Jeffery Woods’ suspect Joshua Dirnu bail not reduced

by Dan Blackburn Accused killer Joshua Dirnu will remain in jail as he awaits trial for the beating death of Hermosa Beach resident Jeffery Woods last year, a Superior Court judge decided Monday, refusing to lower the suspect’s $1 million bail. Dirnu also was denied a bid to move his case out of Los Angeles…

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Drunks not reliable, Hermosa Beach city commissioner says, for naming where they drank

by Dan  Blackburn An ongoing effort by the Hermosa Beach Police Department to identify local bars responsible for sending drunks onto the streets has been “largely ineffective,” according to the city commissioner  who suggested the practice. Since 2017, officers arresting individuals for driving under the influence or drunk in public would ask where the arrestee…

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No harm intended, but Fangary still fined $24,000 by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)

by Dan Blackburn A $24,000 fine has been levied against former Hermosa Beach City Council member Hany Fangary, his wife Dina Fangary, and two funding committees by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), ending a years-long investigation. The FPPC “did not find any evidence that (the Fangarys) intended to conceal, deceive, or mislead the…

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The Hermosa Beach Cannabis Advisory group opposes cannabis sales, but if approved, wants tax 

by Dan Blackburn The Hermosa Beach Cannabis Advisory Group expressed unanimous opposition to an initiative on the November ballot that asks to legalize retail cannabis sales in Hermosa Hermosa Beach. The initiative, proposed by resident Colton Chacker, if approved by voters, would require the city to allow two cannabis retail stores. Hermosa currently bans marijuiana…

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Hermosa Beach to get pot vote, Tesla patrol car

by Dan Blackburn An initiative petition authorizing retail sales of cannabis products in Hermosa Beach has qualified for the Nov. 8 election. The initiative, sponsored by resident Colton Chacker, collected more than the required 1,650 signatures, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters. The city council recently formed an advisory committee to study…

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Local Schools threatened by litigation as pandemic fades

by Dan Blackburn Carmel attorney Tracy Henderson has initiated legal action on behalf of Hermosa Beach parent Victoria Cannon, South Bay Parents Push Back and Santa Monica Malibu Parents United  against four Southern California school districts, and various other government officials. Several Hermosa Beach residents have alleged that Henerson has also threatened legal action against…

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The Hermosa Beach Greenbelt – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance raises path misues conerns

by Dan Blackburn Three alternatives for resurfacing the Hermosa Beach Greenbelt from Pier Avenue to 11th Street are under consideration by city officials, seeking to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Earlier this month, the Public Works Commission spent three hours discussing the alternatives, before unanimously agreeing to send the proposals to the…

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Bait bikes hook bike thieves, In Hermosa sting operation 

Intimate Bicycle Grouping. Photo by Anna Cox.

by Dan Blackburn Thieves targeting Hermosa Beach bike owners might want to bypass the next shiny, expensive-looking cycle they come across. Police Chief Paul LeBaron is warning it might be a felony in waiting. The department recently made two arrests of alleged thieves who fell for a sting operation initiated by officers. The targeted e-bike…

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