Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008
We would like to say
to our HBNW residents that participated in the TAKE TIME TO
PAWS HBPD K-9 PROGRAM FUNDRAISER. With your meal, you
helped raise $600.00 towards the goal of $28,000.00 for the
new drug sniffing dog. We also had two private donations
given by Barbara Schaefer and Robert & Dorothy Courtney as a
result of the efforts of The Bottle Inn and their awareness
to this program.
to The Bottle Inn for offering to launch this fundraiser and
donate the 20 percent for the two days. The Bottle Inn will
present more dates in January to continue the fundraising
efforts. We will keep you posted.
Thank you to the HBPD and DUI taskforce for having a
checkpoint at Pier Avenue and Bard this past Saturday
night. The Volunteers in Policing (VIP's) and the Community
Service Officers assisted the efforts.
Over 810 cars passed through the checkpoint.
Of those 810 cars:
5 suspended and unlicensed drivers
7 impounded vehicles
1 urinating in public
1 open container in the vehicle
100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales go to the HBEF!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Begins: 8:00 pm
Price: $30 each
Sponsored by The Comedy & Magic Club
Hermosa Beach Education Foundation
It is a night of laughter for ALL the women of Hermosa Beach
and their friends and relatives.
fundraiser benefits HB schools and a local business.
to see the flyer and get more information on ticket sales.
BEACH CITIES TOY DRIVE
Drop off Toys at the Hermosa and Manhattan Fire Stations
until December 19th!
PLEASE Attend the Wrapping Party
Saturday, December 20th
11:00 a.m. until all the toys are wrapped!
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
What Your Auto Insurance Coverage Might Not Cover
Through the course of a shopping day, many people will take
packages to and from their car to lessen the load while they
are walking through the mall. Even though this may seem like
a great idea at the time, it is not if the gifts are stolen
from your car. That's because many auto insurance company
will not cover holiday packages stolen from a policy
holder's car - even if they were securely stored in your
trunk. However, if you paid for your gifts with a credit
card you might be in luck! Some credit card companies will
cover stolen purchases if they were paid for with their
credit card, but if you paid with cash or check, you are out
Regardless of how you paid for your gifts, you should always
file a police report to help alert police of the incident
and to potentially prevent this crime from happening to
HOLIDAY DOG SAFETY
Dog Tip: Holiday Pet Safety Checklist
|You can help keep
pets safe during the holiday season by following
the tips below. For other important, timely tips
for cold weather protection, traveling with pets
and safety issues, as well as behavior guidance,
www.paw-rescue.org and click the Dog Tips
* Many holiday plants can lead to health
problems in dogs and cats. Among the plants to
keep out of reach are holly, mistletoe,
poinsettias and lilies.
* Snow globes often contain antifreeze, which
is poisonous to pets.
* Pine needles, when ingested, can puncture
holes in a pet's intestine. So keep pet areas
clear of pine needles.
* The extra cords and plugs of holiday lights
and other fixtures can look like chew toys to
pets. Tape down or cover cords to help avoid
shocks, burns or other serious injuries. Unplug
lights when you are not home.
* Anchor Christmas trees to the ceiling with
a string to keep it from falling on pets.
* Do not let pets drink the holiday tree
water. Some may contain fertilizers, and
stagnant tree water can harbor bacteria. Check
labels for tree water preservatives and
artificial snow, and buy only those that are
nontoxic. Some folks use screens around trees to
block access to electrical cords and gifts.
Very important: do not put aspirin in the
water (some folks do this thinking it will keep
the tree or plant more vigorous). If a pet
ingests the aspirin-laced water, his health or
even life can be at risk.
* Pets, particularly cats, can be tempted to
eat tinsel, which can block the intestines. Hang
tinsel high and securely to keep it out of reach
* Keep other ornaments out of reach of pets.
Ingestion of any ornament, which might look like
toys to pets, can result in life-threatening
emergencies. Even ornaments made from dried food
can lead to ailments. And remember, shards from
broken glass ornaments can injure paws, mouths
and other parts of the body.
