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Thinking of hosting an Airbnb? Here's how to make your place shine

When Ed Kushins was preparing his Hermosa Beach home for guests from Vancouver recently, he threw in some surprises: golf clubs to use during the tee time he had prearranged, a list of favorite restaurants and a map of scenic bike paths. He also set up a barbecue with the neighbors. That Kushins...

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  • A humble start for chef John Shaw of Steak and Whisky

    A humble start for chef John Shaw of Steak and Whisky

    John Shaw, executive chef at Steak and Whisky in Hermosa Beach — where he works alongside chef and partner Tin Vuong (Blackhouse Hospitality, Little Sister, Abigaile) — got his start in the restaurant business when he was 15. Not as an apprentice, but washing dishes at Ciao in Huntington Beach....

  • Steak and Whisky opens with steak, booze lockers -- and lots and lots of whiskey

    Steak and Whisky opens with steak, booze lockers -- and lots and lots of whiskey

    Steak and Whisky, a new steakhouse with a serious whiskey collection, whiskey lockers and 22-ounce, prime, 30-day, dry-age porterhouse steaks, is open in Hermosa Beach. It's the latest restaurant by Blackhouse Hospitality's Jed Sanford and chef Tin Vuong, who are also the duo behind Little Sister,...

  • Don't swelter: Here are a dozen L.A. ice cream shops to help you cool off

    Don't swelter: Here are a dozen L.A. ice cream shops to help you cool off

    It’s summer, if you haven’t noticed, and though ice cream is a year-round treat, it’s especially sweet when the sun shines without mercy. Frozen yogurt and shaved ice are nice, but you and I both know true happiness comes with more butterfat than that. Los Angeles is full of top-notch ice cream,...

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  • Uber driver robbed at gunpoint, chases teenage thieves, police say

    Police say three teens used a fake handgun to rob an Uber driver early Thursday in Hermosa Beach. But rather than call police, the driver chased the alleged thieves himself, leading to their arrest. The driver was standing outside his car about 1:20 a.m. in a grocery store parking lot when a teenager...

  • Howard Rumsey dies at 97; bassist brought West Coast jazz to life

    Howard Rumsey dies at 97; bassist brought West Coast jazz to life

    Howard Rumsey, a bass player who turned a down-at-the-heels sailors' hangout in Hermosa Beach into ground zero for West Coast jazz, has died. He was 97. Rumsey, whose Lighthouse Cafe provided a hip, popular showplace for established musicians and a proving ground for up-and-coming players, died...

  • Where to find $1 oysters

    Where to find $1 oysters

    If you love slurping down oysters, pay attention. This is your one-stop guide to finding $1 oysters around town. There's a restaurant or bar offering $1 oysters every night of the week. So if you want to indulge nightly, you can. And if you do, we like the way you roll.  Bar 10: $1 oysters with...

  • What does about $1 million buy in L.A.'s South Bay?

    What does about $1 million buy in L.A.'s South Bay?

    Home sales in L.A.’s South Bay routinely hit seven figures, but what does $1 million buy, exactly? Here’s a sampling of homes in the area that are priced in that range. The three-bedroom home in the Hill section previously sold for $930,000 in 2004. (Realtor.com) HERMOSA BEACH: This stand-alone...

  • What does about $1 million buy in L.A.'s South Bay?

    What does about $1 million buy in L.A.'s South Bay?

    Home sales in L.A.’s South Bay routinely hit seven figures, but what does $1 million buy, exactly? Here’s a sampling of homes in the area that are priced in that range. HERMOSA BEACH: This stand-alone townhouse in the Hill section has a partial ocean view. Address: 1723 Golden Ave., Hermosa Beach,...

  • Where to get a 99-cent burger for National Burger Month, and every Tuesday

    Where to get a 99-cent burger for National Burger Month, and every Tuesday

    May is National Burger Month, otherwise known as a time to get your hands on a 99-cent burger. And no, we're not talking about fast food.  Cassell's Hamburgers in Koreatown plans on selling its classic burgers for 99 cents. You know, the ones Christian Page makes with Colorado-raised chuck and...

  • Danny DeVito paces L.A.'s top home sales with off-market deal
    Danny DeVito paces L.A.'s top home sales with off-market deal

    A reimagined Midcentury home in Trousdale Estates, a Vaughan Trammell-designed contemporary in La Cañada Flintridge and the longtime home of Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman were among the top residential real estate sales in the greater Los Angeles area last week.

