Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 2, 2023

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 2, 2023 


ARCADIA, CA – On September 6, 2023, Mayor Paul P. Cheng will host dignitaries, local businesses, 
and community members as he reflects upon Arcadia’s growth and accomplishments 
during his tenure. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will be held at Le Méridien hotel, located 
at 130 W. Huntington Drive. Mayor Cheng will also be joined by speakers Ed Andersen of the 
Arcadia Historical Society and Rotchana Sussman, owner of the White Springs Cafe in Downtown 

“The Mayor’s Breakfast and State of the City event create a unique opportunity for us to gather 
as a community and celebrate all we have accomplished,” said Mayor Paul Cheng. “Arcadia 
has had a remarkable year so far and I look forward to outlining our shared vision for an even 
brighter future.”

The City of Arcadia and the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce are pleased to partner again to host 
this important event. “Small businesses are integral to the overall success of the community. We 
are incredibly excited to highlight one of our local entrepreneurs this year and the impact they 
have made in Arcadia,” said Karen McNair, Arcadia Chamber of Commerce CEO.

Tickets are $30, which includes a breakfast buffet and valet parking. Event tickets can be purchased 
through the Chamber of Commerce website ( or by contacting 
the Mayor’s Office by phone (626) 574-5403, or by email; limited 
seats remain.


Every year, the Monrovia Police Department holds a recognition ceremony to celebrate 
the amazing work of officers who go above and beyond in the line of duty. On 
Thursday, we recognized several officers for their work and dedication while serving 
our community. Police Chief Alan Sanvictores presented the Medal of Merit to two 
officers; Sergeant Adam Villalobos and Officer Grace Aparicio. Sergeant Villalobos 
was among first responders to a call in Arcadia where an Arcadia Police Officer sustained 
a gunshot wound. Several members of the public were trapped near the gunfire, 
including two grandparents and a 4-month old grandchild. Adam was able to 
secure the area and move people out of harm's way. Officer Aparicio responded to a 
call of an attempted suicide on the Metro A Line train track. When she responded, 
the resident chose to run but Grace was able to chase him down. Then, he chose to 
physically fight with her but Grace not only helped subdue him until additional officers 
arrived, but helped transport him for much needed care. She absolutely saved a 
life that day.

The Medal of Merit is awarded to officers who reflect only the highest traditions of 
law enforcement and service. Chief also presented Distinguished Service Medals to 
Officer Grace Aparicio, Community Service Officer Evelyn Ruedas, Police Service 
Representative Lucy Liou, Dispatcher Anne Viramontes, and Chaplain Terrence 
Brown. I could go on and on about the amazing work of our Police Department but 
will simply say I am proud and honored to work with such good people.

And though we have some of the most professional and amazing Police Department 
around, they sometimes let loose when the public isn't watching. However, that won't 
stop this city manager from sharing a special moment between a few officers and 
Chief Alan. Apparently they carry him every day at work, both metaphorically and 

I also want to take a moment to remind everyone that the City Council Meetings 
are back in session after our tradition of cancelling the 2nd meeting in August. City 
Council returns on Tuesday, September 5th for a study session at 5:00 p.m., a special 
campaign finance workshop at 6:00 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the 
Council Chambers. If you're interested in learning about what's taking place in our 
community, I invite you to attend in person or watch and listen online to learn more 
about what's happening in Monrovia! The agenda will be published on the City's website 
for a preview of what's to come. 

If you or someone you know is interested in running for office, or you just care to learn 
more about new campaign finance laws, please join us for a Campaign Contribution 
Regulation Workshop Tuesday, September 5 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers. This 
training is a good opportunity to understand the new changes and requirements set 
forth by SB 1439. In the upcoming March 2024 election, residents will be voting for 
the positions of Mayor, City Treasurer and two City Council members.


For the period of Sunday, August 20th through 
Saturday, August 26th, the Police Department 
responded to 978 calls for service, of which 100 
required formal investigations. The following is a 
summary report of some of the incidents handled 
by the Department during this period.

Sunday, August 20:

1. At 6:35 p.m., an officer responded to 
ARCO am/pm, located at 5 West Foothill Boulevard, 
regarding a robbery investigation. The officer 
discovered the male suspect stole cigarettes 
and candy before showing the clerk an object that 
looked like a pocketknife. The suspect fled on 
foot. He is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 
6’ tall, 175 to 200 pounds, in his late 30s, 
and wearing a black shirt, black jogger pants, and 
a camouflage gator-style mask. The suspect was 
gone before the officer arrived.

Monday, August 21:

2. At 3:53 a.m., an officer responded to Arcadia 
Park Pharmacy, located at 301 West Huntington 
Drive, regarding a burglary investigation. The 
officer determined the suspect shattered the front 
glass door and fled with stolen property. 

3. At 3:24 p.m., an officer responded to 24 
Hour Fitness, located at 125 North First Avenue, 
regarding a burglary investigation. The victim 
stated someone opened his secure locker by unknown 
means and stole his credit cards. The 
suspect(s) attempted to make fraudulent purchases 
using the credit cards, but the transactions were 

Tuesday, August 22:

4. At 1:10 p.m., an officer responded to 
Macy’s, located at 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding 
a commercial burglary investigation. Surveillance 
cameras captured five suspects, wearing 
hooded sweatshirts and masks, stealing nearly 
$4,000.00 worth of fragrances. They fled to an 
awaiting black sedan.

5. At 2:04 p.m., officers responded to Sphinx 
Mart & Tobacco, located at 142 East Huntington 
Drive, regarding a robbery investigation. The clerk 
reported three suspects entered the store and stole 
several nicotine items. When he confronted the 
suspects, one of them fought back and punched 
him before fleeing on foot. The victim declined 
medical attention. The suspects are described as 
juvenile males. The suspect who assaulted the 
clerk is described as a Black juvenile male wearing 
a black shirt with long curly hair.

6. At 3:44 p.m., an officer responded to Macy’s, 
located at 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding 
the investigation of a burglary that occurred 
on August 20th. The reporting party stated the 
suspect stole a countertop display case containing 
more than $16,000.00 worth of jewelry. The suspect 
is described as a male between the ages of 55 
and 65-years-old, approximately 5’8” tall, and 240 

7. At 9:15 p.m., an officer responded to a 
residence in the 400 block of West Woodruff Avenue 
regarding the activation of a burglary alarm 
system. An investigation revealed five suspects 
smashed a rear sliding glass door, entered the 
home, and fled emptyhanded. The suspects were 
captured on surveillance footage fleeing in a white 

Wednesday, August 23:

8. At 9:27 p.m., officers responded to a residence 
in the 1200 block of Oakhaven Road regarding 
a burglary in progress. An area search was 
conducted but no suspects were located. The officers 
determined unknown suspect(s) shattered a 
second-story window and stole a safe containing 
a tracking device. The tracking device in the safe 
provided a location of the City of Los Angeles. 
Los Angeles Police Department assisted by conducting 
an area check for the safe but was unable 
to locate it. Surveillance footage from the home 
revealed one of the suspects was a male wearing 
dark clothing and light-colored shoes. 

9. At 2:12 a.m., officers conducting extra 
patrol in the area of South Baldwin Avenue and 
West Duarte Road witnessed a driver make an illegal 
turn. They initiated an enforcement stop and 
upon contacting the driver, they discovered the 
32-year-old male from Las Vegas exhibited symptoms 
of driving under the influence of alcohol. 
The suspect was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. In jail, he provided 
a breath sample and received a BAC level of .19%.

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