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School Board to Vote on Putting $75 Million Bond Measure on November Ballot; App for Monrovia High Students; Etc.

At its next meeting the Monrovia Board of Education will consider ...

~ Ordering that a bond measure to raise $75 million be put on the ballot for this November 8. Details here: https://tny.im/aDJxr. The wording of the ballot statement, which calls for a yes or no vote, would be that the money would be used ...

"To repair/upgrade classrooms, science labs, career-training facilities, and instructional technology to support student achievement and college/career readiness in math, science, technology, engineering, arts and skilled trades; fix deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical systems; and improve school safety/security systems, shall Monrovia Unified School District's measure be adopted authorizing $75,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 3 cents per $100 assessed value ($4,700,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, with independent citizen oversight and all money locally-controlled?"

~ Contract with Minga.io to provide a cellphone app with a tracking module, community module, ID module and hall pass module for the 2,500 students at Monrovia High. Cost $5,100. https://tny.im/a4uE

~ Enter into an agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills to allow the club to use Mayflower Elementary School facilities during non-school hours. https://tny.im/6VgZg

Photo by Mackenzie Marco on Unsplash

- Brad Haugaard

Video of Old Red Car on Olive Avenue in Monrovia

Here is a video queued (approximately) to show one of the old Pacific Electric red cars driving along Olive Avenue in Monrovia. There is also footage of streetcars driving through Duarte and over the old railway bridge that crosses the San Gabriel River.

- Brad Haugaard

Assistant City Manager Receives Top Award; New City Treasurer; More Dirt Removal; Job and Health Services; Housing Survey; History Tour; TV Crew Needed; City Jobs

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

~ Assistant City Manager Lauren Vasquez will receive the 2022 Assistant Excellence Award from the International City/County Management Association. Each year, ICMA recognizes one assistant city manager who serves with humility, with grace, and selfless service, and that's Lauren Vasquez. She has served Monrovia for 15 years, has assisted in redeveloping Old Town, in coordinating GoMonrovia, overseeing human resources activities, responding to COVID-19, the Bobcat Fire and the December 2021 storms that destroyed Monrovia Canyon Park.

~  On Tuesday, September 6 the City Council will swear in Monrovian Janet Wall as Monrovia's newest City Treasurer.

~ LA County has removed 65,000 cubic yards of sediment from Sawpit debris basin near Monrovia Canyon Park, but estimates there are another 40,000 cubic yards remaining, which it plans to remove by October 15.

~ Foothill Unity Center will provide case management services, including job development and health services, at the Monrovia Community Center. For information, email sondra@foothillunitycenter.org.

~ The city (soon) wants your thoughts on "inclusionary housing," meaning having new developments provide a certain amount of affordable housing. The survey will be live from August 8-29, in English and Spanish.

~ The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will lead a two-hour tour tracing the town's history from its origins to today. Tour starts Saturday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m. at the southeast corner of Myrtle and Palm, across from Library Park. $5 per person, RSVPs not necessary.

~ KgemTV is looking for hosts, producers, researchers, and crew for a show about Monrovia. For details email KgemTV@gmail.com.

~ The city wants to hire a entry-level police officer and a librarian, both full-time, both $66,182 to $88,690 per year. Other jobs, too, here: https://tny.im/OJDQS

- Brad Haugaard


Registration open for Leadership Academies for Youth and Adults


Register here for youth or adult leadership academies: https://tny.im/EweQ

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Weekly Coronavirus Count: 127 More Cases, No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 12 p.m., 08/03/2022. Changes since 07/27/2022.

City of Monrovia: 10,078 cases (up 127), 107 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 1,054 cases (up 14), 4 deaths (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Beer, Wine and Music Fest Sept. 24


The 7th Annual Monrovia Chamber of Commerce Beer, Wine & Music Festival will be held Saturday, September 24 at Library Park. Local brewmasters and wineries, food trucks and entertainment. Admission is $ 40. Register here: https://tny.im/Mi6p8

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Woman Chased by Bear; Gas Stolen from Trucks; Man Robs Using Knife on Pole; Overdoses; Carjacker Pursued; Robber Hits Employee with Pipe; And So Much More

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 28 – August 3. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 362 service events, resulting in 71 investigations.

