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Mountain Views News Saturday, August 6, 2011 




By Joan Schmidt Clayton

Last week I went over to Pamela Park to inquire 
about National Night Out and was blown away. 
Of course the Park has the beautiful gymnasium 
and skate park. However, there has been SO 
MUCH more equipment added and so many fun 
events scheduled for the upcoming weeks. All the 
programs are FREE! Pamela Park’s address is 2236 
Goodall Ave. Duarte. Easiest way to get there: 
From Duarte Road- South on California, east (Left 
turn) on Pamela Road & proceed straight to the 


Indoor Soccer Clinic

Youth:5-7: Thursdays, 5pm-7pm Youth: 
8-10: Thursdays 7pm-9pm

Basketball Clinic

Youth: 5-8: Saturdays 4pm-5pm Youth:9-13: 
Saturdays, 5-6pm

Teen Volleyball Club

Teens ages 13-17:Saturdays 6pm-8pm.

Youth Indoor Soccer League

Division 1-Ages 11-13

Division 2 –Ages 14-14

Family Fun Evenings


Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 5pm-9:30pm: 
Activities for Everyone

Let’s Go to the beach! 

From now-September 5, there are busses to 
Santa Monica Beach! The days are: Wednesdays, 
Fridays, Saturdays and Labor Day! The bus leaves 
Pamela Park at 9:30 am (Parking lot). It arrives at 
Santa Monica Beach, by the pier at 10:40 am. The 
returning bus leaves Santa Monica Beach (inside 
the pier parking lot) at 3:30 pm, and arrives at 
Pamela Park, parking lot at 4:40 pm. The round 
trip cost is $3 for all children and adults. Senior 
citizens (61+) are $1.50. Persons with disabilities 
are also $1.50. You can’t beat the price. No hassle 
of driving or finding a parking spot! I can’t wait to 
take my grandkids!

(626) 357-1619 | (626) 369-2514

From Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz:

A Message of Thank You to Senator Bob Huff, 
Assembly Members Anthony Portantino 

and Tim Donnelly:

Key Club Members Alyssa Abanes, Keely Ganivet, Facilitator, Yolanda Haro, Duarte Kiwanis President, 
Tina Carey, Key Club members Sarah Segobia, Katelynd Lee and Deryn Ongchangco

As Mayors and City Council Members, we 
find it hard to believe that Governor Brown and 
the California State Legislature actually voted 
to eliminate Redevelopment Agencies from the 
State of California in spite of clear facts that 
Redevelopment abates blighting influences and 
brings positive economic development benefits 
to our cities and the state. It is particularly 
disturbing that the Legislature would ignore 
the fact that less than a year ago the citizens of 
California voted overwhelming for Prop 22 – an 
initiative designed to protect local government 
funding and specifically, Redevelopment. 

The sad fact is that they did approve the 
elimination Redevelopment; but not all State 
Legislators turned their back on the people they 

We are proud to stand next to and thank Senator 
Bob Huff, Assembly Member Tim Donnelly and 
especially the only democrat to oppose the bill, 
Assembly Member Anthony Portantino. 

Taking principled stands that are not politically 
expedient is not easy. Representation that is 
meaningful and preserves local government 
serves all Californians and we are grateful to be 
represented by such fine public servants. Thank 
you Senator Bob Huff, Assembymembers Tim 
Donnelly and Anthony Portantino!

With gratitude from the Mayors and City 
Council Members from the following cities:

On August 2nd the Duarte Kiwanis Club and 
five members of the Duarte High Key Club had 
the opportunity to hear Facilitator, Yolanda Haro 
speak on the new LaTEENa Power program. 
This program was developed by Casa de la Familia 
in response to the troubling statistics within 
the Latina community:

41% of Latinas do not graduate from High 
School in time with a standard diploma

53% of Latinas become mothers before the age 
of 20 – nearly twice the national average

One in three Latinas have experienced domestic 

Latinas attempt suicide at twice the rate of 
non-Hispanic teens – 15% of Latinas between 
the ages of 14 and 19 attempt suicide

Latinas make up almost 25% of all new HIV 
infections among the U.S. Latino population, 
and most often become infected by having sex 
with a male partner.

