Megan Barnes

Staff Writer

Megan Barnes

Phone: 310-543-6614

Recent articles

  • Lawsuits

    Beating victim sues Dodgers, alleged Lunada Bay Boy

    A Bakersfield man who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium two years ago is suing the baseball team and his alleged attackers, who are from Palos Verdes Estates.Ariel Auffant, a geologist who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was violently punched and kicked after a Dodgers-Mets playoff game on Oct. 9, 2015, alleges the...

  • Health care industry

    Beach Cities Health District to give virtual 3D tour of planned campus revamp

    The Beach Cities Health District is gearing up to unveil plans for a long-envisioned revamp of its 11-acre campus in Redondo Beach.Next month, residents of the South Bay beach cities will get a virtual, 3D glimpse of conceptual plans to make over the Prospect Avenue campus with a senior living facility with up to 400 units and much-needed infrastructure upgrades to the district’s aging four-story medical building. A...

  • Missing persons

    LACMA film screening to call attention to missing Manhattan Beach woman Nancy Paulikas

    Nearly a year since a Manhattan Beach woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease went missing after an outing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, her family will renew attention to the case with a film screening at the museum this weekend.Nancy Paulikas, 56, was last seen on security video walking a block west of the museum not long after she became...

  • New residential construction

    Redondo Beach, Legado reach settlement over controversial mixed-use project

    The developer behind a controversial mixed-use project planned for an aging strip mall in south Redondo Beach has reached a settlement with the city to build a smaller version under more strict conditions.Legado’s latest plan for the former Bristol Farms site on the corner of Palos Verdes Boulevard and Pacific Coast...

  • Urban planning

    $4 billion state parks bond measure could help Redondo Beach acquire open space at AES site

    Redondo Beach is one step closer to potentially turning a portion of the AES power plant site into open space under a parks bond measure expected to go before California voters in 2018.Senate Bill 5, which calls for $4 billion...

  • Parenting

    New support group offers professional advice for South Bay parents

    Moe Gelbart has been counseling teens and parents in the South Bay for 40 years. And in the age of social media and growing academic competition, there’s something he’s noticed about kids these days.“Year by year, it gets rougher and rougher,” said Gelbart, a psychologist and executive director of the Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment at...

  • School infrastructure

    How this deteriorating cottage was transformed into Redondo Union’s charming new alumni house

    If you never took much notice of an aging cottage that has been sitting vacant for decades on the Redondo Union High School campus, you will now.With a fresh coat of deep red paint, full renovations inside and out, and the commitment of volunteers and donors, the small house and one-time janitorial space across from the school auditorium has been transformed...

  • Traffic

    Months after controversial LA ‘road diets,’ group launches campaign to recall Councilman Mike Bonin

    A group of Westside residents outraged over “road diets” imposed over the summer in Playa del Rey and more planned in the city formally announced a campaign Thursday to recall Councilman Mike Bonin.At a news conference outside Venice Grind Coffee Co. in Mar Vista, residents wearing “Got traffic?” shirts said removing Bonin from...

  • Obituaries

    Kelly McDowell, 1952-2017: Former El Segundo mayor fought to save Air Force base

    Kelly McDowell, an attorney who fell in love with El Segundo and fought as its mayor to preserve the city’s charm by halting the expansion of Los Angeles International Airport and keeping Los Angeles Air Force Base open, has died. He was 64.Born Nov. 18, 1952, in Chicago as Hobart Kelliston McDowell III, McDowell died of natural causes Saturday at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington, where he had moved with his wife, Lisa, his family said.“He...

  • Homelessness

    How surgical equipment wraps are being shaped into sleeping mats for the homeless

    Veronica Marella was doing a task she does every day in the operating room as a surgical technician at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance when an idea hit her.As she removed a tray of surgical instruments that had been sterilized in 273-degree heat from a soft, blue wrap, an image flashed in her mind of the homeless people she used to see sleeping on the sidewalk before her shifts as a sheriff’s deputy years earlier at Los Angeles County/USC Medical...