Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Back east it isn't uncommon to have neighborhood garden exchanges. How it worked was as various plants, bulbs and perrenials in particular overcrowded a garden the excess was passed out to anyone in the neighborhood who wanted them. Better than them going to waste either by dying off due to overcrowding or into the landfill when they were thinned.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
"That would explain the helicopters....
I heard today from my neighbor that her friend's sister was attacked in the parking lot of the Target in Duarte. She was walking to her car the other night - and she had parked by Denny's. Someone hit her in the back. When she turned around, he hit her in the face, splitting her lip and knocking loose some of her teeth. Then he took her purse. A witness ran to the Sheriff's substation, and it took them quite awhile to come out.
So, this is not a message to not shop at Target, but to park close; look around you; try to go during daylight; and at night, ask a security guard or Target employee to walk you out. Better to feel silly by asking, than to have your teeth knocked out - or worse. We all have children who need us."
Monday, August 25, 2008
I really wish MPD took the same position on informing all of us as to what is going on. It would certainly be easier for us to understand the severity and be involved in finding the solution to controlling it.
This comment was on one of the recent posts on this blog. It enumerates crimes taking place in the condos that are on Canyon and the bottom of our street. Seems we have had quite a bit bigger auto burglary spree around here than we thought.
The specific comment:
My name is Tom and I am the President of the Canyonwood Homeowners Association townhome complex. Most of our units are on N. Canyon Blvd., but we have two units at 147 Poinsettia Ave. My neighbor here on N. Canyon Blvd. reports that her car was broken in to early last Thursday morning, August 14, 2008. She had a purse and a car stereo stolen. Her car was unlocked just like one of your neighbor's cars that got broken in to on Friday, August 15th. The thieves walk up the street at around 3 AM and pull on door handles. If they find anything unlocked, they will steal whatever they can find."
When they have their blog up and running I will link to it. I'll suggest as well what other blogs they link to keep up on what is happening crime wise in the community.
Until then. Lock your doors. Set your alarms. Just simple steps that will keep the casual thief wandering around looking for an easy hit from making you his next target.
Friday, August 15, 2008
'Upsetting news that another one of our neighbors cars was broken in to while the car was in the driveway. This took place yesterday mid street where the street widens. The cars were left unlocked, however the culprits are bold as one car was in the persons driveway.
This recent break in tells me that we all need to be on the watch and that who ever is committing these crimes are looking for easy opportunity.
Please remember to lock your vehicles and all doors of your homes, even if you are at home in order to keep family and your property safe.
Have a Safe Weekend!
I have spoken with officers on different forces and understand our primary problem is we are complacent with security. We need to remember to lock doors and close windows. We need to watch and report what is out of the ordinary.
Compounding the problem is the bad guys know we are easy targets of opportunity. They share with each other what communities are easy targets, easy in and out to freeways with little traffic. We are a community that even San Bernardino prisoners know is easy and tell their pals in the jail.
Simple precautions will prevent most of our problems. Ignoring it and dropping our guard makes us the next victim. Unsettling, but welcome to life in the city.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
It’s serious Neighborhood Watch time!! There has been yet another burglary, this time on Monday, August 11th, at the gray house right before the tree at the top of Norumbega, belonging to Don, the trumpet player who has a Corvette. It happened between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. The suspect was an older white male who stole a computer system and some other stuff.
Suspect on the loose! Secure your homes! Be aware and report any suspicious cars or suspicious characters coming door to door who ring doorbells to see whose home. If your neighbors are not on this list, get their emails and forward it to me so we can alert others of ongoing suspicious activities.
As we've said in the past, be alert and report anyone who doesn't belong here, especially if they are where one would not expect a casual visitor to be! Then let Frank and Renee know so we can get the word out to everyone.
Monday, August 11, 2008
There was a burglary at 1010 Norumbega this afternoon 8/7/08. The burglars jimmied the front door and got in. Not sure at this time what was taken.
There was also another burglary in the 1100 block a few weeks ago in a house just before the 4 houses that form the cul de sac. A college-aged kid heard some noises in the middle of the night, went downstairs and surprised a burglar in progress, who then ran away.
