Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (03/17/13)

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March 17, 2013


Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:  

For your Information:  

Free Gun Disposal Offered by the Pasadena Police Department:  I would like to remind community members that they may dispose of unwanted firearms through the Pasadena Police Department.  All types of firearms are accepted; pistols, rifles, shotguns, antiques or replicas, regardless of their condition.  There are no costs associated with surrendering your firearm.    

Community members can request a police officer to respond to their home or business in Pasadena, where they can surrender the weapon.  Individuals may also transport the unloaded weapon to the Pasadena Police Department at 207 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena.  If you intend to transport the firearm into the police station, please contact the Pasadena Police Department beforehand at (626) 744-4241.  The police operator will provide instruction on the safe and legal means for transportation.  Gun registration or related paperwork is helpful, although not necessary to voluntarily surrender the firearm.  

The police department also accepts unwanted ammunition; however, military ordinance requires special handling and will be evaluated for safe disposal by law enforcement personnel on a case by case basis.  Removing unwanted firearms by turning them into law enforcement is an important step community members can take to ensure guns never end up in unintended hands and possibly used in a violent crime.   

Save the Date: 

On March 30, El Centro de Accion Social is hosting its Annual Cesar Chavez Commemoration and Peace Walk. The peace 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.   

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.   

On May 2, the Pasadena Police Activities League (PAL) will host its Eleventh Annual Golden Badge Awards Dinner at the Pasadena Convention Center.  The dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by the awards program.  This year, PAL is thrilled to recognize Councilman Steve Madison & the Pasadena Armenian Police Advisory Council (PAPAC) as “Golden Badge Honorees” and PAL Service Award recipient, Janet Branson. Sponsorship information and tickets are available at www.pasadenapal.com.  All proceeds from the evening are dedicated to the various PAL programs for 2013.   We hope that you will join us in making the Eleventh Annual Golden Badge Awards Dinner an overwhelming success.  For more information contact Jill Hawkins – MHPevents at (626)791-1225 x-1, or jill@mhpevents.com.  

On May 11, 2013, the Pasadena Youth Center (PYC) is sponsoring the 19th Annual Adelante Mujer Latina (AML) Conference at Pasadena City College from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The AML conference is an exciting and inspirational day-long career and educational conference attended by more than 1,500 young Latinas, ages 12 to 21, their mentors, and moms.  The purpose of the AML Conference is to provide middle and high school Latinas with tools for personal and professional growth, challenge them to raise their expectations, promote leadership, encourage them to pursue post-high school education, achieve their goals, and have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of others.  If you are interested in being a workshop presenter and sharing your personal success, please visit www.adelantemujerlatina.org. to learn more, or visit http://pasadenayouthcenter.org/aml_conference/aml_presenters to sign up as a workshop presenter by March 9, 2013.  Special thanks to PYC’s Executive Director, Stella Murga, for her continued and dedicated service to Pasadena’s youth.    

Our Community: 

On March 10, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Ed Calatayud attended the NAACP Altadena Branch Luncheon, which was held in Burbank.  Ed said he talked with Pasadena NAACP Pasadena Branch President Gary Moody, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Captain John Benedict, and former Assembly Member Anthony Portantino.  There were many other community leaders attending the event.   

On March 10, Pasadena Police Supervisor Beverly Bogar attended the UNA Annual Women of the Worlds Award Luncheon.  The event was held at the La Canada Flintridge Country Club and, from what I know, the event was very well attended.  This year’s honorees included:  Dr. Carolyn Rowley, Taraneh Salke, Stephanie Waisler-Rubin and Jan Olson (Lifetime Achievement Award).    

On March 11, I met with Pastor Thomas Bereal regarding a number of community issues.  You may recall from previous editions of Touching Base that Pastor Bereal and other community leaders help organize the community hot meal program at Jackie Robinson Center (JRC).    

On March 11, several Pasadena Police executives attended the Pasadena Public Safety Committee meeting, which was held in the Council Chambers.  The meeting was dedicated to a few specific topics:  Gun Buy-Back Program, an overview of the police department’s 2012 Use of Force, Arrests, and Internal Affairs Investigations. Power point presentations are posted on the Pasadena Police Department’s Webpage at: cityofpasadena.net/Police. The Pasadena Public Safety Committee members are Councilman Steve Madison (chair), Councilwoman Margaret McAustin, Councilwoman Jacque Robinson, and Councilman Gene Masuda.     

