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Silly Hermes Plays Fetch With Himself


Hermes is a young and playful two-year-old pit bull mix who can’t wait to meet you!

This handsome boy is fond of squeaky toys, treats, and sitting in the closest lap he can find. He’s a 50 pound lap-dog who is not afraid to use his powers of persuasion (puppy-dog eyes) to get the attention he so clearly deserves!

Hermes will keep everyone he meets entertained with his silliness. He plays a version of “fetch” with himself- tossing every toy he can find airborne and pouncing on it when it comes down. It’s like the canine equivalent of whac-a-mole.

Once he’s had enough playtime, Hermes will show off his repertoire of tricks. He’s very smart and enjoys performing for rewards; pets and treats.

One of the staff members at Pasadena Humane has sponsored the adoption fee for Hermes, so his lucky family can spend that saved cash on some more squeaky toys and treats!

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

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. Daily adoption appointments can be scheduled online. New adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Walk-in appointments are available every day from 2:00 – 5:00. 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: 1887 New Year's Day Celebration at Monroe and Pile Real Estate Office

"This cut represents the office of our worthy entrepreneurs. Monrovia aged one year. The boys are splendid young fellows. The gentleman on the left is W.E Pile. The gentleman standing with pitcher & glass in hand is M.S. Monroe of Monroe & Pile. The gentleman seated at the left of the table with glass in hand is W.N. Monroe, the founder of the town of Monrovia, founded May 1886. The gentleman on the right is C. O. Monroe." Photographer: Shaffner -- Grand View Hotel Series, Monrovia. The office was located at approximately 411 S. Myrtle Ave and lighted by gas, so there must have been a gas manufacturing plant on the premises. The date - Jan 1, 1887 - suggests this is a celebration of the New Year. 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

Tabletop Game Night at Library March 8

Tabletop Game Night for Adults at Library on March 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a variety of new and social games from the library's collection. Contact: aloera@ci.monrovia.ca.us, 256-8254.

- Brad Haugaard

Rock Painting at Library March 5


Spring Crafternoon: Rock Painting for adults and teens (16+) at Library, tomorrow, March 5, 6 to 7 p.m. No registration required, supplies provided, but participants may bring their own rocks. Contact: abanuelos@ci.monrovia.ca.us, 256-8272.

- Brad Haugaard

Line Dance With a Veteran

Line Dance with a Veteran at the Community Center, 119 W Palm, on March 9, 2 to 3 p.m. Open to all ages. For military members, veterans, and their families and friends. Instructors John and Katie Watson. No experience or partner required; soft sole shoes recommended. Contact: mcross@ci.monrovia.ca.us, 256-8294.

- Brad Haugaard 

Clifton Middle School Honored as California Distinguished School


Monrovia's Clifton Middle School is one of 293 California middle schools and high schools named by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond as California Distinguished Schools. The award honors schools for either closing the achievement gap or demonstrating exceptional student performance. Schools will be honored at an event in Anaheim on May 3.

- Brad Haugaard

City Invites Comments on Planned Norumbega Home


The city is inviting residents with specific environmental concerns on a residential project planned for 545 Norumbega Drive, to submit them by 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, to  Planning Division Manager Sheri Bermejo at planning@ci.monrovia.ca.us. Details

- Brad Haugaard

Tickets on Sale for Monrovia Wine Walk April 13


The 7th Annual Wine Walk in Old Town will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 6 - 9 p.m. Participants will explore businesses and sample wines. Tickets required. Purchase here, at the Community Center or Charlie's House, 430 S. Myrtle Ave. Tickets are $45 pre-sale and $60 at the event if not sold out. Contact the Community Center for questions at 256-8246. 

- Brad Haugaard

Where to Drop Off Your Ballot; City Street Repaving; Historic Walking Tour

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

~ If you don't want to mail in your ballot, you can drop it off at the Library Community Room, open open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 4, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. Or... you can drop it in the official ballot box on the north side of the Library, on Palm Ave.

~ The city is replacing  nearly 1.1 million square feet of roadway, 4,566 square feet of sidewalks and driveway approaches, nearly three quarters of a mile of water main, and cleaning over three miles of sewer mains, and is replacing two parking lots in Old Town. He said the current Pavement Condition Index (PCI) is an "incredible" 87, and will certainly improve after the current road work, and work scheduled for next year on Peck Road and South Myrtle. For comparison, he said the average California PCI is 66.

~ There will be a two-hour walking tour of historic Monrovia tomorrow, March 2, starting at the SE corner of Palm and Myrtle Avenues at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per person with proceeds benefiting Monrovia Historic Preservation Group.

- Brad Haugaard

Spring Monrovia Today Magazine Is Out


The Spring 2024 Monrovia Today magazine is out, with information about Monrovia Days, Spring Bunny Photos and Egg Hunt, upcoming classes and more. Here

- Brad Haugaard

Current Local Job Opportunities - March

Here are links to the latest job opportunities for Monrovia:

Monrovia School District 

City of Monrovia 

Private 

There is also a group called Monrovia Works. Search for it on Facebook and ask to join it.

- Brad Haugaard


Monrovia and Sierra Madre VFWs to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War


The Monrovia VFW post will provide the color guard - which posts the flags - and a rifle team to render the rifle salute at a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration on March 23, at 11 a.m. at Sierra Madre's Memorial Park (222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.). The public event, hosted by Sierra Madre VFW Post 3208, includes speakers, a POW/MIA tribute, and refreshments, and is part of a national commemoration honoring service members. For more information call call (626) 355-7016.

