Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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HBNW CRIME LOG
Every Monday, Kelly views the
HBPD Daily Activity Logs for the prior week. With the
assistance of Motorcycle Ofc. JR Smith, Dect. Mick
Gaglia 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.
of you that are interested in seeing the monthly crime
statistics for all crimes in HB, please click the link
This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR
PERMIT looks like for your reference.
AREA CRIME LOG
Monday, May 5, 2009
to Sunday, May 10, 2009
BLUE (SOUTHWEST area
bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo St.)
GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier
Ave, PCH and Manhattan border)
RED (Every HB address on PCH and
EAST to Harper/Reynolds)
Abbreviations Used by
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
you to Block Captain Diana Allen and HBNW Resident
Karlee McCarroll for your e-mail and call to us
regarding the solicitation for
curb painting by Canning Hunger, Inc. We did
confirm with Ashley in the City Finance Dept. that they
currently hold a valid permit. She provided us with a
description of the people that will be walking the
neighborhoods. If you would like to donate to their
cause, we do encourage you to get the curb painting as
it proves to be very beneficial for the police and fire
departments. You can learn more about them by visiting
website. If you have any concerns about their
solicitors, please call Canning Hunger at 562-690-3035
and/or the HB non-emergency dispatch number at
310-524-2750 to report suspicious behavior to the
800 block of 15th Street
Victim left her vehicle unlocked. GPS unit taken
from vehicle. No suspect info.
1200 block of 20th Street
Stolen bikes from victim's driveway, no suspect
500 block of 20th Street
There were subjects seen collecting recyclables in
the area. The area was check and met with negative
results, they were GOA/UTL
2400 block of Myrtle
Male subject in sliver truck going through trash.
Manhattan and 30th Street
Male Hispanic in red truck going through trash. GOA/UTL
1400 block of Manhattan Ave
Expensive bicycle and golf clubs stolen from open
detached garage some time during the day by unknown
00-Unit block of 16th Court
Bike removed from open garage, Electra Ratrod 3 Mat
Blk silver and red flames
National Police Week,
which occurs each year during the week in which May 15
falls, recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law
enforcement. Established by a joint resolution of
Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special
recognition to those law enforcement officers who have
lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and
protection of others.
HBNW recognizes our HB
Public Works Department, especially the men at
the City Yard, for their dedication to the
program. We include them in the Crime
Prevention Section as they purchase and install
the Neighborhood Watch Signs that are placed on
the block that completes an Introduction Block
Meeting with the HBNW Team. They are also core
coordintors in the planning and execution of
National Night Out and the Santa Ride.
National Public Works Week (NPWW) is a
celebration of the tens of thousands of men and
women in North America who provide and maintain
the infrastructure and services collectively
known as public works.
Instituted as a public education campaign by the
American Public Works Association (APWA) in
1960, NPWW calls attention to the importance of
public works in community life. The Week seeks
to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung
heroes of our society-the professionals who
serve the public good every day with quiet
Kids and the Law
addresses a number of issues
important to parents of minor children including:
Kids and the Law was first published
in 1996 after a State Bar survey revealed that many
kids were unclear about certain laws and the
consequences for breaking them.
- drugs and alcohol
- dress codes
- children's privacy
- juvenile court
- crime (graffiti, weapons,
When You Become 18
addresses a number of issues important to
young adults, including information about laws related
- hate crimes
- jury duty
- military service
Seniors & the Law
A Guide for Maturing Californians The guide addresses a
number of issues confronting seniors including:
- Finances and debt
- Social Security and insurance
- Housing and caregiving
- Elder abuse/elder fraud
- Grandparents' rights
- Divorce and remarriage
- Estate planning and legal services
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
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 and others.
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.
FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER
are proud to serve as your first line of response in the
case of fire, emergency (911) or natural disaster to the
19,000 residents and over 100,000 annual visitors to the
City of Hermosa Beach, California.
The 18 members of the Hermosa Beach Firefighters Association
donate personal time and resources to raise money and
community awareness for many local and national charities
including the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation, Parent
Teacher Organization, Hermosa Beach Little League, Mira
Costa Scholarship Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,
The Burn Foundation and Muscular Dystrophy Society to name a
few. Join us:
13th Annual Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, May 24th, 2009
7:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Hermosa Beach Fire Department
Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend, this annual
tradition showcases the culinary talents of the Hermosa
Beach Firefighters as they cook a hearty pancake,
sausage and fruit breakfast for Hermosa Beach residents
Children 4 years
and under eat FREE, age 5 to 12 years eat for $5, those
over 13 are $10. By mentioning HB Neighborhood
Watch, ONE child (5 - 12 years) will eat FREE with
a paid adult.
