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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 

 

 

 Thank you for your interest in the HBNW Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log.  We have improved the format to be more "user friendly".  You can click the blue link in the TABLE OF CONTENTS to go directly to your favorite section.  Once you are finished with that section, you can click the BACK TO TOPtop and it will bring you back to this point.  For our readers that like to take your time, please scroll at leisure.  We recurrently make available specific information and sections in the E-News for our residents joining HBNW!  If you cannot open a link, please click HAVING TROUBLE VIEWING THIS E-MAIL? at the top of page and you will be forwarded to a web base version.

 
TABLE OF E-CONTENTS ~ click on BLUE link below to take you directly to your chosen section
:: TOMORROW, MAY 21ST ~ HB BUDGET MEETING
:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log
:: CRIME PREVENTION - Message from Chief Savelli & TIPS FOR HIRING A CONTRACTOR
:: HB FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER ~ WINDSHIELD SURVEY DEFINITION AND MORE...
:: UPCOMING EVENTS ~ PANCAKE BREAKFAST THIS SUNDAY & MAY 31ST KIWANIS BLOOD DRIVE
:: RECOGNITION OF HBNW VOLUNTEERS
:: HB EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - Earthquake Shutoff Valve for Gas Meter & HB Pulse Survey
:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ THURS. JUNE 11TH @ 6:30P.M.
:: IN THE NEWS...
:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB
:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log
:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log
:: ECO-FRIENDLY PLANET PALS
:: HB Amateur (HAM) Radio Association - AUGUST CLASS ADDED
:: SURVIVAL KITS - FREE SHIPPING TO HB
:: TAG YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ Accurate Emergency Services
:: COUNCIL & COMMISSION MEETINGS ONLINE NOW!
:: FOCUS ON SENIORS ~ FANNY PACK STILL AVAILABLE
:: LOCAL PHONE NUMBERS AND WEBSITE
:: CONTACT US AT HBNW
 
HB BUDGET MEETING
CITY COUNCIL
 


Thursday, May 21st at 7:00p.m.

City Council Chambers
 
 
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:  Although the City Council values your comments, the Brown Act generally prohibits the Council from taking action on any matter not listed on the posted agenda.
 

1.

PRELIMINARY BUDGET REVIEW

 
 

a.

MEMO FROM FINANCE DIRECTOR REGARDING CONSIDERATION OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS RELATED TO 2009-10 PRELIMINARY BUDGET:

 
 
 

* Schedule of Restricted/Discretionary Funds

 
 
 

* Fire Department 5-Man Minimum Manning

 
 
 

* Transient Occupancy Tax Increase

 
 
 

* Park Recreation Facility Tax Increase

 
 
 

* Assessment District Process

 
 
 

* Street Improvement Program

 
 

b.

OVERVIEW OF BUDGET CHANGES

 

c.

OVERVIEW OF REVENUE CHANGES

 

d.

REVIEW OF DEPARTMENT EXPENDITURES

 

e.

FORECAST FOR 2010-11

 
 
ADJOURNMENT

 
 
 

HBNW CRIME LOG 

MYN 1

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.
 
 
 
For those of you that are interested in seeing the monthly crime statistics for all crimes in HB, please click the link below. 
 
 
 
 
 
This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR PERMIT looks like for your reference.
  
   

SAMPLE SOLICITOR PERMIT 
 

AREA CRIME LOG

Monday, May 11, 2009 to Monday, May 18, 2009

 

AREA 1  

 BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo St.)

 

AREA 2

 GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and Manhattan border)

 

AREA 3

 RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to Harper/Reynolds)
 
 
 

Abbreviations Used by Officers:
RP    Reporting Party
UTL    Unable to Locate
GOA    Gone on Arrival
FI    Field Identification Card is information taken "in the field" on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing marks, clothing if needed for future contact.

NRD    No Report Desired
ADAST  Advised and/or assisted 
 
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

 
 

 

Area 2

 

422 PC

00 22nd ST

Threats

ARREST MADE

A local transient was arrested for making threats to a couple. The subject was panhandling and drinking alcohol prior to the incident.