- Brad Haugaard

Three-House Development Planned for North Monrovia Hillside

Three houses and a debris basin are planned for a hillside development on Highland Place in north Monrovia. There will be a public meeting March 14, from 6-7 p.m. in the Library Community Room about the project.

- Brad Haugaard



Monrovia Police: Lots of Boys Fight in Parking Lot; Intoxicated Drivers; Three-Tire Car Hits and Runs; Man Threatens With Knife - Given Ticket; Woman Won't Leave Bathroom; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 487 service events, resulting in 91 investigations. 

Public Intoxication / Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
February 22 at 1:58 a.m., a caller in the area of Myrtle and Huntington said that his date had walked away from the bar they were at and was possible intoxicated. Officers arrived and located the female subject who appeared to be intoxicated. A computer check revealed she had warrants for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
February 22 at 7:51 a.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported in the area of Magnolia and Cypress. One of the involved parties fled the scene after colliding into another vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant Arrest / Drug Arrest – Suspect Arrested
February 22 at 10:42 a.m., officers responded to a shopping center in the 600 block of W. Huntington regarding a subject driving erratically. Officers arrived and located the vehicle and made contact with the driver. A computer search revealed the driver had an outside warrant for his arrest. He was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Warrant Arrests – Suspect Arrested
February 22 at 3:07 p.m., while patrolling the area of Huntington and Mountain an officer saw a vehicle in violation of a vehicle code. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. A computer search revealed the driver and passenger had outstanding warrants for their arrest. They were arrested and taken into custody. 

Fraud
February 22 at 4:49 p.m., a caller from the 200 block of E. Walnut reported she was a victim of fraud totaling approximately $5,000. This investigation is continuing. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
February 22 at 9:00 p.m., callers in the area of Ivy and Colorado reported a vehicle collided into a parked car and fled the area. Officers arrived and were able to locate the vehicle and driver. 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. 

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
February 23 at 8:15 a.m., officers responded to the area of Central and Mountain regarding a traffic collision investigation. 

Injury Traffic Collision
February 23 at 8:37 a.m., officers responded to an injury traffic collision in the area of Madison and Foothill. There was complain of pain only and the driver at-fault was issued a citation. 

Hit and Run Traffic
February 23 at 11:15 a.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported in the area of Huntington and Fifth. A vehicle collided with a traffic signal and fled. This investigation is continuing. 

Vandalism
February 23 at 4:04 p.m., a caller in the 1300 block of S. Alta Vista reported a window to a vehicle was smashed. The owner was notified and the vehicle was locked and secured. No entry was made and nothing was stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Fraud
February 23 at 4:12 p.m., a victim of fraud walked into the MPD lobby to make a report. This investigation is continuing. 

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
February 23 at 4:48 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington regarding a shoplifting in progress. Officers arrived and located the suspect. A computer search revealed she had warrants for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Vehicle Burglary
February 23 at 7:50 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of W. Palm reported five juveniles burglarizing his neighbor's car. When the juveniles saw the resident, they all ran. Officers arrived and searched the area, but could not locate them. This investigation is continuing. 

Juvenile Fight in Public
February 23 at 8:00 p.m., a caller in the 100 block of W. Foothill reported a large number of male juveniles fighting in a parking lot. Officers arrived and located the victim and made contact with the parents who refused prosecution. This investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence
February 23 at 9:43 p.m., an injury traffic collision was reported in the area of Mountain and Duarte. Officers arrived and located the parties involved. One of the drivers displayed signs of being intoxicated and complained of pain. He was transported to a medical facility for treatment. This investigation is continuing. 

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
February 23 at 9:46 p.m., a caller in the area of Mountain and Lemon reported two motorists had just collided. Officers arrived and found no one was injured. Both parties did not want a collision report taken, but chose only to exchange information. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
February 24 at 4:14 a.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported in the 500 block of W. Duarte. A caller reported seeing a motorist traveling with a missing tire. Officers arrived and found three parked cars had been broadsided. They searched for the suspect vehicle and located it two blocks away, damaged and unoccupied. This investigation is continuing. 

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
February 24 at 2:23 a.m., a caller in the 100 block of W. Lime reported a group of people in the 100 block of W. Lime who appeared to be "huffing" from balloons. When officers arrived a large group of males ran in different directions and two male subject were detained. An investigation determined they were too intoxicated to care for themselves. They were arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
February 24 at 9:30 a.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported in a parking lot in the 900 block of E. Huntington. The caller reported that he was struck by a vehicle and the vehicle fled. This investigation is continuing. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
February 24 at 11:45 a.m., a caller in a parking lot in the 500 block of W. Huntington reported that her vehicle was hit while parked. An investigation revealed the suspect was attempting to exit the parking lot, hit the victim’s vehicle, got out to look at the damage and fled the scene. This investigation is continuing. 

Brandishing Weapon – Suspect Arrested
February 24 at 12:21 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a subject who brandished a knife at the victim. Officers arrived and made contact with the male subject. He was arrested, cited and released at the scene. 

Shoplifting
February 24 at 2:00 p.m., a theft was reported in a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. Officers arrived and located the suspect vehicle nearby. The suspect wasn't inside the vehicle but the owner was. She stated she wasn't with the suspect during the theft and she had just entered the vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Shoplifting
February 24 at 3:35 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington regarding a shoplifting in progress. Officers arrived and made contact with juvenile subject. The stolen property was recovered. The juveniles were detained, cited and released to their parents. 

