Mark McDermott

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….Read More→

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Surfing Santa rewards local surfers with warm, fun waves

Surfing Santa rewards local surfers with warm, fun waves

Santa Claus was so pleased with how well behaved local surfers have been this past year that he made an early present of warm water and fun waves. To make sure the gifts measured up to his standards, he tested the waves during a couple of secret sessions at the Hermosa pier and El Porto…Read More→

 Mark McDermott

Surfing Santa spotted in El Porto [PHOTOS]

Surfing Santa spotted in El Porto [PHOTOS]

  Surfing Santa was spotted in El Porto this year, as well, and the great surf photographer Kiyo Okada captured the jolly dude at his Old School finest.

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Kelly Slater introduces “the perfect wave” machine

A few years ago, Body Glove’s Robbie Meistrell made a proposal for a revamped Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach — one that would be equipped with new technology to produce a wave that new surfers could learn on and advanced surfers could practice with. The proposal didn’t move forward in Redondo Beach, but today the…Read More→

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El Segundo earns “Most Business Friendly” award

El Segundo earns “Most Business Friendly” award

by Mark McDermott For the second time in less than a decade, El Segundo has been named the “Most Business Friendly City” among the 88 cities of Los Angeles County. The award, presented by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, recognized the city’s “tradition of excellence….taking a hands-on and active approach when partnering with…Read More→

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Laughter and tango: Wilfred Sarr and his dancers

Laughter and tango: Wilfred Sarr and his dancers

by Mark McDermott Eight decades in, Wilfred Sarr has learned a new dance. The painter some regard as the South Bay’s Van Gogh (if Vincent had a sense of humor, danced, and lived through the 1960s) comes from a decidedly non-dancing people, religious Midwestern farm folk who took life altogether too seriously to let loose…Read More→

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El Segundo’s Marie Fellhauer’s long journey to motherhood

El Segundo’s Marie Fellhauer’s long journey to motherhood

by Mark McDermott  Those who know Marie Fellhauer know her to be many things. She’s an El Segundo native who grew up to become an LAPD cop and then a councilwoman in her hometown. She’s tough and sweet and articulate and deeply devoted to her community. But those who really know Fellhauer also know that…Read More→

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Manhattan Beach honors its military veterans [PHOTOS]

Manhattan Beach honors its military veterans [PHOTOS]

More than 200 people attended Manhattan Beach’s 18th Annual Veterans Day Multi-Generational Event late Wednesday morning. The event was hosted by Mayor Mark Burton and featured keynote speaker General Robert Ord, U.S. Army, and a Veteran’s Day address by the commander of the local US National Guard CDR 578th Brigade Engineer Battalion, LTC Gilbert Rolden….Read More→

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“Manhattan Beach from Above” video earns global recognition

“Manhattan Beach from Above” video earns global recognition

Manhattan Beach’s Scott McFarlane’s beautiful footage of Manhattan Beach from above garnered global attention this week as Gizmodo Español included his video on “10 FLIGHTS OVER THE PLANET VIA DRONE THAT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS,” following a featured stint on National Geographic Nederland. Writes McFarlane: Over the past few months, I have been busy capturing…Read More→

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American Martyrs parish in Manhattan Beach gathers for 45th Fair

American Martyrs parish in Manhattan Beach gathers for 45th Fair

by Mark McDermott  Monsignor John Barry has a losing streak that is so uncommonly unlucky, it’s almost lucky. Barry, the legendarily dulcet-toned, charming and charmed Irish priest, has presided over his parish for 33 years. He’s never won the drawing. “Never one thing,” Barry said, not without a note of pride. “Not a nickel.” In…Read More→

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Supervisor Don Knabe endorses Steve Napolitano to replace him

Supervisor Don Knabe endorses Steve Napolitano to replace him

by Mark McDermott Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has endorsed his senior deputy, Manhattan Beach resident and former mayor Steve Napolitano, in the hotly contested race to replace the five-term, powerful and popular fourth district supervisor. In a statement issued Friday, Knabe suggested that Napolitano is the best candidate to continue his own legacy….Read More→

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El Segundo’s turning point

El Segundo’s turning point

The Point and Elevon represent new ways of working and shopping, as well as a turning point for El Segundo   Second in a series by Mark McDermott This summer, Tony and Kris D’Errico spent long days working to get their new Bella Beach Kids storefront ready to open at The Point, the new shopping center…Read More→

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Ted Lieu visits El Segundo council; ESFD Chief Smith retiring

Ted Lieu visits El Segundo council; ESFD Chief Smith retiring

The City Council Tuesday night received a proposed preliminary budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 that dips slightly into reserves in order to balance but also contains some hopeful signs. The budget, which was discussed more thoroughly at two strategic planning meetings in August, showed a gap in expenses over revenue of about $1.2 million, which…Read More→

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How Adam Spriggs went from booking clubs to KAABOO, a new kind of music festival

How Adam Spriggs went from booking clubs to KAABOO, a new kind of music festival

  by Mark McDermott   This weekend an estimated 30,000 people will gather at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds for KAABOO, a major new music festival that is being marketed as Coachella for adults. It features headliners such as the Killers, the Zac Brown Band, No Doubt and Snoop Dogg. KAABOO includes features unlike…Read More→

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Carolyn Petty takes over as mayor

by Ryan McDonald Councilwoman Carolyn Petty was elected mayor of Hermosa Beach by acclamation Tuesday night. Petty, who had been serving as mayor pro tempore, received the support of all three other council members. Councilman Hany Fangary will take Petty’s place as mayor pro tempore. The mayoralty in Hermosa Beach is typically a nine-month position…Read More→