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23 Mar 19
SCNG
Manhattan Beach will welcome to newcomers to the City Council while the incumbents in Redondo Beach held onto their seats, according to the final results from the March 5 election, which the Los Angeles County Registrar certified Friday, March 22. Suzanne Hadley — wife of former state Assemblyman David Hadley — and Hildy Stern, a former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, will join the Manhattan Beach City Council, making the panel majority female for the first time in the city’s history. Hadley and Stern will join Councilwomen Amy Howorth, Nancy Hersman and Mayor Steve Napolitano on the panel. In Redondo Beach, incumbent Councilmembers Christian Horvath and Laura Emdee both won re-election by wide margins. So did City Treasurer Steve Diels. And in Palos Verdes Estates, it was the challengers who upset two incumbents — with Michael Kemps, David McGowan and Victoria Lozzi earning seats on that city’s council. The contest for two open seats in Manhattan Beach was the closest. Stern, who trailed the next highest vote-getter for second place by 37 votes on election night, strengthened her lead in the weeks to come as additional election returns were reported. In the final results posted by the registrar on Friday morning, Hadley had 3,111 votes and 24.9 percent; Stern had 2,363 votes, representing 18.9 percent; and Joe Franklin fell short with 2,172 votes, or 17.4 percent. Manhattan Beach also widely passed Measure A, a hotel-bed tax that will raise money for essential city services such as police patrols. That measure passed with 5,186 votes representing 76.6 percent of the vote. Measure A will raise the the city’s transient occupancy tax from its current rate of 10 percent to 12 percent in May 2020. It will also pave the way for a potential increase in the occupancy tax up to 14 percent by April 2022 and could generate an extra $1 million in city revenue. “I’m going to be laser-focused on spending at City Hall to make sure our money is spent in the best interests of residents,” Hadley said, noting she would like to trim duplicate positions from city staff. Hadley also said she will emphasize school and public safety during her term, such as looking at purchasing more automated license plate readers. Stern, a 24-year Manhattan Beach resident, said she plans to bring a steady, deliberative voice to the council on issues such as a potential move to county fire services. “This (move) would have implications not just (for) the quality of our service but for the strength of our budget,” she said. “We really need to look closely at that.” In Redondo Beach, Diels enjoyed the largest margin, with 6,638 votes — 65 percent — against challenger Eugene Solomon. Incumbent Emdee in Redondo Beach received 1,520 votes, or 63.2 percent, against challenger Mel Samples in the race to represent District 5. Christian Horvath had 1,590 votes and 55 percent against challenger Candace Nafissi in his bid to remain the District 3 councilman. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The main topics that came up on the campaign trail, according to the candidates, included whether to outsource the city’s fire department to Los Angeles County, as well as the future of development in North Redondo, where the two districts are located. In Palos Verdes Estates, incumbents Mayor Betty Lin Peterson and Councilwoman Jennifer King were unable to hold on to their City Council seats. Kemps was the highest vote-getter, with 2,057 votes and 20.8 percent. David McGowan received 2,040 votes and 20.7 percent; Victoria Lozzi received 1,967 votes and 19.9 percent. At issue in Palos Verdes was the city’s finances and its decision in January to settle a lawsuit over parkland. Kemps said the victory for challengers — each with finance and business backgrounds — meant that voters had issued a clear mandate to address issues related to finance, safety and preservation. “I’m excited to provide new leadership for Palos Verdes Estates, which is entering a period of rebirth,” Kemps said. “Our Council will face finance, transparency, and development issues head-on. Sign up for The Localist, our daily email newsletter with handpicked stories relevant to where you live. Subscribe here.
23 Mar 19
"THE LLOYD HAYNES STORY" A South Bend Indiana son

Received a thumbs-up on a new biography.  To write about Sol Saks, the creator of the television series, Bewitched is both an honor and a delightfully captivating mental process. This is my first week and I’m having so much fun. As I have a commitment of 5 short stories to finish for publishing, I thought […]

