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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

 

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE ~ click on link to go directly to section

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: PLANET PALS ~ New Feature!

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ OCTOBER 25TH CLASS

:: VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING (VIP's) ~ Sign up today!

:: Accurate Emergency Services ~ I DID IT! See the photos.

:: WORTH MENTIONING

:: LEARN AMATEUR RADIO AND JOIN HBARA! ~ Class on Sept. 27th

:: See the Council Meetings and Commission Meetings ONLINE NOW!

:: FOCUS ON SENIORS ~ FANNY PACK KITS

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: We are here for you!

:: LOCAL SUPPORT ~ Fire Extinguishers, Tac Weld and GELATO!

:: GOT EMERGENCY KITS? GET THEM NOW.

:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

 

RECOGNITION

Thank you to Block Captain's Susan and Amy on the 800 block of 19th Street for hosting the Map Your Neighborhood Meeting to their residents.  Susan took the READY THE RESIDENT class taught by Block Captain, Julie Jennings.  We appreciate all of their efforts on behalf of neighborhood preparedness!
 

Hi Kelly!
We just had our "Map Your Neighborhood" meeting and it was very productive. We will be sending photos shortly.  They all enjoyed it when I put on my green hard hat, and in fact, they decided that we should all decorate our hard hat and wear it to our block party next month with the theme of "Pimp my Hard Hat" to promote Neighborhood safety preparedness in a disaster!

 

Thank you for all your help and guidance in getting our neighborhood ready.  ~Susan Ziegler & Amy Riddle (Block Co-Captains)

THANKS FOR SIGNING UP!

NEW BLOCK CAPTAIN IN HBNW:

  • Anne Sassano 800-900 BLK OF 15TH STREET
  • Sarah and Ryan Kobylewski 2900 BLK OF HERMOSA AVE. & 100 BLK OF 30TH STREET
  • Diana Allen 1500 BLK OF GOLDEN AVE. 

THANKS FOR SETTING A DATE FOR YOUR INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING!

Steve Silver
Robbie Dobbie
Debbie Wright-DeMaderios
Molly Jo Gee
Sarah and Ryan Kobylewski
Diana Allen
Anne Sassano
 
To see prior Introduction Meeting Block Hosts, visit our website.


Great article Tracy!

Tracy wrote and submitted an article about the Hermosa Beach Emergency Preparedness Commission to the South Bay Cities Council of Governments.  Please see page 4 of the Fall Newsletter.
 
 
The SBCCOG is a joint powers authority of 16 cities that share the goal of maximizing the quality of life and productivity of our area. 
 

Members are Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, and the Harbor City/San Pedro communities of the City of Los Angeles.

 

While as cities we all value what makes us unique and independent, there are times when our collective endeavors get better results. This vision of what we can do for our communities is what motivates our members and can best be described three ways: Partnership, Persuasion and Performance.

 

 

BREAKFAST TRADITION!

 

Pancake Breakfast

 

 

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Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe environment.

 

Child Safety Tips
We all have to be careful when we are out in the community. But kids can face some special problems. So insure that your kids are aware of the following tips, for their safety.


Kids should be careful if strangers:

Try to give them candy or money.  

Ask them to get into a car or take a ride.

Try to follow them.

Hang around the playground.

Try to touch them in an inappropriate way.

 

Instruct your child to run, scream and draw as much attention to himself/herself as possible. Getting other peoples attention, in the area, will most often stop the inappropriate act, and may allow your child the time needed to reach safety.

Take the time to have your child fingerprinted, photographed and collect information from your child in he event that your child should become missing.

 

Maintain current photo and vital information on your child. Once your child becomes missing, it is then too late to try and gather the information. This should be done ahead of time to avoid mistakes in an emotional state of mind.

Encourage your child to play with other children. It's not only more fun it's safer. Make certain that they understand that they should play where someone can see them, never in deserted buildings or alleyways.

 

 

REPORTING CRIME
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.

