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 Tuesday, March 27, 2012 
 March 25-31, 2012

 Hermosa Beach has posted tsunami signs and the Fire and Police Departments are working to get Hermosa Beach TsunamiReady.





  • If a large earthquake displaces the sea floor near the coast, the first waves may reach the shore minutes after the ground stops shaking.
  • There is no time for authorities to issue a warning as it can reach land withing seconds. 


Scientists say if an earthquake strikes hard enough to knock people in the South Bay off their feet, an underwater canyon off the coast of Palos Verdes (also known as Redondo Canyon) with a roughly 2,000-foot vertical drop could give way and trigger a tsunami that would inundate the beach cities.

In Redondo Beach, the surge would put King Harbor under water and crest over the Esplanade bluff, deluging homes.
In Manhattan Beach, swells would wash over multi-million dollar homes on The Strand then continue up two blocks to Highland Avenue.
In Hermosa Beach, whose Strand homes and downtown are just a few feet above sea level, would fare far worse.   Article written by David Rosenfeld, April 2005



Distance from RB Pier


California Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is conducting a live, one-hour webcast on March 29, 2012 at 2:00pm (PST). (View webcast here). We'll be live with experts discussing lessons learned from last year's Tohoku earthquake and tsunami; steps Californians can take to reduce their risk of death, injury and property losses from tsunamis, ocean debris generated by the tsunami and other issues of interest.  The webcast will feature representatives from Cal EMA, the California Geological Survey (CGS) and the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA). 




If a tsunami or other major disaster strikes Hermosa Beach,

there's not just the people to consider, there are the pets that could be abandoned by the hundreds in the event of a citywide evacuation.



Hermosa Beach became the first South Bay city to sign up with animal rescue organization Noah's Wish, a Sacramento- based nonprofit that steps in and tends to lost and injured animals during crisis situations nationwide, for as long as needed.



 HB Disaster Preparedness Logo


Did you know that Hermosa Beach is the only city to assess the readiness of the residents in LA County? We need about 500 residents to again answer this survey for this year to get a better idea of how prepared we are as a city.
Thank you to our members who have already taken the survey! 

Please TAKE SURVEYnow to participate.

All responses and personal information will be kept confidential. 




Tuesday, Mar. 27

7:00 PM

Hermosa Beach City Council



Thursday, Mar. 29

9:00 AM

Multi Purpose Room

Hermosa Valley School

Traffic & Parking Meeting

Please join Hermosa Valley School Principal Pat Escalante, Councilman Peter Tucker, and Interim Police Chief Steve Johnson for a community meeting regarding traffic and parking issues at the school and in the adjoining neighborhood.


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


Wednesday, April 11

7:00 PM

School Board Meeting


Tuesday, April 17

7:00 PM

Planning Commission


Tuesday, April 17

7:00 P.M.

Hermosa Beach Disaster Service Workers (HBDSW)

Meet at the HB Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

More Information


Saturday, April 21

6th Annual

Hermosa Beach 5000 

Registration now open at www.hb5000.com.

See website for complete details. 

Tuesday, April 24

7:00 PM

Hermosa Beach City Council Meeting


Saturday, April 28

8:00 AM

25th Annual Richstone Pier-to-Pier Walkathon

Event Details and Registration











 HB Neighborhood Watch


Tracy Email


Kelly Email


HB Direct Dispatch


(program this number in YOUR CELL PHONE for an emergency or a non emergency in HB)


  HB Police Dept.

Business Line


HB Fire Station

Business Line



HB City Hall

Business Line



HB Amateur Radio Assoc.




Order P.A.L. Kit


Order Survival Kit

Free Shipping to HB Residents - Enter HB2007 at checkout.


Accurate Emergency Services




SIGN UP for HB Emergency Notification System


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


HBNW Crime Log
Courtesy of HBPD
Motorcycle Officer, JR Smith   






3-19-12         3:03AM        Valley and 2nd St

20002 VC (Hit and Run) There were two vehicles hit that were parked on Valley Dr. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene; however a witness was able to get a license plate. The vehicle was located by Torrance PD and the driver was ultimately arrested for Hit and Run and DUI. NOTE: The most important thing you can get for us is the license plate. If time allows, getting the make model color and direction of travel helps. Thank you for the great info on this one that led to the arrest of the suspect!!


3-20-12         5:04PM              1200 block of 19th St

484 PC (Theft) There was an unlocked vehicle in the area that the suspect(s) entered and took items. This theft occurred during the night. Taken was $36+ cash.


3-22-12           8:48AM          700 block of  5TH St

484 pc (Theft) There were two bicycles and a bike trailer taken during the night. The items were inside of an open garage. No one saw or heard anything. No suspect information regarding this theft.


3-22-12                 10:46AM      2300 block of Valley Dr

459 PC (Burglary) An unknown suspect took jewelry from the victim's dresser drawer. There was no forced entry, no physical evidence.


3-24-12                 7:12AM                                                901 Aviation Blvd. (Quality Inn)  

459 PC (Burglary) Unknown suspect entered the victims room as they were sleeping and took a wallet and a cell phone.  The cash was taken out of the wallet and the rest was left on the stairwell. The room was left unlocked. No suspect information.


3-24-12                 4:05 PM           400 block of 31st St

20002 VC (Hit and Run) There was a report of a hit and run in the area. The reporting party (RP) indicated that a vehicle had crashed into a parked car in the area. The RP was able to get a license plate which will aid in the investigation process. NOTE: Thank you once again for keeping your eyes open and getting us good information!!








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

Activity for the Week of March 18th to March 24th












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







On Tuesday March 20th the Hermosa Beach Fire Department was dispatched to the Pavilion located at 1601 Pacific Coast Highway on a report of smoke inside the building. The Pavilion is one of the largest commercial structures in Hermosa Beach at approximately 150,000 sq. ft.

