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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009


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


:: 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



:: C.E.R.T. ~ Community Emergency Response Team

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: VIP's ~ Doing great work on our community!

:: 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!



Volunteer Thank You


We would like to acknowledge and thank Anne and David Sassano

and the 800-900 block of 15th Street for hosting an INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING.  The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, HBPD Motor Ofc. JR Smith and EPAC Commissioner Alan Benson.


"Thank you so much to those who attended the Neighborhood Watch  meeting last night.  Really appreciate you taking the time, it's so  important for us to look out for eachother.  Thank you to Kelly and Tracy  for organizing and leading the meeting and volunteering so much of your time to  make Hermosa Beach safe".  ~ Block Captain Anne Sassano


"Thank you and would like to send my  appreciation for your hospitality and the opportunity to be briefed by the very engaging and educational Neighborhood watch team, to meet the local Police representatives, and to meet neighbors that we otherwise pass all too quickly.  It was interesting and very educational".    ~ Thanks Again - Resident Mike  


"Perfectly stated Mike -- ditto to Anne, David, Kelly and Tracy -- what a terrific night and such nice neighbors!  We're very lucky to live a close community that has the ability to take care of each other".  ~ Resident Victoria



We would like to acknowledge and welcome Mordy Benjamin and Jeff Duclos to the Volunteer in Policing (VIP's) team!


Current VIP team:

Ken Hartley

Kelly Kovac-Reedy

Jan Barylski

Chris Park

Dave Buckland

Kyle Smith

Jeff Smith


Read in the current Easy Reader, Hermosa Beach section, the article on VIP involvement in capture of criminals in vehicle burgarlies.



St. Pat 



An economic recession is a fact of life and this often lasts for months, which is why it is better to be prepared


Since we advocate preparedness, we thought we would ACT NOW to trim our budget and save for the events that truly benefit our members.  The HBNW Introduction Block Meetings are top priority to Tracy and I.  Having the opportunity to come to your block and speak about crime prevention and disaster preparedness in HB is really invaluable on many levels.  What other city has its CHIEFS in your living room to discuss your concerns?  We also feel that our participation in National Night Out and in the Santa Ride are key events that promote residents getting out of their homes, meeting each other and building community friendships.  We would like to focus our financial assistance from the City of Hermosa Beach in these areas.


Thank you for your understanding and support.   



Project Forward - the future of Hermosa Schools?
The Project Forward commission, formed by the Hermosa Beach City Council and City School District is charged to engage the community and publish a set of guiding principles that shape future policy decisions in Hermosa schools.
The commission is organized into sub-committees for Community Relations, Peer Analysis, Curriculum and Finance.
A survey (questionnaire) has been released this week to gather input on community awareness and perceptions.  The survey will be available at the City website, school website, City Hall, the City Library and both school offices. 
Town Forums have been scheduled March 4 and April 1.
Project Forward Commission meetings are open to the public and occur on the 2nd Monday of the month, through May 2009.
All Forums and meetings occur at 7 pm in the Hermosa City Council Chambers at 1315 Valley Drive.

Please print and return by mail, or drop off at City Hall, the Public Library, or either View or Valley office. Online survey is coming soon.
Please VIEW AND PRINT the survey now. 

Police Car

Hermosa Beach residents given the opportunity to participate in the Redondo Beach Citizen Academy Class #30 will be starting on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 6:15 p.m. 

The Citizen Academy Program started in 1994 and to date over five hundred members of the community have participated in this great training.  The purpose of the academy is to provide members of the community with a working knowledge of the police department along with the roles and responsibilities of its police officers. The goals of the program are accomplished through lecture, hands-on training, demonstrations and a ride-along with a police officer.   Topics include SWAT, K9, Traffic/DUI Enforcement, Investigations, Patrol, Gangs and Narcotics.

The Academy will meet every Thursday night from 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. over a twelve week period, along with two Saturdays.   The Saturday classes will comprise of a Gun Range/Shoot Day and a tour of the Pier and Harbor Patrol.  Graduation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, 2009.
To obtain an application, please log onto  Click on the "Citizen Academy" quick link and the application link will be on the bottom of the page.

