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iPhone 6 lost at Hermosa Beach, CA…Found.

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)

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After I had returned from an earlier search in Hermosa Beach today my wife and I watched “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. Right after the movie ended my phone rang with a number I did not recognize. It was Darius who was asking if I could find an iPhone in Hermosa Beach. I thought, in the words of Yogi Berra, “it was deja vu all over again”. I told Darius I would help him, and would be there in half an hour. When I got there he was with a friend, and it was explained to me that the lost phone was his friend Alex’s phone which was lost through a bit of friendly rough housing. The two of them had searched the area for about an hour, and I could see the drag lines that had been made by the two of them dragging their feet through the sand in search of the phone. I thought it quite interesting that they knew the phone was still there, because it was showing up in the area on a “find my iPhone” App. I set out to grid the area making sure to go “out of the box” a bit to insure I thoroughly covered the search area. I made one and a half passes (about 10 minutes) and found Alex’s phone right under the lines that had been made from the two of them as they searched earlier. They both erupted in shouts of joy and victory, and “high fived” and hugged me. I understood why when Alex explained that he was here for the next week on a business trip from Atlanta, GA, and everything he needed to conduct his business away from the job was on that phone. What a great opportunity to be able to provide the kind of relief, I was able to provide for Alex. What a great smile.

Alex sent the following email to include here:

The outpouring of appreciation for Steve you see on his blog in the form of email responses is certainly shared by me.  In fact, there should without a doubt be a statue of Steve by the Hermosa Beach peir.  At the very least they could rename the airport after him.  Steve is the type of person that renews your faith in humanity. I’ve been known to lose things from time to time as a general personality flaw and few things these days is worse than losing your phone.  For a change, this wasn’t ADD but my buddy Darius attempting an impromptu sneak attack / tackle as we were walking in to wrap up an otherwise phenomenal beach day.  As is well known 85% of attacks happen from behind so I’m at fault here too for not picking up on it sooner.  Leveraging some college rugby skills I didn’t know I still had I spun out of the tackle feeling pretty invincible.  Unfortunately I immediately noticed the wait in my pocket was gone where my phone had been.  Inexplicably it had vanished beneath the sand.  Doubt set in, had it been stolen earlier?  We confirmed on find my iphone it was somewhere nearby and not moving away or powered off.  That lead to our amateur search and rescue efforts described in Steve’s write-up that were obviously unsuccessful.  After 30 mins or so of searching it really started to set in.  I was in LA early for a business trip.  That business trip was going to be nearly impossible without my phone which is consequently required to access my company VPN.  Not to mention the guys I was supposed to pickup at the airport the next day getting straight to voicemail service from my lost/dead phone.  I literally sat down on the sand, head hung low, sorting through the impossibility of solving this predicament.  Enter a friendly lifeguard with Steve’s card.  Sadly even when calling Steve I wasn’t entirely sure if he would be willing or able to help or if he was someone I could trust.  Steve turned out to be all of those things in spades.   From here, Steve’s blog tells the rest of the story.  Thank you again Steve!
 If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search,  Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.

Keys Lost at Hermosa Beach, CA…Found

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)

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I received a call from Muhamed today wanting to know if I would be able to find his keys for him. He had lost them playing volleyball, and he and his friends had scoured the court for about half an hour looking for them. He told me that it was not real important if I was not in the general area, and that he could get copies made. I then mentioned that he felt it was important enough to call me, so I felt it was important enough to meet him at the beach. As soon as I got to the spot Muhamed showed me where he thought the keys might be, and it took me about three passes inside the boundaries of the court to find his keys. I was glad to have been able to help him avoid the hassle of getting new keys made, and also give him the assurance that someone else had not gotten hold of them.

If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search,  Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.

Lost Keys at Malibu Creek State Park…Found.

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)

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I received a call from Pat this morning worried because she had lost her keys the day before. I agreed to meet her at the location, which would take me a couple of hours to get to. When I arrived Pat showed me the area, and it was covered with tall grass and weeds grown from recent rain storms. She told me that the bundle of keys was large, so I figured the hunt would be pretty simple. Also she was worried because some of the keys would be very hard to replace. Her car key was also with this bundle, so the likelihood of them being lost in this location was great because she had them when she arrived, but when she got back to her car she could not get in.

