Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009
We would like to
acknowledge and thank Sonja and Michael Randall and the 1100
- 1200 block of 7th Street for hosting an INTRODUCTION BLOCK
The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy,
Chief of Police Greg Savelli and EPAC Commissioner Alan
GREAT CAUSE AND A FUN TIME FOR $30.00!
HERMOSA BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH TEAM
We want to form a HBNW team.
Let us know if you can walk with US!
MORE TO COME...SAVE THE DATE BELOW.
What is 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 Saturday, March 28th at
10:00a.m. and Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00p.m.
Project Forward Commission meetings are open to the public
and occur on the 2nd Monday of the month, through May 2009.
Next meeting is Monday, March 9th at 7:00p.m.
All Forums and meetings occur in the Hermosa City Council
Chambers at 1315 Valley Drive.
YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED!
TWO OPTIONS BELOW:
(1) Please print and return by mail, or drop off at City
Hall, the Public Library, or either View or Valley office.
Please VIEW AND PRINT the survey now.
SURVEY ONLINE now
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
Shauna Valenzuela & Kathy Dunbabin
block of Myrtle Ave.
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.
1000 block of 16th Street
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Where do I buy this?
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
Verdes Dispatch 310-378-5211
Beach Dispatch 310- 379-5411
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.
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
This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR PERMIT looks like
for your reference.
(In the past, an application was signed by the City Manager,
Steve Burrell and was used as the PERMIT. NOW, the
city ONLY issues a permit that looks like this below).
AREA CRIME LOG
Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 to Sunday Feb. 22, 2009
BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo
GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and Manhattan
(Every HB address on PCH and EAST to Harper/Reynolds)
Abbreviations Used by Officers:
Unable to Locate
Gone on Arrival
Field Identification Card is information taken "in the
field" on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing
marks, clothing if needed for future contact.
No Report Desired
ADAST Advised and/or
Theft - 484 PC 1100 block of 20th
There was a subject seen going through the recyclables in
the area. The subject was located and contacted regarding
the violation. An FI car was completed.
Theft - 484 PC 24th St and
There was another subject seen going through the recyclables
in the area. The subject was located and contacted regarding
the violation. An FI car was completed.
Solicitor 900 block
of 7th St
There was a report of a subject selling children's books
door-to-door; the area check met GOA / UTL.
Solicitor 1100 block
of 9th St
Male going door to door. Contacted ADAST. FI'd 2 calls on
Theft - 484 PC Prospect and 4th
There was a subject seen going through the recyclables in
the area. The subject was located and contacted regarding
the violation. An FI car was completed.
Vandalism - 594 PC Lot B (1300 Hermosa
Occurred sometime overnight in Lot B. Victim's car keyed
last night by unknown suspect
Theft - 487 PC 900 block of the
Victim's backpack taken from courtyard area next to his
residence by an unknown suspect(s). This occurred during the
Vehicle Burglary - 459 PC 1100 block of PCH
Laptop computer taken from parked car. No signs of forced
entry. No suspect info.
LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT
Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer
The fire department received one citizen complaint of
overcrowding on Saturday. Upon arrival at the location HBFD
personnel encountered a waiting line outside and
approximately 8 to 10 patrons outside smoking. It was
determined that there was a count of 109 occupants, one over
the posted occupant load. Fire personnel observed that the
interior was moderately full, no life safety hazards were
observed and the aisles were clear. The person in charge of
the business was advised to keep aisles clear and maintain
the occupant load at or below the posted occupancy load
limit. They complied without incident.
then completed inspections of all other establishments and
found no observable life safety hazards. Most
establishments were not too busy. One business was told to
remove a propane heater (for outside use only) from inside
the business. They complied without incident.
complaints were received or noted regarding occupant load
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.
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.
MBNW CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
02/18/09 - 02/19/09 12:30 p.m. - 11
a.m. 1400 block of 6th Street
Theft) The victim may have left the vehicle
unlocked when it was parked in the driveway. Unknown
suspect(s) entered the vehicle and took the GPS system from
a.m. 3200 block
of Vista Drive
(Attempted Residential Burglary) After
hearing a loud slam, a neighbor saw a male wearing a hooded
sweatshirt standing at the landing to his neighbor's back
door. He yelled out to the male who then turned away and
walked down the stairway. The neighbor saw the male enter
the driver's side of a black Honda and drive away. The
neighbor was able to get the license of the vehicle.
02/16/09 7 p.m. - 10
p.m. 2900 block of Bayview
of Bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) cut the thin
lock securing a bicycle to the garage door pull handle, and
took the bicycle.
02/19/09 5 a.m. - 9
a.m. 300 block of 36th Place
Burglaries) Two vehicles that were parked
and locked in an open garage were found with smashed
windows. Suspect(s) took a GPS from one of the vehicles and
it is unknown if anything was taken from the other. A
delivery man in the area reported seeing two male Hispanic
suspects exit the garage.
