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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009


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



:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log



:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ New class added for 2009

:: C.E.R.T. ~ Community Emergency Response Team ~ Two classes offered in 2009 by Redondo Beach Fire Department

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

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



:: IDENTIFY YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ Accurate Emergency Services




:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

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



Hermosa Beach HHW-E-Waste Recycling Event

City of Hermosa Beach
Valley Drive between 8th & 11th Streets
Saturday, January 24, 2009
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sponsored jointly by the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts and the Department of Public Works. The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash.

Click here for more details. 


Il Boccaccio's Fire Department Fundraiser Wine Dinner


Thursday, January 15th at 7:00p.m.


To help raise funds for new life saving equipment, please visit this link.


HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster preparedness neighborhood program. 
In an era where many people spend their waking hours working and commuting, it is increasingly difficult to get to know your neighbors. A sense of community does not just happen anymore. We have to work at building it. Building a healthy community is well worth the effort; crime is lower in areas where residents engage with each other as neighbors. 

Safe, healthy neighborhoods provide many settings and ways for people to interact in positive ways with each other. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is through HBNW.

HBNW is a tool that helps build community, solve neighborhood crime problems and prepare for a disaster. The success of this program is owed to the participation of residents who have taken responsibility for making their neighborhoods safe and livable.


Each neighborhood will make their program unique. Being in HBNW does not mean being the neighborhood "know it all". It also does not commit you to extra responsibilities. It means that you get to know the people who live around you, report suspicious activity to the police, work cooperatively with a number of people when problems arise in your neighborhood and help each other prepare the neighbors for survival immediately after a disaster.


HBNW is for everyone!

The program is not restricted to private homes. Apartment and condominium residents can also participate in the HBNW program. Families on a block form a communication chain aided by a block map that lists names, telephone numbers and addresses of all those on the block. They watch out for each others' homes and report suspicious activities to the police and each other to reduce the likelihood of burglary and other crimes occurring on their street.  HBNW is special in that it takes a nationally recognized crime program and introduces residents to disaster preparedness utilizing communication between PD, FD, HBNW coordinators and the Block Captain and their residents.




If you have volunteered to be your block's Captain and have not scheduled an INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING with HBNW Coordinators, HB Chief of Police, HB Fire Chief and HB Motor Officer, PLEASE e-mail Tracy for a meeting date.  We are currently scheduling in MARCH (see below).  All Introduction Block Meetings are held on a Wednesday at 6:30p.m.


We do not consider your street to be ACTIVE in HBNW unless you have had this meeting and received your NW street signs.  Many BC have said prior to their meeting that they were concerned that no one would show up, but people do and you will be surprised by the community spirit on your block.  We bring the materials and we do the talking.  YOU will have made it possible for your neighbors to talk directly with both Chiefs!  YOU LOOK GOOD AND WE ARE ALL CONNECTED IN CRIME AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS!

Street Sign
Lt. Tom Thompson as he unveils the first HBNW sign to be posted on the 500 Block of 24th Place - Block Captain's Andrew & Leanne Clifton


To view all Active Blocks in HBNW, click here.


Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings



Jan 14 
Sarah Kobylewski
2900 - 3000 block of  Hermosa Avenue & 100 block of 30th Street

Jan 21
Diana Allen
1500 block of Golden Ave

Jan 28
Anne Sassano
800 - 900 block of 15th Street


Feb 11
12 Noon Women's Club Presentation

Angie Marer
Gould Terrace

Feb 18
Sanja Randall
1100 - 1200 block of 7th Street

Feb 25
Steve Silver
900 - 1000 block of  16th Street

MARCH 2009

Mar 4  Open

Mar 14  St. Patrick's Day Parade (Saturday)  3rd Year HBNW Anniversary
Mar 25  Open

Celebrate Safe Communities



One of the cornerstones of the HBNW program is reporting suspicious activity to police. Pinpointing what precisely constitutes 'suspicious' behavior can be difficult, so it is important to distinguish between true illegal activity and activities of people who just live their lives differently than yours. The following are guidelines of what can be considered suspicious behavior:


Suspicious situations involving property


  • Property carried by persons on foot, especially questionable if the person
    is running. May be significant if the property is not wrapped as if just
  • Property being removed from or being placed into vehicles or buildings
    if removed from closed residences whose owners are known to be absent.
  • Someone offering to sell you something for significantly less than the
    market value.
  • Items that accumulate in private garages, storage areas, or on property
    especially if the items are in good condition but not in use.

