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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log Tuesday, April 1, 2008
 
IN THIS ISSUE ~ click on link to go directly to section
:: Featured CRIME of the week!
:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log
:: Bar Check!
:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log
:: HELPFUL WEBSITES
:: MYN ~ ANIMAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
:: HB City Council & ALL Commission Meetings - AGENDAS, MINUTES & STREAMING VIDEO
:: 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
:: 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 Scott McMurrey and the 900 block of Manhattan Ave for hosting a FOLLOW UP BLOCK MEETING.  The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy and HBPD Chief of Police Greg Savelli

 
THANK YOU to two HB businesses that have offered a $20.00 special to HBNW residents for a TAC WELD to the Catalytic Converter on your car.  This is a crime that can happen in broad daylight without you even knowing it until you start your engine.  Then, you HEAR IT.  A TAC WELD is a means to impede the criminal who has just a wrench to losen the bolts.  HBPD has seen a change in the M.O. of the catalytic converter thefts recently. The new M.O. involves the thieves using a "Sawzall" to cut the exhaust pipe and remove the converter. Try the weld for $20.00 and then you will know that you did what you could to prevent the crime and make your car less of a target. 
 
MIDAS Muffler
 3125 Pacific Coast Highway
(310) 376-8735
 
LK Motorsports
625 Cypress
(310)779-2736
 
Converter thefts rising with metal prices

Thieves targeting parked cars for easy loot are getting lower every day as the hidden treasure in your car's undercarriage is easier to snatch - and probably more valuable - than anything inside.

Law enforcement officials in Southern California and across the nation say they're dealing with a surge in thefts of catalytic converters - the smog-busting devices on mufflers that have been required in most vehicles for years.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_8753252

Featured CRIME of the week

This crime was sent out in the Press Release on Monday, April 31, 2008

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 3-24-08 - Sunday 3-30-08

 

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 3-24-08

 

Area 3

 

484 PC

1100 block of PCH

Theft

There was a call of a subject in the area going through the trash taking recyclables. An area check turned out negative. It should be noted that the subject was eventually located and advised of the violation.

       

 

Tuesday 3-25-08

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

800 block of Loma Dr

Vehicle Burglary

There was a vehicle broken into in the area. The driver side door was pried open and a stereo was taken. This occurred during the night.

       

 

Wednesday 3-26-08

 

Area 2

 

594 PC

Unit bock of 15th St

Vandalism

There was a garage door spray painted in the area. No one was seen or heard. NOTE: Call us as soon as you see and tagging / graffiti in your area so that it can be removed by our Public Works Dep. A prompt removal is the best defense against further tagging / graffiti.

       

 

Area 1

 

594 PC

400 block of Pier Ave.

Vandalism

There was some etching on a class window (business) reported in the area. No one was seen or heard.

       

 

Thursday 3-27-08

 

Area 3

 

594 PC

1600 block of PCH

Vandalism

The suspect shot out the front window to the business with BB gun. No one was seen or heard.

       

 

Area 3

 

594 PC

800 block of 20th St

Vandalism

There was a report of a vandalism to a vehicle in the area. The suspect used an unknown object to break out the window of a vehicle.

       

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

414 2nd St

Burglary

There was a storage locker broken into at the location. There was a flat screen TV, a bicycle and a DVD player taken. This occurred during the night.

       

 

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

500 block of Pier Ave

Theft

The victim's parking pass was taken from vehicle. The vehicle was unlocked and a convertible.

       

 

Area 2

 

459 PC

700 block of Longfellow

Vehicle Burglary

There was a vehicle broken into in the area. A digital camera and the vehicle's registration was taken. This occurred during the day between 12noon and 2p.m.

       

 

Saturday 3-29-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

Longfellow and Palm Dr

Theft

There was a report of a subject taking recyclables. The subject was GOA UTL.

       

 

Area 1

 

925

415 Herondo

Suspicious circumstances

There were four subjects reported in the area. They are described as suspicious and not from the area. They were located and contacted by PD. An FI card was filled out for each subject.

       

 

Sunday 3-30-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

31st and Palm Dr

Theft

There was a call of a subject going through the trash in the area. They were contacted and advised of the violation.

     

 

 

Area 1

 

594 PC

1000 block Manhattan Ave

Vandalism

Unknown subject(s) enter a common patio area of the location. A plastic patio chair was set on fire and taken out to Palm Dr while dripping plastic left a trail. The victim observed the burnet chair and cushion left to the rear of the location on Palm Dr. This apparently occurred Saturday 3-22-08 during the night.

 
BAR CHECK
Warnings were issued to Blue 32, The Shore and Suzy's for being slightly overcrowded.  No citations issued.

 
MBNW CRIME LOG

Area 3

03/29/08 - 03/30-08                   8 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.                     2100 block of Pacific Avenue

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked his unlocked vehicle in his driveway. Unknown suspect(s) took approximately 20 wrapped presents from the rear compartment of the vehicle and an iPod from the center console.

Area 4

03/29/08 - 03/30/08                   9:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.                     Manhattan Beach Blvd. & John Street

(Catalytic Converter) Unknown suspect(s) took the catalytic converter from the Toyota pickup that was parked on the street.

