Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
VOLUNTEERS FOR A HBFD HAZ-MAT DRILL
When: SUNDAY, JUNE 1ST
Time: 8:a.m. - 3p.m.
Where: Northrop Grumman in Manhattan Beach
HBFD is planning with other agencies a Haz-Mat drill. We
will need approx. 15 volunteers to be patients.
The hands on exercise will utilize area "G" resources as
first responders to a major haz-mat incident with victims.
SMFD, LAFD, TFD, LBFD and Chevron will participate in the
mitigation portion of the exercise. Little Co. of Mary ER
will be conducting an internal disaster drill involving the
patients they will receive from our exercise. RCC will also
be involved with the drill and conducting internal training
to coincide with this exercise.
if you are interested.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS SURVEY UPDATE
Thank you HBNW members
for completing 84 surveys at this time. Please pass this
link on to your friends and neighbors as it is very
important for the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission
to get a sense of how prepared our residents are or are
not. We appreciate your time and support!
to these Block Captains and Residents for attending this
event. Julie Jennings was a great presenter and we look
forward to the next MYN workshop! Also, we appreciate Robin,
Sect. to Steve Burrell and the City of HB for the use of the
Thank you for setting up yesterdays training. I am looking
forward to putting together my own MYN meeting soon. ~
I so enjoyed the HBNW class yesterday. And I look forward to
setting up a meeting for my "block"'s residents. Thanks for
your support! ~ Adrienne
A Vision of Catastrophe
It's our future: a gigantic earthquake like this magnitude
7.8 on the southern San Andreas fault.
An earthquake like this has long-term, regional
consequences. Even if you avoid its strong ground shaking,
you will be affected.
In an earthquake like this one, the shaking will last two to
three minutes. The 1994 Northridge earthquake shook for
The strongest shaking will be near the fault, with pockets
of strong shaking far away from the fault where sediments
trap the waves.
An earthquake like this causes damage that will never occur
in a smaller event like the magnitude 6.7, Northridge
earthquake. Getting ready for a Northridge does not get you
ready for this.
Natural Disasters vs. Human Catastrophes
Natural disasters are unavoidable but we can control
our readiness for them. In fact, the efforts we make now
will determine our society's resilience later: do we bounce
back quickly, slowly, or never? When a disaster strikes a
society that is not ready for it, the consequences can be so
widespread and severe that recovery takes decades, because
society is a fabric that holds together through the strength
of its interwoven threads. Disaster preparation begins at
the individual level but must include businesses,
organizations, institutions, neighborhoods, communities -
and a recognition that our own preparations will affect the
recovery of others.
"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
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.
together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the
first hour following a disaster and take the necessary
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
Confine your charitable giving to reputable established
organizations, preferably those with a local branch.
solicited by an individual for personal charity, don't give
cash; offer to buy the individual food or drink or refer
them to local assistance resources.
If solicited for an unfamiliar organized charity, ask for
literature so you can make an informed decision about
giving; any reputable organization will be glad to provide
material or a website address where you can check them out.
To avoid telephone solicitation to the extent possible, sign
up for the
"National Do-Not Call List".
If solicited by telephone despite being on the list, simply
hang up - it's your phone. If you choose to speak to the
solicitor, do not give out credit card numbers or personal
information not listed in the telephone directory, and don't
allow the organization to come to your home until you are
certain of their reliability. Instead, ask them to send you
information so you can make an informed decision and mail in
With the exception of local organizations, door-to-door
sales are often fraudulent, and should be viewed with
skepticism. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually
is. Ask to see the City of Hermosa Beach PERMIT with the
City Seal on it. If they do not have this paper signed by
our City Manager, Steve Burrell, close the door and call
HBPD at 310-524-2750. Inform Dispatch of their appearance
and direction of travel.
Under consumer protection laws, you have a right to written
information about any offer, and the right to cancel any
order within three days should you reconsider your decision.
