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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008

 

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

:: HBPD K-9 FUNDRAISER ~ NEXT TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY!

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log

:: HELPFUL WEBSITES

:: 2nd Annual SANTA RIDE 2008 - FLOAT ROUTE

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: VIP's ~ Give your time to support your community!

:: COMMUNICATION IS PRICELESS

:: LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

:: 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

  


 With the holidays quickly approaching, it's nice to be able to share your thoughts. What are you thankful for this year? 

On Thursday we will celebrate Thanksgiving and in addition to planning a menu for the family gathering, we have been thinking about all the things to give thanks for.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with YOU, our amazing, voluntary residents that make up Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch.  We are very fortunate to be standing side by side with you as we create a safer environment to live, work and play.  We know that our energetic and enthusiastic Block Captain's and their block residents are the foundation to this crime prevention and disaster preparedness program.  HBNW has enjoyed great success.  We have shown that the police and fire can work with their community to strengthen and support its families, neighborhoods and community as a whole.  We are making a difference today! 

We are very appreciative of our police and fire and their loyal support to reach out and make this program an achievement that we can all be proud of.  The HB Neighborhood Watch program is so unique that it will never be duplicated in any other city!  We can't explain why it works, but we do know that it does!   

With the respected embrace of our City Manager, Steve Burrell, our Mayor and Council Members, our Police and Fire Department's and our Public Works and City Yard crew, we know that anything and everything is possible and within reach for our residents to be known as the little beach town with great depth and might.  

Even in these tough times, we'd like to think that within all of our individual lives, we still have plenty to be thankful for.  We know that we are and we hope you are too! 

 

 AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, KELLY LOOKS AT THE DAILY ACTIVITY LOGS IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.  FOR MANY MONTHS, THE HOMELESS POPULATION, AS WELL AS SOLICITORS AND TRASH DIGGERS, TEND TO MAKE THEIR WAY IN THE DAILY LOGS.  WE ASKED THE CHIEF OF POLICE, GREG SAVELLI TO MAKE A COMMENT REGARDING THE TRANSIENTS IN HERMOSA BEACH.  

As we discuss at our Neighborhood Watch Meetings, the homeless problem, (transients), is a societal issue.  We (the Police) recognize, as do all South Bay Cities an influx of the homeless into our communities.  They are several reasons for this; the displacement of homeless in Central Los Angeles through downtown revitalization and enforcement efforts, the hospitable climate of the Beach Cities and the generosity of our residents and visitors.  We can anticipate this situation may get worse with the current economic crisis forcing more people onto the streets. 
 
The laws prevent law enforcement from arresting or moving these homeless without probable cause to arrest or, if we determine they are a danger to themselves or others, we can commit them to be evaluated by mental health professionals.  We can not force them to move just because they are dirty, have a foul odor or have been seated on a bench or the beach "too long".  We will, however, encourage them to move along, inform them of the complaints and identify them.  We will check to see if they have any outstanding warrants for their arrest and/or inquire as to if they have any family they would like us to contact in order to help them.
 
We encourage all our residents who feel the need to help these individuals to donate to homeless shelters and/or charities that help the homeless and NOT to give direct to the homeless person.  By doing this, we provide the sustenance they seek to remain in our area.  On a smaller scale, if you feel the need to give to someone who appears to be truly in need, buy them the food, shoes or clothing article and give it to them, do not give them money, as it all to often goes for drugs and alcohol.
 
I hope this answers the questions of the HBNW members and I welcome their emails at any time, if they have specific facts they wish to discuss.

As Kelly noted above, we were very fortunate to have few serious crimes here in Hermosa Beach this week.  On the eve of Thanksgiving it serves to remind us how fortunate we really are.  This Community and its Police Department work very well together and the partnerships being built by Neighborhood Watch are an example of this.  As we move into the Holidays it is our hope that the days ahead remain safe as we will experience challenges due to the declining economy.  Thanks again for all your group does for our City.
  
Respectfully,
 
Greg Savelli
Chief of Police

GIVE, GIVE AND GIVE SOME MORE!  IT WILL FEED YOUR SOUL.

 

This will be our 25th year!

The Mama Liz Thanksgiving Dinner was founded by Liz turner, one of our typesetters (deceased).

