Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
Dear Community Members and Department Personnel:
January 26, 2014
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (626) 744-4444.
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
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).
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
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
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
Phillip L. Sanchez, Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
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