Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach police seek help finding missing person

Manhattan Beach police seek help finding missing person

The Manhattan Beach Police Department is seeking help in locating Ann Shenkler. According to an MBPD press release, Shenkler went missing, apparently voluntarily, on March 15. She was reported missing to the Manhattan Beach Police Department on March 21. According to police reports, she mailed her car key and storage unit key to friends prior to when […]

 Mark McDermott

Best yoga Studio: The Green Yogi

Best yoga Studio: The Green Yogi

People come to yoga for different things. Some really just want a workout, a good sweat, maybe to lose some weight. Others seek spirituality, connecting to a 4,000 year tradition through which they hope to cultivate mindfulness through breath. Some want it all, and that is where The Green Yogi, the elegant little studio tucked […]

 Mark McDermott

Best golf course: The Lakes at El Segundo

Best golf course: The Lakes at El Segundo

The South Bay doesn’t have a lot of golf courses, but it does have the world famous Trump National as well as the cutting-edge, David Kidd-designed Rolling Hills Country Club. Yet local golfers truly cherish the unpretentious, decidedly non-world famous, cheap ($15 for 9 holes, discounts for seniors) The Lakes at El Segundo and voted […]

 Mark McDermott

Best produce: Grow

Best produce: Grow

  The story has by now been oft-told how in 2003 a little boy named Brendan Fisher, freshly arrived from the Central Valley to Manhattan Beach, wanted a boogie board. He made a deal with his parents, Barry and Kathy Fisher, that he’d raise half the money himself; his father was in the agricultural export […]

 Mark McDermott

Best of the Beach 2017 winners: retail and services

Best of the Beach 2017 winners: retail and services

Best of the Beach 2017 winners (click to see BOB write-ups).  Dining and entertainment will be featured in Beach magazine’s April issue (vote here). The urge to recognize “the best” is universal, even though everyone knows “the best” to too subjective to be scientific. Best of awards are really gratitude ceremonies. They satisfy people’s need […]

 Mark McDermott

Best Hotel: Shade Hotels

Best Hotel: Shade Hotels

When Shade Hotel opened up in downtown Manhattan Beach a dozen years ago, it did more than provide the area the first truly boutique hotel for visitors. Shade was the anchor for the Metlox project, a development twenty years in the making, but also quickly became a central gathering point for entire community. Shade has […]

 Mark McDermott

Best bike shop: Hermosa Cyclery

Best bike shop: Hermosa Cyclery

Much has changed in downtown Hermosa Beach since 1974. But Hermosa Cyclery, which was founded in that year just off the Strand by a cheerful man named Harold Schumaker, has happily endured.   Schumaker passed away in 2002 and willed the shop to four of his most beloved employees, Steve Collins, Larry Burke, Ken Liebowitz […]

 Mark McDermott

Best nursery: Nursery Deep Roots Garden Center

Best nursery: Nursery Deep Roots Garden Center

The sprawling, barn-like structure at the corner of Sepulveda and 2nd Street in Manhattan Beach has been a plant nursery for six decades but has gone through several iterations, most famously becoming a community institution as Bob’s Nursery under the ownership of Bob Brock from 1970 to 2000. It became a more high-end nursery after […]

 Mark McDermott

Best sports retailer: Dick’s Sporting Goods

Best sports retailer: Dick’s Sporting Goods

  Need a backcountry knife for your trip to the High Sierra? Check. How about some bungee cords to keep your yoga mat on your bicycle? Sure thing. How about the newest LeBron James sneakers? Of course —  Dick’s Sporting Goods, in fact, maintains an online calendar for shoe release dates. The South Bay is […]

 Mark McDermott

Best medical spa: South Bay Medical Spa

South Bay Medical Spa specializes in minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures, in a relaxed and calming environment. The clinical staff are all licensed health care professionals with specialized expertise in aesthetic medicine. The spa team is expert at helping people define and meet their personal aesthetic goals. South Bay Med offers skin treatments such as […]

 Mark McDermott

Best nail salon: Nail Garden

When it comes to turning a salon into an oasis of indulgence, a full-sense retreat from day-to-day reality, Nail Garden has it nailed. Visitors enjoy mani-pedi treatments complete with massages for hands and arms or lower legs and feet, cuticle care and moisturizer, and nail prep and polish, in a modern but comfortable atmosphere, augmented […]

 Mark McDermott

Best massage: Montage Boutique Spa

For more than 20 years, locals in need of pampering and rejuvenation have escaped to Montage Boutique Spa for personalized, results-oriented, advanced skin care in a warm, intimate, comfortable environment. Owner Dianne de la Garrigue constantly seeks out the latest advancements in products and procedures, and the team creates a personalized procedure and maintenance plan […]

 Mark McDermott

Measure C wins in Redondo, Bill Brand elected mayor, Todd Loewenstein wins District 2, Nils Nehrenheim and Martha Barbee will continue in a runoff for District 1; in Manhattan Beach, Steve Napolitano, Nancy Hersman, and Richard Montgomery elected to council

    Preliminary election results from the LA County City Clerk:   Manhattan Beach City General Municipal Election Member of the City Council   Steve Napolitano 23.86% 3,026   Nancy Hersman 18.29% 2,319   Richard P. Montgomery 15.03% 1,906   Mark Burton 14.01% 1,777   Tony D’Errico 10.59% 1,343   Diane Barkelew Wallace 7.07% 896 […]

 Mark McDermott

Judge denies class action in Lunada Bay Boys lawsuit

Judge denies class action in Lunada Bay Boys lawsuit

by Mark McDermott A federal judge ruled last week that a lawsuit aimed at the violent surf localism allegedly perpetuated by a group of Palos Verdes Estates surfers, known as the Lunada Bay Boys, does not meet the legal standards required for a class action suit. The ruling, issued February 21 by U.S. District Court […]

 Mark McDermott

Congressman Ted Lieu proposes psychiatric evaluation of president

by Mark McDermott and David Mendez Congressman Ted Lieu plans to introduce a bill next week that would require President Donald Trump undergo a psychiatric evaluation.  Congress, Lieu told Huffington Post, in 1928 started requiring that presidents have a physician at the White House to insure physical health. But no such requirement has ever been extended […]

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