Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008
to Block Captain's Susan and Amy on the 800 block of 19th
Street for hosting the Map Your Neighborhood Meeting to
their residents. Susan took the READY THE RESIDENT class
taught by Block Captain, Julie Jennings. We appreciate all
of their efforts on behalf of neighborhood preparedness!
We just had our "Map Your Neighborhood" meeting and it was
very productive. We will be sending photos shortly. They
all enjoyed it when I put on my green hard hat, and in fact,
they decided that we should all decorate our hard hat and
wear it to our block party next month with the theme of
"Pimp my Hard Hat" to promote Neighborhood safety
preparedness in a disaster!
Thank you for all your help and guidance in getting our
neighborhood ready. ~Susan Ziegler & Amy Riddle (Block
THANKS FOR SIGNING UP!
NEW BLOCK CAPTAIN IN HBNW:
Anne Sassano 800-900 BLK OF 15TH STREET
Sarah and Ryan Kobylewski 2900 BLK OF HERMOSA AVE. & 100
BLK OF 30TH STREET
Diana Allen 1500 BLK OF GOLDEN AVE.
THANKS FOR SETTING A DATE FOR YOUR INTRODUCTION BLOCK
Molly Jo Gee
Sarah and Ryan Kobylewski
To see prior Introduction Meeting Block Hosts, visit our
Great article Tracy!
Tracy wrote and submitted an article about the Hermosa Beach
Emergency Preparedness Commission to the South Bay Cities
Council of Governments. Please see page 4 of the Fall
The SBCCOG is a joint powers authority of 16 cities that
share the goal of maximizing the quality of life and
productivity of our area.
Members are Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa
Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos
Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling
Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, and the Harbor
City/San Pedro communities of the City of Los Angeles.
While as cities we all value what makes us unique and
independent, there are times when our collective endeavors
get better results. This vision of what we can do for our
communities is what motivates our members and can best be
described three ways: Partnership, Persuasion and
plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe environment.
Child Safety Tips
We all have to be careful when we are out in the community.
But kids can face some special problems. So insure that your
kids are aware of the following tips, for their safety.
should be careful if strangers:
Try to give them candy or money.
Ask them to get into a car or take a ride.
Try to follow them.
Hang around the playground.
Try to touch them in an inappropriate way.
Instruct your child to run, scream and draw as much
attention to himself/herself as possible. Getting other
peoples attention, in the area, will most often stop the
inappropriate act, and may allow your child the time needed
to reach safety.
Take the time to have your child fingerprinted, photographed
and collect information from your child in he event that
your child should become missing.
Maintain current photo and vital information on your child.
Once your child becomes missing, it is then too late to try
and gather the information. This should be done ahead of
time to avoid mistakes in an emotional state of mind.
Encourage your child to play with other children. It's not
only more fun it's safer. Make certain that they understand
that they should play where someone can see them, never in
deserted buildings or alleyways.
Be alert and observant wherever you are and learn to
recognize signs of criminal behavior. Report all crime to
the HBPD even if it is only an attempt. Crime cannot be
controlled or prevented if it is not reported. By reporting
crimes and suspicious activities you can protect yourself
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 learn from the crimes
selected to further 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
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 9-8-2008 to Sunday 9-14-2008
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.
block of 18th St
was a theft of a bicycle from the area. The bicycle
was stored under the stairwell unlocked.
sand (on the beach)
victim left his laptop on the beach while he went
into the water for a swim. When he returned the
laptop was missing. No one was seen or heard. This
occurred during the day.
St and Monterey
was a report of a vehicle window smash in the area.
There were no items missing from within the vehicle.
This occurred during the night.
block of Longfellow
victim's residence was egged. This occurred during
the night. The victim was non desirous of a report.
No one was seen or heard.
Longfellow and Palm
was a report of 2 male Hispanics in a white truck
going down the alley. They were seen going through
the recyclables in the area. An area check met with
block of 19th St
was a vehicle broken into in the area. There was
$10,000 worth of camera equipment taken from inside
of the vehicle. It is unknown whether the vehicle
was locked or not.
block of Longfellow
was a call of several subjects going through the
recyclables in the area. An area check turned out
LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT
Courtesy of the HB Fire Department
The Engine Company conducted life safety/occupancy checks on
Friday, September 12th. All tavern & restaurant
establishments within the City were checked and no
violations were noted.
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.
MBNW CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
As you know we don't usually report on crime in retail
establishments, but the car jacking in the Ralph's parking
lot is something to be aware of. If you have any information
regarding this or any other crime, please call the Police
front desk at (310) 802-5140. Thank you kindly.
p.m. 2700 block of
jacking) The victim exited Ralph's
supermarket and walked toward her vehicle which was parked
east of the market. She unlocked her vehicle, entered it and
while she was sitting down, she noticed a black male adult
approach her on foot. When he got next to the driver's door,
he pointed a gun (which may or may not have been real) at
her and told her to get out of the vehicle and give him the
keys. The victim threw the keys at him and the suspect then
put his gun in his pocket, reached in the car and physically
pulled her out by the waist. The suspect started up the
vehicle, left the parking lot going west and then south
towards Marine Avenue, out of sight. The suspect is
described as approximately 30 years old, 6 feet tall, 200
lbs., with short black hair, wearing dark clothing and
carrying a small dark tote bag by his side.
