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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

Tuesday, 8/4/09



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In This Newsletter...

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: CRIME PREVENTION ~ Wikipedia Definition


:: HB FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER ~ What is best for our communities? HB & RB discuss consolidation.

:: RECOGNITION OF HBNW VOLUNTEERS ~ BC Deb Wright-DeMaderios and BC Tracy McDonald

:: MOVIE IN THE PARK ~ KUNG FU PANDA. Great movie night for the family!

:: HB EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ~ September is National Emergency Preparedness Month.


:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log

:: HB Amateur (HAM) Radio Association - 1st day of class is August 15th


:: TAG YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ Accurate Emergency Services







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. 


Hermosa Beach Police Department Monthly Report 



This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR PERMIT looks like for your reference.     


Monday, July 27, 2009 to Sunday, August 2, 2009


AREA 1  

 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 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 

 Tuesday July 28, 2009


Area 1


487 PC

2nd Street/Monterey Blvd

Theft from Unlocked Vehicle

The Victim walked away from her vehicle leaving the door unlocked. When the Victim returned the inside of the vehicle was ransacked and her purse, left on the floorboard, was gone. A diamond ring worth $10,000 was inside the purse when it was taken.




Area 2


496 PC

00 - Unit block of 16th Court

Possession of a Stolen Bike

Officers responded to a call of a suspicious person and detained two subjects on bicycles. An officer recognized one bike as possibly stolen from the Pier Plaza last week. The bike was determined to be the stolen bicycle and the suspect was arrested. The suspect also had a burglary warrant out of the Sheriff's department.



Area 2


484 PC

00 - Unit Block of 17th Street

Theft of Bicycles

Two unlocked bicycles were left on the side of the house. The Victim returned found the two bicycles gone and replaced with two other bicycles.



            Friday July 31, 2009


Area 2


484 PC

Valley Park

Theft of Bicycle

Unknown suspect cut the lock on the bicycle and removed it. The bicycle is described as a Schwinn Strand cruiser all black with a black basket.





Area 2


484 PC

00 - Unit Block of 14th St

Theft of Bicycle

At 2:22 PM, a suspect was caught on video taking a locked bicycle from the carport area of a hotel.  Officers are trying to identify the suspect.





Saturday August 1, 2009


Area 2


459 PC

3400 block of Highland

Residential Burglary

An unknown suspect entered the residence by removing a screen and entering through an open window. The suspect took $300 in cash and two wrist watches.  The residents were away at the 6 man volleyball tournament in Manhattan Beach.




Area 2


484 PC

1601 PCH

Theft from Gym Locker

The Victim left her property inside an unlocked locker in the woman's locker room. When she returned 20 minutes later, her wallet and ear rings were taken. The Victim was cancelling her credit cards while talking to the officer taking the report.




Sunday August 2, 2009


Area 3


484 PC

1400 block of PCH

Theft of Purse

The Victim returned to her vehicle in the 1400 block  of PCH and placed her purse on top of a newspaper rack while she loaded items into her vehicle. She drove away leaving the purse behind. She returned 10 minutes later and it was gone.  




Area 1


211 PC

100 Block of 8th Street


The Victim was struck on the back of the head and knocked to the ground. The male suspect yelled at the Victim to give him his wallet. The suspect left with the wallet and a Blackberry phone. The suspect vehicle is an older Mercedes Benz four door white in color. There were three male black adults and a female black adult in the suspect vehicle.




Area 2


487 PC

00 - Unit Block of 16th Court

Theft of 4 Bicycles

The Victim had four bicycles chained to an outside stairwell. Unknown suspect(s) cut the locks and removed all four bicycles.




Area 1


10851 CVC

400 Block Monterey

Vehicle Theft

Unknown suspect(s) took a 94 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck from the carport area. The vehicle was later recovered by Torrance Police on 08/03/2009.



Area 1


487 PC

500 Block of Manhattan Ave

Bicycle Thefts

Three bicycles were taken from the open underground parking area of the complex. Two beach cruisers and a mountain bike worth $550.00 were taken.








A crime of opportunity is a crime that is committed without planning when the perpetrator sees s/he has the chance to commit the act at that moment and seizes it. Such acts have little or no premeditation.

