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Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (07/08/12)

/assets/0/73/6442452101/6442452104/2d48c434-3d9e-4f00-b898-148a76ec79aa.jpgTouching Base: A Message from the Chief
July 8, 2012
 
 

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

For your information: 

On July 1, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health replaced the old testing policy with a universal screening policy for first-time students entering Kindergarten through the 12th Grade.  The new policy recommends only testing students who are at an elevated risk for tuberculosis (TB), and is in keeping with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Health providers, as part of their routine health assessment, will screen students and test them for TB only if a risk factor is present. For more information, contact the Public Health Nursing Unit in the Pasadena Public Health Department at lesaenz@cityofpasadena.net or (626) 744-6012 (Source:  William Boyer, Public Information Officer).  

On July 19 and July 21, the public is invited to attend one or both of the upcoming community meetings concerning the status of the former YWCA Building near City Hall.  The meetings will include information about the City’s process for the submissions from qualified developers who are interesting in rehabilitating the historical YWCA structure that was originally designed by famed architect, Julia Morgan.  The meeting participants will also be able to walk through the now-closed YWCA building for the first time in many years. Each meeting will consist of two parts:  An on-site tour of the YWCA building, 78 North Marengo Avenue, and a presentation and comment session in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 North Garfield Avenue. Meeting dates are listed for your review:    

  • YWCA Building Walking Tour, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., July 19, followed by Presentation and Comments, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall.  
  • YWCA Building Walking Tour, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., July 21, followed by Presentation and Comments, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m., Council Chambers, City Hall. 

Pasadena officials indicate the City plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) during the week of July 9, seeking responses on how to best preserve and re-use the historic building.  Preservation of the former YWCA has been a top priority for Pasadena Heritage for more than two decades (Source:  William Boyer, City of Pasadena, PIO). 

Save the Date: 

Parks after Dark Program runs July 7 through August 24, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.  The program is a collaborative effort between Pasadena Human Services & Recreation, the Pasadena Police Department, and the Pasadena Transportation Department. Please see the attached flyer for more information (Source:  Human Services & Recreation). 

Pasadena Heritage plans to hold its popular Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge on July 14, from 6:00 – 11 p.m.  This is the 35th Birthday Party on the Bridge. A celebratory salute to Old Pasadena will be the theme of this special fundraising event.  Guardians of Old Pasadena will honor individuals and organizations who led the effort to save Old Pasadena from the wrecking ball, and set the state for the revitalization of Pasadena’s original downtown (Source:  Pasadena Heritage).  

The 3rd Annual Robinson Park Summer Festival is scheduled for July 21 at Robinson Park. The Pasadena Police Department will play a friendly softball game against a community team as part of the festival.  In years past, the game has featured very talented ball players on both teams.  The game starts at 1:00 p.m. and is sure to be an exciting athletic competition between two very eager teams. The Pasadena Police Department’s Softball Team is managed by Sergeant Art Chute, and as in the past, the Pasadena Police Athletic Association (PPAA) will barbeque hotdogs during the event (Source:  Pasadena Police Department).    

The Gran Fondo Giro d ’Italia Bicycle Ride is scheduled for July 22.  RCS Sport is organizing this unique ride featuring distances of 25, 67, and 92 miles. The ride features a mass start at the footsteps of City Hall. Cyclists will cruise through Old Town on their way to the Rose Bowl.  After a tour around the “Grand Daddy,” riders will begin climbing the local foothills and mountains before returning to Pasadena City Hall. The event promises to be a statement about anything Italian and a two-day expo will showcase the best of “Italy.”  Registration and detailed information about the Gran Fondo is available at www.grandondogiroditalia.com (Source: Sabra Nagel).  

The Armenian Community Coalition of Pasadena and the Armenia Identity Harvest is hosting the 5th Annual Armenian Identity Festival on July 22, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Victory Park, 2575 Paloma Street. The festival will feature food, live music, information booths, and activities for the children.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.acc-us.org, or call (626) 399-1799 or (818) 306-0413 (Source:  Elizabeth Zartarian, Executive Secretary, Armenian Community Coalition).  