23 Mar 19
Southsiders

As the name implies, Atmosphere’s latest LP, Mi Vida Local is intensely focused on the place it was created–the southside of Minneapolis–where Slug and Ant work tirelessly in their “beautiful basements”, refining their sound without interruption. (Although a handful of friends from the Minneapolis hip-hop community showed up to contribute.) A year of one-on-one collaboration resulting […]

23 Mar 19
HELP-U-PUBLISH.SA

Do you have a short story, poem or essays that dances gracefully on the limits between dream and reality? You have until 31 April to submit your piece, and stand a chance of being published. Agbowó lit and art magazine is now accepting submissions. The team calls for visual art pieces, photographs, short stories, essays […]

23 Mar 19
dorkenstein

Title: Sixty Stories Rating: 4 Stars Donald Barthelme is a legend among short story writers. If nothing else, he was prolific. This is a collection of, yes, sixty short stories. Most of them were originally published in The New Yorker. These stories were then published in earlier, smaller collections (eg City Life, Guilty, Pleasures, Amateurs). […]

23 Mar 19
Daily Breeze
Manhattan Beach will welcome to newcomers to the City Council while the incumbents in Redondo Beach held onto their seats, according to the final results from the March 5 election, which the Los Angeles County Registrar certified Friday, March 22. Suzanne Hadley — wife of former state Assemblyman David Hadley — and Hildy Stern, a former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, will join the Manhattan Beach City Council, making the panel majority female for the first time in the city’s history. Hadley and Stern will join Councilwomen Amy Howorth, Nancy Hersman and Mayor Steve Napolitano on the panel. In Redondo Beach, incumbent Councilmembers Christian Horvath and Laura Emdee both won re-election by wide margins. So did City Treasurer Steve Diels. And in Palos Verdes Estates, it was the challengers who upset two incumbents — with Michael Kemps, David McGowan and Victoria Lozzi earning seats on that city’s council. The contest for two open seats in Manhattan Beach was the closest. Stern, who trailed the next highest vote-getter for second place by 37 votes on election night, strengthened her lead in the weeks to come as additional election returns were reported. In the final results posted by the registrar on Friday morning, Hadley had 3,111 votes and 24.9 percent; Stern had 2,363 votes, representing 18.9 percent; and Joe Franklin fell short with 2,172 votes, or 17.4 percent. Manhattan Beach also widely passed Measure A, a hotel-bed tax that will raise money for essential city services such as police patrols. That measure passed with 5,186 votes representing 76.6 percent of the vote. Measure A will raise the the city’s transient occupancy tax from its current rate of 10 percent to 12 percent in May 2020. It will also pave the way for a potential increase in the occupancy tax up to 14 percent by April 2022 and could generate an extra $1 million in city revenue. “I’m going to be laser-focused on spending at City Hall to make sure our money is spent in the best interests of residents,” Hadley said, noting she would like to trim duplicate positions from city staff. Hadley also said she will emphasize school and public safety during her term, such as looking at purchasing more automated license plate readers. Stern, a 24-year Manhattan Beach resident, said she plans to bring a steady, deliberative voice to the council on issues such as a potential move to county fire services. “This (move) would have implications not just (for) the quality of our service but for the strength of our budget,” she said. “We really need to look closely at that.” In Redondo Beach, Diels enjoyed the largest margin, with 6,638 votes — 65 percent — against challenger Eugene Solomon. Incumbent Emdee in Redondo Beach received 1,520 votes, or 63.2 percent, against challenger Mel Samples in the race to represent District 5. Christian Horvath had 1,590 votes and 55 percent against challenger Candace Nafissi in his bid to remain the District 3 councilman. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The main topics that came up on the campaign trail, according to the candidates, included whether to outsource the city’s fire department to Los Angeles County, as well as the future of development in North Redondo, where the two districts are located. In Palos Verdes Estates, incumbents Mayor Betty Lin Peterson and Councilwoman Jennifer King were unable to hold on to their City Council seats. Kemps was the highest vote-getter, with 2,057 votes and 20.8 percent. David McGowan received 2,040 votes and 20.7 percent; Victoria Lozzi received 1,967 votes and 19.9 percent. At issue in Palos Verdes was the city’s finances and its decision in January to settle a lawsuit over parkland. Kemps said the victory for challengers — each with finance and business backgrounds — meant that voters had issued a clear mandate to address issues related to finance, safety and preservation. “I’m excited to provide new leadership for Palos Verdes Estates, which is entering a period of rebirth,” Kemps said. “Our Council will face finance, transparency, and development issues head-on. Sign up for The Localist, our daily email newsletter with handpicked stories relevant to where you live. Subscribe here.
23 Mar 19
Architecture of the Soul

