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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

 

IN THIS ISSUE ~ click on link to go directly to section

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: Featured CRIME of the week!

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

:: Walk with HBNW in the Parade!

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: OPPORTUNITY TO ASSIST A BURN VICTIM

:: Community News!

:: HELPFUL WEBSITES

:: HBNW is doing the FIESTA!

:: UPDATE ON ELDER ABUSE PRESS RELEASE

:: C.E.R.T.

:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

:: We are here for you!

:: GOT EMERGENCY KITS? GET THEM NOW.

RECOGNITION

We would like to say THANK YOU to Block Captain's Susan Darcy & Susie Fraley and the 00 block of 5th Street for hosting a INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING.  The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy, HBPD Ofc. Mick Gaglia, HBPD Chief of Police Greg Savelli, HB Interim Fire Chief Jerry Gomez and EPAC commissioner Al Benson.

CODE RED

ATTENTION RESIDENTS and BUSINESS OWNERS!

Forward this link to all of our friends & neighbors that live in Hermosa Beach.

A link to the city web page for residents to go to add their phone number to the city telephone notification/information message system, Code Red. The link provides information about the system, how it will be used and allows residents to add their phone number so they will be in the system for city notifications.

 SIGN UP FOR CODE RED

Featured CRIME of the week

2-29-08 Friday 9:30PM (approx)

1200 blk of 9th st

Victim observes damage to electrical box/wires to the rear of his residence. Victim and his immediate neighbor are discussing the incident and discover a Hispanic male inside neighbor's garage. Victim calls 911 for Police and the subject then flees the area prior to police arrival. No property is missing at this time other than damage to original Victim's electrical box/wires.

Sometime between midnight and 0530 am(Saturday), unknown suspect(s) enter neighbor's (Now Victim) unlocked garage again and remove two computer screens, a laptop computer, 1 LCD TV, and women's golf clubs. Victim leaves residence for the day and reports burglary to Police on 3-2-08 (Sunday). The burglary Suspect is possibly the original Hispanic male from earlier Friday night. Suspect is described as Male, Hispanic, 20-25 yrs old, 5'9", 160 lbs, short dark hair, wearing Khaki pants, blue hooded sweatshirt with a blue backpack.

Please remind everyone to LOCK their garage doors and vehicles. Most criminals are looking for easy victims.

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. 

 

Ofc. JR Smith is on vacation this week.  Sgt. Tom Thompson will assist Kelly with the crime log on Thursday and we will forward ASAP.  Thanks for your understanding.

 

Map Your Neighborhood Logo

 

NEXT "TRAIN THE BLOCK CAPTAIN" EVENT

When:  Saturday, April 26, 2008

Where: City Council Chambers

Time: 1p.m. - 3:30p.m. 

**Includes a light snack and materials.

Please e-mail Kelly to secure a seat!

BLOCK CAPTAINS THAT WERE TRAINED THIS PROGRAM BY DR. LUAN JOHNSON NEED TO CONTACT HBNW TO GET THE MATERIALS TO HOST YOUR 90 MIN. MEETING WITH YOUR RESIDENTS.  THIS PROGRAM ONLY WORKS WHEN YOU GATHER THAT IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WORK AS A NEIGHBORHOOD TEAM!

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.

"Map Your Neighborhood" (MYN) is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters.  It is a program that HBNW has adopted and is mandatory that all Block Captains attend and implement on their street.

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.

Walk with us.  Be in the PARADE!  Proudly Support HBNW. 

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!  Children under 5 years old, must be in a stroller. 

MBNW CRIME LOG

Area 1

2/29/08 - 3/1/08                         10 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.                    PolliwogPark and Begg Field

(Graffiti) Unknown suspect(s) used black spray paint to write and draw graffiti throughout PolliwogPark and at Begg Field.

Area 5

02/29/08                                    8:30 p.m. - 915 p.m.                  100 block of 20th Place

(Vehicle Vandalism) Unknown suspect(s) threw yellow paint on the vehicle's roof and hood and etched marks on both sides of the vehicle with an unknown tool. The vehicle was parked and locked behind the victim's residence.

