Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
We would like to say
THANK YOU to Block Captain Shane Mathews and the 400 &
500 Block of Gould Ave.
for hosting a INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING. The meeting was
attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy, HBPD Chief of
Police Greg Savelli, HBFD Interim Chief Steve Parker, HBPD
Motorcycle Traffic Ofc. JR Smith, HBPD Ofc. Dave Bohacik,
Mayor J.R. Reviczky and EPAC Commissioner Al Benson.
the school year coming to an end, HBNW would like to
THANK Janine Bozeman, Corinne Ybarra, Gina DeRosa, Gina
Stewart, Karlee McCarroll, Dave Buckland, Sandie Hauck,
Cathy McCurdy, Jan Brittain and Melissa Baldo
for volunteering to assist the HB Police Dept. in the launch
of the Hermosa Valley School Safety Valet Program. We also
would like to
THANK Motorcycle Ofc.'s JR Smith and Tony Parente and
special appearances to assist by Chief of Police Greg
Savelli, Sgt. Tom Thompson, Ofc. Dave Bohacik and Ofc. Jaime
We are very proud and honored to have worked with the best
student volunteers and hope that we see them again next
year. We wish the 8th grade volunteers a good Freshman year
in High School.
Alison DeRosa, Cole Riddle, Cody Perkins, Dylan Linnell,
Sarah Colen, Carter Kimble, Maggie Hackney, Matteo Casentini,
Carson Hart, Lincoln Personius, Madison Braybrooke, Emma
Zimmerman, Derek Hanson
Drew Dates, Richie O'Reilly, Ari Gevov, Nicole Tordella,
Maddy Vogel, Taylor Estes, Elle Gannon, Makena McCarroll,
Grace Greenspan, Luna LaBelle, James Beck
Ian Goodbody, Ashleigh DeRosa, Katie Courtney
Also, we would like to THANK
Dunham Stewart of South Bay Brokers
for hosting the monthy Valet Pizza Party!
Valet Program improves the safety of students who are
dropped off at school and provides a more fluid motion of
vehicular traffic. Parents no longer have to park or
illegally stop to drop off their children. Parents can trust
that their children will safely go from their cars to the
classroom. There is a designated lane for families to drop
off their child(ren). Volunteers help direct traffic through
the Safety Valet Zone, open car doors for children, greet
them as they arrive, and make sure they enter the school
safely. Adult volunteers commit to physically watching over
children during the times they are going to school. They are
trained to identify and report suspicious activity and
crimes, as well as respond to any emergency situations. By
utilizing one of the school's greatest resources, our
students, school safety is improved, the valet members have
the opportunity to volunteer, gain self-esteem,
responsibility and leadership. Valets are 5 - 8th graders
who have shown an interest in participating. Their parental,
teacher and principal permission is necessary to join. The
students will serve for a term of one school year, generally
one day a week. We have up to four adult volunteers present
to monitor the valets and control the two parking lots
designated for teachers and staff. Hermosa Valley School is
excited about the induction of its new Safety Valet
Program. The City of Hermosa Beach is known for its beach
community. A hazardous environment existed for children
around HVS, especially during drop-off and pickup times.
With parents trying to get in and out of the congestion as
quickly as possible, they are often unaware of children
cutting through the parked cars which could have resulted in
a vehicle-pedestrian collision. The City of Hermosa Beach,
the HBCSD, the Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch program and
the HBPD have partnered together to resolve this issue.
Funded by the City of Hermosa Beach Public Works Department,
the HBPD and HVS, "Safety Valet" is a volunteer based
program that seeks to create a safer environment for
children around schools. This program enables the school,
our community and the City to work together towards creative
solutions that promote child safety.
TONIGHT'S CITY COUNTIL MEETING ~ RESIDENT AWARENESS RELATED
6. MUNICIPAL MATTERS
a. REVIEW OF PUBLIC SAFETY PREPARATIONS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY
HOLIDAY. Memorandum from Police Chief Greg Savelli.
RECOMMENDATION: Receive and file report.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
NEXT TUES. JUNE 17 AT 7P.M.
AGENDA ITEM: REVIEW OF CUP - BLUE 32
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Hermosa Beach City Council and All Commission AGENDA'S,
MINUTES AND VIDEO
TRAIN THE TRAINER
SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2008
1P.M. - 3:30P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
LIGHT SNACK, HBNW WATER AND MATERIALS PROVIDED
attendees receive a MYN BAG:
"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.
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
HBNW CRIME LOG ~
This log contains crimes in HB that residents can read and
learn from in order to TARGET HARDEN their home, vehicles
Abbreviations Used by Officers:
- Reporting Party
UTL - Unable to Locate
GOA - Gone on Arrival
AREA 1 - BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH &
AREA 2 - GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and
AREA 3 - RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to
AREA CRIME LOG
Monday 6-2-08- Sunday 6-8-08
There was a report of an 18 wheeler driving on
residential streets in the area. HBPD units
respond and were unable to locate the vehicle.
