Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, September 9, 2017

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Mountain View News Saturday, September 9, 2017 



For the period of Sunday, August 27th, through Saturday, 
September 2nd, the Police Department responded to 1,001 
calls for service, of which 119 required formal investigations. 
The following is a summary report of the major incidents 
handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, August 27:

Shortly before 11:19 a.m., an officer responded to the Santa 
Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding battery 
report. An investigation revealed a physical altercation 
occurred between two patrons while trying to park, resulting 
in the suspect spitting in the victim’s face.

 The suspect is described as an Asian male, tall, with a 
thin build. He was seen driving a white Porsche SUV. The 
investigation is ongoing. 

 At approximately 3:33 p.m., an officer responded to the 
intersection of Golden West Avenue and Fairview Avenue 
regarding a theft from vehicle report. The officer discovered 
an unknown suspect entered the unlocked vehicle and 
stole a purse and cellphone. No suspects were seen and no 
witnesses were located. 

Monday, August 28:

 Just after 9:36 a.m., an officer responded to the Arcadia 
Police Department front counter regarding a fraud report. 
The victim stated an unknown suspect used her Macy’s 
credit card to charge nearly $1,300.00 to her account. The 
victim was in possession of her card at the time of the 
crime. The victim does not know the suspect nor how they 
obtained her personal information. 

Tuesday, August 29:

 Just before 10:55 p.m., an officer responded to a residence 
in the 700 block of Carriage House Drive regarding a 
burglary report. An investigation revealed the alarm 
activated, two security guards arrived, they discovered 
the residence had been burglarized, and the police were 
notified. The loss is unknown at the time of this report. The 
investigation is ongoing. 

Wednesday, August 30:

 Shortly after 10:28 a.m., an officer responded to a business 
in the 5400 block of Cogswell Road regarding a grand 
theft report. The officer determined unknown suspect(s) 
stole $2,688 worth of clothing from a pallet while it was 
unsecured in front of the business. No suspects were seen 
and no witnesses were located.

 At about 5:56 p.m., an officer initiated a traffic stop on 
a vehicle in the area of Holly Avenue and Camino Real 
Avenue for speeding. Upon contacting the driver, the 
42-year-old male from Glendora admitted to knowingly 
driving with a suspended license, his vehicle was unlicensed, 
and he also had two outstanding misdemeanor warrants. 
During an inventory search of the vehicle, the officer located 
methamphetamine. He was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

 Around 6:47 p.m., an officer responded to a residence 
in the 400 block of West Palm Drive regarding a burglary 
report. The officer discovered unknown suspect(s) smashed 
a rear laundry room window, ransacked the home, and fled 
with $40 cash. The investigation is ongoing.

Thursday, August 31:

 Before 12:18 a.m., an officer responded to the Santa Anita 
Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a vandalism 
report. Surveillance footage revealed the suspect jumped 
from the Wood Ranch loading dock onto the hood of the 
Wood Ranch manager’s vehicle causing a large dent. 

 The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early 
20’s, wearing a black Cheesecake Factory employee t-shirt. 
The investigation is ongoing.

 Around 1:20 a.m., an officer responded to Carl’s Jr., 165 
East Duarte Road, regarding an activation of an Arcadia 
Police Department GPS tracker. Arcadia PD detectives had 
previously deployed decoy bicycles with tracking devices to 
combat the increase in bike thefts throughout the city. An 
investigation revealed a 30-year-old male from Monrovia 
was in possession of the stolen bicycle and GPS tracker. The 
suspect was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail 
for booking.

 At about 7:40 a.m., an officer responded to the 400 block 
of Live Oak Avenue regarding a stolen vehicle report. The 
victim stated he parked his Honda Accord at the location 
at 11:00 p.m. the previous night, and discovered it missing 
this morning. The vehicle was recovered in the City of Signal 
Hill. The investigation is ongoing. 

 Just before 11:45 a.m., an officer responded to the 
Breakthrough Training Center, 116 East Live Oak Avenue, 
regarding a commercial burglary report. The officer 
discovered sometime between August 27th and August 
28th, an unknown suspect entered the location through a 
side door, stole three computers and a camera. No suspects 
were seen and no witnesses were located. 

