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Monrovia Canyon Park, Preserve Closed Because of Fire Danger

Monrovia's Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve will be closed through Thursday, May 1 because of high fire danger. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Bella Sera Restaurant Re-Opening

Monrovia's Bella Sera Trattoria, at 422 S Myrtle, is reopening on May 8 with a grand opening from 5-7 p.m. The restaurant, under new ownership, will serve "authentic Italian cuisine with only the freshest ingredients" and "new, bold flavors and signature dishes."

Guests at the grand opening will be treated to complimentary appetizers and drinks to provide a taste of the options Bella Sera has to offer. The restaurant will also be selling $5 raffle tickets at the event and accepting donations to benefit AbilityFirst ( ), an organization serving people with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other developmental and physical disabilities. It will also donate 10% of the proceeds the restaurant has for the opening day to AbilityFirst.

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Education Bill by Monrovia's Assemblyman Approved by Committee

A bill by Assembly Member Chris Holden to expand pathways for high school students who want to pursue college courses or career tech classes was approved today in Assembly Education Committee on a vote of 4 to 0. AB 1451 Concurrent Enrollment would expand and encourage opportunities for high school students who are capable of advanced scholastic or vocational work to enroll in community college courses. It would also encourage students who need help passing the California High School Exit Exam and students who traditionally do not attend college but would like to see if it's the right path for them.

Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Tips about Pets for Upcoming Hot Days

The Pasadena Humane Society, which serves Monrovia, urges pet owners to take precautions during the next few days due to hot weather:

- Keep your pets hydrated with plenty of cool water. Provide shade if your pet is outside.

- Avoid exercising pets during peak hours. Exercise them early morning or later in the evening.

- A dog's paw pads can burn easily when walking on asphalt, artificial grass, cement or other similar surfaces. Walk them later in the evening or early in the morning when it is cool.

- Apply sunscreen on your dog's nose, ears and belly to prevent sunburn. Ask your veterinarian what brand you should use.

- For rabbit owners: Place a two-liter frozen bottle of water in your rabbit's hutch. This acts as a natural air conditioner.

- For cat owners: Place your cat in a sink or bathtub with a few ice cubes to play with. This way your cat can have fun and stay cool at the same time!

- For dog owners: Fill a wading pool with shallow water and let your dogs play around in it. Make sure to supervise your dogs while they play.

- Do not leave your pet in the car. If you see an animal left in a car in hot weather, you can report it to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. Call 792-7151 and ask to speak with Field Services.

Pets exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (e.g., excessive panting, heavily salivating and/or immobile) should be taken immediately to a veterinarian for assessment.

- Brad Haugaard

Fire Danger! | Welcome Back to Monrovia's Robotics Team

~ Because of high fire danger (wind and low humidity), the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag alert for the Monrovia area.

~ The girls of Monrovia High's Kings & Queens robotics team are back from the international competition in St. Louis. Monrovia High reports they competed with the top 128 teams in the world. Among their alliance partners were teams from South Korea, Kentucky, and the eventual Inspire Award winner, "The Bears," from Mexico City. They were matched against alliances which included teams from all over the US plus teams from countries like China, Russia and India. Comment: Just getting there was a triumph!

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Economy: 49 New Businesses Since January

The City of Monrovia is seeing economic development efforts pay off with new businesses coming in and development opportunities on the way.

- The longtime vacant blockbuster site near the corner of Foothill Blvd and Myrtle Avenue is undergoing tenant improvements for a new business: Massage Envy. Massage Envy seeks to bring affordable, professional spa services to communities. Currently the site is under construction and is slated to open for business this summer.

- Williams Homes has put in 18 new townhomes at the corner of Olive and Ivy Avenues in Old Town. At this time, almost all units have been sold.

- Izakaya Uppo, a Japanese restaurant that will allow you to sit on the floor and taste traditional Japaense cuisine, opened last week in the 600 block of Myrtle Avenue. This block now features an international dining experience with Chang's Thai Bistro, Rudy's Mexican Restaurant, Jakes BBQ, Izakaya Uppo, and coming soon, Copper Still Grill (serving an updated take on traditional bar and grill classics, will be located at the site of the former Sam's Kabob Room).

- Along Huntington Drive, a Del Taco opened in mid-April on a site that has been vacant for many years- signs that private development and industry are picking up. And the Fast5Xpress Car Wash is expected to open in early May on the same site.

- Panera Bread, Chipotle, Smashburger and Menchie's Yogurt have opened up on the west side of Huntington Drive, bringing more customers to the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center.

- Blaze Pizza is scheduled to open in May 2014 at the Foothill Park Plaza in Old Town Monrovia. Flamzz Pizza on East Colorado Boulevard is already open.

- La Marca Cigars, a specialty cigar shop and lounge, has opened in the 500 block of Myrtle Avenue.

- And American West Bank has opened a new branch at 404 E Huntington Drive.

Since January 1, 49 new businesses have opened up in Monrovia. Building permits are going up, having increased 55% from 2012 to 2013, and Monrovia is seeing a steady stream of applicants at the Building and Planning Counter.

Moving forward, the City's Economic Development team has their eyes set on Station Square Transit Village and the City's former redevelopment properties as opportunity to round out the City's already diverse sales tax base.

Developer Samuelson and Fetter have already submitted renderings of their new 261 unit, multifamily development. And currently the Chevron Station at the corner of Myrtle and Pomona Avenues is for sale in the area, prompting major developers to inquire about other large potential developments.

The City of Monrovia will be hosting a Brokers' Reception on April 30, 2014, 5:30 p.m. at Café Mundial in Old Town Monrovia to discuss further economic development efforts. To find out more about the event, please call (626) 303-6601.

Source: Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Video of Monrovia Gold Line Station Artist

Video of Cha-Rie Tang, artist for the Monrovia Gold Line Station.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's STAAR Surgical Reports Revenue Up

Monrovia's STAAR Surgical Co., which makes implantable lenses for the eye, today reported revenue for the first quarter ended April 4, 2014 of $20.2 million, a 12% increase over $18.0 million reported for the first quarter of 2013.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Pedestrian Hit by Car; Alcohol; Drugs; Burglary

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 24-27. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Alcohol Offense – Subjects Cited
On April 24 at 3:07 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 300 block of Myrtle Avenue was monitoring activity taking place in the park. He saw two male adult subjects drinking alcohol at one of the benches. Both subjects were cited for drinking alcohol in the park.

Theft From an Unlocked Vehicle
On April 25 at 11:50 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Huntington regarding a theft from a vehicle. At 7:55 a.m., the victim parked his vehicle in a business parking lot located on the north side of the street. He did not lock his vehicle or activate his alarm. He returned to his vehicle at 11:35 a.m. and found his center console open and his GPS was missing. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On April 26 at 11:45 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of Poppy Avenue. The victim’s son parked his vehicle in the driveway the day before at 10:00 p.m. The next day the victim entered his car to move it and noticed that items in his vehicle had been moved around and miscellaneous change was missing from the center console. He did not remember if the car was locked when he entered, but all the doors were closed. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision – Vehicle vs. Pedestrian
On April 26 at 5:28 p.m., an injury traffic collision was reported in the 300 block of North Canyon. An 18-year-old male ran across the street from between cars and was struck by a motorist. The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The pedestrian was determined to be at fault.

Theft From a Vehicle
On April 26 at 6:17 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 100 block of Poppy Avenue. The victim parked his vehicle on the street in front of his house the night before. He returned to his vehicle the next morning at 8:30 a.m. to find the interior compartments had been ransacked. An iPhone, a GPS unit, and a canvas bag had been taken from inside the vehicle. He believes he left his vehicle unlocked, since there were no signs of forced entry. The investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On April 27 at 3:09 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of South Myrtle regarding a suspect on a bicycle looking into vehicle windows. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. The suspect was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was arrested.

