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MB Weekly 09/01/2022


Q: What is, from your preceptive, the most significant problem facing Manhattan Beach currently?
A: The increase in crime, the LA County District attorney’s office refusal to prosecute misdemeanor crimes and how the city / police are addressing it.

Q: What has most surprised you in your time on the City Council?
A: The loss of civility between residents and the council.

Q: Do we currently have an adequate number of police in Manhattan Beach to create a strong feeling of safety?
A: Yes, along with a new proactive police chief (Rachel Johnson) we have hired 12 officers in the past year and are continuing to hire additional qualified officers.

Q: What is your favorite movie of all time?
A: Godfather (original).

Q: What changes have occurred in the City since the horrific, brazen smash and grab a little over a month ago?
A: Along with the reply to question #3 – we have reinstated downtown police foot patrols and increased overall police presence.

Q: Do you use Pronouns in your official City work?
A: No.



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“The Man is a Disgrace, a Coward”

The Uvalde, Texas, school board unanimously voted to fire district Police Chief Pete Arredondo, who is the first officer to lose his job over the delayed enforcement response to the mass school shooting at Robb Elementary School. The decision comes three months after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers – the worst attack on a U.S. elementary school since 2012.

A scientific sample poll of MB Weekly’s 25,840 readers revealed that 88% supported the firing. “The man is a disgrace, a coward. Of course, he should be fired!” said one prominent long-time Manhattan Beach resident and business owner who preferred to remain anonymous.

Manhattan Beach Calls For Residents And Businesses To Stop All Outdoor Watering For 15 Days In September:

Starting Tuesday, September 6, residents and businesses in Manhattan Beach are being called on to suspend outdoor watering for 15 days as a critical imported water pipeline is shut down for emergency repairs by the Metropolitan Water District (Metropolitan). Manhattan Beach is joined by its regional partners in answering this urgent water-saving call to maintain and stretch Southern California’s severely limited water supplies while Metropolitan repairs this critical pipeline. The restrictions will be in place through September 20.

Lifeguards Warn Of 6- to 8-Foot Shark Sighted Off Manhattan Beach:

A shark was sighted last week off the El Porto area of Manhattan Beach. The sighting occurred shortly before 5 p.m. and was confirmed by a lifeguard and two surfers, according to tweets from the Los Angeles County Lifeguards. The shark is estimated to be 6 to 8 feet long, lifeguards said. No signs of aggressive behavior were seen. Beachgoers and surfers were notified of the sighting, and Baywatch Redondo completed a sweep of the area with no findings, lifeguards said, adding that they would continue to monitor the situation.


Sara Hughes dives for a ball during the quarterfinals of the AVP Manhattan Beach Open. Hughes and partner Kelley Kolinske won the women’s title.

By Hildy Stern

City Councilmember

It has sincerely been an honor to serve as your Manhattan Beach Mayor and City Councilmember. I love Manhattan Beach and the people who live here. Working with an incredible staff, dedicated community partners, my City Council colleagues, inspiring elected officials and our engaged community has been a privilege. Choosing not to seek another Council term has been a difficult and complicated decision, but also an important one for my family and for me. I have always led with the best interests of our city at heart, and am confident there are other extremely capable candidates willing to step up to keep our city moving in the right direction. There is, of course, a lot more work to be done, and I want to be a part of that in some capacity. I have always been actively involved in our community, and I intend to stay involved in ways that best serve our wonderful city going forward.

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Pedro – Born in Cuba


Have you ever been drunk at work?
Have you ever lied to your partner?
Do you think there’s such a thing as love at first sight?
Do you believe that the universe directs us in life?
Have you ever lost someone close to you?
Is Manhattan Beach paradise?
Has America become more socialist?

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By Lucia La Rosa

Manhattan Beach Conservatives

I went to Sand Dune park yesterday to drop off my son who had a meeting for his Eagle Scout project – I saw 3-4 individuals very loud blasting loud RAP music from their cars – very vulgar music with F words, N words, etc – and two of them really wanted to pick up a fight with me. They were by the parking lot smoking weed. I was in my car trying to put the harness on moxie and just peeked. They had a little kid in the car while they were outside leaning on the car smoking weed.

MB POWER COUPLE – Discussion Of Mental Health In The Documentary “Stay Alive”:

After retiring from his marketing job, Manhattan Beach resident Frank Kilpatrick made the decision to use his communication skills for public service. He had worked with his wife, Linda, for many years to enroll patients in clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies. However, after he and his wife retired and the pandemic erupted, they started making PSAs to convince difficult-to-reach communities to be immunized. As a producer of the documentary “Stay Alive: An Intimate Conversation About Suicide Prevention,” he made his most recent effort to raise awareness.


Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Board at Concerts in the Polliwog Park.

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Nelly Penalonzo

Manager at Seabreeze Management Company


Have you ever been to summer camp?
–In Highs School
Have you ever caught a fish?
Have you ever seen a lion up close?
Have you ever moved to a new city?

By Mike Michalski

Manhattan Beach

There is currently a county-wide crime wave that is washing over Manhattan Beach, a crime wave that’s been exacerbated by a County Board of Supervisors with a “defund the police” mentality, ill-conceived initiatives like Prop 47 and, yes, the rogue County DA George Gascon who helped write Prop 47 and who just last week avoided a November recall vote by the narrowest of margins. At every turn, his policies have prioritized sympathy for criminals over accountability and justice.

Gascon’s policies have directly impacted Manhattan Beach, and not just by emboldening gang criminality such as the armed looting of the downtown jewelry store that made headlines in June. His office also refuses to prosecute whole categories of crimes (so-called “quality of life” misdemeanors, including trespass, loitering, drug possession, criminal threats, public intoxication, even resisting arrest in some cases). This can be demoralizing to our MBPD when they arrest or cite for certain violations and gather and present evidence to the District Attorney only to be told his office is declining prosecution. Even worse, as the rabid ideologue he is, Gascon has petulantly refused to allow Manhattan Beach to seek alternative prosecution of these crimes through the Redondo Beach city attorney’s prosecutorial function, which offers the added benefit of allowing Manhattan Beach access to Redondo’s diversionary homeless court.


The MBee Fest (Manhattan Beach End Epilepsy) was held at Tower 12 in downtown Hermosa Beach two weeks ago (when the show was known as Epipalooza). Three bands were planned. PennyRoyal with MBee founder Slater Heidrich on bass; HB Crue with Tower 12 owner Greg Allen on drums, son Justin on guitar, and singer Perks. Anti-Groupies, Bierman Brothers, Poppy Harlo, Hudson Ritchie, Moi & Rico of Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, XYZPDQ, Salem, and singer/actor Orion Askinosie also performed. Jason Meugniot and Jen Caskey sponsored the bands.

By Steve Revel

There’s a passage in Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises in which a character named Mike is asked how he went bankrupt. “Two ways,” he answers. “Gradually, then suddenly.” So it is with the homeless problem and crime, lawlessness, and decay. It happens in two ways – gradually then suddenly.


Acclaimed podiatrist Doctor Gary Briskin.

Esperanza Secret Lounge Temporarily Closed:

The upstairs lounge at Esperanza was a semi-secret place that was popular for private events, and when those weren’t booked it was the finest watering hole in Manhattan Beach. The space was cool, comfortable, and sophisticated, with a low enough volume level that you could enjoy conversations with your companions and the knowledgeable staff. Recently, the city has ordered it closed until a problem with their permits is sorted out.


Manhattan Beach Unified School District Superintendent Dr. John Bowes is joined by Hibah Samad, assistant superintendents Dawnalyn Murakawa-Leopard and Irene Gonzalez-Castillo as they greet students for the first day of school at Manhattan Beach Middle School on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

19 Migrants Saved Off Redondo Beach

19 Mexican migrants were rescued off Redondo Beach August 20. A Good Samaritan spotted the engine-less panga 18 miles from the coast. Coast Guard Station Los Angeles–Long Beach sent a small-boat rescue crew, a helicopter, and the Blackfin. Redondo Baywatch launched two boats. The crew found migrants who said the engine failed two hours earlier.


“You came to Manhattan Beach from a distant planet to ‘study humanity,’ but God forbid you help around the house.”


Hildy Stern and MBUSD Board of Education President Sally Austin Peel are not among the 13 candidates who have filed for the November 7 election. Both are still serving their first terms and eligible for reelection. Peel expressed gratitude for her term on the school board but noted that the last two years, which included the pandemic and cultural wars targeting education, contributed to her decision not to seek reelection.


