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Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (07/15/12)

/assets/0/73/6442452101/6442452104/2d48c434-3d9e-4f00-b898-148a76ec79aa.jpgTouching Base: A Message from the Chief
July 15, 2012 
 

 

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

For your information: 

On July 1, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health replaced the old testing policy with a universal screening policy for first-time students entering Kindergarten through the 12th Grade.  The new policy recommends only testing students who are at an elevated risk for tuberculosis (TB), and is in keeping with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Health providers, as part of their routine health assessment, will screen students and test them for TB only if a risk factor is present. For more information, contact the Public Health Nursing Unit in the Pasadena Public Health Department at lesaenz@cityofpasadena.net or (626) 744-6012 (Source:  William Boyer, Public Information Officer).  

On July 19 and July 21, the public is invited to attend one or both of the upcoming community meetings concerning the status of the former YWCA Building near City Hall.  The meetings will include information about the City’s process for the submissions from qualified developers who are interested in rehabilitating the historical YWCA structure that was originally designed by famed architect, Julia Morgan.  The meeting participants will also be able to walk through the now-closed YWCA building for the first time in many years. Each meeting will consist of two parts:  An on-site tour of the YWCA building, 78 North Marengo Avenue, and a presentation and comment session in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 North Garfield Avenue. Meeting dates are listed for your review:   

  • YWCA Building Walking Tour, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., July 19, followed by Presentation and Comments, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall.  
  • YWCA Building Walking Tour, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., July 21, followed by Presentation and Comments, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Council Chambers, City Hall. 

The City planned to issue Requests for Proposals (RFP) during the week of July 9, seeking responses on how to best preserve and re-use the historic building.  Preservation of the former YWCA has been a top priority for Pasadena Heritage for more than two decades (Source:  William Boyer, City of Pasadena, PIO). 

Save the Date: 

Parks after Dark Program runs July 7 through August 24, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.  The program is a collaborative effort between Pasadena Human Services & Recreation, the Pasadena Police Department, and the Pasadena Transportation Department. Please see the attached flyer for more information (Source:  Human Services & Recreation). 

The 3rd Annual Robinson Park Summer Festival is scheduled for July 21 at Robinson Park. The Pasadena Police Department will play a friendly softball game against a community team as part of the festival.  In years past, the game has featured very talented ball players on both teams.  The game starts at 1:00 p.m. and is sure to be an exciting athletic competition between two very eager teams. The Pasadena Police Department’s Softball Team is managed by Sergeant Art Chute, and as in the past, the Pasadena Police Athletic Association (PPAA) will barbeque hotdogs during the event (Source:  Pasadena Police Department).    

The Gran Fondo Giro d ’Italia Bicycle Ride is scheduled for July 22.  RCS Sport is organizing this unique ride featuring distances of 25, 67, and 92 miles. The ride features a mass start at the footsteps of City Hall. Cyclists will cruise through Old Town on their way to the Rose Bowl.  After a tour around the “Grand Daddy,” riders will begin climbing the local foothills and mountains before returning to Pasadena City Hall. The event promises to be a statement about anything Italian and a two-day expo will showcase the best of “Italy.”  Registration and detailed information about the Gran Fondo is available at www.grandondogiroditalia.com (Source: Sabra Nagel).  

The Armenian Community Coalition of Pasadena and the Armenia Identity Harvest is hosting the 5th Annual Armenian Identity Festival on July 22, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Victory Park, 2575 Paloma Street. The festival will feature food, live music, information booths, and activities for the children.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.acc-us.org, or call (626) 399-1799, or (818) 306-0413 (Source:  Elizabeth Zartarian, Executive Secretary, Armenian Community Coalition).  

Our Community: 

On July 10, I stopped by the Grand Opening of the South Lake Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market.  The event was well attended by local shoppers and community members all looking for something special to purchase.  South Lake Business Association Executive Director, Gina Tleel, and her staff were assisting people as they navigated the farmers’ market.  For helpful information on the market please visit www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lake-farmers-market/. Photos of the grand opening can be viewed at www.southlakeavenue.org/2012/07/10/south-lake-avenue-farmers-market-year-round/.  

