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A Moment in Monrovia History: Monrovia Exchange Club in 1927

A group picture of the Monrovia Exchange Club in 1927. Exchange Club is a national organization dedicated to community service. 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

Monthly Veterans Meet Up - Free Coffee

 

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Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend flags in Library Park.

- Brad Haugaard

Opinion: The State of The Trail to White Saddle

If you enjoy the hills above Monrovia, you may be wondering when the trail to White Saddle will reopen. I just have some new information, and from that information I would say, No time soon.

Uphill from the Trask Boy Scout Camp much of the fire road is covered with weeds, ruts and debris, and occasional landslides - a few large ones but mostly small. This is not part of Monrovia but is National Forest territory and clearly nothing at all has been done to the road since the flooding following the Bobcat Fire. However, this could all be easily handled with a tractor.

At points where water crosses the road there are some deep ruts, sometimes five or six feet deep. Again, a tractor could fill these in with little effort.

And there are quite a few fallen trees. This is what chainsaws are for.

This is the general state of the fire road up to and maybe a quarter of a mile past the restrooms where the turnoff to the ruins of the Ben Overturff cabin is. It seems to me that the road up to the restrooms and Overturff cabin turnoff is fairly easily fixable. It could again be a nice hike or bicycle ride.

However...

Maybe a quarter of a mile above the turnoff is a gap in the road maybe 30 or 40 feet deep into which you could easily fall and die. A trail might be constructed around it but to fix the road itself looks like a huge, expensive task.

My feeling is that at least the road up to the Overturff cabin turnoff should be fixed and set to open when Canyon Park reopens. If a hiking trail could be constructed around any road gaps such as this one, that would be nice as well.



 - Brad Haugaard

Raising Funds for Families Hurt by Falling Tree

Marie Vasari Hislop writes that there are two GoFundMe campaigns to assist both the Jones family, renters whose house was crushed, and neighbor Martha Martinez, whose car was crushed.

She writes that the Jones family "are good people who struggled with job losses during Covid and now have lost pretty much everything.

"Martha, my sister, is a single mom whose car was totaled as a result of the tree. She has struggled to put two girls through college and now has to buy a new car she cannot afford so as to get to work, and has thousands of dollars in damage to her own property now as well, with high deductibles."

The Jones Family Go Fund Me page, which is attempting to raise $35,000 to assist in relocating, replacing their crushed van, furniture, and other possessions. 

Th Martha Martinez Go Fund Me page is attempting to raise $10,000 to assist Martha Martinez, a neighbor of the Jones family, whose car was crushed when the tree fell.

- Brad Haugaard

City Hall: Online Billing Restored, Phones Upgrades; New Web Address


Three big tech improvements at City Hall.

1. Monrovia's utility billing system has been restored after a two-month outage. Rebuilt data and network connections will allow utility bills for March, April, and May to be sent weekly from May 27, 2024. Sewer and water rate increases are postponed to July 1, 2024.

2. City phone lines have been upgraded from copper to fiber. If you still have trouble connecting, email pio@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

3. The city has a new web address for its website: MonroviaCA.gov. If you go to the old web address it will simply forward you to the new domain name. The state made them do it. 

- Brad Haugaard

Garden Club to Honor Residents Who Have Contributed to Monrovia's Beauty

Monrovia Garden Club will hold its annual Garden Awards on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall in Monrovia First Presbyterian Church. The ceremony will honor residents for their contributions to Monrovia's beauty,.

- Brad Haugaard

Youth of the Year Rally at Recreation Park June 2

 


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Summer Science Exploration for Ages 9-12

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Historic Walking Tour of Old Monrovia May 25


Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will host an historic walking tour along Myrtle Avenue on Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m. from the southeast corner of Myrtle and Palm. The two-hour tour costs $5 per person.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Days Parade and Pie Eating Winners

Here are the Monrovia Days Winners 

Monrovia Days Parade

  • Judge's Award- Monrovia High School Robotics
  • Best Overall Entry- Plymouth Elementary - Little Lion Dragons
  • Best Musical Entry- Clifton Marching Band & Color Guard
  • Best Monrovia Day Spirit- Scenic Neighborhood Group No Leftovers Left Behind
  • Best Float- Wild Rose School of Creative Arts
  • Most Unique Entry- Numatics Athletics & All Star Cheerleaders

Merengue Bakery and Cafe Pie Eating Contest

  • 1: Kids Krew
  • 2: Pie Kings & Queens
  • 3: Team Pie

- Brad Haugaard

SPOT Teen Program Friday Nights This Summer


The Community Center will hold its "Summer Program & Opportunities for Teens" (SPOT) program, with free music, food, sports, and activities. 6th to 12th grade every Friday night from June 7 to August 9 at Library Park from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Community Center at 256-8246.

- Brad Haugaard

Library Summer Reading Kickoff June 8

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Picnic to Honor Veterans in Library Park June 1


There will be a picnic at Library Park on Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to honor veterans. Music, food, lawn games, and veterans' resources.

