Hermosa Beach HHW-E-Waste Recycling Event
City of Hermosa Beach
Valley Drive between 8th & 11th Streets
Saturday, January 24, 2009
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sponsored jointly by the Los Angeles County Sanitation
Districts and the Department of Public Works. The Household
Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program gives Los Angeles
County residents a legal and cost free way to dispose of
unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in
the regular trash.
Click here for more details.
Il Boccaccio's Fire Department Fundraiser Wine Dinner
Thursday, January 15th at 7:00p.m.
To help raise funds for new life saving equipment, please
visit this link.
THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster
preparedness neighborhood program.
In an era where many people spend their waking hours working
and commuting, it is increasingly difficult to get to know
your neighbors. A sense of community does not just happen
anymore. We have to work at building it. Building a healthy
community is well worth the effort; crime is lower in areas
where residents engage with each other as neighbors.
Safe, healthy neighborhoods provide many settings and ways
for people to interact in positive ways with each other. One
of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is through
HBNW is a tool that helps build community, solve
neighborhood crime problems and prepare for a disaster. The
success of this program is owed to the participation of
residents who have taken responsibility for making their
neighborhoods safe and livable.
Each neighborhood will make their program unique. Being in
HBNW does not mean being the neighborhood "know it all". It
also does not commit you to extra responsibilities. It means
that you get to know the people who live around you, report
suspicious activity to the police, work cooperatively with a
number of people when problems arise in your neighborhood
and help each other prepare the neighbors for survival
immediately after a disaster.
HBNW is for everyone!
The program is not restricted to private homes. Apartment
and condominium residents can also participate in the HBNW
program. Families on a block form a communication chain
aided by a block map that lists names, telephone numbers and
addresses of all those on the block. They watch out for each
others' homes and report suspicious activities to the police
and each other to reduce the likelihood of burglary and
other crimes occurring on their street. HBNW is special in
that it takes a nationally recognized crime program and
introduces residents to disaster preparedness utilizing
communication between PD, FD, HBNW coordinators and the
Block Captain and their residents.
TO BLOCK CAPTAIN'S WHO HAVE NOT HAD AN INTRODUCTION BLOCK
If you have volunteered to be your block's Captain and have
not scheduled an INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING with HBNW
Coordinators, HB Chief of Police, HB Fire Chief and HB Motor
PLEASE e-mail Tracy for a meeting date. We are
currently scheduling in MARCH (see below). All Introduction
Block Meetings are held on a Wednesday at 6:30p.m.
We do not consider your street to be ACTIVE in HBNW
unless you have had this meeting and received your NW street
signs. Many BC have said prior to their meeting that they
were concerned that no one would show up, but people do and
you will be surprised by the community spirit on your
block. We bring the materials and we do the talking. YOU
will have made it possible for your neighbors to talk
directly with both Chiefs! YOU LOOK GOOD AND WE ARE ALL
CONNECTED IN CRIME AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS!
Lt. Tom Thompson as he unveils the first HBNW sign to be
posted on the 500 Block of 24th Place - Block Captain's
Andrew & Leanne Clifton
To view all Active Blocks in HBNW,
Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings
2900 - 3000 block of Hermosa Avenue & 100 block of 30th
1500 block of Golden Ave
800 - 900 block of 15th Street
12 Noon Women's Club Presentation
1100 - 1200 block of 7th Street
900 - 1000 block of 16th Street
Mar 4 Open
Mar 14 St. Patrick's Day Parade (Saturday) 3rd Year HBNW
Mar 25 Open
WHAT IS SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY?
