by Mark McDermott  The new surge in COVID-19 cases that is occurring globally due to combination of the highly contagious novel coronavirus Delta variant and lingering unvaccinated populations has reached the Beach Cities.  Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach all experienced a significant uptick in COVID-19 over the past two weeks.  Redondo Beach registered…

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by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach City Council on Tuesday night sent proposed new language for plaques at Bruce’s Beach back to the History Advisory Committee, a group of residents tasked with providing a more accurate telling of what occurred when racially-motivated city leaders in the 1920s utilized the power of eminent domain to condemn…

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by Mark McDermott    The Manhattan Beach City Council on Tuesday night waived its costs for allowing dining decks on the public right-of-way downtown through September.  A staff report showed that the city is losing $734,597 annually due to the 78 metered parking spaces now occupied by dining decks. This cost includes parking meter and…

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Third in a series by Mark McDermott  By the first years of the 1920s, Manhattan Beach was coming together. In the decade since its founding, what had been mostly a scattering of sandswept shacks emerged as an actual town. A city hall was built and residents approved bonds to construct both a waterworks and a…

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by Mark McDermott  John Bowes, an education leader known for creative curriculum and financial expertise, has been named superintendent of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.  Bowes, who is expected to be officially approved by the school board at its July 7 meeting, has served as superintendent of the Davis Joint Unified School District since…

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by Mark McDemott Forty-eight years of memories in physical form have gone missing after the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair’s storage bin was broken into last week. Fair organizers, preparing for the 49th annual Hometown Fair this October and its 50 year milestone next year, are asking anyone with memorabilia to contribute in order to rebuild…

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by Mark McDermott  First of two parts  Willa Bruce bought oceanfront land between 26th and 27th Street in Manhattan Beach on February 15, 1912, 10 months before the city was incorporated. She had a vision for the property as a respite for Black folks during an unjust time, “a little breathing space at the seaside…

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by Mark McDermott The City of Manhattan Beach Thursday morning announced the appointment of Michael Lang as its new fire chief.  “I am humbled and honored to be trusted with the responsibility of leading the Manhattan Beach Fire Department,” said Chief Lang. “I am grateful for the support of the City Manager and City Council…

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by Mark McDermott  Chief Duane Yellow Feather Shepard was in Manhattan Beach last Tuesday, visiting Bruce’s Beach, the property owned by his family nearly a century ago. The taking of that property and Los Angeles County’s attempt to give it back, combined with the City of Manhattan Beach’s refusal to apologize for its racist-inspired use…

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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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