Star of Americana – Brandi Carlile comes to BeachLife Ranch

by Rachel Reeves  When Brandi Carlile was in high school, she’d never met an openly gay person. Everyone in her town of Ravensdale, Washington, which at the last Census had 555 people and 257 households, went to church.  Carlile came out when she was 14, inspired by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres’s public coming out.…

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BeachLife 3.0 – Homegrown festival finds its groove

by Rachel Reeves  Five-year-old Devan Velez was excited for weeks about seeing Sheryl Crow at the BeachLife Festival. In preparation, she watched the documentary, Sheryl, which premiered in early May. Devan selected her outfit ahead of time: jeans, a pink T-shirt featuring a zebra wearing sunglasses, and a cowgirl hat.  Velez loves music. She likes…

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Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic plans 70th anniversary gala

by Rachel Reeves Programs include Music Mobile van, recorders for schools.  The year the Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic was established, children were dying of polio and Mr. Potato Head was America’s hottest new toy. In the seven decades since, the organization has become one of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s most generous donors. The Peninsula…

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Pallet homes fine where they are, says RB council

by Rachel Reeves The Redondo Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to keep the pallet homes, which currently houses formerly unhoused people, where it is on Kingsdale Ave. in North Redondo Beach. The pallet homes opened in December of last year thanks to pandemic-related relief funding. The plan proposed last October was for them to…

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Redondo Beach North South conflict flares up in budget discussion

by Rachel Reeves After hours of contentious back-and-forth, the Redondo Beach City Council passed the budget for FY 2021-2022 at its meeting Tuesday night. The vote was 3-2, with Councilmembers Christian Horvath and Laura Emdee dissenting. Various motions and substitute motions and substitute motions to substitute motions were presented, as the council tried to reach…

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North Redondo divide opens up over increased density

by Rachel Reeves A series of contentious meetings ended early Wednesday morning with the Redondo Beach City Council voting, 3-2, to approve the city’s General Plan Land Use Plan/Map. The action authorizes zoning that allows more housing near such areas as Vons Market at Marine and Inglewood, at Kingsdale Avenue and Artesia, and at 182nd…

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North Redondo construction feud headed to council for resolution

by Rachel Reeves Disgruntled about construction in a neighbor’s backyard that began last May and lasted into  October, a North Redondo Beach couple is challenging the city to impose fines for unpermitted projects. A protracted argument with a neighbor over a project that involved installing gas lines, a fire pit, a pergola, and a roof…

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Redondo loses first round in power plant extension fight

by Rachel Reeves The Statewide Advisory Committee on Cooling Water Intakes Structures (SACCWIS) voted, 6-1, last Friday to recommend to the State Water Board that the AES power plant in Redondo Beach be allowed to continue operating through the end of 2023. The committee’s mandate is to assess whether the Once-Through Cooling Policy — a…

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Redondo Beach Community Garden the tip of political iceberg

by Rachel Reeves  Brianna Egan, 25, scanned her notes as she prepared for her presentation before the Redondo Beach City Council. She was pitching a community garden on city land, something she had been envisioning since returning home after a year volunteering with AmeriCorps, educating kids in rural towns about nutrition.  Egan, who’s studying toward…

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Vote count scheduled for Friday, off-year election turnout faulted

by Rachel Reeves City Clerk Eleanor Manzano announced at this week’s Redondo Beach City Council meeting that results from the Mar. 2 municipal election will be tabulated on Friday.  Manzano said her team of 10 people has been working “non-stop” since the election to verify signatures on ballots postmarked by election day.  “We were inundated,”…

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