Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (09/16/12)

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September 16, 2012 

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

Save the Date: 

Senator Carol Liu is hosting an Earthquake Safety Workshop for Spanish speakers on September 29, 2012. The event will be held at the Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 East Villa Street, in Pasadena, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Senator Liu will be joined by the Southern California Earthquake Alliance and the Pasadena Fire Department (co-sponsors) to present information and demonstrate safety techniques.  The presentation, primarily in Spanish, will help our residents better protect themselves, their families, and their homes. For more information, contact Adam Carter, District Representative, at 818-409-0400 or Adam.Carter@sen.ca.gov. 

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 Nanning 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 sponsorship 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 8, Pasadena Police Sergeant Ed Calatayud attended a Curbside Coffee & Chat with Washington Square Neighborhood Association residents.  He talked about home safety and crime trends.  The meeting was well attended and the residents asked some great follow-up questions.  Department of Justice, Community Relations Services, Conciliation Specialist, Marquez Equalibria, attended the meeting as our guest. The DOJ Community Relations Services supports law enforcement community outreach by providing information on police-community relations programs utilized by police agencies.  

On September 9, Deborah K. Sanchez and I attended the Grandparents As Parents (GAP) 25th Annual Fund Raiser, which was held in Los Angeles.  GAP was founded in 1987 by Sylvie de Toledo, and the organization has grown in size and capacity over the years.  GAP provides resources, information, and support for grandparents serving as parents.  For more information on this extraordinary organization, please visit:  www.grandparentsasparents.org.  GAP Event Committee member, Char Bland, coordinated our attendance at the fund raiser, which was well attended.  Los Angeles City Councilman, Dennis P. Zine, served as the emcee for the event.  

On September 10, I was a guest on KPAS to discuss the Pasadena Police Department’s Force Simulator, which is the use of force training mechanism for PPD officers.  I also answered general public safety questions.  The guest spot was facilitated by KPAS’ manager, Dami Devine.  You may recall that last year the Pasadena Police Department arrested about 8,562 suspects for misdemeanor and felony crimes.  PPD officers used category force about 67 times to affect the arrests (about .76% of the time).  

On September 11, several Pasadena Police and Fire personnel participated in the Day-Long 9/11 Tribute, which took place at Eden Garden.  The event was hosted by local Pasadena business owners, which included:  Edward Moriarity (Owner, Eden Garden) and Steve Tobia (Publisher, THE Media Group).  The event was open to the public and funds raised were donated to the Pasadena Police and Fire Explorer Posts. VIPs at the event included Mayor Bill Bogaard, City Manager Michael Beck, Assembly Member Anthony Portantino, and Congressman Adam Schiff’s Field Representative, Teresa Lamb-Simpson. Mayor Bogaard, Michael Beck, Chief Calvin Wells, and I offered brief reflections on the impact of September 11th.  My remarks are included below:   

Courage, dedication, compassion, and commitment are terms often associated with First Responders. That was the case on September 11, 2001 and it remains true today in Pasadena.  

First Responders and their families know all too well the cost of freedom.  Yet every day, they place themselves in harm’s way to ensure the quality of life in our community is not eroded, the vulnerable are protected, basic human rights are reaffirmed, and predators are aggressively pursued.    

11 years ago Terrorists attacked the United States.  The ground shook at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a field near Shanksville Pennsylvania. The impact of this cowardly act was felt around the world.  Since the American Revolutionary War the United States of America has lost more than two million military men and women in combat or conflict.   Freedom is not free.  Since 1791 approximately 19,660 police officers have died in the line protecting our great nation. Freedom is not free, but it is worth fighting for. Remember the way of the Warrior, striving for peace cannot be over shadowed by the preparation for battle.  

If we hope to honor the police officers, fire fighters, and military personnel who have made the ultimately sacrifice fighting for freedom, then we must live our lives courageously and with purpose.  We live in challenges times.  Public service is more complex today than a dedicated ago.  But, I believe our First Responders are well prepared to face the challenges and continue to make our community a safe place for all who live in, visit or work in Pasadena.  

On September 12, Commander Chris Russ, Lieutenant Phlunte, and I attended the Clergy Community Coalition’s (CCC) monthly meeting.  I provided an overview of public safety focusing on the summer months.  There were other presenters including: Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell, Altadena Sheriff’s Department Captain John Benedict, Flintridge Center Director of Prevention & Intervention Services Ricky Pickens, and PUSD Director of Child Welfare, Attendance, and Safety, Eric Sahakian.  Community Bible Church (CBC) Pastor Jean Burch is the current CCC president. The meeting was hosted by Pastor Scott Paz Naz.  

