Kevin Cody

Japanese pros challenge locals at SB Boardriders Jack’s contest in Manhattan Beach

Japanese pros challenge locals at SB Boardriders Jack’s contest in Manhattan Beach

Chris Michalak barely fended off three fellow World Surf League pros from Japan to win the open men’s division at the SB Boardriders Club Jack’s Surf contest in Manattan Beach

 Kevin Cody

Music community mourns passing of Manhattan Beach’s Ben Beverly

Music community mourns passing of Manhattan Beach’s Ben Beverly

Manhattan Beach native and former Mira Costa High School football player (class of ‘96) Ben Beverly passed away Friday at his Highland Avenue home. Beverly was well known in the South Bay music community for his work with Pennywise and Jack Johnson’s label Brushfire Records. He was equally well known as one of the South Bay’s most genuine, kind-hearted and vibrant characters, according to lifelong friend Aaron Osten.

 Ryan McDonald

Nighttime construction hours OK’d for Manhattan Beach Village mall project

by Ryan McDonald The Manhattan Beach City Council unanimously approved a developer’s request to conduct construction at night at the Manhattan Village Mall, saying the work involved required evening hours because of safety concerns. The decision allows developer JLL, who is handling the mall’s interior updates as well as the upcoming city-approved expansion plan, to […]

 Brad Jacobson

Manhattan Beach Skate Spot Gives Locals Skaters A Home (video)

Manhattan Beach Skate Spot Gives Locals Skaters A Home (video)

The Manhattan Beach Skate Spot official opened on Saturday March 18th.  Civic Couch and host Steve Napolitano arrived a few days prior to the opening to discuss the new skate park with Manhattan Beach officials and local skate pro Mason Silva. 

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach skateboard park opens to hundreds of skaters.

Manhattan Beach skateboard park opens to hundreds of skaters.

Hundreds of skaters, accompanied by their families and civic officials attended the opening of the Manhattan Beach Skate Park on Saturday. The morning was set aside for free skating. In the afternoon, following a ribbon cutting, an expression session was held, sponsored by Spyder Surf and Kinecta Savings and Loan.

 Ryan McDonald

Grinding it out: Manhattan Beach skate spot finally set to open

Grinding it out: Manhattan Beach skate spot finally set to open

by Ryan McDonald The Manhattan Beach skate spot is nestled among the basketball rims, racquetball building and baseball fields of Marine Park. Studded with quarter-pipes, fun boxes, flat rails, stairs and more, the soon-to-be-opened park is a blank canvas for the creative skater, its copings unscuffed, its ledges unmarked. But the neatest trick to be […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach teens drive money to charity showing eye-catching autos

by Ryan McDonald The keepers of South Bay Exotics may have only recently gotten their driver’s licenses, but they are big believers in the maxim, “Keep your eyes on the road.” But the five Manhattan Beach teenagers aren’t just looking for hazards; they’re keeping an eye out for the coolest cars they can find. Maxwell […]

 Ryan McDonald

Old hands and a new face for Manhattan Beach council

Old hands and a new face for Manhattan Beach council

by Ryan McDonald Manhattan Beach voters revealed mixed feelings about political experience in Tuesday’s election, turning out the two incumbents seeking reelection while electing one new councilmember and two returning councilmembers who last held the office at least four years ago. Planning commissioner Nancy Hersman will take a seat on the council for the first […]

 Ryan McDonald

Win or lose, Ungoco plans to be a fixture in Manhattan Beach politics

Win or lose, Ungoco plans to be a fixture in Manhattan Beach politics

by Ryan McDonald   In his relatively short time in Manhattan Beach, Joseph Ungoco has gotten more deeply involved in city affairs than many ever will. He regularly attends City Council meetings, as well as those of the city’s various boards and commissions. He is part of the Manhattan Beach Residents Association, Neighborhood Watch and […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach attorney faces tough jury: engaged high school students

by Ryan McDonald   Manhattan Beach criminal defense attorney David Paquin visited the Da Vinci design academy last week, and found an audience of high schoolers with a fervent interest in criminal questions. They were compelled by “Serial,” the true-crime podcast that became a sensation when it raised serious questions about the case of Adnan […]

 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 […]

 Kevin Cody

South Bay Boardriders Becker Surf contest in Manhattan Beach tests small wave surfing

South Bay Boardriders Becker Surf contest in Manhattan Beach tests small wave surfing

The decision to hold the SBBC Becker Surf Contest proved to be the right one, despite the small surf, which was blamed on the “Balzer Curse.” Just days before the contest Balzer resigned as contest director from the club he founded in 2009.

 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.

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