Mark McDermott

Manduka, revered yoga mat company, opens its doors to the community in El Segundo Saturday

Manduka, revered yoga mat company, opens its  doors to the community in El Segundo Saturday

by Mark McDermott  The story begins with an architect and yoga teacher named Peter Sterios, who had a realization one day that the mats he and his fellow yogis using were not conducive to the practice of yoga. This was nearly two decades ago, when yoga was far from the mainstream. A common practice then […]

 Mark McDermott

Writing Matini

Writing Matini

Rachel Reeves was given seven months to report and write a book about a small South Pacific island nearly wiped out by a cyclone 17 years ago. She produced a masterpiece by Mark McDermott Last year, a young woman from a small island in the South Pacific was going about her daily business when she […]

 Mark McDermott

Killen was here

Killen was here

Patrick Killen helped define the modern architecture that emerged in the South Bay over the last quarter century. Now in the late stages of lymphoma, he has only gratitude, not regrets.

 Mark McDermott

The grateful ruffian: how the hell Ray Wylie Hubbard keeps getting better

The grateful ruffian: how the hell Ray Wylie Hubbard keeps getting better

The biography of the songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is an unlikely combination of gratitude, grit and outright cussedness.

 Mark McDermott

Redondo Beach celebrates Memorial Day

Redondo Beach celebrates Memorial Day

Redondo Beach honors its veterans on Memorial Day.

 Mark McDermott

The happy ballad of the Old 97s

The happy ballad of the Old 97s

Pioneering Americana band plays Music on the Meadows at Terranea

 Mark McDermott

Costapalooza – The real rock ‘n’ roll high school, Mira Costa, is celebrated

Costapalooza – The real rock ‘n’ roll high school, Mira Costa, is celebrated

A.J. Bartholomew was already a gigging hard rock guitar player by the time he was a sophomore at Mira Costa High School. He was also a good student, a wrestler and a football player. But everybody already knew what he really was, deep down — a rock and roller. English teacher Mike McCavan could tell […]

 Mark McDermott

Firefighters prevent fire at businesses in downtown Manhattan Beach from spreading

Firefighters prevent fire at businesses in downtown Manhattan Beach from spreading

A blaze in a storage room behind a downtown Manhattan Beach business late Tuesday was contained by quick MBFD response.

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach church target of bomb threat

Manhattan Beach church target of bomb threat

The Manhattan Beach Police Department released the following statement today: On April 22, 2015, at approximately 11:08 a.m., Manhattan Beach Police Department responded to First Lutheran Church (1100 N Poinsettia Ave, Manhattan Beach CA 90266) regarding a threatening phone message.  Officers were advised that a church employee, who was checking phone messages, discovered a threatening […]

 Mark McDermott

Tucker delivers Hermosa Beach ‘State of the City’

Tucker delivers Hermosa Beach ‘State of the City’

Hermosa Beach Mayor Peter Tucker delivered his State of the City address last week to an audience of residents, city employees and business people at the Beach House hotel, where he touted recent city accomplishments and set goals for the year to come.

 Mark McDermott

Taking Hermosa Beach’s anti-oil, eco-movement one step further

Taking Hermosa Beach’s anti-oil, eco-movement one step further

Hermosa resident Robert Fortunato, who lives with his wife and son in the city’s first carbon-neutral home, hopes activists that stepped up against Measure O remain engaged in the eco-movement. From Fortunato’s point of view, Measure O was just the tip of a large iceberg.

 Mark McDermott

El Segundo local launches ‘Bike to Surf’ campaign

El Segundo local launches ‘Bike to Surf’ campaign

Surfer Cameron Brown isn’t driving to surf for the next year.

 Mark McDermott

Ortega 120: Best Tequila Bar

Ortega 120: Best Tequila Bar

Best Tequila Bar: Ortega 120.

 Mark McDermott

Naja’s Place: Best Craft Beer Bar

Naja’s Place: Best Craft Beer Bar

Best Craft Beer Bar: Naja’s Place.

 Mark McDermott

Strand Brewing Company: Best Craft Brewery

Strand Brewing Company: Best Craft Brewery

Best Craft Brewery: Strand Brewing Company

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