.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Issues Measles Warning

A measles warning from Monrovia School District:

Monrovia Unified fosters a culture that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and parents. Given the recent measles outbreaks in the United States, the chance of exposure to this illness is increased at this time.

Below you will find information and steps to help protect yourselves and our students.
  • Measles is highly contagious. A person can spread the disease to others before experiencing symptoms, which include fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, and a rash that starts on the face and body and which typically appears 10 to 21 days after the exposure.
  • Most people who have not been immunized risk getting the disease if they have contact with the virus.
  • About 90 percent of people who have never been immunized become ill seven to 21 days after exposure. The disease can be spread from one person to another before the rash appears.
If you have reason to believe you have been in contact with a person with measles, please contact your healthcare provider for immediate treatment.For more information about measles, please visit: bit.ly/2LxX2nC

- Brad Haugaard

Recalling Successes During This School Year

Monrovia Schools Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian recalls successes throughout this school year:

This school year, Monrovia Unified students have excelled in District programs such as Code to the Future, robotics, performing arts, and so much more. With summer fast approaching, our students are immersing themselves into end-of-the-year projects and performances and are excited to share these with our community.

In April, we celebrated the performing arts when 50 students from Wild Rose School of Creative Arts performed their spring production of Disney's "Lion King Kids Jr." On April 29, students traveled to the Ahmanson Theatre to perform as part of the Disney Musicals in Schools grant, ending their 17-week training course with theater professionals.

On April 18, the District's five elementary schools came together to participate in the second annual Next Generation Math Bee, with the Mayflower Mariners claiming the top prize. The event nurtured mathematical skills in our students.

At the middle-school level, Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School held a device rollout, distributing Chromebooks to all students. Additionally, sixth-grade students learned about brain and lung specimens on April 23 during a crash course with Sonia Maljian, director of laboratory services at Methodist Hospital.

Finally, congratulations to our robotics teams from Clifton Middle School and Monrovia High School, who competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships in Houston, Texas. They worked so to achieve this highest level of competition.

For more information about the great programs and events in Monrovia Unified, read below and visit our website at www.monroviaschools.net.

- Brad Haugaard

Breakfast at JB Burger

Breakfast recently at JB Burger, at the corner of Myrtle and Olive. Got a ham and cheese omelet for $6.35 with a cup of coffee for $1.30.  Nice and filling. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Blind Monrovia Student Creates Braille Menus for Restaurants

Here is an ABC7 video report about a blind Monrovia high school student who creates Braille menus for local restaurants. link

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Michael Clearman Dies Following Motorcycle Accident

Monrovian Michael Clearman died today, May 9, 2019, in Scottsdale, Arizona, following a motorcycle accident. His friend, Nancy Bond, wrote this tribute:

Michael Clearman was an incredible person. He was an Attorney. A pilot who was building his own airplane. He was the president of his EAA aeronautical club. Flying brought him great joy! He gave hundreds of airplane rides to youngsters in a program called the Young Eagles. He was a sailor. He rode motorcycles his whole life. Was about to be the President of the Kiwanis Club. He served on the Board of the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce. He was in BNI, a business networking group, and was also on the Supervisory Committee of the Southern California Edison Federal Credit Union, which means he went to monthly meetings and helped make sure that the money was safe for every member of the credit union. His degree from college was in finance.

His heart was big and generous and he loved sharing his life and fun with his friends and colleagues. Plus, he hiked, biked and walked with his buddies most mornings. HE WILL BE MISSED!

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Driver Runs Red Light, Injures Another Driver; Cars Windows Busted; Drugs and Drunks; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 2-8. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 450 service events, resulting in 109 investigations.

No-Bail Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On May 2 at 10:18 a.m., a resident of an apartment complex in the 1800 block of S. Alta Vista reported an adult female in the laundry room of the complex who was partially undressed and attempting to wash herself. Officers responded and determined no indecent exposure occurred; however, a computer check revealed the subject had a no-bail warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody per the authority of the warrant.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On May 2 at 9:45 p.m., officers were patrolling the area of Magnolia and Huntington, when they witnessed a male subject nearly falling on a vehicle as he was walking in the crosswalk. A welfare check was conducted and the subject was found to be too intoxicated to care for his safety or the safety of others. The subject was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On May 2 at 11:49 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1400 block of S. Mountain, when he saw a vehicle fail to stop at a red light at an intersection. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI.

