Mark McDermott

Council to revisit county takeover of MBFD

by Mark McDermott  The City Council will revisit the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s proposal to provide fire services locally, a move that would eliminate the Manhattan Beach Fire Department. The council moved on Tuesday night to bring the matter back at its next meeting.  Mayor Nancy Hersman, who temporarily shelved the matter last month […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Disaster preparedness  for local businesses  Business owners are invited to join the Manhattan Beach Fire Department Fire Prevention Division on Oct. 23  for an evening of important facts and tips to safeguard businesses from a variety of looming hazards. Among the topics covered will be: fire/safety; fire extinguisher demo; AED overview; a mock business inspection.  […]

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Joan’s Wish List: A mother’s giving lives on

Joan’s Wish List:  A mother’s giving lives on

by Mark McDermott  It began with a eulogy. Five years ago, Michael Williams’ mother, Joan Marie Williams, succumbed after a battle with lung cancer. At her memorial, Michael spoke about the secret life of his mother.  Joan Williams was a sassy woman from Brooklyn. She wasn’t quiet about much in her life, save one aspect. […]

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The Manhattan Beach 10k’s storybook ending

The Manhattan Beach 10k’s storybook ending

by Mark McDermott  Matthew Arruda had run this route hundreds of times. As he came flying down Rosecrans towards the ocean and wrapped a hard left onto the Strand, the Manhattan Beach Pier came into view. He was on the home stretch.  What was different is that hundreds of people lined the Strand, cheering him […]

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Undergrounding passes in El Porto

Undergrounding passes in El Porto

by Mark McDermott  Property owners in El Porto approved Utility Undergrounding in both districts in which voting occurred over a 45-day period that ended at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.  Both districts that comprise El Porto, the area of Manhattan Beach north of Rosecrans and west of Highland, approved undergrounding their utility wires with well […]

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Tobacco sales will be banned citywide 

by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach City Council Tuesday approved a ban on all tobacco sales in the city. Vaping and flavored tobacco will be banned immediately, while other tobacco sales will be banned at a date yet to be determined, but almost certainly within two to three years.  In an overflowing council chamber that […]

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Ben Dale’s 9/11 Pledge of Allegiance comments stir controversy at Mira Costa High

by Mark McDermott  Mira Costa High School Principal Ben Dale has come under fire for comments he made prior to the student body’s daily Pledge of Allegiance on September 11.  The American Humanist Association, responding to a Mira Costa teacher’s complaint, sent a letter to Dale and Manhattan Beach Unified School District Superintendent Michael Matthews […]

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300 activists make Stand in the Sand

300 activists make Stand in the Sand

by Mark McDermott  Early Saturday, hundreds of people began gathering at the beach just south of the Manhattan Beach pier. Among them were Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, senior citizens, teachers, surfers, yogis, local politicians, all sorts of people of different colors and creeds. But as they gathered closer and closer, they were directed by the […]

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The uke people

The uke people

Who plays the ukulele, and why

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El Segundo – Drew Boyles The Charger part 2

El Segundo – Drew Boyles The Charger part 2

Drew Boyles’ unlikely path to becoming the mayor of El Segundo

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City Council  delays decision on County Fire 

by Mark McDermott  A preliminary study by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department examining the possible contracting of Manhattan Beach’s fire services indicated the city could save as much as $9.93 million a year over a ten year period. But the report also said the switch could end up costing the city $2.3 million […]

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Tales of the Magic Uke: The Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival celebrates the four-string wonder 

Tales of the Magic Uke: The Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival celebrates the four-string wonder 

The Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival celebrates the four-string wonder The Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival celebrates the four-string wonder  by Mark McDermott  Nobody knew how the instrument ended up on the top shelf of a bookcase at the Beloff family’s summer home in Connecticut. In fact, until that day in 1991 when his father-in-law happened […]

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LA County takeover of MBFD considered 

LA County takeover of MBFD considered 

by Mark McDermott  The City Council Tuesday night will consider the results of a preliminary study conducted by the Los Angeles County Fire Department regarding contracting out Manhattan Beach’s fire services to the county. The study, which has not yet been publicly released, will project costs and operational changes associated with the potential change, which […]

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Jan Dennis’ final book chronicles the MB Fire Department

Jan Dennis’ final  book chronicles the  MB Fire Department

by Mark McDermott  The original fire department in Manhattan Beach consisted of a two-wheel hose cart and two local volunteers, W.W. Peppers and E. Patmore, who could be summoned to put it in action by way of their Model T truck. This was before the city’s incorporation in 1912, and before the department was in […]

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Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Construction burglary nabbed The Manhattan Beach Police Department this week arrested two men believed to be responsible for a string of construction site burglaries in recent months.  According to MBPD, during the months of August and September 2019, a series of construction site burglaries occurred throughout the city. Through video surveillance, MBPD detectives were able […]

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