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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008

 

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

:: HBPD K-9 FUNDRAISER PRESENTED BY THE BOTTLE INN

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: VIP's ~ SEE THE CAB ZONE PICTURES

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ CLASS PHOTO

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: SANTA RIDE 2008 ~ SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED SOON

:: HELPFUL WEBSITES

:: LEARN AMATEUR RADIO AND JOIN HBARA!

:: LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: ECO-FRIENDLY PLANET PALS

:: EMERGENCY KITS - 10% DISCOUNT AND FREE SHIPPING TO HB

:: IDENTIFY YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ See the photos

:: COUNCIL & COMMISSION MEETINGS ONLINE NOW!

:: FOCUS ON SENIORS ~ FANNY PACK KITS

:: CONTACT US!

:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

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

 

RECOGNITION


We would like to THANK Block Captain Molly Jo Gee and the 800-900 Block of 18th Street for hosting an INTRODUCTION MEETING with HBNW.  The meeting was attended by Kelly & Tracy of HBNW, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, HBPD Motorcycle Officer JR Smith and Emergency Preparedness Commissioner Al Benson. 

 

HB Amateur Radio Association would like to acknowledge their member Julie Jennings for taking the license test and getting a 100%! 

  

Celebrate Safe Communities

 

 GIFT WRAP YOUR CAR FOR CRIMINALS

 

Be a good neighbor and report suspicious activity at other homes in your community. If our officers catch a criminal or interrupt a crime in progress, most of the time it is because a member of the community calls.

 

If one person can make a difference, many people working together can make a huge difference when it comes to crime prevention. That is why we are enlisting citizens to join the crime prevention movement through HBNW.

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

REPORTING CRIME - HB Dispatch Number 310-524-2750
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.

 5 Million and Counting!

Tracy Hopkins, Kelly Kovac-Reedy and George Schmeltzer, EPAC's commissioners will attend the International Earthquake Conference on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week in Los Angeles.  The conference will be focusing on Policy, Planning, & Preparedness, in partnership with the Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative and in conjunction with the Great Southern California ShakeOut.

An earthquake of this size will cause unprecedented damage to Southern California-greatly dwarfing the massive damage that occurred in Northridge's 6.7-magnitude earthquake in 1994. In summary, the ShakeOut Scenario estimates this earthquake will cause some 2,000 deaths, 50,000 injuries, $200 billion in damage and other losses, and severe, long-lasting disruption. The report has regional implications and is a dramatic call to action for preparedness.

At 10 a.m. on THIS Thursday, November 13, join millions of Southern Californians in the ShakeOut Drill, our largest-ever earthquake preparedness activity!

drop, cover and hold!

 

Why is important to do a Drop, Cover, Hold On drill? Just as with anything, to act quickly you must practice, practice, practice. In a big earthquake, there may be very little time to protect yourself before strong shaking knocks you down or drops something on you. Most earthquakes have a sharp jolt a few seconds before the strong shaking, and we need to Drop, Cover, Hold On immediately when we feel the jolt. By practicing we will act quickly, rather than waiting to see if the earthquake will be large. If it is, it may be too late to protect yourself. ShakeOut. Don't FreakOut.

 

TAKE TIME TO PAWS (PAUSE) AND ENJOY A MEAL FOR A CAUSE FUNDRAISER

 

PAWS

 

The Bottle Inn invites you to a fundraising event for the Hermosa Beach Police Department Police Dog "K-9" Program 

In support of HBPD and HBNW efforts to enhance police services to our community, the Bottle Inn has proposed to kindly donate 20% of the proceeds (excludes tax & tip) for lunch and dinner on Tuesday, December 2nd and Wednesday, December 3rd.  
 
The Bottle Inn has graciously offered to present this fundraiser and the funds raised in these two days will go towards the purchase, training and care for a drug sniffing dog (non biting) that will be an essential addition to assist our HB Police Department and our neighboring South Bay Police agencies.
 
 Bottle Inn
The Bottle Inn 
  Located on 22nd Street @ Hermosa Avenue 
 
Two easy requirements: 
1. Please call 310.376.9595 for reservations. 
 2. Print this invitation and present to server.
 
Lunch is served from 11:30a.m. - 2:00p.m. 

Dinner is served from 6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.
  
 

 

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.

The CodeRED system gives city officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages.
 
No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone. 
 

