Ryan McDonald

Future of skatepark monitor uncertain

by Ryan McDonald Kids who frequent the Hermosa Beach skate park have for years enjoyed a little more supervision than they find at other skating facilities in the region, but the future of monitors at the park is now up in the air. Earlier this month, the city’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Advisory Board considered […]

 Ryan McDonald

Shuffling through history

Shuffling through history

Adam Malovani’s walking tour of Hermosa’s musical heritage exposes challenges of preserving town’s past by Ryan McDonald Singer Joni Mitchell has said her hit tune “Big Yellow Taxi” — with its tinging triangle and immortal lament that “They paved paradise/And put up a parking lot” — was inspired by a trip to Hawaii. Mitchell told […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach About Town

Draft EIRs available   Draft Environmental Impact reports for two major projects in the city have become available for public comment. Portions of the draft EIR for the reconstruction of North School became available Aug. 3, and the Hermosa Beach City School District will be accepting comments until Sept. 17. The district initially circulated a […]

 Ryan McDonald

For one night only, 2nd Story Theater takes on gun control

For one night only, 2nd Story Theater takes on gun control

  by Ryan McDonald The Russian playwright Anton Chekhov is reputed to have advised his fellow dramatists, “One must never place a loaded rifle on stage if it isn’t going to go off. It’s wrong to make promises you don’t mean to keep.” At Hermosa Beach’s 2nd Story Theatre Monday night, firearms will be prominently […]

 Mark McDermott

Local lifeguards keep Taplin Bell at home

Local lifeguards keep  Taplin Bell at home

by Mark McDermott The swimmers kept them in the race, the paddlers delivered the lead, and the dorymen took the L.A. County Southern Section lifeguard team home through some seriously troubled waters, winning its fifth straight Judge Irving Taplin Medley Relay championship Saturday night north of the Hermosa Beach Pier. The fact that it was […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach About Town

City manager interviews The Hermosa Beach City Council will not hold its regularly scheduled council meeting next Tuesday. However, the council will be interviewing candidates for City Manager Wednesday evening at Council Chambers. Although the interviews will take place in closed session, members of the public may offer comment before the session begins. The meeting […]

 Kevin Cody

English Beat on the beach now, in Hermosa Beach

English Beat on the beach now, in Hermosa Beach

English Beat draws what appears to be a record crowd during the first of this summer’s Hermosa Beach concerts, presented by Saint Rocke.

 Kevin Cody

Surfers Alex Gray, Jeff Miller discuss Iron’s ‘Kissed by God’

Surfers Alex Gray, Jeff Miller discuss Iron’s ‘Kissed by God’

by Kevin Cody In August 2004, Alex Gray was competing in the Quiksilver Pro in Hossegor, France, when his parents visited with news they wanted to tell him in person. Jimmy Miller had killed himself in his parents’ Manhattan Beach home. Miller had been Alex’s older brother Chris’ Junior Lifeguard instructor. He had taught Chris […]

 Ryan McDonald

Mural Project honors punk, skateboarding

Mural Project honors punk, skateboarding

by Ryan McDonald In the process of reading the latest entry for the Hermosa Beach Mural Project, board member George Schmeltzer used a bit of deception. The Mural Project board had settled on punk rock and skateboarding as the theme for the eighth of what will be 10 murals celebrating Hermosa’s history. So they decided […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach About Town

Sidewalk Sale Stores in downtown Hermosa will put their wares outside this weekend for the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. Participating retailers and restaurants will feature discounts, and there will be live music in front of Stars Antiques and Java Man. The sale is sponsored by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau and […]

 Mark McDermott

Hidden Heroes: Photographer Bo Bridges enters the Marvel Universe with a groundbreaking —  and in the case of the Hulk, pier-shattering — new collection

Hidden Heroes: Photographer Bo Bridges enters the Marvel Universe with a groundbreaking —  and in the case of the Hulk, pier-shattering — new collection

  by Mark McDermott The first thing Bo Bridges saw was the Hulk landing on the Hermosa Beach pier. Bridges was looking at the outsized green man, who by most accounts weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of a ton, from inside a wave he’d swam in just north of the pier. The pier was buckling […]

 Kevin Cody

No injuries in Hermosa Beach rush hour accident

No injuries in Hermosa Beach rush hour accident

A late model BMW SUV flipped after being clipped by a Mercedes at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Artesia Boulevard in Hermosa Beach about 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

 Kevin Cody

Surfers Alex Gray, Jeff Miller discuss surf champion Irons’ ‘Kissed by God’

Surfers Gray and Jeff Miller discussed their “unfortunate common bond” Thursday night following a sold-out screening of “Andy Irons: Kissed by God.”

 Ryan McDonald

Stormwater parcel tax to appear on county ballots in November

by Ryan McDonald Los Angeles County residents will vote in November on a parcel tax intended to address stormwater that flows from drains to beaches like those in the South Bay. By a 4-1 vote last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed to place the Safe, Clean Water Act on the Nov. […]

 Ryan McDonald

Council approves new rules for ‘granny flats’ in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald Residentially zoned properties containing a single-family home on a lot size of 4,000 square feet or greater will be allowed to have an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), under an ordinance approved by the Hermosa Beach City Council Tuesday night. Tuesday’s vote reestablishes local standards for vetting so-called ADUs, small units either within […]

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