One of the cornerstones of the HBNW program is reporting
suspicious activity to police. Pinpointing what precisely
constitutes 'suspicious' behavior can be difficult, so it is
important to distinguish between true illegal activity and
activities of people who just live their lives differently
than yours. The following are guidelines of what can be
considered suspicious behavior:
Suspicious situations involving property
carried by persons on foot, especially questionable if
is running. May be significant if the property is not
wrapped as if just
being removed from or being placed into vehicles or
if removed from closed residences whose owners are known
to be absent.
offering to sell you something for significantly less
accumulate in private garages, storage areas, or on
especially if the items are in good condition but not in
Suspicious situations involving people
door-to-door in a residential area and one or more of
subjects going into a back or side yard. More suspicious
if another peson remains in front of the house when this
waiting in front of a house or business when the owners
are absent, or if the business is closed.
forcing entrance to or tampering with a residence,
running especially if something of value is being
Suspicious situations involving Vehicles
vehicles, vehicles without lights, and/or the course
appears aimless or repetitive. This is suspicious in any
particularly in areas of schools, parks, and
being loaded with valuables are suspicious if parked in
front of a closed business or untended residence, even
if the vehicle is a legitimate looking commercial unit -
possibly even bearing a sign identifying it as a repair
vehicle, moving van, etc.
attempting forcibly to enter a locked vehicle,
especially at night or in a parking lot.
detaching mechanical parts or accessories from a vehicle
especially at night or in a parking lot.
business transactions conducted from a vehicle
around schools or parks, and if juveniles are involved.
being forced into vehicles, especially if juveniles or
thrown from a vehicle, especially while traveling at a
Recognizing DRUG ACTIVITY
The police can't solve this problem alone, success requires
community involvement. It is often hard to be certain that
what you are seeing involves drugs, but some patterns may
indicate drug activity:
large amount of traffic coming to a building - in cars,
or walking - often at strange hours.
sometimes pound on doors or shout to be let in. This
traffic is usually quick, with people staying only a
short time. Sometimes they don't go in at all; instead,
someone comes out to meet them.
drugs or drug paraphernalia (syringes, pipes, etc.) in
observable exchanges of items, especially where money is
sell you drugs, or conversation about drugs that you
odors from, or around, the building, such as "musty"
where extreme security measures seem to be being taken.
where no owner or primary renter is apparent, and no
activities, such as yard work, painting, or maintenance,
seems to be going on.
TRAFFIC AND SPEEDING
Set a good example
The first step you can take to help end speeding and traffic
problems is to drive the way you would like others to drive
in your neighborhood. By driving carfully and at proper
speeds, you can make sure that you are not part of the
problem, and set a good example. Your driving helps
demonstrate to others what is and is not acceptable in your
Experience shows that, prepared or not, neighbors naturally
come together to help each other out when a disaster occurs.
Unfortunately, unprepared neighborhoods are sometimes slower
to respond because their first efforts are spent in getting
Being prepared allows neighborhoods to respond immediately
in order to reduce the severity of injuries, lessen property
damage, and possibly save lives.
HBNW can help neighborhoods prepare for a disaster by
organize their block with the MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD (MYN)
The program helps neighbors to organize by taking advantage
of the skills, resources,and equipment already in the
neighborhood to assign immediate tasks for an effective
response to a disaster.
Residents in each neighborhood (defined as a group of about
25-50 homes) are organized into smaller disaster response
(To find out more about the MYN program, please see the
section below in this E-NEWS to sign up for a READY THE
- members of this team monitor emergency radio
broadcasts and keep the neighborhood informed of relevant
external to the neighborhood, about the disaster.
- members of this team make a preliminary and
then a detailed assessment of the damage the neighborhood
Safety & Security
- this team provides safety to the neighborhood by
immediately checking for fires and putting them out while
they are still
small, turning off the natural gas and water mains when
off hazards such as downed electrical lines, and removing
Light Search & Rescue
- members of this team perform light searches of
homes and rescues of neighbors who may be trapped in their
They also implement a neighborhood internal communication
Sheltering & Special Needs
- this team establishes a child/adult care
center for children whose parents may not be home when the
strikes, for the elderly or disabled, and for those whose
are completing their disaster response tasks.
