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 Tuesday, March 6, 2012 




Tuesday, Mar. 13

7:00 PM

Hermosa Beach City Council Meeting



Wednesday, Mar. 14

7:00 PM

School Board Meeting



Saturday, Mar. 17

11:00 AM

St. Patrick's day Parade

Event Details


Sunday, Mar. 18

12 NOON - 6:00 PM

7th Hermosa Beach Blood Drive 

Clark Building

*All blood donors will receive a ticket for 2 to  The Comedy & Magic Club ( for Tue, Wed, Thurs. shows) and a 15% off coupon at El Pollo Inka Peruvian Restaurant.  You will also receive an AMC movie ticket and a coupon for a pint of Baskin & Robbins Ice Cream.  Of course, the most important...you are saving lives! 

(designated parking spots for blood donors available)

Make an appointment!


Tuesday, Mar. 20

7:00 PM

Planning Commission



Wednesday, Mar. 21

7:00 PM

Public Works Commission



Saturday, Mar. 24

16th Annual Hearts of Hermosa

Fundraiser to benefit HB Schools

A fun evening of dinner/auction/dance & music. 

Event Details


Tuesday, Mar. 27

7:00 PM

Hermosa Beach City Council



Thursday, Mar. 29

6:00 PM

State of the City Address

Event details




Tuesday, April 3

7:00 PM

Hermosa Beach Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting


Tuesday, April 10

7:00 PM

Hermosa Beach City Council Meeting


Tuesday, April 17

7:00 PM

Planning Commission


Tuesday, April 24

7:00 PM

Hermosa Beach City Council Meeting


Are Your Passwords Safe?


Thanks Tracy for finding this information for our members! 


Great article on

HOW I'D HACK YOUR PASSWORD by LifeHacker Security


Note: This isn't intended as a guide to hacking 'other people's' weak passwords. Instead, the aim is to help you better understand the security of your own passwords and how to bolster that security. 


Most users get hacked at high rates even when they do not think they are engaging in risky behavior, with 62% unaware of how their accounts had been compromised, according to Commtouch.


Also visit

National Crime Prevention Council

BEST request (by email) for money that I have personally received 


I'm sorry for this odd request because it might get to you too urgent but it's because of the situation of things right now.

I'm with family on vacation in Madrid Spain. We got mugged last night in an alley by a gang of thugs on our way back from shopping, one of them had a knife poking my neck for almost two minutes and everything we had on us including my cell phone, credit cards were all stolen,quite honestly it was beyond a dreadful experience for us but looking on the bright side we weren't seriously hurt or injured and we are still alive so that is whats important. I've reported to the cops here and canceled all our cards, it appeared I had acted quickly enough or they almost would have succeeded in cleaning out my bank account. I'm really having some difficulties clearing our hotel bills and also need to pick up a voucher ticket at the counter for us to catch a flight back home as soon as possible.

All we need right now is $2,500, but anything you can spare pending when we get things straighten out will be appreciated and I promise to refund as soon as we arrive home safely.

Write me back and let me know how soon you can get it to us asap.Let me know if you can help.



Why?  I have met this HBNW resident at a block meeting.  We do send e-correspondence directly to him and this would explain why it was sent to me.  However, I don't know him well enough for him to ask for money.


Within the hour, I received this response from Jim:



My yahoo account jpeirce has been hacked     we are home at power st     Everything is OK



I emailed Jim to ask if I could share this original email with HBNW and ask what he did to his account.



Here is my take on the hacking: how to get out and how to backup your contact list.

I recently had my yahoo email account hacked. The hacker sent a dire message, which varied, to my contact list. The hacker then deleted my contact list. Thus I could not send a message to my contact list to ignore the dire message.



1----Change your password on the account that was hacked

2-----Using the browser you normally use to access the account (firefox, Internet explorer, Chrome, ETC ) remove the cookies.

If you can't figure out how to do 1 and 2 search in google for "change your ____ password" and

" how to remove cookies from your browser _____". The blanks are for your email and browser.



Set up a second email account in another service(hotmail, gmail etc) and transfer your contact list to the second email account. Again if you can't figure out how to transfer your contact list search in google.


Sometimes even the brightest can't find out how to do these things above as the companies hide these items. For example, try to delete your Facebook account!!!


Finally, change your email password occasionally and make it robust, ie put numbers and things like !#$&* in your password.



Never open up a link in an email message if there is no description in the body of the message or you don't know the person who sent it.


Never send money to anyone who asks for it in an email.











HBNW Crime Log
Courtesy of HBPD Motorcycle Officer, JR Smith   







2-28-12      5:06PM      2001 PCH

484 PC (Theft) There was a Blue Cobo and a black Diamond back bike taken from the location. The bikes were locked up in the underground parking area. This crime occurred during the early morning hours.


3-1-12     8:55AM        1000 block of 9th St

 484 PC (Theft) Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim's unlocked vehicle and took items. There was a cell phone and cash taken from inside. NOTE: Remember to lock your vehicle.  


