Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach About Town

Hermosa Beach About Town

New parking pass required   Hermosans in designated areas wishing to avoid parking tickets must have a 2019-2020 parking pass displayed by March 20. The permits allow people park beyond the one-hour limit noted on signs residential areas that are considered “impacted,” where demand for spots is highest. Permit holders may also park for free […]

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Rules for sidewalk vending in Hermosa Beach delayed, but not for long

Rules for sidewalk vending in Hermosa Beach delayed, but not for long

By Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach’s City Council decided Tuesday night to delay a vote on an ordinance regulating sidewalk vending, but signalled that rules regulating the practice were imminent. The decision to delay a vote on the rules conformed with a request from the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau, but is unlikely to assuage […]

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Uncertainty over Greenbelt project risks big fines for city

Uncertainty over Greenbelt project risks big fines for city

by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach is facing looming deadlines and the potential for hefty fines over setbacks to a planned project to clean up local beaches. The Greenbelt Infiltration Project is the largest remaining regional effort in the Beach Cities Enhanced Watershed Management Plan (EWMP), an agreement among Hermosa, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, and […]

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City, district reach North agreement

by Ryan McDonald The city of Hermosa Beach and the local school district have finalized an agreement intended to manage neighborhood impacts resulting from the planned reopening of North School. The agreement, approved by the City Council at its regular meeting last week and by the board of the Hermosa Beach City School District at […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Valley gets ‘Distinguished’ The middle school component of Hermosa Valley School was named a California Distinguished School last week, the state’s highest honor for its public schools. The award, announced last week by the California Department of Education, lasts for two years. Valley, which serves Hermosa Beach City School District students in grades four through […]

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City tries to reassure nonprofits in leasing policy talks

by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach is considering revisions to the way it leases city-owned properties, creating concern among local civic groups, that rely on the spaces to hold meetings and events, that they might someday be forced out. The City Council heard Tuesday evening from Parks and Rec commissioners Robert Rosenfeld and Lauren Pizer-Mains, who […]

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Bill aims to boost scooter safety

Bill aims to boost scooter safety

by Ryan McDonald Bird and Lime scooters zooming by on The Strand may represent a looming public health risk, and a newly proposed state law could help cities across the state address it. A bill from Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, who represents the South Bay in the Legislature, would prevent companies from deploying scooters, e-bikes, and […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Quick Pitch Contest Friday is the deadline for local nonprofits to have the chance to earn up to $10,000 for their cause in the Quick Pitch Contest from the Hermosa Friends Foundation. Since 2016, the foundation has collected $150 contributions from members and used the pooled money to amplify the work of local organizations, including […]

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Pretty, costly crosswalks for downtown Hermosa Beach

Pretty, costly crosswalks for downtown Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald The Hermosa Beach City Council approved plans for five new downtown crosswalks last week, including a sand-swept design for the central intersection of Pier and Hermosa avenues, overcoming concerns about projected costs coming in far higher than originally anticipated. The council voted 4-1 to approve a roughly $285,000 contract for upgrades to […]

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Home, $weet home

Home, $weet home

An El Segundo couple is caught between the city’s limits on granny units and the State’s mandate to legalize them By Ryan McDonald Check for cars while backing out of Karen Wolcott and Chris McPherson’s El Segundo driveway, and there’s a good chance you’ll see an airplane. Pull far enough in, and you’ll be certain […]

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Council OKs new Fiesta Hermosa contract

Council OKs new Fiesta Hermosa contract

by Ryan McDonald The Hermosa Beach City Council approved a contract Tuesday night that will allow the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau to put on Fiesta Hermosa on Memorial and Labor Day weekends for the next three years. The unanimous vote provided a sense of stability for the chamber, which relies on the three-day […]

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Hermosa Ave. ‘sharrows’ renamed to honor Julian Katz

Hermosa Ave. ‘sharrows’ renamed to honor Julian Katz

by Ryan McDonald Julian Katz was known to Hermosans for his love of cycling and calm temperament, so the community found it fitting that a large slice of Hermosa Beach infrastructure devoted to gently nudging motorists to share the road should be named in his honor. Hermosa’s City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to rename the […]

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Second art show on Cypress shut down

Second art show on Cypress shut down

by Ryan McDonald The opening night of an art show at Resin Gallery on Cypress Avenue was forced to end early this past weekend in response to a citation from the city, signaling potential difficulties for the city’s nascent arts district. The “Water and Wood” show ended Saturday night when it received a code enforcement […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

  Skatepark to get entry cards It may pay to Discover, and Visa may be everywhere you want to be, but the Hermosa Beach Skatepark will soon have a card to call its own. The City Council voted last month to adopt a skatepark membership program that would allow minors entering the park to swipe […]

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City of Hermosa Beach, school district ink deal over North

City of Hermosa Beach, school district ink deal over North

by Ryan McDonald The city of Hermosa Beach and the Hermosa Beach City School District will continue to negotiate over traffic issues surrounding plans to reopen North School, in an agreement that both sides hope will avoid litigation and construction delays. The agreement, announced Monday afternoon, gives the city until Feb. 28 to file a […]

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