Mark McDermott

Free holiday parking is extended to a month in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott City Council last week voted to extend free parking within the city from three weeks to four weeks this holiday season to help local retailers better attract business. Finance director Bruce Moe said each week meters are bagged costs the city $43,000. As a result, the cost of the annual tradition will […]

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Joan and Ron: a love story

Joan and Ron: a love story

Second of two parts by Mark McDermott On the fifth to last day of her life, Joan Arias had begun to sink into silence. The doctors described a CT scan as showing cancers “everywhere” but her shortness of breath made chemotherapy inadvisable. She’d decided, at any rate, that enough was enough. She was going home […]

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Bicycle sharrows, routes to be added citywide in Manhattan Beach

Bicycle sharrows, routes to be added citywide in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott The City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved the installation of signage and street markings throughout the city intended to make Manhattan Beach more bike-friendly. Bike route signs and shared lane markings, known as sharrows, will be added on several streets, including Marine, Pacific, Meadows, Redondo, and Ardmore avenues and Valley Drive. The […]

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Road diet lifted in face of commuter uproar

by Mark McDermott The West Los Angeles road diet is coming to an end and Manhattan Beach residents and officials who clamored for its demise are warily optimistic. “Trust,” said Councilman Richard Montgomery. “But verify.” At issue are lanes that were eliminated last May along key commuter routes, particularly along Culver and Jefferson boulevards, intended […]

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Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Strand chase According to Manhattan Beach Police Department reports, officers responded to multiple reports of a man annoying people near in the north end of the city near the Strand.  The first two times the man was located, he was identified, he cooperated with officers and was released after no crime was determined to have […]

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Rising Stars: Teacher Chau Ly and Room 27 at Pacific Elementary

Rising Stars: Teacher Chau Ly and Room 27 at Pacific Elementary

Second of two parts by Mark McDermott The little girl always loved school. She came from an immigrant family in which education was especially valued, but it was more than that. She loved everything about going to school, from the smell of the paper and books and freshly sharpened pencils to the way it felt […]

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A special educator

A special educator

Pacific Elementary’s Chau Ly is among the first special education teachers to be recognized as a Teacher of the Year by the Manhattan Beach Unified District by Mark McDermott First of two parts It’s 8:30 a.m. on a Thursday and special education teacher Chau Ly isn’t scheduled to have students for another 20 minutes, but […]

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MBUSD, MB/X unveil West Field

MBUSD, MB/X unveil West Field

by Mark McDermott One night earlier this week Gary Wayland stopped by the Mira Costa High School campus to check on the newly completed West Field. Wayland, the founder and chairman of the MB/X Foundation, had worked towards the construction of the state-of-the-art turf practice field for most of a decade. He helped envision it, […]

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Still life with Chef Guidone: Mangiamo’s longtime owner turns his attention to painting

Still life with Chef Guidone: Mangiamo’s longtime owner turns his attention to painting

    by Mark McDermott Ron Guidone has always been practical about art. Guidone owned, operated, and cooked at two downtown Manhattan Beach restaurants for four decades —  Talia’s, which closed four years ago, for 36 years, and Mangiamo, which he recently turned over to his wife, Lisa, for 34 years. While other high concept […]

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Manhattan Beach about town

Manhattan Beach about town

Older Adults open house The Manhattan Beach Older Adults program is hosting its first Open House on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Joslyns Community Center (1601 N. Valley Dr.). The event will feature interactive workshops and information about programs, including arts, drama, technology classes, trips, fitness activities, and games. Light refreshments […]

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Ron and Joan: A love story

Ron and Joan: A love story

A writer, a reader, and a life shared   by Mark McDermott Early in 1966, at the graduate library in the English Department at UCLA, Ron Arias found himself being dismantled, with playful ease, by a woman he’d just met. Arias was only 25 but already worldly and a little bit brash. He’d grown up […]

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Manhattan Beach school board forms parcel tax subcommittee

  by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Education last week formed a subcommittee to explore the possibility of putting a parcel tax on the ballot in either June or November of next year. Under state filing deadlines for elections, the district has until January to decide on a June ballot […]

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Manhattan Beach School district will consider parcel tax

by Mark McDermott   The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is considering a parcel tax to address a slew of oncoming financial challenges. Farnaz Flechner, the executive director of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, gave a presentation at the school board last week in which she outlined the predicament MBUSD finds itself in. Despite the […]

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The return of Vicente Amigo

The return of Vicente Amigo

One of the world’s great living guitarists plays Redondo Beach by Mark McDermott Music has coursed through Vicente Amigo since he was a child. At age 3, he saw Paco De Lucia, the greatest flamenco guitarist of this age, playing on television. Something about the sound never again escaped him. As a boy growing up […]

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MBPD Explorer program looking for a few good kids

MBPD Explorer program looking  for a few good kids

by Mark McDermott Manhattan Beach Police Department Sgt. Tim Zins remembers what it was like to be 16. The Manhattan Beach native had no real idea what he wanted to do with his life. “I was kind of in that lost land,” Zins recalled. “Okay, do I want to go to college? Go to El […]

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