Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach Kiwanis donates over $70,000 for scholarships, pandemic relief

Hermosa Beach Kiwanis donates over $70,000 for scholarships, pandemic relief

The Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club announced the awarding of $26,500 in academic scholarships last week.

 Ryan McDonald

Newsom halts in-door dining; earlier closing time for 4th in HB

by Ryan McDonald All restaurants in the South Bay and the rest of Los Angeles County will be limited to takeout and outdoor dining for the next three weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move intended to curtail the recent, rapid growth of the coronavirus but which is likely to reignite disputes over the […]

 Kevin Cody

Fourth of July beach closure tests South Bay’s commitment to fighting coronavirus

Fourth of July beach closure tests South Bay’s commitment to fighting coronavirus

Line in the sand

Beach closures over the Fourth of July weekend have police concerned about large crowds that may still visit the beach cities over the holiday.

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach a natural habitat for coyotes

Hermosa Beach a natural habitat for coyotes

Reports of coyote sightings in the South Bay have ticked up in the past few months. And while the arrival of mysterious wildlife has unnerved some residents, including some reporting feeling threatened or even being chased, scientists say that coyotes are a here-to-stay part of the Southern California biosphere, even one as heavily urbanized as the South Bay.

 Kevin Cody

Bicycling’s popularity zooms, but will it outlive the pandemic?

Bicycling’s popularity zooms, but will it outlive the pandemic?

The pandemic caused cycling to surge in popularity. Local advocates hope that popularity and the accompanying health benefits continue post pandemic

Last month, after bike sales soared 300 percent over May 2019, Hermosa Cyclery partners Steve Collins, Ken Lieboewitz, Larry Burke and Mark McNeil stopped selling bikes and stopped answering the telephone. They were out of bikes. But now that people are returning to work they wonder if cycling’s popularity will continue.

 Kevin Cody

Surfers show support of Black Lives Matter at Hermosa Beach paddleout

Surfers show support of Black Lives Matter at Hermosa Beach paddleout

Over 200 predominately white surfers participated in a Black Lives Matter paddleout at the Hermosa Beach pier on Friday.

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach City Manager Steve Burrell deflected credit for rebuilding city

Hermosa Beach City Manager Steve Burrell deflected credit for rebuilding city

Colleagues remember Hermosa Beach City Manager Steve Burrell as an old school, behind the scenes city manager who deflected credit to the city council. “If someone asks. ‘What do you do,’ I say I work at City Hall, and leave it at that,” Burrell once told a reporter.

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach Police Chief LeBaron calls for unity following George Floyd death

Hermosa Beach Police Chief LeBaron calls for unity following George Floyd death

As your Chief of Police, and a 27-year veteran of the law enforcement profession, I feel compelled to speak publicly about the current sentiment towards law enforcement expressed throughout our country.

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach City Council okays new rules to help restaurants, retail survive pandemic

Hermosa Beach City Council okays new rules to help restaurants, retail survive pandemic

by Ryan McDonald Restaurants in Hermosa Beach may soon be able to reopen with tables in streets and parking lots, and retailers will be able to hold their longest-ever sidewalk sale, thanks to a series of measures approved by the City Council Tuesday. The action is intended to help Hermosa businesses survive the economic downturn […]

 Kevin Cody

Easy Reader/HermosaOne Streaming Calendar: Music, Readings, Health

Easy Reader/HermosaOne Streaming Calendar: Music, Readings, Health

Local musicians keep alive Hermosa’s annual Memorial Day Weekend Fiesta with streaming shows. Visit Easy Reader/HermosaOne Streaming Calendar for Music, Readings, and Health programs

 Ryan McDonald

The Strand to reopen in Hermosa Beach

The Strand to reopen in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach will reopen The Strand at 6 a.m. Saturday morning, on the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, lifting a two-month closure put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In a special Thursday night meeting, the City Council voted 4-1 to reopen to reopen the beachside path, a decision […]

 Ryan McDonald

Locals’ burrito bowl donation fights hunger of housebound

Locals’ burrito bowl donation fights hunger of housebound

by Ryan McDonald Last week, on the day after Los Angeles County beaches reopened, surfers emerging from the waves left wet footsteps as they trod past the 11th Street entrance to Brothers Burritos in Hermosa Beach, slowing as the familiar smell of the post-surf favorite wafted out the door. The scent was a bit more […]

 Ryan McDonald

Summer beach camps in coronavirus impact zone

Summer beach camps in coronavirus impact zone

by Ryan McDonald This time of year, Tommy Ostendorf’s phone is usually ringing off the hook. Ostendorf is the owner of Beach Sports, a summer beach camp with locations throughout the South Bay. He starts getting calls about early bird bookings in March and April, and then around Memorial Day things really start to ramp […]

 Dan Smith

Community Services Teams Offers Assistance for Beach Cities Residents

Community Services Teams Offers Assistance for Beach Cities Residents

Care Managers from BCHD serve as the community’s 'health safety net' for Beach Cities residents of all ages

By Ali Steward, BCHD “We’re here to help.” Beach Cities Health District’s Community Services department doesn’t have an official tagline, but if it did, that altruistic mantra would be an appropriate contender. This team of helping professionals serves as the community’s health safety net for Beach Cities residents of all ages. In the era of […]

 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.