Santa’s swell Strand for Mychal’s Learning Place

by Kevin Cody A sea of Santas flooded the Hermosa Beach/Manhattan Beach Strand Saturday morning. The occasion was the Fourth Annual California Santa Stroll, in support of Mychal’s Learning Place. The more than 800 Santas was a record, despite the threat of rain, according to Mychal’s founding executive director Ed Lynch. Each stroller was offered…

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Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council named its students of the month

The Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council named its students of the month at its November luncheon, ( left to right) Isla Sellers (Robinson Elementary) Eve Prodromides (American Martyrs), Brent Torres (Mira Costa High School) Sandra Baxter-Nuzzi (Manhattan Beach Middle School),Naomi Abraham (Grand View Elementary), and Grayson Nugent (Robinson Elementary). Grand View Elementary student of the month…

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Prolific pandemic “Together Again!” at Malaga Cove Library

“Together Again!” at the Malaga Cove Library Gallery is an exhibit of art produced during the pandemic by members of the Palos Verdes Art Center Paletteers. The exhibit illustrates the ability of art to spread hope and joy,” a spokesperson for the exhibit said. The exhibit includes art by Palatteer Virginia “Jenny” Wyper, who passed…

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Fundraiser for local guitarist Derick Salguero

A fundraiser for local guitarist Derick Salguero will be held at Project Barley Taps and Grill on the International Boardwalk in King Harbor on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. The popular and gifted 18-year-old performer broke both legs in a motorcycle accident on November 18, and is now recovering at Rancho…

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First surfboard shop plaque proposed for downtown MB 

by Kevin Cody In 1950, the State of California created a new sales tax category, for surfboard sales. The first retail shop to be issued a sales tax license under the new category was Surfboards by Velzy.  Dale Velzy had been shaping balsa boards under the Manhattan Beach pier until the city ordered him off…

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Letters to the Editor 12-08-22

Ideology isn’t partisanship Dear ER: The results of the Manhattan Beach elections were not about partisanship. They were about ideology. Those are two different concepts. No one brought party politics (partisanship) into our election. I myself voted for the two winning city council candidates, and for all I know at least one of them looks…

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Snow in the forecast at Seaside Lagoon

The Redondo Beach Police Department will present its annual “Let It Snow Redondo” event Saturday, Dec. 3, at Seaside Lagoon. From 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Genuine snow is brought in for sled rides, a snowball-throwing contest, pictures with Santa Claus, craft making and refreshments. Photo by Kevin Cody    

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Letters to the Editor 12-1-22

Keyboard courage challenged Dear ER: During this past Manhattan Beach election, no one denies the vitriol everyone witnessed was like no other in the city’s history. All sides claimed to find it appalling and played a role. Some called it democracy, and yes, it was in all its present national glory, as witnessed across the…

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City of Hermosa Beach sees sign in Hennessey’s two can toucans

‘I do like,’ says the Toucan, To be beside the blue. With Guinness Time in view can ‘You guess what Toucan do’ — Guinness advertisement, 1949   by Kevin Cody Three Toucans residing ‘beside the blue Pacific,’ on the front of Hennessey’s Tavern, are two too many, Hermosa’s planning commission concluded at its Tuesday, November…

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Letters to the Editor 11-24-22

False branding Dear ER: Redondo Beach is anything but anti-growth. In fact, at 11,000 residents per square mile, we are one of the most densely populated cities on the California coast (“LA Times article releases Mayor Brand emails,” ER November 17, 2022). Long Beach is only 9,000 residents per square-mile, as one comparison. We have…

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Sundial memorial points to Veterans’ unspoken bond

Hermosa Beach Councilman and retired Army Colonel Raymond Jackson spoke of the unspoken bond among U.S. military veterans, and then introduced the oldest and youngest veterans present during last Friday’s Veterans Day ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Veterans are Timeless memorial on the lawn in front of the city community center. The memorial…

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Letters to the Editor 11-17-22

Election engineering Dear ER: Although I agreed with the results of the Redondo Beach special election on October 19,, it left a bad taste in my mouth. Not just because our city spent over $100,000 to have a separate election from the midterms, which I consider to be a waste of taxpayer money, but also…

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Just two words, ‘low code.’ Are you listening? Microsoft’s Cook Newman tells El Camino College Students

by Kevin Cody Microsoft Global Cloud marketing director Heather Cook Newman had two words of advice for El Camino College students during her State of El Camino College Address at the school on November 4, titled  “Digital Transformation.”  “Low code,” the former University of Washington Drama School graduate said. The advice was an undisguised nod…

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