David Mendez

Redondo ‘shuts window’ on rent gouging, evictions

by David Mendez The City of Redondo Beach has slammed shut a window on predatory housing practices, banning both no-fault evictions and extreme rent hikes with an urgency ordinance that will hold until new statewide renter-protection laws take effect in January. The Redondo Beach City Council unanimously passed the ordinance on Tuesday night, which was […]

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Redella announces retirement after 19 year career

Redella announces retirement after 19 year career

by David Mendez Janet Redella is calling it a career after 19 years at the Redondo Beach Unified School District. RBUSD’s Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services announced her decision at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting. “I’m excited about the prospect of retiring…but at the same time, I’m very sad,” Redella said as she made […]

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Redondo Beach Police Beat

Grand Theft On Oct. 28, at 12:55 p.m., a Redondo Beach police officer on patrol on the 2500 block of Robinson Street spotted a known suspect from a previous grand theft report. In that report, the suspect had stolen property valued at approximately $4,800 from a vehicle. A second officer had previously reviewed video surveillance […]

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Supes back bid for parks and wetlands at power plant site

Supes back bid for  parks and wetlands  at power plant site

by David Mendez Redondo Beach’s bid to own the AES Power Plant property was boosted on Tuesday, when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors backed plans for a financing district that would help the City purchase and renovate the site into sorely-needed open space. “This power plant is an eyesore and we have an […]

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Redondo plans emergency eviction ban

Redondo plans emergency eviction ban

by David Mendez On Tuesday night, the Redondo Beach City Council decided to take action against what some have called predatory housing practices by preparing to approve an emergency ban on no-fault evictions within the city. Redondo, alongside many cities across Los Angeles County, is passing such laws to stop a run of evictions doled […]

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Redondo Beach About Town

The haunted house on Lomax Lane by David Mendez The two young teens — one dressed as a panda, the other wearing a costume from the 1995 Michael Jordan movie “Space Jam” — approached the gate at the front of the haunted house on Lomax Lane cautiously. The sun had long since set. The screams […]

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Firefighters back Gran recall effort

Firefighters back Gran recall effort

by David Mendez The proposed recall of Redondo Beach Councilman John Gran is heating up after an incendiary poster-sized mailer, sponsored by the Redondo Beach Firefighters Association, was sent to residents across Gran’s North Redondo district. Last week, residents of Gran’s District 4 received a sizable piece of campaign literature, which repeatedly slaps Gran with […]

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Freeth lecture brings Redondo’s history alive

Freeth lecture brings Redondo’s history alive

by David Mendez Arthur Verge, a history professor at El Camino College, assumed that he and his wife were going to be greeted by an empty room at the Redondo Beach Public Library, fearing his lecture on the life and times of surf and lifeguarding pioneer George Freeth would be delivered to a room of […]

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Redondo Beach Police Beat

Mental Health Evaluation On Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2:08 p.m., Redondo Beach Police were dispatched to the 2500 block of Felton Lane regarding a man in the middle of the street, holding a lighter. An officer contacted the man and determined he was suffering from a mental health crisis. He was taken into custody without […]

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The Life and Legacy of George Freeth

The Life and Legacy of George Freeth

  by David Mendez It’s almost like Arthur Verge was destined to talk about George Freeth. It was 1996, and Verge, a history professor at El Camino College, searching for a new project, was struck by inspiration — he had spent much of his life as a lifeguard, so why not look into George Freeth, […]

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District reaches labor deal with employees

by David Mendez The Redondo Beach Unified School District approved its tentative agreements with its three employee groups during the Oct. 22 meeting of the district’s Board of Education. RBUSD agreed to employee pay increases of 1.25 percent across all bargaining units, including a signing bonus of 0.25 percent of their 2019-20 salaries, due by […]

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Legal fees center of Diels campaign inquiry

Legal fees center of Diels campaign inquiry

by David Mendez California’s body overseeing election and campaign finance law has said it will investigate alleged campaign spending violations made by Redondo Beach City Treasurer Steve Diels in the run-up to the March 2019 election, in which he defeated resident Eugene Solomon. The Fair Political Practices Commission confirmed that it would begin an investigation […]

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Redondo Beach Police Beat

Mental Health Evaluation A woman called 911 on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:52 p.m., stating she was intoxicated and suicidal, providing limited information before eventually hanging up. Redondo Beach Police were able to determine that the call came from the bike path at Avenue I, near the Esplanade. As an officer was traveling down the […]

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Council pays police, considers sales tax increase

by David Mendez The Redondo Beach City Council has a tentative agreement in place with its police officers union, ending a 16-month labor standoff between the two sides. To do so, the Council unanimously approved a plan to borrow funds from the City’s pension reserve fund. The move set off a series of budget discussions […]

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Redondo Beach About Town

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil The Redondo Beach Police Department will host its 11th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. outside of the Redondo Beach Police Station, 415 Diamond St. The event celebrates survivors, remembers victims and honors those who work diligently to end domestic violence. […]

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