Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008
from Kelly and Tracy
Monday, December 29, 2008 9:13 PM
Manager Steve Burrell, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, Fire
Chief David Lantzer, Mayor J.R. Reviczky, Mayor Pro Tem
Bobko, Councilmen DiVirgilio, Keegan and Tucker
am so very proud of you for writing Eric and telling him
about HBNW and Hermosa Beach. You (and everyone who willing
wants to make a difference NOW) inspire me to reach higher.
am very proud that this man has mentioned YOU and us as I
truly adore one of his employees, Dr. LuAn Johnson who we
had the pleasure of meeting personally and touching all of
our lives with Map Your Neighborhood.
Thank you for all giving Tracy and I the support to reach
beyond what many said could never happen in Hermosa Beach.
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 7:07 PM
To: Kelly Kovac-Reedy; Kenneth A. Hartley
Subject: We've been blogged about
I had been reading some posts from other people on Twitter
and came across Eric's Blog. I had a question and emailed
him to get his perspective on partnering with businesses
etc. in preparedness. He liked what I said to him about
what we are doing and so he blogged about it.
just had a great conversation with Tracy Hopkins,
California. She with others have been working to establish a
neighborhood watch that includes disaster preparedness.
Check out their web site:
And also on Twitter:
They started with disaster preparedness, but ended up
incorporating block watch concepts to keep the teaming alive
and ongoing. I think combining the two efforts is a great
If we had more citizens and neighborhoods doing this kind of
work we'd be a better prepared nation.
Eric Holdeman, Director, King County, Wash., Office of
"People ask me what I do, and I say I try to get people and
organizations to work together, which is not always easy. It
isn't always the technology; it's the inter-jurisdictional
and jurisdictional stuff that takes a lot of hard work."
"If you're not working together before an event happens, it
doesn't all of a sudden magically happen post-event. That
preparedness phase where you are working together lays the
foundation for the resilient aspect to be able to come back
and figure out, quickly, how you're going to respond and
even do that during the response."
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you
help them to become what they are capable of being."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe
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
THREE MORE DAYS ADDED!
TAKE TIME TO PAWS (PAUSE) AND ENJOY A MEAL FOR A CAUSE
The Bottle Inn continues their fundraising event for the
Hermosa Beach Police Department Police Dog "K-9" Program
support of HBPD and HBNW efforts to enhance police services
to our community, the Bottle Inn will kindly donate 20% of
the proceeds (excludes tax & tip) for lunch and dinner on
January 27th, Wednesday, January 28th and Thursday, January
Bottle Inn has graciously offered to CONTINUE this
fundraiser and the funds raised in these three 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.
Located on 22nd Street @ Hermosa Avenue
Two easy requirements:
1. Please call 310.376.9595 for reservations.
2. Please tell the host/hostess when making the
reservations, you are with PAWS or
Print this invitation
and present to
is served from 11:30a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Dinner is served from 6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.
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 12-22-2008 to Sunday 12-28-2008
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.
December 24, 2008
Block 8th Pl
PM the suspect ran from the back of the
residence after the owner arrived home. A rear
window was smashed, but no entry was made and
nothing was taken. The suspect is a female 5'5",
125 pounds, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and blue
denim pants. The suspect had long dark hair.
Friday, December 26, 2008
2300 block of The Strand and 2400 block of
Suspect(s) tagged vehicles with gang writing.
Occurred sometime during the night.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
block of Loma Dr
Suspect smashed the rear window of a vehicle and
took an empty purse.
Stolen Vehicle &Vehicle Burglary
force was apparent when suspect entered a
vehicle and ransacked the inside taking a GPS
unit, also taken during the night was a 1995
Block 6th St
bedroom window was found open and cash missing
from the inside of the residence.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Block of Aviation
Victim purchased a Macintosh Book Pro computer
and extra battery at the Apple store at
Manhattan Village Mall. The items were placed in
the trunk of the vehicle. The Victim drove to a
store in Hermosa where the window to his vehicle
was smashed and the trunk opened. The suspect
apparently followed the Victim to this location.
Monday, December 29, 2008
St and Valley
citizen called the police when a male was seen
just after midnight walking near 2nd
St and Valley Drive wearing a hospital robe. The
investigation showed the subject walked away
from Harbor General Hospital Psychiatric Ward.
The subject was returned to Harbor General.
MBNW CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
Here's to a safe and happy New Year to one and all. The
following are the latest crime reports.
12/26/08 12:01 p.m. - 10:59
a.m. 1600 block of 18th Street
Theft) The victim parked and locked his
vehicle on the street near his residence. He returned to
discover unknown suspect(s) broke into the vehicle by prying
the driver's door lock with a screwdriver which was left on
the back seat. Suspect(s) took the stereo equipment from the
12/22/08 - 12/23/08 10 p.m. - 6
a.m. 1400 block of 3rd Street
Theft) The victim parked his vehicle on the
street in front of his house and thought he locked it but
wasn't sure. He returned to his vehicle and found the trunk
was open. Items taken by unknown suspect(s) included
sunglasses, Bluetooth, Sirius receiver, a remote helicopter
and some change.