 At approximately 2:20 p.m., an officer responded to 
Foothill Credit Union, 30 South First Avenue, regarding 
a suspect attempted to cash a forged check. A records 
check prior to the officer’s arrival revealed the suspect, a 
26-year-old female from La Mirada, had an outstanding 
misdemeanor warrant. Upon contacting the suspect, 
she ignored the officer’s commands and resisted arrest. 
An investigation revealed the suspect was in possession 
of counterfeit currency and stolen checks. She was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

Friday, September 1: 

 Shortly after 3:42 p.m., an officer responded to the Station 
Bar, 1218 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a battery report. 
The officer determined an altercation ensued between two 
male patrons resulting in the suspect punching the victim 
in the head and grabbing the victim by the neck. The 
suspect, 50-year-old male from Monrovia, was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Saturday, September 2:

 At approximately 9:22 a.m., an officer responded to Chase 
Bank, 60 East Huntington Drive, regarding a vandalism 
report. An investigation revealed the suspect damaged the 
security doors to the bank as well as damaging a Foothill 
Transit bus. The suspect, a 30-year-old male from Pasadena, 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

By Joan Schmidt

 At a recent Arcadia City Council Meeting, Eagle 
Scout Candidate Daniel Black and members of Boy 
Scout Troop #104 presented a new ceremony bell for the 
Arcadia Viet Nam Monument to Gene Glasco and Mayor 
Peter Amundson. 

 How did this come about? First, the beautiful Arcadia 
Viet Nam Veterans Monument has a special history. 
Viet Nam Vet Gene Glasco felt one was needed to honor 
Arcadia’s Viet Nam Veterans especially those who made 
the ultimate sacrifice. Supervisor Antonovich thought it 
was a great idea, and with his help, LA County approved 
a monument to be built at Arcadia County Park.

 That was step one. Then came the difficult task: 
fundraising. But Gene accomplished that in one year 
with assistance of the Elks Club and many other fine 
groups and individuals who worked tirelessly, to bring 
the project to fruition. Last year’s Dedication included the 
Color Guard from VFW 2070 Vets and a talented young 
bagpipe player, Daniel Black. 

 Daniel felt privileged to be part of last year’s dedication 
and admired Gene. Then Daniel began to plan for his 
Eagle Scout Project. Gene suggested landscaping around 
the Viet Nam Monument. What a splendid idea!

 For the Eagle Scout Project, there is s lot of planning 
and one must bring volunteers aboard to assist with 
the project, and often funds are needed to complete the 

 At the Council Meeting, Gene and Mayor Amundson 
had great praise for Daniel. Gene then shared a slide 
presentation he made of the project from its beginning to 
the end. We saw plant boxes being installed, concrete laid 
and Daniel, fellow scouts, parents and friends all working 
to complete this great project.

 Then Daniel spoke. He acknowledged the Arcadia 
Rotary and Women’s Clubs, Temple City Kiwanis, 
local businesses and his fellow troop members, all 
the parents and many volunteers and businesses who 
contributed to this project. He thanked Gene and 
Mayor Pete for the opportunity, and their assistance 
and support. Thank you, Daniel. My late husband was 
a Viet Nam Vet, and this monument has brought our 
children great comfort.



In conjunction with the exhibition “Baseball: A Global 
Pastime” (on view through October 26 at the Arcadia Public 
Library), the Baseball Reliquary presents a panel discussion 
on the global impact of baseball on Saturday, September 23, at 
2:00 p.m., at the Cay Mortenson Auditorium, Arcadia Public 
Library, 20 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia, California. Panelists 
will include former major leaguer Roger Repoz, author and 
historian Byron Motley, and former international baseball 
scout Mark Garcia. The program is open to the public and 
free of charge. Roger Repoz played nine years in the major 
leagues from 1964-1972 as a left-handed hitting outfielder 
and first baseman for the New York Yankees, Kansas City 
Athletics, and California Angels. He then played five seasons 
of professional ball in Japan from 1973-1977 for the Taiheiyo 
Club Lions of the Pacific League and Yakult Swallows of the 
Central League. Repoz became one of the most feared gaijin 
(foreign) power hitters in Japan, connecting on 122 home 
runs in the Land of the Rising Sun. Repoz currently resides 
in Orange County. Byron Motley is a Los Angeles-based 
author, photographer, and filmmaker, and has written and 
lectured extensively on baseball in the Negro Leagues and 
in Cuba. He co-authored Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & 
Stars: Umpiring in the Negro Leagues & Beyond, a memoir 
of his father, Bob Motley, the last surviving umpire in the 
Negro Leagues. His most recent book, Embracing Cuba, is a 
collection of photographs that Motley has taken 

