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Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (06/17/12)

Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
June 17, 2012
 

Dear Community and Department Personnel: 

Happy Father’s Day!  The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm [as mother’s day] – perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”  On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers.  A Sunday sermon was held in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmount Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. 

The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents.  She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers, and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful:  Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.  Slowly, the holiday spread.  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C.  In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day (Source:  History.com).   

Save the Date:  

The City of Pasadena Human Services & Recreation Department is hosting the Villa-Park Boxing Show, June 23. Weigh-ins are from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., and the first bout starts at 1:00 p.m. The event features “Olympic Style Competition,” and should be worth your time to swing by.  For more information, contact Fausto De La Torre, at 626-744-6531, or Bill Davis, at 626-744-6523 (Source:  Human Services & Recreation). 

The City of Pasadena’s 126th Birthday Party is scheduled for June 23, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Pasadena Museum of History, 470 West Walnut Street, and will spotlight art, science & technology, sports, transportation, and neighborhoods.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please visit www.pasadenahistory.org or call 626-577-1660 ext. 10 (Source: Pasadena Museum of History). 

Pasadena Public Library will launch the 3m Cloud Library eBook Lending Service on June 21 at 10:00 a.m.  The event will be held at the Central Library, 285 East Walnut Street.  Pasadena and Glendale Public Libraries are the first libraries in California to offer eBooks via the “cloud.”  The technology allows you to download library materials in a flash to your computer, IPad, IPhone, or other “smart” device.  To learn more visit http://pasadenapubliclibrary.net/digital_media (Source:  Pasadena Public Library).  

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will host An Evening of Culture, at the Pacific Asia Museum, on June 23, from 3:00 – 5:00 p .m. The event will be held at the Pacific Asia Museum, 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena.  For more information, or to RSVP, please use the following link: https://www.kintera.org/AutoGen/Register/Register.asp?ievent=1028706&en=lwJSI7MVLkKUJ7N1IjKUJkN8IwK9KfNYLrL1JcPVKjI1LnPeG, or contact the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley Center, 1200 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena. All proceeds benefit the YWCA’s programs (Source: YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley).  

Our Community:  

On June 3, Pasadena Police Lieutenants Jari Faulkner and Rodney D. Wallace attended the PUSD Class of 2012 American Seniors 8th Annual “Rites of Passage” ceremony.  The event was held at Metropolitan Baptist Church, in Altadena, and honored approximately 75 high school seniors.  

On June 9, Pasadena Police Lieutenants Diego Torres, Jari Faulkner, and Mike Ingram, Sergeant Ed Calatayud, Corporal Glenn Thompson, Officers Donovan Jones with K9 Bono, Edward Bondarczuk, and Park Safety Specialists Michelle White and Noel Herrera participated in the Pasadena Salvation Army’s “The Gathering.”  The event was at the Rose Bowl and approximately 3,000 community members attended.  Pasadena Lieutenant Rodney D. Wallace coordinated the police department’s participation in this extraordinary event.  

On June 9, Corporal Jayce Ward stopped by the Tennis Ball Cricket Tournament at Villa Parke.  The teams participating in the tournament were the Villa-Parke Cricket Club, Arcadia Cricket Club, Cerritos Master Blasters, Conejo Challengers, Incredible, and the Universal Warriors.

On June 13, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle and I attended the Clergy Community Coalition (CCC) monthly meeting, which was hosted by the First Presbyterian Church, Altadena.  The program included remarks by Pasadena Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez, PUSD Superintendent John Gundry, Altadena Sheriff’s Captain John Benedict, Dr. Eric Walsh, and me. Some of the topics included: Youth/student development, summer programs, safety issues, budget, and crime.  Pastor Jean Burch is the current President of CCC.    

On June 13, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle and I stopped by the Community Dinner program at Jackie Robinson Center.  This community event has really grown over the past year, serving hot meals to the public.  Pastor Burrell and his youth team serve the meals and community members have the opportunity to visit with one another.  Special thanks to Robin’s BBQ for providing the meals.  

On June 13, Lieutenant Pete Hettema, Sergeant Kathryn Jorge and I attended the Upper Hastings Ranch neighborhood community meeting, which was held in the Don Benito Elementary School Auditorium.  The meeting focused on crime and safety.  Council Member Gene Masuda and his Field Representative, Noreen Sullivan, also attended the meeting. Upper Hastings Ranch Association Member Kathy Gregg coordinated the meeting.  

On June 14, Deborah K. Sanchez and I stopped by the Opus Bank Grand Opening at 2 North Lake Avenue.  Several community members attended the event, which was coordinated by Opus Bank Vice-President, Sandra Flores.   Mayor Bill Bogaard provided brief remarks and Sandra cut the ceremonially red ribbon to “open” the bank.   

