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A Moment in Monrovia History: Monrovia Exchange Club in 1927

A group picture of the Monrovia Exchange Club in 1927. Exchange Club is a national organization dedicated to community service. 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

Monthly Veterans Meet Up - Free Coffee

 

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Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend flags in Library Park.

- Brad Haugaard

Opinion: The State of The Trail to White Saddle

If you enjoy the hills above Monrovia, you may be wondering when the trail to White Saddle will reopen. I just have some new information, and from that information I would say, No time soon.

Uphill from the Trask Boy Scout Camp much of the fire road is covered with weeds, ruts and debris, and occasional landslides - a few large ones but mostly small. This is not part of Monrovia but is National Forest territory and clearly nothing at all has been done to the road since the flooding following the Bobcat Fire. However, this could all be easily handled with a tractor.

At points where water crosses the road there are some deep ruts, sometimes five or six feet deep. Again, a tractor could fill these in with little effort.

And there are quite a few fallen trees. This is what chainsaws are for.

This is the general state of the fire road up to and maybe a quarter of a mile past the restrooms where the turnoff to the ruins of the Ben Overturff cabin is. It seems to me that the road up to the restrooms and Overturff cabin turnoff is fairly easily fixable. It could again be a nice hike or bicycle ride.

However...

Maybe a quarter of a mile above the turnoff is a gap in the road maybe 30 or 40 feet deep into which you could easily fall and die. A trail might be constructed around it but to fix the road itself looks like a huge, expensive task.

My feeling is that at least the road up to the Overturff cabin turnoff should be fixed and set to open when Canyon Park reopens. If a hiking trail could be constructed around any road gaps such as this one, that would be nice as well.



 - Brad Haugaard

Raising Funds for Families Hurt by Falling Tree

Marie Vasari Hislop writes that there are two GoFundMe campaigns to assist both the Jones family, renters whose house was crushed, and neighbor Martha Martinez, whose car was crushed.

She writes that the Jones family "are good people who struggled with job losses during Covid and now have lost pretty much everything.

"Martha, my sister, is a single mom whose car was totaled as a result of the tree. She has struggled to put two girls through college and now has to buy a new car she cannot afford so as to get to work, and has thousands of dollars in damage to her own property now as well, with high deductibles."

The Jones Family Go Fund Me page, which is attempting to raise $35,000 to assist in relocating, replacing their crushed van, furniture, and other possessions. 

Th Martha Martinez Go Fund Me page is attempting to raise $10,000 to assist Martha Martinez, a neighbor of the Jones family, whose car was crushed when the tree fell.

- Brad Haugaard

City Hall: Online Billing Restored, Phones Upgrades; New Web Address


Three big tech improvements at City Hall.

1. Monrovia's utility billing system has been restored after a two-month outage. Rebuilt data and network connections will allow utility bills for March, April, and May to be sent weekly from May 27, 2024. Sewer and water rate increases are postponed to July 1, 2024.

2. City phone lines have been upgraded from copper to fiber. If you still have trouble connecting, email pio@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

3. The city has a new web address for its website: MonroviaCA.gov. If you go to the old web address it will simply forward you to the new domain name. The state made them do it. 

- Brad Haugaard

Garden Club to Honor Residents Who Have Contributed to Monrovia's Beauty

Monrovia Garden Club will hold its annual Garden Awards on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall in Monrovia First Presbyterian Church. The ceremony will honor residents for their contributions to Monrovia's beauty,.

- Brad Haugaard

Youth of the Year Rally at Recreation Park June 2

 


- Brad Haugaard

Summer Science Exploration for Ages 9-12

- Brad Haugaard

Historic Walking Tour of Old Monrovia May 25


Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will host an historic walking tour along Myrtle Avenue on Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m. from the southeast corner of Myrtle and Palm. The two-hour tour costs $5 per person.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Days Parade and Pie Eating Winners

Here are the Monrovia Days Winners 

Monrovia Days Parade

  • Judge's Award- Monrovia High School Robotics
  • Best Overall Entry- Plymouth Elementary - Little Lion Dragons
  • Best Musical Entry- Clifton Marching Band & Color Guard
  • Best Monrovia Day Spirit- Scenic Neighborhood Group No Leftovers Left Behind
  • Best Float- Wild Rose School of Creative Arts
  • Most Unique Entry- Numatics Athletics & All Star Cheerleaders

Merengue Bakery and Cafe Pie Eating Contest

  • 1: Kids Krew
  • 2: Pie Kings & Queens
  • 3: Team Pie

- Brad Haugaard

SPOT Teen Program Friday Nights This Summer


The Community Center will hold its "Summer Program & Opportunities for Teens" (SPOT) program, with free music, food, sports, and activities. 6th to 12th grade every Friday night from June 7 to August 9 at Library Park from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Community Center at 256-8246.

