Touching Base: A Message from the Chief
January 29, 2012
A year ahead of the deadline, the city of Pasadena implemented a
new radio system designed to streamline communications among first responders.
The Pasadena Police Department is the first to implement the new system. By
spring 2012 the $7 million project will replace the city’s entire antiquated
municipal radio communications system with a modern digital system that will
allow for seamless communication among city departments and other local
governments, reaching all the way from San Bernardino County to the coast. “The
old system served the city well but it was about 30 years old and outdated,”
said Telecommunications Supervisor Steven Page. "This modern,
digital-trunked radio system will allow city departments much greater
communications access and range and make sure our first responders never have
the communication problems firefighters and police in New York faced on
September 11, 2001.”
The city’s radio project will be complete nearly a year in advance of the
Federal Communications Commission deadline of Jan. 1, 2013, for local
governments to convert to narrowband radio systems that essentially use a less
broad section of radio spectrum. Narrowbanding, or the condensing of radio
bands, will allow for significantly more radio traffic and much more efficient
use of the available radio spectrum. (The data about the radio system was
provided by City of Pasadena PIO Ann Erdman).
January 24, I
stopped by the press conference to help launch the UC Summer Institute for
Emerging Managers and Leaders. The event was held at the Robinson
Memorial across from Pasadena City Hall. The event was hosted by
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino. Several VIPs attended, including
UC Provost Lawrence Pitts, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Dean Richard
Lyons, UC San Diego Rady School of Management Dean Robert Sullivan,
Morehouse College Board of Trustees Chair Robert Davidson, Pasadena
Journal Editor Joe Hopkins, John Muir High School Principal Sheryl
Orange, Wells Fargo Senior Vice President David DiGristofaro, Anthem
Blue Cross Vice President Tim Snyder and Community Bible Church Pastor Jean
dignitaries included Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilmembers Chris Holden
and Jacque Robinson, PUSD School Board President Renatta Cooper,
PCC President Mark Rocha, PCC Board Member Berlinda Brown and
Pasadena Police Lieutenant Rodney Wallace. Special thanks to Julianne
Hines, district director for Assemblyman Portantino, for coordinating my
January 24, I
had the opportunity to speak to a community group at the Town Club. More than
40 community members attended the program. I lectured on homeland defense
and security. Special thanks to Town Club Program Chair Lynn Cooper
for coordinating my participation.
Lieutenant Pete Hettema attended the District 2 town hall meeting hosted
by Vice Mayor Margaret McAustin. There were a number of topics discussed
at the meeting, including public safety and education.
several Pasadena police employees attended the Pasadena Police Explorers’
meeting to watch as they received Special Recognition Certificates from Union
Station Homeless Services CEO Rabbi Marv Gross and Volunteer and
Community Programs Director Sandy Potter. Rabbi Gross and
Sandy wanted to thank the explorers for assisting with the Union Station
Thanksgiving dinner to assist homeless persons. The following PPD personnel
attended the meeting: Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Lieutenants Phlunte
Riddle and Rodney Wallace, Corporals Glenn Thompson and Dustin
Gomez, Officers Darryl Harris, Veronica Burris, Sheri Schwab and
Anthony Riley and Police Specialist Supervisor Michelle White.
Commander Chris Russ, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle and I met with the
Pasadena City Council field representatives. The Police Department
frequently meets with them to exchange information, provide updates on crime
and address other important safety matters.
several Pasadena police employees attended Mayor Bill Bogaard’s 2012
State of the City event at A Noise Within Theatre. Community members and
city staff from every department also attended and there were a number of VIPs,
including Council Members Chris Holden, Jacque Robinson, Terry Tornek
and Steve Madison. Vice Mayor Margaret McAustin served as
the Master of Ceremonies. There were also a number of local, state and federal
elected officials or their field representatives in attendance. During his
speech Mayor Bogaard reflected on the city achievements in 2011 and outlined
challenges and opportunities in 2012. The Pasadena Police Department Color
Guard opened the event with the posting of colors. Officers Rodney
Saunders, Sever Oberon, Jason Van Heck and Edgar Sanchez served on
the color guard.
