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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008




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


:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB



:: 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!

:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

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



Reminder:Daylight savings time is a good time to change the batteries in smoke detectors. 


Celebrate Safe Communities


This week's crime log is loaded with calls from residents calling HBPD to inform them on solicitation in their neighborhood.  We want to THANK YOU for taking active participation in your community.  The city had many door to door sales people and on Saturday a solicitor was arrested after entering a home on 24th Place.  This is great example of how Neighborhood Watch works when you are aware and willing to call police if you see suspicious activity.

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.


4.8 Million and Counting!


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


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. 


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!   




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.





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 Order your supplies TODAY! 

We want to help you get prepared! 

More Prepared is offering 10% off of all our products now through November 30. 

Simply enter the code Shakeout when you check out and the 10% will automatically be applied to your entire order (excluding tax and shipping).  Forward to all your family and friends so they can all be prepared!

Offer Expires: November 30, 2008

 In addition to the 10% discount,

Hermosa Beach resident COUPON CODE HB2007 for FREE SHIPPING TO HB.



Thank you to these Block Captain's who will be hosting Santa Ride 2008 for their block! 

Janine Bozeman & Jennifer Sandoval, Tracy McDonald, Elizabeth Riley, Diana Allen, Gloria Vialpondo & Terrie Sanchez, Donna Gin, Dina Brasso, Lisa Searer, Nancy Amato, Jan Barylski & Martha Logan, Julie Jennings, Susan Darcy & Susie Fraley, Doris Eberhardt & Sandra Essex, Maggie Dettlebach, Mary Goshtigian & Carli Parker, Dyan Kaufman and Dana Graner 


We will send out the official route next week. 

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 10-27-2008 to Sunday 11-2-2008



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 10-27-08


Area 2


484 PC

2600 block of The Strand


There was a call of a subject taking recyclables from the area. Officers checked that area and met with negative results.



Area 3



Myer Ct and 1st St


There was a solicitor seen in the area going door to door. An area check for the subject was negative.



Area 1



600 block of 3rd St


A solicitor was reported to have flashed a badge without impersonating a Police Officer. The subject was located and an FI card was completed.



Area 1


459 PC

1100 block of Monterey

Garage Burglary

The victim had some tools taken from his garage. The garage at the location is an open common garage.



Tuesday 10-28-08


Area 1


484 PC

Unit block of 8th Ct


There was another subject going threw the recyclables in the area. The subject was located and an FI card was completed.




Wednesday 10-29-08


Area 2


594 PC

1300 block of The Strand


The victim's tires were slashed on their vehicle. There were also 4 other bicycles with slashed tires in the same area. No one was seen or heard. Report taken.




Area 3


484 PC

2nd St and PCH


There was a subject taking recyclables from the area. The area checked negative for the subject.




Area 1


594 PC

1301 Hermosa Ave


There was another tire slash to a vehicle in the area. The victim parked their vehicle on the top level of the parking structure. This occurred during the night.



Area 3



300 block of Gentry


There was a subject going door to door in the area. The subject was contacted without a permit and was advised on the city requirements.



Thursday 10-30-08


Area 3


484 PC

2400 block of Prospect


There was a UPS package taken from the victim's porch. This occurred in the afternoon time. No one was seen or heard.



Friday 10-31-08


Area 2


484 PC

30th St and Morningside


There was a report of a subject scavenging in the area. The area was checked and met with negative results.




Area 1


484 PC

HBPD Lobby


The victim reported that he saw his previously stolen surf board for sale at a garage sale. The surfboard was given back to the victim as the seller advised that they had bought it six months prior and did not know it was stolen.



Area 1


594 PC

1100 block of The Strand


There was a report of duck tape placed over the victim's surveillance camera lens. The victim did not give anyone permission to tape the camera lens and the tape was removed without damage. NOTE: Check your surveillance cameras on a regular basis. This is a good clue that someone may be casing your residence to commit a burglary in the future.




Area 2



500 block of 25th St


The solicitor reported in the area was UTL / GOA.



Saturday 11-1-08


Area 2



1900 block of Monterey


The solicitor was GOA / UTL. See the next call...




Area 2


459 PC

500 block of 24th Place


A subject entered the residence and took victim's shoes. The owner/victim arrived home and called the Police. The subject was ultimately arrested for the crime. The subject was identified as the solicitor from the prior call. NOTE: Call us on those Solicitors!!!  We apologize as the initial information HBNW received on this SPECIAL ALERT was noted at 24th Street.







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 



Earthquakes? Don't Freak Out-ShakeOut!

The ShakeOut is a great science application and tool for decision makers, but it's also a chance for the public to make a difference.

"You have an individual responsibility for your own earthquake safety, but you're also part of a bigger community," said Jones. "What each of us do or don't do to prepare for a big earthquake affects what all of our lives will be like after one, so do your part."



Safety Information for Short-Term Power Outages or "Rolling Blackouts"


Top Safety Tips for a Blackout

  • Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles!
  • Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.
  • If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a generator to a home's electrical system.
  • Listen to local radio and television for updated information.
  • Check on elderly neighbors if power is out for an extended period of time.,1082,0_92_,00.html



Hart Sponsors Earthquake Discussion


People need to prepare on a larger scale than they experienced in 1994 as well. "We prepare for a Northridge size earthquake, but we need to be preparing for a whole new class of earthquake," he said. "People have to be able to help each other."


One after the other, panelists pointed out that residents will have to be prepared to take care of themselves, as the priority of law enforcement and fire departments will be to handle large scale damage and not your neighbor's broken ankle.