We feed 400 to 600 annually, all through donations of food, money and labor.
 
Our biggest need is always cooked turkeys. We need about 50 (must be cooked).
Cash is our second favorite donation.
 
We usually have plenty of help, but help is always appreciated. If you want to help, phone or email me and we'll schedule you for two hours between 10 and 4 p.m.
 
We are not a registered non profit so donations are not deductible.
 
Kevin Cody
Editor and Publisher
Easy Reader, Peninsula People,
South Bay People
(310) 372-4611

kcody@easyreader.info
 

HBPD CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM FUNDRAISER

We are raffling a 2008 Porsche Boxter Convertible.
There are only 750 tickets being sold.
Each ticket is $100.00
Pay for 5 tickets and we'll give you 7 tickets.
Proceeds go to support the Chaplain's program for HBPD.
Thanks,

HBPD Lt. Tom Thompson

tthompson@hermosapolice.org

Gila Katz

HBPD Chaplaincy Program
310-621-5289

BEACH CITIES TOY DRIVE                                                
 
Drop off Toys at the Hermosa and Manhattan Fire Stations until December 19
 
 
Attend the Wrapping Party
Saturday, December 20

 
11:00 a.m. until all the toys are wrapped!
Joslyn Center
1601 Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach
Bring scissors, tape and any extra wrapping paper!
 
For information contact:
Vicki Garcia 310-374-4528
Richard Montgomery 310-780-3577
  

THANKSGIVING DRIVING SAFETY

Heavy traffic, drinking, long-distance trips make deadly combination.

Be acquainted with traffic problem areas and avoid them.

Do not drive while intoxicated, do not ride with others who are intoxicated, and avoid the obvious times and places where you might become the victim of drunken driving.

Always wear your seat belt, regardless of how long the trip.

Keep children properly restrained in the back seat.

Watch the weather reports, and plan your trip accordingly.
 
 

Statistics indicate that on the day before Thanksgiving, there are more accidents, compared to accidents on Thanksgiving Day.  It's by far one of the busiest driving days of the year, probably more than Christmas. Schools are out Wednesday and many people take that day or part of the day off work. The holiday has been stretched so that it really includes Wednesday.  It's a heavy traffic day, and anytime you have traffic that heavy, it makes everything more dangerous.  Drivers often become aggressive in heavy traffic.  They get impatient. You'll see cars weaving in and out of traffic with the 'can't wait to get there' attitude, and when they get in a hurry, something usually happens.  And when traffic is very congested and something happens, it's usually not good.  When people get on the road with other things on their minds and they're in a hurry, crashes can happen.     

So, please allow extra time in your plan to get you to your destination safely.

Roads are packed with traffic, and after a long day with the family, drivers are often extremely sleepy.   Please consider this in your travel plans too!



 

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.

 

 

PLEASE HELP US SUPPORT THE NEW PUP IN TOWN!   

 

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 LAUNCH 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.
  
 PAWS

 

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 11-17-2008 to Sunday 11-23-2008

 

 

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.

 

Monday 11-17-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

30th St and Manhattan Ave

Theft

There was a report of a subject in the area taking recyclables. An area check was negative.

       

 

Tuesday 11-18-08

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

4th St and Palm Dr

Theft

There was a subject in the area taking recyclables. The subject was located and contacted regarding the violation. The subject was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant out of Redondo Beach PD. RBPD responded and took custody of the subject.

       

 

Area 3

 

484 PC

1200 block of 19th St

Theft

There was a report of a subject in the area taking recyclables. An area check was negative.

       

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

901 Hermosa Ave

Theft

There was a report of two females who had just taken merchandise from the business and ran from the location. The suspects were last seen running S/B Hermosa Ave toward 8th St. The area was checked and the suspects were GOA. During a follow-up investigation it was found that the suspects had entered Barnacles Bar and Grill. There were captured on surveillance tape directly after the crime and detectives are currently working on this case.

       

 

           

Area 2

 

Solicitor

1800 block of Manhattan Ave

Solicitor

There was a report of a subject going door to door attempting to sell magazines. The area checked negative and the subject was GOA.

       

  

 

Area 3

 

Solicitor

1600 block of Prospect Ave

Solicitor

There was a report of a subject going door to door attempting to sell magazines. The area checked negative and the subject was GOA.

