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Monrovia Police: Key Attack; Drugs and Alcohol; Burglary

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 27-29. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 360 service events, resulting in 66 investigations.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 27 at 8:37 p.m., two officers were on a call at the corner of Myrtle and Olive when they saw a vehicle driving south on Myrtle, blaring loud music. The vehicle made a right turn onto Olive, against eastbound traffic. The officers shined their flashlight on the driver and she abruptly pulled into a parking lot. The officers contacted the driver and through investigation determined she was driving under the influence. The driver was arrested for DUI and held for sobering.

Domestic Violence
April 27 at 10:19 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported at a residence in the 700 block of Mountain View. The male suspect left the location prior to police arrival. The female stated that her boyfriend slashed her fingers with a set of keys during a verbal dispute. Paramedics responded to the residence and the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of her cut fingers. A wanted person entry was made into the law enforcement system for the suspect and his vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
April 28 at 5:53 a.m., an officer responded to the 400 block of East Duarte Road regarding the report of a vehicle burglary. The burglary happened sometime during the night. There were several batteries taken from the vehicle.

Possession of a Controlled Substance/Warrants – Suspects Arrested
April 29 at 6:49 p.m., officers were dispatched to the rear of a residence in the 100 block of East Olive regarding two subjects in a white truck, possibly dealing drugs. Officers arrived and contacted three subjects in the truck. Investigation revealed that one of the subjects had a large quantity of marijuana in his possession. He was arrested for drug possession. The other two subjects had outstanding warrants for their arrest and were also taken into custody.

Monrovia's AeroVironment: New Leaders | Holden Car Dealership Bill Advances

~ Monrovia's AeroVironment has announced several leadership changes.

~ A bill by Assemblymember Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, has passed the Assembly on a 75-0 vote and goes to the Senate. The bill requires "Buy Here, Pay Here" car dealerships to give 10-day notification before a remote kill device can be used to disable a car for lack of payment. Current law requires only a 48 hour warning.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Mothers Day Fashion Show | Education Bills | Memorial

~ Mothers Day Fashion Show and Luncheon Fundraiser hosted by Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association. For mothers, grandmothers and daughters, Saturday, May 9, 1-4 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 140 E. Palm. Tickets $20 from Eloise Hart - (760) 669-0669.

~ Two bills by Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, have been approved by the Assembly's Education Committee. AB 288 makes it easier for high school students to take community college courses and AB 148 places a K-14 school facilities bond on the 2016 ballot.

~ Thirteenth annual memorial on Live Oak Road for LA Sheriff's Deputy David March.

- Brad Haugaard

Safety Concern at Mayflower; Fast Medical Response; New Monrovia Department of Public Services; Tree Trimming; Etc.

In his weekly report, City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

- There is some concern about safety at Mayflower Elementary School, and police are working with the district. Chi does not mention what the safety concern is.

- Monrovia routinely beats the 90-minute goal set by LA County  Emergency Medical Services Agency for getting ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction patients to the hospital. Chi said local STEMI patients are routinely having their medical procedures completed within 70 minutes of dispatch.

- Community Services Department and Public Works Department are being combined and city staff is recommending the new department be named Department of Public Services.

- Old Town trees will be trimmed on Saturday, May 2. A large sycamore tree that is blocking the clock tower at 316 S. Myrtle will be replaced with smaller, slow-growing lavender crape myrtle tree.

- The city is planning a public meeting about neighborhood compatibility and historic preservation during the second or third week of May.

- Monrovia Library Foundation Board will consider working with City Historian Steve Baker to develop "the definitive 'History of Monrovia'."

- An after-school program will be implemented immediately at Plymouth Elementary School, as it has been at other elementary schools in town.

- Tom and Aynn Freeman have received the 2015 Monrovia Older American of the Year Award. They are members of various local organizations and for over 30 years, once a month, have sponsored, decorated and cooked a luncheon for a group of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. Aynn also calls Bingo at the Gables Senior Living Complex.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's STAAR Surgical: Q1 Net Income Down

Monrovia's STAAR Surgical reports that "adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2015 was $1.1 million or $0.03 per diluted share, compared with adjusted net income of $1.6 million or $0.04 per diluted share, for the prior year period."

- Brad Haugaard

Chalk Fest Coming to Monrovia

Monrovia Association of Fine Arts will hold a Chalk Festival on September 26-27 as part of the annual Celebrate the Arts in Old Town Monrovia's Library Park. Chalk artists can apply by writing to Frazgo Fraz at

- Brad Haugaard

Roads to Close For Monrovia Race | Baseball Over Temple City | 93 Degrees Today

~ On May 9 Monrovia will host its annual Fountain to the Falls Run/Walk. Roads along the route will be closed or affected in some way. Details:

~ Monrovia baseball wins a share of Rio Hondo League title with 5-1 win over Temple City.

~ Toasty today. Supposed to get up to 93 degrees.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Robotics Team Finishes in Top 100 Worldwide

Monrovia High School's robotics team The Kings and Queens returned Monday from St. Louis where they spent the past week competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics World Championship.  The team posted a respectable Championship record of four wins and five losses to finish the season ranked 86th out of 4,410 FIRST Tech Challenge teams around the world.  This was an improvement over The Kings and Queens record of the prior season which saw them earn three wins and six losses for a final ranking of 101.  The team's robot "Sir Lancelot" performed well, making it through the grueling two days of qualifying matches without a single mechanical failure.

Team captain Melissa Johnson commented, "Last season at Worlds we had a lot of mechanical problems with our robot.  So this season one of our primary goals was a create a new robot that would be strong and well-designed so parts wouldn't break and fasteners wouldn't come lose.  The World Championship is an endurance contest and your robot has to hold up or you're quickly out of the running.  We met that goal and then some.  We didn't have to do any repairs or replace any parts during the entire tournament."  Two other teams from Southern California were on track to be tournament finalists before major mechanical failures saw them eliminated from contention.

The Kings and Queens are proud of their season but they know they have more to learn if they want to be one of the top robotic teams next year.  As team member Roberto Orozco noted, "The teams that make it to the World Championship after a season of elimination tournaments are very good and have excellent robots.  We've shown that we can design and build a world-class robot and that the rest of our team program is good enough to get us to Worlds two years in a row.  Now we have to concentrate on doing the game tasks faster and making everything better without losing any of the ground we have gained. That's how we will become a World Championship finalist."

The Kings and Queens will be losing all four of their veteran team members from last year's team to graduation in June.  That will leave the members new to the team this year with some big shoes to fill.  Amanda Sullivan, the team's only four-year member, commented, "We've tried hard this year to pass as much of our knowledge and experience on to the new members as we could but it is hard for them to understand without having been through the experiences that those of us have been through that have been doing this for years.  Going to Worlds was an important part of the learning process.  Now they have seen top-level robots in action, talked to kids on top-level teams, and experienced both the pressure and excitement that comes with competing against the best of the best. They can come back next season with a better understanding of what it means to be a top robotics team and what it takes to get there.  I guess that is the legacy the Seniors will leave behind."

Source: Brian Johnson with the Kings and Queens

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Warrant Arrests; Car Knocks Out Lights; Drunkenness; BB Through Window; Hit and Run Suspect Arrested; Sleeping in Park

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 23-26. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 24 at 3:00 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the area of Linwood and Magnolia regarding a male subject that was possibly intoxicated and was staggering on the sidewalk. Upon arrival, the officer found the subject seated and leaning up against a parked vehicle. The officer determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for his own personal safety. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for sobering.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 25 at 12:27 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 700 block of East Lemon saw a suspicious subject loitering at a park after hours. The officer contacted the subject and discovered he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The officer arrested the subject for the warrant.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 25 at 2:52 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Longden when she observed a motorist exceeding the posted speed limit. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and determined the driver to be intoxicated. The officer arrested the driver for driving under the influence. The driver was later released on a citation after sobering.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 25 at 4:37 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers stopped a vehicle in a shopping center parking lot in the 700 block of West Huntington for a vehicle code violation. A computer check of the driver revealed he had a warrant for his arrest and was driving without a license. The warrant was for a criminal case against the driver that was initiated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 25 at 8:04 p.m., an officer conducted a warrant service at a location in the 200 block of Valle Vista. The officer located the suspect at the location and arrested him per the authority of the warrant. The suspect was taken into custody and remained housed pending his court appearance date.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 25 at 8:51 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 300 block of East Altern when he saw a male subject in a driveway and recognized him from prior contacts. The officer knew the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He made contact with the suspect and confirmed the warrant. He arrested the suspect per the authority of the warrant.

