Manhattan Beach, California
|Manhattan Beach, California|
|City of Manhattan Beach|
Manhattan Beach Pier November 2013
|Motto: "Sun, Sand, Sea"|
Location of Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles County, California
|Country||United States of America|
|Incorporated (city)||December 12, 1912|
|• City Council||Mayor Amy Howorth
Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Powell
David J. Lesser
|• City Treasurer||Tim Lilligren, CCMT|
|• Police Chief||Eve Irvine|
|• Fire Chief||Bob Espinosa|
|• Total||3.941 sq mi (10.208 km2)|
|• Land||3.937 sq mi (10.197 km2)|
|• Water||0.004 sq mi (0.010 km2) 0.1%|
|Elevation||67 ft (20 m)|
|• Density||8,900/sq mi (3,400/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|ZIP Code||90266, 90267|
|GNIS feature ID||1660985|
Manhattan Beach is an affluent coastal city located in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, USA. The city is on the Pacific coast, south of El Segundo, and north of Hermosa Beach. Manhattan Beach is one of the three Beach Cities in the South Bay and has one public high school, Mira Costa High School. Manhattan Beach is a hotspot for beach volleyball and surfing. Every August, the city hosts the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament and the International Surf Festival.
Residential prices in Manhattan Beach are among the highest in the state of California. In 2013, the Dataquick study reported that more homes exceeding $1 million were sold in Manhattan Beach than any other city in California. Manhattan Beach ranked first, Hillsborough second, La Jolla third, Newport Beach fourth, Laguna Beach fifth, Brentwood sixth, Beverly Hills seventh, and Pacific Palisades eighth. The Higley 100 Census survey found that The Hill Section of Manhattan Beach is the second highest mean household income neighborhood in Los Angeles County, with Beverly Park ranking first and Beverly Hills (the 90210 section) ranking third, respectively. The current median residential home price is $1.8 million and land values in Manhattan Beach rank among the highest per square foot in the nation. Recent sales include $12.6 million for an oceanfront home situated on a 4,000 square foot lot. In May 2014, a 3,330 sq foot corner lot on the Manhattan Beach Strand sold for a record $16 million dollars.
Manhattan Beach is currently ranked as one of the best suburbs in Los Angeles Country for its high earning and well educated residents. According to US Census data, Manhattan Beach holds the ranking as the second most educated city in Los Angeles County and the fifth most educated city in the state of California. Manhattan Beach's top performing school district is currently ranked as the third best in the state of California, and Forbes Magazine ranked the city's school district, MBUSD, as the sixth best school district in the United States.
Many high profile individuals in the sports and entertainment industry call Manhattan Beach home due to its oceanfront desirability, top performing school district, and commuting distance to Los Angeles. GQ Magazine named Manhattan Beach one of the nation's six best beaches in their July 2014 issue. Manhattan Beach was also named the best beach in the nation for "food" citing the city's excellent dining scene.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Parks and recreation
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Government
- 7 Private schools
- 8 Newspapers
- 9 In popular culture
- 10 Notable people
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
In 1863, a Scottish immigrant, Sir Robert Burnett, purchased Rancho Sausal Redondo and Rancho Aguaje de la Centinela from Avila's heirs for $33,000. Ten years later in 1873, Burnett leased the ranch to a Canadian, Daniel Freeman (not the American Daniel Freeman, who was the first to file a claim under the Homestead Act of 1862). Burnett returned to Scotland. Freeman moved his wife and three children onto the ranch and started growing various crops. On May 4, 1885 Freeman bought the ranch from Burnett for $140,000.
George H. Peck owned a lot of the land that became part of the north section of Manhattan Beach. A coin flip decided the town's name. Around 1902, the beach suburb was named "Manhattan" after developer Stewart Merrill's home town, Manhattan, New York. "Beach" was appended to the city's name in 1927 at the behest of the postmaster.
The land in Manhattan Beach was formerly sand dunes. During the 1920s and 1930s, builders leveled uneven sandy sites and some excess sand was sold and shipped to Waikiki, Hawaii to convert their reef and rock beach into a sandy beach. The sand was also used to build the Los Angeles Coliseum and portions of the Pacific Coast Highway.
