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Monrovia Businessman George Horst Has Died

Long time Monrovia resident and businessman, George Horst has died. He passed away peacefully at home on September 15, 2011, under the care of his family and Vitas Hospice. The inurnment took place privately on September 23, 2011 at Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia, CA. His memorial service will take place at First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 East Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, CA on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 4:00 PM.
George Horst Machulla was born in Glatz, Germany on August 7, 1941 during War World II. During the invasion by the Russians of the area where he was born, his mother, and grandmother fled with him the area on foot. It took them several months to arrive in Frankfurt, Germany. Life was very difficult in Germany after War World II and through the Lutheran Church they obtained passage as refugees to the United States. A U.S. troop transport vessel by the name of “USS General W. C. Langfitt” was provided to bring all the various refugees coming from Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and after cruising the Atlantic for several weeks they finally arrived in New York on August 1955. The group that arrived on this vessel went through Ellis Island. Once there, George and his mother, Lore, took the train to the West arriving at Union Station in Los Angeles in 1955 and settling in Monrovia, CA.
After graduating in 1959 from Monrovia-Arcadia-Duarte High School, George worked for several years for Alta Dena Dairy in Monrovia in the milk plant, and then started his own business. He retired at age 62 and managed his commercial property in Old Town Monrovia.
George is survived by his wife of 46 years, Heidi, two sons, Robert (27) and Reiner (23) his mother, Lore Meyer and a brother, Steven Meyer. Three sisters, Gisela, Ute, and Ingrid, various cousins, nieces and nephews that reside in Germany.
- Brad Haugaard 

Lunch at Archie's Cafe

Lunch at Archie's Cafe, a new place a couple blocks east of Myrtle on Foothill, in the Certified Market center. (Our cat's named Archie and we wondered if he had a business going on the side. No, not him.) Cash only. Got the BBQ beef sandwich and a sweet iced tea, though the specialty appears to be a pastrami dip sandwich. Food was okay.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia vs South Hills | Volleyball | Switchblade | Business Showcase | Discards Fundraiser

~ Football: Tonight Monrovia vs. South Hills at Monrovia, 7 p.m.
~ South Pas over Monrovia in volleyball. :-(
~ A review of "Switchblade," a killer drone from Monrovia's AeroVironment.
~ Tonight - with the family festival on Myrtle - a business showcase ( ) featuring these businesses:
~ Saturday (Oct. 1), bring good, usable discards to Albertson's Monrovia from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and help the Foothill Unity Center Auxiliary make its Goodwill fundraiser a success.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Plans to Buy Six Replacement Police Cars

At its October 4 meeting, the Monrovia City Council will consider buying a Chevy Tahoe and five Crown Victoria Police Interceptors for $152,725 as replacement patrol vehicles, plus spending $23,066 to get them decked out with sirens and lights, and another $1,810 for lettering and graphics.

- Brad Haugaard

Gold Line Bridge Foundations: Two Down, One to Go

The second Gold Line 210 bridge foundation has been completed. (It took the concrete from 45 trucks - 400 cubic yards.) One more foundation to go. Construction on the third foundation begins Friday, Sept. 30.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Walk to School Day

In celebration of International Walk to School Day, Monrovia Unified School District's Network for a Healthy California, the Monrovia Police Department, School Board, and three participating PTAs, are coordinating the walk for Bradoaks Elementary, Monroe Elementary, Plymouth Elementary, Wild Rose Elementary, and Canyon Early Learning Center Preschool.

Walk to School Day, (Oct. 5 from 7:15-8 a.m.) encourages physical activity, promotes safe walking skills, and improves the environment by reducing automobile congestion as well as an opportunity to stress the importance of a nutritious breakfast (kids get a taste of fruit when they get to school).

Visit the official website at
- Brad Haugaard (from press release)

Monrovia Detective Work Leads to 155-Year Sentence for Child Molestation

A case resulting from investigative work by Monrovia Police Department has resulted in a man (no name given) being sentenced to 155 years to life for molesting his stepdaughter.

From the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 22-28:

"The suspect was arrested on December 15, 2009, for child molestation. The suspect, a registered sex offender, allegedly, had repeatedly molested his live-in stepdaughter over an 8-year period, beginning when she was only 4 years of age.
"The case was assigned to a detective for further investigation and the District Attorney's review.  During the course of the detective's investigation, he was able to locate a previous victim of the suspect, an ex-girlfriend's daughter.  She, too, was the victim of repeated sexual molestation by the suspect, which began when she was 6 years old.  This case occurred in West Covina in 1995, while the suspect lived with the victim's mother.
"Three felony charges were filed against the suspect for the Monrovia case by the Pasadena Superior Court and a jury trial began on August 10, 2011.  On August 16, 2011, the case went to the jury, and in a short 60 minutes, they returned with a verdict: GUILTY on all counts.  Each of the three counts holds a 25-year-to-life sentence, due to his prior felony sexual assault conviction.
"On September 23, the suspect was sentenced to 155 years to life for molesting his stepdaughter.  This case is a result of detailed investigative work by Monrovia Police Department detectives."
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia PD: Lost Cathedral City Woman Found, Punching Street Signs, Jaws of Life, Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Sept. 22-28. - Brad Haugaard]
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 546 service events, resulting in 94 investigations.  Following are the last week's highlighted issues and events:
Theft from Vehicle
On September 22 at 9:08 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of Vaquero reported a theft from his vehicle.  The victim had parked his vehicle during the late night, leaving the vehicle unlocked.  The resident returned to his vehicle in the morning and discovered his vehicle had been ransacked and his wallet was missing.  The wallet contained credit cards and cash.  No suspect(s) were seen or heard.
Petty Theft from Commercial Business
On September 22 at 10:47 a.m., a business in the 1500 block of California reported three pressure washers stolen from the property.  The pressure washers were being stored outside the building in the parking lot adjacent to Evergreen.  The equipment was last seen at the close of business.  When they opened in the morning, employees discovered the loss. 
Injury Traffic Collision
On September 22 at 3:36 p.m., a Honda Civic was traveling west on Duarte Road. The driver fell asleep and collided head-on into a pickup truck, which was traveling east.  Both drivers sustained injuries.  The driver of the pickup truck had to be extracted from the vehicle by cutting the driver's door with the "Jaws of Life."  Both drivers were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.
Missing Person Located
On September 24 at 4:55 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Foothill and Canyon observed a vehicle impeding traffic.  The officer stopped the driver.  A check on the license plates returned a hit for a missing person, a 78-year-old female out of Cathedral City, last seen two days prior.  The female appeared disoriented and was brought to the police station.  The woman had no family in the area.  Cathedral City Police Department was contacted and took custody of the woman.
Spousal Battery - Suspect Arrested
On September 25 at 1:00 a.m., officers responded to a family disturbance in the 400 block of Genoa.  When the officers knocked on the door, it was answered by the 14- year-old son, who appeared nervous.  The son directed the officers to his parents' bedroom, where they found the father hiding under the bed.  A subsequent investigation revealed the father had battered his wife.  He was arrested.  When the suspect was placed in the backseat of the patrol vehicle, he began to bang his forehead against the Plexiglas divider.  Officers had to restrict his movement to prevent him from harming himself.  He was then taken to Monrovia Police Department without further incident.  The suspect did not sustain any injuries.
Public Intoxication - Suspect Arrested
On September 25 at 2:15 a.m., officers were contacted by a citizen who reported three male subjects causing a disturbance in the 100 block of West Lemon.  One of the subjects was punching street signs.  Officers located and contacted the subjects.  Two of the subjects were found to be intoxicated and unable to care for themselves, and they were arrested.  The third subject had been drinking, but was not found to be intoxicated.  He was identified and released at the scene. 
Commercial Burglary
On September 26 at 7:20 a.m., an officer went to a church in the 100 block of East Foothill regarding a burglary.  The reporting party showed the officer a hinge louver window that had been left unlocked.  This is where the suspects made entry.  The suspect(s) then used a screwdriver or similar type of pry tool to force a number of interior doors open; however, according to the reporting party, nothing appears to have been taken.
Gang Vandalism
On September 26 at 8:30 a.m., an officer went to a business in the 900 block of South Myrtle regarding a vandalism report.  The reporting party showed him the north wall of the building, which had gang graffiti written with green spray paint.  The vandalism seems to have occurred between September 24 and 26.
Possession of a Controlled Substance / Violation of a Court Order
On September 26 at 5:10 p.m., officers saw a female subject sitting on the curb in front of a residence in the 200 block of East Cherry in violation of a court order.  She was arrested.  A pat down search revealed a small rock of "crack" cocaine in her pant's coin pocket.  She was arrested and taken into custody.
Grand Theft Auto
On September 27 at 1:16 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 1300 block of South Fifth regarding a stolen vehicle.  The victim reported that her vehicle was stolen from the street sometime overnight.  The vehicle was locked, but does not have an alarm.  There was no broken glass on the ground where it was parked.  The vehicle is a white, 4-door, 1994 Honda Civic.
Death Report
On September 28 at 6:25 a.m., police responded to a residence in the 00 block of Hidden Valley.  The caller reported her 61-year-old sister in the bathtub and not breathing.  Monrovia Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the woman.  Los Angeles County Coroner's Office was contacted and responded to the scene. 
Theft from Vehicle
On September 28 at 12:10 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of North Mayflower.  The reporting party had parked his vehicle off the alley by his garage in the evening, but left it unlocked.  He returned to his vehicle at about 11:00 a.m. the next day and found his prescription glasses and GPS missing from the center console.  Investigation continuing.

