MB Weekly 09/29/2022

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE
MARK BURTON:

Q: In hindsight, do you regret supporting Measure A?
A: Yes, I do. I will always listen to the residents of our community. My big takeaway from the Measure A election is our residents want a School Board that they can trust to be fiscally prudent and a School Board that will keep teacher political agendas out of the classroom before they will consider approving a parcel tax.

Q: Do you think our crime situation is the worst in recent memory?
A: Yes, the crime situation is the worst it’s ever been in recent memory. Unfortunately, it is only going to get worse if we don’t hire more patrol officers. The presence of a police officer is the most effective deterrent to preventing crime. Simply put, more police equals less crime. To keep our community safe, we can’t afford to have a police force for yesterday’s crime when we need a force for today and tomorrow’s greatly increasing crime. We need more police for regular foot beat patrols in Downtown MB, North MB/El Porto and our MB Mall and more police for increased patrols in our neighborhoods.

Q: Do you have a plan to address the crime situation?
A: Yes. My plan for dealing with the significant increase in crime is to hire more patrol officers. A lot more. For years now, we have been getting by with a force of only 65 sworn officers or so. That’s why you don’t regularly see police officers in Downtown MB, North MB/El Porto, the MB Mall or in some of our neighborhoods. That’s one of the reasons why Pasha Jewelers was targeted for a armed robbery at gunpoint. These eleven perpetrators knew there wouldn’t be any police officers in Downtown MB on an early Friday evening. Incredible! Well, that needs to change, sooner than later. We need to begin ramping up in the next 3 to 5 years to a force of 80 total police officers, with more patrol officers, foot beat officers and the creation of a Special Problems Unit for enhanced and targeted patrol and enforcement. Specifically, we need 10 more permanent police officer positions and 5 overhire positions. I believe it is a smart investment to keep us safe.

Q: Who is responsible for addressing the crime situation?
A: City Council, of course. For years, we have had the same City Councilmembers circulating back, again and again, with the same tired and dated ideas. When I served as Mayor, it was the first time in years that we authorized the hiring of more police officers and we approved the innovative and highly successful Automated License Plate Reader Security Camera program that resulted in the arrest of over a hundred wanted felons. I am the Public Safety Candidate we need. As general counsel to the LAPD when Rick Caruso was President of the Police Commission and Bill Bratton was Chief of Police, LAPD drove down crime to historic lows, all the while implementing historic police reforms. I was the lead negotiator for the LAPD Consent Decree that brought those reforms to LAPD. As general counsel to the Airport Police, when James T. Butts was Deputy Director of Safety and Security, the LAX Police rose to become the #1 airport police department in the nation while reducing crime. As a former Prosecutor, I know the importance and value of prosecuting misdemeanors, the quality of life crimes, to maintain law and order in a community. We can, and should, have our own City Prosecutor. Now, not later.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: I have several favorite movies of all time with “Top Gun, Maverick” being the most recent. What a great start to this summer’s movie season. I saw it on opening day with two of my sons. And, I saw it a second time with my wife Dickie.

Q: What pronouns will you use if elected?
A: When elected, there will be no woke for me. Partisan politics has no place on the Manhattan Beach City Council, unless you want to be divisive. I think our residents have had enough of divisive partisan politics on Council.

www.burtonforcouncil.com


MB WEEKLY READER POLL:

73% DEFINE RECENT “SMASH AND GRAB”
AS A 9/11 MOMENT FOR MANHATTAN BEACH

A recent poll of MB Weekly readers (according to best practices standard of opinion polling) found that approximately 73% of all MB weekly readers would define the recent smashing grab burglary in the downtown Manhattan Beach area as a 9/11 moment for this city. “I’ve been living here for over 50 years and never seen anything close to as bad as I witnessed that Friday night. It was truly surreal!” said one prominent Manhattan Beach resident and downtown business owner. On Friday, June 26th, Pasha Jewelry in downtown Manhattan Beach was brazenly robbed by 12 men in a coordinated attack. Thus far no suspects have been named. “I continue to believe that the downtown area is significantly under-policed and remains very vulnerable,” said the business owner.


MB WEEKLY – LENS:

The Pink Patch Project is a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association and over 750 public safety agencies throughout the nation. This project is designed to increase public awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds for the fight against this disease.


