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A Tour of Canyon Park


The park is open but yes, reservations are required. 


In the lower part of the park not much has changed except for the addition of colorfully painted K-rail. 


If you want to branch off from the park and go up to Camp Trask or beyond, you’re not supposed to. The area beyond Trask is US Forest Service territory and the USFS hasn’t opened things up yet. It’s supposed to open next year. 


Lots of trees that were partially burned are coming back. 


Entry points to the trails all have these legal notices saying, essentially, that if something happens to you it ain’t the city’s fault. 


The part of the trail to the waterfall that I saw showed some damage, but other parts looked fine. I spoke to a ranger who said that it is like that pretty much all the way up to the waterfall. Nice spots and badly damaged spots.

- Brad Haugaard 

City Historian Steve Baker Reflects on History for His 80th Birthday

City Historian Steve Baker (but he's got a beard now).

As he approaches his 80th birthday on Sept. 4, we got Steve Baker, Monrovia Historical Society President and official Monrovia City Historian, to reflect on the past – his own and Monrovia's.

Baker says he came by his interest in Monrovia history by osmosis, that perhaps being osmosis from his parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and great great grandparents, all of whom were Monrovia residents. He is the fifth generation.

"Growing up I heard lots of stories. Granny was good storyteller and my dad was even better. I didn't have to work at it, just absorb it."

Though he was too young to remember it, he first came to Monrovia to visit for Christmas 1941, then came to live in 1945. His banking job led him to Northern California for a while, but he returned in 1967 and has been a resident ever since.

He said his interest in Monrovia history probably really started when he was a preteen or teen. "I remember checking Charlie Davis's 1938 ‘History of Monrovia and Duarte’ out of the public library. I read it carefully and was particularly interested in the section about old homes." Steve said he wasn't old enough to drive, "so my long-suffering dad drove me around so I could see them first hand."

While the Monrovia Historical Society was formed in 1979, and acquired the historic Anderson House on East Lime that same year, Steve did not become an active member of MHS until 1981, when he became a board member, and he's been on the board ever since, and been president, he said, "entirely too long." In 1991 he was also named by the City Council as Monrovia's official city historian, succeeding Myron Hotchkiss.

And what does he do as city historian?

Generally, he said, it's answering questions, mostly from people asking about the homes they live in. "Most of the time," he said, "I can come up with an answer."

He lives in one of Monrovia's first houses, built for John F. Brossart, president of the First National Bank of Monrovia, and later occupied by his great great grandfather, Bradford Arthur, and his great grandmother, Jennie Arthur Church. The house was probably completed in September, 1887, and was initially located on South Heliotrope, then was moved to East Lemon, and finally to South Ivy, where it is today. Steve said his great grandmother moved it to Ivy to be closer to downtown shopping when her father died and there was no man in the house to hitch the horse to the carriage.

So why has Steve focused so much of his life on what is dead and gone?

Well, it's not dead and gone, he says, quoting a passage from William Faulkner's novel, "Requiem for a Nun," "The past is never dead. It's not even past."

Meaning, he said, that we assume when things are out of our experience that they're gone, but they're not; they still have a significant impact, such as the sacrifice of Jesus almost 2,000 years ago. That event, he said, is still influential.

And he cites his own house. "I grew up where my grandparents lived. That had a subtle impact. I know which rooms they lived and died in. I've encountered the imprint of the two generations that preceded my grandmother, plus my grandmother and my parents. The parlor and the back parlor have a distinct feeling, a presence, if you will. An old house bears the imprint of everyone who ever lived in it."

It makes him consider the interconnectedness of all things, and that "the will of God exists for each moment. Our greatest task," he said, "is to discern and do that will."

And for Steve that involves a commitment to the past, for both the City of Monrovia and the Monrovia Historical Society.

So, while "I'm not against development per se, I am concerned about it on a scale that could alter the character of the community. It has the potential to do that at a certain level.

"I'm glad much of it is being done near the train station. That has less of an impact on the heart of the city.

"ADDs [accessory dwelling units, i.e. granny flats] are a good compromise. They create more housing without compromising the view from the street."

And for the Monrovia Historical Society he believes its goal should continue to be, through the Anderson House, to "provide the public with an immersion experience. To give the feeling of how people lived 100 years ago. There's nowhere else where you can step into the past.

"Consider the kitchen, what Lizzie had to deal with every day. Building a fire, canning, baking, cooking three meals a day, washing, ironing, sweeping carpets, taking them out to beat them.

"It's important to understand what formed their character, their discipline, their stamina and self-discipline, the character of rising to the task, the rhythm of their lives."

Even the history of his own life has left a mark on his life. He reminisces ...

"My mom would tell bedtime stories. The adventures of Dorothy, made up as she went along. She asked me to recite my evening prayers. 'Now I lay me down to sleep...'

"I remember our first TV set. It was about four-inches square. Slightly larger but not by much. And there was the William Tell overture that I played on a wind-up Victrola.

"Dad would read a bedtime story and would skip parts to speed it up. I'd say, 'No daddy, the next sentence is...’

"Nana's older sister taught me my colors using spools of thread. Then when my mother bought meat at the butcher she would ask me for a ration coupon [during World War II]. 'Stevie,' she said, 'I need a red (or blue) point,' and I could give it to her because I'd learned my colors.

"My earliest memory of a public event occurred when Franklin Roosevelt died. I wasn't sure who he was but from the emotion of the adults I knew it was a big event."

Happy 80th Birthday, Steve.

- Brad Haugaard

Man Killed by Train Friday Identified

The man who was struck and killed by a Metro train near California Avenue and Duarte Road in Monrovia at about 4:25 a.m. Friday has been identified as Fabian Cano, 20, of Duarte. https://is.gd/H0Ntgg

- Brad Haugaard

One-Eared Chico - Just Lookin' For Love


Five-year-old Chico is such a sweetie, and is just looking for someone to love! In his previous home, Chico was attacked by another dog and lost his right ear due to his injuries. He’s healing well, and despite his wounds, is still an affectionate and happy pup. Chico is a handsome dog with a big smile and the sweetest eyes. We know someone will fall in love with this adorable one-eared guy!

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 an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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: William Monroe Riding in Monrovia Day Parade

William Monroe riding on horseback in the 1914 Monrovia Day Parade.  See full details here. From the Myron Hotchkiss collection.

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

Biking for Bucks Deadline Extended to September 30


The deadline to apply for the Biking for Bucks program has been extended to September 30. Get up to $350 back on your purchase of a bike and/or bike accessories. Then, track your activity to enter a raffle for a $50 gift card to a Monrovia business of your choice. Three winners every week and a grand prize drawing at the end of the pilot program in November. Details: https://is.gd/kbbd18

- Brad Haugaard

20th Year Remembrance of September 11

Sept. 11 is Patriot Day and Monrovia Fire & Rescue invites you to a community remembrance on Sept. 11 at Fire Stattion 101 (141 E. Lemon) to remember the innocent lives lost and to honor the selfless service and valiant acts of the first responders.