Battery / Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
July 28 at 1:17 a.m., a caller reported that his girlfriend was fighting with an intoxicated female inside an apartment in the 100 block of W. Colorado. Officers arrived and detained the two females. Further investigation revealed both females were drinking alcohol and got into a fight. One of the females was arrested for being drunk in public. She was transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft Auto
July 28 at 8:09 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of Genoa called to report that her vehicle was taken sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
July 28 at 12:31 p.m., a caller reported an injury traffic collision in the 2000 block of South Myrtle. Officers and paramedics arrived on scene and checked on the well-being of the occupants. One occupant sustained non-life threatening injuries. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Missing Person
July 28 at 2:06 p.m., a caller reported her brother was missing and he might be in Monrovia. An extensive search was conducted, but he was not located. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant / Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
July 28 at 10:12 p.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Foothill and May stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. A computer check of a passenger revealed an arrest warrant. Further investigation revealed the passenger was in possession of PCP. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Medical Assist / Court Order Violation
July 29 at 3:04 a.m., a caller in the 300 block of E. Palm reported that her son was unresponsive in the home. Officers arrived and it appeared that the subject may have overdosed. Fire personnel responded and the subject was transported to the hospital. The subject was known to officers and knew that a court order prevented him from being at the location. The incident will be forwarded to the DA for filing consideration.

Overdose
July 29 at 8:15 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of E. Palm regarding a subject who overdosed in the bathroom and was not breathing. Officers arrived and an officer deployed a single dose of Narcan, which caused the subject to become responsive. He was subsequently transported to a local hospital by paramedics.

Vandalism
July 29 at 10:08 a.m., a victim in the 100 block of S. Mayflower called to report that someone keyed his car. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity
July 29 at 10:44 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of E. Palm regarding a case worker finding a controlled substance in a juvenile's possession. The juvenile and his mother were both issued a citation to appear in court. The juvenile was released to his mother.

Fraud
July 29 at 1:29 p.m., a business in the 3300 block of S. Peck called to report they were in possession of a fraudulent check. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
July 29 at 1:36 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop in the intersection of Central and Magnolia of a bicyclist for a traffic violation. The subject admitted to being in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
July 29 at 2:49 p.m., an officer contacted a subject at a park in the 1600 block of S. Primrose. Investigation revealed the subject was in possession of a controlled substance. The subject was arrested, cited and released in the field.

Battery
July 29 at 4:27 p.m., a victim in the 700 block of W. Chestnut called to report that she got into a verbal altercation with another male subject. The altercation escalated when he refused to return a lighter and the victim went to grab it from him. The male subject grabbed her hand, causing minor abrasions. She was treated at the scene by the Monrovia Fire Department.

Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 29 at 5:58 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of California and Evergreen regarding a solo injury traffic collision. The subject had minor abrasions and complaint of pain to his left arm. As officers spoke with him, they observed signs and symptoms of intoxication. A DUI investigation was conducted. The subject was subsequently transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

Grand Theft
July 29 7:17 p.m., a victim reported that her catalytic converter was stolen sometime during the day while she was parked in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle.

Pursuit
July 30 2:17 a.m., an officer initiated a pursuit of a vehicle near the intersection of Huntington and Highland. It was later learned to be driven by an armed carjacking suspect. The pursuit entered the City of Pasadena and was taken over by Pasadena PD.

Death Investigation
July 30 at 10:37 a.m., Monrovia Fire called and informed Dispatch that they were at a residence in the 500 block of W. Duarte for a medical assist and the home owner was pronounced deceased. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. No foul play was determined and the next of kin was notified.

Medical Assist
July 30 at 3:59 p.m., an overdose was reported at a park in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle. Officers and Paramedics arrived. An officer applied two canisters of Narcan. The subject regained consciousness and was transported to a local hospital.

Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 30 at 9:54 p.m., a caller reported a two vehicle collision near the intersection of Lemon and California. Officers arrived and requested Monrovia FD to respond for medical aid. One of the drivers stated he did not see the stop sign and collided into the other vehicle. That driver underwent a field sobriety test and was found to be under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and transported to Monrovia PD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Court Order Violation – Suspect Arrested
July 30 at 11:47 p.m., a caller reported her daughter may be in danger at a residence in the 800 block of W. Colorado where the ex-boyfriend lives. Officers arrived and located the female who was safe, but the boyfriend had a domestic violence court order to stay away from the female. The male was arrested and taken into custody.

