Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach Police Beat: Woman sexually assaulted on Ardmore, DUI Checkpoint Saturday

Sexual assault A woman was sexually assaulted late Saturday night on Ardmore Avenue, according to Manhattan Beach Police Department reports. The woman reported that she was walking to her car on the 800 block of Ardmore at about midnight when a man approached her from behind, knocked her to the ground, and assaulted her. The […]

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City of Manhattan Beach, activists prepare legal fight against Vista Del Mar lane closures

City of Manhattan Beach, activists prepare legal fight against Vista Del Mar lane closures

  by Mark McDermott The City of Manhattan Beach is exploring its legal options to force the reopening of lanes shut down by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation on Vista Del Mar, a key commuter route north for many South Bay residents that was put on a “road diet” nearly a month ago as […]

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Residents fight Vista Del Mar lane closures

Residents fight Vista Del Mar lane closures

by Mark McDermott On the Tuesday after Memorial Day weekend, Pat Mendelson arrived home from work later than usual. His wife, Karla, knew immediately something was wrong by the mournful look on his face. “What happened?” she asked. “Who died?” “They closed lanes on Vista Del Mar,” he replied. Mendelson has commuted for 20 years […]

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Manhattan Beach Education Foundation hosts annual fundraiser

Manhattan Beach Education Foundation hosts annual  fundraiser

by Mark McDermott Saturday night will be a night of celebration at the annual Wine Auction at the Manhattan Beach Country Club. Hundreds of supporters of local schools will gather at the event, which features more than 40 local restaurants, 70 vintners, breweries, and distilleries, and over 300 volunteers all working together to provide, in […]

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Lane closures cause South Bay commuter gridlock on Vista Del Mar, Culver Boulevard

Lane closures cause South Bay commuter gridlock on Vista Del Mar, Culver Boulevard

by Mark McDermott Manhattan Beach resident Dave Davis has been commuting for 15 months to his job with 20th Century Fox in Century City. Unlike many more reluctant commuters, Davis has enjoyed his daily drive, in part because a good chunk of it has an ocean view along Vista Del Mar. “I’ve had a lovely commute,” […]

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Tony’s Secret War : The Redondo pier’s godfather and his unheralded heroics in WWII

Tony’s Secret War : The Redondo pier’s godfather and his unheralded heroics in WWII

[this article was originally published on January 19, 2011] by Mark McDermott The letter was handwritten in a carefully printed script in the dark of night. Like so many members of his generation, Tony Trutanich was a devoted correspondent to his loved ones. But in a letter  written to his newlywed wife, Doris, from a […]

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Manhattan Beach Country Club sold for $73 million

Manhattan Beach Country Club sold for $73 million

  by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Country Club has been sold to Bay Club for $73 million in a deal that will also net the City of Manhattan Beach $730,000. The Bay Club Company, a luxury health club operator, originating in San Francisco, has been expanding regionally. It will take over operations of the […]

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SoCalGas line project disrupts North Manhattan Beach

SoCalGas line project disrupts North Manhattan Beach

The El Segundo Gas Loop project is in its final stages

  by Mark McDermott Jeremy Gonzalez lives right off Highland Avenue in North Manhattan Beach and works the graveyard shift just down the street at the Scattergood power plant in El Segundo. In February, he saw crews from the Southern California Gas Company begin work a few blocks away from his home, digging trenches, creeping […]

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Mirror twins who beat cancer together cycle Tour de Pier

Mirror twins who  beat cancer together  cycle Tour de Pier

Annual cancer fundraiser is expected to draw 1500 riders and raise $1 million

  by Mark McDermott Claudia Levin and her identical twin sister Colleen came into the world 15 seconds apart. The so-called mirror twins —  Claudia is left-handed and outgoing, Colleen right-handed and more reserved — have followed each other closely ever since. This closeness took a tough turn last year. In early January, Colleen received […]

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A summer of oceanic fun at the Roundhouse Aquarium, SeaLab

A summer of oceanic fun at the Roundhouse Aquarium, SeaLab

by Mark McDermott Roundhouse Aquarium co-director Eric Martin was in Washington last year, at a whale musuem, when he walked into a room and saw a photo of a familiar site, the Roundhouse. It wasn’t the first time he was far afield and saw his place of work on a wall. “The Roundhouse is Manhattan […]

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Gelson’s supermarket project approved by Manhattan Beach council

Gelson’s supermarket project approved by Manhattan Beach council

by Mark McDermott After 30 months of often rancorous debate within the community, Gelson’s supermarkets Tuesday night finally won approval to build a grocery store on Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. The City Council unanimously voted to direct staff to draft a resolution for approval of the proposed 27,900 sq. ft. Gelson’s and a 6,684 […]

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Manhattan Beach police seek help finding missing person

Manhattan Beach police seek help finding missing person

The Manhattan Beach Police Department is seeking help in locating Ann Shenkler. According to an MBPD press release, Shenkler went missing, apparently voluntarily, on March 15. She was reported missing to the Manhattan Beach Police Department on March 21. According to police reports, she mailed her car key and storage unit key to friends prior to when […]

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Best yoga Studio: The Green Yogi

Best yoga Studio: The Green Yogi

People come to yoga for different things. Some really just want a workout, a good sweat, maybe to lose some weight. Others seek spirituality, connecting to a 4,000 year tradition through which they hope to cultivate mindfulness through breath. Some want it all, and that is where The Green Yogi, the elegant little studio tucked […]

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Best golf course: The Lakes at El Segundo

Best golf course: The Lakes at El Segundo

The South Bay doesn’t have a lot of golf courses, but it does have the world famous Trump National as well as the cutting-edge, David Kidd-designed Rolling Hills Country Club. Yet local golfers truly cherish the unpretentious, decidedly non-world famous, cheap ($15 for 9 holes, discounts for seniors) The Lakes at El Segundo and voted […]

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Best produce: Grow

Best produce: Grow

  The story has by now been oft-told how in 2003 a little boy named Brendan Fisher, freshly arrived from the Central Valley to Manhattan Beach, wanted a boogie board. He made a deal with his parents, Barry and Kathy Fisher, that he’d raise half the money himself; his father was in the agricultural export […]

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