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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, March 31, 2009


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

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB



:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log


:: Life Safety/Occupancy Enforcement

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log



:: 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 Maggie Dettelbach and the 1100-1200 block of 9th Street for hosting an Introduction Block Meeting.  The meeting was attended by the HBNW Team; Coordinators Kelly and Tracy, EPAC Commissioner Al Benson and Chief of Police Greg Savelli.  New Neighborhood Watch signs were installed on the street recognizing this block as an ACTIVE block in HBNW.

Street Sign 9


Kelly and Tracy,
A heartfelt thank you from all of us on 9th Street for providing such an informative Introductory Block meeting.  I have received wonderful feedback from my neighbors on the value of the information and resources presented.  We truly appreciate all the countless volunteer hours that you both provide on behalf of the residents of Hermosa Beach.
Now.... on to Map Your Neighborhood!
Thank you -
Maggie Dettelbach


Congratulations to Hermosa Beach Residents DeWayne Reedy, Scott Bozeman and Kathy Cook (not pictured)for completing Redondo Beach C.E.R.T. Academy 40! 





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



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



August 26

Tom Gombas

1100 block of Palm Drive 


HB Disaster Preparedness Logo




Use common sense.  Do not go to the beach to see a tsunami.  Tsunamis are not like regular waves.  They are much faster, higher and are filled with debris.


  • LOCAL TSUNAMI ~ A tsunami that is generated from close-by can reach the shore in less than ten minutes. This does not allow authorities time to issue a warning. The only warning might be movement in the ground, which could alert people close to the shore that a tsunami is imminent.
  • DISTANT TSUNAMI ~ arrive hours after they are produced.  Local notification systems and procedures should be operational and can be activated. Most of the discussion that follows will be on distant tsunami notification systems and procedures.


Local vs. distant

If the tsunami were local, the notification to evacuate would come from the strong shaking of the ground or rapid draw down or sudden rise of the ocean. The evacuation must be immediate. Local notification systems, normally designed for distant tsunamis, would probably not be functional and should not be relied upon.


Local onshore or offshore earthquakes could cause a submarine landslide that could generate a very localized tsunami. The tsunami would arrive in minutes. A rapid earthquake detection system would need to take this into account. Off southern California, several submarine landslide blocks have been identified.  The Redondo Submarine Canyon is located 100 feet off the Redondo Beach Pier and is 2,000 feet deep and approx. is 26 miles long.


The sea floor is not flat! Just like on land, there are steeper and flatter places. There are mountains and valleys and features of different shapes and sizes. The shapes of the sea floor are similar to those on land, but it's easy to see that some shapes are unique to the sea floor.

What does this have to do with underwater slides that generate tsunami? Even under water, areas with steeper slopes tend to be more unstable and prone to slides. 


Santa Monica Bay

Seafloor Mapping -  Overall perspective view of the Los Angeles Margin and Basin looking northeast. 


Redondo Submarine Canyon



Seafloor Mapping - Perspective view looking east over Redondo submarine canyon in southern Santa Monica Bay. 


Santa Monica Bay 2

Seafloor Mapping -  Perspective view looking southeast over Santa Monica Bay.


PV image underwater


National Geophysical Data Center - Coastal Relief Model 

There is concern there that local onshore earthquakes could induce submarine landslides and tsunamis. Local tsunamis in southern California have occurred in the past. A submarine landslide triggered by a M5.2 earthquake near Santa Monica Bay in 1930 generated a tsunami with up to 6 meters (19.5 feet) of run-up in the bay. This is not just a California problem. Earthquake induced landslides, no matter the earthquake source, could conceivably occur off the coasts of Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.


Areas at greatest risk are usually within one mile (1.6 km) of the shoreline and less than 25 feet (7.6 meters) above sea level. Since the tsunami arrives as a series of waves, the danger exists even after the first wave hits. Often, subsequent waves may be more dangerous than the first one. The force of the tsunami is enormous, with waves carrying huge boulders, trees, buildings and vehicles in its wake. It can wrap around an island and be just as dangerous on the far side of the island as on the side facing the source of the tsunami.