Battery
February 24 at 3:45 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of W. Duarte regarding two subjects arguing about a parking problem. The suspect, who was in a U-Haul truck, was blocking the driveway to the complex and when the reporting party told him to move, a verbal argument ensued. As the suspect got into the truck to leave, the RP got in front of the truck to prevent him from leaving so officers could speak with him. The suspect ended up punching the RP, and the passenger of the truck punched the RP's wife, who was inside of a vehicle. Both suspects fled the scene. This investigation is continuing. 

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
February 25 at 12:41 a.m., a disturbing subject was reported in a complex in the 800 block of W. Duarte. Officers arrived and located the female subject who appeared to be intoxicated. It was determined that she was unable to care for herself. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
February 25 at 11:09 a.m., a caller in the 400 block of S. Myrtle reported a disturbed subject was being aggressive towards patrons at a local business. Officers arrived and made contact with the subject. A computer search revealed he had outstanding warrants. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Municipal Code Violation – Suspect Arrested
February 26 at 2:14 a.m., an officer was patrolling a park in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle when he saw a subject in the park after hours, in violation of a municipal code violation. The officer made contact with the male subject who had an open container of alcohol and refused to identify himself. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Commercial Burglary
February 26 at 2:41 a.m., an alarm company called to report glass was broken at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and discovered a shattered window. An investigation revealed that a weapon was taken from the business. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft from Vehicle
February 26 at 8:03 p.m., the victim called to report that she parked her vehicle in the 600 block of W. Duarte and when she came out she discovered it had been ransacked and property taken. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft of Mail
February 26 at 10:43 p.m., a witness in the 700 block of S. Myrtle reported a subject stealing packages. Officers arrived and attempted to make contact with the subject but he fled. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
February 27 at 10:23 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a possible fire. Officers arrived and located two subject using the fire to cook. A computer search revealed the subjects had warrants. They were arrested and taken into custody. 

Grand Theft
February 27 at 12:18 p.m., a victim came to the MPD lobby to report that tools were stolen from the bed of his truck. This investigation is continuing. 

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
February 27 at 12:50 p.m., a restaurant in the 800 block of W. Huntington called regarding a female subject refusing to leave the bathroom. Officers convinced the woman to exit the bathroom and requested consent to search. The search yielded drug paraphernalia. The subject was issued a citation. 

Violation of Court Order
February 27 at 8:17 pm, a victim in the 500 block of Cloverleaf called to report a subject he has a restraining order against contacted him through social media. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft
February 27 at 9:35 pm, a loss prevention officer from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report a male subject walked into the business grabbed merchandise and left without making payment. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft
February 28 at 1:45 p.m., the owner of a business in the 1600 block of S. California called to report that an employee who was terminated at the end of January had apparently stolen plumbing supplies from the company. 

Grand Theft
February 28 at 4:41 p.m., a resident in the 1000 block of S. Mountain called to report that his electric bicycle had been stolen from his residence. This investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Burglary
February 28 at 8:38 p.m., an employee from a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington walked to her vehicle and discovered it had been burglarized. The suspect gained entry into the locked vehicle by shattering a window. The suspect took property and fled. Officers were able to locate the property taken, but items were still missing. This investigation is continuing.

Dinner at Chicken King Express


Dinner at Chicken King Express, in the little shopping center at the northeast corner of Foothill and Mayflower. Got the White Plate for $12.45, and a soda for $2. Very nice. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Broadway Revue March 16 At St. Luke's Episcopal Church


The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company, led by Artistic Director and composer Drew Corey, will perform "Broadway Revue," featuring Broadway classics, on March 16, 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors/students, and $10 for children under 12, available online or at the door. Information and tickets at sgvccsingers.org.

- Brad Haugaard

Sadie: Calm and Smart People-Pleaser


Sadie is just over a year old, so she’s likely about full grown at 60 pounds. Despite her young age, she has a very calm energy and demeanor.  

Sadie is very smart and seems to truly enjoy learning new things. She is a master at “sit”, “down”, “touch”, and is even working on “play dead”. New things come very easily to her, and she is a people-pleaser, which will make it very easy for her adopters to get her used to her forever home and continue her training.  

One of the cutest things she does is to collect all her toys on her blanket. She happily chases any toy that’s available, then prances back to her blanket to lay down and give it a chew.  

Sadie will probably prefer a quieter home with not a whole lot of activity. She bonds very quickly with people, so she is likely to get attached to her new family and be the most loyal companion! 

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

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.  

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Looking for Professional to Create Artwork on Huntington Drive Pedestrian Bridge


Monrovia is seeking an artist to create an art installation on the overhead pedestrian bridge located on E. Huntington Drive between 602 and 605 Huntington Drive. The installation can be comprised of various art mediums including a mural, metal panels, etc. The theme of the art is Celebrating Route 66.

Goal of the Art

Route 66 has a rich history in Monrovia. With the 100th anniversary of Route 66, the goal of the project is to convey the historical and cultural significance of this roadway on one of Monrovia's primary thoroughfares. The concrete bridge is approximately 200 feet long though it's the artist's discretion to recommend the size and location of the art. The installation is anticipated to be completed by November 2024.

