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Monrovia January 31, 2008

Posted by David S. in Miscellaneous.
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If you’ve been following the news you know there’s a problem in Monrovia. A violent and tragic state of affairs between rival gangs has put innocent citizens in the crossfire. A task force has been established. Raids are happening. Folks are being asked to stay indoors.

Until the link expires, the Star-News has the coverage.

And The L.A. Times has this article. 

The Crime Scene Blog gets past the headlines with pictures.

The Foothill Cities Blog talks and links as well.

We should pay attention to Monrovia. Old Town crossed a line when bullets blazed last December. It may have been a warning shot. So let’s be warned.

Walk; Don’t Walk; Walk January 29, 2008

Posted by David S. in In the News.
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Pasadena’s looking for a few good striders. Actually, a lot of them.

From the Star-News: Now the city’s test of downtown’s “walkability” has been postponed until March 1, organizers hope even more volunteers will sign up for the event, including wheelchair users who can provide insight into accessibility.Weather forecasters got it wrong and it didn’t rain Saturday, but Josefina Mora of the Playhouse District Association said they made a decision Friday morning to go with the March back-up date.”Just our luck it didn’t rain, Mora joked. “But the majority of people ended up saying they would participate in the March event, everyone is good to go, there were no complainers, and five people just showed up who had got the information about it from somewhere.”The Downtown Pasadena Walkabout will cover 29 miles of alleys and city streets in the Old Pasadena, Central, South Lake and Playhouse districts.Teams of walkers with checklists will be asked to rate how safe and pedestrian-friendly city streets are, and if it’s easy and convenient enough for people to park once and walk, or use the ARTS buses to get from one district to another.” No qualifications are needed, just to walk, and if someone’s in a wheelchair that would help us see if the city is really wheelchair-accessible,” Mora said.

You can find a PDF of staff writer Janette Williams’ full article here.

The Gold Line Extension to Montclair Snubbed For Now January 25, 2008

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From the Pasadena Star-News:

“Top regional transit officials voted unanimously Thursday to leave the Gold Line extension off a critical funding list, dealing a setback to plans for a 24-mile rail link between Pasadena and Montclair.The 13-member Metropolitan Transportation Authority board effectively delayed construction of the $1.4 billion project until at least the end of 2009, subject to final approval of the regional funding list by mid-year.Supporters of the extension had hoped to break ground before year’s end, with initial service to Azusa and Glendora by late 2009, said authority CEO Habib Balian.”But all this will add time to the project, causing a six-month to a year delay,” said Balian. “We won’t be able to get started when we wanted to.”The Metro Board voted to keep the Gold Line on a secondary list of strategic but unfunded projects within a draft long-range plan. The draft list approved Thursday faces a 45-day public review, with the board to vote on a final plan in June.The Gold Line project needs placement on the MTA’s primary list of funded projects to be considered for matching federal grants.There is still a possibility for projects like the Gold Line to make it onto that primary list, said MTA Board member Richard Katz.”

If the above link goes stale, you can get the article here: Setback for the Gold Line pdf.

Nobody Walks in L.A.; But They Do In Pasadena January 24, 2008

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The Star-News reports that Pasadena’s walkability is being explored.This is why I love living here. It’s these kinds of quaint studies that at first seem random and unnecessary. That is until you’re glad somebody did it.”Teams are made up of environmentalists, urban planning experts, city workers, architects, elected officials – including Mayor Bill Bogaard, and Councilmembers Jacque Robinson and Steve Madison – and neighborhood residents “who are really concerned about walking conditions,” Murphy said. They’ll be asked to evaluate everything from how easy it is to understand instructions for parking meters to any “unpleasant smells” and junk on public spaces.”

I’d love to see the checkboxes that will help them evaluate those unpleasant smells.

Fruity with a woody aftertaste?

Your grandmother’s dentures?

College kid’s dirty laundry?

If the above link goes stale, get the article here: pasadena-star-news-pasadena-to-test-walkability-for-first-time.pdf

Guns and Knives January 21, 2008

Posted by David S. in Incidents, Law Enforcement.
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Sunday was a busy day for the Pasadena Police. A knifing incident the Pasadena Motor Inn on Colorado Blvd. injured a woman while over on El Molino and Cordova a kid with a gun scared a few drivers. The Star-News has the details.

Pharmacy Robbed; Four Girls Sent to Probation Camp; Shooter Gets Hearing; Want to be a Docent? January 17, 2008

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Wonder what the smores are like at probation camp.

Crime at the Courthouse January 17, 2008

Posted by David S. in Law Enforcement, Robberies.
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An Altadena man was arrested Wednesday after committing several robbery attempts outside the courthouse on Walnut Ave. The Pasadena Star-News has the details.

Cars and Garage Burglarized (Prior to the Recent Arrest) January 15, 2008

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On January 12, 2008 between 3 and 4 a.m., a parked car was broken into on Club Road and the car’s alarm was triggered. In spite of that, the thief then used the garage door remote found within and opened the homeowner’s garage to then break into a second car. Items were stolen. The police were called and the area was dusted for prints. It remains to be seen if Gary Hart, the suspect arrested on January 14th in connection with a spate of Pasadena burglaries, can be tied to this incident.

Update: Caught! January 14, 2008

Posted by David S. in Burglaries, In the News, Law Enforcement.
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This press release from the Pasadena Police Department spells it out.

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KNBC Channel 4 News ran this story prior to the suspect’s capture. A coordinated effort by residents and the police resulted in a successful arrest. The email back-and-forth between residents involved in the search and arrest give proof to the fact that the neighborhood is watching.

Update: A bit more from the Star-News. 

Update: Incidents on Jan. 13, 2008 January 13, 2008

Posted by David S. in Burglaries.
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Someone tripped an alarm on Laguna Road at 4 a.m. Sunday morning. Apparently doors either at the main house or guest house were tried unsuccessfully. Video surveillance was in operation at the time. At roughly the same time at a location yet to be determined (I’m waiting for the information) two cars and a garage were broken into. The thief was not seen. Car alarms did go off but to no avail.  Update: The Pasadena Police Department has released this bulletin.