- Brad Haugaard

Library Summer Reading Kickoff June 8

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Picnic to Honor Veterans in Library Park June 1


There will be a picnic at Library Park on Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to honor veterans. Music, food, lawn games, and veterans' resources.

- Brad Haugaard

Summer Concert Schedule for Library Park and Station Square


For more information, contact the Community Center at 256-8246.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Ron Husband To Be Honored by Citrus College


Monrovia's Ron Husband will be honored by Citrus College on Friday, June 7, at 6 p.m. as the 2024 Citrus College Distinguished Alumni. Husband was the first African American animator and supervising animator at Walt Disney Studios, with a 38-year tenure that includes credits for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," and "The Lion King." He retired in 2013 and now teaches at several institutions. Recently recognized with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by President Joe Biden. RSVP at foundation@citruscollege.edu or 626-914-8825 by May 31.

- Brad Haugaard

KGEM Community Coordinator Chris Loos Wins Cultural Diversity Award

KGEM Community Coordinator, Chris Loos, has won the Alliance for Community Media's Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity, for promoting artistry, civic engagement and freedom of speech through community media. Details.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Man Batters Woman, Arrested; Shoplifting; Catalytic Converter Thefts; Road Rage; Assault During Attempted Robbery, Man Arrested

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 427 service events, resulting in 80 investigations.

Petty Theft / Resisting an Officer – Suspect Arrested
May 16 at 1:49 a.m., a resident of an apartment complex in the 200 block of W. Pomona reported a suspicious subject in a private parking structure. Officers arrived and located the subject wrapped in a motorcycle cover belonging to one of the residents. The subject was found to have stolen property belonging to a resident's motorcycle. The resident desired prosecution. The subject became noncompliant and walked away from officers. Officers were able to stop him. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Theft
May 16 at 7:12 a.m., a caller in the 1200 block of S. Mayflower reported several mailboxes were broken into. This investigation is continuing. 

Trespassing – Suspects Arrested
May 16 at 7:31 a.m., officers conducted a search of a vacant residence in the 200 block of W. Evergreen. Three subjects were found inside. The property owner desired prosecution. The subjects were arrested and taken into custody. 

Theft
May 16 at 10:06 a.m., a caller in the 200 block of N. Mountain reported that sometime throughout the night, several items were stolen from his unlocked vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft
May 16 at 3:41 p.m., a loss prevention officer from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington reported a theft from on May 13. This investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft
May 16 at 3:41 p.m., a caller in the 400 block of N. Magnolia reported gardening tools stolen from the bed of a truck. This investigation is continuing. 

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 16 at 7:04 p.m., officers were dispatched to a welfare check on a male subject laying on the grass in the area of Lime and Heliotrope. Officers arrived and made contact with the known subject. He was not in need of assistance. He was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Drug Activity – Suspects Arrested
May 16 at 11:43 p.m., while patrolling the 2100 block of S. Myrtle an officer saw a group of suspicious subjects on bicycles commit vehicle code violations and littering. An investigation revealed the littering was drug paraphernalia. Another subject was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were arrested, cited, and released at the scene. 

Grand Theft
May 17 at 12:54 a.m., officers patrolling the area of Colorado and Madison were dispatched to a catalytic converter theft in progress. Officers arrived, but the suspects were gone prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 1:18 a.m., while patrolling the area of Ivy and Palm officers observed a bicyclist commit a traffic violation and conducted a traffic stop. A computer check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant. The subject was arrest. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 17 at 5:03 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Duarte called to report that his vehicle had been stolen overnight. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft
May 17 at 5:43 a.m. a resident in the 500 block of S. Madison called to report his vehicle's catalytic converter had been stolen. This incident is related to the prior similar call for service in the 800 block of W. Colorado. This investigation is continuing. 

Trespassing – Suspects Arrested
May 17 at 8:53 a.m., officers responded to a vacant property in the 200 block of W. Evergreen regarding a male subject inside the property. Officers arrived and located two subjects inside. The property owner was contacted and he desired prosecution. The suspects were arrested and taken into custody. 

