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Mountain Views News Saturday, April 20, 2013 


By Joan Schmidt

 While my husband 
and I were back East on 
a eleven day trip through 
Philly, New Jersey, New 
York, Connecticut and 
Massachusetts, four young 
men from Duarte were in 
Virginia on their own special 
trip. Deputy Art Valenzuela, 
briefed me on their exciting 
learning experience. The 
Temple Station Youth Athletic 
League took four local Duarte 
youth to the National Police 
Activities League annual 
Youth Leadership Academy 
held this year in Richmond, 

 The four attendees 
included Kentrell Davis and 
Isaiah Aceves from Northview 
Intermediate School and Isaac 
and Angel Diaz De Leon 
from Duarte High School. 
(Pictured right in front of 
the Lincoln Memorial in 
Washington, D.C.)

 The group flew to 
Richmond arriving Thursday 
morning and immediately 
drove to Washington D.C. 
where they visited the White 
House, U.S. Capitol, Lincoln 
and Washington Memorials. On Friday morning, they drove to Mt. Vernon to see the home of the 
Father of our country, Commander-in-Chief during the American Revolution and first President, 
George Washington. On Friday evening and Saturday the young men attended the Youth Leadership 
Academy where they had the unique opportunity to network with youth across the nation gaining 
hands-on experience in leadership and character development. Sunday was the closing ceremony and 
then the group returned home.

 The goal of this program is to motivate youth by teaching them leadership skills that they can 
bring back to their communities to effect positive change.

 This experience was free to all the youth because of the generosity of the National Police 
Activities League and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Youth Activities League.


Expo to feature free Zumba in the Street and Body Vibe in the Park 
taught by YMCA

MONROVIA – Calling all runners, walkers and lovers of fitness: Registration is open for the Third 
Annual 7 Mile Fountain to the Falls Walk/Run at 7 a.m. on May 18. This is an out and back course 
beginning at the Fountain in Library Park to the Water Fall in Canyon Park and back. 

Can’t do the run? You can still join the fun by enjoying the activities at the Health and Fitness Expo, 
sponsored by the City of Monrovia, the Santa Anita Family YMCA, and Assemblyman Chris Holden 
– who will also be participating in the race. The Expo will be open from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Library 
Park, 321 S. Myrtle Avenue.

The Expo will feature a free “Zumba in the Street” on Myrtle Avenue at 7:05 a.m., just minutes after 
the racers depart for their run/walk, with another free group exercise scheduled in Library Park at 
10:30 a.m. Both classes will be taught by YMCA instructors.

Other activities and events at the Expo include giveaways, healthy cooking demonstrations, health 
screenings and massages from vendors such as Crossfit Monrovia, Movement Unlimited Fitness 
Center, New Liberty Nutrition, Pacific Transportation Federal Credit Union, Spa Xylem, Snail’s 
Pace, Santa Anita Family YMCA, the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board, Walgreen’s, Balance 
Chiropractic, Hala Skin and Body, and more. 

The Awards ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m.

About the Race 

First through third place awards will be given for each age category. The race is limited to 400 participants 
and advance registration is required. No race day registration will be accepted. 

The $35 entry fee per person (registration fee is added to each entry) includes a t-shirt. Registration 
will only be accepted on-line only through No late starts or unregistered participants 
will be permitted. Participants are required to present identification at race check-in. Registration is 
being accepted through Thursday, May 16, or until filled. For additional information, please contact the 
Department of Community Services at (626) 256-8246.

About the Health & Fitness Expo

Openings are still available to health and fitness related businesses wishing to have a booth at the 
Expo. Please call Jennifer McLain at 626-303-6601, email her at for more 
information, or visit Deadline is May 1.


DUARTE, CA - A public meeting has been set for Monday, April 22 to discuss and begin the 
public review process on proposed plans for the City of Duarte’s Gold Line Station Specific 
Plan. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Duarte Community Center, 1600 
Huntington Dr.

