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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 24, 2012 

For the period of Sunday, November 11th, through Saturday, 
November 17th, the Police Department responded to 900 calls for 
service of which 115 required formal investigations. The following is 
a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department 
during this period.

Sunday, November 11:

1. At approximately 7:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to 
the Nordstrom’s parking lot at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South 
Baldwin Avenue, in reference to a vandalism involving a vehicle. 
Both the driver and passenger side mirrors were broken off, and 
left on the ground next to the vehicle. The vehicle’s owner indicated 
that he believed the vandalism was the result of a parking dispute he 
had with another driver earlier that day. Though the owner did not 
actually see the vandalism occur, he can identify the person whom 
he had the dispute with if seen again.
2. Shortly after 8:00 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop 
on a vehicle for expired registration on Live Oak Avenue near 
Santa Anita Avenue. A subsequent investigation and consensual 
search of the vehicle revealed the driver had a suspended license, 
two outstanding warrants for his arrest, and was in possession of 
a stolen license plate. The 48-year-old, Hispanic male was arrested 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Monday, November 12:

3. At approximately 11:59 a.m., an officer was dispatched 
to the 1000 block of S. Fourth Avenue regarding to a residential 
burglary. Investigation revealed the suspect(s) entered an open 
garage while the resident was home, and stole a set of golf clubs. 
There were no surveillance cameras, and no suspects were seen or 
heard during the incident. 
4. At about 9:48 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on 
Baldwin Avenue near Huntington Drive. Upon contact with the 
driver, the officer discovered the driver had a suspended license. 
A consensual search of the vehicle revealed the driver was in 
possession of brass knuckles. The 26-year-old, White female was 
arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon, and transported to 
the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Tuesday, November 13:

5. At about 7:18 a.m., officers responded to the 11000 block 
of Clark Street regarding a suspicious male vandalizing a vehicle. 
Upon arrival, officers contacted the suspect standing next to a 
white Ford, carrying a metal bar. Investigation revealed the vehicle 
belonged to the suspect. Though initially calm and compliant, 
the suspect increasingly became frantic and delirious showing 
significant signs of drug use. The suspect attempted to run away, 
and resisted the officers’ attempts to detain him. As a result, the 
50-year-old, Hispanic male was taken to the Arcadia City Jail 
where he was booked for being under the influence of a controlled 
substance and resisting officers.
6. Around 4:41 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2000 
block of S. Baldwin Avenue in regard to a residential burglary. 
Officers discovered the suspect(s) removed a back window screen, 
and entered through the unlocked window. Further investigation 
revealed the bedroom was ransacked, and several pieces of jewelry 
were stolen. There were no witnesses or surveillance cameras. 

Wednesday, November 14:

7. At approximately 8:44 p.m., an officer was dispatched to 
the 000 block of Vaquero Road in reference to a theft that occurred 
earlier in the evening at 24 Hour Fitness, 125 N. First Avenue. 
The male victim reported his car keys had been stolen from an 
unsecured locker while he was using the gym facilities. The victim 
discovered his cell phone, cash, driver’s license and several credit 
cards stolen out of his vehicle. Further investigation revealed the 
unknown suspect(s) used one of the stolen credit cards at a Chevron 
gas station in Woodland Hills.
8. Around 9:56 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 800 
block of San Simeon Road with regard to a residential burglary. 
The female victim entered her home, heard a loud sound coming 
from inside, and discovered her home had been ransacked. An 
investigation revealed the suspect(s) removed a bathroom window 
screen, and pried open the window. The victim did not see anyone 
in her home, and there were no surveillance cameras.

