Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 27, 2024

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 27, 2024 


Assisteens is a co-ed auxiliary that provides community 
service opportunities for high school students. Assisteens staff 
the Book Buddies Program, in partnership with the Arcadia 
Public Library to read books to children, as well as volunteer 
at our Bargain Box Thrift Shop on Saturdays. Through-out the 
year, Assisteens provide various programs for children, seniors, 
and families of the San Gabriel Valley area and support other 
Assistance League of Arcadia programs.

Membership is open to incoming 9th-11th grade students with 
affiliation of a current adult member of Assistance League of 
Arcadia or Las Alas Auxiliary. 

Applications are accepted starting February 1st for the 2024-
2025 school year. Accepted members are required to complete a 
minimum of 35 hours of community service and membership 
activities, as well as attend the evening meetings, hosted on the 
first Monday of the month. 

For more information, please con-tact assisteens@alarcadia.
org. To learn more about membership so your child can 
participate please complete our Interest Form or contact


the former homes of our late revered City Historian and Treasurer, Steve Baker, are currently under construction to 
become a historic inn to share Steve's love of Monrovia's deep and rich history with guests from both in and out of 
town. Located at 508 and 512 S. Ivy Avenue, these structures represent aspects of the mid-1880s railroad boomtowns 
that sprang up across the San Gabriel Valley and we're excited that local firm, Saxony Design Build, is working to keep 
the historic features we love to see, but bringing mod-ern conveniences that will make these properties a joy to stay in. 

Earlier this month, the City submitted a letter of support for these homes to be included on the National Register of 
Historic Places! This list includes buildings, structures, objects, sites, and districts considered worthy of preservation 
due to their significance. The State Historic Preservation office is responsible for administering federally and state 
mandated historic preservation programs to further identify, evaluation, register and ultimately protect California's 
irreplaceable and historic sites. 

Affectionately named Luther and Adah Blair House and the John F. and Julia Brossart House, these homes' namesakes 
have significant impact to Monrovia's history. John Brossart was the president of First National Bank and after selling 
the house in 1888 to Bradford Arthur, the home remained in the family until the death of Arthur's descendant, Steve 
Baker in 2022. On the other hand, Luther Blair was a prominent local architect, who designed many of Monrovia's early 
homes including "Mills View," a wedding gift from Mon-rovia founder William Monroe to his son Milton.

And if you enjoy learning more about these historic homes, there are over 2,500 historic homes in Monro-via and over 
160 are designated as local historic landmarks. You can find lots more information and even find the locations of some 
of these landmarks by checking out this map on the City's website.

Certainly there are also ways you can become more involved with preserving our City's history. Volunteer organizations 
like the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group, Monrovia Historical Society and Monrovia Historic Museum 
Foundation have been leading the way for decades to preserve Monrovia's history!


Pasadena city officials announced Thursday that the 
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (“MWD”) 
is planning a 10-day disruption of imported water deliveries 
from February 5 to 14. 

 According to a statement, MWD’s pipeline that typically 
delivers MWD supplies to Pasadena Water and Power 
(“PWP”) will be shut down for valve maintenance and for 
MWD facility inspection. 

 Sidney Jackson, General Manager of Water and Power, 
reported the department estimates minimal impacts to water 
deliveries given the disruption is planned for February, which 
typically exhibits a cooler and wetter environment. PWP 
will implement precautionary measures, such as holding 
greater volumes of water in its reservoir tanks, utilizing local 
groundwater supplies, and partial flow of MWD supplies, 
when available, during the shutdown period. 

 PWP coordinated with MWD in preparation of the reduced 
supplies and to ensure continued deliveries to PWP customers. 
PWP is performing outreach to key account customers, and 
other large commercial customers, for their assistance in 
curbing outdoor water use during MWD’s shutdown. 

