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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

 

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

:: Featured CRIME of the week!

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: FROM THE CHIEF OF POLICE

:: Bar Check!

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: MADD DUI AWARDS

:: HELPFUL WEBSITES

:: MYN ~ HAZARD HUNT

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: Please spend a few hours with HBNW and sell, sell, sell H2O at the FIESTA!

:: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, Count on HBARA!

:: C.E.R.T. - FUNDRAISER

:: We are here for you!

:: GOT EMERGENCY KITS? GET THEM NOW.

:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

  RECOGNITION

We would like to say THANK YOU to Block Captain Julie Jennings and the block of Circle Drive and Circle Court for hosting a INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING.  The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy, HBPD Chief of Police Greg Savelli, HBFD Brian Grebbien, HBFD Carlos Lopez, HBFD Scott Durkin and EPAC commissioner Al Benson.

Featured CRIME of the week

 There have been four occurrences this week where the catalytic converter on Toyota trucks was removed during the night. Two occurred the night of 03/17-18/2008, one occurred during the night of 03/20-21/2008 and 03/23/08. The areas hit were the 500 block of Hollowell, Pier and Ardmore, the 600 block of 30th Street and the 900 block of 7th. This type of theft usually occurs from Toyota 4Runners and trucks. This is a continuing problem throughout the South Bay.

HBNW Block Captain & Founder of HBARA, Ken Hartley approached the manager at Midas Muffler, Art Acosta for a discount if HBNW members want to take their car to Midas located at 3125 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, (310) 376-8735 to receive a "$20 Catalytic Converter Tac-weld" exclusive to HBNW. Normal charges would be $35.00.  THANK YOU TO KEN AND MIDAS!

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 3-17-08 - Sunday 3-23-08

 

 

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 3-17-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

600 block of 25th St

Theft

There was a call of a subject going through the recyclables in the area. The subject was gone from the area and was UTL.

       

 

Tuesday 3-18-08

 

Area 3

 

487 PC

16th and PCH

Theft from vehicle

There was an unlocked vehicle entered in the area. The victim left her vehicle and went to the gym. She is unsure if it was locked. When she returned she discovered that someone had entered her vehicle and took items. There was some expensive jewelry, a purse, GPS and a cell phone missing from inside of the vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry and no evidence located on or around the vehicle. This occurred in the afternoon hours.

       

 

Area 3

 

487 PC

500 block of Hollowell

Theft

There was a catalytic converter stolen from a vehicle in the area. This theft occurred during the night. This was taken from a Toyota 4_Runner.

       

 

Area 1

 

487 PC

Pier and Ardmore

Theft

There was another catalytic converter stolen from a vehicle. This theft also occurred during the night. This was taken from a Toyota Pick-up.

       

 

Wednesday 3-19-08

           

Area 1

 

484 PC

10th St and Loma Dr

Theft

There was a call of two subjects going through the recyclables in the area. The subjects were located and contacted regarding the violation. They were advised and sent on their way.

       

 

Area 1

 

10851 VC

800 block of Ardmore

Stolen vehicle

There was a report of a stolen vehicle from the area. The vehicle stolen was a 1994 White Jeep Cherokee (Ca. Lic. KJU318). The vehicle was taken in between 3-18-08 / 1900 hours and 3-19-08 / 0800 hours.

       

 

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

415 Herondo

Theft

There was a jacket taken from inside of a residence at the location. This occurred during the day on 3-12-08. It is unknown whether the apartment was left open and unlocked.

       

 

Thursday 3-20-08

 

Area 3

 

459 PC

1200 block of 9th St

Vehicle burglary

There was a vehicle burglary report in the area. A vehicle was entered and a cell phone and some loose change was taken. This occurred during the morning hours and the vehicle was possibly left unlocked.

       

 

Friday 3-21-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

600 block of 30th St

Theft

There was another report of a catalytic converter taken from a parked vehicle. This occurred during the night. Another Toyota pick-up.