       

 

Wednesday 11-19-08

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

00-Unit block of 7th St

Theft

There was a call regarding a subject going through the recyclables in the area. The RP was refused and there was no further information regarding subject's direction of travel or description. The subject was UTL / GOQ.

       

 

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

100 block of Manhattan Ave

Theft

There was a report of a subject going through recyclables in the area. The subject was contacted and advised of the violation.

       

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

600 block of Loma Dr.

Theft

Another call of a subject going through the recyclables. The subject was UTL / GOA.

       

 

Area 3

 

459 PC

900 block of 8th St

Residential Burglary

There was a residence broken into in the area. Items taken were jewelry and a .38 hand gun. This burglary occurred in between 1:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

       

 

Thursday 11-20-08

 

Area 2

 

459 PC

300 block of 34th St

Construction site Burglary

There is a residence under construction in the area. There was a report of several subjects inside drinking alcohol. The subjects were contacted and one of them was subsequently arrested for being drunk in public.

       

   

Friday 11-21-08

 

Area 3

 

459 PC

1400 block of Bonnie Brae

Vehicle Burglary

There was a vehicle broken into in the area. There were several items taken from the vehicle and strangely enough there was a "Sea Sprite" parking pass found inside of the vehicle that did not belong to the victim.

       

 

Area 2

 

Solicitor

500 block of 24th St

Solicitor

There was a magazine solicitor operating without a city permit in the area. The subject was contacted and an FI card was completed.

       

 

Saturday 11-22-08

 

Area 2

 

10851 VC

25th St and Ozone

Stolen Vehicle

There was a Champagne colored 1991 Honda Accord stolen from the area. This occurred during the night. No one was seen or heard.

       

 

MBNW CRIME LOG

Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

  

Here are the latest crime reports to pass on. Also, please read the following important announcement from School Resource Officer Stephanie Martin regarding recent suspicious and criminal activity that has been occurring at our schools. Please share this with all of your neighbors. Thanks kindly.
 
 The MB Police Department, School Resource Officers & MB Schools are asking our residents and NW folks for assistance in watching over our campuses.  A "Campus Watch", if you wish....  There have been (for a very long time) incidents of suspicious activity, drinking/drug use, vandalism, dogs, skateboarding, subjects on the roofs and all the other things that happen on school grounds on nights and weekends.  I would like to ask our NW to please call dispatch (911 or 310-545-4566) when they see any of the above occurring on our campuses. Thank you for your help and support.
 
Area 4
11/17/08                                  7:30 a.m. - 9:20 p.m.              400 block of N. Dianthus Street
(Theft from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) took the spare tire from the victim's vehicle which was parked and locked on the street in front of the residence.
 
 Area 8
11/17/08                                  8:55 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.              1100 block of Tennyson Street
(Residential Burglary) The victim was returning to his residence when he noticed that the deadbolt which he had not locked was now locked. He found an unlocked kitchen window wide open with the screen on the ground. A patio chair was also found outside under the kitchen window. Unknown suspect(s) had entered the residence through the window and took a computer monitor and computer tower from a table next to the front entry and a bottle of Vodka from the kitchen counter.
 
Area 9
11/18/08 - 11/19/08                7:30 p.m. - 7:45 a.m.              3500 block of Maple Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) Suspect took a blue duffle bag, spare tire, jacket and small backpack from the vehicle which was parked in front of the residence. The victim was not sure if it was locked. Officers later stopped a vehicle which turned out to be stolen and found these items along with other stolen items inside. The suspect was arrested.

Area 1
11/21/08                                    8:35 - 8:38 p.m.                        15th Street and Harkness Street
(Robbery) The male victim was walking northbound on Harkness Street when he observed a small, older, dark green 4-door compact sedan drive northbound past him. The vehicle stopped ahead of him and a male Hispanic adult, approximately 20 years old exited the vehicle. The suspect was 5'7" tall, 160 lbs, wearing a light colored sweatshirt. As the victim walked past the vehicle a second suspect (male Hispanic adult, approximately 20 years old, also 5'7", 160 lbs. mustache and wearing a light colored sweatshirt) exited the vehicle. The victim was accosted at gunpoint and gave the suspects his wallet. The suspects casually walked back to their vehicle and drove north on Harkness Street towards Marine Avenue and out of sight. Due to the vehicle's taillights not being illuminated the victim could not read the license.
 