I proceeded to hunt in the tall grass, and worked the area slowly and surely. I covered the area completely, and then went out of the box. I then started looking in areas that might not have been a possibility, but still with no luck. It was a warm day here in So. Cal. (about 85 where I was hunting), so I went back to the truck to get a drink of water and regroup. I then went over the first area again with no luck. I knew from what Pat had told me, those keys had to be there, so I had to press on. At this point I decided to switch detectors, and went to a 6 inch coil, and then proceeded to begin the whole search again. I got to the mid way point when I got a confirming signal. I put in my pin pointer, and found Pat’s keys in weeds that really were not too high, but had wide leaves which were able to hide her keys quite well.

Pat had gone off walking her dogs when I found her keys, and was walking back as I was getting back to the car. At this time I raised my hand with her keys dangling, and could see relief appear on her face. It was a pleasure to be able to help Pat today, and to know I was a part of the joy she experienced.

If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search,  Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.

Wedding Rings found on Oceanside Beach, Calif.

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)

 

I got home the other night about 5:30pm. I sat down at the computer to write a post for my RingFinder blog. Before starting my post I checked my emails. There was an email from Katie that had been sent about 8:30 am. She was desperate and had asked if I could help her find her lost rings, the most important thing that she owns. I was upset that I had not checked my mails in the morning. She had been at the public beach in Oceanside, Calif. watching a surfing event. Even though it was starting to get dark and it was a 45 mile drive I wrote her quick email telling her I could meet her tonight if she had not found anyone to help her. Within 10 minutes she called me and I jumped in my little Mini Cooper ” Calif. RING FDR ” and headed down Pacific Coast Hwy.. My favorite drive.

At 7:00 pm,  I pulled up in front of the vacation rentals where Katie and her husband Brian were staying. They walked over to the area where Katie said she had walked out to the water the day before. She rinsed the sand off her ring and walked back up to the dry sand playing with their small dog. In that 20 or 30 minutes she realized that her ring was not on her finger. I am always competing with the sand sifting machines on these popular public beaches, but we were fortunate that after summer has past they don’t sift everyday. It was dark and I was trying to be careful to grid overlapping my swings. I did have the advantage that there was two rings, so if I missed one there was a chance to get one of the two. Then I could hone in on the other ring.  I covered about 7 or 8 passes about 60 feet in each direction before the larger of the ring gave me 12-03 reading on my CTX3030 .  I called Katie and Brian over to show them. It was an exciting time for all, even Brian who had mostly given up that the rings could be found. A couple more swings and the smaller ring gave me a 12-02 reading on my detector screen.  Another happy couple and a special beginning to their marriage of 45 days. Brian is a Marine and will be leaving the county next month. Look at those smiles.
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Gold Wedding Band found in Huntington Beach Park

  • from Newport Beach (California, United States)

imageI received  a call from Evan asking me if I could help him find his 18kt gold wedding band.  I was a couple miles away so it was just a few minutes to get to the park where he had lost the ring the yesterday. He and his wife were sitting on a curb along the side of a service road in the park. They realized they were sitting on some ants. When he stood up he swatted the ants off his pants with his hands and felt his ring fly off his finger. He actually heard the ring hit the asphalt, but it had bounced off the side of the road. Heavy leaf and ivy covered the side of road and the edge of road was a steep slope. It could of bounced 20 feet or more down the embankment . After crawling around in the leaves and ivy I moved 50 feet down the road from where Evan had been sitting.  A few swings with my CTX 3030 about 12 inches off the edge of the road laying in the leaves and rubble was Evan’s ring. The ring was not only special because it was his wedding ring. His dad had made the ring for Evan.  It was a special search with some tuff conditions. Another time that I was thinking about coming back tomorrow with some other search coils and equipment. A couple more swings outside the main search area proved to be the solution to making this a successful search.  And a lot of luck.
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Keys Lost at Bolsa Chica State Beach, CA…Found.

