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A Moment in Monrovia History: Awaiting Monrovia Days Parade in 1937

Monrovia Day Parade in 1937 in front of Slick Bros. and other stores at 622-26 S. Myrtle. 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

School District to Consider Creating New Position - Deputy Superintendent

At its next meeting the Monrovia Board of Education will consider ...

~ Creating and hiring for a new position of deputy superintendent. The deputy superintendent "will assist in meeting the demands of successfully operating the District and instituting appropriate transformation of functions. In partnership with the Superintendent, the Deputy Superintendent is responsible for leadership and management of the internal operations of the District." https://is.gd/5nTxnC

~ Hiring Leadership Associates of Glendora for $15,000 to find the deputy superintendent. The company will be paid $7,500 30 days after the contract is  approved and $7,500 upon selection of a finalist. https://is.gd/ZFbyPK

~ An agreement to provide meals to Immaculate Conception STEM Academy. https://is.gd/76TL08

~ Recognizing Sept. 15-Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. https://is.gd/LFPT1G

- Brad Haugaard

City Suspends MAX Aquatics After Arrest of Coach; Commercial Non-Eviction Moratorium Ended; Jobs With City

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

~ The city and school district have suspended all MAX Aquatics programming in Monrovia until further notice in light of the arrest of one of the company's coaches on suspicion of sex crimes with a child.

Monrovia has contracted with MAX Aquatics to operate aquatics programs at the Monrovia High School pool since 2016.

Arcadia Police is concerned that there may be additional victims.  If you have any information, or know someone who may have been a victim, please contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5160, case number 2103509.

~  On September 7, 2021, the Monrovia City Council ended the emergency moratorium on the eviction of commercial tenants for non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 financial hardships and "no-fault" commercial evictions.

~ The city is looking for two management analysts in its Public Works and Administrative Services Departments. Full-Time, $69,557.84 to $93,214.16 Annually. Details: https://is.gd/fFeRbp

- Brad Haugaard

Arcadia Police Arrest Suspect in Sex Acts With Child, But Fear There May Be More Victims



Arcadia Police have arrested a former swim coach with Max Aquatics, a private swim club that uses pools in Monrovia, Arcadia and El Monte, on suspicion of committing Unlawful Sexual Acts with a Child. Police, however, are concerned that there may be additional victims.

Arcadia Police report: 

"On September 7, 2021, a representative of Max Aquatics contacted the Arcadia Police Department to report an inappropriate relationship between an adult Max Aquatics swim coach and a juvenile athlete. Max Aquatics is a private swim club that uses the pools in the cities of Arcadia, El Monte, and Monrovia. Max Aquatics immediately suspended the coach, and his employment was subsequently terminated. 

"Arcadia Police Detectives conducted an investigation, obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect, and a search warrant for the suspect who is 25-year-old Marco Antonio Flores from Arcadia, pictured [here]. On September 16, 2021, Detectives served the search and arrest warrants at Flores’ residence. Flores was arrested for violations of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, lewd and lascivious acts involving children, and other sex crimes. Flores is being held in the Arcadia Police Department’s jail with a bail of $25,000.

"Marco Flores was a swim coach at Max Aquatics since 2017, and detectives are concerned there may be additional victims. The case is currently under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this investigation, or may have been a victim, are encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department Detective Bureau at (626) 574-5160, case number 2103509. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org."

Source: Arcadia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Mayor Withdraws Application for Historic Landmark Status for His House

Mayor Adams' house.

Mayor Tom Adams has withdrawn an application set to come before the City Council (https://is.gd/HkqM2u) for an historic landmark designation for his home on Norumbega Drive.

Earlier, the Historic Preservation Commission declined to take any action on Adam's request though the commission's staff concluded the request was reasonable, but not on the architectural grounds under which it was submitted.

The commission report (https://is.gd/rgp3YQ) says: "The applicant had submitted the application for designation focused on architecture; however, staff believes that designation based on association [with a notable person] is more compelling and has greater merit as described below." The report then lists Adams contributions to the city.

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Coronavirus Count: Two New Deaths - One in Monrovia, One in Unincorporated Monrovia

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 09/15/2021. Changes since 09/09/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,839 cases (up 70), 81 deaths (up 1)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 434 cases (up 1), 1 death (up 1)

- Brad Haugaard

Renters Now Majority in Monrovia

This is admittedly somewhat old, but I haven't heard it mentioned before. Monrovia, along with many other suburban cities across the country, has switched from a majority of homeowners to a majority of renters.

The study in RentCafe Blog has a table showing that between 2010 and 2019 the percentage of renters in Monrovia rose from 49.5% to 54.3%. Details: https://is.gd/Y1eOxp

Thanks to David Campbell for the tip. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Woman Runs Over Man Sleeping in Alley; Valuables Stolen from Unlocked Vehicle; Car Breaks Open Fire Hydrant; Pedestrian Hit by Car; Pedestrian Punched in Face; And More ...

