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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, March 24, 2009


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

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB


:: PLEASE WALK WITH US ~ TEAM HBNW will walk for kids on Saturday, April 25th!

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log


:: Life Safety/Occupancy Enforcement

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log


:: AMATEUR RADIO CLASS! March 28th, April 4th and test date of April 11th

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

:: HB Amateur Radio Association


:: TAG YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ Accurate Emergency Services




:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites


Volunteer Thank You

We would like to THANK Block Captain Cathy Lieb and the Valley Park Avenue residents for hosting an Introduction Block Meeting.  The meeting was attended by the HBNW Team; Coordinators Kelly and Tracy, EPAC Commissioner Al Benson, Chief of Police Greg Savelli, HBPD Motorcycle Officer J.R. Smith and HBFD Captain James Crawford and Firefighter/Paramedic Scott Durkin.  New Neighborhood Watch signs were installed on the street recognizing this block as an ACTIVE block in HBNW.


White Flower 

Routine Traffic Stop turns tragic!

We are deeply saddened to hear that Oakland officers were shot; three were killed and one remains brain dead and on life support.  We are reminded of our own motorcycle police officers JR Smith and Tony Parente and the patrol officers that routinely take risks every day to ensure we are safe in Hermosa Beach.  We dedicate this week's e-news to the Oakland officer's, their families and their community.   We would like to THANK our HBPD for their dedication to keeping Hermosa Beach a safe community everyday!   For more on the tradegy, see video.


Message from the President of the Oakland Police Officer's Association taken from their website:


I am still waiting for the alarm clock to go off in hopes this was a nightmare.  I really do not comprehend what has just happen to my brothers.  I am at a loss for words, as any word will not relieve the pain.  I just know that my brothers died doing what they loved to do.  They were the heart of this police department.  They were always positive, eager, smiling, and helpful.  They were go-to people.  They were sons, fathers, husbands and friends...  and they were Oakland Police Officers.  This department will sorely miss its brothers, and will never forget them.
In our time of need, please pray for us; please give us strength to continue to serve our community.  There are so many people to thank.  The Oakland police officers want to thank everyone for their support.


If you would like to make a donation, please visit their website by clicking here. 


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

MARCH 2009


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 Perreault

Hill Street 


July 22

Donna Gin

1100-1200 block of 21st Street 


July 29

Nancy Fulton Rogers

100 block of 34th  Street


AUGUST 2009 


August 12

Hilary Young

1900 block of Ardmore and Ava Avenue


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We NEED 25 AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS to assist our commuity when the BIG EARTHQUAKE shakes the Los Angeles basin and all land line telephones, cell phones and Internet fails due to physical damage and overload.  


We can't do it without you!  Our goal is to have 25 resident HAM operators dispatched to 25 areas spread throughout our community ready to communicate blocks needs to the Emergency Operation Center (EOC).


This SATURDAY, a FREE class begins.  Please consider taking it and becoming a member of the Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association (HBARA).  More details are listed in the section titled:   AMATEUR RADIO CLASS


I had no experience or understanding of amateur radio before I took the two Saturday class.  The instructor gives you all the answers!  I passed it and missed four questions.  The point is I PASSED and now I can communicate with our HBARA members and with the Police/Fire/Public Works in a catastrophe. ~ Kelly Kovac-Reedy 


Are You In Danger?

 What you don't see in a weekly crime log is Domestic Violence crimes.  But, it is present in our community. 


In the next two HBNW E-News, we will bring it to light for educational purposes.    


Hermosa Beach residents can be assisted by crisis teams through the Beach Cities Health District called CAVA Collabratives for Alternatives to Violence and Abuse 310-241-4353.  Information for the Family Crisis Center 310-379-3620 and the Los Angeles County Violence Hotline at 800-777-9229 is also available.

There is no excuse for domestic violence. Famous excuses such as: "He/She had it coming", "He/She hit me first", "He/She started it" are not acceptable excuses for inflicting pain on others. Blaming the victim for the abuse is something that abusers commonly do.