Eligibility

This project is open to professional artists who have experience with medium to large scale permanent public art projects. Artists need to provide examples of experience with similar types of art installations including images, project address and references.

This is a two-phase process:

Phase 1 - Qualification The submission of a Statement of Qualifications is the first step. At minimum, interested artists should submit:

  • Letter of interest that includes a) name, address and a brief description and examples of relevant art installations, b) brief description of initial concepts/ideas for this project and c) examples of applied knowledge, expertise and/or experience with similar types of installations, specifically your approach to the challenges of working over a city street.
  • Resume that includes a professional biography, work history involving medium to large scale art installations and references and images for each art installation.
  • Any other information that will assist in the selection based on the evaluation points below.

The Art in Public Places Committee will review the statements of qualification and invite up to three artists to move to Phase 2. Qualifications will be evaluated on the following:

  • Artist's qualifications, as demonstrated by the quality of their past work experience
  • Understanding of the project goal and requirements
  • Understanding and familiarity of the challenges specific to work being completed over a major street required for this installation
  • Capacity of artist to perform the work within time limitations.

Documentation can either be delivered no later than 6 p.m. on March 29 to Monrovia City Hall, Community Development Department, 415 S. Ivy Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 or electronically to kzessau@ci.monrovia.ca.us with the subject line reading "HUNTINGTON DRIVE BRIDGE."

Phase 2 - Concept Development

The second phase will require artists to prepare a preliminary concept or concepts. Upon notification from the city, finalists will have six weeks to prepare their preliminary concepts. Artists will receive a stipend of $1,000 upon submittal of concepts to the City. Multiple concepts can be submitted for consideration, however, the total stipend will be limited to $1,000.

The concept(s) should be developed enough to provide a good understanding of how the art will look within the context of the location. At minimum, this should include:

  • Conceptual design with anticipated media to be used
  • Overview of installation process
  • Anticipated budget
  • Anticipated project completion
  • Selection Process

The Art in Public Places Committee will review the concepts and make a recommendation to the Monrovia City Council for their consideration. The City Council will make the final approval on the artist and design.

Budget

The Route 66 Art installation has a maximum budget of $60,000 which must cover all associated costs of the project including design, fabrication, material, labor, transportation, insurance and installation. A detailed project budget will be required.

Milestones

  • March 29 Artists qualifications due
  • April 17 Art in Public Places Committee review of qualifications and selection of finalists
  • April 18 Finalists notification
  • May 30 Design submittals due (Phase 2)
  • June 12 Art in Public Places Committee review and recommendation
  • July 2 City Council approval
  • July 17 Final concept reviewed by AIPP Committee

For more information about this project, contact Kerri Zessau at kzessau@ci.monrovia.ca.us or 932-5564.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: 1912 Sports Yells - Rif Raf Rickety Row!

Monrovia High School sports yells from 1912. Rif Raf Rickety Row? 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

Information on Monrovia Mayoral and City Council Candidates

I invited all the candidates for Monrovia mayor and city council to submit statements, with a picture, about their candidacy for publication in MonroviaNow. Following the email invitation and two reminder emails, I received three statements, from mayoral candidate Becky Shevlin and council candidates Sergio Jimenez and Edward Belden by the Friday, Feb. 23, deadline. I did not receive statements from mayoral candidate Larry Spicer, or from council candidates Jesus Rojas or Antoinette Mushet. Voters can select one candidate for mayor and two candidates for city council.

Here are some links to candidate information:

Mayor

Becky Shevlin: Statement - Website

Larry Spicer Website


City Council

Edward Belden: Statement - Website

Sergio Jimenez: Statement - Website

Antoinette Mushet - Website 

Jesus Rojas: No statement, no website found


Also, here is a report on the candidates' forum in MonroviaNow

And an introduction to the candidates in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune


- Brad Haugaard

Play Jeopardy at Library March 1


Jeopardy Gameshow at Library on March 1, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Open to teens and adults (ages 13+), with 10 seats available. Register here. Features a variety of trivia categories.

- Brad Haugaard

School Board to Consider Creating Internships With Pharmacies


 At its next meeting (agenda here) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider creating two internship programs for students, one with CVS Pharmacy, and the other with Walgreens. It will also consider naming March 4-8 as National School Breakfast Week.

- Brad Haugaard

Chamber of Commerce to Honor Community Award Winners

The Monrovia Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting and Awards Gala is on March 1st at DoubleTree by Hilton, Monrovia. Social hour starts at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. The event will recognize the 2023 award recipients:

The Iris Award (Citizen of the Year) - Katie Gundersen

Monroe Award (Business of the Year) - Bowden Development, Inc.

Service to the Chamber Award - Brenda Trainor, Wonder Dog Ranch

Pam Fitzpatrick Award - Shawn Spencer, Girl Friday Solutions

Educator of the Year - Alison Meloserdoff, Wildrose School of Creative Arts

Firefighter of the Year - Hennessy Cabiles

Police Officer of the Year - Mike Garcia

Ambassador of the Year - Steve Bae, The Joint Chiropractic

Details here.

- Brad Haugaard

Job Fair at Community Adult School Feb. 29

Monrovia Community Adult School is hosting a job fair on February 29, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., at 920 S. Mountain Avenue. The event includes education, job development, career assistance, mental health, social services, US Labor information, and more. Industries like health, finance, government, hospitality, law enforcement, and others will be present. First 100 attendees receive a free In-N-Out lunch. Registration required. Details.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Class of 1974 Reunion

Lynnette Wilmoth is trying to locate people who were in the Monrovia High School Class of 1974 for the 50th reunion. If you can help her, send her a note at Lynnettecnm@yahoo.com.

