Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, August 5, 2017

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Mountain View News Saturday, August 5, 2017 



By Joan Schmidt

The official naming of the Floretta K. LauberEducation Center at the Gilb Museum, Arcadia 
was a wonderful, fun-filled event befitting a trulyamazing woman. (Thank you, Museum Staff andFoundation Members)

When I first arrived, I heard someone say, “This 
is a Reunion” -understandingly, as several pastMayors- Mickey Segal, Gary Kovacic and BobHarbicht attended with their lovely wives.

Arcadia’s current Mayor Peter Amundson gave usan outstanding account of Floretta’s remarkable lifeand accomplishments. Peter called Floretta an “anextraordinary person who made such an impact onher city, touched the hearts of so many people…sopassionate about this education building.” 

The Mayor took us back to the 1960’s and toldus Floretta was the first woman on the PlanningCommission. In 1974, Floretta was the first woman 
elected to the Arcadia City Council and in ’76, thefirst female Mayor. She was involved in the Arcadia 
Woman’s Club and was honored by the Daughtersof the American Revolution in 2014. The Arcadia 
Chinese Association also recognized her thatyear as Citizen of the Year for all her service to the 

community. Floretta was the leading force in 2013,
founding the Friends of the Museum, which raised 
$500,000 towards the building of its EducationCenter. In closing, the Mayor said that “Floretta’s 50+
years of service to the Community is unmatched”. 

Also attending were entire Museum Staff, CarolLibby, Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay, and Council 
Members, April Verlato, Tom Beck and RogerChandler, City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto, CityClerk Gene Glasco, Deputy Fire Chief Barry Sprigs,
Arcadia PD’s Mike Vercillo, Sara Somogyi, Directorof Recreation and Community Services, ArcadiaChamber of Commerce Staff and many appreciativeresidents! 

Field Rep Ari Ruiz presented a Proclamation onbehalf of Assembly Member Blanca Rubio. Alsoattending was Baldwin Park’s Mayor Pro Tem SusanRubio, Blanca’s sister, and a teacher at Monrovia’s 
Bradoaks School. 

Dana Hicks had a display table with several albumshighlighting Floretta’s life and accomplishments.
There were root beer floats for everyone providedby the Friends of the Museum and great music -TopNotch Barbershop Quartet. Truly a wonderful eventbefitting such an outstanding lady. 


For the period of Sunday, July 23rd, through Saturday, July29th, the Police Department responded to 1,000 calls for service,
of which 138 required formal investigations. The followingis a summary report of the major incidents handled by theDepartment during this period. 

Sunday, July 23:

Shortly before 7:22 a.m., officers responded to HartfieldConstruction, 11908 Clark Street, regarding the report ofa burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers located twosubjects attempting to break into the building. One subject wasdetained and taken into custody. The second subject failed toobey commands and fled the scene on foot. A 21-year-old malefrom El Monte was arrested for attempted burglary, possessionof burglary tools and possession of methamphetamine.

He was transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
Around 2:54 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence onthe 1100 block of Mayflower Avenue regarding a report oftwo subjects trespassing. Officers located two subjects insidea vacant residence. Both subjects failed to comply with theofficers’ verbal requests. The 30-year-old male from Acton andthe 20-year-old female from Monrovia were both arrested andcharged with burglary, obstructing a police officer and theft ofutility services. 

Monday, July 24:

At approximately 2:54 a.m., an officer responded to the areaof First Avenue and Santa Clara Street regarding the reportof a vehicle stuck on the Metro Gold Line railroad tracks. 
Upon contacting the driver, the officer detected a strong odorof alcohol emitting from her. Through a series of tests, theofficer determined the 25-year-old female from Pasadena wasdriving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. She wasarrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Just after 10:00 a.m., an officer was dispatched to Cinnabon,
400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a theft report. Aninvestigation revealed, the suspect attempted to pay for a“Minibon” with a one hundred dollar bill. After he received the 
change he asked if he could pay with a smaller bill instead. Theone hundred dollar bill was returned to him. He then refused 
to return the change and fled the scene with $96.20.

The suspect is described as a male adult, approximately40-years-old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, medium build, wearing a redshirt with black pants. 

Tuesday, July 25:

At around 1:30 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop ona vehicle in the area of Santa Anita Avenue and Sierra Madre 
Avenue for expired registration and an inoperable brake light.
Further investigation revealed the driver was also driving witha suspended license. The 25-year-old female from Los Angeleswas issued a citation and released at the scene. The vehicle was 
released to a valid driver. 

At approximately 2:43 p.m., an officer responded to thefront counter of the Arcadia Police Department, 250 WestHuntington Drive, regarding a fraud report. The victim statedan unknown suspect stole her identity and opened fraudulentcredit accounts with Victoria Secret, Costco, Macy’s, Best Buyand Sears. The victim does not know how the suspect obtainedher personal information. 

