Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
PRESENTATION OF NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AWARD TO HERMOSA BEACH
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH at tonight's
City Council Meeting.
PRESENTATION OF DONATION FROM THE BOTTLE INN TO HB POLICE
DEPARTMENT FOR THE HBPD K-9 PROGRAM at tonight's City
We would like to
THANK and WELCOME
two new HB resident members to the Volunteers in Policing
Jeff Smith and Kyle Smith
(no, they are not related).
We would like to
ACKNOWLEGE and THANK five
HB Amateur Radio Operators for their combined 579 hours of
service in 2008 on behalf of Hermosa Beach for their
participation in the Los Angeles County Disaster
Communication Service (DCS)!
Ken Hartley, John Kovac, George Ziegler, Mordy Benjamin and
Each City in the County has chosen
as their government communications back-up system. During
major incidents our members serve as a critical link that
allows information and ultimately resources to get to their
destination. Our members coordinate, transmit and receive
command and liaison traffic while staffing locations and
shadowing key personnel. This allows County Government and
City Governments; Law Enforcement and Fire Agencies and
other disaster relief agencies to coordinate and communicate
their efforts in real time.
The Disaster Communications Service is headquartered at the
County Emergency Operations Center. DCS operates at each
Sheriff Station in addition to Emergency Operations Centers
in 56 Cities,Fire Stations and with other agencies
throughout Los Angeles County.
DCS members participate in ongoing drills and training
What is Amateur Radio aka HAM Radio?
It's a very important communications system -- when cell
phones don't work, regular phones don't work, the internet
doesn't work, ham radio works. When other systems are down
or overloaded, ham radio still gets the message through. Ham
radio is a "hobby" - that's the fun part that gets most
people interested and keeps them on the air. But it's also
a "service" -a vital service that has saved lives again and
again when regular communication systems failed.
passion to work!
Calling Green Task Force volunteers!
Following passionate interest from local residents and
businesses, the City Council initiated the GTF in November
2008 to advise City Councilors and staff on green issues,
such as clean air, energy efficiency, walk-ability, climate
change, transportation, water conservation, solar power,
green building, and recycling.
The GTF will consist of six Hermosa Beach residents,
including one School District representative, and will meet
at City Hall once every two months for a two year term.
Applications to serve on the Hermosa Beach Green Task Force
(GTF) should be submitted to City Hall by February 19,
2008. For an application form or more information, please
call Angela Mason, Hermosa Beach Community Development:
Volunteer and help us make Hermosa Beach a greener, cleaner,
smarter place for you and your children!
THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster
preparedness neighborhood program.
To view all Active Blocks in HBNW,
If you have not had an INTRODUCTION Block Meeting, your
block is not considered an active block in HBNW. You may
have volunteered to be your block's captain and receive the
HBNW E-Mails. However, we do not know if you are connected
to your residents until you have had this meeting. Please
e-mail us today if you have not had it.
Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings
2900 - 3000 block of Hermosa Avenue & 100 block of 30th
1500 block of Golden Ave
800 - 900 block of 15th Street
1100 - 1200 block of 7th Street
900 - 1000 block of 16th Street
Mar 14 St. Patrick's Day Parade (Saturday) 3rd Year HBNW
Valley Park Ave.
1100-1200 block of 9th Street
24th Street/Hillcrest Drive Cul-de-Sac
Preparedness Video Clips
"How To" video clips demonstrates easy step-by-step
instructions to help you reduce hazards in the event of a
How to Use...
Draining Your Hot Water Heater
Downed Power Line Safety
How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher
All of the crime prevention techniques in the world are
nothing compared to your own gut instincts. Your gut is
often right -- trusting your own instincts that a situation
feels "wrong" can be the best personal safety tool you have.
People are often afraid to trust their instincts because it
would be embarrassing to be wrong. Remember that a moment of
embarrassment is far less important than your overall
safety. Don't ignore a situation that feels wrong just
because in your mind it "looks okay".
Follow your intuition - trust your feelings. If you feel
that a situation is not right, move out of the situation.
Be aware of your surroundings. In social situations, be
alert to places and situations that make you vulnerable.
Walk confidently and alertly.
While it is good to be cautious, it is also important to not
be unreasonably frightened.
Active communities are the best partners the police have
when it comes to fighting crime. Showing that small crimes
and nusiance activities will not be tolerated in your
neighborhood sends clear signals to criminals to stay away.
That means painting over graffiti, posting block watch signs
and reporting suspicious activity.
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe
- 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
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
neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal
Solicitor just came to your door or are in the
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.
TAKE THE FREE CLASS TO GET YOUR AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE
It only takes three of your Saturday's and a few hours of
your time! Really.