I attended the Pasadena Mentoring Partners Breakfast at Lake Avenue
Church. Assemblyman Anthony Portantino provided the keynote
speech. Flintridge Center Director of Prevention and Intervention
Services Ricky Pickens helped to coordinate the event, which was
designed to improve communication among mentors as they work with our community
youths. VIPs at the event included Mayor Bill Bogaard,
Councilwoman Jacque Robinson, PUSD Superintendent Jon Gundry and
Pasadena Mentoring Partners Staff Member Lisa Wilson. Lieutenants Phlunte
Riddle and Tom Delgado, Sergeants Marcia Taglioretti and Max
Dahlstein attended the event along with their mentees. Jacques Bolton
served as the Master of Ceremonies and Ms. Audrianna Bartholomew sang
the National Anthem. Pasadena Mentor Partners include: Boys and Girls
Club of Pasadena; Catholic Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Christian Assemblies
Church, College Access Plan, Flintridge Center, Lake Avenue Community
Foundation, Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development, Teen Futures and
YWCA of Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley. Each of the mentoring partners had
representatives attending the event.
Commanders John Perez and Chris Russ, Lieutenants Cheryl Moody
and Rodney Wallace, Sergeants Bobby Crees and Jason Clawson,
several uniformed Pasadena Police officers and I attended a celebration at the
AGBU Center to honor public safety. Fire Chief Wells and several
uniformed fire fighters attended as well. AGBU Western District Executive
Director Yasmin Alpay coordinated the event. Special thanks to the
entire AGBU for honoring the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments.
January 11, I
received two letters from Pasadena Tabernacle Social Services Director Patrick
Riley commending Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra and Officer Victor Cass
for assisting with the Salvation Army’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
Tracey and Victor served food during their off-duty time.
January 19, I
received information announcing the newest members of the Pasadena Police Peer
Support Team: Vito Gaxiola, Rachel Johnson and Alex Padilla.
The Peer Support Program is a valuable resource to help our employees deal with
the impact of stress incurred while serving our community. Peer Support
Team members receive formalized training to help them help others in
need. Team members are recruited from sworn and civilian ranks and
include Joe Allard, Debbie Bush, Paul Carpenter, Vito Gaxiola, Mike
Gligrijevic, Doug Hamblin, Darryl Harris, Rachel Johnson, Alex Padilla, Gena
Persons, Sky Sandeen and Mike Villalovos.
January 23, I
received an email from a community member commending Officer Steve Oberon
for his presentation to the South Pasadena Girl Scouts of America, Troop
7751. Steve provided safety tips to the girl scouts. The author
indicated Steve was extremely professional and was an “exemplary role model for
January 24, I
received an email from the principal at Polytechnic School commending the
Pasadena Police Department for our efforts to capture and arrest three South
Pasadena burglary suspects (the crime occurred in a neighborhood close to
the school). The principal specifically commended Pasadena Police
Communication Center Supervisor Kathy Russ for her professional and calm
deportment throughout the incident. Kathy called the principal three
separate times to ensure she was kept informed.
I received an email from San Gabriel Assembly Color Corps Commander Michael
Salvato commending the Pasadena Police Department for all their hard work
in the community.
I received an email from City of Pasadena Career/Academic Counselor Sandra
Penrod commending Pasadena Police Officer Derek Locklin for
presenting information to 27 students about careers in law enforcement.
Sandra wrote, “I was very impressed with the professionalism and how at ease
you were communicating with the at risk young people from our
neighborhoods. I know you have made a huge difference in their lives by
taking the time to be here with us.”
I received an email from a community member commending Officer Victor Cass
for his work while assigned to the HOPE Team. The author indicated Victor
was helpful and professional.
I received an email from District 6 Field Representative Takako Suzuki
commending Lieutenant Pete Hettema and Police Specialist Laura Morris
for their participation at the Kaweah-Tamarac Neighborhood Watch Meeting.
Takako indicated Pete and Laura provide valuable information to the community
members attending the meeting.
