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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008




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

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: Tis the Season for SOLICITORS!

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

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





:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: PLANET PALS ~ New Feature!

:: IDENTIFY YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ Don't put off any longer! See the photos.

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


:: We are here for you!

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


:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites



National Fire Prevention Month

Home Fire Safety: Knowing What To Do

In the case of a fire, your first consideration should be the safety of you and your family. If there is a question about staying at home or leaving, evacuate immediately. Here is a list of procedures to follow.

Preparing for the Fire

It is important to make sure you have an evacuation plan and practice it at least twice a year. This will ensure that your means of exiting the house are well-established and understood. Here's a checklist.

Every room needs an escape plan, but the bedrooms should be a primary consideration.

A window will usually be a secondary exit. Make sure it is not blocked by furniture and is easily operable by children. Screens must come off easily. If your home has security bars, they must have inside quick release devices. Practice using them.

If you have a two-story home, a fire escape ladder is a must. Have one for each occupied bedroom. Practice using them out of first floor windows so everyone is knows how they are deployed.

Install at least one smoke detector on each floor and test it regularly. Detectors that are over 10 years old should be replaced. (Most house fires occur at night while the occupants are sleeping.)

Fleeing the Fire

Once the alarm has sounded, get out fast!!

Do not stop to gather valuables.

Don't let the children look for favorite toys or for the family pet.

Remember, there is no luxury of time. Fire moves FAST!

Before opening doors, feel them for warmth with the back of your hand and look for smoke seeping in around the edges.

If it seems safe, open the door slowly and be prepared to slam it shut if heat or smoke rush in.

You should have a designated outside meeting place and everyone should know where it is. Locate the meeting place well away from the house and make a rule: "ONCE OUT - STAY OUT."

As soon as two people have reached the meeting place, one should leave to call '911'.  If calling HB Fire Dept. from your cell phone, ALWAYS call the direct line to HB dispatch 310-524-2750 as 911 from a cell phone might be routed to CHP/Lennox or Lomita Sheriff.  The second member should stay to account for all other family members.

If someone is missing do not go back inside; notify the fire department as soon as they arrive.

Know and teach your children how to use 911. HBNW has stickers with the HB Dispatch number for all of your phones.  Please e-mail us for stickers at and we will mail them to you.  Post your house address near the phone.

Rehearsing the escape plan regularly is essential. A practiced routine will help override panic in an emergency situation. Children who have had fire drill practice at home will usually do the right thing in a real emergency. Without such practice they will usually hide under a bed or in a closet, which can mean disaster. A small amount of time spent planning and rehearsing may mean the difference between life and death in a fire.



Fire is FAST!

There is little time! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire.

It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house.

In minutes, a house can be engulfed in flames.

Most fires occur in the home when people are asleep.

If you wake up to a fire, you won't have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick.

There is only time to escape.

Fire is HOT!

Heat is more threatening than flames. A fire's heat alone can kill.

Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level.

It can rise to 600 degrees at eye level.

Inhaling this super hot air will scorch your lungs.

This heat can melt clothes to your skin.

In five minutes a room can get so hot that everything in it ignites at once: an event called flashover.

Fire is DARK!

Fire isn't bright, it's pitch black.

Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.

If you wake up to a fire you may be blinded, disoriented and unable to find your way around the home you've lived in for years.

Fire is DEADLY!

Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do.

Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill.

Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath.

The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door.

You may not wake up in time to escape.

Fire Safety Tips

Remember, time is your biggest enemy when in a fire, and every second counts!

Escape first, then call for help.

Develop a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting place outside.

Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room.

Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed.

Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered.

Never return to a burning building for any reason; it may cost you your life.

Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire.

And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.

What Saves Lives

A working smoke alarm dramatically increases a person's chance of surviving a fire.

Approximately 88 percent of U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm. However, these alarms are not always properly maintained and as a result might not work in an emergency. There has been a disturbing increase over the last ten years in the number of fires that occur in homes with non-functioning alarms. It is estimated that over 40 percent of residential fires and three-fifths of residential fatalities occur in homes with no smoke alarms.



Halloween Safety Tips from SPARKY the FIRE DOG!


Fire Prevention Week with SPARKY the FIRE DOG! 

Celebrate Safe Communities


The month of October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and companies, schools, and governmental organizations are taking advantage of the next few weeks to brush up on Internet safety. This is as good a time as any to brush up on the fundamentals when it comes to staying safe online:

Protect personal information.

Know who you are dealing with online.


