Mountain Views News     Logo: MVNews     Saturday, August 20, 2016

MVNews this week:  Page A:6


Mountain View News Saturday, August 20, 2016 



For the period of Sunday, August 7th, through Saturday, 
August 13th, the Police Department responded to 
957 calls for service of which 145 required formal 
investigations. The following is a summary report of the 
major incidents handled by the Department during this 

Sunday, August 7: 

1. At about 2:16 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop 
on a vehicle near the intersection of First Avenue and 
Huntington Drive for an unsafe turning movement. 
As the officer exited his vehicle to contact the driver, 
the driver sped off. A high speed pursuit ensued and 
ended when the driver hit a dead end and fled on foot. 
An investigation revealed the vehicle was stolen. The 
23-year-old male from El Monte was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

 2. Just after 7:12 p.m., an officer responded to the 
000 block of Bonita Avenue regarding the report of a 
suspicious occupied vehicle. An investigation revealed 
the subject had an outstanding warrant for her arrest 
and she was in possession of drug paraphernalia. The 
34-year-old female from Los Angeles was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Monday, August 8:

3. At about 1:14 a.m., Officers contacted subjects 
in a vehicle parked behind a closed business in the 
area of Randolph Street and Kardashian Avenue. A 
consensual search of the vehicle revealed the subjects 
were in possession of drug paraphernalia. The 30-year-
old male from Montclair and the 27-year-old female 
from El Monte were arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking.

4. At approximately 1:55 p.m., officers responded to a 
residence on the 1700 block of Rodeo Road regarding 
a domestic disturbance. An investigation revealed the 
suspect attempted to harm the victim with a knife. 
The victim managed to lock the suspect outside and 
then called the police. An emergency protective order 
was issued and the 33-year-old female from Arcadia 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail 
for booking.

Tuesday August 9:

5. At about 5:26 p.m., officers responded to the area 
of Baldwin Avenue and Arboretum Way regarding 
the report of a fight in progress. Three juveniles were 
contacted and one fled the scene. An investigation 
revealed one of the juveniles had been reported 
missing. Two of the juveniles were in possession of 
stolen property taken from stores inside Westfield 
Santa Anita. The 13-year-old female from Pasadena 
and the 14-year-old male from San Gabriel were 
issued citations and released to their parents. 

 6. Around 11:15 p.m., an officer responded to 
a residence on the 1500 block of South Baldwin 
Avenue regarding a burglary. The officer determined 
unidentified suspect(s) entered the residence through 
an open sliding glass patio door, stole a camera bag 
containing a camera with lenses and a bicycle left in 
the patio, before fleeing. No suspects were seen and no 
witnesses were located. The investigation is ongoing.


Wednesday, August 10:

7. At approximately 3:35 a.m., officers responded 
to a residence on the 1100 block of Arcadia Avenue 
regarding an unknown suspect on the resident’s 
second story balcony. An investigation revealed the 
resident was asleep when he awoke to the sound of 
someone jumping onto his balcony. The resident 
called the police and held the suspect at gunpoint until 
officers arrived. An investigation revealed the suspect 
was under the influence of a controlled substance. 
The 24-year-old male from Los Angeles was issued 
a citation, then transported and released to Arcadia 
Methodist Hospital for treatment.

 8. Just after 2:40 p.m., officers responded to a parking 
garage at 411 East Huntington Drive regarding a 
suspicious occupied vehicle. An investigation revealed 
a subject was seen exiting the vehicle and attempting to 
open the doors of other vehicles parked at the location. 
Officers contacted three subjects inside the vehicle 
and discovered one subject was in possession of drug 
paraphernalia. The 28-year-old male from Monrovia 
was issued a citation and released at the scene.

Thursday, August 11: 

9. At about 7:20 a.m., officers responded to the 600 
block of West Camino Real Avenue regarding the 
report of a hit and run. An investigation revealed 
the suspect was driving westbound on Camino Real 
Avenue when he struck the elderly pedestrian who was 
walking westbound in the street. The suspect stopped 
briefly to check his vehicle then continued southbound 
on Baldwin Avenue. 

 The suspect is described as male, Asian, 
approximately 70-years-old, with grey hair, clean 
shaven, wearing a short sleeved shirt and slacks. The 
suspect vehicle is described as a newer model white 
Mercedes sedan with paper plates.

