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'Significant Rain' for Monrovia Area? Possible 2-3 Inches

A Pacific storm system may bring "significant rain" Tuesday and Wednesday, with maybe some sprinkles as early as tonight and Sunday. Two to 3 inches possible in the foothills and mountains.

- Brad Haugaard

Opinion: Why Cloverleaf Is Vital for the Monrovia Hillside Wilderness Preserve

In a previous post ( ) I gave my thoughts on the gate that accesses the Monrovia Hillside Wilderness Preserve from Ridgeside Drive, and a reader asked for an update on the Cloverleaf entrance to the area. I want to answer that question and two more questions that haven't been asked, so ...

1. What is happening with the Cloverleaf entry point?
2. What am I missing back in those hills?
3. Why is the Cloverleaf entry point so important?

What is happening with the Cloverleaf entry point?

The Cloverleaf entry point is not open because it needs a right-of-way from private property owners. On October 27 of this year ( ) I was told that the city had completed its appraisal and was ready to meet with the property owners.

A few days ago (Nov. 25) I got an update from Director of Community Services Tina Cherry, who wrote:
"We have contact[ed] one of the property owners to discuss our next step; however, they will not be available to discuss until the first of the year. We will continue to do our best to reach out to the second owner and move this forward."
I believe Cherry is trying to get this done, but I am disappointed that this discussion will not begin until the first of next year.

What am I missing back in those hills?

Well, the other day I took these pictures on the road going down toward the Cloverleaf exit. A very pretty area and I am anxious to for others to enjoy it as well.

The problem is that at the bottom of the road you encounter this patriotic but very locked gate, and are faced with the dilemma of violating someone's property rights or going all the way back the way you came.

Why is the Cloverleaf entry point so important?

The Hillside Wilderness Preserve cannot really be enjoyed by most people unless Cloverleaf is opened. Consider this map (and please forgive my poor graphics skills).

Suppose you began a hike or bike ride at the corner of Myrtle and Hillcrest, at the big blue dot. Following the blue line I've marked out, you walk up Hillcrest, onto Canyon, then Ridgecrest, then take what looks like a driveway to get to the Wilderness Preserve gate (the red bar), which you climb over and continue up, up, up to a point just before it says "New Trail." Congrats! You've made it to the top, and from your starting point you have climbed about 710 vertical feet (if my map reading is correct), plus a few miles horizontally.

Now you head down, taking the zig-zag New Trail to avoid crossing private property. Down, down, down, down. About 600 vertical feet down to the Cloverleaf gate. Plus some more mileage.

Whew! You are almost back at your starting point. You've had a great hike today and are glad you are almost done.

But no!

The Cloverleaf gate (the other red bar) is closed, locked, and you will either violate private property if you climb it or squeeze through, or you will have to keep following the blue line and climb all the way back up and circle back the way you came.

It would be so much easier if you could just continue on the purple line to get back to your starting point.

Hopefully sometime very soon.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at the Taqueria el Diablo

Lunch at the new Taqueria el Diablo at the corner of Myrtle and Olive. Got two chorizo tacos at $1.50 each and a medium horchata for $2.75. I wasn't brave enough to try the beef cheek, beef tongue, snouts, or intestines, but the chorizo tacos were excellent. 
- Brad Haugaard

Opinion: Monrovia, Please Reopen the Gate to the Hillside Preserve!

The public access gate off of Ridgeside Drive to Monrovia's Hillside Wilderness Preserve (map: ), which has been open most of this year, has now been locked tight, but is still officially open - Hikers can climb over the gate and bicyclists can lift their bikes over the gate or lay them down and shove them under the gate.

I asked Director of Community Services Tina Cherry why the Ridgeside gate has been locked. She responded:
"A few of the residents near Ridgeside voiced their concerns about seeing motor bikes in the Hillside. As you know unauthorized motor vehicles of any kind are not allowed and our Park Rangers patrol the Hillside twice a day, every day. The area is still open and accessible. Until the new gate can be installed, we wanted to give the area residents peace of mind that no unauthorized vehicles will be accessing the area.

"As for the new gate," she added, "we want the location to be reviewed and approved by adjacent property owners. We hope to reach an agreement in the coming weeks and install the gate, shortly thereafter."
And in response to a later question she added this:
"The thought was that pedal-power bikes can be lifted over the gate or slid under the gate; whereas someone may have more difficulty with a motorized bike. The future gate will have a separate pedestrian access, where if someone wanted to walk a bike through they could. Keeping out all unauthorized vehicles is a challenge and we are trying our best to find a balance between allowing approved access and restricting unapproved access."
It seemed that if the city wanted to exclude motorized bikes, there should be a sign at the gate prohibiting them. I looked and didn't see one, so I asked if it wouldn't be a good idea to just post a notice that motorized vehicles are not allowed.

Cherry said there is a sign. She wrote:
"Our hope would be that the signs are enough to eliminate any unlawful activity; however, that has not been the case. The attached picture shows a sign at Ridgeside where we have referenced no unauthorized vehicles, including the Municipal Code. I can see how additional clarification regarding motorized vehicles could be helpful. We will take time to review this a bit more."
Here is the picture:

I have blown up the part of the picture that shows the prohibition against unauthorized vehicles.

Yes, I completely agree that this sign could use additional clarification. I imagine one reason the sign hasn't eliminated unlawful activity is because it is unclear. I find it difficult to imagine why someone riding a little electric- or gas-assist bike would suppose this rule - illustrated by what is clearly an automobile - referred to him or her.

I'm glad that, as Cherry says, this decision will be reviewed, because I think the gate should be reopened even while the city is planning a new gate. To lock a gate to an area the public should have easy access to because someone - who may have had no clue he or she was violating the law - rode a motor-assisted bicycle up the trail seems very unfair. I think that once the prohibition is clearly posted, then the solution should be to give warnings or tickets to those who violate the law, which should not be hard since, as she mentioned, the Park Rangers "patrol the Hillside twice a day, every day."

To most people a locked gate means "keep out" or "closed," and that is the wrong message to send to people who are approaching an area that is in fact open, and which they are entitled to enter, and which they have been waiting something like 15 years for reasonable access to, and which they have been paying for through their taxes for year after year.

I don't want to be overly critical because I know the city has made some effort to open this area, but I think closing this gate was the wrong move.

