About Town Redondo: Pavers on Boardwalk, agenda items leap, allcove $1 million

The original allcove Youth Advisory Group was largely made up of South Bay high school students. From left to right, Chase S., Marin C., Jennalee L., Colin C., Rani C., Camille S., John H., and Mollie O. Photo Courtesy Beach Cities Health District

International Boardwalk to get pavers

Pavers are coming to the International Boardwalk.

Redondo Beach Public Works is set to lay down the “bricks” from R10 restaurant to ¾ of the way around the loop by Quality Seafood toward the skate park.

The “priority project,” as described by Andy Winje, city engineer, is anticipated to go out to bid this month, to be awarded in March.

“Construction to begin shortly thereafter,” Winje told the city council Tuesday night. 

The council approved the project last year as an alternative to the existing asphalt.

Businesses are to remain open during construction.


City council agenda items take leap in 2023 

Tracking agenda items shows that the level of activity for the Redondo Beach city council has increased over the past three years. City Manager Mike Witzansky made a comment at Councilmember Scott Behrendt’s Jan. 4 community meeting that total agenda items fielded by the council in 2021 was 840, followed by 890 in 2022 and more than 1,100 in 2023.

“I expect 2024 to be as busy or busier than 2023,” Witzansky said. 


allcove awarded another $1 million

allcove Beach Cities has been granted another $1 million, to expand its programs and services in the South Bay.

The California Youth Behavioral Initiative announced the gift last week, as part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s “Plan for Kids’ Mental Health.”

allCove (the name is not capitalized) Beach Cities is one of 262 organizations to be awarded funds from the $150 million “Plan for Kids” program to build wellness and resilience of children, youth and young adults.

“We are extremely grateful to the Department of Health Care Services for their commitment to ‘walk the talk,’ and taking steps to deliver mental health services for young people,” said Tom Bakaly, CEO of Beach Cities Health District (BCHD). “In just 14 months, we have seen the positive impact allcove Beach Cities has made in our community through services and events designed for young people at the center.”

The $1 million is to go to operational expansion; opening six days per week, adding more services and hiring more staff, and to create billing infrastructure to ensure sustainability.

Aside from expansion of allCove locations in Redondo Beach, Orange County, San Mateo and Sacramento, the new state funds will open six more allCove centers in California.

Since opening in Redondo Beach in November 2022, BCHD reports nearly 5,000 visits by young people. Close to 500 young people and their parents have received services ranging from mental health services, psychiatry for early psychosis, risk assessments, support for those experiencing homelessness, substance use counseling and diversion, career and life skills support and intimate partner violence support. ER


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