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MB Weekly 07/28/2022

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Larry Kosmont

Chairman & CEO of Kosmont Companies


How long have you lived in Manhattan Beach?
–15 years

What’s the most significant change you’ve seen in the city in the time you have been here?
–Significant turnover in the mix of residents. In Manhattan Beach, property value increases have promoted a “trade-up” residential marketplace, with significant personal wealth entering the marketplace for first and second homes.

As one of the world’s renowned city planning experts, what concerns the future of Manhattan Beach in the next 10 years?
–The State has declared housing as an urgency matter and is in an ongoing legislative march to wrench local control away when it comes to forcing the approval of applications for residential projects that deliver higher density with a percentage of those being affordable units. These statutorily mandated approvals are and will pose a challenge for Manhattan Beach and other dense beach communities as most of their residents will want to fight the loss of local control. This fight, in my view will be a very uphill and challenging battle either on a project-by-project basis, or on an overall preservation of local control level.

If Manhattan Beach residents want to wrest back local control on zoning, they will have to weigh in on and consider supporting a local control State proposition that will resurface in the November 2024 statewide general election. Even that effort, should it win, will not reverse the mandated density bonus provisions in multiple state laws which enable “as of right” type approvals of dense project applications, such as that for the proposed residential project on the Veranda property in north MB. And several of these statutes also come with accelerated CEQA review.

Bottom line, the state has already changed the landscape of local zoning control in its pursuit of resolving California’s housing shortage and lack of affordability. This is a big and technical discussion, but in a nutshell in California, say hello to density, and goodbye to local control.

Do you believe there has been enough police presence in the downtown area in your opinion?
–We are in a changing world of crime prevention. MB will need to implement expanded patrol presence in key areas of the city, particularly in downtown. Patrol coverage is already in place but, in my view, it’s not sufficiently visible.

What do you most love about living in Manhattan Beach?
–I affectionately call MB, “flip-flop nation” (as in the sandals … not political posturing). We have a delightful balance of casual and elegance, along with a committed sense of community. Hard to beat for a beautiful spot on the ocean with Mediterranean type climate. I love walking to town with my kids and hanging out at local eating spots, and of course, at Metlox.

Would you ever consider running for political office here in town?
–Yes, I would always consider it and will likely never do it. As you know I have been a city manager in multiple communities and our economic development and public finance firms serve over 100 public agencies. As such, there hardly isn’t a Monday or Tuesday night that I am not in closed session with a city council somewhere in the State. So, I get my fair share of local politics as a trusted advisor to city leaders and communities. It’s probably enough local involvement for a lifetime. That being said, as a resident, I always am interested in being an unpaid resource to Manhattan Beach staff and city council. That’s an open invitation.

Were you shocked by the brazen smash and grab robbery recently in the downtown area?
–It was terrifying to watch the video. It’s a wakeup call to MB. Shame on us if we don’t figure out how to step up on safety. That effort, which is essential and timely (as in “now”), is entirely up to us; there is no help coming for Manhattan Beach.

Mayor Responds To Firefighter In Public Meetings:

Manhattan Beach Mayor Steve Napolitano responded to the many Manhattan Beach firefighters who attended the most recent council meeting. The mayor said there are usually two sides to every story and that it was amusing to hear so much talk about a town hall or an ad hoc committee. The Association rejected the council’s request that these conversations take place in public. Napolitano made an effort to dispel any claims that the quality of service provided by MBFD has fallen in any way.

“We’re extremely concerned to see unfounded comments that our community safety is at risk,” he said. “That is simply not true. The council is responsible for governing the city and making decisions we believe are in the best interests of the City, taking into account the best facts available. Based on these facts, we have sought to make structural changes to the Fire Association’s employment agreement to accomplish the council’s goals of reducing excessive overtime, staffing more efficiently, increasing staffing levels, and providing management more decision-making autonomy while maintaining all firefighters/paramedics.”

