Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (01/27/13)

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January 27, 2013


Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:  

Save the Date: 

On April 13, 2013, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Pasadena Alumnae Chapter is hosting the 2013 Young African American Women’s Conference at Pasadena City College, 1570 East Colorado Boulevard.  The conference is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and features diverse workshops, engaging presentations on educational choices, career options, embracing youth’s uniqueness, as well as personal development.  Dr. Rema Reynolds, Assistant Professor from Azusa Pacific University, will be the keynote speaker addressing students, parents, and others attending the conference.  If you have questions, email Pasadena.yaawc@gmail.com.  To register, please visit online at http://yaawc2013.evenbrite.com.   

El Centro de Accion Social is hosting its Annual Cesar Chavez Commemoration and Peace Walk, March 30.  The peach walk will start at Villa-Parke Community Center (363 East Villa Street) inside the Auditorium at 10:00 a.m.  Following a rally for peace, participants will march from Villa-Parke to Robinson Park, where a few community leaders will speak on reducing violence and creating peace.  For more information, please contact El Centro de Accion Social Executive Director Randy Ertll at (626) 792-3148, or randy.ertll@elcentropasadena.org.  For more information on El Centro de Accion Social, please visit www.elcentropasadena.org.   

Our Community: 

On January 20, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar, and I attended the John Muir High School (JMHS) Varsity & Junior Varsity Football Awards Banquet, which was held at Brookside Country Club.  The event was well attended by athletes, parents, family, and friends.  JMHS Graduate and Hall Fame Honoree, Cameron Turner served as emcee. The Keynote speech was delivered by JMHS Alumni and NFL Player, Danny Pittman.  The evening focused on the academics and sportsmanship accomplishments of the Mustang Football players. I would like to thank JMHS Head Coach and former NFL Player, John Hardy and Assistant Coach and Pasadena Police Officer Bobby Jenkins for including PPD in this special evening.  Former Pasadena Police Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, Ed Riddle, and Community Leader, John Kennedy, also attended the awards dinner.   

On January 21, Lieutenant Ed Calatayud, Corporal Jayce Ward, Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar, and I attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, which was held at Robinson Park.  The event was well attended by community leaders, clergy, elected officials, civic leaders, and the public.  The event was coordinated by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Coalition and the Pasadena Human Rights Commission.  The event began with a televised viewing of the inauguration of President Barak H. Obama, followed by a presentation from distinguished guests. The Master of Ceremonies and Human Relations Commission Chairman, Nat Nehdar, provided brief remarks, which included the introduction of MLK Board of Directors President, Jackie Jacobs.  VIPs at the celebration included, Dr. David Jacobs, Dr. Sandra Thomas, Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins, Joe Brown, John Kennedy, Phlunte Riddle, US Congresswoman Judy Chu, State Senator Carol Liu, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilwoman Jacque Robinson, and City Manager Michael Beck. PCC President Mark Rocha, PUSD Superintendent Jon Gundry, PUSD Board of Education President Renatta Cooper, PUSD Board Member Ed Honowitz, and Editor Joe Hopkins also attended.   

On January 22, Pasadena Police Sergeant Bobby Lomeli, Officers Veronica Burris, Anthony Riley, Ralph Ordonez, Dustan Wilf and I attended a community meeting at El Centro de Accion Social to discuss the Cesar Chavez Commemoration and Peace Walk, which is scheduled for March 30.  The meeting was also used to discuss initial steps in reducing violence throughout San Gabriel Valley. El Centro de Accion Social Executive Director Randy Ertll led the discussion.   

On January 23, Sergeant Art Chute, Corporal Julie Finney, Officer David Thomas, and several other Pasadena Police employees attended a Rose Bowl Game Recap meeting and luncheon.  The meeting focused on “lesson learned” from the 2013 Rose Bowl Game and other major events hosted at the Rose Bowl during 2012.  Rose Bowl Manager Darryl Dunn and Rose Bowl Stadium/Chief Operating Officer George W. Cunningham helped coordinate this important meeting.   

On January 23, Cal-Trans hosted a 710 Freeway information meeting, which was held at Maranatha High School.  Lieutenant Pete Hettema stopped by the meeting during his patrol shift and said the meeting was well attended.   

On January 24, Sergeant Art Chute, Corporal Julie Finney, Officer David Thomas, Commander Lisa Rosales, and I attended the 2013 Rose Bowl Game Wrap Up and Debrief Meeting.  Rose Bowl Game Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Ash, and Senior Game Manager Ed Corey, organized the meeting, which included representative from every organization associated with the Rose Bowl Game.  The meeting was held at the historic Tournament House and was very well attended.  On behalf of the police department, Art shared his observations and recommendations for next year’s Rose Bowl and BSC Championship Football Games.  2014 Tournament President, Scott Jenkins, and Executive Director Bill Flinn, were among the many VIPs.   

On January 24, several Pasadena Police officers, employees and city staff attended the 2013 Pasadena State of the City, “Celebrating Success,” which was held at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium.  Vice Mayor Margaret McAustin served as the emcee and opened the program with a few remarks.  The Pasadena High School Navy JROTC presented the colors of the United States of America while Allisonne Crawford performed the National Anthem.  United States Lieutenant General and Deputy Director of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Eugene Tattini (ret.) provided an overview of the Mars Science Rover, which was special indeed. Mayor Bill Bogaard provided an overview of the city’s accomplishments, economic forecast, educational partnerships, and future challenges.  Former NAACP Pasadena Branch President Joe Brown was acknowledged by the Mayor for his dedicated leadership, community service, and passion to ensure equality for all who live in, visit, or work in Pasadena. The auditorium was full of elected officials and VIPs, including:  Councilmembers Gene Masuda, Steve Madison, Victor Gordo, Terry Tornek, PUSD School Board President Renatta Cooper, PUSD Superintendent Jon Gundry, PCC President Mark Rocha, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Cal Tech President Jean-Lou Chameau, and Cal Tech Director of Government Relations Hall Daily, to name a few.   

