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A Moment in Monrovia History: Immaculate Conception Church

Postcard of the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Shamrock. See full details here. From the William Ward collection. Identifying information from Kim Ward Anderson.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Bed Bath & Beyond Closing


- Brad Haugaard 

Tuskegee Airman to be Honored


 At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/EIqvmA) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Discuss a report about District Attorney George Gascón, who has been criticized for his nine "Special Directives," which appear to some to lean too far in favor of those accused of crimes. According to the city staff report, Gascón has written that his policies "are, by any measure, major departures from how this office has approached this work previously." A resident requested the council pass a "Vote of no confidence" in the DA.  Arcadia, Azusa, Beverly Hills, Covina, Diamond Bar, La Mirada, Lancaster, Manhattan Beach, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier have already passed such resolutions. https://is.gd/ZEEtaD

~ Consider spending $15,500 to honor  Leroy "Buster" Criss as the next "Neighborhood Treasure."  Criss was a Monrovian, attended  Monrovia Arcadia Duarte High School, and took flying lessons at the Monrovia Airport. He served with the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators. During World War II, the American military was racially segregated. Later he worked for 37 years as a high school teacher in the Los Angeles area, but could not teach in Monrovia because of the color of his skin.  Monrovian Donna Hargett, a professional artist, will create the nine-foot-tall and 40-inches-wide monument, which will be made out of pressed metal and molded resin. It will be placed in the 200 block of East Maple, where Criss lived, at the end of July.  https://is.gd/XUfiTF

- Brad Haugaard

Virtual Learning Will Continue for Monrovia Students Who Prefer It

While Monrovia schools plan to fully reopen on August 18,  remote learning will continue for students who prefer it.

A district press release says:

"For our students who thrive in an independent, online environment, Mountain Park School will continue offering such opportunities. Through our virtual academy and independent study, our students will have the option of continuing their studies remotely."

For more information, visit Mountain Park's website or call (626) 471-3002.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Area Partnership Wins National Awards; Seminar on Landscaping to Defend Against Wildfire

 In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Dylan Feik reports: 

~ Monrovia has received two national awards at the Neighborhoods USA annual conference for the Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) program om competition with cities across America. The city received first place for its newsletter and second place for Best Neighborhood Program.

~ If you live near the hills, you may be interested in a seminar on how to landscape your property so it looks good and best defends against wildfire. Monrovia and Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District will present "Firescaping the Foothills" on Thursday, June 24 from 5 to 6 p.m. on Zoom. Details: https://is.gd/oo5VfD 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Music Students Bring You 'Superstars of Music Showcase 2021'

Monrovia School District music students join to bring you, virtually, "Superstars of Music Showcase 2021."

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 12 New Cases; No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 05/26/2021. Changes since 05/19/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,190 cases (up 12), 78 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 376 cases (up 1), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board Selects Dr. Ryan Smith as New Superintendent


The Board of Education has selected Dr. Ryan Smith as the District’s new Superintendent, bringing nearly 25 years of education experience to the District. Smith is scheduled to begin his position on July 1.

The Board unanimously approved a contract with Dr. Smith during its May 26 meeting, where he was formally introduced to the school community via livestream.

“I am truly honored to be selected by the Board of Education as the next Superintendent of Monrovia Unified School District,” Smith said. “Monrovia Unified is a district with a reputation for excellence and tremendous community support. Its outstanding academic programs are well known throughout Los Angeles County, the state, and beyond and are complemented by its fantastic offerings in the arts, athletics, wellness and mental health, and more. I am very excited to begin meeting with teachers and staff, parents and families, community members and organizations, and those who matter most – our students.”

During the selection process, input sessions were held with administrators, staff, parents, and district stakeholders in order to learn about the qualities they wanted in a new superintendent.

Additionally, the school community was invited to fill out an online survey. Using this information, Leadership Associates – Monrovia Unified’s search firm – conducted an extensive search. The Board was presented with an impressive list of candidates, ultimately selecting Dr. Smith.

Smith earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. He also holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership from Chapman University and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from California State University, San Marcos.

Smith comes to Monrovia Unified after five years in the Paramount Unified School District, where he served as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Educational Services and led the entire Educational Services division.

During his time in Paramount, Smith oversaw a variety of key initiatives, including the development and implementation of the district’s first strategic plan, the expansion of instructional technology to include a 1-1 Chromebook program for all district students, and the creation of the district’s first new high school, Odyssey STEM Academy.

Additionally, Smith worked to expand access to and develop new Career Technical Education programs, build partnerships with local colleges and universities, and increase access to the Advanced Placement program and other rigorous courses.

Smith has been married to his wife Jennifer for over nine years; they are excited to relocate to the Monrovia area from Orange County soon.

The District will host a Superintendent Roadshow throughout July, which will serve as a meet-and-greet opportunity for stakeholders with the new superintendent. More information on the Superintendent Roadshow will be shared when details have been finalized. 

On behalf of the Board of Education, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Ryan Smith as our new Superintendent, and look forward to all of the wonderful things he will do for Monrovia Unified. Dr. Smith has an extensive background in education, bringing with him years of experience and a strong passion for student success. We strongly believe he will be a great fit for Monrovia Unified School District.

Sincerely,

Maritza Travanti, President
MUSD Board of Education

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Victim Locates His Stolen Bike; Resident Receives Packet of Meth; Theft From Cars; Drunk Driving; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 20-26. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 340 service events, resulting in 72 investigations.

Battery / Mental Evaluation
May 20 at 3:03 p.m., an employee from a business in the 200 block of W. Huntington called to report a subject at the location was being aggressive and acting strange. The subject walked up to an elderly customer and pushed him down. Officers arrived and detained the subject. He was acting paranoid and talking to imaginary people. He said he was hearing voices. The victim of the battery refused prosecution. It was determined that the subject was a danger to himself and others, and needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was taken to a local hospital.

Residential Burglary
May 20 at 4:51 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of N. Bradoaks called to report his neighbor's rear sliding door had been shattered. The house has been vacant for several months. Officers arrived and determined there was no one inside the house. Several rooms inside appeared to have been ransacked. This investigation is continuing.

Theft – Suspect Arrested
May 20 at 6:33 p.m., the victim of a bicycle theft that occurred earlier in the day called police to report seeing the suspect riding his bicycle near the intersection of Colorado and Second. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. Both the suspect and bicycle were identified by the victim. The property was returned to the victim and the suspect was arrested.

Vehicle Burglary
May 20 at 6:58 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of W. Huntington. The victim reported that she parked her vehicle and went into a business. When she returned, she saw a window on her vehicle had been smashed and a male suspect was running away. The suspect fled in a black Chevy Tahoe. Officers checked the area, but did not locate the vehicle or the suspect. Two cell phones were taken from inside the vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
May 20 at 7:13 p.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported in the in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The victim parked her vehicle and went into a business. When she returned to her vehicle, she saw it had been struck. Officers arrived and saw extensive damage along the entire side of the vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
May 21 at 10:40 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Maple called to report a vehicle parked and unattended in the area. Investigation revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of El Monte. The vehicle was removed from the stolen vehicle system and returned to the registered owner.