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 9-15. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 362 service events, resulting in 74 investigations.

Theft
September 9 at 10:46 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 1100 block of S. Fifth. The victim reported that his backpack had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle sometime during the night. His vehicle was parked in a parking structure. The backpack contained sunglasses, a computer, a tablet, and credit cards. The victim's credit cards had already been used in Pasadena and Hollywood. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
September 9 at 10:20 p.m., an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation near the intersection of Myrtle and Lemon. The officer contacted the driver and found he was driving with a suspended license and the vehicle registration has been expired for over 18 months. The driver was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
September 10 at 8:15 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of W. Hillcrest called police to report her vehicle had been stolen sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting
September 10 at 1:10 p.m., an employee from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington called to report that a subject left the store without paying for a bottle of fragrance. Officers arrived, but the suspect had already left. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 11 at 8:40 a.m., a caller reported that a three car traffic collision had just occurred at the intersection of Duarte and Mayflower. Officers arrived and checked on the well-being of the occupants. Two occupants reported minor injuries. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Grand Theft
September 11 at 11:53 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of W. Hillcrest called police to report the theft of a catalytic converter. The resident went to her vehicle in the morning, turned it on, and noticed an unusually loud noise. She discovered the catalytic converter had been removed. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
September 11 at 2:16 p.m., an employee from a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called police to report that sometime during the night someone entered the property and took a small fountain and several pots. This investigation is continuing.

Shots Fired
September 11 at 3:46 p.m., police dispatch received two calls reporting shots heard near the area of Primrose and Pomona. Officers arrived and located six casings in the street. No victims were located. Witnesses were interviewed and video footage was reviewed. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspects Arrested
September 11 at 9:06 p.m., a caller reported a possible intoxicated driver near the intersection of Myrtle and Huntington. The Foothill Air Support Team helicopter was in the area and found the vehicle. They directed officers to the vehicle and they conducted a traffic stop. Officers approached the driver and, during their investigation, determined the driver had been driving while under the influence. The driver was arrested for DUI and the passenger was arrested for public intoxication. Both driver and passenger were taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 12 at 12:05 a.m., a caller reported two intoxicated females driving away in a vehicle near the intersection of Myrtle and Colorado. Officers responded to the area and located a vehicle matching the description with a similar partial plate. The driver was traveling significantly slower than the posted speed limit, so a traffic stop was initiated. While speaking with the driver, the officer found she displayed symptoms of being under the influence and a DUI investigation was conducted. The driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
September 12 at 2:18 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of W. Olive regarding a female subject sleeping to the rear of a closed business. When the officers arrived, they found the female and determined she was intoxicated and unable to care for herself. She was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 12 at 2:51 a.m., a female driver called police to report she had just run over a person in an alley. She stated she was driving through an alley in the 100 block of W. Olive when she made a turn and felt a bump. When she exited her vehicle she found a male subject under her vehicle screaming. Officers and paramedics responded and discovered a subject was trapped under the vehicle, but alive. Fire personnel worked to extract the subject, who was then transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital. The subject stated he was sleeping in the alley when he was run over by a vehicle. The subject sustained non-life-threatening injuries. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
September 12 at 1:51 p.m., the owner of a business in the 1800 block of S. Myrtle arrived at work and discovered the business work van had been stolen sometime during the night. No one had permission to take the van. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
September 13 at 4:29 a.m., a caller reported a fire hydrant was spilling water into the street in the 3300 block of S. Peck. Officers arrived and saw a large amount of water coming from the fire hydrant, but were unable to see the cause. Fire personnel were called to the scene and were eventually able to turn off the water. Officers then discovered the hydrant had been hit by a vehicle and the driver had fled the scene before their arrival. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
September 13 at 8:15 a.m., the manager of a business in the 1800 block of S. Shamrock arrived to work and discovered someone had forced entry into the business over the weekend and stolen scrap metals and pressure washers. This investigation is continuing.

Attempt Grand Theft
September 13 at 8:45 a.m., an employee of a restaurant in the 200 block of W. Foothill looked outside and saw a male subject underneath the employee's vehicle, attempting to steal the catalytic converter in broad daylight. The suspect fled in a grey Toyota sedan when he saw he was being watched. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 13 at 10:40 a.m., a caller reported four motorists collided into one another at the intersection of Huntington and Shamrock. One of the vehicles struck a fire hydrant, causing water to spray into the air. Officers arrived and found one of the passengers was complaining of pain, so she was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance. The driver found to be at fault for the collision was issued a citation.

