Mountain Views News     Logo: MVNews     Saturday, March 29, 2014

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State of the City “Duarte Rising to the Future” 

DUARTE, CA, March 21, 2014 -- “Duarte is rising to the future,” declared Duarte Mayor, Liz Reilly 
in her State of the City message to approximately 100 residents and business leaders that followed 
a festive reception in the City Hall courtyard on March 19. Having weathered the deep five year 
recession and loss of redevelopment with a series of tough budget cuts and belt-tightening, Duarte 
expects to end the fiscal year on a high note with General Fund reserves of approximately $7.2 
million. The projected reserves equate to about 60% of the City’s General Fund budget, “a healthy 
reserve any city would love to have,” said Mayor Reilly. 

The good news of the City’s fiscal stability helped set the overall upbeat tone of the mayor’s State 
of the City report with a focus on the future for economic development in conjunction with the 
coming of the Gold Line in the fall of 2015, emphasis on Emergency planning, acquisition of grants 
to help fund programs and needed capital projects totaling over $3 million, new plans to keep 
Duarte youth safe and active, and new health and activity-oriented directions in senior citizen 
programming and services, among priorities. The discussion also highlighted the successful 
Business Visitation program, a partnership with the Duarte Chamber of Commerce, the City, 
Foothill Workforce Investment Board and the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. Since the 
program began, the Business Visitation Team has visited more than 24 businesses with the goal of 
promoting business retention, expansion and satisfaction. 

Duarte continues to be one of the safest cities in the San Gabriel Valley, said the mayor. Part 
One major crimes dipped 19%, from 348 in 2012 to an all time low of 282 in 2013. So far this 
year, property crimes are already tracking lower than 2013, despite ongoing challenges faced by 
law enforcement and cities throughout California as a result of the State Prisoner Realignment 
program. The mayor credited the City’s Public Safety prevention/intervention strategy of increased 
community involvement through Neighborhood Watch, (CMT) Community Mediation Team, and 
the additional public safety personal and resources afforded to the City by the award of back-toback 
State of California CAL-GRIP grants totaling $728,032 for 2012 through 2016. The National 
League of Cities, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials recently honored the CMT with 
its first place 2014 City Cultural Diversity Award at the National of League of Cities Congressional 
Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 10. 


DUARTE, CA, March 26, 2014 – Duarte and Bradbury will honor Earth Day 2014 on Saturday, April 
12 with a variety of joint community volunteer projects including the City’s bi-annual Community 
Clean-up beginning at 9 a.m. 

“Our goal for Earth Day 2014 and and every day is to maintain a clean and green Duarte,” said Duarte 
Mayor, Liz Reilly. 

A breakfast at the Duarte Teen Center followed by a guest speaker from the City of Hope and 
welcomes from both the Bradbury and Duarte mayors will kick off the Earth Day activities for some 
60 volunteers. California American Water Company has donated drought tolerant plants that will 
be installed at Bradbury City Hall and at Royal Oaks Park in Duarte. Trees will be planted at Duarte 
Park, a project made possible through a Proposition A grant from the office of Los Angeles County 
Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Volunteers will also conduct clean-ups along the Royal Oaks Trail 
and San Gabriel River. Following the morning’s hard work, volunteers will be treated to lunch, crafts 
and a raffle at the Teen Center. 

The City of Duarte and Burrtec Waste Industries will offer an opportunity for residents to dispose of 
large refuse items and E-Waste from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop-off locations are at Duarte City Hall, 1600 
Huntington Dr., and at the former Buena Vista Pavilion property at 2144 Buena Vista St. 

Joining in the Earth Day activities, students at Mt. Olive High School will participate in a school wide 
clean-up of the gardens and grounds, while Andres Duarte Elementary students will work on a cleanup 
and recycling project at Otis Gordon Park. 

Earth Day sponsors are Burrtec Waste Industries, California American Water Company, the cities of 
Bradbury and Duarte, and Duarte’s Promise -- The Alliance for Youth. 

For more information, call Duarte City Hall at (626) 357-7931, ext. 221. 

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Monrovia Police Blotter 

Highlighted Activity for the Weekdays of March 24-26, 2014During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 398 service events, resulting in 82 
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. 

Vehicle BurglaryMarch 24 at 8:42 a.m., an officer was dispatched to Duarte and Encino regarding a suspicious vehicle 
that had the right rear door and trunk open, and appeared ransacked. Through investigation, the 
officer determined that the victim had parked and secured the vehicle on the night before at about 9:00 

p.m. The loss was two tennis rackets and a soccer ball from the trunk. The investigation is continuing. 
Stolen Vehicle Recovered 
March 24 at 10:08 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 1800 block of South Mountain on 
the report of a recovered vehicle. A company van was reported stolen to Monrovia Police Department 
on March 22. The company received a call from a resident in Rowland Heights telling him a van from 
their company had been parked there for several days. The company had the vehicle towed back 
to their business in Monrovia and called police to report the vehicle had been recovered. A carpet 
cleaning pump had been taken from the van. The investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft from a Vehicle 
March 24 at 4:31 p.m., an officer responded to a parking lot in the 1700 block of South Mountain on 
the report of a theft from a vehicle. The victim parked her vehicle in the parking lot after lunch and 
went into work, but did not lock the vehicle. When she returned to it, she found someone had broken 
into her vehicle and the backseat was missing. The officer handling the investigation checked the area 
and found another vehicle that had also been burglarized. The investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Burglary
March 24 at 5:51 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of West Huntington. The 
victim had parked his company vehicle in a business parking lot. He locked the vehicle, but left a 
company laptop computer and a duffle bag containing a camera, cell phone, and tools on the front 
seat of the vehicle. He left the vehicle for approximately 20 minutes. When he returned to it, he found 
a window had been smashed and his property had been taken. The investigation is continuing. 