Napolitano disagreed with the idea that job openings have been the main cause of excessive overtime. Since at least 2015, the employee wages have been higher than those of any other city fire department in the state, according to Napolitano. “In 2017, 2018, and 2019, there were no vacancies within the Firefighter’s Association, yet members of the Association received excessive amounts of overtime,” he said. Using the year 2019 as an example, when the department had all the staff necessary, “26 members of the Firefighters Association received a total of $1,915,797 in overtime … over $73,000 per person on average, which equates to an average of 38 shifts paid on an overtime basis per person.” According to Napolitano, the Council is still working together to establish a top-notch fire department that is more fiscally viable.


Live music at the Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach.

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Addie


Would you rather live in a mountain cabin with no human contact or a big city studio apartment with no personal space?
Would you rather read your mother’s teenage diary or read your teenage diary to your mother (if you didn’t keep a diary, just imagine what kind of embarrassing things you would have written)?
Would you rather go to an intimate birthday party for someone you don’t know or organize a huge party for a close friend?

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By Debbie Felkel

“Burglary on 6th and John, hill section MB Friday night approx. 9:15 to 9:30 pm. The pics are a screenshot from a neighbor’s camera. There is a video of the car traveling south on John and then north to our house. We are looking for any video or pics neighbors have of this car. The police could not make out the license plate, but maybe someone else’s camera picked it up before or after. There were at least four men; they completely ransacked our house and stole jewelry and other items, carrying out a safe that weighed over 300 pounds. They shattered a second-story balcony door to enter. We have an old alarm system that was unreliable so was not in use and no cameras at our house. And yes, we are upgrading immediately! These guys were in and out quick but were observed by a neighbor due to the [noticing of] dragging the safe down our front steps. Please be safe. The incident was Friday night July 22!”

Bruce’s Beach Returns To Descendants In Manhattan Beach:

(From left, Dean Logan, director of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office, Supervisors Janice Hahn and Holly Mitchell look on as Anthony Bruce, center, holds up a certificate of the property deed beside his wife Sandra Bruce)

It’s official: The Bruces own Bruce’s Beach again. A heartfelt ceremony, dozens of people gathered on the oceanfront property known as Bruce’s Beach to mark the first time the government has ever returned land that had been wrongfully taken from a Black family. Los Angeles County will now rent the property from the Bruces for $413,000 a year and maintain a lifeguard facility there, according to a detailed plan released last month. The lease agreement also includes the right for the county to purchase the land at a later date for $20 million, plus any associated transaction costs.

By Rory O’Brien

“I’m a resident of Manhattan Beach for 71 yrs. and have a son who has been an LAFD for 14+ years working his way up to Fire Inspector. I feel I understand the issue presented by the MBFA. General George Marshall said, the Formula for handling people issues: ‘One, Listen to the other person’s story. Two, Listen to the other person’s FULL story. Three, Listen to the other person’s FULL story FIRST.’ I feel, based on stories from the many (Active, retired Fire Fighters, and MB residents) who told their stories, we understand their issue better. No one witnessed one resident whose views differed. Mumm, this is an indicator the City Council may be getting 1-sided information from a single source. As recommended by the Fire Fighters and residents, please schedule ASAP a face-to-face with the Fire Fighters, excluding Bruce Moe since some stated that City Manager (maybe even HR) has an agenda. Please, nothing is more satisfying than actually sitting down and listening to the MB Fire Fighter Association group rather than presuming it’s all about the money. We, the residents, don’t want to lose the most highly qualified Fire Department in the South bay.”


Vandalism at one of our Manhattan Beach schools. If anyone has any leads, do report. Really sad and scary to see this. —- Justin Verbiest, Manhattan Beach

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Amy Howorth

Former Mayor Of Manhattan Beach

Former Mayor Amy Howorth has over 16 years’ experience as an elected official and uses that experience to help Councils and Boards with governance and leadership training.


Should it be illegal to pay someone to write a fake product review online?

