Thursday, January 26, 2012

Road Closure Info - Funeral Services for Arcadia Fire Captain Andy Troncale

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 30, 2012 at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 370 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA, at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA. To accommodate the expected attendance, associated fire apparatus, and the procession, the following road closures will take place in the City of Arcadia:

Campus Drive

• Closed to all vehicle traffic & parking, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, Holly Avenue to El Monte Avenue. There will be limited access to Campus Drive from Santa Anita Avenue and El Monte Avenue through 8:30 am, to accommodate Arcadia High School (AHS) traffic. Student parking will be allowed on Campus Drive, east of El Monte Avenue, providing the vehicles are parked prior to 8:30 am.

• Closed to all vehicle traffic, 8:30 am to 10:00 am, Holly Avenue to Santa Anita Avenue. AHS may be accessed from Duarte Road during this time.

Santa Anita Avenue

• Closed to all vehicle traffic, 8:30 am to 9:30 am, Duarte Road to Fano Street.

Baldwin Avenue

• Northbound closed to all vehicle traffic, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Huntington Drive to IS 210 Freeway.

Huntington Drive

• Eastbound vehicle traffic toward Campus Drive will be diverted to southbound Holly Avenue, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.

• Westbound left turn lanes at Holly Avenue closed, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.

• Eastbound left turn lanes at Baldwin Avenue, Gate 1, and La Cadena Avenue closed, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Holly Avenue

• Northbound closed to all vehicle traffic, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, Fairview Avenue to Huntington Drive.

Park Avenue

• Closed to all vehicle traffic, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at Campus Drive.

Traffic will be extremely congested during the listed time periods. Use alternate routes or avoid the area during this time, if at all possible. If dropping off a student at AHS, we suggest arriving at least 15 minutes early on Monday. Consider dropping off your student outside the listed closures and allowing them to walk. The closures should not impact pick-up from AHS at the end of the school day.

The road closures and procession will also impact access to the Westfield Shoppingtown between 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. The procession will travel west on Huntington Drive from Holly Avenue, and northbound on Baldwin Avenue. Access to the mall will be limited during the procession.

Alternative routes may include Foothill Boulevard or Duarte Road for east-west traffic, and Rosemead Boulevard or Second Avenue for north-south traffic.

Should you have any questions pertaining to the services or closures, please contact the Arcadia Fire Department Public Information Officer Beth Stogner at 626.574.5112 or the on-duty Battalion Chief at 626.574.5102.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Weekly Activity Highlights for January 15-21, 2012

Weekly Tip - Stay Local, Bike Arcadia!

Did you know that the City of Arcadia has over 28 miles in suggested bicycle riding loops? The different loops tour the City and highlight our parks and neighborhoods. You can download the City of Arcadia brochure, Bicycling in Arcadia, HERE. The brochure offers loop maps, safety tips, rules of the road, and information from the MTA on public transportation and bicycles. The State of California Department of Motor Vehicles website also is a good resource with links to bicycle laws and tips.

Before you ride, visit the Arcadia Police Department and register your bicycles. If you are an Arcadia resident, we will register your bike and record the serial number for free. Should your bicycle ever be stolen, this greatly increases the chances of recovery and makes entering the proper information in the statewide database much easier. Many bicycles are booked into property each year that are never able to be returned to an owner. Don't let it be your bicycle sold at auction.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Passing of Retired Reserve Officer Ed Schreiner

Arcadia lost another hometown friend in recent days - Edwin Schreiner(68), known as Ed to many of us, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2012.  Ed worked with the Arcadia Unified School District in more recent years and was a Reserve Police Officer with the Arcadia Police Department from 1983-1991.  Ed devoted countless volunteer hours within the community, many going to the AHS Marching Band.  Going back many years, some may also remember his generosity in working with the Police Advisory Council for Car Clubs (PACCC) and the annual Youth Safety Run, with Ed's Arco at Santa Anita and Foothill.

Our thoughts and condolences go out the Schreiner family.  Thank you for your service, Ed - you will be missed.

Upcoming DUI Checkpoint

The Arcadia Police Department Traffic Bureau will be holding DUI Checkpoints at multiple locations within the City, during the evening hours on Saturday, January 28, 2012.  We would like to remind everyone of the dangers associated with drinking and driving and encourage the use of designated drivers.  Call 911 to report drunk drivers!

