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A Moment in Monrovia History: Workers on Boy Scout Cabin

Boy Scout Cabin. L to R: Kenneth S. Blair, Kenneth Johnston, R. Hardiman Fowler, William Russell Smith, Don Hendricks. Cabin was on the east side of Mountain between Olive and Lemon. Sign: Scout Troop No.5, Kiwanis Club. The Clubhouse was built by the troop. From the Myron Hotchkiss collection. See full details here.

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

Temperatures Could Reach 105 Degrees Sunday and Monday

Temperatures from 95 up to 105 degrees are possible from 10 a.m. tomorrow, Sunday, through 8 p.m. Monday. Keep cool, schedule strenuous activities either early or late, and keep your children and pets cool. https://tny.im/BzUIU

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Area Partnership Block Party Saturday

- Brad Haugaard

New State Rules: Restrictions on Watering by Businesses; Recycling Food Scraps

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

~ The state has now ordered that commercial, industrial and institutional properties may not water "non-functional" mowed grass with drinkable water. "Non-functional" means such areas as the grass next to commercial buildings and common areas managed by homeowners' associations. It does not include grass used for recreation or community activities, residential grass or trees. The ban allows recycled water to be used for irrigating non-functional turf. https://tny.im/fkcDi

~ The state also wants people to put kitchen scraps in their green-waste containers. Any kind of food (including bones and meat) or food-soiled paper is okay. No plastic or plastic coated materials. The idea is to keep scraps in a container in your kitchen, then dump it on trash day.

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 117 More Cases, No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 12 p.m., 06/22/2022. Changes since 06/15/2022.

City of Monrovia: 9,083 cases (up 117), 104 deaths* (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 949 cases (up 13), 4 deaths (unchanged)

* Last week 105 deaths were reported, so there was a glitch somewhere.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Driving Stolen Truck While Intoxicated; Parolee Arrested for Handgun Possession; Suspect Arrested Stealing a Cart Full of Sod; And Much More ...

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 16 – 22. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 390 service events, resulting in 77 investigations.

Commercial Burglary
June 16 at 8:51 a.m., an employee at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called to report that sometime during the night someone broke into the business. An investigation revealed one suspect gained entry via the front door using a pry bar, causing the glass to shatter. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
June 16 at 10:02 a.m., a victim in the 400 block of W. Huntington stated she received a text alert from Chase bank advising her of a fraudulent attempt purchase. She didn't think much of it and text back advising Chase she did not make the purchase. This morning, she received additional text message alerts from a different bank regarding a different credit card and fraudulent purchases. This investigation is continuing.

Theft / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
June 16 at 6:55 p.m., a caller in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle reported a male adult had just stolen items out of their store and fled. Officers arrived and located a subject matching the suspect’s description. The victim positively identified the suspect and placed him under private person's arrest. Further investigation revealed that the suspect had three outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant / Drug Activity – Suspects Arrested
June 16 at 10:35 p.m., an officer was patrolling the intersection of Myrtle and Wyland when he saw a vehicle with equipment violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the occupants were contacted. The driver was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and a passenger had three no bail warrants for her arrest. The driver was cited at the scene. The female passenger was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft
June 17 at 12:44 a.m., a caller in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle reported that while he was inside a store a subject stole his mountain bike. Officers searched the area, but the suspect was not located. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 17 at 3:31 a.m., a stolen company truck was reported and tracked to the intersection of Foothill and Alta Vista. Officers located the truck and saw it commit multiple traffic violations. The vehicle failed to stop for officers and the driver eventually pulled over and fled on foot. Officers located the suspect in a nearby yard where he was detained. The suspect was also found to have been driving under the influence. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Weapons Violation – Suspect Arrested
June 17 at 8:22 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Primrose and Huntington on a motorist who committed a traffic violation. The driver was contacted and acting evasive about his parole status. A search of his vehicle revealed a loaded handgun with a high capacity magazine. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 17 at 8:29 p.m., a vehicle collision was reported near the intersection of Central and Mayflower. One driver was found to be unlicensed and was issued a citation. The other driver complained of pain and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Battery – Suspects Arrested
June 18 at 1:12 a.m., a caller at a bar in the 100 block of E. Olive reported a battery had just occurred against an employee. Officers arrived and were immediately confronted with an unruly crowd. Officers were able to navigate their way through the crowd and detained the male and female suspect. The victim wanted prosecution and placed both suspects under private person's arrest. The two suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Trespass / Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
June 18 at 3:52 a.m., a homeowner reported he was on vacation and could see someone on his video surveillance who was looking into the windows of his residence in the 200 block of Highland Place. Officers arrived and quickly set up a containment. While conducting yard searches, an officer located the suspect hiding. He was detained and drug paraphernalia was located on his property. The homeowner did not want prosecution for the trespass. The suspect was arrested for the paraphernalia and taken into custody.

Vandalism
June 18 at 7:52 a.m., a vandalism to a business was reported in the 800 block of Royal Oaks. This investigation is continuing.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 18 at 8:00 a.m., a caller reported a possible drunk driver had just collided into a parked vehicle in the 700 block of Montana. Additional calls came in as the vehicle continued and collided into a light post. Officers detained the driver and determined he was heavily intoxicated. He was arrested for DUI and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Residential Burglary
June 18 at 8:35 a.m., a victim in the 600 block of Parkrose said he left his home garage door open overnight. In the morning, he discovered his bicycle had been stolen from inside of the garage. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
June 18 at 11:26 a.m., a victim in the 700 block of S. Myrtle parked his vehicle in a parking garage overnight. In the morning, he discovered the vehicle had been broken into by smashing the window and his property had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
June 18 at 6:17 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of W. Palm reported her live-in boyfriend hit her. Officers arrived and detained all involved parties. An investigation revealed the boyfriend struck the girlfriend in the face causing visible injuries. The boyfriend was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
June 18 at 9:53 p.m., a caller reported a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle. There were two subjects inside the vehicle acting strange. Officers arrived and determined the vehicle was abandoned and the two subjects decided to enter the vehicle and smoke narcotics. Both subjects were arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 19 at 8:07 a.m., officers responded to a motel in the 900 block of S. Fifth on a report of a family disturbance. Officers arrived and went to the room. An investigation revealed it was only a verbal altercation. Further investigation revealed that the female had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
June 19 at 11:28 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Walnut called and said she was being yelled at by her husband and son. Officers arrived and began speaking with the woman. They could see marks on her from her being battered by her husband. The husband was arrested and taken into custody.

Brush Fire
June 19 at 1:39 p.m., a caller stated there was a small brush fire near the intersection of Alta Vista and Patrician Way. While officers and fire were responding to the call, a caller stated he had put the fire out with a bottle of water. Fire personnel and officers arrived and the area was still smoking a bit. Fire personnel put additional water on the area and made sure it was out. It is unknown at this time what started it. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
June 19 at 6:24 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of W. Maple regarding a theft. The victim reported that his catalytic converter was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 19 at 9:05 p.m., an injury traffic collision was reported in the 400 block of W. Duarte Road. One party suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 20 at 1:58 a.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Foothill and Mauna Loa saw a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was too intoxicated to operate his vehicle safely. He was arrested and transported to Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 20 at 11:48 a.m., while on patrol an officer in the 600 block of W. Huntington saw a subject he knew from prior contacts. An investigation revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
June 20 at 1:45 p.m., a male subject called asking for police to respond to his residence because his wife was attacking him with a knife. Officers responded to the location and contacted the husband and wife. The husband sustained minor injuries on his neck, face, arms, and legs. The wife was arrested and taken into custody.