Petty Theft
May 17 at 10:26 a.m., an employee from a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington called to report a male subject entered the store and exited with merchandise he did not pay for. This investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft
May 17 at 11:49 a.m., a victim in the 900 block of W. Duarte reported that sometime during the night someone stole property from inside of her vehicle. This investigation is continuing 

Petty Theft
May 17 at 12:30 p.m., a caller 100 block of W. Foothill reported that while shopping inside a business her wallet was stolen from inside of her bag. This investigation is continuing. 

Missing Person
May 17 at 3:14 p.m., a subject walked into the MPD lobby to report his adult son missing. An officer took a missing person report and entered him into the system. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 5:59 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of Almond called to report that her child's father was at the location causing a disturbance. Officers arrived and made contact with the male subject. A computer search revealed he had a warrant for his arrest and wanted for attempted murder in Lancaster. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 9:03 p.m., a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle called to report an intoxicated subject on the premises. Officers arrived and located the subject. An investigation revealed the subject was too intoxicated to care for herself. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 9:25 p.m., while at a separate call for service, officer saw a male subject on the 400 block of S. Myrtle who appeared to be too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Homicide
May 17 at 9:21 p.m., Monrovia Police Department Dispatch received a telephone call from a woman saying a male subject, against whom she had a restraining order, was at her home armed with a knife. Officers responded immediately and discovered the male subject deceased with a gunshot wound. The female reporting party was detained at the scene. A firearm was recovered. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Division was notified of the incident and has assumed control of the investigation. No arrests have been made. All further inquiries should be directed to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau. 

Petty Theft
May 18 at 7:05 a.m., a caller stated that his wallet was stolen from inside of his vehicle while parked in the area of Duarte and Encino on May 17. This investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft
May 18 at 8:17 a.m., while patrolling the 1600 block of S. Myrtle, an officer saw discovered a patrol vehicle parked at the location had been vandalized. This investigation is continuing. 

Structure Fire
May 18 at 12:58 p.m., officers responded to a garage fire in the 400 block of W. Lemon. One of the residents disposed of a cigarette in a trash bin inside of the detached garage. The trash bin caught on fire but was quickly put out with a water hose when officers arrived. No injuries were reported. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 19 at 8:56 a.m., an employee from a business in the 800 block of S. Mountain called to report a suspicious subject checking door handles on parked vehicles. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. A computer search revealed he had multiple warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Shoplifting
May 19 at 10:04 p.m., a retail store in the 600 block of W. Huntington called to report several subjects who left with merchandise without paying. The subjects were gone prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing. 

Attempt Robbery – Suspect Arrested
May 19 at 11:11 p.m., two victims walked into the MPD lobby to report that they had been assaulted in a parking lot while one of the suspects was trying to take a victim’s property. One of the victims sustained injuries to the head and was treated by MFD. Officers searched the area and located a suspect nearby who was positively identified by one of the victims. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
May 20 at 12:19 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of E. Walnut on a report of a traffic collision involving a parked car. Officers arrived and made contact with the driver who displayed symptoms of being under the influence. A DUI investigation revealed she was under the influence. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
May 20 at 8:17 a.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported in the area of Central and Ivy. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft
May 20 at 10:40 a.m., the caller from a construction site in the 400 block of Genoa reported that over the weekend someone gained access to the site and stole electrical wire and pipes. This investigation is continuing. 

Attempt Grand Theft Auto
May 20 at 11:18 a.m., an employee from a business in the 900 block of S. Primrose reported three company vehicles were broken into and damaged. This investigation is continuing. 

Domestic Violence / Felon with a Gun – Suspect Arrested
May 20 at 11:48 a.m., a caller from a hotel in the 900 block of W. Huntington called to report a male and female subject were possibly physically fighting in one of the rooms. Officers arrived and made contact with both subjects. An investigation revealed the male had battered the female. He was arrested and was also found to be an ex-felon in possession of two firearms. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Mail Tampering
May 20 at 2:23 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of Canyon Crest called to report a male subject stole his mail. The investigation is continuing. 

