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Dear Mayor: HAS MANHATTAN BEACH CHANGED FOR THE BETTER OR, THE WORSE SINCE YOU’VE LAST BEEN MAYOR?
A: As I was last mayor just before the COVID 19 shutdown, the change is definitely for the better!
Dear Mayor: WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE CURRENTLY FACING MANHATTAN BEACH FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE?
A: The increase in misdemeanor crimes and property crimes is our current greatest challenge.
Dear Mayor: ARE YOU A DODGERS FAN?
A: Is that really a question?
Dear Mayor: DO YOU THINK OF YOURSELF AS A LIBERAL OR A CONSERVATIVE?
Dear Mayor: HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN MANHATTAN BEACH?
A: 34 YEARS
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Plans For The Dale Velzy Plaque Will Resurrect Manhattan Beach’s Surfing Heritage:
Bing Copeland still recalls spending his early adolescent years hanging out at the Velzy Surfboards store sweeping up the fine dust left behind from the balsa wood shavings carpeting the floor. Surfer Dale Velzy made the decision to relocate the business to a shop in an adjacent abandoned building after being ejected from underneath the Manhattan Beach Pier for causing a mess while producing surfboards.
A plaque is planned for the sidewalk outside of Velzy, a building that gave rise to the surfboard business, and which has been the subject of years-long efforts to acknowledge it as the first-ever surfboard shop, founded in 1950. As he spoke from his home in Idaho, 87-year-old Copeland remarked, “I think it’s wonderful and long overdue.”
Longtime Manhattan Beach resident Jackie May, who learned about Velzy’s story a decade ago and believed the surfer should be acknowledged, is the force behind the initiative. Everyone is really excited about this, May said. May had no idea it would grow to be that big.
Seeds Of Knowledge Monument To Be Unveiled By MBEF:
The “Seeds of Knowledge” project was finished this month after hundreds of hours of conversations with the MBEF board, a protracted hunt for the ideal artist to finish the project, and finally another search for the ideal location. The “recognition wall” names community members who supported education in nearby schools. The idea came when Manhattan Beach Education Foundation Executive Director Hilary Mahan first started looking into how other education foundations used art installations to celebrate community support for education. The “Seeds of Knowledge” community appreciation art piece will be presented on May 6, which also happens to be the 40th anniversary of MBEF.
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MB WEEKLY – CRIME STATS – MARCH 2023:
The Monthly Statistics Were Summarized In The Following Graphic
(The arson incident – probably the most curious of the crimes listed – occurred in the 3400 block of Sepulveda, where “an unknown suspect left two piles of feces and an inactive fire pit made out of debris,” according to MBPD.)
The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Gerry Morton
President Of The MB Rotary Club
Rotary Club President, Gerry Morton and his wife, at Rotary Club Fundraiser
Q: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED FROM BEING THE MANHATTAN BEACH ROTARY CLUB PRESIDENT?
A: I knew on some level how great of a Club we had, but a year as President has shown me what exceptional people our Rotarians are. From hands-on service to financial giving to the camaraderie we experience at each of our meetings, the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach has no equal.
Q: YOUR “CELEBRATE MANHATTAN BEACH” EVENT WAS A TRIUMPHANT SUCCESS. WHEN DID YOU BEGIN THE PLANNING PROCESS?
A: Our board and the Celebrate Manhattan Beach committee spend the six months leading up to the event planning to ensure that it’s a tremendous evening for all the attendees. This year’s Chairman of the event was Jordan Holbert. She and her committee did a fabulous job executing all the details. We also cultivate our sponsor and donor relationships throughout the year so that they can see their dollars’ impact and are excited to give each year again.
Q: HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU RAISE FROM THE “CELEBRATE MANHATTAN BEACH” EVENT?
A: We raise over $200k each year, which funds our entire outreach in the coming Rotary year, which will be led by Lisa Hemmat-Lupercio beginning on July 1.
Q: WHY SHOULD PEOPLE CONSIDER JOINING THE ROTARY CLUB IN MANHATTAN BEACH?
