Easy Reader Staff

A community organizer makes himself at home

He’s only lived in Manhattan Beach for a little over a year, but he’s already deeply involved in the city.

 David Mendez

A survivor’s story: How William Harvey survived the Holocaust and what he learned

A survivor’s story: How William Harvey survived the Holocaust and what he learned

  by David Mendez When William Harvey awoke, face down, in German barracks in late March 1945, he couldn’t believe his eyes. “I thought I was in a five star hotel,” he recalled. For the first time in more than a year, he was resting. No one was beating him, or yelling at him. He […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Longtime MBUSD admin named superintendent in Orinda

On Feb. 8, the executive director of human resources at the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Carolyn Seaton, was named the new superintendent of the Orinda Union School District in Contra Costa County in Northern California.

 Ryan McDonald

Port in a storm

Mike Watt keeps sailing around the country, but always finds himself returning to the South Bay   by Ryan McDonald It took a postcard for Mike Watt’s dad to finally understood punk rock. It was the early ‘80s, and the bassist was on tour with Minutemen, the seminal San Pedro group he co-founded with singer/guitarist D. […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Manhattan Beach releases Specific Plan for downtown

On March 14, the city of Manhattan Beach released a draft of its Specific Plan for downtown on its website.

 Paul Teetor

Victoria victorious: Manhattan Beach resident Azarenka wins BNP Paribas Open

    Victoria victorious MB resident Azarenka wins BNP Open by Paul Teetor Move over, Maria Sharapova — there’s a new queen of tennis in Manhattan Beach. From the Live Oak courts to the Manhattan Beach Country Club where Sharapova has her own private practice court, it used to be Masha’s town. But now, thanks […]

 Richard Foss

Get your fix: American Junkie’s kitchen surprises

by Richard Foss It took me a long time to even step inside American Junkie to see what the place was about. The first reason was the name, which I found repellent when I first heard it. I assume that it’s intended to be slang for “irresistible”, but if you have had friends who went […]

 Brad Jacobson

Driven To The Sea (video short)

Driven To The Sea (video short)

Driven to the sea features short clips taken from across the South Bay which represents the oceans influence over us.  This was filmed in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo by Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch productions.

 David Mendez

Shade Redondo sidelined by burst pipe

Shade Redondo sidelined by burst pipe

by David Mendez The long-embattled Shade Redondo hotel has hit yet another snag on its way to completion, as a burst water pipe has severely damaged at least two dozen completed hotel rooms. “It looks like a crime scene over there,” said owner Mike Zislis. The rooms, he said, were done — wallpapered, tiled, with […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Endless Session Day 233: Out Fronts

Endless Session Day 233: Out Fronts

by Morgan Sliff A late start on Day 233 in a row of straight surfing had me miss out on riding around with quite a few members of the Southside Pier crew, but my friend Boris Vishnevsky and I, both looking a little tired and draggy (him with a bad back and me with an achy […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Endless Session, Day 232: Surfing With People that Love Surfing

Endless Session, Day 232:  Surfing With People that Love Surfing

by Morgan Sliff I love surfing alone or with people.  But one of my favorite things is surfing with people who love surfing. Master sled shaper Jose Barahona graciously picked me up at 6:30 and we sailed down to Blackies in Newport beach, a wave I can only describe as a beachbreak on steroids.  Even […]

 David Mendez

Beach Cities Health District CEO Susan Burden to step down in October

Beach Cities Health District CEO Susan Burden to step down in October

by David Mendez Beach Cities Health District CEO Susan Burden is calling it a career after 12 years, the organization announced on Monday. Burden plans to formally notify the Health District’s Board of Directors of her contract non-renewal request at the Board’s March 23 meeting. She would formally step down at her contract’s end on […]

 Kevin Cody

Easy Reader Best of the Beach 2016 Retailers and Services

Easy Reader Best of the Beach 2016 Retailers and Services

Over 3,000 readers showed their support for their favorite beach retailers and services by voting in Easy Readers 30th Annual Best of The Beach contest. Though any “Best of” vote is more subjective than scientific, Best Of voting gives readers an opportunity to show their appreciation for the many businesses and services that make the beach cities such a wonderful place to live.

 Richard Foss

A La Carte for 09 March 2016 [Dining news]

by Richard Foss A Geographically Appropriate Newcomer… It’s more than a little odd that Seattle has become so well known for coffee, given that the climate there has been inhospitable for the noble bean since dinosaurs walked the earth. Plenty of coffee grows in Colombia, and that’s the origin of Fika, the new coffee roaster […]