Commercial Burglary
May 21 at 7:35 a.m., the owner of a business in the 100 block of E. Chestnut discovered someone shattered the glass of the front door. This investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision
May 21 at 7:42 a.m., officers responded to the area of California and Colorado regarding a traffic collision. An investigation revealed that one of the drivers’ failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the victim. Both drivers complained of pain but refused medical treatment. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 21 at 3:54 p.m., an officer patrolling the area of Magnolia and Cypress witnessed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. A computer search revealed the driver had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Shoplifting / Drug Offense – Suspect Arrested
May 21 at 8:59 p.m., an employee of a hardware store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a male adult had just taken merchandise and left the store without paying. Officers arrived and located the male running. He was stopped and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The stolen property was returned. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Reckless Driving
May 21 at 11:04 p.m., while patrolling the 200 block of S. Myrtle an officer saw a vehicle driving recklessly at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was located a short distance abandoned. This investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Tampering – Suspect Arrested
May 22 at 12:05 a.m., an alarm company for a car dealership in the 1400 block of S. Mountain reported seeing a male subject rummaging through a customer's vehicle. Officers arrived and located the male. He ran from them, but was apprehended without incident. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Commercial Burglary
May 22 at 7:37 a.m., a caller in the 300 block of W. Evergreen reported a breaker was stolen from the building. This investigation is continuing. 

Attempt Grand Theft
May 22 at 8:02 a.m., a victim in the 300 block of W. Lemon reported the catalytic converter to her vehicle stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Assault
May 22 at 9:54 a.m., a road rage incident was reported in the area of Magnolia and Huntington. The parties pulled in a parking lot, one of the parties got out and approached the other party who was still in her vehicle. One of the drivers’ knocked the phone out of the others hand. Officers arrived and made contact with both parties. This investigating is continuing. 

Domestic Violence / False Imprisonment
May 22 at 4:02 p.m., a witness in the 200 block of W. Pomona reported a male and female subject were yelling and the male subject was not allowing the female subject to walk away by forcing her in the vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Music in Motion Concert and Auction June 22

 

Information and tickets here.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at London Gastro Pub


Had dinner at London Gastro Pub, on the west side of Myrtle just south of Lime. Got the fish and chips for $19 and a beer for happy hour price of. $5. Good. My wife had the same thing and (heresy alert!) said it was better than the fish and chips we had in London. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Joanne Spring, Cofounder of Monrovia Reads, Has Died


The Monrovia Rotary Club reports that Joanne Spring, a cofounder, with Rob Hammond, of Monrovia Reads, has died. The club reports that she "was not only a dear friend of our club but also a pillar of our community and a tireless champion of literacy in Monrovia. Her dedication and passion touched countless lives, and her legacy will continue to inspire us all. Joanne was loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Joanne."

- Brad Haugaard

Arcadian, an 80-Pound Lap Dog


Arcadian is a big guy with an equally big heart. He’s an 80 pound lap-dog in the shape of a Shepherd mix.  

Arcadian has been out with the Pasadena Humane Mobile Outreach team and they have nothing but wonderful things to say about him. He’s super friendly, easy to train and walks right next to you on a walk. He’s very quick to make friends with everyone who he meets.

He will often place a gentle paw on your lap to prod you to give him some pets, then replace that with his head, then the rest of his body if you allow it. He just wants to be close to you!

Arcadian also appears to be friendly with dogs- he has met a few at the shelter and seems to want to play with them. He might be a great buddy for another large dog.  

If you’re ready for all the love you can handle, you might be ready for Arcadian!

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

Walk-in adoptions are available every day from 2:00 – 5:00. For those who prefer, adoption appointments are available daily from 10:30 – 1:30, and can be scheduled online. View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org.

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.  

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

- Brad Haugaard 

Young Monrovia Volleyball Coach Overcomes Challenges


Eighteen-year-old Monrovia volleyball coach, Shalini Caldera, balances an impressive array of responsibilities. 

This past semester, she maintained a 4.0 GPA while coaching two volleyball teams -- a 14-year-old girls team and the Monrovia High School JV Boys -- and playing collegiate volleyball at Citrus College. Shalini, born and raised in nearby Arcadia, began working at Monrovia High School in September as the JV Boys Volleyball head coach.

Her coaching journey has had its challenges. Early in the season, a male referee questioned her ability to coach, even calling a timeout on her behalf because he thought she "looked confused." Her team won that game in two sets without using any timeouts.

In a later tournament, another referee repeatedly referred to her as a "little girl," despite her introducing herself as "Coach Shalini." Despite these interactions, she led her team to third place out of sixteen teams, earning a trophy.

Her team finished the season with nineteen wins and four losses and she believes her perspective as a young female coach contributed to her success as she brings a different perspective to the boys volleyball program.  

