Robb Fulcher

Hermosa, labor unions forge two-tier pension system

Negotiators for Hermosa Beach and its labor unions have agreed to adopt a two-tier pension system in which future employees will see reduced retirement packages. Hermosa Beach city officials over the past couple of years have pushed hard for the reform, in which employees will shoulder more of the costs of their pensions. The change […]

 Robb Fulcher

Hermosa Beach council balks at fee increases

Hermosa Beach City Council on Tuesday tentatively rejected a call for $700,000 in increased fees charged to businesses and residents for inspections, permits, and a wide array of recreational and other services. The increases were recommended by a private consultant who conducted the first Hermosa fee study in five years, aiming to determine what it […]

 Robb Fulcher

Hermosa Beach explores merging services with neighboring cities

Former Hermosa Beach Councilman George Barks is inviting South Bay officials and the public to explore ways that neighboring cities can merge some of their services, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at City Hall, 1315 Valley Drive, in the Hermosa Beach City Council chambers. Making a presentation to the Shared Services Summit will […]

 Robb Fulcher

Hermosa Beach news briefs: street upgrades, Green Idea House, Skate for Schools, Five-o Center

Upgrades discussed: The Hermosa Beach City Council has called for a town hall meeting to discuss possible improvements to the Pacific Coast Highway and Aviation Boulevard commercial corridors. Recommendations for medians, trees and an archway marking entrance to the city, possibly at three locations, were made by the aesthetics subcommittee of the council-appointed PCH-Aviation Improvement […]

 Mark McDermott

Vitality City ‘Walking Moai’ takes off

The Vitality City poster child for the beach cities has been found. Tuesday afternoon, Vitality City director Joel Spoonheim was visiting Jefferson Elementary when he was accosted by a youngster. Vitality City organizers had been equipping students with pedometers, and this particular boy had taken to his with genuine zeal. He showed off his pedometer […]

 Bondo Wyszpolski

Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels, and James Gandolfini in “God of Carnage”

Manners, etiquette, civility; all of it quickly travels south in Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” at the Ahmanson Theatre. My advice? Buckle or unbuckle your seatbelt and enjoy the descent into the maelstrom. The star of this one-act play isn’t so much the story – which meanders downstream even as it pokes its head up […]

 Mark McDermott

Ambitiously green design for new boutique hotel in Redondo Beach’s King Harbor

Mike Zislis has unveiled an ambitiously green design for the new boutique Shade Hotel he intends to build in Redondo Beach’s King Harbor. The local entrepreneur, whose restaurants and Shade hotel have been a key part of Manhattan Beach’s flourishing downtown, will submit a design proposal for a 39,000 sq. ft., 45-room “eco-hotel” to the […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Torrance woman aims gun at beach goers

Several beach goers detained a gun-wielding Torrance woman who allegedly pointed what authorities said looked like a .45-caliber handgun at people on the beach, including children, until police arrived and arrested her for assault with a deadly weapon, authorities said. Police said that shortly before 10 a.m. on April 15, the suspect, Alena Tam, 40, […]