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July 5, 1997 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just before noon Friday, Hermosa Beach City Councilman Robert (Burgie) Benz grabbed a microphone, turned toward a sunbaked crowd on the beach and belted out a proud, passionate and incredibly off-key rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." As the councilman warbled on, finally getting to the part about this being the land of the free, many in the crowd could take it no more.
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July 5, 1997 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just before noon Friday, Hermosa Beach City Councilman Robert (Burgie) Benz grabbed a microphone, turned toward a sunbaked crowd on the beach and belted out a proud, passionate and incredibly off-key rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." As the councilman warbled on, finally getting to the part about this being the land of the free, many in the crowd could take it no more.
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December 20, 1994 | JAMES BENNING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ask most politicians if they plan to run for reelection and you probably will not get a straight answer. Ask Hermosa Beach Mayor Robert (Burgie) Benz and he will tell you straight out: "I will if the rock group thing doesn't work out." Benz is one mayor who marches--and slam dances--to a different drummer. The wisecracking, 36-year-old mechanical engineer frequently strolls into City Council meetings wearing a T-shirt and flip-flops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1994 | JAMES BENNING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ask most politicians if they plan to run for reelection and you probably will not get a straight answer. Ask Hermosa Beach Mayor Robert (Burgie) Benz and he will tell you straight out: "I will if the rock group thing doesn't work out." Benz is one mayor who marches--and slam dances--to a different drummer. The wisecracking, 36-year-old mechanical engineer frequently strolls into City Council meetings wearing a T-shirt and flip-flops.
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November 18, 1991 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is a fear wafting through the power structure in tiny Hermosa Beach. A fear of crackling cockroaches. Lewd jokes. And bacchanalian beer drinking. The anxiety centers around a zany, boyish 34-year-old who used to be known as "Burgie" but since Nov. 5 has become Councilman-elect Robert Benz. Benz, who has hosted an off-the-wall, call-in show on local cable television since 1984, is arguably better known among the 18,000 residents of Hermosa Beach than the city's mayor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1993 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hermosa Beach City Councilman Robert (Bergie) Benz, targeted in a recall effort for his role in a beach beer-drinking fest on the Fourth of July, has captured a different kind of media attention in recent weeks. Benz, a mechanical engineer who helps run the California branch of his father's Portland, Ore.-based company, Benz Air Engineering Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1994
Re "Rocking Role Model," Dec. 20: Here is my advice to Hermosa Beach Mayor Robert (Burgie) Benz. Forget the music business. Stay in politics. Because you never, ever will impact a music audience as much as you will influence a political constituency. Take it from me, a former music industry honcho. No matter how outrageous you may appear, you can never be outrageous enough to satisfy a fan following accustomed to the likes of Henry Rollins (a true eccentric) or an Ozzie Osborne, who made a bizarre attempt to reach Nirvana-like notoriety when he bit off the head of a dove, and whose career has never matched his adolescent promotional exploits.
NEWS
December 15, 1994 | JAMES BENNING
The City Council agreed to allow a Nativity scene to be displayed in a city park. The city owns a portion of a Nativity scene that has been in a city storage facility for years. Resident Karen Johnson requested that Hermosa Beach residents be allowed to install the scene in Greenwood Park at Aviation Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway. The council voted 3 to 2 to allow the installation. Mayor Robert (Burgie) Benz and Councilman John Bowler opposed the idea.
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September 15, 1994 | JAMES BENNING
The City Council voted against a plan to open its meetings with a nondenominational prayer, but agreed to consider using an opening invocation that does not refer to a "higher power." While many South Bay city councils begin meetings with prayers, Hermosa Beach does not. Councilmen J. R. Reviczky and Sam Y. Edgerton supported the plan, arguing that an opening prayer would set a reverential tone for each meeting. But Mayor Robert (Burgie) Benz and council members Julie A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1997
After more than a year of searching for a site where they can legally perform their acrobatic stunts, Hermosa Beach skateboarders are poised to get one of the first publicly funded skateboard parks in Los Angeles County. The Hermosa Beach City Council has unanimously approved a plan to spend more than $240,000 to create a 7,000-square-foot skateboard park on a back lot at the city's Community Center within the next year.
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September 26, 1993 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hermosa Beach City Councilman Robert (Bergie) Benz, targeted in a recall effort for his role in a beach beer-drinking fest on the Fourth of July, has captured a different kind of media attention in recent weeks. Benz, a mechanical engineer who helps run the California branch of his father's Portland, Ore.-based company, Benz Air Engineering Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1991 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is a fear wafting through the power structure in tiny Hermosa Beach. A fear of crackling cockroaches. Lewd jokes. And bacchanalian beer drinking. The anxiety centers around a zany, boyish 34-year-old who used to be known as "Burgie" but since Nov. 5 has become Councilman-elect Robert Benz. Benz, who has hosted an off-the-wall, call-in show on local cable television since 1984, is arguably better known among the 18,000 residents of Hermosa Beach than the city's mayor.
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November 16, 1989 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Declaring that "this is the one time that I can speak what I feel," the ousted mayor of Hermosa Beach lambasted the voters in her farewell speech Tuesday night. June Williams, who was rejected along with incumbent Councilwoman Etta Simpson earlier this month, told the audience at the City Council meeting that the election amounted to a rejection of their efforts to make the city less crowded and to crack down on bar owners who serve liquor to minors.
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December 1, 1994 | JAMES BENNING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The mayor calls Hermosa Beach's aging downtown a sewer. A consultant hired by the city politely describes portions of it as unattractive. The city's business district has taken its lumps, but officials plan to improve it with a $6-million face lift. Plans approved unanimously by the City Council last week call for doubling the width of some downtown sidewalks to accommodate outdoor dining and closing a portion of Pier Avenue to eastbound traffic.
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