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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008



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


:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: DID YOU GET THE CALL? Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: VIP's ~ You've read about them, NOW JOIN the VIP team!




:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log







:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

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




Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch is pleased to inform you that "Hermosa Beach" has been selected as a NATIONAL AWARD WINNER for its outstanding participation in the 25th Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime, drug and violence prevention program.


This year's event was the largest ever-involving 37.0 million people in 15,449 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide. 


In the next few week's, we will receive a special award recognizing HBNW's achievements in the NNO 2008 campaign.  We were very honored last year to be recognized with an award and thrilled that we did it BACK TO BACK!


Many thanks to our Block Captain's that participated and their residents for making it a fun event on a Tuesday night in August! 


HBPD, HBFD, HB Public Works and HBNW look forward to National Night Out 2009!

Celebrate Safe Communities



Cooking Fire Safety

Many families gather in the kitchen to spend time together, but it can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the house if you don't practice safe cooking behaviors. Cooking equipment, most often a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Cooking equipment is also the leading cause of unreported fires and associated injuries.

It's a recipe for serious injury or even death to wear loose clothing (especially hanging sleeves), walk away from a cooking pot on the stove, or leave flammable materials, such as potholders or paper towels, around the stove. Whether you are cooking the family holiday dinner or a snack for the children, practicing safe cooking behaviors will help keep you and your family safe.

Safe Cooking Behaviors

Choose the Right Equipment and Use It Properly

  • Always use cooking equipment tested and approved by a recognized testing facility.
  • Follow manufacturers' instructions and code requirements when installing and operating cooking equipment.
  • Plug microwave ovens and other cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance, as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire.

Use Barbecue Grills Safely

  • Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area by declaring a 3-foot "kid-free zone" around the grill.
  • Put out several long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames when cooking food.
  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
  • Use only outdoors! If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces, such as tents, barbecue grills pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to carbon monoxide.

Charcoal Grills

  • Purchase the proper starter fluid and store out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited, and never use any flammable or combustible liquid other than charcoal starter fluid to get the fire going.

Propane Grills

  • Check the propane cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will reveal escaping propane quickly by releasing bubbles.
  • If you determined your grill has a gas leak by smell or the soapy bubble test and there is no flame:
    • Turn off the propane tank and grill.
    • If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
    • If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

         If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not attempt to move the grill.

         All propane cylinders manufactured after April 2002 must have overfill protection devices (OPD). OPDs shut off the flow of propane before capacity is reached, limiting the potential for release of propane gas if the cylinder heats up. OPDs are easily identified by their triangular-shaped hand wheel.

         Use only equipment bearing the mark of an independent testing laboratory. Follow the manufacturers' instructions on how to set up the grill and maintain it.

         Never store propane cylinders in buildings or garages. If you store a gas grill inside during the winter, disconnect the cylinder and leave it outside.

Watch What You Heat

  • The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you're cooking.
  • Stay alert! To prevent cooking fires, you have to be alert. You won't be if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.

Keep Things That Can Catch Fire and Heat Sources Apart

  • Keep anything that can catch fire - potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop.
  • Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean.
  • Keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire if it comes into contact with a gas flame or electric burner.

If Your Clothes Catch Fire

If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll. Stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover face with hands. Roll over and over or back and forth to put out the fire. Immediately cool the burn with cool water for 3 to 5 minutes and then seek emergency medical care.

Use Equipment for Intended Purposes Only

Cook only with equipment designed and intended for cooking, and heat your home only with equipment designed and intended for heating. There is additional danger of fire, injury, or death if equipment is used for a purpose for which it was not intended.

Protect Children from Scalds and Burns

  • Young children are at high risk of being burned by hot food and liquids. Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove.
  • Keep young children at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from any place where hot food or drink is being prepared or carried. Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges.
  • When young children are present, use the stove's back burners whenever possible.
  • Never hold a child while cooking, drinking, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
  • Teach children that hot things burn.
  • When children are old enough, teach them to cook safely. Supervise them closely.

