Published in Smell The Coffee

First residential construction is banned in Manhattan Beach due to the pandemic, then it's not banned. 

And is it necessary to burn down the village (economically-speaking) a la Vietnam in order to save it?  Apparently, City Council thought the answer was yes. 

But Governor Newsom (not always a model of clear thinking) got it right and decided residential real estate construction was an essential business activity (at least as of today).

 

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Published in Realty Bites

Climate change versus crime and public safety.  Which one does our esteemed Manhattan Beach City Council regard as our top priority and the number one threat to our city-wide quality of life?  

Learn more here about the surprising answer.

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Published in Smell The Coffee

The US Supreme Court refuses, California loses, MB City Council snoozes and LA County chooses.  As the voting for County DA ramps up, get ready for a new radical ideologue to ascend to that position, which will surely exacerbate quality-of-life issues county-wide, including in Manhattan Beach.

 

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Published in Smell The Coffee

One of the great satirical essays in English literature is "A Modest Proposal" published by Jonathan Swift in 1729. 

With that work as inspiration, we've come up with our own modest proposal to help out our local retailers who sell tobacco products, given that the Manhattan Beach City Council has put the squeeze on their businesses and they will no longer be able to sell these products after this year.

 

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Published in Smell The Coffee

It's been 24 years since the movie Clueless hit the big screen.  Yet, to this day, some on City Council are still emulating that movie on a number of levels, most recently with their 4-1 ban on tobacco sales in Manhattan Beach (Suzanne Hadley providing the only reasoned vote in opposing the ban).  And to those small, hardworking mom-and-pop retailers who will lose business to convenience stores in neighboring communities as a result of the ban, well, Merry Christmas from our City Council grinches.  

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Published in South Bay Real Estate News

A softening national housing market suddenly finds some stability as fear of an impending recession abates with the latest employment numbers.  Local markets, however, continue to show significant pockets of weakness and even the stalwart Manhattan Beach single family home segment, while still appreciating, is doing so at a reduced rate of appreciation that seems to reflect a multi-year plateau that is likely to continue into the first part of 2020.

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Published in Smell The Coffee

Bizarro world, a concept that first appeared in the Superman comics and later was made the subject of a Seinfeld episode, imagines a world where everything is the exact opposite of what you'd expect to see in the real world.  We were reminded of this fictional world while viewing the most recent City Council session.

 

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Published in Smell The Coffee

Seems like every week Manhattan Beach's City Council finds something new to ban, whether it's a legal product or a common activity.  At their first meeting in December, they'll be looking at two new ones - a ban on the sale of all tobacco products in Manhattan Beach and a ban on all construction activity on Saturdays (currently banned completely on Sundays and holidays with restricted hours on Saturdays).

But why stop there?  We've got a list of other things they may want to consider when they're in a banning mood.

 

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