Hermosa Measure M spending tops $100,000

by Elka Worner The Economic Development Reform Coalition of Southern California has spent $93,949 on the Yes on Measure M campaign, according to campaign financial reports submitted to the Hermosa Beach City Clerk this week.  If approved by voters on November 8, Measure M would lift Hermosa’s ban on the retail sale of cannabis, and…

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Harrington says he’s all business 

by Elka Worner Kieran Harrington describes himself as the only Hermosa Beach city council candidate who has owned a business, and managed a $50 million budget for senior living facilities. Harrington said he will prioritize fiscal restraint and support small businesses in the city. “With my extensive background in budgeting and development, I’ll ensure we…

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McCool would cool climate change efforts  

by Elka Worner Candidate Matt McCool said the Hermosa Beach City Council should be more concerned with basic public services like “paving the roads,” and “fixing sewers” than imposing a leftist environmental agenda on residents who don’t want it. “They’re running the city based on political ideology, versus what’s best for the residents,” the candidate…

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Gerace suggests technology fix for staffing needs

by Elka Worner As the only female candidate for the Hermosa Beach City Council, Rita Gerace said she will bring diversity to an all-male council while prioritizing public safety and streamlining city services. “We need to have diversity on the council,” the 35-year-old candidate said. “Now more than ever, we need to have women at…

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Francois cites activist history

by Elka Worner Hermosa Beach City council candidate Dean Francois said he has worked for decades  to improve the quality of life in Hermosa Beach by controlling development, helping maintain the city’s unique character and protecting the environment. “I helped stop an oversized hotel in Hermosa, kept storm drain pollution off beaches, extended the bike…

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Peninsula ‘Goes Wild’

Corridor acquisition increases nature preserve to over 1,500 acres   by Elka Worner On the bluff overlooking Abalone Cove, federal, state, and local leaders last month announced the creation of a 96-acre wildlife corridor in Rancho Palos Verdes, which expands the size of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve to 1,500 acres. “No longer will this…

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Former college basketball players Gretchen Tiernan, and Megan Richardson apply their sports backgrounds to their spa ventures

by Elka Worner When Sand Spa opens its newest location in West Hollywood next month, it will reverse the more common practice of trendy businesses moving from the hip Westside to the sleepy Beach Cities. Sand Spa founders Megan Richardson and Gretchen Tiernan opened their first location in North Manhattan Beach, on Highland Avenue, eight…

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Hermosa Historical Society Dances through the Decades

More than 200 people attended the 6th Annual Hermosa Beach Historical Society and Museum Gala on Saturday, Aug. 27, at St. Cross Church. After a two-year hiatus, the gala sold out all 200 tickets. The band Jukebox played ‘50s, and ‘60s surf music and ‘70s and ‘80s dance music for guests dressed appropriately for the…

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Big Blue moonshot – Terry Tamminen compares AltaSea’s San Pedro warehouse to Steve Jobs’ garage, only bigger

by Elka Worner The architect of some of California’s groundbreaking climate legislation plans to convert a 35-acre campus at the Port of Los Angeles into a premier ocean research, and start-up incubator for the ocean-based blue economy.  “We are to the blue economy what Silicon Valley was to information technology in terms of innovation,” said…

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Malala Yousafzai, on one side the Taliban, on the other a loving father

After being shot by the Talaban for attending school, Malala Yousafzai became an advocate for girls’ education, earning her the Nobel Peace Prize  by Elka Worner Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate, and world-renowned activist for girls’  education, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, said her father inspired and  supported her from the beginning. “My…

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Malala Yousafzai On one side the Taliban on the other a loving father

Taliban gunmen shot her for attending school. She became a prominent advocate for girls’ education, a Nobel laureate and a bestselling author. Malala Yousafzai brings her message to the South Bay. By Elka Worner Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate and world-renowned activist for girls’ education, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, said her father inspired…

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Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai speaks in Redondo Beach and Long Beach

by Elka Worner Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate in history, will deliver her message of educational rights for girls to a sold-out crowd May 19 at the Redondo Performing Arts Center. Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012, is a part of the Distinguished Speaker series. Overwhelming community demand prompted the unusual…

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