Ryan McDonald

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 […]

 Judy Rae

Gift Guide November 2017 Beach Magazine

Gift Guide November 2017 Beach Magazine

Happy Holidays 2017

 Ryan McDonald

The Kid’s Alright: South Bay native Gavin Heaney has a new album shaped by the changes that have rocked his life

The Kid’s Alright: South Bay native Gavin Heaney has a new album shaped by the changes that have rocked his life

by Ryan McDonald Matich Heaney, not quite one year old, was sitting on the ground in the backyard of his Hermosa Beach home. His legs were extended wide in front of him, and his head was bobbing to some unheard music. The morning sun was peeking through the trees. Matich’s father, Gavin Heaney, sat at […]

 Ryan McDonald

Traffic Jam: Amid commuter angst over lane closures on Vista Del Mar, Metro is launching an ambitious expansion of public transit. Is it a solution for the South Bay?

Traffic Jam: Amid commuter angst over lane closures on Vista Del Mar, Metro is launching an ambitious expansion of public transit. Is it a solution for the South Bay?

by Ryan McDonald (Second of three parts) In June, after the Vista Del Mar lane closures prompted an outpouring of anger from Beach Cities residents, Manhattan Beach Mayor David Lesser and Councilmember Richard Montgomery reached out to Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin and to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Neither Bonin, in whose […]

 Ryan McDonald

Medal of Valor dinner in Redondo Beach honors L.A. County lifeguards

Medal of Valor dinner in Redondo Beach honors L.A. County lifeguards

by Ryan McDonald As the night began, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn looked out over the assembled crew of watermen, and told them that her experience working with county lifeguards had taught her a few things. Among them: “Baywatch” was not to be taken as gospel. “[Lifeguarding] is not as glamorous as some of […]

 Ryan McDonald

End in sight for Vista del Mar lane closures

End in sight for Vista del Mar lane closures

by Ryan McDonald After nearly two months of frustration from South Bay commuters, officials announced the imminent restoration of traffic lanes on Vista del Mar. Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin announced Wednesday evening that an additional lane in each direction on the popular artery would be restored within three weeks. Traffic light changes at […]

 Ryan McDonald

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, […]

 Ryan McDonald

South Bay residents to discuss healthcare experiences at upcoming event

South Bay residents to discuss healthcare experiences at upcoming event

    by Ryan McDonald Lori Furth thought she had explained her needs clearly. Years ago, the Manhattan Beach and her husband were planning to have another child. But Furth, who works as a voice actor, and her husband, who had recently left a corporate job, did not have employer-provided health insurance. So her OB-GYN […]

 Ryan McDonald

Savior or Albatross? Proposed desalination plant could decrease South Bay’s dependence on imported water, but has raised environmental concerns

by Ryan McDonald In April 2015, the City of Manhattan Beach made a sudden announcement that shook the twin pastoral pillars of suburbia, the automobile and lawn. Effective immediately, residents could not wash their cars at home, and instead had to take them to a commercial car wash. Watering lawns was permitted only on one […]

 Ryan McDonald

Helping hands: As voters head to the polls to decide on Measure H, cooperation is proving key to addressing South Bay homelessness

Helping hands: As voters head to the polls to decide on Measure H, cooperation is proving key to addressing South Bay homelessness

by Ryan McDonald Patrick sits on the staircase of a Aviation Boulevard stripmall, just east of Pacific Coast Highway. It’s a cold morning with persistent rain. His jacket, several sizes too big, envelops him. He keeps his head down, occasionally lifting it to glance at nothing in particular, and speaks just loudly enough to be […]

 Brad Jacobson

Chasing El Nino(full version), Surfing the 2015-2016 Season in the South Bay by Civic Couch

Chasing El Nino(full version), Surfing the 2015-2016 Season in the South Bay by Civic Couch

This is the full video released and produced by Civic Couch in association with the Easy Reader.   This is the South Bay. This stretch of beach is known for its million dollar homes, beautiful people, beach volleyball and surfing. The South Bay consists of fickle surf spots. A slight change in the swell or […]

 Brad Jacobson

A November Surf Swell Hits The South Bay

A November Surf Swell Hits The South Bay

Our second swell of the winter season hit with a little more shape. The first swell which came early November was mainly all closed out waves. This one had more corners although it was far from “great”. Surfers include: Matt Pagan, Noah Collins, Cody Purcell and others. Video provided by Civic Couch. 

 Ryan McDonald

‘Flaring’ at the Torrance Refinery under scrutiny

by Ryan McDonald Tall flares and billowing black smoke released from the Torrance Refinery earlier this month have prompted added concern from nearby residents and increased scrutiny of the refinery from regulators, which may lead to broader reforms for refineries all across Southern California. The South Coast Air Quality Management District, the local agency tasked […]

 Brad Jacobson

A Late October South Bay Swell

A Late October South Bay Swell

A nice but short swell hit the South Bay this week bringing chest to overhead waves to our beaches giving our local surfers something to get excited about. Surfers include: Noah Collins, Chris Wells, Alex Gray, Trevor LaShure, Angelo Luhrsen, Andy Prunauer and others. All photos by Brad Jacobson.

 Ryan McDonald

South Bay’s Janice Hahn aiming for Fourth District seat

by Ryan McDonald In talking about her style of governance, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn can sound as though she is planning an ambitious dinner party. Hahn is running to fill a rare vacancy on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and says she is leaving Congress in part because of its partisan gridlock. A […]

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