Mark McDermott

Short-term rental ban will be lifted

by Mark McDermott The City Council on Tuesday night moved towards replacing the city’s largely ineffective prohibition on short-term rentals with a regulated program that would require homeowners to register with business licenses and limit how many days a year such homes could be rented. Under the guidelines the Council directed city staff to codify […]

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MCHS student loses mother, sister to a car crash on NYE

MCHS student loses mother,  sister to a car crash on NYE

by Mark McDermott A four-car collision in Garden Grove on New Year’s Eve killed 33-year old Jolene “Jojo” Castillo, and her 9-year old daughter, Payton. Seven-year-old Logan Castillo was in the back seat and survived without any injuries. The tragedy has a local connection. Christian Castillo, the oldest of Joleen and Danny Castillo’s four children, […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Homeless count The City is seeking volunteers to help with LA County’s annual homeless count. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) conducts the count, which is intended to help gain an understanding of trends in homelessness throughout the county. The City will host a deployment site for the 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count […]

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Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Car break-ins, thefts The beginning of 2019 has been met a rash of thefts from parked vehicles. According to Manhattan Beach police reports, eight vehicles were broken into between Jan. 6 and Jan. 8, including three from the El Porto parking lot. The thefts all occurred in the Sand Section of town and resulted mainly […]

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Seven candidates compete for two seats on City Council

by Mark McDermott Seven candidates have filed papers to compete for two City Council seats in the March 5 Election. Among the candidates are two former councilmembers, one previously unsuccessful council candidate, and four political newcomers. The two incumbents currently holding those seats, Councilwoman Amy Howorth and Councilman David Lesser, are termed out. The candidates […]

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Upstairs outdoor dining guidelines okayed

Upstairs outdoor dining guidelines okayed

by Mark McDermott The City Council last week approved new guidelines intended to restrict second-story outdoor dining downtown. Though not yet formalized, at the council’s direction city staff will prepare an ordinance that would not allow second-story outdoor dining that faces residential uses or on a balcony over a public right-of-way. Restaurants seeking to add […]

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Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Car vandalism Overnight on Dec. 27-28, two cars were vandalized on the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Marine, according to police reports. The windows of both vehicles were damaged, but nothing was reported stolen. Overnight on Dec. 30-31, a car was broken into on the 800 block of Ocean Drive and a wallet, credit cards, […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Sidewalk sale The Downtown Sidewalk Sale, featuring 75 businesses offering steep discounts on goods as they do an inventory clean-out, takes place from Jan. 18 to Jan. 21. Chili cook-off The 5th annual South Bay Chili Cook-Off takes place at Fire Station #1 (400 15th St.) Jan. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event […]

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Sculptures, utility box artwork approved

Sculptures, utility box artwork approved

by Mark McDermott A profusion of new public art will adorn locations throughout Manhattan Beach in coming months. The City Council, in its final meeting of 2018, approved four new works of art as part of the city’s existing sculpture garden program, along with 13 utility box paintings, and a signature Catalina Classic paddleboard sculpture […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

  Chamber names new CEO The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) has announced that Kelly Stroman has been hired as president and CEO of the organization. “Kelly is a respected leader in our community, having led The Downtown Manhattan Beach Business & Professional Association and the weekly Manhattan Beach Certified Farmers’ Market for over […]

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2018 Year in Review: Manhattan Beach

2018 Year in Review:  Manhattan Beach

Leadership flux, MBUSD challenges, and a new Roundhouse mark 2018 by Mark McDermott Manhattan Beach experienced a year of unusual flux in its leadership realms in 2018. A formerly up-and-coming city manager was replaced by a trusted City Hall hand. A pioneering female police chief was replaced by a rising star who also made history as […]

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MB Council approves Catalina Classic paddleboarding sculpture

MB Council approves Catalina  Classic paddleboarding sculpture

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach City Council Tuesday night unanimously accepted a proposal from the South Bay Boardriders Club to install a bronze statue honoring the Catalina Classic paddleboard race and its role in local history at the far south end of the pier parking lot. Renderings of the statue show a striking 18-foot […]

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MBPD’s Martin Ganz remembered 25 years after his death

MBPD’s Martin Ganz remembered 25 years after his death

  by Mark McDermott Every year for the last 23 years on Dec. 27, a woman arrives at the Bank of America parking lot near the Manhattan Village mall at exactly one hour before midnight. For many years, she came alone, but over the course of the last decade sometimes Pam Schultz would bring her […]

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The Charger Self-made Mayor Drew Boyles

The Charger Self-made Mayor Drew Boyles

Drew Boyles’ unlikely path to becoming the mayor of El Segundo

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City will allow accessory dwelling units

by Mark McDermott Small accessory dwelling units are now legal to build on lots alongside single-family homes in parts of Manhattan Beach. The City Council, with some reluctance, last week adopted an ordinance allowing “accessory dwelling units” (ADUs) anywhere east of Blanche and Ardmore avenues. The action was required by a new California law intended […]

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