Kevin Cody

Real Estate Recovery coming, just not yet


“It’s been the best first quarter in three years for Los Angeles County,” she said.

Manhattan Beach median home sale prices in April were up 23 percent over April 2009. April’s sales transactions were up 39 percent over April 2009.

The problem is that the real estate market is digging out from a very deep hole, or what the economist characterized as a “violent cycle.”

 Kevin Cody

Rival’s Revenge: Cubs take down Mustangs

Mira Costa entered Saturday’s Division 1 CIF Southern Section-Toyota Championship match with a 34-1 record. It left 34-2, suffering a bitter loss to rival Loyola, a team featuring several Manhattan Beach players.

 Kevin Cody

Easy Reader film critic Les Paul Robley passes away

Les Paul Robley, a long time movie critic for Easy Reader, passed away of natural causes on May 6, at age 65.

 Kevin Cody

Group finds some bay fish making comeback

Dr. Dan Pondella and his Vantuna Research Group are instrumental in the work of the Marina Life Protection Act Initiative (MLPAI), which is moving toward proposing restrictions on fishing and other coastal activities.

 Kevin Cody

Parsley, sage, rosemary and time


There’s a new option for dining in downtown Los Angeles, my pinstriped brethren, in much part thanks to Hermosa Beach resident Sean Krajewski, 28. He and his three “partners” (the group resists typical corporate nomenclature) are creating what is quickly turning into a chain of sandwich shops known as Mendocino Farms.

 Kevin Cody

Riviera Mexican Grill R10 Paddleboard Race

Dan Flynn holds the remains of his 18-foot paddleboard after usuccessfully trying to paddle out through the surf at the Riviera Mexican Grill R10 Paddleboard Race on Saturday, May 22. Flynn grabbed an extra board from race director Kyle Daniels and continued the race.

 Kevin Cody

Fire victim’s helpfulness is recalled


Linda King was recalled as a fine craftswoman and a helpful friend to artists, after she perished in a fire at her framing store and gallery on Aviation Boulevard. She was 68.

 Kevin Cody

Rosa’s restaurant owners say adios

by Robb Fulcher Townies have been watching pieces of “Old Hermosa” slip slowly away, from iconic, funky institutions such as the Bijou Theaters and Either/Or Bookstore, to small, cozy corners of town such as the venerable Classic Burger joint down on Hermosa Avenue. “Old Hermosa,” in this context, refers to the Bohemian, surfer-town informality that […]

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa students continue to excel

by Robb FulcherHermosa public school students continued to score in the top 10 percent statewide in the latest comprehensive measure of standardized academic testing. Students at the second-through-eighth grade Hermosa Valley School earned 921 out of a possible 1,000 points in the Academic Performance Index, or API, which is the state Department of Education’s main […]

 Kevin Cody

Locals help at LA clinic

Hermosans Don and Deborah Wright-DeMaderios recruited and organized a team of optometrists, ophthalmologists and technicians for a seven-day free clinic at the L.A. Sports Arena, which broke previous records for the nonprofit Remote Area Medical organization. The medical, dental and vision clinic ended May 3 after providing eye exams for 3,331 people, most of whom […]

 Kevin Cody

May 20, 2010


Dear ER:
Wow, $450,000 for rooftop dining (“New RB High cafeteria to get rooftop deck,” E.R. May 13, 2010)? Nice perk. Redondo Schoolboard trustees Arlene Staich and Jane Diehl are right. One quick jump, or fall off the top will add to the school’s price tag, alright. Did they run out of room inside? How long will it take for the $300,000 in solar panels to pay for themselves? 10 years? 20 Years? Or should they wait until the technology is better?
Scott
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 Kevin Cody

God antes up


On March 31, President Obama announced a plan to open areas off the East Coast and new portions of the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska to oil exploration. Exactly three weeks later, the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing eleven workers and sending a gusher now estimated at over 200,000 gallons of crude per day — and possibly much more — into the sea.

 Kevin Cody

About Town

Men in orange City workers will parade their “cherry picker” truck and other vehicles 11 a.m. today to mark National Public Works Week. The parade will go north on Valley Drive from Sixth Street to Pier Avenue, then west to Hermosa Avenue, then north to Critters, then back south to Sixth Street, and east to […]

 Kevin Cody

Diane’s Beachwear: From Manhattan to everywhere

Brilliant colors and splashes of light set the mood for this season’s swim preview. This summers looks come alive in a sizzling walk against the Hermosa Beach nightscape. by Kristie Jorfald. Diane’s Beachwear began in spring of 1962. Their first store was Mickie’s Swim Shop next to the Manhattan Beach Pier. The tiny, 150-square-foot store opened by Diane’s mother Mickie […]

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa hideout: La Campagna


If you know real Italian food you can find much to love at Chef Manny’s La Campagna, if you can find La Campagna. Once you find the place and come inside, it’s a pretty room, though the romantic atmosphere is marred by TVs at both ends (luckily with the sound off). The menu is a straightforward list of pizzas, pastas, and Southern Italian specialties.