"Technician" course (entrée level)
course is 2 sessions
Technician License class day 1: January 17th @ 10:00a.m. -
Technician License class day 2: January 24th @ 10:00a.m. -
January 31st @ 10:00a.m.
location is Hesse Park
pre-registration required -
- No fee
for either course -
the FCC Test is $14 -
Material (available to purchase at class)
book with FCC test questions, $15 -
of my Power Point charts, $10 -
(thru grade 12) who take this course and get their license
will be reimbursed up to $40 by Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio
MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF
The citizens and visitors of Hermosa Beach are served by a
high quality group of professional firefighters. However,
like any organization, the HBFD has issues to deal with and
challenges to meet.
The department's assistant chief position is still not
filled, though this is the first priority and will be
pursued in earnest this month. Other priorities are the
review of the department's last ISO report (Insurance
Services Office), reviewing department compliance with NFPA
standards (professional standards adopted by the National
Fire Protection Association), development of a comprehensive
strategic plan, and beginning the accreditation process
through the Commission of Fire Accreditation International.
The Insurance Services Office (ISO) evaluates fire
protection in order to apply a numerical rating of such
protection and uses it as a multiplier to determine
appropriate property insurance rates. The ISO evaluates the
department's dispatching center, water supply and
distribution system, and the fire department itself
(equipment, training, maintenance, etc). The department is
currently rated as an ISO 5. The last ISO review was in
1995, which means we are due for another very soon (ISO
likes to evaluate departments at least every ten years).
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a
non-profit organization that was created in 1896. The NFPA
has created standards for most everything related to the
fire service, from building, plumbing and electrical codes
to specifications for the type of equipment firefighters
wear. Fire departments will not purchase any protective
clothing or equipment unless it meets NFPA standards. These
standards represent the "best practices" in the fire
service. While NFPA standards are not legally mandated,
many of their standards end up being incorporated or
referenced into law.
The Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI)
provides accreditation of fire department's that provide
continuous quality improvement and enhancement of service
delivery to the community by successfully completing the
accreditation process. Accreditation will take several
years, without any guarantee of success.
All of these organizations are interrelated. For example,
ISO looks at a fire department's testing records of fire
pumps and fire hose. These items must be tested annually,
as per NFPA standards. ISO has adopted this standard. ISO
is currently considering incorporating fire department
strategic planning review based on the CFAI model as part of
its jurisdictional evaluation of fire protection. CFAI
incorporates a fire department's compliance with NFPA
standards, such as for the number of fire personnel at the
scene of a building fire or medical aid within a limited
time frame. The HBFD does not currently meet this standard
(called NFPA 1710) for building fires.
The point of all this information is to relay the importance
of the above three professional organizations, ISO, NFPA,
and CFAI, in how they impact the operations of a fire
department. All three of these organizations produce or
evaluate a fire department's compliance with the "best
practices" in the fire service. The citizens and visitors
of Hermosa Beach deserve nothing short than the HBFD meeting
100% of these "best practices." These best practices
maximize the quality of service provided by fire personnel
and help to ensure their safety.
FOR OR AGAINST
UPCOMING COMMISSION HEARINGS:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that the Planning Commission of the City of Hermosa
Beach shall hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 20,
2009, to consider the following:
Precise Development Plan and Parking Plan for a three-story
40-room hotel with two levels of parking containing 42
parking spaces with 32 of the 40 required spaces in tandem
to be managed with 24-hour valet parking service and to
allow greater than 30% compact parking; and adoption of an
Environmental Negative Declaration at 1081, 1085 & 1087
Conditional Use Permit amendment to allow live
entertainment, limited to five (5) weekends per year and
during city wide events with extended hours from 7:00 A.M.
to 12:00 midnight and from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00 A.M. on New
Year's Eve within the indoor portion of an existing
restaurant at 140 Pier Avenue, New Orleans Cajun Café.
Text Amendment to consider amending definitions, terms, and
standards relating to on-sale alcoholic beverage
establishments, restaurants, live entertainment and customer
Conditional Use Permit amendment for on-sale general alcohol
and live entertainment in conjunction with an existing
restaurant at 22 Pier Avenue, Dragon, requesting to extend
on-sale general alcohol from 12:00 midnight closing daily to
2:00 A.M. closing Thursday-Sunday; extend live entertainment
from 11:30 P.M to 1:30 A.M. Thursday-Sunday and various
holidays; and modify requirements regarding food sales and
entrance fees; and conduct six month review.
