Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sister City Fundraiser
6th Annual - Cinco de Mayo Fiesta & Tequila Tasting
Saturday May 2nd
- 5 pm
Ortega 120 Restaurant
1814 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach
Lots of free parking!
$25 on-line or $30 at the door ($20 if you are under 21)
Purchase tickets at
Tax deductible. Includes entry for the Grand Prize. Proceeds
benefit the citizens of each Beach City's Sister City and
their student cultural exchange programs
42" Flat Screen TV * One night stay at the Historic
Banning House Lodge at Two Harbors , Catalina Island -
included Kayak rental for two
* 1 week in Puerto Vallarta * and much more!
The Sister City Associations from Hermosa, Manhattan and
Redondo Beach will celebrate their sixth-annual Tri-City
Cinco de Mayo fundraising event to benefit the Mexico sister
cities of - Loreto, Santa Rosalia, La Paz and Ensenada. Each
city is located in Baja California Mexico.
Accompanying the unique food, tequila tasting lessons and
festive atmosphere of Ortega 120 there will be valuable
silent auction items, raffle prizes plus a Grand Prize of a
42" JVC Flat Screen TV. The Redondo Union High School Salsa
Club and the Mira Costa Baja Club will also have silent
auction items to bid on. Proceeds benefit the citizens of
each Beach City's Sister City and their student cultural
The Ortega 120 restaurant is located at 1814 S. Pacific
Coast Highway, Redondo Beach. The event will feature
contemporary Mexican cuisine prepared by the renowned Chef
and co-owner Thomas Ortega. Adults can sample Partida
tequila guided by the legendary Mixologist and co-owner Demi
Can't make the event... but want to try your luck at winning
the 42" JVC Flat Screen TV?
Purchase grand prize raffle tickets for just $10 each. Do
not need to be present to win. Email requests for $10
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Come out and celebrate Cinco de Mayo while supporting our
Sister Cities !!!
THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster
preparedness neighborhood program.
To view all Active Blocks in HBNW,
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
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.
900 - 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
1100 block of Palm Drive
More people are killed by disease after a disaster than the
disaster itself. Containment of human waste is vital to
reduce infection and disease.
TheWAG BAG® Toilet in a Bag™
12-Pack Waste Kits
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a biodegradable double bag system made from puncture
Each waste kit includes a zip close disposal/transport bag,
a waste collection bag preloaded wiith Poo Powder waste
treatment, toilet paper and a hand sanitizer.
Our non-toxic Poo Powder waste treatment treats up to 32
ounces of liquid and solid waste allowing for multiple use.
It turns liquid waste to a solid for hygenic and spillproof
transport. The Poo Powder waste treatment controls odors and
contains a decay catalyst that breaks down solid waste.
The WAG BAG Toilet in a Bag waste kits are biodegradable
and approved for landfill disposal. Designed to be used
with ThePETT toilet, they may be used by themselves, in a
standard toilet, or an RV or camping toilet. Simply remove
all liquids and chemicals from the toilet prior to use.
What should a parent know when talking to a child about
Don't forget your older children.
Children aged 11 to17 are equally at risk to victimization.
At the same time you are giving your older children more
freedom, make sure they understand important safety rules as
Speak to your children in manner that is calm and
Children do not need to be frightened to get the point
across. In fact, fear can thwart the safety message, because
fear can be paralyzing to a child.
Children will be less likely to come to you about issues
enshrouded in secrecy. If they feel that you are comfortable
discussing the subject at hand, they may be more
not teach "stranger danger."
Children do not have the same understanding of "strangers"
as adults; the concept is difficult for them to grasp. And,
based on what we know about those who harm children, people
known to children and/or their families actually present
greater danger to children than do "strangers."
Practice what you preach.
You may think your children understand your message, but
until they can incorporate it into their daily lives, it may
not be clearly understood. Find opportunities to practice
"what if" scenarios.
Teach your children that safety is more important than
In other words, it is more important for children to get
themselves out of a threatening situation than it is to be
polite. They also need to know that it is okay to tell you
what happened, and they won't be tattletales.
