Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (06/24/12)

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June 24, 2012

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

Save the Date! 

AMERICAFEST 2012 will take place at the Rose Bowl on July 4th.  This year’s event will mark the 86th annual Fourth of July celebration in the Rose Bowl.  The public is welcome to attend and participate.  This year’s program will honor Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).  Active service personnel and their immediate families will be admitted free. To learn more about this event, please visit www.rosebowlstadium.com, or call (626) 577-3101 (Source: Audrey O’Kelly, Rose Bowl Legacy Campaign).Residents and visitors should know that the best way to celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday with family and friends is by attending a professional fireworks show, such as the “Americafest” Celebration at the Rose Bowl, America’s Stadium.  

Due to the risk of fire hazards and injuries, Pasadena Police and Fire personnel will staff checkpoints around the Rose Bowl to seize all illegal fireworks and to arrest offenders.  In addition, parking enforcement officers will impound vehicles parked illegally in the hillside areas surrounding the Rose Bowl. For more information about fireworks safety and enforcement, contact the Pasadena Fire Department at (626) 744-7276.   

El Centro de Accion Social will host its Annual Fundraiser at the Westin Hotel on Thursday, October 19, 2012.  For more information on this event, please visit www.elcentropasadena.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=71238&type=d  (Source:  El Centro de Accion Social).  

Our Community: 

On June 16, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Diego Torres, Sergeant Ed Calatayud, Corporal Jayce Ward, and I attended the North Arroyo Neighborhood Association’s Curb-Side Coffee & Chat.  Ed led the way, talking about crime to a group of about 30 neighbors.   The group asked some really good questions about crime and how PPD responds to calls for service.  Tei and Joe Dupree hosted the meeting.   

On June 16, I stopped by the Juneteenth Festival and Open House, which was held at the Jackie Robinson Center (JRC).  The program was coordinated by Human Services and Recreation Supervisor, Jarvis Emerson.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Rodney D. Wallace and Officer Darryl Harris were at the event. Darryl and “his band,” played several musical numbers, which were well received by the audience. I also spent some time talking with Human Services and Recreation Administrator, Horace Wormely, at the event about youth programs.  

On June 17, the Pasadena Police Department hosted its 11th Annual Police Classic Car Show.  The event was very well attended and was “next door” to the Pasadena Chalk Festival.  Between the two events, thousands of people where drawn to Paseo Colorado.  The car show was organized and coordinated by Sergeants Mike Bugh and David Reavis, and Officers Rodney Saunders and Phillip Klotz.  There were countless Pasadena Police employees, volunteers, and members from the Pasadena Lions Club assisting with the event.  Pasadena Police Explorer Post 19 posted the American Flag and led the audience in the pledge. Mayor Bill Bogaard stopped by the event and selected a show car for the “Mayor’s Award.”  If you missed the car show this time, we hope to see you next year.   

On June 19, I attended the Learning Works High School Graduation ceremony, which was held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden.  There were about 100 students participating in the ceremony.  Their educational achievements were witnessed by family, friends, school staff, and others.  Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries, provided the keynote speech.  VIPs included PUSD Superintendent Jon Gundry and PUSD Educational Board Member, Kim Kean.  Field Representatives from State Assemblymember Anthony J. Portantino’s office and State Senator Carol Liu’s Office also attended.   Learning Works School Founder / CEO is Dr. Mikala L. Rahn.  For more information on Learning Works School, please visit www.learningworkscharter.com.  

On June 20, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commanders John Perez and Chris Russ, Lieutenants Phlunte Riddle and Tracey Ibarra, Administrator Gena Persons, Sergeant Ernie Devis, Detective Carolyn Gordon, Officer Philip Klotz, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I attended the 2012 American Cancer Society Kick Off reception, which was held at AKA Bistro.  The event was the precursor to the ACS Gala, which is scheduled for August 4, 2012. ACS Event Chair, Cindy Ruiz, and Co-Chair, David Scarminach, provided brief remarks recognizing a few VIPs and the 2012 honorees.  Mayor Bill Bogaard’s Field Representative, Rhonda Stone, was also present.  

On June 22, I received notice that the Pasadena Police Department received a grant from State Farm Insurance Company.  The grant will be used to develop a driver’s safety program, which will be managed by the department’s traffic section.  State Farm Insurance Agent, Bryan Erckenbrack, helped facilitate the grant process.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Randell Taylor commands the Traffic Section.  

On June 23, Mayor Bill Bogaard, Pasadena Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh, Deborah K. Sanchez and I stopped by State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino’s HIV Testing Day.  The event this year was held at Mercantile Place, Old Pasadena and was well attended.  The Mayor provided brief remarks underscoring the importance of HIV testing.   

