by Mark McDermott  Perhaps no event rang truer to recently retired City Controller Henry Mitzner’s most famed City Hall axiom than the adopted 2021-22 fiscal year budget, which projects the City of Manhattan Beach emerging from an economically devastating time with its economic health somehow better than ever.  “When it’s bad out there, it’s good…

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by Nadia Bidarian and Mark McDermott  A Bob Marley medley performance, a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Byrd, speeches by Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn and State Senator Steven Bradford, and three food trucks were among the highlights of the Juneteenth celebration at Bruce’s Beach Park on Saturday. Though Juneteenth celebrates the freeing…

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Charles and Willa Bruce made a stand that continues to reverberate a century later   by Mark McDermott  Second of three parts  On June 17, 1912, Willa and Charles Bruce opened Bruce’s Beach resort. It was a modest operation located on a sparsely populated stretch of beach in an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County.…

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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 and their confidence…

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Social isolation went mainstream during the pandemic, when normally hypersocial young children and teens joined the oldest among us in the house-bound doldrums.  Such isolation, as we now all know, has a cost. Several studies have found that social isolation increases a person’s risk of premature death from all causes, bringing risk levels normally associated…

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by Mark McDermott  BeachLife will arrive back with a bang.  The festival, which takes place September 10 to 12 in Redondo Beach’s King Harbor, will launch that Friday with a night of rock music headlined by Jane’s Addiction, the seminal Southern California band led by Perry Ferrell and Dave Navarro that was part of the…

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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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