Mark McDermott

Surf Concepts to close after 29 years

Surf Concepts to close after 29 years

by Mark McDermott Surf Concepts, the revered surf shop which was the first of its kind in Manhattan Beach, is closing after 29 years. Owner Eric Nakaji said this week that the shop has lost its lease. “It’s been a heavy time for everyone around the Surf Concepts community,” the shop’s crew wrote Monday on […]

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LOVE mural again rejected due to pier location requirement

  by Mark McDermott Loves me, loves me not: the months-long saga of the proposed loan of the iconic LOVE sculpture came to a likely end after a topsy-turvy affair in which the Manhattan Beach City Council rejected the sculpture, then accepted it, and finally rejected it again Tuesday night. It’s not about you, a […]

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Young, local writer debuts novel at {pages}

Young, local writer debuts novel at {pages}

by Taylor Friedlander The man swiveled his arm around his back, his weathered fingers grazing the alien-like flesh protruding from his scapula. Looking over his shoulder he observed the reflection of his backside in the mirror. There was the puckered line of his spine, sloping shoulders, graying hair. And, then there were his wings. He […]

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Boat catches fire off Palos Verdes coast

Boat catches fire off Palos Verdes coast

by Mark McDermott Two people were rescued Monday morning when a 36 foot power boat caught five miles off the Palos Verdes coast. Both the Baywatch Redondo and the Baywatch del Reyresponded to a report of a boat in flames at 9:36 a.m., according to ocean lifeguard specialist Jeff Hart of the LA County Fire […]

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Measure MB campaign  focuses on outreach

by Mark McDermott Measure MB co-chair Jen Fenton was meeting with prospective voters at the Joslyn Community Center recently when a senior citizen burst into the room hellbent on getting some answers. In her hands, she carried a parcel tax exemption form she’d received in the mail. “She was flailing her exemption in the air, […]

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Manhattan Beach adds six positions yet saves money

by Mark McDermott The proposed budget for the City of Manhattan Beach for the next fiscal year adds six new positions but realizes an overall savings of $200,000 in staffing by eliminating two management positions. The $75 million budget projects a $700,000 surplus. “These are boots on the ground to get the work done, not […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Manhattan Beach About Town

Leadership Manhattan Beach’s first Bike Fix-It station. Photo courtesy Leadership Manhattan Beach Bike Fix-it The Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2018 unveiled the first of the three Bike Fix-It stations on May 5 near the pier. The stations feature a stand, pump, and eight commonly used tools. They are being installed in high bike traffic […]

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900 Club wins an extra hour open

900 Club wins an extra hour open

by Mark McDermott The City Council Tuesday unanimously granted the 900 Club an extra hour of operation one night a week and an hour later last call every night. The decision upheld a Planning Commission approval that had been appealed by community activist Don McPherson. The club’s operator, Dave Rohrbacher, scaled back his original request […]

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Local activist Craig Cadwallader hospitalized

Local activist Craig Cadwallader hospitalized

  by Mark McDermott Craig Cadwallader has many gifts. He’s articulate, thoughtful, and —  perhaps most unusually within the rough and tumble of local politics —  kindly spoken, carefully reasoned, and cheerfully unruffled. He’s also almost omnipresent at Manhattan Beach City Council meetings and particularly at all ocean-related events, owing to his deep commitment to […]

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Ending the shame: a mother shares the story of her son’s losing battle with addiction

Ending the shame: a mother  shares the story of her son’s  losing battle with addiction

by Mark McDermott Justin Strand was a big, joyously athletic kid. He was a square-jawed, handsome young man, 6’5 and 240 pounds, who played football, baseball, volleyball, and lacrosse at Mira Costa High School and was an avid surfer and outdoorsman. He grew up in what appeared to be a picture-perfect family —  he and […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Manhattan Beach About Town

Hermosa Middle School student Taylor Southey and Mira Costa High student Paloma Burgos were among a dozen students who participated in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, sponsored by the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce. Last week, each of the students pitched their business plans to a panel of local business people who contributed $6,000 toward funding […]

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Manhattan Beach City Council, MBUSD discuss campus safety

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Education and the City Council held a rare joint meeting on Monday night that largely focused on how to make campuses safer in the wake of the mass shooting in a school in Parkland, Florida. The City Council last month voted to give MBUSD […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

City camp out The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will host its 23rd annual Family Camp Out May 19 and 20. Bring your whole family out to enjoy the serenity and inspiration of nature through this low-cost camping experience. Throughout Polliwog Park and Begg Field, children and parents can enjoy outdoor space to play and […]

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Homeless plan draws ire in Manhattan Beach, but inspires conversation on issue

    by Mark McDermott Some residents worried Manhattan Beach would become like Santa Monica, a beacon attracting the homeless. One resident was angry she’d not heard about the plan sooner and suggested a lot more than 200 people —  the number of people who showed up at a meeting discussing homelessness at the Joslyn […]

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Police chief will lead fire department in Manhattan Beach

Police chief will lead fire department in Manhattan Beach

                  by Mark McDermott Manhattan Beach Police Department Chief Derrick Abell will serve as acting chief of the city’s fire department after Chief Robert Espinosa retires on April 27. City Manager Bruce Moe, who made the appointment, said Abell is expected to serve as fire chief for […]

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