We would like to
acknowledge and thank Anne and David Sassano
and the 800-900 block of 15th Street for hosting an
INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING.
The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy,
Chief of Police Greg Savelli, HBPD Motor Ofc. JR Smith and
EPAC Commissioner Alan Benson.
"Thank you so much to those who attended the Neighborhood
Watch meeting last night. Really appreciate you taking the
time, it's so important for us to look out for eachother.
Thank you to Kelly and Tracy for organizing and leading the
meeting and volunteering so much of your time to make
Hermosa Beach safe". ~ Block Captain Anne Sassano
"Thank you and would like to send my appreciation for your
hospitality and the opportunity to be briefed by the
very engaging and educational Neighborhood watch team, to
meet the local Police representatives, and to meet neighbors
that we otherwise pass all too quickly. It was interesting
and very educational". ~ Thanks Again - Resident Mike
"Perfectly stated Mike -- ditto to Anne, David, Kelly and
Tracy -- what a terrific night and such nice neighbors!
We're very lucky to live a close community that has the
ability to take care of each other". ~ Resident Victoria
We would like to acknowledge and welcome
Mordy Benjamin and Jeff Duclos to the Volunteer in Policing
Current VIP team:
Read in the current Easy Reader, Hermosa Beach section, the
article on VIP involvement in capture of criminals in
HBNW WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE.
An economic recession is a fact of life and this often lasts
for months, which is why it is better to be
Since we advocate preparedness, we thought we would ACT NOW
to trim our budget and save for the events that truly
our members. The HBNW Introduction Block
Meetings are top priority to Tracy and I. Having the
opportunity to come to your block and speak about crime
prevention and disaster preparedness in HB is really
invaluable on many levels. What other city has its CHIEFS
in your living room to discuss your concerns? We also feel
that our participation in National Night Out and in the
Santa Ride are key events that promote residents getting out
of their homes, meeting each other and building community
friendships. We would like to focus our financial
assistance from the City of Hermosa Beach in these areas.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Project Forward - the future of Hermosa Schools?
The Project Forward commission, formed by the Hermosa Beach
City Council and City School District is charged to engage
the community and publish a set of guiding principles that
shape future policy decisions in Hermosa schools.
The commission is organized into sub-committees for
Community Relations, Peer Analysis, Curriculum and Finance.
A survey (questionnaire) has been released this week to
gather input on community awareness and perceptions. The
survey will be available at the City website, school
website, City Hall, the City Library and both school
Town Forums have been scheduled March 4 and April 1.
Project Forward Commission meetings are open to the public
and occur on the 2nd Monday of the month, through May 2009.
All Forums and meetings occur at 7 pm in the Hermosa City
Council Chambers at 1315 Valley Drive.
Please print and return by mail, or drop off at City Hall,
the Public Library, or either View or Valley office. Online
survey is coming soon.
Please VIEW AND PRINT the survey now.
Hermosa Beach residents given the opportunity to participate
in the Redondo Beach Citizen Academy Class #30 will be
starting on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 6:15 p.m.
The Citizen Academy Program started in 1994 and to date over
five hundred members of the community have participated in
this great training. The purpose of the academy is to
provide members of the community with a working knowledge of
the police department along with the roles and
responsibilities of its police officers. The goals of the
program are accomplished through lecture, hands-on training,
demonstrations and a ride-along with a police officer.
Topics include SWAT, K9, Traffic/DUI Enforcement,
Investigations, Patrol, Gangs and Narcotics.
The Academy will meet every Thursday night from 6:15 p.m. to
9:00 p.m. over a twelve week period, along with two
Saturdays. The Saturday classes will comprise of a Gun
Range/Shoot Day and a tour of the Pier and Harbor Patrol.
Graduation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, 2009.
To obtain an application, please log onto
www.redondo.org/police. Click on the "Citizen Academy"
quick link and the application link will be on the bottom of
Class size is limited and filling up fast. If you have any
questions, call the Crime Prevention Office at
Thank you to
Ofc. Ian Miesen and RB Chief of Police Joe Leonardi for this
THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster
preparedness neighborhood program.