Bear
July 31 at 9:19 a.m., a hiker phoned and said a bear chased her and her dog in the area. She believes the bear had cubs and one of them might have been injured. Fish and Game was notified and shut the trail down. Other hikers were also warned in the area. No further calls after trail was shut down.

Robbery – Suspect Arrested
July 31 at 1:11 p.m., a nurse from a local hospital called to report a male was in the ER saying he was attacked by a man with a knife to the rear of the 500 block of W. Huntington. The victim reported a male suspect had a knife taped to the end of a stick. The male suspect then robbed him and sliced him under his left eye. The suspect threatened the victim’s life. The suspect was later arrested and taken into custody for a separate incident.

Vehicle Fire
July 31 at 2:21 p.m., a vehicle fire was reported in the 100 block of N. Mayflower. Officers arrived and the vehicle was fully engulfed. Officers evacuated the residences on each side of the vehicle. Monrovia Fire arrived and put the fire out. The owner said it started after he pulled the vehicle into his driveway.

Death Report
July 31 at 2:48 p.m., a caller in the 200 block of E. Maple reported his neighbor was on the floor not breathing. Officers and Paramedics arrived to perform lifesaving efforts. He was pronounced deceased. The investigation revealed that the male at the location had passed away from what appeared to be natural causes. The coroner was advised and they authorized the release to the mortuary.

Robbery / Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Suspect Arrested
July 31 at 7:09 p.m., officer were dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a combative theft suspect. As officers were arriving the reporting party said the suspect had fled to a vehicle to retrieve a gun. Officers located the vehicle in the parking lot and conducted a traffic stop. The male ran from the vehicle and officers initiated a foot pursuit. The suspect was caught and detained. The investigation showed the suspect had used force to steal merchandise at the location. He returned moments later with a metal pipe and attacked a store employee, striking him on the hand. He then stole additional items. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
August 1 at 1:41 a.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Peck and Duarte saw a subject tampering with a vehicle. He was detained and it was discovered the vehicle belonged to his wife. During the contact the subject admitted to having methamphetamine. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Misuse of 911
August 1 at 3:43 a.m., officers responded multiple times to a residence in the 400 block of E. Olive regarding someone calling 911 and then hanging up. A subject was advised multiple times to stop calling 911, as there was no emergency. The subject called 911 at least 10 times, even while officers were at the location attempting to contact him. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Resisting Arrest – Suspect Arrested
August 1 at 6:55 a.m., a possible theft was reported in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle. Officers responded to assist Deputies. When they arrived, one subject did not cooperate with the officers and was handcuffed and detained. While walking to the vehicle, he tried to pull away from the officer and was taken to the ground causing an abrasion to his head. Paramedics responded and he was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

Fraud
August 1 at 11:13 a.m., fraud was reported in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The victim reported a former worker opened a credit card with his name on it. This investigation is continuing.

Embezzlement
August 1 at 12:35 p.m., a victim in the 100 block of E. Lemon reported an accountant who was working on his finances embezzled thousands of dollars from the business. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
August 1 at 12:58 p.m., a caller in the 200 block of Kruse reported the gasoline from his work trucks was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Mental Evaluation – Subject Arrested
August 1 at 1:59 p.m., a family disturbance was reported in the 400 block of N. Primrose. After they arrived and spoke to the family, they determined the elderly female at the location met the criteria for a mental evaluation hold. She was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

Theft
August 1 at 2:17 p.m., a theft was reported at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. The victim stated that someone stole her wallet from her purse while she was shopping. This investigation is continuing.