* Put away toys after children open their
gifts. Small plastic pieces and rubber balls are
common causes of choking and intestinal blockage
in dogs. Ingested plastic or cloth toys must
often be removed surgically.
* Avoid toxic decorations. Bubbling lights
contain fluid that can be inhaled or ingested,
snow sprays and snow flock can cause reactions
when inhaled, styrofoam poses a choking hazard,
tinsel can cause choking and intestinal
obstruction, and water in snow scenes may
contain toxic organisms such as Salmonella.
* Keep candles on high shelves. Use fireplace
screens to avoid burns.
* Holiday guests and other activity can be
very stressful and even frightening to pets. It
can also trigger illness and intestinal upset.
Make sure pets have a safe place to retreat in
your house. And make sure they are wearing
current I.D. in case they escape out a door when
guests come and go.
* Reduce stress by keeping feeding and
exercise on a regular schedule.
* Always make time to care for your pets.
Some folks get lax about walking their dogs, and
a few resort to letting pets out on their own.
This puts the animal in danger, while also
leading to nuisance complaints and dog bite
incidents. Remind pet owners not to take a
holiday from responsibly caring for their pets.
* When pets are stressed by holiday activity
or during travel, they may require more water.
Dogs typically pant more when they feel
stressed. Keep fresh water available for them to
* Do not let guests feed your pets human
food. There are many holiday foods, including
fatty meats, gravies, poultry skin, bones,
chocolate and alcohol, that can cause illnesses
from vomiting and diarrhea to highly serious
pancreatitis and other toxic reactions. In
addition, candy wrappers, aluminum foil pieces
and ribbons can choke pets.
* Keep pets away from gift packages as well
as your gift wrapping area. Ingested string,
plastic, cloth and even wrapping paper can lead
to intestinal blockage and require surgical
removal. And pets have been severely injured by
scissors and other items left on floors and
* Keep pets away from the garbage. Use
* If you suspect that your pet has eaten
something toxic, call your veterinarian and/or
the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's 24-hour
emergency hotline at 1-888-4-ANI-HELP.
* If your pet ingests glass, broken plastic,
staples orother small, sharp objects, call your
In the meantime, you can give your dog
supplemental fiber in the form of whole wheat or
other high-fiber bread, canned pumpkin or
Metamucil, any of which can help bulk up the
stools the help the foreigh material pass
through the dogs digestive system. Dosages
depend on the size of the dog. For Metamusil,
try a teaspoon for a small dog, a tablespoon for
a big dog. For pumpkin, feed one-quarter to
two-thirds of a cup. Some folks recommend
feeding the dog cotton balls to help pass the
foreign objects, but others in the veterinary
field caution against this since cotton balls
can compound the problem.
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
2ND ANNUAL SANTA RIDE 2008
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
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
Santa Route so that you can see if Santa will be driving
through your neighborhood on the way to his next designated
First, you will HEAR the sirens and you will sense that he
you will see the flashing lights!
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
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 &
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 &
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
7:40p.m.- 500 block of 11th Street - Dyan Kaufman
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
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 12-1-08 to Sunday 12-7-2008
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:
Unable to Locate
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.
Tuesday December 2, 2008
block of Hermosa Ave
Suspect entered through an unlocked window and
took jewelry, money, camera, and an IPOD.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
block of 27th St
Theft of Package
Unknown suspect removed a package from the front
porch of a residence.
SPECIAL CAUTION DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
block of Pier Ave
Theft of Clothing
female juvenile was arrested for shoplifting by
store employees. The juveniles was released to
her father to appear in court later.
block of The Strand
Suspect entered through an open side window and
Friday, December 5, 2008
block of Cypress Ave
Residents heard a subject outside their
residence and called the police. Officers found
a male subject wearing all black clothing and
gloves prowling around the residence and he was
Block of Beach Drive
Higgins observed two subjects on bicycles
violate the vehicle code and stopped them. One
subject fled and the other stopped. The female
was determined to be named suspect in a burglary
that occurred in Hermosa Beach and she was
arrested. Good observation.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
block of Prospect Ave
Theft from Vehicle
Suspects entered the vehicle by opening an
unlocked door and took a laptop and digital
block of 21st St
Theft from Vehicle
Suspects entered the vehicle by opening an
unlocked door and took and IPOD and GPS unit.
block of 21st St
Theft from Vehicle
Suspects entered the vehicle by opening an
unlocked door and took and IPOD and GPS unit.
male Hispanics entered Dawn to Dusk Liquor and
produced handguns. The suspects took cash from
the register and ran north on Hermosa Avenue.