09/9/08 - 09/10/08 9 p.m. - 1
a.m. 1100 block of 18th Street
bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) took an
unsecured bicycle from in front of the victim's house.
09/08/08 7:30 a.m. - 8:30
a.m. 200 block of 4th Street
from bicycle) The victim took her bicycle
out of the garage and loaded a laptop computer in a bag on
the bicycle. She left the bicycle parked out front for
approximately 20 minutes and then rode to work. When she got
to work she realized that the laptop was missing. No
suspects were seen or heard.
09/09/08 - 09/10/08 11:15 p.m. - 10
a.m. Bermuda Court
from vehicle) The victim parked her vehicle
overnight, but did not lock it. She returned to discover
unknown suspect(s) emptied out two purses and took a
checkbook and mailbox key. Other keys and credit cards were
left behind. No suspects were seen or heard.
A HVPTO organization dedicated to raising environmental
awareness in Hermosa Beach schools
HBNW wishes the best of success to our two Block Captain's
Carli Parker and Elizabeth Riley for their efforts! We will
feature the Weekly Green Tip from
Planet Pals Green Tip
Household hazardous waste products that may be found in and
around your home include: lawn and garden care products,
paint and related products, automotive fluids, batteries,
beauty products, medicines and household cleaners. These
products, when improperly disposed of, such as through
household garbage, sinks or storm drains, the combined
effect becomes a significant problem for our environment,
endangering the safety and health of people and animals.
The next Household Hazardous Waste Roundup located in
Hermosa Beach will be held on January 24, 2009 at Clark
Stadium on Valley St. between 8th Street and 11th Street.
The Hyperion S.A.F.E. Collection Center located at 7660 West
Imperial Highway, Gate B, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, is open
year round on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
for hazardous waste disposal.
more information about household hazard waste and proper
THANK YOU FOR SIGNING UP FOR THIS CLASS!
Block Captain Paula Barksdale
Block Captain Liz Ingraham-Ono
Block Captain Amada Weber
Block Captain Molly Jo Gee
Block Captain Anne Sassano
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25,2008
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 &
VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING (VIP'S)
HERMOSA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT is please to open
applications for the NEW COMMUNITY PILOT PROGRAM, VOLUNTEERS
The Coordinators of the VIP's: Sgt. Kevin Averill, HBPD Ofc.
Jaime Ramirez, Kelly Kovac-Reedy of HBNW and Ken Hartley
Volunteers gain invaluable insights into our city's law
enforcement system and how it works. Volunteers have the
opportunity to improve the quality of their local law
enforcement service through their work, their attitude, and
ideas for improving programs. Our program increases
community pride by allowing volunteers to serve as role
models and most importantly, be part of a community program
concerned with the common good and well being of the city we
all love. So come and join the Hermosa Beach Police
Department and the many others who donate their time in
making our community a better place.
How To Get Involved
Interested in becoming a VIP? It's free, it's easy, and no
experience is necessary. For more information, please send
email - we'd love to talk to you.
Volunteers participating in the VIP program will be required
to complete an application and interview and successfully
pass a background check. Additional requirements for the
VIP Patrol program consist of possessing a valid driver's
license, being 18 years of age, in good physical health, and
the desire to contribute a minimum of 10 hours per-month to
Who is qualified to volunteer?
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and successfully
meet the selection criteria of the Hermosa Beach Police
Department's Volunteers in Policing Service program.
VIPs' Program Mission:
VIPs' program mission is to support the
Hermosa Beach Police Department's crime prevention efforts
and to actively engage the community in our quality of life
In both the public and private sector, administrators are
constantly seeking ways to enhance the effectiveness of
their organizations. In the law enforcement profession, one
way to do this is to recruit more officers. This, however,
is not always feasible because of fiscal limitations. In
Hermosa Beach, the Police Department has developed a way to
maximize its service without incurring a substantial
financial burden. The concept is simple: recruit volunteers
from the community, train them in various police-related
duties, and then allow them to function in direct support of
Police Department staff. Hermosa Beach has proven to be an
ideal environment for such a program since its citizens
pride themselves in community involvement. Volunteers
function as an auxiliary unit of the Police Department, with
no powers of arrest beyond those of any private citizen.