Suspicious situations involving people

  • People going door-to-door in a residential area and one or more of the
    subjects going into a back or side yard. More suspicious if another peson remains in front of the house when this occurs.
  • Someone waiting in front of a house or business when the owners are absent, or if the business is closed.
  • Someone forcing entrance to or tampering with a residence, business,
    vehicle, etc.
  • A person running especially if something of value is being carried.


Suspicious situations involving Vehicles

  • Slow moving vehicles, vehicles without lights, and/or the course followed
    appears aimless or repetitive. This is suspicious in any location, but
    particularly in areas of schools, parks, and playgrounds.
  • Vehicles being loaded with valuables are suspicious if parked in front of a closed business or untended residence, even if the vehicle is a legitimate looking commercial unit - possibly even bearing a sign identifying it as a repair vehicle, moving van, etc.
  • Abandoned vehicles.
  • Persons attempting forcibly to enter a locked vehicle, especially at night or in a parking lot.
  • Persons detaching mechanical parts or accessories from a vehicle
    especially at night or in a parking lot.
  • Apparent business transactions conducted from a vehicle especially if
    around schools or parks, and if juveniles are involved.
  • Persons being forced into vehicles, especially if juveniles or females.
  • Objects thrown from a vehicle, especially while traveling at a high speed.

Recognizing DRUG ACTIVITY 

The police can't solve this problem alone, success requires community involvement. It is often hard to be certain that what you are seeing involves drugs, but some patterns may indicate drug activity:

  • An unusually large amount of traffic coming to a building - in cars, taxis,
    or walking - often at strange hours.
  • Visitors may sometimes pound on doors or shout to be let in. This traffic is usually quick, with people staying only a short time. Sometimes they don't go in at all; instead, someone comes out to meet them.
  • Finding drugs or drug paraphernalia (syringes, pipes, etc.) in the area.
  • Repeated, observable exchanges of items, especially where money is visible.
  • Offers to sell you drugs, or conversation about drugs that you overhear.
  • Noxious odors from, or around, the building, such as "musty" smells.
  • Buildings where extreme security measures seem to be being taken.
  • Buildings where no owner or primary renter is apparent, and no home
    activities, such as yard work, painting, or maintenance, seems to be going on.



Set a good example
The first step you can take to help end speeding and traffic problems is to drive the way you would like others to drive in your neighborhood. By driving carfully and at proper speeds, you can make sure that you are not part of the problem, and set a good example. Your driving helps demonstrate to others what is and is not acceptable in your neighborhood.


Experience shows that, prepared or not, neighbors naturally come together to help each other out when a disaster occurs. Unfortunately, unprepared neighborhoods are sometimes slower to respond because their first efforts are spent in getting organized.


Being prepared allows neighborhoods to respond immediately in order to reduce the severity of injuries, lessen property damage, and possibly save lives.

HBNW can help neighborhoods prepare for a disaster by helping them
organize their block with the MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD (MYN) Program.

The program helps neighbors to organize by taking advantage of the skills, resources,and equipment already in the neighborhood to assign immediate tasks for an effective response to a disaster.


Residents in each neighborhood (defined as a group of about 25-50 homes) are organized into smaller disaster response teams:


(To find out more about the MYN program, please see the section below in this E-NEWS to sign up for a READY THE RESIDENT class.)

Communications - members of this team monitor emergency radio
broadcasts and keep the neighborhood informed of relevant information,
external to the neighborhood, about the disaster.

Damage Assessment - members of this team make a preliminary and
then a detailed assessment of the damage the neighborhood has sustained.

Safety & Security - this team provides safety to the neighborhood by
immediately checking for fires and putting them out while they are still
small, turning off the natural gas and water mains when necessary, roping
off hazards such as downed electrical lines, and removing debris.

Light Search & Rescue - members of this team perform light searches of
homes and rescues of neighbors who may be trapped in their homes.
They also implement a neighborhood internal communication system.

Sheltering & Special Needs - this team establishes a child/adult care
center for children whose parents may not be home when the disaster
strikes, for the elderly or disabled, and for those whose family members
are completing their disaster response tasks.