A crime consists of three elements: opportunity, desire and ability. If any one of these elements is removed, we have a reduction in crime. Some crimes, those we call "crimes of opportunity," include auto thefts and burglaries in which property is made easily available to the criminal. While you can't usually impact a criminal's desire or ability to commit a crime, you can often prevent an opportunity. 

  • Always close garage doors after use
  • Don't leave unattended property, such as bicycles, outside your residence
  • Lock vehicles when not in use  even in your driveway
  • Don't leave vehicles running unoccupied
  • Don't leave property in plain sight inside your vehicle, no matter where it is parked. (Purses have been stolen from cars parked in open garages.)
  • Install alarms and or "kill" devices in vehicles (kill switches shut off the engine)
  • Know who belongs in your area and report suspicious persons to the HBPD dispatch immediately
  • Keep your house well-lit at night to discourage would-be burglars
  • Keep records of serial numbers for valuables such as stereos, bicycles and sports equipment
  • Talk to your neighbors and look out for one another

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 


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.
  • Unusual foot traffic.
  • People you don't recognize walking your block with no seemingly specific direction or purpose.
  • Parked, occupied vehicles at unusual hours.
  • Abandoned vehicles.
  • Business transactions conducted from vehicles.
  • Unfamiliar people peering into parked vehicles.
  • Person removing vehicle accessories.

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.




Courtesy of the HB Fire Department


Cafe Boogaloo was cited for overcrowding this past weekend.  They exceeded the posted occupant load by 100 persons.

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.  

It 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.





Last Friday, the cities of Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach issued a press release reporting that both cities have decided to discuss consolidation of their respective fire departments.  Tonight, the Redondo Beach City Council will consider authorizing formal consolidation discussions with Hermosa Beach.  On August 11th the Hermosa Beach City Council will consider the same.
Operationally, the two fire departments often work as one because of formal automatic aid and mutual aid agreements that have been in place for many years.  Consolidation would increase operational interoperability through training both cities' firefighters in conducting operations in a similar way, synchronizing equipment location on fire engines, and communicating through the same dispatch center.  All of these things increase firefighter safety and increase the quality of service provided to our citizens.
However, the biggest potential benefits of consolidating with Redondo Beach come on the administration side.  With the Hermosa Beach Assistant Fire Chief position frozen, the entire administrative load falls onto the Fire Chief.  In particular, the Assistant Fire Chief was to be the department's Training Officer.  I have been working to complete training officer job assignments in an attempt to implement a comprehensive training program for our firefighters.  This is critically important:  well-trained firefighters know how to do their job the right way, which increases their chances of avoiding injury; secondly, well-trained firefighters provide a better service to the community they serve.  Redondo Beach has a training officer and a training program into which our personnel will be absorbed.  This is a tremendous benefit to Hermosa Beach firefighters and residents.
Additionally, Redondo Beach has a 40-hour per week Fire Marshal.  Hermosa Beach's Fire Marshal is a 24-hour shift Captain who works a 'two days on/four days off' schedule.  HBFD's Fire Marshal's 'two days on' routinely falls on one or both weekend days.  This results in a customer service problem because most businesses, including the building industry, work a Monday through Friday 40-hour per week schedule.  For a fire prevention program to be efficient and effective, the Fire Marshal needs to be available throughout the workweek.
This is just a general overview of how consolidation can benefit Hermosa Beach.  This process will be a multi-year process with many details requiring addressing.  I ask that the residents of Hermosa Beach remain patient and remember that Redondo Beach Chief Dan Madrigal and I are approaching this effort with one primary, underlying question:  What is best for our communities?





Tonight is National Night Out! 



Thank you in advance to our 8 blocks participating and their Block Captains for organizing the event on their street.    


BC Ken and Dorothy Forba-Hartley

BC Janine Bozeman

BC Dana Graner

BC Doris and Greg Eberhardt

BC Dyan Kaufman

BC Jennifer Chew

BC Erin Phillips

Co-BC's Terrie Sanchez and Gloria Vialpando 


The 8 NNO Teams will rotate every 20 minutes.


1 - Fire Engine


2 - HBPD BMW Motorcycle and Animal Control Vehicle


3 - Armored Rescue Vehicle with Det. Gaglia & Chief Savelli (award ribbons for Best Idea in CP) 

Ribbon to be awarded per block for BCPI


Mayor Pro Tem DiVirgilio, HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy will pass out newly designed NNOshirts to kids on the blocks visited.