They serve as extra eyes, ears and helping hands. They carry
no weapons, but they do have cellular phone/radios, which
allows for direct communication with our dispatchers and
police officers. This enables them to report any suspicious
activity quickly so that an officer can investigate what
might have otherwise gone unnoticed or unreported. V.I.P.
volunteers will assume many tasks, which have previously
been performed by paid police personnel. This program
significantly enhances the Department's ability to focus
sworn personnel on tasks, which volunteers cannot do. The
volunteers will also undertake projects, which could not
have otherwise been considered due to lack of manpower or
power to identify and address specific concerns and problems
within your community.
We would like to start forming teams for the following
Noble Park Patrol
Daytime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods
Nighttime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods
Bicycle Watch and Awareness
View and Valley School Check
Parking Structures & Parking Lots
DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints
ACCURATE EMERGENCY SERVICES
I did it!
Yesterday, I received my personalized "house plan" with my
water, gas and electrical valves identified and tagged with
a laminated picture card and green spray paint.
I have taken pictures to show you how useful, practical and
essential this is for every home. I went through the cards
with my 9-year-old daughter and my 15-year-old son (and his
friends) in case I am not home and there is a need to shut
the utilities off. I am thrilled to be one of the first
homes to proudly display my utility valves as a work of
art! ~ Kelly Kovac-Reedy
Hurricane Ike - a time line of events
Conditions 12 hours before landfall - 8:30 a.m. September
Officials continue to recommend coastal communities to
Inland residents are to stay put and "hunker down" otherwise
known as shelter in place.
Note: This resulted in less tragedy for Ike than what
resulted in the Rita evacuation of 2005 when all coastal and
inland communities were asked to evacuate.
All emergency preparations should be completed by this time
Gas station prices are up and some stations are already
Red Cross seeking relief funds
Main boulevard out of Galveston already flooding
State information website set up at Texasonline.com
Conditions 5 hours before landfall - 3:00 p.m. September 12,
If you have not evacuated you must hunker down
Expecting the impact will reverberate for weeks
Chertoff expecting a worse case scenario
Hurricane Ike will affect the national economy
Conditions after landfall - 10:00 a.m. September 13, 2008
Seeing illegal price gouging or reality of supply and demand
100K people stayed behind - Texas to initiate largest search
and rescue in their history
Power is out for millions - estimated to be without for 4+
7,500 National Guard being mobilized by the Governor
Ike has flooded 1000's of homes and buildings
State Rep. J. Colberson hopes people have stored generators,
food, water and ammo
First media report from FEMA says the principle effort is
search and rescue, especially those that were hit by the
Many 911 calls are being received
People are being told to have patience and "sit tight" and
wait for help to arrive
The most critical challenge now is loss of power
President has declared Federal Emergency for the area which
opens to receive funds to assist the response
Recovery phase will follow the rescue phase
D. Paulson (FEMA Admin) reported that large groups that
disregarded earlier evacuation orders are now having to be
rescued from their homes. At this point 120 have been
rescued this far.
Those who did evacuate are being told to stay put until the
storm is fully passed and the water recedes.
Food and supply pods are being distributed
Residents being told not to call 911 except for emergencies
Several homes in Galveston have burned to the ground
Curfews are now in effect through Sunday
Most hospitals are only on generator power
Coast Guard has rescued 103 people
Being told to listen to news coverage on radio
Four people arrested for burglarizing home
High School is being used as a shelter
Many fires to homes unable to reach, several buildings
There is no water or water pressure and a lot of debris
Water and sewer are not operating
Food, water and ice are being sent to the High School
Shelter from the State
A SPCA hotline for lost pets has been set up
Use text messaging instead of regular cell phone calls
Teen has been swept off jetty and drowned
99% of the residents, 2 million people in a 500 mile area
are without power
To donate to the Salvation Army - 1-800-253-1868
To donate to the Red Cross - 1-800-Red-Cross or
Feed the Children - 1-800-604-0300 - They are requesting
full truckloads of items: blankets, supplies, food etc. and
they will pick up.
LEARN AMATEUR RADIO
NEW CLASS STARTS SEPT. 27TH
Two Amateur Radio Courses
FCC "Technician" course (entrée level)
FCC "General" course (2nd level)
Each course is 2 sessions
The 2 sessions are on Sept 27 & Oct 11
Technician 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM both Saturdays
2:15 PM to 5:00 PM both Saturdays
tests given on Oct 18 from 10 AM to noon
The location is Hesse Park
29301 Hawthorne Blvd.
Rancho Palos Verdes
No pre-registration required -
- No fee for either course -
- Taking the FCC Test is $14 -
- Study book with FCC test questions, $15 -
- Copy of my Power Point charts, $10 -
Students (thru grade 12) who take this course and get their
license will be reimbursed up to $40 by
The Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club
For more information contact
Walt, K1DFO, at
ALL ELSE FAILS, COUNT ON
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 56 packs to our HB residents as this point.
apply please contact Kelly@saferhermosabeach.com or
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
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