Why do people stay in abusive relationships? 


A person looking at an abusive relationship from the outside tends to ask one major question: why does he/she stay? Although the idea of walking away from a relationship seems easy enough, it isn't for a victim of domestic violence. Here are a few common reasons that victims of domestic violence stay.


·         FEAR - Fear is a common emotion expressed in an abusive relationship. If attempts are made to remove themselves from that situation, the retaliation from their abuser can be horrible. So, instead of trying to change things and risk being hurt more, the only option left is to stay.

·         ISOLATION - An important tactic used by an abuser is isolation. Turning the victim against their friends and/or family makes them an easier target. If the victim has no one to turn to for help, then their only option is to stay.

·         ECONOMIC DEPENDENCE - Quite often, the abuser is the primary money maker, leaving the victim without a means of financial dependence. Leaving is near impossible if there is no money to fund that escape, so the victim's only option is to stay.

·         FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY OF THE ABUSE - The victim knows how to fuel an attack, and they also know how to help prevent making the attack worse then it has to be. If the victim knows that showing signs of a potential departure would cause an attack on the part of their abuser, then their only option is to stay.

·         CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES - If a child is raised in an abusive environment, they are more likely to have tolerance of that behavior then someone who hasn't. Children that were raised to believe in domestic violence as a means of resolution, they will learn that domestic violence is a means of resolution in general. Children in violent households are equally more likely to become abusers, and to allow themselves to become abused.

Verbal abuse is difficult to identify and regrettably can be a common type of abuse in relationships/marriages. Not all words that are meant to hurt are "ugly words." A master at verbal abuse can damage your self-esteem while, at the same time, appear to care deeply for you. The use of words to punish is a very covert attempt to control and regardless of how loving your spouse may appear to be, verbal abuse is wrong and can be just has harmful as physical abuse.

Physical abuse is easily identified. There is no doubt, once you have been hit, that you have been abused. You don't second guess yourself because the bruises and scars are visible evidence that abuse has taken place. Verbal abuse is different. The damage is internal, there are no physical bruises or scars, just a wounded spirit and sense of self-esteem.


Being called names. Any negative form of name calling is unacceptable. If you feel that it is a put down, then it most likely is. There are names that are obvious and, without question abusive. Then there are the covert, veiled attempts to put a spouse down that are harder to identify. Verbal abusers love to use constructive criticism to beat a spouse down. If your spouse is constantly criticizing you, "for your own good," be careful. This is the most insidious form of verbal abuse.

Using words to shame. Critical, sarcastic, mocking words meant to put you down either alone or in front of other people. 

Yelling, swearing and screaming. This is called the "walking on eggs shells" syndrome because you are living with someone who goes verbally ballistic for very little cause.

Using threats to intimidate. No threat should be taken likely, even if your significant other/spouse tells you they are only joking, especially if it causes you to change behaviors or to feel on guard in the relationship.

Blaming the victim. Your significant other/spouse blows his/her top and then blames you for their actions and behavior. If you were only perfect they wouldn't lose control!

Your feelings are dismissed. Your spouse refuses to discuss issues that upset you. They avoid discussion of any topic where they might have to take responsibility for their actions or words.

You often wonder why you feel so bad. You bury your feelings, walk on egg shells and work so hard at keeping the peace that every day becomes an emotional chore. You feel depressed and have even wondered if you are crazy.


Manipulating your actions. The persistent and intense use of threatening words to get you to do something or act in a way you find uncomfortable. This form of verbal abuse is common at the end of a relationship/marriage. If your significant other/spouse doesn't want a breakup/divorce they will say whatever it takes to play on your emotions, to get you to stay in the relationship/marriage. All in an attempt to get you to comply with their desires, regardless of what is best for you as an individual.


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.




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.





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1:00P.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! 


Thank you for pre-registering!