 

 

HBNW CRIME LOG 

Every Monday, Kelly views the HBPD Daily Activity Logs for the prior week.  With the assistance of Ofc. JR Smith or Sgt. 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 

 



Thanks for your interest in the tools that we provide to you through HBNW and our unique partnership with the HB Police Department.  

 

  

AREA CRIME LOG

Monday 9-8-2008 to Sunday 9-14-2008

 

 

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
Field Identification Card - information taken "in the field" on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing marks, clothing if needed for future contact.

 

 

Wednesday 9-10-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

00 Unit block of 18th St

Theft

There was a theft of a bicycle from the area. The bicycle was stored under the stairwell unlocked.

       

 

Area 2

 

487 PC

2600 the sand (on the beach)

Theft

The victim left his laptop on the beach while he went into the water for a swim. When he returned the laptop was missing. No one was seen or heard. This occurred during the day.

       

 

Thursday 9-11-08

 

 

Area 1

 

594 PC

11th St and Monterey

Vandalism

There was a report of a vehicle window smash in the area. There were no items missing from within the vehicle. This occurred during the night.

       

 

Saturday 9-13-08

 

Area 2

 

594 PC

400 block of Longfellow

Vandalism

The victim's residence was egged. This occurred during the night. The victim was non desirous of a report. No one was seen or heard.

       

           

Area 2

 

484 PC

Longfellow and Palm

Theft

There was a report of 2 male Hispanics in a white truck going down the alley. They were seen going through the recyclables in the area. An area check met with negative results.

 

       

 

Area 3

 

459 PC

1100 block of 19th St

Vehicle Burglary

There was a vehicle broken into in the area. There was $10,000 worth of camera equipment taken from inside of the vehicle. It is unknown whether the vehicle was locked or not.

       

 

Sunday 9-14-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

400 block of Longfellow

Theft

There was a call of several subjects going through the recyclables in the area. An area check turned out negative.

       

  

 

LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT

Courtesy of the HB Fire Department


The Engine Company conducted life safety/occupancy checks on Friday, September 12th.  All tavern & restaurant establishments within the City were checked and no violations were noted. 
 
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.

 

MBNW CRIME LOG

Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

 

As you know we don't usually report on crime in retail establishments, but the car jacking in the Ralph's parking lot is something to be aware of. If you have any information regarding this or any other crime, please call the Police front desk at (310) 802-5140. Thank you kindly.  

Area 11
09/03/08                        2:34 p.m.                                  2700 block of Sepulveda Blvd.
(Car jacking) The victim exited Ralph's supermarket and walked toward her vehicle which was parked east of the market. She unlocked her vehicle, entered it and while she was sitting down, she noticed a black male adult approach her on foot. When he got next to the driver's door, he pointed a gun (which may or may not have been real) at her and told her to get out of the vehicle and give him the keys. The victim threw the keys at him and the suspect then put his gun in his pocket, reached in the car and physically pulled her out by the waist. The suspect started up the vehicle, left the parking lot going west and then south towards Marine Avenue, out of sight. The suspect is described as approximately 30 years old, 6 feet tall, 200 lbs., with short black hair, wearing dark clothing and carrying a small dark tote bag by his side.

Area 1
09/9/08 - 09/10/08         9 p.m. - 1 a.m.                          1100 block of 18th Street
(Stolen bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) took an unsecured bicycle from in front of the victim's house.  
 
Area 6
09/08/08                        7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.                 200 block of 4th Street
(Theft from bicycle) The victim took her bicycle out of the garage and loaded a laptop computer in a bag on the bicycle. She left the bicycle parked out front for approximately 20 minutes and then rode to work. When she got to work she realized that the laptop was missing. No suspects were seen or heard.
 
Area 11
09/09/08 - 09/10/08       11:15 p.m. - 10 a.m.                  Bermuda Court
(Theft from vehicle) The victim parked her vehicle overnight, but did not lock it. She returned to discover unknown suspect(s) emptied out two purses and took a checkbook and mailbox key. Other keys and credit cards were left behind. No suspects were seen or heard.
 

