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Sampling Monrovia's Beers

I tried a sampling of beers produced by Monrovia's new micro-brewery, Pacific Plate, located in a light industrial facility at 1999 S. Myrtle, a couple blocks south of Duarte on the west side. My favorites: Mango IPA, Copa de Oro, and Horchata Stout, the top three in this photo. Thanks to Brad Hori for the invitation, the beer, and good company. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Library Closed Monday

Monrovia Library closed Monday. Labor Day.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia API Scores Slip

API scores for Monrovia schools dip, but still meet target level.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at S'Links Gourmet Hot Dogs

Lunch at the new S'Links Gourmet Hot Dogs at Myrtle and Olive. Got the Sonoran (aka LA Street Dog) combo ($9.79). It was a dog, bacon, pinto beans, grilled onions, avocado, tomatillo salsa, cheese, tomatoes, onions, mayonnaise, mustard. This is an eat-with-a-fork dog and it's delicious. Buns are fresh made by Monrovia Bakery.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Joins Fitness Challenge

Mayor Mary Ann Lutz reports on Facebook that Monrovia has joined other foothills cities in a competitive "fitness challenge" sponsored by City of Hope. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia City Council May Impose Settlement on Police Union

Monrovia has been unable to reach a work agreement with the police union and is "at impasse," so at its Sept. 3 meeting (agenda: ), the City Council will consider a "Unilateral Implementation of Last, Best and Final Offer."

The offer "includes the suspension of merit salary adjustments and the Longevity/Performance Bonus Program. In addition, sworn members will pay the full 9% of the employee cost of the Public Employees' Retirement Benefit and non-sworn members will pay the full 8% of the employee cost of their plan. This will eliminate the Employer Paid Member Contribution (EPMC) benefit."

The city report says that, "While the City's financial outlook has modestly improved over the last two years, without concessions from employees to further assist with funding the cost of retirement benefits, the City's budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year will not be balanced."

- Brad Haugaard

What to Do at Myrtle and Huntington? The City Council Considers

Rendering of the proposed Mt. Sierra project.

At its Sept. 3 meeting, the Monrovia City Council, wearing its "Successor Agency" hat (which replaced the now-banned Redevelopment Agency) will consider what to do with the property at the southwest corner of Myrtle and Huntington. There are five proposals:

- An already-rejected multi-residential project.

- A campus for Mt. Sierra College with a cool design, but the city would like some retail there as well.

- A four-star, 120-room hotel proposed by the company, Singpoli. Potentially the highest revenue generating project.

-  A 24-Hour Fitness with two restaurant/retail sites, proposed by Evergreen Development. The 24-Hour Fitness at Huntington and Shamrock would move there.

- Two restaurant/retail uses, proposed by Festival Companies. Possible restaurants for the site: Longhorn Steakhouse, Lucille's Bar-B-Que, Domenico's Italian Restaurant & Lounge, Corner Bakery, 85 Degree Café International, Blaze Pizza, and Five Guys.

More detail than you probably want, here:

- Brad Haugaard

Friends of the Monrovia Library - Cheap Books!

In September adult books and media with a pink dot on the spine are half-price at the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library Bookstore (in the Library). Most regular prices range from 25¢ to $2.

Then, on Oct. 11-13, the Friends will hold its Fall Book Sale, with more than 5,000 books. Hours:

Friday - noon-5 p.m. Saturday - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The $2-a-Bag Sale will be on Sunday from 4-5 p.m.

Prices for regular books and media range from 25¢ to $2. Collectibles are priced from $5 to $40. While book sellers are welcome, scanners are not permitted.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Trader Joe's May Cut Healthcare Contributions in Face of Obamacare | Students Slip on Exit Exam

~ Monrovia-based Trader Joe's may cut back on its employee healthcare contributions in the face of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), but "the company's contribution would remain generous by industry standards."

~ Percentage of Monrovia students who pass California High School Exit Exam slips.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Drug Bust, Stuff Stolen from Vehicle

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 26-28. - Brad Haugaard]
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 540 service events, resulting in 83 investigations.
Petty Theft with Priors / Possession of Methamphetamine / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspects Arrested
On August 27 at 4:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of South Mountain regarding burglary that just occurred.  Both suspects were being detained by loss prevention officers.  A record check revealed both suspects had been arrested for prior thefts.  A search was conducted, which revealed one suspect to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody.
Vehicle Burglary
On August 27 at 11:02 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of North Canyon regarding a vehicle burglary  The victim parked and locked his 1996 Acura in front of his residence.  A short while later, the victim returned to his vehicle and saw it had been burglarized.  The items stolen from his vehicle were bank checks and a GPS system.   The investigation is continuing.

More on Lile Retirement | Monrovia Battery Tech | Brewery | Sidewalk Astronomy

~ Reaction to the retirement of Monrovia City Manager Laurie Lile.

~ I didn't know Monrovia had a battery-technology development company - CODA Energy.

~ Two videos about Pacific Plate Brewing of Monrovia, opening Aug. 30 and premiering six new craft ales. and (I can't get them to work but maybe they'll treat you better.)

~ A story about the sidewalk astronomers who set up in Monrovia's Library Park.

- Brad Haugaard

Painting Exhibit, Mini Monrovia Power Outage

"Goose," oil painting by Jean Osher

~ "Eye Candy," an exhibition of paintings by Lynn Gertenbach, Jean Osher and Esther Engelman, Sept 7-28, at Monrovia's Segil Fine Art Gallery, 110 West Lime.

~ Southern California Edison reports a mini power outage affecting eight of its Monrovia customers.

- Brad Haugaard

Women Invited to Newcomers Group Meeting in Monrovia

Newcomers and Friends of San Gabriel Valley, a local women's group, will have a Meet-and-Greet Coffee on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 10 am to noon, at a member's home in Monrovia. Contact for details.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia City Manager Resigning

Monrovia City Manager Laurie Lile is resigning, moving to Nevada with her husband.

- Brad Haugaard

West Nile Virus Next Door in Arcadia

West Nile virus discovered next door in Arcadia. Watch out for mosquitoes!

- Brad Haugaard

Army Buys AeroVironment Switchblades | Casino Night | Bills to Governor

~ Monrovia's AeroVironment gets $15.8 million in orders from the Army for its Switchblade Tactical Missile Systems.

~ Rotary Club's 2013 Old West BBQ & Casino Night Fundraiser is coming up Sept. 7, 6-10 p.m. $70 for dinner, four drink tickets and 250 playing chips. At Monrovia Community Center, 119 W Palm Ave. For tickets call 893-3580.

~ Three bills by Monrovia's state senator, Carol Liu, have been approved by the legislature and have been sent to the governor for his signature. They would "assist food banks, enhance interagency collaboration at the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and help promote arts in schools."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Officer of the Year | The Y Grows

Among other things, the latest Monrovia Today magazine reports that ...

~ Agent John Donchig has been named Monrovia PD's Officer of the Year. Donchig, the article says, is "a model of hard work, initiative and leadership."

