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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log Tuesday, January 22, 2008
IN THIS ISSUE ~ click on link to go directly to section
:: Featured BAD GUY of the week!
:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log
:: This SUNDAY Fingerprint your kids!
:: Communication is KEY in an emergency - Learn Amateur Radio!
:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log
:: Community News!
:: Come and see what A SHOW OF HANDS FOR HERMOSA helped fund for the community!
:: Sign up for Community Emergency Response Training
:: Contact US!
:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites
We would like to THANK Block Captain Anne Sullivan and the residents of the 00 - Unit Block of 18th Street for hosting a INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING.  The meeting was attended by Chief of Police Greg Savelli, Fire Chief Jerry Gomez, Ofc. JR Smith, Ofc. Mick Gaglia, EPAC Commissioner Al Benson, Councilman Michael DiVirgilio, Kelly Kovac-Reedy and Tracy & Bree Hopkins.    We appreciate your efforts to organize your neighborhood!
As a child, do you remember your mom or dad saying to you "DO NOT FEED that stray cat!" that had just wandered into your yard?  As cute and sweet as that cat might be, if you had just fed it once, it would have kept coming back every night expecting food.  Your parents knew this and did not want a new family pet!  This same advice can be applied to solicitors.  NEVER BUY FROM A SOLICITOR unless you want them to keep coming back to Hermosa Beach!   
They would not be in our city if they did not profit from it.  They COUNT ON your willingness to give your trust and monetary generosities to those that you feel are less fortunate.  AGAIN, THE MOTIVATION IS MONEY.  There is nothing that they can provide you with that you cannot get from a reputable business merchant.   
HBNW Coordinators hope that you will not fall for this scam and asks of each of you NOT TO BUY.  We want this "business" stopped in Hermosa Beach.  This is very much big business of scamming residents based on your good will and bigheartedness. (SEE BELOW WEBSITES)
Background on the solicitor and the people that the solicitor is working for that day, their employers/managers:
They often recruit these young adults and take them from their hometown (often from another state) and promise them a better way of life if they sell for them.  The recruiter puts them up in cheap room and board and gives them little money.  In most cases, the recruiter promises them a better than the life they had or a chance to tour the United States. 

      2.     The majority of the solicitors do not carry an ID.  They hope that the officer will just warn them as they are told that the officer will not want to take the time to take them to the station for a fingerprint check.  If an officer gives them a citation for soliciting without a City of Hermosa Beach Permit, then it is given to the individual and makes no dent toward the "business" that their employers are involved in.  So basically, you are never causing any justice to the "higher up" in the scam.  They are protected as they distance themselves from the solicitor.
3.     They are often brought in by a van and left in your neighborhoods for several hours to get as many subscriptions (or candy sales) as possible.  They will often use your first name (that which you have told them in their quick introduction) and go to the door of your neighbor and say that "John, next door told me that you would buy from me like he did".  This is done to gain the neighbors' confidence that they are "friendly" and "you can depend on them" because your friendly neighbor bought from me just a minute ago.  Identity Theft is a big business and you just provided them the opportunity to abuse your checking account number and bank routing number on the personal check that you have willingly handed them to pay for that high-priced magazine subscription. 
4.     They will often say that they are "trying to make an honest living", "trying to earn a trip for their education" or "just a student trying to earn money for camp/band."  You name it; they will say it. 