She found it difficult to fit into an occupation almost entirely composed of men, and sometimes felt overlooked, however she decided the only way to establish herself was to ignore the jokes and let her coaching speak for itself. 

Shalini's coaching philosophy focuses on developing each athlete both on and off the court. Her goal this season was to positively affect her players' lives through volleyball. While she values the season's success, she places greater importance on the lessons learned and memories made with her team.

Though she faced judgment and ridicule, Shalini found support from her players and credits the Monrovia Boys Volleyball program and her parents for their support. She hopes to inspire young girls to step into roles where women are underrepresented, encouraging the next generation to push back boundaries.

- Submitted by Cindy Caldera

A Moment in Monrovia History: The Floradora Girls

Here are "The Floradora Girls" at Monrovia Day, May 1936. L to R: Mrs. Rex Harbert, Elinor Scoville, Mrs. Clifton B. Homan, Mrs. Charles F. Davis, Mrs. C. Taylor Renaker, Mrs. Ranney C. Draper, Mrs. James P. Bowers, Mrs. Roger P. Dyck, Mrs. Weed Hall? [perhaps her mother, Mrs. B.F. Roberts]. They certainly look floral.

Anybody know anything about the Floradora Girls? 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

LEGO Free Play at Library This Saturday

Children can build what they want with LEGOs at the Library, this Saturday, May 25, 1-3 p.m., for children 2-12 years old and their parents. Library will provide all LEGO building materials. No registration required. For information email jtuszynski@ci.monrovia.ca.us or call 256-8274.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Days Continues

 Monrovia Days continues at Library Park today and tomorrow.




Person Killed Near Recreation Park

A person was apparently shot and killed Friday night near Shamrock and Lemon , across from Recreation Park. A knife was also found at the scene. Details

Update: A man with a restraining order against him and who was allegedly carrying a knife was shot Friday night at a home near Recreation Park. A woman, who had called police, was detained but not arrested. Details

- Brad Haugaard 

Convert Monroe School May Become Spanish Dual-Immersion; Wild Rose to English Only; Completely New High School Graduation Requirements

At its next meeting (agenda here) the Monrovia Board of Education will ...

~ Consider a proposal to convert Monroe Elementary to a Spanish dual immersion-only school and Wild Rose School of Creative Arts to an English-only arts school beginning in the 2025-2026 school year.

~ Apparently consider replacing traditional high school graduation requirements with alternatives.

The content of this document, labeled "High School Graduation Requirements," has been revised by completely crossing out everything except for a form for veterans and Japanese American citizens to receive a diploma.

Instead, there are two new documents, here and here, that give alternatives to gaining credits for graduation, specifically: a practical demonstration of skills, taking courses offered by regional occupational centers, independent study, work experience, private instruction, college correspondence courses, and military service.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Graduates and Graduation and Promotion Ceremonies


Here are the Monrovia schools' high school graduates, and the graduating and promotion ceremonies: 

High School Graduate Lists

Graduation and Promotion Ceremonies

  • Canyon Early Learning Center - Thursday, May 30; 5:30 p.m.
  • Bradoaks Elementary Science Academy - Wednesday, June 5; 8:15 a.m.
  • Mayflower Elementary School - Wednesday, June 5; 8:30 a.m.
  • Monroe Elementary School - Wednesday, June 5; 9 a.m.
  • Plymouth Elementary School - Wednesday, June 5; 8:30 a.m.
  • Wild Rose School of Creative Arts - Wednesday, June 5; 9 a.m.
  • Clifton Middle School - Tuesday, June 4; 9 a.m.
  • Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School - Tuesday, June 4; 8:30 a.m.
  • Canyon Oaks High School/Mountain Park School - Tuesday, June 4; 6 p.m.
  • Monrovia High School - Wednesday, June 5; 5 p.m.
  • Monrovia Community Adult School - Wednesday, May 29; 6 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Council to Discuss Tsuneishi Park, Honor Older Monrovian Barbara Rigby-Elson


The City Council will hold a study session Tuesday on the Satoru Tsuneishi Park Development Project  (that's the new park behind the Chick-fil-A on Huntington) and then at its regular session will proclaim this May as Older Americans Month and will honor Older Monrovian of the Year, Barbara Rigby-Elson, for her continued service to the community. Details.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Days Parade Begins








- Brad Haugaard 

Neighbor Treasure Block Party for Pat Ostrye


Monrovia's ninth Neighborhood Treasure, Pat Ostrye, will be honored on Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 300 N Alta Vista. Mary "Pat" Ostrye was the first woman elected to the Monrovia City Council and the city's first elected mayor. Her achievements include establishing Monrovia Meals-on-Wheels, Dial-a-Ride, a home library, and a federally funded senior lunch program. She later served as city clerk and city treasurer. The celebration will feature an art unveiling and a block party. For questions, email kzessau@ci.monrovia.ca.us or call 932-5564.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Yelling Becomes Shooting; Family Brawl; Pedestrian Hit By Car; Fire; Fight About Fire; Etc.

