Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log
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HBNW CRIME LOG
Every Monday, Kelly views the HBPD Daily Activity Logs for
the prior week. With the assistance of Motorcycle Ofc. JR
Smith, Dect. Mick Gaglia or Lt. Tom Thompson, we select
crimes that our residents can learn from in order to
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
For those of you that are interested in seeing the monthly
crime statistics for all crimes in HB, please click the link
Hermosa Beach Police Department Monthly Report
This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR PERMIT looks like
for your reference.
AREA CRIME LOG
Monday, June 1, 2009 to Sunday, June 7, 2009
BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo
GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and Manhattan
RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to Harper/Reynolds)
Abbreviations Used by Officers:
Unable to Locate
Gone on Arrival
Field Identification Card is information taken "in the
field" on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing
marks, clothing if needed for future contact.
No Report Desired
ADAST Advised and/or
Victim parked her vehicle in the underground
parking lot. Returned to vehicle to find window
smashed and property taken.
block of 20th St
There was a subject going through the
recyclables in the area. The subject was
contacted and an FI was completed. The subject
was also advised regarding the City violation.
block of 10th St
Victim's vehicle window was smashed overnight.
Nothing taken. No one was seen or heard.
00-Unit block of 10th Ct
scooter was taken from the back yard of his
residence sometime during the day.
block of Pacific Coast Highway
male blacks dressed in all black clothing
w/hooded sweatshirts enter store and threaten
employees at gunpoint. Attempt to gain entry to
back room, fled in black hatchback poss. VW
Jetta. Loss = 1 iPhone. Store has video
block of Ardmore
van taking recyclables last seen s/b Ardmore.
GOA / UTL
PCH Roundtable Pizza
victim's stereo was taken from unlocked vehicle.
No one seen or heard.
block of 8th St
Occurred at 6:20p.m. yesterday. Victim's
bicycle stolen from his driveway. Crime
captured on victim's surveillance camera.
block of 35th St
Maroon 1988 Toyota sedan stolen from the 100 blk
of 35th Street by unknown suspect(s). Occurred
within last 12 hrs.
block of Monterey
Victims purse was taken from her unlocked
vehicle. Credit cards have been used by
it at Amazon.com
What is New For Home Intruder Detection?
If you are concerned about intruders, unexpected visitors,
theft, mail tampering, or even dangerous areas for your
children around the house, look no further than the newly
patented and wireless Voice Alert Protection System. It
notifies you of any intruder with your own voice.
This Voice Alert System is a new system featuring wireless
sensors, transmitters and a remote receiver/speaker base
unit. Users record their own alert messages and are then
notified with their own voice message when activity in a
monitored is detected.
The System allows a maximum of six user recorded messages.
Each message is specific to one zone. For instance, zone one
could be for a driveway alarm -"Car coming up the driveway"
while zone two could be for a sensor monitoring the back
yard- "Alert! Child by the pool!" Perhaps a third sensor
guards a side entrance against intruders. However, when this
sensor detects movement, the base unit plays "Intruder on
patio" and triggers a floodlight using one of four relays
included on the base unit. The most recent system can
monitor all three zones simultaneously and still have three
additional zones available when needed. Users can alter
their messages and place the wireless sensors wherever they
Key applications include:
Wireless Driveway Alarm
Residential and Small Business Security
Monitoring and Pool Safety
Technology moves so quickly that it is worth it to keep up
with new items for home security.
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe
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
DIRECT HB Dispatch Number
Reasons for calling the non-emergency number include, but
are not limited to the following:
You want to report a nuisance, such as a noise or
To report a non-emergency crime, one that did not just
occur, and the
suspect(s) are not in the immediate area.
You have questions about something suspicious occurring
neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal
Solicitor just came to your door or are in the
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.
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FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER
The tragic deaths of over 40 children at a day care fire in
Mexico on June 5th should be a reminder to us of fire's
deadly potential. This fire also reveals the importance of
fire code enforcement in increasing the chances for survival
of occupant's. The fire occurred in the ABC day care, which
was a converted warehouse in Hermosillo, capital city of the
northwestern state of Sonora. The day care center was
located in an industrial area and shared a wall with another
warehouse. While the investigation is in its early stages,
initial reports suggest that several fire code violations
may have been major factors in the tragedy.
First, firefighters, parents and neighbors who were trying
to help rescue the children said there was only one working
exit, the front door. Reports include accounts of
individuals punching holes into the outer walls of the
buildings in attempts to rescue some of the children. A
large door to the day care center was bolted shut and nobody
could find the key. Another report indicates that no fire
alarm or sprinkler system was activated. According to
Reforma newspaper, Hermosillo Fire Department's Chief,
Martin Lugo, said the building had fire alarms but they did
not go off because they were not installed properly.
