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Saturday Street Dining in Old Town to End October 30; School Safety Street Improvements Near Bradoaks

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

~ Saturday night Outdoor Dining in Old Town will end on Saturday, October 30.  Based on comments from merchants in the 400 block of Myrtle Avenue, the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board recommended ending Saturday night street closures. Outdoor dining will continue on Friday nights at part of the weekly Street Fair.

~ The contractor on the Safe Routes to School Project has completed a raised crosswalk and thermoplastic traffic markings in front of Bradoaks Elementary School to improve pedestrian safety and reduce traffic speed. To come: Solar speed feedback signs and more concrete work. Should be done by the end of November or early December.

- Brad Haugaard

New Job Opening with the City of Monrovia - Firefighter

Open position:

Firefighter, full time, $76,835 - $102,966 annually. 

Details: https://tny.im/anKoK

- Brad Haugaard


Free Compost October 23

Reservations required. For more information and to make a reservation, contact Public Works at 932-5575 or pwcomments@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

- Brad Haugaard 

Drop off Bulky Items October 23


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Make a Difference Day October 23


Sign up here
- Brad Haugaard 

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 30 More Cases, One More Death

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 10/20/2021. Changes since 10/13/2021.

City of Monrovia: 4,003 cases (up 30), 83 deaths up 1
Unincorporated Monrovia: 446 cases (up 1), 1 deaths (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

House of Windsor on Myrtle Closing



- Brad Haugaard 

Grow Monrovia Wants Shade Trees Along West Foothill

Foothill today (above), and as envisioned by Grow Monrovia (below).

Next week the non-profit organization, Grow Monrovia, will begin a project to shade west Foothill by encouraging commercial and residential property owners along Foothill Blvd who have space in their front yards to plant a free shade tree. The organization is also looking for donations of time and money. A $100 donation sponsors a tree. Details: https://www.growmonrovia.org/shop-1.  To contact Grow Monrovia write to info@growmonrovia.org.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Roomies Arrest Each Other; Counterfeit Money; Burglary Suspect Caught on Roof; De-Bugging Socks By Burning; Too Drunk for DUI Test; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 14-20. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 370 service events, resulting in 72 investigations.

Battery – Suspects Arrested
October 14 at 12:05 a.m., a resident reported that his roommate just assaulted him in the 100 block of W. Central. Officers arrived and, after interviewing both parties, both claimed they were battered by the other and adamantly desired prosecution. Two private person arrests were made and both parties were arrested.

Grand Theft
October 14 at 8:08 a.m., a caller reported an unknown male subject walking into a vacant house in the 600 block of Montana. Officers arrived and checked the interior, but the subject was gone. Officers did find evidence of someone possibly living at the vacant location. The property caretaker responded and stated that property was missing from inside the location. This investigation is continuing.

Counterfeiting
October 14 at 9:29 a.m., an employee from a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington called police to report a subject passed a counterfeit $100 bill the day prior. Officers arrived and took possession of the fake bill and video surveillance. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 14 at 9:46 a.m., officers were patrolling the 900 block of S. Primrose when they saw a male subject drinking from a beer can on a public sidewalk. Officers stopped the subject and further investigation revealed the suspect was also in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Vehicle Tampering
October 14 at 10:38 a.m., a vehicle tampering incident was reported in the 900 block of S. Primrose. Someone tried to break into the victim’s work vehicle during the night. The victim had surveillance video of a grey Honda Accord stopping near his vehicle. A male suspect then got out and entered his vehicle through an unlocked door. The victim confronted the suspect, who got back into his own vehicle and fled the area. This investigation is continuing.

Weapon Offense – Suspects Arrested
October 14 at 12:56 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle with expired registration tabs near the intersection of Primrose and White Oak. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle sped away. The vehicle drove down an alley and collided into a parked vehicle. The officer detained the driver and passenger. A firearm was located inside the vehicle. They were arrested and taken into custody.

Burglary – Suspect Arrested
October 15 at 3:44 a.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of S. Myrtle regarding an alarm activation. While on scene, a suspect attempted to exit the building. He saw the officers and retreated back inside. Additional officers responded, including a Baldwin Park Police Department canine. A building search was conducted and the suspect was found on the roof. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Mental Evaluation
October 15 at 11:44 a.m., a male subject in the 100 block of E. Central called police dispatch and stated he wanted to hurt himself. Officers arrived at the location and spoke with the subject. He continued to say he wanted to hurt himself and that he needed help. Officers determined the subject needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was transported to a local facility for treatment.

Arson – Suspect Arrested
October 15 at 4:01 p.m., multiple residents from the 800 block of W. Chestnut called to report a subject who lit something on fire and smoke was coming up from the object. Officers arrived and located the subject. The fire was out, but smoke was still visible. The subject lit a pair of her socks on fire because she thought bugs were in them. She was arrested and released on a citation to appear in court on the charges. The subject refused any assistance.