Stolen Vehicle 
March 24 at 7:00 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 900 block of West Huntington. The 
victim parked and secured his vehicle behind his business two days earlier and possibly left the ignition 
key in the center console or driver’s door storage compartment. When he returned, his vehicle was 
missing. The vehicle is described as a Gray, 2005, Ford Excursion. The investigation is continuing. 

Public Intoxication / Obstructing & Delaying a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested 
March 24 at 9:34 p.m., a business in the 100 block of West Foothill called police regarding a disturbing 
subject. An intoxicated male adult entered the store and attempted to purchase beer. The employee 
refused service because he seemed too intoxicated. The subject began verbally abusing the store 
employees and refused to leave. The officer arrived and contacted the subject, who became aggressive 
by getting into a fighting stance. The officer was able to quickly control the subject and arrested
him without further incident. No one was injured. 

Lost Mountain Biker Rescued 
March 24 at 10:52 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Canyon Park regarding the report of a lost 
mountain biker. A 46-year-old male subject from Pomona entered the Fish Canyon area on his 
mountain bike at about 6:00 p.m. with his dog following him on a leash. The mountain biker was 
attempting to ride up the mountainous trail leading to the radio tower and became disoriented and 
unable to find his way back to the city limits. He rode for several hours without water and had become 
very thirsty. He was cold as a result of the drop in temperature and did not have warm clothing. The 
biker had 7% battery life on his cell phone, but was able to call his friend, a Monrovia resident, for 
help. The biker was able to provide the fire road number he was traveling on just before his cell phone 
lost complete power. The friend immediately called police to report his friend was in need of help.
Monrovia dispatchers attempted to call the lost biker’s cell phone but it went straight to voice mail, 
indicating his phone was either shut off or dead. The dispatchers conducted a search of the fire road 
number and discovered it to be near the Camp Trask Boy Scout Camp. All available officers were sent 
to the area to begin searching for the biker. Arrangements were being made for additional resources 
to join in the search when an officer located the biker on the main road leading to Camp Trask at
approximately 11:15 p.m. The biker was thirsty and cold, but in good condition. His dog appeared 
fine as well. 

Grand Theft Auto 
March 25 at 4:04 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a business in the 1600 bock of South 
Mountain. The victim parked and secured her vehicle in the parking lot. She went into the store for 
about ten minutes, and when she returned to the vehicle, it was gone. The vehicle is a white, two-door, 
extra cab, 1997 Nissan Frontier. The hood has grey primer spots on it and it has a black lumber rack 
in the bed. The investigation is continuing. 

Theft From a Vehicle 
March 25 at 4:44 p.m., a theft from a vehicle in the 1600 block of South Myrtle was reported to police. 
The incident occurred the day prior on March 24. The victim parked his vehicle in the Park and Ride 
lot. While he was away, someone entered his vehicle and took several pairs of glasses, subwoofers, and 
a backpack. The investigation is continuing. 

Stolen Vehicle 
March 26 at 7:43 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 400 block of West Walnut. The 
victim parked and secured her vehicle across from her residence in the evening. She was up late 
and discovered the vehicle missing at 12:10 a.m. The vehicle is a white, 1997, Ford F150 truck. The 
investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Burglary
March 26 at 8:10 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of East Huntington. The 
victim parked his vehicle and went inside a business. When he returned, the left rear window of 
his vehicle was smashed. The victim’s computer and other miscellaneous items that were left in the 
vehicle were taken. The investigation is continuing. 

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
March 26 at 12:35 p.m., a citizen called police to report four homeless subjects hiding in a parking 
structure in the 100 block of West Lemon. They were in the southeast corner of the parking structure 
near a white BMW. Officers arrived and recognized them as local homeless subjects. One of the 
subjects was found to be in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and was arrested. 

Grand Theft 
March 26 at 12:54 p.m., a victim called police and reported that while he was working to the rear of 
a location in the 400 block of East Huntington, someone stole a pallet jack and aluminum topper for 
an ATM from the rental truck he was using. The investigation is continuing. 

Hit & Run Traffic Collision / Vandalism
March 26 at 6:51 p.m., an officer responded to the area of Olive and Shamrock regarding a hit and run 
traffic collision. The officer’s investigation revealed the cause of this collision was possibly intentional 
and the parties possibly knew each other. Apparently, three vehicles were involved and a suspect threw 
a hammer at the victim’s windshield. One of the suspects came to the police lobby approximately one 
hour after the incident in an effort to report that he was involved in a traffic collision, but he failed
to provide accurate details about how the collision occurred. The investigation is continuing. 

At 7:14 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Lime and Heliotrope was flagged down by a victim 
who reported that someone had smashed the windshield of his vehicle. The victim did not have any 
further details to provide about how the incident occurred. There is a possibility this vandalism is 
related to the above hit and run traffic incident. The victim vehicle in this incident is the same vehicle 
used during a stabbing that occurred last week. The investigation is continuing 

Vehicle Burglary
March 26 at 10:10 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of West Huntington. 
Unknown suspect(s) smashed the victim’s right, rear, passenger window. The victim does not know 
if any of her property was taken. The incident occurred sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. 
The investigation is continuing. 

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