Co-Block Captain Molly Jo Gee 
Co-Block Captain Shauna Valenzuela
Block Captain Paula Barksdale  
Block Captain Diana Allen
Block Captain Nancy Fulton Rogers
Rolling Hills City Manager Tony Dahlerbruch
Rolling Hills Block Captain Marcia Gold
Patty Davies 
Jilleen Taylor 
Barbara Willis
Guy Grimm 
Al Chacon
Joe Pinato 
Ron Makorn
Grant Moriyama 
Barbara Watkins 
Kay Blanchard
Shoji Dambara


"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






Team HBNW will have t-shirts for our walkers.  E-mail us once you have signed up with  your shirt size!


LOGO for Walkathon 2009



As of today, TEAM HBNW is:

Kelly Kovac-Reedy

Janine Bozeman

Margo Hershey

Jennifer Beekman





Please Join us
Saturday, April 25th
as we take a few steps to help prevent & treat child abuse!



WHEN:   Saturday, April 25, 2009
7:30-8:00 am - Check-in
8:00-9:00 am - Walk
9:00-9:30 am - Entertainment & Awards

WHERE:  Starts @ Manhattan Beach Pier  (Walk from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach Pier & back: approx 3.4 miles)

WHO:  Everyone! Walk as an individual or as part of the Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch team.  
                 Bring anyone who wants to support a worthy cause!

REGISTRATION FEE*: $25/pre-registration or $30/at the event
*Fee includes a commemorative event t-shirt. You must be present at the Walk to receive a shirt.


Start by registering here... 




When you REGISTER to walk, please say YES - COMMUNITY TEAM for Question No. 2. 




2. Are you walking as part of a team? 



Yes - School Team

Yes - Community Team

If you are unable to walk with us and would like to DONATE to the TEAM...




Click on the Community Teams section and scroll to Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch.


Closer to the event, we will give more details as to the meeting location.  Proudly, we will bring the new HBNW banner for a Community Photo! 





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, March 16 2009 to Sunday March 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 












When considering home fire sprinkler requirements for your community, it is important to address key myths often raised by sprinkler opponents.  The fact is, because automatic sprinkler systems have been commonly used in structures for many years, the evidence is clear that such systems:

·         Are a proven way to protect lives and property against fires.

·         Respond quickly and effectively to the presence of a nearby fire.

·         Function well, without creating problems for homeowners.


Model safety codes now require the use of automatic fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes.  While public education has increased the number of residents who have voluntarily installed sprinkler systems in their homes, it is time to take public safety efforts a step further by requiring the life-saving protection of fire sprinklers in new homes.  Following are a few of the myths along with the facts about home fire sprinklers.



"Home fire sprinklers are expensive and will make housing unaffordable, especially for first-time buyers moving to our area."



The fact is home fire sprinklers are affordable.  The Fire Protection Research Foundation recently issued the Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment report, which revealed that the cost of installing home fire sprinklers averages $1.61 per square foot for new construction.  To put the cost of a sprinkler system into perspective, many people pay similar amounts for carpet upgrades, a paving stone driveway, or a whirlpool bath.  Sales in many U.S. communities where sprinkler systems are available show that, not only are consumers requesting this feature, but also that houses with sprinkler systems are selling faster than those without.


Installing home fire sprinklers can help residents:

·         Significantly reduce property loss in the event of fire.

·         Cut homeowner insurance premiums.

·         Help qualify home for a tax rebate.

·         Help support local fire service efforts.



"Why do we need sprinkler mandates when they can be installed in homes voluntarily?"



Mandating sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes provides a greater overall level of safety in communities.  By requiring these life-saving devices in new homes you are ensuring that a large number of residents can enjoy the same level of safety found in many offices, schools, apartments, and public buildings.  Beyond the life safety benefits of home sprinklers, there are other incentives for jurisdictions that mandate sprinklers in new homes.  By mandating sprinkler requirements, cities and towns can reduce the strain on fire service personnel, limit damage to property, and help conserve municipal water resources by reducing the amount of water needed to fight fires (fire-fighting hoses use more than eight times the amount of water used by automatic fire sprinklers).



