Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, March 23, 2019

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Mountain View News Saturday, March 23, 2019 




Arcadia Police Officers will be joining in a Special Enforcement Week with other Los Angeles County 
police agencies and Safety Belt Safe USA focusing on child safety restraint laws. Safety Belt Safe USA is a 
non-profit solely de-voted to child passenger safety. 

Based on data from the California Highway Patrol, more than 80% of the chil-dren under four years of age 
killed in traffic collisions since 1990 died in sur-vivable crashes. In other words, had these children been 
properly buckled up they would have survived. 

Although we take these laws seriously year round, we will be focusing on child safety restraint laws next 
week. Beginning on Monday, March 25, 2019 through Saturday, March 30, 2019, Arcadia Police Officers 
will be looking for violations and making enforcement stops. In addition to child safety restraint laws, we 
will be enforcing adult safety restraint laws as well. 

Current California Law:

• Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more 
pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height 
and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat. (California Vehicle Code Section 27360.)

• Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.

• Children who are 8 years of age or have reached 4’9” in height may be secured by a booster seat, but 
at a minimum must be secured by a safety belt. (California Vehicle Code Section 27363.)

• Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California's Mandatory Seat Belt law. 


Additional information about Safety Belt Safe USA can be found at:


Remember that wearing your seat belt, and ensuring your children are proper-ly secured in a car seat, could 
save a life. 

For the period of Sunday, March 10th, through 
Saturday, March 16th, the Police Department 
responded to 1,020 calls for service, of which 
111 required formal investigations. The 
following is a summary report of the major 
incidents handled by the Department during 
this period.

Sunday, March 10:

1. Shortly before 12:32 p.m., an officer 
responded to Macy’s, 400 South Baldwin 
Avenue, regarding a theft report. A loss 
prevention employee witnessed the 27-year-
old female from San Gabriel conceal nearly 
$300.00 worth of merchandise before she 
exited the store, failing to make payment. The 
suspect was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

2. At approximately 8:30 p.m., officers 
responded to a residence in the 1400 block 
of Oak Meadow Road regarding an audible 
alarm activation. Officers discovered 
unidentified suspect(s) had smashed a 
rear window, ransacked the home, and 
fled with an unknown amount of property. 
The victims were out of town during the 
burglary. The investigation is ongoing. 

Monday, March 11:

3. Just after 2:11 a.m., an officer 
conducted an enforcement stop in the area 
of Huntington Drive and Second Avenue 
for a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk. 
A records check revealed the suspect, a 
30-year-old female from Covina, had two 
outstanding misdemeanor warrants. During 
a consensual search, the officer discovered 
the suspect was in possession of stolen mail 
from a nearby mailbox, burglary tools, 
methamphetamine, a meth pipe, forged 
U.S. currency, and personal identifying 
information of various victims. The suspect 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking. 

Tuesday, March 12:

4. At approximately 4:11 a.m., officers 
responded to Din Tai Fung Restaurant, 
1108 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding 
an audible alarm activation. Surveillance 
footage revealed two suspects smashed a 
front glass door, ransacked the business, 
emptied the cash drawer, and fled. 

The suspects were seen wearing hooded 
sweatshirts, pants, gloves, carrying a 
backpack and a pry bar. The investigation is 

5. Around 5:06 p.m., an officer 
initiated contact with a subject sitting 
in their vehicle while parked illegally in 
a handicapped stall at the Santa Anita 
Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue. An 
investigation revealed the suspect provided 
the officer with his brother’s name to conceal 
the fact that he had an outstanding felony 
warrant. During a search of the suspect, 
the officer located a controlled substance, 
various other narcotics, drug paraphernalia, 
and a fraudulent handicapped placard. The 
31-year-old male from San Jose was arrested 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

6. Just before 8:56 p.m., an officer 
responded to Macy’s, 400 South Baldwin 
Avenue, regarding a theft report. The suspect 
was seen stealing two pairs of designer 
sunglasses and three perfume bottles before 
exiting the store, failing to make payment. 
The suspect then gave the officer a false name 
as the 35-year-old male from Altadena had 
three outstanding misdemeanor warrants. 
He was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Wednesday, March 13:

7. At about 10:21 a.m., officers 
responded to a parking lot at the Santa Anita 
Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding 
a vandalism report. An altercation occurred 
between the victim and suspect over a 
parking spot. The victim then witnessed the 
suspect, an 84-year-old female from Arcadia; 
scratch the side of his car. The suspect was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City 
Jail for booking. 

