- Hermosa Beach, California
official_name = City of Hermosa Beach
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location of Hermosa Beach in Los Angeles County,
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Los Angeles
Mayor[cite web | url = http://www.hermosabch.org/elected/council/ | title = City Council - City of Hermosa Beach, CA| accessdate = 2007-01-18]
leader_name = Michael Keegan
Mayor Pro Tempore
leader_name1 = J.R. Reviczky
leader_title2 = Councilmember
leader_name2 = Patrick "Kit" Bobko
leader_title3 = Councilmember
leader_name3 = Michael DiVirgilio
leader_title4 = Councilmember
leader_name4 = Peter Tucker
established_title3 = Incorporated (city)
1907-01-14[cite web | url = http://www.cacities.org/resource_files/20457.IncorpDateLO.doc | title = Incorporation Dates of California Cities | accessdate = 2007-01-18]
area_total_km2 = 15.30
area_total_sq_mi = 5.91
area_land_km2 = 3.70
area_land_sq_mi = 1.43
area_water_km2 = 11.60
area_water_sq_mi = 4.48
area_water_percent = 75.79
population_as_of = 2000
population_footnotes = [cite web | url = http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=&_geoContext=&_street=&_county=&_cityTown=Hermosa%20Beach&_state=04000US06&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&pctxt=fph&pgsl=010 | title = Hermosa Beach city, California - Fact Sheet - American FactFinder | accessdate = 2007-01-18]
population_total = 18566
population_density_km2 = 5012.5
population_density_sq_mi = 12982.4
timezone = PST
utc_offset = -8
timezone_DST = PDT
utc_offset_DST = -7
latd = 33 |latm = 51 |lats = 59 |latNS = N
longd = 118 |longm = 23 |longs = 59 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 8
elevation_ft = 26
postal_code = 90254 [cite web | url = http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/zcl_1_results.jsp?visited=1&pagenumber=0&state=ca&city=Hermosa%20Beach | title = USPS - ZIP Code Lookup - Find a ZIP+ 4 Code By City Results | accessdate = 2007-01-18]
area_code = 310
website = [http://www.hermosabch.org/ www.hermosabch.org/]
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 06-33364
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 1652719
Hermosa Beach is a city in Los Angeles County,
California, United States. The population was 18,566 at the 2000 census. 2006 population estimates are 19,435.
The city is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area and is one of the three
Beach Cities. It is bordered by Manhattan Beach to the north, and Redondo Beach to its east and south. Of the three cities, only Hermosa Beach owns its own beach. The other two cities' beaches are owned by the county of Los Angeles.
"Hermosa" ("beautiful" in Spanish) is an accurate description of this city's beach, which is also flat, sandy, and long; ideal for
sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfingand paddleboarding. The city itself is only about 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south, with the Pacific Coast Highway running down the middle. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, Hermosa's average temperature is 70 degrees in the summer and 55 degrees in the winter. Gentle westerly seabreezes take the edge off what can be high summertime temperatures in Los Angelesand elsewhere in the county. The same breezes help keep the smogaway 360 days of the year.
A paved path, called The Strand, runs along Hermosa's beach from Redondo Beach in the south approximately twenty miles north to Santa Monica. A typical day on this path will see thousands of people on foot, bicycle, skateboard, rollerblade and
strollerenjoying the sun and surf. A live image of the Strand and surf can be seen [http://www.hermosawave.net/webcam/ here] . Surfingis a key element of the South Bay lifestyle year-round. Powerful winter storms in the Pacific Ocean can turn typically placid and rolling South Bay waves into large and occasionally dangerous monsters, a natural draw for the local surfing population. The Summer provides warm water and typically smaller waves for beginners to learn. Beach volleyballis another important aspect of Hermosa Beach's lifestyle. Hermosa Beach has been referred to as the Beach Volleyball Capital of the World. [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/the_bonus/07/05/zartman.avp.bonvissuto/index.html] The wide and flat sand beaches provide the perfect venue for the sport. Permanent poles and nets are maintained by the city year-round.