- - -

Some history: Monrovians approved a bond measure something like 15 years ago to purchase this area as an open-to-the-public preserve, but both ends of this trail have been locked shut until January of this year, at which time a new gate was installed at the Ridgeside entrance and the old gate behind it was left open ( ). Then, recently, the new gate was removed but the old gate remained open enough so hikers and bicyclists, but not cars, could still walk or ride through ( ). Now both ends of the trail are again locked shut. The gate at the other end of the trail, at the end of Cloverleaf Drive, has never been opened.

- Brad Haugaard

Rain Coming? | AeroVironment Stock Takes Hit | Monrovia's First Fire Engine

~ Chance of rain starting at 20% Sunday, 10% Monday, then 90% on Tuesday and 60% Wednesday.

~ The stock of Monrovia's AeroVironment has taken a tumble following a poor second-quarter earnings report. From a recent high on Nov. 25 of $30.69 down to $27.56 early today (Nov. 28).

~ Pictures and story about the restoration of Monrovia's first fire engine, a 1917 Seagrave.

- Brad Haugaard

Special Development Zone Proposed for Monrovia's Aztec Hotel

Monrovia's historic Aztec Hotel - between Magnolia and Melrose avenues on Foothill - needs the city to cut it some slack if it is going to succeed (rough paraphrase of the city report), so city staff is recommending the City Council "create a Planed Development Area and Zone" for the property, which will give the owners a bit more flexibility than is current allowed under existing zoning, but also lets the city veto stuff it doesn't like. (Details: ). The council will consider the proposal at its Dec. 2 meeting (full agenda: ).

- Brad Haugaard

First Test Gold Line Train Coming to Monrovia in December

The Gold Line is planning to run its first test train into Monrovia in early December. Here's a picture of a crew installing overhead cable:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Woman's Death Being Investigated | Swap Christmas Lights for LEDs

~ Thirty-one-year-old Monrovia woman dead. Sheriff's Department investigating.

~ Swap your incandescent Christmas lights for energy-efficient LED lights from 6-8 p.m. at the Dec. 12 Friday Night Family Festival.

AeroVironment Has Second Quarter Loss | Holden Named Majority Floor Leader

~ Monrovia's AeroVironment announced a $2.9 million loss for its second quarter, compared with a $1.7 million profit for the second quarter of last year.

~ California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced that Assemblymember Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, has been appointed Majority Floor Leader. The Majority Floor Leader represents the Speaker on the Assembly Floor and expedites Floor proceedings. Source: Holden press release

- Brad Haugaard

Stop Hunger Now Event in Monrovia

Video: KGEM host Ralph Walker visits the Stop Hunger Now event hosted by Monrovia Rotary Club and Monrovia High School Interact Club.

- Brad Haugaard

Video of Monrovia Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

Video of the Monrovia Mayor's Prayer Breakfast is now online. Here is a link to the whole thing ( ) and here is a link to the main speaker, Pastor Albert Tate of Fellowship Monrovia:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Sawing Into a House; Fight Over Female; Woman Beaten; Forgery; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 20-23. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Fraud/Forgery – Suspect Arrested
On November 20 at 3:41 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 400 block of West Foothill regarding a fraud in progress. The female suspect was contacted by officers and detained for attempting to pass an altered/fictitious check. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. She was later released on citation to appear in court on the forgery charges.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
On November 20 at 3:46 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of North Myrtle on the report of a suspicious vehicle parked on private property. The two occupants were contacted and detained. One suspect was under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of drug paraphernalia. The reporting party also desired prosecution against both suspects for trespassing. Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On November 21 at 8:30 p.m., a hit and run traffic accident was reported on the 210 Freeway. The suspect vehicle had already been located, as it had been pulled over by an officer in the area of Huntington and Encinitas before the hit and run was reported. The driver of the vehicle was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested.

Residential Burglary
On November 21 at 5:39 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 500 block of North Alta Vista. The suspects gained entry through the garage. They cut a hole in the wall from the garage to the house, then through a wall under the staircase. Money and jewelry was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs – Suspect Arrested
On November 22 at 1:00 a.m., an officer was following a suspected drunk driver. When the officer activated his overhead lights, the suspect vehicle crashed into a parked car. The suspect was determined to be intoxicated on prescription medication. The suspect was arrested.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
On November 22 at 4:30 p.m., officers were sent to a park in the 700 block of East Lemon on the report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival, officers determined a fight had occurred between two male subjects who were angry with each other over a female. One of the male subjects sustained a minor injury to his eye, and he placed the other male subject under a private person's arrest for battery. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
On November 23 at 7:04 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 100 block of West Cypress. The vehicle is a white, two-door, 1996 Honda Accord. The vehicle was taken Between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On November 23 at 2:14 p.m., a female victim of domestic violence ran into the police lobby, stating her husband had beaten her up. The victim had visible injuries and complained of pain. Monrovia Fire Department paramedics responded to the lobby and treated the victim. The suspect was found sitting in his vehicle in front of his residence. The suspect was arrested without incident.

Vehicle Burglary
On November 23 at 7:52 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of West Colorado. The victim parked her vehicle on the second floor of the parking structure. She locked her vehicle and left for about fifteen minutes. When she returned, she saw her vehicle was open and her wallet and identification were missing. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Holiday Home Decorating Contest

If you want to enter Monrovia's Holiday Home Decorating contest, the entry form is here:

Judging will be on Monday, Dec. 15. Winners will be recognized during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Categories are:

  • Best Still Display
  • Best Outdoor Display
  • Best Decorated Outdoor Tree
  • Best Window Display
  • Holiday Spirit Award
  • Most Effective Use of Outdoor Holiday Lighting
  • Toyland Award
  • Children’s Choice Award
  • Best Neighborhood Effort
  • Snowman Award
  • Judges’ Award
  • Tim McKeehan “Best of Season” Award

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Out of Playoffs :-(

Los Altos bumps Monrovia (45-35) out of the playoffs.

- Brad Haugaard

Holiday Concert at Monrovia's First Presbyterian | Rotary Helps Package 14,000 Meals

~ The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company presents its "Holiday Concert" on Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia. A festive musical collection of seasonal favorites with music by Holst, Britten, Tallis, Robles, and more. Complete with bells, drums, and several sing-along selections. It will include the voices of the new SGVCC-sponsored "Kids in Concert!" program for kindergartners through fifth graders at Monrovia's Monroe Elementary School.

