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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
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
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
This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR PERMIT looks like
for your reference.
AREA CRIME LOG
Monday, May 25, 2009 to Sunday, May 31, 2009
BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo
GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and Manhattan
RED (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
Monday, May 25, 2009
block of Hermosa Av
Theft of Bicycle
Unknown suspect cut the lock securing a Micargi
model Tahiti beach crusier. The bicycle is
yellow with a pink basket.
block of Hermosa Av
Vandalism to Vehicle
Unknown suspect walked over the top of the
vehicle and jumped on the roof of the vehicle
block of The Strand
Theft of Bicycle
Unknown suspect cut the lock securing the
bicycle a Schwinn Chopper style bike. The
bicycle had a 4" wide rear wheel and was
black/dark grey in color with red flames.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
block of PCH
Unknown suspects took a 2007 Acura MDX black in
color with California license plate 5YLJ206
block of Gould
Theft from Unlocked Vehicle
Unknown suspect(s) took a Canon EOS digital
camera and 70-200mm lens was removed from an
Friday, May 29, 2009
block of Manhattan Ave
suspect entered the unlocked vehicle looking for
cash. The suspect located the vehicle keys and
drove away. The Victim heard his vehicle leaving
and called the police. The suspect was stopped
in the 1100 block of PCH and arrested.
block of 25th St
Vandalism to Vehicle
Unknown suspects are letting the air out of the
tires on the Victim's vehicle.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
do not recommend confronting suspects and prefer you call
police and note the description of the suspect, the vehicle,
the license plate number and direction of travel. If you
react, and attempt to detain a subject, be sure that someone
is calling police, and that you consider your safety and
what will you do if the suspect resists. In this scenario,
having two people confront this subject is likely what
prevented him from fighting and/or fleeing. Again, your
safety and that of your family is our priority and the loss
of personal property is often not worth the risk.
block of Beach Drive
Theft from Open Garage
suspect entered an open garage and took a
bicycle. The suspect was detained by a neighbor
and the Victim as he was putting the bicycle in
his vehicle. Good observation and actions on the
part of the Victim and neighbor.
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SUMMER FUN AT THE BEACH
Los Angeles County
Lifeguard, Hermosa Beach
Los Angeles County
Department of Beaches & Harbors, Hermosa Beach
Here's some ocean safety tips:
Never turn your back on the ocean!
Swim at beaches with lifeguards.
Check with lifeguards for conditions.
Read and observe posted sign warnings.
Watch children carefully. Hold on to the younger ones.
Watch the surf for at least 15 minutes before entering
Never attempt to swim at the water's edge during big
Never surf or bodyboard in big waves unless you are an
Never rely on your board or leash as a substitute for
your swimming ability.
Never swim in big surf if you are not a strong swimmer.
Do not drink alcohol or do drugs and swim.
If In Doubt, Just Stay Out!
Everybody loves beaches. There's nothing better than hanging
with your friends and family on a beach soaking up the rays
and taking a dip.
If we are spending time in the company of friends or family,
keeping an eye on the security of your possessions is less
of a problem. If, however, your activity is a solo excursion
you will have to take sole charge for protecting your
belongings. Limiting the amount of things that you take with
you, to the beach for instance, will mean you have less
things to keep your eye on, which will enable you to be less
On the beach keeping your possessions dry will be your
primary concern. Protecting your mobile phone, ipod or
camera from sand damage is also a good idea. Ensuring you
only take the essential items you need however, will mean
you will be able to relax knowing that your belongings are
safe. Therefore do not take too much money with you, and
leave your credit cards safely stored in your home, hotel
room or hotel safe.
Securing your items in waterproof travel bags is a sensible
idea. There are many different types of waterproof travel
bags and pouches available on the market, so make sure you
choose one that has an effective sealing mechanism.
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe
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
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
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.
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FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER
Novel Flu H1N1 Update
Local, state, and federal agencies continue to monitor novel
flu H1N1. The latest figures from the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) for California is 804
infections, with 10,053 nationwide. Today's Los Angeles
Times reported two deaths in California attributed to the
novel flu H1N1, one middle-aged female in LA County who had
underlying health problems and one middle-aged male in San
Bernardino County. There have been 17 other confirmed
deaths from novel flu H1N1 nationwide. The CDC is expecting
additional illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths with this
However, it must be noted that this virus appears to be no
more virulent than and is transmitted similarly as the
seasonal flu. There is a wide variety of guidance available
The most important protection is hand washing. Dr. Jonathan
Fielding of the Los Angeles County Department of Public
Health recommends that the duration of hand washing be
equivalent to singing 'Happy Birthday' twice.
