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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

 

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

:: TONIGHT'S PLANNING COMMISSION ~ CUP FOR BLUE 32 & THE SHORE

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

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

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ SEPTEMBER CLASS ADDED!

:: RESTAURANT/BAR CHECK

:: MOVIES IN THE PARK ~ SURF'S UP!

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: HELPFUL WEBSITES

:: 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

 We know that an effective email list is one composed of residents who know and want to hear from the HB Neighborhood Watch program.
 
We have just a few people on our list that haven't opened or clicked on the emails for a significant amount of time and perhaps they may no longer find HBNW emails relevant.  In this case, if the person we email does not explicitly confirm that they want to continue to receive HBNW emails, their address must be handled as an opt-out as defined by CAN-SPAM.  Even if they have given us their email address when they first volunteered to be in the HBNW program, we will remove them from future mailings.
 
Again, we want to reaffirm that you can unsubscribe at anytime and that we do not solicit.  To unsubscribe as a Block Captain, please use the option listed at the bottom of each e-mail.   If you are a resident of a Block Captain that has forwarded you the e-mail, please REPLY back to your Block Captain asking them to remove you from their list.  If you use the option to unsubscribe at the end of every e-mail, you take your Block Captain off of the email list.  
 
HBNW tracks only the contact information for every Block Captain.   Your Block Captain tracks your contact information.  At no time is the Block Captain contact information shared with the City of Hermosa Beach or the HB Police & Fire Departments.
 
Establishing a solid relationship with our members on the HBNW email list is the best way to build your trust in HBNW and our mission.
 
We are on the cutting edge of what Neighborhood Watch is developing into around the country.  Since its beginnings, Neighborhood Watch has grown from an "extra eyes and ears" approach to crime prevention to a much more proactive, community-oriented endeavor providing a unique infrastructure that brings together local officials, law enforcement, fire fighters and citizens for the protection of their communities. Today's Neighborhood Watch programs incorporate activities that not only address crime prevention issues, but also restore pride and unity to a neighborhood. It is not uncommon to see members of Neighborhood Watch groups participating in Disaster Preparedness and other activities that strive to improve the quality of life for community residents.
 
Our Mission Statement:
 
It is the mission of the Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch Program, through the assistance and sponsorship of the Hermosa Beach Police Department, Fire Department and City of Hermosa Beach, to actively seek, educate and involve city residents, neighborhoods and communities in "A Partnership in Crime Prevention" through the development of crime awareness, observation skills training and reporting.  While also, preparing our community for disaster preparedness for any type of emergency situation that may arise.
  
 
Members often forward e-mail messages to HBNW.  We research ALL CLAIMS.  Thank you HBNW member Kathy Bergstrom for passing this on as some still do not know about it.


The LAFD talks about ICE
Chances are that your e-mail inbox has filled with messages like this:

Make the Paramedics job easier with ICE. ICE stands for "In Case of Emergency". If you add an entry to the contacts list of your cell phone under the name "ICE", Paramedics will call that number if they find you unconscious or...

Since mid-July 2005, the Los Angeles Fire Department has received thousands of e-mail inquiries, all seeking to know "Is this true"?

The quick answer?

The original "ICE" concept for listing your personal emergency contact on a cell phone is well known to the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department. It is obviously an idea that gives people peace of mind - yet should not be relied upon as a sole source for personal identification or emergency contacts.

It is important to note that the original ICE concept is both free and simple: you choose an appropriate person to be contacted in case of an emergency and label their phone number as "ICE".

As one might anticipate, some businesses are now seeking to offer "fee-based" services related to ICE. Contrary to what some may infer, it is not necessary to register or pay money to make an entry named ICE on your personal phone.

Our friends at Snopes.com offer a good deal of information about the history of ICE and some regretful hoaxes that have followed.

 The Los Angeles Fire Department supports the original ICE concept as a free and potentially helpful tool in the minutes and hours that follow an emergency.

However...

Contrary to several chain e-mail warnings, ICE is not something that Paramedics rush to look for the instant they arrive at an emergency, and is certainly not required in order for LAFD Paramedics to provide quick, focused and compassionate emergency care.

We tell people: Add ICE contact information in your cell phone only after you've affixed similar information to (or near) the official photo identification you routinely carry in your wallet.

Why?

