Ryan McDonald

HBCSD Superintendent Escalante will step down in June

HBCSD Superintendent Escalante will step down in June

by Ryan McDonald Pat Escalante, superintendent of the Hermosa Beach City School District, announced last week that she is planning to retire on June 30. Escalante took over as Hermosa’s district emerged from financial challenges imposed by the Great Recession. She was at the helm through struggles with overcrowding and two divisive bond measure elections […]

 Ryan McDonald

Two hurt in memorial car crash 

Two hurt in memorial car crash 

by Ryan McDonald Two people were injured last week after driving a car into the Hermosa Beach Veterans Memorial at the Community Center. The driver and a passenger were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the collision, which took place the evening of Jan. 15, said Sgt. Mick Gaglia of […]

 Judy Rae

Beach giving – Beach cities toy drive

Beach giving – Beach cities toy drive

wraps another year

 Judy Rae

Beach people – Hermosa Polar Bear swim

Beach people – Hermosa Polar Bear swim

Cold water warms friends

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach About Town

Beloved Pet Mart owner dies Longtime Pet Mart owner Maria da Silva Lopes passed away Sunday after a long fight against cancer. She was 71. Maria had owned Pet Mart in Hermosa Beach since 1975. She and husband Abu have operated the store together since they married in 1984. The couple met when his sons […]

 Kevin Cody

Bowler abandons bar biz, but not the blarney or the booze

Bowler abandons bar biz, but not the blarney or the booze

by Kevin Cody Barnacles football fans could be excused last Saturday for thinking the old man on the bar stool with the walrus mustache and the Irish tweed, flat cap, holding court with old regulars had dropped in from an earlier era. The old regulars included retired HBPD Sgt. Steve Endom, Poop Deck bouncer Tim […]

 Kevin Cody

Easy Reader/Paul’s Photo “New Year” contest: Venus and Jupiter over the Manhattan Beach Pier

Easy Reader/Paul’s Photo “New Year” contest: Venus and Jupiter over the Manhattan Beach Pier

“Hermosa Pier Plaza,” Dec. 2018. By Tracy Kawamura. Photographers are invited to submit their favorite photos at EasyReaderNews.com/Photo Contest.

 Ryan McDonald

Photos capture South Bay punk’s intensity

Photos capture South Bay punk’s intensity

  by Ryan McDonald Kevin Salk’s first foray into offering up his photographs for others’ inspection came in a class at Mira Costa High School. Salk, then a gangly student with over-sized ears and a love for punk rock, submitted a photo of Black Flag singer Henry Rollins taken at the Ukranian Culture Center on […]

 Ryan McDonald

Traffic stop yields arrests of four theft suspects

by Ryan McDonald Four people were arrested last month in South Hermosa after an officer conducting a traffic stop found stolen auto parts in the car. The arrests occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 22, after a Hermosa Beach police officer pulled over a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign […]

 Ryan McDonald

Search for police chief may enter next phase,city says

Search for police chief may enter next phase,city says

by Ryan McDonald Looking for a job with lots of responsibility in a place with 283 sunny days per year? That’s the essence of Hermosa Beach’s ask of candidates for the vacant Chief of Police position. As the deadline to submit resumes draws to a close — Jan. 6, although it may be extended — […]

 Ryan McDonald

New year, new rules for accessory dwelling units

New year, new rules for accessory dwelling units

by Ryan McDonald Less than 18 months after modifying its local rules to accommodate accessory dwelling units, known as ADUs or “granny flats,” Hermosa Beach is at it again, after its previous fixes became inconsistent with state laws taking effect Jan. 1. Last month, Hermosa’s Planning Commission recommended a draft ordinance be forwarded on to […]

 Kevin Cody

‘Just kickin’ Chuck is off the clock on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach

‘Just kickin’ Chuck is off the clock on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach

Every day from noon until sunset, Chuck Davis sits under the Pier Plaza clock in downtown Hermosa Beach. Davis has been sitting on the pedestal supporting the clock since Feb. 2019. Before that, he sat on a bench on the pier. Before that he sat on a bench in Noble Park, a block north of the pier.

 Judy Rae

On Local Government – Public safety and other services

On Local Government – Public safety and other services

by Bob Pinzler The dominance of public safety in the budgets of our local governments indicates its importance to the people they serve. It also emphasizes the influence police and fire departments have over those governments. That influence can produce confrontative situations, making structural reform nearly impossible. For example, nobody can determine the number of […]

 Kevin Cody

Giovannetti Big Band swings in the New Year in Hermosa Beach

Giovannetti Big Band swings in the New Year in Hermosa Beach

Pier Plaza was filled with families on New Year’s Eve for the 9 p.m. Beach Ball Drop, which  coincides with the Ball Drop in New York City’s Time Square. At midnight the Plaza filled up again for a second Beach Ball Drop celebrating the start of the New Year in California. 

 Kevin Cody

30th Annual Hermosa Beach New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim and Reunion

30th Annual Hermosa Beach New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim and Reunion

Neighbors on 16th Street in Hermosa Beach celebrated the 30th Annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim on Wednesday, under the watchful eyes of Los Angeles County Lifeguards.

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