Grand Theft
September 13 at 1:26 p.m., a gardener called police to report someone had just stolen several tools from the back of his work truck while he was doing work at a home in the 200 block of N. Canyon. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 13 at 11:40 p.m., a caller reported a possible DUI driver at a local drive-thru in the 100 block of W. Duarte. Officers arrived and waited for the driver to leave the drive-thru. An officer observed a traffic violation and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was not intoxicated, but had a no-bail arrest warrant. The driver was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody.

Commercial Burglary
September 14 at 7:03 a.m., the manager of a business in the 1800 block of Enterprise Way arrived to work and discovered someone had forced entry into the business overnight and had stolen merchandise. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 14 at 11:59 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 400 block of Genoa when he saw a male and female subject he recognized from previous contacts. An investigation revealed the female subject had a no-bail warrant for her arrest for assaulting police officers in Pasadena. She was taken into custody and Pasadena officer responded and transported her to their jail for booking.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
September 14 at 2:44 p.m., a caller reported two motorists collided into one another in the intersection of Huntington and California. Officers responded and found no one was injured. Both vehicles had to be towed from the collision scene.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
September 14 at 7:20 p.m., officers were called out to a residence in the 200 block of S. California regarding a family disturbance. When they arrived, they were confronted by an intoxicated female at the front door. She refused to let officers check on the welfare of a child and other subjects inside the location. Officers made entry into the house and located the sister and elderly mother of the suspect.

Upon entry, the officers learned the suspect had assaulted both the sister and mother during an argument. The suspect tried to stop the sister from being interviewed by physically confronting her. The suspect was arrested for battery against the sister, elder abuse for battery against her elderly mother, and for resisting and delaying a police officer. The Department of Children and Family Services was notified, as well as Adult Protective Services. Both entities generated cases against the suspect with immediate follow-up.

Injury Traffic Collison
September 15 at 8:15 a.m., a caller reported two motorists collided into one another at the intersection of California and Walnut. Officers responded and found one of the drivers complained of pain. Monrovia Fire Department responded and had the driver transported her to a nearby hospital. The driver found at fault was issued a citation.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
September 15 at 12:15 p.m., several callers reported a motorist had collided into an adult female pedestrian crossing a crosswalk at the intersection of Foothill and Ivy. The driver stopped, exited her vehicle, then got back into her vehicle and fled the scene. Officers and paramedics arrived and found the pedestrian had a leg injury. The suspect was located hiding on a nearby street and, after being positively identified, was arrested.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 15 at 9:20 p.m., a vehicle traveling eastbound on Foothill in the 200 block of W. Foothill in the number two lane suddenly made a u-turn, causing another vehicle to collide into them. Investigation continuing.

Assault
September 15 at 10:42 p.m., a caller reported their adult son was just punched in the face while walking near Station Square in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and contacted the male adult, who was bleeding from his nose. The victim did not know who the suspect was and stated the attack was unprovoked. The suspect had fled before officers arrived. Investigation continuing.

Santa Fe School First in Country to Integrate Coding into All Four Teaching Areas

Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School Principal Dr. Geoff Zamarripa reports that Santa Fe is the first school in the country to incorporate Codesters, an online computer coding platform for students, into all four core content areas: math, science, social studies and English.

See report for Santa Fe and other schools here:  https://is.gd/0DjAfK

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Sushi Kuni

Dinner at Sushi Kuni on the east side of Myrtle a bit north of Olive. Got the spicy pork bento box for $19.99 and a beer for $6.  Very good! and the chef even came out and greeted us. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Drunk Driver Checkpoint Friday, September 24

Monrovia Police Department will be conducting a DUI / CDL checkpoint on Friday evening, September 24, 2021.  Vehicles entering the checkpoint will be stopped.  Drivers will then be evaluated for being under the influence of alcohol and checked for having a valid driver’s license.  

Over the course of the past three years, there have been 290 DUI investigations with 27 of those resulting in collisions with injuries, harming our citizens and neighbors of Monrovia. 

In California, this deadly crime led to countless deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Alcohol and drug-impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 29% of all deaths being caused by a drunk driver.  

Monrovia Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun without a DUI:

• Always use a designated driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation

• See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive?  Take their keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home. 

• Report drunk drivers – Call 911.

• Hosting a party?  Offer nonalcoholic drinks.  Monitor who’s drinking and how they are getting home. 

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not!  Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a first time DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500.  This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time. 

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Monrovia Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

With Love and Patience Dolly Blossoms


Dolly is such a sweetheart! This seven-year-old dog is a little shy and reserved in the shelter environment, but one of our volunteers spent some quality time with Dolly and observed that she just wants pets and attention. In fact, she even paws gently at you if you stop petting her. Dolly needs a little time to get to know you, but with some love and patience, this sweetie will blossom!

