Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Weekly Activity Highlights for December 18 - 24, 2011

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_12-18.pdf

Weekly Tip - New Year's Eve Safety

We will celebrate New Year's Eve this week and there are a number of things to consider when it comes to celebrating safely. Here are a few things to think about for our New Years celebrations:

•Don't Drink and Drive!

•Use a designated driver, or if need be, call Jan's Don't Drive Drunk Detour Program for a ride home for you and your car. See Jan's Towing website for details.

•DO NOT fire weapons into the air. Bullets and projectiles can travel long distances causing injury and death. You have no control where a projectile will land when fired indiscriminately into the air.

•Stay inside at the stroke of midnight! Celebrate with friends and family indoors.

•Keep an eye on your pets. Loud noises, fireworks, gunshots, all can be frightening to animals. Keep your pets indoors or consult your veterinarian for options. Make sure they are wearing collars with identification should they become lost.

Remember to celebrate safely and smartly. Enjoy the New Year celebration!



Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

From our house to yours...

The members of the Arcadia Police Department send greetings and wish everyone Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

And, a special thanks to the men and women of APD working today.  Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and your families!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Road Closure & Traffic Info for December 26th - Plan Ahead!


The day after Christmas is sure to bring many visitors, shoppers, and racing fans to the City of Arcadia. The Westfield Santa Anita Shopping Mall will be filled with people seeking sales, exchanges, and returns. The Santa Anita Race Track comes to life once again, with opening day for live racing. Yes, this coming Monday, December 26th, will surely be a busy day in town!
The mall can be accessed off Baldwin Avenue and Huntington Drive. Shoppers may see gate closures inside Gate 8 (north of JC Penney) and best times for arriving or departing the mall would be earlier in the morning, mid-afternoon, or evening hours, after the race track has closed.
The majority of Race Track patrons leave between the hours of 3:00pm - 7:00pm, so the following closures and restrictions will be in place during that time period:

BALDWIN AVENUE:
- Traffic congestion between Huntington Drive & the 210 freeway
- There will be No Parking on Baldwin Avenue between Hugo Reid and Huntington Drive from 3:00pm – 7:00pm

HUNTINGTON DRIVE:
- There will be No Left Turns from E/B Huntington to N/B Baldwin Avenue (Left Turn Lanes will be Closed from 3pm-7pm)
- There will be No Right Turns from W/B Huntington Drive to N/B Baldwin Avenue (Right Lane Closed from 3pm–7pm)

COLORADO PLACE:
- All Southbound lanes of Colorado Place will be closed at the intersection with Colorado Boulevard (closure in effect from 4pm – 7pm). All traffic will be detoured onto E/B Colorado Blvd towards Santa Anita Avenue.

If you would like to avoid the traffic congestion in these areas, you are advised to use the following alternate routes:

ALTERNATE NORTH/SOUTH ROUTES:

Michillinda Avenue
Santa Anita Avenue

ALTERNATE EAST/WEST ROUTES:

Foothill Boulevard
Duarte Road
Santa Anita Race Track gates will open at 10:00 am and the first post is at noon. Racing fans can access Gate 8 off Baldwin Avenue, however, other gates may be less congested. Suggested routes for easier access may include;
  • From the west or northbound on Baldwin Avenue, use Huntington Drive to Gate 3 at Holly Avenue.
  • From the south, use Santa Anita Avenue to Campus Drive for Gate 3 access, or to Huntington Drive for access to Gates 5 and 6.
  • From the east, use Huntington Drive or Colorado Boulevard/Place to access Gates 5 and 6.
Police officers will be manning traffic signals and certain intersections throughout the day. Traffic will be heavy and you should expect delays. Allow extra time for your travel and please be patient.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stong Arm Robbery in Mall Parking Lot

A female mall patron was loading shopping bags into her vehicle trunk last night when she was approached from behind by a male suspect.  The male forcibly grabbed a computer bag from the victim's shoulder, pulling the bag and contents from the victim.  The victim yelled for help as the suspect ran off to an awaiting vehicle.  A witness was able to describe the suspect vehicle as a tan, mid-late 90's, possible Acura Integra, with rear tinted windows, and a partial license plate of "6NLG..." CA, or similar.  The suspect was only described as a male Hispanic, 20-25 years old, wearing a dark hoodie.

The incident occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. in a southern parking lot of the Westfield Santa Anita Mall located at 400 South Baldwin Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5150. You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.




Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Murder Investigation & Arrest


News Release

Incident: Murder Investigation & Arrest (Update Case #11-6174)

Date and Time of Release: December 21, 2011, 11:00 a.m.


Arcadia Police Officers were called to the food court area of a local strip mall regarding a person having been stabbed, shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, December 20, 2011. The strip mall is located in the 1300 block of South Golden West Avenue. Officers found an 18-year-old male victim inside the food court, suffering from a stab wound to the upper torso. Arcadia Fire Department Paramedics treated the victim at the scene and transported him to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he later succumbed to the injury. In respect for the family and pending all notifications, the name of the victim is not being released at this time.

Preliminary investigation found the victim had been parked to the rear of the location, waiting for an acquaintance working at the food court. Two males, who work at a different restaurant inside the food court, walked out the rear of the location and at some point became involved in a verbal altercation with the victim and another male. The argument ceased when one of the two males from inside pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim. The victim ran toward the food court and collapsed inside. The two suspects made their way back into the closed restaurant, away from the victim’s friends. Officers arrived on scene shortly thereafter, detained all parties, and rendered aid to the victim.

Witnesses identified the two male suspects involved and they were ultimately arrested at the scene. A knife, believed to be the weapon used, was found inside The Money Pot Restaurant where the suspects are employed. The restaurant and food court were closed at the time of the incident.

Arrested and booked on murder charges at the Arcadia City Jail were Juan Lorenzo, age 31, and Jose Antonio Cruz Ramirez, age 26, both from San Gabriel. Their bail is set at $1,000,000.00.