8. Shortly after 3:33 p.m., an officer 
responded to the intersection of Holly 
Avenue and Duarte Road regarding the 
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 32-year-old male 
from El Monte was in possession of the 
stolen bicycle and GPS tracker. The suspect 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking.

Thursday, March 14:

9. Before 12:48 a.m., officers 
responded to the area of Duarte Road and 
Second Avenue regarding a vandalism in 
progress. A witness reported two suspects 
were seen spray painting graffiti on a tarp. 
A 23-year-old male from Arcadia and a 
19-year-old male from Windsor, California 
were arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking. 


 --- The City of Arcadia and the Arcadia Chinese Association will offer a free Ask-a-Lawyer Program at the 
Arcadia Public Library, 20 West Duarte Road, on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of the 
nationwide Law Day celebration. 

Volunteer attorneys are available to meet with the public and provide them with a free brief one-on-one 
consultation on general legal questions. They will provide a summary of legal rights and general advice on a 
“walk-up” basis, and where appropriate, will refer individuals to the proper legal or governmental organizations. 
Law Day attorneys are unable to accept any cases from the people they meet. 

Law Day attorneys will answer questions on immigration, consumer rights, landlord-tenant issues, insurance 
issues, property, family law, estate planning and trusts, general litigation, bankruptcy, government benefits, 
employee rights, workers’ compensation, personal injury and other topics. Informational brochures 
and pamphlets are available as additional legal resources. 

Financial questions often arise in correlation with legal issues. Attorneys are available at Law Day to offer 
advice in the areas of taxes, real estate, estate planning, and other areas that have financial implications.

Participants are encouraged to bring any information pertinent to their case so the attorney is 

able to give the most accurate and reliable advice. No reservations are required for this free 

service and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Translation services will be available in Mandarin and Cantonese. Other languages may be available. 

For more information, please call Arcadia City Hall at 574-5401. 



Foothill Transit, the local transportation 
leader in zero-emissions public transit 
service, has partnered with the City 
of Duarte to operate the city’s two local 
bus lines and convert their fleet to zero-
emission, all electric 35’ buses.

 Foothill Transit and the City of Duarte 
will launch the new service, named duartEbus, 
on April 1, 2019. The newly-
liveried, three-bus fleet will be charged, 
operated, and maintained out of Foothill 
Transit’s Arcadia Operations Yard, running 
nearly identical routes and schedules 
as the well-loved city system. 

 Changes made focused on accessibility 
and safety, prompting the closure 
of five stops on both the Line 860 Blue 
and Line 861 Green, and eliminating age 
restrictions to open transit access to all 
customers. The previously free transit 
system will also incorporate Foothill 
Transit’s fare structure. With a TAP card, the one way fare will be $1.25 ($0.50 for seniors and people with disabilities*). 
The fare will be $1.50 ($0.75*) if the customer is paying cash. 

 Foothill Transit’s leadership in electric bus integration began in 2010 when it became the first public transit agency in the 
nation to deploy three Proterra fast-charge, all electric buses on the 16.1-mile Line 291 between the cities of Pomona and 
La Verne. Line 291 then became the first all-electric fast charge bus line in the nation in 2014 and to date, Foothill Transit’s 
electric fleet had logged over one and a half million miles of service in Southern California.

 The deployment of this new electric bus fleet will make the City of Duarte the first all-electric city system in Southern 
California. The State of California has mandated that all public transit vehicles be 100 percent zero-emissions electric by 
2040. Foothill Transit has already committed to going all electric by 2030.

 “This partnership is transformative for both Duarte and for Foothill Transit,” said Doran Barnes, Executive Director of 
Foothill Transit. “Building a more sustainable community re-quires more sustainable transportation options. Our anticipation 
and expectation is high, and we look forward to serving our Duarte neighbors.”