Samson at the Library | Quota Club Honors Lunch

~ A picture of one of the painted Samson statues, this one called  "Bearlovian Paradise", at its new home in the library:
~ At an Oct. 19 luncheon at the Double Tree, Quota Club of Monrovia-Duarte will honor four people "who serve with distinction." These are Monrovia Firefighter Michael Bailey, Monrovia Police Officer Glen Coleman, Monrovia Teacher Heather Povinelli, and Duarte Teacher Annette Bossi-Solorzano. Cost is $40. Details here:
- Brad Haugaard

Last Day to Comment on Monrovia Hillside Plan EIR

Tomorrow, September 29, is the last day to submit comments about the environmental impact report for the proposed Hillside Wilderness Preserve and Hillside Recreation Area Resource Management Plan.

Here is a link to the executive summary, if you'd like to get a quick overview:

You can send comments to:
Opinion: The only option for the hillside area that I object to is alternative 5a, the do-nothing option. I know there may be some increase in traffic for people living near the entryways, and that is unfortunate, but my recollection is that the property was purchased by the city, and that means that everyone in the city should be able to easily get to it, and I think this means that there should at least be signage and some parking spaces.
- Brad Haugaard

Ellis McCarthy on ESPN | Make a Difference

~ ESPN calls Monrovia's Ellis McCarthy "the man."
~ Make a Difference Day in Monrovia, October 22.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Neighborhoods | Hit by a Car? | Chinese Cooking | Senior Assistance | Gold Line Meeting

~ Let Monrovia know how you rank your neighborhood in the Thriving Neighborhood Survey, through October 15.:
~ Was this Monrovia woman hit by a car, or not?
~ At the library October 4, Chinese cooking with Chef Theresa Lin Cheng.
~ Senior assistance organization opens in Monrovia.
~ The Gold Line Construction Authority Board of Directors will be holding a meeting today (Sept. 28) at 7 p.m. at the Gold Line Offices, 406 E. Huntington Drive, Suite 202, in Monrovia. Here's the agenda:
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Slips to Fifth | AeroVironment Gets $5.9 Million Order

~ Monrovia High slides to position 5 in football rankings.
~ Monrovia's AeroVironment gets $6.9 million order from Air Force for Raven drone.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Church QR Code

This is the first time I've ever seen a church using a QR (Quick Response) code. Innovative. Just point a QR reader - on your cell phone - at it and it takes you to the church's website:

- Brad Haugaard

Governor Signs Monrovia Senator's Anti-Mussel Measure

Legislation authored by Senator Bob Huff - who represents Monrovia - to exterminate the invasive quagga and zebra mussels, has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

- Brad Haugaard

Supreme Court Halting Gold Line Construction

The California Supreme Court is bringing Gold Line construction to a halt, according to Monrovia City Manager Scott Ochoa.
In his weekly report, Ochoa said the Court - which had frozen redevelopment agency transactions until a lawsuit has been decided - refused to make any exceptions, so the Monrovia Redevelopment Agency can't sell property to the Gold Line for a maintenance yard, and that means the Gold Line can't get new funding, because it needs at least 50 percent of the maintenance-yard property locked up before the money will be released.

Ochoa said the court is not expected to rule until this winter.

- Brad Haugaard

Donation Drive for Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center

Foothill Unity Center Auxiliary's donation drive with Goodwill is ending this Sat., Oct. 1.  Shirley Slattery writes that, "We've had a great response for pre-event donations and now want to remind everyone that Oct. 1 is the last day."
- Brad Haugaard

New Monrovia Accessories Store | Valley Video

~ New home accessories store, Charlie's House, on Myrtle.
~ First in a series of videos promoting San Gabriel Valley, by the SGV Economic Partnership. No mention of Monrovia.
- Brad Haugaard

Will Korea Switch to AeroVironment? | 210 Closed Tonight | Dancer Wins Talent Show | Bobcat | Jury Duty

~ South Korea may cancel an order for a Global Hawk drone, made by Northrop Grumman, in favor of a drone made by Monrovia's AeroVironment.

~ 210 eastbound will be totally closed tonight, from midnight to 5 a.m. Same for tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

~ Dancer is tops in "Monrovia's Got Talent" show.

~ I've seen one bobcat since living in Monrovia, but I didn't get as good a look as this picture gives:

~ Do you like jury duty? Here's your opportunity to serve on a grand jury.

- Brad Haugaard

Sherwin-Williams Opening in Monrovia

A Sherwin-Williams paint store will be opening at the former Ernie's Auto Parts store at the corner of Mayflower and Huntington. At least there is a banner sign on the building that indicates that.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Library Gets New Microfilm Reader

Friends of the Monrovia Public Library bought the library a new microfilm reader, the ScanPro 2000, chock full of neat bells and whistles, for when you need to find a newspaper article from 1952.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia 14, San Dimas 31 :-(

Monrovia football loses to San Dimas.