I received an email recognizing and congratulating Commander Chris Russ
for stepping forward to become a mentor to the Youth of Promise Mentoring
Program. Chris completed the mentoring training and will soon begin his formal
duties. Chris joins several other Pasadena police employees who are
actively engaged in mentoring Pasadena youths. Other recent mentors
include Office Supervisor Beverly Bogar, Lieutenants Phlunte Riddle
and Cheryl Moody, Officer Derek Locklin and Commander John
Perez. The Youth of Promise Mentoring Program is facilitated by the
Flintridge Center and the program director is Ricky Pickens.
January 18 at about 6:50 p.m., Pasadena police received a call from a
female who was in an apartment in the 200 block of South El Molino
Avenue. The caller said she had located a male deceased victim and needed
assistance. Pasadena Fire Department paramedics responded. The Los
Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to take custody of the
body. The cause of death is unknown; the medical examiner is
January 20 at about 1 p.m., several people associated with Occupy
Democracy-Pasadena demonstrated at the Pasadena Superior Court building, the
Federal Court of Appeals Building and a local business on Colorado Boulevard.
The demonstrators remained at the locations until about 4 p.m. There were
no arrests or incidents associated with the demonstrations.
January 23 at about 3:45 p.m., Pasadena police officers responded to a
report of a traffic collision (motorist vs. pedestrian) in the 200 block of
Arlington Drive. The pedestrian, an on-duty U.S. Postal Service letter
carrier, suffered leg and head trauma when he was hit by the driver of an
approaching vehicle. The police department’s Traffic Section is
investigating the cause of the collision.
January 24 at about 1:40 p.m., Pasadena police officers responded to a
report of three males juveniles acting suspiciously in the 600 block of South
Mentor Avenue. Witnesses reported the suspects knocked on the front door
of a residence and, after no one answered, walked toward the back yard.
PPD arrived quickly and one of our officers observed a suspect running away
from a residence and requested assistance. Air Support was over the scene
almost immediately and observed all three suspects attempting to flee the area.
officers coordinated a perimeter and established a command post supervised by
Sergeant John Luna. Because the incident was in close proximity to
Polytechnic School, officials at the school told students to remain in their
classrooms. Following an intensive search, all three suspects were arrested
without further incident. The suspects were likely involved in two other
burglaries in the neighborhood.
incident required a great number of on-duty personnel to increase the
likelihood of arresting the burglary suspects. However, Watch Commander
Lieutenant Richard Aversano held officers in reserve to ensure we could
continue to serve other areas of our community as needed. The following
personnel were involved in the burglary incident: Sergeants John Luna
and Johnny Mercado, Corporals Robin Stinson and Dennis Beene,
Officers Philip Klotz, Louis Luevano, Kim Baecker-Henry, Luis
Banuelos, Steve Arcand (with K9 Figo), Alex Torres, Ken
Florendo, Jose Longoria, Chuck Reep, William Schepman, Doug Hamblin, John
Watkins, Craig Blumenthal, Milton White, Victor Cass, Darryl Harris and
Ralph Ordonez, Police Specialist Maria Huerta and Volunteer John
January 24 at about 1:30 p.m. a citizen called the Pasadena Police
Department to report a male subject who appeared to abandon a vehicle in the
500 block of North Oakland Avenue. Officers Darryl Harris, Richard
Vindiola, Darrin Craddolph and Luis Banuelos responded,
located the vehicle and determined it was stolen. A short time later a subject
matching the description was detained. Our investigation determined the suspect
was driving the stolen car. He was arrested without incident.
January 27 the
Pasadena Police Department Traffic Section conducted a Zero Tolerance DUI
Saturation Patrol that started at 8 p.m. and concluded in the early morning
hours. The DUI operation focuses on impaired motorists driving on our
city streets. The officers assigned to the enforcement program
stopped a total of 103 drivers and administered 22 Standardized Field Sobriety
Tests. Four drivers were arrested for driving while impaired. Motor
Officers Hsu, Watkins, Blanchard, Blumenthal, Locklin, Hamblin, Ortiz and
Reserve Officers Bour and McKenzie comprised the DUI Task Force.
Phillip L. Sanchez
Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Mission First, People Always