~ Since 2005 the Monrovia Y's membership has jumped from 1,600 to 3000; class participation from 2,000 to 5,000; and its budget has risen from $1.1 million to $2.3 million.

- Brad Haugaard

Tiles in the Monrovia Train Station

Samples of Cha-Rie Tang's reproduction Batchelder tiles. (Photo: MHPG)

According to the newsletter of the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group, the city's Gold Line station will feature reproductions of Ernest Batchelder tiles. Batchelder lived in Pasadena early in the 20th century and his tiles were part of the Craftsman movement. Artist Cha-Rie Tang is making the reproduction tiles herself, and some of them use designs copied from Batchelder tiles in Monrovia homes.

- Brad Haugaard

Trader Joe's vs. Pirate Joe's | Metro Train Design

~ Monrovia-based Trader Joe's is suing Vancouver's Pirate Joe's, which says it would be happy to close up shop if only Trader Joe's would come to town.

~ New design for the Metro railcars that will be pulling into Monrovia sometime soon. Yellow and white.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Scoby Looks at Schools | AeroVironment Revenue Down

~ Monrovia running back Kurt Scoby is starting to look at colleges. Arizona this weekend.

~ Monrovia-based AeroVironment reported "revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was $44.1 million, compared with first quarter fiscal 2013 revenue of $58.7 million. The decline in revenue resulted from decreased sales in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) segment of $13.6 million and in the Efficient Energy Systems (EES) segment of $1.0 million."

- Brad Haugaard

Tax-Break-for-Military Bill Goes to Governor

Assemblymember Chris Holden's legislation to give service members a tax break when they are transferred to California has been approved by the state Legislature and now goes to Governor Brown for signature. Holden represents Monrovia.

AB 143, the Military Use Tax Exemption, would eliminate "use tax - a type of sales tax - on personal property purchased by an active duty military member who has been transferred into the state.

- Brad Haugaard

Governor Signs Into Law Domestic Violence Bill by Monrovia Representative

Governor Brown today signed into law a domestic violence measure authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia.

AB 139 stipulates that those convicted of domestic violence must pay a minimum $500 fee - not a fine - after they are granted probation. "This clarification is important because it would clear up confusion over the $500 payment and ensure funding for local domestic violence programs."

Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Holden Bill Would Require State Agency to Post Relevant Info on Its Website

Legislation authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, has been approved by the legislature and now goes to the governor for his signature.

Assembly Bill 201 requires the State Office of Small Business Advocate to include on its website information on the Small Business Loan Guarantee program's loan guarantees, direct lending, surety bond guarantees, and disaster loans.

Comment: Well, good, but REALLY? It requires an act of the State Assembly and of the State Senate and the signature of the governor just to get a state agency to post relevant consumer information on its website??! This does not inspire confidence.

Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Suicide; Meth; Car Burglary and Theft

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 22-25. - Brad Haugaard]
Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.  
Vehicle Burglary
August 22 at 2:22 p.m., a female subject came to the Police Department lobby to report a vehicle burglary that had occurred several days prior.  Her vehicle was parked on the street in front of her house in the 200 block of Acacia.  The suspect ransacked her vehicle and took several gift cards.  She reported the theft late as she had to leave town for a couple days and had just returned.  The investigation is continuing.
Grand Theft Auto
August 22 at 7:06 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Stedman regarding the report of a stolen vehicle.  The victim last saw his vehicle parked in the carport of his complex at about 1:00 p.m.  All keys are accounted for and there were no signs of forced entry.  The vehicle is a gray, 2004 Toyota Corolla.  The investigation is continuing.
Missing Person / Suicide
August 22 at 7:02 p.m., police received a call reporting a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot in the 200 block of West Foothill.  Officers arrived and discovered an adult male subject lying across the bench seat of the vehicle.  The victim appears to have succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  A check of the vehicle license plate revealed the subject had been reported missing on August 16 and was suicidal.  The Los Angeles County Coroner's office was notified.        
Grand Theft Auto
August 24 at 7:22 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 300 block of North May Avenue.  The vehicle is gray, 2013 Honda Odyssey and was taken sometime between August 23 to the 24.  The investigation is continuing.
Special Enforcement Team Weekly Activity
Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Under the influence of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
On August 23, Special Enforcement Team officers stopped a vehicle for traffic violations in the 200 block of Norumbega.  The vehicle was occupied by a male subject and his girlfriend.  The officers observed that both subjects were showing signs and symptoms of being under the influence of methamphetamine and they recovered a syringe in the female subject's property.  Both subjects were arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and the female subject was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Possession of a Controlled Substance / Weapons Offense / Unsafe Speed / False Information to a Peace Officer / Unlicensed Driver / Felony Warrant
On August 24, Special Enforcement Team officers assisted a patrol officer when he stopped a vehicle for vehicle code violations at Myrtle and Longden and the male passenger became verbally abusive and tried to force his way out of the vehicle.  He had methamphetamine in his wallet and a switchblade knife was within his reach.  He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and the illegal knife.
The female driver had no identification and the officers could not verify she had a valid license, so she was arrested and the vehicle was stored.  She was later identified and found to have given officers a false name.  She was found to have an outstanding no-bail probation warrant and was charged with unsafe speed, false information to an officer, being an unlicensed driver and the felony warrant.

Flash Flood Watch Today | Monrovia Drones Over Alaska

~ Flash flood watch for this afternoon, especially below burned-off areas ( ). Thirty percent chance of rain, with possible thunder storms:

~ Drones from Monrovia-based AeroVironment may be monitoring oil fields in Alaska.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia KGEM Host Part of MLK Retrospective

KGEM host Ralph Walker is part of the Star-News' Martin Luther King retrospective, today.

- Brad Haugaard

Merengue Music Sunday at Library Park

Summer concert at the bandshell in Library Park, this Sunday, August 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Son Cinco (Merengue).

- Brad Haugaard

Legislation by Monrovia's Senator Goes to Governor

Legislation by Sen. Carol Liu, who represents Monrovia, has passed the State Senate and will now go to the governor. It is designed to assist food banks, enhance interagency collaboration at the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and help promote arts in schools.

- Brad Haugaard

Scoby Cleared to Play for Monrovia

Running back Kurt Scoby has been cleared to play for Monrovia High.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Agenda

At its August 28 meeting, the Monrovia Board of Education will consider labor contracts for school employees and other stuff. Agenda:

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Baja Fresh

Lunch at Baja Fresh at Fifth and Huntington recently. Got an iced tea and the pork carnitas Baja Bowl ($6.99), one of those good-stuff-over-rice meals, but Spanish rice. Came with chips. As the name says, nice fresh food. It's tasty, too!

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Wildcat Football on Fox Sports

Monrovia High's Head Football Coach, Ryan Maddox, reports in a letter ro players and supporters that, "Fox Sports did a 'Hard Knocks' style video on Wildcat Football." Below are the times of the Spotlight Preview Show.