- Brad Haugaard

Kid's Book Sale Tomorrow (Aug. 28) at Library

- Brad Haugaard

Last Art Walk for Summer Tomorrow, Aug. 28


-Brad Haugaard 

Pedestrian Killed By Metro Train Today

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a Metro train near Duarte Road and California Avenue in Monrovia around 4:25 a.m. today. https://is.gd/YAQvMV

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 91 More Cases, No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 08/25/2021. Changes since 08/18/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,652 cases (up 91), 79 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 423 cases (up 12), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: UPS Driver Robbed of Package; Catalytic Converter Suspects Arrested; Elderly Driver Hits House; Sleeping Driver Hits Car; Car Hits Motorcycle; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 19-25. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 420 service events, resulting in 72 investigations.

Commercial Burglary
August 19 at 3:39 a.m., an alarm activation was reported at a business in the 900 block of W. Huntington. A glass-break sensor had just been triggered at a cellular phone business. The caller reported a male adult suspect was seen entering the store wearing a black jacket, red face mask, with a dreadlock style of hair. Officers arrived and surrounded the building. An interior search was conducted, but the suspect had fled. A responsible party showed up, but could not determine a loss at the time. Investigation continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
August 19 at 9:11 a.m., a male subject called police to report his vehicle had just been burglarized at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The suspect fled the scene in a grey, Dodge van. Officers arrived, but the suspect was not located. The investigation revealed the passenger door lock on the vehicle had been punched and the victim’s tools had been stolen out of the vehicle. The suspect's license plate was obtained. Investigation continuing.

Robbery
August 19 at 1:43 p.m., officers responded to the report of a robbery in progress in the 100 block of W. Central. A male suspect approached a UPS driver who was holding a package to be delivered to the location. The suspect repeatedly told the UPS driver that the package belonged to him. When the UPS driver asked for identification, the suspect ripped the package out of her arms, scratching her in the process. The suspect ran to a waiting vehicle and fled the scene. Witnesses observed the suspect loitering in the area since the morning. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
August 19 at 6:06 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 800 block of W. Foothill. The victim called to report her vehicle had been stolen sometime between August 18 and 19. The vehicle was parked on Foothill. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
August 20 at 1:31 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Ivy called police to report the catalytic converter had been stolen off his vehicle sometime during the night. The investigation is continuing.

Theft of Firearm
August 21 at 9:06 a.m., a deputy from Industry Sheriff’s Department called and informed dispatch he arrested a subject who was in possession of a handgun registered to a Monrovia resident. An officer went to the resident's home in the 300 block of Elfwood and spoke with him. He said the last time he saw the gun was approximately four years ago, and he did not give anyone permission to take it or use it. He checked the closet where he kept it and confirmed it was missing. A report was taken and forwarded to the deputy. Investigation continuing.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
August 21 at 4:10 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of Montana called police to report they saw a vehicle back into a parked car and drive off without leaving a note on the parked vehicle. They were able to get a picture of the suspect vehicle. An officer contacted the registered owner of the parked vehicle to inform them of what happened. Investigation continuing.

Driving Under the Influence / Firearm Recovered – Suspect Arrested
August 21 at 9:34 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle swerving on the road as it traveled south on Myrtle, approaching California. He conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver. The driver appeared to be driving while under the influence of alcohol. The officer conducted a DUI investigation and arrested the driver. Another officer conducted an inventory search of the vehicle prior to storing it and, in doing so, he located a revolver under the seat, which was recovered by the officer.

Felony Evading / Driving Under the Influence / Warrant – Suspects Arrested
August 21 at 9:50 p.m., an officer observed a suspicious vehicle parked in a dark area of a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. As he approached the vehicle, the driver fled in the vehicle and entered the 210 Freeway, heading east. The driver was traveling at a speed of approximately 45 miles per hour and was drifting in the lanes. The driver continued on the 605 Freeway, heading south to the 10 Freeway, heading west. The driver exited in the City of San Gabriel at the Alhambra border, where he pulled over. At that point, the officers conducted a high-risk stop and had the two occupants exit. The driver exhibited symptoms of being under the influence of drugs and the passenger had an outstanding warrant. The passenger was arrested and taken into custody. Once the driver was medically cleared, he was brought to the police department, where he was booked for felony evading and DUI.

Grand Theft
August 22 at 1:40 p.m., an employee from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington called police to report a theft that occurred the previous night. Two females entered the store, put a large dollar amount of merchandise into bags and left without paying for the items. Investigation continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
August 22 at 4:02 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks. An elderly motorist struck a home in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks. Officers arrived and checked the well-being of the driver. He was not injured. The vehicle struck the side of an apartment and hit an air-conditioning unit. A DMV reevaluation form was completed on the driver. Investigation continuing.

Battery on a Peace Officer / Mental Evaluation
August 22 at 8:08 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of W. Lemon regarding a disturbing subject who was fighting and arguing with family members. The reporting party indicated that the subject had struck his head on a wall and was bleeding. Officers arrived, and while they were dealing with the subject, he spit on one of the officers. The subject was safely detained and transported to a local hospital, where he received a mental evaluation and was placed on a 72 hour hold.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
August 23 at 10:38 a.m., a caller reported a motorist just struck her vehicle in the 400 block of W. Scenic. Officers responded and found the driver had fallen asleep behind the wheel. He was not injured. The driver was issued a citation.

Domestic Battery – Suspect Arrested
August 23 at 12:01 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Cherry called police to report that the mother of his child had just pushed him. Officers responded and found no one was injured. The female subject was found to be the primary aggressor and was arrested for domestic battery.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
August 23 at 3:02 p.m., a motorist reported another driver collided into the back of his vehicle at the intersection of Myrtle and Huntington, and the driver fled the area without stopping to exchange information. Officers searched the area for the hit and run driver, but could not locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
August 24 at 8:45 a.m., a caller reported a motorist just struck the back of a motorcyclist who was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Myrtle and Lemon. The collision caused the motorcyclist to be thrown forward off the motorcycle and onto the hood of an SUV traveling in the opposite direction. The motorcyclist sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was cared for by Monrovia paramedics.

Embezzlement
August 24 at 12:31 p.m., the owner of an equipment rental business in the 200 block of W. Huntington called police to report that a customer rented a piece of equipment and was refusing to return it. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
August 24 at 3:45 p.m., a caller reported a motorist collided into their car at the intersection of Chestnut and Monterey, then fled the area without stopping to exchange information. The caller was not injured in the collision. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary / Attempt Grand Theft Auto
August 24 at 3:50 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of Sombrero discovered someone had forced entry into his vehicle, which was parked in front of his house. They punched the ignition, but were unsuccessful at taking the car. They stole personal items belonging to the resident and fled the area. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence / Resisting Arrest / Battery – Suspect Arrested
August 24 at 11:11 p.m., police dispatch received multiple calls reporting a male subject attacking a female subject in front of the station. Officers arrived and saw the suspect attacking the victim. The suspect then attempted to assault the officers. The suspect continued to resist, but was safely detained. The victim sustained minor injuries. The suspect also battered a passerby that had attempted to help the victim. The suspect was medically cleared and brought to the station for booking on multiple charges.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
August 25 at 1:45 p.m., a caller reported a motorist just collided into her vehicle at the intersection of Cypress and Alta Vista. Officers located the motorist that left the area. He returned to the scene and exchanged information.