2009 NNO T-Shirt


4 - HBPublic Works Hi-lift Truck w/2 man bucket (demo 2 kids)


5 - Watch Commander vehicle with Lt. Turek & Mayor Kit Bobko


6 - HBPD Pepper Ball gun demo, Volunteer in Policing vehicle,T3 w/ Lt. Thompson


7 - HBFD fire extinguisher demo - Chief Lantzer in FD SUV and Lifeguard Vehicle


8 - Ambulance Rescue with Sparky the Fire Dog

HBNW would like to THANK Block Captain Deb Wright-DeMaderios for hosting a Map Your Neighborhood training at her home for her neighbors.  They have all learned the 9 steps to follow immediately after an earthquake.

7th Street MYN meeting


Don DeMaderios, Jackie Marks, Abby, Mike Ciavarell, Deborah Wright, Kathy Harren, Malinda Wright, Patrick McCarthy and Julie-Ann Forney (taking the photo).


HBNW would like to THANK Block Captain Tracy McDonald for hosting an annual Block Party with her neighbors!


A special THANK YOU to the kids for an awesome street banner and recycling their cans and bottles for a donation to the school!


7th Street Block Party


7th Street Block Party 2


HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster preparedness neighborhood program. 
To view all ACTIVE blocks in HBNW
If you have not had an INTRODUCTION Block Meeting, your block is not considered an active block in HBNW.  You may have volunteered to be your block's captain and receive the HBNW E-Mails.  However, we do not know if you are connected to your residents until you have had this meeting.  Please e-mail us today if you have not had it. 
Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings
AUGUST 2009 
August 12
Josh Ochs
00-Unit Block of 9th and 10th Street

900 Block of The Strand 
August 26
Tom Gombas
1100 block of Palm Drive 
Sept 23
Lisa Burt
Pacifica Villas Condo Complex

Sept 30

Hilary Young

1900 block of Ardmore and Ava Avenue 



Oct 21

Rick Koenig

1800 Block of Manhattan Avenue



REMINDER FOR UPCOMING AUGUST EVENT ~ HBNW will be present with HBNW bottled water.  Hope to see you!   

panda movie in the park 2009




HB Disaster Preparedness Logo 


SEPTEMBER is National Emergency Preparedness Month.


What can you do to prepare yourself, your family and your neighborhood in the event of a natural or man-made disaster?


1.  Get a kit together for your home, work and car.  Purchase a pre-made kit.

2.  Get together with your family to discuss a plan

3.  Take the upcoming CERT class in RB (Community Emergency Response Training).

4.  Become an Amateur Radio Operator by taking the FREE two day class, passing the FCC test and then join the Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association.  It might be the only way to communicate after an earthquake when all traditional phone lines, Internet and cell phones are not working due to failure or overwelming demand forces a system shut down.

5.  Block Captains can teach their blocks the Map Your Neighborhood 9 step program.  Many BC's have learned the program.  If you are a BC and have not taken the class, we will have a class coming up in October.

6.  Talk to your Block Captain about getting your street to participate in collecting basic first aid supplies stored in plastic containers to be located at three separate homes just in case you are unable to get to a medical facility.

7.  Take a CPR class.

8.  Get your dog licensed in HB and microchipID.  In case they get out and go missing, this is the best way for a reunion.  Also, make a plan and have a kit for your animals too.

9.  Sign you phone lines up to the HB emergency notification system, CODE RED

10. Please don't think it will never happen to you.  Plan for it like you plan on your tire blowing out on the highway...have a spare tire and the tools to change it.  Hopefully, it never happens to you or your family members, but you are ready in case it does.    


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





In Japan, getting ready for the Big One
"We tell people not to expect researchers to predict earthquakes with any exactness because we've discovered that it's nearly impossible to do," Kato said, adding that his opinion is now the expert consensus in Japan and elsewhere. "We've started talking in a more holistic way, about how to react when one hits.",0,416361.story?page=2 
Social Media Brings Together Resources, Creates More Resilient Communities
Social media also benefits disaster-affected communities. Emergency responders often see people converge to a disaster scene who want to help or desperately want to assist in some manner. With all these new Web 2.0 tools, we are now observing the phenomenon of online convergence for sharing information. People across the United States can come together to organize information online when locals don't have the time, access or resources to do so themselves. This happened following hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008: As the hurricanes were rolling in, distributed networks used the social networking platform Ning and created a mashup for hurricane information. Participants brought together newsfeeds from Twitter, Facebook and blogs, and they annotated maps with information about shelters, evacuation routes and other resources. And they put it all on one platform. This was done in a decentralized way. Distributed and decentralized volunteers organized themselves and gave hundreds and hundreds of hours of their time. 
How to get rid of fluorescent light bulbs

Because compact fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, they cannot be thrown into the trash under state law.

