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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

 

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

:: FEATURED LOCAL BUSINESS

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ TRAINING AVAILABLE

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: RESTAURANT/BAR CHECK

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: HELPFUL WEBSITES

:: FOCUS ON SENIORS ~ FANNY PACK KITS

:: Leadership Hermosa Fundraiser Event

:: FIRST EVER STATEWIDE DISASTER DRILL ~ SHAKE OUT!

:: Become an Amateur Radio Operator for your community!

:: Fiesta Water Booth Pictures

:: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, Count on HBARA!

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: We are here for you!

:: LOCAL SUPPORT

:: C.E.R.T. - Register Now for Next Academy!

:: GOT EMERGENCY KITS? GET THEM NOW.

:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

RECOGNITION

We would like to say THANK YOU to Block Captain Ken & Kristina Bergeron and the 400 & 500 Block of Prospect Avenue for hosting a INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING.   The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy, HBPD Chief of Police Greg Savelli, HBFD Daryll Powers, HBPD Motorcycle Traffic Ofc. JR Smith, HBPD Dectective Mick Gaglia, Mayor J.R. Reviczky and EPAC Commissioner Al Benson. 
 

The success of the HBNW rests with YOU.  With that said, WE ARE 100 PERCENT HERE TO ASSIST YOU!


Being a Block Captain is not as SCARY as it might sound.  The most time consuming part is getting out and meeting your neighbors, gathering their contact information.  Once this is accomplished, it is EASY.   For the CRIME, we ask you to forward our weekly e-news and any other e-mails HBNW sends out.  For DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, we ask that you are trained in the Map Your Neighborhood Program and bring it back to your neighbors.   That's it!  Really! 


For your INTRODUCTION MEETING, we come to your house and we do all the talking!  You are encouraged to ask direct questions to the Chief of Police and Fire Chief.  What other opportunity do you have that brings the highest ranking person from each department to your living room?  You will love it and your neighbors will love you for volunteering to keep them in the loop for crime prevention, disaster preparedness and general HB happenings.


BLOCK WATCH CAPTAIN
The role of the Block Watch Captain is frequently misunderstood. The Block Watch Captain is not the person who is responsible for keeping crime off the block. Being alert to crime and trying to prevent it is EVERYONE'S responsibility! Nor does the Block Watch Captain have to patrol the area, or be responsible for everyone's house keys, or watch their homes during vacation.

The primary function of the Block Watch Captain is to act as a communication link between the Block Watch members. The responbilities of the Block Watch Captain include:
1. Receiving newsletters and distributing them to the Block Watch members.
2. Receiving and distributing to Block Watch members any special materials such as crime alerts, should they ever be needed.
3. Contacting new neighbors who move onto the block to see if they are interested in joining the Block Watch, and provide information for them from previous meetings.
4. Make sure the Neighborhood Map and Phone Tree are updated with current names and phone numbers when necessary.
5. Encouraging block residents to communicate with each other. It is not solely the
responsibility of the Block Watch Captain to "spread the word" about crimes that happen on the block, suspicious activities, or other block problems or needs. He/She does need to encourage residents to call others on the block when something needs to be communicated. (To avoid being the only person who is relied upon for communication, the Block Watch Captain may wish to set up a "phone tree" to speed up the block communication without putting a heavy burden on any individual.
6. We suggest the Block Watch groups meet formally at least once a year to renew
acquaintances, review Block Watch problems and possible solutions and if needed, to select a new Block Watch Captain.

Serving as a Block Watch Captain isn't time consuming, and you do not have to be home all the time in order to volunteer. Although the Captain is responsible for making sure the above activities are performed for the block, the Captain does not personally have to perform them all.  Others on the block can be asked to assist with any or all of them.

The Block Watch Captain's role is essential to creating and maintaining an effective Block Watch.  And since an independent study found an active Block Watch could help reduce the likelihood of burglary by up to 60%, the Block Watch Captain performs a vital service to the neighborhood and community.
   

 

HBNW FEATURED LOCAL BUSINESS

We are very proud and supportive of this new adventure for two local entrepreneurs who can give you the peace and mind of knowing where your gas, electric & water shut off valves are and putting labels on them so that EVERY FAMILY MEMBER knows what to do should they need to be turned OFF.   For HBNW members, $39.95 will get you a shut off valve wrench and the PERSONALIZED fact sheet.  Many of us think we will know how to do this when a disaster occurs.  HOWEVER, it is proven that our mind goes "RIGHT OUT THE WINDOW" and we have a hard time focusing and performing basic tasks such as this.  This is a great new addition to our MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD program too! 
 