     5.     Ask them right away for a City of Hermosa Beach Permit.  When asked, nearly every one of them will tell you that their manager has a copy of the permits for all of the cities that they work in.  We suggest you calmly advise them that you are a member of the HBNW program and that you know that they must carry a permit from HB on their person.  Let them know that when they provide this paperwork, you will be more than happy to see their product.  Until then, you cannot purchase their product as they are illegally soliciting in Hermosa Beach (Legitimate vendors will go to City Hall and apply for a City Permit to solicit sales from door to door.  People who want to cause you harm will not as they are criminals).  The solicitor will reluctantly leave as the wind has been taken from their sales pitch.  They will most likely leave with an attitude.  Please close your door and call the HBPD dispatch number 310-524-2750 and report it.  Tell the operator what they look like and their direction of travel. 
Please inform your friends and neighbors of what you have learned in this article on solicitors.  We can make a difference.  We just need to educate people on why it is so important to not buy from the door to door solicitors that do not adhere to the rules of doing business in the City of Hermosa Beach.
A couple of people posing as representatives of a tree-trimming or telephone company solicit their service. They seem official, even hand out a business card, so you invite them inside your home to investigate whatever the target area is. The pair splits up to look around different areas of the property, and before you know it, your entire home has been ransacked, your possessions stolen and the suspects have gotten away without a trace.

Over the next six months, he and about 20 other crew members crossed 10 states, peddling subscriptions door to door, 10 to 14 hours a day, six days a week. Sleeping three to a room in cheap motels, lowest seller on the floor, they survived some days on less than $10 in food money while their earnings were kept "on the books" for later payment.

Dedicated to presenting the violent, destructive, greedy and criminal acts that have turned the Traveling Sales Industry into a National Tragedy
The news stories on this site will also demonstrate a disturbing trend in this industry: as the public has become better informed, the crew bosses have had more trouble recruiting through their usual medium of newspaper ads. They have turned to recruiting in malls, at teen events, on the street by pamphlet, and while selling door-to-door. Because hiring has become more difficult, more dangerous people are ending up on crews where they sometimes hurt innocent sales people as well as potential customers.

Scam Alert: Door-to-Door Deception

Unwitting magazine subscribers may be buying trouble. 

Complaints about United Family and its subsidiaries say their pitchmen misrepresent themselves as neighbors or students raising money for charities or scholarships. The company says it doesn't condone or teach this approach in its training.

Consumer advocates say the salespeople are typically teens and young adults who themselves are sometimes victims of unscrupulous companies that lure them with false promises of money and travel but pay them little.

Featured BAD GUY of the week!

Just because you don't see the HBPD, it doesn't mean they aren't on the job!  We all buy virus protection software to safeguard our computers as "bad people" are constantly trying to hack into our everyday life via our computer.  You don't SEE IT WORKING but we TRUST AND DEPEND ON it to be there for us when a "cyber attack" happens. 

The same is true of our HBPD.  Some residents comment that they do not see police cars patrolling their neighborhoods as often as their comfort zone desires and that they would prefer more "police presence."  I can tell you that your wishes do not fall on deaf ears.  While we appreciate your concern, that is something that would require more officers. More officers mean more money, and the city runs a tight budget.

What I can guarantee is that when our HBPD does their job, day in and day out, in keeping yet another "bad guy" off our streets, it's very likely you do not hear about it.

As to the residents, Hermosa Beach is attractive to the many that enjoy visiting the beach community.  HBNW weekly e-news will now highlight a FEATURED BAD GUY segment to inform you of what your HBPD does while you are living your life, as you should be, as this is what our HBPD mission statement is -- to keep this Community safe, maintain a friendly environment for everyone, and defend the public's safety by proactively removing criminal offenders from doing any harm.  The Chief of Police instills the belief of prompt and efficient service and the core values of honesty, integrity, and compassion in the performance of their duties.





On 1-18-08 at approx. 2130 hours, Officers stopped a suspicious vehicle in the area of the 1500 block of PCH.


Observations / Investigation:


During the stop the driver of the vehicle was unable to provide proper identification and was ultimately asked to exit the vehicle for further questioning.  The driver ended up having two warrants for his arrest totaling $40,000. All occupants were ultimately removed from the vehicle for officer safety. The driver informed the officers of a handgun underneath the rear seat and a search for weapons revealed the following:


-Loaded Glock 17 Serial # HKF008

-High Capacity magazine and 18 live rounds

-Magazine with 10 live rounds

-Magazine with 9 live rounds

-Large amount of cash

-Ballistic (bullet proof) vest

-Pair of Gloves




Officers believed the suspects may have been involved a robbery in the area and checked with other South Bay Police Departments, but could not confirm a robbery had taken place. The driver was ultimately arrested for the warrants, weapons violations and other crimes.  The two female passengers were FI'd (Field Interviewed) and released.   It is unknown what, if any, crimes the driver was planning, but we do know that he is off the street for now. The investigation is ongoing and we will update you as the investigation continues. This particular incident required several officers and there supervisors to respond initially and four officers were required to further investigate and process the arrestee lasting a total of approximately 6 hours.



