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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008


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

:: 2nd Annual SANTA RIDE 2008 - FLOAT ROUTE

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log



:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: VIP's ~ Give your time to support your community!







:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

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





We would like to say THANK YOU to our HBNW residents that participated in the TAKE TIME TO PAWS HBPD K-9 PROGRAM FUNDRAISER.  With your meal, you helped raise $600.00 towards the goal of $28,000.00 for the new drug sniffing dog.  We also had two private donations given by Barbara Schaefer and Robert & Dorothy Courtney as a result of the efforts of The Bottle Inn and their awareness to this program.


A big THANK YOU to The Bottle Inn for offering to launch this fundraiser and donate the 20 percent for the two days.  The Bottle Inn will present more dates in January to continue the fundraising efforts.  We will keep you posted. 




Thank you to the HBPD and DUI taskforce for having a checkpoint at Pier Avenue and Bard this past Saturday night.  The Volunteers in Policing (VIP's) and the Community Service Officers assisted the efforts.


Over 810 cars passed through the checkpoint. 

Of those 810 cars:


8 DUI's
5 suspended and unlicensed drivers
7 impounded vehicles
1 urinating in public
1 open container in the vehicle



100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales go to the HBEF!


Comedy and magic club 
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Show Begins: 8:00 pm
Ticket Price:  $30 each


Sponsored by The Comedy & Magic Club
and the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation




It is a night of laughter for ALL the women of Hermosa Beach and their friends and relatives.

This fundraiser benefits HB schools and a local business.


Click here to see the flyer and get more information on ticket sales.


BEACH CITIES TOY DRIVE                                                
Drop off Toys at the Hermosa and Manhattan Fire Stations until December 19th!
PLEASE Attend the Wrapping Party
Saturday, December 20th

11:00 a.m. until all the toys are wrapped!


Joslyn Center
1601 Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach
Bring scissors, tape and any extra wrapping paper!
For information contact:
Vicki Garcia 310-374-4528
Richard Montgomery 310-780-3577













What Your Auto Insurance Coverage Might Not Cover

Through the course of a shopping day, many people will take packages to and from their car to lessen the load while they are walking through the mall. Even though this may seem like a great idea at the time, it is not if the gifts are stolen from your car. That's because many auto insurance company will not cover holiday packages stolen from a policy holder's car - even if they were securely stored in your trunk. However, if you paid for your gifts with a credit card you might be in luck! Some credit card companies will cover stolen purchases if they were paid for with their credit card, but if you paid with cash or check, you are out of luck.

Regardless of how you paid for your gifts, you should always file a police report to help alert police of the incident and to potentially prevent this crime from happening to someone else.




Dog Tip: Holiday Pet Safety Checklist

You can help keep pets safe during the holiday season by following the tips below. For other important, timely tips for cold weather protection, traveling with pets and safety issues, as well as behavior guidance, go to and click the Dog Tips link.

* Many holiday plants can lead to health problems in dogs and cats. Among the plants to keep out of reach are holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and lilies.

* Snow globes often contain antifreeze, which is poisonous to pets.

* Pine needles, when ingested, can puncture holes in a pet's intestine. So keep pet areas clear of pine needles.

* The extra cords and plugs of holiday lights and other fixtures can look like chew toys to pets. Tape down or cover cords to help avoid shocks, burns or other serious injuries. Unplug lights when you are not home.

* Anchor Christmas trees to the ceiling with a string to keep it from falling on pets.

* Do not let pets drink the holiday tree water. Some may contain fertilizers, and stagnant tree water can harbor bacteria. Check labels for tree water preservatives and artificial snow, and buy only those that are nontoxic. Some folks use screens around trees to block access to electrical cords and gifts.

Very important: do not put aspirin in the water (some folks do this thinking it will keep the tree or plant more vigorous). If a pet ingests the aspirin-laced water, his health or even life can be at risk.

* Pets, particularly cats, can be tempted to eat tinsel, which can block the intestines. Hang tinsel high and securely to keep it out of reach of pets.

* Keep other ornaments out of reach of pets. Ingestion of any ornament, which might look like toys to pets, can result in life-threatening emergencies. Even ornaments made from dried food can lead to ailments. And remember, shards from broken glass ornaments can injure paws, mouths and other parts of the body.

* Put away toys after children open their gifts. Small plastic pieces and rubber balls are common causes of choking and intestinal blockage in dogs. Ingested plastic or cloth toys must often be removed surgically.

* Avoid toxic decorations. Bubbling lights contain fluid that can be inhaled or ingested, snow sprays and snow flock can cause reactions when inhaled, styrofoam poses a choking hazard, tinsel can cause choking and intestinal obstruction, and water in snow scenes may contain toxic organisms such as Salmonella.

* Keep candles on high shelves. Use fireplace screens to avoid burns.

* Holiday guests and other activity can be very stressful and even frightening to pets. It can also trigger illness and intestinal upset. Make sure pets have a safe place to retreat in your house. And make sure they are wearing current I.D. in case they escape out a door when guests come and go.