Monrovia Leaders Visit Citrus College

Twenty-one Monrovia city officials and community leaders visited Citrus College on Friday, April 25 for a campus tour, an overview of the college's programs and services, and a discussion that focused on ensuring college completion for Monrovia's students.

The tour was hosted by Joanne Montgomery, vice president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees and Superintendent/President Geraldine M. Perri, Ph.D. Monrovia guests included Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, Councilmember Becky Shevlin, Monrovia Unified School District Superintendent Katherine Thorossian, as well as City Council and school board members.

For a tour or info, contact the Citrus College Foundation at 914-8825 or

Source: Citrus press release

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Ranks High in Number of Degrees Awarded to Hispanics

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, a biweekly online publication that reaches more than 50,000 readers, has for the seventh time named Citrus College one of the top 50 U.S. community colleges for degree completion for Hispanics. It ranked 27th out of more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide in the number of associate degrees awarded to Hispanics. Citrus serves the Monrovia area.

Source: Citrus College press release

- Brad Haugaard

What's Happening With Monrovia City Manager Search?

It seems to have been quite a while since the Monrovia City Council set about to find a new city manager, so I wrote to ask Councilman Tom Adams what is going on. It is a personnel issue, and so the city is very limited in what it can say, but Adams did say this:

"All I can tell you is that the council has been unable to find a match, one where the candidates desire to work in Monrovia matched our desire to hire them.

Wish I could tell you more."

- Brad Haugaard

Hot Weather Coming Up in Monrovia

Enjoy the (relatively) low temperature today - it's supposed to get up to 87 - because Tuesday through Friday should be blazing. Tuesday and Wednesday, 95; Thursday, 98; and Friday, 99. Then dropping to a balmy 89 on Saturday.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Over La Canada | Older Americans Honored

~ Monrovia 2-1 over La Canada in baseball.

~ John Watson and Katie Gundersen-Watson honored with the 2014 Monrovia Older American of the Year Award.

- Brad Haugaard

Gold Line Track Approaching Monrovia | Giving Hands 6-Month Anniversary

~ Track for the Gold Line is being installed over the Santa Anita freeway bridge.

~ Giving Hands thrift shop (925 W Foothill) is holding a 50% off sale tomorrow, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., to celebrate its six-month anniversary.

- Brad Haugaard

Google Car Mapping Monrovia

The Google Street View car is in town today, mapping Monrovia. This photo was taken about 1:15 p.m. today on Foothill at Primrose.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Los Guerros

Lunch at Los Guerros yesterday, on the north side of Huntington just west of Magnolia. Got the taco and enchilada combination, $9.95, iced tea, $2.50, and some of their great made-at-your-table guacamole, $6.95. Plus tax and tip. Good traditional style Mexican food.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Boys & Girls Club Derby Day Fundraiser Honoring Mayor Lutz

Monrovia's Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills is hosting its 15th annual For the Love of Youth fundraising event on Saturday, May 3 at Santa Anita Racetrack's Baldwin Terrace. Bringing the Kentucky Derby to the San Gabriel Valley, this Derby Day afternoon features a sit-down dinner, Derby Day attire, live racing and betting, a broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, and live and silent auctions. Mary Ann Lutz, Mayor of Monrovia and longtime supporter of BGCF, will be honored.

BGCF serves 250-300 young people from Monrovia and Duarte each day, and currently has a waiting list of over 100 additional youth in need. Their mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The For Love of Youth event is one of the most significant ways in which they bring in revenue to support their programs.

Visit for more information about the event and to purchase tickets online.

Source: BGCF press release

- Brad Haugaard

May 10: Monrovia Fountain to the Falls Run and Firefighters Pancake Breakfast

The Fountain to the Falls Run/Walk is a 7 mile out-and-back race, from the Library Park Fountain to the Canyon Park Waterfall, with a Health and Fitness Expo set up along Myrtle Avenue, in cooperation with the Santa Anita Family YMCA.

This fourth annual race will be held on Saturday, May 10, at 7 a.m. First through third place awards will be given for each age category. The race is limited to 400 participants and advance registration is required. No race day registration will be accepted. The $35 entry fee (a registration fee is added to each entry) includes a t-shirt. The Health and Fitness expo opens at 6 a.m. and features Zumba in the Street for spectators as they wait for race participants to finish.

Participants can register on-line at No late starts or unregistered participants will be permitted. Registration will be accepted through Wednesday, May 7, or until filled. For additional information, please contact the Department of Community Services at (626) 256-8246. Complete details including street closures and parking restrictions can be found on the City's website:

Also on Saturday, May 10, from 7-11 a.m., the Monrovia Firefighters Association will host its annual pancake breakfast at Fire Station 101, 141 E Lemon Avenue, around the corner from the Fountain to the Falls finish line. The breakfast costs $5, kids under three eat free, and all proceeds go to benefit local charities. Kids under 12 can also participate in the Jr. Firefighter Challenge, donning firefighter gear and participating in a firefighter-themed training course. For more information on this event, please call (626) 256-8181. For more on the Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, see the City's website:

Source: Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Robot Competes in St. Louis | Baseball Victory | Rain Tomorrow? | World Vision

~ Monrovia High's Kings and Queens robotics team is now competing in St. Louis, according to the team's Facebook page.

~ In baseball, Monrovia over Temple City 3-1.

~ Fifty percent chance of rain tomorrow, Saturday.

~ Monrovia's World Vision is one of 22 relief agencies preparing a new camp for Syrian refugees. This one in Jordan.

- Brad Haugaard

Candidate for Monrovia's Historic Home Designation

Before and after. Photos by City of Monrovia.

This newly restored home at 227 North Ivy may be the next structure to receive historic status. Full story here:

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner & A Show to Buy Grand Piano for St. Luke's Church

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Monrovia will hold "Dinner & A Show" on Saturday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at the church. Proceeds from the $25 per person ticket donation are to purchase a concert grand piano. The evening will begin with dinner and a silent auction, followed by a concert by members of the choir and guests. A dessert reception will follow.

Those who are unable to attend but would like to support the music program may mail donations to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 122 S. California Ave., Monrovia CA 91016, with "Music Fundraiser" noted on the check. For more information, email

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Catalytic Converter Theft; Woman Punches Fiancé; Shoplifting; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Highlighted Activity for April 21-23. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 462 service events, resulting in 98 investigations.

Vehicle Burglary
April 21 at 3:29 p.m., the victim of a vehicle burglary came to the police lobby to report her vehicle had been broken into while parked in the 400 block of East Colorado. She noticed that the rubber seal around the driver’s door had been pushed in and the vehicle was ransacked. It appears nothing was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Theft – Catalytic Converter
On April 21 at 4:52 p.m., a theft was reported in the 700 block of Montana. The victim came into the police lobby to report that someone had stolen the catalytic converter off his vehicle. The victim went out to start his vehicle and heard a loud noise. He drove his vehicle to a mechanic, who told him that the catalytic converter was missing off his vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Theft from a Vehicle
On April 21 at 8:15 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Montana on the report of a theft from a vehicle. The vehicle was left unlocked and the victim's black iPhone was stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft – Two Bicycles
On April 9:23 p.m., a theft of two bicycles was reported in the 100 block of Montana. The bicycles were stolen from a rear carport. The theft occurred sometime between 4:00 p.m. on April 20 and 7:00 a.m. on April 21. The investigation is continuing.

