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Free Train Rides Saturday

Metro is offering free bus, train and bike share rides on tomorrow in honor of Transit Equity Day, which commemorates Rosa Parks' birthday and her act of defiance against racial segregation on transit.

- Brad Haugaard 

State of City Meeting; Lead-Free Homes; Art on Utility Boxes; Youth Sports; Food Waste Champion Day

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

~ The State of the City meeting will be on Feb. 13 at LOOK Cinemas at 6 p.m. The City Council will provide the community with an update.

~ The Lead-Free Homes program offers free assessments and licensed contractors to eliminate lead paint hazards in homes in Monrovia built before 1951 with 4 units or fewer. Qualification is based on presence of a child under 6 or pregnant person. Apply at LeadFreeHomesLA.com or call 744-6027 for more information.

~ The Art on the Box Contest is a program to enhance the appearance of city-owned utility cabinets by sponsoring artists. The theme for 2023 is "Be Water Wise" and 5 boxes are available. Artists can apply by March 30, 2023 and receive a $700 stipend if selected. Contact Kerri Zessau at 932-5564 or kzessau@ci.monrovia.ca.us for more information.

~ The City of Monrovia is offering an After School Youth Sports Program for Winter 2023 Co-ed Basketball Season for 4th and 5th graders. The program runs from Jan 11 to March 24, Monday to Friday, and provides basketball practice, homework help, healthy snacks, character development and fun after school. The registration fee is $100 and includes a t-shirt. Scholarships are available. Contact the Community Center at 256-8246 for more information.

~ Food ED is hosting Food Waste Champion Day on Feb 25, 9am-2pm at Monrovia Community Garden to educate on food waste and SB1383 composting law. The event includes Q&A, kids' crafts, compost bin raffle, workshps on critters and cooking, and free compost for registered attendees. Register at explorefooded.org or email Kristin Ritzau at krisritzau@explorefooded.org for more information.

- Brad Haugaard

Valentine's Day Romantic Carriage Ride

- Brad Haugaard

Company Offers Monrovians Discounts on EV Chargers

Webasto, a Monrovia-based manufacturer of electric vehicle chargers, is offering a 10% discount on charging systems equipment to Monrovia residents until Feb 28. Use coupon code Monrovia10 at checkout at store.evsolutions.com. Contact 652-7958 for questions.

- Brad Haugaard

Organizations Collecting Funds For a 'Steve Baker Bear,' With Baker's Signature Top Hat and Tails


If you'd like to contribute to the creation of a "Steve Baker Bear" to honor the late Steve Baker, Monrovia's City Treasurer and Historian, various local organizations have created a creating a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the installation and maintenance of the art piece, which will feature Baker's signature top hat and tails. Contribute here: t.ly/rnRYz. The location for the bear is still being decided.

- Brad Haugaard

Historic Anderson House Reopening Feb. 19, 2-4 PM


The Monrovia Historical Society is hosting an open house and grand reopening of the newly restored George H. Anderson House on Feb 19 from 2-4 PM. The event includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:15 PM and free refreshments. No RSVP is needed to attend. Contact Sandy Burud at 675-8323 for more information.

- Brad Haugaard

Black History Month Events


The Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association is hosting two events in February for Black History Month.

On Feb. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a kick-off event at the Duarte Monrovia Historical Museum. Monrovia Changemakers will share stories and the creation of its book, "Monrovia's Changemakers Combatting Bigotry and Segregation". More information: t.ly/mUpr.

On Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a Black History Month Health Fair & Workshop held at the Monrovia Community Center with workshops on various health topics. More information: t.ly/df1p. Both events are free, but reservations are required. Contact Barbara Gholar at 392-5512 for more information.

- Brad Haugaard

Guidelines for Spending Measure K Money; Making Rotary Bandshell Historic Landmark; Monrovia's Economy Is Good

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

~ A set of guidelines for spending Measure K sales tax funds as proposed by the Measure K Citizens Advisory Committee. The guidelines prioritize basic needs, completing one-time projects, leveraging Measure K funds for other funding sources, building reserves, funding ongoing capital improvement projects, and seeking projects with a "payback" or "return on investment". t.ly/Fi_W

~ Approving a local historic landmark designation for the Rotary Club Bandshell in Library Park. t.ly/MbtAJ

~ The Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, which shows that the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022 was marked by growth, stability, and positive financial milestones, according to the report. The city received a credit rating upgrade from Standard and Poor's, its net financial position increased by $74.5 million, and the General Fund had a positive increase of $12.54 million. The city's cash and investment balances increased by 55% over the previous year, and its net liability for pensions decreased by 27%. tinyurl.com/2a8c6p7z

~ Because of what appears to be an improving economy, city staff is recommending to adjust its estimate of general fund revenues upward by $434,737 and expenditures upward by $55,803. t.ly/RBgv

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Runners in Traffic; Man Punches Woman; Loose Child Reveals Fraud; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 331 service events, resulting in 58 investigations. 

Mental Evaluation
January 26 at 4:34 a.m., officers responded to Myrtle and Palm regarding a female running in and out of traffic and jumping on vehicles. Officers arrived and determined she was a danger to herself. She was transported to a hospital for a mental evaluation. 

Grand Theft
January 26 at 6:57 p.m., a grand theft was reported in a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington. Three female subjects grabbed a large amount of items and fled without paying. This investigation is continuing. 

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
January 26 at 7:08 p.m., a couple was driving near the 200 Block of E. Fig and got into an argument. They exited their vehicle and continued to argue in the street. The male subject became angry and punched the female in the head causing injuries. The male fled the area before officers arrived. The female was treated by MFD and released at the scene. The male subject later came to the station to give a statement. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Vehicle Burglary
January 27 at 7:24 a.m., a caller reported his vehicle was broken into while he was shopping at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. This investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Crash
January 27 at 7:50 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the area of Madison and Foothill. Officers and Paramedics arrived to check on the well-being of the occupants. The driver at fault was issued a citation. 