Class size is limited and filling up fast.  If you have any questions, call the Crime Prevention Office at 310-318-0612.  Thank you to Ofc. Ian Miesen and RB Chief of Police Joe Leonardi for this offer!


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.


PLEASE let us know if you have extra Block Meeting PACKETS that we can pick up from you after you have passed them out to the residents that did not show at your Introduction Meeting.  Thanks!


Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings


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

Combined Block Meeting 

Cathy Lieb 

Valley Park Ave.

Marcei Brown  500 block of 18th Street 

Mar 25  

Maggie Dettelbach

1100-1200 block of 9th Street



APRIL 2009


Apr 1

Tamra Blair

600 - 700 block of 11th Street


Apr 29

Barbara York

24th Street/Hillcrest Drive Cul-de-Sac


JUNE 2009


June 3

Linda Verbrugge & Ann Marie Griffin

1400 - 1500 block of Bonnie Brae Street


June 10

Manny Serrano

800 - 900 Block of Monterey Blvd.


June 24

Shauna Valenzuela & Kathy Dunbabin

2400 block of Myrtle Ave       


HB Disaster Preparedness Logo






Disaster Buddy 




HBNW would like to continue its efforts to present goals to prepared blocks as all residents of Hermosa Beach will need to be self-reliant to survive a catastrophe.  We have had many conversations with the Judy Retter and Christopher Riccardi, Disaster Planning Coordinators at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Little Company of Mary Hospital respectively on what our Hermosa Beach neighbors could do to support themselves directly in their neighborhood following the major, regional  Earthquake.  Hospitals almost certainly will be too far for residents to get to if roads damaged and both facilities will be swamped by the rush of patients. 



plastic container with first aid


We would like to introduce an idea to organized blocks in HBNW.  Our thoughts are that a Block Captain or chosen resident can start to collect a small denomination of money monthly or quarterly from residents on your block that would like to purchase a cache of medical supplies for the neighborhood to be stored at three separate homes.  You could start to fill plastic containers filled with basic medical supplies for adults, children and pets.  If you can take care of the small medical needs of the residents on your block immediately after the event, you would be assisting your HB Fire Paramedics and our local Hospitals by your hands-on approach to injuries that are not life threatening and do not require urgent medical attention.  In any emergency a family member or you yourself may be cut, burned or suffer other injuries. If you have these basic supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. Consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.
Basic supplies for adults

    Adhesive tape 
    Aluminum finger splints 
    Antibiotic ointment 
    Antiseptic solution or towelettes 
    Bandages, including a roll of elastic wrap (Ace, Coban, others) and bandage strips (Band-Aid, Curad, others) in assorted sizes 
    Instant cold packs 
    Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs 
    Gauze pads and roller gauze in assorted sizes 
    Eye goggles 
    First-aid manual 
    Petroleum jelly or other lubricant 
    Plastic bags for the disposal of contaminated materials 
    Safety pins in assorted sizes 
    Save-A-Tooth storage device containing salt solution and a travel case 
    Scissors, tweezers and a needle 
    Soap or instant hand sanitizer 
    Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution 
    Triangular bandage 
    Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing out wounds 
    CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield



  • Activated charcoal (use only if instructed by your poison control center) 
    Anti-diarrhea medication 
    Over-the-counter oral antihistamine (Benadryl, others) 
    Aspirin and nonaspirin pain relievers (never give aspirin to children) 
    Calamine lotion 
    Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream 
    Syringe, medicine cup or spoon


Things it may be good to have:



  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Latex gloves, or other sterile gloves (if allergic to Latex).
  • Non-prescription drugs:
  • Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for upset stomach)
  • Laxative


YOUR PERSONAL prescription drugs should be stored in your individual family survival kit:

  • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.
  • Epinephrine injector, asthma inhaler, or other prescription medication if allergic to eestings, peanuts, or shellfish, or if he has some other type of life-threatening allergy.

