Ryan McDonald

Will the pandemic reshape downtown Hermosa Beach?

Will the pandemic reshape downtown Hermosa Beach?

by Ryan McDonald Across the United States, the coronavirus has made packed restaurants and carefree urban mingling impossible. In Hermosa Beach there is hope that in the long term the pandemic may lead to a city center that is more bustling and attractive to businesses than the version that preceded it, as well as fear […]

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Hermosa Beach health enforcement workers threatened over sports, mask rules

  by Ryan McDonald Rules on mask wearing and other public health precautions enacted by the Hermosa Beach City Council last month are encountering resistance, officials said Tuesday, with the workers brought on to enforce the rules occasionally facing harassment and threats. Chief Paul LeBaron of the Hermosa Beach Police Department told the council the […]

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Hermosa Beach teachers absorb lessons of spring shutdown as they ready for first day of school

Hermosa Beach teachers absorb lessons of spring shutdown as they ready for first day of school

by Ryan McDonald It’s tough to conceive of a class that is simultaneously less suited to social distancing and harder to replicate over the internet than the Sparks Lab at Hermosa View School. The class, funded primarily through philanthropy, teaches STEM principles to first, second and third graders through what educators call “project-based learning.” In […]

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About Town Hermosa Beach

Back to school Citing a need to bob and weave amid the changing conditions of the coronavirus pandemic, Superintendent Jason Johnson unveiled plans for the coming year in the Hermosa Beach City School District with a little wisdom from The Baddest Man on the Planet. “I liken this year to the Mike Tyson quote: ‘Everyone […]

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Accidental overdose claims Hermosa Beach youth

Accidental overdose claims Hermosa Beach youth

by Ryan McDonald Scotty Hemstreet, a 14-year-old Hermosa Beach resident, died earlier this month from an accidental drug overdose inside an east Hermosa home. Friends and family recalled Scotty as funny, wickedly smart and often the center of attention, a person who was happiest in motion, either sailing over the ocean or with a skateboard […]

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Pod People: Schools to open the year exclusively with distance learning, so South Bay parents search for alternatives

Pod People: Schools to open the year exclusively with distance learning, so South Bay parents search for alternatives

by Ryan McDonald Susan Robinson wants her daughter to be bilingual, so it was good news when the Redondo Beach resident learned this spring that her five-year-old had been accepted into the dual immersion program at Washington Elementary. The program, which includes kids from both English- and Spanish-speaking families, lasts throughout a child’s time at […]

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Newsom halts in-door dining; earlier closing time for 4th in HB

by Ryan McDonald All restaurants in the South Bay and the rest of Los Angeles County will be limited to takeout and outdoor dining for the next three weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move intended to curtail the recent, rapid growth of the coronavirus but which is likely to reignite disputes over the […]

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South Bay ham radio enthusiasts ready for socially distant Field Day

South Bay ham radio enthusiasts ready for socially distant Field Day

by Ryan McDonald   Brian Johnson loosened the drawstrings on a plush bag, which in its former life held a bottle of Crown Royal Canadian whisky. Today, it holds the means to talk to anyone in the world, or maybe even those outside it. Johnson is the club station manager for the Hughes Amateur Radio […]

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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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