Grand Theft
August 26 at 3:44 a.m., officers responded to the area of Lime and Canyon regarding suspects seen under a vehicle. The suspects fled in a truck when the resident came out of the home. An officer located the truck and conducted a traffic stop. The suspects were detained while officers conducted an investigation and discovered the catalytic converter had been removed from the vehicle, but was tossed out of the truck prior to being stopped by officers. Three suspects were arrested.

Dinner at Cafe Mundial

Dinner at Cafe Mundial, on the east side of Myrtle just north of Colorado. Got the tri tip for $26 and a beer for $7.  Filling and fine. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Job Openings With City of Monrovia

The City of Monrovia has two job openings:

- Office administrator at the Police Department.
- Recreation specialist (part time) for Community Services Department.

Details: https://is.gd/qkFR1m

- Brad Haugaard

Speaker Ryan Ries Will Talk About Dangers of Drugs, Alcohol, and Depression


Guest speaker Ryan Ries will speak to youth about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, depression and suicidal feelings at Calvary Chapel Monrovia on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.

Ries grew up in Southern California and made a name for himself in the skateboard industry, working for Circa Footwear, maker of skateboarding shoes. He later became involved in the rap and hip hop music industry.

He was making $300,000 a year and was traveling the world with rock bands, but began to struggle with drugs, which almost took his life. 

He has been sober for many years, is married with triplet girls and a son, and travels the world speaking to youth about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, depression and suicidal feelings. 

He and two rock musicians who had a similar story formed an organization called The Whosoevers, which brings a message of hope and love to young people -- and adults -- who are struggling.

He has written the book, "Kill the Noise: Finding Meaning Above the Madness," and is doing a book tour, speaking at churches, youth programs and to incarcerated juveniles. He also speaks at music festivals and skate parks across the nation.   

- Brad Haugaard

Senior Kitty Albert Wants to Be a Pampered Lap Cat


Senior kitty Albert is a former stray who’s ready to spend his golden years as a pampered lap cat! Albert is ten years young and has a curious spirit. He loves exploring, but will happily hang out with you for some petting and head scratches. He has a sweet and quiet meow that he uses to get your attention. Albert has surprisingly soft fur that you’ll love to pet!

The adoption fee for cats is $100. All kitten 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 an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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

- Brad Haugaard

Make Reservations to Visit Canyon Park

File photo.

Monrovia Canyon Park will open Monday, August 30 for visitors with reservations. The Waterfall Trail, Nature Trail, Bill Cull Trail, and Cunningham Overlook Trail will all be open, but "the Ben Overturff Trial is closed per US Forest Service Dept."

Park hours are Sunday - Saturday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. On Tuesdays people can walk or bike into the park, but it will be closed to vehicles for routine maintenance. Vehicle admission is $5 per vehicle, $10 on weekends. The park will also be closed if it is raining.

The city urges "extra caution when walking, hiking, or biking on our trails as we continue to have loose gravel and rocks along the trails." 

For reservations, go to https://is.gd/9aYoBY and click on "Trail Reservations".

- Brad Haugaard

What First Day Back to In-Person School Was Like


Monrovia Unified School District students received the red-carpet treatment on Aug. 18, welcomed with colorful balloons, inspirational banners, and exuberant school mascots as they returned to in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year.

Wearing big smiles behind their face masks and chatting amiably with their classmates and teachers, more than 5,000 Monrovia students from transitional kindergarten to 12th grade made their first appearances on campus for full-time instruction since March 2020.

“We are ecstatic to have our students back on campus. The first day of school is always exciting, but this year is extra special,” MUSD Board President Maritza Travanti said. “Seeing the students arrive on campus, hearing the spirit in their voices and watching them interact together makes me so happy. School Board members were at multiple school sites greeting students, families and staff throughout the week. We are looking forward to a wonderful and successful 2021-22 school year.”

At Monrovia High School, the new freshman class was greeted by a huge inflatable Wildcat, teachers wearing “The Wildcat Way” T-shirts, and mentors and representatives from Renaissance Club, Link Crew and Associated Student Body.

As part of the Monrovia High Passport to Success program, freshmen spent their first morning receiving a pep talk from principal Kirk McGinnis as well as learning tips on how to be a successful high school student. In keeping with Wildcat tradition, freshmen were asked to make a commitment pledge to graduate in 2025, signing their names to a ceremonial white commencement robe.

Monrovia High senior and Renaissance Club member Jackee Munoz is excited to be back at school and to be assisting the freshmen class as they acclimate to their new surroundings.

“This is my favorite part of school, being able to be a leader for the freshmen,” Munoz said. “It’s really important to be on campus because we all missed out on so much last year. It’s good to see my friends and everyone coming back together. I’m looking forward to a normal year, back to everyone being in the same place.”

Seniors, juniors, and sophomores arrived later in the day, receiving their schedules, and attending their first classes.

At Plymouth Elementary School, students sporting colorful backpacks and face masks walked a red carpet into school. Plymouth PTA members dressed in green dragon costumes provided entertainment and proud parents took pictures as students waited in line to receive their class assignments.

Plymouth students were assigned color codes that directed them to their new classroom and teacher. Principal Greg Gero assisted faculty and staff in greeting students and enthusiastically answering questions from parents.

“This is a much more exciting first day than usual,” Gero said. “We are thrilled to welcome back all of our students, many of whom we haven’t seen in a year and a half. Just to see all the new faces and the families, and how excited they are, the teachers and the staff. It’s very rewarding.”

Students will follow a full-time in-person schedule and adhere to all State of California health and safety protocols. Masks will be required indoors but are optional outdoors for students, faculty and staff. Physical distancing is not required but will be encouraged. Playgrounds will be open for all students, and they can spend their lunch indoors or outdoors. Information on COVID-19 screenings and vaccinations can be found on the District website.

Monrovia Unified also launched Mountain Park Virtual Academy this school year, presenting students and families with an online option while still receiving a full, comprehensive curriculum.

“I have never looked forward to a first day of school more than this year,” MUSD Superintendent Dr. Ryan Smith said. “I am so proud to welcome back our returning students, introduce new students and families to the District, and to be part of this amazing and vibrant community. On behalf of Monrovia Unified administrators, faculty and staff, we are ready to resume our mission to provide our children with a world class education that prepares them for success in college and career.”

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Inside Frank J. Cornes' Grocery Store

Frank J. Cornes' Grocery Store at 501 S Myrtle c. 1893.. See full details here. From the Myron Hotchkiss collection.

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

Santa Anita Family YMCA Plans January Opening; Historic Monrovia Walking Tour


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

~ The Santa Anita Family YMCA plans to re-open in January 2022 and has opened a fundraising campaign to raise $90,000 to provide state of the art fitness equipment and "extended community resources."

The Y "plans to launch community programming focused on fighting food insecurity, providing equity in education, making sure every child has the opportunity to experience the joy of sports, ensuring kids and teens have a safe place to grow, and learn and live a healthy lifestyle." https://is.gd/tsWW7S

~ The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will conduct its third historic walking tour of the summer this Saturday, August 21. The cost is $5 per person and the tour lasts about 2 hours. Learn about the early history of Monrovia and how became the community it is today. Meet at the southeast corner of Myrtle and Palm Avenues at 10 a.m. Tour guides from the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will be walking slowly to Olive and back (8 city blocks total) during the tour.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Canyon Park to Reopen (by Reservation Only) on August 30


City Manager Dylan Feik reports that on August 30 "Monrovia Canyon Park will be open to visitors by reservations only. Reservations will be open on August 23, and in the upcoming week, we will be sharing information on how to make a reservation."