Weapon Offense – Suspect Arrested
January 27 at 4:33 p.m., a witness reported a male subject parked in the 900 block of S. Fifth was possibly selling drugs. Officers arrived and contacted the male subject. An investigation revealed he was in possession of a cane sword and illegal drugs. He was arrested and taken into custody. 



Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 28 at 12:54 a.m., an officer saw a vehicle violation in the 800 block of S. Shamrock and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was contacted and displayed signs of intoxication. 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. 

Indecent Exposure – Suspect Arrested
January 28 at 6:43 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 600 block of S. Myrtle regarding a male subject exposing himself. Upon arrival officers contacted a subject matching the description and recognized him from previous contacts. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 29 at 1:06 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Colorado and Primrose when she saw a motorist commit a traffic violation. She conducted a traffic stop and found the driver was displaying signs of being under the influence. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was under the influence. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Battery
January 29 at 1:12 a.m., a caller reported a large fight at a business in the 100 block of E. Olive. Officers arrived, but the fight had already ended. Officers located three male adult victims. The six male suspects fled the area prior to officers arriving. The victims were treated by MFD, but refused to be transported to the hospital. This investigation is continuing. 

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / No Bail Warrant – Suspect Arrested
January 29 at 4:18 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1600 block of S. Primrose when he saw a male subject loitering in the park after hours. The male adult subject was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and provided the officer with a false name. In the jail the subject admitted who he really was. A computer check revealed he had a no bail felony warrant. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Fraud – Suspect Arrested
January 29 at 4:24 a.m., an employee of a business in the 900 block of S. Fifth, reported a child running around without an adult around. Officers responded and as they arrived the mother appeared, leaving her other child in the room. The mother gave the officers a false name, and when they were checking on the welfare of the other child who had been left alone, they discovered the room was filled with the tools to commit fraud and fraudulent documents. The subject was arrested and taken into custody. 

Commercial Burglary
January 29 at 7:13 a.m., a caller reported a church in the 900 block of S. Magnolia was broken into and items were taken. This investigation is continuing. 

Drug Possession – Suspect Arrested
January 29 at 8:42 a.m., an employee from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington called to report a suspicious. Officers arrived and contacted the driver. He was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, issued a citation, and released at the scene. 

Mental Evaluation
January 29 at 10:49 a.m., a resident in the 1400 block of Monterey called to report that a neighbor was having a mental breakdown. Officers arrived and determined the neighbor was a danger to herself and she was transported to a local hospital. 

Petty Theft
January 29 at 5:52 p.m., an employee from a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill reported a male subject walked in, took items off, and fled the store without paying. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrests / Drug activity – Suspects Arrested
January 30 at 3:24 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Myrtle and Evergreen. The officer contacted three subjects in the vehicle. A records check revealed that two occupants had warrants and the third was in possession of narcotics. They were arrested and taken into custody. 

Driving Under the Influence
January 30 at 5:27 a.m., a caller reported two subjects slumped over in a vehicle in the area of Duarte and California. Officers arrived and found a female driver extremely intoxicated behind the wheel. MFD was called to the scene and she was transported to the hospital. 

Grand Theft Auto
January 30 at 7:30 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of E. Lime reported his work vehicle was stolen from his driveway. This investigation is continuing. 

Under the Influence of Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
January 30 at 5:08 pm, officers responded to the 600 block of W. Huntington regarding a female standing in front of vehicles and refusing to move. Officers arrived and located the female subject. She displayed objective signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 30 at 7:40 p.m., a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report a male and female suspect taking items from the store. The male suspect fled and the female was still inside the store gathering items. Officers arrived and detained the female who was in possession of credit cards belonging to someone else. A computer check revealed she had a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
January 31 at 7:10 a.m., a non-injury traffic collision was reported in the 100 block of E. Foothill. 

Grand Theft Auto Recovery
January 31 at 7:44 a.m., a stolen vehicle was reported in the 400 block of Stedman. The vehicle was recovered shortly after. This investigation is continuing. 

Fraud / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
January 31 at 12:12 p.m., a business in the 100 block of W. Lime reported a female subject paid for merchandise with fraudulent checks. Officers located her the female subject. A computer check revealed a warrant. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Injury Traffic Collision
February 1 at 8:28 a.m., an injury traffic collision as reported in the area of Magnolia and Duarte. An involved party complained of pain and was transported to the hospital. 

Vehicle Burglary
February 1 at 8:33 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The victim reported items were taken from the vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft – Suspect Arrested
February 1 at 9:49 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Cypress reported the catalytic converter from her vehicle was stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Fraud
February 1 at 11:10 a.m., the victim walked in the MPD lobby to report someone was fraudulently using his license in a different state. This investigation is continuing. 

Threatening Report
February 1 at 9:15 p.m., an officer responded to the 400 block of W. Huntington, regarding a threatening report. Employees said a male suspect entered the store and started taking items. When employees confronted the subject he threatened the employees. Officers searched the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him. This investigation is continuing. 

Water District Gets Its First Female President - Jennifer Santana

Jennifer Santana, Director for Division 5 in the Monrovia-based Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, was elected as the first female president in the district's 63-year history. The decision was made during the annual board reorganization and was approved unanimously by the board. Santana aims to address the challenges of climate change and invest in sustainable water supplies for future periods of drought. The remaining officer positions for 2023 are Vice President - Director Anthony Fellow, Treasurer - Director Katarina Garcia, and Secretary – Director Ed Chavez.

Monrovia Schools to Promote Itself with 'School Showcase'

Monrovia Unified will hold its first "School Showcase" on Feb 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Monrovia High. Student performances, food trucks, and learn about MUSD's opportunities for students and families. Call 626-471-2031 for more info.

- Brad Haugaard

Lord Empanada One of Top Restaurants in US

Yelp has named Lord Empanada one of the hundred best places to eat in the United States. It’s on the east side of Myrtle just south of the freeway. Here.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Something Healthy


Dinner at Something Healthy, on the east side of Shamrock just north of Huntington. Got the Rosemary Sandwich for $9.25 and a blueberry lemonade for $2.75. A nice light dinner. 