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)

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I received a text from Gary today asking if I would be available to help him find his keys that were lost the night before at the beach. He had been out with friends enjoying the temperate weather, having a fire on the beach, and roasting S’mores when he noticed his keys were no longer in his pocket. These were keys that had a specific purpose, and would be hard to replace. Also there was a flash-drive attached that had personal information which he wanted to keep. I told Gary I would be able to meet him at the beach in a couple of hours, and he sent me the location. We met, and he showed me the area. I began my search, and realized the area was infested with foil, pull tabs, bottle caps, and a lot of iron in the form of screws, nails and bolts, with a few coins as well. The search was slow because of digging a lot of unwanted items, but in order to make sure I did not pass over the keys, I dug every hot hit. About 1 1/2 hours later I dug a quarter, and once I put it away, I passed my coil over the area again, and had another good hit. I put my scoop in, and found Gary’s key chain. Needless to say that he was thoroughly happy about having them back. Glad to have made his day! Gary was referred to my by Stan Ross (fellow Ring Finder).

If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search,  Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.

Diamond Wedding Ring Lost at Huntington Beach, CA…Found.

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)

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I received a call this morning from Stephanie who told me her husband Philip lost his wedding ring at the beach yesterday, and they were unable to find it. They got a referral for a metal detectorist who then met them at the beach at 1:00 AM this morning, but he came unprepared, not bringing the battery to his metal detector, yet he still attempted a search with a sifter. We arranged to meet at 10:30 AM at the location of the loss. When they showed me the area, I knew the 1:00 AM search had been a futile attempt without a metal detector. I searched the area for 3 1/2 hours bringing up all kinds of trash (bottle caps, foil, nails, cans, and even some coins), but no ring. I did feel encouraged though, because I knew if there was this much metal here, that no one had been there before me, and I stood a good chance of finding Philip’s ring if it was lost here. I believe though that Stephanie and Philip had lost hope, and decided to leave, thinking the ring was gone for good. They had stayed the full 3 1/2 hours, and with today’s heat and the previous early morning search, I think they were worn out. I told them I wasn’t done yet, and that there was a lot of area I needed to search before I was going to be satisfied I had covered all posibilities. It was about an hour later, when I had expanded my search zone that I came upon another foil sound, but a little different. I put my scoop in, and out comes this awesome looking ring with 5 sparkly diamonds in it. Philip had sent me a text with a picture of the ring, so I knew I had a keeper. I then sent him a text with the ring on my finger telling him how nice his ring looked. He immediately called in disbelief asking if I had found the ring, wherein I asked if he had seen the picture. What fun. They came back as soon as they could, and I was able to reunite Philip with his awesome looking wedding ring. What a great day, and what great smiles, and great comfort for them both.

Both Philip and Stephanie wished to include their stories and pictures in my blog which I have included below.

We actually have two testimonials for you. One from me and one from Stephanie. Stephanie will send you her testimonial through a separate email. Here’s my testimonial:

So this story starts yesterday at the beach where I lost my wedding ring! I LOST MY WEDDING RING!

After searching unsuccessfully for an hour with my wife, we left and the state beach gate staff suggested we look up ring finders service in google.

Found it on a website and the first guy we called said he would meet us at the beach at 1AM! Since we were desperate to find the ring, me, Stephanie, and two of our friends met with the guy at 1 am. The ring finder shows up but his equipment doesn’t work because the batteries were dead. Ugh! We searched for an hour in the dark anyway. Still No luck.

This morning we contacted a second ring finder – Steve Smith. We meet up with him at 10:30 am. He was so professional and showed us testimonials and pictures of the rings he found. Stated his service is no cost and is on a reward basis determined by us. He diligently went over the sand area where we were – inch by inch, marking the areas and sifting through sand.

After four hours, Stephanie and I decided to leave and basically gave up hope. Steve, so optimistic, stayed and kept looking for the ring despite the fact that we left. He never gave up and remained positive throughout the entire process. Another hour and a half later, he FOUND IT!!!! After searching for a total of 5.5 hours, HE FOUND MY WEDDING RING!!!!!! This was a miracle.

