Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 29, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, June 29, 2019 


From the Monrovia City Manager's Desk:


As everyone may be aware, last week, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (or LAHSA, which is a JPA between LA 
County and the City of Los Angeles tasked with coordinating homeless response ser-vices) released their updated homeless 
count numbers for 2019. Per that report, LAHSA identified that Monrovia had a total homeless population of 62 individuals, as 
outlined in the chart below.

Of note, the data provided by LAHSA seems to deviate from the actual results that the City notated from the 2019 Point-In-
Time Homeless Count, which was conducted in Monrovia on January 22, 2019. As folks may recall, on that evening, a group 
of 25 Monrovia volunteers spent the night conduct-ing a homeless count to identify the number of unsheltered individuals in 
our community. Based on ac-tual results from that evening, City staff tallied all of the information returned by volunteers before 
turning the homeless count sheets over to LAHSA. Based on the actual numbers from the night of the 2019 Point-In-Time 
Homeless Count, we identified 52 instances of homelessness (which was down from 71 in 2018).

However, after collecting the actual count data from that evening, it appears that LAHSA went back and utilized some type of revised 
methodology and / or multiplier to produce their final estimate of unshel-tered persons in Monrovia. Based on that revised 
methodology, the number of identified homeless indi-viduals in Monrovia increased from the 52 that were actually counted on 
the evening of the 2019 Point-In-Time Count, to the 62 unsheltered persons that were reported by LAHSA this past Friday. The 
chart be-low illustrates the discrepancies between numbers produced from the evening of the count, and the re-vised official 
numbers published by LAHSA.

Regardless of that discrepancy, all of us here in Monrovia are encouraged to see a decrease in the num-ber of individuals identified 
as being homeless in Monrovia. The data seems to indicate that the City’s approach to addressing the homeless situation 
has made a difference – across all of LA County, LAHSA reported a 12% increase in the homeless population. In addition, of 
particular concern, across the San Gabriel Valley, LAHSA reported a staggering 24% increase in the overall homeless population.

Moving ahead, the City is committed to continuing to pursue the various elements associated with our current plan to prevent 
and combat homelessness in Monrovia, which includes the following major pro-gram components:

• Be relentless and continually contact anyone suffering from homelessness to offer housing / support services

• Expand community coordination in support of ending homelessness

• Promote the use of the Coordinated Entry System (CES)

• Develop educational materials in partnership with LA County

• Develop a Monrovia-centric directed giving campaign in partnership with the Foothill Unity Center

• Develop a local Monrovia Housing Displacement Response Plan

More tangibly, our relentless approach has resulted in helping more than a dozen homeless individuals find permanent housing 
options during the past year. Additionally, our comprehensive homeless re-sponse tool kit has provided interested residents with 
practical resources to better help and support those who are experiencing homelessness.

Of particular note, the City’s thoughtfully designed Housing Displacement Response Plan, developed in concert with Mountainside 
Communion Church, has been deployed this past year to great success, with the following key deliverable outcomes:

• We have assisted fifteen (15) families from becoming displaced from their homes in Monrovia

• As a result of helping those 15 families from becoming homeless, we were able to prevent more than twenty (20) youth 
from having to leave Monrovia schools, and we also helped prevent three (3) sen-iors from losing their homes.

Moving ahead, there is still more to be done, and the City has prudently invested additional funds this next fiscal year to continue 
our efforts.

For the period of Sunday, June 16th, through Saturday, June 22nd, the Police 
Department responded to 973 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, June 16:

1. Shortly before 2:14 a.m., an officer responded to Arcadia Gardens 
Retirement Hotel, 720 West Camino Real Avenue, regarding a theft report. 
When the victim, a resident of the hotel, left his room for lunch, he returned 
and discovered a $100 bill had been stolen. The investigation is ongoing. 