Hermosa Beach was originally part of the 1784
Rancho San PedroSpanish land grant that later became the ten-mile (16 km) Ocean frontage of Rancho Sausal Redondo. In 1900 a tract of 1,500 acres (6 km²) was purchased for $35 per acre from A. E. Pomroy, then owner of the greater part of Rancho Sausal Redondo. Messrs. Burbank and Baker, agents, bought this land for Sherman and Clark who organized and retained the controlling interest in the Hermosa Beach Land and Water Company,
In early days, Hermosa Beach — like so many of its neighboring cities (Inglewood, Lawndale, Torrance) — was one vast sweep of rolling hills covered with fields of
grain, mostly barley. During certain seasons of the year large herds of sheepwere grazed over this land, and corrals and large barns for storing the grain, as well as providing shelter for horses and farm implements were located on the ranchbetween Hermosa and Inglewood. The Spanish words "Rancho Sausal Redondo" mean a large circular ranch of pastureof grazingland, with a grove of willowon it.
occupy rooms in the building. This pier is municipally owned.
Santa Fe Railwaywas the only transportationsystem through Hermosa Beach. It was seven blocks from the beach. The street that led to the tracks was called Santa Fe Avenue, but was later renamed Pier Avenue. There was no railway stationfor Hermosa, but Burbank and Baker built a railway platformon the west side of the tracks near Santa Fe Avenue, and later the Railroad Company donated an old boxcarto be used as a storage place for freight. In 1926, the Santa Fe Company built a modern stuccodepot and installed Western Union telegraphservice in it.
The first city election for city officers was held December 24, 1906. The town incorporated and its charter was obtained from the state on January 14, 1907. Hermosa Beach was incorporated in 1907 and [http://www.hermosa100.com/events.html celebrated its 100 year anniversary] on January 14, 2007. On January 14, 1907, Hermosa Beach became the nineteenth incorporated city of Los Angeles County.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 18,566 people, 9,476 households, and 3,553 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 5,012.8/km² (12,982.4/mi²). There were 9,840 housing units at an average density of 2,656.8/km² (6,880.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.58% White, 0.80% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 4.40% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 1.68% from other races, and 2.91% from two or more races. 4.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 9,476 households out of which 14.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.6% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 62.5% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.65.
In the city the population was spread out with 12.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 55.0% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 112.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $81,153, and the median income for a family was $104,645. Males had a median income of $67,407 versus $50,295 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $54,244. About 1.7% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.
There are eight hotels and one
youth hostelin the city.
In the state legislature Hermosa Beach is located in the 28th Senate District, represented by Democrat
Jenny Oropeza, and in the 53rd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Ted Lieu. Federally, Hermosa Beach is located in California's 36th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +11 [cite web | title = Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest? | publisher = Campaign Legal Center Blog | url=http://www.clcblog.org/blog_item-85.html | accessdate = 2008-02-10] and is represented by Democrat Jane Harman.
Hermosa Beach is located at coor dms|33|51|59|N|118|23|59|W|city (33.866314, -118.399681)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.3 km²(5.9 mi²). 3.7 km² (1.4 mi²) of it is land and 11.6 km² (4.5 mi²) of it (75.80%) is water.
Average air temperature - (Summer 74 °F / Winter, 55 °F)
Average water temperature - 60 °F (Summer 68 °F / Winter 50 °F)
Hermosa Beach enjoys an average of 325 days of sunshine a year. Because of its location, nestled on a vast open bay (
Santa Monica Bay), morning fog and haze is a common phenomenon in May, June and early July (caused by ocean temperature variations and currents). Locals have a particular terminology for this phenomenon: the "May Gray" and the " June Gloom". Overcast skies are common for June mornings, but usually the strong sun burns the fog off by noon. Nonetheless, it will sometimes stay cloudy and cool all day during June, even as other parts of the Los Angeles area will enjoy sunny skies and warmer temperatures. At times, the sun shines east of PCH, while the beach area is overcast.
As a general rule, the temperature is from 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit (3 to 5.5 degrees Celsius) cooler than it is inland. A typical spring day (mid-April) is sunny, pleasant and about 68 °F (20 °C). In the summer, which stretches basically from May to late October, temperatures can reach to the mid-80's Fahrenheit (about 30 °C) at the beach. In early November, it is about 68 °F (20 °C). In late January, temperatures are around 63 °F (17 °C). It is winter, however, when the hot, dry
Santa Ana winds are most common. In mid-December 2004, temperatures soared to 84 °F (28 °C) in Santa Monica, for a few straight days, with perfectly sunny skies.
The rainy season is from late October through late March. Winter storms usually approach from the northwest and pass quickly through the Southland. There is very little rain during the rest of the year.
Hermosa Beach usually enjoys a cool breeze blowing in from the ocean, keeping the air fresh and clean. Therefore,
smogis less a problem for Hermosa Beach than elsewhere around Los Angeles.