I recently read a story about a seminarian whose biggest temptation in his vocation was the fear of failure. Not that he would fail in his discernment and leave the seminary, but that he would somehow fail his vocation in the future. This seminarian goes on to say how he realized that if the devil […]

23 Mar 19
Eleventh Monkey

We didn’t get any real snow this winter. Which I am really bummed about because I love playing with you in the snow and I was really looking forward to it. The rest of the country got snowed on quite a lot, but Derby just had a few snowy sprinklings this year, nothing stuck. We […]

23 Mar 19
Jolie's Blog

Here is my Audio Draft story. For this project, I was inspired by the kinds of radio my parents like to listen to, similar to This American Life. I wanted to create a story about my topic and why I picked it. Part of it is made up because I don’t actually own a cupcake […]

23 Mar 19
viral news reports

President Donald Trump’s selection of Stephen Moore, who is also a regular contributor to CNN, indicates that Trump is looking for a more sympathetic voice on the Fed. | Alex Wong/Getty Images Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump’s nominee for a seat on the Federal Reserve board, has called for Chairman Jerome Powell and the Fed’s […]

23 Mar 19
Close-Up Culture

The Calling is Mariakenzi Lahlou’s first short film and tells the story of a woman who attempts to rescue her parents from an isolated military prison. But in this surreal, sisyphean place where time has collapsed, she has to come to terms with her own cause and her own path. Through the eye of a […]

23 Mar 19
Nimbus of a Writer

I believe in greetings. Goodbyes, Hellos, “I miss you’s”, “How was your day’s” – these are the coffee of relationships, the things we drink every morning that sustain us through the day. There’s great power in them, in their mundane consistency. They are invitations to know each other better, to live life amongst each other, […]

23 Mar 19
Kid Wednesday Productions

  March 22 is a famous birthday day. A lot of days come and go without many famous notables’ having a birthday. It plain old seems, that some days are more prolific than others. Born under the Sign of Aries. Even my Facebook Birthday Friends were off the charts today. I had about 7 FB […]

23 Mar 19
The Writing Renn's Roost

My wife and I are soon to be leaving to see a movie and I had a thought about making a blog post. I’ve really struggled over the past months trying to post anything. School, emotions, and just everything has kept me from it. Not to make excuses though, general laziness has played a huge […]

23 Mar 19
Rhetoric Blog

When I was younger, about grade school age, I was shopping in a store with my parents when I was “discovered” by a talent scout. The woman was very impressed with my appearance and told my parents that they should permit me to audition in a casting that her company was hosting in the near […]

23 Mar 19
Go North

I am told that in the languages of indigenous peoples living above the arctic circle, there are many words for ‘snow.’ And similarly, in the temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska, Native languages have more than one word for ‘rain.’ To be fair, English has some linguistic diversity to choose from: drizzle, downpour, powder, facets, sleet. […]

23 Mar 19
BE MY BOOK BOYFRIEND

Title: Clutch Endgame  Author: Tarrah Anders  Genre: A Baseball Romance        Add On Goodreads          –CLUTCH— Def: [KLUTCH] – Adjective: Good performance under pressure when good performance really matters. Done or accomplished in a critical situation, dependable in crucial situations.The Ultimate Fan Experience, I won it. Would I say that I […]