Ryan McDonald

Courting controversy in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald Even on a beach volleyball court, it’s impossible for Hermosans to stick their heads in the sand. After a lengthy meeting of the Parks, Recreation and Community Resources Advisory Commission earlier this month, varying proposals regarding courts and nets in the area surrounding the pier remain stuck in disagreement. The proposals represent […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach church hosts event to humanize Islam and followers

by Saima Fariz Young people hold up cue cards, a la Bob Dylan in “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” One, a bearded man wearing a short, rounded skullcap with a prayer mat hanging in the background, holds a sign that asks: “WOULD YOU BE SCARED IF I MOVED TO YOUR CITY?” Later, a young woman’s card says, […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Strand robbery A man was arrested last Thursday afternoon after allegedly robbing a person in downtown Hermosa. The suspect approached the victim in the 1100 block of The Strand about 5:45 p.m., according to police reports. The suspect used force or fear to take the victim’s skateboard, as well as a backpack that belonged to […]

 Ryan McDonald

About Town in Hermosa Beach

The 23rd running of the Smackfest Volleyball tournament will take place at the Hermosa Pier this weekend. The event begins Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the courts on the south side of the Pier, and runs till 6 p.m. It combines amateur and professional divisions, features players in elaborate costumes. A portion of the […]

 Judy Rae

Beach art – HUB Art installation

Beach art – HUB Art installation

“This unveiling will make Hermosa Beach a beacon to the punk world,”

 Ryan McDonald

A ‘Living Museum’ at Hermosa Beach Butterfly Garden

by Ryan McDonald The Monarch butterfly may have a regal name, but it is just as vulnerable as the rest of its light-winged brethren. That’s the lesson that local girl scouts and students at Hermosa View have drawn from the butterfly habitat erected on a corner of campus. School may be out for the summer, […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach coucil gives OK to smoking ban, rolling outages resolution

by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach’s City Council tentatively approved an expanded smoking ban in the city’s outdoor areas at its Tuesday night meeting. The ban would apply to all public outdoor areas, and private outdoor areas where the public is invited, such as businesses like Deep Pocket Jean Company, a Pier Avenue retailer and barber […]

 Brad Jacobson

Hermosa Beach Parking Lot Makeover

Hermosa Beach Parking Lot Makeover

Mural honoring Hermosa Beach volleyball debuts on June 25th Completed by noted local photographer Bo Bridges, the mural uses high-resolution photos on a vinyl-based material, and covers the south- and west-facing walls of the foot of the downtown parking structure. It dispenses with veneration of past stars — one image captures nothing above the knees—in […]

 Ryan McDonald

About Town in Hermosa Beach

Shakespeare by the Sea A Moorish general and an ancient King of England will appear in Hermosa’s Valley Park next week for the annual running of Shakespeare by the Sea. The Little Fish Theatre Company will present “Othello” on Wednesday night and “Cymbeline” on Thursday night. Both plays will run from 7 p.m. to 9 […]

 Ryan McDonald

Panelists smoke out possible impacts of broader smoking ban in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald In advance of considering a ban on smoking in all public areas, Hermosa Beach hosted a panel of experts last week to discuss the benefits and challenges of curbing tobacco use. The forum, held in association with the Beach Cities Health District and the Surfrider Foundation, addressed the health and environmental impacts […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Tow truck theft attempt Unknown suspects used a tow truck in what was apparently an attempted car theft last month, police said. About 11:30 p.m. on June 23, a resident in the 1100 block of 15th Street, near Prospect Ave., heard a noise outside his home and saw two people attempting to tow the resident’s […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach facing lawsuit over short-term rental law

by Ryan McDonald   The city of Hermosa Beach is facing a lawsuit over its recent adoption of ordinances that prohibit short-term vacation rentals in residential areas. Jim Holtz, who owns a property on The Strand in South Hermosa that he has frequently used as a short-term rental, filed the complaint in Los Angeles County […]

 Sean Carroll

Hermosa Beach Iron Man 2016 by Sean Carroll

Hermosa Beach Iron Man 2016 by Sean Carroll

A large sample of the madness that transpired yesterday at the 2016 Hermosa Beach Iron Man Competition. Photos by Sean Carroll.

 Kevin Cody

Bellandi, Seawright repeat in Hermosa Fourth of July Beach Ironman

Veteran Hermosa Beach Ironman competitors Jeff Bellandi and Annie Seawright were the first to finish the challenging run-a-mile, paddle-a-mile, chug a six pack Hermosa Beach Fourth of July Ironman. This year’s event was thought to favor the older competitors because it at 8 a.m., well before many of the younger competitors were fully awake.

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach Ironman 2016 by Balzer

Hermosa Beach Ironman 2016 by Balzer

Surf photographer Mike Balzer pointed his lens at a different salty, beach liquid on the Fourth of July, in Hermosa Beach.

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