One day, two big South Bay breaks, by Balzer

Wednesday morning, photographer Mike Balzer went to Hammerland for the first solid swell of 2022.  Matt Mohagen and Noah Collins were out, so he knew Hammerland was its big, scary self. In the afternoon he went to the Redondo Breakwall. It was as big and fast as Hammerland, even without the signature bounce off the…

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Back to the table: Top 10 new South Bay restaurants in 2021

by Richard Foss At the outset of 2021 I wasn’t expecting improvement in the local dining scene. Openings in 2020 had been better than expected, but those projects were already in the pipeline, and one might expect few new ones to be planned. Surely investors would be cautious due to the ban on indoor dining,…

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Hermosa Beach Chamber awards not your father’s chamber awards

by Kevin Cody The annual Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce Awards and Officer Installation Dinner will look different this year. There will be familiar awards such as Best New Business, Best of Hermosa Business and Chamber Member of the Year. But there will also be a Made in Hermosa Award, a Making a Difference Award,…

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COVID closes Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach city halls

The Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach City halls will be closed this coming week in an effort to minimize the spread of the Omicron virus. The City of Redondo Beach has not announced any change in hours for the coming week. The Hermosa Beach City Hall will be closed until Monday, Jan. 10, the city…

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Water cold, air colder for Hermosa Beach Polar Bear Swim 2022

The Hermosa Beach New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim deserved it’s name this year. The air was 50 degrees and the ocean water was 58  degrees at the Hermosa Beach pier.  “I do it for penance. I did a lot of bad things last year,” said Sharron Thompson, a Torrance School District swim coach, and…

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Three mile Redondo Beach storm drain carves canyon to the ocean

Thursday’s rainwater runoff from a storm drain just north of the Redondo Beach Breakwater carved a quarter-mile long channel in the sand on its way to the ocean. The storm drain starts collecting street runoff three miles inland, at the Henrietta Water Basin, next to West Torrance High School. A water reclamation project meant to…

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Template of a shaper: Hap Jacobs builds his last board

Editor’s note: the following story originally appeared in Easy Reader in April, 2019. Hap Jacobs has shaped his last surfboard. The board is a clear glassed, 9-foot, single fin Performance model, with a redwood stringer down the middle and red pin stripes wrapping the rails. Jacobs never made showy surfboards. Nor, despite his legendary status,…

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Santa flees cold for police tour of balmy Hermosa

  Santa enjoyed a break from the Arctic cold by visiting balmy (48 degree) Hermosa Beach Friday evening. Police Chief Paul LeBaron and his wife Jennifer gave Santa a tour of the town in the police department sleigh. Officer Dalton Blumenfeld rode shotgun, and Elves Patrol Officers Ryan McBride, Kevin Jones and Stephanie DeAndrade followed…

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Widman was Hermosa councilman, school board member, ECC professor

Former Hermosa Beach councilman, school board member, and El Camino College civics professor Lance Widman died Wednesday morning from conditions related to congestive heart failure. He was 76. Widman also served as executive director of the South Bay Center for Dispute Resolution (SBCDR) for the past two decades.

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Inglewood principal Mendoza, Redondo Beach refugee activists Gabriel, Katie-Jay Scott Stauring victims of auto accident

by Kevin Cody The three people who died in a four-car collision last Tuesday evening at the intersection of Marine Avenue, and Pacific Coast Highway, in Manhattan Beach, have been identified as Christian Mendoza, 48. Gabriel Stauring, 55, and his wife Katie-Jay Scott Stauring, 40, all of Redondo Beach. Mendoza was the newly appointed principal…

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