Weapons Offense/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
April 26 at 12:19 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Norumbega regarding the report of a suspicious subject in the area. The officer located the subject and detained him. During the course of the investigation, the officer found the subject to be in possession of a dagger and a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested for the weapons offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 26 at 1:09 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 100 block of East Lemon when he stopped a subject on a bicycle for a vehicle code violation. Further investigation revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The officer arrested the suspect per the authority of the warrant.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 26 at 1:53 a.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Peck and Live Oak stopped a motorist for lane straddling. Further investigation revealed the driver was intoxicated. The suspect was arrested for driving under the influence, taken into custody and held for sobering.

April 26 at 1:32 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 700 block of West Olive. Unknown suspect(s) shot a BB through a glass door window of a residence. A silver, 4- door, compact vehicle being driven by a female was seen slowing down in front of the victim's home. Two or three shots from what is believed to be an Airsoft BB gun were fired at the residence. The suspect vehicle then fled toward Monterey. The investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision with Property Damage
April 26 at 7:28 a.m., a traffic collision was reported at Myrtle and Chestnut Avenue. A young female driver made a wide turn onto Myrtle and went onto the curb, striking the intersection control box. She destroyed the box and the intersection went dark. She was not injured. Signal maintenance was notified to respond to the location.

April 26 at 7:50 a.m., officers responded to Madison and Foothill on the report of a possible vehicle burglary. They arrived and located a vehicle with a shattered side window. Police located the registered owner and informed him of the damage. He said he had parked his vehicle the night before and the window was not shattered. Nothing was missing from the vehicle and it did not appear ransacked. The registered owner did not want to file a report for the damage.

Disturbing Subject/Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 26 at 12:12 p.m., a staff member from a motel in the 900 block of East Huntington called police to report a disturbing subject at the location who could not pay for a room. When police arrived, they encountered a male subject who was extremely intoxicated and uncooperative. He was placed under arrest for public intoxication and held for sobering.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision with Injury – Suspect Arrested
April 26 at 3:55 p.m., police responded to a hit and run traffic collision with possible injuries in the area of California and Duarte. Assisting officers were given a vehicle description and license plate for a possible suspect. They went to the address for the registered owner in Duarte and located the vehicle and suspect driver. The suspect was positively identified and arrested for felony hit and run. The victim complained of pain and had a laceration on her leg. She was treated on scene by Monrovia Fire Department paramedics.

Municipal Code Violation/Being in a Park After Posted Hours – Suspect Cited
April 27 at 2:26 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 700 block of East Lemon and noticed a subject sleeping in the park after the park was closed. The subject was issued a citation for being in the park after posted hours.

Monrovia Responds to Nepal Earthquake

~ Teams from Monrovia-based World Vision are beginning aid efforts to assist those impacted by the 7.8 magnitude quake that struck Nepal. The Christian relief agency has sent teams to assess the damage in rural areas and says that food is running out. It is also hearing reports that whole villages may be buried in rockslides. "World Vision is planning to respond in its initial phase to 50,000 people, meeting their immediate needs including providing first aid kits, sleeping mats, blankets and jerry cans; temporary shelter; and protection for children."

~ The Monrovia-based Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys has opened a Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund to raise money for those affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and the aftermath. You can send or drop off contributions to "Attn: Nepal Earthquake Relief, Jewish Federation, 114A W. Lime Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016," or donate on-line at and indicate it is for Nepal Earthquake Relief. All funds will go to social welfare agencies in the affected areas and The Jewish Federation will absorb all administrative costs. For more information call 445-0810 or send an email to
- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Robotics Team Heading Home From St. Louis

Monrovia High's Kings and Queens robotics team reports:

"We ended up not winning any judged awards at the FTC Championship awards ceremony but we are content with the knowledge we have gained, the experiences we have shared, and the friends we have made. Tomorrow we get to sleep in, and then we are going to take in the sights and attractions of St. Louis before we fly home on Monday. Thank you to the organizers and many volunteers who made the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship such a great experience for us."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Painting

A Monrovia painting by an un-renowned Monrovia artist. Me. If you can't figure out where this is, there's no hope for me as an artist. (The glare on this snapshot isn't helping any.)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Keeps Its Lead in Baseball

Monrovia maintains its 3-game lead. "There's no let up with the Monrovia High School baseball team."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: Consider New Street Fair Company | School Board: Moving to Common Core; Refinancing Bonds

~ The Monrovia City Council will hold a special session Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. to consider having Los Angeles PartyWorks handle the Friday night street fair. The city expects to get an annual fee of $18,000 which will be paid on a monthly basis.

~ Meanwhile, over at the school district, at its April 29 meeting the Monrovia School Board (agenda: ) will ...

- consider adopting "bridge" math materials for the transition to Common Core state standards.

- consider refinancing $30 million of the district's school bonds at today's lower rates.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Zen Buffet

Had dinner at Zen Buffet last night, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Huntington. Cost is $15.99, which is well worth it if you go back a lot, which I, uh, did. Very nice selection. Plus I had a beer for three dollars. Everything was really quite tasty, even better than I remember it from last time.

- Brad Haugaard

Official Count in - No Change

It's official now: Tom Adams has been elected mayor and Becky Shevlin and Gloria Grudgington are council members.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Seniors Select 'Revered' Teachers

The Monrovia High Senior class has selected four instructors as "Revered Teachers" for its graduation ceremony this year ( ).  The four are:
1) Mr. Duff
2) Mrs. Harrison
3) Mr. Dols
4) Mr. Miller

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Banged Up in Car Crash; New Girlfriend vs. Old Girlfriend; Drunk Driving

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 20-22. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 359 service events, resulting in 62 investigations.

Injury Traffic Collision
April 20 at 7:15 a.m., a traffic collision involving injuries was reported at Mountain and Royal Oaks. A vehicle traveling southbound failed to stop for a red light. The vehicle struck a westbound vehicle traveling through on green light. There were six passengers between the two vehicles. All of the passengers were taken to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
April 22 at 7:30 a.m., a non-injury traffic collision was reported in the 200 block of South Ivy in front of a school. A driver stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake, causing a minor dent to the vehicle and a minor scrape to school property.

April 22 at 4:00 p.m., a battery incident was reported in the 400 block of Genoa. The victim was struck in the face by her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. The suspect struck the victim and fled the location. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 8:24 p.m., two officers were driving south on Myrtle when they observed a vehicle making a left turn onto east Central, against traffic. The vehicle hit the southeast curb of the intersection and continued east on Central. After stopping the vehicle, the officers found that the female driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested for driving under the influence and taken into custody. The driver was extremely intoxicated. Fearing possible alcohol poisoning, she was cited for DUI and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz Says Thanks

Letter from outgoing Mayor Mary Ann Lutz:

My fellow Monrovians,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve these past six years as Mayor of Monrovia, and for the six years before that on the City Council. I am proud of the accomplishments of those years and am honored to have worked alongside many fine council members and outstanding staff.

I am proud, too, of the campaign we ran these past several weeks and more grateful than I can say for the many, many Monrovians who gave their time, their dollars, their energy and their love to our effort.

I wish the new Mayor and Council all the best as they now pick up the torch.

Mayor Mary Ann Lutz

- Brad Haugaard

Examples of Water Waste in Monrovia

At Monterey and Huntington.

A Monrovian writes to say that he has contacted the city several times during the past two years about water regularly running down streets but hasn't seen any change. He wrote me a letter, which I have edited, here:

- First is all the way down Huntington Drive, from the shopping center with Oto Oto, Tashio and the old Daphne's Greek restaurant. Probably thousands of gallons every day wasted. Do you ever see the puddles around the Shell Gas Station in the mornings all the way to Highway Esplanade?