Thursday, November 15:

9. At about 1:37 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a 
vehicle for swerving between the lanes on Santa Anita Avenue near 
Camino Real Avenue. Upon contact with the driver, the officer 
detected an odor of alcohol emitting from inside the vehicle. An 
investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol. 
The 21-year-old, Chinese male was subsequently arrested for drunk 
driving, and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for processing. 
10. At about 3:23 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a 
vehicle in the area of Santa Anita Avenue and Campus Drive for a 
missing front license plate. A subsequent investigation revealed a 
passenger in the vehicle had an outstanding felony warrant for their 
arrest. The 22-year-old, White male was arrested and transported 
to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Friday, November 16:

11. At approximately 6:05 p.m., an officer responded to the 
Santa Anita Mall, 400 S. Baldwin Avenue, regarding two male 
suspects in custody for theft. The suspects concealed clothing 
from Pac Sun inside their bags, exited the store without paying for 
the items, and ran off when the security alarm sounded. Security 
officers stopped the suspects and detained them until Arcadia 
Police arrived. Further investigation revealed the suspects had 
stolen clothing from several other stores in the mall. The 16 and 
17-year old Asian males were arrested, and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. Both were subsequently released to 
their parents.
12. Around 4:48 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of 
W. Duarte Road regarding a stolen vehicle. Investigation revealed 
a 2006 silver, Ford Taurus was stolen from the location between 
2:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. The female victim remembers locking 
her vehicle, but believes she may have left her keys inside. There 
were no witnesses and the stolen vehicle was not discovered in the 
surrounding area.


Saturday, November 17:

13. At about 4:20 a.m., officers responded to the area of Foothill 
Boulevard and Baldwin Avenue regarding a solo vehicle crash in 
which the male driver fled the scene. During their investigation, 
officers contacted the driver at his home in Monrovia, and 
discovered he was under the influence of alcohol. The 23-year-old 
male was subsequently arrested for drunk driving, and transported 
to the Arcadia City Jail for processing. 
14. Around 5:05 p.m., officers were dispatched to Boutique 
No. 5, 733 W. Naomi Avenue, regarding a robbery. Investigation 
revealed a male suspect entered the store pretending to be a 
customer, concealed a purse, and exited the store without paying. A 
female employee followed the suspect outside, and while attempting 
to retrieve the stolen merchandise, was elbowed in the head by the 
suspect who fled the scene in a blue pickup truck. The suspect was 
described as a White male, 6 ft. tall, mid 20s, and can be identified 
by the victim if seen again. 



By Joan Schmidt

 On Saturday there was a special 
champagne reception for the unveiling 
of Anita Baldwin’s “figure” (too beautiful 
and lifelike to be called a “statue”) and a 
lot more at Arcadia’s Gilb Museum. The 
day may have been dreary outside, but hot 
coffee and so many friendly faces set the 
mood upon arrival. What was so great, 
was I learned SO MUCH about a most 
remarkable woman- Anita Baldwin, the 
second daughter of Lucky Baldwin, and I 
am sure many Arcadians aren’t aware of all 
she accomplished.

Festivities began with a warm welcome 
by Curator, Dana Dunn. Floretta Lauber, 
Arcadia’s first female Mayor related 
growing up in Sierra Madre only a few 
blocks from Anita’s. As a child, it was a thrill 
for Floretta to see Anita with her entourage 
in her sidecar.

 Mary Beth Hayes, Director of 
Library and Museum Services felt this was 
a “great day for the City to honor one of its 
own…after seventy years, she still captivates 
our imagination…Anita was magnificent, 
generous, gutsy, patron of the arts, had a 
breeding farm, compassionate-reached out 
to those less fortunate. Anita’s poetry shows 
her most intimate self.”

 The special exhibit was founded by 
donors after the passing of Charles Gilb. The 
Friends of the Society paid for the figure of 
Anita, a “Vision” that came to fruition – 
Dana herself spent years on research.

 After the opening , introductions, 
and recognition of all those who made 
the display possible, guests then partook 
of refreshments, followed by a most 
informative slide presentation.

