Manhattan Beach news briefs

Coffee with Betsy Butler

Gather your questions about state and legislative issues that affect the community and join Assemblymember Betsy Butler for coffee at the Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland Ave. Saturday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 310-615-3515.

‘Helping Cole Paddle Home’

Cole Barras

Cole Barras

In October 2011, Mira Costa graduate and avid surfer Cole Barras was in a car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him in a coma and in the intensive care unit for weeks.

In December, he flew back to Los Angeles and was taken to Casa Colina Rehab Hospital in Pomona to start his road to recovery. Barras has spent about five hours a day in rehab for the last four months.

He’s recently begun to talk and said he’s looking forward to moving back to his hometown of Manhattan Beach, according to his family. Soon, he’ll start rehabilitation in the South Bay.

Barras’ family is holding a fundraiser for him on Sunday, June 24 at the 400 block of 10th Street from 3 to 7 p.m. The event will include food, refreshments, entertainment and a silent auction.

Take 25

The Manhattan Beach Police Department will host the annual child safety and fingerprint event, Take 25, on Tuesday, June 26 at the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market, 400 13th Street. The event promotes dialogue between children, families and the community about child safety and will include fingerprinting and photos for kids. For more information, call 310-802-5186.

Kid’s Inc.

Manhattan Village invites children six to 15 years old to submit business ideas to the Manhattan Village Facebook page. Submissions will be accepted until June 28. Readers will vote on their favorite business idea, and the winners will participate in a July 14 business showcase, where they can sell their products and services and keep their earnings. For more information, visit

Globalization talk

Join TEDxManhattan Beach for a series of TED talks on globalization curated by John Marston on Thursday, June 21 at Ignited, 2221 Park Place, El Segundo from 6 to 9 p.m. $10. For more information or to register, visit

City recognized for climate protection

Mayor Wayne Powell recieving the award.

Mayor Wayne Powell recieving the award.

Manhattan Beach Mayor Wayne Powell was one of five small city mayors awarded an honorable mention for the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Award at a ceremony held last week. The U.S. Mayors Conference President Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia, presented the award.

The initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart, recognizes mayors nationally for innovative practices in energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. An independent panel of judges selected the winners from a pool of more than 100 applicants.

“At the end of the day, local efforts, which increase sustainability and save money, provide results that strengthen the U.S. economy,” Walmart’s Senior Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations Amy Hill said in a press statement.


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