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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 28, 2013 

Arcadia Police Blotter


 Last Saturday, many residents came to the Duarte Library for a Community Coffee with 
Assemblyman Roger Hernandez.

 The Assemblyman began with an overview of the California State Budget which was signed 
by the Governor in June. Hernandez feels that this is the third straight year the legislature with 
the Governor have passed a responsible and on-time budget that protects seniors, students and 
keeps California moving forward. He noted that there is a balance of fiscal restraint and targeted 
reinvestment, significant reductions to the state’s budgetary debt and overall is designed to put the 
state on a firm fiscal foundation in the longer term.

 Other topics discussed were additional funding for schools and strengthening the Middle 
Class. The Budget provides an additional $1.25 billion to assist school districts with implementation 
of Common Core Standards; $250 million to high schools for Career Technical Education grants to 
build and improve career pathway programs; and a $100 million block grant to reach California’s 
graduation requirement mandate.

 Higher education benefits by increased funding for UC and CSU of $250 million, providing 
$3.2 billion to Community Colleges and $25 million (Proposition 98 General Fund) for a new Adult 
Education Consortium Program.

Assemblyman Hernandez believes that the 2013-14 budget will strengthen the Middle Class by 
improved Programs for families striving for Middle Class. The programs increased investments in 
welfare-to-work programs including family stabilization and subsidized employment; draws down 
$1.5 billion in federal funds to implement Medi-Cal Expansion in the state; allocates $104 million 
from the General Fund to supplement Medi-Cal program reforms required by the Affordable Care 
Act; and restores basic adult dental benefits in Medi-Cal by Ma1, 2014.

Assemblyman Hernandez shared graphs showing where the money comes from and where it goes. 
(The source is the CA Dept. of Finance.) His presentation ended with a bar graph of state revenue from 
2006-2013. In 08-09, less revenue caused many job layoffs. (The source was Data from Legislature 
Analyst’s Office.)

 The Assemblyman gave an overview of his bills. Several were introduced dealing with education, 
workers’ protection, green space, clean water, and protecting small businesses among others.

The session concluded with a “Question and Answer” period. There were several by teachers who 
were upset over budget cuts. One teacher has thirty students and four are autistic. She has no aide and 
has to stop instruction to deal with these students. This is attributed to budget cuts and loss of aides. 
(The teacher was NOT from DUSD)

 When I left, there was a group, “Save the Mountain” with a poster that showed “Before” and 
“After”. The Assemblyman was aware that Duarte had gone to court with Vulcan, but did not realize 
the ramifications of the mining. It was a most informative meeting and everyone left with a better 
understanding of California’s budget and saw firsthand the fine job Assemblyman Hernandez is doing 
in Sacramento. 

For the period of Sunday, September 15th, through Saturday, September 21st, the Police Department 
responded to 977 calls for service of which 129 required formal investigations. The following is a summary 
report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, September 15:

1. Just after 2:19 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for swerving in the area of 
Baldwin Avenue and Las Tunas Drive. Upon contact with the driver, the officer detected an odor of 
alcohol emitting from his breath and person. An investigation revealed the 24-year-old Asian male was 
under the influence and in possession of cocaine. He was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City 
Jail for booking. 
2. At approximately 5:41 p.m., an officer made consensual contact with a juvenile subject in the 
area of Foothill Boulevard and Michillinda Avenue. A search revealed the 15-year-old male was in 
possession of a glass smoking pipe and lighter. He was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail 
for booking. 

Monday, September 16:

3. At about 9:34 a.m., an officer responded to Arcadia High School, 180 Campus Drive, in 
reference to possible suicide attempt. A student told her teacher that she contemplated the thought of 
committing suicide by taking sleeping pills. An investigation revealed the subject was depressed over 
a recent break-up with her boyfriend. The 17-year-old Chinese female was placed on a 72-hold for 
evaluation and treatment. 
4. Around 4:12 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of Colorado Place 
regarding a disturbance between a male and female subject. An investigation revealed the female 
subject, a 30-year-old Hispanic female, was under the influence of methamphetamine. She was arrested 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Tuesday, September 17:

5. Around 10:00 a.m., an officer responded to the Arcadia Police Department front counter in 
regards to an identity theft report. The victim discovered online that an unknown suspect created two 
additional bank accounts under his primary bank account and withdrew $800 from an ATM machine. 
He had no idea how his personal information was compromised.
6. Shortly before 3:00 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Paloma 
Drive regarding a burglary investigation. Unknown suspect(s) forced entry through a kitchen window, 
ransacked the location, and fled with several pieces of jewelry. No witnesses were located; however, the 
officer located a partial palm print near the point of entry. Further investigation is being conducted by 
the Detective Bureau. 

