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Council to Discuss Signing Up for Green Energy Option


At its next meeting (agenda: t.ly/_tlc) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Discuss joining 32 other cities in the Clean Power Alliance joint powers authority, which would give the city access to green, or "green-er" electricity starting in 2024. If the city joins, it would choose a default green level: 100% renewable (such as wind, solar, geothermal), 50% green, or 40% green. However, individual customers could switch to one of the other two levels, or opt-out entirely and return to SCE electricity. For each $100 of electricity at current rates, 100% green electricity would cost an extra $3 and 50% green would cost an extra $1. t.ly/EB_2

~ Consider appointing Susie Ling to fill the unexpired Monrovia Library Board term ending June 30, 2023. The position became vacant when board member Janet Wall resigned to become city treasurer. t.ly/G3Il

~ Consider proclaiming Oct. 10-16, as Code Enforcement Officer Appreciation Week. t.ly/1QFG

~ Consider proclaiming October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. t.ly/B2NF

~ Consider proclaiming October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. t.ly/kWwO

~ Hold a study session at 6 p.m.: "Debt Report / Review of the City's Debt and Credit Rating." t.ly/I2e5

- Brad Haugaard 

What's Playing at Art in the Park Show Saturday

Visitors to Saturday's Art in the Park Show and Chalkfest (Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will enjoy favorite tunes from the 70's to today as they browse the creative work of dozens of artists.  Starting off the day will be Larry DiPeppe, owner of Alex DiPeppe's Restaurant in Arcadia and a frequent and favorite musician at our quarterly gallery receptions. 

The Blenderz will begin the afternoon with a playlist of nostalgic tunes, and then Cover Story will take over from 2 to 4 p.m. Capping the afternoon will be a live stage performance at 4:15 by more than 60 young people from Centre Stage. They will preview their upcoming presentation of the musical "Matilda," based on the popular children's book by Roald Dahl.

- Brad Haugaard

Fall Youth Sports Starts Oct. 10; Next Neighborhood Treasure is Founder of Foothill Unity Center

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

~ Monrovia's Fall After School Youth Sports Program for fourth and fifth graders will begin October 10 and last until December 22. There will be a parents' meeting October 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA Activity Building (555 Mountain Avenue - between YMCA & Mary Wilcox Youth Center) for information about the program and to meet the program staff. Details: t.ly/_WHq

~ The next Neighborhood Treasure will be in honor of Josephine Anderson, founder of the Foothill Unity Center. The celebration will be at the Foothill Unity Center (790 W. Chestnut Ave.) on Saturday, October 15, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The art Unveiling will be followed by free food, games, and music. For questions email map@ci.monrovia.ca.us or call 932-5563. To register to attend: t.ly/XJrFA

- Brad Haugaard

Fire Safety Presentation at Next MAP Virtual Community Meeting

Monrovia Area Partnership's next free virtual meeting will focus on fire safety. Details and registration here: t.ly/Zcw4y

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Football Victorious Over South Pasadena

Monrovia Football victorious over South Pasadena, 35-21 Thursday. t.ly/rUZ-

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 40 More Cases, Zero More Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 12 p.m., 09/28/2022. Changes since 09/21/2022.

City of Monrovia: 10,601 cases (up 40), 109 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 1,131 cases (up 5), 5 deaths (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: ETB Fraud; Lots of Drugs and Alcohol; Catalytic Converter Theft; Peeing in Public; Woman Threatens With Stun Gun; Waving Knife on Train; and More ...

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 22 – 28. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 371 service events, resulting in 55 investigations.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
September 22 at 7:07 a.m., a neighbor from a residential complex in the 100 block of S. Encinitas called to report that a male subject was attempting to break into her neighbor's apartment. Officers responded and located the suspect nearby. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 22 at 7:39 a.m., a vehicle and a bicyclist were involved in a collision at the intersection of Duarte and Mayflower resulting in an injury to the bicyclist. The bicyclist was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

Fraud
September 22 at 10:07 a.m., a victim in the 200 block of N. Alta Vista reported fraud on their EBT account. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
September 22 at 11:05 a.m., a victim in the 200 block of N. Alta Vista reported fraud on their EBT account. This investigation is continuing.

Robbery
September 22 at 7:22 p.m., a male adult walked into a business in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle and stole several items. An employee tried to stop the suspect. The suspect made verbal threats against the employee. The suspect then fled on foot in an unknown direction. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 22 at 8:06 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Mountain and Huntington when he saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver. The driver displayed objective symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation determined the driver was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 22 at 9:00 p.m., officers responded to a two vehicle head-on collision in the 700 block of S. Magnolia. Two people were transported to the hospital for their injuries. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Offense – Suspect Arrested
September 22 at 11:54 p.m., a caller in the 300 block of W. Duarte reported a suspicious person near their neighbor’s house. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. Narcotics and drug paraphernalia were located on the subject. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Offense – Suspect Arrested
September 23 at 12:33 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a bicyclist for an equipment violation in the area of California and Pamela. The subject had a felony warrant for his arrest. The subject was found to be in possession of drugs and paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Offense – Suspect Arrested
September 23 at 2:04 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Peck and Duarte when he saw a vehicle parked in violation of a traffic code. The vehicle was occupied by a male subject. The subject was contacted and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and narcotics. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Offense – Suspect Arrested
September 23 at 2:10 a.m., an officer saw a bicyclist commit a traffic violation in the 200 block of E. Cherry. The subject was stopped and admitted to having drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested, cited, and released in the field.

Drug Offense – Suspect Arrested
September 23 at 8:53 p.m., an officer saw a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation near the intersection of California and Los Angeles. The bicyclist was stopped. The subject was found to be in possession of a narcotic. The subject was arrested, cited, and released in the field.