A poll of some of our 20,000 weekly readers.

Pot Shops In Manhattan Beach Will Be Put To A Vote In November:

A proposal to forbid the commercial selling of cannabis was adopted by the Manhattan Beach City Council and will be on the ballot on November 8. On the same ballot, a proposition sponsored by the marijuana business that would allow “pot shops” to open in Manhattan Beach will compete directly with this one. The motion would maintain the city’s ban on all commercial cannabis activity in the city, which was adopted 4-0 by the council (with Councilmember Richard Montgomery abstaining due to a potential conflict of interest).

MB WEEKLY READER QUESTION: Do you approve or disapprove of Pot Shops in Manhattan Beach. And why? Please send your reply (maximum 100 words) to:

Prominent tech entrepreneur Ed Kushins having lunch at Urban Plates in Manhattan Beach.

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Ed Kaminsky

Prominent Realtor

Ed Kaminsky is an expert in the Real Estate industry. He has been named one of the Top 100 of America’s Top Performing Real Estate agents by The Wall Street Journal, and was awarded Best Marketing Campaign for a property in 2013 by Leaders in Luxury. Ed has been licensed and practicing Real Estate in the South Bay and greater Los Angeles communities since 1987. Ed and his dynamic team have been featured on ESPN, FOX, NBC, ABC, BRAVO!, HGTV and THE FINE LIVING.

By Darcy Winston

Sausal Mexican Cuisine

Unaware of the happening Downtown El Segundo weekend vibe, I was pleasantly surprised to see eclectic happy people milling about teams of fun-looking restaurants. In the mood for some modern Mexican, I stumbled upon Sausal … BOY, WHAT A LUCKY STUMBLE! The place is airy and relaxed with an attractive indoor/outdoor vibe. The menu is alive with exotic dishes such as Chicken Enchiladas with Smoked Cashew Mole, Spicy Chorizo Sausage Fajitas, and Lamb Barbacoa Enchiladas (a mouth-watering, absolute MUST)! Also included on their menu are Mexican favorites such as warm crunchy tortillas served with a heaping scoop of fresh guacamole, street tacos, and fabulous margaritas. If that weren’t enough, the wait staff are fun, lively, and knowledgeable about their menu. This is a great place for families, date night, or even as a lovely treat for yourself.

Food 5STAR  •  Service 5STAR  •  Repeat Customer YES!

HELL NO! 1STAR  •  Meh… 2STAR  •  Pretty Good 3STAR 
•  Now We’re Talkin’ 4STAR  •  HELL YES! 5STAR


Tracy Evans, Chef-Owner of “Set The Table”

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“Damn! The mosquitoes in Manhattan Beach seem to be in charge.”


1. ** Our mini Australian Shepard of 15 years has a hard time walking on the hot pavement, rocks, and artificial grass in the middle of the day. Our kind neighbor has a small patch of real grass and has given us permission for her to use for a potty break. We’re so grateful for this act of kindness that makes such a difference for our little four-legged friend. —- Peggy S., Manhattan Beach

2. ** Producers within the Disney company have publicly admitted their desire to expose children to radical gender theory concepts as early as possible. —- Dr. Lance Z., Manhattan Beach

3. ** Let’s be honest. Americans are fat. That has been a big part of the COVID death toll. —- Ashley P., Manhattan Beach

4. ** Mr. Gascon did the same to San Francisco, he comes here, and the democrats vote him in here. It didn’t take long to realize his policies don’t work. I don’t understand why California continues to elect these officials, and now we deal with the consequences. —- Jeff Wallin, Manhattan Beach

5. ** Nearly two decades ago, California voters passed a landmark tax on millionaires envisioned as a game-changer for mental health. It has generated an escalating gusher of money – $29 billion in total. But amid a steadily worsening homeless crisis, it’s clear the results have fallen far, far short of the initial promise. Any chance it’s because our one-party government can’t run a two-car parade? —- Candy R., Manhattan Beach