Establishing a system of "family rules" about personal safety can be a good way to teach children to distinguish between safe and anon-safe situations. Many families already have rules about bedtime, TV watching, chores, etc. By adopting rules about personal safety, parents can teach good habits through reinforcement and repetition without generating excessive fear.

The following are suggestions for personal safety rules that can be incorporated into a family routine.


Kids should know their complete home address, telephone number including area code and parents' first and last names. If kids are old enough to answer the phone, they should know how to call 9-1-1. Practice with the receiver button taped down. Kids should be taught never to reveal any personal (their name, school, age, etc.) or family information over the phone unless a parent has given permission.

If kids are home alone and answer a phone call for an absent parent, they should say "she can't come to the phone right now", and take a message or tell the caller to try later - don't make excuses, they sound phony.

It's okay not to answer the phone, or to work out a code (ring twice, hang up call again) so parent can check on a child that is home alone. Kids are old enough to answer the door when they are old enough to check the identity of the person at the door WITHOUT opening it. Kids should help their parents make sure doors that should be locked are locked.



Establish a system of accountability. Learn the full names of your kids' friends, their parents' names, addresses and phone numbers. Check to verify the accuracy if you get the information from your kids. When your child is at a friend's home, who else is present? Parents? Older kids? Other neighbors? No one?

Know your child's routes to and from school, play and errands. Insist they stick to the same route - no shortcuts! If you have to look for them, you will know where to begin. Kids should be taught never to go anywhere with anyone without parental permission. This includes getting permission a second time if plans change and calling to check before going from one friend's home to another location.

Kids should never play in isolated areas of parks or playgrounds, and should avoid public restrooms, building sites and dark streets. Teach kids alternatives; if they are bothered or followed on the playground, walking to friends' home, school or store, where do they go? Walk these common routes with our child and look for choices. Can they go back into the school, in a store or business (kids are reluctant to enter a strange store or business unless given permission,) into a fire station or approach someone doing yard work?

Knocking on the door of a stranger is a last resort. If they have no other choice they should look for a house with a light on (at night) or toys in the yard if possible and ask the homeowner to "please call the police, someone is bothering me", but not to go inside the house. Kids' best defenses are their voices and their legs. Teach them to runaway from someone who is bothering them while yelling to attract as much attention as is possible. Have them practice yelling!

Teach kids not to approach cars that stop to ask for help. Most legitimate adults would not ask a young child for directions anyway. If the car follows them or the driver gets out they should run away and yell.

"Bad Guy" RULES

Teach kids that "bad guys" can be anyone; society teaches kids bad guys are always ugly, mean and scary, and look like monsters. Bad guys are almost always portrayed as strangers and as men.

Remember, a stranger is someone who is not known by the child. A friend of parents, a friend of the child's friend or a neighbor can be a stranger. And a stranger can be a good guy or a bad guy.

Some bad guys act nice, friendly and are attractive. Some bad guys play tricks on kids. Typical bad guy tricks include bribes (money, toys, games, or promises of those things), lies (your mom told me to pick you up at school), requests for help (my puppy ran away, can you help me find him?), or threats (if you don't come with me I'll hurt your mom). Teach kids that a bad guy is someone who asks them to violate family rules, e.g. someone who says they don't need permission to accompany them.

Develop a family "code word". If someone other than a parent is going to pick up a child at school unexpectedly, that person should repeat the "code word" first before the child agrees to leave the safety of the school grounds. The code word should remain a secret and be changed should others learn of it.

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

Report Crime - Don't assume that your neighbors have already reported the crime or that the police already know. Report criminal or suspicious activity each and every time it occurs.

DIRECT HB Dispatch Number 


Reasons for calling the non-emergency number include, but are not limited to the following:


  • You want to report a nuisance, such as a noise or parking complaint.
  • To report a non-emergency crime, one that did not just occur, and the
    suspect(s) are not in the immediate area.
  • You have questions about something suspicious occurring in your
    neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal activity.
  • Solicitor just came to your door or are in the neighborhood.
  • Trash diggers.

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.