Injury Traffic Collision
October 15 at 5:15 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of California and Evergreen. Three vehicles were involved and one occupant was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery
October 15 at 7:42 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of S. Mayflower regarding a welfare check. While in the area, they noticed an unoccupied vehicle parked on the street. Further investigation revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen. It was recovered and taken out of the stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism / Destruction of Jail Property – Suspect Arrested
October 15 at 10:39 p.m., officers were dispatched to the skate park in the 800 block of E. Olive regarding a male subject causing a disturbance. Upon arrival, they discovered the suspect had destroyed candles at a memorial and broke a sprinkler at the park. He was arrested and taken into custody. During the booking process, he proceeded to punch one of the scanners at the booking station, damaging the equipment. The charge of destroying jail property was added to the booking.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
October 16 at 10:54 a.m., an employee from a business in the 400 block of W. Foothill called to report a male subject was inside the store damaging property. Officers arrived and located the suspect, who they recognized from past contacts. He was acting irrational and he displayed symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Residential Burglary
October 16 at 12:00 p.m., a resident from the 1000 block of Royal Oaks called police to report her home was burglarized sometime during the night. Her purse, cell phone, and car keys were missing when she woke up in the morning. She said sometime during the night, she was awakened by a noise inside her apartment. She sat up in bed and saw what she believed was a male figure. She yelled and the subject ran out of the house. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence
October 16 at 12:18 p.m., a resident from the 400 block of W. Walnut called to report his ex-wife showed up at his home and began yelling at him. During the argument, she punched him in the shoulder and pinched his forearm. She left prior to the police being contacted. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 16 at 3:58 p.m., officers were patrolling the 1600 block of Myrtle, near Station Square Park, when an officer saw a subject smoking a glass pipe typically used to smoke methamphetamine. The subject was contacted and it was confirmed he was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Weapon Offense – Suspect Arrested
October 16 at 5:03 p.m., officers were patrolling the 800 block of W. Colorado when they observed a driver make several traffic violations. The officers conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver and passenger. The driver admitted to having a firearm in the vehicle. Officers retrieved the firearm, which was loaded. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
October 16 at 10:18 p.m., residents in the 1200 block of S. Mayflower left their home around 7:30 p.m. and returned three hours later. Upon entering, they noticed numerous drawers were open and the home appeared to have been ransacked. Officers arrived and the investigation revealed numerous items were taken from the residence, including a safe containing a firearm. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 17 at 2:19 a.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Myrtle and Olive noticed a vehicle stopped partially on the sidewalk. The officer approached the vehicle, which was still running, and found two occupants unresponsive. Paramedics also responded. Both occupants were extremely intoxicated. The driver was unable to perform any DUI tests and was transported to a local hospital, along with the passenger. A blood sample was drawn from the driver at the hospital.

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
October 17 at 8:29 a.m., a commercial burglary was reported at a business in the 900 block of W. Duarte. The burglary occurred sometime overnight. Cash and three tablets were taken. The victim had surveillance video of the suspect. While the officer was conducting his investigation, a second call came out reporting a subject sleeping in someone's vehicle. Officers contacted the subject and determined it was the suspect from the commercial burglary, and he still had the stolen property in his possession. Officers also located property from several nearby vehicles that were unlocked and had been ransacked by the suspect. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Annoying Phone Calls
October 17 at 11:10 a.m., a subject in the 300 block of N. Grand called police to report she has an ongoing issue with a subject who keeps harassing her, and she had just received threatening text messages from her. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 18 at 11:46 a.m., an employee from a business in the 300 block of W. Foothill called to report a subject attempting to climb the wall of a business. Officers arrived and contacted the subject, who they recognized from previous contacts. He had drug paraphernalia in plain view. He was arrested and released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Commercial Burglary
October 18 at 11:57 a.m., a caller reported a large amount of water coming from a business in the 900 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and saw that the back covered storage area of the business had a water leak. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that copper piping was stolen from the exterior of the wall. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
October 19 at 10:15 a.m., a caller reported a catalytic converter was stolen from their motorhome, which had been parked at a business in the 3000 block of S. Peck. The motorhome had been parked at the location for several months. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
October 19 at 10:30 a.m., a citizen came into the lobby to report a hit and run traffic collision that occurred in the 100 block of E. Lemon. The reporting party parked his vehicle in a nearby parking lot and went to work for the day. When he returned to his vehicle, he noticed damage that was not there before. This investigation continuing.

Vandalism
October 19 at 9:14 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of Ridgeside reported that his vehicle had been vandalized the night before. His surveillance cameras do not view the area where his vehicle was parked. This investigation is continuing.

Dinner at Mikomi Sushi

Dinner at the new Mikomi Sushi, moved to the former T Phillips site at the corner of Myrtle and Colorado. The location has been nicely redone. I got the Chicken Katsu for $16.95 and a beer for $5.95.  A very tasty and generous portion of chicken, good service, and it came with a green salad and some very nice tempura, not shown. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia High Girls Volleyball Team Raises Money for City of Hope

The Monrovia High School Girls Volleyball team raised $1,703 for the City of Hope Cancer Center with its annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser match against Arcadia on October 4. The Wildcats won. The fundraiser runs until the end of October and the team is hoping to go beyond its $2,000 goal. Here's more information on how to donate.

- Brad Haugaard 

Sate of Monrovia Schools Address November 17

Monrovia Board of Education will present its 2021-22 State of the Schools Address at the Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center (845 W Colorado Blvd) on Wednesday, November 17 at 6 p.m.

Highlights will include how the District navigated COVID-19 and school closures; moving from virtual learning to hybrid learning; the return to in-person instruction; how MUSD has maintained a sound budget; expansion of student support systems; and school programs such as athletics, the arts, early college and more.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Auctioneer to Put Rare Apple-1 Computer on Block; Estimated worth - $400,000-600,000

Monrovia's John Moran Auctioneers will put a rare, hand-built Apple-1 computer on the auction block on November 9. The Apple-1, which belonged to Chaffey College, is estimated to be worth $400,000-600,000. 

This year marks the 45th birthday for Apple, the world's largest technology company, currently valued in the trillion-dollar range, and it all began with two Steve's, one garage, and Apple Computer 1, more commonly referred to as Apple-1. The company was created in 1976 when electronic engineer Steve Wozniak (b. 1950) teamed up with marketing guru and industrial designer Steve Jobs (1955-2011).  

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Monrovia Chamber of Commerce Day Oct. 20


- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Board Member Edward Ortell Dies - Represented Part of Monrovia

Edward C. Ortell, J.D., who represented part of Monrovia on the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, where he served for more than 50 years, passed away on Oct. 16, 2021, at the age of 82.

As a trustee, Dr. Ortell held all board offices, including more than 10 terms as board president. He also served on other boards and associations, including the California Community College Trustees Board, the California Master Plan for Education Task Force and the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association. 