- Second is Live Oak Cemetery. Water flowing down Walker Ave, Taylor, Duarte Rd, El Norte, and Myrtle, plus down our driveway and always into our machine shop.

- Third is I believe coming from around the shopping area with the Jack In The Box at Myrtle and Duarte every morning.  Water flowing past Spanner on Myrtle [three blocks away].

Still has not stopped. The cemetery been happening for over eight years, and Huntington Drive for as long as I can remember!

I send pictures, times and dates. The city says that someone will investigate, but it's still happening.

UPDATE: A relevant letter.

I am the owner of the Shell Station at Huntington and Monterey.  First off, thank you for your involvement with the city and keeping the public updated.  I follow your website daily as a business owner.  

Regarding the water waste, I just want to make sure its clear to your readers it is not coming from the Shell Station.   We have seen that water flow for many years and I believe the City did investigate.  Not sure what the conclusion was.

We take the water shortage seriously and hope the water wasting will stop.

Thank you,
Ramzi Rabadi

- Brad Haugaard

Flamzz Pizza Out of Business

Apparently Flamzz Pizza (southwest corner of Colorado and Ivy) is out of business. Too bad.

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College President Honored

Citrus College Superintendent/President Geraldine M. Perri, Ph.D. was recently recognized by the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society with its Shirley B. Gordon Award for Distinction. Citrus College serves Monrovia. Dr. Perri was the only college leader from California to receive the award, which was presented on April 17 in San Antonio. Every year, presidents and CEOs from the nation’s 1,137 community colleges are nominated to receive the award. Source: Citrus press release

- Brad Haugaard

Yard Sale at Monrovia Church to Support Financial Seminars

Yard Sale at Calvary Road Baptist Church on May 9 from 7 a.m.-noon. To support the Financial Peace University program, a Dave Ramsey class that has been meeting at the Monrovia Library every Thursday night.

- Brad Haugaard

Sausage Sold at Trader Joe's Recalled

The 8-ounce sausage packages of Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage sold at Trader Joe's - based in Monrovia - are being recalled. There may be bits of plastic in the sausage.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Over La Canada in Softball

Monrovia victorious over La Canada in softball. 7-1.

- Brad Haugaard

May Events in Monrovia

~ Thursday, May 7 - Interfaith Council of Monrovia will hold a National Day of Prayer event at United Methodist Church, 140 E. Palm, 7 p.m. For more information call Bobbi Rahmanian at 215-2704.

~ Saturday, May 9 - Fire Service Day and Monrovia Firefighters Association Annual Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station 101, 141 E Lemon Ave in Old Town; Jr. Firefighter Challenge, Raffles, Displays, Bounce House, Live Demonstrations. Tickets at event; Kids Under 3 eat free. For more info call 256-8181.

~ Saturday, May 9, Fourth Annual Fountain to the Falls 7 mile Run/Walk, starting at Library fountain at 7 a.m. Registration through the City at . For more info call Community Services at 256-8246.

~ Saturday, May 9 - The Taylor Performing Arts Center, 845 W. Colorado Blvd., presents Broadway Star and Tony nominee Susan Egan in her award winning one woman show "The Belle of Broadway" for one performance only. MHS music and drama students will perform in several ensemble numbers. 7 pm; tickets available on

~ Sunday, May 10 - MOHPG Mother's Day Old Homes Tour - 10 am to 4 pm; Advance Tickes; adults $20; Seniors 65 $15, Teens $15; 12 years and under free; Day of Tour Tickets sold at the Historical Museum, 742 E. Lemon Ave; add $5 to each ticket with kids under 12 being free; advance tickets available at Old Town Friday Festival on S Myrtle 5 - 9 pm from 4/3 - 5/8; Chamber of Commerce, 620 S Myrtle Ave; Dollmakers, 412 S Myrtle; Curves, 1159 E Huntington Dr., Duarte or go to to order.

~ Wednesday, May 13 - Monrovia Chamber with the City of Monrovia present "Economic forecast for the SGV" with Cynthia J. Kurtz President and CEO of the SGV Economic Partnership; 11:15 am - 1 pm Location - Contact Chamber (626)358-1159 for more info or go to

~ Thursday, May 14 - Monrovia Providers Group "Mad Hatter Tea"; Monrovia Community Center, 119 W Palm Ave; $5 or free if you wear a tie or a hat! 2 - 4 pm; more information contact Rebecca at the Monrovia Community Center (626)256-8232 ; website

~ Thursday, May 14 - The Taylor Performing Arts Center, 845 W. Colorado Blvd., presents "Superstars of Music Showcase" featuring more than 600 vocal and instrumental music Students from Monrovia Unified School District; 6:30 PM; tickets available at the door; all proceeds go to benefit MUSD's vocal and instrumental music programs.

~ Friday, May 15 - 17th Annual Don Montgomery Annual Golf Tournament; Azusa Greens Country Club, 919 W. Sierra Madre Ave, Azusa; 11:30 Registration; 1 pm Shotgun Start; 6 pm Social Hour; 7 pm Dinner Seating; 7:30 pm Awards, Raffle and Live Auction; participate all day or just Come for Dinner and Awards, etc.; reservations/registration please contact Chuck Pollard, 257 Aspen Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 (626)358-0010

~ Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 - Friends of the Monrovia Public Library Spring Book Sale; Monrovia Public Library Community Room, Friday noon-5pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; $5 Bag Clearance Sale will be Saturday from 4-5pm

~ Saturday, May 16 - Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will host its inaugural Walking Tour of historic Downtown Monrovia. Meet at the SW corner of Palm and Myrtle Avenues at 10 am.; Cost is $5 per person (12 and under free) and reservations are required. Go to the Online Store at to reserve a space.

~ Saturday, May 16 - Monrovia Days "Myrtle Madness" featuring live entertainment, games, booths, music, Family fun festival; Library Park 8 am - 3 pm. $7 Pancakes in the morning and BBQ in the afternoon; information go to or call Keely Milliken at (626) 297-4758

~ Saturday, May 20 - Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center "Mothers & Others" Friendship Tea; shopping, special message, fashion show plus a gold/silver buy back event; United Methodist Church 140 E Palm Ave; 22 am - 2 pm; call for reservations 303-2783 or 358-2122; $10 advance, 2 for $18; $15 at the door.

~ Saturday, May 23 - Gold Line Construction Authority Operations Campus Grand Opening and Veterans Plaza Dedication Ceremonies; Veterans Plaza Dedication 8-9 am at southeast corner of Evergreen and California Avenues; Gold Line Operations Campus Dedication Ceremony 10-11 am and Open House 10 am - 1 pm.

Comment: Many thanks to Becky Shevlin, from whose most excellent calendar I swiped all this stuff.

- Brad Haugaard

Holden Bill Approved by Committee | Roush Joins STAAR | Francis Second in Race

~ The Assembly Judiciary Committee today overwhelmingly approved Assembly Bill 425, co-authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia. AB 525 makes it more difficult for chains to terminate franchise operators by prohibiting corporations from closing a franchise business unless there has been a substantial violation of the contract, the law or local regulations. It also allows franchisees to keep the equity they invested in the event of termination. Source: Holden press release

Comment: You can see the bill here ( ). What is interesting is that Holden introduced a bill that would impose higher fines on private investigators (see original: ), but then it was apparently gutted by amendment and turned into a bill regulating franchises.

~ J. Steven Roush, CPA, has been appointed to the board of Monrovia's STAAR Surgical.

~ Monrovia's Empire Bikes reports that its own Scott Francis came in second in the Pro 1-2 at the Los Angeles Circuit Race.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Must Cut Water Usage by 28%; More Ballots to Count; New Company May Run Street Fair; Scaffolding Gone; Skateboarding Crack-Down

In his weekly report, Monrovia City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

- The State Water Resources Control Board has determined that Monrovia must cut its water consumption by 28% below 2013 levels. Glendora really got socked. It has to cut by 36%.

