Kevin Cody

Pandemic, budget cuts a one, two punch to Beach City schools struggling to reopen

Pandemic, budget cuts a one, two punch to Beach City schools struggling to reopen

Staggered schedules? Masks in class? South Bay school districts prepare to reopen in the fall

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach pier will reopen Monday

Manhattan Beach pier will reopen Monday

by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach pier, which has been closed since late March due to Covid-19 social distancing concerns will reopen Monday. Mayor Richard Montgomery made the request earlier this week, and LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn helped advocate for the reopening of the city’s landmark. The city will be required to power wash […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach Council debates reopening pier without LA County approval

Manhattan Beach Council debates reopening pier without LA County approval

by Mark McDermott  “So what is the deal with the pier?” Councilperson Steve Napolitano asked at Tuesday night’s council meeting, at which he led an unsuccessful charge to reopen Manhattan Beach’s signature landmark, regardless of whether doing so was approved by state or county agencies.  “We hear that it’s the state, but who cares?” Napolitano […]

 Jefferson Graham

Manhattan Village reopens, but with only 8 stores

Manhattan Village reopens, but with only 8 stores

The Manhattan Village shopping mall, which had been closed since March 19 because of the coronavirus, reopened Monday, but with only eight stores out of 27 open for business. 

 Judy Rae

Toyota’s Camry Hybrid XLE belongs on the top of your list 

Toyota’s Camry Hybrid XLE belongs on the top of your list 

Beach Wheels By Jeff Mitchell It’s comforting to know that in an era where compromises in materials and manufacturing often lead to disappointed consumers, someone out there still wants to get it right. One such company is Toyota with its 2020 Camry Hybrid XLE. I recently spent a week with this rolling gem and can […]

 Judy Rae

Acura’s MDX A-Spec is a study in SUV luxury and performance

Acura’s MDX A-Spec is a study in SUV luxury and performance

Beach Wheels By Jeff Mitchell As longtime readers know, I place a high premium on those automobile manufacturers who really focus on build-quality and the overall fit and finish of their products. After all, it’s small details that count. Acura, the upscale luxury division of Honda, is such a manufacturer. Recently, I spent a week […]

 Brad Jacobson

Manhattan Beach Mayor Answers Your Questions

Manhattan Beach Mayor Answers Your Questions

by Brad Jacobson from the Mad Video Lab: Manhattan Beach Mayor Richard Montgomery joined me in the Mad Video Lab (filmed May 31,2020) to discuss your questions about everything going on in Manhattan Beach. I asked the Mad Video Lab followers on our Facebook and Instagram accounts @madvideolab to submit questions for me to ask […]

 Kevin Cody

No riot going on: Black Lives Matter comes to Manhattan Beach

No riot going on: Black Lives Matter comes to Manhattan Beach

Twenty minutes before noon on Tuesday, protesters began streaming down Manhattan Beach Boulevard. They mostly walked single file, or in small groups, and were mostly young; some were African-American, some Latino, a few white, a few older. They were uniformly disciplined. Some greeted the police officers who had cordoned off the street. Mayor Richard Montgomery watched from the parking lot overlooking the pier. 

 Kevin Cody

Protest portfolio: Black Lives Matter march from Manhattan Beach pier to Hermosa Beach pier

Protest portfolio: Black Lives Matter march from Manhattan Beach pier to Hermosa Beach pier

Former Mira Costa High students Malachi McMahon, Dalia Feliciano, and Jemal Williams organized a Black Lives Matter protest that drew over 1,000 people to the Manhattan Beach Pier Tuesday afternoon.

 Jefferson Graham

Manhattan Beach retailers board up windows as precaution against rioters

Manhattan Beach retailers board up windows as precaution against rioters

Half a dozen Manhattan Beach stores boarded up their windows over the weekend as a precaution against smash and grab rioters. Among the stores that proactively boarded up their windows and closed their doors were Skechers, Manhattan Grocery, Ercoles bar, Tabula Rasa Essentials and Bo Bridges Gallery.

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach Police Chief Derrick Abel emphasizes de escalation in George Floyd aftermath

Manhattan Beach Police Chief Derrick Abel emphasizes de escalation in George Floyd aftermath

We teach our officers and other police staff to demonstrate professionalism at all times and de-escalate situations,” Manhattan Police Chief Derrick says in George Floyd aftermath,

 Kevin Cody

COVID-19 can’t stop Manhattan Beach Scouts from observing National Moment of Remembrance.

COVID-19 can’t stop Manhattan Beach Scouts from observing National Moment of Remembrance.

Despite the pandemic, which prevented the nation’s Scouts from visiting veterans’ gravesites on Memorial Day, Meadows School Cub Scout Pack 275 observed the Scout Day National Moment of Remembrance.

 Kevin Cody

Virus spread slows, County to ask Newsom’s permission to reopen restaurants

Virus spread slows, County to ask Newsom’s permission to reopen restaurants

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis said the county will request permission from the governor to reopen restaurants and hair salons.

 Kevin Cody

Lundquist Institute HIV/AIDS researcher refocuses on COVID-19, in search of treatment

Lundquist Institute HIV/AIDS researcher refocuses on COVID-19, in search of treatment

Lundquist Institute’s Dr. Eric Daar studied HIV/Aids for nearly three decades. Now, at the request of the National Institute of Health, he is conducting clinical trials in search of a treatment for COVID-19

 Kevin Cody

Governor Newsom approves retail reopening, statewide. Manhattan Beach, Supervisor Hahn had urged action

Governor Newsom approves retail reopening, statewide. Manhattan Beach, Supervisor Hahn had urged action

“Just heard back from @CAgovernor @GavinNewsom. All retail stores, statewide, will now be able to reopen for in-store shopping.” Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn Tweet Monday afternoon.