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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Feb. 24, 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




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

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: Volunteers in Policing

:: Amateur Radio


:: TAG YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ Accurate Emergency Services




:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites



Volunteer Thank You


We would like to acknowledge and thank Sonja and Michael Randall and the 1100 - 1200 block of 7th Street for hosting an INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING.  The meeting was attended by HBNW Coordinators Kelly & Tracy, Chief of Police Greg Savelli and EPAC Commissioner Alan Benson.




 Cancer Cure Fundraiser



We want to form a HBNW team.  

Let us know if you can walk with US!




Richstone Event 


Saving for SchoolProject Forward


What is 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 Saturday, March 28th at 10:00a.m. and Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00p.m.
Project Forward Commission meetings are open to the public and occur on the 2nd Monday of the month, through May 2009. 
Next meeting is Monday, March 9th at 7:00p.m.


All Forums and meetings occur in the Hermosa City Council Chambers at 1315 Valley Drive.  


Your Opinion Counts 



(1)   Please print and return by mail, or drop off at City Hall, the Public Library, or either View or Valley office. 

Please VIEW AND PRINT the survey now. 







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 25

Shauna Valenzuela & Kathy Dunbabin
2400 block of Myrtle Ave.

MARCH 2009

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

Steve Silver
900 - 1000 block of 16th Street



JULY 2009 


July 8

Jay Perrault

Hill Street 


HB Disaster Preparedness Logo


For just under $200.00, this might come in handy!   


When the power goes out, you'll find Duracell's heavy-duty Powerpack 600 indispensable for running your small television, video game system, fan, computer, phone, or other electronic device. This rugged unit boasts a 480-watt DC-to-AC power inverter and a built-in rechargeable battery, allowing you to run up to three 120-volt appliances or tools with its built-in AC outlets. It also features one 12-volt power port for charging up devices you might need on the road.

Duracell 600


The Powerpack 600 holds enough juice to jump-start a car, and includes jumper cables that connect to your car battery. Reverse-polarity protection means you can't damage your battery by hooking the cables up wrong. The integrated emergency light shines provides a bright, reliable beam that cuts through the darkness for hours.

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You'll also find a powerful AM/FM radio with alarm clock for picking up emergency information in an outage caused by bad weather or a natural disaster. Why rough it? The Powerpack 600 can help make things a little easier whenever you're without electrical power. 

Where do I buy this?


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.




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. 16, 2009 to Sunday Feb. 22, 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

ADAST  Advised and/or assisted 


Tuesday 2-17-09
Area 3
Theft - 484 PC                            1100 block of 20th Pl. 
There was a subject seen going through the recyclables in the area. The subject was located and contacted regarding the violation. An FI car was completed.

Area 2
Theft - 484 PC                             24th St and Power 
There was another subject seen going through the recyclables in the area. The subject was located and contacted regarding the violation. An FI car was completed.

Area 3
Solicitor                                        900 block of 7th St 
There was a report of a subject selling children's books door-to-door; the area check met GOA / UTL.

Wednesday 2-18-09
Area 3
Solicitor                                        1100 block of 9th St 
Male going door to door.  Contacted ADAST.  FI'd  2 calls on this subject.

Thursday 2-19-09
Area 3
Theft - 484 PC                             Prospect and 4th St 
There was a subject seen going through the recyclables in the area. The subject was located and contacted regarding the violation. An FI car was completed.

Friday 2-20-09
Area 2
Vandalism - 594 PC                  Lot B (1300 Hermosa Ave) 
Occurred sometime overnight in Lot B.  Victim's car keyed last night by unknown suspect

Area 1
Theft - 487 PC                             900 block of the Strand 
Victim's backpack taken from courtyard area next to his residence by an unknown suspect(s). This occurred during the day.

Saturday 2-21-09
Area 3
Vehicle Burglary - 459 PC          1100 block of PCH 
Laptop computer taken from parked car. No signs of forced entry. No suspect info.   


Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer 
The fire department received one citizen complaint of overcrowding on Saturday.  Upon arrival at the location HBFD personnel encountered a waiting line outside and approximately 8 to 10 patrons outside smoking.  It was determined that there was a count of 109 occupants, one over the posted occupant load.  Fire personnel observed that the interior was moderately full, no life safety hazards were observed and the aisles were clear.  The person in charge of the business was advised to keep aisles clear and maintain the occupant load at or below the posted occupancy load limit.  They complied without incident.
HBFD then completed inspections of all other establishments and found no observable life safety hazards.  Most establishments were not too busy.  One business was told to remove a propane heater (for outside use only) from inside the business.  They complied without incident.
No other complaints were received or noted regarding occupant load violations.

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 2
02/18/09 - 02/19/09                   12:30 p.m. - 11 a.m.                  1400 block of 6th Street
(Vehicle Theft) The victim may have left the vehicle unlocked when it was parked in the driveway. Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle and took the GPS system from the dashboard.
Area 7
02/17/09                                    9:45 a.m.                                              3200 block of Vista Drive
(Attempted Residential Burglary) After hearing a loud slam, a neighbor saw a male wearing a hooded sweatshirt standing at the landing to his neighbor's back door. He yelled out to the male who then turned away and walked down the stairway. The neighbor saw the male enter the driver's side of a black Honda and drive away. The neighbor was able to get the license of the vehicle.

