Manhattan Beach News

Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair

Blog, Community News, Manhattan Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart
The 40th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair is being held on October 6-7, 2012. The popularity of the fair is explained by the fact that it attracts everyone under the sun, from families and art lovers, to free speech advovates and fair food fanatics, and those that would rather hang out in the South Bay’s favorite Beer Garden. The Fair is fun for all ages. Great fair food, beautiful arts & crafts from hand selected vendors, free entertainment on our Main Stage and South Stage, games for kids of all ages and of course, the Kids Country are just some of the venues available for visitors. It really is a hometown event and has mangaged to showcase it’s community feel every year in large part because this event is 100% put together and executed by a group of volunteers. Check out the event detaisl at

Manhattan Beach Hometown 10k Run

Blog, Community News, Events, Manhattan Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart
Come join us for the 35th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown 10K, on Saturday, October 6, 2012. 4,000 runners will take to the streets for this moderate to slightly difficult course through downtown and residential Manhattan Beach, finishing at the Manhattan Beach pier. Profits go to local schools, fitness-related recreation projects and college scholarships. Family teams exist in the following categories: Brother-Brother, Brother-Sister, Sister-Sister, Mother-Daughter, Mother-Son, Father-Daughter, Father-Son (Sorry, no spousal teams) Teammates need not run together. Medals will be awarded to the top 10 combined running times in each category. Online registration is now closed and only walk in registration is available at the Redondo Beach Village Runner Manhattan Beach. Proceeds from the event are returned to the community in the form of scholarships to high school seniors living in Manhattan Beach and to various enhancements to the recreation facilities of local schools and parks. Over the years, the Hometown 10k has made donations back to the community in excess of $250,000!

Los Angeles Carmeggedon 2 Explained

Blog, Community News, Manhattan Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart
Metro has produced a video to highlight the second full closure of the I-405 during the weekend of Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, also dubbed Carmageddon II. During the closure, the north side of the Mulholland Bridge will be demolished. When finished, the bridge will be about 10 feet wider and seismically retrofitted to the latest standards. It will be the third bridge demolished and reconstructed in  order to widen the 405 Freeway and add a northbound carpool lane through  the Sepulveda Pass.

From Sept. 15 to Sept. 16, there’s a full northbound directional closure from the Getty Center ramps to the U.S. 101 from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. The Mulholland Bridge will also close from that Friday at 10 p.m. to Sunday at 8 a.m. that weekend for roadway alignment and elevation adjustment.

Ramps will begin closing as early as 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, within the freeway closure limits. Lanes will begin closing as early as 10 p.m. on Friday.

Full closure of the I-405 begins Saturday at 12:01 a.m. The northbound I-405 is closed from the I-10 to U.S. 101. The southbound I-405 is closed from the U.S. 101 to the Getty Center Drive ramps. The Mulholland Bridge and Haskell ramps close, as well as northbound U.S. 101 connectors from the I-405.

The I-405 is scheduled to reopen Monday, Oct. 1, at 5 a.m.


Manhattan Beach First Fridays

Blog, Community News, Manhattan Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart
On the first Friday of every month, downtown businesses will extend their hours to 9 p.m. for Downtown After Sundown. Come spend the day shopping like a local at our variety of nearly eighty retail stores.The monthly event features special offers, discounts, music, giveaways and other fun things to do. Select stores, restaurants and businesses below Valley Drive, west to the pier and surrounding streets,will be participating. You’re encouraged to mix, mingle, meet up with old friends and make a few new ones – it’s a great way to kick off the weekend! Take a stroll with the kids to the Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the historic Manhattan Beach Pier. Rent bikes to ride our paved beach-front bike path, or just roll up your pant legs and collect seashells at low tide. This is a popular event, so if you plan on making a night of it and having dinner at one of the many fine dining establishments, reservations are highly recommended.

Manhattan Beach Leads Market In $1Million+

Blog, Community News, Manhattan Beach News, Real Estate News   |   Dunham Stewart
Another signal that the housing market is turning around: Statewide, more than 7,700 homes sold for $1 million or more in the April-June quarter, a nearly 80 percent jump from the previous three months and 18.5 percent higher than a year earlier, according to Dataquick. The quarterly sales figure was the highest since the July-September period in 2007. Part of the jump could be due to a general increase in prices, pushing a home that had been valued in the high six figures to $1 million or more. The vast majority of homes – 5,100 – were in the $1-million to $2-million range, while only 188 were sold for $5 million of more. As you can see from the list below, provided by DataQuick , Manhattan Beach had the largest number of million-dollar sales in Southern California, followed by Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Rolling Hills Estates. Ranking below is by ZIP code, location, number of sales in quarter and most expensive home.