- "We have somewhere between 800 - 900 additional ballots that must be counted before the election results can be finalized." If you want to watch, the count will begin Thursday, April 23,  at 8 a.m. in the Police Department Community Room.

- No truth to the rumor that the Friday Night Family Street Fair was going to be terminated as of June 30. But there will likely be a change in the company that runs it. Chi said a city committee is unanimously recommending that LA PartyWorks run the show.

- The scaffolding has finally been removed from the sidewalk at 316 South Myrtle Avenue (across from the Library).

- Extra patrols to crack down on skateboarding in Old Town.

- Brad Haugaard

E-Waste Event at Monrovia High

E-waste event, Saturday, May 30 at Monrovia High. Bring brake fluid, paint, paint thinner, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides or herbicides, household batteries and car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, oil filters, expired pharmaceuticals, anti-freeze, and fluorescent light bulbs, household electronic waste including: computer monitors, televisions, computer CPUs, keyboards, printers, cell phones, etc. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Robbery at Gunpoint; Trailer, Lost and Found; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 16-19. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Residential Burglary
April 17 at 12:15 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 200 block of West Lemon. The victim left his residence, locked and secured, at approximately 8:00 a.m. When he returned at around 12:15 p.m., he noticed the front glass sliding door had been shattered. The house had been ransacked and property was stolen.

Stolen Semi-trailer Recovered
April 17 at 5:45 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Wildrose regarding a stolen semi-trailer. The trailer was taken sometime on April 11 or 12. When entered into the computer system, a recent inquiry by Arcadia Police Department was found. The trailer had been tagged as abandoned in their city. The registered owner was notified that the trailer was located.

Petty Theft / Delaying a Peace Officer / Warrants – Suspects Arrested
April 17 at 6:00 p.m., police responded to a business in the 700 block of West Huntington regarding a theft of merchandise by a female and a male subject. The female subject was observed concealing store merchandise in her purse. The subjects purchased other merchandise from the store, but did not pay for the merchandise inside the purse. Officers arrived and detained both subjects outside the location. The female subject was confrontational with officers and would not comply with their commands. Stolen items were located in the female's purse and a stolen box cutter was found in the male subject's back pocket. The female subject also had several warrants for her arrest. She was arrested for petty theft, delaying a peace officer and the warrants. The male subject was arrested for petty theft.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
April 18 at 2:03 a.m., officers saw a vehicle driving erratically in the 400 block of West Huntington and conducted a traffic stop. During the stop, officers determined the driver was intoxicated, and after investigation, the driver was arrested for driving under the influence.

Petty Theft / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
April 18 at 5:14 p.m., police responded to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington regarding a theft. A male subject left the store with stolen jewelry and had entered a car that was now leaving the location. Officers were in the area and observed the vehicle. They conducted a traffic stop and detained the female driver and the male suspect. The female had a suspended license and was cited. There was no evidence that she was involved in the theft. The vehicle was released to a family member. The male suspect admitted to stealing the jewelry. He also had several warrants for his arrest. He was arrested for petty theft and the warrants.

April 18 at 12:28 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Myrtle and Foothill on the report of a robbery that had just occurred. The two male victims were walking south in the 100 block of North Myrtle. They noticed a white vehicle parked along the west curb with a female Black subject sitting behind the wheel as the passed by it. They suddenly heard foot steps quickly approaching from behind and were confronted by two male Black suspects. One of the suspects pointed a black handgun at the victims and demanded their wallets. Both victims threw their wallets on the ground. The suspects picked up one of the wallets and fled, getting into the white vehicle. The vehicle was driven away by the female subject. The vehicle was last seen traveling south on Myrtle out of sight. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 18 at 12:29 p.m., officers were dispatched on the report of a suspicious vehicle in the 300 block of West Colorado. They responded and found two subjects sleeping inside the vehicle, one of which was a female juvenile who was in violation of the curfew ordinance. A computer check revealed the juvenile had a no-bail warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Recall of Trader Joe Pastries for 'Undeclared Coconut'

A company selling pastries through Trader Joe's - based in Monrovia - is recalling its "A Dozen Sweet Bites" because of "undeclared coconut."

- Brad Haugaard

Coffee Shop Coming to Monrovia's Aztec Hotel

A coffee shop called "Aztec Coffee and Games" is moving in to the east corner of the Aztec Hotel, the part labeled "Coffee Shop" in stained glass. It is coming in August and says it will be "San Gabriel Valley's first board gaming cafe. We've created Aztec Coffee & Games to fill a simple need: to have a well-lit and friendly environment to play board games featuring delicious coffee and snacks. We plan to have comfortable chairs, clean bathrooms, and plenty of table space for board gaming with friends and family." The business is raising money on Kickstarter - . (Thanks Dave Kepple.)

Comment: Well, blessings on you! May it be a big success.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council May Appoint Subcommittee to Keep an Eye On Station Square Project

At the recommendation of City Manager Oliver Chi, the Monrovia City Council will consider at its April 21 meeting (agenda: ) whether to create an ad hoc City Council Station Square Construction Monitoring Subcommittee to keep an eye on the project. The subcommittee would last until the project is done and Chi recommended appointing councilmembers Spicer and Blackburn to serve on the subcommittee.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Canyon Park Named as Great Hiking Spot

Monrovia Canyon Park named one of the best SoCal hiking spots. (Thanks for the tip, Gem City Images.)

- Brad Haugaard

Night Trains Coming

Nightly train testing for the 11.5-mile Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa will begins today and will continue through early June, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

To limit noise during the night testing, the grade crossing bells will be disconnected and Metro train operators will use their optional "quiet-zone" horns, which will sound similar to buzzers and are commonly used in residential areas. Sheriff Deputies will be supporting the effort.

Source: Press release

- Brad Haugaard

Result of Prop 47 - Crime on the Rise

LA County Supervisor Antonovich, who represents Monrovia, says Proposition 47 is not working out the way it was intended. He says that a preliminary review of crime rates, especially property crime, shows that they "are on the rise." ( ). Monrovia Police Chief James Hunt was none too happy about the proposition either:

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Smashburger

Had dinner last night at Smashburger, on Huntington. I got the big size Buffalo and Blue Cheese Burger ($7.69) and a Mint Oreo Shake ($4.59). Nice, and shake was great. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Over San Marino in Baseball | Rain?

~ Monrovia baseball in 3-1 win over San Marino.

~ Slight chance of rain on Tuesday (10%), growing to 20% Wednesday and 60% Thursday.

- Brad Haugaard

Old Town Monrovia Is Now Officially a 'Great Place'

This week, Old Town Monrovia was honored by the California Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA California) with its "Great Place in California" award.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Softball In Big Win Over South Pas

South Pasadena Tigers softball team loses to Monrovia, 15-4.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Car Crash; Window-Smashing Ex-Girlfriend

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 13-15. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 416 service events, resulting in 65 investigations.

Injury Traffic Collision
April 14 at 2:50 p.m., a traffic collision with injuries involved was reported at Mayflower and Evergreen. A driver that was heading southbound on Mayflower made a left turn into the path of a driver heading northbound on Mayflower. Both drivers and a passenger were injured. All injured persons were taken to a hospital for treatment. The injuries were not life threatening.

Residential Burglary/Vandalism - Suspect Arrested
On April 15 at 11:31 p.m., an officer responded to 900 block of West Duarte regarding a disturbing subject. The victim said his ex-girlfriend, who does not live at the residence, smashed out an upstairs window and got inside the home. The victim’s daughter was inside a downstairs room when the ex-girlfriend broke into the house. The suspect exited the window and was walking through the backyard when she picked up a brick and threw it through the sliding door window where the daughter was. The suspect fled before officer’s arrived. Several hours later a neighbor of the victim called to report the ex-girlfriend had returned and was breaking into the residence again. All units responded to the residence and located the suspect in the daughter's room. The suspect was arrested for burglary and vandalism.

Monrovia School Board Meetings Now on KGEM

Monrovia School Board meetings are now being broadcast on KGEM.