Drug Arrest – Suspect Arrested
September 23 at 11:01 p.m., an officer saw a motorcycle commit a traffic violation near the intersection of Primrose and Pomona. The driver was stopped and the officer discovered a narcotic smoking pipe on the driver's property. The driver was arrested, cited, and released in the field.

Drug Offense – Suspect Arrested
September 24 12:06 a.m., an officer saw a vehicle parked along a curb with the door open in the 1100 block of Orange. He stopped to investigate and saw a male subject slumped over behind the wheel. The subject woke up and the officer saw drug paraphernalia and a drugs in plain view. The subject was arrested, cited, and released in the field.

Battery
September 24 12:34 a.m., callers reported a male subject down behind a business in the 100 block of E. Colorado. Officers arrived and located an intoxicated male who was uncooperative. Officers determined a battery had occurred and the suspect(s) fled. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 24 at 1:13 a.m., an officer saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation near Myrtle and Central. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. The driver showed signs and symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 24 at 2:58 a.m., an officer saw a driver commit a traffic violation near Myrtle and Montana and conducted a traffic stop. The officer contacted the driver who showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for sobering period.

Drug Offense – Suspect Arrested
September 24 at 3:25 a.m., an officer saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation in the 300 block of W. Huntington. The officer conducted a traffic stop and found that the driver was in possession of narcotics. The driver was arrested, cited, and released in the field.

Grand Theft
September 24 at 10:40 a.m., a victim in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks called to report someone came into her house while she was gone and took money. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 24 at 1:01 p.m., a vehicle pulled out onto Mountain near Huntington in front of oncoming traffic and was hit by another vehicle. The subject had visible signs of injury to their hands. The subject was treated at the scene and given a citation for the traffic violation.

Grand Theft
September 24, 1:13 p.m., a victim called from a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington to report the catalytic converter was stolen from their vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
September 24 at 1:38 p.m., a victim called from the 200 block of N. Canyon to report his vehicle had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Offense / Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
September 24 at 7:31 p.m., officers were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 200 block of W. Pomona regarding a suspicious person possibly using drugs. Officers contacted the subject. During the investigation, officers located narcotics and two backpacks containing stolen property from a business in Pasadena. He was arrested, cited, and released in the field.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 24 at 10:13 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Peck and Live Oak when she saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop and noticed the driver shows signs of being under the influence. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Urinating in Public – Suspect Arrested
September 25 at 1:23 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Lime and Myrtle when she saw a male subject urinating on the side of a building. She stopped the subject who continued to pee on the wall while she spoke to him. The subject was arrested, cited, and released in the field.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 25 at 2:04 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Ivy and Lemon when he saw a motorist commit a traffic violation. He stopped the driver and saw signs of intoxication. A DUI investigation revealed the subject was under the influence of alcohol. The passengers refused to find transportation home. The driver and the passengers were arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
September 25 at 3:32 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of W. Cypress regarding a physical altercation between family members. During an argument, the son struck the father causing an injury. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Battery – Suspect Arrested
September 25 at 7:57 a.m., officers responded to a restaurant in the 100 block of W. Duarte regarding a battery. Officers arrived and detained a female subject in possession of a stun gun. The manager of the restaurant told officers the female subject was inside the restroom for an extended period of time. When the manager confronted her, she became angry and attempted to use a stun gun on the manager. The stun gun was pushed into the manager's ribs, but was not activated. The female suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence
September 26 at 12:00 a.m., officers responded to Magnolia and Lime regarding a traffic collision, with the drivers fighting. An investigation showed there was evidence that one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
September 26 at 6:32 a.m., a caller in the 800 block of Oakdale reported a vehicle was stolen from the location. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Theft – Suspect Arrested
September 26 at 12:25 p.m., a reporting party in the area of Norumbega Dr. and Norumbega Rd. phoned saying he was following a vehicle that he believed stole some mail from the area. Officers arrived and located the vehicle. As they were attempting to pull the vehicle over, the driver threw mail and drug paraphernalia out the window. The driver stopped. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Petty Theft
September 26 at 4:56 p.m., the reporting party came in to report someone stole his son's bike from an apartment complex in the 700 block of S. Myrtle. This investigation is continuing.

Court Order Violation – Suspect Arrested
September 26 at 7:36 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of E. Lime when the victim called to report her son was on the property and there was a restraining order preventing him from being on the property. Officers arrived and located the subject in the alley. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Outside Assist – Suspect Arrested
September 26 at 9:52 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department called to report they had a subject on the train waving a knife and requested our assistance. Officers arrived and located the subject. The subject was detained until the Sheriff’s Department arrived.

Warrant Arrest / Resisting Arrest – Suspect Arrested
September 27 at 2:26 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle and noticed a subject in the park after hours. While speaking with the subject, officers noticed the subject appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence
September 27 at 4:23 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 1100 Royal Oaks regarding a domestic dispute. Officers arrived and discovered a male subject had fled. During the investigation, officers learned a male and female were involved in an argument when the male choked the female. The victim was checked by paramedics and transported to a local hospital for treatment. A want was put out for the male. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
September 27 at 12:01 p.m., the resident was sitting in his bedroom in the 200 block of E. Scenic when a male subject walked in. He asked him what he was doing in his house and the male subject told him, "I’m with Door Dash. Nobody answered the phone so I thought I'd come inside." The subject left running. The resident chased him for a short distance and called the police. The subject was not located. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrests – Suspect Arrested
September 27 at 11:27 p.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of S. Mountain regarding an alarm. Security reported there were two subjects on the property who did not belong. Officers arrived and detained the two subjects who claimed they were there trying to eat their food. Computer checks revealed they had outstanding warrants for their arrest. They were arrested and taken into custody.

