Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (07/29/12)

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July 29, 2012

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

For your Information: 

Registration is now open for the City of Pasadena’s popular After School Adventure Program.  Boys and girls ages 5 to 12 years old can join the after-school fun beginning August 22.  The program is designed to provide affordable, flexible and convenient child care for only $25 per week at Pasadena Unified School District elementary school sites. Walk-in registration can be completed by parents or Guardians at Robinson Park Recreation Center, 1081 North Fair Oaks, or on line at www.cityofpasadena.net/reserve.  Registration information is also available from Darrell Walker at (626) 744-7530 or by email at dwalker@cityofpasadena.net. (Source:  William Boyer, PIO). 

Carmageddon II for the 405 Freew3ay announced for Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, and will have a significant impact on traffic in the general area.  If you are planning to travel to the West Los Angeles area, you might consider learning more about carmageddon II.  For more information, please visit: http://thesource.metro.net/2012/07/19/carmageddon-ii-announced/.  (Source:  The Source Transportation News & Views). 

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). 

Pasadena Councilman Chris Holden is hosting his Annual Community Block Party on August 4, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., between El Molino Avenue and Los Robles Avenue (North of Mountain Street).  The block party is well-known for great food, Robin’s BBQ Lemonade, entertainment, and other great activities.  Participants and sponsors include:  YWCA, OBA Inc., Levitt Pavilion, Social Security, Pasadena Police and Fire Departments, Chamber of Commerce, the City of Pasadena, Northwest Programs, and RBOC. For information please call, (626) 744-4738 (Source:  Pasadena Councilman Chris Holden).  

The Pasadena Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is hosting the 27th McKnight Williams Awards Dinner on September 13, at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel.  Reception starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets will be held at the door, please RSVP by August 30, 2012.  (Source:  Pasadena Branch NAACP) 

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is presenting its Women for Racial Justice Breakfast on October 15, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel.  For tables, individual tickets, or sponsorships opportunities, please call (626) 296-8433, or contact Crystal Hernandez.  For more information about the YWCA or programs offered by this valued community partner, please visit www.ywca-pasadena.org. Tamika Farr is the Executive Director and the facility is located at 1200 North Fair Oaks Avenue.  

El Centro de Accion Social’s Annual Fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, October 18 at the Pasadena Westin Hotel.  The reception will be from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. followed by dinner and program from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  (Source:  El Centro de Accion Social). 

Our Community: 

On July 13, Commander John Perez and I attended the Latino Media Conference and Expo, which was held at the Pasadena Convention Center.  The conference was very well attended by local, national and international media personalities.  National Hispanic Media President& CEO Alex Nogales and Director of Operations Brenda Rivas coordinate our participation.  The conference featured more than 50 media and entertainment information booths, musical performances, celebrity emcees and ABC’s Cierra Ramirez.  The conference is the signature event of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. NHMC is a non-partisan, nonprofit, media advocacy and civil rights organization established in 1986 in Los Angeles.  NHMC is headquartered in Pasadena.  For more information on the work of NHMC, please visit www.nhmc.org 

On July 20, I received an email from La Pintoresca and Villa Parke Branch Manager Diane Walker commending Save Our Sons (SOS) panel members (Ricky Pickens, Techumseh  Shackelford, Brenda Ingram, Lisa Wilson and me).  You may recall Diane host a community forum focusing on issues facing Pasadena youth.    

On July 22, I participated in the Grand Fondo Giro d Italia Bicycle Ride.  More than 700 cyclists gathered at the footsteps of City Hall for the mass start.  The ride was well organized and featured three distances (25, 67, 94 miles).  Legendary bicyclist Francesco Moser, Mayor Bill Bogaard, and I were positioned just behind the pace car.  As the riders rolled out we enjoyed a moderate pace to the Rose Bowl, where the cyclists were turn loose.  The long course was particularly challenging in part because of the heat and elevation. I finished the route in about 6 hours and 50 minutes. Somewhere around the 60 mile mark I saw Pasadena Fire Department PIO Lisa Derderian.  The Giro d’Italia was founded in 1909 and is highly competitive, three-week “Grand Tour” race throughout Italy.  You are welcome to visit www.grandondogiro.com for more information about the Giro.  

