Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach Kiwanis honor Public Works Superintendent Ells Freeman

Hermosa Beach Kiwanis honor Public Works Superintendent Ells Freeman

Over the past 12 months, Hermosa Beach has received a beauty makeover. Flowers have replaced ice plant in Noble Park and the shrubs on the Hermosa Avenue meridian. New lights were installed on Pier Plaza and added to the 13th Street mural. And new trees on the Greenbelt have created a canopy that give joggers the feeling they are running through a sun dappled forest.

 Ryan McDonald

Charity volleyball tourney tries for silence on sand

Charity volleyball tourney tries for silence on sand

Players assemble in Hermosa Beach for last year’s Volley4Sound charity tournament. This year’s event will take place Oct. 19. Photo courtesy Volley4Sound   by Ryan McDonald Last year, Kelsey Brandin bought earplugs for the first time in her life. Brandin, who is hearing impaired, normally had little need for them. She wanted to make sure […]

 Ryan McDonald

Beach people – Time to rise with Lisa Clayton

Beach people – Time to rise with Lisa Clayton

South Bay baker Lisa Clayton finds solace in sourdough

 Mike Purpus

Hermosa tests hotdoggers

Hermosa tests hotdoggers

The Fourth Annual Subaru Pacific Hotdogger Surfing Championships drew 50 of the top-rated longboard surfers from around the world to the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier on Saturday. The sun was out and so were plenty of fast, glassy, 3-foot tubes to ride.

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Hermosa joins radio system Hermosa Beach will join a public safety radio system this month that officials say will improve communications among police officers and firefighters with dispatchers and neighboring agencies in the South Bay. The system is a project of the Interoperability Network of the South Bay, a seven-city network founded in 2017 to […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach About Town

Pancake breakfast Sunday The annual Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach Pancake Breakfast will take place this Sunday morning. The event, now in its 28th year, features a silent auction, activities for kids, and coming close to election day, is usually a prime handshake opportunity for Hermosa’s City Council candidates. Breakfast, including pancakes, sausage, juice, and […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach officers’ departure reveals recruiting difficulties

Hermosa Beach officers’ departure reveals recruiting difficulties

by Ryan McDonald   Two officers left the Hermosa Beach Police Department for other agencies last month, amid what officers and city officials describe as ongoing challenges to recruit and retain officers in the small department. HBPD officers Kristoffer Eszlinger and Joshua Nakamoto finished their service with the department in the last weeks of September. […]

 Ryan McDonald

Council candidates square off in first debate

Council candidates square off in first debate

by Ryan McDonald The record of the last four years emerged as the dividing line for City Council candidates Monday night in the first debate of Hermosa’s election season. The debate, moderated by Al Benson of the Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Association and held at Hermosa City Hall, featured three candidates running for two open slots […]

 Ryan McDonald

Preview of big changes for Los Angeles County in ‘mock election’

Preview of big changes for Los Angeles County in ‘mock election’

Hermosa resident Bob Atkins tries out a new voting machine at the Clark Building on Saturday, one of the sites of the “mock election” held throughout Los Angeles County over the weekend. Photo by Ryan McDonald by Ryan McDonald Lynn Bommer remembers the Vietnam War-era debate that led to the passage of the 26th Amendment, […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach About Town

Lecture at Hermosa Museum The Hermosa Beach Historical Society will host a lecture on the history of the Port of Los Angeles on Thursday evening. The lecture will be delivered by Marifrances Trivelli, the director of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, and will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Hermosa Museum at the Community Center. […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach Police Beat

  Police nab hat attack suspect Hermosa Beach police have arrested a Los Angeles man on suspicion of battery and robbery in connection with what they say was an attack on a man wearing a hat reading “Make America Great Again” in Russian. The attack occurred about 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 in the bathroom […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach About Town

Bijou building sold by Ryan McDonald The Bijou Theater building, a historic landmark in downtown Hermosa Beach, was sold last month to Newmark Knight Frank, a commercial real estate firm based in New York City, for $18 million. Newmark purchased the building — which occupies about 14,000 square feet and has about 25,000 square feet […]

 Ryan McDonald

Surf heritage – Hotdogger contest returns to Hermosa Pier

Surf heritage – Hotdogger contest returns to Hermosa Pier

Shortly after coming in sixth in a 1965 contest held at the challenging venue of Sunset Beach, surfer Mike Doyle was asked by an announcer whether he preferred the waves of Hawaii’s North Shore, or the less threatening waves of Southern California. Doyle, who learned to surf at the Manhattan Beach Pier, said he liked […]

 Ryan McDonald

Howl of protest: Facing public pressure, Hermosa Beach Mural Project to remove poet Allen Ginsberg from work honoring counterculture

Howl of protest: Facing public pressure, Hermosa Beach Mural Project to remove poet Allen Ginsberg from work honoring counterculture

by Ryan McDonald Until he began working on a commission for the Hermosa Beach Mural Project, artist Timothy Smith knew of “NAMBLA” only through its appearance in an episode of “South Park.” But over the past two weeks, as Smith painted under the eyes of passing pedestrians, and the likenesses of Miles Davis and Linda […]

 Ryan McDonald

Citing illness, HBPD police chief to retire

Citing illness, HBPD police chief to retire

By Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach Police Chief Sharon Papa will retire at the end of the month, after six years of helming law enforcement in Hermosa and 40 years wearing a badge. Papa, who has been on a leave of absence for much of the year, is stepping down due to her diagnosis with ocular […]

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