What you need to know to prepare for a tsunami:

  • Since earthquakes frequently precipitate a tsunami, if an earthquake happens, expect a tsunami warning in its wake. Leave low-lying areas until the danger passes.
  • As a tsunami approaches there is often a noticeable drop in sea level; take it as nature's warning to leave the area. An incoming tsunami often sounds like an oncoming train - another of nature's warnings.
  • Though a tsunami may be small and harmless on one point on the shore, a little further away it could be much larger and carry far greater dangers.
  • Do not go to the shore to look for a tsunami; if you can see it, you are already too close to outrun it.
  • You should never try to surf a tsunami; the wave does not behave like a regular wave, curling or breaking.
  • If you are at the beach and feel the earth shake, immediately move to higher ground.
  • Drowning is the cause of most tsunami-related deaths. Other dangers to property and person include flooding, fires from ruptured tanks or gas lines, contaminated drinking water, and the loss of vital community infrastructure (police, fire, medical).



If a major earthquake gives cause to suspect a tsunami, one of the following warnings may be issued:

  • Tsunami information bulletin - announcing that a threat exists.
  • Tsunami watch - announcing that the tsunami is likely and residents should be alert.
  • Tsunami warning - giving expected arrival times of a tsunami.

What will the warning centers tell us?

The warning centers provide the following information when there is a potentially tsunami-generating earthquake within their area:

1. Warning or no warning

2. Limits of areas in warning and watch

3. Location, size, and time of event

4. Evaluation of event; has the tsunami been verified or not

5. Recorded wave heights if there were any

6. Estimated times of tsunami arrival

7. What action has the other center taken

8. When to expect the next message




If you feel a EARTHQUAKE:


  • DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON until the shaking stops.


  • If severe shaking has lasted more than 20 seconds, IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE TO HIGH GROUND OR DO A VERTICAL EVACUATION and get to the highest floor in the building you are in as a secondary hazard might occur after the EARTHQUAKE which is a LOCAL TSUNAMI in which you will have a few seconds to get to HIGH GROUND.


  • Move inland to at least 100 feet above sea level.   Don't wait for officials to issue a warning.  Walk quickly, rather than drive, to avoid traffic, debris and other hazards.


CLICK HERE to see the HB Tsunami Run-Up Map 



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. 


This is the second HBNW E-News that 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.



Family can have a great impact on the recovery of an abuse victim. Here is a brief description of things that family can do to help heal the heaviest of hearts and the deepest of wounds.


Although the thought of addressing an abusive relationship can be a difficult one, an abuse victim needs communication to help heal. Something as simple as letting the abuse victim talk to you and "vent" can make such a considerable difference in their recovery.


  • Be supportive. Really listen and indicate that you care
  • Help them receive help. See to it that they receive sensitive, concerned, and competent medical attention and/or counseling.
  • Recognize your own limitations in dealing with the abuse. If the survivor is a person you really care about, you are probably experiencing a number of different emotions from outrage to helplessness. Try to resist the urge to express your feelings to the survivor, especially in those silent periods when she may be crying or find it difficult to talk.
  • Remember to take care of yourself. It can be emotionally exhausting to be supportive to the survivor, while keeping your feelings bottled up. Find someone you can talk to-your feeling matter too. By talking out your feelings with someone other than the survivor, you will be better able to provide the continuing support that the survivor needs.
  • Remember to put your frustration and anger where it belongs, not on the survivor. They are not "damaged property"; but instead a person who has been abused and violently mistreated. Your personal revenge against the abuser will not help, and in fact only make matters worse.


How many times have you heard the phrase, "well, why don't you just leave him/her?" Probably more times then you can count. Although the topic of abuse is something that many of us can relate to, there are those out there who don't quite understand. In fact, one of the common reasons that abuse victims stay with their abuser is because of family issues, and fear of their family's rejection.