- Debut, Fri 8/23 at 10:30 p.m. on Prime Ticket (following Dodgers-Red Sox)

- Sat 8/24 at 1:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Prime Ticket; 4:30 p.m. on FS West

- Sun 8/25 at 10:30 p.m. on FS West

- Mon 8/26 at 6 p.m. on Prime Ticket

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Man Found Dead

Missing 61-year-old Monrovia man found dead in car. Apparent suicide.

- Brad Haugaard

Body Found Behind Masonic Lodge?

Former Monrovia City Council candidate Robert Perry tweets: "apparent dead body behind Masonic Lodge on Foothill in a car. Bystanders made comments re suicide."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Alert for Fence-Jumper; Gang Arrests

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 19–21. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 496 service events, resulting in 88 investigations.

Suspicious Circumstance

On August 21 at 12:50 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of South Mayflower regarding a suspect jumping over a neighbor's fence. All available personnel responded and with the assistance of the helicopter. The area was cleared and the suspect was not found. There was no evidence of a crime.

Special Enforcement Team

On August 18, Special Enforcement Team Officers responded to 1700 block of South Fifth regarding a disturbance. Both subjects are known gang members and had been drinking. Through investigation, one was arrested for possession of a weapon with the intent to use, in violation of two counts of the gang injunction order and the other arrested for drunk in public.

Storm water Costs | Train Station | Miyachi Grows

~ A report on the cost for Monrovia and other local cities to comply with federal regulations regarding stormwater treatment.

~ A photo showing progress on Monrovia's Gold Line Station.

~ Monrovia-based welding equipment and systems manufacturer, Miyachi Unitek, has acquired a building complex on South Myrtle that it will use to expand its local operations.

- Brad Haugaard

New Flooring Store Opens in Monrovia

Lumber Liquidators has opened its 28th store at 720 Huntington Drive in Monrovia. The store offers over 340 flooring varieties customers can touch and walk on, plus a full range of flooring related products.

Source: press release


- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Football on Top | School Open | Fiat Picks AeroVironment

~ Monrovia opens at number one in Star-News' Top–10 football rankings.

~ Monrovia students are back at school. Drive safely!

~ Fiat chooses Monrovia's AeroVironment for car-charging stations for its electric car customers.


- Brad Haugaard

Holden Agriculture Bill Progresses in Senate

Assemblymember Chris Holden's legislation to promote California agricultural has been overwhelmingly approved in the Senate Governmental Organization Committee. Holden represents Monrovia. 

AB 199 requires California state agencies to purchase agricultural products from California companies if the price is equal to or less than the lowest out-of-state company. AB 199 also encourages all public schools, school districts, and public colleges to purchase agricultural products within the state.

AB 199 passed on a vote 7 to 0. It now moves to Senate Appropriations Committee.

Source: Holden press release
- Brad Haugaard

Resistor Records Opening | STAAR Gets Indian Approval | Be a Leader! | Kid Flicks?

~ Resistor Records will open in Old Monrovia.

~ STAAR Surgical Company, a Monrovia company that makes implantable lenses for the eye, has received approval to market its Visian Implantable Collamer Lens in India.

~ Want to be a leader? Try Monrovia's MAP leadership Academy. Details:

 ~ The Monrovia Y could use any old kid-friendly DVD movies you have for its Kid Zone. Just drop them off at the Welcome Center.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Assault with Rocks and Bricks; Shooting with BB Gun; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report August 15–18. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.

Petty Theft from a Vehicle

On August 15 at 7:03 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of Laurel Lane reported a theft from her unlocked vehicle. Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle overnight and removed loose change from the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary

On August 15 at 9:25 a.m., an officer responded to the 300 block of Prospect regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported that someone entered their vehicle overnight and removed the vehicle registration. The victim was not sure if their vehicle was locked. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Stolen Property / Warrant – Suspects Arrested

On August 15 at 3:28 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area when he noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in the 500 block of South Magnolia. He recognized the driver as a drug offender from a previous arrest. The officer conducted a computer check, which revealed a warrant for his arrest. As the vehicle was driving away the driver was stopped. Through investigation, the passenger was determined to be in possession of stolen property from an older case. Both driver and passenger were arrested.

Vehicle Burglary

On August 15 at 4:58 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of West Walnut regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported that someone entered their vehicle overnight. The victim parked her vehicle, locked the car and set the alarm. When she returned she found the vehicle had been ransacked. There was no loss.

Vehicle Burglary

On August 15 at 4:58 p.m., an officer responded to the 700 block of Ridgeside regarding a theft from a vehicle. The victim reported that someone entered their locked vehicle overnight. The suspect(s) removed their vehicle registration and a device used to register fuel mileage. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Methamphetamine / Suspect Arrested

On August 15 at 10:00 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers located two subjects walking in the alley of the 700 block of Ocean View. Due to the numerous vehicle and residential burglaries both subjects were stopped and then one of the subjects fled. The subject was stopped a short time later, found to be in possession of a controlled substance and arrested. The other subject was field interviewed and released.


On August 16 at 10:32 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Gladys regarding a trespassing report. The victim was driving home when she observed a female exiting her front door, just as she drove into her driveway. The female suspect saw the resident and immediately began running. The suspect was apprehended and identified. The suspect was placed under arrest for trespassing into an unlocked residence. Nothing in the home was tampered with.

Criminal Threats / Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Suspects Arrested

On August 16 at 4:50 p.m., two male Hispanics were walking home in the 700 block of California, when they noticed they were being followed closely by three male, black suspects. While on California and Royal Oaks, the male, black suspects accosted the victims. The suspects had bricks and rocks in their hands as weapons. The victims feared for their safety so they began running toward their home. The three suspects threw the bricks and rocks at the victims hitting them. The suspects yelled that they were going to kill them and shoot them with a gun. The victims ran home, called the police for help, in fear for their lives. The victims were not members of any gang. The suspects were quickly apprehended by officers and after positive identification, were arrested. None of the three suspects had a gun.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Possession of Methamphetamine Pipe / Parole Hold – Suspect Arrested

On August 17 at 4:27 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of South Mayflower regarding a shooting. The witness observed a suspect shoot what he believed to be a BB gun at another male. The male who was shot jumped into a white pickup truck and fled the scene. The suspect was quickly detained by officers, and the BB gun was located. The suspect is on active parole, and a search revealed he was in possession of two methamphetamine pipes. The assault was over a dispute between the victim and a female, who had been outside the suspect's apartment arguing with each other. The victim drove himself to the Monrovia Police Department, where he was treated by Monrovia Fire for a wound to his lower back and was taken to a Hospital. The suspect was arrested.