On July 11, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle and I stopped by the Community Dinner program at Jackie Robinson Center (JRC).  As always, there was a large number of community members getting a hot meal and visiting with one another.  Community Leaders Robin Salzer (Robin’s BBQ), Walt Jackson, Pastor Burrell, Yvette McDowell and Beverly Bogar (Ambassadors for Peace), Pasadena Human Services Administrator Horace Wormely, and Supervisor Jarvis Emerson, were also at the center.  

On July 12, Commander Chris Russ and I attended an awards ceremony at El Centro de Accion Social to honor volunteers and sponsors of their flagship program, Summer School in the Park. The ceremony was very well attended by community leaders, students, and staff.  El Centro de Accion Social Executive Director, Randy Ertll, opened the ceremony with a few brief remarks.  El Centro Board President, Dr. Mariana Delany, Youth Education Program Coordinator Coralito Arambula, and Assemblyman Anthony Portantino’s Field Representative, Ms. Turner, presented the awards.  Also present at the ceremony was El Centro de Accion Social Board Vice President, David Cardenas.  

On July 12, several Pasadena Police employees attended the Youth Accountability Board (YAB) Program graduation, which was held at the Pasadena Police Department.  Approximately 26 young people graduated from the program in front of family, friends, and supporters.  YAB is supported by the Pasadena Police Foundation and Board Members, Inman Moore and Myron Yanish, were present at the graduation.  The YAB program is supervised by Pasadena Police Sergeant Jess Carrillo, and the course is facilitated by Pasadena Police Officer Bryan Marin and Olivia Siciliano. The Youth Accountability Board is a diversion program offered by the Pasadena Police Department to juvenile residents of Pasadena and/or students of the Pasadena Unified School District who have committed their first minor offense.  You can learn more about YAB and the Pasadena Police Foundation at www.pasadenapolicefoundation.org/youthaccountability.  

On July 13, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce fundraiser and installation dinner to recognize incoming Chair of the Board, Patty Waggoner.  The event was held at the Sheraton Pasadena and was well attended. Emcee duties were shared by Chamber CEO Paul Little, and Outgoing President, George Falardeau.  Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilwomen Jacque Robinson, and Congresswoman Judy Chu attended the fundraiser, along with Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez and Community Leader Ishmael Trone.  

On July 14, Commander Lisa Rosales stopped by the ACTS Thrift Store’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration.  ACTS Thrift Store is located at 1382 Locust Street and has become a popular shopping spot. As an aside, ACTS’ net earnings stay in the community, supporting social services and ministry organizations, such as the Lake Avenue Community Foundation.  ACTS is financially committed to supporting our community. ACTS Board Member, Peter Schaller, provide Lisa with a facility tour.   

On July 14, Deborah K. Sanchez and I stopped by the Pasadena Heritage’s 35th Birthday Party on the Colorado Street Bridge.  The event is always well attended attracting people from throughout the region, and this year was no exception.  We enjoyed listening to music and talking with community members. We saw Clair and Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilwomen Jacque Robinson, Community Leaders Robin Salzer, Ishmael Trone and KTLA Co-Anchor Michaela Pereira.  

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On June 11, I received a letter from the Pasadena Mental Health Advisory Committee commending the Pasadena Police Department for their support and proactive efforts to address mental health issues.   

On July 3, I received a letter from Cypress Chief of Police, Jackie Gomez-Whiteley, commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, for assisting with a media related issue.  Chief Gomez-Whiteley said in part, “We at the Cypress Police Department strive to remain progressive and contemporary in our approach to policing and media relations.  The knowledge and insight Lieutenant Riddle has imparted certainly proved useful in this endeavor.  She has reflected favorably on the Pasadena Police Department and the law enforcement profession and should be commended.”  

On July 10, I received a letter from a community member commending Pasadena Police Officers Robert Calcanas and Michael Orozco for their sensitivity and professionalism during a field investigation.  

On July 11, I received a card from Pasadena Convention Center Event Manager, Gianna Wilkins, commending Pasadena Police Officer Luis Banuelos for his friendliness and professional disposition during an event. 

