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About Town

The P.S. I Love You Foundation hosts its 10th Annual Day at the Beach, where 250 at-risk kids from inner cities are each paired with an adult

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Local woman raises $133,000 for cancer research

In March, Janice Bender played in her first flip-cup tournament at a local bar. Later that month, she served beer to 400 people at a local church. As if that’s not impressive enough, she also raised several thousand dollars in the process.

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Another purse almost snatched

For the third time this month, police last week responded to an attempted strong-arm robbery on downtown Manhattan streets. Manhattan Beach Police are still searching for the suspect(s) responsible for two downtown purse snatchings that occurred four days apart earlier this month. “The incidents don’t seem to be connected, but we don’t know,” said Manhattan […]

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Plant nursery returns to its roots

Jon Bell has spent nearly half his life working at a well-loved Manhattan Beach plant nursery. Last month, he bought the wilting business and is working to return it to its former glory.

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MBEF raises glasses and money

More than 1,400 people gathered at the Manhattan Beach Country Club Saturday to eat, drink, and merrily raise hundreds of thousand of dollars for Manhattan schools during the 16th Annual Manhattan Beach Education Foundation Wine Auction.

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Ankle monitor clears man of purse robbery

An electronic ankle monitor cleared a parolee of committing one of two strong-armed robberies in Manhattan Beach this month but landed him in jail anyway when he was found to be in violation of his parole.

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State Assembly Race: Ward hangs with the big dogs

The race for the 53rd District State Assembly seat ends for Mayor Mitch Ward as front-runner Betsy Butler comes out on top.

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Manhattan Beach USD Superintendent Bev Rohrer awarded one of city’s highest honors

After serving the South Bay education and volunteer communities for 56 years, MBUSD Supreintendent Bev Rohrer is awarded the Rose and Scroll Award weeks before her retirement.

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Two strong-armed purse-snatchings downtown in one week

Police arrested a parolee in connection with one of two strong-armed robberies in Manhattan Beach this past week, where women standing on downtown sidewalks were accosted by men in dark hooded sweatshirts, according to police. In one instance, the suspect claimed to be armed, authorities said. On Sunday, Manhattan Beach Police arrested Justin Tyson of […]

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Man uses fake I.D. to steal cash at Manhattan Beach bank

Police are searching for an unidentified man who allegedly stole thousands in cash from a local bank last month using false identification. On March 20, the suspect entered Chase Manhattan Bank at 700 S. Sepulveda Blvd. and presented a fake, out-of-state license with his photo and the name of a California resident, according to authorities. […]

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The Big Picture

Local photography legend John Post wins the first-ever GigaPan Award for his photo of the Manhattan Beach Pier. The Mars rover-based GigaPan may have an edge over traditional panoramic photography.

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About Town

“Carmen” performed by Mira Costa’s highly-acclaimed vocal ensemble; Father’s Day Volleyball Tournament; Twins place in top 3 of Grand View’s Gator Run; Local phtographer wins first-ever GigaPan Award for photo of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

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State Assembly race: Crowded field for Democrats in the 53rd District

The race for the 53rd District State Assembly seat is arguably the most competitive in the state, packed with eight candidates in the Democratic primary, more than $2.2 million poured into campaigning and a roughly half million dollar corporate-backed campaign against a front-runner.

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Real Estate Recovery coming, just not yet


“It’s been the best first quarter in three years for Los Angeles County,” she said.

Manhattan Beach median home sale prices in April were up 23 percent over April 2009. April’s sales transactions were up 39 percent over April 2009.

The problem is that the real estate market is digging out from a very deep hole, or what the economist characterized as a “violent cycle.”

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MBPD arrest Hermosa movie investment scammer

Police arrested a Hermosa man earlier this month for conning a Manhattan Beach resident into investing thousands in a bogus movie distribution deal. On May 5, the Manhattan Beach Police Department arrested Jose “Tony” Perez, 45, for fraudulently soliciting a $20,000 investment that he told the victim would go toward the conversion of several independent films into […]