Use all of the proper security programs.


Use strong passwords and authentication technology.


Set-up and update operating system and browsers properly.


Back up your files Know what to do if something goes wrong.


Protect kids online.  


Be a good neighbor and report suspicious activity at other homes in your community. If our officers catch a criminal or interrupt a crime in progress, most of the time it is because a member of the community calls.


If one person can make a difference, many people working together can make a huge difference when it comes to crime prevention. That is why we are enlisting citizens to join the crime prevention movement through HBNW.

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

 REPORTING CRIME - HB Dispatch Number 310-524-2750
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.


As a registered ShakeOut participant, you are among millions of people who will be participating in the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history on November 13!  ShakeOut is an opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves in earthquakes, and to get more prepared.  Please reach outto your friends, family, and colleagues and invite them to register. You can forward this email to them, or just call them. 

Get Ready to ShakeOut
But don't expect to call them soon after an earthquake. This summer's Chino Hills quake showed how cell and land lines can be quickly overwhelmed in even a minor tremor. The earthquake described in the 
ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario is 5,000 times bigger, and phones will not work for a much longer period of time.  How will you communicate and reunite with those you care about?  Join HB Amateur Radio Association!


We're All in This Together
As of September 23, over 3.5 million people have been registered- as individuals and families, and through schools, businesses, and other organizations. To see which organizations are participating in your area, go to and click on your county in the right column. 

 Upcoming ShakeOut Activities
ShakeOut Calendar

We Can Make History
With your help, this will be the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history, and we all will be much more prepared for the Big One! If you are registered as an individual, check out the "invite others" feature when you
login, where you can send customized messages and then see if people you have invited have registered! (Organizational representatives can also register as individuals to use this tool.)


(If you've read to the end of this update, we have a special sneak peak for you!  Keep an eye on over the next few weeks.)






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.





Why do we make such a big deal out of solicitors?

HBNW encourages that you call because it is a possible "set-up" for a CRIME OF OPPORTUNITY. If the solicitor is legitimate, they will obtain a PERMIT from the City Manager's Office (signed by Steve Burrell) and it will have the HB logo on it. It will NOT BE a letter from the City of Los Angeles or any other city with their logo on it, ever.

Why should I call?

1. It is not legal without the PERMIT FROM HB.

2. You could be a victim of a scam to take your possessions that are near your front door, solicitor could knock to see if you are home or not, your check could be used in Identity Theft as your routing number and checking account number at the bottom of the check could be used fraudulantly and/or you could pay for an item that you will never receive.

3. You could be 'set up' for a later crime to burglarize your home when you are not home or worse, the solicitor could force themselves in to your home!

What should I do?

Ask them to see the HB Permit. When they give you the many reasons why they do not have it, just politely tell them that you are a member of HB Neighborhood Watch and that you are aware that they must have it. Ask them to come back when they do have it and you would be happy to support a legitimate cause. Take note of their clothing and physical description and which direction you saw them traveling in last. Call the HB police dispatch number at 310-524-2750 and ask for an officer to approach the solicitor.

Why do I need to do all of this?

Peace of mind that you or one of your neighbors will not become a victim. Send the strong message to solicitors that it is NOT OK to "drop off a van load of young adults" all day to take prey on you and our residents illegally!

What will happen to the solicitor?

If the police officer should find the solicitor, they will approach and ask for identification and a permit. They will advise of the city permit requirement. The officer could cite the person or at the very least write up a FIELD IDENTIFICATION CARD. This would be looked at if a crime should happen in the area as this person would be their first suspect.

With the permission of one of HBNW's Block Captain, this is our dialog via e-mail.  She did not call and this was our conversation on why she should have:

Hey Kelly.  This evening, two women were going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions, or asking people to donate the subscriptions to inner city households.  I politely asked them if they had a permit to sell in HB. They said, "Yes, of course!  We wouldn't be doing this if we didn't!" and they proceeded to show me some letter from their organization which had absolutely nothing to do with Hermosa.  I told them that I was a Neighborhood Watch Co-Captain, and that they were not supposed to sell things without a permit, they argued and begged, etc. They claimed that they have been here for 2 weeks in HB and I am the 1st person who has told them that they need a permit.  Anyways, they (angrily) said they would pray for me (I can always use prayer!) and left.  But, I am wondering if I did the right thing.  I told them that I should call the police, but that I wasn't going to and instead I was trying to be nice and tell them that I didn't want them to get in trouble, etc.  So, do I have my facts straight?  They are supposed to have a permit issued from HB, right?  Thanks for letting me know. I get a bit confused with these issues.

