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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

 

 

 

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

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: RESTAURANT/BAR CHECK

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ READY THE RESIDENT

:: C.E.R.T. - Register Now for Last Academy of the year!

:: HELPFUL WEBSITES

:: See the Council Meetings and Commission Meetings ONLINE NOW!

:: FOCUS ON SENIORS ~ FANNY PACK KITS

:: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, Count on HBARA!

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: Accurate Emergency Services

:: We are here for you!

:: LOCAL SUPPORT ~ Fire Extinguishers, Tac Weld and GELATO!

:: GOT EMERGENCY KITS? GET THEM NOW.

:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

 

RECOGNITION

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 Meeting.  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 Association.  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. 

 

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Telephone scams

  • Bogus calls designed to convince you to hand over your credit card or bank details are a real problem. Be cautious.
  • If you are contacted by telephone and told that you have won a prize, think for a minute: did you enter any competitions?
    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 car.
 
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 below. 

 

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 Department.  

 

AREA CRIME LOG

Monday 08-18-2008 to Sunday 08/24/2008

 

 

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)

 



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

 

Area 2

 

487 PC

400 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

 

Area 1

 

594 PC

1000 block Hermosa Av

Graffitti

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 program.

 

Thursday, August 21, 2008

 

Area 3

 

594 PC

15th St and Golden

Graffitti

Suspect wrote swastikas and white power in fresh cement.

 

       

   

 

Friday, August 22, 2008

 

Area 3

 

484 PC

1100 PCH

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

 

Area 3

 

459 PC

700 blk of 9th ST/837 PCH

Burglary Suspect arrested

A 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.

       

  

 

RESTAURANT/BAR CHECK

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.
 
"Overcrowding:"
 

  • 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 are corrected:
 
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 this code."
 
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 corrected."
 
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 over-occupancy.


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 determined.
  • 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 occupants.
  • 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 Department 

 Area 3
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.
 
Area 8
08/23/08                        7 a.m. - 11 a.m.                        300 block of S Peck Avenue
(Vehicle 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.
 
 
Area 9
08/20/08                        10:50 a.m.                                3600 block of Laurel Avenue
(Vehicle 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 the vehicle. 
 
 

 

 

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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 prize provided.

 

Reserve your seat TODAY

   


 
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.

 

"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

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

 

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

 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

 


 

Helping Peru Rebuild, One Year Later

It 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 homeless.
 
 
 
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. It 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 world.
 
 
 
 
 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Beach.  We have given 50 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 
 

    

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

 


NEW PACIUGO GELATO & CAFFE NOW OPEN ~ 20% OFF to HBNW members -next to Comedy and Magic Club!  

 

Mention that you are a member and receive a discount!  

1034 Hermosa Ave.

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

 

 

 

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