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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Wednesday, April 22, 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



Self Defense Seminar 

Sister City Fundraiser
6th Annual -  Cinco de Mayo Fiesta & Tequila Tasting 
Saturday May 2nd
2 - 5 pm
Ortega 120 Restaurant
1814 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach
Lots of free parking!
$25 on-line or $30 at the door  ($20 if you are under 21) 
Purchase tickets at   


* Tax deductible. Includes entry for the Grand Prize. Proceeds benefit the citizens of each Beach City's Sister City and their student cultural exchange programs
 42" Flat Screen TV    *     One night stay at the Historic Banning House Lodge at Two Harbors , Catalina Island - included Kayak rental for two      
*  1 week in Puerto Vallarta  *   and much more!
More info...
The Sister City Associations from Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beach will celebrate their sixth-annual Tri-City Cinco de Mayo fundraising event to benefit the Mexico sister cities of - Loreto, Santa Rosalia, La Paz and Ensenada. Each city is located in Baja California Mexico.
Accompanying the unique food, tequila tasting lessons and festive atmosphere of Ortega 120 there will be valuable silent auction items, raffle prizes plus a Grand Prize of a 42" JVC Flat Screen TV.  The Redondo Union High School Salsa Club and the Mira Costa Baja Club will also have silent auction items to bid on. Proceeds benefit the citizens of each Beach City's Sister City and their student cultural exchange programs.
The Ortega 120 restaurant is located at 1814 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach. The event will feature contemporary Mexican cuisine prepared by the renowned Chef and co-owner Thomas Ortega.  Adults can sample Partida tequila guided by the legendary Mixologist and co-owner Demi Stevens.
Can't make the event... but want to try your luck at winning the 42" JVC Flat Screen TV?   


Purchase grand prize raffle tickets for just $10 each.  Do not need to be present to win.  Email requests for $10 tickets contact:   or


Come out and celebrate Cinco de Mayo while supporting our Sister Cities !!!


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 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


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Our non-toxic Poo Powder waste treatment treats up to 32 ounces of liquid and solid waste allowing for multiple use. It turns liquid waste to a solid for hygenic and spillproof transport. The Poo Powder waste treatment controls odors and contains a decay catalyst that breaks down solid waste. 

The WAG BAG Toilet in a Bag waste kits are biodegradable and approved for landfill disposal.  Designed to be used with ThePETT toilet, they may be used by themselves, in a standard toilet, or an RV or camping toilet.  Simply remove all liquids and chemicals from the toilet prior to use.  



What should a parent know when talking to a child about safety?

1.     Don't forget your older children. Children aged 11 to17 are equally at risk to victimization. At the same time you are giving your older children more freedom, make sure they understand important safety rules as well.

2.     Speak to your children in manner that is calm and non-threatening. Children do not need to be frightened to get the point across. In fact, fear can thwart the safety message, because fear can be paralyzing to a child.

3.     Speak openly. Children will be less likely to come to you about issues enshrouded in secrecy. If they feel that you are comfortable discussing the subject at hand, they may be more forthcoming.

4.     Do not teach "stranger danger." Children do not have the same understanding of "strangers" as adults; the concept is difficult for them to grasp. And, based on what we know about those who harm children, people known to children and/or their families actually present greater danger to children than do "strangers."

5.     Practice what you preach. You may think your children understand your message, but until they can incorporate it into their daily lives, it may not be clearly understood. Find opportunities to practice "what if" scenarios.

6.     Teach your children that safety is more important than manners. In other words, it is more important for children to get themselves out of a threatening situation than it is to be polite. They also need to know that it is okay to tell you what happened, and they won't be tattletales.


The Importance of Having a Good Photo of Your Child

One of the most important tools for law enforcement to use in the case of a missing child is an up-to-date, good-quality photograph. Noted below are some tips for parents and guardians regarding such a photograph.

  • The photograph should be a recent, head-and-shoulders color photograph of the child in which the face is clearly seen. It should be of "school-portrait" quality, and the background should be plain or solid so it does not distract from the subject.
  • When possible the photograph should be in a digitized form, and available on a compact disk (CD), as opposed to just a hard copy. This minimizes the time necessary to scan, resize, and make color corrects before disseminating it to law enforcement.
  • The photograph should be an accurate depiction of the child, not overly posed or "glamorized." Nor should other people, animals, or objects be in the photograph. The photograph should not be taken outside, out of focus, torn, damaged, or very small.
  • The photograph should have space for accurate, narrative description useful to identify the child such as name, nickname, height, weight, sex, age, eye color, identifying marks, glasses, and braces.
  • The photograph should be updated at least every six months for children 6 years of age or younger and then once a year, or when a child's appearance changes.
  • All copies of child's photograph and information should be maintained in an easily accessible, secure space by the parents or guardian. The photograph and data should not be stored in a public database.

