Letters to the Editor 5-11-23
Douse the fire study
The Redondo Beach Fire Department study is a huge waste of Redondo taxpayer money (“Redondo City Council stalls on fire study public review pane,” ER May 4, 2023). It is a huge waste of City staff time and resources. 90 percent of Redondo residents oppose moving our local fire department to Los Angeles County. The first phase of the study proved it was a loser of an idea. Redondo loses a 100-plus year old public safety institution. Redondo loses control over the fire department budget . Redondo loses two paramedic positions. This is a terrible idea. County institutions are terrible. Just look at their mess of a school system. Councilmember Nils Nehrenheim is an employee of the LA County Fire Department. He must recuse himself from any Council discussions about this study.
Let’s do this already, and not delay completion of the Fire Department study any longer. Obstructionists caused a lot of time to be wasted and generated plenty of drama. Let’s get on with it, and see if it would benefit Redondo to become allied with L.A. County for our fire services.
Who’d want that job
I respectfully disagree with Steve Colin (“Power Play, Letters to the editor,” ER April 13, 2023). There are not a plethora of qualified, and active attorneys in the City of Redondo Beach who would change their careers to run for the elected Redondo Beach City Attorney position. So in reality, there is no choice in the vast majority of city attorney elections. And there is no term limit. Look at the dynasties built by City Attorney Mike Webb, and former City Attorney Jerry Goddard. The vast majority of cities do just fine without an elected city attorney. It’s time for Redondo to change to a better alternative, which presents more real choices.
Mark McDermott is the hardest-working investigative reporter covering a variety of essential issues in depth and comprehensively in the beach cities (“Budget projection shows reserves tapped in 5 years,” ER May 4, 2023). While not everyone may be a fan of his reporting, his dedication to providing the public with a deep dive into local issues is commendable, and unmatched by any other news organization. Although he has made some unintentional mistakes, he always acknowledges them. McDermott can be depended on to deliver the good, bad and the ugly about our community’s concerns. It is refreshing to see someone willing to tackle challenging topics and provide insightful reporting so thoroughly. It sets the Easy Reader apart from any other beach city news service.
I cherish my memories of Doug Christopher of over 35 years (“Mechanic Doug Christopher ran life on a handshake,” ER May 4, 2023). He was an icon, one who will be remembered by so many for so long. RIP old friend.
Bridges over Manhattan
Thanks to Bo Bridges and the City of Manhattan Beach (“Bo Bridges ‘Midnight Blues’ mural unveiled at City Hall,” ER May 11, 2023). Bridges’ mural is one of the finest installations in town. I grew up at the Manhattan Beach Pier so this is very relevant to me and now can be shared with all.
Dennis Duke Noor