POLITICS Archives - Civic Couch

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January 8, 2015 civiccouch0

Here’s your chance to have input on what happens in your community!

During the week of January 12, 2015 to January 16, 2015, the City, in collaboration with Urban Land Institute (ULI), will hold a five-day Advisory Panel comprised of various land use experts to engage community stakeholders and evaluate the Downtown Manhattan Beach area. The purpose of this engagement process is to ensure the Downtown area maintains and enhances its unique, quaint character and encourages business success.

The public reception will allow community members to be a part of the process by providing additional feedback, and informally meet with the Urban Land Institute panelists.  Light refreshments will be served during the reception.

Not all of us have the time to go to meetings like this, understood.  No excuse though, CLICK HERE to download and fill out a public comment sheet.  Complaining later does not work.



June 19, 2014 civiccouch0

Talk About LA hosted it’s first Round Table discussion at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach.  Featured panelist included former Manhattan Beach Mayor Bob Holmes, former Hermosa Beach Mayor Michael Keegan, owner/publisher of the Easy Reader Newspaper Kevin Cody and community activist Gerry O’Connor.  It was hosted by Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Steve Napolitano.  Topics discussed included the Hermosa Beach City Council election, the dismissal of the Manhattan Beach City Manager, Hermosa Beach Oil Drilling, Downtown Manhattan Beach business zoning and more.



June 18, 2014 civiccouch0

On Wednesday, September 4, 2013 the Manhattan Beach Police department hosted a community meeting to discuss crime in the City. Over the Holiday weekend, several concerned residents collaborated with the Police Department and City Officials to present this meeting.
Attendees had the opportunity to hear from Chief Irvine on recent incidents of crime as well as, the Department’s response to these events. Additionally, Manhattan Beach residents, who have been recent victims of crime, shared their stories.



June 18, 2014 civiccouch0

The Charlie Saikley 6 man volleyball tournament in Manhattan Beach is one of the most original and yet controversial events on the beach.  Where did it originate and where is it heading?  Host Steve Napolitano sat down with Jay Saikley, Chris Brown and Tony D’Errico in Manhattan Beach to find out how the event can continue to hold the hometown feel and attempt to make all involved content.



June 18, 2014 civiccouch0

Redondo Beach is in the midst of a special election run-off for the office of City Treasurer after the mid-term retirement of long time Treasurer Ernie O’Dell. Recently, we sat down to talk separately with each of the two candidates who moved forward from the primary election to the run-off: Steve Diels and Dawn Esser. In these in-depth interviews, each candidate lays out their vision for the office, what “reform” means to them, and why they should be elected. In this second of our two part series, we interview candidate Dawn Esser.