Despite these reports, the day care passed a safety
inspection less than two weeks before the fire broke out.
The day care center is one of 1500 operated under the
authority of the Social Security Institute throughout
This fire points out several important issues that are
addressed and enforced in our fire codes:
· The location of a day care center in an industrial
· Locked exits. In the case of a day care, exits
can be alarmed so children cannot wander away unnoticed.
· Fire suppression systems and fire alarms. These
systems are useless without proper inspection and testing.
I hope that the lessons learned from this fire tragedy will
help to prevent other such tragedies from occurring in
Mexico and elsewhere. It took a very long time for our
country to respond to our fire tragedies and to take serious
steps in preventing them.
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The reason why most people avoid getting to know their
neighbors is because everyone is busy, and it isn't always
convenient to go knock on someone's door to introduce
yourself. However, if you make yourself available, there are
HB Neighborhood Watch, HB Police, HB Fire and HB Public
Works participate in the 26th Annual NNO program.
LIVE Tuesday, August 4th from 5:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.
NNO 2008 involved 37 million people in 15,449 communities
from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and
military bases worldwide. We have won national recognition
for the past two years that we have participated in our
population category. We want to make it a 3-peat!
It is your party.
It is your neighborhood.
Nothing elaborate is needed or it can be as big as your
Doing such a simple gesture will go a long way in
maintaining a relationship with your neighbors.
Only on this one night, all fees are waived and Public Works
will close down your street to have a block party. This is
a unique opportunity to encourage your neighbors to come out
of their homes and enjoy each others company. A procession
of HB Police & their vehicles, HB Firefighters/Paramedics &
their vehicles, HB Public Works and our public officials
will be on your street to meet you and your residents! See
the demonstrations from each department and meet Sparky the
As a special competition challenge, HBNW would like to
encourage each block and their residents to a BEST CRIME
PREVENTION IDEA. Chief of Police Greg Savelli will judge a
winner from each block and then an overall winner. The
overall winner's idea will be implemented by HBPD and HBNW.
Ribbons will be awarded!
Only Block Captains can
sign up their block.
We hope to see your block on Tuesday, August 4th!
an HBNW Special Event ~ featuring Zach & Tyler Bozeman!
Come hear for yourself!
HBNW, HBPD & More Prepared will be present at this fair!
Please stop in to say HI.
SAVE THE DATE AND BRING A BEACH CHAIR!
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RECOGNITION OF HBNW VOLUNTEERS
would like to THANK
Block Captain Linda Verbrugge for
hosting and the residents of the 1400-1500 block of Bonnie
Brae for attending the Introduction Block Meeting last
Wednesday night. The HBNW Team included Kelly & Tracy,
Chief of Police Greg Savelli, Fire Chief David Lantzer, HBPD Motorcycle
Officer JR Smith and EPAC Commissioner Al Benson. The block
received the new NW signs!
Thank you to Block Captain Carli Parker
for sharing this article about her cousin with us!
California native Marla Petal walked slowly past what had
been apartment towers, the floors now pancaked and sliding,
furniture spilling out through crumbled walls. She lived 60
miles away, in Istanbul, with her Turkish husband (an urban
planner) and their daughter, and the couple had driven into
the disaster zone to see if there was anything they could do
to help the victims.
THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster
preparedness neighborhood program.
To view all ACTIVE blocks in
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.
Introduction Block Meetings
800 - 900 Block of Monterey Blvd.
900 - 1000 block of 16th Street
Nancy Fulton Rogers
100 block of 34th Street
1100-1200 block of 21st Street
1900 block of Ardmore and Ava Avenue
1100 block of Palm Drive
00 block of Hermosa Ave
Pacifica Villas Condo Complex
Following a disaster, especially earthquakes, there's
usually a high volume of telephone calls. This can cause
extreme congestion on the telephone network causing Verizon
and/or other long-distance companies to block calls to
prevent an overload. Some calls may be diverted to
recordings, so others can be completed.
YOU NEED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY CALL:
Make sure all extension phone receivers are on the hook.
If you don't hear a dial tone right away, stay on the
line. Dial tone could be delayed a minute or more.
Don't repeatedly push the switch hook down. This will
further delay your call.
If you get a "fast busy" or "all circuits busy"
recording, hang up and try again.
HB Ready "Pulse" Survey 2009
time, more than ever, it is important
to assess how prepared we are as a
survey is a "Pulse" of the
distributed last year and will take
minutes to complete.
take a moment to fill out the survey.
Daily Breeze online poll asks "Do you have an earthquake
Disaster Strikes, it's too late to prepare.
READY THE RESIDENT
THURSDAY, JUNE 11TH
6:30P.M. - 9:00P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a MYN bag
(see below) provided when you pre-register.
Reserve your seat
Thank you for pre-registering!