Manhattan Beach benefits from ocean breezes that provide clean air and summer temperatures that are 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the inland regions of Southern California.
The city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2). Manhattan Beach features 2.1 miles (3.4 km) of ocean frontage. A majority of the land in Manhattan Beach was once exposed sand dunes which now lie beneath the city's buildings and streets. The underlying dunes afford residents ocean views throughout western portions of the city. The tallest hill is 244 feet high and located in the city's southwest region. The only remaining exposed sand dune is at Sand Dune Park.
The beach is approximately 400 feet wide and 2.1 miles long. In the early part of the last century, the beach was narrow (approximately 150 feet) and sloping. From 1938 to 1989, it more than doubled in width when large quantities of sand were placed on beaches to the north during construction of the Hyperion Treatment Plant, Marina Del Rey, and Scattergood Power Plant. The sand was carried southward by the ocean's natural littoral flow and widened Manhattan Beach.
Residents have divided the city into several distinct neighborhoods, including the "Sand Section", "Hill Section", "Tree Section", "Gas Lamp Section", "The Village", "Manhattan Heights", "East Manhattan Beach", "Liberty Village", "Poet's Section" (Shelley, Tennyson, Longfellow, Keats), and "El Porto" (North Manhattan Beach).
The "Hill Section" is known for its high priced homes where many of the residences are remodeled or newly constructed. The steep hills allow panoramic ocean and city views. The average "Hill Section" home costs approximately $4 million and sales can exceed $6 million when larger lot sizes and expansive ocean views are reflected. The Hill Section neighborhood of Manhattan Beach ($399,820) currently ranks second in Los Angeles County according to mean household income, with Beverly Park ($502,440) ranking first and Beverly Hills (the 90120 section) ($395,734) ranking third, respectively.
The nearby "Sand Section" is notable for its quiet walk-street neighborhoods adjacent to the ocean. Multi-million dollar oceanfront homes stretch along the bike path and walking lane of "The Strand". "The Strand" section of Manhattan Beach includes some of the most expensive real estate per square foot in the United States. Respective to land-area, home prices average $20million per half acre of land.
Since 2010, new property developments in Manhattan Beach cannot exceed two lot parcels. Size and appearance restrictions were enacted by the Manhattan Beach City Council to preserve the appearance of the beachfront community after three lots were joined to create a 16,000 square foot oceanside home in 2008. Recent sales in the "Sand Section" include a 5 bedroom beachfront Strand home for $11 million.
"Downtown" Manhattan Beach is considered the heart of the city. The area runs along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and the streets perpendicular to the Manhattan Beach Pier and Valley Drive. There are many Zagat rated casual-fine dining restaurants, specialty boutiques and retailers that create a pedestrian friendly, mixed-use downtown center. The Metlox site, where the pottery factory once stood for decades, was closed in the early 1990s and redeveloped into a mixed-use center. The new Metlox site includes a luxury boutique hotel, spa, restaurants, shops and underground parking.
North Manhattan Beach District
North Manhattan Beach business district is located near the intersection of Rosecrans and Highland and has many restaurants and shops including Pancho's Mexican Restaurant and Fishbar.
The "Rosecrans corridor" is located on the south side of Rosecrans Avenue, east of Sepulveda, and west of Aviation.
The Manhattan Beach Country Club, the Marriott Hotel and Golf Course, Fry's electronics, retail stores, restaurants, supermarkets, multi-story office buildings, and shopping centers border the Rosecrans corridor between Sepulveda and Aviation Boulevards. The Rosecrans corridor is adjacent to Plaza El Segundo off Sepulveda Blvd, which features additional retailers including Whole Foods Market.
The "Sepulveda Corridor" occupies the commercial zone, and is the city's main north-south highway. The area includes the Manhattan Village Mall, which is located east of Sepulveda Boulevard between Marine and Rosecrans Avenues. The mall, built in the early 1980s, was remodeled in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The mall is anchored by Macy's on both ends and tenants include Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Williams-Sonoma, and the Apple Store. The Pacific Cinema Theater is located at the north side of the Mall. Many restaurants such as Islands, Chili's, Olive Garden, Coco's and the Tin Roof are co-located with the mall. The Manhattan Village Mall is scheduled to begin a new multi-million dollar, open-air redevelopment in 2014. The redevelopment will add 60,000 square feet of outdoor retail space and an additional 142,000 square feet of enclosed retail and restaurant space. The mall will be remodeled in 3 phases and the expected completion date is 2017. There are several medium-size hotels, large automobile dealerships, automotive repair shops, restaurants, multi-story office buildings, medical buildings, pharmacies, banks, small shopping centers and a Target store along this corridor.
