MB WEEKLY – READER POLL:
71% THINK E-BIKE DEATH IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME IN MANHATTAN BEACH
A substantial majority of MB Weekly readers in Manhattan Beach and surrounding South Bay communities feel that a death involving a young person on an e-bike is just a matter of time. “The recklessness that I see daily is outrageous,” said Jake R., a longtime Manhattan Beach resident, “kids blow through stop signs hourly, and frequently I see young people not wearing helmets and looking at their phones.” E-bikes have become especially popular with young people in the downtown Manhattan Beach community. “Police need to start issuing tickets immediately. Kids think the whole thing is a joke and someone will get killed! It is just a matter of time.”
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MB WEEKLY – COMMENTARY:
by Chris Jacobson
At approximately 2:45 p.m. Sunday, April 16th, driving up Longfellow, roughly 20 yards from approaching PCH, the light was yellow, and decided not to cross PCH. The light turned red, and I was stopped at the traffic light @ PCH. 2 girls on e-bikes pulled up behind me. Seconds later, a boy with NO helmet pulls up, passes me, and runs a red light that just turned red. A white Subaru slowed down and came within 2-3 feet of hitting the kid. The boy swerves into oncoming traffic on PCH, sticks his butt back at the suburb, turns his head with his tongue out, smiles & shakes his butt. I asked the girls at the stoplight, “Do you know that kid?” They shook their head “no” in complete fear & shock like I was of what almost happened. The light turned green, and the kid was waiting on the other side for the girls. I pulled over and told the kid, “You could have easily been hit.” He said verbatim, “Shut up f@cker.”
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Interview With Stewart Fournier
An Exclusive Video Interview with Stewart Fournier.
Manhattan Beach Will Develop Historical Records, Satellite Library:
The multipurpose facility will store Manhattan Beach Historical Society items: Manhattan Beach’s history will leave Polliwog Park’s modest red house. Manhattan Beach is creating a Polliwog Pavilion with the Los Angeles County Library to house its records. It will house and display all of the City’s historical records and be a small neighborhood library. At a recent meeting, the City Council unanimously adopted the plans and a collection policy for artifact management. The panel had the City’s Library Commission begin planning the new location early last year. Five years ago, the City discussed strategies to preserve failing artifacts in a wet, unclean storage room in a more than 100-year-old house without fire protection or smoke detectors.
Members Are Added To Manhattan Beach’s Task Force On Outdoor Dining:
The task committee will shortly start holding meetings to gather feedback from the local community regarding a citywide program for ongoing outdoor dining. Following their appointment at the City Council meeting last week, eight residents of Manhattan Beach will investigate the city’s outdoor dining alternatives. A long-term outdoor eating and business use program will be recommended to the City Council by the Outdoor eating Task Force, which has a total of 15 members. Officials declared in January that temporary outdoor dining in Manhattan Beach will stop after the COVID-19 State of Emergency in California, which concluded on February 28. Manhattan Beach is a little beach community, and of course everyone here loves being outside. Mayor Richard Montgomery stated, “We want to continue enjoying the lovely outdoor space while maintaining our small town family atmosphere. We are home to some of the top restaurants and businesses in Southern California. This task force will assist us in identifying the requirements of our neighborhood and in naturally developing a program that is particular to us. I am interested in seeing their suggestions.”
Tin Roof Bistro:
A CASUAL, FUN ATMOSPHERE COMBINED WITH CHEF-INSPIRED CUISINE AND PROFESSIONAL, DETAIL-ORIENTED SERVICE
This combination allows our guests to feel comfortable showing up in jeans and a t-shirt on their way back from the beach or a suit and tie on their way home from work. We have the perfect setting for a fun night. We strive to make our restaurant feel like home, and we love seeing you enjoy.
Brunch Served on Saturdays & Sundays
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Greg Newman
President/CEO Of Baja Sharkeez Restaurant Group
Greg Newman and Wife
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF RUNNING A BUSINESS IN TODAY’S POST-COVID ENVIRONMENT?