To view all Active Blocks in HBNW,
If you have not had an INTRODUCTION Block Meeting, your
block is not considered an active block in HBNW. You may
have volunteered to be your block's captain and receive the
HBNW E-Mails. However, we do not know if you are connected
to your residents until you have had this meeting. Please
e-mail us today if you have not had it.
PLEASE let us know if you have extra Block Meeting PACKETS
that we can pick up from you after you have passed them out
to the residents that did not show at your Introduction
Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings
1100 - 1200 block of 7th Street
900 - 1000 block of 16th Street
St. Patrick's Day Parade (Saturday) 3rd Year HBNW
Combined Block Meeting
Valley Park Ave.
Marcei Brown 500 block of 18th Street
1100-1200 block of 9th Street
600 - 700 block of 11th Street
24th Street/Hillcrest Drive Cul-de-Sac
Linda Verbrugge & Ann Marie Griffin
1400 - 1500 block of Bonnie Brae Street
800 - 900 Block of Monterey Blvd.
Shauna Valenzuela & Kathy Dunbabin
2400 block of Myrtle Ave
CACHE OF FIRST AID SUPPLIES FOR BLOCK
HBNW would like to continue its efforts to present goals to
prepared blocks as all residents of Hermosa Beach will need
to be self-reliant to survive a catastrophe.
We have had many conversations with the Judy Retter and
Christopher Riccardi, Disaster Planning Coordinators at
Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Little Company of Mary
Hospital respectively on what our Hermosa Beach neighbors
could do to support themselves directly in their
neighborhood following the major, regional Earthquake.
Hospitals almost certainly will be too far for residents to
get to if roads damaged and both facilities will be swamped
by the rush of patients.
would like to introduce an idea to organized blocks in
HBNW. Our thoughts are that a Block Captain or chosen
resident can start to collect a small denomination of money
monthly or quarterly from residents on your block that would
like to purchase a cache of medical supplies for the
neighborhood to be stored at three separate homes.
You could start to fill plastic containers filled with basic
medical supplies for adults, children and pets. If you can
take care of the small medical needs of the residents on
your block immediately after the event, you would be
assisting your HB Fire Paramedics and our local Hospitals by
your hands-on approach to injuries that are not life
threatening and do not require urgent medical attention. In
any emergency a family member or you yourself may be cut,
burned or suffer other injuries. If you have these basic
supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones
when they are hurt. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can
make a difference in an emergency. Consider taking a first
aid class, but simply having the following things can help
you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in
Basic supplies for adults
Aluminum finger splints
Antiseptic solution or towelettes
Bandages, including a roll of elastic wrap (Ace, Coban,
others) and bandage strips (Band-Aid, Curad, others) in
Instant cold packs
Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
Gauze pads and roller gauze in assorted sizes
Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Plastic bags for the disposal of contaminated materials
Safety pins in assorted sizes
Save-A-Tooth storage device containing salt solution and
a travel case
Scissors, tweezers and a needle
Soap or instant hand sanitizer
Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution
Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing
CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
Activated charcoal (use only if instructed by your
poison control center)
Over-the-counter oral antihistamine (Benadryl, others)
Aspirin and nonaspirin pain relievers (never give
aspirin to children)
Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
Things it may be good to have:
petroleum jelly or other lubricant
gloves, or other sterile gloves (if allergic to Latex).
nonaspirin pain reliever
YOUR PERSONAL prescription drugs should be stored in your
individual family survival kit:
Prescription medications you take every day such as
insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should
periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration
Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood
pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.
Epinephrine injector, asthma inhaler, or other
prescription medication if allergic to eestings,
peanuts, or shellfish, or if he has some other type of
Filling the kit for children
Here are your first-aid kit must-haves:
· Infant and/or child thermometers (both digital and ear or
· Children's and infants' non-aspirin liquid pain reliever
(acetaminophen), as recommended by your pediatrician.
· Topical calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream (1/2
percent) for insect bites and rashes.
· Rubbing alcohol to clean thermometers, tweezers, and
· Petroleum jelly to lubricate rectal thermometers.
· An antiseptic skin cleaner, such as Hibiclens (don't use
hydrogen peroxide, which causes tissue damage).
· Antibacterial cream, also for cuts and scrapes.
