Letters to the Editor 12-1-22

Keyboard courage challenged Dear ER: During this past Manhattan Beach election, no one denies the vitriol everyone witnessed was like no other in the city’s history. All sides claimed to find it appalling and played a role. Some called it democracy, and yes, it was in all its present national glory, as witnessed across the…

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City of Hermosa Beach sees sign in Hennessey’s two can toucans

‘I do like,’ says the Toucan, To be beside the blue. With Guinness Time in view can ‘You guess what Toucan do’ — Guinness advertisement, 1949   by Kevin Cody Three Toucans residing ‘beside the blue Pacific,’ on the front of Hennessey’s Tavern, are two too many, Hermosa’s planning commission concluded at its Tuesday, November…

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Letters to the Editor 11-24-22

False branding Dear ER: Redondo Beach is anything but anti-growth. In fact, at 11,000 residents per square mile, we are one of the most densely populated cities on the California coast (“LA Times article releases Mayor Brand emails,” ER November 17, 2022). Long Beach is only 9,000 residents per square-mile, as one comparison. We have…

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Sundial memorial points to Veterans’ unspoken bond

Hermosa Beach Councilman and retired Army Colonel Raymond Jackson spoke of the unspoken bond among U.S. military veterans, and then introduced the oldest and youngest veterans present during last Friday’s Veterans Day ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Veterans are Timeless memorial on the lawn in front of the city community center. The memorial…

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Letters to the Editor 11-17-22

Election engineering Dear ER: Although I agreed with the results of the Redondo Beach special election on October 19,, it left a bad taste in my mouth. Not just because our city spent over $100,000 to have a separate election from the midterms, which I consider to be a waste of taxpayer money, but also…

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Just two words, ‘low code.’ Are you listening? Microsoft’s Cook Newman tells El Camino College Students

by Kevin Cody Microsoft Global Cloud marketing director Heather Cook Newman had two words of advice for El Camino College students during her State of El Camino College Address at the school on November 4, titled  “Digital Transformation.”  “Low code,” the former University of Washington Drama School graduate said. The advice was an undisguised nod…

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Jackson, and Saemann in, but Francois, Raedy too close to call 

by Kevin Cody The Hermosa Beach City Council received a vote of confidence on Tuesday, when voters returned incumbent Council Member Raymond Jackson to office, and elected Planning Commissioner Rob Saemann to fill one of the two seats vacated by retiring council members Stacey Armato and Mary Campbell.  Among the eight council candidates vying for…

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Letters to the Editor 11-10-22

Show us the sources Dear ER: An independent press is a cornerstone for a democracy. In order for the public to trust the press, journalists must provide reporting based on credible information, and should corroborate information with multiple sources, cite their sources of information. They should avoid taking political sides, and not act on behalf…

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Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to speak at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

World-renowned astrophysicist, and leading space commentator Neil deGrasse Tyson will address Distinguished Speaker Series subscribers at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, November 14 at 8 p.m.    deGrasse Tyson will discuss recent developments at NASA, the U.S. Space Force, space tourism, and the effects physics have on everyday events. deGrasse Tyson has achieved…

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A chilly, revealing Hermosa Beach State of the City address 

by Kevin Cody Hermosa Beach Mayor Mike Detoy’s State of the City address last Thursday in the Lifeguard Headquarter parking lot afforded attendees a stunning sunset view. The parking lot was chosen for its proximity to the pier because State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi was to present the mayor with a $2.3 million check for pier…

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32nd Annual Manhattan Beach Pumpkin race was a smash hit

An estimated 500 pumpkin racers competed in the 32 Annual Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race on Sunday at the Manhattan Beach pier. The race was founded on Longfellow Avenue in 1990 by Karl Rogers to celebrate his 28th birthday. By 2006, the annual event was drawing 1,000 fans, prompting Rogers to ask the city for permission…

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Hermosa schools enrollment up, preschool coming

by Kevin Cody “The state of the schools is good,” Hermosa Beach School Board President Maggie Bove-LaMonica declared at the start of her State of the Schools address last Wednesday, October 26. The address took place  in the multi-purpose room of the newly remodeled Hermosa View School. The remodel was made possible by a super…

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Witches return for 3rd Annual King Harbor paddle

An estimated 200 witches, nearly half from the coven at the Olympus Board Shop in Torrance, set off from the King Harbor hand launch Saturday morning to bewitch boaters and spectators. The annual coven of stand-up paddlers was first convened three years ago by Erin Hanson, known on social media as Harbor Vibes. In addition…

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