Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (09/09/12)

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September 9, 2012

For your Information: 

California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon M. Youngstrom was shot on September 4 in Contra Costa County as he conducted a traffic (enforcement) stop.  One day later, he succumbed to his wounds. Kenyon was a seven-year veteran of the CHP and the father of four children.  Pasadena Police Officers, uniform employees, and volunteers will wear mourning bands across their badges to honor the memory of Officer Kenyon M. Youngstrom until after his memorial service.  Please keep Officer Youngstrom, his family and friends, and the California Highway Patrol in your thoughts and prayers. Officer Youngstrom’s murder was covered in the print media: 


Save the Date: 

The Pasadena Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is hosting the 27th McKnight Williams Awards Dinner on September 13, at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel.  Reception starts at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets will be held at the door. Please RSVP by August 30, 2012 (Source:  Pasadena Branch NAACP). Joe Brown is the Pasadena Branch NAACP’s President and Darryl Dunn is the honorary event chairperson.   

Latino Heritage is hosting its 14th Annual Parade and Jamaica Celebration on October 6.  This year’s theme is Planting Dreams – Sembrando Suenos, and the event will focus on the exciting era for California: 1840 – 1860.  For more information please visit latinoheritage.org.  Roberta H. Martinez is the Latino Heritage’s Executive Director. Sandra M. Gutierrez is the event Chairperson.    

The Pasadena Police Foundation (PPF) is hosting its Annual Chief’s Breakfast on October 11, 7:30 a.m., at the Brookside Clubhouse.  For reservations, sponsorships, or tickets, please contact Ragnhild Naning De Vries at (626) 744-3987.  Funds raised at the breakfast are used to support youth programs sponsored by the PPF (Source:  Pasadena Police Foundation). Tom Kester is the Pasadena Police Foundation’s President.  

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is presenting its Women for Racial Justice Breakfast on October 15, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel.  For tables, individual tickets, or sponsorships opportunities, please call (626) 296-8433, or contact Crystal Hernandez.  For more information about the YWCA, or programs offered by this valued community partner, please visit www.ywca-pasadena.org. Tamika Farr is the YWCA’s Executive Director.    

El Centro de Accion Social is hosting its annual fundraiser on October 18, at the Westin Pasadena Hotel.  Reception starts at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.  For more information please call (626) 792-3148.  Randy Ertll is El Centro de Accion Social’s Executive Director.  

Our Community: 

On September 4, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle and I met with about 30 seniors living at the Villa Gardens Retirement Facility.  I talked about public safety issues, including:  Fraud, crime trends, and other related topics.  The seniors asked some great follow-up questions concerning homelessness and women in policing.  Villa Gardens Director, Katherine Custodio, coordinated our participation.  

On September 5, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls and I attended a meeting with Flintridge Executive Director Jaylene Moseley and Staff Member Brian Biery regarding Parole Reintegration.  You may recall the Pasadena Police Department currently maintains a parole re-entry program, which is facilitated by Pasadena Police Officer Anthony Russo.  PPD is addressing compliance, education, and assisting in the effort through the Pasadena / Altadena Reintegration Commission, which includes the Flintridge Center and other nonprofit organizations.  

On September 7, I met with the Leadership Los Angeles Class of 2012.  We met at the Los Angeles Metro Headquarters building and my lecture focused on “contemporary issues facing law enforcement.”  About 40 public, private, nonprofit, and corporate leaders are enrolled in the program.  I used my time to discuss some of the comprehensive youth programs in Pasadena, including PAL, Explorers, the Youth Accountability Board, parole reintegration, and crime trends.  Leadership L.A. Network Coordinator, Hadia Kabir, facilitated my participation.  

On September 8, I had the opportunity to meet with the Pasadena Youth Council (PYC) during their annual retreat.  I spend my time with the council discussing leadership and community involvement.  Pasadena Youth Council Vice-Chair, Casey Shatraw, and Program Coordinator, Maricela Galvez, coordinated my participation.  The PYC is the official advisory body for the City of Pasadena representing the youth of our community.  PYC is a sub-body to the Human Services Commission whose goals are to: Provide youth with a forum for civic engagement in Pasadena; Advance the vision for youth in accordance with the City’s Policy on Children, Youth and Families; Create opportunities for youth involvement in decision-making in the community on matters affecting youth.  To learn more about PYC, please visit cityofpasadena.net/HumanServices/Pasadena_Youth_Council 

On September 8, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I attended Dr. Ezat Parnia’s appointment as the ninth president of the Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School.  The Pasadena City Hall Courtyard was the background for Dr. Parnia’s installation, which was well attended.  I spent some time talking with Pasadena Unified School District Board President, Renatta Cooper, and Publisher, Steve Tobia (“The Magazine”).  As an aside, Dr. Parnia is currently attending the Pasadena Citizens Police Academy.   