 HBPD and mutual aid units from Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Redondo Beach, and Torrance fire departments were also dispatched to assist the HBFD units in locating, extinguishment and ventilation of an electrical vault fire at the basement level of the building.

HBFD Firefighter / Paramedic Aaron Bush was one of the first firefighters to make entry and described the scene as a "difficult forcible entry situation with a heavy steel door incased in concrete that needed to be breached prior to entering the vault". "Once we were able to force the door open the atmosphere was filled with heavy black smoke that reduced the visibility to zero making entry into an electrically charged malfunctioning vault a bit tenuous." 

The fire was located and knocked down in approximately 20 minutes without any reported injuries to the inhabitants of the Pavilion or responding personnel. Light smoke did circulate throughout the structure causing some businesses to close early. It was reported that there was several businesses that would remain without power until management was able to replace the involved electrical unit but most of the businesses including 24hour fitness were able to resume business in a short period of time.  

During this fire, several more 911 calls were received in Manhattan Beach for a fire alarm, a medical emergency at the 1200 block of Pacific, a medical emergency at Cedar and Marine, and a medical emergency in the 1500 block of The Strand.  Hermosa Beach units assisted with two of the medical emergencies, while Torrance and El Segundo assisted with the others.


This fire and the continuing activity of neighboring cities tested the region's automatic and mutual aid system, which performed as designed.  The fire and subsequent incidents will be reviewed to determine where improvements can make the system even better.


Of the seven (7) "Auto/Mutual Aid Given" incidents, three (3) were medical emergencies and two (2) were cancellations in Manhattan Beach and two (2) were medical emergencies in Redondo Beach.




"Emergency Medical/Rescue" definitions:


·         Abdominal:  Patients with non-traumatic abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, etc.

·         Behavioral:  Patients overdoses on legal and/or illegal drugs, intoxicated, and/or suffering from psychosis.

·         Cardiac:  Heart attacks, chest pain.

·         Environmental:  Heat and cold-related emergencies, allergic reactions.

·         General Illness:  Flu-related symptoms or non-specific illness complaints.

·         Neurological:  Seizure, stroke, decrease level of consciousness.

·         Respiratory:  Trouble breathing from various causes.

·         Trauma/Injury:  Non-medical emergency.  Physical injury to the body.

·         No Complaint:  Dispatched to an incident, but subject had no medical complaints.















MBNW Crime Log

Courtesy of MBNW

Sally Rendler

Police Administrative Clerk

P: (310) 802-5184

E: srendler@citymb.info



Here are the latest crime reports. Also, attached is a flyer announcing a State of our Teens meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the MB Library Community Room. Our School Resource Officer Detective John Loy is one of the featured panelists for this important discussion aimed at parents of teenagers. Please see the flyer for all the details or call (310) 897-5043. Thank you.


3/18/12 - 3/19/12        12 p.m. - 8 a.m.                      1900 block of Lynngrove Dr

(Theft from Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) stole a video camera from an unlocked vehicle that was parked in the driveway.


3/20/12 - 3/21/12        7 p.m. - 5:30 a.m.                   2300 block of Elm Av

(Theft from Vehicle) The victim parked the unlocked vehicle in the driveway and returned to discover unknown suspect(s) had rummaged through the glove compartment and center console. Suspect(s) stole money and a black caddy from the console, and also a leather book that had been sitting on the backseat. The leather book was recovered in another unlocked vehicle that was parked in the 2600 block of Elm Avenue. That vehicle had been entered and items moved around, but nothing was taken from it. No suspects were seen or heard.


3/18/12                        5 p.m. - 10 p.m.                      3500 block of Laurel Av

(Attempted Residential Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) pried a window screen from a window on the residence and left the bent screen on the ground. Shrubs were pulled back away from the residence but no entry was made to the residence. The homeowner thinks his large dog may have scared off the suspect(s).


News Flash:

At approximately 3:23 a.m. on 3/18/12 a reporting party in the 1400 block of 3rd Street observed a suspect in his neighbor's driveway attempting to enter a vehicle. Officers checked the area and found a suspect matching the description in the 1400 block of 5th Street. The suspect was found to be in possession of stolen property and was arrested.


On March 25 at approximately 3:04 a.m. one of our police officers was traveling in the 1600 block of 2nd Street when a subject walking on the sidewalk observed him and took off running into a nearby construction site. Officers surrounded the site and the suspect came out eventually without incident. The suspect was on probation for grand theft and was arrested for two outstanding warrants.


3/16/12  8 p.m. - 9:45p.m.                  

1200 block of 6th St

(Residential Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim's home through a closed but unlocked window. Rooms were found ransacked and several items were stolen including a laptop computer and several rings.


3/15/12 - 3/16/12 

10:40 a.m. - 8p.m.                

600 block of Aviation Way

(Theft from Vehicle) The victim parked his vehicle on the street and returned to discover the rear license plate was stolen by unknown suspect(s). The frame was found on the ground near the vehicle.


3/16/12                     3:44 p.m.                                

3500 block of Oak Av

(Attempted Residential Burglary) The resident was inside the home when she hear the doorbell ring several times and a male voice outside the den window. The resident opened the curtain and saw a male standing in front of the window, talking on a cell phone, and attempting to pry off the window screen with a large screwdriver. The male saw the resident and immediately ran away, out of sight. The suspect is described as a male Black, approximately 25 - 29 years old, 5'8" tall, with short black hair and dark brown eyes. Around this time, a neighbor noticed a silver 2-door Cadillac parked directly in front of the victim's home, partially blocking the driveway.

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