 Sandy Snider, former Curator of the 
Los Angeles County Arboretum and local 
history author presented a detailed side 
show highlighting Anita’s life. Her mother 
was only sixteen and her father forty-eight 
when she was born. Anita had an older half 
sister, Clara. When Anita 
was only five, her mother 
passed away. She spent 
time with grandparents 
and boarding schools. 
At sixteen, Anita eloped 
with her cousin George, 
which infuriated her 
father. (They married 
on a tugboat outside the 
Golden Gate.)They had 
twin sons who died in 
infancy. The marriage 
didn’t last and Anita then 
married Hull McClaughy 
which infuriated her 
father as McClaughy was 
a Democrat! (Again Lucky 
was out of town at the 
time of their marriage-
in Nome Alaska, and the 
couple eloped in Carson 
City, Nevada.) Hull was 
an attorney and later handled the estate. 
There were two children, a daughter Dextra 
and son Baldwin. However this marriage 
didn’t last either and Anita and her children 
dropped the surname McCaughy so her son 
was “Baldwin Baldwin”.

 Like her father, Anita was a hard 
worker with many interests. She loved 
to travel, and did so alone or with her 
children. She was a compassionate person 
who helped less fortunate. Because of her 
love of children, she contributed money to 
two hospitals for children’s wings. She gave 
money to women’s causes and sought ways 
to help women enrich their lives. She loved 
animals and was President of the California 
State Humane Association and was elected 
president of the Los Angeles Society for the 
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

 This special slide presentation with 
background information featured family 
photos and a few glimpses of her mansion, 
Anoakia. Unfortunately it was razed some 
years back.

 After Ms. Snyder’s presentation, 
a great visitor came into our midst. It was 
Anita Baldwin herself portrayed by Marilyn 
Long from the Tallac Historical Site, Lake 
Tahoe. Anita spoke of her father with great 
affection, and relayed her mother’s early 
passing, first marriage- which was doomed 
from the beginning-her father didn’t 
approve her elopement with her cousin, 
and sadly the death of their infant twin sons 
shortly after birth. Her second marriage also 
failed, but produced her beloved daughter, 
Dextra and son Baldwin. Anita told about 
her love of horses and dogs and even read 
us a poem.

 After Marilyn’s wonderful 
portrayal of Anita, guests were given 
either champagne or sparkling cider and 
followed Floretta to the curtained area. 
Floretta raised her glass & we all toasted 
as the curtains were drawn back. Everyone 
gasped at the figure-it was as though Anita 
REALLY was standing there!

 What a remarkable day! Everyone 
must go to the Gilb Museum not only to 
see Anita’s beautiful display, but there is 
so much there! The hours are 10:00 a.m.-
4:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Gilb Museum 
of Arcadia Heritage is located at 380 West 
Huntington Drive, Arcadia. (626) 574-5400 
I can’t wait to go back and tour the entire 


By Joan Schmidt

 Recently, the MAP Leadership Academy 
graduation took place at Monrovia City Hall 
prior to the scheduled Council Meeting.

 “What exactly is the MAP leadership 
program”, I asked Steve Sizmore upon arrival at 
City Hall.

 I learned that the MAP Leadership Academy 
is a series of informational classes developed 
to empower residents with information and 
resources to help improve their neighborhoods 
and the community. Neighborhood Leaders 
take an active role in establishing Neighborhood 
Groups and help identify issues and concerns 
that affect their neighborhoods. The 
Neighborhood Leader working with City staff 
and area residents, inventories neighborhood 
resources and using those resources formulates 
responses to the challenges facing their 
neighborhood. Neighborhood Leaders provide 
their neighborhood with information, guidance, 
stability, continuity, motivation to action and a 
sense of unity; they are a channel between City 
and residents. The MAP Leadership Academy offers a hands on approach to building relationships and developing projects with other 
community leaders and city staff.

 There were six days of classes. They included: September 20th, the Role of a Neighborhood Leader: An introduction of methods 
to bring together local residents, and ways you can make a difference; September 27th, Government 101: Navigating Local Government 
Instruction regarding the roles of municipal, county, state, and federal government and how they operate, learning effective ways to 
obtain assistance and promote change; October 4th , Public Health & Safety: Monrovia’s Code Enforcement and Police Departments 
address their duties and obligations to maintaining blight and crime free community; October 11: Communicating & Connecting in 
the Community; October 18th:The Neighborhood Fix: Tools and Resources: Tools and resources to help leaders solve issues in their 
neighborhoods; October 25th: Hypothetically Speaking: Interactive Exercises. November 1 was a makeup class and city tour.