On September 12, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle and I attended Assembly member Anthony Portantino’s San Gabriel Valley HIV/AIDS Action Summit, which was held at Cooper Auditorium on the grounds of the City of HOPE Hospital. More than 300 students participated in the summit learning about health and HIV.  Anthony was on hand to facilitate the summit and answer questions.  

On September 13, several Pasadena Police and Fire personnel attended an Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the Pasadena Elks Lodge.  Bell Gardens Police Chaplain Bob Treitler and members of the Elks Lodge were on hand to talk with public safety personnel. The food and conversation were great.   

On September 13, Pasadena Police Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commanders John Perez, Lisa Rosales, and Chris Russ, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, and I attended the Pasadena NAACP’s 27th Ruby McKnight Williams Awards Dinner.  Several community leaders, nonprofit representatives, elected officials, and community members attended the event.  Rose Bowl Manger Darryl Dunn was the Honorary Chairperson and the program was opened by Pasadena-Branch NAACP President, Joe Brown. The keynote speaker was Rev. Dr. George F. Regas, who delivered a compelling speech on violence.  It was my deep honor to serve as Master of Ceremonies and introduce the presenters who subsequently acknowledged the honorees.  

Honorees included:  Betty F. Ford (Ruby McKnight Williams Award); Raphael Henderson and James M. McLamb (Corporate Award); Tzeitel Paras-Garacci and Calvin E. Wells (Civic Award); Beverly White, Betty Sandford, and Frank Girardot, Jr. (Community Award); Manuel Rustin (Education Award); Rev. Dr. James E. Stevenson (Faith Award); Michele Beal Bagneris and Jeanette Mann (President’s Award); Kevin McDonald, Damon Zumwalt, and Vincent Pan (Business Award).   

On September 15, Commander John Perez attended the Fiesta Partrias, which was held at Villa Parke.  John had the opportunity to crown the new queen at the fiesta.  The event was well attended by the community. 

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On September 4, I received a card from a concerned citizen living in North Dakota, commending Pasadena Police Officer David Alba for assisting her son.  The author wrote, “Thank you for your oversight and care of my son last Thursday.  Your efforts are much appreciated…”  

On September 5, Lieutenant Rodney Wallace, Sergeant Bobby Lomeli, Officers Roxanne Haines, Louis Luevano, Sahak Nersesyan, and Steven Oberon attended an in-service training for PUSD principals and administrators. Bobby provided an overview of the role of the Safe Schools Team, which collaborates with PUSD schools to ensure a safe learning environment for students. PUSD Director of Child Welfare, Attendance, and Safety, Eric Sahakian, coordinated our participation. 

On September 8, I received an email from Tribune Reporter Brian Day commending (on behalf of a co-worker) Pasadena Police Officer Steve Oberon for his professionalism during a grand-theft investigation.  The suspect stole a piece of equipment valued at $2,000.  Steve recovered the equipment in less than 12 hours, according to the email.  The victim wrote, “Thank God, and Pasadena PD.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a recovery that fast when there are cameras and witnesses…”  

On September 7, Pasadena Police Corporal Richard Padilla and Officer Martinez conducted a homeless encampment cleanup operation.  They collaborated with Cal Trans and cleaned up several encampments.  Three subjects were also cited during the operation.  

On September 9, I received an email from An Ideal Youth President, Kardia Pinckney, thanking Pasadena Police Lieutenant Rodney Wallace for attending her summer wrap party for youth interns.  Two Ideal Youth students interned at the Pasadena Police Department over the summer.   

On September 10, I received an email from Pasadena Director of Libraries, Jan Sanders, commending Pasadena Police Officers Anthony McGlade and Jason Knighton for their professionalism and efficiency during a disturbance call.  Apparently two young people were involved in an argument in the La Pintoresca Park Library.  Security officers called PPD and Anthony and Jason arrived moments later and quickly resolved the situation.  Jan wrote, “I wanted you to know how effective their actions were and how much they relieved and supported library staff…”  

On September 10, Pasadena Police HOPE Team and officers assigned to Patrol Team 7 conducted livability enforcement operation in the Old Pasadena area and several city parks, including:  Central Park, Memorial Park, La Pintoresca Park, and other areas of concern. The officers arrested 5 suspects and issued 12 misdemeanor citations.   

On September 11, I received an email from a Pasadena community member commending several Pasadena Police officers who resolved an issue involving an unruly fan at the UCLA vs. Nebraska football game (Sept 8).  The author wrote, “As a citizen and fan, I appreciated the way the officers handled the situation and just wanted to let you know.”   