The investigation is continuing by Arcadia Police Department Detectives. Anyone with information is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5150. You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477).


Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Tom Le Veque, Lieutenant

Weekly Tip - Last Minute Shopping? Think about Personal Safety!

Our personal safety is something that we should always be considering, especially when out in public. The shopping season is in full swing and our shopping centers will be packed this weekend. Here are some tips and thoughts on steps you can take to help maintain your personal safety:

•Awareness & Avoidance - Not enough can be said for being aware of your surroundings. It does not matter where you are, at home, out shopping, driving, at the park, DO NOT settle into a fog and become so involved in your task that you fail to look around. Scan the area before you head out. Look around and see what potential threats may be looming. Are there suspicious persons parked by your car? Is there a car approaching slowly from behind? If you see something that makes you suspicious or uncomfortable, walk away, return to the store, and report the activity and your observations to security or store staff.

•Be a Good Witness - If you see a crime or fall victim, be the best witness you can be. Without good suspect descriptions it is difficult for police to conduct follow-up, apprehend criminals, and hopefully, help prevent others from becoming future victims. Basic physical descriptions such as hair color and style, height, weight and build, clothing color and type, suspect vehicle description and license plate, direction of travel, are all things that a responding police officer will ask for. Try and make note of anything specific to the suspect such as tattoos, scars, piercings or perhaps damage in a particular location on a suspect vehicle.

•Consider the Stakes - If this is a property crime and you are in fear for your safety, give up the purse, the wallet, the car. Your personal well-being is much more valuable than your property. Property can be replaced, you can't.

•Make a Scene! - Drawing attention to yourself, and more importantly, to the suspect, can not only deter the crime but also bring forward other witnesses and possibly help. Yell, scream, use a whistle, run away...

•Don't be a Target - Walk with a purpose and look about surveying your surroundings. Carry your keys and whistle in your hand, not buried in your purse. This allows you to immediately open your vehicle, set off your car alarm if needed, or perhaps use the keys to slash at your attacker if you are being physically assaulted. Keep your purse tucked under your shoulder, not dangling down or sitting unattended in a cart.

Query the topic of personal safety on-line. There are many quality sites that offer additional advice and products that can bolster your safety. Best overall advice...Awareness and Avoidance!







Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Business Alert - Phony Fire Inspectors

In November, The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office issued a "Consumer Alert" regarding persons posing as Fire Inspectors targeting business locations throughout the State and County.  The Arcadia Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, forwarded this information to the community on several platforms, like that of Nixle and Facebook.

Local businesses in Arcadia were targeted last week, primarily in the downtown area, and we would like to remind our business community to be alert for this type of scam.

In the Arcadia incidents, a man dressed in a blue uniform or jumpsuit with the name "AMG" or "AMG Fire Service" on the clothing, entered the businesses and said he was there to inspect the fire sprinkler system on behalf of the Arcadia Fire Department.  The phony inspector was unable to provide business cards or legitimate contact information at the time and was sent away from the business.  In another incident, the suspect performed an "inspection" and alleged violations to the employee.  The business received a bill in the mail the following day for the alleged inspection service.  The phony inspector was described as a light-skinned male, 6'00"/200 lbs, dark hair, 40-60 years old.

Businesses are encouraged to remain alert for this type of scam and to call the police should anyone other than a uniformed, Arcadia Fire Department employee, make any attempt to perform inspections or other related service.  Our AFD personnel are uniformed, carry identification, and can be verified by calling AFD at (626)574-5100.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5150.  You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.

Monday, December 19, 2011

North End Burglary Similarities for December

(Burglary December 1 - 18, 2011)
There have been five reported residential burglaries occurring north of the IS 210 Freeway since December 1, 2011.  Four of the five burglary reports list a forced open rear door or window as the point of entry.  Loss has ranged from electronic equipment, to cash and jewelry, and even safes.  With the holidays approaching, more residents may be home during the day and we encourage you to keep an eye out for suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhoods.  As you can see from the screenshot from CrimeMapping, residential burglaries near Foothill Boulevard have also occurred in the Pasadena and Monrovia areas.

If you have any information that may assist in these investigations, please call the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5150. You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by clicking on the "Submit a Tip" button on the APD Blog side bar.



2011 APD Officer & Civilian Employee of the Year



The Arcadia Police Department and the Arcadia Police Officers' Association (APOA) recently honored two of their own, awarding the Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year Awards. Acting Lieutenant Tom Le Veque was presented the 2011 Police Officer of the Year Award at the APOA Christmas Party and Senior Management Analyst Nancy Chik was presented the 2011 Civilian Employee of the Year Award at the Chief's Annual Christmas Breakfast. Ironically, in 2006, both Tom and Nancy were recipients of these same respective awards under then Police Chief Bob Sanderson. Lieutenant Le Veque is pictured above with APOA President, Officer John Jurman, and Senior Management Analyst Chik is pictured above with Chief Bob Guthrie.

Acting Lieutenant Tom Le Veque lateralled to APD in 1987 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1991. For the last twenty years, Tom has served as a Sergeant in various assignments and was recently asked to step into a temporary role as the Detective Bureau Commander. As an ancillary duty, Tom coordinates the APD social media presence, much of which has been done on his own time. APD has been recognized locally, and at the State and National levels, as an early adopter and leader of social media in law enforcement, much to the credit of Lieutenant Le Veque. Tom is commended for his work and dedication in this evolving field within law enforcement!