Filling the kit for children
Here are your first-aid kit must-haves:

  Infant and/or child thermometers (both digital and ear or rectal).

  Children's and infants' non-aspirin liquid pain reliever (acetaminophen), as recommended by your pediatrician.

  Topical calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream (1/2 percent) for insect bites and rashes.

  Rubbing alcohol to clean thermometers, tweezers, and scissors.

  Petroleum jelly to lubricate rectal thermometers.

  An antiseptic skin cleaner, such as Hibiclens (don't use hydrogen peroxide, which causes tissue damage).

  Antibacterial cream, also for cuts and scrapes.

  Tweezers for removing splinters and ticks.

  A pair of sharp scissors.

  Child-safe sunscreen lotion (Read baby sun safety and sunscreen guidelines).

  Child-safe insect repellent.

  Pediatrician-approved children's-strength liquid decongestant.

  Nasal aspirator bulb (not a pointy-ended ear syringe).

  An assortment of adhesive bandage strips in various sizes and shapes (for children's sensitive skin, , get the less-sticky kind).

  Gauze rolls (1/2 to 2 inches wide).

  Gauze pads (2 by 2 and 4 by 4 inches).

  Adhesive tape.

  Sterile cotton balls.

  Cotton-tipped swabs.

  Mild liquid soap (most antibacterial and deodorant soaps are too strong for babies' sensitive skin).

  An oral syringe or calibrated cup or spoon for administering medicines to infants and children.

  A package of tongue depressors for checking sore throats.

  A hot-water bottle and an ice pack.

  A small flashlight to check ears, nose, throat, and eyes.

  First-aid manual; Janet Zand's Parent's Guide to Medical Emergencies gives advice for handling a wide range of emergencies.

  Rehydration fluids, such as Pedialyte, to treat infant diarrhea.

Filling the kit for animals
A first aid kit needs:

  • Gauze sponges -- 50 four-by-four inch sponges, two per envelope
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Ear syringe -- two ounce capacity
  • Ace self-adhering athletic bandage -- three-inch width
  • White petroleum jelly (Vaseline or similar)
  • Eye wash
  • Sterile, non-adherent pads
  • Pepto Bismol tablets
  • Generic Benadryl capsules -- 25mg, for allergies
  • Hydrocortisone acetate -- one percent cream
  • Sterile stretch gauze bandage -- three inches by four yards
  • Buffered aspirin
  • Dermicil hypoallergenic cloth tape one inch by 10 yards
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Kaopectate tablets maximum strength
  • Bandage scissors
  • Custom splints
  • Vet Rap bandage
  • Blanket
  • Tweezers
  • Muzzle
  • Hemostats
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Ziplock bags
  • Paperwork, including the dog's health record, medications, local and national poison control numbers, regular veterinary clinic hours and telephone numbers, and emergency clinic hours and telephone number.





Neighborhood Watch is based on the theory that if you know your neighbors and they know you, you can keep the Police alerted to suspicious activity. What Neighborhood Watch wants from you is your involvement. Hosting a Introduction Neighborhood Watch Meeting in your home is simple. All it takes is arranging a date and handing out flyers in your immediate area notifying your neighbors of the meeting. The HBNW team will speak on the general & specific concerns in your neighborhood. This will help make your neighborhood feel more like a community than just the place where you live. 

We still have Block Captain's that have signed up in the program and have not scheduled this meeting.  If you sign up now, we will still not be able to see your block for six months as our calendar is planned that many months in advance.  Please set the date now and your meeting will come up before you know it.  

Tracy will be happy to assist you in coordinating this meeting.  Kelly guides the meeting and Greg Savelli, Chief of Police and David Lantzer, Fire Chief give a brief presentation followed by direct questions and answers from the residents to the HBNW team.  Meetings are approximately 1 hour to as long as 2 hours depending on resident participation in question and answers.

