by Dan Blackburn An effort by city officials to balance the rights of commercial and residential landlords and their tenants during the pandemic recovery will be extended following Tuesday’s meeting of the Hermosa Beach City Council. The city’s existing commercial and residential eviction moratorium incorporates the state’s procedures for eviction protection, set to expire June…

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by Dan Blackburn Brushing aside a wave of vocal local support, Hermosa Beach City Council member Stacey Armato single-handedly temporarily blocked an effort by boutique hotel H2O Hermosa to serve beer and wine to guests. Hotel officials sought an amendment to their business conditional use permit (CUP) to “provide onsite sale, service, and consumption of…

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by Dan Blackburn Raymond Jackson, a retired Army colonel, turned a lifetime of unique professional responsibilities Tuesday night into an easy win for an open seat on the Hermosa Beach City Council. While a limited number of ballots remain to be counted, Jackson outpaced four other candidates to replace Hany Fangary, who resigned in December…

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by Dan Blackburn Gun owners in Hermosa Beach can avail themselves of free, cable-style gun locks provided by the Hermosa Beach Police Department, Police Chief Paul LeBaron has announced. The locks would help gun owners to comply with a potential ordinance now under consideration by the City Council. The council has scheduled a public hearing…

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by Dan Blackburn Tara McNamara wants to make it easier for Hermosa Beach residents to participate in local government issues, and she has a plan to accomplish this if she wins the lone city council seat now up for grabs. The mail-in election, currently ongoing, concludes May 11. Five candidates seek the position vacated by…

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  by Dan Blackburn Music will fill the air — at a reasonable level — to enhance local business and “lift spirits” after the Hermosa Beach City Council voted unanimously to temporarily lift restrictions on live and recorded music in both outdoor and indoor commercial settings. The ordinance, deemed an “urgency,” takes effect immediately. Music…

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by Dan Blackburn It was time to “give back” to his community, Randy Balik said. So he became one of five candidates for an open seat on Hermosa Beach’s city council. Now, just weeks before the May 11, mail-in election, the long-time city resident and environmental scientist is taking some heat — unwarranted and misunderstood,…

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by Dan Blackburn Newly elected Redondo Beach District 4 City Councilman Zein Obagi Jr. made good on his campaign promise to spur progress on the Artesia and Aviation Corridors Area Plan (AACAP) by voting to approve two AACP contracts during his first city council meeting Tuesday night. The agreements with Rincon Consultants Inc. total $137,556,…

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by Dan Blackburn In the end, there was no quick resolution to a perceived problem posed by pickleball played on Kelly Courts in Hermosa Beach, despite efforts by city officials to measure and maybe mitigate the sounds of the game.  Responding to what he described as “the ongoing resident complaints regarding noise impacts to those…

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by Dan Blackburn That knock on the door in the dead of night just might be a Hermosa Beach police officer doing you a favor. Open garage doors and unlocked vehicles attract the attention of thieves, and now, as well,  Hermosa Beach police officers working the graveyard shift. In an effort to reduce easy target…

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  Candidates vying for the Hermosa Beach City Council seat vacated by Hany Fangary will participate in a Zoom forum on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 p.m.  The forum is being hosted by Leadership Hermosa Beach and Easy Reader. To view the forum to to EasyReaderNews.com, or LeadershipHermosa.org.  The candidates are Randy Balik, a contractor…

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