Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach woman guides board members of nonprofits

by Ryan McDonald For many South Bay residents, joining the board of a nonprofit is natural step. The area’s high real estate prices attract people with corporate experience and strong sense of leadership. When combined with a philanthropic outlook, their achievements give them an inside track to a board position. But what do they do […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach City Council mulls updated construction regulations

by Ryan McDonald An attempt to make minor updates to the city’s regulations governing construction generated controversy at Tuesday night’s Manhattan Beach City Council meeting over concerns that the city was poised to enact rules that would stifle development in one of the nation’s most lucrative real estate markets. The controversy abated as it became […]

 David Mendez

Vista Sotheby to acquire Shorewood Realtors

Vista Sotheby to acquire Shorewood Realtors

by David Mendez Shorewood Realtors, which has been in the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings since mid-June, has struck an agreement to be acquired by Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. The asset purchase agreement was reached last Friday, August 5, according to Vista Sotheby’s CEO Rick Edler. In the agreement, Shorewood’s listings and pending transactions have […]

 Judy Rae

Mustang Abroad – Mira Costa student voyages into the wild north

Mustang Abroad Mira Costa student voyages into the wild north by Parnia Mazhar Every person has at least one life-changing experience that brings some form of clarity about the world he or she lives in. Seventeen-year-old Aaron Kissel has already experienced his. For 17 days, Kissel hiked through Waddington Range,  a treacherous stretch of mountainous […]

 Judy Rae

Harry Potter fans celebrate book at midnight Pages party

THE CURSED CHILD Harry Potter fans celebrate book at midnight Pages party   by Micah Worner Harry Potter fans battled wizards and witches to attend a late-night party at Pages bookstore to celebrate the release of the final book in the popular series. “I was jumping up and down at home before I came here,” […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach City Council holds off on hotel tax study

by Ryan McDonald A discussion of ways to boost municipal revenue became tangled in Manhattan Beach City Council members’ diverging views over expenditures at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, likely preventing the city from placing a variety of possible taxes and fees for next March’s ballot. Councilmember Amy Howorth and Mayor pro tem David Lesser […]

 Mark McDermott

The rise of the Radioactive Penguins, and other tales from the Summer of Rock

The rise of the Radioactive Penguins, and other tales from the Summer of Rock

by Mark McDermott They arrived a little before 9 a.m. on Monday morning, a bit of a motley crew. Few of the kids knew each other, but a certain order quickly fell into place. A little girl with red boots and a pink electric guitar possessed natural rock n’ roll swagger. She wasn’t afraid to […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach council modifies upcoming election, rejects picketing law

by Ryan McDonald Citing concerns about fairness and accountability, the Manhattan Beach City Council voted at its Tuesday night meeting to hold their municipal elections so as to coincide with state and federal ones by slightly shortening the terms of council members elected in the March 2017 and March 2019 elections. The change was mandated […]

 Judy Rae

Beach education – 22nd Annual Manhattan Wine Auction sells out

Beach education –  22nd Annual Manhattan  Wine Auction sells out

22nd Annual Manhattan Wine Auction at the Manhattan Country Club raised $1.1 million

 Ryan McDonald

Mira Costa grad launches hemp-based product for aches and pains

by Ryan McDonald   Garrett Greller stood inside a room teeming with pot plants. Next to him was his companion and “caregiver:” his mother. You could say he felt a little paranoid. Then a senior at Mira Costa High School, Greller was at a medical marijuana dispensary in search of a CBD topical salve. Greller’s […]

 Mark McDermott

The Gospel of Luke

The Gospel of Luke

The unconventional life, and death, of Luke Horgan   by Mark McDermott On a sunny summer day 10 years ago a young man with a curly mess of blonde hair, eerily clear blue eyes, and a one-dimple grin that came easily and often was sitting on the embankment outside the Starbucks in downtown Manhattan Beach. […]

 David Mendez

Shorewood Chapter 11 won’t impact South Bay offices, owner says

Shorewood Chapter 11 won’t impact South Bay offices, owner says

by David Mendez Shorewood Realtors, one of the South Bay’s highest performing real estate brokerage firms, filed for Chapter 11 protection last month in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Colorado, where Shorewood’s parent company is based. Shorewood president and CEO Roger Herman said the filing was a strategic move to stay a claim  filed by […]

 Ryan McDonald

Seniors back down Manhattan Beach council on hotel proposal

by Ryan McDonald Facing an audience full of senior citizens, the Manhattan Beach City Council unanimously chose Tuesday night to table an item that would have sought proposals from hotel developers for a site near older-adult housing. The agenda item asked the council to reconsider uses for a city-owned parking lot that sits behind the […]

 Kevin Cody

Lifeguards tow deceased humpback whale Wally out to sea

Lifeguards tow deceased humpback whale Wally out to sea

A dead, 40-foot humpback whale, estimated to be 20 years old and weigh 40 tons, was towed off Dockweiler Beach in El Segundo by two Los Angeles County Lifeguard Baywatch boats Friday evening.

 Kevin Cody

Ultrafication Manhattan Beach: the impact of ultra wealth on the once laid back beach town

Ultrafication Manhattan Beach: the impact of ultra wealth on the once laid back beach town

Manhattan Beach’s ultra wealthy are transforming every aspect of the once laid back, middle income beach town.

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