He adds:

"Since last September when the Bobcat Fire burned hundreds of acres in Monrovia, including Monrovia Canyon Park, the facility has been closed to the public. Staff and volunteers have contributed countless hours repairing trails, clearing fallen trees, painting facilities and aiding in regrowth. The community is invited to enjoy all hiking trails, including the Waterfall Trail, Nature Trail, Bill Cull Trail, Cunningham Overlook Trail, and the Ben Overturff Trail!"

At this time, - Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 82 More Cases, No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 08/18/2021. Changes since 08/11/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,561 cases (up 82), 79 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 411 cases (up 7), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Schools Back In Session - In Person!

Students at Plymouth School.

Monrovia schools are back in session. Drive carefully!

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Intoxicated Drivers; More Intoxicated Drivers; Drunk Mom Bites Dad's Arm; Drunk Driver Loses a Wheel - Keeps Going; Gunshots; and More...

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 12-18. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 357 service events, resulting in 73 investigations.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
August 13 at 12:34 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle saw a suspicious male subject sitting in a vehicle parked in the area. The officer contacted the subject and saw he had drug paraphernalia out in plain sight. The subject was detained and a search of the vehicle revealed multiple controlled substances. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 13 at 1:17 a.m., an officer on patrol observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation near the intersection of Foothill and Mayflower. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. After a DUI investigation was conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 13 at 2:09 a.m., an officer patrolling the 300 block of Laurel stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver was exhibiting signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance. After a drug evaluation was conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Domestic Violence / Child Endangerment – Suspect Wanted
August 13 at 8:00 p.m., officers responded to an apartment building in the 800 block of S. Myrtle regarding reports of a female screaming. Officers contacted the female, who was heavily intoxicated. She stated her ex-boyfriend, whom she has a child with, tried to kill her by putting his hand over her mouth and neck. The male subject already left the location with the child prior to officers arriving. The female was transported to a local hospital for further treatment because she stated she possibly lost consciousness. The male subject, who is the appointed foster parent, met with the officer at the station with the child. Further investigation revealed the father arrived at the apartment and found the mother was heavily intoxicated while caring for their daughter. They argued about her being intoxicated and the female started hitting the male on his head. When he raised his left arm up to block her, she bit his left wrist, causing it to bleed. The female subject was determined to be the primary aggressor in the incident. She is now wanted for further questioning regarding this case. The Department of Children and Family Services was also notified.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 13 at 9:39 p.m., two vehicles collided in the intersection of Peck and Armijo. Upon arrival, officers determined the party most at fault was intoxicated. A DUI investigation was conducted, and the driver was ultimately found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 13 at 11:19 p.m., officers responded to the area of Colorado and Ivy regarding a possible DUI driver. The caller stated the driver was driving erratically. An officer located the vehicle and saw it was weaving back and forth on the roadway. A traffic stop was conducted, and after a DUI investigation, the driver was arrested and held for and a sobering period.

Weapons Offense / Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
August 14 at 11:03 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 500 block of W. Foothill regarding a subject knocking on various doors in the area. Upon arrival, they made contact with the subject, who was heavily intoxicated. Further investigation revealed he was in possession of a double edged knife and a replica firearm. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Vehicle Pursuit / Non-Injury Traffic Collision / DUI – Suspect Arrested
August 15 at 3:49 a.m., officers on patrol near the intersection of Foothill and Magnolia were handling a call and observed a speeding vehicle. After finishing their call for service, they observed the same vehicle driving by, now missing a wheel. The officers tried to stop the vehicle, but it sped away. After a short pursuit, the vehicle tried to make a turn and lost control, colliding into a parked vehicle. The driver was determined to be under the influence. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Commercial Burglary
August 15 at 6:19 a.m., an alarm company for a restaurant in the 400 block of W. Huntington reported an alarm activation had just occurred. Officers responded and found the backdoor had been forced open and two safes were stolen. The safes contained cash. There were no suspects located in the building. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Stolen Mail – Suspect Arrested
August 15 at 8:31 a.m., security for an apartment complex in the 200 block of W. Pomona reported a male subject sleeping in the building's stairwell. Officers arrived and located the subject, who was found to be in possession of mail and UPS packages belonging to residents of the building. The mail and packages were opened and some of the contents were found in the subject's backpack. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Vandalism
August 15 at 10:31 a.m., a resident in the 1100 block of Sesmas walked outside her apartment and discovered someone had slashed two of her vehicle tires sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Mental Evaluation
August 15 at 11:17 a.m., a male subject walked into the Monrovia Police Department lobby and said he was depressed and wanted to kill himself. He let officers know he has a history of mental illness that requires medication, but he hasn't taken medication for an unknown length of time. The subject was transported to a nearby mental health hospital for care.

Injury Traffic Collision
August 16 at 3:28 a.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of S. Lincoln and Colorado regarding an injury traffic collision. Upon arrival, they discovered a vehicle in the middle of the street with major damage. During the investigation, officers discovered the driver was traveling east on Colorado at a high rate of speed, when he struck the dip at Colorado and Fifth. The driver lost control and struck several parked vehicles and damaged an Edison pole. This collision is still under investigation.

Commercial Burglary
August 16 at 8:05 a.m., employees of a business in the 900 block of W. Duarte arrived to work and discovered someone had forced entry into the building sometime during the night. The suspects rummaged through the cash registers and stole money and merchandise. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
August 16 at 12:37 p.m., a driver reported that he collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Myrtle and Los Angeles, but the other vehicle fled. Paramedics responded because the caller said he was injured, but had no visible injuries. While officers were speaking with the driver, the other motorist returned to inquire why the police had responded, stating that both parties had already exchanged information. After further investigation, the driver that called police admitted they had exchanged information, and he was found to be at fault. He was also found to be driving with a suspended license and was issued a citation at the scene.

Attempted Grand Theft
August 17 at 2:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 500 block of E. Colorado on the report of an attempted grand theft. The victim reported that someone tried to take his catalytic converter. He heard noises outside his residence and scared off the suspects. The suspects were last seen leaving eastbound on Colorado, out of sight. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
August 17 at 4:08 p.m., a traffic collision involving three motorists was reported in the 400 block of E. Duarte. One of the drivers was complaining of pain, so paramedics responded. The injured driver was not taken to a hospital. The party found to be at fault was issued a citation.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrant
August 18 at 11:59 a.m., suspicious male subjects were reported in front of a restaurant in the 100 block of W. Foothill. An officer arrived and contacted both male subjects. The officer could see used drug paraphernalia in the hand of one of the subjects. As the officer was waiting for additional officers to arrive, the subject with the drug paraphernalia suddenly ran. The subject was not located. This subject is known to police and also has a warrant for his arrest.

Vehicle Burglary
August 18 at 8:04 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 1100 block of E. Huntington. The victim reported that she parked her vehicle to the rear of a restaurant. When she returned after dinner, she found the window to her vehicle had been smashed. A laptop and her wallet were taken from inside. Investigation continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
August 18 at 10:02 p.m., a caller reported a semi-truck tried to make a turn at California and Duarte and clipped the drop arm at the tracks. The drop arm was damaged and the driver fled the scene. Investigation continuing.