- Brad Haugaard

Rose Can Keep You Entertained All Day Long


Who doesn't like a Rose around Valentine's Day? This sweetheart is bursting with love and ready to snuggle her way into your heart.

Rose has a cute little snort when she gets excited, which is pretty often because she seems to adore everyone she meets. She likes short walks followed by long naps- she's definitely more couch potato than athlete.

She also might have a bit of a stubborn streak which we have to admit is pretty adorable- If she's walking the way she wants to go, easy-peasy. If you want to turn to go in a different direction, she jams on the brakes until you can bribe her with a tasty treat. Rose will keep you entertained ALL DAY.

Rose's (and many other dogs) adoption fee will be only $14 from 2/9 - 2/15 as part of the Be Mine Valentine's Special.

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

- Brad Haugaard

Water District Offers Free Virtual Classes on Resilient Landscaping Techniques


Upper San Gabriel Valley Water District is offering two virtual classes on landscaping, "Resilient Alternatives to Turf" and "Protecting Your Trees." These classes are on Tuesday, February 7 and Thursday, February 23, respectively, and will run from 6-7 p.m.

"Resilient Alternatives to Turf," will focus on diversity in landscaping, selecting ground cover blends for greater resiliency, and how to transition to a more sustainable landscape. Attendees will also learn about  rainwater capture and limited irrigation.

"Protecting Your Trees" will cover topics such as understanding the collaboration between trees in a landscape, developing an efficient irrigation strategy, separating irrigation systems, and creating a successful maintenance practice to ensure the survival of trees.

Sign up here: t.ly/rDrl

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: 1920s Girls Gym Class at Monrovia High

Monrovia High School Girls gym class in the 1920s. 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 Third Graders Create Worm Bins


Monrovia Schools Superintendent Ryan Smith tweeted that, "This week, 3rd-grade students created worm bins with help from our partners at Food ED. These bins will help produce compost for the gardens at their school sites."

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College Promise Program Offers Free Tuition, Academic, and Personal Support for First-Time College Students

Monrovia High graduate Yesenia Bugarin is pursuing an associate degree in business administration with the help of the Citrus College Promise program.

By Mary Ann Lutz
Citrus College Governing Board Member

When Yesenia Bugarin graduated from Monrovia High School in 2021, there was no question that Citrus College would be the next step on her academic journey. “I saw how much support my older sister had received as a Citrus College student, so I was encouraged to apply,” she says.

Within a few short months, Yesenia had successfully settled into life as a college student. The 19-year-old business administration major credits much of her smooth transition to the Citrus College Promise program. Designed to remove barriers that hinder academic success, the Citrus College Promise increases access by covering enrollment costs and other expenses, such as health services, student representation and GoPass transportation fees. However, Yesenia says that monetary assistance isn’t the program’s only benefit.

“The Citrus College Promise not only relieved me of financial burdens, it also ensured that I maintain a good academic standing,” she says. “It has offered me many opportunities to gain professional skills, and the program’s completion specialists consistently reach out to make sure I’m on track. They do their best to support their students one-on-one.”

Individualized support and guidance have been key elements of the Citrus College Promise since the program’s debut in 2018. Valuable members of the Citrus College Promise team, completion specialists ensure that students maintain their program eligibility and make progress toward their academic goals.

To become part of the Citrus College Promise, eligible students must finish the Citrus College Early Decision program or complete the onboarding process for another student support program. Other requirements include submitting a FAFSA or California Dream Act application, declaring a course of study/major, maintaining a minimum of 2.0 GPA, completing a student education plan, and completing college/transfer-level English and mathematics.

After joining the program, students not only have all of their enrollment fees paid, they also receive a $100 textbook voucher. All of this support and guidance is provided throughout the student’s first two years at Citrus College.

Although originally limited to graduating high school seniors, the program expanded last year to include all first-time students who have never attended college and are California residents/AB 540 eligible. As a result, more students can now benefit from the program. In fact, there are approximately 1,000 students currently participating in the program.

“I would recommend the Citrus College Promise program to other students because, aside from the financial and academic assistance, the program helped me feel like I belonged at Citrus College,” Yesenia says. “The program encouraged me to take advantage of all the school’s resources and to finish my associate degree in two years.”

As Monrovia’s representative on the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, I am proud of Citrus College’s efforts to increase access and remove barriers to higher education. I am confident that the Citrus College Promise program will continue to provide excellent opportunities for the many first-time college students in our community.

- Brad Haugaard

Police Get New Equipment: Body Cams, AR-15 Rifles; Licence Plate Readers; Emergency Prep Class

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

~ Changes at the Police Department.

  • The police station is receiving a pressure wash, a new sign, and a fresh coat of paint.
  • New emergency communications equipment has been installed.
  • New patrol vehicles have been added and new license plate reading cameras are in use to assist in recovering stolen vehicles.
  • All officers are now equipped with body-worn cameras for capturing information and details during service calls. Videos by these cameras are used for training.
  • The department has switched from using the Ruger Mini-14 rifle to the industry standard service weapon known as the AR-15.

~ Monrovia Fire & Rescue and Monrovia Community Emergency Response Team are offering a free three-day CERT Basic Training starting tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28. Open to Monrovia residents and employees of Monrovia businesses. Ages 16 and over with a parent. Classes will be held on Feb. and 11. CERT volunteers assist Monrovia Fire & Rescue with preparedness education, fire patrols, and disaster response. Email Suzanne Dobson at SDobson@ci.monrovia.ca.us to register or for more information.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Area Partnership to Host 13th Annual Neighborhood Conference with Theme of 'Live Your Legacy'


Monrovia Area Partnership will hold its 13th Annual Neighborhood Conference on April 29 at Second Baptist Church. The event will feature a continental breakfast, information from booth vendors, workshops, a free lunch, health fair screenings, and raffle giveaways. Workshop topics include "True Confessions of a Master Gardener," "The History of the Diversity of Monrovia," and "CleanMonrovia-SB1383: What You Need to Know." The conference is open to all and registration is recommended to secure a spot. Details and reservations: t.ly/vHAt

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Girl Pokes Girl With Fork; Wandering Through Traffic x 2; Robbery With Knife; Skateboarder vs. Vehicle; Drugs and Alcohol Events; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 365 service events, resulting in 81 investigations.