       

 

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

 

Area 2

 

422 PC

13th and The Strand

Racial Threats

ARREST MADE

Officers observed two subjects fighting. An investigation resulted in Thomas Banas being arrested for making criminal and racial threats to a subject. Banas is on parole for assault and part of his conditions is to stay out of Hermosa Beach.

       

 

 

Monday, May 18, 2009

Area 1

 

166 PC

400 Herondo

Violation of Restraining Order

ARREST MADE

Officers were called to the apartment by the ex-girlfriend who reported the suspect was kicking down her door. The suspect was reportedly armed and dangerous. Responding officers saw the suspect's vehicle parked nearby and observed the suspect walking to the vehicle. The suspect, Alexander Maldonado was ordered the lay prone on the ground, but started getting up wanting officers to kill him. A Taser was used on the suspect when he tried to get up.  The suspect was arrested without incident. A loaded shotgun was found in the vehicle. The subject also had drug paraphernalia.


 
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STOP CRIME 

 
 
What does the HB Police Department do after an earthquake?
 
After the quake police management (in this scenario) attempt to make contact with the Watch Commander On-Duty to determine the impact of the quake in Hermosa Beach.  (All Police Management Personnel live in the South Bay).  Based on the reports being received we can authorize additional personnel be called in for service.  We also communicate with the Fire Department and our Area G representative to determine if the epicenter jurisdiction is requesting assistance.  The police role is to respond to life saving emergency calls, secure the infrastructure of the community and in a large scale events we would be utilized to evacuate residents and prevent looting of homes and businesses. 
 
Greg Savelli
Chief of Police

 
 
 
TIPS FOR HIRING CONTRACTORS 

Tips include:

  • Get a written estimate. Compare services and prices before making a final decision. Also, read the fine print. Some contractors charge a fee for a written estimate, which is often applied to the cost of subsequent repairs they make.
  • Check references. Contractors should be willing to provide names of previous customers. Call several former customers who had similar work done to make sure they were satisfied with the job.
  • Ask for proof of insurance. Make sure the contractor carries general liability insurance and workers' compensation. If the contractor is not insured, the homeowner may be liable for accidents that occur on the property.
  • Use reliable, licensed contractors. Call your local Better Business Bureau (and other local sources) to inquire about a business before signing a contract.
  • Insist on a written contract. A complete contract should state clearly all tasks to be performed, all associated costs and the payment schedule. Never sign a blank contract or one with blank spaces. Make sure the contract clearly states who will apply for the necessary permits or licenses. Have a lawyer review the contract if substantial costs are involved, and keep a copy for your records.
  • Get guarantees in writing. Any guarantees made by the contractor should be written into the contract. The guarantee should state clearly what is guaranteed, who is responsible for the guarantee and how long the guarantee is valid.
  • Obtain a local building permit, if required. Permits may be required for site work including demolition and reconstruction. Contact your local government for permit information.
  • Make final payments when the work is completed. Do not sign completion papers or make the final payment until the work is completed to your satisfaction. A reputable contractor will not threaten you or pressure you to sign if the job is not finished properly.
  • Pay by check. Avoid on-the-spot cash payments. The safest route is to write a check to the contracting company. A reasonable down payment is 30 percent of the total cost of the project to be paid upon initial delivery of materials. Federal law gives consumers a three-day "cooling off" period for unsolicited door-to-door sales of more than $25.
  • If necessary, cancel a contract in the proper manner. This should be done within three business days of signing. Be sure to follow the procedures for cancellation that are set out in the contract. Send the notification by registered mail with a return receipt to be signed by the contractor.

Consumers should be wary of contractors who:

  • Lack proper identification.
  • Go door-to-door. Persons going door-to-door to damaged homes or phoning victims and claiming to be building contractors could be frauds.
  • Charge fees to put customers on a list or to fill out forms.
  • Offer to increase the amount of your disaster damage assessment. This is not wise and is usually a sure sign of a scam.
  • Ask for cash up front.
  
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe environment.
 
Report Crime - 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 
310-524-2750
 

 
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 parking complaint.
  • 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 in your
    neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal activity.
  • Solicitor just came to your door or are in the neighborhood.
  • Trash diggers.