The "Aviation Corridor" is located along Aviation Boulevard (the city's eastern boundary), south of Rosecrans Avenue, and north of Marine Avenue. Aviation High School was located at the intersection of Manhattan Beach Blvd and Aviation until it closed in the early 1980s. The zone includes several major entertainment and aerospace complexes, including Manhattan Beach Studios and the Northrop Grumman Space Park Complex. Manhattan Beach Media Campus is home to the production of many popular releases in movies and entertainment, including the Marvel pictures "Thor" and "Iron Man 2" and both sequels to James Cameron's "Avatar" movie.
Parks and recreation
Manhattan Beach is known for its clean, wide, sandy beaches and attracts over 3.8 million visitors annually. Along the Strand at the eastern edge of the beach, a concrete bike path is reserved for bicycles. The bikeway extends north to Santa Monica and south to Palos Verdes. A separate 2.1 mile walkway, reserved for pedestrians, runs alongside the bike path. Restrooms and shower facilities are provided adjacent to the Strand paths. Beach volleyball, swimming, body boarding and surfing are popular activities among residents and visitors. Popular surf spots include the Pier and El Porto. Lifeguard stations are located along the entire length of the beach and the beach is cleaned and groomed daily by crews from LA County Beaches and Harbors Department.
There are several public parks in the city. The largest and most popular is Polliwog Park located on Manhattan Beach Boulevard, two blocks west of Aviation Boulevard. Polliwog Park has a small lake, open-air concert amphitheater, playground equipment, picnic tables, restrooms, and a fenced dog exercise area. It is also the site of the Manhattan Beach Historical Society Red Cottage, which is home to the city's collection of historical artifacts. Marine Avenue Park, west of Aviation Boulevard on Marine, has several lighted ball fields, basketball courts, and an indoor racket ball facility. Live Oak Park in the downtown area has ball fields, playground equipment, tennis courts and picnic tables.
An area known as the "Green Belt" or "Veteran's Parkway" is a pedestrian-friendly walkway that runs adjacent to Valley Drive and Ardmore Avenue near downtown Manhattan Beach. Nearly 20 acres total and comprising 3 miles in length, the wood-chip walkway is a popular trail for runners and dog-walkers.
For over 50 years, the City of Manhattan Beach hosts an annual Hometown Fair at Live Oak Park in downtown Manhattan Beach. Popular among community residents, the fair features food and drink, live music, games and booths to raise funds for local causes.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Manhattan Beach had a population of 35,135. The population density was 8,914.7 people per square mile (3,442.0/km²). The racial makeup of Manhattan Beach was 29,686 (84.5%) White (79.3% Non-Hispanic White), 290 (0.8%) Black or African American (U.S. Census), 59 (0.2%) Native American, 3,023 (8.6%) Asian, 49 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 409 (1.2%) from other races, and 1,619 (4.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,440 persons (6.9%).
The Census reported that 35,107 people (99.9% of the population) lived in households, 28 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 14,038 households, out of which 4,735 (33.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 7,583 (54.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 892 (6.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 438 (3.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 695 (5.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 85 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 3,627 households (25.8%) were made up of individuals and 1,078 (7.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50. There were 8,913 families (63.5% of all households); the average family size was 3.10.
The population was spread out with 8,725 people (24.8%) under the age of 18, 1,740 people (5.0%) aged 18 to 24, 9,532 people (27.1%) aged 25 to 44, 10,681 people (30.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 4,457 people (12.7%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males. There were 14,929 housing units at an average density of 3,787.9 per square mile (1,462.5/km²), of which 9,420 (67.1%) were owner-occupied, and 4,618 (32.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.3%. 25,587 people (72.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 9,520 people (27.1%) lived in rental housing units.
