Ryan McDonald

Anatomy of an election: ousting incumbents in Manhattan Beach

Anatomy of an election: ousting incumbents in Manhattan Beach

by Ryan McDonald The Manhattan Beach City Council elections on March 7 produced a kind of political black swan: the unseating of not one but two incumbents. With three seats available, council members Mark Burton and Tony D’Errico came in fourth and fifth, respectively, in the eight-candidate field. But Burton and D’Errico stand out for […]

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Planning for Hermosa Beach’s North School continues

by Ryan McDonald Plans for the latest addition to the Hermosa Beach City School District are progressing toward reality, with the district juggling neighborhood concerns while opening to complete construction in time for the start of the 2019-20 school year. A series of district and school board meetings this month demonstrated ongoing resident concern with […]

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Hermosa Beach Museum head plans to bring city’s history to broader audience

Hermosa Beach Museum head plans to bring city’s history to broader audience

by Ryan McDonald Teetering on the desk of Bradley Peacock one morning last month was a stack of books on Hermosa Beach history, including Patricia Gazin’s “Footnotes in the Sand,”  Ted Gioaia’s “West Coast Jazz,” and Chris Miller and Jerry Roberts’ “Images of America: Hermosa Beach.” Peacock is the new curator of the Hermosa Beach […]

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Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Phone taken in robbery Multiple suspects attacked a person in South Hermosa earlier this month, taking a cell phone before assaulting the victim. The robbery occurred in the 800 block of Hermosa Avenue in the early morning of March 9, police said. The suspects approached and threatened the victim, demanding the cell phone. No further […]

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Nighttime construction hours OK’d for Manhattan Beach Village mall project

by Ryan McDonald The Manhattan Beach City Council unanimously approved a developer’s request to conduct construction at night at the Manhattan Village Mall, saying the work involved required evening hours because of safety concerns. The decision allows developer JLL, who is handling the mall’s interior updates as well as the upcoming city-approved expansion plan, to […]

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Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Mysterious vandalism Unknown suspects defaced multiple pieces of property in South Hermosa earlier this month. In one incident, a vandal graffitied a city bench on Hermosa Avenue near the intersection with 8th Street, police said. The damage, which consisted of the words “NECK VEIN” scrawled across the entire bench surface, was discovered the afternoon of […]

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Grinding it out: Manhattan Beach skate spot finally set to open

Grinding it out: Manhattan Beach skate spot finally set to open

by Ryan McDonald The Manhattan Beach skate spot is nestled among the basketball rims, racquetball building and baseball fields of Marine Park. Studded with quarter-pipes, fun boxes, flat rails, stairs and more, the soon-to-be-opened park is a blank canvas for the creative skater, its copings unscuffed, its ledges unmarked. But the neatest trick to be […]

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Beloved Manhattan Beach jewelry store facing eviction

Beloved Manhattan Beach jewelry store facing eviction

by Ryan McDonald   Manhattan Beach resident Diane Halperin recently recalled some of her now-deceased grandmother’s last moments. Her grandmother gave her a ring that had long been in the family; Halperin promised to take care of it, but wondered who she should go to have it cleaned. Who could she trust with an object […]

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Hermosa Beach City Council mulls response to refinery bills

Hermosa Beach City Council mulls response to refinery bills

by Ryan McDonald The Hermosa Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to hold off on issuing a letter of support for a series of proposed state laws affecting the Torrance Refinery, signaling concern about regional impacts from the refinery but also uncertainty about the bills’ potential effects and disagreement over the extent to which Hermosa […]

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Manhattan Beach teens drive money to charity showing eye-catching autos

by Ryan McDonald The keepers of South Bay Exotics may have only recently gotten their driver’s licenses, but they are big believers in the maxim, “Keep your eyes on the road.” But the five Manhattan Beach teenagers aren’t just looking for hazards; they’re keeping an eye out for the coolest cars they can find. Maxwell […]

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Best gift and kids shop: Gum Tree

Best gift and kids shop: Gum Tree

Running a brick-and-mortar retailer in the age of prolific online shopping isn’t easy. Gum Tree owner Lori Ford said the key is providing customers items they might not stumble upon themselves in an environment that makes it pleasant to do so. “Anyone can buy anything on Amazon. We’re serving that client who still wants to […]

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Best family law attorney: Karina Pozsar

Best family law attorney: Karina Pozsar

Of all areas of law, none can match family law for bitterness and intensity of disagreement.   Surrounded by this swirl of emotions, attorney Karina Pozsar has come to see the importance of remaining calm, even when her clients are not. “People panic. All of a sudden, people are freaking out. You need to tell […]

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Best Antique Store: Stars Antique Market

Best Antique Store: Stars Antique Market

There are only so many 1906 Edison Home Phonographs left in the world. And there must be fewer still whose pavilion — the elaborate horn-shaped end designed to amplify sound before the days of digital receivers — points directly at a glass-encased chrome statuette of the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. Walk into Stars Antique Market in Hermosa […]

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Best Criminal Defense Attorney: Nigel Villanueva

Best Criminal Defense Attorney: Nigel Villanueva

When asked whether there was a philosophical thread that tied together the many cases he handles in his law practice, attorney Nigel Villanueva did not hesitate. “On every single case, the client needs to be apprised of everything. I’m here to give them my judgment and expertise, but ultimately everything comes down to their decision,” […]

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Best Business Attorney: Brandon Chabner

Best Business Attorney: Brandon Chabner

There’s a lot of jokes out there in which the punch line is a rotten lawyer. But for attorney Brandon Chabner, it’s the chance to be a nice guy that drives his Hermosa Beach practice. He relishes the way his practice connects him to good people doing interesting things. “The bottom line is, I like […]

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