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 476 service events, resulting in 89 investigations.

Possession of Drugs – Suspect Arrested
May 9 at 2:01 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 400 block of Linwood and located a suspicious parked vehicle occupied by two subjects and made contact with the subjects. A search revealed the driver was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Commercial Burglary
May 9 at 9:49 a.m., a caller in the 3200 block of S. Peck reported a commercial burglary. The suspect posed as a contractor and picked up a purchase order intended for another company. This investigation is continuing. 

Theft
May 9 at 11:20 a.m., an employee from a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called to report thefts that took place a month prior. This investigation is continuing. 

Drug Activity / Suspicious Circumstances – Suspect Arrested
May 9 at 1:18 p.m., a caller in the 200 block of W. Evergreen reported she was in a verbal altercation with her boyfriend. Officers arrived and made contact with both subjects. The boyfriend was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested, cited, and released at the scene. 

Vandalism
May 9 at 3:15 p.m., a vandalism was reported in the 300 block of Oakcliff. The caller reported the rear window to his vehicle was smashed. This investigation is continuing. 

Robbery – Suspect Arrested
May 9 at 3:18 p.m., an employee from a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington called to report a robbery. The caller stated that a subject took merchandise and when an employee approached the subject, the subject pushed the employee to the ground and fled. Officers located a subject matching the description, a field show up confirmed the subject was the suspect. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 9 at 7:24 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of W. Palm on a report of an argument between a male and female subject. Officers arrived, located and made contact with the subjects. An investigation revealed that the male subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 9 at 9:36 p.m., an employee of a restaurant in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report that a suspicious person was acting erratically and refusing the leave. Officers arrived and made contacted with the subject. A computer search revealed he had a no bail warrant. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Theft
May 10 at 1:50 p.m., a victim in the 600 block of W. Huntington reported that someone stole her wallet at a business. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft
May 10 at 4:05 p.m., an employee at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report a theft that occurred on May 6 where merchandise was stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
May 10 at 4:47 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Longden and Myrtle for a traffic violation. Upon contacting the driver, the officer observed a controlled substance inside the vehicle. The driver was arrested and taken into custody. 

Injury Traffic Collision
May 10 at 6:07 p.m., officers responded to the area of Chestnut and Primrose regarding an injury traffic collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to a hospital for treatment. 

Fraud – Suspect Arrested
May 10 at 7:21 p.m., fraud was reported in a hotel in the 900 block of S. Fifth. Officers arrived and determined that a female subject fraudulently used a credit card not belonging to her to pay for a room. The female subject was located a short distance away in a vehicle. Officers conducted a traffic stop and determined that she was in violation of credit card fraud. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. 

Fire
May 10 at 8:22 p.m., a residential fire was reported in the 600 block of W. Foothill. Officers arrived to assist MFD with evacuating the residence and crowd control. This investigation is continuing. 

Battery
May 10 at 11:30 p.m., a fight was reported in the 100 block of Mauna Loa. Officers arrived and determined two roommates were upset about a fire that occurred earlier in the day and were involved in a physical altercation. This investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Burglary
May 11 at 10:14 a.m., a resident walked into the MPD lobby to report that his vehicle was burglarized on April 14. His credit cards were stolen in used outside the city. This investigation is continuing. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
May 11 at 11:02 a.m., officers responded to the area of Magnolia and Cherry regarding a hit and run traffic collision. This investigation is continuing. 

Arrest Warrant – Suspect Arrested
May 11 at 2:43 p.m. officers responded to the 800 block of S. Myrtle regarding a female subject loitering to the rear of an apartment complex. The officer arrived and made contact with the subject. A computer search revealed she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Theft
May 11 at 3:08 p.m., a caller reported that her wallet was stolen while shopping inside a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. While the officer was conducting his investigation, the victim was alerted that her credit card was just used in Duarte. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 11 at 9:20 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Foothill and Alta Vista. A records check on the driver showed he had warrants. The driver was arrested and taken into custody. 