- Brad Haugaard

Produce in the Park Fruit and Veggie Exchange, March 2 at Library Park

Produce in the Park, a free produce exchange, will be held March 2 in Library Park from 9-11 a.m. at the picnic table on the corner of Myrtle and Lime. Even people with no produce to share are welcome. The event invites participants to share produce, seeds, and food, and emphasizes the utilization of locally grown food.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Three Catalytic Converters Stolen; Drunk Flips Car, Arrested; Juveniles Fail To Start Brush Fire; Drunk Driver Asleep In Middle of Street; More Drunks; And More...

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 398 service events, resulting in 88 investigations.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
February 15 at 12:13 a.m., officers responded to the 900 block of W. Huntington regarding a vehicle blocking a driveway and the driver asleep behind the wheel. Officers made contact with the driver who appeared disoriented. A DUI investigation determined the driver was under the influence. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft
February 15 at 10:15 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 700 block of W. Chestnut when she was flagged down by a resident. The resident reported that the catalytic converter to her vehicle was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
February 15 at 5:03 p.m., a caller in the 700 block of E. Huntington called to report that property was stolen from his unlocked vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
February 15 at 6:08 p.m., a resident in the 900 block of S. Monterey walked outside of their home and discovered someone had stolen their vehicle’s catalytic converter. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
February 15 at 10:48 p.m., an alarm company, for a construction site in the 100 block of E. Huntington, reported a male adult subject trespassing. Officers arrived, located the subject, who was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He refused to identify himself. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Hit and Run Injury Traffic Collision
February 16 at 12:34 a.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported in the 1200 block of S. Primrose. A solo vehicle collided with parked vehicles and fled the scene. The driver was identified and located. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
February 16 at 7:20 a.m., a caller in the 100 block of N. Garfield reported that someone intercepted a check that was mailed to her and cashed it. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Theft
February 16 at 8:05 a.m., a passerby in the 800 block of Norumbega called to report that mail was scattered across the street. An officer arrived and recovered packages and returned them to the owner. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
February 16 at 9:00 a.m., a caller in the 700 block of Montana called to report that the catalytic converter to his vehicle was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
February 16 at 9:08 a.m., an employee from a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called to report property stolen from the rear of the business. This investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
February 16 at 8:48 p.m., officers were patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle when they located a female adult subject who was found to be heavily intoxicated and unable to care for herself. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Vandalism
February 16 at 9:02 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of W. Lemon reported a wooden fence, east of his property, was spray painted. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence / Injury Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
February 17 at 1:49 a.m., a caller in the 300 block of S. Canyon reported a motorist had just collided into a parked car. Officers and MFD arrived and found the vehicle had flipped upside down and the driver was crawling out of the vehicle. The driver had a minor cut on his hand and was treated by paramedics. He was also found to be heavily intoxicated. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Felony Hit and Run Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
February 17 at 2:11 p.m., officers responded to the area of Huntington and the 210 freeway regarding a rollover traffic collision where the suspect fled the scene. The suspect vehicle collided into the victim vehicle causing it to rollover. The victim and the passenger were both transported to the hospital for medical treatment. The suspect was located and transported to the MPD jail.

Petty Theft
February 17 at 2:30 p.m., the reporting party came into the MPD lobby to report property was stolen from his unlocked vehicle while parked in the 800 block of E. Olive. This investigation is continuing.

Unlawful Fire – Suspect Arrested
February 17 at 4:33 p.m., officers responded to the 1700 block of S. Mountain on reports of subjects attempting to start a brush fire. Officer arrived and located the area where the subjects were attempting to set a fire. The subjects were located and detained. A witness positively identified the subjects, who were juveniles. The juveniles were arrested and transported to Monrovia jail. They were released on a citation to their parents.

Grand Theft Auto
February 17 at 5:07 p.m., a caller from a business located in the 1400 block of S. Mountain called to report a vehicle was stolen from their facility. A male subject entered, got into the vehicle and drove away. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
February 17 at 5:52 p.m. a victim in the 700 block of Ocean View called to report that her spouse hit her with a wooden block and was leaving the scene. As officers were on their way, they saw the male subject driving away. A traffic stop was conducted and the officers made contact with the male subject. An investigation revealed that the victim sustained an injury to her arm and the male subject was the aggressor. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
February 17 at 8:55 p.m., a caller reported he was a guest at a hotel in the 900 block of W. Huntington and someone had stolen his car from the hotel's parking lot. Officers searched for the vehicle, but could not locate it. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
February 18 at 12:24 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Shamrock and Huntington when he saw a motorist commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the officers made contact with the driver who appeared to be under the influence. 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.

Injury Traffic Collision
February 18 at 9:57 a.m., a caller reported a traffic collision in the area of Duarte and California. Officers arrived and checked on the well-being of the occupants. Minor injuries were sustained. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting
February 18 at 9:04 p.m., an employee of a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington reported two males who exited the business without paying for the merchandise they left without paying. Officers arrived and were unable to locate the subjects. This investigation is continuing.

