BeachLife lineup to feature Jane’s Addiction, Counting Crows

by Mark McDermott  BeachLife will arrive back with a bang.  The festival, which takes place September 10 to 12 in Redondo Beach’s King Harbor, will launch that Friday with a night of rock music headlined by Jane’s Addiction, the seminal Southern California band led by Perry Ferrell and Dave Navarro that was part of the…

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Four-story hotel approved on Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a proposed four-story, 161-room, 81,771 square foot hotel and an accompanying 14,500 square foot  office and retail building on the former El Torito site along Sepulveda Boulevard.  The hotel takes advantage of “Sepulveda overlay”  zoning, enacted in 2019, that allows a height…

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BeachLife music festival to return to Redondo Beach in September

by Mark McDermott The BeachLife Festival, twice delayed due to the pandemic after a stunning inaugural success in 2019,  announced its return to Redondo Beach’s King Harbor this September 10 through 12.  “With cautious optimism, and eyes wide open, we have begun the massive process of rebuilding BeachLife — both because we are ready to…

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Candidates amicable, but differences expressed in first debate

by Dan Blackburn Five candidates vying for a single seat on the Hermosa Beach City Council squared off last Wednesday in a debate more amicable than antagonistic, with each describing concepts and ambitions for the city’s future. Seeking to fill the post formerly occupied by Hany Fangary, who resigned in December, the five hopefuls discussed…

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Manhattan Beach Unified School District will fully reopen schools for in-person instruction

by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach Unified School District will fully reopen classrooms on all of its campuses for in-person instruction by April 19 after negotiations with its teachers’ union were successfully completed this week. All elementary, middle, and high school students will be invited to return for five days a week in-person instruction.  Superintendent…

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New Mira Costa Athletic Complex hosts return of MCHS athletes

The $39 million Mira Costa High School Athletic Complex was unveiled last Monday, albeit virtually, with the Manhattan Beach Unified School District’s release of a video tour of the sparkling new 79,000 square foot facility.  The video was produced by Mira Costa students and featured several student-athletes as tour guides through the beautiful but empty…

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Racial Reckoning: Manhattan Beach City Council stops short of issuing a Bruce’s Beach apology

by Mark McDermott  The recommendations of the Bruce’s Beach Task Force came to the City Council Tuesday night with a backdrop that included not only the century-old, racially-inspired and city-backed misdeed that resulted in the taking of an African-American beachfront resort, but national attention on just what Manhattan Beach now intends to do to address…

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Manhattan Avenue closure ends, ending outdoor dining experiment

by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Avenue outdoor dining experiment is over. The city on Tuesday afternoon issued a brief statement saying the closure of two downtown city blocks that allowed restaurants to expand outdoor dining to the street would end later that afternoon.  Mayor Suzanne Hadley, who was an ardent proponent of the street closure…

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