Make sure you obtain enough information to enable you to
re-contact the vendor or his/her office in the event you
have questions or change your mind. If you don't want to be
bothered by door-to-door solicitors, most locations have a
law that solicitors must avoid homes which display a "NO
SOLICITORS" sign; bear in mind this usually doesn't apply to
religious proselytizing, charitable organizations or
HBNW CRIME LOG ~
This log contains crimes in HB that residents can read and
learn from in order to TARGET HARDEN their home, vehicles
Monday 04-21-2008 to Sunday 04/27/2008
1 - BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo
AREA 2 - GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and
AREA 3 - RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to
block of Palm Dr
There was a call regarding a subject seen on the
side of a residence with a flashlight. HBPD
Officers respond and locate the subject with the
flashlight. It is unknown what he was up to, he
was ultimately arrested for prowling.
block of Hermosa Ave
There was a report of a Male Hispanic Adult
looking into vehicle windows. The subject was
last seen leaving the area an a mountain bike.
The initial call was made to the HBPD and was
then transferred through RCC to us. Due to the
extreme delay, Officers were unable to locate
the suspect. NOTE: Don't call the HBPD station,
call DISPATCH @ 310-524-2750.
block of Hermosa Ave
There was a patio table taken sometime during
the night. No one was seen or heard.
No citations were issued this weekend! Good Job.
MBNW CRIME LOG
04/27/08 - 04/28/08 Noon - 10
a.m. 2500 block of Oak Avenue
(Vehicle Theft) The victim parked his unlocked vehicle in
front of his residence. Unknown suspect(s) ransacked his
vehicle and stole several items including a watch, a canvas
bag containing tools, a buck knife and an iPod.
p.m. 700 block of 29th
(Peeping) An adult male suspect with a dark colored mustache
was seen looking in a bedroom window of the residence. No
other description was provided and the suspect was not
04/27/08 - 04/28/08 9 p.m. - 11
a.m. 2900 block of Maple Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked his vehicle along the
curb and locked it. He returned to find the driver's side
rear window smashed, the passenger side door handle removed
and the GPS system missing. No suspects were seen or heard.
04/27/08 - 04/28/08 9:30 p.m. - 4:50
a.m. 2500 block of Laurel Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle
in his driveway. Unknown suspect(s) smashed the right rear
passenger's side window and took a portable X-ray machine
from the vehicle.
a.m. 2100 block of Palm
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim heard a noise in his driveway
where his locked vehicle was parked. He heard what sounded
like a vehicle and two people near his vehicle. He opened
his door and noticed the front passenger window of his
vehicle had been smashed, but the suspects were gone. The
inside of his vehicle had been ransacked and several items
were missing including a box of ring samples, a cash box
containing cash and a leather portfolio.
04/22/08 - 04/23/08 10 p.m. - 2:50
a.m. 2200 block of Palm Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) While officers were on patrol searching
for suspects in the vehicle burglary in the 2100 block of
Palm Avenue, they discovered another vehicle with a smashed
passenger side window parked in the driveway in the 2200
block of Palm. Unknown suspect(s) stole a guitar from the
back seat of the vehicle. The suspects were not found.
04/17/08 - 04/19/08 8 a.m. - 5:30
p.m. 4400 block of The Strand
(Vehicle Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) took a booklet of
Laker tickets from the victim's unlocked vehicle which was
parked in an open garage.
National Volunteer Week, 2008
By the President of the United States of America
Through countless acts of kindness, volunteers across
America are changing our Nation for the better. During
National Volunteer Week, we recognize those who take the
time to help their fellow citizens realize the full
potential of America.
Window may be closing for earthquake insurance
"MetLife has a moratorium on earthquake insurance," she said
Saturday afternoon. "That means if you have over a 4.0
earthquake that you can't sell any earthquake insurance for
Earthquake Insurance Not Available
COLUMBIA - After last Friday's earthquake, many Missouri
residents went to sign up for earthquake insurance only to
find they couldn't get it.
State Farm and American Family Insurance have issued a 30
day moratorium on new earthquake insurance policies. Both
say it is standard procedure.
However, Shelter Insurance says that because the earthquake
was far enough away from Columbia, they will still sell the
The Solano County Office of Emergency Services offers the
following preparedness tips in observance of Earthquake
· Identify a safe place in every room.
· Discuss and determine a meeting place if family members
· Choose an out-of-town family contact.
