Dan Smith

“I knew I was doing the right thing”

“I knew I was doing the right thing”

A 1st-person account from a local participant in the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine trial

By Gigi Moreno, Ph.D. In August, I received an email from Kaiser Permanente asking members to volunteer for a COVID vaccine trial. I have never volunteered as a test subject for any scientific experiment. I also do my best to minimize exposing my body to medications and other chemicals. Nevertheless, I clicked on the link. […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Hermosa Beach Council seat to be filled by mail-in ballot

by Dan Blackburn The Hermosa Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to call for a special, mail-in election on May 11 to replace Councilman Hany Fangary, who resigned this month. Fangary, who served seven years on the council is moving to Manhattan Beach. Mayor Justin Massey said he wanted to appoint a new replacement […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Plan to limit public input on hold

by Dan Blackburn An attempt by Hermosa Beach city officials to eliminate some written communications from residents from city council meeting agendas went down in flames Tuesday — perhaps only temporarily — following vigorous resident complaints. The issue had been scheduled for discussion at this week’s meeting, but it was not included on the agenda. […]

 Kevin Cody

AstraZeneca vaccine coming soon, ’til then, mask, wash, distance, Lundquist researcher urges

AstraZeneca vaccine coming soon, ’til then, mask, wash, distance, Lundquist researcher urges

There is a silver lining to the COVID-19 surge. But only a clinical trials researcher can appreciate it. The surge speeds up the results.

 Jen Ezpeleta

New HBCSD superintendent met by COVID, back to school challenges

New HBCSD superintendent met by COVID, back to school challenges

by Ryan McDonald Jason Johnson became Superintendent of the Hermosa Beach City School District on July 1, as coronavirus caseloads were increasing in California’s second wave, and spring hopes of a fall return to in-person instruction were looking increasingly unlikely. The pressure over the return to campuses has not abated for Johnson, a product of […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

World War II grandmas put teens’ pandemic in perspective

World War II grandmas put teens’ pandemic in perspective

  by Esabella George and Micah Worner We are Generation Z, a group known for being anxious, impatient and socially awkward. Blame it on Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok. We’re a tech savvy generation, demanding instant access to information and immediate gratification. It’s no wonder some of us haven’t dealt well with COVID-19 restrictions. We whine […]

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach downtown streets to make way for diners, bicyclists

Hermosa Beach downtown streets to make way for diners, bicyclists

Hermosa Beach downtown streets to make way for diners, bicyclists

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach firefighters, some police officers receive COVID-19 vaccinations

Hermosa Beach firefighters, some police officers receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

 Jen Ezpeleta

New HBPD contract to attract recruits

by Ryan McDonald Around the beginning of the year, Hermosa Beach residents received a mailer featuring a balaclava-clad bad guy, headlined “2019 was a good year…for criminals.” The mailer was the work of the Hermosa Beach Police Officers Association, the union that represents the bulk of the department’s sworn employees, and it set the tone […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Year in Review: Hermosa Beach relaxed restrictions to help businesses survive

by Ryan McDonald Throughout the pandemic, Hermosa Beach explored new ideas to help beloved businesses make it through the tough times, some of which changed the very look of the city. In May, the council voted to expand the ability of businesses in town to take advantage of outdoor space on their property. Later, they […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Hermosa, Manhattan, Redondo beaches were battleground in pandemic

Hermosa, Manhattan, Redondo beaches were battleground in pandemic

    by Ryan McDonald In late March, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health closed The Strand, the bike path and the beaches for about six weeks. The order shuttered the South Bay’s greatest attraction and upended the rhythm of life for thousands of surfers, joggers and volleyball players. The March 27 order […]

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach councilman Hany Fangary resigns, following contentious relationship with colleagues

Hermosa Beach councilman Hany Fangary resigns, following contentious relationship with colleagues

Hany Fangary, an outspoken, two-term Hermosa Beach city council member, announced his resignation from the council in a Christmas Eve letter.

 Kevin Cody

Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Hermosa Beach breaks ground, breaks tradition with Robert Kerr design

Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Hermosa Beach breaks ground, breaks tradition with Robert Kerr design

Design for Our Lady of Guadalupe School’s new arts and STEM building is more Strand home than staid school.

 Ryan McDonald

Beached party: Beach Cities Republican numbers tumble over Trump

Beached party: Beach Cities Republican numbers tumble over Trump

What does the future hold for South Bay Republicans?

by Ryan McDonald When newly elected Congressman Steve Kuykendall arrived in Washington, D.C. in January 1999, the Palos Verdes Republican made a point of visiting Tom DeLay as soon as possible. DeLay, a Republican from the Houston area then entering his eighth term in the House of Representatives, had served as the majority whip since […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

HB beach cities drive

HB beach cities drive

Beach Cities Toy Drive volunteers Vickie Garcia, Sandy Rohrbach, Tim Jones, Peter Tucker, JR Reviczky, and Sam Edgerton gather with a record haul of gifts at the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club. The gifts were collected throughout December at local fire stations, for distribution to local charities, including the Richstone Family Center, St. Cross 1736 Crisis […]

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