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 Easy Reader Staff

LAUSD takes back its students

Manhattan Beach students who live in Los Angeles will not be allowed to return to their Manhattan schools next year. The Los Angeles Unified School District announced last month that it will no longer release students living within its bounds to other districts.

 Easy Reader Staff

About Town

Mira Costa student wins 5K for breast cancer; school puts on Good Friday play next weekend; Construction on Highland Ave. begins.

 Mark McDermott

Former councilman arrested for abuse

Former Councilman Don Szerlip was arrested last Wednesday night on suspicion of spousal abuse. According to police reports, officers responded to an undisclosed location at 9:50 p.m. after receiving a phone call regarding a fight between a husband and a wife. They arrived to find Cindy Szerlip injured, and her husband, Don Szerlip, no longer […]

 Mark McDermott

City, schools land swap deal collapses

A property deal that would have involved a land swap between the city and the school district has fallen apart.

As a result, the district may lose out on lease revenue equal to the salaries of 16 teachers and the city must seek a new location for the police station it hopes to build.

Both sides attribute the collapse, in part, to the district’s properties being substantially devalued because of Measure DD’s passage two years ago, an argument dismissed by the slow growth initiative’s leader.

 Easy Reader Staff

Teacher gets NASA award and pink-slip


Meadows Elementary fifth-grade teacher Chris Miko is one of 40 educators, chosen from among 2,000 applicants nationwide, to receive a National Aeronautics and Space Administration fellowship this year. He is also one of 19 teachers in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District who was pink-slipped last Wednesday.

 Easy Reader Staff

Man in car flashes woman then drives away

A man in a pickup truck exposed himself to a lone woman walking near an elementary school last Friday, while a male passenger in his vehicle watched. The two men pulled up to the victim, a nurse at Grand View Elementary School, at 10:30 a.m. on Grandview Ave. near 24th St. The driver remained in […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Friends say student who took own life was friendly, outgoing


Students and teachers at Mira Costa High School are mourning the death of junior Darius Smith who, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, took his life last week.

 Easy Reader Staff

About Town


Citizens for Outdoor Recreation and Exercise (CORE) will hold a “Free the Dune” rally Sunday at 2 p.m. to demand the city reopen the controversial sand dune at Sand Dune Park as a workout facility.