Shots Fired
August 18 at 11:11 p.m., a caller reported hearing multiple gunshots in the area of Alta Vista and Duarte Rd. Officers responded and located four spent casings in the roadway. The area was searched for victims, witnesses, and impact strikes, but none were located. Investigation continuing.

Dinner at Luscious Dumplings

Dinner at Luscious Dumplings, in the shopping area at Duarte and Sixth. Got the Steamed Soup Dumplings for $11 and a Diet Coke for $1.50. Very tasty! (By the way, the name is being changed to Mason’s Dumpling Shop.)

- Brad Haugaard 

Academic Elsa Loves Learning!


When three-year-old Elsa was found as a stray, she was very calm and friendly, giving licks and tail wags. Although she’s been more shy at the shelter, our behavior staff has started to see her come out of her shell. Elsa loves learning new things, such as sit and down, and gets so much more relaxed and happy when she’s learning! She also loves treats, and is very treat-motivated. Elsa would do best in a home without other dogs, with a patient adopter who can let her go at her own pace. She has lots of love to give!

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 an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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: Monrovia's Solar Heater Company

1923 advertisement for Day & Night Solar Heater Co., William J. Bailey owner. One of Monrovia's largest employers.. See full details here. From the Myron Hotchkiss collection.

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

Free Concert Tonight: Night Owl Top 40 Band

 Free concert tonight, August 15, at Library Park bandshell. Night Owl, top 40 band. From 7-8:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Plague rules apply.

- Brad Haugaard

Free Concert Tonight - The Answer Classic Rock

Free concert tonight, August 14, at Station Square Amphitheater. The Answer, Classic rock band. From 7-8:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Plague rules apply.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Career Expo Sept. 8

 

Details: https://is.gd/6hgcEu

- Brad Haugaard

Broadway Under the Stars - Saturday, Aug. 28

Saturday, August 28th at 7:30 p.m.  Broadway Under the Stars, a musical review featuring some of Broadway's most iconic and memorable vocal music. This fundraising celebration will take place in Friendship Circle on the campus at Monrovia High School to support the professional productions at the Taylor Performing Arts Center. 

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to bring a picnic dinner. Both VIP and General Admission tickets are available.

Details and tickets: https://is.gd/xz6KQ5

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 81 More Cases; Minus One On Death Count

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 08/11/2021. Changes since 08/04/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,479 cases (up 81), 79 deaths (Last week I listed 1 new death, for 80 total - obviously a mistake.)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 404 cases (up 11), no deaths.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Lots of DUIs; Multiple Mental Evaluations; Cursing at Police on 911 Line; Gardener Tools Stolen; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 5-11. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 333 service events, resulting in 70 investigations.

Petty Theft
August 5 at 2:24 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Highland regarding a theft investigation. The victim was doing yard work at the location when two suspects in a silver Chevrolet Silverado took the lawn mower out of his unlocked van. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
August 5 at 2:52 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of Cedar. The victim left his van parked at the location with all door and windows locked and secured. When the victim returned, he saw the lock on the rear doors had been broken and two leaf blowers had been stolen from inside. This investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 5 at 9:27 p.m., an officer responded to the area of Mountain and Wildrose regarding a traffic collision. One of the involved parties was displaying signs of being intoxicated. A DUI investigation was conducted and he was found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Vandalism
August 6 at 4:49 a.m., an officer patrolling the area around Lime and Myrtle saw fresh gang graffiti on the north east corner of the intersection. A report was taken and the graffiti will be removed. This investigation is continuing.

Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
August 6 at 6:22 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of E. Lime regarding a report of a court order violation. The victim called to report her adult son was on the property after being served with a restraining order. The subject was contacted and the restraining order was confirmed. He was arrested for violation of the court order.

Mental Evaluation
August 6 at 7:27 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of W. Lime regarding a male subject that was reporting hallucinations. It was determined the subject may be a danger to himself and needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was transported to a local facility for treatment.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 6 at 11:50 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Peck and Longden and observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was found to be displaying signs of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation was conducted. The driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 7 at 2:47 a.m., an officer patrolling the area of Myrtle and Colorado stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. An investigation revealed the driver was on parole and had been driving under the influence of a controlled substance. The driver was arrested for DUI and held for and a sobering period.

Mental Evaluation
August 7 at 1:52 p.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report a male subject had just attempted to steal merchandise and pushed a customer. Officers responded and located the subject nearby. After a detailed investigation, it was determined the subject was a danger to himself and others, and needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was transported to a local facility for treatment. The customer was not injured and she declined to press charges.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
August 7 at 8:51 p.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 1100 block of E. Huntington regarding a male and female fighting in the parking lot. When officers arrived, both suspects fled into one of the hotel rooms. Further investigation revealed the female started punching the male and chased him into traffic on Huntington. The female suspect was arrested for domestic violence.

Misuse of 911 – Suspect Arrested
August 7 at 11:09 p.m., a caller known to officers from previous encounters began calling 911 multiple times. She was yelling and cursing at police dispatchers. She refused to stop calling, even after being advised that her phone calls were a misuse of the emergency line. Officers conducted an area check and located the subject near the intersection of Magnolia and Huntington. She was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 7 at 11:33 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Mountain and Lemon observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation was then conducted. The driver was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
August 8 at 7:12 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 900 block of W. Foothill saw a vehicle traveling on the road without license plates. He conducted a traffic stop and discovered the driver did not have a valid driver’s license and was on probation. The vehicle was searched and drug paraphernalia was found. The driver was arrested and the vehicle was impounded.

Fraud
August 9 at 9:35 a.m., a resident in the 1000 block of E. Huntington reported he was tricked into sending money to someone using a money phone app. After sending the money, he realized it was a fraud scam. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
August 9 at 10:08 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Olive walked outside his home and discovered someone had vandalized his parked car by spray painting profanities on it and denting it. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
August 10 at 5:09 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 400 block of Huntington. The victim reported her vehicle had been stolen by the acquaintance of a friend. The victim does not know the person, nor did she give permission for them to take her vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 10 at 11:09 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Maple and Mayflower saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The vehicle was stopped and the driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation was conducted and it was determined the driver was intoxicated. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Vandalism
August 11 at 9:09 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 800 block of W. Duarte. The victim went out to his parked car and discovered someone had shattered the passenger window sometime during the night. It did not appear the suspect entered the vehicle or took anything from inside. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting
August 11 at 8:40 p.m., a male adult suspect entered a business in the 400 block of W. Foothill and selected merchandise. The suspect then ran out the doors without purchasing the items and fled in a waiting vehicle before officers could arrive. The vehicle is a white Toyota sedan. This investigation is continuing.

Mental Evaluation
August 11 at 9:08 p.m., a father called to report his mentally ill son was at their residence in the 200 block of S. Madison and was refusing to leave. Officers arrived and located a distraught and emotionally charged subject who was threatening to harm his father. The subject then turned his attention to the officers and stated he wanted the officers to shoot and kill him. Officers were able to deescalate the situation and calmed the subject enough to peacefully detain him. They determined he needed to speak with a mental health professional and transported him to a facility for mental evaluation

Opinion: Why I'm Disappointed in the Monrovia Public Library

I love libraries but am quite disappointed in changes at the Monrovia Public Library.