- Brad Haugaard

ABC 7 Story on Kings and Queens | Life-Science Incubator to Monrovia | Softball

~ ABC 7 did a video story about how the Kings and Queens - Monrovia High's robotics team - is getting ready for championship competition:

~ LA Business Journal reports that life-science incubator Lab Launch has signed a lease for almost 11,000 square feet in Monrovia. (Looks like the same building the Star-News/Tribune/etc. will be moving into.)

~ Britney Lopez helps Monrovia High softball team with pitching.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Horse Trainer Dies; One of the 'Winningest' in California

Trainer Mike Mitchell, an iconic and dominant figure on the Southern California horse racing landscape for nearly 40 years, passed away Tuesday, at his home in Monrovia following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66. Santa Anita says that he "ranks among all-time winningest trainers in California."

In addition to his wife and two daughters, Mitchell is survived by a twin sister, Cheryl, and brothers Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey.  Funeral services are pending.

Mitchell, who won his first race at Bay Meadows in 1974, won 19 overall training titles in Southern California.  In addition to his two Santa Anita Winter Meet titles, he won four training titles at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree Meeting; in 1983, 1995, 1996 and 2004.  He also took five overall Hollywood Park titles that included the 1982 Spring/Summer Meet, and Hollywood Park Fall Meets in 1983, 1985, 1993 and 1997.

Del Mar’s all-time leading trainer with 476 seaside wins, Mitchell won seven Del Mar titles; 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 1996 and 2011.  He was also leading trainer at Fairplex Park in 2008.

Source: Santa Anita Park press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Election Results - Apparent Winners: Mayor, Adams; Council Members are Crudgington and Shevlin

Summary: It's not an absolutely done deal since City Clerk Alice Atkins says there are 701 mail-in and similar type ballots to count, but from the numbers tonight, it appears Tom Adams has won the mayor's office and Gloria Crudgington and Becky Shevlin  have won seats on the city council.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Saving More Water than State Average, Plans to Save More | Train Yard Grand Opening | Listen for Fire Alarms | Hirsch Honored | Arbor Day

In his weekly "City Manager's Update," Monrovia City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

~ Monrovia is doing 12.5 percent better than the average for the rest of California in water conservation. He writes: "In California, the per capita water usage per day is 196 gallons. In Monrovia, for all of calendar year 2014, we utilized 174.18 gallons per capita per day, which is 12.5% less than the statewide average."

~ The city is putting together a plan to conserve more water. The plan should be ready for review within the next few weeks. Some ideas:

- Water efficient landscaping contest
- Xeriscape demonstration gardens
- Access to "cash for grass" programs
- Rain barrel rebate programs
- Soil moisture sensor rebate programs
- Water conservation marketing plan

~ Metro Gold Line Construction Authority is planning a grand opening for the maintenance and operations yard on Saturday, May 23.  The event is tentatively scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and last through 1 p.m.

~ If you hear fire alarms coming from city facilities this week, no worries. The Public Works Department is just testing the systems.

~ Susan Hirsch, director of Quest Academy Community Day School at the Monrovia schools, has been named one of Congresswoman Judy Chu's Women of Distinction for 2015.

~ Arbor Day event to take place on April 23, 2015, at 4 p.m. at Rotary Park, at 401 S. California Ave.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Cops Donate Their Tips to Special Olympics

At a "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser on April 9, Monrovia Police officers and LA County Sheriff's deputies served as waiters at the Monrovia Claim Jumper restaurant and donated all the tips they received, over $3,400, to Special Olympics.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Election Tuesday

The Monrovia election is Tuesday, April 14 (tomorrow, as I write this) and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Your  polling place is in a red box on the back of your sample ballot. If you've misplaced it, go to and type in your address.

You get one choice for mayor (duh) but two choices for city council members as there are two open seats.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Samson the Bear Statue Is Fixed - for a While

Gem City Images reports that the wooden Samson the Bear statue in Monrovia Canyon Park has had its head reattached (It fell of because of termite damage), and looks okay. But Samson's in pretty bad shape and the fix is only for a while.

Update: I was just up there and Samson is still wrapped up in black plastic. I guess the glue is still drying.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Drunk Youth Not Happy to See Parent - Oops,! Now He's Shoplifting; Assault on Officer; Burglary, Drugs and Alcohol

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 9-12. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Possession of Methamphetamine / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 9 at 7:30 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Shamrock & Walnut when he stopped a motorist for traveling at an unsafe speed. Upon contacting the driver, the officer discovered the driver had an outstanding warrant issued by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The officer arrested the suspect for the warrant and upon conducting an inventory search of the vehicle prior to storage, methamphetamine and a glass pipe was found. The additional charges were added.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 9 at 8:00 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a disturbing subject. Upon arrival, the officer determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for her safety. The subject was arrested for public intoxication and held for sobering.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
April 10 at 1:31 p.m., officers were called to an apartment in the 800 block of West Olive on the report of a domestic violence incident which had just occurred between a male and female couple who live together. The male subject had left the location prior to police arrival. Officers contacted the female subject and saw that she had visible injuries on her arms. The female victim stated that she and her boyfriend were arguing and he began hitting her. She ran into her bedroom, locked the door and attempted to call the police on her cell phone. The suspect gained entry to her room by punching a hole in the door and unlocking it. He grabbed and threw her cell phone, and then began hitting her again. He then left the location and she called police. Officers called the suspect’s cell phone and convinced him to turn himself in at the Monrovia Police Station for questioning. After investigation of the entire incident, the male suspect was arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody.

Weapons Offense – Suspect Arrested
April 10 at 6:19 p.m., an officer was talking to a citizen in front of the police station when he saw a male subject with an open beer, walking west toward Myrtle. He detained the subject and during a pat down search, found a large kitchen knife concealed in his waistband. The suspect was determined to be a juvenile and under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and later released to a parent. When the suspect walked out of the police station, he ran from his parent. Officers searched for the juvenile, but he was not located.

Shoplifting Offense – Suspects Arrested
April 10 at 9:24 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 300 block of West Huntington regarding two suspects who had just committed a theft and fled the store. Officers located and detained the two male suspects. The investigation revealed the suspects selected and concealed over-the-counter cold medication and fled without paying for the merchandise. A computer check revealed both suspects also had outstanding warrants for their arrest. They were arrested and taken into custody.

72-Hour Mental Evaluation
April 11 at 12:28 a.m. in the early morning hours, police received a call reporting a suspect that had just committed a theft at a store in the 100 block of West Foothill. An officer responded and determined the suspect was the same juvenile arrested for the weapons offense earlier. After investigation, officers learned that the suspect had battered his sister and made statements that he wanted to stab someone. He was placed on a 72-hour mental evaluation hold. Criminal charges are pending.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 11 at 1:16 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the area of Myrtle and Colorado. A witness saw a vehicle driving recklessly on the 210 Freeway. The suspect vehicle nearly rear ended the reporting parties vehicle and almost collided into the center divider of the freeway. The suspect vehicle exited at Myrtle, followed by the reporting party who contacted the police department. The vehicle was located parked at Myrtle and Colorado with a male subject behind the wheel and the engine running. The subject was determined to be intoxicated and driving under the influence. He was arrested and held for sobering.

Vehicle Burglary
April 11 at 9:31 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of West Pomona. A work truck was broken into sometime during the night. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
April 11 at 9:33 a.m., a commercial burglary was reported at a business in the 1300 block of South Mountain. A small glass window was broken out during the night behind a parked vehicle. Based on the initial inspection, there was no obvious property loss, and it is unknown if the suspect(s) actually entered the building. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication
April 11 at 2:17 p.m., an officer observed a subject walking with an alcoholic beverage. The officer contacted the subject and determined he was extremely intoxicated and was very agitated. He was arrested for being drunk in public and held for sobering.

Assault on a Peace Officer Resulting in Injury – Suspect Arrested
April 11 at 4:19 p.m., a business in the 400 block of West Foothill called police to report a disturbing subject who was throwing items in the store. The subject left the location and was heading west on Foothill. An officer located the subject several blocks away and attempted to detain him. He exited his car and told the subject to stop. The subject did not comply and yelled at the officer. An assisting officer arrived and the subject was detained. The subject said he did not know who he was and he continued to be verbally abusive and spit at the officers. The subject struggled with the officers as they took him into custody. One of the officers was injured during the struggle.