On July 22, several Pasadena Police employees attended the 5th Annual Armenian Identify Festival, which was held at Victory Park.  The event was well organized and attended.  The Armenian Festival was coordinated by Chris Chahinian and the Armenian Community Coalition and featured traditional art, food and entertainment.  Elected officials included Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilwomen Jacque Robinson, U.S. Congresswomen Judy Chu, and a field representative from U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff’s office. Judy and I provided a few brief remarks acknowledging the extraordinary accomplishments of the Armenian culture and community.  Pasadena Police employees working at the event included Police Specialists Laura Morris, Michele White, Antonio Ambrozevicius, and Volunteer Haroution Kazarian and Erika Reynosa.  

On July 24, Commander John Perez and I met with the Latino Pastors at the Villa Parke Community Center.  We discussed a number of public safety issues and then the pastors participated in a tour of the facility, which was hosted by Community Services Supervisor Rozanne Ananto and Administrator Horace Wormely 

On July 24, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, Northwest Manager Lola Osborn, Human Services & Recreation Supervisor Marcus Lee, and I met regarding “Free Haircut Day,” which is scheduled for August 25 at Robinson Park.  Free Haircut Day is a community event where school supplies, haircuts (for young men and women) are provided to Pasadena youth to help prepare them for the school year. More information is forth coming.  

On July 24, I had the opportunity to lecture to a cohort of Master students from California State University, Northridge enrolled in the Public Administration Program.  The cohort was very engaging asking questions about local government, law enforcement and public service.  

On July 25, I had the opportunity to speak at the Pasadena Rotary Club.  The weekly meeting was well attended and the audience included Assistant City Manager  

On July 25, Commander John Perez and I attended the San Gabriel Valley Police Officers’ Association meeting, which was held at Brookside Club House.  Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was the keynote speaker.  The sheriff talked about public safety, crime, and social disorder.  The meeting was well attended by law enforcement throughout the region.  

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On July 10, I received notice that Pasadena Vice-Mayor Margaret McAustin commended Police Specialists Arlene Ramos for the outstanding service she provided during a Historical Highlands Neighborhood Association meeting.   

On July 17, I received an email from a community member who attended the Pasadena Youth Forum, which was held at Jackie Robinson Center (JRC).  The community member said the forum was well attended and addresses contemporary issues facing young people in Pasadena.   

On July 19, I received a letter from a community member commending Pasadena Police Corporal Paul McKinney for his professionalism  during a traffic enforcement stop.  According to the author, Paul issued a warning for a non-functioning stop lamp on her vehicle.  The community member wrote, “… I also wanted to let you know that I’ve had it [the stop lamp] replaced and now it functions well!  Thank you for your politeness…”  

On June 20, I received a copy of an email from Historical Highlands Neighborhood Block Coordinator Anne Leach commending Pasadena Police Officer Rodney Saunders and Arlene Ramos for their professionalism during a community meeting.  

On July 23, I received an email from Pasadena Police Commander Lisa Rosales commending Police Specialists Susana Castro for her dedication to duty.  Lisa needed assistance with a project and reached out to Susana, who on her day off, provided assistance without question. Susana is known for consistently checking and responding to emails or other request on weekends and non-business hours.   

On July 25, Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield, City Manager Michael Beck, Adam Schiff’s Representative Elizabeth Vuna and I participated in a press conference to highlight the signing of an MOU between the Pasadena Police Department and the U.S. Department of State.  Secretary Brownfield and I signed the MOU in the Pasadena City Council Chambers.  The document creates a relationship between the two departments allowing  Pasadena Police Officers the opportunity to teach in foreign countries. Pasadena Police Sergeant Eduardo Calatayud just returned from a week long deployment in Jamaica where he instructed in police tactics and less lethal munitions. The State Department pays the salaries of state and local officers while they are deployed.  Details of the programs and exchanges are available at:  www.state.gov/j/inl/civ/index.htm. The press conference was covered by the media: www.pasadenanow.com/main/pasadena-police-u-s-state-dept-sign-partnership-agreement and      www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/07/195428.htm.  

On July 27, Pasadena Police Officers Anthony Riley and Veronica Burris proved a safety lecture to young campers at the Washington Park Youth Day Camp.  The program is facilitated by  Pasadena Human Services & Recreation and campers range in age from 5 – 12.  Anthony and Veronica focused their remarks on personal safety tips.  Human Services & Recreation Administrator Horace Wormely coordinated the lecture.   