Earthquake activity in our area has continued over the past
week. Aftershocks from the May 17th 4.7 magnitude
earthquake are ranging in severity from the 1.2 to 2.5
magnitude. Additional information is available online from
United States Geological Service (USGS)
With the focus of the past month on Swine Flu and the May
17th earthquake, I would like to remind everyone that the
daily danger to fire and its consequences is ever-present.
Remember to have a smoke detector installed in every room
(bedrooms, den, living room, etc) and in the hallway.
Almost all fires start small and an effective tool against
small fires is available for every household: a fire
extinguisher. The Hermosa Beach Fire Department and Hermosa
Beach Neighborhood Watch recommends each household have at
least two (2) fire extinguishers.
HBNW, HBPD & More Prepared will be present at this fair!
Please stop in to say HI.
Visit the website
HERE for tickets.
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RECOGNITION OF HBNW VOLUNTEERS
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.
Upcoming 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
Nancy Fulton Rogers
100 block of 34th Street
1100-1200 block of 21st Street
1900 block of Ardmore and Ava Avenue
1100 block of Palm Drive
00 block of Hermosa Ave
Pacifica Villas Condo Complex
During an Earthquake
There are actions you can take, even while an earthquake is
happening, that will reduce your chances of being hurt.
Lights may be out, and hallways, stairs, and room exits may
be blocked by fallen furniture, ceiling tiles, and other
Planning for these situations will help you to take action
If an earthquake strikes, you may be able to take cover
under a heavy desk or table. It can provide you with air
space if the building collapses. If you get under a
table and it moves, try to move with it.
Inner walls or door frames are the least likely to
collapse and may also shield against falling objects. If
other cover is not available, go to an inner corner of
the doorway, away from windows or glass panels.
Stay away from glass and hanging objects, and bookcases,
china cabinets, or other large furniture that could
fall. Watch for falling objects, such as bricks from
fireplaces and chimneys, light fixtures, wall hangings,
high shelves, and cabinets with doors that could swing
Grab something to shield your head and face from falling
debris and broken glass.
If the lights go out, use a battery-operated flashlight.
Don't use candles, matches, or lighters during or after
the earthquake. If there is a gas leak, an explosion
Get under a desk and stay away from windows and outside
walls. Stay in the building. The electricity may go out, and
the sprinkler systems may come on. DO NOT use the elevators.
Crowded Indoor Public Places
If you are in a crowded public place, do not rush for the
will have the same idea. Move away from display shelves
containing objects that may fall. If you can, take cover and
grab something to shield your head and face from falling
debris and glass.
If outdoors, move away from buildings and utility wires. The
greatest danger from falling debris is just outside doorways
and close to outer walls. Once in the open, stay there until
the shaking stops.
If you are in a moving automobile, stop as quickly and
safely as possible and move over to the shoulder or curb,
away from utility poles, overhead wires, and under- or
overpasses. Stay in the vehicle, set the parking brake, and
turn on the radio for emergency broadcast information. A car
may jiggle violently on its springs, but it is a good place
to stay until the shaking stops. If you are in a
life-threatening situation, you may be able to reach someone
with either a cellular or an emergency roadside assistance
you drive on, watch for hazards created by the earthquake,
such as breaks in the pavement, downed utility poles and
wires, a fallen overpasses and bridges.
Thank you CDC for this information.
HB Ready "Pulse" Survey 2009
time, more than ever, it is important
to assess how prepared we are as a
survey is a "Pulse" of the
distributed last year and will take
minutes to complete.
take a moment to fill out the survey.
Daily Breeze online poll asks "Do you have an earthquake
When Disaster Strikes, it's too late to prepare.
READY THE RESIDENT
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 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
HBNW Block Captain Martha Logan
HBNW Block Captain Molly Jo Gee
HBNW Block Captain Maggie Dettelbach
HBNW Block Captain Barbara York
HBNW Resident Isabel Rodriguez
HBNW Resident Kathy Cook
President, Board of Directors
Community Outreach Promoting Emergency Preparedness
Michelle Riebeling Asst.
to J. Featherstone, LA City Emergency Management Dept.
Raytheon Information Assurance Security Officer
"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.
together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the
first hour following a disaster and take the necessary
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IN THE NEWS...
General Motors files for bankruptcy protection
filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday as part of
the Obama administration's plan to shrink the automaker to a
sustainable size and give a majority ownership stake to the
GM's bankruptcy filing
is the fourth-largest in U.S. history and the largest for an
industrial company. The company said it has $172.81 billion
in debt and $82.29 billion in assets.
