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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log Tuesday, January 8, 2008
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:: C.E.R.T.
:: Amateur Radio Class
:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log
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The Need for Grassroots Response - HB Neighborhood Watch

  • Open Dialogue Prior to the Disaster.
  • Individual household preparedness is key.
  • Predetermine Roles, Responsibilities, and Resources.
  • Inventorying resources is also crucial.
Due to popular response, we have added Friday, January 25, 2008 at the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach from 7:00p.m. - 9:30p.m. to the event schedule. 
The seats are reserved with eager residents from HB, RB, MB and Torrance for the Thursday, January 24th and Saturday, January 26th events!

E-mail Kelly today to guarantee that your family and block are not missing out on this opportunity to prepare yourselves for the WHEN and not WHAT IF scenario!


We want you to know who is learning this PROGRAM for YOU!


Dana Graner, Sandra Essex, Jill Irwin, Carli Parker, Mary Goshtigian, Julie Jennings, Elizabeth Riley, Bob Styles, Mordy Benjamin, Janine Bozeman, Jennifer Chew, Dina Brasso, Ari Litvin, Jenny Koh, Ken Hartley, Mike Schweid, Doris Eberhardt, Anne Sullivan, Dave Burleigh, Mike & Mishell Balzer, Susan & Jeff Brown, Joan Arias, Kathleen Gerber, Dave Buckland, Jan Barylski & Tom Moberly, Donna & John Bell, Gloria Vialpondo & guests, Mariann Scolinos, Tracy Hopkins, Kelly Kovac-Reedy, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, George Schmeltzer, Alysa Brennan, Jeff Smith, David Largent, Gerry Athas-Vasquez, Marsha Halford and Dyan Kaufman




Monday 12-31-07 to Sunday 1-6-08


AREA 1 - BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo St.)

AREA 2 - GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and Manhattan border)

AREA 3 - RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to Harper/Reynolds)



Wednesday January 2, 2008


Area 3


Area 2



2300 Park Av/2000 Rhodes

Possible Attempt Burglary

The passenger door handles on two vehicles were pried, but no apparently entry was gained.


Area 2


594 PC

500 block of 24th St

Vandalism to Vehicle

Unknown suspects spray painted white paint on the victim's vehicle.


Saturday January 5, 2008

Area 2


10851 CVC

2200 block of Hermosa Ave

Stolen Vehicle

Sometime during the night a 60's model Mercedes 280 SL silver in color was taken from the driveway.


NEW YEAR'S EVE - Hermosa Welcomes 2008 

HBPD Event Preparation


We made the standard preparations for this event which have been developed over the last four years.


One week prior to the event the large electric message board was set up at the intersection of Pier and Hermosa Avenues.  The board flashed a continuous message warning that public consumption of alcohol was prohibited and fines would be tripled during the holiday.


Throughout the year officers have been extra vigilant regarding alcohol violations city wide. 


Floodlights were set up at Pier and the Strand, Pier and Beach, and Pier and Hermosa Avenues.  These lights were activated 0015 hours when the band finished for the night.  The lights make it easier to spot alcohol violations or disturbances and encourages would be trouble makers to leave the area. 


All of our franchised taxi-cab companies were contacted prior to the holiday and advised that their non permitted cabs would be allowed to pick up in Hermosa Beach during New Year's Eve.


This year our Downtown Foot Patrol officers have been involved in an ABC grant with the Manhattan Beach Police Department.  These officers have reviewed the ABC license conditions for every business in the city that provides alcohol.  They conduct regular inspections of these businesses and have strictly enforced the conditions, something that we have not done in years past.  Several of the Downtown Bar/Restaurants are prohibited from serving alcohol after 11 PM or Midnight on weekdays.  Since the holiday occurred on a Monday night we notified the affected businesses that these conditions would be enforced on the holiday.  A Fire Inspector was assigned to work with Downtown Foot Patrol on New Year's Eve to address occupancy or other life safety issues.



Event Summary-Police


12-31-07 1800 hours through 1-1-08 0600 hours:


Twenty six officers and sergeants were assigned to work New Year's Eve as well as all command staff.  One sergeant and three officers were assigned to Patrol.  One sergeant was assigned to station duty and to monitor the jail.  Three sergeants and thirteen officers were assigned to Downtown Foot Patrol.  One sergeant and two officers were assigned to handle party calls and two officers were assigned as a two man traffic unit.  All command staff, (Chief, Captain and Lieutenants) were working in uniform in the area as well.


In addition, the DUI task force maintained an additional presence in the city. 


Officers wrote twelve citations:                    7 alcohol violations

                                                                        2 urinating in public

                                                                        1 marijuana cite

                                                                        2 traffic cites


The fire inspector wrote two citations:        1 overcrowding (Patrick Molloy's)

                                                                        1 overcrowding (Lighthouse)


Officers made seven misdemeanor arrests:   2 DUI

                                                                              4 public intoxication plus 1- 415

                                                                              1 narcotics violation


Officers made one felony arrest:                      1 battery causing serious bodily injury



Thank you to HBPD & HBFD for a SHOW OF PRESENCE.  Kelly was able to gather some officers, Chief of Police Savelli and Councilman Reviczky for a picture in front of the MERMAID sign which most likely will not be there this next New Year's.