Municipal Code Violation – Suspect Arrested
February 19 at 12:21 a.m., an officer was patrolling a park in the 700 block of E. Lemon when he located an adult male in the park after hours, in violation of a municipal code. He was arrested, cited, and released at the scene.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
February 19 at 1:07 a.m., while patrolling the 100 block of W. Foothill, an officer saw a motorist in violation of vehicle code. The officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver who appeared to be under the influence. 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.

Grand Theft Auto
February 19 at 2:06 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Colorado called to report their car had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
February 19 at 4:07 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Huntington when he saw a motorist sleeping behind the wheel while in the middle of the road. The officer made contact with the driver who was found to be heavily intoxicated. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft – Suspect Arrested
February 19 at 2:51 p.m., a retail store in the 700 block of E. Huntington called to report two subjects stealing items. Officers arrived and located the subjects outside the store. Officers recovered the stolen property and returned it to the store. The subjects were arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
February 19 at 11:39 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of W. Foothill called to report his father was at the house, throwing things around, and had just left. Officers located the vehicle and stopped it for a traffic violation. When they contacted the driver, he displayed signs of being intoxicated. 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.

Vehicle Burglary
February 20 at 9:02 a.m., a victim in the 400 block of W. Huntington called from the parking lot of a shopping center to report that his vehicle had been broken into and property was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Disturbing Subject
February 20 at 4:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Lemon regarding a battery. Officers arrived and found a male who had been struck on the side of the head. The suspect then shattered a rear window of a parked vehicle and fled the scene. Paramedics responded to treat him. He claimed he was involved in a physical altercation due to a road rage incident. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
February 20 at 11:14 p.m., an officer was patrolling in the area of Myrtle and Duarte when he saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver was refusing to stop. Once the driver stopped the vehicle, officers made contact with the driver who displayed sings of being under the influence. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was under the influence. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Robbery
February 21 at 5:04 p.m., a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report that a group of young men stole items and used force against a cashier as they exited the store. Officers conducted an area check but were not able to locate the suspects. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
February 21 at 9:00 p.m., a caller in the 800 block of W. Olive called to report someone had broken into the community mailboxes. This investigation is continuing.

Dinner at Rudy’s Mexican Food


Dinner at Rudy’s Mexican Food, at the corner of Myrtle and Colorado. Got the chili relleno combination plate for $12.99 and a beer for $5.99. Very nice. 

- Brad Haugaard 

City Council to Hold Goal-Setting Meeting

The Monrovia City Council will hold a special goal-setting meeting in the Elan Conference Room of the Doubletree hotel on Huntington Drive tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m.. It's open to the public, but the council will also go into closed session to do performance reviews of the city manager and city attorney. Details

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Pitcher Throws No-Hitter for His Blind Father

Monrovia High baseball pitcher Andrew Cito threw a no-hitter for his dad, who is blind. Andrew's grandfather described the game play by play to his father. Full story here

- Brad Haugaard

Statement of City Council Candidate Edward Belden


Hello Monrovia! I’m running for City Council because I care about the people of Monrovia and our future. I am an experienced leader who was raised in Monrovia and graduated from MHS. I know how special our small-town charm is and I want to give back to the community that has given me so much. My Grandmother was a school teacher in Monrovia, my grandfather was a pastor and ran a leprosy hospital in India, and my mother was a nurse. My family fueled my passion to serve, and now I’m ready to put my education and 20+ years of diverse experience and results to work for our Gem City.

 I’ve started and run a small business, worked for local and national non-profits, and served in City Government at the executive level. I know when government can be effective and when it can get in the way. I’ve raised $40 million for projects and programs, restored our mountains, revitalized neighborhoods, encouraged business innovation, created jobs, provided opportunities for underserved youth, and built infrastructure projects. I am the current President of the Monrovia Parks, Wilderness and Recreation Foundation, a Community Services Commissioner, and a MAP leader. When I am not working and volunteering, I love spending time with my wonderful wife and dog, especially in our Monrovia Parks.

 

These are challenging times and Monrovia needs experienced leaders on the City Council that from day one can address housing affordability, provide the resources for our police and fire departments, provide access to mental health and addiction resources, support clean air and clean reliable water, take care of our parks and open spaces, provide more opportunities for youth, and assist our existing small and large businesses to create more good jobs.

 

I will listen to the diverse voices and perspectives of Monrovia and work to make sure we have a safe, healthy, and prosperous community to Keep Monrovia Moving Forward. I ask for your support and vote. Please find out more at www.EdwardBelden.com.


Luna Loves Attention - She'll Stick To You Like Velcro


We’re over the moon for two-year-old Luna! This beautiful Shepherd has been described as "Super Sweet” “a velcro dog” and “amaaaaazzzing!”. With rave reviews like that, she must be special!

Luna first arrived at Pasadena Humane with four newborn puppies. They spent some time in a foster home until the puppies were old enough to be adopted- they have all found homes, so now it’s Mama Luna’s turn!

Luna is house-trained and has learned a number of training cues. She’s super smart and will automatically sit for a treat and give you her best puppy dog eyes- no one can resist her!

Her foster family shared this about Luna: She'll make the perfect companion! She loves attention, belly rubs, and treats. She also loves to glance up to make eye contact while on walks as well & accepts hugs from us!

Luna probably wants to be the only dog in your life, but that just means all her attention will be on you!