    1000 block of Ridgedale Dr., Beverly...

  • Ex-King Michal Handzus bids adieu to South Bay
    Ex-King Michal Handzus bids adieu to South Bay

    Former Los Angeles Kings center Michal Handzus has sold his home in Hermosa Beach for $4.085 million.

    Handzus, who played for the Kings from 2007-2011, listed the three-story Mediterranean in October for $4.199 million, records show. He paid $3.7 million for the home in 2008.

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  • Happy hour buzz: Breakfast bowls, $6 cocktails at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach
    Happy hour buzz: Breakfast bowls, $6 cocktails at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach

    Are you going to Coachella? When are you leaving? Which parties are you going to? Did you pick up your wristband yet? Do you know what the weather in the desert is going to be like this weekend?

    If you don't have a VIP wristband to the three-day music and arts festival and you're tired of hearing...

  • Easter brunch dining guide, and a Spago Passover seder
    Easter brunch dining guide, and a Spago Passover seder

    Somehow New Year's Eve turned into Valentine's Day, and St. Patrick's Day was a fleeting blur of green. Now it's almost Easter. It's time for Peeps, Cadbury eggs, egg hunts and Easter brunch plans. Here are some restaurants around town with Easter brunch specials. 

    Abigaile: The Hermosa Beach restaurant...

  • California overhauling its tsunami evacuation scenarios
    California overhauling its tsunami evacuation scenarios

    Emergency officials will soon be able to make improved tsunami evacuation orders as California writes detailed scenario plans, state authorities said Friday.

    State officials realized a flaw in existing tsunami evacuation plans during the 2011 Japanese tsunami: Local officials couldn’t order a limited...

  • A humble start for chef John Shaw of Steak and Whisky
    A humble start for chef John Shaw of Steak and Whisky

    John Shaw, executive chef at Steak and Whisky in Hermosa Beach — where he works alongside chef and partner Tin Vuong (Blackhouse Hospitality, Little Sister, Abigaile) — got his start in the restaurant business when he was 15. Not as an apprentice, but washing dishes at Ciao in Huntington Beach....

  • Record heat will have L.A. Marathon runners blazing
    Record heat will have L.A. Marathon runners blazing

    About 26,000 people are expected to participate in Sunday's 30th annual Los Angeles Marathon, braving record-breaking temperatures as a heat wave that has broiled the region continues for the third straight day.

    Runners from all 50 states and 55 different countries will take to the streets in the...

  • Hermosa Beach defeats oil drilling measure
    Hermosa Beach defeats oil drilling measure

    The votes are in: Hermosa Beach owes a Bakersfield oil company about $18 million. Monterey Park won't have the nation's first all-Asian American city council. And a veteran West Hollywood lawmaker's three-decade term may have come to an end.

    In some of the region's most idiosyncratic cities, where...

  • Despite the promise of millions, Hermosa Beach rejects oil drilling
    Despite the promise of millions, Hermosa Beach rejects oil drilling

    Two years ago, when Mike Collins looked out of his Hermosa Beach window -- a mere 50 yards from a proposed oil-drilling operation --  he said the world felt like it was closing in on him.

    If a ballot measure passed allowing oil drilling to return to the city after an 80-year absence, bringing a...

  • Oil drilling, taxes, zoning will appear on Southland cities' ballots
    Oil drilling, taxes, zoning will appear on Southland cities' ballots

    Voters in two Los Angeles County cities will step into the contentious debate over where and how the nation should drill for oil when they consider ballot measures on Tuesday that would alter local restrictions.

    In the coastal city of Hermosa Beach, voters will decide whether to loosen a ban on...

  • Steak and Whisky opens with steak, booze lockers -- and lots and lots of whiskey
    Steak and Whisky opens with steak, booze lockers -- and lots and lots of whiskey

    Steak and Whisky, a new steakhouse with a serious whiskey collection, whiskey lockers and 22-ounce, prime, 30-day, dry-age porterhouse steaks, is open in Hermosa Beach. It's the latest restaurant by Blackhouse Hospitality's Jed Sanford and chef Tin Vuong, who are also the duo behind Little Sister,...