Municipal Code / Resisting – Suspect Arrested
June 21 at 12:55 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of 1600 S. Myrtle. He saw a male subject in the park after hours and attempted to contact him. The subject walked away from the officer. He was detained without incident. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Theft – Suspect Arrested
June 21 at 1:27 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a subject pushing a cart full of sod from the location. They arrived and detained the suspect who admitted to taking the sod and cart. He was arrested and released with a cation.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 21 at 9:55 a.m., a caller reported a suspicious vehicle driving back and forth in the 800 block of Alta. Officers arrived and made contact with the driver of the vehicle. An investigation revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 21 at 1:14 p.m., officers were doing surveillance on a location in the in the city for a possible wanted suspect. The suspect was later spotted in a vehicle a short distance away. The vehicle was stopped and a felony traffic stop was performed. The suspect was identified and arrested. He was then transported to the Monrovia PD Jail for booking.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 21 at 3:52 p.m., officers responded to a call stating that a male suspect just broke into one of the storage sheds at a location in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle and was walking away. Officers saw a subject in the area that matched the description and detained him. The suspect was positively identified by the witness and further investigation revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
June 22 at 11:59 a.m., an employee at the 700 block of W. Huntington reported that a customer’s vehicle had been broken into. The officer arrived and spoke to the victim. She said she parked and placed her purse on the front passenger floorboard, then got her dog and went inside the store. When she came out the front window was smashed and her purse was gone. This investigation is continuing.

Burglary
June 22 at 7:11 p.m., the victim parked her vehicle at the 1600 block of S. Mountain. When she returned she discovered her window was smashed and property was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Free SALT Teen Festival August 27


The first annual SALT (Strong. Authentic. Legendary. True) Teen Festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Monrovia for teenagers 13-17. There will be In-N-Out, shaved ice, carnival games and prizes, miniature golf, a live DJ teen performers, a selfie zone, drumlines, a step show, and more. Teens helped to create this outdoor teen-only festival as a safe space to express themselves and have fun. The first 300 teens to register online will get a free SALT Teen Festival drawstring backpack. Space is limited. Register here: https://tny.im/LBTot

The SALT Teen Festival is sponsored by City of Hope, Second Baptist Church, Women's Professional Network, S.E.T. for LIFE, YWCA San Gabriel Valley, Congresswoman Judy Chu, CVS Health, JAB TRAN LLC, McLaurin Transit, Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association, and with support from the Monrovia Area Partnership.

- Brad Haugaard

Lightning Strike Blows Out Concrete at Sierra Chevrolet in Monrovia

During yesterday's lightning storm, a bolt struck the flagpole at Sierra Chevrolet in Monrovia, blew chunks of concrete from the base of the pole and severely jolted a man who was near the pole.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Kiku Sushi

Dinner at Kiku Sushi, on the west side of the Huntington Oaks shopping center. Got the Tokyo Combo for $15.99 and a beer for $5.75. Came with miso soup. Very tasty.

- Brad Haugaard 

Pasadena Biotech Firm Moving to Monrovia

 Pasadena-based Terray Therapeutics, a artificial intelligence based biotech firm, plans to move to Monrovia in August. Source

- Brad Haugaard

Peter's a Well-Rounded Dog - Calm, Relaxed, Friendly, and Active


Six-year-old Peter is such a well-rounded dog! He’s calm, relaxed, and friendly, but he’s also active and walks well on a leash. He loves getting attention and especially loves belly rubs. Peter gets along well with people he’s just met and is curious and sweet around other dogs. Peter would love to join your family!

From June 10 through June 30, the adoption fee for big dogs (40 lbs and up) is $50 through our Big Dog Summer adoption promotion! 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

City Manager Dylan Feik Out With COVID

Monrovia City Manager Dylan Feik reports that he "tested positive for COVID yesterday and so will be working from home this week."

In an email he reminded people to "get vaccinated, boosters and follow health and safety guidelines. There are so many people/families who have been affected so seriously, I just cannot believe I'm getting off so easy. Only aches and pains and a constantly running nose for me!"

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Ben Overtuff With Children and Donkey

Ben Overtuff standing beside four children who are on a donkey.. From the Myron Hotchkiss collection. See full details here.

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

Garden Family Night June 24

- Brad Haugaard

Athens to Request 8.87% Rate Hike; Leaning Tree Must Go; Call for Artists; Lucinda Garcia Park Kick-Off; Science Academy

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

~ As allowed under its contract , Athens Services is asking for an 8.87% increase for solid waste services effective July 1 (https://tny.im/VW4mu). For the typical residential customer with 90-gallon containers the rate will increase from $36.47 to $39.68 a month. For the typical commercial customer with a 3-yard bin serviced once per week, the rate will increase from $212.68 to $231.53 a month. The City Council will consider the request on June 21. https://tny.im/VW4mu

~ A tree at the northwest corner of Library Park is in bad shape and needs to be removed as it is leaning more and more "at an alarming rate." If it falls it is likely to fall on or near the band shell. It is scheduled to be removed tomorrow, Saturday, June 18.

~ Artists are invited to submit proposals for the Josephine Anderson Neighborhood Treasure.  Anderson founded the Monrovia Unity Center in 1980 in a borrowed church closet in Monrovia with the goal to provide food to hungry families. She realized those needing food were going from church to church seeking help. Feeling this was ineffective and wasteful, she called the leaders of the various church programs together and the Unity Center was born. For questions contact Kerri Zessau at 932-5564 or  kzessau@ci.monrovia.ca.us.  

~ Ground breaking for the Lucinda Garcia Park Renovation Project will take place on July 9, at 10 a.m., at the park. The park will be closed from July through December 2022. The $1.7 million renovation will expand the park by one-quarter acre to the west and make improvements to the existing amenities.

~  Monrovia, with Oak Crest Institute of Science, will host a science academy this summer.  Students may apply for funding to cover the cost of the academy. For funding details contact staff at the Monrovia Community Center or call 256-8246. To sign up, go to this page,  https://tny.im/jG3Ah, scroll to the bottom and click "Junior Researcher Academy".

- Brad Haugaard

City Council to Consider $52.55 Million Budget With 'Minor' Deficit; Outgoing and Incoming Fire Chiefs; Etc.


At its next meeting (agenda: https://tny.im/qasPV) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Consider adopting a "structurally balanced" 2022-23 budget of $52.55 million projecting "a minor deficit" of $170,000. Main sources of revenue: property tax (30%) and sales tax (24%). https://tny.im/9SeYd

~ Honor retiring Fire Chief Brad Dover for 28 years of service and swear in newly hired Fire Chief Jeremy Sanchez.

~ Consider confirming two maintenance districts for 2022-2023: the Citywide Lighting and Landscaping Maintenance District (https://tny.im/UsNbU) and the Park Maintenance District (https://tny.im/sWZr4).