* Reduce stress by keeping feeding and exercise on a regular schedule.

* Always make time to care for your pets. Some folks get lax about walking their dogs, and a few resort to letting pets out on their own. This puts the animal in danger, while also leading to nuisance complaints and dog bite incidents. Remind pet owners not to take a holiday from responsibly caring for their pets.

* When pets are stressed by holiday activity or during travel, they may require more water. Dogs typically pant more when they feel stressed. Keep fresh water available for them to drink.

* Do not let guests feed your pets human food. There are many holiday foods, including fatty meats, gravies, poultry skin, bones, chocolate and alcohol, that can cause illnesses from vomiting and diarrhea to highly serious pancreatitis and other toxic reactions. In addition, candy wrappers, aluminum foil pieces and ribbons can choke pets.

* Keep pets away from gift packages as well as your gift wrapping area. Ingested string, plastic, cloth and even wrapping paper can lead to intestinal blockage and require surgical removal. And pets have been severely injured by scissors and other items left on floors and tables.

* Keep pets away from the garbage. Use pet-proof containers.

* If you suspect that your pet has eaten something toxic, call your veterinarian and/or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-888-4-ANI-HELP.

* If your pet ingests glass, broken plastic, staples orother small, sharp objects, call your veterinarian.
In the meantime, you can give your dog supplemental fiber in the form of whole wheat or other high-fiber bread, canned pumpkin or Metamucil, any of which can help bulk up the stools the help the foreigh material pass through the dogs digestive system. Dosages depend on the size of the dog. For Metamusil, try a teaspoon for a small dog, a tablespoon for a big dog. For pumpkin, feed one-quarter to two-thirds of a cup. Some folks recommend feeding the dog cotton balls to help pass the foreign objects, but others in the veterinary field caution against this since cotton balls can compound the problem.



 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.







Santa Ride 2007 - Santa 
To celebrate this holiday season with our HBNW residents, our Hermosa Beach Fire & Police Department with the assistance of our Hermosa Beach Public Works Department will be escorting Santa and his float along with his merry entourage of Fire and Police vehicles to the neighborhoods listed below. 
If you are a resident on one of the street's mentioned, Santa's float will stop and he will take photos with the residents waiting to meet and greet him.  Don't forget to bring your camera! 
If you are not a resident on the streets listed, we have included a Santa Route so that you can see if Santa will be driving through your neighborhood on the way to his next designated stop. 
First, you will HEAR the sirens and you will sense that he is near!  
Then, you will see the flashing lights!
So, come out and wave HELLO to the jolly old man himself from your porch, window or balcony!
Due to time constraints, Santa will only stop at the Block Captain's street mentioned.  These Block Captain's signed up to receive this special holiday greeting for their residents a few weeks ago!

Please be aware that we may be early or late by 10 minutes.
Wednesday, December 10th:
5:00p.m. - 900 block of 21st Street - Dina Brasso
5:25p.m. - 1200 block of 21st Street - Donna Gin
5:45p.m. - 1200 block of 20th Place - Jennifer Chew
6:00p.m. - 1200 block of 19th Street - Janine Bozeman
6:20p.m. - 17th and Golden - Gloria Vialpondo & Terrie Sanchez
6:40p.m. - 1500 block of Golden - Diana Allen
7:00p.m. - 1200 block of 9th Street - Maggie Dettlebach
7:20p.m. - 1100-1200 block of 8th Street - Doris Eberhardt & Sandra Essex
7:40p.m.- 1000 block of 10th Street - Elizabeth Riley
Wednesday, December 17th:
5:00p.m. - 400 block of 31st Street - Dana Graner
5:25p.m. - float will stop on Tennison Pl. between Longfellow & 30th St.  - Martha Logan & Jan Barylski
5:45p.m. - 600 block of Porter Lane - Lisa Searer
6:00p.m. - 600 block of 24th Street - Nancy Amato
6:20p.m. - 500 block of 21st Street - Mary Goshtigian & Carli Parker
6:40p.m. - Circle Drive - Julie Jennings
7:00p.m. - float will stop at 5th Street and Hermosa Ave. - Susie Fraley & Susan Darcy
7:20p.m. - float will stop at 7th Street and Ardmore - Tracy McDonald
7:40p.m.- 500 block of 11th Street - Dyan Kaufman






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 12-1-08 to Sunday 12-7-2008



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.





Tuesday December 2, 2008


Area 2


459 PC

2100 block of Hermosa Ave

Residential Burglary

Suspect entered through an unlocked window and took jewelry, money, camera, and an IPOD.



Thursday, December 4, 2008


Area 2


484 PC

300 block of 27th St

Theft of Package

Unknown suspect removed a package from the front porch of a residence. SPECIAL CAUTION DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON



Area 2


484 PC

300 block of Pier Ave

Theft of Clothing

A female juvenile was arrested for shoplifting by store employees. The juveniles was released to her father to appear in court later.




