The Hermosa Beach Chamber plans plan for future 

by Dan Blackburn An in-person meeting of downtown Hermosa Beach business owners to plan for prospective growth will be held Wednesday, March 30. The event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, will be held at a location to be determined, said chamber President, and CEO Jessica Accamando

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Hermosa Beach School board members, employees legally threatened for COVID protocol

by Dan Blackburn A document threatening lawsuits, criminal charges, and heavy fines against school officials for enforcing COVID-19 protocols has been delivered to board members and others in the Hermosa Beach City School District. One of the officials, who declined to be identified, called the document  “scary, but toothless.” The nine-page document, titled “Notice of…

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Hermosa Beach Police tag e-bike taggers, cite parents

by Dan Blackburn Parents of three juveniles caught by Hermosa Beach police tagging a wall in the north end of the city last week were issued citations, along with their offspring, according to a report on the police department’s Facebook page. Residents saw the youngsters spray painting a wall in the late afternoon of Feb.…

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Retail cannabis committee picked 

by Dan Blackburn A citizens committee has been named to advise Hermosa Beach city officials about a pending attempt to legalize retail sales of cannabis in the city. Though legal in California, retail cannabis sales have been prohibited in the city since 2017 and now buyers have to go online to get the best CBD…

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Hermosa Beach new City Clerk Myra Maravilla

by Dan Blackburn Myra Maravilla has been named city clerk for Hermosa Beach, replacing Eddie Sarmiento, who took a job as Huntington Park’s city clerk in November. Maravilla most recently was a clerk specialist in Long Beach. She takes office this week, City Manager Suja Lowenthal said in a press release on Tuesday. Her starting…

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Lisa Nichols promoted Hermosa Beach Community Resources Manager

by Dan Blackburn Longtime Hermosa Beach city employee Lisa Nichols has been named Community Resources Manager. Nichols had been serving as interim manager since the departure of manager Kelly Orta last September. Nichols said this week that her first priority is hiring a consultant for a recreation needs assessment plan. The plan will anticipate the…

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Hopes high in Beach Cities for retail pot pioneers 

By Dan Blackburn In 2017, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach each banned retail sales of cannabis, joining a third of California cities – about 162 — with prohibitions. Catalyst Cannabis Co. is seeking to lift the local bans through the initiative process. Last week, the Los Angeles County-Recorder certified the company’s signature gathering…

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Hermosa Beach Parking Permit design embraces female empowerment

by Dan Blackburn Hermosa Beach’s 2022-23 residential parking permits will feature art by Armelle Ngo, who will be the featured artist at the upcoming Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival in May. Ngo said her inspiration for the design pulls from “Hermosa’s natural beauty” and includes elements of female empowerment. She fuses flamboyant colors with bright…

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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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