Text Amendment and Zone Change and adoption of an
Environmental Negative Declaration to implement
zoning-related recommendations pertaining to property
currently zoned C-2 (Restricted Commercial) along Pier
Avenue in the 'Upper Pier Avenue Committee Final Report'
approved by the City Council on March 25, 2008 to promote a
pedestrian-friendly village center serving local residents
as well as visitors, addressing permitted and conditional
uses; design standards; parking requirements; sign
standards; incentives to encourage service-type/office uses
on the second floor and retain architecturally/historically
important buildings; findings for approving conditional
uses; creation of a specific plan area or overlay zone;
standards/restrictions on outdoor seating and/or displays on
the sidewalk; and other minor related changes affecting
Chapter 17 (Zoning) and other Chapters for consistency.
Text Amendment to define and allow electronic message
display signs in open space zones and establish requirements
for community sign program within Hermosa Beach, and
adoption of an Environmental Negative Declaration.
SAID PUBLIC HEARING
shall be held at 7:00 P.M., or as soon thereafter as
the matter may be heard in the City Hall Council
Chambers, 1315 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
ANY AND ALL PERSONS
interested are invited to participate and speak at this
hearing at the above time and place. For inclusion in the
agenda packet to be distributed, written comments of
interested parties should be submitted to the department
listed with the item, in care of City Hall at 1315 Valley
Drive, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 prior to Thursday, January
15, 2009, at 12:00 noon. All written testimony by any
interested party will be accepted prior to or at the
scheduled time on the agenda for the matter.
Choose Your Path
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
COMMISSION of the City of Hermosa Beach on
Wednesday, January 21, 2008 at 7:00p.m., will convene a
"round table" forum in City Hall Council
Chambers, 1315 Valley Driver, to encourage
participation in creating a Master Bike Plan
for Hermosa Beach.
Sub-committees of the Public Works and the Parks and
Recreation commissions have created a preliminary plan
indicating potential bikeways for community review and
discussion. It is the desire of the commissions to obtain
broad community participation from both bikers and
non-bikers alike. Suggestions for changes and additions are
copy of the preliminary plan will be available on the City's
web site under the Public Works Commission agenda for that
Please come, make your voice heard, and help bring Hermosa
Beach into the community of bike friendly cities.
HBNW CRIME LOG
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
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
AREA CRIME LOG
We will send this out on Wednesday.
AREA 1 - BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH &
AREA 2 - GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and
AREA 3 - RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to
LIFE SAFETY/OCCUPANCY ENFORCEMENT
Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer
No occupant load violations were noted by fire personnel and
no complaints received of such last week.
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.
MBNW CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
RBNW / RBPD CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
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
email@example.com 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
YOUR QUESTIONS, OUR ANSWERS!
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 9:04 AM
Thank you for your emails that raise awareness in our
neighborhood. I have a few questions and was hoping that
you could address them in future emails, since I might not
be the only one wondering...
emails talk a lot about solicitors. What about people who
are collecting money for a charity? Are they considered
solicitors? I had someone knock on my door about a year ago
attempting to collect money for an environmental cause.
many people these days, I only use a cell phone. I have the
dispatch number 310-524-2750 saved to my phone. I've heard
in the past that if you dial 911 from a cell phone, it goes
to the CHP, which could cause delays in local emergency
response (may or may not be true, I heard this some time
ago). I need some clarification! In case of emergency,
should I call 911? the dispatch line? or is there a
different number that I should also save to my phone?
you in advance for addressing my questions. And keep the
Yes, anyone collecting money in the city must have a permit
to do so. They are soliciting your money regardless of
2. Yes, always dial the 310-524-2750 number from your cell
phone if in HB. Every city has their own direct dial
number. If you are in a city and do not know their number,
call 9-1-1. Tell them the city that you are in first as
they will need to direct (transfer) your call to the
dispatch call center. Since time is of the essence, we tell
you to dial our HB direct dispatch number as you might be
picked up by CHP or Lennox or Lomita Sheriff (depending on
where your cell phone carrier directs the 9-1-1 call).
have addressed the phone lines and how and when to use them
in past e-mails and at Introduction Block Meetings. We will
continue to add it in our future e-mails since new residents
join HBNW weekly.
Thank you. E-mail me anytime with questions.
From: Leanne Bemis-Heuer
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 11:15 AM
I was also wondering about girl scout cookies, HVS carnival
and wrapping paper sales, etc.
only mean people that you do not know. If you know the
child and the parent supporting Girl Scouts or the local
schools, it's perfectly acceptable and encouraged. Thanks!
8 arrested as 30 officers break up the brawl at Del Amo mall
A fight between two women at Torrance's Del Amo Fashion
Center escalated into a brawl that resulted in eight
arrests, minor injuries to six people -- including two
police officers -- and the evacuation of the mall's popular
outdoor promenade, authorities said Sunday.