It’s a very timely reminder to report any suspicious people you see on our street! Call the police at 256-8000!
You should read the full Monrovia City Watch post for their take on the situation.
Our awareness and dilgence is needed to keep our street safe. If you see something report it. If you see unusual cars just left on the street, ask anyone if they know who it belongs too, and if it isn't identified call the police and report it as a potential abandoned auto.
Whenver you see something or are a victim yourself let Renee or Frank know so they can post here and make sure everyone is aware of what to look out for.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Interesting point made in the post is that during tough economic times burglarys increase. The need to be aware and report anything out of the ordinary is always important.
We've already seen a rash of auto burglary in the street earlier this year, take the precautions to lock up your house AND windows to secure them as well.
Friday, August 1, 2008
It seems that we do not have a majority vote to move forward with additional street lights for our block, so we will put this to rest.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We put this in an email the other day, but based on a conversation with MPD want to reiterate: If you think you might have had an unauthorized withdrawl with your ATM card, please contact the police immediately.
Apparrently there is a ring of thieves who have used technology-based methods to steal credit card and PIN data. They have been hitting customers who use the Pavillions ATM.
As you may know, one of our Primrose area neighbors was among the victims. Also, a friend of ours from the VFW was victimized at the Ralphs in Arcadia. When he went to report the crime, there were five other victims in line! He lost $600!
Word from MPD is to be careful when using ATMs, and look carefully at the machine before you use it. If anything looks awry, don't do it!
Frank & Renee
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Not only would locations be a concern if new poles need to be put in to get additional lights up on the street, but we would need to bear the cost as well. How much depends on how much needs to be done to increase the lighting. The information courtesy of Mr Adams from our email conversations:
If they are in Edison's service area and there are existing telephone poles on the street side it is just a matter of requesting new lights from Edison and it should take about three months to install. Edison would charge the City the monthly service charge of about $12.00 per light. If there are no telephone poles it may take 6 months or so.
If there in the City's service area it would cost approximately $7,000 per light, we would set up an assessment district to cover the installation cost.
The third option could be to install solar street lights for about $8 to $10 thousand dollars per light remember there would be No monthly electrical cost. Again these are all hypothetical scenarios; there are other options and cost associated with this type of request.
I told Mr Adams that we'd get an answer back to him next week. The costs will be born by us.
The street lights will brighten up the area and make it more difficult for the petty prowlers scoping out the neighborhood after dark which could help prevent the rash of auto burglary we experienced last spring, and the tagging only a couple of months ago.
The negative side that has been mentioned is that it will diminish the more rural feeling of the street.
The question put forth is do we want hard information to explore this further? If so once we get hard numbers we'd have to put forth a petition or similar document with 67% approval of the homeowners on the street.
Please let Frank and Renee know by early next week your thoughts so we can let Mr Adams know our decision.
Finally...a big thanks to Mr Adams in his help in getting this going for us.
Frank & Renee
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Both of the Hawk chicks are out of the nest and learning to hunt. So far it has been small lizards.
The parents left the remnants of a parrot in the Zgonc bird bath to soften. As in years past before the chicks learn to hunt bigger prey the parents make a kill and let it soften someplace before delivering it to the chicks to pick apart and eat. So much for our native species getting pushed out of the neighborhood.
So far the chicks hunting routine seems to be centered in the Zgonc to Chan yards. The entire family is out fairly each morning. The parents seem to spend a lot of time in the pines on Canyone watching the chicks learn to fly etc., on our street. The entire clan gets together later afternoon at Roberto's house. Sometime around dusk they return to their nest.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
If the schedule follows the last few years in about 4 weeks the chicks will be hunting on their own with the parents leaving a week or so later.
With 4 hawks hunting we should some good action in the next few weeks. It is always interesting to watch them learn to hunt. The feeding, well that is only for the strong stomachs. Any guesses how soon we see them yank a parrot or raven out of the sky and feed?
Monday, June 9, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
The Chief of Police Roger Johnson urges Monrovia residents to act in the concept of community policing. He stresses that the police cannot eliminate the gang influences alone and the community as a whole needs to step up. Johnson states “It will require the collaborative work of government, law enforcement, business, schools, faith based organizations, and community members to be successful in eliminating gangs in our neighborhoods”.