Area 7
02/16/09                        7 p.m. - 10 p.m.                        2900 block of Bayview
(Theft of Bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) cut the thin lock securing a bicycle to the garage door pull handle, and took the bicycle.
Area 7
02/19/09                        5 a.m. - 9 a.m.                          300 block of 36th Place
(Vehicle Burglaries) Two vehicles that were parked and locked in an open garage were found with smashed windows. Suspect(s) took a GPS from one of the vehicles and it is unknown if anything was taken from the other. A delivery man in the area reported seeing two male Hispanic suspects exit the garage.
Area 9
02/09/09 - 02/10/09       7 p.m. - 6:15 a.m.                     2900 block of Palm Avenue
(Vehicle Grand Theft) The victim parked his pickup truck in his driveway and does not remember locking it. When he returned to the vehicle he noticed the rear passenger side door was open. Unknown suspect(s) took several tools including saws, drills and a nail gun. 



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. 



What does a Block Captain do?

 1. You would go around your neighborhood ~ 15 homes or what geographically works best for you and introduce yourself and exchange contact information.  HBNW provide a Block Captain Folder to get your started.  Next, schedule an Introduction Block Meeting and give neighbors a invitation flyer for the upcoming block meeting. (Currently we have dates available in July, so you could hand them out in July)

2.  Hold a block meeting for your block. 6:30 pm on a Wed. for about 1 1/2 hours.  We arrive at your home with Block Meeting Packets for your residents and Kelly presents information about the program, crime prevention and disaster preparedness.  Your residents can ask specific questions to the Chief of Police Greg Savelli and Fire Chief David Lantzer about concerns they may have.

3.  You will receive HBNW e-mail and forward them to your block residents each week.
On occasion, there are "special alerts" you would forward also.

4. You can attend an optional Trifecta Tour where you get a tour of the police station, a tour of the 911 dispatch center and a ride along in a police car.

5.  We ask all Block Captains to attend the 2.5 hour Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) training that informs you of the first 9 things you should do with your block after a major disaster.  Then, you take this information and share it with your neighbors at a meeting in your home that will be 90 minutes.  We will be holding a training in April on a Sat. 1-3:30 pm.

How much time does it take?


In the beginning, meeting your neighbors and gathering their information is the most time consuming part of the program.  Depending on your relationships with neighbors on your street, you may already now most of your neighbors and this is easy for you to accomplish.  If you do not know many of your neighbors, then this commitment of time is up to you.  We think it may take you many times to make a connection with some neighbors as they are not home or it is hard to run in to them due to busy lives.


After you get the contact information, you are forwarding the e-mails sent by HBNW to them.  No time there.


For disaster preparedness, the class is 2.5 hours long.  We provide the materials, lunch and the MYN bag.  You then take the program back to your residents and teach them the program.  Easy!




Recession could take a bite out of crime prevention

"Police departments usually are among the last agencies to be cut when the economy turns bad," said Miami Police Chief John Timoney, the president of the Police Executive Research Forum. "The fact that most police departments currently are being asked to make cuts is an indication of how badly this recession is affecting local tax bases."

State of California Emergency Plan

One of the important first steps in preparedness is to familiarize yourself with your local community or state emergency/disaster plan.

The State of California Emergency Plan outlines a State level strategy in support of local government efforts to protect the public during a large-scale emergency. In accordance with the California Emergency Services Act, the State Emergency Plan describes: (1) methods for carrying out emergency operations; (2) the process for rendering mutual aid; (3) emergency services of governmental agencies; (4) how resources are mobilized; (5) emergency public information; and (6) continuity of government. The plan is intended to establish statewide emergency management policy and provide guidance and standardization for use by all stakeholders.

Apply For Disaster Assistance

Officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge residents in declared counties from severe winter storm, landslides, mudslides, and flooding, to apply for disaster assistance. They should call the toll free teleregistration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 1-800-462-7585)to get accurate information.



Mexican drug violence spills over into the US


The cartels have established operations in at least 230 U.S. cities, according to the Justice Department's National Drug Intelligence Center. ...


"We have to make sure that we attack these criminal organizations at every level so that we are safer not only in Mexico and on the Southwest border, but here in the rest of the country," Payne said. ...


And Americans are the cartels' best customers, sending an estimated $28.5 billion in drug-sale proceeds across the Mexico border each year.


CALIFORNIA'S SALINE SOLUTION: Is it time to stick a straw into the Pacific Ocean?


From Marin County to San Diego, projects that turn seawater into tap water are gaining favor, propelled by worsening drought, dwindling species of freshwater fish, crumbling plumbing systems and unyielding demand.





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"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.

Have the power to identify and address specific concerns and problems within your community.








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We want to help you get prepared! 


 Hermosa Beach residents receive FREE SHIPPING TO HB.  Enter HB2007 at checkout.




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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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 receive a kit, please contact or call 310-374-1828.




























(310) 318-0239


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