County closes all beaches, bike path, until April 19

Beaches in the South Bay and the rest of Los Angeles County will be closed until April 19 in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, authorities announced Friday. Along with beaches, beach access points, including the Marvin Braude Bike Trail , will be closed, as will hiking trails throughout the county. Authorities…

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Workers get creative to get by in time of coronavirus

Along with threatening the health of millions of Americans, the novel coronavirus pandemic is cratering the U.S. economy. Health officials have attempted to stem the spread of the virus by forcing many businesses to close their doors, effectively shutting down whole sectors of consumer spending. In California, “essential” services are allowed to remain open, but…

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Hermosa Beach okays eviction moratorium, rejects rent abatement

Commercial and residential tenants in the city of Hermosa Beach who have been impacted by the novel coronavirus will not face eviction for being unable to pay rent during the state of emergency caused by the pandemic, but will have to pay back any rent they miss. Hermosa’s City Council unanimously approved an urgency ordinance…

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Coronavirus pushes back planned power outage in Hermosa Beach

Caifornia Edison responded to the South Redondo power outage quickly. Photo by Chelsea Sektnan

Planned maintenance of the electrical grid in Hermosa Beach, which would have temporarily shut down power in part of the city, will not take place until after the novel coronavirus pandemic has ended. In a statement issued March 20, Southern California Edison said that it planned to “postpone noncritical planned projects, while only continuing with…

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Hermosa Beach City Council meetings leave chambers for screens

Public meetings in Hermosa Beach will take place via videoconference in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The city announced that all public meetings, starting with Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, will feature officials calling in from remote locations to hear reports from staff and vote on issues. The meetings will continue…

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With fundraiser cancelled due coronavirus, Hermosa Beach Education Foundation launches online auction

The novel coronavirus may have brought down “Mom Prom,” the winking nickname of highly anticipated Hearts of Hermosa fundraiser.  But it hasn’t removed the need for donations that the event, the largest single source of support each year for the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation, facilitates. Instead, an online auction to support programming in Hermosa schools…

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Long lines, bare shelves at South Bay grocery stores

As authorities delivered grim warnings about the novel coronavirus last Thursday, an idea spread among South Bay residents with the force and quickness of a contagion: buy toilet paper. Mirroring trends across the country, shoppers late last week began descending on Vons, Trader Joe’s, Ralphs, Whole Foods and other area stores, creating long lines, packed…

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Bill proposes changes in response to long waits on Election Day

A bill from Sen. Ben Allen, who represents the South Bay in the state legislature, would force Los Angeles County Election Authorities to make changes to their procedures after voters throughout the region reported long waits on Election Day last week. The bill comes after voters in the Beach Cities and across Los Angeles County…

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Council extends ban on dockless scooters, bikeshare

Citing concerns about safety, obstruction and potential impacts on its neighboring cities, the Hermosa Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to extend its existing ban on dockless shared mobility devices, including the popular Bird scooters, for another year. The 4 to 1 vote, with Mayor pro tem Justin Massey the lone dissenter, will maintain a…

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Hermosa Beach schools to close for at least a week [updated]

The Hermosa Beach City School District announced Friday that campuses would close for at least a week, and are likely to remain closed through at least the end of the district’s spring break on April 13, in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Instruction will shift online during the closure, making…

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Popular volleyball program faces citations

VolleyCamp, a private beach volleyball program whose south Hermosa games and lessons have earned it a devoted following, is facing penalties from the city in a dispute that highlights the challenges in Hermosa’s attempts to limit unauthorized coaching in public places. Dozens of VolleyCamp supporters descended on a meeting of Hermosa’s Parks, Recreation and Community…

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Historical Society raises the curtains with Bijou Theater exhibit

April Wright attends an exercise class at the Bar Method in downtown Hermosa almost every day. In between dips and plies, she marvels that she is taking a class inside a building that once housed a movie theater. The Hermosa resident is the filmmaker behind “Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace,” which…

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Leadership Hermosa to honor city’s firefighters

A few months ago, Councilmember Stacey Armato was speaking to the Leadership Hermosa Class of 2020 about some of the issues the city is addressing. She mentioned that the city’s fire station, now under construction, would reopen May 9. The fire station news became a spark. Leadership Hermosa’s plans to dedicate this year’s class project…

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State bond measure splits South Bay school districts

When they cast their votes in the March 3 primary election, South Bay residents could be forgiven for thinking they had stepped into a time machine. There’s a divisive measure on the ballot with the potential to greatly change financing for local school districts, and it goes by Proposition 13. The current Prop. 13 is…

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