3-2-12       2:02AM          415 Herondo  

459 PC (Residential Burglary) The victim had a window open for the air conditioner exhaust. Someone opened the window all the way and climbed into the residence. The window faces the courtyard, however no one saw anyone entering the residence threw the window. There were several items taken from within the residence. An I Pad, apt key, and skateboard were taken. This crime occurred sometime tonight during the night.


3-2-12      12:41PM          1200 blk of The Strand

415 PC (Disturbance) There was a call of several subjects smoking on The Strand. The subjects were located and advised of the new ordinance. NOTE: We have been getting numerous calls of this type since 3-1-12. We are attempting to educate regarding the new ordinance prior to enforcing it.  

3-2-12         3:36PM             2411 Prospect

484 PC (Theft) There was a bike taken from the underground parking garage. The lock was cut. No suspect info.


3-4-12     10:01AM           200 block of 28th St

484 PC (Theft of recyclables) There was a subject seen in the area taking recyclables. The subject was located and advised of the violation.  





HB Fire Department
Courtesy of Fire Chief David Lantzer 
Calls for Service 

Activity for the Week of February 26th to March 3rd 











Emergency Medical/Rescue



Traffic Collisions


HazMat/Hazard Conditions





Service Calls





Good Intent, No Emergency





False Alarm/Call





Severe Weather



General Illness

















Auto/Mutual Aid Received



No Complaint


Auto/Mutual Aid Given







The two (2) hazardous condition incidents involved downed power lines.  Of the 'Good Intent, No Emergency', five (5) were cancellations, three (3) of which were automatic aid responses.  The other four (4) automatic/mutual aid responses were for medical emergencies (3 in Manhattan Beach and 1 in Redondo Beach).


You will notice a significant number of "Auto/Mutual Aid" incidents.  These incidents predominantly involve Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach.  All three agencies need each other to deal with routine and extra-ordinary incidents, as none of the three agencies are staffed sufficiently to handle the vast majority of incidents within our respective cities.




Fire Safety for Older Adults



The leading cause of fire deaths in older adults is smoking and the leading cause of fire injuries in older adults is cooking.


  • Don't leave smoking materials unattended and never smoke in bed. Hermosa's last civilian fire fatality was partially attributed to smoking in bed and falling asleep.
  • Never leave cooking unattended. Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heat sources, like portable space heaters, wood burning stoves, and fireplaces.
  • Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside bedrooms.
  • Know at least two exits from every room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.





MBNW Crime Log

Courtesy of MBNW

Sally Rendler

Police Administrative Clerk



P: (310) 802-5184

E: srendler@citymb.info




2/28/12 - 2/29/12        7 p.m. - 7 a.m.    

1400 block of 19th St

(Burglary from Vehicle) The victim parked the locked vehicle on the street in front of the residence and returned to discover a few items missing including two pairs of gloves that had been on the seat, a coin purse and sunglasses. No suspects were seen or heard and it's unknown how entry was made to the vehicle.



2/26/12                        2:30 a.m. - 3 a.m. 

3200 block of Ardmore Av

(Theft from Vehicle) The victim left the front passenger door of the vehicle open while she gathered her belongings. Unknown suspect(s) stole the victim's purse containing cash and credit cards, from the floorboard of the vehicle.


2/28/12                        12:56 p.m.     

300 block of 3rd St

(Garage Burglary) The reporting party saw two suspects, in a silver or light blue minivan-type vehicle, take two bicycles from her neighbor's garage and place them in the vehicle. The witness was able to provide dispatch with a license plate number.



2/25/12 - 2/26/12        9 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.  

900 block of 28th St

(Tampering with Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) attempted to steal the tires and rims off a vehicle, but were unsuccessful due to locking lug nuts on the vehicle.


2/27/12 - 2/28/12        8 p.m. - 8 a.m.  

2100 block of Manzanita Ln

(Stolen Vehicle) The victim parked the vehicle on the street in front of his home and was "pretty sure" he locked it. When he returned he discovered unknown suspect(s) had stolen the vehicle. There was a hide-a-key hidden on the vehicle.



2/25/12 - 2/26/12        11:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.   

2700 block of Ardmore Av

(Theft from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) stole the wheels and tires from a vehicle that was parked in the driveway. A loud noise was heard in the night and when the victim went outside to investigate, the vehicle was found resting on four stacks of bricks, with the wheels and tires gone.



2/17/12 - 2/21/12        9 p.m. - 1 p.m.      

400 block of Chabela Dr

(Residential Burglary) The victim secured the residence upon leaving and returned to discover a bedroom had been ransacked and several pieces of jewelry were missing. No suspects were seen or heard. There were no signs of forced entry and the victim believes entry was made through a large dog door in the family room in the rear of the home.



2/26/12 - 2/27/12        9 p.m. - 8 a.m.    

500 block of 31st St

(Stolen Vehicle) The victim parked the vehicle in front of the residence and locked it. The next morning the vehicle was missing. No suspects were seen or heard.








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