HBPD on New Year's 2008



February 7 - March 29, 2008

CERT Academy - # 37 begins!

CPR and First Aid renewal classes are


  • 2/21 Thursday - CPR Class for Alumni to recertify
  • 2/28 Thursday - First Aid Class Part 1 for Alumni to recertify


Walt Ordway has announced the date of his next amateur radio classes, both Technician and General. Each class is 2 sessions, January 26 & February 9. The Technician class is from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM both days, and General from 2:15 PM to 5:15 PM. The FCC tests (cost of $14.00) will be given on February 23 from 10 AM to noon. All this is at Hesse park in Rancho Palos Verdes.


Once you pass this test, you are able to join the HB Amateur Radio Association. 


FEMA Joins California and Local Officials in Storm Preparedness


While federal, state and local agencies are preparing for the storm, disaster officials encourage individuals and families to plan for emergencies.


Recommendations include:

Be prepared to tune in to radio and television broadcasts that provide vital emergency information. Have a battery-powered radio on hand in case of power outages. Know the evacuation routes in your area. Listen to local officials and take action when they advise you to evacuate.


Find out what you can do to be safe, such as creating a family disaster plan.

Southern Californians can find a wealth of information on preparing for a flood or other disasters by going online to, www. or



The approaching dread of teenage drivers

As Allstate puts it, no other hazard or behavior comes close to claiming as many teen lives as teen driving. Six thousand teens a year die in car accidents, with 300,000 more teens injured in accidents. What's most sobering about the report? Allstate recounts that traditional "safe driving" courses and programs targeted at teens, which have proliferated in the last decade, have not led to safer teen driving. That's probably because, Allstate says, we now know through science (what parents used to know in their hearts!) that the brains of teenagers are not physically wired to make good executive decisions. They are wired in many ways to take risks.


Coastal Hazards Information Clearinghouse

The Coastal Hazards Information Clearinghouse is a web site that presents coastal risk maps that show projected effects of coastal storms. It also contains educational materials on coastal hazards, mitigation, and coastal planning.

Access the Coastal Hazards Information Clearinghouse at


Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Management Program

Collection Event is on Saturday, January 26, 2008 from 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

Drop off is at the Clark Stadium, Valley Drive between 8th and 11th Street

EMD Business Portal Launched

EMD's new Business Portal provides one of the nation's most comprehensive, user-friendly sites to help businesses prepare for and respond to emergencies or disasters.



Area 5

12/31/07    10:50 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   200 block of 15th Street

(Vehicle Burglary) A neighbor was outside on a balcony when she saw a vehicle parked across the street with a male Hispanic sitting in the back seat area. The male reached towards the front seat area and the vehicle's alarm was activated. The witness saw the male suspect exit the vehicle and enter a waiting white Chevrolet pick-up truck on the passenger side that was parked a short distance away. The truck then drove westbound on 15th Street and out of sight. It is unknown if anything was missing from the vehicle which the suspect had entered by smashing a window and opening the back door.

Area 8

12/29/07   10:45 p.m. - 11:20 p.m.  1700 block of Gates Avenue

(Vehicle Vandalism) Unknown suspect(s) smashed the windshield on the vehicle, possibly by kicking it in. Foot prints were found on the hood of the vehicle, but no suspects were seen or heard. The rear view mirror was dislodged but nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.

Area 4

12/25/07 - 1/1/08   9 a.m. - Noon   900 block of 8th Street

(Stolen Motorcycle) Unknown suspect(s) took the victim's motorcycle from a locked garage. There were no signs of forced entry to the garage and no suspects were seen or heard.

Area 6

1/2/08   5:33 a.m.       200 block of 4th Street

(Attempted Robbery) The victim was parking her vehicle when a male subject approached her as she opened the door. He blocked her from getting out of the vehicle, told the victim that he had a gun and demanded she give him her wallet. She told him she did not have her wallet on her and told him to just take her car. The suspect then demanded he give her any money that she had and again she told him she had no money. The male suspect looked at another male suspect that was standing at the rear of the vehicle, yelled an expletive and then slammed the driver's side door. Both suspects fled on foot eastbound on 4th Street out of sight and were not caught. The first suspect is described as white or Hispanic, early 20s, 5'5" medium build wearing dark baggy pants and a dark hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect was male and 5'5" tall, no further description.

Area 9

1/5/08 - 1/6/08   11 p.m. - 9 a.m.  600 block of Rosecrans Ave

(Vehicle Theft) Unknown suspect(s) took the catalytic converter from the victim's Toyota truck which was parked on the street in front of his residence.

Area 10

1/5/08 - 1/6/08   2 p.m. - 9:40 a.m.  3900 block of N. Crest Drive

(Vehicle Theft) Unknown suspect(s) took the catalytic converter from the victim's Toyota truck which was parked in front of the residence. A neighbor of the victim heard "metal" noises outside her window at approximately 3:30 a.m. and looked out to see an older blue Tahoe or Suburban parked in front of the parking area where the victim's truck was parked. She heard two male voices speaking in Spanish and saw one of the males get into the waiting vehicle. The vehicle drove off north on Crest Drive, out of sight. The suspects were not caught.

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