- Brad Haugaard

Senator Dutton Speaks on Regulation at Mt. Sierra

State Senator Bob Dutton (R, Rancho Cucamonga) spoke Friday about government regulation at Monrovia's Mt. Sierra College

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Construction Done ... Virtually

At the September 27 Monrovia School Board meeting, Superintendent Linda Wagner will present a report on the multi-year construction-renovation project at Monrovia High, saying that "all phases of construction have achieved substantial completion." Note the "substantial." There appear to be a few small loose ends to tie up.
Here's the full agenda for the meeting.
- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Old Town Pizza

Lunch yesterday at Old Town Pizza, on Myrtle just north of Lime. Got two slices (one chese and one pepperoni) and a nice big iced tea for $5.25. Good, fresh pizza. I was happy, though I think one slice would have been plenty. It's nice to sit out front and watch Myrtle go by.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia vs. San Dimas | World Vision Warns of Famine

~ Preview of tonight's Monrovia-San Dimas football game (7 p.m. at Monrovia).
~ Monrovia's World Vision warns that Somalia is at a critical point. "[N]ever before have we faced such acute suffering with so many lives at stake."
- Brad Haugaard

Accident on Duarte Road | A Big Drill | Biking Against Cancer

~ Traffic accident on Duarte Road. Pictures.
~ Sinking the second foundation pillar for the Gold Line freeway bridge.
~ Mountain-biking Mayflower Elementary student raises money to fight cancer.
- Brad Haugaard

Winery Office to Open in Monrovia

Oregon winery to open shipping office in Monrovia.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia PD: Nunchaku Attack, Burglaries, Swiping Recyclables, Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Report for September 15-21 – Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 548 service events, resulting in 98 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events:

Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Possession of a Dangerous Weapon / Criminal Threats – Suspect Arrested

On September 15 at 3:10 p.m., an officer on patrol heard a commotion in the area of the 700 block of West Colorado. The officer observed two subjects who appeared to be fighting. As the officer approached, he saw that one of the subjects was bleeding from the face, and the second subject had fled on foot. During the investigation, it was learned that the subject who fled struck the other subject in the face with a nunchaku. The suspect was later located down the street at his residence and was arrested without incident. The weapon was recovered at the suspect’s residence. The victim was seen by Monrovia paramedics, but declined further medical treatment.

Vehicle Burglary

On September 16 at 6:15 a.m., police received a call reporting a suspect smashing the window of a vehicle on the street in the 400 block of Stedman. The possible suspect was last seen in a gold Nissan driving east. The incident appears to be an attempted burglary to the vehicle, but there was no loss. The suspect was not located.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested

On September 16 at 5:20 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at Foothill and Fifth. The female occupant was not wearing her seatbelt and claimed she had no way to identify herself. A pat-down search revealed she was in possession of a used glass methamphetamine pipe. No narcotics were found. She was arrested for being in possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and was taken to the Monrovia City Jail, where she was booked, identified, and then released with a citation to appear in court.

Residential Burglary / Hot Prowl

On September 17 at 2:45 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of North Mountain regarding a burglary that occurred while one of the residents was inside the home. The wife had left at approximately 11:00 a.m. Her husband, who is hard of hearing, remained at home. The wife returned home at 2:00 a.m. and found the rooms on the second story of the house ransacked and a starter pistol had been taken. After the initial investigation, it was determined that the suspect had jumped a wall to get into the yard. The suspect then stacked a plastic tub and plastic chairs so he could reach the roof of the home. He then climbed onto the roof, pried a screen off a window, and entered the home. The suspect ransacked the upstairs rooms only, and then fled through the same open window. The husband did not hear anything other than a loud bang at approximately 3:00 p.m. The investigation is continuing.

Suspicious Circumstances – Suspect Arrested

On September 18 at 2:21 a.m., an officer on patrol in the area east of Myrtle and south of Huntington heard what sounded like shots fired. Several other people heard the sounds, as well. An area search was conducted, but no victims were found. Two male subjects were observed by the officer walking in the middle of the street in the 200 block of East Cypress. When the officer attempted to contact them regarding the possible shots, one of the two subjects refused to stop. Assisting officers confronted the subject, but he still would not comply with their demands and began cursing at them. The subject was detained and arrested for resisting and delaying a peace officer. He was identified as a documented gang member. Ultimately, no evidence of shots having been fired was found.

Parolee-at-Large – Suspect Arrested

On September 19 at 9:05 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of North El Norte regarding a subject taking recyclables from the trash. When they arrived, the reporting party told them the subject had taken recyclables and went to the recycling center on Duarte Road. An officer contacted the subject at the recycling yard. A computer check revealed he was wanted by state parole. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested

On September 19 at 9:29 p.m., police received a call reporting domestic violence at a residence in the 1700 block of South Fifth. A man was arguing with his live-in girlfriend. She attempted to leave the location in her car. He stood in front of the car as she drove down the driveway. He was hit by the car, causing an injury to his leg. The female subject was arrested for domestic violence.

Residential Burglary

September 20 at 8:05 p.m., a resident who lives in the 200 block of East Olive reported a burglary to his residence. He left his residence at 5:00 p.m. and returned at 8:00 p.m. to discover his television, DVD’s, and CD’s had been stolen. It appears the suspect used the victim’s ladder to access an unlocked second-story window to gain entry to the home. Investigation continuing.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Football | Donate Blood

~ Prelim on Monrovia-San Dimas game this Friday.

~ Donate blood, Sept 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Center parking lot. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Freeway Lanes Closing Tonight on 210

Up to three freeway lanes will be closed tonight on the eastbound 210 for continuing construction of the Gold Line bridge near the Santa Anita exit. From 11 p.m. to no later than 6 a.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Huff Honored as 'Legislator of the Year'

State Senator Bob Huff, who represents Monrovia, has been selected as "Legislator of the Year" by the League of California Cities in recognition of his work on behalf of local government and local control.

The award was announced today at the League's 2011 Annual Conference in San Francisco, and was particularly given in recognition of his efforts to save redevelopment agencies from elimination in the Governor's budget.

- Brad Haugaard (from press release)

The Crane Crosses the Freeway

Time-lapsed photos of the crane moving across the 210 Freeway to the median. The freeway was opened to rush hour traffic at 4:30 Tuesday morning.

Early Tuesday morning (Sept. 20) the 300-ton crane and drilling rig, that was on the south side of the 210 near the eastbound Santa Anita offramp, was moved to the median.

Gold Line spokesman Habib Balian describes the scene:

"A dramatic scene, as well-orchestrated crews first laid heavy timber beams across the freeway to create a protective path for equipment to cross without damaging the freeway.  Once the timber beams were properly in place, the drill rig  and crane slowly made the nearly 100-foot slog to the next work area in the center median, where the second and final bridge columns are to be constructed.

"This intricate maneuver would not have been possible without the cooperation of Caltrans District 7 and the California Highway Patrol – to whom we send our thanks."

OPINION: Speaking of Caltrans, I am not in general a big fan of much that the state has been doing lately, but I must say that over the past month or so I've been very impressed with Caltrans' work on Southern California freeways. The work seems to have been done well, done very quickly and efficiently, and done at night to minimize inconvenience. Well done, Caltrans!

