Mark McDermott

LA County says Manhattan Beach is violating outdoor dining ban 

LA County says Manhattan Beach is violating outdoor dining ban 

  by Mark McDermott  The City of Manhattan Beach’s attempt to help local restaurants by repurposing outdoor dining decks into city-controlled, public seating has come under direct fire from Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis.  Davis sent a letter to City Manager Bruce Moe that said the city’s repurposing of the dining decks “violates […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Roundhouse Aquarium supporters ‘Light up the Beach’

Roundhouse Aquarium supporters ‘Light up the Beach’

The Roundhouse Aquarium on the Manhattan Beach pier celebrated one of the few holiday traditions allowed during the current pandemic, with a “Light up the Beach” contest. Home and business owners were invited to submit photos of their holiday lights. The public was invited to vote on the best entries. Participants were also encouraged to […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Tilling the pier: Half a century of Manhattan Beach Pier photos by John Post

Tilling the pier: Half a century of Manhattan Beach Pier photos by John Post

John Post has been photographing the Manhattan Beach pier for half a century. A collection of his pier photos has been recently published

by Kevin Cody Shortly after returning to Manhattan Beach from Vietnam, in 1969, 21-year-old John Post photographed a mirror reflection of the Manhattan Beach pier from his small, 9th Street apartment, half a block up from the beach. He took the photo with a Pentax, the poor man’s Nikon.  Though Post was studying photography on […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

COVID-19: City launches emergency loan program for small businesses

by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved an emergency loan program to help small businesses struggling to stay afloat through the pandemic.  The program will allocate $250,000, drawn from the city’s general fund reserves, which will be disbursed in $10,000 loans to businesses that  employ 50 people or fewer. Highest […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

The Book of Henry

The Book of Henry

A legend of Manhattan Beach City Hall retires after 48 years

by Mark McDermott  March 1973 was a time of disarray. The Watergate scandal was engulfing the Nixon Administration and the last American troops were about to leave Vietnam. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon had just been released, speaking to the sense of desolation taking hold of society. Meanwhile, the Russian lunar rover Lunokhod […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Council loves Classic concept, but balks at cost

Council loves Classic concept, but balks at cost

by Kevin Cody A request for $350,000 to help fund a lifesize sculpture of three paddleboarders at the Manhattan Beach pier received a guarded reception from the city council during Tuesday evening’s meeting. The money would come from the Public Art Trust, which is funded by a city fee on new construction. The request was […]

 Donald Morrison

Fox News: Foxes run free on beach, rest in warm sand before disappearing

Fox News: Foxes run free on beach, rest in warm sand before disappearing

Foxes rest in the sand at 8th Street in Manhattan Beach, after running along the water’s edge in Hermosa Beach. Top photo by Frank Saverino. Bottom screen image by Rachel Whitaker. by Donald Morrison A pair of foxes was spotted sun-bathing and along the water’s edge in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach on Tuesday morning.  […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Jimmy Surf Fiesta finds a cure for the COVID-19 beach blues

Jimmy Surf Fiesta finds a cure for the COVID-19 beach blues

    by Kevin Cody Over the past 18 years, the Jimmy Miller Surf Fiesta has been a fun, family day of groveling for whatever waves 45th Street in Manhattan Beach delivered on the first weekend of November. Over 200 surfers regularly compete. But this year, because of the pandemic, beach gatherings were banned. Undeterred, […]

 Kevin Cody

Fran Freeman played the washboard for the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders

Fran Freeman played the washboard for the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders

Fran gives the washboard dignity – but not too much.,” Hyperion Outfall Serenaders bandleader Bob White said of Fran Freeman in a 2002 interview.

 Jen Ezpeleta

MBUSD welcomes youngest students back to campus

by Mark McDermott  Tuesday was the first day of school at Pennekamp Elementary, and Principal Karina Gerger noticed something was very different than years past. It wasn’t the fact that all the kids wore masks, though of course that was different. It wasn’t even the plexiglass-equipped desks and the handwashing stations in every classroom, though […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

COVID-19: City finds loophole in County ban on outdoor dining

COVID-19: City finds loophole in County ban on outdoor dining

  by Mark McDermott Manhattan Beach last Thursday answered the pleas of downtown restaurant owners and announced  they would be allowed to “repurpose” their outdoor dining areas to allow public seating for diners with take-out orders. Restaurant service at the dining area tables would not be allowed.  The action came in the face of a […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

COVID-19: MBMS is shut down due to COVID

COVID-19: MBMS is shut down due to COVID

by Mark McDermott  The five elementary schools of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District welcomed back their youngest students this week. But the Manhattan Beach Middle School’s program for high needs students was shut down due to three COVID-19 cases.  On Sunday, MBUSD sent out a letter to parents with kids at MBMS informing them […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

LEGAL AFFAIRS: Former MBFD chief Daryn Drum fights to clear his name

LEGAL AFFAIRS: Former MBFD chief Daryn Drum fights to clear his name

by Mark McDermott  Former Manhattan Beach Fire Department Chief Daryn Drum is appealing the city’s termination of his contract over his alleged use of insensitive language shortly after Black Lives Matters protests erupted nationally early last summer. The first appeal hearing, scheduled for December 3, was postponed when attorneys representing the city declined an Easy […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Outfall Serenader Bob White: what makes Manhattan special

Outfall Serenader Bob White: what makes Manhattan special

  [Editor’s note: The City Council last month recognized 93-year-old Bob White, the founder of the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders, the official band of Manhattan Beach. Following are the remarks made on that occasion by Councilperson Steve Napolitano, a longtime friend of the White family.]   by Steve Napolitano  This year we are celebrating the 100th […]

 Mark McDermott

MBUSD hopes to begin TK-2 December 8, but teachers urge delay until after holidays

MBUSD hopes to begin TK-2 December 8,  but teachers urge delay until after holidays

by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach Unified School District intends to welcome some of its youngest students back to part-time, in-person learning on December 8. But many teachers, concerned that parents are not following COVID-19 public health protocols, may not return to classrooms until after the holidays.  Superintendent Mike Matthews in his weekly “Monday Message” […]