Mark McDermott

Luke Walton, a Manhattan Beach resident, named Lakers’ coach

by Mark McDermott  Luke Walton, a Manhattan Beach resident since his rookie year as a Laker in 2003, has been named his former teams’ new coach. The Lakers announced Walton’s hire as the 26th coach in franchise history on Friday night. It was a surprisingly quick courtship; the Lakers fired head coach Byron Scott five […]

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On Local Government: It’s all about the data

On Local Government: It’s all about the data

by Bob Pinzler I know a great deal about license plate recognition (LPR), having been part owner of a company that was one of the two earliest entrants into that market in the US. So, one would think I would be happy to see that Manhattan Beach is planning on placing LPR systems on intersections […]

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Champions of the Earth: Environmental heroes in the South Bay

Champions of the Earth: Environmental heroes in the South Bay

  Morgan Sliff reports: They may be small in size, but they are big in action.  Isabella and SaraJane Bacallao, Sofia Pizer, and Sofia Prenter  know the ropes when it comes to standing up for a greener community. The four best friends, aged 10 to 13, have become effective environmental activists in Hermosa Beach city politics — as […]

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Best of the Beach 2016, Liquor Store: Ocean View Liquor

Best of the Beach 2016, Liquor Store: Ocean View Liquor

The key to the success of Ocean View Liquor is as simple as it is rare: the little shop on Manhattan Avenue near the HB/MB border is genuinely a part of the community it serves. Owner Norm Kalosh lives across the street with his wife and two kids and he carefully curates what the store […]

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Best of the Beach 2016, Live Music Venue: Saint Rocke

Saint Rocke is known as a small club that books big acts, often nationally touring artists who rarely perform in such intimate settings. In the last year, for example, Big Head Todd, Ozomatli, the Dan Band, Donovan Frankenreiter, Pennywise, and Citizen Cope have graced the 280-seat venue’s stage. But it’s also a club that gives […]

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Brann, Boyles, Pirsztuk elected to El Segundo City Council

by Mark McDermott El Segundo will have a vastly new City Council after three new councilmembers were elected Tuesday night and both incumbents on the ballot suffered defeat. But both incumbents, Marie Fellhauer and Dave Atkinson, took solace in the fact that a ballot measure each helped put in motion in order to address sagging […]

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Five candidates compete in El Segundo City Council election

Five candidates compete in El Segundo City Council election

by Mark McDermott   Near the end of an El Segundo City Council candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters Monday night, one of the candidates made a remark unusual in the rough and tumble that so frequently dominates American political discourse. Don Brann said that voters have a tough choice because the […]

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FREEDOM SONGS: Two Long Beach musicians begin residency at Suzy’s in Hermosa Beach

FREEDOM SONGS: Two Long Beach musicians begin residency at Suzy’s in Hermosa Beach

  Two strong singers front the Cold Shoulders and The Kang Trio, who bring a taste of the Long Beach indie music scene to Hermosa Beach on Monday nights once a month — by Mark McDermott  She was a little girl who didn’t say much but had a big voice just waiting to leap out. […]

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PENINSULA DINING – The passion of Bernard Ibarra

How Terranea’s executive chef quietly transformed the resort’s farm-to-table approach to food and in so doing found his own roots

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Coyote spotted in Manhattan Beach

Police report that a coyote was spotted Monday night in the City of Manhattan Beach. The animal was last seen on 10th and John. The Manhattan Beach Police Department asked residents be cautious and take extra measures to keep pets safe. The city had an influx of coyotes a year ago but few sightings since. At that time, an information […]

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Best Kids Boutique 2016: Bella Beach Kids

Best Kids Boutique 2016: Bella Beach Kids

Owned by lifelong Manhattan Beach resident Kris Mackerer D’Errico, Bella Beach Kids is a beloved staple for youth shopping here in the South Bay. D’Errico’s customers include her seventh grade Home Economics teacher, and the “little girls” she coached in soccer who are now new moms. “We have such a history in this town,” she […]

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The Third (Occasionally) Annual Froth Awards celebrates the South Bay’s burgeoning brewing community

  by Mark McDermott The South Bay brewing industry was launched somewhat inauspiciously in 2009 with two men, a minivan, and a frothy dream. Rich Marcello and Joel Elliott were surfers, best friends, and decidedly non-corporate; they wanted to do something they believed in, and something that connected people. They believed in good beer and […]

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A Night in Tunisia: Three chefs, two loves, one dinner, and life as a very moveable feast

by Mark McDermott Deep in the ancient Mediterranean port city of Tunis, Tunisia, in a tiny kitchen bustling with knives chopping, sisters arguing, and children scampering underfoot, amid the waft of vegetables stewing and meats roasting, a small, vivacious woman named Zina Marouani worked a sort of magic. Earlier that day she’d been to the […]

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The People of Knob Hill vs. Southern California Edison: Simona Wilson and her neighborhood fight against SCE over stray voltage exposure

A jury awarded Simona Wilson $4 million after she was exposed to stray voltage from SCE’s Topaz Substation in Redondo Beach. An appellate court issued a rare reversal. A new trial is currently underway by Mark McDermott and Ryan McDonald Three years ago, Simona Wilson took on a giant and won. Wilson was a 34-year-old single […]

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The Wood Brothers play the El Rey

by Whitney Youngs There’s something to be said about starting a band with your own sibling. You share a bond that transcends music and creativity. You are adjoined by blood and a history dating back to birth and childhood. Chris and Oliver Wood are two such siblings. And the Wood Brothers is one such band. […]