 Nineteen area residents completed the Academy: Lisa Acosta, Derek Blow, Krystina Contreras, Matthew Crabtree, Sean 
Gonzales, Rosie M. Herrin, Sergio Paul Jimenez, Rachelle Killackey, Devon Lendsey, Sophia Mo, Jeremy Mo, Irene Paredes, Rubi Perez, 
Charmaine Richards, Malika T. Robinson-Butler, Susan Wang, Pauline White, Jason Young, and Chris Ziegler. 

 There was much enthusiasm as each graduate walked up to the podium to receive their Certificate from Heather Greer, who had 
praise for each person. City Council Members also had positive comments. Council Member Larry Spicer actually was a graduate of the 
program and then became involved in his community. Council Member Becky Shevlin called the graduates, “a great group”, mentioned 
taking a leadership class is so rewarding, and to connect to your community and serve it. 

Council Member Tom Adams also offered congratulations and felt, “This will open to door for more opportunities in Monrovia for 

Mayor Pro Tem Joe Garcia thanked all for attending and revealed he too had attended a Leadership Academy and recently taught at 
one. He commended the graduates, as an “inspiration”, and feels “This is what makes our community great-cause of people like you.”

 Mayor Mary Ann Lutz was eloquent as always: “Congratulations for taking the first step. We are more than 119 strong. Every time more 
graduate, it makes our community stronger. “

Following the distribution of Certificates, a cake and beverage were served at the Community Center.

For more information on this exceptional program, call (626) 932-5563, visit website:
monrovia-area-partnership or email at 


The City of Duarte and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 
want residents to be aware that a home burglary has occurred 
in the Fish Canyon Area of Duarte, specifically in the 200 Block of 
Greenbank Avenue. Please note, increased County Sheriff's patrols 
and other security measures have already been implemented in the 
area in light of the recent burglary activity. 

 On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 
p.m. while the occupants were away from the home, unknown 
person(s) attempted to pry open the rear back door but failed, they 
gained access into the home after prying open a rear bathroom 
window and stole jewelry.

 A neighbor reported seeing a suspicious person around the time 
of the burglary. The person was described as thin, the race and 
sex was not determined. This person was wearing a utility helmet, 
driving a gray vehicle, and parked in front of the home that was 
burglarized and was last seen walking up to the front door. The 
witness was not able to provide the Deputy with any more details.

 If you have any information that can assist in the investigation 
of this burglary please contact Special Assignment Deputy Wayne 
Goodrich at the Duarte Sub Station by calling (626) 359-5671, ext. 
320. Should you witness a crime in progress, please call 911. If you 
would like to leave an anonymous tip, you may do so by calling the 
Sheriff's Satellite Station Crime Tip Hotline at (626) 359-5671, ext. 
462. Tips can also be e-mailed If you see 
suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood, please report 
them by contacting the Temple Sheriff's Station at (626) 485-7171. 

 Important tips to remember to help keep your neighborhood and 
family safe: 

-Make your home look occupied, leave the TV, radio, or lights 
on, or your dog in the backyard. 

-Lock all doors, windows, and garage doors before you leave the 
house or go to bed. 

-Use motion detector lights outside. 

-Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspaper or flyers to build 
up while you are away. Arrange for the post office to hold your 
mail, or a friend or neighbor to collect them regularly. 

-Push-button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. 
Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors. 

-Keep your yard clean and bushes and trees trimmed. Do not 
give burglars a place to hide. 

-If you have an alarm system, use it, even if you leave for a short 
period of time. 

-If you do not have an alarm system buy signs that say you 
have an alarm and place them around your home.

For more information on how you can help protect your property and family 
from a home burglary, or to start a Neighborhood Watch in your area, 
contact Aida Torres at the Duarte Public Safety Office at (626) 359-5671, 
ext. 316 or via e-mail at