The City generally seems in favor of supporting ways for residents to get around town by means other than by car. Having accessible sidewalks should be a fundamental part of this effort. Unfortunately, being on foot of any number of streets in the city (Manhattan Ave, Monterey Blvd, and nearly any east/west street east of Valley) means snaking around obstructions and often walking into the street to avoid cars parked in driveways extending well into the sidewalk.

Some cities have provided smartphone-based 311 apps to report violations and make enforcement requests. Perhaps Hermosa Beach should consider something similar. Or at the very least, have parking enforcement step up its enforcement efforts.

After all, what good is a beautiful, walkable beach town if you can't actually walk it?

Leo Barker over 3 years ago

Repaint all the red curbs throughout the city so that a)they can be seen and b) they can be enforced and c)become a source of revenue for the city

The sidewalks along Pier and Hermosa Avenues are totally disgusting and need to be powerwashed/sanitized every week. Because of the amount of thowup, takeout food and urine clearly visible on these streets; we should be able to have the bars downtown pay for this much needed service

Amy Murphy almost 4 years ago

Would like the sidewalks to be cleaned periodically, more so than the streets. The oil/tar from the telephone poles is everywhere and gets tracked in from shoes and pets.

Jimothy Pumper over 4 years ago

With every illnes out there right now I don't want to get any of them. I have been using the crosswalk buttons for many years but I don't want to touch them anymore for fear of getting sick. My suggestion is that we make new cross walks that are voice activated. On my phone I can speak to google and it will do things surely we can do the same with cross walks. Thanks and God Bless!

Idea: Leaf Blowers

Debra Cucci over 4 years ago

I think we should outlaw leaf blowers in HB. Or at least limit their use to one or two days each week. In my neighborhood there are gardeners using leaf blowers Monday through Friday AND SATURDAY, all hours from 8:00 am until 7:00 (in summertime). Very few of us have so many trees on our property that the leaf blowers are truly necessary. How can we get this in front of City Council?

It seems everyday there is an old property being torn down to make way for a new one. I am all for developing and renovation, however many of our beautiful houses are being demolished for investors to come in and build spec homes. Is there a historic register of houses? How can we protect these houses? And how can we honor them?

There appears to be additional tar buildup in the weeks following the initial cleanup after the Refugio oil spill. I should think the oil company responsible could send a smaller crew to do another cleanup. The tar clumps on the beach are still larger than what could be considered natural seepage.

I certainly wouldn't put in a rifle range in an effort to improve Hermosa. I just now heard Hermosa Beach CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS (some of whom I voted for) just voted on and approved a rifle range in downtown Hermosa. Aside from the potential danger factor and very loud noise pollution this will create, it is planned near an elementary school, and is replacing the "friends of the library". TO HBCC Members: Are you guys kidding me?!?! This it an outrage. How could you approve something so controversial without taking the vote to the people? I for one, do not feel that you are representing the wishes of your constituency on this one...and I don't think I'm alone on this either. I have a feeling you will be hearing from many Hermosa residents in the VERY NEAR FUTURE on this topic. Who do you think you are anyway--Congress?!?!

Concerned Hermosa Beach Resident on Loma Drive

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Hermosa Beach is planning to charge each resident an est. $115 per year for "Sewage infrastructure Operations, Maintenance and upgrade". The cost will escalate each year in the future based on inflation. If a majority of residents send in a protest, it will not proceed. Please consider filling out the simple protest form and mailing to City Clerk, City Hall to reject this tax which smells like a backhanded way to pay for the E&B Oil rejection lawsuit. Coincidentally the city is short approx $11 mil for the E&B oil lawsuit and this is the same amount they are trying to raise for sewage. We have never had any trouble paying for sewage yet now we need to raise an amount to pay for sewage which is equal to the amount we owe E&B for voting down the oil proposal. Walks like a duck, talks like a duck? yup it's a duck

Have a place for local Senior to hang out during the day so they dont have to be every shut in. Meet others, which would help with depression and their mental out look on life. Provide monthly activities, a volunteer program for local business. And maybe a monthly food drive.

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This is a very busy intersection. Replacing stop signs with signal lights will allow for smoother flow of traffic on Pier Ave, and prevent cars traveling on Ardmore Ave and Valley Dr from speeding while trying to make it through the intersection. This will also make it safer for pedestrians to cross the streets.

According to the MBF CONSULTING, INC., MARCH 2011 (Revised) SANITARY SEWER MASTER PLAN-UPDATE Prepared for Hermosa Beach, "Discussions with staff revealed routine maintenance activities, such as hydro flushing of old concrete sewer pipes sometimes results in collapse of the sewer line. As a result, the City is reluctant to undertake such routine maintenance for fear of accelerating the deterioration of the pipe. (p. 23, paragraph 1). ” In order to abate the rat infestation in our sewers, and avoid rats coming up through our toilets from broken pipes, holes and cracks, the minimum expectation is to perform routine sewer maintenance. This is what the Utility User Tax enacted in July 1998, which was promoted to the voting public as a “sewer tax,” was meant for. It was not meant to be misappropriated into the general budget at the City Manager’s discretion. Not performing routine sewer maintenance is a health hazard.

Require hotels wanting to build to contribute public spaces that benefit the city. New York City has done this with great success (Brooklyn Height's Promenade): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privately_owned_public_space

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Think of all of the things we could do with the revenue from the E&B project: underground those ugly utility wires/poles/transformers, remodel our schools, repair our streets and sewers!