· Tweezers for removing splinters and ticks.
· A pair of sharp scissors.
· Child-safe sunscreen lotion (Read baby sun safety and
· Child-safe insect repellent.
· Pediatrician-approved children's-strength liquid
· Nasal aspirator bulb (not a pointy-ended ear syringe).
· An assortment of adhesive bandage strips in various sizes
and shapes (for children's sensitive skin, , get the
· Gauze rolls (1/2 to 2 inches wide).
· Gauze pads (2 by 2 and 4 by 4 inches).
· Adhesive tape.
· Sterile cotton balls.
· Cotton-tipped swabs.
· Mild liquid soap (most antibacterial and deodorant soaps
are too strong for babies' sensitive skin).
· An oral syringe or calibrated cup or spoon for
administering medicines to infants and children.
· A package of tongue depressors for checking sore throats.
· A hot-water bottle and an ice pack.
· A small flashlight to check ears, nose, throat, and eyes.
· First-aid manual; Janet Zand's Parent's Guide to Medical
Emergencies gives advice for handling a wide range of
· Rehydration fluids, such as Pedialyte, to treat infant
Filling the kit for animals
first aid kit needs:
Gauze sponges -- 50 four-by-four inch sponges, two per
Triple antibiotic ointment
Ear syringe -- two ounce capacity
Ace self-adhering athletic bandage -- three-inch width
White petroleum jelly (Vaseline or similar)
Sterile, non-adherent pads
Pepto Bismol tablets
Generic Benadryl capsules -- 25mg, for allergies
Hydrocortisone acetate -- one percent cream
Sterile stretch gauze bandage -- three inches by four
Dermicil hypoallergenic cloth tape one inch by 10 yards
Kaopectate tablets maximum strength
Vet Rap bandage
Paperwork, including the dog's health record,
medications, local and national poison control numbers,
regular veterinary clinic hours and telephone numbers,
and emergency clinic hours and telephone number.
SCHEDULE YOUR INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING NOW! WHY?
Neighborhood Watch is based on the theory that if you know
your neighbors and they know you, you can keep the Police
alerted to suspicious activity. What Neighborhood Watch
wants from you is your involvement. Hosting a Introduction
Neighborhood Watch Meeting in your home is simple. All it
takes is arranging a date and handing out flyers in your
immediate area notifying your neighbors of the meeting. The
HBNW team will speak on the general & specific concerns in
your neighborhood. This will help make your neighborhood
feel more like a community than just the place where you
We still have Block Captain's that have signed up in the
program and have not scheduled this meeting. If you sign up
now, we will still not be able to see your block for six
months as our calendar is planned that many months in
advance. Please set the date now and your meeting will come
up before you know it.
Tracy will be happy to assist you in coordinating this
meeting. Kelly guides the meeting and Greg Savelli, Chief
of Police and David Lantzer, Fire Chief give a brief
presentation followed by direct questions and answers from
the residents to the HBNW team. Meetings are approximately
1 hour to as long as 2 hours depending on resident
participation in question and answers.
Neighborhood Watch works through mutual aid. Neighbors
watching out for neighbors. A police officer patrolling your
neighborhood may not recognize strangers around your house
or activity in your neighborhood which could be considered
suspicious. Your neighbors know who you are, what type of
vehicle you drive, who belongs in your neighborhood and who
does not. When suspicious activity or a crime is observed,
the Neighborhood Watch member calls the police, then alerts
the neighbors. The key to Neighborhood Watches success is
communication between residents and the police. Ultimately,
it is your responsibility to establish adequate home
security in addition to practicing good safety habits.
We are a young Neighborhood Watch program and couldn't have
done it without the full support of our Chief of Police Greg
Savelli and the officers' of HBPD.
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
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
If you are in another city in the South Bay, these are their
direct dial phone numbers to their PD/FD dispatch.
El Segundo Dispatch 310-524-2760
Manhattan Beach Dispatch 310-545-4566
Palos Verdes Dispatch 310-378-5211
Redondo Beach Dispatch 310- 379-5411
Torrance Dispatch 310-320-2611
If you are in a city that you do not know or are on the
freeways, call 9-1-1 and your call will be routed to
the appropriate call center.