About Town Redondo: Retail marijuana passes (again), streamlined volunteering, top sailor

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City’s retail marijuana ordinance passes, again

The Redondo Beach city council’s retail marijuana ordinance passed Aug. 16 in a 4-0 vote. 

The ordinance will allow two retail marijuana stores in town. 

Councilwoman Laura Emdee voted against the confirmation at the preceding council meeting. Councilmember Todd Loewenstein was absent that night and Zein Obagi, Jr., recused himself, resulting in the measure failing on a 2 to 1 vote.

Emdee said she initially voted against the ordinance because the competing retail marijuana public initiative was moved to an Oct. 19 special election. Originally, it was to be on the March 2023, well after the city’s ordinance would have taken effect.

The city’s ordinance – allowing two retail marijuana stores in town – will become law 30 days after the Sept. 6 council confirmation.  


City volunteer process streamlined

People interested in volunteering in Redondo Beach have a new, centralized way to go about it.

One e-mail address can now connect someone to city and private opportunities: volunteer@redondo.org.

The project, which came out of a city council strategic planning session earlier in the year, accepts messages at the address, which go to the city Community Services Department. 

A staff member responds and may put the interested party in touch with applicable organizations. City staff can also start the application process and background checks.

Volunteer@redondo.org took effect at the end of July, along with an updated volunteer page on the city website. 


Herring paces local sailors in 49th Santa Barbara to King Harbor race

Jason Herring of King Harbor Yacht Club skippered his Hobie 33 “Flying Dutchman” to the top finish in the Ultra Light Displacement Boats “D” class July 29-30 in the yearly Santa Barbara to King Harbor race. His time was 16:15:56.

The overall champion, with the lowest corrected time, was the Nelson/Marek 68 “BOLT,” skippered by Craig Reynolds of Balboa Yacht Club (10:56:52).

First boat to cross the finish line was the Ultralight Displacement “A” Class vessel  “GoodEnergy,” with a time of 10:51:26, piloted by George Hershman of Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club. 

A fleet of 75 sailboats participated in the 81-nautical-mile race from King Harbor to around Anacapa Island and back. 

Competitors from thirty different yacht clubs participated, grouped into nine fleets. Fleets included a cruising division, as well as a multihull.


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