Mark McDermott

Public art sent back to drawing board

Public art sent back to drawing board

by Mark McDermott The City Council last October made some changes to the process for seeking submissions for the city’s sculpture gardens, reducing the number of artists used from six to three, increasing their stipend from $3,000 to $6,000 and the length of the artwork’s loan from one to two years. The intention behind the […]

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Side to Side

Side to Side

Photographer Brent Broza’s new show delves into light and expands to paintings

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Hermosa Beach About Town

Pancake breakfast The Hermosa Heroes Pancake Breakfast will take place at the Hermosa Fire Station Saturday morning. Organizers say the event is a chance for residents to show their appreciation of local police officers, firefighters, and lifeguards. The event is sponsored by the city of Hermosa Beach and the Hermosa View and Valley Parent-Teacher Organization. […]

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Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Vehicle break-ins and theft According to Manhattan Beach Police Department, a little after noon on Sept. 5, a Vespa scooter was reported stolen from the 1700 block of Marine Avenue. During the previous week, there were also four reports filed of vehicles that were burglarized. Sometime between noon on Sept. 3 and the following morning, […]

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Napolitano takes helm as mayor, again

Napolitano takes helm as mayor, again

by Mark McDermott Steve Napolitano was handed the gavel Tuesday night after City Council unanimously voted to make him mayor for a record fifth time in a political career that began 26 years ago, at age 26, as the youngest-ever council member. “Here’s to you, Steve,” said Amy Howorth, who had just completed her nine-month […]

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Fifty years and a day

Fifty years and a day

Wilfred Sarr’s life in art   Editor’s note: a show featuring work of Wilfred Sarr from the collection of John LeMarr launches Thursday night at The Loft in San Pedro with an artist’s reception on Sept. 22. The following is an excerpt from a story originally published in 2010.   by Mark McDermott In September […]

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Asbestos violations issued at Mira Costa

by Mark McDermott The new school year got off to an unnerving start last week at Mira Costa High School when the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued violation notices to the Manhattan Beach Unified School District and two contractors for the illegal removal, handling, and disposal of asbestos found in the school library. […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Project: Om Project: Om, a yoga event intended to battle breast cancer “one more mat at a time,” takes place at Loyola Marymount University Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will feature a yoga class taught by celebrated teacher Kelsey Patel and live music by Spencer Ludwig and DJ White Shadow. […]

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Woman sexually assaulted in her home in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott   Manhattan Beach police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect in a sexual assault and rape that occurred Sunday night in a home on the 900 block of Valley Drive. According to MBPD reports, a woman had been dropped off by a friend at her home on Valley Drive […]

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CrossFit Horsepower gym declared public nuisance in Hermosa Beach

by Mark McDermott The four year battle between CrossFit Horsepower gym and its neighbors in Hermosa Beach came to a head Tuesday night as the City Council officially deemed the business a public nuisance and ordered abatement measures, including reduced morning and evening hours and no use of free weights.  An attorney representing the gym, […]

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City Council approves homeless plan

by Mark McDermott The City Council Tuesday night unanimously voted to adopt a five-year plan to address homelessness in Manhattan Beach. The plan is part of a countywide effort stemming from the passage of Measure H, a sales tax increase which allocates $354 million towards cities individually and collectively working to drastically reduce homelessness. The […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

More water stations The West Basin Municipal Water District has re-opened applications for public facilities to apply for grant funding for up to $1,000 to install water bottle filling stations. The popular program provides communities with more access to safe and reliable tap water to refill their personal, eco-friendly reusable water bottles. Since launching a […]

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Council grounds Bird, motorized bikes

Council grounds Bird, motorized bikes

by Mark McDermott Just after a long closed session and a couple of hours before the Manhattan Beach City Council was scheduled to discuss an emergency ordinance Tuesday night banning the placement and use of “shared mobility” motorized scooters and bikes on public streets and sidewalks, a couple council members took a walk to the […]

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Bodysurfers tangle with the guard

Bodysurfers tangle with the guard

by Mark McDermott Second of two parts One day in 1966, Bob Holmes stopped by the lifeguard tower just north of the Manhattan Beach pier on his way to bodysurf. Legendary big wave surfer Greg Noll happened to be at the tower, visiting his fellow lifeguard and big wave surfer Mark Stange. Noll, known as […]

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City will consider Sepulveda name change

by Mark McDermott The City Council on Tuesday night approved a first step towards renaming Sepulveda Boulevard to Pacific Coast Highway, directing staff to conduct a survey of businesses and residents to gauge support for the change. The discussion was agendized by Councilperson Richard Montgomery, who said some businesses along Sepulveda asked him to explore […]

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