NOTE: If there
is a direction of travel please give it to
dispatch. Also, look for business names or any
other distinctive markings on the vehicle so
that we can pick them out of a crowd.
block of Ocean
Officer observed a window smashed out on a
vehicle in the area. A note was left on the
windshield for victim. No report at this time.
block of 14th St
There was another vehicle located with a window
smashed out. The victim was contacted and a
report was taken. No items missing from inside.
block of Montgomery
suspect siphoned gas out of victim's vehicle.
The victim request extra patrol during the night
There was a subject caught by the victim
breaking into his vehicle. The subject was held
for PD. The subject was unable to make entry and
there was nothing missing or damaged.
Courtesy of the HB Fire Department
was inspected. The Manager was cooperative and acknowledged
there was an overcrowding condition. He immediately began
having patrons leave The Shore as our enforcement team
inspected the occupancy. They clearly noted an overcrowding
condition and proceeded to empty the occupancy and count
patrons back in to a proper occupancy level. A citation was
not issued to the Manager empyting the patrons thus
preventing an accurate overcrowding count-out.
was inspected and no overcrowding condition was found.
The enforcement team inspected
and found extreme overcrowding. The owner acknowledged
that fact. The team counted all patrons and found the
occupancy to be 75 over approved occupant load. The owner
was issued a citation for overcrowding.
Susie's Bar and Grill
was inspected and found to be in compliance and under
Seminars set traps for
The grilled salmon at the free lunch seminar tasted fine.
The mashed potatoes had too much pepper, though. But the
worst aftertaste was from the speakers who kept scaring and
pressuring the mostly elderly audience with half-truths and
Protect your family from emergencies by developing a home
emergency response plan. The following check list may help
you in developing an emergency plan for your family to
follow in any disaster. If your responses to the majority of
the questions asked in the checklist are "yes," then you are
well on your way to developing a plan. If your answers are
"no" to all or most of these questions, then develop and
implement a home plan as soon as possible.
9-1-1 During Area-wide Emergencies
True Emergency Calls Cannot Get Through
Overloading the system with non-essential calls creates a
serious problem for those individuals who really do need
help. If citizens cannot not get a dial tone on their
telephone, they cannot call 9-1-1. This hinders and even
prevents notification of emergency response personnel,
including police, fire, and emergency medical service
workers. Getting a dial tone to call 9-1-1 can make a
Non-Emergency Calls Prevent Dispatchers from Responding to
Another experience that occurred during the last earthquake
was when citizens who did get a dial tone called 9-1-1, even
though they did not have an emergency. During the hour
following the quake, the number of 9-1-1 calls increased
approximately ten times the normal call volume. Most of
these calls were citizens informing us there had been an
earthquake! Several people asked us if there was going to be
another one. These calls tied up the 9-1-1 trunk lines so
people with true emergencies may have received a busy signal
when they dialed 9-1-1.
Be Part of the Solution - Use Your Telephone and 9-1-1
If there is another area-wide emergency, such as an
earthquake, do not use your telephone or cell phone for any
reason unless you need to call 9-1-1 to report an
Only call 9-1-1 if you need immediate emergency assistance
from police, fire or emergency medical personnel.
Turn on your television or radio to learn about emergency
instructions and information. This is a good way to get
quick answers to your questions about damage, injuries and
Be prepared! Make sure you have a family disaster plan so
everyone knows what to do during and after emergencies.
Everyone in your family should have their own disaster
supply kit (be sure to include a portable radio with extra
batteries so you have a way to learn about emergency news
For emergencies call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies call
FIRE AT CHEMICAL PLANT INITIATES CALL TO SHELTER IN PLACE
The flames and thick black smoke could be seen for miles.
Two tanker trucks and a container erupted in a huge inferno
at the Ashland Chemical Distribution Center in Fairfield.
SHELTER IN PLACE
What to do if a dangerous chemical is ever accidentally
spilled or released in your neighborhood.
Find shelter as soon as possible. Go inside. Stay inside.
And follow the Shelter in Place procedure, whether it's a
fire, an earthquake or a hazardous gas cloud.
Materials Sites - Torrance Map
See page 22 for graphic
29 industrial sites in South Bay source map
Insurance Advice - Earthquakes
Statewide, only 12 percent of California homeowners have
earthquake coverage. Coverage is even less common on the
east coast and other areas of minimal quake threat - below
2% of residents and businesses, even though premiums are
SUMMERTIME SECURITY TIPS FROM THE HBPD
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday, August 5th from 5:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.
All HBNW Blocks Invited to participate in the 25th Annual
to sign your block up for this fun block party, community
party and National party! Your street will be block off and
you throw the party!
HB Police, Fire and City Officials will visit each
participating block with demonstrations and
engine/paramedic/motorcycle/police vehicle viewings.
HBNW won an award for our first time entry out of 11,000
communities that joined in on this one night event. View
website for more information on 25th Annual Event which
takes place in neighborhoods NATIONWIDE.
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.
apply please contact Kelly@saferhermosabeach.com or
ALL ELSE FAILS, COUNT ON
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
SIGN UP FOR CODE
ACCURATE EMERGENCY SERVICES
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!