Senior Management Analyst Nancy Chik has been with the Department for fifteen years, serving as an Analyst through 2008 when she was promoted to Senior Management Analyst. Nancy has authored and coordinated numerous grants on behalf of APD and helps to manage our budget on a daily basis. Over the course of this past year, Nancy was called upon to work closely with Chief Bob Guthrie after both Police Chief Bob Sanderson and Captain Gene Gioia retired in early 2011. It takes a great deal of behind the scenes work to keep our agency up to date with budgets, reports to various entities, grant requirements, and Nancy played a vital role in assisting Chief Guthrie in this regard. Senior Management Analyst Chik is commended for her dedication and outstanding work this past year!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Overnight Parking Enforcement Suspended for Holidays

Overnight parking enforcement will be suspended for the holidays, effective Sunday, December 18, 2011, through Sunday, January 8, 2012.  You will not need a permit to park on the street overnight during this period.  Enforcement will resume on Sunday night - Monday morning, January 9, 2012.

All other City and State parking regulations remain in effect and will be enforced.

Annual Chief's Christmas Breakfast




Chief Bob Guthrie carried out a long standing Arcadia Police Department tradition this morning, hosting the Chief's Annual Christmas Breakfast. The breakfast is a great event where current and former members of APD can gather to share memories and a meal prepared by the Chief and fellow police management staff. In addition to the APD family, all City employees and City staff are invited to attend, along with our elected officials.

There was a great turnout today with well over 200 plates served. A special thanks to Vons, Nichol's Egg Ranch, and Papa Cantella's for the generous donations of food for the event.

Traffic Bureau Holiday Message & DUI Checkpoint Info

The Arcadia Police Department Traffic Bureau reminds you to celebrate responsibly this holiday season and encourages the use of sober designated drivers.  More deaths and injuries are caused by impaired drivers than any other violent crimes, including hand guns and knives, combined. 

Officers will be conducting DUI patrols during the next two weekends, specifically looking for impaired drivers.  We will also hold DUI checkpoints at several locations within the City during the evening hours on Wednesday, December 21, 2011.   Remember, the solution begins with you!  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Weekly Activity Highlights for December 4 - 10, 2011

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_12-4.pdf

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Weekly Tip - Christmas Tree Safety


Please remember to regularly water your fresh Christmas trees.  This video is a good demonstration of how quickly a dried tree can catch on fire and burn.  Other recommendations include: keeping all heat sources away from your tree, choose a fresh tree with green needles that don't fall off when pulled, look for labels indicating the tree has been treated with fire retardant, and use lights designed for indoor use that are in good working order.

Visit the National Fire Protection Association  or the Red Cross Holiday Home Fire Safety site for tips and additional information on fire safety during the holidays.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Don't Fall Victim to a Distraction Burglary

Last Wednesday, December 7, 2011, the Arcadia Police Department received two reports of ruse or distraction burglaries: one occurring in the 700 block of South Golden West Avenue, and the second, in the 400 block of Fairview Avenue.  Both crimes were committed within about 30 minutes of each other, at 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., occurred in close proximity, and the circumstances of each event were similar.

In each occurrence, elderly victims were approached outside of their residence by a lone male who said they needed to inspect the water flow inside the home.  The victims allowed the male suspect to enter the home and move freely about the residence, unattended.  The suspect told the victims he worked for either a private water company and/or for a homeowners association.  Jewelry was taken in both burglaries.

The male suspect was described as either White or Hispanic, 40 years old, 6'-00", stocky or muscular build, and he was wearing a brown jacket and gray pants in one of the burglaries.

Anytime someone approaches you or comes to your residence, obtain identification and confirm their identity. There are legitimate times when a City employee, gas, electric, telephone, or other service worker may require entrance to your exterior property. These persons should be in some form of uniform, have identification, and most likely a marked vehicle. Unless you placed the service call, do not allow anyone access to your home. If the person is suspicious or uncooperative, immediately call the police. Anyone with information should call APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Report Private Property Windstorm Damage

211 LA County
From the City of Arcadia:



ARCADIANS ARE URGED TO REPORT PRIVATE STORM DAMAGE IN EFFORT TO OBTAIN STATE AND FEDERAL EMERGENCY FINANCIAL HELP

While City and private crews continue to work on windstorm recovery, Arcadia and other cities are tallying the public cost of the early December hurricane-force windstorm.  Arcadia’s costs are expected to be in the millions of dollars.

State and Federal emergency agencies could help mitigate the cost of the windstorm, but only if they have accurate damage totals.  City and County Officials are urging home and business owners to report their storm-related costs so that local governments can more accurately demonstrate the need for disaster aid.  By reporting damage to property, residents and business owners can help the County better assess the impact the winds had on local communities.

Damage reports and cost estimates that are given to the County will be forwarded to the State.  It is important that the State and Federal government have an accurate sense of the true cost of this emergency to local governments and private property owners and businesses in order to follow up with disaster relief funding.

Residents should report their storm-related costs to the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, which is tallying estimates countywide.  Visit www.211la.org<http://www.211la.org> to submit your information online, or call 211.  If you have any questions about this reporting, please call the Arcadia Fire Department at 574-5100.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Windstorm Debris Removal Program

The City of Arcadia has issued a bulletin regarding Windstorm Debris Removal:

"The next phase of windstorm clean-up will begin on Saturday, December 10 at 7:00am.  Streets will be 
systematically cleared by City and contract crews with one team starting in the south part of town and one in 
the north, working toward the middle.  Crews will work from right-of-way to right-of-way for 12 hours a day.   
Once your street has been cleared, any additional debris is the property owner’s responsibility; the City will no 
longer remove debris from the right-of-way.
   
Please be aware that property owners are responsible for the removal and proper disposal of their debris and 
greenwaste..."

Please visit the following link for the complete bulletin, including information on green waste drop-off locations in town between December 9 - 19, 2011.