Keeping the streets safe!!

HBNW CRIME LOG ~ This log contains crimes in HB that residents can read and learn from in order to TARGET HARDEN their home, vehicles and neighborhood. 



Monday 1-14-08 - Sunday 1-20-08



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)


Monday 1-14-08


Area 1


925 PC

Valley Dr and 2nd St.

Suspicious circumstances

There was a subject seen looking into vehicles in the area. The subject was gone on arrival.


Area 2


415 PC

200 block of Longfellow


There was a report of 4 - 5 subjects loitering in the area. Police responded to the area and the subjects were gone.


Wednesday night 1-16-08


Area 3


459 PC

900 block of 24th St.

Burglary in progress

The reporting party heard footsteps in her house. The HBPD responded (all of them) and the interior and exterior was searched and checked for burglars. The search met with negative results and the residence checked secure. NOTE: That time we didn't find anyone, the next one we might. Call us!!


Thursday 1-17-08


Area 3


415 PC

900 block of 21st St.


There was a call of a solicitor in the area. The solicitor was located and advised on the cities requirements. A field interview (FI) card was filled out and completed on the subject.



Thursday night 1-17-08


Area 1


487 PC

400 block of 2nd St.


There were two bikes taken from a secured parking garage. There is no further information at the time of this crime log.



Area 2


664/459 PC

100 block of 33rd St.

Attempt Burglary

There was a call of a subject attempting to take a bicycle out of a garage. The suspect was caught in the act by the victim. The suspect ran form the area and an area check met with negative results.


Friday 1-18-08


Area 2


484 PC

Manhattan Ave and 30th St


There was a call of a male and female Hispanic going through the recyclables in the area. Both subjects were GOA / UTL.



Friday night 1-18-08


All city


Ride along

Neighborhood Watch

Ride along

Stuart Wesolik came in at 2100 hours and did a ride along. Hope you had a safe, good time! Tell a neighbor to do the same. See you next time.


Area 3


Crime One

1500 block of PCH

Featured Bad Guy

HBPD recovered a loaded handgun, ballistic vest, cash etc during a traffic stop.


Saturday 1-19-08


Area 1


484 PC

400 block of Manhattan Ave.

Theft of recyclables

Someone was seen going into yards taking recyclables. An area check was negative.



Area 2


484 PC

30th and Palm Dr.

Theft of recyclables

There was a subject seen walking S/B on Palm Dr. taking recyclables. An area check for the subject was negative.


Saturday night 1-19-08


Area 1


211 PC

10th St and Palm Dr.


There was a purse snatch reported in the area. The suspects were driving N/B Palm Dr. in a Dark Gry Infinity while the victim was walking N/B Palm Dr. with friends. The suspect in the passenger seat reached out and grabbed the victim's purse and the vehicle sped N/B Palm Dr. out of sight. An area check for the vehicle met with negative results. It should be noted that there was a time delay as the call originated as just a petty theft and not a priority robbery.


Sunday 1-19-08


Area 3


459 PC

2900 block of Braeholm Pl.

Vehicle Burglary

There was a window smash reported in the area. It is unknown what was taken at the time of this crime log.







The Office of Assemblymember Ted Lieu and the Hermosa Beach

Neighborhood Watch will be sponsoring a Child Fingerprinting event!


Sunday January 27, 2008 


 1 PM to 3 PM

Hermosa Beach City Council Chambers

1315 Valley Drive




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. 



A very generous offer from the HB Chamber of Commerce has come our way to sell water bottles on the Memorial Day weekend of Fiesta de la Arts.


