Mark McDermott

Craft beer crisis: LA County’s zigzagging regulations threaten to kill the South Bay brewery industry

Craft beer crisis: LA County’s zigzagging regulations threaten to kill the South Bay brewery industry

  by Mark McDermott  On June 29, when Governor Gavin Newsom announced that many businesses that had previously been allowed to reopen would once again face restrictions or closures due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, he likened the process of reopening California to a dimmer switch. The idea was meant to convey that the […]

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LA County vs. craft beer: A call for recognition

LA County vs. craft beer: A call for recognition

  Strand Brewing’s 10,000 square foot brewery, with its 20-foot high ceilings in Torrance is ideal for social distancing customers, but Los Angeles County is not allowing breweries to serve customers. Photo by JP Cordero   by Joel Elliott    Los Angeles County craft beer will not die from COVID-19. But a second, more deadly […]

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Manhattan Beach’s $1,000 social distancing fines questioned

by Mark McDermott  On Saturday morning, April 4, Nick Winnie went for a little walk with his fiancee, three-year-old stepson, and dog in North Manhattan Beach. It was the third weekend since the statewide “Stay At Home” lockdown had been enacted. Winnie and his little family unit had been giving themselves 20 minutes of outdoor […]

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MBFD chief fired for “foot on throat” comments

MBFD chief fired for “foot on throat” comments

by Mark McDermott  Manhattan Beach Fire Department Chief Daryn Drum was dismissed last week due to language he used on a conference call with regional public safety officials in which he urged a negotiation tactic of “not taking our foot off their throat,” as well as comments on a local podcast in which he spoke […]

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Realtor Greg Geilman, who had COVID-19, uses ‘Domo Gives’ project to sell three houses free for others impacted by virus

Realtor Greg Geilman, who had COVID-19, uses ‘Domo Gives’ project to sell three houses free for others impacted by virus

    by Mark McDermott  In late March, a strange, distressing, and potentially awful thing happened to Greg Geilman. He fell ill with COVID-19.  Geilman, who is 50, started feeling ill and self-isolated on March 12, but was unable to find any medical facility that would test him for the virus. Things took a turn […]

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Manhattan Beach council to host forum on race relations on July 9

Manhattan Beach council to host forum on race relations on July 9

A Manhattan Beach community forum and panel discussion to discuss policing and community partnerships in light of the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping the nation has been scheduled for July 9. 

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LA County to close beaches for the 4th of July weekend

LA County to close beaches for the 4th of July weekend

by Mark McDermott  The County of Los Angeles announced Monday afternoon that beaches will be closed the entirety of the 4th of July weekend due to a spike in COVID-19 cases that has brought the county’s total to over 100,000. The closure, which includes parking lots serving beaches, will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday and […]

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BeachLife Festival kicks off  SpeakEasy Summer Series with G Love, the Mother Hips, and more

BeachLife Festival kicks off  SpeakEasy Summer Series with G Love, the Mother Hips, and more

by Mark McDermott  The BeachLife Festival, like everything else in these pandemic-altered times, is finding new ways to keep on keeping on.  This week, the festival kicks off a new, monthly live stream called the SpeakEasy Summer Series. Featured artists include G. Love, the Mother Hips, Matt Costa, and Mondo Cozmo. Also making appearances will […]

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Livestream Wine Auction  raises $1.1 million for Manhattan Beach schools

Livestream Wine Auction  raises $1.1 million for Manhattan Beach schools

by Mark McDermott  The 26th Annual Manhattan Wine Auction was truly unlike any of the previous 25 events.  First of all, nobody was there, because it didn’t occur at the Manhattan Beach Country Club or anyplace like it —  instead, the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation’s signature event occurred throughout the town, on walk streets, in […]

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Manhattan Beach pier will reopen Monday

Manhattan Beach pier will reopen Monday

by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach pier, which has been closed since late March due to Covid-19 social distancing concerns will reopen Monday. Mayor Richard Montgomery made the request earlier this week, and LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn helped advocate for the reopening of the city’s landmark. The city will be required to power wash […]

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Manhattan Beach Council debates reopening pier without LA County approval

Manhattan Beach Council debates reopening pier without LA County approval

by Mark McDermott  “So what is the deal with the pier?” Councilperson Steve Napolitano asked at Tuesday night’s council meeting, at which he led an unsuccessful charge to reopen Manhattan Beach’s signature landmark, regardless of whether doing so was approved by state or county agencies.  “We hear that it’s the state, but who cares?” Napolitano […]

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Not fade away: How Dietz Brothers Music kept its groove in the time of novel coronavirus 

Not fade away: How Dietz Brothers Music kept its groove in the time of novel coronavirus 

  by Mark McDermott  Something strange was going on at Dietz Brothers Music during the first weeks of the pandemic.  Like every other small business, the shop had closed its doors when state and county officials issued Stay at Home orders in mid-March. But Dietz Brothers is more than a guitar store; the two-story, labyrinthian […]

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Hahn seeks Governor’s approval for local businesses to reopen, secures bike path reopening; Manhattan City Council approves opening businesses

by Mark McDermott Supervisor Janice Hahn responded to the Manhattan Beach City Council’s request to help local businesses reopen by this weekend with a letter to Mayor Richard Montgomery last night in which she expressed a willingness to intervene:  “I too have become increasingly concerned with the stringent guidelines for businesses outlined in the Safer […]

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As Manhattan Businesses rally to open, Council tries to help

As Manhattan Businesses rally to open, Council tries to help

  by Mark McDermott  Something occurred Tuesday afternoon in downtown Manhattan Beach that hasn’t happened in two months. A group of people gathered.  More than 100 people attended a protest aimed at gaining support from City Council to allow businesses to reopen throughout the city. The protest, organized by local Realtor and former council candidate […]

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Manhattan Beach reopens its Strand 

Manhattan Beach reopens its Strand 

by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach City Council voted to immediately reopen the city’s portion of The Strand in a 3-2 vote Thursday morning.  The vote came in the wake of an extension of LA County’s “Safer At Home” public health order released Wednesday, which extended most social distancing measures first implemented in March, including […]

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