Resisting / Delaying – Suspect Arrested
September 28 at 1:37 a.m., an officer observed a subject crossing the street illegally near Foothill and Encinitas and stopped him. The subject refused to provide information to establish his identity. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Fraud
September 28 at 12:04 p.m., a victim in the 400 block of Sierra Vista was contacted through email, by someone he thought was a co-worker. He was asked to purchase three $100 Amazon gift cards and send a picture of them. He thought it was strange, but he did it anyway. He phoned his actual co-worker and learned it was fraud. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
September 28 at 1:18 p.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 900 block of S. Fifth on a report of a subject banging on one of the guest’s doors. When officers arrived, they spoke to a female subject and it was determined she was the victim of domestic violence. When they checked the area, they located the suspect. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence
September 28 at 6:38 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of S. Mayflower after the victim called to report her boyfriend punched her on the nose and head butted her. When officers arrived they discovered the suspect had left the area. The victim had visible injuries. The suspect was not located. The victim refused medical treatment. This investigation is continuing.

Green Care Day Draws 300 to Monrovia Schools


Food ED, a local Monrovian nonprofit, hosted its first Green Care Day on Saturday morning, Sept. 24 at six schools and the community garden in Monrovia. Sites included Monroe Elementary, Plymouth Elementary, Mayflower Elementary, Wild Rose Elementary, Monrovia High School, Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet Middle School, and Monrovia Community Garden. 

Almost 300 people gave their time and energy to beautify gardens, mix new soil, clean up campuses, stain picnic tables, and make their outdoor learning spaces hospitable to students and our pollinator friends for the new school year. 

Volunteers were welcomed by Mayor Becky Shevlin, who thanked everyone for their efforts and by MUSD School Board President Selene Lockerbie, who said these gardens do more than just grow food. "They teach kids about career pathways and healthy eating. What Food ED is doing is educating our students about creating a sustainable future." Volunteers joined community partners like Amigos de los Rios, Pack 66, Girl Scouts, Starbucks, and other service groups for a successful day. 

Kristin Ritzau, Executive Director for Food ED, said, "It was to see so many great people come out to help the gardens and schools. Monrovia truly has a special spirit and we are grateful for the energy everyone brought today."

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at London Gastropub


Dinner at London Gastropub, on the west side of Myrtle just north of Lemon. Got the fish tacos for $15 and a beer for $7. I swapped out fries for a salad for an extra $2. Very nice.

- Brad Haugaard 

Shy and Gorgeous Milo Warms Up As He Gets To Know You


Milo is an exceptionally unique-looking Shepherd mix. Despite his stunning good looks, Milo is as shy as he is gorgeous. He is uncertain of new people, and sadly that has made people pass him by.

It's when you get to spend quality time with Milo that you can see his true personality. He recently went for a day out with one of our staff members and she found that he walked right next to her, made friends with some other dogs and thoroughly enjoyed the car ride. At home, he relaxed and even tried to help with homework!

Milo is a little over 1 ½ years old and has playful energy. He loves treats, so once he becomes comfortable in his forever home, he’ll be so much fun to train, take camping and hiking and probably be a superstar model!

The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, 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

Coworking Company to Open On Ground Floor of New Avalon Apartments


Industrious Office (t.ly/sw-w), a "coworking" company that offers either shared or dedicated office space, is opening a new space on the ground floor of the Avalon  apartment complex on Myrtle. Story stub here: t.ly/q6RU

- Brad Haugaard

Calling Artists For Park Murals

Lucinda Garcia Park mural.

Example of toilet that will go in Library Park.

The city is looking for artists to paint two murals, one for a wall at the currently-being-renovated Lucinda Garcia Park, and another for the outside of a Portland Loo (a "public restroom facility intended to meet the needs of park users without creating a nuisance"), which will soon be installed at Library Park.

The Lucinda Garcia Park mural should highlight Garcia's contributions and convey the broader story of the Hispanic community in Monrovia. Details: t.ly/bRfp

The theme of the Portland Loo should be related to literacy, books, reading, parks, nature or family. For questions contact Tina Cherry at 256-8226 or tcherry@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

- Brad Haugaard

Children Will Paint a Ford F-150 Truck - and More - at Art in the Park

A large part of the grassy area just north of the fountain at Library Park will be devoted to a wide variety of art activities for kids and families presented by professional teachers, artists or parents during Monrovia Association of Fine Arts' 60th Art in the Park Show and Chalkfest, this Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be ...

  • Kids arts and crafts led by art instructor Judy Watkins. This will include sketching, painting and coloring sparkling suncatchers.
  • Face painting by Therese Burch, owner of MonArc Face Painting, who will create fairy princes and enchanted animal faces for kids. Sponsored by Chris Shevlin of Chicago Title Company.
  • Balloon sculpture by artist Bernadette Sebastian. Sculptures of animals and cartoon characters created out of balloons right before children's eyes.
  • The "DeCARate Me!" painting party will be led by parent volunteers Lisa Reyes, Julie Bank and Alyssa Lang. Kids can decorate a real white Ford F-150 pickup truck with brushes and acrylic paint. Truck provided by Ward Service and Foothill Towing.
  • Family chalk art fun will be led by Jackie Hasty, craft workshop presenter, who will help parents and kids catch the vibe of the professional chalk artists competing in the Chalkfest. She'll hand out free compact chalkboards and colored chalk so everyone can let their creativity run wild.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Dr. Pottenger, Founder of Monrovia Tuberculosis Sanitarium

Dr. F. M. Pottenger, founder of Pottenger tuberculosis sanitarium in north Monrovia. 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

Blazing Temperatures Forecast for Monday Through Wednesday

Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures between 98 and 105 forecast for the San Gabriel Valley between 10 a.m. Monday to 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. t.ly/hyjd

- Brad Haugaard

School Board to Consider Updated Shade Area for Canyon Early Learning Center; Top Students To Be Honored

At its next meeting (agenda: t.ly/ml-x) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider, among other things ...