 PWP will continue to monitor water demands. Should dry 
weather occur during the rest of January, outreach efforts may 
be expanded to include customers throughout the service 
area regarding voluntary reduction of outdoor watering. 
Currently, the city is under a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage 
Plan that restricts outdoor watering to one day per week 
through March 31. PWP asks the community’s support and 
dedication to adhering to the Level 2 Water Supply Shortage 
Plan guidelines. 

For more information, visit 


For the period of Sunday, January 14th, through Saturday, January 20th, 
the Police Department responded to 1,064 calls for service of which 99 
required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of 
some of the incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, January 14:

1. At 5:23 a.m., officers responded to The Masonic Lodge, 
50 West Duarte Road, regarding the report of a burglary. The onsite 
security guard saw two unknown suspects wearing all dark clothing, 
inside the location stealing a glass display case filled with collectable 
coins and baseball cards. An investigation revealed the suspects forced 
entry into the location by removing a screen from the bathroom 

2. At 1:08 p.m., an officer responded to the parking lot of 24 
Hour Fitness, 125 North First Avenue, regarding a vehicle burglary. An 
unknown suspect smashed the rear driver’s side window of the victim’s 
vehicle and stole a handbag with cash. 

3. At 6:14 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 300 
block of West Las Flores regarding a burglary that had just occurred. 
The victim saw several subjects inside his home on his surveillance 
cameras. The unknown suspects made entry through an unlocked back 
door and stole a handgun. 

Monday, January 15:

4. At 5:02 a.m., officers responded to Arcadia Park Pharmacy, 
301 West Huntington Drive, regarding an audible alarm. An unknown 
suspect wearing all dark clothing gained entry by smashing a front 
window. The suspect ripped a cabinet door off its hinges and ransacked 
the location. 

5. At 8:47 a.m., officers responded to USC Arcadia Hospital, 
300 West Huntington Drive, regarding the report of a bomb threat. 
A nurse received a call from the unknown suspect who stated bombs 
were planted throughout the facility. Hospital directors and officers 
conducted a search, and no explosives were found. 

Tuesday, January 16:

6. At 3:43 a.m., officers responded to Fidelis Specialty 
Pharmacy, 1002 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding an audible alarm. 
Four male suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts arrived at the location 
in a white four-door sedan. One suspect used a hammer to smash a 
front window. The four suspects ransacked the business and stole 
multiple medications. 

7. At 6:09 p.m., officers responded to the parking lot of The 
Shops at Santa Anita, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding the report 
of two separate vehicle burglaries. The first victim returned to his car 
and discovered the front passenger side window had been smashed, 
his backpack had been stolen, and his stolen credit card had been used 
to make a fraudulent purchase. The second victim discovered the rear 
passenger side window of her car had been smashed and her purse had 
been stolen.

Wednesday, January 17:

8. At 11:12 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 700 
block of East Winnie Way regarding a burglary report. Unknown 
suspect(s) entered the home by smashing a rear window. The suspect(s) 
ransacked the home stealing electronics and jewelry before fleeing the 

9. At 4:01 p.m., officers responded to Vons, 745 West Naomi 
Avenue, regarding the report of a battery that had just occurred. The 
female suspect had illegally parked across two handicapped parking 
spaces and two separate victims honked at her to move so they could 
park in the stalls. The suspect approached the first victim who was 
seated in his car and began hitting him. She then approached the second 
victim who was seated inside her vehicle and slapped her several times. 
The victim drove away, and the suspect followed her and intentionally 
rear-ended her car. 

10. At 6:54 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 900 
block of West Duarte Road regarding the report of a missing autistic 
male adult. The missing person’s sister was concerned for his safety 
because he left without his phone, and she could not contact him. 
Officer Morrill and K-9 Kopper responded and were able to track him 
to a local grocery store where he was found safe and in good health. 

Friday, January 19:

12. At 1:28 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 2000 
block of South Third Avenue regarding a burglary report. The victim 
had been out of the country for several months. When she returned, she 
discovered the attached garage had been broken into and two cars had 
been stolen. 

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