Manhattan Beach About Town & Police Beat

Unity in the community  The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free Zoom forum titled “Unity in the Community: Expressing Our Differences” on February 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Unity forum will offer a safe space for conversations regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (D.E.I) with leaders and shakers who advocate and…

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The Quarantine Sketch book – Hellboy artist Mike Mignolia, and wife Christine recognized for raising over $500,000 for pandemic victims

by Mark McDermott  Christine Mignola remembers how, in the early days of the pandemic, the depth of the crisis began to sink in for both her and her husband, Mike Mignola. It went from a dawning realization in February 2020 that the novel coronavirus’s arrival was inevitable to a shockingly vast pandemic quarantine by the…

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Another winter surge as COVID cases spike, schools fight to stay open ,and health care workers face exhaustion. But Omicron could end the pandemic

by Mark McDermott  Only months ago normalcy appeared to have arrived. The summer surge had passed. Vaccination rates soared. COVID-19 cases in each of the Beach Cities slowed to a trickle. Schools fully reopened, public meetings resumed in person, and large gatherings once again took place over the holiday season. The pandemic had receded.  And…

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Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo lose Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s representation

by Mark McDermott  Supervisor Jance Hahn no longer represents the Beach Cities after the County of Los Angele completed its citizen-led redistricting process. Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach were removed from Hahn’s District 4 and replaced with heavily Latino areas further inland in order to give the Board of Supervisors a second Latino-majority…

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Police Beach Manhattan Beach Tis the season 

MB Sunset

Manhattan Beach experienced a spate of crimes between December 2 and 9, including three auto thefts, three residential burglaries and one commercial burglary, seven burglarized vehicles, and nine other various kinds of theft, ranging from catalytic convertors to stolen packages.  “The closer we get to the holidays, the more active criminals will be looking for…

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COVID-19 Omicron likely already in Beach Cities

by Mark McDermott  No cases of the newly emerging Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus have been officially reported in the Beach Cities, nor has there been  an uptick in cases indicative of a winter surge.  But Dr. William Kim, the chief medical officer for the Beach Cities Health District, said Omicron has almost certainly…

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EDUCATION Parents erupt at school board meeting 

Mb board meeting Fred Taylor, a leader of the WeTheParentsMB group, speaks to the MBUSD school board.  by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Education’s November 30 meeting was forced into an early recess after a group of parents shouted down another parent who was speaking in defense of the school…

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COVID-19 Dining decks will come down in January

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach outdoor dining deck experiment is coming to a close. Sort of.  The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously agreed to require the downtown and North End restaurants to dismantle the temporary dining decks beginning January 3. But the Council also signaled a willingness to allow more permanent outdoor dining…

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PUBLIC SAFETY MBPD Chief Abell announces retirement 

by Mark McDermott One of the most storied careers in the recent history of the Manhattan Beach Police Department is coming to a close. Chief Derrick Abell served 31 years with MBPD, and four years ago became the first African American to take the helm of the department, then two years ago temporarily also led…

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Toy drive The City of Manhattan Beach, in cooperation with Hermosa Beach, is participating in the 27th Annual Beach Cities Toy Drive. Residents can bring unwrapped toys to either of the Manhattan Beach fire stations or City Hall. The wrapping party will take place at the Hermosa Beach Community Center (710 Pier Ave.) Dec. 21…

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