- Brad Haugaard

Summer Concert Schedule for Library Park and Station Square


For more information, contact the Community Center at 256-8246.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Ron Husband To Be Honored by Citrus College


Monrovia's Ron Husband will be honored by Citrus College on Friday, June 7, at 6 p.m. as the 2024 Citrus College Distinguished Alumni. Husband was the first African American animator and supervising animator at Walt Disney Studios, with a 38-year tenure that includes credits for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," and "The Lion King." He retired in 2013 and now teaches at several institutions. Recently recognized with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by President Joe Biden. RSVP at foundation@citruscollege.edu or 626-914-8825 by May 31.

- Brad Haugaard

KGEM Community Coordinator Chris Loos Wins Cultural Diversity Award

KGEM Community Coordinator, Chris Loos, has won the Alliance for Community Media's Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity, for promoting artistry, civic engagement and freedom of speech through community media. Details.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Man Batters Woman, Arrested; Shoplifting; Catalytic Converter Thefts; Road Rage; Assault During Attempted Robbery, Man Arrested

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 16 – 22. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 427 service events, resulting in 80 investigations.

Petty Theft / Resisting an Officer – Suspect Arrested
May 16 at 1:49 a.m., a resident of an apartment complex in the 200 block of W. Pomona reported a suspicious subject in a private parking structure. Officers arrived and located the subject wrapped in a motorcycle cover belonging to one of the residents. The subject was found to have stolen property belonging to a resident's motorcycle. The resident desired prosecution. The subject became noncompliant and walked away from officers. Officers were able to stop him. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Theft
May 16 at 7:12 a.m., a caller in the 1200 block of S. Mayflower reported several mailboxes were broken into. This investigation is continuing. 

Trespassing – Suspects Arrested
May 16 at 7:31 a.m., officers conducted a search of a vacant residence in the 200 block of W. Evergreen. Three subjects were found inside. The property owner desired prosecution. The subjects were arrested and taken into custody. 

Theft
May 16 at 10:06 a.m., a caller in the 200 block of N. Mountain reported that sometime throughout the night, several items were stolen from his unlocked vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft
May 16 at 3:41 p.m., a loss prevention officer from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington reported a theft from on May 13. This investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft
May 16 at 3:41 p.m., a caller in the 400 block of N. Magnolia reported gardening tools stolen from the bed of a truck. This investigation is continuing. 

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 16 at 7:04 p.m., officers were dispatched to a welfare check on a male subject laying on the grass in the area of Lime and Heliotrope. Officers arrived and made contact with the known subject. He was not in need of assistance. He was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Drug Activity – Suspects Arrested
May 16 at 11:43 p.m., while patrolling the 2100 block of S. Myrtle an officer saw a group of suspicious subjects on bicycles commit vehicle code violations and littering. An investigation revealed the littering was drug paraphernalia. Another subject was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were arrested, cited, and released at the scene. 

Grand Theft
May 17 at 12:54 a.m., officers patrolling the area of Colorado and Madison were dispatched to a catalytic converter theft in progress. Officers arrived, but the suspects were gone prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 1:18 a.m., while patrolling the area of Ivy and Palm officers observed a bicyclist commit a traffic violation and conducted a traffic stop. A computer check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant. The subject was arrest. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 17 at 5:03 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Duarte called to report that his vehicle had been stolen overnight. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft
May 17 at 5:43 a.m. a resident in the 500 block of S. Madison called to report his vehicle's catalytic converter had been stolen. This incident is related to the prior similar call for service in the 800 block of W. Colorado. This investigation is continuing. 

Trespassing – Suspects Arrested
May 17 at 8:53 a.m., officers responded to a vacant property in the 200 block of W. Evergreen regarding a male subject inside the property. Officers arrived and located two subjects inside. The property owner was contacted and he desired prosecution. The suspects were arrested and taken into custody. 

Petty Theft
May 17 at 10:26 a.m., an employee from a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington called to report a male subject entered the store and exited with merchandise he did not pay for. This investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft
May 17 at 11:49 a.m., a victim in the 900 block of W. Duarte reported that sometime during the night someone stole property from inside of her vehicle. This investigation is continuing 

Petty Theft
May 17 at 12:30 p.m., a caller 100 block of W. Foothill reported that while shopping inside a business her wallet was stolen from inside of her bag. This investigation is continuing. 

Missing Person
May 17 at 3:14 p.m., a subject walked into the MPD lobby to report his adult son missing. An officer took a missing person report and entered him into the system. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 5:59 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of Almond called to report that her child's father was at the location causing a disturbance. Officers arrived and made contact with the male subject. A computer search revealed he had a warrant for his arrest and wanted for attempted murder in Lancaster. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 9:03 p.m., a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle called to report an intoxicated subject on the premises. Officers arrived and located the subject. An investigation revealed the subject was too intoxicated to care for herself. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 9:25 p.m., while at a separate call for service, officer saw a male subject on the 400 block of S. Myrtle who appeared to be too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Homicide
May 17 at 9:21 p.m., Monrovia Police Department Dispatch received a telephone call from a woman saying a male subject, against whom she had a restraining order, was at her home armed with a knife. Officers responded immediately and discovered the male subject deceased with a gunshot wound. The female reporting party was detained at the scene. A firearm was recovered. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Division was notified of the incident and has assumed control of the investigation. No arrests have been made. All further inquiries should be directed to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau. 