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/windstorm_debris_removal_plan_with_seal.pdf


Weekly Activity Highlights for November 27 - December 3, 2011

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_11-27.pdf

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Weekly Tip - Preparing for a Power Outage

This post may be a tad late for many of us, considering the events of this past week, but it is never too early to plan for future emergencies!  Most power outages are for relatively short periods of time and have minimal impact on our lives.  But even a power outage lasting a few hours can cause a great deal of disruption in our activity.  The Red Cross has developed a Power Outage Checklist with excellent advice and steps to take not only during an outage, but steps to take ahead of time to prepare for an outage.  Take a look at the Red Cross Power Outage Checklist today!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Warming Center Open till Midnight at Community Center

Below is the latest update from the City regarding the severe wind event.  Please make note of the entire update, but in particular, overnight parking enforcement is suspended through the evening of December 9th, and the Community Center will be open till midnight tonight as a "Warming Center."


Update on Arcadia Windstorm Recovery


Posted Date: 12/5/2011

December 5 @ 2:42pm - Work on windstorm clean-up continues. The damage in Arcadia is substantial. The City’s Emergency Operations Center was opened early December 1 and a “State of Emergency” has been declared. While much progress has been made in clearing major streets for travel, it will take a considerable amount of time to address all of the power line, tree and traffic signal problems.

The first step once the winds hit last week was to assess the damage citywide and then to get to work on the most critical problems, handling emergency and public safety issues first, followed by removal and clean-up. The Public Works Services Department, along with crews from other government agencies and private companies worked over the weekend and will continue to work on clean-up and restoration, again on a priority basis.

The City is aware that there are still pockets of Arcadia without power. We are in contact with Southern California Edison and have impressed upon them the need to not only restore the power as quickly as possible, but also to provide us and their customers with information about when power is expected to return. If you or someone you know is without electricity and in need of a warm place to stay for a while, or you need to charge cell phones or computers, the Arcadia Community Center will be open tonight (December 5) until midnight as a warming center.

Please be advised that Waste Management will conduct normal trash service on Wednesday, December 7, as long as the bins can be accessed by their vehicles. Your trash, recycling and greenwaste bins should be placed in their usual location. Waste Management will not pick up tree limbs and debris. Removal and clearing of trees not in the public right-of-way is the responsibility of the property owner. If you are hiring a private company to cut or remove a tree, make sure the company is licensed and that they remove all of the debris.

Enforcement of City of Arcadia overnight parking regulations is suspended through the evening of December 9.

Please be aware that fallen power lines are very dangerous. Call 911 to report the line and do not touch it under any circumstances.

There are seven dark intersections in Arcadia at this time. These intersections should be treated as a “four-way” stop.

Wilderness Park is closed until further notice.

Emergency situations should always be reported to 911. Non-emergency calls and service requests should be directed to (626) 256-6554 or (626) 256-6650.







Latest Wind Event Update - Sunday, Dec 4, 4:00 PM

Below is the latest News Release update from the City of Arcadia Public Works Department.  You can access updates from this past weekend on either the APD Nixle page or Facebook page.


NEWS RELEASE UPDATE


Power Restoration and Street Clearance Efforts Ongoing; Numerous Tree, Debris and Power Line Hazards Remain in Arcadia

December 4, 2011

4:00 p.m.


STATUS

City staff and outside crews have substantially cleared major streets for travel, with the exception of Colorado Blvd. from Michillinda through to Santa Anita Avenue. Crews continue to work diligently to clear local streets of blockages and hazards throughout the community. The primary focus remains public safety and access throughout the City. Crews will transition to local street clearance as soon as they can.

To date, no major injuries have been reported. All but 9 signalized intersections have been restored. Temporary stop signs have been placed at the signalized intersections that are not currently working.

Mutual Aid has been requested from Los Angeles County to assist with the clearance/clean up efforts.

Please Be Cautious. Numerous hazards from fallen trees, power lines and debris still exist due to the severe winds. Please be aware of your surroundings and be extra cautious when driving to avoid injury or accident.

Remember to dial 911 for emergencies only. All non-emergency calls or request for service calls should be directed to Public Works Services Department at (626) 256-6554 or (626) 256-6650. During evening hours, please contact the Police Department Dispatch at (626) 574-5123. Please be patient as staff has been receiving a very large volume of calls and requests. Public Works is coordinating with Edison and other agencies as necessary and is working throughout the community.

Below are the most recent updates on the following topics:

Southern CA Edison – Power

Southern CA Edison is still working on power restoration. Power has been restored in areas throughout the City throughout the day, but many Arcadians are still without power. According to Edison, Arcadia and Temple City were hit the hardest so full service in Arcadia may not be restored until Monday, December 5, 2011. For more information and status reports from Edison, please call (800) 655-4555.

The City appreciates the community’s patience and support during these difficult circumstances. We also encourage you to communicate with and check on your neighbors who might have unmet needs due to lack of power.

If you encounter a downed power line – DO NOT TOUCH the line! Notify authorities immediately. A downed line or dangling wire is dangerous — even if it appears not to be live. Please be aware that once areas are re-energized, lines may become live.

Trees/Debris Removal and Incident Statistics

To date, Public Works has received the following reported incidents:

• 475 – 500 trees down

• 129 downed wires

• 61 structures damaged

• 28 vehicles damaged

Please remember that removal and clearing of trees that are not in the public right-of-way is the responsibility of the owner. If you do consider hiring private companies/vendors to cut or remove trees, please ensure they are licensed and bonded companies and that they remove all debris from the property.

Public Works Services Staff will take care of removing and clearing City-owned trees within public right-of-way and are moving as quickly as they can in taking care of this issue. Please be aware that City crews cannot remove trees or debris in the right-of-way if power lines are involved. Edison crews must first ensure it is safe to perform removal services.

Street Closures

The following street segments still remain closed:

• W/B Colorado at Santa Anita

• Longden closed between Holly and Baldwin

• Colorado Place between Colorado Bl and Huntington (north bound only)

• The 1100 blk. S. 5th

• La Cadena between Huntington and Fairview

Event/Facility Updates

• The Arcadia Unified School District reports that all schools will be back in session Monday, December 5, 2011, with the exception of Longley Way and Highland Oaks elementary schools. Please see the AUSD website www.ausd.net for additional updates.

