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On the Waterfront

by Daniel Blackburn

STAYING AT HOME: A wandering sailboat captain limped into King Harbor over the weekend, sporting a badly bent prop. He rented a slip for the night and departed early the next morning. Then, two neighboring boat owners discovered their props were gone, each valued at more than $500. No one's pointing any fingers, though...

QUICK THINKING: Two men were preparing to depart the harbor on jet-skis Sunday when the engine on one of the watercraft stalled. The rider's friend tossed him a "rope," which was in reality a fire hose, grabbed quickly after the befuddled rescuer followed instructions to "break glass in emergency." As the stalled rider was towed to shore, police and fire vehicles roared up, having been alerted by an alarm. The jet-ski fellows got a citation...


A proud "wharf rat" who has lived aboard her sailboat in King Harbor's Basin 3 since 1981, Billee Saunders is preparing to (gasp!) live ashore.

Saunders and the late Capt. Pat were colorful fixtures around the esoteric International Boardwalk for decades. Says Saunders, "It's not the docks and boardwalk that make it beautiful. It's the people." She says she won't be far away: "I'll stay near my 'family' on the docks."

ENDLESS SUMMER: The hallways of Manhattan Beach's schools were empty Monday. The Manhattan Beach teacher's union was able to negotiate three "local release dates" during the school year, when teachers and students have the day off. This one, only eight school days after the start of classes, coincided with the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. School was conducted as usual in Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach . . .

EXPENSIVE COFFEE: Manhattan Beach City Manager Geoff Dolan is a little lighter in the wallet this week, courtesy of a Manhattan Beach parking enforcement officer. On his way to the office Sunday morning, Dolan stopped for his usual café au lait at a coffee shop on Manhattan Beach Boulevard, figuring he could get in and out without having to feed the meter. He was wrong and emerged from the store to find a $27 ticket pasted onto his windshield. That's one expensive cup of coffee . . .

THE WRONG TRACK: The Manhattan Village Shopping Center paved the western ring road and parking lots last week, but did an ineffective job of designating the newly paved areas as off limits to patrons. The result was that bank customers tracked black tar onto the carpets of every branch in the shopping center. We presume that the shopping center's gaffe made at least one carpet cleaning company very happy. . .

STRAIGHT POOP: In last week's ER, HB council candidate Fred Huebscher complained that downtown revelers are defecating in the back yards of residential neighbors. Well, this week HB Councilman Bob Benz revealed that someone pooped on his back porch a couple of months ago, apparently in protest of his politics. Could this be the real reason Benz is stepping down to run for city treasurer? "Yes!" he said. "When someone takes something sacred, and denigrates it by using it for political purposes, that is scary"...

PESSIMISTIC ATTITUDE? Speaking of the HB treasurer's race, incumbent John Workman made a rare appearance before the city council to plug a health fair for oldsters, and we wonder if he betrayed some doubts about his political future when he introduced himself. "I am your present city treasurer," Workman said...

(Contributing to this column were ER News Editors John Tawa and Robb Fulcher.)


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