Ryan McDonald

Citing illness, HBPD police chief to retire

Citing illness, HBPD police chief to retire

By Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach Police Chief Sharon Papa will retire at the end of the month, after six years of helming law enforcement in Hermosa and 40 years wearing a badge. Papa, who has been on a leave of absence for much of the year, is stepping down due to her diagnosis with ocular […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

‘Chasing Coral’ screening “Chasing Coral,” a documentary about the disappearance of coral reefs, will screen at the Hermosa Community Theater Thursday night. The event, sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation’s South Bay Chapter, along with REI and Hippy Tree, will offer pizza and beer, followed by the film, which includes interviews with scientists and underwater footage […]

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Citing illness, Hermosa Beach police chief to retire

Citing illness, Hermosa Beach police chief to retire

By Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach Police Chief Sharon Papa will retire at the end of the month, after six years helming law enforcement in Hermosa and 40 years wearing a badge. Papa, who has been on a leave of absence for much of the year, is stepping down due to her diagnosis with ocular melanoma, […]

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Body painter Paul Roustan draws on his love of the human form, and society’s anxieties about it

Body painter Paul Roustan draws on his love of the human form, and society’s anxieties about it

by Ryan McDonald About 10 years ago, Paul Roustan was at a party in Boston hosted by Boink, an erotic magazine started by a student at Boston University. Unlike most of the attendees, Roustan was on the job. Boink threw wild, issue-release parties, and the magazine hired him to paint the bodies of guests who […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

A sidewalk runs through it New sidewalks on either side of 8th Street, between Hermosa Avenue and Valley Drive have neared completion. The project was approved in 2016 at a project cost of $1 million. The work was intended to make 8th Street compliant with the American with Disabilities Act. Not all residents are happy […]

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Hermosa Cyclists’ traffic school educates, clears slate 

Hermosa Cyclists’ traffic school educates, clears slate 

by Ryan McDonald  A few years ago, while watching someone ride away from a bike shop on a new purchase, Jim Hannon had a surprising thought. Hannon is a retired engineer and member of the board of directors of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition. “We all know that in high school, kids are eager to […]

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Three Hermosa girls given Rare Congressional Award

Three Hermosa girls given Rare Congressional Award

by Ryan McDonald Like many of her technologically inclined teenage peers, Izzy Bacallao typically gets around with the help of a navigation assistance app like Waze. But last year, the Hermosa resident and her family were braving the wilds of Yosemite with the constant folding and unfolding of dog-eared road maps. It was all part […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Punk jam planned at Fiesta Hermosa “My High School Rebellion,” featuring members of Black Flag, Woolly Bandits, The Freeze, and Circle One, will highlight the 49th Annual Fiesta Hermosa Beach this Labor Day weekend. The band will perform on the Pier Avenue stage on Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. On Sunday, on the main […]

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Hermosa Mural artist aims to show multiple perspectives

Hermosa Mural artist aims to show multiple perspectives

  by Ryan McDonald When Timothy Smith was a kid, he took a road trip on California’s coast with his mother, and saw something along Highway 101 that stayed with him for the rest of his life: a large, space-themed painting by the side of the road, with astronauts floating in space. Even as a […]

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Plan for slackline park on Hermosa sand sinks amid stiff opposition

Plan for slackline park on Hermosa sand sinks amid stiff opposition

by Ryan McDonald The fate of slacklining in Hermosa Beach may have been sealed with a coincidental appearance from a pair of internet comedians. At its April 3 meeting, Hermosa’s Parks, Recreation and Community Resources Advisory Board had been set to discuss a proposal for a park on the beach for slacklining, a growing but […]

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Ashley’s Deli closes after 20 years

Ashley’s Deli closes after 20 years

by Ryan McDonald Among the many things that need to be removed with the closing of Ashley’s Deli was a scrap of paper taped on the wall behind the kitchen counter. They were the instructions for assembling “Becca’s salad,” a combination of greens so idiosyncratic and so frequently requested by customer Becca Perry that someone […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Survey on Teen Choice Hermosa has created a survey to collect feedback about the Teen Choice Awards. The awards, which took place last Sunday evening, were nationally televised and brought thousands of people to Hermosa. But the high-profile event inconvenienced many in the downtown area. Businesses complained that the closure of parking lots, streets and […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Taste of the Beach Doug Howarth of Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ is among the dozens of chefs who will be serving guests at the Hermosa Kiwanis Club’s annual Taste at the Beach at the Hermosa Beach Community Center on Saturday, August 24. Wine and beer from local wineries and breweries will also be offered along with […]

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Hermosa Beach Summer Series opens this weekend

By Ryan McDonald After moving to Southern California, the band Iglu and Hartly mostly played shows in neighborhoods surrounding the Hollywood area. But as singer and keyboardist Jarvis Anderson recalls, one night, a group of guys came to an Iglu and Hartly shows and, after the set, suggested the group play the South Bay. The […]

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The Kids Are Alright: South Bay’s Bob Bain puts on the Teen Choice Awards amid a changing media landscape

by Ryan McDonald More than a decade ago, Bob Bain was in his former office when his production partner popped in and asked Bain if he would like to watch a band performing in a room down the hall. The group had an energy, a buzz that suggested big things might be on the horizon. […]

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