Ryan McDonald

‘Street Parking Hermosa’ shows town’s wheels keep on turning

‘Street Parking Hermosa’ shows town’s wheels keep on turning

by Megan Garringer and Ryan McDonald Meet Anne Williams: supermom of two boys, lawyer, photographer, and Hermosa Beach’s very own Instagram superstar. Her account @street_parking_hermosa documents cars found parked on the streets of Hermosa. And while Instagram and YouTube are filled with car-centric accounts, many of them document the exoctic and the pristine. Williams, however, […]

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Center will keep public safety closer to home

Center will keep public safety closer to home

by Ryan McDonald Officials from El Camino College and local public safety agencies gathered last week at the college’s Torrance campus to thank Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi for his help earlier this year in securing $10 million in funding for the creation of the South Bay Public Safety Training Center. Like lawyers and doctors, first responders […]

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Guilty verdict in 2015 oil spill that brought tar balls to South Bay

Guilty verdict in 2015 oil spill that brought  tar balls to South Bay

by Ryan McDonald Plains All American Pipeline, the company behind the 2015 oil spill in Santa Barbara County that washed down the coast and eventually forced a temporary closure of South Bay Beaches, was found guilty on several counts last week following a four-month jury trial. The company was found guilty of failing to maintain […]

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Hermosa set to host AVP again, but busy July creates concern

Hermosa set to host AVP again, but busy July creates concern

by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach is poised to welcome back the AVP Hermosa Open for July 2019, bringing top-flight volleyball talent and thousands of visitors to town next summer, but also reigniting concerns about the impact on coastal access of the town’s highly concentrated summer beach volleyball calendar. On Tuesday, Hermosa’s Parks, Recreation and Community […]

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Hermosa the latest city to cage Bird scooters

Hermosa the latest city to cage Bird scooters

by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach has instituted a temporary ban on app-based scooters like Bird and Lime, as well as dockless bike-share programs, but is looking at how the vehicles might be integrated into the city’s future mobility options. The City Council unanimously supported an ordinance last week that bans the “deployment and operation” of […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

New ID policy at city schools Starting this week, visitors to campuses in the Hermosa Beach City School District will have to present a government-issued ID before proceeding. The district said in a statement that it has adopted the Raptor Visitor Management System in order to enhance faculty and student safety. “Part of keeping students […]

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Suja Lowenthal appointed as Hermosa Beach city manager

Suja Lowenthal appointed as Hermosa Beach city manager

by Ryan McDonald Suja Lowenthal, a former Long Beach City Councilmember and the senior advisor to the city manager of Santa Monica, will serve as Hermosa Beach’s new city manager, the city announced in a statement last week. Mayor Jeff Duclos said that he and fellow council members were impressed by Lowenthal’s experience in fields […]

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Accessory after the fact

Accessory after the fact

Amid a statewide housing crisis, Hermosa confronts accessory dwelling units, density and identity by Ryan McDonald Spray paint scrawlings all but cover the chalk-colored walls. A drum kit, shoes, and assorted flotsam crowd the floor, while a noose hangs from the ceiling. Amplifiers serve as impromptu furniture. A man with a mohawk sips Colt 45 […]

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Future of skatepark monitor uncertain

by Ryan McDonald Kids who frequent the Hermosa Beach skate park have for years enjoyed a little more supervision than they find at other skating facilities in the region, but the future of monitors at the park is now up in the air. Earlier this month, the city’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Advisory Board considered […]

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Shuffling through history

Shuffling through history

Adam Malovani’s walking tour of Hermosa’s musical heritage exposes challenges of preserving town’s past by Ryan McDonald Singer Joni Mitchell has said her hit tune “Big Yellow Taxi” — with its tinging triangle and immortal lament that “They paved paradise/And put up a parking lot” — was inspired by a trip to Hawaii. Mitchell told […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Draft EIRs available   Draft Environmental Impact reports for two major projects in the city have become available for public comment. Portions of the draft EIR for the reconstruction of North School became available Aug. 3, and the Hermosa Beach City School District will be accepting comments until Sept. 17. The district initially circulated a […]

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For one night only, 2nd Story Theater takes on gun control

For one night only, 2nd Story Theater takes on gun control

  by Ryan McDonald The Russian playwright Anton Chekhov is reputed to have advised his fellow dramatists, “One must never place a loaded rifle on stage if it isn’t going to go off. It’s wrong to make promises you don’t mean to keep.” At Hermosa Beach’s 2nd Story Theatre Monday night, firearms will be prominently […]

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Dramatic rescues and lobbying heroics earn awards for Los Angeles County Lifeguards

Dramatic rescues and lobbying  heroics earn awards for Los Angeles County Lifeguards

by Ryan McDonald As Lifeguard Captain Dan Atkins stood at the podium and raised his arm, the beams from the temporarily erected spotlights glinted off a metallic flask he clutched in his right hand. The flask, Atkins told the audience assemble at Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon Wednesday night for the 38th Medal of Valor Awards, […]

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Labor Day Fiesta will not expand to south

Labor Day Fiesta will not expand to south

  by Ryan McDonald The coming Fiesta Hermosa on Labor Day Weekend will expand slightly to the east up Pier Avenue, but will not move farther to the south, as had been initially proposed, organizers said this week. Citing a desire to provide a more spacious experience for Fiesta attendees, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

City manager interviews The Hermosa Beach City Council will not hold its regularly scheduled council meeting next Tuesday. However, the council will be interviewing candidates for City Manager Wednesday evening at Council Chambers. Although the interviews will take place in closed session, members of the public may offer comment before the session begins. The meeting […]

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