 

AES

  

AES FACT SHEET 
 

    

 

Map Your Neighborhood Logo

FYI

HBNW has received many e-mails in the past TWO week's regarding the TRIANGLE OF LIFE BY DOUG COPP.

This is a HOAX.

Please read these links regarding this claim. 

 

TRAIN THE TRAINER  

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2008

1P.M. - 3:30P.M.

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

LIGHT SNACK, HBNW WATER AND MATERIALS PROVIDED

 Pre-Registered attendees receive a MYN BAG:

 Bonnie Cohn
Susan Blaco
Vicki Garcia
Kevin Jennings
Alice Villalobos
Ira Lifland
Dorothy Hartley
Deb Wright-DeMaderios
Steve Silver 
 

"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.

  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.

 

FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES

 

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.

 

Abbreviations Used by Officers:

RP - Reporting Party

UTL - Unable to Locate

GOA - Gone on Arrival

 

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)

 

AREA CRIME LOG

Monday 5-26-08- Sunday 6-1-08

 

 

 

Wednesday 5-28-08

 

Area 2

 

459 PC

700 block of 21st St

Vehicle Burglary

There was a window smash to a vehicle. A briefcase was taken. No one was seen or heard. NOTE: Pls. don't leave valuables in plain sight for all to see. The opportunist will get it.

       

 

Thursday 5-29-08

 

Area 1

 

925

100 block of Pier Ave

Suspicious circumstances

There was a call of a suspicious person looking into vehicles in the area. The subject was located and stopped. He had a set of bolt cutters in his backpack and several prior arrests for burglary and theft. He was subsequently arrested and booked for possession of burglary tools. NOTE: Good call, keep you eyes open, that's how we catch them. Thx!!!

       

 

Friday 5-30-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

29th St and Palm Dr.

Theft of recyclables

There was a subject seen walking S/B on Palm Dr taking recyclables. The area was checked and the subject was GOA UTL.

       

 

Area 3

 

484 PC

1100 block of 1st St

Theft of recyclables

There was another subject seen walking in the area taking recyclables. The area was checked and the subject was GOA UTL.

       

           

Area 2

 

211 PC

14th and Manhattan Ave

Robbery

There was a call of a robber that had just occurred in the area. The victims were robbed at gun point for money and cell phones. HBPD units respond and ultimately located a suspicious vehicle traveling N/B Palm Dr with its lights off. A traffic stop on the vehicle revealed the suspects to our robbery call. There was a gun recovered and the two suspects were ultimately arrested and the victim's property was recovered. Good job HBPD!!!

       

 

RESTAURANT/BAR CHECK

 There were no overcrowding issues this past weekend.

MBNW CRIME LOG

 

Area 2/Area 8
06/02/08                        10:50 a.m.                     2nd Street and Peck Avenue
(Robbery) The victim was walking northbound on Peck Avenue approaching the intersection of 2nd Street when she noticed a white full size older van with California plates approaching her. The van suddenly stopped and a male black, approximately 20 years old, 5'11" tall, thin build with short dark hair, exited the vehicle from the front passenger side. He was wearing a dark colored striped long sleeved T-shirt, dark blue jeans and white tennis shoes. As the suspect approached the victim, he pulled a pair of light colored panty hose over his face and reached under his shirt and pulled out a semi automatic pistol. He pointed the pistol at the victim's face and demanded money. She handed him her wallet containing cash and the keys to her house. The suspect then re-entered the van and the victim was able to view the driver - a male black approximately 20 years old, 5'11" inches tall with a muscular build, short dark hair wearing a white t-shirt. The suspects' vehicle fled eastbound on 2nd Street out of sight.
 
Don't forget that if you see anything suspicious at all or suspect "suspicious behavior", the police would really like to know. Call 911 or the dispatch number at (310) 545-4566. Let them decide if it is something to act on. Like they always remind us, the information you have just might be the "missing piece of a puzzle" that they are working on. We are considered the eyes and ears of the police department and we tend to know what is suspicious in our neighborhoods, so let's help them out.

