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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009


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

:: PLANET PALS ~ Hazardous Waste Round-Up this weekend! Volunteer for the HB Green Task Force NOW.


:: 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

:: 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!



Mark Your Calendar!

We invite you to walk with us in the HB St. Patrick's Day Parade. Grab your family, friends & dog and join us as we celebrate the 3rd Year Anniversary of HBNW!

Parade is on Saturday, March 14th! 


Volunteer Thank You


We would like to THANK Co-Block Captain's Sarah Kobylewski and Ryan Lee and the 2900 - 3000 block of  Hermosa Avenue & 100 block of 30th Street for hosting an Introduction Block Meeting.  The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinator's Kelly & Tracy, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, Fire Chief David Lantzer and EPAC Commissioner Alan Benson. 


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 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


HB Disaster Preparedness Logo




CPR Steps



Check the victim for unresponsiveness. If there is no response, Call 911 and return to the victim. In most locations the emergency dispatcher can assist you with CPR instructions. 


Unresponsiveness During cardiac arrest, the heart stops pumping blood, the blood pressure falls to zero and the pulse disappears. Within 10 seconds of cardiac arrest the person loses consciousness and becomes unresponsive. If you shake or shout at the victim, there will be no response.

Sometimes a person in cardiac arrest may make grunting, gasping or snoring type breathing sounds for a couple of minutes. Do not be confused by this abnormal type of breathing.

If a person is unresponsive (doesn't respond to shouts or shakes) and not breathing (or is breathing abnormally) then call 911 and begin CPR.



Tilt the head back and listen for breathing.  If not breathing normally, pinch nose and cover the mouth with yours and blow until you see the chest rise. Give 2 breaths.  Each breath should take 1 second.

Remember a person in cardiac arrest may have abnormal breathing for a couple of minutes. This abnormal breathing is called "agonal respiration" and is the result of the brain's breathing center sending out signals even though circulation has ceased. The key point is that the abnormal breathing may sound like grunting, gasping or snoring. It disappears in 2-3 minutes. If you see this type of breathing DO NOT delay CPR. The person desperately needs air and only you can provide it. 


If the victim is still not breathing normally, coughing or moving, begin chest compressions.  Push down on the chest 11/2 to 2 inches 30 times right between the nipples.  Pump at the rate of 100/minute, faster than once per second.

Pushing on the Chest In general the chest should be pushed down 11/2-2 inches. Sometimes you may hear a cracking sound. Do not be alarmed. The sound is caused by cartilage or ribs cracking. Even if this occurs the damage is not serious. The risk of delaying CPR or not doing CPR is far greater than the risk of a broken rib.

NOTE: This ratio is the same for one-person & two-person CPR.  In two-person CPR the person pumping the chest stops while the other gives mouth-to-mouth breathing.



Personal Safety Video Series 

As a community service, security expert Chris McGoey has collaborated with VideoJug to produce this series of free personal safety videos for the protection of your home and family.

Video Library

Violent Crime Prevention - Don't be a Victim

  • How likely am I to become a victim of a crime?
  • What types of violent crime are the most common?
  • What types of violent crime are most preventable?
  • What are the characteristics of a typical victim of violent crime?
  • What is most important thing I can do to protect myself?
  • How can a family security plan protect my loved ones?
  • How does a family security plan work when we are not together?

Personal Safety - Street Crime Prevention

  • What will make a predator view me as a victim?
  • Does my clothing affect a predator's perception of me?
  • How should I carry my handbag to avoid a purse snatcher?
  • How can I modify my behavior to avoid becoming a victim?
  • What safety precautions can I take before leaving the house?
  • How can I be safe when walking alone?
  • Will a weapon protect me from violent crime?
  • Should I take a self-defense class?

Self-Defense - Weapons & Pepper Spray

  • Should I get a weapon for self-defense?
  • How do I choose the best pepper spray?
  • How does pepper spray work?

Assessing Your Personal Safety - Out in Public

  • Can I rely on my intuition when I sense danger?
  • How can I tell if someone on the street is a predator?
  • What are some warning signs that I am about to be attacked?
  • What is the best way to respond when a stranger approaches me?

Prevent Being Attacked - Out in Public

  • What should I do if I think I'm in danger of being attacked?
  • What should I do if someone seems drunk or on drugs approaches me?
  • What should I do if a robber demands my purse or wallet?
  • If I am attacked is it better to resist or act passive?
  • What are some self-defense techniques to thwart an attack?
  • Can I thwart an attack using a weapon?
  • What if a kidnapper tries to force me into a car?

