"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why."  Mark Twain
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I AM RUNNING FOR MANHATTAN BEACH CITY COUNCIL.  Thank you to all who signed my nomination form and thank you to all of you in advance for voting for me in March.  I have met some of the other candidates and they are so helpful with advice for the new guy. One candidate told me the secret to getting votes was to concentrate on the African-American and Latino vote in Manhattan Beach; another candidate said dont waste your marketing materials on the older residents because the only people who vote are the young adults 18-34; another candidate said make sure to post all of your posters, etc on telephone poles and commercial property...everyone does it...HMMMMM??  Well, this will be a grassroots campaign because of the shoestring budget.  And that is just one shoestring.  This will be a "whisper campaign" (thanks, Ang).  I need everyone to whisper to at least 30 people to vote for me either by mail or election day in March.It has already been a fascinating experience going through the informational meeting and pulling the papers with the city.  The process will be another adventure with hopefully a good outcome and fun to blog about.  contact:  lippsforcitycouncil@gmail.com
THANKSGIVING THURSDAY...THANKSGIVING SAND BOWL...11am-1pm, 26th street, Manhattan Beach...all ages welcome.  SEE YOU THERE!!!  Lipps boys will be back in town!!

Lee Anne, your husband knows how to throw a heck of bday party.  And if you are 50 then I need to get on your nutrition and workout program.  CONGRATS!!!

CONGRATS, MIKE!!!  Michael Garciaparra has been named the St. Louis Carninals scout for the So Cal region.  He beat out 175 other guys for the position.  Nice job, pal.

NO STRIP MINING IN MANHATTAN BEACH!!!  My thought on this issue is even if the Environmental Impact Study says no damage to our beaches...what if they are wrong.  Without spending tons of money cannot put the genie back in the bottle. Also, whats to stop Mother Nature from doing to Broad Beach again what it did over time before.  Freak storms are not one time occurances.  Sounds like they have an issue with the homes being too close to the waterline.  MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A COMMENT.   




This notice is to advise that the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) staff has prepared an Analysis of Impacts to Public Trust Resources and Values (APTR) for the proposed Broad Beach Restoration Project, as further described below.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the time for public review of the APTR and deadline to submit comments has been extended to Friday, December 21, 2012.  All written comments must be received by 5:00 PM on December 21, 2012. 

CSLC staff began accepting comments on the APTR on Monday, October 22, 2012, with comments originally due by Friday November 15, 2012, for consideration by CSLC staff in preparing its staff report to the Commission.  The comment period for the APTR has been extended as the Project will not be considered by CSLC for action at the December 5, 2012, Commission meeting, and in consideration of requests for additional time to submit comments on the APTR. 

Submission of Written Comments:

Please send your written comments on the APTR at the earliest possible date to the individual listed below:

Jason Ramos, Environmental Scientist       E-mail:Jason.Ramos@slc.ca.gov         

California State Lands Commission                        FAX: (916) 574-1885

100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100-South              Phone: (916) 574-1814

Sacramento, CA  95825

You are encouraged to submit electronic copies of your written comments.  If written comments are submitted via email, please write the following in the subject line of your email:  Broad Beach Restoration Project Comments.  If written comments are submitted via facsimile, please also mail a copy to ensure that a clean copy is received by this office.  If you represent a public agency, please provide the name, email address, and telephone number for the contact person in your agency.

MANHATTAN BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE...Build Your Marketing & Sales Plan in One Hour

Tuesday, December 4  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Manhattan Beach Police & Fire Facility Community Room

400/420 15th St., Manhattan Beach

$25 MB Members  $35 Non-members

Lunch is provided

Register at www.manhattanbeachchamber.com  YOU WILL ALSO SEE LIST OF PRESENTERS...VERY IMPRESSIVE!

This panel is designed to show you how to apply the basics of marketing and sales to your business. Learn about sales goals, sales activities, target accounts and timelines.  Understand market research, pricing strategy, and how to identify a market mis. A distinguished panel of 4 will help you drive your business to the next level. 


I hope that you will join in the excitement for this year and click on register.mbya.org to register for the spring 2013 season.  Registration is open from November 9, 2012 to January 12, 2013.  As in past years, to ensure that every child can enjoy baseball or softball, the MBYA Board continues to support two important programs.  The first is a scholarship program, which pays the registration fee for families experiencing financial hardship. The second program is "Everybody Plays". This program buys new equipment for families in need. This equipment is delivered to the family who in turn gives it to the kids.  If you would like more information on either of these programs, please contact me directly atPresident@mbya.org

On the baseball side, MBLL will be offering the same great leagues as last year, from T-Ball through our competitive Junior and Senior programs which offer professional coaching as well as access to the Mira Costa High School baseball coaching staff.  When registering, please make sure you sign up for the league that is age appropriate:  T-Ball for boys and girls ages 5-6 by 4/30/2013;  California (Cal) League for 7-8 year olds; Coast for 9-10; International for 10-11; Major for 11-12; Junior for 13-14; and Senior (registering in April) for 15-16.
On the softball side, 

MBGS will be offering competitive divisions in 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U.  In addition, MBGS will be offering a 6U softball division as an alternative to T-Ball for girls ages 5-6 by 12/31/2012. Girls age 5 with birthdays from January-April of the season, are too young to play 6U softball, but qualify for T-Ball baseball.

