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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


In This Issue
Without Steve...HBNW would not exist!



January Calendar

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HermosaWave Photography   



Sat, January 28

9:00 AM

Too Toxic to Trash - Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Roundup

Location:  Clark Stadium, Valley Drive between 8th & 11th Streets

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The CodeRED system gives Hermosa Beach city officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification messages.




Courtesy of HBPD Motor Officer, JR Smith.  Welcome Back to HBNW Crime Logs!




1-9-12             7AM              400 block of Monterey

(Garage Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) entered a parking garage and removed all four wheels and tires from the victim's vehicle. The vehicle was found propped up on four milk crates with the tires and wheels missing. The victim parked and secured their vehicle the night prior.


1-10-12           6:04 PM         100 block of 22nd St

Attempt 459PC (Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) used some type of torch to cut the coin storage compartment of a washing machine.  Suspect(s) did not get any money. 

1-10-12          6:13 PM         446 Monterey

484 PC (Theft of bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) entered a parking garage and stole a bicycle. This bicycle theft occurred between 12-20-11 / 1-8-12 by unknown suspect(s). It should be noted that there were two bicycles taken from two separate victims.

1-10-12             6:18 PM         415 Herondo

484 PC (Theft of bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) entered a parking garage and stole a bicycle. This theft occurred during the night.


1-11-12             9:16 PM         2001 Pacific Coast Highway

484 PC (Theft of bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) entered a parking garage and stole a bicycle. This theft occurred during the night. Victim did not have the serial number and only called to keep us aware.


1-13-12              8:17 PM         2001 Pacific Coast Highway

484 PC (Theft of bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) entered a parking garage and stole a bicycle. The victim does not know exactly when their bicycle was stolen.


1-14-12          8:52 AM         2400 block of Hermosa Ave

10851 VC (Stolen vehicle) A vehicle was taken from the area of 24th St / Hermosa Ave. last night between 1:00a.m. and 7:30a.m. The vehicle was described as a white 2000 GMC Yukon, license # 2889438 / NH. With a large push bumper on front.


1-14-12          9:31AM          1600 Ardmore

484PC (Bicycle theft) Unknown suspect(s) entered a parking garage and stole a bicycle. The victim advised that the bicycle was taken over the last 5 days.


1-19-12          12:06PM        1600 Ardmore

484PC Bicycle theft) The victim's bike was stolen between the hours of 3:45pm-8:30am on 01-18-12 & 01-19-12. The bicycle was described as a Schwinn Solution mountain bike, 21 speed (blu/blk/wht in color). There is no suspect info regarding this theft.


1-20-12          1:25PM          600 block of 8th St

10851 VC (Stolen motorcycle) There was a motorcycle taken from the victims driveway. The motorcycle was not drivable and was only locked with the steering lock.


1-20-12          8:54PM          1200 Owosso

10851VC (stolen motorcycle) There was a stolen motorcycle-pursuit initiated after attempt to conduct traffic stop.  The motorcycle-pursuit lasted approximately 5 minutes to Manhattan Beach, back into Hermosa and into Redondo (approx 3.5 miles). The pursuit was terminated and the motorcycle was later recovered in Torrance. The motorcycle was the previously reported stolen. Investigation is ongoing in an attempt to located suspects.


1-22-12          10:27AM        1000 block of 9th St

484PC (stolen items from unlocked vehicle) There was an unlocked vehicle from 7:00pm to 8:00am. A GPS(Garmin), an alpine face plate and some small hand tools were taken. 

City Manager Steve Burrell to Retire in March

 Photo Courtesy of Patch.com



City Manager Steve Burrell Retiring from City Service  



Steve Burrell, who has served the City of Hermosa Beach as city manager for more than 18 years, today announced he is retiring from city service on March 29, saying it has been "quite a ride" and thanking city workers for making his job easier and "fun."



"I've been proud to serve the city, and I appreciate the opportunity I've had to work with an outstanding city staff that has made possible the many successes we have enjoyed over the past 18 years," said Mr. Burrell. "But I've been a city manager for more than 30 years in Hermosa Beach and Capitola. It is time now to try other ventures. I leave this position confident in the current state of the city and optimistic about its future, knowing that the next person in this job will face many challenges but will enjoy the community's support, as I have."


Hermosa Beach Mayor Howard Fishman praised Mr. Burrell for his many years of service to the city and for his many accomplishments.  


"As city manager for almost two decades, Steve has overseen many of the developments that have shaped downtown Hermosa Beach-from the creation of Pier Plaza to the award-winning improvements along upper Pier Avenue," said Mayor Fishman. "His wisdom and wit, his easy-going manner and his extensive knowledge of the city and its history will be missed. We wish him the best as he embarks on the next phase of his life."


He said the City Council will meet and determine a process for choosing the next city manager.  


Mr. Burrell, who is 64, came to Hermosa Beach from Capitola, where he had served as city manager for 15 years. The Hermosa Beach City Council chose him for the job in October 1993 from a field of 87 applicants.


During his tenure in Hermosa Beach, the city undertook several major initiatives, including the renovation of the Hermosa Beach Pier and the establishment of an agreement with Los Angeles County to fund the construction of a downtown parking garage and provide lifeguard services on the beaches within the city limits in exchange for part of the proceeds from a downtown parking garage. This project alsoled to the construction of the Beach House, a boutique hotel on the Strand.