 

PLANET PALS

A HVPTO organization dedicated to raising environmental awareness in Hermosa Beach schools

 

HBNW wishes the best of success to our two Block Captain's Carli Parker and Elizabeth Riley for their efforts!  We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from Planet Pals.

 

This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:

 

Household hazardous waste products that may be found in and around your home include: lawn and garden care products, paint and related products, automotive fluids, batteries, beauty products, medicines and household cleaners.  These products, when improperly disposed of, such as through household garbage, sinks or storm drains, the combined effect becomes a significant problem for our environment, endangering the safety and health of people and animals. 
 
The next Household Hazardous Waste Roundup located in Hermosa Beach will be held on January 24, 2009 at Clark Stadium on Valley St. between 8th Street and 11th   Street.    
 
The Hyperion S.A.F.E. Collection Center located at 7660 West Imperial Highway, Gate B, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, is open year round on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for hazardous waste disposal.
 
Please visit http://www.ladpw.org and http://www.hermosabch.org/departments/publicworks/ for more information about household hazard waste and proper disposal.  

 

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THANK YOU FOR SIGNING UP FOR THIS CLASS!

 

Block Captain Paula Barksdale

Block Captain Liz Ingraham-Ono

Block Captain Amada Weber  

Block Captain Molly Jo Gee

Block Captain Anne Sassano


DATE CHANGE! 

 READY THE RESIDENT 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25,2008

1P.M. - 3:30P.M.

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

MYN materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a door prize provided.

 

Reserve your seat TODAY

   


 
MYN and its developer LuAn Johnson have since been recognized by the national earthquake community. In 2008, it received the Overall Award in Excellence at the National Earthquake Conference in Seattle. It is now advocated by FEMA.

 

"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.

·  Link to purchase the MYN bag for under your bed.  For any kit purchased from More Prepared, including the MYN bag, free shipping to HB residents applies when you enter Coupon Code MYN2008.  For any other kit, please use Coupon Code HB2007.

 

FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES

Once the event occurs, preparedness ends and response & recovery begins!   

 

VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING (VIP'S)


HERMOSA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT is please to open applications for the NEW COMMUNITY PILOT PROGRAM, VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING.

 

The Coordinators of the VIP's: Sgt. Kevin Averill, HBPD Ofc. Jaime Ramirez, Kelly Kovac-Reedy of HBNW and  Ken Hartley of HBARA.

 

Volunteers gain invaluable insights into our city's law enforcement system and how it works. Volunteers have the opportunity to improve the quality of their local law enforcement service through their work, their attitude, and ideas for improving programs. Our program increases community pride by allowing volunteers to serve as role models and most importantly, be part of a community program concerned with the common good and well being of the city we all love. So come and join the Hermosa Beach Police Department and the many others who donate their time in making our community a better place.

 

How To Get Involved
Interested in becoming a VIP? It's free, it's easy, and no experience is necessary. For more information, please send an email - we'd love to talk to you.

 

Requirements
Volunteers participating in the VIP program will be required to complete an application and interview and successfully pass a background check.   Additional requirements for the VIP Patrol program consist of possessing a valid driver's license, being 18 years of age, in good physical health, and the desire to contribute a minimum of 10 hours per-month to the program.

 

Who is qualified to volunteer?
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and successfully meet the selection criteria of the Hermosa Beach Police Department's Volunteers in Policing Service program.

 

VIPs' Program Mission:

The VIPs' program mission is to support the Hermosa Beach Police Department's crime prevention efforts and to actively engage the community in our quality of life improvement initiatives.