On July 12, Pasadena Police Officer Brian Bozarth retired after a 22-year law enforcement career.  Brian started his career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in June 1990.  A year later, he transferred to the Pomona Police Department and served that community for eight years.  Brian was hired by the Pasadena Police Department in 1999.  He worked a variety of assignments including uniformed patrol, traffic, and was a certified Drug Reorganization Expert (DRE).  Brian quickly excelled in the Traffic Section becoming a subject matter expert (SMG) in traffic reconstruction, DUI enforcement, Radar/Lidar systems, and was later the administer of  the Photo Red Light Operations.  Brian intends to pursue his dreams of becoming an author and screenplay writer.  Brian served Pasadena with pride, honor, courage, and integrity.  He will be missed.  

On July 12, Pasadena Police Officer Nicole Bazzo was selected to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) State Advocate Orientation.  Nicole, who serves as the Volunteer Coordinator, will represent the State of California as she learns more about the VIPS program.  The VIPS orientation will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the trip is being funded by IACP.   

On July 12, Pasadena Police Officers Charles Reep, Mario Calderon, and Kevin Arbuckle were selected as Field Training Officers (FTOs).  Charles, Mario, and Kevin will attend a training course where they will lean about adult learning styles, teaching methods, and documentation.  After completing the course, the three will begin training new police officers at the Pasadena Police Department.  The position of FTO is highly regarded throughout the law enforcement community.  

Critical Incidents: 

On June 2, a residential burglary occurred in the 1400 block of Monte Vista Street.  Following a comprehensive investigation, detectives identified the suspect responsible for this crime.  On July 6, detectives assigned to the Pasadena Police Department Burglary Task Force (BTF) drove to the last known address where the suspect lived.  BTF detectives located the suspect and arrested him without incident.  The detectives also recovered some stolen property at the suspect’s residence.  

On July 5, Pasadena Police Detectives assigned to the Burglary Task Force (BTF) were in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Washington Boulevard investigating a series of thefts involving landscaping equipment.  The detectives saw a suspicious vehicle and, after developing sufficient probable cause, conducted a traffic stop.  The BTF detectives contacted the driver and his passenger.  During their investigation, they located a package of methamphetamine and arrested the driver without incident.  The passenger was also arrested for parole violations.  Both were booked at the Pasadena jail.  

On July 7 at about 2:00 a.m. Pasadena Police Officer Johnny Calderon conducted a traffic stop near Lake Avenue and Elizabeth Street.  Johnny made contact with the driver and detected an odor of alcohol about his breath and person.  When the driver could not produce a driver’s license, Johnny requested a DMV check.  At this point, the driver of the vehicle drove away from the traffic stop.  Johnny returned to his police car and gave chase; however, the suspect driver was able to evade arrest. Johnny completed his investigation and identified the driver.  The investigation is ongoing.  

On July 12 at about 5:00 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to 2 East Holly Street regarding an armed robbery.  During their investigation, officers learned that the suspect (male adult) entered a commercial store, displayed a knife, and demanded money.  When the victim hesitated, the suspect hit her and completed the robbery.  The victim suffered minor injuries.  If you have any information about this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. The robbery was covered by the local media: www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_21073054/knife-wielding-man-robs-pasadena-clothing-store. 

On July 15 at about 1:40 a.m. the Pasadena Police Department received notification about a missing adult (White Male, 86 years-old, suffering with Alzheimer’s) who walked away from board and care facility located in the 900 block of Villa Street.  PPD officers established a command post and began searching for the missing adult. As the search area expanded, PPD volunteers and a bloodhound team were called to assist. The missing man was later located by a citizen who saw him sitting in a vehicle parked in a nearby car lot.  The subject was found in stable health, however, he was transported to a local area hospital for observation.  The search was well coordinated and involved the following Pasadena employees/volunteers:  Lieutenant Cheryl Moody, Sergeants Paul Carpenter and Max Dahlstein, Corporal Richard Padilla and Volunteers Darryl Hany, Lou Oronoz, Kristen Stafford, Shar Stafford, and Sergio Fajardo-Acosta.  There were also several officers assisting in the search.  

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: 7/15/2012 09:15:00 AM