MB WEEKLY – COMMENTARY:
By Christy Barnes

School Board Candidate

Over the past 7 years, MBUSD has lost over 1,000 students. Seven years ago, 92% of MB students attended MBUSD. Today, that number is less than 74%. 1,000 students represents $12 million in lost revenue per year. These are lost funds that could be going towards teachers’ salaries, school programs, and upgrading facilities. My plan is to: 1) Bring the 1,000 families back to MBUSD. 2) Protect the Taxpayers by fixing past fiscal mistakes and get our Budget in order with professionals. 3) Fix Long Overdue School Safety.

www.christy4schoolboard.com


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MB WEEKLY – COMMENTARY:
By Sarah Garcia

Dear God! Left-wing politics is about the last thing Manhattan Beach needs. With the rise of remote work and the shift to businesses in Texas, Arizona, Nevada, and other states, the ability of Manhattan Beach to keep much less lure residents and businesses requires a shift toward the pragmatic, not the utopian.

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MB WEEKLY – LENS:

The 2022 Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair all-volunteer Board of Directors (minus a few) in our new BLUE Fair Official uniforms.


MB WEEKLY:
The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Meta

“WOULD YOUR RATHER” INTERVIEW

Would you rather live with a barnyard of animals in your house or live in the barn with the animals?
–MY HOUSE. IT HAS AIR CONDITIONING.
Would you rather listen to one song for the rest of your life or never be allowed to listen to the same song twice?
–I WOULD LISTEN TO “WE WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN” BY THE WHO FOREVER.
Would you rather clean the same mess in the kitchen every day or not be allowed to clean up the mess at all?
–I AM A CLEAN FREAK.
Would you rather chew your toenails off or someone else’s fingernails?
–GROSS. NEITHER.
Would you rather have no one come to your wedding or your funeral?
–I DON’T PLAN ON MARRYING OR DYING EVER.

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MB WEEKLY – LENS:

Meet Marty, who has lived in Manhattan Beach for four years. Feel free to share your photographs with thousands of your neighbors in Manhattan Beach and surrounding South Bay communities.

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MB WEEKLY – COMMENTARY:
By Steve Revel

Pennekamp Elementary reported racist and “inappropriate” graffiti. The latest in a string of anti-Semitic and racist graffiti at Manhattan Beach schools. The ninth episode in 2022. Nine. More evidence that we don’t have enough police in current times.

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MB WEEKLY:
The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Ben Murphy

Bentley University Hockey Coach

Ben Murphy has returned to the Bentley University hockey coaching staff as Associate Head Coach, head coach Ryan Soderquist announced. The Manhattan Beach native, played professionally with the Macon Mayhem of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) from 2015-18. He scored a total of 120 points in 151 games throughout three seasons with the team.

www.bentleyfalcons.com


MB WEEKLY – LENS:

The swastikas and anti-Semitic words scrawled across Mira Costa High School last week were the subject of more than two hours of impassioned public testimony at the September 14 Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Education meeting.


MB WEEKLY:
The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Deborah Hofreiter, Ed.D.

Director of Education, Friendship Foundation

Do you enjoy being a leader?
–YES
Do you work well under pressure?
–YES
Do you usually meet deadlines?
–YES
Have you ever worked in a different industry?
–YES
Have you ever taken an unflattering employee ID picture?
–YES
Have you ever accidentally hit “reply all” on an email?
–YES
If there is a sheet cake up for grabs in the office kitchen, do you take a piece?
–NO
Do you like working from home?
–NO

www.friendshipfoundation.com


MB WEEKLY – LENS:

Mercado Manhattan Beach in the popular Manhattan Village.


MB WEEKLY:
The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Tracy Evan

Chef Owner Of Set The Table

How long have you been located in Manhattan Beach?
–I’VE BEEN IN MANHATTAN BEACH FOR ALMOST 3 YEARS.
How did you learn how to become a personal chef?
–COOKING HAS BEEN A HOBBY SINCE I WAS 11. MY FAMILY TAUGHT ME AS WELL AS A HIGH SCHOOL COOKING PROGRAM.
What is the most challenging thing about running your business?
–THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF RUNNING MY BUSINESS IS KEEPING UP WITH GROWTH. WE’RE EXPANDING SPACES AND STAFF RAPIDLY WHICH IS A BLESSING AND A CURSE DURING THESE TIMES.
What do you most love about living in Manhattan Beach?
–I LOVE MANHATTAN BEACH FOR THE CALM VIBE IT PROJECTS. THE WATER HAS A WAY OF DOING THAT TO US ALL.
What’s your favorite TV show of all time?
–I THINK MY FAVORITE TV SHOW OF ALL TIME WAS SEINFELD. THEY HAD SUCH A TALENTED CAST THAT I NEVER STOPPED LAUGHING.

www.setthetablela.com


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Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand, along with thousands of other residents of Manhattan Beach and surrounding South Bay communities.

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MB WEEKLY – LENS:

Meet Sam, MB Weekly dog of the week.