       

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

414 2nd St.

Theft

There was a bicycle taken from the parking garage at the location. The bicycle was taken between 3-14-08 and 3-21-08.

       

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

30th pl and Manhattan Ave

Theft

There was a call of scavengers in the area. There were reported going through the trash containers in the area. The subjects were gone on arrival and UTL.

       

 

Saturday 3-22-08

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

200 block of Manhattan Ave

Theft

There was a call of a red truck in the area with three subjects in it cruising the area. They were stopping at recycle bins and taking items from them. There were contacted and advised of the violation.

       

 

Sunday 3-23-08

 

Area 3

 

487 PC

900 block of 7th St

Theft

There was yet another catalytic converter stolen. This one also occurred during the night.

       

  

FROM THE CHIEF OF POLICE

 Hermosa Beach and all of Southern California experienced an early mini-heat wave to bring in the Spring season.  Many of our patios and decks were very active with family gatherings and parties.  Now is a good time to reconnect with our neighbors, exchange phone numbers and invite each other to your gatherings if appropriate.  By keeping your neighbors informed of your parties and other outdoor activities, you also keep down the number of complaints to the police.  No one likes to have the police knocking on the door in the middle of a party, so all of us should do our best to keep our neighbors happy and informed so they call you and not the police.  Also, we need to do our best to keep the noise down.  The noise ordinance takes effect at 10pm and we need to respect our neighbors.  Music and voices carry easily at night and we need to be considerate of our neighbors, not only next door, but anywhere within earshot.  Turn on your stereo and take a walk around the neighborhood; you may be surprised how far away you can be heard.   Hopefully, by taking a few steps like these, we can all entertain without disturbing our neighbors. 

As an update to my previous message regarding "Downtown issues"; the downtown bars/restaurants have been the focus of two Planning Commission meetings.  During these meetings, many of the residents spoke about concerns and issues related to these businesses and their overflow issues into the neighborhoods.  As a result of these meetings, three establishments will be appearing before the Commission over the next three months to address violations of their Conditional Use Permits and their ABC licenses. 

 

As always, please don't hesitate to send an e-mail or call me if you have any questions.

 

Greg Savelli

Chief of Police

 

 

BAR CHECK

No citations were issued last weekend.

MBNW CRIME LOG

 First of all we want to let you know that we have been getting calls about solicitors again. They seem to be back in full force, so here's the refresher course.

First of all if you have a "No Soliciting" sign posted they are not allowed to come to your door. Period. Our advice is to let them know you are home, but not open the door. If you feel you must open the door, just remember that they are well trained to not take "No" for an answer. They have a comeback for everything you say, so just be aware of that. And remember, not all solicitors are legitimate, but they do want your money.

Area 1

03/21/08                                    10 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.                  1800 block of 12th Street

(Residential Burglary) The victim was inside her kitchen when she heard footsteps and a plastic bag moving outside for approximately 15 minutes. She did not see who was outside her kitchen window. A few minutes later she heard blinds inside her bedroom moving and walked into the room and saw a male suspect's arm wearing white gloves reaching in through the open window. The suspect saw her and immediately began walking away. The victim screamed for help and at the same time the suspect walked by a witness who was working on his motorcycle in his garage area nearby. The suspect stated "That lady is crazy" and first walked away and then started jogging northbound on Harkness out of sight. The witness called the police, but the suspect was not found. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic in his 30's, 5'6" to 5'8" tall, medium build, clean shaven, wearing blue jeans and a grey hooded sweatshirt.

Area 2

03/18/08 - 03/19/08                   5:30 p.m. - 6:50 a.m.                 1400 block of 6th Street

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim's locked vehicle was parked on the street when unknown suspect(s) smashed the passenger side window and stole the car stereo.