 10. At approximately 1:13 p.m., officers responded 
to the parking lot of IHOP, 1113 Baldwin Avenue 
regarding a vehicle burglary. An investigation 
revealed an unknown suspect smashed the front 
passenger side window of the vehicle and stole an 
iPad and wallet. The suspect then fled the scene in 
an unknown direction. No suspects were seen, and 
no witnesses were located.

Friday, August 12:

11. At approximately 6:48 p.m., officers responded 
to the parking lot of Westfield Santa Anita, 400 
South Baldwin Avenue, regarding the report of 
a subject attempting to open doors of parked 
vehicles. The suspect was seen leaving the scene 
in a vehicle. The vehicle was blocked by a mall 
security vehicle and the suspect was apprehended. 
An investigation revealed the vehicle driven by the 
suspect was reported stolen. The 14-year-old male 
from Pasadena was detained and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking.

The Taste of Arcadia and Business Showcase at the iconic LA Arboretum and Botanic Garden

If you have not already circled the date in your 
planner, created a reminder on Google Calendar, 
or are preparing a signal in the sky for the Arcadia 
Chamber of Commerce’s signature event…may we 
suggest that you do, because you will not want to 
miss it.

 On September 26, from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm, the 
Arcadia Chamber of Commerce presents the 
annual Taste of Arcadia and Business Showcase 
at the iconic Los Angeles County Arboretum and 
Botanic Garden. Originally inherited in 1999 from 
the Arcadia Tournament of Roses Association and 
relocated after a residency at Santa Anita Park, 
the event has grown into a community building 
familiarity with over 1,500 in attendance. The 
evening will feature over 40 vendor booths of the 
San Gabriel Valley’s best “tastes” and beverages, 
a Business Showcase exhibition with giveaways, 
a classic and contemporary car display, and live 
musical entertainment. This year, look forward 
to the exclusive Breeders’ Cup Beer Garden with 
Monday Night Football Lounge in anticipation of 
its return to Santa Anita Park in November. The 
sponsored event unites connoisseurs of all types – 
foodies, professionals, and community enthusiasts 
joined together for an unforgettable occasion at a 
remarkable venue.

 Returning and new vendors to offer samples from 
their menus include The Derby, D’Aquino Italian 
Importing Company, ONEHOPE Wine, Olive 
Garden Italian Restaurant, City Café, Paco’s Mexican 
Restaurant, Dave & Buster’s, Sweet Nothings Cake 
Shop, Benihana, Anheuser-Busch Golden Road, 
Anheuser-Busch Goose Island, Anheuser-Busch 
Stella Artois, Yogurtland, dusitD2 Hotel Constance 
Pasadena, Twohey’s Restaurant, 38 Degrees Ale 
House & Grill, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Matt Denny’s 
Ale House Restaurant, Paul Martin’s American 
Grill, The Four Seasons Tea Room, St. Michelle 
Wine Estates, Max’s Mexican Cuisine, Hot N Sweet 
Chicken, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, BJ’s Restaurant 
and Brewhouse, Arcadia Gardens Retirement Hotel, 
Villa Catrina Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 
DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton-
Peacock Grille, Clearman’s Galley, Clearman’s 
North Woods Inn, Regency Park Senior Living, 
Rita’s Italian Ice, Santa Anita Park, Methodist 
Hospital of Southern California, Vendome Wine & 
Spirits, Courtyard by Marriott, Bella Sera Trattoria, 
Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine, Blend It Healthy, Del 
Frisco’s Grille, Jake’s Roadhouse, Nothing Bundt 
Cakes, PRP Wine International, Upper San Gabriel 
Valley Municipal Water District, and Wine of the 
Month Club.

 Thank you to our Gold Sponsors for their 
support: Westfield Santa Anita, Methodist 
Hospital of Southern California, Los Angeles 
County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia 
Association of Realtors, Century Rooter Service 
& Plumbing, BMW of Monrovia, dusitD2 Hotel 
Constance Pasadena, Foothill Credit Union, 
Professional Advisory Services, and USC Roski Eye 


 Purchase tickets early and save $20 until 
August 31, 2016 by shopping our website at www., by 
calling the Chamber at (626) 447-2159, or by visiting 
the Chamber office located at 388 W. Huntington Dr. 
during business hours.