Mental Evaluation
January 19 at 4:02 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of El Sur regarding a suicidal female subject. Officers arrived and determined she was a danger to herself. She was transported to a medical facility for a medical evaluation.

Driving Under the Influence
January 19 at 4:12 p.m., a caller stated a vehicle was blocking the roadway near Chestnut and Monterey. Officers arrived and saw a subject standing next to the passenger side door. He admitted to driving the vehicle. The individual displayed signs of being under the influence of narcotics. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. This investigation is continuing.

Fight in Progress – Suspect Arrested
January 19 at 4:51 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Ivy called to report a female juvenile used a fork to stab another female juvenile. Officers arrived and made contact with both parties. The injured subject was provided medical attention. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Felony Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
January 19 at 6:04 p.m., an employee from a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington called to report that a subject threw a rock at the business window and damaged it. Officers arrived and located the suspect who fled and was later located along the Metro link tracks. The suspect was positively identified. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Mental Evaluation
January 19 at 8:05 p.m., a passerby a subject walking in and out of traffic as car were passing by. Officers located the subject near Madison and Foothill, but the subject refused to comply. The subject finally complied and was detained. It was determined that the subject was a danger to himself. He was transported to a medical facility for a mental evaluation.

Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 19 at 8:26 p.m., an injury traffic collision was reported in the area of Peck and Live Oak. The injured parties were treated at the scene by MFD. The party at fault showed signs of impairment. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to eh MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 20 at 4:01 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Oceanview regarding a traffic collision. The reporting party stated that a vehicle had struck a parked car. Officers arrived and made contact with the driver who showed 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.

Domestic Violence
January 21 at 7:49 p.m., a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a male subject and female victim arguing when the male began to hit the victim. They were gone prior to officers’ arrival. The victim called at later time to report the incident. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 21 at 10:29 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for speeding in the 400 block of W. Foothill. The driver displayed signs of impairment. A DUI investigation the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Battery / Fighting in Public – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 12:58 a.m., an officer saw about twelve people fighting in the street in the 400 block of S. Myrtle. Officers responded and people ran in all directions. A female was detained at the scene who was intoxicated and involved in the fight. She was arrested, cited and released at the scene.

Public Intoxication / Resisting Arrest – Suspects Arrested
January 22 at 1:20 a.m., officers detained involved subjects running from the fight in the 400 block of S. Myrtle. Two males were uncooperative and intoxicated. A female in the group was also too intoxicated to care for herself. At one point one of the males started to walk away and attempted to fight one of the officer’s. All subjects were arrested and taken into custody.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 10:08 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report a male suspect shoplifted. Officers arrived and located the suspect. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Robbery – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 3:27 p.m., a robbery was reported in the 500 block of W. Huntington. The suspect pulled a knife on an employee and was attempting to leave with property. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 5:08 p.m., an officer responded to the area near Mountain and Oceanview regarding a solo traffic collision into a tree. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 8:11 p.m., an officer responded to the parking lot in the 100 block of W. Foothill regarding a suspicious female approaching patrons. The officer contacted the female and determined she was intoxicated. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 9:01 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of W. Scenic regarding a domestic dispute with an ex-boyfriend refusing to leave the property. Officers arrived and found the male subject to be intoxicated. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
January 23 at 10:08 a.m., the victim in the 100 block of S. Shamrock reported his vehicle’s catalytic converter was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
January 23 at 11:25 a.m., a petty theft was reported in the area of Shamrock and Maple. The unknown suspect(s) removed gardening equipment and fled the scene. This investigation is continuing.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
January 23 at 4:41 p.m., a victim in the 100 block of N. Magnolia reported someone hit her parked vehicle and fled the scene. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 23 at 5:02 p.m., officers responded to an injury traffic collision near Lemon and Primrose. One party had complaint of pain but refused any medical treatment.

Vehicle Burglary
January 23 at 7:10 p.m., a caller from the 100 block of E. Palm reported that multiple work trucks at the location had been burglarized and property was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 24 at 9:56 a.m., officers responded to a stairwell in the 100 block of W. Colorado regarding a subject loitering. Upon arrival, the officers located and contacted a female subject. A computer search revealed the subject had several outstanding warrants for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Domestic Violence
January 25 at 12:43 a.m., a family dispute was reported in the 400 block of W. Lime. Officers determined the wife assaulted her husband causing him injuries. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Missing Person
January 25 at 10:15 a.m., the reporting party called from the 300 block of W. Colorado stating that she hasn't seen her adult daughter in two months. The female was entered into the Missing Persons System. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 25 at 2:05 p.m., officers responded to the area of Chestnut and Monterey regarding a collision between a skateboarder and a vehicle. The driver remained at the scene, but the skateboarder was gone prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing.

Felon in Possession of Ammo / Warrant Arrest – Suspects Arrested
January 23 at 2:49 p.m., the reporting party called stating that there were trespassers in the 1800 block of S. Alta Vista. Officer responded and located two subjects, a male and female subject. The male subject was on active probation and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The female also had a warrant for her arrest. Officers conducted a probation compliance check of the residence and located ammunition. There were both arrested and taken into custody.

Critical Missing Person
January 25 at 4:37 p.m., an officer took a critical missing report involving a suicidal 20 year old male. The subject was upset over a recent break up with his girlfriend. He started taking pictures of hitting himself in the head with a rock and sending them to his mother. The subject was driving around Monrovia in his Toyota Scion. Once dispatch pinged his cell phone, a police helicopter found the vehicle in Arcadia. Night watch officers responded to the area and stopped the vehicle. The subject was transported to a hospital and placed on a 5150 hold.