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia is Finalist in Business-Friendly City Competition

The City of Monrovia has been selected as a finalist in the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation's  "Business-Friendly City" competition for cities with populations of 60,000 or less. Other finalists are our next door neighbor, Duarte, plus Commerce, Gardena, and La Mirada. The winner will be announced on November 3.
Cities were selected based on these criteria:
~ Demonstrated commitment to economic development as a priority
~ Excellence in programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion, and retention
~ Economic development activity over the past three years
~ Competitive business tax rates and fee structures
~ Availability of economic incentives
~ Effective communication with and about business clients
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Jack Two | Y to Honor Steve Baker

~ Monrovia will get a second Jack in the Box, open 24 hours with drive-through service. It'll be at 248 W. Huntington Drive, where the Pottery Ranch and six residential homes are now. The other Jack is at Duarte Road and Myrtle.
~ On September 29, Santa Anita Family YMCA will present Steve Baker (city treasurer and Monrovia history expert) with its Cathy Hotchkin Humanitarian Award at its Red Envelope Gala, to be held at Embassy Suites in Arcadia, 6 p.m. For information call the Y at (626) 359-9244 or Cheryl Reynolds (626)359-9244. Or, email her at
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia-San Dimas Game | Wildlife Preserve | MHS Back-to-School Night

~ Video discussion of upcoming Monrovia-San Dimas football game this Friday.
~ Monrovia player Ellis McCarthy will miss Monrovia-San Dimas game.
~ Get information on the draft EIR for the  Hillside Wilderness Preserve, 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 21 at the Community Center, 119 W. Palm Avenue.
~ Monrovia High Back-to-school night, Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 6-8 p.m.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Robots | Police Tech | Bowden Buildings | Cabaret Night

~ Monrovia High team builds robots.
~ Monrovia and Arcadia police chiefs embrace technology. Monrovia PD to add crime-mapping to its website.
~ Bowden Development has completed seven new homes behind the Pottery Ranch and across the street from Baja Ranch Market.
~ Cabaret night by San Gabriel Valley Choral Company at Monrovia First Presbyterian Church. Jazz, Broadway, pop, more. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
- Brad Haugaard

No Grocery Strike | McCarthy Having MRI | Speaker from Malawi

~ No grocery strike. Labor and management agree.
~ Monrovia High defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy having MRI on his knee.
~ Rev. Stephen Lungu, of Malawi, will speak at Monrovia First Presbyterian Church this Sunday.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Commercial Fire Still Under Investigation

The cause of the commercial structure fire at 1120 South Shamrock is "still under investigation, with a special team of investigators working to get the details of how the fire started, where it started, and how it spread so quickly," according to a report from Monrovia Fire Department. The department reports that during the $1.5 million fire "the mutual aid system worked as designed, with units from Monrovia, Los Angeles County, Arcadia, Alhambra, San Gabriel, San Marino, Glendale, Pasadena and Burbank on scene to control and extinguish the fire."
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia FD: Whack Back Lantana

The Monrovia Fire suggests severely whacking back any Lantana plant you may have. The stuff builds up and presents quite a fire hazard as we enter fire season. The FD says that because we can "begin to expect Santa Ana conditions in the next few months, the efforts of brush abatement and evacuation planning will be well worth the efforts."
For information on the Ready, Set, Go! program for residents in the very high fire hazard zone, contact the fire prevention office at (626) 256-8106.
- Brad Haugaard

Portantino VIP at NARAL Summit | HIV/AIDS Summit

Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, who represents part of Monrovia, was a "VIP" guest and Honorary Co-Chair of NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) Pro-Choice America's 2011 Power of Choice Summit on September 15.

Also, Portantino is sponsoring an AIDS/HIV Action Summit at City of Hope on Sept. 21, from  9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:

- Brad Haugaard

Eastbound Freeway Closed Tonight

All eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway will be closed tonight, September 19, from midnight to around 5 a.m. Tuesday for the Gold Line bridge construction near the Santa Anita offramp. Eastbound lane and on-ramp closures will begin even earlier, at 9 a.m. for Rosemead, Michillinda, and Baldwin on-ramps.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board Candidate Starts Facebook Page | No Grocery Strike

~ School Board candidate (and incumbent) Ed Gililland has started an election Facebook page, here:

(If other candidates have online resources for people, please let me know. I'd be happy to publicize them.)

~ A grocery store strike deadline has passed with no strike - yet.

OPINION: I hope that's a good sign Ya know, I don't really think now is a great time for a strike. With so many out of work the grocery chains will probably have no difficulty hiring replacements, and the replacements (for checkers, at least) may simply be more automatic check-out stations. They're coming anyway, but from a checker's perspective, why hurry them along? Striking seems a bit suicidal to me.

- Brad Haugaard

Workers at Grocery Chains May Strike | Donnelly on TV

~ Vons (Pavilions, by the way, is owned by Vons) and Albertsons workers (and Ralphs, if you shop in Arcadia) may go on strike.

~ Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who represents part of Monrovia, appears on Star-NewsMakers video program ( ). And on the Daily Show?

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia House is Historic

East Palm Avenue house granted historic status. Nice house!:
- Brad Haugaard

Football: Arcadia Over Monrovia :-(

Monrovia loses to Arcadia 30 - 22.

The sad details: 

- Brad Haugaard

Pouring the Bridge Foundation | Monrovia Korean War Vets

~ Tonight, 45 concrete trucks pour the first pillar foundation for the Gold Line bridge near the Santa Anita offramp on eastbound 210.

~ The Monrovia American Legion is looking for Korean War vets, especially women.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Oto-Oto

At Oto-Oto Japanese restaurant for lunch. At Fifth and Huntington. We got the Monrovia Roll, Caterpillar Roll, Wagyu beef, chicken meatball with cheese, mushrooms, and green iced tea. Kind of like tapas, lots of little items. Be bolder than me and try the chicken cartilage. Very elegant place. And delicious. Shown here: Monrovia Roll, mushrooms and chicken.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Mountain Lion

Mountain lion sighted in Monrovia ( ) on Lotone St. Here's Lotone:

- Brad Haugaard

Help Families & Honor Former Monrovia Mayor Bob Bartlett

Join Foothill Unity Center on Sept. 22, 6-9 p.m. at Santa Anita Park racetrack, to help local families in need with food, health services, crisis referrals and more. $75 per person. MC is Rob Fukuzaki, ABC7 Eyewitness News Sports Anchor. Music by Instrumental Women Project Lady Jazz Ensemble. Honorees include former Monrovia Mayor Bob Bartlett. Sign up here:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council to Consider Covering Wash, Etc.

At its Sept. 20 meeting ( ), the Monrovia City Council will (among other things) ...

~ Consider contracting with Cordoba Corporation for up to $229,700.00 to oversee construction of a cover over approximately 50 feet of Santa Anita Wash at the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Huntington Drive. Presto! New land for the Monrovia Redevelopment Agency.