As you may be aware, last week, the City received 
a demand letter from a group known as the 
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education 
Fund, or MALDEF. In that letter, MALDEF has 
demanded that the City of Monrovia change our 
current at-large based system for electing City 
Council members to a district-based electoral 

 In the letter, MALDEF cites both the California 
Voting Rights Act of 2001 and the lack of Latino 
representation on the City Council as the basis 
for their demand. Furthermore, in their letter, 
MALDEF states their intention to seek judicial 
relief if they do not receive a satisfactory response 
from the City by August 24, 2016.

 Here at the City, we are taking the issues raised 
by MALDEF seriously, especially in light of the 
fact that Monrovia has such a rich history of 
electing individuals that represent a diverse range 
of backgrounds and perspectives to serve on the 
City Council. To that end, the City Council held a 
special closed session meeting yesterday (Tuesday, 
August 16, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.) to further discuss 
the overall matter. As this issue unfolds, please 
feel free to let me know if you have any questions 
regarding this matter.


It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of 
retired Fire Captain John Rooks. Captain Rooks 
passed away unexpectedly last week while at home. 
He retired in November 2015 after serving the 
Monrovia community with distinction for 29 years. 
Captain Rooks loved our City, loved the Monrovia 
Fire Department, and loved the fire service, as 
he served with great passion and heart. We will 
be certain to pass along additional information 
regarding funeral arrangements as soon as those 
details have been made available.

ON AUGUST 22, 2016, ON 

Beginning on Monday, August 22, 2016, additional 
infrastructure improvement work on the sewer 
segment located on Monterey Avenue just south 
of Huntington Drive (across from the Toys ‘R’ 
Us and Panda Express parking lot) will begin. 
The sewer improvement work is expected to last 
approximately 5 – 7 business days, and working 
hours for this project will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 
p.m., Monday through Friday. Given the extent 
of the work, some overnight construction work 
may take place from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., in an 
effort to allow our construction crews to finish the 
identified improvements in a way that will limit 
the impacts on traffic and sewer services in the 
area. A copy of the work notice for the project has 
been included as an attachment to this email, and 
also, the City has placed our electronic message 
boards out at the site to alert travelers of upcoming 

AUGUST 17, 2016!

The long awaited bronze sculpture by the talented 
artist Daniel Stern (of Home Alone acting fame!) 
is scheduled to be installed on Myrtle Avenue 
this coming Wednesday, August 17, 2016! The 
new artwork will be installed on the east side of 
400 block of Myrtle Avenue near the Krikorian 

 The life-sized sculpture is comprised of three 
life-sized pieces, including an old fashioned movie 
director, a free standing movie camera, and a tall 
director’s chair. The director’s chair is designed to 
be interactive and you will actually be able to sit 
in it and have your picture taken! Furthermore, 
the art has movement, whimsy ties into the history 
and present of the City, as the Art in Public Places 
Committee recommended that The Monrovia 
Feature Film Company and The Argonauts of 49 
(which was filmed in Canyon Park) be incorporated 
into the piece. A sketch of the artwork that has 
been produced is as follows:

AT 6:00 P.M.

Just a quick note to let everyone know that all of 
the City’s board and commission members will be 
invited to participate in a special AB 1234 Ethics 
Training, set to take place on Thursday, September 
15, 2016, at 6 p.m. The 2-hour training is required 
by State law for designated positions within 1 year 
of being appointed, and every 2 years following 
their initial appointment.


This week, the City was notified that SoCalGas 
has had a problem with their advanced gas meters. 
The problem has resulted in the under-reporting of 
natural gas usage by customers, and it appears that 
around 11,000 customers have been impacted. If 
you did not receive a notice from the Gas Company 
contact the gas company at 1-877-238-0092 

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

Driving Under the Influence / Child Endangerment 
– Suspect Arrested August 11 at 10:44 a.m., staff at a 
middle school in the 300 block of E. Foothill called 
police to report an intoxicated parent that was 
leaving the school in a vehicle. Officers responded 
and located the vehicle at Ivy and Foothill. A traffic 
stop was conducted and, through investigation, the 
officers determined the driver was too intoxicated 
to operate a motor vehicle safely. The vehicle was 
occupied by the driver and her 12-year-old son. The 
female driver was arrested for driving under the 
influence and child endangerment. The child was 
released to family members and the Department of 
Children and Family Services was notified. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested 
August 14 at 11:05 p.m., an officer was dispatched 
on the report of a vehicle stopped in the roadway 
with a male subject slumped over and asleep 
behind the wheel. The investigation determined 
the driver was too intoxicated to operate a motor 
vehicle; he was arrested for driving under the 
influence and taken into custody. He was held for a 
sobering period. 