~ Approving an agreement with WestGroup Designs for a design to modernize the shade structure at Canyon Early Learning Center, provided the district can get state funding to do it. t.ly/B_tB

~ Approving a job description for principal at Canyon Early Learning Center (salary $120,618 - $127,985). t.ly/S6Tg

~ Approving a job description for Director of the Extended Learning and Enrichment Programs (salary $120,618 - $127,985). t.ly/3uRw

~ Honoring its top students:

AP Scholars
Sophia R. Adkins, Francisco G. Alcala, Megan P. Barrett, Shaylen S. Berry, Erin A. Byrnes, Zoey C. Caputi, Kendra M. Christian, Evan M. Clements, Hunter S. Craig, Brooklyn C. Cumes, Jacob E. Cupp, Cedric Donohue, Alyssa D. Escarcega, Luke C. Grebel, Kendra L. Harbert, Kristoffer J. Kaufmann, Carlos Martinez, Layla E. Mihal, Christian Morales, Jacqueline H. Munoz, Deanna D. Pham, Elie C. Raad, America N. Ramos, Brendan Q. Reyes, Matthew A. Rocha ,Chloe E. Thomas, Ryan D. Thrailkill.

AP Scholars with Honors
Valery A. Almeida, Lukas C. Barkume, Silas D. Brusseau, Michael A. Camacho, Jonathan Camargo, Robert C. DeBetta, Finn Espinoza, Julia G. Heatherly, Ian M. Hughes, Sophia G. Lee, Elizabeth Liu, Alexandra A. Lo, Susann Martinez, Matthew Nguyen, Jordan T. Smith.

AP Scholars with Distinction
Antoinette Body, Kento H. Bushey, Lucas Corsi, Edward L. Feldman, Angelina A. Hamilton, Jack W. Heatherly, Matthew P. Hui, Elizabeth A. Hutson, Marcel K. Kortylewski, Alexander L. Lenz, Anais I. Montes, Natalie E. Nash, Jane L. Neuman, Kaylena D. Pham, Andrew Y. Smithwick, Megan T. Ta, Ashlynn Vales.

- Brad Haugaard


City Offering Free Countertop Composter; Rebates on Water-Efficient Clothes Washers; Living With Wildlife Webinar


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

~ To help residents comply with the new California waste disposal mandate, SB1383, the city is offering free countertop compost bins and compostable bin liners to all residents. The countertop compost bins "are breathable to prevent odors, compact to avoid taking up space, and convenient for separating edible waste while you cook." To get one, contact the Public Works Department at 932-5562.

~ Monrovia is offering residents up to $135 in rebates to help them buy highly water-efficient clothes washers. Details: t.ly/TQGy

~ The City of Duarte is offering a virtual seminar (open to Monrovians) on safely coexisting with local wildlife, Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event will be recorded and placed on the city's YouTube channel. To register: t.ly/tW6G

- Brad Haugaard

Hazardous Waste Collection Oct. 29 at City Yard

Hazardous waste is considered any leftover product that is labeled toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant that you want to discard.

- Brad Haugaard 

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: 55 More Cases, No More Deaths

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 12 p.m., 09/21/2022. Changes since 09/14/2022.

City of Monrovia: 10,561 cases (up 55), 109 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 1,126 cases (up 4), 5 deaths (unchanged)

- Brad Haugaard

MAFA Oct. 1 'Art In the Park' Show Will Feature Area Artists

After a two-year COVID hiatus, Monrovia Association of Fine Arts' 60th Art in the Park Show and Chalkfest will be held on Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Library Park, and will feature displays by more than 30 of the most accomplished regional fine artists (adults and students) and chalk art professionals.

Artists will present paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, digital arts, pottery and chalk art representing the area's cultural diversity. A silent auction of these artists' works will support MAFA’s art education initiatives.

The free event will also include daylong musical entertainment from local bands, a preview from more than 60 students in Centre Stage's upcoming production of "Matilda," and an array of free kids' art activities.

MAFA got its start in the late 1950's when local artists decided to form the Monrovia Arts Festival Association (MAFA) to put on an annual art show in the park. Since then MAFA's services have grown beyond a once yearly event to include after school programs, member workshops, senior workshops, summer art walks and at-home and virtual chalk festivals, and for that reason the organization's name was changed to the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts, but it's still MAFA.

Source: MAFA press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School District Will Pay Fees for Advanced Placement Exam

The Monrovia Unified School District will pay the fees of any student interested in taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams later this spring. AP courses provide students with the opportunity to take college-level coursework in high school. Most colleges and universities offer credit to students who pass the exams taken at the end of each course. Typically, the cost of each exam is about $100. For juniors and seniors who often take more than one course, the fees can add up quickly.

“I'm excited to see the many ways Monrovia Unified School District is breaking down barriers to higher education for all of our students,” Board President Selene Lockerbie said. “I hope this will encourage more students to enter the AP pathway.”

“By doing this, we ensure that every student who takes an AP course will also take the respective AP exam without having to worry about finding the money to do so,” Superintendent Dr. Ryan Smith stated. “In the past, many students had to make tough choices about which test to take due to financial concerns, so not all students who took an AP course also took the exam. As a result, some students may have missed out on the opportunity to earn college credit. This action addresses this and is a clear example of the Board and District’s commitment to equity,” he added.

“This is a great action being taken by the district,” said Monrovia High School ASB President Emma Nahapetian. “It’s definitely a weight being lifted off of students' shoulders. The school year can get expensive, and being able to earn college credit without a fee is going to benefit many. It will provide equity for all of the students enrolled in AP courses.”

In 2022, 353 AP students at MHS took a total of 605 exams. Monrovia Unified will also provide study materials/booklets to AP students to help them prepare for the spring exams. Any student/family who already paid for their exam or made a deposit will be reimbursed from their ASB accounts.

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Driving-Under-the-Influence Incidents; Three Mental Health Cases; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 15 – 21. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 372 service events, resulting in 62 investigations.

