Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (10/14/12)

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October 14, 2012

Dear Community Members and Department Personnel: 

For your information: 

The Great Shakeout is scheduled for October 18, at 10:18 a.m.  At a minimum, please consider to drop, cover, and hold on during the shakeout.  For more information, please visit www.dropcoverholdon.org.  

Save the Date: 

The Pasadena-Foothill Valley YWCA 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.  

The Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy announced that three new garden projects in the city will receive Community Gardening Awards at the Conservancy’s first annual Sustainable Sunday Supper, Can U Dig It?, which will be held on November 4.  The awardees are: 

  • John Muir High School’s Muir Ranch Community Supported Agriculture project 
  • Harambee Ministries’ Harambee Community Garden in Northwest Pasadena 
  • Pasadena Community Gardens’ Community Garden in Southwest Pasadena 

For more information, please contact Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy President and CEO, Eileen Read at eileenwhiteread@hotmail.com, or phone (202) 641-0779.  

The Pasadena Youth Center will host their 2nd Annual Adelante Young Men Conference on November 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The conference will take place on the campus of Pasadena City College (PCC) and will feature Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) President/General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz as the keynote speaker.  The conference features lectures, interactive workshops, career and academic planning, and much more.  For more information about the conference, please call (626) 798-1538 or visit http://pasadenayouthcenter.org/aym_conference/adelante_young_menStella R. Murga is the founder and Executive Director for the Pasadena Youth Center.  

Our Community: 

On October 7, Pasadena Police Sergeant Mike Bugh, Officer Matt Widger, and Park Safety Specialists Michelle White and Noel Herrera attended a October Fest Celebration at the Historic First Lutheran Church.  From what I understand, the event was well attended and the food was great!  Firefighters from Station #33 also attended the celebration.  Reverend Christopher Schaar coordinated our participation.  

On October 9, Commander John Perez and I meet with the Latino Pastors at the Villa Parke Community room.  During the meeting, we talked about safety issues, crime, and other related topics.  The guest speaker was Pasadena Youth Center Executive Director, Stella Murga.  Stella talked about her upcoming Adelante Young Men’s Conference, which is scheduled for November 10 at Pasadena City College.  

On October 10, the Pasadena Police Department hosted the Clergy Community Coalition (CCC) monthly meeting.  Pastor Jean Birch and Flintridge Center Director of Prevention and Intervention Services, Ricky Pickens, introduced several young men from a Positive Force, which is a grass roots intervention organization. The mission of CCC is to work with the community to improve the quality of life for all people through creative solutions that enhance affordable housing, economic empowerment, education, and spiritual transformation. Special thanks to Pasadena Police Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar and Police Specialist Susana Castro for assisting with the meeting logistics.  

On October 10, several Pasadena Police and Fire employees attended the 11th Annual Appreciation BBQ, which was hosted by the Lake Avenue office of Coldwell Banker.  The event was held at La Casita de Arroyo. Coldwell Realtor Rosey Bell and many other real estate agents help coordinate and facilitate the BBQ.   

On October 11, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, Police Specialists Olga Baray and Susana Castro, and I attended the Pasadena Weekly “Pasadena’s Best Of” event at the Paseo Colorado.  Participants braved the stormy weather to attend the event.  Pasadena Weekly Publisher John Guynn, Editor Kevin Uhrich, and Deputy Editor Andre Coleman were on hand to welcome the attendees.  The “Pasadena’s Best Of” is a community favorite.  

On October 11, several Pasadena Police employees, community leaders, and other stake holders attended the Pasadena Police Foundation’s 2012 Annual Breakfast with the Chief of Police.  The event was held at Brookside Golf Course and was attended by more than 230 people.  Special thanks to our sponsors, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Wells Fargo, and the Parsons Corporation. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Vice Mayor Margaret McAustin, Councilman Steve Madison, District 1 Field Representative Tina Williams, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, PUSD Board President Renatta Cooper, PUSD Board Member Tom Selinske, and State Senator Carol Liu’s Representative, Adam Carter, were among the many elected officials attending the breakfast.  Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck, Assistant City Managers Steve Mermell and Julie Gutierrez, and Pasadena Tournament of Roses President, Sally Bixby, were among the many VIPs attending.    

The breakfast featured several community youth who were honored. La Salle High School Senior Jennifer A. Robi received the Barney K. Melekian award (named after former Pasadena Police Chief Bernard K. Melekian) for her community leadership and involvement.  Felicia Ortiz-Luna and La Shondra Ellis shared their experience while attending the police department’s Junior Public Safety Academy (JPSA).  Felicia was calm and assertive as she read from her notes. La Shondra, who is currently studying abroad in Spain, was not able to attend the breakfast; however, she communicated her feeling through a personal letter.  Both stories were compelling and informative. Special thanks to Pasadena Police Foundation (PPF) President Tom M. Kester and the Board of Directors for their energy and vision regarding the chief’s breakfast.  We owe a great deal of thanks to PPF Board Advisor Marilyn Buchanan, and PPD Specialist Ronnie Nanning, for organizing the event.   

