Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach Chamber to honor Man and Woman of Year

by Ryan McDonald   The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau will present its Man and Woman of the Year awards at its annual gala on Feb. 10. This year’s honorees are Lt. Tom Thompson of the Hermosa Beach Police Department and Dr. Alice Villalobos. The awards are a tradition that dates back […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Home Damaged A suspect was arrested last Saturday on suspicion of vandalism after entering a Hermosa home and damaging property. The suspect broke a window and a patio barbecue, police said. Officers arrived on the scene, and the suspected resisted arrest, kicking a police car by while being placed in the vehicle. The suspect was […]

 Ryan McDonald

About Town in Hermosa Beach

Wild weather High winds tore through Hermosa Beach Sunday afternoon, nearly lifting the roof off a downtown restaurant. Winds gusting in excess of 40 mph destabilized the roof on the upstairs patio at Hennessey’s Tavern on the southwest edge of Pier Plaza, said Captain James Crawford of the Hermosa Beach Fire Department. “It had come […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach couple brew up new machine for quick, tasty coffee

by Ryan McDonald The kitchen sink in Jenni Morse’s apartment had clogged. Again. The culprit was coffee; grounds from Morse’s French press, to be exact. “My landlord had to tell me twice to stop putting grounds down the sink,” she said. The incident was inspired in equal parts by Morse’s insistence on quality coffee, and […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach bar owner pleads not guilty to federal charges

by Ryan McDonald A federal criminal investigation into an alleged drug smuggling and illegal gambling ring resulted in the arrest of nearly two dozen suspects last week, including the co-owner of a popular Hermosa Beach bar. On Tuesday at the San Diego federal courthouse, Hermosa resident and Waterman’s co-owner Jeff Bellandi pleaded not guilty to […]

 Ryan McDonald

Upscale grocer signs tentative deal for Hermosa Beach site near Hope Chapel

by Ryan McDonald After a nearly ten-year absence, a grocery store may finally be returning to one of Hermosa Beach’s busiest intersections. Lazy Acres, a natural foods market with existing locations in Long Beach and Santa Barbara, has tentatively agreed to fill a space owned by the Hope Chapel at the intersection of Artesia Boulevard […]

 Brad Jacobson

As Seen Across The South Bay Episode 1

As Seen Across The South Bay Episode 1

A new series by Civic Couch shares scenes across the South Bay, including Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo and Torrance. There is always something scenic in the South Bay, and Civic Couch these scenes via videographer Brad Jacobson’s lenses.

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach City Council grills Edison reps over recent blackouts

by Ryan McDonald   Ill-timed power outages in Hermosa Beach earlier this month prompted renewed concern over a local utility’s reliability and reimbursement for outage-related expenses. The blackouts, one of which lasted for nearly 24 hours, inconvenienced residents and cost local businesses thousands of dollars, according to comments at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Officials […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach welcomes improved South Park

by Ryan McDonald   Hundreds of residents gathered in South Hermosa Saturday afternoon for the grand opening of South Park. The South Park Universally Accessible and Natural Playground debuted to excited children and relieved adults, the latter who recalled the lengthy process of finishing the park. “It’s really a testament to what happens when people […]

 Ryan McDonald

Upgrades to diamond at View School in the works for Hermosa Beach Little League

by Ryan McDonald It’s not quite “Field of Dreams” yet, but it’s getting there. Upgraded baseball facilities are planned for Hermosa View School to serve the burgeoning Hermosa Beach Little League. Improvements to the backstop, fencing, dugouts and benches are in the works for the East Hermosa campus, with plans to install them during the […]

 David Mendez

L.A. Rams to spike South Bay real estate market

L.A. Rams to spike South Bay real estate market

by David Mendez By the time the National Football League collection of owners made its decision, allowing the St. Louis Rams to move back to Los Angeles, Shorewood Realtors real estate agent Ed Kaminsky was already coiled and ready to strike. “I had been anticipating it for a while,” he said, building relationships as a […]

 Ryan McDonald

About Town in Hermosa Beach

South Park re-opening After years of construction and improvements, South Park will reopen to the public this Saturday. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. at 425 Valley Drive. The park, which formerly housed a roller-hockey rink, blends natural features with recreational equipment to create a “universally accessible” playground for people of varying […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Vehicle Burglary A thief broke into a car in downtown Hermosa last Wednesday and stole several items within, including a pair of children’s shoes. The victim reported the break-in to police about about 2 p.m., police said. The car had been parked near the intersection of Pier and Hermosa avenues. It was not immediately clear […]

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa surf in December: Video by MartyCam

Hermosa surf in December: Video by MartyCam

The surf has been so good this month, thanks to El Nino, that it’s easy to forget how good it was last December, as shown in this video by Marty Tueling and Vince Ray.

 Ryan McDonald

Mostly praise for new plans for Strand & Pier project in Hermosa Beach [UPDATED]

by Ryan McDonald The release of new renderings for a large planned development has eased residents’ concerns about the fate of Hermosa Beach’s most fabled crossroads. Strand & Pier, the project slated for the northwest corner of Pier Plaza, will include a 100-room hotel, multiple restaurants, and new retail. Previous plans, calling for the hotel […]

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