Kevin Cody

Easy Reader founder reflects on the purpose of community newspapers

Easy Reader founder reflects on the purpose of community newspapers

Fifty years ago, not long out of college, I put out a call for volunteers to help staff an upstart newspaper in Hermosa Beach, hoping to provide an alternative to entrenched local publications that favored big growth and the political status quo.

 Ryan McDonald

Thousands ignore stay-at-home orders to catch South Bay’s sparkling seas

Thousands ignore stay-at-home orders to catch South Bay’s sparkling seas

by Ryan McDonald Thousands of people headed for the sand in the South Bay this past weekend, defying stay-at-home orders and beach closures put in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Officers with the Hermosa Beach Police Department estimated the Saturday night crowd in the city’s downtown and beaches at between 2,000 and […]

 Dan Smith

May is Mental Health Awareness Month; BCHD Reminds Community “It’s OK to Not be OK”

Website offers tools and resources to stay mentally healthy during COVID-19

By Dan Smith, BCHD Each year, the month of May brings awareness to the importance of mental health. In 2020, we are all impacted by COVID-19, and now more than ever, during physical distancing and uncertain times, it is important for the community to come together around mental health. Mental health affects millions of people […]

 Ryan McDonald

Several dozen take to sand and surf for ‘reopen’ protest in Hermosa Beach

Several dozen take to sand and surf for ‘reopen’ protest in Hermosa Beach

May Day protesters reclaim the beach in Hermosa Beach, at least for briefly. They respect police order to leave.

 Ryan McDonald

Nine deaths in the Beach Cities from COVID-19 so far

Nine deaths in the Beach Cities from COVID-19 so far

by Ryan McDonald Nine people in the Beach Cities have died from COVID-19, according to newly released data from county health authorities.  This week, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health began releasing a breakdown of death, infection and testing information, revealing for the first time how many people in particular cities and neighborhoods have […]

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa retailers, restaurants host virtual sidewalk sale May 1-3

Hermosa retailers, restaurants host virtual sidewalk sale May 1-3

A citywide, Hermosa Beach Virtual Sidewalk Sale will be held Friday, May 1 through Sunday,  May 3. Over 100 Hermosa retailers and restaurants will offer online specials, free local delivery and curbside pick up.

 Kevin Cody

Coronavirus warnings bring smiles to Hermosa Beach residents.

Coronavirus warnings bring smiles to Hermosa Beach residents.

Warnings around Hermosa Beach about the coronavirus, rather than scaring people, are making them smile, thanks to a creative crew at city hall. Ideograms on park signs of a surfboard, two skateboards, a bicycle, a beach umbrella and a dog on a leash are explained by a headline that reads, “What does six feet of distance mean in Hermosa Beach?”

 Dan Smith

Beware of COVID-19 Scams and False Claims

Beach Cities Doctor offers Facts and Advice related to COVID-19

By Dr. William E. Kim, MD, Chief Medical Advisor, Beach Cities Health District News of COVID-19 serology tests coming to market have created confusion in the general public. Many are wondering what the difference is compared to tests being administered at testing sites around Los Angeles County and whether these tests can diagnose whether a […]

 Kevin Cody

COVID-19 infections resume rise in Hermosa, Manhattan, Redondo

COVID-19 infections resume rise in Hermosa, Manhattan, Redondo

Almost all of the South Bay experienced an increase in COVID-19 infections over the previous week. Hermosa Beach went from 17 to 22 cases, Manhattan Beach from 55 to 63, Redondo Beach from 84 to 94. Torrance went from 159 positive cases to 220.

 Dan Smith

Silver Linings of a Quarantine at the Beach

Silver Linings of a Quarantine at the Beach

A look at the good stuff happening in the Beach Cities while we’re “Safer at Home.”

By Ali Steward, MPH, Beach Cities Health District Dear Beach Cities, It’s been a few weeks since life as we knew it was turned upside down. But maybe a silver lining is that our perspectives have been upended, too. It’s still essential that we stay home and adhere to the latest public health guidelines, with […]

 Kevin Cody

Not all is at it appears during beach shutdown in Hermosa Beach

Not all is at it appears during beach shutdown in Hermosa Beach

Not all is at it appears in this photo of a Great Blue Heron and a perfect wave during the coronavirus beach shutdown in Hermosa Beach.

 Kevin Cody

Spyder Surf in Hermosa Beach custom assembles skateboards, at a safe distance

Spyder Surf in Hermosa Beach custom assembles skateboards, at a safe distance

Spyder Surf offers curbside delivery of custom skateboards, assembled in its parking lot, after mostly young skaters pick out the a deck, trucks and wheels.

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach to temporarily close parks Sunday

Hermosa Beach to temporarily close parks Sunday

Hermosa Beach will close all parks in the city on Sunday  to discourage people from gathering to celebrate religious holidays and inadvertently spreading the coronavirus.

 Ryan McDonald

Los Angeles County property taxes still due, but owners can seek delays

by Ryan McDonald The April 10 deadline to submit property tax payments still holds for Los Angeles County land owners, but those struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic can apply for a waiver of late fees. Officials from various branches of California’s complex property tax apparatus said Thursday that they measures to slow the spread […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa taps Long Beach commander as new PD chief

Hermosa taps Long Beach commander as new PD chief

by Ryan McDonald Paul LeBaron, who has spent nearly three decades with the Long Beach Police Department, will be the next chief of the Hermosa Beach Police Department, Hermosa officials announced Monday. LeBaron replaces interim chief Mike McCrary, who took over in December after the retirement of acting Chief Milton McKinnon. LeBaron will be sworn […]