Area 9

2/28/07 - 2/29/07                       6 p.m. - 8 a.m.                          3400 block of Valley Drive

(Theft from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) took garage door openers from two separate unlocked vehicles which were parked in a secure parking area.

Area 3

02/17/08- 02/24/08                     1 p.m. - 11 a.m.                        1600 block of Walnut Avenue

(Petty theft from yard) Unknown suspect(s) took 5 rose bushes, out of 12 that the victim had recently planted on the side of her house.

Area 3

02/27/08                                    3:25 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.                 1700 block of Laurel Avenue

(Vehicle Vandalism) The victim parked and locked her car on the street and returned to find the driver's side window shattered and two dents on the door. No suspects were seen or heard and it is believed that no one entered the vehicle.

Area 7

02/26/08 - 02/27/08                   6 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.                     2600 block of Ocean Drive

(Graffiti) Unknown suspect(s) spray painted graffiti on the lower wall to the 26th Street parking lot adjacent to the Life Guard Headquarters.

 

LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. AARBF is a non-profit 501c Public Charity dedicated to survivor assistance and burn prevention.

 

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation's Champ Camp is celebrating it's 23rd year. As a week long residential summer camp for children burn survivors Champ Camp provides a supportive atmosphere in which these children can feel at ease and have fun! We hope to provide camp, which is free to families of these children, to 187 campers in June 2008!!

Champ Camp's supportive environment helps soothe the devastating emotional and physical pain a burn injury often causes. It encourages children ages 5-16 to accept themselves and to JUST HAVE FUN!

Champ Camp takes place in June and is located 30 miles east of Fresno, California. The cost to AARBF to send a child to one week of summer camp is approximately $800 per child. If you and/or your organization would like to participate in sending these children to camp please consider these opportunities:

        Sponsor a Child

        Sponsor a cabin

        Cash Donations

        Become a Camp Counselor or Bus Chaperone

 

As you can imagine it takes a lot to organize and operate a camp such as this. And there are many roles you could play. I know that AARBF is looking for Champ Camp Counselors and also for bus chaperones to get the kids to and from Champ Camp.

 

For an application to become a new counselor please see the website www.aarbf.org and go to "Champ Camp".

 

If you are unable to commit the week as a Champ Camp Counselor please consider being a bus chaperone from Southern California. The busses to Champ Camp (Fresno) leave from SoCal on Saturday, June 14th and return late that afternoon - so although it is a long day, it is so worthwhile! On the return trip after camp concludes busses head to camp on Friday, June 20th so we can see the talent show, have dinner and stay over. Then head back to SoCal on Saturday, June 21st with the kids. Please contact Renee "Baker" Croteau at camp@aarbf.org .

You can assist in making the dream come true for burn-injured children to experience a weeklong residential summer camp that provides a safe and loving environment to get away from stares, questions and uncomfortable attention.

Thank you.


Community News!

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

THIS 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!

HELPFUL WEBSITES

 

Tighten belts as recession threatens


Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony to Congress in mid-February made what we've feared official: The tough economic times we're in will likely worsen in the coming months, and further lowering the key interest rate may not pull us out of the economic doldrums.

 

It's time to look at the home front. The goal should be to amass an emergency fund that covers three to six months of total household expenses to provide the family with an essential layer of insulation to keep things running if (or while) the world outside descends into chaos.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_8431340

 

 

CHP program educates new, future drivers

BABY, YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR: The California Highway Patrol is promoting the Start Smart program for new and future licensed teenage drivers ages 15 to 19. In a classroom setting, CHP officers discuss traffic collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing factors, driver/parent responsibilities and seatbelt usage. The course includes a few scare tactics, too, with testimonials from cops who have investigated fatal collisions involving teens, and by family members who have lost love ones in traffic collisions. For more info: www.chp.ca.gov/community/startsmart.html.

The Department of Motor Vehicles also has a site just for teens: www.dmv.ca.gov/teenweb.

http://www.dailybreeze.com//ci_8384900?IADID=Search-www.dailybreeze.com-www.dailybreeze.com

In a massive disaster, care will be scarce.  State guidelines lay framework for deliberately letting some people die.