6. ** I like the Tin Roof Bistro, but good God, the prices is high! —- Alica L., Manhattan Beach

7. ** Manhattan Beach will increase foot patrols in the downtown area following a smash and grab robbery in the Downtown Business District Friday evening. Why the f—k did it take a horrible disaster to wake the city leaders up? —- Clay T., Manhattan Beach

8. ** My name is Martha Gonzalez (Gaby). I am a responsible, capable, and reliable person seeking a job as a nanny. I am a non-smoker, nor do drugs, and I am energetic and self-motivated. I enjoy working with children as their simple approach to everyday life intrigues me and offers me a chance to learn from them. I enjoy working with children of all ages! I am Certified by American Heart Association Adult/Child CPR/AED and Infant CPR. All vaccinations are up to date. I have a valid CA driver’s license and am legal to work in the US. I have a reliable car. Please contact me at 310-625-6808.

9. ** A DoorDash glitch allowed hundreds of people to order free food and booze. One person in the South Bay even ordered ~$275 worth of Plan B contraceptives from their local Walgreens. —- Courtney P., Manhattan Beach

10. ** Is it true that at a recent MBUSD School Board, the Board approved hiring a consultant for $8,400 to train teachers and staff on LGBTQ+ gender development? —- Brice T., Manhattan Beach

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12. ** If your coffee order is more than four (4) words, you are part of the problem! —- Lisa Campos, Manhattan Beach

13. ** Homeless. I hope all saw Kim Glas thanks to a homeless person. Not saying all are bad but beware of the few that really shouldn’t be on the street. Stay safe —- Mike Adams, Manhattan Beach

14. ** How would your business change if you were featured in TOP publications like: Yahoo! Finance, Inc. Magazine, podcasts and more? —-

15. ** I read the news today, oh boy. Hunter Biden called his step-mom Jill Biden a “vindictive moron” and “entitled c–t” in text messages after she urged him to go to rehab to kick his drug habit, according to a new report. —- Lance B., Manhattan Beach

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MB Weekly 07/21/2022

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Tony

Owner Of Pasha Jewelry

May we suggest you look at the face closely and carefully. This is Tony, popular owner of Pasha Jewelry. Less than a month ago, his jewelry store was a victim of a brazen, horrific smash and grab burglary in which 12 young men, all dressed in black and wearing masks, robbed his store in broad daylight while putting a gun to his head then telling him “not to move.” The whole incident took approximately 40 seconds, and the criminals managed to steal between a half a million and million dollars. The incident, which some have referred to as Manhattan Beach’s “9/11 moment” has caused significant concern through Manhattan Beach, but particularly in the downtown area where business owners, residents and customers report a “noticeable nervousness.”


Last week, we reached out to the Manhattan Beach City Manager Bruce Moe, requesting a response to last week’s stunning MB Weekly reader polled. In the survey, 81% of readers in Manhattan Beach want “more police and great police presence and a less relaxed approach to patrolling downtown” in the face of the horrific smash and grab burglary less than a month ago at the Pasha Jewelry store downtown. We reached out twice, and both times received no response. We are disappointed that the City Manager didn’t feel it appropriate to respond to the vital concerns of the 20,000 MB Weekly readers.

MB WEEKLY READER QUESTION: Are you disappointed that the City Manager didn’t respond to our question regarding safety and policing in the downtown area. Please send your reply to:


Meet Kevin Cody, long-time publisher of the popular Easy Reader newspaper.

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Devonshire


Would you rather have a photographic memory or an IQ of 200?
Would you rather go on a cruise with your boss or never go on vacation ever again?
Would you rather forget your partner’s birthday or your anniversary every year?
Would you rather have to wear stilettos to sleep or have to wear slippers everywhere you go?
Would you rather change the outcome of the last election or get to decide the outcome of the next election?

