Hermosa Valley School Spirit Games take a page out of Harry Potter

by Kevin Cody Hermosa Valley School literature teacher Julia Cox looked like Hogwarts Headmistress Minerva McGonagall as she explained the Valley Spirit Games rules last Wednesday.  In the first game, she explained, the six teams would have 10 minutes to choreograph a 30 second dance to pop singer Rich Astley’s “Never going to give you…

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Owls well that ends well after Hermosa Beach tree trimming

by Kevin Cody Two Hermosa Beach barn owls who became celebrities last December after local television stations reported their homes were threatened by city tree trimmers, are no longer in danger, despite their tree being trimmed Tuesday afternoon. The owls were flushed from the tree before the tree trimming began. One of the owls settled…

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Double decker proposed for Hermosa Beach pub parking lot

by Kevin Cody A new, multi level parking structure in downtown Hermosa Beach was proposed for discussion by newly elected Hermosa Beach City Council Member Rob Saemann at last week’s city council meeting. During his election campaign last year, the building contractor and former planning commissioner promised to solve Hermosa’s parking problem “once and for…

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Redondo Breakwall favors the bold during big swell

Story and photos by Kevin Cody  Chris Rodriquez watched the Redondo Breakwall for fewer than five minutes Friday morning before pulling on his wetsuit. Despite a six-foot high tide, waves were breaking just inside of the yellow sailboat racing buoy. The racing buoy is 25 yards off the end of the breakwall. Friday’s swell invited…

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Reunion at the El Segundo Jetty

Photos by Steve Gaffney (SteveGaffney.com) After last winter’s disappointing swells, the lineup at the El Segundo Jetty on Tuesday, Dec. 27 looked like along delayed, annual reunion. Among the crowd getting catching up onold times were Matt Pagan, Chad Parks, Shane Gallas, Fin Kintola, and Grayson Daley. Daley was the only one not worrying about…

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Year in Review 2022: Council puts brakes on greening of Hermosa Beach

by Kevin Cody During a party last month for Hermosa’s newly elected council members, a Strand resident complained to Police Chief Paul LeBaron that e-bikes riders speeding on The Strand aren’t being cited. “Not true,” another Strand resident who overheard the remark said. He complained he had recently been cited. E-bikes are perceived as both…

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Cotton kilt built for swimming in Hermosa Beach

Retired Navy Seabee Michael Falk thought the weather was so warm in Hermosa Beach Tuesday afternoon, compared New York, where he lives, that he decided to go for a swim in the ocean. He wore his cotton utility kilt  because his Seabee quilt is made of wool, and would have been too heavy, he said.…

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