** In last week’s issue of MB Weekly, the story of Chris Barra was first reported in MB News —-, published by Jeanne & Dave Fratello


1. ** This happened to my friend two days ago. I was robbed at Costco Torrance. My purse was stolen behind me when one of them distracted me, they are a couple. All my credit cards, insurance cards, DL, SSCs, vaccination cards, uncashed checks, some cash and more. Of course, as soon as they left, they started using them right away. All cards were used with $300 each and one of them was made purchase of $3000. —- Yuko Tobari, Redondo Beach

2. ** Across the U.S., fewer kids are enrolling in public schools. Could it be that they’ve turned out to be horrible learning institutions that are more interested in indoctrinating our kids than teaching them? —- Claire J., Manhattan Beach, mother of three

3. ** Many seemed to long for immortality in Manhattan Beach who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon —- Debbie P., Manhattan Beach

4. ** Have you noticed, the insecure are the easiest for the woke lords to manipulate. —- Gabi H., Manhattan Beach

5. ** The Los Angeles City Council voted to prohibit homeless people from setting up tents within 500 feet of schools and day-care centers during a raucous meeting in which wild, radical protesters shouted down council members. What the Hell took them so long to protect kids? —- Dr. Ash B., Manhattan Beach

6. ** Teenage gang terrorized my husband. A teenage gang surrounded and terrorized my disabled husband when he was exiting El Segundo Ride Aid last night around 8pm, verbally abusing him and scaring him to the point that he thought they were going to attack him. He had merely entered the store to pick up a prescription and he made neutral eye contact with one of them on the way in. What kind of parents allow their children to behave in such a cruel way? —- Nicolette Aubourg, El Segundo

7. ** I love your new MB Weekly! —- Rhonda C., Manhattan Beach

8. ** Bruce Moe is an excellent city manager who cares deeply about resident’s safety, treating his staff fairly, and about ensuring the city’s financial stability. —- Russ Lesser, Manhattan Beach

9. ** Our little town, which is already too crowded, will experience even more parking and traffic problems. The low-profile, friendly feel of Manhattan Beach, which has served us so well. —- Lynne S. Gross, Manhattan Beach

10. ** Remember, friends, what a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give. —- Naomi Q., Manhattan Beach

11. ** I’m sick and tired of restaurants using COVID as an excuse for horrible service. —- Blake F., Manhattan Beach, a former restaurant owner in the South Bay

12. ** The Redondo Beach city council paused its retail marijuana ordinance Tuesday night to check on the possibility of a public vote for it in March – a chance to supersede a competing initiative on the ballot in October. —- William B., Manhattan Beach

13. ** According to Joe Biden’s approval polls within the first six quarters of his tenure, he has achieved the lowest of any president ever recorded on record. —- Gloria Z., Manhattan Beach

14. ** There should be a special place in Hell for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. —- Tanner H., Manhattan Beach

15. ** Dear God, please don’t allow Manhattan Beach to turn into Santa Monica! —- Steve and Susan T., Manhattan Beach

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MB Weekly 08/25/2022

Chief Talks … Crime, Homeless, Safety – Asks For Public’s Help



While the brazen criminal act that occurred nearly two months ago at a downtown jewelry store was undoubtedly concerning, Manhattan Beach remains a safe place to live, work, and play.

On Saturday, August 20, 2022, MBPD was called to investigate a purported theft of a meal at a downtown restaurant by an unhoused individual that occurred on the evening of Friday, August 19. Upon investigation, officers learned that a server at the local restaurant gave the food to the unhoused person, who was soliciting for food from those dining in the restaurant. It was further revealed that this restaurant has occasionally been providing food to the person and as a result, he continues to visit the restaurant. This incident, while unfortunate, is not a crime. It should be noted, this was an isolated incident and there is no correlation to crime in Manhattan Beach.

Although visitors, businesses, and residents may not have noticed officers over the weekend, MBPD significantly increased its presence Downtown to safeguard the community as the Manhattan Beach Open drew an increase of visitors to the area. The Manhattan Beach Police Department (MBPD) remains committed to protecting our community and has continued its efforts to reduce crime, apprehend criminals, and provide homeless outreach services. Over the last several months, MBPD has also increased its patrols throughout the city. As a result, recent crime reports indicate there was an overall decrease in crimes in July compared to June.

The City of Manhattan Beach and MBPD continue to work diligently every day to serve and support our community. No act of violence or threat to the community is too small. We ask that the community continue to adhere to the “See Something, Say Something” philosophy and report incidents to the Police Department. It is when we work in partnership that we are the strongest and it is through that partnership that we will maintain the high quality of life we have come to enjoy in Manhattan Beach.