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

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. Daily adoption appointments can be scheduled online. New adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Walk-in appointments are available every day from 2:00 – 5:00. Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

Sensory-Friendly Morning for Children With Sensory Processing Challenges


Sensory-Friendly Morning for children with sensory processing challenges, autism spectrum disorder, and/or ADHD, Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Library Youth Services Area. Activities include book check-outs, sensory toys for exploratory play, and art supplies for independent creative skills. For information email ceschenfelder@ci.monrovia.ca.us or call 256-8274. Register here (2 seats remaining). 

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Mandella Smoking Accessories

A postcard advertisement for Mandella Smoking Accessories, a business located at 140 W Maple. The back of the card says, "PEBBLES design ashtrays and accessories: encrusted tiles of fused glass rimming bent-glass ashtrays, boxes and lighters. Spaces between tiles hold cigarette. (Back of card here.) Not exactly my style ... even if I did smoke. 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

Innovation Lab at Library Wednesday, Feb. 21

Monrovia Public Library will host Innovation Lab on Feb. 21, from 3-4 p.m. in the Story Room. The event is for school-aged children between 6 and 11 with accompanying adult and will feature different STEAM-related activities. For more information email jtuszynski@ci.monrovia.ca.us or call 256-8274. Register here.

- Brad Haugaard

Video Game Tournament for Adults at Library This Friday

Video Game Tournament for adults at the Library this Friday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Casual competition for Nintendo Switch enthusiasts, or play more casual video games. For more information call the library at 256-8274 or email Angel Loera at aloera@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

- Brad Haugaard

City May Rescind Water Conservation Requirement; Mostly Positive Financial Reports; Giving Builders More Time

At its next meeting (agenda here)the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Consider rescinding the requirement that residents cut their water usage by 10 percent, but continue to encourage water conservation. Details

~ Receive a mostly positive report indicating that the city ended the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023 with a general fund balance of $27.14 million, up $3.81 million. The staff report says the results were, "the result of the diligent management of expenditure budgets during the year and strong revenue performance in property tax, Measure K revenues, sales tax revenues, and several other revenues." Challenges, the report says, are "pension and Other Post-Employment Benefit liabilities." Lots more here

~  Receive a Fiscal Year 2023-24 Budget Update and consider budget adjustments. The staff report says that, "similar to the last quarterly update in November, there continues to be a slowdown in sales tax revenues primarily due to a reduction in new vehicle purchases and a reduction in the State and County Pool allocations [I believe these pools are of sales tax on items you buy from out-of-state, for example, from Amazon]. On a positive note, most other revenues are tracking as projected, and inflation levels are still trending lower than historic highs from recent years." Details.

~ Consider amending the municipal code to allow builders extra time "when justifiable cause is demonstrated." Reasons: Supply chains have not fully recovered from COVID; some construction materials are difficult to obtain; the cost of supplies has increased "significantly;" cost of financing has more than doubled in the past few years; and, the labor market is tight. Details

- Brad Haugaard

Video of State of the City Event

If you missed the State of the City event, you can watch it here.

- Brad Haugaard

Both Parking Lots South of Library About To Close for Construction


The southernmost of the two parking lots just south of the Library (#8 in the image) is already closed for construction, but beginning Feb. 20, both lots (#7 and #8) and the alley in between will be closed for about a month. 

- Brad Haugaard

Garden Club Speaker Will Discuss Wildlife, Conservation, Restoration

The Monrovia Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at First Presbyterian Church's Fellowship Hall. A social time starts at 6:30 p.m., and the main program at 7 p.m. Speaker Eduardo Ochoa-Guijarro, a certified wildlife rehabilitator and naturalist, will share insights on local wildlife, conservation, and restoration.

- Brad Haugaard

City Manager Says Canyon Park Should be Open This Year

Canyon Park should be open before the end of this year, with a contractor to do the work approved by March 19, according to City Manager Dylan Feik.

Feik added that over the last two years the city has been working to protect the park from mud and debris flows and designing roadway and parking lot improvements, utility upgrades for the water and sewer system, ranger station kiosk enhancements, educational and recreational spaces, and general repairs.

He said the park stood up well during the latest heavy storms, which were heavier than the December 2021 storms that caused all the damage. "The streams carried the water without obstructions as we've already removed the burned trees, boulders, etc. Culverts remain open and clear, and the native alder trees are thriving in the streambed where they were non-existent before the Bobcat Fire. In some areas, there are even alder groves where trees exceed 12' in height."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Big Group of Juveniles Fighting; Woman Bites Officer; Drive-By Obscenities; Bad Boyfriend; Fire in Trash Can; Package Theft; Aaand more...

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 461 service events, resulting in 91 investigations. 

Grand Theft Auto
February 8 at 9:06 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Walnut reported that her vehicle was stolen overnight. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
February 8 at 10:10 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in a parking lot in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
February 8 at 10:58 a.m., a subject walked into the MPD lobby to turn herself in for a warrant. The subject was arrested, cited and released at the scene.

Violation of Court Order
February 8 at 12:15 p.m., a caller in the 900 block of S. Shamrock reported that a subject at the location was in violation of a restraining order. Officers arrived but the subject was gone prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
February 8 at 1:12 p.m., officers responded to the area of Huntington and California regarding a traffic collision. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
February 8 at 1:35 p.m., a caller at a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill reported being a victim of fraud. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Battery
February 8 at 2:33 p.m., a victim in the 100 block of Los Angeles reported that her boyfriend punched her in the face. She reported that she was involved in a verbal altercation with him when he punched her in the face. He fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Theft
February 8 at 3:01 p.m., a caller in the 200 block of W. Pomona called to report one of her packages was stolen from the mail room. This investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
February 8 at 5:52 p.m., a victim walked into the MPD lobby to report her wallet was stolen from her purse while shopping at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
February 9 at 11:47 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1100 block of E. Huntington called to report that a rental vehicle had not been returned yet. The vehicle was entered into the stolen vehicle system. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
February 9 at 1:56 p.m., a victim walked into the MPD lobby to report that she was shopping at a business nearby when unknown male and female subjects scammed her out of money. This investigation is continuing.

