Mark McDermott

Burton touts experience, resident advocacy

Burton touts experience, resident advocacy

by Mark McDermott Mark Burton has an analogy he likes to use when attempting to convey why Manhattan Beach voters should elect him to City Council. Let’s say you’ve got to fly to New York, Burton says, and you know that between here and there are several severe weather storm systems troubling the skies, as […]

 Mark McDermott

Franklin touts community ethos, business background   

Franklin touts community  ethos, business background   

by Mark McDermott Even if you don’t know Joe Franklin, you probably have seen him around. Maybe it was when he was the stop sign-shaped cartoon character “Stopper” standing by the roadside on behalf of a traffic safety campaign in the early 2000s. Or maybe you saw him during the Measure B school bond campaign, […]

 David Mendez

Sinkhole caves in median and stretches under road along Artesia Boulevard

Sinkhole caves in median and stretches under road along Artesia Boulevard

A sinkhole, at least eight feet deep and stretching north, more than 22 feet below the pavement, closed Artesia Boulevard in front of Mira Costa High School Thursday afternoon.

 Brad Jacobson

Naked Skateboarding Down Marine Street in Manhattan Beach

Naked Skateboarding Down Marine Street in Manhattan Beach

Comment below if you remember people skateboarding naked down Marine Street in Manhattan Beach during the summer solstice. All stories are welcome. Steve Napolitano shares his memories of people skateboarding naked down Marin Street in Manhattan Beach.

 Brad Jacobson

Off the Couch with Olympic Gold Medalist and USC Women’s Volleyball coach Eric Fonoimoana (video)

Off the Couch with Olympic Gold Medalist and USC Women’s Volleyball coach Eric Fonoimoana (video)

In this episode we catch up with Olympic gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana in Manhattan Beach to discuss his life as a professional volleyball athlete, the olympics and life after competing. The video is hosted by Brad Jacobson of Civic Couch.

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach About Town

Candidate debates Two more public forums are slated featuring the seven candidates in the March 5 election for two seats on the City Council. On Feb. 14, American Martyrs Church hosts the candidates beginning at 9 a.m. at O’Donnell Hall, 624 15th St. On Feb. 21, the candidates will meet at the Joslyn Center, 1401 […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Crimes on Curtis According to Manhattan Beach Police Department reports, unknown suspects entered a home under construction on the 1500 block of Curtis Avenue overnight Feb. 3-4 and stole building materials and other miscellaneous items. Two days later, sometime after 7 a.m. on the 1600 block of Curtis, a residential burglary occurred. According to MBPD […]

 Mark McDermott

Waste Management retained as trash hauler

by Mark McDermott The City Council Tuesday night unanimously voted to award a new seven-year trash hauling contract to Waste Management, the company which has provided the service in Manhattan Beach for over three decades. The contract, worth a total of $42 million, is the largest in the city’s history, eclipsing the $27 million contract […]

 Mark McDermott

Hotel height limits on Sepulveda may rise

by Mark McDermott The City Council Tuesday night tentatively agreed to raise height limits for hotels on Sepulveda Boulevard from 30 feet to 40 feet in hopes of attracting new hotel development. But the move was made with another hope, which was to receive more resident input on the matter, and thus came with a […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach About Town

Candidate debates Three public forums are slated featuring the seven candidates in the March 5 election for two seats on the City Council. On Feb. 12, the Manhattan Beach Residents Association hosts a forum starting at 7 p.m. at the Police/Fire conference room at 420 15th Street. On Feb. 14, American Martyrs Church hosts the […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Residential burglaries A rash of residential burglaries was reported during the last week of January, according to the Manhattan Beach Police Department. Overnight Jan. 24,  someone entered a home under construction on the 300 block of 17th Street and stole copper wire; that same night, wire was also taken from an unfinished home on the […]

 Brad Jacobson

Follow us to 1st Street in Manhattan Beach with Derek Levy (video)

Follow us to 1st Street in Manhattan Beach with Derek Levy (video)

In this episode host Brad Jacobson and guest Derek Levy grab a Toyota Tacoma and head through Hermosa Beach and share stories with Derek Levy, ending up at 1st Street in Manhattan Beach. Derek is an incredible surfer, chiropractor, property manager, band member, philanthropist, father and husband. We’re still amazed he had time to be […]

 Mark McDermott

Stroman hits the ground running as new CEO

Stroman hits the ground running as new CEO

by Mark McDermott No school exists for Chamber of Commerce Executives. Business school might be helpful, but it won’t teach you about navigating local politics, much less community building. Nor will political science prepare you to advocate for a few hundred businesses and their very specific and occasionally conflicting interests. A law degree wouldn’t prepare […]

 Kevin Cody

Sunset on Manhattan: artist Sweeney recalls family home

Sunset on Manhattan: artist Sweeney recalls family home

by Kevin Cody In 1945, artist Gary Sweeney’s mother Anita bought a house at 320 35th Street for $5,400 while her husband Mike was with the Navy in the South Pacific. After Gary’s father returned from World War II, he became an LAPD detective, owner of the long-standing Sweeney’s Hardware at Highland and Rosecrans Avenues, […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach About Town

Last call for Little League Manhattan Beach Little League, one of the community’s great local traditions, has issued a “last call” for kids who want to play baseball this season. Registration closes on Jan. 31 for kids age 4-7 to play tee-ball, coach pitch, and machine pitch baseball. These leagues are non-stress and put together […]

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