Manhattan Beach City Council, School Board Candidates Announced:

Residents are running for Manhattan Beach City Council and School Board. Tuesday, November 8, is City Council and School Board Election Day. Primary registration ended August 12. If an incumbent didn’t file by 4 p.m. on August 12, the nomination period was extended until Wednesday, August 17, at 5 p.m. Due to several incumbents not running, voting ended at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

NYC Council: Suzanne Hadley and Hildy Stern are currently on the Manhattan Beach City Council. Suzanne Hadley will run again; Hildy Stern won’t. The current list of candidates includes:

  • Amy Howorth (
  • Suzanne Hadley (
  • David Lesser (
  • Stewart Fournier (
  • Frank Chiella (
  • Rita Crabtree-Kampe (
  • Mark Burton (

Manhattan Beach is a General Law city with a five-member City Council. Each four-year member serves nine months as mayor.

MBUSD Board of Trustees: Manhattan Beach Unified School District has three open board seats (more commonly known as the school board). Jennifer Cochran, Jen Fenton, and Sally Peel hold these seats. Only Jen Fenton is re-running. The current list of candidates includes:

  • Christy Barnes
  • Jen Fenton (
  • Tina Shivpuri (
  • John Uriostegui (
  • Wysh Weinstein (
  • Mike Welsh (

Manhattan Beach Unified’s board has five members. Members serve four years.

P.S. I Love You Foundation Seeks Mentors For 21st Annual “Adopt A Child For A Day” Beach Celebration:

P.S. I Love You Foundation and “Tidal” Sponsor Fabletics, present the 21st Annual “Day at the Beach” where 300 of our communities most vulnerable youth ages 5-12, unite with 300 caring adult mentors and their families for an interactive day of nurturing, healthy relationship building, trust, inclusion, laughter and lots of LOVE! The event will be in Manhattan Beach on Saturday, September 10, 2022, from 9:00am to 3:00pm local time. “We are anticipating an extraordinary event after a two-year absence due to the pandemic,” stated Patricia Jones, Founder of P.S. I Love You Foundation. “After experiencing such a difficult period of anxiety and isolation, Day at the Beach 2022 will most likely have an even bigger impact in the lives of the children we serve and once again hold a special place in the hearts of all involved.” Activities include boogie boarding, faces painting, miniature golf, volleyball, and the funniest three-legged mentor/mentee race ever seen.

For more information about the event, registration and media passes, please contact Angie Bortolotti at 310-902-2253 or


Mira Costa opened girls’ volleyball season with tournament championship in Hawaii.

By Ann Shumbo

As for firefighter pay, I always find this an interesting question. How can you put a price tag on Someone who helps saves lives – if one of these individuals saved a family member, your home, a pet, a friend or did an act of service – as far as I’m concerned, you can never pay them too much.

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Melanie


Would you rather wear a constantly changing outfit or a constantly changing hairstyle?

Would you rather wear a green leprechaun hat every day or fairy wings?

Would you rather your only mode of transportation be a donkey or a giraffe?

Would you rather be able to control animals or be able to see into the future?

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By Mark Burton

Former Mayor of Manhattan Beach

As one of several residents who appealed the Planning Commission’s approval for the Highrose “Behemoth of a Building” to the City Council, I must say that I was grateful to see two Councilmembers listen to our residents and oppose this blight of a project. Councilmembers Hadley and Franklin did what Councilmembers should always do, they listened to their “bosses,” the residents of Manhattan Beach. I commend Councilmember Hadley for speaking passionately about listening to our residents and expressing the resolve we all want to see from Council when she stated that “the only way this project would be approved would be if a Judge ordered it.” Well, no fear of that happening, since the law is settled that this project is not eligible for four-stories and an Environmental Impact Report is required.


Fund manager J.C. Frey of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors and his wife Kristi put their custom Manhattan Beach home on the market August 12 with a price of $22 million. The 8,400-square-foot property works out to $2,622 per square foot. The house was listed by Kristi Frey, who works as a real estate agent for Strand Hill | Christie’s International Real Estate.

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Tracy Evans


Did your parents get divorced?
Do you think that people are basically good?
Do you have any phobias?
Has anyone ever accused you of being too nice?
Do you think that karma is a real thing?



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By Phillip Cook

Manhattan Beach Financial Planner

Tax evasion by the wealthy? Seriously? Everyone I know does some form of tax evasion and they are not all wealthy. Some of the “evasion” is perfectly legal. The tax code does not require me to pay the most tax possible. So, if I put money into an IRA is my deduction for that contribution evasion? It does evade tax until it is withdrawn but it is perfectly legal.