Trespassing
February 9 at 7:20 p.m., a caller in the 400 block of Monrovista reported a female subject trespassing. Officers arrived and spoke with all parties. The owners of the property did not want her arrested, they only wanted her to leave. The female subject left the area. This investigation is continuing.

Disturbing the Peace
February 9 at 8:32 p.m., a witness in the 300 block of S. Myrtle reported a large group of teenagers yelling at each other and acting aggressively. Officers arrived, located the teenagers, who reported the dispute was a misunderstanding. The juveniles causing the problem left the area. This investigation is continuing.

Reckless Burning – Suspect Arrested
February 10 at 6:54 a.m., a caller in the 1000 block of S. Canyon reported a male subject had set fire to a trash can. Officers arrived and located the fire and the subject who started the fire. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Vandalism
February 10 at 12:38 p.m., vandalism was reported in the 600 block of E. Lemon. The caller reported someone smashed the window to her vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
February 11 at 2:57 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of W. Lime called to report a package theft had just occurred. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
February 11 at 8:43 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 100 block of E. Olive when she saw a motorist driving recklessly. She conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver who appeared to be under the influence. A DUI investigation confirmed that the driver was under the influence. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Battery on Officer
February 11 at 9:44 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of W. Duarte reported her sister was experiencing a "mental breakdown." Officers and MFD responded. It was determined the sister was intoxicated and in need of a mental evaluation. As officers assisted the female subject onto a gurney she bit an officer on the arm.

Domestic Violence / Firearm Theft / Grand Theft Auto – Suspect Arrested
February 12 at 2:50 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of W. Olive reported her boyfriend had just battered her, took her car without permission, stole a firearm, and fled the location. This investigation is continuing.

Burglary
February 12 at 7:07 a.m., a business in the 200 block of W. Duarte called to report that a storage area was broken into and property was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
February 12 at 8:01 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of E. Olive called to report that his locked vehicle had been broken into overnight and items stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Mental Evaluation
February 12 at 2:50 a.m., callers in the 300 block of S. Myrtle reported hearing a female blowing a whistle and yelling. Officers arrived and located the female subject. Officers determined that she was unable to care for herself and was in need of a mental evaluation.

Petty Theft
February 13 at 7:08 p.m., a victim called to report that an unknown subject had stolen her purse while in a restaurant in the 500 block of W. Huntington. This investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
February 13 at 9:56 p.m., officers responded to the area of California and Duarte regarding a traffic collision.

Fraud
February 14 at 9:55 a.m., a resident in the 1700 block of S. Mayflower reported that they were a victim of fraud. The victim said that money was withdrawn from his checking account using his debit card, but he still had his debit card in his possession. This investigation is continuing.

Court Order Violation
February 14 at 11:27 a.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Cypress reported that a subject drove by his residence, yelled obscenities at him and drove away. The subject was in violation of an active restraining order. The suspect was identified. This investigation is continuing.

Reckless Driver
February 14 at 2:03 p.m., an officer witnessed a driver make several traffic violations in the area of Central and Myrtle. The officer pulled over the driver, issued them a citation, and released the driver at the scene.

Fight in Progress
February 14 at 2:14 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of W. Lemon reported that a large group of juveniles were fighting and dozens more were watching. Officers responded to the scene and located several victims. This investigation is continuing.

Assistant City Manager Lauren Vasquez Wins California Cities Award


Monrovia Assistant City Manager, Lauren Vasquez, has received the Award for the Advancement of Diverse Communities from the League of California Cities for helping enact more than 40 programs and policies aimed at boosting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Details

- Brad Haugaard

Valentine’s Lunch at Bella Serra


Had Valentine’s Day lunch at Bella Serra, on the east side of Myrtle, just north of Lemon.  Got the Cioppino for $35 and a beer for $7. Very good. 

- Brad Haugaard 

For Vin, Everyone Is His Best Friend


One-year-old Vin is a happy-go-lucky lab/husky mix who has never met a person who is not his new BFF. 

Vin is sure to steal your heart with his silly nature and A+ personality. He is very cuddly and playful, and he seems to get along well with other similar-sized dogs. 

He recently spent the day out with the Pasadena Humane mobile team and had a wonderful time. He met dozens of people, played with every toy he could find, and got to practice all his training cues. He made fast friends with one of the other dogs- they even traded toys back and forth. 

Vin is an active dog, so he would be an ideal hiking or walking companion. He walks very nicely next to his person like the well-behaved boy he is!

Vin and all other animals over 6 months old can be adopted for only $14 from February 8 – 18, during Pasadena Humane’s Make Your Heart Happy-Adopt A Pet promotion! All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines. 

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet. 

 View photos of adoptable pets and schedule an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Daily adoption appointments can be scheduled online. New adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Walk-in appointments are available every day from 2:00 – 5:00.  Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. 

- Brad Haugaard