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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

Tuesday, February 20, 2008


We would like to acknowledge Dave Burleigh, a new Block Captain at The Victorian complex.  This is a e-mail from Dave B. to his Condo's Board:


FYI, the entire complex; as well as, the Hope Church was without power for approximately 2.5 hours (7 PM- 9:30 PM), due to three electrical transformer replacements by Southern Edison Elecrical Co.  I assisted  in notifying as many residents within the Victorian and made sure that all the elderly and disable were ok; then proceeded to secured and patrolled the complex and assist So. Edison and updated the residence of the ongoing situation.  All is well!

This is his call to HBNW:

He just called to let us know he is doing his BC job.  There was a transformer out and the Victorian electricity was out for several hours.  He went around to all the units checking to make sure everyone was ok.


The seniors and disabled were checked on and doing fine. 


He wanted to let us know he was doing his job and enjoying it!



GOOD WORK! to the HB Amateur Radio Association.  They will be running their weekly NET starting Monday, February 25, 2008 in the Radio Room in the Community Center.


Map Your Neighborhood Logo

"Map Your Neighborhood" (MYN) is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters. 

MYN will help you to:

  • Learn the "9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster" to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster and these steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives.
  • Identify the Skills and Equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills helps your disaster response be timely, and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way.
  • Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas for quick response if needed.
  • Create a Contact List that helps identify those with specific needs such as elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.

  Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.


Top 10 Reasons I love MYN (Map Your Neighborhood)

                        ~ by Julie Jennings, MYN Trainer for HBNW

        1.            Now I have a 9-step tried and true process to deal with an                                         emergency

2.            I feel safer and more secure about survival in a crisis situation

3.            I know my neighbors better

4.            I learned tips and tricks to make my home safer and more effective

5.            I know right where to look for my emergency supplies

6.            My family is safer than ever

7.            I learned an easy way to ensure that I am always prepared

8.            Our whole family is more connected and secure

9.            I have a cool way of letting everyone know if we are OK after an                                                    emergency

10.          MYN is FUN (really!!!)


BLOCK CAPTAINS: ready to contact HBNW for flip charts for your meeting with the neighbors.  HBNW will supply the flip charts, reminder letters and bottled water for this initial neighborhood gathering.


An eager and enthusiastic HBNW Block Captain, Julie Jennings has graciously volunteered to be the MYN TRAINER for future classes.  She was very moved and inspired by Dr. Johnson's instruction and will assist HBNW with this branch of Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness.


The first date available is Saturday, April 26, 2008 in the City Council Chambers.  The time is from 1p.m. - 3:30p.m. and that includes a light snack and materials.


Please e-mail Kelly to secure a seat!


Link to purchase the MYN bag for under your bed.  For any kit purchased from More Prepared, including the MYN bag, free shipping to HB residents applies when you enter Coupon Code MYN2008.  For any other kit, please use Coupon Code HB2007.



Featured CRIME of the week


Overcrowding / Hazardous Conditions



Summary of Incident:


On February 9th 2008, at 2255 hours, the Hermosa Beach Police and Fire Department responded to Café Boogaloo for a nighttime Life safety inspection. Upon entering the business, gross overcrowding conditions were observed. After an occupant load count established there were 350 persons in the business, it was determined that Café Boogaloo was 154% (212 persons) over the posted maximum allowable occupant load of 138 persons. The owner was issued a citation for the violation of California Fire Code section 107.6 - Overcrowding.



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 2-11-08 - Sunday 2-17-08



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 2-11-08


Area 2


484 PC

300 block of 32nd St

Theft of recyclables

There was a subject in the area taking recyclables. The subject was very aggressive to residence when confronted. PD responded and advised the subject of the city requirements and a FI card was filled out. NOTE: If possible, do not confront these people as they may be aggressive and or upset with you. Call us and we will deal with it.



Area 3


415 PC

400 block of Prospect (park)


There was a report of a transient in the park. The transient was causing a disturbance with kids and parents inside the park area. PD arrived on scene and advised the person on his behavior and he was sent on his way.



Area 1


594 PC

1000 block of Manhattan Ave


There was a vandalism report in the area. The victim parked his vehicle on the street for the night. The next day he noticed a dent on the front hood of his vehicle. After carefully looking over the entire vehicle it appeared that someone had jumped up onto the hood of his vehicle and either walked or ran over the top and off the rear. The convertible top was also damaged during this vandalism. No suspect information. NOTE: If you see this sort of activity pls call us so we can catch these disrespectful people and hold them accountable.



