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Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Park Reservations

Blog, Community News, Manhattan Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart   |   March 4, 2015
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.

New Electric Skateboard Born In Hermosa

Blog, Hermosa Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart   |   March 4, 2015

ZBoard was designed in Hermosa Beach and founded in 2009.  A new electic skateboard creation that generated a huge buzz during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month was designed in Hermosa Beach. , and according to the company’s website, the skateboard will be released to the public on March 1. Here is how it works: since the skateboard senses your weight, you lean forward to go and lean back to stop. The board has a top speed of 17 miles per hour. Locals who watch the YouTube promotional videos for the new  skateboard will immediately recognize they were filmed here in town. Check out the video below.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6HAYuNAGzs

How well do you know your presidential history?

Blog, Events   |   Dunham Stewart   |   March 4, 2015
Happy Predidents Day! To some, the observance of Presidents’ Day in the United States goes very much unnoticed. Local newspapers splash ads of “President’s Day Sales!” and many get the day off from work. But have you ever stopped to think about this important day of recognition? It is a great time to pay tribure to America’s famous leaders. As Presidents Day comes to an end,we want to commemorate our nation’s leaders and test your knowledge with a fun trivia. Here are five questions about U.S. presidents. You have five hours to guess the answers in the comments below before we post them on our Facebook page by 12:00AM. Once we have our trivia winners, we’ll give them a special shout-out on our page. Good luck to all!

  • Who was the only president to occupy the White House as a bachelor?
  • Who was the youngest president to be elected?
  • Who served the shortest amount of time as president—only about one month?
  • Who was the first president to resign?
  • Who was the first president to be elected two nonconsecutive terms?

Manhattan Beach In The Black

Blog, Community News, Manhattan Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart   |   March 4, 2015
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

Hermosa South Park Playground Needs You

Blog, Community News, Hermosa Beach News, Real Estate Tips   |   Dunham Stewart   |   March 4, 2015
The South Park Design Committee invites residents to weigh in on the design of the playground, to replace part of the unused skate rink in the park. The design of the play area remains in the hands of the community. Committee members and residents have been meeting at the bleachers in the park around 9 a.m. every Saturday to discuss the playground plans and share ideas. The goal is to make the playground a community project. For example, the committee plans to launch a design contest to get children’s input on design plans from both Hermosa View and Valley Schools, as well as the South Bay Friendship Circle. Residents are invited to contact the South Park Design Committee at southparkmothers@gmail.com, and share your ideas on how you would like the playground to look?

Best of the Beach poll will close Sunday

Blog, Community News, Events   |   Dunham Stewart   |   March 4, 2015
Easy Reader readers are invited to show their support for the people, places and things they like best about the South Bay by casting their votes for the Easy Reader Best of the Beach. Bartenders, hair dressers, schools, bars, bakeries and burgers are among the more than 100 categories on this year’s ballot. The Best of the Beach is our celebration of all the people and places that make the South Bay a great place to live, work and play. Once a year, our readers get a chance to pick their favorites  The voting deadline is Sunday. To make voting more convenient than ever, the 2012 Best of the Beach ballot is on Facebook. Support your favorite Beach Cities establishments. Go to facebook.com/EasyReaderNews

Remodeling Bang For The Buck

Blog, Design Tips, Real Estate Tips   |   Dunham Stewart   |   March 4, 2015
Homeowners are ready to make 2012 a banner year for remodeling and the latest cost-for-value research suggests that getting the most bang for every buck is more important than ever. Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report for 2011-2012 found that the trend right now is replacement over remodeling-swapping out the old for the new rather than doing a total gut job, which can be much more costly. Living space and the way it’s utilized also continues to be top of mind. The trend  not to invest in the bigger, but instead investing in what’s better. The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) hit a five-year high at the end of 2011, indicating that residential remodeling should continue to grow in 2012. Here are some of the projects that offer the best return on investment, allowing home owners to recoup close to 70 percent or more of the costs of the project at times of resale. Check out the report: Click Here

How is the Market?

Blog, Market Updates, Real Estate News   |   Dunham Stewart   |   March 4, 2015
When will housing come back in California? Three experts offer their views. South Bay Brokers invited  California experts for their take on the state of real estate and what they think is needed to get the housing market moving again. They range from the pessimism of a banking executive to the more upbeat view of a Realtor association economist. California home sales and median price are predicted to improve only slightly in 2012. For details on what Mark Vitner, Managing Director and Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Securities projects you can download his presentation: Click Here For another perspective, see the projections form Joel Singer, Chief Executive Officer, California Association of Realtors you can download his presentation: Click Here

Redondo Fire Fighters Need your Help

Blog, Community News, North Redondo Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart   |   March 4, 2015
Redondo Beach Fire Station #1 needs your help, they need your vote to win a national competition to remodel there facilities. These firefighters give their whole heart to the job. They respond to over 5,000 calls per year and have saved countless lives. It has been difficult lately because our city is suffering from the economic downturn like everyone else. For the last three years, in lieu of laying off firefighters and city employees, they have all taken a 6% pay cut to save their fellow employees’ jobs. The station was built in the early 1950s and was designed to last for 40 years. Now that we are in our 60th year, the wear and tear is starting to show.  They made an awsome video, to support their cause, check it out below. The competition is sponsored by IKEA, go the website,  you can vote once per day, vote now: Click Here

httpv://youtu.be/DhObsy1ZywY

Redondo Superbowl 10K Photos

Blog, Community News, South Redondo Beach News   |   Dunham Stewart   |   March 4, 2015
Thousands  of runners, walkers, and buggy pushers showed up early Sunday morning for the Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10k, 5k, and buggy races— many donning capes, wigs, tights, face paint, and a wild variety of other costumes — for the annual Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10k. The event, sponsored by the RB Chamber of Commerce, also included a 5k and buggy races.  The event, an annual tradition sponsored by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce. Check out some cool pictures: Click Here
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