A: There is no other group like this in Manhattan Beach. The quality of our speakers, the connection between the members, and our impact on the community are unrivaled.
Q: WHAT IS THE ROTARY CLUB DOING TO ATTRACT MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO ITS MISSION?
A: Fortunately, we are blessed to have many young, energetic, career-ascending individuals in our Club. Like attracts like, and they (can I say “we”?) continue to bring in more young members to join us.
MB WEEKLY – LENS:
Actor, singer, and dancer Montana Tucker speaks to a crowd Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at the Congregation Tikvat Jacob synagogue in Manhattan Beach about using her social platform for Holocaust education.
MB WEEKLY – RESTAURANT REVIEW:
by Darby Winston
Slay Italian Kitchen
Slay Italian Kitchen is a true gem of a restaurant. From the moment I walked in, I was impressed by the warm and inviting decor, with rich accents and comfortable seating. The service was equally impressive, with friendly and attentive staff who went out of their way to make sure every aspect of our dining experience was perfect. But the real star of the show at Slay Italian Kitchen is the food. The menu is filled with classic Italian dishes, each one prepared with care and attention to detail. From the handmade pasta to the perfectly cooked meats, every dish we tried was bursting with flavor and made with the freshest ingredients.
One standout dish was the lasagne, served with a rich tomato sauce and topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese. The flavors were perfectly balanced, and the dish was cooked to perfection. Overall, I cannot recommend Slay Italian Kitchen highly enough. It is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, a family meal, or a night out with friends. With its exceptional food, welcoming atmosphere, and top-notch service, it truly is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves great Italian food. Mr. Slay, who has earned a reputation in Manhattan Beach, as the uber-chef in town, has done it again with Slay Italian Kitchen.
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The Faces of Manhattan Beach
Meet Jim Burton
Q: WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN THAT MOST CONCERNS YOU ABOUT E-BIKE RIDING IN MANHATTAN BEACH?
A: SPEED – on both vehicle streets and public sidewalks.
Q: DO YOU THINK THE MBPD SHOULD GIVE OUT PAID CITATIONS TO RIDERS OBSERVED BREAKING THE LAW?
A: Absolutely, and also hold parents accountable for minors. Safety needs to start at home with support from our schools.
Q: IF AN E-BIKE RIDER IS A REPEAT OFFENDER, WOULD YOU BE IN FAVOR OF THE POLICE IMPOUNDING THE E-BIKE?
Q: WHERE DO YOU LIVE, AND WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
A: Downtown Manhattan Beach – President / CEO of EcoKai Environmental, Inc.
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by Clay Tobias
The decline in traditional values isn’t particularly new. The things that make people feel as though their presence matters, such as civic-mindedness and religious observance, have declined in tandem. From Bowling Alone in the late ‘90s to Coming Apart in 2012 to a slew of recent “End of America” essays from every major publication, researchers believe these trends are accelerating further. This decline in civic belief and religiosity predated the mobile internet. We can’t blame the phones this time.
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WATCH YOUR BACK – MBPD REPORT:
A Rise In Pickpocketing
According to an MBPD weekly report, wallet thefts that target female consumers have increased. Make sure to have a purse with a zipper closure when you go shopping. Never, ever leave a purse, wallet, or bag in a shopping cart alone, not even for a second. Pickpockets operate in groups. Another suspect snatches the wallet from the purse or, in certain circumstances, the entire purse while the first suspect diverts the customer. The MBPD reports 33 larcenies (including pickpocketing, shoplifting, purse snatching, bike and package thefts), 20 vehicle burglaries, five vehicle thefts, four business and four residential burglaries, seven assaults, one sexual offense, three robberies, and one incidence of arson over the past month.