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

  

Sunday night's earthquake is a subtle reminder from Mother Nature that we must be prepared when disaster strikes.  H1N1 is another reminder that our preparedness must encompass a wide-range of potential circumstances.  Earthquakes are sudden and relatively short-term, though rebuilding following a major earthquake can take years.  H1N1 is a creeping danger that may or may not become worse and could require emergency services and the public to be at high alert for months at a time.

 

Sunday's earthquake also provides an opportunity for me to relate to you what the fire department does after the ground stops shaking.  Following an earthquake, the department will conduct a "windshield survey" of the City.  This means that units and crews will tour the City and note particular trouble spots (i.e. life hazards, fires, flooding, structure damage, street damage, etc).  During this survey we try not to commit a unit to a particular emergency.  The goal is to get the "big picture" and prioritize, or triage, emergencies.  Triage means that we will attempt to mitigate those emergencies that have to most benefit for the most people.  In essence, because resources are severely stretched in a disaster scenario, triage is necessary in attempting to do the most good for the most people.

 

This is where the citizens come in.  A program such as Map Your Neighborhood is a great benefit to the fire department.  Organized neighborhoods are better able to take care of themselves and free up fire and police resources for major emergencies.  Neighborhood Watch Block Captains are also very helpful in that they provide us with a contact who can give us a summary on the condition of their particular block/neighborhood.

 

H1N1 has provided us with a test run for when and if Avian Flu (H5N1) ever becomes widely transmittable between humans and reaches pandemic proportions.  In particular, we must note that schools closed in some areas in response to H1N1 and presented parents with child care issues.  Who will take care of your children if you are still working and the schools close?  Be prepared in case the banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, etc., close for a while in a widespread H5N1 pandemic or following a major earthquake.  Now is the time to answer questions such as these.

 

H1N1 has also helped remind us why simple, basic hygiene is so important.  Remember, the recommendations to avoid infection of H1N1 and any other flu is:

 

·         Stay home if you are sick.

·         Wash your hands often.

·         Cover your cough.

·         Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth).

 

Another consideration in disaster preparedness is that it may be three to seven days before outside assistance reaches our City.  Therefore, it is important to be stocked up on the essentials, such as bottled water, canned food, batteries, flashlights, radios, etc.

 

The events of the last month are reminders that disaster preparedness is important.  The Big One may never strike in our lifetime and H5N1 may never reach pandemic or epidemic proportions.  No one can predict when or if these events will occur.  However, we know that they are possible and that it would be prudent to prepare ourselves, our families, and our neighborhood...just in case.


 


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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 

HBFD

We 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
 

 
Celebrated on 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 and visitors. 
 
 
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.
 

Hermosa Beach Firefighters Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  For more information about the event, visit the website  www.hbfirefighters.com
  


 Blood Drive
 

 

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RECOGNITION OF HBNW VOLUNTEERS
 
  
We want to THANK Block Captain Anne Sassano in the 800-900 Block of 15th Street for hosting a Map Your Neighborhood meeting on her block with 9 of her residents.
 

 

THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster preparedness neighborhood program. 
 
To view all Active Blocks in HBNW, click here.
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. 
 

 
Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings
 
   
JUNE 2009
 
June 3
Linda Verbrugge & Ann Marie Griffin
1400 - 1500 block of Bonnie Brae Street
 
June 10
Manny Serrano
800 - 900 Block of Monterey Blvd.
 
June 24
Steve Silver
900 - 1000 block of 16th Street
   
 
JULY 2009 
 
July 8
Jay Perreault
Hill Street 
 
July 22
Donna Gin
1100-1200 block of 21st Street 
 
July 29
Nancy Fulton Rogers
100 block of 34th Street
 
AUGUST 2009 
 
August 12
Hilary Young
1900 block of Ardmore and Ava Avenue
 
August 26
Tom Gombas
1100 block of Palm Drive 
 
SEPTEMBER 2009 
 
Sept 16
Hayley Larkin
00 block of Hermosa Ave 
 



 
 
 
 
HB Disaster Preparedness Logo 
 
 

HBNW has two Block Captain's that have offered their services to install an automatic earthquake shutoff valve on your gas meter.  We have listed their contact information below and have no preference in which company you choose.  We appreciate both of these HBNW residents for offering to assist neighbors in preparedness.  HBNW is neutral on whether your home should or should not get a shutoff valve.  It is your choice based on your research and your peace of mind.