HBNW Block Captain Jay Perreault
HBNW Resident & HB Chaplain Gila Katz
HBNW Resident's Brenda Mayorga and Dino Garland
HB Resident Tracy Bonano
HBNW Block Captain Cathy Lieb
HBNW Block Captain Martha Logan
HBNW Block Captain Molly Jo Gee
HBNW Block Captain Maggie Dettelbach
HBNW Block Captain Barbara York
HBNW Resident Isabel Rodriguez
HBNW Block Captain Mary Goshtigian
President, Board of Directors
Community Outreach Promoting Emergency Preparedness
Michelle Riebeling Asst.
to J. Featherstone, LA City Emergency Management Dept.
Raytheon Information Assurance Security Officer
Public Safety vice chair for Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood
Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council
"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.
together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the
first hour following a disaster and take the necessary
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IN THE NEWS...
Chief Bratton and Jim Wiatt
Friends help L.A.'s top lawman keep this city safe
Do you think there will be any other terrorist attacks in
Despite all of our good intentions, there is no longer a
question of will there be another terrorist attack? There
will be. It's just a matter of when. ...
Has there been a threat of attack that we are not aware of?
We have thwarted some terrorist attempts in Los Angeles just
by good, basic police work. ...
...what we uncovered was a plot that had been hatched by an
imam in prison to attack U.S. Army recruiting stations and
Jewish places of worship here in Los Angeles.
What do you see in terms of the relationship between you, as
police chief of the second largest city in the country, and
government- local, state and federal?
I've been a strong advocate of the idea that police are an
extraordinarily essential component of our democratic
fabric. In the Declaration of Independence, the only thing
that's guaranteed is life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness. The police are essential to that. If it's not
safe, people will not live free of fear. If you don't have
safety, then all of the other things that come with it -
medical care, good schooling, good housing, jobs-they're not
going to happen.
Survey tests residents' readiness for disaster
The Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission is trying to
find out if Hermosa Beach residents have improved their
readiness for a man-made or natural disaster. ...
"It helps us get a baseline to see where we stand, to see if
we had growth," said Kelly Kovac-Reedy of the EPAC survey
..."We'll get a pulse of whether the residents have prepared
more than they did last year," Hopkins said. "You want to
get your city prepared. We're hoping people are."
3 suspects held in early morning Redondo Beach pier robbery
Two men and a teenage boy are in custody for a predawn armed
holdup Friday on the Redondo Beach pier.
The victim was on the pier around 5:20 a.m. when the
16-year-old approached, raised his shirt to reveal a
silver-colored handgun in his waistband and said, "This is a
stick-up," according to police Sgt. Peter Grimm.
Community Care Services provides services to improve the
quality of life and maintain the independence of older and
disabled beach cities residents. These include confidential
home visits and assessments, links to health and community
services and advocacy, ongoing contact and care plans,
fitness and wellness programs, support services including
peer counseling, errand volunteers, general support groups
and educational programs on age-related issues.
has invited you to join the Facebook group "Hermosa Beach
see more details and confirm this group invitation, follow
the link below:
Facebook helps you find and keep in touch with family,
friends and colleagues. You can share unlimited photos, plan
events and join discussion groups. It's free and everyone
register, go to:
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Facebook, please make sure this email address is associated
with your Facebook account.
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
The CodeRED system gives city officials the ability to
deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone
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.
SIGN UP FOR CODE RED
MBNW CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
06/05/09 - 06/06/09 7 p.m. - 10:30
a.m. 1300 block of 21st Street
Theft) The victim parked her unlocked
vehicle in the driveway at her residence. Unknown suspect(s)
took a purse containing cash, credit cards, and
identification that had been left on the front seat. Some of
the credit cards had been used by the time the victim
discovered the loss.
06/05/09 - 06/06/09 9 p.m. - 6
a.m. 300 block of S. Poinsettia
Grand Theft) The victim parked the vehicle
in front of the residence. The doors probably did not lock
due to a malfunctioning electronic keychain. When the victim
returned to the vehicle she discovered the interior was
ransacked and damaged, and several items were missing
including 2 portable DVD players, miscellaneous CDs, the
vehicle manual, registration and insurance card. No suspects
were seen or heard.
06/03/09 2:50 a.m. - 2:54
a.m. 1800 block of The Strand
(Attempted Theft from vehicle) A neighbor
was outside checking on his own vehicle when he heard
another car door being opened and closed. The neighbor
observed a male white adult who he believed did not own the
vehicle, going through the interior of the vehicle. When he
approached the suspect, the suspect walked through a patio
area of a residence, got on a bicycle and rode northbound on
Ocean Drive out of sight. The suspect is described as
approximately 20 years old with short brown hair,
approximately 5'8" tall, 140 pounds, wearing a short sleeve
t-shirt and blue jeans. Nothing was missing from the
06/09/09 3 p.m. - 5:15
p.m. 300 block of 7th Street
Theft from garage) Two unsecured bicycles
were taken from the garage which was left open. No suspects
were seen or heard.