• The Community Center will be open on Monday, December 5, 2011.

• Wilderness Park is closed until further notice.

• Arcadia Public Library is closed until further notice.

• The County Arboretum and Park is closed until further notice.


By: Jason Kruckeberg, Assistant City Manager

Friday, December 2, 2011

Final Planned News Release re Wind Event, Friday, December 2, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

From the City of Arcadia Public Works Department:

NEWS RELEASE UPDATE


Power Outages and Numerous Tree and Debris Hazards RemainThroughout Arcadia

December 2, 2011

5:00 p.m.


STATUS


City staff and outside crews continue to work diligently to clear major streets of trees and debris. The primary focus is public safety and access throughout the City. Crews will be transitioning to local streets as they are available to provide clear access.

No injuries have been reported and traffic signals are in the process of being restored.

Please Be Cautious. Numerous hazards from fallen trees, power lines and debris still exist due to yesterday’s severe winds. Please be aware of your surroundings and be extra cautious when driving to avoid injury or accident.

Treat any signals that are “blacked out” or not working as a four-way stop sign and be alert to your surroundings.

Remember to dial 911 for emergencies only. All non-emergency calls or request for service calls should be directed to Public Works Services Department at (626) 256-6554 or (626) 256-6650. For evening hours, please contact the Police Department Dispatch at (626) 574-5123. Please be patient as staff has been receiving a very large volume of calls and requests. Public Works is coordinating with Edison and other agencies as necessary and is working throughout the community.

Below are the most recent updates on the following topics:


Southern CA Edison - Power

Southern CA Edison is still working on power restoration. Edison crews and additional resources are being staged at Santa Anita Park and a command center has been established there. Edison is currently working on a local substation that energizes a substantial part of Arcadia. They are also working throughout the region. Staff has been working continuously with Edison but has not received notification when all power will be restored or how it will be phased. We have received no more recent information since the 1:00 PM Press Release.

If you encounter a downed power line – DO NOT TOUCH the line! Notify authorities immediately. A downed line or dangling wire is dangerous — even if it appears not to be live. Please be aware that once areas are re-energized, lines may become live.

Questions and status reports from Edison can be obtained by calling (800) 655-4555.

Trees/Debris Removal

Please remember that removal and clearing of trees that are not in the public right-of-way is the responsibility of the owner. Public Works Services Staff will take care of removing and clearing City-owned trees within public right-of-way and are moving as quickly as they can in taking care of this issue. If you do consider hiring private companies/vendors to cut or remove trees, please ensure they are licensed and bonded companies.

Street Closures

The following street segments remain closed:

- W/B Colorado at Santa Anita

- W/B Camino Real at El Monte

- Longden closed between El Monte and Holly

- Colorado Place closed between Colorado Bl and Huntington

- 200 blk. W. Leroy & 1100 blk. S. 5th due to wires down


Event/Facility Updates

Breakfast with Santa and the Snowfest will still take place this weekend. Event parking will be at the Santa Anita Race Track, Gate 5, Huntington Drive and Colorado Place. Free shuttle is available. For updates on recreation programs, please call (626) 574-5113.

Wilderness Park is closed until further notice.

The County Arboretum is closed until further notice.

Westfield Santa Anita and Circus Vargas are open.

By: Jason Kruckeberg, Assistant City Manager

Check Their License!

In light of the wind storm yesterday, the Arcadia Police Department would like to remind you to Check Their License!  You may be looking for someone to conduct roof repair, tree work, or debris clearing, and it is important to make sure the company or individual you are hiring is licensed and insured.  Here is a link to a previous post on the topic, offering tips and information from the State Contractor's Board.

No doubt that residents may be approached for offers from solicitors to perform service - Check Their License!  You can report unwanted solicitors at your door to APD at 626-574-5150.  Most contractors and businesses are legitimate and will perform work to your satisfaction.  However, following events like this, there may also be less scrupulous persons looking to take advantage of you.

Wind Storm Related Information Sources from the City

The City of Arcadia and the Arcadia Police Department have many online and mobile communication platforms in order to share information related to yesterday's severe wind event:
Periodic News Releases are being sent out to local media along with information being posted via these platforms.  Remember to charge your mobile device when you can until all power is restored.  Use of these platforms is not just limited to emergency events like the wind storm.  Please engage with us throughout the year! 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

News Release: City of Arcadia reference Severe Wind Event


NEWS RELEASE
Severe Wind Incident Causing Power Outages and Numerous Hazards


December 1, 2011

9 a.m.


The City of Arcadia and surrounding communities are experiencing extremely high winds. The winds are causing power outages throughout the community, along with downed trees, branches, and power lines. The City is currently responding to numerous calls and reports of damage as it comes through.

There is a partial activation of the City of Arcadia Emergency Operations Center and various City Departments are working together to address incidents associated with this wind event.

This is a Public Works Services event with the primary focus of clearing major streets such as Huntington, Baldwin, and Santa Anita. Many roadways are blocked or restricted and City crews are working to clear obstructions as soon as possible.

Southern California Edison is aware of the power outages and is working to restore power.

If you encounter a downed power line – DO NOT TOUCH the line! Notify authorities immediately.

Southern California Edison can be reached at (800) 611-1911 to report extended power outages.

Remember to dial 911 for emergencies only. All other service calls for service should be directed to our Public Works Services Department phone line at (626) 256-6554 or (626) 256-6650.

All Arcadia Unified public schools will be closed today December 1, 2011. Schools are closed as a precautionary measure due to potential hazards at campus locations and road closures or hazards.

