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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

 

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

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ SEPTEMBER CLASS ADDED!

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: RESTAURANT/BAR CHECK

:: link for all council and commission meetings online!

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: HELPFUL WEBSITES

:: National Night Out 2008 ~ Sign your block up today!

:: FOCUS ON SENIORS ~ FANNY PACK KITS

:: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, Count on HBARA!

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: Accurate Emergency Services

:: THE GREAT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SHAKE OUT DRILL

:: We are here for you!

:: LOCAL SUPPORT ~ Fire Extinguishers and Tac Weld

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

:: GOT EMERGENCY KITS? GET THEM NOW.

:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

 

RECOGNITION

 RESIDENTS - FYI - IF YOU WANT TO BE TAKEN OFF THE HBNW E-NEWS DISTRIBTUTION LIST, Please contact your Block Captain or the contact that sent you the e-news directly.  If you UNSUBSCRIBE from the e-news, YOU REMOVE your Block Captain from the service of Constanct Contact.  HBNW appreciates your understanding.   

 LETTER SENT TO HBPD REGARDING MISSING RESIDENT:

Dear Sgt. Wolcott,
Our entire family wants to thank you and all the good and kind people who helped in the search for our husband, father and friend.
There was an angel on his shoulder in the form of off duty policeman Rene Wolf who found him, accidentally, in San Dimas.  Officer Wolf stayed with Larry until our daughter and her family came to get Larry and the family reports he was a good kind man with a lovely sense of humor. Bless all peace officers and their families.
We will send a formal note by "real" mail but wanted you to know how very much we appreciated all the good efforts yesterday.
Larry was very tired when he got home.  He drove all day and stopped only to get a candy bar and a case of beer! (Happy to report the beer case was unopened).
Again, thanks to one and all,
Most gratefully,
June Coady and Family

GREAT JOB HB FIRE! 

Fireworks Enforcement: The HBFD Arson team confiscated approximately 200 pounds of illegal fireworks.

LETTER FROM THE POLICE CHIEF: 

I am pleased to report that we have made it through another busy 4th of July holiday.  As with all July 4th's in Hermosa Beach, we experienced a large influx of visitors and activities that kept your police department very busy.  All able bodied officers are required to work on the 4th of July and each officer knows they must give up time with their families to help ensure our community stays safe and secure.  This year we were assisted by deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the El Segundo Police Department and we extend our appreciation to those agencies for their willingness and ability to provide our City with additional officers.  All officers were assigned to a variety of patrols including; on foot, by bicycle, by 4WD beach vehicles, by motorcycle and in patrol vehicles.  Again, I am pleased to report there were no serious incidents, crimes or injuries to our residents or visitors this year. 
In addition, I want to thank the residents for their tolerance of neighborhood parties.  There were many official and not so official parties and bands playing at many homes this year.  However, our party complaints were down, which means fewer calls to the police.  As mentioned in my previous message, by keeping your neighbors informed and/or involved in your outdoor activity is the best way to keep the police from being forced to respond.  Always keep your neighbors in mind when entertaining and remember the noise ordinance goes into effect at 10PM. 
 
We are looking forward to the many fun events this summer, such as the Concert Series on the Beach and your Police Department will be doing its best to make these events as safe as possible.
 
Enjoy the Summer !
 
Greg Savelli
Chief of Police  
 

 

 

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NEW DATE for TRAIN THE RESIDENT 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2008

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

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

MYN materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a door prize provided.

Reserve your seat TODAY

 What prevents us from preparing for disasters? Some of the reasons are readily apparent. Bad advice and false alarms discourage all of us from listening to authorities; the government's calls for us to build atomic shelters or heed code-orange alerts have done more harm than good. For the poor, scrambling to make it through the small crises of everyday life is far more urgent than planning for a possible emergency, and investing time in preparedness efforts seems relatively unimportant. For everyone, there are opportunity costs involved in preparing yourself and your family for a catastrophe that's unlikely to happen


But the puzzle persists. The great majority of us believe that there are things we can do to reduce our vulnerability (and our family's too), and we have enough time and money to do them. So what's keeping us?