Receiving / Concealing Stolen Property / Prowling on Private Property – Suspect Arrested

On August 18 at 2:59 a.m., a resident called to report he heard someone going into one of his vehicles, parked to the rear of 200 East Lemon. Officers responded and saw a male subject near the property. When officers tried contacting the suspect he fled and a foot pursuit followed. The suspect was located and detained. During a pat down search, several items were located on his person, that were later identified by two separate victims of vehicle thefts. Additional property was located but officers were unable to locate more victims. The suspect was also in possession of a stun gun/taser. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary

On August 18 at 8:26 a.m. a victim called to report a vehicle burglary. The victim parked vehicle her vehicle in the 600 block of South Myrtle. The victim stated the vehicle was locked, but windows were not all the way up. Unknown suspect(s) entered the locked vehicle and took victim's wallet. The Investigation is continuing.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Mini Libraries

A feature story in the Star-News on Monrovia's Little Libraries project.

- Brad Haugaard

Looking for 'Foothill Bandit' | Monrovia Unemployment

This man suspected in local robberies

~ LA Sheriff's Department is looking for the "Foothills Bandit," who has been robbing banks in this area.

~ Following the county trend, unemployment in Monrovia is up.
- Brad Haugaard

Delgado Brothers - Music in the Park Sunday

Summer concert at the bandshell in Library Park, this Sunday, August 18, 7-8:30 p.m. The Delgado Brothers (Roots Rock Latino Blues).

- Brad Haugaard

Watch the Turn Onto Myrtle!

Monrovian Brad Hori, on the network Nextdoor, warns that the intersection at the end of the Myrtle off-ramp for the 210 Freeway East no longer allows a right turn on red.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Submarine & BBQ Teriyaki

Had lunch recently at Submarine & BBQ Teriyaki Japanese Food in the Rite-Aid shopping center at the corner of Huntington and Magnolia. Got the aptly named Volcanic Chicken and an iced tea ($9.21). My nose is still running. Hot-hot and spicy-hot. It is chicken wings and legs in a spicy-sweet sauce. Fine if you don't mind very spicy.

- Brad Haugaard

Supes Against Monrovia Mudslides

The LA County Board of Supervisors has authorized emergency efforts to protect Monrovia neighborhoods below the fire burn area against the threat of mud flows.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Library Celebrates Volunteer

According to its Facebook posting, Monrovia Public Library is close to celebrating volunteer computer coach Evan Cochran's first anniversary. In addition to coaching, Evan digitizes old Monrovia newspapers for the library, and plans to get his civil engineering degree from San Luis Obispo.

- Brad Haugaard

Singers Wanted | Station Square Report

~ Got a singing voice? The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company is seeking new singers for its 2013–2014 concert season.

~ A report by the city on the new Station Square project.

- Brad Haugaard

Buy-a-Pie Fundraiser

Foothill Unity Center of Monrovia is holding a Buy-a-Pie fundraiser. Buy a voucher for a Marie Calendar pie from Foothill Unity Center, then get the pie for the holidays. The Center gets a cut of the pie price to help the needy. Call 837-3906 for details.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Rail Maintenance Yard About to Get Rails and Power Lines

Gold Line Spokesman Habib Balian reports that crews are preparing to install six miles of track and overhead electrical wires at the 24-acre rails intensive yard I'm Monrovia. Foundations for more than half of the 213 poles have been poured.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Tip: Back to School Traffic Safety

Children of all ages are returning back to school, and with students going back to school, traffic congestion will be increased on the road and drivers will need to be extra cautious. Whether in a school zone or a residential neighborhood, drivers need to remember to slow down and be prepared to stop. The speed limit in school zones and residential neighborhoods is 25 miles per hour, unless posted otherwise; some school zones may have speed limits as low as 15 miles per hour.

Always stop for school buses. Flashing yellow lights on a school bus indicate it is preparing to stop to load or unload children, and drivers should slow down and prepare to stop. Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped, and children are getting on and off. Drivers are required to stop their vehicles and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again. The greatest risk to children is not riding on the bus, but getting on and off the bus.

Always drive more carefully near schools, playgrounds, parks, and residential areas because children may suddenly dart into the street from between parked cars and other objects along the roadway. Also, many children have not yet developed the ability to judge speeds and distances well enough to cross streets safely when cars are moving fast. Drivers need to stay alert and obey traffic signs, especially where children may be present. Slow down and stay alert to help keep children safe!

Source: Monrovia Police

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Stolen Tractor; Price Tag Switching; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 12–14. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 491 service events, resulting in 82 investigations.

Recovered / Stolen - Tractor

On August 12 at 4:00 p.m., an officer observed a tractor in the 1600 block of South Shamrock. A computer check revealed the tractor was stolen out of LASD – Century Station. The tractor was recovered and released to a company agent.

Possession of Marijuana – Suspects Arrested

On August 12 at 4:15 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of East Lemon regarding 4 large marijuana plants being loaded into a Toyota 4runner. The vehicle was located and stopped and the marijuana was recovered.

Grand Theft Auto

On August 12 at 6:26 p.m., dispatch received a transfer call from California Highway Patrol regarding a stolen vehicle. The victim stated his vehicle was taken from an apartment complex area in the 1000 block of South Alta Vista, within the last hour. The vehicle stolen was a 1991 Honda Accord, green in color. A check of the area was completed, but was unable to locate the stolen vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Burglary Commercial – Suspects Arrested

On August 13 at 7:04 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of South Mountain regarding a burglary that just occurred. A female suspect entered the business and exchanged two five gallon cans of paint for $ 400.00 dollars. She then took more paint cans off the shelf and placed a pre-made barcode label on the can, which had a very low price and went through the register. Security caught the theft on video while the suspect was in the garden area. Further investigation revealed numerous receipts for the same items from Home Depot stores in different cities. The suspect was taken into custody and arrested for burglary.

Domestic Violence

August 14 at 8:52 p.m., an officer responded to 500 block of Fano regarding a domestic violence report. The suspect fled the scene prior to his arrival. The female claimed she was hit and choked by the father of her children, who has been staying at the residence. The victim had marks that were consistent with her statement. The officer called the suspect on his cell phone. The suspect denied the assault and refused to return to the residence. A want was entered into the system for domestic violence. The investigation is continuing.

Detective Bureau Case Follow-up

On July 31 and August 9, 2013, two crimes occurred involving the same gang members. The first case involved the brandishing of a firearm by two gang members. The second case involved a robbery and assault by three gang members.

These cases were presented together to the District Attorney's office. Felony complaints were filed for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, exhibiting a firearm, and violations of criminal street gang injunction.

Monrovia Unity Center Back-to-School Giveaway

A report on Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center giving away back-to-school supplies to needy children at Santa Anita Park.

- Brad Haugaard

AeroVironment Gets Big Order | Tax Break | Ragtime

~ Monrovia's AeroVironment gets $13 million order from USArmy for Raven drone.

~ Legislation by Monrovia Assemblymember Chris Holden to give service members a tax break when they are transferred to California was approved today by the Senate Governance & Finance Committee. AB 143, the Military Use Tax Exemption, would eliminate use taxes – a type of sales tax – on personal property purchased by an active duty military member who has been transferred into the state.

~ Rose Leaf Ragtime Club to meet at Wang's Place.