Ms. Haro has recently become certified to 
train in the La TEEna Power program focusing 
on seven key strengths – The Creative Spirit, Passionate 
Determination, Networking Ability, Diplomatic 
Discretion, Courage, Life Balance and 
Confidence and Strength. In conjunction with 
the Duarte Kiwanis Club and other organizations 
within the community, Ms. Haro intends to 
start this creative new program. For information 
on joining Duarte Kiwanis or providing a program 
for the club, contact Dr. Diane Hernandez 


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MONROVIA – The City’s Redevelopment and 
Economic Development (R/ED) Team on July 
28 will unveil its Online Business Resource 
Center, designed to guide Monrovia’s existing and 
future business owners through the entitlement 
processes that come along with opening and 
growing a business. 

The public launch to the Monrovia Chamber of 
Commerce – to be presented on July 28 –comes 
after a “soft release” of the website on June 15. 
In the past month and a half, the website has 
already received nearly 1,000 hits – and Project 
Coordinator Lauren Vasquez expects that number 
to only going keep growing.

“We hope that our business community will 
visit the website and get the message out that we 
are business-friendly, and are ready to assist in 
anyway possible,” Vasquez said. “The R/ED team’s 
focus is not only on growing sales tax dollars, 
but on creating and maintaining jobs here in 
Monrovia – and in our eyes, new and expanding 
businesses means more local jobs.”

The website, available through the City’s main 
website at, 
has sections including “Grow Your Business,” 
“Bring Your Business to Monrovia” – which 
walks people through the entire process of how 
to open a business here – and “Why Monrovia.” 
Other categories include incentives, green 
business policies, and information on Monrovia’s 
Redevelopment Agency.

It also features the My Monrovia Business 
Blog, which includes regular posts about new 
businesses, profiles on business owners and posts 
on current events that may impact our business 

“Sifting through the entitlement processes 
associated with opening and growing a business 
can be a complex, overwhelming and time 
consuming. Our hope in designing the website 
was to create a user friendly guide to help 
the businesses through the process with ease. 
Additionally, we wanted to create a one-stop shop 
for the business community,” Vasquez said. 

The Online Business Resource Center was one of 
the items identified in the Economic Development 
Action Plan, which was approved by the Monrovia 
Redevelopment Agency Executive Board on April 
5. The Plan focuses on ways to attract and retain 
businesses, as well as developing a comprehensive 
marketing strategy for these activities. 

Implementation of the Economic Development 
Action Plan is being led by staff in the Monrovia 
Redevelopment Agency, which is tasked with 
creating economic growth by helping businesses 
grow and redeveloping blighted properties. In 
the past 40 years, the Agency has created or saved 
more than 3,250 jobs. Among the list of employers 
the Redevelopment Agency has attracted or 
helped grow include Home Depot, Living Spaces, 
Trader Joe’s Headquarters, City of Hope and over 
two dozen technology based firms located in 
Monrovia’s High Tech Corridor on Huntington 

Monrovia Police Blotter

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department 
handled 588 service events, resulting in 97 
investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted 
issues and events:

Hot Prowl

On July 22 at 1:20 a.m., a resident in the 800 block 
of East Lemon was sleeping in the living room when 
she heard her small dog growling at something outside. 
She went to investigate and saw a male subject 
wearing dark colored clothing crawling through her 
bedroom window. The suspect saw the resident and 
fled. Officers conducted an area search, but were 
unable to locate the suspect. The investigation is 

Receiving Stolen Mail / Parole Violation - Suspect 

On July 22 at 9:17 a.m., an officer was patrolling 
the 800 block of West Walnut due to recent 
complaints of drug activity. He observed two subjects 
walking down the street carrying a duffle bag. 
When he stopped and talked with the subjects, he 
learned one of them was on parole for burglary. A 
search of the duffle bag revealed stolen mail from 
several residences off Royal Oaks. The suspect was 
arrested for possession of stolen mail and a parole 

Armed Robbery - Suspects Arrested

On July 24 at 4:00 p.m., officers were dispatched 
to a motel in the 900 block of West Huntington. A 
male victim reported that a male occupant staying 
in a room at the motel had just robbed him of 
all his property at knife point. The victim went to 
the motel to trade items he found in the trash for 
marijuana. The suspect did not want what he was 
trading and decided to take everything he had, 
including his backpack and iPod. The suspect was 
identified and arrested without incident. The stolen 
property was located and returned to its owner. A 
female subject inside the room was also arrested for 
being under the influence of a controlled substance, 
as well as another male subject who had rented the 
room. A stolen bicycle was found in the second 
male subject’s vehicle, so he was also charged with 
possession of stolen property.