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: Library Park in 1908

Monrovia's Library Park postcard 1908.. 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

Market Grill Back in Monrovia - For a Day

 For those who miss The Market Grill, it will be taking over the kitchen of the newly revamped Gem City Bar and Grill (north side of Olive just east of Myrtle) on Saturday, Sept. 25, from noon to 4 p.m.

"Serving those crazy amazing hand ground burgers served on those great homemade buns, Impossible burgers for the vegetarians, plenty of regular fries & chili cheese fries, with sides of spicy ketchup and homemade ranch. We're including packs of Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies, too!"

21 and older, RSVP, masks required.  https://www.facebook.com/themarketgrillmonrovia 

- Brad Haugaard

Local Council of Governments Asks Governor to Veto Bill Allowing Four Houses on Single-Family Zoned Lots

Monrovia City Council member Becky Shevlin, who also serves as president of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, said "Senate Bill 9 will drive real estate speculators to purchase homes in order to split parcels, build duplexes on each lot." 27 San Gabriel Valley  cities have signed a letter urging Governor Newsom to veto the bill. https://is.gd/wRGokG

- Brad Haugaard

Soap Box Racing and Classic Cars

Soap box racing and classic cars in Old Town Monrovia today. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Weekly Coronavirus Count: 61 New Cases, No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 09/09/2021. Changes since 09/01/2021. (Actually 8 days of data here; the health department was late posting its update.)

City of Monrovia: 3,769 cases (up 61), 80 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 433 cases (up 7), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Authors to Speak at Library on California Desert Curiosities

Alan and Claudia Heller of Duarte will speak about their book, Curiosities of the California Desert at a free presentation in the Monrovia Library Community Room on Friday, September 17, at 6 p.m., sponsored by Monrovia Historic Preservation Group. No RSVP. Just show up. Refreshments provided.

The couple has spent time over 50 years exploring and photographing California – Salvation Mountain, Cerro Canyon, the Integratron and Giant Rock, Willie Boys Grave, Devils Hole, and more.

- Brad Haugaard

Car Show and Soap Box Derby Tomorrow

Street Rods Forever and the Old Town Soap Box Derby will return tomorrow, Saturday, September 11 at 9 a.m. in Old Town. Derby details: https://is.gd/hZCtQA

- Brad Haugaard

Community Meeting About Possible Dog Park

- Brad Haugaard

Tomorrow: 20th Year Remembrance of September 11

Tomorrow, Sept. 11, is Patriot Day and Monrovia Fire & Rescue invites you to a community remembrance 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

Monrovia Police: Car Spins Out on Foothill, Driver Arrested; Drunk Driving; Shoplifting; Antique Pistol Stolen; Man Jumps In Front of Cars on Myrtle; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 2-8. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 337 service events, resulting in 62 investigations.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
September 2 at 1:56 p.m., an employee of a business in the 900 block of S. Myrtle called police to report a subject on the property that was refusing to leave. Officers arrived and contacted the individual. One of the officers saw drug paraphernalia in plain view while speaking with the subject. The subject was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Vehicle Burglary
September 2 at 8:24 p.m., a vehicle with a broken window was reported in the 100 block of E. Lime across from the police station. Officers responded and determined that a vehicle burglary had occurred. A subsequent search of the area revealed two other vehicles had also been broken into and burglarized. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
September 3 at 1:54 a.m., an officer on patrol near the intersection of Mountain and Central conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driving the wrong way on a one-way street. During the contact with the driver, the officer saw drug paraphernalia in plain view. Further investigation revealed that one of the passengers was on probation for narcotics and the contraband belonged to him. He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
September 3 at 2:34 p.m., a caller reported a traffic collision at the intersection of Huntington and Ivy. Officers arrived and checked on the well-being of the occupants. An investigation was conducted and it was determined the motorist at fault was traveling at an unsafe speed and rear-ended the other party. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 3 at 6:37 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Lemon and Alta Vista regarding the report of an injury traffic collision. A vehicle was traveling north on Alta Vista, approaching Lemon, when suddenly a second vehicle entered the roadway and a collision occurred. Paramedics responded to the scene and transported one of the drivers to a local hospital for treatment. A citation was issued to the driver who was at fault for the collision.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 4 at 12:34 a.m., an officer working a DUI suppression detail observed a vehicle commit several traffic violations near the intersection of Peck and Live Oak. The officer conducted a traffic stop and found the driver was exhibiting symptoms of alcohol intoxication. A DUI investigation determined the driver was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle. The driver was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Drug Activity / Weapon Offense – Suspect Arrested
September 4 at 12:34 a.m., an officer contacted a subject he recognized from previous encounters near the intersection of Alta Vista and Short. The subject is currently on probation for burglary. During the contact, the officer obtained consent to search the subject's vehicle and personal backpack. The officer discovered drug paraphernalia and ammunition. The officer confirmed the subject was a convicted felon and arrested him for possession of ammunition and possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject was taken into custody.