If you want your son or daughter to play in a league outside these age groups, you may make a request when registering online and we will offer a play-up evaluation prior to the start of the season.

MBLL also offers a robust Challenger Division - a coach-pitch league for special needs kids.       

I look forward to seeing all of you on Opening Day - Saturday, March 2, 2013 and around the fields all season long.
Sincerely,Jeff Brunner 
2012-2013 MBYA President 



 --  85 = speed limit, mph, of the U.S.'s new fastest highway, which runs from Austin to San Antonio.--  65% = percentage of alcohol by volume of Armageddon, a new Scottish beer, believed to be the world's strongest.  (did we need this beer?)--  5.5 = weight, in pounds, Of Restoration Hardware's 2012 catalog; its a whopping 992 pages.  (how many trees is that?  Maybe put on a DVD.)

--  35% = percentage less body fat gained among children who consumed sugar-free beverages as opposed to sugar-sweetened drinks, according to a recent study. (Duh!) 

--  2030 = the year more than half of all Americans will be obese, according to a new study; the cost to treat that epidemic could be as high as $66-billion.(but, hey, have a great Thanksgiving!!  yipes!  Our group will be 100% obese by the end of day.)  


There's probably one thing we could agree on: The people around you dictate your success. There is no faster, more effective way to fill the gap between where you are and where you aspire to be than having the right passionate and supportive people in your corner. One survey revealed:
93% believed the people you surround yourself with are critical to success
99% said they could be doing a better job of surrounding themselves with passionate, supportive and successful people
We know how important it is to connect with the right people. That is why I believe staying connected to LMB graduates is a great idea.
This came from a post from Scott Dinsmore of Live Your Legend.

The Keys to Connecting with Coaches
by David Benzel

Many parents wonder about how to effectively interact with their child's coach. How to communicate, when to communicate, and what topics are okay to talk about are the most common questions. 

The parent/coach relationship is important for the sake of your child's skill development and social development. However it can be a tricky relationship for you due to two factors: 1) your emotional investment in your child's progress; and 2) the complexity of issues a coach faces in making many subjective decisions that affect your child and the team. For these reasons it's best if you understand what gymnastics coach Anne Josephson identifies as the difference between "dog loyalty" and "cat loyalty". A dog is loyal to a person and a cat is loyal to the house. A coach must be "cat loyal" in order to make good decisions on behalf of all his/her athletes and on behalf of the entire program and facilities. A coach cannot narrow his focus to be loyal only to you and your child's interests.

In general, coaches have a passion for their sport and for passing along what they know to young athletes. But they also have a passion for winning. Good coaches see the obvious connection between teaching skills and winning competitions. GREAT coaches are also committed to the long-term character development of their athletes. A parent is most effective by emphasizing complimentary values rather than duplicating what the coach is teaching - except when it comes to character. You can best compliment the style and impact of a coach when you understand which element (skills, winning, or character) is valued most by that coach. Use the char t below as a guide.

If a Coach Values:

  • Skill Development
  • Winning
  • Character Lessons

Ultimately, winning is an outcome of great skills plus depth of character. Research shows that parents who emphasize winning create unnecessary performance pressure for their children. Here are some practical strategies for maintaining a smooth working relationship with your child's coach.
  • Discover in advance how and when the coach wants to communicate with parents.
  • Ask good open-ended questions through which the coach can share his/her philosophy, feelings, and facts. Do not assume anything and do not accuse.
  • Teach your child to discuss playing time issues with the coach instead of you.
  • Let the coach do his/her job during the game without interference.
  • Remember that after a competition the players come first and you are second in line for any attention or conversation.
  • If you have concerns, or are emotionally upset, give yourself 24 hours of reflection time before communicating with the coach.
  • Avoid criticizing your child's coach or undermining his/her authority in front of your child. Speak to the coach directly if you have concerns or questions.
  • Avoid contradicting your child's coach with your personal coaching strategies.

FROM MY "OLD" FRIEND IN ILLINOIS!  THANKS, S.L.. Kids are becoming you... but your grandchildren are Perfect! 

~Going Out is good - Coming Home is better! 

~You Forget names.  But it's OK because other people forgot they Even knew you!!! 

~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.... Especially Golf. 

~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore. 

~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's Called "pre-sleep". 

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" Switch.. 

~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ??? 

~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere. 

~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!! 

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots. 

~Everybody Whispers. 

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear. 

~~~But Old is good in some things:  Old songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!


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