12/19/08 - 12/21/08 1 p.m. - 9:20
p.m. 1800 block of Agnes Road
(Residential burglar) The victims secured
their residence upon leaving and returned to find a door
leading from the garage into the house was halfway open.
Once inside they discovered the residence had been ransacked
and many items were missing or moved from their original
locations. It is unknown how suspect(s) entered the
residence. Items stolen included three guitars, a computer
and a video game console.
12/23/08 - 12/25/08 Unknown
time 500 block of N. Dianthus
(Residential Burglary) Suspects entered the
residence possibly through a back door that was unlocked.
Most of the house was ransacked, and many items were taken
including a laptop, television sets, DVD players, garage
door openers, jewelry, two sets of keys, and two vehicles
that had been parked in the garage. The LA Sheriffs
Department had three suspects in custody and was tracking
down three more. (No further details were available).
12/22/08 - 12/23/08 8:30 p.m. - 3:17
a.m. 4000 block of Crest Drive
Theft) Unknown suspect(s) entered the
vehicle which was parked and locked in a carport by smashing
the front passenger window. Suspect(s) took a black bag from
the vehicle but left behind golf clubs, a gym bag and
RBNW / RBPD CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
Please follow the link below to learn about recently
published weekly crime information.
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
email@example.com or the Crime Prevention
Information number at (310) 318-0612.
Thank you for your interest and partnership in keeping
Redondo Beach safe.
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Ready or Not? 2008 Video - How recent budget cuts are
See leading experts discuss the risks associated with
disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and bioterrorism; how
recent budget cuts are affecting preparedness, and what
America can do about it.
In-home care fraud is rampant
More than 700 instances of suspected fraud have been
referred to the state Department of Health Care Services for
investigation, and prosecutors said arrests of In-Home
Supportive Services employees are pending.
Prepare in your COMMUNITY
Working with neighbors can save lives and property. Meet
with your neighbors to plan how the neighborhood could plan
for a disaster. If you're a member of a neighborhood
organization, such as a home association or crime watch
group, introduce disaster preparedness as a new activity.
Know your neighbors' special skills (e.g., medical,
technical) and consider how you could help neighbors who
have special needs, such as disabled and elderly persons.
Border, Internet cited in U.S. terror threat assessment
The potential use of weapons of mass destruction remains
officials' top concern, the report says.
Intelligence officials predict that the pool of radical
Islamists within the U.S. will increase over the next five
years due partly to the ease of online recruiting. Officials
foresee "a wave of young, self-identified Muslim 'terrorist
wannabes' who aspire to carry out violent acts."
A Critical Time to Support Neighborhood Watch
educated community that is better prepared to address these
challenges will significantly impact overall calls for
service and ultimately the time demands of officers.
healthy Neighborhood Watch system instills a sense of
security and trust between civilians and those sworn to
MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
READY THE RESIDENT
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2009
1P.M. - 3:30P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a MYN bag
(see below) provided when you pre-register.
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
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.
together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the
first hour following a disaster and take the necessary
for under your bed.
This kit contains a hard hat (adjustable) and a pair of
sturdy leather gloves with safety cuffs (size large) in a
roomy drawstring bag.
Add your own personal items such as a pair of sturdy shoes,
sweatshirt, flashlight etc. and store under your bed for an
emergency. Every member of your household should have one.
If an earthquake happens in the middle of the night, you can
easily find your shoes and protect yourself from broken
glass and falling debris.
Also keep your Map Your Neighborhood FLIP CHART/SHINGLE
(obtained after you have a MYN block meeting ~ materials
supplied by HBNW) containing contact and other valuable
information for use during an actual emergency inside the
bag so you can find it quickly when needed.
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.
ARTICLES ON MYN:
The Map Your Neighborhood program was recently highlighted
in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program's
May 2008 edition.
Neighbors prepare themselves for major disasters
State program helps train communities for emergencies
C.E.R.T. - Community Emergency Response Team
Hermosa Beach residents are invited to take either one of
these two classes offered by RB Fire Department.
training is the perfect compliment to the Map Your
C.E.R.T. Academy No. 40 - February 5, 2009 to March 28, 2009
C.E.R.T. Academy No. 41 - September 10, 2009 to October 31,
A team of Redondo Beach firefighter instructors provide the
training and will cover topics including disaster
preparedness, CPR & First Aid, disaster medical operations,
damage assessment, fire suppression, light search and
rescue, disaster psychology & team organization.
Upon successfully completing the training, you will be
registered as a C.E.R.T. volunteer with the Redondo Beach
Fire Department. Registered volunteers are required to
participate in future disaster preparedness training
activities to maintain their volunteer status.