~ Also, the council will hold a study session regarding the requirements of Senate Bill 1383 (Bill:  https://tny.im/0QFjo). SB 1383 regulates, "Short-lived climate pollutants: methane emissions: dairy and livestock: organic waste: landfills." Study Session: https://tny.im/PoWK0

- Brad Haugaard

School Board to Consider $73 Million Budget; Sue Kaiser Retiring; Etc.

At its next meeting (agenda: https://tny.im/GC0tt) the Monrovia Board of Education will ...

~ Consider approving a 2022-23 budget of $73,379,202, of which $56,917,306 is unrestricted and $16,461,896 is restricted. The budget notes that there will be teaching staff reduction equivalent to five full-time teachers because of declining enrollment. https://tny.im/P3kZj

~ Congratulate Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Dr. Sue Kaiser, on her retirement following an educational career of more than 40-year years.

~ Consider a subscription agreement with NWEA, "a research-based not-for-profit organization that creates academic assessments for students pre-K-12." (Agreement: https://tny.im/ppe8J NWEA site: https://tny.im/2q6QE)

~ Consider an agreement with Committee for Children for a pilot try-out of its Second Step Program and licenses at one elementary and one middle school for 2022-23 school year. The organization provides "social-emotional learning programs ... to positively impact the social-emotional development and wellbeing of children, their schools and communities." https://tny.im/FzYfJ

~ Consider an agreement with Curriculum Associates for licenses for its iReady system at the elementary and middle schools, and at Mountain Park School. "By connecting to actionable, intuitive data, teachers know where to focus and students become more capable and engaged." (Agreement: https://tny.im/GC0tt, Curriculum Associates: https://tny.im/jMKy)

~ Consider an agreement with HeliosEd, which provides management human resources software. https://tny.im/YpYii

~ Consider hiring Briteworks, Inc., to provide janitorial services for the district offices, Canyon Early Learning Center and Mayflower Elementary School. https://tny.im/XUuP0

- Brad Haugaard

Spicer and Kelly Still Lead in Council Race

The votes are still being counted and everyone has more votes, but the relative positions of the candidates has not changed since last Friday. Larry Spicer remains in the lead with Tamala Kelly in second place  The top two vote-getters will win seats on the city council and the city council will then select a third person to fill Becky Shevlin’s seat since she has been elected to be mayor.

- Brad Haugaard 



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Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 140 New Cases, No New Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 12 p.m., 06/15/2022. Changes since 06/08/2022.

City of Monrovia: 8,966 cases (up 140), 105 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 936 cases (up 13), 4 deaths (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Threats on Social Media; Lots of Intoxicated People; Catalytic Converter Thefts; Driver Won't Allow His Broken Car to Be Towed; Impersonating an Officer; Etc.

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


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 367 service events, resulting in 56 investigations.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 9 at 11:10 a.m., while on patrol an officer observed a traffic violation in the area of Mountain and Huntington. A traffic stop was conducted. The driver had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested per the authority of the warrant and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 9 at 11:19 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation in the 400 block of W. Duarte. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence. A DUI investigation was conducted and the driver was arrested. He was transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Threatening
June 9 at 11:36 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1300 block of S. Shamrock called to report someone was threatening to shoot him and other employees via social media. This investigation is continuing.

Theft / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 9 at 3:50 p.m., a theft was reported in the 800 block of E. Huntington. Officers arrived and detained the subject. The subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and he was taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 10 at 1:54 a.m., while on patrol an officer observed a vehicle failing to stop at a red light in the area of Peck & Live Oak. The vehicle was stopped and the driver displayed symptoms of alcohol intoxication. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was too impaired to operate a motor vehicle. The driver was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Commercial Burglary
June 10 at 6:49 a.m., an employee from a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called to report that when he arrived to work he saw the front window was shattered. As he entered the business he noticed it was ransacked. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 10 at 10:59 a.m., a caller reported a male adult was at a park in the 300 block of S. Myrtle disturbing the children near the playground area. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. It was discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 10 at 9:14 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop for a moving violation near Foothill and Mountain. The vehicle was stopped and the driver displayed objective symptoms of drug impairment. After a DUI investigation, it was determined the driver was too impaired to operate a motor vehicle. The driver was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Warrant / Receiving Stolen Property / Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested
June 11 at 12:02 a.m., an officer saw a suspicious vehicle with its lights off in the area of Myrtle and Shrode. The officer observed a subject come out of the darkness and enter the vehicle. The vehicle then drove away and a traffic stop was conducted. The occupants were contacted, two subjects were on probation/parole for vehicle theft and had 13 warrants between them. The subjects were detained and catalytic converters were located in the rear seat along with a vehicle jack, electric saw, and a glass breaking tool. Narcotics were also located on the subjects. All three subjects were arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
June 11 at 1:55 a.m., a caller in the 300 block of W. Lime reported subjects were cutting off their neighbor’s catalytic converter. Officers responded but the subjects fled. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence
June 11 at 2:59 a.m., while patrolling the area of Magnolia and Oaks an officer saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation and conducted a traffic stop. The vehicle was stopped and the under 21 driver displayed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication. After a DUI investigation, it was determined the driver was too impaired to operate a motor vehicle. The driver was cited and released to a guardian.

Warrant Arrest
June 11 at 4:35 a.m., an officer in the area of Myrtle and Central saw a bicyclist commit a moving violation and conducted a traffic stop. The subject had a warrant. The subject was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
June 11 at 7:47 a.m., a resident from the 1000 block of Winding Oaks called to report that her house was broken into. Officers arrived and saw the house was ransacked. This investigation is continuing.

Resisting / Delaying an Officer
June 11 at 11:36 a.m., an officer was driving in the 100 block of E. Lime when he saw a vehicle stopped in the lane. The officer contacted the driver and learned the vehicle was no longer operable. A tow was requested. The tow arrived, but the driver refused to allow his vehicle to be towed out of the roadway and he refused to exit the vehicle. The tow driver was able to move the vehicle to the curb, so it was no longer obstructing traffic. The driver remained inside the vehicle and refused to exit. A report will be filed with the DA's office.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
June 11 at 8:21 p.m., witnesses reported that a female was being chased by a vehicle in the parking lot of a businesses in the 500 block of W. Huntington. The vehicle hit a parked car and then fled the scene. Officers arrived and located the female who said that she was in an argument with her boyfriend and wanted to get away from him, so she ran. She refused to provide further information. She did say, however, that she witnessed her boyfriend hit the parked car. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence / Non- Injury Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
June 11 at 9:40 p.m., a non-injury traffic collision was reported in the area of Magnolia and Cypress. Officers contacted both drivers. One was intoxicated and a DUI investigation revealed they were too impaired to drive. The driver was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
June 11 at 11:32 p.m., a hit and run was reported in the 200 block of W. Lemon. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 12 at 1:39 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of Huntington and Fifth. The driver displayed objective symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. She was also in possession of cocaine. A DUI investigation revealed that she was too impaired to drive. She was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Drug Offense / Municipal Code Violation – Suspect Arrested
June 12 at 2:00 a.m., an officer located a female subject in a park in the 700 block of E. Olive after posted hours. The female was found to be in possession of a meth pipe. She was arrested and issued a citation.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
June 12 at 2:32 a.m., an officer contacted a suspicious person in the area of Duarte Rd. and Enterprise Way. A records search revealed the subject had warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Offense
June 12 at 11:26 a.m., while patrolling the area of Fifth and Huntington an officer observed a motorist commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. It was later discovered that the driver was in possession of illegal drugs. He also had credit cards belonging to other people. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
June 12 at 12:59 p.m., a caller reported her purse was taken from her vehicle while she was shopping at a business in the 700 block of W. Huntington. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence
June 12 at 2:27 p.m., a domestic violence was reported in the 700 block of W. Foothill. Officers arrived and contacted both parties. An investigation revealed that the boyfriend was the primary aggressor. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Outside Assist / Brush Fire
June 12 at 4:28 p.m., officers were dispatched to assist with setting a roadblock at the intersection of Fish Canyon and Encanto.