· Consult a professional to find more ways to protect your
· Take a first aid class and keep your training current.
· Get training on how to use a fire extinguisher.
· Inform baby sitters and caregivers of your plan.
· Identify elderly neighbors or those with special needs
that mayrequire assistance.
· Eliminate hazards by bolting tall furniture to studs in
walls, strapping the water heater to wall studs and
removing heavy items from above your headboard.
Admission $25.00 to benefit PROJECTtouch
Dear Friends -
It's a wonderful day when we can do something good for a
great organization and truly have fun doing it. You're
probably aware of PROJECTtouch. It's the mighty little
non-profit that's been around for 35 years helping at-risk
youth. Through their new Executive Director, Hilary Henson,
they've lined up Ann Randolph to perform her one-woman show,
Squeeze Box, as a fundraiser.
Squeeze Box was produced Off-Broadway by the
legendary Anne Bancroft. It garnered rave reviews both in
New York and in LA, where it received the prestigious LA
Stage Alliance's Ovation Award. Comic genius Mel Brooks said
of Ann Randolph, "This woman is so talented, so gloriously
gifted, both as a writer and a performer, that I wanted the
world to see this."
Well, here's your chance. Squeeze Box will be in
Hermosa Beach for one night only on Wednesday, April 30
starting at 8pm. Not only is the admission only $25, but
there's a free VIP Reception beginning at 6:30pm featuring
music from L'Strings. Of course, wine will be available.
Tickets are available online by
Or you can buy them at the PROJECTtouch office, Room 6 at
the Hermosa Beach Community Center, Monday through Friday
from 1pm until 7pm.
IT'S A DOGS DAY!
Dog Parade & Trick Show in HB.
Sunday, May 4th from 11a.m. - 1p.m.
Registration at Valley Dr. and Pier Ave.
Parade begins at 11a.m. and continues on the Green Belt to
Show at 11:30a.m. followed by a performance by Disc Dogs of
Southern California at 12:30p.m.
award for the BEST TRICK, BEST DRESSED, CUTEST DOG AND THE
HERMOSA BEACH FAVORITE!
DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH.
NO CATS ALLOWED!
Hosted by the
HB Garden Club
When:Saturday, May 31st
Where: Clark Building
Time: 8:00a.m. - 1p.m.
PLANTS, TREASURES AND SNACKS!
PLEASE STOP BY!
HBNW sells WATER at the FIESTA!
STOP BY AND SAY HI TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!
FIESTA WATER SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 24 Sunday, May 25 Monday, May
Terrill Burnett &
Kathleen Gerber & Julie Jennings
Kelly Kovac-Reedy & Michael DiVirgilio
12p.m. - 2p.m.
Pearl Eszlinger & Tracy Hopkins
12p.m. - 2p.m.
Pat Kovac &
12p.m. - 2p.m.
Joel Shapiro & Kelly Kovac-Reedy
2p.m. - 4p.m.
Mary Goshtigian & Jennifer Chew /Kiana
2p.m. - 4p.m
Dave Burleigh &
2p.m. - 4p.m
Pat Preiss &
4p.m. - 6p.m.
Susan & Jeff Brown
4p.m. - 6p.m.
Ken & Dorothy Hartley
4p.m. - 6p.m.
Dave Buckland &
If someone on
schedule can't make it, we call in RELIEF.
GET YOUR HAM LICENSE AND JOIN HB AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION!
HBNW NEEDS OUR HAM CLUB FOR RESIDENTIAL BLOCK
COMMUNICATION. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
Amateur Radio Course
course (entrée level)
The course is 2 sessions
The 2 sessions are on June 14 & 21
2:00 PM to 5:30 PM on June 14
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on June 21
The date for the FCC test will be provided at the
14 June session
The location is Hesse Park
29301 Hawthorne Blvd.
Rancho Palos Verdes
- No pre-registration required -
- No fee for either course -
- Taking the FCC Test is $14 -
- Study book with FCC test questions, $15 -
- Copy of my Power Point charts, $10 -
Students (thru grade 12) who take this course and get
their license will be reimbursed up to $40 by
The Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club
For more information contact
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