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I felt overjoyed. All of the sadness, embarrassment, anxiety, stress and depressed feelings went away. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Thank You Steve Smith! You are fantastic! We are forever grateful.

Thanks,

Philip

Stephanie’s Story:

At the end of my birthday celebration at Huntington Beach my husband realized that he lost his wedding band. He lost it while playing football out in the sandy beach. The search was worse than a needle in the haystack. For hours we retraced his footsteps and hopelessly searched in the surrounding premises. The desperation, hurt, disappointment in my husband’s eyes were unbearable. I located a ring finder who agreed to go back to the beach at 1:30am but was unprepared because his batteries were dead and his equipment was not working.

Unwilling to give up, we continued the search in the dark until 3am with couple of our friends. We went in a line up and searched step by step with flashlights hiding from beach patrols with no luck.

It was a very restless night for us. We just had just celebrated our one year anniversary last month and can’t believe that this really happened. AND of all days on my birthday after such a wonderful day. We cannot accept the fact that it’s gone. The sentimental value of the ring cannot ever be replaced. Luckily I found Steve from www.ringfinder.com. I called Steve at seven am and he picked up the phone right away. He agreed to drive an hour down to meet us at 10:30am. He searched the premises under the beating sun. He was very determined and professional. Inch by inch he meticulously searched with a metal detector and a sifter marking searched areas as he go. After 3 & a half hours exhausted from the search previous day and lack of sleep we lost all hope and left home.

Steve was so encouraging and optimistic. Even after we gave up he continued searching. He told us not to give up and he will go over the area once more and expand his search. He promised that he will locate our ring and refuse any reward until he locates our ring.

We have already accepted the fact that the ring was lost forever. We even located the same exact wedding band to be shipped to the closest jeweler. 2 hours later we got a text from Steve with a picture of the wedding band with the message. “You’re right, it is a beautiful ring.” OMG he found it! I cannot believe he found it!! We jumped in joy and held onto each other with tears of joy flowing down our cheeks. Whether Steve wanted it or not, both of us gave him a huge hug when we saw him. We could not contain our happiness.

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We always try to do the right thing, be a better person in life. I feel like karma was in play today and we finally got served what we deserved. Karma had led us to Steve! It is so wonderful that a complete stranger would show you the kindness that Steve has wanting nothing more than to help others. He is truly amazing! We gave Steve a reward while he excitedly told us multiple stories of his finds. Words cannot express our gratitude.

This emotional event was nothing short of a miracle. I feel like our vows got renewed today. We are forever thankful to Steve Smith who gave our story a happy ending. Thank you Steve from the bottom of our hearts!

 

-Stephanie

If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search,  Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.

Princess Cut Diamond Pendant Lost in a Park in El Segundo, CA…Found.

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)

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I happened to be out metal detecting when I received a call from Lynn. She told me how she had been playing a Wiffle Ball game with friends, and somehow the chain holding her princess cut diamond pendant broke, and she lost them both. She and her friends searched the deep thatched grass into the night, and were able to find the chain, but unable to find the pendant. They came back the next day to look some more, yet with no results. When I arrived, they showed me the area the chain had been found, and I could see that they had stripped the lawn in that area to the soil in about a 3 foot circle, rightfully thinking the pendant should be in the same area. That is where I began my search, but only found chopped up aluminum cans, and one dime, and one quarter. I asked more questions, and decided to search all of the area she had been when she knew she had the pendant on. Then an hour later, about 15 to 20 feet from the bare circle, I got the sweet tone of gold in my headphones. I was able to reunite Lynn with her lost pendant. From the emotion she showed when she saw her pendant, I could tell how much it meant to her to have it back. It was a very happy day today. It was great to see Lynn smiling, and to see her friends celebrating with her. Lynn was referred to me by James Borgen (fellow Ring Finder).

Lynn sent me the following email to include here.