The newsletter goes on to talk about graffiti. There are different types of graffiti, the taggers who believe they are creating art and the gang members who use graffiti to mark their territory or neighborhood in a city. The city of Monrovia removes or paints over all graffiti once it is discovered. If it is gang related it is photographed and passed to the Special Enforcement Team who helps identify the gangs and members. In addition the information is shared with local police agencies to raise awareness.
For those of you who did not write it all down at our neighborhood watch meeting the newsletter outlined the three common gangs we deal with in Monrovia:
· Monrovia Nuevo Vario- Hispanic Gang
· Duarte Eastside- Hispanic Gang
· Duroc Crips- Black Gang
All gangs spell trouble; please contact the police if you see any graffiti or tagging marked in our neighborhood with:
· The gang names, initials or symbol
· Nicknames of members
· Threats to rival gangs
The police suggest forming a neighborhood watch (already done!) to keep this type of activity out of our city. They remind us that criminals love darkness, (which our street is really dark at night), and whenever possible keep areas lighted to discourage criminal activity.
I hope this update is helpful if you did not get the newsletter.
Keep it safe,
Renee (and frank who pasted this in from her email)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
"Possession of a Dangerous Weapon. On May 22 at 1:41 a.m., Officers contacted a male subject who was riding a motorized scooter on the wrong side of the street in the 200 block of Poinsettia. The subject advised the officers that he had a knife in his possession. The officers removed the knife and saw that it was a home made dagger, which possession of is a violation of 12020(a)PC.
The suspect was arrested and transported to the Monrovia Police Department jail for booking. He refused to allow the officers to remove his shoes and jewelry during the booking process. He then became combative when the officers attempted to remove the items from the suspect. During the altercation, one officer sustained a fractured right hand. The suspect was treated by the paramedics for minor scratches and complaint of pain to his neck and checked out at the hospital."
I had heard one of our neighbors was involved from a source in the District Court downtown. Shane did some digging and found some information regarding the incident at LASD.Org under the inmate locator tab. In fact one of our neighbors with a long criminal history has been arrested in the incident released from jail late 5/27/08. (Name being withheld pending final disposition of his case).
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Thanks for sharing the email(s) so everyone can be aware of what is being observed. The message:
"Hello Frank & Renee,
I wanted to send you a piece of an e-mail that Debby & Brian Baird sent me. Thought you might want to hear about this info & maybe we can pass this on to the neighborhood watch group. I only have a few e-mails so I was hopeing you could send the descriptions of what they have seen. I highlighted their letter in red. Thanks, Stace
I have also been meaning to touch base regarding the neighborhood watch. A couple of weeks ago, I was home and could have sworn that the Fed Ex guy jiggled the door handle as he delivered a package. He was a young blond guy. Well I dismissed it and figured it was my imagination, but Michele said that you had a similar experience. Was it the same guy? Also, We have had some guys looking in vehicles lately--according to Michele and Dave--we haven't seen it but they have. Do you know if anyone else has seen anything suspicious. One occaision Dave saw a guy in a grey van get out and look in Bree's car (yesterday) and then Thursday, Michele saw a long haired guy looking in Tyler's truck, an orange tree trimmer truck was parked near him.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
The car pictured is our own Dave Chick's AMX that has been beautifully restored. In fact he managed to get the guys from the AMX club to show up and there were 4 AMX total there this weekend. Back in the day this was a small number production car and I doubt you would have ever had that many on a dealers lot at one time. Quite the car and a remarkable piece of automotive history parked up here on Poinsettia.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Shane is up at the scene and called a bit ago. He reports that the fire flared up with the arrival of the sun downer winds.
I have a full report here with more detail than the major local media has at Metroblogging.LA here.
Who all remembers the last time it burned Christmas of 1999?
Friday, April 25, 2008
Coincidentally there was a tall, thin guy in his mid-twenties walking up the street when I headed off to MHS. On my way back he was walking back down the street.
He didn't live on the street. All in blue, jeans, t-shirt, ball cap. White guy, shortish dark hair pretty unremarkalbe but not someone I have seen on the street before. He was on the street between 7:40 and 8 AM.