Area 3

03/21/08                                    Midnight - 10 a.m.                     1800 block of Laurel Avenue

(Attempted Vehicle Grand Theft) The victim's Toyota truck was parked and locked across the street from the victim's residence when unknown suspect removed two out of four bolts from the catalytic converter. However the other two bolts were quite rusty, preventing the suspect(s) from taking it.

Area 3

03/22/08                                    8:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.                     500 block of 14th Street

(Residential Vandalism) Unknown suspect(s) smashed two windows near the front door of the residence with bricks while the residents were away. The bricks were found lying on the floor inside the residence. No suspects were seen or heard.

Area 4

03/22/08 - 03/23/08                   8 p.m. - 7:45 a.m.                     1000 block of 8th Street

(Residential Vandalism) Unknown suspect smashed a window in the bathroom with a lemon. No suspects were seen or heard.

Area 7

03/19/08                                    9:10 p.m.                                  3600 block of Vista Drive

(Robbery) The victim pulled into her garage and was removing items from the trunk of her vehicle while the garage door was open. She felt someone pulling on her purse which was over her right shoulder. As she grabbed the purse to hold on to it, the cloth strap broke and the suspect fled with her purse. The victim was unable to describe the suspect but a neighbor that was walking her dog observed a black male suspect run past her westbound onto 36th Street and get in the passenger side of a silver midsize vehicle. The vehicle drove off westbound on 36th Street and possibly northbound onto Highland Avenue. The male suspect is described as 20 to 25 years old, 6 feet tall, medium build, short black hair, wearing dark baggy pants and a dark long sleeve shirt.

Also, three cases of graffiti were reported between late 3/23/08 and early 3/24/08 all on Lifeguard towers, at 8th Street, 40th Street and 42nd Street. If you see any graffiti as it is happening please call 911 right away. If you discover graffiti on your property, report it to the police as well as the graffiti removal line at 310-802-5303. Thank you.

MADD DUI AWARDS

Every year Mother's Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) awards police officers and deputies throughout Los Angeles County for their efforts in arresting drunk drivers. Four officers from the Hermosa Beach Police were awarded for their efforts at a Breakfast ceremony at the Radisson Hotel in Culver City on March 20th. Chief of Police Greg Savelli was on hand to give the award to Officers George Brunn, Gaetano Lobue, Anthony Parente, and Nicholas Garcia.

HELPFUL WEBSITES

 Governor declares Tsunami Awareness Week

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proclaimed today through March 29 as Tsunami Awareness Week.

The proclamation coincides with the first-ever "live" test of the Tsunami Warning System, and the ability to warn California residents of a potential emergency with broadcast Wednesday of an actual tsunami warning in HumboldtCounty. The Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services and the National Weather Service are conducting the test as a part of the state's ongoing disaster preparedness efforts.

Alamosa Avoids Tap Water After Salmonella Outbreak

ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP)  Safeway is donating a truckload of bottled water to the residents of Alamosa. It made the donation at the request of the Colorado Department of Health.

State health officials warned residents of a southern Colorado town Wednesday to stop drinking and cooking with tap water because they said it might be linked to a salmonella outbreak.

http://www.cbs4denver.com/health/Salmonella.outbreak.tap.2.681143.html

 Robot reports for security duty in Atlanta

 ATLANTA - Hollywood may have had RoboCop, but the real world now has a robot more attuned to the prosaic realities of the street.

The Bum Bot.

That is what Rufus Terrill calls the rolling, remote-controlled invention he uses to flush out the prostitutes and pushers who gather near his Midtown Atlanta bar, which is two blocks from the city's largest and most controversial homeless shelter.

http://www.latimes.com/la-na-bumbot23mar23,0,6153036.story

 

 

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Hazard Hunt

Conduct a hazard hunt to identify hazards in your home.

Electrical / Appliances / Utilities

* One appliance on an outlet or extension cord.

* No more than one extension cord on one outlet.

* Broken, frayed cords or plugs have been replaced.

* Electric heaters don't cause blown fuses or lights to dim.