 

Area 9
05/23/08 - 05/24/08                   5 p.m. - 10:30 a.m.                    500 block of 33rd Street
(Catalytic Converter) Unknown suspect(s) stole the catalytic converter from the victim's Toyota Tacoma Truck which was parked and locked on the street in front of the residence.
 
Area 9
05/23/08 - 05/24/08                   10:30 p.m. - Noon                     3500 block of Poinsettia Avenue
(Catalytic Converter) The victim parked and locked her Toyota Tacoma Truck on the street in front of the residence and returned to find the catalytic converter had been stolen. No suspects were seen or heard.
 
Area 10
05/31/08                                    2:10 a.m.                                  100 block of Shell Street
(Residential Burglary) Officers responding to a call found suspects fighting in the street and while investigating the call, realized a residential burglary had occurred because they found stolen items from a nearby residence. The suspects had broken a window to enter the residence, ransacked it and took a DVD player and other unknown items. Three suspects were arrested. 
 
 
Area 7
05/25/08 - 05/26/08                   3 p.m. - 5 p.m.              400 block of 34th Street
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle behind his house, leaving a briefcase and sunglasses on the front passenger seat. He returned to his vehicle and found the front passenger window had been smashed and both items were missing from the car. No suspects were seen or heard.
 
Area 7
05/25/08 - 05/26/08                   6 p.m. - 11:50 a.m.        300 block of 36th Street
(Vehicle Burglary) Two vehicles that were parked and locked inside an open car port had passenger windows smashed. Both vehicles had other vehicles parked behind them. Unknown suspect(s) took several items from both cars including an iPod, a tote bag and several baby gifts.
 
Area 8
05/26/08 - 05/27/08                   5 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.         1500 block of Mathews Ave. and 600 block of S. Peck Avenue
(Malicious Mischief) Unknown suspect(s) spray painted blue graffiti on three cars, a driveway and across a wall. A spray can was located in the vicinity but the suspects were not located.

 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AND WHAT YOU CAN DO
When a loved one is missing for an unexplained reason, it can be the most challenging, difficult and emotional time that anyone could endure. This experience is wrapped in feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, confusion, guilt and uncertainty of what to do and what to expect. This bookletprovides the basic
information to help explain some of the difficulties you may encounter.
 

Scientists Show Off Hayward Fault Stress
The U.S.G.S. also revealed what an earthquake similar to the recent quake in China would do in Southern California. The prediction: 1,800 people would die, 50,000 people would be injured, and the earthquake would cause $200 billion damage.    

KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25 (KKAD25) program. This is a national safety awareness program designed to encourage motorists to observe the residential speed limit.

SIGN FOR RESIDENTIAL STREET

FOCUS ON SENIORS

FANNY PACK EMERGENCY KIT

 Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch and the newly established Hermosa Beach Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission applied for and received a Micro Enrichment Grant from the Beach Cities Health District. The grant will be used to purchase and distribute 138 Disaster Supply Fanny Packs to disabled and/or homebound seniors residing in Hermosa Beach.
 

To apply please contact Kelly Kovac-Reedy at kelly@saferhermosabeach.com or call 310-374-1828.
 
The fanny pack includes:
 
2400 Calorie Food Bar 1
Aquablox (8.45 oz) 1
Blanket 1
Poncho w/Hood 1
Light Stick 1
Flashlight 1
Tissues 2
Dust Mask 1
First Aid Kit (33 pc) 1
Hand Gel (4 oz) 1
Metal Whistle 1
AM/FM Radio w/Batteries 1
"D" Batteries 2
Antiseptic Wipes 3
Moist Towelettes 3 
 

 FANNY PACK CONTENTS

 

LEADERSHIP HERMOSA 

Hermosa Beach Surf Legends Gateway Fountain Fundraiser Event

 Fountain

Help Build the Most Exciting Public Art Piece in Southern California!


Leadership Hermosa Beach, Class of 2008, and the City of Hermosa Beach, announce a major event to raise funds to help fund the unique and beautiful Hermosa Beach Surf Legends Memorial Gateway Fountain. Join us at the beach for a fun and entertainment-filled Sunday afternoon and help honor the outstanding contribution to the sport of surfing and the industry supporting it by the legendary innovators and entrepreneurs, right here in Hermosa Beach!