TEACHING YOUR CHILD TO STAY SAFE
Establishing a system of "family rules" about personal
safety can be a good way to teach children to distinguish
between safe and anon-safe situations. Many families already
have rules about bedtime, TV watching, chores, etc. By
adopting rules about personal safety, parents can teach good
habits through reinforcement and repetition without
generating excessive fear.
The following are suggestions for personal safety rules that
can be incorporated into a family routine.
Kids should know their complete home address, telephone
number including area code and parents' first and last
names. If kids are old enough to answer the phone, they
should know how to call 9-1-1. Practice with the receiver
button taped down. Kids should be taught never to reveal any
personal (their name, school, age, etc.) or family
information over the phone unless a parent has given
If kids are home alone and answer a phone call for an absent
parent, they should say "she can't come to the phone right
now", and take a message or tell the caller to try later -
don't make excuses, they sound phony.
It's okay not to answer the phone, or to work out a code
(ring twice, hang up call again) so parent can check on a
child that is home alone. Kids are old enough to answer the
door when they are old enough to check the identity of the
person at the door WITHOUT opening it. Kids should help
their parents make sure doors that should be locked are
Establish a system of accountability. Learn the full names
of your kids' friends, their parents' names, addresses and
phone numbers. Check to verify the accuracy if you get the
information from your kids. When your child is at a friend's
home, who else is present? Parents? Older kids? Other
neighbors? No one?
Know your child's routes to and from school, play and
errands. Insist they stick to the same route - no shortcuts!
If you have to look for them, you will know where to begin.
Kids should be taught never to go anywhere with anyone
without parental permission. This includes getting
permission a second time if plans change and calling to
check before going from one friend's home to another
Kids should never play in isolated areas of parks or
playgrounds, and should avoid public restrooms, building
sites and dark streets. Teach kids alternatives; if they are
bothered or followed on the playground, walking to friends'
home, school or store, where do they go? Walk these common
routes with our child and look for choices. Can they go back
into the school, in a store or business (kids are reluctant
to enter a strange store or business unless given
permission,) into a fire station or approach someone doing
Knocking on the door of a stranger is a last resort. If they
have no other choice they should look for a house with a
light on (at night) or toys in the yard if possible and ask
the homeowner to "please call the police, someone is
bothering me", but not to go inside the house. Kids' best
defenses are their voices and their legs. Teach them to
runaway from someone who is bothering them while yelling to
attract as much attention as is possible. Have them practice
Teach kids not to approach cars that stop to ask for help.
Most legitimate adults would not ask a young child for
directions anyway. If the car follows them or the driver
gets out they should run away and yell.
"Bad Guy" RULES
Teach kids that "bad guys" can be anyone; society teaches
kids bad guys are always ugly, mean and scary, and look like
monsters. Bad guys are almost always portrayed as strangers
and as men.
Remember, a stranger is someone who is not known by the
child. A friend of parents, a friend of the child's friend
or a neighbor can be a stranger. And a stranger can be a
good guy or a bad guy.
Some bad guys act nice, friendly and are attractive. Some
bad guys play tricks on kids. Typical bad guy tricks include
bribes (money, toys, games, or promises of those things),
lies (your mom told me to pick you up at school), requests
for help (my puppy ran away, can you help me find him?), or
threats (if you don't come with me I'll hurt your mom).
Teach kids that a bad guy is someone who asks them to
violate family rules, e.g. someone who says they don't need
permission to accompany them.
Develop a family "code word". If someone other than a parent
is going to pick up a child at school unexpectedly, that
person should repeat the "code word" first before the child
agrees to leave the safety of the school grounds. The code
word should remain a secret and be changed should others
learn of it.
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe
- Don't assume that your neighbors have already reported the
crime or that the police already know. Report criminal or
suspicious activity each and every time it occurs.
DIRECT HB Dispatch Number
Reasons for calling the non-emergency number include, but
are not limited to the following:
You want to report a nuisance, such as a noise or
To report a non-emergency crime, one that did not just
occur, and the
suspect(s) are not in the immediate area.
You have questions about something suspicious occurring
neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal
Solicitor just came to your door or are in the
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.