On January 25, Police Chiefs Kim Raney (Covina PD) and Donald De Pompa (Glendale PD) and I participated in the 2013 San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership’s Speakers Series to discuss the “Impact of California Prison Realignment on Businesses and Our Communities.”  The forum was well attended by local community leaders, business owners, and elected officials. Southern California Gas Company sponsored the event, which was held at Mt. Sierra College in Monrovia. Kim, Ron, and I provided insight regarding realignment.  I focused my remarks on the value of the Pasadena / Altadena Parole Council (PAPC), which works with the Flintridge Center and other nonprofits to help formally incarcerated people succeed once released from prison and the West San Gabriel Valley – Anti Crime Taskforce (WSGV-ACT).  WSGV-ACT is a regional taskforce that was created from the Pasadena Police Department’s Burglary Taskforce (BTF).  WSGV-ACT focuses its efforts on enforcement, compliance checks, and other serious crimes.   

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On January 18, several Pasadena Police Explorers returned to the police department after participating in the Annual Chandler Arizona Tactical Competition. The explorers secured several awards including 1st Place;  Tug-a-War, 2nd Place; Marijuana Field Enforcement, 2nd Place; Obstacle Course; 4th Place;  Explosive Ordinance; and 4th Place;  Undercover Operations.  The team was comprised of 5 male and 7 female members competing against 62 other explorer posts from across the country.  The Pasadena Explorers were supervised by Advisor Officers Dustin Gomes, Anthony Russo, and Park Safety Specialist Michelle White.   

On January 19, Pasadena Police Department Volunteer John Kendall celebrated his 85th birthday with family, friends, and several Pasadena Police employees. John frequently volunteers his time in the Community Services Section.  When he is not working at the reception desk, he can be found patrolling the streets of Pasadena with other CAPP members.   

On January 22, Pasadena Police Administrator Gena Persons was honored by the Pasadena/Foothill Magazine as one of Pasadena’s 50 Most Inspiring Leaders.  Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commanders John Perez, Lisa Rosales, and Chris Russ, Lieutenant Teresa Rojas, Corporal Kim Smith, and I attended the event to support her.  Gena was joined by her mother, daughter, and friends to witness this great honor.  I thought you might like to read her bio:   

Pasadena Police Administrator Gena Persons has worked in law enforcement for24 years.  The first 15 years of public service were spent with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  Gena was hired by the Pasadena Police Department in 2004 and has worked various assignments such as 9-1-1 Operator; Dispatcher, Custody Assistant, Station Jailer, and Forensic Identification Specialists.  She is a court recognized CSI and Latent Print Expert, and currently commands the Pasadena Police Department’s Forensic Section.  

Gena holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  She is a member of several Professional and Volunteer organizations such as Southern California Association of Fingerprint Officers (SCAFO), California State Division of International Association of Identification (CSDIAI), Los Angeles County Forensic Supervisors Group (LACFSG), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Silver Lining of Hope (SLOH), and Leadership Pasadena.  Gena is a member of the Pasadena Police Department’s Peer Support Team.  

Gena’s 22 year old daughter is currently attending college in pursuit of a degree in Mortuary Science.  Gena resides in Long Beach and in her spare time enjoys being outdoors, solving puzzles, photography, listening to music, and reading.  

Critical Incidents: 

On January 22 at about 10:30 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1000 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue (near JRC) regarding an auto vs. pedestrian traffic accident.  The investigating officers learned the motorists was exiting from the parking lot at the Jackie Robinson Center and struck an elderly female pedestrian who was jaywalking east across North Fair Oaks Avenue.  The victim was transported by the Pasadena Fire Department to a local hospital with moderate injuries. The Pasadena Police Traffic Section is investigating the collision.   

On January 23 at about 10:20 am.,Pasadena Police Officers Milton White and Panfilo De La Cruz were on routine patrol in the area of Oakland Avenue and Elmira Street when they observed a suspicious vehicle.  Further investigation revealed the vehicle was stolen out of Riverside County.  Milton and Panfilo attempted to stop the stolen vehicle and the suspect driver fled.  The officers activated the emergency equipment on their police vehicle and initiated a pursuit.  The incident was supervised by Sergeant John Luna and the Pasadena Air Operations Section assisted with the incident. The suspects abandoned the vehicle in the 700 block of North Los Robles Avenue and were arrested without incident moments later.  The suspects were transported to the Pasadena jail and booked.  The Pasadena Police Department Helicopter played a critical role, quickly establishing containment around the area where the suspects were last seen running.     

On January 25 at about 10:00 a.m., Pasadena Police Detective Ara Bzdigian presented the Maple Street Homicide case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, who filed murder charges against three primary suspects.  Charges included murder, second degree robbery, murder in the commission of a robbery, gang enhancement, and the intentional discharge of a firearm.  Ara secured warrants for Raymond Frank Conchas, Jr. (Male Hispanic, 23) and Stephanie Urias Jacquez (Female Hispanic, 20).  Anyone with information regarding this case or the potential whereabouts of Raymond Conchas or Stephanie Jacques is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.  You may also report information anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, or http://lacrimestoppers.org (insert key word Pasadena).   

On January 25 at about 11:00 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a physical altercation between two adult soccer players.  The subjects separated after the scuffle.  The suspect threatened the victim and later revealed a handgun.  The suspect left prior to the arrival of the officers; however, they were able to talk to him on a cell phone.  Our investigation is ongoing and we have verified the identity of the suspect.   


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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