Firefighters Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization. For more information about the event,
visit the website www.hbfirefighters.com
First 75 kids get a SWAG BAG!
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RECOGNITION OF HBNW VOLUNTEERS
Last Thursday night at
6:30p.m. at the Hermosa View School, HBNW invited 24
Block Captain's in the Northeast corner of our city to
walk to the Multi Purpose Room for a quick MEET & GREET
for the purpose of facial recognition. Should there be
an emergency, we wanted the Block Captain's in this area
to know who each other are and be able to identify
them. We will continue to connect our Block Captain's
together by their area in the near future.
Thank you to Donna Gin,
Janine Bozeman, Gloria Vialpando, Terrie Sanchez, Kent
Allen, Linda Verbrugge, Mordy Benjamin Steve Silver,
Paula Barksdale, Erin Phillips, Dina Brasso and Barbara
York for attending.
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
Introduction Block Meetings
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
00 block of Hermosa Ave
HB IS PROACTIVE
IN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS AND
like to acknowledge the disaster preparedness efforts,
support and continued commitment by the City of HB City
Manager, City Council, City Departments and the
Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission (EPAC) to
educate, prepare and respond to all hazards that
threaten the livelihood of our residents, businesses and
Last agenda, City Council approved a 25
kW backup diesel generator for the Emergency Operations
Center (EOC) and the Gymnasium. A backup generator is
needed for operation of EOC and the gym during any
emergency where Edison power is not available. The
gymnasium was designated by the American Red Cross as an
acceptable shelter. This week, City Council will be
presented with a
TSUNAMI LOCATION MAP AND RECOMMENDED
SIGNAGE. All tsunamis are
potentially dangerous, even though they may not damage
every coastline they strike. A tsunami can strike
anywhere along most of the U.S. coastlines.
Earthquake-induced movement of the ocean floor most
often generates tsunamis. If a major earthquake or
landslide occurs close to shore, the first wave in a
series could reach the beach in a few minutes, even
before a warning is issued. Areas are at
greater risk if they are less than 25 feet above sea
level and within a mile of the shoreline.
Drowning is the most common cause of death associated
with a tsunami. Tsunami waves and the receding water are
very destructive to structures in the run-up zone. Other
hazards include flooding, contamination of drinking
water, and fires from gas lines or ruptured tanks.
HB Ready "Pulse" Survey 2009
At this time, more than ever, it is important
for us to assess how prepared we are as a
This survey is a "Pulse" of the
survey distributed last year and will take
only 5 minutes to complete.
Please take a moment to fill out the survey.
TAKE SURVEY NOW
Disaster Strikes, it's too late to prepare.
THURSDAY, JUNE 11TH
6:30P.M. - 9:00P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a MYN bag
(see below) provided when you pre-register.
Reserve your seat
Thank you for
Block Captain Jay Perreault
HBNW Resident & HB Chaplain Gila Katz
HBNW Resident's Brenda Mayorga
and Dino Garland
President, Board of Directors
Community Outreach Promoting Emergency Preparedness
Asst. to J. Featherstone,
LA City Emergency Management Dept.
"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 their
MYN will help you to:
together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood
during the first hour following a disaster and take
the necessary actions.
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IN THE NEWS...
Rancho Palos Verdes woman robbed, beaten by pair posing as
A Rancho Palos Verdes woman on Friday
described how two men posing as flower deliverymen forced
their way into her home, pointed a gun at her head and
Are recession, job loss taking a toll on lives?
American Foundation for
If only they had known.
Whether it was the stress of providing for a
wife and two kids, the tough economy, problems at work or
some other reason, that's about all the family of Ronan Bell
can say at this point.
The 35-year-old Venice resident, who grew up
in Hermosa Beach, left many questions unanswered after
apparently committing suicide last month at the Hermosa
"We're just trying to piece it all together,"
said Lea Marlene, Bell's cousin. "He was never the type to
complain, but the economy, the stress of it all, is all we
can come up with. Whatever it was, it's never worth a life."
Hermosa Beach police are still investigating
Bell's death, but authorities across the South Bay are
concerned about the economy's apparent role in a spate of
suicides over the last few months.
Student magazine sales may be scam
The Better Business Bureau has warned about
an increase in fraud among door-to-door student magazine
salespeople. The publication peddlers take orders, but the
magazines never arrive. The students typically have a
hard-luck story or say they are earning money for charity.
"Because sales representatives are typically high school or
college-age, victims readily believe the potentially
fictitious sales pitch and often pay several hundred dollars
for the subscriptions," spokesman Steve Cox said.
The bureau has received more than 1,000 complaints about
fake magazine sales in the last year from 46 states,
In some cases the students were also victims, the agency
said. They were hired by companies to sell magazines
door-to-door and then not given their promised commissions.
