Mark McDermott

The astronaut and the border

The astronaut and the border

Astronaut Danny Olivas, who is from the El Paso neighborhood targeted in the August 3 mass shooting, believes lessons learned in space can help heal the divisions America now experiences by Mark McDermott  On June 9, 2007, the day after the Space Shuttle Atlantis mission STS-117 launched into Earth’s orbit, its crew made an alarming […]

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Manhattan Beach City will honor women’s suffrage centennial

Manhattan Beach City will honor women’s suffrage centennial

by Mark McDermott  Nancy Hersman became the 10th woman ever to serve as mayor in Manhattan Beach when she was sworn in on June 4. She was joined at the dais by newly elected councilpersons Hildy Stern and Suzanne Hadley, marking the first time in the city’s history that a council had a female majority.  […]

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The Emoji House war: A neighborhood feud erupts in El Porto 

The Emoji House war: A neighborhood feud erupts in El Porto 

by Mark McDermott  Susan Wieland had been away for a work conference since the end of May, but neighbors sent her the photo. Even so, upon returning to her home in the El Porto neighborhood of Manhattan Beach on the night of June 8, she wept when she actually saw her neighbor’s house.  The house, […]

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Songs from the windshield: The roadgoing of James McMurtry 

Songs from the windshield: The roadgoing of James McMurtry 

By Mark McDermott I was living in a candy warehouse in South San Francisco when I first heard James McMurtry. It was 1996, and I was hiding out, trying to kick the dangerous habit of the Alaska fisheries, where I’d spent the previous five years barely not dying on a daily basis, yet addicted to […]

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Beach education – Manhattan Beach Wine auction

Beach education – Manhattan Beach Wine auction

a once-a-year opportunity

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Manhattan Beach About Town

  Day at the Beach  July 27 is PS I Love You’s 19th Annual Day at the Beach, which brings 300 at-risk children to 300 caring volunteer mentors for an inspiring one-on-one day filled with fun and new friendships. The P.S. I Love You Foundation is a locally based non-profit dedicated to nurturing at-risk youth […]

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Vigil brings immigration issues home

Vigil brings immigration issues home

by Mark McDermott  Elvis Martinez traveled an unfathomable distance to stand, a little scared but plenty strong, before a crowd of a few hundred people on the Manhattan Beach pier last Friday night.  Two years ago, Martinez walked roughly 1,400 miles from his home in the gang-infested city of San Salvador, El Salvador, to Brownsville, […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Letter writer  Long time Manhattan Beach resident Charles Reilly, who recently published a book containing more than 150 of his letters to the Los Angeles Times, will hold a reading and signing event Sunday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. at Pages bookstore in Manhattan Beach. Reilly, who previously published two novels, “Shenanigan” and “Through a Dark […]

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Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Stolen cars Two cars were reported stolen during the last week of June and first week of July, according to Manhattan Beach Police Department reports. A 2018 Kia was reported stolen from the 800 block of Boundary Place overnight June 27. A 2012 Infinity SUV was reported stolen from the 1800 block of Faymont Avenue […]

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Alex Curry relishes World Cup journey

Alex Curry relishes World Cup journey

by Mark McDermott  Many years from now, perhaps when she is a grandmother sitting with a granddaughter on her lap trying to explain what it was like in the old days before women were presidents and received pay equal to men, Alex Curry will remember a single sound. It was a sound she heard seven […]

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Manhattan Beach surveilance cameras increase arrests, raise concerns

Manhattan Beach surveilance cameras increase arrests, raise concerns

Are Manhattan Beach Automated License Plate Readers a force multiplier for police, or the beginning of Big Brother? 

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Manhattan Beach Pier vigil calls for end of detention camps

Manhattan Beach Pier vigil calls for end of detention camps

by Mark McDermott  A vigil aimed at ending detention camps at the U.S. border will take place at hundreds of locations throughout the country on July 12, including the Manhattan Beach pier. But the pier’s inclusion in the “Lights for Liberty” came with some fireworks at City Council Tuesday night involving its two most newly […]

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Utility undergrounding underway again in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott  The City Council on Tuesday night approved the hiring of an engineer to work specifically on utility undergrounding. The move, which was unanimously approved and comes at a cost of $168,000 annually, officially signals that the undergrounding process is about to get underway again in the city after nearly a decade hiatus.  […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Manhattan Beach About Town

Discover MB  The Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center hosts the “Discover Manhattan Beach” exhibit July 12, featuring local artwork in a variety of mediums as a collective portrait of the city and its laidback lifestyle. Opening celebration is July 12 at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs through Sept. 20, with hours 10 […]

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Food delivery mixup causes police call

by Mark McDermott  A quiet night in the Tree Section temporarily became the site of a helicopter manhunt and a police response involving five different agencies Friday. It turned out it was all because someone entered the wrong address on a food delivery app.  The mixup began when a resident who wasn’t at home checked […]

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