SIGN UP FOR CODE RED

 

 

VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING (VIP'S)

Volunteers have the opportunity to improve the quality of their local law enforcement service through their work, their attitude, and ideas for improving programs.  One program that has been evolving is the cab zone at Hermosa Avenue and Pier Avenue in front of Bank of America.  The VIP's start at 9p.m. on a Friday or Saturday by blocking off the area with DO NOT CROSS POLICE TAPE and putting TAXI CAB ONLY CONES in the street to direct the cabs in to the designated lane and to direct people to the front of the line at 11th Street and Hermosa Ave.  If you have not seen this zone between the early morning hours of midnight and 2:30a.m., there is no rhyme or reason to it.  It is very difficult to catch a cab as people are unsafely running in the road after exiting the establishments (usually with a surge of people trying to get out of HB) and there is no line to make it fair to catch a cab.  The VIP's are educated in writing a ticket to the cars that do not move their car at 9:00p.m. as posted in the signs that the area is a CAB ONLY ZONE on Thursday - Sunday from 9:00p.m. - 3:00a.m.  When a car is parked in the Taxi Zone, it creates many problems with traffic flow.  The cabs will then try to double park and block traffic on Hermosa Avenue thus further creating a safety issue. 

 

These pictures show the idea of a perfect scenario when the cars are not parked in the zone and the people are directed to the first cab much like that seen at LAX airport and Vegas airport.

 

MYN class 11.8.08

 

cab zone

 

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

 

 

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 READY THE RESIDENT 

Thank you to HBNW Block Captain's Erin Phillips, Amanda Weber, Liz Ingraham-Ono, Anne Sassano and Resident's Jeff Duclos and Mayra Padilla for attending this past Saturday's MYN training.  Also, we would like to thank Marcia and Paul Secord from Pasadena for coming to the meeting to encourage their city to adopt this neighborhood program.  A special THANK YOU to Mayor J.R. Reviczky and HB Fire Captain James Crawford for their attendance and support.

 MYN class photo

 "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!   

 

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 11-3-2008 to Sunday 11-9-2008

 

 

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
FI - Field Identification Card - information taken "in the field" on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing marks, clothing if needed for future contact.

 

Tuesday 11-4-08

 

Area 1

 

10851 VC

200 block of 10th St

Stolen vehicle

There was a report of a stolen vehicle in the area. The vehicle that was taken was a Ford Explorer taken during the night.

       

 

Area 3

 

459 PC

2000 block of PCH

Burglary

There were two vehicles broken into in the area. The vehicle were left unlocked and items were taken from inside. This was a theft crime. This also occurred during the night hours.

       

 

Area 2

 

10851 VC

200 block of Longfellow

Stolen vehicle

There was another vehicle taken from La Penita parking lot. It was taken during the 20 minutes the victims were inside eating. No suspect info. This occurred at approximately 10:00p.m.

       

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

400 block of Monterey

Burglary

There was a vehicle broken into in the area. The vehicle was locked and secured in the underground parking garage at the location. No one was seen or heard. This occurred in the late afternoon time.

       

 

Thursday 11-6-08

           

Area 3

 

484 PC

100 block of Prospect Ave

Scavenging

There was a report of a male subject taking recyclables in the area. An area check for the subject met with negative results.

       

  

Friday 11-7-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

00-Unit block of 18th Ct

Scavenging

There was a report of a female and a male going threw the trash in the area. Both subjects were contacted and advised of the violation.

       

 

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

00-Unit block of Hermosa Ave.

Burglary

The victim stated that a female black subject entered her residence and when confronted, she left. Police located the subject in the downtown area and was a local transient. The female indicated that she was looking for a warm place to sleep. The victim's front door was left unlocked and resembles a store front from outside. The victim was non desirous of a report and the transient was advised.

       

 

Saturday 11-8-08

 

Area 3

 

594 PC

1000 block of PCH

Vandalism

There was a vehicle left in the business parking lot in the area. It was left there over night and two of the side windows were smashed out during the night. No one was seen or heard.

       

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

400 block of Hermosa Ave

Burglary

An unknown suspect entered through an open window. The suspect removed a laptop from the location. Approximately 30 minutes later the suspect returned and knocked on the window and returned the laptop. No suspect information.

       

 

Sunday 11-9-08

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

300 block of The Strand

Burglary

The suspect broke victims' window and entered the residence. The suspect jumped back out and was standing outside of the residence disoriented. The suspect was barefoot wearing only underwear. The victim located the suspect's wallet and provided it to Police. The suspects pants were located in the area of the 700 block of Hermosa Ave.

       

 

Area 2

 

594 PC

Unit block of 16th St

Vandalism

There was a vehicle vandalism reported in the area. No further info and the time of this report.

       

  

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

300 block of 28th St

Theft

The victim reports a missing bicycle. The victim is non desirous of a report.

