Lost and Found

This female Chihuahua was found at the intersection of Second Street and Aviation Boulevard in Manhattan Beach on July 24. Manhattan Beach Police picked him up and transferred him to a county regional center, where he awaits being found by his owner or adopted into a new home. The dog’s tracking number is 67255. For more information, call (310) 676-1149 or visit the MBPD’s website page at www.citymb.info.

False Alarm Fees

Residents will be charged for their second and all subsequent false alarms if they result in a police response starting in October. Since the implementation of a False Alarm Program in 2004, residents have been allowed two free false alarms before being charged $190 and $285 for the third and fourth occurrences, respectively. A fee of $380 was charged for each occurrence thereafter.

The annual number of false alarms dropped from 2,300 in 2003 to 1,100 in 2009. Yet, Manhattan Beach police still report responding to over 20 false alarms each week.

The City Council on Tuesday, August 3, voted to keep the same fee schedule, but decrease the number free false alarms to one. With 2,100 residential and commercial alarm systems in the city, the city plans to bring in an additional $45,000 in annual revenue.

“This will further encourage people to fix alarms and to have fewer false alarm occurrences,” said City of Manhattan Beach Management Analyst Julie Dahlgren.

The top reasons for false home alarms are system malfunctions and visiting family members and guests punching in the wrong code, Dahlgren said.

Residents who attend a two-hour alarm awareness class offered by the city can have one fine refunded.

Rabies Clinic

The city’s Animal Control Services Department will hold its annual low-cost Anti-Rabies Clinic from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18 at Marine Avenue Park, located at 1625 Marine Ave. in Manhattan Beach. Rabies vaccinations for dogs will cost $10, with the K-9 “4-in-1” vaccine available for $20. Rabies vaccinations for cats will cost $10, with the “4-in-1” vaccine for cats available for $15. Bordetella shots will be available for $10 each.

For more information, call (310) 802-5160. ER


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