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Toasting at the end of the line: Neighbors gather to remember ‘party on two legs’

Toasting at the end of the line: Neighbors gather to remember ‘party on two legs’

by David Mendez Two Saturdays ago, as the sun set and strains of a guitar faded away, a woman called out to her neighbors. “Let’s raise a glass to Bob Kelley,” she said, toasting to the memory of the neighborhood’s favorite man from Wildomar.  Kelley’s daughter Linda Ruby smiled. In a socially-distanced twist on their […]

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Four Kensington Redondo residents confirmed dead from COVID-19

Four Kensington Redondo residents confirmed dead from COVID-19

by David Mendez At least 21 residents of The Kensington Redondo senior living facility have tested positive for COVID-19, and four of them have died, according to a letter from Kensington staff to resident families. The letter also states that 17 Kensington staff members have tested positive since the outbreak began. Sixteen of those staff […]

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AES finalizes power plant sale to Pustilnikov

AES finalizes power plant sale to Pustilnikov

by David Mendez The AES Redondo power plant has finally sold, after more than a year of negotiations and at least a decade of effort to find a use for the 51-acre site beyond power generation. According to the sale documents, AES has committed to permanently retire the plant by 2023, though the City of […]

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Los Angeles County to close all public beaches immediately

Los Angeles County to close all public beaches immediately

by David Mendez Supervisor Janice Hahn announced that Los Angeles County will immediately close all beaches to the public, “to stem the spread of COVID-19 among the greater Los Angeles community.” An official announcement will be made this afternoon. “The crowds we saw at our beaches last weekend were unacceptable,” Hahn said in a statement. […]

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Redondo Beach orders closure of Esplanade, Veteran’s Park and other popular public spaces to combat COVID-19

Redondo Beach orders closure of Esplanade, Veteran’s Park and other popular public spaces to combat COVID-19

Redondo Beach pier businesses, with the exception of restaurants, have been ordered to close by midnight tonight, Mar. 27. Also ordered closed tonight, for at least a month, are several blocks on the west side of the oceanfront Esplanade, paths leading down from the Esplanade to the beach, Veteran’s Park overlooking the Esplanade, and the King Harbor boat hoist and hand launch areas.

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Redondo Beach to close Esplanade, popular public open spaces

Redondo Beach to close Esplanade, popular public open spaces

by David Mendez The City of Redondo Beach will move to close the Esplanade — its popular seaside walking path — and many other popular public spaces to encourage “social distancing” among residents amid the COVID-19 crisis. City Manager Joe Hoefgen’s order will be released alongside a statement on Thursday afternoon. But the measures were […]

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Redondo Beach Kensington stops providing infection stats at County’s request

Redondo Beach Kensington stops providing infection stats at County’s request

by David Mendez At the request of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, The Kensington Redondo Beach assisted living facility will no longer provide updates detailing the extent of possible COVID-19 spread among its residents and staff. In a series of letters sent by the facility, it detailed its protocols responding to potential […]

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Redondo Beach considers Esplanade closure, County may close beaches

by David Mendez A week of heavy foot traffic along the Esplanade has resulted in Redondo Beach leadership considering potentially drastic ways to control the flow of pedestrians strolling along the iconic oceanfront path amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. Those measures include making it more difficult for people to find parking near the area. Los […]

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Appeals court sides with Redondo Beach in election date lawsuit

Appeals court sides with Redondo Beach in election date lawsuit

by David Mendez California’s Second District Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the City of Redondo Beach in its lawsuit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla regarding election dates. The appellate court affirmed the Los Angeles Superior Court September 2018 ruling that the City of Redondo Beach, as a charter city, is not […]

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RBUSD closes campuses, online classes become ‘new normal’

RBUSD closes campuses, online classes become ‘new normal’

by David Mendez “It’s weird, being at a school site on a Monday, when there’s no professional development, or a summer or winter break, and there are no staff members and, most importantly, no kids,” Redondo schools superintendent Steven Keller said.  Last Friday, the Redondo Beach Unified School District announced it would close its campuses […]

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One Kensington Redondo Beach resident and a second staff member test positive for COVID-19

One Kensington Redondo Beach resident and a second staff member test positive for COVID-19

by David Mendez One resident and a second staff member of The Kensington Redondo Beach assisted living facility have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the company. In a letter to families dated March 18, Kensington Redondo director Robert May stated that one resident and a second staff […]

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Kensington Redondo employee diagnosed with COVID-19; two residents hospitalized

Kensington Redondo employee diagnosed with COVID-19; two residents hospitalized

by David Mendez [UPDATE: A second staff member and one resident have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Seven others are awaiting testing.] An employee of The Kensington Redondo Beach has been diagnosed with COVID-19 according to a statement released by the company’s representatives on Tuesday. The employee first reported flu-like symptoms on March 6 “and was […]

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RBUSD to close campuses, begin online instruction

RBUSD to close campuses, begin online instruction

by David Mendez Redondo Beach Unified School District is closing its campuses to students and beginning online instruction next week, according to an announcement released Friday. “In communication with, and strong advice from, the Los Angeles County Office of Education today, we have made the decision to close all Redondo Beach Unified School District campuses […]

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Redondo declares ‘local emergency’ to safeguard against coronavirus

by David Mendez The City of Redondo Beach on Thursday declared a local emergency to safeguard the community against a possible local outbreak of the novel coronavirus, pursuant to a proclamation by City Manager Joe Hoefgen. According to a press release, the city is doing so as a preventive measure — as yet, there have […]

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Beach Cities Health District announces gym closure, postpones meetings

Beach Cities Health District announces gym closure, postpones meetings

  by David Mendez The Beach Cities Health District announced Thursday that it will temporarily close its popular Center for Health and Fitness gym and postpone or cancel events until May in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Those closures and cancellations will include all BCHD events, including regular monthly meetings […]

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