Self Protection - While Driving a Vehicle

  • How can I stay safe while driving?
  • What should I do if a stranger tries to help me with my disabled car?
  • What should I do if a stranger in another car is acting aggressive towards me?

Self Protection - While Parking a Vehicle

  • How do I choose the safest parking spot?
  • What is the safest way to enter a parking space?

Home Invasion Robbery - Protecting the Family

  • What changes should I make to the outside of my home?
  • What can I do to prevent a home invasion robbery?
  • How can fortify my sliding windows and glass doors from intruders?
  • What is a "safe room" and do I need one?
  • Should I keep a gun in my home for self-defense?
  • What common household items make good makeshift weapons?

Strangers Inside Your Home - Repairmen

  • How can I stay safe when I hire repairmen for inside my home?
  • What should I look for before hiring repairmen for inside my home?
  • How can I stay safe when I'm alone with repairmen inside my home?
  • What should I do if I suspect a repairman is dangerous?

Violence in Your Home - Protect from Intruders

  • What should I do if an intruder breaks into my home?
  • If I think I hear an intruder in my home, should I investigate?
  • Should I let the intruder know I'm aware of his presence?
  • What should I do if a stranger attacks me in my home?
  • What should I use as a weapon against an intruder in my home?

Violence in the Workplace - Self Protection

  • What should I do if a violent attack occurs in my workplace?
  • What should I do if I am the target for an attack in my workplace?
  • Can I depend on building security to prevent a violent attack at work?

Stalkers - How to be Safe from Predators

  • What is stalking?
  • When does obsessive behavior officially become stalking?
  • What kinds of stalkers are there?
  • When does stalking become a serious threat and what to do about it?
  • Should I call the police if I feel that I am being stalked?

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.


This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:


The average household contains between three and ten gallons of waste materials that are hazardous to human health or to the environment. Collectively, these materials can create serious health and safety risks or contaminate our groundwater, surface waters or the air we breath if they are not stored carefully and disposed of properly. 


Saturday, January 24 from 9-3 at Clark Field between 8th and 11th on Valley is the Hazardous Waste Cleanup. 

This is a great chance to get rid of your old batteries, prescriptions, paint, computer equipment, etc. 

For more information on the event and what can and can not be collected, go to 


 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!



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.  

Choose Your Path




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSION of the City of Hermosa Beach on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 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.  View proposed Master Bike Plan.


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.


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.  



This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR PERMIT looks like for your reference. 
(In the past, an application was signed by the City Manager, Steve Burrell and was used as the PERMIT.  NOW, the city ONLY issues a permit that looks like this below).    



Monday 01-12-2008 to Monday 01/19/2008


AREA 1 - BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo St.)

AREA 2 - GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and Manhattan border)

AREA 3 - RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to Harper/Reynolds)


Monday, January 12, 2009


Area 3


459 PC

900 Block 1st St

Residential Burglary

Victim places ad in Craig's list for a garage sale. The items were placed in the closed, but unlocked garage and taken between 4 PM and 7 PM.



Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Area 1


466 PC

400 Block 2nd St


An off-duty police officer discovered two suspects with bolt cutters near the underground parking garage. The suspects were wearing all black clothing and gloves. The officer detained the suspects and called Hermosa police. Both suspects were arrested for possession of burglar tools.




 Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Area 3


487 PC

200 Block PCH

Bicycle Thefts

Suspects were captured on store video cutting the cable and removing two bicycles from the rear of the bicycle store.



Saturday, January 17, 2009

Area 1


484 PC

200 Hermosa Av

Bicycle Theft/Suspect Arrested

Officer Droz observed a subject riding one bicycle at night without lights, while pulling another bicycle. The suspect was stopped and it was determined he had just stolen the other bicycle. The suspect was arrested.



Sunday, January 18, 2009

Area 1


647.7 PC

2nd Street and The Strand

Subject Filming Young Girls

The father of a 15 year old female saw a subject filming his daughter. The father detained the subject and called the police. An investigation showed he was filming young looking females on the beach and he was arrested.



Monday, January 19, 2009


Area 3


211 PC

454 PCH


The clerk at the 7-11 Store was threatened by two white male adults, who took a 12 pack of beer and ran out.


Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer 
The extended weekend was busy for the fire department.  However, there were no issues or problems regarding occupant loads.

The inspections are designed to check for overcrowding and to ensure proper exit signs, lights, pathways, doors and door hardware are maintained pursuant to the Fire Code.  

It is the responsibility of the business owner or manager to maintain an accurate occupancy load count at all times that is at or below the approved capacity; and to ensure aisles, exit signs, exit passageways and exit doors are maintained at all times.



Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 


Area 4
01/17/09                                    3:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.                 600 block of Manhattan Beach Blvd.
(Theft of bicycle) The victim secured two bicycles with a cable lock to a fixed storage box in an open carport. He returned to discover one of the bicycles was missing. A pair of bolt cutters was found nearby. No suspects were seen or heard.
Area 9
01/18/09                                    6:45 p.m.                                  Rosecrans Avenue & Blanche Road
(Robbery) Two victims were walking eastbound on Rosecrans Avenue when they were approached by two male black suspects. One of the suspects demanded that one victim empty his pockets and simulated a handgun. The victim handed the suspect his cell phone and wallet. The two suspects then got on a public bus. The victims called the police, the bus was stopped further up on Rosecrans, and the suspects were detained and subsequently arrested.
Area 3
01/14/09                                    1:45 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.                            1200 blk Fisher St
Petty Theft - Victim parked her vehicle on Fisher Street and walked with the four children under her care to her residence.  She realized that she had left her TJ Maxx bag (containing clothing) on the street next to her vehicle. She walked back to her vehicle and found the bag and the clothing missing.
Area 9
01/14-15/09                               4 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.                                3500 blk Elm Av
Vehicle Tamper - Victim parked her vehicle in front of her residence. She did not lock the doors to the vehicle. When she returned to her vehicle the next morning she noticed that the dashboard had been pulled out from around the vehicle stereo. The stereo was still intact. Nothing was missing from her vehicle.
01/15/09                                    5:15 a.m.                                              400 blk Pine Av
Vehicle Burglary - Victim was investigating why his vehicle alarm was sounding at 5:15 a.m. He noticed that his wing window had been smashed out. He looked inside his vehicle and noticed that his I-pod was missing.
Area 10
01/14-15/09                               9 p.m. - 9:15 a.m.                                3900 blk the Strand
Vehicle Burglary - Victim parked her vehicle in her friends open carport. She secured and locked the vehicle. When she returned to her vehicle in the morning she noticed that the passenger window had been broken out. She also noticed that her purse and a makeup bag containing various pieces of costume jewelry had been taken from the front seat of the vehicle.         

Area 2
01/09/09 - 01/11/09                   8 p.m. - 2 p.m.                         900 block of Harkness Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked his vehicle on the street but might have left it unlocked. He returned to find the center console and glove compartment were open, papers moved in the vehicle and items missing including two pairs of sunglasses and five credit cards. No suspects were seen or heard.
Area 3
01/11/09 - 01/12/09                   4:30 p.m. - 8 a.m.                    2300 block of N. Ardmore Avenue
(Attempted Residential Burglary) The homeowner observed that the door stop had been pried away from the door by unknown means by unknown suspect(s), but no entry was made to the residence.
Area 3
01/12/09 - 1/13/09                     10 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.                    3400 block of Valley Drive
(Stolen Vehicle) The victim parked and locked his vehicle in the parking area and returned to find the vehicle gone. No suspect(s) were seen or heard.
Area 6
01/12/09                                    11:45 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.             400 block of 6th Street
(Theft from yard) A stroller that was left for a few minutes in front of the garage was taken by unknown suspect(s).
Area 9
01/09/09 - 01/11/09                   Unknown time                            600 block of 29th Street
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle on the street in front of his residence. He returned to find that unknown suspect(s) had broken the window latch on the back window, entered the vehicle and took several items including a laptop, briefcase, checkbook, clothing and shoes.
Area 9
01/10/09 - 01/11/09                   3 p.m. - 11 a.m.                        500 block of 36th Place
(Vehicle Petty Thefts) Unknown suspect(s) took cell phones and a coin purse from two unlocked vehicles that were parked behind the residences.



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




Why do you suggest that we call 310-524-2750 from our cell phones (if we are in Hermosa Beach) for an actual emergency?  Shouldn't we dial 9-1-1?   I understand we dial 310-524-2750 for all non-emergency type matters but I am unclear on why for an emergency too.

Our answer:


The SBRPCA 911 (HB Dispatch Center) call takers respond to more than 19,000 calls each month and we estimate that 10% of those calls come from cell phones.
Cell phones play a huge role in reporting emergency situations including injuries and crime. However, there is also a down-side to cell phone use. 