- Brad Haugaard

AeroVironment Drones to be Made In India

Monrovia's AeroVironment is going to have some of its drones built in India.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Mini Grand Opening | Teachers | Fiilm Fest

~ Mini of Monrovia is holding its grand opening Wednesday, August 21 from 5-9 p.m. British food, live entertainment, gifts and prizes. 1425 S. Mountain Ave.

~ The City of Monrovia reports on Facebook that yesterday, Mayor Mary Ann Lutz and Monrovia Schools Deputy Superintendent Darvin Jackson welcomed new teachers with a breakfast and bus tour of the city.

~ Action on Film Festival begins this Friday. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Poll: Yes or Yes?

Yes or yes? The City of Monrovia's Plan Monrovia web page has a curious poll asking people to vote about the Station Square project (around the future Gold Line station). Here are the options:

Choose up to 2

[] I think this project will positively impact Monrovia economically!

[] I would like to add an economic idea.


- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Rotary Needs Sponsors

Rotary Club of Monrovia is looking for sponsors for its annual Old West BBQ and Casino Night, on Sept. 7, which raises funds for Rotary's charitable projects. Table Sponsor $200, Cornerstone Sponsor $500, Event Sponsor &1,000. Call 893-3580 to help.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Teacher of Year | Networking

~ Monrovia teacher Kyle McClure has been named 2013 "All Star Teacher" by Assemblyman Chris Holden.

~ Understand professional networking through LinkedIn. LinkedIn Basics, Sept. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Library. Call 626-256-8274 to register.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Assault With Beer Bottle, Knocking on Doors, Drumk Driving

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 8–1. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested

On August 9 at 8:45 p.m., an officer responded to the 600 block of East Huntington regarding a suspicious person in the bushes. Upon arrival, the officer observed a female sitting down near the bushes. Through investigation, it was determined she was under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested.

Robbery / Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Suspects Arrested

On August 9 at 3:24 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Linwood regarding a robbery that just occurred. The victim was walking when 4 male suspects arrived in an older model, blue or gray Ford Aero Star van. One of the suspects threw a 12 oz. beer bottle at the victim, striking his leg. The victim was not injured from the bottle. Another suspect grabbed the victim in an effort to pull him to the ground, while another suspect grabbed the victim's skateboard out his hands. All four suspects returned to the vehicle and fled with the victim's skateboard.

Later that evening, a Special Enforcement Officer observed a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle used in the robbery. The officer requested additional units to assist. The vehicle was stopped in the in the 1500 block of South Mountain. Officers were able to determine that the suspects in the vehicle were in fact the suspects involved in the robbery and located the stolen property inside. The suspects were arrested and held for bail.

Injury Traffic Collision – Officer Involved

On August 9 at 8:30 p.m., an officer responding code–3 to assist another officer was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Magnolia and Huntington. As the officer stopped and cleared each lane, a vehicle that was traveling east on Huntington did not realize an emergency vehicle was approaching. As the patrol vehicle began to cross the last lane of traffic, it was struck on the right rear portion, causing the patrol vehicle to travel up the sidewalk and strike a small tree. Witnesses indicated the other vehicle failed to stop for the emergency vehicle when all other traffic on the road had yielded. The officer complained of pain, so he was taken by ambulance to a hospital and later released back to work.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested

On August 10 at 3:56 a.m., an officer was approaching the intersection of Graydon and Camino Real when he observed a vehicle run a stop sign. The officer conducted a traffic stop and noticed the driver appeared to be under the influence. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Violation of Court Order / Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested

On August 10 at 8:20 a.m., an officer observed a known subject near 300 South Myrtle. The officer was informed this suspect has a restraining order, restricting him from being within 100 yards of a business. The suspect was seen within 100 yards of the business and was in violation of the court order. The suspect was contacted and during a search found to be in possession of a hypodermic syringe. The suspect was arrested and additionally charged.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol / Hit & Run Traffic Collision / Unlicensed Driver – Suspect Arrested

On August 11 at 3:16 a.m., a minor traffic collision occurred between two motorists near the intersection of Mayflower & Huntington. One driver fled from the collision scene and was followed by the other driver (victim) to an area in Temple City. The victim called Monrovia Police on his cell phone as he continued to follow the driver. The driver realized he was being followed by the victim and parked his vehicle. Both parties exited their vehicles and exchanged words. An officer responded to Temple City and contacted both parties. Through investigation, it was found that the driver who fled the scene was unlicensed, driving under the influence and in violation of a hit and run traffic collision. He was arrested and his vehicle was stored.

72 Hour Mental Evaluation

On August 11 at 4:46 p.m., a subject known to suffer from mental illness was running through a residential neighborhood knocking on doors. The subject's mother was following him in her vehicle and called police for assistance. The mother claimed her son is not taking his medication. An officer contacted the subject, confirmed his illness, and he was taken to a hospital for a 72 hour mental evaluation.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Coach on Day One of Practice

Video: Monrovia Coach Ryan Maddox talks about the first day of practice.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Students Slip-Up in School

Monrovia students follow the crowd and slip in core proficiencies.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment Flies Solar Drone Nine-Plus Hours

Monrovia's AeroVironment held a successful test flight of a solar-powered prototype version of the company's Puma drone. The flight lasted 9 hours, 11 minutes -- "significantly longer than the flight endurance of small UAS being used in the field today."

- Brad Haugaard

Gourmet Dog Restaurant Opens in Monrovia

S'Links gourmet hot dogs on Myrtle in Old Towm has quietly opened its doors.

- Brad Haugaard

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Officer in Crash

Monrovia police officer in crash while heading to detain robbery suspects.

- Brad Haugaard

Country Music in the Park Sunday

Summer concert at the bandshell in Library Park, this Sunday, August 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Blackstar (Country).

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Labor Talks

At its August 14 meeting (agenda: ) the Monrovia Board of Education will get a couple lists of what its labor unions want to talk about. Here are the lists for Monrovia Teachers Association ( ) and for California School Employees Association ( ). Other stuff, too.

- Brad Haugaard

Old Chevy Stolen in 2011 Shows Up | Monrovia Wildcats Car Wash | Rotary BBQ

~ A 1960 Chevrolet Impala that was stolen in April 2011 from a Monrovia business has been found at an alleged Quartz Hill chop shop.

~ Monrovia High Wildcats Band and Colorguard car wash, Saturday, August 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walgreens on Foothill in Monrovia.

~ Rotary Club of Monrovia Old West BBQ and Casino night at Monrovia Community center, Sept. 7. Call 893-3580 for tickets. $70 per person. Proceeds benefit local Rotary projects.

- Brad Haugaard

FAA Certifies Drone by Monrovia's AeroVironment

The Puma drone, made by Monrovia's AeroVironment, has been certified by the FAA for non-military use.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Sena

Lunch at Sena, on the west side of Myrtle just south of  Lime. Got the very popular Short Rib Tacos ($8) and an iced tea ($2.75). Plus tax and tip. Delicious!