Grand Theft
September 15 at 3:47 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Encinitas reported his catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle. Officers arrived and noticed the suspect vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed onto the 210 freeway. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
September 15 at 6:57 a.m., a caller in the 2600 block of S. California reported his trailer was taken from a parking lot. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication / Mental Evaluation – Suspect Arrested
September 15 at 12:32 p.m., an employee from a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington called to report that a subject was drinking alcohol at the location and appeared drunk. Officers arrived and spoke with the subject. He was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. While in jail the subject was attempting to harm himself. Monrovia Paramedics arrived and transported him to a local hospital for a mental evaluation.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
September 16 at 2:01 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Alta Vista and Lime when she saw a motorist commit a driving violation. She stopped the vehicle and discovered the driver was in possession of a pipe. The driver was arrested and released with a citation.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 16 at 2:18 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Duarte when she saw a motorist commit a driving violation. She stopped the driver and found he was heavily intoxicated. After a field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver was arrested for DUI and transported to MPD jail to be held for sobering.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 16 at 9:03 a.m., a caller reported a traffic collision in the 200 block of E. Foothill. Officers and Paramedics arrived and checked on the well-being of the occupants. One of the driver's complained of pain. This investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
September 16 at 3:58 p.m., a caller reported a traffic collision in the area of Mayflower and Chestnut. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 17 at 12:53 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Longden and Myrtle when he saw a motorist commit a driving violation. He stopped the motorist and found the driver to be intoxicated. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Mental Evaluation
September 17 at 10:42 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of N. Canyon regarding a male who made suicidal statements. Upon arrival, it was determined the male had taken an excessive amount of medication, and he was determined to be a danger to himself. He was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 18 at 1:29 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the area of Live Oak and Mayflower. During the investigation, the officer discovered the driver was under the influence of alcohol and unable to operate a motor vehicle safely. The subject was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 18 at 2:09 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the area of Shamrock and Foothill. During the investigation, the officer discovered the driver was under the influence of alcohol and unable to operate a motor vehicle safely. The subject was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Weapon Offense
September 18 at 9:14 a.m., an employee from a residential complex in the 1110 block of S. Fifth called to report that two subjects were in the building’s bathroom. He told them to leave, but instead of leaving, the male subject brandished a knife. The employee left and called the police. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 18 at 10:34 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and California when she saw a motorist commit a driving violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop and found the driver to be intoxicated. The subject was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 19 at 11:22 a.m., an employee from a business in the 800 block of W. Foothill phoned to say there was a subject in the drive-thru who might be under the influence of alcohol. Officers did an area check and located a vehicle and driver matching the description. A traffic stop was initiated and driver was contacted. An investigation revealed the subject was intoxicated. The subject was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Hit & Run
September 19 at 11:27 a.m., the reporting party called to report a semi-truck pulling two heavy haulers turned north onto Alamitas from Duarte and hit the traffic light on the south east corner knocking it to the ground. The truck left the area without stopping. Public Works was notified of damage. This investigation is continuing.

Indecent Exposure – Suspect Arrested
September 19 at 7:22 p.m., a resident from the 700 block of E. Lemon called to report a male suspect exposing himself inside his parked vehicle. The witness could see the suspect inside the vehicle because the interior lights were on and it was dark outside. Officers arrived and arrested the suspect.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 20 at 8:43 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Shamrock and Duarte regarding an injury traffic accident. Two cars had collided and there was a complaint of pain. They were treated at scene.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 20 at 9:44 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Myrtle and Duarte regarding an injury traffic accident. A vehicle made an unsafe movement and struck a couple of parked vehicles in the area. The driver had a complaint of pain and was treated at the scene.

Mental Evaluation
September 20 at 1:58 p.m., several callers were reporting a male standing in the middle of the street and vehicles were swerving to avoid him. Officers arrived and when they spoke with him, it was determined he had a mental health issue and was deemed to be a danger to himself. He was transported to a medical facility for treatment.

Unlicensed Driver
September 21 at 12:08 p.m., while patrolling the area of Myrtle and Lemon an officer witnessed a traffic violation and conducted a traffic stop. The driver did not have a license. He was issued a citation and his vehicle was stored.

Grand Theft
September 21 at 6:34 p.m., an employee from a store in the 500 block of W. Huntington reported a grand theft. A suspect walked out with merchandise without paying. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Arrest – Suspect Arrested
September 21 at 11:25 p.m., an officer saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation and conducted a traffic stop in the area of Myrtle and Central. While talking with the driver, the officer could see drug paraphernalia sitting in plain view on the center console. The driver was arrested.

Maryknoll Grounds Being Transformed to Water-Saving Landscaping

The group, Grow Monrovia, has been working on the grounds of the Maryknoll Sisters retirement home in Monrovia to transform its six acres of grass to a water-saving  landscaping.

- Brad Haugaard

First Presbyterian Church Celebrates 100 Years

Monrovia's First presbyterian church will be celebrating 100 years at the corner of Myrtle and Foothill.

– Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Thai Thyme

Dinner at Thai Thyme, on the east side of Myrtle just north of Olive, where Chang Thai Bistro used to be. Got the Massaman Curry with chicken for $15.95 and a beer for $7. Wow! That was yummy. Nice, friendly service as well.

- Brad Haugaard 

Mischief Is a Barrel of Laughs


You know you’re in for a barrel of laughs with a dog named Mischief!  This handsome two-year-old lab mix was voted Most Popular Dog while out with our mobile adoption team. He met a ton of admirers at the Wiggle Waggle Walk, and basked in all the attention from kids, other dogs, and everyone who visited.

He has a lovable and affectionate personality and is known to crawl into your lap for snuggles and kisses. Mischief also knows some basic commands already and is happy to show them off for the right treat (or toy). He is eager to please, so further training with him should be a breeze. 

He is a very active guy, so if you’re looking for a running or hiking buddy, or maybe a dog to do agility, Mischief is your man! 