This past week, we were excited to learn that Assemblymember Chris Holden 
named Christine Geltz as Monrovia's 2019 Woman of Distinction. As you 
may know, Christine currently serves as President of the Monrovia Association 
of Fine Arts Board, a board she has worked on since 2006. She has also 
served as the chair of the Celebrate the Arts Show and ChalkFest. Christine 
has been building partnerships with the City, service organizations, and the 
school district to expand arts opportunities and education for adults, college 
students, and children in the area.

In recognition of Christine and the other fabulous women that Assemblymember 
Holden will has identi-fied as his Woman of Distinction, a special 
event will be held at the Assemblymember’s Annual Spring Open House:

• Thursday, March 28

• 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

• Program starts at 6 p.m.

• 41st Assembly District Office (600 N. Rosemead Blvd., Suite 117, 
Pasadena, CA 91107)

Additional details about the event – and about Christine – can be found 



As the City prepares to consider several large-scale development projects, 
one housing note that we wanted to share with everyone relates to the impact 
that recent State legislation has had on our local land use controls as it 
relates to housing development. As you may recall, in 2017 and in 2018, the 
State ap-proved a series of legislative amendments to the Housing Accountability 
Act (HAA), which combined has reduced local government authority 
to deny or reduce the density of proposed housing development projects.

To highlight how those pieces of legislation impact a municipality’s ability 
to regulate development, a full memo on the matter can be found online. In 
particular, I wanted to highlight some of the key changes that staff is currently 
grappling with:

• The new regulations adopted by the State stipulate that if a project 
conforms to a City’s applicable development standards (i.e., no variances or 
exceptions are sought), it will be extremely difficult for the City to legally 
deny any housing project.

• Furthermore, while a City can still institute a design and neighborhood 
compatibility review process, the City essentially now cannot deny a 
housing development project, or impose conditions that the project be developed 
at a lower density, unless strict findings can be identified which indicate 
that a project would have a specific, adverse impact on public health or 

Again, a memo outlining all of the new State mandated housing development 
regulations that we are con-tending with can be found online.


The Santa Fe Radio Control Modelers club will host a public 
model aviation open house pro-moting the educational and 
recreational benefits of model aviation.

DUARTE CA – For over a century, model aviation has been 
a wholesome educational and recrea-tional activity, and a 
gateway to careers in aerospace, science and technology careers. 
The San Ga-briel Valley based Santa Fe Dam Radio 
Control Modelers club will host the Spring Open House on 
April 27 to share the fun and educational value of model 
aviation. Guests will see displays and demonstration of all 
types of model aircraft from Piper Cubs to jets, helicopters, 
flying wings and “drones”.

A free lunch and soft drinks will be served. Voluntary donations 
will be accepted to benefit local causes that the club 
supports including City of Hope National Medical Center, 
Disabled American Veterans and MissionFlight.

 In addition to seeing the aircraft and talking to model aviators, 
visitors can take the control of a real radio control aircraft 
in flight to get a feel for this exciting activity. A dual 
control set up under the watchful eye of an experienced pilot 
assures a successful experience.

The club flying field is located just east of City of Hope in 
Duarte. Entrance to the field is at the east end of Duarte 
Road at the corner of Highland Avenue. Field will be open 
from 8AM to 2 PM, with fly-ing demonstrations form 9AM 
to 1 PM.

 “Model aviation is a fun activity for all ages.” says club president 
Cliff Ashpaugh. “It is recreational and educational, 
and easier than ever to get started in. This event will also 
benefit our local charities. We especially like to see families, 
and anyone with an interest in aviation”.

The club was started in 1976 to promote model aviation in 
the San Gabriel valley. Members range from 8 years old to 
91, with many professions and occupations involved. The 
club has been at the current flying site for over 20 years, in 
cooperation with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, County 
of Los Angeles, and Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. The 
club supports City of Hope, and various schools and scouting 
troops in the area.

For information see the club web site 
or call Earle Levine at 626-254-9315

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