Weapon Offense
August 1 at 3:23 p.m., the victim called to report while she was sitting in her vehicle, parked in the 1300 block of S. Mayflower, a male subject knocked on her window. She rolled it down and he told her he was going to kill the security guard at the location. She said she saw a gun in his waistband when this occurred. Officers responded and could not locate the subject. Officers spoke to security and he was alright. He didn't see anyone in the area. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
August 2 at 2:37 a.m., an officer patrolling the 100 block of E. Olive saw a female subject that he knew from prior contacts. The female had a warrant for her arrest. She was found to be in possession and under the influence of methamphetamine. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Found Property
August 2 at 6:58 a.m., a caller near the intersection of Fig and Shamrock reported there was a handgun lying in the street. He said vehicles continue to pass and run it over. Officers arrived and collected the handgun which turned out to be an airsoft gun. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
August 2 at 9:13 a.m., an employee at a business in the 3300 block of S. Peck called to report an unknown suspect had tried to cash checks against the companies account. None of the checks have gone through due to them being fraudulent. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
August 2 at 9:22 a.m., the victim parked her vehicle in the 300 block of W. Walnut the night before. The doors were locked and the windows were rolled up. The next morning the victim discovered the vehicle missing. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
August 2 at 10:56 a.m., a grant theft auto was reported in the 700 block of Monterey. The victim stated victim the vehicle was parked the night prior. This investigation is continuing.

Mental Evaluation – Subject Evaluated
August 2 at 12:50 hours, a prisoner was being released from custody when she began saying bizarre things. The mental health worker was at the station and evaluated her. She met the criteria to be transported to a mental facility for treatment.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 3 at 1:59 a.m., an officer patrolling the area saw a vehicle fail to stop behind the limit line at the intersection of Mountain and Foothill. A traffic stop was conducted and the subject was intoxicated. She was arrested and transported to Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Criminal Threats – Suspect Arrested
August 3 at 9:02 a.m., a security guard in the 1300 block of S. Mayflower reported a suspect vehicle from a previous incident, was parked at the location. Officers arrived and located one adult male in the front seat of the vehicle. He was detained at the scene. The vehicle was searched and a replica handgun was located. It fit the description of the handgun described by the victim in the prior incident. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Fraud
August 3 at 12:13 p.m., an employee at a business in the 3000 block of S. Peck called to report additional check were attempted to be cashed on the account. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 3 at 7:57 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 500 block of E. Lime regarding subjects throwing cans from a vehicle. Officers arrived and located the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was contacted and was determined to be intoxicated. He was arrested for DUI. The passenger in the vehicle had a warrant for his arrest and was arrested as well. Both were taken into custody.

Lunch at Gene’s Grinders

Lunch at Gene’s Grinders, at southeast corner of Myrtle and Walnut. Got a small Gene’s Special for $11.50 and a soda $2.50. Good. I really liked the smokey flavor of the ham. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Scooter Doesn't Let a Handicap Slow Him Down


Scooter is a fun and confident little dog with a big personality! Scooter is five years old and has hind leg paralysis, but he doesn’t let that slow him down. He loves zooming around the play yard in his wheelchair and being excited about everything. Scooter also loves being scratched all over his body, neck, and ears.

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.

SALT Teen Festival August 27 - Registration Now Open


 The free S.A.L.T. Teen Festival on Saturday, August 27, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at 925 South Shamrock Avenue in Monrovia. There will be In-N-Out Burgers, shaved ice, 360 photo booth, carnival games and prizes, 9-hole miniature golf, swag bags, live DJ, live entertainment, selfie zones, and more. Tickets are limited. To register click here (https://tny.im/LBTot

Teens created the SALT Teen festival for teens. The festival is an outdoor event. Teens 13-17 with a valid high school I.D. are invited to attend, with the first 300 registered teens receiving a free SALT Teen Festival drawstring backpack. "With school starting, we just wanted to start them off with the confidence they are Strong, Authentic, Legendary, and True.  The response has been amazing. We have teens registered from all over San Gabriel Valley and the surrounding counties," said Deborah Hayes, Project Manager.

There will be sounds from DJ Wizard Craig. On-stage performers include: John Muir High School Drum Line, X-Stream Step Team, CalArts - SGV, and several individual performers. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @saltteenfestival  to get up-to-date festival news.

The S.A.L.T. Teen Festival is sponsored partly by: the City of Hope, Second Baptist Church, Women's Professional Network, SET for LIFE, Y.W.C.A. San Gabriel Valley, Congresswoman Judy Chu, CVS Health, 360 Photo Booth, Senator Anthony Portantino, Athens Services, JAB TRAN LLC, McLaurin Transit, Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association, Simply Divine, Arts & Craftsman, and Monrovia Area Partnership. 