How much of the total income tax paid is paid by the highest income earners? An update to historical figures dated 1/20/22, the non-profit Tax Foundation said, “The data demonstrates the U.S. individual income tax continues to be progressive, borne primarily by the highest income earners.” Key findings said that in 2019, “The top 1% of taxpayers paid a 25.6% average individual income tax rate, which is more than seven times higher than taxpayers in the bottom 50% (3.5%). The top 50% of all taxpayers paid 97% of all individual income taxes, while the bottom 50% paid the remaining 3%.”

This sound bite “tax evasion by the wealthy” isn’t a fact. The numbers say the wealthy are paying a disproportionate share (2019 returns): Top 1% filed 1,482,459 tax returns. Those returns showed the top 1%’s share of total Adjusted Gross Income was equal to 20.1% of all AGI. The top 1%’s share of total income taxes paid was equal to 38.8%. Obviously, the media needs to find a new, divisive whipping boy.


Chris Barra suffered a sudden heart collapse while driving in May 2020 at the intersection of 15th and Manhattan Avenue, losing consciousness and crashing his vehicle. He was saved in part by the quick response of a police officer from Manhattan Beach and paramedics from the Manhattan Beach Fire Department. “The fire department performed admirably. They have rescued my family twice already,” Lory Barra, Chris’s wife, who was at home by herself with her kids when the fire broke out last week, made the statement. “The guys that saved my life were the same folks that saved Chris’s life.”

By Bryan Stall

I hate to say it, but it is not just the kids; I see parents with small children on the back of e-bikes blowing through stop signs. We all know where the kids are learning this behavior. It is also not limited to e-bikes. I see cars blowing stop signs. On my run down N. Redondo, I had a car blow through a stop sign and graze me. I could believe it. It did not even stop to say sorry. Are you ok? It seems like after the pandemic and people started getting out, they forgot the road rules! Police should station themselves in critical areas and start ticketing people. It would quickly pay for the overtime.


Jack and Shirley Burke. They have been married for over 74 years and raised five wonderful children in Manhattan Beach. Also, they both had careers at Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo until retirement.

By Darcy Winston

Set The Table

With so much stress, change, and uncertainty going on in the world today, the one simple pleasure my husband and I look forward to is dinner. But … who in the world has time to shop and cook these days? Through an advert on, we discovered the food services of After calculating the cost of ordering from this prepared meal service or cooking/buying these items on our own, we found it WELL worth the value. We’ve been steady customers for two months now. Verdict … WE LOVE IT! These meals do not feel mass-produced and thoughtless, a notable pitfall of many other food service companies we’ve tried. On the contrary, each meal feels and tastes thoughtfully prepared. Delicious. The portions are large, and we haven’t experienced a dud yet. Some of our favorite meals have been the Chicken and Veggie Pad Thai with Zoodles, Traditional Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash, and the Southwest Summer Salad with fresh roasted corn and black beans. It’s as close to home cookin’ that you can get without actually cooking it yourself.

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

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“Only 75 more days until it won’t be outlandish to leave your Manhattan Beach house wearing a light sweater.”


Plates for all tastes! Which do you want to try?


“I just discovered MB Weekly. I have to say I’m quite impressed.” —- Jay B., Manhattan Beach


** I recommend that you sign up for MB Weekly. It’s a good source of information with some great human interest stories as well. —- Mark Burton, former Mayor of Manhattan Beach

** The United States has the highest share of single parenting in the world. How did we get here? —- Arnold K., Manhattan Beach


1. ** Ideally, purchasing a smoke alarm is a total waste of money. —- Candy R., Manhattan Beach

2. ** The new outdoor patio at islands in Manhattan Village is lovely and adds an excellent addition to the neighborhood. —- Jose M., El Segundo

3. ** Every time I go to the California Pizza Kitchen in the Manhattan Village, it seems like a disorganized mess. Not enough staff, long waits, and confused servers. No one ever seems in charge. I wonder what the kitchen looks like. —- Tina M., Manhattan Beach

4. ** Help Wanted: the Concern Foundation, one of the country’s preeminent cancer charities, is looking for a part time accounting finance manager or full-time employee who will be an accounting finance manager and events and donor relations manager. To apply: www.ConcernFoundation/job-description