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Patch Editor Resigns

Monrovia Patch Editor Nathan McIntire has announced that he is resigning as editor and is moving to a teaching job this fall.

Comment: I wish you the best, Nathan! I think you did a great job in the difficult, whipsaw environment of a start-up company trying to create something new and make money in the very tough local-news market.

- Brad Haugaard

Domestic Violence Bill by Monrovia's Assemblymember Goes to Governor

Assembly Bill 139, by Assemblymember Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, has been approved in the State Legislature following concurrence vote today in the Assembly. The measure now goes to the Governor for signature.

AB 139 clears up a technicality to provide more funds for local domestic violence shelters. The bill stipulates that those convicted of domestic violence must pay a minimum $500 fee - not a fine - after they are granted probation. This clarification is important because it would clear up confusion over the $500 payment and ensure funding for local domestic violence programs.

"Funding domestic violence shelters is critical. Clarifying the payment to be a fee would assist judges, collecting agencies and counties disburse the proper funding to the state and local shelters," said Assemblymember Holden.

AB 139 unanimously passed both Houses and received support from domestic violence shelters throughout the state, as well as various women's organizations.

Governor Brown now has 30 days to sign or veto AB 139. If signed, AB 139 would go into effect January 1, 2014.

Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Vacation Home Security Tips From Monrovia PD

A few precautions to keep your home safe while you are away.

Be cautious of who you tell about your vacation. Its okay to let a trusted neighbor know when and where you are going, just don't broadcast it to your whole neighborhood. And don't post the fact that you are going on vacation on social network sites for anyone to see; a friend of a friend of your friend just could be a burglar.

Also, take a few steps to make potential burglars believe someone is actually home. Hook up a timer to lights, televisions and radios, so they go on and off while you are away. Adjust the time setting to your normal routine. Make sure that everything is locked up and secure before you head out; double check sheds, windows, garage doors, and any other opportunistic locations. Have the post office hold your mail or have a trusted neighbor collect your mail for you, as well as your newspaper. Don't allow newspapers to stack up in your driveway; an obvious clue to thieves that no one is home.

Another precaution you can take is to turn off the ringer to your phone. An unanswered phone might tip off a prowler that you are away. Don't leave a message on your answering machine announcing your vacation to callers. If you have a home security system, call your company and let them know you will be on vacation and notify local law enforcement, as well, so they can keep an extra eye on your home while you are away.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Vacuum Theft, Meth and Shotgun, Tag Switching, Grand Theft Generator

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 5-7. - Brad Haugaard]
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 263 service events, resulting in 47 investigations.
Felon in Possession of a Firearm / Possession of a Short Barreled Shot Gun / Child Endangerment / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Possession of Burglary Tools – Suspects Arrested
On August 6 at 11:34 a.m., an officer observed a suspicious vehicle in the 900 block of East Huntington. As the driver was being detained a computer check revealed he had an outstanding warrant.   All subjects in the car were detained and a small child was also in the car. A search of the car revealed an unloaded sawed off shotgun, used methamphetamine pipes, burglary tools, a credit card reader and a large quantity of credit cards fraudulently made. The driver and passenger were arrested.   A referral was made to the Department of Children and Family Services regarding the child, who was released to the grandparents.   
Commercial Burglary / Petty Theft with Priors - Suspect Arrested
On August 6 at 2:42 p.m., a male adult suspect entered a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain and selected a quantity of merchandise.  He was observed switching UPC tags and then went to the register, paying a lower price for the items. He was detained by loss prevention outside the store. A computer check revealed he had prior theft convictions.  He was taken into custody and charged with burglary and petty theft with priors.
Commercial Burglary
On August 6 at 4:44 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 600 block of West Huntington drive regarding theft.  A male adult entered and walked directly to the area of the store where an expensive robot vacuum product is displayed. The suspect took one of the vacuums and then walked directly out of the store without making any attempt to pay. The suspect got into Silver, Honda CRV and fled with another male. An employee stated these vacuums are a popular theft item from their stores and they were going to consider locking them up. Officers checked the area for the suspects but they were not found. The investigation is continuing.
Injury Traffic Collision vs. City Property
On August 6 at 11:28 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Myrtle and Lime regarding a traffic collision that just occurred.  They found a black BMW 328i had collided into the stone monument (wishing well) on the northwest corner of Lime and Myrtle. Both the vehicle and memorial were heavily damaged. The driver, a 64 year old woman from Pasadena, sustained injuries to her face and hands and was taken to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for treatment. No one else was injured in the collision. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
Grand Theft - Property
On August 7 at 9:37 a.m., dispatch received a call of a stolen "Ingersoll-Rand" generator taken from and unlocked, fenced area in the 200 block of Taylor. No suspect(s) were seen.  The investigation is continuing. 
Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On August 7 at 10:49 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Cypress and Ivy regarding a suspicious male subject looking into vehicles.  The subject was contacted and through investigation, it was determined he was under the influence.  He was arrested and taken into custody.

AOL Closing Many of Its Patch News Websites

AOL has announced that it will close, sell or find partners for about 300, or about a third, of its Patch local news websites ( ) but CEO Tim Armstrong reportedly said there is "zero probability" that Patch as a whole would be shut down ( ). Monrovia has a Patch news site.

- Brad Haugaard

Next Up - White Christmas | AeroVironment in Slides

~ Following the professional production of The Music Man at the Monrovia High Auditorium (aka Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center), next on the agenda is White Christmas, according to Monrovia columnist Charlotte Schamadan, who writes in the Star-News supplement, The Weekly Star. She said it should open in early December.

~ A cool slideshow of the history of Monrovia's AeroVironment.

- Brad Haugaard

Help Choose New Monrovia High, Santa Fe Principals

If you have children at Santa Fe Middle School or Monrovia High School, School Board member Alex Zucco writes on Facebook that you can help select a new principal for your school by giving your thoughts on August 8 at 7 p.m. at the Santa Fe Library and August 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Monrovia High School Library. No RSVP needed - just show up.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Producers to Present at Film Fest

Producers for Monrovia's KGEM will present ten new shorts and documentaries at the Action on Film Festival at the Krikorian, August 16 and 17, 8–10 p.m.

August 16

Title: Spirit of Flying

Time: 3 minutes Producer: Jack Tossman Synopsis: A preview of "The Spirit of Flying", a documentary in the works about flying over 20 years in the making.

Title: The Waking Universe Handbook

Time: 6 minutes Producer: Lance Mungia Synopsis: A brief exploration of our connection to each other and the universe we live in.

Title: Max on a Mission: A Hospice Cat's Tale

Time: 8 minutes Producer: Marlene Gibb Synopsis: Meet Max preparing for his weekly visit to Mission Hospice in South Pasadena. It's the story of how Max was found, starved, under a car in Tennessee by his owner Jeanne Johnson. How Jeanne saw the potential in this Bengal Cat and his journey to being a beloved Hospice Cat.