MB WEEKLY – CARTOON:

“Almost Sleeping Beauty in Manhattan Beach.”


MB WEEKLY – NOTE:

Please note that the story Meet The Super-Stars in last week’s issue identifying award-winning students in our high school first ran in MB News, run by Dave and Jeanne Fratello In publishing the student’s names, we were celebrating their outstanding academic achievement.


MB – BULLETIN BOARD:


1. ** Average firefighter pay over $300,000 per year seems extremely high. I know they work hard when out in the field, but in this small city, how much work do they actually do? How much downtime do they have? And the overtime has to be definitely dealt with. —- Janet Branfield, Manhattan Beach

2. ** Lots wanted. We specialize in selling buildable lots directly to developers and are currently looking for lots in the beach cities. The typical lot sale is all cash and as is, which means you don’t have to do any repairs. Call us today for free, no-obligation valuation. Discretion is assured. Mike Michalski & Sachi Fujita —- 310-729-4255

3. ** Become the #1 Authority in Your Niche. Reach more people than ever before by getting published in the Top publications, podcasts and more. —- www.PRPrime.net

4. ** If an animal does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing for the same reason, we call it intelligence. —- Lani A., Manhattan Beach

5. ** Amy “Woke” Howorth’s policies could turn Manhattan Beach into Santa Monica. —- Amelia A., Manhattan Beach

6. ** Recently, officers responded to a report of two subjects exiting a vehicle and walking in a residential neighborhood while holding a rifle. Responding officers found the two subjects with an AK-47 style rifle. After the subjects were detained, it was determined two juveniles were in possession of an air soft gun with the orange safety markings painted over. —- MBPD

7. ** Unless MB takes a stand against State overreach, developers will swarm with similar schemes. Endorsing Highrose means approving State legislation and future projects that bypass local laws. —- Dr. Carla P., Manhattan Beach

8. ** Us this MB Weekly free Bulletin Board. *Hire *Speak *Announce *Barter *Comment *Date *Exercise. It will b read by thousands of your neighbors in Manhattan Beach and surrounding South Bay communities. Send your 50-word message to: MBWeekly@TimeWire.net

9. ** A visitor at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art set Twitter aflame when he noted the resemblance between a sculpture of baby Jesus and Mark Zuckerberg. —- Laine K., Manhattan Beach

10. ** How to engineer a perfect sandcastle.
https://theconversation.com/sandcastle-engineering-a-geotechnical-engineer-explains-how-water-air-and-sand-create-solid-structures-188208

11. ** What does it mean when MB police and neighbors think/say, “You look like you don’t belong here”? —- Al C., Manhattan Beach

12. ** When your house is on fire, and you and your family are trapped inside, there is no limit to what you would pay to these brave men and women who will run into that burning building, risking their own lives even though you are strangers to them, to save your ass. Pay them. Find the money elsewhere in the budget, and don’t tell me there isn’t waste in the Manhattan Beach City budget. Police, firefighters, and teachers … you just pay them! —- Roz Hewsenian, Manhattan Beach, 29-year resident

13. ** Over and over and over again, I hear complaints from the downtown store owners that there is no police presence on nights and weekends in the downtown Manhattan Beach area. Why? —- Dr. Rodney M., Manhattan Beach

14. ** I just received some voting information in the mail … just moved to Manhattan Beach, and I’m told that I can request my ballot in 18 other languages beyond English … something wrong (very wrong) with this picture. —- Sarah G., Manhattan Beach

15. ** Why does the MBPD allow a homeless guy named Chandler to torture people regularly in the downtown area with no consequence? —- Hollace P., Manhattan Beach

16. ** I have seen firsthand how the College Cartel is BRAINWASHING an entire generation to hate our country and our freedom. —- Professor Vincent I., PhD

17. ** Even two months later, just thinking about my city’s brazen, horrific smash and grab gives me a King Kong headache! —- Devin T., Manhattan Beach

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MB Weekly 09/22/2022

MB WEEKLY:

KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

“Once A Week, But Never Weakly”

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MB WEEKLY – LENS:

Two new police officers in Manhattan Beach. Feel free to share your photographs with thousands of your Manhattan Beach and surrounding community neighbors.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH
MB CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE
STEWART FOURNIER:

Q: Was there one incident that made you decide that this was the right time to run?
A: I do not feel the educated, compassionate, inclusive, and friendly people of Manhattan Beach are being represented in a fashion that promotes the true social values we all have been a part of for as long as I have lived in the City. There are numerous instances that have contradicted these values and I will not highlight just one thereby making it paramount.