Due to numerous roadway hazards, the City is asking everyone to remain off the roadways this morning, if at all possible. If you must travel, allow plenty of extra time and be alert to hazards. Treat any signals that are “blacked out” or not working as a four-way stop sign.

The City will provide another press release update as we have additional information.


By: Jason Kruckeberg, Assistant City Manager

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Weekly Activity Highlights for November 20 - 26, 2011

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/10443830112011weekly_11-20.pdf

Weekly Tip - Thieves Shop in Parking Lots

Vehicle burglaries are reported to local police throughout the year. However, during the holiday season, mall parking lots and parking structures are packed with vehicles that are sometimes stuffed with presents and packages. Just like presents under your family Christmas tree being an invite for a child's curiosity, your car filled with packages is an invitation for theft and auto burglary. Here are some tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim this holiday season:

•Park in well lighted areas.
•Lock your vehicle and set your alarm.
•If you must leave packages in your car, keep them out of sight. Some stores and malls offer to hold your packages while you shop. Pick all of them up when you are done shopping.
•Do NOT make multiple trips to your vehicle. Thieves watch and wait in parking lots targeting persons leaving items in their cars.
•Be aware of your surroundings! Look about and see who is around when you park.

Monday, November 28, 2011

News Release: Residential Burglary & Pursuit Lead to Arrests


Incident:                                      Residential Burglary and Vehicle Pursuit

Date and Time of Release             November 28, 2011 5:00 PM

On Monday November 28, 2011at approximately 12:54 PM, Arcadia Police Officers observed a male Hispanic exiting a side gate from a residence in the 800 Blk of Victoria Dr.  The male was carrying some property, concealed under his jacket, as he ran to an awaiting vehicle being driven by another suspect.  The male got into the front passenger seat and the vehicle drove away from the residence.  Arcadia Police Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over when the vehicle sped up and failed to yield.

The suspects led police on a chase through the streets of Arcadia, San Gabriel, and Rosemead reaching speeds up to 70 miles per hour.  The suspects ended up crashing into another vehicle in the City of Rosemead.  All three suspects were apprehended immediately after the crash.  No injuries were sustained by officers or the suspects. The driver of the other involved vehicle in the crash was transported to a local hospital with chest pains as a precautionary measure.

Stolen property from the residence was recovered from one of the suspect’s person as well as from inside of the suspect vehicle.

Arrested were:

  1. Raymond Jurado, male Hispanic, 42 yrs old from Baldwin Park, $50 k bail
  2. David Rojas, male Hispanic, 23 yrs old from El Monte, $100k bail
  3. Maribel Sanchez, female Hispanic, 26 yrs old from Baldwin Park, $105k bail

The suspects are held at the Arcadia Police Department Jail charged with residential burglary and felony evading of a police officer.

For any questions or concerns, contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626/574-5150.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police


By:  Lieutenant Mike Castro

Refer Case # 11-5800

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

The Arcadia Police Department wishes everyone the best on this Thanksgiving 2011! Enjoy a safe holiday with family and friends. And, a special thanks to all the public safety members at work today - be safe, and know that we are thankful for all of you!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Weekly Activity Highlights for November 13 - 19, 2011

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_11-13.pdf

Weekly Tip - Tis the Season...Don't Become a Victim

With "Black Friday" upon us, tis the season for thieves to be looking for an easy target. Shoppers everywhere will be crowding stores and check-out counters in search of grabbing bargains and deals. But just as you may be shopping for a gift, the bad guys (and gals) may be shopping for your wallet, credit & debit cards, car keys, or your recently purchased treasures. What can you do to help protect yourself?

Start by shopping smart. Always be aware of your surroundings and who is near you. Don't become so engrossed in your shopping or check-out that you fail to see the person sliding up next to you or your cart. Never leave your purse or purchased items unattended in a cart, on a counter, or at a table...not even for "just a minute." Thieves will look for easy targets and persons who may be inattentive to their belongings. That open purse or wallet next to you while you are making your purchase is an invitation for theft.

Be mindful of your personal space. If you are "bumped" on the side or someone just happens to slide up close to you, check your wallet or purse and make sure that you have not become the target of a thief.

Watch your cards! Credit, debit, charge cards are easily "skimmed" by use of portable devices meant to quickly capture your card information. Your information can be later transferred to a magnetic strip on a different card and used for theft. The employee should be sliding your card right in front of you. If there is a need to move to a different register, go with them.

Keep an eye on your accounts. Check your balances and statements often. Watch for any unauthorized activity and report it immediately if discovered.

Don't leave valuable items in your vehicle. Do your best not to use your car as a storage compartment. Thieves will target persons who load up their vehicle and then walk away. Keep any items out of plain sight.

Tis the season for celebrations, not for becoming the unfortunate victim of theft. Do what you can to help prevent a crime before it happens! Don't become a victim!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Introducing Social Media to our Emergency Operations Center

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the City of Arcadia was activated during a mock earthquake drill on Thursday, October 20, 2011. The drill was conducted in conjunction with the Great California ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake and preparedness drill. Participation in this type of drill is not new for the Arcadia Police Department; however, this was the first time that social media monitoring was introduced to the event.

In the event of a true emergency or disaster, it is likely there will be interruptions in traditional communications platforms, such as landline phones and even cellular service. As evidenced by actions after the Haiti and Christchurch earthquakes, community members may very well turn to alternative means of attempting to communicate with public safety and other emergency response organizations. Social media platforms, like Twitter, were widely used by those seeking aid when conventional phone lines did not work. By introducing social media platforms to our EOC operations, the Arcadia Police Department can offer our community alternative access to public safety services during a disaster or large scale emergency. This social media monitoring is in no way meant to replace 9-1-1 or standard methods of reporting to public safety, but rather, to enhance our capabilities to better serve our community.

