by Mark McDermott Mayor Steve Napolitano gave a State of the City address last week that was more than a happy overview of civic affairs circa 2019. The mayor made two significant policy announcements: that the city’s oft-ignored ban on short-term rentals is about to be much more strictly enforced, and City Hall will once […]
by David Mendez Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is a surgeon, philanthropist, entrepreneur and as of last year, the chairman of the Los Angeles Times. Last Thursday, he became a rockstar among South Bay government policy wonks. Soon-Shiong was the keynote speaker at the 20th Annual South Bay Cities Council of Governments General Assembly, themed “Celebrating the […]
by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach is facing looming deadlines and the potential for hefty fines over setbacks to a planned project to clean up local beaches. The Greenbelt Infiltration Project is the largest remaining regional effort in the Beach Cities Enhanced Watershed Management Plan (EWMP), an agreement among Hermosa, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, and […]
by Ryan McDonald The city of Hermosa Beach and the local school district have finalized an agreement intended to manage neighborhood impacts resulting from the planned reopening of North School. The agreement, approved by the City Council at its regular meeting last week and by the board of the Hermosa Beach City School District at […]
Candidate Votes Percent Michael Kemps 1,617 21.23 David McGowan 1,557 20.44 Victoria Lozzi 1,504 19.74 Jennifer L. King 1,214 15.94 Betty Lin Peterson 889 11.67 Kevin F. McCarthy 646 8.48 Jeff Groves 191 2.51 Challengers to incumbent councilmembers Jennifer King and Betty Lin Peterson found favor with voters during Tuesday’s Palos Verde Estates elections. […]
Valley gets ‘Distinguished’ The middle school component of Hermosa Valley School was named a California Distinguished School last week, the state’s highest honor for its public schools. The award, announced last week by the California Department of Education, lasts for two years. Valley, which serves Hermosa Beach City School District students in grades four through […]
Roger Bacon used bathing beauties, car crashes, fist fights, and football to sell cars at the beach. It was a wild ride for a little beach town
Roger Bacon learned the power of showmanship in his teen years at his father’s auto dealership, Les Bacon Ford, where he made a Southern California catchphrase of “Get off your couch and come on down to Les Bacon Ford.” He went on to become of Hermosa’s most influential and controversial businessman.