UPDATE: And a picture of the wash:

~ Consider adopting a resolution to transfer money from the Monrovia Redevelopment Agency to the City each year so the city can pay the state-required annual payment (probably about $262,000 a year) that will allow the Redevelopment Agency to exist. It's kinda convoluted, but I think that's what it says.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Staff - Consider South-Side Park as Part of Gold Line Station Project

Monrovia city staff reports that "Monrovia is still deficient in the amount of urban park space it affords residents compared to national recreation standards," but is recommending not buying a residential property in south Monrovia for a "pocket park" because it isn't in the best location, wouldn't have the best facilities, and a park might be better considered together with the proposed "Station Square" project attached to the Gold Line station.
The report will be presented at the Monrovia City Council meeting on Sept. 20:
- Brad Haugaard

Fewer Shopping Carts Laying Around Monrovia

Monrovia City staff reports that a shopping-cart ordinance passed last year "has resulted in a significant decrease of abandoned and discarded shopping carts throughout the City." From 993 abandoned shopping carts between Jan. 1-Aug. 31, 2010 down to 848 for Jan. 1-Aug. 31, 2011. The report will be presented at the City Council's Sept. 20 meeting. Take a peek at it here:
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia vs Arcadia Tonight | City Hires Lobbyist | Bridge Video

~ Thoughts on Monrovia vs. Arcadia football. Game is tonight, 7 p.m. at Arcadia High.

~ City hires lobbyist to help in Sacramento with Gold Line.

~ Video of late-night construction of 210 Gold Line bridge.

- Brad Haugaard

Has Monrovia School District Reversed Its Enrollment Decline?

Monrovia School District enrollment. Notice in particular the final two bars, the "P" (projected enrollment bar) and the "A" (actual enrollment bar).

It is probably too early to say if it is a trend, but enrollment in Monrovia Schools, which has been declining for years and was projected to continue declining, has taken a surprise jump up.
According to Deputy Superintendent Debbie Collins, as of today (Sept. 15):
~ Elementary schools are up 108 students from projected enrollment.
~ Middle schools are up 36 students from projected enrollment
~ Monrovia High School and Canyon Oaks School are up 8 over projected enrollment.
She adds that the district's Spanish Dual Immersion Program has attracted 13 students to date from outside the district and is generating a great deal of support from parents.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia PD: Parolee in Attic & Dagger & Pistol & Burglaries

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Report for September 8-14 – Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 550 service events, resulting in 93 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events:

Parolee-at-Large – Suspect Arrested

On September 9 at 3:50 p.m., Monrovia’s Special Enforcement Team officers, augmented by Monrovia, Arcadia, and Baldwin Park police officers, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, went to the 200 block of Los Angeles to search for a parolee-at-large. The parolee was found in the attic trying to hide from the officers. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Department of Child and Family Services Referral / Resisting and Delaying a Police Officer – Suspect Arrested

On September 10 at 7:30 a.m., officers went to a residence in the 200 block of Madeline to investigate a referral from the Department of Child and Family Services. Upon their arrival, they found the mother of a minor child under the influence of alcohol. She was so intoxicated she was unable to care for the child. There were six additional adults in the residence who were all at varying stages of intoxication. The officers took the minor into protective custody. The mother tried to prevent the officers from leaving with the child, and she was subsequently arrested for resisting and delaying a police officer. After a caseworker from Department of Child and Family Services interviewed the child, she was released to her father.

Fight in Progress / Possession of a Concealed Weapon / Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested

On September 11 at 1:52 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 600 block of South Primrose regarding a fight in progress. When Officers arrived, they detained five subjects and conducted pat-down searches on them. During the investigation, a female subject was found to be in possession of a dagger. She was arrested for the weapons violation and for being drunk in public. The other subjects were released in the field.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested

On September 11 at 3:04 a.m., officers on patrol in the 100 block of West Huntington heard the sound of a traffic collision. The officers observed a vehicle leaving the area westbound on Foothill at a high rate of speed. An officer followed the vehicle and eventually caught up to it as it entered into the city of Arcadia. The driver was detained and was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested. The investigation revealed the driver had fled the scene of a traffic collision. It was discovered that the suspect struck an unoccupied parked vehicle in the 100 block of Stedman. The suspect was arrested for driving under the influence and hit and run.

Residential Burglary

On September 12 at 3:43 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of Bradoaks heard noises in her home. When she went to check, she found two male subjects, approximately 19 years old, one was wearing a baseball style hat. The two suspects ran from the residence and a white Chrysler 300 was seen speeding away from the location. Investigation continuing.

Residential Burglary

On September 12 at 5:06 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of Oakcliff returned home from work at about 5:10 p.m. and found the inside of his home ransacked. He looked around his home and found the kitchen screen had been taken off and a window was open. Investigation continuing.

Residential Burglary

On September 13 at 1:09 p.m., a burglary was reported in the 500 block of West Maple. The resident left for work at 8:00 a.m. and returned home at 1:11 p.m. The victim found the backdoor of the residence open. The victim called police and did not go inside. Officers responded and checked home to ensure no suspects were inside. No suspects were located. Jewelry and a computer hard drive were taken. Investigation continuing.

Gang Injunction Violation / Brandishing a Weapon – Suspect Arrested

On September 15 at 2:45 a.m., police received a call from a female subject in the 100 block of Montana stating her ex-boyfriend, a gang member, was in front of her house and was playing music loudly. When she asked him to turn down the volume, he responded by brandishing a pistol in a threatening manner. Officers responded and detained the suspect without incident. The pistol turned out to be a realistic-looking toy. The suspect was arrested for violating the curfew of the gang injunction and brandishing a replica firearm. Because the suspect was arrested two days ago for violating the injunction’s curfew, he was held for bail on the likelihood or recurrence.


- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Structure in Big Fire | AeroVironment

~ Monrovia building catches fire. Housing Southwest Grinding and Kan Jen.

~ Feature in San Gabriel Valley Tribune about AeroVironment.

- Brad Haugaard

Antonovich wins Award | Horseback Riding | Council Imposes Employee Contract | AeroVironment | Monrovia Population

~ County Supervisor Michael Antonovich has received Ascencia's Hope and Compassion Award for service to the homeless.
~ And if you are the horseback riding type, Antonovich is holding his annual Trail Dusters Ride on October 16 starting at Bonelli Park. Call  909-599-8411 for details.
~ The Monrovia City Council has imposed its last offer on the Monrovia Municipal Employees Association.
~ Discussion about whether Monrovia's AeroVironment is a good investment.
~ The Monrovia Public Library blog notes that the 2010 census shows the city's population has dropped, from 36,929 in 2000 to 36,590 in 2010. Well, considering the number of students in Monrovia schools is declining, I'm not too surprised.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's World Vision in Africa | STAAR Surgical Celebrates Milestone

~ A timeline of Monrovia's World Vision relief agency's recenbt involvement in the Horn of Africa.
~ Monrovia's STAAR Surgical is celebrating more than a quarter of a million successful Visian ICL corrective lens implants, and it introducing a new version. 
- Brad Haugaard

Mayor Says No Response Yet to Critical Audit

Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz says at this point "everything is confidential" regarding a critical audit of San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments finances. Lutz represents Monrovia on the council.
- Brad Haugaard

Eastbound 210 Closed Tonight

Eastbound 210 will be closed tonight (Tuesday) from midnight to 5 a.m.

