Ryan McDonald

Yoga studio will host meditation ‘flash mob’ on pier this weekend

Yoga studio will host meditation  ‘flash mob’ on pier this weekend

  by Ryan McDonald About a year ago, Suzy Nece noticed that she was attending more rallies and gatherings. She also noticed that almost all of them required driving somewhere. Nece is the owner of the Yoga Loft, a yoga studio near the Manhattan Beach Pier. Like people across the country, she experienced an increased […]

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Stacks at the skatepark? City seeks input on library’s future

Stacks at the skatepark? City  seeks input on library’s future

by Ryan McDonald The Hermosa Beach branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library has stood at 550 Pier Avenue since 1962, making it the fourth-oldest of the system’s 85 locations. But when a renovation of Hermosa’s library makes it the newest one in the system, it won’t necessarily have the same address. Next […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Implications of legal marijuana Hermosa Beach will host a “parent chat” next week devoted to the implications of marijuana legalization for teenagers. The event, organized by the Southern California nonprofit Behavioral Health Services, will feature a panel including: Brian Hurley, an assistant professor of addiction medicine at UCLA; Dr. Nikki Wesley, director of student services […]

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Commissioners reject Skechers building, but project likely to return

Commissioners reject Skechers building, but project likely to return

by Ryan McDonald The Manhattan Beach Planning Commission approved one of the buildings in a proposed Skechers office complex on Sepulveda Boulevard but temporarily rejected another, citing concerns about truck access to the building. Commissioners voted 3-0 to certify necessary approvals for an office building at 330 S. Sepulveda, on the east side of the […]

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Keeping new oil rigs off of coast won’t be easy, officials say

Keeping new oil rigs off of coast won’t be easy, officials say

  by Ryan McDonald Three years ago, keeping oil out of Hermosa Beach required a monumental effort from the community. A similar effort may be needed, all across California, to make sure new drilling stays out. That was the conclusion of local elected officials who joined representatives from state land use agencies and environmental groups […]

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Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Property crime rose in 2017 Property crime in Hermosa Beach rose in 2017 over the previous year, driven by a sharp spike in burglaries and auto thefts, but violent crime declined compared to 2016. According to figures provided by HBPD, Hermosa recorded 116 burglaries and 48 stolen cars in 2017, up from 85 and 30, […]

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On the job for less than a year, Hermosa’s city manager to exit

On the job for less than a year, Hermosa’s city manager to exit

  Hermosa Beach City Manager Sergio Gonzalez, hired last May to replace former City Manager Tom Bakaly, will resign next month. Gonzalez’s last day with the city will be March 22. He  is leaving for a job in the San Gabriel Valley, closer to the his home and family, according to a statement from the […]

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Local pols hit waves to push surfing as state sport

Local pols hit waves to push surfing as state sport

by Ryan McDonald Bob Hurley, CEO of surfing apparel brand Hurley, has seen surfing evolve during his 40-odd years in the industry: not just in the maneuvers and the equipment, but in how it is perceived by landlocked society. “Surfing went from counterculture to subculture, to action sport, to extreme sport. And now it’s just […]

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Chamber gets Fiesta Hermosa contract again, council expects improvements

by Ryan McDonald Fiesta Hermosa will return on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends this year, but Hermosa Beach will be expecting tweaks to minimize its impact on locals and enhance the artistic resonance of the three-day events. The City Council unanimously approved a contract Tuesday night that enables the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce […]

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Signs of the times for Hermosa Beach as city mulls tweaks to brand

Signs of the times for Hermosa Beach as city mulls tweaks to brand

by Ryan McDonald In Paul Beatty’s National Book Award-winning 2015 novel “The Sellout,” the narrator breaks downtowns throughout Southern California by the color scheme of their street signs. The signs of Hawthorne, Torrance, and South Gate are of a “working-class cactus green” he writes, while Manhattan Beach’s “sky blue” totems signified a general lack of […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Oil Drilling town hall Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) will host a “Protect the Coast” town hall Friday night devoted to a recently announced Trump Administration initiative that could open California to new offshore oil drilling for the first time in decades. Last month, President Donald Trump announced a new, proposed leasing program for offshore oil […]

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Skechers project gets OK from Planning

Skechers project gets OK from Planning

by Ryan McDonald A proposed development from shoe manufacturer Skechers that would transform the northern edge of Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach received tentative approval from the city’s Planning Commission last week, clearing a major hurdle in the project’s multi-year development saga. In a pair of 3-2 votes, the commission bestowed a series of […]

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South Bay Jam takes root at Standing Room in Hermosa Beach

South Bay Jam takes root at Standing Room in Hermosa Beach

Every Thursday, Barclay Roach plays a variety of music that is as head-spinning as it is head-bobbing. From punk to jazz, the South Bay Jam has evolved over the past year to incorporate a rotating crew of dozens of musicians and hundreds of songs.

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Legislator hosts chat Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi will host a Q&A over coffee this Saturday morning. “Ask Al” will take place at City Council Chambers from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The discussion will focus on state legislative issues affecting Hermosa and the South Bay, and attendees are urged to bring questions. To RSVP, visit asmdc.org/muratsuchi. […]

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Body painter Paul Roustan upcoming show

Body painter Paul Roustan upcoming show

  by Ryan McDonald About 10 years ago, Paul Roustan was at a party in Boston hosted by Boink, an erotic magazine started by a student at Boston University. Unlike most of the attendees, Roustan was on the job. Boink threw wild issue-release parties, and the magazine hired him to paint the bodies of guests […]

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