Area 4

03/25/08 - 03/26/08                   6 p.m. - 2 p.m.                          100 block of N. Ardmore Avenue

(Attempted Garage Burglary) The victim noticed that his garage door was slightly ajar and the padlock was on the ground. It appeared unknown suspect(s) attempted to enter the garage but were unsuccessful due to the garage being automatic.

Area 6

03/28/08 - 03/30/08                   10:30 p.m. - 10 a.m.                  300 block of 2nd Street

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked his car in the driveway but did not lock it. He returned to find a bag that had been inside the vehicle was sitting on the ground. The vehicle had been ransacked and several items were missing including gym shorts, a shirt, basketball shoes and headphones. No suspects were seen or heard.

 

HELPFUL WEBSITES
 

Get to know neighbors, curb crime

Police say forming watch group beneficial

There are three key ways to curb criminal activity near your home, according to the Indio Police Department.

Get to know your neighbors.

Report suspicious activity.

Take pride in your neighborhood.

http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080328/NEWS08/803280363/1026/news1

Seismic safety on shaky ground in San Bernardino, experts say

Quiz: Test your earthquake knowledge

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_NEWS_20080331_reports_seismic31.25546e3.html

South Bay DUI task force to talk to El Camino students about alcohol's effect on driving

 

 

 

 

 

American Heart Association is now advocating chest compressions only instead of mouth to mouth. Check it out.

 

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Animal Emergency Preparedness

In an emergency, a well thought out, and practiced plan for your pets will not only reduce your stress, but also save precious time and lives. It has been repeatedly shown that in an emergency people often resist official evacuation instructions, out of concern for their pets.

Failure

to plan for animals will put the animals and owners at a significantly higher risk of injury or death. Below are recommendations to help keep you and your pets calm during an emergency. Use extreme caution when handling animals in an emergency. They are sensitive to severe weather and to stress, and will act unpredictably.

Remember that only service animals will be allowed into emergency shelters.

All Animals

  • Be sure that all animals have an identification tag / collar / halter that is worn at all times.
  • Phone numbers can be written directly on collars and halters.
  • Post phone numbers of boarding facilities and veterinarians, including 24 hour phone numbers on your Emergency Phone List and Wallet Card
  • Keep your pets vaccinations up to date, and keep records to prove it with you if you must evacuate.

Household Pets in Disaster

  • Find local hotels and motels that allow pets and where pet boarding facilities are. Include some that are out of your area, in case the local ones have been closed or evacuated.
  • Keep a current photo of your pet with you, in case you get separated from your pet.
  • Make sure you have a secure pet carrier and/ or leash for each pet. They will need to be restrained during a tense situation.

Assemble a disaster kit for your pet. Include:

  • 3 day supply of food, water, and medications
  •  Feeding and care information
  • Written description of behavioral problems and helpful hints
  •  Copy of Veterinary records,
  •  Bedding, or rug
  •  Liter box and litter, newspaper for caged animals
  • Can opener, food dish
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Plastic bags for clean up
  • Treats or toys if space permits

Place these items in a duffel bag, back pack, or waterproof container that is easily transportable. Provide the kit to whomever will assume responsibility for your pet during a disaster.

Cats and Dogs

Train your pet to enter its carrier at your command. Do this by placing your pet's favorite treat in the carrier, and by ringing a bell at the same time. Repeat this process every day until the animal goes in the carrier at the sound of the bell. Continue this training periodically. This training will be extremely helpful in finding and securing scared animals.

Birds

Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier. In cold weather, wrap a blanket over the carrier and warm up the car before placing birds inside. During warm weather, carry a small spray bottle to mist into the bird's feathers periodically.
  • Do not put water inside the carrier during transport. Provide a few slices of fruit or vegetables with high water content.
  • Once at the shelter, do not let birds out of the cage or carrier.

    Snakes

    Snakes can be transported in a pillowcase, but they must be put in a secure housing when they reach the evacuation site. If your snake requires frequent feedings, carry food with you. Take a water bowl large enough for soaking as well as a heating pad.

    Lizards, Tarantulas, Turtles (dry)

    These animals should be transported in a secure dry, warm environment.

    Hamsters, Gerbils etc.

    Should be transported in secure carriers suitable for maintaining the animals at the shelter. Take bedding, food and water bowls. Do not take animals out of their carriers.

    Fish, Aquatic Turtles 

  • If they must be evacuated, these pets are best sheltered with friends or relatives.
  • If left behind during an evacuation, check and change water upon return.
  • If evacuated, net fish into Ziploc bags filled with aquarium water, bring food.

     

     

    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.

     
  • City Council & All Commission meeting media clips are arranged by date, with the most recent at the top of the list. Click Video to view the meeting with documents, or Agenda / Minutes to see just the documents. You can also search the archives by typing keywords into the Search box.


    Hermosa Beach City Council and All Commission AGENDA'S, MINUTES AND VIDEO

    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.
     

    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, Jennifer Chew & Kiana Krolik, 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, Jeff Smith and Joel Shapiro.
     
     WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, YOU CAN COUNT ON HBARA

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    PHONE NUMBERS AND WEBSITES
     

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