Intoxication
June 12 at 8:37 p.m., a caller reported a subject was causing a disturbance in front of his house in the 200 block of S. Primrose. Officers arrived and determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. The male adult was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence
June 13 at 12:52 a.m., a caller reported a driver was asleep at the wheel in the 300 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and saw the driver asleep behind the wheel with loud music coming from the vehicle. The driver finally woke up and a DUI investigation ensued. It was determined the driver was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle. He was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 14 at 7:14 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 300 block of S. Myrtle regarding a male that was intoxicated. They arrived and contacted the subject. The subject had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Vandalism
June 14 at 9:46 p.m., residents in the 200 block of E. Maple reported their son had come to the location and broken a window. The son does not live at the location. He was gone by the time officers arrived. This investigation is continuing.

Impersonating an Officer
June 15 at 12:51 a.m., an employee at the 1500 block of S. Myrtle called and reported a male subject was at the location claiming to be a CHP officer. He said he had been in pursuit and ran out of gas. The subject was wearing a gun belt with a drop down holster and firearm. He also had an axe in his belt. The subject was gone when officers arrived. An investigation revealed that the suspect and the vehicle had been reported as missing and armed and dangerous.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 15 at 3:30 p.m., an injury traffic collision was reported in the area of California and Huntington. Officers arrived, along with Monrovia Fire Paramedics to treat the injured party. She was transported to the hospital for treatment. The responsible party was issued a citation.

Loitering
June 15 at 3:31 p.m., officers went to the 100 block of W. Foothill on a report of a female subject who was refusing to leave. Officers arrived and made contact with the female subject. While talking to her, they determined she was drunk in public. She was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Monrovia Police Assist After El Monte Police Shooting

Monrovia police are assisting El Monte Police Department in patrolling that city in the aftermath of the killing of two El Monte officers.

Source: Personal contact within Monrovia PD

- Brad Haugaard 

Dinner at K-Chicken & Beer

Had dinner at K-Chicken & Beer, on the east side of Myrtle just south of the theater. Got a small order of chicken wings for $16.95, a beer for $8.95. Nice.

- Brad Haugaard 

Princess Needs Time to Show Her Hearty Purr

Fourteen-year-old Princess is looking for a wonderful home to spend her golden years. Princess needs a little time to come out of her shell, but once she does, she eagerly seeks out petting and will show off her hearty purr. Princess would do best as the only pet in the home so she can be the princess of the house!

Join us at Pasadena Humane on Saturday, June 25 from 10am-2pm for Free Adoption Day presented by Capital Group! Adoption fees will be waived for all available dogs, cats and critters at this walk-in event. 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: Bargain Day 1910

Bargain Day 1910. An alternative to Monrovia Day this year, a 'Bargain Day' parade was held.. From the Myron Hotchkiss collection. See full details here.

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 Summer School Food Schedule

Monrovia School District Food Services team will provide breakfast and lunch during summer school from June 13 - July 15 (Monday - Friday, except holidays). Details: https://tny.im/U4QpW

- Brad Haugaard


Spicer and Kelly Still Lead, Zaroyan In Third Place

The latest vote-count update still shows Larry Spicer and Tamala Kelly in the lead, but with Sacha Zaroyan moving up from fourth to third place.

- Brad Haugaard

Free 4th of July Concert and Fireworks in Library Park

- Brad Haugaard

Summer Concerts and Movies In the Park

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia PD Handled Security for VP's Visit; More Things to Add to Green Waste; City Job Open

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

~ Thanked Police Lieutenant Dan Verna for coordinating the city's security plan for US Vice President Kamala Harris. He had less than 5 days' time to put it together. Feik said the city "was advised NOT to share details of the event when we normally try so hard to engage with our merchants and community members for activities of any kind. In some ways, City staff felt like we had this little secret we wanted - needed - to share with the community and could not!"

~  Reported that more things are now supposed to go into your green waste container. Food scraps, dirty paper containers, paper towels and tissues - along with plants and wood. But, no metal, plastic, glass or, of course, hazardous waste.

~ Reported that the city wants to hire a human resources technician / senior human resources technician. Full-time, $50,590 to $71,253 a year. Details: https://tny.im/OJDQS

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 100 More Cases, No More Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 12 p.m., 06/08/2022. Changes since 06/01/2022.

City of Monrovia: 8,826 cases (up 100), 105 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 923 cases (up 11), 4 deaths (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Planning Commission to Consider Ordinance to Allow Smaller Living Units in Multifamily Zoned Areas


At its next meeting (agenda: https://tny.im/jvzgC) the Monrovia Planning Commission will consider allowing smaller floor area requirements for dwelling units in the multiple-family residential zones. https://tny.im/2X5j0

For units detached from the main structure the proposal would allow floor space as low as 500 square feet, down from the current 1,250-square-foot minimum.

For attached units ...

Efficiency Apartment: 220 square feet, down from 500.

Studio Apartment: 500 square feet.

One-Bedroom Apartment: 600 square feet, down from 800.

Two-Bedroom Apartment: 800, down from 1,000.

Three-Bedroom Apartment: 1,000, down from 1,200.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Ex-Girlfriend Throws Rocks at His Car; Man at Gas Station Pushes Woman When She Won't Give Him a Snack; Thefts From Vehicles; Lots of Drunk Driving; Mental Issues; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 411 service events, resulting in 82 investigations.

Mental Evaluation
June 2 at 2:45 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of S. California regarding a female subject screaming. Officers made contact with the subject and determined that she was a danger to herself and needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. She was transported to a local facility for treatment.

Commercial Burglary
June 2 at 6:49 a.m., an alarm company called to advise that two suspects were attempting to break into a business in the 900 block of W. Huntington. Upon arrival officers saw that one of the windows had been shattered and that the suspects had already fled the location. An investigation revealed that several display phones had been taken. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
June 2 at 9:47 a.m., a victim in the 700 block of W. Duarte called to report a fraud. An investigation revealed that she had mailed out a check in May and that it had been cashed by a suspicious party. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
June 2 at 2:15 p.m., a theft was reported in the 300 block of Jasmine. The victim stated that sometime during the night a suspect stole her sandals that had been sitting in her front yard. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
June 2 at 2:55 p.m., a victim advised that her wallet, keys, and phone were all stolen from inside of her purse while inside of a store in the 600 block of W. Huntington. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
June 2 at 4:56 p.m., a caller reported that his vehicle had been keyed while parked in the 600 block of W. Huntington. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
June 2 at 5:04 p.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Peck and Duarte saw a bicyclist commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and an investigation revealed the subject was in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Municipal Code Violations
June 2 at 11:29 p.m., officers patrolling the park in the 300 block of S. Myrtle after closing hours located three subjects after hours. All three subjects were issued citations.