A professor emeritus of business and computer technology at Pasadena City College, Dr. Ortell also authored two college textbooks on mathematics and received several National Science Foundation grants. He was also the former executive director of the Pasadena Education Association, received the CBS anchor Ralph Story Service Award, the Community College Association We Honor Ours Award and the Duarte Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Civic Service Award.

"The board extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Ortell," said Dr. Patricia A. Rasmussen, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. "For more than 50 years, Dr. Ortell has advocated on behalf of all community colleges and was instrumental in helping promote significant initiatives at Citrus College. I served alongside Dr. Ortell since 2007, and I will always remember him for his passion, devotion and commitment. This loss is enormous, and we will all miss him tremendously."

Source: Citrus College press release

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Snowy Mountains Above Monrovia in 1927

Winter in Monrovia 1927 showing the 300 block of Myrtle Avenue and snow on the mountains. 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 Police Asking: You Know This Motorcyclist?

Monrovia PD Tweet: "The Monrovia Police Department is asking the public’s help in identifying the subject pictured here.  Over the course of many miles yesterday this subject failed to yield to an officer who attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation, choosing instead to drive recklessly through red lights and stop signs and weave in and out of traffic at speeds topping 100 mph, both on city streets and on the 210 Freeway. He is currently wanted for felony evasion and reckless driving. Anyone with information should call the Monrovia Police Department at (626) 256-8000, or may make an online report at lacrimestoppers.org."

- Brad Haugaard

Silly Girl Is Shy But Sweet ... and Totally Up For Birdwatching!


Seven-year-old Silly Girl is a little shy but very sweet! She loves being pet on her head and shoulders, and will even lay on her back and roll around when she’s relaxed. This beautiful tabby has a calm personality and would be a wonderful companion for movie marathons or lazy Sundays birdwatching through the window. Silly Girl is ready to bring lots of light and love to your home!

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

Bridgestone Provides New Van for Boys & Girls Club


Bridgestone Retail Operations, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, surprised Monrovia-area youth last Friday by unveiling a new passenger van donated to the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills, one of 12 clubs to receive a van nationwide. The van (equipped with Bridgestone tires) will provide kids with transportation to and from their clubhouse, on field trips, college tours and other enrichment activities. The donation is part of the Bridgestone Driving Great Futures initiative, which has helped youth connect with Boys & Girls Club resources across the U.S. since 2015. Bridgestone will also maintain the vehicle.

"We are so grateful to Bridgestone and are honored to be selected as a recipient for a new passenger van to help our club youth and families overcome transportation barriers," said John Wilson, executive director of Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills.

Last year, Bridgestone raised $3.6 million for Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help Club kids and teens gain access to high-impact, out-of-school support amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including bridging technology and transportation gaps. Since 2015, Bridgestone has contributed a total of $15.3 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of Amereica.

Source: Bridgestone press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Defeats San Marino in Football

Undefeated Monrovia football adds to its triumphs with a 63 to 13 victory over San Marino. https://is.gd/Kp8cW1

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Monrovia Needs Substitute Teachers

The Monrovia Unified School Board has unanimously approved a resolution to increase the substitute teacher pay rate to $190 as the substitute teaching daily rate; $205 as the 60-plus cumulative days daily rate; and $220 as the long-term daily rate. This is a $50 per day increase and is in effect until the end of the 2021-2022 school year. For more information on being a substitute teacher please visit: https://is.gd/XLnpLF

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Reads Gets New Electric Van

To celebrate its acquisition of a new electric van, Monrovia Reads will hold a celebration at Library Park on Wednesday, October 27, at 4 p.m. with speakers from the City and Monrovia Reads. The van wil bring library services to local schools and community events throughout the year. It was paid for by a grant from the California State Library.

Tell City How to Spend Measure K Money; What That Helicopter's Doing; Neighborhood Watch

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

~ He will visit community groups to share an update on Measure K, the Keep Monrovia Revenues Local Sales Tax Measure, which should bring in about $10.8 million for fiscal years 2021-23. If you have thoughts on how the city should spend the money, fill out this form on the City's website: https://is.gd/doyimg

~ If you see a helicopter going back and forth overhead on Wednesday, October 20, or Thursday, October 21, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., it's SoCalGas checking for methane gas leaks in Monrovia and other local cities. Yeah, they can do it from the air.

~ If you'd like to get involved in Neighborhood Watch, the Monrovia Police Department will host a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, October 19, at 5 p.m. to introduce the program and answer questions. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88694096685?pwd=MmhYa2UrOXdRVkRqZXErcHErNTduUT09 Meeting ID is 886 9409 6685; Passcode is 369680

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia In Better Financial Shape Than Predicted

Monrovia is in better financial shape than expected - by $2.03 million - according to a budget update (https://is.gd/rKGXlJ) that will be presented to the City Council at its next meeting (https://is.gd/w71JZL).

The staff report says:

Due to a variety of factors, the General Fund is expected to close the Fiscal Year 2020-21 significantly better than originally anticipated. When the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget was originally approved in August of 2020, at a critical time during the pandemic, City Council utilized a conservative budget approach to prepare the City for the uncertainty of the negative financial impacts of the pandemic, the potential for new business closures, and the impacts of stay-at-home orders. In addition to conservative budgeting, the original Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget incorporated expenditure savings measures, such as staffing vacancies, adjustments to maintenance and operations budgets, and savings from renegotiated vendor contracts. To ensure sound financial management throughout the pandemic, staff monitors the budget regularly as the City cautiously navigates the financial impacts of the pandemic.

The General Fund’s estimated surplus of $2.03M can be attributed to higher than expected revenues, most notably sales tax, Redevelopment Residual Property Tax Revenue, and hotel tax. Additionally, staff’s diligence in managing costs has also contributed to the overall savings. The General Fund was originally expected to close the year with a deficit of $663,201.