~ Monrovia Rotary Club joined Interact students from Monrovia High School to package more than 14,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now project.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at ABC Hawaiian BBQ

Lunch at ABC Hawaiian BBQ, in the Pavilions parking lot at Foothill and Myrtle. Got the Hawaiian BBQ Mix ($8.95) and a drink ($1.69). It's a mix of beef, chicken and short ribs, with rice and macaroni salad on the side. Light on veggies. I particularly liked the chicken. Good if you are in the mood for meat and carbs. 
- Brad Haugaard 

Willow the Wolf | Monrovia Humanitarian Real Estate Company

~ See Willow the Wolf, who came to visit the Monrovia Canyon Park volunteers meeting:

~ There is a new Monrovia company, at 137 E. Colorado, called THNQ TANK. I was curious what it is, and Kamille R. Soler said it is a real estate agency with a humanitarian mission. She said the company hosts a "Mastery Session" every Monday from 3-4 p.m., covering topics "from business to finance to health to becoming a better communicator and to living a more balanced lifestyle." To attend, email to reserve a spot.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Tips to Protect Christmas Package Delivery

With lots of package deliveries coming up for the Christmas season, and a good chance packages will be left on front porches, thieves often follow delivery trucks. The Monrovia Police department has some suggestions help prevent theft of your packages:

- If possible, use your workplace as the shipping address.
- Track your shipments by phone or online so that you know what day they should arrive.
-  Ask your neighbor to watch for your delivery and then hold the items until you arrive home.  Keep an eye on your neighborhood and report suspicious persons or vehicles in the area.
-  Request a signature delivery option if available or request the shipment be held at the shipping facility such as a UPS office.
-  Check with "mailbox" businesses in your town and see if they will accept shipment of your item for a fee.
-  If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and your local police.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Aggressive Ex-Boyfriend; SUV vs. Utility Pole; Stealing Seats from SUV; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 17-19 . - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 386 service events, resulting in 74 investigations.

Disturbance / Trespassing – Suspect Arrested 
On November 17 at 8:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of East Palm regarding a male and female yelling at each other at the location. Officers arrived and determined there was no physical fight, but the verbal altercation was loud and aggressive. The male subject is the ex-boyfriend of the female. The mother of the female subject is the lawful tenant of the residence and stated that the ex-boyfriend is not a resident and was not to come back to the location. The male subject was told to leave the location and he complied.

The subject then came to the police department and was, once again, advised not to return to the location on Palm. However, immediately upon being warned, he headed in that direction. Officers followed and found that the subject had returned to the location and was aggressively yelling at the female subject again. Officers arrested the subject for trespassing and for causing a disturbance; he was held for the likelihood of reoccurrence.

Expired Registration / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested 
On November 17 at 9:54 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Buena Vista and Huntington stopped a vehicle for expired registration. The driver did not have proof of registration for the vehicle. A consent search of the vehicle revealed a white substance on the driver’s seat and the floorboard area, which tested positive for methamphetamine. The driver was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and was taken into custody.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested 
On November 18 at 8:07 a.m., officers responded to the report of a utility pole down due to an accident. They arrived and found a utility pole had been sheered off, apparently from a vehicle hitting it, but the vehicle had fled the scene. Electrical wires were down, so Edison was notified. Witnesses reported that a male subject in a black Ford SUV had hit the pole and fled south on Sierra Terrace, possibly to an apartment on Sesmas. An officer searching for the vehicle was approached by a male subject who claimed his girlfriend was the driver in the accident, and the vehicle was hers. The officer located the damaged vehicle and girlfriend/registered owner. When confronted with the witness statements, the girlfriend admitted her boyfriend was driving the vehicle and she was not in the car. The officer questioned the male subject again, but he was not cooperative; he was arrested for misdemeanor hit and run and delaying and resisting an officer.

Vehicle Burglary 
On November 19 at 4:26 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a hotel parking lot in the 900 block of West Huntington. The victim parked his rental SUV in the lot and locked the vehicle. When he returned, he found the third row seats were missing. He called police. The investigation is continuing.

Burglary / Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer / Displaying a Weapon in a Threatening Manner – Suspect Arrested 
On November 19 at 3:22 p.m., police received a call reporting a male subject running through backyards in the 600 block of King Street. Officers arrived and contained the area. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter arrived to assist. The subject was seen coming out of a garage with a golf club in his hand. He ran, but was confronted by officers. He held the golf club up and over his head in a threatening manner. Officers ordered him to put down the golf club and he complied. He was detained and taken into custody.

Mail Theft / Possession of Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested 
On November 20 at 3:24 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 400 block of Granite observed two subjects dressed in dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts. When they saw the officer, they ran. Assisting officers responded to the area, and after an area search, one of the two suspects was located. He was arrested for mail theft and possession of burglary tools. The second suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing.

More Monrovia Christmas Events

~ Santa arrives in Old Town Monrovia Friday (Black Friday), Nov. 28 and 29. Sales, receptions, in-store events throughout Old Town on Myrtle.

~ Santa Breakfasts at: Peach Cafe (Dec. 6, 20 at 8:30 a.m., Cafe Lu Mar (Dec. 6, 20 at 10:15 a.m.), Monrovian Family Restaurant (Dec. 13 at 9 a.m.), Rudy's Mexican Food (Dec. 13 at 11 a.m., Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.), Jake's Roadhouse (Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 13 at 10 a.m., Dec. 20 at 9:30 a.m.). Call restaurants for reservations.

~ Sing Along, Dec. 18, 7-8 p.m. in Lemon Avenue Courtyard behind the east side of 400 block of Myrtle. Kattywompus String Band and Friends.

~ New Year's Eve Party on Myrtle, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Ball raising, beer and wine, music by the band, The Lance and Gary Show, family friendly area with tables, snacks, crafts and kid-fun stuff. For info call Pam Fitzpatrick at 357-1091.

For even more:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Man Arrested: Threatened Officer With Golf Club

Monrovian arrested after threatening officer with golf club.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council Approves Demolition and Construction Moratorium

Last night the Monrovia City Council unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on demolition of homes built before 1940 and another 45-day moratorium on new home construction permits. According to City Clerk Alice Atkins, there is no delay and the measures are now in effect. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Christmas Comes To Myrtle

Christmas decorations are up along Myrtle in Old Monrovia. 

- Brad Haugaard

Veterans Program for Monrovia's KGEM?

Monrovia's American Legion is reporting that our local access cable channel, KGEM, is developing a project for and about veterans.