Prevent Scalds and Burns

  • To prevent spills due to overturn of appliances containing hot food or liquids, use the back burner when possible and/or turn pot handles away from the stove's edge. All appliance cords need to be kept coiled and away from counter edges.
  • Use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food from ovens, microwave ovens, or stovetops. Never use wet oven mitts or potholders as they can cause scald burns.
  • Replace old or worn oven mitts.
  • Treat a burn right away, putting it in cool water. Cool the burn for 3 to 5 minutes. If the burn is bigger than your fist or if you have any questions about how to treat it, seek medical attention right away.

Install and Use Microwave Ovens Safely

  • Place or install the microwave oven at a safe height, within easy reach of all users. The face of the person using the microwave oven should always be higher than the front of the microwave oven door. This is to prevent hot food or liquid from spilling onto a user's face or body from above and to prevent the microwave oven itself from falling onto a user.
  • Never use aluminum foil or metal objects in a microwave oven. They can cause a fire and damage the oven.
  • Heat food only in containers or dishes that are safe for microwave use.
  • Open heated food containers slowly away from the face to avoid steam burns. Hot steam escaping from the container or food can cause burns.
  • Foods heat unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating.

How and When to Fight Cooking Fires

  • When in doubt, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • If you do try to fight the fire, be sure others are already getting out and you have a clear path to the exit.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are wearing the oven mitt). Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan is completely cool.
  • In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.
  • If you have a fire in your microwave oven, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. Unplug the appliance if you can safely reach the outlet.
  • After a fire, both ovens and microwaves should be checked and/or serviced before being used again.

Nuisance Smoke Alarms

  • Move smoke alarms farther away from kitchens according to manufacturers' instructions and/or install a smoke alarm with a pause button.
  • If a smoke alarm sounds during normal cooking, press the pause button if the smoke alarm has one. Open the door or window or fan the area with a towel to get the air moving. Do not disable the smoke alarm or take out the batteries.
  • Treat every smoke alarm activation as a likely fire and react quickly and safely to the alarm.

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.










The Bottle Inn invites you to a fundraising event for the Hermosa Beach Police Department Police Dog "K-9" Program 

In support of HBPD and HBNW efforts to enhance police services to our community, the Bottle Inn has proposed to kindly donate 20% of the proceeds (excludes tax & tip) for lunch and dinner on Tuesday, December 2nd and Wednesday, December 3rd.  
The Bottle Inn has graciously offered to LAUNCH this fundraiser and the funds raised in these two days will go towards the purchase, training and care for a drug sniffing dog (non biting) that will be an essential addition to assist our HB Police Department and our neighboring South Bay Police agencies.
 Bottle Inn
The Bottle Inn 
  Located on 22nd Street @ Hermosa Avenue 
Two easy requirements: 
1. Please call 310.376.9595 for reservations. 
 2. Print this invitation and present to server.
 Lunch is served from 11:30a.m. - 2:00p.m. 


Dinner is served from 6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.




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 11-10-2008 to Sunday 11-16-2008



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 11-10-08


Area 2


484 PC

31st St and Palm Dr


There was a report of a subject taking recyclables in the area. The area was check and met with negative results.



Area 2


415 PC

400 block of Longfellow


There was a call of construction going on prior to 0800 hours. Officers contact workers and advised them of the construction hours within the city.



Tuesday 11-11-08


Area 1


487 PC

100 block of Loma Dr


There was a report of a theft in the area. An IPOD and a bicycle was taken from the area. No further information at the time of this report.



Wednesday 11-12-08


Area 1


487 PC

 00 Block of Manhattan Ave


There was a report of a bicycle taken from the location. No one was seen or heard and this theft occurred during the night hours.



Area 1


487 PC

400 block of 2nd St


There was another bicycle taken from the area. The suspect was captured on video tape at the location. This bicycle was taken from a secured parking garage. This occurred during the night hours.




Thursday 11-13-08


Area 2



Morningside Dr and 34th St


There was a subject seen going threw the recyclables in the area. The subject was UTL / GOA.




Area 2


10851 VC

1301 Hermosa Ave

Stolen vehicle

There was a restored 1961 Chevrolet Impala taken from the parking structure at the location. The vehicle was only parked there for several minutes. The parking attendant remembers letting the vehicle out. This occurred in the evening hours at approximately 7p.m.



Friday 11-14-08


Area 2



30th St and palm Dr


There was a report of a subject going through the recyclables in the area. A local transient was contacted in the area. The subject was advised and an FI card was completed.