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

September Low Water Landscaping Classes


Next up in the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District's virtual landscaping classes are:

  • Coming Up Roses, on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6-7 p.m. t.ly/8dyg
  • Maintaining a Great Garden on Minimal Water," on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 6-7 p.m.  t.ly/_AOL

- Brad Haugaard

Five Monrovia Schools Honored for Effective Use of 'Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports' Tools

Five Monrovia schools were recognized for their work in using Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Mayflower, Plymouth, and Bradoaks earned a silver medal, while Monroe and Santa Fe earned bronze.

“This recognition signifies that Monroe staff will continue to work together to provide our students with a positive school environment,” said Monroe Principal Amanda Noriega. “Our goal is to earn a Silver medal next year.”

PBIS is a set of ideas and tools that schools use to improve students' behavior.

The California PBIS Coalition (CPC) initiated our first statewide effort in 2015 to implement a recognition system to acknowledge schools for implementing PBIS with fidelity to the national framework. Schools may apply to be recognized as Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum PBIS schools.

“Supportive, Inclusive, and Student-Centered School Cultures are a district focus area,” Superintendent Dr. Ryan Smith said. “Our work with PBIS is a key strategy for addressing that. I’m excited to watch our efforts lead to new heights.”

These awards are the first time the California PBIS Coalition has awarded Monrovia Unified schools medals.

MUSD principals said they’ve seen the difference PBIS has made in the classroom and hope to improve their scores next year.

“Students know how to behave and how to solve conflicts positively because they are explicitly taught behavior expectations and conflict resolution strategies,” said Mayflower Principal Michele Costarella. “This not only breeds a positive environment but empowers our students with the skills to think and make good choices about their behavior.”

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Domestic Science Class at Monrovia High

Domestic Science classroom at Monrovia High School, 1915.  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 On Target With Water Savings; Job Openings; Electric Bikes Cheap! Film Access Through Monrovia Library


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

~ Monrovia was able to save 22% of water in August compared to 2020. This puts the city on target to achieving the Metropolitan Water District's goal of 20% water use reduction. Here's a report on water by the Public Works Department to the City Council: t.ly/WSRw

~ There are several job openings with the city. See them here: t.ly/NC2R

~ The GoSGV electric bike program offers long-term sharing of electric bicycles to San Gabriel Valley residents to help decrease drive-alone trips and increase bicycling trips. Two bike typess are available:  Classic Commuter - $69 a month for early bird special ($79 standard); Student - $49 a month; Cargo - starting at $129 a month for up to 2 months. Details: https://www.gosgv.com/

~ Monrovia Public Library is launching a new service for card holders, Kanopy, an online film and television streaming service. It has 300 film and television titles, including international films, PBS documentaries, historical dramas, and biographies. Sign in with your library card here: t.ly/jk7C

Opinion: I signed up and found the pickings very thin. The focus is on race, gender and international, so if that's your interest you'll probably be happy.

I didn't recognize many of the films and many of the categories had little or nothing in them. For instance the categories Science Fiction & Fantasy (there is no "Science" category, by the way), Family Friendly, Animation, Horror, and Instructional displayed this message: "Alas, your selection isn't available at your library." "Family Friendly" isn't available for the Monrovia library?!

In the Thriller category were just two listings: Wild Indian, and Lila & Eve; In Action & Adventure was just one film - Kills on Wheels; and Classic Cinema had just three films: Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman, Native Son, and Black Like Me.

Hopefully the selection will become a more inclusive as it grows.

- Brad Haugaard

Free Compost and Mulch, Oct. 22 at Public Works Yard

- Brad Haugaard

Wine, Beer and Music at Library Park Sept. 24

General admission $40. Tickets here: t.ly/ul4v

- Brad Haugaard

City Council To Consider Landmark Status for Two Houses

740 Mountain View

518 W. Maple

At its next meeting (agenda: t.ly/QsXE) the Monrovia City Council will consider granting two homes historic landmark status: a Craftsman style house at 740 Mountain View Avenue (t.ly/6ZJq), and a Colonial Revival style house at 518 West Maple Avenue (t.ly/ztav).

- Brad Haugaard

Weekly Monrovia Coronavirus Count: No New Deaths in Monrovia, But One in Unincorpoarated Monrovia

Coronavirus cases from LA Department of Public Health as of 12 p.m., 09/14/2022. Changes since 09/7/2022.

City of Monrovia: 10,506 cases (up 59), 109 deaths (unchanged)
Unincorporated Monrovia: 1,122 cases (up 10), 5 deaths (up 1)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Man on Hood of Car Falls Off, Injured; Man Hits Woman; Woman Hits Man; Vehicle Parked in Mid-Street; Man Pulls Gun When Challenged for Peeing; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 8 – 14. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 411 service events, resulting in 80 investigations.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 8 at 1:42 a.m., an officer patrolling the intersection of Peck and Duarte when he saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officer spoke with the driver and noticed he displayed symptoms of being under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to a local hospital where blood was drawn. He was transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
September 8 at 11:07 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report that a subject shoplifted and was walking through the parking lot. Officers arrived and saw the subject, who immediately ran. Officers followed the subject from a safe distance until he tired out. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 8 at 8:13 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of California and Duarte Road when he saw a motorist vehicle code violation. He stopped the driver and found he was heavily intoxicated. An investigation revealed the driver was under the influence. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Felony Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 9 at 11:28 a.m., a caller reported a traffic collision in the 1800 block of S. Myrtle. Officers and Paramedics arrived and checked on the well-being of the involved parties. The driver at fault displayed symptoms of intoxication. The other driver complained of pain. A DUI investigation was conducted and the driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Non–Injury Traffic Collision
September 9 at 4:59 p.m., a caller reported a motorist collided into a building in the 100 block of W. Foothill. Officers and Paramedics arrived and checked on the well-being of everyone. The driver said his vehicle malfunctioned and while he was applying the brake, it accelerated and collided. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 9 at 11:04 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Longden when he saw a motorist commit a traffic violation. He stopped the driver and saw signs of intoxication. A DUI investigation revealed he was driving under the influence. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 10 at 2:22 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Peck and Live Oak when she saw a motorist commit a traffic violation. She stopped the driver and saw signs of intoxication. A DUI investigation revealed she was driving under the influence. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Drug Offense – Suspect Arrested
September 10 at 5:48 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Camino Real and Myrtle regarding a subject possibly breaking into vehicles. Officers located a subject matching the suspect description. They discovered there was no vehicle burglary. The subject was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested.