Anyone with information about this robbery can
call Detective Sergeant Raul Saldana at (310)
MBNW CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
RBNW/RBPD CRIME LOG
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RB pair held in stabbing of 2 men near bar
Two men were hospitalized with severe stab wounds and two
others were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after
a fight early Saturday outside a Redondo Beach bar, police
The incident occurred just before 2 a.m., when police
received a call abut the fight in the 2200 block of Artesia
Boulevard near Bogey's Sports Bar and Grill.
Mumbai terrorist was thug
Aftermath: Captured Mumbai gunman was a street crook before
being trained by Pakistani jihadist-guerrillas.
Maria said that as a teenager, Kasab became a low-level
thief, robbing people at knifepoint. But he dreamed of
starting his own gang... He was put in touch with a man who
offered to send him for weapons training, and he readily
agreed, Maria said.
"The moment he came under their wings, the indoctrination
started. And that's when he decided there should be some
meaning to his life [italics added] and jihad (holy war) was
his calling," he said.
Neighbors prepare themselves for major disasters - MYN
State program helps train communities for emergencies
"This is what you use when you don't have access to fire and
police. When 911 does not work. When you're on your own,
this is what you do," Rosenow said.
Are (college) students prepared for an emergency?
To be prepared, students should organize their own emergency
kit, said Dengler. These kits can be stored in students'
cars, at a friend's house, or workplace, Dengler says. She
has a small box with food, water, a radio, and hiking boots
under her office desk.
Dewey says the kit should contain non-perishable food and
water for at least five days, a battery-operated radio with
extra batteries, a blanket and flashlight.
Students and their families should also have a relative out
of area they can call to relay messages to each other,
because long distance phone service usually works when local
service is disrupted, says Dengler. Students can also have a
place on campus where their friends and family will meet
them if an emergency occurs, as phone and Internet services
will likely be down.
Dengler says by preparing a kit and having a plan with
friends and family, people can reduce their anxiety about an
Car burglars are targeting graveyards
Police say vehicles, unguarded while occupants are mourning,
are easy pickings.
Car break-ins have increasingly become a problem for law
enforcement agencies in the beach cities and San Pedro.
Police have repeatedly sent out notices to residents to lock
their laptop computers, purses, cellular telephones and
other valuables away when they park their cars.
Cemeteries have become a target, police say, because long
lines of cars arrive, people leave their cell telephones and
purses behind when they go to services or grave sites, and
often fail to lock their cars.
Riots hit Greek cities after teen killed by police
Violent riots hit the streets of Greek cities late Saturday
and early Sunday as hundreds of youths battled police after
an officer shot dead a teenager late Saturday.
The rampaging youths, many of who were self-styled
anarchists, threw firebombs, smashed storefronts and burned
businesses as they battled with police, who fought back with
LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT
Courtesy of the HB Fire Department
No inspections were conducted this past 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.
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
The CodeRED system gives city officials the ability to
deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone
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
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
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
Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown
Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown
Watch and Awareness
Valley School Check
Structures & Parking Lots
DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints
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Where to Start Stopping Junk Mail:
Did you know that to produce junk mail for one year, we use
100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water? An
average of 41 pounds of junk mail is sent to every adult
citizen each year. Approximately 44% of this mail goes into
a landfill unopened.
There are companies that can help you reduce your junk mail
Check out www.greendimes.com
Or reduce your junk mail yourself with
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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 80 packs to our HB residents as this point.
apply please contact Kelly@saferhermosabeach.com or