Assault
September 4 at 12:45 a.m., a fight was reported in front of a local bar in the 400 block of S. Myrtle with a subject bleeding from the head. Officers arrived and secured the area for paramedics to respond. Officers found a male subject lying on the ground, bleeding from the head. The subject was so intoxicated he could not remember what had occurred. A witness was located that stated she saw the intoxicated subject in the bar earlier, drinking and making unwanted advances to women. The witness said she later saw the same intoxicated subject standing outside, arguing with an unknown male. The intoxicated subject was punched in the back of the head, causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect fled before officers arrived. The victim was transported to a local hospital for his injuries and intoxication. This investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision / DUI / Mental Evaluation – Suspect Arrested
September 4 at 12:10 p.m., a caller reported a vehicle stopped on the curb near the intersection of Myrtle and Pomona. There appeared to be damage to the vehicle. Officers arrived and located the vehicle and the driver. The driver displayed symptoms of intoxication. A DUI investigation was conducted and it was determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and held for a sobering period. During the booking process, the subject stated that she wanted to kill herself, and it was determined she needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. She was transported to a local facility for treatment.

Reckless Driving – Suspect Arrested
September 5 at 2:19 a.m., an officer patrolling the 400 block of W. Foothill saw a vehicle driving recklessly and spinning out in the middle of the roadway. The vehicle then sped away in excess of 60 miles per hour. The officer conducted a traffic stop and arrested the driver for reckless driving.

Shoplifting
September 5 at 8:25 a.m., an employee from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington called police to report a large dollar amount of merchandise was taken the previous day. An officer obtained evidence of the crime and took a report. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting
September 5 at 9:14 a.m., an employee from a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill called police to report that her backpack was taken by a customer while she was working. Officers arrived and obtained evidence of the crime. This investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
September 5 at 9:57 a.m., a caller reported that a vehicle struck a parked car in the 1000 block of E. Lemon. Officers arrived and checked on the occupants of the vehicle. An investigation was conducted and the motorist at fault was issued a citation.

Vandalism
September 5 at 2:30 p.m., a shattered window was reported at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. An officer arrived and determined no one was inside. The business is vacant and the owners could not be reached. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 6 at 1:27 a.m., an officer on patrol saw a vehicle commit several traffic violations near the intersection of Myrtle and Evergreen. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver showed symptoms of alcohol intoxication. A DUI investigation determined the driver was too impaired to operate a motor vehicle. The driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
September 6 at 9:42 a.m., the manager of a grocery store in the 100 block of W. Foothill reported that a male suspect just left the store with merchandise without paying for it. Officers stopped and detained the subject. After investigation, he was arrested and taken into custody for shoplifting.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
September 6 at 6:36 p.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of Mountain called police to report they had someone detained for shoplifting. Officers arrived and were told the adult male had entered the store and concealed several knives in his backpack. The suspect then exited the store without paying for the items and was stopped by employees. The suspect was arrested.

Shoplifting
September 6 at 9:46 p.m., an employee of a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill advised that an adult male had just left the store with merchandise without paying for the items. Officers arrived, but the suspect had already fled the area. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
September 7 at 10:50 a.m., an officer was patrolling a park in the 600 block of S. Shamrock when he saw a subject whom he recognized from previous encounters. An investigation revealed the subject had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was detained and found to also be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
September 7 at 4:38 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 1300 block of S. Mayflower when he saw a bicyclist commit a traffic violation. He stopped the bicyclist, who was then found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
September 7 at 6:58 p.m., a female subject in the 600 block of W. Huntington called police to report that a driver just hit her vehicle in a parking lot and was refusing to exchange information with her. The subject left the area prior to the officer’s arrival. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
September 8 at 1:34 p.m., a male subject in the 700 block of W. Foothill called police to report a theft. The reporting party is a collector of antique pistols. He reported that a perspective buyer looked at one of his collectible pieces, and shortly after the subject left, the caller was unable to find the item. This investigation is continuing.

Mental Evaluation – Subject Evaluated
September 8 at 3:50 p.m., police received a report of a male subject at a park in the 300 block of S. Myrtle who was walking in the middle of the street and jumping in front of vehicles. Officers arrived and recognized the subject from previous encounters. An investigation determined that the subject was a danger to himself and needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was transported to a local facility for treatment.

Citrus College To Require Vaccinations Or Weekly COVID Test


Students and employees of Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing in order to be on campus. The college's board of trustees approved the requirement on Sept. 7. The measure requires that by Nov. 1, employees and students enrolled in fall on-campus classes must either provide proof of vaccination or agree to regular testing and produce proof of negative results. For students enrolled in winter or spring on-campus classes, the requirement will be in effect no later than Jan. 3, 2022.

