Mark McDermott

El Segundo police agree to “two-tier” pension reform

In recent years, proposed “two tier” public retirement systems frequently created discord between cities attempting to cut employee benefits costs and public safety employee groups intent on holding on to their existing benefit packages. Things have changed. With little fanfare, the El Segundo Police Officers Association this month entered into an agreement with city management […]

 Mark McDermott

State of the City: El Segundo leaders see brighter days ahead

Mayor Carl Jacobson led an unusual joint State of the City address in which he was joined by City Council members Bill Fisher and Suzanne Fuentes in giving a multi-perspective assessment of where El Segundo stands and what the future holds. The good news, according to the officials, is that the city’s dynamic private sector […]

 Mark McDermott

Urban Land Institute releases official Smoky Hollow study [El Segundo]

The long-awaited Smoky Hollow area study was recently released by the Urban Land Institute, and after thousands of hours of investigation and discussions by a team of planning experts with a combined 245 years of economic development experience, the 28-page report’s findings can be boiled down to this: if El Segundo builds it, Silicon Beach […]

 Mark McDermott

Richmond Street Fresh & Easy deal in trouble

A deal that would have brought a Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market to downtown El Segundo has fallen apart, leaving a likely vacancy in the Richmond Street storefront that formerly housed Cooke’s Market. Mark Neumann, the head of locally-based 612 Twin Holdings LLC, told the City Council on Tuesday night that Fresh & Easy had […]

 Kevin Cody

Lundquists promise $1 million for El Segundo schools

Lundquists promise $1 million for El Segundo schools

In his final act as chair of the El Segundo Education Foundation, Richard Lundquist announced a $1 million gift to the foundation from him and his wife Melanie. Lundquist announced  the $1 million gift Friday evening during the foundation’s annual dinner auction at Chevron Park. He said he is stepping down as the board’s chair […]

 Easy Reader Staff

El Segundo alumnus returns as teacher, coach

While the football team was stretching before practice, Steve Eno was warming to the idea of starting a new career. Eno, a former athletic and academic standout at El Segundo High, was a software programming consultant by day and an assistant football coach when the day was done. “It was one of those times after […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Roseanne Barr’s “anti-winning campaign” for the presidency

Roseanne Barr is running for President of the United States. Seriously.

 Easy Reader Staff

El Segundo High rolls out new biomedical program

El Segundo High School will roll out a new biomedical science program next school year, continuing to strengthen its technical curriculum just two years after starting an engineering program. Like the engineering program, the biomedical program is spread over four years of high school. Both programs, called STEM for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, have […]

 Easy Reader Staff

El Segundo’s NRG in talks for desalination plant

Two South Bay power companies are being considered as sites for the new, full-scale desalination plant that West Basin Municipal Water District plans to begin building as soon as this year. AES Southland in Redondo Beach and NRG Energy in El Segundo are in discussions with the water district about hosting the 20 million-gallons-a-day plant, […]

 Easy Reader Staff

El Segundo Police arrest alleged sexual predator

El Segundo police arrested and charged a 40-year-old Los Angeles man in connection with sexually assaulting a young woman he met online. Andrew Donkor is scheduled to be arraigned in court on Friday, said Lt. Raymond Garcia. Donkor met a 15-year-old girl outside her home in El Segundo on Tuesday at about 10 p.m. after […]

 Easy Reader Staff

El Segundo Voters douse Measure P

After El Segundo voters last week overwhelmingly shot down Measure P that would have merged the city’s fire department with the county’s, Fire Chief Kevin Smith said there’s no remedy in sight to the department’s personnel shortfall. “People should know these services have been reduced dramatically,” Smith said. “And the city has no intention of […]

 Easy Reader Staff

El Segundo-based Fresh & Easy struggles

Madeline Dovale likes shopping at Fresh & Easy for the sandwiches and pre-made foods, especially the ones with sauces. And she likes the fact that she can get through the self-checkout line quickly. “I can do everything quickly,” Dovale said. “As you can see, there’s not long lines.” The lack of long lines is something […]

 Easy Reader Staff

El Segundo aims to spark Smoky Hollow area

City officials are looking to revitalize the Smoky Hollow area of town by acting on recommendations to improve parking and revamp its industrial zoning to create an “incubator district” that attracts new, creative businesses. Last month, the Urban Land Institute of Los Angeles surveyed business owners, city leaders and others to formulate a plan intended […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Hot rods, Hot Wheels, added to car museum [PHOTOS]

Hot rods, Hot Wheels, added to car museum [PHOTOS]

Jeff Walker has heard many times before that his Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo is a secret worth knowing about. Last week was no different. “This is a collection I had never heard of,” said Harry Krueckeberg, a new visitor from Colorado, as he walked between a Packard and a Desoto. Krueckeberg, 78, has […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Tasting, slurping, and talking tea in El Segundo

Tasting, slurping, and talking tea in El Segundo

Sheri Schnabl may never drink tea the same way. She plans to slurp. “It’s acceptable to do that,” Schnabl said after a tea tasting at the El Segundo Library last week. “That actually helps give flavor to the various parts of the palate…First you sniff, and then you slurp. And then you sip.” Schnabl was […]