Wednesday, September 18:

7. Around 4:55 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 400 block of Golden West Avenue 
in regards to a burglary investigation. Unknown suspect(s) forced entry through a rear window, 
ransacked the location, and fled undetected with jewelry and electronic items. Fresh blood droppings 
were located on the front porch and front walkway area of the residence, which indicated the suspect 
suffered an injury while making entry. No witnesses were located. Further investigation is being 
conducted by the Detective Bureau. 
8. At approximately 6:03 p.m., an officer was dispatched to The Derby, 233 East Huntington 
Drive, in reference to a theft report. A male subject left the restaurant without paying for his $56 tab 
which consisted of one meal and a couple of alcoholic drinks. The suspect is described as a White male, 
approximately 50-years-old, thin build with a full beard, wearing an unknown colored t-shirt and black 
shorts. The officer conducted an area check, but the suspect was not located. 

Thursday, September 19:

9. At about 6:55 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Hollister at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South 
Baldwin Avenue, in regards to a theft investigation. An adult suspect concealed merchandise inside 
a used shopping bag and exited the store without making payment. Further investigation revealed 
the subject falsely impersonated a victim using his driver’s license and in fact, had a no bail warrant 
for burglary. The 27-year-old Hispanic male was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

 At approximately 8:16 p.m., officers responded to Metro PCS, 158 East Duarte Road, in regards 
to an armed robbery. A male suspect pushed a lone employee into the restroom and forced him to stay 
inside by threatening him with an unknown object. While the victim was inside the restroom, multiple 
subjects ransacked the location and stole 56 phones. A total of $1,500 was also missing from the cash 
register. No surveillance footage was available as the suspects damaged the surveillance system and 
stole the accompanying hard drive. Further investigation is being conducted by the Detective Bureau.

Friday, September 20: 

10. Shortly after 2:00 p.m., an officer responded to the parking lot of Macy’s at the Santa Anita 
Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, in regards to a report of a reckless driver. The officer made contact 
with the reported subject and discovered he was under the influence of alcohol. An investigation 
revealed his blood alcohol content was greater than 0.08 percent. The 20-year-old Hispanic male was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
11. At approximately 9:23 p.m., officers responded to Bonita Skate Park, 100 South Baldwin 
Avenue, in regards to a robbery that had just occurred. An investigation revealed an 18-year-old 
Hispanic male took the victim’s cell phone, refused to give it back, and made threatening statements 
toward the victim when he attempted to retrieve his property. Another subject, a 23-year-old 
Hispanic male, was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and unable to care for himself. 
Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Saturday, September 21:

12. At about 11:20 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a traffic collision at the intersection of 
Baldwin Avenue and Naomi Avenue. The driver of an older model Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL was 
attempting a left turn onto northbound Baldwin Avenue when she struck a motorcyclist that 
was traveling southbound on Naomi Avenue. The officer determined the driver failed to yield to 
oncoming traffic. The motorcyclist was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital where he was 
treated for abrasions to his chest, arms, and legs. 

13. Just after 1:30 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Wells Fargo Bank, 298 East Live Oak Avenue, 
in regards to a fraud in progress. Two suspects entered the location and attempted to deposit and 
cash forged and altered checks. The 53-year-old White female and 30-year-old Hispanic female were 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 


The Holly Avenue PTA and the Holly Avenue School Garden Club are sponsoring an E-waste Drive 
on Saturday, October 5th, to take place from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM in the Holly Avenue School parking 
lot at 360 W. Duarte Road in Arcadia.

Many types of electronics will be accepted, including computers, telephones and telephone 
equipment, television and computer monitors, printers, fax machines, scanners, keyboards, copiers, 
DVD players, stereo equipment, miscellaneous computer parts and cords, lamps, toasters, and nearly 
anything that plugs in.


The Arcadia Historical Museum Foundation invites you to have a rousing good time at the groundbreaking 
/ Under Construction Party in partnership with the Arcadia City Council at 5:30 p.m. 
Sunday September 29 on the site of the new Museum Education Center, between the Arcadia Community 
Center and the Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage.

The 2,650 square-foot Education Center will house classrooms for educational programming such 
as art, crafts, lectures, children’s and senior activities, as well as other similar functions. The building 
will provide the space needed to accommodate the demand for current activities and it will also allow 
for future expansion of Museum and recreation programming.

The Arcadia Museum Education Center is a joint effort of the City of Arcadia and the Arcadia Historical 
Museum Foundation. The budget for the building is $877,339 with

$500,000 of that being donated by the Foundation. The City’s portion of the funding is coming 
from Park and Recreation Impact Fees, which can be used only for park and recreation capacity 

“I am thrilled to see this project come to fruition,” said Floretta Lauber, President of the Arcadia 
Historical Museum Foundation. “Foundation members have worked hard for several years in order 
to make a substantial financial contribution to the City so that this project can move forward. We are 
very excited that everything is in place and construction is ready to begin.”

Mayor Mickey Segal commented: “The Museum Education Center will be a wonderful asset to our 
community and will open up many possibilities for the continued offering of educational and leisure-
time activities. The City Council is especially thankful to the Arcadia Historical Museum Foundation 
for their work on this project and for their financial contribution.”

With design and construction estimated to take eight months, the Museum Education Center should 
be ready to open by May 2014.

 Alfresco dining

 The Late Bloomers Band — Jake’s Roadhouse mouthwatering on-site BBQ

 No-host wine and beer

 Casual or BBQ attire

All funds earned will go to the building project; the event has been underwritten by donors

Price: $90 per person