The Importance of Having a Good Photo of Your Child
One of the most important tools for law enforcement to use
in the case of a missing child is an up-to-date,
good-quality photograph. Noted below are some
parents and guardians regarding such a
photograph should be a recent, head-and-shoulders color
photograph of the child in which the face is clearly
seen. It should be of "school-portrait" quality, and the
background should be plain or solid so it does not
distract from the subject.
possible the photograph should be in a digitized form,
and available on a compact disk (CD), as opposed to just
a hard copy. This minimizes the time necessary to scan,
resize, and make color corrects before disseminating it
to law enforcement.
photograph should be an accurate depiction of the child,
not overly posed or "glamorized." Nor should other
people, animals, or objects be in the photograph. The
photograph should not be taken outside, out of focus,
torn, damaged, or very small.
photograph should have space for accurate, narrative
description useful to identify the child such as name,
nickname, height, weight, sex, age, eye color,
identifying marks, glasses, and braces.
photograph should be updated at least every six months
for children 6 years of age or younger and then once a
year, or when a child's appearance changes.
of child's photograph and information should be
maintained in an easily accessible, secure space by the
parents or guardian. The photograph and data should not
be stored in a public database.
Best Practices Guide for Child ID Kits.
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
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 and others.
you are in another city in the South Bay, these are their
direct dial phone numbers to their PD/FD dispatch.
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
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.
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
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, April 13, 2009 to Sunday, April 19, 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
block of 8th St
was a subject going through the recyclables in the
area. An area check met with negative results. The
subject was UTL / GOA.
block of 11th St
was a report of two females in a wht Honda accord
driving around in the area. They were seen going
through the recyclables. An area check for the white
Honda accord met with negative results.
was a bicycle stolen from the area. The bike was
locked in the underground parking garage at the
location. No one was seen or heard.
and Palm Dr
Scavenger of recyclables reported in the area. GOA/UTL
and The Strand
Recyclable scavenger reported in the area. GOA/UTL
car windows broken out by unknown suspect(s). Occ'd
block of Monterey
vehicle was parked in secured area. Window smash,
Drive and 7th St
was a subject going through the recyclables in the
area. An area check met with negative results. The
subject was UTL / GOA.
FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER
Fire Department in the Schools
Representatives of the Hermosa Beach Fire Department will be
present at the School Curriculum Meeting on April 23rd at
Valley View School. The fire department is proposing the
resurrection of a train-the-trainer fire prevention course
that was taught to 6th graders, who in turn taught the lower
grades, several years ago. Firefighter Kim Bridges is
heading up that effort. Firefighter Steve Ramirez is
researching information to provide Basic Aid Training (BAT)
through the American Red Cross. BAT is designed for young
children and does not include CPR.
Additionally, the fire department wants to offer fire
extinguisher training for all teachers and school staff
prior to the start of the next school year. The department
is equipped with a fire extinguisher training prop that
allows for hands on training by all participants.
Last Friday evening, Hermosa Beach firefighters played
softball against a team composed of Hermosa Beach Little
Leaguers for a fundraiser. The fundraiser for the HBLL was
a big success and was covered by KCLA/CBS 2 television
stations. In case you missed it, go to
http://www.cbs2.com/video/. Scroll through the pages
until you get to the news reports for April 17th and click
on the one titled "Firefighters Pitch in for Little League
Fire Extinguisher Recall
conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Kidde XL Fire Extinguishers with model numbers FX340SC,
FX340H, FX340GW, XL5MR, FX210R, FX340SC-2, FX210W,
XL2.5TCZ-4, XL2.5TCZ-3, XL5TCZ-1, E-340-3 are being recalled
due to failure to function. Specific information about the
product recall is available at
or at 1 (888) 345-4407.
LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT
Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer
Hermosa was full of people over the weekend and our call
volume reflected that. However, I received no reports of
any occupant load violations or reports of any complaints of
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.
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.
MBNW CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
are very sorry to inform you that the 2009 Police and Fire
Open House has been cancelled, due to budget cuts. While the
Police Department has always enjoyed opening up the station
to the people in our community and having a chance to meet
face to face, the state of the economy compels us to make
cuts in those areas that are expendable and not critical to
police and fire work. Please spread the word and thank you
for your understanding.
p.m. 300 block of 9th Street
A witness was walking to a friend's house. She looked into
an open garage and saw a black male subject inside. The
subject was wearing a dark baseball cap, jeans and colorful
sneakers and was standing on the running board of a parked
vehicle in the garage. The subject was reaching into the
vehicle through the open moon roof. The witness knew the
subject did not live at the residence. When she arrived at
the friend's house, the friend told her that she had just
seen a similar subject pressing his face against the window
of her house looking into a bedroom. They went to an
upstairs balcony and saw the subject run out of the walkway
and west on 8th Place. Upon investigation they found a side
door which leads into the residence open. They called the
police and officers detained the subject a short time later
and arrested him.
