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Eighth Street sidewalk upgrades in sight

by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach is inching closer to long-awaited upgrades to sidewalks on Eighth Street, one of the city’s few roads connecting the beach and Pacific Coast Highway. At its Tuesday night meeting, the City Council received updated construction plans for the stretch of sidewalk between Valley Drive and Hermosa Avenue. The work would […]

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Looking backward: Bob Dob’s ShockBoxx show makes the case that “You Should’ve Been Here Yesterday”

Looking backward: Bob Dob’s ShockBoxx show makes the case that “You Should’ve Been Here Yesterday”

by Ryan McDonald Artist Bob Dob has been kicking around the idea of a contest for the opening of his upcoming show “You Should’ve Been Here Yesterday.” He would put tiny numbers next to some of the people depicted in his paintings, and then have gallery-goers fill out sheets of paper, trying to guess who […]

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Beach haunts – Hair-raising fundraising at Carnival

Beach haunts – Hair-raising fundraising at Carnival

The annual Halloween Carnival at Hermosa Valley

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Hermosa Beach man found dead in Mexico

Hermosa Beach man found dead in Mexico

by Ryan McDonald Kris Meyer was in the Tower 12 restaurant on Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach this past weekend when a man he did not know approached him. The man, a military veteran, said that several years ago his dad, living in Maryland, had died suddenly. The veteran was overcome with grief and overwhelmed […]

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Hermosa resident Whitney Anderson is a co-founder of a socially conscious theater group

Hermosa resident Whitney Anderson is a co-founder of a socially conscious theater group

Dynamo on stage by Ryan McDonald In “Island on the Land,” his iconic 1946 history of Southern California, the writer Carey McWilliams defined the geographical boundaries of Hollywood as extending “from the summit of the Hollywood Hills on the north to Beverly Boulevard on the south; from Hoover Street on the east to Doheny Drive […]

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HBAC aims to keep gallery open

HBAC aims to keep gallery open

by Ryan McDonald For dozens of South Bay artists, the Hermosa Beach Artist Collective has been a place to work, a place to show, and a place to collaborate. With a major fundraiser set for this Saturday night, they are addressing a more basic need: keeping a roof over their head. The collective is a […]

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Beach Cities driving with caution on ‘Living Streets’

Beach Cities driving with caution on ‘Living Streets’

  by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach will not be removing a lane of traffic on Aviation Boulevard to make way for a bike lane any time soon. That was one of the few firm conclusions to emerge from a meeting of the city councils of the three Beach Cities and the Beach Cities Health District […]

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Incumbents prevail in all three health district races

by Ryan McDonald Incumbents successfully defended their seats Tuesday in races for three board positions on the Beach Cities Health District. Board members Michelle Bholat and Noel Chun earned clear victories in their hunt for another four-year term, tallying 19,700 votes and 16,291 votes, respectively, to the 7,560 notched by challenger David Mintz. The race […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Phone line issues A series of recent outages in the city’s phone system was due to technical issues on the part of the city’s landline provider, and staff are working to resolve the problem, said City Manager Suja Lowenthal. Late last month, the city experienced five outages of its phone lines, according to Nixle alerts […]

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Sanford out at helm of concerts

Sanford out at helm of concerts

by Ryan McDonald Saint Rocke owner Allen Sanford will not be returning to put on the Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts in 2019. The show, city officials say, will go on. But after Sanford had run the popular summer concerts for nearly a decade, the city plans to put the management of future concerts out to […]

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Sounds good: city concert options vary

by Ryan McDonald As Hermosa Beach goes forward with its request for proposals for hosting its summer concert series, it will have plenty of options to consider. According to several tourism websites that aggregate event information, there are over 200 cities in California that offer free summer concerts. Some, as Hermosa’s have been in recent […]

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Vigil urges residents to ‘choose life’

Vigil urges residents to ‘choose life’

by Ryan McDonald Following Saturday’s mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Manhattan Beach resident Charlie Raker reached out to his uncle Martin, who lives in New York City and is a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp. His uncle, in turn, pointed to a story he had recounted in his memoir. […]

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Thurmond promises to lift all state’s schools

Thurmond promises to lift all state’s schools

by Ryan McDonald On his first day as a board member of the West Contra Costa School District, Tony Thurmond was told he needed to close 10 schools. It was 2008, around the time Wall Street banker Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy, the financial system plunged into crisis, and the budgets of government agencies around the […]

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Two for two: Chatterji, Giancoli seek two year term

Two for two: Chatterji, Giancoli seek two year term

by Ryan McDonald In November 2016, three incumbents were re-elected to the Beach Cities Health District Board of Directors: Lenore Bloss, Jane Diehl, and Vanessa Poster. But in April 2017, Bloss stepped down from the board, citing health issues. The board opted to appoint an interim replacement, and hold an election in November 2018 for […]

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All that jazz? ‘La La Land’ week hits town

All that jazz? ‘La La Land’ week hits town

by Ryan McDonald Late Tuesday morning, a Hermosa Beach city work truck rumbled out onto the municipal pier. The two-man crew was not checking out a weak guardrail, though, or cleaning up a stain on the concrete: they were installing props from an Oscar-winning movie. One dozen vintage lamps will be lit on the Hermosa […]

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