Mark McDermott

Burton touts experience, resident advocacy

Burton touts experience, resident advocacy

by Mark McDermott Mark Burton has an analogy he likes to use when attempting to convey why Manhattan Beach voters should elect him to City Council. Let’s say you’ve got to fly to New York, Burton says, and you know that between here and there are several severe weather storm systems troubling the skies, as […]

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Franklin touts community ethos, business background   

Franklin touts community  ethos, business background   

by Mark McDermott Even if you don’t know Joe Franklin, you probably have seen him around. Maybe it was when he was the stop sign-shaped cartoon character “Stopper” standing by the roadside on behalf of a traffic safety campaign in the early 2000s. Or maybe you saw him during the Measure B school bond campaign, […]

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Love in Wood: Jean-Louis Boudreau, Josette Murphy and the fine art of redesigning a home rather than tearing it down

Love in Wood: Jean-Louis Boudreau, Josette Murphy and the fine art of redesigning a home rather than tearing it down

Jean-Louis Boudreau, Josette Murphy and the fine art of redesigning a home rather than tearing it down

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Candidate debates Two more public forums are slated featuring the seven candidates in the March 5 election for two seats on the City Council. On Feb. 14, American Martyrs Church hosts the candidates beginning at 9 a.m. at O’Donnell Hall, 624 15th St. On Feb. 21, the candidates will meet at the Joslyn Center, 1401 […]

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Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Crimes on Curtis According to Manhattan Beach Police Department reports, unknown suspects entered a home under construction on the 1500 block of Curtis Avenue overnight Feb. 3-4 and stole building materials and other miscellaneous items. Two days later, sometime after 7 a.m. on the 1600 block of Curtis, a residential burglary occurred. According to MBPD […]

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Waste Management retained as trash hauler

by Mark McDermott The City Council Tuesday night unanimously voted to award a new seven-year trash hauling contract to Waste Management, the company which has provided the service in Manhattan Beach for over three decades. The contract, worth a total of $42 million, is the largest in the city’s history, eclipsing the $27 million contract […]

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Hotel height limits on Sepulveda may rise

by Mark McDermott The City Council Tuesday night tentatively agreed to raise height limits for hotels on Sepulveda Boulevard from 30 feet to 40 feet in hopes of attracting new hotel development. But the move was made with another hope, which was to receive more resident input on the matter, and thus came with a […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Candidate debates Three public forums are slated featuring the seven candidates in the March 5 election for two seats on the City Council. On Feb. 12, the Manhattan Beach Residents Association hosts a forum starting at 7 p.m. at the Police/Fire conference room at 420 15th Street. On Feb. 14, American Martyrs Church hosts the […]

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Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Residential burglaries A rash of residential burglaries was reported during the last week of January, according to the Manhattan Beach Police Department. Overnight Jan. 24,  someone entered a home under construction on the 300 block of 17th Street and stole copper wire; that same night, wire was also taken from an unfinished home on the […]

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Stroman hits the ground running as new CEO

Stroman hits the ground running as new CEO

by Mark McDermott No school exists for Chamber of Commerce Executives. Business school might be helpful, but it won’t teach you about navigating local politics, much less community building. Nor will political science prepare you to advocate for a few hundred businesses and their very specific and occasionally conflicting interests. A law degree wouldn’t prepare […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Last call for Little League Manhattan Beach Little League, one of the community’s great local traditions, has issued a “last call” for kids who want to play baseball this season. Registration closes on Jan. 31 for kids age 4-7 to play tee-ball, coach pitch, and machine pitch baseball. These leagues are non-stress and put together […]

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Mira Costa High School’s #metoo moment

Mira Costa High School’s #metoo moment

by Mark McDermott Two female students from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach have accused a male Mira Costa student of sexual assaults in incidents that occurred off-campus last year. One of the incidents was reported to MCHS administration and to police in July. A group of editors at Mira Costa’s student newspaper, La […]

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Manhattan Beach About Town

Village construction update The developers working on the vast rebuild of the Manhattan Village mall this week announced groundbreaking on a new phase of the 44-acre, 573,000 sq. ft., $180 million redevelopment project. Kicking off with a ceremony on Jan. 16, construction has started on the Village Shops, which includes 60,942 square feet of retail/restaurant […]

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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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