Brad Jacobson

Swell Stories: Insane Surf Hits the South Bay on Black Friday (video)

Swell Stories: Insane Surf Hits the South Bay on Black Friday (video)

Swell Stories: Insane Surf Hits the South Bay on Black Friday An insane swell hit the South Bay on Black Friday, November 23rd. This wind swell pushed head high to well overhead barrels into the South Bay. Surfers include: Alex Fry, Andy Prunauer, Ryan Boyd, Teddy Navarro, Parker Browning, Greg Browning, Chris Wells, Sam Neiger, […]

 Ryan McDonald

Thurmond promises to lift all state’s schools

Thurmond promises to lift all state’s schools

by Ryan McDonald On his first day as a board member of the West Contra Costa School District, Tony Thurmond was told he needed to close 10 schools. It was 2008, around the time Wall Street banker Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy, the financial system plunged into crisis, and the budgets of government agencies around the […]

 Ryan McDonald

Exhibit at Hermosa Museum highlights Sandpipers’ 87 years of local philanthropy

Exhibit at Hermosa Museum highlights Sandpipers’ 87 years of local philanthropy

by Ryan McDonald A cord of wood, a few bottles of milk, and a visit to the doctor: each forms part of an entry in a “neighborhood philanthropy” casework log from the 1930s of the Sandpipers, the charitable organization founded in Hermosa Beach. The casebook, with its prices scrupulously recorded and ready to dazzle inflation-adjusted […]

 Kevin Cody

Holloway cancels South Bay’s Ortega UFC featherweight title in Vegas

Holloway cancels South Bay’s Ortega UFC featherweight title in Vegas

Saturday night in the octagon of the 20,000 seat, Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena, Redondo Beach Breakwater surfer Brian Ortega will fight for the UFC 226 featherweight title against Hawaiian title holder Max Holloway.

 Ryan McDonald

Metro plan could add delays for South Bay light-rail riders

Metro plan could add delays for South Bay light-rail riders

by Ryan McDonald Under a proposal that will come before the Metro Board Thursday, the Metro Green line could get shorter, a decision that would impose a second transfer and potentially added time for South Bay riders heading to downtown Los Angeles. Thursday Metro Board of Directors meeting includes an item with a service plan […]

 Ryan McDonald

South Bay support sought for fast-track of Metro rail project

by Ryan McDonald There are few places harder to reach from the South Bay than West Hollywood: no freeway passes through it, and those that will bring drivers near it are constantly packed. But with a bit of help from regional transportation officials, residents could be able to get there in less than 40 minutes […]

 Ryan McDonald

Ahead of the class: MBX Flex allows students to take summer school on their own time. But does it give an unfair edge to those that can afford it?

Ahead of the class: MBX Flex allows students to take summer school on their own time. But does it give an unfair edge to those that can afford it?

  by Ryan McDonald In January, teachers in the Mira Costa High School Department of Social Sciences voted to change what it meant to be an “A” student. Although teaching practices would not change, starting with the winter semester of this school year, a cumulative average as low as a 78 would earn an A. […]

 Judy Rae

Beach pics – Super Blue Moon

Beach pics – Super Blue Moon

Super blue red moon: Early morning Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018                    

 Ryan McDonald

Mustangs’ depth pushes them past Sea Kings in walled waves

Mustangs’ depth pushes them past Sea Kings in walled waves

by Ryan McDonald After the horn sounded the end of the final heat, Mira Costa High School surf coach Tracy Geller told junior Alex Fry he was “making something out of nothing.” The “something” was the maneuvers Costa’s surfers managed to deliver in their victory over Palos Verdes High School.  The “nothing” was the conditions […]

 Ryan McDonald

Sink or swim: Mira Costa alumnus Matt Warshaw’s online Encyclopedia of Surfing provides a one-of-a-kind look at the sport. Can it survive?

Sink or swim: Mira Costa alumnus Matt Warshaw’s online Encyclopedia of Surfing provides a one-of-a-kind look at the sport. Can it survive?

by Ryan McDonald Last year, the Oxford English Dictionary added the term “tandem surfing” to its store of more than half a million words. As is practice at the OED, which tracks not only the meaning of words but also their etymology and their usage, the editors sought the earliest possible appearance of the term […]

 Judy Rae

Gift Guide November 2017 Beach Magazine

Gift Guide November 2017 Beach Magazine

Happy Holidays 2017

 Ryan McDonald

The Kid’s Alright: South Bay native Gavin Heaney has a new album shaped by the changes that have rocked his life

The Kid’s Alright: South Bay native Gavin Heaney has a new album shaped by the changes that have rocked his life

by Ryan McDonald Matich Heaney, not quite one year old, was sitting on the ground in the backyard of his Hermosa Beach home. His legs were extended wide in front of him, and his head was bobbing to some unheard music. The morning sun was peeking through the trees. Matich’s father, Gavin Heaney, sat at […]

 Ryan McDonald

Traffic Jam: Amid commuter angst over lane closures on Vista Del Mar, Metro is launching an ambitious expansion of public transit. Is it a solution for the South Bay?

Traffic Jam: Amid commuter angst over lane closures on Vista Del Mar, Metro is launching an ambitious expansion of public transit. Is it a solution for the South Bay?

by Ryan McDonald (Second of three parts) In June, after the Vista Del Mar lane closures prompted an outpouring of anger from Beach Cities residents, Manhattan Beach Mayor David Lesser and Councilmember Richard Montgomery reached out to Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin and to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Neither Bonin, in whose […]

 Ryan McDonald

Medal of Valor dinner in Redondo Beach honors L.A. County lifeguards

Medal of Valor dinner in Redondo Beach honors L.A. County lifeguards

by Ryan McDonald As the night began, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn looked out over the assembled crew of watermen, and told them that her experience working with county lifeguards had taught her a few things. Among them: “Baywatch” was not to be taken as gospel. “[Lifeguarding] is not as glamorous as some of […]

 Ryan McDonald

End in sight for Vista del Mar lane closures

End in sight for Vista del Mar lane closures

by Ryan McDonald After nearly two months of frustration from South Bay commuters, officials announced the imminent restoration of traffic lanes on Vista del Mar. Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin announced Wednesday evening that an additional lane in each direction on the popular artery would be restored within three weeks. Traffic light changes at […]

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