Q: Do you think of yourself as a “proud progressive”?
A: Partisan politics is dividing us like never before. I don’t know if I even believe in a two-party system anymore.

Q: Are you in favor of defunding or re-imagining the police?
A: My perspective may be a bit biased since I have spent hundreds of hours volunteering with the Police Department patrolling our city. I do not believe in defunding the Police. With that said, let me offer that Police culture has changed over the years and I think it will continue to change for the better. I feel that our Department is very responsive to our community.

Q: Do you think Manhattan Beach is a systemically racist city?
A: When Senator Steven Bradford asked when Manhattan Beach is “going to come out from underneath its rock” at the deed transfer ceremony wherein there was no formal representation from our City it was alarming. Senator Bradford championed the deed transfer bill in the California legislature with absolutely no opposition from any other party or individual representative in the State. Having our County Supervisor validate his statement by standing next to him in agreement at the ceremony was also striking. Yes, I was there as was Councilperson Hildy Stern. No other Councilperson, or candidates attended. Manhattan Beach is not a racist city! However, you have to ask yourself what have we done to combat or contribute to that image? Currently, our image as a racist city is in question. Just ask anyone outside of the City. Yes, I am very upset about it.

Q: What is your favorite movie of all time?
A: A movie starring Paul Newman called “Blaze” that I have a copy of but no longer have a VHS player to watch it.

Q: If elected, would you use pronouns?
A: No only because no matter how many times I ask it just doesn’t work for my speech pattern.

www.stewartfournier.com


Manhattan Village Adds Tenants:

Seven new tenants, including West Elm, Alo Yoga, and Saint & Second, will open at Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach. These tenants will open in 2022 and 2023, joining Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. This retail and dining expansion follows a $250 million JLL-managed redevelopment project.


MB WEEKLY – BUSINESS:

“As the founder of Vacation Property Partners, I encourage careful thought, analysis, and prudence before taking that big step to buy a vacation home,” states Ed Kushins, vacation property visionary and South Bay entrepreneur. “Here are some things you can consider to mitigate some of the possible mistakes noted in the Yahoo Finance article.” Making an Emotional Investment. Kushins continues, “I couldn’t agree more that vacation home buyers need to fully understand all the financial aspects related to buying their vacation home. That’s why we created a unique, easy-to-use ‘Vacation Home Expense’ Calculator” that’s free on our site.


MB WEEKLY – COMMENTARY:
By Darby Winston

“I am a single woman, 45 years old, living in Playa del Rey with my dog, who has loved visiting Manhattan Beach over the last 12 years. Five to 10 years ago, when I visited the downtown area of Manhattan Beach, I had vivid memories of seeing police everywhere. Some on horseback, some on bikes, talking to people, present, friendly, and most importantly, several, not one. In the last few years, since the beginning of COVID, I have seen a radical change with no police officers ever present downtown. I have probably been to the downtown area of Manhattan Beach 100 times in the last three years. I cannot count one police officer that I’ve seen. I’ve been quite surprised to read the new Police Chief’s ‘happy talk’ about how policing downtown has been increased because I’m yet to see one over many, many, many visits.”

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Beyond Meat South Bay COO Arrested, Accused Of Biting Man’s Nose:

The Chief Operating Officer of the El Segundo-based vegan meat company Beyond Meat was arrested on suspicion of battery stemming from accusations that he bit a man’s nose after a college football game in Arkansas on Saturday. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Douglas Ramsey, 53, was arrested on suspicion of making a terrorist threat and third-degree battery in connection with an incident that happened in a parking garage near Razorback Stadium in Arkansas. Witnesses reported to the police that Ramsey allegedly punched through the back windshield of another man’s Subaru and then punched and “bit the owner’s nose, ripping the flesh on the tip of the nose,” according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.


Meet The Super-Stars:

Twelve Mira Costa High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among just 16,000 academically talented seniors in the country who will compete for nearly $28 million in National Merit scholarships in the spring. Here are the students: Benjamin Blum, Andrew Cherry, Karyn Fu, Kyle Fukumoto, Tucker Gauss, Ethan Harrison, Alexander Holcomb, Heather Jensen, Cindy Lin, Dashiell Rumble, Kiran Shah and Jacob Tan.


MB WEEKLY:
The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Edgar

“YES OR NO” INTERVIEW

Do you feel as safe in Manhattan Beach as you did a year ago?
–OF COURSE NOT!
Have you ever pulled off an elaborate prank?
–NO
Can you wiggle your eyebrows?
–YES
Have you ever participated in a food-eating contest?
–NO
Do you smoke cigars?
–YES, OCCASIONALLY
Do you see police patrolling the downtown area?
–NO

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MB WEEKLY – BUSINESS:

The Skechers Design Center at 2901 Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach will be finished next summer, while the Executive Office Building at 3001 Pacific Coast Highway will be finished the following summer, in 2024.

https://about.skechers.com/constructionhq/


MB WEEKLY – LENS:

Manhattan Beach Realtor Mike Michalski.