Many people simply don't want to live in a culture of preparedness. The notion is off-putting, and downright scary for some, because it seems to place fear and defensiveness at the center of our public and private lives. Careful planning means dwelling on the uncomfortable topics of our own mortality, the vulnerability of our loved ones and the fragility of our planet, and there's a psychological price to be paid for that.


It's little wonder that we are loath to acknowledge the hazards we face. It's easier to hope for good luck. But with the threats of climate change, violent weather, unconventional warfare and uncontrollable diseases lurking everywhere, it's hard to maintain a rational case against basic preparedness. We can (and should) argue about the excesses of our new homeland-security policies, but isn't developing a household emergency plan something all of us can (and should) do?

more from  ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT DISASTER? 
  

Once the event occurs, preparedness ends and response & recovery begins!  

 

"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 6-30-08 - Sunday 7-6-08

 

 

 

Monday 6-30-08

 

Area 2

 

594 PC

100 block of 25th St

Vandalism

There was a report of graffiti on a wall in the area. No one was seen or heard. City yard was notified and a report was taken.

       

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

100 block of 1st St.

Theft

There was a call of two male Hispanics taking recyclables in the area. An area check for the subjects was negative.

       

 

Wednesday 7-2-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

400 block of 28th St

Theft

There was a report of a stolen bicycle in the area. The bicycle was a Yellow Urban Beach Strand Cruiser. The bicycle was unsecured out side of the victim's residence.

       

 

Thursday 7-3-08

 

Area 1

 

594 PC

501 Herondo

Vandalism

There was a mailbox at the location vandalized with black spray paint.

       

           

Area 2

 

484 PC

27th St and Hermosa Ave

Theft

There was a Hermosa Beach parking pass taken from the victim's vehicle. The vehicle was left unlocked.

       

 

 

Area 2

 

10851 VC

1900 block of Hermosa Ave

Stolen License Plate

There was a rear license plate stolen from the victim's vehicle.

       

 

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

1900 block of Hermosa Ave

Theft

There was some gas removed from the victim's vehicle. This occurred between June 30th and July 1st.

       

 

Friday 7-4-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

31st and Palm Dr

Theft

There was a subject going through recyclables in the area. An area check for the subject was negative.

       

 

 

Area 1

 

594 PC

Pier Ave and Hermosa Ave

Vandalism

An officer observed the suspect "tag" a lighted billboard located on the Plaza. The suspect was subsequently arrested for the violation.

       

 

Area 3

 

484 PC

400 block of PCH

Theft

There was another report of stolen gas from a vehicle. The suspect was still siphoning the gas as HBPD arrived on scene. The suspect was subsequently arrested for the violation. NOTE: Good observations by a fellow resident.

       

 

Saturday 7-5-08

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

400 block of Ardmore

Theft

There was a report of theft at the location. The suspect took several plants from the victim's residence. This occurred during the night.

       

  

 

 

Area 1

 

487 PC

Pier and The Strand

Theft

There was a Green Navaro Mountain bike 26 speed taken during the night. The bike is valued at approximately $500.

       

 

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

700 block of Hermosa Ave

Residential Burglary

There was a residence that was entered unlawfully and items taken from within. The residence was left open and unlocked. Taken was a Lap Top, an IPOD and a Wii control cob. No one was seen or heard. This occurred during the day.

       

 

Sunday 7-6-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

31st Pl and Manhattan Ave

Theft.

There was a subject going through the trash in the area. The area check was negative as the subject was GOA / UTL.

       

 

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

Longfellow and Palm Dr

Theft

There was a call of a white Chevy vehicle in the area. It was driving around slowly possibly casing residence or taking recyclables. The area was checked and the vehicle was GOA / UTL.

