Ryan McDonald

After time with county, Napolitano aiming for hometown leadership in Manhattan Beach

After time with county, Napolitano aiming for hometown leadership in Manhattan Beach

Steve Napolitano’s job as a chief of staff for recently termed out Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe had its share of challenges. Knabe’s office handled everyday life concerns of the Fourth Supervisorial District; with 27 independent cities and various incorporated areas totalling more than 2 million people, it has a constituency larger than the […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach okays purchase of streetlights

by Ryan McDonald   The Manhattan Beach City Council approved a program to purchase streetlights from Southern California Edison at its Tuesday night meeting, a move that officials hope could net the city revenue in years to come. The unanimous vote approves a purchase and sale agreement with Edison, and will allow the city to […]

 Kevin Cody

Northrop Grumman hosts Manhattan Beach Middle School girl STEM students

Northrop Grumman hosts Manhattan Beach Middle School girl STEM students

Northrop hosts all girls engineering day while Manhattan Beach Middle School weighs all girls STEM classes.

 Kevin Cody

Mira Costa girls take fight to the mat and the pitch

Mira Costa girls take fight to the mat and the pitch

Female athletes at Mira Costa High School are making their own marks for gender equality in the traditionally male sports of rugby and wrestling.

 Ryan McDonald

In Manhattan Beach council race, Montgomery running on knowing when to save, when to invest

by Ryan McDonald Richard Montgomery is proud of his record of financial stewardship, having previously served on the Manhattan Beach City Council during the 2008 financial crisis. He said that hard financial decisions at the time meant cuts to essential city services were not necessary down the road. That austerity mindset, however, needed some flexibility. […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach Gelson’s project to return to Planning Commission

by Ryan McDonald   Citing an outpouring of public interest in the project and unanswered questions, the Manhattan Beach Planning Commission voted last week to delay a decision on whether to approve a proposed Gelson’s Market along Sepulveda Boulevard. Staff had recommended conditionally approving a master use permit for the lot running along Sepulveda between […]

 Judy Rae

Beach Charity – South Bay Chil Cook Off

Beach Charity – South Bay Chil Cook Off

The crowd at the downtown Manhattan Beach fire station filled the truck bay and spilled out into the back parking lot.

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach nixes proposed bike path through Polliwog Park

by Ryan McDonald   The Manhattan Beach City Council approved a variety of pedestrian safety projects at its Tuesday night meeting, but passed on a plan to add a bike lane that would cut through a portion of a popular local park. In addition to enhanced crosswalks at various locations along Highland Avenue, the adopted […]

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach resident recalls fears, redemption following home firebombing

Manhattan Beach resident recalls fears, redemption following home firebombing

On a typical Tuesday morning in 2015, my cell phone rang at 5 a.m. I had just landed in Washington, D.C. for a business trip. It was my husband. He said “Honey, someone set the house on fire.”

 Ryan McDonald

Staying power: Manhattan Beach’s Malissia Clinton finds strength in spirit of community

Staying power: Manhattan Beach’s Malissia Clinton finds strength in spirit of community

by Ryan McDonald James Baldwin’s 1955 essay “Notes of a Native Son,” recounts a particularly hectic week in the author’s life that includes the death of his father, the birth of his youngest sister, his own birthday, the outbreak of the Harlem riot of 1943 and, finally, his father’s burial. Though much of the essay […]

 Ryan McDonald

In Manhattan Beach Council race, D’Errico not afraid to make hard choices

by Ryan McDonald Tony D’Errico’s time in politics so far has been helped by his rare gift of being able to see Manhattan Beach through two sets of eyes: his, and those of his wife. D’Errico moved to the city from New York 21 years ago. He fell in love with the area and, not […]

 Special Contributor

Beach city marchers join 750,000 in LA Women’s March

Beach city marchers join 750,000 in LA Women’s March

An estimated 750,000 marchers participated in the Los Angeles Women’s March on January 21, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Hermosa Beach resident Missy Sheldon and Manhattan beach resident April Wayland organized a bus of marchers that departed from Hermosa Beach. Another three buses departed from Manhattan Beach.

 David Mendez

Montgomery’s ethics called into question by councilman

Montgomery’s ethics called into question by councilman

by David Mendez Manhattan Beach City Council candidate Richard Montgomery has come under fire after a Facebook posting by a sitting member of the City Council revealed a misdemeanor conviction and the loss of Montgomery’s appraisers license. On Jan. 27, Councilman Wayne Powell posted a collection of links leading to orders by California Department of […]

 Mark McDermott

Yogis plan meditation flash mob on Manhattan Beach pier Sunday morning

Yogis plan meditation flash mob on Manhattan Beach pier Sunday morning

    by Mark McDermott  The tumult of the election took its toll on nearly everyone, fraying many of the ties that bind American society. One poll in the months prior to Election Day, by Monmouth University, showed that seven percent of Americans had severed at least one friendship due to the election. Seventy percent agreed that the […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach’s Conaway finds joy while ‘in the weeds’ of municipal policy

Manhattan Beach’s Conaway finds joy while ‘in the weeds’ of municipal policy

by Ryan McDonald   In explaining why he’s running for Manhattan Beach City Council, Chris Conaway knowingly reaches for a phrase with noble origins, describing it as a “peculiar passion.” Announcing his first-ever run for political office 1832, then 23-year-old Abraham Lincoln said it was his “peculiar ambition” to be “truly esteemed of my fellow […]

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