A: We have been fortunate at Esperanza to have very little turnover in our core Team so staffing has not been an issue. Probably the most challenging thing has been trying to maintain fair prices and stay at or below average for our type of operation. Between minimum wage going to $15.50, skyrocketing food prices, high utilities, liquor and pretty much everything else it takes to run a restaurant it’s a challenge to keep prices down and still maintain a healthy profit margin. So in short, inflation.
Q: WHAT IS THE SECRET SAUCE OF MANHATTAN BEACH’S SUCCESS?
A: Esperanza has been spawned out of over 50 years of experience in the Mexican food and social gathering business. We have been perfecting our food menu, mixology program and design aesthetic since we opened Palmilla in Hermosa in 2011. We are constantly doing research on food and drinks and improving things every few months. The Team we have put together with our GM partner and mixologist John Fox is the other core success factor. Without our amazing Team the rest wouldn’t work.
Q: HAVE YOU HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH THE HOMELESS BOTHERING YOUR STAFF OR CUSTOMERS?
A: Yes, the homeless are occasionally an issue but doing business for years you learn how to talk to them and not say anything too abrasive to make the interaction worse. If you are kind but firm they eventually move on and if they don’t we call local PD and they usually show up pretty quickly to help us deal with the individual.
Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?
A: It Sounds so typical but it has to be the original Top Gun. I saw it when I was 18 at the Manhattan Mann village theatre and it for some reason had a huge impact on me. I have most of the lines memorized. My buddy I saw it with joined the Navy the next day!
Q: HOW DOES ONE GET A RESERVATION AT ESPERANZA? IT IS ALWAYS PACKED.
A: We’re packed with people who made reservations a few weeks in advance. It’s easy just go to our website Esperanzamb.com and click on reservations, email us at email@example.com or call us at 424-422-0057. We Love new customers!
Q: WOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL?
A: Although I think the hard work the city council does is such an important service to our community, and I respect all the effort and time they put in, I would be challenged to do the job I would want to do with everything else I have going on. I am on the MB BID board and I stay involved with local charities and Art galleries, etc.
Other Restaurants: Baja Sharkeez, Sandbar, Panama Joe’s, Killarney’s Irish Pub, Tower12, Palmilla Cocina y Tequila & Esperanza Cocina de la Playa.
In A Dispute Involving Short-Term Rentals, A Judge Ordered Manhattan Beach To Pay Legal Fees:
A judge in the Superior Court has mandated that the City of Manhattan Beach reimburse the legal costs of a resident who successfully contested the validity of the city’s prohibition on short-term rentals. Darby Keen, a city resident, was awarded $146,124 in legal fees by Judge Mitchell Beckloff. The costs were incurred when the City appealed the first ruling against the short-term rental prohibition that the City Council passed in 2019.
The Faces of Manhattan Beach
“YES or NO” INTERVIEW
Do you have a favorite number?
Have you ever traveled abroad?
–YES, STARTING AT THE AGE OF 17
Do you like to listen to music while you work?
Have you ever had a psychic reading before?
Can you speak another language fluently?
–NO, A LITTLE FRENCH
Do you enjoy watching scary movies?
Do you believe in the paranormal?
Have you ever been arrested?
Do you gamble?
Do you eat fast food often?
–AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE
Dive N Surf:
DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING
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MB WEEKLY – LENS:
Nationally known former neo-nazi turned educator against hate Frank Meeink will share his transformative story in Manhattan Beach in a conversation with the South Bay Community Coalition Against Hate.
** The goat of goats, Coach Phil Jackson at Nando Trattoria. (left)
** Hunter March from Netflix show at Nando Trattoria. (right)
** Famed cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Kotler, having dinner at Nando’s in Manhattan Beach.
** Veteran financial planner, Dave Harris, having lunch at Urban Plates in Manhattan Beach.
** City Councilman David Lesser, having coffee at Reborn Coffee in Manhattan Village.
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Manhattan Beach Weapons Arrest:
A recent 3 a.m. Rosecrans Avenue traffic stop revealed a concealed and loaded firearm. The driver was a paroled offender with a gun. Arrest ensued.