Suspicious Package
May 21 at 6:24 p.m., a resident in the 900 block of Norumbega called police to report a suspicious package. When he opened his mail, one of the envelopes contained a white powder-like substance with a note. The envelope was addressed to a different name and address, but had the homeowner's return address listed on it. The homeowner called and stated he was fearful of the powdered substance. Officers arrived and requested Los Angeles County Hazmat to respond. Once they arrived, the envelope was collected and tested. The substance tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 21 at 9:37 p.m., officers conducting a traffic collision investigation near the intersection of Foothill and Mayflower saw an intoxicated female adult carrying an open container of alcohol and stumbling down the sidewalk. Officers contacted the female and determined she was too intoxicated to care for her own safety. The female was arrested for public intoxication and possession of an open alcoholic container in public. She was held for a sobering period and then later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
May 22 at 1:10 a.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported in the 1900 block of S. Myrtle. The victim was driving south on Myrtle when the vehicle next to her merged into her lane and collided into her vehicle. The collision caused her vehicle to violently swerve across northbound lanes, and she collided into a wall. The suspect failed to stop and fled the scene. The suspect vehicle was described as a black, pickup truck with tinted windows. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
May 22 at 4:56 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of S. Fifth. The victim reported that sometime during the night his truck was broken into and his passport was taken from inside. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 22 at 10:54 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of Acacia called to report a vehicle was parked in front of his residence and it appeared to have traffic collision damage. When officers arrived, they found a subject passed out behind the wheel. The rubber was missing from the passenger wheel, and it appeared the driver had driven for some distance before stopping on the residential street. An area search was conducted, but no other vehicles appeared damaged. Investigation revealed the subject had been driving while under the influence. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Lost / Stolen License Plate
May 23 at 10:12 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of Fano called police to report that his license plates were stolen from his vehicle sometime during the week. The license plate number was entered into the system as lost/stolen.

Vandalism
May 23 at 10:29 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 2600 block of S. Myrtle. The victim reported that an unknown subject shot a BB gun at his vehicle, striking the window and damaging it. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
May 23 at 12:34 p.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 100 block of W. Colorado. The victim reported that the windows on two of his vehicles had been smashed. One vehicle had the driver's side window smashed and the other the right rear passenger. The investigation determined that no entry was made into the vehicles and that nothing was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
May 23 at 5:18 p.m., an employee of a hardware store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called police to report a shoplifting incident. The suspect entered the business, concealed merchandise in his backpack, and then exited the store without making an attempts to pay for the items. Officers arrived and located the suspect nearby. After an investigation, the suspect was arrested for shoplifting.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 23 at 8:28 p.m., an employee at a brewing company in the 1900 block of S. Myrtle called to report an intoxicated customer that was arguing with other patrons. As the subject attempted to leave in his vehicle, he backed into another vehicle in the parking lot and then fled the area. Officers responded and stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Camino Real and Tenth. A DUI investigation was conducted and it was determined the driver had been driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Domestic Violence Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 24 at 1:20 p.m., an officer was checking a location in the 100 block of E. Lemon for a wanted subject. The subject was wanted for domestic violence and was located at his workplace. The officer confirmed the warrant and arrested the suspect without incident.

Vandalism
May 25 at 7:13 a.m., officers on patrol in the 500 block of E. Maple observed a vehicle that had the front passenger window and right portion of the windshield shattered. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
May 26 at 7:44 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of W. Cypress called police to report his Chevrolet pickup truck had been stolen. Officers searched for the vehicle, but could not locate it. The vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
May 26 at 8:38 a.m., the owner of a hair salon in the 300 block of W. Huntington arrived to work and discovered a hole in the glass front door that was not there the day before. It appeared as if something similar to a BB or bullet went through the glass; however, the projectile was not located. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
May 26 at 7:40 p.m., officers responded to a department store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a theft of merchandise that just occurred. A male suspect entered the store, selected a large amount of items, and then left the store without paying. An officer arrived and detained the suspect on Mountain. The suspect was identified by employees and was arrested for petty theft.

Twelve Monrovia Police Department Employees to be Honored

The Monrovia Police Department will be recognizing the accomplishments of twelve of our employees in an Award Ceremony on Thursday, June 17, 2021. The Award Ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m., in the Kay Dalton Room, at the Monrovia Community Center. Due to the COVID-19 protocols, this year’s ceremony will celebrate both our 2019 and 2020 award recipients. Two recipients will be awarded the Medal of Merit, seven recipients will be awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and four recipients will be awarded the Lifesaving Award.

2019 Awards

Distinguished Service Medal

  • Detective Damien Bartholomy
  • Agent Juan Huerta
  • Agent Cody Wilkins 
  • Officer Seth Hermes
  • Retired Officer John Jefferson

Life Saving Award

  • Sergeant Gerald DeHart
  • Sergeant Yolanda Juarez
  • Agent Travis Ortega
  • Officer Joshua Granger

2020 Awards

Medal of Merit 

  • Officer Rosendo Ramos
  • Officer Ian Vanderburg

Distinguished Service Medal

  • Officer Joshua Granger
  • Police Communications Operator Erin Maller

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Bio of Monrovian Fair Hooker

BrownsNation, a sports news website devoted to the Cleveland Browns football team, has a lengthy biographical article on Fair Hooker, a Monrovia High School student in the mid-1960s who later had a career with the Browns. https://shrtm.nu/I085

- Brad Haugaard 

Pasadena Man Arrested in Monrovia Killing

Tanaj Johnson, 22, of Pasadena, has been arrested and charged in the death of Darione Tyrell Jones, 25, of Arcadia. Jones was shot in the 100 block of East Los Angeles Avenue in Monrovia on March 29. Johnson has been charged in the shooting along with an unidentified man and a 17-year-old teenage boy. https://shrtm.nu/1l8N

- Brad Haugaard 

Lunch at Something Healthy

Lunch at Something Healthy, on the east side of Shamrock just north of Huntington. Got the Farmer Sandwich with chicken for $9.25 and a peach ginger iced tea for $2.75. I’ll take their word that the sandwich was healthy but I can testify that it was delicious. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Havanah Could Be a Patient Person’s Best Friend

Two-year-old Havanah is full of energy and ready to jump right into your heart! This active dog loves playing fetch with her favorite toys, and sometimes will get the “zoomies” around the play yard. Havanah needs a patient adopter who will give her the time she needs to get to know them, but she loves attention and has the potential to be someone’s very best friend. If you’re a dog-savvy person with no other pets, Havanah would be a great fit for your life.
 
The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.
 
New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets and schedule a virtual adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every day at 5:00 p.m. for the following day.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.
 