For Duarte, as in other cities along the light rail line, the coming METRO Gold Line train station 
presents a potential opportunity to transform the area immediately adjacent to the station into 
a new economic stimulus for the City. It also provides owners of properties in the Specific Plan 
area the potential to increase the value of their property through conversion to the new “Transit 
Village” land uses proposed. The City’s environmental consultants will evaluate one potential 
implementation under the Specific Plan’s draft Master Land Use Plan for up to 475 residences, 
250 hotel rooms, 400,000 square feet of office space and 12,000 square feet of retail space. 

The review process for the Duarte Station Specific Plan will guide future development. This first 
step in the process, formally referred to as a Scoping Meeting, is to give all interested parties an 
opportunity to raise questions and express concerns about the Specific Plan at the beginning of 
the environmental review process so that the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) can address 
those issues.

The area included in the Specific Plan is 19.08 acres in size and is currently the location of three 
industrial manufacturing buildings. A residential neighborhood is to the west, a business park to 
the east, the 210 Freeway and Duarte High School to the north, and the METRO rail line, City of 
Hope and an Army Corps of Engineers basin to the south. 

The City invites comments at the meeting or in correspondence on any of the areas where possible 
environmental impacts may occur. The Initial Study identified the following environmental 
areas where significant impacts may occur: aesthetics, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, 
hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, noise, 
population and housing, public service and utilities, transportation and traffic. The initial study 
also determined that there would be no impact or a less than significant impact on agriculture 
and forestry resources, geology and soils, biological resources, mineral resources and cultural 

Next steps in the review process will be the preparation and release of a draft EIR followed by a 
45-day comment period when residents and other interested parties can study the document and 
submit their comments. A public notice will be provided to area property owners when the draft 
EIR comment period opens. At the end of the comment period, the Duarte Planning Commission 
will hold a public hearing where members of the public can speak about the proposal.

More information is available on the City’s website: Interested parties 
can sign up for email updates on the process. For questions, contact Duarte Senior Planner, Jason 
Golding at (626) 357-7931 or email:

The costs associated with the preparation of the Duarte Station Specific Plan and EIR are 
being funded primarily through a grant from METRO, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan 
Transportation Authority.

Monrovia Police Blotter

Highlighted Activity for the Weekdays of April 15-17, 2013

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 414 service events, resulting in 84 
investigations. To see a complete listing of crimes reported, go to
ca/monrovia for crime mapping. For Police Department news and information, visit our website and 
follow us on Twitter for police notifications.

Residential Burglary

April 15 at 2:46 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 800 block of South Mayflower. The 
resident left her residence at 7:30 a.m. and returned home at 2:46 p.m. to discover the front door 
wide open. A rear window was smashed and property was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Violation of Court Order - Suspect Arrested

April 17 at 5:11 p.m., a known subject with a restraining order that prevents him from loitering at 
Library Park was observed in the park by an officer on patrol. He was detained; the restraining order 
was confirmed, and he was arrested for the violation.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Suspect Arrested

April 17 at 11:23 p.m., an officer contacted a suspicious subject in the area of Montana and Primrose. 
The subject consented to a search of his person, and during the search, the officer located a syringe 
in his possession. He was arrested and cited out in the field for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tip of the Week

Homeland Security "If you see something, Say Something" Campaign

In light of the tragic event that occurred in Boston this week, the Monrovia Police Department 
would like to make our community aware of how they can report suspicious activity. Following is 
information on "If you see something, say something," a homeland security awareness campaign 
on how to recognize, and the importance of reporting, suspicious activity to local law enforcement:

The nationwide "If You See Something, Say SomethingTM" public awareness campaign - is a simple 
and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related 
crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement 
authorities. For information on the program, click on Homeland Security.

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Monrovia Sunday Morning 

Farmers' Market

That's right- it's back! From 10am - 2pm on Myrtle Avenue, shop for fresh produce 
at the Sunday morning Farmers' Market in Old Town Monrovia.