The plan lists, for example, which responsibilities and patient protections can be waived if the governor declares a state of emergency.

Hospitals will not have to report births, deaths, infectious disease outbreaks, medication errors, and suspected child or elder abuse. Existing rules that protect patients' privacy also can be tossed out.

http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/753359.html

 

HBNW is doing the Fiesta!

We are almost there!  We would like to see 8 more volunteers sign up for a two-hour shift and help HBNW raise over $3,000.00

 

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.  

Jeff & Susan Brown, Pearl Eszlinger, Dave Burleigh, Terrill Burnett, Tracy Hopkins, Kelly Kovac-Reedy, Patrick Kovac, Kris Kovac, Mary Goshtigian, Dave Buckland, Dick Tuey, Anne Elling, Ken & Dorothy Hartley, Kathleen Gerber

 

 

UPDATE ON A PRESS RELEASE SENT OUT FROM HBNW ON JAN. 16, 2008

 

Caregiver for elderly HB woman gets prison

By Denise Nix, Staff Writer

Article Launched: 02/29/2008 11:42:19 PM PST


An aide who stole and cashed checks belonging to a 93-year-old disabled Hermosa Beach woman she cared for was sentenced Friday to three years in state prison.

Shekesha Shenea Andrews, 32, previously pleaded no contest to one count of theft of an elder by a caretaker, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Gargiulo.

Her boyfriend, Perry Lewis Jr., 47, has pleaded no contest to theft from an elder and was sentenced to two years in state prison, said Gargiulo, who heads the elder abuse division.

Andrews took eight checks, and used four of them to buy $444 worth of groceries - mostly liquor and cigarettes, said Detective Lance McColgan.

Andrews was hired in November through an agency by the victim's family, which lives out of state. She was to provide live-in care for the blind woman with dementia.

The agency did not perform adequate background checks, McColgan said. If it did, it would have seen that Andrews was on probation for a grand theft conviction, he added.

When a supervisor came to the woman's home to pay her bills, she noticed the missing checks and contacted the police.

"Thank God we caught it early," McColgan said. "They could have easily emptied her out."

Surveillance camera footage from the grocery store showed the Los Angeles couple using the checks, McColgan said.

After their arrest in January, Lewis admitted he snuck into the victim's home and stayed upstairs. The wheelchair-bound woman never went to the second floor, McColgan said.

McColgan said it's important that the public is aware of cases like this, and he hopes that the prison sentences will send a message to those who want to take advantage of the elderly and disabled.

"I take these cases to heart," he added.    

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

 To Link to the Redondo Beach Fire Department CERT information.

 To Link to the Redondo Beach CERT Alumni association

PHONE NUMBERS AND WEBSITES

310-524-2750

 

310-318-0360

 

310-376-2479

 

(310) 318-0239

HB AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION

 

 

CONTACT US!

 

SCHEDULE INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING

 

SCHEDULE POLICE OR FIRE RIDE-ALONG

 

SCHEDULE TOUR OF RCC-911 DISPATCH CENTER

 

E-MAIL KELLY KOVAC-REEDY

 

E-MAIL TRACY HOPKINS

 

VISIT US ON THE WEB

EMERGENCY KITS
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Hermosa Beach resident COUPON CODE HB2007 for FREE SHIPPING TO HB.

 
Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log Tuesday, February 5, 2008
IN THIS ISSUE ~ click on link to go directly to section
:: THE SIMPLE GOAL OF HBNW
:: NEED VICTIMS FOR TSUNAMI DRILL!
:: Featured BAD GUY of the week!
:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log
:: WHO IS TAKING C.E.R.T. THIS ACADEMY?
:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log
:: BLOOD DRIVE
:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites
:: 2 - HOURS OF FUN WITH HBNW!
:: HELPFUL WEBSITES
:: We are here for you!

RECOGNITION

We would like to thank the 300 attendees at the MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD three-day event hosted by Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance.  Dr. LuAn K. Johnson was an amazing speaker and held a very captive audience in her presentation on neighborhood disaster preparedness. 

MYN

We look forward to working with our HBNW Block Captain's to launch this program on their street and to further teach Block Captain's the 9 simple steps to follow after an Earthquake or any other disaster.