Calif. wants federal government to back its loans
AIG was too big to fail, how about the world's
a move with only one modern-day precedent, California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic lawmakers are pressing
the Obama administration and members of Congress for federal
loan guarantees to help the state out of a desperate,
As economy worsens, fake check scams spread
1.3 million Americans have fallen for this trick, according
to CFA report
The CFA survey pinpoints one reason why this scam is so
successful. Most people (59 percent of those responding)
mistakenly believe that when you deposit a check or money
order, your bank confirms that it is good before letting you
withdraw the money. Forty percent believed they would not be
held responsible if the check or money order turned out to
be counterfeit. Wrong!
The bottom line
It's not very hard to protect yourself from these fake check
scams. In fact, Carmen Christopher, an attorney with the
Federal Trade Commission, was able to sum it up in one
sentence. "If you get a check that requires you to wire
money - don't do it!"
Harbor Gateway resident reportedly kills robber in home
Two men flee the scene in a vehicle, according to witness.
resident of a Harbor Gateway house shot and killed one of
three men who invaded his home Sunday morning, neighbors,
police and firefighters said.
Torrance homeowner foils robbery attempt
Two armed attempted robbers became frustrated and fled after
a fight with their intended victim at a home in Torrance on
Sunday night, police said.
The men knocked on a door at about 11:30 p.m. in the 1700
block of Plaza del Amo, and pointed guns at a man who
answered, Sgt. Bernard Anderson said. The suspects then
forced their way into the home and fought with the victim,
Ron commented on the article saying,
bought a fairly cheap "nanny camera" & mounted it in the
front window pointing to the front of the door. It goes to
"Video 2" on the regular flat panel TV. Can see who is at
the front door (infra red lighting in the camera) without
opening the door."
County has 1st confirmed swine flu death
Health officials today announced the first confirmed death
in Los Angeles County of a person infected with the flu A
H1N1, also known as swine flu.
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
MBNW CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
05/21/09 - 05/26/09 7:30 p.m. - 8:30
a.m. 1400 block of 17th Street
Theft) The victim parked her vehicle on the
street near her residence and is fairly sure it was locked
and alarmed. Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle by
unknown means and ransacked it, but nothing appeared to be
05/23/09 - 05/24/09 9 p.m. - 3:30
p.m. 900 block of Peck Avenue
of bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) took the
victim's bicycle from the locked garage. It is believed the
suspect(s) pushed the garage door aside enough for it to be
opened and removed the bike.
05/15/09 11:15 a.m. - 4:15
p.m. 200 block of Meadows Avenue
(Residential Burglary) The residence was
secured upon exiting. When the homeowners returned they
found a window on the east side had been shattered by an
unknown object. Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence,
ransacked several rooms and took numerous items including
three television sets, two laptop computers, three purses
and three pairs of sunglasses.
05/19/09 - 05/20/09 10:30 p.m. - 6:10
a.m. 800 block of Rosecrans Avenue
Burglary) The victim parked and locked his
vehicle in his driveway and set his alarm. When he returned
to the vehicle the trunk was open and a speaker box,
amplifier and wiring were missing from the trunk of the
vehicle. It is unknown how suspect(s) accessed the trunk to
steal the items and no suspects were seen or heard.
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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
To subscribe to City of Redondo Beach e-zine service, please
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Weekly Green Tip from
Planet Pals Green Tip
Did you know that if every household in the US replaced just
ONE pack of paper napkins with 100% recycled napkins, we
could save ONE MILLION trees.
Paper towels, toilet paper, and paper napkins are great
items to buy in recycled form. For a list of disposable
paper product brands and recycled content amounts, go to
Another money-saving green option is to replace paper towels
and napkins with dish rags and cloth napkins that can be
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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?
Ken Hartley @ HBARA
Beach Amateur Radio Association
FCC "Technician" course (entrée level)
2 day class for FREE!
Technician License class day 1: Sat. Aug. 15th @ 10:00a.m. -
Technician License class day 2: Sat. Aug. 22nd @ 10:00a.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.
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Order your supplies TODAY!
We want to help you get prepared!
Hermosa Beach residents receive FREE
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Enter HB2007 at checkout.
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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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DON'T MISS A MEETING
SEE ONLINE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
ONLY TIME FOR A QUICK MINUTE?
SEE COUNCILMAN DIVIRGILIO'S
'MEETINGS IN A MINUTE' ON
City Council & All Commission meeting media clips are
arranged by date, with the most recent at the top of the
list. Click Video to view the meeting with documents, or
Agenda / Minutes to see just the documents. You can also
search the archives by typing keywords into the Search box.
Hermosa Beach City Council and All Commission AGENDA'S,
MINUTES AND VIDEO
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
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