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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Two from Redondo Beach die in four-car collision in Manhattan Beach

by Kevin Cody Three people were pronounced dead at the scene of a four car collision that took place Tuesday evening at approximately 9:45 p.m. at the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Marine Avenue, in Manhattan Beach. Two of the dead were identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as Christian Mendoza, 48, and…

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Falconer keeps pigeons, seagulls away from Hermosa Beach House.

Falconer James Andrade and his hawk Richter were scaring away pigeons and seagulls from the Beach House Hotel on the Hermosa Beach Strand Monday morning. The falconer and his bird visit the Beach House twice a week to discourage pigeons from nesting and sea gulls from eating on the roof of the hotel. Twice a…

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Hermosa for the Holidays: a weekend of family activities

An ice skating rink with faux ice at Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza delighted kids and a few adults on Friday. The ice skating began a weekend of holiday activities presented by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants.  The rink is presented by Kinecta Federal Credit Union, and will be open Saturday, and…

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Manhattan Beach Holiday Tree Lighting fills downtown with holiday cheer

“It’s looking like a full house,” Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Supervisor Michael Hudak said as he prepared for the Pier Holiday Tree Lighting celebration early Wednesday evening. By “house” he meant all of the downtown, from the pier, where choir director Kate Crellin conducted the Manhattan Beach Middle School, and the Mira Costa choral…

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Gallegos was popular Hermosa Beach Public Works employee

by Kevin Cody Popular and highly regarded Hermosa Beach Public Works employee  Alphonso Gallegos, Jr. passed away a week ago Saturday, Nov. 6, His death was unexpected and thought to be from a heart attack. The 46-year-old street maintenance crew member began working for the city in 2017. “He was the glue who held us…

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“The day you put on a uniform, you are all one,” First Sgt. Ysamin Espat tells young Manhattan Beach Scouts

The Manhattan Beach Veterans Day Memorial was notable for war time recollections, not by veterans, but by Manhattan Beach Scouts whose parents, grandparents and great grandparents served in the military. Girl Scout Casey Kaplan, from Meadows School Troop 9805, recalled her grandfather’s stories about being stationed in Germany in 1959, and how 15 years earlier…

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