You did the right thing and you can call police dispatch and tell them too.  Also, for permit, you are not allowed to sell past 7p.m.  See, they lie to you and then tell you that you are the first person to tell them that.  How many people do you think they have scammed?   You did great!  


Wow!  Past 7 pm!  Okay, thanks.  Do you REALLY want me to call the police?  Everytime I call them I feel like an idiot, like I am over reacting. I hate to get people in trouble, but am becoming much more aware of when to report.

Call it in next time.  But, yes, I absolutely want you to call it in.  You never know if they rob someone on your street or steal the Identity of your neighbor after they have written them a check.   Next time.   Thanks, Kelly

HBNW would like to acknowlege the many residents that call our HBPD every week and especially these four Block Captain's that did call this week! Good job everyone for keeping your neighbors safe!

George Ziegler, Mary Goshtigian, Jennifer Sandoval and Kimbra Schmidt 




5.64. 010 Definitions.  

"Individual" means only a natural person.

 "Person" means and includes any natural person, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association, society, organization, church congregation, assembly or league and shall include any receiver, trustee, assignee, agent, employee or other similar representative thereof.


"Solicit" or "solicitation"

shall mean the selling or offering for sale of any property, real or personal, tangible or intangible, whether of value or not, including but not limited to goods, books, pamphlets, tickets, rights to admission to any amusement, show, entertainment, lecture or other enterprise not regularly carried on for private profit or gain by the person for or by whom the solicitation is being made at a fixed place of business within the city, publications or brochures. This section shall apply to any solicitation conducted door to door, in any place of public accommodation, in any place of business open to the public generally on the city streets and sidewalks, in the public parks, or in any public place, and conducted by:


Oral or written request; or


The local distribution, circulation, posting or publishing of any handbill, written advertisement or other local publication. (Prior code 17-29.1)


5.64. 020 Business license required.

No person, directly or indirectly, shall make any solicitation or authorize any other person to make any solicitation within the city until such person shall have first obtained a business license from the city as provided in this chapter. (Prior code 17-29.2)

5.64. 030 Limitations on manner of solicitations.

No person to whom a registration statement is issued pursuant to this section or any of its employees, agents or solicitors shall: 

A. Solicit between the hours of seven p.m. and nine a.m.; 

B.Solicit at any house, apartment or other dwelling or any business premises to which is affixed a sign indicating "No Solicitors" or similar indication that no solicitation contact is desired by the occupant thereof; 

C.Persistently and importunately request any business from any member of the public after such member of the public expresses the desire not to contribute; 

D. Intentionally and deliberately obstruct the free movement of any person on any street, sidewalk or other public place or any place open to the public generally. (Prior code 17-29.3)





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


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



Monday 10-6-2008 to Sunday 10-12-2008



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



Monday 10-6-08


Area 2


459 PC

500 block of 24th St

Vehicle Burglary

The victim was woken up at 4:30a.m. and noticed someone digging threw their trash. The night before the victim had placed a lot of items out that they cleaned out of the garage. The victim figured that they were just going to take the items left out for the trash. In the morning the victim noticed that the side door to his van was open. He responded and found numerous items missing from his vehicle. The victim was adamant that he locked the vehicle.  However, there were no visible signs of forced entry. NOTE: This is just one reason why we want you to call on the trash diggers. 



Area 1


474R PC

800 blk of Bard St


There was a report in the area that a political sign was taken. The sign was in the front yard of the victim's residence. No one was seen or heard. 



Tuesday 10-7-08


Area 1


594 PC

00 - Unit block of 10th Ct


There was a window smashed out on the victim's residence sometime during the night. Unknown what was used to shatter the window as no one was seen or heard.



Area 2



500 block of 21st St


There was a call of a solicitor going door to door attempting to sell magazines. The subject was located and contacted regarding the city requirements.




Wednesday 10-8-08


Area 2


459 PC

500 block of 18th St


There was a call of a burglary in progress in the area. The suspect was seen inside of a construction site. As PD arrived on scene, the suspect was seen jumping over the fence. The suspect was caught and found to be heavily intoxicated. He was subsequently arrested for being drunk in public. NOTE: Good call!! You never know what you are about have, this time it was just a drunk subject. Next time it may be the "HB really bad person", so just call us.



Area 3



800 block of 19th St


There was a call of a solicitor going door to door in the area. An area check for the subject met with negative results.