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MB – BULLETIN BOARD:
1. ** Porch pirate We’ve never had this happen, and it finally happened. I don’t understand what people can want with others’ packages, but they are brazen and fearless. A breakdown in our society. —- Melanie M., Hermosa Beach
2. ** What kind of morons other than the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors would propose for the LASD to “cite’ release” anyone with a $50,000 bond amount? —- Tyler V., Manhattan Beach
3. ** Our Redondo Beach neighbor saw a man with a flashlight on his ring strolling between his house and neighbors this am. Another neighbor phoned the police after seeing the same man between residences at 6 AM. We must remain vigilant. In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a war going on out there. —- Dr. Brock W., Redondo Beach
4. ** Joy is the best makeup. —- Blair L., Manhattan Beach
5. ** Pollen counts are already soaring across California, and the months ahead could spell more bad news for allergy sufferers. —- Timothy Z., Manhattan Beach
6. ** Don’t use free public phone charging stations, FBI warns. The practice known as “juice-jacking” allows hackers to install malware, and tracking software onto devices, the agency says. —- Jose G., El Segundo
7. ** In El Segundo, I would like to suggest You Move Me Movers. —- Bianca C., Manhattan Beach
8. ** More good work by the government. Two Los Angeles County juvenile facilities have such lax security that illicit substances and other contraband are thrown over fences, dropped by drones and even delivered by fake DoorDash drivers and others who walk through security without ever being searched, according to a new report by the county’s watchdog office. Let me guess, every involved will get a raise next year. —- Carl D., Manhattan Beach
9. ** Redondo Beach Police are asking help in finding the suspect alleged to have shot and wounded a person in a car in the area of North Lucia Avenue, and Agate Street early Friday morning March 31. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Redondo Beach Police Detective Nimmons at (310) 379-2477 or anonymously at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. ** Chicago Will Host 2024 Democratic Convention. I guess the party decided to give it a “shot!” —- Robyn A., Manhattan Beach
11. ** Riley Gaines—a female swimmer and women’s sports advocate—was violently assaulted by radical “trans activists” for daring to say that biological men should not be able to compete in women’s sports. Vile! —- Hailey G., Manhattan Beach
12. ** ‘Rapidly growing’ homeless encampments spring up near LA’s celebrity-filled Beverly Hills neighborhood – where the median home price is $3.5M. If it can happen in Beverly Hills, it can happen in Manhattan Beach. —- Lance H., Manhattan Beach
13. ** Manhattan Beach deserves praise for addressing urban coyotes swiftly. Torrance laid the framework years ago, and now with Manhattan on board, we need Redondo and other nearby cities. Public safety requires a multi-city approach. —- Phil K., Manhattan Beach
14. ** Thank you, Manhattan Beach Mayor Richard Montgomery and Councilmembers Amy Howorth, David Lesser, and Steve Napolitano, for apologizing on behalf of our City for the 1924 City government’s racially motivated decision to force Willa and Charles Bruce and other Black families to sell their properties to the City. —- Sandy P., Manhattan Beach
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16. ** What in the hell is going on with every police car and fire truck racing back and forth on Valley (south) and then Ardmore (north) recently ???? —- Lexi A., Manhattan Beach
17. ** No more greedy parcel taxes! The MB School District needs to live within their means, just like us taxpayers. —- Sharon A., Manhattan Beach
18. ** Totally Agree… I understand tipping to be a reward for good service in addition to the product paid for. Not an extra bonus for the person who hands me the product that I paid for. —- S.R., Manhattan Beach
19. ** Mayor Bass is pathetic. Gascon, the criminals D.A. And Gruesome, the Marxist/Communist governor. I’d leave this state if I could. In the meantime, I’ll continue to fight for individual rights and small government. —- David D., Manhattan Beach
20. ** Stolen Vehicle! 2006 Black Chevy Analanche 4 Door Lic# 7C86698 Taken from the tree section (600 block of 36th St) on 5/1/23; 4:20am. Please check your Ring if you’re able. This information has been reported to the police. Vehicle Color: Black, Make: Chevrolet, Model: Avalanche, Year: 2006, Type: Truck -3600-3610 Flournoy Road, Manhattan Beach, CA —- Jennifer G., Manhattan Beach
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