5. ** Yesterday my daughter was bitten by a dog on the beach. The owner didn’t have the dog on a leash and instead of taking responsibility of the situation, she used the situation instead to run away. She was Asian between 25 to 35 wearing a fur brown and white jacket, the dog was midsized brown dog. Does anyone know her?? Apparently the local lifeguards approached her asking to put her dog on a leash before she got to us and her dog bit my daughter. My girl is 6 years old and already had anxiety related to animals. Police came, took a report. Treated my daughter’s finger but I would like to see this person take responsibility for the incident. —- Kristina Karapetian, Manhattan Beach

6. ** Just a heads up about a scam we had run on us at CVS Pharmacy on Sepulveda. A simple allergy relief medicine was put on the belt for purchase (cost about $7.00) but we were charged for a different product at $36.79. This was not noticed until later when we got home. I went back to the store and showed the slip to the manager and he said we must have bought it because it had to be scanned to be on the slip. We are elderly and that may have emboldened the cashier. —- Diana Driscoll, Manhattan Beach

7. ** Honest to God, when I look at the White House today, I can’t remember this much chaos since the last year of Carter administration. And that, my dear, is not a compliment. —- Lois C., Manhattan Beach

8. ** My husband and I were visiting Scotland. Our suitcases got lost in the mess of canceled flights and re-booking. Nearing the end of our trip, I received a text message from a good Samaritan who used to live in Manhattan Beach with a photo of our bags showing my bag tag. This total stranger let me know that our bags were sitting in the corner near baggage carousel 3 in the Edinburgh airport. —- Linda R., Manhattan Beach

9. ** What I love about your MB Weekly so far is that it is independent, not drawn to extremes with the woke crazies and the hardline right wing. Keep up the excellent work. —- Yardley A., Manhattan Beach

10. ** Manhattan Beach Cars And Coffee, Dates: Last Saturday Morning Monthly Location: El Segundo – The Point (shopping center) – 850 S. CA-1, Starts: 8 AM, Ends: 10 AM, Admission: Free, Vehicle Registration: Free

11. ** We are calling our last Call to Action for Council to protect our city against the financial peril of costly lawsuits and mitigate the stain of racism cast on our Beach City by explaining their conclusion of “racial discrimination” is debatable (See above Call to Action). It has been our pleasure to serve our fellow residents by bringing you the information on this issue. BrucesBeachGetTheFacts, Please address all comments to:

12. ** So disappointed and disgusted in the behavior of the owner of Racer Tea in Redondo Beach. My best friend, who is type 1 diabetic, politely asked for no sugar in a coffee drink to make her morning easier. Instead of being polite, the owner berated her for wanting to make a change to something and called her disease a “fad diet.” Don’t own a business if you’re not prepared to treat people with respect. And don’t send someone out of your store in tears because you decide to have an attitude. —- Shelby Fredricks, Manhattan Beach

13. ** Please tell the people the truth, the council, staff and many residents believe it’s better for Manhattan & Hermosa Beach to push the feared pot shop problems into poorer communities and onto their children not ours; even if it does have a slight stench of privilege, prejudice and elitism. The teen pot use argument is a compelling red herring. Don’t take the bait. Teen pot use is an educational issue. Those that don’t buy into it will still get their pot, maybe from the Sinaloa Crime Family instead. —- Tony Higgins, N. Hermosa Beach

14. ** A huge 4-story, 79-unit luxury apartment complex called Highrose is being considered for the Verandas / Tradewinds property in El Porto near to the Chevron oil refinery. Highrose would cover two acres and have a maximum capacity of 144 residents. There will be 127 car parking spaces included in the project. This is bad for Manhattan Beach! —- Lilly N., Manhattan Beach

15. ** Let’s be honest. Governor Newsom is a pretty-boy disaster! —- Derrick P., Manhattan Beach

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MB Weekly 08/18/2022


Firefighters In Manhattan Beach Make An Average Of $328,000 Per Year

The Manhattan Beach Firefighters Association and the Manhattan Beach City Council’s negotiations have been at a standstill since an impasse was declared in May. A city council meeting on July 19 saw a crowded house of firefighters and their supporters pleading with the council to change its attitude on labor negotiations, according to a local newspaper serving Manhattan Beach and the surrounding areas.


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The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Riley


Have you smoked at least one cigarette in the last year?
Have you ever played naked tag?
Have you ever peed your pants in public?
Have you ever snuck out of your house in the middle of the night?
Have you ever cheated on a test?
Have you ever been in a fistfight?
Have you ever done something that you regret?
Have you ever lied to your parents?