Parks and recreation
The wide flat beach makes Hermosa Beach one of the most popular places to play beach volleyball, from professional to amateur. Hermosa Beach is home to the AVP Hermosa Beach Open tournament. The Strand stretches north into
Manhattan Beachand south into Redondo Beach and is a popular place for walkers, joggers and biking.
Running parallel to The Strand is a lovely linear trail known today as the Hermosa Valley Greenbelt. Once part of a railroad easement, this narrow 24 acre strip had long been the subject of heated controversy and pressure from various commercial interests. After years of litigation and wrangling, the city was poised to permit intensive retail and condominium development in the mid-1980s when a grassroots group spearheaded by activist Rosamond Fogg forced the matter to a vote. The City Council at the time was divided over whether the matter was of much importance but after an energetic and passionate campaign, the citizens found that the greenbelt was a vital recreational resource and mandated its preservation for the use and enjoyment of residents and visitors. This ballot initiative passed by almost 87%, the highest in California history. fact|date=July 2007 The public also substantiated this effort by taxing themselves millions of dollars in order to purchase the lands.fact|date=July 2007 As a result, the Hermosa Valley Greenbelt has the quality of a rural country lane, home to butterflies and many bird and animal species. At any time of day or night joggers and walkers enjoy its soft woodchip trails and graceful landscaping. The Greenbelt is also now part of the Federal
Rails to Trailsnetwork. RUDAT (an urban architectural planning group) found that Hermosa Beach, thanks in large part to the existence of the Greenbelt, was a "world class pedestrian city" as attested to by RUDAT member Jerry Compton in the public record at [http://www.hermosabch.org/departments/cityclerk/agenmin/cca07-08-03/minutes.html]
The city also has eight other parks:
* Cypress Park also known as Clark Field (9th & Ardmore) -
Baseball/ SoftballDiamond, Basketballand TennisCourts
* South Park (Valley Drive & 4th) - Children's play area,
Inline HockeyRink, Large open field for Soccerand Football
* Bi-Centennial Park (4th & Ardmore)
* Fort Lots-o-Fun (6th & Prospect)
* Noble Park (The Strand & 14th)
* Edith Rodaway Friendship Park (Prospect between Gentry & Hollowell)
* Valley Park (Valley Drive & Gould)
* Skateboard Park ( Pier Ave)
Roller Hockeyrink (South Park) - 4th and Valley Drive is frequently used for friendly pick-up games and league matches.
Basketball(Cypress Park) - Two outdoor courts on 9th and Valley Drive
Baseball/ Softball(Cypress Park)- Lighted field with lights on 9th and Valley Drive behind the basketball and tennis courts
Tennis- Lighted courts on 10th and Valley / Ardmore
* [http://www.socalskateparks.com/park/HermosaBeachSkateTrack Skateboarding Park] - Lighted park behind the Hermosa Beach Playhouse
* [http://www.hermosabch.org/about/history/lawnhist.html Lawn Bowling Club] is located next to Clark Building at 861 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach. Open to the public and they furnish equipment and instruction to beginners. The club was founded in 1936, when Mayor John Clark obtained the approval of the City Council to install a green at his own expense. In 1958, a clubhouse was donated and in 1963 a second green was laid. In the 1960s, over 150 bowlers could be seen all dressed in white. When membership waned, the second green was lost to the basketball court. The club is informal and seeks new members.
Hermosa Beach has its own elementary school and middle school but high school students are served by either
Manhattan Beachor Redondo Beachwhere rankings are in the 80 to 90th percentiles. Hermosa Beach residents are zoned to Hermosa Beach City School District[http://www.hbcsd.org/] for grades ( Kindergartenthrough 8).
In 2005, Hermosa Valley and Hermosa View schools were honored as
U.S. Department of EducationNational Blue Ribbon Schools, along with 33 California schools and less than 300 schools across the nation. The award was based on academic achievement. Hermosa schools are among the top 10% of schools in the state with students scoring at or above the 90% in the highest grade tested in reading and math. For the award, the Department of Education reviewed growth in scores over a three-year period.