Hi Steve,

I wanted to say THANK YOU once again for helping me to find my pendant. After having spent over four hours myself (plus an additional 14 hours – if you count everyone who helped me to look), I had given up hope. I was beating myself up – how could I be so silly as to wear such a valuable piece to a Wiffle Ball game.. Why didn’t I have a better chain… I am sure you have heard many similar regrets in your line of work.

A friend of mine recommended the Ring Finders site and James Borgen, who I happened to call 1st from the list, recommended you! You had a calming and confident approach and I found myself believing that you just might pull it off. As I am sure you could tell by my reaction – I was overjoyed to have this future heirloom recovered. But more amazing still was your reaction. I could see your genuine joy in helping me find it. I would bet your dedication and enthusiasm is key to your success, evidenced by the number of stories and smiling faces I see in your blog.

God Bless you and thank you ever so much!

Lynn

If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search,  Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.

Friendship Medallion Lost at Newport Beach, CA…Found.

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)

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I received a call from Terry’s son-in-law about 10:00 AM today asking if I would help his father-in-law find his lost medallion. We arranged to meet at 12:30 at the beach site. I met Terry, and he explained the story behind the medallion (there is always a great story!). He has had this medallion for 35 years now. 35 years ago his best friend went to Rome, and bought two identical medallions of which he kept one, and gave the other to Terry, who has treasured it ever since. Yesterday Terry and his wife went to the beach, and Terry not wanting to lose his treasured item when he went into the water, took it off and left it with his other stuff on his beach chair. The problem occurred when he was ready to leave, and forgot he had left the medallion on the chair when it was folded up to go. He realized when he got back to the car, but found out that the gold sinks real fast as soon as it hits the sand. He and his wife combed the area yesterday, and came back today using different tools to try and find his medallion, but to no avail. He told me that he was going to meet this friend later today, and I am sure felt bad that he would not have his symbol of enduring friendship with him when they met. It was good that they had land-marked the area, so they could put me in the right place for a search. I got ready to search, and Terry realized someone had innocently made off with his beach towel, and it was while he was on his way to get his towel that I received the gold tone in my headphones. I scooped once, and saw the gold chain attached to the medallion. I looked up as Terry was heading out across the beach and yelled out, “Terry you might want to see this”. He immediately turned around in almost disbelief that I could have found the medallion so quickly. What a great joy to see such a great joy returned. Terry was referred to me by Stan Ross (fellow Ring Finder).

Terry sent me the following email to include in my blog:

Steve  Many thanks for helping me find my metal that I lost on the beach. It was fantastic when you brought it up out of the sand. It was a gift from my best friend 35 years ago, and i was heartbroken when I lost it. Fortunately you saved the day. I can not thank you enough. Keep up the great work!!!!    Terry
If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search,  Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.

Platinum Engagement Ring Lost at Sunset Beach, CA…Found.

  • from Redondo Beach (California, United States)

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I received a call from Kellie last night at about 6:30 about losing her ring in the surf at the beach. She explained how this ring had an extreme sentimental value to her because of personal circumstances in her family. Well I looked at the tide charts, and realized that it would not be good to go at that time because the tide was rising, but arranged to meet her and her husband Anthony at the beach this morning, at 12:00 AM. We got to the spot, and Kellie had told me how the current was very strong when she went in. She had been about waist deep when the ring came off, so I knew that with the lower tide, and the weight of the ring, I would be able to get into the area the ring had settled in. They had a real good idea where the ring was lost, and even had a landmark (someone had dug a hole in the sand), from which I began my search at about 12:15 AM. I know this beach, and the current flows like a river that runs parallel to the beach with such power that it is hard to stand against it at times. I began my search working up and down the slope, and off into the direction the current was flowing, figuring the ring would have been carried in that direction as it sank. Well about 45 minutes later, I received a good signal down at the water’s edge, and in one scoop had her ring. They had gone to the lifeguard tower to wait, and as I walked up the beach I saw Kellie jump down and hurriedly come my way in the darkness. She was overwhelmed with joy at the sight of the once lost ring, and she and her husband were so thankful. What a pleasure it was to be able to return this joy to them. Kellie was referred to me by Stan Ross (fellow Ring Finder).

If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search,  Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.