With so many types and brands of wireless phones, it can take precious minutes to learn how to access a phone's directory. Many wireless devices are also found to be locked, damaged or have discharged batteries following an incident, rendering ICE unusable.

Please do encourage your interested friends and colleagues to make a free ICE entry in their cell phone, especially if it will give them peace of mind - but not at the expense of written emergency contact and medical information.

The free original ICE concept works best when it is part of a comprehensive family or business plan for dealing with emergencies and disasters.

 THIS IS WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN: 

ICE Campaign - Message from the Ambulance Service
We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.
 
The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As mobile phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name 'ICE' ( In Case Of Emergency). The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents there were always mobile phones with patients but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognised name for this purpose.
 
In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialling the number you have stored as 'ICE'. Please forward this. It won't take too many 'forwards'> before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest.
 
For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. 
 

 TONIGHT'S AGENDA
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 

July 15, 2008
7:00 P.M.
 
CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS
1315 VALLEY DRIVE 

Sam Perrotti, Chairman
Ron Pizer, Vice Chairman 
Peter Hoffman 
Kent Allen 
Shawn Darcy 

Section II   Public Hearing(s)  

6. CUP 08-5 -- Revocation or modification of a Conditional Use Permit to allow on-sale general alcohol and live entertainment in conjunction with a restaurant at 1332 Hermosa Avenue, Blue 32 (continued from the May 20 and June 17, 2008 meetings).

 

Staff Recommended Action: To modify the Conditional Use Permit. 
 

 Staff Report dated 7-8-08  

7-10-08 Submittal from Blue 32, 1 of 4 (large document)

 

7-10-08 Submittal from Blue 32, 2 of 4 (large document)  

 

7-10-08 Submitttal from Blue 32, 3 of 4 (large document)  

 

7-10-08 Submittal from Blue 32, 4 of 4 (large document) 

 

Staff Report dated 6-11-08 

 

Staff Report dated 6-16-08 

 

6-12-08 Submittal from Blue 32, 1 of 4 (large document)

 

6-12-08 Submittal from Blue 32, 2 of 4 (large document)  

 

6-12-08 Submittal from Blue 32, 3 of 4 (large document)  

 

6-12-08 Submittal from Blue 32, 4 of 4 (large document)  

 

Correspondences 

 

7. CUP 08-6 -- Revocation or modification of a Conditional Use Permit to allow on-sale general alcohol and live entertainment in conjunction with a restaurant at 1320 Hermosa Avenue, The Shore (continued from the June 17, 2008 meeting)..

 

Staff Recommended Action: To modify the Conditional Use Permit. 

 

Staff Report

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

 

 

 

 

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 7-7-08 - Sunday 7-13-08
 

            Monday7-7-08

Area1

487PC414 2ndStTheft
There was a report of several racing bikes taken from a parking garage in the area. There is video surveillance of a lone suspect taking the bikes. This occurred in the evening at around6p.m.


Area2


484PC31stand Palm Dr Theft
There was a report of a male Hispanic adult, black hat and red pick-up truck going through the neighborhood taking recyclables. The subject was contacted and advised on the city violation.


Area3

925PC1700ProspectAveSolicitor call
There was a call of subjects soliciting donations and subscriptions to The Daily Breeze. HBPD located two male juveniles from Team Challenge that were very cooperative. They checked okay and were advised to obtain a permit to solicit in Hermosa Beach. This was at 8p.m.NOTE:FYI -legitimate solicitor hours are from 9a.m.-7p.m
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Wednesday7-9-08

Area2

925600 block of 24thStSolicitor call
Another call of juveniles in the area going door to door regarding some type of fundraiser. They did not have permit and were unable to be located, UTL / GOA.


Area 1

459/211 PC100 block of The Strand Burglary/ Robbery
The suspect entered victim's residence and took laptop. The victim confronted the suspect and a struggle ensued. The suspect fled with the laptop as HBPD units respond. A MBPD K9 unit also responded and assisted in the locating of the suspect. The victim was able to identify the suspect and recovered the laptop. Press release sent out by HBPD to HBNW.



Friday7-11-08

Area3

211PC931 PCH (Mobil)Robbery
The suspect, male black adult entered the business and demanded money. The suspect simulated a hand gun under shirt, took money and was last seen on foot running S/B from the location. Numerous pedestrians and vehicles stopped negative results.