UPDATE: I learned the person doing it is a young, middle/early high school age hispanic male on a skate board. He is a small kid and that is the most info I got. When he realized he was spotted he ditched the sign by Ron's truck up on the NW corner of the street.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Wade is active in the Watch D.O.G group at Wild Rose that puts Dad's and their kids on projects to make the campus a better place for kids to learn.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
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"This is an informational bulletin from the Monrovia Police Department.
Recently there have been three day time home burglary’s in the northwest corner of town. They appear to have been done by the same suspect.
The suspects described as a Hispanic male and a white male in their 20’s.. They are reportedly driving a new model Black Jeep Cherokee or Commander.
If you see any suspicious persons or vehicles matching this description please call Monrovia Police at 626-256-8000.
Together we can keep our neighborhoods safe and secure."
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
As the guy went up towards the side of Roberto's house as luck would have it Monrovia Parking were making their rounds. The officer thought something was amiss and did a quick u-turn and within seconds MPD was on the street.
I arrived after the hands in the air and frisking and saw him on the curb. MPD did their question and answer thing and the guy left when MPD did. Obviously if the man were handing out fliers he would not have simply left.
Paying attention observing and reporting what makes Neighborhood Watch work. This time we were lucky to have MPD Parking on the street to thwart immediately.
Big Round of applause to MPD for such fast reactions.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Off topic again to inform you that four homes were burglarized in northern Monrovia Friday morning between 7:15 and 7:45.
Two on Scenic, one on Melrose and one on Highland
Just a reminder to keep your doors locked even when running off to drop kids off at school in the morning.
I'm still trying to get a call back from the city regarding the street light issue Roberto asked. No answer yet but will keep trying.
UPDATE on the local burglary: One of our neighborhood watch members informed me that a few days ago two homes were broke into on the East 200 Block of Scenic. The homes were invaded about 7:30am. The description of the vehicle was a shinny black SUV and the perpetrators were said to be Hispanic males. To my knowledge they were not caught.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
If you saw a bunch of us running up to the corner by the Birkholz this morning it was for good reason. About 9AM Billy gave us a call to let us know a couple of "peahens" had showed up and were preening themselves on Ron's roof. Obviously escapees from either Arcadia or the LA Arboretum, regardless it would be interesting if they took up roost around here.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Renee Chan, also our friendly Neighborhood Watch Captain is walking with Revlon and the fight for breast cancer. This is a concern near and dear to Renee. One that she has even worked with her employer to have her HR department participate in. You may support Renee with a pledge at the link HERE on the Revlon Walk/Run site.
Most everyone remembers Lori Smith who moved off the street a couple of years ago. Lori is walking as a Survivor in the American Cancer Society relay taking place here in Monrovia later this month. You may support Lori with a pledge at the link HERE on the American Cancer Society page.
Two good people working for a good cause. Nice to see a community in action.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
MPD Officer Percy told us that the crime we typically see is that of opportunity. At night it is people walking around and checking for unlocked cars and when they find one, the open it up and take what they want.
She advised some of the car burglary's are the result of valuables being left in the car such as a GPS, laptop, purse etc.,. This is the most common burglary in our neighborhoods and exactly what we experienced. The fix is easy, don't drop our guard and always lock are our cars and leave nothing of value in them. The thieves know neighborhoods such as ours are more relaxed on security and visit us for that reason. Simple locking of doors will prevent most of it.
Another type of auto burglary is on the upswing takes places at the local Gyms. Thieves are watching people knowing that many leave their wallets and purses in the car and only take their keys to avoid having to get lockers. Thieves watch people tuck things away and when they are in the gym, use a tool that quickly breaks the window, grab what the want and leave.
The other type of crime we experience is home burglary. This time of year when it is warmer we leave windows open. Thieves know that most of us are gone during the day at work and walk our streets looking for open windows that they can use to get into a home. Closing windows and locking doors will help prevent this.
Officer Percy stressed that whenever we see something out of the ordinary we should call. She pointed out that the 911 Operator does have a lot of questions to ask to understand the situation. She asked that we answer and understand that the officers in their patrol cars are getting real time updates on their computers while they talk. That was good to know as many were unaware that the technology was there to give officers real time notice even while the Operator was asking you questions.