       

 

Area 2

 

594 PC

1300 block of Hermosa Ave

Vandalism

The suspect used a skateboard to smash out a windshield of a parked vehicle. The suspect was last seen running from the area. The area was checked with negative results. No description of the suspect except that they had a skateboard.

       

 

 

SANTA RIDE 2008

 Thank you to these Block Captain's who will be hosting Santa Ride 2008 for their block! 

Janine Bozeman & Jennifer Sandoval, Tracy McDonald, Elizabeth Riley, Diana Allen, Gloria Vialpondo & Terrie Sanchez, Donna Gin, Dina Brasso, Lisa Searer, Nancy Amato, Jan Barylski & Martha Logan, Julie Jennings, Susan Darcy & Susie Fraley, Doris Eberhardt & Sandra Essex, Maggie Dettlebach, Mary Goshtigian & Carli Parker, Dyan Kaufman and Dana Graner 

 

Public Works is working on the official map for Santa Ride 2008.  We hope to send it out at the end of this week. 

  
For those who cannot participate, there are four city sponsored events featuring Santa this season:
 
TREE LIGHTING:  12/4/08
SAND SNOWMAN:  12/6/08
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA :12/13/08
NEW YEARS EVE:  12/31/08
  
MYN 1
 

 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

FEMA's YouTube Channel
The purpose of this video channel is to provide a forum for the public to see how FEMA operates in communities across America, comment on disaster response and recovery, and learn how to prepare homes and communities for all hazards.

 

Share the News

Get the latest on what's happening in the City of Hermosa Beach
  
Tricked-Out Inflatable House Provides "Instant Survival"
In tough circumstances, sometimes all you need is hope, but other times you need a blow-up survival shelter featuring a bed, a couch, freeze-dried food, a 50-gallon water bladder, a first-aid kit, a radio and a cookstove.
  
Wind knocks out power to 600 homes
About 600 Torrance and Lomita homes and residences were without electricity much of Sunday after high winds pushed a large tree into overhead power lines.
 
Torrance police said the road could be closed for up to a couple of days until the debris is removed.
 
Other South Baycities reported minor wind damage, such as tree branches falling onto cars. In Hermosa Beach, scaffolding outside a Strand-front home tumbled, but no one was injured, police there said.
  
 Report A Power Outage
If your electricity stays off for longer than a few minutes, call 800-611-1911.
   

Submitted by Bree Hopkins 

 

LEARN AMATEUR RADIO

 WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, COUNT ON HBARA

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LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

Courtesy of the HB Fire Department

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 Department 

 

PLANET PALS

 

We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from Planet Pals.

 

This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:

 

Saturday, November 18th is Recycle Day!!! Recycled paper takes 70-90% less energy to produce than new paper in addition to saving forests. Recycled aluminum cans take 96% less energy than new cans. Wondering what can be recycled? Check out and print our recycle list at http://hbplanetpals.org/recycle.aspx . When recycling, save water by scraping or wiping recyclables instead of rinsing.   
 

 

EMERGENCY KITS

 


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Order your supplies TODAY! 

 

We want to help you get prepared! 

 

More Prepared is offering 10% off of all our products now through November 30. 

 

Simply enter the code Shakeout when you check out and the 10% will automatically be applied to your entire order (excluding tax and shipping).  Forward to all your family and friends so they can all be prepared!

Offer Expires: November 30, 2008

 

 In addition to the 10% discount,

Hermosa Beach resident COUPON CODE HB2007 for FREE SHIPPING TO HB.

 

 

ACCURATE EMERGENCY SERVICES

 

This can be very important NOW and not just for the Earthquake.

 

True story by Dr. LuAn Johnson, creator of Map Your Neighborhood:

 

LuAn comes from a large family of siblings.  The parents went to "Back to School Night" and left the 6 kids home.  While they were gone, the water heater sprang a leak.  The children first grabbed all the towels in the house to soak up the water.  This worked for a little while but they did not know that 40 gallons of water was in that heater.  So, they grabbed all the blankets in the house.  Then, the couch cushions and bed pillows.  When the parents got home and saw the fortress of towels, blankets, cushions and pillows around the water heater and the water still everywhere, their father took them all over to the water heater and showed them how to turn off the water valve.  

 

Lesson learned is to show everyone in the house how to turn off all of the utilities as you never know what can happen when you are not around. 

 

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 3

 

 

Utility 5

 

Utility6

 

AES

 

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 80 packs to our HB residents as this point.
 

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

 

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

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

 

 Los Angeles International Airport Noise Complaints and Managements 

 

 

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