The SALT Teen Festival is organized by SET for LIFE (setforlifenews.org), an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping African American/Black and other minorities live happier, healthier, and longer lives.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: A Gathering of Early Monrovia Officials

Early Day City officials in front of old City Hall. L to R: James L. Quiggle, Constable; J.M. McClymans, City Engineer; J.F.Miller, City Marshall; Charles Smith; "Dick" Monroe, Water Superintendent; L.E. Hotchkiss, City Clerk. c. 1904.. 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

Methodist Hospital Becomes USC Arcadia Hospital


Arcadia's Methodist Hospital of Southern California has joined Keck Medicine of USC and has a new name: USC Arcadia Hospital. You may find us online at www.uscarcadiahospital.org.

In a letter to patients, the hospital wrote: "Over the coming years, Keck Medicine plans to invest in equipment, infrastructure and services at USC Arcadia Hospital, ensuring that residents of the San Gabriel Valley have local access to the best possible care for decades to come."

- Brad Haugaard

Cleaning Canyon Park Will Cost $1.17 Million Extra; Candidates for City Treasurer; Money to Install Neighborhood Treasure; Women's Equality Day

At its next meeting (agenda: https://tny.im/kt1zY) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

~ Authorizing an additional $1.17 million - and a contingency amount of $80,000 - to finish cleaning out Canyon Park. The staff report says Pokrajac Corporation has completed 80 percent of what was initially agreed to, and spent $1.29 million of the contract budget of $1.62 million. But there was more debris than expected. The additional money would go to:

  • Remove debris from culverts, stream beds, and hillsides which are sitting above public park areas and present an immediate health and safety hazard to downstream activities. The estimate for this item alone is approximately $800,000.
  • Remove rocks, debris and fallen trees near the trailhead and ranger station.
  • During rain in May and June 2022, existing debris flowed downstream and settled in areas previously cleared. Remove existing debris and erosion to prevent further downstream damage.
  • Relocate boulders that can be used as natural erosion controls at key locations throughout the park.

Possible funding from FEMA, State of California, insurance, state or federal grants, and private contributions. Details: https://tny.im/SC8Kb

~  Consider four people as possible replacements for City Treasurer Steve Baker, who died during the election season. The four are:

  • John Watson
  • Janet Wall
  • Edward Belden
  • Brian Yamaguchi

Their applications are here: https://tny.im/YsNV9

~ Authorizing $15,500 to install a Neighborhood Treasure landmark honoring Josephine Anderson, who founded the Foothill Unity Center in 1980 in a borrowed church closet in Monrovia to provide food to hungry families. https://tny.im/YhMW9

~  Proclaiming August 2 as Women's Equality Day. https://tny.im/KgQUW

- Brad Haugaard

Welcome to Neighborhood Meeting Tomorrow

Register here: https://tny.im/bDVc

- Brad Haugaard

Footloose - This Sunday Only

- Brad Haugaard

Get City Rebate for Replacing Grass; Draft Tree Plan for South Monrovia; Grants for Home Repairs, Etc.

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

~  Monrovia is offering a $3 rebate per square foot of grass you replace with low water landscaping. Projects need to go through the application process to receive a rebate and you must apply prior to starting your project. https://tny.im/LxHiB

~ A draft tree planting plan for Monrovia south of the 210, where there are far fewer trees, is available here: https://tny.im/CAduO. The plan calls for: native trees first, then trees that thrive in this climate, those that increase shade, large trees where possible without creating maintenance or hazardous conditions. Avoid fruit, palm or other non-native trees.

~ A limited number of grants are available for home repairs. To be eligible you must live in Monrovia, meet income requirements, provide income documentation for all household residents with an income. Details: https://tny.im/MIWJ2

~ The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District has relocated its offices to 248 E. Foothill Blvd. Three camphor trees there will be removed because the trees' roots have caused damage to the drainage channel. They will be replaced with trees that are as mature as available in the fall when temperatures are cooler.

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: One More Death, 165 More Cases

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 12 p.m., 07/27/2022. Changes since 07/20/2022.