02/09/09 - 02/10/09 7 p.m. - 6:15
a.m. 2900 block of Palm Avenue
Grand Theft) The victim parked his pickup
truck in his driveway and does not remember locking it. When
he returned to the vehicle he noticed the rear passenger
side door was open. Unknown suspect(s) took several tools
including saws, drills and a nail gun.
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
firstname.lastname@example.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 City of Redondo Beach e-zine service, please
YOUR QUESTIONS, OUR ANSWERS!
Thank you to HBNW Block Captain's for forwarding e-mail to
us. We are happy that HBNW promotes communication
between the Block Captain and their neighbors and that it
leads to a positive awareness for all of us. If you send us
your e-mail question or just awareness, please let us know
if we can use your name or not.
What does a Block Captain do?
1. You would go around your neighborhood ~ 15 homes or what
geographically works best for you and introduce yourself and
exchange contact information. HBNW provide a Block Captain
Folder to get your started. Next, schedule an Introduction
Block Meeting and give neighbors a invitation flyer for the
upcoming block meeting. (Currently we have dates available
in July, so you could hand them out in July)
a block meeting for your block. 6:30 pm on a Wed. for about
1 1/2 hours. We arrive at your home with Block Meeting
Packets for your residents and Kelly presents information
about the program, crime prevention and disaster
preparedness. Your residents can ask specific questions to
the Chief of Police Greg Savelli and Fire Chief David
Lantzer about concerns they may have.
will receive HBNW e-mail and forward them to your block
residents each week.
occasion, there are "special alerts" you would forward also.
can attend an optional Trifecta Tour where you get a tour of
the police station, a tour of the 911 dispatch center and a
ride along in a police car.
ask all Block Captains to attend the 2.5 hour Map Your
Neighborhood (MYN) training that informs you of the first 9
things you should do with your block after a major
disaster. Then, you take this information and share it with
your neighbors at a meeting in your home that will be 90
minutes. We will be holding a training in April on a Sat.
How much time does it take?
In the beginning, meeting your neighbors and gathering their
information is the most time consuming part of the program.
Depending on your relationships with neighbors on your
street, you may already now most of your neighbors and this
is easy for you to accomplish. If you do not know many of
your neighbors, then this commitment of time is up to you.
We think it may take you many times to make a
connection with some neighbors as they are not home or it is
hard to run in to them due to busy lives.
After you get the contact information, you are forwarding
the e-mails sent by HBNW to them. No time there.
For disaster preparedness, the class is 2.5 hours long. We
provide the materials, lunch and the MYN bag. You then take
the program back to your residents and teach them the
Recession could take a bite out of crime prevention
"Police departments usually are among the last agencies to
be cut when the economy turns bad," said Miami Police Chief
John Timoney, the president of the Police Executive Research
Forum. "The fact that most police departments currently are
being asked to make cuts is an indication of how badly this
recession is affecting local tax bases."
State of California Emergency Plan
One of the important first steps in preparedness is to
familiarize yourself with your local community or state
The State of California Emergency Plan outlines a State
level strategy in support of local government efforts to
protect the public during a large-scale emergency. In
accordance with the California Emergency Services Act, the
State Emergency Plan describes: (1) methods for carrying out
emergency operations; (2) the process for rendering mutual
aid; (3) emergency services of governmental agencies; (4)
how resources are mobilized; (5) emergency public
information; and (6) continuity of government. The plan is
intended to establish statewide emergency management policy
and provide guidance and standardization for use by all
Apply For Disaster Assistance
Officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
urge residents in declared counties from severe winter
storm, landslides, mudslides, and flooding, to apply for
disaster assistance. They should call the toll free
(3362) (TTY 1-800-462-7585)to get accurate
Mexican drug violence spills over into the US
The cartels have established operations in at least 230 U.S.
cities, according to the Justice Department's National Drug
Intelligence Center. ...
"We have to make sure that we attack these criminal
organizations at every level so that we are safer not only
in Mexico and on the Southwest border, but here in the rest
of the country," Payne said. ...
And Americans are the cartels' best customers, sending an
estimated $28.5 billion in drug-sale proceeds across the
Mexico border each year.
CALIFORNIA'S SALINE SOLUTION:
Is it time to stick a straw into the Pacific Ocean?
From Marin County to San Diego, projects that turn seawater
into tap water are gaining favor, propelled by worsening
drought, dwindling species of freshwater fish, crumbling
plumbing systems and unyielding demand.
MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
READY THE RESIDENT
NEW CLASS WILL BE SCHEDULED IN APRIL
"Map 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
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 this class
offered by RB Fire Department.
training is the perfect compliment to the Map Your
Academy No. 41 - Sept. 10, 2009 to October 31, 2009
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.
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 period.
Forms are available in Adobe Acrobat for your convenience.
If 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
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)
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
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.
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ACCURATE EMERGENCY SERVICES
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.
DON'T MISS A MEETING
SEE ONLINE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
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
To receive a kit, please contact email@example.com or