According to the 2010 United States Census, Manhattan Beach had a median household income of $134,445, with 2.9% of the population living below the federal poverty line.
As of the census of 2000, there were 33,854 people, 14,474 households, and 8,394 families residing in the city. The population density was 8,606.7 inhabitants per square mile (3,325.8/km²). There were 15,034 housing units at an average density of 3,822.3 per square mile (1,477.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.99% White, 6.04% Asian, 0.61% Black or African American (U.S. Census), 0.21% Native American, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 1.23% from other races, including 2.81% from two or more races. 5.19% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 14,474 households, of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18, 49.8% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 42.0% were non-families, 29.3% were individuals living alone, and 6.5% were individuals living alone who were 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34, and the average family size was 2.98.
Other census data showed that the age distribution in the city was 22.3% who were under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 37.5% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.5 males, and for every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $100,750, and the median income for a family was $122,686 (these figures had risen to $124,048 and $149,396 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $84,256 versus $54,142 for females. The per capita income for the city was $61,136. About 2.0% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.
In February 2006, the median price of Manhattan Beach home sales was $1,925,000. In its "Best Places to Live" 2005 feature, Money Magazine ranked Manhattan Beach as the fourth most expensive beach town in America.
According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|8||24 Hour Fitness||133|
|11||Manhattan Beach Toyota||99|
|13||California Pizza Kitchen||85|
The City of Manhattan Beach is governed by a five-member City Council. City Council members are elected every four years. The office of the Mayor of Manhattan Beach rotates every ten months among the members of the City Council, so that each City Council member serves one term as Mayor.
The Beach Cities Health District, provides health and wellness services to the residents of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach. The voters of the three beach cities elect the 5-member Board of Directors to 4-year terms. One of 78 California Health Districts, it was created in 1955 as South Bay Hospital and took on its current name in 1993. Beach Cities Health District opened AdventurePlex, a Manhattan Beach fitness center for kids and their families, in 2002. Filled with mazes, tunnels, outdoor rock climbing walls, complex ropes courses, and an indoor gym, AdventurePlex challenges children physically and intellectually in health-focused recreational activities.
Manhattan Beach is in the Fourth Supervisorial District of Los Angeles County. Don Knabe is the District Supervisor. The county collects taxes on properties in Manhattan Beach and maintains property assessment rolls. One of the most important services provided by the county is daily grooming of the beach which is kept exceptionally clean. The county maintains the bike path at the eastern edge of the beach. The Manhattan Beach County Library is located downtown on Highland Avenue two blocks north of Manhattan Beach Boulevard. The library is part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library system, and includes internet accessible computers, WiFi, and access to the six million items in the county library collection. The library is currently closed under renovation. The new $19 million, 20,000 square foot facility is targeting LEED® Gold specifications and is expected to be finished in 2015.
The residents of the city of Manhattan Beach are represented in state legislature by both a California State Senator and a California State Assemblyman. In the California State Senate, Manhattan Beach is located in the 26th District. The current State Senator is Ted Lieu. In the California State Assembly, Manhattan Beach is located in 66th District. The current State Assemblyman from the District is Democrat Al Muratsuchi.
Manhattan Beach is located with California's 33rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Henry Waxman.
Primary and secondary schools
|School||2010 API Score|
|Manhattan Beach Middle||945|
|Mira Costa High School||911|
Public education in Manhattan Beach is provided by the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, which oversees five elementary schools (Grandview, Meadows, Pacific, Pennekamp, Robinson), one middle school (Manhattan Beach Middle School), and one high school (Mira Costa).
The Manhattan Beach Unified School district is ranked as the 3rd best performing school district in the state of California. The district received a score of 926 on the 2010 California Academic Performance Index. Each individual school also ranks at the top of its respective category.
Private schools located in Manhattan Beach include American Martyrs Catholic School, Manhattan Academy, Montessori School of Manhattan Beach and Journey of Faith Christian School.
In popular culture
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- Filming location of 1408 (2007). John Cusack's character surfs in El Porto waves.
- Filming location of 2012 (2009). Cracks appear down the middle of 45th Street.
- Scenes from the 1983 Taylor Hackford film, Against All Odds, were filmed along The Strand and on the beach.