My name is David Lantzer and I am the new Fire Chief for the City of Hermosa Beach.  I come to you from the City of Holtville, in the southeastern desert of California.  Holtville is located 45 minutes west of Yuma, AZ; two hours east of San Diego; and 10 minutes east of El Centro, the Imperial County seat and largest city.  Holtville has one fire station that serves 6,000 City residents and an additional 5,000 County residents in its 286 square mile response area (quite a challenge).  The first-in response area is larger than the City because of a contract with the County of Imperial.
I served as Fire Chief in Holtville for 4 years.  Prior to that, I worked for the City of Calexico for 14 years, nine as a Firefighter/Paramedic and the last five as a Captain/Paramedic.  In all, I will be celebrating 22 years in the fire service this April.  My educational background consists of an AS in Fire Technology, a Bachelor's in Occupational Studies through CSULB, and a Master's degree in Public Administration through San Diego State University.
I am very happily married to my wonderful wife, Juana.  We are currently living in the City of Hermosa Beach.  We have two grown sons, Jarrod who is 20 and Darrell who is 21.  Both of them have opted to remain with the rest of our family in Holtville.  All of my wife's brothers, sisters, and mother and all of our nieces and nephews on my wife's side and my mother all reside in Holtville.  I have a brother, sister, and two nephews on my side of the family that live elsewhere in the Imperial Valley.  As you can see, Holtville and the Imperial Valley will remain a big part of our lives.
My wife and I owned and operated a restaurant in Holtville.  My wife is still working on closing out the books and finalizing the sale of our humble establishment, called the Holtville Taco Shop.  If you're ever going through the Imperial Valley, make sure and visit (the new owner is my sister-in-law).
Additionally, I am also a fire technology and paramedic instructor for Imperial Valley College (the local community college in the Imperial Valley).  I have been instructing there for over ten years.  I will continue teaching there every other Saturday.
Since my first day on the job, December 1st, I have been absorbing a tremendous amount of information.  I am beginning to formulate a plan and strategy to meet the many needs of the Hermosa Beach Fire Department.  This department is staffed by highly trained and dedicated personnel.
Next week, I will share with you our preliminary plans to move the organization forward in order to provide consistent, high-quality service to the citizens and visitors of our City.


It's a New Year, 2009!  Like most of you, I can't believe how fast last year passed.  I look forward to New Year full of challenges and opportunities.  One of the challenges, (one which is typical during tough economic times), is crime rates that tend to rise.  With more people out of work or working reduced hours, some will resort to theft as a means to survive. This comes in many forms; from embezzlement, ID theft or fraud to outright theft from your homes or cars.  In addition, family violence tends to increase as the stress of dealing with the tough economic times becomes greater.  Arguments over finances explode and tempers flare.  Be sure to keep lines of communication open with your family and explain if and when sacrifices must be made to make ends meet.  Don't wait until the hole is too deep or budget is so bad you are afraid to discuss it with your family.
As your Chief, I am committed to do the best we can to keep crime to a minimum and hopefully avoid any crime increases.  A lot of this depends on our continued cooperative efforts between the community and the police department.  Prompt reporting of suspicious persons and vehicles, unlicensed solicitors or transients who appear with regularity are encouraged.  Monitoring your credit bureaus and ID theft protection plans are good ways to protect ourselves from fraud, as well as shredding old bills and other financial documents before throwing them away.
It is clear, tough times for all of us are on the horizon.  In fact, the Police Department, along with all other City Departments will be conducting its mid-year review of the budget to ensure there is no wasteful spending or other possible ways savings can be made. 
One way in which we can improve services (without cost) is by increasing our volunteerism.  During 2008, the Police Department brought the Volunteers in Policing Program to Hermosa Beach.  We are currently seeking local residents and others to consider volunteering for this program.  These VIPs have helped to patrol the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods by being extra eyes and ears for the police.  They have assisted in crowd and traffic control and helped tow vehicles and write tickets.  This extra work saves us money and improves our service to the community and this is an opportunity we will expand in 2009.  Anyone interested in participating in this program can contact Sgt. Robert Higgins at
This City, like many others, is currently dealing with an increase in the homeless population.  We are doing our best to ensure those in need get directed to shelters, churches and other organizations to help them.  We are also doing what we can to arrest and remove those that commit crimes in our community.  We encourage all of you who wish to help the homeless population to donate directly to groups or associations that help the homeless rather than give money to a homeless person.  Too often, you generous gift to the homeless individual goes toward purchasing drugs or alcohol which extends their stay in our community.  If in fact you read their sign or hear them ask for money to buy food, do not give them the money.  If you feel so inclined to help that individual, buy them a sandwich or give them a warm piece of clothing to help them, but not cash.  We are very fortunate to live and work in Hermosa Beach and it's in our nature to want to help others.
I look forward to working with all of you to keep Hermosa Beach safe and prosperous in the New Year.  As always if you have any questions please don't hesitate to email or call.
Greg Savelli
Chief of Police


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 12-29-2008 to Sunday 1-4-2009



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)

 There was a Holiday deployment of the South Bay DUI Task Force. During the 6 day deployment, there were 36 DUI drivers removed from the roadways of Hermosa Beach.  