Area 3



2000 block of Prospect Ave.


There was another call of a solicitor going door to door in the area. An area check for the subject met with negative results.




Area 3



1800 block of Prospect Ave


There was another call of a solicitor going door to door in the area. The subject was located and contacted. He was advised of the city requirements.



Thursday 10-9-08


Area 2


484 PC

35th and The Strand


The suspect took a bike from the victim on The Strand. The suspect was last seen N/B The Strand from the area. A broadcast was out to surrounding agencies and the suspect was ultimately located in Manhattan Beach. He was positively identified and arrested for the violation.



Friday 10-10-08


Area 2


459 PC

200 block of 33rd St


The suspect entered the victim's residence via an unlocked front door. A TV and a laptop were taken.




Saturday 10-11-08


Area 2


484 PC

400 block of Longfellow


There was a subject going through the recyclables in the area. An area check for the subject met with negative results.



Area 2


484 PC

2600 blk of Palm Dr


There was a subject going through the recyclables in the area. An area check for the subject met with negative results.



Sunday 10-12-08


Area 1


10851 VC

700 block of Monterey

Stolen vehicle

There was a motorcycle stolen from the area. It was parked in front of the victim's residence. No one was seen or heard.






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.


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.


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 

  • Daytime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown

  • Nighttime Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown

  • Bicycle Watch and Awareness 

  • Alley Check  

  • View and Valley School Check  

  • Skateboard Awareness 

  • Parking Structures & Parking Lots

  • DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints 




Councilman Michael DiVirgilio wants to make sure you know about Project Forward.  Project Forward is the School Board and City Council joint initiative to rebuild consensus discussions about the Hermosa Beach schools.  This link will provide you with an overview of the proposal and the Committee that's being created as a result.  Applications are due this week.





I've had an amateur radio license longer than a driver's license and never tire of troubleshooting electronic or electrical problems.  I've also never failed to learn something new from other members who feel the same about this hobby. ~ HBARA Member George Ziegler






Courtesy of the HB Fire Department

The Engine Company conducted random life safety/occupancy checks on both Friday and Saturday night.  No violations were found

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.




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



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


Reserve your seat TODAY


"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.



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



Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 


Area 6
10/09/08                        3:05 a.m.                      700 block of N. Valley Drive
(Vehicle Theft) The victim parked his vehicle on the street and usually locks it, but may have accidentally left it unlocked. Witnesses report seeing two subject's inside their neighbor's vehicle. The vehicle was ransacked, including the glove box and center console but nothing appeared to be missing. However, papers that were taken out of another vehicle were found outside of this vehicle.
Area 6
10/13/08                        9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   300 block of 3rd Street
(Theft of Bicycle) The victim believes he may have left his garage door open and returned home to discover unknown suspect(s) took a bicycle from the detached garage.
Area 8
10/02/08 - 10/05/08       9 p.m. - 9 a.m.              1600 block of Nelson Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle in front of his residence. Unknown suspect(s) wedged a long instrument into the vehicle passenger window through a small hole and unlocked the door. Suspect(s) subsequently removed the stereo system from the dashboard. 




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


We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from Planet Pals.

This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:

Replacing just one frequently used conventional lightbulb in your home with a compact fluorescent bulb can save you money on your utility bill and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.  If every household in the United States replaced one incandescent light bulb in their home with a compact fluorescent, this would be equal to taking 6.3 million cars off the road.  Though compact fluorescent light bulbs are more expensive than conventional light bulbs, they last 10 times longer.  One bulb can lower your energy bill by $15 annually and reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by 150 lbs. 




Great service for those of with no time to spare!   


This can be very important NOW and not just for the Earthquake.


True story by Dr. LuAn Johnson, creator of Map Your Neighborhood:


LuAn comes from a large family of siblings.  The parents went to "Back to School Night" and left the 6 kids home.  While they were gone, the water heater sprang a leak.  The children first grabbed all the towels in the house to soak up the water.  This worked for a little while but they did not know that 40 gallons of water was in that heater.  So, they grabbed all the blankets in the house.  Then, the couch cushions and bed pillows.  When the parents got home and saw the fortress of towels, blankets, cushions and pillows around the water heater and the water still everywhere, their father took them all over to the water heater and showed them how to turn off the water valve.  


Lesson learned is to show everyone in the house how to turn off all of the utilities as you never know what can happen when you are not around. 




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







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




 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 65 packs to our HB residents as this point.

To apply please contact or call 310-374-1828.




















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.



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

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













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