- Brad Haugaard


Monrovia Weekly Coronavirus Count: 18 More Cases, No More Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 10/13/2021. Changes since 10/06/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,973 cases (up 18), 82 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 445 cases (up 3), 1 death (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Detectives Arrest Grand Theft Suspects; Women Fight in Road-Rage Incident; Sleeping Driver Hits Light Pole; License Plate Swap; and More

 [Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for October 7-13. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 422 service events, resulting in 74 investigations.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
October 7 at 7:24 a.m., a caller requested a welfare check on a female subject in the 800 block of Alta. She had told a co-worker she was punched in the face by her boyfriend. Officers arrived and talked with both parties. During the investigation, it was learned the boyfriend slapped the girlfriend, causing a small scratch. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft – Suspect Arrested
October 7 at 1:46 p.m., detectives conducted surveillance at an address in a neighboring city in an attempt to locate two wanted burglary suspects. While at the location, the two suspects left in a vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted and one of the occupants threw a loaded handgun and drugs from the vehicle. The two individuals were positively identified as the suspects in the grand theft case. They were arrested and taken into custody.

Assault – Suspect Arrested
October 7 at 4:59 p.m., a caller reported a fight between two females in the parking lot of the business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. Witnesses intervened and one of the parties left the location. Officers learned the fight was over a road rage incident. One of the females used her car keys to hit the other female over the head, causing a large gash. The suspect later turned herself in to police and was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 7 at 8:24 p.m., officers responded to a family disturbance in the 1900 block of Peck. The reporting party advised the male suspect had left the area in a white SUV and appeared intoxicated. Officers located the vehicle driving erratically in the area and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was too intoxicated to operate the vehicle safely and was arrested for DUI.

Weapon Offence – Suspect Arrested
October 8 at 7:43 a.m., a caller reported that he was assaulted by a subject in the 800 block of E. Royal Oaks. Officers arrived and learned the victim had his phone knocked out of his hands by the suspect after a dispute over a parking space. The suspect then brandished a knife at the victim. The suspect was arrested.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 8 at 8:51 a.m., a suspicious vehicle was reported parked in the 500 block of S. Lincoln. Officers arrived and located a male subject who was sleeping in the vehicle. An investigation revealed he had multiple warrants for his arrest. He was arrested for the warrants.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
October 8 at 1:49 p.m., a caller reported that her vehicle was involved in a hit and run traffic collision in the 600 block of W. Huntington. No suspect information was obtained. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
October 8 at 3:36 p.m., the owner of the business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle reported that someone fraudulently cashed one of his employee's paychecks. An online banking application was used. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 8 at 9:48 p.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Mayflower and Evergreen observed a vehicle fail to stop for the stop sign. The driver also made several unsafe turning movements. The driver was stopped and the officers noticed he displayed symptoms of being under the influence. It was determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Traffic Collision
October 9 at 1:30 a.m., officers responded to a traffic collision at the intersection of Foothill and Mayflower. A driver was traveling east on Foothill when he fell asleep behind the wheel and collided with a light pole. The driver was not injured and had not been drinking.

Mail Tampering
October 9 at 8:46 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of N. Alta Vista called to report his mailbox was tampered with and mail was missing. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Tampering
October 9 at 9:41 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of N. Alta Vista called to report her mailbox was also tampered with and mail was missing. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Tampering
October 9 at 9:50 a.m., while an officer was patrolling the 500 block of N. Alta Vista, he located an empty mail package. The address on the package was from a residence in the 500 block of N. Alta Vista. He spoke with the victim and confirmed a mail theft did occur. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
October 9 at 10:22 a.m., a caller stated a male subject was urinating on the wall of a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill. Officers arrived and located the subject. He was extremely intoxicated and unable to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the Monrovia PD Jail for booking and a sobering period.

Court Order Violation / Mental Health Evaluation – Suspect Arrested
October 10 at 12:00 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of E. Pomona regarding a subject trespassing in a rear yard. Officers arrived and found a subject who had a domestic violence court order restraining him from being at the location. They noticed the subject had open sores on his neck. Paramedics were dispatched to the location, but the subject refused to be treated. The suspect was arrested. While in custody, the subject began displaying behavior indicating he was in need of mental health treatment. He was then transported to a mental health facility to be evaluated by a professional.

Possession of Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested
October 10 at 12:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 900 block of E. Royal Oaks regarding a subject causing a disturbance at the location. The subject had a dispute with a resident and refused to leave. Officers arrived and spoke with the subject. During the investigation it was discovered he was in possession of property he claimed was given to him to polish. He also had lock picking tools. The subject was arrested for possession of burglary tools and released on a citation.

Fight in Progress
October 10 at 12:54 a.m., officers responded to a fight in progress in the rear parking lot of a business in the 100 block of W. Lime Avenue. When officers arrived, they located several subjects who said they had been involved in a fight with subjects who left the area in a Grey Nissan. Additional officers searched for the vehicle, but were unable to locate it. Officers had Monrovia Fire Department respond to make sure all subjects were medically okay. All the subjects had been drinking and would not provide further information. Later the same day, two of the subjects came into the Monrovia Police Department station to provide additional details about the event and file a report. A report was taken and the investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
October 10 at 6:17 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a parking lot in the 3300 block of S. Peck. Surveillance footage of the theft was collected by the investigating officer. This investigation is continuing.

Stolen License Plate
October 10 at 7:03 p.m., a female subject reported that her vehicle's license plate had been stolen and replaced with another vehicle's license plate while parked in the 200 block of W. Lemon. This plate was later found to be stolen from a vehicle in Sierra Madre. It is unknown when the plates were switched, but the recovered plate was reported stolen in the early part of September. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
October 11 at 6:48 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 500 block of S. Myrtle when he witnessed a traffic collision in the intersection of Myrtle and Colorado. He stopped and found one of the drivers was complaining of pain, so paramedics responded. The injured driver did not want to go to a hospital. After investigation, the driver found to be at fault was issued a citation for the traffic violation.