Fraud / Identity Theft – Two Suspects Arrested
On April 21 at 11:53 p.m., an officer responded to a hotel in the 700 block of West Huntington regarding two hotel guests that checked into a room with stolen credit card information. Upon arrival, officers located the suspects inside a hotel room. They conducted an investigation and located stolen credit cards, stolen mail from several locations, ledgers containing personal information, and credit applications. The two suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On April 22 at 12:27 a.m., an officer conducted a domestic violence investigation involving a female that punched her defenseless fiancé several times in the face. The male subject is recovering from an injury he received in a motorcycle accident. The female suspect left the location. The officer contacted the female suspect on the phone and convinced her to turn herself in to police. She admitted to the crime and was taken into custody.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 1:00 a.m., an officer was sent to a hotel in the 700 block of West Huntington regarding a female associate of the fraud suspects that were arrested in the above fraud incident. The female was contacted, but was not linked to fraud case. The officer found the female to be in possession of a straw used to inhale methamphetamine. She was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Battery / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 8:00 a.m., a disturbance between a mother and daughter was reported in the 700 block of South Monterey. The mother had claimed the daughter hit her in the leg with a fist. Officers arrived, but the mother had left the location. The daughter was found to have a warrant and was arrested.

April 22 at 8:31 a.m., a caller reported an incident of vandalism in the 1300 block of South Myrtle. The caller reported blue graffiti on the wall facing Montana. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 1:23 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington regarding a shoplifter being detained. Through investigation, the officer determined the female suspect had taken a large empty purse into the store, concealed merchandise in the purse and exited the store. She was arrested for burglary and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On April 22 at 8:30 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of South Madison on a disturbance between a male and female subject. When the officer arrived, he conducted a computer check, which revealed the male subject had an outstanding DUI warrant for his arrest. The warrant was issued by the Pasadena Police Department. The subject was arrested for the warrant. Pasadena was notified and officers responded and took custody of the subject.

Day of Prayer to Support Unity Center

A National Day of Prayer event on May 1, 7 p.m., at Santa Anita Church at 226 W. Colorado Blvd. in Arcadia will support Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center. The event, Young Voices United in Prayer, will feature six young people from the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh faiths. Music by the Barnhart School Choir and Jimmy and Tony Licata. For details, call 446-8206.

- Brad Haugaard

Harlem Wizards Coming to Monrovia High School

The Harlem Wizards are coming to Monrovia High School, Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. This event, hosted by The Monrovia Renaissance Foundation, brings The Wizards to town to help support Renaissance programs recognizing academics throughout Monrovia Unified School District.

The Harlem Wizards' mission is to create awe-inspiring events throughout the country. At a Wizards game fans witness amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy. It's two hours of family time where parents, grandparents, and kids can all laugh together. When you're in the stands, you're more than a spectator; you're part of the show with loads of audience participation. Throughout the game, fans will experience a display of tricks, coordinated ball handling, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction.

Tickets purchased before the event are $12 for adults, $10 for children and can be purchased by contacting Paul Dols at through Friday, April 25. They can also be purchased online at . Tickets will be available on the day of the game at the Monrovia High School Events Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. Prices at the door are $15 for adults and $12 for students.

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

California Assembly Approves Monrovia Assembly Member's Bills

The California Assembly today gave bi-partisan approval to three bills authored by Assembly member Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia. The three include: legislation "to give veterans a stronger voice in college leadership," legislation "to ensure the legacy of President Obama is included in school textbooks," and a resolution to "honor unsung heroes of the Vietnam War."

Source: Holden press release

Comment: A. Why do veterans deserve set-aside board seats? Are they super-citizens? And I say that as a vet. B. Do we really have to ensure President Obama's legacy by force of law?? C. If sailors killed in a training accident in the South China Sea deserve to be on the Vietnam Memorial, why not men killed during the same time period in training exercises in Germany or the U.S.? I approve of some of Mr. Holden's proposals, but these are unnecessary.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Authors

After writing a book and putting it on-line I started wondering if there were other Monrovia authors out there, so I invited them to submit their latest book. Here they are, with information about their books, and links. - Brad Haugaard

Author: Marshall Deaton
Title: The Giant Redwoods: California's Majestic Trees

For anyone interested in the world famous and majestic redwood trees of California, this book is a must-read. It provides details for both the Giant and Coast Redwood trees as well as accompanying photos from the past and present, for readers to discover and enjoy.

The contents include interesting facts about the two tree species. It includes the Redwood Tree's physical appearance, species, locations and habitat, fossil records and threats to their existence. Included are 100 photos to view and marvel.

Your child can also learn more about the popularity of these trees and their importance to humans. If you are willing to read and be entertained by these majestic living trees known as the California Redwoods, you should definitely buy and download this book.

Author: Therese Travis
Title: A Fistful of God
She's never taken a drink, but she's recovering from alcoholism all the same.

After the death of her father, teenager Aidyn Pierce spends all her time cleaning up her mother's messes. So when Mom announces she's getting sober, Aidyn doesn't believe her. Mom has tried before, and Aidyn knows there will come a time-a day, a week, maybe even a month from now-when the cravings will be too much, and her mother will start drinking again. So, when Aidyn is encouraged to attend support meetings, she refuses. No point in wasting her time when her mother's going to drink again, anyway.

But what Aidyn doesn't count on is the healing power of love and friendship, and the incredible strength of God to walk both mother and daughter through the dark valley of addiction and recovery.

Kindle ( ), print ( )

Author: Judy Walker
Title: The Beaded Sphere And Variations - Beading In The Third Dimension
A 240-page full-color hard cover featuring detailed instructions, diagrams and photos for a baker's dozen of her bead projects ranging from jewelry to sculptures, including her unique Triple Sphere. Also included is general information about basic beading techniques, a source directory, and a photo gallery of other bead artists' work.

Author: Wyatt Doyle
Title: Stop Requested
The strange connections people make on buses and trains in Los Angeles. Conversations and encounters on the first train in and waiting for the last bus home. It's illustrated by Stanley J. Zappa, a great artist. He's the nephew of Frank Zappa.

"A series of rueful, witty and occasionally heartwrenching stories about riding the bus in L.A. These are folks living on the margin between nothing and everything, stuck between Rodeo Drive and The Highway To Nowhere. Doyle's gift is in capturing those tiny dramatic moments that linger for a brief moment on the periphery of vision."

Author: Timothy C. Lim
Title: Politics in East Asia: Explaining Change and Continuity

It's basically for students, but anyone is interested in better understanding economic and political development in China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, and Taiwan might be interested.

"This systematic, innovative introduction to the dynamic politics and political economies of China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan teaches students how to think analytically, critically, and independently about the most significant developments in the region.

The text offers in-depth coverage of the unique experiences of each country, all within the framework of an explicit comparative perspective. Throughout, the five countries are contrasted with one another to maximize opportunities for learning. Covering the intertwined issues of politics, economics, and culture, this is a book that is ideally suited for assignment in any social science course on East Asia."

Author: Brad Haugaard
Title: The Outlander
If his father's life wasn't at stake, Tirón was the last place in the galaxy Cyrus would have gone. It was like Arizona in 1875, and he had miles to ride along a dusty red trail with a killer behind him and a beautiful young woman with a short fuse right ahead...

Monrovia's Everlet Reports Huge Revenue Increase | Photo Exhibit

~ Everlert, Inc., of Monrovia, in the mail management solutions business, reports its net revenue for 2013 increased by approximately 224% or $466K compared to 2012. And more:

~ Photo exhibit at Monrovia's Paint 'n Play.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Girls Decide on School Dress Uniform

After a lively debate, two-thirds of the female students of Monrovia High voted to adopt a dress uniform. Um... That was in 1924. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Assembly Member Sponsoring Law to Combat Prostitution

Assembly member Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, is co-sponsoring Assembly Bill 1147 to help "professionalize the massage therapy industry and reinforce local control over these businesses," some of which "are fronts for prostitution and increasingly, human trafficking." He said the measure addresses problems created by an earlier law that "failed to keep out the bad actors and restricted cities that wanted to keep illicit businesses out of their communities."

Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Trader Joe's Says No - Again - to Portland

After some Portland, Oregon, residents objected to having a Trader Joe's in town, Monrovia-based Trader Joe's said, okay, it wouldn't open there. At that point Portland tried to get the company to reconsider. But the answer again is no.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Over South Pasadena in Baseball, Softball :-)

~ In baseball, Monrovia over South Pasadena 16-2.

~ In softball, Monrovia over South Pas 12-0.

- Brad Haugaard

Peter Pan at Monrovia High

Performance of Peter Pan at Monrovia High, May 2, 3, and 4. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Tree Trimming Schedule

The latest tree trimming schedule for Monrovia. Here are the streets ( ) and here is a map ( ).

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Elementary School Artists

Photo of a mural at Monrovia elementary school of Winslow Homer's painting, Snap the Whip.

- Brad Haugaard

Double Delight Exhibit at Monrovia Gallery

Sunshine Rose" 12x16, oil by Dee Kirkham

A new exhibit called "Double Delight" at Segil Fine Arts (110 West Lime) will feature new paintings by Dee Kirkham and Linda Brown. The exhibit runs from May 3-31.
-  Brad Haugaard

Fire at Monrovia Plumber

Correspondent Robert Parry reports there was a fire at a plumbing business at Alta Vista near Chestnut. Photo by Robert Parry.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Stolen Catalytic Converters; Stolen Credit Cards; Drunk and Breaking Potted Plants

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 17-20. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of a Drug Paraphernalia / Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
On April 17 at 8:41 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington regarding a petty theft. The suspect was seen selecting merchandise and walking towards the exit doors. He placed the items down, exited the store, and returned a few minutes later. He picked up the items, selected additional items, and walked into the dressing room, where he concealed some items on his person and then exited the store without paying. He walked to another business and was detained by officers. Officers recovered store merchandise from inside the bathroom. During a search of the suspect, officers located heroin and syringes. The suspect was arrested.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On April 17 at 10:37 p.m., an officer stopped a subject on a bicycle in the area of Myrtle and Huntington for traveling on the sidewalk with no lighting device. During the investigation, the officer determined the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance. He arrested the subject.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On April 18 at 3:14 a.m., an officer noticed a subject near the front doors of a closed business in the 400 block of West Huntington. The officer approached to investigate, and during the investigation, the subject was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was arrested.

Attempt Grand Theft Auto
On April 18 at 4:10 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of Bonita heard someone trying to start his vehicle. He went outside and discovered a male subject inside his vehicle. He confronted the suspect, who reached into a bag he had his lap. The victim left to call police. When he returned, the suspect had fled. Officers responded and conducted an area search for the suspect, but he was not located. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic in his 20’s, 5'5” tall, with grey hair and a mustache. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrest
On April 18 at 5:03 a.m., during the area check for the attempt grand theft auto suspect, officers contacted a subject in the 300 block of West Huntington. During the contact with the subject, they discovered he had a no-bail warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft from a Vehicle
On April 18 in the early evening, two residents reported to police that the catalytic converters were stolen off their vehicles. The thefts occurred in the 1600 block of South Myrtle and the 700 block of West Foothill. In both incidents, the residents started their vehicles and heard a loud noise coming from underneath, which led to the discovery of the missing catalytic converters. The investigations are continuing.

Resisting Arrest / Drunk in Public / Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
On April 19 at 12:08 a.m., officers responded to a park in the 300 block of South Myrtle regarding two subjects fighting. When the officers arrived, a witness pointed out one of the subjects involved in the fight. The other had left the location. As the officers approached the suspect, he ran from them toward a residence. As he ran, he smashed through a fence and broke some potted plants. The suspect was uncooperative and was determined to be intoxicated. He was arrested and taken into custody for the above listed charges.

Recovered Stolen Vehicle
On April 19 at 4:18 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Fifth and Huntington observed a suspicious person walking away from a vehicle. He ran a computer check on the vehicle plate and it returned as a stolen plate. The VIN number on the vehicle returned as a stolen vehicle out of Arcadia. A replica pistol was found in the vehicle that was painted to resemble an actual pistol. The investigation is continuing.

Receiving Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
On April 19 at 4:20 p.m., an officer on patrol contacted a suspect in the area of Primrose and Olive who was in possession of a stolen cell phone and fraudulent gift cards. The cell phone was stolen out of Pacoima. The gift cards were magnetically coded with different numbers than the numbers on the front of the cards. Additionally, the suspect had a small piece of paper with several credit card numbers and expiration dates. The suspect was arrested for receiving stolen property and the investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
On April 20 at 8:37 p.m., a driver called dispatch to report he was following a possible drunk driver at Myrtle and Huntington. Officers located the vehicle and stopped it at Primrose and Walnut. Officers contacted the driver and he appeared intoxicated. After investigation, the driver was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol and was arrested.

Vehicle Burglary
On April 21 at 5:00 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of West Walnut walked outside his home to his vehicle and discovered it had been burglarized during the night. He had parked it the night before at about 10:00 p.m. and locked the doors. The victim's wallet was taken out of the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia “Fountain to the Falls” Race Coming Up

The Fountain to the Falls Run/Walk is a 7 mile out-and-back race, from the Library Park Fountain to the Canyon Park Waterfall, and is offered in cooperation with the Santa Anita Family YMCA.  This fourth annual race will be held on Saturday, May 10, at 7 a.m.  First through third place awards will be given for each age category.  The race is limited to 400 participants and advance registration is required.  No race day registration will be accepted.  The $35 entry fee (a registration fee is added to each entry) includes a t-shirt.  Registration will only be accepted on-line at  No late starts or unregistered participants will be permitted.  Registration will be accepted through Thursday, May 9, or until filled.  Any reprint of this information is not official race information.  For additional information, please contact the Department of Community Services at (626) 256-8246

Source: City of Monrovia Press Release
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Church at Hollywood Bowl

A report on Fellowship Monrovia's (and two other churches') Easter service at the Hollywood Bowl.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Wine Club | Legal Graffiti

~ A feature story on Monrovia's Wine of the Month Club.

~ Last year the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts sponsored Monrovia high school students in their desire to paint graffiti ... legally, on canvases. Video here:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Battle of the Bands

Monrovia High School's tenth annual Battle of the Bands is  Friday, April 25, at the Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center at Monrovia High School. The program, featuring MHS musicians, starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are $5. Jazz, pop, rock, indie music. Many musicians who continue to perform throughout California and beyond first performed at the Battle of the Bands. Some are returning to where their musical roots were first grounded. All proceeds go to for MHS PTSA senior scholarships.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools: Common Core; Writing with Legos; Salary Increase; Inhumanity; Honorees; Dollars for Books

At its April 23, 7 p.m. meeting (agenda: ) the Monrovia School Board will ...

~ Consider adopting a plan for how to spend $1,192,914 in Common Core funds from the state. The district has to have a plan to receive the money.

~ Get a report on summer school classes. I'm particularly interested in "Creative Writing with Legos."

~ Consider granting a 1.8% salary increase to school employees, retroactive to July 1, 2013.

~ Consider adopting a resolution "in remembrance of man's inhumanity to man" and affirm the district's "commitment to the teaching of tolerance, understanding, and the appreciation of the diversity in our schools and community" . Comment: Well, good, but be careful, School Board, the sexism police will be after you for using "man's inhumanity" instead of "people's inhumanity."

~ Honor for outstanding service: Beth Gromer, Instructional Aide, Mayflower Elementary School; Jennifer Pratt, Teacher, Mayflower Elementary School; Margarita Hernandez, Playground Aide, Santa Fe Middle School; Eric Johnson, Teacher, Santa Fe Middle School.