 

PURPOSE
In both the public and private sector, administrators are constantly seeking ways to enhance the effectiveness of their organizations. In the law enforcement profession, one way to do this is to recruit more officers. This, however, is not always feasible because of fiscal limitations. In Hermosa Beach, the Police Department has developed a way to maximize its service without incurring a substantial financial burden. The concept is simple: recruit volunteers from the community, train them in various police-related duties, and then allow them to function in direct support of Police Department staff. Hermosa Beach has proven to be an ideal environment for such a program since its citizens pride themselves in community involvement. Volunteers function as an auxiliary unit of the Police Department, with no powers of arrest beyond those of any private citizen. They serve as extra eyes, ears and helping hands. They carry no weapons, but they do have cellular phone/radios, which allows for direct communication with our dispatchers and police officers. This enables them to report any suspicious activity quickly so that an officer can investigate what might have otherwise gone unnoticed or unreported. V.I.P. volunteers will assume many tasks, which have previously been performed by paid police personnel. This program significantly enhances the Department's ability to focus sworn personnel on tasks, which volunteers cannot do. The volunteers will also undertake projects, which could not have otherwise been considered due to lack of manpower or resources.


Have the power to identify and address specific concerns and problems within your community.

 

We would like to start forming teams for the following areas:

 

  • Noble Park Patrol
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  • Daytime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods
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  • Nighttime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods
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  • Bicycle Watch and Awareness
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  • Alley Check
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  • View and Valley School Check
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  • Skateboard Awareness
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  • Parking Structures & Parking Lots
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  • DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints 
     

 

 

ACCURATE EMERGENCY SERVICES

 

I did it! 

 

Yesterday, I received my personalized "house plan" with my water, gas and electrical valves identified and tagged with a laminated picture card and green spray paint. 

 

I have taken pictures to show you how useful, practical and essential this is for every home.  I went through the cards with my 9-year-old daughter and my 15-year-old son (and his friends) in case I am not home and there is a need to shut the utilities off.  I am thrilled to be one of the first homes to proudly display my utility valves as a work of art!  ~  Kelly Kovac-Reedy

 

 Utility 1

 

Utility 2

 

 

Utility 3

 

 

Utility 5

 

Utility6

 

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HELPFUL WEBSITES

Hurricane Ike - a time line of events
 
Conditions 12 hours before landfall - 8:30 a.m. September 12, 2008
 
Officials continue to recommend coastal communities to evacuate
 
Inland residents are to stay put and "hunker down" otherwise known as shelter in place.

 

Note: This resulted in less tragedy for Ike than what resulted in the Rita evacuation of 2005 when all coastal and inland communities were asked to evacuate.
 
All emergency preparations should be completed by this time
 
Gas station prices are up and some stations are already running dry
 
Red Cross seeking relief funds
 
Main boulevard out of Galveston already flooding
 
State information website set up at Texasonline.com
 
 
Conditions 5 hours before landfall - 3:00 p.m. September 12, 2008
 
If you have not evacuated you must hunker down
 
Expecting the impact will reverberate for weeks
 
Chertoff expecting a worse case scenario
 
Hurricane Ike will affect the national economy
 
 
Conditions after landfall - 10:00 a.m. September 13, 2008
 
Seeing illegal price gouging or reality of supply and demand
 
100K people stayed behind - Texas to initiate largest search and rescue in their history
 
Power is out for millions - estimated to be without for 4+ weeks
 
7,500 National Guard being mobilized by the Governor
 
Ike has flooded 1000's of homes and buildings
 
 
State Rep. J. Colberson hopes people have stored generators, food, water and ammo
 
First media report from FEMA says the principle effort is search and rescue, especially those that were hit by the storm surge
 
Many 911 calls are being received
 
People are being told to have patience and "sit tight" and wait for help to arrive
 
The most critical challenge now is loss of power
 
President has declared Federal Emergency for the area which opens to receive funds to assist the response
 
Recovery phase will follow the rescue phase
 
D. Paulson (FEMA Admin) reported that large groups that disregarded earlier evacuation orders are now having to be rescued from their homes.  At this point 120 have been rescued this far.
 
Those who did evacuate are being told to stay put until the storm is fully passed and the water recedes.
 