Farewell to Arcadia Fire Captain Andy Troncale

From the Arcadia Firefighters Association website:
With heavy hearts, the officers and members of the Arcadia Firefighters Association Local 3440 and the Arcadia Fire Department announce the line of duty death of Fire Captain Andy Troncale. Following a valiant battle, Andy succumbed to the affects of job related cancer on January 23, 2012 at the age of 52. Andy served the citizens of Arcadia with honor and distinction for nearly 30 years. He retired from the Arcadia Fire Department in 2009 after being diagnosed with advanced stage colon cancer...
Please visit the AFFA page for a tribute to Andy.  Funeral arrangements are detailed on the page with information for agencies planning on attending.

Andy was a true Arcadia hero and will be missed by all.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Troncale family and our partners and friends at the Arcadia Fire Department.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Update: January - March 2012 #LATraffic

Happy Chinese New Year!

Wishing everyone the best on this Chinese New Year.  Visit the Holiday Spot website for a history & more information on this holiday.  2012 is the year of the dragon by the Chinese calendar.  Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Weekly Activity Highlights for January 8 - 14, 2012

Weekly Tip - Shop Smart! Watch your Purse and Phone!

Are you an inviting target for a crime of opportunity?  In the last few weeks, we have had several unrelated reports of stolen purses and phones from victims who were shopping, or simply not paying attention to their valuables.  Phones have been left on sales counters, purses in baby strollers, and wallets on top of coin machines, each have been scenarios for stolen items.

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.

Keep your purse closed.  Don't toss wallets and phones back inside without closing the flap or zipper.  Check your phones and put them back on your belt, in your pocket, or zipped in the purse.  Setting your phone on the counter to continue a sale is an easy way to forget it.

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.

Shop smart and pay attention to who is around you!  Keep an eye on your valuables and don't invite a crime of opportunity!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Weekly Tip - New Child Restraint Law 2012

January 1st traditionally brings new laws to California and this year was no exception.  One law that has a direct impact on many of us is the change in requirements for child restraints in vehicles.  Effective January 1, 2012, children under 8 years of age must be properly buckled in a car seat or booster seat, in the back seat of a vehicle.  There is an "or" clause if the child has reached a height of 4'9".

Safe Kids Los Angeles County has an excellent website with safety tips for our children, and they offer a printable "parent tip sheet" on the new law.  The tip sheet also gives an explanation of the term properly buckled.  Parents should also consult the manufacturer and any car or booster seat for proper use and installation.  Thanks to Safe Kids for providing this service and the displayed photo.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Overnight Parking Permits Required

A reminder that permits are once again required for all overnight parking, 2:30 - 5:30 a.m., in the City of Arcadia.  Overnight enforcement was suspended for several weeks surrounding the holidays, however, enforcement began early this morning, January 9, 2012.

Temporary permits can be purchased in the station lobby or online.  Annual permits are available for purchase at the Cashier's Office, Arcadia City Hall.  For additional information or to download an Annual Permit Application, please visit our website.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Weekly Activity Highlights for December 25 - 31, 2011

Arcadia Police Department handled 48,253 Calls for Service and documented 6,383 Formal Investigations in 2011.

Weekly Tip - Dog License & Leash Law Info

Dog Licenses
Licenses are required for all dogs over the age of four months with proof of rabies vaccination. If the dog is spayed, proof of sterilization is also required when obtaining the first license.
Licenses may be purchased on a yearly basis at the Cashier's Office at Arcadia City Hall located at 240 W. Huntington Drive or at the Pasadena Humane Society. 

The following are current City of Arcadia license fees:
  • $30 for non-spayed animals
  • $15 for spayed animals
  • $15 for senior citizens with non-spayed animals
  • $7.50 for senior citizens with spayed animals
 Leash Law
When on public property, all dogs must be kept on a leash not exceeding six feet in length. In addition, when walking a dog on a public street or in a public park, you are responsible for the prompt and sanitary disposal of any feces left by the dog.
Animal control services in the City of Arcadia are provided by the Pasadena Humane Society. Please contact their offices by calling 626-792-7151.
Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA
361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105
Fax 626-792-3810

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Passing of Retired Sergeant Eric Akerlind

We were notified of the unfortunate passing of Retired Sergeant Eric Akerlind, who died on December 31, 2011, at the age of 83.  Sergeant Akerlind began his career with the Arcadia Police Department in July 1956, and honorably retired in August 1979 - after 23 years of service to the City of Arcadia.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Akerlind family.  Rest in peace, Sergeant Akerlind.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012!

Wishing everyone the best in 2012!  Happy New Year from the men and women of the Arcadia Police Department!