Hit and Run
September 10 at 8:23 a.m., a caller reported that three parked vehicles were side swiped sometime during the night near the intersection of Foothill and Violet. This investigation is continuing.

Attempted Grand Theft Auto
September 10 at 11:10 am, a caller in the 300 block of S. Madison reported that someone tried to steal her vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
September 10 at 3:41 p.m., a witness in the 100 block of W. Pomona saw suspects stealing a catalytic converter from a vehicle in the area. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Offense – Suspect Arrested
September 10 at 9:14 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Duarte, when she observed a cyclist commit a vehicle code violation. She conducted a traffic stop. During her investigation the subject was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested and released with a citation.

Reckless Driving Causing Injury
September 11 at 12:01 p.m., officers were responding to a call when one of them observed a subject laying in the middle of the street next to a vehicle in the 100 block of W. Cherry. The officer stopped to investigate and saw the victim had multiple injuries to his face arms and legs. The driver of the vehicle said the victim was his cousin and that he had found him lying in the street, he said he must have been attacked. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment. Through investigation, officers determined the victim had actually gotten on to the hood of a vehicle while it was moving and had fallen off the vehicle causing his injuries. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
September 11 at 1:00 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Cypress when he saw a motorist commit a traffic violation. He stopped the driver and saw signs of intoxication. A DUI investigation revealed he was under the influence. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
September 11 at 9:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington on a report of domestic violence. The victim said her boyfriend hit her in the face. Officers arrived and detained the male subject. After speaking with the victim, they determined she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Impound
September 11 at 5:32 p.m., an officer was driving east on Lime approaching Myrtle when he saw a vehicle blocking the roadway. There were no occupants in the vehicle and it was not running. It appears whoever was driving the vehicle parked it and left it unattended in the roadway, blocking anyone else from passing. The vehicle was stored per the vehicle code for blocking the roadway.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
September 12 at 3:19 a.m., an officer was patrolling a park in the 1600 block of Myrtle and noticed a subject in the park after hours. The subject was contacted and during the investigation discovered the subject had a controlled substances in his possession. He was arrested.

Vandalism
September 12 at 6:59 a.m., a victim in the 1200 block of S. Sherman called to report her ex-boyfriend was the location and broke her vehicle window and went into the residence through an open window. The victim went into the backyard and hid until police arrived. The suspect was gone when police arrived. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
September 12 at 7:06 a.m., a victim in the 300 block of N. Canyon called to report the spare keys for two vehicles were stolen from inside one of their vehicles. This investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision – City Property
September 12 at 12:45 p.m., a truck was turning from Myrtle onto Lime and accidentally hit a street light, causing damage.

Petty Theft
September 12 at 2:44 p.m., a male and two females entered a supermarket in the 100 block of W. Foothill and took approximately $700 worth of merchandise. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
September 12 at 2:51 p.m., the victim parked his vehicle at a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain and went inside for approximately 20 minutes. When he came out his truck was gone. This investigation is continuing.

Traffic Collision
September 12 at 11:37 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Fig regarding a vehicle that collided into several parked vehicles. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
September 13 at 12:34 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Huntington regarding a subject spray painting a wall. Officers arrived and conducted an area search but were unable to locate the suspect. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
September 13 at 7:47 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Foothill and McKinley regarding a traffic collision. When they arrived and contacted both parties, it was determined one of the parties had a complaint of pain. A report was taken.

Shoplifting / Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
September 13 at 10:59 a.m., an employee called from a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington to report a subject took a beer and left the location without paying for it. Officers arrived in the area and stopped the individual. A computer check of the subject revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
September 13 at 12:14 p.m., the victim called from the 200 block of S. Madison to report her catalytic converter had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
September 13 at 2:47 p.m., the victim in the 200 block of S. Heliotrope reported his vehicle had been broken into. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
September 13 at 3:25 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Myrtle phoned to say someone had been in her residence. She noticed the bedroom window was slightly ajar but the screen was still intact. When she walked into the bedroom she noticed her bedroom had been ransacked. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
September 13 at 9:48 p.m., a caller reported two subjects arguing in the 100 block of S. Ivy. Officers arrived and spoke with both parties and discovered they were in an argument when the female struck the male numerous times causing injuries. The female subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Vandalism
September 14 at 6:46 a.m., the reporting party arrived at his job site in the 1700 block of S. Magnolia and discovered the windows to a vehicle left at the site had been broken into. This investigation is continuing.

Battery
September 14 at 2:05 p.m., a battery was reported in the 600 block of S. Myrtle. A mother and daughter where approached by a male subject and spat on. This investigation is continuing.

Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
September 14 at 8:07 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington regarding a possible shoplifting. During the investigation, officers discovered the suspect dropped the property inside the store before leaving. Computer checks revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Fraud / Identity Theft
September 14 at 8:54 p.m., a female subject walked into a car dealership in the 1400 block of S. Mountain and attempted to purchase a vehicle using someone else’s information. The subject was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Brandishing a Firearm
September 14 at 10:39 p.m., a victim in the 1500 block of Encino called to report he saw a subject urinating in his neighbor's yard. He confronted the subject who was with another male and two females. One of the subjects pulled a firearm and brandished it, asking if there "was a problem," and fled the scene in a vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Dinner at JB Burgers


Dinner at JB Burgers, at the corner of Myrtle and Olive. Got the grilled chicken sandwich for $6.50 and a small drink for $2.25. Simple but good. 

