Ryan McDonald

Over the past four decades, Hermosa’s Comedy and Magic Club has built up loyalty from fans of comedy: those in the crowd, and on the stage

Over the past four decades, Hermosa’s Comedy and Magic Club has built up loyalty from fans of comedy: those in the crowd, and on the stage

by Ryan McDonald Last week, in a proclamation honoring the Comedy and Magic Club’s 40th anniversary and declaring July to be “Comedy and Magic month,” Mayor Jeff Duclos touted some of the innovations of the Club’s owner and founder Mike Lacey, including holding shows at earlier hours and deemphasizing alcohol sales. First among the trails […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

AVP in Hermosa Beach The Association of Volleyball Professionals returns to Hermosa Beach next week with the Hermosa Beach Open. The tournament kicks off next Thursday. The tournament will bring together some of the best volleyball players in the world to Hermosa, which was the home to the first professional volleyball match ever broadcast on […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Dunn, Seawright take Ironman   2018 hb ironman 40.jpg   Casey Dunn, this year’s men’s Ironman winner, is hoisted on the shoulders of fellow competitors on July 4. Photo by Ray Vidal   The 44th Annual Fourth of July Hermosa Beach Ironman drew over 500 competitors last week, including a record number of woman. Contestants […]

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Crossfit Horsepower deemed a nuisance, may face penalties

by Ryan McDonald The Hermosa Beach City Council deemed Crossfit Horsepower a public nuisance at its Tuesday night meeting, allowing for possible future measures that could include suspending the business’ license. Councilmembers were convinced by a presentation from Deputy City Prosecutor Joy Abaquin, who had been retained to make the case that the business constituted […]

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Yak and Yeti will close by end of August

Yak and Yeti will close by end of August

by Ryan McDonald Molli Scott moved to Palm Springs after growing up in the South Bay, but at least once a year, she and her fiance Aaron Cadama head back for a weekend. They cruise along Hermosa Avenue and stop in at some of their favorite stores. So it came as something of a disappointment […]

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Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Restaurant burglary Unknown suspects broke into El Gringo in north Hermosa last month and took money from the business’ safe. The burglary occurred sometime between the evening of June 24 and the morning of June 25 from the business’ storefront on the 2600 block of Hermosa Avenue, according to police reports. The suspect or suspects […]

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Hermosa schools’ latest tool in wellness effort: the book club

by Ryan McDonald The newest summer reading assignment from the Hermosa Beach City School District isn’t a book report on “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” or an essay on “To Kill a Mockingbird.” In fact, it’s not even intended for students, at least not exclusively. It’s “Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-about-me World,” […]

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Getting inked before they drink

Chris Nelson exposes his shoulder at the Standing Room Tuesday afternoon so that a volunteer can write his participant number for the Hermosa Beach 4th of July Ironman. The annual contest, which marked its 44th year Wednesday, challenges competitors to run a mile, paddle a mile, then drink a six-pack of beer. Photo by Ryan […]

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Big gift from Hermosa man’s estate endows chair at Dominguez

by Ryan McDonald Lyman Chaffee had the chance to visit over 70 countries before passing away earlier this year. Now, thanks to a generous bequest from the former Hermosa Beach resident, students at Cal State Dominguez Hills, where Chaffee spent years as a professor, will have the chance to do the same. The Carson university […]

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Entertainment permits could aid business in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald Last election season, City Council candidate debates featured stories of overzealous city code enforcement officers barging into comedy shows and board game sessions as if they were treasury agents breaking up Prohibition-era speakeasies. City staff defended their actions, but the tales rubbed against a wound that continues to rankle: it’s not always […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Shakespeare by the Sea Run as if pursued by a bear to Valley Park next Wednesday and Thursday evening when Shakespeare by the Sea returns to Hermosa Beach with “A Winter’s Tale” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” in Valley Park. “A Winter’s Tale,” showing on Wednesday, features a queen named Hermione who inspired the […]

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Dr. Anne Walker, a Palos Verdes Peninsula resident and Disaster Doctor

Dr. Anne Walker, a Palos Verdes Peninsula resident and Disaster Doctor

“The medicine is old-fashioned, you use all your senses.” — Dr. Anne Walker describing disaster response medicine

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Summer ‘yarnbomb,’ opera, come to Franklin Park Yarnbomb Redondo will return for its second year to Franklin Park on Sunday, July 1. The  yarnbomb, a temporary installation of yarn and craft art, was founded last year by resident Lesley Elwood. The installation activates the neighborhood gathering space with an evolving and participatory art installation created […]

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Metro plan could add delays for South Bay light-rail riders

Metro plan could add delays for South Bay light-rail riders

by Ryan McDonald Under a proposal that will come before the Metro Board Thursday, the Metro Green line could get shorter, a decision that would impose a second transfer and potentially added time for South Bay riders heading to downtown Los Angeles. Thursday Metro Board of Directors meeting includes an item with a service plan […]

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Commission backs new ‘granny flat’ rules for Hermosa Beach

Commission backs new ‘granny flat’ rules for Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald The Hermosa Beach Planning Commission unanimously supported a slate of rules for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) at its Monday night meeting, bringing the city closer to compliance with a state law meant to alleviate the California housing crisis, while exposing ongoing friction with the state legislature over local control of land-use decisions. […]

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