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 Kevin Cody

Becker Surf acquired by Billabong

Becker Surf, the Hermosa Beach surf retailer founded by shaper Phil Becker, glasser Steve Mangiagli and pinstriper Dave Hollander in 1980, was acquired last week by surf industry giant Billabong. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. But Hollander and Mangiagli said the sale did not include their surfboard manufacturing facility in Hermosa Beach, which […]

 Kevin Cody

Officer’s lawsuit dealt blow

by Robb Fulcher A federal judge on Tuesday dealt a severe blow to a wrongful termination lawsuit by Hermosa Beach Police Officer Todd Lewitt, dismissing claims that city officials violated his right to due process, and striking down claims against individual police officials and the city manager. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Walsh […]

 Kevin Cody

City seeks alcohol policy

by Robb Fulcher The City Council has begun the task of developing more uniform policies covering alcohol-serving establishments, which have been much discussed by some residents who believe the downtown area has become too loud and rowdy. Council members called upon the city’s Planning Commission to identify specific problems that would trigger reviews of individual […]

 Kevin Cody

School tech job spared

by Robb Fulcher The city school board has spared the job of district technology director Teri Tsosie, but left three fulltime teachers and five part-timers on a layoff list. They will lose their jobs in the fall unless the district finds more money before then. In recent years, fundraising efforts by parents and other community […]

 Kevin Cody

About Town

Fire fundraiser The Hermosa Beach Firefighters Association hosts its 14th annual Pancake Breakfast 7:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 30 at the firehouse, 540 Pier Ave., during Fiesta Hermosa one of the South Bay’s biggest events. The breakfast will showcase the culinary talents of firefighters, paramedics and EMTs as they prepare pancakes, sausage, fruit and […]

 Mark McDermott

Building a Better Redondo sues Redondo

by Mark McDermott The citizen’s group Building a Better Redondo last week sued the city of Redondo Beach in an attempt to force a public vote on harbor area zoning. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last Thursday, accuses City Hall of fostering “a culture of hostility to the public’s interests” and a […]

 Mark McDermott

NFL player, former Sea Hawk Ellison arrested with Vicodin

Police on Monday arrested former Redondo Union High School football star and current San Diego Charger safety Kevin Ellison for possessing a large quantity of painkiller drugs without a prescription. Kevin Ellison, 23, was pulled over by Redondo Beach police at about 2:19 p.m. for allegedly speeding near his former high school. According to police, […]

 Kevin Cody

Real Estate Recovery coming, just not yet


“It’s been the best first quarter in three years for Los Angeles County,” she said.

Manhattan Beach median home sale prices in April were up 23 percent over April 2009. April’s sales transactions were up 39 percent over April 2009.

The problem is that the real estate market is digging out from a very deep hole, or what the economist characterized as a “violent cycle.”