Mental Evaluation
January 26 at 4:34 a.m., officers responded to Myrtle & Palm regarding a female subject running in and out of traffic and jumping on vehicles. Officers arrived and made contact with the female subject. Officers determined she was a danger to herself and others. She was transported to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

Dinner at Thai Thyme


Dinner at Thai Thyme, on the east side of Myrtle just north of Olive. Got the Holy Kaprow stir fry with chicken for $14.95, rice for $3, and a beer for $7. Nice. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Dapper Dog Loves Chasing Toys


Winston is a dapper six-year-old greyhound mix who is ready to race his way into your heart! He has a beautiful shiny brindle coat that turns heads wherever he goes. He’s not just a pretty face, though. Winston has smarts as well. He appears to be housebroken and knows a handful of tricks, with the desire to learn more.

Winston likes to chase things, especially toys! His favorite is the squeaky ball, but really, he’s not very picky. His long legs make it seem like he’s floating through the air in pursuit of whatever is thrown his way. This also means that Winston should not live with cats or other small animals. After a few rounds of fetch, he will contentedly relax and enjoy chewing on his toys until it's time to run again!

At six years old, Winston is eligible for the Seniors for Seniors program, meaning his adoption fee is waived for an adopter over sixty.

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


Monrovia Supports Monterey Park


As a mark of respect for the community of Monterey Park, the City of Monrovia will fly all flags at half-staff until January 26.

- Brad Haugaard 

COVID Booster Shots Available Jan. 28

- Brad Haugaard 

A Moment in Monrovia History: A 16th Birthday Party in 1943

Betty and James Wilson lived on Fig Street. He was a jockey. When the house was cleaned out, Betty Thomas picked up some photographs that were being thrown out. These are the girls (including Vivian Fisher and Juanita Gardner) at Wilsons' son's 16th birthday. In 1943. From the Susie Ling 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

Grand Reopening of Historic 1886 Anderson House Feb. 19


The Monrovia Historical Society (not to be confused with the Monrovia Historical Museum) will hold a grand reopening to celebrate the completion of repairs to the 1886 George H. Anderson House (215 E. Lime) on Sunday, February 19 from 2-4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 2:15. The house is now presentable after years of work, including a new roof, plastering, woodwork repair, and cleaning. Refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are not necessary. Admission is free and all are welcome.

- Brad Haugaard

Battle of Badges Blood Drive; Black History Month Events; Old Town Tree Trimming; Historical Museum Repair

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

~  Monrovia Police Department will host Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Thursday, February 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Center (119 W. Palm Avenue). To schedule an appointment go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code "BOB23" or call (800) 733-2767.

~ The Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association will host these Black History Month events in February: Kickoff (t.ly/XI-e); Health Fair & Workshops (t.ly/fT9P); Reading, Music, Arts & Crafts (t.ly/iL5t); Children's Art Festival (t.ly/VlrU); Luncheon / Art Exhibit (t.ly/R_JP).

~ West Coast Arborist crews will be trimming trees in Old Town Monrovia between Foothill and Huntington Drive from January 23-27, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

~ Next week city contractors will be at the Monrovia Historical Museum repairing exterior woodwork and stucco,  repainting the outside, and repair the museum's garage roof. Expect restricted access to the museum through February.

- Brad Haugaard

Valentine's Day Romantic Carriage Ride

- Brad Haugaard

Canyon Park Will NOT Reopen Jan. 23

Canyon Park will not reopen Monday due to new damage. Here is what Recreation Manager Rebecca Sandoval writes:

"The reopening of Canyon Park has been postponed for about 4 to 6 weeks. The latest storms created emergency conditions across the state and included local, state, and federal disaster proclamations. The storms caused additional damage to areas that clearly present dangerous conditions. For example, there are new washouts of the roadway near culvert crossing #2. There are several large drops adjacent to the road, walkways, and trail. LA County Public Works is also conducting major hauling operations within their debris basin, so Canyon Boulevard has heavy truck traffic. This activity presents another concern, which places walkers and pedestrians along the park entrance during increased hauling activities. Thank you for understanding and your patience as we work hard to reopen our beloved park."

City Manager Dylan Feik adds:

"During an inspection of our progress and after receiving information from our engineer and construction team, I would not feel comfortable hiking with my own children in the park, so I cannot, in good conscience, feel good about reopening just yet. So many people have been working hard to reopen, and so many of you are eager to visit. That will happen, and it will happen soon, just not yet! "