  • Minnesota Timberwolves' Chase Budinger buys in L.A.'s South Bay
    Minnesota Timberwolves' Chase Budinger buys in L.A.'s South Bay

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger, who is known to frequent the South Bay’s beach volleyball circuit during the off-season, has purchased a townhome in Hermosa Beach for about $2.31 million.

    Built in 2007, the residence features an open-space floor plan with an elevator, a center-island...

  • Former King Michal Handzus lists Hermosa Beach home for $4.2 million
    Former King Michal Handzus lists Hermosa Beach home for $4.2 million

    Former Los Angeles Kings center Michal Handzus, most recently of the Chicago Blackhawks, has listed his home in Hermosa Beach for sale at $4.199 million.

    Found among a crowd of beach dwellings, the 2003 Mediterranean sits on a corner lot near the Strand with ocean views. Spanning three stories,...

  • Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero buys in Hermosa Beach
    Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero buys in Hermosa Beach

    Major League Baseball pitcher Ricky Romero Jr., currently of the Toronto Blue Jays, has become the latest professional athlete to land in L.A.’s beach cities after buying a town house in Hermosa Beach for $1.94 million.

    The Mediterranean-style home, built in 2006, features exposed beams, walnut...

  • Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse sell beach rental
    Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse sell beach rental

    Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse made quick work of selling their place in Hermosa Beach and got their asking price of $1.5 million.

    The free-standing town house, which came on the market last month, has ocean views from its corner perch and sits a couple of blocks from the beach.

    The town house,...

  • Amy Smart, Carter Oosterhouse list rental in Hermosa Beach
    Amy Smart, Carter Oosterhouse list rental in Hermosa Beach

    Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse have put their place in Hermosa Beach on the market at $1.5 million.

    The freestanding town house sits on a corner two blocks from the beach with ocean views. Built in 1976, the town house features an upgraded kitchen with quartz counters and stainless steel appliances....

  • Don't swelter: Here are a dozen L.A. ice cream shops to help you cool off
    Don't swelter: Here are a dozen L.A. ice cream shops to help you cool off

    It’s summer, if you haven’t noticed, and though ice cream is a year-round treat, it’s especially sweet when the sun shines without mercy. Frozen yogurt and shaved ice are nice, but you and I both know true happiness comes with more butterfat than that.

    Los Angeles is full of top-notch ice cream,...

  • Events: Doner Revolution pop-up, $1 oysters, talking Baker-to-Baker
    Events: Doner Revolution pop-up, $1 oysters, talking Baker-to-Baker

    Doner Revolution chef Farid Zadi is hopping on the Carb & Nation food truck for a one-night-only Algerian menu. The truck will be parked at Angel City Brewery in downtown L.A. Aug. 2, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The menu will include New York-style halal chicken, lamb, falafel, chorizo-stuffed bacon-wrapped...

  • Drink some great ales, help fight ALS
    Drink some great ales, help fight ALS

    Breweries across the country are joining the Ales for ALS project with special brews that help fund research to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease, and several local breweries are participating.

    The project was begun by the hop farmers at Loftus Ranch who’ve partnered with hop supplier Hopunion to provide...

  • Volleyball: AAU Beach National Championships set for Hermosa Beach

    Next weekend, the best teenage volleyball players in the nation will head to Hermosa Beach for the AAU Beach National Championships set for July 12 and 13.

    More than 250 boys' and girls' teams will be competing in two-person teams.

    One of the top players expected is Zana Muno of Sherman Oaks Notre...

  • Despite World Cup loss to Germany, U.S. fans cheer on
    Despite World Cup loss to Germany, U.S. fans cheer on

    The U.S. national soccer team's 1-0 loss to Germany on Thursday wasn't an ideal outcome for the hundreds of World Cup fans gathered at the Hermosa Beach Pier, but it was tempered by the fact that both teams will be moving on to the knockout stage.

    Despite the scoreboard, fans cheered and waved...

  • World Cup fans to crowd Hermosa Beach Pier for U.S. v. Germany match
    World Cup fans to crowd Hermosa Beach Pier for U.S. v. Germany match

    Thousands of fans are expected to pack the Hermosa Beach Pier on Thursday morning to cheer on the U.S. national soccer team when they take on Germany at the World Cup.