Theft
October 11 at 7:24 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of Wildrose started his car to go to work and heard something wrong with his exhaust. He looked under his vehicle and saw someone had cut off and stolen his catalytic converter. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
October 11 at 7:58 a.m., a resident of an apartment complex in the 800 block of S. Myrtle walked to their vehicle, which was parked in the building's parking structure, and discovered someone had broken into it sometime during the night. Personal items had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
October 11 at 9:25 a.m., a caller reported two motorists collided into one another at the intersection of Huntington and Primrose. Officers responded and found one of the drivers was complaining of pain so paramedics also responded. The injured driver did not want to go to the hospital. The non-injured driver was found to be at fault and was issued a citation for the traffic violation.

Vehicle Burglary
October 11 at 12:53 p.m., a resident of an apartment complex in the 800 block of S. Myrtle walked to his vehicle, which was parked in the parking structure, and discovered someone had shattered one of the windows. The loss from inside the vehicle is undetermined at this time. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 11 at 3:40 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 1600 block of S. Primrose when he contacted a subject who was found to have a warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
October 11 at 6:05 p.m., a caller reported a male subject that was trespassing at a business in the 100 block of W. Palm. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. He had been advised previously about trespassing on the property and was subsequently arrested.

Court Order Violation / Mental Evaluation – Subject Evaluated
October 11 at 7:25 p.m., a caller reported that her adult son was at her residence in the 200 block of E. Lime in violation of a court order. She also said it appeared he was under the influence and possibly overdosing. Officers and paramedics responded. The subject then made suicidal statements and it was determined he needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was then transported to a facility for treatment and the case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for filing charges.

Grand Theft
October 11 at 9:10 p.m., a witness observed a male subject underneath a vehicle using a power tool near the intersection of Mayflower and Chestnut. Officers arrived and located the vehicle, however, the suspect was gone. It was learned that the suspect had stolen the catalytic converter and was last seen driving a grey truck. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
October 12 at 1:15 p.m., the manager of a coin laundry business in the 900 block of W. Duarte reported someone had burglarized the business at around 3:00 a.m. that morning when the business was closed. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
October 12 at 7:20 p.m., a caller reported that a subject was vandalizing a wall in the 800 block of E. Olive. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. He was identified by a witness and admitted to the crime. He was also in possession of spray paint. The suspect was arrested.

Residential Burglary
October 12 at 10:03 p.m., a resident arrived home in the 900 block of California to find their rear sliding glass door shattered and the home ransacked. Two suspects were seen on surveillance at the front door, before they entered the backyard, at approximately 7:20 p.m. A sum of money, jewelry, and the family's passports were stolen. Investigation continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 13 at 3:29 a.m., an officer located a vehicle stopped in the roadway, blocking traffic near the intersection of Myrtle and Foothill. The driver provided a false name to the officer. After further investigation, the driver’s identity was confirmed and she was found to have a warrant for her arrest and no driver’s license. She was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody.

Mental Evaluation – Subject Evaluated
October 13 at 12:55 p.m., several callers reported a female subject running naked in the middle of the street in the 2600 block of S. Myrtle. Officers responded, along with paramedics, and located the subject. It was determined she needed to be seen by a mental health professional. She was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Injury Traffic Collision
October 13 at 2:21 p.m., a caller reported two motorists collided into one another in the intersection of Mountain and Royal Oaks. Officers responded and found one person involved in the collision complained of pain. Paramedics responded and she was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Package Theft
October 13 at 3:09 p.m., a caller reported seeing a male subject on a bicycle stop in the 600 block of Monterey, walk onto someone's front porch and take a delivered package. The subject fled the area on his bicycle. Officers searched for the subject, but could not locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
October 13 at 3:51 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of E. Cypress walked outside his home and discovered his vehicle, which was parked on the street in front of his house, had fresh collision damage that occurred sometime in the morning. This investigation is continuing.

Local Water District Honored as 'WaterSense Partner of the Year'

For a third consecutive year, the Monrovia-based Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2021 WaterSense Partner of the Year.

The district received the award at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas for its helping residents and businesses save water.

The EPA highlighted Upper District's creative outreach efforts to promote water efficiency in 2020 despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. https://is.gd/M4mDEn

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Basin 141

Dinner at Basin 141, at the corner of Myrtle and Lime. Got the Chicken Mole Tacos for $13 and a beer for $6. Really good. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Historical Society President to Speak on City's Founding Women on Nov. 13

Monrovia Historical Society President Steve Baker will speak on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Monrovia Community Center on "Monrovia's Founding Women and What they Created." The event, jointly sponsored with the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group, will be both in-person and virtually by Zoom, at: https://wmp.zoom.us/j/92755488491?pwd=dlJJRDg5ZEk4YkhPamU0ZzVXTHZidz09 Password: 639273.

There will be refreshments for those who come in person. Masks will be required.  The Community Center is at 119 E Palm in Monrovia.

- Brad Haugaard

App Gives Monrovia Library Access to Magazines and Newspapers

The Monrovia Library now offers free access to magazines and newspapers from around the world through the PressReader app. Download the app from the App Store (for iPhone) or from Google Play (for Android phones). Select the "libraries & groups" option and search for "Monrovia Public Library". Select the Monrovia library and login with your library card and PIN (your phone number on file, including the area code).

- Brad Haugaard

Orphaned Dumbo is Sweet, Energetic and Friendly

Ten-year-old Dumbo came to the shelter after his owner sadly passed away. This sweet dog is energetic, friendly, and does well on a leash. He enjoys the company of other dogs, especially if they’re close to his size! Dumbo does well with new people, too. Dumbo would do best in a calm and quiet home where he can relax and play.