- Film and real life location of George Jung of Blow fame.
- Home to the filming of the CBS series CSI: Miami Manhattan Beach Studios.
- Establishing shots of the TV show, Hannah Montana are filmed at Mira Costa High School.
- Film location of Jerry Maguire (1996). In the movie, Dorothy's (Renée Zellweger) house is in the Sand Section on 23rd Street.
- Home to the filming of the Fox Network series, The O.C.
- Filming location of Point Break (1991). In the movie, Keanu Reeves buys his surfboard from a shop located on the Manhattan Beach pier.
- Filming location of Starsky and Hutch (2004). In the movie, Starsky (Ben Stiller), can be seen stretching under the pier.
- Filming location of Tequila Sunrise (1988). Mel Gibson's character lives on the beach near the pier.
- Home to the filming of some of the The CW Television Network/Ex-UPN series, Veronica Mars.
- Filming location for the TV show, Weeds.
- Filming location for the TV show, 90210.
- Filming location for the Movie, Airborne.
- Mentioned in the song, "Surfin' U.S.A.", by the Beach Boys. Group members were from the adjacent city of Hawthorne.
- Filming location of "White Walls", by Macklemore.
- The Manhattan Beach Open volleyball tournament in Manhattan Beach is known as "The Championships, Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball." The names of the tournament champions are inscribed in plaques along Manhattan Beach Pier. This event usually takes place in August and is aired on national TV.
- CNN Money named Manhattan Beach #1 as the "2011 Best Places For the Rich and Single".
- The Travel Channel named Manhattan Beach the 9th sexiest beach on earth for its 2008 "21 Sexiest Beaches" show.
- Manhattan Beach has been nicknamed the "Pearl of the South Bay" for its beauty and desirability.
- Much of the sand on Waikīkī Beach was purchased from Manhattan Beach by Hawaiʻian developers in the late 1920s. The developers negotiated a deal with the Kuhn Brothers Construction Company to ship the city's sand across the Pacific Ocean from Manhattan Beach to Waikiki Beach over 10 years. The remaining sand that resembles Manhattan Beach's original landscape can be found at Sand Dune Park.
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- Ben McKenzie: actor (The O.C., Southland)
- Bill Engvall: comedian
- Brad Bird: director (The Incredibles, Ratatouille)
- Cody Simpson: Australian singer/musician
- Dave Coulier: actor, comedian, mimic
- Don Dokken: founder/lead singer of 1980s Heavy Metal band Dokken
- J.D. Roth: host of the reality TV show Endurance
- Jane Elliot: actress (General Hospital, Days of Our Lives)
- Jenn Brown: ESPN reporter
- Jim Lindberg: singer of the South Bay Punk Rock Band Pennywise
- Kevin Nealon: actor/comedian from Saturday Night Live fame
- Liz Phair: singer/songwriter and guitarist
- Maria Sansone: American television personality and host (Good Day LA)
- Marisa Miller: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover page model
- Matthew Fox: actor (Lost, Party of Five)
- Max Thieriot: actor
- Neal Israel: director of Surf Ninjas and nationally ranked falconer
- Owen Wilson: actor
- Pat Sajak: Wheel of Fortune host
- Redfoo: lead singer of "LMFAO"
- Ryan Newman, actress 
- Scott Whyte: actor (City Guys)
- Tara Reid: actress and model
- Teri Polo: actress (Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers)
- Thomas Pynchon: author of The Crying of Lot 49 and Gravity's Rainbow
- Wally Kurth: actor (General Hospital, Days of Our Lives)
- Andre Jacquemetton: Emmy winning producer of hit series Mad Men
- Scott Gurney: producer of hit series Duck Dynasty
Journalists and writers
- John Bollinger: creator Bollinger Bands
- Richard Foss: journalist and science fiction writer
- Trace Gallagher: Anchor/Correspondent Fox News Channel
- Thomas Pynchon: novelist
- Mike D'Antoni: former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers
- Matt Barnes: Los Angeles Clippers player
- Andy Enfield: head basketball coach for USC
- Brian Cook: power forward for the Los Angeles Clippers
- Robbie Davis: Lakers team trainer
- Devean George: former NBA player
- Blake Griffin: first round draft pick and star of the Los Angeles Clippers
- Shaun Livingston: point guard for the Brooklyn Nets
- Slava Medvedenko: basketball player, former power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers
- Chris Mihm: former center for the Los Angeles Lakers
- Steve Nash: Los Angeles Lakers player
- Michael Olowokandi: former NBA player
- Kurt Rambis: assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers
- Zeljko Rebraca: former center for the Los Angeles Clippers
- Brian Shaw: former NBA player and coach of the Denver Nuggets
- Luke Walton: NBA player
- Sasha Vujacic: shooting guard for the Brooklyn Nets
Diana Taurasi, 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist, 3 time NCCA Women's Basetball Champion, and 2 time WNBA Champion.