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Seven Catalytic Converters Stolen; Intoxicated Drivers; Perfume Thief; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 311 service events, resulting in 81 investigations.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 12 at 9:44 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Huntington and Encino. The officer made contact with the driver who was found to have two outstanding warrants. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 13 at 12:55 a.m., while on patrol, an officer stopped a vehicle for a moving violation in the area of Magnolia and Duarte. The driver was suspected to be driving under the influence of alcohol. An investigation revealed the driver was intoxicated. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
January 13 at 2:04 a.m., a caller reported hearing a car crash in the area of Genoa and Rosewood. Officers arrived and found a large portion of a gate had been damaged and the vehicle was no longer at the scene. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 13 at 7:27 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of Highland called to report that the catalytic converter on his vehicle was taken sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 13 at 8:02 a.m., a caller in the 400 block of Concord reported that the catalytic converter on his vehicle was taken sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 13 at 8:24 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of Oaks called to report that the catalytic converter on his vehicle was taken sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 13 at 8:47 a.m., a caller in the 100 block of Greystone called to report that the catalytic converter on his vehicle was taken sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Grant Theft
January 13 at 9:07 a.m., an employee from a business in the 900 block of W. Huntington called to report that construction material was taken from the site. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 13 at 9:17 a.m. a resident in the 200 block of N. Myrtle called to report that the catalytic converter on his vehicle was taken sometime during the night. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
January 13 at 10:23 a.m., a caller in the 400 block of Oakcliff called to report his home was burglarized. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication / Resisting Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 13 at 4:45 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Grand called to report a suspicious vehicle with two occupants yelling at each other. Officers arrived and spoke with the two occupants. The passenger was intoxicated and attempted to exit the vehicle and leave. He was detained and would not cooperate with officers. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft
January 13 at 5:41 p.m., a caller from the 1400 block of Magnolia reported someone stole his electric scooter. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
January 13 at 8:08 p.m., a caller in the 200 block of W. Lime reported his fence had been kicked causing damage. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
January 14 at 1:29 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 300 block of E. Palm when he saw a motorist commit a driving violation. The motorist was stopped and appeared to be intoxicated. A DUI investigation revealed that the driver was intoxicated. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested
January 14 at 3:10 a.m., while on patrol, an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of Alta Vista and Concord. The driver showed signs of being intoxicated. A DUI investigation revealed that the driver was intoxicated. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Drug Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 14 at 4:11 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1600 block of S. Primrose and saw subjects in a park after hours. The officer contacted the subjects and found that one of the subjects was in possession of drugs. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 14 at 4:19 a.m., an officer detained a subject for being in a park after hours in the 1600 block of S. Primrose. The subject was found to be in possession of drugs. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 14 at 8:37 p.m., a three vehicle collision was reported in the area of Huntington and Monterey. A party reported injuries and was treated at the scene.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 14 at 11:38 p.m., an officer saw a vehicle driving the wrong way in the 100 block of W. Lime and conducted a traffic stop. The driver showed signs of intoxication and a DUI investigation ensued. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 15 at 2:19 a.m., while on patrol, an officer saw a vehicle commit a violation in the area of Maple and Alta Vista. The officer conducted a traffic stop. The driver was suspected of intoxication and a DUI investigation ensued. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft
January 15 at 11:37 a.m., a caller reported his vehicle's catalytic converter was stolen in the 700 block of S. Shamrock. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
January 16 at 11:24 am, a resident in the 600 block of E. Colorado reported her vehicle had been ransacked and was missing property. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
January 16 at 11:51 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1100 block of E. Huntington called to report that one of their vehicles had not been returned. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 16 at 12:24 p.m., the victim reported that someone cut off the catalytic converter to her vehicle in the 400 block of Montana. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
January 16 at 3:49 p.m., the reporting party called from the 900 block of E. Huntington and stated they have been receiving multiple fraudulent prescriptions. Investigation continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 16 at 10:07 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the 100 block of W. Foothill for a traffic violation. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. A DUI investigation revealed that the driver was intoxicated. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Mental Evaluation
January 16 at 10:58 p.m., a caller in the 500 block of E. Olive reported an unknown female subject was knocking on the door and refusing to leave. Officers arrived and made contact with the female subject. Officers determined that she needed to be transported to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

Mental Evaluation
January 17 at 2:01 p.m., a caller in the 1800 block of S. Fifth reported that she was going to harm herself. Officers arrived and located her. Investigation revealed she was a danger to herself and was transported to a local hospital for a mental evaluation.

Theft
January 17 at 4:29 p.m., a business from the 700 block of East Huntington called to report that a few hours prior, a subject stole several fragrances. The incident was captured on surveillance footage. Investigation continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 18 at 12:08 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of S. Myrtle regarding suspicious subjects. As officers were arriving, one of the subjects fled. The second male and female subjects remained at the business and were detained by officers. The female had a warrant. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
January 18 at 9:05 a.m., a witness called from the 700 block of W. Foothill to report that he saw a vehicle side swipe a parked vehicle and did not stop. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 18 at 9:10 a.m., officers conducted a consensual contact on a subject in the area of Lemon and Primrose. A computer check revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Petty Theft
January 18 at 12:20 p.m., loss prevention called from the 1600 block of Mountain to report that a subject stole items. Loss prevention made contact with the subject and retrieved the merchandise. The subject left before police was called. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 18 at 2:04 p.m., an officer was flagged down by a citizen in the area of Shamrock and Cypress for a male subject in the area acting erratically. The officer located the subject. The subject displayed signs and symptoms of intoxication. The citizen positively identified the subject. Further investigation revealed that the subject drove while under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Commercial Burglary
January 18 at 4:50 p.m., the victim reported that someone broke into her storage unit in the 100 block of E. Lime. This investigation is continuing.

Opportunity to Make Sure School District's Bond Money Is Spent Properly

If you are interested in making sure the $75 million of bond money the Monrovia School District recently had approved is properly spent, consider applying to be on the district's Citizens' Oversight Committee. Details and application form here: t.ly/zLyN

- Brad Haugaard

KGEM Videos Finalists for WAVE Awards

KGEM reports that five of its videos have been chosen as finalists for the WAVE awards, given in honor of excellence in community media programming.

- Brad Haugaard

Clifton Middle School Designated As a 'School to Watch'

Clifton Middle School has been redesignated as a School to Watch for 2023 by The California League of Educators(CLE).

CLE established the Schools to Watch Program to recognize middle schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable, and highly collaborative. Selected schools serve as models and mentors to other middle schools throughout the state and nation.

“It really validates all of the hard work that the staff and students have put in to make Clifton excel in all areas,” said Clifton Principal Scott Moses. “I am thrilled as I know what an exemplary school environment we have, and I am just honored to be the instructional leader. This team makes achieving this recognition possible.”

Clifton is recognized for its highly successful push-in/co-teach collaborative teaching model, school-wide PBIS program, Spanish dual immersion, family engagement, and more.

Moses said he and his team were thrilled to get the good news once the California League of Educators officially announced it.

“It has really been great to have so many programs to build on and such a receptive staff to incorporate fresh and positive behaviors and strategies,” he said. “Developing the report was not without challenges as we were coming off obstacles such as the pandemic and school closures, which resulted in a dynamic shift in focus, but our team pulled through.”

“California Schools to Watch” is a statewide program implemented by the California League of Schools, California Department of Education, California Middle Grades Alliance, National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, and the California Schools to Watch model schools. For more information, visit www.leagueofschools.org.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at KBOP Korean Kitchen


Dinner at the new KBOP Korean Kitchen, in the Sprouts shopping center on Huntington. Got the Bibimbop Bowl on a salad base for $12 and a small drink for $2.49  Tasty  

- Brad Haugaard 

MAFA Art Exhibit January 29, 2-5 P.M.