~ Receive $1,200 from the Monrovia Schools Foundation to buy library books.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at the New Del Taco

Lunch at the new Del Taco, right across from Target, on Huntington. A beautiful new building with indoor and outdoor seating. I got the number six combo, two tacos, a drink and fries for $5.45. Sometimes I like these crunchy gringo-style tacos, and these were good.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Thief Swaps Bikes; Slap on the Buttocks; Domestic Violence; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 14-16. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 428 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 428 service events, resulting in 88 investigations.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On April 14 at 6:15 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of Royal Oaks regarding the boyfriend of the reporting party being intoxicated and refusing to leave. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. A computer check was run on the subject and it was discovered that he had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested for the warrant. The subject complained of difficulty breathing. Monrovia paramedics responded and he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Theft of a Bicycle
On April 14, the theft of a bicycle was reported in the 300 block of West Colorado. The victim reported that someone took his black, BMX bicycle with aqua colored hubs from the rear yard. The suspect left behind a mountain bike. The investigation is continuing.

Theft from a Vehicle
On April 15 at 7:48 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 800 block of West Walnut. The victim parked her vehicle in her assigned parking spot the day before. She returned to her vehicle in the morning and discovered her cell phone, money, registration, and a pair of sunglasses were missing. She had left the vehicle unlocked. The investigation is continuing.

Sexual Battery
On April 15 at 8:47 a.m., a female subject was walking to her vehicle, which was parked in the 1200 block of South Mayflower. As she neared her vehicle, she heard someone behind her and felt someone slap her buttocks. The suspect kept going southbound on the sidewalk, riding his skateboard. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 18 years old, light complexion, 5'7" tall, thin build, wearing a zipped up, light-colored, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The victim came to the police lobby to report the incident. An area check was made by officers, but the suspect was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Attempt Grand Theft Auto
On April 15 at 10:29 a.m., a Monrovia High School security employee saw a male subject standing near a vehicle in the school parking lot. The employee knew the vehicle belonged to a student and thought the subject might be a parent. As he walked toward the vehicle, the subject ducked down behind the car and then ran west, jumping over a fence onto Madison. Police were called as the student/owner of the vehicle was located. Apparently, the suspect had made entry and was trying to hotwire the vehicle. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, late 40's, heavyset, wearing a burgundy shirt and denim shorts. The investigation is continuing.

Delaying an Officer – Suspect Arrested
On April 15 at 2:53 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 300 block of West Huntington saw a juvenile subject who matched the suspect description from a sexual battery that occurred earlier in the day. He contacted the subject and found him to be in possession of tobacco products. The subject provided unverifiable information to the officer. The juvenile was arrested and brought to the station. A detective was notified and spoke with the juvenile. The juvenile was later released to his parents with a citation for the tobacco offense and delaying an officer. The investigation is continuing.

Spousal Battery / Violation of Restraining Order / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
On April 16 at 2:56 a.m., an officer responded to the 1300 block of South Primrose on the report of domestic violence. The female victim said her boyfriend punched and slapped her several times in the face and head. She did not have any visible injuries and declined medical treatment. Investigation revealed the male subject was previously served with a domestic violence restraining order, and he also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor / Furnishing a Minor with Alcohol and Marijuana / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On April 16 at 6:39 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 300 block of West Huntington regarding a juvenile problem. When the officer arrived, he observed a male and female consuming alcohol to the rear of the location. Upon contact, he learned the male subject was 20 years old and the female was 17 years old. The male adult was found to be in possession of marijuana. The investigation revealed the male adult had furnished the female juvenile with alcohol and marijuana. He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and for the warrant. The female juvenile was taken to her residence, where she was released to the custody of her father.

Monrovia High Baseball Tied for First

Monrovia 9-6 over San Marino in baseball. Now in a tie for first place with San Marino and Temple City in the Rio Hondo League.
- Brad Haugaard

Friends of Monrovia Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Monrovia Public Library Spring Sale will be held on May 16-17.  Books, CDs, DVDs, Books on Tape and Library Merchandise. Sale Hours: Friday: noon to 5 p.m.;   Saturday: noon to 3:45 p.m. Saturday Only:  The “$3.00- a- Bag Sale” from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center: SOS for Helpers

Monrovia's Foothill Unity Center needs volunteers to help unload mail trucks full of food during the 2014 Letter Carrier Food Drive, May 10.  Call 358-3486 for more information. 

- Brad Haugaard

Poppies in Early Monrovia

History: Planting poppies along Monrovia roads:

- Brad Haugaard

More Monrovia Good Friday Services

~ Community Good Friday Service sponsored by the Monrovia Ministerial Association. Noon at IFGF Church, 145 W. Palm. Palm and Primrose, across from Library Park

~ First Presbyterian Church Monrovia Good Friday Concert and Reflection, 7:30 p.m. Requiem by Gabriel Faure, featuring: The FPCM Choir, The Community Concert Choir, Glendale College Singers, Original Instrument Chamber Orchestra.


- Brad Haugaard

Magnolia Closing for Four Months at Railroad Crossing

Detour map

Magnolia Avenue at the railroad crossing, just north of Duarte Road, will be closed for approximately 4 months as part of the Metro rail project. The closing will begin on April 21 through August 2014 (24-hours per day, 7 days a week). Sidewalks will also be closed but a free shuttle service will be provided to assist pedestrians around the closure between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Source: Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority press release

- Brad Haugaard

Myrtle-Duarte Intersection in Monrovia to Open Five Weeks Early

The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority reports that the grade crossing work on Myrtle Avenue is nearly complete, and the street will reopen by 7 a.m. this Thursday, April 17, five weeks ahead of schedule. To complete the final work (re-striping and realigning the traffic lanes), the intersection of Myrtle and Duarte will be fully closed starting tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9 p.m., through 7 a.m. Thursday morning, when both streets will be fully open.

Source: Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority press release

- Brad Haugaard

50-Cent Sale Today at Monrovia's Giving Hands Thrift Store

Giving Hands Thrift Store in Monrovia is having a sale today. All books, VHS, and DVDs are 50 cents each today. The store, which supports local charities, is at 925 W. Foothill.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Stayhealthy Instals Health Kiosks in Markets, Pharmacies

Stayhealthy, Inc., of Monrovia, has deployed 765 of its Stayhealthy HealthCENTER kiosks throughout Albertson’s supermarkets and pharmacies. The FDA-cleared, self-monitoring kiosks provide convenient, clinical-grade health screenings free of charge to check blood pressure, heart rate, total body composition (percent lean mass, percent body fat, and hydration index), total body weight/BMI, and vision (color blindness), and support the uploading of readings taken from personal blood glucose meters, enabling meaningful trending of blood glucose levels over time.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Color Guard Takes the Silver

The Monrovia High Color Guard took second place and the Silver Medal at the WGASC regional division championships. This was also a school record score of 91.98. Video of the performance:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Stealing SUV Seats; Waiting for a Theft; Drugs; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 10-13. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Disturbing Subjects / Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
On April 10 at 4:39 p.m., an officer responded to a park in the 300 block of South Myrtle regarding disturbing subjects. The officer observed two subjects in a verbal argument. One of the subjects removed his shirt and took a fighting stance with the second subject. The officer confronted the subjects and after investigation, arrested one of them for being drunk in public.

Vehicle Burglaries
On April 10 in the late evening, three vehicle burglaries were reported to police. The burglaries occurred in business parking lots located in the 700 to 900 blocks of West Huntington. In two of the burglaries, the third row seats had been taken from two SUV’s. In the third incident, a vehicle window was shattered and an iPad that was visible through the window was taken. The investigations are continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On April 11 at 2:36 a.m., an officer observed two subjects in a business parking lot near Chestnut and Magnolia. One of the subjects appeared to be hiding something near a bucket. The officer stopped and spoke with the subjects. When the officer searched the area he had just seen the subject near, he located a used glass smoking pipe. The suspect was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Grand Theft Auto – Suspect Arrested
On April 11 at 8:15 a.m., an officer on patrol located an unoccupied stolen vehicle in the 600 block of West Huntington. Officers watched the vehicle until a male subject approached and entered the vehicle. The suspect was stopped and arrested. The stolen vehicle was recovered and returned to the registered owner.