On March 12, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls and I attended a meeting with Superior Court Presiding Judge David Wesley, Assistant Presiding Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl, Judge Ann Jones, and Judge Mary House to discuss a proposed consolidation plan designed to reduce costs associated with the Superior Courts. There were representatives from several law enforcement agencies and others associated with the judicial system.  The consolidation plan will take effect on July, 2013.  If you have matters pending before the Superior Courts, you should consult their webpage for further information.   

On March 12, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls and I attended the ACLU Pasadena Foothills Chapter’s Forum on Gun Violence.  I served on a panel along with LA City College Professor Dr. Anthony Asaduliah Samad and ACLU Staff Attorney David Sapp.  We all offered our view points on violence.  The forum was well attended and the discussion was exceptional. Sharon and Dick Kyle organized the event.   

On March 12, Pasadena Police Lieutenants Tom Delgado and Jason Clawson, Officers Gilbert Ortiz, Victor Cass, Ralph Ordonez, and PS Hilda Jurado attended the grand opening of the Nonprofit Resource Center at La Pintoresca Library.  The center is in a dedicated space at the La Pintoresca branch and will operate as a cooperating collection of the foundation Center, the county’s largest repository of fundraising and nonprofit development resources. The event was hosted by Flintridge Center and attending VIPs which included:  Councilwoman Jacque Robinson and her Field Representative Tina Williams, Pasadena Housing Director William Huang, Pasadena Public Library Director Jan Sanders, La Pintoresca Branch Manager Diane Walker, Flintridge Center President Jaylene Mosely, and Director of Organizational Learning & Evaluation Flintridge Center, Lisa Wilson.   

On March 13, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commanders Lisa Rosales and John Perez, Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, and I attended the Clergy Community Coalition, which was held at the Pasadena Police Department.  Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell, PUSD Superintendent Jon Gundry, and I all provided information on the community, safety, and our schools.  I used my time to share the department’s 2012 Use of Force, Arrests, and Internal Affairs data.   

On March 14, Commander Lisa Rosales and several other Pasadena Police employees attended and/or participated in the 2013 “Tip A Cop,” which was held at the Hamburger Hamlet Restaurant (214 South Lake Avenue).  The funds raised benefited the Special Olympics.  The event was coordinated by Pasadena Police Sergeant Bobby Lomeli and Officer Cristian Allen.   

On March 14, Commander Lisa Rosales, Lieutenant Kelly Evans, Administrator Wendy Petry, Sergeant Marcia Taglioretti, and Officer Mark Lang attended the Youth Accountability Board (YAB) Graduation.  The program was facilitated by the Youth and Family Services Unit, which is supervised by Sergeant Jessie Carrillo.  Unit detectives include:  Bryan Marin, Nicole Bazzo, and PS Olivia Siciliano.  The program is sponsored by the Pasadena Police Foundation.   

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On March 16 at 11:00 a.m., several Pasadena Police employees attended a “Celebration of Life” for Elaina Ann Quinzon, a well-loved and respected Pasadena Police Dispatcher.  Saint John’s Lutheran Church of Orange Rev. Chris Singer welcomed family, friends, and coworkers.  Jordon Quinzon (Elaina’s son) provided the eulogy, highlighting the many personal and professional achievements his mother accomplished in her brief life. I thought you might like to read about Elaina’s life in brief as provided by her family:    

“Elaina Quinzon, born October 4, 1962 at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, to her parents, Ramona and Dennis Quinzon, was a loving, and much loved Daughter, Sister, Aunt, and Mother.  She was a cherished friend of many, whose spirit touched, and affected all those who had the pleasure to know her.  As a daughter, Elaina brought tremendous joy, pride, and love into her parent’s lives in everything she did.  As a beloved sibling, she treasured her time with her sister, Ronni, reminiscing on childhood times of mischief, and enjoying films together at the local theater.  She always loved sharing her similar interest in football with her Brother-in-Law Chris, by teasing him about the many losses of the Raiders, and watching her Nephew Kyle and Niece Miranda grow and mature over the years.  And as a mother, Elaina loved her son with the power and strength of that of the most caring and loving of Mothers that in turn, through her love, shaped her son and made him who his is today. Elaina graduated high school in the year of 1979 from Buena Vista High School in La Puente, CA.  For a short time after graduation, she practiced as a Nurse’s Aide through Citrus College, and later moved on to working in the Medical Records Department at a hospital in Monrovia.    

