Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (01/26/14)

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January 26, 2014


Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:

For Your Information: 

Pasadena Police Department’s Mobile Command Post, Curbside Coffee & Chat, is on the move in 2014.  The police department has received several requests for the mobile command post from neighborhood watch groups and other local stakeholders. The mobile command post is being utilized as a highly visible platform to engage our community members. If you would like the Mobile Command Post Curbside Coffee & Chat to visit your neighborhood, please call Officer Ralph Ordonez at (626) 744-7651, or email: rordonez@cityofpasadena.net.

On January 27, at 6:00 p.m., the Alkebu-ian Cultural Center will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Eyes on The Prize Documentary” Part-1.  The event and community potluck will take place at 1435 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. For further information, please call (626) 794-9470.

On January 30, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson will host a “District 1 Mix and Mingle” event, which will be held at the “Lincoln Restaurant,” 1992 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena.  The event is free, but RSVPs should be sent by January 25, to Tina Williams, District 1 Field Representative at: tinawilliams@cityofpasadena.net, or by calling (626) 744-4444.

Our Community:  

On January 20, several Pasadena Police officers stopped by Jackie Robinson Park to help celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  I understand the event was very well attended and included speakers, music, dancers, and praising.  The program was followed by a Freedom March Video Breakfast, which was also well attended.

On January 22, Pasadena Police Lieutenants Taylor and Hettema hosted a meeting with the East Arroyo Neighborhood Association (EANA) to discuss traffic concerns and safety issues associated with the Rose Bowl Events (January 1 and 6).  The meeting was held at the Brookside Clubhouse and I understand it was well attended. EANA community members were engaging and offered their perspective and observations.  District 1 Field Representative Tina Williams attended the meeting and EANA John Dean helped coordinate the gathering.

On January 22, Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez and I attended the weekly Pasadena Rotary meeting, which was held at the University Club.  The keynote speaker was Pasadena Transportation Director Fred Dock. Pasadena Director of Libraries Jan Sanders introduced Fred, who focused his remarks on mobility in our community.  The meeting was well attended and Fred’s remarks were spot on! (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez). 

On January 23, Pasadena Fire Chief Wells, PFD-PIO Lisa Derderian, Police Chief Sanchez, and PPD PIO Lieutenant Ibarra visited the Channel 7 Studios. The site visit was facilitated by KABC-TV Assignment Editor Susana Quintero-Chamberlin.  We spent some time talking with the different news crews including Meteorologist Dallas Raines and Assignment Editor Jay Eckstein (Photos@PPDChiefSanchez).

On January 23, Pasadena elected officials, local community leaders, and PCC officials and city staff attended the Grand Opening of the Pasadena City College Center for the Arts.  Dr. Anthony Fellow, PCC President Dr. Rocha, and others provided brief remarks.  Dr. Rocha also introduced Boone Family, key donors for the center.  If you have time in the near future, please swing by the Center for the Arts, it is and extraordinary building! (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).

On January 23, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard hosted the State of the City, which was held at PCC in the new Center for the Arts.  The 2014 State of the City theme was “Arts + Innovation = Pasadena.” The event was very well attended by elected officials, city staff, community leaders, and many community members.  The colors were posted by the Pasadena Fire Department Color Guard and the National Anthem was performed by PCC vocalists.  Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson served as the emcee and introduced several local officials. The podium was turned over to Mayor Bogaard, who provided the state of the city (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On January 17, I received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Officer Jack Preston for his professionalism during a field investigation.  The author wrote, “… I am thinking that if Officer Preston is typical of the officer’s in your department, this reflects very well on you and the organization culture you have created.  Thank you for having Officer Preston in your department…”

On January 23, I received an email from a city employee commending the Pasadena Police Air Operations Unit.  The author’s son was on leave from the United State Air Force and visited the department’s heliport (he is a helicopter mechanic).  Lieutenant Ingram and other personnel assigned to Air Operations spent several hours providing an overview of the section and how it functions. 

