by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a proposed four-story, 161-room, 81,771 square foot hotel and an accompanying 14,500 square foot  office and retail building on the former El Torito site along Sepulveda Boulevard.  The hotel takes advantage of “Sepulveda overlay”  zoning, enacted in 2019, that allows a height…

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by Mark McDermott The BeachLife Festival, twice delayed due to the pandemic after a stunning inaugural success in 2019,  announced its return to Redondo Beach’s King Harbor this September 10 through 12.  “With cautious optimism, and eyes wide open, we have begun the massive process of rebuilding BeachLife — both because we are ready to…

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by Dan Blackburn Five candidates vying for a single seat on the Hermosa Beach City Council squared off last Wednesday in a debate more amicable than antagonistic, with each describing concepts and ambitions for the city’s future. Seeking to fill the post formerly occupied by Hany Fangary, who resigned in December, the five hopefuls discussed…

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by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach Unified School District will fully reopen classrooms on all of its campuses for in-person instruction by April 19 after negotiations with its teachers’ union were successfully completed this week. All elementary, middle, and high school students will be invited to return for five days a week in-person instruction.  Superintendent…

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The $39 million Mira Costa High School Athletic Complex was unveiled last Monday, albeit virtually, with the Manhattan Beach Unified School District’s release of a video tour of the sparkling new 79,000 square foot facility.  The video was produced by Mira Costa students and featured several student-athletes as tour guides through the beautiful but empty…

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by Mark McDermott  The recommendations of the Bruce’s Beach Task Force came to the City Council Tuesday night with a backdrop that included not only the century-old, racially-inspired and city-backed misdeed that resulted in the taking of an African-American beachfront resort, but national attention on just what Manhattan Beach now intends to do to address…

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by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Avenue outdoor dining experiment is over. The city on Tuesday afternoon issued a brief statement saying the closure of two downtown city blocks that allowed restaurants to expand outdoor dining to the street would end later that afternoon.  Mayor Suzanne Hadley, who was an ardent proponent of the street closure…

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