Wednesday, July 26: 

Shortly after 10:33 a.m., officers responded to the area FirstAvenue and Diamond Street regarding the report of a subjectlooking into parked vehicles. Officers contacted the subject 

and discovered he was in possession of drug paraphernalia.
The 39-year-old male from Arcadia was arrested andtransported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

At about 9:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residenceon the 800 block of South Golden West Avenue regardinga burglary report. An investigation revealed, an unknownsuspect gained entry into the residence through an unlockedsliding glass door. The suspect ransacked the residence andstole $100 in cash, before fleeing. No suspects were seen andno witnesses were located. The investigation is ongoing. 

Thursday, July 27:

Around 1:16 p.m., officers responded to Westfield SantaAnita, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding an intoxicatedfemale. Officers contacted the female and her boyfriendwho was also intoxicated. Further investigation revealedboth subjects were in possession of narcotics for sale, illegalfireworks, stolen property and burglary tools. The 22-yearold 
female from Temple City and the 21-years-old male fromArcadia were arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jailfor booking.

Shortly after 3:47 p.m., officers responded to a residenceon the 1500 block of Highland Oaks Drive regarding twounknown subjects running from a residence. An investigationrevealed, the suspects gained entry into the residence bysmashing a rear window. The suspects stole a Sony PlayStation4, several games, and cash. They ran from the home with thestolen items into an awaiting vehicle.

The suspects are described as males, 18 to 19-years-old,
wearing hooded sweatshirts.

The suspect vehicle is described as a black older modelHonda Civic or Accord. 

Friday, July 28:

Just after 2:30 p.m., an officer was dispatched to LAFitness, 1325 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding an activationof an Arcadia Police Department GPS tracker. Arcadia PDdetectives had previously deployed decoy bicycles containingtracking devices to combat the increase in bicycle thefts aroundthe city. An investigation revealed a 39-year-old male from LaVerne took the bicycle and fled the scene. He was located withthe bicycle, arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jailfor booking. \

At about 4:03 p.m., an officer responded to the 300 blockof North Baldwin Avenue regarding a vehicle burglary report.
The officer discovered an unknown suspect smashed the frontpassenger side window of the vehicle and stole a purse. Nosuspects were seen and no witnesses were located. 

Saturday, July 29:

At approximately 8:52 a.m., an officer was approachedby a female subject near Santa Anita Inn, 130 WestHuntington Drive. During the consensual contact withthe female, it was discovered that she had an outstandingfelony warrant for her arrest. The 36-year-old female fromCompton was arrested and transported to the Arcadia CityJail for booking.

Shortly after 1:08 p.m., officers responded to the area ofSanta Anita Avenue and Live Oak Avenue regarding a licenseplate hit on a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was stopped and thetwo occupants were detained. Further investigation revealedthe driver of the stolen vehicle was also in possession of drugparaphernalia. The 34-year-old male from Santa Monica wasarrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
The passenger was released at the scene. 


witnesses, forced entry or evidence was found. Theinvestigation is continuing. 

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested

July 29 at 6:56 p.m., a domestic violence incident wasreported in the 1000 block of Orange. Officers arrivedand determined a male subject at the residence wasthe primary aggressor. He was arrested and taken intocustody. 

Commercial Burglary

July 30 at 8:01 a.m., officers were dispatched to abusiness in the 300 block of W. Huntington on thereport of a burglary. The employee arrived for workin the morning and noticed the front window wassmashed. The officers conducted an interior check 
and discovered someone tried to open the safe,
possibly with a sledge hammer. No loss was noted 
other than the broken window. The investigation iscontinuing 

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested

July 30 at 1:50 p.m., a theft of an antique bicycle wasreported by employees at a business in the 400 blockof S. Myrtle. An area search was done and an officernoticed a female in the area of Maple and Primrosewith a bicycle wheel. Apparently the tires did nothave any air in them and the suspect approached alocal business owner asking to help put air in them.
The officer arrested the female who was later cited 
and released. 

Residential Burglary

July 30 at 6:26 p.m., a residential burglary wasreported in the 100 block of N. Sunset. The residenthad an open house and during the open house a ring,
one thousand dollars and some credit cards were 
stolen. The investigation is on-going. 

Vehicle Burglary

July 30 at 8:13 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reportedin the 800 block of E. Olive. The victim locked her 
vehicle, but left a window slightly down and walkedto the skate park. A few minutes later she saw somesubjects loitering near her vehicle. When she walkedtowards them, they got into a vehicle and fled.
Her iPhone 7 was stolen from inside her vehicle. 
Investigation is ongoing. 

Theft / Traffic Offense – Suspect Arrested

July 31 at 12:37 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 700block of E. Huntington stopped a bicyclist for avehicle code violation. Further investigation revealedthe subject was in possession of a stolen credit card.
The suspect was taken into custody and booked. 

