Kevin Cody

Beach Cities COVID cases take a turn, for the worse

Beach Cities COVID cases take a turn, for the worse

The Beach Cities continue to see an upward trend in its COVID-19 curve, though not as steep as the surge being experienced by Los Angeles County as a whole. 

 Jen Ezpeleta

‘We are not being heard’

‘We are not being heard’

A message from an infectious disease doctor who has worked in an ICU throughout COVID

  by Dr. Anita Sircar MD, MPH   Editor’s note: Dr. Sircar is an infectious disease specialist who spent the last two decades working internationally, including work with the Center for Disease Control fighting Ebola in Africa. She returned to the South Bay to be with family just before the pandemic arrived. She works at three […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Trapped in paradise

Trapped in paradise

Pages hosts authors Stan Parish and Daniel Riley for stories about places we can only imagine (for now)

    by Ryan McDonald In the penultimate chapter of Sherwood Anderson’s “Winesburg, Ohio,” the newspaper reporter George Willard is preparing to leave the village where he grew up for the big city. He spends the day walking through the county fair, alone amid the crowd and increasingly conscious of the stakes of getting older. […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

After contentious debate, Hadley becomes mayor of Manhattan Beach

After contentious debate, Hadley becomes mayor of Manhattan Beach

by Mark McDermott  The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to name Suzanne Hadley mayor of Manhattan Beach.  The vote followed two weeks of intense citywide debate and included voluminous public input for and against Hadley’s ascension to mayor, a position that for the last 42 years has rotated automatically every nine months.  Things were […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

ELECTION 2020: Franklin officially declared winner of third council seat

ELECTION 2020: Franklin officially declared  winner of third council seat

  by Mark McDermott  Nearly a month after polls closed, Joe Franklin finally won election to the Manhattan Beach City Council, winning the third open seat to join reelected incumbents Steve Napolitano and Richard Montgomery.  The lengthy process, which resulted from the unusually large numbers of mail-in votes, created a topsy-turvy end to the council […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach to allow outdoor patio dining for diners with to-go orders

Manhattan Beach to allow outdoor patio dining for diners with to-go orders

Diners with take-out orders from downtown Manhattan Beach restaurants will be allowed to sit at the restaurants’ outside tables, under a plan approved by the City Council.

 Ryan McDonald

Trapped in paradise: Manhattan Beach’s Pages hosts authors Stan Parish and Daniel Riley for stories about places we can only imagine (for now)

Trapped in paradise: Manhattan Beach’s Pages hosts authors Stan Parish and Daniel Riley for stories about places we can only imagine (for now)

by Ryan McDonald In the penultimate chapter of Sherwood Anderson’s “Winesburg, Ohio,” the newspaper reporter George Willard is preparing to leave the village where he grew up for the big city. He spends the day walking through the county fair, alone amid the crowd and increasingly conscious of the stakes of getting older. He has […]

 Mark McDermott

The Great Hadley Debate: The politics of the pandemic cause a rift in Manhattan Beach 

The Great Hadley Debate: The politics of the pandemic cause a rift in Manhattan Beach 

by Mark McDermott  At the very end of a five hour Manhattan Beach City Council meeting on November 17, Councilperson Hildy Stern made a seemingly innocuous motion to add language to the heading on an agenda item for the December 1 meeting. The item was about the council’s reorganization of its mayor and mayor pro […]

 Kevin Cody

C’mon: Peninsula magazine readers argue Biden story unfit for print

C’mon: Peninsula magazine readers argue Biden story unfit for print

Peninsula magazine was delivered to 23,000 Palos Verdes Peninsula homes on last Friday. Phone calls, emails and social media posts protesting the cover story began mid-day Friday and continued through the weekend. The offending cover story was about President-elect Joe Biden.

 Kevin Cody

All Ball Sports: Lakers score while Clippers snore

All Ball Sports: Lakers score while Clippers snore

The NBA Champion Lakers got better. The NBA Champion Chokers – aka the Clippers — got worse.

 Kevin Cody

LA County serves a big ‘turkey’ to restaurants. Shuts down patio serving beginning Thanksgiving Day

LA County serves a big ‘turkey’ to restaurants. Shuts down patio serving beginning Thanksgiving Day

South Bay restaurants will be banned from serving on their outdoor patios, beginning Thanksgiving Day, for the first time since outdoor service was allowed in May, further crippling one of the industries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants have been prohibited from serving indoors since Saint Patrick’s Day.

 Jen Ezpeleta

EDUCATION: Teachers seek to delay MBUSD TK-2 program until after holidays

by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach Unified School District has received LA County authorization to begin part-time, in-person instruction again for students in transitional kindergarten through second grade. But the district’s teachers union, concerned by a countywide spike in cases and the impact family gatherings over the holidays are likely to have in producing more […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

CLIMATE CHANGE: Manhattan Beach will switch to all renewable energy

CLIMATE CHANGE: Manhattan Beach will switch to all renewable energy

  by Mark McDermott  The Manhattan Beach City Council Tuesday night moved to opt into the Clean Power Alliance (CPA) upper tier, which will provide 100 percent renewable energy for all commercial and residential users in Manhattan Beach.  The decision, which will increase local electric bills by an estimated 7 to 9 percent while reducing […]

 Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach parents rally for school reopening

Manhattan Beach parents rally for school reopening

A newly elected school board member, a newly elected Beach Cities Health District board member, two Manhattan Beach Education Foundation board members, a Mira Costa High coach, and two first-year Mira Costa students were among speakers who addressed an estimated 300 parents and their children at a rally Wednesday evening for the “safe opening of schools and sports activities.” 

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach schools Local allowed to reopen TK-2, but teachers are concerned about flouting of Public Health guidelines

Manhattan Beach schools Local allowed to reopen TK-2, but teachers are concerned about flouting of Public Health guidelines

by Mark McDermott  Parents desperate to have their young children back in classrooms scored an unexpected victory last week when the Manhattan Beach Unified School District’s waiver request was granted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  The County announced on November 5 that all five MBUSD elementary schools were among the 74 […]