The fee is $40.00 per person. The fee includes a designated
C.E.R.T. hard hat, CPR & First Aid certification, CPR pocket
mask, photo identification card, training manual and
graduation certificates. The C.E.R.T. Academy is taught
Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and one
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during an eight-week
Forms are available in Adobe Acrobat for your convenience.
HERE to download.
you are interested in participating or for additional
information about the academy, please call Diane Hom at
(310) 318-0663 ext. 4336. Please note that the academy will
be limited to the first 40 individuals who respond.
To Link to the Redondo Beach CERT Alumni association
Link to the Redondo Beach Fire Department CERT information
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 receive 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)
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
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
Daytime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown
Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown
Watch and Awareness
Valley School Check
Structures & Parking Lots
DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints
LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT
Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer
On-duty HBFD personnel conduct"drive-by" inspections of
businesses, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights and
work with the HBPD to identify any overcrowding issues. No
violations or problems have been reported. The HBPD also
keep an eye on overcrowding issues and assist HBFD.
will have an assigned inspector work with the ABC team on
New Year's Eve to do occupancy load checks. While we don't
expect any major problems, we do want to be visible and
ensure compliance because of the potential for violations on
such an occasion.
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.
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" I have spent the last 35 years with the Hermosa Beach
Public Works Dept., making my living managing the public
utilities. After I heard the service that AES offers, I
pulled out my checkbook".
Mike Flaherty, Director, Hermosa Beach Public Work
"Accurate Emergency offers an all inclusive, specialized and
urgently needed service to residents that want to assure
their family is aware of the locations of the gas, electric
and water valves in the home so that you can quickly and
safely shut them off when the emergency occurs. There
product is productive and moves the customer to a
preparedness level that most people forget to include in
their "get ready" plan. I strongly encourage every home to
become familiar with AES and give yourself the comfort of
knowing that you have done all you can to properly identify,
attach a label so that every one in the home can distinguish
the electrical switch/fuse, the gas and
lines that requires no thought for even a young child to
operate and last to secure the tool wrench to effectively
turn off the utilities should the crisis happen. The benefit
of this service is to give the power to you and your family
to control a situation that will be out of control. Do it
Kelly Kovac Reedy, Co-Founder & Co-Coordinator, Hermosa
Beach Neighborhood Watch
"Denying the Inevitable is one of the greatest threats to
our health and welfare".
Our business is based on quality products & services. Our
goal is to provide you with top quality products and
customer serevice so that you will want to refer us to your
friends and neighbors.
Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit Description:
The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit is a means by
which a homeowner, tenant, or neighbor can easily locate
their gas, water, and electrical mains and shut them off in
case of a natural disaster or accidental emergency.
Following the detailed instructions and utilizing the label
page the consumer will transform the blank graph section of
the laminated Map Page into a customized map of their
property denoting the locations of their utility shut off
valves and the electrical main shut off. The Location Signs
are mounted at all three of the utility shut off locations
with the included nylon zip ties. Due to the fact that some
properties have different types of valves and or electrical
systems, (5) five different laminated Location Signs are
provided and a maximum of (3) three will be used. The kit is
designed for homes, apartments, condominiums, and commercial
buildings.The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit
includes several pieces of original graphic artwork and are
all included in this provisional patent application.
The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit includes:
(1) 8.5" x 11" Laminated Map Page.
(1) 8.5" x 11" Label Page.
(5) 2.5" x 3.5" (approximate size) Location Signs.
(1) 11" x 17" Instruction Page.
(1) Gas Valve Shut Off Wrench.
(2) Nylon Zip Ties.
(2 feet) of small link chain or elastic cord.
(1) 2" x 2" (approximate size) piece of double face carpet
tape to attach the electrical shut off instructions to the
door of the electrical panel box.
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date, with the most recent at the top of the list. Click
Video to view the meeting with documents, or Agenda /
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Hermosa Beach City Council and All Commission AGENDA'S,
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FOCUS ON SENIORS
FANNY PACK EMERGENCY KIT
The Senior Disaster Supply program really took off for the
first couple of months as we have delivered over 80 of the
packs. We hope to distribute the balance of the kits now
through March 2009. We are providing them to seniors that
are home bound, have limited mobility, disability or have
The senior will call for a kit and then when we deliver the
kit to them we explain each of the items and how it would be
useful and that it is important to familiarize themselves
with what is in the kit and how to use it. Each has
responded with gratitude for receiving such a thoughtful
item hoping never to have to us it but glad we have made it
available to them.
We have been able to connect several of the seniors with
block captains so in addition to having the kit they have
someone that will be able to check on them and help them if
needed in a disaster situation.
We have delivered a kit to the two oldest residents in
Hermosa Beach, they both happen to live on Prospect Ave
within 1 block of each other. The stories they can tell
being 94 and 95 years old are amazing.
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
apply please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 310-374-1828.