Residential Burglary
On May 3 at 11:33 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of E. Foothill returned home and discovered his house had been burglarized within the last three hours while he was away. The suspect gained entry into the locked home and stole several items, including the ashes of the home owner’s deceased wife. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
On May 3 at 2:50 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of Parker walked outside his home and discovered someone had ransacked the inside of his unlocked vehicle. Several personal items were stolen, including cash. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On May 4 at 2:09 a.m., a male subject reported possible underage drinking occurring at an establishment in the 400 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived, but all of the patrons were gone. The male subject who called police was being argumentative and aggressive with employees at the location. When officers spoke with the subject, he was found to be extremely intoxicated and unable to care for himself. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Vehicle Vandalism
On May 4 at 12:44 p.m., an employee of a store in the 700 block of E. Huntington walked to her car and discovered someone had shattered one of the windows while she was working. Officers responded and determined no one had entered the vehicle, which was still locked. The caller said nothing was missing from inside her car. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On May 4 at 1:50 p.m., a customer of a store in the 700 block of W. Huntington walked outside the store to her car to leave and discovered someone had shattered one of her car windows. The suspect entered her vehicle and stole her iPhone. Officers searched the area for any possible suspects, but did not locate anyone in the area. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
On May 4 at 2:07 p.m., a resident of an apartment complex in the 800 block of W. Foothill reported a vandalism incident. Someone had thrown a bottle through a window. It is unknown when the vandalism occurred. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
On May 4 at 4:48 p.m., a caller reported two motorists collided into one another at the intersection of California and Huntington. Officers responded and found one of the drivers injured his shoulder. Monrovia paramedics transported him to a nearby hospital. The party at fault was issued a citation for failing to stop for a red light.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On May 4 at 9:10 p.m., officers were patrolling the 700 block of W. Huntington when they saw a suspicious vehicle parked near the closed businesses. Officer stopped to investigate and contacted a single occupant. The officer obtained consent to search the vehicle and located drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft From a Vehicle
On May 5 at 7:22 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of Terrado called to report someone had entered her parked vehicle and took items. The vehicle was left unlocked. Investigation continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle
On May 5 at 7:49 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 500 block of Hacienda. The victim reported that someone entered her parked vehicle and took items. The vehicle was left unlocked. Investigation continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
On May 5 at 9:45 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of S. Mayflower called to report a vehicle had collided into his parked vehicle sometime during the night and fled the scene without leaving their information. Investigation continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
On May 5 at 3:08 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 100 block of W. Walnut when he saw three subjects in the alley looking into buildings. The officer stopped and spoke with the subjects. He learned that one of the subjects was on active parole. The officer did a pat down search on the subject and located a needle and small useable amount of methamphetamine. The subject was arrested, transported to the station and booked. He was also found to be on parole and a parole hold was obtained.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On May 6 at 1:48 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 3000 block of S. Myrtle when they stopped a vehicle for traffic violations. During the stop, the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Commercial Burglary
On May 6 at 10:04 a.m., an employee from a business in the 2600 block of S. Myrtle called police to report that sometime over the weekend someone forced entry into several storage containers. It appears the containers were rummaged through, but the loss is still being determined. Investigation continuing.

Warrant / Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
On May 6 at 8:14 p.m., an officer on patrol saw a subject near Library Park who had been served a court order to stay away from the park. The officer stopped and detained the subject for investigation. A computer check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
On May 7 at 6:08 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of Violet called to report his vehicle was stolen sometime during the night. The victim reported his wallet was in the vehicle when it was stolen and his credit cards had been used. Investigation continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
On May 7 at 7:28 a.m., a caller reported a traffic collision near Magnolia and Lime. Officers responded to the location and checked on the welfare of all parties involved. The occupants complained of minor injuries. Monrovia paramedics arrived on scene to treat the parties involved. The motorist at fault was issued a citation.

Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
On May 7 at 3:12 p.m., a resident in the 1400 block of S. Magnolia called to report a male and female arguing in the area. Officers arrived and located the two subjects. The female had an active restraining order against her, which she was violating by being within 100 yards of a nearby residence. She was arrested and transported to the station for booking.

Possession of Another Person’s Access Card / Warrants – Suspects Arrested
On May 8 at 7:47 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of Norumbega reported a suspicious vehicle in the area. Officers responded and contacted two subjects. A computer check revealed both subjects had warrants for their arrest. They were also found to be in possession of access cards with other people's identification. Both suspects were arrested.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On May 8 at 10:20 a.m., a caller in the 400 block of W. Huntington reported a belligerent male yelling at people behind a business loading dock. Officers responded and contacted the subject. He was found to be intoxicated and unable to care for himself. The subject was arrested and later released after a sobering period.