Theft
June 3 at 4:42 a.m., a victim in the 200 block of W. Lemon reported that multiple tools had been stolen from the bed of his truck sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
June 3 at 12:53 p.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Kruse and Myrtle stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. An investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Vehicle Burglary
June 3 at 1:40 p.m., a victim in the 100 block of Grand reported that his vehicle had been broken into sometime during the night. An investigation revealed that the passenger side door handle had been tampered with and approximately $6,000 worth of painting equipment had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
June 3 at 3:31 p.m., an employee at a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington drive called to report that a suspect had stolen merchandise. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting / Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
June 3 at 4:04 p.m., a shoplifting was reported in a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. An employee reported that a suspect had fled the store with two bags full of merchandise. Officers arrived and detained a suspect matching the description given at a nearby business. The suspect was positively identified and arrested. He was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was taken into custody.

Grand Theft
June 3 at 4:26 p.m., officers responded to a theft in progress at a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington. An employee saw multiple suspects put merchandise into bags before fleeing the location. This investigation is continuing.

Missing Located
June 3 at 7:40 p.m., a caller in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle reported an elderly male in the area appeared lost and confused. Officers arrived and determined the subject had been reported missing from Anaheim. His son responded to the location and was able to pick him up. The subject was removed from the national missing person’s system.

Hit and Run / Driving Under the Influence / Warrant – Suspects Arrested
June 3 at 9:26 p.m., a witness in the 900 block of W. Colorado reported that a vehicle had just crashed into several parked cars and was leaving the area. Officers located the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Further investigation revealed that the driver was too intoxicated to be operating a motor vehicle. The driver’s brother showed up to the location. He was also intoxicated and an investigation revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Both brothers were arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Mental Evaluation
June 3 at 11:53 p.m., a caller reported a male adult subject standing in the middle of the street near the intersection of Myrtle and Huntington. Officers arrived and found the subject to be having a mental health crisis. It was determined he needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was transported to a local facility for treatment.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 4 at 12:42 a.m., an officer was patrolling the intersection of Peck and Live Oak when he saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed symptoms of alcohol intoxication. A DUI investigation was conducted and the driver was found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
June 4 at 5:23 p.m., a caller reported two motorists collided into one another at the intersection of Magnolia and Duarte. Officers responded and found no one was injured. The driver found to be at fault was issued a citation.

Robbery
June 4 at 6:10 p.m., a cashier at a business in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle reported that she had been robbed by three male suspects. Officers arrived, but the suspects had already left the area. The cashier advised that the suspects entered the store and threatened violence before leaving with the cash register. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
June 4 at 8:00 p.m., an employee at a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington reported that they had just been scammed out of money. A suspect posed as a Western Union representative over the phone and convinced the employee to send the money on the store’s behalf. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 4 at 8:30 p.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Myrtle and Pomona saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed symptoms of alcohol intoxication. A DUI investigation was conducted and the driver was ultimately arrested. He was then transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Domestic Violence / Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
June 4 at 8:36 p.m., a caller in the 500 block of W. Lime reported that his ex-girlfriend was throwing rocks at his vehicle. An investigation revealed, that the female had been drinking and called her ex-boyfriend for a ride home. Once he dropped her off he went into his residence. Once inside his house, the female started throwing rocks at his vehicle causing damage. When he went outside to ask her to stop she became violent and attacked him causing visible injuries. The female suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 5 at 1:54 a.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Chestnut and Monterey saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver showed signs of alcohol intoxication. A DUI investigation was conducted and it was determined the driver was too impaired to operate a motor vehicle. The driver was arrested for DUI and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Assault – Suspect Arrested
June 5 at 6:48 a.m., officers were dispatched to a gas station in the 800 block of E. Huntington regarding an assault. A male subject pushed a female to the ground when she wouldn't give him a snack. The female crossed the street and the suspect followed her. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. The victim positively identified the suspect. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Medical Assist
June 5 at 3:46 p.m., a caller in the 200 block of E. Maple reported that her two year old son was locked inside her vehicle. Officers arrived and were able to shatter one of the vehicle’s windows to allow access. The child was scared, but not harmed by the incident.

Grand Theft
June 5 at 3:46 p.m., a customer at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain found that the catalytic converter on his vehicle had been stolen while he was shopping. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
June 5 at 9:10 p.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain advised that two suspects were taking merchandise from the store. The suspects then fled in a vehicle before officer’s arrival. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 5 at 11:35 p.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Myrtle and Huntington saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted. The driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation was conducted and the driver was ultimately arrested. He was then transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 6 at 1:10 a.m., while on patrol an officer in the 200 block of W. Huntington conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for equipment violation. An investigation revealed that the driver had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was arrested per the authority of the warrant and taken into custody.

Theft – Suspects Arrested
June 6 at 3:06 a.m., an officer patrolling the 1100 block of S. Mountain saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and an investigation revealed the driver and passenger were in possession of stolen items from a local business. Both suspects were arrested and released with a citation.

Trespass / Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
June 6 at 10:03 a.m., an employee reported that a male at a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill was refusing to leave. The suspect had been previously issued a no trespass by the business and was not supposed to be at the property. Officers arrived and saw that the suspect also showed signs of being intoxicated. He refused to leave and was subsequently arrested for trespassing and being drunk in public. He was then transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail for a sobering period.

Trespass / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 6 at 10:41 a.m., a caller reported that a female was camped out on private property in the 500 block of W. Huntington and she was refusing to leave. Officers arrived and contacted the female. She still refused to leave and would not give officers her information. She was arrested for trespassing and taken into custody. She was then positively identified and found to have an outstanding warrant for her arrest.

Vandalism
June 6 at 1:27 p.m., a dispatcher for Metro Transit called to report one of their buses had just been vandalized at the intersection of Myrtle and Duarte. A male suspect threw an object at the bus window, breaking it as it drove by. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 6 at 3:57 p.m., a witness reported a traffic accident in the 300 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and contacted both parties. One of the parties complained of pain to her arm and was treated by paramedics.