URBAN PLATES:

Two char-grilled patties of pasture raised “never-ever” beef topped with hand sliced American cheese and onion, layered with vine-ripened tomato, pickles and housemade thousand island on a toasted potato bun. Served with fries.

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MB WEEKLY – LENS:

Manhattan Beach City Councilman Joe Franklin.


MB WEEKLY – SILLY CAT PORTRAITS:

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MB WEELY – R.I.P:
MARY “BARDY” RYAN

Bardy had a kind spirit, a trailblazing personality, and a fierce belief in family, friendship, the USA, and God. She started the 50-year International Food Festival at St. Ambrose Church (WeHo). She continued entertaining and volunteering at American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach, including devotion to Divine Mercy. Packy, Kate, Annie, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren honor her legacy.


MB WEEKLY – LENS:

Volleyball in Manhattan Beach.


MB WEEKLY – CARTOON:

“Michael, your father and I are worried you are awfully young to be singing the blues in Manhattan Beach during the summer.”


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MB – BULLETIN BOARD:


1. ** This past Fourth of July, the Hermosa Beach police set up a sting operation on the Hermosa Beach Strand. Their targets were riders of electric bicycles using pedal assist to exceed The Strand’s eight mile per hour speed limit. Slow down! —- Gabi C., Manhattan Beach

2. ** Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn’t make a corporation a terrorist. —- Clay T., Manhattan Beach

3. ** Last Friday, a mountain bike-riding 17-year-old was struck by a car on Clark Lane and rushed to Harbor General Hospital with numerous brain injuries. In the intensive care unit, he was intubated. A witness account provided to police states that the boy riding a 27-speed Specialized cycle through a stop sign at Harkness Lane at 10 a.m. on August 12. Be Careful! —- Yolanda F., Manhattan Beach

4. ** Dear Jennifer: Will you marry me? —- Clarke L., Manhattan Beach

5. ** It has to feel at least a little disappointing to be #11 on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. —- Michael M., Manhattan Beach

6. ** Why do Pancakes have absolutely no standard size. —- Tina M., Manhattan Beach

7. ** A lot of people risk their careers for a little extra sleep in the morning. —- Trevor G., Manhattan Beach

8. ** Starbucks now feels to me like a losing sport team. —- Anne H., Manhattan Beach

9. ** Did you know that MB Weekly is currently read by thousands of your neighbors in Manhattan Beach and surrounding South Bay communities?

10. ** If you don’t want Manhattan Beach to look like San Francisco, Santa Monica or Venice in the next few years, re-elect Suzanne Hadley. —- Garth B., Manhattan Beach

11. ** My pronouns are “Lemon” and “Spaceship” —- Bella M., Manhattan Beach

12. ** I am thrilled that CNN fired Brian Stelter who was at best vapid, and unbearably smug. —- Oliva H., Manhattan Beach

13. ** Remember, when you vote, inflation is a silent tax. —- Dennis P., Manhattan Beach

14. ** No police foot patrol! Friday, August 19th. One of the busiest weekends of the year in downtown Manhattan Beach. —- Dave M., Manhattan Beach

15. ** My 8-year-old granddaughter had set up a stand on her street corner to have an ‘art sale’ from her drawings and painted rocks. She made $50! The next day I was telling her mama about the latest on selling our little rental home, inspections on the plumbing, mold, roof, etc. This sweet 8-year-old leaned into her mama and whispered that she wanted to give grandma $5 to help with the house repairs. —- Sharon L., Manhattan Beach

16. ** Thank God, Hildy “Woke” Stern isn’t running for City Council again. Now we have to make sure Amy “Woke” Howorth doesn’t serve again! —- John A., Manhattan Beach

17. ** At approx. 6:20 p.m. on Thurs., August 18, 2022, I witnessed the theft of U.S. mail from a group bank of mailboxes at Pacific Garden Terrace Homeowners Association in west Redondo Beach (Aviation Blvd & Goodman Ave.) Approximately 14 homeowners’ mailboxes were affected. —- Mark Olsen, Hermosa Beach

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MB Weekly 09/15/2022

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
MANHATTAN BEACH
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE
AMY HOWORTH:

” … DA Gascon refused to prosecute misdemeanors and it sure feels like he isn’t doing his job, so I get why people wanted him gone sooner.”

