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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008




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

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: SANTA RIDE 2008 ~ Limited time to sign up!

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

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

:: Helpful Websites!




:: 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



We would like to THANK Block Captain Debbie Wright-DeMaderios and the 00 block of 7th Street for hosting a HBNW Introduction Meeting.  The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, HB Interim Fire Chief Steve Parker and EPAC Commissioner Al Benson.     

Thank you to Block Captain Dina Brasso on the 800 - 1000 block of 21st Street for hosting the Map Your Neighborhood Meeting to the residents.  We appreciate all of their efforts on behalf of neighborhood preparedness!  

"We had our MYN meeting tonight. It turned out great. Even though we only had seven of the 17 houses represented, we were able to go through the nine steps quickly and effectively--the meeting only went over by 15 minutes. We were also able to get enough info about the missing neighbors to almost completely fill out the contact list. We are going to hand out completed MYN handbooks to those neighbors that weren't able to make it to the meeting. Thank you so much for bringing this program to Hermosa Beach--and thanks to LuAnn! I feel so much better knowing we now have a plan in place in case we ever do experience a disaster in Hermosa". ~ HBNW Block Captain Dina Brasso
Dina Brasso's MYN Meeting


Congratulations to the HB Amateur Radio Association on their 1-Year Anniversary!

Celebrate Safe Communities


Protecting Your Tank
Vehicle gas tanks are the latest target for thieves who more commonly siphon gas from a vehicle's tank or drive off from a gas station without paying.
Experts say there's no surefire way to ward off thieves thirsting for your gas, but they offer some tips:
  Park your vehicle in a garage, an attended parking lot or a lighted area.
  Vary your parking routine.
  Check the fuel gauge when returning to your vehicle to make sure gas hasn't been stolen.

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.

 ShakeOut Surpasses 4 million participants!

Time until the ShakeOut Drill:
22 days


At 10 a.m. on November 13, join millions of Southern Californians in the ShakeOut Drill, our largest-ever earthquake preparedness activity!

We're All in This Together

As of October 17, over 4.2 million people have been registered to participate in the ShakeOut Drill.  This includes private and public school students and staff from over 160 school districts, employees of over 1500 businesses and community organizations, staff at 70 hospitals throughout southern California, and many others.


ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario Shaking Simulation

With 22 million people living and working in southern California, a major earthquake in the region could cause an unprecedented catastrophe. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like after. With earthquakes an inevitable part of southern California's future, Californians must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes. With this in mind, the Earthquake Country Alliance has organized the Great Southern California ShakeOut, a week of special events featuring a massive earthquake drill at 10 AM on November 13, 2008.

The ShakeOut drill centers on the ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario, a realistic portrayal of what could happen in a major earthquake on the southern end of the San Andreas Fault. Created by over 300 experts led by Dr. Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey, the scenario outlines a hypothetical 7.8 magnitude earthquake originating near the Salton Sea, which would have the potential to devastate the region.

With a goal of at least 5 million participants, the ShakeOut drill will be the largest in U.S. history. To participate, go to and pledge your family, school, business, or organization's participation in the drill. Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill, connect with other participants, and encourage a dialogue with others about earthquake preparedness. There are many ways to take part, but at the least participants should "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" at 10 A.M. on November 13. It all begins with registering, which is free and open to everyone.

For more information, visit and be sure to visit the official ShakeOut Blog at


drop, cover and hold!


Why is important to do a Drop, Cover, Hold On drill? Just as with anything, to act quickly you must practice, practice, practice. In a big earthquake, there may be very little time to protect yourself before strong shaking knocks you down or drops something on you. Most earthquakes have a sharp jolt a few seconds before the strong shaking, and we need to Drop, Cover, Hold On immediately when we feel the jolt. By practicing we will act quickly, rather than waiting to see if the earthquake will be large. If it is, it may be too late to protect yourself. ShakeOut. Don't FreakOut.

To see which organizations are participating, go to and click on our county in the right column.  HBNW is mentioned in the COMMUNITY GROUPS.




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.





 Santa Ride 2007 - 1

Santa is making his list to visit our HBNW block children!
He will be in the neighborhoods on Wednesday, December 10th  and 17th from 5:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. escorted by the HB Police & Fire Departments. 
Please contact Kelly if you would like to sign your street up for the 2nd Annual HBNW Santa Ride 2008!   Include what time would be preferred as we are trying to accommodate the children on your street!  We are limited to the two days.  Please sign up ASAP and we will try and fill all requests as best we can.
For those who cannot participate, there are four city sponsored events featuring Santa this season:
SAND SNOWMAN:  12/6/08
NEW YEARS EVE:  12/31/08
Santa Ride 2007 - Santa




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 10-13-2008 to Sunday 10-19-2008



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 10-13-08


Area 3


415 PC

1100 block of 8th St


There was a call of two solicitors in the area selling unknown items. They were contacted and advised.



Area 1


594 PC

400 block of Monterey


There was a vehicle window smash in the area. Nothing taken from inside of the vehicle. This occurred during the night.



Area 2


484 PC

30th St and Hermosa Ave


There were several subjects in the area going threw the recyclables. They were seen in a vehicle leaving the area. An area check for the vehicle was negative.