- Brad Haugaard

Latino Heritage Photo Display Sept. 18


There will be a Latino Heritage Society photo display on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1-4 p.m. at the Community Center.

- Brad Haugaard

Food ED Plans First Green Care Day

Food ED, in partnership with Cal Volunteers, will host its first Green Care Day on September 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at various school and community gardens in Monrovia. Residents can help with weeding, composting, planting, mixing soil, beautifying the gardens, campuses, and more, to get gardens in shape for another year of garden and food science and community sustainability education.

Food Exploration and Discovery (Food ED) is a Monrovia non profit that creates spaces and programs that utilize gardens to inspire community building, problem solving, and stewardship. It runs programs in grades K-12 at Monrovia Schools and manages the Monrovia Community Garden.

The kickoff will be at Monrovia Community Garden, at 303 West Colorado, at 9 a.m. Mayor Becky Shevlin, School Superintendent Dr. Ryan D. Smith, District Representative of State Senator Anthony Portantino, Kristi Lopez, and Monrovia School Board Members will be attending.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Investor Buys Santa Anita Mall

 According to the website, The Real Deal, Monrovia real estate investor Wen Shan Chang purchased the Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia last month for $538 million. t.ly/mr4K

- Brad Haugaard

Drake Is the Life of the Pool Party


Drake is as handsome as he is nonstop fun! This energetic guy is sure to be the life of the party, especially a pool party! He absolutely adores playing in his kiddie pool, so get ready get wet!

Drake has made a lot of human and dog friends at the shelter and out in the community with our Wiggle Waggle Wagon. He’s been a certified lover boy while meeting other dogs, going for jogs and getting lots of love from his adoring public. 

While Drake may be fully grown at 2 years old, he is still a big (almost 70 pound) puppy at heart. Are you ready for this lovable guy? Yes indeed!

Pasadena Humane is having a free adoption day on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Adoption fees are waived for all dogs, cats and critters. No appointment is needed.  

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

School District Looking for New Principal for Santa Fe Middle School


The Monrovia School District is looking for a new principal for Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School. t.ly/IyLr and t.ly/CXAI

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia State of the Schools Address Oct. 19


Highlights from the address will include:

  • The District’s mission and vision
  • Classrooms, facilities, and infrastructure assessment and needs
  • Pre-K through Adult learning successes
  • How MUSD has maintained a sound budget
  • The expansion of student support systems
  • Student performances; and more.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Dedication of Monrovia City Hall

Dedication of Monrovia City Hall in 1954. This building replaced the City Hall located in the Granite Bank building.. 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 Board Will Consider Multiple Contracts With Teaching Organizations: Financial Literacy, Phlebotomy, Truck Driving; New Job Positions; Financials; Etc.

At its next meeting (agenda: t.ly/B5Lz) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider ...

~ An agreement with "My Next Chapter" to provide workshops for students on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, building multiple streams of income, career readiness and professionalism, social media for careers. t.ly/yfmK

~  An agreement with "AUMT, The Phlebotomy School" (Phlebotomy is "drawing blood") to provide training for Community Adult School students to earn a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I (CPTI) license. t.ly/1vC9

~ An agreement with Gabriel Valley Trucking Academy to provide training for Class A, B, and BP truck driver licences. t.ly/97XM

~ An agreement with Hatching Results for counselor training. t.ly/lgIN

~ Receive an unaudited report on the district revenue, expenditures and ending fund balances. t.ly/ANAN

~ Creating two new job positions: Director of Special Education (t.ly/K-xF), and Social Worker (t.ly/Rh-_).

~ Consider naming this September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (t.ly/tJd-) and Sept. 15-Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month (t.ly/rOJw).

~ Honoring district Employees of the Month for September:

  • Beatriz Ramirez, Preschool Teacher, CELC
  • Maria Beller, Preschool Developmental Aide, CELC
  • Tim Rodriguez, After School Activity Leader, Village
  • Alena Ohrt, Senior Account Clerk, District Office
  • Nick Melendez, Skilled Maintenance Plumber, District Office

- Brad Haugaard

Mudflow Warning; CERT, BERT, and Preparedness; Monrovia Today; Historic Walking Tour


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

~ The National Weather Service has forecast thunderstorms through Saturday evening and there is the "possibility of minor to moderate flooding and mudflow/sediment deposition on these streets and below burned hillsides." In other words, along Ridgeside Drive and Oakglade Drive. Gravel (sand) bags are available at the Monrovia Public Works Yard, 600 Mountain Ave. It's self serve, so bring a shovel, gloves and eye protection.

~ As part of Preparedness Month the city...

  • Recommends creating a Go Bag (documents, cash, map, medications list, flashlight, first aid kit, cash in small bills, phone and charger, medicine.) and a Stay Box (three gallons of water per person, foods that don't spoil, trash bags with ties to use in a bucket for a toilet).
  • Will hold a free three-day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training on Sept. 24, Oct. 1, and 8. Topics include:  Emergency preparedness, Disaster medical and triage, Disaster psychology, Fire safety and utility awareness, Light search and rescue, CERT Organization, Terrorism and CERT, Disaster response simulation. t.ly/hIYZ
  • Will hold a Business Emergency Resiliency training (BERT) session on disaster exercise planning September 20, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Monrovia Public Library. t.ly/pbMN

~  The Fall edition of Monrovia Today is out. News, activities, classes, and more. Here it is online: t.ly/dDXG

~ There will be a two-hour historic walking tour of downtown Monrovia starting Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. Meet at the southeast corner of Myrtle and Palm Avenues, across from Library Park. Cost is $5 per person and RSVPs are not necessary.

- Brad Haugaard