We would like to THANK
Block Captain Cathy Lieb and the Valley Park Avenue
residents for hosting an Introduction Block Meeting.
The meeting was attended by the HBNW Team; Coordinators
Kelly and Tracy, EPAC Commissioner Al Benson, Chief of
Police Greg Savelli, HBPD Motorcycle Officer J.R. Smith and
HBFD Captain James Crawford and Firefighter/Paramedic Scott
Durkin. New Neighborhood Watch signs were installed on the
street recognizing this block as an ACTIVE block in HBNW.
Routine Traffic Stop turns tragic!
are deeply saddened to hear that Oakland officers were
shot; three were killed and one remains brain dead and on
life support. We are reminded of our own motorcycle police
officers JR Smith and Tony Parente and the patrol officers
that routinely take risks every day to ensure we are safe in
Hermosa Beach. We dedicate this week's e-news to the
Oakland officer's, their families and their community.
like to THANK our HBPD for their dedication to keeping
Hermosa Beach a safe community everyday! For more
on the tradegy,
Message from the President of the Oakland Police Officer's
Association taken from their website:
am still waiting for the alarm clock to go off in hopes this
was a nightmare. I really do not comprehend what has just
happen to my brothers. I am at a loss for words, as any
word will not relieve the pain. I just know that my
brothers died doing what they loved to do. They were the
heart of this police department. They were always positive,
eager, smiling, and helpful. They were go-to people. They
were sons, fathers, husbands and friends... and they were
Oakland Police Officers. This department will sorely miss
its brothers, and will never forget them.
In our time of need, please pray for us; please give us
strength to continue to serve our community. There are so
many people to thank. The Oakland police officers want to
thank everyone for their support.
If you would like to make a donation, please visit their
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 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
1100-1200 block of 21st Street
Nancy Fulton Rogers
100 block of 34th Street
1900 block of Ardmore and Ava Avenue
PLEASE CONSIDER IT.
COMMUNICATION AFTER THE BIG ONE HAS BEEN A GOAL OF HBNW
SINCE THE PROGRAM WAS STARTED.
We NEED 25 AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS to assist our commuity
when the BIG EARTHQUAKE shakes the Los Angeles basin and all
land line telephones, cell phones and Internet fails due to
physical damage and overload.
We can't do it without you! Our goal is to have 25 resident
HAM operators dispatched to 25 areas spread throughout our
community ready to communicate blocks needs to the Emergency
Operation Center (EOC).
This SATURDAY, a FREE class begins. Please consider taking
it and becoming a member of the Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio
Association (HBARA). More details are listed in the section
titled: AMATEUR RADIO CLASS
I had no experience or understanding of amateur radio before
I took the two Saturday class. The instructor gives you all
the answers! I passed it and missed four questions. The
point is I PASSED and now I can communicate with our HBARA
members and with the Police/Fire/Public Works in
a catastrophe. ~ Kelly Kovac-Reedy
LOVE SHOULD NOT HURT
you don't see in a weekly crime log is Domestic Violence
crimes. But, it is present in our community.
the next two HBNW E-News, we will bring it to light for
Hermosa Beach residents can be assisted by crisis teams
through the Beach Cities Health District called CAVA
Collabratives for Alternatives to Violence and Abuse
310-241-4353. Information for the Family Crisis Center
310-379-3620 and the Los Angeles County Violence Hotline at
800-777-9229 is also available.
There is no excuse for domestic violence. Famous excuses
such as: "He/She had it coming", "He/She hit me first",
"He/She started it" are not acceptable excuses for
inflicting pain on others. Blaming the victim for the abuse
is something that abusers commonly do.
Why do people stay in abusive relationships?
person looking at an abusive relationship from the outside
tends to ask one major question: why does he/she stay?
Although the idea of walking away from a relationship seems
easy enough, it isn't for a victim of domestic violence.
Here are a few common reasons that victims of domestic
Fear is a common emotion expressed in an abusive
relationship. If attempts are made to remove themselves from
that situation, the retaliation from their abuser can be
horrible. So, instead of trying to change things and risk
being hurt more, the only option left is to stay.
An important tactic used by an abuser is isolation. Turning
the victim against their friends and/or family makes them an
easier target. If the victim has no one to turn to for help,
then their only option is to stay.
Quite often, the abuser is the primary money maker, leaving
the victim without a means of financial dependence. Leaving
is near impossible if there is no money to fund that escape,
so the victim's only option is to stay.
FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY OF THE ABUSE
The victim knows how to fuel an attack, and they also know
how to help prevent making the attack worse then it has to
be. If the victim knows that showing signs of a potential
departure would cause an attack on the part of their abuser,
then their only option is to stay.
If a child is raised in an abusive environment, they are
more likely to have tolerance of that behavior then someone
who hasn't. Children that were raised to believe in domestic
violence as a means of resolution, they will learn that
domestic violence is a means of resolution in general.
Children in violent households are equally more likely to
become abusers, and to allow themselves to become abused.
is difficult to identify and regrettably can be a common
type of abuse in relationships/marriages. Not all words that
are meant to hurt are "ugly words." A master at verbal abuse
can damage your self-esteem while, at the same time, appear
to care deeply for you. The use of words to punish is a very
covert attempt to control and regardless of how loving your
spouse may appear to be, verbal abuse is wrong and can be
just has harmful as physical abuse.
Physical abuse is easily identified. There is no doubt, once
you have been hit, that you have been abused. You don't
second guess yourself because the bruises and scars are
visible evidence that abuse has taken place. Verbal abuse is
different. The damage is internal, there are no physical
bruises or scars, just a wounded spirit and sense of
Being called names.
Any negative form of name calling is unacceptable. If you
feel that it is a put down, then it most likely is. There
are names that are obvious and, without question abusive.
Then there are the covert, veiled attempts to put a spouse
down that are harder to identify. Verbal abusers love to use
constructive criticism to beat a spouse down. If your spouse
is constantly criticizing you, "for your own good," be
careful. This is the most insidious form of verbal abuse.
Using words to shame.
Critical, sarcastic, mocking words meant to put you down
either alone or in front of other people.
Yelling, swearing and screaming.
This is called the "walking on eggs shells" syndrome because
you are living with someone who goes verbally ballistic for
very little cause.
Using threats to intimidate.
threat should be taken likely, even if your significant
other/spouse tells you they are only joking, especially if
it causes you to change behaviors or to feel on guard in the
Blaming the victim.
Your significant other/spouse blows his/her top and then
blames you for their actions and behavior. If you were only
perfect they wouldn't lose control!
Your feelings are dismissed.
Your spouse refuses to discuss issues that upset you. They
avoid discussion of any topic where they might have to take
responsibility for their actions or words.
You often wonder why you feel so bad.
You bury your feelings, walk on egg shells and work so hard
at keeping the peace that every day becomes an emotional
chore. You feel depressed and have even wondered if you are
Manipulating your actions.
The persistent and intense use of threatening words to get
you to do something or act in a way you find uncomfortable.
This form of verbal abuse is common at the end of a
relationship/marriage. If your significant other/spouse
doesn't want a breakup/divorce they will say whatever it
takes to play on your emotions, to get you to stay in the
relationship/marriage. All in an attempt to get you to
comply with their desires, regardless of what is best for
you as an individual.
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
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.