On The Waterfront

REVOLVING DOOR? The HB school board apparently did a great job when it chose a "headhunting" firm to look for a new full-time superintendent. The firm, Leadership Associates, is the same one that found the last full-time Super, Alan Rasmussen, who replaced Gwen Gross after she was lured away from Hermosa to a bigger district by (drum roll) Leadership Associates. Man, they're good...

GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM: Rosamond Fogg, one of a growing number of residents ticked off about jetliners flying over the beach cities, demonstrated to a reporter that the aircraft were coming in at least as low as 3,800 feet on Monday. How? She called LAX and said she wanted to file a flight plan, and they told her, among other things, that cloud cover was 3,800 feet. If you can see the planes, she pointed out, they are under the cloud cover...

WARF RAT REPORT: All hands on deck! Missing fisherman alert! Three months ago David Stein, aka Dragon Boat Dave headed down to La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico for the run of Pargo, a large type of Sea Bass. A week and a half ago, the day before the crew was due to start their trip back stateside, Dave went ashore. He didn't return to the ship that night and in the morning the crew couldn't find him. They looked for him for four days, then headed back to the states without him. Any tips on Dragon Boat Dave's whereabouts can be forwarded to the Easy Reader...

LEGEND RIDES ON: The Economist, Britain's answer to Time magazine, gave an international boost to the Joe Wolfson legend this week. In a full page essay, the Economist asked, "Will Joseph Wolfson become an American icon, in the manner of James Dean or Buddy Holly?" With typically British erudition, the magazine calls on 19th Century British Poet Lord Byron to describe the Manhattan Beach body boarder's life: "Once more upon the waters! Yet once more!/And the waves bound beneath me as a steed/That knows his rider." Time magazine, and the New York Times also recalled Wolfson's life, which attracted international attention after the cancer victim attempted suicide by lashing himself at night to an ocean buoy in November, 1998. Wolfson died two weeks ago when his car veered off the Marina Del Rey Freeway and hit a tree, prompting the Economist to ponder: "No one knows what was going through his mind when his car, unaccountably left the road and crashed into a eucalyptus tree. Bryon's line, perhaps, "And I have loved thee, ocean...."

HERMOSA'S DIPLOMAT: Hermosa Beach sparkled a little bit more than usual last Thursday morning. Noted Hermosa Beach photographer Robi Hutas, having his daily breakfast at the Backburner Café where he displays his works, was introduced to a couple from Rome eating in the restaurant. Hutas, originally from Hungary, gave them a true Hermosa welcome by pulling a photo of a brilliant Hermosa sunset off the wall and presenting it to the delighted couple...

METLOX CONTRADICTION: Activists Bill Eisen, Bill Victor and Viet Ngo spoke out against plans to build playing fields and a youth fitness center on Manhattan Beach's Marine Avenue at a Planning Commission meeting a couple of weeks back. That surprised many since they are part of Residents for a Quality City, the group seeking to re-zone the downtown Metlox site for public use, probably as a park. How could the group advocate a park downtown, yet oppose one proposed for a site that currently is a parking lot in an industrially zoned area next to an existing park? Eisen explained it this way: "We're not saying that the ball-fields and youth center shouldn't be placed on the site, just that the negative impacts should be mitigated to the greatest extent possible." Eisen also distanced himself and Residents for a Quality City from the stronger opposition points offered by Ngo and Victor. "Viet Ngo does not speak for our group," he said. "Bill Victor does not speak for our group. He does not even claim to be a resident of Manhattan Beach..."

MISSING LINK: Press release of the week comes from the Journal of the American Heart Association, which says that researchers have discovered "a scientific explanation" for "the link between fainting and drinking alcohol." We're guessing it's the head rush. Wait, there's more: We understand those researchers are also studying the link between smoking pot and losing one's car keys...

SPRINT, FIDO! The SPCA found it necessary to warn runners against bringing their pets along on last week's Los Angeles Marathon, saying the 26-mile street run can cause severe overheating and permanent paw damage. "The arduous physical demands of such as race can be very dangerous, particularly to dogs," said SPCA-Los Angeles President Madeline Bernstein. Although she singled out canines, we're guessing that cats don't like it much either...