Manhattan Beach Mayor Stern launches Kindness Initiative

by Mark McDermott  On the morning of May 22, 2020, Maureen McBride opened up her boutique in downtown Manhattan Beach, Tabula Rasa Essentials, for the first time in ten weeks.  Those ten weeks had been rough. McBride had endured many sleepless nights. The world had been turned upside down. The pandemic had launched its ravaging…

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The invisible rope

    by Mark McDermott and Ryan McDonald  A rope went up on the beach below Bruce’s Lodge on June 23, 1912, the very first Sunday the resort that welcomed Black beachgoers to Manhattan Beach was in operation. Though the man responsible for roping off of the beach was one of the city’s founders, George…

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Governor Newsom signs Bruce’s Beach bill into law

  by Mark McDermott and Gavin Heaney Video by Jefferson Graham, Photos by Kevin Cody Governor Gavin Newsom came to Manhattan Beach Thursday morning and signed S.B. 796 into law, paving the way for Los Angeles County to return beachfront land which was historically Bruce’s Beach to the descendants of the family who lost the…

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Manhattan Beach considers using Redondo Beach’s homeless court

  by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach City Council continues to grapple with a conundrum as it tries to address the city’s homeless population.  The council has been interested in Redondo Beach’s innovative “homeless court” program, which. since it’s implementation late last year. has worked with 50 people among its homeless population of 176, and…

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Beach Cities surge in COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated continues 

  by Mark McDermott  The Beach Cities, despite their relatively high vaccination rates, are experiencing a surge of COVID-19 infections, resulting from the combination of the extremely contagious Delta variant and lingering unvaccinated populations.  The last week saw increases in new COVID-19 cases in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach that brought each city…

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BUDGET 2021-22: City emerges from pandemic with strong finances

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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Juneteenth has special resonance at  Bruce’s Beach 

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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What happened at Bruce’s Beach

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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Michael Lang named chief of the Manhattan Beach Fire Department 

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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New Scout House will help bring generations together in Manhattan Beach

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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