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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008

 

 

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

:: 2nd Annual SANTA RIDE 2008 - SEE UPDATE DUE TO WEATHER & PHOTOS FROM LAST WEEK

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log

:: HELPFUL WEBSITES

:: LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

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

:: COMMUNICATION IS PRICELESS

:: ECO-FRIENDLY PLANET PALS

:: EMERGENCY KITS

:: 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

 

 

Fire 

  

Must see fire video!

check it out here 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW STICKERS HAVE ARRIVED!
These new stickers are for your fire extinguisher.  We encourage every home to have two fire extinguishers.  These stickers are to be placed on the fire extinguishers to remind you on how to use it. 

 

Two stickers will be given in all Block Meeting Packets for residents at your Introduction Block Meeting.  If you have already had your Introduction Block Meeting and would like two stickers, please e-mail Kelly and she will mail them to you. 

 

 

PASS stickers

 

 

PASS IMAGE

 

 

 

 

 

A:B:C extinguishers are recommended

 

A Fires - ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, cloth and many plastics.

 

B Fires - flammable liquides such as gasoline, paints, kitchen grease and oils.

 

C Fires - electrical equipment, such as fires in wiring, motors and appliances. 

 

Recommended Size:  approx. 7 lbs.

 

Key places for your extinguishers are:

  • the kitchen
  • the garage
  • one on every level if your home has multiple floors 
  • several smaller extinguishers located throughout the house are better than one large one that may be difficult to quickly get to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Attention Block Captains with a MAC computer:

 

When you forward HBNW e-mails to your residents, they might not be seeing the version that you receive directly from Constant Contact.  We have seen forwarded e-mails that residents receive and they are not eye pleasing nor easy to read.

 

We would like to offer to send your residents our e-mails direct so that they can see the intended version of HBNW messages.

 

Please e-mail Kelly your address list and we will send them out in the MASTER E-MAIL LIST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

STOP CRIME

 

 

 

 
 

 

 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.

 

 


 

 

2ND ANNUAL SANTA RIDE 2008

 

Santa Ride 2007 - Santa 

UPDATE DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

IF IT IS RAINING AT NOON ON WEDNESDAY AND IT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE IT WILL STOP FOR THE EVENING,THE SANTA RIDE WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18TH AT THE SAME TIMES LISTED BELOW.

 

 
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:

PHOTOS FROM THIS NIGHT 


 
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
 

 
  
 

 

 

 

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 12-8-08 to Sunday 12-14-2008

 

 

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 12-8-08

 

 

Area 2

 

10851 VC

1600 Ardmore Ave

Stolen Vehicle

There was a silver Honda accord taken from a secure parking garage. This vehicle theft occurred during the night and no one was seen or heard.

       

 

Tuesday 12-9-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

2400 block of Myrtle

Theft

There was a call of a subject going through the recyclables in the area. An area check for the subject was negative.

       

 

 

Area 3

 

Solicit

1100 block of 9th St

Solicitor

There was a subject going door to door attempting to sell magazine prescriptions. The subject was located and advised on the city requirements.

       

           

Area 1

 

Solicit

500 block of 2nd St

Solicitor

There was another subject going door to door attempting to sell magazine prescriptions. The subject was located and advised on the city requirements.

       

 

Wednesday 12-10-08

 

Area 1

 

484 PC

500 block of Loma Dr

Theft

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

       

 

Thursday 12-11-08

 

Area 3

 

484 PC

1200 block of 10th St

Theft

There was a subject going through the recyclables in the area. An area check for the subject was negative.

       

 

 

Area 3

 

459 PC

1000 block of 7th St

 

A vehicle was entered and a jacket was taken. The victim saw the suspect wearing his jacket the next day and called the Police. HBPD responded and ultimately located the suspect and made the arrest for the violation.

       

 

Area 2

 

Solicit

1900 block of Bayview

Solicitor

There was a subject going door to door attempting to sell magazine prescriptions. An area check for the solicitor was negative.

