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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

 

 

 

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

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: LEARN AMATEUR RADIO AND JOIN HBARA! ~ Class on Sept. 27th

:: LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

:: VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING (VIP's) ~ Sign up today!

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ OCTOBER 25TH CLASS

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: PLANET PALS ~ New Feature!

:: Accurate Emergency Services ~ I DID IT! See the photos.

:: WORTH MENTIONING

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

:: FOCUS ON SENIORS ~ FANNY PACK KITS

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: 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

Thank you to Block Captain Jill Irwin on the 00 - Unit block of 6th Street for hosting the Map Your Neighborhood Meeting to their residents.  We appreciate all of their efforts on behalf of neighborhood preparedness!
 

WE JUST HAD OUR MYN MEETING. IT WENT GREAT! WE HAD 20 NEIGHBORS, EVERY HOUSE AND APT. WAS REPRESENTED BUT 2! UNFORTUNATELY, MY DVD PLAYER DOWNSTAIRS WOULD NOT COOPERATE, AND I COULD NOT USE LUAN'S DVD. I HOWEVER, WATCHED THE DVD BEFOREHAND AND I USED THE GUIDE BOOK AND GOT THROUGH IT. I MADE THE NEIGHBORHOOD MAP AND CONTACT INFO BEFORE THE MEETING. I COPIED IT FOR EVERYONE AND THAT SAVED US 30 MINUTES WHICH I KNOW EVERYONE APPRECIATED. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO FOR US,  JILL IRWIN   
 

THANKS FOR SIGNING UP!

NEW BLOCK CAPTAIN IN HBNW:

  • Marcei Brubaker-Brown  500 blk of 18th Street

THANKS FOR SETTING A DATE FOR YOUR INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING!

  •  Sonja Randall

 


To see prior Introduction Meeting Block Hosts, visit our website.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

  

The 2nd Annual Great Hermosa Beach Glass Pumpkin Patch

 

This Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 27 & 28 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

 

Visa/master card accepted For more information: (310) 318-0280 or visit  www.glasshouse.ws  

 

11 local and regional glass blowers and over 1400 glass blown pumpkins await you in our Glass Pumpkin Patch on the Lawn of the Hermosa Beach Theater located at 710 Pier Ave. These spectacular glass blown pumpkins make incredible holiday gifts for clients, friends and family. And they make fantastic holiday decorations (ranging from $10 to $350).  

 

This is the biggest fund raiser for the Hermosa Arts Foundation.  We are raising money to renovate the theater, and up date the community center.
 
Pancake Breakfast

 

 

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Police warn of imposters posing as utility workers
The Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department yesterday warned residents about impostors posing as utility workers who prey on elderly residents.
 
The impostors typically work their scams this way.  People claiming to be from the Water Department or another utility knock on a victim's door and say they need to check the water pressure inside the house. Once inside, one distracts the resident while the others make off with money, jewelry and anything else of value.
The scam has been around since last summer, and the thieves have struck as recently as today. Investigators say there are different groups working the same scam.
 
Anyone who is unsure of the validity of any utility worker can call California Water Service at 310-257-1400, the Gas Company 24-Hour Service and Info: 800-427-2200 before letting them inside their home. People can dial 911 or 310-524-2750 (police non emergency dispatch) if they feel they being victimized.
 

Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe environment.

 

 

REPORTING CRIME
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 and others.

 
 

 

 

HBNW CRIME LOG 

Every Monday, Kelly views the HBPD Daily Activity Logs for the prior week.  With the assistance of Ofc. JR Smith or Lt. 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 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 9-15-2008 to Sunday 9-21-2008

 

 

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 9-15-08

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

600 block of Hermosa Ave

Theft

There was a bicycle taken from the location. The bike was a Red/Blue Trek 6000 Mountain bike. It was locked to a banister at the location. The lock was cut with an unknown tool. This occurred between midnight and 2:45 p.m.

       

 

Area 3

 

211 PC

1310 PCH (Vans Store)

Armed Robbery

A male white suspect enters the location and appeared to be a customer. While at the register he produced a blue steel revolver and demanded cash. $1000 cash and several items of clothing were taken. This robbery was captured on surveillance video and is currently being investigated.

       

 

Tuesday 9-16-08

 

Area 2

 

487 PC

30th and Ingleside

Theft

There was a report of a catalytic theft in the area. The suspect removed the catalytic converter from a Toyota pick-up. This occurred between 9-14-08 and 9-16-08.