Wednesday 12-31-08

Area 2


594 PC

600 block of Longfellow


Mayonnaise bottle thrown onto victim's vehicle.  Victim believes action is deliberate but doesn't know who suspect is.  No report requested



Area 1



00 -Unit block of 6th St


There was a solicitor reported to be in the area going door to door. The subject was UTL / GOA.



Area 3



1000 block of 5th St


There was a solicitor reported to be in the area going door to door. The subject was located and contacted. In FI card was completed and the subject was advised of the City requirements.



Area 2


484 PC

1600 block of  Bayview Dr


UPS package apparently stolen from victim's front porch.  Theft apparently occurred around 10 December 2008; however, victim just now reported it.



Thursday 1-1-09


Area 1


594 PC

100 block of Bayview Dr


Unknown suspect struck victim's vehicle with a champagne bottle.




Area 2


594 PC

500 block of Gould Ave


Rear window of victim's vehicle smashed by unknown suspect(s).




Area 2


484 PC

705 Pier Ave (Club Zen)


Victim's purse stolen from nightclub (Club Zen - 705 Pier Av) last night.  Suspect(s) have since used victim's cell phone without her permission.




Area 3



1000 block of 1st St


Solicitors reported in the area.  Subjects contacted and actually had a City permit to solicit. NOTE: There is always a first!!



Friday 1-02-09


Area 1


594 PC

100 block of Lyndon St


Victim's vehicle vandalized (rear window broken, numerous key scratches) by unknown suspect(s)



Area 1



400 Manhattan Ave


Magazine solicitors reported in the area.  GOA/UTL



Saturday 1-3-09


Area 1


487 PC

600 block of Manhattan Ave


Scavenger took R/P's dog carrier (that she had left outside of her residence after returning home) unaware that the dog was still in it.  R/P flagged scavenger down, who then returned the items.  R/P believed it was a possible dog napping.  Advised, victim was non desirous.



Area 2


487 PC

1300 Hermosa Ave (The Shore)


Purse stolen from the Shore, video may show suspects, report on hold for the detectives.



Sunday 1-4-09


Area 3


415 PC

PCH and 19th St


There was a report a theft of recyclables in the area. The subject was contacted and advised.




Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

 Area 5
01/01/09                        1:46 a.m.                                  500 block of Marine Avenue
(Robbery) Three male victims were walking on the street to a residence when they were approached by several male subjects. The subjects demanded the victims' wallets and told the victims to run away. The suspects were not caught.
Area 11
01/03/09                        8 p.m. - 8:01 p.m.                     Manhattan Village Mall
(Robbery) The victim was sitting on a couch in the Manhattan Village mall with the straps of her purse around her right wrist and a cell phone in her left hand. A male black suspect approximately 17 to 20 years of age, 5'9" tall, thin build, wearing a black shirt, black jeans and bright colored hat/scarf approached her from behind. He reached over her right shoulder and grabbed her purse and then her cell phone. The victim was able to wrestle her cell phone away, but the suspect took the victim's purse and fled out the south mall exit into the parking lot, eventually out of sight. The purse contained cash, a license, a debit card, and keys.

 Area 7
12/31/08                                    8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.                     400 block of 34th Street
(Attempted Residential Burglary) The victims were home upstairs when they heard what they believed to be knocking on their front door, which they ignored. Later they heard a noise coming from outside their house which they didn't think much of until they tried to set the alarm. They discovered that a screen on a first story window had been cut with an unknown sharp object. However the window remained secured and no entry had been made to the residence.
Area 9
12/30/08                                    3:25 a.m.                                  600 block of 35th Street
(Vehicle Grand Theft) The victim parked and locked the vehicle on the street in front of the residence. He returned to discover the driver's side door was open and a GPS system, two DVD players and a case full of DVDs had been stolen. A surveillance system captured a male white adult subject, approximately 5'6" to 5'8" tall, 150 to 170 lbs, wearing a camouflage jacket with a patch on the shoulder entering the vehicle. A second male suspect is seen walking by the vehicle on the passenger side. 


Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and 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.
To subscribe to City of Redondo Beach e-zine service, please go to


The "Broken Window" Theory
James Q. Wilson and George Kelling developed the `broken windows' thesis to explain the signaling function of neighborhood characteristics. This thesis suggests that the following sequence of events can be expected in deteriorating neighborhoods. Evidence of decay (accumulated trash, broken windows, deteriorated building exteriors) remains in the neighborhood for a reasonably long period of time. People who live and work in the area feel more vulnerable and begin to withdraw. They become less willing to intervene to maintain public order (for example, to attempt to break up groups of rowdy teens loitering on street corners) or to address physical signs of deterioration.

Sensing this, teens and other possible offenders become bolder and intensify their harassment and vandalism. Residents become yet more fearful and withdraw further from community involvement and upkeep. This atmosphere then attracts offenders from outside the area, who sense that it has become a vulnerable and less risky site for crime. The "broken window" theory suggests that neighborhood order strategies such as those listed below help to deter and reduce crime.
Are false alarms a significant problem?
Yes. In 2007, Seattle Police officers were dispatched to 14,119 alarm calls.  Only 332 (2.4%) of these were valid alarms where there was physical evidence of a crime.  False alarms cost the citizens of Seattle approximately $1.2 million dollars in 2007 and displaced officers from their regular patrol areas and directed them to locations where no crime was occurring. provides citizens the ability to locate and apply for disaster relief.
FEMA has launched a new Disaster Assistance web site aimed providing information and online applications for disaster assistance.
Some may complain that people in the middle of a disaster may not have access to computers to file, but I can tell you that Puget Sound Energy (PSE) recorded the highest number of hits to their web site when they had a "system wide outage" a few years back. People will find a way to connect!
California Earthquake Rattles Nerves (slides)
July 28, 2008 Magnitude 5.8 Diamond Bar California
Top 10 First Aid Mistakes
From cut fingers to electrical burns-what you should and shouldn't do in a home health emergency. 


Tsunami Safety Advice 

Be prepared BEFORE a Tsunami strikes, when a "Tsunami Watch" or a "Tsunami Warning" is issued for your area.










The Bottle Inn continues their 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 will kindly donate 20% of the proceeds (excludes tax & tip) for lunch and dinner on Tuesday, January 27th, Wednesday, January 28th and Thursday, January 29th.  
The Bottle Inn has graciously offered to CONTINUE this fundraiser and the funds raised in these three 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. Please tell the host/hostess when making the reservations, you are with PAWS or
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.



 Map Your Neighborhood Logo




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



MYN materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a MYN bag (see below) provided when you pre-register.


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.


Visit MorePrepared online to purchase the MYN bag 

for under your bed.  


MYN bag

This kit contains a hard hat (adjustable) and a pair of sturdy leather gloves with safety cuffs (size large) in a roomy drawstring bag.

Add your own personal items such as a pair of sturdy shoes, sweatshirt, flashlight etc. and store under your bed for an emergency. Every member of your household should have one. If an earthquake happens in the middle of the night, you can easily find your shoes and protect yourself from broken glass and falling debris.

Also keep your Map Your Neighborhood FLIP CHART/SHINGLE (obtained after you have a MYN block meeting ~ materials supplied by HBNW) containing contact and other valuable information for use during an actual emergency inside the bag so you can find it quickly when needed.

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.



The Map Your Neighborhood program was recently highlighted in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program's SeismicWaves May 2008 edition.

Neighbors prepare themselves for major disasters
State program helps train communities for emergencies



C.E.R.T. - Community Emergency Response Team  

Hermosa Beach residents are invited to take either one of these two classes offered by RB Fire Department.   This training is the perfect compliment to the Map Your Neighborhood program!


C.E.R.T. Academy No. 40 - February 5, 2009 to March 28, 2009


C.E.R.T. Academy No. 41 - September 10, 2009 to October 31, 2009  


A team of Redondo Beach firefighter instructors provide the training and will cover topics including disaster preparedness, CPR & First Aid, disaster medical operations, damage assessment, fire suppression, light search and rescue, disaster psychology & team organization.