 

Sunday, June 29, 2008, 2pm to 7pm
Sangria Restaurant
68 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Music by:

The Eliminators (featuring special guest Eddie Bertrand) Thin Ice

Tickets: $35 ($45 at the door)

 

Tickets can be purchased:
Online 

 

By Mail:
Make your check payable to City of Hermosa Beach and mail to:
Surf Legends Fountain Fundraiser Event
Hermosa Beach City Hall
Department of Public Works, Room 001
1315 Valley Drive
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

 

In Person:
Hermosa Beach City Hall
Department of Public Works, Room 001
1315 Valley Drive
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 318-0222
(hours: Mon-Thu, 7am-6pm)


 

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SHAKE OUT

SHAKE OUT LOGO 

We have SIGNED UP the City of Hermosa Beach to participate in the first ever Statewide Earthquake Drill appropriately called ShakeOut on Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 10:00a.m. 
 
We encourage

       all HBNW members,
       all HB residents,
       all HB city employees,
       all HB businesses,
       all HB schools,
       all HB faith based organizations &
       all HB community based organizations

to imagine 21 million Southern Californians crawling under their desks at the exact same moment to drop, cover and hold on. 
 
Thank you for marking your calendars and participating in this drill NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE @ 10A.M. ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH!

 

DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON! 


 
THEN, on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 11:00a.m., HBNW Block Captains that have trained their blocks will participate in a drill with the HB Fire & Police Dept. and the HB Amateur Radio Association to test the neighborhood program - MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.  

Next Train the Trainer for MYN:
Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the City Council Chambers from 1p.m. - 3:30p.m.
 
On November 13, join students, businesses, organizations, firefighters, police officers and emergency responders in the country's largest-ever earthquake preparedness exercise.  


The scenario: The San Andreas Fault suddenly rumbles to life on Nov. 13, 2008, just after morning rush hour. The quake begins north of the U.S.-Mexican border near the Salton Sea and the fault ruptures for about 200 miles in a northwest direction ending near the high desert town of Palmdale about 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.
 

 Scientists chose the scenario because it would create intense shaking in the Los Angeles Basin and neighboring counties~a region with nearly 22 million people.
  

 Here are the major elements:
_10 a.m.: The San Andreas Fault ruptures, sending shock waves racing at 2 miles per second.
_30 seconds later: The agricultural Coachella Valley shakes first. Older buildings crumble. Fires start. Sections of Interstate 10, one of the nation's major east-west corridors, break apart.
_1 minute later: Interstate 15, a key north-south route, is severed in places. Rail lines break; a train derails. Tremors hit burgeoning Riverside and San Bernardino counties east of Los Angeles.
_1 minute, 30 seconds later: Shock waves advance toward the Los Angeles Basin, shaking it violently for 55 seconds.
_2 minutes later: The rupture stops near Palmdale, but waves march north toward coastal Santa Barbara and into the Central Valley city of Bakersfield.
_30 minutes later: Emergency responders begin to fan across the region. A magnitude-7 aftershock hits, but sends its energy south into Mexico. Several more big aftershocks will hit in following days and months.
 
Why Now?  The risk of a major earthquake along the southern San Andreas Fault is very high.
 
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE PREPARE FOR EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SCALE TODAY  

 Unless we take action today, there will be major losses of life and property. The Great Southern California ShakeOut has been organized to help raise awareness as well as help Southern Californians prepare for the big earthquakes in our future.

 

 

FIESTA WATER BOOTH PICTURES

 

FIESTA 1

 

FIESTA 2

 

FIESTA 3

 

FIESTA 4

 

 

 WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, COUNT ON HBARA

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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

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

LOCAL SUPPORT

THANK YOU

SOUTH BAY FIRE EXTINGUISHER

10% OFF TO HBNW RESIDENTS!

1068 Aviation Blvd
Hermosa Beach

(310) 376-6901 

 A HB business has 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

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

  C.E.R.T. Academy No. 39 - September 4, 2008 to October 25, 2008

 

  A team of Redondo Beach firefighter instructors provide the training and will cover topics including disaster preparedness, CPR & First Aid, disaster medical operations, damage assessment, fire suppression, light search and rescue, disaster psychology & team organization.

 

 To Link to the Redondo Beach Fire Department CERT information.

 To Link to the Redondo Beach CERT Alumni association

EMERGENCY KITS
More Prepared Logo

 

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