Monday night 2-11-08


Area 3


H&S violation

16th and Prospect

Marijuana for sales

There was a call of a suspicious vehicle parked in the area. PD responded and contacted the occupants. There was a large amount of marijuana, baggies and a scale within the vehicle. One of the subjects was ultimately arrested for the H & S violation. NOTE: Good observation!!




Wednesday 2-13-08


Area 1


459 PC

415 Herondo

Vehicle Burglary

There was a report of a window smash to a vehicle in the underground parking garage. There were numerous CD's missing from inside of the vehicle. No one was seen or heard.



Thursday 2-14-08


Area 1


459 PC

414 2nd St

Residential Burglary

A balcony door was left open on a residence. The residence was entered and 3 IPODs and an Apple Powerbook G4 were taken. No one was seen or heard. NOTE: Even the balcony door is not safe to leave open.




Area 1


415 PC

1000 block of Monterey


There was a call of two subjects going door to door selling magazines. PD responded and located the subjects. Two FI cards were filled out and the subjects were advised on the violation.



Thursday night 2-14-08


Area 2


459 PC

400 block of 29th St

Vehicle Burglary

There was a report of a vehicle burglary in the area. The window was smashed and a GPS was taken. No suspect information and no evidence left at the scene.



Friday 2-15-08


Area 3


594 PC

1600 block of PCH


There was a report of a damaged gate in the area. The suspect damaged a gate to the parking structure of the location during the night. This was captured on video surveillance.



Area 2


484/459 PC

400 block of 29th St

Theft/Burglary Vehicle

There were several vehicles that were entered during the night. One of them was via window smash and the others there were left unlocked. Items were taken from all vehicles. This information was sent out in an alert to warn residence of the activity in the area. 




Saturday 2-16-08


Area 2


459 PC

400 block of 29th St

Vehicle Burglary

There was a vehicle entered with no signs of forced entry. An IPOD and a camera were taken. The vehicle was possibly left unlocked.



Saturday night 2-16-08


Area 1


415 PC

8th St and Sunset


There was a call of a subject going through the trash in the area. The subject was contacted and advised of the violation and sent on his way.



Sunday 2-17-08


Area 2


484 PC

300 block of 32nd St

Theft of recyclables

Two subjects were contacted and advised on the violation. The subjects left the area.



Sunday night 2-17-08


Area 1


Traffic cites

Downtown area

Pedestrian violations

There were several pedestrians cited for crossing Hermosa Ave against a Red Light.




Area 1


Alcohol cites

Downtown area

Open container cites

Several people were sited for having an open container in public, on the beach and in a vehicle.




Area 1


372 PC

Downtown area

Public Urination

There were several subjects cited for public urination. Two were cited to the rear of CitiBank at Hermosa Ave and 13th Ct.








Here are the latest crime reports to pass on. Again, many vehicles were the targets as criminals took what they could see in the cars, both locked and unlocked.

Area 1

02/18/08                        12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.             1600 block of 22nd Street

(Garage Burglary) The victim left his garage door open while he worked in the yard. A neighbor saw a suspect go into the garage, take a lawnmower and drive away in a dark blue or black pick-up truck.

Area 3

02/13/08 - 02/16/08       Unknown time                            700 block of 14th Street

(Residential Burglary) The victims returned from being out of town to find two back doors unlocked and several rings missing from a jewelry box in an upstairs bedroom. A neighbor had been watching two dogs and periodically left a side door ajar so the dogs could go in and out. No suspects were seen or heard.

Area 4

02/14/08                        11:43 a.m. - Noon                     500 block of 11th Place

(Attempted Vehicle Theft) The victim was home and happened to look at her outdoor home surveillance system when she saw a male walk near the driver side of her vehicle and then crawl underneath it. The victim went to her balcony and yelled out to the suspect. The suspect became startled and said "I forgot something" and walked to a silver-blue colored van that was parked on Manhattan Beach Blvd. and drove away. When the police investigated they discovered that a bolt securing the catalytic converter to the vehicle (Mitsubishi Montero) had been loosened.

Area 6

02/18/08                        3 p.m. - 7 p.m.                          600 block of N. Crest Drive

(Stolen Vehicle) The victim parked and locked the vehicle in his driveway and returned to find the vehicle was gone. No suspects were seen or heard, but the victim had lost a set of keys a few days earlier.

Area 6

02/17/08                        1p.m. - 4 p.m.                           100 block of 11th Street

(Vehicle Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) took an iTouch mp3 player from the glove box of the unlocked vehicle which was parked on the street.

