Ryan McDonald

Snapped at Jaws: Photographer Brent Broza captures a monster, and the award for shooting the largest wave ever paddled

Snapped at Jaws: Photographer Brent Broza captures a monster, and the award for shooting the largest wave ever paddled

by Ryan McDonald In earlier times, a photographer wouldn’t know how good a shot was until making it to the darkroom. But on January 15, photographer Brent Broza knew right away he had something special. And not much later, so did his friends. The Hermosa resident was perched on a rugged cliff face overlooking Jaws,…Read More→

 Kevin Cody

Descendents perform first Hermosa concert in two decades

Descendents perform first Hermosa concert in two decades

The Blue Ribbons have been flowing with a Stoli or two on the rocks thrown in. Anticipation fills the air. People are wearing local surf shop T-shirts and hats along with those of Black Flag, Pennywise and of course Descendents.

 Sean Carroll

Surfin’ back to the ’80s: Spyder Surf Quiksilver Triple Crown of Retro Surfing

Surfin’ back to the ’80s:  Spyder Surf Quiksilver Triple Crown of Retro Surfing

“What makes this contest different from the others,” Spyder founder Dennis Jarvis said of South Bay Quiksilver Triple Crown of Retro Surfing on Saturday, “is that the boards are older, they’re dinged up. You have to surf a board from the ’80s. They’re totally different to ride than the boards nowadays, ‘cause this was the experimental phase of surfing. So when you see the guys out here, some are kinda bogging down and some are really rippin.’ “

 Morgan Sliff

Little green leaders: Four best friends are helping save the planet

by Morgan Sliff They’ve grown up knowing the planet is in peril, but rather than despair, they’ve taken matters into their own hands. They are small in size but big in action. Isabella and SaraJane Bacallao, Sofia Pizer, and Sofia Prenter know the ropes when it comes to standing up for a greener community. The close-knit quartet, the oldest only 13, regularly band…Read More→

 Ryan McDonald

Healing the Bay: Aquarist and activist Jose Bacallao’s fight for the protection of marine life

by Ryan McDonald  For a guy who spends his days amongst sharks and starfish, Jose Bacallao is pretty good at talking with people. Bacallao serves as senior aquarist and operations manager for Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. The Hermosa resident often finds himself in Palos Verdes, harvesting algae and native aquatic species to…Read More→

 Judy Rae

Beach Fundraiser – Adrienne’s Search for Children’s Cancer Cure

Beach Fundraiser – Adrienne’s Search for Children’s Cancer Cure

This 10th annual fundraiser hosted by the Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach council endorses school bond measure, study for general plan

by Ryan McDonald The Hermosa Beach City Council unanimously endorsed a school bond measure Tuesday night that will face city voters in June. The council lent their blessing to Measure S, a school facilities measure that would modernize the two existing city schools and reopen North School to ease overcrowding. In front of a crowd…Read More→

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach Community Police Academy helps blur the Thin Blue Line

by Ryan McDonald Two cars are pulled to the side of a Hermosa Beach street. One is a run-down truck with tools in the back; the cab smells faintly of beer, the driver a construction worker headed home to San Pedro. The other is a late-model SUV, a youngster buckled in the backseat; up front…Read More→

 Bondo Wyszpolski

A Feisty Woman, and the Man in the Mirror

A Feisty Woman, and the Man in the Mirror

Surf City Theatre brings a rarely seen comedy to Hermosa Beach Charles Busch has written many successful plays, including “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” which in 2002 was staged to acclaim at the Ahmanson Theatre. “Olive and the Bitter Herbs” didn’t garner as much praise when it opened off-Broadway a few years back, and…Read More→

 Ryan McDonald

Push for school bond measure underway in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald The effort to address overcrowding in the Hermosa Beach schools has entered its next phase, as district officials spread the word about a facilities bond facing voters on the June ballot. Measure S would allow for major renovations at View and Valley, the city’s two existing schools, and the reopening of a…Read More→

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach Police seek input on body cameras

The Hermosa Beach Police Department is seeking input from residents about the possible impacts of equipping its officers with body cameras. The department is in the process of seeking grants to pay for body-worn cameras for its officers. They have partnered with Cal State Fullerton in a study of citizen attitudes toward the use of…Read More→

 Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach stores not holding the bag as Earth Month begins

by Ryan McDonald April 1 marked the beginning of Hermosa Beach’s ban on single-use plastic bags for retailers larger than 10,000 square feet. But Hermosa Cyclery could have waited. Smaller stores will have until Oct. 1 to comply. And at only 1,575 square feet, the beachside bike shop is well under the threshold. The rapidly…Read More→

 Mark McDermott

FREEDOM SONGS: Two Long Beach musicians begin residency at Suzy’s in Hermosa Beach

FREEDOM SONGS: Two Long Beach musicians begin residency at Suzy’s in Hermosa Beach

  Two strong singers front the Cold Shoulders and The Kang Trio, who bring a taste of the Long Beach indie music scene to Hermosa Beach on Monday nights once a month — by Mark McDermott  She was a little girl who didn’t say much but had a big voice just waiting to leap out….Read More→

 Ryan McDonald

After 30 years, Hermosa Beach Hallmark store will give its final greeting

by Ryan McDonald After nearly 30 years in the greeting card business, Jai Shim has mastered the lingo. The Hermosa Beach business owner peppers her speech with short, aphoristic bits of wisdom and emotion. But this week, even Jai was at a loss for words. This week marks the end of business for the Hallmark…Read More→

 Ryan McDonald

Plastic bag ban to begin in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald Friday marks the beginning of a city-wide ban on single-use plastic bags in Hermosa Beach. The ban applies to retailers, restaurants and pharmacies larger than 10,000 square feet. Smaller stores will have until Oct. 1 of this year to comply, and customers will have the option of purchasing paper bags from retailers…Read More→

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