The subject continued to be verbally abusive and struggle while being transported in the patrol car. He slammed his forehead against the plastic divider several times, causing a cut to his forehead. Once at the station, he was examined by Fire Department personnel for his injury. The suspect continued to verbally assault police personnel and spit at them. He made vague, irrational threats about death and injuries to police and their families. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injury and was cleared and released for booking.

Residential Burglary
April 11 at 11:07 p.m., an officer responded to a residential burglary that occurred in the 100 block of East Foothill. The investigation revealed that entry was made into the home through a second story bedroom window, where the screen was cut. The victim left the window open to ventilate the room. Several items were taken and the investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 12 at 12:15 a.m., a citizen called police to report a drunk driver. The caller followed the driver from the 110 Freeway in Pasadena to the 100 block of Stedman. Officers located the vehicle and saw it pull over to the curb on Stedman. They contacted the driver and determined she was intoxicated. She was arrested and held for sobering.

Monrovia's Kings and Queens Robotics Team Needs Money to Get to World Championship

The Monrovia High Kings and Queens robotics team has been vigorously fundraising to cover the cost of the team's upcoming trip to compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis on April 22-25.  Support from the Monrovia community has been enthusiastic but the team is still short of the needed $12,000 for lodging and transportation for the students, coaches, robot and materials. Please help if you can, and help spread the word.  Donations of any amount will get them closer to their goal.  Businesses who donate $500 or more can have their company logo displayed on the robot "Sir Lancelot" both during the competition and after he comes back to a well-earned retirement to be displayed at school functions.

The team has an online donation site at Donations there can be made a credit card or by transferring funds from a bank account.  GoFundMe keeps about 8% of the funds to cover card and bank charges and their costs.

They also gladly accept checks mailed to the address below.   A note should be written on or included with the check that the donation is for the Kings and Queens Robotics Team:

MHS Math and Science Academy Boosters.
Attn: Monrovia High Robotics Program
PO Box 1887
Monrovia, CA 91017

The Monrovia High Robotics Program is a part of the MHS Math and Science Academy Boosters for tax purposes and all donations we receive pass through them.  The MASA Boosters are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit charitable organization with ID number 27-3072381 and all donations to us are tax deductable and qualify for company matching-gift programs.

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Who Knew? Monrovia High's Front Lawn Designed for Overflow Parking

There has been some debate on Facebook after people noticed cars parked on the front lawn of Monrovia High School during this Sunday's meeting of Fellowship Monrovia, the church which meets at the school. Some said it shouldn't be allowed and others said that such parking is regularly allowed for other large events. Then School Board member Ed Gililland posted that:

"The area was considered for pavement, but considering the amount of surface that does not allow rain water to permeate into the ground, the decision was made to put in pavers that allowed grass to grow and water to permeate into the ground. It is designated and designed for overflow parking."

- Brad Haugaard

Gold Line Train Yard Opening in June | Monrovia Over San Marino

~ Monrovia Gold Line train maintenance yard to open in June.

~ Monrovia over San Marino in baseball - 3-1.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Rotary Club Supports Fountain to the Falls Run/Walk

(This post sponsored by Monrovia Rotary Club)
Saturday, May 9th 2015 will mark the 5th annual “Fountain to the Falls” run/walk from the fountain in Library Park to the water falls in Canyon Park.

The Monrovia Rotary Club intends to lend support for this fun, family event by hosting a health booth and by our Rotarians participating in the race. All fitness levels are welcome. Lynda Linforth, a personal trainer, owner of Trainer on the Run ( and a Monrovia Rotarian, is giving hands on support to the pre-race training.

The Monrovia Rotary Club has agreed to put an emphasis on health and fitness for 2015. A 'biggest loser' competition was started in January for willing participants and is currently ongoing.  “All participants will be able to finish at their own pace but preparation must be done to avoid injuries” said Linforth. The Monrovia Rotary Club is getting together, three times a week to train for the race. Lynda Linforth has presented a day-by-day training program and will be on hand for pre-event stretching and advice. Lynda leads us on a Saturday morning walk in preparation. We also have scheduled walks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

This event is organized by the City of Monrovia and will feature a health fair presented by the YMCA. For more information, please visit

The Monrovia Rotary Club meets weekly at the Monrovian Family Restaurant (upstairs) Tuesdays at noon.  If you are interested in joining us please contact us at

School Board: Help Students Plan for College; Refinance Bond; Remember Armenian Genocide; Etc.

At the next meeting (agenda: ), the Monrovia School Board will consider ...

- a contract with Naviance, which helps students plan ahead for college:

- refinancing the Measure M bond, since interest rates are now lower.

- adopting a resolution "In Remembrance of the Armenian genocide and Man's Inhumanity to Man."

- and other stuff.

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at New Salad Bistro

My wife had lunch recently at the new Salad Bistro on the east side of Myrtle just south of Lemon. (I was busy.) She got the Piccadilly roast beef sandwich for $8.95, and an ice tea for $1.95. She liked it.
- Brad Haugaard

New Gold Line Maintenance Yard is Environmentally Friendly

The 24-acre, $265-million Gold Line Operations Campus in Monrovia, is one of the only facilities of its kind to meet  U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Gold standards, one of the highest levels available, according to Habib F. Balian, CEO of the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority.

The facility will house up to 84 light rail vehicles and nearly 200 employees over several shifts a day. Features built into the facility will reduce water and electricity consumption, as well as capture 100% of the rainfall from the site and infiltrate it into the groundwater aquifers below.  Highlights:

- A 714-panel, 178.5-kilowatt solar panel array has been installed that will generate 22,000 Kilowatt Hours/Month, enough electricity to meet one-third of power needs of the 132,000 square foot Main Shop Building. Excess power will be made available to the local electric grid.

- Water-reduction measures in the Main Shop Building (such as high efficiency fixtures and infrared sensor faucets) will help achieve a 35% water reduction level. Smart sprinkler technology and drought-tolerant plants will reduce landscape water consumption by 50%. The large carwash facility, with average usage of 60,000 gallons of water a day, will use only recycled, reclaimed water.

- A specialized stormwater management system has been installed to capture the first 3/4-inch (112,000 gallons) of a 100-year storm event. The stormwater is treated, then sent to large, open-bottom subterranean chambers below the facility.

- Recycled materials make up nearly 50% of the material used on the campus, and materials were locally sourced to reduce environmental impacts of long-distance transport.

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

Unapproved $650,000 - In Scope of Plan But Not Referred to Council, as Required

Another letter from Mayor Mary Ann Lutz:

I reported to you Wednesday morning that we had discovered nearly $650,000 in change orders for Station Square construction that went forward without approval from the City Council. I want to update you now on what we have done to investigate and remedy that situation.

The Council met in special session this morning to hear a report from City Manager Oliver Chi on how the procedural breakdown occurred. His report satisfied the Council that the change orders were within the scope of plans presented and approved in study sessions (although not presented to the Council for formal approval as required) and that the contractors had proceeded in good faith based on authorizations from two City employees. The Council then voted unanimously to authorize the additional expenditures.

One of the individuals responsible for bypassing formal Council approval is no longer employed by the City and the department involved has since been reorganized and is under new management. I have asked the City Manager to address the matter of the second responsible party in an appropriate manner. I also asked for and received a public commitment that he and his management staff will see to it that this never happens again.

Additionally, I have asked that the Council establish a committee, including two of its members, to oversee the entire Station Square project. Station Square is the largest such project ever undertaken by the City and has come at a time of reduced staff and resources. It is important, therefore, that the Council engages directly in the oversight process.

Mayor Mary Ann Lutz

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Rotary Donates to Explorers | Police Honored | Gold Line Parking | Hazardous Waste Collection

~ The Monrovia Rotary Club has donated $1,286 to the Monrovia Police Department Explorer Post.