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MB – BULLETIN BOARD:
1. ** How come there just aren’t any realistic recreations of dinosaurs taking a dump. —- Vincent P., Manhattan Beach
2. ** Assholes! Early morning parking will no longer be free in Hermosa Beach – The City Council has also raised parking meter rates in our little beach town. —- Mitch R.
3. ** Does anyone live near 9th street and North Ardmore Ave in Manhattan Beach and hear people moaning and hurling insults? —- Clay T., Manhattan Beach
4. ** A vehicle in plain clothing and two patrol cars are speeding along Manhattan Beach Boulevard, which runs between 300 and 310, in Manhattan Beach, California. —- Tim W., Manhattan Beach
5. ** Man got shot after witnessing catalytic converter theft in Redondo Beach: https://www.foxla.com/news/man-hospitalized-after-being-shot-at-while-witnessing-catalytic-converter-theft-in-progress —- Holly G., Redondo Beach
6. ** Thank God! Crazy LA Board Of Supervisors Abort Plan To Release Dirtbag Criminals. —- Hillary W., Manhattan Beach
7. ** Really am enjoying the MB Weekly! 🙂 Very different and community orientated! —- Emily Piemonte, Manhattan Beach
8. ** Around 11 a.m., I saw police cars surrounding a Tesla parked two rows in front of the CVS (next to Ralph’s) in Manhattan Beach. The back window was entirely broken. This crime is becoming more egregious! —- Candy R., Manhattan Beach
9. ** I came across Alexander Moreno. He arrived at my house to trim six trees, but in the middle of the job, he left without notifying me and left a mess. Stupid me, I paid him in advance. —- Tony R.
10. ** Very long wait at Handel’s Ice Cream in Manhattan Village. No owner or manager is present. Only two people were working. Badly run. —- Carly B., Manhattan Beach
11. ** Los Angeles Metro Transit is a Public Hazard! —- Douglas Z., Manhattan Beach
12. ** It was recently up for a vote by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on a resolution that, among other things, instructs the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to “cite & release” anyone whose bond is set at $50,000 or less. Meaning that victims of domestic violence and child abuse will now be left on their own. Why is our culture so flawed? —- Gabby J., Manhattan Beach
13. ** Yesterday, when I went to Marshalls, I saw three women hurrying out with garments still hanging on the hangers, socks, and other items that hadn’t been dropped. They should be ashamed, the store staff yelled. Thieves, or is it just California’s present policy…? —- Lola F., Hermosa Beach
14. ** I like the food at Café Vida inside the Bay Club in El Segundo. —- Marty B., El Segundo
15. ** I really enjoy MB Weekly; it’s not stuffy or fluffy, not overly serious … it’s just enough. —- Elizabeth Heatherton, Manhattan Beach
16. ** Have you heard about “Drag Queen Story Hour” for young children being held in schools and libraries? How do you feel about “sex ed” lessons encouraging kids to question their sexual identity and tell them they can be a boy, a girl, or something in between? What about kids reading graphic and sexually explicit books as part of a required school curriculum? —- Greta T., Manhattan Beach (a concerned parent of three under 12)
17. ** That crazy neighbor of mine! —- William B., Hermosa Beach
18. ** With some tasty giveaways and special offers, Mickey’s Italian Deli & Pizzeria in Hermosa Beach is commemorating its opening in 1953 and seven decades of operation. —- Allen C., Hermosa
19. ** Police patrols. Just putting it out there. There might not be a shooting every week in Hawthorne if there were as many police patrols as there are parking enforcement patrols. —- Daryl P., El Segundo
20. ** Dog walking. A veteran, award-winning dog walker in South Bay. Call Silvia 310-714-9877
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