Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach City Council okays new rules to help restaurants, retail survive pandemic

Hermosa Beach City Council okays new rules to help restaurants, retail survive pandemic

by Ryan McDonald Restaurants in Hermosa Beach may soon be able to reopen with tables in streets and parking lots, and retailers will be able to hold their longest-ever sidewalk sale, thanks to a series of measures approved by the City Council Tuesday. The action is intended to help Hermosa businesses survive the economic downturn […]

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The Strand to reopen in Hermosa Beach

The Strand to reopen in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach will reopen The Strand at 6 a.m. Saturday morning, on the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, lifting a two-month closure put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In a special Thursday night meeting, the City Council voted 4-1 to reopen to reopen the beachside path, a decision […]

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Rate of new coronavirus cases may be starting to decline, county says

Rate of new coronavirus cases may be starting to decline, county says

by Ryan McDonald The coronavirus is spreading slowly enough to allow further relaxation of the restrictions put in place to battle it, Los Angeles County officials said Wednesday, and to begin to reopen sectors of the economy struggling to survive.    The average number of people infected by a person with an active case of COVID-19, […]

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Locals’ burrito bowl donation fights hunger of housebound

Locals’ burrito bowl donation fights hunger of housebound

by Ryan McDonald Last week, on the day after Los Angeles County beaches reopened, surfers emerging from the waves left wet footsteps as they trod past the 11th Street entrance to Brothers Burritos in Hermosa Beach, slowing as the familiar smell of the post-surf favorite wafted out the door. The scent was a bit more […]

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Summer beach camps in coronavirus impact zone

Summer beach camps in coronavirus impact zone

by Ryan McDonald This time of year, Tommy Ostendorf’s phone is usually ringing off the hook. Ostendorf is the owner of Beach Sports, a summer beach camp with locations throughout the South Bay. He starts getting calls about early bird bookings in March and April, and then around Memorial Day things really start to ramp […]

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Thousands ignore stay-at-home orders to catch South Bay’s sparkling seas

Thousands ignore stay-at-home orders to catch South Bay’s sparkling seas

by Ryan McDonald Thousands of people headed for the sand in the South Bay this past weekend, defying stay-at-home orders and beach closures put in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Officers with the Hermosa Beach Police Department estimated the Saturday night crowd in the city’s downtown and beaches at between 2,000 and […]

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South Bay beaches to reopen May 13

South Bay beaches to reopen May 13

by Ryan McDonald Beaches in the South Bay and the rest of Los Angeles County will reopen for certain activities Wednesday, more than six weeks after they were closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Beaches countywide will be open from dawn to dusk, but will be limited to “active recreation,” said Public […]

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Several dozen take to sand and surf for ‘reopen’ protest in Hermosa Beach

Several dozen take to sand and surf for ‘reopen’ protest in Hermosa Beach

May Day protesters reclaim the beach in Hermosa Beach, at least for briefly. They respect police order to leave.

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Nine deaths in the Beach Cities from COVID-19 so far

Nine deaths in the Beach Cities from COVID-19 so far

by Ryan McDonald Nine people in the Beach Cities have died from COVID-19, according to newly released data from county health authorities.  This week, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health began releasing a breakdown of death, infection and testing information, revealing for the first time how many people in particular cities and neighborhoods have […]

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Distant Shore: Los Angeles County unlikely to lift beach closures until at least May 15 [UPDATED]

Distant Shore: Los Angeles County unlikely to lift beach closures until at least May 15 [UPDATED]

by Ryan McDonald After Los Angeles County ordered the temporary closure of all beaches late last month, Hermosa Beach resident Chris Brown began a routine of strolling west on one of the city’s walk streets right up the edge of The Strand, which had also been ordered closed, and watching the sunset. Eventually he stopped […]

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Hermosa Beach to temporarily close parks Sunday

Hermosa Beach to temporarily close parks Sunday

Hermosa Beach will close all parks in the city on Sunday  to discourage people from gathering to celebrate religious holidays and inadvertently spreading the coronavirus.

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Los Angeles County property taxes still due, but owners can seek delays

by Ryan McDonald The April 10 deadline to submit property tax payments still holds for Los Angeles County land owners, but those struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic can apply for a waiver of late fees. Officials from various branches of California’s complex property tax apparatus said Thursday that they measures to slow the spread […]

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Hermosa taps Long Beach commander as new PD chief

Hermosa taps Long Beach commander as new PD chief

by Ryan McDonald Paul LeBaron, who has spent nearly three decades with the Long Beach Police Department, will be the next chief of the Hermosa Beach Police Department, Hermosa officials announced Monday. LeBaron replaces interim chief Mike McCrary, who took over in December after the retirement of acting Chief Milton McKinnon. LeBaron will be sworn […]

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At Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, Dal Sohi leads by observation

At Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, Dal Sohi leads by observation

by Ryan McDonald Daljit Sohi tiptoed through a dark hallway. He reached a set of doors, then turned around and said in an elevated whisper, “Let’s see if there’s something going on.” We stepped into the performing arts practice space at Palos Verdes’ Chadwick School to find two teenage girls lit on a stage. The […]

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Coronavirus cases in L.A. County continue to surge

Coronavirus cases in L.A. County continue to surge

by Ryan McDonald The number of novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County has increased from 409 to 1,465 in less than a week, Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health reported today. The cases include 26 deaths, five of them reported in the last 24 hours. Ferrer expects the number of […]

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