Battery
May 11 at 11:07 p.m., a battery was reported in the 100 block of W. Palm. Officers arrived and determined that a family event led to an argument where several family members battered each other. This investigation is continuing. 

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
May 12 at 9:33 a.m., a caller in the 800 block of W. Walnut reported that a subject broke a window to his vehicle. The subject fled the scene but was located nearby. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Grand Theft
May 12 at 2:25 p.m., a victim in the 600 block of W. Huntington reported her necklace was stolen while at a business. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant Arrest / Violation of Court. Order – Suspect Arrested
May 12 at 2:47 p.m., a resident in the 700 block of Bonita reported a female subject restrained from the location had arrived. Officers arrived and located the female subject. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Grand Theft Auto Recovery
May 12 at 10:09 p.m., an officer patrolling a parking lot in the 900 block of S. Fifth located an unoccupied stolen vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 12 at 10:52 p.m., while patrolling the area of Encino and Alta an officer saw a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the bicyclist. An investigation revealed he was under the influence. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
May 13 at 1:44 p.m., a solo traffic collision was reported in the area of Royal Oaks and Mountain. The driver suffered a medical emergency and went up and over the sidewalk, into a brick wall and came to a stop in the front yard of a residence. Nobody was injured as a result and the driver was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

Trespass / Assault on Police Officer – Suspect Arrested
May 13 at 2:47 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of W. Evergreen regarding multiple subjects trespassing. Officers arrived and were aggressively approached by a male subject who was refusing to comply with the officers’ requests. Officers attempted different methods of de-escalation and the subject refused to comply. He was eventually arrested and taken into custody. 

Trespassing
May 13 at 10:32 p.m., an alarm activation was reported in the 100 block of W. Lime. Officers arrived and found an unlocked door. A search revealed several people were inside the building trespassing. The property management refused to prosecute and only wanted the subjects to leave. 

Urinate in Public – Suspect Arrested
May 14 at 10:13 a.m., a caller in the 500 block of W. Huntington reported a male urinating in public. Officers arrived and contacted a subject matching the description. The caller positively identified the subject and desired prosecution. The subject refused to give officers his name. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Weapon Offense Myrtle – Suspect Arrested
May 14 at 12:11 p.m., while patrolling the area of Myrtle and California an officer saw a vehicle in violation of a vehicle code. When contacting the driver the officer saw a baton next to the driver. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Shoplifting – Suspects Arrested
May 14 at 9:36 p.m., an employee of a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported a female suspect ran out of the store with power tools without paying. Officers responded and located the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. A field show-up confirmed she was the suspect. The stolen property was returned to the store. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Vehicle Burglary
May 15 at 7:54 a.m., a victim in the 400 block of Norumbega called to report his vehicle was broken into sometime during the evening. This investigation is continuing. 

Fraud
May 15 at 11:16 a.m., a resident walked into the MPD lobby to report that his bank account showed fraudulent activity. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 15 at 4:11 p.m., a victim in the 1600 block of S. Mountain walked out of a store and realized that her vehicle had been stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
May 15 at 4:47 p.m., a resident in the in the 500 block of S. Mayflower reported that his vehicle was hit while parked on the street and the driver did not stop. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant Arrest
May 15 at 5:03 p.m., a caller in the 600 block of W. Foothill reported that a female subject restrained from the location was there. Officers arrived and could not find any evidence of a restraining order. A computer search revealed she had a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Drug Paraphernalia / Pursuit
May 15 at 9:09 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of W. Cherry regarding people yelling outside. The caller reported two vehicles in the middle of the street with several occupants in the vehicles yelling at each other. One of the vehicles shot at the occupants of the other vehicle. Officers located the suspect vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Two suspects fled and one of the occupants stayed in the vehicle. She was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and taken into custody. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft
May 15 at 9:33 p.m., a guest of a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington reported someone had entered her unlocked vehicle sometime during the day and took items. This investigation is continuing. 

Health Fair at Foothill Unity Center May 18


Monrovia’s Foothill Unity Center will hold its annual Health & Resource Fair on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 790 W Chestnut Avenue. Health education, health screenings, blood pressure checks, and other health services and resources. For more information or to register, email healthservices@foothillunitycenter.org.