06/05/09 - 06/06/09 10 p.m. - 8
a.m. 100 block of 7th Street
from patio) Unknown suspect(s) took 4 teak
patio chairs from the open patio which faces 7th Street.
06/05/09 6 p.m. - 6:20
p.m. 800 block of N. Valley Drive
Theft from garage) The victim was working on
a bicycle in his open garage and entered his residence for
just a short time. When he returned he discovered his
bicycle was missing. No suspects were seen or heard.
05/25/09 - 05/31/09 Unknown
time 300 block of 26th Street
Theft) Unknown suspect(s) stole four items
of mail from the victim's front porch.
06/01/09 11 a.m. - 4:25
p.m. 200 block of Rosecrans Avenue
(Residential Burglary) The victim locked his
front door upon exiting but left a sliding glass door on the
second story open. When he returned he discovered several
items had been taken by unknown suspect(s) from his house
including a laptop taken from a bedroom and a bicycle and
snowboard taken from the garage. There were no signs of
05/30/09 - 05/31/09 11:30 p.m. - 10
a.m. 500 block of Pacific Avenue
(Residential Burglary) The residence was
believed to be left locked and secured. Unknown suspect(s)
entered the residence, ransacked several rooms and took
numerous items including jewelry, a flat screen television
set, china, glassware and a record collection. It is unknown
how the suspect(s) entered the residence and there were no
signs of forced entry.
05/29/09 - 05/30/09 11 p.m. - 5:30
a.m. 300 block of Poinsettia Avenue
Vandalism) Unknown suspect(s) took both side
view mirrors from a vehicle that was parked and locked in
05/27/09 11:30 p.m. - 5:15
a.m. 3000 block of Manhattan Avenue
Theft) The victim parked her vehicle inside
the attached garage, locked it with the keyless remote and
left the main garage door open to the street. When she
returned she noticed a rear door was unlocked and several
items were missing including a gym bag, a Sirius radio
receiver and a navigation system that had been in the glove
box. No suspects were seen or heard.
several graffiti sightings were reported
over the last few days, along the beach and at a local
school. Remember if you see someone writing graffiti call
the MBPD immediately at 911 or (310) 545-4566 from a cell
phone. To report graffiti or vandalism that has already
occurred, please call Public Works at (310) 802-5303 or you
can fill out the online service request form on the City's
www.citymb.info. And when you have time check out all
the other features on the City website. You will be amazed
at the wealth of information available, including upcoming
events, City Council news, frequently asked questions and
the resources each department offers.
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RBNW / RBPD CRIME LOG
Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police
Please follow the link below to learn about recently
published weekly crime information.
Click here to see CRIME STATISTICS
To subscribe to City of Redondo Beach e-zine service, please
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Weekly Green Tip from
Planet Pals Green Tip
Keep it cold!!!
Washing machines use a ton of energy, but did you know that
90% of that energy goes into heating the water? Forget the
warm and hot wash cycles, and instead keep the dial on cold
and rub a little eco-friendly detergent on those
harder-to-clean stains. Not only are you saving the
environment, but using less energy means a lower electric
bill at the end of the month!!
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JOIN THE AMATEUR (HAM) RADIO TEAM!
We know how we will communicate when phones, cell
phones and Internet go down. Do you?
Ken Hartley @ HBARA
Beach Amateur Radio Association
FCC "Technician" course (entrée level)
2 day class for FREE!
Technician License class day 1: Sat. Aug. 15th @ 10:00a.m. -
Technician License class day 2: Sat. Aug. 22nd @ 10:00a.m. -
Test: Sat, Aug. 29th @ 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)
- 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.
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We want to help you get prepared!
Hermosa Beach residents receive FREE
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Enter HB2007 at checkout.
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ACCURATE EMERGENCY SERVICES
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) 8.5" x 11" Laminated Map Page.
(1) 8.5" x 11" Label Page.
(5) 2.5" x 3.5" (approximate size) Location Signs.
(1) 11" x 17" Instruction Page.
(1) Gas Valve Shut Off Wrench.
(2) Nylon Zip Ties.
(2 feet) of small link chain or elastic cord.
(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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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.
Hermosa Beach City Council and All Commission AGENDA'S,
MINUTES AND VIDEO
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FOCUS ON SENIORS
FANNY PACK EMERGENCY KIT
Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch and the newly established
Hermosa Beach Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission
applied for and received a Micro Enrichment Grant from the
Beach Cities Health District. The grant will be used to
purchase and distribute 138 Disaster Supply Fanny Packs to
disabled and/or homebound seniors residing in Hermosa Beach.
To receive a kit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
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