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

New Art Display and Artist Reception at Monrovia Community Center October 24

The public is invited as the Artist Alley Gallery celebrates a new three-month art installation of four MAFA artists on Oct. 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. The exhibit will feature paintings by Brad Haugaard, Melissa Ahaus, and Jeni Bate, as well as pen and ink and colored pencil drawings by Eric Watkins.

In addition, the event will feature displays of art from students of the Clifton Arts Academy at Clifton Middle School, as well as California School of the Arts—San Gabriel Valley. The students’ art from each school will be adjudicated by a professional artist and prizes awarded at the close of the reception at 5 p.m.

The five-member band Lobo Reese will provide live musical entertainment, and the reception will include delicious refreshments from Rivanis Baking Company and beverages from Wine of the Month Club. 

Interested art buyers can purchase art from the four featured MAFA Artists (via check only) at the front desk of the Community Center. Purchased items will be tagged as sold and the proud new owners may take the art home at the end of the current three-month show. 

After Oct. 24, the public can still view and purchase art from this installation until Jan. 29, 2022, during the Community Center’s businesses hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed Saturday and Sunday except for special events (during which the gallery will be open).

Source: MAFA press release

- Brad Haugaard (Yeah, that's me)

Monrovia High Girl's Volleyball Raises Money for Breast Cancer Research


Monrovia High's girls volleyball team raised funds to support breast cancer research and snagged a win during their game on Oct. 4.

- Brad Haugaard

Number of Independent Study Students Increases by 300%


With so many students having now had experience with distance learning because of COVID, it appears an increasing number of them actually prefer it, even though the schools are now open physically.

Monrovia Schools Public Information Officer, Gustavo Olguin, reports that the number of students opting for independent study - much of which is virtual - has increased by 300% since 2019.

In 2019, Olguin said, enrollment in Monrovia's Mountain Park School -- which focuses on independent-study -- was just under 50. In 2020 it was around 80, and this year it is about 200.

"Mountain Park [https://is.gd/mShOlj] helps provide the option of independent study for families wanting a more flexible class schedule while attending grades K-12," Olguin writes. "Around 90% of students from MP are accepted directly to post-secondary education or the military."

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: The Monrovia Hotel in 1886

The Monrovia Hotel 1886 built by John C. Anderson, who also built his family home at 215 E Lime, now a museum maintained by the Monrovia Historical Society. 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 Lion Treated for Bobcat Fire Injuries Dies

The mountain lion found in Monrovia that was treated for injuries sustained during the Bobcat fire, has died from unknown causes, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife . She was nicknamed "Monrovia" and apparently lived successfully for 10 months following the fire, and was tracked and found to range along the mountains all the way from Azusa to Burbank. https://is.gd/6RJktC

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Over Polytechnic 42-13

Last night Monrovia varsity football won its home conference game against Pasadena's Polytechnic by 42-13. https://is.gd/xbWube

- Brad Haugaard

Halloween in Library Park

 

-  Brad Haugaard

Centre Stage Fundraiser October 24

-  Brad Haugaard

Volunteer for 'Make a Difference Day' October 23


The Volunteer Center of the San Gabriel Valley will hold Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 23 to help make a difference in the Monrovia community.  Individuals and Groups can adopt a project. Contact Macy Gracia at 774-1105 for information on large group registration. Here are the projects:

  • Bulky Item Drop-Off Points 
  • Home Improvements & Landscaping for low-income families and home-bound seniors. 
  • Improving local parks and the Community Center. 
  • Food Sorting and landscaping at Foothill Unity Center 
  • Red Ribbon Project - Help unite the community to take a stand against alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

https://is.gd/APhltW

Native Plant Sale Nov. 6 at Historical Museum

The California Native Plant Society, San Gabriel Mountain Chapter, will host a Native Plant Sale on Saturday, November 6, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Monrovia Historical Museum. There will be a variety of California native plants and wildflower seeds appropriate for gardens in the Los Angeles basin, including plants for attracting birds and butterflies. Chapter members will be on hand to answer questions. https://is.gd/rqzyhI

- Brad Haugaard

New Job Opening with the City of Monrovia

Open position:

Principal Accountant, full-time - $93,753.46 - $125,638.60 annually

Details: https://is.gd/ELXrA1

- Brad Haugaard

Oaktober - Get a Free Oak Tree Sapling


On October 16, 21 and 28, there will be presentations by oak experts, discussing planting, oak tree care, and their ecological benefits . There will be representatives from the Arboretum, Huntington Library and Metabolic Studio. The events will last about an hour.

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 19 More Cases, No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 8 p.m., 10/06/2021. Changes since 09/29/2021.

City of Monrovia: 3,955 cases (up 19), 82 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 442 cases (unchanged), 1 death (unchanged)
Monrovia Gardens Healthcare Center: 3 cases (up 3), no deaths

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Woman Given Ticket for Shoplifting; Customer Upset That Cashier Doubted $20 Bill; Driving Drunk and High; Woman Trapped in Overturned Car; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 30 – October 6. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 407 service events, resulting in 61 investigations.

Drug Possession/Fraud – Suspect Arrested
September 30 at 9:10 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 700 block of W. Huntington when he was flagged down by an employee from a nearby business. The employee informed the officer that a male subject was slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle. The officer checked on the well-being of the occupant and saw drug contraband in plain view. The driver was responsive and ultimately arrested.

Commercial Burglary – Suspect Arrested
September 30 at 11:37 a.m., an employee from a neighboring business called to report a male subject that walked into a closed business located in the 200 block of W. Pomona. Officers arrived and located an individual inside. After an extensive investigation, the subject was arrested for burglary, as he was attempting to steal copper wire from the business.

Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
September 30 at 8:42 p.m., a reporting party called police and stated a subject wanted for a Grand Theft Auto and Hit and Run that occurred on September 29 was inside a vehicle near Mayflower and Huntington. The reporting party provided information to dispatch and officers were able to locate the vehicle. A high-risk traffic stop was conducted at Mayflower and Huntington and the wanted subject was arrested without incident.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
September 30 at 9:36 p.m., employees at a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington called police to report a female adult suspect had stolen numerous items. Officers arrived and located the suspect. The suspect was detained and arrested without incident. She was later released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Medical Assist
October 1 at 7:30 a.m., a 13-year-old child called police and requested medical aid for her unconscious mother in the 800 block of S. Myrtle. Officers and paramedics arrived on scene and checked the well-being of the mother. She was breathing, but unresponsive. She was transported to a local hospital. Two children, ages 13 and 4, were at the location. The mother's adult sister was contacted. She arrived a short time later and took custody of the children.

Robbery
October 1 at 2:44 p.m., an individual came into the Police Department lobby to report he was robbed. He was riding his bicycle in the area of Canyon and Almond when someone approached him from behind, pushed him off his bicycle, and fled on his bike. Investigation continuing.

Misdemeanor Vandalism
October 1 at 2:44 p.m., an employee from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington called police to report that a customer became upset over the cashier checking the legitimacy of a $20 bill the customer used to purchase items. The customer began throwing items around the store, but left prior to the police being called. Investigation continuing.

Package Theft in Progress
October 1 at 4:21 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Greystone called police to report a package theft that she just witnessed through her Ring door cam. Officers arrived and searched the area for the subject, but did no locate him. The victim would not be home until later in the evening, so she requested to file a report at that time. The investigation is continuing.

Weapon Offense – Suspect Arrested
October 1 at 8:37 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Alamitas after a citizen reported a suspicious subject who exited a vehicle and staggered away from it. Officers searched the area and located the subject walking on the street. During the investigation, the subject was found to be in possession of a dangerous weapon, a dagger. The subject was arrested and brought to the station. The subject was cited out.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 2 at 2:39 a.m., an officer was approaching Myrtle and Olive and noticed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the street. He conducted a traffic stop and, during the investigation, he observed the driver appeared to be under the influence. He completed a DUI investigation. The driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Vehicle Burglary
October 2 at 7:46 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of W. Walnut called to report his vehicle was broken into sometime during the night. The victim was currently out of town and was informed by a neighbor that someone had broken into his vehicle. Investigation continuing.

Mail Tampering
October 2 at 9:04 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of S. Canyon called to report his mailbox was pried open and his mail was missing. Investigation continuing.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
October 2 at 5:42 p.m., a caller reported several people yelling in the area of Monterey and Huntington. Officers responded and detained five subjects. After further investigation, it was determined a battery had occurred. A private person's arrest was accepted and the suspect was issued a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 3 at 1:11 a.m., an officer saw a vehicle with an equipment violation and stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of E. Colorado. During the investigation, the officer saw marijuana on the front seat. The driver admitted to smoking marijuana before driving. The driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 3 at 1:28 a.m., officers observed a vehicle commit a driving violation in the 100 block of W. Lime. As they conducted a traffic stop of vehicle, the driver pulled to the curb. The driver then opened the door and began vomiting. As the officers approached they asked the driver if they were okay and the driver stated they drank too much. After a DUI investigation, the driver was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence/Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
October 3 at 3:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Peck and Bob Street regarding a traffic collision involving a parked car. The driver was seen exiting the vehicle and walking away. Officers arrived and detained the driver. During the investigation, officers determined the driver was under the influence and began a DUI investigation. The driver was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Mail Theft – Suspect Arrested
October 3 at 5:03 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 900 block of W. Olive regarding a suspicious vehicle in the area. A subject had exited the vehicle and was seen in the carport area of an apartment complex. Officers located the subject hiding in some bushes in a neighboring property. The investigation revealed the subject had stolen mail from several mailboxes in the complex. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
October 3 at 5:38 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 1100 block E. Royal Oaks. One of the vehicles overturned, trapping an elderly female driver inside. Officers arrived and immediately began attempts to get the driver out, but were unsuccessful. Monrovia Fire Department arrived and extracted the driver, who was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Petty Theft
October 4 at 5:03 a.m., officers were dispatched to a gas station in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle regarding a subject causing a disturbance. When officers arrived, they discovered the subject had been at the location several times and had pressed the pump shut off. He also went inside and began throwing items around, then stole a candy bar. While the officers were speaking with him, he was eating the candy bar in question, but the subject stated he bought the candy bar. The subject was arrested for the theft.

Warrants /Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Forgery – Suspects Arrested
October 4 at 5:29 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle with three occupants traveling with an obstructed license plate in the 700 block of W. Huntington. He stopped the vehicle, made contact with the occupants and conducted computer checks, which revealed they all had warrants. A search of the vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia and forged documents. The occupants were arrested and taken into custody.

Trespassing
October 4 at 8:47 a.m., the manager of a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington reported a female subject in their lobby refusing to leave after being asked multiple times. Officers arrived and advised the subject to leave and told her if she refused she would be arrested for trespassing. The female left the hotel.

Violation of Restraining Order – Suspect Arrested
October 4 at 9:47 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Lime reported her son was at her house uninvited, refusing to leave, and she has a restraining order against him. The subject has been arrested previously for violating the restraining order. Officers arrived and, after witnessing the violation, arrested the son.

Vehicle Burglary
October 4 at 10:24 a.m., a resident in the 1100 block of S. Fifth walked outside his home to go to work and discovered someone had forced entry into his locked vehicle sometime during the night and took his wallet and other personal items. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
October 4 at 11:20 a.m., the manager of an apartment complex in the 800 block of S. Myrtle reported a male subject had ripped off an elevator shaft panel to crawl into a small space to sleep in. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
October 4 at 2:42 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Los Angeles walked outside his home and discovered his car was missing from where he last parked it in front of his home. Officers searched the area for the vehicle, but did not locate it. The car was entered into the law enforcement stolen vehicle system as stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
October 4 at 4:25 p.m., a caller reported two motorists collided into one another in the intersection of Primrose and Linwood. Officers arrived and found no one was injured. The driver found to be at fault was issued a citation.