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By Joe Arnao

“Something’s fishy in Manhattan Beach. The City Council has been either misinformed or negligent in the handling of the administrative and operational management of the City’s Fire Department. Something’s fishy between the circular relationship between the City Manager (Bruce Moe) and the City’s Human Resource Director (Lisa Jenkins) setting policy, and determining hiring practices and personnel at the City’s Fire Department, while simultaneously advising, consulting, and informing the City Council to the matter. Having two individuals with the first and the last word on the Fire Dept is not a healthy way to check and balance power, nor have a non-bias presentation of the facts as they stand. Something’s fishy as it relates to the City’s inability to promote from within in its own Fire Department. There is no logical reason, other than political, for the City imposed punitive practices of cutting pay for any Fire employee being promoted up in the ranks. Even though internal candidates test higher than outside prospectives, they lose overtime and take an up to 15% pay cut. This punitive practice became the edict after a sweetheart deal was made with prior Battalion Chiefs, who then summarily left the department after being able to spike their salaries for the benefit of their pension. Now anyone considering these positions is penalized.”


Robert Maynez of Manhattan Beach.

By Dave Harris

Wealth advisor

(Prominent Investment Broker David Harris at a Chamber of Commerce mixer in Manhattan Beach)

“Manhattan Beach is a popular destination for many people during the summer months. Most of those people are just looking for the beach, some recreation and a good time. However, summer crowds of locals and visitors seem to attract unsavory perpetrators as well. It would give me comfort as well as reassure visitors, if we had a visible stepped-up police presence on the beach and the downtown area. This would be officers on motor quads on the beach, walking patrols downtown and bicycle officers around the entire west side. Quick response and perhaps a deterrent effect might lower the incidence of crimes and roudiness during our summer.”

Once A Week, But Never Weakly

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By Steve Revel

“Firefighter compensation is an easy target. A link included in the City’s statement led to the state comptroller’s website, and a listing of City of Manhattan Beach employees’ salaries. Nine of the top 10 salaries, and 20 of the top 25, were firefighters. The highest-paid employee for the City of Manhattan Beach was a battalion chief earning $368,005 per year. Five firefighters earned over $300,000 while another four earned over $290,00.”

Trader Joe’s Is Their Favorite Grocery Store

By a small margin, a sample of the 20,000 weekly readers of MB Weekly selected Trader Joe’s at 1800 Rosecrans Ave. in Manhattan Beach as their favorite grocery store.

By Deborah Hofreiter

“Having lived in Manhattan Beach for 38 years now, I leave downtown to the tourists and other visitors for the summer. However, as is evident from many postings of late, Manhattan Beach seems to be under attack, as is Los Angeles. I agree with Marc Burton that we need to hire more police men and women to patrol all of Manhattan Beach, including foot patrols in downtown. MBPD is still the fastest responding police force I have ever experienced. They need more help and, as Marc Burton said, our own city attorney to enforce our rules and consequences.”


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Kate Danaj spotted at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach.


At the southeast intersection of Sepulveda and Manhattan Beach Boulevard, a branch of the Kinecta Federal Credit Union was formally opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The vacant lot had been there for almost a decade. In addition to Ike’s Love and Sandwiches, a Dunkin’ location, and a veterinary clinic will be located in the new Kinecta building. This development marks the end of this site’s 15 years of vacant and underuse, which, to be honest, had turned it into an eyesore for the neighborhood. According to Keith Sultemeier, President and CEO of Kinecta, “We’ve always been a local institution and firmly committed to investing where our members and staff live and work.” “We are appreciative of the chance to serve Manhattan Beach and the South Bay at our new location. Together with our partners and the City of Manhattan Beach, we feel we have created something the community may utilize and enjoy for many years to come.”