throughout the island nation over the last ten years. The 
book documents the Cubans’ adoration of baseball, a 
love so intense as to be nearly religious. Mark Garcia was 
a professional baseball scout for several major league 
organizations between 1982 and 2006, including working as 
a territorial scout in Southern California for the Milwaukee 
Brewers, and as an administrative assistant to the director 
of international operations for the California Angels. As 
an international scout for the Boston Red Sox, he covered 
Australia and Russia, as well as the Latin American and South 
Pacific markets, evaluating talent in Mexico, Venezuela, 
Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Korea, and 
Taiwan. Garcia resides in the San Gabriel Valley. Following 
the panel discussion and Q&A, Byron Motley will sign his 
book, Embracing Cuba, copies of which will be available for 
purchase. The program is made possible, in part, by a grant 
from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through 
the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. For further 
information, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at 
(626) 791-7647; by e-mail at; or visit For directions to the Arcadia 
Public Library, phone (626) 821-5567.

Panel Discussion Date & Time: Saturday, September 23, 
2017, 2:00 p.m. Location: Cay Mortenson Auditorium, 
Arcadia Public Library Address: 20 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia, 
California 91006 Information: (626) 791-7647 or terymar@


INCREASE BY $15 - $17 / MONTH IN 2018

During the last seven-day period, the Police 
Department handled 390 service events, resulting 
in 62 investigations. To see a complete listing of 
crimes reported, go to http://www.crimemapping.
com/map/ca/monrovia for crime mapping. For 
Police Department news and information, visit our 
website and follow us on Twitter. 

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested 

September 4 at 7:21 p.m., officers responded to the 
800 block of California regarding a subject causing 
a disturbance. The subject had been advised he 
was not welcome at the location, but he refused to 
leave. The reporting party requested he be arrested 
for trespassing. The subject was arrested and taken 
into custody. He was later released with a citation 
to appear in court on the charges. 

Theft of Bicycle 

September 5 at 7:16 p.m., a bicycle was reported 
stolen from the 100 block of W. Palm. The victim 
reported that he fell asleep sitting on the park 
bench off of Palm. When he woke up his mountain 
bike was missing. The investigation is continuing. 

Receiving Stolen Property / Warrants – 

Suspects Arrested 

September 5 at 10:39 p.m., officers responded to a 
hotel in the 900 block of W. Huntington. The hotel 
contacted police regarding several subjects in 
two different rooms. The rooms were charged on 
the same credit card. The subjects were smoking 
in non-smoking rooms, they had an outstanding 
food bill and their charge card was declined. The 
police entered the first room and no one was inside. 
They attempted to enter the second room, but the 
subjects had barricaded the door 
and would not respond. Police 
dispatch identified the credit card 
holder, who lived in Claremont. 
Claremont Police Department 
contacted the card holder to see if 
he had given someone permission 
to use his charge card at the hotel. 
Officers discovered his vehicle 
had been broken into and there 
had been several unlawful charges 
on his card. The officers then 
made announcements at the hotel 
door that they were going to force 
entry and the suspects answered 
the door. Two females and one 
male were detained. The male 
suspect had the victim’s blank 
checks in his pocket and was 
arrested. One of the females had 
several warrants and was arrested 
for the warrants. The other female 
was identified and released. Items 
in the room indicated the suspects 
were producing credit cards. The 
investigation is continuing. 

Hit & Run Traffic Collision 

September 6 at 5:39 a.m., numerous callers advised 
there was a traffic collision at Foothill and Grand. 
Officers arrived and discovered it was a non-injury 
hit and run. The suspect vehicle is a gray Toyota 
Tacoma that was last seen heading east on Foothill. 
The vehicle was not located and the investigation 
is continuing. 

Suspicious Vehicle / Possession of Drug 
Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested 

September 6 at 8:15 a.m., officers responded to the 
100 block of Mauna Loa regarding the report of a 
suspicious vehicle. An officer arrived and contacted 
the driver, who had drug paraphernalia in plain 
view in the vehicle. The driver was arrested. 