Monday, June 17:

2. At approximately 11:30 a.m., an officer responded to All Star 
Fire Equipment, 12328 Lower Azusa Road, regarding a fraud report. 
An investigation revealed an unknown suspect stole two mailed checks 
and fraudulently changed the name on the check to “Jack Johnson”. The 
investigation is ongoing.
3. Just after 2:06 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 500 
block of West Longden Avenue regarding a burglary report. Surveillance 
footage revealed two suspects ransacked the bedrooms and fled in a dark 
grey Kia Optima. 

The suspects are described as two black males, 20 to 30-years-old, wearing 
hooded sweatshirts. The investigation is ongoing. 

4. At approximately 11:16 p.m., an officer conducted an enforcement 
stop on a vehicle for driving with a broken headlight. Upon contacting the 
driver, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle 
and the driver was driving without a license. Through a series of tests, the 
officer determined the suspect was driving with a blood alcohol content of 
.126%. The 27-year-old male from San Gabriel was arrested and transported 
to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Tuesday, June 18:

5. Around 9:11 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 1800 
block of Alta Oaks Drive regarding a fraud report. The victim noticed an 
unknown suspect used his personal information to open a Verizon Wireless 
account and a credit line with Capital One. The victim does not know 
how the suspect obtained their personal information or the identity of the 
6. Just before 1:02 p.m., an officer responded to Kids Love Play, 52 East 
Live Oak Avenue, regarding a theft from vehicle report. The officer determined 
an unknown suspect entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a GPS system. No 
suspects were seen and no witnesses were located. 

Wednesday, June 19:

7. At about 3:02 a.m., an officer responded to Arcadia Fire Department 
Station 106, 630 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a suspicious circumstances 
report. An investigation revealed a 48-year-old male from Dewey, Arizona, 
entered the secure location and stole miscellaneous items. He was arrested for 
Burglary and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
8. Shortly after 3:26 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 
1000 block of Caballo Drive regarding a burglary report. Officers discovered 
unknown suspect(s) smashed a rear window, activated the audible alarm, 
and fled with an unknown amount of property. The investigation is ongoing. 

Thursday, June 20:

9. Before 10:40 a.m., an officer responded to a construction site in 
the 100 block of Alta Street regarding a burglary report. An investigation 
revealed the unknown suspect entered the unsecured location and fled 
with $1,600.00 worth of scaffolding rungs. No suspects were seen and no 
witnesses were located. 
10. Around 7:55 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 716 
block of Joaquin Road regarding a suspicious circumstances report. The 
victim witnessed the suspect jump his residential fence, enter his backyard, 
and attempt to steal a bicycle. The 48-year-old male from Harbor City was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Friday, June 21: 

11. At about 12:52 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle 
near the intersection of Holly Avenue and Las Tunas Drive for driving 
with stolen license. An investigation revealed the occupants were driving 
in a stolen vehicle and the driver, a 36-year-old female from Coalinga, 
provided the officer with a false ID. A records check of her real identification 
information revealed she had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. She was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
12. Just before 6:16 p.m., an officer received a notification from the 
Automated License Plate Reader system of a stolen vehicle in the area of 
Baldwin Avenue and Las Tunas Drive. The officer discovered the vehicle had 
been stolen out of the LAPD’s Van Nuys area. The driver, a 25-year-old male 
from Van Nuys, was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 
booking. The second occupant was released in the field.

Saturday, June 22:

13. Shortly after 4:05 a.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of East 
Huntington Drive 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. The officer determined a 24-year-old male from Bothell and a 23-year-
old female from Pasadena were in possession of the stolen bicycle and GPS 
tracker. A consensual search revealed the suspects were also in possession of 
a locked cash box, burglary tools, and drug paraphernalia. The suspects were 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
14. At approximately 7:44 p.m., an officer responded to the Santa Anita 
Mall parking lot, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a vehicle burglary 
report. Sometime between 2:00 p.m. and 7:44 p.m., an unknown suspect 
smashed a rear window and stole a backpack containing a laptop and school 
supplies. Two other vehicle burglaries were also reported from the mall on 
the same evening. The investigation is ongoing. 

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