On July 28, Police Specialist Laura Morris, Nick Ortiz and Antonio Ambrozevicius taught children bicycle safety at Jefferson Park.  Pasadena Volunteers Robert Matonti and Robert Calzada assisted in licensing the children’s bicycles.  The bicycle program is part of the department’s Kid’s Safety Academy, which is sponsored by the Pasadena Police Foundation.  

On July 28, Deborah K. Sanchez hosted her 2nd Annual Silent Heroes Luncheon to honor the spouses of Pasadena Police officers and civilian employees.  The luncheon was held at the Tournament House, which was the perfect setting.  KNBC 4 Weather Forecaster Fritz Coleman served as emcee, City Manager Michael Beck provided a few remarks, and Judge Lance Ito delivered the keynote speech, which focused on disaster preparedness.  Facility tours were provided by T.R. Docents and Pasadena Magazine and the Outlook covered the event.  Supporter of Silent Heroes included: the Tournament of Roses, San Antonio Winery (Steve Riboli), Ema’s Bakery (Ann Hamilton), Phoenix Decorating, (Chris Lofthouse), and Cordon Bleu.  Under the direction of Pasadena Police Corporal Glenn Thompson Explorer Post 19 posted the colors and led the audience in the Pelage of Allegiance. The event was truly a special opportunity to acknowledge the spouses who support our first responders.  

Critical Incidents:  

On July 18 a murder occurred in the City of Inglewood.  IPD detectives responded to the crime scene and began their investigation.  The preliminary investigation determined the suspect murdered his wife shooting her several times.  IPD detectives later identified the suspect and requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Furtive Task Force, which includes detectives from the Pasadena Police Department. On July 19, the task force developed information that the murder suspect, who was considered armed and dangerous, was in the Long Beach area.  Task Force detectives located the suspect and arrested him without incident.  Inglewood Police officers responded to the incident and took custody of the suspect.  

On July 21 at about 7:30 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to a business located in the 700 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue regarding an armed robbery that just occurred. On arrival the suspects were gone.  Despite an extensive search in the area, PPD officers did not locate the suspects.  If you have information about this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.  

On July 24 at about 8:45 a.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to a call of injured person in the 500 block of Arroyo Parkway. The scene was extremely confusing in part because the original caller said the victim has been shot.  PPD officers located the victim who was bleeding and unconscious.  As it turn out the victim was suffering from a head laceration.  The victim was transported to a local area hospital for medical treatment. Our preliminary investigation suggests the victim may have been intoxicated.  

On July 24 at about 9:00 a.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to a major traffic collision in the 3100 block of Colorado Blvd. For unknown reasons the driver lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a tree.  The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, sustained major injuries and was transported to a local area hospital for medical treatment.  The Pasadena Police Major Collision Team responded to investigate the incident.  

On July 24 at about 12:35 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1200 block of Yocum Street regarding a male adult threating to kill himself and another person.  Officers arrived and attempted to contact the suspect however he  ran away  when he observed PPD officers. Officers Victor Cass, Craig Blumenthal and Steve Arcand chased the suspect for a short distance on foot and arrested him without further incident.  

On July 24 at about 1:12 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of New York Drive and Sierra Madre Villa Blvd. regarding a single vehicle collision.  Our preliminary investigation revealed the driver (25 year old female) lost control of her vehicle while traveling southbound on New York Drive striking the curb, which caused the vehicle to flip over. The driver was transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries.  The Pasadena Police Major Collision Team responded to investigate. The incident was covered in the local media: www.pasadenasun.com/the626now/tn-pas-0725-eaton-canyon-car-flip,0,4318736.story.  

On July 24 at about 8:26 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Raymond and Tremont regarding shots fired call.  On arrival officers checked the area for victims, witnesses or other evidence to determine the veracity of the call with negative results.  Later, however, a male adult was dropped off at a local area hospital suffering from a gunshot wound in the buttocks.  PPD officers responded to the hospital to interview the victim; however he was extremely uncooperative.  If you have information about this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4545. 

On July 25 in the morning hours, the Pasadena Police Department, Special Enforcement Section (SES) assisted State Parole Agents with compliance check throughout Pasadena.  The checkers were part of a county wide program called, “Operation Guardian,” which  focused on active parolees.  Approximately 69 parolees were arrested and the seizure of dozens of guns, knives and swords were made by state and local officials. The checks were covered by the local media: www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_21159224/massive-countywide-parole-sweep-targets-gang-members.  


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




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