Secretary Leavitt stressed, repeatedly, the need for personal preparedness in a speech broadcast by the HHS.  Several related statements made during the speech are noted below.


"Any community that fails to prepare with the expectation that somehow the federal government will come to their rescue at the last moment will be tragically disappointed."



You have not lived until you can sit with your child on your lap and
ask a real live astronaut in space if he knows Buzz Lightyear.  That 
is what radio can do.
Knowledge is power, but radio can take you places your car could never 
How many times have you thought you needed a little adventure in your 
life? Amateur radio has more adventure than Indiana Jones could have 
Take one radio, one imaginative mind, mix the internet, some wire, 
some antennas, and a group of enthusiastic people and you have a club 
that will stand by you no matter what.
HBARA is a group of people you would like to take home for dinner with 
your mother.

                     ~ HBARA member, John Kovac





Courtesy of the HB Fire Department

The Hermosa Beach Fire Department deployed a person to conduct Life Safety/Occupant Load checks on Halloween night from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM.  All bars, pubs and restaurants were inspected and found to be in compliance with posted occupant loads and fire code related issues.
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.



Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 


Area 1
10/28/08 - 10/29/08                   12:03 a.m.                                 1100 block of 23rd Street
(Vandalism)  The homeowner was startled by three loud bangs coming from the area of the open living room window. Upon investigation it was discovered that the window was struck by three paintball rounds, including one that landed on the ground in front of the window. Another incident where suspects shot at a vehicle in the 2100 block of Redondo Avenue was discovered along with paintball vandalism to Polliwog Park. Three suspects were located in the area and were subsequently arrested for the vandalism.
Area 2
10/30/08 - 10/31/08                   12:06 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.                1600 block of 9th Street  
(Theft from Vehicle) The victim parked her vehicle on the street. She locked all doors but left the rear gate window unlocked. She returned to discover unknown suspect(s) had taken the face plate to her stereo and an iPod from the glove box.
Area 4
10/31/08                                    2:15 p.m.                                  600 block of Manhattan Beach Blvd
(Stolen Purse) The victim accidentally left her purse on the sidewalk while she was unloading groceries. She saw a subject ride past her on a bicycle out of sight. When she returned to her vehicle she discovered the purse was missing. Later she found her purse hanging from her fence with everything in it except for cash that had been inside.
Area 10
10/29/08 - 10/30/08                   8:30 p.m. - 8 a.m.                     200 block of Gull Street
(Theft from Vehicle) The victim parked her vehicle in the driveway and left it unlocked. She returned to find cash had been taken from the center console and some change from the change tray. No other items were taken and no suspects were seen or heard.

Area 5
10/27/08 - 10/28/08       9 p.m. - 8:10 a.m.         20th Street and Highland
(Theft from Vehicle) The victim parked and locked his vehicle on the street and set the alarm. When he returned to the vehicle he found the front passenger window had been smashed by unknown suspect(s). Suspect(s) took a checkbook, iPod, PC adapter, sunglasses, phone charger and headset from the center console, and a basket from the back seat containing paperwork and iPod adapter.
Area 6
10/27/08 - 10/28/08       9:30 p.m. - 7:15 a.m.     400 block of Francisco Street
(Vehicle Vandalism) Unknown suspect(s) smashed windows on two separate vehicles that were both locked and alarmed. A door was found ajar on one vehicle; however nothing was taken from either vehicle. Witnesses heard alarms sound in both incidents.
Area 7
10/24/08                        3:07 p.m.                      3200 block of Manhattan Avenue
(Theft from Vehicles) An officer was flagged down by a driver who stated that she just saw a Black male adult take tools out of two pickup trucks that had been parked on Manhattan Avenue. She then saw the suspect jump into an older red Ford pickup truck and drive northbound on Manhattan Avenue and eastbound on Rosecrans. The suspect was wearing a yellow hard hat and an orange vest. Two saws and a drill were taken from contractors' trucks. One of the workers had seen the suspect from the second story of the residence that he was working on and yelled at the suspect, who then took off in his red truck. The suspect was not located.
Area 10
10/24/08                        7 a.m. - 4 p.m.              4200 block of Ocean Drive
(Theft from Garage) The victim closed the garage door as she left the residence. When she returned she found the garage door was open and one of her bicycles was missing. She noticed the lower corner of the garage door was bent as if it had been pried and a chair was found inside the garage under the garage motor. No suspects were seen or heard.



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:

Virtually all of your electronics are sucking up energy even if they're turned off or not being used. Some of the biggest culprits include your TV, computer, and printer. Even your electric toothbrush is drawing energy when it's plugged in and sitting idle. 
On its own, the "vampire power" used by one device might seem miniscule, but collectively it amounts to more than $4 billion a year of wasted energy here in the United States. What's more, the Department of Energy says that about 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.  
The easiest (and most obvious) thing you can do is get up right now and unplug whatever you're not using. Candidates include:
         Your hand-held vacuum in its charging station
         Power drills
         Automatic coffee makers
         The VCR you haven't used in nearly a decade
         The TV that's collecting dust in the guest room
         The empty refrigerator in the garage
For the slightly more ambitious, buy a power strip at your local hardware store. Yes, it takes a little time up-front to plug everything into it, but you'll more than make up the time when you can cut all power with just the flip of a switch.
Clamping down on vampire power is one of the easiest ways to save money on your electric bill (about 5 percent a month) and pump less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It may not seem like much, but it all adds up!
Excerpt taken from The Conscious Consumer at 



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 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 80 packs to our HB residents as this point.

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





























(310) 318-0239


 Los Angeles International Airport Noise Complaints and Managements 






~ 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