Mark McDermott

Measure EE New Mira Costa gym design unveiled

Measure EE  New Mira Costa gym design unveiled

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Board of Education last month received a look at early designs for the new Mira Costa athletic facility, a proposed 70,500 sq. ft. building that will replace the aging Fisher Gym and provide the campus and the community with a new focal point. The $39 million building, funded through […]

 Ryan McDonald

Hospitalized in Central America, Manhattan Beach surfer helped by GoFundMe

Hospitalized in Central America, Manhattan Beach surfer helped by GoFundMe

by Ryan McDonald  Alonso Vargas was living in paradise when he started to feel ill. Little did he know that it was only the beginning of what would become a multi-week struggle that would land him in intensive care. But faced with mounting medical bills, the Manhattan Beach surfer and musician got a bit of […]

 Mark McDermott

Kids become builders, engineers in MakerSpace program in Manhattan Beach

Kids become builders, engineers in MakerSpace program in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott The project site was crowded and a bit noisy, with frequent shrieks filling the air coming from a crew of about twenty rough and tumble workers who showed up early on a Friday morning brimming with energy for the task at hand. They had come to build. Some had circled this day […]

 Mark McDermott

Bomb scare at Manhattan Village mall, nearby residences, is called off; source was ‘suspicious luggage’ left at Chili’s

Bomb scare at Manhattan Village mall, nearby residences, is called off; source was ‘suspicious luggage’ left at Chili’s

by Mark McDermott The alert at the Manhattan Village mall and nearby residential community issued by Manhattan Beach Police Department Friday afternoon advising evacuation has been called off. The source of the alert, issued via the Nixle messaging system by MBPD, was suspicious luggage left behind at Chili’s Grill and Bar in the mall complex. According to […]

 Kevin Cody

Lundquists’ generosity extends beyond money, to sharing credit

Lundquists’ generosity extends  beyond money, to sharing credit

by Kevin Cody Following the June 15 press conference breakfast announcing a $32 million bequest from Melanie and Richard Lundquist to Torrance Memorial Medical Center, the Palos Verdes couple was presented with long, white Torrance Memorial lab coats bearing their names. “Calling Dr. Lundquist,” a member of the audience shouted out playfully. “If I’m your […]

 Mark McDermott

Woman sexually assaulted on Ardmore; police find surveillance film of suspect

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 […]

 Mark McDermott

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 […]

 Robb Fulcher

Robinson was video game maker, Making it at the Beach cartoonist

Robinson was video game maker,  Making it at the Beach cartoonist

    by Robb Fulcher In 1985, Keith Robinson entered a cartoon in Easy Reader’s annual Anniversary Writing, Photography, and Cartoon contest. The cartoon, titled “Making it at the Beach,” spoofed the childhood game of Chutes and Ladders. The first square read “Move out of parents’ house.” The final square read  “Buy house on The […]

 Kevin Cody

Miller indictment divided Manhattan Beach

Miller indictment divided Manhattan Beach

A very public Manhattan Beach friendship that endured three decades of triumphs and tragedies ends with a grand jury indictment for fraud

Jim Miller’s effervescent personality and Russ Lesser’s irrepressible enthusiasm, and coupled with their common interests made their very public friendship appear founded in childhood and destined to last their lifetimes. It didn’t. The friendship ended November 7, 2012 the night Barack Obama was reelected president of the United States.

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach’s Miller convicted on all counts of Redondo embezzlement charges

Manhattan Beach’s Miller convicted on all counts of  Redondo embezzlement charges

  by Kevin Cody Former U.S.Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Jim Miller, of Manhattan Beach, was convicted Monday in Los Angeles U.S. District Court on five counts of wire fraud and four of tax fraud. The jury deliberated less than 30 minutes following the five day trial. Miller was charged in September 2014 of embezzling […]

 Mark McDermott

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 […]

 Judy Rae

Skechers Friendship Walk raises $1.4 million for South Bay schools, scholarships

Skechers Friendship Walk raises $1.4 million for South Bay schools, scholarships

Six South Bay education foundations received checks totaling nearly $1 million from the Skechers Foundation during a celebration at the Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach on March 2.

 Teri Marin

Manhattan Beach About Town: MBUSD names new principals, MBEF raises record $1.8 million at Wine Auction

Manhattan Beach About Town: MBUSD names new principals, MBEF raises record $1.8 million at Wine Auction

MBUSD appoints new principals The Manhattan Beach Unified School District announced last week that Jessica Bledsoe and Tara Grings have been selected as new vice principals at Mira Costa High School and Karina Gerger has been recommended as the new principal at Pennekamp Elementary School. Grings fills the vacancy created by the departure of Kristin […]

 Ryan McDonald

After five year ‘cool off,’ Manhattan Beach’s 6 Man volleyball tournament will run on Friday, Saturday

After five year ‘cool off,’ Manhattan Beach’s 6 Man volleyball tournament will run on Friday, Saturday

by Ryan McDonald Citing concerns about the continued viability of the historic event and confident that public safety impacts had been addressed, the Manhattan Beach City Council Tuesday night approved a change in schedule for the 6 Man beach volleyball tournament, allowing the event to run one of its two days on a weekend. Councilmembers […]

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa, Manhattan, Redondo police carry torch for Special Olympics

Hermosa, Manhattan, Redondo police carry torch for Special Olympics

Police from Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach ran through their respective cities carrying the Special Olympics Torch on Monday. Over 1,000 athletes will compete in the Special Olympics on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11 at California State University Long Beach