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On August 25, Police Officer Rodney Saunders and Pasadena Police CAPS Volunteers Keith Chow, Laura Kendall, John Kendall, Shar Stafford, and Kristin Stafford conducted a crime prevention program called “Operation Awareness” in the area of Sunset Oaks (Glorieta Street, Kirkwood Avenue, Poplar Lane, Spruce Street, Birch Street, and Elem Street).  The purpose of the program was to encourage residence to report suspicious activity to the police when it occurs in their neighborhood. The team visited approximately 49 homes and contacted 25 neighbors.  Informational flyers were left for the neighbors who were not at home during the program.  Many of the people contacted expressed their gratitude for Rodney and the volunteers. 

On August 28, I received an email from Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD) Executive Director and Co-Founder, Tecumseh Shackelford, commending Commander Chris Russ for interacting with the youth and their parents. MPYD is an effective youth mentoring program that is located on the John Muir High School campus.  PPD officers, supervisors, and executives frequently talk with MYPD students as part of the mentoring program. 

On September 4, I received an email from a Pasadena community member commending the police department for their dedication and service.  The author wrote, “This is just a short note to say thank you for your excellent service. “  The author has lived in Pasadena for more than 15 years and has called the PPD on several occasions.  

On September 6, I received an email from Pasadena Fire Department Emergency Manager Coordinator, Lisa Derderian, commending Commander Lisa Rosales for her participation in the Emergency Operation Center training.  Lisa received an overview and training on the EOC’s technology capacity.  

On September 6, Pasadena Police Sergeant Mark Goodman obtained his FAA Private Pilot’s license as part of his ongoing training toward becoming a certified Pasadena Police aviator.  Mark’s final testing (an extensive oral exam and flight review) occurred at the Long Beach Airport.  This is a tremendous accomplishment for Mark as well as his primary Flight Instructor, Pasadena Police Officer Patrick Polimeni.   Lieutenant Michael Ingram commands the Air Support Unit.  

Critical Incidents: 

On September 5 at about 6:00 p.m., Pasadena Police officers were on hand at the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees meeting, which was held at the Jackie Robin Center (JRC).  PPD was requested to attend the meeting, in part due to the potential for student demonstrations.  The Pasadena City College Police officers also attended the meeting.  In the end, the meeting was orderly.  No arrests were associated with the event.  

On April 6 at about 7:09 p.m., two male suspects separately entered a grocery store located in the 3600 block of East Foothill Boulevard.  The subjects met inside the store near the aisle where Red Bull energy drinks were displayed.  The suspects then placed several cases of Red Bull in a shopping cart and walked out of the store without paying.  The suspects are described as: 

• Armenian Male, 20-30, medium build
• Armenian Male, 20 -30, medium build.

If you have information about this crime, please call the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-3862, and ask for Corporal Robert Jenkins. 

On Augusta 22, at about 7:28 p.m., three Black Females entered a clothing store located in the 1300 block of North Lake Avenue.  While they were inside, one of the subjects distracted the employee while the others took several items and exited the store without paying. The suspects are described as: 

• Black Female, late 20s, 5’-7,” 165 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes.
• Black Female, 20s, 5’-4,” 150 pounds, shoulder length black hair, and brown eyes
• Black Female, 5’5” to 5’-6,” 170 pounds, black hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information about this crime, please call the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-3862, and ask for Corporal Robert Jenkins. 

On September 7, Pasadena Police Patrol Team 7 conducted quality of life checks at the following locations:  the Old Pasadena Business District, Central Park, Memorial Park, and La Pintoresca Park.  PPD officers arrested five (5) subjects, issued 12 misdemeanor citations, 11 moving violations, and 11 field interview cards.  The subjects were contact for violation of the California Penal Code and Vehicle Code, and the Pasadena Municipal Code. The following personnel are assigned to Team 7:  Sergeants Katherine Favara and Christopher Kirby, Corporals Todd McDonald and Richard Padilla, Officers Cristian Allen, Panfilo De La Cruz, Robert Dubois, Barry Glockson, Bartman Horn, Kimberly Jones, Ivis Moran, Daniel Morris, Brian Petrella, and Aaron Villicana.  

On September 8 at about 2:00 a.m., Pasadena Police officers, while on foot patrol in the area of Dayton Street and Fair Oaks Avenue, observed a group of subjects involved in a fight.  As officers approached, several subjects entered a dark colored vehicle and fled the area.  PPD officers located a male adult victim lying on the sidewalk, suffering from a stab wound.  Officers immediately notified the Pasadena Fire Paramedics and the victim was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.  Our investigation is ongoing.  

Until next week,  

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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