    As they did for the U.S. 2-1 victory over Ghana, the L.A. Galaxy will be broadcasting the FIFA World Cup match on a jumbo screen...

  • Chef of the Moment: Tin Vuong on dry-aged beef, 'monkey burgers' and chiles
    Chef of the Moment: Tin Vuong on dry-aged beef, 'monkey burgers' and chiles

    Tin Vuong, chef and co-founder of a restaurant chain, dishes on Asian comfort food, bird's-eye chiles and In-N-Out's Monkey burger. Say what?

  • For Kings players, South Bay is spot for true hometown celebration
    For Kings players, South Bay is spot for true hometown celebration

    In some ways, the Kings' Stanley Cup celebration Wednesday was the real hometown party.

    It was a beachfront victory lap in the South Bay, home to the Kings' training facility and all but one of the players.

    Team members have been known to hold postgame celebrations at local bars and mingle at community...

  • Kings' victory lap is for their closest fans: their neighbors
    Kings' victory lap is for their closest fans: their neighbors

    There was no confetti, no megaphones nor mega-buses to ride on, but the triumphant Los Angeles Kings finally got their true hometown welcome.

    Two days after a raucous celebration through downtown Los Angeles, the hockey players celebrated with a beachfront victory lap in the South Bay, home to...

  • L.A. Kings really come home with South Bay victory parade
    L.A. Kings really come home with South Bay victory parade

    Two days after a blowout party in downtown Los Angeles, the L.A. Kings will make a triumphant return to their actual home Wednesday, with a four-mile Stanley Cup parade through the South Bay.

    The beach cities there are home to die-hard Kings fans – and all but one of the players, who have been...

  • Stanley Cup spends a couple of days in a familiar area -- the South Bay
    Stanley Cup spends a couple of days in a familiar area -- the South Bay

    The Stanley Cup spent its first two days with its newest owners in a familiar part of Southern California — the South Bay.

    Every Kings player lives in Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach except one (Willie Mitchell, Venice), making it a natural destination for the Cup after the Kings captured it again.

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  • Car2Go launches car-sharing service in South Bay
    Car2Go launches car-sharing service in South Bay

    A new car-sharing service in the South Bay is hoping to convince more drivers to ditch their cars.

    Car2Go, a pay-by-the-minute service featuring two-seater Smart cars, launched Friday in half a dozen cities including Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo.

    Unlike roundtrip services like ZipCar,...

  • Get thee to Hermosa Beach, @HiddenCash seekers
    Get thee to Hermosa Beach, @HiddenCash seekers

    Hermosa Beach.

    That's where Twitterati followers of @HiddenCash were gathering late Saturday morning to scavenge for 36 Angry Bird figurines stuffed with cash and scattered about by a mysterious benefactor.

    The as-yet-anonymous person who has been hiding treasure throughout the Southland said in...

  • Hermosa Beach backs bill for state loan to pay oil drilling settlement

    The city of Hermosa Beach has thrown its support behind a proposed law designed to relieve financial pressure that leaders are facing in an ongoing debate over oil drilling.

    City Council members voted unanimously Monday night to support a bill in the Legislature that would lend state funds to Hermosa...

  • Hermosa Beach backs bill for state loan to pay drilling penalty
    Hermosa Beach backs bill for state loan to pay drilling penalty

    The city of Hermosa Beach has thrown its support behind a proposed law designed to relieve financial pressure that leaders there are facing in an ongoing debate over oil drilling.

    City Council members voted unanimously Monday night to support legislation that would loan state money to Hermosa Beach...

  • Assemblyman takes on oil firm, wants state loan for Hermosa Beach
    Assemblyman takes on oil firm, wants state loan for Hermosa Beach

    South Bay Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi on Friday announced a bill designed to take the financial heat off Hermosa Beach voters who are being asked to decide whether to allow oil drilling in their city for the first time in more than 80 years.

    The legislation would allow the city to take out a no-interest...

  • South Bay lawmaker to reveal Hermosa Beach oil drilling bill
    South Bay lawmaker to reveal Hermosa Beach oil drilling bill

    A South Bay lawmaker is expected to unveil legislation Friday addressing a looming ballot question in the city of Hermosa Beach, in which voters will decide whether to once again allow new oil drilling in the city for the first time since 1932.

    Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) will make the...

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