- Brad Haugaard

Veterans Get Free Cars | Grand Opening of Monrovia Business, Smitten on Paper

~ Two military veteran students at Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, will be awarded free cars at 1 p.m. on Nov. 25 at Seidner's Collision Centers' Duarte location. California Casualty Insurance, AAA and Seidner's will award the vehicles through the National Auto Body Council program, Recycled Rides, which involves insurers, collision repairers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others who repair and donate vehicles to deserving individuals and service organizations throughout the country. More than 900 vehicles have been donated since 2007.

~ Smitten on Paper will hold its grand opening on December 6 at 6 p.m. at 114 E. Lemon (at the site of the former Historic Lighting). The company works with brides "to create a perfectly custom wedding invitation suite for their big day." " Our shop will also be filled with tons of unique cards, gifts, and accessories."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Jewelry Snatch; Water Squirt Leads to Punch and then to Hiding in Closet; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 13-16 . - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Attempt Vehicle Burglary 
On November 13 at 7:51 a.m., an attempt vehicle burglary was reported in the 300 block of California. Unknown suspect(s) smashed the window on a Chevy Silverado pickup truck that was parked in a rear alley. Nothing was taken from the truck. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested 
On November 13 at 2:10 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of California and Cherry when he stopped a motorist for a vehicle code violation. Further investigation revealed the motorist to be driving under the influence. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested 
On November 13 at 11:00 p.m., a traffic collision in the area of Huntington and Shamrock was reported to police. The driver of a vehicle had sideswiped another vehicle. Police responded and determined the driver was driving under the influence. The driver was arrested and held for sobering.

On November 14 at 2:55 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 600 block of South Myrtle regarding a grand theft incident. The female victim was inside a business and was holding jewelry in her hand. The suspect entered the location and grabbed the jewelry from the victim's hand, taking it by force. The suspect then left the location on foot, heading southbound on Myrtle. An area check was made, but the suspect was not located. The suspect is described as a heavyset male, unknown age, wearing jean shorts and a gray hooded sweatshirt. The investigation is continuing.

Battery / Trespassing 
On November 15 at 8:54 a.m., police responded to the 100 block of East Pomona Street on the report of a battery and trespassing incident. The resident reported that he had discovered a male subject sleeping on the west side of his house in his front yard. He yelled at the subject to get off his property several times. The male subject was not leaving the property, so the resident sprayed water at him from a garden hose. The subject became angry and hit the resident in the face with his fist, causing a small cut to his nose. The subject ran west on Pomona and out of sight. Officers made an area check for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. He is described as a male Hispanic, 18-20 years old, 5’4” tall, medium build, wearing a black Los Angeles Dodgers cap, black shirt and brown shorts. The investigation is continuing.

Obstructing and Delaying a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested 
On November 16 at 12:15 a.m., police responded to the 600 block of Linwood on the report of a battery incident. A male and female were involved in an argument, and the male subject pushed the female subject, causing her to fall. During the investigation, the male subject was trying to interfere with the officers and refused to comply with officers’ commands. He continued to walk away from the officers and struggled with the officers as they attempted to detain him. The male subject was arrested for obstructing and delaying a peace officer.

On November 16 at 9:17 a.m., police received a call from a resident in the 100 block of East Pomona reporting a burglary suspect inside his residence. The property owner was out front when officers arrived, but the suspect had fled. The resident left the property for a short time in the morning, and when he returned home, he found the subject in a bedroom closet. The residence is under construction and appears vacant from the outside. The owner of the residence is staying in a back bedroom on the property, but the rest of the residence is empty. The resident had found the same subject sleeping on his property on November 15; see above battery/trespassing incident. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 18-20 years old, wearing dark shorts and a dark shirt. The investigation is continuing.

Celebrate New Playground at Monrovia's Grand Avenue Park

Celebration of the new playground at Grand Avenue Park, at Grand Avenue and Prospect Avenue, Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. To noon. Music, games, snacks and fun. For more information contact Community Services at 256-8246
- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia's Salsas Taqueria Now Taqueria el Diablo

The former Salsas Tacqueria, at the corner of Myrtle and Olive, has become Taqueria el Diablo. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Native Plant Sale at Monrovia Library

Native California plants for sale in front of the Monrovia library, today until 2 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard 

Resume Workshop at Monrovia Library

Resume Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon. Monrovia Library Community Room. Types of resume, make your resume stand out, transferrable skills, cover and follow-up letters. Contact Rebecca Elder at 256-8268 or

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Defeats Don Lugo in Playoffs

Monrovia defeats Don Lugo in football in overtime play, 26-20.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council Will Consider Moratoriums on Home Demolition and Construction Permits

At its Nov. 18 meeting (agenda: ) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

~ Establishing a 45-day moratorium "prohibiting the demolition or structural alteration of any main building on a property in the city constructed prior to January 1, 1940, while the City undertakes a comprehensive advanced planning process for the preservation of neighborhood character."

~ Establishing a 45-day moratorium "prohibiting the issuance of permits for the construction of new residential dwellings or specified substantial additions to residential dwellings and accessory structures, while the City undertakes a planning process to analyze techniques that can be implemented to preserve neighborhood character." The staff report says the logic of this is that: "Neighborhood character can be diminished each time a new dwelling is constructed to be significantly larger than other homes in the neighborhood."

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Mikomi Japanese Restaurant

Lunch at Mikomi Japanese restaurant, just south of the theater on Myrtle. Busy at lunch time and nice atmosphere. Got the, ahem, Yo, Sexy Sexy roll ($12.95) and an iced tea ($2.50). Came with very nice miso soup. The roll has yellowtail, avocado and fried jalapeƱo. Not exactly authentic but if it tastes good I say phooey on authentic. Anyway, roll was very good, as was the food I snitched from the other plates at our table. Service good, too.

-Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Church Moves to Duarte

Calvary Chapel of Monrovia is now meeting in Duarte. The church had to move from its building at 123 W Pomona Ave. (next to the Chevron station on Myrtle on the south side of the freeway) to make way for development around the Gold Line station. It is now meeting at the Duarte Performing Arts Center at 1401 Highland Avenue in Duarte.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Burglary Prevention Tips

Some tips from the Monrovia Police Department on how to prevent home burglaries:

  • Lock all of your doors and windows when you are not home. Leave any exterior lights on if they are not sensor activated.
  • Make sure that all side gates are locked and secured. 
  • If you have an alarm system, activate it, even if you will be away for just a few minutes.
  • If you have surveillance cameras affixed to the exterior of your property, make sure you periodically check them to ensure they are working properly.
  • Ensure that all of your hedges and or bushes are trimmed from the front of your residence so that your house is not concealed from the street. 
  • Never leave old newspapers, mail or door leaflets piled up on the front steps of your residence. 
  • Never leave valuables in plain view from the outside. 
  • If you have valuables, please secure them in either a safe or safe deposit box at your local bank. 
  • Always take an active role in getting to know your neighborhood. 
  • Keep your eyes open to suspicious activity in your neighborhood and always do your part as a good witness. Never attempt to stop a crime; always call 911. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Keep-Away Leads to Groin Kick; Shoplifter Comes Back Too Often; Doggie-Door Burglar; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for Highlighted Activity for November 10-12 . - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 402 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 402 service events, resulting in 70 investigations.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested 
On November 11 at 1:51 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington on the report of a suspect that had just stolen merchandise. The suspect grabbed merchandise from the store and ran out the door without paying and continued running. Officers arrived in the area and he was quickly apprehended nearby. The property was recovered and the suspect was arrested.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested 
On November 11 at 3:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to a house in the 500 block of East Cypress regarding a disturbing the peace incident. When they arrived, they contacted a belligerent, intoxicated male who seemed to be the cause of the disturbance. A computer check revealed the subject had five outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken to jail, where he was housed until his court appearance.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested 
On November 11 at 4:16 p.m., a 45-year-old male suspect entered a business in the 500 block of West Huntington. He was recognized by store security for committing previous thefts at the location. Security watched him take items into a bathroom and come out without them. He had cut the security tags off the items inside the bathroom and concealed the items under his clothing; he then exited the store without paying. The suspect was stopped and arrested for shoplifting.

Residential Burglary 
On November 11 at 6:09 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 100 block of Mauna Loa Drive. The victims left their home at 7:30 a.m. with all windows and doors secured. They returned home at 5:30 p.m. and saw drawers, cabinets, and closets throughout the home had been ransacked. The sliding glass door in one of the bedrooms was ajar and the front door was closed, but now unlocked. Some plants used to cover a doggie door to the rear of the home were pulled away from the house and the panels covering the doggie door were removed. It appears the suspect(s) entered the home through the doggie door. The suspects took several pieces of jewelry, some cash, and other miscellaneous items. The investigation is continuing.

Daytime Residential Burglaries 
On November 12, three daytime residential burglaries were reported to police in the afternoon hours. The burglaries occurred in the 200 block of North Magnolia, the 200 block of McKinley Place, and the 400 block of Todd Lane. Entry was made through open windows and, in one case, through a door leading from an attached garage. All three houses were ransacked and small, high-value items were taken. The investigations are continuing.

Suspicious Circumstances / Warrant – Suspect Arrested 
On November 12 at 4:27 p.m., police received a call reporting two suspicious male subjects that were loitering near a red vehicle. The reporting party believed one of the male subjects was possibly reaching for a gun. Officers arrived and detained the subjects. The subjects were extremely uncooperative with police. One subject was determined to have a no-bail warrant for auto theft from Glendale Court. He was arrested and taken into custody without incident. No gun was located.

Vehicle Burglary 
On November 12 at 8:47 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business in the 700 block of East Huntington. The victim was in a gym working out when the suspect(s) gained entry through the driver-side door. Once inside, the suspect(s) took the victim's purse, cell phone, watch and credit cards. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested 
On November 12 at 11:00 p.m., police responded to a domestic violence incident in the 300 block of East Lime Avenue. A male and female who are in a dating relationship were involved in an argument. The male subject took the female subject’s cell phone. He held the phone over his head so she could not get it. She then kicked him in the groin and grabbed her phone. Once she had her phone, she took his phone from his pocket and threw it down on the ground, breaking the phone. Officers arrived and determined the female subject to be the aggressor; she was arrested. Both subjects signed refusal to prosecute forms.

Stolen Vehicle 
On November 13 at 2:41 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a residence in the 400 block of West Palm. The victim’s wife was arriving home at about 2:00 a.m., and as she was pulling up, her husband's truck was pulling away from the curb. She called her husband to ask him why he was leaving for work so early and found he was still in bed. They reported the vehicle stolen to police and the investigation is continuing.

Fill a Monrovia Fire Truck with Toys

On Black Friday, Nov. 28, and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Monrovia Fire Department will have a fire engine on Myrtle next to the Krikorian Theater for its "Spark of Love" toy drive. Stuff the engine with toys to help make a child's Christmas more enjoyable - and support local small businesses. For information call Firefighter Ernie Moreno at 256-8181.

Monrovia High Drama Presents The Crucible

Monrovia High's Wildcat Drama will present a play called The Crucible on Dec. 4, 5, and 6. Only 50 seats are available per night.

VFW Thanks Monrovia Community

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2070 thanks the members of the community who made donations or dropped by the Post to express their support for men and women in uniform on Veterans Day.

Among the notable donations:
- The Monrovia Garden Club dropped off six bouquets of flowers for decorations
- Leven Oaks delivered a large tray of cupcakes, as did the parishioners of First Lutheran Church
- And a local resident came by the Post Canteen (bar) in the evening, and bought drinks for every veteran in the place.

The Post thanks the entire community for its continuous support for those who stand (or stood) a watch in defense of this country.

Source: Robert Parry, VFW

- Brad Haugaard 

Diamondbacks Baseball Executive Buys House in Monrovia

Arizona Diamondbacks executive Tony La Russa buys a house in Monrovia.

- Brad Haugaard

Mudslide in North Monrovia

A leak in a 3/4-inch PVC pipe, part of a gardening system, let loose a small mudslide this morning on a spur of North Canyon Blvd. just north of Scenic Ave. That according to a fire official at the scene. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia's Clifton Band Bake Sale at Pavilions

The Clifton Middle School Marching Band and Spirit Marchers will hold its Fall Bake Sale this Saturday Nov. 15, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. in front of Pavilions on Foothill. Home baked goodies and the band will play some tunes.

- Brad Haugaard

New Company Donates $3k to Library | Old Cars for Monrovia High | Girls Volleyball in Playoff Game

~ Monrovia Library reports that a new company called THNQ TANK, 137 E Colorado, threw a grand opening Halloween party, then donated $3,000 to the library's Youth Services Department.

~ A writer on the Nextdoor network says that Monrovia High School Auto shop would like people to donate old cars, trucks and vans (you'll get a tax receipt) to help students learn to rebuild engines, change brakes, alternators, batteries, etc. Doesn't matter if it runs. I'd guess you call Monrovia High to arrange a donation: 471-2800.

