Ryan McDonald

South Bay must plan for more housing units

by Ryan McDonald The Beach Cities might have to accommodate a significant increase in the number of housing units in the coming years to comply with a state planning law. The Southern California Association of Governments voted last week at its Regional Council meeting to approve a significant change in how cities in the region […]

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Council adds to plastic, polystyrene bans

by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach will phase out all plastic straws and silverware, as well as polystyrene meat trays and certain types of balloons, by next summer. The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance at its Tuesday night meeting that would prohibit the items from being sold or distributed within Hermosa by June 30, 2020. […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Honoring veterans Steve Crecy, at the podium, and Michael Flaherty, rear, with members of the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast Brass Quintet, at Hermosa’s Veterans Day Celebration Monday evening. Crecy and Flaherty were among the original members of the volunteer committee that helped build the “Veterans are timeless” memorial where the annual […]

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Take two waves and call me in the morning: International Surf Therapy Organization brings ocean healing into the mainstream

Take two waves and call me in the morning: International Surf Therapy Organization brings ocean healing into the mainstream

by Ryan McDonald Carly Rogers was told there was “no way” she would be able to pull it off. Jamie Marshall was told, “I don’t know what you’re going to do here.” And Joel Pilgrim was told that he was “just a surfer who wants to get paid to go surfing.” The last one wasn’t […]

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Massey and Detoy win, CC and H pass

Massey and Detoy win, CC and H pass

by Ryan McDonald Hermosa voters elected newcomer Michael Detoy and returned incumbent Justin Massey to the City Council in Tuesday’s election, and approved measures to boost the city’s hotel bed tax and make the city clerk an appointed position. With all precincts reporting, Massey had 1,902 votes and Detoy garnered 1,821. The third candidate for […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Cypress walking tour The Planning Commission will hold a special meeting Thursday to explore possible zoning changes to Hermosa’s light manufacturing district. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a walking tour beginning at the corner of 6th Street and Cypress Avenue, followed at 7 p.m. by a commission discussion in council chambers. City […]

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Measure H would raise Hermosa Beach’s hotel bed tax

Measure H would raise Hermosa Beach’s hotel bed tax

by Ryan McDonald Hermosans will have a chance on Nov. 5 to decide whether to impose the kind of tax increase that people usually like: the kind paid by someone else. Measure H would boost the city’s transient occupancy tax to 14 percent from its current rate of 12 percent. Commonly known as a “hotel […]

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Massey finds his balance in Hermosa Beach council run

Massey finds his balance in Hermosa Beach council run

by Ryan McDonald In 2015, when Justin Massey was running for a seat on the Hermosa Beach City Council for the first time, he asked an Easy Reader reporter to walk with him on Eighth Street, saying he wanted to provide an example of the kind of infrastructure fixes the city needed. He pointed out […]

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Long-time City Clerk Elaine Doerfling to retire as Hermosa mulls Measure CC

Long-time City Clerk Elaine Doerfling to retire as Hermosa mulls Measure CC

by Ryan McDonald In 1966, Elaine Doerfling, proud owner of a recently purchased home in Hermosa Beach, took a phone call from her aunt. The aunt, who like most of Doerfling’s large extended family was still living in the Midwest, did not share her niece’s enthusiasm about the new digs. “She said, ‘What are you […]

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Hermosa Beach Police Beat

DUI suspected in fatal crash A Hawthorne woman involved in a high-speed car accident that killed another woman last week may have been intoxicated during the crash, police said.  Hermosa Beach Police Department officers arrived at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Artesia Boulevard shortly after 2 a.m. last Wednesday to find two totaled […]

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Larson betting politics is still local in Hermosa Beach council run

Larson betting politics is still local in Hermosa Beach council run

by Ryan McDonald A walk through Trent Larson’s east Hermosa Beach home is a journey through the history of Fiesta Hermosa. Larson, one of three candidates seeking two seats on Hermosa’s City Council in the upcoming November election, has diligently collected art from Fiestas past over three decades. One wall has a Josh Serafin “reverse […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Traffic fixes eyed for North A walking path through Valley Park, converting streets to one-way, and reconfiguring parking lots were among the possibilities aired Monday night by parents and residents at a meeting devoted to addressing traffic impacts associated with the reopening of North School. The meeting was the result of an agreement struck between […]

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Developer puts Hermosa Beach’s Strand and Pier project on hold

Developer puts Hermosa Beach’s Strand and Pier project on hold

by Ryan McDonald The Strand and Pier Hotel in downtown Hermosa Beach is on hold, according to a letter from the developer to the city. The Oct. 10 letter from project developer Bolour and Associates to Community Development Director Ken Robertson said the project no longer penciled out for its investors. “Unfortunately, escalating construction costs, […]

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Sunscreen Fest West back in Hermosa

by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach resident Bill Sarine was looking for film festivals to show a short film he had been working on when he got an email from his brother with a list of possibilities. He began scanning the list and, to his surprise, found one that would let him walk to see his […]

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Life not slowing down for Detoy’s council run

Life not slowing down for Detoy’s council run

Mike Detoy, one of three candidates running for City Council in the November election. Photo by Ryan McDonald by Ryan McDonald In the summer of 2017, Mike Detoy found himself involved in Hermosa Beach’s local government through a happenstance of timing. Detoy, who is one of three candidates running for two open seats on Hermosa’s […]

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