Area 2


459 PC

1900 block of The Strand

Residential Burglary

Suspect entered through an open side window and removed jewelry.



Friday, December 5, 2008


Area 1


647(h) PC

800 block of Cypress Ave


Residents heard a subject outside their residence and called the police. Officers found a male subject wearing all black clothing and gloves prowling around the residence and he was arrested.



Area 2



1300 Block of Beach Drive

Burglary Arrest

Sgt. Higgins observed two subjects on bicycles violate the vehicle code and stopped them. One subject fled and the other stopped. The female was determined to be named suspect in a burglary that occurred in Hermosa Beach and she was arrested. Good observation.



Sunday, December 7, 2008


Area 3


487 PC

2400 block of Prospect Ave

Theft from Vehicle

Suspects entered the vehicle by opening an unlocked door and took a laptop and digital camera.



Area 3


487 PC

1100 block of 21st St

Theft from Vehicle

Suspects entered the vehicle by opening an unlocked door and took and IPOD and GPS unit.

Area 2


459 PC

600 block of 21st St

Theft from Vehicle

Suspects entered the vehicle by opening an unlocked door and took and IPOD and GPS unit.



Area 1


211 PC

#2 Hermosa Av

Armed Robbery

Two male Hispanics entered Dawn to Dusk Liquor and produced handguns. The suspects took cash from the register and ran north on Hermosa Avenue. Anyone with information about this robbery can call Detective Sergeant Raul Saldana at (310) 318-0351.










Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 







Hello from the Redondo Beach Police Department.
Please follow the link below to learn about recently published weekly crime information. 
If you see suspicious activity in our community immediately call 9-1-1 or (310) 379-5411 to report the activity to the Redondo Beach Police Department.  Please contact Officer Ian Miesen at or the Crime Prevention Information number at (310) 318-0612.
Thank you for your interest and partnership in keeping Redondo Beach safe.
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RB pair held in stabbing of 2 men near bar
Two men were hospitalized with severe stab wounds and two others were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a fight early Saturday outside a Redondo Beach bar, police said.
The incident occurred just before 2 a.m., when police received a call abut the fight in the 2200 block of Artesia Boulevard near Bogey's Sports Bar and Grill. 
Mumbai terrorist was thug
Aftermath: Captured Mumbai gunman was a street crook before being trained by Pakistani jihadist-guerrillas.
Maria said that as a teenager, Kasab became a low-level thief, robbing people at knifepoint.  But he dreamed of starting his own gang... He was put in touch with a man who offered to send him for weapons training, and he readily agreed, Maria said.
"The moment he came under their wings, the indoctrination started.  And that's when he decided there should be some meaning to his life [italics added] and jihad (holy war) was his calling," he said.
Neighbors prepare themselves for major disasters - MYN

 State program helps train communities for emergencies

"This is what you use when you don't have access to fire and police. When 911 does not work. When you're on your own, this is what you do," Rosenow said.
Are (college) students prepared for an emergency?

To be prepared, students should organize their own emergency kit, said Dengler. These kits can be stored in students' cars, at a friend's house, or workplace, Dengler says. She has a small box with food, water, a radio, and hiking boots under her office desk.

Dewey says the kit should contain non-perishable food and water for at least five days, a battery-operated radio with extra batteries, a blanket and flashlight.

Students and their families should also have a relative out of area they can call to relay messages to each other, because long distance phone service usually works when local service is disrupted, says Dengler. Students can also have a place on campus where their friends and family will meet them if an emergency occurs, as phone and Internet services will likely be down.

Dengler says by preparing a kit and having a plan with friends and family, people can reduce their anxiety about an emergency. 



Car burglars are targeting graveyards

Police say vehicles, unguarded while occupants are mourning, are easy pickings.

Car break-ins have increasingly become a problem for law enforcement agencies in the beach cities and San Pedro. Police have repeatedly sent out notices to residents to lock their laptop computers, purses, cellular telephones and other valuables away when they park their cars.

Cemeteries have become a target, police say, because long lines of cars arrive, people leave their cell telephones and purses behind when they go to services or grave sites, and often fail to lock their cars. 
Riots hit Greek cities after teen killed by police

Violent riots hit the streets of Greek cities late Saturday and early Sunday as hundreds of youths battled police after an officer shot dead a teenager late Saturday.

The rampaging youths, many of who were self-styled anarchists, threw firebombs, smashed storefronts and burned businesses as they battled with police, who fought back with tear gas. 




Courtesy of the HB Fire Department



No inspections were conducted this past 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.




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









We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from Planet Pals.


This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:


Where to Start Stopping Junk Mail:


Did you know that to produce junk mail for one year, we use 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water? An average of 41 pounds of junk mail is sent to every adult citizen each year. Approximately 44% of this mail goes into a landfill unopened.


There are companies that can help you reduce your junk mail by 75-90%. 


Check out or


Or reduce your junk mail yourself with site's instructions.


To learn more about stopping junk mail visit:





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Hermosa Beach residents receive FREE SHIPPING TO HB.







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