 

horiz. gas valve       vert. gas valve

 

 

The recent 5.0 earthquake was a reminder to all of us that we live in earthquake country.  If you do not have an automatic earthquake valve installed on your home, now is the time.  

  • Automatic shut-off valves were highly recommended in the Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) training.  
  • According to the MYN training, 67% of homes that caught on fire after the Northridge earthquake were due to gas leaks. 
  • Automatic gas shutoff valves will turn your gas off in the event of a 5.4 or greater earthquake.
  • If you are out-of-town, you won't have to worry about getting someone else to coming to your house to check the gas meter.


 

Block Captain David Vialpando of Pacific Coast Plumbing Co. (PCPC) will offer a discounted price on automatic earthquake shutoff valves to Neighborhood Watch members.   Call for a quote: (310) 629-5890. 

Pacific Coast Plumbing Co. can install an earthquake valve on the average home with a 1 1/4" or smaller gas main for $390.00.

 

 

 

Block Captain Scott Bozeman, Hermosa neighbor and licensed plumber and owner of Bozeman Pool Plumbing, is offering a flat rate price for HBNW members*.  Most households require either a 3/4" valve or a1 1/2" valve.  Installation and 3/4" valve is $300.  Installation and 1 1/2" valve is $450.   *Should the property have special circumstances, Scott will come out for a free quote.
Call Scott at (310) 490-7121 to schedule your appointment today.

 

 

 

PCPC and Scott Bozeman both use the

"Red Little Firefighter" brand of seismic valve that is endorsed by the City of Los Angeles whose valves are tested and approved.




 
 
survey 
 
 
 
HB Ready "Pulse" Survey 2009

At this time, more than ever, it is important
for us to assess how prepared we are as a
community.

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
 
When Disaster Strikes, it's too late to prepare. 
 
 

Map Your Neighborhood Logo


 
READY THE RESIDENT 
  
THURSDAY, JUNE 11TH
6:30P.M. - 9:00P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS 
 
  MYN materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a MYN bag (see below) provided when you pre-register.
 
Reserve your seat
TODAY! 

 
 
Thank you for pre-registering!
 
HBNW Block Captain Jay Perreault 
 
HBNW Resident & HB Chaplain Gila Katz 

HBNW Resident's Brenda Mayorga and Dino Garland

 
HB Resident Tracy Bonano
 
HBNW Block Captain Cathy Lieb

Lonna Calhoun

President, Board of Directors
COPE Preparedness
Community Outreach Promoting Emergency Preparedness

Michelle Riebeling
 
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 street.

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.

  Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.

Visit MorePrepared online to purchase the MYN bag 

MYN bag

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IN THE NEWS...
 

 

Sunday's 4.7 jolt a nerve-jangling reminder of quake dangers

As soon as his home stopped shaking, Ken Hartley switched on his ham radio and began listening for updates from Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association members.

The group spent a couple hours after Sunday's earthquake trading information. And though no major injuries or damage were reported in the area, the rattler was a perfect dress rehearsal that scientists agreed could have been much worse.

"People are more into cell phones and computers now," Hartley said, "but they don't always realize that when their stuff doesn't work, ours will."

Though the quake resulted in no serious injuries or substantial damage in the South Bay cities, Los Angeles International Airport or the Port of Los Angeles, the magnitude-4.7 temblor and subsequent aftershocks rattled enough nerves to get some people thinking about the next quake.

By Monday afternoon, four people had contacted Hartley to learn more about ham radios, and a handful of folks sought information about disaster preparedness from Hermosa's tightly knit Neighborhood Watch, said co-founder Kelly Kovac-Reedy.