Dial 911 from your home. Program your cell for 357-CELL or 357-2355 for most direct contact with MPD dispatch.
There were a lot of good questions. It is nice to see the neighbors are concerned about crime in general and the dispute over wages. Officer Percy was able to pass along information regarding trends on the former. For the latter I offered up we as neighbors need to review all of the resources on the topic and appear at the City Council meetings and speak up so our opinions are heard and acted upon.
After the meeting Renee and I talked with a lot of people. This blog is open to ANYONE who wants to write and post here. Glad you like it, it can be whatever you want it to be.
Interestingly many voiced 4 other concerns that they would like to have addressed with city to make our street safer. What we need to decide is what is the highest priority and then organize everyone to approach city council for help. The 4 tossed up that need addressing, not in any particular order, but interestingly involved driving:
- Speed - down hill in particular approaching Foothill
- Parking on the lower portion of the street - residents from Foothill, Grand or Canyon Apts parking in the no parking zone instead of their own drives or street
- Failure to yield where the street loops up on itself at the "T" on the 200 block.
- People attempting to make left turns onto Foothill during morning or afternoon rush hours causing back ups. Cars, large trucks in particular on Foothill parked obstructing views hampering safe right turns onto Foothill.
Plenty to think about. Talk and think about it. Let Renee or me know what you want us to help people work on and organize.
-Frank & Renee
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Another neighbor who spoke with the paramedics advised that the man has had some serious health problems that contributed to his unusual behavior. He was not believed to have been under the influence of anything at the time. (I add this as there was already some speculation along those lines and would like to quash that concern before it becomes rumor).
Update: Both Renee and myself have spoken with Kathleen whose friend needed the urgent care this morning. Her friend has had a brain tumor and something happened, he knew he needed help and came to her. She thanked all of us for watching out for her as his behavior was out of the norm. She also reiterated that situations like this are a good reminder on why this street is a good place to live and why we need Neighborhood Watch.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I did the picture with my cell phone so excuse the quality. In about a month I'll be back with my good camera and get some more pics when the expansion he is starting is done!
Don't forget our Neighborhood Watch meeting is Weds 3/26, 7PM at the Chan's home at 211.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
What this blog becomes is up to everyone on the street. The more input the better. A great example of a neighborhood blog is the North Primrose Ave Residents Alliance. It illustrates nicely how a blog can be used as the clearing house for all the fun stuff as well as concerns that affect a neighborhood. A blog is a much more effective way to get a lot of news out quickly and eliminates the time needed to print and distribute fliers.
Our first and most important news bit to discuss. In the last few weeks there has been some criminal activity. It started about a month ago when my boys and I confronted someone up here who fled when we asked what he was doing up here.
Subsequent to that 4 families representing 5 cars were burglarized. Some had contents such as a GPS, Ipod or camera taken from their cars. Burglary's happen and its very easy when we drop our guard and not take basic precautions like locking doors. The concern is that we have people prowling about the street after dark which needs to be monitored and reported better.
Neighborhood Watch works and is a great way to control crime. Our first meeting is coming. Renee Chan has agreed to be our block captain. The Chan's have also opened up their home for the first meeting. Thanks Renee! I will help her as needed. There is no doubt that we can prevent these occasional prowling and thefts from escalating and bring them to a halt.
Monrovia Police Officer Percy will be present at our first meeting to explain how it all works and what we can do to help them. Past experience with Neighborhood watch is that controlling crime is a two way street. MPD will share with us what we can do to observe and report what we see as well as tell us what trends are going on so we can be extra diligent. It is a partnership and MPD will help us make it work.
Mark your Calenders:
There you go the important stuff to get this going. For this blog there is so much we can do. We can run polls and decide what additional things we want to do as a neighborhood to make things better. We can even use it as a tool to determine what issues we want to bring to City Council to improve things for all of us. You decide and let us know.
You can even write things up for us to post directly here via cut/paste. Its the neighborhood blog so what is important to you needs to be heard!
Thanks in advance for your help!