On October 12, I had the opportunity to speak with John Muir High School students participating in the Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD) program.  The program was very well attended by several students.  I discussed safety topics, career preparation, and education. MPYD Program Coordinator, Johnny Kirk, facilitated my participation.  

Pasadena’s Finest:  

On September 18, I received a letter from City Manager Michael Beck commending Commander Lisa Rosales for her participation in interviewing and evaluating Chief Information Officer Candidates for the City of Pasadena.  

On September 27, I received a letter from a community member commending Pasadena Police Officer William Shipman for his care, compassion, and professionalism.  William spent some time with a young person to help mentor him.  The author wrote, “… I cannot tell you how impressed we are by the time, care, and attention you gave us…”  

On October 4, I received a letter from the City of Inglewood Human Resources Administrative Secretary, Phoebe Allen, commending Pasadena Police Commander John Perez for assisting with their police lieutenant’s promotional process.  John was one of several panel members who evaluated candidates.  

On October 8, I received an email from Pasadena District 5 Field Representative, Vannia De La Cuba, commending Pasadena Police Sergeant Jason Clawson for being acknowledged by the IACP (Finalists for Officer of the Year).  In her email Vannia said, “…I am always grateful for his expert help, his initiative, and his persevering efforts, above and beyond, to help resolve issues…”  

On October 9, I received an email from a community member commending Pasadena Police Officer William Shipman for his assistance during a threats investigation.  The author wrote, “… He is a master at his specialty when it comes to defusing dangerous situations…” 

Critical Incidents:  

In August 2012, the Pasadena Police Department received information regarding a possible Financial Elder Abuse case.  The victim’s nephew noticed suspicious transactions on his uncle’s checking account and determined that over $100,000 was missing.  The case was assigned to Pasadena Detective Derrick Carter.  Derrick reviewed hundreds of financial documents and identified the suspects involved in the fraud.  Apparently, the suspects used the ill-gotten funds to open a business, pay private school tuition, and living expenses. 

Derrick presented his investigation to the Elder Abuse Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  The District Attorney filed financial elder abuse and burglary charges against the suspects.  Due to the circumstances of the crime, Derrick asked and received a bail deviation of $777,000 for one suspect.  A second suspect’s bail was set at $652,000.  On October 3, the Pasadena Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) was given the information about the wanted suspects.  Pasadena Police Officer Tim Bundy, and his fellow FAU team mates, located the suspects and arrested them without incident.  

On October 10 at 4:25 p.m., Pasadena Police detectives assigned to the department’s Burglary Task Force (BTF) monitored a radio call of male Hispanics gathering in the 600 block of North Mar Vista Avenue.  The call was upgraded to a “person with a gun.”  BTF detectives responded to the area and saw a male Hispanic adult holding a large silver brief case.  As the detectives watched the subject, he dropped the brief case on the sidewalk and began to walk away.  Detectives contacted the subject, who denied ownership of the briefcase.  When BTF detectives examine the briefcase, they determined the property belonged to another person.  Further investigation revealed the subject had just committed a vehicle burglary and stole the briefcase.  The detectives contacted the victim, who identified his property.  The suspect was booked at the Pasadena Police Department jail.  

On October 11 at 5:40 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Linda Vista Avenue regarding a residential burglary.  Our preliminary investigation determined the suspect(s) were able to remove a large safe from the victim’s home.  The loss included a very valuable musical equipment and jewelry.  If you have any information about this incident, please call the Pasadena Police Department at (626)744-4241. 

On October 12 at 5:45 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 700 block of South Arroyo Parkway regarding an assault with a deadly weapon investigation.  Our preliminary investigation determined the suspect, a male white adult, was involved in a verbal confrontation with two other male adults.  The suspect fought with the victims, stabbing one and using pepper spray on the other.  PPD officers located the suspect and arrested him without further incident.  The suspect was booked at the Pasadena jail for assault with a deadly weapon. The stabbing victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries. The incident was covered by the local media: http://www.pasadenasun.com/news/tn-626-man-stabbed-in-pasadena-parking-lot-20121012,0,4397712.story.  

On October 12 at about 10:50 a.m., the Pasadena Police Department received a report of a stolen vehicle taken from the area of the Rose Bowl.  The suspect, a Hispanic female adult, drove away from the Rose Bowl at a high rate of speed.  The victim quickly called the police and provided a description of his vehicle. Moments later, Pasadena Police Safety Specialist Antonio Ambrozevicius spotted the vehicle and reported the location.  Pasadena Police Helicopter Pilot, Patrick Polimeni, and TFO Ed Careaga, saw the vehicle travelling south on Los Robles Avenue near Villa Parke.  Patrick and Ed alerted responding grounds units and directed them to the stolen vehicle.  Motor Officer Craig Blumenthal saw the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic enforcement stop.  The suspect failed to yield and accelerated away from Craig.  Moments later, the suspect stopped the car in the 400 block of North Wilson Avenue.  The female suspect was arrested without incident.  The short pursuit was supervised by Sergeant Kate Favara.  There were no injuries or traffic accidents associated with 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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