Food and supply pods are being distributed
 
Residents being told not to call 911 except for emergencies
 
Several homes in Galveston have burned to the ground
 
 Curfews are now in effect through Sunday
 
Most hospitals are only on generator power
 
Coast Guard has rescued 103 people
 
Being told to listen to news coverage on radio
 
Four people arrested for burglarizing home
 
High School is being used as a shelter
 
Many fires to homes unable to reach, several buildings collapsed
 
There is no water or water pressure and a lot of debris
 
Water and sewer are not operating
 
Food, water and ice are being sent to the High School Shelter from the State
 
A SPCA hotline for lost pets has been set up
 
Use text messaging instead of regular cell phone calls
 
Teen has been swept off jetty and drowned
 
99% of the residents, 2 million people in a 500 mile area are without power
 
Resources
 

To donate to the Salvation Army - 1-800-253-1868
To donate to the Red Cross - 1-800-Red-Cross or
http://www.RedCross.org
Feed the Children - 1-800-604-0300 - They are requesting full truckloads of items: blankets, supplies, food etc. and they will pick up.
 

 

LEARN AMATEUR RADIO

NEW CLASS STARTS SEPT. 27TH

 

Two Amateur Radio Courses
 
FCC "Technician" course (entrée level)
FCC "General" course (2nd level)
Each course is 2 sessions

 

The 2 sessions are on Sept 27 & Oct 11
Technician 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM both Saturdays
General 2:15 PM to 5:00 PM both Saturdays
The FCC tests given on Oct 18 from 10 AM to noon

 
The location is Hesse Park
29301 Hawthorne Blvd.
Rancho Palos Verdes
 
- No pre-registration required -
- No fee for either course -
- Taking the FCC Test is $14 -
 
Optional Material
- Study book with FCC test questions, $15 -
- Copy of my Power Point charts, $10 -
 
Students (thru grade 12) who take this course and get their license will be reimbursed up to $40 by
The Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club
 
For more information contact
Walt, K1DFO, at walt.ordway@yahoo.com

 

 WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, COUNT ON HBARA

HBARA LOGO

 

 

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

 

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.  We have given 56 packs to our HB residents as this point.
 

To apply please contact Kelly@saferhermosabeach.com or call 310-374-1828.

 

 

 

 

 

CODE RED

ATTENTION RESIDENTS and BUSINESS OWNERS!

 

Forward this link to all of our friends & neighbors that live in Hermosa Beach.

 

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.

 

SIGN UP FOR CODE RED

CONTACT US!

 

SCHEDULE INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING

 

SCHEDULE POLICE OR FIRE RIDE-ALONG

 

SCHEDULE TOUR OF RCC-911 DISPATCH CENTER

 

E-MAIL KELLY KOVAC-REEDY

 

E-MAIL TRACY HOPKINS

 

VISIT US ON THE WEB

 

LOCAL SUPPORT

THANK YOU

 


NEW PACIUGO GELATO & CAFFE NOW OPEN ~ 20% OFF to HBNW members -next to Comedy and Magic Club!  

 

Mention that you are a member and receive a discount!  

1034 Hermosa Ave.

SOUTH BAY FIRE EXTINGUISHER

10% OFF TO HBNW RESIDENTS!

1068 Aviation Blvd
Hermosa Beach

(310) 376-6901 

 

A HB business has offered a $20.00 special to HBNW residents for a TAC WELD to the Catalytic Converter on your car.  This is a crime that can happen in broad daylight without you even knowing it until you start your engine.  Then, you HEAR IT.  A TAC WELD is a means to impede the criminal who has just a wrench to losen the bolts.  HBPD has seen a change in the M.O. of the catalytic converter thefts recently. The new M.O. involves the thieves using a "Sawzall" to cut the exhaust pipe and remove the converter. Try the weld for $20.00 and then you will know that you did what you could to prevent the crime and make your car less of a target. 

 

MIDAS Muffler

 3125 Pacific Coast Highway

(310) 376-8735

EMERGENCY KITS
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Order your supplies TODAY!Hermosa Beach resident COUPON CODE HB2007 for FREE SHIPPING TO HB.

 

PHONE NUMBERS AND WEBSITES

HBPD - HBFD DISPATCH

310-524-2750

 

HB POLICE STATION

310-318-0360

 

HB FIRE STATION

310-376-2479

 

CITY OF HERMOSA BEACH

(310) 318-0239