Disturbing Subjects / Driving Under the Influence 
/ Drunk in Public – Suspects Arrested August 15 at 
9:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in 
the 200 block of E. Foothill regarding two subjects 
in a dispute with employees. The disturbing 
subjects left in a silver vehicle, heading north on 
May, prior to police arrival. An officer searched the 
area and located the vehicle at May and Greystone. 
Both driver and passenger were determined to 
be under the influence of alcohol. The driver was 
arrested for driving under the influence and the 
passenger for being drunk in public. 

Grand Theft August 16 at 1:48 p.m., a grand theft 
was reported at a business in the 100 block of W. 
Foothill. The male suspect entered the business, 
placed over 40 containers of baby formula in a cart 
and left the store without paying. The suspect was 
not located and the investigation is continuing. 

Defrauding an Innkeeper – Suspect Arrested 
August 16 at 6:52 p.m., officers responded to 
a restaurant regarding an intoxicated subject 
refusing to pay. The suspect entered the restaurant 
and ordered food and alcohol from the bar area. 
Employees confronted the suspect when he 
attempted to leave without paying the bill. The 
suspect had no means or intentions of paying for the 
services. The suspect was arrested for defrauding 
an innkeeper and being drunk in public. 

Injury Traffic Collision August 16 at 8:46 p.m., 
a traffic collision was reported at Myrtle and 
Foothill. A vehicle hit a bicyclist in the intersection. 
An officer responded to investigate the collision. 
The bicyclist was riding on the sidewalk and 
entered traffic in front of the vehicle. The bicyclist 
sustained small scratches on his leg. 

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspects 
Arrested August 17 at 3:50 a.m., possible drug 
activity or sales taking place in a business parking 
lot in the 200 block of W. Huntington was reported 
to police. Officers responded to the location and 
contacted a female and male subject in the lot. A 
consent search of the subjects revealed both had 
methamphetamine pipes on their person. Both 
were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Injury Traffic Collision August 17 at 9:20 a.m., 
officers responded to the report of a vehicle 
collision at Myrtle and Duarte. The vehicle that 
was involved in the collision was now stopped 
near the Metro Rail tracks. Officers arrived and 
the vehicle was moved away from the tracks. The 
elderly female driver said she became dizzy and 
light headed as she went through the intersection. 
She veered into the number one lane and struck 
the crossing arm for northbound traffic, then 
proceeded to cross the railroad center median and 
struck the crossing arm for southbound traffic. 
Her vehicle came to a rest in southbound lanes 
of traffic, near the railroad tracks. There were no 
other vehicles involved. Metro personnel were 

Man with a Gun / 72 Hour Mental Evaluation 
August 17 at 7:26 p.m., police received two calls 
reporting a man with a gun in his waistband, 
walking through a bank parking lot in the 200 
block of S. Myrtle. The suspect was seen walking 
through the parking lot towards the rear of a 
preschool. Police responded to the area. An officer 
located the suspect sitting in a chair outside a 
restaurant on Foothill. He could see the suspect 
still had the gun in his waistband. The officer 
detained the suspect at gunpoint until assisting 
officers arrived. The suspect was detained and the 
investigation revealed the weapon was a BB gun. 
The suspect was not making sense and appeared to 
be mentally ill. He was taken to a hospital, where 
he was held for a 72-hour mental evaluation. 

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession 
of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspects Arrested August 
18 at 12:50 a.m., officers on patrol stopped a vehicle 
for a traffic violation at Myrtle and Colorado. The 
vehicle was occupied by two female and two male 
subjects. One of the male subjects claimed he was 
seventeen and was taken into custody for curfew 
violation. The other male adult was found to be 
on probation for drug and weapon violations. A 
search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine, 
pills and drug paraphernalia. All three adults 
were arrested for the drug charges. Further 
investigation revealed the subject that claimed he 
was a juvenile was an adult who was wanted for 
smuggling narcotics into the jail system.

Mountain Views News 80 W Sierra Madre Blvd. No. 327 Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 Office: 626.355.2737 Fax: 626.609.3285 Email: Website: