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.

 Kevin Cody

O’Callaghan leaves reinvented chamber enroute to Huntington Beach

O’Callaghan leaves reinvented chamber enroute to Huntington Beach

When James O’Callahan leaves Manhattan Beach next week to head the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, his successor will inherit a chamber that is barely recognizable from the 2012 chamber.

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach City Council passes two-year budget

by Ryan McDonald Overcoming significant concerns about fiscal responsibility from both audience members and fellow elected officials, the Manhattan Beach City Council approved a budget for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 fiscal years at its Tuesday night meeting. The council approved by a 3-2 vote a compromise budget resolution that created several new positions and allowed […]

 Special Contributor

Mira Costa surf team ends Huntington High’s run

Mira Costa surf team ends Huntington High’s run

Last month, for only the second time in eight years, the Mira Costa Surf team defeated perennial powerhouse Huntington Beach High School in a non-league meet. The last Costa team to beat Huntington included future pros Dane and Kelly Zaun and future college standout Dayton Silva.

 Caroline Anderson

Making caramel candy the old-fashioned way

As a girl growing up in the town of Belfort in Northeastern France, Sandra Weiss’s mother and grandmother would make caramel candies from scratch.

 Caroline Anderson

Manhattan Beach principal rotation put on hold

The Manhattan Beach Unified School District board decided to halt, at least temporarily, Superintendent Dr. Michael Matthews’s direction to rotate four principals Tuesday night after an outcry from parents and teachers.