       

 

 

Area 2

 

487 PC

100 block of 31st St

Theft

The victim held a large party over the weekend and just noticed that she is missing a large amount of jewelry. The party was on July 4th and no one was seen taking the items. Un known suspects at this time.

       

 

 

RESTAURANT/BAR CHECK

Courtesy of the HB Fire Department

 Occupancy Load/Life Safety Checks:  Throughout the weekend on the 3rd, 4th and 5th, occupancies were checked by Fire Department personnel.  Specifically on the 4th, Darryl Powers was deployed for fireworks enforcement and occupancy load/life safety checks.    All the major establishments were inspected and all were found to be in compliance!!!  It appears the enforcement effort is having the intended results:  occupancies self monitoring and staying within their authorized occupancy limits.

 

 

 


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

 

 

MBNW CRIME LOG

 

Area 5
07/02/08 - 07/03/08                   8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.                 1400 block of The  Strand
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked her unlocked vehicle in an open garage and left the driver's window down. A short time later she heard the alarm activate, but it reset itself and she didn't investigate. She discovered later that unknown suspect(s) took her purse from the vehicle. It contained cash, a checkbook, credit cards and numerous gift cards.
 
Area 9
07/03/08 - 07/04/08                   5 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.                     3500 block of Palm Avenue
(Vehicle Vandalism) Unknown suspect(s) smashed the driver's side rear window of the vehicle which was parked and locked on the street in front of the residence. Also three small dents that appeared to be made by a BB or pellet gun were found on the vehicle.
 
Area 9
07/03/08 - 07/04/08                   9 p.m. - 7 a.m.                          600 block of 27th Street
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle in front of his residence. Unknown suspect(s) smashed the front passenger window and took a briefcase containing CDs and a phone ear piece from the right rear passenger floorboard area.
 
Area 9
07/03/08 - 07/04/08                   10:30 p.m. - 6 a.m.                    600 block of 27th Street
(Vehicle Burglary) The vehicle was parked and most likely locked in front of the residence when unknown suspect(s) smashed the driver's side window and took an iPod. No suspects were seen or heard.
 
Area 9
07/03/08 - 07/04/08                   4:30 p.m. - 8 a.m.                     700 block of 27th Street
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle in his driveway. Unknown suspect(s) smashed the front passenger side window, reached inside the vehicle and removed an iPod from the center console.
 
Area 9
07/03/08 - 07/04/08                   7:30 p.m. - Noon                       700 block of 27th Street
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked her vehicle in the driveway but did not lock it. The victim received a phone call regarding a suspicious transaction on a credit card and realized that her purse had been stolen out of the vehicle. A neighbor returned other items that had been in the purse that the neighbor had found in her front yard. Also stolen was a cell phone and cash.
 
Also we would like to warn you about an automobile dent removal scam. Two victims, both in the tree section, were approached recently by four male Hispanics who said they would remove the dents on their vehicles and match the paint color. After the preliminary work was done, the victims paid the suspects but were told not to wash the vehicles for 24 hours because the dents were covered with a wax finish. The next day when the victims washed their vehicles, whatever the subjects had used to fill the dents had washed off and the dents were not only still there, but the paint around the dents was now discolored. The males ranged in age from approximately 20 years old to 50 years old and were driving a dirty, grey, older model Nissan or Toyota 4-door sedan.

Area 6
07/01/08 - 07/02/08                   7:52 a.m. - Noon           500 block of Valley Drive
(Stolen Vehicle) The victim parked her vehicle near her residence but is unsure if it was locked. She returned to discover the vehicle was missing. No suspects were seen or heard.
 
Area 7
07/02/08                                    9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.        400 block of 36th Place
(Stolen Electric Bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) entered the unlocked/open garage, cut the lock on an electric bicycle and stole it. 
 

Area 3
06/25/08 - 06/26/08                   5:30 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.                 1800 block of Laurel Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle in his driveway. He returned to discover unknown suspect(s) had smashed the front passenger window and had taken a cell phone from the front floor and a GPS unit from the glove compartment. The victim said the vehicle's alarm did not sound and all the doors were still locked.
 
