Mountain Views News     Logo: MVNews     Saturday, April 21, 2012

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Mountain Views News Saturday, April 21, 2012 

Mountain Views News Saturday, April 21, 2012

MEETING By Joan Schmidt

 On April 17th, the Monrovia City Council Meeting began with recognition of 
Firefighter Michael Bailey, recipient of the 
Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteer Award and 
Letter of Commendation from President Obama. 
Fire Chief Chris Donovan spoke highly of 
Firefighter Mike Bailey. “Firefighter Bailey has 
always been a hardworking, dedicated and giving 
individual, helping people whenever he can. He 
has worked on several projects with Rebuilding 
Together-Los Angeles which earned him the 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Volunteer Award as well 
as a letter of Commendation from President 
Obama. Rebuilding Together-Los Angeles helps 
preserve affordable housing while revitalizing 
communities within the region.”

 Also recognized were Girl Scout Leaders, Joan 
Stiegelmar, Vickie Thrower and Joyce Santillan 
for their contributions to the community and 
its youth through their dedicated service as 
volunteers and leaders with the Girl Scouts of 
Greater Los Angeles.

 The Monrovia City Council voted 5-0 to 
approve the 3-year, $185,000 salary per year for 
the newly chosen City Manager Laurie Lile. Ms. Lile comes from Palmdale with much 
experience in several areas and surely will be an asset to the City. Mayor Mary Ann Lutz 
praised the contract and said that Ms. Lile had “stepped up”- she will be the first employee 
to pay the full employee portion to her retirement fund. Mayor Lutz called Ms. Lile to the 
podium to address the Council and attending residents.

 Ms. Lile noted that she had already set up an e-mail account with the city. She feels 
“It is really an honor to be able to accept this position and take on the new role with the City 
of Monrovia. I am anxious to hear from residents and hear what we can do to improve the 
City of Monrovia.”

 Other important business addressed was a Solid Waste and Recycling Program 
Update by Heather Maloney. Her report included that to date, two haulers (Athens and 
Consolidated) have executed agreements. However Burrtec Waste sent the city a letter 
stating they decided not to participate in the new Business Solid Waste and Recycling 

 Other important business included discussion of a new car dealership, RDJA LLC 
dba Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at 1305 South Mountain Ave. Darlene Sanchez, Senior 
Project Manager gave the Staff Report. The renovated auto dealership would carry Chrysler, 
Dodge, Jeep and Ram Models. The new dealerships would require a significant amount of 
tenant improvements. They are approaching the City for a partnership through the Business 
Development Assistance Agreement. Basically the City would have to pay $750,000 to 
assist in their improvements. Council Member Tom Adams was concerned about this and 
whether there would be more revenue than what was generated before. Peter Hoffman then 
came to the podium and said that this new dealership would bring in a lot of revenue. He 
pointed out that there are only two other Chrysler Dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley in 
Alhambra and Glendora. Chrysler’s sales are good at this time and it would benefit the City 
to bring Chrysler to Monrovia.

 These Monrovia City Council Meetings are televised or residents also can go on line 
and read the various reports in detail if you cannot attend a meeting. However, if you are 
out and about in Monrovia, please drive by City Hall and see the beautiful Irises planted by 
Council Member Becky Shevlin. 

City Manager Laurie Lile


Beginning in July, residents of Duarte’s 62 multi-family dwellings will do what the City’s single family 
households have been doing since the 1980’s – recycling.

The Duarte City Council recently voted unanimously to approve implementation by Burrtec Waste 
Services of mandatory recycling for all eligible 5-unit and larger multi-family dwellings in the City.

To relieve property owners of any burden associated with program design and implementation, the 
City of Duarte, together with Burrtec Waste Services, has designed a multi-family recycling program 
that can be tailored to each individual site while ensuring each property’s compliance with State 

Over the next three months, Burrtec will be distributing bi-lingual educational materials and 
conducting on-site property surveys detailing various recycling options, many of them highlighting a 
cost savings. It is estimated that 50% of the current multi-family customers will realize a cost savings 
as a result of the mandated recycling program. The types of information that will be disseminated 
include door hangers, posters, newsletters, letters, news articles and website articles detailing the ease 
and benefits of the program.

Every eligible building will be provided with a recycling container, individual in-unit containers for 
tenants/owners and bi-lingual educational materials. Burrtec will also offer on-site resident education 
program for 16 unit or larger complexes detailing the location of the recycling bin, acceptable 
recyclable materials, how to use and store the indoor recycling container and familiarize residents 
with educational door hangers, and posters.

A listing of recyclables, including all beverage containers, plastic, paper, glass, cardboard, and metal 
products, will appear on the front of the bin. Only specialized recycling bins, designed to prevent 
scavenging and litter, will be used in conjunction with the program.