On September 12, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commanders John Perez, Lisa Rosales and Chris Russ, Lieutenants Tom Delgado and Kelly Evans, Administrator Wendy Petry, Sergeants Mark Goodman and Steve Kress, and I attended the Constitutional Observance honoring Pasadena Police and Fire personnel.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant Michael Ingram and Pasadena Paramedic, Justin J. Pagliuso, received the “Beyond the Call of Duty” award.  Mike’s wife and his father-in-law, a retired Oxnard Fire Chief, were also at the awards dinner.  Assembly Member Anthony Portantino provided the keynote speech. The dinner was held at the Wisdom Lodge No. 202 Free and Accepted Masons.  Mason Program Chairman, Levon H. Keshishian, facilitated the program.  

Critical Incidents:  

On June 10, a subject (victim) replied to an advertisement for an I-Phone that was posted on Craigslist.  The victim met a male in the 300 block of North Madison Avenue.  The male (suspect) asked the victim to walk with him to the rear of housing complex. The suspect produced a handgun and took the victim’s money.  The case was later assigned to Detective David Duran.   

David conducted a comprehensive investigation and identified a subject of interest.  He conducted a photo line-up and the victim positively identified the suspect.  In July, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed charges of Kidnapping for Robbery (209 PC) against the suspect, based on David’s investigation.  David contacted Pasadena Police Corporal David Llanes (assigned to the Fugitive Apprehension Unit) for his assistance.  Detective Llanes developed information concerning the suspect’s hangouts.  While patrolling one of the likely hangouts, David observed the suspect and arrested him without incident.  David’s effort removed a dangerous predator from our community.  

On September 10 at 1:30 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Sunset Avenue regarding a domestic violence investigation.  On arrival, officers learned that the suspect and the victim live together.  The suspect was intoxicated and began to fight with the victim.  During the altercation, the suspect punched the victim and threatened to kill her with a knife he secured from the kitchen.  A friend intervened and stopped the assault until police arrived.  The suspect was arrested without incident and booked at the Pasadena jail.  

On September 11 at about 3:00 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1000 of North Lake Avenue regarding a “hot-prowl” burglary.  Officers learned that four (4) Hispanic Females and one (1) Hispanic Male entered a residence through an open window.  The suspects fled on foot when they were confronted by the victim.  One of the female suspect was arrested (she is a Pasadena Resident).  Our investigation is ongoing.  

On September 11 at about 1:09 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 100 block of North Altadena Drive regarding an armed robbery.  On arrival, officers learned the victim was in his auto parts store when he was robbed at gunpoint by the suspects.  The victim was assaulted when he did not respond quickly enough to the robber’s demands.  The suspects grabbed U.S. currency and left the location.  The suspects are only described as Black Males, armed with a gun. If you have any information about this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241, and ask to speak to the robbery detectives.  

On September 12 at approximately 3:53 p.m., Pasadena Police received a call regarding a group of protestors who occupied the lobby of a local financial institution in the 100 block of South Los Robles Avenue. There were 100 protestors in the lobby when officers arrived.  Commander Chris Russ, Lieutenants Jari Faulkner and Randell Taylor, Sergeants John Luna and Max Dahlstein were responsible for our coordinated response. After a brief period, the protestors left the location.  There were no injuries or arrests associated with this incident.   Jari was the Incident Commander and was credited with the positive outcome.  

On September 12 at about 11:43 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 45 block of East Washington Boulevard regarding a strong-arm robbery.  The victim was walking through La Pintoresca Park when he was robbed by four suspects.  If you have any information about his incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (62) 744-4241 and ask to speak with the robbery detectives. The suspects demanded the victim’s I-Phone and baseball cap.  Suspects are described as: 

  • 4 Black Males, ranging in age from 16–22, no further information.  The suspects claimed to be associated with a local street gang. 

On September 14, Pasadena Police Detective Alonzo Wilkins requested assistance from the Pasadena Burglary Task Force (PBTF) locating a suspect wanted for two commercial burglaries.  PBTF developed information that the suspect was residing in the 200 block of South Craig Avenue.  PBTF detectives located the suspect on Craig Avenue and arrested him without incident.  

On September 14, Pasadena Traffic Section conducted an enforcement program monitoring high collision intersections.  Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Officers observed other moving violations as well and initiated the appropriate action. Lieutenant Randell Taylor commands the Traffic Section. The program was covered by the local media: http://sanmarinotribune.com/2012/09/14/pasadena-police-alert-friday 

Until next time, 


Phillip L. Sanchez 

Chief of Police 

Pasadena Police Department 

207 N. Garfield Avenue 

Pasadena, CA 91101 

(626) 744-4545 

Mission First, People Always 






Posted: 9/16/2012 10:55:00 AM
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