Source: Citrus College press release

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner from Church’s Chicken

Dinner from Church’s Chicken, at the corner of Huntington and Shamrock. I got the three-piece Texas Tenders with creamy jalapeño dipping sauce. There’s no dining at the restaurant so we ate at home. I got four pieces of chicken (by accident?) and it came with a side (I picked coleslaw) and a drink, all for $7.99. Nothing fancy but tasty chicken at a good price. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia 3M Donates School Supplies

3M Monrovia recently donated six barrels of requested back to school items in partnership with Foothill Unity Center. Through its Supplies for Schools program, 3M donates products such as office supplies, hand sanitizer, tapes, glues, adhesives, highlighters, masks and sponges. https://is.gd/0Gqo7d

- Brad Haugaard

Country Music and Line Dancing Oct. 2 in North Monrovia


The announcement says: "Denim and Diamonds" is a 90-minute showcase of local performing talent and an opportunity for the audience to sing along with, dance, even learn to line dance. It's at a private residence, large yard, bring a chair, some grub, and set a spell! Beware of parking restrictions on Cloverleaf Drive and do not park on Cloverleaf above Lotone Ave in front of house. The road is very narrow and fire department has restrictions on parking. Some parking can be done below the bridge in the dirt area in front of location, below Lotone on Cloverleaf Drive and even down to Alta Vista and Heather Heights area. A few spots may be available north of the house on Cloverleaf or Hidden Valley Rd but please read parking signs. We may have shuttle making the rounds to pick up stray cowboys and cowgirls!

- Brad Haugaard

Lots of Vintage Items Still Available from Monrovia Historical Society Sale


In June the Monrovia Historical Society held a very successful sale of vintage items that either did not fit its mission or where surplus, the proceeds of which will go to re-plaster the ceiling of the historic Anderson House at 215 East Lime.

Some items, however, have not sold, and have now been marked down. A dresser, chairs, Victrola records, maps, tableware, and more. You can see and purchase the items here: https://monroviahistoricalsociety.org/sale

- Brad Haugaard

One-Year-Old MJ - Still Full of Kitten Energy and Playfulness


One-year-old MJ is an active and playful cat who still has that kitten energy! MJ would do best with an adopter who can give her lots of enrichment, mental stimulation, toys, and scratchers. She especially loves wand toys. MJ loves to be the center of attention, and would do best as the only pet in the home. This tabby girl is confident and adventurous, and can’t wait to have lots of fun with you!

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 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: Who Wants a Pony?

Monrovia Day c. 1940 drawing to win a Shetland pony.. 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

Monrovia Woman Shot on Freeway Identified as Betty Hernandez, 36

The 36-year-old Monrovia woman who was shot on the eastbound 210 freeway near Baldwin Avenue Saturday morning has been identified on social media reports as Betty Hernandez, a mother of three young children. A GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for her funeral expenses:  https://is.gd/kh3MWw

Update: The Pasadena Star-News identifies the victim as Bertha Hernandez, and her age as 35.

- Brad Haugaard

Victim in Freeway Shooting Was 36-Year-Old Monrovia Woman

The victim in the shooting death on the 210 Freeway near Baldwin Avenue Saturday morning was a 36-year-old Monrovia woman. The shooting shut down the eastbound freeway until about 3:15 p.m. The matter is still under investigation. https://is.gd/9K8DVl

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Today: Oak-tober Coming Up; Box Clock, Coyotes, Car Show, Mystery of the Murals


The latest edition of Monrovia Today is now online: https://is.gd/xpTZSt

A few highlights:

The City Council has declared October as Oak-tober to celebrate the city's oak trees, mostly the Coast Live Oak. And just so you know, in most cases substantial pruning or removal of an oak requires an Oak Tree Permit.

There are also articles about how the Box Clock in Old Town has moved, what to do if you see a coyote ("Make the coyote feel uncomfortable"), a car show and derby on Sept. 11, the mystery of how five painted murals by Paul Thevanaz ended up in a garage on Foothill, and lots of activities.