Current staffing levels and equipment do not allow day-to-day monitoring of social media platforms by our department. This new implementation of potential monitoring will only be used during full-scale activations of our EOC. The primary mission of social media use by the Arcadia Police Department remains community engagement and information sharing, not as an immediate response means of communication. Always dial 9-1-1 to report emergencies or in-progress calls for service.

During this drill, personnel monitored two primary social media platforms: Facebook and Twitter. The Arcadia Police Department accounts on each platform were monitored, along with keyword searches for terms associated with the City of Arcadia and our agency. Other keywords dealing with community specific sites, such as Methodist Hospital, the IS 210 Freeway, and Santa Anita, were monitored and queried. Additional methods and tools were utilized for monitoring Internet traffic to include, “geo-tagged” photos and messages within our community.

The intent of this proactive social media monitoring drill was to better prepare our personnel for our response to disasters or emergencies. Although the social media engagement on behalf of our agency started a little over two years ago, this is the first application within emergency management. Through our presence online, we have been able to build a base of users within and around our community before the need arises. Some of the many benefits to social media participation within emergency management may include: the ability to proactively listen and potentially see problems before they are reported to staff, potential for additional “eyes” on a problem, the ability to assess and verify incoming information, influence rumor control, provide information such as shelters or evacuation points, and to act as an alternative reporting and communications venue.

And, it is not just social media that we have added to our tool kit in the EOC. The Arcadia Police Department also uses the instant messaging service, Nixle, to deliver messages direct to our community and beyond. Nixle allows the department to send emergency, advisory or community alert messages to the subscriber via text (SMS) and/or email. Unlike social media, this form of instant messaging is only for outbound communication, but nonetheless, a valuable tool. Nixle will be used in addition to our social media, as well as the “Alert LA County” call-back program, which targets primarily landline phones within a geographic area.

Introduction of these services to our Emergency Operations Center will only enhance and improve our service delivery in a disaster or large scale emergency. It is imperative to remember though, that public safety resources will be taxed when disaster strikes. Daily services and response times will be “out the window,” and our community must be prepared to assist themselves and one another, quite possibly without public safety assistance. Please take the time to visit online resources, such as the American Red Cross and ShakeOut, and make use of the resource information they provide.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: Street Closures for 58th Annual Festival of Bands Parade



NEWS RELEASE

STREET CLOSURES FOR 58TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF BANDS PARADE

The City of Arcadia is hosting the 58th Annual Festival of Bands Parade on Saturday, November 19, 2011.  Forty high school bands will compete in this prestigious event.  There will be a number of street closures associated with the event that may affect vehicular travel.  The parade will take place on Baldwin Avenue and Duarte Road in Arcadia on Saturday, November 19, 2011.  Street closures will be as follows:

q  Baldwin Avenue between Huntington Drive and Naomi Avenue – CLOSED for vehicular traffic from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

q  Duarte Road between Golden West and El Monte Avenue – CLOSED of vehicular traffic from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

q  Campus Drive between Santa Anita Avenue and Holly Avenue – CLOSED from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Residents living south of Huntington Drive, north of Duarte Road, east of Baldwin Ave, and west of Holly Ave are asked to use the intersection of La Cadena and Huntington Drive as the primary entrance and exit from the area.  Other residents will be allowed into the surrounding areas with proof of residency. 

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police



By:      Bob Anderson, Lieutenant
            (626) 574-5156

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Congrats to our Promotees!

Four members of the Arcadia Police Department took their ceremonial oath yesterday during a promotional ceremony held in a packed Council Chambers at Arcadia City Hall. Chief Bob Guthrie officiated at the event, with Mayor Gary Kovacic, Mayor Pro-tem Bob Harbicht, City Manager Don Penman, and well over a hundred family, friends, co-workers, and other members of local law enforcement, in attendance. Each of the promotions was made formal on November 6, 2011, and the ceremony was to celebrate and acknowledge our personnel publically.

Chief Guthrie proudly introduced newly appointed Captains Paul Foley and Larry Goodman, along with Lieutenant Mike Castro and Sergeant John Bonomo. City Clerk Jim Barrows lead the four in the swearing-in and City Manager Don Penman presented each with their new badge. Chief Guthrie spoke about each promotee and their careers, inviting family members to participate in a traditional badge pinning.

Captain Paul Foley began his career with APD as a Police Reserve Officer in 1991. Paul became a regular sworn member of the department in 1994, served as a Field Training Officer and Traffic Detective, and was promoted to Sergeant in 2002. Paul promoted to Lieutenant in 2006 and will now serve as the Uniform Services Division Commander, as Captain.

Captain Larry Goodman began his career as an APD Police Cadet in 1983 and became a Police Officer in 1986. Larry served as a Traffic Officer, Juvenile Detective, and worked as a Community Services Officer. He promoted to Sergeant in 1995 and to Lieutenant in 2007. Captain Goodman is now the Administrative Division Commander.

Lieutenant Mike Castro began his career as a Police Cadet in 1988 here at APD. Mike became a Police Officer in 1991 and worked assignments as a Field Training Officer, Traffic Officer, Fraud Detective, and Community Services. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2008. Lieutenant Castro is currently a Patrol Watch Commander.

Sergeant John Bonomo, like Captain Goodman and Lieutenant Castro, also served as an APD Police Cadet, being hired in 1996. John became a Police Officer in 1999 and worked as a Field Training Officer, Gang Detective, and Community Service Officer. Sergeant Bonomo is now working as a Field Supervisor in Patrol.

This is but a brief look at four great careers and accomplishments of these men. Please join us in congratulating Captain Paul Foley, Captain Larry Goodman, Lieutenant Mike Castro, and Sergeant John Bonomo!

(Pictured left to right are: Capt. Foley, Lt. Castro, Chief Guthrie, Capt. Goodman, & Sgt. Bonomo)

Weekly Activity Highlights for November 6 - 12, 2011

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_11-6.pdf

Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

Some excellent "Holiday Crime Prevention" tips from our partners at Newport Beach Police Department!