Title: Hula Moani: The Sweet Fragrance of Hula

Time: 5 minutes Producer: Lyn Nakamura Synopsis: A performance of "Waipi'o Påka'alana" by Hālau Hula Moani'a'ala Anuhea, a dance studio based here in LA that teaches the traditions and culture of Hawaii thru dance.

Title: GEMS of Monrovia

Time: 5 minutes Producer: Angie Jackson Synopsis: KGEM Producers highlight their films in this short of last year's Action Film Festival. They discuss their dreams and desires for making a film, the fun and frustration that goes into producing the film and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Title: Green Century Part One: a Means to an End

Time: 27:54 minutes Producer: Robert Mejia Synopsis: A thought-provoking, four-part television mini-series that ponders human potential, the choices we've made in powering our world, and the fate of human-kind on a warming planet. Viewers are guided through the first episode of this science fantasy-style documentary from the perspectives of dual narrators Robert Tristan and KB Solomon while subject-matter experts provide commentary on human motivation, sustainability, and clean energy.

Title: Spotlight On: 1920s Jazz

Time: 20 min, 17 sec. Producer: Hannah Nielson Synopsis: A fast-paced compelling visual exploration of the Jazz age, embodying the Spirit of Jazz itself. An interview with accomplished Jazz bassist layer, Clarence Robinson, is interwoven with archival footage, live performance, a discussion of the 1920s art and society, as well as a music video in the style of avant-garde filmmakers of the era.

Title: Pullin' Teeth

Time: 11 minutes Producer: Dave Gaw Synopsis:This short takes us into the world of Reilly Dental, a family-owned and operated dental practice. Dad is senile. Mom is manipulating. Frank, the younger son, is dangerously stupid while Red, the responsible son, is just trying to keep the family business afloat, waiting patiently for his chance to become the boss. But Mom may have something else to say about that in this offbeat comedy short.

Title: Soar Together in Peace

Time: 17 minutes Producers: Jack Tossman and Susan Tossman Blue Synopsis: Highlights of the 186th Street Elementary School's 8th Annual Peace March in honor of Martin Luther King.

Title: Becoming the Solution

Time: 14 minutes Producers: Community Media of the Foothills Synopsis: Monrovia Mayor, Mary Ann Lutz, purchases her first electric vehicle, the Volt, and discovers what it entails to own and operate an electric car. Highlights interviews with various industries leaders, such as, Sierra Honda, SCE and Aero Environment the new challenges facing the auto industry in the 21st century.

On Saturday, August 17, the 90 minute documentary will air from 8–10 p.m.

Title: In Time: The Delgado Brothers

Time: 90 minutes Producer: Lance Mungia Synopsis: "In Time" is a documentary feature about the musically gifted Delgado Brothers, a tight knit Latino family just one more song from fame for over 50 years since their start in the East L.A. music scene. They're often called up to jam with some of the most respected jazz and blues musicians in the world, despite the fact they've always remained a gig away from fortune of their own.

Source: KGEM


- Brad Haugaard

Car Bashes Monrovia Wishing Well at Lime and Myrtle

The City of Monrovia wishing well was damaged in a late night car crash on Tuesday, August 6.  At 11:28pm, Officers were dispatched to Lime and Myrtle regarding a traffic collision.  They found a black BMW 328i had collided into the stone monument (wishing well) on the northwest corner of Lime and Myrtle. Both the vehicle and  wishing well were heavily damaged.

The driver, a 64 year old woman from Pasadena, sustained injuries to her face and hands and was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for treatment. No one else was injured in the collision. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

The wishing well has served as a historical Monrovia monument at the southeast corner of Library Park for many years-at one time housing the old City bell.  It currently serves as a water fountain.  Members of the Public Works Department have collected all of the pieces of the structure and aim to repair and replace it over the next several months.

If the driver is found to be at fault, the city may charge the driver for the cost of the repair to the city property.

Source: City of Monrova

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council to Consider Banning Plastic Bags | New VP at AeroVironment

~ Monrovia City Council will consider a plastic bag ban in October.

~ Monrovia's AeroVironment appoints a new senior vice president and general counsel.

- Brad Haugaard

History of Monrovia's Big M

The history of the big "M" on the hillside above Monrovia. It is made of 25 tons of crushed rock.

- Brad Haugaard

Park Victoria, Monrovia?

Curious. The Apple map of Monrovia in the iPhone and iPad reveal whole sections of Monrovia I've never heard of. I wonder if this is even correct. Have you heard of these districts - underlined in red - in Monrovia? I've heard of Canyon Park, but as a park, not as a district just north of Huntington and east of California. Park Victoria? Lyric Place? Hamby Park? Click image to enlarge.

- Brad Haugaard

Man Shot in Monrovia County Area

Man injured in shooting in Monrovia county area.

- Brad Haugaard

Volunteer for 'Back to School' Distribution

Foothill Unity Center of Monrovia wrote on Facebook that it "is still signing up volunteers for our Back to School Distribution next Monday and Tuesday. Morning and afternoon shifts both days, plus an evening shift Tuesday. Email to check what's open."

- Brad Haugaard

Film Fest in Monrovia

Action on Film International Film Festival will be held in Monrovia starting August 16-24. Dozens of independent films in many genres. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Bugged by Court Decision That Could Release Convicts

Monrovia Police Department is apparently bothered by a Supreme Court decision it says would release up to 10,000 convicts onto California streets.

In its Neighborhood Watch Report, the department quotes California Police Chiefs Association President, Covina Police Chief Kim Raney:

"Despite the requests of the Governor, the California State Sheriffs, and the California Police Chiefs, all who are still dealing with the early impacts of Realignment on California's criminal justice system and rising crime rates in California, the Court majority apparently decided to place convicted criminals' concerns over the safety of California's communities and citizens. The Court refused to consider the improvements made in California's prisons and the already reduced population figures and chose instead to allow for the release of more felons into already overburdened communities."

The CPCA represents the state's municipal police chiefs, whose agencies protect over 78 percent of the citizens of California.