       

 

Friday 12-12-08

 

Area 2

 

925

1645 Valley Dr (Hermosa Valley School)

Suspicious circumstances

There was a transient reported to be wandering the school campus. An area check for the transient was negative, GOA.  The principal contacted and advised of the call. 

       

 

Saturday 12-13-08

 

Area 2

 

Solicit

100 block of 24th St

Solicitor

There was a subject going door to door attempting to sell magazine prescriptions. The solicitors were contacted and advised to obtain a permit before conducting business in Hermosa Beach.

       

 

 

Area 3

 

415 PC

1800 Prospect (Hermosa View School)

Disturbance

There was a report of several Juveniles skating on school property.  The juveniles were contacted and advised of the violation.

       

  

 

Sunday 12-14-08

 

 

 

Area 3

 

459 PC

2000 block of Harper

Vehicle Burglary

Unknown Suspect(s) open unlocked vehicle parked on driveway and ransack interior, no theft reported

       

 

 

Area  2

 

459 PC

00-Unit block of The Strand

Residential Burglary

Unknown Suspect(s) enters apartment (under construction) and plugs bathroom sink with plastic then turns water on full force, flooding the unit and the apartment below.

       

 

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

2600 block of Hermosa Ave

Theft

There was a subject going through the recyclables in the area. An area check for the subject was negative.

       

 

 

  

 

   

 

 

 

 

MBNW CRIME LOG

Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

 

Area 1
12/07/08                                    11:30 p.m. - 7:53 a.m.               1300 block of Harkness Street
(Attempted Vehicle Theft) A witness observed a male black adult suspect wearing an oversized black sweater and black shorts, looking into parked vehicles and checking door handles. She called police. An unlocked vehicle that was parked on the street had been entered and ransacked but nothing was missing from the vehicle. The witness lost sight of the suspect and he was not found.
 
Area 1
12/06/08                                    7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.                     1400 block of 12th Street
(Petty Theft) The victim left her residence and was expecting a package. When she returned she found an opened FedEx box on her doorstep with items of clothing missing. A neighbor found the box and clothing in her yard and returned them to the victim. Two suspects were later arrested.
 
Area 2
12/09/08                                    11:25 p.m.                                 1500 block of 2nd Street
(Prowling) The victim was standing in his back yard when he heard what sounded like someone walking under the deck. He ran to the house, turned on the lights and called police. From an upstairs balcony he saw a male white or Hispanic subject, 6'0", 200 lbs., large frame wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans crouched near a bush. The subject jumped over a fence and ran through another back yard towards 1st Street out of sight. He was not located.
 
Area 6
12/08/08 - 12/09/08                   7:30 p.m. - 1:20 a.m.                 500 block of 3d Street
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked her vehicle on the street near her residence and returned to find the front driver side window had been smashed. The GPS device was missing from inside the front windshield. 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 
 
 
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.  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

 

 

 


Candle safety tips  
  
On average, a candle fire in the home is reported to a U.S. fire department every 34 minutes. More than half of all candle fires start when items that can burn, such as furniture, mattresses, bedding, curtains, or decorations, are too close to the candle. The risk of a fatal candle fire appears higher when candles are used for light.

 

 
 
 
Safeguard Your Home for the Holidays
The holidays are a time to turn your attention to family, friends and the celebrations of the season. Taking a few simple safety precautions will help things go just the way you planned.
 

 
 

4 places to slash holiday costs    

Holiday giving can quickly burn a hole in your budget. But gifts are hardly the only expense during this season.
 
 

 
 
Avoid holiday scams Video Length: 01:59
Holiday scammers are out in force, so watch out!
 
 

 

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.

 

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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PLANET PALS

 

We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from Planet Pals.

 

This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:

 

Consider Buying Reusable Bags
4 reasons to reuse a bag:

  • The petroleum in 14 plastic bags could drive a car 1 mile.
  • Americans use over 14 billion plastic bags annually.
  • Paper bags do not biodegrade in landfills.
  • Cities spend up to 17 cents per bag in disposal costs.

 

EMERGENCY KITS

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 Order your supplies TODAY! 

 

We want to help you get prepared! 

 

Hermosa Beach residents receive FREE SHIPPING TO HB.

 

 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