Hermosa’s Judge Olson seeks re-election to Superior Court 

by Elka Worner During her 17 years on the bench, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lynn Olson has only held one attorney in contempt of court. That attorney is challenging her in the March 5 election.  “I completely embrace and support anyone’s right to run,” Olson said of her opponent Deputy Public Defender Rhonda Haymon.…

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DA candidates united in opposition to incumbent Gascon

Story and photos  by Elka Worner Six candidates in the race for Los Angeles County District Attorney blasted incumbent  George Gascon for his liberal policies at a series of South Bay debates last month. All claimed Gascon’s policies have increased crime and made people feel less safe in their communities.  “It’s time ladies and gentlemen…

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Cheney calls Trump a threat, ‘the cause of our time’

by Elka Worner Former Congresswoman Liz Cheney told a sold-out crowd at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center that Donald Trump is a threat to Democracy, and a tyrant supported by Republican enablers willing to spread his lies. The Republican stalwart from Wyoming received two standing ovations at the Jan. 27 Distinguished Speaker event. She…

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Artists display one of a kind skateboards across Hermosa

by Elka Worner Art lovers criss-crossed Hermosa Beach Friday to check out 50 one-of-a-kind skateboards on display at downtown shops and restaurants. “The streets were full on a chilly, blustery, February night,” said Tara McNamara, chair of  Hermosa Beach Chamber’s Economic Development Action Committee. “Families were walking around, kids were counting the boards and couples…

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Two Guns takes aim at Hermosa

by Elka Worner Fans of Two Guns will be able to savor their flat white at the popular coffee purveyor’s new pop-up location on upper Pier Avenue. Two Guns owner Andrew “Stan” Stanisich, who opened the pop up in January, hopes to turn the Kinecta Bank space into a coffee shop with outdoor seating and…

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Volunteers canvass Hermosa streets  for annual county homeless count

by Elka Worner Dozens of volunteers walked along the Green Belt, Strand, streets and alleys of Hermosa Beach Thursday night to count the homeless in the city. “Hermosa Beach’s annual Homeless Count helps us better understand the needs of our unhoused residents by providing a “snapshot” of what the City’s homeless population looks like on…

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Doctors Daar, Niihara honored by The Lundquist Institute

by Elka Worner When two Lundquist Institute doctors began their research into HIV and sickle cell disease, getting an HIV diagnosis was a death sentence and patients who suffered from sickle cell endured painful episodes requiring lengthy hospitalizations. “I went from a time where I would tell people who were diagnosed with HIV that I’ll…

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DA candidates united in opposition to incumbent Gascon

by Elka Worner Four of the 11 candidates in the race for Los Angeles County District Attorney blasted incumbent  George Gascon for his liberal policies at a debate Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Peninsula Center Library. All claimed Gascon’s policies have increased crime and made people feel less safe in their communities.  “It’s time ladies…

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St. Cross Christmas play a four generation Hermosa tradition

by Elka Worner Heralding a message of peace and love, angels, shepherds, and preschool singers shared the stage with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus at the annual St. Cross Episcopal Church Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 17. The production, which features parish children and teenagers, has been an annual church tradition since the 1950s. “The…

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Former O.J. Simpson prosecutor seeking election to judge

by Elka Worner Former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden faced the jury in a largely empty Torrance courtroom to give his opening statements in a murder trial last month. Unlike his opening statements in the “Trial of the Century,” viewed by millions of people around the world, there were no television cameras, legions of reporters…

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Veteran prosecutor McKinney challenges DA Gascon

by Elka Worner In his bid to unseat District Attorney George Gascon in the March 2024 election, veteran prosecutor John McKinney promises to restore public safety, prioritize victims’ rights, and ensure the punishment fits the crime. “The surge in crime, homelessness, and despair in Los Angeles is unacceptable,” McKinney said Sunday at the Great Room…

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HB Councilmember Saemann builds own sleigh for tree lot 

by Elka Worner Douglas firs, Noble pines and Christmas wreaths are flying off the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club Christmas tree lot, an annual tradition under the big red and white circus tent on the corner of Pier Avenue and PCH. “This is our biggest fundraiser,” said Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club President Glenn Menard. “It’s heartwarming…

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PUBLIC SAFETY: City unveils new Fire Station 2

by Mark McDeermott and Elka Worner  The City of Manhattan Beach took special pride in unveiling its newly constructed MBFD Fire Station 2 last Wednesday. The $9.1 million, state-of-the-art facility replaced a nearly 70-year-old outdated fire station. The new facility’s ribbon cutting was the culmination of a nearly seven year effort that came to financial…

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HB Woman’s Club hosts 30th Annual Pancake Breakfast 

by Elka Worner Guests at the 30th Annual Hermosa Beach Woman’s Club Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, November 5, ate more than 500 fluffy pancakes, bid on 70 gift baskets and auction items, and helped raise $10,000 in scholarships for local high school students. “This is our biggest fundraiser,” said Woman’s Club past president Margie Dupuis.…

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House of Homeira: Eric Brinkman curates an exhibit of Homeira Goldstein’s private art collection at the Manhattan Beach Art Center

“There was no art here. There was no fashion here, just all surfboards, and bikinis, wraps, and flip flops.” Homeira recalling her arrival in Manhattan Beach   by Elka Worner Over the past two decades, art patron Homeira Goldstein has curated 35 shows at the Manhattan Beach Art Center featuring some of the country’s most…

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Hermosa Friends makes friends with grants

by Elka Worner The Hermosa Friends Foundation distributed $10,000 in grants to local non-profits during its seventh anniversary celebration on Saturday, October. 7 at the home of Ryan Nowicki and Rosé Romero.     “It was such a wonderful night,” Hermosa Beach resident Erin Phillips said. “Great food, great people and a great cause.” Nearly…

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