Hermosa council welcomes back popular events

by Dan Blackburn Five additional community events for the new year were unanimously approved Tuesday by the Hermosa Beach City Council, including the return of a popular adult tennis tournament hosted by the Beach Tennis Association. The tournament will take place on the beach tennis courts, at 14th Street, on March 5-6; April 9; June…

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Hermosa students to get COVID-19 test kits

by Dan Blackburn  Hermosa Beach School District students will receive two COVID-19 rapid antigen home  test kits this week from the Los Angeles County Department of Health. Antigen tests indicate whether or not the COVID-19 virus is present in the user’s nose, at the time the test is administered.  The tests will be distributed at…

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Hermosa Council forms committee to study cannabis drive

by Dan Blackburn Hermosa Beach city officials may respond to resident Colton Chacker’s  attempt to authorize two marijuana sales outlets by crafting a competing ordinance “more beneficial” to the community. The City Council spent more than two hours Tuesday discussing the issue. In the end, the council voted 4-1 to direct staff to form an…

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La Penita says ‘adios’ Hermosa, hopes to relocate

by Dan Blackburn La Penita Mexican restaurant, a popular Hermosa Beach fixture for 43 years, will serve its last meal at its present location on Saturday at the end of business, 10 p.m.  The beloved ,family owned, neighborhood restaurant has been at the corner of Longfellow Avenue and Manhattan Avenue since 1978. The family previously…

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Hermosa Beach Council sent measure to comply with State lot split law

by Dan Blackburn A state-mandated plan to increase housing supplies throughout California could be satisfied in Hermosa Beach by passage of an urgency ordinance, which the city’s Planning Commission unanimously endorsed during its meeting two weeks ago. The proposed ordinance goes to the City Council for consideration at its Dec. 14 meeting. Commissioners made several…

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Point of order point of contention in Roberts vs Rosenberg rules of order

by Dan Blackburn Hermosa Beach city council members will consider changing the rules by which their public meetings are governed. The proposal to change the current parliamentary structure, which emerged from a recent council retreat, would scrub Robert’s Rules of Order, a guiding publication that has laid out procedural rules for the last 146 years.…

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Hermosa, Manhattan Holiday Toy Drive drop off weekends

Supporters of the 19th annual Hermosa Beach Manhattan Beach Cities Toy Drive will be accepting new, unwrapped toys at the Hermosa Beach City Hall parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (The traditional toy wrapping party will not be held this year, because of the pandemic). Toys…

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Hermosa Beach council wants earlier meetings

by Dan Blackburn Action on a proposal to alter the start time of future city council meetings and restrict certain public communications on meeting agendas was delayed again Tuesday by the Hermosa Beach City Council. The plan has been shuffling along for months and was most recently discussed at a weekend retreat by council members.…

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Initiative seeks to overturn ban on cannabis retailers in Hermosa Beach

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by Dan Blackburn Hermosa Beach resident Colton Chacker filed a request with city officials last week for permission to circulate an initiative to legalize retail cannabis sales within the city. Chacker plans to begin gathering qualifying signatures in mid-December. The initiative is funded by the Economic Development Reform Coalition of Southern California, which has similar…

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Council 86s Hermosa Saloon

By Dan Blackburn An appeal by the owner of Hermosa Beach’s only stand-alone bar for a lower tax rate was denied Tuesday by the City Council by a unanimous vote. Ken Garmoe, whose Hermosa Saloon has been a fixture on Pacific Coast Highway for 46 years, told the council his establishment should be taxed as…

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