 

We personally would like to recognize our MYN coordinating team: Millie & Sally (Sally missing from picture) from MBNW, Ofc. Ian Miesen and Ofc. Mike Diehr (Mike missing from picture) from RBPD, Marcelle McCullough from RB CERT Alumni, RB Fire Chief Dan Madrigal (missing from picture), Torrance PD Lt. Jon Megeff, Torrance Ofc.'s Luz Aceves and Dusty Garver.

MYN Team

 

A special acknowledgement to the Redondo Beach Crowne Plaza for assisting us with the Saturday location and with Dr. Johnson's discounted accommodations.  We would like to thank HB Chief of Police ~ Greg Savelli, RB Chief of Police ~ Joe Leonardi, Torrance Chief of Police ~ John Neu and MB Chief of Police ~ Rod Uyeda for attending the class and your commitment to safety in our communities!

~ TESTIMONIALS ~ 

I'm just now getting my first chance to again thank you for letting me attend your presentation.  You did a great job and I was really impressed with the speaker's delivery and handouts.            ~ Laurie Slawson, RPV Chief of Police Admin. Sect.

 

I so enjoyed my initiation into Neighborhood Watch! The meeting at my house was absolutely painless and the Map Your Neighborhood meeting was (at first!) frightening but ultimately fascinating and, sounds corny, but empowering. I think, as a community, we cannot thank you enough, Kelly and Tracy!   ~ Dana Graner, HBNW Block Captain

 

I attended last weeks training.  LuAn Johnson did a fabulous job.  I am so excited about training my neighborhood AND my office.  I have signed up for CERT starting next week.  She has a way of keeping your interest and inviting enthusiasm among her trainees.  I was incredibly happy that I came out on that rainy night.  Thanks again to Dr. Johnson and you for setting it up.  ~ RBNW Debbie Westra

 

Thank you so much for the training opportunity last Saturday.  I am anxious to roll this info out to our entire neighborhood 15-20 houses at a time.   Could you please forward on this message to Kelly and the other chairpersons for putting on a FANTASTIC and worthwhile training session.  I'm fired up to share it with our other Block Captains.

~ Lisa Rodriguez , RB Neighborhood Coordinator

 

That was one of the best meetings I ever attended!!  ~ HBNW Block Captain Dave B., The Victorian

 

You hit a Grand Slam!  Excellent! ~ Herb Kahn, Torrance CERT & former Disaster Preparedness Commissioner

 

I want to say thank you for the amazing job that you all did. You are an inspiration on how to set your goal and accomplish it. Thank you so much for your leadership.  ~ Brandy Harkins, Beach Cities Health District

 

On behalf of the Redondo Beach Fire Department, I would like to extend to you and your team very heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done in the delivery of the 3-day Map Your Neighborhood event. Over the weekend, I received 3 personal telephone calls from constituents within my community letting me know how much they appreciated the program.  Please be assured that I support your efforts and look forward to building a stronger partnership in improving our community-based disaster preparedness efforts between our two-cities.  ~Daniel P. Madrigal, Fire Chief Redondo Beach Fire Department

 

Congratulations on a very successful MYN 'production'!  All of the comments from the Torrance DSV (Disaster Service Volunteers) have been very positive and they are most eager to get out to their neighborhoods and get busy.  Thanks for the untiring effort all of you put behind this effort; if just one life is saved it could well be the result of your work! ~ Kathi Galbasin, Torrance CERT Volunteer Coordinator Commissioner, Disaster Council Member of TARA, Neighborhood Watch Block Captain

 

Neighbors looking out for neighbors.


The Neighborhood Watch Program is organized to enable the police/fire and the community to work together. The goal is simple: To make each home, each street and each area more crime resistant and promote education and training for Individual Disaster Preparedness as well as Neighborhood Preparedness.  HBNW has adopted and will begin training Block Captain's an innovative 9 step program called Map Your Neighborhood. 


Neighborhood Watch ensures that group members are informed, aware and involved. The goal of making our area more crime resistant and prepared as a neighborhood for a disaster is worth the effort and it works.

