Mark McDermott

One Manhattan Beach man’s journey into novel coronavirus

One Manhattan Beach man’s journey into novel coronavirus

by Mark McDermott  Greg Geilman had not been feeling right for a while. He’d had an on-again, off-again sore throat for about six weeks. He self-treated, taking Wellness Formula vitamins and lozenges. The symptoms would go away in a day or two. Then he woke up on Wednesday, March 18, and knew he was really […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach closes beach parking lots; L.A. County and all three Beach Cities mull closing beaches, bike paths, the Strand, and the Esplanade 

Manhattan Beach closes beach parking lots; L.A. County and all three Beach Cities mull closing beaches, bike paths, the Strand, and the Esplanade 

by Mark McDermott  The City of Manhattan Beach today announced that all beach parking lots have been closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Officials from Los Angeles County, meanwhile, are considering closing beaches and bike paths countywide before warmer weather arrives this weekend.  Supervisor Janice Hahn participated in a conference call with local mayors yesterday who […]

 Easy Reader Staff

Manhattan Beach Greene and Greene and gone

Manhattan Beach Greene and Greene and gone

The Hill Section loses a piece of history with the destruction of 1906 Craftsman Bungalow

 Randy Angel

Local prep athletes honored as All-CIF selections

Local prep athletes honored as All-CIF selections

By Randy Angel West Torrance (30-3) made its first appearance in the CIF-SS softball finals in school history, building a four-run lead and held on for a 6-4 victory over Redlands East Valley for the Division 3 title. Jason Belcher was named Coach of the Year and was joined by Player of the Year senior […]

 Mark McDermott

Single-use plastic banned in restaurants in Manhattan Beach

  by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach City Council on Tuesday night unanimously voted to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in restaurants, as well as polystyrene food trays and egg cartons in grocery stores. The new prohibitions follow bans on plastic bags and other polystyrene products enacted in the city in 2013 and 2014 […]

 Mark McDermott

City  honors Henry Mitzner, a 45-year municipal veteran

City  honors Henry Mitzner,  a 45-year municipal veteran

  by Mark McDermott When Henry Mitzner starting working for the City of Manhattan Beach, Richard Nixon was president, Apollo 17 had just returned from the moon, and City Hall was located in a bunch of trailers. It was March 12, 1973. The city was still rebuilding after the earthquake of ‘71 and the country […]

 Mark McDermott

Shipwreck on Rosecrans

Lifeguards rescued sailors aboard a sailboat in distress in heavy winds early Saturday evening. A powerless 28 ft. sailboat drifted near the surf break at a little after 6 p.m. Saturday. Winds were 20 knots.  Lifeguards responded to the boat’s distress call. Two rescue swimmers helped bring the ship safely near shore, and then the […]

 Mark McDermott

New leadership, new challenges, addressed at new State of the City in Manhattan Beach

New leadership, new challenges,  addressed at new State of the City in Manhattan Beach

  by Mark McDermott If one thing unified the many elements of the annual State of the City gathering Wednesday morning at the Joslyn Community Center, it was a sense of new beginnings.   Among the speakers were newly appointed City Manager Bruce Moe, who just had his interim tag removed by City Council in […]

 Tony Cordi

Sackley’s Sepulveda Blvd. and the fun of the deal  

Sackley’s Sepulveda Blvd.  and the fun of the deal  

At this writing, there are only six commercial properties being marketed online for sale in the beach cities. A market rarely gets much tighter than this. Clearly, the vast majority of property owners are holding on to their properties for the long haul.  

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach Bite at the Beach raises the bar with craft beer

Manhattan Beach Bite at the Beach raises the bar with craft beer

The Manhattan Chamber breathed new life into the concept three years ago by emphasizing craft beers rather than wine. It helped that the South Bay is home to a dozen of the country’s best craft beer breweries.  

 Ryan McDonald

Lawsuit threat from Manhattan Beach looms over Vista del Mar lane closures

Lawsuit threat from Manhattan Beach looms over Vista del Mar lane closures

by Ryan McDonald Amid mounting regional concern over impact on commute times for South Bay residents, Manhattan Beach has authorized a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles over road reconfigurations in that city. By a unanimous vote, the City Council last week directed City Attorney Quinn Barrow to initiate litigation should ongoing attempts at […]

 Ryan McDonald

Flight Paths: Manhattan Beach native Daniel Riley jets back to the ‘70s in a debut novel of the South Bay, stewardesses and skyjackings

Flight Paths: Manhattan Beach native Daniel Riley jets back to the ‘70s in a debut novel of the South Bay, stewardesses and skyjackings

by Ryan McDonald About three-quarters of the way through “Fly Me,” the excellent, just-released first novel from Manhattan Beach native Daniel Riley, Suzy Whitman makes the drive from the South Bay to Pasadena. It is New Year’s Day, so she is headed to the Rose Bowl to watch USC. And it is 1973, so Suzy […]

 Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach trash man can sue, Ninth Circuit says

Manhattan Beach trash man can sue, Ninth Circuit says

by Ryan McDonald   A beloved former Manhattan Beach sanitation worker will get his day in court after a federal appeals panel ruled last week that he could proceed with an age discrimination lawsuit against a waste disposal company. In a ruling last Friday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously held that Gilberto Santillan […]

 Ryan McDonald

Jimmy Miller Foundation, LA Kings host vets for day of surfing in Manhattan Beach

by Ryan McDonald Rough waters and overhead surf didn’t stop a group of military veterans from throwing themselves into the waves of El Porto this week, thanks to the Jimmy Miller Foundation and an assist from the Los Angeles Kings. The foundation hosted veterans from the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital Groups Monday for a […]

 Ryan McDonald

Anatomy of an election: ousting incumbents in Manhattan Beach

Anatomy of an election: ousting incumbents in Manhattan Beach

by Ryan McDonald The Manhattan Beach City Council elections on March 7 produced a kind of political black swan: the unseating of not one but two incumbents. With three seats available, council members Mark Burton and Tony D’Errico came in fourth and fifth, respectively, in the eight-candidate field. But Burton and D’Errico stand out for […]