 - Brad Haugaard 

A Moment in Monrovia History: Looking South on Myrtle

Postcard looking south on Myrtle from Lemon. See full details here. From the William Ward collection. Identifying information from Kim Ward Anderson.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Graduation and Promotion Schedule


Monrovia Schools graduation and promotion schedule:

  • Monrovia Community Adult School - May 27; 9 a.m.
  • Santa Fe CSMS - June 8; 8:30 a.m. & 10 a.m.
  • Clifton MS - June 8; 8 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.
  • COHS - June 8; 5:00 p.m.
  • Bradoaks ESA - June 9; 8:30 a.m.
  • CELC - June 9; 3 p.m., 3:30  p.m. & 4 p.m.
  • Mayflower - June 9; 9:30 a.m.
  • Monroe ES - June 9; 8:30 a.m.
  • Plymouth - June 9; 8:30 a.m.
  • Wild Rose - June 9; 9 a.m.
  • MHS - June 9; 5 p.m.
- Brad Haugaard

Anti-Burglar Tips for Summer Months

Arcadia Police Department has some summer tips to discourage burglars:

As we all know, warmer weather is just around the corner. During warmer weather its not uncommon for many of us to leave windows and doors open. This is also a good time for criminals looking for easy targets.
 
The Arcadia Police Department wants to share some crime prevention tips to help our community stay safe and avoid being the victim of a burglary.

Remember the basics first: LOCK your doors, CLOSE your windows, and SET your alarm.

Here are some other tips to help keep your home safe:
  • Close and lock your windows and doors! Thieves look for an easy target.
  • Install surveillance cameras (to the front, side, and rear of your house, if possible)
  • Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed so that windows and doors are visible.
  • Maintain your home and make it looked lived in. Arrange for care if you leave on vacation.
  • Don't leave newspapers, mail, and door hanger materials in place. Arrange for a trusted friend or neighbor to collect these items for you.
  • Know your neighbors! Be familiar with cars, faces and who belongs in your neighborhood.
  • Leave different lights on when you’re away. Use timers when gone overnight.
  • Leave a radio or television on inside when you’re away.
  • Use window stops/pins to prevent windows and sliding doors from being opened.
  • Get an ALARM. Even simple alarms that are not connected to a central system are a deterrent.

The suspects in recent residential burglaries have accessed homes by shattering rear sliding glass doors or windows. We encourage our residents to have lighting, and if possible, surveillance cameras in these areas.

There are companies who make a security film you can apply to a window or sliding glass door, that will keep the shattered glass intact, detouring or preventing a criminal from gaining access.

These are just a few tips to help prevent crime. One of the biggest things we rely on is YOU. It’s important to report suspicious activity. If you see something or someone suspicious, report it as soon as possible. The quicker you call us, the quicker we can respond.

- Brad Haugaard

Former School Board Member Bryan Wong Now Leading Local Habitat for Humanity

Former Monrovia Board of Education member, Bryan Wong, has a new position. He explains ...

After 17 years on the Monrovia School Board, I’m excited to transition to San Gabriel Valley Habitat as the new Executive Director. As we all know, our MUSD families have had a challenging year. Similarly, many families across the San Gabriel Valley have faced overcrowded, unaffordable and unsafe living conditions—which the pandemic has only made worse. The dream of home ownership is now even more out of reach with median sales prices skyrocketing over 28% to $707,000 in the last year.

In my short time here at SGV Habitat, I have met home buyers who are able to overcome these challenges thanks to our affordable home ownership program. Just a few days ago, I was speaking to E’Tiffany, a hardworking mom of four, who always wanted to become a homeowner. She did not have that opportunity until she discovered SGV Habitat. Now, she is a few weeks away from purchasing her very own Habitat home in Monterey Park. Finally, what was once the impossible dream will become a reality for E’Tiffany and her children.

Through our three-year Expanding the American Dream campaign, we will help 100 families, just like E’Tiffany’s, build or repair their very own home .  We will accomplish this through the generosity of donors, volunteers, and organizations along with support from a variety of federal, state, and local agencies. 

I am proud to be part of an organization that helps families and individuals across San Gabriel Valley build and buy or repair their own safe and affordable home. Together we will build stronger neighborhoods and communities. I enjoyed working with all of you as a school board member and invite you to join me in the mission of building homes, community, and hope. To get involved, please visit sgvhabitat.org.

Sincerely,

Bryan Wong

Monrovia Library Now Open; Sidewalk Poetry Contest


In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Dylan Feik reports: 

~  The Monrovia Public Library is now open. Hours are Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday to Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Masks required. More hours will be announced by June 1, and residents may still use curbside services, virtual programs and public Wi-Fi, which now includes Library Park.

~ If you'd like to have your poetry stamped into a Monrovia sidewalk, the Art in Public Places' annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest, open to all Monrovia residents, is now accepting applications, which are due by June 4. Poems must be original compositions, family-friendly and under 250 characters including spaces and punctuation. For questions contact Kerri Zessau at 932-5564 or at kzessau@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Selects Finalists to be New President

Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, has selected three candidates as finalists for Citrus College's next superintendent/president. You can learn more about each candidate during public Zoom forums scheduled for Tuesday, May 25. Candidates are:

Santanu Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.

Santanu Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., has been a transformational leader at Cypress, Colombia and Modesto colleges. Currently serving as the president of Modesto Junior College, Dr. Bandyopadhyay has been working within the Yosemite Community College District since 2018. His prior position with the district was serving as president of Colombia College. Dr. Bandyopadhyay also served as the executive vice president responsible for instructional programs and student services at Cypress College from 2013 to 2018. In addition, he served as director of institutional research at Zane State College (Zanesville, Ohio) and as budget and policy analyst at Ohio University. A first-generation immigrant, Dr. Bandyopadhyay had a successful career in teaching and market research in India before moving to the United States. He holds a master's degree in business administration and Ph.D. from Ohio University.

Brian K. Sanders, Ed.D.

Brian K. Sanders, Ed.D., has served as the vice president of instruction and accreditation liaison officer for Colombia College since 2016. Under his leadership, the college has streamlined educational pathways and improved outcomes through numerous initiatives, including student equity and achievement and guided pathways. Prior to this role, Dr. Sanders served as the college's vice president of college and administrative services. In addition, he spent seven years as the dean of science, mathematics and engineering at Modesto Junior College. Dr. Sanders has also served as treasurer for the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences from University of California, Santa Barbara; a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Oregon; and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, Davis.

Greg Schulz, Ed.D.

Greg Schulz, Ed.D., has provided leadership in the California community colleges system for more than 21 years. In addition to serving in a variety of administrative roles at community colleges throughout Southern California, his professional experience includes six years as president of Fullerton College. In this role, Dr. Schulz helped effectively plan, organize, coordinate and direct the educational programs and activities of the college in accordance with the district plan and board policies. Known for being an enthusiastic and student-centered president, Dr. Schulz holds an associate degree in business administration from Fullerton College; a bachelor's degree in business administration/accounting from California State University, Fullerton; a master's degree in public administration from California State University, Long Beach; and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Southern California.