Neighborhood Watch works through mutual aid. Neighbors watching out for neighbors. A police officer patrolling your neighborhood may not recognize strangers around your house or activity in your neighborhood which could be considered suspicious. Your neighbors know who you are, what type of vehicle you drive, who belongs in your neighborhood and who does not. When suspicious activity or a crime is observed, the Neighborhood Watch member calls the police, then alerts the neighbors. The key to Neighborhood Watches success is communication between residents and the police.  Ultimately, it is your responsibility to establish adequate home security in addition to practicing good safety habits.  


We are a young Neighborhood Watch program and couldn't have done it without the full support of our Chief of Police Greg Savelli and the officers' of HBPD.

HB Police Car



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.


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.





In early January,  a house fire occurred in Richland, NY resulting in the death of eight people, all from the same family.  One member of the family was able to make it out safely.  Four of the victims were young boys.  They were 8 months, 20 months, 6 years and 10 years old and were all brothers.  The surviving family member was living in the basement and attempted to save the other members of his family from the fire, but the heat and flames were too intense.  The key to this tragedy is:  There were no working smoke detectors inside the home.  Please ensure you have working smoke detectors in each room and hallway of your home.

Most people underestimate the speed and power of fire and smoke. As a result, they don't know the real danger and get complacent about fire safety.

smoke alarm

Smoke alarm safety tips

Smoke alarms save lives. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms at all or no smoke alarms that work. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) should be installed in homes.

Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer's instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer's instructions for testing and maintenance.

Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps", warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 year old or sooner if they do not respond properly.

Be sure the smoke alarm has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

Alarms that are hard-wired (and include battery backup) must be installed by a qualified electrician.

If cooking fumes or steam sets off nuisance alarms, replace the alarm with an alarm that has a "hush" button. A "hush" button will reduce the alarm's sensitivity for a short period of time.

An ionization alarm with a hush button or a photoelectric alarm should be used if the alarm is within 20 feet of a cooking appliance.

Smoke alarms that include a recordable voice announcement in addition to the usual alarm sound, may be helpful in waking children through the use of a familiar voice.

Smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing . These devices use strobe lights. Vibration devices can be added to these alarms

NFPA's Sharon Gamache discusses the latest information on types of smoke alarms you need, their placement and special features. Working smoke alarms give you early warning to help you escape a fire


Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.


Draw a home escape plan and discuss it with everyone in your household.
Practice the plan night and day with everyone in your home twice a year.
Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible.  Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily. 

Click on link to print a Home Fire Escape Plan Grid:
Home Escape Plans 



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, Feb. 2, 2009 to Sunday Feb. 8, 2009


AREA 1  

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



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



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


Abbreviations Used by Officers:
RP    Reporting Party
UTL    Unable to Locate
GOA    Gone on Arrival
FI    Field Identification Card is information taken "in the field" on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing marks, clothing if needed for future contact.

NRD    No Report Desired


Monday 2-2-09
Area 2
THEFT  484 PC                      700 block of 30th St
There was a report of a subject going through the recyclables in the area. An area check met with negative results.

Area 2
THEFT  484 PC                      Unit block of 18th Ct 
Female Hispanic Adult was seen walking W/B from location after going through recyclables; Ofc contacted two (2) females - advised them not to go through recyclables per the city municipal code.

Area 1
THEFT  487 PC                     600 block of Palm Dr 
Unknown suspect enters open front door of a house and steals camera.  No one was seen or heard. This occurred during the evening hours.

Wednesday 2-4-09
Area 1
THEFT  487 PC                     414 2nd St 
There was another report of a bicycle taken from the location. This occurred during the night or early morning hours. Lock cut and bike taken.

Thursday 2-5-09
Area 3
Scavenging                         1200 block of 1st St.
There was a report of a subject scavenging in the area. The subject was located and contacted. An FI card was completed and the subject was advised of the violation. 
Area 3
Scavenging                           1200 block of 8th St.
There was a report of a subject scavenging in the area. The area was checked and the subject was GOA/ UTL.

Friday 2-6-09
Area 2
VANDALISM  594 PC           200 block of 28th St.
Called in by passer-by. Tagging symbol spray-painted on exterior fence at location. 

