Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Targeted  At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, officers responded to Target at 1200 N. Sepulveda Blvd in regard to a cell phone 911 hang-up call.  When the officers arrived on scene, they contacted the store manager who said a transient threatened him and stole his walkie talkie radio from his person. Officers located […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach About Town

. Firefighters, city reach agreement The City of Manhattan Beach and the Manhattan Beach Firefighters Association came to a new contract agreement which was approved by City Council Tuesday night. The firefighters had been working without a contract since Dec. 31, 2018. The contract is “status quo” in that it does not include any salary or […]

 Brad Jacobson

Surfers in the South Bay rejoice over a pumping long January swell

Surfers in the South Bay rejoice over a pumping long January swell

The surf swell that hit the South Bay in late January brought an almost week long run of waves. This is the story of that swell in this episode of Swell Stories produced by Civic Couch. This swell had a combination of waves from bombing beach break closeout barrels to long shouldered waves perfect for […]

 Paul Teetor

Seniors score on senior night

by Paul Teetor The Mira Costa boys basketball team put a stranglehold on the race for the Bay League title Tuesday night when it beat Palos Verdes 57-49 in yet another defensive slugfest in a season full of down-and-dirty battles. The Mustangs now have a 7-0 league record thanks to senior shooting star Tyler “Ant […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach Police Beat

Stabbing suspect turns himself in The man accused of stabbing a friend multiple times with a knife in a Manhattan Beach hotel room on January 17 turned himself in to police last week.  Lee Simpson, 31, called MBPD Detective Sgt. Steve Kitsios last Friday. Police had been conducting a manhunt during the previous week. Kitsios […]

 Teri Marin

Mira Costa Girls Water Polo

   

 Mark McDermott

MBUSD considers laying off 30 employees

MBUSD considers laying off 30 employees

by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is facing a structural budget deficit that district leaders have determined will require at least $3 million in cuts in the next year and as much as $6.1 million in reductions over the next two years. Among the budget reductions on the table are the layoffs […]

 Jeff Mitchell

Lexus’ LS 500 F Sport delivers cutting edge performance and luxury

Lexus’ LS 500 F Sport delivers cutting edge performance and luxury

By Jeff Mitchell It’s fair to say that for more than 30 years Lexus has carefully shepherded the development of its flagship sedan, the LS, in what I would call a deliberate and evolutionary manner. Way back in 1989, the company’s inaugural LS was an expression of some of the company’s best design and engineering […]

 Mark McDermott

Laker trainer Vitti recalls on court and off court Kobe

Laker trainer Vitti recalls on court and off court Kobe

by Paul Teetor No one knew Laker legend Kobe Bryant’s body and soul, his heart and mind, his methods and motivations better than 35-year Manhattan Beach resident Gary Vitti. Vitti served as the Los Angeles Lakers head athletic trainer for 32 years, including all 20 years of Kobe’s professional career. “I’m probably the only person […]

 Mark McDermott

A brief encounter with Kobe, remembered

A brief encounter with Kobe, remembered

by Mark McDermott  I unexpectedly met Kobe Bryant in 2006 while reporting on a story about Luke Walton. Walton was then in his third year as a Laker and had lived in Manhattan Beach since he was a rookie.  I planned on doing interviews with other players about Walton in the locker room after the […]

 Easy Reader Staff

On Manhattan Government 1-23-2020

Home grown promotions by Mark Burton In any organization that has a great culture of dedicated service, promoting from within the organization is preferred. Promoting from within preserves, protects and enhances the culture. That’s why the promotion of Bruce Moe from Manhattan Beach finance director to city manager was a great decision by the prior […]

 Paul Teetor

Mustangs bring down Sea Hawks for league lead

Mustangs bring down Sea Hawks for league lead

Costa defeats rival Sea Hawks for first time since 2012  by Paul Teetor The Mira Costa boys basketball team seized control of the race for the Bay League title Tuesday night when it beat seven-time defending Bay League champion Redondo in a 52-48, back-and-forth thriller. The win puts the Mustangs in the driver’s seat with […]

 Special Contributor

Homeless Plan will receive a boost

by Kimberly Dester Amid rising concern about California’s burgeoning homeless population, Manhattan Beach officials Tuesday offered a review of local plans being made to address the crisis. Councilmembers at their regular meeting received updates on efforts being made to address the homelessness issue in Manhattan and the surrounding beach cities. Senior Management Analyst George Gabriel […]

 Mark McDermott

Police search for stabbing suspect

Police search for stabbing suspect

by Mark McDermott  A man was stabbed with a knife in an altercation at Crimson Hotel in the early morning hours Friday.  Manhattan Beach Police Department officers responded a report of a stabbing at the hotel, located on the 800 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, at 2:46 a.m. Jan. 17. Officers found a man in his […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach Police Beach

Ring app Manhattan Beach Police Department announced a new partnership with the home security system Ring by joining the Neighbors app network. Residents can download the free Neighbors app to monitor neighborhood activity, receive real-time safety alerts from their neighbors, MBPD and the Ring team. According to MBPD, police will not have the ability to […]