Ryan McDonald

Common ground: City Council vote looms on Manhattan Beach’s Downtown Specific Plan

Common ground: City Council vote looms on Manhattan Beach’s Downtown Specific Plan

by Ryan McDonald The Hungry Mind opened its doors in 1991. Owner Kim Siehl began with a dream to bring a small independent bookstore to Manhattan Beach, but quickly realized that the margins would be difficult. So she decided to add a coffeehouse to the concept. She hired locals to man the shelves and espresso […]

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach Toyota unveiling a testament to former owner

Manhattan Beach Toyota unveiling a testament to former owner

by Kevin Cody A two-handed Katana sword with a wood lacquered case will be presented to Manhattan Beach Toyota owners Andrisa and Bradley Sperber by a representative from the Japanese auto maker Monday evening. The occasion will be the grand unveiling of the 5.5 acre, dealership’s $7.5 million remodel. The two-year project added a second […]

 Kevin Cody

Downtown Manhattan Beach celebrates Small Business Saturday

Downtown Manhattan Beach celebrates Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday in Downtown Manhattan Beach this weekend was intended to showcase holiday shopping opportunities to residents. But it also presented an opportunity to showcase the importance of protecting downtown retailers from economic forces beyond their control. At its upcoming meeting, on Tuesday, December 6, the city council will review the Downtown Specific Plan, whose goal is to “maintain the low profile development and small town atmosphere of Manhattan Beach.”

 Brad Jacobson

Santa parades through Manhattan Village, town parade begins Monday

Santa parades through Manhattan Village, town parade begins Monday

Santa and Mrs. Claus returned to The Manhattan Village Shopping Center Friday morning for the center’s annual Holiday Parade.  The parade started at the south end of the shopping center and worked its way up to the north entrance of the mall.  The Manhattan Beach Fire Department towed Santa and his reindeer, who were led by […]

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach a brand name, but new status brings challenges

Manhattan Beach a brand name, but new status brings challenges

Manhattan Beach, like Beverly Hills and Malibu now has “brand name” status, Vista Sotheby’s broker Rick Edler told business leaders at the Manhattan Beach Economic Forum. But it’s new status brings new challenges.

 Kevin Cody

Ultrafication Manhattan Beach: Absence of limits

Ultrafication Manhattan Beach: Absence of limits

Improvements in Manhattan Beach architecture have paralleled the rise in wealth. “People are more demanding and as a result, quality has improved,” architect Michael Lee said. “But the consequences can be bittersweet. Some of the smaller homes have a spirit and character to them that is difficult to replicate in a larger home on the same size property.”

 Ryan McDonald

Diver found dead near Manhattan Beach

Diver found dead near Manhattan Beach

by Ryan McDonald A man who went missing while diving off Manhattan Beach was found dead Monday morning inside a pipe connected to the El Segundo power plant. Rescue workers from the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division, along with the U.S. Coast Guard and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, found the body at […]

 Kevin Cody

Mira Costa students march on Manhattan Beach City Hall to protest Trump election

Mira Costa students march on Manhattan Beach City Hall to protest Trump election

Approximately 100 Mira Costa school students protested Donald Trump’s election as president by walking out of class and marching two miles from their campus to the Manhattan Beach City Hall Monday morning. Mira Costa senior Merita Lundstrom said at the demonstration, “I’m Mexican, a woman and I have gay friends. I’m here to show I’m not okay with Donald Trump’s positions or his behavior.”

 Ryan McDonald

Diver missing off coast of Manhattan Beach

Diver missing off coast of Manhattan Beach

by Ryan McDonald Rescuers are searching the waters off of Manhattan Beach for a diver who went missing yesterday morning. The diver, 45 year-old Jeff Tolly, was scuba diving from a boat anchored about three miles north of the Manhattan Pier, according to Sondra-Kay Kneen, petty officer first class with the U.S. Coast Guard Base […]

 Judy Rae

Beach surf – Scare and Tear at haunted pier

Beach surf – Scare and Tear  at haunted pier

The Scare and Tear was founded in 2005 by Charlie Ninegar to honor Mira Costa High schoolmate Adam Frand

 Judy Rae

Beach charity – Skechers FriendshipWalk

Beach charity – Skechers FriendshipWalk

2016 Friendship Walk, over 12,000 walkers packed The Strand, from the Manhattan Beach pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier

 Kevin Cody

Supporters welcome back GI Joe Charles ‘and then some’

Supporters welcome back GI  Joe Charles ‘and then some’

In January 2015, GI Joe Charles suffered a stroke during martial arts training. He lost his speech and his right side was paralyzed. Last Wednesday, to an assembly of city and chamber officials and his students, Charles bellowed, “GI Joe is back. And Then some.”

 Judy Rae

Beach charity – Sperber memory honored with Meistrell Local Legend Award

Beach charity – Sperber memory honored with  Meistrell Local Legend Award

The annual Best of Manhattan Awards were established by the Chamber of Commerce

 Ryan McDonald

Former Manhattan Beach Ed. Foundation director to head Grades of Green

Susan Warshaw has been named executive director Grades of Green, the local non-profit dedicated to changing the course of the future by making environmental protection second-nature in young minds today. Warshaw previously served as executive director at the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. Her career began in Washington, DC, consulting to EPA and state environmental agencies. […]

 Mark McDermott

Measures C, EE passed overwhelmingly by Manhattan Beach voters

Measures C, EE passed overwhelmingly by Manhattan Beach voters

by Mark McDermott Down the street, the daughters of school board member Bill Fournell were in mourning. What had portended to be the election of the nation’s first female president, and perhaps the dawning of new era in which women more equally shared the mantle of leadership, had been dashed. Jeff Serota, co-chair of the […]

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