 

Watch group status is not automatic.  In order to achieve Watch Group status and have signs posted in the neighborhood, neighbors must attend an INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING hosted by the Block Captain.  These 12" x 18" aluminum watch signs are provided free to those neighborhood watch groups who have achieved watch group status.  The signs, erected on public streets by the HB Public Works Department, remain the property of the City of Hermosa Beach. 

 

 

IMPORTANT ~ IMPORTANT ~ IMPORTANT

 

HBNW coordinators are doing a two-year anniversary evaluation and this is important if you are a Block Captain and have not had an INTRODUCTION MEETING. 

 

You will be moved to RESIDENT STATUS if you do not contact us for verification that you still want to be a BLOCK CAPTAIN.  At some point, you voluntarily signed up to be the BC for your street and we appreciate your awareness to safety with your immediate neighbors.  However, for reasons unknown to us, we see that some BC's are not participating in the HBNW program.  Tracy and I have a false sense of how strong the HBNW program is.  So, if we do not hear from you, you will be considered a RESIDENT STATUS.  A RESIDENT is an individual that receives our e-mail notifications up until your block has a resident that signs up to be the BLOCK CAPTAIN.  Having extraordinary Block Captain numbers on paper is not as important to us as having engaged residents that will be the "glue" that keeps the block informed on matters concerning general safety on the block.  By knowing who lives where and a sense of what is "normal" and "not normal" in the neighborhood, residents are watchful of suspicious activity.  In addition, a BC must be aware of how many people are in the house that would need assistance in a disaster.   Your position as a Block Captain is appreciated and valued by the HBPD, HBFD and the City of Hermosa Beach.

 

What will move you to RESIDENT STATUS?

  • If you have not had or scheduled a INTRO MEETING.
  • If you have not forwarded weekly e-news and crime log on to your residents (YES, we do know!).
  • If you did not sign up for the Map Your Neighborhood presentation (YES, it was mandatory that BC's attend). 
When a neighborhood works together to help take care of its residents, a safer and more cohesive neighborhood is created.   The amount of crime in the neighborhood will decrease and a greater sense of security and well-being will be felt by all the neighbors.  When a disaster occurs, you and your neighborhood will work efficiently to help each other cope without professional emergency first responders.  By law, Fire Departments are mandated to assess the community and do the greatest good for the greatest amount of people.  In order to do this, they must drive the city and first see for themselves the areas impacted and take notes on what is happening.  As painful as it is for them (as they are considered our heroes), they might have to drive right by your burning house or injured spouse in order to do what they are mandated to do which is, again, to do the greatest good for the greatest amount of people.  This is where you and your organized block can make a real difference in your recovery of a disaster.  You organize your neighbors to keep each other safe and self-sufficient during the critical one-hour time frame after an emergency and in the following days.
 
Exchange of Information.

Concerned citizens are the best asset any police department has to help fight crime. The program is designed to maximize that asset. The HBPD maintains lines of communication with the Coordinators of Neighborhood Watch, supplying crime and suspect information.   This is done through Block Captains on each street. The HBNW team also works with the community to solve neighborhood problems. The system relies on the willingness of people to get involved, stay informed of area problems, and work together on solutions.


The Block Captain acts as a representative of your street.  You do not represent the needs of all 400 blocks in HB, as everyone's block has different concerns.  When you are in a public arena, you may state for which block of residents you are the Block Captain.  Please do not say that you are a NW representative.  Only the Coordinators can make that claim.  We do not imply that we make a public statement on behalf of every block in HB.

RB CERT IS REQUESTING HBNW MEMBERS TO PLAY VICTIMS IN THE COUNTY WIDE DRILL WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2008 

 

The hours will be from 9:30am until about 1:30p.m.   RB CERT Alumni has asked HBNW if we could provide 15 volunteers to be VICTIMS, five of these victims can bring their pet!  How fun is that!!  Tracy and Kelly will be observing the drill even though we are RB CERT Alumni.  As coordinators of HBNW and Emergency Preparedness Commissioners, we feel this is an amazing opportunity to learn from Redondo Beach by watching them respond in this exercise.  Ken Hartley has organized the HB Amateur Radio Association to assist the RB HAMS with their communication during the exercise.