Resisting / Delaying – Suspect Arrested

July 31 at 4:02 a.m., an officer on patrol in the area 
of California and Lemon conducted a traffic stop 
on a vehicle for speeding. The driver was showing 
symptoms of being under the influence. When the 
officer asked him to exit the vehicle, the subject 
would not comply and began reaching for the 
center console. Officers ordered the subject out of 
the vehicle and as soon as he exited the vehicle, he 
attempted to run and became resistive as the officers 
tried to detain him. The suspect was apprehended, 
arrested and booked. 

Pictured (from left), Gail Soffer and Cheryl Reynolds, Duarte Kiwanis President.

Gail Soffer has a passion in her life - preventinglife challenges. MWP has two intentions - to helpsuicides in our veteran population. Gail is an “oldveterans experience immediate and genuine reliefhand” at working with and for non-profits, butfrom stress and to offer veterans mindfulness tools 
when she learned that there are now 22 veteran for self-empowerment in everyday life. Gail sharedsuicides every day, she was inspired to help makea number of remarkable success stories at a recent 
a difference. She has created The Mindful Warrior Duarte Kiwanis Club meeting inspiring the club toProject to bring mindfulness practices to veterans,look for opportunities to partner with MWP.
their family members, and their service providers.For further information on speaking or joiningThese practical tools help address issues of PTSD,the club, contact Dr. Diane Hernandez at drdiane@ 
MST, anxiety, depression, addiction and other 


Since the City’s official Bike Master Plan was adoptedin July 2016, staff have been working to coordinateimplementation efforts with the Monrovia Renewalproject. We are pleased to share that beginning thisAugust 2017, components of the Bike Master Plan willbe getting underway!

Over the past several months, staff has workedto refine the plan with representatives from MoveMonrovia, and we have developed a proposed ClassIII Bike Route map for implementation. A Class III 
Bike Route is identified as a road that allows for bikes 
to share the use of the street with pedestrian and / ormotor vehicle traffic, as outlined in the graphic below:

Both signage and striping will be installed tohelp identify the road segments where Class III BikeRoutes exist, and the specific signs / markings we planon utilizing are as follows: 


The Class III Bike Route map will portray wherethese routes will be installed. This is an excitingdevelopment for bike enthusiasts throughout the Cityand will help improve safety for bicyclists and driversalike! 

During the last seven-day period, the Police 
Department handled 426 service events, resulting in86 investigations. To see a complete listing of crimesreported, go to
map/ca/monrovia for crime mapping. For PoliceDepartment news and information, visit our websiteand follow us on Twitter. 

Attempt Residential Burglary

July 27at 8:48 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of N.
May called police to report two suspicious subjectson the side of her neighbor’s home. The resident was 
washing her vehicle in her driveway and watched thesubjects look into the home and remove the windowscreen. The subjects fled east on Prospect in a silver 4door vehicle prior to officers’ arrival. The investigationis ongoing. 

Grand Theft Auto Recovery – Suspect Arrested

July 27 at 5:10 p.m., officers on patrol in the 2000 blockof South Myrtle located a stolen vehicle. The officersmade a traffic stop and detained two female suspects.
The driver was detained and taken into custody. 

Weapon Offense / Suspended License – SuspectArrested 

July 27 at 10:28 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area ofLime and Canyon stopped a motorcyclist for a vehiclecode violation. The motorcyclist had a passenger notwearing a helmet. Further investigation revealed thatthe driver had a firearm in a compartment of themotorcycle and neither the driver or the passengerhad a valid license. 

Vehicle Burglary

July 28 at 3:28 p.m., officers responded to a businessin the 900 block of W. Huntington Dr. regardinga vehicle burglary. The victim parked and lockedher vehicle and went into the establishment to eat 
lunch. She returned about an hour later to find her 
vehicle window had been shattered, no loss could be 
determined. The investigation is continuing. 

Elder Abuse 

July 28 at 3:40 p.m., officers responded an elder abusecall. The hospital called the police to report an elderlywoman was being treated for a back injury caused bya family member and an Adult Protective Servicesreferral was being completed. Officers made contactwith the victim who said her son pushed her causingher to fall. The investigation is ongoing. 

Warrant / Possession Drug Paraphernalia – SuspectArrested 

July 29 at 3:34 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 100block of W. Duarte and noticed a vehicle with a broken 
tail lamp. The officer stopped the vehicle for theviolation and further investigation revealed the driverhad a no bail warrant and had methamphetamine inhis possession. The suspect was taken into custodyand booked. 

Vehicle Burglary

July 29 at 11:16 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reportedin the 300 block of Grand. The victim parked andlocked his vehicle in front of his home on July 27.
When he returned to his vehicle, he noticed his 
third row seat had been stolen from his vehicle. No 

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