During his administration, the city also completed Pier Plaza, a major undertaking that enlivened the city's downtown and strengthened the local economy. Amid difficult financial times, he helped the city secure state and federal funds to complete two award-winning projects: the Pier Avenue Beautification Project and the Hermosa Strand Infiltration Trench Project. These projects won widespread praise from environmental leaders because of their innovative solutions to ocean pollution and water conservation.









Without Steve Burrell, HBNW would not exist!

Seriously, I say that statement and truly believe it. 
When Tracy and I first met Steve Burrell, we came to his office and asked if there was a group of some sorts that was focused on disaster preparedness.  Hurricane Katrina had just devastated the Gulf Coast and death was unfolding right before our eyes on television.  Tracy and I had just decided that we were going to launch a school fundraiser to sell survival kits.  We wanted to take it one step further and see what our community had in terms of being prepared for such a disaster here in Hermosa Beach.  We did not want to see our friends and neighbors suffer due to a lack of a plan. 
We approached the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch coordinators Charlotte Lessor, Millie Newton and Sally Rendler as they were holding a "town hall meeting" at the Joslyn Center on Disaster Preparedness.  We asked them after the meeting what we could do for Hermosa Beach residents.  They suggested we start a Neighborhood Watch program.  The idea was to give our residents news about crime and every once in a while throw in a little disaster preparedness.  Because frankly, no one wanted to prepare for a disaster (at that time). 
We asked our Police Department Chief of Police Mike Lavin to attend a meeting to decide on best how to start this program.  We were shocked on his response that the Police Department would not be assisting this process or assisting with our request of a weekly crime log for residents to learn from.  Luckily, we had already met City Manager Steve Burrell.  We went back to Steve and he made it happen.  The Police Department was transitioning from Chief Lavin to Interim Chief David Barr.  Steve advised the new Chief to embrace HBNW and David Barr did. 
Steve was the key to our launch as he opened doors that would have been slammed shut to us.  He also suggested funding from the City to help with materials needed to give to residents. 
When we approached Steve regarding launching Map Your Neighborhood in the South Bay, he never hesitated to help us make it happen.  He was a great mentor to us.  It was very difficult to learn "on the job" about issues and agendas that we would have never known existed when trying to run a City Wide Neighborhood Watch Program.    Steve started the Emergency Preparedness Commission and the Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association by cutting through the red tape. 
So, in addition to his many contributions to our City, add Disaster Preparedness to that list.  He made it happen!  We will forever be grateful to him as a leader and as a person.  We will miss you Steve.  We wish you the best of retired life with your family!
~ Kelly Kovac-Reedy

Courtesy of Sally Rendler



Police Administrative Clerk

 P: (310) 802-5184

E: srendler@citymb.info




1/16/12 - 1/17/12   8 p.m. - 8 a.m.   2600 blk of Manhattan Av

(Burglary from Vehicle) The victim parked and locked the vehicle on the street. When she returned she discovered unknown suspect(s) had smashed the rear driver's side window and had stolen a purse that was on the rear seat of the vehicle. The purse contained cash, a wallet, a journal and numerous credit cards. By the time the theft was discovered, one of the credit cards had already been used.


1/18/12      5:22 a.m.   600 block of 31st St

(Theft from Vehicle) The victim was in his house when he noticed the dome light was on inside his vehicle that was parked in front of the house. He saw a male sitting inside the vehicle going through the center console. The victim walked up to the suspect who spoke briefly, and then ran eastbound on 31st Street out of sight. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic in his late teens or early twenties. He is approximately 5'8" to 5'9" tall, with a lean build. He has a round face with a thin moustache, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, and black saggy jeans. The vehicle was probably left unlocked and nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.


1/23/12     Before 9 p.m.   500 block of Rosecrans Av

(Residential Burglary) Shortly before 9 p.m. officers responded to the location in regards to a possible residential burglary. The victim entered the residence and noticed the bedroom door that is typically unlocked, was locked. The victim exited the residence and noticed the screen from the bedroom window had been removed. Officers entered the residence and determined that a burglary had occurred. At the time of the report, the only item discovered to be missing was a laptop computer. No suspects were seen or heard.


1/15/12 - 1/16/12  12:40 p.m. - 9:45 a.m.    1500 block of 5th St

(Burglary from Vehicle) The victim parked the locked vehicle on the street in front of the residence and returned to find the driver's side door lock had been tampered with. Unknown suspect(s) had stolen two cellphone chargers.


1/16/12 - 1/17/12    9 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.  600 block of 8th St

(Theft from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim's unlocked vehicle, ransacked the center console and stole several items including a GPS, cell phone, credit card, wine, cookbooks, floral prints and a kitchen scale.


1/16/12 - 1/17/12   7:15 p.m. - 11 a.m.   2600 blk of Maple Av

(Burglary from Vehicle) The victim parked and locked his vehicle on the street and returned to find papers that had been on the front passenger's seat were moved to the driver's seat. An iPod and sunglasses were missing from the center console and a fishing reel was taken from the trunk. No suspects were seen or heard and there were no signs of forced entry.


1/14/12          7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.  100 block of 9th St

(Burglary from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) smashed the rear window on a vehicle that was parked in the parking garage. Suspect(s) stole a suitcase containing various items of clothing.


1/6/12 - 1/9/12      Noon - 3 p.m.    500 block of 33rd St

(Theft from Garage) Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim's unlocked garage and stole a snowboard.


1/9/12 - 1/10/12       9 p.m. - 9 a.m.   500 block of 33rd St

(Burglary from Vehicle) The victim parked his vehicle in front of his residence and locked it. When he returned he discovered a window was smashed and the stereo was gone. No suspects were seen or heard.