Why? Because I think the library has been far, Far, FAR too aggressive in clearing out old books.

I recently went to the Monrovia Library looking for a novel. I had read one by Nevil Shute that I enjoyed so I thought I’d try something else by him from the nice collection of his books on the shelf. But there was nothing by him. All gone. Oh well! The library also had a nice collection of adventure novels by Hammond Innes. But they're all gone, too. All of them.

I realize there needs to be space for new books, and it makes sense to replace old books that are seldom checked out with more popular works.

But that is not the case here. While the teen and children's sections are reasonably full of books, the adult section -- fiction and non-fiction -- has been whacked down to being less than 30% full. The stacks all have seven shelves; the top shelf and bottom two shelves are now empty and the middle four rows are only about half full. So there is only the equivalent of two full rows, 2/7ths, or 29%. Plenty of room.

I asked Librarian Carey Vance what is going on.

She wrote:

"Over the past few years we have been in the process of weeding the collection of damaged, out of date, and inaccurate materials which has freed up some shelf space. This aligns with the library's strategic plan goal of providing an up to date and relevant collection for our community. This also means we have room to grow the collection moving forward."

Removing damaged or inaccurate [*see footnote] materials I can understand but I am baffled how offering people so many fewer books enhances anybody's experience.

Nor do I understand why old, seldom-checked-out books can't be removed AS the library needs space for the new books. Why get rid of them while you have room and somebody might want to check them out?

Back to Vance's comments:

"In addition, we have been able to shift the collections to create a more user-friendly experience. All of the nonfiction titles have been moved to one side of the room, lessening confusion for browsers. And we've been able to move books from the top and bottom shelves, which could create accessibility issues for some of our patrons, to the middle shelves for easier access. We are still in the process of moving some of the more specialized collections so you may see some empty shelves right now but overall, we’re hopeful the changes we’ve made will make finding items so much easier."

So... It's better not to carry a book than to make a limited-mobility patron ask a librarian to reach it for him? I'm sorry, that makes absolutely no sense to me.

Regarding my inability to find the books I was looking for, Vance writes:

"As to the titles you mentioned, we are very lucky to live in an area with multiple library systems so whenever you are unable to find a book you are looking for, please ask the Reference Staff at the Front Desk. If we don’t have the book, we can find it for you from a local library and have it sent over. Or we are happy to call the library and have it held for pickup. This allows us to maximize the City funds we have for purchasing materials while still providing access to titles we may not own."

The library HAD the books I wanted. I don't see how getting rid of books the library already owned saved the city a penny.

Okay, you may say, but the world is going digital, and the library provides access to a vast array of digital books, right?

Wrong.

I installed the Libby app, which the Monrovia Library and the rest of the Southern California Digital Library consortium use to let users check out digital books from across the consortium. If you want to read current popular books, the Libby app is great. However, if your tastes lean towards anything a bit dated, the pickings are pathetic. I won't beat this to death, but suppose you want to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Search on her name and all you'll get is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, not, incidentally, by Jane Austen. This, though tens of thousands of out-of-copyright books have been digitized and are available for free.

Vance responds:

"I completely understand, unfortunately the various publishers for ebooks have very strict and sometimes odd rules on what can be used where. As a public library consortium, the platform is limited on what titles can be purchased and used since they will be accessed by the public (vs. private copies of ebooks meant for use by one person). So even some public domain titles don’t qualify for public library use. The world of ebooks is a very strange one to be sure."

I grew up haunting libraries. I loved pulling down oddball books and flipping through them. It was kind of an adventure of discovery. Old books give you a different perspective on the world because views change over the decades and if all you read/hear/watch is contemporary, that's pretty much the only perspective you'll ever have. And if the old books that the library has discarded are replaced with new books to make the library's collection "up to date and relevant," as Vance says, all that does is reinforce group-think.


[* I was concerned about the library discarding "inaccurate" books. Vance explains: "When we say 'inaccurate' we are referring to particular subjects within the nonfiction collection such as medical or legal information that could seriously impact or even harm someone if the information wasn't up to date and factually accurate. This also pertains to technology subjects since computers and software are continually being updated. For other topics that may have more than one opinion, we ensure we have a balanced collection that provides titles from multiple viewpoints. Our weeding guidelines are based on national guidelines used by public libraries across the country and the librarians take great care to ensure the books in the collection meet these standards."]

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Los Gueros

Dinner at Los Gueros, on the north side of Huntington just west of Magnolia. Got the chicken enchilada for $10.98 and an iced tea for $3.25. Very good!

- Brad Haugaard 

Remodeled Elks Lodge


Not Monrovia but close.

- Brad Haugaard 

Laid-Back Missy the Kitten Ready for a Cozy Indoor Life

Four-month-old Missy is an adorable tabby kitten who’s looking for her special someone! Missy has a laid-back personality and shows her friendly side once she gets to know you. She’ll even lean into your hand for petting! Missy would do best in a quiet household with adults or older kids who can give her the patience to adjust to her new surroundings. Missy started her life as a stray, but she’s ready to live that cozy indoor life with you! 

The adoption fee for kittens 6 months and under is $150. All kitten 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 an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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

- Brad Haugaard

Insurance Pool Sues Edison to Recover Its Payment to Monrovia Schools

An insurance pool Monrovia School District belongs to is suing Southern California Edison Co. in hopes of being repaid the $803,730 the pool paid to the district after several MUSD buildings were damaged during the 2020 Bobcat fire. The Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs alleges "negligence and trespass" on Edison's part.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Carriage and Agricultural Implements

W.A. Crandall & Co. Carriage and Agricultural Implements at 620 S Myrtle. c. 1887.. See full details here. From the Myron Hotchkiss collection.

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

Mountain Park School Answers Questions About Independent Study

Monrovia's Mountain Park School has posted an extensive list of questions and answers for parents interested in having their children learn through independent study, here: https://is.gd/uNuo3b

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Kyle Li Wins $10,000 Scholarship From Carl's Jr.


Carl's Jr.® has selected Kyle Li of Monrovia, Calif., as one of 10 recipients for the 2021 Carl N. and Margaret Karcher Founder's Scholarship. Li, an aspiring public policy major at Princeton University, will receive $10,000 towards his tuition.

Kyle is pursuing a career in public policy and hopes to be California’s first Chinese-American senator.

This year, in honor of the company's founders, Carl's Jr. awarded $100,000 to outstanding high school students who exhibit impeccable academic performance, have demonstrated leadership and participation in their school and community, and who have financial need in pursuing a college degree. Since 1998, Carl's Jr. has granted more than one million dollars to 1,000-plus deserving students.

"This year's recipients shared compelling stories that made it easy for our judging panel to make their selection," said Ned Lyerly, CEO of CKE Restaurants. "Among our recipients, three are Carl's Jr. crew members, two were valedictorians of their graduating class, and eight had a 4.0 GPA. Thank you to our Carl's Jr. franchisees for embracing future generations and making special moments like this possible for these stellar students." 

The Carl N. and Margaret Karcher Founder's Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors in states where Carl's Jr. operates. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student's choice. The application program for the next round of scholarships will be available in early 2022. Students interested in next year's scholarship should complete an application through Scholarship America.