Public Forum 1, Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay, Tuesday, May 25, 1-2 p.m.
https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/93861455230?pwd=ckU1VDBRTUs1cU1TUGl2b2JhSlcrUT09
Meeting ID: 938 6145 5230
Password: 321586

Public Forum 2, Dr. Brian Sanders, Tuesday, May 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/93861455230?pwd=ckU1VDBRTUs1cU1TUGl2b2JhSlcrUT09
Meeting ID: 938 6145 5230
Password: 321586

Public Forum 3, Dr. Greg Schulz, Tuesday, May 25, 4-5 p.m.
https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/93861455230?pwd=ckU1VDBRTUs1cU1TUGl2b2JhSlcrUT09
Meeting ID: 938 6145 5230
Password: 321586

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: Seven New Cases; No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 05/19/2021. Changes since 05/12/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,178 cases (up 7), 78 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 375 cases (unchanged), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Thief Apparently Swaps One Stolen Vehicle for Another; Burglary Suspects Caught; Laser Pointed at Aircraft; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 13-19. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 340 service events, resulting in 64 investigations.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
May 13 at 5:42 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of Peppertree Lane called to report an unknown vehicle blocking their driveway. Officers arrived and saw the vehicle windows were rolled down and the stereo was playing. There were no occupants inside the vehicle. An investigation revealed the vehicle had been stolen out of Hacienda Heights. It was recovered and then removed from the stolen vehicle system.

Grand Theft Auto
May 13 at 9:03 a.m., an officer was conducting a follow-up investigation to the stolen vehicle report taken that morning and found personal identifying information belonging to a resident in the 100 block of Peppertree Lane inside the stolen vehicle. During the investigation, it was discovered that that resident's vehicle was also taken without his permission. A grand theft auto report was completed and that vehicle was entered into the stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
May 13 at 2:36 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of Hillcrest called to report multiple thefts of gardening equipment. The suspect was seen committing the thefts and fleeing the scene in a white Hyundai Elantra. The suspects fled the scene prior to the police being contacted. All evidence was recovered at the scene and this investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision/Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 13 at 4:57 p.m., a caller reported a single vehicle traffic collision in the 100 block of S. Ivy. Officers responded and located the driver of the vehicle. She displayed symptoms of intoxication, so a DUI investigation was conducted. It was determined that the driver was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle and she was arrested. She was taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

Medical Assist
May 14 at 2:00 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of Montana called to report his nephew was unresponsive. A family member was performing CPR while the caller was on the phone with dispatch. Officers arrived and immediately took over CPR. The officers noticed the subject was experiencing signs and symptoms relating to an opiate overdose. An officer administered a single dose of Narcan. Paramedics arrived on scene and took over care. The subject was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Residential Burglary – Suspects Arrested
May 14 at 2:23 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of Naples called to report three subjects running through several backyards in the neighborhood, wearing backpacks. Officers arrived, located the subjects, and detained them pending further investigation. It was discovered that all three subjects were linked to a residential burglary at a home in the 1700 block of Encino. Each subject was in possession of stolen property from the residential burglary. The property was returned to its rightful owner. Additional stolen items were recovered by officers, but the owners have yet to be identified. The suspects were arrested for burglary.

Injury Traffic Collision
May 15 at 1:06 p.m., a caller reported a traffic collision that occurred in the area of Monterey and Huntington. Officers arrived and checked on the well-being of the occupants. One driver complained of pain. The cause of the accident was a motorist reversing into another vehicle at a slow speed. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Mail Theft – Suspect Arrested
May 15 at 3:02 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Colorado called to report a mail theft incident that just occurred. The homeowner followed the suspect until officers arrived. Officers detained the suspect and recovered the victim's mail. The victim placed the suspect under private person's arrest and he was arrested by the officers. The suspect was issued a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Commercial Burglary
May 15 at 11:08 p.m., officers responded to a commercial complex in the 2600 block of S. Myrtle regarding a male suspect cutting the lock on one of the storage units. A security guard was working in the complex, when he came upon the suspect attempting to break into the unit. The suspect fled in a white Chevrolet pickup before officers arrived. This investigation is continuing.

Suspicious Circumstance
May 16 at 12:23 a.m., a Pasadena Police Department helicopter reported subjects in the 400 block of W. Walnut pointing a laser at their aircraft. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect who had activated the laser. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
May 16 at 6:30 a.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report a burglary. He arrived to work and saw a window to the business was shattered. Officers arrived and searched the interior of the building, but no one was located inside. The office had been ransacked, so it was unknown what was taken until an inventory can be conducted. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
May 16 at 1:53 p.m., an employee from a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle called to report a vehicle that had just struck an E-Z Up tent and continued north on Myrtle. Officers responded and located the suspect vehicle in a parking lot near Foothill and May. The vehicle was unoccupied. Video footage showed the suspect exit the suspect vehicle and walk away from the scene. The vehicle was stored for being involved in a hit and run traffic collision. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
May 16 at 7:21 p.m., an officer on patrol near the intersection of Mountain and Royal Oaks saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was initiated and an investigation revealed one of the passengers was on parole. Further investigation revealed the driver was in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and issued a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Threatening Phone Calls
May 17 at 12:05 a.m., officers responded to a fast food restaurant in the 100 block of W. Huntington regarding three threatening phone calls. Employees reported receiving the phone calls from an Orange County area code. Officers extra patrolled the area throughout the night. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 2:21 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 1100 block of Royal Oaks regarding a domestic disturbance. One of the children in the home called 911 after her father struck her mother in the face. An investigation revealed that the female did not sustain any injuries, but her boyfriend was determined to be the primary aggressor. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
May 17 at 6:58 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Duarte reported that there was a burglary occurring at a neighboring residence. A male subject was seen smashing an apartment window to gain entry. The suspect entered and then quickly fled out the front door, running through the apartment complex. Officers arrived, but the suspect had already fled the location. The only reported loss from the burglarized apartment was a bottle of alcohol. This investigation is continuing.

Obstructing and Delaying Officers – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 7:38 p.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Foothill and Grand saw a vehicle stopped in the middle of a traffic lane. The officer contacted the driver, who refused to speak to the officer or present any identification. After numerous failed attempts to get the driver to cooperate, she was placed under arrest and taken into custody. The vehicle was removed from the street.