On June 14, Deborah K Sanchez and I stopped by the Kick-Off reception for the 20th Anniversary Pasadena Chalk Festival.  The event was held outdoors at the Paseo Colorado and was well attended. We talked briefly with City Manager Michael Beck, community members and Former Pasadena PIO, Ann Erdman.   

On June 15, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended the Lake Avenue Reception & Silent Auction.  The event benefits the Lake Avenue Church Foundation, which provides funding for summer youth enrichment programs and other critical community needs.  Gerri and Larry Edson facilitated the police department’s participation. 

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On May 31, I received a letter from Five Acres Chief Executive Officer, Chanel Wen Boutakidis, and Chief Development Officer, Kathleen McM.Clement, commending the Pasadena Police Department for supporting their recent gala.  The gala was held on June 2 and benefitted families and individuals at risk.  

On May 31, I received information that the Pasadena Police Department, Detective Section.  Received a grant from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  The funds are earmarked for Real Estate Fraud Prosecution and Investigation.  This is the second year the police department has received the grant.  Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra applied for the grant.  Commander John Perez is the commanding officer over Criminal Investigations.  

On June 6, I received a letter from Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca commending Pasadena Police Officer Matthew Griffen for his participation as part of the Honor Guard at the 43rd Annual Los Angeles County Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony.   

On June 13, several Pasadena community youth were acknowledged for their participation in the Summer Youth Leadership Conference.  The Summer Youth Leadership Conference (SYLC) is designed to enhance leadership abilities through enrichment and recreational activities.  SYLC 2012 was held this week (Sunday – Wednesday, June 9th – 13th) at the Pali Mountain Retreat and Conference Center, in the San Bernardino Mountains. Months of preparation, to include a mandatory parent meeting, were required to ensure SYLC 2012 was successful. The youth leaders selected for this year’s conference were: Kaylah Abdullah, Kristin Brienen, Pedro Munoz, Darlene Alvarenga (Marshall Fundamental), Kayla Quinteros, Camryn Moreno, Zayala Fitzgerald, Noni Davis, Maya Hammond, Guillermo Hermosillo, Joseph Durham, Matthew Gonzalez, Cynthia Hernandez, Sophie Smith, Pedro Delgado, Mikael Nortikyan, Michael Roa (McKinley Middle School), Javier Yanez, John Donisio, Michael Astourina (Wilson Middle School), Ricardo Cuevas, Adrian Barona (Eliot Middle School), Jorge Luis Figueroa (Washington Middle School), and Eva Gavaller (Avison Charter School). 

The conference participants learned about conflict mediation, handling peer pressure, bullying, internet safety, and police contacts.  They also had the opportunity to participate in fun and exciting team building exercises, such as the high ropes confidence course, and a paint ball exercise.  Pasadena Police Officer Anthony Riley was the lead coordinator and he was assisted by the following police personnel; Sergeant Mike Bugh, Officer Veronica Burris, Officer Sahak Nersesyan, Youth Advisor Stephanie Pickford, Youth Advisor Alix Marcellus, and Youth Advisor Osiris Negrete.  Additionally, Tony Santilena who has been involved in SYLC since the program’s inception (now retired from the LA County Office of Education), assisted throughout the week and conducted several of the sessions as well.  Upon their return to Pasadena, Youth Leaders reunited with their parents and participated in the Culmination Ceremony at The PAL Center, where each participant received their Certificate of Completion. SYLC 2012 was made possible through the generous donations from Community Sponsors Minoru Higa (TTEE Trust) and Ron Matthews (Pasa/Alta Community Improvement Center).      

On June 12, Police Specialists Diana Parra was commended by Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls for her professionalism and efficiency while dispatching on the police radio.       

On June 14, I received an email from a citizen commending Pasadena Police Specialists Laura Morris for her presentation at a Upper Hasting Ranch Neighborhood Watch meeting. The author stated, “… I have called her [Laura] on a number of occasions to get more information that I could share with my neighbors.  She has always been very responsive and great to deal with.  

On June 14, Pasadena Police Sergeant Max Dahlstein and Officer Rodney Saunders attended the Highlands Neighborhood Association meeting held at the Catalina Library.  Max and Rodney discussed crime and public safety issues.   

On June 15, Corporal Javier Aguilar and Officer Steve Oberon graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Deputy Leadership Institute, Continuum #12. Twenty-eight students from 24 law enforcement agencies throughout California participated in the course.  The program is extremely challenging and requires students to perform at high academic levels.  Academic challenges are nothing new to Javier or Steve.  Javier will complete his Master’s Degree sometime in December 2012 (CSUN) while Steve earned his Master’s Degree several years ago (USC). Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls and Lieutenant Rodney D. Wallace attended the graduation.  

