To the moon and beyond: Former SpaceX engineers are developing  a reusable spacecraft propelled by moon water

by Elka Worner Nestled among the surfboard shapers, architects and artists in Hermosa Beach’s light industrial  Cypress District is an aerospace start-up with a unique and ambitious mission. “We want to be the Über of outer space,” Argo Space Corporation co-founder Kirby Carlisle said. “We want to create an in-space transportation network.” He and his…

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Chocolatier opens chocolate shop in Hermosa Beach

by Elka Worner When it comes to gourmet chocolates it’s all about the shine and the snap. Chocolatier Ginny Horstman demonstrates with one of her 9-inch-long chocolate surfboards in the store she opened on Hermosa Avenue in April, called Stoked Chocolates. The snap is audible when she breaks the board in two. “It needs to…

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Hermosa Beach Clark Building ready, pickleball courts delayed

by Elka Worner After five years of being closed for repairs, the Clark Community Building is open for meetings and other events, city officials said at the April 18 Capital Improvement Program Study Session. “I absolutely understand this one’s been on the books for a long time,” Public Works Director Joe SanClemente said at the…

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‘Because you need me,’ Courtney told Richstone

by Elka Worner Richstone Family Center President Roger Van Remmen once compared Dorothy Courtney to Mother Theresa.  “She thought it was too much,” Van Remmen recalled. “But she was okay with us calling her the Godmother of Richstone.” Under Courtney’s leadership, Richstone grew from a “small home  in Hawthorne with a chinchilla farm out back,”…

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Lieu cautiously optimistic about AI, he tells officials 

by Elka Worner Congressman Ted Lieu cautioned local politicians that artificial intelligence can make local governments more efficient, but they need to be careful how they use the technology. “As a member of Congress, my priority is the safety and well-being of my constituents and our nation,” he said. “As a recovering computer science major,…

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Hermosa Beach Valley School Empty Bowls Dinner

by Elka Worner Hermosa Valley School students served soup in handmade bowls at the Second Annual Empty Bowls dinner on Feb. 29. The event helped raise awareness of local, national, and global hunger. During the dinner guests enjoyed music by the school band and a performance by the drama students. The ceramic bowls in various…

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It’s OK to forget, memory expert Genova says 

But don’t chase after ‘ugly sister’ decoys, she tells Distinguished Speaker audience by Elka Worner If you’ve ever walked into a room and wondered why you’re there, or struggled to remember an actor’s name, or forgotten the password to one of your online accounts, Dr. Lisa Genova said there’s no need to panic. These memory…

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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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