Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
We would like to
THANK Block Captain's Susan Ziegler and Amy Riddle and the
800 block of 19th Street for hosting a HBNW Introduction
The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly &
Tracy, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, HB Interim Fire Chief
Steve Parker and EPAC Commissioner Al Benson.
We would like to
WELCOME HB Resident Howard "Howiee" Seeb and RB Resident
Brian Wharton as new members of the HB Amateur Radio
Howard became a licensed HAM (Amateur Radio
Operator) after he took the free training offered in Rancho
Palos Verdes. For more info, please contact Ken
Hartley, founder of HBARA.
Bogus calls designed to convince you to hand over your
credit card or bank details are a real problem. Be
If you are contacted by telephone and told that you have
won a prize, think for a minute: did you enter any
Odds are you didn't.
The vast majority of the time, these calls are scams,
originating from abroad and designed to convince you to
give over personal details such as your bank account
number or credit card information.
Just hang up
If this happens to you, just hang up the phone. If you
ever do win, you will never be asked for personal
details, nor would you ever have to pay anything in
order to collect your winnings - that's a sure sign that
something is wrong.
Many people have been taken in by these scams, and some
have lost their entire life savings.
Don't be one of them.
~never give out personal details over the phone
~always ask for more information
~be sure you know who you're talking to
~keep your bank account details safe
HBNW CRIME LOG
Every Monday, Kelly views the HBPD Daily Activity Logs for
the prior week. With the assistance of Ofc. JR Smith or
Sgt. Tom Thompson, we select crimes that our residents can
learn from in order to TARGET HARDEN their home, car or
neighborhood. This is a tool that is used to inform you
about how the crime occurred, time of day and if there are
any suggestions for the resident to secure their home or
The crime log does not list DUI's, assaults/fights (or lost
purses) that occur in the Downtown Pier Plaza area, crimes
were the victim knows the suspect (such as their
ex-roommate, girlfriend/boyfriend, friend or spouse) nor
Identity Theft matters. In all of these types of crimes,
YOU, the resident, could not have done anything to PREVENT
IT. If you should have concerns about the Downtown Pier
Plaza area and how that affects your neighborhood, please
visit your City Council Meetings. For the prevention of
Identity Theft, sign up for credit card monitoring and
protection services and shred your important papers.
For those of you that are interested in seeing the monthly
crime statistics for all crimes in HB, please click the link
Hermosa Beach Police
Department Monthly Report
Thanks for your interest in the tools that we provide to you
through HBNW and our unique partnership with the HB Police
AREA CRIME LOG
Monday 08-18-2008 to Sunday 08/24/2008
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
Abbreviations Used by Officers:
RP - Reporting Party
UTL - Unable to Locate
GOA - Gone on Arrival
Field Identification Card - information taken "in the field"
on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing marks,
clothing if needed for future contact.
Monday, August 18, 2008
block Gould Av
Theft of Catalytic Converter
Suspects unbolted the catalytic converter from a
Toyota Tacoma pick up truck sometime during the
night. HBNW learned that this was the vehicle to
one of our Block Captains. He advised us that
he has since gotten the part welded. A second
vehicle was also hit this night, but not
reported until 08-23-08.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
block Hermosa Av
Suspect wrote graffiti in the bathroom inside a
bathroom at the business. HBNW learned that
this business has a great video tape of the
suspect that has been turned over to the HBPD.
August 19th, 2008 was the last working day for
Sgt. Lance Heard. He is retiring to teach at Chapman
University. Good luck Professor Heard. Lance will stay on to
be a Reserve Lieutenant in charge of the reserve officer
Thursday, August 21, 2008
St and Golden
Suspect wrote swastikas and white power in fresh
Friday, August 22, 2008
Theft of IPhone
Suspect enters AT&T store and looks at a IPhone.
Suspect runs from store and clerk obtains his
license plate number.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
blk of 9th ST/837 PCH
Burglary Suspect arrested
property owner discovers a subject sleeping in a
vacant rental unit. There was also damage inside
the unit. Stolen property was discovered with
the suspect that was discovered taken from a
commercial burglary at 837 PCH. Numerous power
tools and accessories were also taken, but
recovered and returned to the owners.
Courtesy of the HB Fire Department
CITY OF HERMOSA BEACH
Life Safety/Occupancy Load Enforcement
The Hermosa Beach Fire Department conducts life
safety/occupancy load inspections in restaurants and bars
with authorized occupant loads of fifty (50) more, which are
classified as assembly occupancies in the Fire Code. These
inspections are separate and in addition to the regular
annual fire prevention inspection.
The inspections are designed to check for overcrowding and
to ensure proper exit signs, lights, pathways, doors and
door hardware are maintained pursuant to the Fire Code.
Is defined as the admittance of persons beyond the
approved capacity of any occupancy and is prohibited by
the Fire Code.
Includes obstructions in aisle ways, passageways,
hallways or other means of egress.
Includes any condition which constitutes a serious
threat to life safety as determined by the inspectors.
The Fire Code provides the authority to stop the proceedings
in an overcrowded occupancy until the overcrowded conditions
2007 Calif. Fire Code Appendix Chapter 1, Section 106.1 -
"Inspection Authority - The fire code official is authorized
to enter and examine any building, structure, marine vessel,
vehicle or premises in accordance with Appendix Chapter 1,
Section 104.3 for the purpose of enforcing this code."