Our Community: 

On June 27, Police Specialists Arlene Ramos attended the Paloma Annual Block Party.  Arlene was extremely helpful in securing the necessary permits.  Not only did she spend time with the neighbors, she also ensured that the area remained closed to vehicular traffic.  

On July 1, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, Human Services & Recreation Administrator Horace Wormely, and I met a group of community members to finalize the 3rd Annual Robinson Park Summer Festival.  The community and police department softball game is destined to be a crowd pleaser.  Please consider coming by the park to meet some new neighbors and watch some softball. 

On July 2, I stopped by Opus Bank for their 4th of July celebration, which included hotdogs, chips, and drinks. Opus Bank VP for Retail Banking, Sandra D’Amato-Flores, and her staff (Leslie, Dan, and Debbie) were on hand to say hello and engage the community. I passed on the hotdogs and chips, however, but our conversation was great.  

On July 4, several Pasadena Police offices attended numerous neighborhood celebrations in honor of Independence Day.  The day concluded with the 86th Annual 4th of July Celebration at the Rose Bowl.  The attendance inside the Rose Bowl was about 28,350. The crowd was very orderly throughout the day, and I understand we (the police department) did not make any arrests associated with the event. 

On July 6, I received a letter from Men Educating Men About Health (MEMAH) Executive Director, Jim Morris, thanking the Pasadena Police Department for their participation in the Get Healthy Pasadena 2012 event, which was held on June 2 at the Pasadena Senior Center.  In his letter, Jim said, “Because of your participation, we [MEMAH] were able to provide screening to over 2,000 people, along with serving both breakfast and lunch to over 1,500 people.”  If you did not stop by the health fair this year, please look for it in 2013. 

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On July 1, I received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Sergeant John Luna, for his exemplary service to the neighborhood of Flower Street and Garfield Avenue.  The author sent John information about illegal narcotics activity in her neighborhood and he immediately responded to investigate.  The author also commended the Pasadena Police Communication Center for their professional service. The author concluded her email by saying, “Once again, our heartfelt gratitude for the work that our officers do in the field every day.  And a big shout out to Luna for his dynamism and spirit.  Gotta love it.” 

On July 2, I received a letter from a citizen commending Pasadena Police Officer Doug Hamblin.  I would like to share the entire letter, as it speaks to Doug’s calm, mature, and professional deportment, on and off-duty. 

“Chief Sanchez, I am writing you as a resident of another community wishing to express my gratitude for the off-duty actions of Officer Doug Hamblin.  On Saturday, June 30, I was at the American Heroes Airshow at Hansen Dam in Pacoima, CA, along with my wife, stepdaughter, niece and nephew.  I was involved in a very minor accident while attempting to leave the show.  The other driver and his passenger became very irate.  The passenger exited the other vehicle and attempted to pull me from my vehicle several times.  His actions terrified the children (ages 4, 6 and 15) as well as my wife. 

Eventually, I was able to move my vehicle to the side so as to not block entrance or egress to the parking area.  Officer Hamblin came over and calmed the situation and offered his name as a witness.  He never identified himself to me as a Pasadena Police Officer, but my wife and I recognize him because of our careers. 

I think every branch of Military and Law Enforcement were present at the Air Show, yet Officer Hambin was the only one who had the courage to act.  I am sure you will agree that his actions speak very strongly towards his integrity and dedication to his profession and his exemplary behavior is commendable.  Please pass this letter on to Officer Hamblin, along with my most sincere gratitude.”   

On July 3, Pasadena Police Officers responded to a structure fire in the 700 block of Palisades Street.  Officer Tom Brown and Corporal Robin Stinson were among the first to arrive.  Two of the residents, both with substantial medical issues, were still in the house.  Tom assisted firefighters in the effort to remove the victims from dwelling.  During the extraction, Tom suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.  Tom was subsequently released from the hospital and returned to duty.  Three victims were also transported to an area hospital for further observation. The incident was covered by the local media: www.pasadenanow.com/main/police-firefighters-rescue-3-from-house-fire.  