On June 23, Commander Chris Russ, Lieutenant Rodney D. Wallace, Corporal Glenn Thompson, Officer Veronica Burris, and several Pasadena Police Explorers attended the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Explorer Class 88 graduation, which was held in Whittier.  Pasadena Police Explorers Jennifer Chavez and Raffi Jilkivorkian graduated from the Explorer Academy and are our newest members.  For more information about the Pasadena Explorer program, please visit cityofpasadena.net/police/explorer_program.  

On June 23, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commanders John Perez, Lieutenants Phlunte Riddle and Mike Ingraham, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I stopped by the Pasadena Boxing Show, which was held at Villa-Park.  Pasadena Human Services & Recreation Staff Members, Fausto De La Torre and Bill Davis, coordinated the event.  At some point in the program Human Services and Recreation Director Mercy Santoro and Administrator Horace Wormely stopped to watch the boxers. Win, lose, or draw, the boxers where well prepared for their bouts.  The Villa-Park Boxing program is an extraordinary opportunity for community youth to learn about discipline, physical engagement, and respect.  

On June 23, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended a “Happy Birthday Pasadena” celebration. The event was co-sponsored by the Pasadena Museum of History and the City of Pasadena, and featured nonstop music, entertainment, crafts, activities, historical displays, and live presentations. The highlight of the event was the cutting of the birthday cake.  Several local elected officials and community leaders simultaneously cut into six different cakes to celebrate Pasadena turning 126 years young!  VIPs included Mayor Bill Bogaard, Council Members Terry Tornek, Chris Holden, Gene Masuda and Steve Madison, City Manage Michael Beck and Fire Chief Calvin Wells.  The event was coordinated by Director of Programming Ardis Willwerth and Pasadena Star News Frank Girardot served as emcee.  

On June 23, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commander Chris Russ, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended “An Evening with Star Chefs,” to support Rosemary Children’s Services.  The fundraiser was held in front of Pasadena City Hall and was well attended by community leaders and other supporters.  VIP included Mayor Bill Bogaard, Pasadena Councilman Gene Masuda, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s Field Representative Rita Hadjimanoukian. United States Congresswoman Judy Chew and RUSNAK Auto Group Vice President Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi were honored by Rosemary Children’s Services. The event was coordinated by Development Director Jennifer Radics and Rosemary Children Service’s Board President Ralph Ramirez (Bank of America Vice President Small Business Banking), Board Member Iynn Lu (Bank of America Senior Vice President) and Board Member Pete Hettema (PPD Lieutenant) also attended the event.  

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On May 24, I received a letter from a citizen commending Pasadena Police Officer Patrick Polimeni for his competency and professionalism.  Patrick is a pilot currently assigned to the department’s Air Operations Section.  

On June 2, I received an email from a citizen commending Pasadena Police Officer Marko Tudic, for his professionalism and sensitivity during a death investigation.  The author said in his email, “I wanted to personal thank you for your outstanding service, professionalism and compassion ….”  

On June 14, officers assigned to the Pasadena Police Department’s Special Enforcement Section, Air Operations Section, and command staff attended a memorial for South Pasadena Police Officer, Kevin Sandoval.  You may recall that Kevin passed away in the line of duty during a SWAT Training day.  The memorial was very emotional for everyone attending the service.  South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Payne addressed the audience, recalling Kevin’s community service.   

On June 15, Pasadena Police Officers conducted a Tobacco Retail Enforcement program.  Officers checked more than seven (7) locations to determine of the vendors were illegally selling tobacco products.  Five of the vendors were compliant with the law, and the remaining two were issued citations. Pasadena Police Sergeant Ed Calatayud supervised the operation, and Officers Tommy Corralez and Danny Morris provided the enforcement component.  Pasadena Public Health Program Coordinator, Statice Wilmore, also assisted.  

On June 20, Pasadena Reserve Police Officers Brian Campeau and Raffi Badalian were sworn-in as the department’s newest law enforcement officers.  Sergeant Marcia Taglioretti provided a brief welcome and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Sergeant Bobby Lomeli read the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, and City Clerk Mark Jomsky administered the oath of office.  Brain and Raffi were supported by family and friends.  

On June 21, Lieutenant Cheryl Moody hosted the Northwest Service Area Board meeting at the Pasadena Police Department’s Traffic Section.  Traffic Sergeant Vasken Gourdikian, and Motor Officers Luis Marquez and Derek Locklin provided an overview of the Traffic Section and programs to the board.  Amongst the programs discussed were the grant-supported DUI Checkpoints, DUI Saturation patrols, Safe School Routes program, and the recent Every 15 Minutes program. 

Police Specialist Arlene Ramos provided orientation to the police department’s e-policing efforts. For more information, please visit the police department’s website at: http://cityofpasadena.net/Police/ and follow the tabs for Crime Statistics/Resources or Report a Crime On-Line. 

On June 20, I received a copy of an email written by a relative of an elderly real estate fraud victim who was swindled out of a significant amount of money.  The relative commended Pasadena Detective Paul Granados, for his assistance during the investigation saying, “Your professionalism and consideration for the victims as well as your dedication to seeing that the suspect pays for his crimes are very much appreciated.”  