Area 3
11/23/08 - 11/24/08                   6:15 p.m. - 8:50 a.m.                 1100 Pine Avenue
(Theft from Vehicle) The victim parked her unlocked vehicle in front of her residence. When she returned she found the trunk was ajar and the center console and glove compartments were open. The only items missing from the inside of the vehicle were a phone charger and a coin purse with some change. The trunk appeared to be rummaged through but nothing was missing from it. No suspects were seen or heard.
 
Area 6
11/20/08 - 11/21/08                   Noon - 7:30 a.m.                       100 block of 4th Street
(Grand Theft) At two separate residences unknown suspects stole a statue from the front yard of one residence and three yard ornaments from the other front yard. No suspects were seen or heard.
 
Area 6
11/21/08 - 11/22/08                   2:30 p.m. - unknown time           300 block of The Strand
(Grand Theft) Unknown suspect(s) stole a 15" polar bear sculpture from the outside entry to the residence. No suspects were seen or heard.
 

 

RBNW/RBPD CRIME LOG

 

Hello from the Redondo Beach Police Department.
 
Please follow the link below to learn about recently published weekly crime information.
 
http://www.redondo.org/depts/police/crime/weekly_crime_information.asp 
 
Crime Prevention Tip:
Most crimes occur because of opportunity.  Remember to always remove valuables from your parked vehicle.  One of our most frequent crimes is the theft of iPods, digital cameras and computers from vehicles.
 
If you see suspicious activity in our community immediately call 9-1-1 or (310) 379-5411 to report the activity to the Redondo Beach Police Department.
 
For more information regarding the content of this e-mail, please contact Officer Ian Miesen at ian.miesen@redondo.org or the Crime Prevention Information number at (310) 318-0612.
 
Thank you for your interest and partnership in keeping Redondo Beach safe.
 
To subscribe to this City of Redondo Beach e-zine service, please go to http://www.redondo.org/ezines/default.asp

 

 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

 

 For thieves, copper is the new gold

Theft of metal piping outside El Segundo buildings is on the rise.

To protect against the theft, police advised:

Logging and highlighting serial numbers on metal items with spray paint.

Encasing backflow equipment within a locked metal cage bolted to the ground.

Increasing lighting, installing security cameras and signs stating, "Security cameras are in use."

Painting copper piping with a neutral, blending color with a building or concealing it within shrubbery to make it less visible.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_10990473

 

Chertoff on the Government's Role in Managing Risk -- Both Natural and Man-made

"Managing risk is not about looking backward at something that's already happened, although that can be useful in terms of what we do going forward," he explained. "Managing risk is fundamentally looking ahead" to possible disasters and making cost-benefit analyses designed to prevent or reduce our vulnerability to them.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=2096

 

How Do I Recover From a Disaster?

 

Once the Claims Process Has Begun

  • Take account of your loss and separate the damaged from the undamaged personal property.
  • If available, provide your adjuster with photos or videotape of the loss site prior to the event. This will assist your adjuster with the damage evaluation process. (Do you have an up-to-date inventory and recent photographs of your personal possessions? If not, download Allstate's free home inventory software now and create a room-by-room inventory of your personal possessions.)
  • If necessary, have a qualified contractor make temporary repairs to prevent additional loss. Be sure to obtain a bill or invoice for this service.
  • If bills were lost or destroyed due to a catastrophic event contact your creditors to establish a workable solution. Discuss payment issues with them directly; creditors usually appreciate forthrightness.
  • If your home is unlivable, check with your agent or your policy to determine if you have Additional Living Expenses coverage.
  • Save all receipts to document your living expenses while your home was unlivable.
  • Contact the utility companies to discontinue service if your home is unlivable or destroyed.

 

Financial Concerns

  • Investigate the availability of special loans and/or grants via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration, the American Red Cross, local government agencies, private lenders and philanthropic organizations.
  • Call to apply for federal disaster aid at 1-800-462-9029 (or 1-800-462-7585 for TDD Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). You'll be required to provide your social security number, insurance information and the extent of the damage to your property. Be sure to obtain a control number that is assigned to your application.