BUT, we can't do it without YOU!  We need 8 volunteers per day for Saturday, May 24th, Sunday, May 25th and Monday, May 26th.  We would need 2 people working a two-hour shift starting at 10a.m., 12 noon, 2p.m. and 4p.m.


Please let Kelly know if you can assist by volunteering for a two-hour shift.  Your Neighborhood Watch program can earn a little extra money to continue giving back to the residents through fun neighborhood events such as National Night Out and Santa Ride!  


Thank you for considering it!



Area 1

1/17/08     9 a.m. - 2 p.m.              1800 block of Marine Avenue

(Vehicle Theft) Unknown suspect(s) removed the catalytic converter from the victim's Toyota 4-Runner that was parked and locked in the driveway.


Area 7

1/03/08 - 1/04/08    10:30 p.m. - 7 a.m.        400 block of 34th Street  

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle directly behind his house in the driveway. He returned to discover unknown suspect(s) had taken several items from the vehicle including a projector, suitcase, speakers and glasses, and left the doors wide open. There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle.


Area 7

1/19/08      2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.     300 block of 31st Street

(Stolen Bicycle) The victim left his unlocked bicycle next to his garage and left the area. He returned to find it missing. No suspects were seen or heard.


Area 1

1/16/08     3:30 p.m.    1300 block of 21st Street

(Trespassing Solicitor) The victim was home when she heard someone knocking on her backdoor. It was a male solicitor that said he was on a "work release" program. The victim said she was not interested and the male left out of the backyard by exiting through a gate. The victim called the police because the suspect had no right to be in her backyard and her garage was unlocked. It's unknown if anything was missing from the garage. A second call in the 1200 block of 18th Street was made a short time later also reporting a male solicitor. Officers checked the area and located the subject. The solicitor was advised by the officers not to continue selling magazines or knock on doors. The solicitor is described as a black male, in his twenties, approximately 5'11" tall, with a stocky build wearing a black or dark gray large coat with fur on the collar.


Area 7

1/15/08    10:40 a.m. - Noon    2900 block of Ocean Drive

(Theft from garage) Unknown suspect(s) took a bicycle from the victim's opened garage and a pair of sunglasses from an unlocked vehicle.


Area 9

1/15/08 - 1/16/08     9 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.    3100 block of Valley Drive

(Vandalism) Unknown suspect(s) splattered a large amount of paint on the victim's driveway.




View the impact that a 6.7 magnitude earthquake can have on a home not properly prepared 

Personal and Family Preparedness

Choose one hour each month to complete the designated activity and write it on your planning calendar.

Putting Some Caps On The Lenses; As Paparazzi Become More Aggressive In The Celebrity Chase, Law Enforcement Agencies Are Responding In Kind.

In response, Los Angeles law enforcement officials are beginning to crack down.

The LAPD is developing its own "zero tolerance" policy, using the state vehicle code and traffic and loitering laws to cite photographers who block traffic and lay siege to neighborhoods.


Police target car part thieves

By Larry Altman Staff Writer


Police in El Segundo have been successful recently in arresting thieves who target catalytic converters and third-row seats on sport-utility vehicles.


On Feb. 2, El Segundo residents and people who work in the city can take steps to help police identify their property should it be stolen.

City workers will engrave vehicle license plate numbers on the devices at no cost.

Vehicle owners also can do the engraving at home with a proper tool, but should make sure their vehicles are cool when working with the catalytic converter.

A Sharpie marker also can do the trick, but might not last long.


Community News!

January 26, 2008
Hermosa Beach Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event at 9:00am at Clark Stadium.
Visit Clean LA
for more information.

City of Hermosa Beach Blood Drive

Wed., Feb. 13, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers

1 Pint Can Help Save 3 Lives!

To register, call Monica at 310-318-0230 or email

emergency kit

We hope to see you there!


Saturday, February 9th from 11a.m. - 1p.m.


Click HERE to see the FLYER.


If you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact Kelly.




C.E.R.T. - Community Emergency Response Team



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


(310) 318-0239