Mark McDermott

Audit reveals RBUSD meal count problems

A state audit has revealed missing records from the Redondo Unified School District food services and has resulted in the withholding of state and federal funds from the district’s reduced and free lunch program, pending corrective action.

 Mark McDermott

Taking down the walls

Saint Rocke makes history as the first music venue to stream its shows live worldwide via the Internet

 Mark McDermott

The continuing adventures of Coco Montoya

The fiery guitarist unleashes a soul singer’s voice and a new set of songs

 Mark McDermott

Dolan to receive $195,000 in severance

Dolan to receive $195,000 in severance

Details of former City Manger Geoff Dolan’s severance package released last week indicate that his Dec. 13 parting may have been less than voluntary. Stipulations of his contract entitled Dolan to severance pay only in the event of his “involuntary separation” or the city’s failure to automatically renew his contract, which was up Jan.1. It […]

 Mark McDermott

Sting fails to nail fraud suspect

A man arrested in a Manhattan Beach police elder fraud sting was released last Monday after charges were dropped by the L.A. County District Attorney.Police arrested Robert Nagao, a transient, on Dec. 21 after he wrote bad checks as part of an alleged scam involving Robert Good, a 67-year-old musician from Inglewood. Good told police […]

 Mark McDermott

Neighbors embroiled in squirrel quarrel

Neighbors embroiled in squirrel quarrel

by Mark McDermott Two weeks ago, Jay Horrell opened up his mail to find a letter from a lawyer named Donald Ramenian. Horrell’s neighbors, the letter said, had a serious problem: squirrels were destroying their lawn, endangering their own and their dogs’ health, and threatening to overrun their house. At times, Ramenian wrote, 15 to […]

 Mark McDermott

Man arrested in gang-related shooting

A member of the North Side Redondo gang was arrested Monday morning and charged with attempted murder in what police believe was a gang-related shooting. The Redondo Beach Police Department received a report of a shooting that occurred at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the 2400 block of Fisk Lane. According to police reports, a man […]

 Mark McDermott

Detectives bust Ponzi scheme

Detectives bust Ponzi scheme

Redondo Beach Police Department detectives have arrested a local woman on suspicion of operating a Ponzi scheme targeting Latin immigrants that victimized at least 55 people for more than $500,000. Mariana Montes, 41, of Redondo Beach, was arrested on Dec. 29. Police were attempting to locate her for an outstanding arrest warrant on another crime […]

 Mark McDermott

Cheer for Children helps in hard times

Santa was dancing. He was on the sixth floor of the Harbor UCLA Medical Center, outside the pediatric unit, where dozens of children were spending the holiday fighting illness and injury. It wasn’t a naturally cheerful place. But as 13-year-old Alonzo Jimenez shuffled carefully into the room, he couldn’t help but smile. He pulled along […]

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Letters 12-31-09

Dear ER

Here’s a Sand Dune Park solution (“Sand Dune neighbors plead for rest”). Build a sand dune at the north end of El Porto. Two dozers could do it very quickly. It might not be as tall as Sand Dune Park, but it would be a good work-out…

Dear ER:

Redondo Planning Commissioner Ray Benning calls for Redondo Councilman Bill Brand to represent, not sue the City of Redondo Beach Suit (ER letters, Dec. 24, 2009). He implies the votes for Measure DD do not represent the majority of Redondo…

 Mark McDermott

Books: glamorous models, actresses, socialites

E-013 (Horst) Babe Paley 2If you placed Twiggy or Penelope Tree in one palm and The World in Vogue in the other, the latter would be heavier. There are some 300 photographs in this large-format, glossy book, culled from the past few decades of Vogue magazine, and it not only contains an A-list of models and actresses and socialites, but an impressive array of photographers.

 Mark McDermott

The Beat goes on

Darkness was spreading across England. It was 1979, and the empire was definitively dead. The formerly mighty nation’s influence had waned worldwide. At home, factories were shuttered. Angry skinheads were on the march. The end seemed nigh. What emerged from the industrial Midlands that very year was, therefore, surpassingly strange. It was a new kind […]

 Mark McDermott

A soldier’s story: A mission goes amiss for a South Bay soldier serving in Afghanistan

September 10 was supposed to be a down day for the Ugly Ducklings. The self-dubbed ducklings are a three-man Army military police team stationed in the mountains of northeast Afghanistan, part of roughly 50-man platoon whose primary goal upon deployment last May was to train Afghani military police. But by September, the platoon’s second squad […]

 Mark McDermott

Police break Cori Desmond case

Police break Cori Desmond case

A suspect in the killing of Cori Desmond has been found. The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department last Thursday arrested Tony Lopez Perez, a 35-year-old Redondo Beach resident. Perez has been charged with murdering Desmond, a 28-year-old Torrance resident who was last seen in the early morning hours of Feb. 15 outside Bogeys Bar and […]

 Mark McDermott

No Dog Left Behind: 786 dogs saved from nearly certain death

Cathy Rubin and Rover Rescue have saved 786 dogs from nearly certain death. Her mission is to find a home for every dog. There are rooms in animal shelters where the dogs that are too injured, sick or unsightly are caged. While most shelter dogs have some chance that someone might come and take them […]

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