 

http://www.allstate.com/catastrophe/recover.aspx
 

 

2ND ANNUAL SANTA RIDE 2008

 Santa Ride 2007 - Santa 
 
To celebrate this holiday season with our HBNW residents, our Hermosa Beach Fire & Police Department with the assistance of our Hermosa Beach Public Works Department will be escorting Santa and his float along with his merry entourage of Fire and Police vehicles to the neighborhoods listed below. 
 
 
If you are a resident on one of the street's mentioned, Santa's float will stop and he will take photos with the residents waiting to meet and greet him.  Don't forget to bring your camera! 
 
If you are not a resident on the streets listed, we have included a Santa Route so that you can see if Santa will be driving through your neighborhood on the way to his next designated stop. 
 
First, you will HEAR the sirens and you will sense that he is near!  
 
Then, you will see the flashing lights!
 
So, come out and wave HELLO to the jolly old man himself from your porch, window or balcony!
 
Due to time constraints, Santa will only stop at the Block Captain's street mentioned.  These Block Captain's signed up to receive this special holiday greeting for their residents a few weeks ago!
 

 Please be aware that we may be early or late by 10 minutes.
 
Wednesday, December 10th:
5:00p.m. - 900 block of 21st Street - Dina Brasso
5:25p.m. - 1200 block of 21st Street - Donna Gin
5:45p.m. - 1200 block of 20th Place - Jennifer Chew
6:00p.m. - 1200 block of 19th Street - Janine Bozeman
6:20p.m. - 17th and Golden - Gloria Vialpondo & Terrie Sanchez
6:40p.m. - 1500 block of Golden - Diana Allen
7:00p.m. - 1200 block of 9th Street - Maggie Dettlebach
7:20p.m. - 1100-1200 block of 8th Street - Doris Eberhardt & Sandra Essex
7:40p.m.- 1000 block of 10th Street - Elizabeth Riley
 
Wednesday, December 17th:
5:00p.m. - 400 block of 31st Street - Dana Graner
5:25p.m. - float will stop on Tennison Pl. between Longfellow & 30th St.  - Martha Logan & Jan Barylski
5:45p.m. - 600 block of Porter Lane - Lisa Searer
6:00p.m. - 600 block of 24th Street - Nancy Amato
6:20p.m. - 500 block of 21st Street - Mary Goshtigian & Carli Parker
6:40p.m. - Circle Drive - Julie Jennings
7:00p.m. - float will stop at 5th Street and Hermosa Ave. - Susie Fraley & Susan Darcy
7:20p.m. - float will stop at 7th Street and Ardmore - Tracy McDonald
7:40p.m.- 500 block of 11th Street - Dyan Kaufman
 

 

CODE RED

 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. 

 

When you received a call from CODE RED, the number will be displayed on your caller ID as (999)911-9999.
 

SIGN UP FOR CODE RED

 

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. Robert Higgins, 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 

  • Cab Zones 

 

LEARN AMATEUR RADIO

 


 
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, COUNT ON HBARA

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LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

Courtesy of the HB Fire Department

  

No life safety/occupancy checks 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.

 

PLANET PALS

 We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from Planet Pals.

 

This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:

 

The best thing you can do is educate yourself about local recycling rules. If you include some items that aren't recyclable, you run the risk of your entire batch being shipped off to the nearest dump.

In the meantime here's the short list of common items that don't belong in the recycling bin, no matter what your zip code:


         Pizza boxes. The oil from pizza can contaminate cardboard boxes, making it impossible to process them into clean paper.
         Napkins and paper towels. It's not the paper goods themselves that present a problem, but the fact that they're typically used to wipe up food, cleaning products, and other "hazardous waste."
         Sticky notes. Their size, color, and the adhesive strip make them a better bet for the trash bin.
         Plastic caps. Curbside programs won't recycle them, but Aveda collects them and turns them into packaging for new products.
         Wet paper. Paper fibers that have been exposed to water are shorter and therefore less valuable to paper mills, making it unprofitable to collect and recycle.

Excerpt taken from The Conscious Consumer at green.yahoo.com 
 

 

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 receive 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

 

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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