- Brad Haugaard


Free Electric Vehicle Charging Through Oct. 1; Preparedness; Meeting on Plans for Lucinda Garcia Park; Water Conservation Kits

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

~ The first EV charging stations in Old Town Monrovia are now open at 124 E Lemon and to celebrate the city is offering free charging through October 1. You'll need to download the Powerflex app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. At the charging station launch the app and scan the QR code on the station. For questions contact Chris Castruita at 256-8224 or ccastruita@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

~  It's National Preparedness Month and Monrovia is encouraging residents to be ready for emergencies. Here are some tips from the city: https://is.gd/GfJ2vi. And more ideas from the federal government: https://is.gd/oiep4i

~ There will be a meeting at Lucinda Garcia Park on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. to discuss improvements coming to the park. Construction is set begin in early 2022. For more information call 256-8246. https://is.gd/bYaOId

~ The city is offering water conservation kits for free (one per household). Fill out this form (https://is.gd/aYrzCw) to request a kit for-pick up at the Public Works Yard located at 600 S. Mountain

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Coronavirus Count: 56 More Cases, One New Death

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 09/01/2021. Changes since 08/25/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,708 cases (up 56), 80 deaths up 1
Unincorporated Monrovia: 426 cases (up 3), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

City Council to Vote on 'No Confidence' in DA Gascon; Repeal of Commercial Tenant Eviction Ban; Will Review Library, Community Center Projects; Suicide Prevention and Hispanic Heritage Months

At its next meeting (https://is.gd/qmA4bh) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Consider a vote of "no confidence" in LA County District Attorney George Gascon, essentially for his adopting a policy of dismissing many different criminal charges out of hand, including such charges such as "making criminal threats, trespass and resisting arrest." Approximately 25 other cities have passed such a resolution (https://is.gd/iYoAPm). This vote will come after the council hears a report by Mayor Pro Tem Crudgington and Councilmember Blackburn on their meeting with representatives of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys regarding concerns the city has with the actions of Gascon (https://is.gd/7VI0yr).

~ Repeal the city's moratorium on the eviction of commercial tenants for non-payment of rent. The staff report indicates that the Covid-related measure may no longer be necessary. https://is.gd/bqbshG

~ Review the proposed Library Enhancement Project and Community Center Renovations. https://is.gd/E6NE4j

~ Proclaim September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (https://is.gd/koQYGl) and Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month (https://is.gd/GFz7xt).

- Brad Haugaard

Career and Job Expo Sept. 8

It looks like you have to sign up to attend. Details: https://is.gd/nGnfnn

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Three Arrested for Catalytic Converter Thefts; Pounding on Fire Department Door; Man Thinks He's Being Followed - Throws Brick at Car; Boyfriend Punches Her Grandfather; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for August 26 – September 1. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 413 service events, resulting in 59 investigations.

Grand Theft – Suspects Arrested
August 26 at 3:44 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Lime and Canyon regarding subjects seen underneath a vehicle. The subjects fled when the reporting party walked up to the vehicle. They were seen driving away in a truck. A responding officer located the truck and conducted a traffic stop. An investigation was conducted and it was determined that the subjects were responsible for stealing the victim’s catalytic converter. All three suspects were arrested.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
August 26 at 9:48 a.m., a caller reported a traffic collision at the intersection of Myrtle and Palm. Officers arrived and checked on the well-being of the occupants. No one complained of injuries and both drivers requested an exchange of information.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
August 26 at 4:25 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Colorado called police to report a hit and run traffic collision. The resident parked his vehicle on the street. When he returned to it later, he saw traffic collision damage. No note was left. This investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
August 27 at 4:27 a.m., an officer was patrolling the parking lot of a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington. An investigation revealed that one of the parked vehicles had been reported stolen. It was recovered and taken out of the stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
August 28 at 3:19 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of E. Lemon regarding a subject pounding on the Fire Department’s door. Upon arrival, it was determined the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Vandalism / Mental Evaluation
August 28 at 2:12 p.m., a resident in the 1400 block of California called police to report that a subject just threw a brick through a car window. Officers arrived and located the subject. They attempted to detain him, but he would not comply. After repeated commands to stop and sit down, the subject finally complied. He said he thought several people were following him in the vehicle, so he threw a brick through the windshield. It was determined he needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was transported to a nearby facility for treatment.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 29 at 12:56 a.m., an officer patrolling near the intersection of Duarte and Third saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver appeared to be under the influence. A DUI investigation was conducted and the driver was arrested for DUI. He was taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
August 29 at 7:37 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of W. Lime reported an unknown motorist sideswiped his parked vehicle sometime during the night. The suspect vehicle did not stop nor did the driver leave a note. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft – Suspect Arrested
August 29 at 11:17 a.m., a loss prevention officer for a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported he was detaining a male adult who left the store without paying for merchandise he had taken. Officers arrived and, after investigation, placed the suspect under arrest.

Battery
August 29 at 6:18 p.m., a caller reported two relatives were in a fist fight at a residence in the 200 block of N. Canyon. Officers arrived and found one subject with minor injuries and the other subject fled the area. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
August 29 at 7:53 p.m., a caller reported seeing a possible drunk driver near the intersection of California and Maple. Officers responded to the area and located the vehicle. The driver was contacted and refused to comply with lawful commands. The driver attempted to drive away, but was stopped by officers. It was determined he had been driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Threatening / Battery – Suspect Arrested
August 30 at 12:44 a.m., a resident in the 1200 block of S. Sherman called police to report he had just been threatened by his granddaughter's boyfriend. While officers were searching for the suspect at another location, the grandfather left his residence and went to the gas station. The suspect drove by and recognized the grandfather's vehicle. The suspect stopped and confronted the grandfather. The suspect punched the grandfather several times in the face and broke his phone. The suspect fled, but was quickly stopped by officers in the area. He was positively identified and arrested.

