State Bar files five new charges against Obagi, trial to come

by Garth Meyer The State Bar of California filed five new charges Dec. 29 against Redondo Beach City Councilman Zein Obagi, Jr., for actions stemming from a financial dealing with a former client, and the subsequent malpractice suit Obagi filed against his attorney in the matter. The State Bar first put forth a misconduct complaint…

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Redondo Beach: Lives well lived, 2022

Trading Post Owner was boater, diver, fisherman  Joe Czuleger was a sailor, and powerboater; snow, and water skier; and freshwater and saltwater fisherman. He was also a hunter, horseman, bicyclist, private pilot, and SCUBA diver.  He gave up golf for 30 years, but resumed playing after a heart attack.  Czuleger ran the Redondo Trading Post…

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Appeals Court rules again in  favor of city over CenterCal

by Garth Meyer Breach of contract, they said.  No, free speech, said the City of Redondo Beach. The appeals court judge concurred with the City. That is the nutshell report of a Dec. 21 California Court of Appeals judge’s ruling in favor of the city, over CenterCal, in a second appeal of  a lawsuit brought…

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Redondo Beach Police Department re-organizes non-sworn officer jobs

by Garth Meyer A new plan is in place for non-sworn Redondo Beach Police Department employees. The RBPD will take five existing, “civilian” positions and convert them to four new ones, to create more opportunity for advancement, and to aid in recruitment and retention. The city council approved the change last week. Redondo police will…

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Raise, extension for Witzansky

by Garth Meyer Redondo Beach City Manager Mike Witzansky will get a $15,000 raise and a year added to his contract, the city council decided last week. Councilman Zein Obagi, Jr., said that the agreement for Witzansky’s first year in the job “was almost too good of a deal (for the city),” noting that the…

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Campus Clash: Healthy Living Campus draws flak in Redondo Beach

  After five years of plans, modifications and opposition, the Beach Cities Health District’s proposed Healthy Living Campus approaches a decision point    by Garth Meyer Last September, Beach Cities Health District CEO Tom Bakaly, and the district’s Community Services Director Melissa Andrizzi-Sobel, knocked on the doors of neighbors with blue and white StopBCHD signs…

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Archers raise money at “Shoot for a Cure”

Nearly 100 archers raised more than $6.500 for the American Cancer Society in the fourth annual “Shoot for a Cure” tournament, held December 2 through 4 at South Bay Archery, in Redondo Beach. The USA Archer-sanctioned event featured competitors ages 8 and over. “Everyone who participated is a winner because they support this cause that…

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Candidates file for March 2023 election

The list of candidates is set for the March 2023 city election. Filing by the Dec. 9 deadline were Redondo Beach residents running for two open city council seats, a school board seat, city treasurer and city clerk. In City Council District Three, Candace Nafissi and Paige Kaluderovic hope to succeed Christian Horvath, who completes…

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Supt. Keller saluted in final Redondo school board meeting

by Garth Meyer The man in the Cole Haan shoes sat for his final school board meeting after 16 years as the superintendent for Redondo Beach Public Schools. A series of current and former colleagues and employees Tuesday night saluted Steven Keller’s work here, two weeks before his retirement. “You’ve always put kids first, and…

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