Q: Do you politically categorize yourself as a proud progressive?
A: No, I don’t. People know that I am a Democrat (since I ran for the State Senate in 2014 and that is a partisan position). I don’t like extremes on either side. The progressive flank of the Democratic party would not claim me. For instance, I’m against retail cannabis. And when I was last on Council, I truly never looked at decisions as left or right; red or blue. It’s the best thing about local government; we actually get to make decisions that make life better for residents. A stop sign benefits both republicans and democrats …

Q: From your perspective, what is the most significant problem facing Manhattan Beach currently?
A: The heat! Just kidding. In addition to public safety, I am concerned about the loss of civility that I notice at Council meetings which is amplified on social media (of course). There has been a proliferation of anonymous email newsletters (not this one) and they often spread fear and disinformation. We need to come together and remember that we all have a story, we all want to feel safe, and at the end of the day, we have to depend on each other. No matter who we vote for.

Q: Has your mind changed in any way on the crime in Manhattan Beach since the brazen smash and grab in the downtown area recently?
A: I’ve always been concerned about public safety. That crime (armed robbery, actually) was truly terrifying. I’m sure it is especially concerning for Downtown Business owners and I’m glad to know that the police have increased foot patrols. I still feel safe walking, shopping, and eating downtown. Crime, especially property crime, happens all over Manhattan Beach, not just Downtown MB. … I encourage people to really watch out for each other in their homes and neighborhoods. Sign up to be a part of Neighborhood Watch.

Q: What was your biggest lesson from being mayor of Manhattan Beach?
A: Whether it was being a Mayor, Councilmember, or even a School Board Member, I realized you can’t get anything done by yourself. You need to build consensus with your colleagues to create pragmatic, commonsense solutions for the community.

Q: Were you opposed to the recall of controversial District Attorney George Gascon, and why?
A: In general, I’m not in favor of using the recall process to remove a politician; I prefer to wait for the next election. BUT, DA Gascon refused to prosecute misdemeanors and it sure feels like he isn’t doing his job, so I get why people wanted him gone sooner. I have a real problem with some of the laws that have been passed at the state level – like Prop 47 (which wasn’t from the legislature but was a proposition approved by residents) that reclassified certain theft and drug offenses.

Q: Are you in favor of enlarging the MB Police Department?
A: I met with our new police chief, and like Chief Abell before her, Chief Johnson says we are nearing full staffing levels and don’t need to add new positions. If she felt she needed more, I would support funding those positions. I’m not an expert in how to best deploy resources to ensure public safety, but I can tell you before anything else, we all want to feel safe in our homes, on the streets, and in our schools. I’ve always supported officers at the schools, for instance.

Q: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
A: I have so many! We are a big movie/film/tv house. I’d have to say Godfather I & II (I consider them one piece). “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in … ”

www.amyhoworthcitycouncil.com


MB WEEKLY – LENS:

The inside of Pasha Jewelry in Manhattan Beach, site of the brazen smash and grab robbery on Friday, June 26th, 2022. Still, no arrests have been made.


Manhattan Beach Won’t Trap Coyotes For Now:

Last Tuesday night, coyote supporters invaded Manhattan Beach. They urged the City Council not to catch or kill the creatures, whose presence is rising and who have killed at least two pet cats. Local coyotes are temporarily safe. The Council endorsed a non-lethal plan to remove food sources that have brought coyotes to Manhattan Beach.

Mayor Steve Napolitano broke a 2-2 tie among his council colleagues and voted against trapping the coyote pack, led by a “king and queen” from Redondo Beach.


MB WEEKLY – COMMENTARY:
By Phillip Cook

Manhattan Beach Financial Planner

“This morning at 5:30 a.m. I was on my way to the office. I pulled out of the garage and stopped at the corner of 1st Place and Manhattan Ave. I turned left onto Manhattan Ave. and then noticed a bag or box leaning against the east side of my neighbor’s house. Next to the bag/box was a guy sleeping. I couldn’t believe it, but sure enough, there was an ‘unhoused’ person making himself at home on the sidewalk. When I got to the office, I called the MBPD and heard the dispatcher say he would send a patrol car out. This is the 2nd time in 2-3 weeks that either my wife or I encountered an ‘unhoused’ person sleeping on the street. I wonder where they go to the bathroom. Oh, wait. I know. At my office building a few weeks ago, I found a pile of sh-t and toilet paper lying on the ground between the bushes and the building wall that faces Manhattan Beach Blvd. The police and the city council are aware of this danger, and the council members I’ve spoken with tell me there are policies in place to prevent the SM’ing of MB.”