Robbery
August 30 at 3:59 a.m., a female subject called police to report she had just been robbed of her purse and punched in the face in the 1700 block of S. Myrtle. The victim gave officers a description of the vehicle, which was later located unoccupied. The victim only knows the suspect by his first name and wasn't sure where he lived. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
August 30 at 2:10 p.m., the owner of a business in the 100 block of W. Pomona arrived to work and discovered someone had spray painted graffiti all over the side wall of his building. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
August 30 at 3:06 p.m., a resident in the 1000 block of E. Lemon walked outside his home and discovered someone had shattered the rear window on his car. It did not appear anyone made entry into the vehicle and nothing was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
August 30 at 3:19 p.m., a caller reported two motorists collided into one another in the intersection of Myrtle and Evergreen. Officers arrived and found no one was injured. The party found most at fault was issued a citation for the driving violation.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
August 30 at 5:22 p.m., a driver reported another motorist just collided into her vehicle in the 600 block of W. Foothill. Both motorists pulled over to the curb and stopped, however, when the driver exited her vehicle, the other motorist fled the area. Officers searched for the suspect, but could not locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Assault Report
August 31 at 1:09 a.m., a male subject called police from the 300 block of W. Huntington to report that he was just assaulted by two suspects. Officers arrived and saw the victim was bleeding from the head. They checked the area, but the suspects had already fled. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
August 31 at 9:45 a.m., a resident in the 1000 block of E. Royal Oaks discovered a large amount of her jewelry was missing from boxes she had a moving company transport for her to her new home. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
September 1 at 9:28 a.m., a caller reported new graffiti on the sidewalk in the 1800 block of S. Alta Vista. The graffiti was written in black spray paint on the sidewalk. It is unknown who vandalized the sidewalk. Athens graffiti removal was notified for cleanup.

Medical Assist
September 1 at 2:48 p.m., a naked male subject was reported trying to get into a leasing office at an apartment complex in the 200 block of W. Pomona. He had left the area, but responding officers located him in the 100 block of E. Pomona. He would not comply with the officers’ commands and attempted to walk away, but the officers detained him without incident. Paramedics responded and so did the subject’s roommate. It was learned that the male subject was recently discharged from the military and had talked about taking magic mushrooms the night before. The subject was taken to a hospital for treatment due to his hallucinations.

Residential Burglary
September 1 at 3:21 p.m., a landlord of a property in the 200 block of W. Lemon reported that a vehicle backed into the carport area and two male suspects broke into a storage unit. The owner of the storage unit is out of town, so the loss is unknown at this time. The landlord provided surveillance footage of the incident. This investigation is continuing.

City Seeks Feedback on its Americans with Disabilities Act Plan

 Monrovia is updating its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan and would like feedback from the community and organizations assisting persons with disabilities. Details: https://is.gd/HIzxOm

- Brad Haugaard

Former 1776 Restaurant to Become 'The State'

The San Bernardino Sun reports (https://is.gd/h3LtgJ) that the restaurant, The State, in Redlands and Rancho Cucomonga, will be expanding to a new location at 504 S. Myrtle, in Monrovia, the site of the former 1776. It appears to be in the sports-bar genre: https://is.gd/S4gGGT

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Hella Bird

Dinner at the new Hella Bird fried chicken restaurant in the Sprouts shopping area at Huntington and Alta Vista. Got the KJ Chicken for $14 and a drink for $2.50. Very good! The restaurant has a help wanted sign in the window, which probably explains the very long wait. I’d call your order in early. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Job Openings for City of Monrovia

Open positions:
  • Office Administrator for Police Department. Full-time - $55,882.50 - $74,887.90 annually.
  • Police Services Representative. Full-time - $43,575.41 - $58,395.22 annually.
  • Recreation Specialist for Community Services Department. Part-time regular - $15.24 - $20.42 hourly. 
Details: https://is.gd/Py240p

- Brad Haugaard

Tonight Whosoevers Discuss Dangers of Drugs, Alcohol, and Depression


Guest speaker Ryan Ries was to speak to youth at 7 tonight (Sept. 1) about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, depression and suicidal feelings at Calvary Chapel Monrovia, 1307 S. Myrtle. However, the church reports that "Ryan Ries cannot make it. Covid related." However, his group, The Whosoevers, "are coming with the same message."

- Brad Haugaard