- Brad Haugaard 

Dinner at Something Healthy Cafe


Dinner at Something Healthy Cafe, on the east side of Shamrock just north of Huntington. Got the half sandwich/half soup deal with the rosemary sandwich and tomato basil soup for $10.75, and an iced tea for $2.75. Very good. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Days Starts Tomorrow Evening


Tomorrow night Monrovia will begin celebrating its 138th anniversary. Monrovia Days Parade on Myrtle on May 16 at 7 p.m. Then, on May 17-19, there will be a variety of events at Library Park, including a book sale, carnival rides, live shows, and a pie eating contest.

For a full list of events and times, visit Monrovia Day's website. To buy carnival wristbands, visit the event website

- Brad Haugaard 

Four-Year-Old Simba Can't Wait to Meet You


Simba is so handsome and sweet! He’s four years old, his tail wags a mile a minute and he can’t wait to meet you!

This handsome guy has become a volunteer and staff favorite at Pasadena Humane. One of his adoring fans has even sponsored his adoption fee! He’s quiet, mellow, but also ready to have fun.

Simba has been spending time in a foster home, and the foster family has given us a lot of information about him. They’ve described him as a playful, mellow and gentle giant. He has been wary of new dogs, but he has been playing happily with some who he has gotten to know.

He’s also done very well with training. He loves treats, so that’s great motivation for him to learn new things. He’s also super cuddly and is quick to hop up on the couch for some snuggling. Bonus- he's already house-trained!

Simba is ready to be your very own king of the jungle!

Pasadena Humane will have a Free Adoption Day on Saturday, May 25th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. All dogs, cats and critters are eligible. Pet licensing fees may apply.

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

Walk-in adoptions are available every day from 2:00 – 5:00. For those who prefer, adoption appointments are available daily from 10:30 – 1:30, and can be scheduled online. View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org.

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

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Injured in Deadly Pasadena Car Crash


Bella Ramirez, 18, of Monrovia, survived the deadly car crash in Pasadena Saturday that killed three young people and injured three others. She is reportedly in stable condition. Details.

GoFundMe link to help with her medical bills.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Bicyclist Enjoying Monrovia Day in 1930s

Enjoying Monrovia Day in the 1930s. 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.

The 2024 Monrovia Days parade is coming right up, by the way, along Myrtle Ave on May 16 at 7 p.m. Details.

- Brad Haugaard

Oasis of the Valley Church May Become Housing

At its next meeting (agenda here  ) Development Review Committee will consider a request to convert the Oasis of the Valley church building at the southwest corner of Alta Vista and Palm (303 S. Alta Vista) into a 1,600 square foot one-story single-family dwelling, and construct a new 506 square foot detached two-car garage.

- Brad Haugaard

Share Thoughts on How to Divide Up School District for Elections

The Green map, one proposal for dividing the district.

At the link here are four maps, labeled Green, Maroon, Tan, and Yellow, from the Monrovia School District. Each shows one possibility of how the school district could be divided up geographically so each area could elect its own School Board member.

If you have any thoughts about the four proposals, you can share them at a Zoom meeting, an in-person meeting, or submit your thoughts online.

Virtual Meeting on Zoom.
New Date: Monday, May 13
Time: 6 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting with this link
Meeting ID: 826 9545 4514
Passcode: 771050


In-person Meeting
Date: Monday, May 20
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Monrovia High Room 210

You can also share your feedback here: mapmusd.org/contact/.

- Brad Haugaard

Friends of Library Book Sale May 17-19


At the Library:

  • Friday - May 17 noon - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday - May 18 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday - May 19 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Prices

  • Paperbacks - $.50 cents
  • Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers - $2
  • Possibly some DVDs - $2

More than 1,000 books for sale. 5 bucks a bag sale on Sunday May 19 from 4 - to 5 p.m. Empty paper grocery bags  available for purchase before the 5 bucks a bag sale. Line up outside the Community Room at 3:45 p.m. All proceeds benefit library programs, services and collections.

- Brad Haugaard

Homeless Housing Program to Begin in Monrovia

Monrovia and LA County will partner to address homelessness in Monrovia through the Pathway Home  program, which provides short-term housing, three meals a day and such services as case management, connections to physical and mental health care, substance use disorder treatment, benefits enrollment, life skills development, and more.  In Monrovia, the facility will be at a hotel on East Huntington Drive. City Manager Dylan Feik said he and the City Council toured a similar program in Pomona and were impressed. The program is fully funded by LA County.

- Brad Haugaard