Weekly Tip - Protecting Your Laptop

Who does not own a laptop computer? Students, professionals, the "tweeting" mom, just about everyone these days is using a portable computer to communicate and manage their lives. We take them with us and many times, persons are victimized by thieves stealing the laptop. Laptops are stolen from vehicles, dorm rooms, tables in a coffee shop, a hotel lobby, you name it. What can you do to help recover your property? There are companies that offer tracking services to assist in the recovery of stolen computers, both that are fee based and some free. Query "recovering a stolen laptop" or "laptop tracking" online and find the option that is best for you.

The best defense is obviously prevention. Don't give thieves the opportunity to take your property. However, this type of product is like an insurance policy and can possibly help law enforcement in recovering your property.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Top Sniper" Award in Pasadena Police SWAT Competition


The Pasadena Police Department held their inaugural SWAT Competition at the Burro Canyon Shooting Range on October 25, 2011.  Ten SWAT teams competed in the event which raised $5,000 for the South Pasadena Police Department Officer Kevin Sandoval Scholarship Fund.  Officer Sandoval, who suffered from an unrelated medical condition, collapsed and died while training at Burro Canyon with his agency earlier this year, in June.  Participants, family, friends, and members of the South Pasadena Police Department gathered for a ceremony honoring Officer Sandoval before the competition.

Team members competed in a variety of tactical courses, including shoot courses with movement and physical activity, a rescue drill, sniper courses, and other drills associated with a tactical mission.  Our APD sniper team took home the award for "Top Sniper".  The SWAT team from Long Beach Police Department took overall honors in the competition.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Honoring Those Who Served - Veterans Day 2011


We salute and give thanks to those who have served our Nation. And, a special nod of gratitude to those members of the Arcadia Police Department, past and present, who have committed themselves not only the City of Arcadia, but to our Nation as well, in military service.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Weekly Activity Highlights for October 30 - November 5, 2011

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_10-30.pdf

Weekly Tip - Prevent Parcel Theft

Have you ordered items over the phone, via the Internet, or by mail? Chances are that those packages will be delivered straight to your front porch. The majority of deliveries do not require a signature and are generally left at your door, even if no one is home to accept them. We are quickly approaching the time of year that brings out those looking for a crime of opportunity, as well as those thieves that actually target your delivery. Thieves will follow or watch for the UPS, Fed Ex, US Mail, or other delivery trucks and then target a home after a delivery is made.

Here are some suggestions for helping to prevent a theft of your packages:
  • If possible, use your workplace as the shipping address.
  • Track your shipments by phone or online so that you know what day they should arrive.
  • Ask your neighbor to watch for your delivery and then hold the items until you arrive home.
  • Keep an eye on your neighborhood and report suspicious persons or vehicles in the area.
  • Request a signature delivery option if available, or request the shipment be held at the shipping facility such as a UPS office.
  • Check with "mailbox" businesses in your town and see if they will accept shipment of your item for a fee.
  • If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and your local police.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Weekly Tip - Personal Safety

Our personal safety is something that we should always be considering, especially when out in public.  The shopping season is quickly approaching and you may be out and about on a more frequent basis.  Here are some tips and thoughts on steps you can take to help maintain your personal safety:

Awareness & Avoidance - Not enough can be said for being aware of your surroundings. It does not matter where you are, at home, out shopping, driving, at the park, DO NOT settle into a fog and become so involved in your task that you fail to look around. Scan the area before you head out. Look around and see what potential threats may be looming. Are there suspicious persons parked by your car? Is there a car approaching slowly from behind? If you see something that makes you suspicious or uncomfortable, walk away, return to the store, and report the activity and your observations to security or store staff.

 
Be a Good Witness - If you see a crime or fall victim, be the best witness you can be. Without good suspect descriptions it is difficult for police to conduct follow-up, apprehend criminals, and hopefully, help prevent others from becoming future victims. Basic physical descriptions such as hair color and style, height, weight and build, clothing color and type, suspect vehicle description and license plate, direction of travel, are all things that a responding police officer will ask for. Try and make note of anything specific to the suspect such as tattoos, scars, piercings or perhaps damage in a particular location on a suspect vehicle.

Consider the Stakes - If this is a property crime and you are in fear for your safety, give up the purse, the wallet, the car. Your personal well-being is much more valuable than your property. Property can be replaced, you can't.

Make a Scene! - Drawing attention to yourself, and more importantly, to the suspect, can not only deter the crime but also bring forward other witnesses and possibly help. Yell, scream, use a whistle, run away...

Don't be a Target - Walk with a purpose and look about surveying your surroundings. Carry your keys and whistle in your hand, not buried in your purse. This allows you to immediately open your vehicle, set off your car alarm if needed, or perhaps use the keys to slash at your attacker if you are being physically assaulted. Keep your purse tucked under your shoulder, not dangling down or sitting unattended in a cart.

Query the topic of personal safety on-line. There are many quality sites that offer additional advice and products that can bolster your safety. Best overall advice...Awareness and Avoidance!



Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Traffic Safety


This weekend and Halloween night will bring plenty of Halloween gatherings.  Please pay close attention for pedestrians and little goblins running across the street.  Watch out for our kids as they trick or treat on Halloween night from house to house or while getting out of parked cars.
Arcadia, like many communities, has many homes that are decorated and offer "haunted houses" attracting crowds of kids and traffic.  When visiting these locations, enjoy the experience but remember to obey traffic laws and parking regulations.
  • Don't double park or drop off passengers in the roadway.
  • Don't block driveways.
  • Don't park in crosswalks.
  • Don't park in front of fire hydrants.
Please be courteous and respectful of your neighbors.  Drive carefully and be aware of all the children celebrating this weekend!
And always - Don't Drink & Drive!