During her time working in medical records, she met her future husband, and father of her son, Craig Beard.  On April 26, 1986, they were married in Hacienda Heights, CA and, over the course of three years, lived together in St. Petersburg, Alaska, and Monterey California.  On November 3, 1989, Elaina became a mother, when she gave birth to her only son, Jordan.  In 1988, Elaina began her life-long career in police dispatching in Monterey, CA.  In February of 1990, she began her nearly 23-year long career as a Police Dispatcher for the Pasadena City Police Department.  Throughout her time with the Pasadena Police Department, she applied her skills of organization in aiding the department and the public in maintaining a calm composure in a job that offers stressful situations, and demands a collected thought process. During her career with Pasadena, she made life-long friendships, and memories she would always hold dear, as well as meeting her long-time boyfriend, Victor Alaniz, with whom she shared many loving years, along with his family.  Together, she and Victor shared their love for each other and interests in sports, and travelling over the course of 15 years, by making trips to Chicago, Illinois to see the Chicago Bears football team play in their hometown; boating on Lake Powell, and riding to Sturgis, South Dakota.   

With her family, friends and loved ones, Elaina enjoyed a wide variety of activities throughout her life such as:  skiing in Lake Havasu, bowling, attending concerts of her favorite bands, enjoying the night out on the town along with those around her, and delighting in the flavors of sea food at her favorite restaurant – the Red Lobster.  Although, Elaina’s most anticipated time of the year was that of football season.  She loved being with her family, watching her favorite team, the San Francisco 49ers play, cheering them whenever they made a touchdown, and jeering them with an obvious look of chagrin when they fouled up a play.  One of Elaina’s most cherished vacation activities was camping with her loved ones at the River Nook Campground in Kern County, and fishing for rainbow trout alongside the rushing shores of the Kern River.   

When time permitted her, she also traveled the country and the world, immersing herself in new places, people, and cultures.  Some of the locations in her travels included:  Rome, Italy, London, England, Whales, Ireland, and Maui, Hawaii.  She also enjoyed the entertaining arts, attending plays, operas, movies, and the yearly Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach.  Most of all, Elaina took pleasure in the simplest of things in life, in always possessing a large smile, energy at the dining table in anticipation of the dinners her father prepared for the family, reading a crime thriller by her favorite author, James Patterson, decorating her house with care for the holidays, playing Yahtzee with her mother, being quizzed by her sister on movie trivia, and popping pop-corn and sitting down by a warm fire with her son to enjoy a movie.  These words cannot adequately express or summarize Elaina’s life, but only offer a glimmering hint of who she was, and what she meant to those she loved and who were loved by her.  Earth was too short, but in the time she did have, she affected those around her with her warmth, humor, intelligence, love, and courage and she will be truly missed by all that knew and loved her.”   

Following the Celebration of Life, more than 150 family, friends, and coworkers gathered to fellowship and to remember what a courageous woman she was. God Bless Elaina Ann Quinzon…   

Critical Incidents: 

On March 8 at about 3:38 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to Victory Park regarding a robbery investigation.  On arrival, officers learned that the victim was meeting a friend in the park to possibly furnish him with some marijuana.  Three suspects approached the victim and asked his if he was carrying narcotics.  When the victim opened his backpack, one of the suspects grabbed the marijuana from inside the pack. Subsequently, a physical fight ensured.  Pasadena Police officers arrived quickly and detained two suspects (juveniles).  They were later arrested without further incident. The robbery victim, also a juvenile, was also arrested for possession of a concealed weapon.  Pasadena Police detectives will conduct a follow-up investigation.   

On March 10 at about 1:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Howard and Mentone regarding a Domestic Violence Investigation.  On arrival, officers discovered that the suspect, Male Black, 26, allegedly argued with his girlfriend and attempted to forcefully take custody of their child.  The victim (girlfriend) attempted to stop the suspect and ended up on the hood of his car.  As the suspect drove away, the victim was thrown onto the roadway, sustained a head injury, and lost consciousness. PPD officers contained the neighborhood and searched for the suspect.    The Los Angeles Police Airship assisted PPD officers with the search. The officers were not able to locate the suspect; however, they know his identity.  Lieutenant Ed Calatayud was the incident commander.    

On March 12, a home invasion robbery occurred in the 1900 block of North Arroyo Boulevard. Three armed, masked gunmen entered the residence at approximately 11:00 pm, and held two women captive. The Pasadena Police Department was not made aware of the crime until the following morning, when bank personnel phoned the police department reporting that a female was at the location withdrawing money under duress. Pasadena officers responded and began their investigation. The robbery victims were not injured.