From 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, January 29 there will be an artist reception at the Community Center exhibiting the works of four Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (monroviafinearts.org) artists. Artists are Dorothy Gonzales, Alixandria Hughes, Jennifer Watkins, and Rick Wise. There will also be classical and popular music performed by the String Quartet of the Pasadena Youth Orchestra, artwork by more than 60 students from Clifton and Santa Fe middle schools, and refreshments from Rivanis Baking Company and Wine of the Month Club. The event will also feature a silent auction of MAFA artists' work.

- Brad Haugaard

Chamber of Commerce GoFundMe for Steve Baker Bear Statue


The Monrovia Chamber of Commerce has created a GoFundMe page to raise $3,500 for a painted bear statue in honor of former City Historian, Steve Baker - presumably with top hat and tails. The project is being supported by several local organizations Baker was involved with. More here: t.ly/lSwQ

- Brad Haugaard

Topaz - After This Wallflower Warms Up She's Curiosity and Affection


Topaz is more than a gem of a dog - she’s a shining star! Four-year-old Topaz was found in a local park. She was initially very withdrawn at the shelter, but now she has started to come out of her shell, much to the delight of staff and volunteers.

Her nervousness has been replaced by an adorable mixture of curiosity and affection. She loves gentle scratches and pets and has also shown an affinity for training. She is a master at “sit” and “down” and much more she just hasn’t shown off yet.

This wallflower may need some time to warm up in a home, but once she does, this lady is sure to be a jewel!

Topaz is available for a 14-day adoption trial! This is a great opportunity to see if she’s the right fit for your home.

The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet. View photos of adoptable pets and schedule an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: 1940s Service Station

Henson's Service Station, around 1940, on west side of Myrtle between Walnut and Olive. At Walnut was the Blu Seal Laundry, Gas Station, Red's Trolley Car Restaurant, Happy's Liquor Store, and a used furniture Store at Olive. Howard Henson sold this station and bought the gas station at 721-729 S. Shamrock. From the Kim Anderson 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

GrowMonrovia Raising Funds to Fight Bradbury Street Widening

GrowMonrovia is trying to raise $20,000 to pay legal fees to prevent the City of Bradbury from widening Bradbury Road where it turns into Wildrose Avenue. GrowMonrovia objects to Bradbury removing the trees on the east side of the street. GoFundMe page: t.ly/Z-3U

- Brad Haugaard

School Board: Field Trip to High-Speed Rail Site; Adding Entrepreneurship and Engineering Courses; Etc.

At its next meeting (agenda: t.ly/6CYa) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider ...

~ Allowing high school students to take an extended field trip to a California High-Speed Rail construction site and to the Fresno State University Engineering Department. t.ly/w1cB

~ Add Entrepreneurship 1 as a high school course. Students "put together customer and competitor profiles, marketing campaigns, and a financial analysis to support their claims about the feasibility of their business idea. Towards the end of the school year, students have opportunities to pitch their business opportunities to judges in local, regional, and national competitions." [Comment: Awesome idea!] t.ly/zNWK

~ Adding a new high school course, Honors Project Lead the Way Principles of Engineering. In the program "students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics." t.ly/NbAs

~ An agreement to let California State Long Beach students have counseling internships in Monrovia for three-years. t.ly/0P1R

- Brad Haugaard

Gravel Bags Available, City Closed for King's Birthday, State of the City Address

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

~ With a storm expected this weekend, gravel and gravel bag materials are available at Recreation Park. First come, first served; provide your own shovels, gloves, and eye protection. Bags available at the Monrovia Public Works Yard, 600 S. Mountain Ave. For questions contact the Public Works Department at 932-5575.

~ Monrovia City Hall, Public Works Yard, Community Center, and Library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

~ Annual State of the City event to be held on Feb. 13 at LOOK Cinemas at 6 p.m. City Council will provide updates on accomplishments in 2022 and plans for 2023.

- Brad Haugaard

Library Has New Collection of Nintendo Switch Games - And Other Games

Monrovia Public Library has a new collection of Nintendo Switch games, board games, and puzzles for checkout starting Jan 20, a variety of new and classic games for all ages. Update or sign up for library card to check out games.

- Brad Haugaard

Reservations Now Open to Visit Canyon Park


Monrovia Canyon Park will reopen on January 23, with reservations required. The park will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The park may close intermittently due to rain or safety concerns. Reserve a spot here (t.ly/MTHt). For more information call 256-8246.

- Brad Haugaard

School Board Elects New Officers - Traci Gholar is New President

At its annual organizational meeting, the Monrovia School Board elected new officers for 2023. Traci Gholar is the new board president (succeeding Selene Lockerbie), Jennifer Anderson is the new Board Vice President, Rob Hammond is the new Board Clerk and Maritza Travanti and Selene Lockerbie are Board Members. t.ly/Qpqx

- Brad Haugaard

City Council to Honor Military Families; Proclaim Blood Donor Month; Extend Emergency Proclamations

At its next meeting (agenda: t.ly/DFr8) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Honor families of Monrovians serving in the military: Kobie Ortiz, Private, United States Marine Corps; Bryce Stubbs, Private, United States Marine Corps; Matthew Camacho, Private First Class, United States Marine Corps; and Kobi Moore, Seaman Recruit, United States Navy.

~  Proclaim January as National Blood Donor Month. t.ly/95r3

~ Consider extending local emergency proclamations for the coronavirus pandemic, and for  rain storms on December 13, 2021, December 11, 2022, and January 8, 2023. The proclamations will help in applying for state and federal assistance.  t.ly/j9o6

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Suspect Returns While Officers on Scene, Arrested; Royals Don't Have to Pay; Mud Comes Through Back Window; Man Conned Out of His Watch; Etc.