Vehicle Burglary 

September 6 at 8:29 a.m., a vehicle burglary was 
reported in the 200 block of E. Lemon. The victim 
parked the vehicle in a carport off the alley. The 
suspect smashed a window to gain entry and 
took tools out of the vehicle. The investigation is 

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 

Suspect Arrested 

September 6 at 1:28 p.m., officers were dispatched 
to the 700 block of W. Huntington regarding a 
possible shoplifter. The subject was not found to be 
shoplifting, however, a pat-down search resulted 
in finding drug paraphernalia. The suspect was 
arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Over the last several months, City staff has been 
working to analyze the issues surrounding our 
regional water supply and the anticipated associated 
costs that will be impacting Monrovians in the coming 
months and years. As a result, staff will be seeking the 
City Council’s authorization to begin the Proposition 
218 Protest Hearing process in late September 2017 to 
adjust our current water rate to absorb the enormous 
added costs being passed down to water agencies in 
our region. 

 Please note that we are still working to finalize the 
levels of adjustment needed for the different types of 
water customers and various meter sizes. However, the 
majority of customers in Monrovia are single family 
residences with a 1-inch water meter or smaller, and 
based on our preliminary rate modeling, our updated 
rates will likely recommend a water cost structure 
where residential customers see an increase of between 
$15 - $17 / month on their monthly bill beginning in 
2018. In addition, at build out in FY 2021/22, the new 
cost for water is expected to increase by around $35 / 
month more than what the typical residential customer 
pays today. Also, it is important to emphasize that all 
of these new costs are pass-through costs which will 
be paid to the San Gabriel Basin Watermaster and the 
Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District for 
the purpose of importing water into our region. 

 Ultimately, the proposed water rate adjustment 
is being coordinated because of new water supply 
costs that the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster 
(Watermaster) and the Upper San Gabriel Valley 
Municipal Water District (Upper District) are levying 
to address the water supply shortage in the Main San 
Gabriel Basin. As you may know, the decade-long 
drought that we have experienced in our region has 
had a devastating impact on the groundwater levels in 
Main San Gabriel Basin aquifer, where Monrovia and 
many other water agencies draw their groundwater 

 Last May, the Watermaster (which is the agency that 
regulates who gets to draw water from the Main San 
Gabriel Basin aquifer and how much they can pump) 
instituted a new fee on all water producers in the San 
Gabriel Valley, including the City of Monrovia. This 
new fee was implemented so that they could make 
a large purchase of water – 40.7 billion gallons at a 
cost of over $100 million. This purchase was made 
after careful consideration and an examination of all 
available options to restore the health of the Basin after 
it reached historically low levels.

 The cost of purchasing and importing this water will 
be split between all of the communities and agencies 
that use this water, including us here in Monrovia, 
which means that water will become more expensive 
for all of us. We will be sharing more details as the 
analysis is finalized! 


After nearly a decade of drought, our region is facing 
severe water shortages that can’t be solved by one 
good year of rain. Let’s help address the challenges 
impacting our region’s water supply by bringing 
back those water-saving habits that Monrovians 
excelled at during the height of the drought. In our 
arid climate, water conservation isn’t a habit that 
comes and goes; it’s a way of life!

 To help spread the word of why water conservation 
is so important for Monrovia, please watch and 
share Monrovia’s new water conservation video to 
help spread the word about what’s happening in our 
region! You can watch the full video online on the 
Monrovia Conserves webpage, where you will also 
find additional information on how you can make 
a difference by conserving water and limiting your 
outdoor water use.

 You may be tempted to use extra water outdoors 
this week because of the heat wave we’ve been 
experiencing. But when it’s this hot, grass is meant 
to get a little brown! Please remember to water 
early in the morning or late at night to minimize 
water loss, and only water once every four days. 
As outlined in the mandatory Phase IV Water 
Conservation Regulations, outdoor watering 
should be limited to:

 About once per week (no more than every fourth 

 No more than 15 minutes per landscaped area. 

 Note: The 15-minute limit does not apply to 
drip irrigation systems, new planting of low-water 
usage plants, or if reclaimed water is being used as 
permitted by law.

 Only before 8:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m.

 Be sure to visit Monrovia Conserves for more 
information on Phase IV Water Regulations and for 
tips on how individuals can help our community 
save water together!

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