Trespass / Battery / Attempt to Disarm an Officer – Suspect Arrested
June 6 at 7:21 p.m., officers responded to a construction site in the 1700 block of S. Myrtle regarding three suspects breaking through the fence into the yard. Officers arrived and were searching the lot when they saw a hole in the fence and suspects inside. All three suspects were detained. When one officer attempted to handcuff a suspect he became combative and resisted. A struggle ensued and the suspect pulled the officer’s handcuffs off his vest and attempted to take his duty weapon out of his holster. The other officers intervened and the suspect was properly restrained. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
June 6 at 9:57 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 400 block of W. Huntington. The victim had parked his vehicle in the parking lot and returned to discover his window had been smashed. An investigation revealed that the suspect had stolen camera equipment. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 7 at 5:41 p.m., and injury traffic collision was reported in the intersection of California and Huntington. Both parties complained of pain and were treated on scene by paramedics. After an investigation the party at fault was issued a citation.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
June 8 at 5:55 a.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Ivy and Walnut saw a bicyclist commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and an investigation revealed the subject was in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Accident
June 8 at 3:56 p.m., a traffic accident was reported in the 300 block of Huntington. When they arrived, they saw it was a solo car traffic accident. The driver was pulling out of the parking lot west when she accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake. The vehicle jumped the curb and plowed into a tree. She was treated for her injuries.

Battery / Criminal Threats
June 8 at 7:21 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of S. Madison regarding a physical fight between a father and adult son. Officers arrived and interviewed witnesses. During an argument, the son started battering the father and threatened great bodily harm. The son has a history of being assaultive towards the father. The son was arrested and taken into custody.

Petty Theft Arrest
June 8 at 11:53 p.m., while on extra patrol in the 1100 block of S. Mountain, an officer saw several boxes from a business sitting outside the gate. The officer heard voices coming from the rear yard of the business and requested additional units. A suspect was found hiding in the rear enclosed business yard. The suspect was arrested and released with a citation.

Dinner at Jake’s Roadhouse

Dinner recently at Jake’s Roadhouse on the east side of Myrtle just north of Olive. Got the Smoked Sausage dinner (one spicy Texas and one Polish) for $15.95 and a beer for $5.25. Plenty to eat and it was good. Also, I like beer in a cold mug and that’s how I got it.

- Brad Haugaard 

VP Kamala Harris Visited Monrovia Wednesday

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Dream Big Children’s Center in Monrovia today "to highlight the administration’s work to address inflation and support economic recovery for small businesses," according to City News Service. link 

- Brad Haugaard


Monrovia Seniors Get Nearly $120,000 in Scholarships

In closing out the school year, Monrovia schools Superintendent Ryan Smith reported that district seniors were just given about $120,000 in scholarships from alumni groups and community partners. “Wow!“ he said. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Apparently, Becky Shevlin New Monrovia Mayor; Measure RM Defeated


Though the votes are not all counted, it appears:

- Becky Shevlin will be Monrovia's next mayor

- Measure RM will be defeated (It would have rotated the office of mayor among council members rather having the mayor elected directly).

- Very probable Larry Spicer will retain his seat, and likely that Tamala Kelly will be a new council member.

- With Becky Shevlin leaving her position as council member to assume the office of mayor, the council will need to appoint a member to fill her seat. It is possible that might be one of the other top vote getters in the election, Sergio Jimenez or Sasha Zaroyan.


- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Municipal Election Results

Although the results are not final, it appears Measure RM, to eliminate the office of directly-elected mayor, has gone down to defeat. Further, it appears Becky Shevlin will be the next mayor, and in a closer race, it appears Larry Spicer will likely retain his seat on the city council.


Results as of: 6:20 a.m. Wednesday

Mayor
Becky Shevlin: 3,164 *
Stephen Grollnek: 605

Council
Edward Belden: 688
Genia Mills: 349
Larry J Spicer: 1,784 *
Sasha Zaroyan: 1,164
Sergio Jimenez: 1,189
Tamala Kelly: 1,459 *

Measure RM
(If approved, mayor position would rotate among council members rather than being independently elected)
Yes: 2,190
No: 4,830 *


Results as of: 8:50 p.m. Tuesday

Mayor
Becky Shevlin: 2400 *
Stephen Grollnek: 396

Council
Edward Belden: 509
Genia Mills: 259
Larry J Spicer: 1372 *
Sasha Zaroyan: 904
Sergio Jimenez: 819
Tamala Kelly: 1131 *

Measure RM
(If approved, mayor position would rotate among council members rather than being independently elected)
Yes: 765
No: 2185 *

- Brad Haugaard

Tofu Will Wag His Tail and Wiggle His Body Just to Greet You


Four-year old Tofu is a sweet boy who loves getting attention and back scratches! He’ll probably greet you with a wagging tail and a wiggling body. Tofu loves being petted and might even put his head in your lap to ask for more cuddles.

From June 10 through June 30, the adoption fee for big dogs (40 lbs and up) is $50 through our Big Dog Summer adoption promotion! 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

Voting Deadline is Today!

Today, Tuesday, June 7, is the final voting day. 

Where to Vote

You can vote in person at any of these locations ... 

Monrovia Community Center
119 W. Palm Avenue

Second Baptist Church
925 S. Shamrock Avenue

Calvary Grace Church
2520 Peck Road

Monrovia High School
845 W. Colorado Boulevard

... Or, if you have a a mail-in ballot, you can drop it off at the secure ballot drop box on the sidewalk at the Monrovia Public Library, on Palm Avenue.

Results

See results here - https://tny.im/OWpk5
(Click on the "Contest" pull-down menu where it says, "Jump to...", type "Monrovia" and press Enter.)

The first results (from Vote By Mail ballots) should be released at approximately 8:30 p.m. Reporting will continue at roughly 30-minute intervals until sunrise tomorrow, and additional counting will continue throughout the month.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: B.F. Crews Drug Store

B.F. Crews Drug Store Interior. Standing: L - L.E. Hotchkiss. R - Thomas Neville. Seated: L - unknown. R - B.F. Crews.. From the Myron Hotchkiss collection. See full details here.

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 Vision, Interns, and 'Expanded Learning' Contracts, Plus Pre-Kindergarten Plan

At its next meeting (agenda: https://tny.im/u52dd) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider ...

~ Approving a contract with Vision to Learn to operate a mobile vision clinic for students in the district. https://tny.im/MVN3G

~  Approving a contract with various community groups to provide interns for the district. https://tny.im/90djP

~ Approving an Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Plan. "'Expanded learning' means before school, after school, summer, or intersession learning programs that focus on developing the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs and interests of pupils through hands-on, engaging learning experiences." https://tny.im/gp15C

~  Approving a Universal Pre-Kindergarten Plan, as required by the state. Here's the plan: https://tny.im/1a6C2

- Brad Haugaard

Free Eye Care for Monrovia School District Students

Monrovia school district students will be eligible for free eye care services beginning June 13 and 14. After initial eye screenings the district's partner, Vision to Learn, will hold eye exams for students who failed the initial tests. If prescriptions are needed, students will be able to pick out frames and get new glasses a couple of weeks later. Schedule: https://tny.im/aMVcU

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Today Magazine Online; Voting; Food ED; Kiwanis Cornhole Competition

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

~ The summer edition of Monrovia Today is now available here: https://tny.im/19dh5. Fitness classes, dance lessons, academic support programs and more.