- Tim Brown: 1987 Heisman winner and Raider player
- Norm Chow: University of Hawaii Head Football Coach
- Jeff Garcia: former NFL quarterback
- Tony Gonzalez: tight end for the Atlanta Falcons
- Matt Leinart, Heisman Trophy Winner and former USC and NFL Quarterback. Current sports broadcaster.
- Jim Mora: UCLA head football coach
- Don Mosebar: played for the Los Angeles Raiders for 13 years
- Rick Neuheisel: former UCLA and University of Washington Head Football Coach and current PAC-12 network broadcaster 
- Michael Strahan: former defensive end for the New York Giants
- Pete Carroll: head coach of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team
- Nomar Garciaparra: former MLB shortstop
- Jason Kendall: former MLB catcher
- Paul LoDuca: former MLB catcher
- Don Mattingly: manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and former New York Yankees player
- Eric Karros: former L.A. Dodger baseball great, and AYSO region 18 assistant coach
- Bob Bradley: former head coach of the US Men's National Soccer Team
- Landon Donovan: soccer player for the Los Angeles Galaxy, U.S. National Team forward
- Mia Hamm: former Olympic soccer player 
- Cobi Jones: soccer player for the Los Angeles Galaxy
- Rob Blake: defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings
- Dustin Brown: captain of Los Angeles Kings
- Marc Crawford: head coach for the Los Angeles Kings
- Pavol Demitra: forward for the Minnesota Wild
- Alexander Frolov: hockey player for the Los Angeles Kings
- Tim Gleason: defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes
- Ron Hextall: former goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers, current GM for the Flyers
- Nelson Emerson: former NHL rightwinger and current head of development for the Los Angeles Kings
- Anze Kopitar: center and Western Conference all-star for the Los Angeles Kings
- Dustin Brown: captain and right winger for the Stanley Cup LA Kings (given key to the city by Mayor Powell)
- Glen Murray: right winger for the Boston Bruins
- Mike Richards: center for the Los Angeles Kings
- Lubomir Visnovsky: defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings
- Mathieu Schneider: former NHL hockey player
- John Stevens: former Head Coach of the Philadelphia Flyers and current Assistant Coach of the Los Angeles Kings
- Darryl Sutter: Head Coach, Los Angeles Kings
- Kerri Walsh Jennings: three time Olympic beach volleyball player (given key to the city by Mayor Powell)
- Mike Lambert: former professional beach volleyball player
- Stein Metzger: former professional beach volleyball player
- Maria Sharapova: professional tennis player, Olympic Silver Medalist (given key to the city by Mayor Powell)
- Pearl Sinn: former LPGA golfer
- Rebecca Soni: 5-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer and world record holder (given key to city by Mayor Powell)
- Victoria Azarenka: professional tennis player
- Matt Jacobson: Head of Market Development - Facebook
- John Bollinger: Financial author and the developer of the Bollinger Bands analysis method.
- Jordan Belfort: author of The Wolf of Wall Street 
- David McGovern: Founder and Managing Partner of Marlin Equity Partners.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Manhattan Beach, California.|
- Manhattan Beach official website
- Manhattan Beach Historical Society
- Leadership Manhattan Beach
- Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Manhattan Beach School District
- Manhattan Beach City Councilmember/Mayor Wayne Powell
- Map of original Rancho San Pedro, 1784, reflecting Rancho Sausal Redondo within its domain
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