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Kathy Swan Winterhalder

Co-Owner Of Distinguished Speaker Series

Kathy is a co-owner of the Distinguished Speaker Series, a business launched in Manhattan Beach 24 years ago, presenting over 100 world renowned leaders and newsmakers at five theaters in Southern California, including the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Kathy Swan Winterhalder is a 30-year resident of Manhattan Beach. Kathy raised her two daughters in Manhattan Beach and was an active volunteer at all three of the public schools they attended. Both daughters participated in the MYC and enjoyed it so much that Kathy decided to pay it forward and volunteer.


Cantalini’s Salerno Beach

HAPPY HOUR IS BACK! 4 – 6 PM MON-FRI and SAT & SUN 11:30 AM – 6 PM. Summer is here! Join us and relax on our outdoor patios, and enjoy our New Happy Hour Small Plates along with wine specials and more! Everyday All Summer Long!


Readers Push Their Limits

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A late-night traffic stop near Manhattan Beach Blvd. and Aviation Blvd. led to the recovery of a concealed loaded handgun that was found to have been reported stolen.


“We come to Manhattan Beach in peace, we schmooze for a reasonable amount of time, and then we can leave.”


1. ** Have you noticed that people on electric bikes, as well as adults driving open golf carts don’t stop at stop signs? I live in tree section MB, & see a couple of them every day when I walk my dogs. Are the police aware of this, & doing anything to stop it? —- Cyndy deN., Manhattan Beach

2. ** The surest sign of a lack of intelligent life in the universe is that they haven’t attempted to move into Manhattan Beach. —- Gabi B., Manhattan Beach

3. ** Just a cautionary heads up, I just saw 6-8 kids packed into a golf cart crossing Sepulveda heading west on Longfellow. Kids were getting in and out while waiting at the red light. The kids waiting at the light must have hit the accelerator too hard because the golf cart rose onto its back two wheels and was completely vertical. Luckily it didn’t tip backward, and the kids grabbed the stuff that fell out and continued driving. —- Karina Myszkowski, Manhattan Beach

4. ** I just discovered Urban Plates in Manhattan Beach, and it’s my favorite new healthy restaurant. —- Noah A., Manhattan Beach

5. ** Public Safety is such a critical issue that imposing a bad contract on our Firefighters/Paramedics is not in the best interests of our community. I believe after there is a better understanding of the issues before us, the City and the Firefighters/Paramedics can reopen negotiations and arrive at a fair and equitable contract that benefits both sides. —- Frank Chiella, Manhattan Beach (Retired Manhattan Beach Battalion Chief with 35 years of service to Manhattan Beach)

6. ** People of Manhattan Beach rarely (if ever) managed to dream up a god superior to themselves. —- Devin A., Hermosa Beach

7. ** Manhattan Beach Community Members, Your Manhattan Beach Firefighters are asking for your help! The mismanagement has been going on for too long. Don’t let Manhattan Beach Fire Department become a stepping stone department! —- Chris Grafton, Manhattan Beach

8. ** What the heck is going on around 33rd in MB? More fireworks? Please, people, stop!!!! My dog is scared to death!!!!! —- Debbie Denise, Manhattan Beach

9. ** We now must ask our community to join our vocal call for change. Firefighters want a sustainable fire department with succession planning, career development, proper career progression, and to be treated fairly. We encourage you to visit our website at Together we can correct the course, fix the errors, and invest in our future. —- James Falls, Engineer/Paramedic, Vice President, MB Firefighter’s Association (representing our local Firefighters)

10. ** Residents who desire to serve our city in an elected position can contact the MB City Clerk’s office at for more information. Or call (310) 802-5056 Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The dates to complete the forms are from July 18, 2022, to August 12, 2022. Information can be found on the MB city website:

11. ** The world seems to get crazier every day. More than ever we need to stick together and help each other. —- Lois C., Manhattan Beach

12. ** We humans here in good old Manhattan Beach aren’t the only ones fed up with inflation. Zookeepers at an aquarium near Tokyo reportedly purchased cheaper fish to cut down on costs – and penguins are refusing to eat it. —- John M., Manhattan Beach