       

 

Thursday 9-18-08

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

100 block of 1st Ct

Residential Burglary

There was a report of a Garage Burglary in the area. The garage was entered via unknown means. Inside the garage was a CHP Police Motorcycle. A lap top computer and a streamlight flashlight was taken. The garage door was closed and secured at approximately 11p.m. The next morning at approximately 7:00a.m., the garage door was found partially open.

       

 

Friday 9-19-08

 

Area 2

 

459 PC

300 block 25th St

Residential Burglary

The suspect entered a residence via a small open window. A laptop and some other small items were taken.

       

 

Area 2

 

925 PC

24th and Valley

Suspicious activity

There was an unknown subject knocking on doors then walking away. The subject was contacted and advised not to solicit without a license.

       

 

 

Area 2

 

925 PC

18th St and The Strand

Suspicious activity

The reporting party observed "cable man" walking in various yards in the area. HBPD responded and contacted the person. It turns out that the subject was a real "cable guy" and was conducting emergency repairs.  NOTE:  THERE IS A SCAM ABOUT UTILITY REPAIR SERVICE WORKERS.  IF YOU FEEL IT IS SUSPICIOUS, PLEASE CALL.

       

 

 

Area 3

 

925 PC

2000 block of Hillcrest

Suspicious activity

There was a subject sleeping in a vehicle parked in front of the reporting party's residence. The subject was contacted and subsequently arrested for being drunk in public.

       

 

9-8-08

 

Area 2

 

594 PC

700 block of 21st St

Vandalism

There was a report of vandalism to a vehicle. Someone threw a rock at a vehicle and broke the window. No suspect info.

       

 

9-4-08

 

Area 1

 

470 PC

400 block of Herondo

Use of account

There was a call of a forgery that turned out to be fraudulent use of account information. The suspect took a check out of a secured mailbox and used the information to pay their bills. 

       

 

 

 

LEARN AMATEUR RADIO

 

NEW CLASS STARTS this SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 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
General 2:15 PM to 5:00 PM both Saturdays
The FCC 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 -
 
Optional Material
- 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 walt.ordway@yahoo.com

 

 WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, COUNT ON HBARA

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LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

 

Courtesy of the HB Fire Department


No inspections were conducted this weekend.


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.

 

VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING (VIP'S)

 

HERMOSA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT is please to open applications for the NEW COMMUNITY PILOT PROGRAM, VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING.

 

The Coordinators of the VIP's: Sgt. Kevin Averill, HBPD Ofc. Jaime Ramirez, Kelly Kovac-Reedy of HBNW and  Ken Hartley of HBARA.

 

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 an
email - we'd love to talk to you.

 

Requirements
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 the program.

 

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:

The 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 improvement initiatives.

 

PURPOSE
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 resources.


Have the power to identify and address specific concerns and problems within your community.

 

We would like to start forming teams for the following areas:

 

  • Noble Park Patrol
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  • Daytime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown
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  • Nighttime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown
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  • Bicycle Watch and Awareness
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  • Alley Check
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  • View and Valley School Check
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  • Skateboard Awareness
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  • Parking Structures & Parking Lots
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  • DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints 
     

 

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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  

Block Captain Molly Jo Gee

Block Captain Anne Sassano


DATE CHANGE! 

 READY THE RESIDENT 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25,2008

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!   

 

PLANET PALS

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.

 

This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:

 

Consider visiting www.greenlivingideas.com, a website dedicated to providing information on how to live greener.  In the Eco Reads for Kids section you can find information on books, both fiction and non-fiction, magazines and websites to help teach kids about taking care of the earth.  
 

 

 

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

 

 Utility 1

 

Utility 2

 

 

Utility 3

 

 

Utility 5

 

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HELPFUL WEBSITES

 

Prepare for a quake? L.A.'s too busy
 
Readiness is easy to achieve but residents remain complacent.
 
Developing a family disaster-evacuation and communication plan; stocking emergency supplies in your home, car and workplace; and having a clear understanding of the probable hazards around you in a crisis are the building blocks of preparation, officials say. Because fires, disrupted utilities, collapsed structures and compromised highways are likely to monopolize emergency personnel during a major quake, residents should be self-sufficient for three days.
 
 
The joke's on Ike: Humor can be essential to recovery
 
"When you have to rescue your child from the second floor, you have no use for humor. But days later when you catch your breath, kidding and joking allow you to rise above the experience. Humor can be the opposite of stress," Morreall said.
 
 
 
SCE Emergency Information
What to do if you smell gas, how to shut off your gas meter, and general emergency preparedness information
 
 

 

 

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 56 packs to our HB residents as this point.
 

To apply please contact Kelly@saferhermosabeach.com or call 310-374-1828.

  

 

 

 

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

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