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


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 368 service events, resulting in 78 investigations.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 5 at 10:11 a.m., an officer located a subject in the 700 block of W. Huntington who was wanted. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Commercial Burglary
January 5 at 11:07 a.m., a witness in the 1400 block of S. Shamrock reported a business in the area had a shattered front door. Officers arrived and determined a burglary occurred. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
January 5 at 6:08 p.m., a caller reported his vehicle had been stolen from a parking lot in the 1100 block of S. Fifth. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
January 5 at 9:20 p.m., an employee in the 900 block of W. Foothill reported a suspect became upset, broke items inside the store, and threw a glass bottle at one of the windows. The suspect returned while officers were on scene. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft – Suspect Arrested
January 5, at 9:46 p.m., an employee in the 300 block of W. Foothill reported a female subject was refusing to pay her bill after ordering food and drinks. Officers arrived and spoke to the female subject who refused to pay. She advised the officers that she was royalty and claimed she doesn’t have to pay for items. The employee placed her under private citizen’s arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
January 6 at 12:13 a.m., an officer saw a subject in a park in the 1600 block of S. Primrose after hours. The subject was detained and he was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, cited, and released at the scene.

Weapons Offense – Suspect Arrested
January 6 at 2:55 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Myrtle and Duarte. The driver had a suspended license and was found to be in possession of firearm ammunition. The driver was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
January 6 at 3:31 a.m., a caller in the 800 block of Diamond reported subjects were stealing the catalytic converter from a vehicle. Officers arrived but the suspects had already fled. This investigation is continuing.

Wanted Person – Suspect Arrested
January 6 at 7:16 p.m., while on patrol in the 700 block of W. Huntington officers recognized a subject who had a no-bail warrant for his arrest. Officers contacted the subject and detained him. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 7 at 12:31 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Madison and Colorado for a moving violation. The driver was suspected of alcohol intoxication and a DUI investigation ensued. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Felony Vandalism Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 7 at 1:06 a.m., a caller reported someone was breaking into their home in the 500 block of King. Officers arrived and determined a neighbor committed a felony vandalism by breaking a window. The suspect was located nearby who admitted to breaking the window due to an ongoing feud. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
January 7 at 8:45 a.m., while on patrol, officers conducted a consensual contact with a female subject in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle. While speaking with her, he observed drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 7 at 5:06 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Lotone regarding a restraining order violation. The caller stated a male subject, who she has an active restraining order against, was in violation. Officers located the male subject but there was no record of a restraining order on file. A computer check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Mental Evaluation
January 7 at 10:18 p.m., a family disturbance was reported in the 500 block of W. Duarte. Officers spoke to the female half, who said her husband had been drinking and made comments about wanting to injure himself. Officers attempted to speak with the male subject but he was uncooperative and would not come to the door. It was determined that he was a danger to himself and was transported to medical facility for a mental evaluation.

Battery
January 7 at 10:20 p.m., a physical altercation between multiple subjects was reported in the 400 block of S. Myrtle. An investigation revealed that an argument took place and it became physical. When officers arrived the parties were separated and one half had already left the location. MFD responded and evaluated one subject that was involved. This investigation is continuing.

Mental Evaluation
January 8 at 12:02 p.m., a caller in the 800 block of W. Walnut reported their son was throwing things inside the house. When officers arrived and contacted the subject he attempted to bite an officer. It was determined that he was a danger to himself and others. He was transported to a local hospital for a mental evaluation.

Petty Theft
January 9 at 3:09 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of W. Pomona. The victim reported that sometime during the night someone entered her vehicle and stole items. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
January 9 at 5:11 p.m., the reporting party came to the lobby to report that someone stole her registration tabs which were on her vehicle in the 500 block of E. Walnut. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 9 at 5:14 p.m., officers responded to the area of Mayflower and Duarte regarding an injury collision between a vehicle and pedestrian. The pedestrian had complain of pain and was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 9 at 5:30 p.m., a solo injury traffic collision was reported in the area of Myrtle and Chestnut. The driver got a flat tire, swerved and struck the center median.

Medical Assist
January 9 at 7:40 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Melrose for a welfare check on an elderly resident. Officers arrived and could hear the woman yelling that she couldn’t come to the door. Officers were able to find their way in through a back door. The woman had fallen and couldn't get up. MFD arrived and took over.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 9 at 10:22 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the area of Myrtle & Colorado for a traffic violation. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. An investigation determined that the driver was driving under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Mudslide
January 9 at 11:43 p.m., a resident on the Hidden Valley Road reported water and mud debris coming through a window in the back of the house. The water and mud was flowing over the retaining wall against the hill. MFD responded and assisted.

Grand Theft
January 10 at 11:05 a.m., an employee from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington reported a theft of merchandise. This investigation is continuing.

Possession of Fake ID – Suspect Arrested
January 10 at 2:25 p.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a suspicious person checking door handles to vehicles. Officers located the subject matching the description. The subject presented a fraudulent identification. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery
January 10 at 6:44 p.m., a victim called from the 100 block of S. Myrtle to report he was making a private vehicle purchase. The victim decided not to purchase the vehicle because there was something suspicious about the paperwork. He explained the suspect fled on foot with the victim’s money. A computer check of the vehicle's license plate revealed it was stolen. Officers did an area check for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
January 11 at 12:01 a.m., while on patrol in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle, an officer saw a suspicious vehicle. The officer contacted the occupant who was found to have a warrant. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 11 at 8:43 a.m., officers responded to the area regarding an injury traffic collision. One of the drivers complained of pain and was treated at the scene.

Vandalism
January 11 at 8:49 a.m., the reporting party in the 1800 block of Tenth called to say that someone slashed one of the tires to her vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
January 11 at 3:57 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington regarding a suspicious subject that was talking about stealing. Officers located the subject outside the business and inside of his vehicle. They could see merchandise he was trying to conceal in his pants. The subject admitted to stealing it from the business. Employees advised they needed approval from corporate in order to press charges. The items were recovered and the subject was identified. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 11 at 4:32 p.m., the victim was walking in the 900 block of W. Duarte when he saw the same two subjects in the parking lot. They called him over and suggested he try on a gold bracelet. One of the subjects told him in order to do so, he had to remove his watch. The victim removed it and placed it in his front pocket. When he did so, the subject, who was in front of him, reached over and grabbed it from his pocket. The victim's daughter happened to be driving up and saw the incident. She was able to obtain video of the suspect's vehicle as they fled. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 11 at 8:04 p.m., a caller reported that her catalytic converter had been stolen while she was shopping inside a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington. This investigation is continuing.