94010 Hillsborough 134 $5.28 mill.
95070 Saratoga 126 $5.35 mill.
90266 Manhattan Beach 119 $5.50 mill.
92660 Newport Beach 110 $7.20 mill.
95014 Cupertino 105 $2.45 mill.
94024 Los Altos 102 $6.00 mill.
94025 Menlo Park 100 $4.80 mill.
92037 La Jolla 98 $7.05 mill.
90210 Beverly Hills 97 $34.50 mill.
90049 Brentwood 96 $9.95 mill.
90274 Rolling Hills Estates 87 $5.80 mill.

Coastal Living Is Good For Your Health

Blog, Hermosa Beach News, Manhattan Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart
Good news for coastal residents of the South Bay. Living on the coast might come with the added benefit of better health, or so say researchers. A study released this month by the University of Exeter, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. Researchers compared those who reported their conditions as “good” – as opposed to “fairly good” or not good” – with their proximity to the coast, and determined people were on average more likely to have good health the closer they lived to the sea. More sophisticated studies will be needed to try to unravel the reasons that may explain why there is a positive effect. There is a current in-depth analysis of the being conducted as part of the Blue Zone Project by the national polling firm Gallup showed surprising findings. Love life, live the South Bay.

Manhattan Beach 6-Man Volleyball Tournament

Blog, Community News, Events, Manhattan Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart
The Charlie Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament at the Manhattan Beach pier,   is the week of the International Surf Festival. The beach volleyball tournament named for former resident and city employee has been a South Bay tradition for a half century.  In years past, registration for Manhattan Beach’s 6-Man volleyball tournament was so competitive teams camped out overnight waiting for a chance to sign up. But with an earlier registration deadline this year and the popular tournament’s move to a mid-week time slot, far fewer players are rushing to join. Manhattan Beach and the company that markets the 6-Man have put out a call to would-be volleyball teams. The registration deadline has been extended  from March 5 to April 2. Anyone interested in signing up for the 6-Man can visit

American Martyrs Shoe Drive

Blog, Community News, Manhattan Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart
American Martyrs School, along with Nike Reuse-A-Shoe and Soles4Souls, is holding a shoe drive through Feb. 25, the day of the school’s annual 5K Run. To prevent outdated or worn shoes from being sent to landfills, Nike will take worn-out athletic shoes and recycle them into new places to play — playgrounds, running tracks, football fields and basketball courts. Soles4Souls will take new or wearable shoes of any style and save them from early death by cleaning them and shipping them to needy people around the world, who will treasure the gift for years to come. For more information on their program, visit The shoes can be dropped off at the school’s office, located at 1701 Laurel Ave. in Manhattan Beach, and at the school gym lobby at 701 15th St. The school asks that you also donate $1 per pair for the cost of shipping. Shoes can also be brought to the school the day of the race. For more information, contact Lynne Hook at (310) 796-0321.

Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Park Reservations

Blog, Community News, Manhattan Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart
Manhattan Beach seems to have finally settled on a plan that allows the public to access Sand Dune Park and quells concerns from nearby neighbors. The City Council voted Tuesday night to keep a reservation system in place that has curbed dune usage from its chaotic peak of 9,000 people per month to just a handful at a time. The current online reservation system – for those ages 13 and older – allows no more than 20 people at a time on the 100-foot dune, with one-hour slots staggered throughout the day. In December, the council directed the staff to add new time slots during the lunch hour on Monday through Thursday and on Saturday afternoons. They have also developed a monthly membership pass for a maximum of 50 users, allowing members unlimited access to the dune during any time slot as long as there aren’t more than 20 people on the dune at a time.

Manhattan Beach In The Black

Blog, Community News, Manhattan Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart
The City of Manhattan Beach’s financial forecast is looking up, with its main revenue sources performing better than expected at mid fiscal year. The city is projected to finish with a $2.4 million surplus at the end of the 2011-12 fiscal year in June and maintain its 20 percent policy reserve and $4 million economic uncertainty reserve.  The City Finance Director will present the 2012-13 budget to the city council at its May 15 meeting, and following two weeks of study sessions, the budget will be adopted at the June 5 city council meeting.  Read the details in an article in Beach Reporter: Click Here
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