Cox said the students were "forced to work long hours,
endure substandard living conditions and have their wages
withheld from them."
Here's a warning sign that you might be getting ripped off:
You must be offered a cancellation form any time you spend
$25 or more on products from a door-to-door salesperson,
according to the Federal Trade Commission's cooling-off
rule. Then you have three days to cancel.
If you're not offered a cancellation form, don't buy. Of
course, if the salesperson were a fraudster, you probably
wouldn't see a refund anyway. Perhaps the best way to make
sure a sale is legitimate is to buy from students you know
or to check with the school the student supposedly
In the fire zone, 'everybody's affected now'
More than 30,500 were placed under evacuation orders. Some
are staying with friends while others sleep on cots at the
Wow, check out how much trash is
picked up on our HB streets!
Please secure your furniture, not only
for a earthquake, but for the safety of small children!
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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 city notifications.
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
MBNW CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
approximately 11 a.m. Valley
Drive and 15th Street
(Robbery) The victim was standing on
the corner waiting for a bus when she felt someone pull
her purse off her shoulder. The suspect ran eastbound on
15th Street with the purse and the victim saw the
suspect drop the purse approximately half way up the
hill. When the victim retrieved her purse she discovered
cash, a credit card, cell phone and driver's license
were missing. The suspect is described as a male
Hispanic adult, between 20 and 25 years old,
approximately 5'1" tall with a medium build. He was
wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black
04/27/09 - 04/28/09 11 a.m. - 2
p.m. 100 block of
(Grand Theft) Unknown suspect(s) took 3
Koi fish from the victim's pond. An orange construction
cone was found near the small electric fence that
protects the pond from animals.
05/02/09 - 05/03/09 9 p.m. - 10:30
a.m. 1st Street and
(Vehicle Vandalism) The victim parked
and locked her vehicle on the street and returned to
discover the windshield was shattered and there were
several dents on the hood and roof of the vehicle.
Several footprints were seen on the vehicle as if
someone had been jumping on the top of the vehicle, but
no suspects were seen or heard.
05/03/09 - 05/04/09 7 p.m. - 8
a.m. 300 block of
(Vehicle Theft) The victim parked his
unlocked vehicle in front of his residence. He noticed
an interior vehicle light was on and the passenger door
was slightly opened. Unknown suspect(s) took a small
plaster hand sculpture from the rear seat.
RBNW / RBPD CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Redondo
Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department
Click here to see CRIME STATISTICS
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Weekly Green Tip from
Planet Pals Green Tip
As summer approaches, we are
all spending more time in our gardens. Follow these tips
from Cal Water to help conserve outdoor water usage and save
money on your water bill!!
- Native plants are used to our climate and therefore
need less water. You may be able to reduce your outdoor
water use significantly. For a list of native plants,
or contact your local garden nursery.
overwater the lawn -
A good way to check is to just step on the grass. If it
springs right back up, you may not need to turn on the
sprinklers. When it's time to water, do it at dawn or dusk
to reduce evaporation.
your sprinkler system -
A sprinkler system can waste water if sprinkler heads are
broken, automatic timers are not adjusted for rain, or
hidden leaks are not detected. Make sure the sprinklers are
located in a place where the water hits the grass and not
the garden hose -
A hose can use 10 gallons of water per minute. Use a broom
instead of a hose to clean patios, walkways, and driveways.
For more water conservation
tips, go to
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JOIN THE AMATEUR (HAM)RADIO TEAM!
how we will communicate when phones, cell
phones and Internet go down. Do you?
FCC "Technician" course (entrée level)
2 day class for FREE!
Technician License class day 1: Sat. Aug. 15th @
10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Technician License class day 2: Sat. Aug. 22nd @
10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Test: Sat, Aug. 29th @ 10:00a.m.
The location is Hesse Park
29301 Hawthorne Blvd.
Rancho Palos Verdes
- No pre-registration required -
- No fee for class -
- Taking the FCC Test is $14 -
Optional Material (available to purchase at class)
- Study book with FCC test questions, $15 -
- Copy of Power Point charts, $10 -
Students (thru grade 12) who take this course and
get their license will be reimbursed up to $40 by
Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association.
HBARA on the web!
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Order your supplies TODAY!
We want to help you get
Beach residents receive FREE
SHIPPING TO HB.
Enter HB2007 at checkout.
Utility Shut Off Kit Description:
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.
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
(1) 11" x 17" Instruction Page.
(1) Gas Valve Shut Off Wrench.
(2) Nylon Zip Ties.
(2 feet) of small link chain or elastic
(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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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.
FOCUS ON SENIORS
FANNY PACK EMERGENCY KIT
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
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