Area 2
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY  459 PC               Unit block of 20th St 
The victim discovered the suspect inside his house stealing his plasma TV.  Victim chases the suspect outside, and detains the suspect until officers arrive.  The suspect admits to stealing the TV, which is recovered nearby.  Subject arrested for the crime and victim's property was recovered.  

Saturday 2-7-09
Area 2  
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY  459 PC                2400 block of Palm Dr 
Unknown suspect(s) enter residence and take cell phone w/o owner's consent.  Occurred between 9:00a.m. and 11:00a.m. 

Sunday 2-8-09
Area 2
THEFT  484 PC                    500 block of 24th Pl 
Gasoline taken from vehicle; R/P wants PD aware of situation. NOTE: Call us if you see this occurring, you never know if it is the owner or not. We will respond and verify. 



Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer 
The fire department discovered no occupant load problems over the weekend and did not receive any complaints of any.

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 6
01/31/09 - 02/02/09                   5 p.m. - 5 p.m.                          400 block of 10th Street
(Garage Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) took two unlocked bicycles from a bike rack that was inside the garage. The garage door was open for a short duration during this time period.
Area 8
02/03/09                                    5:45 p.m. - 7:53 p.m.                 1600 block of 1st Street
(Garage Burglary) The victim parked her unlocked vehicle in the garage and left the door open for a short time and then thought she closed it. A neighbor notified the victim that the garage door was open and it's believed the sensor might have been blocked. Unknown suspect(s) took the victim's purse from the front seat of the vehicle. The purse contained a checkbook, gift cards, cash and credit cards.



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





Thank you to HBNW Block Captain's for forwarding e-mail to us.  We are happy that HBNW promotes communication between the Block Captain and their neighbors and that it leads to a positive awareness for all of us.  If you send us your e-mail question or just awareness, please let us know if we can use your name or not.

Thanks to this tip, Kelly received this paper and knew that it was fake. 


Assessor warns of offers to lower property taxes


LA County Assessor's Office Scam Alert - No Fee Necessary for Value Reduction.


Hi Kelly & Tracy,

I received an interesting piece of mail. I would like to forward it to you and have it post it for the residents.

The letter is made to look like it is from the county of LA  taxation. "property tax reassessment".
For nominal fee, you can have your house reassessed for lower valuation and save $$$ on property tax.

The letter is very slick, on verge of mail fraud but not quite. I'm concerned that some residents may fall for this phishing so I would like to pass it onto you and post it so people are on the lookout. 


Thanks and thank you for doing a wonderful job. I know it takes lot of time.

Truly, Shawn Ueda 


assessment page 1


 assessment page 2





Flooding in Long Beach

Flooding in Long Beach neighborhood!



Waterspout sighted off Long Beach!


When storms strike home, preparedness really pays off

"It's important to know that the flood damage is excluded from homeowners' policies," Sanger said. "Homeowners in flood risk areas can get (coverage) under National Flood Insurance."


Lessons from the quakes: what have we learned from last year's earthquake swarm?

About 1,500 quakes shook the Reno-Verdi area in 2008.

"These earthquakes are not a scientific surprise," said John Anderson, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory. "They are a reminder to Reno that we have an earthquake hazard. They are a reminder about the need for preparedness and resiliency."



Coast Guard Foils Attempt to Smuggle Drugs 


SAN DIEGO - An estimated 427 pounds of marijuana has been seized by the U.S. Coast Guard in international waters off the coast of Baja California after patrol aircraft and cutters disrupted an apparent smuggling operation.



Teen Ham Operator


(Feb. 6, 2009) -- Wilson High student/ELB teenager Dean LaBarba taught himself about volts, amperes, watts, transmitters and antennas. He knows the differences between amplitude versus frequency modulation, resistance versus impedance...and more.




 Map Your Neighborhood Logo









"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 



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 this class offered by RB Fire Department.   This training is the perfect compliment to the Map Your Neighborhood program!


 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.


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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. 





























(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