~ Mayor Mary Ann Lutz reports that the Monrovia High School girls volleyball team is at a CIF playoff game at Esperanza High in Anaheim tonight.

- Brad Haugaard

Free Drought-Friendly Landscaping Workshop at Monrovia Community Center

California Friendly Landscape Workshop Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to noon at Community Center, 119 W. Palm. Free workshop by City of Monrovia and the Upper San Gabriel Water District. Six steps to a drought tolerant yard. Topics:

1. Using a Holistic Approach to Gardening

2. Building a Living Soil Sponge

3. Rethinking Elements of the Site

4. Right Plant, Right Place

5. Using Rainwater as a Resource

6. Managing Irrigation

For more information, or to register, call Environmental Services at 932-5553 or 932-5556.


Monrovia Cookie Exchange for MS

The Royal Order of the Daffodils Red Hat Society will host a cookie exchange to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Group of the San Gabriel Valley on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall downstairs at the United Methodist Church at Ivy and Palm. (Use the west-side doors.) Bring six-dozen preferably homemade cookies (or individually wrapped candy - cookies or candy canes - if you are not a baker) in a disposable container and bring another container to take home five-dozen cookies. The remaining dozen will be a gift for a holiday luncheon for the Multiple Sclerosis Group. Also, raffle tickets for $1 each or 6 for $5. All proceeds go to the MS Group. Contact Janie Duncan with questions: 358-8157 or

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Teen Board Hosting Food Drive

The Monrovia Public Library Teen Advisory Board is hosting a food drive for the holidays in partnership with the Foothill Unity Center. Types of food needed include: cake/brownie/cookie mixes, canned fruit, canned meats, canned soups, canned veggies, canned yams, cereals, cornbread mix, frosting, gravy, Jell-O, mashed potatoes, pasta, rice, salad dressing, stuffing mix, etc.

Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of the Library from Nov. 5-Dec. 18.

For more information, contact the Elizabeth Schneider at the Library at 256-8275.

- Brad Haugaard

Dramatic Drop in Revenue for Monrovia's Xencor

Monrovia's Xencor reports disappointing third-quarter financial results.

The company says: "Revenues for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014 were $0.8 million, compared to $3.2 million in the same period of 2013. Revenues for the nine month period ended September 30, 2014 were $3.9 million, compared to $8.4 million for the same period in 2013."

It says it "expects to have sufficient cash to fund research and development programs and operations through 2016."

Xencor is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergic diseases, and cancer.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Don't Wanna Go to School! Credit Card Forgery; $100 for Reporting Graffiti; Kidnap/Rape Suspect Arrested

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 6-9 . - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Battery on a Peace Officer / Delaying & Obstructing a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested 
On November 6 at 1:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of Monrovista regarding a 16-year-old male who was refusing to go to school and causing a disturbance. When officers arrived, the juvenile refused to obey the officers’ commands and became combative with them. The subject pushed one of the officers and a struggle ensued. The other officer deployed the Taser. The juvenile was arrested and taken into custody without further incident. No one was injured.

Vehicle Burglary 
On November 7 at 6:41 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 900 block of West Huntington. The vehicle was parked in a hotel parking lot and sometime during the night, the suspect(s) forced entry through the rear lift gate. The suspects took the third row seats, luggage, and camera lenses from the SUV. The investigation is continuing.

Fraud / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Five Suspects Arrested 
On November 7 at 9:59 p.m., officers went to a motel in the 700 block of West Huntington regarding subjects occupying a motel room using possible fraudulent identification. The officers went to the room and contacted the subjects. They found five subjects inside, two of whom were attempting to hide possible contraband under the bed. Several of the subjects were in possession of false identification cards and had warrants for their arrest, and one subject was in possession of methamphetamine. The room was determined to be rented using false identification information.

Officers searched the room and found evidence of a credit card fraud/forgery operation, including over 100 modified, altered, and blank debit cards, credit cards, and gift cards, as well as an embossing machine, two credit card stripe readers, and machinery for effacing credit cards. The officers also found two vehicle titles with the information bleached out, drug paraphernalia, several computers, cell phones, and USB drives. All five suspects were arrested. During the booking process, officers discovered several of them had given false information regarding their identities; the additional offence was added to their charges.

On November 8, several incidents of vandalism were reported throughout the city. The suspect used black spray paint to write graffiti on homes, vehicles, walls, etc. The suspect has not yet been identified. The Special Enforcement Team officers have been notified. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Bicycle – Suspect Arrested 
On November 8 at 2:30 p.m., police were alerted to a stolen bicycle taken from the area of Alta Vista and Huntington. The bicycle and suspect were located in the 100 block of West Cypress. The bicycle was recovered and the suspect was arrested. The suspect was taken into custody and housed pending his court appearance date.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested 
On November 8 at 5:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business parking lot in the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a hit and run traffic collision. The accident was minor, and the victim did not desire prosecution for the hit and run. An officer had located the suspect driving in the area of Huntington and Myrtle and stopped him. The driver was found to have two no-bail warrants and was arrested for the warrants only.

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested 
On November 9 at 12:25 a.m., a citizen called police to report a male subject vandalizing their neighbor’s residence in the 200 block of Madeline. Officers responded to the area to search for the suspect. An extensive area search was conducted and the suspect was located. The witness positively identified the suspect. The reporting party will be contacted and informed of the Monrovia Police Departments Graffiti Bounty program; they will be rewarded with $100.00 for reporting this vandalism incident, which led to the arrest of the suspect.

Petty Theft 
On November 9 at 7:23 p.m., a petty theft of a cell phone was reported at a business in the 100 block of West Foothill. The victim reported the suspect had just stolen her cell phone off a table inside of the business and fled the location, heading west towards Linwood and into an apartment complex. Officers arrived and searched the area, but were not able to locate the suspect. The investigation is continuing.

West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force Apprehends Suspect Wanted for Kidnapping and Rape 
On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, members of the West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force apprehended suspect Benny Torres in East Los Angeles. Torres was wanted by the Monterey Park Police Department for kidnapping and rape. The Task Force, comprised of detectives from Pasadena, South Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, El Monte, Monterey Park, and Los Angeles County Probation, conducted an exhaustive week-long search for Torres. The Task Force observed Torres in East Los Angeles and he was taken into custody without incident. He is currently being held in custody on a 2.35 million dollar bail.