* Electric heaters are away from water.

* Circuits are clearly labeled, and area is free of clutter.

* Appliances are in good working order.

* Utility shutoff valves are accessible. If a tool is needed, store one nearby.

Fire

* An ABC type fire extinguisher is in your home, responsible family members know how to use it, and where it is kept.

* Smoke detectors are on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.

* All heating sources have at least 3 feet of space on all sides.

* Gas heaters have lines free of punctures or splits, and valves don't leak. (Inspect gas heaters once a month during heating season.)

* Fireplace has chimneys that are cleaned regularly.

* Chimneys have spark guards on top.

* Fireplaces have screens.

* Flammable liquids are in tightly sealed and labeled and firesafe containers, and away from sources of heat.

Children

* Flammable liquids are out of children's reach.

* Poisons, toxins and solvents are clearly labeled and stored out of children's reach.

* Medicines are in child resistant containers and kept out of reach

* Electrical outlets have safety plugs.

General

* Stairs and walkways are free of clutter

* Handrails on all stairways are firmly secured.

* Freestanding book shelves are secured to the wall.

* Heavy items are stored on lower shelves.

* Heavy mirrors/pictures are tightly secured.

* Hanging plants are not overly large.

* House numbers can be easily seen from the road.

* Foundation is free of cracks

* Tree limbs are trimmed within 10 feet of the house, and dead limbs hanging over house or garage are removed

 

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.

 

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

HBNW is doing the Fiesta!

We are almost there!  We would like to see 3 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.  

 STOP BY AND SAY HI TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!

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, Pat Preiss, Councilman Michael DiVirgilio, Julie Jennings, Leanne Bemis-Heuer (relief), Dana Graner (relief), Barbara Raya and Jeff Smith.

 

 WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, YOU CAN COUNT ON HBARA

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

REDONDO BEACH CERT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISER

 

What would you do for a million dollars? Well some of America's most (and perhaps least) talented will compete for $1,000,000 at the America's Got Talent television show.

 

How does RBCERTAA fit it? Have you ever wanted to go to a taping of a live TV Reality Show? Well hang on to your hats because America's Got Talent wants us!

 

RBCERTAA will be paid $15 per person for those we bring to be in the audience. So please come out and support RBCERTAA by joining us for a fun way to raise some much needed funds. 

So invite family and friends and have a guarantee to get in to see the taping of this show. And who knows, you might even wind up on TV yourself as the camera pans the audience.

 

WHO: Open to all RB CERT Alumni, RBFD, family, friends, distant relatives etc.

 

WHAT: Audience participation for the taping of America's Got Talent. http://www.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent/video/

 

WHERE: Orpheum Theater

 

WHEN: Sunday, March 30, 2008 10 AM - 3PM

 

WHY: They need bodies and they pay $15 per person for audience participants. Yep, that's right; they will cut a check to RBCERTAA based on the number of people we can get to see a free show!

 

HOW:  As you know Hollywood acts fast. I need to see if we can put this together and get a head count. It's not often that they get a weekend taping so please contact Marcelle at 310-346-8551 or 07rbcertaa.pres@gmail.com as soon as possible.

 

Just think if we get 20 people to go we make between $300, 50 people $750 for having a fun day out.

 

We appreciate your support of the Redondo Beach Community Emergency Response Team.

 

Marcelle

RBCERTAA President

To Link to the Redondo Beach Fire Department CERT information.

 To Link to the Redondo Beach CERT Alumni 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

 

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EMERGENCY KITS
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Order your supplies TODAY!Hermosa Beach resident COUPON CODE HB2007 for FREE SHIPPING TO HB.

PHONE NUMBERS AND WEBSITES

HBPD - HBFD DISPATCH

310-524-2750

 

HB POLICE STATION

310-318-0360

 

HB FIRE STATION

310-376-2479

 

CITY OF HERMOSA BEACH

(310) 318-0239

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