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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 […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach About Town

Budget Open House The City of Manhattan Beach is hosting a Budget Priorities Open House on Jan. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Community Center (1601 N. Valley Dr.). The event will provide an interactive look at the City’s financial resources, budget outlook for 2020-2021, and provide an overview for every department’s […]

 Kevin Cody

A Goldilocks economy, “not too hot, not too cold,” says economist Thornberg

A Goldilocks economy, “not too hot, not too cold,” says economist Thornberg

Beacon Economics founder Christopher Thornberg asks what’s not to like about the economy during his annual South Bay Economics Forecast last Friday at Terranea Resort.

 Ryan McDonald

Metro eyes analysis of Green Line extension

Metro eyes analysis of Green Line extension

by Ryan McDonald Southern California transit officials will consider a contract worth more than $30,000,000 to plan for an extension of the Green Line, a major expansion of rail transit into the South Bay. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority at its Thursday meeting will vote on whether to award a contract to STV Incorporated, a consulting […]

 David Mendez

Epilepsy Ride honors Cleland, benefits research efforts

Epilepsy Ride honors Cleland, benefits research efforts

by David Mendez David Keane was working down the street at his then-Pier Avenue office in Hermosa Beach when he got a call that his five-year-old son Christian was having a seizure. “At that point, I didn’t know what a seizure was, let alone epilepsy,” Keane said. He sprinted out of his office to his […]

 Kevin Cody

Teen bands fear ban from next summer Concerts in the Park

Teen bands fear ban from next summer Concerts in the Park

by Kevin Cody Last July, Good Vibe performed before an estimated 15,000 friends, neighbors and music fans at Polliwog Park. They were the opening act for Queen Nation, a copy band that skyrocketed in popularity following the release last year of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a movie about rock star Freddie Mercury and the original band Queen. […]

 Paul Teetor

Costa boys, girls prove selves against Palos Verdes

Costa boys, girls prove selves against Palos Verdes

by Paul Teetor It only took two games over four days for the Mira Costa boys basketball team to send an unspoken-but-unmistakable message to seven-time defending Bay League champion Redondo: you better take us seriously this year.  After suffering through too many years of Bay League non-contention while their backyard neighbor dominated the rivalry and […]

 Teri Marin

Range Rover Evoque is a crossover dream

Range Rover Evoque is a crossover dream

By Jeff Mitchell Every once in a great while a car manufacturer breaks loose from convention and puts a really different-looking (dare I say it?) rakishly handsome vehicle out there. The car companies, of course, are banking these rare designs will spark the imaginations of consumers who will want to drive and be seen in […]

 Ryan McDonald

South Bay’s Troop 713 keeps launching kids to Boy Scouts’ highest honor

South Bay’s Troop 713 keeps launching kids to Boy Scouts’ highest honor

The Eagles have landed by Ryan McDonald It was a summer of warm currents and tropical fish. Some years ago, an unknown quirk of meteorology raised the water temperature around Catalina Island, and brought exotic sealife to its shores. Unfamiliar hues darted among the orange (garibaldi) and the gray (porpoises, dolphins and, yes, sharks).  Manhattan […]

 Teri Marin

Big Lexus SUV is a luxurious and capable off-roader

Big Lexus SUV is a luxurious and capable off-roader

By Jeff Mitchell I recently spent a week test driving the Lexus LX570 sport utility vehicle and had a bit of an epiphany while doing so. I realized at some point that SUVs and SUV crossovers being sold in America these days aren’t what they used to be. It used to be that manufacturers only […]

 Special Contributor

On Manhattan Government 1-9-2020

City can beat county to sales tax increase by Mark Burton   As of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2018, Manhattan Beach’s net pension liabilities were over $74 million.  Yes, that means we are underfunded or, in plain English, in debt in the amount of $74 million. As noted in the City’s most recent Comprehensive […]