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The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Rudy Mejia

MB Firefighter – President


Repairs continue at Pasha Jewelry in Manhattan Beach.


Congratulations to the entire team at MBPost for being recognized by The Michelin Guide. Big and buzzing with excitement over Chef/co-owner David LeFevre’s creations, this is a fun and casual place that has something for everyone, just a stone’s throw from Manhattan Beach Pier. The food is a proud foray into just about every global cuisine – from pork chili chimichangas and bibimbap to Scotch eggs – but always with clear Californian flair. Their bacon-cheddar buttermilk biscuits are so good that they don’t even need the maple butter that accompanies them. Everything revolves around gathering, conversing and sharing; portions are small so plan your ordering as a group to explore a majority of the menu. Weekends can veer towards loud and crowded with plenty of young families in tow, so this isn’t a place for anyone with a yen for calm.



According to a sample of 25,800 MB Weekly readers in Manhattan Beach and surrounding South Bay communities, MB Weekly readers have spoken.

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Philanthropist Suzanne Karger


Do you drink coffee?
Do you play sports?
Have you ever performed on stage?
–Does high school choir and a college musical count?
Have you ever been in a band?
Do you like cilantro?

MB Weekly Launches City Talk Lunches With MB Firefighter Of The Year:

MB Firefighter Of The Year – 2022: Steve Fairbrother

MB Weekly, the most popular weekly digital magazine in Manhattan Beach, has launched a luncheon conversation series titled City Talk recently. The month luncheon series began on Friday, August 12, featuring MB firefighter of the year – 2022, Steve Fairbrother, and drew a good crowd of city influencers. Hosted at the popular Urban Plates in Manhattan Beach, the conversation was spirited and touched on the ongoing dispute between the leadership of the Fire Department and the City. The City Talk luncheon will be held monthly and feature a timely guest of honor to discuss all things related to Manhattan Beach.


The Skechers Invitational Summer Pickleball Championships, the first nationally televised competition in the young, rapidly expanding sport, will be sponsored by the Manhattan Beach-based Skechers brand. The South Bay-based Friendship foundation, which assists students with special needs, will profit from the Skechers Invitational.

This Mostly Original Midcentury Modern In Manhattan Beach Still Looks Marvelous:

In the South Bay Area of Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach is a very chill, connected community. A safe environment for kids, the quintessential SoCal beach town boasts one of the nicest beaches in the area. Of course, as in most of Southern California, buyers have to pay – and pay dearly – for that kind of coastal tranquility.

Over the last 20 or 30 years, throughout the community, humble beach cottages have been replaced with spacious houses built cheek-to-jowel with other expensively expanded homes. Prices are expectedly high; Redfin sets the year-to-date median price for a single-family home at more than $3.6 million. There are, however, some original treasures still to be found. To wit: a modestly proportioned, 1,700-square-foot midcentury residence in the sought-after Tree Section that was designed and built in 1947 by local architect John R. O’Donnell, Jr., for his own family.


How can you have a garden with fresh fruits and vegetables when space and water are limited? There is a solution and it’s called aquaponics. “I don’t even think I understood what it meant, but I’ve always been interested in stuff like this,” says high school senior Jordan Karambelas. Jordan will be a senior at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, and her aquaponics system on campus is meant to show classmates what can be done to creatively grow food. With help from Mike Garcia, a South Bay landscape contractor, Jordan used a school courtyard where traditional gardens sit unused, as the site for her Permaculture Club’s 4X6, two-level structure. It’s one that could easily fit in your front porch or apartment balcony. “You can do much more simple versions of this, just put it in your house and stuff like that. Even stuff like that can start helping. And the part that even helps more than doing it is at least you’re spreading it to other people,” she explains.

The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Dalia Frias


Dalia Frias, a recent graduate of Mira Costa High School, has concluded her record-breaking year by being named the California State Girls Athlete of the Year by, the authority on high school athletics in the Golden State. Just a few weeks prior, Frias broke the girls’ two-mile outdoor National Federation of High Schools record.


Caprese salad with fresh garden tomatoes at SLAY Italian Kitchen.

By Darcy Winston

Silverlake Ramen

After our long awaited wait, my husband and I visited Silverlake Ramen, one of the newest restaurants featured at the updated Manhattan Village Mall. Believe me, it was worth the wait! Not only was the food delicious – imagine massive bowls of savory broth, highly slurpable noodles, and fresh veggies – but the atmosphere was relaxed, contemporary, and cool. The friendly and knowledgeable wait staff were a breath of fresh air (in a time where service usually blows) and the prices were just right. Just for reference, we ordered The Classic Ramen Bowl with chicken and the Handmade Grilled Gyoza. Delicious and plentiful for splitting, if you’re interested in sharing a lighter meal. Highly recommended.