MB WEEKLY – LENS:

Retired MBFD Battalion Captain Frank Chiella running for City Council.


CUT THE CRAP by Sara Garcia:

Let’s be honest, since the pandemic, restaurant service sucks! Establishments have now suckered customers into being their own cashiers and tipping for nothing. I have personally witnessed several people busing their tables in moderately expensive restaurants. The truth is 95% of the time, I never see an owner present, and the manager they have on duty usually looks like someone who last worked in a car wash drying cars and couldn’t keep that job. The other night my girlfriend and I went to Silverlake Raman, a new restaurant in the Manhattan Village. I’ve had much better service at McDonald’s, in bad neighborhoods, no less. Waiting 20-30 minutes or more for food entrees is standard, as is the obnoxious praise by many servers, “thank you for your patience,” as if the customer had a choice. Do you agree or disagree with Sara Garcia, Shout back: MBWeekly@TimeWire.net


MB WEEKLY – COMMENTARY:
By Rita Crabtree-Kampe

City Councilmember Candidate

“I found it interesting that trapping coyotes catches the low-lying fruit, so to speak and we would be left with the smartest of the pack in the area. Education of the community to keep pets and children supervised or inside, food inside and well packaged if it is in a garage, and ‘what to do if you see a coyote’ is essential. I do not know the benefits or down falls of other methods at this point to make further comments.”

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The Faces of Manhattan Beach
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MB WEEKLY – LENS:

Stormy Monday morning March 28. Just before sunrise. Photo by Nikki Ridley.


MB WEEKLY – COMMENTARY:
By Barb Woodward

“We visited Mira Costa high yesterday. I was appalled by all the new buildings. New sports fields, etc. The old parts of the school are in shambles. We walked to Paar, an abandoned building near the center of the campus that was so disrepair it was shameful. Windows covered with cobwebs, paint and plaster falling off and walkways of uneven concrete hobbled together with asphalt. It was embarrassing!! So where are the MBSD’s priorities. When our son went there in the ‘90s it was already showing its age. I’m disappointed that the old was not rejuvenated before the new was splashed up.”


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MB WEEKLY – IT WAS SAID:

“I do have concern for the loss of our pets here, and I do put the residents, and the pets over the coyotes,” Manhattan Beach Mayor Steve Napolitano said. “In this instance, I am willing to do six more months of the police management program to see how that goes … If we have a whole lot more killings out there, then I’ll be ready to trap.”


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

New COVID Variant Threatens Your Pets

by Mike Michalski

The start of the latest political campaign season in Manhattan Beach appears to have coincided with the emergence of a new COVID variant, COVID-HDS, which is short for “Coronavirus Disease – Hadley Derangement Syndrome.” Hadley Derangement Syndrome or HDS is usually evidenced by a far left or “woke” mentality that seeks to attack Council member Suzanne Hadley, who is up for re-election, by mischaracterizing and misrepresenting her sterling record of achievement on Council. Recently, on social media, a baseless attack purportedly emanated not from a resident herself but from her two pets, a dog and a cat.

Clearly, COVID-HDS has jumped species, which should be a warning to all pet owners, particularly since the HDS variant’s symptoms, unlike previous variants, are very subtle with the effects being more mental than physical. So if you find yourself wailing uncontrollably whenever you hear one of Ms. Hadley’s common-sense views or if you’re suddenly feeling just a little slower cognitively, have yourself tested for COVID-HDS. If the test comes back positive, immediately quarantine yourself and, above all else, socially distance yourself from your dog or cat and make sure they wear their pet surgical masks to slow the spread. Remember, we only have until November 8 to flatten the HDS curve. Sponsored by Partnership For An HDS-Free Manhattan Beach.


Celebrity personal chef Tracy Evans, owner of “Set The Table,” having dinner for the first time at Slay Italian Kitchen in Manhattan Beach.


MB WEEKLY – LENS:

MB City Councilmember Suzanne Hadley, who is running for re-election.


MB WEEKLY – PUBLIC NOTICE:

Manhattan Beach School Board candidates on the November 8 general election ballot have been invited to participate in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Beach Cities, and Easy Reader. The forum will be held Wednesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. at the Mira Costa High School Small Theater.


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MB WEEKLY – RESTAURANT REVIEW:
By Darcy Winston

Slay Italian Kitchen

Nestled in the heart of Manhattan Beach, Slay Italian Kitchen feels like a coastal Mediterranean escape here in the South Bay. With grand picture windows that welcome the beach breeze, the cheerful sound of clinking glasses, and the distinctive aroma of homemade pizza dough and tangy marinara sauce, this Italian gem is top notch. The elegant interior and friendly wait staff add charm and excitement to the rustic and seasonal menu that features classic dishes such as Lemon Tagliolini Vongole, Steamed Mussels, and Funghi & Roasted Fennel Pizza. With a farm-to-fork approach that adds authenticity to the dining experience, Chef David Slay includes fresh ingredients from his family’s farm, Slay Estate & Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills to create memorable dishes that your family will love. Now that’s what we call amore!

