by Mark McDermott  After a year contending with COVID-19 surges, the City Council last week was faced with reports of a potentially nettlesome but altogether different kind of surge. Of beekeeping.  At the behest of Council, city staff launched an investigation into animal-related nuisances and specifically examined existing regulations governing bees, pigs, and chickens in…

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by Mark McDermott The return of Bruce’s Beach to the Bruce family came one step closer to fruition Tuesday when Senate Bill 796, introduced by Senator Steven Bradford and intended to resolve deed restrictions, quickly passed out of the Senate’s Water and Natural Resources Committee with unanimous bipartisan support.  Bradford, a Democrat from Gardena, is…

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Embarrassment. That was Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s reaction last year when she first heard the history of Bruce’s Beach, in which a Black-owned resort was taken by force from a family by the City of Manhattan Beach in 1924 after suffering a decade of violence-tinged harassment from the Ku Klux Klan and other…

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by Mark McDermott  The crooked little trees started appearing around the South Bay early in the summer of 2005.  The trees were about seven inches tall, made out of metal, and usually found in pairs hanging off power lines, much the way pairs of sneakers are sometimes thrown over power lines. They veered slightly leftward,…

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A new release of data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revealed that three more people than had previously been counted,  died of COVID-19 during the surge that occurred in December and January. This brings the total deaths in the city to 17, including 12 that have occurred since early January.  City…

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by Mark McDermott  At the beginning of last week’s Kids Need Classrooms rally outside City Hall, organizers stood before an audience of about 100 people and held placards aloft that were stamped with headshots of four Manhattan Beach Unified School District board members, Superintendent Mike Matthews, and teacher union leader Shawn Chen.  Rally organizer Tiffany…

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by Mark McDermott The City of Manhattan Beach will close off two blocks of Manhattan Avenue in order to enable more outdoor dining downtown, beginning February 12 and lasting indefinitely.  The move comes after LA County last week allowed outdoor dining to resume following two months of closures due to the countywide surge in COVID-19…

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