Ryan McDonald

Lawsuit threat from Manhattan Beach looms over Vista del Mar lane closures

Lawsuit threat from Manhattan Beach looms over Vista del Mar lane closures

by Ryan McDonald Amid mounting regional concern over impact on commute times for South Bay residents, Manhattan Beach has authorized a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles over road reconfigurations in that city. By a unanimous vote, the City Council last week directed City Attorney Quinn Barrow to initiate litigation should ongoing attempts at […]

 Ryan McDonald

Flight Paths: Manhattan Beach native Daniel Riley jets back to the ‘70s in a debut novel of the South Bay, stewardesses and skyjackings

Flight Paths: Manhattan Beach native Daniel Riley jets back to the ‘70s in a debut novel of the South Bay, stewardesses and skyjackings

by Ryan McDonald About three-quarters of the way through “Fly Me,” the excellent, just-released first novel from Manhattan Beach native Daniel Riley, Suzy Whitman makes the drive from the South Bay to Pasadena. It is New Year’s Day, so she is headed to the Rose Bowl to watch USC. And it is 1973, so Suzy […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach trash man can sue, Ninth Circuit says

Manhattan Beach trash man can sue, Ninth Circuit says

by Ryan McDonald   A beloved former Manhattan Beach sanitation worker will get his day in court after a federal appeals panel ruled last week that he could proceed with an age discrimination lawsuit against a waste disposal company. In a ruling last Friday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously held that Gilberto Santillan […]

 Ryan McDonald

Jimmy Miller Foundation, LA Kings host vets for day of surfing in Manhattan Beach

by Ryan McDonald Rough waters and overhead surf didn’t stop a group of military veterans from throwing themselves into the waves of El Porto this week, thanks to the Jimmy Miller Foundation and an assist from the Los Angeles Kings. The foundation hosted veterans from the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital Groups Monday for a […]

 Ryan McDonald

Anatomy of an election: ousting incumbents in Manhattan Beach

Anatomy of an election: ousting incumbents in Manhattan Beach

by Ryan McDonald The Manhattan Beach City Council elections on March 7 produced a kind of political black swan: the unseating of not one but two incumbents. With three seats available, council members Mark Burton and Tony D’Errico came in fourth and fifth, respectively, in the eight-candidate field. But Burton and D’Errico stand out for […]

 Ryan McDonald

Beloved Manhattan Beach jewelry store facing eviction

Beloved Manhattan Beach jewelry store facing eviction

by Ryan McDonald   Manhattan Beach resident Diane Halperin recently recalled some of her now-deceased grandmother’s last moments. Her grandmother gave her a ring that had long been in the family; Halperin promised to take care of it, but wondered who she should go to have it cleaned. Who could she trust with an object […]

 Randy Angel

Redondo boys basketball team selected to compete in Open Division playoffs

Redondo boys basketball team selected to compete in Open Division playoffs

By Randy Angel After winning its fifth consecutive Bay League title, Redondo’s boys basketball team will be playing among the best teams in Southern California when the elite 16-team Open Division playoffs get under way Friday. Redondo (23-4) will travel to face Roosevelt (18-6) in the first round Friday at 7 p.m. with the winner […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hersman, Manhattan Beach council candidate, tires of city ‘pushing things down the road’

by Ryan McDonald Nancy Hersman first encountered the proposed Manhattan Beach skate park as a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission. When she joined the Planning Commission in 2014, its location was still being debated. Now, as a candidate for City Council, she marvels at the fact that that the project is nearing […]

 Ryan McDonald

In Manhattan Beach City Council race, Wallace offers a voice from other the other side of Sepulveda

Editors note: First in a series of profiles of candidates for Manhattan Beach City Council in the March 2017 election by Ryan McDonald Diane Barkelew Wallace is accustomed to dealing with bureaucracies. Especially ones not functioning that well. Wallace, whose career has blended the worlds of education and policy, spent time as the director of […]

 Ryan McDonald

Jury in Zisette case finds for Manhattan Beach family

Jury in Zisette case finds for Manhattan Beach family

by Ryan McDonald More than two years after a tragic accident took the life of Manhattan Beach teenager Mason Zisette, a jury delivered a multi-million dollar verdict for his family, bringing some closure  and hope for future reforms that could prevent similar accidents. Zisette, who was 16 at the time of the accident, died as […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach refinances debt, eyes election results, nabs top credit grade

by Ryan McDonald Like much of the country, Manhattan Beach Finance Director Bruce Moe was watching the election returns come in on the evening of Nov. 8. But the already surprising night held a bit of extra interest for him. The week before, Moe had made a presentation to the City Council about refinancing the […]

 Ryan McDonald

Mira Costa students at last week’s Trump protest aim to ‘inspire’ change

Mira Costa students at last week’s Trump protest aim to ‘inspire’ change

by Parnia Mazhar The adults of America physically and verbally fought after hearing that Donald Trump was to be their new president. The students of Mira Costa High School chose to take a more peaceful  approach when expressing their discontent. Through the sounds of cars honking and people cursing, around 100 Mira Costa High School […]

 David Mendez

Caskeys, Kaminsky leave Shorewood in wake of company’s bankruptcy filing

Caskeys, Kaminsky leave Shorewood in wake of company’s bankruptcy filing

by David Mendez Two of Shorewood Realtors’ highest performing real estate agents, Caskey & Caskey and Ed Kaminsky, have left to join Christie’s International Real Estate in the wake of Shorewood’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. “It was a better fit for me and my clients,” Dave Caskey said in confirming the change. Leaving Shorewood was […]