The district has two schools:
* [http://hbcsd.org/view/ Hermosa View Elementary] (
Kindergartento Grade 2)
*Hermosa Valley Elementary (Grades 3 through 8)
Mira Costa High Schoolof Manhattan Beach Unified School Districtor
Redondo Union High Schoolof the Redondo Beach Unified School District[http://hbcsd.org/hschoic.html]
Hermosa Beach City School Districtas a whole received a score of 915 [http://api.cde.ca.gov/APIBase2006/2006Grth_Dst.aspx?cYear=2005-06&allcds=1964600&cChoice=2004BApiD] on the 2006 California Academic Performance Index, neighboring Manhattan Beach Unified School Districtscored just below at 906 [http://api.cde.ca.gov/APIBase2006/2006Grth_dst.aspx?cYear=&allcds=1975333&cChoice=2006GDst1] making it one of California's best performing districts. Each individual school also ranks at the top of its respective category.
Hermosa Beach also has a
Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Catholic schoolwith classes up to the eighth grade. Although it is a religious school, there is no convent so most classes are taught by lay persons. Religious studies and services are provided by Franciscan friars and priests.
Cost of living
The beautiful beach lifestyle comes at a price: according to public data from the "
LA Times", real estate prices increased almost 20% per year between 1999 and 2005.fact|date=July 2007 Properties within short walking distance of the ocean routinely sell for well over US$1.5 million. Those with direct, unhindered views routinely ask in excess of $2 million. " Money Magazine" ranks communities in the area as some of the most expensive places to live in America. Homes located on The Strand frequently sell for $3–10 million. The home pictured to the right sold in 2003 for $8,100,000. The average 3-bed 2-bath home costs about $649 per square foot or $1,500,000 as of 2006.fact|date=July 2007
West of PCH single homes mix with apartments, some have sunset views. East of PCH, the hills rise into upper middle class neighborhoods of tract homes with custom touches. Since the 1980s gentrification has set in, and many single-family dwellings and apartment buildings have been razed for condominiums. Multiple housing units dominate slightly over single family homes.
* [http://www.hermosabch.org/about/calendar HermosaBeach.org] City of Hermosa Beach Event Calendar
* [http://www.fiestahermosa.com Fiesta Hermosa] Arts and crafts festival which has taken place for the last 35 years every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend
* [http://www.lataco.com/taco/ironman-hermosa-beach Hermosa Ironman] Unofficial triathlon every July 4th, consisting of running a mile in the sand, paddling a mile on a surfboard, and downing a 6-pack of beer. Then keeping it down for 15 minutes.
* [http://www.avp.com AVP Hermosa Beach Open] Started in 1969 and typically in June. Attracts combinations of pros and near pros. It's best to know a local to get in.
* [http://www.hermosashorts.com Hermosa Beach Film Festival] Started in 2005 and typically in August. Short films from each year are chosen to be screened at the [http://www.hermosabeachplayhouse.com Hermosa Beach Playhouse]
* [http://www.surffestival.org International Surf Festival] Surfing,
Paddleboarding, Pier to Pier SwimEvents. Beginning of August
* [http://www.hennesseyspaddleboarding.com/2007/hpf.php Hennessey's Paddle Board Festival] U.S. Paddleboard Championships. Typically in July.
* Hermosa Beach Sunset Concert free concert series from bands who perform on the beach. Starts July 22 - Aug. 5 (3 Weeks)
Farmers' MarketEvery Friday from 12 noon to 4 pm, rain or shine. (Valley Drive between 8th and 10th Streets)
* Sand and Strand Run The second oldest standing run in the L.A. area. Unique is its course design, with 45% of the run on the Strand and 55% on the beach. February during low tide.
Shakespeare by the Sea- the South Bay's "free Shakespeare in the Park company". Performances run June through August in a variety of venues in Los Angeles and Orange County. [http://www.shakespearebythesea.org Shakespeare by the Sea]
Lighthouse Cafe, a seminal West Coast jazzvenue, is located in Hermosa Beach.
There are seven hotels in Hermosa Beach ranging in price from $79-$450 per night depending on the season. All hotels are within walking distance of the beach, restaurants and nightlife. The following list below is sorted by price and distance from the beach.