Commercial Burglary
May 18 at 8:58 a.m., the manager of a restaurant in the 900 block of W. Huntington arrived to work and discovered someone had forced entry into the building sometime during the night by breaking a glass window. The suspect, a male with a hood over his head, entered the building and went to the cash register to check for money, then went to the safe in a back office, where he attempted to force the safe open, but did not succeed. He took items belonging to the restaurant and fled the area. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
May 18 at 9:37 a.m., a guest of a hotel in the 1100 block of E. Huntington had a male and female friend stay the night with him. In the morning, while he was in the bathroom, the suspects took his jewelry, then fled the area. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Wanted
May 18 at 2:42 p.m., a resident in the 1100 block of S. Fifth reported her live-in boyfriend battered her a few days earlier and was in possession of a firearm. She called to report the abuse because he made criminal threats against her adult children. An investigation revealed the suspect is a convicted felon. A wanted person warrant was issued for his arrest. The firearm in the home was taken as evidence.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 18 at 4:40 p.m., a caller reported a male subject stumbling in the 100 block of E. Foothill. Officers arrived and located the subject, who was found to be too intoxicated to care for his own safety. He was arrested for being drunk in public and held for a sobering period.

Vehicle Burglary / Fraud
May 19 at 7:28 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 700 block of E. Huntington. The victim was returning to her vehicle from a business and saw that one of the rear passenger windows had been smashed. Her purse had been stolen from inside the vehicle and several of her credit cards had already been used to purchase items at stores in West Covina. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
May 19 at 3:59 p.m., an officer patrolling the 300 block of W. Walnut saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and an investigation revealed the driver was in possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver was arrested and issued a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
May 19 at 4:48 p.m., officers responded to a hardware store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a theft that had just occurred. Loss prevention personnel had stopped a suspect outside the store after he selected several tools and exited without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise. An investigation was conducted and the suspect was arrested and issued a citation to appear in court on the charges

Lunch at Baja Mar

Lunch at Baja Mar, in the little shopping center at the corner of Foothill and May. Got the lunch special with a fish taco and carnitas taco and a soda, all for $8.49. Very good and great price. (Lots more chips - I’m just showing a few.)

- Brad Haugaard 

Chill Cat Gabriel. - A Great Work-From-Home Coworker

Eight-year-old Gabriel is friendly, calm, relaxed, and looking for a human to chill with! Gabriel loves people and especially loves being scratched on the head. If you’re not paying attention to him, he might give you a polite meow to let you know he’d like some company. When he’s not spending time with you, Gabriel might watch some birds out the window. He’d be a great work-from-home coworker or movie night companion.

 

The adoption fee for cats is $100. All cat adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

 

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.


View photos of adoptable pets and schedule a virtual adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every day at 5:00 p.m. for the following day.


Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.


- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Women Named 'Women Heroes of the Pandemic'

Two Monrovia women and 26 other women in the 25th Senate District will be honored by State Senator Anthony Portantino as "Women Heroes of the Pandemic" for playing "an integral role in supporting their community during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Monrovians Jackie Tran and Krystina Livraga will be honored at a ceremony on May 26.

The press release says:

"Ms. Tran is a Communications Analyst for the City of Monrovia. In a time of crisis and a global pandemic, she conveyed reliable information to communities quickly. Whether it was updating the city website or creating daily COVID-19 updates for the public, she served the community of Monrovia by providing them critical information when they needed it."

"As the Commercial Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Monrovia, Ms. Livraga is charged with enforcing a variety of codes relating to business operations. During the pandemic, she took on the responsibility of facilitating Temporary Outdoor Business Operations permits and collaborated with multiple agencies to get the process moving quickly.  Ms. Livraga has been attentive to the needs of local businesses during a time when small business owners have been struggling to stay open."

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Ward's Photo Shop - Another Location

The Ward studios were at four different locations in Monrovia over the years when William Ward was the unofficial city photographer.. See full details here. From the William Ward collection. Identifying information from Kim Ward Anderson.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Days in Full Swing


Monrovia Days all day today in Library Park. 

- Brad Haugaard 

15 More Vintage Items Added to Historical Society's Sale

One of the items that is on sale. Large rocker with original dark wood finish and velvet seat cushion.


The Monrovia Historical Society's on-line fundraising sale of vintage treasures has been going so well that the Society has added 15 more items to its sales page, and may add more soon.

The sale is to raise money to repair the ceiling of the historic Anderson House at 215 E. Lime, which began crumbling and had to be removed.

You can see the items here, monroviahistoricalsociety.org/sale, and you can purchase them using PayPal if you are an Historical Society member. If you are not a member, you can become a member here (monroviahistoricalsociety.org/membership-1), then purchase the items.

On Friday, June 11, from 1-6 p.m. members can, in-person, view and purchase items and non-members can view items and become members if they want to purchase. The next day, Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the sale will be open to the public - no need to be a member to purchase. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The items for sale, while historic, either do not relate to the Society's mission, or are surplus. For questions write to monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com or text or call (626) 675-8323.

- Brad Haugaard

Hugel and Bioswale Gardening Workshop May 19, 20


Grow Monrovia will hold workshops on how to turn your garden into a water harvesting and carbon sequestering oasis by building a Hugel (May 19) and a Bioswale (May 20).

During these two workshops, you can learn to apply two regenerative landscaping techniques, ideal for the climate of Southern California.

Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximize surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. The hugel bed will harvest humidity from the air and provide nutrients for native, medicinal and edible plants all year round.

A Bioswale, or rain garden, is a technique used for capturing and storing water in the soil.

All proceeds will go toward building Monrovia's Native Plant Demonstration Garden.

For more information and to register: https://is.gd/16kIti

- Brad Haugaard

Lyft Rides May Temporarily Be More Expensive, Harder to Get

For a few weeks Lyft rides - a central feature of the GoMonrovia transit program - may be more expensive and more difficult to obtain because demand is up as people get out and about again, and because drivers are not as anxious to get back to work because they are still getting unemployment and money from their stimulus checks. City Manager Dylan Feik reports that city staff have been in contact with Lyft to find possible solutions. https://is.gd/Geb3PD

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Day Parades Over the Years


Since Monrovia Days 2021 is on now on (details) in Library Park, here's a slide show of Monrovia Day parades through the years, provided by the Monrovia Historical Society.

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: Six More Cases, One More Death

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 05/12/2021. Changes since 05/05/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,171 cases (up 6), 78 deaths (up 1)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 373 cases (unchanged), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Days This Friday and Saturday


Monrovia Days 2021 in Library Park May 14 (Friday) and 15 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Live entertainment, carriage rides, photo booth, carnival food and the Monrovia Rocks art project.

Details here: https://www.monroviadays.org/

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Resident Locks Burglary Suspect in Garage; IRS Scam Hits Restaurant; Robber Uses Hot Coffee in Getaway; And So Forth...

