Ryan McDonald

Path on Hermosa Beach Greenbelt delayed for study

Path on Hermosa Beach Greenbelt delayed for study

Path on Greenbelt delayed for study

by Ryan McDonald A controversial proposal to install a path of decomposed granite along the Greenbelt in Hermosa Beach will be put off for further study, the City Council decided last week. The decision, by a 4-1 vote with Councilmember Carolyn Petty dissenting, appropriates $28,000, 10 percent of what was initially budgeted for the Greenbelt […]

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Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Tree trimmers packing heat Two errant tree trimmers were arrested earlier this month after allegedly being found in possession of drugs and a stolen gun. The suspects had been hired to trim palm trees, but on June 4 about 2:30 p.m., they inadvertently arrived at the the 1200 block of Hermosa Avenue, a different location […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

  Crimes-against-elderly meeting The Hermosa Beach Community Police Advisory Board will give a presentation next week devoted to preventing crimes against elders. The meeting will take place at the at the Hermosa Beach Senior Activity Center at 710 Pier Ave. on Wednesday at 12 p.m. The presentation is expected to last 30 to 40 minutes. Summer celebration The Community […]

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Car crashes into Hermosa Beach apartment complex

by Ryan McDonald A multi-car accident in Hermosa Beach Thursday morning ended with a car crashing into a ground-floor room of Pacific Coast Highway apartment building. No one was seriously hurt. The car, a white, four-door Chevy sedan, crashed head-first into the bedroom of one of the units at the Marina Bay Club Apartments on […]

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Hermosa Beach wrestles with code enforcement

Hermosa Beach wrestles with code enforcement

by Ryan McDonald Some residents think Hermosa Beach enforces too many rules. Others think the city doesn’t enforce enough. Choosing when to be stern and when to use discretion is the tricky task the city has in front of it in the coming months. The City Council hosted a study session devoted to code enforcement […]

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Flight Paths: Manhattan Beach native Daniel Riley jets back to the ‘70s in a debut novel of the South Bay, stewardesses and skyjackings

Flight Paths: Manhattan Beach native Daniel Riley jets back to the ‘70s in a debut novel of the South Bay, stewardesses and skyjackings

by Ryan McDonald About three-quarters of the way through “Fly Me,” the excellent, just-released first novel from Manhattan Beach native Daniel Riley, Suzy Whitman makes the drive from the South Bay to Pasadena. It is New Year’s Day, so she is headed to the Rose Bowl to watch USC. And it is 1973, so Suzy […]

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Hermosa Beach dedicates ‘hidden gem’ parkette spruced up by Eagle Scout

Hermosa Beach dedicates ‘hidden gem’ parkette spruced up by Eagle Scout

Hermosa Beach has more than two dozen parks.

  by Ryan McDonald Hermosa Beach has more than two dozen parks. Some, like Valley Park, are big enough to host a soccer game and a Shakespeare play at the same time. Others, smaller and less visible, rely on history for their charm. Sandhill Parkette, also known as Seawright Park, is firmly in the latter […]

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Hermosa Beach council okays cheaper for taxi franchises struggling to survive with Uber, Lyft

Hermosa Beach council okays cheaper for taxi franchises struggling to survive with Uber, Lyft

  by Ryan McDonald The Hermosa Beach City Council new agreements with taxicab companies last week, granting significantly lower franchise rates as a result of the challenges cabs are facing from ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. The new agreements, which earned unanimous approval, are in effect for one year and give four Southern California […]

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The rise of Ted Lieu: South Bay congressman emerges as a national leader of the Trump opposition

The rise of Ted Lieu: South Bay congressman emerges as a national leader of the Trump opposition

by Ryan McDonald Every two years, a lengthy tome entitled “Constitution, Jefferson’s Manual and Rules of the House of Representatives,” lands with a thud in the bays of the United States Government Publishing Office. The book contains the law of making laws in the lower chamber of Congress. And as a few days in Washington, […]

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After five year ‘cool off,’ Manhattan Beach’s 6 Man volleyball tournament will run on Friday, Saturday

After five year ‘cool off,’ Manhattan Beach’s 6 Man volleyball tournament will run on Friday, Saturday

by Ryan McDonald Citing concerns about the continued viability of the historic event and confident that public safety impacts had been addressed, the Manhattan Beach City Council Tuesday night approved a change in schedule for the 6 Man beach volleyball tournament, allowing the event to run one of its two days on a weekend. Councilmembers […]

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Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Ticket leads to soda-as-projectile In an apparent case of parking rage, a suspect allegedly hurled a container of soda at a parking control officer after receiving a ticket in North Hermosa last month. About noon on May 16, the officer was ticketing the suspect’s car, parked in the 200 block of 28th street, when the […]

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About Town in Hermosa Beach

About Town in Hermosa Beach

Fiesta celebrates Memorial Day Fiesta Hermosa kicked off this weekend with a Memorial Day celebration on Saturday morning. After remarks from Mayor pro tem Jeff Duclos and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, Kim MacMullan, head of the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau, invited active duty service members to the stage. Above, MacMullan with Lt. Christopher Morett […]

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Hermosa Beach designer’s app lets surfers emote on waves

Hermosa Beach designer’s app lets surfers emote on waves

by Ryan McDonald Chris Prenter remembers hearing in a college anthropology class that the Inuit, the indigenous people inhabiting regions ringing the Arctic, had hundreds of words to describe snow. The message was that things that seem indistinguishable to most people — snow is snow — are in fact subject to vast variation in the […]

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Budget talks in Manhattan Beach focus on cuts

Budget talks in Manhattan Beach focus on cuts

by Ryan McDonald   The Manhattan Beach City Council indicated tentative approval of its two-year budget and a five-year slate of public works projects at Tuesday night’s meeting, coming to terms on belt-tightening measures while attempting to hew to various voter priorities from the recent election that installed three new members. Tuesday’s meeting featured broad-brush […]

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Latest from Hermosa Beach Mural House is a salute to all military veterans

by Ryan McDonald It has been a canvas for creative opposition to oil drilling, an Angel-winged Instagram destination and, of course, a home. And on the recent Memorial Day holiday, it became a place to thank veterans, and remind the community of the enduring value of their service. The latest offering at the 17th Street […]

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