David Mendez

The Boulevard Opportunity knocks on Artesia

The Boulevard  Opportunity knocks on Artesia

by David Mendez When Randolph and Francisca Stern opened up Dance 1, a studio with an emphasis on teaching ballet, they set up in a 1,200 square foot single-room space next to Snax Superburgers on Artesia Boulevard. Within five years, they moved across the street to the former home of the Civic Light Opera.  That, […]

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Donation limits set for 2019 elections

Donation limits set for 2019 elections

by David Mendez The Redondo Beach City Council set plans to reform political campaign financing and donations on Tuesday night, in a 4-1 vote that, if it lives past its second reading, will limit the amount of money people can donate toward City Council and Mayoral campaigns. City Attorney Michael Webb made clear that Redondo […]

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Redondo Beach About Town

Dedication set for new fire equipment The Redondo Beach Fire Department invites the public to its traditional dedication ceremony for the City’s newest fire engine and ladder truck on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m., at Fire Station 1, 401 S. Broadway. This ceremony, known as “wet down and housing” dates back to the era […]

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Scooters pushed down the road

by David Mendez The Redondo Beach City Council has again chosen to defer a decision on allowing bike and scooter-sharing programs until 2019. In the meantime, city staff was directed to study policies with other local and regional entities. “It sounds like we’re in agreement: We’re not burying our heads in the sand, but we […]

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Artesia’s Kurt Hardware to close

Artesia’s Kurt Hardware to close

by David Mendez It’s been a bittersweet week for Leland Hyde, the owner of Kurt TrueValue Hardware. On Halloween, he announced his intention to close the business that had been in his family for 32 years and, in his words, to embark on a new chapter. Kurt Hardware is planned to close at the end […]

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Muratsuchi trumps Scotto, holds on to Assembly seat

Muratsuchi trumps Scotto,  holds on to Assembly seat

by David Mendez Democratic incumbent Al Muratsuchi retained his seat in the California State Assembly’s 66th District by besting Republican challenger Frank Scotto. According to the California Secretary of State’s unofficial results, Muratsuchi won 71,439 ballots, 57.8 percent of the vote, against Scotto’s 52,218 votes, for 42.2 percent. “I’ve been waiting to say this, but…tonight, […]

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Redondo Beach About Town

The Ballad of Bummer by David Mendez Since Sept. 17, one man has consistently stood at the corner of Aviation Boulevard and Grant Avenue, with a sign hanging around his neck, bearing four letters: VOTE. Bummer is his name — or at least, the nickname he’s gone by since long before he moved from Philadelphia […]

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Muratsuchi under fire for Horvath endorsement

Muratsuchi under fire for Horvath endorsement

by David Mendez State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi has faced an onslaught of criticism, even among staunch Democrats, for endorsing incumbent District 3 Councilman Christian Horvath in his upcoming race against Candace Nafissi. Some have indicated that they’re willing to vote for Muratsuchi’s opponent, Republican challenger Frank Scotto, on Nov. 6 in light of the Horvath […]

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Los Angeles developer named as AES Redondo power plant buyer

Los Angeles developer named as AES Redondo power plant buyer

by David Mendez Real estate investor Leo Pustilnikov has been identified as the buyer for at least part of Redondo Beach AES power plant land, and is in exclusive negotiations to purchase the entirety of the 51-acre power plant property. Determining what to build on the property will be a public process, but city officials […]

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Incumbents Chun and Bholat challenged by Mintz

Incumbents Chun and Bholat challenged by Mintz

by David Mendez For the three candidates competing for two open seats on the Beach Cities Health District Board of Directors, the race isn’t so much about policy or changing course as it is maintaining excellence. The two incumbents, Dr. Noel Chun, and Dr. Michelle Bholat, and their challenger, David Mintz, all agree that the […]

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Appeal hearing held to Jan. 15

Appeal hearing held to Jan. 15

by David Mendez An appeal hearing for Redondo Beach’s South Bay Galleria project has been postponed until January to allow its developers more time to address public concern. The hearing, originally planned for Oct. 23, is a continuation of an initial appeal by Redondo Beach resident Doug Boswell. Boswell was the last appellant standing after […]

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Partners, GEMs, honored at vigil

Partners, GEMs, honored at vigil

by David Mendez Partnerships lit up the night during Redondo Beach’s Tenth Annual Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil. The vigil is organized each year by the Redondo Beach Police Department’s Domestic Violence Victims Advocacy program, which provides support to victims and survivors of domestic violence incidents in and around Redondo Beach. The DVVA program works with […]

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Stekol leaves, Wesley picked for Asst. Supe.

by David Mendez Dr. Nicole Wesley has been appointed as the Redondo Beach Unified School District’s new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, taking the reins from Dr. Tom Stekol. Stekol, who was hired in 2012, is leaving to become the Deputy Superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District. Wesley was appointed during the RBUSD’s […]

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Turn ban to calm Maria/Paulina traffic

Turn ban to calm Maria/Paulina traffic

By David Mendez A new set of City Council-approved traffic calming plans, residents hope, will put a cap on excess speeding and cut-throughs in one Redondo Beach neighborhood. Redondo will restrict left turns, from 6:30 to 9 a.m., on to the 500 to 600 block of North Paulina Avenue, and the 700 to 800 block […]

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Senate District 26 ‘A lot of mazel,’ not much race

Senate District 26  ‘A lot of mazel,’ not much race

by David Mendez This year’s State Senate race, between incumbent Democrat Ben Allen and independent Baron Bruno appears to be a contest only in the strictest definition of the term. Its contestants seem to know it, too. Forums between Allen and Bruno have been congratulatory affairs: Bruno is soon to marry his fiancée, and Allen’s […]

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