Source: Monrovia Police Department

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Pistol Robbery on West Lime; Designated Driver Is Not Enough; Pedestrian Succeeds in Getting Hurt; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 1-4. - Brad Haugaard]
Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events.  
On August 1 at 12:03 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of West Lime regarding a robbery.  The victim was standing in front of his residence when he was approached by a male, Black, early 20's, 6-03, 190 lbs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.  The victim was on his cell phone and believed the suspect may have been a friend, when he turned to look at the suspect he realized that he did not recognize him.  The suspect pulled out a black and silver semi-auto pistol and pushed the barrel against the victim's shoulder and told him to empty his pockets.  The victim retrieved $30.00 from his pockets and gave it to the suspect.  The suspect was last seen heading west on Lime.  The investigation is continuing.
Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
On August 2 at 1:09 a.m., police responded to Primrose and Chestnut regarding a traffic collision.  The suspect was being driven home by a friend because he had too much to drink. The suspect told his friend they had reached his home and she handed him the keys.   The friend got into another vehicle and was driving away, when she noticed the suspect get back into his vehicle and begin to drive away.  The friend followed the suspect as he drove at a high rate of speed until he collided with a legally parked car.  The impact caused the vehicle to roll over onto the roof. An officer arrived and found the driver still strapped in by his seatbelt.  Upon contacting the driver, he noticed signs and symptoms of alcohol use.  The suspect was taken by ambulance to a hospital.  While at the hospital, the suspect refused to submit to a blood test.  The officer will be requesting a subpoena for lab results and charges pending further investigation.
Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On August 3 at 12:19 a.m., an officer was contacted by a concerned citizen who pointed out a suspicious person in a vehicle in the 200 block of North Shamrock.  The officer contacted the subject who claimed to be waiting for a friend who lives in the area. A computer check revealed he was on probation and had an outstanding, felony no-bail warrant.  The officer also located an air-soft, semi-auto, pistol beneath the right front passenger seat.  The suspect claimed he confiscated the pistol from his son.  The suspect was arrested for the warrant.
Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm / Carrying a Concealed Firearm / Suspended License - Suspects Arrested
On August 3 at 5:25 p.m., Special Enforcement Officers conducted a traffic stop on a motorist for a vehicle code violation.  Upon contacting the two occupants, the officers discovered the occupants are gang members and both on probation.  The occupants appeared unusually nervous and the driver did not have valid identification.  Both occupants were asked to exit the vehicle. A pat-down search on the passenger recovered a revolver concealed in his waistband, the weapon was not loaded.  The passenger was arrested for the weapons violation and the driver was arrested for a vehicle code violation pending verification of his identity. Both suspects were booked and served with the gang injunction court order.
Injury Traffic Collision – Vehicle vs. Pedestrian / Mental Evaluation Hold
On August 4 at 7:00 a.m., a pedestrian wanted to harm himself and intentionally darted into traffic in the 400 block of East Duarte.  The pedestrian was struck by a motorist and sustained minor injuries.  The pedestrian was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated and placed under a 72 hour hold for mental evaluation.
Theft From a Vehicle
On August 5 at 5:03 a.m. an officer responded to the 100 block of El Nido regarding a theft from a vehicle.  The victim's laptop computer was taken from her unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway.  The investigation is continuing.

Principal Letourneau to Glendora | Music Man Article

~ On Facebook, School Board member Alex Zucco thanks and congratulates Santa Fe Middle School Principal, Ron Letourneau, who has been selected to be principal of the Glendora Unified School District Continuation High School and Alternative Education Program.

~ An article in the Star-News about the professional production of The Music Man at Monrovia High.

- Brad Haugaard

Mariachi Music in the Park | E-Waste Recycling

~ Summer concert at the bandshell in Library Park, this Sunday, August 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Mariachi Divas (Mariachi).

~ Just saw a sign saying there will be an electronic waste recycling event at Monrovia Home Depot on August 10.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Y Announces Its Honorees

On Facebook, the Santa Anita Family YMCA in Monrovia has announced its honorees for its Red Envelope Gala on September 26. They are:

- Sandra Mejia - Cathy Hotchkin Humanitarian Award
- Monrovia Memorial Hospital - Business of the Year
- Terry Hotchkin - Volunteer of the Year

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Rudy's Mexican Food

Lunch at Rudy's Mexican Food at Myrtle and Colorado. Got the Carne Asada Plate ($8.65) with an iced tea. Very good. Cut up the steak and made tacos. 
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: New Fire Training Tower; Report Crimes Online; Etc.

At its August 6 meeting (agenda: ), the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Consider replacing the existing three-story training tower at fire station 102 with a new four-story tower. The new tower will cost $716,765 and its associated equipment $153,228. Monrovia would split operational costs with Arcadia and the thing would be paid for by a Homeland Security grant.

~ Consider spending $25,110 to buy an online reporting system so residents can file lower priority police reports from their home or business computers, thereby reducing the time officers spend preparing these types of reports and allowing officers to remain in the field to handle higher priority calls.

~ Consider spending $79,862 to buy two firefighter survival mobil props. Paid for by a Homeland Security grant.

~ Consider spending $122,055.00 to replace bad sewer line on Ridgeside Drive.

~ Consider paying Karen Warner Associates $46,015 for an update of the city's Housing Element, part of Monrovia's General Plan.

~ Have another closed session meeting about police and fire negotiations.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Unveils New Interim Website

The City of Monrovia launched an interim website on August 1, 2013 as part of a larger redesign process approved by the City Council in July 2013.

The interim site serves as the first step in the design process.  The site currently features most of the content from the old site, with some pages are still under construction.  All website content will be uploaded to the interim site over the next few weeks.

The redesign process allows for the City to offer information on programs, services and access to public information in a way that is more streamlined for residents, visitors and businesses logging on to

The new, customized design will be incorporated into the site September 2013.  Once completed, it will feature micro-sites for each City Department, a mobile-specific site for those accessing the website on a smartphone or tablet, email subscriptions, an emergency alert ticker, a Google-optimized search engine, social networking integration, rotating banner images, photo album slideshows, and the customized design for branding and marketing.

Aha Consulting, an Oregon-based website firm that specializes in government websites, is hosting the interim site and designing the new website.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Petty Thefts, Delusions, Burglary

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 29–31. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 449 service events, resulting in 72 investigations.

Commercial Burglary / Petty Theft with Prior - Suspect Arrested

On July 29, at 4:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain regarding a shoplifter in custody. A male suspect was being detained for stealing over $500 worth of merchandise and using a booster bag. A computer check revealed he had several prior thefts with convictions. The suspect was arrested and charged with burglary and petty theft with a prior.

Mental Evaluation / Warrant – Suspect Arrested

On July 31 at 4:00 p.m., an officer stopped a male in the 100 block of East Lemon, who had been reportedly bothering several store owners by walking in and out of their stores behaving oddly. A computer check revealed the subject had minor warrants out of Los Angeles. While the subject was being booked he was having delusional thoughts and began banging his body against the wall and the bars of the jail. The subject was taken to a hospital, where he was held for mental evaluation.

Residential Burglary

On July 31 at 8:21 p.m., an officer responded to the 500 block of West Foothill regarding a residential burglary. The victim went home after work and noticed someone had been in the home. She was unable to say what was taken. The suspect (s) entered through a front unlocked window. There were no signs of forced entry found.

Scout Gathers Food for Unity Center

The Star-News supplement, The Weekly Star, has a nice article today about Boy Scout Garrett Coombs, who organized a pancake breakfast held at the Monrovia Knights of Columbus building, for his Eagle Scout project. Coombs accepted non-perishable foods as payment for breakfast. The food is being donated to the Foothill Unity Center.

-Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Basketball Camp

Santa Anita Family Y reports on Facebook that it still has spaces for its Basketball Camp, August 5-8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp is taught by Isaiah Fox and Bertram Hall. Isaiah played at the University of Arizona and professionally overseas. Bertram is a Y staff member and plays for Azusa Pacific.
- Brad Haugaard