"Home fire sprinklers often leak or activate accidentally."



Home fire sprinkler systems are much like home plumbing systems - when installed and maintained properly, there is a very low risk of leaks.  Each individual sprinkler is designed and calibrated to activate only when it senses a significant heat change, directing water to the area of the fire.  Over the last 50 years, records indicate the likelihood of leaks from automatic sprinkler systems is very remote.



"When a fire occurs, every sprinkler will activate and everything in the house will be ruined."



In the event of a fire, only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire, leaving the rest of the house dry and secure.  Ninety percent of the time, fires are contained by the operation of just one sprinkler.



"The water damage caused by the sprinkler system will be more extensive than fire damage."



Home fire sprinklers can significantly reduce property loss and damage due to a fire.  The sprinkler will quickly control the heat and smoke from the fire, limiting damage to other areas of the house, giving residents valuable time to get out safely.  Any resulting water damage from the sprinkler will be much less severe than the damage caused by water from fire-fighting hose lines.  On average, home fire sprinkler systems use about eight times less water than fire hoses.



"Home fire sprinkler systems are not practical in colder climates, as the pipes will freeze and cause water damage."



With proper installation, home sprinkler systems will not freeze in cold settings.  NFPA 13D sets forth guidelines on proper insulation to avoid pipes freezing.  The Chicago area is a great example of a cold weather region where many jurisdictions have passed sprinkler mandates for new homes with limited to no problems with systems freezing.



"Home fire sprinkler systems are unattractive and will ruin the aesthetics of our residents' homes."



Actually, new home fire sprinkler models are very unobtrusive, can be mounted flush with walls or ceilings, and can be concealed behind decorative covers.



"Any time a smoke alarm goes off it will activate the home fire sprinklers."



This is incorrect.  Each individual sprinkler is designed and calibrated to activate when it senses a significant heat change.  They do not operate in response to smoke, burned toast, cooking vapors, steam, or an activating smoke alarm.



"A smoke alarm provides enough protection."



Smoke alarms alert occupants to the presence of danger, but do nothing to extinguish the fire.  Home fire sprinkler systems respond quickly to reduce heat, flames, and smoke from a fire, giving residents valuable time to get out safely.  Home fire sprinklers, combined with working smoke alarms, cut the risk of dying in a home fire by approximately 82 percent.



Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer 


Occupant Load Report:  Fire units conducted occupant load checks on St Patrick's Day (last Tuesday).  All the establishments were full with lines outside, but were maintained within posted occupant load limits.  No complaints were received by the fire department on St. Patrick's Day evening or over the weekend.

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 9
03/19/09 - 03/20/09                   6 p.m. - 6 a.m.                         500 block of 33rd Street
(Catalytic Converter) Unknown suspect(s) took the catalytic converter from the vehicle that was parked and locked on the street in front of the residence. Shortly before a dark colored vehicle was seen speeding away eastbound on the 33rd Street but it's unknown if it is related to the theft. Four nuts were found lying on the ground near the vehicle.
Area 9
03/21/09                                    6:20 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.                 800 block of Rosecrans Avenue
(Theft from vehicle) The victim was loading her vehicle which was parked inside the open garage. When she was finished loading it, she went inside briefly and as she pulled out of the driveway she noticed her cell phone and wallet were missing from the center console area. Unknown suspect(s) had taken the items in that time and used one of the cards shortly thereafter.