Petty Theft
May 18 at 7:05 a.m., a caller stated that his wallet was stolen from inside of his vehicle while parked in the area of Duarte and Encino on May 17. This investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft
May 18 at 8:17 a.m., while patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle, an officer saw discovered a patrol vehicle parked at the location had been vandalized. This investigation is continuing. 

Structure Fire
May 18 at 12:58 p.m., officers responded to a garage fire in the 400 block of W. Lemon. One of the residents disposed of a cigarette in a trash bin inside of the detached garage. The trash bin caught on fire but was quickly put out with a water hose when officers arrived. No injuries were reported. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 19 at 8:56 a.m., an employee from a business in the 800 block of S. Mountain called to report a suspicious subject checking door handles on parked vehicles. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. A computer search revealed he had multiple warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Shoplifting
May 19 at 10:04 p.m., a retail store in the 600 block of W. Huntington called to report several subjects who left with merchandise without paying. The subjects were gone prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing. 

Attempt Robbery – Suspect Arrested
May 19 at 11:11 p.m., two victims walked into the MPD lobby to report that they had been assaulted in a parking lot while one of the suspects was trying to take a victim’s property. One of the victims sustained injuries to the head and was treated by MFD. Officers searched the area and located a suspect nearby who was positively identified by one of the victims. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
May 20 at 12:19 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of E. Walnut on a report of a traffic collision involving a parked car. Officers arrived and made contact with the driver who displayed symptoms of being under the influence. A DUI investigation revealed she was under the influence. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
May 20 at 8:17 a.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported in the area of Central and Ivy. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft
May 20 at 10:40 a.m., the caller from a construction site in the 400 block of Genoa reported that over the weekend someone gained access to the site and stole electrical wire and pipes. This investigation is continuing. 

Attempt Grand Theft Auto
May 20 at 11:18 a.m., an employee from a business in the 900 block of S. Primrose reported three company vehicles were broken into and damaged. This investigation is continuing. 

Domestic Violence / Felon with a Gun – Suspect Arrested
May 20 at 11:48 a.m., a caller from a hotel in the 900 block of W. Huntington called to report a male and female subject were possibly physically fighting in one of the rooms. Officers arrived and made contact with both subjects. An investigation revealed the male had battered the female. He was arrested and was also found to be an ex-felon in possession of two firearms. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Mail Tampering
May 20 at 2:23 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of Canyon Crest called to report a male subject stole his mail. The investigation is continuing. 

Commercial Burglary
May 21 at 7:35 a.m., the owner of a business in the 100 block of E. Chestnut discovered someone shattered the glass of the front door. This investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision
May 21 at 7:42 a.m., officers responded to the area of California and Colorado regarding a traffic collision. An investigation revealed that one of the drivers’ failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the victim. Both drivers complained of pain but refused medical treatment. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 21 at 3:54 p.m., an officer patrolling the area of Magnolia and Cypress witnessed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. A computer search revealed the driver had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Shoplifting / Drug Offense – Suspect Arrested
May 21 at 8:59 p.m., an employee of a hardware store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a male adult had just taken merchandise and left the store without paying. Officers arrived and located the male running. He was stopped and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The stolen property was returned. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Reckless Driving
May 21 at 11:04 p.m., while patrolling the 200 block of S. Myrtle an officer saw a vehicle driving recklessly at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was located a short distance abandoned. This investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Tampering – Suspect Arrested
May 22 at 12:05 a.m., an alarm company for a car dealership in the 1400 block of S. Mountain reported seeing a male subject rummaging through a customer's vehicle. Officers arrived and located the male. He ran from them, but was apprehended without incident. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Commercial Burglary
May 22 at 7:37 a.m., a caller in the 300 block of W. Evergreen reported a breaker was stolen from the building. This investigation is continuing. 

Attempt Grand Theft
May 22 at 8:02 a.m., a victim in the 300 block of W. Lemon reported the catalytic converter to her vehicle stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Assault
May 22 at 9:54 a.m., a road rage incident was reported in the area of Magnolia and Huntington. The parties pulled in a parking lot, one of the parties got out and approached the other party who was still in her vehicle. One of the drivers’ knocked the phone out of the others hand. Officers arrived and made contact with both parties. This investigating is continuing. 

Domestic Violence / False Imprisonment
May 22 at 4:02 p.m., a witness in the 200 block of W. Pomona reported a male and female subject were yelling and the male subject was not allowing the female subject to walk away by forcing her in the vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Music in Motion Concert and Auction June 22

 

Information and tickets here.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at London Gastro Pub


Had dinner at London Gastro Pub, on the west side of Myrtle just south of Lime. Got the fish and chips for $19 and a beer for happy hour price of. $5. Good. My wife had the same thing and (heresy alert!) said it was better than the fish and chips we had in London. 

- Brad Haugaard