On January 23, Pasadena Police Sergeant Lomeli, PhD, and Officer Ordonez attended A Healthy and Safe San Gabriel Valley Collaborative meeting.  The gathering was held at the Duarte Community Center.  The Collaborative for a Healthy and Safe San Gabriel Valley is a grassroots movement seeking to build awareness and to uncover the fundamental causes of violence within the cities of Azusa, Duarte, Monrovia, and Pasadena.  

On January 23, I participated in a tour of the Burbank Airport along with Glendale Police Chief Castro and Burbank Police Chief LaChasse.  Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Chief, Ed Skvarna facilitated the tour. The chiefs discussed homeland security issues/concerns, public safety topics, and other related issues (Photos @PPDChiefSanchez).

Critical Incidents:  

On January 22 at approximately 6:15 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Washington Boulevard and Mentor Avenue regarding a traffic accident (automobile vs. pedestrian). On arrival, officers located the victim, a Male Hispanic (Pasadena Resident) lying in the street suffering from injuries caused by the collision. The Pasadena Fire Department responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. PPD’s preliminary investigation suggests the victim attempted to run across Washington Boulevard when he was struck by a car traveling east.  The driver stopped his vehicle after the collision.  Alcohol was not involved and the driver cooperated fully with our investigation.

On January 23 at about 3:30 p.m., the Pasadena Police Department received several calls of a “bear sighting” in the 1500 block of Old House Road.  PPD officers and SPCA officials responded to the area for public safety considerations. The media was streaming live shots of the bear as it walked through the neighborhood.  Officers contained the area, remained at a safe distance, and encouraged inquisitive neighbors to remain indoors. Fish & Game officials were notified; however, the bear made its way back into the forest before they arrived.

On January 23 at about 6:35 a.m., a MTA Bus passenger reported a stalled vehicle on Orange Grove Boulevard near Colorado Boulevard.  Pasadena Motor Officers Gilbert Ortiz and John Watkins responded to the area.  On arrival, officers located an abandoned vehicle on the Colorado Street Bridge.  Nearby they saw a Male Hispanic (Los Angeles Resident, 40s) who appeared distraught.  When Ortiz and Watkins contacted the subject he yelled, “Shoot me! Throw me over.”  Ortiz and Watkins began talking with the subject hoping to calm him down.  They negotiated with the subject for an extended period of time, ultimately persuading him to seek help verses committing suicide by jumping off the bridge.  The subject agreed and was taken into custody without incident.  The subject was later transported to a local hospital for mental health evaluation. It is very likely the calm actions of Gilbert and John saved the subject’s life by preventing him from jumping off the bridge.

On January 23 at about 4:45 p.m., Pasadena Police Department received a bomb call at the Goodwill Shipping Store, 340 South Fair Oaks Avenue.  On arrival, officers talked with the witness who said he located what appeared to be a hand grenade in a box on a table in the building. The officers maintained a safe distance and could clearly see the device.  It appeared to be a “real” hand grenade, which included the “spoon” and pin inserted into the firing mechanism. The building was evacuated and the immediate area around the building was closed off to pedestrians and motor vehicles. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad was called to the scene.  LASD Bomb Techs inspected the device and determined it was inert.  No foul play was suspected.  A LASD Tech removed the device from the premises for disposal.  Pasadena Police Sergeant Villalovos supervised the incident. 

On January 24 at about 7:45 a.m., the Pasadena Police Department received a call of a possible burglary in progress.  The witness observed the suspect (Male White) in the 1100 block of Blanch Street near Wilson Avenue breaking into parked vehicles.  On arrival, patrol officers saw the suspect and contained the area.  Additional resource (PPD Team 6, WSGV Anticrime Task Force, Motors, PPD Team 7, and detectives) responded to the incident.  PPD Sergeant Kirby supervised the search for the suspect, who was subsequently found by Lieutenant Torres hiding inside a trash chute.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident.  The on-duty watch commander, Lieutenant Clawson, supervised the incident.  



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



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