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 5-12. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 325 service events, resulting in 50 investigations.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Wanted
May 6 at 7:32 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Duarte and Mayflower regarding a report of domestic violence. The investigation revealed that a married couple that live in El Monte were driving through Monrovia and became involved in an argument. The husband parked the vehicle and the argument moved out onto the sidewalk. The male suspect then forcefully pulled the wife's purse from around her torso, causing her to violently fall onto the street. The wife sustained multiple visible injuries from the fall. The suspect took his wife's cell phone and fled on foot. The suspect was identified and is currently wanted by the Monrovia Police Department. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
May 7 at 8:19 a.m., a grand theft incident was reported in the 1400 block of S. Shamrock. The victim had parked his vehicle on the street, and when he returned to it the next morning, he discovered the catalytic converter had been stolen from the undercarriage of his vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
May 7 at 7:51 p.m., an officer on patrol near the intersection of Peck and Duarte observed a bicyclist committing a vehicle code violation. A traffic stop was conducted and further investigation revealed the subject was in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
May 7 at 7:54 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a business in the 1300 block of S. Mountain. The caller reported that one of their rental vehicles had been stolen from a back lot. The vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Trespassing
May 8 at 2:15 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of W. Palm regarding an intoxicated person trespassing on a property. The subject had already been advised they were not allowed on the property. Officers checked the area, but the subject had already left. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
May 9 at 12:32 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 100 block of W. Colorado when he saw a suspicious male subject standing next to a vehicle. Investigation revealed the vehicle belonged to the subject, and there was drug paraphernalia sitting in plain view that had been used to smoke a controlled substance. Further investigation revealed the suspect was also on probation. The suspect was arrested.

Residential Burglary – Suspect Arrested
May 9 at 9:09 p.m., a resident from the 1600 block of S. Mayflower called police to report a male suspect that had entered her open garage and was currently attempting to break into her vehicle. The resident remotely closed the garage door, locking the suspect inside. When the officers arrived, they found the suspect hiding inside the vehicle in the garage. The suspect was arrested for residential burglary.

Fraud – Suspect Arrested
May 10 at 10:38 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 800 block of S. Mayflower when he saw a motorist commit a traffic violation. After stopping the vehicle, the officer discovered the driver was in possession of several California Driver’s Licenses, Social Security cards, credit cards, and personal identifying information belonging to other people. The suspect was subsequently arrested for fraud.

Vehicle Burglary
May 10 at 7:32 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim parked her vehicle in a parking lot and entered a store. When she returned, her vehicle window had been smashed and her purse was missing from the vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Mental Evaluation
May 10 at 8:11 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of W. Lime regarding a family disturbance. A neighbor called police and reported a woman yelling and dishes being broken. Officers arrived and discovered a mother and daughter having a dispute at the location. During the argument, the daughter grabbed some pieces of the broken dishes and started cutting herself. It was determined the daughter needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. She was taken to a local facility, where she was held for mental evaluation.

Fraud
May 10 at 10:14 p.m., an officer responded to a fast food restaurant in the 600 block of W. Huntington regarding a report of fraud. The General Manager received a call from employees telling him the new store manager took all the money from the store and left for a short time, but then returned. The manager told the employees he had to make a payment. Officers arrived and detained the store manager. Further investigation revealed the manager received an IRS phone call scam stating the restaurant owed taxes. The manger was asked to purchase gift cards from CVS and give the caller the numbers. The manager went to CVS, purchased the gift cards, and provided the caller with the card numbers. Officers were able to confirm the manager's story. This investigation is continuing.

Robbery
May 11 at 7:09 a.m., a customer of a gas station store in the 700 block of W. Huntington reported a female subject had just attempted to shoplift food merchandise from the store. The suspect and employee were outside the store in a struggle over the property. The suspect then threw hot coffee she had stolen at the employee, which allowed her to escape. The employee was able to recover the other packaged food the suspect had stolen. Officers arrived, but were unable to locate the suspect. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
May 11 at 9:38 a.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Myrtle and Evergreen, where one of the vehicles had rolled onto its side. Officers arrived and found one of the drivers had complaint of pain to his shoulder with no visible injuries. He was treated by paramedics. The driver who ran the red light was issued a citation.

Commercial Burglary
May 11 at 3:30 p.m., the property management company of an apartment complex in the 800 block of W. Duarte reported that they had just discovered someone had forced entry into their locked laundry room and took money from the facilities. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 11 at 3:37 p.m., police received a call reporting a heavily intoxicated male subject in a parking lot of a gas station in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and contacted the subject, who was determined to be too intoxicated to care for his own personal safety. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Theft From a Vehicle
May 12 at 8:22 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of E. Greystone walked outside his home to go to work and discovered someone had ransacked the inside of his vehicle, which had been left unlocked. Personal property was stolen from inside the vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
May 12 at 8:56 a.m., a resident in the 900 block of W. Olive discovered that someone had forced entry into her locked vehicle and stolen personal items from inside. This occurred sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
May 12 at 10:33 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1500 block of S. Mayflower when he saw new gang related graffiti spray painted under the 210 Freeway bridge. No suspects were located. Athens was contacted to remove the graffiti.

Theft
May 12 at 2:32 p.m., an officer was patrolling the parking lot of a hardware store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain when he was stopped by a customer who reported that while he was shopping, someone entered his unlocked vehicle and took his tools. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
May 12 at 5:39 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of W. Foothill parked outside her home and left her vehicle unlocked. She was inside her home for approximately five minutes. When she returned to her vehicle, she noticed someone had entered and took her purse. This investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
May 12 at 9:48 p.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington regarding a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot. Investigation revealed the vehicle was a stolen rental car. The vehicle was recovered and removed from the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Dinner at Casa Jimenez

Dinner tonight at Casa Jimenez, in the Home Depot shopping center. Got the Caldo de Camarones (shrimp soup) for $16.95 and an iced tea for $2.95. Nice!

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police Will Be Looking for Violations Causing Bike-Car Crashes

Photo by David Mancini on Unsplash
May is National Bicycle Safety Month. The Monrovia Police Department encourages drivers to slow down when passing bicyclists and asks bicyclists to be visible, predictable, and safe on the road. The Monrovia Police Department will be sending out additional officers this month to look for violations that cause crashes between bicyclists and motorists.

“Please share the road with bicyclists and try to imagine them as your closest friends or family. We all want to get where we need to go safely, whether that is in the car or on a bike,” said Alan Sanvictores, Chief of Police.

The Monrovia Police Department offers the following safety tips:

Drivers
  • Slow down.
  • Wait for a safe place to pass when driving behind a bike, especially on narrow roads.
  • California law requires drivers to provide at least three feet of space between a vehicle and bicycle when passing.
  • If making a right turn, assume any bicyclist approaching the intersection is traveling straight through, unless they signal otherwise.
  • When making a left turn, yield to oncoming bicyclists just as you would for other drivers.
  • Look for bicyclists before opening a car door.
  • Never drive distracted or impaired.

Bike Riders
  • Be predictable, safe and seen. Obey traffic laws, use hand signals, use lights at night (front white light and rear red reflector/light), and wear a helmet.
  • Bicyclists must travel on the road in the same direction as vehicle traffic and must follow the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.
  • Avoid the door zone: do not ride too closely to parked cars.
  • If there’s a bike lane, use it, unless making a left turn, passing, or approaching a place where a right turn is allowed.
  • Yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within marked crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections.
Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Miniature Therapy Horses Visit Clifton Middle School

Clifton Middle School students were visited and surprised by miniature therapy horses! Every student was able to interact, pet and hug a horse.

