Ryan McDonald

Beach sports – Wave of passion

Mira Costa’s Alex Fry relies on internal drive as a rising South Bay surf star

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Century-old tree cut down at Hermosa Beach construction site

Century-old tree cut down at Hermosa Beach construction site

by Ryan McDonald Construction crews removed a tree, believed to be some 100 years old, in the public right-of-way from a Monterey Boulevard lot last week, creating new questions about contested trees on the site, including whether the property owner, L.A. Kings player Drew Doughty, illegally failed to maintain public trees during construction. A crew […]

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Palos Verdes High student pleads not guilty to alleged gang murder charges

Palos Verdes High student pleads not guilty to alleged gang murder charges

by Ryan McDonald Cameron Terrell, a Palos Verdes High School student, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges stemming from an allegedly gang-related shooting in South Los Angeles. The 18-year-old Palos Verdes Estates resident pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder in Los Angeles Superior Court last week. […]

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Local students explore the world of the Tongva, the true Hermosa locals

Local students explore  the world of the Tongva, the true Hermosa locals

    by Ryan McDonald Cries of “Yamohini!” seeped out of the Hermosa Beach Museum Tuesday afternoon. Students in Juli Pustaver’s fourth-grade class marched out shouting the word, which comes from the Tongva language and translates as “Until we meet again,” after an afternoon of learning about the Tongva, the primary American Indian tribe in […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

  For the birds The South Bay Bird Society will host its annual fundraiser this Sunday at the Kiwanis Club, 2025  Valley Drive. The silent auction will begin at 1 p.m., and previews will last till 1:30 p.m. General bidding will start at 2 p.m. and run till 3:30 p.m. Over 250 gift baskets and […]

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Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Social media fight One person was punched in the face in downtown Hermosa last Saturday in what police say was an argument started over a social media posting. The incident occurred about 10 p.m. on December 2 on Pier Plaza. Police have identified the suspect in the attack. Blank check A suspect took a blank […]

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Sink or swim: Mira Costa alumnus Matt Warshaw’s online Encyclopedia of Surfing provides a one-of-a-kind look at the sport. Can it survive?

Sink or swim: Mira Costa alumnus Matt Warshaw’s online Encyclopedia of Surfing provides a one-of-a-kind look at the sport. Can it survive?

by Ryan McDonald Last year, the Oxford English Dictionary added the term “tandem surfing” to its store of more than half a million words. As is practice at the OED, which tracks not only the meaning of words but also their etymology and their usage, the editors sought the earliest possible appearance of the term […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Toy Drive Greenbelt restaurant on Pier Plaza is hosting a holiday gift drive next Tuesday evening. The restaurant is working with MEND, a Los Angeles-based anti-poverty group, and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. will accept toys, as well as blankets, canned food, and clothing. An extended Happy Hour will be offered to those who […]

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Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Woman assaulted in home An unknown suspect broke into a home in South Hermosa last week and sexually assaulted a woman living there, according to police reports. The incident occurred about 9 p.m. on Nov. 22 at a home in the 900 block of Monterey Boulevard. The suspect entered the residence and punched a male […]

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Removal of Hermosa Beach tree headed back to Public Works

Removal of Hermosa Beach tree headed back to Public Works

    by Ryan McDonald Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will get another shot at uprooting trees in front of the home he is building in the 2000 block of Monterey Boulevard. At its November 15 meeting, Public Works Commission denied a request to remove three trees believed to be in the public right […]

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Hermosa Beach tree lighting ceremony hitting its holiday stride with community focus

Hermosa Beach tree lighting ceremony hitting its holiday stride with community focus

by Ryan McDonald It was a Sunday night at the start of the holiday season last year, and Jeremy Buck and Kevin Sousa were looking out at thousands of people. The two, long-time South Bay musicians were on stage erected on Pier Plaza for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. And in a brief moment […]

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Possible change for building permit duration in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald   Extended time to finish construction on large projects may be granted before building commences, under new code amendments recommended by the Hermosa Beach Planning Commission. At its Tuesday night meeting, the commission unanimously approved a resolution suggesting modifying the city’s building code to create two exceptions to the two-year period to […]

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Hermosa Beach About Town

North School EIR meeting The Hermosa Beach City School District will hold a meeting to discuss and take comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the reconstruction of North School this Monday evening. The draft EIR, released earlier this month, is intended to alert the public to possible environmental impacts associated with the North […]

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Hermosa Beach Police Beat

Business burgled An unknown suspect broke into a business in downtown Hermosa earlier this month and left with a grab bag of goods, including wine and a computer. The incident took place sometime between 10 p.m. Nov. 13 and 11:45 a.m. Nov. 14 from a business in the 800 block of Hermosa Avenue, according to […]

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Beach volleyball Hall of Fame honors latest round of legends

Beach volleyball Hall of Fame honors latest round of legends

by Ryan McDonald Rose Duncan remembered thinking that there were an awful lot of cops on the floor for a volleyball match. It was 1979 and Duncan, a Hermosa Beach native and Mira Costa graduate was playing volleyball for the Denver Comets of the International Volleyball Association, one of the various indoor leagues that sprang […]

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