Accepting the fact that you or someone you love is in an abusive relationship is very difficult, and often times we do anything we can to push that possibility away. We would all like to believe that it "can not happen to us/those around us" but unfortunately, it can and it does. A common defense mechanism for friends and family of abuse victims is to pretend that the abuse is not taking place. Friends and family attempt to change the subject, become upset once the topic is unavoidable, and even accuse the victim of lying. Although this is not the case in every situation, it happens more often then not. Through this system of lack of support or denial the victim becomes more isolated and eventually more connected to their abuser. Once this feeling of isolation has thoroughly sunk in the mind of an abuse victim, it becomes even more difficult to leave. An abuser has a powerful hold on their victim, and without assistance from family or friends, that hold can become almost unbreakable. After all, why leave if there is nothing else to go to?


  • Ask for specifics and details. Allow the survivor to express their feelings, fears and reactions as they choose.
  • Tell the survivor what they must and must not do. It is their decision whether or not to report the abuse to the police. If they do not decide to report the abuse, still remain supportive and help them in any way possible.
  • Make the survivor feel guilty. The survivor has already been through an ordeal; try not to make it worse by using statements such as, "Why did you" or "How could you" or "Why didn't you just leave"? These statements will only make the survivor feel worse, and further isolate them from seeking help.

Tell anyone about the abuse, unless specified by the survivor. If you need to talk out your feelings, that is fine. But please remember that this is a hard time for the survivor, and they do not want any unnecessary people knowing about the abuse, unless it is on their terms. Let the survivor tell people at their own pace, and in their own way.


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

Block Captain Jan Miller 

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 23 2009 to Sunday March 29, 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 3-24-09
Area 3
Theft - 484 PC                                 PCH and 18th Street
There was a subject seen in the area going through the recyclables. The subject was located and contacted. He was advised on the violation and sent on his way.

Area 2
Solicitor                                            600 block of 25th Street
There were two subjects reported going door to door attempting to sell something. The area was checked and met with negative results.

Area 2
Solicitor                                            700 block of 30th Street
Subject going door-to-door; Ofcs contacted subject - selling vacuum cleaners; Advised regarding city permits.

Area 3
Vandalism - 594 PC                         900 block of Prospect 
This occurred overnight to vehicle - two (2) tires slashed; No suspect info; Ofc on-scene - no crime - slow leak - AAA summoned.

Area 2
Solicitor                                                500 block 24th Street 
Father and son contacted.  Soliciting for school - checked ok 

Wednesday 3-25-09
Area 1
Theft - 484 PC                                      700 block of 9th Street 
There was a Male Hispanic walking w/b 9th Street looking and taking recyclables. He was GOA/UTL

Thursday 3-26-09
Area 2
Theft - 484 PC                                        Valley and 20th Street 
Recyclable scavenger reported in the area.  GOA/UTL

Friday 3-27-09
Area 2
Residential Burglary - 459 PC            600 block of Longfellow 
Occurred sometime after 11:00p.m.  Entry via rear window.  Location ransacked.  Nothing appears taken.

Saturday 3-28-09
Area 1  
Vandalism - 594 PC                               Hermosa Ave and 2nd Street 
Driver's side front plastic window of victim's Jeep slashed by unknown suspect.

Area 1 
Theft - 487 PC                                         300 block of 4th Street 
Theft of a bike reported in the area. The lock was cut. Taken was a Nirve strand cruiser. It was a Hello Kitty model and was pink. 

Area 2
Theft - 484 PC                                          700 block of Pier Ave (Vons) 
There were several shoplifting arrest today. Two juveniles and one adult. There were three separate incidents. 

Sunday 3-29-09
Area 2
Theft - 484 PC                                           30th Street and Palm Drive 
There was a subject seen going through the recyclables in the area. He was contacted and advised of the violation, cooperative and sent on his way.

Area 2
Vandalism - 594 PC                                  35th Street and Hermosa Ave 
2nd hand info from off-duty Torrance PD officer; fifteen (15) vehicle side-view mirrors knocked-off; Ofcs located three (3) & left notes. 