~ Voting. In person at  Monrovia Community Center at 119 W. Palm Avenue and at Calvary Grace Church, 2520 Peck Road. At both locations, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through June 6 and 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on June 7. Drop off at ballot drop box at the Monrovia Public Library, on Palm Avenue, across from the Community Center. For a full voting location list, click here: https://tny.im/2YVUb

~ Food ED is a non-profit founded by local Monrovians to create edible-education sites hosting programs on ecosystem stewardship, healthy living, and environmental innovation and entrepreneurship. It is raising money through this auction: https://tny.im/1gnJP

~ The Kiwanis Club of Monrovia is holding a Cornhole Competition on June 4, 2-8 p.m. Enter as teams of 2 to win cash prizes, or just have  fun. First, second, and third place teams will have a chance to win $250, $150, or $100. For 21+ only. All proceeds will go towards scholarships for local youth.  Tickets: https://tny.im/Xl2fG

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Area Partnership Celebrates 16 Years


For questions, contact the Monrovia Area Partnership team at map@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

- Brad Haugaard

Opinion: Thoughts on Three Problems Monrovia Could Address

Not that anybody asked me, but since it's election time I'd like to outline a few problems that I believe the Monrovia city government should address:

1. Wildlife. Bears, coyotes, and even mountain lions are increasingly common in our streets, and they're moving further and further south into the heart of the city and they're becoming bolder and bolder. As people who have lost pets can attest, their presence can be a problem. Just a few days ago I encountered a bear casually walking right towards me in the middle of the street. It edged off the street as it approached me, but unlike years ago, it did not run away at full speed,. I suspect the next step will be for bears to become inquisitive, "Are you planning to eat all of that sandwich?" The only solution I've heard proposed is for people to "haze" coyotes - try to scare them. This may have worked at one time, but it does not anymore. Charge a coyote and it will just edge a bit away and continue on its way. I don't want to kill or injure our wild animals, but I want them in the hills, not town. Maybe shooting rubber bullets at them would persuade them to leave.

2. Sacramento has increasingly usurped control of matters that were once decided locally, and I wonder if the time hasn't come for cities to band together and take the state government to court to try to block some of its intrusive rules. For example, many people have been complaining about the size of developments in town, but a lot of the zoning for California cities has been overruled by the state government, which is allowing much denser development than cities have traditionally allowed. I'm not talking here about whether higher density is good or bad, I'm just saying that zoning was once controlled by local governments, but now Sacramento has taken over a lot of it. Maybe it's time to fight back.

3. Even if the drought ends, we are having more and more development and so we may continue to be short on water. The city is now fining people for using too much water, but I wonder if a positive approach might be worth trying. Just off the top of my head: Could Monrovia hire a landscape designer to come up with maybe 10 or 12 low-water landscape designs that would fit many of the standard front yards in town? And maybe the city could buy the plants for these designs in bulk? The idea being to minimize the cost to homeowners to install low-water landscaping by letting them use a standard plan for free with plants the city could provide at bulk-rate cost. Another thought: Should the city encourage gray-water systems (plumbing to use, say, shower water, to water outside plants) in new homes, or encourage retrofitting homes with gray-water systems?

Just a few thoughts...

- Brad Haugaard

Summer Art Walks Coming Up In Old Town

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 85 More Cases, One More Death

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 12 p.m., 06/01/2022 . Changes since 05/25/2022.

City of Monrovia: 8,726 cases (up 85), 105 deaths (up 1)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 912 cases (up 10), 4 deaths (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Kansas Kidnapping Suspect Arrested; Thief Given Ticket; Cops Put Out Fires; Gas Pedal Confused With Brake; Just Released Prisoner Steals Car; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 376 service events, resulting in 77 investigations.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 26 at 1:23 a.m., officers responded to the area of Duarte and Myrtle regarding two subjects causing a disturbance in the area. The subjects were positively identified. One of the subjects was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Brush Fire
May 26 at 4:24 a.m., a brush fire was reported in the area of Magnolia and Evergreen. The fire was located and quickly extinguished by officers. The cause of the fire is still to be determined. This investigation is continuing.

Battery / Mental Evaluation
May 26 at 1:35 p.m., a battery was reported in the 1600 block of S. Primrose. The victim advised that he was punched in the head by an unprovoked suspect. An investigation revealed that the suspect was suffering from a mental health crisis and needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was transported to a local facility for treatment. The battery case will be submitted to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Officer for filing consideration.

Grand Theft
May 26 at 2:19 p.m., a stolen purse was reported in the 600 block of W. Duarte. The victim reported that her purse was been stolen from her unlocked vehicle while parked at the location. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud Report
May 26 at 3:02 p.m., a victim reported that several checks had been stolen from a box in the 200 block of S. Ivy. Officers made contact with the victim and determined that the checks had also been fraudulently cashed. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence / Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
May 26 at 11:57 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of E. El Norte reported that her live-in boyfriend assaulted her. Officers responded and saw fresh injuries on the victim’s face. The boyfriend was contacted and found to be wanted out of Kansas for kidnapping and domestic violence. He was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail for booking and held for extradition.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 27 at 1:55 a.m., a caller in the 200 block of E. Chestnut reported a suspicious vehicle loitering in the area. Officers arrived and located a subject matching the description. He was identified and an investigation revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested per the authority of the warrant and transported to the Monrovia Police Department Jail for booking.

Mental Evaluation
May 27 at 9:50 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report that a customer was disturbing business operations. Officers arrived and contacted the individual in question. It was determined the subject was a danger to herself and needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. She was transported to a local facility for treatment.

Theft – Suspect Arrested
May 27 at 8:31 p.m., an officer was patrolling the intersection of Shamrock and Evergreen when he saw a male subject pushing a shopping cart away from a local business. The subject was then detained by a store manager who flagged down the officer. An investigation revealed the suspect had stolen items from the business. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Public Intoxication / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 27 at 9:00 p.m., a caller in the 100 block of W. Foothill reported several juveniles fighting in front of a local business. Officers checked the area, but the juveniles had already left. A male adult subject then approached the officers who was clearly intoxicated and could not care for himself. Further investigation revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Public Intoxication / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 27 at 9:34 p.m., a family disturbance was reported in the 100 block of W. Cypress. Upon arrival officers contacted an intoxicated female on the street who could not care for herself. She was identified and further investigation revealed she had a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 28 at 12:24 a.m., a caller reported that a driver had fallen asleep behind the wheel in the 100 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and located the driver. A DUI investigation was conducted and it was determined the driver was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle. She was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 28 at 4:08 a.m., an officer was patrolling the intersection of Huntington and Highway Esplanade and saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the officer could smell a strong order of alcohol coming from the driver. A DUI investigation was conducted and it was determined the driver was too intoxicated to be operating a motor vehicle. He was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Drug Activity / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 28 at 4:17 a.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington regarding a disturbance. Upon arrival they located a female subject who would not leave the area. She was positively identified and it was determined she had an active warrant for her arrest. Further investigation revealed she was in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
May 28 at 1:53 p.m., an employee from a business in the 800 block of W. Foothill called to report that a male adult took money from the tip jar and left. Officers arrived and detained the subject in question. He was positively identified and it was determined he had multiple warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
May 28 at 3:26 p.m., a caller reported an injury traffic collision occurred in the intersection of Ivy and Foothill. Officers and paramedics arrived to check on the well-being of the drivers. One of the driver's was transported to a local hospital for treatment. A traffic collision investigation was completed and the driver at fault was issued a citation.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 28 at 9:09 p.m., an officer saw two subjects trying to walk into a closed off construction site near the intersection of Magnolia and Evergreen. They were detained and one subject was found to be on probation for drugs. Further investigation revealed he was in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 28 at 10:06 p.m., an officer near the intersection of Myrtle and Evergreen conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area. The driver was positively identified and an investigation revealed she had a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested per the authority of the warrant and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail for booking.