Area 2


484 PC

2400 block of Silverstrand


There was a political sign removed from the victims yard during the night.



Area 2


484 PC

31st St and Palm Dr


There was a black Toyota pick-up truck seen in the area. The occupants were looking through the recyclables. An area check for the vehicle was negative.



Area 1


594 PC

500 block of Pier Ave


There was a vehicle that had its tires slashed during the night. No one was seen or heard.





Area 3


415 PC

900 block of 14th St


There was a call of a solicitor in the area. An area check for the subject was negative.



Thursday 10-16-08


Area 3


459 PC

1500 block of Bonnie Brea

Vehicle Burglary

There was a vehicle broken into in the area. The vehicle was ransacked; unknown if anything was missing at the time of the report.



Area 2


415 PC

500 block of 24th St


Another solicitor call in the area. The area checked negative for the subject.



Area 3


487 PC

900 block of 15th St


There was a Jacuzzi pump taken from the front yard while connected to Jacuzzi. No one seen or heard.



Friday 10-17-08


Area 1


459 PC

1100 block of Ardmore

Vehicle Burglary

There was a vehicle parked in the area that was left unlocked. The suspect entered and took a lap top computer, a camera, 2 IPODS and a purse.




Area 3


594 PC

1200 block of 21st ST


The suspect ripped out victim's car window (passenger side) and smashed it on the ground. The victim suspects the neighbor committed the crime but is unable to prove it. The crime occurred between 3:00p.m. - 8:00a.m.



Area 2


484 PC

00 block of 15th St


There was a female subject scavenging in the area. We were UTL the subject.




Area 2


484 PC

300 block of 30th St


There were some lawn chairs taken from the victim's yard. No one was seen or heard.




Area 3


925 PC

300 block of Gentry

Suspicious activity

There was a suspicious subject in the area soliciting without a City Permit. Police contacted the subject and an FI card was completed.



Saturday 10-19-08


Area 2


664/459 PC

1700 block of Hermosa Ave

Attempt Burglary

An unknown suspect pulled down a window to gain entry to the victim's residence. The residence was home and advised that she was getting her gun. The suspect did not make entry and fled the area.






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 Checks

  • View and Valley School Check

  • Skateboard Awareness

  • Parking Structures & Parking Lots

  • DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints 



Be aware of job-related scams
With the unemployment rate on the rise and household finances under siege, more people are being duped by work-at-home and other job-related scams.
"In nearly every job-related scam, consumers will be asked to wire-transfer money to their 'employer' - a clear warning sign of a scam"
Want to check if the organization you're donating to is legit?
Check out the organization with any one of these groups:

The American Institute of Philanthropy (, P.O. Box 578460, Chicago, IL60657-8460

Charity Navigator (

GuideStar (

The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (





  • Connection with the world, no strings attached.  
  • Travel without luggage.  
  • See new places, meet interesting people, share family values.  
  • Offer hope for a worldwide communications network without spam.  
  • Connect with real people who have no agenda.  
  • Help others in distress, even if you never see them. 
    ~ HBARA member, John Kovac





Courtesy of the HB Fire Department

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.



Map Your Neighborhood Logo




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


MYN materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a door prize provided when you sign up.

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 3
10/17/08                        7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.                             900 block of 30th Street
(Residential burglary) The victim secured his residence upon leaving. When he returned he noticed a screen had been cut and removed from a lower floor bedroom window but the window was locked and entry was not made through it. French doors leading to another bedroom appeared to have been kicked in and entry was made to the residence. The residence was ransacked and two laptop computers were taken from the home office. Also some pieces of costume jewelry were taken from one of the bedrooms. No suspects were seen or heard.
Area 8
10/15/08 - 10/16/08       10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.                              1600 block of Ruhland Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked her vehicle in front of the residence. She returned to discover unknown suspect(s) had smashed the front passenger side window and took a box of diapers, a toy truck and a GPS system that had been attached to the windshield.
Area 9
10/19/08                        4:24 a.m.                                              3400 block of Pacific Avenue
(Robbery) The victim was returning home in her vehicle and pulled into her driveway. She exited the vehicle and was approached by a white male adult in his twenties, 5'11" to 6' tall, heavy/muscular build, with short blond hair. The suspect was wearing a clear or white mask, possibly a ski mask or hockey mask, light colored pants and a white sleeveless shirt. The suspect grabbed the victim's purse and the two began struggling over the purse. The victim's wallet fell out of the purse and the suspect ran off with the purse which contained only miscellaneous papers and make-up. He ran northbound on Pacific to a parked vehicle that was facing north. The suspect got into the vehicle (possible on the passenger side) and the vehicle drove north on Pacific towards Rosecrans, out of sight. The vehicle is only described as a light colored, older domestic sedan with four doors.         



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:

Planet Pals wants you to save $$$ on your electric bills.  Call 1-800-968-5203 to schedule a FREE energy tune-up from our Community Partnership as a service from Southern California Edison. They will provide free energy efficient light bulbs and install them in your home so that can save you hundreds of $$ on your electric bills. Replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs uses 75% less energy and CFLs last 10 times as long.  Last chance to take advantage of this FREE program is October 31st!!!! Go to this site to view for more info. 





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 68 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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