Source: Carl's Jr. press release

- Brad Haugaard

Free Concert Tonight - Mark Easterday Country Band

Free concert tonight, August 8, at Library Park bandshell. Mark Easterday, country band. From 7-8:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Plague rules apply.

- Brad Haugaard

Tuskegee Airman LeRoy Criss Honored With Fifth Neighborhood Treasure

The fifth Neighborhood Treasure, honoring Tuskegee Airman LeRoy "Buster" Criss, was unveiled today at the corner of Maple and Ivy.

Here is a history of Criss, written by his wife, Helen, in 2000, to celebrate his 75th birthday.


LeRoy Criss Biography

In Los Angeles, California, on Friday, August 28, three score and 15 years ago, my husband LeRoy Criss, was born. His family affectionately called him "Buster." Most of you know him as "Criss."

LeRoy developed a love for flying at an early age. From elementary through high school, he made and flew many model airplanes. On December 6, 1943 he volunteered to serve in the United States Army Air Force. At the end of his basic training he elected to become and was selected to be an air cadet in the all Black Air Force in Tuskeege, Alabama, thereby becoming one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. His rigorous flight training was conducted with the 477th Composite Group and the 99th, 100th, and 332nd fighter squadrons. LeRoy trained and served at air ases such as Biloxi, Mississippi; Tuskeege, Alabama; Godman Field, Kentucky; and Waterboro, South Carolina. He learned to fly a wide range of planes, including the Piper Cub, the Streamen, and the B-25 Mitchell Bomber.

LeRoy became an officer, but not long after that, the war ended and he was discharged along with many other men who were no longer needed for the war effort. After his discharge, LeRoy decided to return home and enroll in college where he met his mate (and his match), Helen Butler -- me; and he has been happily married for over 53 years. As you may know, we have three wonderful children: Cassie, Renee, and Neal; and two beautiful grandchildren, Silas and Akele.

LeRoy attended Los Angels City College where, uppon graduation, he obtained a football scholarship to the University of California at Santa Barbara. He earned batchelors degrees at UCSB in Physical Education and Secondary Education. Later, he attended graduate school at the University of Southern California. LeRoy used his prior training in both flight school and college to mold his careers. For the first few years out of college he earned his living as a flight instructor and machinist at North America Aviation. He spent the last 37 years of his career as an educator -- a high school teacher. He was even asked to play football by the Los Angeles Rams.

As an educator, LeRoy taught Math, History, English as a Second Language, and Special Education. He also coached and officiated almost every major and minor sport, including football, baseball, girls softball, soccer, and swimming. LeRoy also served 30 years as the co-director of a community based, non-profit organization called Outward Bound Adventures (OBA), which offers outdoor education to inner-city teenagers. He taught environmental education, mountain orienteering, and how man, plants, and animals could live together in harmony. As many of you know, OBA did most of its training during outdoor field trips that required climbing Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental United States; or tide pooling off the California coast and the Catalina Islands; or back packing throughout the desert or deep into the back country of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Criss was not only a teacher to the many young people he instructed throughout his career, he was also their mentor, father, role model, doctor, astronomer, photographer, bus driver -- whatever he needed to be to help them.

As co-director of OBA, LeRoy has been written up in several newspapers, magazines, and school district newsletters. He is even part of a professional video made of OBA which was shown throughout the California State Park System.

In addition, LeRoy has been an active church member for the last 40 years, attending such churches as St. Paul Baptist, Trinity Baptist, and now, the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Pasadena.

In 1987, after more than 37 years of working, LeRoy retired, and has spent most of the last 13 years fishing, traveling extensively to places like Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico, and hopefully Africa in September of 2001, and "driving Miss Daisy" (me). He also spends a lot of time watching his wife work while looking for creative ways to escape the "Honey Do" list.

Therefore, for all LeRoy's good deeds, we, his family, decided he had more than earned the right to have a 75th Birthday Party.

Happy Birthday "Criss," father, grandfather, and my husband.

- Brad Haugaard


Free Concert Tonight - Old School Latin


Free concert tonight, August 7, at Station Square Amphitheater. Bumptown, Old School/Disco/Latin band. From 7-8:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Plague rules apply.

- Brad Haugaard

Oriental Fruit Fly Next Door in Arcadia; Catalytic Converter Etching Event; Shoo, Coyote!; Leadership Academies

Oriental Fruit Fly (IAEA Imagebank, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

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

~ Oriental Fruit Flies have been discovered in Arcadia. They lay eggs that hatch maggots and make produce unfit to eat. They target more than 230 different fruits and vegetables, including apples, avocados, figs, and lemons to name a few. California Department of Food and Agriculture will  conduct treatments to eradicate the infestation with specially equipped, marked pickup trucks, which you may see passing slowly by streetside trees. For questions call the CDFA Pest Hotline at 1 (800) 491-1899. https://is.gd/tAwG9H

~ Ward's Service Auto Repair and the Monrovia Police Department will host Etch & Catch, a free catalytic converter etching event on August 28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., at Ward Service Auto Repair (130 Railroad Ave., Monrovia. For Monrovia residents only. Reservations required. https://is.gd/7bO4iN

~ Learn to keep coyotes and peafowl away at this webinar by Wildlife Manager Lauren Hamlett, who will demonstrate humane hazing techniques. https://is.gd/bvNL4N

~  Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) Youth Leadership Academy is a free opportunity for those in grades 6-12 to learn public speaking, about their local government, how to be a leader, the importance of volunteering, building resumes, practicing interviews, and what to expect upon High School graduation. The 8-week course is from September 8 to October 27, each Wednesday from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Register here: https://is.gd/q5byju

~ Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) Adult Leadership Academy educates residents about City Government, provides leadership skills and resources to assist them in becoming connected and active in the community. The 8-week course is from September 9 to October 28, Thursdays from 7 - 9 p.m. Register here: https://is.gd/C9zi0R

- Brad Haugaard

Airman Leroy Criss Neighborhood Treasure Unveiling Tomorrow

Neighborhood Treasure unveiling and block party celebration for Tuskegee Airman, Leroy "Buster" Criss at the corner of Maple and Ivy tomorrow, Saturday, August 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Criss is the fifth Neighborhood Treasure honoree. There will be an art unveiling and a block party celebration to follow. The event is free and open to the public. For questions email map@ci.monrovia.ca.us or call 932-5525. https://is.gd/F9PNby

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia-Based Wildlife Warden, Jonathan Garcia, Wins Law Enforcement Award


Award winning wildlife law enforcement warden, Jonathan Garcia, with his new partner, Remi.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division Warden Jonathan Garcia, who is based in Monrovia, has been honored as the 2020 Pogue-Elms Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The award is presented by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and is considered one of the most prestigious awards bestowed upon a wildlife officer in North America.

While Garcia's position covers a large swath of northern Los Angeles County, because he is based in Monrovia he does quite a bit of patrolling in the mountains north of town.

Each year CDFW’s Law Enforcement Division selects a wildlife officer as the California Wildlife Officer of the Year, who is then nominated as the WAFWA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Warden Garcia was the recipient of both the California award, which was announced on April 12, and WAFWA’s Pogue-Elms award.