Theft From an Unlocked Vehicle
On April 11 at 11:23 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 400 block of Wildrose Avenue. The victim went to his vehicle in the evening and saw the passenger door was not secure. He discovered several items missing from the interior of his vehicle. The vehicle had been left unlocked. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft – Suspects Arrested
On April 13 at 2:31 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 500 block of West Huntington when he observed three suspicious subjects in a business parking lot. Two of the suspects had entered the business, a male and a female, and the third male suspect appeared to be acting as a lookout in front of the store. Officers watched the store and waited to see if they were going to commit a theft. Several minutes later, the suspects exited the store carrying a large shopping bag full of store merchandise. When they saw officers approaching, the female abruptly removed a bottle of cologne from the bag and tried to conceal it. After investigation, the male suspect was arrested and charged with petty theft and stolen credit card information. The female was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property.

Driving Under the Influence / Hit and Run Traffic Accident – Suspect Arrested
On April 13 at 9:58 p.m., a caller phoned police to report a vehicle had just struck a parked car at Olive and Alta Vista and then drove away. When police arrived, they conducted an area search and located the vehicle that had fled the scene. The driver of the vehicle was determined to be under the influence of alcohol, was unlicensed, and uninsured. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Meeting on Planned Closure of Mountain and Magnolia in Monrovia for Railroad Work

There will be a meeting held by the Gold Line construction folks this Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Santa Fe Middle School (148 W. Duarte Rd.) to discuss the planned full closure of Mountain Avenue (at Duarte Rd.) and Magnolia Avenue (at the railroad crossing). The closures are required to allow crews to complete grade crossing improvements.

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus Team Will Compete in Auto-Mileage Contest

An automotive team from Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, will be one of 125 student teams from across the Western Hemisphere competing at the eighth annual Shell Eco-marathon Competition to determine which student-built vehicle can travel the farthest distance using the least amount of energy.

The Citrus Automotive and Physics Eco-marathon (CAPE) Owls - an interdisciplinary research group composed of seven physics and automotive technology students - was selected to compete in the global event taking place April 24-27 at the Discovery Green Park in Houston. This is the Owls' first time in the event.

- Brad Haugaard

Classic Cars at Unity Center Awards Dinner

Foothill Unity Center Fabulous ‘50s Golden Plate Awards dinner will feature classic '50s cars, many from the group, Street Rods Forever. Among the classics will be a purple 1958 Chevy Impala, a black 1956 Chevy Bel Air from Street Rods co-founder Joe Eddy, a red 1957 Chevy convertible and a white 1955 Chevy Corvette babied by owner Robert Green, plus a cream 1956 Ford T-Bird on loan from Brad and Vicky Balmot of Arcadia. As many as 400 guests are expected for the April 26 fundraising event at Pasadena’s Trinity Ballroom. Tickets are $150 each and may be ordered online. For more information, visit

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia On the Home Front During World War Two

"On The Home Front" is an upcoming exhibit about Monrovia during World War Two at the Monrovia Historical Museum (742 E. Lemon). The grand opening on April 22, 1-4 p.m. will feature WWII WASP pilot Beverley Beesemyer, The Patriot Guard Motorcycle Group, the Monrovia VFW and American Legion.

- Brad Haugaard

Automation at the Monrovia Chili's

My wife and I had dinner at the Monrovia Chili's tonight, and this device was on the table. It lets you re-order (not your initial order) drinks, order dessert, play games (for $.99), read USA Today, and pay your bill. You cannot order appetizers or main dishes (you can preview some dishes), though it is easy to see that day coming. I suspect this will result in fewer servers in the long run.

- Brad Haugaard

Fellowship Monrovia Books Hollywood Bowl for Easter | Clifton Yard Sale | Free Pass to the Y

~ Fellowship Monrovia is booking the Hollywood Bowl for its Easter service, along with Christian Assembly Church of Eagle Rock and Bel Air Presbyterian Church.

~ Remember, Clifton Middle School yard sale tomorrow, Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

~ Get a free 7-day pass to the Santa Anita Family YMCA.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at the Monrovian

Lunch at the Monrovian, at the corner of Myrtle and Colorado. I heard a rumor the hamburgers are good. Got a half-pound classic cheeseburger for $8.69, and a lemonade for $2.39. Big, fat beef patty even after cooking. Very good.

- Brad Haugaard

Rails to Monrovia | Despicable Bee | Hypertension | Newcomers

~ 800-foot segments of rail being transported to Monrovia for installation.

~ Despicable Bee spelling bee, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Monrovia Community Center. Students from Plymouth, Mayflower, Bradoaks, Monroe, Clifton and Santa Fe schools will compete.

~ Pulmonary Hypertension Association has launched the Race of Our Lives campaign to rally the PH community members behind Team PHenomenal Hop, creating opportunities for patients, families and medical professionals to raise funds and awareness in their own communities. Saturday, April 12, at Monrovia's Recreation Park band shell at noon. Details:

~ Newcomers and Friends of San Gabriel Valley Club announces is adding gardening to its activities. Tips and advice on gardening, vegetables, annuals, perennials, seeds as well as trips to botanical gardens and more. New residents in the San Gabriel Valley area are welcome to attend the club's monthly "Meet and Greet" Coffee, May 7 at 10 a.m. in San Gabriel. Write for details:

- Brad Haugaard

Merk Pays Monrovia's Xencor | School Bill Progresses

~ Xencor, Inc., of Monrovia, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, has received a payment from Merck, through a subsidiary, for beginning a Phase 1 clinical trial for a biologic drug candidate that uses Xencor's XmAb antibody engineering.

~ Assembly Bill AB 1970, by Monrovia's assembly member, Chris Holden, to establish a grant program encouraging school districts to provide more Advanced Placement classes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, has been approved in the Assembly Education Committee. Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Palm Pancakes at First Pres. | La Canada Over Monrovia in Softball :-(

~ Monrovia First Presbyterian Church will have a Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast this Sunday from 9-10 a.m.

~ La Canada over Monrovia in softball.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: Labor Negotiations; City Manager; Honor Gloria Crudgington

At its April 15 meeting (agenda: ), the Monrovia City Council will ...

- Discuss labor negotiations and a new city manager at a 6:30 p.m. closed session meeting.

- Honor Gloria Crudgington, Community Services Chair and Recipient of the California Park and Recreation Society, District 13 Community Service Award at its regular 7:30 p.m. meeting.

- Brad Haugaard

Trail Into Monrovia's Hillside Recreation Area May Open in July

If all goes well, the Cloverleaf entry point to the city's Hillside Preserve in the foothills above Monrovia could be open this July.

Monrovia City Council Member Becky Shevlin writes that Recreation Supervisor Kerri Zessau updated the Community Services Commission during last night's meeting on Cloverleaf access and said she and new Community Services Director, Tina Cherry, "will be meeting with the City Attorney next week to discuss progress with the access issue; that they have finally now been able to meet with [a Cloverleaf property owner] but that she believes the City is still on track to, if necessary, bring this issue back to City Council in June and if all goes well, to have it open in July."

