We would like to
acknowledge and thank Angie Marer and Gould Terrace
for hosting an INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING.
The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy,
Chief of Police Greg Savelli, Fire Chief David Lantzer,
HBPD Ofc. Dave Bohacik and EPAC Commissioner Alan Benson.
We would like to
thank the HB Woman's Club
for inviting us to speak on behalf of the HBNW program and
the efforts of many to introduce Emergency Preparedness to
HB residents. Also, we would like to thank them for their
generous donation to HBNW!
We would like to
thank The Bottle Inn for donating 20% of the profits from
the 3 day fundraising efforts for the HBPD K-9 program.
The program received $101.00. The Bottle Inn donated just
over $700.00 total for the five days of fundraising.
We would like to
thank the residents for participating in the 3 day event and
eating at The Bottle Inn!
The 57th Annual Hermosa Beach Sand & Strand Race and
Celebration Walk will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2009.
It is the second oldest running race in Southern California
and the course takes you from the ocean's edge by Hermosa
Pier to the Strand on the return.
All Runners can Pre-register for 2.5 or 5 mile run
online. There will be 1st through 3rd place medals for
each age division and participants will receive a T-shirt.
Children 10 and under can join the celebration by
participating in a Munchkin Race which includes a fun
warm-up. All Children will receive a participant ribbon and
a t-shirt. Those who take 1st through 3rd place, per sprint,
will receive place ribbons. It really is so fun to watch the
little ones zig zag towards the finish line!
For all walkers & munchkins, registration forms can be found
www.projecttouch.org or picked-up in person at the
Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Avenue, or
requested via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 310-379-5206.
Sign-in will begin at the Strand end of the Pier Plaza,
Hermosa Beach, at 7:15 am.
All Proceeds raised at this event will be donated to South
Bay's own PROJECTtouch, celebrating its 35th year of
providing counseling to South Bay teens and their families
through dinner socialization, group therapy, in-school
intervention, conflict resolution and anger management
Whether you want to run, walk, or just watch your kids
experience a race, this is a fun and worthy event for the
entire family to enjoy. Support the race, support the
runners, support the community
Free Lamp Exchange
to 10 Lamp Fixtures
Feb. 21 & 22 (this weekend!)
- 1:00 pm
1815 Hawthorne Blvd.
Beach, CA 90278
Operation Light Exchange is an energy efficiency program
that allows residential customers of Southern California
Edison to exchange inefficient halogen and incandescent
light fixtures for new, FREE Energy Star labeled lamps.
Bring in up to ten of your old
Halogen Torchieres, or
Incandescent Floor Lamps, or
Incandescent Table Lamps, or
Incandescent Desk Lamps
and exchange them for FREE new energy efficient fluorescent
plug-in lamp fixtures of the same type - for example,
exchange one old energy guzzling desk lamp and one old floor
lamp for one new energy efficient desk lamp and one new
Participants must show they are a Southern California Edison
residential customer by bringing their SCE bill and/or CA
driver's license with their zip code falling within SCE
The energy efficient lamps are stylish and beautiful.
You can see them at
Please let your family, friends and neighbors know about
this unique program.
ps - please leave the old lamp shades at home.
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
Town Forums have been scheduled March 28 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.
THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster
preparedness neighborhood program.
To view all Active Blocks in HBNW,
If you have not had an INTRODUCTION Block Meeting, your
block is not considered an active block in HBNW. You may
have volunteered to be your block's captain and receive the
HBNW E-Mails. However, we do not know if you are connected
to your residents until you have had this meeting. Please
e-mail us today if you have not had it.
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
Introduction Block Meetings
1100 - 1200 block of 7th Street
Shauna Valenzuela & Kathy Dunbabin
2400 block of Myrtle Ave.
Combined Block Meeting
Valley Park Ave.