Food: B  •  Service: B  •  Value: B

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“It’s summer in Manhattan Beach. We should be at the pier dreaming about air conditioning.”


Like so many Americans, I have been called into a relationship with guns since I was a child and have been made to understand, even long before I could articulate it, that guns represented something essential about what it means to become a fully realized American man. —- Fernando C., a former Manhattan Beach homeowner


1. ** As a former Mayor, I was reluctant to file an appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of a behemoth, 4-story, 79-unit luxury apartment building at Highland Avenue and Rosecrans Avenue, that we all know is so out of character with our low profile. The project site is located on the old Chevron refinery property, previously leased for oil and gas drilling. —- Mark Francis Burton, Manhattan Beach

2. ** President Trump’s behavior on January 6th is nothing short of disgraceful, and it should eliminate him from ever holding political office again. —- Nancy P., Manhattan Beach

3. ** An acceleration of people leaving California began during the first year of the pandemic. But new data show the moves continued even after lockdowns and other COVID restrictions eased. Two years in a row, and people are leaving in droves. No surprise. —- Lola G., Manhattan Beach

4. ** My husband just got back from his walk through Sand Dune Park and he said it is not being watered. Why is there such a problem with the Parks Department that they can’t get the irrigation system up and working? Who is in charge? It’s reclaimed water so no problem there. They also did all the tree trimming and left lots of branches, etc. on the ground! The city seems like it’s on a downward swing. —- JL B, Manhattan Beach

5. ** What is going on in our neighborhood lately? I feel like every time I come on here I see package thieves, shootings, robberies … I know bad things have always happened but does anyone else notice the increase or am I overreacting??? So scary —- Arianna Lin, Manhattan Beach

6. ** The Biden administration has said that its announcement on student loan forgiveness is coming soon, which means the news could break shortly before Americans vote in the midterm elections in November. Convenient time, huh? —- Brad H., Manhattan Beach

7. ** There is a man who used to live in Manhattan Beach who accidentally threw away a hard drive containing 8k bitcoins has a plan to get them back. The $11m scheme includes purchasing two $75k robotic dogs to help excavate his local landfill. —- Wesley B., Manhattan Beach

8. ** Far left comedian Samantha Bee’s late-night show was canceled this week – low ratings. Ms. Bee is in the smug club with the other leftist pundits Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel; the list seems endless. All of these people have talent, but I’m pretty sure most Americans have had quite enough of liberal arrogance and condescension, so others will be following Ms. Bee. —- William K., Manhattan Beach

9. ** It is long over that the ideals that have stood the test of time must be reinstated in our Manhattan Beach schools. The knowledge passed down from one generation to the next is priceless. Characteristics like work ethic, family love, learning to learn, and pride in being an American must return to the classroom. We must pay more attention to civic duty and history. Sorry Wokesters, it’s past due time to end your dangerous nonsense. —- Dr. Alice K., Manhattan Beach

10. ** There’s a 94-year young man in El Segundo who lives alone and needs someone to check on him late in the morning and in the evening around 8:30. He is single, never married and no kids. He is a friend of mine and I live in Arizona most of the time. He’s pretty independent, but needs help with a few self-care tasks, light housekeeping and reminders to take meds. Please call Cyndi (805) 341-6672 —- Cyndi Myatt, El Segundo

11. ** What I love about your M.B. Weekly thus far is its independence. Not Liberal. Not Conservative. Great job. —- Ashley G., Manhattan Beach

12. ** And rather of focusing on teaching what it means to be an American, our school board leaders are more concerned with issues of color, gender, and sex. —- Dr. Claude W., Manhattan Beach

13. ** WE’RE HIRING! There are a number of open positions available including these three:⁠ Director of Marketing, Kids Content, Motion Graphic Designer and Creative Conceptor/Writer – To learn more and apply, visit

14. ** Without a firm commitment from our leaders to safeguard our local bodies from encroaching outside influence, the independence of our MBPD, MBFD, and MBUSD from LA County and the California State Board of Education is gradually disappearing. —- Holly M., Manhattan Beach

15. ** Watching my fellow Manhattan Beach creators shows that we are social creatures to the inmost center of our being. —- Michael Manning, Manhattan Beach

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