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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009


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

:: TAKE THE FREE CLASS TO GET YOUR AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE ~ Saturday, Jan. 17 & 24 ~ Test on Jan. 31!

:: MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF ~ New weekly feature from David Lantzer about the department & fire prevention.

:: FOR OR AGAINST ~ Upcoming Commission Hearings

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: Life Safety/Occupancy Enforcement

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log

:: YOUR QUESTIONS, OUR ANSWERS! ~ HBNW members ask us questions


:: HBFD FUNDRAISER ~ This Thursday for dinner!

:: HBPD K-9 FUNDRAISER ~ January 27-28-29 for lunch or dinner!

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ February 21st class. Block Captain's encouraged to sign up!

:: 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!

:: How will YOU communicate after the Internet, phone & cell lines go down?


:: IDENTIFY YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ Accurate Emergency Services




:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

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




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Volunteer Thank You


We would like to THANK and WELCOME two new HB resident members to the Volunteers in Policing (VIP's) team, 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 Matt Cruse 


About DCS

Each City in the County has chosen amateur radio 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 programs.

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.


Building Green 

Put your 'green' 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: (310)318-0241 
Volunteer and help us make Hermosa Beach a greener, cleaner, smarter place for you and your children!



HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster preparedness neighborhood program. 

To view all Active Blocks in HBNW, click here.

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



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

Mar 18

Cathy Lieb

Valley Park Ave.

Mar 25  

Maggie Dettelbach

1100-1200 block of 9th Street


APRIL 2009


Apr 29

Barbara York

24th Street/Hillcrest Drive Cul-de-Sac


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Preparedness Video Clips

"How To" video clips demonstrates easy step-by-step instructions to help you reduce hazards in the event of a disaster.

How to Use...

Drain your water heater    Draining Your Hot Water Heater 


Downed Power Lines   Downed Power Line Safety


Fire extinguisher demo    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.


Speak Up


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 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.



It only takes three of your Saturday's and a few hours of your time!  Really.  


FCC "Technician" course (entrée level)
Each course is 2 sessions

Technician License class day 1: January 17th @ 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Technician License class day 2: January 24th @ 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Test: January 31st @ 10:00a.m. 
The location is Hesse Park
29301 Hawthorne Blvd.
Rancho Palos Verdes
- No pre-registration required -
- No fee for either course -
- Taking the FCC Test is $14 -
Optional Material (available to purchase at class)
- Study book with FCC test questions, $15 -
- Copy of my Power Point charts, $10 -
Students (thru grade 12) who take this course and get their license will be reimbursed up to $40 by Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association. 




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.



Your Opinion Counts 




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:

1.    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 Aviation Boulevard.

2.    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.

3.    Text Amendment to consider amending definitions, terms, and standards relating to on-sale alcoholic beverage establishments, restaurants, live entertainment and customer dancing.

4.    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.

5.    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.

6.    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 that the PUBLIC WORKS 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 public 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 strongly encouraged.


A copy of the preliminary plan will be available on the City's web site under the Public Works Commission agenda for that meeting.

Please come, make your voice heard, and help bring Hermosa Beach into the community of bike friendly cities.



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.  


We will send this out on Wednesday.



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)

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.


Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 


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



Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 9:04 AM

Hi Kelly,
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...
1. Your 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.
2. Like 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?
Thank you in advance for addressing my questions. And keep the emails coming!



1. Yes, anyone collecting money in the city must have a permit to do so.  They are soliciting your money regardless of their cause.


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).


We 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.


Truly, Kelly




From: Leanne Bemis-Heuer

Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 11:15 AM

Hi Kelly and Tracy,

I was also wondering about girl scout cookies, HVS carnival and wrapping paper sales, etc. 

Hi Leanne,


We 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!

Truly, Kelly



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,0,6767672.story 

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."
Costa Rica: Crews find 2 more dead; quake toll 18
The 6.1-magnitude earthquake caused a hillside to collapse near Cinchona and damaged 6 miles (10 kilometers) of road, sending rocks and earth tumbling down on passing cars. 

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 official said. 

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.

Energy Conservation
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.

There are other ways to save energy. The Gas Company offers many energy conservation tips on its website: 



Paul Hawkins and Kids 


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.










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 - Sept. 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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Order your supplies TODAY! 


 We want to help you get prepared! 


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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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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.



























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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