Ryan McDonald

In Manhattan Beach council race, Montgomery running on knowing when to save, when to invest

by Ryan McDonald Richard Montgomery is proud of his record of financial stewardship, having previously served on the Manhattan Beach City Council during the 2008 financial crisis. He said that hard financial decisions at the time meant cuts to essential city services were not necessary down the road. That austerity mindset, however, needed some flexibility. […]

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Manhattan Beach Gelson’s project to return to Planning Commission

by Ryan McDonald   Citing an outpouring of public interest in the project and unanswered questions, the Manhattan Beach Planning Commission voted last week to delay a decision on whether to approve a proposed Gelson’s Market along Sepulveda Boulevard. Staff had recommended conditionally approving a master use permit for the lot running along Sepulveda between […]

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Hermosa Beach filmmaker tracks improbable path from Somaliland to college

Hermosa Beach filmmaker tracks improbable path from Somaliland to college

by Ryan McDonald Kate Griendling did not know what to expect on arriving in Somaliland. But she was not exactly counting on “Glee” and Taylor Swift. Griendling, a Hermosa Beach resident and filmmaker, arrived in the horn of Africa for work on a documentary film project. She and fellow filmmakers Harry Lee and Ben Powell […]

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Hermosa Beach City Council backs homelessness measure

by Ryan McDonald The Hermosa Beach City Council unanimously endorsed Measure H, a county-wide sales tax proposal to fund services for the homeless, at its Tuesday night meeting. If passed, Meausre H would add a quarter cent to the existing sales tax rate. Hermosa Beach’s rate currently stands at 8.75 percent, and would rise to […]

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Awards honor Hermosa Beach’s emerging leaders

Awards honor Hermosa Beach’s emerging leaders

by Ryan McDonald   Surveying the crowd at Leadership Hermosa’s annual emerging leader awards ceremony, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) noted that the nominees represented much “of what makes Hermosa Beach so special.” Muratsuchi pointed out faces in the crowd, and mentioned following the quest of nominee Morgan Sliff to surf for 366 days in a […]

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Hersman, Manhattan Beach council candidate, tires of city ‘pushing things down the road’

by Ryan McDonald Nancy Hersman first encountered the proposed Manhattan Beach skate park as a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission. When she joined the Planning Commission in 2014, its location was still being debated. Now, as a candidate for City Council, she marvels at the fact that that the project is nearing […]

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Hermosa Beach urges residents to report noise from airplanes overhead

by Ryan McDonald   The noise in Andrea Valcourt’s east Hermosa home started with a few planes around 10 p.m. It gradually got worse, and at one point, she said, planes were flying overhead every 15 minutes. The noise penetrated her doors “Sometimes it sounds like planes are coming right into the bedroom or the […]

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Manhattan Beach nixes proposed bike path through Polliwog Park

by Ryan McDonald   The Manhattan Beach City Council approved a variety of pedestrian safety projects at its Tuesday night meeting, but passed on a plan to add a bike lane that would cut through a portion of a popular local park. In addition to enhanced crosswalks at various locations along Highland Avenue, the adopted […]

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Staying power: Manhattan Beach’s Malissia Clinton finds strength in spirit of community

Staying power: Manhattan Beach’s Malissia Clinton finds strength in spirit of community

by Ryan McDonald James Baldwin’s 1955 essay “Notes of a Native Son,” recounts a particularly hectic week in the author’s life that includes the death of his father, the birth of his youngest sister, his own birthday, the outbreak of the Harlem riot of 1943 and, finally, his father’s burial. Though much of the essay […]

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About Town in Hermosa Beach

Happy Hour with History The Hermosa Beach Historical Society will give visitors a look into the history of dining in the city Thursday night at a Happy Hour with History event. Culinary historian and Easy Reader reporter Richard Foss will present “A Brief, Partial and Biased Culinary History of Hermosa Beach,” at the Hermosa Museum […]

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In Manhattan Beach Council race, D’Errico not afraid to make hard choices

by Ryan McDonald Tony D’Errico’s time in politics so far has been helped by his rare gift of being able to see Manhattan Beach through two sets of eyes: his, and those of his wife. D’Errico moved to the city from New York 21 years ago. He fell in love with the area and, not […]

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Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Stolen gun A firearm was stolen from a North Hermosa residence at some point last month. The gun’s owner had left it at the house of a friend in the 2400 block of Manhattan Avenue, according to police reports. The gun was discovered missing on Jan. 21, but it is not clear exactly when the […]

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About Town in Hermosa Beach

Leadership Ball Leadership Hermosa Beach will announce this year’s Emerging Leaders at its fourth annual Beach Ball this Saturday night. The ceremony, held in conjunction with the City of Hermosa Beach, honors people who demonstrated strong leadership potential. Winners will be selected from three categories: Adult, Youth and Local business/nonprofit organization. This year’s adult nominees […]

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Scouts brighten corner of Hermosa Beach’s Valley school

by Ryan McDonald Students used to call it “the jungle.” A section of dense vegetation that bordered a classroom at Hermosa Valley School, it made passing through one of the room’s doors difficult, and required a great deal of water to maintain. Today, a spare, pleasing desertscape greets students, teachers and visitors. Kids pass quickly […]

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Manhattan Beach’s Conaway finds joy while ‘in the weeds’ of municipal policy

Manhattan Beach’s Conaway finds joy while ‘in the weeds’ of municipal policy

by Ryan McDonald   In explaining why he’s running for Manhattan Beach City Council, Chris Conaway knowingly reaches for a phrase with noble origins, describing it as a “peculiar passion.” Announcing his first-ever run for political office 1832, then 23-year-old Abraham Lincoln said it was his “peculiar ambition” to be “truly esteemed of my fellow […]

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