Area 8
07/01/08                                    11:08 a.m.                                 1st Street and Meadows Avenue
(Robbery) The victim, a mail carrier, was loading up his mail bag from the cargo area of his mail vehicle when he observed a red Ford pickup truck drive by, turn around and stop parallel to his vehicle. Two male Hispanics, late teens to early twenties, with shaved heads, approximately 150 pounds wearing white t-shirts and blue jeans, exited the vehicle. The driver remained in the vehicle. One of the male suspects approached the mail carrier with his hand in his pocket and the victim believed he had a weapon. The suspect told the victim to move away and both male suspects grabbed two trays of mail containing miscellaneous letters and magazines. They entered the Ford, which drove away eastbound on 1st Street, then northbound on Rowell Avenue. The victim called the police and Redondo Beach Police spotted the vehicle and pursued it. Two suspects were eventually apprehended and detained as a result of this pursuit.
 
Area 8
06/17/08                                    7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.                    1700 block of 1st Street
(Vehicle Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) took a wallet from between the seats of the unlocked vehicle which was parked in a driveway. By the time the victim called to cancel her accounts, several credit cards had already been used.

 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

Police report quiet July 4

SOUTH BAY: Arrests mirror those of an ordinary weekend. Fireworks complaints fall.

Maybe it was the beefed up police patrols. Maybe people took to heart the governor's plea to avoid fireworks. Or maybe it was the series of raging fires elsewhere in the state.

California wildfires strain state's resources
LOS ANGELES (Map, News) - A wildfire threatening thousands of homes in Southern California spread slowly through scenic canyonlands Saturday, straining resources as crews struggled to contain hundreds of other blazes around the state.

Police track down burglar with help from residents
After a four-hour manhunt, Hermosa Beach Police were able to capture a burglar with the help of numerous good Samaritans.
 

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 

 America's Night Out Against Crime 

Thank you for signing up for NNO 2008!

Block Captain Elizabeth Riley

Block Captain Ken & Dorothy Hartley

Block Captain Jan Barylski

Block Captain Julie Jennings

Block Captain Gloria Vialpondo

Block Captain Terrie Sanchez 

NNO 2007

 

Tuesday, August 5th from 5:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.

All HBNW Blocks Invited to participate in the 25th Annual NNO 2008. 

 

Please e-mail kelly@saferhermosabeach.com

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.

 

Last year, 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.

 

 

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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.  We have given 30 packs to our HB residents as this point.
 

To apply please contact Kelly@saferhermosabeach.com or call 310-374-1828.

 

 

 WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, COUNT ON HBARA

HBARA LOGO

 

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

 

 

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! 
 

 

 

AES

 

AES FACT SHEET 
 

    

 

THE GREAT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SHAKE OUT

 

SHAKE OUT LOGO

 Tracy and Kelly attended the KICK OFF EVENT on June 4, 2008 in Pasadena for the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history.  It is a week in  November of special events organized to inspire Southern Californias to get ready for big earthquakes and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.  

 

The City of Hermosa Beach will participate in the earthquake drill on Thursday, November 13th at 10a.m. when a DROP, COVER AND HOLD drill will be asked by HBNW of all residents regardless of where you are.  Our emergency First Responders, HB Fire and Police will be running a drill with the County of Los Angeles.  The County will be running a drill with the California Office of Emergency Management in Sacramento.   

 

On Saturday, November 15th at 11a.m., HBNW will conduct a Map Your Neighborhood Drill with the Block Captain's that have learned the 9 step neighborhood program.  We will drill with the HB Fire Dept. and the HB Amateur Radio Club.  

LONG TERM SCENARIO INFO ON DRILL

 

GRAPHICS AND MOVIES

 

PROJECT UPDATES AND PRESS RELEASES

 

NOVEMBER EVENTS AND INFO

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
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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