Critical Incidents:  

On June 8, Pasadena Police detectives assigned to the U.S. Marshals Task Force assisted Long Beach Police Department with an enforcement effort to locate and arrest violent suspects in their community. The 4-day operation focused on suppressing repeat violent offenders and fugitives and involved months of planning with all agencies involved.  More than 200 law enforcement representatives assisted with the mission, which resulted in more than 170 felony arrests.  Agencies included:  CHP, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Probation Department, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, ATF, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Homeland Security, LAPD, Glendale Police Department, and the Pasadena Police Department.  Pasadena Police Sergeant Vic Alaniz is the OIC of the department’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU), which is assigned to the U.S. Marshals Task Force.  

On June 9 from 8:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. The Pasadena Police Department Traffic Section conducted DUI Saturation Patrols in our community.  The mission of the enforcement was to reduce the number of impaired drivers traveling on city streets.  DUI programs are useful tools for achieving the Pasadena Police Department’s goal of detecting and removing impaired drivers, while improving traffic safety.  The traffic section arrested a total of six (6) DUIs.  The following personnel were involved:  Raymond Hsu, Derek Locklin, Tom Blanchard, Gil Ortiz, Sammy De Sylva, Robert Gaudet, and Paul McKinney.  Lieutenant Randell Taylor commands the section.  

On June 10 at about 4:30 p.m. Pasadena Police Officer Ed Bondarczuk was patrolling the area of Los Robles Avenue and Adena Street when the Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) in his marked police vehicle activated on a parked vehicle.  The vehicle was occupied at the time of the alert, and Ed called for assistance.  The three suspects were contacted and arrested without incident.  They were booked at the Pasadena jail for G.T.A.  

On June 11 at about 1:42 p.m. Pasadena Police officers assisted the Pasadena Fire Department with a house fire in the 1100 block of Del Rey.  On arrival, PFD reported smoke visible from the front of the structure. While PFD went about the business of extinguishing the fire, PPD assisted with traffic control.  An elderly female was located and transported to a local hospital complaining of smoke inhalation. PFD is investigating the origin of the fire.  

On June 13 at about 10:00 a.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of 665 South Arroyo Parkway regarding an attempted carjack. Our preliminary investigation indicated the suspect (male Hispanic in his 40s) entered a car rental agency and demanded a car. When his demands were rebuffed, he exited the business and attempted to steal another car from a nearby elderly victim.  The suspect was unsuccessful, and left the area in a 1989 Oldsmobile.  Shortly thereafter, the suspect was involved in an injury collision in the City of Alhambra and arrested without incident.  Our investigation is ongoing. The story was covered in the local media: www.pasadenasun.com/the626now/tn-pas-0614-pasadena-carjacking-failure,0,661478.story.  

On June 13, at 11:20 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Altadena Station, contacted PPD regarding Lo-Jack activation on a stolen vehicle.  The vehicle was near the border of their jurisdiction and Pasadena. An LASD airship located the car, and shortly thereafter, a Pasadena Police detective unit attempted to stop the stolen vehicle. The suspect failed to yield, which resulted in a short vehicle pursuit.  The Pasadena Police airship assumed supervision of the pursuit and the suspect was arrested a short time later without incident.  This particular pursuit was managed very well by the on-duty Watch Commander – Lieutenant Richard Aversano, Sergeant Kathryn Jorge, and Sergeant Mark Goodman (Airship).  Other personnel included:  Sergeant Ernie Devis, Corporals Keith Gomez and Gran Curry, Officers Pat Polimeni (Pilot), Joe Longoria, Matthew Chavarin, Derek Locklin, and Philip Klotz.  

On June 16 at about 2:00 a.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the 800 block of Summit Avenue regarding shots fired.  On arrival, officers discovered an adult male with multiple gunshot wounds.  Pasadena Fire Department quickly responded and transported the victim to a local hospital.  The suspect was described as a Black Male in his 20s.  Homicide detectives responded to the scene and following a comprehensive investigation arrested the suspect without incident in a nearby jurisdiction. The suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail for attempted murder and remains in custody.  This case was well managed by Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra and Sergeant Ernesto Devis.  Detective Keith Gomez was the lead investigator and was instrumental in solving this terrible crime. Keith was assisted by detectives from the Homicide and Assault Unit.  The incident was covered by the local media: www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_20873088/altadena-man-seriously-wounded-pasadena-shooting.  

 

Sincerely,  

Phillip L. Sanchez
Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 744-4545
Mission First, People Always
 

 

Posted: 6/17/2012 09:15:00 AM