- Brad Haugaard

Christy is Sweet Sixteen - Full of Relaxing, Happy Energy


Would you believe Christy is sixteen years old? Christy is so sweet and will greet new people with a smile and a wagging tail. This senior gal has a little bit of stiffness in her joints, but she has no trouble running right up to you to get affection! She’s such a friendly dog and loves being pet and scratched. Christy gets along with other dogs and can’t wait to bring her relaxing, happy energy to your home!

The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets and schedule a virtual adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every day at 5:00 p.m. for the following day.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

Survey on GoMonrovia and Metro Ridership

 USC is conducting a study of the GoMonrovia transit program, whether it helps improve Metro's rail transit ridership. If you'd like to participate, go here: https://is.gd/bj8Rv2

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Tillford Bros. Drugs and Lyric Theater

Tillford Bros. Drugs & Lyric Theater, at the northeast corner of Foothill and Ivy, c. 1925. Photo by William Ward. See full details here. From the William Ward collection. Identifying information from Kim Ward Anderson.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

- Brad Haugaard

Former League of Women Voters President Passes Away

Monrovian Helen Lucile Cloer passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home on March 5. She was 92 years old.

Her son, Daniel, says Helen was past president of the League of Women Voters of Monrovia and worked on many civic issues, including land use proposals for the Monrovia area. She was also active as an officer of the Guild of La Vina Hospital (a tuberculosis hospital in Altadena).

Helen was born on December 19, 1928 in Alhambra to Joseph P. Sehy and Esther Vasey Sehy. During her school days she was greatly influenced by her experiences at Camp Fire Girls summer camp at Camp Wasewagan and later devoted much of her time promoting and supporting the camp. She served as president of the Camp Wasewagan Alumni Association and worked with the Camp Fire Girl Council in many capacities. Her work improving the camp and raising funds for it earned her multiple awards.

Helen met her husband Thomas Leroy Cloer, Jr. at UCLA where they were classmates. They were married on June 23, 1951, and settled in Monrovia, where Helen was a housewife and mother to their two children.

Helen is survived by her son Daniel Cloer and wife Laura (Visalia), daughter Julia Cloer and husband Sean Hulsey (Northridge), and granddaughters Madeline (Zach Souder, Denver) and Samantha Cloer (Vienna, Austria), great-grandson Jacob Souder, niece Carla Cloer (Porterville), and nephew Lane Starr (Athol, Idaho). 

Friends are invited to donate a no-kill pet shelter in her name.

- Brad Haugaard

Graduating Monrovians Honored

At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/O5ZXMX) the Monrovia Board of Education will ...

Honor lots of people, including:

~ Monrovia High School seniors who have committed to joining colleges or trade schools (shown above).

~  Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School (CSMS) Assistant Principal, Megan Esquer, on receiving the "Leadership Matters" award from the Association of California School Administrators Region 15.

~ Santa Fe CSMS Teacher, Rob Cady, on being named "Middle School Educator of the Year," by the California League of Schools.

~ Monrovia High School graduates: https://is.gd/eRg4cr

~ Canyon Oaks High School graduates: https://is.gd/Abn8fg

~ Mountain Park School graduates: https://is.gd/trYjXX

Also, the board will consider a deal for Mrs. Nelsons Book Company to buy old books and paper instructional materials from the district. https://is.gd/63PNIY

- Brad Haugaard




Monrovia Weekly Becomes Part of LA-Area News Website

What the online version of the Monrovia Weekly looks like now.

The online version of the Monrovia Weekly appears to have changed from being a separate website to now being part of a Southern California news site called, HEY SoCal, which has local news for Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, and Long Beach, mostly from City News Service; and local news for the San Gabriel Valley from the Monrovia Weekly, Arcadia Weekly, Pasadena Independent and City News Service.  https://is.gd/HWgRBQ

- Brad Haugaard

Vintage Items For Sale to Repair Ceiling of Historical Society's Anderson House

One of the items on sale by Monrovia Historical Society: Classic Red Eye treadle sewing machine with detailed head in oak cabinet with seven drawers of vintage notions.

The Monrovia Historical Society is holding an on-line and in-person fundraising sale of vintage treasures to raise money to repair the ceiling of the historic Anderson House at 215 E. Lime, which began crumbling and had to be removed.

Items for sale include furniture, vinyl music albums, vintage office machines, a Thomas Edison dictaphone, a steamer trunk from Selfridge’s in London, a 1842 coverlet by a weaver whose works are in the Smithsonian, and much more. You can see the items here, monroviahistoricalsociety.org/sale, and you can purchase them using PayPal if you are an Historical Society member. If you are not a member, you can become a member here (monroviahistoricalsociety.org/membership-1), then purchase the items.

The kitchen ceiling. Sad. Sad.
Then, on Friday, June 11, from 1-6 p.m. members can in-person view and purchase items and non-members can view items and become members if they want to purchase items. The next day, Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the sale will be open to the public - no need to be a member to purchase. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The items for sale, while historic, either do not relate to the Society's mission, or are surplus. For questions write to monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com or text or call (626) 675-8323.

- Brad Haugaard


City Facilities Reopening; Free Gun Locks; City Commission Positions Open; Racism Meeting; Landlord Benefits

In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Dylan Feik reports: 

~ City facilities will reopen on Monday, May 10. Covid rules still apply. 

~ Monrovia Kiwanis Club has partnered with the Monrovia Police to provide free gun safety locks. For more information call the Monrovia Police at 256-8000.

~ More spots have been added for the free compost and mulch event at the Public Works Yard (600 S. Mountain) on Saturday, May 22, 8 a.m. to noon. For a reservation (required) contact Jamie Bumia at 932-5579 or  jbumia@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

~ Residents can apply for positions on the Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission and Community Services Commission. Also, Old Town business owners may apply for positions on the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board. Applications due by Monday, May 10.  Interviews in the weeks following. Terms begin on July 1. https://is.gd/ZAkbag

~ Monrovia ChangeMakers will host a Zoom meeting on Racism Against Asian Americans: Past & Present on Wednesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. Meeting ID: 868-5112 5241, passcode: 488265.

~ Monrovia landlords may benefit from the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments' new Landlord Incentives Program, which provides rent checks each month to landlords who lease to tenants receiving rental assistance to leave homelessness. The program can also help mediate problems. Details: https://landlordincentives.org/

- Brad Haugaard

A Video History of the Monrovia Days Parade

A video slide show of the history of the Monrovia Days Parade over the past 100+ years. From the Monrovia Historical Society.

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: One More Case, One More Death

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 05/05/2021. Changes since 04/28/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,165 cases (up 1), 77 deaths (up 1)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 373 cases (up 1), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: More Catalytic Converters Stolen; Man Hit With Phone; Traffic Accidents; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 29 – May 5. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 355 service events, resulting in 70 investigations.

