Letters to the Editor 6-30-22

Time to send a message Dear ER:  From the raiding of Pasha Jewelry in downtown Manhattan Beach last Friday by armed robbers in three getaway cars, to the ransacking of our Manhattan Beach home while we were watching TV Friday evening three weeks ago by masked/gloved thieves, with a fourth manning their getaway car, it’s…

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The murder in Noble Park, Hermosa Beach

Crows are protecting their nests, bird expert Bob Shanman says by Kevin Cody Danielle Cohen had just opened her father Harold’s La Playita restaurant for breakfast, when a frightened man ran in from the street. He told her he was being chased by crows. Cohen was not surprised. La Playita, on 14th Street, is next…

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Letters to the Editor 6-23-22

E-gads Dear ER; Starting at Torrance Beach and continuing to Imperial Highway, the bike path mixes scenic views with shared street lanes, including the Strand in Hermosa Beach. But the path is no longer mostly pedal bikes. On the weekends it has become an electric motorcycle freeway with no speed limit. The variety of E-Bikes…

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Hermosa Pride Festival returns with films, music, drag shows

by Kevin Cody The Hermosa Pride Festival returns to Hermosa Beach for the second year next Friday, June 24, through Sunday June 26. According to co-organizers Jose Bacallao, and Randy Renner, the weekend events will begin with a happy hour at 6 p.m., followed by a screening of “Gender Outlaw” at The Stanton HB restaurant,…

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The Rose of Manhattan – Rose Jacobson was a strong, colorful thread in the fabric of downtown Manhattan Beach for over four decades

by Kevin Cody Manhattan Beach lost one of its most beloved, and longest working downtown business owners with the passing of Cotton Cargo’s Rosemarie Jacobson over the recent Memorial Day Weekend. She was 94. Jacobson opened Cotton Cargo on Manhattan Avenue in 1979, and walked to work from her Marine Avenue home almost daily, into…

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El Camino College offers tuition-free classes

In efforts to remove financial burdens for students El Camino College has announced the Tuition Relief Program, which clears all outstanding tuition and fees for past and current students enrolled since spring 2020. Students who enroll in courses at El Camino College for summer and fall 2022 can apply to have their tuition and fees…

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Hermosa Beach restaurant VISTA, AB Brands donate $5,000 to museum, Jimmy Miller Foundation

VISTA restaurant owner Justin Safier presented checks totaling $5,000 to the Hermosa Beach Historical Society’s Annie Seawright-Newton, and Chris Brown, of the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation over the Memorial Day Weekend. AB Brands (Anheuser-Busch) also contributed to the charities. Seawright-Newton was this year’s Hermosa Beach Person of the Year. Brown is president of the California…

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Conductor Joanna Medwar Nachef showcases El Camino’s musical legacy

by Kevin Cody Joanna Medawar Nachef,  El Camino College’s Director of Choral and Orchestral Activities, assembled a program that looked intimidatingly long for the school’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. It ended too quickly, after stunningly showcasing the school’s musical legacy. The free concert was held Saturday, June 4 at the campus’ Marsee Auditorium, headlined by alumnus,…

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‘Studies, studies, studies,’ Hermosa Council questions budget 

by Kevin Cody Hermosa Beach’s four largest income sources are projected to increase in the coming year, according to the 2022-23 Budget Overview presented by City Finance Director Viki Copeland to the city council at its Thursday, June 2 budget workshop. But the increases won’t be sufficient to balance the projected $48 million budget.  To…

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A music, art and community reunion at Fiesta Hermosa 2022

Music     Art     Community   The Hermosa Beach Memorial Day Weekend Fiesta  rebounded from the pandemic with a potent mixture of music, art and community. The expanded layout stretched from Hermosa Avenue, up Pier Avenue to the Community Center, where the art booths, and carnival rides were located. Bands performed on the…

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