Pineapple Express Hits Pacific Northwest
It has been a week of severe flooding here in the Pacific
Northwest. We had what is called in the vernacular a
"Pineapple Express." Lots of rain combined with warm
temperatures that cause rain to fall on snow in the
mountains. This leads to rapid snow melt and flooding, in
some cases record floods, on rivers in Western Washington
State. Now the long task of recovery begins; damage
assessment, individual and public damage assistance, SBA
programs, etc. I don't know how it is where you live, but
our experience here is that we will have multiple disaster
declarations and recovery ongoing for many years before
everything is closed out by FEMA.
LA Times Article
Magnitude 4.5 quake felt across Southern California
Thursday's earthquake turned out to be one of the biggest in
the San Bernardino region and was felt all the way to Simi
Valley. San Bernardino County Fire Supervisor Tim Franke
described it as a "little roll and big jolt, then a sonic
boom kind of noise."
More than 15,000 in tents after Indonesian quakes
MANOKWARI, Indonesia (AP) -- The number of Indonesians
forced into tent camps by a pair of powerful earthquakes
last weekend more than doubled to 17,400 Thursday, an
Home Preparedness and the $50 Billion Straw
By now, having watched your house fall in value, your 401(k)
plan slide toward nothingness, your job security disappear,
your benefits fade, the complete failure of business
management, the disastrous failure of regulatory control,
what can we do to feel safe again?
It won't be easy, but here are some of the basic steps.
Think of them as resolutions for 2009 and later.
Torrance, CA (December 26, 2008). The South Bay
Environmental Services Center (SBESC), a program of the
South Bay Cities Council of Governments, has recently
completed the Energy Efficiency Starter Kit Program for
2008. This program was made available through the Southern
California Gas Company.
The kits contained one showerhead and two faucet aerators
(one for a bathroom faucet and one for the kitchen faucet).
Low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators allow air to enter
into the water stream, maintaining a high-pressure flow
while reducing water usage. The showerheads will save up to
40% in water and energy. The bathroom faucet can save up to
55% in water and energy, while the kitchen faucet can save
up to 32% in water and energy.
This program will be available again in 2009. Look for the
SBESC booth at events in January to sign up for your Free
Energy Efficiency Starter Kit. Sign ups will also be
accepted at the SBESC office beginning February 2009.
LIFE SAVING EQUIPMENT NEEDED
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.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A PRIVATE DONATION TO THE PAWS
CAUSE, please contact
THREE MORE DAYS ADDED!
TAKE TIME TO PAWS (PAUSE) AND ENJOY A MEAL FOR A CAUSE
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
January 27th, Wednesday, January 28th and Thursday, January
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.
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
served from 11:30a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Dinner is served from 6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.
MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
READY THE RESIDENT
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2009
1P.M. - 3:30P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
MYN materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a MYN bag
(see below) provided when you pre-register.
Reserve your seat
"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
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.
together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the
first hour following a disaster and take the necessary
for under your bed.
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.
ARTICLES ON MYN:
The Map Your Neighborhood program was recently highlighted
in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program's
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.
training is the perfect compliment to the Map Your
C.E.R.T. Academy No. 40 - February 5, 2009 to March 28, 2009
C.E.R.T. Academy No. 41 - Sept. 10, 2009 to October 31,
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.
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.
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 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
The CodeRED system gives city officials the ability to
deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone
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.
SIGN UP FOR CODE RED
VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING (VIP'S)
HERMOSA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT is please to open
applications for the NEW COMMUNITY PILOT PROGRAM, VOLUNTEERS
The Coordinators of the VIP's: Sgt. Robert Higgins, HBPD Ofc.
Jaime Ramirez, Kelly Kovac-Reedy of HBNW and Ken Hartley
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
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
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:
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
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
power to identify and address specific concerns and problems
within your community.
We would like to start forming teams for the following
Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown
Foot Patrol of Neighborhoods & Downtown
Watch and Awareness
Valley School Check
Structures & Parking Lots
LEARN AMATEUR RADIO
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ACCURATE EMERGENCY SERVICES
" 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
"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
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
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".
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) 8.5" x 11" Laminated Map Page.
(1) 8.5" x 11" Label Page.
(5) 2.5" x 3.5" (approximate size) Location Signs.
(1) 11" x 17" Instruction Page.
(1) Gas Valve Shut Off Wrench.
(2) Nylon Zip Ties.
(2 feet) of small link chain or elastic cord.
(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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FOCUS ON SENIORS
FANNY PACK EMERGENCY KIT
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
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
To apply please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 310-374-1828.