Brad Jacobson

Last call at the Poop Deck in Hermosa Beach [VIDEO]

Last call at the Poop Deck in Hermosa Beach [VIDEO]

Saturday was to be the Poop Deck’s 57th anniversary party, a Hermosa Beach tradition celebrated with Bud beers and a new patio mural by the Budweiser distributor’s artist, caricaturing The Strand bar’s regulars and staff. But three days before the party, instead of anniversary posters, Poop Deck owner Dorothy Zagozda was stapling signs to the […]

 Brad Jacobson

El Porto Surf Session, Nov. 4, feat.Teddy Navarro, Tyler Hatzikian, Marcelo Malinco,Rich Silva, Scott Bredesen

El Porto Surf Session, Nov. 4, feat.Teddy Navarro, Tyler Hatzikian, Marcelo Malinco,Rich Silva, Scott Bredesen

Drop Zone LA’s Surf Sessions continues with our first small swell of the winter. Drop Zone LA caught up with Teddy Navarro, Tyler Hatzikian, Marcelo Malinco,Rich Silva, Scott Bredesen and others at El Porto in Manhattan Beach on a gloomy November morning.

 Brad Jacobson

Halloween Surf Session, El Porto, with Hatzikian, Siordia, and Gilberts [VIDEO]

Halloween Surf Session, El Porto, with Hatzikian, Siordia, and Gilberts [VIDEO]

Drop Zone LA presents a new series produced by Civic Couch covering surf sessions from across Los Angeles. In this episode we cruise to El Porto to catch Tyler Hatzikian, Mike Siorida, Josh Gilberts and others on a small but fun Halloween session.

 Brad Jacobson

Costume hunting at The Aaardvark in Redondo Beach [VIDEO]

Aaardvark has been the go-to place for Halloween costumes in the South Bay for more than a decade. The beautiful Emma van Jansky investigates what makes Aaardvark so….Aaardvark.

 Alyssa Morin

Young stars prepare for 2025 World Series at Beach City Baseball Academy [VIDEO]

Young stars prepare for 2025 World Series at Beach City Baseball Academy [VIDEO]

As the Fall Classic winds down, the next generation of baseball stars are honing their craft at the legendary Beach City Baseball Academy. The Easy Reader’s Alyssa Morin (unfortunately wearing a hat from her native Boston and a perpetually gloating smile) and Brad Jacobson caught up with owner Richard Murad to talk about developing young […]

 Brad Jacobson

33 years of pumpkins: Debbie and Jeff’s Pumpkin Patch on PCH in Hermosa Beach [VIDEO]

33 years of pumpkins: Debbie and Jeff’s Pumpkin Patch on PCH in Hermosa Beach [VIDEO]

Everybody has driven by it, and most have stopped by sometime in the last 33 years — Debbie and Jeff’s Pumpkin Patch along PCH in Hermosa Beach, home to a goat, a chicken, a pig, a rabbit, a grandson who says his job is to “sell pumpkins, sell Christmas trees, and change oil,” and, of […]

 Mark McDermott

El Segundo police officer saves the life of a 22-year old crash victim [VIDEO]

El Segundo police officer saves the life of a 22-year old crash victim [VIDEO]

The call went out via police dispatch a little after 6 p.m. on September 29. A four-door sedan had collided with a power pole on Aviation Boulevard, just north of El Segundo Boulevard. ESPD Officer Armando Rodriguez was the first on the scene. As he pulled up in his patrol car, he saw the sedan […]

 Brad Jacobson

Beach Cities Walking School Bus programs saves 15,000 car trips as kids take 30 million steps [VIDEO]

Beach Cities Walking School Bus programs saves 15,000 car trips as kids take 30 million steps [VIDEO]

The Blue Zones Project “Walking School Bus” program kicked off this morning throughout the Beach Cities, as hundreds of kids walked together to school. According to Blue Zones, the program saves 15,000 car trips — 11,000 miles total, annually — and generates 30 million steps by the kids themselves. “For anyone, whether you are a child […]

 Brad Jacobson

Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair brings families, old friends together [VIDEO]

Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair brings families, old friends together [VIDEO]

The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair is many things — an art show, a food and drink celebration (130 kegs this year), a concert, and a place for kids to play. But as Steve Napolitano and Brad Jacobson talked to folks at this year’s fair, it became clear the biggest attraction was the hometown aspect itself […]

 Brad Jacobson

Manhattan Beach Residents Association celebrates 25 years [VIDEO]

Manhattan Beach Residents Association celebrates 25 years [VIDEO]

The Manhattan Beach Residents Association celebrated their 25th anniversary with a reception at the Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center on September 15th. MBRA is an all-volunteer organization, working to preserve the residential character and quality of our unique neighborhoods, promote local businesses, support local schools, and increase broader participation in City government.

 Brad Jacobson

German American Heritage Day celebrate at Torrance’s Alpine Village

German American Heritage Day celebrate at Torrance’s Alpine Village

Here comes Octoberfest, but first, September 8th marked German American Heritage Day –what better way to celebrate it than at the Alpine Village in Torrance? “Come for brunch stay for tradition” was their theme of the day. The festival included a German band, food, beer, dancing, speakers and more.

 Brad Jacobson

Casey Jennings, fresh off his Manhattan Beach Open, talks volleyball, family, and future [VIDEO]

Casey Jennings, fresh off his Manhattan Beach Open, talks volleyball, family, and future [VIDEO]

Casey Jennings and his partner Matt Fuerbringer, in a stunning upset, won the prestigious Manhattan Beach Open two weeks ago. The Easy Reader’s Brad Jacobson caught up with Jennings on the practice court and talked about his life in volleyball and his other partner, in life, Kerri Walsh — who also won the Manhattan Beach […]

 Brad Jacobson

Ground broke for new Manhattan Beach Library [VIDEO]

Ground broke for new Manhattan Beach Library [VIDEO]

Manhattan Beach officials, joined by LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, broke ground Thursday on the new library scheduled for completion by 2015. Guest speakers included the county Librarian, Margaret Donnellan Todd, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Manhattan Beach Mayor David Lesser and the Director of the Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Works Gail […]

 Eddie Solt

“Smoke and Diamonds” Surfer Matt Pagan [VIDEO]

“Smoke and Diamonds” Surfer Matt Pagan [VIDEO]

It’s been the cry of this August, “It’s been a while since we seen some waves around here.”  Do you remember how lucky we were during the months of June and July? While sitting in as some deem it as the worst August ever,  here Matt Pagan shows us what we miss.  Damn these doldrums! […]

 Brad Jacobson

Manhattan Beach’s 6-Man Volleyball Tournament: its past, and future, debated [VIDEO]

Manhattan Beach’s 6-Man Volleyball Tournament: its past, and future, debated [VIDEO]

Manhattan Beach’s Charlie Saikley 6 Man Volleyball tournament is one of the most original and yet controversial events on the beach. Only a few years ago, the signature tournament — a unique event that combines world-class volleyball with costumes and beach revelry — drew 250 teams and 65,000 spectators as it drew national attention. This […]