Locally, compact fluorescent light bulbs can be recycled through county-sponsored household hazardous waste roundups and at city of Los Angeles-sponsored permanent-drop centers. Both are open to residents of Los Angeles County.

For information on county roundups, call 888-CLEANLA or go to

For information on city-sponsored permanent drop-off centers, call 800-98-TOXIC or go to

Walser's in Torrance also will accept compact fluorescent light bulbs for a fee at its e-waste and metal recycling collection center, 23145 Kashiwa Court. The fee is about 25 cents per compact fluorescent light bulb.

The service is open to businesses as well as individuals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For a complete list of accepted items, go to, and look for the link near the bottom of the home page.

For more information, call Walser's at 310-891-3325.

The California Integrated Waste Management Board asks consumers to package fluorescent lamps and tubes carefully - in their original boxes or another protective container - when storing and transporting them, according to its Web site.

The board also says not to tape the fluorescent tubes together and to store them in an area away from rain so that if they break, the mercury from broken lamps or tubes will not be washed by rainwater into waterways. See  for more information.
Pandemic influenza in pregnant women        
Evidence from previous pandemics further supports the conclusion that pregnant women are at heightened risk.

While pregnant women are also at increased risk during epidemics of seasonal influenza, the risk takes on added importance in the current pandemic, which continues to affect a younger age group than that seen during seasonal epidemics.

WHO strongly recommends that, in areas where infection with the H1N1 virus is widespread, pregnant women, and the clinicians treating them, be alert to symptoms of influenza-like illness.


Individuals & Families Planning

Situations that could be caused by a severe pandemic and possible ways to address them.





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.






Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department  

Area 1
07/29/09                        10:15 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.             1600 block of Magnolia Avenue
(Theft of Bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) took an unsecured bicycle that was left in an open garage for a short time.
Area 7
07/25/09 - 07/26/09       2 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.                     3500 block of The Strand
(Residential Construction Vandalism) The residence which had been recently painted was secured, except for one small basement window that was left open. Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence and vandalized some of the painted rooms and hallways with paint sprays and splashes.
Area 9
07/27/08 - 07/28/09       6:30 p.m. - 10 a.m.                    2700 block of Bell Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked her vehicle on the street and returned to find the rear tailgate window smashed and completely missing. An old ceiling fan and a doggie kit were missing from the rear cargo area. No suspects were seen or heard.

 Area 1
08/02/09                        1:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.                 1400 block of 12th Street
(Attempted Residential Burglary) The victim was awaken by a shaking noise and turned on a light. He heard someone running down the outside stairs. Later he observed a window screen on the ground and two small pry marks on the window frame made by unknown suspect(s). No entry was made to the residence.
Area 5
08/01/09 - 08/02/09       8 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.                     200 block of 14th Place
(Theft of Bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) stole the victim's bicycles from a closed but unlocked garage.
Area 7
08/02/09                        8:45 a.m.                                  2900 block of Manhattan Avenue
(Attempted Vehicle Theft) A male Hispanic adult suspect wearing a red hat, black shirt and green shorts was seen opening the door of an unlocked vehicle after looking up and down the street. The suspect rifled through a pair of shorts and the witness shouted at the suspect. The suspect said he thought it was his friend's car and walked away southbound on Manhattan Avenue out of sight.
Area 10
08/02/09                        Midnight - 7 a.m.                       3900 block of The Strand
(Theft of Bicycle) The victim parked her unlocked bicycles at the entryway to her residence and found it was gone the next morning. No suspects were seen or heard.




Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

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 go to




We know how we will communicate when phones, cell phones and Internet go down.  Do you?


Ken Hartley @ HBARA

T-038 / KI6KUU
Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association
Voice : 310-376-4776


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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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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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.  


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