Saturday7-12-08

Area2

925PC100block of 29thStProwlercall
There was a report of a male looking into neighbor's residence. HBPD arrived on scene and determined that the subject was drunk in public. He was arrested and booked for the violation. NOTE: Good looking out for your neighbors!!!

25TH ANNUAL NATIONAL NIGHT OUT  ~  America's Night Out Against Crime 

 

2ND ANNUAL HERMOSA BEACH NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

 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 

Block Captain Jennifer Chew

Block Captain's Doris & Greg Eberhardt

Block Captain Janine Bozeman 

 

 

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.

 

HBNW is challenging participating blocks to a signature dessert 'THROWDOWN' in the spirit of good fun inspired by the television series on Food Network, Throwdown with Bobby Flay.  Each neighborhood will compete and the winner from each block will be entered to compete with the other block winners.  A NNO 2008 Hermosa Beach Block resident will be chosen and win a gift certificate to a local restaurant.   

 

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.

 

 

NNO 2007.2
 





 

 

 

Map Your Neighborhood Logo

 

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

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

 

RESTAURANT/BAR CHECK

Courtesy of the HB Fire Department

 

On Saturday night, the Engine Company conducted random occupancy checks on the Pier Plaza area.  There were no overcrowding conditions found.
 
The Engine Company received a complaint of crowding problems at Susie's but found the occupancy to be below occupant load limits.
 

 

BRING THE FAMILY FOR A FUN NIGHT OUT UNDER THE STARS!

 

Movie in the Park 2008

 

 

 

MBNW CRIME LOG

 

Area 3
07/11/08 - 07/13/08                   7 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.                     2300 block of Walnut Avenue
(Residential Burglary) The victim secured her residence before leaving and returned to find the front door and rear sliding door were open. Several areas of the residence had been ransacked by unknown suspect(s) and several items were missing including a jewelry box full of jewelry, a flat screen television, a DVD player and a floor safe. It appeared suspect(s) entered the residence by forcing open the rear sliding door, and exited through the front door. No suspects were seen or heard.
 
Area 4
07/11/08 - 07/14/08                   8:30 a.m. - 7:40 a.m.                 1100 block of Meadows Avenue
(Stolen Vehicle) The victim parked and locked her vehicle around the corner from her residence on the street. She returned to discover the car was missing. No suspects were seen or heard. 
 

Area 5
07/12/08                        11 a.m. - 4 p.m.                        100 block of 16th Street
(Residential burglary) Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim's residence through an unlocked side door and took a laptop computer and a backpack containing a camera. No suspects were seen or heard.
 
Area 5
07/12/08                        2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.                     300 block of 21st Street
(Residential burglary) The victims left the residence for a short time, but left a rear door unlocked. Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence and took two cell phones, a charger and a wallet containing credit cards, cash and identification.
 
Area 5
07/12/08                        12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.               2300 block of Bayview Drive
(Residential burglary) The victims arrived home and left their garage door open and the door leading to the family room from the garage unlocked. The victims left two cell phones and cash on the family room counter and went upstairs. Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence and took the cell phones and cash. A neighbor observed a male Black adult walk into the garage and then walk out approximately two minutes later. The subject was last seen walking westbound on 23rd Street. The suspect is described as 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, short black hair, in his early twenties and was wearing long pants with a t-shirt.
 
As we all know, you can't be too careful when locking up your residence, whether you are home or not. Be safe.
Sally

 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

 

Torrance's Meth Crackdown
A team of community lead officers, those assigned to deal with so-called quality-of-life issues, took on the local methamphetamine trade after determining its sale and users were the root causes behind numerous crimes in the city, including burglaries and robberies, child and elder abuse, identity theft and credit card fraud. They were also responsible for the breakdown of families and declines in property values.

Discovery may lead to quake early-warning system
Scientists working at California's San Andreas Fault have detected subtle geological changes occurring hours before an earthquake that could enable them to develop an early-warning system aimed at saving lives. 
  
 
 
Mudslide, floods in SoCal; more could be ahead

More heavy rain was forecast Monday in Southern California, where crews were still clearing debris from weekend flooding and a mudslide that damaged more than 50 homes and blocked a highway.
The National Weather Service posted flash flood watches for the mountains of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, saying scattered showers and thunderstorms capable of producing heavy downpours were likely Monday.

 

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
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