City of Monrovia: 9,951 cases (up 165), 107 deaths (up 1)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 1,040 cases (up 10), 4 deaths (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Is Modern Voice of Old Radio Program

Michael Khanchalian with an old 16-inch studio recording of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour, with the record player behind him. 

A Monrovian is the modern voice of a radio program that died in 1968... but has been revived.

The Old Fashioned Revival Hour began airing in 1937 and at one time was broadcast from the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium to a nationwide audience on the Mutual Broadcasting System, then ABC Radio Network, on more than 650 radio stations. Monrovian Michael Khanchalian said that the show was at one time better known than such popular radio adventures as The Lone Ranger and The Shadow. Then it faded, and finally died, in 1968, according to Wikipedia.

Khanchalian, the modern voice who makes brief announcements in the restored old recordings, was instrumental in reviving the Old Fashioned Revival Hour, which was started by preacher Charles Fuller, who used to fill the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium Sundays for nationwide broadcasts on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Fuller also founded Pasadena's Fuller Seminary and named it after his father, Henry.

Khanchalian's interest in old sound recordings (He restores old wax recording cylinders for archives), his interest in old radio, history, his acquaintance with a Fuller Seminary executive, and his being on the board of Christian Heritage Ministry, a group that was selling cassettes of Old Fashioned Revival Hour sermons, led the seminary to ask him to recreate the Old Fashioned Revival Hour for Fuller's fiftieth anniversary celebration.

He said a man who used to work at RCA (Radio Corporation of America) came up to him after the celebration and said, "Don't you want to get this back on the air, or what?" So, with some hesitancy, Christian Heritage Ministry decided to do just that and the program now airs on about 120 radio stations across the United States, none of which are in the Los Angeles area. Too expensive, Khanchalian said. Also, of course, it is on the Internet.

There are two versions of the program, Khanchalian said, an hour-long and half-hour version. The hour program is about two-thirds music and reading letters, and a third preaching by - mostly - Charles Fuller. In the half hour program the music and letter reading is trimmed but Fuller's message is uncut. As the program title says, it is old fashioned, and most of the audience members, Khanchalian estimates, are older people who fondly remember the broadcasts from their youth.

How long will the revived Revival Hour continue? He is not sure. His producer may retire in a few years. He said they'll just wait and find out.

If you'd like to listen to a program, here is the OFRH home page (https://www.ofrh.com/) and here are the audio recordings (https://www.ofrh.com/listen).

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Fraud; Drugs; DUIs; Man Robbed of Cellphone; Woman Fights Fingerprinting; Hiker Rescued; Arrested For Stealing Rental Equipment; Bear Cools in Pool; and Plenty More

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 21 – 27. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 375 service events, resulting in 79 investigations.

Fraud
July 21 at 5:55 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of Pomona reported that he was the victim of fraud. He reported that he did online accounting work for an individual subject. The subject sent him two checks and asked him to keep his payment from the checks and forward the remaining balance to a third party. The victim sent the third party money via Zelle. When he attempted to cash the checks he received from the suspect, both were no good. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
July 21 at 10:36 p.m., a caller in the 300 block of N. Alta Vista advised that he had checked his video surveillance and saw two individuals climb over the fence of his neighbor’s house across the street. Officers responded and located a broken sliding glass door to the rear of the location. The house was ransacked. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
July 22 at 1:11 a.m., an officer patrolling the area of Duarte and Alamitas observed a pedestrian walking in the roadway. The subject was stopped and later found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and later released with a citation.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
July 22 at 1:35 a.m., an officer patrolling the area of California and Shrode observed a bicyclist commit a traffic violation. The subject was stopped and later found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and later released with a citation.