~ Mothers Against Drunk Drivers honors Monrovia police for their work.

~ A nice picture of the parking structure at the Monrovia Gold Line Station:

~ Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Monrovia High parking lot off Madison Avenue.

- Brad Haugaard

Walk n' Roll at Monrovia's Bradoaks | Unity Center Auction | Gold Line Parking Structure

~ Heather Mixon Stokes says Bradoaks School's Walk n' Roll is coming up next month and the school is in need of sponsors. Any businesses or families that would like to promote their business and sponsor this year please send an email to Karyn McIntyre Godbold at

~ Foothill Unity Center is celebrating its 35th Birthday with an online auction. You can participate here ( ) "and bid on a wide variety of spectacular goods and services, sumptuous dining experiences and unique adventures."  The Center reports that, "Last year, we assisted 10,288 individuals from almost 5,000 families with food, emergency housing assistance, health services, job training and more."

~ A nice picture of the parking structure at the Monrovia Gold Line Station:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Man Swipes 15 Pairs of Jeans and the Bag to Carry Them; He'll Steal More Beer Later; No Bomb At Monrovia High; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 6-8. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 383 service events, resulting in 62 investigations.

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
April 6 at 9:33 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington. An adult male subject entered the business and stole a Nike athletic bag that he had filled with 15 pairs of jeans. The suspect attempted to flee with the bag, but surrendered to loss prevention when he was stopped. The suspect was arrested and charged with commercial burglary.

Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
April 6 at 4:46 p.m., police responded to the report of a female subject sitting in front of a motel with a pistol under her sweater. Officers were deployed, they stopped traffic in the area and the Foothill Air Support helicopter arrived overhead for assistance. The female was then detained. No pistol was found on the subject, but a pipe for smoking methamphetamine was discovered in the female's property. She was arrested and taken into custody. 72-Hour Mental Evaluation April 6 at 11:38 p.m., a caller reported a female subject with no clothes on, running in the 100 block of West Foothill, attempting to flag people down on the street. Officers responded to the area and located the female. She was taken to a hospital and held for a 72-hour mental evaluation.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
April 7 at 10:45 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of East Duarte Road regarding a shoplifter. The suspect took two packs of beer from the store and fled the location, hiding around the corner. When he was discovered by officers, he had already consumed one can of beer. He told the officers he was going to steal more beer as soon as he was released from custody. The suspect was arrested and held on the likelihood of reoccurrence, pending his court appearance.

Vehicle Burglary
April 7 at 8:13 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 100 block of West Foothill. The victim parked and locked his vehicle in the parking lot and went to work at one of the businesses. When he returned, he noticed the doors were still locked, but the inside of the vehicle had been ransacked. The suspect took a couple sports hats and a backpack that was inside the vehicle. A male and a female subject were seen near the vehicle at the time of the burglary. The investigation is continuing.

False Bomb Threat
April 8 at 8:55 a.m., a female subject called police and claimed a bomb was being placed in the gym at Monrovia High School in the 800 block of West Colorado. The Police Department response was coordinated with the school staff and the gym was immediately evacuated. The gym was thoroughly searched, but nothing suspicious was located. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
April 8 at 11:49 p.m., a grand theft was reported in the 500 block of Linwood. The victim left her iPad inside her vehicle, which was left unlocked. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Council to Discuss $650,000 in Surprise Expenses | Softball Loss | Fun Day at the Y

~ A special meeting of the Monrovia City Council (agenda: ) this Friday at 8 a.m. to discuss the $650,000 in change order expenses for the Station Square project that Mayor Mary Ann Lutz referred to here: . Staff is recommending the council authorize the expenses.

~ South Hills over Monrovia in softball. 10-0. :-(

~ There will be a day of free family-friendly games including basketball, family Group Ex, swimming and a bean bag toss on Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. YMCA program sign-ups, a visit from Stewie the Duck (who will be reading to kids) and community sponsor booths. Santa Anita Family YMCA, 501 South Mountain. 359-9244.

- Brad Haugaard

Distraction Burglary in Monrovia

Beware of distraction burglaries. From the Monrovia Bears group on the Nextdoor network:

"Today we were burglarized by being distracted by one man while another ransacked the house. Beware of a man posing to do work on a power pole in your backyard to distract you. Also, they took mainly cash and jewelry but they took my husband's ashes by mistake. The ashes are in a  plain black, wooden box (12"x12"x5")."

- Brad Haugaard

$650,000 in Change Orders for Station Square Never Approved by Monrovia Council

The following letter is from Mayor Mary Ann Lutz:

We were informed by City Staff during the Council meeting last night that approximately $650,000 in change orders for construction work on Station Square was somehow authorized and went forward last year without first getting City Council approval.

All of the changes had been discussed with the Council in general terms and had received the Council's okay, but were never brought back for approval of the actual expenditures. The $650,000 is covered in the project's budget, with another $751,445 remaining in unallocated funds.

That this happened during a time of major staff cutbacks and changes in management is no excuse. The Council will be meeting again Friday in a special session to receive a report from Staff on how this unacceptable oversight occurred.

As this is the last week before the Mayoral and City Council elections, we can expect a good deal of political rhetoric surrounding this situation. Please do not rush to judgment.

I am the Mayor. This happened on my watch, and I accept my share of the responsibility. My opponent Council Member Adams, who has direct oversight responsibility for Public Works, was also surprised by this disclosure. We share both the blame and the responsibility to find out exactly what happened and to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Mayor Mary Ann Lutz

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Turns Off Water to Medians | Library Park Fig Tree Trimmed to Prevent Limb From Collapsing | Newspaper Group Comes to Town | Steve Baker is 'Distinguished'

In his weekly report, City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

- last week the city turned off the sprinklers for the medians on Huntington Drive and Highway Esplanade to comply with Governor Jerry Brown's order to restrict water usage. The city is planing to re-landscape those areas in a low-water fashion. The fountain in Library Park uses recirculated water, so, if I'm understanding him, it will not be affected.

- the Morton Bay Fig Tree in Library Park was trimmed last Friday, April 3, to save the large branch that is now being supported by two braces. Large cracks have developed along the main branch. Chi wrote that "there was a real concern from our arborist that the main branch could collapse if the pruning work was not implemented."

- the Los Angeles News Group, which owns the Pasadena Star News, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and other newspaper publications, is moving to Monrovia. It will be leasing 33,000 square feet of office space at 605 East Huntington Drive (northwest corner of Huntington and Shamrock).

- City Treasurer Steve Baker has been selected to receive the Lucky Baldwin Boy Scout District Distinguished Citizen award.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Mt. Sierra College: Food Trucks and History

~ Monrovia's Mt. Sierra College (Huntington and Myrtle) reports that it is hosting food trucks on the first Thursday of every month, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

~ A bit of history about Monrovia's Mt. Sierra College.

- Brad Haugaard

Bills By Monrovia Assemblyman Approved by Committee

Assemblymember Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia, has had a couple bills approved in Assembly committees.

- AB 265 would require used car companies to give a 10-day grace period before repossessing the car by using a starter-interruption device. The bill also calls for a final warning 48 hours before using the gadget to shut down the vehicle remotely. It was approved by the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee.

- AB 288 (College and Career Access Pathways Act) encourages school districts and community colleges to enter into formal agreements so high school students who want to enroll in college courses or career tech classes can more easily do so. It has been unanimously approved in the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Invites Residents to Annual MAP Conference

The City of Monrovia invites you to the 6th Annual MAP Neighborhood Conference, Saturday, April 25, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Monrovia Community Center, 119 West Palm.

MAP is a partnership of residents, agencies and city departments, joining unique skills, knowledge and expertise to make Monrovia a strong and vibrant community. Since 2006, MAP has worked year round to develop and promote programs that enhance public trust, practice effective problem solving and educate residents on the subjects of neighborhood safety and community pride.

This event only comes once a year and it’s not to be missed.  Be sure to save your spot by registering early and tell your friends to do the same. At the Conference, participants will enjoy free food, workshops, an information/health fair and small group discussions with other residents, community leaders, city staff and local. This event is free, fun and a great way to be part of Team Monrovia!