"It was just another little friendly reminder that the `Big One' they talk about is definitely going to be scary," she said. "The more prepared we can be, the better."

http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_12399006

 

 

ATM card users victimized at Redondo Beach Arco

As many as 1,000 people who used ATM cards to buy gas at a Redondo Beach service station have become victims of thieves who intercepted their personal information and withdrew $200,000 from their bank accounts, police said Wednesday. Theft reports began trickling in to the police station on May 12, but ballooned as the week progressed. The common denominator: Each victim had used a automated teller machine card at the Arco station at Prospect Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. "Some of our own police officers have been victims," Redondo Beach police Sgt. Phil Keenan said. "I would recommend to anybody who has gone to the Arco at Prospect and PCH: `Scrutinize your bank statements."'  
 
 


JOHN BOGERT: It'll be up to us when the Big One hits


In a giant quake, in a really big monster like the one waiting cocked and ready on our end of the San Andreas Fault, there will be lots of hurt.

There will be damaged hospitals and an overwhelming number of injuries along with collapsed buildings, fires and millions of people who will suddenly realize that the freeway bridges we drive under and across each day have suddenly become roadblocks.

The people in charge of our safety couldn't be more graphic in their advice. They have been reminding us for decades that we will be on our own for at least three days.


http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_12397091

 

 

Magnitude 4.7 Earthquake Jolts Los Angeles

Seismologist Lucy Jones of the USGS said that it appears the earthquake appears to be consistent with a rupture on the Newport-Inglewood fault. She added that as the quake didn't break to the surface, it is difficult to identify any fault. The same fault was responsible for the 6.3 magnitude Long Beach quake in 1933 , said Jones.

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-5-earthquake-losangeles,0,293623.story

NOTE: In almost every report I have heard or read, when people felt the earthquake many reported that they began to panic and run.  This is why there are many injuries after an earthquake that could have been prevented.  The safest plan to follow is to DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!  Practice it now.

Drop, cover, and hold on!

Learn what to do during an earthquake, whether you're at home, at work, at school or just out and about. Taking the proper actions, such as "Drop, Cover, and Hold On", can save lives and reduce your risk of death or injury. During earthquakes, drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

http://www.earthquakecountry.info/roots/seven_steps.html

"According to a study from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), 55% of the injuries during the 1994 Northridge earthquake were caused by falling furniture or objects. Only one percent of injuries were caused by building damage. Other injuries were due to people falling or behaving dangerously. Many of these injuries could have been prevented through actions taken before the earthquake."

http://www.daretoprepare.org/whysecure.html

 

Quake rattles the Southland, how prepared were you?

Sunday night's 4.7 tembler and subsequent aftershocks that rattled the Los Angeles area reminds us all that disaster can strike at any time. While the quake left no significant damage, plenty of nerves were rattled and many were left wondering just how prepared are we if the 'Big One' hits?

Scientists are predicting with near certainty that a catastrophic earthquake will strike Southern California within the next 20 years.

The Red Cross encourages everyone to be prepared and offers the following tips on what to do when the shaking begins:

 

  • DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON! Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you're sure it's safe to exit. Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
  • If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
  • If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

 

http://redcrossla.org/news/now-is-the-time-to-be-quake-safe

 

WHO chief does not raise swine flu alert level

GENEVA (AP) -- The chief of the World Health Organization says she is not raising the world swine flu alert level just yet. ...

WHO chief Dr. Margaret Chan says the swine flu epidemic is in "a grace period" with the WHO alert remaining at phase 5 out of a possible six for the last month. She told the WHO annual assembly on Monday that no one can say how long this period will last.

Chan says the danger now is that the swine flu virus could mix with other flu strains and become more dangerous. ...

Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the WHO meeting that the outbreak is "not winding down" in the United States and "widespread transmission" continues. He also said the epidemic also was not over in Mexico.

 

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/MED_SWINE_FLU?SITE=NYPLA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

 

 

 

Stakes rise as drug war threatens to cross border

The violence that has spilled over into the U.S. has been restricted to the players in the drug trade -- trafficker-on-trafficker, DEA agents say. But law enforcement officials and analysts who spoke with CNN agree that it is only a matter of time before innocent people on the U.S. side get caught in the cartel crossfire.

"It's coming. I guarantee, it's coming," said Michael Sanders, a DEA spokesman in Washington.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/05/18/mexico.us.cartels/index.html?eref=rss_topstories


 

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CODE RED
 
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.
 
