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

 Kevin Cody

Sling Pilot Academy offers free Valentines Day flight lesson to Federal employees

Sling Pilot Academy offers free Valentines Day flight lesson to Federal employees

Sling Pilot Academy will offer a free flying course and a flight on Valentine’s Day for federal/TSA employees looking to start a new career.  The event will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Thursday, February 14

 Ryan McDonald

Lost photos show Black Flag’s history

Lost photos show Black Flag’s history

  by Ryan McDonald Forty years ago, some dithering about the release of an EP from four kids in Hermosa Beach laid the foundation for alternative music. The band behind the songs, Panic, had a short run before they eventually become Black Flag. A bit more of that brief history has come to light recently […]

 Brad Jacobson

Another Big Surf Swell Hits The South Bay (video)

Another Big Surf Swell Hits The South Bay (video)

In this episode of Swell Stories we follow another big swell which hit the South Bay a few days after our last “Swell Stories” episode. We’re pretty happy with the winter so far! Surfers include Matt Mohagen, Chad Parks, Damien Fahrenfort and others.

 Ryan McDonald

South Bay scouts hit Rose Parade

 Brad Jacobson

Swell Stories: A happy beginning of the New Year for South Bay Surfers (video)

Swell Stories: A happy beginning of the New Year for South Bay Surfers (video)

In this episode we feature a swell which hit the South Bay January 6th bringing in overhead plus sized barrels. LA surfers were given a nice start to the New Year! Surfers include Damien Fahrenfort, Pat Webber, Andre Anorga, Conor Beatty, Chris Wells and others.

 Ryan McDonald

Greenlighted: Metro votes to keep most of the Green Line open for South Bay riders until 2021. Then what?

Greenlighted: Metro votes to keep most of the Green Line open for South Bay riders until 2021. Then what?

by Ryan McDonald Part way through his presentation on the “28 by ‘28 Initiative,” an attempt to complete 28 transportation projects in the region before the 2028 Olympics come to Southern California, LA Metro CEO Phil Washington paused on a slide titled “Measure M Cost Management Policy.” Unlike the previous graphics, which were heavy with […]

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