Vandalism
April 29 at 2:25 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Almond called police to report that a neighbor just broke a window on his house with her fist. Officers arrived and located the female suspect. Paramedics also responded due to her hand bleeding. The suspect was found to be heavily intoxicated. This case will be forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for prosecution consideration.

Injury Traffic Collision
April 29 at 5:38 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Colorado and Canyon, which is a four-way stop. Both drivers believed they had the right of way. One of the drivers was complaining of pain, but had no visible injuries. Paramedics responded.

Grand Theft
May 1 at 9:06 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1700 block of S. Peck called police to report that two catalytic converters were taken from two company vehicles sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
May 1 at 7:22 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 200 block of W. Pomona. The victim reported that two subjects just stole her Kia Optima from the street in front of her apartment complex. Officers arrived and searched the area, as well as the parking structure, but were unable to locate the vehicle or the suspects. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
May 1 at 8:14 p.m., while officers were searching a parking structure in the 200 block of W. Pomona for a stolen vehicle, they located a subject loitering on the lower level. The investigation revealed he was not involved with the auto theft, but was in possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance. He was arrested and released with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Fraud
May 2 at 10:58 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of Stedman called police to report she was a victim of fraud. She received an email she thought was from Chase Bank. The email said there was an issue with her bank account and she needed to confirm her information. She clicked on the email and input her information. The next day she discovered several fraudulent transactions on her account. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
May 2 at 12:01 p.m., a resident in the 1700 block of S. Mayflower came to the Monrovia Police Department lobby and reported his girlfriend struck him in the face with her phone. An investigation was conducted and the female subject was contacted. The officer determined the primary aggressor was the girlfriend. She was arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
May 3 at 6:55 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 200 block of W. Pomona. The victim returned to his vehicle in the morning and discovered someone had stolen his work vehicle from the parking structure. He found the door handle on the ground where he had parked the vehicle the night before. The vehicle was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Child Neglect / Wanted Person
May 3 at 2:17 p.m., a caller dialed 911 from a hotel in the 900 block of S. Fifth, then hung up the phone. Employees of the hotel went to the guest room and discovered two children ages 5 and 6 left alone in the room, so they called the police. Officers arrived and discovered the renter of the room was wanted in another state. The children were transported to Monrovia Police Department and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) responded to take custody. The mother of the children arrived and, after being interviewed, DCFS allowed her to take custody of the children. The suspect was never located.

Injury Traffic Collision
May 4 at 1:26 p.m., two drivers collided into each other at the intersection of Myrtle and Maple. One of the drivers complained of pain to his left shoulder and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver found at fault was issued a citation at the scene.

Injury Traffic Collision
May 4 at 4:54 p.m., two drivers collided into each other at the intersection of Duarte and Mayflower. Officers arrived and found that one of the drivers complained of pain to his right arm. Paramedics arrived and treated the injured driver on scene.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Theft of Mail – Suspects Arrested
May 5 at 2:28 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 900 block of W. Huntington when he saw two subjects he recognized from previous encounters inside a vehicle. The subjects appeared intoxicated and further investigation revealed they were both under the influence of a controlled substance. They were also found to be in possession of stolen mail and drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were arrested.

Vehicle Burglary
May 5 at 12:15 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 300 block of Highland. The victim reported that a cell phone and wallet were stolen out of his vehicle, which was parked on the street. Officers responded and determined the vehicle had been locked, but one of the windows was left slightly rolled down. The suspect possibly reached into the vehicle, unlocked it, and then stole the items. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 8:09 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Los Angeles regarding a vehicle being driven back and forth, and the driver was honking his horn. Upon arrival, officers determined the suspect was intoxicated. After an investigation was conducted, the suspect was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 8:12 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Foothill and Ivy regarding a possible intoxicated driver colliding into a parked vehicle. The officers located the suspect driving and initiated a traffic stop. Further investigation determined the driver was driving while intoxicated. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Monrovia's Xencor Reports Smaller Loss Than For Same Time Last Year

Monrovia corporation, Xencor, reported a net loss for the first quarter ended March 31 of $2.5 million, or $(0.04) per share, compared to a net loss of $8.1 million, or $(0.14) per share for the same period in 2020. Xencor is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing cancer and autoimmune disease treatments.  Details: https://is.gd/OpTHZN

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Copper Still Grill

Dinner at Copper Still Grill, on the east side of Myrtle below Colorado. Got Grandma’s Meatloaf for $15 and a beer for $4.95. Very nice. Nicely spiced and cooked. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia High Game Designer to Attend Top Game Design School in Country

Monrovia High School senior Charlie Heatherly, who helped build the school’s game development team, Forge Interactive, will take his talents to the next level as he attends USC – home to the top-rated game design program in the country.

“It is overwhelming to me in the best possible way. I am excited and ready to learn,” Heatherly said. “This is the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work that I have put in, as well as that of my entire games team. I want to thank my father, who taught me how to be a team leader, and my teacher Mr. Carlson, who guided me through the development of my first game during my junior year.”

Heatherly honed his game designing skills through Forge Interactive, Monrovia High’s student-led indie game development team. With team members that specialize in all aspects of the game design process – from art and animation to writing and testing – Forge Interactive’s goal is to graduate students who have team-building experience and are knowledgeable about the game industry.

“Charlie’s leadership skills are a big reason that Forge Interactive has been so successful,” Monrovia High CTE teacher Anthony Carlson said. “Forge is a practical approach to tech education that focuses on teamwork, helping students develop project management skills and holding daily meetings to move their project forward. We want students to graduate with an accurate idea of what it’s like to work in the industry, with experience and skills under their belt.”

Heatherly joined Forge Interactive as a junior, where he developed his first game, Gossip Inc., putting the lessons taught by his father, a game designer and media executive, to the test.

Heatherly became a game director at Forge, bringing a team together to design Forge’s first digital game, Red Dungeon. Heatherly also co-hosts the Socratic Cinema podcast and is a member of the Mathletes Club.

Monrovia High School senior and Forge Interactive team member Matthew Thoemmes will join Heatherly as a game design major at an elite university, attending UC Santa Cruz next year.

“Being invited to the Forge has been one of my best high school experiences,” Thoemmes said. “When I came to class I knew almost nothing at all about programming. I was slowly able to learn thanks to the guidance of the team, and I was accepted into UC Santa Cruz to study game design and programming. I am extremely excited to be attending UC Santa Cruz.”

To learn more about Monrovia High School’s Digital Studies Academy, which focuses on game design, software engineering and digital, video and graphic design, visit the school’s website.

“We are thrilled to see our game design students advance to programs that will allow them to expand on the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that has made Monrovia Unified and Forge Interactive leaders in the field of video game development,” Monrovia Board President Maritza Travanti said. “Thank you to Anthony Carlson for developing this program and best of luck to Charlie and Matthew. We can’t wait to see what the future brings them.”

Source: Monrovia School District press release

- Brad Haugaard