Drug Activity / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
July 22 at 2:57 a.m., an officer patrolling the area of Primrose and Pomona observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The vehicle was stopped and an investigation revealed that the passenger in the vehicle had two warrants for her arrest. The passenger was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Robbery
July 22 at 1:20 p.m., an employee from a business in the 100 block of W. Lemon called to report that he had been robbed while standing outside the business. Several unknown male suspects stopped their vehicle alongside the victim and demanded he hand over his phone. When he refused, the passenger jumped out of the vehicle and wrestled it out of his hands causing the victim to fall and hit his head on the ground. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
July 22 at 5:34 p.m., a caller reported a traffic collision occurred at the intersection of Central and Myrtle. Officers responded and checked on the well-being of the occupants. Both drivers sustained minor injuries.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
July 22 at 8:07 p.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Foothill and Primrose saw a vehicle with expired registration and conducted a traffic stop. The driver stated he had a BB handgun is his vehicle. The driver was removed from the vehicle and gave officers consent to search. The officer found drug paraphernalia. The driver was arrested and later released with a citation.

Missing Person – Located
July 22 at 10:39 p.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Royal Oaks and Mountain conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle violation. The driver was contacted and found to have a suspended license. The passenger was found to be a reported missing juvenile from Los Angeles. The vehicle was impounded and the driver was cited for the license violation. The juvenile was taken into protective custody and transported back to the Monrovia PD Station before being released to the Department of Children and Family Services.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 23 at 12:46 a.m., a caller in the 500 block of W. Huntington reported a suspicious vehicle parked with its doors open for over an hour. Officers arrived and found a male adult passed out behind the wheel. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was intoxicated. He was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 23 at 2:05 a.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Spanner and Myrtle observed a vehicle commit several traffic violations. The vehicle was stopped and the driver displayed objective symptoms of intoxication. A DUI investigation ensued and the driver was found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Battery on a Peace Officer
July 23 at 5:15 p.m. the jailer attempted to fingerprint an inmate, but she resisted. Officers attempted to bring her out of the cell, but she became immediately combative and struggled with them. During the struggle, she managed to kick and scratch officers. She was restrained and extracted from the cell for fingerprinting. While being fingerprinted she kicked the on duty Jailer. This case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Officer for filing consideration.

Medical Assist
July 23 at 5:51 p.m., several callers advised that there was an unconscious male subject on the ground at the metro platform. Officers arrived and located the male who was unresponsive. Drug paraphernalia was found near the subject and the officer administered Narcan. The subject gained consciousness and was transported to a local hospital by paramedics.

Hiker Rescued
July 23 at 6:44 p.m., a caller reported he had been hiking for twelve hours near the Clamshell trail. He advised he was out of water and not feeling well. Officers, paramedics, and the Pasadena PD airship responded. The airship located the hiker. Los Angeles County Fire Air11 was requested to respond. Air11 rescued the hiker. Paramedics then transported him to a local hospital for treatment.

Grand Theft Auto
July 23 at 8:13 p.m., a caller reported his vehicle had been stolen from the intersection of Peck and Longden some time over the last three days. The vehicle was placed into the stolen vehicle database. This investigations is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
July 23 at 10:05 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation near the intersection of Canyon and Lemon. The driver was contacted and found to be driving on a suspended license. Drug paraphernalia was seen in plain sight and the driver was taken out of the vehicle. The passenger admitted to being in possession of a controlled substance. The passenger was arrested and the driver was cited for the license violation.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 24 at 3:22 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was driving with no headlamps near the intersection of Duarte and Myrtle. The female adult driver was contacted and displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation was then conducted. The driver was ultimately arrested for DUI and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
July 24 at 2:25 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of Genoa called to report that her ex-boyfriend grabbed her neck during an argument. Officers arrived and checked on the well being of all involved. It was determined that the adult male was in violation of misdemeanor domestic violence. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 24 at 7:43 p.m., a caller reported a vehicle traveling in the 200 block of E. Chestnut hit a parked car. Officers arrived and upon contacting the driver observed signs of him being under the influence. He was arrested for DUI and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Battery
July 24 at 7:49 p.m., a caller in the 600 block of W. Foothill reported that his roommate had just struck him. Officers arrived and detained the roommate in the backyard as he was attempting to leave the location. The victim did not desire prosecution and had no injuries. The roommate agreed to leave the area.

