Mark McDermott

Renewable energy plan offers choice, savings for Manhattan Beach residents

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach City Council Tuesday night chose default rates for a new citywide plan that will allow residents to choose what percentage of power they receive that is derived from renewable sources. The council unanimously chose a plan that will provide electricity from at least 50 percent renewable sources and is […]

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New Costa gym design ready for state approval

New Costa gym design  ready for state approval

by Mark McDermott Architects for the new Mira Costa gymnasium presented final designs to the Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Education last week in preparation for submitting plans to the Division of the State architect, the final stage before actually going out to bid. Construction of the 70,000 sq. ft. stateArchitectrt athletic facility […]

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The accidental city manager: Manhattan Beach’s Bruce Moe didn’t intend to have a career in city government. The job chose him.

The accidental city manager: Manhattan Beach’s Bruce Moe didn’t intend to have a career in city government. The job chose him.

by Mark McDermott When he looks back, somehow it all makes an odd sort of sense. But 30 years ago,  if you’d told Bruce Moe that he’d one day be finance director, much less city manager, for the City of Manhattan Beach, he’d have laughed out loud. Laughter comes easily to Moe, a 29-year veteran […]

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New leadership, new challenges, addressed at new State of the City in Manhattan Beach

New leadership, new challenges,  addressed at new State of the City in Manhattan Beach

  by Mark McDermott If one thing unified the many elements of the annual State of the City gathering Wednesday morning at the Joslyn Community Center, it was a sense of new beginnings.   Among the speakers were newly appointed City Manager Bruce Moe, who just had his interim tag removed by City Council in […]

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Mustangs’ last game at Fisher is a heartbreaker

by Paul Teetor If this was the last Mira Costa boys basketball game ever played in Fisher Gymnasium – and it probably was, since the cozy old cigar box of a gym is scheduled to be torn down sometime next fall – then it was a bittersweet way to go out. Memorable? Yes. Satisfying? No […]

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Manhattan Beach Roundhouse restoration: The boy and the pier

Manhattan Beach Roundhouse restoration: The boy and the pier

How Michael Greenberg transformed the loss of his son into a gift for the place that made him

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The Manhattan Beach real estate market had a surprisingly strong year in 2017. Realtors differ on why, but everyone is looking east. 

The Manhattan Beach real estate market had a surprisingly strong year in 2017. Realtors differ on why, but everyone is looking east. 

          Upward, eastward   by Mark McDermott   The ancient Greeks consulted the Oracle at Delphi for nearly eleven centuries, beginning in seventh century B.C. and continuing until the fourth century, making the trek to the Temple of Apollo to ask the high priestess their questions about the future.  Both the […]

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MCHS Social Studies teachers enact easier grading scale to counter summer school scores

MCHS Social Studies teachers enact easier  grading scale to counter summer school scores

  by Mark McDermott The Mira Costa High School social science department last week announced an unusual policy change, implementing a new grading scale intended to make it easier for students to obtain higher grades with lower classwork scores. According to the new policy, which will go into effect this semester and was adopted in […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

State of the City The State of the City, presented by the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, takes place Feb. 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Joslyn Community Center. The event will feature a panel discussion moderated by Mayor Amy Howorth that includes leaders from several sectors in the city, including MBUSD Superintendent […]

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John Post photos featured in National Geographic calendar

John Post photos  featured in National  Geographic calendar

by Mark McDermott John Post started taking photographs in 1974 and sold his first photo at the Hometown Fair the following year. He’d returned from traveling for three years on the other side of the world, particularly in India. It’s easier to see the world with fresh eyes in unfamiliar places, but when Post returned […]

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Lester Silverman dies while on vacation

Lester Silverman dies while on vacation

by Mark McDermott Lester Silverman, an optometrist, and longtime community activist died Monday while on vacation in Jamaica with his brother. According to initial reports, he was caught in a riptide while swimming and drowned. Former mayor Mark Burton, a good friend, and fellow Rotarian notified club members of Silverman’s passing in an email Tuesday […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Budget workshop Join the conversation about the city’s financial future at a Community Budget Social on Tuesday, January 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the Joslyn Community Center. This social marks the beginning of Manhattan Beach’s two-year budget process; its intention is to obtain input from the public to identify new priorities or needs. At the […]

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Redondo Union hoops squad defeats Peninsula with a spectacular last second shot by Kyle Carter

Redondo Union hoops squad defeats Peninsula with a spectacular last second shot by Kyle Carter

by Paul Teetor When the Redondo boy’s basketball team came out of a timeout down by 2 points with 14 seconds to play against Peninsula Friday night, Coach Ali Parvez wasn’t messing around. He didn’t want to play for a tie that would lead to an overtime period and five more minutes of intense, anything-can-happen […]

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Free bike repair stations in the works

by Mark McDermott The Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2018 won approval at Tuesday night’s City Council to install three free bike repair stations in different areas of town. The four-and-a-half foot standalone public use “fix it” stations will include tools and an air pump to cover most basic repair needs. The location of each […]

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The boy and the pier: How Michael Greenberg transformed the loss of his son into a gift for the place that made him

First of two parts by Mark McDermott Michael Greenberg was in England on business when the call came that every parent fears most. It was April 7, 2015. His oldest son, 19-year-old Harrison Greenberg, was on the other side of the world. Harrison, heir to the family business, Skechers, was 90 days into a four […]

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