* [http://www.beach-house.com Beach-House.com] Beach House located on The Strand (Rates $250 - $450)
* [http://www.hbinn.com Hbinn.com] Grandview Inn located 1 block off The Strand (Rates $150 & Up)
* [http://www.seaspritemotel.com SeaSpriteMotel.com] Sea Sprite Motel located on The Strand (Rates $125 & Up)
* [http://www.hiehb.com Hiehb.com] Holiday Inn Express located on PCH (Rates $125 & Up)
* [http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=LAXHBHX HamptonInn.com] Hampton Inn located on PCH (Rates $150 & Up)
* [http://www.qualityinn.com/ires/en-US/html/HotelInfo?hotel=CA041 QualityInn.com] Quality Inn located on PCH (Rates $100 & Up)
* [http://www.hotelhermosa.com HotelHermosa.com] Hotel Hermosa located on PCH (Rates $79 & Up)
Adrianne Curry: First winner of America's Next Top Model who appeared on My Fair Brady The Surreal Lifefeatured on the cover of Playboy twice
Christopher Knight: Actor, The Brady Bunch, The Surreal Life, and My Fair Brady
* A. J. Cook - actress on
* Bill Butler - cinematopgrapher
Bill Simpson- racecar driver (retired)
Brent Barry- professional NBAbasketball player
Ben Brown- businessman
Carson Daly- television personality
Eric Fonoimoana- professional AVP volleyball player
Jack Black- actor who grew up in Hermosa
Jacqueline Frank DeLuca- water polo goalie; bronze medalist, 2004 Summer Olympics
Jason Acuna- "Jackass" personality, actor and professional skateboarder
Jim Finn- professional NFLfootball player
Jimmy Kimmel- television personality
Rachel Hunterand LA Kings Jarret Stoll[http://www.bergproperties.com/blog/rachel-hunter-and-jarrett-stoll-pay-3645m-for-a-house-in-hermosa-beach-ca/1964/celebrities "Rachel Hunter and Jarret Stoll pay $3.645M for a house in Hermosa Beach, CA", September 21, 2007] [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1043224/After-Hot-Legs-Rod-Rachel-looks-set-marry-younger-ice-man.html]
Mae Marsh- former actress
Michael Strahan- professional NFLfootball player
Misty May-Treanor- Gold medalistand professional AVP volleyball player
Morgan Ensberg- professional MLB baseball player
Rodney Mullen- professional skateboarder
Ryan Starr- On American Idol
Shana Alexander- former writer for "Life" magazine
* Steve Lyons - former professional MLB baseball player, Fox sportcaster and current
Ted Coombs- Author of "For Dummies" computer books series
Ty Page- Professional skateboarder
* Warren Miller - ski film director who grew up in Hermosa
* [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/official_info/umpires/camp/index.jsp?content=staff&type=ump_bios&bio=cousins_derryl Derryl Cousins] - MLB umpire for 27 years
* Albert Hannemann -
Gold medalistand professional AVP volleyball player
* Amber Willey - professional AVP volleyball player
* Beth Shaw - Founder of YogaFit [http://www.yogafit.com/press_beth.shtml]
* Bettina Bell - Reality TV show contestant on The Bachelor
* Chad Mowrey - professional AVP volleyball player
* Scott Ayakatubby - professional AVP volleyball player
* Tiffany Jestadt Rodriguez - professional AVP volleyball player
* Victoria Prince - professional AVP volleyball player
Pennywise- Punkband formed in 
Black Flag- Hardcore punkband
Michael "Mikette" Wade- Member of the NFL Hall of FameHogettes and Founder of SoCal Redskins Fan Club
In addition to the "
Los Angeles Times", Hermosa Beach is served by local daily the " Daily Breeze" and local weeklies the " Beach Reporter" and the " Easy Reader".
Segments of the
television show" The O.C." were filmed in Hermosa Beach (and more in neighboring Redondo Beach), not Newport Beach. This was necessary because of union rules that make it expensive to film outside of Los Angeles County. [http://www.seeing-stars.com/OC/ByLocation.shtml The O.C. Filming Locations] ]
In the late 1970s the rock band Black Flag emerged from Hermosa Beach, and played their first show at Valley Park. The infamous "church" profiled in "
The Decline of Western Civilization" was on Pier Avenue, though it has since been torn down.
Hermosa Beach has been the sister city of
Loreto, Baja California Sur, since 1967.
* [http://www.hermosabch.org/ Official website]
* [http://www.hbchamber.net/ Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org/ Hermosa Beach Historical Society website]
* [http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Video-v64530-Los_Angeles-Getting_Around_Hermosa_Beach-Video.html Video about Hermosa Beach]
* [http://abouthermosabeach.info/ About Hermosa Beach] Information and news; Hotel, Restaurant and Nightlife listings; Photographs
* [http://www.tmz.com/2007/11/02/hb-neighbors-to-brit-not-in-our-backyard/#continuedcontents TMZ Video] Hermosa Beach residents commenting on
Britney Spearshouse shopping at a home listed for $8.5M in the area
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