The mandate re-initiates a program first introduced as voluntary in 2009 when the City applied for 
and was awarded a $57,500 CalRecycle grant to fund and promote the costs associated with launching 
a citywide multi-family recycling program. Duarte’s CalRecycle grant covers the costs of educational 
materials, collection, recycling containers, bins and some minor personnel costs. The program, then 
only in its earliest outreach stage, was interrupted for 18 months by the ongoing state budget crisis. 
In the interim, the California Legislature signed into law AB 341 requiring CalRecycle to increase the 
diversion of solid waste from the currently required statewide level of 50% to 75% by 2020. To achieve 
this goal, the new law requires all multi-family complexes of 5 units or more to begin recycling by 
July 1, 2012.

In 1988 Duarte became the first city in the San Gabriel Valley to introduce residential curbside 
recycling. In 2011, Duarte residents recycled more than 1,153 tons of their recyclables. 

 For more information, call Burrtec Waste Services at 1-866-287-7832 or the City of Duarte (626) 
357-7931, ext. 221.

Monrovia Police Blotter

Highlighted Activity for the week of April 12-18, 2012

Following are the weekend's highlighted issues and events. To see a complete listing of crimes reported, 
go to the City of Monrovia website at and click on the crime mapping link. Sign 
up to follow us on twitter for police notifications.


On April 12 at 8:50 a.m., a caller reported an incident of vandalism in the 1800 block of South California. 
The suspect(s) used a marker to write on a potted plant in front of a business building and on 
the windshield of two company trucks. The investigation is continuing.


On April 12 at 9:36 a.m., an incident of vandalism was reported in the 1800 block of South California. 
Suspect(s) used a marker to write on some decorative glass next to the front door of a business. The 
investigation is continuing.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Possession of a Controlled 
Substance for Sales - Two Suspects Arrested

On April 12 at 9:42 a.m., officers were dispatched to a hotel in the 700 block of West Huntington 
regarding a gun found in a room. The housekeepers found a loaded gun on the bed in one of the 
rooms and notified management, who then notified police. Officers responded and were in the room 
when the two occupants returned. Officers received consent to search the room. Bindles of heroin, 
cocaine, drug paraphernalia and money were located in the room. Both occupants were arrested and 
both admitted the drugs belonged to them. 


On April 12 at 9:46 a.m., graffiti was reported in the 300 block of Wildrose. The suspect(s) used white 
spray paint to write on the south wall of a garage. Investigation continuing. 


On April 12 at 11:44 a.m., an officer responded to the report of vandalism in the 300 block of East 
Lime. Suspect(s) used white spray paint to write graffiti on playground equipment in a park. Investigation 

Vehicle Burglary

On April 12 at 2:58 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a vehicle burglary which occurred in the 500 
block of Parkrose. The victim parked her vehicle and went into the elementary school to pick up 
her child. She was gone approximately 10 minutes. When she returned to her vehicle, she found a 
window was smashed and her purse, which was on the front seat under a blanket, was taken from the 
vehicle. Investigation continuing.

Commercial Burglary - Suspect Arrested

On April 12 at 7:52 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of West Foothill 
regarding a male subject in custody for shoplifting. The subject had entered the store, selected several 
items which he concealed on his person, and exited without paying. He was arrested and booked for 
the charges. 

Commercial Burglary - Suspect Arrested

On April 13 at 6:51 p.m., a business in the 300 block of West Huntington reported a subject who had 
shoplifted went into a location at Magnolia and Chestnut. The Special Enforcement Team and patrol 
officers responded, located the suspect and detained him. He was positively identified as the suspect. 
He had no money on his person to pay for the items taken. The suspect was arrested for burglary and 
taken into custody.

Vandalism - Suspect Arrested

On April 14 at 3:39 p.m., Police responded to the report of three male subjects acting suspiciously in 
an alley in the 200 block of South Heliotrope. One subject appeared to be acting as a lookout. Officers 
arrived and found fresh graffiti in the 600 block of Wildrose. A detective, who was in the area 
of Wildrose and California, observed three subjects matching the suspects' description and detained 
them. One of the subjects detained had a used can of white spray paint in his waistband and fresh 
paint on his shorts. The paint matched the fresh paint on the structure in the 600 block of Wildrose. 
The suspect was arrested and taken into custody. He was later determined to be on probation for a 
prior graffiti vandalism case. The suspect is a juvenile and was later released on citation to his mother.

Fraud / Parolee at Large - Suspects Arrested

On April 16 at 1:30 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a hotel in the 900 block of West Huntington. 
Hotel management was having a dispute with two of their guests about a declined credit card number. 
Upon further investigation, the officer discovered the male guest was a parolee at large. His female 
companion was found to be in possession of a vehicle filled with fraudulent federal, state, and miscellaneous 
documents. Both subjects were arrested for the appropriate charges.