04/13/09 3:30 p.m. - 5:40
p.m. 200 block of 10th Place
The victim left his residence for a short time, leaving a
window open but with a screen on it. When he returned he
noticed the screen had been removed and an iPod was missing.
The iPod was recovered from the same suspect arrested in the
previous incident, along with money and papers that had been
taken from a vehicle that was parked at Trader Joe's.
04/11/09 - 04/13/09 5 p.m. - 10
a.m. 200 block of 7th Street
(Residential Construction Burglary)
The residence is under construction and all doors were left
locked except a 2nd level master bedroom door. When the
victim returned he discovered several empty beer cans on the
kitchen counter. He also found an empty bottle of red wine
that had been taken from the wine cellar. The kitchen
counter is damaged because of red wine stains. There were no
signs of forced entry to the residence.
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.
Click here to see CRIME STATISTICS
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
or the Crime Prevention Information number at (310)
you for your interest and partnership in keeping Redondo
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Volunteer and Get Trained to Help During Emergencies
When you volunteer before, during and/or after an emergency
you learn important skills and procedures. The strengths
you gain also make your community stronger and better
prepared to handle emergencies effectively. The American Red
Cross should be your first stop when your' looking for local
emergency preparedness opportunities
addition, you can get involved with the U.S. Department of
Citizen Corps. The mission of Citizen Corps is to
harness the power of every individual through education,
training, and volunteer service to make communities safer,
stronger and better prepared to respond to the threats of
terrorism, crime, public health issues and disasters of all
South Bay Crime Declines Again
Hermosa Beach showed a 17 percent drop in crime with
declines in every major category except robberies.
"It's hard to pinpoint exactly what you can credit these
to," police Chief Greg Savelli said. "A lot of it has been
awareness through our Neighborhood Watch campaign."
The Neighborhood Watch sends e-mails urging residents to
secure their homes, businesses and cars to prevent thefts,
and puts out information on how to be aware of the
surroundings to avoid becoming vulnerable.
Car break-ins continue to be a problem, just as in all South
It or Lose It"
The theft prevention campaign is one way of educating
citizens how the simple act of placing valuables into the
trunk of their car or out of sight before reaching
your destination or the act of taking valuables with you
from the car can significantly reduce the likelihood of
being a victim of theft.
Are Our Schools Any Safer Today?
the 10th anniversary of the Columbine shootings
approaches, educators point to progress, but experts say
some campuses still fall short.
These days, school security is a mixed bag, he said.
Some schools fall short, mostly at keeping safety plans
updated and well-practiced, and at investing in training.
It's easy to slip on the basics - failing to enforce a
universal ID policy, allowing visitors to enter a building
without signing in, leaving a door unlocked by mistake.
Slow Simmer Syndrome
Long term stress and its consequences such as the Slow
Simmer Syndrome, where behavioral and physical symptoms
slowly appear in Kindergarten and then start presenting more
seriously in 6th, 7th and higher grades due to long term
stress, frustration, and anger can often be due to the lack
of appropriate curriculum and other unmatched demands for
the child's nervous system.
Children are often "set up" by the system (school, community
and parent demands) for developing emotional symptoms and
long term stress.
This constant stress contributes to the Slow Simmer Syndrome
that leads to depression and acting out behavior and its
Monitoring of children for this and other warning flags
should be a goal of all parents.
Through prevention and early recognition, adjustment
problems can be reduced or eliminated using venting
activities, proper developmental placement, attention to
learning styles, curriculum structure etc.
Reactive Depression in Children As a Result Of The
Summation of Long-Term Stress (The Slow Simmer Syndrome)
Stan Walters, Ph.D.
We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from
Planet Pals Green Tip
TODAY, April 22nd is Earth Day.
Celebrate earth day Saturday, April 25th at the
sea lab from 10 AM - 2 PM with games, beach clean up, and
other fun activities. Walk, ride your bike, or take public
transportation and you will receive a free gift.
For more info, go to
Going green is not only good for our earth, but it is also
good for our own health, and our pocketbooks.
For 26 easy ways to help save the planet, go to
C.E.R.T. - Community Emergency
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
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.
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.
Link to the Redondo Beach CERT Alumni association
To Link to the Redondo Beach Fire Department CERT
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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.
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FANNY PACK EMERGENCY KIT
Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch and the 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 Beach.
To receive a kit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or