Megan Barnes


Staff Writer

Megan Barnes

Phone: 310-543-6614

Recent articles

  • Lawsuits

    CenterCal files $15 million federal lawsuit over Redondo Beach waterfront project

    The developer waging a legal battle to push ahead with a massive makeover of the Redondo Beach waterfront is suing the city in federal court for $15 million.Redondo Beach Waterfront LLC, a subsidiary of CenterCal Properties, filed a 30-page complaint Friday in U.S. District Court alleging deprivation of due process and breach of contract.The lawsuit is based on a

  • Transportation

    ‘Political knife fight’ erupts over Vista del Mar lane reductions

    Karla Mendelson has become used to dealing with increasing traffic over the past 25 years she has lived in Manhattan Beach.It usually takes her husband, Patrick, about an hour to get home from his advertising job in Santa Monica taking Vista del Mar, the coastal thoroughfare that runs along Dockweiler State Beach.But ever since crews

  • Criminal investigations

    Manhattan Beach police release video of sexual assault suspect

    Police released security video Friday showing a suspect following a woman on a Manhattan Beach street last weekend moments before he knocked her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.In footage taken about midnight June 17 from a house at Ninth Street and Ardmore Avenue, the assailant — wearing a gray shirt and black sweat...

  • Municipal governments

    Heard the one about the vengeful arborist who planted giant trees in Redondo Beach? It’s a hoax

    No, a vengeful arborist did not secretly plant 127 redwoods and sequoias in Redondo Beach to get back at the city for ordering the removal of a beloved pepper tree.But former Mayor Steve Aspel, whose front yard was targeted in the amusing tall tale that went viral online this week, says he wouldn’t mind one.“If somebody planted a tree in my front yard,...

  • Local budgets

    Redondo Beach strips Chamber of Commerce funding in new city budget

    Redondo Beach leaders approved a nearly $126.8 million budget early Wednesday, cutting Chamber of Commerce funding that has sparked controversy, but setting aside $150,000 for future efforts to market the city to tourists.At the end of a lengthy meeting that went past midnight, the council voted 3-2 on a revised version of a proposed $87.8 million...

  • Dining

    Shake Shack ‘can’t wait’ to open first South Bay eatery this fall in El Segundo

    Burger lovers, rejoice. The South Bay is getting a Shake Shack this fall.The popular New York-based chain is one of five eateries announced Tuesday that will make up Apollo Landing, a 13,500-square-foot dining complex under construction on Rosecrans Avenue in El Segundo.The cluster of three contemporary buildings at 2171-2191 Rosecrans Ave. is nearing completion and almost fully leased, according to Continental Development...

  • Drownings

    As summer arrives, lifeguards ramp up education to prevent drownings

    Summer arrives Tuesday, bringing warmer temperatures that will lure families to pools, lakes and South Bay beaches.And that means lifeguards and firefighters are bracing for water rescues.Though a recent federal study noted that drownings are on the decline, officials say education — for both kids and adults — is crucial to preventing water tragedies.Every year, Los Angeles County lifeguards make about 10,000 rescues on 72 miles of...

  • Police

    El Segundo hires Irvine captain as new police chief

    After a six-month search, El Segundo has hired a 28-year law enforcement veteran from Orange County to take over as police chief next month.Bill Whalen, a commander in the Irvine Police Department, will take the helm of El Segundo’s 54-officer police force July 3, officials announced Wednesday.He will succeed outgoing Chief Mitch Tavera, who was promoted to the post from the rank of captain in...

  • Local governments

    Redondo Beach City Council stalls boat launch ramp application

    Months after approving controversial plans for a boat launch ramp in King Harbor, the new Redondo Beach City Council has moved to revisit the decision.In a split vote that came after midnight Tuesday — with one member absent, shifting the balance of power — the council decided to hold off on completing an application to the California Coastal Commission to build the facility on Mole B, a man-made outcropping at the end of Marina Way.Instead, the city will hold two...

  • Health care services

    Vish Chatterji appointed to Beach Cities Health District board

    Seven months after losing his bid to join the governing body of the Beach Cities Health District, Vish Chatterji has been appointed to an 18-month term at the preventative health agency.Chatterji, a holistic health and leadership coach from Redondo Beach, was chosen from a crowded field of 30 hopefuls during a special meeting Tuesday to replace Lenore Bloss, who