Ryan McDonald

Long-time manager of Hermosa Beach’s Becker Surfboards laid off

Long-time manager of Hermosa Beach’s Becker Surfboards laid off

by Ryan McDonald “End of an era!” Jani Lange called out as he headed west on Pier Avenue last Friday night. Lange and his family were bound for Becker Surfboards, which was throwing a party to commemorate the last day of Bob Rich, the store’s manager who had been with the company for almost 33 […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach sets new pickup locations for Uber, Lyft

Hermosa Beach sets new pickup locations for Uber, Lyft

By Ryan McDonald Next time you’re looking to summon an Uber or Lyft in downtown Hermosa Beach, the screen on your phone might look a little different. The Hermosa City Council unanimously approved a program last week to create designated zones throughout the downtown for picking up passengers. When using the mobile phone app of […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach About Town

Hermosa Beach About Town

New parking pass required   Hermosans in designated areas wishing to avoid parking tickets must have a 2019-2020 parking pass displayed by March 20. The permits allow people park beyond the one-hour limit noted on signs residential areas that are considered “impacted,” where demand for spots is highest. Permit holders may also park for free […]

 Ryan McDonald

True North: Threat of Hermosa city-school district lawsuit looms

True North: Threat of Hermosa city-school district lawsuit looms

by Ryan McDonald Second of two parts Although the fate of North School has consumed much of the oxygen in recent heated discussions, Measure S, the school facilities bond that will pay for rebuilding North, also funds planned construction at Hermosa View and Hermosa Valley, the district’s existing campuses. The district had planned to do […]

 Ryan McDonald

CrossFit Horsepower sues Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald Crossfit Horsepower, the embattled Cypress Avenue gym that was declared a public nuisance by Hermosa Beach over the summer, has filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that the nuisance proceedings have irredeemably damaged the gym’s business and were the result of bias on the part of the City Council. The lawsuit, […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach man found dead in Mexico

Hermosa Beach man found dead in Mexico

by Ryan McDonald Kris Meyer was in the Tower 12 restaurant on Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach this past weekend when a man he did not know approached him. The man, a military veteran, said that several years ago his dad, living in Maryland, had died suddenly. The veteran was overcome with grief and overwhelmed […]

 Judy Rae

South Bay Community Calendar 6-14-18

South Bay Community Calendar 6-14-18

Things to do, places to go

 Ryan McDonald

Villaraigosa campaigns at Fiesta Hermosa

Villaraigosa campaigns at Fiesta Hermosa

During a campaign swing through the Hermosa Beach Memorial Day Weekend Fiesta, Democratic Gobernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa advocated an aggressive homebuilding push. Part of the solution, he said, would be for the state to incentivize cities to loosen regulations on constructing new housing.

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach About Town

Redondo Beach Police to crack down on cell phone use, ‘distracted driving’ The Redondo Beach Police Department is joining a statewide effort to drill down on distracted driving and cell-phone use by stepping up enforcement in April. According to a press release issued by RBPD, officers will place an emphasis on enforcing cell phone and […]

 Ryan McDonald

Century-old tree cut down at Hermosa Beach construction site

Century-old tree cut down at Hermosa Beach construction site

by Ryan McDonald Construction crews removed a tree, believed to be some 100 years old, in the public right-of-way from a Monterey Boulevard lot last week, creating new questions about contested trees on the site, including whether the property owner, L.A. Kings player Drew Doughty, illegally failed to maintain public trees during construction. A crew […]

 Ryan McDonald

Possible change for building permit duration in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald   Extended time to finish construction on large projects may be granted before building commences, under new code amendments recommended by the Hermosa Beach Planning Commission. At its Tuesday night meeting, the commission unanimously approved a resolution suggesting modifying the city’s building code to create two exceptions to the two-year period to […]

 Ryan McDonald

Arts and crafting compromise: A town hall Thursday offers a preview of possible changes for Fiesta Hermosa

Arts and crafting compromise: A town hall Thursday offers a preview of possible changes for Fiesta Hermosa

by Ryan McDonald   Along with traditional debate features like opening statements and policy questions, the second candidate forum in the run-up to the recent Hermosa Beach City Council election featured a “lightning round” that prevented evasive answers. Candidates received binary questions, and indicated “yes” or “no” with only the raise of a paddle. “Do […]

 Ryan McDonald

Larson to focus on ‘visible, usable’ if elected to Hermosa Beach council

Larson to focus on ‘visible, usable’ if elected to Hermosa Beach council

by Ryan McDonald Trent Larson stepped up to the microphone at a City Council meeting this summer, and did something he wasn’t wild about: he congratulated the council on finishing the installation of solar panels on the roof of the Community Center. Larson had his concerns about the project. He worried the city was replacing […]

 Ryan McDonald

McCool regrets online messages, but won’t exit Hermosa Beach Council race

by Ryan McDonald City Council candidate Matt McCool said this week he regrets sending inflammatory messages on social media several years ago, which included the comment, “Every proper woman knows that you don’t speak to a man until he address [sic] you first,” but that he has no plans to exit the race ahead of […]

 Ryan McDonald

Noted surfer dies from fall in Hermosa Beach

Noted surfer dies from fall in Hermosa Beach

Donald “Donnie” Miller, one of the South Bay’s top surfers in the early 1980s, died Sunday from injuries sustained when he jumped from the third story balcony of an apartment building in the 200 block of Monterey Boulevard in Hermosa Beach. The former Hermosa Beach resident was part American Indian and had been living on […]

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