Map showing Hillside Preserve access points:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Congresswoman Denounces Syria Attacks

Congress member Judy Chu (D), who represents the top sliver of Monrovia (kinda north of Hillcrest), denounced attacks on the Armenian Community in Syria. She said "we cannot allow such atrocities to stand."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: 'Zero Tolerance' for Driving-While-Phoning

As part of April's Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Monrovia Police Department will be joining with over 200 local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month long "zero tolerance" enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving. Officers will be on alert throughout the month for those who break the cell phone laws and place themselves and others in danger. Special high-visibility enforcement operations to cite cell phone violators will take place throughout the month of April.

The increased enforcement and education aims to persuade drivers to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and reduce the number of people impacted by this perilous behavior. The "It's Not Worth It!" theme emphasizes that a phone call or text isn't worth a hefty fine or a collision. The current minimum ticket cost is $161, with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.

"We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously," said Monrovia Police Sergeant Daniel Verna, "because we see the aftermath of these totally preventable crashes. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $161, or worse, someone's life?"

Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver's reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver. According to research, sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. Even a three second glance at freeway speeds means a driver has traveled the distance of a football field.

Research shows that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in "inattention blindness" which occurs when the brain isn't seeing what is clearly visible because the driver's focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road. When over one third of your brain's function that should be on your driving moves over to cell phone talking, you can become a cell phone "zombie."

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Veterans Benefits Seminar Thursday Night at Monrovia VFW

A Veterans Benefits Seminar is set for tomorrow night, April 10, from 5:30 p.m.-close at VFW Post 2070, 825 S. Magnolia in Monrovia. All veterans (regardless of combat experience) and their families may attend. Source: VFW press release

- Brad Haugaard

Former Monrovia Representative Making Strong Showing in Field Poll

In his race to become governor, Tim Donnelly, who represented Monrovia in the State Assembly before redistricting, is leading other Republican candidates - by far. A Field Poll indicates Donnelly is favored by Republicans by 34% as opposed to the other main Republican candidate, Neel Kashkari, with 3%. However, more broadly, incumbent Jerry Brown has a strong lead overall.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Assemblymember Urges Defense Department to Recognize Sailors Who Died

State Assemblymember Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, has asked fellow lawmakers to support a resolution urging the Department of Defense to include on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. the names of 74 sailors killed when the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans sank during Vietnam War exercises in the South China Sea. Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Save Energy, Water | Easter Carnival in Library Park | Art Alas Campaign Gathering

~ With the weather getting warmer, the City of Monrovia has a list of energy and water saving resources that might interest you:

~ Life Church of Pasadena and Monrovia is having an Easter Carnival at Library Park on Easter Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Lunch, face painting, balloon drop, bunny petting zoo, cotton candy, sack races, ring toss.

~ On Saturday, April 5, more than a hundred people gathered at Republican Headquarters in Covina to meet Art Alas, candidate for Congress in the 32nd district, which includes Monrovia. His emphasis: That people would "be safe from undue government meddling in their lives and to be free to pursue their own interests in enterprising ways that in turn serve the community." His website: Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Any Monrovia Authors Out There?

When I posted here about my book, The Outlander, that I recently published on Amazon, I heard from another Monrovia writer who also has books on Amazon and I began to wonder if there are even more Monrovia authors out there.

With that in mind, I'd like to publish a list of the most recent books by current Monrovia residents.

So, if you have a book available on Amazon (only your most recent one), send me its title, blurb, and link to the Amazon page by Wednesday, April 23, AND convince me you live in Monrovia (No offense to Duarteans, Arcadians and others, but it could get out of hand if I open it to everyone).

Then, if I get at least a few entries, I'll post a list with links.

- Brad Haugaard (

Grand Park Clean-Up; Nice for the Forest Service; Kings and Queens

~ Monrovia Police Explorers join with Kiwanis to clean up Grand Park (City of Monrovia photo):

~ What's the good side of the California drought? Well, the US Forest Service Tweets: "Silver lining? We're finding lack of fall & winter rains = less brush & other veg to clear for fire prevention in some areas #cadrought" Comment: Well, always glad to reduce someone's workload.

~ A nice photo gallery of Monrovia High's winning robotics team, "The Kings and Queens":

- Brad Haugaard

Easter Season at St. Luke

Easter season schedule for St. Luke, at California Avenue and Foothill. Services conducted by Rev. Neil Tadken with music by choir accompanied by director and organist Kent B. Jones. A soloist will perform on Good Friday and the Second Sunday of Easter. A study of the book, "The Last Week" to be held at 6 p.m. on April 14-19.

- Palm Sunday, April 13: Eucharist, 8 and 10 a.m.
- Monday and Tuesday, April 14-15: Eucharist, 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 16: Eucharist, Laying on of Hands, 12:10 p.m.; Tenebrae, 7:30 p.m.
- Maundy Thursday, April 17: Eucharist, Foot Wash, 7:30 p.m.
- Good Friday April 18: Liturgy, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
- Holy Saturday, April 19: Easter Vigil, 7:30 p.m.
- Easter Sunday, April 20: Eucharist, 10 a.m., followed by Easter brunch.
- Wed. April 23: Eucharist, Laying on of Hands, 12:10 p.m.
- Second Sunday of Easter, April 27: Eucharist, 8 and 10 a.m.
- Wednesday, April 30: Eucharist, Laying on of Hands, 12:10 p.m.

Monrovia Resident Says City Overcharging for Building Permits

Monrovian Chris Ziegler is charging that the City of Monrovia is out of compliance with state law by overcharging for building permits.

Ziegler, who said he will be running for mayor in the next election, said that California's Fee Mitigation Act limits the amount that can be charged for city fees to the cost of providing the service, and that the fees are not supposed to generate revenue for the city, only offset costs. However, he said, when he installed a solar system at his house in 2012 he was charged $768, a $688 building permit and $80 for the plan check, which he said is far more than the service cost.

He said he calculated the total inspection time was seven minutes and thirty seconds. He estimated that by driving from the City Hall parking lot to his house and adding the amount of time at the site that the inspector spent at his house, then took the hourly wage of the city worker, which he said was $45, and doubled it to take into account benefits, then added a dollar per mile for mileage costs.

"When you get above $200 it is a stretch to justify it," he said.

He said the city has told him that his bill included other costs associated with the project, but he said any additional costs are supposed to be explicitly enacted by ordinance, so that, for instance, if an inspector has a long drive time to inspect a site, that should be explicitly covered by a city ordinance.

He added that the city told him in March 2013 that it would look into the matter, but he has not had any updates.

I wrote to Interim City Manager Fran Delach and asked him for a response, which he provided, here:

Two bills signed in 2012 place limits on the fees that cities can charge for a solar permit. AB 1801 specifies that a local government cannot base the fee for a solar permit on the value of the solar system or the value of the property on which the system will be installed. It also requires the local government to separately identify every fee charged on the invoice provided to the applicant.

SB 1222 restricts a city, county, city and county, or charter city from charging more for a solar permit than the estimated reasonable cost of providing the service for which the fee is charged. The law further provides specific limits on the dollar amount local governments may charge for a permit:

- Residential solar energy systems: $500, plus $15 for every kilowatt (kW) over 15 kW

- Commercial solar energy systems: $1,000 for systems up to 50 kW, plus $7 for every kW between 51 kW and 250 kW, plus $5 for every kW over 250 kW

The restrictions of SB 1222 only apply to roof-mounted PV systems, not ground-mounted systems or solar thermal systems. The law also gives local governments the ability to exceed these cost limits by resolution or ordinance if they provide substantial evidence of the reasonable cost to issue the permit, and meet other criteria.  In response, the City has taken several actions.  We continue to use the valuation method but cap it at 500.00.  There are however add-on fees some of them state mandated such as building standards as well as City fees for Historic Preservation, archiving etc.  As part of this year’s budget process we have prepared an analysis of our costs associated with the issuance and inspection of a solar system and will be presenting during the budget process (the new fee will be around $325 dollars)  we will be seeking direction on how to address the add-on fees, which really is a Council Policy should they decide to subsidize this type of permit.