Ragtime Club Performance in Old Monrovia

The Rose Leaf Ragtime Club meets on the last Sunday of every month. Its next musical event is Sunday, November 30, at Wang's Place, 120 E. Lemon. Ragtime and other music. $2 donation requested from non-performers.

Monrovia Schools: Renovation of School Fields; Work on MHS Building O; More Pay for Commissioners

At its Nov. 12 meeting (agenda: ), the Monrovia Board of Education will ...

~ Consider hiring NAC | Architecture for architectural and engineering services for field renovations at Clifton and Santa Fe middle schools and Mayflower Elementary School.

~ Consider awarding a $190,000 contract to Caltec Corporation for seismic refitting and reroofing of Building O at Monrovia High.

~ Consider doubling the payment per commissioner per meeting for the district's Personnel Commission from $25 to $50:

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Wienerschnitzel

Lunch at Wienerschnitzel, on south side of Huntington just west of Mountain. Got a Polish Sandwich ($2.59) with sauerkraut ($0.40) and a small iced tea ($1.69) and fries ($1.59). Fast food but not bad. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Jewish Foundation Launches PJ Library

To strengthen Jewish life, the Monrovia-based Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys has launched PJ ("pajamas") Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation of Massachusetts for families raising Jewish children from age six months through eight years. Interested families living in the area can sign-up at PJ Library's first community program will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7, 3-5 p.m., at the Monrovia Public Library. The Community Room will be turned into a setting for Hanukkah and will include a story time featuring books from the PJ Library, music, crafts for the family, food and more. For more information contact the Jewish Federation at 445-0810 or

- Brad Haugaard

Where is the Monrovia Time Capsule Hidden?

Where is the mysterious Monrovia time capsule hidden? It was buried in 1909 and is supposed to be at the now-being-reconstructed wishing well at the southeast corner of Library Park.

Will Monrovia's Aztec Hotel and Restaurant Open in Early 2015?

According to a report to the Monrovia Planning Commission, the Aztec Hotel (Foothill and Magnolia) hopes to open in early 2015, and will include a restaurant that will serve alcohol and have live entertainment. The hotel has conditional use permits from the Commission for alcohol and live entertainment and the Commission will consider granting a one-year extension to those permits at its Nov. 12 meeting.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Lost and Confused; Burglary; Hit Skateboarder Gets Licence Plate Number; Robbery

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for November 3-5 . - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 349 service events, resulting in 70 investigations.

Critical Missing – Subject Located 
On November 3 at 1:49 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting that a bipolar female adult with diabetes was missing in Canyon Park. The subject had been walking with her husband and a friend, and had walked ahead of them. They had walked this area many times before and the subject had always waited at a certain place. This time, she took a different turn and may have gotten confused. Officers and Park Rangers responded and began a search of the area. A helicopter and Sierra Madre Search and Rescue were requested, but the missing person was located before they could respond. The subject was found near the dam on the paved road within 40 minutes of the initial report. She was in good condition, just a little confused.

Residential Burglary 
On November 3 at 4:46 p.m., a burglary was reported in the 400 block of North Primrose. The residents left at 8:00 a.m. and returned after 5:00 p.m. When they left, their home was locked and secured. They returned to find a rear window forced open, and the suspects had taken a safe, jewelry and coins. They exited the home through the entry point. It appears they backed into the long driveway near the entrance they used. The victim reported that the safe had no valuables inside.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision – Vehicle vs. Skateboarder 
On November 3 at 5:53, a hit and run traffic collision involving a skateboarder was reported to police. The skateboarder was crossing Foothill at Mayflower on a green light in the proper crossing area, when a vehicle turned left and failed to stop, hitting the skateboarder. The skateboarder went over the hood of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle did not stop to help the juvenile skateboarder and fled the scene. Paramedics were summoned, but fortunately, the victim was only scraped up and received no serious injuries. The victim was able to remember the license plate of the car, which returned to a Toyota sedan out of the Altadena area. The officer was able to identify the driver and obtain his home address. Night watch officers went to Altadena and located the suspect. He admitted to being at the location, driving the car that hit the child, and driving away. The investigation is continuing.

On November 5 at 9:32 a.m., police responded to the report of a robbery at a business in the 500 block of West Huntington. A male and female entered the business and loaded multiple items of clothing into a mesh bag; they were observed by loss prevention. The male left the store with no items. The female left the store a few minutes later with the bag full of clothes and made no attempt to pay. The male had pulled a vehicle up to the curb and the female started to get in with the bag of stolen merchandise. The loss prevention officer identified himself and attempted to get the bag. The female slammed the door against the loss prevention officer’s arm and the male pulled the vehicle forward, causing the loss prevention officer to fall. The suspects fled the area. The investigation is continuing.

Maryknoll Holiday Brunch

Monrovia's Maryknoll Sisters will hold a holiday brunch, bake sale and boutique on Sunday, November 9, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 340 Norumbega Dr. $15 per adult, $7 per child under 12. Eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, sausage links, mashed potatoes and gravy, carved turkey and ham, salads (green, three-bean and others) stuffing, dinner rolls, and desserts, including pumpkin pie. Items for sale at the boutique include handcrafts, fruit preserves and home baked goods. A handmade rose afghan, crafted by the Sisters, will be raffled, and there will be a drawing featuring a $1000 grand prize.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment Builds Brainy Drone

Monrovia's AeroVironment builds an autonomous drone with a brain-like chip.

- Brad Haugaard

Gold Line: Track Yes, Trains No?

It appears that while the Gold Line may be completed on time next year, the Metro system may not have enough rail cars to fully service the new lines.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Real Estate Sales Halted? | MonroviaNow Calendar | Evensong

~ Monrovia real estate sales have come to a "swift halt," according to Monrovia real estate agent Donna Baker. No buyers from China?

~ I've added a calendar of events at the top of the website. It is not comprehensive, but any upcoming event I enter as a regular post should hopefully (if I programmed it correctly) appear in the calendar. New events are added just after midnight daily. I should have had this earlier, but I didn't want it to be any extra work, and it takes a lot of effort to be lazy :-)

~ St. Luke's Episcopal Church will hold its Eleventh Annual Men's Evensong Invitational on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m., 122 S. California Ave. Selections include Jones: Phos Hilaron, Preces & Responses, and Nunc Dimittis; Willan: Magnificat; and Dawson: There Is a Balm in Gilead. Wine and cheese reception will follow.

