David Mendez

Photographer Randy Ruby documented South Bay beach life

Photographer Randy Ruby documented South Bay beach life

by David Mendez   Beloved Redondo Beach photographer Randy Ruby, known for his photos documenting the beauty of South Bay beach life and for his Hawaiian shirts and infectious happiness, died Monday, due to complications from cancer. He was 63 years old. The announcement was made on his Facebook page, posted by his sisters Elizabeth […]

 Tony Cordi

Five new upscale restaurants hope to follow recent beach successes

Five new upscale restaurants hope  to follow recent beach successes

  by Tony Cordi Baran’s 2239, Tower 12, Rabano’s, and a re-energized “modern old school” Bottle Inn are the latest examples of new beach city restaurants experiencing tremendous success. More are coming.   Radici, Decadence, Serve Kitchen, Sister’s Barn, and Gabi are all in various stages of development and will contribute unique offerings to our […]

 David Mendez

Green Line placement alternatives proposed

by David Mendez The LA Metro Green Line Extension could bypass Redondo Beach’s proposed transit center at the South Bay Galleria, according to a presentation Friday morning in Inglewood before Metro’s South Bay Service Council. Metro’s plan had called for the Green Line being extended from the Redondo Station to the proposed Galleria transit center. […]

 Special Contributor

Beach people – The Very Young Boy and the Very Old Man

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

 Mark McDermott

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 […]

 Richard Foss

Chasing the perfect cup

There’s a reason coffee costs more than it used to. It’s better than at any other time in history, says Redondo Beach coffee brewer Jeff Melodia

If Jeff Melodia’s caddy had preferred tea, he would be in a different business right now. Melodia had finished playing golf in Hawaii and started chatting with the caddy cleaning his clubs, a friendly fellow named Lee. The conversation was sufficiently interesting that they decided to continue it over a cup of coffee, and the […]

 Mark McDermott

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 […]

 Ryan McDonald

The Kid’s Alright: South Bay native Gavin Heaney has a new album shaped by the changes that have rocked his life

The Kid’s Alright: South Bay native Gavin Heaney has a new album shaped by the changes that have rocked his life

by Ryan McDonald Matich Heaney, not quite one year old, was sitting on the ground in the backyard of his Hermosa Beach home. His legs were extended wide in front of him, and his head was bobbing to some unheard music. The morning sun was peeking through the trees. Matich’s father, Gavin Heaney, sat at […]

 Mark McDermott

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 […]

 Richard Foss

Bretons come to the beach [Restaurant review]

As word gets out about Les P’tits Bretons, the only Breton restaurant south of San Francisco, expect to hear more French than English at the tables.

It makes sense that the most popular variant of French cuisine in California is from the Mediterranean coast of Provence. The climate there is similar to ours so the same produce is readily available, and the use of olive oil and robust seasonings fits our concept of healthy dining better than richer and more delicately […]

 David Mendez

Redondo Beach Police sponsor skate contest at pier

Redondo Beach Police sponsor skate contest at pier

by David Mendez For a few hours this weekend, “no skateboarding” signs at King Harbor’s Octagon will be ignored. The Redondo Beach Police Department is sponsoring the First Annual King of the Harbor Skateboard Championships on Saturday, Oct. 14.  The area in front of the Fun Fish Market will be set up as a skate […]

 Ryan McDonald

Fangary is standing on principle, past in run for Hermosa City Council

Fangary is standing on principle, past in run for Hermosa City Council

by Ryan McDonald The fourth question in last Thursday’s Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau council candidates’ debate seemed designed to promote outrage. Should the city be employing “four full-time employees” to carry out its “proactive code enforcement policy,” moderator Julie Hamill asked, when property crime was “spiking”? Like other questions that night, […]

 David Mendez

Residents tackle RB robbery suspect

Residents tackle RB robbery suspect

by David Mendez A robbery outside of a South Redondo bank was foiled last week by a group of Redondo Beach residents took it upon themselves to catch and restrain the suspected criminal until police arrived. “It’s an example of community members working together, stepping up and taking notice,” said Mike Wetzel, who helped tackle […]

 Kevin Cody

Business and beaches: Manhattan Beach developer Matt Morris

Business and beaches: Manhattan Beach developer Matt Morris

This year the Manhattan Beach Community Development Department will issue about 170 new housing permits and an additional 980 remodel permits. They handle about 80 visits to their counter daily.

 Randy Angel

Mira Costa to host first Bay League cross country meet

Mira Costa to host first Bay League cross country meet

By Randy Angel Following quality cross country invitational meets, the top Bay League teams will compete in the first league meet of the season, featuring a highly-competitive girls race. Mira Costa will host the meet Thursday beginning at 2 p.m. It has moved the location from Polliwog Park to the high school campus to showcase […]

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