Universal Language at Resin celebrates artists, musicians

by Francziska Steagall “Universal Language,” is an art exhibit and fundraiser for Indivisible Arts (IA), which offers youth creativity and mental health programs. Both youth and adult artists have created pieces for the exhibit based on the themes of love, awe, math, light, and frequency.  Young artists will discuss the seven creative wisdom tools —…

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Aloha: Among the South Bay Surf community losses

Waterman, businessman Don Guild Don Guild was a waterman and skier who helped pay his way through USC by diving for lobster and selling them to neighbors. He continued windsurfing and skiing into his late 80s. Guild passed away of natural causes at his Hermosa Beach home in March 2023, at age 95. Guild and…

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Hermosa Surfer Walk of Fame photographer Mike Balzer

by Kevin Cody In 2001, Surfer’s Journal editor Steve Pezman invited Hermosa Beach surf photographer Mike Balzer to bring his portfolio to the magazine’s San Clemente office. The Surfer’s Journal founder and former Surfer magazine editor was planning a photo spread on South Bay surfers. But after viewing Balzer’s portfolio, Pezman spiked the idea.  Pezman…

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Short term vacation rental fines raised

by Kevin Cody Hermosa Beach property owners who illegally rent short term vacation rentals (STVRs) in the residential parking district (west of Morningside and Loma drives) could lose their residential parking permits, under a motion approved by a 4-1 vote at Tuesday’s city council meeting.  Councilmember Raymond Jackson introduced the motion. Councilmember Dean Francois opposed…

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Letters to the Editor 4-11-24

Redo redux Dear ER: This story is so sad (“Gallery redo delayed,” ER March 28, 2024). No start up date after nearly eight years have passed since this project was first discussed. Ray Bennning Redondo Beach   Not again Dear ER: I join earlier voices protesting the Hermosa Beach city manager forcing the local residents…

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‘Hound of Heaven’ visits OLG Easter Sunrise service

by Kevin Cody Our Lady of Guadalupe pastor Fr. Paul Gawlowski  chose the divinity of Jesus Christ for his Easter Sunday sermon during sunrise Mass on the beach just south of the Hermosa Pier. The sermon might have been directed at skeptical Catholics who attend Mass only on Catholic holy days, such as Easter (Easter…

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Isley climbed the highest mountains, dove the deepest seas

by Kevin Cody In July, 2020, Paul Isley Climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Its 19,341-foot elevation makes it the highest mountain on the African continent. At the summit, the wind-chill factor was 29 degrees below zero, Isley recalled. The Manhattan Beach resident thought of the climb as the biggest challenge of his life, until he returned home.…

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Letters to the Editor 4-4-24

Book money Dear ER: Manhattan Beach is one of few cities that doesn’t have its own city library. We have an LA County Library (“County”), owned and operated by the County. The City has an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the County for the operation, maintenance and payment of the debt service for the building…

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Letters to the Editor 3-28-24

Alta Vista tennis in a pickle Dear ER: As a 40-year resident and homeowner in Redondo Beach, and an active member of Alta Vista Tennis Community I support the expansion of pickleball courts, but not at the expense of tennis courts at Alta Vista. We need additional tennis courts at Alta Vista, not fewer. The…

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Best of the Beach Retail 2024

Men’s Clothing Spyder Surfboard shaper Dennis Jarvis, Spyder Beach people have their own style of dress, and Spyder Surf is one of the reasons. Surfing drives beach fashions and locally, Spyder drives surfing. Co-owner Dickie O’Reilly is the director of the South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association (SBSSA), composed of 11 local high school surf teams.…

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Letters to the Editor 3-21-24

Two-thirds, plus 1 Dear ER: Our sincere thanks go out to the community of Manhattan Beach for the renewal of Measure MB, the parcel tax measure which supports our local schools. Last week, the result settled with  just over the required two-thirds supermajority, with only a trickle of votes left to count. The Yes on…

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Learned Lumber in Hermosa Beach: 100 years of gratitude

Learned Lumber builds on a foundation of relationships stretching back 100 years by Kevin Cody Michael Learned began mulling over selling the family lumber yard he had run for four decades to his employees in the early 2000s. He and his brother Rick and sister Lynn were third generation owners. Learned Lumber was founded 100…

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Letters to the Editor 3-14-24

Forecast for failure Dear ER: The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is facing an $11.3 million deficit, and is blaming reductions in State revenue for this (“Measure MB tax election too close to call,” ER March 7, 2024). The district’s first interim budget report shows total revenue at $98 million. The state is projecting a…

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Olson returned to the bench

Hermosa Beach resident Lynn Olson was easily reelected to the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench during the Tuesday March 5 primary election. By receiving over 50 percent of the vote —  469,691, versus 232,121votes for challenger Rhonda Haymon — Olson avoided having to campaign in a run-off election in the November general election. Olson…

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