Food: A+  •  Service: A+  •  Value: A+

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MB WEEKLY – CARTOON:

“Get up, Leonard – it’s September!”


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MB WEEKLY – NOTE:

“Your last edition has a question that is misleading. Council directed staff to hire an expert to assess the coyote situation in MB and come back with a report. We explicitly did not authorize trapping coyotes.” —- Hildy Stern, Councilmember


MB – BULLETIN BOARD:


1. ** Let me see if I understand this correctly. China is teaching their children quantum physics and calculus while Americans are teaching their children gender pronouns and how to twerk from a drag queen. I don’t think this is gonna end well. Do you? —- Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fredrickson, Manhattan Beach

2. ** An ordinance allowing cannabis home delivery in Hermosa Beach was approved by the city council on Tuesday, August 9, by a vote of four to one. The argument put up by council members in favor of eliminating the delivery prohibition, which was enacted in 2017, was that doing so would decriminalize a service that is popular with locals and weaken support for the cannabis proposal that will be on the ballot on November 8th. —- Terri A., Manhattan Beach

3. ** I love my husband so much. When I stare him down, my heart starts jackrabbiting out of my chest. —- Ali R., Manhattan Beach

4. ** I was involved in a car accident close to Redondo on Manhattan Beach Blvd and Aviation; it happened July 21st at around 8:30 pm … a drunk driver in a black sedan hit my red Corvette and put me in the hospital with 4 fractured ribs … a broken left arm that I had surgery on … and many abrasions about my face and legs … I was lucky to live … but having a hard time getting the police report from the Manhattan Beach Police department … if you have any info please email me at mikewilsoncomic@aol.com —- Mike Wilson, Redondo Beach

5. ** Just saw a kid get hit on an e-bike on Inglewood Ave, and Artesia. Sad. —- Rose R., Redondo Beach

6. ** Often, the thought of getting fast food is far superior to actually getting it. —- Darlene M., Manhattan Beach

7. ** All tall buildings were built by taller cranes. —- Ashley F., age 8., Manhattan Beach

8. ** Your MB Weekly is a real reason to love your inbox again. Congratulations on a great job. —- Oliva C., Manhattan Beach

9. ** Hello neighbors. Today I had my bag, wallet and documents stolen around 4pm. The thief broke my car window while parked at LA Fitness (W 147th st – Hawthorne). —- Shay Andrdade, Torrrace

10. ** As a former two-term Manhattan Beach Mayor and City Councilmember, I urge all voters to research your local candidates’ qualifications, and also the extent of their volunteer community service. Don’t be persuaded by slick ads, mailers, signs and social media. —- Wayne Powell, Manhattan Beach

11. ** The Redondo Beach City Council Aug. 2 approved the use of certain military-grade equipment by the Redondo Beach Police Department. The list includes an armored vehicle, explosive breaching apparatuses, flashbangs, tear gas, 40 mm less-lethal projectile launchers (bean bags, rubber bullets) and a .50 caliber rifle. —- Ed C., Manhattan Beach

12. ** I was at an animal farm with my granddaughter and saw someone gazing at the pigs and declaring “I love bacon” (over and over). I reminded him it was proof that the pigs are the more intelligent beings. —- Sandra T., Manhattan Beach

13. ** Be vigilant. There is a guy wearing a Steelers shirt riding a mountain bike that was checking for unlocked cars. He’s carrying a backpack and has a black face mask on. This happened on Manhattan Beach Blvd and Crest Lane. Keep an eye out. —- Olga Felix, Gardinia

14. ** Disney is not the same company I remember as a child. Too bad. —- Gail S., Manhattan Beach

15. ** Ranked “one of the most influential business books for the last decade” —- www.BrokenWindowsBook.com

16. ** I can sympathize with people’s pains but not their pleasures, especially Manhattan Beach. There’s something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness – this close to the water. —- Alexi W., Manhattan Beach

17. ** Residents who have submitted Appeals to Highrose: Donald McPherson, Robert Schendel, George Bordokas, Mark Burton, Andrew Ryan. See all 5 Appeals to the project. Go to item #15. https://manhattanbeach.granicus.com/DocumentViewer.php?file=manhattanbeach_fd639465785141c6ada95b7663a19519.pdf&view=1&utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

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