Ryan McDonald

Good medicine: South Bay’s civic spirit remains healthy amid coronavirus pandemic

Good medicine: South Bay’s civic spirit remains healthy amid coronavirus pandemic

by Ryan McDonald About half way through the band Zeal’s Sunday afternoon set, a man in a white surgical gown, his face obscured by a respirator mask, threaded his way between an amplifier stack and a drum kit to apply some disinfectant. His feet were wrapped in sanitary plastic, and he walked with the deliberate […]

 Judy Rae

Best of the Beach 2020

Best of the Beach 2020

As determined by ballots cast online
at EasyReaderNews.com

 Brad Jacobson

Surfers in the South Bay rejoice over a pumping long January swell

Surfers in the South Bay rejoice over a pumping long January swell

The surf swell that hit the South Bay in late January brought an almost week long run of waves. This is the story of that swell in this episode of Swell Stories produced by Civic Couch. This swell had a combination of waves from bombing beach break closeout barrels to long shouldered waves perfect for […]

 Ryan McDonald

Metro eyes analysis of Green Line extension in South Bay

Metro eyes analysis of Green Line extension in South Bay

by Ryan McDonald Southern California transit officials will consider a contract worth more than $30,000,000 to plan for an extension of the Green Line, a major expansion of rail transit into the South Bay. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority at its Thursday meeting will vote on whether to award a contract to STV Incorporated, a consulting […]

 Kevin Cody

Chill air stokes Ratopia Classic surfers, raises funds for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma research

Chill air stokes Ratopia Classic surfers, raises funds for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma research

by Mike Purpus The 15th Annual Ratopia Surf Classic was held in freezing cold offshore winds with fast peeling, 3-foot waves in front of the Torrance Beach Snack Bar. Contest director Nick Weber welcomed the big turnout by singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” He should be singing for all the Dodger games.  Jenna Newburn helps […]

 Ryan McDonald

Take two waves and call me in the morning: International Surf Therapy Organization brings ocean healing into the mainstream

Take two waves and call me in the morning: International Surf Therapy Organization brings ocean healing into the mainstream

by Ryan McDonald Carly Rogers was told there was “no way” she would be able to pull it off. Jamie Marshall was told, “I don’t know what you’re going to do here.” And Joel Pilgrim was told that he was “just a surfer who wants to get paid to go surfing.” The last one wasn’t […]

 Brad Jacobson

Finally waves in the South Bay? It’s true. A fun surf swell hit in early September

Finally waves in the South Bay? It’s true. A fun surf swell hit in early September

Please excuse us for getting so excited but it’s been a while since we’ve seen waves over waist high here in the South Bay. The South Bay surf community had something to dust off their surfboards for, waist to occasionally over head waves. Surfers include: Luca Luhrsen, Alex Fry, Chris Wells, Colin Weinberg, Luke Petty […]

 Ryan McDonald

The Kids Are Alright: South Bay’s Bob Bain puts on the Teen Choice Awards amid a changing media landscape

by Ryan McDonald More than a decade ago, Bob Bain was in his former office when his production partner popped in and asked Bain if he would like to watch a band performing in a room down the hall. The group had an energy, a buzz that suggested big things might be on the horizon. […]

 Ryan McDonald

Free wristbands for Teen Choice Awards in Hermosa Beach fetching hundreds online

by Ryan McDonald Massive demand for passes to Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards in Hermosa Beach has created a thriving secondary market for wristbands that were given out for free to local residents Thursday morning. Distribution of the free tickets was supposed to begin at 11 a.m. Thursday on the lawn east of the Hermosa Community […]

 Ryan McDonald

The Kids Are Alright: Hermosa Beach hosts the Teen Choice Awards amid a changing media landscape

The Kids Are Alright: Hermosa Beach hosts the Teen Choice Awards amid a changing media landscape

By Ryan McDonald More than a decade ago, Manhattan Beach resident Bob Bain was in his former office when his production partner popped in and asked Bain if he would like to watch a band performing in a room down the hall. The group had an energy, a buzz that suggested big things might be […]

 Ryan McDonald

Class in session: Complex ‘Seminar’ opens at Hermosa Beach’s Second Story Theater this weekend

Class in session:  Complex ‘Seminar’ opens at Hermosa Beach’s Second Story Theater this weekend

By Ryan McDonald You can throw a kid in detention, but the reluctant adult learner is the real troublemaker. Those under 16, after all, don’t have much say about showing up for class. It’s later, as learning becomes a matter of greater choice and greater expense, that we start to wonder why we should listen […]

 Ryan McDonald

Density Bonus: Can the South Bay learn to love more housing?

Density Bonus: Can the South Bay learn to love more housing?

Second of two parts by Ryan McDonald In the past year, South Bay residents have appeared at City Council meetings and invoked “density” as reason for concern over, among many other things, outdoor dining, commercial truck delivery schedules, and a proposed slackline park on the beach. None of these would have increased the number of […]

 Ryan McDonald

Remember the Alamo? Controversial state legislation forces hard look at South Bay housing

Remember the Alamo?  Controversial state legislation forces hard look at South Bay housing

First of two parts By Ryan McDonald Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand keeps a well-worn piece of paper in his pocket. He pulls it out and unfolds it when he talks about housing, which, these days, is often. On the paper is a long, hand-written list of pending state legislation that would change the balance […]

 Kevin Cody

Surf League, Boardridersrecognize surfer scholars

by Kevin Cody The South Bay Scholastic Surfing Association (SBSSA) celebrated what many believe was the best winter surf season in over a decade with an awards presentation last Friday evening at the Hermosa Beach Community Center. The high school surf league includes 12 schools, from San Pedro to Santa Monica. Mira Costa High finished […]

 Ryan McDonald

Sounds of Change: Manhattan Beach’s Don Jung captures music and events of the late ’60s

Sounds of Change: Manhattan Beach’s Don Jung captures music and events of the late ’60s

Manhattan Beach resident Don Jung’s book ‘Rockin’ Through Troubled Waters’ recounts his times in the late ‘60s music scene

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