- Brad Haugaard

A Step Toward South-Side Park | Quake Tips | Mayor Supports Water-Cleanup Fee

~ Monrovia bidding on foreclosed property for possible south-side park.

~ Some earthquake tips from So Cal Gas.

~ Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz supports a county fee to clean up run-off water.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Water Board Member to Speak at U.N.

Dr. Anthony Fellow, who represents Monrovia on the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, will speak at the International Water Forum at the United Nations on Sept. 26, which is one of "the first steps toward organizing a worldwide education and awareness campaign on the global water crisis."
- Brad Haugaard

Sign Up Early for Monrovia Events

~ Sign up now (make sure you get a spot) for a spooky October Cemetery Walk and Talk, led by Monrovia Historian Steven Baker. $10. Sign up at the Community Center. Details here:
~ Also (talk about early), if you want to be in the Monrovia Holiday Parade on Dec. 1, here's the application form:
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Former Carden School Combines, Moves to Duarte

The new  Foothill Oaks Academy, in Duarte, combining the previous Anita Oaks School and Monrovia's Carden of the Foothills School, has begun its school year with 133 pre-school through 8th grade students. The school officially opened September 7. From the press release:
"Foothill Oaks Academy is proud to be providing its students a quality academic program along with a full series of enrichment courses, including technology, music, drama, art, foreign language, physical education, after-school clubs and sports, and “beyond the classroom” educational trips. The school is dedicated to educating the whole child, providing children with a well-rounded education and moral and ethical guidance to meet life’s challenges.
"Foothill Oaks Academy would welcome the opportunity to share information and have families and members of the community tour the school. Two Campus Tours Days are scheduled for Nov. 17, 2011 and Dec. 1, 2011. In addition, individual tours can be scheduled by calling (626) 301-9809. Learn more about the school by visiting the website,"
- Brad Haugaard

Fire Prevention Tips from Monrovia FD

Monrovia Fire Department warns that many fires are caused by power yard tools ( ). Here are some safety tips:
- Work while plants still retain some of their early-morning moisture - generally before 10 a.m.
- Do not work in windy conditions.
- Don't park in dry grass or brush.
- Use lawn mowers for turf only.
- For dry weeds and grass, use weed trimmers or hand tools.
- With string trimmers, use plastic or nylon line only, not any type of metallic material that will be prone to sparks.
- Check in advance for rocks that might spark when hit or thrown by power equipment.
- Use spark arresters on all portable gasoline powered equipment.
- Fuel up away from dry weeds and, of course, don't smoke!
- Have a helper at a safe distance acting as a spotter to watch for sparks, smoke or flame that you might not notice while you're working.
- Moisten the area where you are working and keep a garden hose attached and ready.
- Do not attempt to extinguish a large fire yourself.
- Carry a cell phone to call 911 immediately if there is a fire of any size.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia City Manager Confident the DA Will Find No Problem following Complaint

In his weekly report ( ), Monrovia City Manager Scott Ochoa says that he expects the city will be cleared of any wrongdoing in keeping Councilman Clarence Shaw's seat open, since the law permits this. He writes:
"[A] resident contacted the Los Angeles County DA's office to allege some wrongdoing in the Council's leaving vacant Councilman Shaw's seat. We expect a conclusion of the investigation imminently, and we expect that the DA will understand and apply the dictates of existing law."
- Brad Haugaard

The Interest in Monrovia's Ellis McCarthy

More on the football recruiters' interest in Monrovia's Ellis McCarthy.
- Brad Haugaard

Sports Anchor to MC Unity Center Dinner | Monrovia City Website Down?

~ ABC7 Sports Anchor Rob Fukuzaki to emcee Foothill Unity Center Golden Plate Awards.
~ The City of Monrovia's website appears to be broken. I've had no success reaching it for a couple days. If you want to give it a try:
- Brad Haugaard

'Never Forget': Monrovia's New 9-11 Memorial Statue

Never Forget. This statue, in front of the Monrovia Fire Department, was unveiled at the 9-11 ceremony Sunday. It is in memory of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in New York ten years ago. Donated by the Hoffman family.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board: Wash Your Own Shirts & Facility Use Rates

On the agenda ( ) for the Sept. 14 (7 p.m.) Monrovia School Board meeting:
~ Groups wanting to use Monrovia School facilities, here are the proposed rules and fee schedule the district will consider at its next meeting. However, long-time groups currently using the facilities will be "grandfathered in" at a different rate. (Some proposed fee schedules attached.)
~ Here is the agreement Monrovia Schools has tentatively reached with the California School Employees Association. One of the more curious provisions is that CSEA members will wash their own shirts.
~ And here is the agreement Monrovia Schools has tentatively reached with the Monrovia Teachers Association.
- Brad Haugaard

Assembly Comes Through for Gold Line

Earlier this afternoon, the State Assembly passed AB 706 by a vote of 64 to 3. With the Senate’s unanimous approval earlier this week, the bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.

Monrovia Assemblyman Donnelly Urges Brown to Veto DREAM Act

Tim Donnelly, who represents part of Monrovia in the State Assembly, is urging Governor Jerry Brown to veto the DREAM Act.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at VegeUSA

Lunch yesterday at VegeUSA, on Myrtle next to the 210. I had no idea they even served food. Got the BBQ Vegan Chicken with spring salad and a ginger ale. I'm mostly carnivore, but it was really excellent! It tasted like, well, chicken. Highly recommended.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Mayor Off Gold Line Board | Monrovia Over Glendora :-)

~ Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz resigns as alternate to Gold Line

~ Wildcats battle back from poor opening to beat Glendora.

- Brad Haugaard

AeroVironment Gets Support Contract | From M to DoubleTree Logo | Portantino Gun Bill

~ Monrovia's AeroVironment gets $16 million customer support contract
from Army for Raven drone.

~ "M" replaced with DoubleTree logo at hotel.

 Assemblyman Anthony Portantino’s bill (AB 144) making it illegal to carry an unloaded gun in public was approved late today by the State Senate (vote of 21 to 18).

- Brad Haugaard

Public Comment Open for Wilderness Preserve EIR

If you have comments about the draft EIR for the wilderness preserve
area, you can make them orally or in writing at the Department of
Community Services's public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at 7
p.m. at the Monrovia Community Center, 119 West Palm Ave., Monrovia.

After the public comment period is over, the City will prepare written
responses to all comments received during the comment period regarding
the adequacy of the Draft EIR under CEQA. Then, the Draft EIR will be
scheduled for review by the Planning Commission at its regularly
scheduled meeting on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 7:30 pm. The
Planning Commission is expected to make a recommendation to the City
Council on the Environmental Impact Report at that meeting. The
Community Services Commission will review the Resource Management Plan
at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at
7:00 pm. The Commission is expected to make a recommendation on the
RMP to the City Council at that meeting.

The Planning Commission Recommendation on the EIR and the Community
Services Commission recommendation on the Resource Management Plan
will then be considered by the City Council during its regular City
Council meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at 7:30 pm.

All Community Services Commission meetings and Planning Commission and
City Council Hearings will be held in the City Council Chambers at
Monrovia City Hall, 415 South Ivy Avenue.

