David Mendez

Comic Bug brings the Free Comic Day party ‘back home’

Comic Bug brings the Free Comic Day party ‘back home’

by David Mendez This year’s Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 6, is a homecoming of sorts for the crew of The Comic Bug. Over the past two years, owner Mike Wellman and his crew have split their energy between their Manhattan Beach store, 1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd., and their relatively-new Culver City location, 4267 […]

 Kevin Cody

Live Oak legend returns to Manhattan Beach basketball tourney

Live Oak legend returns to Manhattan Beach basketball tourney

After fighting their way through the early rounds of the annual Live Oak 3-on-3 basketball tournament on one of the hottest days of the year, the father-and-son-plus-one team known as Dad and Gramps had a clear strategy going into the finals Friday afternoon

 Teri Marin

Manhattan Beach Middle School students plans cycling school bus

by David Mendez When Charlene Dipaola was in middle school, she wasn’t able to bike from home to her classes each day. “No, sadly; I grew up in the Philippines, and my school was an hour away by driving,” Dipaola said. “But I wish I could have.” But the president of the South Bay Bicycle […]

 Ryan McDonald

‘Bicycle Diaries’ selected for Manhattan Beach Library read

‘Bicycle Diaries’ selected for Manhattan Beach Library read

  by Ryan McDonald David Byrne never quite makes it to Manhattan Beach in “Bicycle Diaries,” the Talking Heads frontman’s two-wheeled travelogue. But if he were to peddle by the library Saturday afternoon, he probably could not help but smile. In honor of the second anniversary of much-lauded redesign, the Manhattan Beach Library will host […]

 Kevin Cody

Sandro McIlroy remembered at SB Boardriders/Surf Concepts contest

Sandro McIlroy remembered at SB Boardriders/Surf Concepts contest

Saturday’s South Bay Boardriders/Surf Concepts surf was dedicated Sandro McIlroy, a SBBC contest competitor and student at Halstrom Academy in Manhattan Beach. McIlroy died Friday, April 7 in a skateboarding accident in Palos Verdes. The contest was paused late in the morning for a moment of remembrance..

 Ryan McDonald

George Jung of ‘Blow’ fame returns to South Bay’s Tonsorial Parlor for one more cut

by Ryan McDonald   George Jung surveyed the photographs on the wall. They had been rehung just as they were back in 1968. Did they bring back memories? “I’m quite familiar with those. I probably snorted coke off of every one of them,” Jung said with laugh. Jung, the former Manhattan Beach cocaine smuggler and […]

 Brad Jacobson

An Early April Swell at El Porto

An Early April Swell at El Porto

An early April swell hit El Porto in Manhattan Beach and brought waist to overhead waves with it.  El Porto, know for having it’s fair share of closeouts, handled the swell well offering Olamana Eleogram, Dane Zaun, Kelly Zaun, Mike Edwards, Derek Brewer, Keith Brewer, Richard Silva and others some fun waves. Video produced by […]

 David Mendez

Teenager killed in Palos Verdes skateboarding crash

Teenager killed in Palos Verdes skateboarding crash

by David Mendez A Manhattan Beach teenager was killed last Friday in Palos Verdes Estates when he lost control while skateboarding alongside a car. Sandro McIlroy, 15, was pronounced dead at Torrance Memorial Hospital on April 7, after responders transported him from the scene of the incident, on the 500 block of Epping Road. He […]

 Judy Rae

Best of the Beach 2017 – Best Dance Club: The StrandBar

Best Dance Club StrandBar Among dance clubs in the Beach Cities, StrandBar stands alone with a view overlooking the Pacific Ocean, that’s a well-angled ice cube’s throw away from the sand. But Strand Bar manager Jon Paul Gwozdz thinks that another thing in particular that sets his venue apart from the rest. “It’s the safe […]

 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

Manhattan Beach City Council welcomes new members

Manhattan Beach City Council welcomes new members

by Ryan McDonald Last month’s highly contentious election cast a shadow over the typically lighthearted swearing-in ceremony for new members of the Manhattan Beach City Council, as both departing and incoming council members condemned the negative tone that characterized the campaign. Councilmembers Steve Napolitano, Nancy Hersman and Richard Montgomery and Treasurer Tim Lilligren took the oath […]

 Ryan McDonald

Skechers gets OK to expand in downtown Manhattan Beach

Skechers gets OK to expand in downtown Manhattan Beach

by Ryan McDonald   Skechers has received tentative approval to expand its flagship retail store in downtown Manhattan Beach, prompting concern from residents about the effectiveness of the recently approved Downtown Specific Plan before it has even been implemented. The Planning Commission’s decision Wednesday allows the store at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Manhattan […]

 Teri Marin

Manhattan Beach Middle School Cycling School Bus on Bike to School Day

Manhattan Beach Middle School Cycling School Bus  on Bike to School Day

On May 3, Manhattan Beach Middle School students will join their friends and classmates at points throughout Manhattan Beach to create a sort of “cycling school bus” — a mini-peloton joined by parents and public safety officials to help protect their kids. As part of the preparation for Bike to School Day, Steve Reichlin of the BCCC will be leading a bike safety class at MBMS on May 1, during lunch.

 Ryan McDonald

Commission okays Manhattan Beach Gelson’s proposal

Commission okays Manhattan Beach Gelson’s proposal

by Ryan McDonald A short-handed planning commission advanced a proposal for a Gelson’s grocery store on Sepulveda Boulevard last week, acknowledging deep anxiety among nearby residents about project impacts while differing about its future implications for development along the highway. By a 2-1 vote, the commission tentatively approved the grocery store project slated for the […]

 Kevin Cody

Japanese pros challenge locals at SB Boardriders Jack’s contest in Manhattan Beach

Japanese pros challenge locals at SB Boardriders Jack’s contest in Manhattan Beach

Chris Michalak barely fended off three fellow World Surf League pros from Japan to win the open men’s division at the SB Boardriders Club Jack’s Surf contest in Manattan Beach