 

Many cities across the County will be participating in "Operation Higher Ground," a functional exercise in response to a simulated 25 foot tsunami which hits the area on 4th of July.  Redondo Beach will be using this opportunity to drill their evacuation plan, and they are requesting role players to act as evacuee victims. The role players will likely be needed at the Knob Hill Community Center in Redondo Beach. 

 

The County has also asked that the City of Torrance be the Area Command.  Torrance Fire Department will serve as the IC (Incident Command) and use the event to test their communications with other Area G cities. 

Please help make this a successful exercise for the County, Redondo Beach and Torrance.  
 

Los Angeles

will be activating their EOC along with the beach cities. Redondo will activate their call out system and the AM Radio will broadcast for us to respond. There will be things going on in Torrance at Wilson Park and in other neighboring cities.

 

RB CERT will respond with the Office of Emergency Management out of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Fire and Lifeguard, South Bay Fire Agencies, Redondo and Torrance PD, The LA County Sheriffs, Ham Radio teams, American Red Cross, LA County Animal Care, Salvation Army, MRC and others to the Knob Hill Community Center. 

 

The plan is to evacuate the beach community to the Knob Hill Community Center where they will be processed. Some people may go to shelters while their animals are sent to special shelters. They may be fed by the Salvation Army or sent over to us for Medical Aid.

 

This event will be getting major media coverage from all around the Los Angeles area. News crews have been invited to a press conference then directed to each of the stations to film and interview those involved with this drill.

 

 

Please Call Mike Grady at (310) 245-9029 or email RBCERTAA@Aol.com for more information or to RSVP as a victim from HBNW.

Featured BAD GUY of the week
As reported by Chief of Police, Greg Savelli
On Friday, 1-25-08 at 9:34pm, Officers and Fire Inspectors doing a routine check of Suzy's Bar and Grill on Aviation found the place to be extremely over-crowded.  The patrons there were not the normal crowd, it was a 30-40 something crowd.  When the officers and fire inspector did the routine check, they found a local popular band playing and the place stuffed with 219+ people when occupancy allowed for 82.  The owner informed them that he had no bouncers/doormen as this was a private event and he didn't anticipate such a large crowd. As Chief, I personally responded and spoke with the owner.  The patrons were cooperative and all exited the establishment upon request and once the number was diminished, they allowed patrons to re-enter up to the occupancy, however there was still no provision for security at the door and over 60 persons waiting to get in.  Per Suzy's CUP resolution 97-72 under "General Operating Standards and Conditions", paragraph 8, the Chief of Police may determine a continuing problem exists and may authorize the presence of a police approved doorman and/or security personnel.  I assigned a police officer to remain at Suzy's to ensure the over crowding situation did not re-occur.  I will be billing the establishment for our presence and submitting this as part of the CUP review on the 19th to the Planning Commission as required by the CUP.
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. 
 

AREA CRIME LOG

Monday 1-28-08 - Sunday 2-3-08

  

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 1-30-08

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

415 Herondo

Vehicle Burglary

During the night a vehicle was entered via a window smash. There was a bag containing personal checks that was reported missing. No one was seen or heard.

 

Thursday 1-31-08

 

Area 3

 

594 PC

1000 block of Aviation

Vandalism

There was a report of vandalism to a business in the area. There was a broken front window to Bobs' Cleaners. This vandalism occurred during the night some time.

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

600 block of Palm Dr

Burglary

There was a report of a garage burglary in the area. Victim advised that they were missing 2 bicycles, a printer and a DVD player. The garage was also left open during the night.

 

Saturday 2-2-08

 

Area 1

 

487 PC

447 Herondo

Theft

There was a theft reported in the garage of the location. A bicycle was taken from the carport area. The cable lock was cut and left behind at the scene. No one was seen or heard.

 

 

Saturday night 2-2-08

           

Area 3

 

459 PC

2411 Prospect Ave

Residential Burglary

There was a call of a vacant apartment with unknown inside. One subject inside was reported to be playing a guitar. The apartment has been vacant for 4 years due to water damage and a gas leak. HBPD units respond and locate two subjects inside who claim to have permission to be inside from the HBFD (Negative). One of the subjects lives in the apartment just across the hall and the other was ultimately arrested for two outstanding arrest warrants. All windows, sliders and doors were locked and secured by PD.