The CodeRED system gives city officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages.
 
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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

MBNW CRIME LOG

Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

 
Area 6
05/12/09                        1:30 a.m. - 7:15 a.m.                 200 block of 2nd Place
(Grand Theft) Unknown suspect(s) took a basket full of miscellaneous items that had been left next to the victim's house by the trash cans. The items were placed there for a friend to pick up. Some of the items were left behind, but other items including a set of knives, assorted kitchen tools, serving spoons and two chef coats were taken. No suspects were seen or heard.
 
Area 8
05/13/09                        6:25 p.m.                                  Meadows Avenue and Tennyson
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked the vehicle on the street. A witness observed a male acting suspiciously, who then ran down the street to the vehicle. The suspect punched the passenger side front window and removed a black object, later determined to be a GPS system, and some papers from the vehicle. The suspect got into the back seat of a gray 4-door vehicle that was parked on Meadows and was driven westbound on Tennyson, out of sight. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 40 years of age, medium build, shaved head, wearing a gray and white striped tank top, gray pants, and gloves.
 
Area 1
05/08/09                                    11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.             2200 block of Manzanita Lane
(Theft of Bicycle) The victim placed his unlocked road bike on the side of his house and placed his helmet, gloves and riding glasses on the seat. When he returned, he discovered the bicycle and helmet were missing. He observed a strand cruiser that did not belong to him, parked in his driveway and his glasses and gloves were on the curb outside his house. No suspects were seen or heard.
 
Area 3
05/08/09 - 05/09/09                   9 p.m. - 5:30 a.m.                     1900 block of Walnut Avenue
(Grand Theft from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) took a stand-up paddle board that had been strapped to the roof rack of the victim's vehicle. The vehicle had been parked in the driveway.
 
Area 5
05/08/09 - 05/11/09                   5 p.m. - Noon                            2200 block of Crest Drive
(Theft from Garage) The victim parked his unlocked vehicle in his garage. When he returned he discovered a drill had been taken from a container inside his truck and a set of tools and a wrench were missing from a work bench in the garage. No suspects were seen or heard.


 
 
 
 
RBNW / RBPD CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 


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PLANET PALS

 

Weekly Green Tip from Planet Pals.

 

This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:

The City of Hermosa Beach website now has a "green" page that promotes smart growth issues, including energy efficiency, a reduced carbon footprint, waste reduction, transportation, environmental health and water conservation. 
 
Visit http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=9hehs8cab.0.a4jqu8cab.8qu6oecab.414&ts=S0398&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hermosabch.org%2Fresidents%2Fgreen%2F to get information and links to programs that will reduce utility bills for local residents and businesses. 
 
In addition, the newly appointed Hermosa Beach Green Task Force will be working on programs including waste reduction, re-use and recycling, water conservation, storm water management, sustainable transportation, sustainable design and energy efficiency in residential, commercial and public buildings, and developing a climate action plan ('Cool Cities'). The Task Force will work with the City, agencies and organizations to address policies, services and programs on these topics, subject to City Council approval. 
 
Visit the Hermosa Beach Green Task Force booth (outside Hibachi on Pier Ave) at Fiesta Hermosa this weekend to learn more about what we are doing and how to get involved.  Email questions to Elizabeth Riley.

 


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JOIN THE AMATEUR (HAM)RADIO TEAM! 
 
We know 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) RECOMMENDED
- 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.
 


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SURVIVAL KITS
 


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We want to help you get prepared! 
 
 
 Hermosa Beach residents receive FREE SHIPPING TO HB. 
 
Enter HB2007 at checkout.

 
 
 
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. (1) 8.5" x 11" Laminated Map Page.
  2. (1) 8.5" x 11" Label Page.
  3. (5) 2.5" x 3.5" (approximate size) Location Signs.
  4. (1) 11" x 17" Instruction Page.
  5. (1) Gas Valve Shut Off Wrench.
  6. (2) Nylon Zip Ties.
  7. (2 feet) of small link chain or elastic cord.
  8. (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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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 Beach.  
 

 
To receive a kit, please contact tracy@saferhermosabeach.com or call 310-374-1828.
 

 
 
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