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 […]

 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.

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