Mark McDermott

Wild Belle visites El Segundo’s South Bay Customs for an NPR field recording

Wild Belle visites El Segundo’s South Bay Customs for an NPR field recording

South Bay Customs, the American motorcycle shop that seconds as an art gallery and music venue, was featured this week nationally on NPR as part of its “Field Recordings” series. The band featured was Wild Belle, a rising indie band from Chicago who have played Coachella and Lollapalooza music festivals. Brother and sister duo Elliot […]

 Easy Reader Staff

June Surfboard Review

June Surfboard Review

Davenport Surfboards: “The Thing” “Something is LURKING in the water. Beware…it’s “The Thing.” The Thing, a small wave Noserider, designed specifically for long drawn-out exploiting noserides and classic trim. “This Creature of the Black” Sea features 50/50 rails with low to moderate nose and loads of tail rocker. A distinct ten inch wide tail and […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Surf Sleds: Tyler Hatzikian’s 1960 El Camino Shop Truck

Surf Sleds: Tyler Hatzikian’s 1960 El Camino Shop Truck

All Photos by Mark Kawakami “I don’t like that surfin’ shit. Rock and roll’s been going down hill ever since Buddy Holly died,” said the young John Milner played by Paul Le Met in his best JD swag impression after shutting the radio off on the young Carol (Mackenzie Phillips) whom was soaking up the […]

 Mark McDermott

El Segundo cuts deal for new aquatics center

The city solved two problems with a single solution last month, courtesy of the Wiseburn School District and the city’s own negotiators. Wiseburn’s proposal to build a high school in east El Segundo originally faced much opposition, both within the community and from the City Council. The concern was that the facility would cost the […]

 Mark McDermott

Fisher ousts Jacobson to become mayor of El Segundo

Fisher ousts Jacobson to become mayor of El Segundo

El Segundo has a new mayor. Bill Fisher, citing an urgent need for the city to proactively court new businesses, made an impassioned call for the replacement of Carl Jacobson as mayor and was subsequently chosen by his colleagues to take the city’s helm in a contentious 3-2 vote. In an unusually dramatic council meeting […]

 Mark McDermott

Golf committee: The Lakes at El Segundo has value

Golf committee:  The Lakes at El Segundo has value

A special committee tasked with assessing the economic prospects of city-owned golf course and driving range The Lakes at El Segundo, told the City Council Tuesday night that the facility possesses unusual financial value. Craig Kessler, director of governmental affairs for the Southern California Golf Association and one (a member) of the city’s temporary Golf […]

 Easy Reader Staff

South Bay educators, parents celebrate LCFF compromise

South Bay educators, parents celebrate LCFF compromise

The Legislature last week passed an amended version of Governor Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula, and while it wasn’t quite what they were hoping for, local education advocates are breathing a sigh of relief knowing it could have been worse.

 Easy Reader Staff

Panel discusses future of South Bay aerospace industry

Panel discusses future of South Bay aerospace industry

Aerospace, one of the linchpins of the South Bay economy, faces mounting financial pressure owing to federal budget cuts and the ever-present threat of the potential closure of the El Segundo-based Los Angeles Air Force Base. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi convened a public panel discussion May 17 to discuss the implications of sequestration – the buzzword […]

 Richard Foss

Shoop’s 131 opens doors on El Segundo’s Grand Avenue

Shoop’s 131 opens doors on El Segundo’s Grand Avenue

The big building on Grand Avenue has a pastry case full of fresh baked goods, and the counter is doing a brisk trade in sandwiches and breakfast plates. It’s a new restaurant called Shoop’s 131 that has taken the place formerly occupied by Schat’s Bakery. Shoop’s is a collaboration between restaurant owner Matt Schuppel, noted […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Rockwood Capital buys Rhythm and Hues campus in El Segundo

Rockwood Capital buys Rhythm and Hues  campus in El Segundo

El Segundo exists between four borders: the airport to the north, industrial offices, mainly aerospace, to the east, the Chevron plant to the south, and the Pacific Ocean and an industrial coast to the west. Largely defined by these borders for years, the city is now experiencing a welcome influx of creative firms, especially in […]

 Mark McDermott

El Segundo Education Foundation rallies with gala, $1 million check

El Segundo Education Foundation rallies with gala, $1 million check

The oversized $1 million dollar check that the El Segundo Education Foundation accepted on Tuesday at Center Street School represented many things. A smaller accompanying check for $100,000 actually went into the foundation’s bank account, representing the fulfillment of a five year, $1 million pledge that Rosecrans-Sepulveda Partners for Plaza El Segundo made the plaza […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Leveling the Playing Field

Leveling the Playing Field

Beach City schools stand to lose millions under Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to create a more equitable education system

 Mark McDermott

El Segundo Police Chief Mitch Tavera stays on duty

Police chief Mitch Tavera could easily have called it quits. After a distinguished 31-year career in which he served in nearly every capacity on the El Segundo police force and rose to its command staff, Tavera could have safely stepped foot into civilian life and the comfortable retirement that three decades in law enforcement provides. […]

 Mark McDermott

El Segundo’s city manager takes helm of his hometown

El Segundo’s city manager takes helm of his hometown

As homecomings go, the situation Greg Carpenter landed in a year ago wasn’t particularly sweet. Carpenter was named El Segundo’s city manager while the city was in the midst of a dispute with its historical benefactor and biggest business – Chevron, which actually named the town in 1917 after it established its second refinery here. […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Future of SoCal ROC uncertain

Future of SoCal ROC uncertain

The proposed state budget deprives over 400 Redondo Union High School and Redondo Shores students of vocational training opportunities accessible to them through the Southern California Regional Occupation Center, whose financial future hangs in limbo. The center, also known as SoCal ROC or SCROC, has been providing students with free career and technical training for […]