Saturday 11-15-08


Area 2


484 PC

00 - Unit block of 16th St


There was a bicycle taken from the backyard of the residence sometime within the last three days. The victim was un desirous and did not require a report.



Sunday 11-16-08


Area 1


484 PC

2nd St and Hermosa Ave


There was a report of another theft of a bicycle in the area. Officers located the bicycle a short time after the report. It looks like someone took it to get from point A to point B (Joy Ride). NOTE: We recover a large amount of unclaimed bicycles throughout the year.  If you are missing one please contact the PD and check with Property and see if we have recovered yours.





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.


The CodeRED system gives city officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages.
No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone. 


When you received a call from CODE RED, the number will be displayed on your caller ID as (999)911-9999.







The Coordinators of the VIP's: Sgt. Robert Higgins, 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 

  • Cab Zones




LAFD - Information on fires in Los Angeles
Any resident in the immediate path of a wildfire should calmly prepare for evacuation and follow the lawful orders of uniformed public safety officials.

In many circumstances, an orderly self-evacuation prior to the issuance of official warnings can prove beneficial.

Formal evacuation orders - which are often specific to a location or address, may be provided door-to-door or via loudspeaker. Residents in high danger areas should remain vigilant for contact or announcements.

Those who may soon be endangered but are not in the immediate path of advancing flames, are encouraged to monitor
local news.

In the Los Angeles area, official information provided by or on behalf of the
Los Angeles Fire Department is often carried on the following news radio stations:

AM 980 - KFWB  

   AM 1070 - KNX

 Comment from resident affected by the fire:

Marcy said...

I woke up from the smoke (live off Westbury and Balboa) at 5:00 am. Heavy smoke, flying ash. I could hear lafd choppers announcing mandatory evacs just north of us. Loaded up the dogs and a few important things, and left after waking the neighbors and telling them to get out. I could see the glow of flames to the north, not far. Crazy way to wake up.

Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan

       Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several places--a friend's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.

       Keep handy the telephone numbers of these places as well as a road map of your locality. You may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged.

       Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

       Take these items with you when evacuating:

       Prescription medications and medical supplies;

       Bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows

       Bottled water, battery-operated radio and extra batteries, first aid kit, flashlight

       Car keys and maps

       Documents, including driver's license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.

Police Arrest 5 youths 

"This is a prime example of neighbors watching out for each other and alerting us right away," Torrance police Officer Dave Crespin said. "That's what we encourage people to do."

The resident called police because it seemed suspicious that two girls were sitting in a car outside a house in the 4300 block of 179th Street. They also saw the suspects go inside, Crespin said.









Courtesy of the HB Fire Department

Due to strike team deployments, we did not do any checks this weekend.
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 6
11/12/08                                    5:15 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.                 10th Street and Highland Avenue
(Grand Theft) The victim was sitting on a bench on the southwest corner of 10th Street and Highland watching the sunset and talking on her phone. Her purse was sitting next to her, resting against her leg. The victim heard a vehicle pull up behind her and she looked to see a silver Nissan Altima stopped behind her, with male and female Hispanics inside. She thought the vehicle was there to pick up someone and she looked back at the sunset. A short time later she felt her purse move. She tried to grab it, but was unsuccessful. It was taken by a 12 to 13 year old female Hispanic, 5'0" to 5'2" in height, thin build, wearing a pink hooded jacket with white fur on the hood and blue jeans. The young girl got into the right rear sear of the Altima, which sped away southbound on Highland and turned on either 8th or 9th Street. The purse contained several items including credit cards, a checkbook, sunglasses, and keys.
Area 9
11/09/08                                    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.                          3500 block of Walnut Avenue
(Theft of recumbent bike) The victim parked her unlocked recumbent bike in her driveway close to the garage. When she returned she discovered the bike was gone. No suspects were seen or heard. 




We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from Planet Pals.


This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:


Planet Pals  wants you to have a green Thanksgiving.  Remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle during your holiday feast.  Thanksgiving leftovers can be made into several great meals. For a top 10 list of how to have a green and grateful Thanksgiving, please visit this site.



More Prepared Logo



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 receive FREE SHIPPING TO HB.





 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 







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