For more information, please contact the Monrovia Department of
Community Services at (626) 256-8246.

- Brad Haugaard (from a city press release)

Monrovia's AeroVironment Makes Hydrogen Powered Aircraft

Monrovia's AeroVironment has received a patent on a hydrogen-powered

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Power Outage | Pre-Game Profile of MHS Football Team

~ A power outage hit 524 households last night.

~ A pre-game look at Monrovia's football team. It's Monrovia vs.

- Brad Haugaard

Open Auditions to be Held for Monrovia Rotary Talent Show

The Rotary Club of Monrovia is looking for local talent for its annual
talent show and BBQ. Selected performers will compete for the title of
best in town and a $500 grand prize.

Open auditions will be held at the YMCA (501 S Mountain Ave, Monrovia)
on Saturday, Aug. 27, Sept. 10, and Sept. 17 each from noon-3 p.m. for
the annual Monrovia's Got Talent competition. All ages are welcome.

Please RSVP to Denise Harvey (626-483-4861) prior to the auditions to
pre-qualify. All types of acts are welcome, such as singing, dancing,
comedians, instrumentalists, magicians, guitarists, novelty acts, or
any other unique talents.

The annual "Monrovia's Got Talent" show is a fundraiser to support
Monrovia Rotary Foundation's community and international projects.
The event will be held on Saturday Sept. 24, 2011 from 5 p.m. to 10
p.m. at the Monrovia Historical Museum (742 East Lemon).

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by contacting Denise Harvey
(626-483-4861) or Julie Roybal (626-222-0571).

Continually updated information on the event can be found at

- Brad Haugaard (from Monrovia Rotary Club press release. By the way,
I'm guessing it is a "$500 grand-prize," not a "$500-grand prize." In
case you had your hopes too high :-)

Monrovia's AeroVironment Makes a Profit

AeroVironment, Monrovia's military drone maker, has reported a first
quarter profit, with a 62% increase in sales.

- Brad Haugaard

Sacramento Has Two Days to Pass Gold Line Law

Sacramento has only two more days to pass legislation to make it indisputably legal for the Gold Line board to be composed of representatives of cities along the Gold Line route. Otherwise, the measure will need to be reintroduced later.

Gold Line spokesman Habib Balian writes that, "Yesterday, the State Senate unanimously approved AB 706, a bipartisan bill co-authored by Senators Bob Huff and Dr. Ed Hernandez and Assembly members Norma Torres, Mike Eng, Curt Hagman, and Roger Hernandez. The bill now goes to the Assembly for a vote. 
"Unfortunately," he adds, "the Legislature is only in session until this Friday, so the next two days are critical. If it doesn’t get approved in the Assembly before the end of the session, a new bill would have to be introduced when the Legislature returns to session next year. We are fortunate to have so many legislators - on both sides of the aisle - supporting the AB 706, and we certainly thank them for taking up the issue quickly. We are hopeful that with their help, this issue will be resolved in the next 48 hours."
- Brad Haugaard

Drilling Begins on Gold Line Rail Bridge

Drilling has begun on the foundations for the Gold Line bridge just west of the Santa Anita offramp on the eastbound 210.

According to Gold Line spokesman Habib Balian, Caltrans approved the permit last week and "drilling began yesterday on the first of the three deep foundations. Over the next week, the 11 foot diameter hole for the first foundation (located on the southern shoulder) will be completed,  the reinforcing steel cage will be installed and concrete will be poured and tested. Once drilling is complete on this first foundation, the drill rig and crane will then be moved to the center median of the freeway to start work on the remaining two, 110-foot deep foundations."

- Brad Haugaard

Portantino Rape Bill Approved in Senate | City Council Denies Open-Meeting Law Violation

~ A rape-reporting bill by Assembly member Anthony Portantino (who represents part of Monrovia) was approved by the State Senate Tuesday on a 37 to 2 vote. The bill now goes back to the Assembly for approval of minor changes before heading to the Governor for his signature.
~ Monrovia City Council says there was no violation of open-meeting laws in regard to its not replacing Councilman Shaw, who was called to active duty in the military.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia VFW Taking Flags

The Monrovia VFW is accepting worn flags in anticipation of 9-11.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia-Glendora Football

Video discussion of Glendora - Monrovia football game.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Sale of Land to Gold Line May Face Big Delay

The sale of Monrovia land to the Gold Line for a maintenance facility has been delayed yet again - possibly until January unless the State Supreme Court can be persuaded to modify a ban it has imposed.

In his weekly report ( ), Monrovia City Manager Scott Ochoa said there was a delay in approving the sale when the State abolished redevelopment agencies, so the city had to wait until the Monrovia Redevelopment Agency could be reconstituted (after agreeing to pay a "ransom" to the state of more than a million dollars), but now that that has occurred, the Supreme Court has forbidden the agencies from getting rid of their assets during the court challenge to the state's new redevelopment law.

So, Monrovia can't sell the property, unless, Ochoa said, the court agrees to modify its order. Hopefully the court will rule on that question this week.

- Brad Haugaard

A Closer Look at AeroVironment's Switchblade

A closer look at the new model-airplane-size Switchblade attack drone, made by Monrovia-based AeroVironment.
- Brad Haugaard

Jackie Chan V8 Commercial in Monrovia

Jackie Chan in Monrovia to film V8 commercial at old Super A Foods market.

- Brad Haugaard

Locking Shopping Carts

Pavilions Shopping Center has installed a system to lock shopping cart wheels if they try to leave the parking lot. I guess I'll have to bring my car from now on.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Produce in the Park

~ Pictures of Produce in the Park designed to tempt you to attend.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Plays Great Bridge | 31 Heros Workout

~ Monrovian plays awesome hand in bridge competition in Croatia, gets noticed by NY Times:
~ TEAM CrossFit Academy of Monrovia, hosts 31 Heroes Tribute Workout:
- Brad Haugaard

Tuskegee Statue for Monrovia?

A statue of a Monrovia Tuskegee Airman for Library Park? No money, says Mayor Lutz. What about others?, says Councilman Adams.
- Brad Haugaard

Goodwill for Unity Center

Goodwill and the Foothill Unity Center Auxiliary are partnering to raise money for the Center. Bring your "gently used" items to the Albertson's parking lot any weekend this month - or October 1. See attached flyer for important details.
- Brad Haugaard

Renovation at Former Super A

Old Super A supermarket building, on Duarte Road, being renovated.
- Brad Haugaard

DA to Evaluate Monrovia Council Action | Wildcat Scrimmage | Baker Honored | Social Networking Seminar | Pig in the Park

~ District Attorney's office will look at complaint that Monrovia City Council violated Brown Act.
~ Wildcats scrimmage with Crescenta Valley.
~ Monrovia City Treasurer and history-of-Monrovia expert Steve Baker will receive the 2011 Cathy Hotchkin Humanitarian Award.
~ The Monrovia Chamber of Commerce is participating in a workshop to help businesses understand how to use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Email Marketing, LinkedIn and Blogs. If you are interested, sign up here: .
~ Seen the pig in the park? Here's the story.
- Brad Haugaard

Father Greg Boyle Describes Homeboy Industries

Article on Father Greg Boyle's talk about the gang intervention program, Homeboy Industries, at the Monrovia Community Center.
- Brad Haugaard