 

Area 3

 

459 PC

1900 block of PCH

Residential Burglary

A burglary in progress call went out and HBPD units responded. The reporting party heard noise inside of the residence and the motion light in the backyard was activated. Once on scene the location was checked and secured, no one found on the property or inside of residence. NOTE: Good call, even though we did not find anyone at least now you can sleep with that constant thought, "Is there someone in my house or yard?" Call us!!

 

Area 1

 

Prowler

1000 block Sunset Dr

Prowler call

Reporting Party can hear someone in her backyard. It sounds like a male, possibly homeless. HBPD responds and a check of the area met with negative results.

 

Sunday 2-3-08

 

Area 1

 

594 PC

1100 Monterey

Vandalism

There was a report of graffiti in the area. There was black paint tagging on building wall. No one was seen or heard. This occurred during the night some time.

 

Area 1

 

594 PC

1000 block of Loma

Vandalism

More graffiti reported in the area. There was black paint tagging on the side of a white van. More than likely this is related to the previous report.

 

Area 1

 

594 PC

1000 block Loma

Vandalism

Another white van in the area reported with black paint tagging on the side of it. Three victims to this night of tagging in the area. No one seen or heard.

 

 

 

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

Hermosa Beach Resident's T.J. Brennan; Jeff & Susan Brown and Block Captain Doris & Greg Eberhardt will be taking this Academy. 

 
If you are a resident on their street, please thank them for learning this invaluable instruction from our friendly city neighbors, the RB Fire Department!



 
 
MBNW CRIME LOG

Area 6

1/29/08                         1:01 a.m.                      500 block of 1st Street

(Trespassing) The victims were asleep at home when they heard noises inside the residence and realized there was an intruder in the home. One resident confronted the intruder, a white male, who appeared to be disoriented, spoke incoherently and smelled of alcohol. He said he was visiting a friend. However he could not provide the friend's name or address. Another resident called police and they arrested the intruder. It appeared that the intruder climbed a 6 foot fence and entered an unlocked back door to gain entry to the residence.

Area 9

1/29/08 - 1/30/08           7 p.m. - 10:20 a.m.        600 block of 26th Street

(Attempted Vehicle Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) punched a small hole in the vehicle's driver door apparently to enter the vehicle. Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.


Community News!

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 mbagnara@hermosabch.org

PHONE NUMBERS AND WEBSITES

310-524-2750
 
310-318-0360
 
310-376-2479
 
(310) 318-0239
 
 
 

GET INVOLVED IN RAISING $$$ FOR HBNW!

 

 We need at total of 24 volunteers to staff the three day 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 Jeff & Susan Brown, Pearl Eszlinger and Dave Burleigh signed up!
HELPFUL WEBSITES
 

Southern California

Edison (SCE)

Residents can make a claim for damages that may have been caused by a power outage. 

 

Claims may be mailed or faxed to:

Southern California Edison
Attention: Claims Department
P.O. Box 900, Rosemead, CA 91770
(800) 251-3311. Fax:(626) 569-2573

In addition, you might want to visit the SCE website at www.sce.com/claims.
If SCE accepts liability for the damage, the company states it "will reimburse you for the repair cost, replacement cost, or actual cash value, whichever is less." 

 

 

Stay safe and avoid becoming a victim of gas station theft

 

Gas stations provide criminals with a unique setting to catch their victims off guard. Many customers leave their car doors unlocked and their valuables in plain view while pumping gasoline and purchasing additional items inside, allowing thieves the few seconds they need to grab the valuable contents of the car and take off.

 

www.ncpc.org/topics

 

CHILD SECURITY NETWORK - Empowering Children All Around the World

The first few hours after a child is missing are crucial to recovery. Parents often spend this time searching for photos and trying to provide descriptions to the police, wasting valuable time. The faster this information is reported, the better the chance that a child will be recognized, found unharmed and safely returned.

www.childsecuritynetwork.com

 
CONTACT US!