Wireless 911 (Cellular)
Cellular telephone calls to 9-1-1 in the State of California have traditionally been routed to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).  As a result, delays have occurred in processing the calls to the correct agencies responsible for the emergency response.  In an effort to mitigate these delays, the State has relegated the responsibility of developing infrastructure to receive 9-1-1 calls from local cellular users to local public safety answering points (PSAPs). 
Along these lines, several years ago the Federal Communications Commission required all cellular telephone handset manufacturers to integrate an XY global positioning system (GPS) chip into their cellular telephones to allow dispatch centers to determine the location of the cellular phone user.  To date, very few dispatch centers have developed this infrastructure and implemented this program.  However, the Authority was committed to this effort and, beginning in September 2003, the Authority began receiving wireless 9-1-1 calls.  We were able to do this with the implementation of the Authority's new computer aided dispatch system, which is also integrated into our mapping system.  The two phases of the Wireless 9-1-1 program include the following: Phase I -  When a cellular telephone user dials 9-1-1,  the 9-1-1 call will be routed to the regional 9-1-1 center that serves the cellular transmission site; and  Phase II -  This phase actually captures the GPS location of the cellular telephone user and pinpoints it to within several hundred yards on a map in our communications center, thereby giving the communications operators a closer location for the reporting party.  Currently, all major cellular phone companies are compliant with the regulations and are all at Phase II of the project.


Because your phone may still get routed to the CHP, we encourage all emergency AND non-emergency calls be directly dialed to (310) 524-2750.  This is OUR HB Dispatch Center known as RCC-911.


If you are in another city in the South Bay, these are their direct dial phone numbers to their PD/FD dispatch. 


El Segundo Dispatch  310-524-2760

Manhattan Beach Dispatch 310-545-4566

Palos Verdes Dispatch 310-378-5211

Redondo Beach Dispatch 310- 379-5411

Torrance Dispatch 310-320-2611


If you are in a city that you do not know or are on the freeways, call 9-1-1 and your call will be routed to the appropriate call center.




VOIP 911 (Voice Over Internet) ALERT!!!
Internet Voice, also known as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), is a technology that allows you to make telephone calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (or analog) phone line. Even though there are advantages to this technology, emergency calls to 911 centers using these new Internet telephone services ring in through a nonemergency line and often are not answered immediately as reported in an article in USA Today.
More specifically, as noted on the web site, a Florida family alleges inadequacies in Vonage's 911 Net phone service played a role in the death of their 3-month-old daughter, one of several such claims that have drawn increasing attention to a sensitive regulatory issue. To understand how 911 calls are received at emergency dispatch centers via standard phone service, please see FAQs 9-1-1.
The FCC(Federal Communications Commission) has mandated VOIP providers to provide emergency 911 service to all their customers.  See FCC News Release.


Steer clear of peanut butter
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health authorities told consumers on Saturday to avoid eating products that contain peanut butter until they can determine the scope of an outbreak of salmonella food poisoning that may have contributed to six deaths.

All safe after US Airways jet goes down in New York's Hudson River
Reporting from Los Angeles and New York -- A US Airways plane made an emergency landing into the icy waters of the Hudson River today, and the pilot was being called a hero for keeping about 155 passengers and crew alive after his craft was forced down moments after takeoff from New York City.,0,2620432.story
Citizen photo of Hudson River plane crash shows Web's reporting power
The astounding photo below, apparently taken from a river ferry by traveler and Twitter user Janis Krums, is one of the earliest photos to emerge of the US Airways crash into the Hudson River in New York City.  Krums apparently snapped the photo with his iPhone and uploaded it to the Twitter photo service Twitpic, which was instantly brought to its knees by exploding online interest in the image. 

 LinkedIn Hero of the Day: Capt. C. B. "Sully" Sullenberger of USAirways
Passengers on the US Airways flight that crash-landed into the Hudson River Thursday afternoon praised the actions and courage of the pilot, a safety consultant with 40 years of experience in the aviation industry. 

 Man Rescued From Burning Colorado Home Moments Before It Collapses
A next-door neighbor told fire crews they'd find a man on the first floor at the back of the burning house. Crews were able to pull the man out shortly before the roof collapsed along with the first and second floors.,2933,480206,00.html 

 FEMA Uses Twitter, Social Media to Expand Communications with Public
 On Monday, FEMA Administrator David Paulison participated in a citizens' news conference on the social media Website Twitter. (Tracy participated in this)

See for transcript.
Indeed, a significant part of the future of crisis response lies in the realm of social media - whether in terms of identifying and coordinating delivery of critical supplies in the midst of a hurricane or providing mapped-out directions for emergency blood drive sites in those critical hours immediately after a terrorist attack or natural disaster. 










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:

ˇ         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.

ˇ         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.

ˇ         Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas for quick response if needed.

ˇ         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.

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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