The Hermosa Beach Fire Department hosted a dinner and discussion with local school officials on March 25th regarding how best to provide fire prevention training to teachers and students.  All of those involved were very pleased with the outcome.
The meeting began with a discussion about bringing back a "train-the-trainer" program in which firefighters teach some students the principles of fire prevention and life safety and basic skills in presenting that information to younger children.  They then become a sort of outreach instructor for us and help firefighters reach out to all students.  In the past, this program worked very well with students who had to log in community service hours.  However, the program had faded away several years ago.
The other major component of the discussion involved fire extinguisher and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to teachers and staff.  The fire department has an excellent training tool for fire extinguisher training that provides hands-on experience for all the participants.
The fire department will sponsor one of its firefighters to attend a CPR instructor course through the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association so we can annually certify all Hermosa Beach school personnel.
My philosophy as a fire chief is to prioritize two main functions (there are many others):  fire prevention and firefighter training.  Our March 25th meeting provides a good start towards the fire prevention priority, and I look forward to working with the schools to follow through and make it happen.


Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer 

No occupant load violations were noted by fire personnel and no complaints of such were received by the fire department.

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
03/26/09                        10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.               800 block of The Strand
(Residential Burglary) The victim locked the residence upon leaving. When the victim returned she noticed the back door was unlocked, a kitchen curtain had been removed from a window and the kitchen window had been propped open. Three laptops were taken from the residence, but nothing else was missing and the residence was not ransacked. No suspects were seen or heard.

Area 1
03/22/09 - 03/29/09        2 p.m. - 11 a.m.                        1200 block of 18th Street
(Burglary from garage) Unknown suspect(s) took the victim's unsecured mountain bike that was hanging from overhead hooks in the attached garage. The victim stated he often leaves the garage door open while working inside the residence. No suspects were seen or heard.



Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

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




Individual and Family Communication Plan


Make a specific plan for how you and your family would communicate in an emergency situation if you were separated.



Calif quake swarm jolts some into action

The Salton Sea area is prone to earthquake swarms, which are usually associated with the movement of hot magma or underground heated water. The state's largest lake sits on top of a piece of the Earth's crust that is being ripped apart by tectonic forces. Fluid from the interior gets heated up and rises through an opening that can cause swarms, Hudnut said.

Typical earthquakes start out with a main shock followed by smaller aftershocks. In a swarm, clusters of earthquakes - sometimes hundreds or thousands of them - hit close together in time and do not have an obvious main shock.

Earthquake swarms frequently begin without explanation, continue for days, weeks, months or even longer and taper off without any major event.

The last time the Salton Sea was rattled by a series of quakes was in 2001. The latest swarm initially hit within a mile of the southern San Andreas, but has since moved south away from the fault.

"That's probably a good thing, but we really don't understand it thoroughly enough to say for sure," said seismologist Kate Hutton of the California Institute of Technology. "If it was moving north toward the San Andreas, it might make us a little more nervous."


USGS CoreCast

It's natural science from the inside out.

Video: USGS CoreCast: How Science Helps Communities Survive Earthquakes (15:00 min) Episode 75

Video: USGS CoreCast: What Would a Large Earthquake Do to Downtown L.A.?   Note reference to Bombay Beach.  (5:00 min) Episode 73



Casual drug users could stop the violence

If you seriously want the drug war to end, try this: I was a "casual user." So I did no harm to anyone but myself, right? Wrong. If you are truly sick of all the drug-cartel killings and the crime spree in Mexico and the United States, then all you "casual users" should try this simple test: Stop taking your "casual drugs" for one full month, spread the word and let's see what happens.

Imagine if all of America stopped taking their party drugs as an experiment. Picture all the drug pushers out of work, drug cartels confused and furious at Americans taking control of their lives and individually fighting back against them one by one. We have no right to complain when we are the problem.





We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from Planet Pals.


This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:



Did you know that 2.8 billion dollars a year is spent on energy for laptops that are left on overnite?  That equates to 20 million pounds of CO2 or the equivalent of 4 million cars on the road.   Take the time to turn off those laptops and both save energy as well as money on your electric bill.   As an extra bonus, laptops that are turned off overnite are less likely to need a reboot during the workday.


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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