On June 21, Pasadena Police Patrol Team 4 held an off-site briefing at Zona Rosa Café, 15 South El Molino Avenue.  The patrol teams are encouraged to hold their briefings at establishments throughout the City.  The off-site briefings bring residents and business owners together with officers, and are an excellent way to meet the men and women of the Pasadena Police Department who serve the community.  For more information about hosting an off-site briefing, please call the Pasadena Police Department Watch Commander’s office at (626)744-4620. Sergeant Tory Riley is the Team 4 supervisor.  

On June 21, Pasadena Police Officer Ralph Ordonez was selected to participate in this year’s Korea Visitation Program.  Ralph is a mature, experienced and tenured police officer. The purpose of the Korea Visitation Program is to help non-Korean American leaders better understand the Korean culture and ancestry.   

Critical Incidents: 

On June 13 in the afternoon, Pasadena Police officers received a Lo-Jack alert (indicating a stolen vehicle) in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and the 210 Freeway.  The Pasadena Police Helicopter located the stolen vehicle and directed ground units to the suspect’s location. The suspect was later arrested without incident.  The following police personnel were involved in the incident:  TJ Gonzales, Ed Careaga, Mark Goodman, Patrick Polimeni, Matthew Chacarin, Jim Deal, Keith Gomez, and Grant Curry.   

On June 20 at about 12:30 a.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Mountain Street and Worcester Avenue regarding an assault with a paintball gun.  The police dispatchers received multiple calls of a group in a Volkswagen Beetle firing a paintball weapon at random victims.  A minor child and her mother were assaulted by the group.  PPD officers saw and stopped the vehicle on Fair Oaks Avenue, near Mountain Street, and arrested the suspects (four juveniles and one adult).  The adult was arrested and booked at the Pasadena jail.  The juveniles were cited and released to their parents.   

On June 20 at about 11:00 a.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the 3700 block of Mayfair Avenue regarding a residential burglary.  When the officers arrived, the suspects were gone.  However, an alert community member obtained a vehicle description of the suspect’s get-a-way car. The Pasadena Burglary Task Force (BTF) picked up the investigation and identified the involved suspects. The suspects were later arrested without incident and the stolen property from Mayfair Avenue was recovered.  The BTF served several search warrants at the suspect’s residences, looking for additional stolen property.  Three suspects were ultimately booked at the Pasadena jail for residential burglary. The outcome of this case may not have been possible without the concerned citizen who provided valuable information to the Pasadena Police Department.   

On June 20 at about 9:19 a.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the 800 block of Summit Avenue regarding an adult annoying a child. Officers arrived and interviewed the victim and witnesses. Following their preliminary investigation, an adult suspect was arrested.  Later, Commander Lisa Rosales received a call from the victim’s mother, commending the employees involved in the investigation.  The following employees were acknowledged: Communications Dispatchers Lara McDonald and Myriam Correa, Officer Victor Cass, Detective Monica Cuellar, and CSO Hilda Jurado.   

On June 22 at about 7:30 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to the Colorado Street Bridge regarding a possible suicidal female.  On arrival, officers observed a female adult standing on the other side of the safety fence.  PPD established a unified command post with Pasadena Fire Department, and the subject was subsequently persuaded to surrender.  She was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. The Incident Commander was Pasadena Police Lieutenant Cheryl Moody.  Sergeant Tory Riley assisted at the command post.   

On June 22 during the evening hours, the Pasadena Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a DUI Check Point in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Glenarm Street.  Approximately 1,727 vehicles passed through the check point, resulting in 37 DUI Field Investigations.  Eight (8) drivers were arrested for DUI.  The following personnel participated in the DUI Check Point:  Lieutenant Randell Taylor, Sergeant Mario Ortiz, Corporals Peinado and Carter, Officers Kim, Myles, Hsu, Locklin, Karg, McKenzie, Walkins, De Sylva, Blumenthal, Blanchard, J. Calderon, Gaudet, Noda, Marques, and Klotz.  Police Cadets Elhosseiny and Anderson, PSIII Munoz, and CSO Liu also assisted.   The DUI Check Points are funded by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and are part of a comprehensive enforcement effort to keep our community streets safe.  

On June 23 at about 6:24 p.m. Pasadena Police officers responded to Walnut Street and Meredith Avenue regarding a traffic collision.  Our preliminary investigation indicates that a male adult was driving his motorcycle east on Walnut Street in the number two lane when he was struck and killed by a vehicle travelling north on Meredith Avenue.  Witnesses stated the motorcycle was travelling at high rate of speed east weaving in and out of lanes of traffic. The driver of the car was taken to HMH for a blood draw even though he did not display signs of alcohol intoxication. The decedent and the driver of the car are both Pasadena residents. The Pasadena Police Traffic Section, Fatal Collision Team is investigating the incident.   



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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