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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

Sept. 3, 2008




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

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log


:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log


:: September is Coming - Ready or Not?


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



:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: Accurate Emergency Services

:: We are here for you!

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


:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites



We would like to THANK Block Captain Melody May and the 400 Block of Ardmore Ave. and the 600 Block of 5th Street for hosting a HBNW Introduction Meeting.  The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, HBPD Ofc. JR Smith and EPAC Commissioner Al Benson.   


ATM Safety Tips

If you or your family members use ATM cash machines on a regular basis, here are some tips that can make the process a little safer:

  • Only use ATM machines in a well-lighted, open, high-traffic area
  • Use ATMs inside busy supermarkets when possible
  • If lights around the ATM are not working, don't use that machine. The lights may have been broken on purpose
  • Avoid bank ATM machines adjacent to obvious hiding places
  • When you approach an ATM, scan the area first for loiterers
  • Have your card ready and leave quickly. Do NOT count your cash in public
  • Walk, run, or drive away immediately if your instincts tell you so
  • Beware of offers for help from strangers during an ATM transaction
  • Tell any suspicious male in a loud, firm voice to back-off.  You would rather be rude then a victim of a robbery
  • Don't argue with a robber if confronted, just give up the cash.  Your life is worth more than the money they are getting
  • Drive, or walk, to a safe place and immediately call the police

Tips for Latchkey Children
Latchkey children is a term that's often used to describe children who must stay at home alone taking care of themselves for some part of the day. Usually, they're the children of working parents. Experts estimate that from 5 to 12 million children between the ages of 5 and 13 are at home alone for some period of time every day. In many cases, their parents either cannot afford child care, or none is available.

These children are about three times more likely to be involved in accidents, engage in delinquent behavior, or be victimized than those supervised by adults. Parents who must leave their children home alone on a regular basis are often gravely concerned with not only their ability to handle potentially dangerous situations but how they cope with routine activities.

Some children enjoy caring for themselves and happily accept the added responsibilities. Others will occasionally be lonely, bored, or scared. However, for all children the experience can be an opportunity for parents to discuss all aspects of safety and crime prevention, as well as build their children's self-esteem, confidence, and competence. Studies show that a close relationship with parents decreases or moderates any negative effects of self-care.

To promote self-care skills, parents should focus on setting rules and limits, increasing levels of responsibility, and communicating basic safety information. If children understand why they must be left alone and what they may and may not do, their risk of injury and victimization will be greatly decreased. Discuss the routines they are to follow-household chores, pets to tend, homework, family policies on visiting friends or having friends visit them, and what to do when the phone or doorbell rings. If you won't be home at your regular time, let your children know.

The following items are important for parents to teach their children:

  • To memorize their name and address, including city and state.
  • To memorize their phone number, including area code.
  • How to use both push-button and rotary dial phones to make emergency, local, and long distance calls, and how to reach the operator.
  • To check in with you or a neighbor immediately after arriving home.
  • To never enter your home if a door is ajar or a window is broken.
  • How to work your home's door and window locks, and to always lock them when they are at home alone.
  • How to answer the doorbell and phone when they're home alone.
  • Not to go into anyone else's home without your permission.
  • To avoid walking or playing alone.
  • That if they feel they're being followed, either on foot or by a car, to run to the nearest public place, neighbor, or "Safe House."
  • That a stranger is someone neither you nor they know well.
  • To tell you if anyone asks them to keep a secret, offers them gifts or money, or asks to take their picture.
  • To tell you if something happened while they were away from you that made them feel uncomfortable in any way.

Ensuring that your children know and understand the items on this list will help turn their latchkey hours into a positive learning experience that builds a sense of responsibility and confidence.




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 learn from and secure their home or car.
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.  


Monday 08-25-2008 to Sunday 08/31/2008



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 8-25-08


Area 2


459 PC

700 block of 24th Pl

Attempt Garage Burglary

Two male Hispanics attempted to enter the RPs unlocked garage. The RP scared the suspects away. Garage was not entered and nothing was taken. An area check for the suspects met with negative results. This occurred just before midnight.



Tuesday 8-26-08


Area 1


484 PC

100 block of The Strand


There was an aluminum table taken from the area. The table was kept in an open carport area. No one was seen or heard. This occurred during the night.



Area 1


594 PC

100 block of The Strand


Unknown suspects egged victim's residence sometime around 10p.m..



Thursday 8-28-08


Area 2


594 PC

Unit block of 17th Ct


Unknown suspects wrote all over victim's white roll-up garage door with a black marker. The markings were easily removed and the victim was non desirous.



Area 2



1600 Ardmore

Suspicious circumstances

There was a subject seen on the green belt in the area. The RP indicated that he had binoculars and was watching people. An area check for the subject was negative.



Saturday 8-30-08


Area 3



900 block of Artesia

DUI Checkpoint

There was a South Bay Regional checkpoint set up on Artesia just east of PCH. Officers from 12 agencies came together for the event. 7 DUI drivers were arrested, 4 drivers with suspended DLs were arrested, 10 unlicensed drivers were cited, 1 parole violation, 1 narcotics arrest and 15 vehicles were towed.



Sunday 8-31-08


Area 2


594 PC

Monterey and Circle Dr


There was a vehicle parked in the area with a smashed out window. The owner of the vehicle was contacted regarding the possibility of a vehicle burglary. The owner of the vehicle confirmed that nothing was missing from within the vehicle. A vandalism report was taken. This was observed right around midnight, Saturday night Sunday morning.