Wanted Robbery Suspect Arrested

Arcadia Police Department recently circulated a 
special bulletin regarding a wanted robbery suspect 
from their city. On July 24 at 10:43 p.m., a Monrovia 
officer, who is familiar with the suspect from 
prior contacts, drove by an area where the suspect 
was known to frequent. The officer saw the suspect 
walking near Fifth and Olive with another male 
subject. The suspect tried to conceal himself behind 
a bush, but was detained without incident. Arcadia 
officers arrived and took custody of the suspect.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / 
Possession of Burglary Tools - Suspect Arrested

On July 25 at 4:00 a.m., an officer saw a suspicious 
person in the area of Foothill and Canyon. The officer 
contacted the male subject and determined he 
was under the influence of a controlled substance. 
Upon further investigation, the officer found the 
suspect had a flashlight, screwdriver, and box cutter 
in his possession. The suspect did not have a 
reasonable explanation for having these tools or for 
being in Monrovia. The suspect was arrested for being 
under the influence and possession of burglary 

Driving Under the Influence / Hit and Run Traffic 
Collision - Suspect Arrested

On July 25 at 2:34 p.m., officers were dispatched 
to the 2600 block of South Peck, where a vehicle collided 
into four parked cars. The suspect’s vehicle lost 
one of its wheels, but the suspect continued south 
on Peck into the City of El Monte on three wheels 
and an axle. A witness followed the driver and led 
officers to the suspect. He was detained and officers 
determined he had been driving while under the 
influence of alcohol. He was arrested and taken into 


On July 25 at 6:23 p.m., police received a report 
of a battery that just occurred in the area of California 
and Walnut. The reporting party stated a male 
subject had exited a truck and was seen hitting a 
female, then dragging her into the bushes. Officers 
checked the area, but were unable to locate anyone. 
The reporting party called again and stated he had 
been incorrect in the location, and that it was Canyon 
and Walnut. Officers returned and located a 
trail of blood from Walnut to Maple. After an extensive 
investigation, it was determined an altercation 
had occurred between a teenage boyfriend and 
girlfriend, and the female may have hit the male in 
the nose, causing him to bleed. Officers were unable 
to determine exactly what transpired, as the two juveniles 
were uncooperative and had no visible signs 
of injury.

Battery Thefts

On July 26, three curbside box battery thefts 
were reported. The suspect(s) pried open the box 
doors and stole several back-up power batteries 
that are used in case of power outages. The thefts 
occurred in the 1300 block South Magnolia, the 
500 block of Bradbury, and the 1000 block of Royal 
Oaks. No suspects have been located. Time Warner 
Cable reported that a few nights ago, the City 
of Pomona had approximately 60 of these boxes 
broken into in one night. The same thefts are also 
occurring in Arcadia and South Pasadena. Investigation 

Residential Burglary

On July 26 at 10:00 p.m., a subject who was 
house-sitting in the 100 block of North Madison arrived 
at the home and found the front door ajar. The 
point of entry into the home was a kitchen window; 
no forced entry was apparent. The house appeared 
to be thoroughly ransacked and the actual loss is 
unknown, since the owners are away. The loss will 
be determined when the owners return. Investigation 

Possible Drug Activity

On July 27 at 12:11 a.m., a caller reported a male 
subject standing near a blue van in the 900 block of 
West Walnut that appeared to be smoking marijuana. 
The caller stated they did not think the person 
belonged in the area. When the officer arrived, the 
suspect fled. As he ran, he placed his hands in his 
sweatshirt. The officer called out commands for the 
suspect to remove his hands, but the suspect kept 
running and was able to get into a construction storage 
yard at the 210 Freeway and Fifth. Containment 
of the area was set up and the Foothill Air Support 
Team helicopter assisted in the search. The suspect 
was not found. He is believed to be associated with 
a local residence in the area. A methamphetamine 
pipe was found in the area.

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