Ryan McDonald

Coronavirus cases in L.A. County continue to surge

Coronavirus cases in L.A. County continue to surge

by Ryan McDonald The number of novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County has increased from 409 to 1,465 in less than a week, Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health reported today. The cases include 26 deaths, five of them reported in the last 24 hours. Ferrer expects the number of […]

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County closes all beaches, bike path, until April 19

County closes all beaches, bike path, until April 19

by Ryan McDonald Beaches in the South Bay and the rest of Los Angeles County will be closed until April 19 in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, authorities announced Friday. Along with beaches, beach access points, including the Marvin Braude Bike Trail , will be closed, as will hiking trails throughout […]

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Workers get creative to get by in time of coronavirus

Workers get creative to get by in time of coronavirus

by Ryan McDonald Along with threatening the health of millions of Americans, the novel coronavirus pandemic is cratering the U.S. economy. Health officials have attempted to stem the spread of the virus by forcing many businesses to close their doors, effectively shutting down whole sectors of consumer spending. In California, “essential” services are allowed to […]

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Hermosa Beach okays eviction moratorium, rejects rent abatement

Hermosa Beach okays eviction moratorium, rejects rent abatement

by Ryan McDonald Commercial and residential tenants in the city of Hermosa Beach who have been impacted by the novel coronavirus will not face eviction for being unable to pay rent during the state of emergency caused by the pandemic, but will have to pay back any rent they miss. Hermosa’s City Council unanimously approved […]

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Coronavirus pushes back planned power outage in Hermosa Beach

Coronavirus pushes back planned power outage in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald Planned maintenance of the electrical grid in Hermosa Beach, which would have temporarily shut down power in part of the city, will not take place until after the novel coronavirus pandemic has ended. In a statement issued March 20, Southern California Edison said that it planned to “postpone noncritical planned projects, while […]

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Hermosa Beach City Council meetings leave chambers for screens

Hermosa Beach City Council meetings leave chambers for screens

by Ryan McDonald Public meetings in Hermosa Beach will take place via videoconference in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The city announced that all public meetings, starting with Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, will feature officials calling in from remote locations to hear reports from staff and vote on issues. The […]

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With fundraiser cancelled due coronavirus, Hermosa Beach Education Foundation launches online auction

With fundraiser cancelled due coronavirus, Hermosa Beach Education Foundation launches online auction

by Ryan McDonald The novel coronavirus may have brought down “Mom Prom,” the winking nickname of highly anticipated Hearts of Hermosa fundraiser.  But it hasn’t removed the need for donations that the event, the largest single source of support each year for the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation, facilitates. Instead, an online auction to support programming […]

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Long lines, bare shelves at South Bay grocery stores

Long lines, bare shelves at South Bay grocery stores

by Ryan McDonald As authorities delivered grim warnings about the novel coronavirus last Thursday, an idea spread among South Bay residents with the force and quickness of a contagion: buy toilet paper. Mirroring trends across the country, shoppers late last week began descending on Vons, Trader Joe’s, Ralphs, Whole Foods and other area stores, creating […]

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Good medicine: South Bay’s civic spirit remains healthy amid coronavirus pandemic

Good medicine: South Bay’s civic spirit remains healthy amid coronavirus pandemic

by Ryan McDonald About half way through the band Zeal’s Sunday afternoon set, a man in a white surgical gown, his face obscured by a respirator mask, threaded his way between an amplifier stack and a drum kit to apply some disinfectant. His feet were wrapped in sanitary plastic, and he walked with the deliberate […]

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Bill proposes changes in response to long waits on Election Day

Bill proposes changes in response  to long waits on Election Day

by Ryan McDonald A bill from Sen. Ben Allen, who represents the South Bay in the state legislature, would force Los Angeles County Election Authorities to make changes to their procedures after voters throughout the region reported long waits on Election Day last week. The bill comes after voters in the Beach Cities and across […]

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Council extends ban on dockless scooters, bikeshare

Council extends ban on dockless scooters, bikeshare

by Ryan McDonald Citing concerns about safety, obstruction and potential impacts on its neighboring cities, the Hermosa Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to extend its existing ban on dockless shared mobility devices, including the popular Bird scooters, for another year. The 4 to 1 vote, with Mayor pro tem Justin Massey the lone dissenter, […]

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Hermosa Beach schools to close for at least a week [updated]

by Ryan McDonald The Hermosa Beach City School District announced Friday that campuses would close for at least a week, and are likely to remain closed through at least the end of the district’s spring break on April 13, in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Instruction will shift online during […]

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Literary success: After 10 years in the community, Manhattan Beach’s {pages} has become a book world destination

Literary success: After 10 years in the community, Manhattan Beach’s {pages} has become a book world destination

by Ryan McDonald In the spring of 2010, Pam Jenning, then an English teacher at Mira Costa High School, received a call from the mother of one of her students. The mother was friends with Linda McLoughlin Figel, one of the owners of the recently opened {pages} a bookstore in downtown Manhattan Beach. McLoughlin Figel […]

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Popular volleyball program faces citations

Popular volleyball program faces citations

by Ryan McDonald VolleyCamp, a private beach volleyball program whose south Hermosa games and lessons have earned it a devoted following, is facing penalties from the city in a dispute that highlights the challenges in Hermosa’s attempts to limit unauthorized coaching in public places. Dozens of VolleyCamp supporters descended on a meeting of Hermosa’s Parks, […]

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Historical Society raises the curtains with Bijou Theater exhibit

Historical Society raises the curtains with Bijou Theater exhibit

by Ryan McDonald April Wright attends an exercise class at the Bar Method in downtown Hermosa almost every day. In between dips and plies, she marvels that she is taking a class inside a building that once housed a movie theater. The Hermosa resident is the filmmaker behind “Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the […]

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