Trespassing/Warrants – Suspect Arrested
October 5 at 10:15 a.m., a caller reported a subject sleeping in an alley in the 100 block of W. Walnut. Officers arrived and located the subject. He had already been advised the day before to move out of the area. A no-trespass authorization was obtained by the reporting party and issued. The subject was advised and subsequently arrested due to outstanding warrants.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
October 5 at 4:30 p.m., an employee at a facility in the 100 block of W. Palm called regarding a male subject who has been advised regarding trespassing on the property that was back at the location. Officers arrived and located the subject. He said he knew he wasn't supposed to be there. He was arrested and issued a citation for trespassing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 6 at 2:30 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle traveling north on Peck Road, swerving on the roadway. He stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver. The officer observed symptoms of the driver being under the influence. After a DUI investigation, the driver was arrested and held for sobering.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
October 6 at 4:32 a.m., dispatch received a call from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department advising that a security officer from a business in the 1700 block of S. Mountain called to report hearing a collision. Officers arrived and discovered the driver had fled prior to them arriving on scene. The vehicle was still there, but the doors were locked. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
October 6 at 10:29 a.m., an employee from a bank in the 400 block of E. Huntington called police to report a male subject outside asking customers to print things out for him inside the bank. Officers arrived and located the subject. A computer check revealed he had a no-bail warrant. He was arrested for the warrant.

Fraud
October 6 at 10:32 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of Crescent came in to report he had been receiving credit cards in his name and he had not applied for them. The officer took the information and investigation is continuing.

Dinner at JB Burgers

Dinner at JB Burgers, at the corner of Myrtle and Olive. Got the Double Burger for $5.75 and a small drink for $2. Double because it had two patties. Very good burger at a very good price!

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Board of Education Moves Meeting Times to 6:30 P.M.

Starting October 13, meetings of the Monrovia Unified School District Board of Education will begin at 6:30 p.m. instead of the traditional 7 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Koni Needs a Patient Adopter to Help Her Out of Her Shell ... Treats Help!


One-year-old Koni is a little bit shy, but has been making such great progress with our staff and volunteers! One volunteer said that although Koni is a bit scared of new people, she starts out by giving slow blinks. Then, with a little bit of patience, along with some treats, she’ll let you pet her soft fur. Once she’s comfortable, she’ll even roll onto her back for more pets! Koni just needs a calm and understanding adopter to help her come out of her shell. Seeing her blossom is so rewarding!

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


Monrovia Neighborhood Watch

The Monrovia Police Department is looking for members of our community who want to be part of the Neighborhood Watch Program! If you are interested in getting involved please contact Community Policing Sergeant John Donchig at (626) 256-8020 or at jdonchig@monroviapd.org.

- Brad Haugaard 

A Moment in Monrovia History: Myrtle North of Foothill in 1900

Looking north on N Myrtle Avenue from White Oak (Foothill) c. 1900. 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's First Beach Volleyball Team Ends Season With a Win

The Monrovia Varsity Boys Beach Volleyball beat San Gabriel 2-1 in the season’s final league match on September 25th. The team came into the match-up with an 0-3 record, respectively, but were able to go out on a high note with exciting 3 set victories from the #3 pair Dillon Barnhart/Jesse Younge and #2 pair Tom Hover/Gunnar Keeling.

Head coach Marvin Fong said he’s excited to see how the team will grow after their first season. “This is the first team brave enough to try this new sport and they have laid the foundation for themselves to return next year and be even better but also have created awareness and excitement for the sport as well,” Fong said.

While the regular season is over, the Wildcats have their eyes on two postseason tournaments to get a winning streak going. They’ll be competing in the Inland Boy's Beach Volleyball League's Pairs Championship Tournament on Saturday, October 2nd and the IBBVL League Championship Tournament on Saturday, October 9th.


While it’s currently a high school club, Coach Fong hopes to get the team CIF sanctioned in the near future. Until then, they’ll prepare for the coming tournaments to get better for next season. “We are grateful to the City of Monrovia for allowing us to call Recreation Park our practice and competition home for our first season. Monrovia Boys and Girls Beach Volleyball programs are excited about the possibility of having beach volleyball courts built at Monrovia High School campus in the coming year,” said Fong.

For more information on the upcoming tournaments, please visit the Monrovia Wildcats Athletics page.

Photos: top, Monrovia High senior Jan Luke Caldito sets up junior Ken Tsuo; left, Freshman Jesse Younger serves.

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Starts Beach Volleyball Team


Monrovia High School has started a beach volleyball team this year.

- Brad Haugaard

Community Bike Ride


All Ages Welcome. For more information call Aaron at 626-824-2673.

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Over La Canada - 60-15

Monrovia over La Canada, 60-15.  https://is.gd/58PPLQ

- Brad Haugaard

Wine Walk in Old Town - Oct. 9


- Brad Haugaard

Clean Air Day Oct. 6 in Library Park

- Brad Haugaard

Power Outages Planned in Northeast Monrovia; Survey About Local Bus System

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

~ Southern California Edison has planned power outages in northeastern Monrovia to upgrade infrastructure, make improvements and repairs. The work area is between Foothill and Greystone from Canyon to Grand Ave. If you are going to have an outage you should have been notified. Outage times are:  Saturday, Oct. 2 (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.), Sunday, Oct. 3 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.), Tuesday, Oct. 5 (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.), Thursday, Oct. 7 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.). For questions, call SCE outage phone number at 888-759-6056.

~  Foothill Transit would like you to take a survey of the local bus system to help create a better service plan. Take the survey here: https://is.gd/urpjrC

- Brad Haugaard