Henry's is Now Sprouts

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Jersey Mike's

Lunch at Jersey Mike's, a chain sub sandwich shop, next to Sprouts (the former Henry's) on Huntington. I got The Original Italian on wheat. They're generous with the oil and vinegar, which I like.
- Brad Haugaard

Profile of CEO of Monrovia-Based Green Dot | 'Not Guilty' Plea in Stabbing | New Lawyer for McFarland

~ A Fortune Magazine profile of the CEO of Monrovia-based Green Dot.
~ Suspect pleads not guilty in stabbing of Monrovian on Gold Line.
~ Monrovian Kelvin McFarland, who runs a "boot camp" in Pasadena and has been charged with kidnapping, will have to switch lawyers.
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Faces Impasse With Employees; Will Consider Imposing Its Final Offer

Facing a labor negotiations impasse with city employees, the Monrovia City Council will decide (among other things) whether to unilaterally impose its final offer.
According to the staff report: "Unfortunately, no agreement was reached. MMEA employees took a vote on August 11, 2011, wherein they elected not to accept the City's last and best and final offer."
With that, the City Council will decide at its September 6 meeting whether to unilaterally implement the city's "last, best and final offer to the Monrovia Municipal Employees Association."
However, just before the regular council meeting will be a closed session which includes "Conference with Labor Negotiator." Perhaps a last-minute attempt at an agreement. 
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Senator Gets Laws Passed | AIDS Seminar | Unity Center Dinner | Kingdom of Monrovia

~ Monrovia's state senator, Bob Huff, has gotten two items through the legislature and to the governor for (hopefully) his signature: 1) a bill to allow people to assist epileptic students, and 2) | a bill to allow door-to-door collection of hazardous waste.  Opinion: Sigh. I approve, but why should we need a law to allow people to collect hazardous waste? I'd have never thought it would be illegal in the first place. 
~ HIV/AIDS education event, with Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at City of Hope. To register, 626 577-9944.
~ Honoring those who have helped Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center. Cocktails, dinner, auction and music, Sept. 22, 6 to 9 p.m. at Santa Anita Park. Honorees include Monrovians Bob Bartlett and Monrovian Family Restaurant. $75 per person. Register by September 16. For information, call Gerald, (626) 358-3486.
~ The Kingdom of Monrovia. Who knew?
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia PD: Meth and Much More, Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Report for August 25-31 – Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 517 service events, resulting in 98 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events:

Disturbing Subjects / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested

On August 26 at 8:47 p.m., officers responded to the area of Magnolia and Duarte regarding a female subject following a male subject who allegedly took something of hers while at the street fair. Officers located both parties and determined that no theft had occurred. The subjects are boyfriend/girlfriend and were arguing over drugs. Both subjects were patted down and checked for warrants. The male subject was found to be in possession of cocaine and was arrested.

Attempt Robbery – Suspect Arrested

On August 27 at 1:58 a.m., a suspect in the 300 block of West Lemon reportedly simulated a gun under his shirt and demanded money from a male victim. The victim did not believe the suspect had a gun and fought with the suspect. The suspect fled south on Alta Vista empty handed. Officers arrived and met with the victim and a witness, and also began an area check for the suspect. A male subject matching the suspects description was seen running south on Magnolia and was detained. The victim positively identified the suspect and he was arrested and taken into custody.

Hit & Run Incident – Suspect Arrested

On August 28 at 2:20 p.m., a male subject driving his vehicle east on Primrose drove through the cones blocking the roadway at Lime for the Sunday Farmer’s Market event. The coordinator for the event stopped the vehicle inside the event and told the driver the street was closed to vehicle traffic. The male subject became angry and yelled that he lived that way, pointing east. He was told one more time that the street was closed. The driver proceeded through, striking the event coordinator and running over his foot. He sustained a broken ankle. A witness followed the suspect into a parking lot nearby, where officers apprehended him. He was arrested without further incident.

Domestic Violence / Reckless Driving / Possession of Methamphetamine / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Child Endangerment – Suspects Arrested

On August 29 at 5:04 p.m., a caller reported a male subject battering a female subject inside a vehicle in the area of Colorado and Alta Vista. The caller followed the suspect vehicle as it drove away wrecklessly on the wrong side of the road, nearly colliding into numerous vehicles along the way. As an officer drove up behind the suspect vehicle, the driver looked back and discarded a small bag into the roadway and continued driving. The suspect then stopped for the officers a distance away from the area where he discarded the bag. The officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop and detained the male subject without further incident.

The female did not have any injuries and denied being a victim of domestic violence. The subjects are husband and wife, and they had their two small children, ages one and two, in the backseat of the vehicle. The female was under the influence of a controlled substance and there was drug paraphernalia concealed where she had been sitting inside the vehicle. She was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, and child endangerment.

The bag discarded by the male suspect was recovered and found to contain methamphetamine and a drug smoking pipe. He was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, domestic battery, child endangerment, and wreckless driving. He was later found to have lied about his identity and was found to be on parole; a parole hold was obtained.

The two small children were not harmed during the incident and were taken into protective custody. They were later released to a grandparent after being interviewed by the Department of Child and Family Services.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested

On August 31 at 4:51 p.m., a fast food restaurant in the 100 block of West Duarte Road reported a female in their drive-thru that was driving drunk. Officers responded and detained the female. An investigation was conducted and the female was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence.

Strong-Arm Robbery – Suspect Arrested

On August 31 at 5:07 p.m., a business in the 300 block of West Huntington reported a female subject had just taken merchandise out of the store without paying for it. An employee attempted to stop the female, and the female fought with the employee to try and get away with the merchandise. Officers responded quickly and apprehended the suspect. She was arrested for strong-arm robbery and taken into custody.


On August 31 at 9:33 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Duarte Road on the report of a burglary. The victim reported that he locked his garage the night before at about 5:30 p.m. and went in for the evening. When he walked out to the garage in the morning at 8:20 a.m., he saw one of the two doors open. He checked his garage and discovered a miter saw and some of his tools were missing. The garage doors had been secured with padlocks. It appears the suspect(s) cut the locks and took them, as they were not located at the scene. Investigation continuing.

- Brad Haugaard

Living in Bearville | Monrovia's Guided Bomb | Senate Helps Gold Line | Monrovian Arrested in Fake ID Scheme

~ The Monrovia Police Department is hosting a community meeting about bears at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, at the Monrovia Community Center, 119 W Palm Avenue. Speaking and answering questions will be Dept. of Fish and Game biologist Rebecca Rebossa. A bear-resistant trash can will be available for inspection, along with information on how to obtain one. Animal Control Officer David Andrew will also be on hand to answer questions about other animal related issues. Call (626) 256-8000 for information. (From City Website - Couldn't have said it better myself.)

~ U.S. Army has awarded Monrovia's AeroVironment $4.9 million Contract for Switchblade, a backpack-size, flying, guided bomb.

~ State Senate committee passes legislation to allow the Gold Line board to continue being made up of city officials along the route. (This had been challenged in court, so, presumably, this solves that challenge.)

~ Monrovian arrested in fake ID scheme.

- Brad Haugaard