Vehicle Tampering / False Information to a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested
On May 8 at 3:36 p.m., an officer saw a suspicious vehicle occupied by a male subject in the 600 block of Parker. The officer contacted the subject and an investigation revealed the vehicle did not belong to him. The registered owner was contacted and advised that she has a restraining order against the male subject that has not been served yet. The male subject provided someone else's information to officers in attempt to avoid being served with the restraining order. He was arrested for providing false information to a peace officer and vehicle tampering.

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
On May 8 at 4:39 p.m., a male subject entered a business in the 3000 block of S. Peck and took merchandise without paying. Officers responded and the subject was apprehended and arrested.

Domestic Violence
On May 8 at 5:19 p.m., a domestic violence incident was reported in the 1300 block of S. Sherman. Officers responded and contacted the subjects. The investigation revealed the suspect came home upset and intoxicated, and became physically abusive toward his wife. The suspect fled the location prior to officers arriving. A wanted person warrant was issued for his arrest.

Residential Burglary Attempts
On May 8 at 9:12 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of W. Duarte regarding a burglary attempt. The resident was home and heard glass breaking. He looked around and found a window had been broken. He then saw someone trying to enter. The resident yelled out and the suspect fled. Officers conducted an area check, but the suspect was not found. Later that evening at 10:39 p.m., another resident in the 300 block of W. Duarte called police to report someone had broken a living room window and gained entry to their home. The investigations are continuing.

Library Dedicated to Bruce and Mariellen Staller


Evensong at Eastertide

The choir of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Monrovia will present Evensong at Eastertide on Sunday, May 20, at 4 p.m. at the church, 122 South California Avenue at Foothill Boulevard in Monrovia.


The Rev. Dr. Julie Bryant will be the officiant for this last Evensong of the 2018-2019 choir season. Eric Werner will be the cantor, and Dr. Zanaida Robles will be guest soprano soloist. The singers are under the direction of St. Luke’s Director of Music, Kent B. Jones.


Music will include the Preces and Responses (Durham Use), the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Mendelssohn along with the Mozart anthem Laudate Dominum (Psalm 117).


A freewill offering will be taken, and a wine and cheese reception will follow in Guild Hall. Choir member Lyn Walsh will be selling her homemade chutney, jam, and marmalade.


- Brad Haugaard 

County Wants to Get Debris Catcher Off It’s Hands


In his latest report (https://is.gd/JGORRp) City Manager Oliver Chi reports:

~ LA County is done with the debris catcher it instalked at the top end of Highland Place after the Madison Fire to catch debris in case of a flood, and it wants to either remove it or hand it over to Monrovia. Monrovia is evaluating the proposal. 

~ Public Works has re-seeded the grass around the band shell at Station Square Park, which has become a bit ratty. It oughta look fine by the start of summer park events. 

~ The city Code Enforcement team has been working with a family on Orange Avenue to resolve a code violation related to a large storage container in the front driveway. City staff asked the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley for help. The center sent volunteers to help the property owner move the contents of the container To a backyard shed. 

~ During the past year the Veterans Resource Center (in the Library) has helped 1,920 veterans and their family members connect with services and resources.

- Brad Haugaard 

Another Mark Twain On a Bench

Monrovia is not the only possessor of a bronze Mark Twain sitting on a bench. I recently saw this one in an art gallery in Carmel, California. 

- Brad Haugaard 

This Kitty Is a Ray of Sunshine


Sunshine (A475686) is a ray of, well, sunshine! This 5-year-old beauty tends to stay at the back of her kennel. She’s probably a little confused about all of the meowing as she was only found stray in Pasadena a few days ago and brought to Pasadena Humane. When you pet the top of her head she immediately melts from reserved to affectionate. She rolls on her side and back happily, and invites chin scratches and full body pets. She’s a sweet girl who is more interested in you than she is treats or toys. She’s looking for a home with affectionate people and a reprieve from the shelter stay.  
 
The adoption fee for cats is $90. All cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before being adopted.
 
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 at pasadenahumane.org. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.
 
 
*** It’s all the excitement of a summer music festival with a name to match (but a lot more cats) — it’s Catapalooza! Come on down to the Pasadena Humane Society on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th for a FREE cat adoption weekend! Thanks to the Pet Care Foundation all adoption fees for cats are covered, and include the spay and neuter, microchip, and vaccines. Much like a music festival, you can check out the “lineup” (adoptable cats) in advance at pasadenahumane.org/pets.
 

Thief Steals Ashes of Man's Wife

A thief stole a glass container containing the ashes of a Monrovia man's wife, and their wedding rings. https://is.gd/qg2Cae

UPDATE: The ashes of the man’s wife have been returned: here

- Brad Haugaard