Structure Fire
May 28 at 11:05 p.m., a caller in the 200 block of W. Cypress reported seeing smoke and flames coming from their neighbor’s residence. Officers arrived and were able to look through a kitchen window. They saw flames coming from the stove. An officer quickly broke a window and extinguished the fire before it could spread.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 28 at 11:13 p.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Shamrock and Colorado stopped a bicycle for a traffic violation. An investigation revealed the subject was in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 29 at 12:04 a.m., while on patrol in the intersection of Cypress and Magnolia an officer stopped a bicycle for a traffic violation. An investigation revealed the subject was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Drug Activity / Unlicensed Driver – Suspect Arrested
May 29 at 4:09 a.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Peck and Longden conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a violation. The driver was positively identified and found to be on parole and had never been issued a driver’s license. He was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Attempt Burglary
May 29 at 4:39 a.m., an alarm company called to report a glass breakage activation at a business in the 500 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and found that the glass portion to the entrance door had been smashed. The owner was contacted and was not able to determine if there was a loss. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
May 29 at 10:31 a.m., an employee from a business in the 100 block of W. Huntington called to report that she arrived to work and the front glass doors were shattered. Officers checked the interior and confirmed a burglary occurred. This investigation is continuing.

Brandishing a Firearm
May 29 at 7:37 p.m., a victim was parked in a fire lane in the 700 block of E. Huntington when a male in another vehicle started honking at him. The victim moved his vehicle, however, the male followed him and brandished a firearm. The male suspect then fled the scene prior to officer’s arrival. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 29 at 11:29 p.m., a female called to report that after an argument in El Monte, her nephew's father took his child and refused to return. She then located the subject in the intersection of Duarte and Myrtle. Officers arrived and contacted the male subject, but after an investigation it was determined that no crime occurred. The male was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested per the authority of the warrant and transported to the Monrovia PD Jail for booking. The child's mother responded to the scene and took custody of the infant.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 30 at 1:33 a.m., a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation in the 3000 block of S. Peck. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence. After an investigation, the driver was arrested for DUI. He was transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail to be held for a sobering period.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
May 30 at 3:28 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Olive reported she was in an argument with her ex-boyfriend. When officers arrived they discovered several fresh visible injuries on the male subject's body caused by the female caller. An investigation revealed that she had scratched him multiple times during their argument. Paramedics responded to care for the injuries. The female suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
May 30 at 5:23 p.m., a caller reported a motorist driving through the private parking lot of a business complex in the 700 block of E. Huntington had just collided with five other vehicles and two pedestrians. Officers and paramedics responded. The driver told officers she mistook the brake for the gas pedal. The two pedestrians had minor injuries and one was transported to a nearby hospital for medical care due to the injury.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 30 at 7:51 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Bradbury and Berry regarding a welfare check on a subject. They located the subject and an investigation revealed he was in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Theft – Suspect Arrested
May 30 at 9:44 p.m., the manager of a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington called to report an employee was detained for theft. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. The employee was ultimately arrested for theft and released with a citation.

Warrants – Suspect Arrested
May 31 at 1:55 a.m., an officer patrolling the 800 block of E. Huntington saw a subject he recognized from previous encounters. An investigation revealed the subject had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. Officers contacted the subject and arrested him per the authority of the warrants. He was taken into custody.

Burglary
May 31 at 3:14 a.m., a victim in the 100 block of S. Mayflower reported that his vehicle had been broken into. Officers arrived and determined that multiple tools had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Medical Assist
May 31 at 8:57 a.m., a caller near the intersection of Magnolia and Olive advised that a female subject had fallen and hit her head on the ground. Officers and paramedics responded. She was treated at the scene before being transported to a local hospital.

Attempt Theft / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
May 31 at 9:47 a.m., an employee at a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill called to report that a male subject had attempted to steal items before being confronted by staff. The suspect then yelled at one of the employees and attempted to take the cell phone out of his hands while the employee was attempting to contact the police department. They struggled for the cell phone before the suspect fled the area. Officers located the suspect and positively identified him. Further investigation revealed he had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Mental Evaluation
May 31 at 4:07 p.m., an owner of a property in the 400 block of Royal Oaks advised that one of his tenants had sent a text message stating the he wanted to die. Officers responded and spoke to the tenant. It was determined he needed to be evaluated by a mental health professional. He was transported to a local facility for treatment.

Grand Theft from a Vehicle
May 31 at 11:57 p.m., a victim in the 200 block of E. Los Angeles reported that his vehicle had been broken into. Officers arrived and determined a loss of over $1,500, but were unable to find any damage to the vehicle itself. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
June 1 at 3:05 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of W. Huntington. The vehicle owner confronted the suspect who was inside of his vehicle. The suspect fled on foot with property belonging to the owner. Officers arrived and located the suspect in the area. She was in possession of the stolen property and also found to have an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Commercial Burglary
June 1 at 6:33 a.m., a caller reported a broken window to the front of a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and determined a burglary had taken place. When the responsible party arrived, he said the safe had been stolen from the location. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
June 1 at 6:57 a.m., a caller reported a broken window to the front of another business in the 300 block of W. Huntington. It appears to be related to the earlier report of a commercial burglary. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 1 at 7:46 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Fifth and Huntington regarding a report of an injury traffic collision. One of the parties failed to yield to oncoming traffic and turned left in front of another vehicle causing them to collide. Both parties complained of pain but refused any medical attention when it arrived. Both vehicles had to be towed away.

Grand Theft Auto
June 1 at 10:22 a.m., an employee called to report a vehicle had just been stolen from a business in the 100 block of E. Maple. Surveillance video from the location revealed the subject that just stole the vehicle was just released from custody at our station. Officers checked the area and the vehicle was not located. The vehicle was entered as stolen.

Recovered Stolen Vehicle
June 1 at 12:50 p.m., a caller reported a possible drunk driver in the area of Primrose and Pomona. Officers arrived and located the vehicle that was stolen from the 100 block of E. Maple, two hours earlier. A witness said the subject that got out of the vehicle walked towards a nearby gas station. Officers located the subject outside the gas station. The suspect was identified by the witness. The suspect was arrested, transported to the station, booked and housed.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 1 at 3:16 p.m., a report was received of an injury traffic accident was reported at the intersection of Primrose and Huntington. One of the vehicles had failed to yield to oncoming traffic in the intersection and was broadsided by another vehicle. The injured parties were transported to the hospital and both vehicles were towed away.

Theft
June 1 at 10:47 p.m., a victim in the 600 block of Montana called and reported items had been stolen from his vehicle. Officer arrived and determined the vehicle was not secured and several items were taken. This investigation is continuing.

Overdose
June 1 at 11:13 p.m., an unresponsive subject was reported in the 300 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and found the subject. The reporting party told officers the subject had ingested fentanyl. Narcan was administered by the officers and the subject was revived. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.