Upon successfully completing the training, you will be registered as a C.E.R.T. volunteer with the Redondo Beach Fire Department. Registered volunteers are required to participate in future disaster preparedness training activities to maintain their volunteer status.

The fee is $40.00 per person. The fee includes a designated C.E.R.T. hard hat, CPR & First Aid certification, CPR pocket mask, photo identification card, training manual and graduation certificates. The C.E.R.T. Academy is taught Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and one Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during an eight-week period. 


Forms are available in Adobe Acrobat for your convenience. Click HERE to download.

If you are interested in participating or for additional information about the academy, please call Diane Hom at (310) 318-0663 ext. 4336. Please note that the academy will be limited to the first 40 individuals who respond.


To Link to the Redondo Beach CERT Alumni association


To Link to the Redondo Beach Fire Department CERT information  



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 receive 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





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" I have spent the last 35 years with the Hermosa Beach Public Works Dept., making my living managing the public utilities. After I heard the service that AES offers, I pulled out my checkbook".    Mike Flaherty, Director, Hermosa Beach Public Work Department

"Accurate Emergency offers an all inclusive, specialized and urgently needed service to residents that want to assure their family is aware of the locations of the gas, electric and water valves in the home so that you can quickly and safely shut them off when the emergency occurs. There product is productive and moves the customer to a preparedness level that most people forget to include in their "get ready" plan. I strongly encourage every home to become familiar with AES and give yourself the comfort of knowing that you have done all you can to properly identify, attach a label so that every one in the home can distinguish the electrical switch/fuse, the gas and
water lines that requires no thought for even a young child to operate and last to secure the tool wrench to effectively turn off the utilities should the crisis happen. The benefit of this service is to give the power to you and your family to control a situation that will be out of control. Do it today".
   Kelly Kovac Reedy, Co-Founder & Co-Coordinator, Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch

"Denying the Inevitable is one of the greatest threats to our health and welfare".  R.D. King


Our business is based on quality products & services. Our goal is to provide you with top quality products and customer serevice so that you will want to refer us to your friends and neighbors.

Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit Description:

The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit is a means by which a homeowner, tenant, or neighbor can easily locate their gas, water, and electrical mains and shut them off in case of a natural disaster or accidental emergency. Following the detailed instructions and utilizing the label page the consumer will transform the blank graph section of the laminated Map Page into a customized map of their property denoting the locations of their utility shut off valves and the electrical main shut off. The Location Signs are mounted at all three of the utility shut off locations with the included nylon zip ties. Due to the fact that some properties have different types of valves and or electrical systems, (5) five different laminated Location Signs are provided and a maximum of (3) three will be used. The kit is designed for homes, apartments, condominiums, and commercial buildings.The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit includes several pieces of original graphic artwork and are all included in this provisional patent application.

The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit includes:

1.     (1) 8.5" x 11" Laminated Map Page.

2.     (1) 8.5" x 11" Label Page.

3.     (5) 2.5" x 3.5" (approximate size) Location Signs.

4.     (1) 11" x 17" Instruction Page.

5.     (1) Gas Valve Shut Off Wrench.

6.     (2) Nylon Zip Ties.

7.     (2 feet) of small link chain or elastic cord.

8.     (1) 2" x 2" (approximate size) piece of double face carpet tape to attach the electrical shut off instructions to the door of the electrical panel box.


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 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





The Senior Disaster Supply program really took off for the first couple of months as we have delivered over 80 of the packs.  We hope to distribute the balance of the kits now through March 2009.  We are providing them to seniors that are home bound, have limited mobility, disability or have limited means.

The senior will call for a kit and then when we deliver the kit to them we explain each of the items and how it would be useful and that it is important to familiarize themselves with what is in the kit and how to use it.  Each has responded with gratitude for receiving such a thoughtful item hoping never to have to us it but glad we have made it available to them.

We have been able to connect several of the seniors with block captains so in addition to having the kit they have someone that will be able to check on them and help them if needed in a disaster situation.

We have delivered a kit to the two oldest residents in Hermosa Beach, they both happen to live on Prospect Ave within 1 block of each other.  The stories they can tell being 94 and 95 years old are amazing.

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.  


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


























(310) 318-0239


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~ 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