13. ** It’s impossible to look tough while yawning. —- Chuck K., Hermosa Beach

14. ** Who regrets voting for Hildy “Woke” Stern? —- Karen K., Manhattan Beach

15. ** I think it is important to remember that for that last several years, our MB Firefighters have been on the front lines during the Covid 19 global pandemic and during the seasons of extreme wildfires. Our MB Firefighters have worked tirelessly, facing these historic risks and dangers. So, when they ask “We Need Your Help,” we should take their plea most earnestly. In the last few months, the City approved new union contracts for all regular city employee unions, except the MB Firefighters. —- Mark Burton, Manhattan Beach

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MB Weekly 07/14/2022


A sample poll of the 20,000 MB weekly readers displayed an overwhelming citizen desire for “more police, greater presence and a less relaxed approach” in response to the brazen smash and grab robbery at the Pasha jewelry store in the downtown area recently. Many downtown business owners reported “no police presence in the downtown area” close to where the jewelry store was hit in broad daylight on a busy Friday evening. Many other respondents expressed dissatisfaction that the Manhattan Beach Police Department has been understaffed for some time. Also coming in for solid criticism was the controversial progressive District Attorney, who one downtown business owner called a “criminal’s best friend!”


David Slay, Jr. and chef dad David Slay with the evening’s produce, picked from their garden. David Slay was last year’s winner of the “Best of Los Angeles Award – 2021” as Best Chef in the South Bay. SLAY

By Phillip Cook

Financial Planner

“There is no question in my mind the MB police should be seen in the downtown area, especially during the summer months. The ‘soft on crime’ mentality of some (George Gascon) will simply get you more crime. The ‘anything goes cause we’re at the beach’ mind set will be held in check in the presence of uniformed police officers. During my visits to the downtown area (2-4 times per week), I almost never see the presence of the MBPD. Let’s make sure the relative safety of MB isn’t lost.”


Popular former Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce President Kelly Stroman.

By Ned J. Momary

“I am writing regarding the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation and its total disregard for the money entrusted to them. Before the vote was taken on June 7th, MBEF authorized $49,999 to be transferred to the campaign to pass a YES vote on measure A—the parcel tax. The money raised for the Education Foundation was to be used for education, not a contribution to a political organization. I think this is an outrageous breach of fiduciary duty to the purpose of MBEF. I strongly feel the MBEF Board or people responsible for this charade should be fired and I further believe the money should be paid back by the offending parties.”

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Melinda M.

Manhattan Beach

The Yes or No Interview

Would you betray a friend for a million dollars?
Would you sacrifice a loved one to save a dozen strangers?
If given the opportunity, would you live your entire life over?
Do you believe in an afterlife?
If you could know what other people really thought of you, would you want to know?

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Once A Week, But Never Weakly

Summer in Manhattan Beach is here, finally, with all its sun-dappled splendor and glorious clichés.

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By Jim Muth

Retired MBFD

“Our fire department staffing is aligned with other fire departments within our area, yet the City continues to not hire staff in a timely manner, which creates additional hours, shifts, and overtime our firefighters are responsible to work. The MBFD has been mismanaged for over five years. Please support your Manhattan Beach Firefighters. Let’s continue to strive to make this fire department a sustainable and desirable place to work.”

Best Hot Dog in Manhattan Beach:
Shellback Tavern & Hot Dogs

A recent sample reader poll of the 20,000 weekly readers of MB Weekly has chosen Shellback Tavern as having the best hot dog in Manhattan Beach. Convivial watering hole with pier views, lots of TVs & pub grub such as fish tacos & burgers and yes, hot dogs.

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The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Scott Weller

Franchise Owner of Ace Handyman South Bay

When our son Max left for college and we became empty nesters, we felt we should be part of the change. So, after 33+ years in corporate America, we decided to start a small business and I decided to get more involved in the local South Bay community. (My wife Kim has been heavily involved in the community for many years.) After an extensive search I found a brand that I believe in and am incredibly proud to represent. We launched Ace Handyman Service South Bay on January 3, 2022. I knew I need a strategic partner that knows the construction business and can fix anything. I am thrilled to partner with Jan Van Soest. Jan was born and raised in Manhattan Beach and has worked in the trades for over 10 years.


The Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix is returning after a two-year break brought on by COVID, marking nearly 60 years of top-level cycling competition. Bikers are getting ready for the event, which will take place on Sunday, July 24.


Where is your favorite place to go grocery shopping in Manhattan Beach?

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Police In Manhattan Beach Say They Are Making ‘Every Effort’ To Reduce Crime:

Last week, Pasha Fine Jewelry in Manhattan Beach’s downtown remained boarded up with cops standing outside after a violent heist. The Manhattan Beach Police told locals and City Council members that they were taking all necessary precautions to ward against further attacks. Acting Manhattan Beach Police Chief Derrick Abell told the City Council that the Pasha robbery was “traumatic” for locals, local businesses, and the police as well.

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Zelda

Zelda just moved to Manhattan Beach


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It’s a hot chick summer at Urban Plates. Manhattan Beach 2650 N. Sepulveda Blvd 90266. Phone: 424-350-0393.


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“Summer traffic in Manhattan Beach?”


1. ** The City of Manhattan Beach has failed in its principal responsibility of keeping its residents safe, preferring to spend its limited time on Peace Poles, Diversity Banners, etc. —- Dr. Arlene H., Manhattan Beach

2. ** Homeless. Took the dog out about 9:30 last night, and some homeless guy was sleeping on our couch on our front deck. Rousted him, and he went across the street and cozied in on our neighbor’s couch. I called MBPD, and he saw me on the phone and took off up the street. Really creepy. Beware. Lock your doors. I even think I saw him walking up our street this afternoon. Do not let your guard down. —- Mike Adams, Manhattan Beach

3. ** How can we make the Measure A sponsors pay back the $50,000 to the MBEF? —- Adele B., Manhattan Beach

4. ** Mira Costa HS held a “Pride Palooza” event, kicked off with the following video: —- Jerry E., Manhattan Beach

5. ** Information about running for public office in MB: Citizens who desire to serve our city in an elected position can contact the MB City Clerk’s office at for more information. OR call (310) 802-5056 Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The nomination period is from July 18, 2022, to August 12, 2022.

6. ** No-one boos at the theater, no matter how awful the show. —- Horace C., Manhattan Beach

7. ** Most house dogs know more about humans than they do about other dogs. —- Tina M., Manhattan Beach

8. ** My daughter was on a flight with her 14-month-old daughter, who was overtired, refusing to nap, and crying. Another passenger, a young woman named Jill, offered to hold the baby for a bit. The baby settled down and fell asleep in Jill’s arms, and Jill held her until the plane was about to land. Anyone who has had an out-of-control baby on a plane can understand what a blessing this was. —- Kelly S., Manhattan Beach

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10. ** Small business is the epitome of the American Dream. It’s the reason why America became the richest nation in the world. After all, every successful big business started out as a small one. —- David L., Manhattan Beach

11. ** If anyone actually asked my next-door neighbor about her vacation, she would make up some grand lie about a boring staycation that involved binge-watching Downton Abbey and eating ice cream straight from the carton. —- Daisy V., Manhattan Beach

12. ** Those who were not born into freedom are alive to what makes this country exceptional. —- Jordan Y., Manhattan Beach

13. ** Please forgive me, but I have a terrible case of Trump fatigue, and frankly, if I never see or hear his name again, it’ll be far too soon! —- Patty S., Manhattan Beach

14. ** The insecure are the easiest for the woke lords to manipulate. —- David A., Manhattan Beach

15. ** Kevin Ford was recently recognized at work with candy after not missing a day for 27 years. His daughter thought he deserved more and with the internet’s help, she’s raised $340k+. —- Ali R., Manhattan Beach

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