Marcei Brown 500 block of 18th Street
1100-1200 block of 9th Street
600 - 700 block of 11th Street
24th Street/Hillcrest Drive Cul-de-Sac
Linda Verbrugge & Ann Marie Griffin
1400 - 1500 block of Bonnie Brae Street
800 - 900 Block of Monterey Blvd.
900 - 1000 block of 16th Street
Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
and Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG)
The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit is a simple tool to
help Americans minimize the financial impact of a natural
disaster or national emergency. It helps users identify and
organize key financial records and serves as a quick
reference to their most important financial documents.
Click here to access the free EFFAK.
The companion piece to the EFFAK is the Personal Disaster
Preparedness Guide (PDPG) which guides individuals through
the survival and recovery steps to be taken prior to an
Click here to download the
PUT YOURSELF IN A BURGLAR'S SHOES
One thing every homeowner should do at least twice a year is
take a walk around and through your property with a close
friend or neighbor who is not too familiar with your house.
Start outside and ask yourself "how would I best break in?
The purpose of not doing it alone is your pal may spot
things you'll overlook. Return the favor and complete a
survey for your friend.
Besides the obvious "lived-in" look, don't get into a habit
of only doing certain things only when you're not home.
Chances are good you can tell when your neighbor isn't home.
Remember it's a burglar's job to know the same things. Most
professional criminals can tell nobody's home at least four
or five houses away.
Several dead giveaways are always closing the drapes ONLY
when you're not home. Having no garbage cans out collection
day, or an empty can sitting at the curb, are tip-offs
you're not home. So are closing up the house as tight as a
drum in the hot summer months without the air-conditioner
running. Turning on a certain light or two and every other
room is in total darkness. Ditto for picking up all the
kid's toys, taking in the dog, shutting the garage door if
you frequently leave it open, and turning off the lawn
Many people before leaving turn on the "burglar light, " the
light over the kitchen sink. You might as well hang a sign
on the front door you're not home! If you use an answering
machine never leave a message that you're not home. Instead
say you can't come to the phone right now. If you don't have
a machine, turn down the volume on phones before leaving so
it can't be heard from outside - another dead giveaway
Have you arranged to have an agency do a professional
Are all trees and shrubs pruned and well maintained to
prevent anyone from hiding unseen?
any trees, down pipes, lattice work provide easy access to
you have skylights can they be removed from the outside or
Any ladders, tools kept outside to assist any potential
Are you guilty of keeping a hidden house key outside the
house where it's sure to be found?
your home well lighted with particular attention to exterior
Can your main entrance be seen from the street?
Are exterior doors at least 1-3/4 inch thick and made from
solid wood or reinforced with metal?
all exterior doors have heavy duty dead bolts and reinforced
Can anyone gain easy access through a mail slot, dryer vent,
or pet entrance?
doors have glass panels can someone break through and defeat
the locking mechanism?
Have all sliding glass doors been protected from being
easily lifted out from their frames?
Are all exterior lights and security devices in good working
order and protected from breakage?
Does the door from the attached garage leading to the house
have a dead bolt?
Does your overhead door have a working electronic door
Does your overhead door have any loose, broken or missing
door panels or hardware?
you keep the overhead doors closed, and your car locked
inside the garage?
all windows have reinforced locking devices that can be
secured in the open position?
all screens and storm windows have reinforced locks?
ground level windows have guards or grates?
Are basement windows glass block or protected by grates or
All irreplaceable items kept in high quality fire resistant
safe or in off-site safety deposit box?
you have a complete and current video tape or pictures of
all your valuables off-site?
Are all firearms kept secured and apart from ammunition?
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe
- Don't assume that your neighbors have already reported the
crime or that the police already know. Report criminal or
suspicious activity each and every time it occurs.
DIRECT HB Dispatch Number
Reasons for calling the non-emergency number include, but
are not limited to the following:
You want to report a nuisance, such as a noise or
To report a non-emergency crime, one that did not just
occur, and the
suspect(s) are not in the immediate area.
You have questions about something suspicious occurring
neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal
Solicitor just came to your door or are in the
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
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.