Area 7

02/14/08                        Midnight - 6 a.m.                       3000 block of Alma Avenue

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle in his driveway. Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle by unknown means and took a computer bag containing a computer, wallet, license and credit cards from the front passenger floor area. A cell phone and CDs were taken from the center console.

Area 7

02/15/08                        4 p.m. - 5 p.m.                          3200 block of Alma Avenue

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim left his briefcase in his unlocked vehicle on the front seat of his vehicle, with the top down, for one hour. He returned to find unknown suspect(s) had taken the briefcase.

Area 7

02/17/08 - 02/18/08       10:30 p.m. - 8 a.m.                    3200 block of Manhattan Avenue

(Vehicle Burglary) Two locked vehicles that were parked tandem in an open parking garage had their windows smashed. Unknown suspect(s) took iPods from both vehicles.

Area 9

02/15/08                        2 p.m. - 3 p.m.                          500 block of Rosecrans Avenue

(Theft from Yard) Unknown suspect(s) took a washer and deep freezer that were covered with a tarp from an area in the victim's yard between the garage and home. The victim had been in the yard gardening most of the time, but went inside the residence for an hour when the items were stolen.

Area 10

02/15/08 - 02/17/08       7 p.m. - 11 p.m.                        4300 block of Highland Avenue

(Residential Burglary) The victim locked his residence when he left for a few days. He returned to discover the front door closed but unlocked. A television set, DVD player, three DVDs and some money were missing from the residence. A pry mark was found along the edge of the door next to the door handle and window screens had been removed from two windows but the windows themselves were undisturbed. No suspects were seen or heard.

Area 10

02/14/08 - 02/15/08       6:30 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.                 4400 block of Highland Avenue

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle on the street. He returned to find the front passenger window had been smashed by unknown suspect(s). A GPS system was taken from the center glove box, and a briefcase, computer and files were taken from the back seat.


HBNW celebrates its 2nd Year Anniversary


Please join us as we walk in the HB St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 15th at 11a.m.

1st Year St. Patrick's Day Parade

Please be present at 10:30a.m. on Valley Dr. at 11th Street with your family and your dog if you would like to represent HBNW!



Community News!


Adrienne's Search for Children's Cancer Cure - Fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House

Saturday, March 8, 2008 @ 6p.m.

Hermosa Beach Kiwanis

$30.00 per person (tax deductible)

FREE for kids under 12 years

See FLYER for more details on food, drink and music!


Hermosa Beach-Loreto Mexico

2008 Student Exchange Program

See FLYER for details!



Changing the Community


Ennis and Hunter stressed the importance of unity and sharing resources.

"We know the problems; we need solutions," Hunter said.

Hunter emphasized that it is important to use the meetings to express ideas for change, not to blame people. "We want to celebrate people who are trying," she said.


Individuals and Households

Individuals and households play an important role in the overall emergency management strategy.  Community members can contribute by:
  • Reducing hazards in and around their homes. 
  • Preparing an emergency supply kit and household emergency plan.
  • Monitoring emergency communications carefully. 
  • Volunteering with an established organization. 
  • Enrolling in emergency response training courses. 

P. 23


Flood recovery brings uneasy mood to Watseka

He says one of the biggest mistake natural disaster victims make is "lining up repairs before they've had any consultation with their insurance companies.

"People are caught up emotionally and trying to get back to normal and end up thinking things will be paid for without checking their policies and with their insurers,'' Martindale said.


FTC's Identity Theft Site

This website is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.

Former FEMA director Michael Brown talks disaster recovery


One of the things that federal government does and state government does is they really try to drive home this concept of being prepared at home. I think businesses should do the same thing, regardless of the size. The better prepared employees are in the neighborhood they live in, the more likely they are to get back to work quicker, the more likely they are to be more loyal to you because you've helped them be more prepared in the neighborhood where they live.





GET INVOLVED IN RAISING $$$ FOR HBNW!  We must have a total of 24 volunteers to staff the three day Fiesta event. 


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.  


We have 12!  We need 12 more to take advantage of this opportunity that the Chamber of Commerce is giving HBNW to raise $3,000.00.


Jeff & Susan Brown, Pearl Eszlinger, Dave Burleigh, Terrill Burnett, Tracy Hopkins, Kelly Kovac-Reedy, Patrick Kovac, Kris Kovac, Mary Goshtigian, Dave Buckland and Dick Tuey

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
















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