On July 4, Pasadena Park Safety Specialists were patrolling Memorial Park following complaints of people drinking alcohol in public.  The specialists observed a group of people consuming alcohol and, as they approached to investigate – one of the subjects fled the park on his bicycle.  The Park Specialists called for assistance and police officers located the subject a few blocks away from the park.  During their investigation, officers discovered the subject was in possession of counterfeit currency.  He was arrested without incident and the U.S. Secret Service were notified.  USSS Agents responded to the Pasadena jail to interview the suspect. 

On July 5, I received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tom Delgado for his professional service.  The community member was a recent victim of a burglary, and discussed his concerns with Tom.   

On July 5, I received notice that Pasadena Police Sergeant Michel Bugh graduated from Union Institute & University, with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management. Michael graduated with a 3.888 cumulative GPA, which, considering his duties as a full time peace officer, is very impressive.   

On July 7, Pasadena Police Sergeant Eduardo Calatayud will travel to Jamaica to assist law enforcement officials in the effort to develop policies surrounding les lethal force (options/equipment and policy).  Eduardo is a Defensive Tactics Instructor and routinely trains Pasadena Police officers.  This unique opportunity is coordinated and funded through the United States State Department.   

Critical Incidents:  

On June 23, during the evening, Pasadena Police Air Operations, serving in the capacity as Foothill Air Support Team (FAST), responded to the city of Pomona regarding a vehicle pursuit.  At the termination point, the air crew helped the ground units establish a perimeter to contain the area. The air crew assisted with an area search and the suspect was located and arrested without incident.  

On June 26, during the evening, Pasadena Police Air Operations, serving in the capacity as Foothill Air Support Team, responded to Monrovia regarding an armed barricaded suspect (rifle) inside a residence in the 800 block of Duarte Road. The air crew provided support and updates while SWAT members prepared to contact the suspect.  The incident was resolved when the suspect surrendered to SWAT officers.  

On July 2, at about 1:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1300 block of North El Molino Avenue to investigate a report of possible shots fired. On arrival, PPD officers talked with a few witnesses who believed the “shots” were actually fireworks.  However, upon further investigation, the officers located three victims who had been sleeping in their residence when it was hit by gunfire. No one was injured in the incident and our investigation is ongoing.  If you have information about this incident, please contact the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241, or you can report the information anonymously to CRIME STOPPERS at 800-222-8477. 

On July 3, at about 3:00 p.m., Pasadena Police detectives assigned to the Burglary Task Force (BTF) were conducting a covert operation when they observed a known fugitive (suspect was wanted for a federal no bail warrant). Detectives Jack Preston and Alex Torres contacted the suspect and arrested him without incident.  

On July 3, at about 10:24 a.m., Pasadena Police detectives assigned to the Burglary Task Force were conducting a covert operation when they observed a known robbery suspect who was wanted.  The detectives arrested the suspect without incident and his was later booked at the Pasadena jail.  

On July 4, at about 4:30 p.m., Pasadena Police Officers Jack Rappuchi and Matthew Morgan were patrolling the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Walnut Street, when they received a stolen vehicle alert (the police car was equipped with an Automatic License Plate Reader). Jack and Matthew conducted a traffic stop and the suspects were arrested without incident.  The suspects were later booked at the Pasadena jail for GTA (Grand Theft Auto).  

On July 4, at about 8:12 p.m., Pasadena Police Officer Ivis Moran received information about a missing 3 year-old female in the area of the Rose Bowl. The child had been at the Rose Bowl with her family when she went missing.  Ivis obtained a photo of the missing child and shared the information with other law enforcement officials. A short time later, Pasadena Police Motor Officer Thomas Blanchard observed the child with several adults.  Tom stopped to investigate, confirming the child was the reporting missing, and that she was with relatives.  The child was unharmed.  

On July 6 starting in the morning, officers assigned to the Burglary Task Force (BTF) and Detective Sheri Schwab conducted a series of compliance checks throughout the city. The checks were focused on subjects who were on active probation/parole and have a history of committing property crimes.  Sheri and the BTF arrested three suspects for a variety of violations.   

Sincerely,  

 

Phillip L. Sanchez 

Chief of Police 

Pasadena Police Department 

207 N. Garfield Avenue 

Pasadena, CA 91101 

(626) 744-4545 

Mission First, People Always 

 

 

Posted: 7/8/2012 07:50:00 AM