On March 14, 2013, at approximately 12:20 p.m., Pasadena detectives and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) plainclothes deputies were jointly investigating the robbery, when deputies encountered two suspects. One of the two suspects shot at the deputies and a deputy-involved shooting occurred. The two suspects fled on foot and a containment was established in the area of Mar Vista Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. It is unknown if either suspect was wounded. No law enforcement personnel were injured. Pasadena detectives subsequently arrested Marquis Garrett (male, African American, age 20, a Pasadena resident) and Paul Scott (male, African American, age 31, a Pasadena resident) and Eddie McFadden Jr. (male, African American, age 20, an Arcadia resident) for kidnapping for financial gain. Each suspect is being held on $1 million dollars bail.

The Pasadena Police Department continues to investigate the home invasion robbery. The attempted murder of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy, and the subsequent deputy involved shooting, are being investigated by the LASD, Homicide Unit. The home invasion robbery and attempted murder of a peace officer are violent crimes that necessitate a swift response. The subsequent arrest of the suspects was the result of a collaborative effort involving law enforcement entities including: the Pasadena Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the California Highway Patrol, and Canine search teams from South Pasadena, Alhambra, and El Monte Police Departments.  Anyone with information regard the home invasion robbery is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. Individuals with information regarding the attempted murder of the LASD Deputy are asked to contact the LASD at (323) 890-5500. You may report anonymously through Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or
http://lacrimestoppers.org (insert key word Pasadena).   

On March 15 at about 9:00 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Summit Avenue regarding several calls of shots fired.  On arrival, officers located two gunshot victims (Male Hispanic Adults) suffering from non-life threatening wounds. Officers were told that a third victim (Male Hispanic Juvenile) was transported to a local hospital by relatives prior to their arrival. The juvenile victim was suffering from a serious gunshot wound and was alert and talking at the hospital.  During their preliminary investigation, Pasadena Police officers learned the victims were standing near their residence when the suspects fired several shots, striking the victims.  The suspects were last seen running south on Summit Avenue. Pasadena Police officers contained the area and established a nearby command post.  The incident was managed by Sergeant Roger Roldan and Lieutenant Jason Clawson. Pasadena Police detectives responded to the incident and began their investigation. If you have any information about this senseless crime, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.   

On March 16 at about 2:11 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the intersection of California Boulevard and Euclid Avenue regarding a major traffic collision.  On arrival, officers learned the driver of a vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when he broadsided a vehicle making a turning movement. At least one of the vehicles flipped on to its side and subsequently caught fire.  Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles until the Pasadena Fire Department arrived and extricated them.  In one case, the rescue took nearly 30 minutes while the second rescue lasted about an hour and a half. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital and were listed in critical condition.  Pasadena Police Traffic officers responded to the location and began the painstaking effort to reconstruct the incident.  If you happened to witness this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. Pasadena Police Lieutenant Jason Clawson was and the incident commander while Sergeant Max Dahlstein is supervising the investigation.   

On March 16 at about 7:38 p.m., Pasadena Police officers received a call of shots fired in the 2000 block of El Sereno Avenue.  Patrol and Special Enforcement officers arrived quickly at the incident after hearing the shots. The officers recovered some evidence at the scene and located several uncooperative witnesses.  There were no injuries associated with this incident.  Sergeant Kate Favara was the on-scene incident commander. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. You may report anonymously through Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or http://lacrimestoppers.org (insert key word Pasadena).   

On March 16 at about 8:02 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 600 block of Hill Avenue regarding a major traffic collision.  On arrival, officers discovered two vehicles had been involved in a horrific collision.  Both subjects were transported to a local hospital by Pasadena Fire Paramedics.  Later, one of the drivers (Male Hispanic Adult) died as a result of the collision.  The second driver may have been drinking; however, officers have yet to confirm their suspicions.  Pasadena Police Traffic officers were working DUI saturation patrol and responded to the incident.  Lieutenant Jason Clawson and Sergeant Max Dahlstein supervised the investigation.  The victim was a Pasadena resident. Our investigation is ongoing. If you happened to witness this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.   

On March 16 at about 8:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 200 block of East Del Mar Boulevard regarding an accidental discharge of a firearm. On arrival, Pasadena Police officers contacted a Male Adult who said he was cleaning his rifle in his residence when he accidently fired one round through the floor, into an underground carport.  The projectile struck a neighbor’s unoccupied vehicle.  Fortunately, no one was injured.  Officers recovered the rifle as evidence along with a shotgun and pistol for safekeeping.  The case will be forwarded to the City Prosecutor’s Office for review.   


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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