Download the Best Practices Guide for Child ID Kits.


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.






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, April 13, 2009 to Sunday, April 19, 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 


Wednesday 4-15-09



Area 1


484 PC

600 block of 8th St


There was a subject going through the recyclables in the area. An area check met with negative results. The subject was UTL / GOA.



Area 1


484 PC

600 block of 11th St


There was a report of two females in a wht Honda accord driving around in the area. They were seen going through the recyclables. An area check for the white Honda accord met with negative results. 



Area 3


487 PC

2001 PCH


There was a bicycle stolen from the area. The bike was locked in the underground parking garage at the location. No one was seen or heard.



Thursday 4-16-09


Area 2



31st St. and Palm Dr


Scavenger of recyclables reported in the area.  GOA/UTL



Area 2



22nd St and The Strand


Recyclable scavenger reported in the area.  GOA/UTL




Saturday 4-18-09




594 PC

Herondo and Monterey


Several car windows broken out by unknown suspect(s).  Occ'd overnight.



Sunday 4-19-09


Area 1


459 PC

600 block of Monterey

Vehicle Burglary

Victims vehicle was parked in secured area.  Window smash, computer taken.




Area 1


484 PC

Beach Drive and 7th St


There was a subject going through the recyclables in the area. An area check met with negative results. The subject was UTL / GOA.




Fire Department in the Schools
Representatives of the Hermosa Beach Fire Department will be present at the School Curriculum Meeting on April 23rd at Valley View School.  The fire department is proposing the resurrection of a train-the-trainer fire prevention course that was taught to 6th graders, who in turn taught the lower grades, several years ago.  Firefighter Kim Bridges is heading up that effort.  Firefighter Steve Ramirez is researching information to provide Basic Aid Training (BAT) through the American Red Cross.  BAT is designed for young children and does not include CPR.
Additionally, the fire department wants to offer fire extinguisher training for all teachers and school staff prior to the start of the next school year.  The department is equipped with a fire extinguisher training prop that allows for hands on training by all participants.
Softball Fundraiser
Last Friday evening, Hermosa Beach firefighters played softball against a team composed of Hermosa Beach Little Leaguers for a fundraiser.  The fundraiser for the HBLL was a big success and was covered by KCLA/CBS 2 television stations.  In case you missed it, go to  Scroll through the pages until you get to the news reports for April 17th and click on the one titled "Firefighters Pitch in for Little League Team."
Fire Extinguisher Recall
In conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kidde XL Fire Extinguishers with model numbers FX340SC, FX340H, FX340GW, XL5MR, FX210R, FX340SC-2, FX210W, XL2.5TCZ-4, XL2.5TCZ-3, XL5TCZ-1, E-340-3 are being recalled due to failure to function.  Specific information about the product recall is available at or at 1 (888) 345-4407.


Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer 

Hermosa was full of people over the weekend and our call volume reflected that.  However, I received no reports of any occupant load violations or reports of any complaints of any.

The inspections are designed to check for overcrowding and to ensure proper exit signs, lights, pathways, doors and door hardware are maintained pursuant to the Fire Code.  

It is the responsibility of the business owner or manager to maintain an accurate occupancy load count at all times that is at or below the approved capacity; and to ensure aisles, exit signs, exit passageways and exit doors are maintained at all times.



Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 


We are very sorry to inform you that the 2009 Police and Fire Open House has been cancelled, due to budget cuts. While the Police Department has always enjoyed opening up the station to the people in our community and having a chance to meet face to face, the state of the economy compels us to make cuts in those areas that are expendable and not critical to police and fire work. Please spread the word and thank you for your understanding.

 Area 6
04/13/09                                    4 p.m.                           300 block of 9th Street
(Residential Burglary) A witness was walking to a friend's house. She looked into an open garage and saw a black male subject inside. The subject was wearing a dark baseball cap, jeans and colorful sneakers and was standing on the running board of a parked vehicle in the garage. The subject was reaching into the vehicle through the open moon roof. The witness knew the subject did not live at the residence. When she arrived at the friend's house, the friend told her that she had just seen a similar subject pressing his face against the window of her house looking into a bedroom. They went to an upstairs balcony and saw the subject run out of the walkway and west on 8th Place. Upon investigation they found a side door which leads into the residence open. They called the police and officers detained the subject a short time later and arrested him.
Area 6
04/13/09                                    3:30 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.     200 block of 10th Place
(Residential Burglary) The victim left his residence for a short time, leaving a window open but with a screen on it. When he returned he noticed the screen had been removed and an iPod was missing. The iPod was recovered from the same suspect arrested in the previous incident, along with money and papers that had been taken from a vehicle that was parked at Trader Joe's.
Area 6
04/11/09 - 04/13/09                   5 p.m. - 10 a.m.            200 block of 7th Street
(Residential Construction Burglary) The residence is under construction and all doors were left locked except a 2nd level master bedroom door. When the victim returned he discovered several empty beer cans on the kitchen counter. He also found an empty bottle of red wine that had been taken from the wine cellar. The kitchen counter is damaged because of red wine stains. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence.



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




Volunteer and Get Trained to Help During Emergencies

When you volunteer before, during and/or after an emergency you learn important skills and procedures.  The strengths you gain also make your community stronger and better prepared to handle emergencies effectively. The American Red Cross should be your first stop when your' looking for local emergency preparedness opportunities

In addition, you can get involved with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Citizen Corps.  The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues and disasters of all kinds.


South Bay Crime Declines Again

Hermosa Beach showed a 17 percent drop in crime with declines in every major category except robberies.

"It's hard to pinpoint exactly what you can credit these to," police Chief Greg Savelli said. "A lot of it has been awareness through our Neighborhood Watch campaign."

The Neighborhood Watch sends e-mails urging residents to secure their homes, businesses and cars to prevent thefts, and puts out information on how to be aware of the surroundings to avoid becoming vulnerable.

Car break-ins continue to be a problem, just as in all South Bay cities.

 "Move It or Lose It"


Move it 

The theft prevention campaign is one way of educating citizens how the simple act of placing valuables into the trunk of their car or out of sight before reaching your destination or the act of taking valuables with you from the car can significantly reduce the likelihood of being a victim of theft.


Are Our Schools Any Safer Today?

As the 10th anniversary of the Columbine shootings approaches, educators point to progress, but experts say some campuses still fall short.

These days, school security is a mixed bag, he said.

Some schools fall short, mostly at keeping safety plans updated and well-practiced, and at investing in training. It's easy to slip on the basics - failing to enforce a universal ID policy, allowing visitors to enter a building without signing in, leaving a door unlocked by mistake. 

Slow Simmer Syndrome


Long term stress and its consequences such as the Slow Simmer Syndrome, where behavioral and physical symptoms slowly appear in Kindergarten and then start presenting more seriously in 6th, 7th and higher grades due to long term stress, frustration, and anger can often be due to the lack of appropriate curriculum and other unmatched demands for the child's nervous system. 


Children are often "set up" by the system (school, community and parent demands) for developing emotional symptoms and long term stress. 


This constant stress contributes to the Slow Simmer Syndrome that leads to depression and acting out behavior and its consequences.


Monitoring of children for this and other warning flags should be a goal of all parents.


Through prevention and early recognition, adjustment problems can be reduced or eliminated using venting activities, proper developmental placement, attention to learning styles, curriculum structure etc.


Reactive Depression in Children As a Result Of  The Summation of Long-Term Stress (The Slow Simmer Syndrome)

Stan Walters, Ph.D.




We will feature the Weekly Green Tip from Planet Pals.


This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:


TODAY, April 22nd is Earth Day.   


Celebrate earth day Saturday, April 25th at the sea lab from 10 AM - 2 PM with games, beach clean up, and other fun activities.  Walk, ride your bike, or take public transportation and you will receive a free gift.    


For more info, go to  . 


Going green is not only good for our earth, but it is also good for our own health, and our pocketbooks.  


For 26 easy ways to help save the planet, go to


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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City Council & All Commission meeting media clips are arranged by date, with the most recent at the top of the list. Click Video to view the meeting with documents, or Agenda / Minutes to see just the documents. You can also search the archives by typing keywords into the Search box.


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Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch and the 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.





























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