The Monrovia City Council has had a consistent policy of attempting to recover direct costs with permits and fees so the taxpayer would not be subsidizing private building or development efforts; yet also keeping in-line with the “Business Friendly” culture they demand.

UPDATE: Chris Ziegler wants me to clarify that the building inspector made two visits to his home.

- Brad Haugaard

Revenge in Monrovia Canyon Park

Cleaning up this morning after filming the last episode of the season for the television show, Revenge, near the stream in Monrovia Canyon Park. At least, that's what an employee told me.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Assemblymember's Bill Would Increase Vandalism Fines in San Gabriel Mountains

A bill by Monrovia's Assemblymember, Chris Holden, to increase penalties for vandalism and illegal dumping in the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (which includes parts of the San Gabriel Mountains) was approved late Monday in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. AB 1767 would increase the maximum fine for dumping, defacing or destroying property on Conservancy properties to $1,500 and would increase the fine for infractions to not more than $750. Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High's Winning Robotics Team on KTLA

Video: KTLA has a segment on Monrovia High's winning robotics team, "Kings and Queens":

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Bear Video

Another Monrovia bear video. Mom and three cubs:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Meat Burglary; Dog vs. Dog; Fighting; Alcohol

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 3-6. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
On April 3 at 6:32 p.m., an adult male entered a business in the 100 block of West Foothill with an empty bag and selected over 150 dollars in meat products and concealed them. He left the location without paying and was detained by security. An officer responded and the suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
On April 4 at 4:54 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 700 block of West Huntington and noticed a Chevrolet Tahoe with damage to the rear door window in a hotel parking lot. He approached the vehicle and saw the rear seat was missing. The officer was able to locate the owner, who indicated the seat was there before he entered the hotel for the night. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
On April 4 at 4:02 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 500 block of East Colorado. The victim left his back door open for his dogs. Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence and took his television, which was located just inside the back door. The investigation is continuing.

Juveniles Fighting – Subjects Cited
On April 4 at 7:49 p.m., officers responded to the area of Myrtle and Palm regarding a fight in progress. A group of female juveniles were arguing and the argument escalated into a physical confrontation. Officers arrived and two female juveniles were cited for fighting.

Animal Problem
On April 4 at 11:21 p.m., a male subject was walking his leashed pit bull in the 200 block of West Walnut when a smaller dog rushed up and the two dogs began to bite each other. The owners tried to break up the dogs; one of the owners sustained a dog bite and the smaller dog sustained large lacerations. Pasadena Humane Society was called out to handle the incident and the bite victim was treated by the Monrovia Fire Department.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
On April 5 at 8:00 p.m., a citizen called to report a male subject drunk in front of a business in the 300 block of West Huntington Drive. The intoxicated subject had pushed another subject when he was approached. An officer arrived and determined the subject was drunk in public and placed him under arrest. The subject was argumentative and required sobering before he could be booked for the charges several hours later.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
On April 5 at 9:01 p.m., officers on patrol observed a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road and then it ran a red light in the area of Myrtle & Palm. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Easter for Kids in Monrovia

Monrovia's Fountain to the Falls Run/Walk May 10; Sign Up Now

Monrovia's fourth annual Fountain to the Falls Run/Walk will be held Saturday, May 10, at 7 a.m. It is a 7 mile out-and-back race, from the Library Park Fountain to the Canyon Park Waterfall, and is offered in cooperation with the Santa Anita Family YMCA. First through third place awards will be given for each age category. The race is limited to 400 participants and advance registration is required. No race day registration will be accepted. The $35 entry fee (a registration fee is added to each entry) includes a t-shirt. Registration will only be accepted on-line at No late starts or unregistered participants will be permitted. Registration will be accepted through Thursday, May 9, or until filled. Any reprint of this information is not official race information. For additional information, please contact the Department of Community Services at (626) 256-8246.
Source: Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Peach Cafe Changing Hands; Homeless Committee; E-Waste; Etc.

~ The Peach Cafe, on Colorado near Ivy, is changing hands, according to a report given at the Monrovia Coordinating Council.

~ Police Chief Hunt is leading a committee on homelessness. Also from a report at the Coordinating Council.

~ E-waste collection at the corner of Myrtle and Pomona. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

~ Race for our Lives, a one-mile walk at Library Park, near the band shell, to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension April 12, noon to 3 p.m.

~ National Day of Prayer May 1, 7-8:30 p.m. At Tzu Chi Education Foundation. Donation will go to Foothill Unity Center.

~ Monrovia Adult School open house, with a focus on business in the health field. April 24, 8-10 a.m. It's at 920 S. Mountian.

- Brad Haugaard

McDonald's First Restaurant was in Monrovia | Albertson's Airport Mural

~ The precursor to the McDonald's restaurants was actually in Monrovia, according to writer Sylvia Dohnal. In 1937, at the Monrovia Airport, just south of Huntington, between Shamrock and Mountain, Patrick McDonald opened "The Aerodrome" (burgers and orange juice for a nickel). He later moved to San Bernardino, opened a "McDonald's," then Ray Kroc came along and, well, you know the rest.

~ What will happen to the tile mosaic commemorating the old Monrovia Airport if whatever new company takes over the old Albertson's wants to remodel the front of the building? An Albertson's official tells Mark Still, curator of the Monrovia Historical Museum, that the museum can have the mural if that happens.

Source: Monrovia Historic Preservation Group newsletter

- Brad Haugaard

Clifton Yard Sale for Marching Band and Spirit Marchers

The First Annual Yard Sale to benefit Clifton's Middle School Marching Band and Spirit Marchers will be held Saturday, April 12 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on the front lawn of Clifton Middle School across the street from the Monrovia Post Office.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia 2014 Mothers Day Home Tour

Here are details about the Monrovia 2014 Mothers Day Home Tour, which includes five homes, the Aztec Hotel and the Monrovia Historical Museum. Sponsored by the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Sidewalk Astronomy Tonight

Look at the moon and Mars with Monrovia's Sidewalk Astronomers tonight, April 5, from 7-9 p.m. at the southeast corner of Library Park, near the Mark Twain statue.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Company's Drones Could Have Helped Find Missing Airliner

Drones, like those made by Monrovia's AeroVironment, could have been very helpful in finding Malaysia Air Flight 370.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Salsas Taqueria

Lunch at Salsas Taqueria, at Olive and Myrtle, at the former location of S'Links Gourmet Hot Dogs, which is moving somewhere. I got a special, two tacos (I chose chicken and carnitas) and a drink for $5. Good price and good taste. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Friday Fish at Monrovia Knights of Columbus

Monrovia Knights of Columbus Lenten is having fish dinners every Friday during Lent, to April 18. Dinner served 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Adult dinner $9; child dinner $6, grilled cheese $4. 130 W. Pomona Ave.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Lieutenant Graduates from LA Leadership Program

On April 3, 2014, Monrovia Police Department’s Lieutenant Zeke Cerecerez graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program. (City of Monrovia photo)
- Brad Haugaard

Fellowship Monrovia Plans Offices at Huntington and California

Proposed office and meeting building for Fellowship Monrovia church.

Fellowship Monrovia, a church which began just over two years ago in the Monrovia Community Center, then moved to the Monrovia High auditorium, is now planning to occupy a 13,000 square foot light industrial building at the northeast corner of Huntington Drive and California for "office space, evening gatherings and a Sunday satellite meeting room," according to a city staff report for the Monrovia Planning Commission. The church will continue to use the High School auditorium for its main Sunday meetings.

Comment: I don't know if this is exactly the meaning, but the phrase "satellite meeting room" suggests a video-connected overflow area, and for a two-year-old church that uses the big MHS auditorium to need an overflow area is pretty amazing.

- Brad Haugaard