Zoom out a doom out Dear ER: The Board of Education is a volunteer position that demands countless hours of work and forces our elected officials to make difficult decisions. I have no doubt in my mind that all of our board members do what they believe is best for our children. We should…

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      Editor’s note: Dr. Sircar is an infectious disease specialist who spent the last two decades studying and treating viruses internationally, including work with the Center for Disease Control fighting Ebola in Africa. She returned to the South Bay to be with family just before the pandemic arrived. She works at three area…

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by Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn I am writing this during my third day of self-isolation in my home in San Pedro. On Sunday, Governor Newsom ordered all Californians over the age of 65 or who have an underlying health condition to stay in their homes to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus. I…

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A 10th grade girl enters our high school office and asks to talk to someone. She was referred by one of her friends, who also receives services with us. Almost 25 percent of the students we see are referred by a friend. The girl reports feeling overwhelmed and not able to handle her school work.…

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Amid rising concern about California’s burgeoning homeless population, Manhattan Beach officials Tuesday offered a review of local plans being made to address the crisis. Councilmembers at their regular meeting received updates on efforts being made to address the homelessness issue in Manhattan and the surrounding beach cities. Senior Management Analyst George Gabriel told the council…

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City can beat county to sales tax increase by Mark Burton   As of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2018, Manhattan Beach’s net pension liabilities were over $74 million.  Yes, that means we are underfunded or, in plain English, in debt in the amount of $74 million. As noted in the City’s most recent Comprehensive…

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Torrance neighbors versus Healthy Living Campus At about the same time that the South Bay Hospital District was created in the late 1950s, a community of single family homes was developing just east and down the slope from the property the district had been granted by the voters of the three beach cities.  This Torrance community,…

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The Cancer Support Community (CSCRB) celebrated survivorship during 17th annual Girls Night Out “Fun-Raiser” at The Comedy & Magic Club on the evenings of Oct. 1 through Oct. 3. The 600 guests who attended the just-for-ladies fundraiser raised $190,000. Proceeds will fund CSCRB’s many free support programs for cancer patients and their loved ones. Top…

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by Mark Burton With November just around the corner, we are only a year away from our 2020 Presidential Election.  I bet you can’t just wait!  In 2020, for the first time in Manhattan Beach’s history, the city will hold City Council elections at the same time as the November Presidential election.  This will change…

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