- Brad Haugaard

Smart Gardening Workshop at Monrovia's Recreation Park

A Smart Gardening Workshop, designed to reduce yard waste, save water and encourage composting and grass recycling, is scheduled for Saturday, November 8, 2014 in front of the Boys and Girls Club (600 S. Shamrock Avenue) located in Recreation Park. Free mulch donated by Cal Blend Soils and transported by Athens Services will also be available while supplies last. Bring a shovel, gloves and a container to take home this valuable resource for your gardens and landscaped areas.

The workshop is being sponsored by the City of Monrovia and the Los Angeles County Smart Gardening Program. It will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn about composting, grasscycling, fire resistant and water-wise gardening. Composting bins will be available to residents for purchase at a reduced price. For more information, call Environmental Services at (626) 932-5553 or 932-5556.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

Monrovia Police: Domestic Violence; Intoxication; Stolen Bike Recovered

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 30 - November 2 . - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Domestic Violence / Warrant – Suspect Arrested 
On October 30 at 10:00 a.m., an officer responded to the 400 block of East Walnut regarding a domestic dispute. Officers arrived and determined the male was the primary aggressor and had caused minor visible injury to the female. A computer check revealed he also had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested for domestic violence and the warrant.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested 
On October 30 at 6:34 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a welfare check. When they arrived, they found a male subject passed out and too intoxicated to care for his own safety. The male subject was arrested for public intoxication and taken into custody. A computer check also revealed an outstanding warrant for his arrest; he was arrested for public intoxication and the warrant.

Grand Theft – Suspect Arrested 
On October 30 at 8:47 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers responded to the 2000 block of Broderick in the city of Duarte regarding a bicycle theft that occurred in Monrovia. Upon arrival, the officers recovered the stolen bicycle and arrested the suspect, who later admitted to stealing the bicycle.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol / Warrant – Suspects Arrested 
On October 30 at 9:25 p.m., an officer stopped a motorist for a vehicle code violation in the 800 block of East Huntington. Upon investigation, the driver was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested. His passenger was found to have an outstanding warrant and was also arrested and taken into custody.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested 
On October 31 at 1:14 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting a traffic collision in the area of Huntington and Monterey. The male driver rear ended a vehicle, which continued forward and struck another vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle struck had redness to the face, possibly from striking the steering wheel. They also had soreness in the head and neck area. The male driver was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. The suspect was arrested for felony driving under the influence, due to the traffic collision with injuries.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested 
On November 1 at 12:05 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of West Cypress on a hit and run traffic collision. The suspect struck an unoccupied, parked vehicle and fled the scene. Officers conducted an area check and located the suspect passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle in the 100 block of East Cherry. The suspect was intoxicated and was arrested at the scene.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested 
On November 1 at 4:10 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the 800 block of West Colorado. Through investigation, the officer determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. The officer arrested the driver and she was taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspects Arrested 
On November 2 at 1:15 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the area of Myrtle and Lime regarding a man down in the street. When the officer arrived, he found an intoxicated subject passed out in the street. His brother was with him, but he was also intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. Both subjects were arrested for public intoxication and taken into custody, where they were held for sobering.

Domestic Violence / Child Endangerment – Suspect Arrested 
On November 2 at 3:00 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of West Duarte regarding a domestic violence incident. During an argument, the male suspect pulled his girlfriend to the floor by her hair while she was holding their 11-month-old baby in her arms. The girlfriend sustained red marks on her shoulder and complained of pain to the back of her head, where her hair was pulled. The baby was not injured. The suspect was arrested.

Upcoming Monrovia Events

~ Foothill Pregnancy Center fundraising gala, Monrovia Community Center, Friday, Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m. Info:

~ American Legion Pancake Breakfast, Immaculate Conception Church, 726 S. Shamrock, Sunday, Nov. 9, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

~ Maryknoll Sisters Annual brunch, bake sale, boutique. 340 Norumbega, Sunday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. Call 358-1825.

~ Monrovia's Military History, Douglass & Zook Chapel of the Foothills, 600 E. Foothill. Sunday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m. Keynote speaker: Steve Baker.

~ Veterans Day event, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. at Library Park.

~ Knights of Columbus spaghetti and meatball dinner, to support Carmelite Sisters candidacy program. Friday, Nov. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 130 W. Pomona Ave. Info: John Black

~ Black Alumni Black Alumni scholarship dinner, Saturday, Nov. 15. Details, call Eloise Hard (760) 669-0669.

~ Interfaith Thanksgiving program, "Gratitude." St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Nov. 20, 7-8:30 p.m.

~ Meet Me in St Louis at Taylor Performing Arts Center (at Monrovia High). Nov. 20-23. Details:

~ Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, "Oasis in the Drought," at Courtyard by Marriot. Nov. 21, 8 a.m. Speaker, Albert Tate of Fellowship Monrovia. Tickets from Chamber of Commerce: 358-1159.

~ Help Foothill Unity Center pack and distribute food for Thanksgiving, Saturday, Nov. 22 through Nov. 25. Details:

Thanks to calendar-keeper Becky Shevlin for these events.

- Brad Haugaard

Tiles for Historic Monrovia Library Park Drinking Fountain Located - Can Be Completed

You may have noticed that while the granite supports of the historic drinking fountain have been completed (using the original stonework, which was not damaged) there is still no roof. Well, the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group reports that finally, the rare style of roof tiles have been located (about 100 are needed) so the the fountain can now be completed, just as it originally appeared more than 100 years ago.

- Brad Haugaard

Will Monrovia City Council Adopt a Moratorium on Demolition of Old Homes?

According to an historic preservationist writing on the Nextdoor network, Monrovia's Historic Preservation Commission decided at its Oct. 29 meeting to postpone a decision on the status of a craftsman-style house at 118 N. Alta Vista until after the Nov. 4 City Council meeting at which, she said, Councilman Tom Adams plans to propose a demolition moratorium. She encouraged preservationists to attend that council meeting to influence city policy on pre-1940 homes.

Comment: I'm kind of middle of the road on preservation; I think some old buildings should be preserved and I think others are junk, but it would help me - and perhaps others - to understand why preservationists are using 1940 as a cutoff. Is that a special year in architecture? Is a date even the right approach? or should we try to protect buildings on the basis of historical significance, noteworthy architecture, or other non-date reason? I'm not saying, I'm just asking. Feel free to respond in comments section.

- Brad Haugaard