Join us to celebrate our community and learn about all the ways we continue to work together for a stronger Monrovia.  Register today to save your spot in workshops like:

- Rail Safety
- Sidewalk First Aid/CPR
- Coffee with a Cop
- Stress Relief/Breathing Exercises
- Library Resources 101
- Disaster Preparedness, and much more

To find out more or register for the Conference, visit, call 932-5504 or e-mail

While the MAP Neighborhood Conference is being offered free of charge, registration is required. Register online at or in person at the following locations: Monrovia City Hall, Monrovia Community Center or the Monrovia Public Library. For more information, you can also call Neighborhood Services Staff at (626) 932-5504.

Source: Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Homes on Monrovia Mothers' Day Old Home Tour

Here are the homes that will be on display for the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group's Mothers' Day homes tour:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Five-Time Trespasser | Two Green Lights? | Drunk, Drunk, Drunk | Veggie Fire | Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 2-5. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Public Intoxication / Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
April 3 at 3:00 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a hotel in the 900 block of West Huntington Drive on the report of a subject trespassing. This was the fifth encounter involving this same subject causing problems and trespassing at the location. Upon contacting the subject, the officer determined he was, in fact, trespassing and that the subject was too intoxicated to care for his own safety. The suspect was arrested and held due to the likelihood of reoccurrence, pending his court appearance.

Injury Traffic Collision
April 3 at 8:08 a.m., a traffic collision was reported at Duarte Road and Fifth Avenue. The drivers both claimed they had a green light entering the intersection and striking each other. There were no independent witnesses to the collision. At the time of the incident, both drivers stated that they were not injured, but later in the day, one of the drivers returned with her husband and stated she had begun to feel bad after the officer left. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Traffic Collision
April 3 at 9:34 a.m., a traffic collision was reported at Huntington and Primrose. The two vehicles collided when the driver on Primrose failed to yield to cross traffic at Huntington. No injuries were reported at the scene. The driver that failed to yield was cited for the collision.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 3 at 8:35 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Encinitas on the report of a man down. Upon arrival, the officer determined the person was intoxicated to the point of not being able to care for his own safety. The suspect was arrested for public intoxication and held for sobering.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 4 at 1:19 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Foothill and Primrose when he observed a subject stumbling. The officer contacted the subject and determined he as extremely intoxicated and was not able to care for his own safety. The suspect was arrested for public intoxication and held for sobering.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 4 at 1:28 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Foothill and Acacia when he observed a subject stumbling. The officer contacted the subject and discovered the person was too intoxicated to care for his own safety. The officer arrested the suspect for public intoxication and he was held for sobering.

Medical Assist
April 4 at 12:31 p.m., police responded to the report of a female subject passed out on a trail at Canyon Park, approximately a half mile from the waterfall. The officer arrived and found the woman was conscious and breathing. According to family members, she had grown dizzy and fainted after sitting down. She had no visible injuries. She was taken to a hospital to be checked out.

Driving Under the Influence / Public Intoxication – Suspects Arrested
April 4 at 18:27 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a gas station in the 1500 block of South Myrtle on the report of a male and female arguing inside of a vehicle. Upon arrival, the vehicle was located and the occupants were detained. Both subjects were determined to be intoxicated. The male driver was arrested for driving under the influence and the female subject was arrested for public intoxication. The subjects were held for a sobering period.

Incident Report – Vegetation Fire
April 4 at 11:17 p.m., Monrovia officers were handling a disturbance call at a residence in the 1100 block of Starlit Lane, where approximately 200 teenagers were causing a disturbance at the location. During this call, a small vegetation fire began on a property in the 300 block of Elfwood. One of the officers immediately contained the fire by using fire extinguishers until Fire Department personnel arrived and put the fire out completely. There was no structure or property damage reported, and no one was injured as a result of the fire. A blue truck with a camper shell was seen leaving the area at about the same time the fire was discovered, but the vehicle was not located.

Commercial Burglary
April 5 at 7:13 a.m., a commercial burglary was reported at a business in the 900 block of West Duarte Road. Employees arrived for work and discovered the front window of the business had been smashed. A search of the business revealed the building had been ransacked, but no items were found to be missing. The investigation is continuing.

Inside/Out Exhibit at Monrovia's Saga Fine Art

The exhibit, "Inside / Out," plein air and studio landscapes, will open April 7 at Saga Fine Art, on Lime just south of Library Park. Artist reception 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Trader Joe's Again Listed as a Top Supermarket

Monrovia-based Trader Joe's again snags top spot in best-ranked supermarkets.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Candidate Austin Way Ahead in Fundraising | Music Scholarship

~ Star-News reports that Monrovia City Council candidate Scott Austin "has raised nearly as much money as the other seven candidates combined".

~ The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company will award the $250 third annual Alexander Ruggieri Memorial Music Scholarship this spring to a college undergraduate music student who lives in and/or attends school in Southern California (including high school seniors if they intend to enter college this fall). Applications will be accepted through April 24. For an application, contact the Ruggieri Scholarship Committee at or 626-579-2433.

- Brad Haugaard

Happy Easter, Monrovia | 100% Chance of Rain Tuesday

~ Happy Easter, Monrovia! He has risen!

~ 100% chance of rain on Tuesday. 10% Monday.

- Brad Haugaard

Commenting on MonroviaNow Will Be Moderated Through Election

I'm a bit bothered by unsubstantiated and anonymous accusations against a couple candidates that keep appearing here, so I feel I now have to approve every comment that is posted. I'll be as lenient as I can. I had it open so anyone could post, including anonymously, because I wanted to encourage conversation, but I guess that I'll need to require approvals until the election is over. Expect a bit of delay before your comments show up. Sorry about that.
- Brad Haugaard

Tried Rita's Ice Custard Happiness

Tried Rita's Ice Custard Happiness in the Sprouts shopping center on Huntington. Got a Gelati for $4.19 (with tax). It is three layers in a cup. Frozen custard, ice, and custard on top. Different but good. 
- Brad Haugaard

Papa Murphy's Pizza Coming to Monrovia

Papa Murphy's Pizza coming soon to Monrovia. In the Sprouts shopping center on Huntington. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Mayoral Candidate Offers $1,000 to Person Who Can Prove He Voted Against Gold Line

Tom Adams, who is running for Monrovia mayor, has offered $1,000 in a Facebook posting to the first person who can show from city council minutes where he voted against the Gold Line. Adams challenged Mayor Mary Ann Lutz' assertion in a campaign mailer that he voted against the Gold Line.

Comment: My suspicion is that Lutz is referring to Adams' opposition to selling the property next to Home Depot to the Gold Line for a train maintenance yard. At the time, if I recall correctly, he argued that the yard could stay in LA where it had been and that the sale of that property to a governmental agency would take that property off the tax roles. But I'm guessing and I would welcome clarification from the Lutz campaign.

- Brad Haugaard

Opinion: How About an Award For Best Low-Water Landscaping?

Governor Brown's emergency drought orders ( ) reminded me of a suggestion I made some time ago that Monrovia ought to give out awards for the best low-water landscaping. I still think it is a good idea. After all, we give out awards for the best decorated homes for Halloween and Christmas. Same concept.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: Oppose Change in Municipal Bond Law; Historic Preservation

At its April 7 meeting (agenda: ) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

~ sending a letter to federal officials objecting to a reduction in the amount of interest on municipal bonds that is tax deductible. The report says that, "included in President Obama's FY 2016 budget request is a proposal to cap the tax-exempt municipal deduction at 28 percent. Had this 28 percent cap been in place over the last decade, it would have cost state and local governments an additional $173 billion in interest payments."

~ applying to be part of the Certified Local Government Program, "a national program designed to encourage the direct participation of a local government in the identification, registration, and preservation of historic properties located within the jurisdiction of the local government."

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Cafe X2O

Dinner recently at Cafe X2O, on the north side of Foothill a couple blocks west of Magnolia. Got a chicken kebab ($10) and a beer ($5). It was fine.

- Brad Haugaard