2007 Calif. Fire Code, Appendix Chapter 1, Section 104.3 -
"Right of Entry - Whenever it is necessary to make an
inspection to enforce the provisions of this code, or
whenever the fire code official has reasonable cause to
believe that there exists in a building or upon any premises
any conditions or violations of this code which make the
building or premises unsafe, dangerous or hazardous, the
fire code official shall have the authority to enter the
building or premises at all reasonable times to inspect or
to perform the duties imposed upon the fire code official by
2007 Calif. Fire Code, Appendix Chapter 1 - Maintenance -
Section 107.6 - "Overcrowding - Overcrowding or admittance
of any person beyond the approved capacity of a building or
a portion thereof shall not be allowed. The fire code
official upon finding any overcrowding condition or
obstructions in aisles, passageways or other means of
egress, or upon finding any condition which constitutes a
life safety hazard, shall be authorized to cause the event
to be stopped until such condition or obstruction is
2007 Calif. Building Code, Chapter 1, General Code
Provisions - Section 111.2.2 - "Right of entry - The State
Fire Marshall, his or her deputies or salaried assistants,
the chief of any city or county fire department or fire
protection district and his or her authorized
representatives may enter any building or premises not used
for dwelling purposes at any reasonable hour for the purpose
of enforcing this chapter. The owner, lessee, manager or
operator of any such building or premises shall permit the
State Fire Marshall, his or her deputies or salaried
assistants and the chief of any city or county fire
department or fire protection district and his or her
authorized representatives to enter and inspect them at the
time and for the purpose stated in this section."
It is the responsibility of the business owner or manger to
maintain an accurate occupancy load count at all times that
is at or below the approved capacity; and to ensure aisles,
exit signs, exit passageways and exit doors are maintained
at all times.
The Life Safety/Occupancy Load enforcement program has three
elements of enforcement:
Fire & Police enforcement team deployed on random dates
Fire Engine Company deployed on random dates
Fire Engine Company response based on receipt of
complaint or Police referral as to a perceived
Procedural steps of enforcement are as follows:
Ask management for its occupant load count.
Prohibit any additional patrons from entering
establishment until accurate occupancy load is
Walk through of occupancy checking for life safety
issues such as overcrowding, proper exit signs, lights,
passageways, aisle ways, blocked exits or exit ways or
other serious conditions affecting life safety of the
Count out patrons if needed until accurate occupancy
load is determined.
Close the business for the evening if a serious threat
to life safety is found.
Issue citations as appropriate.
Questions regarding this administrative policy should be
directed to the Hermosa Beach Fire Chief.
MBNW CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
08/21/08 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
1700 block of Walnut Avenue
(Residential Burglary) When the victim
turned on his television set in his living room, he
discovered his PlayStation was missing. Upon further
inspection he discovered two laptop computers were missing
from the living room and an iPod from the kitchen. The point
of entry appeared to be a ground floor bathroom window that
had its screen removed. No suspects were seen or heard.
08/23/08 7 a.m. - 11
a.m. 300 block of S Peck Avenue
Theft) The victim parked and locked her
vehicle on the street and set the alarm. When she returned
to the vehicle she discovered that unknown suspect(s) had
taken money from an envelope in the center console and also
money from a wallet that was inside a purse under a jacket
on the front passenger seat. The front passenger side door
handle had been pried open.
a.m. 3600 block of Laurel
Theft) The victim was outside his residence
when he saw a male Black adult approach his truck and remove
a radial saw from the bed of his truck. The suspect then
shoved the saw into the rear seat of his vehicle. The victim
yelled for him to stop, but the suspect got into the
driver's seat and drove off north bound on Laurel Avenue.
The suspect is described as approximately 6'2", 180 pounds
wearing a yellow hard hat, a white dress shirt with rolled
up sleeves and blue pants. The suspect vehicle is described
as a light green Toyota, possibly a Camry. A second male
Black adult was sitting in the front passenger seat and was
reaching into the back to hold the saw which was halfway out
THANK YOU FOR SIGNING UP FOR THIS CLASS!
Block Captain Paula Barksdale
Block Captain Liz Ingraham-Ono
Block Captain Amada Weber
READY THE RESIDENT
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2008
1P.M. - 3:30P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
MYN materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a door
Reserve your seat
MYN and its developer LuAn Johnson have since been
recognized by the national earthquake community. In 2008, it
received the Overall Award in Excellence at the National
Earthquake Conference in Seattle. It is now advocated by
"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.
Once the event occurs, preparedness ends and response &
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.
Link to the Redondo Beach Fire Department CERT information.
Link to the Redondo Beach CERT Alumni association
Helping Peru Rebuild, One Year Later
was a year ago August 15, when the earthquake measuring 7.0
on the Richter scale struck Peru.
Within minutes, hundreds died and nearly 700,000 people,
like 64-year-old Flora Emilia Barrutia de Tasaco became
Prepare for disaster Neighborhood by neighborhood
MYN and its developer LuAn Johnson have since been
recognized by the national earthquake community.
In 2008, it received the Overall Award in Excellence at the
National Earthquake Conference in Seattle. It is now
advocated by FEMA.
Bush approves campus security legislation
Colleges now required to 'immediately notify' students,
staff during emergencies
Colleges will now be required to "immediately notify" their
students and staff upon confirmation of a significant
emergency on campus, such as an active shooter situation,
under higher education legislation signed into law Thursday
by President George W. Bush.
Free DVD: Protecting Children from Predators
Description: As seen on NBC, MSNBC & The Dr. Phil Show. This
video deals with the threat our children and grandchildren
are faced with in today's society.
is our challenge as concerned citizens, parents and
grandparents to provide children with the proper information
and knowledge which will help them make informed split
second decisions that can save their lives.
This video is a chance for a one on one with Dr. Van Zandt
where he passes on his years of experience with the FBI
working child abduction cases. He explains to the viewers
how to educate children on this difficult subject and the
red flags or indicators for caregivers to be on the watch
for to help protect children from the predators of the
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
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
have given 50 packs to our HB residents as this point.
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!