Vandalism
July 24 at 8:14 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of W. Huntington discovered that someone had slashed one of her tires while she was shopping. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant / False Identification – Suspect Arrested
July 24 at 8:17 p.m., employees reported two suspicious males in their business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. Officers arrived and contacted them. One lied about his name and had drug paraphernalia in his possession. It was later learned that he also had a warrant for his arrest. That suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary / Identify Theft
July 24 at 10:25 p.m., a caller in the 1200 block of S. Fifth reported that someone broke into his vehicle while he was at work by prying open his car door. The victim's credit card was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft / Grand Theft Auto – Suspects Arrested
July 25 at 12:49 a.m., employees at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported multiple suspects attempting to steal rental equipment. Officers arrived as two of the suspects were fleeing, towing a track loader. The vehicle yielded and both suspects were identified by witnesses and arrested. Two other suspects fled in another vehicle and got away. The suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Missing Person
July 25 at 6:53 a.m., a caller in the 400 block of E. Cherry reported that her adult son was missing. The caller said her son left home for work on Saturday morning and had not returned. He was entered into the national missing person’s system.

Commercial Burglary
July 25 at 7:15 a.m., a delivery person phoned to say there were broken windows to the rear of a business in the 100 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and gained access into the business. The business was ransacked. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
July 25 at 7:38 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 100 block of S. Myrtle regarding a possible burglary. The window to the rear of the location was broken as well. Officers walked through and could see the business had been ransacked and nobody was inside the location. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
July 25 at 10:44 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Magnolia called to report that someone had stolen tools from the location. Officers arrived and learned suspect(s) stole approximately ten thousand dollars’ worth of tools. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
July 25 at 2:13 p.m., a victim in the 700 block of S. Fifth reported she had two thousand dollars deposited into her EBT account. When she recently checked her account she saw the money was now gone. Further investigation showed several unauthorized transactions in other cities. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
July 25 at 3:45 p.m., a caller reported two male subjects walked into a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington and left with five hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise without paying. This investigation is continuing.

Theft / Fraud
July 25 at 5:43 p.m., a caller at a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill advised that two female suspects distracted her and took her wallet. Before all the cards could be canceled the suspects accessed and removed money from her account. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
July 25 at 6:28 p.m., officers responded to an injury traffic collision involving three vehicles in the area of Foothill and Sunset. Officers arrived and discovered it was a solo traffic collision into the rear of three parked vehicles. The driver complained of pain and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Arson / Making a False Police Report – Suspect Arrested
July 26 at 5:12 a.m., a resident in the 1300 block of Sherman called to report someone set a tree in his front yard on fire. He said he extinguished the flames before riding his bicycle to a local business and calling the police. The resident gave officers a description, but there was no one matching that suspect in the area. Officers were able to view a surveillance camera on the street and discovered that the resident who had called in the report had actually been the one who lit the tree on fire. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
July 26 at 10:34 a.m., a subject came into the lobby after receiving a letter from the courts stating he had a warrant for his arrest. The warrant was confirmed, he was arrested and issued a citation to appear in court.

Theft
July 26 at 11:17 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported that a subject had stolen merchandise from the location and fled. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
July 26 at 11:44 a.m., a victim in the 100 block of W. Colorado checked her EBT account status and noticed money missing. She still has her card and didn't give anyone permission to use it. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
July 26 at 2:13 p.m., a business in the 2100 block of S. Myrtle advised that they had given an overseas company money for a product in April of 2021. They realized they hadn't received the product yet and became suspicious. The overseas company stated they never received any money. An investigation revealed the email sent with the routing numbers for the money went to a different company. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplift
July 27 at 1:19 p.m., an employee of a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington reported a theft. The day prior a male subject walked into the business and took merchandise without paying. This investigation is continuing.

Bear
July 27 at 3:47 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of Meadow Lane reported a bear in her pool. When officers arrived, the bear had cooled down and left the location.

Domestic Violence
July 27 at 4:11 p.m., a domestic violence was reported in the 700 block of W. Foothill. The victim reported her ex-boyfriend put his hands on her face and pushed her, causing her to fall onto the bed. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest
July 27 at 8:01 p.m., a petty theft was reported in the 700 block of E. Huntington. A computer check of the suspect revealed a warrant. The suspect was also in possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspect was arrested and released with a citation.

Monrovia Schools Hiring Administrative Assistant for Special Ed

Monrovia School District is hiring an administrative assistant for its special ed program. Details: https://tny.im/izqDm

- Brad Haugaard