Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach: Westdrift Story

Manhattan Beach: Westdrift Story

The reinvention of the former Manhattan Beach Marriott

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Beach education – MB Wine auction

Beach education – MB Wine auction

New record set with a sold out crowd of 2,000

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Historic California Craftsman house meets wrecking ball

Historic California  Craftsman house  meets wrecking ball

  by Mark McDermott Two women with a combined 124 years living near the intersection of 9th Street and Highview stood with tears in their eyes on the morning of July 2. They were witnessing the violent departure a beloved neighbor —  a century-old California Craftsman home, which was being demolished by a large excavator. […]

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The man in greens

The man in greens

by Mark McDermott Daniel Ceballos has the greens, and his Gourmet Specialties stand at the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market has a dedicated following among local home chefs. Ceballos and his sister, Lilia Galacia, run a business that primarily grows herbs and salad greens for restaurants and professional chefs around the country. They operate out of […]

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Zoning, name change considered for Sepulveda

by Mark McDermott The City Council is considering a host of changes to Sepulveda Boulevard, including increasing allowable building heights to encourage more hotel development and zoning for mixed-use residential and senior care facilities. Also on the table is the boulevard’s potential renaming to Pacific Coast Highway. The discussion regarding possible changes to the city’s […]

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Mahan takes the helm of Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

Mahan takes the helm of Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

by Mark McDermott If you were to try to concoct the perfect preparation to become the executive director of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, it’s hard to imagine what would better suffice than Hilary Mahan’s life. She grew up in a community, San Luis Obispo, that prides itself in the quality of its schools. Both […]

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MBUSD budget avoids layoffs

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Education has adopted a budget that is drastically different from what it would have been if voters had not approved Measure MB on June 5. As she provided a budget overview at the board’s June 19th meeting, deputy superintendent Dawnalyn Murakawa-Leopard paused, almost giddily, […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Measure MB exemption Property owners age 65 or older, those receiving Supplemental Security Income for a disability, or those receiving Social Security Disability Insurance may be eligible for an exemption from the Measure MB parcel tax. The deadline to file for an exemption is July 6. Forms can be downloaded at mbusd.org or call (310) […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Parking hours extended The City Council last week moved to extend metered parking throughout the city from two to three hours maximum and to open up the civic center lot to merchant parking. Both tweaks to the city’s parking are intended to better serve downtown businesses. The proposal came from the city traffic engineer Eric […]

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Parking meters extended after 6 p.m.  in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott The City Council last week moved to extend metered parking throughout the city from two to three hours maximum and to open up the civic center lot to merchant parking. Both tweaks to the city’s parking are intended to better serve downtown businesses. The proposal came from the city traffic engineer Eric […]

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Morton is Manhattan Beach Rotarian of the Year

Morton is Manhattan Beach Rotarian of the Year

by Mark McDermott Gerry Morton never set out to be a Rotarian. If you’d asked him at the beginning of his entrepreneurial career what a Rotarian was, in fact, he may have yawned. Morton made his first fortune at the turn of this century, only a few years after graduating from the University of Arizona. […]

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Manhattan Beach Council considers change in election, extension of terms

by Mark McDermott The City Council last week deliberated changing future municipal elections back to March, a change that would require extending the terms of two sitting council members by a year. The possible change was agendized by Councilperson Richard Montgomery, who was elected last March and whose term would not be one of those […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

  Class of 2018 The Mira Costa High School Class of 2018 celebrated graduation Friday night, pictured above, while teachers James Locke, Tim Piper, Shawn Chen, and Amber Dixon celebrated the departing seniors. Photos courtesy Mira Costa High School.    

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Jean McMillan, ‘Bamfield girl,’ was MB matriarch, city clerk

Jean McMillan, ‘Bamfield girl,’  was MB matriarch, city clerk

by Mark McDermott Two chairs sit in the front lawn of a house at the corner of Palm and Marine, a spot that for 61 years served as Jean and Jim McMillan’s perch. It’s where they talked to neighbors, plotted their next adventure together, or simply relaxed at the end of a long day. It […]

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Manhattan Beach City Council adopts 2018-19 budget

by Mark McDermott The biggest financial decision the City Council makes each year is the adoption of the city’s $75 million budget, which was unanimously approved Tuesday night after a final public hearing on the matter at which not a single member of the public spoke. “We had more people show up to discuss Park […]

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