“Warden Garcia only began his career as a wildlife officer in 2018, and very quickly became a force for poachers to reckon with,” said David Bess, CDFW Deputy Director and Chief of the Law Enforcement Division. “We are pleased to see his effort recognized on the scale that WAFWA represents.”

Warden Garcia’s diverse district includes northern Los Angeles County and requires him to patrol the sparsely populated Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel mountains in north Los Angeles, the densely populated cities in north Los Angeles County, and the busy shoreline. It is difficult for a new wildlife officer to develop expertise in even one of these patrol types within three short years on the job, but Garcia has excelled in each of these areas and made one big case after the other since the day he started.

Warden Garcia also recently became qualified with his new Warden K-9 partner Remi, who will accompany him on patrol. CDFW Law Enforcement congratulates the pair and wishes them well on their new assignment.

The Pogue-Elms Award is named for Idaho Wildlife Officers Bill Pogue and Conley Elms, who were killed in the line of duty while conducting a poaching investigation in 1981. Their sacrifice lives on through the award and reflects the extraordinary risks all wildlife officers assume while protecting our nation’s fish, wildlife and other natural resources. The award is presented to a wildlife officer of a member agency for one or more of the following: contributions to fish and wildlife law enforcement; exceptional leadership, skill or ingenuity in the performance of their duty; contributions to areas of applied technology in fish and wildlife enforcement; and/or contributions that brought credit to their agency or the field of fish and wildlife enforcement that were unique or original.

Source: California Department of Fish and Wildlife press release

- Brad Haugaard


Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 77 New Cases, No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 08/04/2021. Changes since 07/28/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,398 cases (up 77), 79 deaths (no change)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 393 cases (up 4), no deaths

Update: This post originally listed one new death, for 80. This was apparently incorrect so I've corrected it here.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Woman Throws Knife at Window; Car to Car Shooting at Myrtle and Duarte Rd.; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 29 – August 4. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 349 service events, resulting in 54 investigations.

Attempt Burglary
July 29 at 4:32 p.m., an employee from a business in the 1700 block of S. Mountain called police to report someone attempted to break into the business through a side door. The door had damage, but nothing was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 29 at 8:45 p.m., a traffic accident was reported at the intersection of Myrtle and Huntington. One vehicle had rear-ended another vehicle. Officers arrived and both drivers reported no injuries. The investigation revealed that the driver of the first vehicle had been driving while intoxicated. She was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
July 30 at 2:09 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported at a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington. An employee of the business was sitting at the front of the location, when a female subject came up and started to yell at the employee for no reason. She then threw a knife at the window of the business. The window shattered and the suspect fled on foot. She was located by responding officers and arrested.

Mental Evaluation
July 31 at 2:59 p.m., a male subject called police from the 900 block of S. Fifth and reported that his wife was having suicidal thoughts. Officers arrived and determined the wife was a danger to herself and needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Injury Traffic Collision
July 31 at 6:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Foothill and Mayflower regarding the report of a traffic collision involving injuries. A vehicle traveling west on Foothill turned left onto Mayflower. A second vehicle was traveling east on Foothill and the two vehicles collided in the intersection. One party complained of pain as a result of the collision and was treated by paramedics.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 1 at 1:39 a.m., an officer on patrol observed a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation near the intersection of Central and Myrtle. The officer stopped the vehicle and determined the driver was too intoxicated to operate the vehicle safely. The driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Commercial Burglary
August 1 at 7:07 a.m., a citizen called police to report seeing a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington with a shattered front window. The business was closed until 11:00 a.m. Officers responded and determined a burglary had occurred at the location. The owner of the business was notified and the business was secured. This investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
August 1 at 12:15 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of Shamrock and Huntington. Officers arrived and checked on the well-being of the occupants. No one was injured. The party at fault was issued a citation.

Commercial Burglary
August 2 at 8:04 a.m., the owner of a business in the 1700 block of S. California arrived to work and discovered someone had entered the building over the weekend and took a computer. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
August 2 at 2:47 p.m., a caller reported a traffic collision involving three motorists at the intersection of Evergreen and Myrtle. Officers responded to the location along with paramedics. All three drivers reported sustaining minor injuries. One driver was transported to a nearby hospital for medical care. The driver found to be at fault was issued a citation.

Assault With a Deadly Weapon
August 2 at 10:45 p.m., a subject in another city called to advise that hours earlier he was a victim of a car-to-car shooting in the City of Monrovia at the intersection of Duarte and Myrtle. The victim was directed to come to the police station. No one was injured in the incident. There is no evidence of any further threat to the community regarding this incident. The investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 2 at 11:27 p.m., officers were flagged down regarding a traffic collision that had just occurred in the 300 block of W. Duarte. At the same time, dispatch was receiving a call from a subject who stated his parked vehicle was just hit, and the driver that hit it was trying to leave the area.

Officers responded to the scene and contacted the driver and his passenger. The passenger exited the vehicle and tried to flee, but was detained a short distance away. As the driver was being talked to by other officers, he also attempted to run and was detained a few feet away. His actions caused the officer to fall and injure himself. The driver was arrested for DUI and was held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft
August 3 at 10:47 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of W. Colorado discovered someone had taken the catalytic converter from his vehicle, which had been parked in front of his house on the street. The theft occurred sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
August 3 at 11:32 a.m., the foreman of a construction site in the 100 block of E. Central called police to report a vehicle burglary. One of the work trucks that had been parked at the site overnight was broken into and several items were taken from inside. Entry into the vehicle was made through a partially open window. This investigation is continuing.

Theft of a Trailer
August 3 at 11:57 a.m., the owner of a flatbed trailer called police to report it had been stolen from the 1800 block of S. Myrtle, where it had been parked. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
August 3 at 10:00 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 1100 block of S. Fifth. The victim reported his vehicle was broken into during the day after he parked it on the fourth floor of his condo complex parking area. Officers arrived and saw someone had smashed the passenger-side window and ransacked the vehicle. An investigation revealed that paperwork from the glove compartment was the only item that was missing. This investigation is continuing.

Welfare Check
August 4 at 12:34 a.m., a caller reported an unresponsive male subject lying halfway into the street in the 600 block of S. Magnolia. Officers responded and found a male adult lying in the street who was breathing, but was unresponsive. It appeared the subject was heavily intoxicated and needed medical attention. Paramedics responded to the scene and the subject was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Mail Tampering
August 4 at 4:04 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Foothill reported a male adult breaking into her mailbox. Officers searched the area for the suspect, who was on a skateboard, but were unable to locate him. Officers contacted the victim and saw her mailbox had been damaged and her mail was thrown about on the ground. The victim did not know if any of her mail was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
August 4 at 2:04 p.m., an employee of a hardware store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a male subject just left the store with merchandise and did not pay for it. He was detained by store security and taken into custody by officers. An investigation revealed he was also in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested for shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
August 4 at 7:22 p.m., a female subject in the 1400 block of S. Mountain called police to report her vehicle had been hit while she was inside a business and the driver who hit her vehicle fled. This investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
August 4 at 11:38 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 400 block of E. Duarte and saw a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a business that was closed. Further investigation revealed the vehicle had been stolen out of the city of Duarte a day earlier. The vehicle was unoccupied. The vehicle was recovered and released to the owner at the scene. It was removed from the law enforcement stolen vehicle system.