Ryan McDonald

HBCSD Superintendent Escalante will step down in June

HBCSD Superintendent Escalante will step down in June

by Ryan McDonald Pat Escalante, superintendent of the Hermosa Beach City School District, announced last week that she is planning to retire on June 30. Escalante took over as Hermosa’s district emerged from financial challenges imposed by the Great Recession. She was at the helm through struggles with overcrowding and two divisive bond measure elections […]

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Two hurt in memorial car crash 

Two hurt in memorial car crash 

by Ryan McDonald Two people were injured last week after driving a car into the Hermosa Beach Veterans Memorial at the Community Center. The driver and a passenger were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the collision, which took place the evening of Jan. 15, said Sgt. Mick Gaglia of […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Beloved Pet Mart owner dies Longtime Pet Mart owner Maria da Silva Lopes passed away Sunday after a long fight against cancer. She was 71. Maria had owned Pet Mart in Hermosa Beach since 1975. She and husband Abu have operated the store together since they married in 1984. The couple met when his sons […]

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Photos capture South Bay punk’s intensity

Photos capture South Bay punk’s intensity

  by Ryan McDonald Kevin Salk’s first foray into offering up his photographs for others’ inspection came in a class at Mira Costa High School. Salk, then a gangly student with over-sized ears and a love for punk rock, submitted a photo of Black Flag singer Henry Rollins taken at the Ukranian Culture Center on […]

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South Bay’s Troop 713 keeps launching kids to Boy Scouts’ highest honor

South Bay’s Troop 713 keeps launching kids to Boy Scouts’ highest honor

The Eagles have landed by Ryan McDonald It was a summer of warm currents and tropical fish. Some years ago, an unknown quirk of meteorology raised the water temperature around Catalina Island, and brought exotic sealife to its shores. Unfamiliar hues darted among the orange (garibaldi) and the gray (porpoises, dolphins and, yes, sharks).  Manhattan […]

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Traffic stop yields arrests of four theft suspects

by Ryan McDonald Four people were arrested last month in South Hermosa after an officer conducting a traffic stop found stolen auto parts in the car. The arrests occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 22, after a Hermosa Beach police officer pulled over a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign […]

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Where It All Started: The History of the Super Bowl

Excitement grows larger as a day passes closer to one of America’s biggest sporting events. With approximately 115 million viewers each year, it’s no doubt that it has become a part of the American culture. A showdown of the best Football teams in the United States, the event has become much more than entertainment. It’s […]

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Search for police chief may enter next phase,city says

Search for police chief may enter next phase,city says

by Ryan McDonald Looking for a job with lots of responsibility in a place with 283 sunny days per year? That’s the essence of Hermosa Beach’s ask of candidates for the vacant Chief of Police position. As the deadline to submit resumes draws to a close — Jan. 6, although it may be extended — […]

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New year, new rules for accessory dwelling units

New year, new rules for accessory dwelling units

by Ryan McDonald Less than 18 months after modifying its local rules to accommodate accessory dwelling units, known as ADUs or “granny flats,” Hermosa Beach is at it again, after its previous fixes became inconsistent with state laws taking effect Jan. 1. Last month, Hermosa’s Planning Commission recommended a draft ordinance be forwarded on to […]

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Hermosa Beach 2019 year in review

Hermosa Beach 2019 year in review

by Ryan McDonald Greenbelt infiltration project on hold, lawsuit threat lingers The year began with uncertainty for Hermosa Beach residents about the fate of a stormwater infiltration project proposed for a location under the Greenbelt between Second and Herondo streets. City officials agreed to locate the project in Hermosa years ago, but last year, when […]

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Children’s Hospital thrift shop to temporarily close for renovations

Children’s Hospital thrift shop to temporarily close for renovations

by Ryan McDonald Several years ago, Redondo Beach resident Terri Burschinger was standing behind the counter at the South Bay Auxiliary Thrift Shop when a man offered her a nest of metal wires. It’s a lobster trap, the man offered helpfully. Burschinger, a vice president of the Auxiliary, said the lobster trap eventually found a […]

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Water district sued over desalination plant proposed for South Bay

Water district sued over desalination plant proposed for South Bay

by Ryan McDonald An environmental organization has filed a lawsuit against the West Basin Municipal Water District over its November approval of a large seawater desalination plant proposed along the coast just north of Manhattan Beach’s border with El Segundo, alleging that the water district ignored significant environmental issues in its assessment of the project. […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Toy drive wrapping party The wrapping party for the 27th annual Beach Cities Toy Drive will take place in the gym at the Hermosa Beach Community Center this Saturday morning. Each year, the toy drive collects presents at police and fire stations for the month leading up to Christmas. Local businesses get involved, including Hermosa […]

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School board approves construction plans for View

School board approves construction plans for View

by Ryan McDonald School board members this week selected a construction plan for Hermosa View School that they hope will allow them to use potential school facilities bonds that California voters may approve next year. In a unanimous vote Monday night, the Hermosa Beach City School District’s Board of Education selected a plan that sets […]

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McKinnon stepping down as chief, McCrary stepping in

McKinnon stepping down as chief, McCrary stepping in

by Ryan McDonald Milton McKinnon, who has served as acting chief of the Hermosa Beach Police Department for more than a year, will step down at the end of the month, leaving the city with an interim department head as its search for a permanent chief continues. McKinnon took the interim position after Chief Sharon […]

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