After fighting their way through the early rounds of the annual Live Oak 3-on-3 basketball tournament on one of the hottest days of the year, the father-and-son-plus-one team known as Dad and Gramps had a clear strategy going into the finals Friday afternoon
by David Mendez When Charlene Dipaola was in middle school, she wasn’t able to bike from home to her classes each day. “No, sadly; I grew up in the Philippines, and my school was an hour away by driving,” Dipaola said. “But I wish I could have.” But the president of the South Bay Bicycle […]
by Ryan McDonald David Byrne never quite makes it to Manhattan Beach in “Bicycle Diaries,” the Talking Heads frontman’s two-wheeled travelogue. But if he were to peddle by the library Saturday afternoon, he probably could not help but smile. In honor of the second anniversary of much-lauded redesign, the Manhattan Beach Library will host […]
Saturday’s South Bay Boardriders/Surf Concepts surf was dedicated Sandro McIlroy, a SBBC contest competitor and student at Halstrom Academy in Manhattan Beach. McIlroy died Friday, April 7 in a skateboarding accident in Palos Verdes. The contest was paused late in the morning for a moment of remembrance..
by Ryan McDonald George Jung surveyed the photographs on the wall. They had been rehung just as they were back in 1968. Did they bring back memories? “I’m quite familiar with those. I probably snorted coke off of every one of them,” Jung said with laugh. Jung, the former Manhattan Beach cocaine smuggler and […]
An early April swell hit El Porto in Manhattan Beach and brought waist to overhead waves with it. El Porto, know for having it’s fair share of closeouts, handled the swell well offering Olamana Eleogram, Dane Zaun, Kelly Zaun, Mike Edwards, Derek Brewer, Keith Brewer, Richard Silva and others some fun waves. Video produced by […]
by David Mendez A Manhattan Beach teenager was killed last Friday in Palos Verdes Estates when he lost control while skateboarding alongside a car. Sandro McIlroy, 15, was pronounced dead at Torrance Memorial Hospital on April 7, after responders transported him from the scene of the incident, on the 500 block of Epping Road. He […]
Best Dance Club StrandBar Among dance clubs in the Beach Cities, StrandBar stands alone with a view overlooking the Pacific Ocean, that’s a well-angled ice cube’s throw away from the sand. But Strand Bar manager Jon Paul Gwozdz thinks that another thing in particular that sets his venue apart from the rest. “It’s the safe […]
by Ryan McDonald A beloved former Manhattan Beach sanitation worker will get his day in court after a federal appeals panel ruled last week that he could proceed with an age discrimination lawsuit against a waste disposal company. In a ruling last Friday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously held that Gilberto Santillan […]
by Ryan McDonald Last month’s highly contentious election cast a shadow over the typically lighthearted swearing-in ceremony for new members of the Manhattan Beach City Council, as both departing and incoming council members condemned the negative tone that characterized the campaign. Councilmembers Steve Napolitano, Nancy Hersman and Richard Montgomery and Treasurer Tim Lilligren took the oath […]
by Ryan McDonald Skechers has received tentative approval to expand its flagship retail store in downtown Manhattan Beach, prompting concern from residents about the effectiveness of the recently approved Downtown Specific Plan before it has even been implemented. The Planning Commission’s decision Wednesday allows the store at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Manhattan […]
On May 3, Manhattan Beach Middle School students will join their friends and classmates at points throughout Manhattan Beach to create a sort of “cycling school bus” — a mini-peloton joined by parents and public safety officials to help protect their kids. As part of the preparation for Bike to School Day, Steve Reichlin of the BCCC will be leading a bike safety class at MBMS on May 1, during lunch.
by Ryan McDonald A short-handed planning commission advanced a proposal for a Gelson’s grocery store on Sepulveda Boulevard last week, acknowledging deep anxiety among nearby residents about project impacts while differing about its future implications for development along the highway. By a 2-1 vote, the commission tentatively approved the grocery store project slated for the […]
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
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.