Courtesy of the HB Fire Department

Life Safety/Occupancy Load Enforcement
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.  

It is the responsibility of the business owner or manager 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 Hermosa Beach FD special events coordinator inspected the Fiesta Hermosa event each morning on August 30th, 31st & September 1st for compliance with all special event and code requirements and found no problems.  The event ran throughout the weekend with no problems.
On Friday, Aug 29th, a fire department person with two Police officers inspected all assembly occupancies (restaurants/bars) in town.  There were no incidences of overcrowding or fire code violations noted.
On Saturday Aug 30th, the Engine Company responded to the Hermosa Beach Yacht Club on a citizen complaint of overcrowding. The Engine Company investigated the situation and confirmed it was overcrowded.  This condition was mitigated with the help of the manager and within approximately 15 minutes the occupant load was within approved limits.  The business was cited for overcrowding.



Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

Area 5
08/24/08 - 08/25/08                   9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.                     1300 block of N. Manhattan Avenue
(Residential Burglary) The victim left his residence and believed he locked the doors, but when he returned he discovered the key was in the inside deadbolt lock of the back door. He discovered coins missing from two jars that had been on a night stand in the bedroom. Two older laptop computers were also taken. No suspects were seen or heard.
Area 6
08/20/08                                    4:40 p.m.                                  200 block of 11th Street
(Attempted Catalytic Converter Theft) The victim parked and locked her vehicle on the street in front of her residence. She heard a neighbor yelling at someone and was told that someone was trying to steal the catalytic converter from under the Toyota 4Runner. The suspect got out from under the vehicle (without the catalytic converter) and ran westbound on 11th Street to southbound on Bayview Drive. The suspect is described as a male Samoan, approximately 6 feet tall, 180 pound, with dark hair in a high ponytail on his head. He was wearing a dark grey shirt and carrying an unknown tool in his hand. He ran out of sight. Another witness saw the suspect enter a white van that was waiting for him in a parking lot on Bayview Drive. The van was driven by a male Hispanic in his twenties wearing unkempt clothes with an orange reflector type vest. The van left eastbound on 10th Place, out of sight.



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Block Captain Paula Barksdale

Block Captain Liz Ingraham-Ono

Block Captain Amada Weber  

Block Captain Molly Jo Gee



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


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.



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


"September is Coming - Ready or Not?"
By Erin Streeter, Director, Ready Campaign
Planning is a daily part of our routine. We plan our summer vacations, weekend activities and grocery store visits. We plan our children's schedules and daily tasks. And, without a doubt, endless lists often follow. There is one particular list that deserves to be checked twice - and it's not the list you make in December. We're talking about reviewing your emergency preparedness checklist and developing an emergency preparedness plan for your family.
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and a good reminder that we all have a responsibility in protecting ourselves, families and our communities. Emergencies will happen, but taking action now can help us minimize the impact they will have on our lives. 
This year, the Ready Campaign and its Department of Homeland Security partner Citizen Corps are reminding Americans to take important preparedness steps during NPM including: Get an Emergency Supply Kit; Make a Family Emergency Plan; Be Informed about the emergencies and their appropriate responses; and Get Involved in community efforts. Throughout September, activities and events will take place across this country to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and promote individual involvement.

The Ready Campaign encourages you to take a few extra minutes this month to plan in case of an emergency. Consider the following questions: Have you spoken to your children's schools about their shelter-in-place and/or evacuation plans?; Do you know the evacuation plan at your work?; If your cell phone was inoperable how would you get in touch with your family?; Do you have a family meeting place and an out of town contact? These are just a few of the questions you should consider as you are developing your emergency plan.
Free preparedness resources, such as a Family Emergency Plan template and an Emergency Supply Kit Checklist are just a click away at or or by calling 1-800-BE-READY.  The Ready Web site also has a special sections for kids, ages 8-12, (Ready Kids) and small- to medium-sized businesses (Ready Business). Be sure to check it out - print out your emergency plan template and emergency supply kit list and start checking off those emergency supply kit items.  Emergencies can happen anytime and to anyone - Ready or not. 



 From Katrina to Gustav: Are your pets disaster ready? 
Three years ago this week in 1995, Hurricane Katrina blew through the Gulf states with disastrous results. This year, we sit and watch helplessly as the mayor of New Orleans mandates evacuation in the face of Hurricane Gustav's increasing force.  

One big difference: this time, more of them are ready to safely evacuate their pets, and rescue workers are more prepared to deal with the special task of caring for animals who are either lost or left behind.
Dear Friend of the Red Cross,
Without a moment's time to waste, we launched a massive effort beginning more than 10 days ago.

This is our largest relief mobilization effort since Hurricane Katrina. The anticipated cost is already more than $12 million-and this is before the storm has made landfall.

Please support our Disaster Relief Fund that enables us to respond to the Hurricanes of 2008. We're concerned for the millions of residents at risk with Gustav - their homes, their families, their livelihoods. We care about every one of them and they can be assured they are our #1 priority as they face this impending disaster. We'll be there to help them recover and cope with what happens over the next 24 hours, the next weeks and months.
Thanks for your time and support.
List Myself As Safe and Well
This page allows people affected by a disaster to post "safe and well" messages that their loved ones outside the disaster area can view.


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





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 56 packs to our HB residents as this point.

To apply please contact or call 310-374-1828.









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.





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! 























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.



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

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Order your supplies TODAY!Hermosa Beach resident COUPON CODE HB2007 for FREE SHIPPING TO HB.













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