Area 9
03/13/09                        3:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.                     3500 block of Walnut Avenue
(Attempted Vehicle Theft) The victim was inside her residence when she saw an adult male Hispanic riding a bicycle. He stopped, appeared to look into her open garage and then pulled up along side of her vehicle. She saw the suspect put his hand into the passenger side window, which was rolled down a few inches. The victim started hitting a window from inside her residence to get the suspect's attention. She saw the suspect remove his hand from the vehicle and ride north on Walnut out of sight. Nothing was taken from the vehicle and the suspect was not located




Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

Period: March 14, 2009 to March 22, 2009
March 16, 2009 (Monday):
Between the hours of approximately 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., three residents reported burglaries to their homes. The burglaries occurred in the 1900 block of Pullman Lane, the 2400 block of Huntington Lane, and the 1600 block of Armour Lane. In two of the cases, property was stolen from unlocked garages. On the remaining case, property was stolen from the residence after forced entry through the front door. Property loss included musical instruments, computer equipment and other various items.
March 19, 2009 (Thursday):
1900 Block of Bataan Road: At approximately 6:25 a.m., a sleeping resident woke up when a suspect tried to break into the home by removing a sliding glass door. The resident confronted the suspect and held him while placing a phone call to the police department. The suspect broke free and ran before the police could arrive. A
responding officer located the suspect several blocks away and arrested him for
attempted residential burglary.
2507 Robinson Street (Dale Page Park): At approximately 1:30 p.m., two male Hispanic suspects approached two victims in the park and demanded their personal property.  One of the suspects pulled out a mini baseball bat and held it above his head in a threatening manner. The victims feared for their personal safety and one of the victims surrendered his cellular phone. The suspects entered a waiting vehicle and fled the area.

March 14, 2009 (Saturday)
At 9:03 p.m., a fifteen year old male resident was riding his skateboard on the North Redondo Bike Path (2500 Block of Curtis) when he was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect stole his cell phone and twenty dollars. The victim went to his home, called police, and provided a description of the suspect. Officers responded to the area and located the suspect just a few blocks away. The victim identified the suspect and officers arrested him without incident.

 Between 7:00a.m. and 4:00p.m. on the 3300 blk McBain, entry via unlocked kitchen window. Loss: 2 TVs, laptop, currency 

Please follow the link below to learn about recently published weekly crime information. 

Click here to see CRIME STATISTICS

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



Prepare a smaller kit for your home, car and at work to take with you in case you have to leave quickly.


In Case You're Not Home - Pet Preparedness

An evacuation order may come, or a disaster may strike, when you're at work or out of the house.

  • Make arrangements well in advance for a trusted neighbor to take your pets and meet you at a specified location. Be sure the person is comfortable with your pets and your pets are familiar with him/her, knows where your animals are likely to be, knows where your disaster supplies are kept and has a key to your home.

If you use a pet-sitting service, it may be able to help, but discuss the possibility well in advance.

Mournful calm follows Oakland firestorm

Flowers are placed at makeshift memorials across the city as relatives of the dead -- four police officers and the gunman -- remain 'shocked' at the 'extraordinary' violence that broke out Saturday.



Mexico drug cartels buying public support - the drug war at our doorstep


Dozens of gangs formed, most of them involved in either dealing or consuming drugs. Around 2006, the Zetas began moving in, taking over the drug operations and forcing residents to become part of their network, community activists say.,0,7828779.story?page=2




Communicate your blocks needs when all else fails! 
FCC "Technician" course (entrée level)
2 day class for FREE!
Technician License class day 1: March 28th @ 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Technician License class day 2: April 4th @ 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Test: April 11th @ 10:00a.m.
The location is Hesse Park
29301 Hawthorne Blvd.
Rancho Palos Verdes
- No pre-registration required -
- No fee for class -
- Taking the FCC Test is $14 -
Optional Material (available to purchase at class) RECOMMENDED
- Study book with FCC test questions, $15 -
- Copy of Power Point charts, $10 -
Students (thru grade 12) who take this course and get their license will be reimbursed up to $40 by Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association. 


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









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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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I wanted to thank you for coming out with the Senior Survival Kit.  I explained everything to both Mom and my husband.  Also, thank you for all of your suggestions.  I will try to implement as many as I can soon.   
Thank you again,
Resident Diane

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.  


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